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04/19/15
Milk Tanker Roll-Over Crash on HWY 197 near MP 73 Prompts Environmental Clean-up Response (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/19/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from The Dalles are investigating an early morning milk truck tanker roll-over crash on Highway 197 near milepost 73 North of Madras.

Early information from investigators indicates the driver, 61 year old BRENT G. BRAUN, of Selah WA, may have experienced some kind of medical event and left the roadway - rolling the vehicle over onto the highway blocking it. Hazardous materials crews from Prineville responded to assist with the spill and were able to contain any further leaks. The highway is being reopened at this time. BRAUN was transported by ground ambulance to a Madras area hospital.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) also.


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Pursuit in Deschutes/Crook Counties Ends in Arrest of Driver - Prineville
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/19/15
On April 18, at about 10:40 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Redmond received a report of a black Dodge pickup on Highway 97 near Redmond that could not remain in its lane while driving. Troopers located the vehicle in Redmond and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled out Highway 126 into Prineville and stopped at the Highway 126/26 junction. After a brief stand-off with police the driver exited his vehicle and refused to follow commands. He was taken into custody by police after less than lethal force was used to subdue him.

According to Lieutenant Don Wagner, the driver, identified as SHANE C. SHANTIE, 33, of Redmond, was arrested and charged with Felony Attempt to Elude Police, DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering a Person, Attempt to Elude (on-foot), Resisting Arrest and Giving False Information to Police. SHANTIE was transported to a Prineville area hospital and treated for his injuries. He was later lodged at the Crook County Jail.

OSP was assisted by the Prineville Police Department. No photographs are available for release at this time.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Hit and Run Suspect Arrested in East Precinct After Traffic Pursuit and Neighborhood Search (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/15
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On Sunday April 19, 2015, at 2:29 a.m., East Precinct officers attempted a traffic stop of an SUV towing a pickup in the area of Southeast 134th Avenue and Gladstone Street.

The suspect attempted to elude officers by driving into a cul-de-sac, where he circled around and side-swiped a police car causing minor damage. Officers pursued the vehicle out of the cul-de-sac and other officers were able to lay down Spike Strips to assist in ending the pursuit.

The suspect drove into a chain link fence at Southeast 112th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, then ran from the vehicle.

Numerous officers arrived in the area and established a neighborhood perimeter to contain the suspect. Officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, located the suspect hiding in some bushes where he was arrested.

The suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Stephen Plyushchev, was transported to the hospital for treatment to minor injuries then booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Driving While Revoked, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run - Four Counts), Reckless Driving, and Interfering with a Peace Officer. He will be arraigned on Monday.

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Detectives in Josephine County Investigating Fatal Shooting
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/19/15
On April 18, at approximately 11:16 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers received a request to assist Josephine County Sheriff's Deputies who were responding to a shooting in the O'Brien area.

Officers first arriving on scene found a deceased male with apparent gun shot wounds who was later identified as WARREN BATIE, age 43 of Utah.

Preliminary information indicated the adult man who had shot BATIE was being transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass by private vehicle. While responding to the scene of the shooting, OSP detectives located the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop and detained the subject, identified as JEFFREY HUNSAKER, age 46, of Utah, who had also been shot in the leg. HUNSAKER was subsequently transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.

Early information indicates the two men were arguing over the ownership of a truck just prior to the shooting.

OSP detectives, troopers and the State Police crime lab are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted initially by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office. Any further release of information will be coordinated with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. No photographs are available for release at this time.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Fatal Traffic Crash in Josephine County Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/19/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal traffic crash at 9237 Holland Loop Road near Cave Junction in Josephine County.

According to OSP Sergeant Brandon Boice, troopers were dispatched to the location on a report of a vehicle that had slid off the road and crashed into a tree. Upon arrival troopers discovered a 1993 Acura Integra driven by ERRIC FISHER, 19, of Cave Junction, which had been northbound on Holland Loop Road, that crashed sideways into a tree shearing the vehicle in half. The front seat passenger, identified as CAMBRIA RIVER LIN COOK, 22, of Cave Junction, was transported to the hospital with injury. The rear passenger, identified as AUSTIN J. PEDRO, 35, of Cave Junction, was pronounced deceased at the scene. FISHER received only minor injuries.

After investigation, troopers arrested FISHER for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Manslaughter I, Assault III, Reckless Driving, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer and Resisting Arrest after being subdued with a electronic control device. FISHER was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

OSP was assisted by the Illinois Fire District and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. The investigation is ongoing.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Major Crash Team Investigating a Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on NE Columbia Boulevard (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/15
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On Sunday April 19, 2015, at 2:54 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast Columbia Boulevard at 33rd Avenue on the report of a traffic crash where one person was ejected from the vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the crashed vehicle and two patients. The driver was transported to a Portland hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive. The passenger was ejected and died at the scene. The vehicle struck one of the large concrete pillars for the 33rd Avenue overpass.

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

Northeast Columbia Boulevard will be shut down in both directions at 33rd for several hours as officers investigate the crash.

No additional updates are expected until late Sunday morning.

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04/18/15
AMR Transports Hiker from Munra Point Trail Incident
AMR Portland - 04/18/15
Thanks to the efforts of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, AMR's Reach and Treat Team, Cascade Locks Fire Department, and Pacific NW Search and Rescue volunteers, four hours after falling off the Munra Point Trail near Cascade Locks the hiker who fell arrived safely at the hospital just after 9:00 pm. "She was very fortunate some trees stopped her fall after 15 feet," states Barry Morally, AMR Paramedic and Reach and Treat Team Administrator. No rope rescue was needed, which can be especially hazardous at night. After she was checked out, the woman was able to walk out the trail with little assistance.

AMR transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for further evaluation.
Vehicle - Pedestrian Crash on I-84 Eastbound near MP 38 in Multnomah County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on scene of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on Interstate 84 near milepost 38 in Multnomah County. The person was seriously injured and transported to a Portland Area Hospital. One lane is closed as troopers conduct the investigation. Watch for emergency crews working in the area. Check www.tripcheck.com for traffic updates.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
MCSO Search and Rescue and MCSO Trail Hornets assist medical first responders extract injured hiker on Munra Trail
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/15
At approximately 5:10 p.m. on Saturday April 18, 2015, MCSO patrol deputies responded to the trailhead at trail #400 after a hiker called 911 and reported another hiker had fallen off the trail coming back down from Munra Point. The hiker had fallen about 15-20 feet onto a ledge and suffered a head injury. The caller, Jessica Smith, Age 27 of Vancouver, WA was able to make it down to the person and was staying with the injured hiker until emergency responders arrived. The MCSO Sergeant activated MCSO Search and Rescue units and MCSO Trail Hornets to assist medical responders from Cascade Locks Fire Rescue 93 and AMR Reach and Treat extract the injured hiker identified as Monique Thees, Age 25 of Portland, OR and transport her out.

Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue was also activated to assist with the extraction of the injured hiker and arrived to support the emergency responders as they brought the hiker down from the trail.

The injured hiker was brought out at the trailhead at approximately 8:30 p.m. and transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

A Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue volunteer responding to the request for assistance was involved in an accident on Eastbound I-84 at milepost 38. The volunteer was transported by life flight to the hospital with serious injuries. The Vehicular Crimes Team has responded and is assisting Oregon State Police with the investigation. More information will be provided when available.
Woman Dies after Car strikes her Three-Wheeled Motorcycle (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/15
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Earlier today a woman was critically injured, and later died at the hospital, after a car pulled in front of her motorcycle. No charges are expected in this case.

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, at about 1153 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash involving a three-wheeled motorcycle and a car at the intersection of Highway 47 and SW Old Highway 47.

Deputies determined that 64-year-old Charlene Marvin of Carlton was driving her 2006 Harley Davidson three-wheeled motorcycle south on Hwy 47. A 2014 Mazda 3 driven by a 51-year-old Gaston woman pulled onto Hwy. 47 from SW Old Hwy. 47 to go north. When she pulled out she did not see the motorcycle and struck it in the side. The Motorcycle spun and crashed, throwing Mrs. Marvin off of it.

Mrs. Marvin was Lifeflighted from the scene and later died of her injuries at an area hospital. Her family was notified of her death.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) investigated the crash do not have any reason to believe any criminal factors exist at this time. The driver of the Mazda was has not been charged.


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Over 70 Employers will be Recruiting at the Urban League of Portland's April 22nd, 2015 Career Fair (Photo)
Urban League of Portland - 04/18/15
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 18th, 2015

Over 70 Employers will be Recruiting at the Urban League of Portland's April 22nd, 2015 Career Fair
1000 Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232
Wednesday, APRIL 22, 2015, 10:00AM-3:00PM

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Double Tree Hotel
(by Hilton) located at 1000 Multnomah Street, the Urban League of Portland, in partnership with IHeartMedia, JAM'N 107.5, Comcast, and Bank of America, is hosting its 22nd annual Career Connections Job Fair. The Career Connections Job Fair will feature employers from the Portland metropolitan area's health care, retail, construction, government, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Employers are looking to the Urban League of Portland to help them recruit qualified and skilled job candidates. The Urban League's Career Fair presents a unique opportunity for employers to directly interact with a large pool of skilled candidates.

These employers are hiring for positions from entry-level to professional, from management to executive, ranging from construction and retail, to government and corporate opportunities. Job seekers in the Portland region have this opportunity to connect with a wide array of Portland-area employers who are actively seeking qualified candidates thanks, in part, to the sponsorship provided by: IHeartMedia, JAM'N 107.5, Comcast, Bank of America, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, the State of Oregon, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Port of Portland, the Oregon Health Authority, the Portland Development Commission, and the Oregon Lottery. The 22nd Annual Career Connections Job Fair will include employer participants from: Portland General Electric, Kaiser Permanente, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, NECA-IBEW, US Bank, TriMet, Country Financial, Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers, Constructing Hope, Northwest Natural, Portland General Electric, and many more.

The Urban League of Portland has deep and longstanding ties to local communities and historical and ongoing relationships with a broad spectrum of: faith-based organizations, sororities, fraternities, minority businesses, and neighborhood groups in the Portland Metro area. It is recognized as one of the best sources for diversity recruitment, and as one of the leading voices for African Americans, people of color, and others in the region.

Camile Coleman of Portland General Electric's Human Resources Department mentioned that "PGE looks forward to this job fair each year and, as expected, it proved a great opportunity to connect with dynamic and energized candidates. We were able to refer many people to job opportunities and network with the other great companies present." Oregon Health Science University's Manager of Workforce Equality and Inclusion Riikka Salonen said of the Urban League of Portland's Career Fair "Urban League of Portland's 2014 Career Fair turned out to be best job fair of the year for us. This event had great, professional candidates who were well-prepared with excellent resumes, professional appearance and good questions. I can not wait for the 2015 event!"

In addition to participating in the Career Fair, job seekers can access thousands of job postings from local employers through The Urban League's resource library, computer lab, and web site year-round.

This event is free and open to the public and conveniently located by both MAX and TriMet bus stations.

The Urban League will provide a FREE Professional Profile Photo, for job seeking patrons attending the Career Fair for use on employment related social networks, courtesy of Photography by Reba.

Contact Information: Debra Lindsay - dlindsay@ulpdx.org 503-280-2600 ext 640
Director of Workforce Development - Urban League of Portland
10 N Russell St, Portland OR 97227 fax: 503-281-2612

About the Urban League of Portland
The Urban League of Portland, founded in 1945, helps empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security. We are a non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in North Portland and an affiliate of the National Urban League.

MISSION
Our mission is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.

HISTORY
Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically under-served urban communities. The Urban League movement carries out its mission at the local, state and national levels through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community education and mobilization; coalitions, collaborations, and communications.
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AMR Reach and Treat Team Responds to Fallen Hiker at Munra Point Trail near Cascade Locks
AMR Portland - 04/18/15
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office requested AMR's Reach and Treat Team to respond to Munra Point Trail on a fallen hiker at approximately 5:00 pm today. The hiker (female) reportedly fell about twenty feet off a cliff and is not able to move. The Reach and Treat Team specializes in mountain rescue and is now on scene and will determine if a rope rescue to reach and evacuate the patient will be necessary.

The Munra Point Trail is about a 5.6 mile trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until June.

AMR's Reach & Treat Team is a unique team of Paramedics and EMTs who are trained to provide emergency medical care for patients in the wilderness and extreme weather conditions. The team's primary function is to rapidly reach patients in wilderness areas (mountains, canyons, cliffs) and provide medical care during a rescue. The Reach and Treat Team works cooperatively with multiple agencies during the evacuation of patients and has served the residents of Oregon's Clackamas and Multnomah Counties since 1988 and Josephine County since 1997.
Oregon National Guard partners with community to 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/18/15
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SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at the Oregon State Capitol, April 18, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). The month offers an opportunity to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

The event featured several speakers including, State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham); State Rep. Carla Piluso (D-Gresham); Cynthia Stinson, Willamette University's Director of Educational Equity Assurance and Title IX Coordinator; Sara Brennan, Victim Services Advocate with the Center for Hope and Safety; and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Members of the Oregon National Guard, the Center for Hope and Safety, and Willamette University representatives walked a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, to raise public awareness.

Also participating in the walk were, State Rep. Paul Evans (D-Monmouth); Fritz Graham from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's office; State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake, Oregon National Guard; Miss Marion-Polk County Bailey Pilant; and Miss Marion-Polk Outstanding Teen Abigail Hoppe.

With more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving, the Oregon National Guard is fully committed to sexual assault prevention and response. Through this event, the Oregon National Guard, alongside our community partners, aimed to bring the local community together to demonstrate our resolve and dedication to sexual assault awareness and prevention.

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150418-Z-OT568-130: Mason Seto, of Puyallup, Wash., displays his "Men can make a difference" T-shirt during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, at the Oregon State Capitol Mall, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-140: Members of the Oregon National Guard, the Center for Hope and Safety, and Willamette University representatives walk a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-178: Mason Seto, of Puyallup, Wash., walks a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, in high-heel shoes during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-182: Law-makers and community members join forces with the Oregon National Guard to walk a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. From left: State Rep. Paul Evans (D-Monmouth); State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham); State Rep. Carla Piluso (D-Gresham); Carey Bruton, of Men for Hope and Safety; and Mason Seto, who traveled from Puyallup, Wash., to participate in the event. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-187: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and his wife, Kelly, participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Volunteers Serve over 200 Breakfast Meals at Union Gospel Mission (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 04/18/15
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Volunteers Serve over 200 Breakfast Meals at Union Gospel Mission

Portland, OR - As National Volunteer week draws to a close, a group of eight volunteers from River West Church served over 200 hot breakfasts to the homeless and people in need at Union Gospel Mission on Saturday morning. The volunteers provided the food for the meal, prepared it and served it to the guests. The breakfast menu consisted of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, milk and coffee.

The breakfast was called the "Royal Blast Breakfast" to let the guests know that they would receive "royal treatment" at the event.

Pastor Alvin Taylor, who works at Union Gospel Mission and hosts People's Bible church services at Union Gospel Mission, helped the volunteers put the breakfast together.

"Any time we can reach out to the people on the streets and let them know someone cares and that there is hope, it is a good thing. I think this breakfast says to people, you are valuable; you are worth the royal treatment. We are so thankful for generous volunteers willing to make it happen," said Pastor Taylor.

If anyone is interested in volunteering at Union Gospel Mission, there is an orientation coming up on Tuesday, April 21. To learn more and register go to http://ugmportland.org/get-involved/

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.
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Shooting investigation
McMinnville Police Dept. - 04/18/15
On April 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm McMinnville Officers responded to the area of SW Wright and Agee Streets regarding a reported shooting. Upon investigation it was determined that the shooter struck a residence with multiple rounds and fled the area. During the initial stages of the investigation it has been determined that no one was injured and there are two (2) suspects still at large.

The first suspect was described as a male adult wearing a plaid shirt, dark pants and dark shoes. The other suspect was described as a male adult wearing light pants and a dark shirt or jacket.

The investigation continues into the incident and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Hugo Cerda at 503-435-5615.
Crash on I-84 near MP 138 Westbound - Diesel Spill - Arlington (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/18/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating a traffic crash on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 138 - Arlington. Westbound traffic is being diverted through Arlington at this time.

Early information from OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt indicates that a westbound semi-truck and trailer, driven by CASEY A. LEPPERT, 23, of Caldwell Idaho, left its lane of travel and crashed, damaging the center barrier and spilling approximately 150 gallons of diesel fuel then catching fire. Hazardous materials crews are on-scene and have contained the fuel and none was believed to have reached the Columbia River. LEPPERT was not injured during the crash or subsequent fire.

OSP is being assisted by the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire Department Haz-Mat Team, Arlington Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Red Cross Responds to Lake Oswego Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/18/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 4 adults and 1 per displaced by a fire in the 5100 block of Neff Park Lane in Lake Oswego, OR. The Red Cross provided food, lodging, comfort kits and information on disaster mental health and disaster health.
Red Cross Responds to Lake Oswego Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/18/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 2 adults and 1 per displaced by a fire in the 5100 block of Neff Park Lane in Lake Oswego, OR. The Red Cross provided food, lodging, comfort kits and information on disaster mental health and disaster health.
04/17/15
Missing woman found
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 04/17/15
Our earlier release on ms. Prime and her missing status is updated. She has been located and is safe.

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Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 214 at MP 32 - Marion County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/17/15
The Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this afternoon's fatal traffic crash on Highway 214 at milepost 32.

Preliminary information from troopers investigating the crash indicates that on April 17, shortly after 3:00 p.m., a silver 2011 Ford Focus, driven by BARBARA E. MULLER, 68, of Silverton, was eastbound on Highway 214 near milepost 32, when for undetermined reasons the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased later on by medical personnel. The investigation is ongoing.

OSP was assisted at the scene the Oregon Department of Transportation, Drakes Crossing Fire District and the Woodburn Ambulance.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Hillsboro Police Search For Missing Endangered Woman (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 04/17/15
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A Hillsboro woman is missing from Northeast Hillsboro and due to her Alzheimer's Disease she is considered endangered.

Today at noon, ROSEMARY PRIME, age 69, had left 3355 NE Cornell Rd in a red 2014 Toyota Yaris Oregon lic 581GXA, en-route to get gasoline and a car wash and she did not return.

Ms. Prime is described as a white female, 5' 2", 180 lbs, with short curly brown hair. She was last seen wearing Nike tennis shoes, a green t-shirt, reflective traffic style vest and black pants.

If she is located please call 9-1-1.


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Willamette Humane Society Announces 2015 Humaneitarian Award Recipients (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 04/17/15
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(Salem, OR)-- Lost & Found Pets of Salem organizer Idi Vargas accepted the 2015 Humaneitarian Award at a special public reception on Wednesday, April 15, at the Pringle Hall Community Center. In its ninth year, the Humaneitarian Award is presented by Capitol Subaru, sponsored by Salem Electric and Roth's Fresh Foods, and recognizes a person or group who exemplifies Willamette Humane Society's mission of providing compassionate services to pets and people.

Reuniting lost pets with their humans is Idi Vargas' mission. As the manager of the incredibly effective Facebook page, "Lost and Found Pets of Salem, OR," Idi is right on track. Spending as many as 30 hours a week on animal rescue, Idi scours Craigslist ads for pets who need a home, provides guidance to those with lost animals, and hits the pavement to trap scared dogs on the loose. Her encouragement means the world to people with lost pets- people like Jennifer Tucker, who nominated her. "Freda is still missing but now I know that- because of Idi- she will be found someday. When I feel like I am losing hope, Idi senses it and messages me with stories of fur babies missing for months and even years that have been reunited with their pet parents, and it renews my hope."

In addition to the Humaneitarian Award, Willamette Humane Society presented the Golden Paw Award, the Young Paw Award, and the WHS Volunteer of the Year Award at the ceremony.

The Golden Paw Award went to Dr. Jacque Harter. A dedicated veterinarian, Dr. Harter has provided extraordinary care to tens of thousands dogs and cats at Willamette Humane Society, Heartland Humane Society, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, and Marion County Dog Control.

The Young Paw Award went to WHS volunteer, Nina Kraft. As a founding member of the Humane-a-Teens group, Nina helped shape the vision of the group. She welcomes new members and shows them how to safely interact with shelter dogs. Nina is also central as a volunteer assisting youth day camps in the summer at Willamette Humane Society.

Finally, the 2015 WHS Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Lee Nichols. Nichols has volunteered as a foster parent, animal transporter, playgroup facilitator, dog behavior class teacher, tour guide, and animal care assistant.
Most recently, Nichols developed a model for the behavior and training department to aid in a restructure. This included personally teaching classes during the restructure so the public wasn't without a resource for their dogs.

Thank you to the Humaneitarian Award Recipients and Nominees for their exemplary work for the animals of our community. Photos of the Humaneitarian Award Ceremony are available to view and download at https://whs4pets.org/humaneitarian-awards-2015.

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Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon. In 2013-2014, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,804 pets and 61,740 people. WHS offers pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 37 FTE member staff, and 980+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.


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City Receives 18th Consecutive Annual Financial Reporting Award
City of Wilsonville - 04/17/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- For the 18th consecutive year dating back to 1997, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the City of Wilsonville the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Attainment of the Certificate of Achievement, the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, represents a significant accomplishment by a government's management.

City Manager Bryan Cosgrove said, "This high level of recognition by an objective third-party reviewer of Wilsonville's annual financial report affirms that the City is an excellent steward of the public's resources by accurately accounting for how every dollar the City receives is spent."

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to communicate clearly the
City's financial position. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.

The City's CAFR report for is available on line at www.ci.Wilsonville.or.us/CAFR.
MESD Board Regular Session 4-21-15 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 04/17/15
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 immediately following the Executive Session which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
MESD Board Executive Session 4-21-15 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 04/17/15
The MESD Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: ORS 192.660(2)(d): To conduct deliberations with person designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations; ORS 192.660(2)(h): To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed; ORS 192.660(2)(I): To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing. Directly following the Executive Session, the Board will meet in Special Session.
Stromme selected as new Washougal School District Superintendent (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 04/17/15
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Washougal, WA - Michael Stromme has been selected as the new Superintendent for Washougal School District. Stromme is currently the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Vancouver School District. He brings with him a rich background of experience that includes instruction, facility use planning, budgets, professional development, partnership engagement, and strong communication skills. Stromme has served as the interim Superintendent for the Green Mountain School District and Associate Superintendent and Chief Information Officer for the Vancouver School District before assuming his current position. He served as the planning principal and associate principal for the new Skyview High School. He was a teacher for eight years before moving into district leadership.

"Mike scored very high with the entire Board in all qualities identified by the community, staff, and the Board as important for our new superintendent to possess," said Elaine Pfeifer, WSD Board Vice President. "He is a dynamic, professional leader with a passion for education. He has the experience to enhance the excellent work being done in the District and has demonstrated the expertise required to oversee the successful completion of the upcoming bond projects. The Board believes Mike is a good fit for Washougal and that he will use his leadership skills and innovative thinking to further advance the goals of the District."

"It is clear from meeting with the principals, staff and community members there is great passion and commitment to the children and families of the Washougal community," Stromme noted. "I am impressed with their focus on student achievement and meeting the personal needs of each child. I look forward to living in the Washougal community and working with students, parents, highly engaged school partners, and a great team of professional educators."

"I was very impressed with Mike's knowledge of the district and the initiatives we have been engaged in," said Dawn Tarzian. "He asked very thoughtful questions about the work being done by classified staff, teachers, administrators and the school board. It was obvious to me that he is inspired and eager to become a part of our professional team."

Stromme's goal in his first year will be to learn about the district by spending time with staff, teachers, and principals, and working to build relationships with our community partners. "I look to building a strong relationship with the school board and the continued work to achieve the goals and strategic plans established for the Washougal School District."
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Attached Media Files: Mike Stromme
Pacific University's 19th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Set for This Weekend
Pacific University - 04/17/15
FOREST GROVE -- More than 150 students representing universities from throughout North America will convene in Forest Grove today and tomorrow for Pacific University's 19th annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

The conference opens tonight with a banquet in the University Center's Multipurpose Room, followed by a live recording of nationally syndicated radio program Philosophy Talk in the Tom Miles Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

 Hosted by philosophy professors John Perry (University of California, Riverside) and Ken Taylor (Stanford University), Philosophy Talk explores a wide variety of issues ranging from popular culture to deeply-held beliefs about science, morality and the human condition.

Tufts University (Mass.) professor Daniel Dennett, author of Freedom Evolves, will join Perry and Taylor to discuss "Neuroscience and Free Will." Due to the limited seating capacity of the Miles Theatre, the program is only open to registered conference attendees, and will air at a later date.

Philosophy Talk is making its fifth appearance at Pacific University as part of its 2015 Tour of Oregon, which included stops at Oregon State University in Corvallis (Apr. 15) and Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland (Apr. 16).The conference continues Saturday with the first of four paper sessions at 8 a.m. and into the early evening.

Students will present papers on a vast array of topics ranging from philosophers like Nietzsche and Kant to bio-ethics, race and many others. Dennett will give the keynote presentation, "Information as Design Worth Stealing," at 11:30 a.m.

Colleges and Universities Represented:
Alma College (Mich.)
The University of Arizona
Boise State University (Idaho)
Boston University (Mass.)
California State University, Fullerton
Carleton College (Minn.)
Central Washington University
University of Chicago (Ill.)
Clatsop Community College (Ore.)
University of Colorado
Dartmouth College (N.H.)
Denison University (Ohio)
Eastern Washington University
Fort Lewis College (Colo.)
Furman University (S.C.)
The George Washington University (D.C.)
Grand Valley State University (Mich.)
Humboldt State University (Calif.)
Iowa State University
Kansas State University
Knox College (Ill.)
Lebanon Valley College (Pa.)
Lewis & Clark College (Ore.)
University of Louisville (Ky.)
McGill University (Quebec, Canada)
McMaster University (Ont., Canada)
Metropolitan State University in Denver (Colo.)
Michigan State University
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of Nevada, Reno
The New School (N.Y.)
University of North Dakota
University of North Florida
North Idaho College
Northern Arizona University
University of Oregon
Pacific University (Ore.)
University of Portland (Ore.)
Portland State University (Ore.)
Princeton University (N.J.)
University of Puget Sound (Wash.)
Reed College (Ore.)
Regis University (Colo.)
Rhodes College (Tenn.)
San Jose State University (Calif.)
Thompson Rivers University (B.C., Canada)
University of Toronto (Ont., Canada)
Trinity Western University (B.C., Canada)
Truman University (Mo.)
University of Utah
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washburn University (Kan.)
Weber State University (Utah)
West Virginia University
Whitworth University (Wash.)
Thursday Evening Fire Ruled Accidental
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 04/17/15
Shortly after 6:30 on Thursday evening, firefighters were called to a report of a possible residential fire in the 32000 Block of SE Wildcat Mountain Drive. Enroute, firefighters were given an update that a subject had been badly burned and was standing outside of the residence. Life Flight was then dispatched to respond to the scene given the long travel distance to the burn center. Upon arrival firefighters found a small trailer that was previously on fire but had been extinguished and a male subject badly burned standing outside. Firefighters quickly went to work providing care to the burn patient while simultaneously confirming the fire was completely out. A search of the trailer revealed that nobody else was inside. The single burn patient was treated on scene then transported by Life Flight to The Emanuel Burn Center with possible life threatening injuries. At this time the male patient remains in critical condition at the Burn Center.

Fire Investigators were on scene Thursday night and Friday morning and have ruled this fire to have been accidental, caused by the manufacturing of hash oil. It is estimated that the fire caused $10,000 in damage to the trailer but no other structures were damaged as a result of this fire. Clackamas Fire was assisted by Oregon State Police during this investigation.
Patient Suspected of Selling Drugs from Hospital Room
Camas Police Dept. - 04/17/15
On 04-16-15 at approximately 16:00 hours, Camas Police Detectives executed a search warrant for drugs in a hospital room at the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. (400 North East Mother Joseph Place - Vancouver, WA)

Detectives had received reliable information that a 47-year-old hospital patient named Karin Renae COLE was dealing methamphetamine directly out of her hospital room. Detectives presented their information to a Clark County District Court Judge, who authorized a search warrant for COLE's specific room.

Upon executing the warrant, Police recovered approximately 6 ?1/2 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, drug packaging materials, and other drug-related paraphernalia.

COLE was not arrested at the time of the search warrant due to medical concerns. The case is being referred to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's office requesting she be charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.

The hospital staff was cooperative and completely unaware this activity was going on. COLE is no longer a patient at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Camas Police were already familiar with Karin COLE from a different incident in January 2015, where COLE was arrested on suspicion of dealing methamphetamine out of her home in Washougal, Washington. COLE is currently awaiting trial on the prior incident for the exact same charge; Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver. PCS-Meth with Intent to Deliver is a class B felony.
Five Oregon companies earn $300,000 in small business innovation grants (Photo)
Business Oregon - 04/17/15
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Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, today announced an investment of more than $300,000 to help Oregon small businesses create the technologies and products that help cities build safer energy grids, doctors improve malaria treatment and farmers use fertilizer more efficiently.

The state program is providing grants to five Oregon small businesses to help get their business ideas closer to market.

The fund is designed to support companies that already earned federal research funding through what's known as America's largest seed fund.

The federal fund is known as SBIR/STTR, or Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer. The grants, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, are designed to encourage small companies and universities to pursue risky but rewarding research that helps bring new ideas to market and maintains the United States' position as the global leader in innovation.

Since 2008, Oregon companies have earned $254 million in SBIR and STTR grants.

In her prepared remarks for today's State of the State address, Governor Kate Brown said, "Business Oregon's 'Grow Our Own' approach calls on us to invest in Oregon-based industries and businesses, to work to retain them and help them grow and expand. We also need to be innovative in fostering start-ups and attracting new companies to Oregon. Building a thriving economy requires this holistic approach that expands opportunities for Oregonians."

Sean Robbins, Business Oregon's director, said, "For us to build real momentum in the Oregon economy, we need to nurture entrepreneurs and startups that will be the Columbia Sportswears, Intels and Nikes of the next generation."

The five Oregon small businesses that received $301,146 in state grants, along with their product or technology, are:

DesignMedix: Drug to improve malaria treatment, $75,000
Energy Storage Systems: Safe, environmentally friendly grid storage battery system, $75,000
SupraSensor: Wireless nitrate testing device so farmers can use fertilizer more efficiently, $61,875
NemaMetrix: Improved drug screen for cheaper, faster testing, $49,100
HM3 Energy: Convert forest waste into biofuel briquettes to replace coal, $40,171

In developing their products, these companies have also received mentoring or investments from Oregon's signature research centers: Oregon Nanoscience & Microtechnologies Institute, Oregon BEST and the Oregon Translational & Drug Discovery Institute.

About Business Oregon: Our mission is to grow Oregon jobs, companies and communities. That work starts with helping entrepreneurs and existing Oregon businesses grow here at home. The SBIR/STTR fund is part of Business Oregon's strategy to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

About SBIR: Federal agencies that produce more than $100 million in external research annually must allocate 2.8% of their spending to SBIR. Currently, 11 federal agencies participate.

About STTR: Federal agencies that produce more than $1 billion in external research annually must allocate .3% to STTR. Five agencies participate.


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Framework Settlement Reached In Woodburn UGB Case
Woodburn Police - 04/17/15
Representatives from the City of Woodburn, Marion County, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Marion County Farm Bureau, Friends of Marion County, Kathleen Carl and Diane Mikkelson have agreed on a framework for Woodburn's proposed Urban Growth Boundary expansion.

The Framework for Mediation Settlement Agreement includes the map, procedures for adopting findings and a timeline for adoption. The Framework Agreement establishes the process for moving forward with final review by Land Conservation and Development Commission. The Framework Agreement came late Tuesday evening after a second mediation session.

The Framework Agreement will now go before the Woodburn City Council at a special meeting on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. It also must go before the Marion County Board of Commissioners.

Attached is a copy of the Framework Agreement and new UGB map.


Attached Media Files: Agreement and Map
Former Reynolds High Music Teacher Resigns
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 04/17/15
Band and orchestra teacher Justin Prunk resigned from his position on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) suspended his teaching license on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Mr. Prunk requested a one year military leave of absence on February 23, 2015. His official last day with the District prior to going on the granted military leave was March 13, 2015.

The District learned through media and confirmed with officials from the Oregon Air National Guard on April 16, 2015, that Mr. Prunk's military orders were rescinded on March 18, 2015 and he was not actively serving in the military. Mr. Prunk failed to inform the District of these details.

The safety of our students is a priority. Reynolds School District takes all complaints of inappropriate conduct with students seriously. The District took immediate action to report all complaints about Mr. Prunk to law enforcement authorities. The District also conducted a thorough investigation of all allegations and provided all materials to law enforcement and Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
Engraving Day Held at State's Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/17/15
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In preparation for the State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony, the name of a fallen officer from more than a century ago, was added today under the solemn watch of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Marshal Joseph Krechter of St. Paul, Oregon who was gunned down while breaking up a barroom brawl on September 11, 1906 will be honored during the state ceremony next month.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The memorial honors more than 180 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers. This event is open to the public and Governor Kate Brown is expected to be in attendance.

Marshal Joseph Krechter of St. Paul, Oregon who was gunned down while breaking up a barroom brawl on September 11, 1906 will be the 181st officer to be honored on the state's memorial. Marshal Krechter's murder had not been recognized on either the Oregon or national memorials. His story was discovered by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department historians who contacted Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, which today, provides law enforcement services to the City of St. Paul. Sheriff Myers requested that Marshal Joseph H. Krechter be honored on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial through the historic recognition process. The request was unanimously approved by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training and its Police Policy Committee.

Director Eriks Gabliks said "The addition of Marshal Krechter helps tell the story of Oregon's law enforcement history and the sacrifices made by men and women who took an oath to serve and protect."

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx


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Cowlitz County Sheriff Announces New Crime Tip Program
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/15
KELSO, WA - Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson announced today that his office is launching a new non-emergency crime fighting tool, and it is your very own cell phone.

The Sheriff's Office has contracted with a software company who has developed a phone app to accept anonymous tips from the public. The program is called "tip411" and is available in both Android and Apple formats.

"Citizens today are far more likely to text or email a tip than they are to make a phone call." said Sheriff Nelson. "This is technology that helps connect the Sheriff's Office with our citizens in a different way, and will enable us to get timely, anonymous information on crimes in Cowlitz County."

"The public is our greatest crime fighting resource. As fellow citizens, this is a collaborative between law enforcement and the public in an effort to help deal with crimes which occur here in Cowlitz County." Sheriff Nelson said. "In addition to phone reports and Crime Stoppers, we hope that the public will use this system to share information on suspicious activity, drug complaints, domestic violence, or other criminal incidents that they have information on. Another great feature is that it is interactive. A deputy can respond back with questions."

This program is not in conflict with Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers continues to be a county-wide program that offers the potential of a monetary reward for tips called in. However, tip411 provides a means for people to anonymously pass on non-emergent information through a means used more and more frequently; texting."

Often time's people see or have information about a crime, but are concerned about calling that information in and someone finding out who reported it. Through tip411, all reporting is anonymous. Where the tip information came from is scrambled, so it is virtually untraceable. "Even if law enforcement were to ask the company for it, they couldn't, and wouldn't be able to retrieve it." Sheriff Nelson said.

For right now, the Sheriff's Office is the only local agency offering this service. "While about one half of county's citizens live in within the city limits of one of our local communities, the police departments have not opted in to using the service at this time. We're the trial agency." Sheriff Nelson said. "We will forward tips on major crimes that have occurred in the cities, but cannot include all city crimes because the contract is for the number of citizens in the unincorporated area of the county that we serve directly."

To use tip411, county residents can simply text their tip from their cell phone to 847411 and begin their message with "CCSOtip". Or they can go to tip411 on their app provider and download "CCSOtip" on to their phone. Then they'll automatically be connected to send tip information and can opt in to receive selected alerts from the Sheriff's Office. Your cell provider's text messaging fees will apply.

"In addition to our Facebook page and Twitter, this is another way for us to connect with the folks we serve." Sheriff Nelson said, "And I like that."

Sheriff Nelson stresses that this is not for emergencies. "In an emergency, call 911."
Donation Provides Sheriff's K9's with Ballistic Vests
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/15
April 17, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit has been awarded ballistic vests for each of the canine's on the team due to a generous Washington County resident donation.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit has been awarded ballistic vests thanks to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The Sheriff's Office Foundation recently received a significant donation from a Washington County resident, Mrs. Donna Lane. Mrs. Lane wanted to ensure that the funds from her late husband's trust went specifically to serve the canines of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit requested to purchase ballistic bullet/stab resistant vests to each of the canines. This request was approved by the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation board.
Currently, the Sheriff's Canine Unit consists of three tracking teams, one narcotics team, and three canine teams dedicated to both tracking and narcotics detection (dual purpose canines).

The tracking dogs are trained to locate, follow, and alert on fresh human scent, which includes suspects who have fled from crime scenes or who have barricaded themselves in a building or house. The canines are also trained to protect the handler and to keep a violent or dangerous person from escaping. The new ballistic vests protect the canines while working alongside their handlers.

Sheriff's K9's Chase (Tracking), Oz (Tracking), Radar (Tracking), Stark (Dual), Tau (Narcotics), Taz (Dual) and Tux (Dual) each received a brand new bullet and stab resistant ballistic vests by Point Blank Body Armor. Each vest provides B-II level II protection and is one of the lightest, thinnest, and highest performing level II packages on the market today. The vests are proven effective for use during high risk deployments and are Department of Defense certified for Fragmentation Testing. Each vest is valued at $631.00 and is covered under a five year warranty.

To learn more about the Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit, visit our website here. For any additional information about the Sheriff's Office or various volunteer opportunities please call 503.846.2700 or check us out on-line at the following web address: www.wcsheriff-or.com.


Attached Media Files: PDF Flier with photos
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for April 22, 2015
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 04/17/15
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the district office board room. Reports to be presented at this meeting include: Oliver Elementary School building report, Centennial Transition Center building report, All Hands Raise report, student representative's report and superintendent's report.

New business items include the consideration of revised policies: JECBD - Homeless Students, IKH - Credit for Proficiency, GBDA - Mother Friendly Workplace, GBM - Staff Complaints, JFG - Student Searches, LBEA - Resident Student Denial for Virtual Public Charter School Attendance; as well as the consideration of final adoption of the 2015/2016 school year calendars. In addition the Board will have the first reading of proposed policy/AR revisions to the student behavior support policy.
Two PCC students earn national scholarships from Coca-Cola Foundation (Photo)
PCC - 04/17/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Community College students Tuong Hoang and Quynh Do can add "national scholars" to their academic résumés.

The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa (honor society for two-year colleges) announced they are among a select few from around the country recognized by the foundation for their academic work. Hoang was named one of 50 community college students from the United States and American Samoa who are 2015 New Century Scholars while Do was one of 50 selected from across the country as this year's Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholars. Hoang and Do will receive $2,000 and $1,500 in scholarships, respectively.

The New Century Scholars Program received more than 1,700 nominations from about 1,000 community colleges for selection. The scholars are picked by a consortium that includes the Coca-Cola Foundation, PTK, and the American Association of Community Colleges. The Coca-Cola Gold Scholars are based on scores the student earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition and is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa.

Tuong Hoang - New Century Scholar

Hoang is a 20-year-old international student from Vietnam who lives in Beaverton with a host family. The Rock Creek Campus student, who came to Portland in 2012, has been studying at the Beaverton campus for the past three years after starting in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program. She is now earning credits in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program and works as a student leader, serving as a club coordinator and director of programming. Hoang, who volunteers for the campus' International Student Club, is hoping to transfer to either Oregon State or Portland State universities.

The announcement was perfect timing for Hoang.

"It was a great way to celebrate my birthday," said Hoang, who has a 3.88 grade-point average and is on the college's Dean and President's Lists as well as the All-Oregon Academic Team 2015. "I'm really excited. I love PCC."

Hoang said the mechanical engineering field is perfect for her love of problem-solving and dreams of developing a company where people can order products off the internet that they can print out on their home 3D printers. She also wants to serve the community by mentoring women of color in the engineering field. In 2014, Hoang was the activity coordinator for the Rock Creek Campus Harvest Festival, assisting the college's +STEAM Club to inspire children and women to enter the science and math fields. She also organized the Rock Creek MLK Food Drive, collecting 2,000 pounds of food for the campus cantina to assist hungry, in-need students.

"One of my goals is to continue my community engagement," Hoang said. "I would love to mentor new international students, or women and minority groups who want to be in the engineering field. I want to give them support to show that they can do it."

Quynh Do - Coca-Cola Gold Scholar

Do, also from Vietnam, was selected as a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar and attends the Cascade Campus in North Portland. Two years ago, the Southeast Portland resident immigrated to the U.S. with her family. With her parents unable to speak English and working in low-income jobs, Do wasn't encouraged to go to college because some extended family thought it was too expensive and that she couldn't compete with American students.

"At some point, I thought I would just give up on education and just find a job to help my parents, but they would not let me do so," said Do, who also earned the Coca Cola Leader of Promise Scholarship last fall. "They told me I should keep the faith in myself and that was why I decided to enroll in PCC and become the first person in my family to go to college.

"The scholarships helped me to realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by such supportive people at PCC including my instructors and coordinators, and those who inspired me with their stories of moving on from past mistakes and being successful at school," she added.

The 22-year-old sports a 4.0 GPA and has been on the college President's List since fall term of 2013. She will finish her associate degree in June and transfer to either Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma or Seattle Pacific University in Seattle to finish her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. She wants to eventually apply to a pharmacy school.

Do is volunteering four hours a week at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., in its Anticoagulation Clinic. In addition, she works as the Cascade Campus student government diversity retention coordinator and assists the International Student Union. She also works at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in the Early Childhood Education and Chemistry Lab departments. Everything she is doing at PCC and in the community, she said, is driving her toward her end goal.

"I come from a family with many medical issues such as cancer, diabetes, chronic heart disease, and high blood pressure, so I was growing up knowing I would become a health worker one day to find the cure to diseases," Do added. "When I was a little older I found my passion with chemistry and that was why I wanted to go into pharmaceutical field."



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

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


Attached Media Files: Quynh Do , Tuong Hoang
Katie Anderson Receives OLA's 2015 Lampman Award (Photo)
Oregon State Library - 04/17/15
Katie Anderson (third from left) accepts the 2015 Lampman Award on April 17, 2015, with previous Lampman Award winners BJ Toewe, Carol Reich, and MaryKay Dahlgreen.
Katie Anderson (third from left) accepts the 2015 Lampman Award on April 17, 2015, with previous Lampman Award winners BJ Toewe, Carol Reich, and MaryKay Dahlgreen.
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Katie Anderson receives the 2015 Lampman Award from the Oregon Library Association.

The Children's Services Division of the Oregon Library Association (OLA) has selected Katie Anderson to receive the 2015 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award. Anderson is the Youth Services Consultant at the Oregon State Library.

The award, given out annually by the Children's Services Division of OLA, is named for Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children's books. The award was established in 1982 to honor an Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children's literature and library services.

Katie Anderson began her work as the Youth Services Consultant at the Oregon State Library in June of 2006. Her enthusiasm, energy, and imagination, along with nine years of experience, have contributed to her status as a librarian who has made a significant contribution to library services for children in Oregon.

Her accomplishments include her work with the Commission on Children and Families, with funding from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Foundation, to bring "Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library" training to all corners of the Oregon. She was instrumental in securing the funding and worked tirelessly with the project manager to assure an excellent learning experience for all involved.

Anderson has also become an integral member of the youth-serving divisions of the Oregon Library Association. Her participation in the Collaborative Summer Library Program goes above and beyond representing Oregon. She has persisted in speaking up at meetings to encourage changes that affect every child who participates in summer reading.

"Her tenacity in attending meetings and gatherings that might yield a valuable partnership is legendary," says State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen, who nominated Anderson for this award. "Katie is deeply committed to excellent library service for children and their caregivers and is an excellent spokesperson for that in all corners of our state."


Attached Media Files: Katie Anderson (third from left) accepts the 2015 Lampman Award on April 17, 2015, with previous Lampman Award winners BJ Toewe, Carol Reich, and MaryKay Dahlgreen.
Board Resolution Authorizes Bond Sale
Clackamas Community College - 04/17/15
OREGON CITY - The Board of Education at its April meeting passed a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds to finance capital construction at Clackamas Community College. Voters in the district in November approved a $90 million bond measure to update and modernize college facilities.
The bonds will mature over a period of 26 years or less from the date of issue and will be issued in $5,000 denominations. It is estimated that the structure of the bond will not result in a tax increase for property owners in the district.
The college is working with bond consultant Piper Jaffrey to structure the bond sale. The bonds are scheduled to be sold in May.
Planning for projects is underway at the college. For more information, please contact Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162.
Know what's below before you hoe
Pacific Power - 04/17/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power April 17, 2015
503-813-7291

Know what's below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act: dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

"Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. "Those may seem like simple, harmless maintenance projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die. It's that simple."

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don't know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood--and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn't be easier. It's a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent - nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations
Oregon Military Department - 04/17/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, April 20-23.

The night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
Traffic Advisory: Short section of SW Terwilliger Boulevard reduced to one lane for sawcutting on Tuesday April 21, 2015
Portland Water Bureau - 04/17/15
PORTLAND, OR -- A short stretch of SW Terwilliger Boulevard northbound lane at the traffic island on the corner of SW Terwilliger Boulevard and SW Capitol Highway will be closed from 9 am to 3 pm on Tuesday April 21. Both traffic lanes will reopen when the work is completed. Work will be done outside of commute hours.
Flaggers will be stationed to pass traffic through safely. Motorists are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorist to avoid traffic delays.
The contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be working in the road in preparation for the restoration of the traffic island as part of the SW Carolina Pump Mains-Phase 2 project. More information about the project can be found on the project webpage at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina
Red Cross Responds to Vancouver Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/17/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 1 adult and 4 children displaced by a single family fire. The fire took place in the 1900 block of West 31st St. in Vancouver, WA. The Red Cross provided lodging, food, shoes, infant supplies, formula, stuffed animals, comfort kits and information on disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Red Cross Responds to Vancouver Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/17/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 1 adult and 4 children displaced by a single family fire. The fire took place in the 1900 block of West 31st St. in Vancouver, WA. The Red Cross provided lodging, food, shoes, infant supplies, formula, stuffed animals, comfort kits and information on disaster health and disaster mental health services.
St. Stephen's Academy and Lake Bible Church announce agreement for facility use
St. Stephen's Academy - 04/17/15
BEAVERTON, OR: St. Stephen's Academy announced today that it has signed a lease with Lake Bible Church to host in the church's spacious academic facilities the school's upper division students for the 2015-2016 academic year, and potentially two additional years. The agreement will allow the school to continue to expand both its enrollment and its academic and extracurricular offerings.

"This is an important milestone in our school's history and will allow us the opportunity to wisely and systematically grow our school," said John S. Breckenridge, St. Stephen's Headmaster.

While students in grades K-6 will continue to use the facilities at the school's current site on Hall Boulevard in Beaverton, starting in September 2015 students in grades 7-12 will meet in the fully-equipped classroom space at Lake Bible Church, less than six miles to the south in Lake Oswego. The Lake Bible location boasts large classrooms, a science lab, offices, a gymnasium and auditorium, additional meeting space, student lockers, and a large outdoor field.

"This is an incredible facility, built as a school from the beginning," Breckenridge said. "It will allow us to take the next steps in our desire to become one of the leading classical Christian schools on the West Coast, and one of the leading schools of any kind in greater Portland. This development will enhance our ability to develop 'Centers of Excellence' in our school, such as enhanced offerings in music, drama and science. It will also afford us the opportunity to take the next reasonable steps in our desire to grow the school's extracurricular and sports offerings."

The agreement will allow St. Stephen's to potentially add second sections to three more grades, 1st, 3rd, and 5th, and gives it added flexibility to adapt to future demands. Enrollment at the school grew from 175 in the 2013-2014 school year to 210 this year, moving it closer toward its goal of serving 400 students.

"This is a win-win for our entire school community," Breckenridge said.

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St. Stephen's Academy is a classical Christian school in Beaverton, Oregon, serving students in kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The school is the only classical Christian school in Beaverton and has been serving the greater Portland area for sixteen years. Its campus is located at 7275 SW Hall Boulevard, on the same site as Evergreen Presbyterian Church.

Lake Bible Church, formed in 1979, is a solidly evangelical fellowship (of the Baptist tradition) whose "brand" is no-nonsense Bible teaching that aims to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." The stated mission of Lake is "to bring people to Christ, build them up in Christ to send them out for Christ." Etched in the narthex marble is this watchword: "A church where people care and truth matters."
04/16/15
Oregon City Police Department to conduct a Pedestrian Safety Operation
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/16/15
The Oregon City Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on Tuesday April 21st, 2015. This operation will be held on 7th St. near John Adams St. in Oregon City, OR between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

The primary focus of this operation is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. Through the use of a decoy pedestrian, who will be a police officer, the Oregon City Police Department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of the pedestrian right away laws. Warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone.

The members of the Oregon City Police Department are dedicated to enhancing the safety of both citizens and guests of the city. Funding for the pedestrian safety operation is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.
Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE
Clark County Public Information & Outreach - 04/16/15
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office

The name of the decedent: Lynch, Mycheal Age: 32 Yrs

This individual died on 03/22/2015 in Vancouver, WA.
The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Anoxic Encephalopathy
Due To: Cardiac Dysrhythmia During Struggle and Methamphetamine Intoxication

Manner of death: Homicide

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

Media release issue date: Prepared 04/16/2015


Dennis Wickham, MD
Clark County Medical Examiner
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Friday April 17
Portland Police Bureau - 04/16/15
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Friday April 17, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

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

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

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Neighborhood Groups Host Community Meeting for Proposed Intergenerational Affordable Housing Development
City of Beaverton - 04/16/15
BEAVERTON, Ore.--The Central Beaverton and Highland Neighborhood Association Committees (NACs) have scheduled a community meeting on Thursday, April 23 for residents to learn more about the proposed Bridge Meadows development.


The NAC meeting will be held at the Beaverton Activities Center, 12500 SW Allen Blvd. on Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will give residents an opportunity to ask questions about intergenerational affordable housing and Bridge Meadows' plans to build in Beaverton.


Bridge Meadows is a nationally-known, local nonprofit specializing in intergenerational housing for adop¬tive families of foster children. The nonprofit blends seniors, youth and foster families into a supportive community.


Bridge Meadows is planning to purchase property owned by Beaverton Christian Church as well as surrounding property owners. The nonprofit hopes to build a two-story community of 37 units that will be home to low-income seniors and families in the process of adopting foster children.


The property Bridge Meadows is interested in is located off SW Allen Blvd. and is appealing to the nonprofit because of its proximity to nearby schools, parks, grocery stores, churches, public transportation and community gathering spots.


"Bringing affordable senior housing to Beaverton--as well as housing for families that are in the process of adopting foster children--is a top priority for the city," said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. "This model creates caring, nurturing relationships between seniors and families with foster children. It draws on their strengths and helps build a connected community."


For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov or call 503-526-2543. For information about Bridge Meadows, visit www.bridgemeadows.org or call 503-526-2543.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Woodland principal shares efforts behind school's success
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 04/16/15
For the third year in a row Woodland Intermediate School has won a Washington Achievement Award. The school is being honored in the category of High Progress for 2014.

"I wish the award could have every staff member and student name on it," said WIS principal Chris Wiseman. "Everybody plays a role."

Wiseman said his 51-member staff has banded together over the past eight years to do cutting-edge work in scheduling, developing daily school-wide academic intervention blocks, deepening staff understanding of instructional differentiation and maintaining a multi-year academic focus. The school also has implemented multiple social-emotional support programs that have positively impacted students not only socially but academically as well.

WIS also won School of Distinction awards in 2007 and 2008.

The High Progress honor is awarded to the top 10 percent of schools where the all-students group makes the most progress in reading and math over three years. The Progress Score is computed by adding an Achievement Score and an Improvement Score.

The award seems to reflect the philosophy behind WIS's achievement assemblies, in which the whole school gathers to acknowledge both student successes and improvements.

"It's not all about being the best," Wiseman said. "It's about being an individual and getting better."

WIS and the other 400 award-winning Washington schools will be honored at a ceremony April 28 at Spanaway Lake High School in Bethel School District.

"The Achievement Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the school communities who have made the greatest difference in the lives of Washington students," said State Board of Education Chairwoman Isabel Muñoz-Colón. "The State Board hopes to use this opportunity to share schools' results and their stories so that we can replicate their great work in other areas of the state."

When the new Achievement Award banner arrives at WIS, it will quickly join the banners from 2012 and 2013 that are hanging in the school's entryway.

"It's a reminder of what hard work and dedication can bring you," Wiseman said.
UPDATE - Residential Burglary Suspect Arrested in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/16/15
The suspect in this case, 23-year-old, Ryan J. Kracke has been booked at the Multnomah County Jail. He is being charged with Burglary I, Theft II x 2, Possession of Methamphetamine and Criminal Mischief II.

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On Thursday April 16, 2015, at 7:21 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a residential burglary in the 5200 block of Southeast 113th Avenue. As officers were responding, additional information was received that the homeowner confronted the suspect and the suspect ran away into the neighborhood.

Several officers, including a Police K-9, began searching the neighborhood and eventually located the suspect on Southeast 117th Avenue, just South of Reedway Street. The suspect, an adult male, was taken into custody and positively identified by the victim.

Burglary detectives are continuing the investigation and the suspect's name and charges will be released upon his booking into the Multnomah County Jail.

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

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Public has opportunity for input on hospital review
Salem Health - 04/16/15
Salem Hospital is applying for re-designation of its Magnet(R) status, a prestigious designation that recognizes clinical excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), sponsor of the Magnet Recognition Program(R), will be at Salem Hospital June 1 through 3 for a hospital review.

Salem Hospital was originally designated as a Magnet organization in 2010 by the ANCC and is one of only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide to receive this honor.


Public comments welcome


Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via email, fax or direct mail. All phone comments to the Magnet Program Office must be followed up in writing.

Your comments are confidential and never shared with Salem Hospital. If you choose, your comments may be anonymous, but must be in writing. All comments must be received by May 23.


Address:

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Magnet Recognition Program Office
8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492
Fax: 301-628-5217
E-mail: magnet@ana.org
Phone: 866-588-3301 (toll-free)


Salem Hospital has submitted information for the appraisers to review. During the on-site visit June 1 through 3, Magnet appraisers will talk with staff throughout the hospital and with patients.

"Magnet designation is about what we do every day," said Sarah Horn, Salem Health chief nursing officer. "It is about providing excellent patient care in an environment that focuses on continuous improvement and positive outcomes."

"Achieving and maintaining Magnet status is not easy because the standards increase every year," said Margo Halm, Salem Health director of nursing research, professional practice and Magnet. "We have 40 to 50 specialty practice teams focused on continually improving patient care. Efforts of teams throughout the hospital contribute to improving outcomes for our patients and that is what Magnet is really all about."

Salem Hospital is a part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
2015 Earth Day Event at Waldo Park, Salem
City of Salem - 04/16/15
Restoring Waldo Park by removing invasive English Ivy

Salem's No Ivy Coalition will be out on Earth Day, April 22, 2015, to begin restoration of Salem's smallest park, Waldo Park (605 Summer Street NE). Located in downtown Salem, this park consists only of a heritage tree, which was planted in 1872, and English Ivy. Volunteers will be removing the English Ivy, covering the ground with mulch, and eventually (by Fall 2016) replanting with a native plant ground cover.

There will be educational materials available and staff from many local organizations such as Audubon, Marion County Environmental Services, Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, and Straub Environmental Center.

English Ivy is destructive to trees, ground, and native habitat. Removing the English Ivy at Waldo Park will help preserve the Sequoia and serve as a demonstration and educational project for our community about the dangers of non-native invasive plants.

Widely planted as a ground cover, English Ivy (Hedera helix) has become one of the most aggressive non native plants ever seen in the Pacific Northwest. Ivy has a deadly effect on trees by:

* Robbing trees of ground moisture and nutrients;
* Blocking sunlight from reaching the tree's leaves;
* Adding weight to limbs and trunks, causing them to fall;
* Acting as a reservoir for bacteria that cause leaf scorch, which causes leaves to die; and
* Holding excess moisture on the bark, contributing to rot and decay.

Any combination of these factors can lead to a decline in tree health in only a few years.
Ivy produces small greenish flowers followed by clusters of black berries, which are then eaten and
spread into new plants and areas by birds.

The No Ivy Coalition invites you to combat ivy on your property. As a first step, cut ivy flowers and seeds to help prevent the spread. Generally, ivy blooms once it has climbed up something. To help reduce the spread, pull ivy from trees and trellises and cut back from the base of the trees. As a final step, remove ivy as ground cover and replace with native plants.

The No Ivy Coalition is made up of Salem's residents, businesses, and organizations working with the City of Salem and Marion Soil and Water Conservation District to control and eradicate English Ivy in Salem. They hold regular work parties to remove ivy in City parks and strive to educate Salem's residents about English Ivy and other invasive species.

Blog: salemnoivycoalition.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/salemnoivycoalition

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Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore Honored With Prestigious Award (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/16/15
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Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore was honored at the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) conference in Bend on April 15 with the prestigious Karlyn Campbell award.

The award is presented to the member who has provided exemplary service and support to OACP and has distinguished themselves as a mentor to others in the organization. The recipient offers guidance and encouragement to those around them and displays a nurturing nature that cultivates professional growth. Emblazoned on the impressive award was the following inscription, "You have always displayed a compassionate mentoring demeanor, offering guidance and encouragement to those around you. Your nurturing nature has cultivated the professional growth of numerous law enforcement executives in our association."

OACP was formed in 1953 with a mission to promote and enhance the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout Oregon. The Association is proud to have over 200 members consisting of not only chiefs of police, but also other law enforcement and public sector partners.


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Body found on shore of Columbia River near Kalama, Wa. Body is decomposed.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/16/15
Cowlitz County: Today at about 7:00 a.m. fisherman found a decomposed body (male) on the short of the Columbia River about 1 mile south of Kalama Wa. The body was turned over to the Cowlitz County Coroner who will be working to identify the decease and determine the cause of death.
St. Mary's Academy auction exceeds $1 million; Breaks auction fundraising record
St. Mary's Acad. (Downtown) - 04/16/15
Portland, Ore. - St. Mary's Academy's 27th Annual Auction: A Moment to Sparkle raised a record-breaking $1,070,000. This extraordinary amount is the largest in the history of the event and $170,000 over last year.

"We are so grateful to our generous supporters who attended and participated in our annual auction. The magnitude of the auction's success is a testament to the strong belief our parents, alumnae and benefactors have in the value of a St. Mary's Academy education. The funds raised at the auction will allow St. Mary's to continue to provide a premier college-preparatory Catholic education to young women," said St. Mary's Academy President Christina Friedhoff.

More than 700 guests joined St. Mary's Academy at the Oregon Convention Center's Portland Ballroom the evening of Saturday, April 11. The success of the auction is attributed, in part, to auction co-chairs, Molly Mathews Bjorklund '85 and Marilyn Whitaker, both parents of current St. Mary's students. Sparkling examples of volunteer leadership, these women inspired participation and altruism leading up to and on the night of the event. Cathy Marshall of KGW served as the mistress of ceremonies for the evening, keeping the crowd excited and engaged.

"It was a spectacular night that celebrated the best of St. Mary's. Our donors were extraordinarily generous and the energy and enthusiasm for St. Mary's was palpable. We are so grateful for the leadership of our co-chairs, Marilyn Brown Whitaker and Molly Bjorklund Mathews '85 who worked tirelessly on behalf of the school. It's an exciting time to be a part of St. Mary's as we set the stage for a bold future ahead," said St. Mary's Academy's Vice President for Development, Emily Niedermeyer Becker '86.

Highlights of the evening included Bids for Kids, an opportunity for auction guests to contribute to the school's tuition assistance program, led by Sister Linda Patrick '76, Assistant Principal and a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the school's founding order. Bids for Kids raised a record-breaking more than $300,000 in support of the 41 percent of St. Mary's families who receive financial aid. This was leveraged by a challenge grant provided by the B.P., Lester and Regina John Foundation and the OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation. Sister Linda will retire at the end of the school year after serving St. Mary's for 20 years.

The auction is St. Mary's largest annual fundraising event. Proceeds from the auction benefit the more than 700 students who attend St. Mary's Academy.

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St. Mary's Academy is a Catholic high school for young women located in the heart of downtown Portland that provides a challenging college-preparatory education with a focus on developing the whole person. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy is Oregon's oldest continuously operating secondary school and offers a supportive learning environment to a diverse student body from more than 35 cities in urban, suburban and rural Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information about St. Mary's Academy, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org.
Wells Fargo Museum in Portland features new stagecoach photography exhibit (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 04/16/15
This photo is among the eight in a free exhibit at the Wells Fargo Museum in Portland.
This photo is among the eight in a free exhibit at the Wells Fargo Museum in Portland.
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PORTLAND -- The Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown Portland is featuring a new photography exhibit entitled "The Art of the Stagecoach" from now until May 31.

