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Wed. 03/22/17
UPDATE: Robbery Detectives Investigating Possible Carjacking on Highway 26 - Suspect in Custody
Portland Police Bureau - 03/22/17 9:21 PM
Late Wednesday, Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives booked 45-year-old Carlos Alberto Ruelas into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. He will be arraigned on Thursday.

Detectives learned that Ruelas was alongside Highway 26 westbound, just east of the Vista Ridge Tunnels, and that he was throwing large boulders at passing cars, damaging two of them. Traffic slowed and Ruelas forced his way into the victim's vehicle and told him to drive away. Ruelas was armed with a large stick and a pocket knife at the time of the robbery.

The victim was able to get out of the car on Highway 26 at 185th Avenue and police eventually stopped Ruelas in the car at Highway 26 and Jackson School Road.

The victim was not injured in this incident.

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On Wednesday March 22, 2017, at 1:48 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a person standing on the side of Highway 26 near the Canyon Tunnel yelling at cars and throwing things at cars.

Responding officers learned that at some point the suspect climbed into a stopped vehicle which left the area westbound on Highway 26. The driver of the vehicle was able to get out of the car at SW 185th Avenue and Highway 26 and relayed to police that he was compelled to drive by the suspect. Additional officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Beaverton Police Department assisted with the call and got the suspect stopped on Highway 26 and Jackson School Road, where he was taken into custody. The victim was not injured in this incident.

Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives are responding to continue the investigation.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Albertsons robbery with arrest of suspect
Bend Police Dept. - 03/22/17 8:53 PM
Date: 03/22/2017 Case # 2017-090326

Date & Time of Incident: 03/22/2017 @ 1847 hours

Type of Incident: Robbery III & Theft II

Location of Incident: 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons)

Victim Information: 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons)

Suspect Information: Thornsberry, Marcus 45 year old, Bend resident

Narrative:

On March 22nd, 2017, at 1847 hours Officers from the Bend Police Department responded to the area of 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons) as it was reported a robbery had occurred at the location.

It was reported the suspect demanded money from an employee cashier at a checkout stand. The suspect made threatening statements to the cashier as he demanded the money. The cashier gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and the subject fled from the business on foot. A description of the male suspect was provided and Officers from the Bend Police Department responded and checked the area for the suspect.

A citizen standing outside the business saw what was occurring and followed the suspect. The suspect had fled to the east on Revere Ave. and then went to the south on NE 5th St. The citizen reported last seeing the suspect go south on NE 5th St. before losing sight of the individual.

Officers then started checking the area and located a male subject in the area of NE 5th St./ Quimby Ave. The male matched the description of the suspect and was wearing the same clothing. The male was taken into custody by officers. The suspect was identified as Marcus Thornsberry. Officers seized evidence which included U.S. currency believed to be related to the crimes committed.

Thornsberry was transported to the Deschutes County Jail where he was lodged on the below charges.

Thornsberry's Charges: Robbery III and Theft II
Gresham's Citizen Volunteers in Policing Program Accepting Applications (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 03/22/17 7:27 PM
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Gresham, Ore. -- The City of Gresham Police Department is accepting applications for their Citizen Volunteers in Policing (CVIP) program until April 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Supported by the police department, selected volunteer citizens become familiar with the philosophy, policies and procedures of the Gresham Police Department as they are trained to serve as additional eyes and ears in community policing.

CVIP members create a visible presence in the city's parks, trails, residential areas and commerce centers. Volunteers do not carry weapons, confront suspects, nor participate in altercations; they observe and report.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, live or own a business within Gresham's city limits, pass a DMV and criminal background check. In addition, those selected to become CVIP members are required to be fingerprinted.

Applications are available at the police department's Information and Records window. Completed forms may be mailed to the police department or dropped off at the department's front desk.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-03/1278/102893/CVIP_Car.jpg
Five Car Crash Claims the Life of a Scappoose Man Near the Sauvie Island Bridge - Multnomah County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/17 4:52 PM
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On March 22, 2017, at about 9:55 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers from the St. Helens Worksite responded to a five vehicle crash on US 30 near milepost 10.5, just east of the Sauvie Island Bridge.

Preliminary information indicates that a red 2004 Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Lewis DEMARS, age 58, of Scappoose, was traveling eastbound on US 30 when the Ranger crossed over the centerline and into oncoming, westbound traffic. The Ranger struck a 2012 Toyota Camry, operated by Steven RICHARDS, age 46, of Vancouver, Washington, nearly head-on. The Camry began to spin and hit the side of a 2007 Kenworth dump truck, operated by Michael WILLIAMS, age 38, of Portland, which was also traveling westbound. After colliding with the dump truck, the Camry traveled across the centerline and into oncoming eastbound traffic, where it collided head-on with a 2010 Honda Fit, operated by Laurie DAVIS, age 61, of Scappoose. The Ranger continued eastbound a short distance after striking the Camry, where it crashed head-on into a 2003 GMC utility van, operated by Breckon SCOTT, age 26, of Camas, Washington, that was traveling westbound.

DEMARS was pronounced deceased at the scene. RICHARDS, DAVIS and SCOTT were transported to Emanuel Hospital with injuries. WILLIAMS was uninjured and remained on scene.

Both lanes of US 30 remained closed for approximately three hours while Troopers investigated the crash. Oregon State Police was assisted on scene by Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Fire and Rescue, Scappoose Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation.


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UPDATE: St. Patrick's Day Weekend Enhanced Patrols Results
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/17 4:20 PM
UPDATE: St. Patrick's Day Weekend Enhanced Patrols Results

March 22, 2017 --- Over the holiday weekend, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 14 drivers who were operating vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Two of the impaired drivers arrested struck Sheriff's Office Patrol cars, injuring the deputies.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a strict no-tolerance approach to impaired drivers that continue to threaten the public's safety.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE BELOW

Enhanced Sheriff's Patrols for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

March 15, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be on the roads providing extra patrols to enhance safety for the St Patrick's Day holiday weekend.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday weekend, deputies will also be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely and distracted drivers using mobile communication devices. The results of the enhanced patrol will be provided after the holiday weekend.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to many traffic related incidents that could have been avoided. Deputies are reminding everyone to designate a sober driver, slow down, avoid distractions and allow adequate following distances.

Please remember to be safe and considerate while enjoying the holiday.


Attached Media Files: PDF file
***Update - Name Release*** Fatal Crash on US Hwy 26 near Milepost 18 - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/17 4:01 PM
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Update:

The deceased male is Richard Franklin POLLOCK, age 44, of Ketchikan, Alaska, and his family members have been notified of their loss.

Previously released:

On March 14, 2017, at approximately 6:58 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US Highway 26 near milepost 18. This incident location occurred near the city limits of Seaside.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 Subaru Legacy was traveling eastbound on US 26 near milepost 18. While traveling eastbound, the driver identified as Kathy Barnes, age 43, of Seaside Oregon, struck a male pedestrian, who was standing in the travel portion of the roadway.

The deceased male has been identified as a 44 year old male from Ketchikan, Alaska. The name of the involved deceased male will be released pending notification of next of kin.

OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Elsie Fire Department, MEDIX and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours


Attached Media Files: Involved Vehicle
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility adds butterfly program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/22/17 3:56 PM
Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
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A butterfly recovery lab for the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly will soon be in operation at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. The project is the result of a grant awarded to the Oregon Zoo, which will provide oversight and equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The lab will be located in a medium facility housing unit, and will expand opportunities for women in custody to gain valuable work experience as butterfly lab technicians. Along with butterfly rearing, the project will also provide gardeners training to raise the plants needed to feed the butterflies when they are in the caterpillar stage. USFWS will drop off the first egg clusters in April for the butterfly lab technicians to start raising the caterpillars to pupation phase. The pupas will be taken to a protected habitat to hatch into adult butterflies.

This butterfly recovery program meets a long-term goal of DOC's sustainability plan in several ways. Among them is the ability to bring science and nature inside the medium institution, help improve Oregon ecosystems, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders that work with Oregon's endangered species and native plant habitat restoration projects. Opportunities like these help create collaborative, intellectually stimulating environments in which incarcerated men and women play key roles in conservation and scientific awareness.

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides intake and evaluation of all female and male inmates committed to state custody. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison.

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Attached Media Files: Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
Aggravated Theft Sale of Gold Bars (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/22/17 3:49 PM
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Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Case # 2017-63055

Date & Time of Incident: July 2016-February 2017
Type of Incident: Aggravated Theft by Deception/Conspiracy
Location of Incident: Multiple locations in Bend and Redmond, Oregon

Victim Information:
Levi Huffman, 47 year old male, Redmond resident
Craig Boatman, 29 year old male, Bend resident
Justin Leiva, 29 year old male, Bend resident
William Fleming, 65 year old male, Bend resident

Suspect Information:
(1)17 year old male juvenile, Bend resident
(2)17 year old male juvenile, Bend resident



Narrative:
On March 21st two Bend juveniles were arrested for multiple counts of aggravated theft by deception and conspiracy.

This investigation stemmed from the juveniles using online websites to buy artificial gold bars that resembled authentic gold bars. The juveniles sold the artificial gold bars to unsuspecting Bend residents as authentic gold bars over the past year. The juveniles were sophisticated and used multiple ways to conceal their identity and scheme. The juveniles were able to identify local residents that were interested in purchasing gold through Craig's List and set up meetings to make the transactions.

Bend Police received first report on February 24th regarding gold bars. Multiple reports of similar activity came in through March 21st identifying two male juvenile suspects.

Several officers and detectives spent a substantial amount of investigative time on this case. Officers were able to locate, interview, and arrest the juveniles. Combined, the suspects received over $50,000 in US currency and other goods for the artificial gold. Bend Police was able to recover some of the money used to purchase the artificial gold bars.

Both juveniles were contacted at their Bend residences and transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department where they were lodged on the charges listed below.

We are asking the community to let us know if you purchased Royal Canadian Mint bars or Perth Mint bars (see attached photos) from someone other than a dealer between July 2016 and March 21, 2017. If you have information regarding purchasing or being asked to purchase these type of gold bars please contact the Bend Police at 541-693-6911.

Bend Police wants to warn citizens from buying precious metals and gems from unknown persons. If you want to purchase metals and gems we suggest contacting reputable dealers in the area. We also want citizens to be diligent regarding who they are communicating with on line before setting up a meeting.



Charges:
Suspect Juvenile 1
Aggravated Theft I by Deception, 2 Counts
Theft I by Deception/False Pretenses, 3 Counts
Felony Computer Crime, 6 Counts
Felony Criminal Conspiracy, 6 Counts
Money Laundering

Suspect Juvenile 2
Aggravated Theft I by Deception, 1 Count
Theft I by Deception/False Pretenses, 3 Counts
Felony Computer Crime, 5 Counts
Felony Criminal Conspiracy, 5 Counts


Attached Media Files: Fake Perth Mint , Fake Royal Canadian Mint
North Clackamas Schools Donates $10,000 to Hands-Only CPR Program for Students (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 03/22/17 3:38 PM
NCS Students Learning CPR
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Clackamas Fire District #1 has partnered with North Clackamas Schools to provide hands-only CPR and AED training as part of the new health curriculum for middle schools across the state of Oregon. North Clackamas Schools (NCS) has generously donated $10,000 to Clackamas Fire to purchase inflatable CPR manikins that are included in the hands-only CPR kits for students of North Clackamas Schools.