The free museum is located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Center at 1300 S.W. 5th Ave. It is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"The stagecoach represents Wells Fargo's endurance and commitment to be there for our customers now and over time," said Museum Manager Steve Greenwood. "The familiar sight of a Wells Fargo stagecoach pulled by spirited horses across the land inspired a sense of progress and security, as well as demonstrating strength and stability. This combination of the intrepid stagecoach moving through pristine scenery creates inspiring images that reflect the American spirit."

The exhibit features eight recent works by photographer Patrick James Michel. The photos showcase Wells Fargo's iconic stagecoach in a contemporary, yet timeless style.

Museum visitors can also watch a video showing the process of creating the images and the behind-the-scenes action to produce them.

This exhibit will be featured at other selected Wells Fargo History Museums across the country after the Portland show. All Wells Fargo museums are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the museum at (503) 886-1102. More information about stagecoach history is at wellsfargohistory.com.

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Attached Media Files: This photo is among the eight in a free exhibit at the Wells Fargo Museum in Portland.
UPDATE: Major Crash Team Responding to Investigate a Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Airport Way (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/16/15
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The driver in this incident has been identified as 22-year-old Brady Jackson of Gresham, Oregon.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Northeast Airport Way has been reopened to all traffic. The deceased driver has been tentatively identified as a 22-year-male. Family has not yet been notified so no name will be released.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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On Wednesday April 15, 2015, at 4:53 a.m., North Precinct officers on patrol located a single vehicle crash in the 14900 block of Northeast Airport Way. Officers and medical personnel attended to the lone occupant, who was deceased.

The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree in front of the Portland Police Bureau's Training Complex.

Eastbound Airport Way is closed just past Northeast 148th Avenue and will remain so for several hours. Alternate routes include Marine Drive or Sandy Boulevard.

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

Updates are not expected until later this morning.

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Red Cross Assists at Multi-Family Fire in Northeast Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/16/15
Volunteer disaster team members with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster that occurred this morning in the 8200 block Sandy Blvd in Portland, Oregon. This multi-family fire affected two adults and five children. Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Cowlitz Sheriff K-9 tracks down burglar. Man arrested. Longview Wash.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/16/15
Longview, Wash - Earlier today at about 0223hrs a Millennium Bulk Terminal industrial site security officer found a man hiding on their property. He fled when the security guard contacted him. Sheriff Deputies responded, including Deputy Brent Harris and his K-9 "Fritz". Deputies found pipes near the fence that the suspect had placed in an attempt to steal them. They found a spot in the fence where the suspect had fled. K-9 Fritz tracked the man across the highway and found him hiding in the brush. The man admitted to entering the business. He was booked for Burglary 2nd degree.

SUSPECTED: Skondin, Samuel W. 40 years old. He gave a Ferndale Wa. address.

We do NOT have pictures to share.

Mr. Skondln has an extensive record of scrapping metal.
NW Natural Employees Cut Waste, One Paper Coffee Cup at a Time
NW Natural - 04/16/15
A Dozen Organizations Adopt NW Natural's Innovative Sustainability Program for Earth Month


PORTLAND, Ore. - A NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) workplace sustainability initiative to limit the number of disposable coffee cups employees use is spilling over to other workplaces in downtown Portland during Earth Month in April.

Through NW Natural's one-of-a-kind 'Reduce. Reuse. Recaffeinate.' program, employees receive cards that participating coffee shops punch each time the employee uses a reusable cup. Employees then turn in full cards for prizes from NW Natural.

The company's Green Team came up with the incentive-based program after a waste audit tracked the amount of paper cups being thrown away each day. The cups can't be composted or recycled due to a polyethylene plastic lining.

"At NW Natural, environmental stewardship is one of our core values," said Holly Meyer, NW Natural's energy policy and sustainability manager. "We advocate energy efficiency and carbon-offset programs for our customers, but we want to ensure our employees are working through a stewardship lens as well. Our Green Team leads the way for sustainability-related behavioral change - from building a bike commuting culture and implementing two-way teleconferencing in place of driving to meetings, to our new coffee cup program."

Since the 'Reduce. Reuse. Recaffeinate' program started six months ago, NW Natural estimates the company's 600 central office employees have kept 2,500 paper coffee cups out of the landfill.

Now, 13 additional organizations are taking part in the coffee cup challenge as part of PDX Green Teams Unite. The group, that NW Natural helped co-found, brings together businesses, nonprofits and government entities to work jointly on sustainability efforts. They include:


* Bonneville Environmental Foundation
* CLEAResult
* Craft Brew Alliance
* EarthShare Oregon
* Ecova
* Energy Trust of Oregon
* Full Creative
* Howard S. Wright Construction
* Interface Engineering
* Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
* NW Natural
* Pacific Continental Bank
* The Standard
* Wild Salmon Center


If employees at each of the participating organizations - 3,000 collectively - chose a reusable rather than a disposable cup five times during April, it could save more than 2,500 metric tons of carbon waste or nearly 6,000 trees.

In addition to participating in the coffee cup challenge, PDX Green Teams Unite will take part in other earth- friendly events each day this month. Activities include lunch n' learns on sustainable food systems and reducing water use, kayaking to Ross Island to remove ivy, and pulling ivy in Forest Park. Visit www.facebook.com/pdxgreenteams for a full list of activities and to learn more about PDX Green Teams Unite.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 705,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
Traffic Advisory: SW Burlingame Terrace closed to all but local traffic
Portland Water Bureau - 04/16/15
Road restoration work on SW Burlingame Terrace will begin the week of April 20, 2015 and will continue for six to eight weeks. The road will be closed to all but local traffic during this time.
A Portland Water Bureau water main installation project was completed last fall and the restoration work was postponed until warmer weather.
Motorists are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.

Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina
Dr. Rex Fuller appointed president of Western Oregon University (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 04/16/15
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MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE), upon the recommendation of the Western Oregon University (WOU) Board of Trustees and the Oregon University System Chancellor, appointed Dr. Rex Fuller as the new WOU president. Fuller will assume his duties on July 1, 2015, when the WOU Board of Trustees also assumes all governance responsibility over the university. Mark Weiss, the current WOU president, retires on June 30, 2015.

Upon his appointment, Fuller said: "I am deeply honored to join Western Oregon University as president. During my interview, my wife and I were impressed with the high quality of life in Monmouth. We also found passionate alumni and community supporters of the university. Western has a well-established record of excellence and a long tradition of access, affordability and student success. I look forward to working with WOU's new Board to engage the campus and surrounding communities as we determine our path forward in the changing conditions that impact higher education in Oregon and the nation."

David Yaden, chair of the outgoing OSBHE stated: "We are lucky to have the State Board, the WOU Board, and the Western community come together behind Dr. Fuller's appointment. His appointment as WOU president is a promising sign for Western Oregon University's future. We all look forward to great things to come."

Jim Baumgartner, chair of the WOU Board of Trustees, said: "This is an exciting time for Western Oregon University. Amid all of the changes in higher education governance, we are pleased to have such an experienced and inspiring leader as Dr. Fuller join us at WOU. Given his demonstrated commitment to public universities, the WOU Board has every confidence that Dr. Fuller's transition to Western will be seamless and that he will continue to advance Western and its commitment to serving students in their effort to succeed."

Fuller comes to Western Oregon University from Eastern Washington University (EWU) in Cheney, Wash. Since 2011, Fuller has served as EWU provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to his appointment as EWU provost, Fuller was the EWU executive dean, coordinating EWU programs in Spokane, from 2008-12, EWU dean of business and public administration from 2006-10, dean of the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University from 2000-06, and the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 1990-2000. Fuller received his B.A. in Public Administration from California State University-Chico and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah.


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Join us for what could be the biggest "Walk MS: Portland 2015" event to date, scheduled Saturday, April 18. (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 04/16/15
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Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other--a day to join together, to celebrate the progress we've made, and to show the power of our connections.

From start to finish, Walk MS Portland is a fun, heartfelt, family-friendly event. Eat tasty food, drink refreshing beverages, take a selfie with Betty & Norman (our Walk MS Monsters), and head off from the starting line to the rhythmic pulse of The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers. Move at the pace that's most convenient for you and your friends (this is no race). The 5K route covers 3.1 miles from Pioneer Courthouse Square, along the waterfront, across the Steel Bridge, south along the eastside esplanade, back across the Hawthorne Bridge, and completes at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Then celebrate at the finish line to the sounds of the Power Pep Band.

When you raise funds through Walk MS, you give hope to the more than 8,100 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Register now for free and start fundraising today at: walkMS.org

Saturday, April 18
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97204
View with Google Maps
Site Opens: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00am
Estimated Ending Time: 1:00pm

REGISTER NOW
Go to WalkMS.org

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

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

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

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

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


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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (Photo)
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The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office is partnering with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force for a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol Mall, 900 Court St. NE.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). The month offers an opportunity to continue the process of eliminating sexual assault and to ensure all service members are treated with dignity and respect. The purpose is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

With more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving, the Oregon National Guard is a vital institution within the state. Citizen Soldiers and Airmen possess a crucial tie between military and civilian society. As a fundamental institution the military as a whole and the Oregon National Guard in particular, are fully committed to a cultural shift in sexual assault awareness and prevention.

"Preventing Sexual Assault in our military requires a personal commitment from all service members, at every level, to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding standards of behavior and military core values," said Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense.

This year's theme is Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part."

Eliminate Sexual Assault: Every service member, at every level in our military, must know, understand and adhere to service values and standards of behavior in order to eliminate sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior.

Know your Part: Means that each military member has a unique role in preventing and responding to sexual assault. We must recognize our part in stopping this crime starting with knowing when and where to intervene.

Do Your Part: We have to act. If we see a crime or inappropriate behavior unfolding, we need to step in to prevent it, adding our voice to the call to end sexual assault.

Education and awareness are the key in reaching our objective. Through this event we not only hope to bring the local community together, but to demonstrate our resolve and dedication to the transformation of sexual assault prevention and response.


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VPS employee is ESD 112 region Classified School Employee of the Year (Photo)
ESD 112 - 04/16/15
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A Vancouver Public Schools employee has been named 2015 Classified School Employee of the Year for the ESD 112 region. The award is given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and recognizes an outstanding classified school employee in each ESD region of the state.

Eddie Sawyer, an Instructional Technology Facilitator for VPS received the award based on points acquired through his: professional biography, outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration, resume, and letters of recommendation.

Sawyer has been an Instructional Technology Facilitator for Vancouver Public Schools since 1999. A 1994 graduate of Fort Vancouver High School, Sawyer began his career with Vancouver Public Schools as a high school summer intern. Sawyer earned his Associate's Degree from Clark College in 1998 and his Bachelor's Degree from Washington State University in 2006.

In his work with VPS, Sawyer has directly impacted the lives of students by putting devices into their hands as part of the district's 1:1 initiative. He led a project to introduce students with autism to devices, helping them to communicate and connect with others in a way they had not been able to do before. He works with staff to train them on the use of devices and helps troubleshoot issues that arise throughout the process.

Sawyer has dabbled in everything from network administration to helping craft district policy around student 1:1 devices. "I like the challenge of being a modern day 'jack-of-all-trades' and I've learned how my work affects students, teachers and our district leaders," said Sawyer.

In a nomination letter, 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year Mark Ray writes "What makes Eddie unique is his ability to effectively work with others and to think like a student, a teacher, a technician, a principal and a district leader, sometimes all at once."

"While I am not a teacher, I work with exceptional teachers every day in the Instructional Technology Department and in buildings," he said. "And I have come to understand what it takes to make sure students can be successful."

"Over the last 22 years, Eddie has been part of the technology leadership that has come to define Vancouver Public Schools," said Superintendent Steven Webb. "While he began as a student tech stringing data cables and answering help desk calls, he is now a central figure in our digital transformation. In the current school year, Eddie is leading the technical deployment of 5,000 iPads to virtually all of our middle school students, enabling innovative assessment in kindergarten classrooms, and supporting a host of next generation digital content pilots."

Sawyer will be recognized along with honorees from other regions of the state by Superintendent Randy Dorn May in Olympia and at a Governor's reception in June. Sawyer's application will be forwarded to the state level for consideration for the Washington State Classified Employee of the Year award.


ABOUT ESD 112:
Educational Service District 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to a child care consortium. There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools, two state schools and 26 child care centers serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.

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Albany Police Continue to Investigate Home Invasion Robbery: 15-6836 (Photo)
Albany Police - 04/16/15
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Albany Police are continuing to investigate a home invasion robbery that occurred on 04-06-15.

Attached is a forensics sketch of one of the suspects, who is further described below:

Light skinned Hispanic male, 18-23 years, tall & stocky.

Shaved short dark hair, "Baby face" with "peach fuzz" mustache.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Albany Police Department at (541)917-7680.


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Capture history on Earth Day as Gresham celebrates energy net zero status
City of Gresham - 04/16/15
EMBARGOED - NOT FOR PUBLICATION

GRESHAM, Ore. - Capture a major environmental milestone - complete with kids, cupcakes and kudos - as the City of Gresham celebrates energy net zero status for its wastewater treatment plant on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at the plant, located at 20015 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

Net zero refers to the energy equation: the Gresham plant now produces about the same amount of power it uses in a year. It's the first treatment plant in the Pacific Northwest, and one of only a handful in the nation, to reach this green goal.

A unique collaboration with the non-profit Energy Trust of Oregon, as well the Oregon Department of Energy and the Global Fortune 500 company Veolia, the project will save Gresham ratepayers $500,000 a year and reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions.

Reporters can capture remarks by:
* Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis
* Energy Trust of Oregon Board President Debbie Kitchin
* Oregon Department of Energy Director Michael Kaplan
* Veolia North America Vice President of Operations for Southern California Rick Smith
* National Energy Technology Laboratory Research & Development Area Lead David Alman

About 80 fourth-graders from nearby Wilkes Elementary School, who are studying energy, will be on hand and tour the plant. Another big visual opportunity: Attendees will count down to zero and form the number on the lawn - which photographers can capture from a nearby first-floor rooftop.

A press release will be available at the event, with an explainer about the renewable energy processes at the Gresham plant. Officials will be available for interviews.

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Oregon Perinatal Collaborative Commits to Safely Reduce First-Time C-Sections
March of Dimes - 04/16/15
The Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), a group of health care leaders in Oregon, is making an effort to safely reduce the rate of C-sections, particularly for women who haven't had one before. In order to affect this change, the collaborative leaders are implementing strategies for successful birth in labor and delivery departments throughout Oregon. OPC recommends all Oregon providers delivering babies review and adopt these best practice strategies that will support safe deliveries in all labor units throughout Oregon. OPC endorsed strategies for successful birth can be found here http://www.oahhs.org/quality/quality-resources.

"Cesarean section is an essential part of our armamentarium in Obstetrics; however, it is associated with rare but serious complications particularly in future pregnancies. The best way to minimize these complications is to prevent the first Cesarean section whenever this can be safely accomplished," said Mark Tomlinson, MD, Regional Director of Obstetric Services, Providence Health and Services.

In the US one in three women in 2013 gave birth by Cesarean section delivery. Oregon rates increased from 19.8% in 2000 to 28 % in 2013. Although Cesarean birth can be lifesaving, it also carries risk for both the mother and fetus.

Several factors have influenced increasing rates over the past twenty years, including women delaying childbearing, increasing rates of diabetes and consumer request. Of particular concern is the rise in "primary" or "first" Cesarean sections which lead to subsequent Cesarean births greater that 90% of the time. Variation of labor management can also drive Cesarean section births. "It is important to standardize best practices to provide consistent outcomes that ultimately result in better health, better healthcare and better patient satisfaction," said Diane Waldo, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM, LNCC, Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

The Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), convened by March of Dimes in 2011 to eliminate early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks, is a group of health care leaders in Oregon focused on improving perinatal outcomes through collaboration and evidence-based practices. "This collaborative brings a power to understand and improve processes of perinatal care that is unprecedented in our state and will be instrumental in optimizing our outcomes and the safety of Oregon mothers and babies," said Duncan Neilson, MD, Clinical Vice President of Women's and Surgical Services, Legacy Health.

In an effort to support safe deliveries, the collaborative has broadened their focus to review and endorse strategies related to labor management that support safe, successful birth--all births, not exclusive to early elective deliveries. This focus in in alignment with the work of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) as well as nationally sponsored initiatives by the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) aiming to safely decrease primary Cesarean sections. "I believe that through this collaborative work, we can make Oregon the best place to have a baby in the U.S.," said Aaron B. Caughey, MD, PhD. Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Women's Health Research and Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University.


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--MEDIA MEMBERS ONLY--

For interview opportunities contact:

Mark Tomlinson, MD, Regional Director of Obstetrics, Providence Health and Services
mtomlinson@whallc.com and mark.tomlinson@providence.org
503 416-7565

Diane Waldo, MBA, BSN, RN,CPHQ, CPHRM, LNCC, Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
diane.waldo@oahhs.org
503-479-6016

Duncan Neilson, MD, Clinical Vice President of Women's Services and Surgical Services at Legacy Health
dneilson@lhs.org
503-413-3622

Aaron B. Caughey, MD, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Women's Health Research and Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University
caughey@ohsu.edu
503-494-2999
Suspect Armed with Gun and Pepper Spray Robs Argay Neighborhood Tavern
Portland Police Bureau - 04/16/15
On Thursday April 16, 2015, at 2:16 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Venture Inn, located at 13900 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, on the report of an armed robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that just before closing time, the suspect entered the bar and sprayed pepper spray with one hand, while holding a handgun in the other hand.

The suspect demanded money and after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, left the bar without further incident.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his 40s, wearing a black hoody and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Robbery Detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Lewis & Clark Takes Top Honor in Princeton Review Ranking of 'Greenest' Colleges
Lewis & Clark - 04/16/15
Portland, Ore. -- Number one. That's the spot Lewis & Clark earned in the Princeton Review's ranking of 353 most environmentally responsible colleges and universities.

"This honor is validation of the progress we make when we work together in common purpose," said Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner. "Throughout our three schools, from our facilities to our academic offerings--including our top-ranked program in environmental law--we integrate research, learning, and action. At Lewis & Clark, we're always building on our strengths."

Princeton Review, the education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features, tallied the scores for 861 colleges this year. They used data from their 2013-14 institutional survey, as well as student surveys that asked about each school's sustainability-related practices, policies, and academic offerings. Results included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus, administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts, and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

Among the more than 10,000 college applicants the Princeton Review surveyed in 2014 for its "College Hopes & Worries Survey," 61 percent said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school.

"I'm incredibly proud of my Lewis & Clark colleagues for the creativity, ingenuity, and thoughtfulness they bring to our sustainability efforts every day," said Janice Weis, associate dean of Lewis & Clark Law School, chair of the Lewis & Clark Sustainability Council, and director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program.

Originally developed in 2007 with ecoAmerica, a nonprofit environmental organization, the Princeton Review updated and modified its "Green Rating" criteria in 2012 as part of a collaboration that brought the company together with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Sierra magazine, and the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI).

"Lewis & Clark is a stellar example of an institutional commitment to sustainability," said the Princeton Review's Senior Vice President and Publisher Rob Franek. "From their focus on fundamentals--including resource efficiency and conservation--to their many initiatives that have engaged campus-wide support for sustainability, Lewis & Clark's faculty, staff, students, and alumni really do live their rallying cry, 'Earth Day, Every Day.'"

The Lewis & Clark community will celebrate this honor with an event and reception on Earth Day, which this year takes place next Wednesday, April 22. Confirmed guests include Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (J.D. '85), Warm Springs Tribal Chief Delvis Heath, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (B.A. '70 and J.D. '76), trustees, faculty, alumni, and neighbors.


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04/15/15
Missing Endangered Adult (Photo) Update
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/15/15
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Portland Police have located Amy Kaelin safe and she was transported to a local hospital for further care. Beaverton Police Department would like to thank everyone for looking for Amy and a special thanks to Portland Police for their efforts in locating her.
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The Beaverton Police Department needs your help in locating a missing endangered adult. On April 15, 2015 36 year old Amy Marie Kaelin was reported missing by her family. Kaelin was last seen being dropped off at the Embassy Suites located at 319 SW Pine Street Portland, Oregon at 3:40 AM this morning. Amy is most likely having a mental health episode and we do not believe she is a danger to the public.

Amy is described as a Caucasian female adult approximately 5'6" tall, 135 lbs, brown hair and green eyes. Amy was last seen wearing black yoga pants, black hooded sweatshirt and carrying a brown purse.

The Beaverton Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating Amy. If anyone has seen Amy or knows her whereabouts we ask they call Beaverton Police at 503-629-0111.
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Deployed Oregon National Guard Soldiers return home to Central Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/15/15
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REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard welcomed home approximately 175 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as they arrived in Redmond, Oregon, April 15, following their overseas deployment.

The Soldiers of 1-82 Cavalry Squadron spent nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The squadron is headquartered in Bend, Oregon, with companies also located in Klamath Falls, Lebanon and Redmond. The Soldiers will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the formal demobilization ceremony scheduled to be held in their honor, May 16, at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend.

More deployed Oregon Army National Guard units are expected to arrive this spring and summer.

The 234th Engineer Company, based in Warrenton, Oregon, is scheduled to welcome home approximately 160 Soldiers from Kuwait in late April. The Soldiers conducted carpentry, plumbing and electrical construction on military facilities throughout Kuwait and the surrounding region during their deployment. A formal demobilization ceremony is scheduled for May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.

The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team will welcome home two more battalion-sized elements that also provided security and support missions in Afghanistan.

The 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, headquartered in Springfield (with companies also based in Corvallis, Gresham and Hillsboro) will welcome home approximately 320 Soldiers in May. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for June 13 at the Linn County Fairgrounds.

The 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, headquartered in Ashland (with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg and St. Helens), will welcome approximately 290 Soldiers from Afghanistan. One company of Soldiers is scheduled to be home in late April or early May. The rest of the battalion is scheduled to return in late June. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for August 8; location and details will be published when finalized.

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Redmond, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr., commander of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, stands in front of the squadron formation upon returning to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier from 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, embraces his wife as he returns home to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (left of center), greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, as they take their first steps onto Oregon soil after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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UPDATE: Central Precinct Officers Talking with Woman Threatening to Jump from SW Portland Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 04/15/15
Officers were able to talk the 36-year-old woman out of jumping off the bridge and she has been taken into protective custody and will taken to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Barbur Boulevard will be reopened to all traffic.

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On Wednesday April 15, 2015, at 6:24 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Parkhill Drive on the report of the report of a woman standing on a bridge overpass railing.

Officers arrived in the area and made contact with the woman and have been talking with her for approximately an hour. The Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is responding to assist Central Precinct Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officers as they work to diffuse the situation.

Southwest Barbur Boulevard is closed in both directions from approximately Brier Place to Capitol Highway/Beaverton Hillsdale Highway ramp.

Updates will be provided as they come available.

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

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

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

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

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

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Reynolds School District Responds to TSPC Sanctions
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 04/15/15
Justin Prunk's employment status is currently: on leave for active military service. Mr. Prunk requested a one year military leave of absence on February 23, 2015. Mr. Prunk's last day with the District prior to going on military leave was March 13, 2015.

Reynolds School District takes all complaints of inappropriate conduct with students seriously. The District took immediate action to report all complaints about Mr. Prunk to law enforcement authorities and TSPC. The District also conducted a thorough investigation of all allegations.

The TSPC action letter was apparently mailed to the District today, 4/15/15, and we have not yet received it. As Mr. Prunk is currently serving in active military duty, his employment status will remain on active military service until his active military service has ended.
Centennial High School Track Coach to be inducted into NHSCA Hall of Fame (Photo)
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 04/15/15
Coach Greg Letts
Coach Greg Letts
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It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the upcoming
induction of Greg Letts from Centennial High School into the NHSCA National Hall of Fame. This year's induction
ceremony for the Class of 2015 will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's national convention in Rochester, MN on June 19, 2015. This year's class includes thirty coaches from sixteen states across the
nation.

Coach Greg Letts was selected for this national honor by Oregon's high school coaches' association. This
selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, and other specific state criteria. The
National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by
coaches, for coaches, and has honored coaches from across the nation with induction into the NHSACA National
Hall of Fame since 1996. Coach Letts will now be added to this illustrious list of coaches in honor of his
outstanding career.


Attached Media Files: Coach Greg Letts
Volunteers to Provide Special Breakfast on Saturday at Union Gospel Mission
Union Gospel Mission - 04/15/15
Volunteers to Provide Special Breakfast on Saturday at Union Gospel Mission

Portland, OR. - As National Volunteer Week draws to a close on Saturday, April 18 at 10:15 am,, a group of eight volunteers from River West Church are providing and serving a special "Royal Blast" breakfast for the homeless and people in need. The breakfast will consist of pancakes, eggs, sausage, milk and coffee. The breakfast is called "Royal Blast" to give the guests a great breakfast in a caring atmosphere, where they feel as if they are receiving royal treatment.

The volunteers connected with Pastor Alvin Taylor, an employee at Union Gospel Mission who does street outreach and assists men who want to access the Mission's LifeChange recovery program. Pastor Taylor also hosts People's Bible Church on Saturday at Union Gospel Mission and the special breakfast will be part of the weekend outreach.

"Any time we can get the word out to those on the streets or those who are struggling, it's great. This breakfast will be welcoming and we can connect with people. We want to give people the royal treatment to let them know they matter, and people care. We are just so thankful for these volunteers that make this event possible," said Pastor Taylor.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.
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Amboy Art Teacher Invited to National Art Conference (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/15/15
Amboy Middle School art teacher Tamra Davisson is the first art teacher from Washington state to attend a national Power of Art Conference.
Amboy Middle School art teacher Tamra Davisson is the first art teacher from Washington state to attend a national Power of Art Conference.
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Amboy Middle School art teacher Tamra Davisson is the first art teacher from Washington state--and one of only 40 from across the country--who has been invited to attend the Power of Art Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, which takes place April 16-18, focuses on students with learning disabilities and how to teach all subjects with projects or hands-on work through the arts.

"I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn with other art teachers in our district," Davisson said, "As an art teacher, I see every day how well my students learn from hands-on projects." Davisson's methods have proven successful as her disabled students have completed their assignments following the same criteria as the other students. She varies her teaching approaches based on the individual child and what he/she requires. "Having a relationship with my students is key to understanding their needs and struggles," Davisson said.

When she first graduated with her teaching credentials, Davisson said she was not prepared for the unique skills necessary to teach students with learning disabilities and over the years has modified her curriculum to best suit their needs. At the conference, she hopes to obtain additional skills that will help her teach her students with learning disabilities.

Rather than have students absorb information through lectures and visuals alone, Davisson hopes to find a way to incorporate the arts into everyday learning and helping students to experience what they are being taught.

Davisson, who has taught at Amboy for five years, also earned National Board Certification this year. Her lodging and meals at the conference will be provided by the Rauschenburg Foundation.


Attached Media Files: Amboy Middle School art teacher Tamra Davisson is the first art teacher from Washington state to attend a national Power of Art Conference.
Salem Firefighter Arrested After Domestic Dispute (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/15/15
Brozovich
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Last night at about 1:30 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a West Salem residence after being requested by the Salem Police Department to investigate an alleged incidence of domestic violence.

After deputies arrived they found probable cause to arrest Matthew Brozovich, age 32 at his West Salem home and lodge him in the Polk County Jail. Mr. Brozovich was taken to the jail for five counts of harassment, and one count of menacing, all misdemeanor charges. Mr. Brozovich, a Captain with the Salem Fire Department and an employee since 2005, posted $3,250 bail and has been released from jail.

Mr. Brozovich's next court appearance has been set for, May 7th at 9:00 a.m., in Dallas. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further information regarding this incident, the victim or employment related matters pertaining to the Salem Fire Department.


Attached Media Files: Brozovich
Beaverton City Library Showcases Local Talent with Oregon Authors' Book Fair
City of Beaverton - 04/15/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library will host an Oregon Authors' Book Fair on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main library, 12375 SW Fifth St. The fair will feature the work of talented authors from Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties.


Visit all 27 writers to ask questions and purchase books directly. In addition, there will be a Speaker's Corner where six authors will address the audience for 15 minutes each, answering questions or reading from their works.


"The Beaverton City Library is dedicated to cultivating local partnerships that help patrons become more active members of the community," said Adult Services Manager Linda Fallon. "The library strives to make an impact on its neighbors, and makes a conscious effort to support local businesses and artists through its varied programming."


Authors Scheduled to Participate:


Children's/Young Adult: Patricia Aguilar Morrissey, Shari Getz, Ann Howard, Fonda Lee, Christa Pierce, Michael Wong


Fiction: Jo Barney, Barry L. Becker, Cindy Brown, Jeannie Burt, Myrna Daly, Sheila Deeth, Melanie Dobson, F.I. Goldhaber, Rita Kabeto, Bill Kroger, April McGowan, Robyn Parnell, Kelly Running


Nonfiction: Giselle Bawnik, D.C. Jesse Burkhardt, Neal C. Lemery, Tony Preciado, Karen V. Unger, Thomas E. Ziemann


Poetry: Margaret Chula, Susan Patterson


For more information on the book fair, contact Shirley Sullivan at ssullivan@beavertonoregon.gov or call Beaverton City Library Adult Services at (503) 644-2197, option 2.


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


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


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City of Salem Receives Certificate of Achievement Award
City of Salem - 04/15/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 15, 2015

CONTACT PERSON: Dave Hauser
City of Salem, Administrative Services
503-588-6187, dhauser@cityofsalem.net

Certificate of Achievement Award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Salem by the Government Finance Officers Association for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) issued for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment in financial management. The CAFR has been judged by a panel of professionals from across the nation with specialized governmental financial reporting expertise, who evaluates the report against a rigorous set of financial reporting standards. One such standard of the program requires that the CAFR demonstrates a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate the city's financial story to the reader.

This is the seventeenth year that the City of Salem has received this award. The CAFR can be found by going to the City of Salem website at http://www.cityofsalem.net/FinancialReports and choosing Financial Reports under the Finance Division section.

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Laurin Middle School Students Sing and Dance in 'Peter Pan Jr.' (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/15/15
Laurin Middle School students prepare for the opening of Peter Pan Jr. on April 21.
Laurin Middle School students prepare for the opening of Peter Pan Jr. on April 21.
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More than 100 Laurin Middle School students are taking their singing, dancing and acting skills to the stage in their production of "Peter Pan Jr." on April 21 and 22 at 6 p.m. in the school's gym.

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's play, Disney's Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up. Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and the infamous pirate Captain Hook. The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs including "Following the Leader," "You Can Fly," "The Second Star to the Right" and "Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me."

The production will be held in the school's gym at 13601 NE 97th Ave., Vancouver. The backdrop for the set was painted by award-winning artist and PHS senior Keeley Prestwich, who attended Laurin as a middle schooler. Admission to the play is free. Laurin Middle School serves 5th-8th graders in the Battle Ground Public Schools district.


Attached Media Files: Laurin Middle School students prepare for the opening of Peter Pan Jr. on April 21. , Laurin Middle School students act out a scene in the school's play, "Peter Pan Jr.," which opens April 21. , Laurin Middle School's production of "Peter Pan Jr." opens April 21. , Prairie High School senior and award-winning artist Keeley Prestwich painted the back drop for Laurin Middle School's produciton of "Peter Pan Jr.," which opens April 21 at Laurin.
Three Ridgefield Schools win a total of seven Washington Achievement Awards
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 04/15/15
Wednesday, April 15, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Three Ridgefield schools - Ridgefield High School, View Ridge Middle School and South Ridge Elementary School - were selected by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as three of 20 schools in Clark County to receive 2014 Washington Achievement Awards.

Ridgefield High School received awards in three out of the six categories: Overall Excellence, Special Recognition for Reading Growth and Special Recognition for Math Growth. South Ridge Elementary School received awards in three categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress and Special Recognition for Reading Growth. View Ridge Middle School received an award for High Progress for the second year in a row.

To achieve Overall Excellence, schools must qualify in one of two ways: they must either meet Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) for all students in reading, math and graduation rates for the three most recent years or rank among the top 5% of schools on the 3-Year Composite Index Rating.

Schools who receive recognition for being top performers in the High Progress category must be in the top 10% of Title I schools for performance improvement in both reading and math for the past three years.

In order to receive Special Recognition for a specific content area (Reading, Mathematics or English Language Acquisition), schools must rank in the top 5% highest performing schools based on median growth across the state.

Ridgefield High School Principal Tony Vandermaas, View Ridge Middle School Principal Chris Griffith, South Ridge Elementary School Principal Janice Sauve and Superintendent Nathan McCann will attend an award ceremony on April 28 hosted by Spanaway Lake High School in Bethel School District.

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Sheriff's Deputies Warn of Law Enforcement Scam
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/15/15
April 15, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office and local police agencies have received complaints from the public concerning a warrant payment scam. The person would ask for a payoff to avoid arresting the person that supposedly had the warrant.


The person would call a citizen at random and identify himself as a Washington County Deputy Sheriff and that the citizen currently has a warrant for their arrest. Lately, there have been reports that the person will identify themselves as Sergeant Nathan Johnson from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The name will change but the scam is the same. Some people reported if they missed the call, the person would leave a message for them to call back at a 503 area code phone number.

The person would tell the victim that they will be arrested if they did not buy a Green Dot prepaid card in a specified amount and pay them to clear the warrant. Once the victim had the card, the person would then arrange a location to meet them and obtain the card. The person would threaten to come to their house and arrest them if they didn't pay.

No law enforcement agency will ever call demanding money to clear a warrant or for any other reason. If a person has a warrant for their arrest, a law enforcement officer is required to take them into custody and not take any type of payment to clear the warrant. We are advising anyone who receives a call like this to report it immediately.

Other local law enforcement agencies have received reports with similar circumstances. This scam is a variation of other incidents where scammers will call or email with the promise of something in exchange for cash, Green Dot prepaid cards, money wires, or any other form of payment that involves urgent payment. These are all considered scams to cheat you out of your money. Prepaid cards are considered as good as cash. Once a person has the secret code located on the back of the card, your money is lost and very difficult to trace.

The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens to never send money in any form to someone you don't personally know. These requests are a concern for law enforcement with individuals attempting to cheat you out of your money with various methods.

Investigators are seeking the public's help regarding similar scam cases. If you have any information, or have recently received a solicitation that seemed suspicious, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.
Lower Columbia is lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/15/15
Approximately 100 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Astoria on May 2nd giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 877 babies are born and 82 (9.3%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity and birth defects together account for the majority of infant deaths, both in the first month and the first year of life.

* Prematurity can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Mark Your Calendar for the Lower Columbia March for Babies

When: Saturday, May 2 at 9:00 AM, registration begins at 8:00 AM

Where: Maritime Memorial Park in Astoria

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Providence Seaside Hospital, Columbia Bank and Clatsop Community Bank. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
1 in 4 Homeless are Veterans, Donate Hygiene Products at "Salute to Armed Forces" Event
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 04/15/15
WHO: The Salvation Army, Tri County Temp Control, Veterans, more

WHAT: "Salute to Armed Forces" event where people can come celebrate and give thanks to all that our Armed Forces do to protect our freedom and safety. The public is invited to donate new hygiene items for homeless veterans!

WHEN: May 8, 2015, 11am-3pm

WHERE: Tri County Temp Control (13150 Clackamas River Road, Oregon City, OR 97045)

WHY: More than 1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness are veterans, and according to The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are over 1,200 homeless veterans in Oregon alone. This number does not include the number of families and veterans who are simply struggling to get by. "It is our duty to thank them and provide them with the dignity they deserve," says Kim Pettina, Director of The Salvation Army's Home Front War Relief program. "When you donate something as simple as shampoo or soap to a veteran who is homeless, you are offering them a hand up and supporting them in their search for employment and more."

Joining in the festivities will be NW Natural and their free food truck as well as Lars Larson from KXL who will be broadcasting live. Ben and Jerry's ice cream, popcorn, and cotton candy will be served!

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(Portland, OR) April 15, 2015 - More than 1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness are veterans, and according to The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are over 1,200 homeless veterans in Oregon alone. This number does not include the number of families and veterans who are simply struggling to get by. The Salvation Army will be at "Tri County's Salute to Armed Forces" on May 8, 2015 from 11am-3pm, at Tri County Temp Control, located at 13150 Clackamas River Road, Oregon City, OR 97045, to collect new hygiene products for veterans.

"We work with struggling veterans all year long," says Kim Pettina, Director of The Salvation Army's Home Front War Relief program. "It is our duty to thank them and provide them with the dignity they deserve. When you donate something as simple as shampoo or soap to a veteran who is homeless, you are offering them a hand up and supporting them in their search for employment and more."

Joining in the festivities will be NW Natural and their free food truck as well as Lars Larson from KXL who will be broadcasting live. Ben and Jerry's ice cream, popcorn, and cotton candy will be served!

Stop by Tri County Temp Control on May 8th from 11am-3pm to salute our armed forces and to support those struggling by dropping off your donation of a new hygiene product at The Salvation Army's collection barrels.


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

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/15/15
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 11:25 p.m., Monday, April 13, inmate John McKinley's cellmate alerted staff that McKinley, 53, needed medical attention. McKinley was found unresponsive, at which time staff began CPR. He was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. McKinley entered DOC custody on November 19, 2008, on one count of sodomy in the first degree and one count of unlawful use of a weapon out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date was March 3, 2038.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.


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National Public Telecommunicators Week
Cowlitz Co. Emergency Management - 04/15/15
Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. Like other emergency service workers, they frequently give up Christmas mornings, birthday parties and family functions and instead choose to serve their community by answering emergency calls.
Our 9-1-1 dispatchers are responsible for handling all 9-1-1 emergency calls generated in Cowlitz County. Many people are not aware that they also handle the receipt, disposition, and the documentation of telephone and radio calls in both routine and emergency matters for Law Enforcement and Fire Services. These are busy people!
The Cowlitz County 9-1-1 Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is the responsibility of the dispatcher to accurately, and quickly, identify the nature of your call and assist in solving the problem.
Forestry Board to tour Oregon's newest state forest, discuss stream protections, April 22-23 in Central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/15/15
The state Board of Forestry travels to Central Oregon on April 22 and 23 for its regular meeting and a tour showcasing the conservation and restoration of state and national forests. Accompanied by state and local leaders, the Board will celebrate partnerships leading to acquiring the Gilchrist State Forest and improving national forest health, and will discuss visions for supporting rural communities and healthy forests.

The Board meeting on April 22 includes discussion of stream protection rules, a new plan for managing the state-owned forests of northwest Oregon, and national forest restoration. For those who can't attend, a telephone listening and comment site will be available in Salem (details below).

At a community gathering that evening, the Board will continue its tradition of honoring a longtime local champion of sound forest management and healthy communities.

All events are open to the public.

APRIL 22 MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Streamside regulations. Department of Forestry staff will present methods for evaluating the effectiveness of measures to keep streams shaded and cool after timber harvest, and how regulations might function at specific locations.

National forest restoration. Jim Pe?^a, Regional Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, will share his vision for federal forests in the Pacific Northwest and opportunities for partnership and collaboration. University of Oregon professors will provide context for how state investment has already produced early forest restoration results in Oregon.

Eastern Oregon state forest management. Staff will share how state forest management in eastern Oregon provides social, environmental and economic contributions to adjacent communities and statewide.

Updates. The board will receive updates on key projects and initiatives, including the work of a board subcommittee to create a new plan for managing state-owned forests in northwest Oregon.

EVENT DETAILS

* The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on April 22 in the Great Hall, at 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver.
* A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the Board takes them up. Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.
* The Salem listening site, scheduled to operate for the duration of the meeting, will be in the Santiam Room, in Building D at the Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State Street. The site will provide opportunities to follow the proceedings and participate during public comment periods. For questions about coordination and logistics, please contact Sabrina Perez at 503-945-7210. RSVPs are appreciated.
* The community social will begin at 6 p.m. in Sunriver's Great Hall.
* The field tour will start at the same location on April 23. Join for a meet-and-greet at 7:30 a.m., and tour kick-off at approximately 8 a.m. Plans may be modified in the event of inclement weather.
* Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at (503) 945-7200.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

Join the forestry conversation on ODF social media: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx

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Update to Science on Tap Vancouver on April 16 -- Tales from the Biology Lab: Junk DNA and Magnificent Mosses
Via Productions - 04/15/15
We've added a second speaker to Science on Tap in Vancouver on April 16! Dr. Sarah Schaack will talk about "Junk in The Trunk: Recent Controversies in Genomics," and Dr. Todd Rosenstiel will also join us to talk about "Love Moss More! Totally Mossome Tales of Ancient Survival." Descriptions below.

Date: THURSDAY, April 16, 2015
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available

Junk in The Trunk: Recent Controversies in Genomics
You may have heard that less than 2% of the human genome is comprised of protein-coding DNA. So what is the 98% composed of, where does it come from, and what does it do? Sarah Schaack, PhD, assistant professor of biology at Reed College will take you on a guided tour through the genomic landscape of some fully sequenced plants and animals, including humans. Her talk will explore the recent heated debate among biologists surrounding "junk DNA", its utility (or lack thereof), and why bigger isn't necessarily better, at least when it comes to genome size.

Love Moss More! Totally Mossome Tales of Ancient Survival
Moss, found wherever you look in the Pacific Northwest, is an amazing and ancient survival machine. Though small, fuzzy, and unassuming, these plants are the bane of northwest rooftops. Yet, mosses grow on every continent, house a bizarre assortment of tiny, but terrifying, creatures, and may hold the key to global climate change. Todd Rosenstiel, PhD, Director of the Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University, will give us a glimpse into the secret and successful world of the mosses.


Science on Tap Vancouver is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.

For more information on Science on Tap in both Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, visit Via Productions.
Portland's Own Nkenge Harmon Johnson Chosen as New President And CEO Of Urban League Of Portland (Photo)
Urban League of Portland - 04/15/15
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Oregon Native, Former Staffer for Obama Administration Succeeds Michael Alexander
As 14th Leader in 70-Year History of Local Civil Rights, Economic Equity and Advocacy Organization

PORTLAND (April 14, 2015) - A new era is beginning for the Urban League of Portland as attorney Nkenge Harmon Johnson, an Oregon native, becomes the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Urban League of Portland. (Her name is pronounced "na-kin-gay".) She succeeds Michael Alexander, who retires on May 8th after leading the local Urban League affiliate since 2012. Public announcement of Harmon Johnson's hiring was made today by Urban League Board of Directors Chairperson Lolenzo Poe. Harmon Johnson stepped into the CEO role on April 6th, and will work with Alexander until his retirement for a seamless transition.
"We're excited to have Nkenge come aboard as our new CEO, and look forward to her leadership as the Urban League of Portland continues to grow as an important advocate in this community," said Poe. "We are grateful to Michael for his exemplary service to this agency, and for the momentum his leadership has given us. The services and programs delivered by the Urban League are as important today as they've ever been. We are in excellent shape as a non-profit agency serving African Americans and other Oregonians whose needs would otherwise go unmet."
"As one chapter in my professional life ends, an entirely new personal journey begins that my family and I are excited about," said Alexander about his impending retirement. "I am proud and humbled to have been afforded the privilege to lead this historic organization and serve this community. None of it would be possible without the dedication and commitment of our Urban League staff, volunteers, and the confident support of our board of directors and financial donors. Though I'm moving away from the role of leader of this organization, I will still be an active supporter of the Urban League and its work."
As she becomes the fourth woman CEO to lead the Urban League of Portland, Harmon Johnson said, "I'm honored and delighted that the board of directors and supporters of the Urban League of Portland have entrusted me with this opportunity. The Urban League movement nationally has been an important advocate for civil rights and economic equity for African Americans and all Americans for more than 100 years. The strength of that movement lies within the network of more than 90 Urban League affiliates around country, including right here in my hometown of Portland. I am pleased to join the dedicated staff, board, and supporters in continuing our mission to shape a community that works for all of us; east, west, north and south."
Raised in Northeast Portland and Salem, a product of the famed Catlin Gabel School and Harriett Tubman Middle School, Harmon Johnson received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida A & M University, and a Master of Business Administration from Trinity University in Washington, DC. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Harmon Johnson is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Politics has played an important role in Harmon Johnson's professional career, having served as a strategic staff member in communications, campaigns, constituency outreach and legislative matters for U. S. Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Texas); U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada); U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan); and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. From 2010 to 2013, she took on an important responsibility for President Barak Obama's administration as a Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative with national and international public affairs responsibilities focused on the Americas and China.
In her home state of Oregon, Harmon Johnson served under former Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber, MD, as Communications Director from January to July 2014. She then returned to private life, her small business, and some downtime where she sharpened her power tools and home improvement skills. Her husband, attorney Erious Johnson, is the Director of Civil Rights with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office. The daughter of Millie Harmon and Maurice Harmon, of Oregon and Southwest Washington, respectively, Harmon Johnson counts among her family three German Shepherds and three rescue cats.
ABOUT THE URBAN LEAGUE OF PORTLAND
The Urban League of Portland (www.ulpdx.org), founded in 1945, helps empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security. We are part of a network of over 90 National Urban League Affiliates across the country and are recognized as one of the leading voices for African Americans and other people of color in the region. The Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the area; our programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy.
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Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on SW Capitol Highway from SW Nebraska Street to 200' south of SW 26th Avenue on April 18
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 04/15/15
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Capitol Highway from SW Nebraska Street to 200' south of SW 26th Avenue on Saturday, April 18 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The lane closures will allow crews to complete paving .58 lane miles.

Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
Salem City Club Presents: OREGON AGRICULTURE: THE TECHNOLOGY OF TODAY AND THE SCIENCE OF TOMORROW (Photo)
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Salem City Club will present the second program in a series of three: Agriculture in Marion and Polk Counties: From Threshers to iPads.

Google "farming in America" and most often you will read the "sages of agriculture" discussing the epidemic shortage of farmers in the United States and how the current population is aging and retiring from the business. In those same articles, you will read agricultural economists predicting that by 2050, farmers will have to double food production in order to feed a rapidly growing, hungry world population. Some say this can only happen through innovative and safe technologies.

Panelists in our April 24 program, Oregon agricultural experts Dan Arp, Brenda Frketich and Sarah Brown, will discuss how Oregon, and specifically farmers in the Willamette Valley, are using technology to meet the demands for more food production.

Opening the forum on the role of technology in agriculture is Dan Arp, Dean of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, who will emphasize the role of biotechnology in agriculture and its potential for future advances. Arp, a Distinguished Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, has been at OSU since 1990 serving as chair of his department, and as Dean of the University Honors College. Arp's research is supported by federal agencies including the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Having chaired many university-level initiatives and task forces, Arp also was the co-convener of then-Governor John Kitzhaber's Task Force on Genetically Engineered Agriculture.

Our second panelist is Brenda Frketich, Manager of the Kirsch Family Farms, Inc.
of St. Paul, Oregon and a third generation hazelnut grower and fourth generation Oregonian. Kirsch Family Farms also grows grass seed, wheat, tall fescue, crimson clover and peas on the family's 1,000 acre farm. A clover commissioner, Frketich also represents the Young Farmers and Ranchers on its state committee and is a member of the Farm Bureau and Women in Agriculture.Frketich, who was instrumental in the addition and implementation of GPS technology on her family's farm, will discuss the "possibilities of continuing innovations in this technology being brought to their business now and for future generations." An innovative Willamette Valley farmer, she will also cover a breadth of farm technology including drones. Her presentation will include a short video on 21st Century farming using some of the latest technology.

Rounding out the three member panel is Sarah Brown, Education Director at Oregon TILTH and co-owner of Diggin' Roots Farm of Molalla, Oregon. Brown, who believes that "agriculture is a culture worth our creative attention," will explain some innovative ways Oregon TILTH is seeing organic farmers use technology. As a student of International Agricultural Development at the University of California-Davis, Brown discovered her passion for food and 'organics'. After working on and managing a number of smaller, diversified farms, she transitioned her professional focus to agriculture education. Brown has worked with a number of programs including Zenger Farm's Emerging Farmer Training Program, Oregon State University's Extension program and Oregon TILTH's Organic Education Center. Currently, Brown directs Oregon TILTH's education programs.

The last program in the series on Agriculture, "The 21st Century Faces of Agriculture in Marion and Polk Counties," is scheduled for Fall, 2015.


As is our tradition, we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Salem. For lunch reservations, please visit our website at www.salemcityclub.com and register online. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.


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Prairie High School Students Take the Stage for 'Romeo and Juliet' (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/15/15
Prairie High School's production of Romeo and Juliet opens April 23.
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Prairie High School Drama Club's production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" opens April 23. Directed by Claire Verity and with costume designs by Terry Maupin, the production will take place in the Prairie High School Auditorium.

"Romeo and Juliet" is William Shakespeare's classic tragedy about the forbidden romance of two teenagers from feuding families. Acting on impulse and emotion, without the wisdom that comes with age and experience, they marry in secret. A string of fateful events lead to their untimely deaths, ultimately teaching their families a most difficult lesson. Prairie's production features the traditional story in a non-traditional, styled stage setting and costumes.

The play runs April 23-25, April 30, and May 1-2 at the school, 11311 NE 119th St., Vancouver. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at www.seatyourself.biz/prairiehighschool and are $8 for adults and $6 for students with ASB and senior citizens.


Attached Media Files: Prairie High School's production of Romeo and Juliet opens April 23.
Oregon Lottery to Present Ickabod's Tavern with $24,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 04/15/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Second Beaverton Oregon Lottery retailer to sell jackpot ticket this year

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 21

WHERE: Ickabod's Tavern, 12475 SW 1st Street, Beaverton

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $24,000 bonus check to Ickabod's Tavern for selling a $2.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket.

BACKGROUND: Bernard Vanisky of Beaverton claimed his $2.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks prize April 13. Ickabod's Tavern is the second Oregon Lottery retailer from Beaverton this year to sell a winning Megabucks ticket. (Bernard Vanisky has been invited to the event.)

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an oversized ceremonial check to Ickabod's Tavern officials and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to attendees.

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

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Oregon Lottery to Present Shop and Save with $10,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 04/15/15
WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 20

WHERE: Stop and Save, 115 Main Street, Rickreall, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $100,000 bonus check to Stop and Save for selling a $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket.

BACKGROUND: David Lynn of Monmouth claimed his $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket March 18. (David Lynn has been invited to the event.)

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to Stop and Save officials and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to attendees.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
Prairie Falcons Make Award-Winning Music (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/15/15
PHS band students brought home awards from the WorldStrides Heritage Seattle Music Festival last weekend.
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The Prairie High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band participated April 9-12 in the WorldStrides Heritage Seattle Music Festival, where both musical groups claimed awards.

Prairie's Jazz Band won first place and the Best Overall Band Award. The band received the highest overall score of the festival. The PHS Wind Ensemble earned second place with a Gold Rating and was invited to participate in a National Invitational Gold Rating Competition in Chicago, Los Angeles, or Orlando.

The combined scores of both groups earned Prairie the Sweepstakes Best Overall Program award.

PHS bands are directed by PHS band and choir director, Rudy Guidry. Prairie High School is in the Battle Ground Public Schools district.


Attached Media Files: PHS band students brought home awards from the WorldStrides Heritage Seattle Music Festival last weekend.
Double Homicide Suspect Colby Robinson Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Texas (Photo)
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In the late evening hours of Tuesday April 14, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives learned that 26-year-old Colby James Robinson, the suspect in the shooting on Friday evening that killed two people and critically injured a third, was shot and killed by Desoto (TX) Police in Dallas, Texas.

According to the Dallas Police Department, on Tuesday April 14, at approximately 9:29 p.m. (Dallas time), Desoto Police Department officers were involved in a vehicle pursuit involving Colby Robinson.

Desoto officers followed Robinson to Camp Wisdom and I-35 in Dallas, where he fled on foot to the 7000 block of Altaire Avenue. At this location, Desoto Police officers confronted Robinson and an officer-involved shooting occurred. Robinson was shot and pronounced deceased at the scene.

There was a female unrelated to this incident in a vehicle approximately one block South of the shooting, who appeared to have been injured as a result of the gunfire. She was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

The officer-involved shooting incident is being investigated by the Dallas Police Department Special Investigations Unit (SIU). All inquiries regarding the shooting in Dallas are directed to the Dallas Police Department.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, an arrest warrant for two counts of Aggravated Murder was been issued in Portland for Robinson's arrest. Homicide detectives in Portland previously learned that Robinson was from the Dallas area and that he'd evaded capture by police earlier Tuesday morning in Desoto.

According to Portland Police Homicide detectives, there are no outstanding suspects in the Portland homicide investigation. Additional details about the homicide investigation are expected to be released within a few days.

This investigation started on April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Gary Dat Pham and 41-year-old Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents.

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Gary Pham and Susie Pham died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and Gary Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew and Susie Pham.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

The family of shooting victims have offered the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of Susie and Gary, and the critical injuries suffered by Andrew:

"We would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and prayers. We ask that you pray for the third victim of this crime who is still fighting for life. While we are deeply grateful for the kind words we have received, we request that the family members' privacy be respected as we grieve for our loved ones and try to deal with this terrible event.

"Words cannot express the grief and shock that we feel at such a senseless crime. We fully support law enforcement's efforts to locate and arrest the perpetrator. We hope that he will be swiftly brought to justice so that he cannot inflict such pain on anyone else."

The photos released, courtesy of the family, feature (L-R), Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (holding infant daughter) and Gary Pham.

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Oregon announces participation in multi-state action against New Day Financial LLC
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/15/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Finance and Corporate Securities announced today its participation in a multi-state settlement agreement and consent order between 43 state mortgage regulators and New Day Financial LLC.

The settlement is a result of investigations conducted by Delaware and Maryland into institutionalized cheating on testing and continuing education requirements for licensed mortgage professionals. Practices at the company included sharing test information and taking continuing education courses on behalf of others.

In order to protect Oregonians, the division holds mortgage loan originators to high standards of ethics and education.

"Oregonians have a right to trust that the licensed mortgage loan originator they are working with is a trustworthy, financially responsible, and competent professional," said David Tatman, division administrator. "Any efforts by companies or individuals to cheat on testing or continuing education requirements will be held accountable."

The order includes the following main points:
* A $5.28 million administrative penalty to be divided equally among the 43 participating states
* The removal and replacement of New Day's chief operating officer
* The hiring of an independent auditor to evaluate New Day's policies and procedures and review New Day's training and education program to determine if additional remedial action is necessary to supplement the changes already implemented
* A report from New Day within 270 days identifying the manner in which the company proposes improving its corporate management and governance structures

Along with Oregon, Delaware, and Maryland, mortgage regulators from the following states participated in the agreement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the Settlement Agreement and Consent Order is available at cbs.state.or.us/external/dfcs/enf_orders/M-15-0059.pdf.

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Digital Promise and Vancouver Public Schools to co-host National Meeting of Innovative Schools Leaders
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 04/15/15
Superintendent Steve Webb will showcase Vancouver's work in digital learning at the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in Vancouver, Wash.

VANCOUVER, Wash. | April 15, 2015 ¬- Beginning this weekend, Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) will welcome to the community a select group of national education leaders who share ideas and develop action plans for using technology to support teaching and learning. The Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools' spring meeting will be held April 19-21 in Vancouver, Wash.

As a leader in leveraging digital technology to help improve student learning, VPS was a founding member of the League. In 2014, VPS was the subject of a Digital Promise case study on the leadership role of teacher librarians in the digital age. In February this year, the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education chose VPS as the second site of 12 Future Ready Regional Summits. VPS also has been the unprecedented three-time host for the National School Board Association's Technology Leadership Network.

At the League's April meeting, superintendents from around the country will participate in school visits, collaborative workshops, and a film festival showcasing the innovative work of students and educators within the League. The meeting will focus on how districts can tell their own story of innovation and engage their communities in digital transformation efforts. Corporate partners will sponsor the meeting and related activities.

Said Superintendent Webb of using digital devices to further learning, "It's not about the technology. It's about ensuring our graduates have the adaptive skills they need to thrive in an increasingly interdependent economy and global community. We're delighted to partner with the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools so that all students can benefit from this vision."

The League of Innovative Schools is a national coalition of 57 school districts that collectively represent more than three million students in 27 states. The League fosters collaboration between education leaders and entrepreneurs, researchers, and thought leaders. The goal of each meeting is to address shared priorities and set goals that district leaders will pursue throughout the year.

Vancouver Public Schools was accepted into the League through a competitive national application process, based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and dedication to collaboration. Upon joining, members commit to share lessons learned, participate in national and regional forums, and partner with research institutions, technology developers, and each other to deliver better results for students.

"Our League meetings offer district leaders a place to discuss their challenges, share successful strategies, and solve problems together," said Sara Schapiro, director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. "By bringing these districts' stories and perspectives together, we hope all of our League members come away with new ideas and practices for their communities."

Follow #LISVPS and Superintendent Steve Webb @SuptVPS on Twitter for live updates and to learn more about the meeting.

For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league. For more information on Vancouver Public Schools, visit: vansd.org.

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About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education in order to improve the opportunity to learn for all Americans. Through its work with educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise supports a comprehensive agenda to benefit lifelong learning and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy.
Oregon City Police Investigate Infant Homicide (Photo)
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Oregon City, Oregon (April 14, 2015, 1130 am): The Oregon City Police Department is investigating the homicide of a seven month old infant boy from Oregon City.

On the afternoon of April 6, 2015 hospital staff at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel reported they were treating a seven month old boy who sustained a skull fracture. Oregon City Detectives immediately began investigating the circumstances regarding the child's injury.

Investigators found the infant had been at his babysitter's house in Oregon City when the injury occurred. The infant's parents were notified and have been fully cooperating with the investigation.

On April 7, 2015 the seven month old boy died as result of his head injury. An autopsy was later conducted by the State Medical Examiner's Office. Oregon City Police Detectives have classified this case as a homicide and an ongoing investigation is being conducted.


UPDATE:

Oregon City Police Release Infants Name and Statement from Gillen Family

Oregon City, Oregon (April 15, 2015, 9:00 am): The Oregon City Police have identified Izaak Gillen as the seven month old infant, who died from a head injury on April 7, 2015.

Izaak's parents have released the following statement. They are asking for everyone to respect their privacy while they grieve.

"Our family is deeply saddened with the loss of our son Izaak. Izaak was an inquisitive and curious little boy, who explored the world with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face. He was our happy beautiful little baby. Although this is a tragic event, we take some comfort knowing Izaak was able to save the lives of other children by donating 3 of his organs. In his seven months, Izaak touched many lives."

Oregon City Police Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the head injury Izaak received, while he was at his babysitter's house in Oregon City.


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FREE Backyard Composting Workshop (Photo)
Columbia Springs - 04/15/15
Master Composter/Recyclers show off their beautiful compost pile.
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Celebrate Earth Day with a Master Composter/Recycler Backyard Composting Workshop! This FREE workshop will take place on Thursday, April 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. at Columbia Springs in East Vancouver.

Want to begin composting your yard and some of your kitchen waste? Learn how to build soil health in your own backyard by joining us for an introduction to the science of composting and a visit to a composting demonstration site to view composting bins and systems in action. Start composting and turn your spoils into soil!

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To sign up or learn more, visit columbiasprings.org/mcr/workshops. For questions, contact mcr@columbiasprings.org or 360-882-0936 x224.


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ESD 112 region schools receive state's highest honor
ESD 112 - 04/15/15
Thirty-one schools in the ESD 112 region are 2014 Washington Achievement Award winners.

The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state's Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.

Schools are recognized as top performers in one of six categories:

* Overall Excellence
* High Progress
* Reading Growth
* Math Growth
* Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only)
* English Language Acquisition

"Honoring successful schools is one of the most important things we do," Dorn said. "We know schools are doing great work and are getting better at serving all students every day. We may not be where we want to be, but we are making progress. These awards celebrate both achievement and growth."

ESD 112 region schools receiving the award are:

Battle Ground School District--CAM Academy (Overall Excellence), Pleasant Valley Middle School (Math Growth), Pleasant Valley Primary School (English Language Acquisition).

Camas School District--Camas High School (Overall Excellence), Grass Valley Elementary School (Reading Growth), Helen Baller Elementary School (Reading Growth), Liberty Middle School (Overall Excellence, Reading Growth), Skyridge Middle School (Overall Excellence, Reading Growth, Math Growth).

Evergreen School District--Heritage High School (English Language Acquisition), Mill Plain Elementary School (Math Growth), Sunset Elementary School (High Progress).

Kalama School District--Kalama Junior/Senior High School (Extended Graduation Rate).

Kelso School District--Barnes Elementary School (High Progress), Kelso High School (High Progress).

Longview School District--Mark Morris High School (Math Growth), R.A. Long High School (High Progress).

Naselle-Grays River Valley School District--Naselle Elementary School (High Progress).

Ridgefield School District--Ridgefield High School (Overall Excellence, Reading Growth, Math Growth), South Ridge Elementary School (Overall Excellence, High Progress, Reading Growth), View Ridge Middle School (High Progress).

Trout Lake School District--Trout Lake School (High Progress).

Vancouver School District--Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary (English Language Acquisition, Reading Growth), Harney Elementary School (High Progress), Hough Elementary School (High Progress), Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (Overall Excellence).

Washougal School District--Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School (High Progress).

White Salmon Valley School District--Columbia High School (Reading Growth).

Woodland School District--Woodland Intermediate School (High Progress).


The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 28 at Spanaway Lake High School in Spanaway, Washington.

More information
· WAA criteria and list of winners: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement


ABOUT ESD 112:
Educational Service District 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to a child care consortium. There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools, two state schools and 26 child care centers serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.

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Olivia Thomas takes reins of North Clackamas Education Foundation (Photo)
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 04/14/15
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North Clackamas Education Foundation announces new executive director
Olivia Thomas has dedicated her career to helping children succeed in life and improving our communities. A resident of Clackamas County for twenty years, she's excited to continue fulfilling this lifelong passion in her new role as Executive Director of the North Clackamas Education Foundation.

For thirteen years, Olivia worked at Portland State University, first at their School of Social Work, where she served as their first Development Director. Olivia then moved to PSU's Center for Health and Social Inequality Research, where she was the Program, Planning and Grants Director and, for three years, the Interim Center Director.

Prior to her career at Portland State, she was a Development Director and then Program Director for the Opal Creek Educational Center, located near Mill City, which is now a thriving nonprofit that provides programs in cultural and natural history for schools, colleges and community groups. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Molalla RiverWatch and is currently a Board Member of Food/Waves, an organization dedicated to achieve food sustainability for low-income people in Clackamas County.

Olivia has taught graduate level courses in grant writing and has been instrumental in the success of a program dedicated to increasing the success of low-income college students whose parents did not attend college. Olivia has a Master's degree in Social Work and completed her practicum in child guidance.

Olivia will take the reins of the Foundation from Ben Moorad, who came to the foundation from the Executive Transition Services program of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and who served as our Interim Executive Director for the past seven months. Olivia's first official day with the Foundation will be Tuesday, April 14.

Olivia Thomas can be reached at ncfoundation@nclack.k12.or.us and 503-353-6053.


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Update - Reported Brush Prairie assault investigation: hoax
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/14/15
UPDATE: 18:05 hrs 04/14/2015
Injured subject: ROSS, John H. DOB 12/23/1959 - residing at 16414 NE 159th Street Brush Prairie, WA.
Ross admitted to detectives that the stabbing injuries were self-inflicted and that he had fabricated the report of two assailants stabbing him. Ross remains hospitalized at Peace Health SW Wash Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Ross told investigators that he concocted the stabbing story in an attempt to draw attention away from a family member involved in a shooting incident that is being investigated by Battle Ground Police. (contact BGPD for details on the shooting case) Charges against Ross for false reporting are being referred to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.


Just before 3 am today, sheriff's deputies responded to a reported stabbing assault at the 16400 Block on NE 159th Street. An adult male reported that he had been stabbed by two unknown assailants outside his residence. He was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Detectives with Major Crimes are presently investigating.
Additional information will be released as this investigation progresses
Suspect Wanted for Aggravated Murder in Portland Double Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/15
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Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives have identified 26-year-old Colby Robinson as the suspect in the shooting on Friday evening that killed two people and critically injured a third.

An arrest warrant for two counts of Aggravated Murder has been issued for Robinson's arrest. The warrants are extraditable nationwide. Robinson is from the Dallas, Texas area and evaded capture on Tuesday morning in DeSoto, Texas, a suburb just South of Dallas.

Robinson is described as 6'2" tall, 180 pounds, with multiple tattoos on his neck. Robinson should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone seeing Robinson should immediately call 9-1-1 or their local law enforcement agency.

No additional details on the investigation will be released at this time.

Anyone with non-emegency information about this suspect or investigation is asked to contact Detective Chris Traynor at (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

Interested media should not contact the investigators; rather, they should contact Sergeant Pete Simpson, Public Information Officer (PIO).

The family of shooting victims Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang), and Gary Pham (Dat Pham) have offered the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of Susie and Gary, and the critical injuries suffered by Andrew:

"We would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and prayers. We ask that you pray for the third victim of this crime who is still fighting for life. While we are deeply grateful for the kind words we have received, we request that the family members' privacy be respected as we grieve for our loved ones and try to deal with this terrible event.

"Words cannot express the grief and shock that we feel at such a senseless crime. We fully support law enforcement's efforts to locate and arrest the perpetrator. We hope that he will be swiftly brought to justice so that he cannot inflict such pain on anyone else."

The photos released, courtesy of the family, feature (L-R), Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (holding infant daughter) and Gary Pham.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve this crime in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood.

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Gary Dat Pham and 41-year-old Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents (not the Department of Human Services as previously released).

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Gary Pham and Susie Pham died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and Gary Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew and Susie Pham.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

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

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

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

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"Military Mistress" on Nation Wide Fraud Spree ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/14/15
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Today at 9:44 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was notified that Bobbi Ann House and her husband Zackerie House were stopped by the Mobile County Sheriff's Office in Alabama. The couple were said to be living out of their vehicle, along with a dog, when they were stopped on Grand Bay Wilmer Road near I-10.

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office seized the stolen vehicle and released the House's as they were not able to determine any local charges. The Sheriff's Office is still seeking help from State and Federal Agencies due to the jurisdictional issues surrounding the case. If the House's return to Oregon the Marion County Sheriff's Office has probable cause to arrest them for the felony crimes of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft by deception.

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Bobbi Ann Finley, aka Bobbi Ann House, age 39 of Dallas, Oregon, has been implicated in a spree of check frauds totaling some, $13,500 and spanning across the nation. Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office discovered the fraud after being called to Universal Auto Sales at 399 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem.

Ms. House, coined the "Military Mistress," after she married 14 US service members, along with her newest husband, Zackerie House, age 27, of Dallas, Oregon are accused of opening a Wells Fargo bank account and writing bad checks on the account. The House's started their spree in Western Oregon, moving through Oregon coastal towns, into Colorado and Oklahoma.

From the dates of 03/11 through 03/30 the House's have written nearly $13,500 in insufficiently funded checks at locations like Cabellas, Safeway and Bi-Mart. The items the House's are purchasing appear to be items used for camping or surviving in rural or remote areas. The couple are driving a 2005, Cadillac, Escalade, Oregon license 535BWP. They last made a purchase on 03/30 at "Atwoods" in Checotah, Oklahoma.

On 03/14, the House's purchased a vehicle from Universal Auto Sales in Salem, with a down payment of $1500. The down payment was made using the same checking account the Houses are using to defraud other business out of items and services; the House's vehicle is listed as a stolen vehicle.

Deputies with the Sheriff's Office do not know the current whereabouts of the House's or where they will strike next. Deputies in Marion County do have probable cause to arrest the House's for their use of the fraudulent checks in Marion County. This case has been handed over to detectives with our Criminal Investigations Unit who will be seeking the assistance of the Oregon Department of Justice due to the jurisdictional issues surrounding this case.

If you have seen or been a victim of the House's please call your local police department, state police or sheriff's office immediately.


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Red Cross Responds to Cowlitz County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/14/15
American Red Cross volunteers this afternoon responded to a disaster that occurred in the 100 block of Silverdust Drive in Kalama, WA. The Red Cross provided information about health and mental health services to the two adults and two children who were affected by this single-family home fire.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-16 Woodlawn Neighborhood Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/15
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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 in the Woodlawn Neighborhood of Northeast Portland.

On Tuesday April 14, 2015, at 12:18 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area of Northeast Dekum Street and Claremont Avenue.

Arriving officers began checking the area, including Woodlawn Park, when a caller reported a person down in a residential parking lot in the 6800 block of Northeast Claremont Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 24-year-old D'Andre Dickerson, and determined he was deceased after having been shot by an unknown assailant.

At this point in the investigation, there is no suspect information that has been given to police.

Dickerson's last known address is in Seattle, Washington and it is not known why he was in Portland or where he may have been staying locally.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone with information about the shooting or Dickerson's ties to Portland.

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

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

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

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

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Beaverton Seeks Performers, Artists and Exhibitors for Celebrate Beaverton Cultural Festival (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/14/15
A group of stage performers dancing at the 2014 Beaverton International Celebration. The City of Beaverton seeks cultural exhibitors and stage performers for the 2015 Celebrate Beaverton – Cultural Festival. Applications can be submitted until Friday, May
A group of stage performers dancing at the 2014 Beaverton International Celebration. The City of Beaverton seeks cultural exhibitors and stage performers for the 2015 Celebrate Beaverton – Cultural Festival. Applications can be submitted until Friday, May
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton is now seeking applications from cultural exhibitors and stage performers interested in participating in Celebrate Beaverton - Cultural Festival (formerly: Beaverton International Celebration). Celebrate Beaverton is hosted by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's (THPRD) Party in the Park, on Saturday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard M. Terpenning (HMT) Recreation Complex on the corner of SW 158th Avenue and SW Walker Road in Beaverton.


The festival focuses on celebrating Beaverton's diverse community and invites organizations and performers to engage with the purpose of sharing culture, heritage and commonality within the community.


More than 9,000 people attended the 2014 Party in the Park. The international celebration welcomed more than 50 exhibitors and 11 stage performers representing various cultures within the community.


There is no cost to participate. Stage performance groups selected for this event will receive a stipend of $400. Stage performances are presented by the Beaverton Arts Commission and supported by a Regional Arts and Culture Council 2015 project grant.


To participate in the festival, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CulturalFestival for the application. Food vendor applicants must submit applications directly to THPRD at www.thprd.org. The application deadline for performers, artists and exhibitors is Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. For information, call 503-526-2559.


ABOUT PARTY IN THE PARK
THPRD's Party in the Park is an annual event of free fun for people of all ages. The 10th annual Party in the Park will be held on Saturday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard M. Terpenning (HMT) Recreation Complex on the corner of SW 158th Avenue and SW Walker Road in Beaverton. Featured activities are Celebrate Beaverton - Cultural Festival, Family Triathlon, the Classic at T-Hills car show, and Beaverton Police K-9 Unit demonstration. Other attractions include giant inflatables, climbing walls, and face painting for children, as well as swimming, sports, and music for everyone. Admission to all activities is free, although there is a participant fee for the Family Triathlon and an exhibitor fee for The Classic. For more information, call THPRD at 503-645-6433 or visit www.thprd.org.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Attached Media Files: A group of stage performers dancing at the 2014 Beaverton International Celebration. The City of Beaverton seeks cultural exhibitors and stage performers for the 2015 Celebrate Beaverton – Cultural Festival. Applications can be submitted until Friday, May
Milwakie Police Serve Search Warrant with Assistance From CCSO SWAT team. **Update** (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 04/14/15
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On 04-14-15, at around 6:00 a.m., Milwaukie Police, with the assistance of the Clackamas County inter-agency SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 9819 SE 17th Avenue in Milwaukie, in regards to on-going investigations of property crimes by 41-year-old Wanda Lovie Howard.

Ms. Howard currently has 2-Felony warrants for her arrest; Fail to appear (traffic offense) out of Clackamas County, and attempt to elude by vehicle out of Multnomah County. The SWAT team was used due to Ms. Howard's elude history.

The SWAT team ultimately made entry into the residence and Ms. Howard was taken into custody. She was located hiding in the attic. No one was injured during entry and Ms. Howard was lodged on her warrants.

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UPDATE:

During the search of the residence, Milwaukie Police recovered three stolen utility trailers and a stolen vehicle. Additionally they located evidence of Identity Theft and counterfeit US Currency.

Ms. Howard was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail, using her maiden name Wanda Gyles. The investigation is on-going and other criminal charges are pending.


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Homeless Veteran in Salem needs people to attend his funeral with honors!
Returning Veterans Project - 04/14/15
Homeless Veteran to Receive Funeral with Full Military Honors
A public memorial service will be held for Elmer Roy Bramlett Jr on Monday, April 20, at 3 p.m. at Howell, Edwards and Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors. A graveside service conducted with full military honors followed by interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m.
Chaplain Bob Weinberger, U.S. Army veteran will officiate the services. Additional organizations participating include Patriot Guard Riders, Veteran's Color Guard, and The American Legion Post 180 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. In lieu of family, Ron McFadden, retired U.S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran will accept the flag.
Elmer Roy Bramlett Jr, served his country in United States Navy and passed away on March 17 at the age of 57. This veteran passed away with no money and no legal next-of-kin to make funeral arrangements. That's when Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors, an honored Dignity Memorial(R) provider stepped in to see to it that this veteran received a proper burial. A guest book will be available in the funeral home lobby April 13-22 for those who wish to pay their respects.
Memorial Service
Monday, April 20 at 3 p.m.
Howell, Edwards and Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors
1350 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
Graveside Service with Full Military Honors
Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m.
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 Southeast Mount Scott Boulevard
Portland, OR 97086
With more than 60,000 homeless veterans in the U.S., many whose remains are unclaimed at their death risk burial in paupers' graves. Through the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, this veteran won't be among them.
Working with various local agencies, the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program ensures homeless veterans in more than 35 cities receive dignified military burials when they die. Begun in 2000, the program has served more than 1,500 veterans to date.
The Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program is one of many efforts of the Dignity Memorial network to honor and support our nation's veterans and active military. Other initiatives and programs include the Veterans Planning Guide, educational veterans' seminars and special pricing for members of veterans' service organizations.
Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors is a proud Dignity Memorial(R) provider in Salem. The Dignity Memorial network of more than 2,000 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America's most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence to celebrate a life like no other. For more information, visit www.hed-fh.com.


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A Year With Frog and Toad Makes a Splash as Westside Christian's Spring Production (Photo)
Westside Christian High - 04/14/15
Westside Christian High seniors Caden Reed and Macy Fox play Toad and Frog for a novel adventure.
Westside Christian High seniors Caden Reed and Macy Fox play Toad and Frog for a novel adventure.
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Tigard, Ore. -- April 15, 2015 --
Westside Christian High School is pleased to present the musical A Year With Frog and Toad at the Alpenrose Opera House located at 6149 SW Shattuck Road. Opening night is Friday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. Other performances are slated for April 25 at 7:oo p.m., and Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.wchsonline.org or at the Alpenrose box office beginning one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students and children, and woodland creatures are free.

This musical comedy is an adaptation of Arnold Lobel's classic Frog and Toad children's stories, which chronicle the everyday life of two amphibious eccentrics and their crew of swamp friends.

A Year With Frog and Toad opens as Frog and Toad awake from a long winter's hibernation in their respective homes. Spring has sprung, and there is a lot to do to prepare for the year! They plant a vibrant garden, eat a few too many delicious cookies, and perfect their kite-flying techniques. As the seasons change, the amphibious duo deal with a trio of judgmental birds, venture into Frog's spooky past, and survive a high speed sledding disaster.

Come to Westside Christian High School's production of A Year With Frog and Toad to acquaint yourself with the sensational friendship of Frog and Toad.

Key roles include Macy Fox as the cheerful Frog and Caden Reed as the grumpy, lumpy Toad. The rest of the swamp creatures are played by Lydia Heye, Jonathan Wee, Ashlyn Carlisle, Mercy McVicker, Christopher Kaetzel, Abby Sorensen, Marcus Raz, Amy Davis, Jack Reese, Jonathan Saks, and Abbie Nieuwstraten.

Musical direction is provided by Brent Mills, vocal direction by Will Fox, stage direction by Zachary Olson, and costume design by Judy Thwing. The book and lyrics were written by Willie Reale, and the music by Robert Reale.

Please contact Westside Christian High School at 503.697.4711 for more information.

About Westside Christian High School
Westside Christian High School, located in Tigard, Oregon, was founded in 1981 with a mission to equip servant leaders in God's Kingdom for the next generation by educating and developing the whole person for the glory of God. For more information visit www.wchsonline.org or call 503.697.4711.
for the glory of God.


Attached Media Files: Westside Christian High seniors Caden Reed and Macy Fox play Toad and Frog for a novel adventure.
Maple Grove Students Present Story of Cinderella's Twin Brother (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/14/15
Maple Grove students star in Twinderella April 23-24.
Maple Grove students star in Twinderella April 23-24.
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Maple Grove sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be presenting their production of "Twinderella" April 23 and 24 at 6 p.m. in the large gym.

"Twinderella" is the untold story of Cinderella's long lost twin brother, Bob, who longs to go to the Royal baseball game. Cinderella and Bob are both forbidden to attend the royal festivities, but with the aid of the Fairy Godmother, a Godfather, two enchanted gerbils and a lot of luck, they find a way. After midnight, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat. "Twinderella" is a show that will delight audiences of all ages.

The production will be held in the large gym at the school, 610 SW Eaton Blvd., Battle Ground. Tickets cost $1 for students and $2 for adults. Maple Grove is a K-8 school in the Battle Ground Public Schools district.


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Family Statement After Two Killed, One Critically Wounded in Montavilla Neighborhood Shooting (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/15
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The family of shooting victims Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang), and Gary Pham (Dat Pham) have offered the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of Susie and Gary, and the critical injuries suffered by Andrew:

"We would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and prayers. We ask that you pray for the third victim of this crime who is still fighting for life. While we are deeply grateful for the kind words we have received, we request that the family members' privacy be respected as we grieve for our loved ones and try to deal with this terrible event.

"Words cannot express the grief and shock that we feel at such a senseless crime. We fully support law enforcement's efforts to locate and arrest the perpetrator. We hope that he will be swiftly brought to justice so that he cannot inflict such pain on anyone else."

The photos released, courtesy of the family, feature (L-R), Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (holding infant daughter) and Gary Pham.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve this crime in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood.

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Gary Dat Pham and 41-year-old Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents (not the Department of Human Services as previously released).

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Gary Pham and Susie Pham died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and Gary Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew and Susie Pham.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

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

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

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

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Clark County Skills Center Tour set for April 29
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 04/14/15
Join Clark County Skills Center Director Kari Duffy, staff and students for a VIP Tour of the technical programs on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. The Tour includes an overview and walking tour of the campus with stops at a variety of the Center's technical programs (including the newly opened Aviation and Homeland Security programs and the new Cosmetology teaching salon), and lunch prepared and served by the Culinary Arts students. The cost is $5.00.

Call Jan Strickland to make reservations at 369-604-1050 x2151 or at janice.strickland@evergreenps.org. SPONSORED BY the COLUMBIA RIVER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (CREDC).

The Clark County Skills Center (12200 NE 28th Street, Vancouver 98682) is a cooperative technical educational school operated by nine school districts, and Educational Service District 112 in southwest Washington. It serves over 1,000 students enrolled in programs of study in Applied Medical Sciences, Automotive Technology, Aviation Technology, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Dental Assisting, Diesel Technology, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Fire Science, Homeland Security, Information Technology Systems, Service, & Support, Legal/Medical Office Applications, Pre-Engineering Technology, and Restaurant Management
Travel and Hotel Management.
92 Oregon Students to Compete Saturday, April 18 in State Level National History Day Competition (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/14/15
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Portland, OR - After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual "Oregon History Day" competition on Saturday, April 18 from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The event is open to media; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to cover the event.

Ninety-two students from Medford to Portland will compete in Oregon History Day in order to qualify for the national competition. Thirty volunteer judges will be spread throughout the Oregon Historical Society to evaluate their entries and help award prizes. Thanks to generous grant funding from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the student(s) with the best entry at Oregon History Day will receive free roundtrip airfare to the National History Day competition, which takes place June 14-18 at the University of Maryland College Park campus in Washington, D.C. Three additional scholarship prizes will also be awarded to notable entries thanks to support from the Joseph E. Weston Foundation, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the Howard and Dorise Irwin Foundation.

Four years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day program to Oregon state, and has seen the competition double in size each year. OHS Education Manager Denise Brock chaperones qualifying students to National History Day, where past Oregon contestants have won awards for outstanding entries.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. Brock works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2015 National History Day theme is "Leadership & Legacy in History," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary. At the national competition, scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging. For more information on National History Day, visit www.nhd.org.



About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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Lucky Number Six Leads to Two Megabucks wins worth more than $2.4 Million
Oregon Lottery - 04/14/15
April 13, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Throughout his life Bernard Vanisky of Beaverton keeps noticing the number six continues to pop up, in phone numbers, his third-grade school locker and addresses. So it doesn't surprise him much that on April 6, he found out he won Oregon's Game Megabucks not once, but twice.

Of course his $6 ticket had six numbers and the draw was April 6 and the winning numbers - 6-9-16-30-32-43 -- had a six in it.

Vanisky claimed his $2.4 million jackpot Monday, opting to take the annuity instead of a lump-sum payment. After taxes he will take home approximately $1.6 million when the annuity is finished. He also won another $2,000 from a different set of numbers on the same ticket.

"I am going to be very careful with this prize," Vanisky said. "I talked with a financial advisor and I might spend some of the interest, but I plan on investing it and not touching it."

Vanisky did say he was going to splurge on a used tractor.

Vanisky purchased the ticket at Ichabod's Tavern in Beaverton and is the second Megabucks jackpot winner this year who purchased a winning ticket in Beaverton. On March 12, John and Patricia Cason of Beaverton claimed their $12.6 million Oregon's Game Megabucks prize from a ticket they purchased at a 7-Eleven store in Beaverton.

Vanisky becomes the 247th millionaire created by Oregon's Game Megabucks since the game went on sale Nov. 20, 1985. Last year more than $18 million in prizes were awarded to people playing Oregon's Game Megabucks.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
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An American Red Cross Thank You to Volunteers (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/14/15
Red Crossers do community outreach to install lifesaving smoke alarms and help create home fire escape plans with families.
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During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Red Cross extends heartfelt thanks and offers recognition to the incredible people who help drive our mission forward

PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2015 - Few businesses run on the power of volunteers. People with professional skills, big hearts and warm smiles. People who give up their personal time with friends and families to do work that sometimes no one else wants to do. In the American Red Cross, volunteers constitute 90 percent of the total workforce.

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 and the American Red Cross honors all of its dedicated volunteers who give their time to help people in need. The American Red Cross Cascades Region, which serves Oregon and Southwest Washington, is currently supported by about 1,700 amazing volunteers.

Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are part of the Red Cross. They help people get back on their feet after a home fire, teach lifesaving first aid and CPR skills, visit veterans hospitals, staff blood drives, install smoke alarms, reunite family members after a disaster and fill a variety of other crucial roles. There are even volunteers in the volunteer office, helping to find new volunteers and orient them to the organization.

"Our volunteers take time away from their families and friends to help people they don't even know," said Laurie Conroy, director of volunteer services for the American Red Cross Cascades Region, "We are taking time during Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers for their dedication and service. We are truly grateful for these people, who come from all age groups, and all walks of life and who bring a wide range of skills to the Red Cross."

The Red Cross invites members of the community to sign up today and become a Red Cross volunteer. There is a position for everyone, there is no minimum number of hours required to be a volunteer, and the only requirement is a heart for helping others. To read Red Cross volunteer profiles in Oregon and Southwest Washington, go to http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/. To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org.


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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cascades. Or, read about Red Cross volunteers at http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/.


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Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/14/15
Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 14, 2015

Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, Cell 503-931-2590

Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast

Newport OR -- A portion of a derelict boat towed into Newport, Oregon on April 9, 2015 was disposed of on Monday, April 13. Please refer to previous releases (http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat1 and http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat2) for details on the original sighting and recovery.

+ After being towed to the South Beach Marina in Newport on April 9, the boat was re-towed to Riverbend Marine Services on the Yaquina River upstream from the harbor April 10.

+ While still moored at the South Beach Marina, a group of yellowtail jacks and banded knifejaw fishes were removed from the boat's holding tanks and are in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Preliminary examination indicates they are a variety of yellowtail jack from the western Pacific. A final determination about the origin of the yellowtail jacks will come through genetic testing. The knifejaw is also a species found in the waters around Japan, but not in the eastern Pacific near Oregon. After the quarantine period is over, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will move the fish to the Open Sea exhibit in Passages of the Deep for public display.

+ The debris was examined by Radiation Protection Services, part of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Health. The survey did not find any signs of radiation above the normal, background level.

+ After emptying the holding tanks of water, the wreck was hoisted out of the river and most of the attached plants and animals were scraped off. Researchers with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center collected additional samples of wood, plants, and animals for study.

+ This is the bow (front) section of a larger boat.

+ The entire object was taken in one piece to a landfill on Monday, April 13, and weighed 8,550 pounds.


Contact information for the Oregon Coast Aquarium:
Erin Paxton
Public Relations Coordinator
Oregon Coast Aquarium
a Non-Profit Organization
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd / Newport, OR 97365
541.867.3474 x 5224 / 541.867.6846 (fax)
www.aquarium.org | oceanscape.aquarium.org

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Jesuit High School's Green Efforts Recognized with Oregon Sustainable School Awards (Photo)
Jesuit High School - 04/14/15
JHS senior Madison Beary ’15 takes a water sample from her eco-column ecosystem model to test levels of nitrogen, phosphate, pH and dissolved oxygen in the aquatic fish habitat of the eco-column.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Jesuit High School was recently awarded the overall 2015 Oregon Sustainable School Award. Jesuit was also awarded the first-ever Oregon "More Sustainable" Award, which recognizes the school's continuous improvement efforts in sustainability over the last four years.

"The Oregon Sustainable School award is a testament to our ongoing efforts to reduce our environmental impacts, create an atmosphere of health and safety for our students and staff, and educate for sustainability," said Jennie Kuenz, JHS teacher and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair and Advocate.

The Oregon Sustainable School Awards are offered as a joint project of the Oregon Department of Education and the Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI). This award program is part of a dual application that also includes the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Recognition Program.

The Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI) facilitates the integration of economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable concepts and practices into all educational and operational activities of the state's K-12 school system so that schools and communities are able to prepare our children to create and succeed in a sustainable future. SOSI is coordinated by the Sustainable Schools Collaborative.

To be eligible for an Oregon Sustainable School Award, applicants needed to apply in all 4 pillar areas; to be eligible for nomination as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, applicants needed to apply in all 3 Green Ribbon pillar areas. The rules also state that a school can receive any given award once only, including the U.S. Green Ribbon. Thirteen panelists from a variety of environmental and government agencies were involved with the application review process.

In April, 2014, Jesuit High School was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for its exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.

Says Principal Paul Hogan, "At Jesuit, we take seriously our responsibility as caretakers of Creation. These awards are nice, but we have to be committed every day, every month, every year, to care for the Earth. Fortunately, we have prophetic teachers and students who challenge us to walk the 'sustainable' talk."

Jesuit High School is currently planning its annual Green Week activities for April 20-24, which provide another opportunity for the school to encourage students, staff and parents to adopt new habits and educate the student body on issues of environmental injustice. For more information, please visit www.jesuitportland.org/green.

The full list of 2015 Oregon Sustainable School Awardees is as follows:
2015 Oregon Sustainable School Award Jesuit High School (Portland)
2015 Oregon More Sustainable Award Jesuit High School (Portland)
2015 Oregon Pillar 1 Award: Environmental Impacts No award given
2015 Oregon Pillar 2 Award: Healthy, Safe Students & Staff: The Village School (charter school, Eugene)
Pillar 2 Honorable Mention: Phoenix School of Roseburg (charter school)
2015 Oregon Pillar 3 Award: Education for Sustainability No award given
2015 Oregon Pillar 4 Award: Social Sustainability No award given
Results: U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Nomination
No Oregon schools were nominated this year for U.S Dept. of Education Green Ribbon consideration.


About Jesuit High School: Founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus, Jesuit High School is Oregon's only secondary school in the Ignatian tradition of excellence in education. Our 1,280 students represent a diverse mix of young men and women from the Portland metro area and southwest Washington.

Jesuit High School's mission is to educate "men and women for others." Our graduates are leaders who are religious, loving, intellectually competent, committed to doing justice, and open to growth. Jesuit is the recipient of two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards, a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award for its sustainability efforts, and ten Oregonian Cup Awards for outstanding achievement in academics, school activities, athletics, and sportsmanship. More information can be found online at www.jesuitportland.org.


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Inmate walks away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crew (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/14/15
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate walked away this morning from Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) work crew near Philomath. Oregon State Police are investigating.

MCCF staff discovered inmate Jason M. Touch missing at approximately 9:30 a.m., April 14. Touch is a 36-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Touch was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Touch entered DOC custody on October 22, 1998, on one count of robbery in the first degree out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is January 13, 2019.

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

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.

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***Update***Gates death investigation
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/14/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are continuing the investigation of the death reported yesterday on Green Mountain Road in Gates.

The female lying outside of her vehicle was identified as 90-year-old Ellen Marie Mazzeo of Gates. The investigation reveals Mazzeo had driven up Green Mountain Road for an unknown reason. It appears she tried to turn around in the roadway at a closed logging gate and her vehicle became stuck in the mud. Mazzeo at some point exited her vehicle and fell to the ground. Further investigation revealed Mazzeo used a cane and had a history of falling. Deputies believe Mazzeo had not been able to get back up on her own and likely succumbed to the elements.

Mazzeo was transported to Stayton by Weddle's Funeral Home.
Liberty Middle School Recognized as a 2015 National Model School (Photo)
Camas Sch. Dist. - 04/14/15
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Liberty Middle School in Camas, Wash., has been selected as a 2015 National Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education for being an innovative leader in driving student learning. Liberty principal Marilyn Boerke and teacher leaders Jackie Hofer and Sarah Kankelberg will travel to Atlanta from June 28 through July 1 to share successes and learnings with educators from across the country at the 23rd Annual Model Schools Conference, the nation's premier event for highlighting the nation's most rapidly improving schools.

Seventeen National Model Schools were selected based on high achievement for all students through best practices such as providing every student with rigorous and relevant instruction, personalized instruction, increased student learning time, parent and community engagement, use of data to make instructional decisions, and more. Each year, the Model Schools Conference attracts thousands of educators, who come to learn from these rapidly-improving elementary, middle and high schools, and career and technical education programs. This year's theme is Moving Beyond the Fog to Achieve Focus in the Midst of Initiative Overload and will feature cutting-edge thought leaders and innovative practitioners sharing their experiences in implementing system-wide improvement.

"Breaking down the barriers of school walls is crucial in order for us, as educators, to learn from each other," said Willard R. Daggett, Founder and Chairman of the International Center. "By coming together and sharing our best practices, which mirror the International Center's mission of providing a rigorous and relevant education to all students, we are helping schools across the country move forward. We are delighted with the exceptional schools that have been named 2015 National Model Schools."

The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for its widely used Rigor / Relevance Framework and for identifying and disseminating best and emerging practices with teachers and leaders to prepare all students for lifelong success. Dr. Daggett and his team of consultants have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. For more information, please visit www.LeaderEd.com.


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Advisory Committee meets April 20 for the proposed Molalla River Scenic Waterway
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/14/15
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is responsible for administering the State Scenic Waterways Program, which is designed to protect the existing scenic, natural and recreation values of 20 designated waterways throughout the state. OPRD is directed by statute (ORS 390.855) to periodically study new waterways for potential inclusion in the program. OPRD completed a study of a reach of the Molalla River in 2014. Based on the study's evaluation of eligibility and public input finding, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission directed OPRD to pilot test a draft management plan prior to forwarding their recommendation of the Molalla River to the governor.

The draft scenic waterway management plan advisory committee is meeting to kick off the draft management plan on April 20, 2015 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library (201 E.5th St, Molalla). This is an advisory committee work session, but the public is invited to observe. The draft scenic waterway management plan will review the existing conditions of the proposed portion of the Molalla River and recommend the assignment of scenic waterway classifications for segments of the river. There are (6) types of scenic waterways classifications. The definition allows for management goals to be established for each segment based off of classification and other management recommendations.

For more information about the meeting or about the proposed Molalla River Scenic Waterway, please contact Rocky Houston at (503) 986-0750 / rocky.houston@oregon.gov or Laurel Hillmann at (503) 986-0700 / laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov.
Maps Organizes Twelfth Annual Free Community "Shred Day" -- April 18
Maps Credit Union - 04/14/15
SALEM, Ore.- The public is invited to bring their outdated personal documents to the Tenth Annual Free Community Shred Day Saturday, April 18, at Maps Credit Union's administration building, 451 Division Street, N.E., from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is jointly sponsored by Maps Credit Union and Iron Mountain.. Participants are asked to limit their shred material to two medium boxes each so more people can participate in this free event.

"Shred Day one of our most popular signature events and one of the many ways we give back to the community," said Shane Saunders, VP of development at Maps Credit Union.

"Disposing properly of outdated documents that contain personal information is one of the best ways to prevent fraud and identity theft," Saunders continued. "We are pleased to continue our long partnership with Iron Mountain to offer this valuable service to the community."

Iron Mountain will collect and shred all personal papers to safeguard their confidentiality. Maps Credit Union is offering its parking lot to host the event, which is expected to draw hundreds of attendees and thousands of pounds of unneeded personal papers.

This year, the Maps Community Foundation will also be collecting cash and coin donations to support Doernbecher Children's Hospital as part of the Credit Unions for Kids Change a Child's Life coin campaign. The foundation will match all donations they receive at the event.

Maps Credit Union has come a long way since a group of 17 volunteers joined together in 1935, running the credit union out of kitchens and living rooms in homes throughout Marion County. Today, Maps serves nearly 45,000 members in Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties. The credit union has nine branches located in east, west, south and central Salem; Keizer; the Willamette University campus; Monmouth; Woodburn; and Silverton.

Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM) helps organizations around the world reduce the costs and risks associated with information protection and storage. The Company offers comprehensive records management and data protection solutions, along with the expertise and experience to address complex information challenges such as rising storage costs, litigation, regulatory compliance and disaster recovery. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain is a trusted partner to more than 120,000 corporate clients throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.ironmountain.com.
13th Annual Chefs for Liberty House Brings Chefs' Best to Guests (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/14/15
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Salem, Ore. (April 14, 2015) To benefit the important work done by the Liberty House Child Abuse Assessment Center, local chefs will donate their time to present Chefs for Liberty House Sunday, May 31,2015 at the Salem Convention Center, 5:00 - 8 p.m. Chefs for Liberty House will be a sit-down, four-course gourmet dinner with each course paired with a perfect, local wine. Guests will enjoy live and silent auctions focusing on food, travel and art from our area's premier businesses. The Bill Hughes Trio will offer live music prior to the dinner and a local jazz band will provide music for dancing after the dinner.

This year's lineup of culinary artists include: Chef Tory Knaus of the Salem Convention Center, Chef Massimo Brofferio of The Drunken Cook, Chef Daryl Gossack of Loustic Catering, Chef Jessica Ritter of Wild Pear, Chef Chad Grodio from Bentley's restaurant and Chef Cecilia Ritter-James of Wild Pear and ACME Café.

The Salem Convention Center is located at 200 Commercial Street SE. Tickets: $90 per person or $720 for a table of eight if purchased before May 15, 2015; $100 per person or $800 per table of 8 if purchased after May 15, 2015. For reservations, please call 503-540-0288 or email achristian@libertyhousecenter.org.

Proceeds support critical Liberty House services to help children referred for concerns of abuse or neglect. Liberty House serves both Marion and Polk Counties and sees over 400 children per year. Liberty House is in the process of working with local partners to add mental health services for children who have suffered trauma. Guests who come to Chefs this year will be able to support vital services for very vulnerable children in our local community.
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Liberty House is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization and relies on the generous support of donors: 52 percent of Liberty House's annual funding comes from charitable contributions by individuals, businesses and foundations. Liberty House is located at 2685 4th Street NE in Salem, 503-540-0288, www.libertyhousecenter.org.

TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE: Call the DHS hotline for Marion and Polk Counties at 503-378-6704.


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CORRECTION: Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-15 Double Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/15
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The infant that was not injured in the shooting is 13 weeks old, not 13 months as previously released.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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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 double homicide that occurred in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood.

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Dat Pham (male) and 41-year-old Sut-Leng Chang (female) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents (not the Department of Human Services as previously released).

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Dat Pham and Sut-Leng Chang died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and one of the deceased, Dat Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew Pham and the other deceased, Sut-Leng Chang.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

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

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

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

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Corvallis Police Arrest Male for Stabbing Incident
Corvallis Police - 04/14/15
On April 13, 2015, at about 9:50pm, Corvallis Police officers responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing had just occurred at 980 NW Cleveland Avenue. When officers arrived they discovered 41year old Steven Ward Froehlich of Corvallis had been stabbed twice in the torso with a hunting knife after an argument with a resident of the Cleveland address. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation and treatment of non life threatening injuries.

The suspect in the stabbing incident was identified as 55 year old John Avery Maguire Oliver of Corvallis. Froehlich and Oliver had verbally argued multiple times over the course of the evening. The verbal arguments escalated to Oliver stabbing Froehlich twice as Froehlich was taking a shower.

Oliver was arrested and charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Unlawful use of a Weapon. He was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged. His bail is currently set at $175,000.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500000711

Froehlich was also charged with Aggravated Harassment in this incident when he spat upon an officer at the hospital who was attempting to interview him. He was cited and released to receive treatment for his injuries.
Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 21, 22
Oregon Marine Board - 04/14/15
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly work session on April 21 beginning at 1 pm. The Board will also re-convene the same evening, following the close of a rule hearing on slow -no wake and waterway markers beginning at 6 pm. The Board may make a motion to adopt, amend, not adopt, or take some other action with regard to the proposed rules. The regular Board meeting will be held on April 22, beginning at 9 am. The meetings will be held at Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The work session on April 21, will include a demonstration of the new, online registration system, a discussion on boating facilities grants, and an overview about dredging.

On April 22, the general Board meeting agenda includes:

* Consider approval of a grant request for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps
* Consider adoption of a concurrent rule for visual distress signals with the US Coast Guard requirements (OAR 250-010-0164)
* Consider initiating rulemaking on concurrent rules for navigation lights with the US Coast Guard (OAR 250-012-0020)
* Agency staff reports

The meetings are accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, April 20. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on April 22.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon March 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent, Inching Below the National Rate

In March, Oregon's unemployment rate fell below the U.S. rate for the first time since 1996, dropping to 5.4 percent, from 5.8 percent in February. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in March. While the difference between the Oregon and the U.S. March unemployment rates was not statistically significant, the fact that Oregon's rate is below the nation's shows how much the state's economy has improved over the last year.

Reflecting an improving economy, Oregon's unemployment rate dropped substantially over the past 12 months; in March 2014, Oregon's rate was 7.1 percent.

This winter, two factors benefitted Oregon's economy relative to many states. First, Oregon's weather was unusually mild during much of the first three months of the year, while many economies in the northeastern U.S. were hit hard by severe winter weather. In the short term, the weather boosted Oregon's employment in weather-dependent industries above normal levels. And second, the plunge in oil prices since mid-2014 led to lower gasoline and other fuel prices which benefited Oregon consumers and likely led to greater demand for certain goods and services.

A primary reason for Oregon's declining unemployment rate is rapid job growth. Employment growth accelerated over the past two years, reflecting a strengthening economy and contributing to a tightening labor market. Total nonfarm payrolls grew by 56,100 jobs, or 3.3 percent, in the 12 months ending in March. Since March 2014, two major industries each added over 10,000 jobs: professional and business services (+11,500 jobs or +5.3%) and health care and social assistance (+10,300 jobs or +4.9%). Job gains were also above 3 percent in the following major industries: manufacturing; transportation, warehousing and utilities; and leisure and hospitality.

In March, payrolls grew by 4,300 jobs, about the average growth rate of the prior 12 months. Most major industries performed close to seasonal expectations, but health care and social assistance (+1,700 jobs) vigorously expanded.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, April 21st, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 19th.

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

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon March 2015 News Release
Portland Parks & Recreation Takes Important Steps on Replacement Bond Program (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 04/14/15
Zari Santner, Bond Community Oversight Committee member and former PP&R Director (retired)
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Program Manager and Oversight Committee named to move forward on voter-approved park projects

(Portland, OR) -
Mary Anne Cassin has joined Portland Parks & Recreation as the bureau's Parks Bond Program Manager. Cassin oversees the bond team and program that will deliver up to $68 million of much-needed, urgent repairs and improvements to Portland's beloved park system. A group of four project managers, a public involvement specialist and an administrative assistant will round out the bond team in the next couple of months. Once the bonds are sold in late June or early July, the team will begin working on numerous projects all over the city.

Cassin has two degrees in Landscape Architecture, including one from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has worked with several private landscape architecture firms and taught at the University of Illinois.

"Mary Anne brings unparalleled expertise in project management, design work and logistics," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "I am excited that someone of her caliber will be leading the effort to fulfilling our promise of meeting some of the most crucial maintenance needs across our parks system, while remaining sensitive to Portlanders' ability to pay. We will continue to work with the community throughout this process."

Though she is the newest member of the bond team, Mary Anne is actually a familiar face around Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R). Mary Anne first joined PP&R in 1984 as a landscape architect. During her 22 year career with the bureau, she was the project manager on many notable projects including the Springwater Corridor Trail, both the North and South Park Blocks, and the 2020 Plan, in addition to dozens of neighborhood park renovations. Her role evolved over the 22 years: she not only worked on individual projects, but also did planning, policy work and program development. Mary Anne was instrumental in the Bureau's first memorial policy, formation of the Parks Board and the Parks Foundation.

She left PP&R in 2005 to work briefly at Vancouver / Clark Parks & Recreation and then spent seven years with Metro as the Parks Planning & Development Manager. At Metro, Mary Anne oversaw the design and construction of four new nature parks. Most recently, she was a principal at PLACE, a local design firm that is contracted for work in numerous countries around the world.

When she's not working, Mary Anne enjoys gardening, hiking and reading. She and her husband Ken Meyer have nurtured a half-acre garden in Southwest Portland over the last 26 years. Their son is currently enrolled at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

Bond oversight committee named
A Community Oversight Committee has been finalized to review the bond implementation performance, and report to Council and the community. The Oversight Committee will track progress on the bond, and ensure that bond promises are kept.

The all-volunteer committee members are:
Jonath Colón - Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Don Grotting - Superintendent, David Douglas School District
Dion Jordan - Portland Parks Board member
Karen Loper - Retired Portland Parks & Recreation Assistant Director
Zari Santner - Retired Portland Parks & Recreation Director


Attached Media Files: Zari Santner, Bond Community Oversight Committee member and former PP&R Director (retired) , Dion Jordan, Bond Community Oversight Committee member and Portland Parks Board member , Don Grotting, Bond Community Oversight Committee member and David Douglas School District Superintendent , Mary Anne Cassin, Portland Parks & Recreation Bond Program Manager
PCC Foundation Gala raises a record $425,000 (Photo)
PCC - 04/14/15
Portland Community College Foundation Board President Kimberly Cooper, president and CEO of the Fortuna Group
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PORTLAND, Ore., - The PCC Foundation Gala themed "An Evening for Opportunity, Lunar Landing: A Space Age Gala," raised a record $425,000 that will go toward student scholarships and success programs. The gala, which was held on Friday, April 10 at Pure Space in the Pearl District, featured 1960s space exploration as its theme and attracted more than 500 guests. Junki and Linda Yoshida, founders of locally based Yoshida Foods International, served as the honorary co-chairs.

A pillar of the gala was the celebration of the PCC Patron Award. This year's recipients are Stephanie Fowler and Irving Levin of The Renaissance Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that creates educational opportunities, in part for first-generation, low-income students. The Patron Award honors a person or organization that has made a significant contribution to PCC to ensure access to education for students.

Through The Renaissance Foundation, Levin and Fowler support PCC's Future Connect Scholarship Program by providing nearly 30 students with scholarships, mentoring and other supports essential to college success. They have also just launched a new mentoring program, the Cascade African Men's Scholars Project, at the Cascade Campus in North Portland that matches 10 mentors with 30 students.

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

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


Attached Media Files: Portland Community College Foundation Board President Kimberly Cooper, president and CEO of the Fortuna Group , Stephanie Fowler and Irving Levin of The Renaissance Foundation
FBI Launches National Request to Find Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/14/15
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 29, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 29, shown with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January of 2008. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 29 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, additional images relevant to the investigation include those depicting the individual wearing a silver ring on his left ring finger, the victim wearing blue and white Velcro Nike brand tennis shoes, and the background where the images were taken. Additionally, the individual is seen wearing a white, black, and red shirt with what appears to be a design and/or writing on the sleeves.

There are no specific details linking the man to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown.

John Doe 29 is described as a male with a tan complexion, likely between the ages of 30 and 45, with dark hair. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Attached Media Files: Endangered Child Alert Program fact sheet , John Doe 29 poster , John Doe 29 picture d , John Doe 29 picture c , John Doe 29 picture b , John Doe 29 picture a
Milwaukie police serve search warrant with assistance from CCSO swat team.
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 04/14/15
On 04-14-15, at around 6:00 a.m., Milwaukie Police, with the assistance of the Clackamas County inter-agency SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 9819 SE 17th Avenue in Milwaukie, in regards to on-going investigations of property crimes by 41-year-old Wanda Lovie Howard.

Ms. Howard is currently has 2-Felony warrants for her arrest; Fail to appear (traffic offense) out of Clackamas County, and attempt to elude by vehicle out of Multnomah County. The SWAT team was used due to Ms. Howard's elude history.

The SWAT team ultimately made entry into the residence and Ms. Howard was taken into custody. She was located hiding in the attic. No one was injured during entry.

SE 17th Avenue was briefly shut down in both directions during the incident between SE Highway 224 and SE Milport, but has since re-opened.

Ms. Howard will be lodged at Clackamas County Jail on her warrants.
Washougal School Board narrows search for new leader to four finalists
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 04/14/15
The Washougal School District Board of Directors has selected four finalists to interview for the position of Superintendent of schools. The selected candidate will succeed Dawn Tarzian who retires in June.

Martin Brewer, Shelton, WA.
Martin Brewer is currently Superintendent of the Pioneer School District in Shelton, WA, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to joining the Pioneer School District, Brewer worked in the Richland School District as elementary school principal and director of Gifted Programs. He previously worked as elementary and middle school principal in the Grandview, Prosser and Sunnyside school districts in Washington. Brewer earned his Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University and his Master's Degree from Heritage College.

Chris Fritsch, Longview, WA.
Chris Fritsch has served as Assistant Superintendent in the Longview School District since 2011. Fritsch has worked for the Longview School District for much of his professional career, previously as executive director of Leadership and Learning, principal and assistant principal of Mark Morris High School, and assistant principal of Monticello Middle School. He has taught social studies in Longview and also in Texas where he began his teaching career. He has extensive coaching experience at the high school and middle school levels. Fritsch earned his Bachelor's Degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his Master's Degree from Portland State University.

Mike Stromme, Vancouver, WA.
Mike Stromme is currently Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning with the Vancouver Public Schools. Stromme has worked for Vancouver Public Schools in various positions, including associate superintendent and chief information officer, chief of secondary Education, high school principal, associate principal, athletic director, and teacher. Stromme previously served as interim superintendent for Green Mountain School District and Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services and Technology at Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Oregon State University, his Master's Degree from the University of Portland, and his Doctorate Degree from Washington State University.

Ann Varkados, Spanaway, WA.
Ann Varkados is Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the Bethel School District, a position she has held since 2004. Varkados has worked for the Bethel School District since 1998, previously as executive director of Curriculum and Instruction and principal. Prior to joining the Bethel School District, Varkados was a principal in Kalama School District. She has experience as a learning specialist and teacher, working in both the Camas and Vancouver School Districts. She also served as director of Staff Development for Hi-School Pharmacy. Varkados earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Portland. She holds an Ed.D. Degree from Washington State University.


"We were very pleased with the number of qualified candidates applying for the position," said Board President Ron Dinius. "We had a difficult time narrowing the field down to four candidates," he said. "We are looking forward to meeting the candidates and introducing them to the Washougal community."

The finalists will visit Washougal School District on Tuesday, April 14 to meet district staff, students and community members and tour schools. On Wednesday, April 15, the finalists will have formal interviews with the Board of Directors.

Community members are invited to an open house to meet the candidates on Tuesday, April 14, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Washougal High School Commons, 1201 39th Street, Washougal.



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GREAT Graduation Scheduled for Tuesday Morning at Margaret Scott School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/15
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On Tuesday April 14, 2015, at 11:50 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Margaret Scott School, located at 14700 Northeast Sacramento Street.

Officer Amy Bruner-Dehnert and Sergeant Tim Sessions will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

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

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

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Wells Fargo reports $5.8 billion in net income
Wells Fargo - 04/14/15
SAN FRANCISCO - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported net income of $5.8 billion, or $1.04 per diluted common share, for first quarter 2015, compared with $5.9 billion, or $1.05 per share, for first quarter 2014, and up from $5.7 billion, or $1.02 per share, for fourth quarter 2014.

"Our solid first quarter results again reflected the benefit of our diversified business model and the continued focus of our 266,000 team members on serving the needs of consumer and business customers," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. "We continued to strengthen our customer relationships in the quarter, as reflected in strong growth in deposits and primary checking customers. In addition, our mortgage business was able to serve more customers by refinancing their mortgage loans with lower rates. Capital levels remained strong, and we were pleased to receive a non-objection to our 2015 Capital Plan, which included a proposed increase in our dividend rate to $0.375 per common share in second quarter 2015, subject to Board approval."

Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry added, "Wells Fargo earned $5.8 billion in first quarter 2015, an increase of $95 million from the prior quarter, including the benefit from lower income tax expense in the first quarter. Credit quality remained strong, as net charge-offs continued to decline. Expenses also decreased from the prior quarter and our efficiency ratio improved. We remained within our targeted ranges for ROA, ROE, efficiency ratio and net payout ratio, while maintaining record liquidity and capital levels."

The full earnings news release is posted at wellsfargo.com.
Homicide Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Woodlawn Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/15
On Tuesday April 14, 2015, at 12:18 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area of Northeast Dekum Street and Claremont Avenue.

Arriving officers began checking the area, including Woodlawn Park, when a caller reported a person down in a residential parking lot in the 6800 block of Northeast Claremont Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male adult victim and determined that he was deceased.

Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are all responding to the scene to begin a homicide investigation.

At this point, there is no suspect information.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333; or, Detective Michele Michaels at (503) 823-0692.

No updates are expected in this case until Tuesday afternoon.

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Red Cross Responds to Clark County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/13/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 3 adults and 1 child displaced by a single family fire in the 1000 block of NE 63rd in Vancouver, WA. The Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Red Cross Responds to Clark County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/13/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 3 adults and 1 child displaced by a single family fire in the 1000 block of NE 63rd in Vancouver, WA. The Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.
Woodland Intermediate School earns another Achievement Award
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 04/13/15
Woodland Intermediate School has earned a Washington Achievement Award for 2014 -- its third year in a row. It is being honored in the category of High Progress.

Statewide a total of 401 schools received awards for being the highest-performing schools based on three years of academic information as reported in the Washington Achievement Index.

"We are proud of the work our Woodland Intermediate School teachers and students have done to earn these Washington Achievement Awards," Woodland School District Superintendent Michael Z. Green said Monday. The school also won School of Distinction awards in 2007 and 2008.

High Progress category winners represent the top 10 percent of schools making the most progress in the performance of the all-students group over three years. The Progress Score is computed by adding an Achievement Score and an Improvement Score. Reading and math achievement scores are combined.

"The Achievement Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the school communities who have made the greatest difference in the lives of Washington students," State Board of Education Chair Isabel Muñoz-Colón said in a news release Monday. "The State Board hopes to use this opportunity to share schools' results and their stories so that we can replicate their great work in other areas of the state."

Washington Achievement Awards recognize schools for being top performers in six categories:

1. Overall Excellence
2. High Progress
3. Reading Growth
4. Math Growth
5. Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)
6. English Language Acquisition

"Honoring successful schools is one of the most important things we do," said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. "We know schools are doing great work and are getting better at serving all students every day."

The award-winning schools will be honored at an award ceremony April 28 at Spanaway Lake High School in Bethel School District.

This is the sixth year of the Washington Achievement Awards.

For more information, see www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement.
Woman dies after having vehicle problems
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/13/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating the death of an elderly woman on Green Mountain Road, approximately 2.5 miles up the gravel road near Gates.

Today at 6:40 a.m., Linn County 911 received a call from a truck driver who was picking up gravel from a nearby gravel pit. The truck driver reported seeing a vehicle stuck in the mud and found a deceased white elderly female lying outside of the vehicle. Fire personnel arrived on scene and the female was pronounced dead. The death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

The name of the deceased person is being withheld pending further investigation and notification of family. Sheriff's deputies were assisted by Gates Fire personnel.
HFHS info night for families (Photo)
Camas Sch. Dist. - 04/13/15
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The Camas School District has an innovative school of choice for ninth-twelfth grade students: Hayes Freedom High School. Parents and potential incoming students seeking admission for fall 2015 are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the school, 1919 NE Ione Street, Camas, WA.

HFHS was founded on the principle that not all students thrive in a large, comprehensive high school environment. If your student may benefit from any of the following hallmarks of HFHS, she or he might want to get to know us!

Hayes Freedom High School offers:
* Small class sizes; usually about 20 students per class.
* Longer, intensely focused classes; students take three 1:40 core classes with a 30 minute advisory each day. This allows students more time with teachers, time to work on projects in class, and a deeper understanding of material.
* Intentional, project-based learning; Hayes students are encouraged by teachers to approach assignments and projects in creative ways focusing on the learning styles of individual students.
* Strong relationships; with only 150 students and eight teachers, students will have the same teachers for several subjects over time. This cultivates a tight-knit community where students know teachers and teachers know students. Attending Hayes is like joining a family "where everybody knows your name."

For more information, please contact Kristi Thomas at 360-833-5600.


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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 04/13/15
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors April 20, 2015.
Unified Sports Kicks Off High School Soccer Play April 18 at McKenzie Stadium
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 04/13/15
The newly formed Unified Sports District 4 (Clark and Cowlitz County school districts) begins league soccer games with a kick-off ceremony and games on Saturday, April 18 at Evergreen Public Schools' McKenzie Stadium. Teams representing Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Kelso, Vancouver and Washougal high schools will participate in an opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. and then start play.

The high school teams consistent of male and female players, ages 14-21, with intellectual disabilities. The sport of soccer is new to the Unified Sports league in southwest Washington, but follows the model of the existing high school basketball league with support from Special Olympics Washington.

The opening ceremonies will feature students reciting the Athlete Oath before beginning play. Games will be 20 minutes each (with a running clock), played on a modified field size (three game fields will be set up on the McKenzie Stadium field). The games will be played in a round-robin format with the final set of games concluding at 12:00 p.m.
OSP Sexual Abuse Investigation in Klamath Falls Results in Conviction, Sentencing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/13/15
On April 13, 2015, Kevin Earl Bristow, age 35, of Klamath Falls, was sentenced to 198 months in prison by Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Dan Bunch. Mr. Bristow was sentenced to two 75 month prison terms, to be served consecutively, for his convictions on two counts of Sexual Abuse 1. He had been convicted on Friday, April 10, 2015, of two counts of Sexual Abuse 1 after a three day trial prosecuted by the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. In addition to the 150 months for the Sexual Abuse convictions, Mr. Bristow was sentenced to 48 months for a probation violation. The 48 months is to be served consecutive to the 150 months.

The investigation began in early February of 2015 when the allegations were brought to the attention of the Oregon State Police by the Department of Human Services - Child Welfare Division. The investigation revealed Mr. Bristow sexually abused two female victims under the age of 12. Both victims were known to Mr. Bristow.

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New Police Progam In Washington County To Benefit Adults With Developmental Disabilities (Photo)
Tigard Police - 04/13/15
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***Reminder***There will be ample photo opportunity today to learn more about the Safety Academy. Media is invited. The program starts at 6:00 pm and held at the Beaverton Police Department located 4755 SW Griffith Ave. in Beaverton, in the first floor conference rooms. ***


The Westside Crime Prevention Coalition is pleased to introduce a new learning opportunity to Washington County adults with developmental disabilities. The Safety Academy is a free and unique police awareness and personal safety program. Attendees will learn about the role of the police officer and ways to enhance their personal safety both at home and while out in the community. Adults with developmental disabilities can be vulnerable to crime and exploitation. The goal of the program is to help these adults better navigate through their day-to-day activities while being better prepared to face challenges.

The Safety Academy is an avenue for both police officers and adults with developmental disabilities to interact in a positive, low-key environment, providing an opportunity to see beyond the badge. The program serves to foster communication and enhance the personal safety of each participant. All sessions are instructed by local law enforcement. Strict enrollment limits provide increased opportunity for better comprehension by attendees. Support persons are invited to accompany the attendees to help reinforce learning.

The Safety Academy began on April 6 and will continue for four consecutive Monday evenings at the Beaverton Police Department. The program covers a range of subject matter which supports what many adults with developmental disabilities may encounter. The curriculum is relevant and aimed to give attendees the knowledge and confidence to carry out their activities better aware of potential risks. Some of the topics presented include various elements of crime prevention including fraud, identity theft and protecting personal information; getting help and interacting with police; traffic and pedestrian laws and safety; using public transportation and ways to enhance safety when at home.

The Westside Crime Prevention Coalition (WCPC) is a partnership of four Washington County law enforcement agencies. Participating agencies include Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard Police Departments as well as the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The WCPC continually strives to offer support to our communities through education and other opportunities. The Safety Academy is just one way the group is succeeding.

***Monday, April 13th is media day for those interested in observing first-hand how the program operates. Please refer to the contact information provided to learn more details.***


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Smoke Alarm Success in Newport (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/13/15
The Red Cross partnered with the Newport Fire Department on Saturday to install free smoke alarms and distribute home fire and earthquake preparedness information.
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Red Cross volunteers and representatives from the Newport Fire Department
spent a day in the community, installing more than 130 free smoke alarms and
providing fire safety education for area residents.

Newport, OR - April 13, 2015 - The City of Newport had an influx of visitors last weekend, many of whom were Red Cross volunteers in town as part of the organization's Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The national program aims to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years by canvassing neighborhoods, offering to install free smoke alarms and providing residents with home fire safety information. On Saturday in Newport, approximately 40 volunteers visited nearly 400 homes, installed 130 smoke alarms and created home escape plans with more than 50 residents.

Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy met with volunteers prior to the outreach event and offered his thanks for everyone's help in the event. "The importance of having working smoke alarms can't be overstated," he said. "The Red Cross has our thanks, and our support, for this effort in our community. Even if we save one person's life, your work is worth it."

The outreach event in Newport on Saturday was the seventh one in Oregon since the start of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign kicked off last October. Cara Sloman, regional disaster program manager for the American Red Cross Cascades Region, says that the Newport event has been the most successful so far in terms of alarms installed. She credits community partnerships in helping to get the word out in advance about the program, and the ability to set appointments for alarm installations in advance of on-site home visits.

In addition to home fire safety information, volunteers discussed earthquake and tsunami safety plans with residents.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington responds to an average of two home fires every day. According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, 50 Oregonians lost their lives due to fire-related injuries in 2014. That is the highest number since 2008 when there were 53 fire fatalities in the state.

Upcoming Home Fire Preparedness Campaign events are scheduled for Vancouver, WA., on April 18; Portland, OR., on April 25; Bend, OR., on May 2; Lebanon, OR., on May 9; Tillamook, OR., on May 16; and Roseburg, OR., on June 13. For additional information, and a complete list of outreach events, visit www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cascades. Or, read about Red Cross volunteers at http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/.


Attached Media Files: The Red Cross partnered with the Newport Fire Department on Saturday to install free smoke alarms and distribute home fire and earthquake preparedness information. , Red Cross volunteer Nora Alvarez installs a free smoke alarm in a home in Newport's Longview Hills neighborhood. More than 130 devices were installed on Saturday as part of a home fire preparedness outreach event with the Newport Fire Department. , Newport resident LeAnn Blumenstein reviews home fire preparedness information with Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Trevor Covington on Saturday during a community outreach event aimed at reducing home fire deaths and injuries.
Fourth graders create electronic inventions and demonstrate them during an Invention Fair (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 04/13/15
Jack Hipple and Cohen Andre used electronic circuits to create a working fan
Jack Hipple and Cohen Andre used electronic circuits to create a working fan
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Monday, April 13, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Fourth graders at Union Ridge Elementary School created inventions using electronic circuits as part of their science classes and demonstrated the inventions during a special Invention Fair for family members and other attendees.

The project stemmed from a science project from Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits typically used to teach students the basics of electronics including the differences between parallel and series electronic circuits. "The students enjoyed learning about the different circuits so much that I built on the basic project to create the Invention Fair," said Kelly O'Boyle, fourth grade science teacher at Union Ridge. "The new project takes what the students learned to the next level by inspiring them to create their own electronic inventions."

Unlike preset scientific experiments, many students' inventions didn't work on the first try. "This is a very challenging project for my high-level thinkers because they're learning how inventions often don't work correctly the first time," explained O'Boyle.