The donation from NCS couldn't have come at a more crucial time, as the School District continues to grow and with the limited number of manikins, students haven't been able to take their kits home to practice their skills and teach three to ten friends or family members. The funding from NCS will add an additional 350 CPR manikins, which are due to arrive March 23, 2017.

"Clackamas Fire is extremely proud of the partnership we have created with the North Clackamas Schools. We are now able to purchase much needed mannequins to help ensure students learn how to help save a life through performing CPR," said Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton.

The health classes that make up NCS include: Happy Valley Middle School, Rock Creek Middle School, Alder Creek Middle School, Rowe Middle School, Sabin-Schellenberg Center, and Clackamas High School. Each semester, the school's health classes receive CPR training, which was implemented into the curriculum for the 2015-2016 school year.

"North Clackamas Schools benefits from effective community partnerships. We don't always get to say those partnerships have live-saving implications," says Superintendent Matt Utterback. "This is a partnership that is directly tied to teaching our students a life-saving skill that they can use in our local community."

There were 2,400 students taught for the 2015-2016 school year and 9,595 community members were taught CPR by students. There have been 2,115 students taught for the 2016-2017 school year. Through the help and support of NCS and in collaboration with Clackamas Fire, students will have the tools they need to potentially save a life.


Attached Media Files: NCS Students Learning CPR , Rock Creek Middle School CPR
UPDATE - Cause: Fire at the North Clackamas School District Facility Building goes to second alarm (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 03/22/17 3:28 PM
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From Tuesday: At 8:00pm this evening, Clackamas Fire District #1 (CFD #1) firefighters responded to the report of a fire at the North Clackamas School District Facility Operations building located at 12449 Fuller Rd in Milwaukie. After the first crews arrived, the fire was immediately upgraded to a second alarm due to the size of the building and the large amount of fire showing. They quickly started to attack the fire as next arriving apparatus went inside to search for victims and to the roof to ventilate the building. The fire was reported under control within 30 minutes of the initial call. No injuries were reported and Clackamas Fire Investigators are on scene to determine the cause. Clackamas Fire was assisted by Portland Fire and Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff and AMR.

There was a worker on scene when the fire broke out and he immediately called 911 to report the fire. Immediate notification to dispatch, two fire stations located near the building, and the quick deployment of water to the fire contributed to the quick extinguishment of the fire. There were some calls to dispatch of a possible car into the building but firefighters quickly determined this was a car parked in front of the building.

UPDATE: 3/22 at 3:22 pm

FIRE INVESTIGATION INFORMATION;

The cause of the fire was gasoline vapors venting from a pressurized portable fueling equipment. Unfortunately, the vapors migrated upward and reached the pilot light of the gas ceiling furnace. The pilot light ignited the vapors. The maintenance shop was heavily damaged by the fire and The fire wall protected the office space and carpentry shop next door. Numerous tools and equipment were damaged by the fire.


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Clark County Traffic Safety Task Force awarded State Farm Grant. (Photo)
Clark Co. Traffic Safety Task Force - Target Zero - 03/22/17 3:21 PM
Presented by Eric Morton a State Farm agent, and Daniel Losk State Farm Public Affairs Specialist to Sergeant Tim Wilson of the Battle Ground Police Department and Hilary Torres Target Zero Manager.
Presented by Eric Morton a State Farm agent, and Daniel Losk State Farm Public Affairs Specialist to Sergeant Tim Wilson of the Battle Ground Police Department and Hilary Torres Target Zero Manager.
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The Clark County Traffic Safety Task Force was awarded a $5,000 grant from State Farm this week. The funds will be used to further traffic safety education and outreach programs.


Attached Media Files: Presented by Eric Morton a State Farm agent, and Daniel Losk State Farm Public Affairs Specialist to Sergeant Tim Wilson of the Battle Ground Police Department and Hilary Torres Target Zero Manager.
Increased law enforcement presence in Battle Ground on March 29th. (Photo)
Clark Co. Traffic Safety Task Force - Target Zero - 03/22/17 3:10 PM
Zero death and fatalities on Washington roadways by 2030!
Zero death and fatalities on Washington roadways by 2030!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2017

Battle Ground, Washington. -- On Wednesday, March 29th, officers from law enforcement agencies all over Clark County will be in the city of Battle Ground enforcing pedestrian safety laws to keep both pedestrians and drivers safe.

Remember to walk on sidewalks facing oncoming traffic. If no sidewalks are present, walk on pathways as far away as possible from the roadway. Always look left, then right, and left again before you begin crossing the roadway. Finally, always cross at intersections and stay within the crosswalk lines, if available.

Thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement agencies in Southwest Washington will have additional officers conducting enforcement throughout the year to help keep our roadways safer.


Attached Media Files: Zero death and fatalities on Washington roadways by 2030!
Portland Trail Blazers Starter Evan Turner Teams up with Blessings in a Backpack to Feed Children at Alder Elementary Through "I Have a Dream" Oregon
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 03/22/17 2:14 PM
Following the Kick-off Assembly, Turner will join the students to pack food in Blessings in a Backpacks that will be sent home with them that day.

WHAT:
Evan Turner of the Portland Trail Blazers is set to announce his partnership with "I Have A Dream" Oregon to provide Blessings in a Backpack to 100 students from Alder Elementary school in Portland. Alongside representatives from the two deserving organizations, Turner will attend a special Kick-off Assembly for the students and staff at the school. Immediately following the assembly, Turner will be available for a brief media session, then the media is invited to stay and join him and the students while they assemble the bags of nutritious food items that will go home with them for the weekend.

WHEN:
Friday, March 24, 2017 1:30 PDT
Media Session - 2:00 to 2:10 PM

WHERE:
Alder Elementary School 17200 SE Alder St., Portland

WHO:
Mr. Evan Turner, Portland Trail Blazers Students and Staff, Alder Elementary Representatives from "I Have A Dream" Oregon


About Blessings in a Backpack: Hunger has both short- and long-term negative effects on children's health and ability to succeed in school. Blessings in a Backpack is mobilizing communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry and is currently providing 2.8 million hunger free weekends to nearly 93,000 children in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

About "I Have a Dream" Oregon: Since 1990, "I Have a Dream" Oregon has empowered students from poverty-impacted communities to thrive in school, college and career. In 2010 "I Have a Dream" Oregon formed a 15-year partnership with the Reynolds School District, and Alder Elementary became the nation's first Dreamer School. Since that time, tremendous gains have been made in Kindergarten readiness, parent engagement, family housing stability, and high school on-track to graduate rates. Learn more at dreamoregon.org.


Attached Media Files: Media Advsiory Evan Turner Visit to Alder
Oregon's Public Safety Career Fair Looks to Fill 500 Vacancies
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/22/17 2:00 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the 2017 Oregon Public Safety Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem (4190 Aumsville Highway SE) on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 in partnership with Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and the Oregon Peace Officers Association. More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies are participating and we have created the attached flyer for the event that will give more details.

Our message is simple, today agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, fire-rescue, emergency communications) and non-sworn (analysts, chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

Equally important retirement data shows that many more seasoned public safety professionals are getting ready to retire and over the next two years and agencies will be looking to fill approximately 1,000 positions statewide. You will see that on each day we will also offer tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy and also offer break-out sessions that cover some specific topics such as women in public safety, veterans in public safety, and others.

We ask that you please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested in a career in public safety.


Attached Media Files: Career Day Flyer
Union County Farm Bureau president talks respect for water, opposition to bills
Oregon Farm Bureau - 03/22/17 1:32 PM
[On March 22, the House Energy & Environment Committee will hold hearings on two costly water-related bills: HB 2705, which would require farmers outside irrigation districts to install expensive measuring devices on all water diversions, and HB 2706, which would impose a $100 tax on water rights.]

In the heart of the scenic Grand Ronde River Valley in far eastern Oregon, along Catherine Creek, Jed Hassinger, president of Union County Farm Bureau, raises an interesting mix of crops: peppermint, sunflowers, wheat, and grass seed.

He and his brother Seth are the fifth generation to run the family farm and keep a proud agricultural heritage thriving.

"Over the years we've learned to manage this land well. We take pride in it and really value that," said Hassinger. "It's important that we're good environmental stewards so future generations can enjoy the same farming productivity and wildlife and all the aesthetic values we enjoy now."

But when he hears about bills that would substantially increase his farm's costs -- and specifically a $100-per-water-right fee with HB 2706 -- it frustrates him.

"They call it a 'management fee,' but you pay money when you apply for a water right. It seems like another tax, which is not insignificant if it's for the maximum $1,000 a year," he said. "It's especially tough now when commodity prices are so low and margins are so slim, to have that kind of a tax added on to our farm's expenses when we could be putting that toward more efficient irrigation infrastructure or upgrading equipment."

Oregon's farmers already pay a significant amount to maintain the infrastructure needed to deliver water to their crops, including increasing electricity costs. The value of a water right is already part of the property values they pay taxes on every year.

This new fee would not go to providing any direct benefit to family farms. Instead, it would go to the Department of Water Resources (OWRD) for administrative costs and studies.

Meanwhile, HB 2705 would require measurement and reporting for all water rights outside of irrigation districts and cities. The proposal would require installation of costly measurement devices and authorizes OWRD to impose a punitive penalty of up to $500 per day with no exceptions for equipment failure.

HB 2705 also is impractical for many farm and ranch families. Technologically advanced measurement devices are expensive, and would be particularly so for farms with multiple diversion points. HB 2705 is an unnecessary cost burden on rural households.

Most of Oregon's farmers are already exemplary environmental stewards, committed to doing more with less without state-mandated measurement systems. These families care about maintaining a healthy environment -- they depend on it for their livelihood -- and are constantly striving to conserve water, improve soil health, increase energy efficiency, and, of course, raise the highest-quality crops possible.

For example, a few years ago, Hassinger received an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) grant to experiment with soil moisture sensors.

"It's been a monumental change in the way we manage irrigation," he said. "We have about 75 sensors so we can keep tabs on the exact soil moisture in different fields. We're able to know when to water and how much is needed."

The precise, targeted technology prevents inadvertent over-watering of crops, thereby limiting water runoff, reducing overall water use, and keeping the soil's nutrients intact for the plants.

While it's difficult to know for sure, Hassinger estimates the sensors are to thank for a 15% improvement in water conservation.