As part of the project, students were asked to describe their invention, draw scientific diagrams and create schematic drawings showing how their inventions work. Some students even brought items from home to help create more elaborate inventions. In addition, students studied other inventors including Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

Throughout the process of creating their inventions, students kept records of their changes. "The recordkeeping can become quite tricky because it adds deliberate methodology to the process of creation," said O'Boyle. "Students get very excited to change their invention, but recording the changes is almost as important as the change itself so students can see what works and what doesn't work."

To help reinforce the concepts students were learning in their English Language Arts classes, O'Boyle assigned students a writing assignment asking students to describe their experiences creating their inventions. "With the new Common Core standards, I try to reinforce what my students are learning in their English classes by having them reiterate the concepts in my science classes," said O'Boyle. "The quotes the students wrote about their experiences creating their inventions were almost as powerful as the inventions themselves."

Some student quotes included the following:

- "It's not about the fun of building the experiment, but about if you learn something or you enjoy it." -Alexander Raymond
- "Inventing is important, and even though things get rough you should never give up." -Carl Molina
- "Inventing is fun and hard at the same time. It also a work of art." -Jayson Volkoff
- "Inventors' inventions are far from perfect, but it doesn't mean you don't try to make it perfect." -Paige Stepaniuk
- "Scientists are never perfect, so they are always changing their experiments." -Jordyn Davies

Parents and family members attended a special Invention Fair to see the inventions their students created over the course of the project. O'Boyle intends to assign this project every year as part of every fourth grader's science studies.

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Attached Media Files: Jack Hipple and Cohen Andre used electronic circuits to create a working fan , Some students brought items from home to create more elaborate inventions , Ronan Blanchard, Gavin Meyer, and Jack Champine demonstrate their invention
TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/13/15: Geotechnical Testing in Washington Park Scheduled for April
Portland Water Bureau - 04/13/15
During the week of April 20, the Portland Water Bureau will conduct geotechnical testing in Washington Park.

The testing will involve a crew using equipment to drill geotechnical test anchors along SW Sacajawea Blvd. on the east side of Reservoir 3 and along the promenade on the north side of the reservoir. The testing is scheduled to be completed by mid-May.

This work is supporting the design for the Water Bureau's proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project to build a new below-ground reservoir in the same general footprint as the existing upper Reservoir 3, with a reflecting pool on top. The lower Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system. A lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool are also proposed in the Reservoir 4 basin.

Roads around the work site, including SW Sacajawea Blvd., will remain open with intermittent flagging during setup over the drill locations. The sidewalk along SW Sacajawea Blvd. will be closed for public safety.

TriMet bus stop ID 6177 (SW Sacajawea Blvd. and SW Sherwood Blvd.) on Line 63 will be closed from April 20 to May 4.

Park users, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.

The geotechnical testing will assist Water Bureau engineers in:
* Evaluating soil properties and behaviors.
* Understanding how soils will perform under certain conditions and how it may impact the proposed construction of the new below-ground reservoir.
* Evaluating, mitigating, and minimizing potential risks associated with issues such as settlement, load-bearing capacity, slope instability, and water infiltration.

For more information about the proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Portland Water Bureau works to improve the city's century-old water system.


Attached Media Files: Official Advisory
Man Hit With Baseball Bat After Girl Decides She Doesn't Want a Relationship (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/13/15
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Haley Fox, age 24, of Turner has been arrested and charged with Assault I after she struck an Alabama man with a baseball bat in the head. Samuel Campbell, age 26, of Adger Alabama, began a relationship with Ms. Fox via the internet, sometime in 2013. According to detectives, in April of 2015 Mr. Campbell agreed to move to Oregon and live with Ms. Fox.

On April 8th, Mr. Campbell went to Ms. Fox's residence in the 7000 block of Lipscomb Road SE, to meet her for the first time in person. When he arrived Ms. Fox led him to a table outside of the residence where he sat down to drink wine. It is when Ms. Fox asked Mr. Campbell to close his eyes that things took what could have been a deadly turn. Detectives determined that while Mr. Campbell had his eyes closed, Ms. Fox walked behind him and struck him in the head, with a baseball bat.

As a result of the attack Mr. Campbell suffered cuts to the head that required staples and a fractured skull. Ms. Fox told investigators that she decided to hurt Mr. Campbell because she did not want to be his girlfriend. During the assault investigators learned that an additional party was present and may have witnessed the assault. Jennifer Beaumont, age 26 has been interviewed and her exact involvement is still being determined.

On April 9th, Ms. Fox was arrested and later charged with Assault I, since her arraignment she has posted bail and was released from custody. Mr. Campbell has been treated and released from Salem Hospital. Any and all future releases regarding this incident will be referred to the Marion county District Attorney's Office.


Attached Media Files: Fox
Future Chefs Win Awards for Their Culinary Creations (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/13/15
Best Overall Grand Champion went to Captain Strong fourth grader Dalon Goodwin for his
Best Overall Grand Champion went to Captain Strong fourth grader Dalon Goodwin for his
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Elementary students from across the Battle Ground school district participated in Sodexo's eleventh Future Chefs event on March 26 at Battle Ground High School. Third and fourth graders presented their culinary skills and creative cooking talent to judges from local restaurants, including Chef Jeff Norton from Northwood Public House and Chef Kevin Taylor from South Pacific Cafe. The students' dishes were assessed based on criteria such as originality and taste. In the end, the following chefs received awards:

Best Overall Grand Champion went to Captain Strong fourth grader Dalon Goodwin for his "Strawberry Spinach Turkey Club."

Makayla Furguson, a fourth grader from CAM, won the Kid Friendly and Easy Prep award with her "Ant Hill."

Haley Hankel, a CAM third grader, won the Healthy Attributes award with her creation, "Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce."

Morgan Godfrey, a fourth grader from Yacolt, is the winner of the award for the Best Use of Ingredients and Originality with her "Watermelon Lollipops."

Ryley Engstrom, River HomeLink fourth grader, earned the award for Plate Presentation with his "Red Pepper Boats" and was also the runner up for Best Overall.

Grand champion Dalon Goodwin will compete in the regional level competition. Winners from the regional event will move on to a national competition.

Watch a video of the 2015 Future Chefs Challenge on the BGPS Video YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/KU7D3O7l93U


Attached Media Files: Best Overall Grand Champion went to Captain Strong fourth grader Dalon Goodwin for his
BGHS Senior Wins for 240SX at Portland Car Show (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/13/15
Cameron Faley made extensive modifications to his Nissan 240SX and won the Les Schwab Pride in Performance Award at the Portland Roadster Show.
Cameron Faley made extensive modifications to his Nissan 240SX and won the Les Schwab Pride in Performance Award at the Portland Roadster Show.
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Cameron Faley, a senior at Battle Ground High School, won the Les Schwab Pride in Performance Award for the modified 1995 Nissan 240SX he showcased in the 59th Annual Portland Roadster Show on March 20. The award comes with $500 for the Battle Ground High School Automotive Program.

Faley, who has been enrolled in the BGHS Automotive Program for two years, made extensive modifications to his Nissan 240SX. He swapped the Nissan's engine for a SR20DET Dual Overhead Cam Turbo with an intercooler, customized the exhaust, relocated the oil filter, relocated the battery to the trunk, upgraded the brake system, customized the wheel, and installed an aluminum radiator, Isis front and rear suspension control arms, Tein rack spacers for sharper steering and a NRG detachable steering wheel.

"My compassion for cars grew after I enrolled in the auto program," Faley said. "It's been very rewarding."


Attached Media Files: Cameron Faley made extensive modifications to his Nissan 240SX and won the Les Schwab Pride in Performance Award at the Portland Roadster Show. , Faley's award came with $500 for the BGHS Automotive Program.
Polk County Recognizes National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 19 - April 25, 2015
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 04/13/15
DALLAS - Polk County will launch its observation of National Crime Victims' Rights Week with a brief ceremony on Monday, April 20, 2015, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse Steps. Amidst a display of multi-colored flags symbolizing crime victims, speeches will made by Judge Sally L. Avera, Deborah Thompson, Director of Sable House, and April Welsh, Dallas Fire Department Community Service Officer.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week is an annual observance to bring communities together and educate the public about victims' rights, protections, and services. The event is sponsored by the Polk County District Attorney's Office Victim Assistance Program and the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division.
Governor Kate Brown Proclaims April 12-18 Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/13/15
Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, has proclaimed April 12-18 to be public safety telecommunicators week in Oregon, and is encouraging Oregonians to join in observance.
The proclamation states that telecommunications professionals serve Oregon's citizens and visitors by answering their requests for assistance to dispatch the appropriate law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services when needed.

"Professional public safety telecommunicators are true first responders who show dedication every day with professionalism and commitment to the public safety community and the citizens they serve," said Mark Tennyson, Oregon Office of Emergency Management 911 Section Manager.

The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), an organization of nearly 10,000 people from the United States and Canada, has set aside the second week in April to recognize telecommunicators and their crucial role in the protection of life and property.


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/3986/83473/Public_Safety_Telecommunicators_Week_image.pdf
Gresham Police Continue Watching For DUII Drivers and Enforcing Safety Belt Laws
Gresham Police Dept - 04/13/15
With the help of funding through the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Gresham Police Department in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact will continue to provide enhanced patrols looking for DUII drivers and enforcing Safety Belt laws.

Children that either are riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size are often injured or killed in traffic accidents. Safety belts save lives and the NHTSA data show that as children get older they are less likely to buckle up. Over the past 5 years, 1,552 kids between the ages of 8 and 14 died in car, SUV and van crashes across the nation - of those who died, almost half were not belted. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

During the first three months of 2015, Gresham Officers working specific hours dedicated to these missions issued a total 77 Safety Belt Citations with 18 of them being Child Restrain Citations, 40 Suspended or Revoked License Citations, 17 DUII Citations and or Warnings and 206 citations or warnings for other offenses.


Gresham Police will continue these enhanced enforcement efforts in the upcoming months.
Media Advisory - Roseburg Fatal Crash Photo (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/13/15
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Media Advisory -

Sorry for the formatting errors - Something in the original file I received from the trooper is corrupting them when I try to upload. Attached is a SNIPPED file formatted to JPG. Please contact me at OSPPIO@state.or.us if you are unable to use these either.

Thank You,
Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

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Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into yesterday afternoons double fatal crash on Highway 138 east of Roseburg near Steamboat Creek.

According to OSP Sergeant Matt Bowersox, at approximately 1:00 p.m. today (4/12/15), a 36-year-old male from Bend, who was rafting the North Umpqua River near Steamboat Creek discovered a white Honda Accord that had driven off the roadway and crashed into a group of trees near the river. The rafter pulled to shore and checked the vehicle and it's passengers.

The driver, identified as CHRISTOPHER L. BRADY, 25, of Roseburg and his front passenger, CANDICE M. NIXON, 34, of Roseburg were deceased inside the vehicle. The adult rear passenger, name withheld to allow for family contact, survived the crash but was seriously injured and pinned inside the vehicle. The fourth passenger, a three-year-old male child of BRADY, was also in the vehicle. After assisting the surviving passengers and removing the three-year-old, the rafter went up to the highway and summoned help.

The adult passenger was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital at River Bend in Springfield with serious injuries. The juvenile was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and is expected to be discharged tonight with minor injury.

While the exact time of the crash is yet to be determined, troopers believe it may have occurred some time last evening or night (4/11/15) when the group was returning from a fishing trip. The cause of the crash is still under investigation and safety restraint use is still being determined.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Fire District #2, Glide Rural Fire Department and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Law Enforcement.

No photographs are available for release.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

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* Original Release *
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are arriving on scene of a single vehicle, double fatality traffic crash on Highway 138 near milepost 41, just east of Steamboat Creek turn-off.

Early information indicates two people have died and two others may have been injured in the vehicle that left the highway and went down the bank near the North Umpqua River.It did not enter the water. The Oregon Department of Transportation is also on-scene assisting. The crash is not blocking the highway but troopers and emergency crews are working on the roadway.

Additional updates/information will be added when information is available.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/1002/83459/Roseburg_Fatal_1_-_SNIP.JPG , 2015-04/1002/83459/Roseburg_Fatal_2_-_SNIP.JPG
OHCS seeks the community input on how to address housing needs in Oregon
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/13/15
April 13, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alison McIntosh, Government Relations and Communications Liaison
503-510-1678, alison.mcintosh@oregon.gov

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) seeks the community input on how to address housing needs in Oregon

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is developing our federally required Consolidated Plan, a five year look at how to address housing needs in Oregon. The Consolidated Plan is the strategic look at how to address the housing needs and invest in services that support persons experiencing homelessness. The agency needs community input and advice to determine how we can do better in serving Oregonians with the lowest incomes.

"OHCS is committed to the idea that all Oregonians have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and live free from poverty," said Margaret Van Vliet, OHCS Director, "We are eager to hear from people across Oregon to learn more about the local housing conditions, and gathering input about our priorities for the next five years."

People throughout the state are struggling to pay rent, and home ownership is out of reach for many. In most communities in Oregon, a minimum wage earner must work over 70 hours a week to pay for a two bedroom apartment and still have money left over for food and other basic necessities.

To hear about the challenges facing the residents of Oregon, OHCS is hosting several public events in communities across the state.

Screenings of American Winter followed by a community discussion will be at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 21st
Tillamook - 6:00 PM
Tillamook Bay Community College Room, 214 4301 3rd St.

Monday, April 27th
The Dalles - 6:00 PM
Mid Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th St.

Wednesday, April 29th
Klamath Falls - 6:00 PM
Location to be announced


Panel discussions with community leaders will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 14th
Medford - 5:00 PM
Access Olsrud Nutrition Center, 2020 Cardinal Ave
Scott Foster, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Jackson County;
Linda Reid, City of Ashland;
Rita Sullivan, Executive Director, On Track

Thursday, April 16th
North Bend/ Coos Bay - 5:30 PM
North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave
Panel discussion on affordable housing,
moderated by Michael Lehman, Executive Director, Oregon Coast Community Action

Wednesday, April, 22nd
McMinnville - 6:00 PM
McMinnville Civic Hall 200 NE 2nd St.
Marilyn Miller, OHCS;
Lee Means, Yamhill Community Action Partnership;
Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner;
Elise Hui, Housing Authority of Yamhill County;
Rick Middleton, Yamhill County Gospel Mission;
Moderated by McMinnville City Manager, Martha Meeker


Another way to provide input in the planning effort is to participate in the on line community surveys in
English at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFSR7G9, and in Spanish at: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/2XFYPFS.

For more information about these events and the consolidated plan please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/consolidated-plan-five-year-plan.aspx.

American Winter is an award winning documentary following the lives of 8 Oregonian families who called into the 211 social services hotline in search of help during the winter of 2012. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in the lives of many American families, and reveals the human consequences of rising economic insecurity, budget cuts to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American Dream.
National Park Service Invites Submissions of Concepts for Re-use of 2 Historic Buildings at Vancouver Barracks
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 04/13/15
VANCOUVER, WA -- Superintendent Tracy Fortmann announced today that the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has opened two Requests for Expression of Interest (RFEIs) and is inviting submissions of concepts that would renovate and re-use two historic buildings in the national park's Vancouver Barracks complex. These concepts will be used to guide the Requests for Proposals for the buildings' re-use.

The two historic buildings are Building 748 (a former Motor Repair Shop built in 1919) and Building 989 (a former Infantry Barracks built in 1905).

"We're excited to continue the dialogue with the public and private sectors about adaptive reuse of these two historic buildings with great potential," said Ray Cozby, Project Manager for Vancouver Barracks.

"These are unique and beautiful historic buildings located in a national park adjacent to downtown Vancouver and I-5," said Kristen Jontos, Business Manager for Vancouver Barracks. "This RFEI is the first time we'll be making them publicly available for re-use ideas and we hope interested investors and tenants will take advantage of this opportunity."

The National Park Service seeks re-use concepts from individuals, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, and non-profit or for-profit organizations. Please refer to the park website at http://go.usa.gov/3WxRw for information on the RFEIs and how to submit re-use concepts. Proposals are due by 5 pm on June 5, 2015.

The National Park Service will hold two site visits: one on April 21, 2015 (10 am for building 748 and 1 pm for building 989) and a second on May 7, 2015 (10 am for building 989 and 1 pm for building 748).

Parties interested in attending the site visits must RSVP to Kristen Jontos by 2 pm (PST) on April 20, 2015 for the April 21st visit or May 6, 2015 for the May 7th visit. Please include in your email the names of those who will attend. The National Park Service will provide additional information for the site visit to those who RSVP.

More information is available online at:
http://go.usa.gov/3WxRw
https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOI/NPS/APC-IS/FOVA989/listing.html
https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOI/NPS/APC-IS/FOVA748/listing.html
Independence Police Set to Enforce Pedestrian Crosswalk Laws
Independence Police Dept. - 04/13/15
The Independence Police Department constantly strives to improve the safety for both pedestrians and motorists. With the assistance of grant funds, motorists within the City of Independence could expect 2 Pedestrian Safety Enforcements Operations to occur in 2015.

The first operation is scheduled to occur on Monday April 20, 2015 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Officers plan to observe several areas throughout the City of Independence. These areas could include the intersection of Monmouth St and S. 7th St, S. Gun Club Rd near Rhoda Ln, and Hoffman Rd near Stryker Rd.

This announcement, along with the posted warning signs that will be set up in the areas that will be involved, will serve as notification to all citizens and motorists using our roadways on the day of the operation.

Please keep in mind that Oregon law requires drivers to stop when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. Drivers must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk until they have cleared the driver's lane and the adjacent lane. When a vehicle is turning, drivers must stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian has cleared the lane into which the driver is turning plus the entire adjacent lane. When turning at a signaled intersection, a driver must allow the pedestrian to clear the lane plus six feet of the adjacent lane.

Educating our citizens in traffic safety is our only goal when conducting these types of operations. Please, don't be distracted, pay attention to what is going on around you, and stay safe.

For more information on traffic safety, please visit www.oregonimpact.org.
Man dies from fall near Tamolitch falls
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/13/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating the death of a Bend area man near Tamolitch Falls, off of Highway 126 near Trail Bridge.

Yesterday at 5:24 p.m., Linn County 911 dispatch center received a call from Central Lane 911 dispatch, requesting a deputy respond to assist medical personnel. It was reported at approximately 3:30 p.m. a subject had fallen and was seriously injured. Joel Jesse Martin, 52, of Bend reportedly was taking pictures and fell from the trail approximately 45 feet into shallow water, striking his head. The fall was witnessed by another hiker, a paramedic, not with Mr. Martin, who attempted to render aid. An emergency room nurse came upon the incident and assisted with resuscitation efforts.

Mr. Martin eventually died on scene due to the injuries from the fall.

The location of the incident is about three miles by trail from the Eugene Water and Electric Board power station. Because of the remote location of the incident, communication and access limitations greatly hampered notification and rescue efforts.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies, Oregon State Police, Linn County Search and Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, and medical personnel from Sisters responded to the incident. Eugene Mountain Rescue conducted the recovery of Mr. Martin.

There is no indication of foul play involved in the incident. Mr. Martin's body was taken to Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. The investigation is continuing.
Pendleton to host Blue Mountain safety conference
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/13/15
(Salem) - Employers and workers are invited to attend the annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Pendleton. The event is scheduled for June 2, 2015, at the Pendleton Convention Center and will highlight a variety of safety and health topics.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employees and employers to attend this event to help improve safety and health performance. Strengthening the workplace safety culture contributes to reduced injuries and accidents, and decreased workers' compensation costs.

Keynote speaker Keith Bardney, senior director of safety at ConAgra Foods, has spent most of his career in various businesses sharing coaching techniques with front-line supervisors and other strategies that bring about real change. His leadership skills have produced world-class cultures with safety as a value, not a priority.

"As a manufacturing leader himself, Keith knows how to change the game of 'safety first' to safely producing a quality product efficiently and injury free," said Tony Campbell, director of safety for ConAgra Foods. "Help your front line leaders begin to guide all employees toward working safely for themselves instead of for you."

Other conference topics include:
* Safety committee effectiveness
* Electrical hazards
* Safety leadership
* Accident investigation

The event will also include exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services.

Conference registration is $65, which includes lunch and session handouts. For more information about the conference or to register, go to www.regonline.com/blue_mountain15 or call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section at 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free).

The conference is a joint effort of the Oregon SHARP Alliance (Safety and Health Recognition Program), Oregon OSHA, and a coalition of employers and employees from northeast Oregon.

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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, visit www.orosha.org. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.
City completes Meadow Homes Park improvements; Ribbon cutting April 15
City of Vancouver - 04/13/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver's Parks and Recreation Department will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, to celebrate recent improvements made to Meadow Homes Park. The ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public and families are invited to come and try out the brand new playground equipment.

The park is located on the northeast corner of Northeast 18th Street and General Anderson Avenue, along the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail, in the Meadow Homes neighborhood.

The park's playground now features two belt swings, two tot swings, a play structure geared towards 2-5 year olds, a structure geared towards 5-12 year olds, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant engineered wood fiber play surfacing and an LED security light. Four new benches were also installed and ADA access was added to an existing picnic table.

The city worked with Buell Recreation from Portland, Ore. on play equipment selection and hired Columbia Cascade Construction Inc. of Boring, Ore. to complete the project, which included removal of the old playground equipment originally installed in 1989, installation of the new equipment and other improvements. The project cost $107,763 to complete and was funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which provides infrastructure improvement funding in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

"We were thrilled to be able to use local Community Develop Block Grant Funds for the installation of a new playground at Meadow Homes Parks," says Julie Hannon, Director of the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department.

"This park illustrates the City's interest in continuing to invest in our parks system and our ability to find ways to fund these projects," reports Chris Roper, Vancouver Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Chairperson. "The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission hopes Meadow Homes residents are as happy with the improvements as we are."

For more information about this project or the ribbon cutting ceremony, please call 360-487-8311 or email parksrec@cityofvancouver.us. For more information about the CDBG program, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/cdbg.

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Oregon leaders begin record-setting recruitment trip in Japan
Business Oregon - 04/13/15
Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, and a delegation of 27 Oregonians begin a five-day business recruitment trip in Japan today.

The trip's goal is to recruit Japanese companies to open U.S. operations in Oregon, growing the state's economy and creating jobs. The trip includes a seminar where state leaders pitch Oregon to Japanese executives and key recruitment meetings with large Japanese corporations.

Japan, the world's third largest economy, is one of Oregon's most critical international trading partners. Oregon is home to 133 Japanese companies, more than any other foreign nation. Oregon companies export $1.6 billion in goods to Japan, ranking the country No. 4 among the state's trading partners. With Japan's declining population and rising business costs, Oregon leaders see a prime opportunity to attract foreign direct investment from Japanese companies looking to grow and diversify in North America.

This is the largest trip since Business Oregon started the annual visits in 2010. The seminar has 156 Japanese executives registered and 27 Oregon delegates will be on the trip. Both numbers are record highs. This year's trip include representatives from the Portland region, Eastern Oregon, the Southern Oregon Coast and one Native American tribe. For more on the trip this week, follow Oregon's delegates on Twitter at #ORJapan.

The full list of agencies and companies represented on the trip:

Business Oregon
Metro
Greater Portland Inc.
City of Beaverton
City of Hillsboro
Port of Portland
Douglas.Smith@PortOfPortland.com
Lane Powell
Portland General Electric
Mackenzie
Oregon Department of Agriculture
PDX Coordinator, LLC
Portland development Commission
Business Growth Services
South Coast Development Council
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Port of Morrow
Summit Properties
Clackamas County
Wells Fargo unveils redesigned 'Get College Ready' website to help students plan for college
Wells Fargo - 04/13/15
Wells Fargo & Co. today announced the new "Get College Ready" interactive website, which has been redesigned to better educate and engage students, parents, families and high school counselors on best practices for planning and preparing for college. The site is at www.wellsfargo.com/getcollegeready.

By offering a holistic approach to financial literacy, the Get College Ready website offers valuable information to help visitors build a tailored financial plan that allows them to start college on the right financial foot.

The site helps students understand how to pay for college, manage money and build credit while in college. It takes into account a person's full financial picture, including student loans, college credit cards, student checking and savings accounts and student insurance.

"Next to saving for retirement or buying a home, paying for an education is one of the most significant life events for families," said John Rasmussen, Wells Fargo's head of Education Financial Services. "Many high school graduates remain unaware of the critical importance of budgeting properly, understanding the complete financial picture and how not taking these steps will often create serious long-term financial problems.

"This is why we designed Get College Ready to go beyond simply helping college-bound students understand how to prepare financially for college. Rather, Get College Ready online provides an easy-to-navigate interface that brings overall financial and budgeting considerations, along with college financing details, together in a holistic view for students and their parents."

In an effort to amplify Get College Ready, Wells Fargo company will leverage a variety of its own social media channels and collaborate with nonprofit organizations using the hashtag #GetCollegeReady. The national campaign runs through Sept. 30.

Having reached an estimated 14 million impressions through social media during its 2014 debut, Get College Ready website visitors last year spent an average of four minutes on each web page.

About Wells Fargo Education Financial Services
Wells Fargo Education Financial Services has been in the student lending business since 1968 and currently serves more than 1.3 million student, parent and family private student loan customers in all 50 states. Wells Fargo provides private student loans to consumers, through the Internet and at about 6,200 Wells Fargo bank branches to help customers finance their education.

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04/12/15
Shooting Investigation Underway at SE 82nd and Division Street - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 04/12/15
On Sunday April 12, 2015, at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street on the report of a fight and multiple gunshots heard in the area.

Officers arrived in the area and witnesses pointed them towards the the parking lot of the Canton Grill, 2610 Southeast 82nd Avenue, where evidence of gunfire was located by police.

A bystander was driving by when his car was hit by bullets. The driver was not injured.

At this point, officers have been told that a group of five African American males in their late teens were involved in an argument before the gunshots were fired, then several vehicles left the area.

The intersection of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street will be closed for a short time as investigators process the crime scene.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Single Vehicle Rollover Crash with Fatality - I-84 at MP 274 - Union County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/12/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 274 - 12 miles west of North Powder in Ladd Canyon.

* Update *
According to OSP Sergeant Jason Stone, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the white, 2002 Chevrolet Express van, drove over some ice on I-84 near milepost 274 when the operator lost control, rolling over multiple times and ejecting two passengers.

One of the ejected passengers, identified as RUBEN V. GARCIA, 24, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other ejected passenger, identified as JULIO CESAR GONZALES, 18, of Salem, was taken via air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise where he is listed as having critical but stable injuries. GARCIA and GONZALES are believed to not have been wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash.

While this crash is still under investigation, troopers do not believe alcohol was a factor. No photographs are available for release.

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Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 3:00 a.m., a white, 2002 Chevrolet Express Van, with seven occupants rolled over at milepost 274. One passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene, one was transported by air ambulance and the five remaining were taken by ground ambulance. Troopers report icy conditions in the area which may have been a factor in the crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting with this incident and the roadway continues to be closed. Additional information will be added in subsequent releases. For updated road information go to www.tripcheck.com for details.

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DUII Driver Crashes Pickup into Yard (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/12/15
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April 12, 2015 - Deputies responded to an injury crash on Old Cornelius Pass Road. The vehicle crashed through a fence and into a yard. The driver was cited for DUII.

On Sunday April 12, 2015 at 12:53 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported single vehicle rollover crash with injuries. Upon arrival, deputies located a 2001 Toyota pickup driven by Mathew White, age 30 of Hillsboro, which had crashed into a yard located at 9412 Old Cornelius Pass Road. Witnesses reported that prior to the crash, Mr. White was driving faster than the posted speed limit.

After the crash, Mr. White was able to exit his truck on his own power and needed treatment by EMS for injury to his head. He was transported to Emanuel Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

During the investigation deputies determined that Mr. White was driving while intoxicated. Mr. White was criminally cited at the hospital for DUII.


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UDPATE: Double Homicide Investigation in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/12/15
Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate Friday night's double homicide in the Montavilla Neighborhood.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies today and determined that 33-year-old Dat Pham and 41-year-old Sut-Leng Chang died of gunshot wounds to the head.

35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition. Andrew Pham and one of the deceased, Dat Pham, are brothers. The infant removed from the home is the child of Andrew Pham and the other deceased, Sut-Leng Chang.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga, (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Chris Traynor, (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, one male and one female, were deceased and an additional adult male victim was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition. Officers located an infant in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting.

Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner responded to the scene to begin a homicide investigation.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies on Sunday to determine the cause and manner of death, as well as confirm the identities of the victims.

No names will be released until family notifications can be made by investigators.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male and there is no known motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga, (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Chris Traynor, (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

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Correction: Photo Release: Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team commemorates ANZAC day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/12/15
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team held a Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day Commemoration ceremony to recognize the historic friendships formed between the 41st Infantry Division and Australian and New Zealand forces during World War II.

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance to honor those who have died in service to their country and recognizes the sacrifices of all veterans who serve.
The relationship between the Oregon Army National Guard and ANZAC dates back to 1942 when members of the 41st Infantry Division arrived in Australia and completed jungle warfare training prior to combat operations in New Guinea and the Philippines.

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Members of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team color guard, Oregon Army National Guard, place the Australian, United States and New Zealand flags at the beginning of an ANZAC ceremony to commemorate the relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, known as Anzacs, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought side by side in WW II. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Meagan Jones, a member of the Kiwis and Aussies of Portland, Col. William Prendergast, Commander, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Major Seven Richmond, 41 Infantry Brigade Command Sgt. Major, Oregon Army National Guard, honor the fallen soldiers of Australia, New Zealand and the United States during an ANZAC day ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought side by side in WW II. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Soldiers with the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, raise their arms in salute during the posting of the colors in honor of ANZAC Day , at the 41 Division Armed Forces Reserve Center on Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore., April 12. The 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team commemorates ANZAC Day to honor the bond between the American 41st Infantry Division and the Australian Imperial Forces during World War II. Soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps were called Anzacs during WW II. Photo by Sgt. Erin Quirke, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Members of the Kiwis and Aussies of Portland, and Sgt. Thompson from 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team place wreaths at the base of three flags representing Australia, the United States and New Zealand, in honor of ANZAC Day, at the 41st Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought die by side in WW II. Soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps were called Anzacs during WW II. Photo by Sgt. Erin Quirke, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard.


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Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 38 near MP 49 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/12/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 38 near milepost 49 in Douglas County.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that around 2 p.m., on April 11, friends of ELIZABETH A. CLOSS, 18, of Drain, with whom she had been staying, reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that she was missing/overdue. Deputies located her cell phone signal, and friends assisting in the search drove to the area to which her phone was tracked. Shortly thereafter they discovered tire tracks leading off the roadway down a steep embankment where they located the vehicle at about 2:50 a.m. on Sunday April 12.

According to OSP Sergeant Matt Bowersox, the involved vehicle was a maroon, 1992 Toyota Corolla, which had gone over the steep bank about 40 feet and crashed into a tree. Preliminary information indicates CLOSS was not wearing safety restraints during the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist with the vehicle's removal and roadway closure. No photographs are available for this release but may be added later.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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15-Year-Old Teenage Taken into Custody for Assault
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/12/15
Saturday night Washington County deputies responded to a report of an assault with a weapon. A 15-year-old girl was taken into custody for assaulting another 15-year-old girl with a knife.

On Saturday April 11, 2015 at 8:24 p.m., Washington County Deputies responded to Aloha Huber Park elementary school on a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies learn that two 15-year-old girls arranged to meet at the school to fight. During the course of the fight, one of the girls pulled a knife and stabbed the other multiple times. The suspect fled the scene and was later taken into custody at a nearby home.

The victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She is currently listed in serious, but stable condition.

The suspect is facing Assault II charges and will be lodged at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility.


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04/11/15
Red Cross Volunteers Assisting Families After Fires in Oregon and Washington
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/11/15
Disaster responders from the American Red Cross Cascades Region are providing immediate emergency assistance after two April 11 fires.

One adult and a pet dog were displaced by a single-family fire in the 100 block of Upper Naselle Road in Naselle, Wash. The Red Cross provided food, lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services

Two adults and one child were displaced by a single-family fire in the 700 block of NW Forest Lane in Cascade Locks, Ore. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, seasonal garments, shoes, lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Deputies Negotiating With Man After Shots Fired (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/11/15
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A man is in custody after a standoff with deputies earlier today. Robert Owens, 34, of Salem is in custody after firing rounds near his residence and eluding deputies. After SWAT members arrived on scene Mr. Owens again fled in his vehicle being pursued by SWAT members.

After crashing in a ditch nearby, Mr. Owens was pinned in by two armored vehicles. Mr. Owens was removed from the vehicle by SWAT Team members and less lethal devices were used in his arrest. Mr. Owens did sustain some minor injuries and has been taken to Salem Hospital for evaluation.

Mr. Owens will be treated for his injuries and any mental health issues at Salem Hospital. Mr. Owens may face criminal charges later. The OSP Bomb Squad has cleared the vehicle of any explosive devices and Matheny Road NE has been reopened.


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Earlier this morning, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a suicidal man in the 5800 block of Silverton Road NE. At the time of call it was determined that the male was not a danger to the public so deputies elected to avoid contact with him as to not force any tactical situations.

Sometime later the male left his residence and began firing shots near his home. Deputies used the man's cellular phone to locate him at a park near the Wheatland Ferry. After finding the man a short pursuit ensued sending deputies and police officer's to the dead end of Matheny Road NE. Two of the man's tires were deflated by spike strips during the pursuit.

Officers with the Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department and the Oregon State Police are on scene and assisting with the standoff. Marion County SWAT and its negotiators are on scene and are working with the man for a peaceful resolution.

Additional details will be made available as the scene progresses.

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Photo Release: Oregon honors Air National Guard members in mobilization ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/11/15
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008-Members of the 116th Air Control Squadron, 142 Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, are honored during a mobilization ceremony held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


023-The 116th Air Control Squadron Commander presents the Unit Plaque to Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, during a mobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


061-The Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, bids farewell to members of the 116th Air Control Squadron during a mobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


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Willamette's Kappa Sigma Fraternity Hosts Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/11/15
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Salem, Ore (April 11, 2015) - The men of Willamette University's (WU) Kappa Sigma Fraternity invite the community to join them Saturday, May 2 at Riverfront Park in Salem at the Tracy Hoffman Memorial Run. Funds raised at the event will benefit the Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Hoffman was a member of Willamette's Kappa Sigma Fraternity when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He was cured of that disease in 1982, but three years later he was diagnosed with leukemia; the disease that quickly took his life. Hoffman was an honors student, active in intramural sports, an officer of Kappa Sigma and worked with troubled youth as a volunteer for Marion County.

The event will be held at Salem Riverfront Park at 101 Front St NE, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 1.6k, kid-friendly walk/run starts at 11 a.m. and the 5k walk/run starts at 12:00 p.m. Children under 12 are eligible for the children's awards. Awards for men and women's categories will be given for first, second and third place winners in the 5k.

Matthew Swart, fraternity member and run coordinator said, "The sheer amount of people affected by blood cancers made it an easy choice for our brothers, in 1986, to support the Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Every day, an average of 152 people dies from this type of disease. Imagine a commercial jet crashing every day, all year, and you'll understand the gravity of blood cancer in the U.S. Last year we were able to donate over $5000 to the Society and we hope to double or triple that this time around."

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and is free, yet organizers hope to raise a minimum of $20 per participant through donations and T-shirt sales. Runners or walkers can register, buy a shirt, sponsor, and see a full schedule of events at www.tracyhoffmanrun.com or contact Swart at mswart@willamette.edu or 503-704-3575.


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04/10/15
UPDATE-East Precinct officers respond to shooting
Portland Police Bureau - 04/10/15
###UPDATE###
Homicide detectives have responded to the scene. Two individuals were shot and killed in the incident. An additional victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

The PIO will be available for interviews at S.E. 87th and S.E. Division Street in 15 minutes.

###UPDATE###
Media can stage at S.E. 87th and Division.

###UPDATE###

Officers have secured the scene and have located multiple gun shot victims. The condition of the victims has not been confirmed at this time. Detectives are responding and the investigation continues. The PIO is responding ETA 50 minutes.

###ORGINAL MESSAGE###

Today April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers received a call of a shooting in the 8500 block of S.E. Division Street. Officers are responding now to contain the area and get medical attention to any injured. It appears that there are injuries associated with the incident. The incident is ongoing and updates will follow.

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Milwaukie Police Investigate Robbery at Local Grocery Store
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 04/10/15
On 04-10-15, at around 1:30 p.m., Milwaukie Police responded to a robbery at Albertson's Pharmacy, 10830 SE Oak Street in Milwaukie.

A male subject, later identified as 42-year-old Marty Powelson, walked into the pharmacy at Albertson's and stated he had a gun, no gun was seen, and stole Oxycodone. The subject left the store before police arrived, but also left behind a credit card with his name on it.

Milwaukie Detectives located the subject's residence around the 7000 block of SE 69th Avenue in Portland. With the assistance of the Portland Police Bureau, the subject was taken into custody.

Mr. Powelson is currently lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Robbery II, PCS-Oxycodone, and an outstanding warrant out of Multnomah County.
Tigard Police Foil Residential Burglary in Progress (Photo)
Tigard Police - 04/10/15
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A 9-1-1 call from a woman who told a dispatcher that an unknown subject had allegedly entered her home and was now in a room next to the caller. The incident began at about 3:20 p.m. at a home located in the 11300 block of SW 105th Place in Tigard. While the caller hid in a closet, the intruder wandered through the upstairs bedrooms collecting items of value. Within minutes, Tigard Police along with a Washington County Sheriff's deputy arrived and entered through a door which had been forced open when they encountered the suspect. The suspect struggled with police in attempts to flee. A Taser was deployed by police allowing officers to take the suspect into custody without further incident. When police searched the suspect, a knife was located. The suspect also carried a bag containing items belonging to the homeowners. Police searched the home and escorted the caller and only occupant in the home to safety. No one was injured.

The suspect, 29 year-old Theron Bates, was lodged in the Washington County Jail. Bates was charged with Burglary I, Theft I, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief II and Possession of Heroin.


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UPDATE - SERT responds to assist with another agency -SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
Portland Police Bureau - 04/10/15
###UPDATE###
Officers onscene were able to take custody of the suspect. The PIO is still responding and will be available for interviews regarding the custody at SE 69th and Ogden. ETA is 30 minutes. Questions regarding the initial robbery are should be directed to the Milwaukie Police Department.

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###UPDATE###

This incident stems from a robbery which occurred in Milwaukie earlier today. The PIO is responding. The ETA is 45 minutes.

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###ORGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, April 10, 2015 at 6:25 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 7000 block of S.E 69th avenue to assist the Milwaukie Police Department with the custody of a possibly armed individual. The individual went into an area house, which may be his own.

Officers have blocked area streets and have evacuated some area residents. The Special Emergency Reaction Team is responding as well the Crisis Negotiation Team.

The situation is still evolving and updates will follow.

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Portland Fire and Rescue assist Injured Hiker
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/10/15
A young women was hiking on the Dogwood Trail when she suffered an ankle injury from a ground level fall. She was unable to make it back to the trail head and called 911. The initial fire crews hiked up and stabilized the patient. Another crew used a Portland Fire and Rescue 4-wheeler to access the patient. She was assisted onto the 4-wheeler and taken approximately half mile down the trail. An AMR ambulance unit transported her to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Portland Fire and Rescue has several smaller off-road vehicles that can reach places a fire engine or truck cannot. This incident was a great of example of utilizing such equipment in areas of difficult terrain like Forest Park and Powell Butte. Fire crews need proper access to help injured patrons and develop plans for wildland fires.
Join us for Walk MS Salem on Saturday, April 11
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 04/10/15
Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other--a day to join together, to celebrate the progress we've made, and to show the power of our connections.

From start to finish, Walk MS Salem is a fun, heartfelt, family-friendly event. Eat tasty food, drink refreshing beverages, and head off from the starting line to the rhythmic pulse of The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers. This year's loop starts at Riverfront Park, and takes you past beautiful Salem landmarks including the Acid Ball and the Capitol building. Move at the pace that's most convenient for you and your friends (this is no race). Then cross the finish line to the sounds of the Power Pep Band!

When you raise funds through Walk MS, you give hope to the more than 8,100 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Register now and start fundraising today at: WalkMS.org

Saturday, April 11
Riverfront Park
200 Water Street NE
Salem, Oregon
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Site Opens: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00am

REGISTER NOW
Go to WalkMS.org

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About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Portland/Mult Co 9-1-1 - 04/10/15
The week of April 12th through the 18th, 2015 is "National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week". This is an opportunity to honor the women and men who serve as our public safety dispatchers. They are the voice at the other end of the 9-1-1 call assisting callers with their crises and emergencies. They are the voice behind the headset when police, firefighters and emergency medical responders are needing information in response to urgent situations. Oftentimes, these voices behind the headset are the forgotten component of public safety. They are essentially, the first-first responders.

If you have ever been the victim of a crime, been involved in a traffic crash, reported a fire, or needed medical help, you have called 9-1-1 and been helped by one of the first-first responders, aka a "dispatcher". They are not visible, they are not seen in the public eye, and however, the role they play is critical for the community and the responders they serve.
The Bureau of Emergency Communications provides regional dispatch Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Fairview Police Department, Troutdale Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Fire Bureau, Gresham Fire Department, Sauvie Island Fire Department, Corbett Fire Department, and American Medical Response. The role of dispatchers comes with tremendous responsibility; they provide the vital link between citizens and first responders; they fulfill that responsibility with proficiency and professionalism.

Telecommunicators Week began in 1981 in the State of California and gained National recognition. In 1992, Congress designated the second full week in April as a time to honor and recognize the critical impact that dispatchers have in keeping the public safe.

The Bureau of Emergency Communications recognizes their employees with an annual award banquet that is scheduled for Sunday, April 12th, 2015 at McMenamins Kennedy School located at 5736 NE 33rd Avenue in Portland beginning at 6 pm.
Prank call leads to large police response in Southwest Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 04/10/15
On Friday April 10, 2015, at 3:15 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to an apartment in the 4100 block of Southwest Garden Home Road on the report that an individual had shot their girlfriend.

Several officers responded and set up containment in the area and worked to determine the validity of the report. Officer were able to contact the home owners and check the residence. The call appears to be a hoax.

Officers are continuing to check the area to ensure that no one was injured.

Prank calls can occupy police resources that might otherwise be needed to respond to other, actual emergencies. Improper Use of an Emergency Reporting System is a crime in Oregon and investigators will follow-up to work to determine the identity of the caller and make an arrest.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to provide it via email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov


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Missing Alzheimer's Patient Found Deceased - Update
Gresham Police Dept - 04/10/15
Gresham, Ore. - On April 9, 2015, missing person Diane Holcom was located deceased near NE 205th Ave. and NE Thompson St. in Fairview, Oregon. As a result of an investigation by Gresham Police Detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, it was determined that Diane Holcom's death was accidental, caused by exposure to hypothermia.
Ex-Wife of Murder Victim Arrested On Ammunition Charges
Tigard Police - 04/10/15
On Thursday, April 9, 2015, Tigard Police assisted ATF with the arrest of 35 year-old Lauren Nguyen. The arrest took place at approximately 7:30 a.m. near her Tigard residence. Nguyen was indicted on a federal warrant stemming from the unlawful purchase of ammunition which was recorded on video surveillance. Investigators suspect there may be a connection between the ammunition purchased and the fatal shooting of her ex-husband Jerry Nguyen in Tigard on January 30, 2015. Nguyen was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Federal Detention Center in Portland.

Orlando Lee Pouncey is currently being held in the Washington County Jail for allegedly shooting Jerry Nguyen. Pouncey was arrested and charged with the murder after U.S. Marshalls located him in Spanaway, Washington ten days after the shooting incident. Pouncey and Lauren Nguyen were in a relationship.
Reynolds School District Hosts Battle of the Books Competition: Grades 3-5 (Photo)
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 04/10/15
Photo from 2014 Event
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A district-wide battle of the books competition will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9 am to 12:00pm at Sweetbriar Elementary School, which is located at 501 SE Sweetbriar Lane in Troutdale, Oregon. Twenty-two teams from eleven school will be competing. The top teams earn trophies and school bragging rights as the District Battle of the Books Champions.

Spectators and media welcome. Children must be accompanied by and adult.


Attached Media Files: Flier , Photo from 2014 Event , Photo from 2014 Event
Suspect Arrested in Suspicious car fires in Newberg (Photo)
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 04/10/15
Charles Lord Chaffee IV
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April 10, 2015

On March 29, 2015 at approximately 12:39am, Officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department responded with the fire department to a report of two cars on fire in the parking lot of the apartments located in the 400 block of South Everest Road in Newberg.

At about 1:18am, officers responded to a second reported car fire in the area of a mobile home park located in the 300 block of South Everest Road. During the second fire officers learned that a residence had a working surveillance camera that recorded the area where the fire occurred.

At 1:45am officers received a report from a citizen of two suspicious males in the area Portland Road near 1st Street. An officer was able to catch up to the men at River near 1st Street. The officer that stopped to identify the two men recognized them and also noticed they were intoxicated. The officer radioed in their information and broke contact. Shortly after, the officers were informed that one of the males was on probation through Yamhill County Community Corrections.

The officers then responded to the residence that had the video footage of a male in the area of the car fires. The officers believed the male in the video footage as Charles Lord Chaffee, one of the males they had just had contact with during report of two males acting suspicious.

The officer then went back and tried to locate Mr. Chaffee. At 2:25am officers located Mr. Chaffee near his residence in the 600 block of South Center Street. His probation officer was contacted and a detainer was issued for his arrest.

During the search incident to arrest items were removed from Mr. Chaffee that were later reported stolen from several vehicles in the area of the car fires as well as a lap top computer that was taken during a business burglary in the same area.

Reports were completed and sent to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office. Charles Lord Chaffee IV 31, of Newberg, was arraigned on the following charges this afternoon:


* 2 Counts of Burglary in the Second Degree
* 3 Counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* 3 Counts of Theft in the Third Degree
* 2 Counts of Theft in the Second Degree
* 3 Counts of Unlawful Entry Into a Motor Vehicle
* 3 Counts of Arson in the Second Degree
* 1 Count of Attempted Arson in the Second Degree

The security amount at the time of the arrest was $150,000.


Attached Media Files: Charles Lord Chaffee IV
Many Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/10/15
SALEM--The Department of Revenue is reminding Oregonians that the personal income tax return-filing deadline is less than one week away--April 15.

"Another 500,000 returns in the next few days would not be at all surprising," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Manager for Revenue. "That could be one quarter of all the returns we'll see this year."

Revenue says more than 1.2 million personal income tax returns have been processed already this year. So far this year, 90 percent of returns have been filed electronically. The agency says that's a good thing for taxpayers.

"E-filing gets returns processed faster," Denison added. "Filing electronically and requesting direct deposit is always the fastest way to get your refund."

Besides filing electronically and requesting direct deposit of any refund, Revenue encourages anyone who hasn't filed yet to:

* Double check your math and make sure all required forms are sent with your return. Tax preparation software can help prevent small errors that slow processing of your return.

* Remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Oregon honors a filing extension issued by the IRS, but interest on your tax-to-pay starts accumulating from April 15, the day the return was originally due.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.
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Sheriff's Deputies Continue Enhanced Traffic Patrols Through April
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/10/15
April 10,2015--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance traffic safety for April. This month includes Spring Break and the Easter travel period.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable traveling experience. The spring season can be a dangerous traveling time due to increased traffic along with impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.

The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired and distracted drivers throughout the month of April. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that continue to place themselves and others in harms way.

Sheriff's Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

These extra patrols are funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a goal to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, reduce crashes and save lives. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to travel safely and designate a sober driver.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this extended traffic safety mission on May 1,2015.
Public Invited to Humaneitarian Awards Ceremony on April 15 (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 04/10/15
Humaneitarian Award
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Willamette Humane Society invites the public to attend the 2015 Humaneitarian Awards Ceremony, presented by Capitol Subaru, and sponsored by Salem Electric! All are welcome to attend and support the local heroes of our community who provide compassionate services to pets and people. Each nominee will be recognized for their work, followed by the presentation of awards and a social reception. Dessert, tea and coffee will be served, compliments of Roth's Fresh Markets. RSVP not required.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SE, Salem

2015 Nominees:
* Al Bessol, WHS volunteer and feral cat trapper.
* Kathi Buchta, Meow Village volunteer and foster mom.
* Harmony Crosby, WHS volunteer and dog walker.
* Tom Halsey, WHS volunteer, dog walker, former board member, animal transporter, Project Fence leader and fundraiser.
* Dr. Jacque Harter, shelter contract veterinarian for Willamette Humane Society, Marion County Dog Control, and Heartland Humane Society.
* Corinne Hashenberger, WHS volunteer, foster parent, and pet recovery specialist.
* Karen Hilfiker, Marion County Dog Control Officer and Veterinary Technician
* Nina Kraft, WHS volunteer and Humane-a-Teen
* Alina Miller, WHS volunteer and dog walker
* Lee Nichols, WHS volunteer and Behavior & Training Instructor
* Idi Vargas, Founder and Administrator of Lost & Found Pets of Salem
* Diane Young, Founder of Salem Dogs Rescue


Awards:
* The Humaneitarian Award recognizes a person who exemplifies Willamette Humane Society's mission of providing compassionate services to pets and people in a volunteer capacity. The recipient will receive a hand-cast bronze sculpture by artist Calvin Stinger.
* The Golden Paw Award recognizes significant work or deeds for animals, performed as a paid professional.
* The Young Paw Award recognizes a young adult's actions to help animals, considered for nominees under 18.
* The Volunteer of the Year Award honors a current WHS volunteer for their exemplary service.

Past award recipients include Denise Smith, Animal Advocate; Dr. Sheri Morris, Dr. Mark Stoenner & Juan Lopez of Willamette Valley Animal Hospital; Michelle Blake of Fences for Fido; Martha Russell, Adopt-An-Oregon-Dog Blogger; Marsha Chambers of Hope's Haven; Dr. Arlene Brooks of the Last Chance Club; Betty Emerson of Willamette Humane Society and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon; and WHS volunteers Monte & Barb Turner.

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Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon. In 2013-2014, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,804 pets and 61,740 people. WHS offers pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 37 FTE member staff, and 980+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.


Attached Media Files: Humaneitarian Award , Humaneitarian Award Ceremony 2014
City Awards Grants for Local Events and Programs
City of Wilsonville - 04/10/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recently awarded grants to promote tourism and to support community programs with funding from the City's Tourism Grant and Opportunity Grant programs. In all, 10 different local nonprofit organizations were awarded $39, 995 in grants.

The following Tourism Grant awards, totaling $24,995, were approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at the March 12 meeting:

* Wilsonville Celebration Days for the Fun in the Park festival: $9,165
* Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council for the Wilsonville Festival of Arts: $5,665
* Wilsonville Rotary Club for the Summer Concert Series: $5,000
* Wilsonville Kiwanis Club for the Kids Fun Run: $5,165

The Tourism Grant program is funded by City hotel/motel tax revenues to support events that promote tourism and community activities that draw visitors, which helps to support local businesses.

On April 9, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved the following Opportunity Grants:

* Colton Holly Memorial Scholarship Fund: $1,100
* Jr. Scoop (a Wood Middle School service club): $1,800
* Korean War Memorial Foundation of Oregon: $2,800
* Wilsonville Community Sharing: $2,300
* Wilsonville Farmers Market: $2,800
* Wilsonville Sister City Association: $4,200

The Opportunity Grant program is funded by the City's general fund to assist local individuals and organizations that further educational or artistic opportunities; encourage and foster diversity; foster advances in education, art or community leadership; or involve youth or elderly population in community activities. A total of $25,000 is made available each year, with two deadlines in October and March for $10,000 each and $5,000 as discretionary funds for smaller, time-sensitive applications.

For information about these grant awards and future funding opportunities, contact Brian Stevenson, Recreation Coordinator, at 503-570-1523; stevenson@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

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***Update*** Lebanon Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/10/15
The Linn County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the fatal motor vehicle crash from last night. Kathryn Schilz, 17 yrs old from Albany, was the operator and only occupant of the second vehicle, a 2005 Mitsubishi 4-door. She is still in stable condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.
State grants awarded to jumpstart new biomass-based businesses
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/15
Four eastern Oregon businesses - and local forests - stand to benefit from grants totaling $110,000 for biomass use, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today. The U.S. Forest Service-provided grant funding has been awarded by ODF to these businesses:

- Ochoco Lumber of John Day - $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- Wallowa Resource Community Solutions Inc. of Enterprise - $30,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- Heritage Sustainable Resources of North Powder - $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- North Slope Resources Co. of North Powder - $30,000 East Face Restoration Project grant

"The grant funding provided by our federal partners is aimed at forging solutions to forest health and community vitality," said Marcus Kauffman, ODF's biomass resource specialist. "The grants are designed to provide business the resources to jump-start new ventures that will utilize the low-value material resulting from forest health treatments."

Overgrown conditions in many eastside forests pose a severe wildfire threat to adjacent communities and privately owned forests. Thinning can restore health and fire resiliency to the forests, but treatment costs are high--there's little value in the small trees and brush removed from forest restoration. Ongoing investments into business that convert forest biomass into high-value products helps offset the expense of fuels reduction and enables treatment of larger areas. "By creating demand for the by-products of restoration, we can accelerate the pace and scale of restoration while putting more people to work," says Kauffman.

The grant recipients have earmarked the dollars for a diverse array of projects:

- Ochoco Lumber intends to use its grant to explore the commercial viability of a torrefied wood facility in Grant County. Torrefaction is a thermal process used to produce high-grade solid biofuels from woody biomass. If proven to be viable, Ochoco would sell torrefied wood to coal-fired power plants to reduce their carbon emissions.

- Wallowa Resource Community Solutions Inc. plans to use the funds to design and engineer the conversion of three public buildings in downtown Enterprise from expensive heating oil to regionally produced woody biomass.

- Heritage Sustainable Resources, a new start up, will use their award to design and engineer a kiln-dried commercial firewood operation in North Powder.
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- North Slope Resources Co., a local agricultural operation, aims to spend its grant award on a project to use local low-value biomass to add value to and diversify its agricultural operation in North Powder.

The Cohesive Wildfire Strategy is a national initiative to make meaningful progress toward the goals of creating resilient landscapes, promoting fire-adapted communities, and developing a safe and effective wildfire response.

The East Face Restoration Project aims to restore forest health to the East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains, an area that encompasses federal, state and private forestlands in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

Kauffman said six project proposals were received and four chosen to receive grants.

"The selected projects show that the spirit of entrepreneurism and innovation is alive and kicking in northeast Oregon," he said.
Proposed West Salem Retail Development On Monday's City Council Agenda
City of Salem - 04/10/15
Salem City Council on Monday, April 13, will reconsider a developer's petition to vacate a portion of 1st Street NW and Lincoln Avenue NW (also known as Van Street NW).

The streets divide property on the northwest corner of the Wallace Road NW and Edgewater Street NW intersection. Vacating the right-of-ways would clear the way for a proposed 3-acre retail project, which would include a new 25,000-square-foot Goodwill store and processing center.

The initial request to vacate the right-of-ways was denied at a March 9 council meeting, but now it's back on the agenda.

A Goodwill donation drop-off site already occupies a portion of the site. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette Valley wants to demolish the drop-off site, buy adjoining parcels and redevelop the area.

In addition to the new Goodwill store, development plans call for a 4,130-square-foot building and a 3,784-square-foot building that would be occupied by shops. One of the two smaller buildings would have a drive-through. The development would include a parking lot.

At a March 9 council meeting, some councilors had concerns about how the proposed development fit into the council's vision for West Salem. The petition to vacate the right-of-ways was voted down.

Following the initial denial of the vacation on March 9, Goodwill representatives returned on March 23 and urged the council to reconsider its decision. Goodwill presented architectural drawings of the completed project. They also talked about the jobs created by a new Goodwill store and processing center. Portions of the development would generate property tax revenue for the city.

After hearing Goodwill's presentation, council voted to bring the matter back for reconsideration.

But Monday's meeting may not settle the issue of granting or rejecting plans to vacate the right-of-ways. If the council votes to accept the developer's petition, a public hearing is required. The public hearing would be held at future council meeting.

Salem City Council meets at 6:30 p.m., Monday, at the Vern Miller Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE.

In other city council business:

--The council will receive a staff report about the Oregon State Hospital North Campus property.

--City staff have recommended that the city apply for two federal grants. The first grant would assist with domestic violence prevention programs. The second grant would help crime forensics investigations.

--The Legislative Committee will recommend that the council ratify its positions on various bills in Oregon Legislature.

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Corvallis Police Dept. earns 7th CALEA Reaccreditation
Corvallis Police - 04/10/15
Corvallis Police Department has earned an Advanced Meritorious Accreditation by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), considered the gold standard in public safety. The department earned a seventh reaccreditation after a formal hearing on March 25 in Reno, NV. Corvallis Police Department earned an initial accreditation in 1995, and is one of only three agencies in the State of Oregon who are currently CALEA accredited.

CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process that requires accredited agencies to submit annual reports showing compliance with the program's standards. Agencies are inspected every three years, a process which includes an in-depth on-site assessment, community input and a formal hearing before the Board of Commissioners.

The reaccreditation requires compliance with nearly 500 professional standards measured in exacting detail by a commission of independent assessors.

In December 2014, an assessment team from CALEA spent four days at CPD and in the Corvallis community. Assessors conducted interviews with elected officials, the City Manager, department staff, and community members, reviewed written materials and examined policies, procedures and operations protocols across the full spectrum of departmental activities. They also did multiple ride-a-longs with officers in the field to verify that policies and procedures were actually in practice. When the assessment was finished, the CALEA assessors' official report identified zero areas of noncompliance among the hundreds of standards examined. The Assessment Team Leader, who has been conducting on-site inspections for more than 20 years, stated CPD is amongst the most professional police organizations she's ever seen throughout the Country.

CALEA assessment standards are exceptionally high. Only one percent of all agencies in the United States achieve accreditation, and many fail to maintain their accreditation following their initial achievement. Corvallis Police Department was first accredited in 1995. "It is a team effort from all our staff, it reflects the culture of our Department" said AIC Captain Jim Zessin. Zessin is the Department CALEA Accreditation Manager. "Being re-accredited confirms that out staff are achieving and maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and excellence in the field" said Chief Jon Sassaman, "the department has continuously maintained the highest standards in the nation for 20 years."

About CALEA
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA(R)) was created in 1979 as an international credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:
* International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
* National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE);
* National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the
* Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence in law enforcement.
Oregon Air National Guard scheduled to mobilize the 116th Air Control Squadron
Oregon Military Department - 04/10/15
PORTLAND, Oregon -- Approximately 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A mobilization ceremony will be held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, located at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable radar/communications unit that provides air control and communications in military operational airspace.

The unit is scheduled to deploy to Southwest Asia for approximately six months. It will provide surveillance and air space management for air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. The common mission sets that the 116th will be supporting are air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements, aerial surveillance and reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, air-to-air refueling, humanitarian support, and Patriot missile defense.

The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control; deploying to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraq in 2008 in support of the Global War on Terror; and to Qatar in 2011 for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf.

116th Air Control Squadron Factsheet: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/resources/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=20774&page=1
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Monday, April 20th
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/15
The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, April 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in the Santiam Room, Building D at 2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310.

Agenda
Members will receive updates on:
* The current status of the Oregon legislative session
* The Riparian Rule Analysis process
* The ODF Industrial Fire Protection Rules
* The results of the 2013 Compliance Audit Report
* The ODF Monitoring Strategy

The Committee will also review and discuss the Committee for Family Forestlands annual report.

The Committee provides opportunity for and welcomes public comment on these and all issues related to its work.

Committee
The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes - seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative.

Non-voting ex-officio members may include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 at ODF headquarters located at 2600 State Street, Salem. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.

Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is available on ODF's web site at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards to be given to eight
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/15
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards April 23 in North Bend. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Whilamut Passage Bridge Project, Eugene and Springfield, for the Oregon Department of Transportation's community heritage approach to design and naming.

-- Balch Gulch Bridge Project, in recognition of the dedication and work by the Portland Bureau of Transportation to restore this historic 1905 bridge.

-- Morrow County, for the creative and important restoration of its historic courthouse tower and clock in Heppner.

-- Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty, Doug Doty and others for their vision, dedication and success in rehabilitating the Roth-McGilchrist Building in Salem.

-- Pop Up Museum Poster Project, for the creative and cooperative approach to making history publicly available by the Lane County Historical Society and the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House in Eugene.

-- Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives, for its outstanding work to digitize and place online its audiovisual collections.

-- Shirley and Milt Nelson, in recognition of their 20 years of developing heritage resources on the South Coast.

-- Rosemary Johnson, for more than 25 years of outstanding work in preserving and developing heritage resources in Astoria and Clatsop County.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov


Attached Media Files: News release
Lebanon woman dies in fatal crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/10/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports, deputies are investigating a two vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash reported yesterday at 7:05 pm. The crash occurred on Airport Road near Denny School Road, west of Lebanon.