The farm is also transitioning to a more-efficient pivot irrigation systems from wheel lines, and uses variable-frequency motors on pumps to save both water and energy.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/22/17 1:25 PM
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 22, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // 503-986-0722 (desk) // 503-931-2590 (cell) // chris.havel@oregon.gov (email best on 3/22 and 3/23)

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park

Sublimity, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton and Sublimity, Oregon.

On April 4, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to tour Silver Falls (http://bit.ly/SilverFallsSP), followed by a work session and training at the Smith Creek meeting hall in the park.

On April 5, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the park's North Falls meeting hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Award $7.3 million in grants for all-terrain vehicle recreation. Grants fund ATV riding area operations and maintenance, law enforcement, and acquisitions. Information is online at http://bit.ly/oregonatvgrants.

>> Approve two appointments to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee: Ann Haak from Burns, and John Omlin from Eugene. Members of the committee are volunteers who review ATV recreation accident information and recommend appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders, among other responsibilities.

>> Award $160,000 in grants for veterans and war memorial grants. More information on the program is online at http://bit.ly/oregonvetmemorialgrants.

>> Authorize quitclaiming a deed to 0.44 acres of unneeded right-of-way property in Crook County to an adjacent landowner.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/april2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team will meet Wednesday, March 29 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/22/17 12:15 PM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee -- Executive Team meets Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 280, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, new member election, OPA 2 position updates, ASL interpretive services, RFP updates, Deaf Culture training discussion, review of bylaws, review of budget, and comments or concerns.

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

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

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee:
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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"Extraordinary," "Historical," "Memorable," and "Must-be-seen" events coming to the Evergreen Museum Campus --Come Visit!
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 03/22/17 11:47 AM
McMinnville, Ore. (March 22,2017) -- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is excited to announce new events and historical happenings for 2017. Not only will the Museum open its campus for a Solar Eclipse event on Aug. 21, we will celebrate our new partnership with The Falls Event Center, and commemorate the one and only Spruce Goose and its 70th Flight Anniversary, just to name a few of our exciting events.

The Falls Event Center -- Grand Opening Event
Come celebrate and tour the newest of The Falls Event Centers, located on the Evergreen Museum Campus. Take a tour of the newly developed Lodge, formerly the Chapel, and the Main Hall located in the Space Museum. Enjoy complimentary food, beverages, and entertainment.
Date: March 29 2 pm -- 8 pm

Spring Break Camp:
Evergreen Museum's 1-day camp provides students with a fun-filled model rocket experience. They will build and fly 2 model rockets, one they get to keep at the end of the day and another team rocket they must design and build from scratch.
Date: March 31 8 am - 3 pm
Pre-Registration requested

History Continued
Join us in the Space Museum at our Galaxy theater as the museums' docents explore topics including Nuclear Powered Submarines, Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck operations, F-100, Living in Space, A-10 Warthog, and much more.
Date: Tuesdays 2 pm -- 3 pm and one Saturday a month.
Please check the Museum website for time and topic.
Included with admission.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Join the museum educational staff along with speakers from NASA JPL for this historic event. Watch the Solar Eclipse in the heart of the Yamhill Valley.
Date: August 21 - the campus will open at 6 am
Presentations: starting at 8 am (more details to come)
Cost: $5 per person, includes glasses for viewing the eclipse.

70th Anniversary of the Flight of the Spruce Goose - November 2, 2017
Join us and hear about this one of a kind artifact from Spruce Goose experts. Learn the story of how it came to be at the Evergreen Museum, the reason behind constructing a wooden airplane, and much more. Help us to celebrate this amazing artifact.
Date: November 2, 2017
Presentations and Speaker information to come.
Cost: Included with Admission


About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Discover more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
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Portland Parks & Recreation presents Arbor Day 2017: a free, family-friendly festival on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 03/22/17 10:39 AM
Photos of Arbor Day 2015 bucket truck rides are courtesy of PP&R.
Photos of Arbor Day 2015 bucket truck rides are courtesy of PP&R.
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(Portland, OR) --

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is proud to present the City's annual Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10am-3pm at Mt Scott Park in southeast Portland.

What: Portland's Arbor Day 2017
When: Saturday April 22, 2017 (Earth Day), 10am-3pm
Where: Mt Scott Park, at SE 72nd Ave between Harold St and Knight St (accessible via the #10, #14 and #72 TriMet buses as well as car, bike or by foot)
Check our website for updates to the event: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/arbor

"Trees are an essential component of Portland's livability," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "They help enhance the environment, provide shade and wildlife habitat, filter stormwater runoff, and improve air quality. Arbor Day 2017 is a chance to come together and celebrate the special contributions that trees make to our quality of life."

Arbor Day 2017 is a free, multicultural festival for all ages, Enjoy food from local vendors and participate in activities for the whole family underneath towering Douglas fir trees. Commissioner Amanda Fritz and PP&R Director Mike Abbaté will welcome guests with brief remarks. Enjoy musical performances all afternoon! Fun, food and festivity runs from 10am-3pm including:

Bucket truck rides (a free, birds-eye view of Portland from above the tree tops, see photos)
Tamales from Tierra del Sol
Asian cuisine from Sisters Fusion
The Latin sounds of Trio Matices
Eclectic melodies from international recording artist Darka Dusty and her partner, Miri Stebivka
Vocal stylings of acapella group B-Side Book Club
Learn about the history of Portland's urban forest
An ecological scavenger hunt
Botanical printmaking
Face painting
A tree climbing demonstration
Tree seedling giveaways, and
The Bill Naito Community Trees Awards, presented to one individual and one group exemplifying tree-mendous achievements!

"The City of Portland will also receive the designation as a 'Tree City USA' for the 40th consecutive year," notes Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. "Arbor Day -- held, appropriately, on Earth Day - is a chance to celebrate our history of caring for trees and the environment. And it will be a day of family fun for all!"

For more information, please contact: Nik.Desai@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry
The mission of PP&R's Urban Forestry division is to manage and care for Portland's forest infrastructure in the City, for current and future generations. Our urban forest consists of 220,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees. Urban Forestry is involved in managing or regulating all of these trees to differing degrees- creating and implementing the City's Urban Forest Management Plan, fostering community tree awareness and stewardship, developing tree policies and programs, monitoring and assessing the urban forest, issuing permits for planting, pruning, and removal of public and some private trees, and responding to tree emergencies.

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Attached Media Files: Photos of Arbor Day 2015 bucket truck rides are courtesy of PP&R. , Photos of Arbor Day 2015 bucket truck rides are courtesy of PP&R. , Photos of Arbor Day 2016 are courtesy of Ben Brink and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR. , Photos of Arbor Day 2016 are courtesy of Ben Brink and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.
Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 25-Year-Old Woman (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/22/17 10:26 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 25-year-old woman.

Maddie Elizabeth Smith is described as a white female, 5'3" tall, 125 pounds, brown hair that is dyed pink, blue eyes, multiple piercings, last seen wearing an unknown color shirt and pants. Smith was not wearing shoes or a coat.

Smith was last seen on March 14, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. in the area of Southeast Foster Road and 172nd Avenue when she ran away from her father's vehicle. Smith has struggled with addiction and may have been under the influence of intoxicants at the time she ran away.

Smith has no known medical issues and is her own guardian but family is concerned about her welfare.

Mountain Wave Search and Rescue (SAR) assisted with an area search today near Southeast 172nd Avenue and Foster Road but did not locate Smith or any indication she's in the area.

Anyone seeing Smith is asked to call 9-1-1 so police can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information about Smith or her whereabouts should contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov

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Burglary Suspect Arrested North Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/17 9:54 AM
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A man believed to be involved in several burglaries and vehicle thefts in north Marion County has been arrested. Last night at around 9 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a tip that Matthew, Goldsby, age 28 was staying in a travel trailer in the 2900 block of the Crooked Finger Road NE, outside of Scott's Mills.

Several deputies and a searched the trailer and found Goldsby hiding in a compartment inside the trailer, Goldsby was arrested without incident or injury. Goldsby became the focus of several investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions after he was captured on video at several locations after they had been burglarized.

Goldsby is being held without bail at the Marion County Jail for a lengthy list of crimes that can be obtained on the Marion County Jail web site. Goldsby is expected to appear in court today at the Circuit Court Annex at 3 p.m.


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Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Monitoring and coordination with health officials continue
Portland Water Bureau - 03/22/17 9:25 AM
The Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring for Cryptosporidium. Between March 12 and March 17, one sample out of five was positive for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. The detection was from a sample collected Sunday, March 12, from the Bull Run Watershed intake, and is the 14th positive sample this year. One Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in this 50-liter sample.

The Portland Water Bureau monitors for Cryptosporidium under conditions of a variance for the treatment of Cryptosporidium issued by its regulators at the Oregon Health Authority. After the first detections of Cryptosporidium in early January 2017, the Portland Water Bureau increased monitoring at the drinking water intake. These results are part of that effort.

The Portland Water Bureau continues to coordinate with public health officials and the Oregon Health Authority. At this time, the bureau and our public health partners at Multnomah County, continue to believe the health risk to the public from Bull Run water is low. The bureau continues to recommend that people with severely weakened immune systems seek specific advice from their health care providers about drinking water. There is no need for the general public to take additional precautions.

While it is possible that low-level detections of Cryptosporidium from the Bull Run will continue, current evidence from public health data, monitoring results, and watershed investigations, as well as extensive consultation with public health officials, have provided confidence in the Portland Water Bureau's decision to continue serving Bull Run water.

The bureau will continue to sample the Bull Run for Cryptosporidium and gather information about these detections.

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the City's website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. The media will also be notified of any further low-level detections on a weekly basis, if they occur. The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further testing results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-03/1240/102871/Final_Crypto_Press_Release_032217.docx
Vancouver's State of the City Address March 30 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 03/22/17 9:14 AM
Artillery Barracks
Artillery Barracks
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On Thursday, March 30, Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt will present the 2017 State of the City Address at Fort Vancouver's Artillery Barracks Building, 600 Hatheway Road, Vancouver. This free, public event will start at 5 p.m.

The Mayor's annual event will celebrate the City's achievements, growth and progress over the past year, as well as future opportunities and initiatives.

Following the address, attendees will have an opportunity to take a self-guided tour of four city-owned historic buildings undergoing renovation at Fort Vancouver: Infantry Barracks, Quartermaster's Storehouse, Dental Surgery and the Artillery Barracks.

Attendees are invited to bring new, gently used children's books for donation to the Police Activities League's literacy program.

The State of the City Address will air live on the City of Vancouver's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/vancouverus), Periscope (@vancouverus) and Instagram (@vancouverus) pages. Following the event, a recording of the event will be available on Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) channel 23 and HD channel 323 or online at www.cvtv.org.

A State of the City Annual Report to Citizens will be inserted into Columbian subscribers' newspapers and posted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/vansoc on March 30. Copies of the report also will be available at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.