The driver, and single occupant of the 1999 Subaru Outback, was identified as 40-year-old Tonya Thompson of Lebanon, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, and single occupant of the 2005 Mitsubishi 4-door, was a 17-year-old female juvenile from Albany.

The investigation reveals the juvenile's vehicle had been traveling west on Airport Road when her vehicle crossed into the opposing lane of travel. The juvenile's vehicle then collided head on with Ms. Thompson's vehicle.

Ms. Thompson's vehicle was found off the roadway in the south ditch of Airport Road lying on its side. Ms. Thompson was found deceased by Lebanon Fire/Medics in her vehicle.

The juvenile's vehicle was located in the west bound lane of travel facing south. Lebanon Fire Department personnel extricated her from her vehicle and she was then flown by REACH air ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. She sustained serious injuries from the crash, but do not appear to be life threatening.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Both drivers were using seatbelt restraints.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Lebanon Fire Department, Linn County Road Department and the Linn County Multi Agency Investigation Team (MAIT). MAIT members include the Oregon State Police, Lebanon Police Department, and Albany Police Department. Airport Road was closed for over three hours and re-opened around 11:00 p.m.

Huston Jost Funeral Home removed Ms. Thompson from the scene. The investigation is continuing.
Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 10, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast

Newport OR - A 25-30' section of a fiberglass boat spotted off Oregon's coast April 9 has been safely towed to Newport in Lincoln County. Dave Debeloy Enterprises of Newport hooked up to the object, suspected to be debris from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, late in the evening April 9 and returned to the harbor in the middle of the night.

The fragment is moored at a marina in Newport Bay. Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the debris while it was still at sea and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined it posed a low threat of carrying invasive species.

Several live yellowtail jack fish, native to the west Pacific, will be removed later today and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The debris will be dewatered, inspected further by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill.

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Note to assignment editors: The debris will be available for a video opportunity from 9-Noon today, April 10, at the South Beach Marina, near J Dock, next to the public launch. A map of the facility is online at http://www.portofnewport.com/rv-parks/map.pdf.pdf . Your contacts at the site are J.R. Collier, Operations Support Manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (cell 541-270-8235), and Caren Braby, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (cell 541-961-5352), and Erin Paxton, Public Relations Coordinator Oregon Coast Aquarium (desk 541-867-3474, ext. 5224, cell 541-283-3111, media@aquarium.org).
Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-14 Downtown Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/10/15
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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 Downtown Portland homicide.

In the early evening hours of Wednesday April 8, 2015, Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Naito Parkway under the Morrison Bridge to check a man down on the ground.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male who was deceased. Officers learned that the man was homeless and may have been involved in an altercation with another homeless male.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the victim, 60-year-old Michael Harvey, and determined that he died of homicidal violence (blunt force trauma).

The only suspect description available to detectives is a male white, 30 to 40 years old, average height and weight, likely homeless.

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

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

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

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Saturday April 11
Portland Police Bureau - 04/10/15
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Saturday April 11, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

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

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

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Reckless ATV Driver on Highway 99 Captured
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/10/15
On April 9th at 8:41pm 911 dispatchers began broadcasting calls of an ATV driving in a reckless manner on the roadway in the 10800 block of NE Highway 99. An ATV or 'Quad' is an off-road vehicle designed for one or two passengers. They are not intended for use on public roadways nor licensed for such use.
The multiple 911 callers continued reporting near collisions with the ATV in 10 block stretch between Highway 99 and NE 99th Street to Highway 99 and 88th Street. As deputies of the Clark County Sheriff's Office converged in the area of the most recent sightings with lights and sirens activated, they found the ATV still traveling south near 78th Street and Highway 99.
The operator, Kenneth E. Gill, 29 of Vancouver refused to stop the ATV when confronted by Deputies and jumped the curb at NE 78th Street near the Interstate 5 north on-ramp. Gill drove through the Value Motel parking lot at 708 NE 78th Street and back onto Highway 99 in the 8200 block while continuing to travel south.
The ATV was Olive Drab in color and had no lighting of any kind. Based on the recklessness of Gill and the danger to the public, deputies initiated a pursuit and tried to 'box in' the ATV forcing it to stop. Gill was able to avoid the box on occasion, ran red lights, drove into oncoming lanes of travel, and rammed the pursuing law enforcement vehicles causing damage to one vehicle.
Deputies were able to keep the speed of the ATV down below 35 MPH as the pursuit continued east on NE Minniehaha from 63rd Street. Gill continued to ram the law enforcement vehicles but was unable to effectively escape the box. Gill finally crashed the ATV when he attempted to jump a curb at low speed on the south side of Minniehaha east of St. Johns Road. Gill was immediately taken into custody after a brief struggle.
Gill was found to have a Clark County felony warrant for his arrest. He was also a person of interest in a felony Vancouver Police Department investigation. Gill had drugs, drug paraphernalia, large knives, and two very realistic replica handguns on his person at the time of the arrest. Gill was believed to be under the influence of both marijuana and methamphetamine. He was transported to Peace Health Hospital as a precaution. He was medically cleared and transported to the Clark County Law Enforcement Center. He was booked on charges of Felony Eluding, and the felony arrest warrant. Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Reckless Endangerment, Driving While Suspended, and other lesser charges were referred to the Clark County Prosecutors Officer.
04/09/15
Missing Alzheimer's Patient Found Deceased
Gresham Police Dept - 04/09/15
Gresham, Ore. - On April 9, 2015 at 5:54 p.m., a citizen called Police after locating a deceased female near NE 205th Ave. and NE Thompson St. in Fairview, Oregon. The female, Diane Holcom, 74, had been reported missing from her Gresham residence on March 24. Gresham Detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office are working together to determine the cause of death. That information will be released at a later date.
Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/15
Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 9, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock

Waldport OR - A chunk of a fiberglass boat 25-30' long was spotted off the Oregon shore west of Ona Beach in Lincoln County around 9:30 a.m. April 9, 2015. The debris appears to be half to two-thirds of a larger vessel, possibly damaged and set adrift during the earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan in 2011. As of 5 p.m. April 9, the debris was a few miles offshore. A team of Oregon state agencies are coordinating to retrieve the object in the next 24 hours before it reaches land.

Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the low-floating object and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined the organisms still attached posed a low threat to the Oregon coast ecosystem. They did find several live specimens of a variety of yellowtail jack fish found in the coastal waters of Japan.

Using funds set aside for responding to tsunami debris, Riverbend Marine Services of Newport will attempt to retrieve the debris today and tow it to the Port of Newport, where port officials immediately offered their cooperation to temporarily store it. The debris will eventually be removed from water, studied by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill. The surviving fish will be removed and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided mapping to predict the location of the object based on sightings. The U.S. Coast Guard broadcast a notice to boaters, and marked it with a life ring, and placed a data-transmitting buoy to help track the debris.

Agencies coordinating on this response include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon State University, Oregon State Police, Office of the Governor, U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA.

Beach visitors and marine boaters are reminded to be on the lookout for any debris floating at sea. In an emergency, call 911. For less urgent reports, call 211 from any coastal county.

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Attached Media Files: Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present , The derelict boat is about 25-30' long
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Special Session Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/09/15
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Special Session Meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 p.m. The Board will receive a one hour budget training. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Oregon Transit Day (Photo)
Canby Area Transit - 04/09/15
Muller, Dana, Luce, Wehling, Laitinen
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Canby Area Transit (CAT) supporters joined public transit advocates from across the State at the Capital for Oregon Transportation Association Day. Where they witnessed Governor Kate Brown issue a proclamation that April 8th is Oregon Transit Day.

Three regular CAT riders Mariah Laitinen, Carol Luce, and Arlene Dana attended as did City of Canby staff members Nancy Muller and Julie Wehling. In addition to witnessing the Governor's proclamation, the CAT group visited with Senator Alan Olsen and Representative Bill Kennemer and watched activities on both the House and Senate floor.

Revenue for CAT is a combination of payroll taxes and both capital and operational grants from the State of Oregon and also the Federal Transit Administration. Over the past 3 years between 83 and 89 percent of CAT's vehicle replacement costs were funded by federal grants and 32 percent of its operational costs were covered by either state or federal grants.

April 9th, 2015 is national Stand Up for Transportation Day. Supporters around the nation are uniting in their communities and online to send a powerful message to Congress: It's time to provide long-term investment for America's transportation network. Only comprehensive, long-term federal funding will enable us to repair, maintain, and adequately expand America's public transportation, roads, bridges, ports, and rail systems to help bring our national transportation system up to speed with the 21st century.


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Muller, Dana, Luce, Wehling, Laitinen , MariahLaitinen KateBrown
Monday, April 13, 2015 Working Session Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/09/15
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Working Session Meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 p.m. The Board will receive a short introduction of policy followed by a School Improvement AVID Presentation. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - Media Release
Clark County Public Information & Outreach - 04/09/15
The name of the decedent: Duhigg, Thomas Age: 56 Yrs

This individual died on 04/05/2015 in Vancouver, WA.

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA
The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death:
Blunt Chest Injuries and Evidence of Hypothermia

Manner of death:
Accident

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office.



Media release issue date: Prepared 04/09/2015

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager
Salem is lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/09/15
Approximately 500 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Salem on April 25th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 877 babies are born and 82 (9.3%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity and birth defects together account for the majority of infant deaths, both in the first month and the first year of life.

* Prematurity can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Mark Your Calendar for the Portland March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 AM, registration begins at 8:00 AM

Where: Salem Health in Salem

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by Salem Health, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Diagnostic Imaging of Salem, US Bank, Big 5, Grove Mueller & Swank PC CPAs, Charlie 97.1, The Wolf 99.5, and The Buzz 105.1. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
WPD statement regarding officer
Woodburn Police - 04/09/15
The Woodburn Police Department was advised in January 2015 that on January 14, 2015 Evangelina Chaparro was arrested by Mount Angel Police Department (MAPD Case # 15-94) for the crime of Reckless Endangerment, with the victim being Woodburn Police Officer Josh Rains and his family (refer to Mount Angel Police Department for details).

Last week the WPD was advised that Ms. Chaparro had filed a stalking complaint against Officer Rains to be heard on April 9, 2015. Today, the court advised the City that it has continued the hearing until April 28, 2015 and the judge did not impose any restrictions on Officer Rains that impact his job at this time.

The City awaits the court's review of this matter and will have no further statement.
Portlanders are lacing up their walking shoes--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/09/15
Approximately 3,000 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Portland on April 25th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 877 babies are born and 82 (9.3%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity and birth defects together account for the majority of infant deaths, both in the first month and the first year of life.

* Prematurity can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Mark Your Calendar for the Portland March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 AM, registration begins at 7:30 AM

Where: Rose Quarter Commons at the Moda Center in Portland

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Cambia Health Solutions, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Legacy Health, Moda Health, OHSU, Providence Health Services, Stoel Rives LLP, The Children's Clinic, Pacific Power, Umpqua Bank, US Bank, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Genentech, 99.5 The Wolf, 97.1 Charlie FM and 105.1 The Buzz. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Clark County is lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/09/15
Approximately 400 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Vancouver on April 25th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Washington, 1,665 babies are born and 161 (9.7%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity and birth defects together account for the majority of infant deaths, both in the first month and the first year of life.

* Prematurity can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Mark Your Calendar for March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 AM, registration begins at 8:00 AM

Where: Esther Short Park in Vancouver

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 8,372 in Washington.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, PeaceHealth SW Medical Center, Davidson Insurance, Heritage Bank, 99.5 The Wolf, 105.1 The Buzz and 97.1 Charlie FM. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Vancouver massage therapist arrested, police searching for more possible victims (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/09/15
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Vancouver, Wash. - On April 2, 2015, the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit arrested massage therapist Valentin Delgado, owner of Massage by Valentin, located at 5501 NE 109th Court in Vancouver (http://www.massagebyvalentin.com). Delgado was charged with three counts of Indecent Liberties, a crime involving sexual contact with another person.

This arrest stemmed from three separate complaints filed by previous clients who reported inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact during their massages. During this investigation, it was determined Delgado worked at several spas in the Clark County area to include:

* Bridge Chiropractic, Salmon Creek, July 2014- present
* Estetica Day Spa, Longview, WA, September 2013 -August 2014
* Elements Therapeutic Massage, Vancouver, WA, June 2013- December 2013
* Spoiled Spa and Salon, Vancouver, WA, October 2011- September 2013
* Hand and Stone Vancouver, WA, October 2011- April 2013


The Vancouver Police Department, during contact with these salons, learned there are possibly other clients with complaints who never officially came forward. At this time, Detectives are asking persons who have received a massage from Valentin Delgado, during which time inappropriate touching or other questionable behavior occurred, to contact the Vancouver Police Department.

No other therapists in the office where Delgado currently works, or anyone employed with the list of previous employers, are under investigation or otherwise associated with this criminal case.

Comments or complaints related to Valentin Delgado should be directed to the Vancouver Police Tip Line at 360-487-7399. Callers are asked to leave a detailed message for Detective Carole Boswell regarding case number V15-3284.

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


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Four Portland Business Leaders Named Portland's 2015 Fathers of the Year
American Diabetes Association - 04/09/15
Portland, OR (April 9, 2015) -- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Father's Day Council of Oregon and SW Washington announce today four Portland business leaders as this year's Father of the Year Awards honorees, recognizing men that have made family a priority, while balancing a demanding career and community involvement.

This year's honorees are:
David Gunderson, Executive Vice President, DiabetOmics, Inc.
William Johnson, M.D., President, Moda Health
Rob Maletis, President, Maletis Beverage
Craig Walker, longtime Portland TV and Radio Personality

The ADA and the Father's Day Council will host the third annual Father of the Year Awards Dinner on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 6 p.m., on center court of the Moda Center in Portland. The Father of the Year Awards are hosted in 35 cities across the country in collaboration between the American Diabetes Association and the National Father's Day Council. The regional councils in each city are comprised of volunteer community leaders, who strive to heighten the meaning of fatherhood, while raising funds for philanthropic purposes.

The awards dinner will feature heartwarming videos paying tribute to each honoree. Past Father of the Year events have raised over $330,000 locally, through sponsorships, table and ticket sales and donations in honor of the Fathers.

"All of our dads have seen the devastation that people with diabetes and their families, friends or colleagues face each day," added Michael Greene, 2013 Father of the Year Honoree and current Community Leadership Board Chair for the American Diabetes Association of Oregon and SW Washington. "So they understand how important the resources and information available from the ADA are to help those living with diabetes lead healthier, more productive lives."

Past honorees include Lynn Gust, President of Fred Meyer Stores; Donald L. Krahmer, Jr., Attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Chris McGowan, President and CEO, Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Center; Charles Wilhoite, Managing Director, Willamette Management Associates; Duncan Campbell, founder of Friends of the Children; Chris Dudley, former Portland Trail Blazer and founder of the Chris Dudley Foundation; Michael Greene, Partner with Rosenthal, Greene and Devlin, P.C.; Scott Keeney, President and CEO of nLight; and Craig Robinson, Former Head Men's Basketball Coach, Oregon State University.

Moda Health is the premier sponsor of this year's event.

All proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association, founded in 1940 and celebrating 75 years of discovery, innovation and progress towards its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Over 29.1 million children and adults throughout our country are affected by diabetes and pre-diabetes; nearly one million of those live in Oregon and Southwest Washington. A quarter of those living with diabetes do not know they have it. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 American children born today face a future with diabetes.

For more information or tickets to this year's Father of the Year Awards Dinner, please contact Alison Bruun, Manager of Special Events, American Diabetes Association, at 503-736-2770 x7297 or visit diabetes.org/portlandfoty.

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Laughter Workshop for MS Community
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland - 04/09/15
Portland, OR, April 9, 2015 - Candyce Hayes, MSSP Executive Director, announced that the "MSSP is hosting a Laughter Workshop to Multiple Sclerosis patients, their family members and friends on April 18, 2015".

Hayes said, "There is strong research that indicates laughter improve one's overall health by increasing endorphins and exercising internal muscles." The day begins with laughter yoga coach, Laura Lou Pape-McCarthy, CLYL followed by author and motivational humorist Gail Hand.

WHO: MS Society of Portland, Oregon
WHAT: Laughter Workshop
WHEN: April 18, 2015 from 2:30-4:30 pm
WHERE: TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, 97215
CONTACT PERSON: Candyce Hayes, Executive Director, 503 422-1216
candycehayes@msoregon.org

Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system that strikes young adults usually between the ages of 20-40. The cause is unknown and there is no cure.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland, Inc. (MSSP) is an independent private, non-profit organization that was founded in 1949 by the Columbia Lions Club to meet the needs of those individuals suffering from MS. More than 7,500 Oregonians are living with MS. For more information about MS or the MSSP, please visit our website www.msoregon.org or contact Candyce Hayes.
Talented Authors Converge at 'Compose' Creative Writing Conference (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 04/09/15
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OREGON CITY -- Rafael Alvarez, journalist and television writer for "The Wire," is the keynote speaker at the Compose creative writing conference at Clackamas Community College on Saturday, May 2. The daylong event features workshops led by local authors in fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, comics, songwriting, creative nonfiction, digital storytelling and publishing.
Presenters at the conference include: "Walk the Line" screenwriter Gill Dennis; National Book Award-winning poet Mary Szybist; Diana Schutz of Dark Horse Comics; Jeff Baker, film and literary critic for The Oregonian; and award-winning authors Willy Vlautin, Sam Brown, Kevin Sampsell, Nicole Georges, Jay Ponteri, Nick Triolo, Terry Blas, Trista Cornelius and Joanna Rose. CCC English Department faculty presenters include Kate Gray, Sean Davis, Matt Warren, Sue Pesznecker, Nicole Rosevear and Marlene Broemer.
"Storytelling Now" is a free seminar that will commence during the evening of Compose. This seminar features Alvarez, Dennis, Schutz and others in a discussion of the art and craft of storytelling in the digital age.
Alvarez came of age on the city desk of the Baltimore Sun during the final chapters of the newspaper's era of greatest influence. There, he met all types of characters - dishwashers and detectives and dance hall queens - who would later find their way into his fiction. A writer for the first three seasons of the HBO drama "The Wire," Alvarez published a new collection of short stories in 2014 titled, "Tales from the Holy Land." His work also appears in the latest edition of The Clackamas Literary Review.
The Compose conference takes place in Roger Rook Hall. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per session and lunch is available for an additional $10. Register online at bit.ly/ComposeWorkshop
For more information, please contact Trevor Dodge at 503-594-3259 or Sue Mach at 503-594-3262.


Attached Media Files: Rafael Alvarez
Bond Citizen Oversight Committee to Meet
Clackamas Community College - 04/09/15
OREGON CITY - The initial meeting of the Bond Projects Citizen Oversight Committee will take place on Wednesday, April 22, at Clackamas Community College. The committee will provide oversight to the implementation of ballot measure 3-447, approved by voters in November.
The committee is comprised of more than 30 people from the community, who represent each of the seven zones in the college district, as well as staff and students. The group will meet quarterly to ensure the bond projects reflect the community's input and needs. The $90 million bond measure will construct and expand facilities, and upgrade technology and equipment.
The committee will be co-chaired by a community representative and a member of the college's Board of Education.
For more information, contact Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162 or email jpaulson@clackamas.edu. Bond information is available at www.clackamas.edu/bond/.
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UPDATE - HOMICIDE: Death Investigation Underway on Naito Parkway Under Morrison Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 04/09/15
Today, Thursday April 9, 2015, the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the 60-year-old male found dead under the Morrison Bridge and determined that he died of homicidal violence (blunt force trauma).

The only suspect description available to detectives is a male white, 30 to 40 years old, average height and weight, likely homeless.

The victim's name is not being released yet as family has not been located and notified of his death.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at (503) 823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

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Early this evening, Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Naito Parkway under the Morrison Bridge to check a man down on the ground.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male who was deceased. Preliminary information indicates the man is homeless and may have been involved in an altercation with another homeless male.

The cause of death is not known and Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are responding to conduct a death investigation.

All northbound traffic on Naito Parkway is closed and only one lane of southbound traffic is open.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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MESD Board Superintendent Hiring Committee meeting 4-13-15
Multnomah ESD - 04/09/15
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Superintendent Hiring Committee will meet on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. at 610 SW Alder, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97205. The Committee will meet with representatives from Northwest Leadership Associates and discuss next steps in the process of hiring the next MESD Superintendent.
Share's 'Springtime in Paris' Gala, Presented by Riverview Community Bank, a Sold Out Event
Share - 04/09/15
Vancouver, WA - Share's 'Springtime in Paris' Gala, presented by Riverview Community Bank, on Sat. April 25, 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 West 6th Street, has sold out more than two weeks prior to the event.

"We are delighted by the community's response to our annual Gala, as well as to the many sponsors supporting this hallmark event for our organization," said Kim Hash, director of development and communications. "The funds raised from our Gala are vital in ensuring that the men, women and children served by Share receive the resources necessary help them to face their challenges, as well as education and skills to secure better lives."

The Gala features dinner, casino-style gaming (Roulette, Blackjack, Craps and Texas Hold 'Em) and both silent and live auctions. Live auction items include: a 10- day Holland America Cruise for two; a five-foot Kawai grand piano, in French mahogany; a Hawaiian Paradise at Waikiki Banyan Condos in Honolulu plus two tickets on Alaska Airlines; a Murder Mystery Dinner Party at Your House Catered by Mill Creek Pub, including a case of wine from Maysara Winery; and a Disneyland Dream Vacation including three nights at the Anaheim Hilton, four one-day Disneyland park hopper passes, plus a Mickey Mouse toy box filled with Disney-themed plush toys, books, games and more. Learn more at sharevancouver.org

A special thank you to our 2015 sponsors including: Riverview Community Bank, Columbia Credit Union, HopeLife, RSV Building Solutions, CenturyLink, Providence Health, PeaceHealth, Phoenix Industrial, Johnson, Stone & Pagano, Gardner School, IBEW 48, Dan's Tractor, US Bank, ADCO, Whole Foods, Waste Connections, Electrical Construction and Heritage Bank.

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, case management, a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 2,000 children at 90 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.

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Bull Run Working Group Meeting Scheduled for April 22, 2015
Portland Water Bureau - 04/09/15
The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2015, from 10 am to 12 pm in the in the Bull Run conference room on the 5th floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in Portland.

Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, staff engaged in the management of the Bull Run watershed, Portland's primary drinking water source, will meet semi-annually each year. The purpose of these meetings is to review work plans, budgets and staff assignments; and communicate accomplishments and issues addressed during the course of management activities. An annual report is presented at the spring meetings.

For more information about the 20-year stewardship agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, please go to www.portlandoregon.gov/water/bullrun or www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood
Oregon Lottery to Present 7-Eleven with $100,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 04/09/15
Winning $12.6 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket sold at Beaverton location

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, noon

WHERE: 7-Eleven, 4715 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $100,000 bonus check to 7-Eleven for selling a $12.6 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket.

BACKGROUND: John Cason of Beaverton, claimed his $12.6 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot prize on St. Patrick's Day, after checking his ticket while on a date with his wife (John Cason has been invited to the event).

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to 7-Eleven officials and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to attendees.

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

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Missing Person Located Deceased
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/15
On 04/08/2015 at around 1645hrs a citizen discovered a body matching the description of missing person Ryan Mayer, 27 yoa, from Vancouver. Ryan was located in a heavily wooded green space in the Mt. Vista area of Clark County. Ryan was last seen leaving his residence just west of 20th Ave off of 150th Street on 03/14/2015. He was said to have been under the influence of drugs after being sober for almost one year, until this apparent relapse.

Family and friends had not seen or heard from him since March 14th. In the last few weeks family members were working with the Major Crimes Unit of the Clark County Sheriff's Office and using social media in an attempt to locate Ryan.

Sergeant Kevin Allais stated, "Sadly, the family of Ryan wanted to thank the community, family and friends for their support and assistance since Ryan's disappearance."

Cause of death and positive identification will be for forthcoming from the Medical Examiner's office.

Sergeant Kevin Allais
Major Crimes Unit
Clark County Sheriff's Office
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Beaverton Mayor Joins National Bipartisan Campaign to Call for Action on Federal Transportation Bill
City of Beaverton - 04/09/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - As part of the national Stand Up for Transportation Day of Action with events across the country, Mayor Denny Doyle today called upon Congress to renew funding for the federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which is set to expire on May 31. Mayor Doyle joins a bipartisan group of more than 50 mayors on this day of action, along with 300 organizations across the country, representing more than 150 cities and spanning 40 states.


"Cities across the U.S., including Beaverton, need support from our leaders in Washington," said Mayor Doyle. "This bill is critical to maintain and improve our transportation network, which is vital for our local economy. I invite you to join me in encouraging Congress to take action and fund this bill."


In addition to mayors, a broad coalition of transportation providers, businesses, transportation system users, state partners and others are calling on Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill that increases investments in transportation infrastructure. At the national level, a new analysis from the American Public Transportation Association shows that more than $227 billion in economic productivity is at risk over the next six years without long-term federal investment in transit.


The country faces a $160 billion backlog just to bring public transit and road systems into a state of good repair. The lack of a long-term federal funding bill creates local funding uncertainty, which jeopardizes transportation project planning and discourages private sector investment. A lack of a commitment on the federal level stifles local business investment and job creation in Beaverton and nationwide.


A long-term, fully funded transportation bill must include robust investment for all modes of transportation. Transit ridership surged to 10.8 billion trips last year, Amtrak ridership continues to hit record highs, bicycle commuting has increased 60 percent since 2005, and national freight tonnage is projected to increase by 25 percent in the next decade.


Federal investment has not kept pace with this demand, resulting in an outdated, overburdened surface transportation system that is ill-equipped to handle current, let alone future, needs. Across the United States, public transit maintenance needs exceed $77 billion, and the nation's bridge backlog alone is an estimated $121 billion. The HTF, which funds most highway and transit spending, is almost depleted and the federal government is struggling to maintain the status quo, much less make new investments.


To learn more about Stand Up for Transportation Day, visit www.standup4trasnportation.org or follow the Day of Action on Twitter at #SU4T.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Economic Development Groups Release Aerospace and Defense Component Industry Report
Columbia River Economic Development Council - 04/09/15
Portland, Ore. (April 9, 2015) -- A partnership of economic development groups today announced the release of a report that identifies strategies for growing the Aerospace and Defense industry in the Greater Portland region.

Business Oregon, the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), and Greater Portland Inc contracted with the Oregon Microenterprise Network (OMEN) to conduct research and to generate recommendations for how businesses and economic development organizations can work together to provide resources that support a strong and resilient regional supply chain for this critical industry. Dr. Beth Fitz Gibbon, Senior Research and Policy Adviser at OMEN, conducted the research and developed the Aerospace and Defense Industry Report.

In October 2012, the Greater Portland region was awarded $2,192,000 in federal funds to accelerate innovation in the advanced materials and metals industries through a national grant competition called the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC). Greater Portland's project--titled Innovations in Advanced Materials and Metals (IAM2)--is funded by five federal agencies and managed by CREDC.

The Aerospace and Defense report is the second part of a four-part research portfolio that will be completed by OMEN as part of the IAM2 project. The Computers and Electronics report was released in late 2014 and other topics in the research portfolio include Advanced Manufacturing & Advanced Materials and Metals & Machinery, which will be released later this year.

The report provides information gathered from existing manufacturers to provide guidance for strengthening the region's manufacturing capabilities and capacity in two ways:

1. Enable small and medium manufacturers to expand through business and technology improvements, market diversification and exports.

2. Help regional economic development agencies retain and attract businesses and support high-potential manufacturing startups.

"As the industry relies increasingly on technological advancements, we find our region uniquely well-suited to take advantage of emerging aerospace and defense opportunities that rely on electronics, advanced manufacturing and composites," said Mike Bomar, President, CREDC. "This report helps us to better understand the areas that need to be addressed for our region to remain competitive, such as infrastructure investments, support for R&D commercialization, workforce training, and STEM education."

The report is part of the Greater Portland Export Initiative, an effort to double regional exports from $21 billion to $42 billion in five years by helping local companies access global markets and grow jobs in our region.

"Greater Portland's aerospace and defense industry is anchored by world-class leaders such as Boeing and Precision Castparts and rounded out by a robust computer and electronics sector that includes FLIR and Rockwell Collins," said Greater Portland Inc President and CEO Janet LaBar. "This collective expertise can propel a rapidly emerging Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry. And with FAA-designated UAS test sites in Oregon, our region is poised to be a hub for UAS research and development innovation."

In June, Business Oregon, CREDC, and Greater Portland Inc will be traveling to Paris, France, to attend the Paris Air Show, which is the largest and oldest air show in the world, to highlight the importance of the aerospace industry in the Pacific Northwest.

"This report builds off the earlier findings on computer and electronics industry in the region, and showcases how aerospace and defense can leverage the strong technology and manufacturing assets we already have," said Karen Wilde Goddin, Assistant Director of Business Oregon. "It's a great opportunity, and one that can benefit rural Oregon as well as metro areas."

The full report can be found at http://www.credc.org/regionalcollaboration/

About Business Oregon

Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. www.oregon4biz.com

About CREDC

The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) is a private-public partnership of 140 investors working together to advance the economic vitality of Clark County through business growth and innovation. Through collaborative leadership, the CREDC promotes job quality and capital investment while maintaining the County's exceptionally high quality of life. www.credc.org

About Greater Portland Inc

Greater Portland Inc (GPI) is a regional partnership helping companies expand and locate to the Portland-Vancouver area, which includes seven counties and covers two states. Leveraging the region's assets, GPI and its partners work in lockstep to nurture and recruit businesses that bolster the local economy and promote long-term job growth.
www.greaterportlandinc.com

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Sheriff's Office Adding DUII Patrols (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/15
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Starting tomorrow and carrying through the weekend, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols. Deputies will be focusing on impaired and distracted drivers in and around northeast Marion County.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration;

1. Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
2. In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes

What should you do if you see an impaired driver?

1. Stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
2. Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over.
3. Take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. Please do not compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information.
4. Pull over or use your hands free device to call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

Once you call and give us the information, we will take it from there. Share our roads responsibly, please don't drink and drive.


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Public meetings set to design 2017 health plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/09/15
Salem - Oregonians who want to participate in the process of setting the essential health benefits and standard plan design for 2017 health insurance plans can attend the first meeting of the Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee. The first meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem.

Essential health benefits are a set of health care services that all health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets that are subject to the Affordable Care Act's market reforms must cover with no annual or lifetime dollar limits. Essential health benefits are defined by a benchmark plan selected by the Department of Consumer and Business Services that reflects a "typical employer plan" available in Oregon. Oregon must notify the federal government of its benchmark plan selection in June 2015.

All of the committee's meetings are open to the public and also available via online streaming. Time will be set aside at each meeting for public comment, and comments can also be submitted in writing to essential.healthbenefits@oregon.gov.

The committee is made up of members of the public, including consumer representatives, health insurance company representatives, health care provider representatives, and insurance agent representatives. Staff from the department and the Oregon Health Authority will also participate on the committee.

The committee will be tasked with a number of duties, including the following:
* Reviewing the benchmark plan options
* Recommending a benchmark plan
* Determining whether supplemental benefits are necessary to meet federal requirements
* Recommending any required supplemental benefits
* Recommending plan designs for Oregon's standard plans

"The recommendations of this committee will have a lasting impact on the design of health plans purchased by Oregonians in the individual and small business markets in 2017 and beyond," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "I encourage anyone with an interest to participate in the process and let us know what is important to them when it comes to essential health benefits and standard plan designs."

Oregon standard health plans are designed by the department for the bronze and silver metal tiers in the individual and small group markets and have identical cost sharing across insurance companies. This means that all standard plans will have the same benefits, deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximums.

Meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building at 350 Winter St. NE in Salem on the following days:
* Friday, April 10
* Tuesday, April 21
* Wednesday, May 6
* Monday, May 18
* Tuesday, June 2
* Thursday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (tentatively scheduled)

Meeting materials, updates, and video recordings of the meetings will be posted online at www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/essential-health-benefits/essential-health-benefits.aspx. Sign up for meeting updates and notices, or submit public comment by emailing essential.healthbenefits@oregon.gov.

Committee appointments will be announced soon on the committee webpage listed above.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
Man Commits Suicide in Front of Officers on Steel Bridge
Portland Police Bureau - 04/09/15
On Thursday April 9, 2015, at 7:00 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Steel Bridge after a caller to 9-1-1 reported that a man was on the North side walkway, tying a rope to the bridge as he appeared to be swallowing pills and drinking whiskey.

As officers arrived in the area to talk with the man, he put the rope around his neck and jumped off the bridge. Officers requested Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office immediately respond by water as officers could see that the rope broke and them man went into the water.

Firefighters located the man in the river and transported him to Station 21 (on the river) where attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. The deceased appears to be a 40-50 year old male.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death and will work to identify him and notify family.

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

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

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

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

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

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Next Open House for Northeast 137th Avenue Set for April 16
City of Vancouver - 04/09/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The public is invited to the City of Vancouver's second open house for the Northeast 137th Avenue Corridor Project from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, at the Burnt Bridge Creek Elementary School, 14619 NE 49th St.

Efforts are underway to design future improvements for the Northeast 137th Avenue corridor from Northeast 49th Street to Fourth Plain Boulevard. Upgrading the rural roadway to current urban standards will enhance safety and minimize delays caused by turning vehicles on this busy north-south arterial. Proposed improvements include roundabouts, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and street lighting.

City and consulting engineers have now evaluated four corridor design options to produce a proposed preferred alternative, which was selected following a thorough analysis of traffic and safety; geotechnical issues; wetlands and Burnt Bridge Creek concerns; Bonneville Power Administration tower impacts; right?of?way acquisition; construction costs; and input from stakeholders and citizens through interviews, sounding board meetings and a first open house.

The public may drop by at any time during April 16 open house to view the proposed preferred design option. Information about the project is also being posted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/137thAve. Ongoing updates will be provided on the project webpage as information becomes available.

Design and environmental work for this project is funded through a Federal Highway Administration grant. However, right-of-way acquisition and construction of the corridor completion are not funded at this time.

Written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodation for the open house is available upon request. Contact City of Vancouver Construction Services at 360-487-7750.

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Bring it: Gresham recycles tons at popular Earth Day event (Photo)
City of Gresham - 04/09/15
In 2014, residents recycled 2,080 pounds of hard plastics
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GRESHAM, Ore. - If history speaks volumes, then Gresham and Wood Village residents will bring tons of items to the City of Gresham's 17th annual Earth Day Recycling Collection event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the City Hall parking lots, located at 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

Last year, area residents dropped off:

3,364 pounds of batteries
2,080 pounds of hard plastics
1,085 pounds of hard Styrofoam
16,448 feet of fluorescent tubes and lights.

New in 2015, the City will collect non-working small appliances and electronics such as toasters, blenders, microwaves, radios, DVD players and remote controls.

"We try to always collect materials that are hard to recycle, and small, broken appliances and electronics are hard to find a home for," Gresham Recycling and Solid Waste Manager Dan Blue said. "You can't put them in your recycling roll cart, yet many contain precious metals that are great to recycle and don't belong in the landfill.

"We're hoping to keep tons of material from being thrown away this year," Blue added.

Rain or shine, volunteers and staff will collect these non-curbside items: large, rigid plastics; block Styrofoam; fluorescent tubes and lights; batteries; non-working small appliances and electronics; cell phones; plastic sacks; and paper for shredding on site.

Not accepted: computers, televisions, hazardous waste, soft plastics, fast-food containers, squishy foam, packing peanuts, and curbside recyclables.

The Earth Day Recycling Collection event is free, and open to Gresham and Wood Village residents only. Limit one car per household.

Complete collection information including limits and guidelines, recycling item descriptions and photos - as well as information about where to take these items year-round for recycling - is available online at GreshamOregon.gov/EarthDay.

Get year-round recycling tips and garbage service reminders with the City's GoCart! tool for smartphone or computer. Sign up at GreshamOregon.gov/GoCart for a chance to win six months of free garbage and recycling service.

For questions about the recycling event, the public may call Administrative Specialist Cherie Ludwig in the Recycling and Solid Waste Division at 503-618-2518.

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PCC lands Lisa Avery for top post at Sylvania Campus (Photo)
PCC - 04/09/15
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SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Community College announced that Lisa Avery has been tapped to serve as president of the college's Sylvania Campus (12000 SW 49th Ave.) beginning July 1. She succeeds Suzanne Johnson, who stepped in as the interim president last summer upon the retirement of longtime Sylvania Campus President Linda Gerber.

"Lisa brings a wonderful mix of experience as an administrator and as an in-classroom educator to PCC Sylvania, in addition to expertise that is solidly rooted in student development and student services," said Jeremy Brown, president of Portland Community College. "This combination of talent and skills will be of great benefit to both the campus and college."

Since 2013 Avery has served as the district vice provost for strategic partnerships at the Community Colleges of Spokane (Spokane, Wash.), which includes two separately accredited colleges, Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. In this role, she has been responsible for advancing the college district's strategic plan with key business, industry and foundation partners, as well as developing, enhancing and promoting international exchange, study abroad and American Honors programs.

Prior to her current role, Avery was the district's dean of Global Education and American Honors, serving as its chief international officer. In this capacity she helped establish a pilot public-private honors program, the first of its kind among U.S. community colleges. Under Avery's watch international enrollment climbed steadily, and SFCC earned an Institute of International Education award for internationalizing the community college.

From 2010-2011, Avery was the interim dean of instruction for Social Sciences, Human Services, Accounting & Economics and Academic Initiatives at Spokane Falls Community College. In this role, she provided academic leadership to a large and complex division of disciplines that included a multitude of both transfer and career technical education programs.

Before arriving to the CCS district, Avery served as the interim associate dean of the School of Social Work and Human Services at Eastern Washington University (Cheney, Wash.) from 2008 to 2010. She began teaching at EWU in 2000, rising to the position of full professor in 2006.

"I am thrilled to become part of PCC and the Sylvania Campus, specifically," said Avery. "The college has a powerful and prestigious reputation because of the diversity of students it serves and the innovative opportunities it creates for them. This ultimately benefits the community at large as these students go on to do great things after completing their studies at PCC.

"To be part of this momentum, supporting student success and diversity at PCC Sylvania, is a real honor," she said.

As Sylvania's president Avery inherits PCC's largest and oldest campus, which first opened its doors in 1968. With an enrollment of nearly 32,000 students, the Sylvania Campus is home to programs such as Automotive Service Technology, Nursing, Radiography, Sign Language Interpretation and the MakerSpace, a cross-disciplinary laboratory that gives students, staff and faculty access to more than a dozen rapid prototyping machines to make gearboxes, usable parts and devices, wearable technology, prosthetic limbs, theater arts sets, and more.

A first-generation college student and native of LaPorte, Ind., Avery obtained both her doctorate and master's degrees in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to this, she earned her bachelor's degree in research psychology from Ball State University.

Since 2011, Avery has served as both an evaluator/site visitor for Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and as a selection panelist for the Gilman Scholarship.

"We are simply delighted that Lisa will be joining us," said Brown. "She is gregarious, accomplished and hard-working. Lisa's skills and talents will enable the Sylvania Campus to continue to flourish, built on the strong foundation established by preceding presidents, as well as faculty and staff."


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

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


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Beaverton Celebrates Arbor Day with Native Plants and Presentation of Tree City USA Award
City of Beaverton - 04/09/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton's Arbor Day event will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at Sexton Mountain Park and Reservoir. The Friends of Trees are seeking volunteers to help plant native plants and 40 native trees. Native trees and plants will be given away to some volunteers to take home and plant in their yards.


Volunteers who wish to participate should meet at 8:45 a.m. at the staging site, 14700 SW Sexton Mountain Drive at the corner of SW Sexton Mountain and SW Murray Blvd. No registration is required. Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided. Friends of Trees will provide gloves and tools. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.


Mayor Denny Doyle will accept two Tree City USA awards on behalf of the city prior to the planting. Beaverton has met the criteria to recertify as a Tree City USA for the 21st year, and has also received the Tree City USA Growth award for exceeding the standard requirements for Tree City USA.


Tree City USA is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. To achieve Tree City USA status, a city must maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day.


Beaverton has also been named the 2015 Oregon Tree City of the Year, selected over 65 other cities in Oregon. This award will be presented at a future Beaverton City Council meeting.


For more information, contact Beaverton's arborist, Pat Hoff, at 503-526-2237 or phoff@BeavertonOregon.gov.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Z-Man Scholarship Foundation Awarding Nine New Student Scholarships Tonight (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/09/15
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On Thursday April 9, 2015, at 6:15 p.m., the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation will award nine new students with scholarships, bringing the total number of students awarded to 44 since 2009.

The ceremony will be held at North Precinct, located at 449 Northeast Emerson Street.

Media is invited to attend and interview scholarship recipients, parents and Police Bureau mentors.

For six years the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation has awarded scholarships to dedicated students from low-income families with limited educational opportunities.

The students who are selected to receive Z-Man scholarships have demonstrated a commitment to public service and leadership in their communities.

To further these qualities, each of these students is matched with a mentor from the Portland Police Bureau or other law enforcement agency. This relationship flourishes through regular one on one interaction and group activities.

Since 2009, 44 deserving students have been awarded scholarships and matched with mentors. Many of these relationships with police officer mentors continue past high school and into college.

Background

The Z-Man Scholarship Foundation was established in honor of Officer Mark "Z-Man" Zylawy and his dedication to duty as a police officer while striving to improve the organization and the community where he worked. The core mission of the Foundation is to provide students with access to additional educational opportunities and to instill in them a lifelong commitment to learning and community service so that each is prepared to live and serve as a responsible citizen.

For more information, contact Jenelle Clinton at (503) 572-1187, http://www.zmanscholarship.org

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Sheriff's Office ATV Instruction Schedule
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/15
ATV Instruction Courses scheduled for the remainder of 2015.

5/26/2015
2 hour Youth Evaluation 8am - 10am
4 hour all ages Instruction Course 12pm - 4pm

7/25/15
4 hour all ages Instruction Course 8am - 12pm
2 hour Youth Evaluation 12pm - 2pm

9/26/2015
4 hour all ages Instruction Course 8am - 12pm
2 hour Youth Evaluation 12pm - 2pm

11/21/2015
4 hour all ages Instruction Course 8am - 12pm
2 hour Youth Evaluation

* Maximum class size of 6
* Register for 2 hour evaluation at www.oregonatvsafety.com
* Register for 4 hour Instruction Course at www.atvsafety.org
* Youth under 16 looking for "Hands on Requirement" need to sign up for one of the classes; do not need to take both
* 2 hour evaluation is for riders with plenty of previous riding experience
* 4 hour class is for new riders
* All riders must have their Oregon ATV Rider Card prior to class. The card is available free through an online power point at www.rideatvoregon.com
* If you have any questions please contact Deputy Justin Dersham at 503-325-8635.
Wells Fargo selects Portland clean tech startup for award in national contest (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 04/09/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland-based Energy Storage Systems is among the four clean technology startups Wells Fargo has selected to fund through its Innovation Incubator (IN2) program.

Co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the program will provide up to $250,000 in cash and in-kind technical consultation and services to Energy Storage Systems to support the further development of its technology. The other three winners are based in California, Illinois and Minnesota.

The Portland firm is developing an advanced flow battery that utilizes earth-abundant iron as its energy storage medium. This translates to unmatched affordability when the All-Iron Flow Battery (IFB) is used to address commercial energy storage needs.

"Our target markets are industrial and commercial businesses, such as grocery stores, warehouses and processing/manufacturing, agriculture, and ultimately grow into utility scale," said Julia Song, the company's chief technology officer.

There is a desire in the clean tech industry to add more solar and wind energy onto the grid to replace fossil fuels, Song explained.

"But sun and wind are intermittent and unpredictable so there is a need to store the energy they generate and use it when needed. Our battery stores the energy reliably and cost effectively," she said.

Song co-founded the company in 2011 with Craig Evans. They have created a 10kW, 80kWh prototype and signed up multiple customers in California, Hawaii and other locations, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, to test it in real world conditions this year. The company plans to go into full production next year and currently looking for a new manufacturing facility near Portland to move into later this summer.

"We were referred to the Wells Fargo IN2 program by Angela Jackson, the director of Portland State Business Accelerator. We are excited to have the access to NREL through Wells Fargo. First of all, NREL has decades of experience in building integrations that will help us integrate our battery with customers. Secondly, NREL has a world-class battery test lab that will allow us to aggressively test our product and prove the battery's bankability. We thank Wells Fargo for this great opportunity," said Evans, the company's chief executive officer.

Wells Fargo announced the selection of the first four winners today as part of its five-year, $10 million program to foster innovative environmental technologies. It is the first philanthropy program of its kind within the financial services industry.

The four selected companies will receive research and testing support at NREL's world-class research facility in Golden, Colo., as well as coaching and mentorship from Wells Fargo's vast network of financial and technical experts.

"To address growing climate concerns, it is absolutely crucial to accelerate investments in innovative companies that provide clean technology solutions," said Mary Wenzel, Wells Fargo head of Environmental Affairs. "We are proud to work with NREL and the community of clean technology innovators to help support startups that are providing long-term sustainable solutions."

In this first of three selection rounds, the four promising technologies were chosen from more than 80 clean technology companies referred by more than 20 leading accelerators, universities and research institutes in the United State.

The other three companies selected are:

1. LiquidCool Solutions (Rochester, Minn.) is developing two forms of total immersion electronics cooling technology for large-scale data centers: Liquid Submerged Servers (LSS) and Liquid Submerged Computers (LSC). Initial testing of the LSS system has yielded 40 percent in energy savings for computer use when compared to a traditional air-cooled system.

2. SmarterShade (Chicago) delivers on the promise of smart glass - significant energy savings, glare reduction and enhanced privacy impact - all in a seamless user-controlled shading interface that lasts 4-5 times longer than blinds and shades. SmarterShade's technology costs a fraction of the price of traditional smart glass and requires no electrical power.

3. WattStick Systems (San Francisco) is developing peel-and-stick electricity metering technology that can be safely and easily installed by nontechnical staff. By eliminating the need for sophisticated electrical installation, WattStick Systems' technology will drastically reduce total submetering costs for commercial buildings and open the door for significant long-term energy use reduction.

"The IN2 program serves as a model for private and public sector collaboration working together for one common goal," said Richard Adams, director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at NREL. "We are thrilled to see how these companies will make clean energy technologies more accessible for Americans and we hope they will also serve as an inspiration to their peers in the field."

The IN2 program launched in October 2014 and is part of Wells Fargo's 2020 Environmental Commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and universities. The goal is to create an ecosystem that fosters and accelerates the commercialization of promising commercial buildings technologies that can provide scalable solutions to reduce the energy impact of buildings. According to the Department of Energy, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption in the U.S. today comes from buildings at an estimated cost of $413 billion.

As a leading financial institution with a broad geographical footprint, Wells Fargo is well positioned to lead change by embracing innovation and supporting advancements in clean technologies to improve local communities and the environment. This program was developed to advance the commercialization of new sustainable technologies by validating them in the lab and then piloting them in select Wells Fargo locations.

About Wells Fargo
Since 2012, Wells Fargo has provided more than $37 billion in environmental financing to environmentally beneficial businesses. That includes $3.8 billion in financing for affordable housing and commercial properties in low- to moderate-income communities. Wells Fargo has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent from 2008 levels and increased energy efficiency by 24 percent, water efficiency by 38 percent, and waste diversion by 65 percent since 2012.

Wells Fargo also has made strategic environmental grants totaling $40 million through two environmental grant programs focusing on community-based environmental projects as well as clean technology innovation and advancement. Wells Fargo environmental perspectives are available at the Wells Fargo Environmental Forum.


Attached Media Files: Mary Wenzel of Wells Fargo , ESS logo , ESS battery , Julia Song, company co-founder , Craig Evans, company co-founder
Hockinson School District Regular Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 04/09/15
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Board Room, located at 17912 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
04/08/15
Traffic Stop in Eugene Leads to Arrest of (2) Men Wanted for Homicide in California
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/08/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Springfield arrested two California men wanted in connection with a Contra-Costa County California Homicide earlier this evening.

According to OSP Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, OSP Troopers in Springfield were notified that two suspects in a Contra-Costa County California Homicide were traveling through Oregon at about 3:15 p.m. today.

At about 5:00 p.m., OSP troopers located the vehicle, a black 2014 Kia Soul, and conducted a high-risk traffic stop on I-5 near milepost 201 southbound. Due to the risk involved in the stop both directions of I-5 were shut down for approximately 20 minutes as troopers and officers from the Eugene Police Department and Lane County Sheriff's Office took the men into custody. The two men were identified as ZAKARI A. WILSON, 20, and ARTIE I. ADANANDUS, 24, both of California. Both men complied with police and were taken into custody without incident.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Eugene Police Department and the Lane County Sheriff's Office. No photo's are available for this release.

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Red Cross Assisting Several Families After Fires in Sherwood and Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/08/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance after residential fires April 8 in Yamhill County, Oregon And Clark County, Washington.

Two adults were displaced by a single-family fire in the 22000 block of SW Elwert Road in Sherwood. The Red Cross provided food, lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

Five adults and three children were affected by a multi-family fire in the 800 block of NW 75th Street in Vancouver. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, infant formula and supplies, lodging, comfort kits, stuffed animals, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Uptown Village Street Tree Pruning Workshop April 11
City of Vancouver - 04/08/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Learn how to properly prune trees and keep them strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry's TreeTalk Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 11, in Uptown Village. Beginning at 25th and Main streets, participants will gain hands-on training in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure.

This outdoor workshop will be led by Urban Forestry arborists, who will provide proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in techniques and tips for pruning trees.

Tree should be pruned to allow 7-foot clearance over the sidewalk and 12-foot clearance over the street. Proper pruning can make all the difference in preventing hazards.

Participants should dress for the weather. Gloves and some tools will be provided. Where possible, participants are encouraged to bring bypass hand pruners.

TreeTalk is a series of free, all-about-trees, educational workshops presented by Vancouver Urban Forestry, a division of the Department of Public Works.

To ensure your place at the TreeTalk Workshop, register in advance by calling (360) 487-8308 or emailing urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. For more information, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

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Interrupted Burglary in Willamina Leads to Discovery of Stolen Items in Backpack (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/08/15
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On Wednesday, April 8th, at about 5:49 a.m. Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 100 block of SW Hill Drive in Willamina. A relative of the home owner, who was in the process of driving by the residence, noted a light on in the house which is not normally on. Law enforcement was immediately called and prior to the deputy's arrival, a male suspect was seen running out of the house. The suspect was described as being average height, skinny build, wearing dark clothing.

A perimeter was set up and a McMinnville Police tracking K-9 was dispatched. Officer Newhouse and K-9 "Axell" arrived and began tracking the suspect from the residence. During the track, a red and black Fila brand backpack with "Ferrari" written on it was found near the Yamhill River by the dog team. Evidence and stolen property obtained from the backpack connects it to the burglary. A photo of the backpack is attached.

"The witness did the responsible thing and contacted law enforcement prior to taking any action." said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "We encourage people to be "professional witnesses" and get as much detail as they can in a safe manner. That information can be vital when reporting criminal activity to 911 dispatchers."

The Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in trying to identify the owner of the backpack and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy Jacob Rex at 503-434-7506 or rexj@co.yamhill.or.us.


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*** Update - Officer Name Added *** Linn County Major Crimes Team Investigating Officer Involved Shooting - Lebanon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/08/15
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The Linn County Major Crimes Team led by investigators from the Oregon State Police, is continuing the investigation into last night's non-injury, officer involved shooting in Lebanon.

According to Oregon State Police Detective Sergeant Gregg Withers, the man who confronted deputies with the firearm has been identified as JAMES LINDSEY, 68, of Lebanon. LINDSEY was arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault 4, Menacing and Pointing a Firearm at Another Person.

Deputies had been summoned to the scene to provide assistance to an ambulance that was staged and awaiting law enforcement to check the residence for safety. Upon the first deputies arrival he was confronted by LINDSEY who was armed with a rifle. At some point during the incident DEPUTY CHRIS FENERTY fired at LINDSEY who was not struck.

Investigators learned LINDSEY had been involved in a domestic violence incident which occurred earlier and resulted in the Assault 4 charge. The name of the victim in that case is being withheld as an active investigation.

Deputy Fenerty, a 12-year-veteran of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting as is standard procedure following these kinds of events. Deputy Fenerty was interviewed by investigators today.

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* Original Release *
The Linn County Major Crimes Team is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Lebanon earlier this evening. The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation and working in cooperation with the Linn County District Attorney.

Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that sometime around 6:00 p.m., law enforcement personnel from the Linn County Sheriff's Office and later the Lebanon Police Department, responded to a residence at 3000 Stoltz Hill Road, in Lebanon, to conduct a welfare check on a person who was reportedly suffering from a medical issue. Shortly after arrival, one of the officers was confronted by an adult male carrying a firearm. The officer fired his weapon at the subject but did not hit him.

No one was injured during the shooting and the subject was taken into custody without further incident.

No photographs are available for release at this time. As an ongoing investigation the names of the involved officers and the man who was taken into custody are being withheld at this time.

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Oregon Historical Society & First Congregational United Church of Christ to Join National Commemoration of Appomattox April 9 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/08/15
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Portland, OR - April 8, 2015 - The First Congregational United Church of Christ will join organizations nationwide in "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox" by ringing its bells at 12:15 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The Oregon Historical Society, located next door to the church, will assist in this commemoration by displaying a rare signed autograph letter written by Abraham Lincoln on August 4 in the midst of the 1860 presidential campaign. His correspondent was Simeon Francis, a long-time Lincoln friend and political ally who had served as the editor of the Sangamo Journal in Springfield, Illinois, and who moved to Oregon in 1859, where he edited the Oregonian and the Oregon Farmer.

Many years earlier, in 1849, Lincoln had declined the governorship of the Oregon Territory. In his place he recommended Simeon Francis for the post, although Francis was not chosen. In the letter Lincoln discusses the Oregon delegation to the upcoming Republican convention in Chicago, and outlines the prospects for his election in November. "I hesitate to say it," he writes, "but it really appears now, as if the success of the Republican ticket is inevitable..."

For the past four years, the National Parks Service and many other community organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

The bells will ring first at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at Noon PST to coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country.





About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Notice of Regular Meeting on April 23, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/08/15
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

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

1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes for 1/22/15
B. *OAR 259-008-0011 - Proposed Rule Change - NENA Hearing Standards Update
C. *OAR 259-008-0000 et al - Proposed Rule Change - Certification of Oregon Liquor Enforcement Inspectors
D. *OAR 259-020-0030 - Proposed Rule Change - Denial and Revocation Complaint Procedure
E. *OAR 259-009-0005 and 259-009-0062 - Proposed Rules - NFPA Technical Rescuer
F. *OAR 259-009-0062 - Proposed Rules - NFPA Fire Officer Standards
G. *OAR 259-061-0010 et al - Proposed Rule Change - Inactive Status
H. *OAR 259-060-0020 - Proposed Rule Change - Education Requirements
I. *Examinations for Private Security and Alarm Managers and Private Security and Alarm Instructors
I. *POLCOR Curriculum Revision
K. *Tiller, Matthew #53939 - Medical Waiver
L. *Revoir, Alison #48398 - Umatilla County SO - Revocation
M. *Romayor, Reyes #35861 - DOC Snake River - Administrative Closure
N. *Headrick, John #18996 - Clackamas County SO - Revocation
O. *Lay, Nathan #40666 - Baker County SO - Revocation
P. *Espinoza, Marco #49339 - Springfield PD - Not Revoke
Q. *Hubbard, Waymon #43391 - Salem PD - Revocation
R. *Schmaltz, Lawrence #15389 - Salem PD - Revocation
S. *Anderson, David #FO5176 - Clackamas County FD#1 - Amended Proposed Order
T. *Hall, Brian #F26430 - Olney Walluski F&R - Revocation
U. *Jensen, Daniel #F23946 - Yamhill FP District - Not Deny
V. *Policy Committee Appointments - Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee . Mark Rauch - Reappointment . Ron Miller - Reappointment

2. Update on Fire Service Fingerprinting and Background Checks

3. OAR 259-009-0059 - Proposed Rule Fingerprint Submission Requirement for Fire Service Professionals

4. OAR 259-009-0015 - Proposed Rule Background Investigations Correction

5. OAR 259-009-0059 and 259-009-0070 - Proposed Rules Denial/Revocation

6. Five Year Review of Decertification Cases - Information Only

7. Update on President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing - Information Only

8. 2014 Director's Evaluation

9. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

10. Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony - May 5th, 2015 at 1 pm

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

12. Next Meeting Date: July 23, 2015

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Chief Responds to Matrix Staffing Study at City Council
Portland Police Bureau - 04/08/15
The Portland City Council discussed recommendations today from the Matrix Group regarding the Police Bureau's staffing and organizational structure. The project was directed by City Council following the 2013/14 budget process and span of control review. The report, which studied the Portland Police Bureau from the fall of 2013 through August 2014, can be found here. http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=525383

"In general, the Staffing Study supports what most of us have felt since the loss of another 55 positions in the 2012/13 fiscal budget. With the loss of those positions, after several years of cuts, we became very lean. This has seriously limited our ability to address new issues or continue support for some needed specialized functions to the degree needed," said Chief Lawrence P. O'Dea, III.

"We have become very practiced at moving resources around temporarily and being as nimble as possible; however, we still have gaps in service. Some of our gaps in service cannot be addressed by moving resources. I think that the Staffing Study offers us the opportunity to help us continue the conversation about 'right sizing' the Police Bureau," he said.

A complete copy of the Chief's remarks can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/525660


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Portland Police Hiring and Promotion Ceremony Scheduled for Thursday CORRECTION
Portland Police Bureau - 04/08/15
****The correct time for the ceremony is 9:30 a.m. We apologize for this error.*****

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be holding a hiring and promotion ceremony. The ceremony will be held on the 14th floor of the Justice Center.

At the ceremony, the Police Bureau will be welcoming four nonsworn Bureau members and two police officers as well as promoting six Lieutenants. Media and members of the community are invited to attend.

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Oregon's Unemployment Trust Fund Sixth Most Solvent in the Country
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/08/15
A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Labor ranks Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund among the top tier of states when it comes to solvency. Oregon employers pay into the trust fund which is used to pay unemployment benefits to qualifying individuals. Having a solid trust fund ensures benefits are available when needed while keeping employer taxes in check.

According to the report, State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency 2015, Oregon is one of only 17 states whose trust fund meets or exceeds Department of Labor standards. Oregon's fund ranks sixth, one of the healthiest in the nation.

The report also noted that Oregon's reserve ratio, the ratio of money in the trust fund to payroll for Oregon employers, is the strongest in the country. This provides a more robust safety net for workers and communities in the event of an economic downturn.

Currently, Oregon's trust fund sits at $2.3 billion. Last year, Oregon's trust fund earned $49 million in interest, reducing the amount employer's need to pay.

Due to the solvency of the trust fund, the Oregon Employment Department was able to reduce taxes for most employers at the beginning of the year. On January 1, 2015 Employers that pay into the system moved from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually. This was the second year in a row Oregon was able to move to lower unemployment insurance tax schedules because of the health of the trust fund.

The report showed that during the 2007-09 recession, 36 states depleted their unemployment insurance funds completely. Those states were forced to apply for Federal advances, or borrow money from other sources, in order to pay unemployment insurance benefits. As of January of this year, 18 of those states still owe a combined $13 billion to the Federal Government and another estimated $9 billion in private loans.

In states that still owe money, employers are facing increased taxes, and, in some states, workers' unemployment benefits are being reduced.

In the 1970s Oregon established sliding scale tax schedules. These schedules are updated as needed with law changes. Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates is one of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund law. Each autumn a formula contained in statute determines how much should be collected during the next year to maintain a solvent fund. Each schedule has a range of tax rates based on an employer's previous unemployment insurance experience.


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Western Snowy Plovers Nesting on Nehalem Spit (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/08/15
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A surprise sighting of a pair of western snowy plovers nesting on the spit south of Nehalem Bay State Park has Oregon State Parks staff on "bird alert." It also means some changes for beachgoers on the two-mile stretch of beach south of the park's day-use area.

"This is early in the year for snowy plovers to be nesting," said Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) Wildlife Biologist Vanessa Blackstone, who discovered the nest April 3. "It's exciting news. This is the first time in 30 years that we have a confirmed nest here, and supports all the hard work Oregonians have done to help this species survive." Other adult male and female plovers have been seen along the spit in recent days as well.

The western snowy plover is a species protected by both federal and state statute. They nest in dry open sand, in tiny, shallow scrapes that are very well camouflaged. Not only are nests easy to miss (or step on), but the bird will abandon its eggs if disturbed too frequently.

Sightings of nests prompt special precautions in designated snowy plover management areas such as the southern portion of the Nehalem spit. Visitors will see signs on the dry sand in these shorebird conservation areas. This also means that all activities on the dry sand will be curtailed until the end of the nesting season September 15. People and horseback riders are welcome to walk along the wet sand on the entire spit, but dogs, even on leash, must use the three miles of beach north of the park's day-use area. Driving is already prohibited on the spit. As with dogs, bicycles--a kind of non-motorized vehicle under Oregon law-- are only allowed north of the area during the nesting season.

OPRD spokesperson Chris Havel said, "We're asking the public to respect any directions they may get from rangers, or from signs and designated areas." He emphasized that public recreation restrictions happen only in those areas targeted as special plover habitat, and only in nesting season. "If a plover pair nests outside the targeted beaches, we protect the nest, but public use of the beach doesn't change." On the north coast, approximately 5?1/2 miles of riverside or ocean beach divided among three areas are part of a snowy plover management area. The Nehalem Spit management area is approximately 2 miles long. The other two areas are portions of the Necanicum and Clatsop spits. More details can be found at bit.ly/wsplover. Videos, photos, and other updates of the new nest will be posted online. The park will present interpretive programs about plovers through the summer.

OPRD is legally responsible for managing recreation on Oregon's ocean shore. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) oversees the Endangered Species Act, and thus the status of the western snowy plover. OPRD's legal agreement with the USFWS, the Habitat Conservation Plan, spells out how to help the plover population recover.

In 2014, 338 adult plovers called Oregon home, an increase of approximately 10 percent over 2013's estimate of 304 adults. 2014 was also a promising year for fledglings, with 272 chicks surviving to learn to fly.


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Nancy Hirsch new Oregon Deputy State Forester
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/08/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today that Nancy Hirsch has been promoted to Deputy State Forester, taking over for Paul Bell who is retiring April 30. Hirsch is currently chief of the Fire Protection division. She has been with ODF for 26 years, serving in a variety of field and staff positions.

The Deputy State Forester is in charge of all department field operations, which entails supervision of the chiefs of the State Forests, Private Forests and Fire Protection divisions; the three field area directors; and the chief of the Partnership Development program.

Hirsch was appointed Chief of the State Forests division in 2008, where she headed up management of Oregon's 821,000 acres of state-owned forestlands. Under her leadership, ODF initiated a major effort to revise the long-range management plans for the state forests.

She became Chief of the Fire Protection Division in 2011 and guided ODF's firefighting efforts during the 2013 and 2014 fire seasons, the most severe seasons in more than 60 years.

Her earlier work for ODF included field positions in northwestern and eastern Oregon. She served as assistant to the Area Director for the Northwest Oregon Area, prior to selection as District Forester for the North Cascade District.

Throughout her career, she has been active on the agency's incident management teams that manage suppression operations on major wildfires, most recently serving as Incident Commander on Team 3. She and Bell are making a transition in the Deputy State Forester position this month.

Bell will retire after 37 years of public service. He began his career with the department in 1977 as a firefighter in eastern Oregon. He holds a degree in forest management from Oregon State University. Bell has served as the Deputy State Forester, Associate State Forester, Chief of the Fire Protection Division, and Director of the Private Forests program. In ODF's field organization, he was District Forester for the Cascade District, which later became the current North and South Cascade districts.
Sheriff's Office Auction
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/08/15
The Sheriff's Office is auctioning our 2003 Ford Transport van. Vehicle has 165,000 miles and the transmission was replaced in 2013 at 154,278 miles. The vehicle still has the secured transport cages in the rear providing additional secure storage for equipment or people. If interested please visit www.govdeals.com and enter Clatsop County in the search box for additional details and to bid. The bid starts on 4/9/15 at 4:00 am pacific time and runs through April 19th.

Government Surplus Auctions - GovDeals.com

GovDeals is the place to bid on government surplus and unclaimed property including heavy equipment, cars, trucks, buses, airplanes, and so much more.
FREE Lasagna Gardening Workshop April 18
Columbia Springs - 04/08/15
Celebrate Earth Month with a FREE Lasagna Gardening workshop! The workshop will take place on Saturday, April 18th from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Center for Agriculture, Science, and Environmental Education in Brush Prairie.

Lasagna gardening is a great method to turn organic materials from your garden into rich soil right in your garden bed. No tilling or turning required! As part of this hands-on workshop, you will make a lasagna garden and learn all the basics necessary to get started building your own lasagna garden at home.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To sign up or learn more, visit columbiasprings.org/mcr/workshops. For questions, contact mcr@columbiasprings.org or 360-882-0936 x224.
Governor Brown Proclaims April 9 Stand Up for Transportation Day (Photo)
Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit - 04/08/15
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The Salem-Keizer Transit Board of Directors has adopted a resolution proclaiming April 9, 2015 national Stand Up for Transportation Day, highlighting the critical need to invest in updating our nation's transportation infrastructure. Coast to coast, transit districts and their partners are using Stand Up for Transportation Day to bring attention to the vital ways that federal dollars affect their communities.

On April 8 at the Oregon Transportation Association Day at the Capitol, Governor Kate Brown issued a proclamation that April 9 is Stand Up for Transportation Day.

MAP-21, the federal transportation funding bill, expires on May 31, 2015. Transportation is the backbone of our local and national economy. The goal of Stand Up for Transportation Day is to show that federal funding for public transportation infrastructure needs to increase and Congress needs to pass a long-term, multimodal transportation bill by May 31 that includes roads, bridges, rail and bus service.

On an average weekday in Salem and Keizer, Cherriots buses are picking people up and dropping them off, going about the daily business of connecting people with places. Behind the scenes, federal funding pays approximately 43% of the district's operating costs, while the remainder is made up by local and state funding sources. Because of federal funding, all of Salem-Keizer Transit's buses and other vehicles are modern and efficient. Federal funding also provides the majority of funding for infrastructure projects like the Keizer Transit Center. Salem-Keizer Transit is currently planning the South Salem Transit Center, another project that will rely on federal dollars.

"One of the concerns that is increasingly on my mind, is not only us getting grayer and having more people who need public transportation because of that, but the millennials who are choosing different lifestyles and have transportation as one of the things that they look for when they're choosing a location in which to settle," said Board Member Marcia Kelley. "For the good of the Salem-Keizer area in the future, I think it's really important that we continue our work in providing not just adequate but good public transportation."

Public transportation is a proven catalyst for economic growth - for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 in economic returns is generated locally. Sixty percent of trips taken on public transit are commutes to and from work.

To add your voice to the chorus demanding that Congress invest in our nation's infrastructure, sign the Voices for Public Transit petition: http://voicesforpublictransit.org/actioncenter.aspx.


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Willamette Water Supply Program Hires Program Director (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Water Dist. - 04/08/15
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Willamette Water Supply Program (WWSP) leadership announced the hiring of Program Director Dave Kraska. Kraska will manage the Willamette Water Supply Program on behalf of Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Hillsboro. He will have responsibility for direct oversight and successful completion of the Program.

Kraska will serve as TVWD's Water Supply Department manager and lead the Willamette Water Supply Program team, including partner staff, consultants and contractors. He will also provide oversight and coordination of Program planning, permitting, design, and construction of major water supply system improvements.

Kraska joins the WWSP from Carollo Engineers. Kraska is a registered professional engineer in Oregon and has more than 25 years of experience in the water industry, with a focus on water supply planning, treatment and infrastructure. He possesses broad knowledge of water distribution system master planning and is also experienced in resolving complex water treatment issues.

"We're thrilled Dave has joined our team. His experience, reputation and personality are exactly what we need to deliver this complex Program," said TVWD Chief Executive Officer Mark Knudson.

The Willamette Water Supply Program is a partnership between TVWD and the City of Hillsboro to develop the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville as an additional source of drinking water by 2026. Currently in the planning and design stages, the new water system will include an expanded Willamette River Water Treatment Plant, water storage tanks, and more than 30 miles of pipelines installed from Wilsonville to Beaverton and Hillsboro.

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Media Advisory/Photo Op: OMSI to Break Ground on Coastal Discovery Center in Newport, OR
OMSI - 04/08/15
MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

OMSI TO BREAK GROUND ON COASTAL DISCOVERY CENTER IN NEWPORT
Museum to host special private ceremony at the site on April 12

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for OMSI's Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, OR

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will be breaking-ground on its new residential camp facility, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray (CDC) in Newport, Oregon. The CDC will serve over 5,000 people annually and create a permanent home for OMSI's marine science program through outdoor science school, science classes, summer residential camps, and family camps. The camp is scheduled to open in April 2016.

The event will feature a self-guided tour for guests to explore the 20-acre site, include special remarks from OMSI President Nancy Stueber, notable elected officials and community partners, and close with a VIP reception at Rogue Brewery. OMSI President Nancy Stueber, Oregon State Senator Arnie Roblan, Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux, Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, and other honorable dignitaries will participate in a brief groundbreaking shovel ceremony. There will be opportunities for photographs during the tour and ceremony.

WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2015
10 - 11 AM: Self-guided site tour (meet at Rogue Brewery)
10:30 AM: Official groundbreaking shovel ceremony and remarks
11 AM - 12 PM: Reception at Rogue Brewery

WHERE: Rogue Brewery
748 SW Bay Blvd
South Beach, OR 97366

OMSI Coastal Discovery Center
3400 SW Abalone Street
South Beach, OR 97365

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
Salem Fire Department Promotes Three (Photo)
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Three members with the Salem Fire Department recently earned promotions following comprehensive promotional examinations conducted by the department earlier this year.

Kyle Amsberry was promoted to the rank of battalion chief effective March 25, 2015 and is assigned to B-Shift, commanding the north battalion. Battalion Chief Amsberry was hired by the Salem Fire Department in March of 1998 and has served in positions as firefighter/paramedic, apparatus operator/engineer, and captain. He also held positions on the department's water rescue team and was a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) medic for more than 5 years. Additionally, he has served as a medic evaluator, paramedic preceptor, probationary trainer, and a member of numerous departmental committees.

Ty Gunesch was promoted to the rank of battalion chief effective March 26, 2015 and commands the north battalion on C-Shift. Battalion Chief Gunesch was hired by the Salem Fire Department in July of 1997 and has served in positions as firefighter/paramedic, apparatus operator/engineer, captain, and acting-in-capacity battalion chief. He also held positions on the department's water rescue team, technical rescue team, and was a SWAT medic for 5 years. BC Gunesch also served as a medic evaluator and a member of the department's protective clothing committee.

Brandon Hoff was promoted to the rank of apparatus operator/engineer on February 11, 2015 and is assigned to B-shift. Engineer Hoff was hired by the department in April of 2009 and has served as a firefighter/paramedic and a member of the department's peer team.

A promotional ceremony will be scheduled at a future date.

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust Presents the United States Air Force's Golden West Winds Band in a Free Concert for the Community on April 19 (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 04/08/15
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(April 8, 2015 - Vancouver, WA) The Fort Vancouver National Trust will host the Golden West Winds Band for two free concerts on Sunday, April 19. Performances will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the historic Red Cross Building located at 605 Barnes St. Vancouver, WA 98661.

The Golden West Winds is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, California. Comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, this ensemble supports a wide variety of musical events ranging from military ceremonies and patriotic shows to educational programs and recitals of original works for woodwind quintet. To support these events the Golden West Winds plays music of all styles including marches, jazz and classical music.

The members of the Golden West Winds are all professional Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Mobility Command official military recruiting and community relations objectives.

The community is encouraged to attend these free concerts. Seating is limited to 120 at each concert and is first come, first seated.

About Fort Vancouver National Trust:
The Trust inspires civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org.

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City of Gresham helps homeless students get a Second Home
City of Gresham - 04/08/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham is partnering with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Gresham-Barlow School District to give homeless teens a second chance - and an open door - to earn a high school diploma.

The City has brought to Gresham a nonprofit program called Second Home, which helps high school students without a home, or involved parents, find temporary, stable housing with volunteer home providers.

Tera Cleland, who oversees East Metro Mediation, a City program, championed Second Home and led efforts to bring it to Gresham. Beaverton is the only other Oregon city to feature this service for homeless teens; Lincoln County plans to launch a Second Home program before the end of the school year.

"These are good kids in a tough situation, whatever it may be, but they want to finish school," Cleland said. "This collaboration is key because we can help them achieve their goal - and help raise awareness and action around youth homelessness."

The Gresham-Barlow School District has a total of 287 students, so far, who are eligible for federal unstable housing resource assistance for the 2014-2015 school year. Of the 287 students, 59 are identified as unaccompanied homeless youth.

In Beaverton, during the 2013-2014 school year, Second Home served 12 students, providing them with 70 months of housing and 6,000 meals. That year, six seniors graduated, another earned his GED and others are still in school - a 92% success rate. Since the program began in Beaverton in 2010, it has provided housing for 32 students.

"We're excited to see the program expand into Gresham with such community support," said Jennifer Pratt, Second Home project manager.

Gresham is now recruiting volunteer home providers.

Providers must be 18 or older and able to provide a bed and meals. Everyone - including the high school student - must pass a background check. Together, providers and students work with mediators to draw up a contract aimed at forging a successful relationship.

Gresham-Barlow School District Federal Programs Director April Olson said the program makes educational sense. "When a student has their basic needs met, and someone who supports them," Olson said, "it can make all the difference."

To learn more about becoming a Gresham home provider, contact Cleland at 503-618-2684 or Tera.Cleland@GreshamOregon.gov.

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OSBA thanks Saxton for service at Oregon Department of Education
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/08/15
Rob Saxton, Oregon's deputy superintendent of public instruction, announced Wednesday that he would leave the post effective June 30 to become superintendent of the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

In heading the Oregon Department of Education, Saxton has often collaborated with Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones on leading education issues. She said he would be greatly missed.

"Rob Saxton has continued his lifelong advocacy for students over the past three years as deputy superintendent of public instruction," Miller-Jones said. "He has tirelessly traveled the state and spoken to thousands of parents and educators about the importance of Oregon's schools.

"In particular, Rob has been a plain-spoken champion about the need for higher standards to ensure that our young people can compete in college and the workplace. He will be missed, and we at OSBA wish him the very best and look forward to working with him in his new role with the Northwest Regional Education Service District."
Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns
Salem Police Dept. - 04/08/15
The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. On March 6th, an officer who was working on one of these focused patrols arrested one person for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants while issuing an additional 19 citations and warnings to other drivers for other violations.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
McMinnville Man To Be Arrainged Today On Assault Charges (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/08/15
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32 year old Andrew Alan Nelson, arrested yesterday by Yamhill County Detectives after an investigation into a stabbing incident on Dog Ridge Road near Newberg will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in Yamhill County Circuit Court. His current charges of Assault in the 2nd Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon carry a bail of $157,500.

As reported in the earlier media release, Nelson is alleged to have stabbed a female acquaintance the day prior during an altercation in rural Newberg. Detective Nicole Rickles, the arresting Detective, indicated in her charging instrument that the victim was stabbed with a knife in the left upper shoulder while seated in the driver's seat of a vehicle while Nelson was outside her door. The stabbing occurred after an exchange of words. The victim drove from the scene, with Nelson holding onto the exterior of the car. The car stopped a short distance away and the victim and a passenger fled the vehicle for help. The victim was later treated and released from the hospital.

Nelson left the scene but was located in McMinnville a short time later and was taken into custody without incident by McMinnville Police and Sheriff's deputies.

Sheriff Tim Svenson praised the interagency cooperation that led to the quick apprehension. "I'm very proud of the way our agencies in Yamhill County support and assist each other when the need arises. In this particular case it was instrumental in getting Mr. Nelson into custody quickly and without further incident. We appreciate the work done by Newberg, McMinnville, and the fire and dispatch agencies."

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Nicole Rickles at 503-434-7506.


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Participate in a summit on access to college
WSU Vancouver - 04/08/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Community members are invited to Washington State University Vancouver to participate in the Southwest Washington Community Summit on College Access. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. April 24. The event begins in the Dengerink Administration Building. There is no cost. Participation is the price of admission. Parking is free.

The Southwest Washington Community Summit on College Access is sponsored by 16 area organizations that seek to answer the questions: "What things make access to college difficult to achieve?" and "What things--big and small--can we do to overcome them. The goal is for participants to leave the summit with actionable things they can do to improve college access.

There are three key elements built into the day. First participants will hear keynotes from three community leaders:
* John Deeder, superintendent for Evergreen Public Schools
* Dominique Merriweather, vice president, Southwest Washington commercial banking for Umpqua Bank
* Katherine Rodela, assistant professor in the WSU Vancouver College of Education

Next guests will be broken into small groups and led through a facilitated discussion centered on college access. Lastly, a student panel will discuss overcoming obstacles to college access.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register by April 16 at vancouver.wsu.edu/summit.

Access to colleges is a public good. Beyond workforce development and economic growth, college graduates are more engaged citizens and make healthier decisions than those who do not earn a diploma. These facts are backed by plenty of data from the Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and others. Because of this public good, the Southwest Washington Community Summit on College Access is a community collaboration co-sponsored by the City of Vancouver, Clark College, Columbia River Economic Development Council, Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, Evergreen Public Schools, Instructional Technologies, Lower Columbia College, Port of Portland, Providence Health & Services, SEH America, Inc., Smith-Root, Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Vancouver Energy, Vancouver Public Schools, Washington State University Vancouver and WSU Vancouver College of Education.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Rob Saxton appointed Interim Superintendent of Local Education Service District
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 04/08/15
Oregon's Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton was appointed Interim Superintendent of the Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) by the agency's Board of Directors last night.

Saxton, who will lead the Service District during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, replaces outgoing Superintendent James Sager who is retiring at the end of June 2015.

Saxton currently serves as the state's first appointed head of the Department of Education, overseeing the education of more than a half-million students in over 1,200 public and charter schools.

"I believe deeply that education changes lives for the better," said Saxton. "My key priorities include ensuring students enter school ready to learn, maintaining a strong focus on literacy - especially at the early grades - and closing educational achievement and opportunity gaps by addressing equity in everything we do."

Saxton has an extensive educational background in Oregon. Under his seven years of leadership (2005-2012), the Tigard-Tualatin School District increased outcomes in reading, math, science, and graduation rates, and provided statewide leadership to school districts in the areas of equity and closing the achievement gap, and Response to Intervention (RTI). He also worked as superintendent of the Sherwood School District, principal of McMinnville High School, and assistant principal, teacher, and coach in the Greater Albany School District.

About Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD): As the state's largest Education Service District, Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) helps school districts leverage resources through the development and delivery of high-quality and cost-effective special education, technology, school improvement, business and human resource services, and Northwest Outdoor Science School. The NWRESD represents one of the most diverse education service districts in Oregon, serving 20 school districts in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties, ranging in size from approximately 275 students to more than 45,000.

Purpose: Education Service Districts were established by the legislature to provide a regional delivery system of services to save schools money through regional efficiencies, centralized services, and pooled resources.
OSP Troopers in Newport Arrest Driver Related to Fatal Crash on HWY 20 - Eddyville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/08/15
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4/8/2015: Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers continuing the investigation into April 6, fatal traffic crash on Highway 20 near Eddyville have arrested an involved driver.

According to OSP Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, On April 7, 2015, at approximately 1:30 PM, IVAN SANDRIA CRUZ was taken into custody after being released from Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. SANDRIA CRUZ was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

OSP troopers from the Newport Patrol office are continuing the investigation which will be forwarded to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office for consideration of additional charges. Any further media requests should be directed to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday morning's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 20 east of Eddyville in Lincoln County. The crash resulted in the death of a Springfield-area man.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on April 6, 2015, at approximately 12:07 a.m., a 2000 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle, driven by IVAN SANDRIA CRUZ, age 24 from Newport, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 28. A 1995 Honda Accord station wagon being driven by ANDREW RAYMOND KOLOSKI, age 35, from Springfield, was eastbound at the same location. The cause of the crash is still under investigation however, it is known that the vehicles collided nearly head-on. KOLOSKI was pronounced deceased at the scene.

SANDRIA CRUZ and a juvenile 7-year-old male passenger were transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where CRUZ is receiving treatment for non-life threatening injures. The juvenile passenger was treated and released from the hospital.

OSP was assisted at the scene by members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Fire Department, ODOT, Pac West Ambulance, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, and Lincoln County Medical Examiner.

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***Original Release ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing to investigate a fatal traffic crash that occurred shortly before 1:00 a.m., on April 6, 2015, on Highway 20 at MP 27.5 near Eddyville. Highway 20 has been blocked for most of the morning as investigators process the crash scene.

OSP is being assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Lincoln County District Attorney's office. Additional information will be released when it is appropriate and available.

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OTE partners with community of Lafayette for new historical marker (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 04/08/15
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Oregon Travel Experience (OTE), The Oregon Historical Marker Program, and the community of Lafayette are pleased to announce the installation of a new interpretive historical marker commemorating the contributions of Lafayette's first town clerk. The Joel Perkins Park Historical Marker will be dedicated on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at Joel Perkins Park in Lafayette.

The public is invited to attend the free ceremony. Lafayette Mayor Chris Pagella will act as Master of Ceremonies and speakers include OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza and Joel Perkins descendent Virginia Johnson. Members of the Oregon Historical Marker Committee will be on hand to meet and greet the public and answer questions about the statewide marker program.

Joel Perkins was a significant public figure in Yamhill County in the mid-1800s. Oregon's provisional government recognized Lafayette as Yamhill County's first county seat. Perkins established the town of Lafayette in 1846 and donated a full-block to be used as a public square. By 1850 Lafayette's population swelled to 800 citizens and the "Square of Lafayette" (as the park was known at the time) was the starting point of a historic July 4th parade.

Today, Joel Perkins Park remains the foremost public gathering place for Lafayette holiday celebrations and community and heritage events.

For more information about this event and the Oregon Historical Marker Program, telephone 503-373-0864 or visit the OTE website at www.ortravelexperience.com.

[Sub-header] About OTE

Oregon Travel Experience is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem with a focus on transportation. The agency and its governing Council's mission is to ensure a safe and convenient motoring experience. OTE oversees highway safety rest area management, helps motorists find essential services through blue highway logo signs, and helps connect the first-time Oregon visitor to tourism partners through its travel information centers. OTE also administers two Oregon heritage programs: historical markers and heritage trees.


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Oregon issues cease-and-desist order to unlicensed investment advisor
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/08/15
(Salem) - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a final cease-and-desist order and a $10,000 fine against a Dallas, Ore., man for offering his services on Craigslist as an investment advisor without a license.

In January, Thomas F. Haran III placed an advertisement on Craigslist stating that he was a financial advisor who could help people buy stocks and set up a personal financial portfolio. Haran claimed his portfolio performed better than most funds and he appeared to specifically target public employees.

In Oregon, a financial or investment advisor must obtain a securities license from the department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities to offer investment advice. This license ensures that advisors are held to high standards of education and ethics by the State of Oregon. Investors can look up licensing information to find out what types of products advisers are qualified to sell and what advice they are able to provide.

"This is another example of why it is so important to ensure that the advisor you are working with is licensed," said David Tatman, division administrator. "This is especially true when searching on the Internet or when an offer appears to be too good to be true."

Information about licensing, registration, and enforcement history for individuals and companies can be found on the division website at dfcs.oregon.gov/consumer_info/before_you_invest.html or by calling (866) 814-9710.

Haran's fine is suspended as long as he complies with all terms of the order and does not violate any securities laws.

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Collaboration leads Dr. Moreau's manimals to be featured in a live radio performance
WSU Vancouver - 04/08/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - A live radio adaptation of "The Case Files of Dr. Moreau" will be performed at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Kiggins Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. The performance is a collaboration between Kiggins Theatre, the Willamette Radio Workshop, and Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program.

"The Case Files of Dr. Moreau" is William S. Gregory's adaptation of H.G. Wells's 1896 science fiction novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau." The novel focuses on a scientist's attempts to convert animals into humans using vivisection, and its themes include pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity and human interference with nature. The radio adaptation examines these themes from the perspective of the "manimals"--the creatures of Moreau's experiments.

The show will be performed by the Willamette Radio Workshop, directed by Sam A. Mowry. Students from the audio performance class at WSU Vancouver will provide multimedia sound and visuals. John Barber, faculty member in WSU Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program, teaches the course and produced the performance as part of his Re-imagined Radio project.

Each of Barber's Re-Imagined Radio productions begins with a live recreation of a historic radio drama complete with voice actors and Foley sound artists. Various digital and multimedia components are added to increase opportunities for audience engagement and to introduce student digital storytelling work from Barber's classes. The result, says Barber, is a new way to think of sound as the primary element of good storytelling.

Doors for this performance open at 6 p.m. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Oregon Lottery Receives National Financial Reporting Award
Oregon Lottery - 04/08/15
April 8, 2015 - Salem, Oregon - For the seventh consecutive year, the Oregon Lottery has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The award is presented each year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Oregon Lottery received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

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

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04/07/15
Fire Damages Home North of Battle Ground
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 04/07/15
A fire north of Battle Ground caused extensive damage to a two story home at 18:37 this evening. Fire crews from Fire District 3, Clark County Fire and Rescue and Clark County Fire District 13 responded. When crews arrived the fire was coming from windows on the second floor.

The fire was quickly knocked down and controlled with no injuries reported. The fire displaced a family of four and is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshall's office.
McMinnville Man Currently In Custody In Stabbing Investigation
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/07/15
On Tuesday, April 7th, at about 3:00 p.m. law enforcement was dispatched to a call in the 7000 block of NE Dog Ridge Road on the outskirts of Newberg. The call was initially reported as a possible shooting, but was determined to be a stabbing a short time later. Yamhill County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies and officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department responded to the area along with medical personnel.

Upon arrival, deputies located an adult female victim with a non life-threatening wound to the shoulder, consistent with being stabbed with a knife. She was transported via ambulance to the Newberg Providence Hospital, treated and released.

The suspect in the case was identified as Andrew Alan Nelson, 32 years of age of Irvine Street in McMinnville. Deputies and officers from various agencies attempted to locate Nelson, who was believed to have fled the area in a blue Honda. Through tips from relatives and acquaintances, Nelson was located on foot on Hwy. 99 near McDaniel Lane in the City of McMinnville. He was detained at about 4:30 p.m. by McMinnville Police Officers. The vehicle he had been operating was located and seized by the Sheriff's Office for examination.

At this point, it is believed that Nelson knew the victim and the violence may be related to a verbal altercation that occurred on Dog Ridge Road.

At the time of this release Nelson is still being interviewed by detectives from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit. Criminal charges are expected. A media release with detailed arrest information will follow.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Nicole Rickles at 503-434-7506.
Red Cross to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Vancouver Neighborhood (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/07/15
Red Cross volunteer from Yamhill County, Oregon, reviews a home fire safety checklist with Springfield, Oregon, resident.
Red Cross volunteer from Yamhill County, Oregon, reviews a home fire safety checklist with Springfield, Oregon, resident.
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The American Red Cross will install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education
for residents in Vancouver's 98661 ZIP code on April 18

VANCOUVER, April 7, 2015 - Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington responds to an average of two home fires every day. After these fires, residents had to face finding a place to stay, purchasing food and clothing, replacing lost possessions, notifying loved ones and navigating insurance.

Moreover, home fires in the United States kill more than 2,500 people annually and cause an average of 13,000 injuries. Approximately 60 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.

The American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. In Vancouver, this campaign is in conjunction with the Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps.

On Saturday, April 18, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., trained Red Cross volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods in the 98661 ZIP code to inquire if there is a working smoke alarm in the home, to install smoke alarms free of charge, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist, and provide information about creating a fire escape plan. In addition, volunteers will share additional home fire and other emergency-preparedness information with residents.

Volunteers are needed for this important outreach effort. Training will be provided at 8 a.m. on April 18. Individuals, faith-based groups, local business and organizations are welcome to participate. For additional info or to register to volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.

According to Dennis Rugg, executive director of the American Red Cross Southwest Washington Chapter, home fires cause more fatalities than Hurricane Katrina, the 2011 tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy combined. "Having working smoke alarms in homes and developing escape plans can saves lives," Rugg says.

Red Cross will be visiting homes in the 98661 ZIP code within these boundaries: Between Saint Johns Boulevard and NE 72 Avenue, and south of NE 78 Street to the Columbia River.

NOTE: Residents with the 98661 ZIP but outside the canvassing boundaries may also schedule an appointment with a trained Red Cross volunteer by calling (503) 528-5783. Residents will receive a one-hour appointment window.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.

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Attached Media Files: Red Cross volunteer from Yamhill County, Oregon, reviews a home fire safety checklist with Springfield, Oregon, resident. , Red Cross and community volunteers work in teams to canvass homes, install smoke alarms and provide home fire safety information to residents as part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. , Red Cross board member Fred Cocodrilli participated in installer training in the morning and was saving lives in the afternoon.
UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on SW Columbia Street from SW 18th Avenue to SW Broadway on March 27 through March 31
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 04/07/15
Update (April 7, 2015) - To complete this project, PBOT crews are scheduled to pave this stretch from Wednesday, April 8 through Friday, April 10, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lane closures will be in effect during those times. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Columbia Street from SW 18th Avenue to SW Broadway from Friday, March 23rd through Tuesday, March 31st 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind the road surface in preparation for paving 1.49 lane miles at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.
City of Beaverton Offering Emergency Preparedness Classes in Spanish (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/07/15
Beaverton CERT members practice cribbing (lifting heavy items with levers and blocks) during one of the basic CERT classes. This year, the ¡Listos! Program is being offered to Spanish-speakers. The training covers topics ranging from utility shut-off and
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton's Emergency Management Program, in collaboration with Washington County and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue partners, is offering an emergency and disaster preparedness training course in Spanish this May through June. "¡Listos!," which means ready or prepared, is a culturally-adapted curriculum similar to the city's CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program. The class is the first of its kind in Oregon.

Nationally, the Latino community is among the most vulnerable and severely impacted during and after a disaster. The primary goal of ¡Listos! is to provide the foundation for participants from the Latino community who are primarily Spanish-speaking to be better prepared to help their families and friends during emergencies and disasters. The training covers topics ranging from utility shut-off and First Aid/CPR certification, to triage, search and rescue and disaster psychology. Upon completion, ¡Listos! graduates will also have the opportunity to participate in additional training and events with Beaverton CERT.

"I am really proud of our partnership and excited that Beaverton is the first city in Oregon to offer culturally specific lifesaving programs like this," said Mayor Denny Doyle.

The National League of Cities recently recognized the city's initiatives to reach out to the diverse community in innovative ways, like partnering with ¡Listos!, and awarded the city the City Cultural Diversity Award.

The ¡Listos! program is free, and includes childcare and dinner for the participants.

Participants must attend all five sessions, which are three hours on Wednesday evenings from May 6 through June 3. The curriculum covers basic preparedness information, first aid and CPR/AED certification, disaster first aid, and search and rescue, in addition to other topics. Pre-registration is required and must be submitted by Friday, April 24. To register, go to http://listos.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact Michael Mumaw, emergency manager at 503-526-2344 or mmumaw@BeavertonOregon.gov. Information is also available in Spanish.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.

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

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Attached Media Files: Beaverton CERT members practice cribbing (lifting heavy items with levers and blocks) during one of the basic CERT classes. This year, the ¡Listos! Program is being offered to Spanish-speakers. The training covers topics ranging from utility shut-off and
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Dedicates 32nd Home in Clark County for the Bachmeier Family Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Photo)
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 04/07/15
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What: Home Dedication
When: April 26th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: 1010 W 19th Street Vancouver, WA 98660

VANCOUVER, Wash., On Sunday April 26th, 2015 Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will dedicate the organization's 32nd home in Clark County and family home for Matt and Sameena Bachmeier and their three children, Christian (15), Kasandra (12), and Kylee(9). In 2010 Matt sustained a back injury at work that has left in incapable of working. At the time Sameena was a stay at home mom but now supports the family working full time. Sameena and Matt were selected for our program in 2013 and are excited for their years of hard work to pay off as they get ready to move into their new home.

The home was refurbished thanks to the support of the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store. All profits from the store go back to the local Habitat affiliates to build more homes for hard working low income families in need. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers for their tireless dedication and support of our program!

Habitat for Humanity's first ever volunteer, Clive Rainey, will be a special guest speaker at the dedication to welcome the family into their home and talk about the significance of homeownership.

Grocery Outlet (4th Plain) will be on hand to fill the cupboards with move in necessities. Friends and family, volunteers, EHFH board and staff will gather to celebrate all the hard work and the beginning of the homeowner journey for the family.

Join us in celebration along with Clive Rainy and the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store on April 26th at 1:00 pm, at 1010 W 19th Street Vancouver, WA 98660.

Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, please contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759.


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Community Warehouse Announces New Executive Director: Dunetchka Otero-Serrano (Photo)
Community Warehouse - 04/07/15
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This region's only full-service, nonprofit furniture bank is thrilled to announce the selection of Dunetchka Otero-Serrano as its new executive director, effective March 30, 2015.

Community Warehouse's Emeritus Board President and Founder, Roz Babener, explains: "After a long and thorough search, we have found an extraordinary new leader. Everyone agrees that Dunetchka brings many talents to our important mission of putting 'used goods to good use.' She has terrific administrative and people skills, a deep background in the nonprofit sector and a passionate commitment to helping our neighbors in need. For all of us at the Community Warehouse, this is, indeed, a very exciting time."

Jeffrey Weitz, Community Warehouse's Board President, states: "We are thrilled to welcome Dunetchka to the Warehouse Family and want to extend a sincere thanks to the Hiring Committee for their incredible dedication, expertise and guidance through this new chapter in the evolution of the Warehouse. We are poised to launch into the next phase of growth and services to those in need and we are confident in Dunetchka's leadership to support and expand our mission."

Dunetchka Otero-Serrano, a Puerto Rico native, comes to the Warehouse with sixteen years of experience in the
non-profit sector, a master's degree in public administration, and remarkable leadership skills. Prior to joining the Warehouse, she served as Latino Outreach Coordinator, followed by Program and Development Director for Portland Community Media. She also served as producer for the local documentary Papers. Her first experience with Community Warehouse was through her role as Program Coordinator and case manager for the Domestic Violence Program at El Programa Hispano from Catholic Charities.

"I am thrilled to begin my journey as Community Warehouse Executive Director and I assume this responsibility with a deep appreciation for the impact the organization has made in our community over the past fourteen years. I am confident, together, we will continue to strengthen and expand our important role to eliminate roadblocks to self-sufficiency and happiness for so many members of our community," said Ms. Otero-Serrano.

On April 18, Dunetchka Otero-Serrano will welcome donors and friends at Community Warehouse's 9th annual CHAIR AFFAIR fundraiser and celebrate the beginning of an exciting new chapter.


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Industrial development in Gresham is booming
City of Gresham - 04/07/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - Nearly $17 million in new industrial development projects are in the works in Gresham - construction that is bringing new businesses to the city and allowing existing businesses to expand. In total, the development will create about 70 jobs.

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis provided details of this progress today at a Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. At the Chamber event, Bemis discussed the City's economic development efforts and the City Council's focus in recent years on job creation and business attraction and retention.

"The Council and I share the view that the City of Gresham should be a resource and a good partner to business," Bemis said. "We want to bring your business to Gresham, get you what you need, and then get out of your way."

Signs of this commitment stand at 181st Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, and at Northeast Riverside Parkway at the Southshore Corporate Center. In December, two new industrial properties were completed on these sites. These so-called "spec buildings" are empty shells containing 423,000 square feet of flexible space. Companies that lease part of these buildings can build out the space according to their own specifications.

Two additional spec buildings, to be built at 181st Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, are currently in the land-use review process. They will provide an additional 200,000 square feet of industrial space, along with space for traded sector companies with the potential to create more high-wage jobs in the community.

In addition, several industrial expansions and renovations are planned:

* Teeny Foods, the wholesale baking company, is planning a $12.7 million expansion that more than doubles its production space on Northeast 170th Place from 47,000 to 127,000 square feet. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be complete in fall 2015. On March 17, the City Council approved a three-year tax abatement for Teeny Foods for this project.

* Shamrock Foods - the seventh-largest food distributor in the United States - is making $1.2 million in improvements to the former Charlie's Produce building on San Rafael Street and will locate a food distribution operation there. The distribution center will be Shamrock's first site in Oregon, allowing the company to serve new clients in the Pacific Northwest.

* Grocery Outlet is leasing 185,000 square feet of the Cascade Distribution Center at Sandy Boulevard and 202nd Avenue, and will make $1.4 million in improvements. On March 3, the Gresham City Council approved a five-year Enterprise Zone tax abatement for Grocery Outlet for this project.

* SEKO, the global logistics company, is building a 20,000-square-foot industrial space on Sandy Boulevard, a $1.5 million project expected to be complete in 2015.

Shannon Stadey, director of Economic Development Services for the City, said these relocations and expansions are a sign of the region's recent increased real estate activity and business growth, and also serve as confirmation that Gresham is getting economic development right for the traded sector.

In 2013, Gresham launched a mobile app designed to help industrial site selectors find space. In 2014, Gresham became the first city in Oregon to guarantee turn-around time for industrial development review and approval. For 2015, Gresham is considering new incentives for manufacturers and other traded sector companies.

"Our companies are doing well and staying put, and new companies are coming in," Stadey said. "That says, to me, that Gresham is a good place to do business."

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Red Cross Volunteers Assist Portland Family After Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/07/15
American Red Cross disaster response volunteers were alerted at 7 a.m. today of a single-family house fire in the 5000 block of SE 115th Ave., in Portland, Oregon. The team deployed to the site, assisted two adults and two children, and provided lodging, clothing, food, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Heslin House Museum and Historic City Jail: April 18th Tours (Photo)
East (Mult.) Co. Historical Org. (ECHO) - 04/07/15
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The historic Heslin House was built in circa 1890. The current exhibit is on the first floor and combines photographs, maps, and artifacts to tell the stories of the early settlers, Fairview through the years, Dairy Row, and the Heslin Family.

The downstairs bedroom is completely furnished and we have historic dolls on exhibit. The Fairview City Jail, circa 1915, is also included in the tour.

We are open the third Saturday every month, including April 18th, from noon-4pm at 60 Main Street, Fairview. The suggested donation is $2 and special tours can be arranged by appointment.

For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.


Attached Media Files: West Room , Heslin House
Zimmerman Heritage Farm: Tour Day April 18th (Photo)
East (Mult.) Co. Historical Org. (ECHO) - 04/07/15
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The historic Zimmerman House was built in 1874 and was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with nine rooms open to the public.

We are open the third Saturday every month, including April 18th from noon-4pm at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Gresham. The adult admission is $5 and special tours can be arranged by appointment.

We have Rose Festival memorabilia on display, some of which dates back to the 1920's.

For more information, please call 503-261-8078 or email info@echohistory.org.


Attached Media Files: Sitting Room , Zimmerman House
Vancouver celebrates Arbor Day Wednesday and every day (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 04/07/15
Vancouver's Old Apple Tree in bloom
Vancouver's Old Apple Tree in bloom
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Vancouver, Wash. - Join the festivities from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday at Marshall Community Park, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd, for the City of Vancouver's annual Arbor Day celebration. This year's celebration theme - "Plant Here, Grow Here" - highlights the benefits that urban trees bring now and for years to come.

The event features the ceremonial tree planting, free tree seedlings for the public, children's activities, and presentation of awards.

Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt will accept the award honoring Vancouver as a Tree City USA for the 26th consecutive year and, for further commitment to promoting urban tree canopy, the prestigious Tree City USA Growth Award. This year's Mac Awards will be presented Susan Bluestein, Hough Friends of Trees volunteer; Brian French, local arborist and tree advocate; and Don Cannard, retired Vancouver School District teacher and administrator and nature trail-blazer, supporter and volunteer. Vancouver's Mac Award recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made a significant, positive impact on Vancouver's urban forest.

Few cities can lay claim to the Arbor Day title the way the City of Vancouver can. Vancouver's famous long-living tree, the Old Apple Tree, was here before there ever was an official Arbor Day. The Old Apple Tree, currently in bloom, was planted in 1826.

The first official Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, 143 years ago, in Nebraska. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread, and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. The City of Vancouver and state of Washington are officially celebrating Arbor Day on April 8 this year. But for many in Vancouver, every day is Arbor Day.

The simple notion of setting aside a special day for tree planting has become more important today than ever. Every tree planted in Vancouver decreases stormwater runoff, increases neighborhood livability, reduces energy costs and adds value to property. Throughout the month of April and into the year, Vancouver residents will find additional opportunities to celebrate and enhance our community's trees.

Urban Forestry's new TreeFund program for Vancouver residents can help eligible property owner get a refund for planting high-quality, approved trees. Learn more at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry or by calling (360) 487-8308.

The public is also invited to attend a street tree pruning workshop at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, in Uptown Village. Focusing on tree structure and how to make the right cut, participants will gain pruning skills and confidence by pruning young street trees alongside certified arborists.

For a complete listing of activities, including times and locations, visit the Urban Forestry webpage, or www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry, or call (360)487-8308.

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Attached Media Files: Vancouver's Old Apple Tree in bloom
City Council Upholds Development Review Board Decision
City of Wilsonville - 04/07/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On April 6, 2015, the Wilsonville City Council held a public hearing and voted to affirm a decision of the Development Review Board (DRB) regarding a land partition application for a property located at 28205 Canyon Creek Road South. The City Council action upholds the DRB's conditional approval of the partition and reaffirms that the applicant is required to install sidewalks, curbs and gutters along the full property frontage within the Canyon Creek Road South right-of-way.

Under Communications, the City Council heard a report from Fire Chief Mike Duyck of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) about the state of the fire district, which provides emergency services on contract to the City of Wilsonville.

During the meeting, Mayor Tim Knapp issued four proclamations. The first proclamation requested by the Parkinson's Action Network declares April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. The second proclamation honors Americorps participants and recognizes the importance of their National Service. The third proclamation honors Arbor Day and the City of Wilsonville's 17-year-long designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA. The fourth proclamation requested by the Children's Center, a nonprofit child-abuse prevention organization serving Clackamas County, declares April 2015 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month."

During work session prior to the City Council meeting, the Council heard reports regarding updates on Community Development projects and planning fees.
18th Annual Nez Perce Chief Redhart Memorial Ceremony April 25
City of Vancouver - 04/07/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Members of the Nez Perce Indian Nation will present their traditional memorial ceremony on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The nearly three-hour ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 25, across Fifth Street from the reconstructed Fort Vancouver.

The ceremony, presented by the Nez Perce Nation, in cooperation with the City of Vancouver, the Fort Vancouver National Trust and the National Park Service, pays tribute to tribal ideals, honors tribal ancestors and helps to heal old wounds.

During the Nez Perce War of 1877, as the U.S. Army was attempting to remove tribal members from ancestral lands, 33 members of Chief Redheart's band were captured under the direction of General O.O. Howard. Even though the band neither fought in Indian Wars nor committed any crimes, they were held prisoner at Fort Vancouver through the winter of 1877-78. During the imprisonment an infant member of the band died.

Ceremonial activities begin at 10 a.m. and include singing, speeches, a Riderless Horse (empty-saddle) ceremony and a traditional passing of the peace pipe. All U.S. military veterans are invited to join the ceremonial circle and be recognized.

There is no admission charge. Donations are welcome. Refreshments at the ceremony will be provided by Meals on Wheels. Visitors should bring blankets and lawn chairs. Ample parking is available on Fifth Street.

After the ceremony, the public is encouraged to attend a traditional Native American meal, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association located in the Artillery Barracks at 600 E. Hatheway Road, Vancouver.

There will be a special showing of The 2008 Oregon Experience film "C.E.S. Wood," co-produced by Laurence Cotton. It tells the story of young U.S. Army Lt. C.E.S. Wood and his participation in the Nez Perce War of 1877. Showing is at 2 p.m. in the Pearson Air Museum at 1115 E. Fifth St.

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Beaverton Police Department Announces the 2015 Police Service Awards Ceremony
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/07/15
The Beaverton Police Department's 2015 Police Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2015, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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

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

This ceremony is open to the public and media. Please join us for this wonderful event and opportunity to recognize citizens from our community, your police officers and other members of the Beaverton Police Department.
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Jordan Valley High School student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/07/15
Nick Eiguren, a senior at Jordan Valley High School (Jordan Valley School District), is the subject of a short-length feature video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbLC3Lj5LHo) that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched Nov. 14, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. Nick is the third student statewide whose story is being featured in videos on the campaign website, www.promiseoregon.org

In the video, Nick talks about the advantages of growing up in a small, rural town. An outstanding student and competitive rodeo roper, he hopes one day to run the family ranch. But first comes college, where he intends to study sports medicine.

"I think that it's going to be scary and hard at first to move from eastern Oregon," he says. "But school has really pointed me in the right direction."

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

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

Website: www.promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Window Safety Week Reminder From Portland Fire & Rescue
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/07/15
In Oregon during 2014, 24 children were injured and two died in falls from windows. Most (if not all) of these accidents could have been avoided. This is National Window Safety Week and it's a great time to examine your windows to make sure they are safe for children.

Window fall injuries are predictable and preventable. Portland Fire & Rescue encourages families to follow these safety tips and install window stops or window guards on windows that pose a fall risk.

-Keep windows locked and closed when not in use. Make sure the hardware on them is properly attached.

-Only allow windows to open 4 inches and install a window stop to keep children from opening them further. (Check out Stopat4.com, a site dedicated to window safety awareness.)

-Never try to move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall. Call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.

Visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse and Museum (900 SE 35th Avenue) on Weds from 9 am to 3 pm or on the second Saturday of every month. We have window locks for sale and free window clings that remind you to stop at 4.

Hands-on practice and one-on-one education are also available at Randall Children's Hospital Safety Center at Legacy Emanuel.

The Safety Center is located at:

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center atrium
501 North Graham Street
Portland, OR 97227 (Free curbside valet parking available)
Phone: 503-413-4600
Hours: M-Th 9 am - noon or by appointment. Closed Fridays through Sundays and holidays.


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Pacific University Bench Dedication Ceremony to Honor Kiden Dilla and Ayan Osman Moved to Different Location Due to Forecasted Rain (Photo)
Pacific University - 04/07/15
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FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University will dedicate a memorial bench in honor of former students Kiden Dilla and Ayan Osman at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 on the Forest Grove Campus. The date marks the one-year anniversary of the fatal car accident at the intersection of Highway 47 and Verboort Road that killed Dilla and Osman, who were commuting to campus together.

The ceremony, open to the public, will take place in the Kathrin Cawein Gallery located in Scott Hall and will include a recognition of community service initiatives the Dilla and Osman families and university's Black Student Union have undertaken in the two students' names. The bench is located on the walkway south of the library, where the ceremony was originally scheduled to be held but has been moved due to forecasted rain. A reception will follow in the gallery.

For more information, please call 503-352-2902.


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Impacts of Early Start Act are far reaching
ESD 112 - 04/07/15
Research shows that high-quality early learning reaps tremendous rewards in increasing the quality of life for children, families and communities. Children who have access to high-quality early learning programs are 29% more likely to graduate from high school, 50% less likely to require special education, 50% less likely to become teen parents and 70% less likely to be arrested for a violent crime before the age of 18.1 In addition, children who benefit from high-quality care earn, on average, 33% more than children who don't.2

Despite a strong body of research and general support among policymakers, early learning receives less than 1% of Washington's state operating budget. When it comes to providing preschool opportunities for low income children, Clark County is among the most underserved in the state, with just 34% of eligible three- and four-year-olds receiving access to subsidized programs.

As the legislature grapples with the state budget process, its commitment to fully fund the Early Start Act will impact the availability of high-quality early learning programs that create long-term, positive outcomes for children.

In Southwest Washington, the level at which the Early Start Act is funded will make a tremendous difference for several key early learning programs and partnerships. In our region, full funding would:
* Provide additional Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) "slots" for qualifying children in Southwest Washington.
* Provide funding to support and strengthen Early Achievers, the state's quality rating and improvement system that currently serves 44% of licensed child care providers and reaches 5,386 children in Southwest Washington and 57,000 in our state. In Clark County, 112 providers are signed up for Early Achievers and Early Start funding would allow additional programs to enroll and participate.
* Support the Working Connections Child Care subsidy program to support 12-month continuous child care eligibility for qualifying families. Children thrive when they have access to stable, consistent high quality care. Without 12-month authorization, children are vulnerable to a status change that may result in disrupted access to child care.



"I am very pleased that both the House and the Senate budgets include funding for the Early Start Act," said Senator Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver. "Our kids start learning at birth and we need to do all we can to make sure that all kids in our communities have access to high quality early learning opportunities. As the budget advances this session, I will continue to strongly support the need for this vital funding."

"Research underscores the importance of early learning," said ESD 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino. "Allocating adequate funding to support our state's youngest learners is a wise investment in Washington's future. High-quality early learning programs save the state millions in costly intervention programs later in life. It's a very good return on the state's investment."






ABOUT ESD 112:
Educational Service District 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to a child care consortium. There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools, two state schools and 26 child care centers serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.

For more information about ESD 112 Early Learning programs:
http://web3.esd112.org/ccfs


ABOUT OUR PARTNERS:
CHILD CARE AWARE : www.wa.childcareaware.org
Child Care Aware of Washington was created to increase the consistency and effectiveness of statewide information, resources and referral services and to consistently educate and engage parents to consider and understand the importance of high-quality care and its link to school readiness for their children.
ECEAP: www.wshheadstarteceap.com
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is Washington's pre-kindergarten program serving at-risk three- and four-year-olds and their families. ECEAP provides children in 36 counties with preschool education and access to family support services.

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Sources:

1) First Five Years Fund: Invest in US, http://ffyf.org/resources/changing-the-metrics-of-turnaround-to-encourage-early-ed/


(2) National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Study of Early Childhood Care and Youth Development, http://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/supported/Pages/seccyd.aspx
**Update with Pictures**PF&R Responds to a House Fire (5403 SE 115th) (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/07/15
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4/7/2015-This morning at 5:55 AM Portland Firefighters were called to a house at 5403 SE 115th. The first unit on scene noted thick black smoke issuing from several windows. Fire crews began searching for the fire and working to ensure that no one was trapped inside.

The fire was located on the second floor and it was knocked down. No victims were found inside and no injuries were associated with this fire. An investigator was called to determine the cause of the fire. Cause and damage estimates will be furnished (by request) when they are released. This release will be updated with pictures if any are available.

A family of four (two adults and two children) has been displaced by this fire. The Red Cross will be assisting with shelter and any other needs.


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Land Board to consider land transactions, new administrative rules, Common School Fund investments at April 14 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/07/15
Note: this meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Commission Room, 4034 Fairview Industrial Way SE, Salem. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

Salem - At their public meeting on April 14, the State Land Board will be asked to finalize a land exchange with Tree Top Ranches LP in southeast Oregon, and to approve the sale of the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond.

In the Tree Top land exchange, the Board will receive "in-holdings" (land not owned by the state) within the state-owned Stockade Block parcel in Harney and Malheur counties. The proposed land exchange is consistent with the Stockade Block Area Management Plan and will result in improved management of the block.

DSL is recommending the Land Board accept an offer to buy the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond as a result of a Request for Proposals distributed in fall 2014, which sought bids on the Forked Horn property.

The Land Board will consider adopting permanent rules to impose certain restrictions on public recreational use of three state-owned parcels in Deschutes and Crook counties because of excessive littering, damage to natural resources, and illegal activities. DSL conducted a public rulemaking process in early 2015 that provided an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the proposed closures and restrictions.

The Board also will discuss the investment performance of the Common School Fund (CSF), and the Board's CSF distribution policy, which currently is 4 percent of the average fund balance of the preceding three years.

In addition, the meeting includes nine Consent Agenda items, a report on DSL's Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the greater sage grouse, and a legislative update.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2015_slb_meeting_schedule.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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YouthBuild Vancouver Accepting Applications for GED and Construction Skills Program
SW Wash Workforce Development Council - 04/07/15
High school dropouts, ages 17-24, encouraged to attend information session

VANCOUVER, Wash. (April 7, 2015) -- Clark County residents, ages 17-24, who do not have a high school diploma and are interested in obtaining a GED and job-related skills are invited to attend a YouthBuild Vancouver information session to learn more about the program.

The information session will be held Tuesday, April 21 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Partners in Careers, 3210 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver 98663. To register for the free information session, contact Dave Cole at 360-696-8417 or dave@swwpic.org.

To participate in YouthBuild, an individual must be:
* A Clark County resident
* 17 to 24 years old
* A high school dropout in need of a high school diploma or GED
* Interested in gaining job skills and experience

Those enrolled in YouthBuild will have the opportunity, at no cost, to:
* Obtain their GED or high school diploma
* Gain two nationally-recognized construction certifications
* Participate in building a house for a family in need
* Receive services, including job, college and career preparation

Led by the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), the YouthBuild team is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations that includes Partners in Careers, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Vancouver Housing Authority and WorkSource.

In addition to support from the nonprofit organizations, individuals have volunteered more than 263 hours to make presentations and give workshops to the students. In-kind donations total more than $4,000 and include use of a van for field trips, t-shirts, school supplies and hard hats, safety glasses and vests from Vancouver Energy.

YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to youth who have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school or are otherwise at risk of failing to reach key educational and career milestones.

YouthBuild Vancouver will help up to 67 at-risk Clark County youth, who have dropped out of high school, obtain GEDs and learn leadership and other work-related skills through academic trainings, on-site work experiences and community service activities. Participants will also have access to apprenticeships and industry certifications in the construction trades as well as transitional housing opportunities. The program will culminate with participants building two energy-efficient homes for low-income families enrolled with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity. The program is funded through a three-year $1.1 million grant from the Department of Labor.

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AARP Survey Shows Strong Support for Family Caregiver Training and Support: HB 3378 Addresses Needs in The CARE Act
AARP Oregon - 04/07/15
PORTLAND, OREGON, April 7, 2015 - A recent AARP survey of Oregon registered voters age 45 and older, found that 85 percent of Oregonians want to live independently, at home as long as possible, as long as they have the help of a family caregiver. Ninety-one percent support requiring hospitals to explain and demonstrate medical tasks; and four in five support keeping family caregivers informed of medical decisions regarding the patient (86%) and requiring hospitals to record the family caregiver's information in the patient's medical record (82%).

"Family caregivers are the backbone of providing long-term supports and services in Oregon," said Jon Bartholomew, AARP Oregon Director for Advocacy. "More than 460,000 family caregivers in the state help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home - as opposed to costly institutions. These family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $5.5 BILLION annually."

Family caregivers are increasingly required to undertake tasks that were once in the domain of only doctors and nurses: complex medication management, wound care, injections. Yet, many receive little or no training for these duties.

To address this issue, AARP Oregon is fighting for a commonsense solution called the Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, HB 3378. The care provided by family caregivers continues to increase in complexity. The impact of shorter hospital stays and advances in home-based medical technologies plays out in the health tasks that family caregivers often carry out, including medication management, bandaging and wound care, tube feedings, managing catheters, giving injections or operating medical equipment.

"As someone who has seen my fair share of caregiving for family, this legislation is a welcome proposal. It goes without saying that treating family caregivers as part of the care team is something all hospitals should be doing. Thanks to the CARE Act, it will be," said Janet Martinez, a Portland resident who is caring for her 93 year old Mother, in testimony yesterday on Oregon House Bill 3378.

When the basic tasks of life become more difficult due to aging or illness, the family caregiver wants (and needs) more resources and training (76%) in order to properly care for their loved one, according to the survey.

Oregon House Bill 3378, known as The CARE Act, helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The bill features three important provisions that require hospitals to adopt policies to ensure that:

* The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital;

* The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home; and,

* The hospital provides an explanation and live instruction of the medical tasks - such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers - that the family caregiver will perform at home.

The demands on the family caregiver are taking an increasing toll on them. The report found that those who take on this unpaid role to help loved ones remain in their own homes and communities risk stress, depression, physical health problems, social isolation, competing demands and financial hardship and thus, are vulnerable themselves. Another AARP study, Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard, rated Oregon 41st out of 50 states that rate poorly on Oregon Caregiver stress.

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This AARP telephone survey on caregiving was conducted among Oregon voters age 45 and older. The survey was fielded from July 14th to 17th, 2014. A total of 800 interviews were completed and the sample was weighted to reflect the age and gender of the registered voter population age 45 and older in Oregon. The margin of sampling error for this random sample is +/- 3.5 percent. A complete copy of the survey, The Growing Dimensions of Caregiving in America: 2014 AARP Oregon Caregiving Survey, can be found at http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-2014/oregon-caregiving-independent-living.html.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
Innovation, inclusion highlights of Diversity Summit 2015
PGE - 04/07/15
PORTLAND, Ore. -- More than 1,000 people from around the region are learning today how to support the development of a more diverse and innovative organization at Diversity Summit 2015, presented by Portland General Electric (PGE). Attendees will hear from diversity experts on topics such as hiring and retaining engaged employees, leveraging generational diversity, creating an inclusive environment for people with disabilities, and more.

PGE is also announcing that it will make an $8,000 contribution to the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) Mentorship Program to help connect existing established businesses and public agencies with minority-owned businesses (mentees) to help them grow and succeed. PGE also has committed to being a mentor and is inviting other businesses and public agencies to join the mentorship program as either funders or mentors.

"Diversity is a core value at PGE," said Jim Piro, PGE president and CEO. "Fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to our business as we strive to innovate and better serve our customers and community. Those here today will learn from experts in the field about the power of a diverse and inclusive workforce and its positive impact on building a strong and successful organization."

Building a diverse workforce
Morning keynote speaker Frans Johansson, founder and CEO of The Medici Group and best-selling author of "The Medici Effect" and "The Click Moment," will speak about how diversity promotes the intersection of innovative solutions and ideas for sustainability and success in the workplace. Luncheon keynote speaker Bruce Tulgan, founder of Rainmaker Thinking and expert on leadership and management, will present on generational and cultural differences in the workplace and leadership strategies for overcoming workplace challenges.

Diversity Summit 2015 features more than 10 concurrent morning and afternoon breakout sessions focused on ideas and strategies cultivating a sustainable diverse workforce. Examples of breakout sessions include: Creating an Inclusive Environment and Strategy for Retention & Talent Management; Everyday Bias; and Leading Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in Our Organization.

OAME Mentorship Program
The OAME Mentorship Program creates a relationship between minority-owned businesses (mentees) and volunteer businesses (mentors) who will provide legal, accounting and/or technical acumen and guidance to help mentees succeed. Together, the mentor and mentee will develop a plan that will establish goals for the mentoring relationship and meet monthly for a predetermined period of time (usually one to two years). OAME will oversee and administer the program, as well as encourage other private-sector companies and public-sector organizations to participate and act as partners.

Sam Brooks, founder and chair of OAME, will also be presented with the PGE Diversity Summit Leadership Award for his contributions in promoting and developing minority entrepreneurship and economic development in the state of Oregon.

"I'm honored to receive the Diversity Leadership Award from PGE and to work with them on the OAME Mentorship Program," said Brooks. "As the founder and chair of OAME, I've had a wonderful journey over the past 28 years in working to help under-represented businesses in Oregon to succeed. Experience has proven that when our businesses do well, our communities thrive, and we look forward to working with other established businesses like PGE and government organizations to act as sponsors and mentors."

Continuing education credits for members of the Oregon and Washington state bar associations as well as the HR Certification Institute are available to participants at today's summit.

Diversity Summit 2015 is sponsored by: Wells Fargo, Mercer, KGW, The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal, ACME Business Consulting, Bonneville Power Administration, Cambia Health Solutions, Fred Meyer, KeyBank, NW Natural, Port of Portland, Ryan LLC, Towers Watson, U.S. Bank, Bank of America, FamilyCare Health, J.P. Morgan, Knowledge Universe, Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, and Stoel Rives LLP.


About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 842,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com. In 2014, PGE celebrated 125 years of powering Oregon.


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Shots Fired into Home Leads to Arrest of 15 Year Old Male
Woodburn Police - 04/06/15
Woodburn police officers responded to a report of gunshots being fired into a home on April 4 around 1:22 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers found that a single gunshot from a 9mm handgun had been shot into the residence through the front window. Police later found the casing in front of the house. The bullet was located after it traveled through several walls and exited out an interior bedroom wall above a resident who had been awake in a nursery/bedroom at the back of the house.

No one was injured, but there were three occupants in the residence when the shooting occurred.

The next night Woodburn police officers observed a 15-year-old riding a bicycle repeatedly back and forth on the street where the shooting had occurred. He was contacted and police found a stolen 9 mm handgun tucked into his waistband. The handgun had been reported stolen the night before the shooting from an unlocked vehicle. After questioning the juvenile he admitted to stealing the gun and firing a single round into the residence.

The Woodburn Police Department would like to remind people to make sure they secure their firearms, and to not leave them accessible in their vehicles.