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Attached Media Files: Artillery Barracks , Mayor Tim Leavitt , Vancouver then and now
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/21/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/22/17 8:15 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/21/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-503

On 03/21/2017 at around 1612 hrs., police were dispatched to a reported juvenile abuse. A report was taken and forwarded to the appropriate agencies.

SANDY:

18 2017-500

On 03/21/2017 at about 0750 hrs., code enforcement and police responded to the 18000 block of Meinig Avenue regarding an animal complaint; a neighbor's dog reportedly attacked another dog. A report was taken.

18 2017-504

On 03/21/2017 at about 1858 hrs., police took a report about a runaway juvenile. A report was taken and the juvenile was entered into appropriate databases.

18 2017-505

On 03/21/2017 at 2116 hrs., police stopped four individuals in the 17000 block of Meinig Ave. Three of them were local juveniles, and the fourth was Riccardo J. Moyer (23, of Sandy). After an investigation, Mr. Moyer was arrested for Distributing a Controlled Substance-Marijuana to someone under the age of 18 (a felony) and for Providing Alcohol to a Minor. He was transported to the Clackamas County jail.
Burn-to-Learn Training Today in Hillsboro
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 03/22/17 7:35 AM
Today, March 22,from 9:00am - 4:30 pm, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue will conduct a training house burn 2990 SE 75th Avenue in Hillsboro.
The Burn-to-Learn exercise will give valuable live-fire training in a residential structure to Hillsboro's newly-hired firefighter recruits, as well as the department's career and volunteer firefighters.

The Burn-to-Learn exercise will begin at 9am when Hillsboro Fire & Rescue training officers set small fires, one at a time, inside the house. Training officers will then accompany firefighters inside to extinguish the fires. The drill will be supervised by experienced, career firefighters and will adhere to strict safety guidelines. Firefighters have ensured that all that remains in the home is normal, non-hazardous building materials. Once the interior training is completed, the house will be allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner. There will be teams of firefighters at the scene from beginning until all flames are extinguished.

Motorists can expect that traffic on SE 75th Avenue from SE Tualatin Valley Hwy to SE Johnson Street will be restricted from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue conducts these types of training burns a few times a year. Training Officer Jeff Gurske explains, "Live fire training exercises are especially valuable for Hillsboro Fire & Rescue's newest firefighters by allowing them to witness fire behavior and smoke conditions in a burning structure." Gurske added, "Firefighters are able to learn the capabilities of their equipment and apply tactics in a controlled environment."

The home used in this training exercise was donated by the owner to make way for future construction on the property.


To learn more about Hillsboro Fire & Rescue's Burn-to-Learn training, or to find out how to donate a house for a future Burn-to-Learn, contact Training Coordinator Jeff Gurske at 503-681-3903.
News media wishing to attend can contact Bruce Montgomery at 503-615-6666, PIO pager.

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Commendation Awards presented to Stimson Mill Workers after cardiac arrest save
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue - 03/22/17 6:47 AM
On March 9th 2017, at the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting at the Gaston Rural Fire Protection District, Stimson Mill Workers Jerry Allen, Jeff Green, Robert Schmidt, Herb Lemke, Dennis Donahue, Steve Matsell and Will Reynolds were all presented with a lifesaving commendation coin for their life saving efforts during a sudden cardiac arrest call on February 17th, 2017.


Attached Media Files: 2017-03/1797/102866/Gaston_Fire_Cardiac_Arrest_Press_Release.pdf
Gaston Firefighters Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue - 03/22/17 6:45 AM
On February 25th 2017, Gaston Rural Fire Protection District hosted their annual Awards Dinner Banquet at the Elk Cove Vineyards recreation room. The annual awards banquet is a time for department members and family to recognize the achievements made throughout the year of service to the communities they serve. Guest speakers were Joel Peterson, Matt Aalto and Chief Kinkade. Catering was provided by Elk Cove Vineyards.


Attached Media Files: Gaston Awards
Ten Grand Pianos keep the music playing all year round (Photo)
Mortensen Communications - 03/22/17 6:30 AM
Ten Grands at the Schnitzer
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A Commitment To Music Education, No Strings Attached

Portland, OR, March 22, 2017 -- On April 15, 2017, the stage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall will be filled with ten grand pianos, played to perfection by ten extraordinary musicians. Ten Grands, now in its sixteenth year, is a one of a kind musical event that showcases the piano in all of its beauty.

Created by Michael Allen Harrison as a benefit for the Snowman Foundation, a non-profit he started in 1999, Ten Grands highlights an array of music from classical to jazz and new age to contemporary pop. Proceeds from the event support the Snowman Foundation's effort to bring music education to children through individual or school-based music instruction.

THE SNOWMAN FOUNDATION

Founded by Michael Allen Harrison, the Snowman Foundation provides funding and programs to bring musical instruments, instruction, and inspiration to young people.

One of the primary focuses of the foundation is Play it Forward, a program that brings donated instruments to schools, families and other community organizations. In the past year, nearly 100 instruments were donated and placed in the Portland metro area. The program also provides scholarship opportunities for music instruction.

"Through Play it Forward," said Harrison, "musical instruments that are not being used find their way into schools and homes, giving creativity and passion a place to grow."

PLAYING IT FORWARD

Harrison's wife Marietta, director of Play it Forward, officially took on the role in the spring of 2016, following her own passion for music education and a personal understanding of how music changes lives.

"We get requests for everything from pianos to cellos; flutes to clarinets," she said, "We hear from choir teachers, band directors, and individuals who are not able to provide instruments for their children."

Through the process of receiving donations and presenting instruments, Harrison learns a lot about the people in the community. She has seen, firsthand, how a beautiful piano in a choir room, or in a family's living room, can make a lasting difference in the life of young people.

FOSTERING A LOVE FOR MUSIC

When tragedy struck a local family, Peggy Hoots and her husband Harry left their home in Hawaii to return to Portland. They came home to care for their daughters' two young boys, their two young grandsons, George and Jeremy. Peggy and Harry became foster parents for the boys.

"They had suffered a terrible trauma and were facing a rough road ahead," said Hoots. "We moved into a place where the boys could live with us, and we were committed to keeping them together, and with family."

Peggy knew she had to engage her grandsons in activities that would help give them a sense of security, purpose, and an opportunity to heal. She enrolled them in the Harmony Road Music Center in Clackamas.

It was through Harmony Road that Peggy heard about the Snowman Foundation and the instrument donation program, Play it Forward. She immediately completed a request for a piano. At the time, the boys had been playing on an electric keyboard in the Hoots' home. A real piano would make a difference for the boys, particularly for George, the older of the two, who had a growing enthusiasm for music and was practicing every day.

In response to the request, the Hoots family received a beautiful upright piano, fully tuned and ready to play, in May 2016. Immediately, the boys fell in love with it.

"I was amazed because it was really nice and sounded so much better than the keyboard," said George, now 11, and the older of the two brothers.

The boys began playing duets and practicing for their weekly lessons at Harmony Road. A few months after the Hoots family welcomed the piano into their home, George and his brother were invited by Michael Allen Harrison to play for a sponsors' reception for Ten Grands on the Green. Produced by the Snowman Foundation and held at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, this summer concert event is a partnership between the Snowman Foundation and the Tigard Rotary.

When asked about playing for the sponsors before the 2016 concert, George said, "I really liked playing for everyone because I liked making them happy. Also, I love the sound of the music, so it was fun to play."

He played Lunar Eclipse by Nancy and Randall Faber and The Hoedown by Catherine Rollin. He will play both pieces at the sponsors' reception before Ten Grands in Portland on April 15.

George said he practices "each piece three times, every day" to prepare for his performance.

Peggy and Harry have since adopted both boys, and have also taken in their two granddaughters, the boys' half-sisters. The family recently moved from a two-bedroom rental to a larger place to accommodate everyone. The piano is featured prominently in the living home and is a treasured addition to their family.

UNCONDITIONAL GIVING

As part of its mission, the Snowman Foundation is committed to offering access to music education for all -- no strings attached. That is more than just an idea for the people who work together to bring to life a vision of unconditional opportunity. For the Harrisons and the many volunteers connected to the organization, it goes beyond placing instruments in homes and schools; it's about changing lives through music and asking nothing in return. Well, almost nothing...

"We don't have a list of rules that come with these instruments," said Marietta, "but we do ask that each recipient consider this an opportunity to give back, personally. Giving back could mean taking time to mentor young people, performing for others, or one day, perhaps, donating their instruments to help continue the legacy of music."

Over the last decade, Ten Grands has expanded to include Ten Grands Seattle and Ten Grands on the Green, both fundraisers for music education.

In addition to the show on April 15, The Snowman Foundation also offers Ten Grands for Kids, a special show created for school-age children. There are two performances on April 14 and this year's production is already sold out. The show is free to student groups is a memorable musical experience for the thousands of children who attend the event at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Since the first concert in 2000, Ten Grands has raised nearly three million dollars for music education. What began as the vision of Northwest composer and pianist Michael Allen Harrison has evolved into a community effort that shares the joy, the healing, the learning, and the life-changing gifts of music.

For more information about the Snowman Foundation and to purchase tickets for Ten Grands on April 15, 2017, visit http://www.snowmanfoundation.org.

TEN GRANDS
Saturday, April 15, 7 PM
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Tickets online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ten
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MEDIA CONTACT: Rachael Mortensen
RachaelGMortensen@gmail.com, (503) 550-9463


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Tue. 03/21/17
Grand Jury Determines Officer's Use of Deadly Force Justified in February Shooting in Northeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/21/17 6:30 PM
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On March 21, 2017, a Multnomah County Grand Jury determined that a Portland Police Bureau officer was justified in his use of deadly force in the February 2017 shooting death of 17-year-old Quanice (pronounced QUAN-ess) Derrick Hayes. Detectives notified the Hayes' family of the results of the grand jury late Tuesday afternoon.

The officer involved in the shooting is Officer Andrew Hearst, a seven-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, currently assigned to East Precinct.

The investigative reports and grand jury transcripts (when available) will be posted to the Bureau's web page, https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/52175 where information about all officer-involved shooting investigations since 2010 is publicly available.

This investigation began on February 9, 2017, at 7:24 a.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Portland Value Inn hotel, located at 1707 Northeast 82nd Avenue. As officers were responding, they learned that the victim was sitting in his car across the street from the hotel when the suspect robbed him at gunpoint. The victim told police that the suspect, later determined to be Hayes, put a gun to his head and held him hostage for approximately 30 minutes in the car then stole his Oregon Trail EBT card and an item of clothing. The victim described Hayes to police as a black male in his 20s, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans, armed with a handgun. The victim described the handgun to police as a large caliber handgun, desert camouflage in color. The victim told police that Hayes walked away toward 82nd Avenue after the robbery.

At 7:26 a.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a car prowler at the Banfield Pet Hospital, located at 1816 Northeast 82nd Avenue, where the victim provided a description of the suspect consistent with the first 9-1-1 call of the robbery. An article of clothing found in the victim's car was linked to the robbery victim at the Portland Value Inn.

At 7:36 a.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of an unwanted person in the yard of a home in the 8300 block of Northeast Tillamook Street. The caller provided a description of the suspect consistent with the previous two 9-1-1 calls.

At 7:48 a.m., officers checking the neighborhood contacted the suspect in the unwanted call, later determined to be Hayes, in the side-yard of the residence and he told officers he lived in the home. As officers checked with the resident, Hayes ran from officers southbound behind the home so officers established a neighborhood perimeter and began to search for Hayes, assisted by a Canine Unit. Officers noticed that Hayes was holding his waistband as he ran from police.

Based on information gathered at the crime scenes, the officers believed that Hayes was the same person involved in all three incidents, including the armed robbery. Near the Tillamook address, Hayes left behind a small bag and items scattered about the ground, some of which were determined to have come from the car prowl at the Banfield Pet Hospital.

During the neighborhood search, the Canine Unit led officers to a residence in the 8300 block of Northeast Hancock Street, where they located a broken window in a door, large enough for a person to enter the home. Officers began to focus on the residence as a possible burglary location and were developing a plan to possibly search the home when they discovered an open window at the opening to an alcove between the garage and the home. at 9:21 a.m, the officers encountered Hayes crouching deep in the alcove. Officers believed he was armed with a handgun, as reported by the robbery victim, and was involved in the car prowl and burglary.

Officers ordered Hayes to crawl out of the alcove, which he started to do, but then stopped and got upright on his knees. Hayes was ordered multiple times by officers to keep his hands up, but made repeated and deliberate motions with his hands to the area of his waistband and pockets. During this encounter, Officer Hearst fired three shots from his patrol rifle at Hayes, striking and killing him. After the shooting, officers approached Hayes to take him into custody and render immediate medical aid. Medical personnel arrived and determined that Hayes was deceased.

A desert tan-colored handgun was found next to Hayes on the ground. It was later determined that the handgun was a realistic-looking replica firearm (photo released).

At the time of the shooting, Hayes had in his possession the robbery victim's EBT card as well as property stolen from the home on Hancock Street.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Hayes was shot three times -- twice in the torso and once in the head. Toxicology results on Hayes' blood showed numerous drugs including cocaine, benzodiazepine and hydrocodone. An examination of the replica firearm by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab showed Hayes' DNA on the gun.

Once the investigation was complete, it was forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for presentation to the grand jury.

Officer-involved shootings receive a high level of investigation and internal review. As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The Portland Police Bureau respects the value and sanctity of human life and recognizes the inherent dignity of every person. The Bureau understands that investing officers with the authority to use force to protect the public welfare creates a solemn obligation to guide members as they balance the important social and individual interests involved. The Bureau recognizes that duty may require members to use force. The Bureau also recognizes that the use of deadly physical force will emotionally, physically, and psychologically impact the member involved, the subject of the deadly physical force, and the family and friends of both and can impact the community as well.

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Answerland Advisory Committee meeting online, April 6, 2017
Oregon State Library - 03/21/17 5:06 PM
The Answerland Advisory Committee (AAC) will meet online on Thursday, April 6 from 10am to 12pm Pacific Time. The agenda is included.

This is an online public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The AAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on Answerland, and its membership is drawn from all areas of the state and representing the public, school, academic, and special libraries that use or provide service for Answerland.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us.


Answerland Advisory Committee Meeting
April 6, 2017 (online)
10am to 12pm
Agenda

10:00 Welcome and housekeeping (Milner)
10:05 Review agenda, approve minutes from December 7, 2016 meeting, and review previous
action items (Milner)
10:15 Committee membership 2017-18 (Milner & Ottum)
Select nominees
Elect new chair
10:45 Answerland Update (Ottum)
Partner library agreements
24/7 Reference Cooperative staffing
11:00 Open Forum
11:15 Help with projects (Milner & Ottum)
Establishing goals, activities and outcomes for assessment
Rebooting the Quality Team
Bringing back the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit
11:55 Action item review (Ottum)
12:00 Adjourn
WSU Vancouver opens Notable Alumni nominations
WSU Vancouver - 03/21/17 4:45 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver's Notable Alumni nominations are open. The annual award recognizes the remarkable lives graduates lead in Southwest Washington and around the world. Each year the award honors one alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, career and/or community service reflect WSU Vancouver's legacy of excellence. Nominees must have graduated from WSU Vancouver.

Nominations are open to the public and will be accepted through May 31. To submit a nomination, visit http://admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/naa.

The WSU Vancouver Notable Alumni Award was established in 2014 as part of the university's 25th anniversary celebration. The winner will be determined by the Alumni Awards Selection Committee. The 2017 WSU Vancouver Notable Alumni Award winner will be recognized in the fall. Opsahl Dawson Certified Public Accountants sponsors the award.

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

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Pacific University Press' Latest Offering Chronicles Oregon Health & Science University's Remarkable Transformation into a National Health Leader (Photo)
Pacific University - 03/21/17 4:38 PM
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FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University Press, the publishing arm of the 168 year-old higher education institution based in Forest Grove, Ore., is proud to release its second book, a well-researched chronicle of how Oregon Health & Science University revitalized itself and became a national leader in medical education, health care, and research.

Penned by longtime Oregonian reporter William Graves, Transformed: How Oregon's Public Health University Won Independence and Healed Itself, takes readers behind the scenes of OSHU's remarkable turnaround over a 20-year period under the leadership of Dr. Peter Kohler.

Kohler and an administrative team that included current Pacific University President Lesley Hallick, "came up with a radical plan to help OHSU take control of its fate as a semi-independent public corporation," writes Graves, allowing OHSU to reach "the top echelon of the nation's medical research universities."

Hallick, who joined OHSU in 1977 as a faculty member and whose keen perspectives helped Kohler's predecessor, became a prominent part of OHSU's turnaround as its future provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Graves' account is based on OHSU archival sources, legislative records, news reports, and extensive interviews with Kohler's team and Oregon business and political leaders involved in the transformation. The engaging narrative takes readers through the challenges of working within a narrow state system framework and into the minds of an entrepreneurial vision to set the university on a course for explosive growth.

As a dynamic case study in leading change, Transformed offers a possible model for other academic health centers and public universities seeking the freedom to innovate and grow.

This is the second publication from Pacific University Press since its launch in 2015. It is available for purchase in both hardcopy and paperback through Powells.com and other booksellers. A free PDF edition of the book is also available for download from Pacific University Press.

For more information about Pacific University Press, visit pacificu.edu/press. Journalists and reviewers wishing to speak with Mr. Graves or Pacific University Press director Isaac Gilman are asked to contact Joe Lang at 503-352-2902.


Attached Media Files: Transformed (Pacific University Press 2017)
Battle Ground Police seeks public help in identification
City of Battle Ground - 03/21/17 4:32 PM
The Battle Ground Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of the subject in the enclosed photos who was last seen operating the small black pickup. This subject is wanted for questioning for the reported inappropriate touching of two females inside of the Battle Ground Walmart store. The incident took place on March 15, 2017 around 5:00 PM. The subject was observed driving away in the truck shown in the photo.

If you can identify this subject please call Detective Rick Kelly at the Battle Ground Police Department at 360-342-5242. His email is Rick.Kelly@cityofbg.org. You may also leave an anonymous tip at http://www.cityofbg.org/tips.


Attached Media Files: subject and vehicle photos
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting Notice
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/21/17 4:20 PM
For Immediate Release

March 21, 2017

Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427
Notice of Meeting

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Teleconference Information: (888) 273-3658; Participant Code: 4711910

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made as soon as possible by contacting Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for December 2, 2016
Approve minutes

2. FINN, Melissa -- M-1 Application for Benefits
Application for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting -- April 27, 2017

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse Arrest (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/17 3:52 PM
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On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, along with the assistance of the Corvallis Police Department, executed a search warrant in the 700 block of SW 7th Street in Corvallis. The search warrant was part of a multi-agency investigation into the illegal distribution of child pornography over the Internet. Numerous computers and electronic devices were seized.

Following the service of the search warrant, Pin-Han Tsai, 23, of Corvallis, was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and two counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. Any persons with information related to this investigation are asked to contact Detective Christopher Dale at 541-766-6858.


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Evergreen Public Schools to host second Candidate Fair
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 03/21/17 3:50 PM
Evergreen Public Schools invites you to a Candidate Fair for all certificated teaching and classified positions. The fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 from 3:00 to 6:00pm.

Interested candidates should come to the Administrative Services Center, Evergreen Room (Tan Complex). 13501 NE 28th Street, Vancouver, WA 98682

Questions? Contact Jennifer Bergmann 360-604-4010 or jennifer.bergmann@evergreenps.org


Attached Media Files: 2017-03/22/102849/3.23.17_Candidate_Fair.pdf
Oregon City Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a bank robbery suspect (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 03/21/17 3:49 PM
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At about 9:08 am this morning an unknown male suspect robbed the OnPoint Community Credit Union located at 19753 S. Hwy 213. The suspect entered the bank and demanded money from the teller. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Although the suspect did not display a weapon the teller believed the suspect was armed. The suspect was last seen running on foot away from the bank. Oregon City Police with the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Police Department, and Gladstone Police Department contained the area. A police K-9 searched for the suspect but he was not located.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, early 20's, approximately 6'0" tall, with a slender build. The suspect was wearing a black and red Portland Trailblazers baseball hat, and a distinct gray and white jacket similar to a High School Letterman's jacket, blue jeans, and black and white tennis shoes.

The Oregon City Police along with the FBI are investigating this bank robbery. If anyone recognizes the suspect or has any information about the bank robbery they are asked to call the Oregon City Police Department Tip Line at 503-496-1616 or the FBI at 503-224-4181.

Reference OCPD case # 17-965.


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Updated Information Aloha Burglary Today (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/17 3:48 PM
Jeffrey Lane Booking Photo
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This morning at 10:26 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a burglary at NW Doma Lane and NW 201st Avenue. The resident said he interrupted a burglary and was injured fighting with the intruder.

Deputies along with the Hillsboro and Beaverton Police Departments searched for the suspect. At 11:52 a.m., Beaverton K9 "Kahz" tracked Jeffrey Lane, 37, to the back yard of a residence. Mr. Lane was arrested on a Parole Violation from an an original burglary conviction and Trespassing. (Booking photo attached).

Detectives believe Jeffrey Lane is NOT the person responsible for the initial burglary on Doma Lane. At this time there is no evidence to connect Mr. Lane to the initial burglary. Detectives are continuing to investigate this case.


Attached Media Files: Jeffrey Lane Booking Photo
Special Event and Lecture at Pearson Air Museum Commemorate the Centennial of America's Entry Into World War I
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/21/17 3:44 PM
On April 8, 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host a commemoration of the centennial of the entry of the United States into the First World War. This free event will take place at Pearson Air Museum.