The suspect was arrested and taken to Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on several charges, including unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm, theft 1, unlawful entry in motor vehicle and criminal mischief 2.
Board Meeting Announcement
NW Regional ESD: Washington Co. - 04/06/15
The Northwest Regional Education Service District Board of Directors will hold the following meetings on Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

* Executive Session at 5:15 p.m.
* Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION:Northwest Regional ESD/Regional Office
5825 NE Ray Circle, Hillsboro OR 97124

Meeting materials are available at: http://www.nwresd.k12.or.us/administration/board/brdmtg.html
Oregon State Police Troopers in Jackson County Make (2) Large Drug Seizures (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/06/15
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper on I-5 near milepost 35 stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, netting approximately 28 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

According to OSP Sergeant Jim Johnson, an OSP trooper working traffic on I-5 in the Jackson County area stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. After further investigation, a consent search was made and a narcotic canine responded to the scene to assist. The canine alerted on the vehicle and the methamphetamine was located in a cardboard box in the trunk.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as RAYMUNDO COTA SAUCEDA,, age 40, of Washington, was arrested after the narcotics were located. SAUCEDA was traveling to Seattle, Washington, from the southern California area. SAUCEDA was subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the charges of possession, delivery and manufacturing of a controlled substance - methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing. See attached photograph.

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On Friday, April 3, 2015, an OSP Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on I-5, northbound near MP 13 which resulted in a consent search and the seizure of approximately 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine located under the front seat of the vehicle.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as MARTINEZ MIGUEL NAVARRO, age 44 , of Tacoma Washington, was arrested after the methamphetamine was located. Navarro was transporting the methamphetamine from southern California to Tacoma, Washington. Martinez was lodged at the Jackson County jail under charges of possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance - Methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members from the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing.
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CORRECTION: Beaverton Residents Invited to Enter 2015 Parade Theme Contest (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/06/15
Elite Dance Studio marches in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. The City of Beaverton seeks theme entries for the 2015 Beaverton Celebration Parade, to be held Saturday, Sept. 12. Residents can submit entries by mail or email, in person, or via socia
Elite Dance Studio marches in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. The City of Beaverton seeks theme entries for the 2015 Beaverton Celebration Parade, to be held Saturday, Sept. 12. Residents can submit entries by mail or email, in person, or via socia
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Please Note: The original press release sent earlier today indicated that households could submit two entries. In fact, the limit is one entry per household. Thank you.


BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton invites residents to share their theme ideas for the 2015 Beaverton Celebration Parade. The winning entrant will receive a prize package, including a celebrity ride in the 58th annual parade on Saturday, Sept. 12. Theme entries are due on Friday, May 1, by 5 p.m.


The winning theme will be used for costumes and floats, so ideal entries are those that can be easily expressed through decorations. Previous parade themes have included: Everything is Golden, Community Pride...City Wide, Dancing in the Streets, A Vision of the Future, The Many Faces of Our City, and Community--For One and All.


Residents can enter by:
* Email: events@BeavertonOregon.gov, subject line: Parade Theme Contest
* Mail: Attn: Victor Sin, Events Coordinator, City of Beaverton, PO Box 4755, Beaverton, OR 97076
* In Person: Mayor's Community Programs office, fifth floor, The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way
* Social Media: Use hashtag #BVTPARADE15 or direct message - Twitter @CityofBeaverton or Facebook City of Beaverton


There is a limit of two entries per household. Email, mail, and in-person entries must include the resident's full name, email, phone number and street address. Social media entries must include contact information to reach the winning entrant. For more information, contact Victor Sin, community events coordinator, at 503-526-2559 or visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Parade.


ABOUT THE PARADE
The Beaverton Celebration Parade began in 1957 and has grown into a community tradition. This year's parade will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m., beginning at the corner of SW Wilson Ave and SW Allen Blvd. It will travel along SW Fifth Ave to Griffith Park. The fifth annual Beaverton Celebration 5K run will begin the day's festivities at 9 a.m. Family cycling event Bike Beaverton will be held on Sunday, September 13 from 1-4 p.m. across from the Beaverton City Library at SW Hall Blvd and SW Third St.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Caption: A float in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. The City of Beaverton seeks theme entries for the 2015 Beaverton Celebration Parade, to be held Saturday, Sept. 12. Residents can submit entries by mail or email, in person, or via social media with hashtag #BVTPARADE15 until Friday, May 1. Two entries per household. (Photo by City of Beaverton)


Caption 2: Elite Dance Studio marches in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. The City of Beaverton seeks theme entries for the 2015 Beaverton Celebration Parade, to be held Saturday, Sept. 12. Residents can submit entries by mail or email, in person, or via social media with hashtag #BVTPARADE15 until Friday, May 1. Two entries per household. (Photo by City of Beaverton)


Attached Media Files: Elite Dance Studio marches in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. The City of Beaverton seeks theme entries for the 2015 Beaverton Celebration Parade, to be held Saturday, Sept. 12. Residents can submit entries by mail or email, in person, or via socia , A float in the 2014 Beaverton Celebration Parade. The City of Beaverton seeks theme entries for the 2015 Beaverton Celebration Parade, to be held Saturday, Sept. 12. Residents can submit entries by mail or email, in person, or via social media with hashta
Forklift Accident Causes Partial Building Collapse (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/06/15
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At 2:40pm today, an employee at Kayu International Inc. at 11117 SW Greenburg Road in Tigard reported an accident involving a forklift. Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue confirmed that a forklift hit a structural support post which caused a partial collapse of the 15,000 Square foot building. Due to building instability and the number of occupants at the location, the incident commander called a second alarm to bring additional firefighters to assist with evacuations.

A total of 120 people were evacuated from both Kayu International Inc. and adjacent business Sky High Sports. The forklift operator was transported via Metro West to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Crews remain on scene and are working with an engineer from the City of Tigard to evaluate the structure and prepare the unstable roof for rain.


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Man Armed with Two Axes Taken Into Custody at Division Street MAX Platform - Taken to Hospital
Portland Police Bureau - 04/06/15
On Monday April 6, 2015, at 3:06 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to the Mall 205 Home Depot, located at 10120 Southeast Washington Street, on the report that a man stole two small axes from Home Depot and was swinging them at people as he ran through the parking lot.

Several officers arrived in the area as additional information was received that the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs, was wearing a blue handkerchief over his face and that he boarded as southbound MAX at the Main Street platform.

East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers coordinated with TriMet to get the train to hold at the Division Street MAX platform.

Officers arrived at the platform and contacted the subject who complied with officers and was taken into custody without incident.

The man was transported to a Portland hospital for a mental health and drug evaluation. Charges relating to the incident are pending his release from the hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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Science on Tap Vancouver - Junk in The Trunk: Recent Controversies in Genomics (Photo)
Via Productions - 04/06/15
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Date: THURSDAY, April 16, 2015
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available

You may have heard that less than 2% of the human genome is comprised of protein-coding DNA. So what is the 98% composed of, where does it come from, and what does it do? Sarah Schaack, PhD, assistant professor of biology at Reed College will take you on a guided tour through the genomic landscape of some fully sequenced plants and animals, including humans. Her talk will explore the recent heated debate among biologists surrounding "junk DNA", its utility (or lack thereof), and why bigger isn't necessarily better, at least when it comes to genome size.

Science on Tap Vancouver is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.

For more information on Science on Tap in both Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, visit Via Productions.


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Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in North Portland's St. John's Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/06/15
On Monday April 6, 2015, at 1:33 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Key Bank branch, located at 6815 North Lombard Street, on the report of a robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect walked up to a teller and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and was last seen walking northbound on North Heppner Avenue.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his late-30s, 6'2" tall, medium build, wearing a white baseball cap, red sweater and unknown-colored pants.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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BPA offering grants in science and energy education
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/06/15
PR 08 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 6, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or
503-230-5131

BPA offering grants in science and energy education

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is offering grants in science and energy education to nonprofit organizations, schools and others in support of work to educate students in grades K through 12 about the energy systems of the Pacific Northwest.

The goal of the program is to advance students' understanding, awareness and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the region.

Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric-utility issues.

BPA anticipates making four to 10 grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The Science and Energy Education grants program, now in its fourth year, is one facet of a much larger education outreach program by BPA. It was designed to extend the reach of BPA's education efforts by supporting the teachers and nonprofits working to advance energy education.

Recipients of the 2014-2015 BPA Science and Energy Education Grants included:

Dufur School, Dufur, Ore. - $2,000 to fund the "Dufur Ranger Energy Generation Challenge." Funds enabled students at this small rural school to conduct a four-month study of different sources of renewable energy, as well as construct, test and modify models of hydroelectric, wind turbine and solar fuel cells.

Ukiah School District, Ukiah, Ore. - $1,891 for "Energy and Engineering STEM Program." Funds assisted in the purchase of equipment and supplies for use in a new Energy and Engineering STEM class at this K-12 school of 50 students.

Montana Outdoor Science School, Bozeman, Mont. - $5,000 to fund "Sustainable Energy." Funds were used for a six-week unit for middle school students in western Montana. Students developed their research and science skills as they tested and optimized solar cells, designed and tested hydroelectric turbines and generators, and compared and contrasted current energy sources and usage.

Olympia School District, Olympia, Wash. - $3,500 to support "Pathways to a Clean Energy Future through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math." Funds were used with this program that targets sixth graders in the accelerated math and science program, teaching them about the technological, social and environmental realities of energy demand and generation in the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Living Center, Walla Walla, Wash. - $4,362 to support "Energy Explorers Make a Splash!" The funds were used on a project that transformed fifth graders in the Walla Walla Public Schools Highly Capable Learners program into energy instructors. The students received a series of eight weekly lessons outside of regular classroom time on hydroelectricity, wind, solar, gas and nuclear energy, the future of energy generation, and challenges with energy production in our region.

White Salmon Valley (Wash.) Education Foundation - $3,300 to fund "Climate Change and Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest." The funds were leveraged with this program to help students master science education standards by exploring the relationship between climate change and hydropower in the Northwest. The curriculum, designed for high school students, included 10 in-class lessons, three field trips and training for those students to teach core concepts of the curriculum to students in fourth and seventh grade.

Funding can be awarded to school districts, government agencies and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The recipients must be from, and funding used in, BPA service territory in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.

Applications for project funding are due May 8, and funding will be awarded in June for projects taking place over the 2015-2016 school year. For complete terms and instructions on completing a science and energy education grant proposal, please visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/EducationGrants.

BPA's education program provides free presentations and information to K-12 schools in our region to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For information on BPA education programs, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy that sells wholesale renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin and one nuclear plant to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid comprising more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana with more than 480 customers. It funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy. BPA also pursues breakthroughs that can increase efficiencies, solve operational challenges and reduce costs -- all of which help maintain affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest and lessen impacts to the environment. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Garten Services & Lancaster Mall to Host Free Community Shred Day (Photo)
Lancaster Mall - 04/06/15
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Salem, Ore. -- Garten Services, Inc. and Lancaster Mall are co-hosting a Free Community Shred & Electronics Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location for the event will be in the SW corner of the Lancaster Mall parking lot off Center Street, between Best Buy and Macy's.

The public is invited to bring up to two bankers size boxes of personal papers for confidential shredding by Garten Services at no cost, and to drop off small household electronics for recycling as well: TVs, telephones, computers, printers, scanners, AV/sound equipment, cables and peripherals. (Note: No appliances, please.) North Salem High School will provide volunteers to assist with collection of the public's shred and recyclable items.

Garten Services is a non profit organization founded in 1970 that provides employment and retirement services to more than 500 people with disabilities each year. Lancaster Mall has been a key retail hub for the Willamette Valley since 1971. Both Garten Services and Lancaster Mall are local EarthWISE businesses, certified sustainable through Marion County Public Works Environmental Services.


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Free Document Shredding Event
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/06/15
The Beaverton Police Department will be offering an opportunity for you to safely recycle documents containing personal information on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event will be held at the Sunset Presbyterian Church located at 14986 NW Cornell Rd. Portland Oregon 97229.

Identity theft and fraud crimes continue to be of great concern for all of us. The City of Beaverton would like to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud, by keeping your personal information away from the hands of identity thieves. One of the methods identity thieves use to steal your information is combing through recycling and garbage for sensitive information that has been thrown away.

For this reason, the Beaverton Police Department recommends and encourages citizens to use a shredder (preferably cross-cut) for sensitive documents, such as credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, bank checks, household bills, and other documents that may contain sensitive information.

Cintas Document Management will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event each vehicle will only be allowed TWO BANKER STYLE BOXES of documents to be shredded.

This event is not for business documents. It is for personal documents only that contain personal information that if thrown out could lead to identity theft.

Service will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to the capacity of the commercial-sized shredding trucks from Cintas. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached. Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. Volunteers will be on site to accept these food donations.

Please do not contact Sunset Presbyterian Church with questions about this shredding event. All information related to this event is posted on the Beaverton Police Department's web page http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/index.aspx?nid=173 and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeavertonPoliceDepartment.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Third annual bridal show at Historic Gentle House
Western Oregon University - 04/06/15
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Historic Gentle House at Western Oregon University is hosting its third annual bridal show on Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. The show features many local vendors to help you plan your whole wedding in one place. There are also options couples on a budget.

The Historic Gentle House, a farmhouse more than 100 years old that can be rented for weddings and special events, will give $100 off their venue rental to the first 10 brides at the show. The five historic gardens will be staged for wedding ceremonies and receptions to demonstrate what can be done with this classic venue. There will be door prizes at the show and some taste testing will be available.

Vendors include:

Party Rentals
Crossroads Fine Linen & Party Rentals
Danner & Soli
AA Tent Rental

DJs
NW Mobil DJ Services
Only the Best Sound

Cakes
Sweet Petites
Ovenbird Bakery

Formal Wear
The Shabby Chic Bride

Florists
Petals and Vines
Calonge Designs

Catering
Chef De Cuisine
First Due Smokey BBQ

Event Planner
Events Planned Perfectly

Photography
Photos By Orion
Serendipity Photography

Health & Wellness
Arbonne

Exterior Toilets
Formal Flush

Jewelry
Paparazzi
Meghan Donahue Handmade Jewelry

Hair Salon
Andrea's Salon De Fleur

Live Music
Deepwood Strings

The event is sponsored by Crossroads Fine Linen & Party Rentals. For more information visit http://www.wou.edu/gentlehouse/public-events/wedding-expo/ or call 503-838-8673.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office inmate work crews join in metro recreational waterway cleanup effort
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/06/15
On Tuesday April 7, 2014 and Wednesday April 8, 2015 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Inmate Work Crews will be joined by inmate work crews from Washington, Clackamas and Marion County Sheriff's office as they focus on cleaning up recreational waterways around the metro area.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol units as well as River Patrol units from Clackamas, Washington, Marion and Clark County will be supporting the clean-up effort. River Patrol units will be providing transport for the operation to work sites and assisting with removal of debris and trash from several areas previously identified by MCSO River Patrol deputies as areas of concern and/or need. Metro is also supporting cleanup efforts providing trash dumpsters at different locations for refuse collected during the cleanup.

This Sheriff's Office inmate work crew project was coordinated by MCSO River Patrol as part of a larger multi-agency effort to maximize the use of resources to effectively focus on clean up and/or improvement projects in the communities they serve. Additional projects have or are scheduled to take place in communities of those participating Sheriff's Office jurisdictions.

The Sheriffs will continue this partnership in the future, when the use of combined resources enhances public safety and the livability of the communities each serves. Occasionally combining resources with surrounding Oregon counties assures the mission of each office is met and larger projects can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time, providing a significant benefit to the community.

The elected office of the Sheriff is unique among law enforcement entities. By statute it is responsible for several critical areas of responsibility for public safety, including operating a jail, search and rescue, waterway protection, and civil services. Each sheriff's office also has resources necessary to meet other law enforcement needs that benefit the citizens of each county, including people who live inside incorporated cities.

Interested media can contact the MCSO Public Information Officer for more information and availability of ride-a-longs with River Patrol during part of the cleanup effort.
Forestry department invites comments on annual operation plans
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/06/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites public comment on plans that guide management activities in state-owned forests.

Starting today through May 20, 2015 at 5 p.m., the public can weigh in on ODF district activities for 2016, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs). AOPs describe specific activities during a fiscal year, such as timber sales and reforestation, road building, and stream enhancement and recreation projects in state forests for nine ODF districts. The draft annual operations plans are available for review at district offices and posted online at: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/state_forests/2016-AOP-Draft.aspx.

Each year, the ODF State Forests Division also takes inventory of AOP-related accomplishments through an annual report. Learn more here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/STATE_FORESTS/docs/management/annual_reports/2014_CFTLC_Annual_Report.pdf

After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the District Forester to review and approve.

>Public Comment Details

Comments on AOP activities are most helpful when focusing on enhancing consistency among plans, improving efficiency, and providing new information. All state-owned public forests are actively managed as working forests under long-term forest management plans adopted by the Board of Forestry to provide economic, environmental - including conservation areas - and social benefits to Oregonians.

Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to: Public Affairs Office - Attn: Tony Andersen, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. Phone: 503-975-7427, or email: AOP.STATE.FORESTS@oregon.gov.

>For additional questions, or to contact your local district office, please visit the ODF contact page: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/contact_us.aspx

>To access and review FY 2016 AOPs online, please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/state_forests/2016-AOP-Draft.aspx

>For past AOPs online, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/annual_operations_plans.aspx

>To access the High Value Conservation Area webpage, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/High-Value-Conservation-Areas-%28HVCA%29.aspx

>For more information on state forest management plans:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/forest_management_plans.aspx

To join the ongoing conversation and stay current on state forests-related news, join the State Forests Online Community here: http://bit.ly/1cwZnnD

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Two state heritage boards to meet April 23 in Coos Bay
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/06/15
Two state heritage boards will meet April 23 in Coos Bay during the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 2 p.m. in separate rooms of the new Coos History Museum and Maritime Center, 1210 N. Bayshore Drive. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

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The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda include consideration of an Oregon Heritage Tradition nomination, a Heritage All-Star Community designation, updates on projects related to the goals in its 2014-2019 Oregon Heritage Plan, and other heritage topics.

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 Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov .

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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, planning of future events, and other topics related to historic cemeteries.

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

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org


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Beaverton Police Officers Made 42 DUII Arrests during the Month of March
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/06/15
The Beaverton Police Department is participating in a yearlong National Traffic Safety Campaign, with a focus on impaired drivers.

The Beaverton Police Department has officers out on focused patrols for impaired drivers. The goal of this campaign is to save lives and educate the motoring public about the dangers of driving impaired. During the month of April, officers will continue their efforts to take impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets. These High Visibly Enforcement (HVE) details are paid for by grant funds. So far this year Beaverton Police Officers have taken 106 impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets.

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

The Officers working the HVE enforcement arrested 15 of the 42 motorists for driving while being impaired either by alcohol or controlled substances. The 42 motorists that were arrested in March had the potential to cause serious injury or death to themselves or other innocent people. The hope is that these individuals can get the assistance they might need to stop this behavior and make our community safer.

Did you know?

Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse.
Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes.

The Beaverton Police Department takes impaired driving seriously and these grant funds allow us to have dedicated officers out looking for those impaired drivers.
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Portland Parks & Recreation Gears up for Arbor Day - FREE Activities this Friday and Saturday! (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 04/06/15
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FREE rides in the tree "bucket truck"; free, family activities

(Portland, OR) -

Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry division, stewards of nearly 1.5 million trees across the Rose City, is proud to partner with amazing volunteers in presenting present Arbor Day 2015: TREES ARE FOR EVERYONE!. It's a free, family-friendly festival for "forest-y" fun! Please join us as Portland celebrates our urban forest.

WHAT: Portland Arbor Day Festival 2015
WHERE: SW Park Blocks between SW Harrison and Montgomery (the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University)
WHEN: Friday, April 10, 11am-1pm (FREE squirrel-eye views of the city with bucket truck rides for everyone) and Saturday, April 11, 2015 (free, family fun, games, and activities, details below) 8:30am-2pm

On Friday, April 10, Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry crews will offer a squirrel's-eye view of downtown Portland in the same equipment they use to keep our trees healthy and beautiful. People of all ages are welcome to have a ride.

On Saturday, April 11, the full Arbor Day celebration kicks off. Portland will be named a Tree City USA for the 38th consecutive year.

Enjoy family-friendly crafts, tree games, environmental education, nature stations and more opportunities to learn about trees and their amazing benefits, what they do for the environment and more! Share your stories and questions about trees.

Activities include:
* Face painting
* A "be an arborist" game for kids - use the same equipment actual PP&R arborists use to care for trees!
* Hands-on nature activities with mystery boxes of natural materials
* Learn what trees do for you, your city and the environment
* Take a picture next to our environmental education teens (GRUNTS), who will be decked out in totally awesome tree costumes!
* Hug a tree (or more than one)

"The theme of Arbor Day 2015 is 'Trees are for Everyone.' The benefits we receive from trees are well known," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "We have a unique city, with nature and our urban life intertwined like few other places. Arbor Day is a wonderful chance for people to connect with nature through a wide variety of fun and educational activities."

Learn about neighborhood tree plantings, what species of trees are on your block, Green Streets, the new Tree Code, Portland's Heritage Trees, fruit trees in the city, Hoyt Arboretum, and the Outdoor School.

Honor the recipients of the Bill Naito Community Trees Awards (at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11), and hear why Portland will once again be honored as a Tree City USA.


Trees are worth celebrating!

Celebrate our beautiful urban forest all throughout the city during Arbor Day and all throughout the year. Join us and learn how Portland's trees work 24/7: filtering our water, cleaning our air, cooling the city, providing wildlife habitat, enhancing livability, and increasing property resale value. All activities are open to the public and free of charge.

About Portland's Trees
Portland Parks & Recreation cares for more than 1.2 million trees in PP&R parks and natural areas, and oversees an additional 240,000 street trees across the city! The amount of Portland's land covered by trees, known as the urban canopy, has increased by nearly 3% during the past nine years. The success is due to efforts undertaken by successful public-private partnerships including the Tree Stewardship Coalition, Portland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Trees and the Bureau of Environmental Services. Currently, 30% of Portland's surface area is covered in urban forest, with a goal of 33% (per the Urban Forest Management Plan, completed in 2004).

Become a partner to Portland's urban forest
To learn more about Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry tree events and partner events all month long, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61386.


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31 page Reynolds High School shooting investigative report available for release.
City of Troutdale - 04/06/15
A public records request was made from a media partner asking for specific information regarding the June 10th, 2014 Reynolds High School shooting investigation.
The request asked for "all records pertaining to discussions with Michael Padgett and Lucas Padgett, pertaining to access to weapons."
After legal review and redaction of confidential juvenile information a 31 page report is available for release. This report has been scanned and can be emailed per your requests. Any further questions or requests regarding this release will be forwarded to the City Attorney.
Please email Sergeant Bevens at steve.bevens@troutdaleoregon.gov for a request of the report.
Sheriff's Office to hold Reserve Deputy Testing this Saturday
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/06/15
The CCSO Reserve Deputy program serves as an integral component of the Sheriff's commitment to serve the citizens of Clark County. CCSO Reserves are commissioned and sworn volunteer Deputies, who perform a variety of functions in their capacity.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is conducting a recruitment for the 2016 Reserve Academy. The written test for the first phase of recruiting will be administered on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 9 a.m.

The test is provided by Public Safety Testing and there is a $25 fee to take this test. Payment by check is preferable. Checks should be made payable to: CCSO Reserve Association.

Please be on time and bring photo identification with you.
The test location is the Public Safety Complex, 505 NW 179th St. Ridgefield, WA 98642.
Visit www.ccsoreserves.com for more info.
Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives
Portland Police Bureau - 04/06/15
The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all its directives. At the beginning of every month, the Bureau will post directives for public review and ask for comments.

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

* 850.20, Police Response to Mental Health Crisis
* 850.21, Peace Officer Custody (Civil)
* 850.22, Police Response to Requests for Mental Health Custody
* 850.25, Police Response to Mental Health Facilities

Please note these directives were posted for Universal Review in January 2015. Based on comments received at that time, Directive 850.20 was broken down into three directives (850.20, 850.21, and 850.22). These directives are being posted for public comment once again to ensure they work for Portland Police Bureau practices and community purposes alike, before they are enacted as official Bureau policy.

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

These directives will remain posted and comments collected from Monday April 6, 2015, through Saturday, May 2, 2015.

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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Communications Company team up to provide computers for orphans in Liberia (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/06/15
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office recently worked with Orphan Relief and Rescue ( http://www.orphanreliefandrescue.org ), Molalla Communications ( http://www.molalla.net ) and the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation ( http://ccpobf.org ) to help provide computers to orphans in Africa.

The following statement from Orphan Relief and Rescue explains their organization and the backstory behind the donation. Donation photos are attached.
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DONATION STATEMENT FROM ORPHAN RELIEF AND RESCUE

Orphan Relief and Rescue works with orphans in Liberia and Benin that have simply been forgotten, that no one else will help.

We are fighting for the justice of children. This fight is against child trafficking, abuse, neglect and needless suffering.

In Liberia we are helping honest orphanage directors get their homes sanitary and healthy, and are working with the social welfare offices to see that corrupt and abusive directors are closed down. In April of 2014 we opened the first Transitional Safe House in Liberia that houses the children from the closed down orphanage homes as they transition into safe, healthy permanent places to live.

We are an organization delivering much-needed aid, construction, training and child development programs.

Our desire is to redeem a lost generation of children.

The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation has been in partnership with Orphan Relief and Rescue for over 6 years now. This Foundation raised the finances in 2009 to construct an orphanage for over 40 children who were living in an internally displaced camp after a 14 year civil war came to an end in 2003. These kids were destitute and had no where to go. Due to the Foundation providing this new home for these children, they have been given a whole new life in a secure permanent healthy home.

This Foundation also provided a much needed 4 wheel drive Nissan Pickup in 2009. This vehicle has enabled Orphan Relief and Rescue to deliver much needed food and supplies to orphanage homes and children in rural areas in distress that would have otherwise been forgotten had we not intervened into their lives.

Over the recent years, the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation has helped fund a portion of the running of our new Transitional safe home in Liberia, as well provided for a new solar system and back up generator for this home. We are so grateful for EVERYTHING this Foundation has enabled us to do to rescue kids who were in distressing situations before our intervention took place.

A retired Sheriff's Deputy, John Van Huizen has spearheaded these fundraising efforts along with Sheriff Roberts, Mark Koberstein and many others who have selflessly given their time and resources.

Orphan Relief and Rescue is so grateful for the continued involvement of this Foundation, which has played a critical part in many rescue missions for children.

The Sheriff of Clackamas County, Craig Roberts, is an outspoken advocate for children's safety. He arranged to have some older laptop computers donated to Orphan Relief and Rescue. The 10 laptop computers donated by Sheriff Roberts were used by Deputies in their patrol cars, and became out dated and needed to be replaced by computers that were compatible with the new high speed Dispatch Center equipment. The computer's hard drives were wiped clean. It was difficult to find some one who would be able and willing to get them ready for their next life.

This is when Molalla Communications stepped in! Their Board of Directors has been supportive of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, providing donations for the annual Shop with a Cop event in Clackamas County and being a primary partner during fundraising drives for the Orphan Relief and Rescue. Their Information Technology specialist took in the 10 donated computers and was able to "clean them up" and prepare them for use in Africa.

Recently, Tim and Rebecca Pratt, the founders of Orphan Relief and Rescue, met with the Molalla Communications Board, Sergeant Nate Thompson of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, John Van Huizen, 1st Vice President of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, and Mark Koberstein, President of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation to transfer the computers over to Orphan Relief and Rescue.

The computers will be put to good use in the Transition Center to familiarize the students with their use and as their skills improve the laptops can be used for school work as well as training for jobs when they leave the Transition Center. Some of the kids who have been cared for and educated through the efforts of Orphan Relief and Rescue have attained their goal of entering into the Liberian University system. A couple of the computers will be set aside to allow them to do homework to be successful at college and in their future lives and the future of Liberia.

The efforts will continue in Liberia and Benin. The challenges of helping the many orphans who suffer child trafficking, abuse, disease, and neglect will continue. Orphan Relief and Rescue will continue to need all the help they can get. Organizations such as the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Communications and the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation will always be appreciated for the kids' lives they have saved.

You can learn more on the website for the Orphan Relief and Rescue at http://www.orphanreliefandrescue.org

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Beaverton City Library Holds Screening and Discussion on Domestic Violence in America
City of Beaverton - 04/06/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library will host a screening and inclusive discussion on the documentary film Private Violence on Wednesday, April 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the main library auditorium, 12375 SW Fifth St. The film explores the experiences of American women challenged by violence at home, and hopes to provide greater understanding of the realities and policies in the United States.


The library welcomes the public, as well as local organizations and victims' outreach workers, to participate in this critical discussion. The 77-minute documentary will be followed by a 30-minute conversation led by Sarah Christie of the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Hillsboro and Katrina Rodriguez from the Beaverton Police Department's victims' services unit. They will discuss questions including what drives abuse, what causes women to tolerate abuse, and how society can build a future without domestic violence.


This event is free and open to the public, but recommended only for adult audiences due to mature content. No registration is required. The event is using social media hashtags #PrivateViolence and #WhyIStayed for further discussion. To learn more about domestic violence and resources for getting help, visit www.futureswithoutviolence.org. For more information about this event, contact Jill Adams, reference librarian, at 503-350-3613 or jadams@BeavertonOregon.gov.


This event has also been approved for two non-clinical Continuing Education (CE) hours by the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Attendees who plan to seek CE hours should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in.


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


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


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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



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Burglary Suspect Arrested After Breaking into the Rheinlander Restaurant in Northeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/06/15
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On Monday April 6, 2015, at 2:42 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary alarm at the Rheinlander Restaurant, located at 5035 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

As officers arrived in the area and established a perimeter around the building, the suspect emerged from the backdoor of the restaurant, where officers contacted him and took him into custody without incident.

Additional officers, and a Police K-9 Unit, check the interior of the restaurant for any additional suspects but did not locate anyone.

Officers recovered bottles of alcohol stolen from the restaurant from the suspect, 46-year-old Thomas Michael McPhillips.

McPhillips was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Theft in the Second Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine.

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Evergreen Public Schools to host "Our Community Salutes" annual event April 16
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 04/06/15
The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) would like to invite members of the press and the public to the fourth annual Our Community Salutes ceremony, recognizing high school seniors throughout the Vancouver/Clark County area who plan to enlist in the armed services after graduation.

OUR COMMUNITY SALUTES
When: Thursday, April 16, 2015
6:30 p.m. doors open; 7:00 p.m. ceremony begins
Where: Heritage High School Auditorium
7825 NE 130th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98682

The event is truly an all-community effort, with a vocal performance by Vancouver Police Officer Rey Reynolds and color guard presentation by Veterans of Foreign Wars. We are also honored to welcome guest speakers John Deeder, Evergreen Public Schools superintendent; Tim Leavitt, Vancouver mayor; and Schuyler Hoss, SW Regional Representative to Governor Jay Inslee. An ice cream and cake social, provided by Costco, follows the ceremony. The evening is being underwritten by MacKay and Sposito Inc., an energy, public works and land development consultant company with an office in Vancouver, WA.

There will be an opportunity to interview committee members, military representatives, guest speakers, and students and their families before and after the ceremony.
CMAC is all-inclusive committee composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups and local governments. Its objective is to preserve and promote military history; recognize veterans and military families for their contributions to our nation; assist and support veterans, deployed military and their families; recognize community and national events and make recommendations or take action on any other subject, pertaining to the well-being of veterans and military families.

For more information about CMAC or this event, please contact co-chair Dan Tarbell (360-521-0540 or dantarbell@comcast.net) or co-chair Retired Army Colonel Larry Smith (360-896-8656 or vancouvertiger@comcast.net).
Traffic stop nets small cache of counterfeit currency, drug paraphernalia, and wanted felons (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/06/15
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At about 12:30 am on Monday April 6, 2015 Officer Abeles of the West Linn Police Department stopped a late model sedan occupied by two males and a female on I-205 south at the 10th Street exit. During the course of the stop Officer Abeles, with the assistance of other West Linn officers, discovered that the two males had felony warrants for their arrest. One of the males, 24 year old Dennis Anthony Linton Jr., a transient, ran from the officers as he was being detained leading to a brief foot pursuit across I-205 down onto Willamette Falls Drive where he was apprehended. Mr. Linton was treated at the scene for minor injuries he suffered as he fell down a hill through blackberry bushes.

Further investigation revealed a small cache of counterfeit currency in the possession of Mr. Linton and 28 year old Kevin Sierra, a transient. The female, 26 year old Jessica Cavan of Sheridan, was arrested for violating the terms of her probation. Mr. Sierra, was arrested without incident for Parole Violation, PCS Methamphetamine, False Information to a Police Officer, and Possession of a Forged Instrument. Mr. Linton was arrested for PCS Methamphetamine, False Information to a Police Officer, Possession of a Forged Instrument, Escape III, and Fail to Appear on a charge of Ex-Con in Possession of a Firearm.

This release will not be updated


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04/05/15
Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-13 - Wanted Bellevue Homicide Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/05/15
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The Bellevue (WA) Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a wanted homicide suspect, possibly in the Portland area.

The homicide occurred on March 31, 2015, in Bellevue, Washington, and investigators have identified 30-year-old Song Wang as the suspect.

Wang has a felony warrant for homicide and is described as an Asian male, 5'8" tall and 160 pounds.

Wang is considered armed and dangerous and was last reported to be in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday April 4, 2015.

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

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

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

Media Contact:
Officer Seth Tyler
Bellevue (WA) Police Department
(425) 452-4129
styler@bellevuewa.gov

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Missing Oregon City juvenile (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/05/15
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On the Afternoon of 4/5/2015 Sierra Harper was located by Oregon City Police Department Officers unharmed at an address in Portland and taken into protective custody. Sierra was reunited with her family and is no longer considered missing.


On 4/2/15 the Oregon City Police Department received a report of a missing juvenile. The Mother of 16 year-old Sierra Harper, reported that when she left for work that morning, Sierra was preparing to go to school. When she returned home from work at around 4:00 pm, Sierra was not home. She later learned that Sierra had not made it to school that day. According to family, Sierra has never run away from home before. Sierra is 5 foot 9 inches tall, 130 pounds with dirty blond hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call Clackamas County non-emergency dispatch 503-655-8211. You may remain anonymous.


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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue responds to report of lost 12 year old on Larch Mountain - 12yr old walks out at Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/05/15
This afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday April 5, 2015 MCSO deputies responded to the Larch Mountain snow gate on the report of a 12 year old boy who had become separated from his group. The 12 year old had run ahead of his brother and two cousins walking up from the Larch Mountain snow gate and his brother couldn't see where he had gone and locate him. MCSO Deputies arrived at the Larch Mountain snow gate and began checking the area for the 12 year old boy. MCSO Search and Rescue units were also activated to assist in the search for the missing boy.

As MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinators were en route to the call, information was received the boy had walked out at Multnomah Falls and called his dad from the information center after not reaching his brother. An MCSO SAR Coordinator diverted to Multnomah Falls and located the boy at the Multnomah Falls parking lot at approximately 5:06 p.m. The boy was in good condition, but was cold and dressed only in basketball shorts and a t-shirt. He was very happy to see the MCSO deputy arrive to help him.

The 12 year old said he had run ahead of his group and went into the bathroom at the top of the lot for a minute to warm up after he got there. He came up out and saw a sign for Multnomah Falls and thought it wasn't too far and headed out on the trail. After running for a long time on the trail he thought he might be lost and asked some hikers who were on the trail where Multnomah Falls was. They told him the way to go and he realized he had gone too far down the trail to make it back to where he started from so he continued running down the trail until he came out at Multnomah Falls. He used the air dryers in the restrooms at the lodge to warm himself up and went over to the information center to try and call his brother and after not reaching him, called his dad, who was able to pass the information on regarding the boy's location to deputies on scene.

Rain showers and near freezing temperatures were expected overnight in the Larch Mountain area. If you are setting out on any type of hike, be prepared for inclement weather. If you are hiking in a group or with someone, stay together. Carry the proper equipment when setting out on any type of hike. Items to carry include a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and a signaling device (such as a whistle). A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. If you do become lost in the woods, preserve your body heat. Do not lie directly on the ground make a mattress of pine boughs or leaves. Try to find a place out of the rain and wind, but be visible. Staying in place helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. Low temperatures in higher elevations can bring snow and hail. Be prepared for bad weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the scenic areas in the Columbia Gorge and other hiking areas.
Red Cross Assisting on Easter Sunday Fires in Portland and Roseburg
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/05/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting two families affected by residential fires in Multnomah and Douglas County April 5.

Six adults were affected by a single-family fire in the 6900 block of SE Tenino Street in Portland. The Red Cross provided comfort kits and information about Disaster Health and Mental Health services.

One adult and two cats were displaced after a mobile home fire in the first block of Manor Loop in Roseburg. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, and information about disaster recovery and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Hundreds Served at Union Gospel Mission's Easter Brunch (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 04/05/15
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Hundreds Served at Union Gospel Mission's Easter Brunch

Portland, OR - The doors at Union Gospel Mission opened at 10:00 am this Easter morning for the Mission's annual Easter brunch. The Mission hosts the event every Easter to reach out to the homeless and people in need. The menu included Mission style Eggs Benedict, hash browns, Ambrosia fruit salad, juice and coffee. In addition to the meal, guests received "Hope Tote" hygiene kits, which contained soap, toothbrushes, lotion and other essentials.

Over 150 volunteers were involved in serving for this event. By 2:00 pm, Union Gospel Mission had served 504 meals, and distributed over 500 Hope Tote hygiene kits.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.
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*** Update - Involved Vehicle Located *** Public's Help Sought in Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Crash -- Albany
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/05/15
*** Update - Involved Vehicle Located ***
Investigators into yesterday's fatal pedestrian involved crash on Century Drive at Kizer Avenue in Albany have located the vehicle they believe may have been involved in the incident.

The pedestrian who was struck and died as a result of the incident has been identified as 29-year-old JERRELL RIDLEY STEVENS TRUE, of Albany. TRUE'S family has been notified.

According to OSP Detective Sergeant Gregg Withers, yesterday around 4:00 p.m., an adult female arrived at the Albany Police Department and told investigators she was involved in an incident in that area and is cooperating with investigators.

As an active investigation no additional information about this incident is available at this time. Any additional updates will be provided in cooperation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

OSP is continuing the investigation into this incident and appreciates the public's assistance with this matter. No photographs are available for release.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and members of the Linn County Major Crash Team are requesting the public's assistance in locating a vehicle involved in last night's fatal hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian on Century Drive near Kizer Avenue in Albany.

According to OSP Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, investigators believe that sometime between 11:00 p.m., last night and 7:15 a.m. this morning, a Silver, compact or mid-sized sedan was traveling northbound on Century Drive when it struck and killed a male pedestrian near Kizer Avenue. The vehicle of interest is believed to have damage to its passenger side headlight, passenger side bumper and will be missing its passenger side mirror. The make and model of the car has not been determined at this time but will be submitted to the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory for further analysis.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center (NCC) at 541-967-2021 or by calling 800-452-7888.

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Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, members of the Linn County Major Crash Team and OSP detectives are responding to a fatal, hit and run crash involving a pedestrian on Century Drive at Kizer Avenue in Albany. Century Drive is blocked in both directions as investigators process the crime scene.

Additional updates will be provided later and in consultation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

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UPDATE: Traffic Pursuit Ends at SE 92nd and Holgate - Suspect and Two Officers Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/05/15
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Early Sunday morning, Portland Police Bureau detectives booked 25-year-old Brandon Jacob Gooding into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle and a Parole Violation. He will be arraigned on Monday. Gooding was treated and released at a Portland hospital.

The investigation into the kidnapping and pursuit is continuing and Gooding is expected to face multiple additional charges.

Both injured officers were treated and released from a Portland hospital.

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In the evening hours of Saturday April 4, 2015, Portland Police officers from East Precinct, North Precinct and the Canine Unit responded to I-205 southbound to assist Clark County (WA) law enforcement officers who were in pursuit of a possibly armed kidnapping suspect.

The suspect vehicle exited the freeway and the pursuit ended at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard with damage to several police cars and the suspect vehicle.

The suspect has been taken into custody and was transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two Portland Police officers with non-life-threatening injuries are being taken to a Portland hospital by fellow officers.

Investigators have learned that the suspect kidnapped his girlfriend in Portland and drove her to Vancouver, Washington, where she was able to escape and call 9-1-1.

Detectives are responding to the scene to investigate the kidnapping and related pursuit.

Traffic in the area will be affected for several hours due to the damaged vehicles.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to early morning house fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/05/15
PF&R was dispatched to a house fire (6901 S.E. Tenino) at 03:57AM. They arrived to fire showing from the rear of the home and smoke coming out of the front door. Firefighters quickly headed for the root of the fire, while another crew verified that the house was empty. The Incident commander also had to send a crew to protect the neighboring structure. In addition, firefighters had to contend with 20 pound propane bottles that started to vent during the fire. No one was injured during this incident and the cause is still under investigation.

There are three important things you can do to reduce your risk of injury from a home fire:

1. Make sure your home has properly installed and working smoke alarms.

2. Plan and practice a fire escape plan.

3. In case of a fire, get out and stay out. Going back into a burning home can be deadly.
Two Shot in Northeast Portland's Concordia Neighborhood - Possibly Gang-Related (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/05/15
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On Sunday April 5, 2015, at 2:33 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at Northeast 28th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Officers arrived and located two gunshot victims, a male and a female. Both were transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Officers located evidence of gunfire on Northeast 27th Avenue, and a crashed vehicle at Northeast 28th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Preliminary information to police indicates that the two victims, along with a third person, left a neighborhood bar and got in their car to leave when an unknown suspect fired several rounds into the vehicle as it started to drive away. The vehicle crashed and all three occupants got out to run, two of them with gunshot wounds. The third occupant left the area and has not been located nor has called the police.

At this point, there is no available suspect information.

The Gang Enforcement Team is responding to investigate the shooting as possibly being gang-related.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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

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

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

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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04/04/15
Deputies Investigate Man Found With Gunshot Wound
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/04/15
Update as of 4/4/15 at 9:00 PM:

The investigation revealed the man was involved in a verbal argument with his wife prior to walking outside. The wife heard a loud noise, went outside, and discovered her husband near the house with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his abdomen.

A nearby neighbor responded to assist the man until medical personnel arrived. Personnel from Clackamas County Fire District #1, American Medical Response (AMR), and Gresham Fire Department assisted at the scene. The man was then transported by Life Flight to an area hospital for further treatment.

This incident is being investigated as an attempted suicide, but is still an ongoing investigation. Neither the man's name nor further details will be released at this time.

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On April 4, 2015 at approximately 5:06 PM, Deputies of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Damascus Police Department responded to a man with a gunshot wound found in a driveway near SE 242nd Ave and SE Tillstrom Rd in Damascus.

Deputies are on scene and investigating the circumstances which led to the shooting. No further information will be released at this time.
Skamania County Emergency Services respond to Motor Vehicle Collision West of Stevenson (Photo)
Skamania Co. EMS and Rescue - 04/04/15
Vehicle Off Embankment
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Stevenson, WA, April 4th, 2015: Skamania County Emergency Medical Services responded to a vehicle accident in the 1100 block of SW Rock Creek Drive at 12:33p.m. Crews arrived to find a small sedan approximately 40 feet over the embankment on the south side of the roadway. The vehicle was occupied with one driver, a 40 year old female, who was entangled and entrapped in the vehicle. Crews performed heavy extrication to free her from the vehicle and a ropes system to raise the injured patient up the hill to the roadway. She was transported with lights and sirens to a landing zone at Stevenson Elementary School and transferred to Life Flight. Life Flight transported her to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center. SCEMS, SCFD #2, SCFD #1 and SCSO were on scene.


Attached Media Files: Vehicle Off Embankment , After Extrication
Hillsboro Police seek assistance in locating missing juvenile female (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 04/04/15
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Update: Aspen Brandt has been located and is no longer considered missing.

The Hillsboro Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a 17 year-old female who was reported missing on Saturday, April 4. Aspen Brandt, 17, was reported missing by her family. She was last seen by a friend on Friday evening at about 10:00 PM at a convenience store in Hillsboro getting into a gray or silver 2014 Ford Focus rental car bearing Oregon license number 665GYK driven by a male identified only as "Matt." She reportedly met this male via social media.

Brandt is a white female who stands 5'3" and weighs approximately 150 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes, and she was last seen wearing a gray shirt and black pants. A photograph of Brandt is attached to this release.

Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to call Hillsboro Police at 503-629-0111.


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Salem Police Warn of Scam with Suspects Claiming to be Law Enforcement
Salem Police Dept. - 04/04/15
The Salem Police Department would like to warn the public about a telephone scam that was recently reported where callers represented themselves to be FBI Agents and Chief Jerry Moore of the Salem Police Department.

The intended victim in this case is an elderly victim who reported that he received a phone call at his residence on the afternoon of March 31, 2015. The victim's caller ID showed the call as coming from "US Government." The caller identified himself as "Agent George Mason" of the FBI and provided a badge number. The caller told the victim that he had won the Publisher's Clearninghouse Sweepstakes but their information showed the victim was deceased, and the victim needed to send $1,000 to establish his identity and prove he was still alive. The victim was immediately suspicious of the call, and even more so when the caller told him that the intended victim should wire the money to the victim's own wife, who was actually with the victim at his residence, in Mexico because the winnings had been involved in some type of fraud.

The astute victim told the caller that he didn't believe him and said that he would not send any money anywhere until he spoke with the "Police Chief." Within an hour the victim got a call with the caller ID showing "City of Salem." This caller identified himself as "Police Chief Jerry Moore," who assured the victim that he had spoken with Agent Mason, that the call from Agent Mason was legitimate and that the FBI was waiting for the victim's $1,000.

The victim next received a phone call on April 2 from a male claiming to be "Jerry Moore" at the Salem Police Department, who told the victim that he had contacted Publisher's Clearinghouse and that this was not a scam and the victim had really won. The caller congratulated the victim and promised to be in touch later. Soon after, the victim received another call from "Agent Mason," who said he had been in touch with "Jerry Moore" and again instructed the victim to wire $1,000 to the victim's wife in Mexico.

The victim wisely did not wire any money anywhere but instead came to the Salem Police Department to report the incident. He did receive one more call with the caller ID showing the number for the main FBI office in Washington, DC.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind the public that there are multiple types of phone scams that occur on a regular basis. Often times the suspects will impersonate police officers as this one did, and the suspects even use phone spoofing technology to make the call appear to be from legitimate law enforcement agencies. In past phone scams, some of the suspects have used names of other Salem Police Officers. Scammers will also sometimes include links to bogus websites that look very realistic, but are in place to give potential victims a false sense of legitimacy to the call or to get victims to give personal information such as passwords or account information.

Government agencies will not typically endorse nor confirm sweepstakes winnings. If someone claims to be from a government agency and gives you a name, don't be fooled by official sounding titles or caller ID readings. Look up the number for that agency independently either on the internet or from a phone book and call only the numbers you find there and report the incident. Never give out account or password information over the phone or internet. Anyone with a legitimate need to know will already have that information. Lastly, never send or wire money anywhere unless you can absolutely verify to whom you are sending it and that the person is legitimate. Always verify information independently through the use of the internet or phone book instead of using links or numbers that are sent to you.
Final Update: Multnomah County Road Closure (now open) - SE Kerslake Rd to Stark St Bridge to assess sinkholes developing in roadway (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/04/15
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SE Stark St between SE Kerslake rd and the Stark St Bridge is now reopen to all traffic. Multnomah County Roads has completed temporary repairs to the road surface. Complete repair will occur Monday April 6 but will not necessitate full closure. Attached is a picture of the repaired surface.

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Update: Picture of sinkhole on SE Stark St attached. Will update with further once assessment is completed.


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Multnomah County Road Maintenance responded to a 911 call regarding a pothole developing in the roadway on SE Stark St. between SE Kerslake Rd and the Stark St Bridge.

Upon initial visual inspection it was determined that the potholes were sinkholes developing. At this point County Road crews will be closing SE Stark St from SE Kerslake Rd. to the Stark St. Bridge. Multnomah County Engineers are on-site to determine extent of the damage and repairs needed. For the safety of the traveling public---this section of roadway will be closed until determined safe.

Further updates will be provided when more information is available. Alternate route travel available S Troutdale Rd to the W Historic Columbia River Highway.


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Salem Police Warn of Scam with Suspects Claiming to be Law Enforcement
Salem Police Dept. - 04/04/15
The Salem Police Department would like to warn the public about a telephone scam that was recently reported where callers represented themselves to be FBI Agents and Chief Jerry Moore of the Salem Police Department.

The intended victim in this case is an elderly victim who reported that he received a phone call at his residence on the afternoon of March 31, 2015. The victim's caller ID showed the call as coming from "US Government." The caller identified himself as "Agent George Mason" of the FBI and provided a badge number. The caller told the victim that he had won the Publisher's Clearninghouse Sweepstakes but their information showed the victim was deceased, and the victim needed to send $1,000 to establish his identity and prove he was still alive. The victim was immediately suspicious of the call, and even more so when the caller told him that the intended victim should wire the money to the victim's own wife, who was actually with the victim at his residence, in Mexico because the winnings had been involved in some type of fraud.

The astute victim told the caller that he didn't believe him and said that he would not send any money anywhere until he spoke with the "Police Chief." Within an hour the victim got a call with the caller ID showing "City of Salem." This caller identified himself as "Police Chief Jerry Moore," who assured the victim that he had spoken with Agent Mason, that the call from Agent Mason was legitimate and that the FBI was waiting for the victim's $1,000.

The victim next received a phone call on April 2 from a male claiming to be "Jerry Moore" at the Salem Police Department, who told the victim that he had contacted Publisher's Clearinghouse and that this was not a scam and the victim had really won. The caller congratulated the victim and promised to be in touch later. Soon after, the victim received another call from "Agent Mason," who said he had been in touch with "Jerry Moore" and again instructed the victim to wire $1,000 to the victim's wife in Mexico.

The victim wisely did not wire any money anywhere but instead came to the Salem Police Department to report the incident. He did receive one more call with the caller ID showing the number for the main FBI office in Washington, DC.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind the public that there are multiple types of phone scams that occur on a regular basis. Often times the suspects will impersonate police officers as this one did, and the suspects even use phone spoofing technology to make the call appear to be from legitimate law enforcement agencies. In past phone scams, some of the suspects have used names of other Salem Police Officers. Scammers will also sometimes include links to bogus websites that look very realistic, but are in place to give potential victims a false sense of legitimacy to the call or to get victims to give personal information such as passwords or account information.

Government agencies will not typically endorse nor confirm sweepstakes winnings. If someone claims to be from a government agency and gives you a name, don't be fooled by official sounding titles or caller ID readings. Look up the number for that agency independently either on the internet or from a phone book and call only the numbers you find there and report the incident. Never give out account or password information over the phone or internet. Anyone with a legitimate need to know will already have that information. Lastly, never send or wire money anywhere unless you can absolutely verify to whom you are sending it and that the person is legitimate. Always verify information independently through the use of the internet or phone book instead of using links or numbers that are sent to you.
Media Advisory: Union Gospel Mission to serve 800 meals at Easter Event
Union Gospel Mission - 04/04/15
Media Advisory: Union Gospel Mission to serve 800 meals at Easter Event

Portland, OR- Union Gospel Mission plans to serve as many as 800 meals on Easter Sunday, April 5. The Easter brunch is free and open to anyone in need of a meal. The brunch takes place at Union Gospel Mission at 15 NW Third Avenue, Portland from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The menu for the Easter brunch is Eggs Benedict, ambrosia, coffee and juice. Last Easter, Union Gospel Mission served 775 meals. Guests will be receiving hygiene kits called "Hope Totes" containing socks and a variety of hygiene items. Over 150 volunteers are involved in preparing and serving at the Easter event.


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Note: The media is welcome to film/photograph the event. Interviews with Union Gospel Mission staff, volunteers and other participants are available. Please contact Stacy Kean at 503-314-5235 (cell) or ask for Stacy Kean at the volunteer station on the day of the event.
MESD-Board Finance Committee Meeting 4-6-15 at 3:00 pm
Multnomah ESD - 04/04/15
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Glass Conference Room. The Committee will receive the February 2015 financial report, discuss other financial matters and approve the Board and Superintendent expenses.
Woman Waving a Butcher Knife in Traffic on Friday Night Taken to Hospital on a Police Hold
Portland Police Bureau - 04/04/15
On Friday April 3, 2015, at 9:33 p.m., an East Precinct officer was driving in the area of Southeast 142nd Avenue and Stark Street when he saw a woman in the middle of the street waving around a large butcher knife.

The officer watched the woman walking westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic on Stark Street, forcing vehicles to stop in her path. The officer saw the woman approach the driver's side of one of the stopped vehicles while swinging the knife violently.

The officer called for additional cover and began to verbally address the woman and gain her attention. The woman ignored the officer, continued to swing the knife and walked away westbound towards a TriMet bus. The officer maintained distance from the woman and continued to ask her to drop the knife.

At Southeast 141st Avenue, the woman turned towards the officer, who again asked her to drop the knife. The woman tossed the knife on the ground then started to run away westbound again. The officer picked up the knife and followed the woman until a cover unit arrived and she was taken into custody without incident.

The woman, later identified as 36-year-old woman with a significant history of mental health crisis, was taken to a Portland hospital on a Police Officer Hold for a mental health evaluation.

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

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

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

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

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

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Teen Girls Report Man Fondling and Exposing Himself in the Sunnyside Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/04/15
On Saturday April 4, 2015, at 12:28 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 49th Avenue and Taylor Court on the report that two teenage girls were walking home when they saw a man with his pants around his ankles, exposing and fondling himself, in the driveway of a home. The victims told police that the man said, "Hey babe," to them and they screamed and ran home.

The victims described the man as a white male in his late-50s, 5'11" tall, 210 pounds, medium build, sandy shoulder length messy hair, partial beard, wearing a tan shirt, pants around the ankles, socks, not wearing shoes. The victims told police the man appeared to be homeless.

The father of one of the girls went to the house where the man was last seen but the family at the home did not know who the man was and didn't see anything.

Officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the man's description.

Anyone observing similar behavior should immediately call 9-1-1.

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04/03/15
Child Drowning
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/03/15
On 4/3/15 at approximately 7:10pm Clark County Sheriff's Deputies, Woodland PD and Clark Fire and Rescue responded to a residence in Woodland Washington on the report of a possible drowning involving a child. Upon arrival, first responders found a one year old female unconscious and unresponsive. CPR was initiated and the child was immediately transported to a local hospital. Attempts to resuscitate the child by medical personal were unsuccessful.

Detectives with the Clark County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit and Children's Justice Center are currently investigating the incident. At this time it appears to be an accidental drowning. No further updates at this time.
Sgt Rick Torres
*** Update Names/Photo *** Double Fatality Traffic Crash on HWY 34 near Columbus St. - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/03/15
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons double-fatality traffic crash on Highway 34 near milepost 9.5 at Columbus Street in Linn County.

Preliminary information suggests that shortly before 3:00 p.m., a white, 2007 Scion T/C (passenger car) driven by JOSEPH ATTERBURY, 24, of Roseburg, was eastbound on Highway 34 when for yet undetermined reasons it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane of travel; colliding head-on with a white, 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by MARY A. WELCH, 70, of Lebanon. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. A 15-month-old infant riding in the back seat of the Scion was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis then to OHSU for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still underinvestigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department and Tangent Fire Department.

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Original Release:
State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two-vehicle, head-on, double fatality traffic crash on Highway 34 near Columbus Street in Linn County. The Oregon Department of Transportation is on-scene assisting and has established a detour for traffic from Highway 34 onto Columbus Street for westbound traffic. Traffic on I-5 southbound waiting to take the Highway 34 exit is reportedly backing up as well.

More information about the crash will be provided in a later update. For now, go to www.tripcheck.com for updates on traffic around the scene.

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Scam Alert
Beaverton Police Dept. - 04/03/15
The City of Beaverton and Beaverton Police Department have been notified that there is a scam involving the City of Beaverton Water Department. Residents and business in Beaverton have been receiving phone calls from an individual identifying himself as Dave from the City of Beaverton Water Department. Dave tells you that you are behind on your water bill and if you do not pay up immediately your water will be shut off.

If you were to be behind on your water bill, the City of Beaverton would notify you by mail, not by phone. The City of Beaverton would also never demand immediate payment by phone.

If you receive a call like this, please know that it is a scam and do not give this individual any of your financial information. If you have received this call and have made a payment please call the Beaverton Police Department at (503) 629-0111 to report this.

This scam is similar to many that have been going around involving a government agency. It is important to know that no government agency will make immediate payment demands by telephone or request payment be made by a pre-paid credit card. If you receive any call like this it is recommended that you do not call the number you are given, but look up the number from that agencies web page or a current statement.
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Salem Police Looking For Missing, Possibly Endangered Woman
Salem Police Dept. - 04/03/15
Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public as we search for 66-year old Virgie Mae Henry.

Virgie does not have a permanent address, but she was most recently staying with an acquaintance in southeast Salem. She was frequently seen in the neighborhood where she had been staying, but she has not been seen since January 8 as she was leaving her residence. It is unusual for her to go for this long without any contact with friends or relatives.

Virgie is a Black female with grey hair. She is approximately 5'07" tall and weighs about 100 lbs. It is unknown what she was last wearing.

Anyone with any information about Virgie or her whereabouts is asked to call Salem Police Detective Corporal Jake Burke at 503-540-2463


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Online Open House and Survey is Now Open to Gather Public Feedback on the Draft Frog Pond Area Concept Plan
City of Wilsonville - 04/03/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The public is invited to participate in an online open house and survey open now through Sunday, April 12, to share feedback regarding the draft concept plan for the Frog Pond planning area. Links to the survey, the draft concept plan and related background material are available online at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/FrogPond.

The purpose of the draft concept plan is to guide future development and land uses in the 500-acre area surrounding the Frog Pond Grange on Stafford Road. The survey results and other public feedback are needed to help the City refine the draft plan prior to consideration and potential adoption by the Planning Commission and the City Council this summer.

In addition to the online open house and survey, the City held an open house, on Thursday night, April 2, where over 70 community members participated and provided valuable feedback. "The great turnout at Thursday night's open house indicates how much our community cares about the future of the Frog Pond area, but we recognize not everyone could attend so we hope to get even more feedback through the online survey," explained City Councilor Susie Stevens, Chair of the Frog Pond Task Force.

Written comments may also be submitted to Chris Neamtzu, City of Wilsonville Planning Director, via email (neamtzu@ci.wilsonville.or.us) or in hard copy.
Beaverton City Library Honors Volunteers with Annual Dinner and Service Award (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/03/15
Volunteers at the Beaverton City Library's annual recognition dinner on April 1. In 2014, 400 volunteers donated 19,669 service hours to the library's two locations.
Volunteers at the Beaverton City Library's annual recognition dinner on April 1. In 2014, 400 volunteers donated 19,669 service hours to the library's two locations.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library held its annual recognition dinner for volunteers on Wednesday, April 1. This year's theme was "The Wild West," and volunteers enjoyed trivia, raffle prizes, and a western-themed dinner. Many attendees received service anniversary pins for five, ten, and fifteen or more years of volunteer service.


"Volunteers are the heart of our library in Beaverton, and generously give their time for both of our libraries," said Mayor Denny Doyle, who welcomed the group to the event. "This annual dinner is a fun way to say thank you with great appreciation for their support of our libraries."


One volunteer, Silvia Gonzalez was honored with the first-ever Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Award for outstanding service to the library through example and accomplishment. Gonzalez has volunteered in many areas of the library, most recently as a computer tutor in the Spanish language help lab. She began volunteering at the library as a high school student in 2007, and has donated more than 735 hours of her time. Staff in the children's division nominated her for her years of service, including helping with many children's programs, serving as a homework helper, leading bilingual storytimes, and serving as a children's division volunteer intern, as well as encouraging the library to host more bilingual programs.


This new award was created to memorialize one of the Beaverton City Library's most dedicated volunteers. Phyllis Davis worked or volunteered at the Beaverton City Library for 69 years. She began in Beaverton's one-room library in 1944. In 1953, she was hired by the library to open a new library building in 1958. Throughout her career, Davis was known and admired for her patience, kindness, and love of books. Davis retired from the library in 1986 and almost immediately began volunteering there. She continued volunteering for the next 27 years.


Each division of the library nominated one outstanding volunteer for this award, and the nominations were reviewed by an independent panel of volunteer coordinators from other local libraries. The other four nominees were Edie Taylor, Linda Doherty, Mary Elixman, and Melanie Falls. All five nominees received special scissor-shaped pins, because Davis was known for having a special pair of scissors that she used when volunteering.


The Beaverton City Library's volunteer program had 400 active members in 2014, who donated a total of 19,669 hours of service. Library volunteers assist with tasks such as shelving books, providing homework help, supporting kids' programs, and leading adult computer classes. Volunteers range in age from 9 to 92, including 125 teenagers.


For information on volunteering for the Beaverton City Library, contact Jennifer Johnson, volunteer coordinator, at 503-526-3703 or jjohnson@BeavertonOregon.gov.