During World War I, Vancouver Barracks was home to the headquarters of the Spruce Production Division, a U.S. Army division charged with producing spruce lumber for the war effort. The history of the division's massive Spruce Mill, which was located at the Army post from 1917 to 1918, is commemorated in the museum's "Straight Grained Soldiers" exhibit. In honor of the centennial, the existing exhibit will be augmented by the addition of World War I U.S. Army uniforms and other historic artifacts from the national park's museum collection.

The event will also feature costumed interpreters, family-friendly crafts and activities, and a presentation on the DH-4 Liberty plane, which will take place from 2 pm to 3 pm. The Liberty plane was the only American-made, American-piloted aircraft to fly in combat during the war. The lecture will focus on the history of the plane both during and after the war. A newly-restored DH-4 Liberty debuted at the museum last August, and is now on permanent exhibit.

"The First World War was the first truly modern war, and although it was known as 'the war to end all wars,' that sadly has not been the case," said Chief of Interpretation Dr. Bob Cromwell. "The United States' entry into World War I signaled to the world our rise as a global superpower, and we want to make sure that the visitors to the national park remember and realized the contributions and sacrifices everyday Americans made 100 years ago to help win the war."

What: Commemoration of the Centennial of America's Entry into World War I

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm; "The DH-4 Liberty, in War and Peace," will be presented from 2 pm to 3 pm.

Where: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

Cost: Free
Seven People Homeless After One Alarm Fire (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 03/21/17 3:11 PM
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At 9:10 this morning Hillsboro Fire Department Station 1 was dispatched to a residential fire on the 200 block of SE Cedar Street. Additional fire units were soon added to the response as the 9-1-1 dispatcher received additional information from the caller.

Firefighters on Engine 1 arrived to find smoke coming from underneath the single level modular home. Once inside they found active fire burning through the bathroom floor. That fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters from Engine 1 and Truck 5 then turned their attention to the area under the house to insure that nothing in the crawl space was burning.

Four male's ages thirteen, nineteen, twenty-three and twenty-four years old were in the house when the fire started. Upon noticing smoke, they evacuated through the front door and called 9-1-1 once they were safely outside.

Hillsboro Fire Investigator Martin Stapleton determined that the fire was caused by a failure in the furnace. No damage estimate is available at this time.

Twenty-one Hillsboro Fire personnel responded to the fire. No firefighter or resident injuries were reported.

The Hillsboro Fire Department reminds homeowners to keep their heating system in good working condition. Clean the filter at regular intervals and have your furnace professionally serviced yearly.


For fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166. For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/21/17 1:33 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, David Purcell, 72, was transported off-site for medical care. He was pronounced deceased at 5:30 a.m.

Purcell entered DOC custody on December 8, 1999, on three counts of sodomy in the first degree and one count of sexual penetration in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was July 21, 2025.

Attempts to notify the next of kin were unsuccessful. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

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Attached Media Files: David Lewis Purcell
Beaverton Police Looking for Vehicle that Struck Police Motorcycle (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 03/21/17 12:51 PM
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On March 21st, 2017, at approximately 8:45 am, a Beaverton Police Motorcycle Officer
was on a traffic stop in the shoulder of the on-ramp to northbound Highway 217 from
Canyon Road when his motorcycle was struck by a passing vehicle. The vehicle initially
stopped, but then fled the scene.

The suspect vehicle was a silver Acura MDX, likely a 2004 model year, with an Oregon
"Tree" license plate. It may have damage to the passenger side mirror.

The officer was not injured.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Beaverton Police at (503)
629-0111 and reference case number 17-300812.

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Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office to host "Surviving an Active Threat" seminar
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/17 11:16 AM
On June 10th, 2017 the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office will host a seminar titled,
"Surviving an Active Threat: A Civilian Response."

With the growing number of terrorist and active killer events happening in our nation, Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson feels now more than ever is the time for the public to get educated on what to do should they ever experience this ever growing crisis. We are offering this training for citizens to learn how to prepare themselves and their families should they ever come face to face with an active threat, whether it be in a school, a business, a grocery store or simply walking down the street. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office would like to invite you to this one day training seminar geared towards the citizens of Cowlitz County.

Topics will include:
Troubling trends in active killer events
Human Crisis Response
Mental/physical preparation
Methods of Survival
Law enforcement/civilian crisis interaction
Practice Scenarios

This classroom based training will provide real world examples and responses to active threat events and give you an opportunity to experience different survival methods when faced with an active threat.

Registration is only $20 per person, lunch is included.

For questions or registration contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office or email at spencerj@co.Cowlitz.wa.us.
Portland Trail Blazer's CJ McCollum will surprise Oak Grove Boys & Girls Club members ahead of Comcast Family Night
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area - 03/21/17 10:26 AM
WHAT: In partnership with North Clackamas School District, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro provides after school programs at the Oak Grove Club for youth in the district.

Ahead of Family Night, Comcast is bringing Portland Trail Blazers player CJ McCollum to the Club for a surprise visit during program time on Wednesday, March 22nd. CJ will discuss his values and take photos with students. Afterward, Comcast and the Club will host Family Night with dinner, games, and digital literacy education for Club members and their families. Three families in attendance will win laptops. The Club will also receive 50 tickets to the April 10th Portland Trail Blazers game.

WHERE: 1905 SE Oak Grove Boulevard, Oak Grove, OR 97267 (Next to New Urban High School)

WHO: The Oak Grove Boys & Girls Club serves more than 110 students from Ardenwald, Seth Lewelling, and Oak Grove elementary schools. CJ McCollum will visit them during program time. More than 125 attendees, including youth and their families, are expected for Family Night activities afterward.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 2017. CJ McCollum will arrive at 4:00pm, hang out with the students, and take photos until 5:00pm. From 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Comcast and the Club will provide a catered dinner, games, and digital literacy education to attendees. Each family will be invited to enter a raffle for a laptop. Three winners will be announced 6:45pm.
Public hearing on revised forest fire prevention rules will be held April 17 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/21/17 10:15 AM
News Release

Release date: March 17, 2017

Contacts:
Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator, Salem, 503-945-7440, tom.fields@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SALEM) -- The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to fire prevention rules for industrial (logging and other commercial) operations on forestlands. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on April 17 at ODF headquarters in Salem at the following address:
Tillamook Room, Building C
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed revisions clarify existing language and include changes to water supply and delivery, firewatch services and fire tools and extinguishers. Proposed updates will increase fire prevention and preparedness requirements in some areas while reducing requirements in others to account for changes in technology and logging practices. The updates come after a two year examination of the rules by a committee comprised of forest landowners and operators, affiliated organizations and ODF staff.

The public is welcome to attend. The hearing 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 before the hearing. ODF invites public comment on whether other options should be considered for achieving the rule's substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact of the rule on business. For more information about attending the hearing or to submit written comments, please contact Sabrina Perez at Sabrina.perez@Oregon.gov. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on April 19.
They can also be mailed to:
Sabrina Perez, Rules Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed administrative rulemaking package is available for review at the State Forester's office, 2600 State Street in Salem or on the ODF website at
www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/ProposedLawsRules.aspx.

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Supreme Court affirms Vancouver Energy lease complies with State Environmental Policy Act
Port of Vancouver - 03/21/17 10:11 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Port of Vancouver USA in an appeal brought by Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center.

The court's March 16 decision affirmed the Washington Court of Appeals' ruling that found the port's lease with Vancouver Energy for a proposed crude oil transfer terminal complies with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

"We're pleased with the court's ruling," said port CEO Julianna Marler. "By ensuring Vancouver Energy's lease is contingent upon our state's comprehensive environmental review, we continue to comply with the law while performing our mission of attracting industry and bringing economic benefit to our community."

Riverkeeper alleged in its suit that the lease agreement between the port and Vancouver Energy violated SEPA by limiting the port's "choice of reasonable alternatives." The court found the port complied with state law by making the lease contingent upon approval by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) and the governor, and by retaining "mutual authority to approve development, construction, and operations plans for the facility."

Vancouver Energy is currently moving through the robust EFSEC process. EFSEC is expected to finalize the project EIS and issue a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee within the next few months.

-- POV --

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Reaches Record Low 4.0 Percent in February
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/21/17 10:00 AM
Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in February, from 4.3 percent in January. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's 4.0 percent unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in February.

In February, the number of unemployed Oregonians dropped to about 82,000, which was the lowest number since August 1995 when about 82,000 were unemployed. By contrast, the labor force has grown from just under 1.7 million in 1995 to over 2.0 million today.

In February, nonfarm payroll employment surged ahead by 8,200 following a revised gain of 700 in January. Government grew the most of the major sectors, as it added 4,400 jobs, rebounding from a loss of 3,400 jobs in January. Similarly, health care and social assistance shot up by 2,400 jobs in February following a loss of 1,700 the prior month. Manufacturing added 1,300 after a loss of 200 in January. Construction continued to grow rapidly by adding 900 jobs in February, following a strong gain of 2,500 in January. Only one major industry cut more than 600 jobs in February as transportation, warehousing and utilities shed 1,400.

Over the past 12 months, payroll employment added 39,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, which was a slight deceleration from the growth rate near or above 3 percent throughout much of the past four years. Oregon is still growing faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.6 percent.

Since February 2016, Oregon's growth was very fast in construction, which added 8,900 jobs, or 10.0 percent. Other industries that grew rapidly were health care and social assistance (+8,700 jobs, or 3.8%); financial activities (+3,600 jobs, or 3.8%); and information (+1,100 jobs, or 3.3%). Meanwhile only three industries cut jobs over the year: manufacturing (-400 jobs, or -0.2%); mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.6%); and wholesale trade (-200 jobs, or -0.3%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 28th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 18th.

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.


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Vancouver community schools model will be featured at national conference
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 03/21/17 9:30 AM
Vancouver Public Schools' Family-Community Resource Center model will be featured at the Education Week 2017 Leaders to Learn From conference March 30 and 31 in Washington, D.C. Superintendent Steve Webb, Chief of Staff Tom Hagley and Family-Community Resource Center Director Tamara Shoup will present two EdTalk sessions on the district's community schools focus and work to support families and remove barriers to learning. Visit https://leaders.edweek.org/leaders-live-event-agenda-2017 for the agenda.

Education Week, America's newspaper and website of record for K-12 education, named Webb and Hagley two of 13 U.S. Leaders to Learn From in 2016 for their vision and leadership in developing the district's 18 school-based Family-Community Resource Centers and mobile-FCRC.

More than 200 attendees from every area of public education are expected to attend the conference. The Leaders to Learn From award and conference recognize educators who are inspiring positive change for their students and allow educational leaders from across the country to share best practices.

Through VPS' FCRCs, dedicated coordinators at the 18 sites provide or facilitate access to family engagement activities and resources; homework help; medical, dental and housing referrals; early-childhood opportunities; after-school programs; food and clothing assistance; and other support for families at every district school.

"We're honored to share Vancouver's community schools model with our colleagues nationally and to learn from others as part of our ongoing efforts to prepare future-ready graduates," said Webb.

This is the latest of recognitions for VPS' leadership related to its FCRC model. The mobile FCRC recently earned the district a 2017 Grand Prize Magna Award, given by the National School Boards Association. VPS also received a Magna Award in 2015 for its back-to-school-readiness festival coordinated by FCRC staff members.

In 2016, Webb received the Coalition for Community Schools Superintendent Leadership Award, and Hagley received the Most Effective Administrator Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators. In 2014, Vancouver Public Schools' FCRCs were honored with an inaugural District of Distinction award from District Administration magazine.
Dr. Homer H. Harris House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/21/17 8:14 AM
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The Dr. Harris House was designed in the Northwest Regional style by designer/builder Wilbur Mark Perrault and constructed in 1957 in the Council Crest neighborhood of Portland's southwest hills. The house was designed for Dr. Homer H. Harris, a leading forensic pathologist in the State of Oregon and director of the Oregon State Crime Laboratory from 1951 to 1955. Harris was an innovator in the emerging field of forensic pathology. Before taking on the position of Director of the crime lab, Harris apprenticed with the chief medical examiner of New York City, learning the latest technics in forensic medicine and crime investigation. His last position before retirement was as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Multnomah County.

Designer/builder Mark Perrault moved to Portland from his native Montana to work building defense housing during World War II. He became a very successful builder in the competitive post-World War II environment. He is best known for developing a series of product lines that could be customized in varying degrees, directed at middle class clients, particularly those looking for a vacation or second home. Later in his career he focused on developing popular prototype residences that could be mass-marketed. The one-story Harris house sits high within its narrow, steep lot over a raised basement. It is integrated with its outdoor living areas through nearly floor-to-ceiling windows encircling the rear of the house and overlooking asymmetrical, stepped decks and a 1956 landscape designed by landscape architect Fairbanks D. Chandler. An outstanding feature of the house, which is one of Perrault's early custom homes, is the arrangement of the rooms on both floors around a large, oversized brick island that organizes the spaces around it, in addition to serving the three fireplaces of the house.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 2016 meeting. The Harris House is among nearly 300 single family properties in Portland that are individually listed in the National Register which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: National Register of Historic Places nomination , Press Release , Dr. Homer H. Harris House
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/20/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/21/17 8:11 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/20/2017

ESTACADA:

There were no new crimes reported in Estacada yesterday. Woo hoo!

SANDY:

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On 3/20/2017 at about 0227 hrs., officers encountered a juvenile problem in the 17000 block of Meinig Avenue. This report is being forwarded to Clackamas County Juvenile Department.

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On 03/20/2017 at about 0906 hrs., code enforcement towed an abandoned vehicle from Dubarko Road near Tickle Creek Avenue. The vehicle had been vandalized over several days while it sat on the side of the street.

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On 03/20/2017 at approximately 1013 hrs., an unknown suspect stole a vehicle while it was parked in the 39000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. The vehicle was entered into appropriate databases.

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On 03/20/2017 at 1230 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile. The juvenile was entered into the LEDS database as a runaway.

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On 03/20/2017 at about 1412 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run motor vehicle collision. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 03/20/2017 at about 1702 hrs., a man who owns a house in the 38000 block of Park Street reported that sometime over the weekend, unknown subject(s) entered his
home that was under renovation. A report was taken.
Sheriff's Office K9 Spencer scores 'hat trick' -- 3 captures in 90 minutes; B-roll video available (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/17 7:00 AM
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High-definition B-roll video of K9 Spencer and handler Sgt. Don Boone (.mp4 format):
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How much can you accomplish in 90 minutes?

On Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, our K9 Spencer had his own answer to that question: He captured three suspects inside an hour and a half -- a rare K9 hat-trick.

It started at 10:20 a.m., when Spencer tracked down and captured a stolen-vehicle suspect -- Austin J. Kollas, a 21-year-old transient -- in the area of 12000 SE 82nd Ave. in Clackamas. After a short vehicle and then foot pursuit, Kollas was captured while trying to run from deputies near the Winco parking lot. Kollas' complete arrest info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017007295

Then, at 11:35 a.m., Spencer located Timothy C. Elmore, a 41-year-old transient wanted on parole-violation charges who was hiding from Gladstone PD officers in the vicinity of 19575 River Rd. in Gladstone. Elmore thought he could hide in a trailer -- but Spencer found him. Elmore's complete arrest info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017007298

Just nine minutes later, at 11:44 a.m., Spencer tracked down and captured Lonnette M. Denison, 36, of Oregon City, who had valid warrants for her arrest on charges ranging from Theft to Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Methamphetamine. She ran from an apartment in Gladstone and attempted to hide in a thick holly bush, but Spencer was able to locate her. Denison's complete arrest info is here: https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017007299

Spencer is a 9-year-old Dutch Shepherd who has been on the force for approximately 6 years, serving with his handler Sgt. Don Boone.

"It's a rare feat for a Sheriff's Office K9 to get that number of captures in such a short time frame," said Sgt. Boone. Boone should know -- he's been a K9 handler for approximately 20 years. "For Spencer and I, that was a new record -- three in 90 minutes."

High-definition video of Sgt. Boone and Spencer can be found at this Dropbox link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wxtqb8dmy38glnk/K9SpencerBRollSoundbites.mp4?dl=0

Photos of K9 Spencer and the arrested suspects are attached.

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Hood River Police search for missing woman (Photo)
Hood River Police Dept. - 03/21/17 2:43 AM
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The Hood River Police are looking for a 27 year old female, Holly Kristen Lester, who has been missing since early Thursday morning 3/16/17. Lester was last seen near the Port of Hood River. She was said to have been distraught and has a history of depression. Lester is approximately 5'6 with curly brown hair and a nose piercing. She was last seen wearing a black Carhartt style jacket, black long sleeve dress, black pants and oversized boots. She was also wearing blue glasses. Lester has spent the last several months hitch hiking and may possibly be traveling to the Seattle area.

If Holly Lester is seen or located please contact the Hood River Police Department (541)387-5256.


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Mon. 03/20/17
Banks Man Takes His Own Life while Lodged in Jail
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/17 9:34 PM
March 20, 2017 -- Early this morning, a man who harmed himself while lodged in the Washington County Jail, died at a local hospital.

On March 17, 2017, at 6:55 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy found Ryan Freeman, 36, unresponsive in his cell. Jail medical staff, as well as other deputies, responded and immediately began lifesaving measures. Medical personnel arrived and transported Mr. Freeman to an area hospital.

On March 20, 2017, Mr. Freeman succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Mr. Freeman was housed in a single cell in the jail's Medical Observation Unit. He was discovered by a jail deputy during regularly scheduled 15 minute checks of the inmates. Preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Freeman intentionally took his own life by tying an item around his neck.

Mr. Freeman was lodged in the Washington County Jail on January 16, 2017. A Grand Jury indicted him on charges including Assault, Harassment, Sexual Abuse, Unlawful Sexual Penetration, and Attempted Rape.

The Washington County Jail has an extensive suicide prevention and assessment program, which begins before a person is lodged into the jail and continues throughout their stay.

Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office are conducting a thorough investigation, which is standard procedure.

Mr. Freeman's family has been notified.


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Two injured after accident over 10 feet embankment (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 03/20/17 8:56 PM
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Kelso- Two people were transported by ambulance to Peace Health St. John's Medical Center after their truck lost control on Rose Valley rd at 5:02 Monday evening. A fourteen year old female, suffered injuries to the abdomen and back, and a seventy two year old male suffered injuries to the wrist, arm, and ribs after driving their truck off the road and down a 10 foot embankment, according to fire officials. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded with a brush engine, a fire engine, a medic unit, and a chief officer. Cowlitz County Sheriff deputies also responded to the incident. No other injuries were reported.


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Sheriff Garrett's Response to Declined Detainer Outcome Report
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/17 7:15 PM
March 20, 2017-Today, the Department of Homeland Security released U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report. The press release states; "This report will be issued weekly to highlight jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with ICE detainers or requests for notification, therefore potentially endangering Americans." The Declined Detainer Outcome Report does not accurately describe the difficulties or potential legal ramifications associated with honoring ICE detainer requests.

In April of 2014, a judge for the US District Court of Oregon found Clackamas County violated Maria Miranda-Olivares' constitutional rights (Case No. 3:12-cv-02317-ST). Clackamas County honored an ICE detainer and held Ms. Miranda-Olivares ultimately costing taxpayers in excess of $100,000. Additionally, any agency that honors an ICE detainer is subject to civil litigation.

The Clackamas County court ruling led Washington County, along with every other county in Oregon, to immediately stop honoring ICE detainer requests. Washington County informed ICE officials that it will honor any warrant or court order to detain a person. Washington County will continue to follow the court's clear guidance that these detainer requests are unconstitutional.


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Corps warns mariners about underwater pile dikes on Columbia River
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 03/20/17 4:36 PM
PORTLAND, ORE. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advises recreational boaters and commercial mariners that recent high water levels may be concealing some pile dikes on the Columbia River. Pile dikes are frequently just below the surface during high water events and can cause serious damage to vessels attempting to transit over them.

Pile dikes, also called wing dams, are wooden structures that extend from the shore into the river. The structures have a variety of uses ranging from protecting the shore to managing the flow of the navigation channel. More information and photos of pile dikes can be found on the Corps' website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Pile-dikes/.

Commercial and recreational mariners should review the Corps' channel conditions maps regularly for the locations of pile dikes and other obstacles. The maps are located at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/surveys.aspx.
Weekend Sewer Overflow in Gladstone
Gladstone Police - 03/20/17 4:03 PM
The heavy rains that occurred over the weekend overtaxed the waste water and storm water system in Gladstone on Saturday March 18, 2017. The result was a discharge of raw sewage at the storm water outfall at the south end of Portland Avenue at West Clackamas. Area residents are reminded to avoid contact with the Clackamas River for several days due to this discharge.
Woodland Middle School offers "Girl Talk and Tennies," an innovative after-school club for teenage girls to help promote self-confidence and be physically active (Photo)
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Monday, March 20, 2017-Woodland, WA-Two teachers at Woodland Middle School started a new after-school club for girls to talk about the issues they face in middle school and to get some exercise along the way called "Girl Talk and Tennies."

Kelly Beasley, Woodland Middle School's physical education teacher, and Pamela Dietrich, a social studies teacher and coach, came up with the idea for the club when the leadership team reviewed the school's schedule. "There were no afterschool clubs or athletics for girls during this time of year," explained Beasley. "We wanted to create a club for all of girls, not just athletes, which promotes self-confidence and also provides some physical exercise."

The teachers came up with the name of the club to describe exactly what it would do -- offer girls an opportunity to talk about issues they face in middle school and provide a reason to put on tennis shoes, "tennies," to get some exercise. "We wanted an active club that would be wonderful for kiddos who wouldn't try out for a sport because it was too intimidating," said Dietrich. "We also made it a free club that anyone could join so money wouldn't be an issue."