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


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


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


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Caption One: Silvia Gonzalez was honored at the Beaverton City Library's annual volunteer dinner on April 1 with the first annual Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service award for outstanding service to the library. Gonzalez is a volunteer in the children's division who has encouraged bilingual storytimes and outreach to the Latino community.


Caption Two: Volunteers at the Beaverton City Library's annual recognition dinner on April 1. In 2014, 400 volunteers donated 19,669 service hours to the library's two locations.


Attached Media Files: Volunteers at the Beaverton City Library's annual recognition dinner on April 1. In 2014, 400 volunteers donated 19,669 service hours to the library's two locations. , Silvia Gonzalez was honored with the first annual Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Award at the Beaverton City Library's annual volunteer recognition dinner on April 1. (Photo by City of Beaverton)
Beaverton City Library Kicks Off Food for Fines on April 11
City of Beaverton - 04/03/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The annual Food for Fines program kicks off on Saturday, April 11 at the Beaverton City Library, and runs through Sunday, April 19, benefitting the Oregon Food Bank. Patrons who donate non-perishable food items to the library during National Library Week will be forgiven $2 in fines for every item brought into the main or Murray Scholls branch. Participants can eliminate up to $20 in fines. In addition, those who bring in long-overdue, billed items can have these charges removed.


Preferred donation items include, but are not limited to: boxed meals, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, rice, pasta and pasta sauce, beans, condiments, tuna; and toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, toilet paper, and toothpaste.


"Each year we are so impressed with Beaverton residents' enthusiasm for this program," said Abigail Elder, library director. "Their dedication to community service is awe-inspiring and we can't wait to see what they achieve this year in the fight against poverty."


During this annual amnesty week, library patrons have donated an average of two tons of food each year to benefit the Oregon Food Bank.


The library will also accept food donations during the grand opening of the new family room at the Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls branch on Saturday, April 11 at noon. National Library Week is Sunday, April 12 to Saturday, April 18, but the library will accept food donations from April 11 to 19.


For more information on how to participate, call the Beaverton City Library at 503-644-2197. The library will accept donations at Beaverton City Library main, 12375 SW Fifth Street, and at the Murray Scholls branch, 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102.


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


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


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



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Wanted Sex Offender Arrested After Shoplifting at Pearl District Grocery Store (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/03/15
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On Friday April 3, 2015, at 2:07 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Safeway, located at 1303 Northwest Lovejoy Street on the report of a shoplifter in custody.

Officers responded to the store and took custody of 26-year-old Robert Edward Foster from Safeway Loss Prevention, who told police that Foster was caught stealing food. A warrant check revealed that Foster had an outstanding parole violation warrant related to a violent sex crime.

Foster was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Theft in the Third Degree and a parole violation.

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Beaverton City Library Hosts Spring Creative Arts Series (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/03/15
As part of its spring arts series, Beaverton City Library will host a preview of Portland Opera's production of Show Boat on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium at 12375 SW Fifth St. Photo courtesy of Portland Opera.
As part of its spring arts series, Beaverton City Library will host a preview of Portland Opera's production of Show Boat on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium at 12375 SW Fifth St. Photo courtesy of Portland Opera.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - This spring, leap into the performing and culinary arts at the Beaverton City Library. All season, the library's main branch will host performances, featuring classical musicians, actors, dancers, and opera singers. The library will also offer a variety of workshops to help local singers, musicians, storytellers, gardeners, and cooking aficionados refine their skills.


"The arts are essential," said Library Director Abigail Elder. "Beaverton City Library is thrilled to host several programs this spring that encourage patrons of all ages and abilities to embrace their creative side."


All of these programs are free and open to the public. Please visit the library's website at www.beavertonlibrary.org/calendar to learn more.


UPCOMING PERFORMANCES


Primal Mates: Contemporary Chamber Jazz Duo
Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m. | Library Auditorium
Chris Lee and Colleen O'Brien are Primal Mates, a contemporary chamber jazz duo in which vibes, voice, cello and percussion come together to form an original repertoire. Their music combines the attention to composition and form of chamber music with the freedom and improvisational interplay of jazz. Learn more about Primal Mates at www.primalmates.com.


Classical Up Close
Friday, April 24, 2 p.m. | Library Auditorium
Listen to music by members of the Oregon Symphony in an informal, relaxed setting. Symphony members will be available for questions after the performance. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Learn more about the Classical Up Close series at www.classicalupclose.com.


Portland Opera Preview: Show Boat
Tuesday, April 28, 7-8 p.m. | Library Auditorium
A 50-minute preview of the saga of three romances, which blossom aboard a Mississippi River show boat reflecting the true face of America as it was -- and still is today, more than 80 years later.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS


Song Circle
Monday, April 6, 6:30-8 p.m. (first Monday of every month) | Cathy Stanton Conference Room
Join other singers, musicians, and music lovers of all levels in a supportive and informal environment to share songs and music. Come sing pop and folk songs from the '60s and '70s with a few traditional numbers thrown in. Sing with others and bring 20 photocopies of a favorite song with the lyrics and chords to share. All ages are welcome. This Beaverton City Library "Song Circle" meets the first Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Cathy Stanton Conference Room off of the first floor lobby. Any questions or comments can be directed to Kristin Fidler at kfidler@beavertonoregon.gov.


Container Gardening: Tomatoes & Herbs
Tuesday, May 5 from 7-8 p.m. | Library Meeting Room B
Enjoy the taste of fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes seasoned with fresh herbs. Don't let lack of yard space keep you from growing fresh tomatoes plus the herbs to season all your cooking. Bob Falconer, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, will demonstrate just how easy growing these in containers can be. Additional information about master gardening is available at www.metromastergardeners.org/washington/.


Bharatha Natyam: Dance of India with Jayanthi Raman
Thursday, June 4, 7-8:30 p.m. | Library Auditorium
Bharatha Natyam is one of India's oldest classical dance forms, and is popular both within India and abroad. Come and learn about this dance form with author and award-winning dancer Jayanthi Raman, and see a short presentation of this dance form. Two books by Jayanthi Raman are available for purchase at the event, along with the opportunity to have your book signed by the author.


Story Slam: Travel Edition
Thursday, June 18, 7-8:30 p.m. | Library Auditorium
The Beaverton City Library Story Slam is an open mic, friendly storytelling competition. Share personal travel stories or just come listen to the stories of others. Potential storytellers will put their names in a hat. Names will be picked from the hat and those chosen will take the stage to tell their true, personal, five to eight minute story. Stories must be told from memory. Winner receives a $10 Powell's gift card. Free and open to the public. Potential storytellers should arrive 15 minutes early to speak with the event host about their planned story.


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


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


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Attached Media Files: As part of its spring arts series, Beaverton City Library will host a preview of Portland Opera's production of Show Boat on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium at 12375 SW Fifth St. Photo courtesy of Portland Opera.
Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls Branch Celebrates Grand Opening of New Children's Room on April 11 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 04/03/15
Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls branch will hold a grand opening for the new family room on Saturday, April 11 at noon. Photo by John Hartman.
Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls branch will hold a grand opening for the new family room on Saturday, April 11 at noon. Photo by John Hartman.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Join Mayor Denny Doyle, Beaverton City Library staff, and the Beaverton community for a celebration of the newly expanded and renovated Murray Scholls Branch Library. The grand opening will take place on Saturday, April 11 at noon at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102. The library invites adults, children, and families to enjoy cake and fun activities for kids along with a few words by Mayor Doyle.


This event will celebrate a pivotal expansion of Beaverton's library services. The Reser Family Children's Room unofficially opened last month and residents have already expressed great enthusiasm. Since reopening, the number of patrons visiting the library has increased 30 percent over last year. More than 300 people attended events in February, including the first programs ever held during library open hours.


The additional 5,000 square feet includes a large new room for children and their caregivers to participate in additional storytimes and activities such as "Make It" Mondays and WOW Wednesdays. It also facilitated the repurposing of existing space for teens with more study tables and an erasable IdeaPaint wall where they can show-off their creativity. Teen programming will continue to grow in the coming months, as will the selection of young adult fiction and graphic novels in the teen book collection.


"We encourage families to explore and interact with the new space," said John Finn, branch manager. "This project has been a great success, thanks in part to the Reser Family Foundation, the estate of Wayne Whitbeck, the Beaverton Library Foundation, and the Friends of Beaverton City Library, along with Gramor Development."


For more information about this event, please call the Beaverton City Library at 503-644-2197, option 6, or visit the Murray Scholls website at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/murrayscholls. Following the celebration, two other Beaverton City Library events will take place: the annual Food for Fines & Fine Amnesty program, and a kickoff event for the WCCLS Art of the Story Storytelling Festival--a Story Slam Contest at Beaverton City Library main, 12375 SW Fifth St. These exciting events are all free and open to the public.


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


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


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2015, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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



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Caption: Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls branch will hold a grand opening for the new family room on Saturday, April 11 at noon. Everyone is welcome to attend for cake and activities for the whole family. (Photo by John Hartman)


Attached Media Files: Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls branch will hold a grand opening for the new family room on Saturday, April 11 at noon. Photo by John Hartman.
Actor Tony Goldwyn Visits Oregon Historical Society in "Who Do You Think You Are?" Episode Sunday, April 5 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/03/15
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Portland, OR - April 3, 2015 - Many people use the Oregon Historical Society Research Library to learn about their historic homes, track down their ancestors, and access primary source materials... even Hollywood greats like Tony Goldwyn!

Mr. Goldwyn (aka President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's "Scandal") visited OHS as part of his genealogical quest on the TLC series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Watch as he uncovers unknown parts of his family history that lead him to Oregon when the episode airs this Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. View the episode trailer online at http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/tony-goldwyn/.

As part of his ancestral mapping, Mr. Goldwyn and the Who Do crew asked to view Mary White Coe's diary in the OHS collection. Mary White married Nathaniel Coe in New York, who then moved to Oregon in 1851 after being appointed Special Postal Agent to President Fillmore. Ms. Coe's diary details a miserable trip across the Isthmus of Panama in late 1852 and early 1853, where she traveled with her two sons to meet her husband in Oregon. In those days, this was the fastest route from the east coast to Oregon, but the trip across Panama involved traveling overland by mule (which, in late years, would be replaced by railroad).

An excerpt from the diary, shown in the accompanying photo, reads:

"New Years Day [1853] - This morning at 12 [midnight] some one full of frolic or fun - or it may be unable to sleep himself, came into the saloon - rang the bell, desiring the passengers for San Francisco to come forward to the baggage room, and select their baggage - some sprung up from sleep, forgetting - they were a week from their destination - all were startled. At first I thought it was the first of April - so I said to my neighbor - tis' an April fool, well well - surely no one would imagine it to be January - or even a New York April - so warm..."

The Nathanial Coe collection also includes correspondence, notebooks, financial records, and more relating to this Oregon pioneer family who settled in Hood River in 1855. A complete finding aid for this collection is available online in the Northwest Digital Archive database at http://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv00355.

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library is open to the public on Tuesday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $11 and is free every day to OHS members and Multnomah County residents. Access our collection online through our online catalog (http://librarycatalog.ohs.org/eosweb/opac/), or subscribe to our Research Library Tumblr (http://ohsresearchlibrary.tumblr.com/).


About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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Registration Open for Sixth Annual Columbia River Concours d'Elegance & Car Show (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 04/03/15
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(April 3, 2015 - Vancouver, WA) The Fort Vancouver National Trust will present the 2015 Columbia River Concours d'Elegance & Car Show, Sunday, August 2, 2015 along Officers Row on the grounds of historic Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington. The venue is located along the Interstate 5 corridor, just across the river from Portland, Oregon, making the event easily accessible for the automobile enthusiasts from around the state or around the region.

Over 150 classic cars and motorcycles will be on display on the grounds of Officers Row. "The concours is like a temporary outdoor museum where the public can see a unique collection of a wide variety of vintage cars and motorcycles brought together only for this event," noted Chief Judge Reid Trummel. "These beautiful and inspiring cars and motorcycles are then judged for their historical accuracy, their excellent restored or original condition, and also for subjective criteria including style. The best receive trophies, but all vehicles accepted for the concours are worthy of special recognition and will certainly please anyone with an interest in vintage machinery."

Awards for Best in Class and several overall categories including Best of Show will be presented at the end of the day in a formal judges' presentation.

This show is open to all American and Foreign cars and motorcycles manufactured in or before 1974. Vehicles, including motorcycles, may be entered in forty classes representing virtually all the classic and collectable marques. The 2015 show will feature famous names such as Jaguar, Bentley, Ferrari, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey, MG, Porsche, Triumph, Cadillac, Corvette, Lincoln, Morgan, and a host of others. A display area will feature a special exhibit of restored vintage Airstream trailers and vintage aircraft. Registration forms are available online at www.columbiariverconcours.com.

Hours of the event are 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday, August 2, 2015. The award ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at columbiariverconcours.com/tickets.

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, pre-purchasing tickets, and entering a vehicle in the Columbia River Concours d'Elegance, visit columbiariverconcours.com or call the Trust at 360-992-1804.

About Fort Vancouver National Trust:
The Trust inspires civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org.

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Clackamas Federal Credit Union Supports CCC Foundation (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 04/03/15
(From left to right) Keith Galitz, chairman and CFCU board of directors; CCC president Joanne Truesdell, Mary Greco, president and CEO; Barry Rotrock, director.
(From left to right) Keith Galitz, chairman and CFCU board of directors; CCC president Joanne Truesdell, Mary Greco, president and CEO; Barry Rotrock, director.
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OREGON CITY - The Clackamas Community College Foundation is throwing a party and Clackamas Federal Credit Union has stepped up to be the premiere sponsor of "Viva Clackamas."
Clackamas Federal Credit Union contributed $50,000 as premiere sponsor of the Nov. 7 gala at the Oregon Golf Club. The sponsorship will provide 10 CCC scholarships to students in the 2015-16 school year.
"I am honored to be part of our donation to CCC to continue support of education in Clackamas County," said credit union board member Barry Rotrock, former superintendent of the Oregon City School District. "We hope to continue our partnership with the college and look for additional opportunities to work together."
"Viva Clackamas" launches the final year of the Foundation's $10 million campaign that culminates with the college's 50th anniversary in 2016. The campaign will provide $7.5 million for endowments and scholarships and $2.5 million for community projects such as restoration of the headwaters of Newell Creek at the Environmental Learning Center.
For ticket or sponsorship information for "Viva Clackamas," please contact Vicki Smith at 503-594-3129 or vickis@clackamas.edu.


Attached Media Files: (From left to right) Keith Galitz, chairman and CFCU board of directors; CCC president Joanne Truesdell, Mary Greco, president and CEO; Barry Rotrock, director.
Jim Jackson to be Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 04/03/15
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OREGON CITY - Former Clackamas Community College coach and athletic director Jim Jackson will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Jackson served as the college's head wrestling coach for six years and was athletic director for nearly two decades.
Jackson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 with a degree in operations research. At the academy he wrestled under legendary coach Ed Perry. He went on to coach the U.S. Marine and military wrestling teams, which included Olympians Dan Mello, Lloyd Keaser and Greg Gibson. He coached Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland as head coach at CCC.
Jackson also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1982 and master's degree in exercise science from Portland State University in 1989. He was head coach at Clear Creek High School in Tiffin, Iowa, for three years and U.S. Marine Corps coach for five years. In addition, he officiated wrestling in the Portland area for 18 years.
The induction will take place on Saturday, May 2. For ticket information contact Jim Pond at: jwpond1970@comcast.net or Dr. Dale Johnston at: drdaledc@earthlink.net or call 503-682-9046.
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Gardens, Cars and Coaches on Spring CCC Seasoned Adult Agenda
Clackamas Community College - 04/03/15
OREGON CITY -- The Seasoned Adult Enrichment Program (SAEP) presents weekly programs for seniors and retirees at Clackamas Community College's Harmony Community Campus. The program provides seniors in the county with an educational experience designed and administered by "seasoned adults" in the community.
All classes are held Wednesdays at CCC's Harmony Community Campus in room OIT-191, unless otherwise indicated, and begin at 9:30 a.m. This spring's SAEP schedule follows:
April 8: "Deep, Dark and Dangerous." Local author Rebecca Harrison talks about her research on early northwest salvage divers and their adventures. A no-host lunch follows at noon.
April 15: "Adventures in Jordan." John and Diane Adams share stories and photos from their trip to Jordan.
April 22: "Tales from Our Golden Years." Come prepared to share your retirement stories, experiences and hobbies. June Routson and Ethel Neubauer will lead this group discussion.
April 29: "A Journey Through the Garden." Join a tour of the CCC Horticulture Department with department chair Renee Harber. Gain information about the college's gardens, greenhouses and programs.
May 6: "Stage Coaches of Clackamas County." Local historian John Terry will present a documentary film about the stage coach era, 1850 to 1926. The film is provided by the Clackamas County Government Channel.
May 13: "Henry Ford and His Automobiles." Enjoy a documentary film about the life and legacy of Henry Ford. After, John Jaeger will lead a discussion and share photos of his car collection.
May 20: "Woven History Under Our Feet." Brian Marantette of Atiyeh Brothers leads a discussion of the history and style evolution of oriental rugs.
CCC Theater Production. Enjoy a Sunday matinee performance of CCC's spring term theater production, "The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare. Dates to be announced. Matinee begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre at CCC's Niemeyer Center. Purchase tickets online at www.clackamas.edu/theatre.
For more information about SAEP, please call 503-594-0620.
May 2015 Calendar of Events
Clackamas Community College - 04/03/15
May 2
Compose Creative Writing Workshop
Rafael Alvarez, journalist and television writer "The Wire," is the keynote speaker at CCC's Compose Creative Writing Conference on Saturday, May 2. This daylong event features workshops in fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, comics, songwriting, creative nonfiction, digital storytelling and publishing led by local authors. For more information, contact Trevor Dodge at 503-594-3259.
May 6, 13, 20, 27
Chrysalis: Women Writers
Local author Pat Lichen guides women writers of all levels through discussions of their work. Chrysalis meets from noon to 2 p.m. in the Literary Arts Center, room 220, in Rook Hall. For information, call 503-594-3254.
May 6
'Backyard BBQ' Spring CCC Community Fair
Community members and groups, college staff, student clubs and vendors will share information and products during the spring CCC Community Fair. The theme is "Backyard BBQ." Event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center. For more information call 503-594-3040.
May 8
CCC Horticulture Club Plant Sale
The annual CCC Horticulture Club Plant Sale features heirloom vegetables, perennials, herbs, annuals, hanging basket, shrubs, trees and more. Proceeds go toward horticulture student scholarships. Please bring your own boxes to carry the plants you buy. For more information, call 503-594-3292.

May 14
Student Art Show Reception
The opening reception for the CCC student art show is Thursday, May 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Alexander Gallery at CCC's Oregon City Campus. The exhibition features the best work CCC students have created over the last year. Awards will be announced at the reception.
May 21 - 31
CCC Spring Term Theater Production: 'The Comedy of Errors'
The CCC Theatre Department presents "The Comedy of Errors" written by William Shakespeare. Shows run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre, Niemeyer Center. To purchase tickets online, please go to www.clackamas.edu/theatre or call Kelly at 503-594-3153.
May 28
Behind the Scenes Tour of Spring Term Mainstage Production
Walk the catwalks, take a behind the scenes tour and discover the "magic" of CCC's spring theater production, "The Comedy of Errors." Tour is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. No cost to attend. RSVP is required; call Kelly at 503-594-3153.
May 26-28
Spring Term Student Performance Showcase
Enjoy student directed one-act plays, stand-up comedy and comedy improv. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. with an additional performance on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. No cost to attend. For information call Kelly White at 503-594-3153 or visit www.clackamas.edu/theatre.
May 25
Memorial Day Holiday
The college will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.
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NW Natural reminds you to call 811 Before you Dig (Photo)
NW Natural - 04/03/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. -April is National Safe Digging month, a time when NW Natural, (NYSE:NWN), reminds all contractors and homeowners to call 811 to have underground utilities located before digging.

"It's a message we try to share far and wide," said Scott Gallegos, NW Natural damage prevention supervisor. "Yet, not everyone heeds this safety warning."

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) recently released results of a national survey that found nearly half (45 percent) of American homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, or building a deck do not plan to call to have underground utilities located first. This, despite the fact that 79 percent of those who plan to dig believe that something negative - such as a service interruption, injury or financial ramifications - could occur if they were to dig without knowing the location of gas, electric, communications, water or sewer lines.

"This survey shows that people understand the safety concerns of striking an underground utility line, yet are not planning to take action to avoid it," added Gallegos. "We want to remind people that making the free call to 811 greatly reduces the likelihood of causing an incident, and we hope this will be top-of-mind as they begin their spring gardening and home improvement projects."

Nationwide, an underground utility line is damaged once every six minutes according to data collected by CGA. Locally, NW Natural tracks the number of times someone accidentally strikes a gas line and reports the damage. Those numbers fell in 2014 by about 3 percent from 2013.

NW Natural encourages homeowners to take the following steps when planning a digging project this spring:

* Call 811 at least two business days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property - it's the law.
* Confirm with 811 that all lines have been marked.
* Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
* If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Don't allow work to begin if the lines aren't marked.
* Visit nwnatural.com/Residential/Safety to learn what the marked colors of paint and flags represent.

If a gas line has been accidentally damaged, remember these simple tips: Smell. Go. Let us know. If you smell an odor like rotten eggs from a natural gas line and/or hear a hissing sound, immediately leave the area on foot and call 911 then our 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-800-882-3377 once you're away.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 705,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

About the study
SSRS conducted a national omnibus phone study between Feb. 25 and March 1, 2015, on behalf of Common Ground Alliance (CGA). A total of 646 American homeowners ages 18+ were asked for their opinions on home and property improvement project topics. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 3.86%. More information is available at commongroundalliance.com.

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Celebrate critters big and small April 11 at Water Center's Critter Count and Critter Shows
City of Vancouver - 04/03/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 11, when Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center celebrates its 15th annual Critter Count with live critter shows. Start Saturday morning counting critters in their natural habitat. Then, see more critters up close at a live show with snakes, lizards and other reptiles at the Water Center, located at 4600 SE Columbia Way. Join in one or both events:

CRITTER COUNT (9 a.m. - noon) - The Water Center is seeking the public's help in field surveys of amphibians and reptiles. Critter Count begins at 9 a.m., with a brief training session conducted by a wildlife biologist for a quick overview of the identification of frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards and other local amphibians and reptiles. Next, participants will venture out into the field to one of four sites to find and record critters in their natural habitat. A wildlife expert and a site coordinator will be on hand at each location to help with the search and critter identification.

Participants must provide their own transportation to field sites. For a great experience, please come equipped with boots, warm clothes, a lunch and, if possible, binoculars. Training, field guidebooks, equipment, snacks and water will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, and children must be accompanied throughout the count by adults. At least one adult chaperone is required for every three students in grades 3-8. For younger ages, please have one adult chaperone per child.

Frogs and other amphibians are extremely sensitive to changing environmental conditions and reduced habitats. Keeping track of the numbers provides a better understanding of the conditions they are facing. Data gathered during Critter Count will be sent to a statewide wildlife database to help with this effort. Critter Count is a partnership of the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center; Washington State University-Vancouver; Columbia Springs; CASEE Center, a program of the Battle Ground School District; and the Northwest Ecological Research Institute.

SECOND SATURDAY (1 - 3 p.m.) - Critter fun continues at the Water Center at 1 p.m., when visitors have an opportunity to view snakes, lizards and other reptiles up close. For the second year, the Water Center welcomes Brad's World Reptiles with two live critter shows, starting at 1 p.m. and again at 2:15 p.m. Learn about all sorts of reptiles, some you could find in your own backyard and some more unusual. Become a "Herp Hero" as you discover things to do at home to protect critters and provide the clean water they need. Families are especially encouraged to join in these Earth month celebrations. Note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is free!

For additional information, please call 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter on the web.


ABOUT THE WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER:
Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area's few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. The Water Center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Water Center. More information is available on the Internet at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or by calling 360-487-7111.


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Oregon Heritage Conference takes place April 22-24 on South Coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/03/15
For the first time in nine years, the Oregon Heritage Conference will take place on the South Coast with programs and activities that highlight the region's cultural heritage resources.

"Chart Your Course" is the conference theme to shows that participants will find the information and ideas to make their organizations ship-shape and ready to sail for new cultural heritage horizons. Conference dates are April 22-24 in North Bend and Coos Bay. Registration is underway.

The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people who love and work with Oregon's heritage. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the conference focuses on all sectors of cultural heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, archives, libraries, historic cemeteries, and local and state government.

The Heritage Conference offers workshops, tours, breakout sessions and an exhibit hall that are equal parts innovation and practical advice. Some of the topics include the National Register of Historic Places, disaster preparedness, underwater heritage, archive digitization, spawning community approaches to heritage, storytelling and more.

While most conference sessions will take place at the conference hotel, The Mill Casino and Hotel, there will also be events and activities at the new Coos Historical Museum and Maritime Center, the Egyptian Theatre, the Marshfield Cemetery, and other places. The conference includes the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Dinner where eight projects, organizations and individuals will be honored for exemplary work.

The conference is organized by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Coquille Indian Tribe is co-sponsor.

Additional conference and registration information is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx


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Portland Firefighters rescue dog in Forest Park (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/03/15
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Portland Fire & Rescue was called to an animal rescue this morning at Forest Park. The canine, which weighs roughly 100 pounds, had fallen down an embankment and suffered a broken leg. The owner managed to get the dog back up to the trail, where firefighters treated it and prepared it for transport.


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Hash Oil Explosion Injures Two People in Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/03/15
On Friday April 3, 2015, at 4:03 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to assist Portland Fire & Rescue on an explosion at a camper in the 13100 block of Southeast Center Street.

Officers, firefighters and medical personnel arrived and located two people who were suffering burns as a result of the explosion. An adult female was transported to a Portland hospital, where she was treated and released. An adult male refused medical treatment.

Arson Investigators and officers assigned to the Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) responded to investigate and learned that the male and female were inside the explosion occurred as a result of a butane stove explosion during the manufacture of hash oil.

No structures were damaged as a result of this explosion and the case remains under investigation.

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.

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Linn County Jail Re-Opens Closed Wing
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/03/15
Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to announce that a block of the Linn County Jail has been re-opened. "L"-block, which contains 48 jail beds, was closed in 2012 due to budget cuts. Linn County Voters passed a law enforcement levy in May 2014 which provided the funding for the re-opening of the block.

The Linn County jail has a capacity of 230 inmates and was originally opened in 1989.

Sheriff Riley said "First, I would like to thank the Citizens of Linn County for their continued support of law enforcement. It is a privilege to serve as Sheriff of a county that places a high priority on law enforcement services."

He added "I would also like to compliment my staff for a job well done. It has not been an easy task to get deputies tested, interviewed and hired. It's an arduous task and my staff has done an amazing job. I believe we have hired a great group of deputies who are committed to providing quality law enforcement services."

Sheriff Riley does not expect the wing to fill up overnight. His office will be working with the District Attorney's Office, judges, and local police departments in managing jail bed space. Sheriff Riley added, "Adequate jail space is a key component to an effective, county wide criminal justice system and serves as a deterrent to crime."
Press Advisory: Nearly 100 Women's Health Advocates on the Capitol Steps on Monday (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 04/03/15
Planned Parenthood supporters march on the Capitol in 2013. Photo by Jenny Smith.
Planned Parenthood supporters march on the Capitol in 2013. Photo by Jenny Smith.
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, the statewide political voice for Planned Parenthood, will mobilize citizen lobbyists from across Oregon for "Planned Parenthood Day of Action" on Monday, April 6th in Salem. Between 12:30 and 1pm, more than 100 Oregonians will march to the Capitol to advocate for reproductive health care before meeting with their elected representatives.

The lobby visits are essential to educate politicians about legislation that will affect women's health care. In these tough economic times, more women than ever need access to essential health care services.

"Improved access to a full range of birth control services has resulted in a 40-year low in teen pregnancy and abortion rates. Advances in women's health have paved the way for women to be a driving force in our economy, and access to reproductive health care is directly related to women's ability to finish school and succeed professionally," said Laura Terrill Patten, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "Now is not the time to go backward."

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon strongly supports these measures to strengthen reproductive freedom:

* Comprehensive Women's Health Bill (Senate Bill 894): Senate Bill 894 would require health insurance - whether paid for by individuals, employers or government funds - to cover contraception, abortion, prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care. Expanding access to reproductive health care will have the greatest impact on low-income women, women of color, immigrant women, young women, survivors of domestic violence and transgender people.

* Patient Privacy (House Bill 2758): Without protections for confidentiality, individuals are effectively uninsured and may not seek care they need for fear of someone else receiving their medical information. House Bill 2758 would allow people to have their insurance communications sent directly to the member receiving services, not the primary policyholder.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon strongly opposes these measures to restrict reproductive freedom:

* Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (House Bill 3228): Designed as a backdoor ban on abortion, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) refers to politically motivated laws that single out abortion providers for medically unnecessary, costly regulations. House Bill 3228 would effectively shut down all but one abortion provider in Oregon, forcing rural women to travel great distances to obtain safe, legal abortion.

* 20-Week Abortion Ban (House Bill 2388): House Bill 2388 is a one-size-fits-all abortion ban that fails to adequately protect the health or safety of the woman, even in a life-threatening situation, as required by Roe v. Wade.

* Biased Selection Bans (House Bill 3458, House Bill 2986 and Senate Bill 108): These bills require a physician or other healthcare provider to refuse to provide an abortion if they think their patient is making a decision based on sex. This is a dangerous intrusion on the doctor-patient relationship that would require doctors to become investigators and patients their suspects.


Attached Media Files: Planned Parenthood supporters march on the Capitol in 2013. Photo by Jenny Smith.
Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on SW Columbia St from SW Broadway to Naito Parkway April 7 to 13
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 04/03/15
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Columbia Street from SW Broadway to SW Naito Parkway from Tuesday, April 7 through Monday, April 13 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface to pave .96 lane miles.

PBOT street improvement crews work in almost all weather conditions, adjusting tasks based on conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy weather. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
Oregon State Police Now Hiring Recruit Troopers - Oregon
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/03/15
The Oregon State Police is now hiring Recruit Troopers!

A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications are now being accepted. The process will be until May 17, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

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

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

Entry Level Testing dates and locations will be provided to each applicant via email.

Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police values the perspective of all of Oregon's citizens and is an equal opportunity employer. OSP strongly encourages women and candidates of color to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.

Contact Info:
Lieutenant Craig Flierl
Training Section Commander
Oregon State Police
Contact info: 503-378-4175
Oregon Food Bank Announces Headliners for 28th annual Waterfront Blues Festival (Photo)
Oregon Food Bank - 04/03/15
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Portland, Ore. (April 3, 2015) -- Oregon Food Bank announces the lineup today for its 28th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, on July 2 - 5, 2015 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Passes go on sale mid-April.

Headliners include:
BUDDY GUY * GREGG ALLMAN * GALACTIC with MACY GRAY * ALLEN TOUSSAINT * CHARMAINE NEVILLE * PHIL & DAVE ALVIN * THE PALADINS * DEVON ALLMAN * CHUBBY CARRIER

Additional acts include:
Jaimoe's Jasssz Band * Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas * Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds * Turkuaz * Jelly Bread * Stone Foxes * Con Brio * Jarekus Singleton * Christone "Kingfish" Ingram * Terry "Harmonica" Bean * Jimmy "Duck" Holmes * Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band * Dog Hill Stompers * Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys

"From top to bottom, in terms of the range and diversity of our blues 'mix,' this year's lineup is our strongest ever," said Artistic Director Peter Dammann. "We've got legacy blues and blues rockers passing the torch to a stunning new generation of blues performers, along with Zydeco tunes for the blues/swing dance floor and funky neo-soul that's embraced by the young jam band scene. We'll continue to add performances to round out our four-day festival, ensuring another wonderful event experience for music fans of all ages."

These performances will be a part of the 100 blues acts on four stages over the July 4th weekend to benefit Oregon Food Bank's mission of fighting hunger and its root causes.

"The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is Oregon Food Bank's single largest fundraising event. We work year-round to secure these amazing acts in order to raise funds for hunger relief in Oregon and Clark County, Washington," said Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, marketing and communications at Oregon Food Bank. "This year's Blues Fest is as important as ever. Demand for food assistance remains exceptionally high because not everyone has benefitted from an 'improved' economy."

Waterfront Blues Festival headliners are scheduled as follows, with full four-day schedule listed at waterfrontbluesfest.com.

Thursday, July 2:
GREG ALLMAN BAND
DEVON ALLMAN BAND

Friday, July 3:
GALACTIC W/ MACY GRAY
ALLEN TOUSSAINT
CHARMAINE NEVILLE
CHUBBY CARRIER

Saturday, July 4:
PHIL & DAVE ALVIN
THE PALADINS
**FIREWORKS**

Sunday, July 5:
BUDDY GUY

Festival passes go on sale to the public in mid-April. Additional acts, including our fabulous regional blues/soul/roots performers, will be announced in the coming months. For complete artist bios, videos and music samples, visit waterfrontbluesfest.com.

ABOUT WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL:
Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Festival to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. As Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraising event, this Portland flagship festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Since its inception, the festival has raised $10 million and 815 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.

Major sponsors: Safeway, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Coors, Delta Music Experience, Deschutes Brewery, FedEx, iQ Credit Union, KINK.fm, KOIN-TV, The Oregonian
Supporting sponsors: Capital One, Caring Ambassadors, Health Net and Schwindt & Co.

More information: waterfrontbluesfest.com | oregonfoodbank.org


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Corvallis Police Arrest Male on Bike for Sexually Abusing Women
Corvallis Police - 04/03/15
On April 3, 2015, just after midnight, a Corvallis Police Officer on a traffic stop near NW 25th St. and NW Van Buren Ave. was approached by a woman who reported seeing a man on a bike grabbing the buttocks of other women in the area before riding off. According to the witness, the suspect on the bike rode up behind females wearing dresses or skirts and placed his hand under their clothes and grabbed their buttocks before riding off.

After searching the area for a few moments, the officer located a male matching the description of the suspect. The officer contacted him, and within a few minutes, he was positively identified by the witness, and four female victims, as the suspect grabbing women under their skirts/dresses.

Nineteen year old Sultan Aldossary of Corvallis was arrested and charged with four counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree. He was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged. His bail is currently set at $50,000.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500000643
CHS Mock Trial sets personal best (Photo)
Camas Sch. Dist. - 04/03/15
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Camas High School's Mock Trial team placed third in the State last weekend, the best result in team history. Leading the team were Nicole Buckley and Matthew Svilar, both nominated for Best Attorney along with first-year competitor Madi Vance. Nicole and Matthew are four-year Mock Trial veterans and their accomplishment represents four years of dedication and determination. The team also applauds Acacia Mays, Sayge Sword, and Tiara Naidu for their Best Witness nominations and Chase Jackson for sweeping in to win Best Witness in the State Competition this year.

"This year's team overcame many challenges while remaining positive, dedicated, and focused on doing their collective best," commented team coach Jackie Hofer. "Our coaching team is an example of the kind of collaboration we foster in Mock Trial. Team alumni Jacob Marsh and James Marsh joined coaching team this year and provided the extra edge the team needed to succeed at this level."

"Our team's motto 'Team First, Self Less' recognizes our commitment to building up each other first and working to give our best for the team--this is what brought us here," she added.

This year's tournament included 24 schools representing hundreds of students from around the state. The Washington State YMCA Youth and Government Mock Trial program is dedicated to the ideal that Democracy must be learned by each generation.


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PGE distributes more than $56 million in fee payments to city governments
PGE - 04/03/15
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland General Electric recently presented more than $56 million in payments to 52 Oregon cities located within the company's service area for 2015. The payments represent money from annual franchise fees and privilege taxes PGE pays city governments for the right to operate within their municipalities. A rebounding economy contributed to growing franchise revenues for cities by more than $3.6 million over 2014 fees.

"Franchise fees and privilege taxes can help play a significant role in assisting city's general funding budgets," said Dave Robertson, PGE's vice president of public policy. "This is an important way for PGE to support the economic growth in the communities where we live and work, and PGE's support of a healthy economy helps to improve city services as we work to provide customers with safe and reliable power."

The amount PGE typically pays a city ranges from 3.5 to 5 percent of the annual gross revenue earned within that city. Individual city results will vary based on a variety factors, such as local changes to population, economic and business conditions, and participation by some non-residential customers in Oregon's electricity direct access program. PGE and the city work closely together to plan work in the right-of-way to minimize inconvenience to the public and keep costs down for both parties.


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/101/83204/2015_Franchise_Payment_PGE_Service_Area.pdf
TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/03/15: Eastbound Lane on SE Division Street between SE 66th & SE 69th Avenues Diverted into Center Lane around Work Zone
Portland Water Bureau - 04/03/15
A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau is currently installing large piping connections in the intersection of SE 68th Avenue at SE Division Street.

Google map of the intersection: http://tinyurl.com/pjye2ru

During the week of April 6, the work zone will be shifted to the eastbound lane on SE Division Street between SE 66th and SE 69th avenues. Traffic will be diverted into the center lane around the work zone.

Traffic on SE 68th Avenue, between SE Division and Mt. Tabor Park, is open to local access only. Detour signs are posted and sidewalks remain open for pedestrians.

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes and are reminded to drive slowly and exercise caution when traveling in and around the construction area. Typically, work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with possible occasional Saturday work.

This work is slated for completion in mid-April.

The new piping is part of the water system improvements required to connect two of the city's large water conduits to the Westside supply line.


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/1240/83203/TRAFFIC_ADVISORY_040315_Eastbound_Lane_on_SE_Division_Street_between_SE_66th__and__SE_69th_Avenues_Diverted_into_Center_Lane_around_Work_Zone.pdf
"Something Grand" Tomorrow: Benefits Music Programs for At-Risk Youth
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 04/03/15
"Something Grand" is Happening Easter Weekend!!
Youth and Professional Pianists Playing to Keep Musical Doors Open for Less-Fortunate Kids

Who: The Salvation Army, Michael Allen Harrison, professional pianists, sensational youth protégés pianists

What: Something Grand is a benefit concert for much needed after-school music programs in under-privileged communities. The concert will take place on a grand stage and will feature ten grand pianos, several professional pianists, and several sensational youth pianists.

When: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 1pm

Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Stage, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Why: Each year, The Salvation Army provides music for underprivileged kids in the Portland Metro. Unfortunately, music departments in schools continue to be cut and this opportunity to learn and grow with music is virtually disappearing for so many youth. The Salvation Army strongly believes in the power of music to transform lives and strives to provide free lessons to those longing to learn. To meet this need, Michael Allen Harrison and The Salvation Army have partnered for the fourth year for "Something Grand" - a benefit concert for after-school music programs.

Pricing:
$10-$25 per ticket, ticketing fees apply

Videos:
Hailey Rowden - past participant at The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy and student of Michael Allen Harrison. She is now a professional pianist and gives back to her community by helping kids learn piano.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DidWNvp_1xA&feature=youtu.be

Michael Allen Harrison & Hailey Rowden playing together
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For more information or to purchase tickets today, visit www.SomethingGrandPortland.com


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"Something Grand" is Happening Easter Weekend!!
Youth and Professional Pianists Playing to Keep Musical Doors Open for Less-Fortunate Kids

(Portland, OR) April 3, 2015 -Join Atiyeh Bros. Rugs & Carpeting and The Salvation Army as they celebrate "Something Grand" this Easter Weekend! "Something Grand," a matinee benefit concert for The Salvation Army After-School Music Programs, will be on April 4th, 2015 at 1pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert will feature ten pianists on ten grand pianos on one stage! Musicians will include Michael Allen Harrison, select performers from the Ten Grands concert series, and several sensational youth protégé pianists! "Something Grand" is sure to become a Portland Easter tradition for many families!

Ticket prices range from $10 - $25, making this a family-friendly event. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army's After-School Music Programs in the Portland Metro area.

"The proceeds from this concert give so many children, whose doors to the arts have been closed, the opportunity to experience music and arts," says Major Nancy Dihle, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army. "We consider it part of our job and ministry to provide opportunities for growth and success for children in the most need in our community. Music is an essential part of this growth, and we are blessed to be a part of this ministry to youth in need. Thanks to Michael Allen Harrison and his staff, we are able to present a truly incredibly show and opportunity for the community to support their neighbors."

The best part is that by purchasing a ticket to this concert, you will be helping keep music alive in the lives of hundreds of children in the Portland Metro area.

To purchase your tickets online or for more information, please visit www.SomethingGrandPortland.com or call Amy Bogdon at 503.794.3246. Ticketing fees apply.

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

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Portland Fire & Rescue responds to trailer explosion (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/03/15
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Firefighters were dispatched to a trailer fire (13120 SE Center St) at 4:03 AM. Neighbors heard an explosion and called 911. Two people sustained minor burns and one (female) was transported. PF&R's Hazmat Station remained on scene after the incident to make sure that there were no chemical hazards. Police and Fire Investigators are on scene.


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Salem area home destroyed in 2-alarm fire, no injuries reported (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 04/03/15
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At 9:46 PM this evening, Marion County Fire District No. 1 (Salem, Oregon) was dispatched to a reported residential fire at 638 Lancaster Drive NE, near Durbin Avenue SE. Upon arrival, initial crews discovered a fully involved house fire that was immediately threatening the neighbors home that was approximately 10 feet away.

The incident commander upgraded the incident to a second alarm bring additional firefighters to the scene to help suppress the fire and protect the neighboring home. In all it took firefighters nearly an hour to extinguish the fire. Firefighters then spent the following hour conducting overhaul operations, suppressing hot spots. The home suffered severe fire damage and has been ruled a total loss. However, firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from extending to the neighbors home.

The fire was reportedly discovered by the resident who had left earlier to go shopping, returning home to find his home on fire and called 9-1-1. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Lancaster Drive SE was closed for approximately 2 hours by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Public Works Office while firefighter attacked the fire.

The cause of the fire remains unknown this evening. Fire investigators are expected back at the fire scene tomorrow morning to continue their investigation. MCFD1 does not plan to release any further information on this incident, pending completion of the fire cause investigation.

In total, 43 firefighters and 15 pieces of apparatus responded to the incident. MCFD1 was assisted at the scene by Salem Fire Engine 10. MCFD1 also extends their appreciation to Woodburn & Aumsville Fire District for their move-up coverage during this fire.


Patrick J. Wineman
Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE * Salem, Oregon 97317
BC-32 Cellular: (503) 932-8359
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: patrickw@mcfd1.com


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04/02/15
OSP Detective Locates Possible DUII, Vehicle Flees then Crashes into Store - Portland
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/02/15
On April 2, 2015, at approximately 4:44 PM, an Oregon State Police (OSP) detective in an unmarked patrol vehicle and wearing plainclothes, located a possible DUII driver westbound on Foster Rd. The detective requested assistance from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) to get the vehicle stopped. As the detective continued to follow the vehicles driving became more erratic, forcing the detective to initiate a traffic stop prior to PPB arrival.

Upon activating his emergency lights, the vehicle did a U-turn and began to travel east on Foster Rd., hitting another vehicle. The detective turned to follow and attempted to keep it in sight as the vehicle sped away from him.

The detective caught up to the vehicle after it crashed into a storefront at Foster and 58th Avenue in Portland. The suspect fled on foot and the detective followed about 30 seconds later. The detective took to suspect to the ground and was shortly thereafter assisted by PPB in taking him into custody. The suspect was transported to OHSU with minor injuries. The subjects identity is still unknown but officers are working to identify him at this time.

OSP was assisted by the Portland Police Bureau. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this incident and additional charges for possession of marijuana, attempt to elude police, and DUII are pending.

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Urban League of Portland Senior Services Expand to East Multnomah County
Urban League of Portland - 04/02/15
The rising cost of housing in close-in Portland is well-known to have contributed to a shift in neighborhood demographics, with many Portlanders of color relocating to the outer boundaries of the city. Some of those most vulnerable to the effects of these changes are our elders. In the past decades, nearly 10,000 African Americans left the neighborhoods of Inner North and Northeast and many have resettled in the Eastern portion of the city and county, which lacks of the familiar and cherished amenities of the Historic Albina District. Many African Americans seniors in East Portland report feelings of inaccessibility and isolation.

For senior citizens displaced from cultural centers due to rising housing costs, the changes can be difficult. African American seniors who have relocated to East Portland may not have access to, or may not be aware of local churches, trusted medical care, or culturally appropriate restaurants and grocery stores. One such loss is the loss of culturally specific providers of services, like the Urban League of Portland, the historic social services and civil rights agency, which has been providing services to seniors in North and Northeast Portland for over 40 years. In response to this need, the Urban League of Portland's Senior Services Department has begun to provide Options Counseling to African American seniors, age 60 and older living in East Multnomah County.

Through the Urban League's services, seniors are connected to housing assistance, rent/utility payment assistance, food, clothing, and other services needed to continue living independently. This Options Counseling service is free of charge to those that qualify. Seniors located east of 82nd Avenue who are living in Multnomah County and in need of services should call Alexandria Jones-Patten 503-280-2600 ext. 645 or 501-901-9550.
National Window Safety Week, April 5 -11, 2015
AMR Portland - 04/02/15
Warm Weather Increases Risk of Window Falls
(joint release from AMR and TVF&R - full news release with video and photos attached)

(Portland, Ore.) - National Window Safety Week 2015 is April 5-11. Window falls are a preventable cause of injury and death to young children and can occur when windows (just 6 feet or more from the ground) are allowed to open more than 4 inches.

This week, the Stop at 4" Campaign to Prevent Window Falls is sharing top safety tips to help prevent children from having window falls.

The good news is these injuries are preventable, and simple steps can help prevent injuries and save lives.

Each year, window falls account for approximately eight deaths and 3,300 injuries to children from babies to age 5 in the U.S. with 70 percent of these occurring from second- or third-story windows. In Oregon, 26 children ages 0-5 fell from windows in 2014 -- a decrease from 32 in 2013. Twenty of the children who fell last year were in Portland's five-county region.

Because children frequently sustain head injuries, many require hospitalization and may have permanent disabilities. The majority of window falls occur in warmer weather between May and September, but can occur anytime windows are open.

Top Window Safety Tips:
- Keep windows closed and locked when not in use.
- Create a Kid-Free Play Zone in front of windows, and keep furniture or anything a child can climb on away from windows.
- Limit windows from opening more than 4 inches by installing window stops*.
- If you must open a window more than 4 inches, install window guards**.
- If you have windows that can open from both top and bottom, open only the top and secure the bottom window.

Note: Recommended window stops and guards can be easily opened by an adult in an emergency. They are not the screw-type window stop, which can loosen and become a choking hazard.

See more safety tips at www.StopAt4.com. Also, consider looking for built-in safety devices when purchasing new windows and installing softer landscape surfaces beneath windows in your home.


Call to Action!
This year, the Stop at 4" Campaign is asking families to make a donation and take the "Measure your peace of mind Window Safety Challenge."

Like www.facebook.com/stopat 4 then share the way you measure your "4 inches for Safety" by taking a picture of something that is 4 inches in length. Post your picture along with the message below:

"How do you measure your peace of mind? By installing window stops or guards. Get four friends to post their 4 inches for safety within four days or Donate $4.00 to StopAt4.com."

See the full news release with the Window Safety Challenge video.

The Campaign to Stop Window Falls accepts tax-deductible donations via Safe Kids Oregon's fiscal sponsor, Impact NW.

Support the Campaign
Window falls are predictable and preventable! Go to www.StopAt4.com to find and share information on how families can prevent childhood window falls; information on the types of window stops, locks, or guards needed for your style of windows; where they can be purchased; resources for educators; and how you can make a donation to support the campaign.



Stop at 4" Campaign partners include: American Medical Response; the Cunningham family; Clackamas Fire District 1; Doernbecher Children's Hospital; Emergency Medical Services for Children; Hillsboro Fire & Rescue; Jeff Merrick, attorney; Oregon Child Development Coalition; Oregon State Fire Marshall; Randall Children's Hospital; the Reck family; Richard Vangelisti, attorney; Rotary Clubs of Molalla, Canby and Woodburn; Safe Kids Oregon; Safe Kids Portland Metro; Safe Kids Washington County; Sandy Fire District; Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue; and Washington County Sheriff's Office.


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/562/83196/Guide_to_Selecting_Window_Stop_11.2012.pdf
"Resource Network" Training Event April 8: SEO and Digital Marketing (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 04/02/15
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The GVCC's "Resource Network" Training Event is Wednesday, April 8 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Riverview Center, 17205 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA. Doors open at 7:15.

The topic of this monthly training event is "Getting the Most from Your Online Content." Learn about the latest guidelines for Search Engine Optimization from Matthew Janik, Fringe Digital Marketing Agency. Chamber communications staff will show you how to market your business online and drive customers to your website with enhanced content.


7:30 - 9am
Riverview Center in east Vancouver
17205 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA, 98683

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Grass Valley and Prune Hill students shine in Honor Choir (Photo)
Camas Sch. Dist. - 04/02/15
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Congratulations to the Camas students who participated in the Lower Columbia River Music Educators Association Regional Elementary Choir on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Grass Valley Elementary and Prune Hill Elementary students who auditioned and were selected then participated in a one-day workshop as well as a concert for students' parents, teachers, as well as the community. They rehearsed and performed under the direction of Kristina Ploeger from Eastern Washington University.

Grass Valley Elementary students:

* Luke Martinez
* Jordan Harris
* Lena Pauly
* Rachel Hawes
* Kailen Ludt
* Morgan Patterson
* Aiden Shafiuzzaman
* Avery Hieronymus
* Lily Walsh

Prune Hill Elementary students:

* Maddie Henion
* Katelyn Daniels
* Noah Fearrington
* Lily Boyer
* Luke Gillespie
* Nicholas Leetham

"The LCRMEA Regional Elementary Honor Choir is composed of 140 talented, young singers from 20 schools around Clark County. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to share their vocal abilities and grow as musicians," PHE Choir Director Kim Ray stated."

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Top row (L-R): Lily Boyer, Maddie Henion, Luke Martinez Nicholas Leetham, Jordan Harris, Noah Fearrington
Middle row: Lena Pauly, Rachel Hawes, Kailen Ludt, Morgan Patterson, Luke Gillespie, Aiden Shafiuzzaman
Front row: Avery Hieronymus, Lily Walsh, Katelyn Daniels


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Kim Yore selected as Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 04/02/15
Kelso, WA--Thursday, April 2, 2015-- The Kelso School District has announced the appointment of Kim Yore to the position of the Associate Director of Teaching and Learning. Yore is currently the Principal at Barnes Elementary and will assume her new responsibilities after the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year. This position has been created by restructuring two other positions and is projected to save the District approximately $20,000 annually.

Yore served as a teacher in the Kelso School District beginning in 1997 at Beacon Hill Elementary. She then moved on to become the Teaching and Learning Department Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) from 2010-12. And, most recently, served as the Principal at Barnes Elementary for the past three years.

"Kim Yore has a strong and demonstrated background in effective instruction, leadership and professional development within our district and as a national math trainer," explains Mary Beth Tack, Director of Teaching and Learning. "For the past 18 years, she has served and supported Kelso School District in the role as classroom teacher, School LAP Coordinator, District Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in Teaching & Learning and Barnes Principal."

Yore earned her Bachelor Degree in 1996 from Eastern Oregon State College and her Masters in Teaching in 1997 from Washington State University. Yore is a National Consultant for Kendall/Hunt Publishing--planning and facilitating math professional development trainings nationwide.

"While I'm sad to leave the amazing staff, students, and families I have been blessed to work with at Barnes, I'm excited to have the opportunity to work for the K-12 Teaching and Learning Department in Kelso," said Yore. "Teaching and Learning has been a passion of mine for a long time and I strongly believe in the work being done to benefit the students and staff of our learning community."


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Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet April 9th in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/02/15
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Eastern Lane office at 3150 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97478.

The Committees will jointly receive an update on the process for revising the Oregon Department of Forestry, Private Forestry Program monitoring strategy.

The majority of the meeting will focus on the Board of Forestry's request to the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards. The Committees will continue these discussions and may make recommendations about the Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Anyone may attend the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations please call 503-945-7427.
Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx.
Pleasant Valley Teacher Receives National Jump Rope For Heart Grant (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 04/02/15
Pleasant Valley Primary School students participate in the school's Jump for Heart event to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention.
Pleasant Valley Primary School students participate in the school's Jump for Heart event to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention.
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Paul White, a physical education teacher at Pleasant Valley Primary School, has received a $2,500 national Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart grant. The grant is one of 13 national awards given by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. White was recognized during SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo last month in Seattle for his fund raising efforts.

SHAPE grant recipients are recognized for their passion and commitment to physical education and for the Jump Rope for Heart program. Over the 26 years that he has held Jump Rope for Heart events, White has helped to raise more than $200,000 for researching cardiovascular disease and strokes, and health education. The jointly sponsored SHAPE America and American Heart Association (AHA) program promotes physical education and provides children with knowledge of heart disease and stroke.

Under White's leadership, 90 percent of Pleasant Valley students participate in the program. "The excitement and growth of Jump Rope for Heart has had a monumental impact on all aspects of the student learning experience at Pleasant Valley," White said. "The program allows kids to learn the message of proper health, and even allows me to incorporate other subjects into my curriculum, including math and reading."

Pleasant Valley students focus on their physical health throughout the school year, training and building endurance for the two-hour celebratory event. Pleasant Valley's principal, Melissa Mitchell, is supportive of the program. "Despite Paul's 36 years of experience as a physical educator, he still craves learning new skills to add to his arsenal," Mitchell said. "His dedication to his profession is showcased through the enthusiasm his students have for physical activity and taking care of their bodies."

The SHAPE America grant includes a US Games gift certificate to enhance the educator's PE program, a free one-year membership to SHAPE America, and expenses paid for travel and registration to the National Convention & Expo.

Pleasant Valley Primary School is in the Battle Ground Public Schools district in southwest Washington.


Attached Media Files: Pleasant Valley Primary School students participate in the school's Jump for Heart event to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention. , Pleasant Valley Primary principal Melissa Mitchell with physical education teacher Paul White, who received a $2,500 grant for his efforts coordinating 26 years of Jump for Heart events.
New preschool program for three-year-old students launches fall 2015 (Photo)
Camas Sch. Dist. - 04/02/15
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New preschool program for three-year-old students launches fall 2015
The Camas Community Education program is happy to announce its new Tiny Tots Preschool. Geared for students who are three years old on or before August 31, this class will focus on developing early childhood social skills. Children will learn by sharing with classmates and exploring the world around them in a fun, safe environment. Tiny Tots is led by pro-tech paraprofessional teachers with early childhood education experience. Classes occur on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday each week from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

The Tiny Tots Preschool compliments Community Ed's current Little Learners Preschool for four-year-old students. For details and registration information, visit www.camascommunityed.org. To talk with a staff member or take a tour of the facility, call (360) 833-5544.

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Did you know about our before- and after-school care?
In addition to preschool, Camas Community Education operates Camas Extended Day (CED)--a program for before- and after-school care for four-year-old through fifth-grade students.

CED is based on understanding the needs of children. Warm and caring staff members pride themselves in creating a home away from home for students. The atmosphere is structured, but relaxed and allows for small group, large group, and individual social interaction. The staff members at CED work closely with families and school staff members to provide the best care for each individual child. Activities include arts and crafts, music, science discovery, games, gym, outside play, and more.

The CED program is located at the Zellerbach Administration Center at 841 NE 22nd Ave, Camas, WA 98607. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on regular school days. Transportation to school in the morning and after school in the afternoon is provided.


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Board of Forestry Subcommittee to discuss agreement areas for new forest management plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/02/15
The Forest Management Plan Board Subcommittee will meet on April 8 to discuss stakeholder input and areas where agreement can drive next steps in creating a new forest management plan.

The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation - or emphasis area - approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November 2014, working to ensure that the State Forests Division at ODF has a sustainable flow of revenue to continue providing services that benefit communities and the environment, while improving conservation activities over time. The Board appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work. During the meeting, subcommittee members will review public input, and identify areas where stakeholder groups agree on different forest management strategies. Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 11 a.m.

>Meeting details
When: April 8; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Santiam Room, Building D, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.
More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_AltFMP.aspx

>Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

>About the board
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

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PPB to Host 3rd Annual Summer Camp for Kids
Portland Police Bureau - 04/02/15
The Portland Police Bureau, with the assistance of the Camp Rosenbaum Fund and other local partners, will host its 3rd annual summer camp June 15 to 19 for local youth. The camp is open to kids 8 to 14, who live in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark Counties. The Police Bureau will serve more than 500 youth each day during the week-long, all-day camp at Centennial High School.

Each camper receives mentor time with an officer, free lunch and quality sports training, including: football/rugby, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, boxing, wrestling, archery, fishing, bowling, golf, martial arts, baseball, hiking, journalism/photography and crazy science instruction.. The last day of camp features a celebration with Portland Fire and Rescue, Oregon National Guard, Gresham Fire and Rescue, Mounted Patrol Unit, Mountain Wave Rescue and other agencies.

The cost is $35 per child. A reduced rate of $20 is available for families who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program during the school year. Some bus transportation will be available from local schools.

The application can be found at: www.portlandoregon.gov/police/summercamp
The camp is filled on a first come, first serve basis. The last day to register is June 11, 2015.

For more information, contact Deborah Monk, Youth Services Division, at
503-823-2095 or deborah.monk@portlandoregon.gov


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The Urban League of Portland to host its 22nd Annual Career Connections Job Fair
Urban League of Portland - 04/02/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 2nd, 2015

The Urban League of Portland to host its 22nd Annual Career Connections Job Fair
1000 Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232
Wednesday, APRIL 22, 2015, 10:00AM-3:00PM

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Double Tree Hotel
(by Hilton) located at 1000 Multnomah Street, the Urban League of Portland, in partnership with IHeartMedia, JAM'N 107.5, Comcast, and Bank of America, is hosting its 22nd annual Career Connections Job Fair. The Career Connections Job Fair will feature employers from the Portland metropolitan area's health care, retail, construction, government, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Employers are looking to the Urban League of Portland to help them recruit qualified and skilled job candidates. The Urban League's Career Fair presents a unique opportunity for employers to directly interact with a large pool of skilled candidates.

These employers are hiring for positions from entry-level to professional, from management to executive, ranging from construction and retail, to government and corporate opportunities. Job seekers in the Portland region have this opportunity to connect with a wide array of Portland-area employers who are actively seeking qualified candidates thanks, in part, to the sponsorship provided by: IHeartMedia, JAM'N 107.5, Comcast, Bank of America, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, the State of Oregon, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Port of Portland, the Oregon Health Authority, the Portland Development Commission, and the Oregon Lottery. The 22nd Annual Career Connections Job Fair will include employer participants from: Portland General Electric, Kaiser Permanente, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, NECA-IBEW, US Bank, TriMet, Country Financial, Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers, Constructing Hope, Northwest Natural, Portland General Electric, and many more.

The Urban League of Portland has deep and longstanding ties to local communities and historical and ongoing relationships with a broad spectrum of: faith-based organizations, sororities, fraternities, minority businesses, and neighborhood groups in the Portland Metro area. It is recognized as one of the best sources for diversity recruitment, and as one of the leading voices for African Americans, people of color, and others in the region.

Camile Coleman of Portland General Electric's Human Resources Department mentioned that "PGE looks forward to this job fair each year and, as expected, it proved a great opportunity to connect with dynamic and energized candidates. We were able to refer many people to job opportunities and network with the other great companies present." Oregon Health Science University's Manager of Workforce Equality and Inclusion Riikka Salonen said of the Urban League of Portland's Career Fair "Urban League of Portland's 2014 Career Fair turned out to be best job fair of the year for us. This event had great, professional candidates who were well-prepared with excellent resumes, professional appearance and good questions. I can not wait for the 2015 event!"

In addition to participating in the Career Fair, job seekers can access thousands of job postings from local employers through The Urban League's resource library, computer lab, and web site year-round.

This event is free and open to the public and conveniently located by both MAX and TriMet bus stations.

The Urban League will provide a FREE Professional Profile Photo, for job seeking patrons attending the Career Fair for use on employment related social networks, courtesy of Photography by Reba.

Contact Information: Debra Lindsay - dlindsay@ulpdx.org 503-280-2600 ext 640
Director of Workforce Development - Urban League of Portland
10 N Russell St, Portland OR 97227 fax: 503-281-2612

About the Urban League of Portland
The Urban League of Portland, founded in 1945, helps empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security. We are a non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in North Portland and an affiliate of the National Urban League.
MISSION
Our mission is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.
HISTORY
Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically under-served urban communities. The Urban League movement carries out its mission at the local, state and national levels through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community education and mobilization; coalitions, collaborations, and communications.
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Wells Fargo donating $5,000 for Albany school repairs
Wells Fargo - 04/02/15
ALBANY, Ore. - Wells Fargo is donating $5,000 to the Albany Public Schools Foundation for the South Albany High School Fire Relief Fund, following the fire there on April 1.

"We hope this gift will help the school, its staff and students recover as quickly as possible," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis.

Wells Fargo will also match donations its empl