Dietrich and Beasley got the word out about the club during the daily announcements, inviting any interested girl to attend. The club meets once a week after school where any girl from fifth to eighth grade meets in a classroom for a quick snack, some group conversation, a lesson taught by the teachers, and some exercise.

One student selects a topic at random from a "Chat Box" with topics including how to get picked when you have the answer during class, how to handle bullies, how to include others, how to deal with rejection, and much more. Girls take turns talking about the day's topic, sharing stories of their own experiences and offering advice to other girls.

Both teachers try to provide minimal direction during "Chat Box" time, letting the students share their own insights and perspectives. In some cases, the teachers chime in to ask the students for tips for a club member who might be having problems and to give advice to the students from their own life experiences.

After "Chat Box" time, Beasley and Dietrich guide the students through a variety of lessons prepared for the club including positive self-talk and how to manage time to get schoolwork done. The teachers guide the club through the different concepts of the lesson, asking questions from the group along the way.

Following the lesson, the girls take part in a variety of exercises such as jogging and aerobics stations in the gym. In small groups, students move from station to station engaging in different types of aerobics such as dancing, jumping rope, stretching, and performing gymnastics. Every few minutes, one of the teachers blows a whistle signaling the girls to switch to a different station. The teachers knew that providing opportunities for exercise needed to be a priority for the club. "The exercise element was always going to be a big part of it," explained Beasley. "Kids today need to get as much exercise as possible."

The club has been a huge success with more than 50 girls from fifth to eighth grade taking part. "The kids who are participating are exactly who we wanted -- students who aren't in athletics and wanted to join a club," said Beasley. "The girls in the club can't wait for Thursday to come; they arrive smiling and leave even happier."

Students join the club to make friends and have fun. "I wanted to be able to talk with my girlfriends more and exercise more," said Alexis Caughell, a sixth grader. "I like the talking time the most where we talk about stuff going on in our lives and it helps me out."

Some students wanted to find a club where they would fit in. "I was the only girl who played basketball on boys teams, and I wanted to find a club where there would be more girls," said Lily Wear, a fifth grader. "I like how we talk, share our feelings, but also do something fun and active."

Grace Reister, a fifth grader, joined for the teachers running the club, "My favorite teacher is Mrs. Beasley because she's a really active person," she said. "I knew the club would be fun and help me be active."

Parents of the students rave about the club as well. "The feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive with many offering to provide support wherever they can," said Beasley. "Parents are almost begging to help out which is just outstanding."

Both teachers have a great time running the club, too. "I leave every day thinking about what a great time I had with the girls," said Beasley. "The club provides a much-needed positive place for teenage girls since middle school can be really tough for girls."

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Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 3/29/17
Oregon State Library - 03/20/17 3:55 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-5015.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
March 29, 2017
4:00 p.m.
State Library, Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

4:00 p.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

4:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for April 19, 2017 Bonebrake

4:45 Other business Bonebrake

5:00 p.m. Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
$210,400 awarded in 36 Arts Build Communities grants
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/20/17 3:30 PM
Salem, Ore. -- Thirty-six recently awarded Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, totaling $210,400, engage the arts as a means of addressing and alleviating community needs.

Among the projects funded by 2017 Arts Build Communities grants are: new public art to revamp the streetscape of Vale while celebrating and reinforcing community collaboration; Slam Across Oregon, bringing together Oregon's young slam poets from diverse rural, urban and suburban backgrounds for a Slamboo competition in Portland; and a public performance and exhibit designed to facilitate a community discussion about homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge.

Now in its 21st year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2017 awards go to communities outside of the Portland Metro region.

"This program provides access to arts and culture activity in underserved populations of the state," says Arts Commissioner Michael Dalton, who led the review panel. "Local citizens employ creative thinking and collective response to identify a local need and provide an arts-based solution. These modest grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic impact."

Arts Build Communities grants frequently serve as seed money to spur additional local support. In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $570,000 in leveraged funding, much of it used to pay artists as well as to purchase products and services in the funded communities.

Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through partnership funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Note: Photos available on request.

The 2017 recipients, listed by region, are:

Central Oregon
Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend, $5,000
To support A Novel Idea, a community reading program that encourages residents to read, discuss and explore a selected book together. The project broadens cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life by ensuring wide access through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant funds will support the purchase of books and the author's honorarium.

The High Desert Museum, Bend, $7,000
To support Kids Curate, a year-long, hands-on arts program for students in schools that lack art instruction. The program integrates art, science, history and writing into classroom curriculum and gives students an opportunity to learn about arts and cultural career possibilities. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and student transportation.

The Museum At Warm Springs, Warm Springs, $5,000
To support the annual Warm Springs Tribal Youth Art Exhibit and its associated programs. The project will encourage students to learn about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse that will travel over Warm Springs, and express what they've learned through art. Grant funds will be used to purchase art supplies, pay art instructors and print notecards and coloring books featuring the art created. The coloring books and notecards will reflect the theme of Sun and Shadow and will be sold in the museum's gift shop to support the 2018 Youth Art Exhibit (the museum's 25th Anniversary).

Coast
Bandon School District, Bandon, $5,400
To support the creation of a community mural to promote local youth awareness of pollinator science, led by a muralist in collaboration with school students and the public. Grant funds will support artist fees and mural materials.

City of Lincoln City, Lincoln City, $5,440
To support a comprehensive plan to assist in the selection of public art installations that will align with the city's brand, celebrate its way of life and boost civic pride. Grant funds will support hiring a public art and planning consultant.

Miracle Theatre Group, Astoria, $6,000
To support Milagro's UNIDAD, a bilingual arts and science residency program, in Astoria with workshops and a public performance of the play "El Payaso," an ecodrama that follows the journey of a young Latino with an environmental studies degree. The residency will involve local students in discussing environmental issues facing the Latino population. Grant funds will support teaching artists and related travel expenses.

Eastern Oregon
Cornucopia Arts Council, Halfway, $3,600
To support the 2017 Clear Creek Music Festival, which provides two weeks of musical instruction and performance opportunities for the residents of rural communities in eastern Baker County. University faculty and students will teach and perform up to four public concerts during the festival. Grant funds will support concert fees, instrument rental for local students and instructors for the community chorus, Kids Camp and Brass Camp.

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale, $5,950
To support expenses for the 2017 Teen Art Builds Community public art project, during which local students will create murals and other public art enhancing the local streetscape. A collaboration between city government, schools and the Drexel Foundation, the project is designed to strengthen community pride.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise, $7,000
To support The Big Read in Wallowa County. Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" will inform and inspire discussion about war, veteran's issues and PTSD. The novel offers Fishtrap the opportunity to collaborate with veteran's organizations for the first time. Grant funds will support the purchase and distribution of books to schools and community groups, program staff salaries and program promotion.

Gorge
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River, $4,500
To support Stories of Home and Homelessness, a multi-disciplinary exploration of homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge. Arts in Education of the Gorge teaching artists will conduct storytelling, creative writing and visual art workshops for local youth and adults who have suffered from home insecurity. The goal is to raise community awareness, ignite meaningful dialogue and change public perception and policy regarding homelessness. The project will culminate in a public performance and exhibit of participants' stories and art, followed by a facilitated community discussion focused on developing new ideas to address home insecurity in the Gorge. Grant funds will support artists' fees and workshop materials.

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hood River, $6,690
To support a Music in Healing program for patients, visitors and families served by
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. The program goal is to decrease pain and anxiety through lobby concerts, unit concerts and bedside individual performances. Grant funds will support musician fees and will be matched by hospital foundation funds and in-kind donations.

Portland Metro
Alberta Main Street, Portland, $5,600
To support the Equitable Placemaking Historical Markers Project. The design of place-markers will be informed by stories from community members. The project will be collaboratively led by a storyteller and artist to document the history of the African American community on Alberta Street. Grant funds will support artist fees as well as the fabrication and installation of the markers.

Boom Arts, Inc., Portland, $5,600
To support the presentation of Dahlak Brathwaite's "Spiritrials," a work of Hip Hop theatre that addresses race, identity and criminal justice through rap, song and storytelling, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Grant funds will support production expenses and technical fees, as well as staff time and the engagement of a Youth and Community Engagement Liaison.

Circus Project, Portland, $6,300
To support a community-based Social Circus, a global movement that uses the thrill, artistry and wonder of circus arts to inspire social transformation. The project reflects Circus Project's partnership with social service agencies and public schools and will serve more than 300 youth participants. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, the purchase and maintenance of circus-specific equipment and staff expenses for planning and evaluation.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City, $7,000
To support Youth Arts for Change, a project giving teens an opportunity to share their story via theatre, writing and visual art. Through a series of workshops, participating teens collaborate with professional teaching artists to create an original play or art exhibit for a public presentation and celebration. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and collaboration with existing and new partners.

Free Arts NW, Portland, $3,200
To support the painting of a handicapped-accessible city bus and provide arts programming for underserved youth. Free Arts NW facilitators will invite local youth to develop the design that will become a vehicle wrap. The mobile art studio will reduce barriers, offering a safe place for artistic self-expression. Grant funds will fund art supplies and production of the vehicle wrap.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, Portland, $4,400
To support five public performances of "Rush Hour" between May and September. The production will include free public rehearsals and offer low-income communities access to professional caliber, thought-provoking art. The performances are scheduled to take place in partnership with Portland community centers, private arts organizations and developers' properties in five diverse Portland neighborhoods. Grants funds will support performers' fees.

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, $7,000
To support the annual celebration of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. Grant funds will support artist fees, the purchase of arts and crafts materials, publicity, an interactive guide for visitors and audio equipment rental.

Literary Arts, Portland, $7,000
To support the 2017 Oregon Book Awards' Author Tour. The tour brings award winners and finalists to eight to 10 communities across the state to teach writing workshops, meet with readers, visit schools and present their work at community gatherings. Libraries, schools, bookstores and writing groups across the state will partner with Literary Arts to produce the tour. Grant funds will support author travel and expenses, promotion and program staff time.

Living Stages, Portland, $5,950
To support a collaborative Theatre Empowerment Initiative, consisting of a series of workshops, trainings and performances. These activities are intended to train and support low-income and houseless community members for personal growth, empowerment and community action through theatre. Grant funds will pay coordination and artist fees, and provide support for participants in the form of food, stipends and transportation assistance.

My Voice Music, Portland, $7,000
To support My Voice Music Camps, giving youth living in foster care or referred by mental health treatment partners the opportunity to write, record and release music to help them cope, heal and thrive in the midst of crisis. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees and student leaders.

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland, $5,600
To support a theatre production at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Grant funds will support the costs associated with guest artist visits, costumes and props, program facilitation, production rights, music rental, books/scripts, and performance recordings.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland, $6,000
To support free performances in rural communities and underserved neighborhoods of the play "Tomás and the Library Lady," the story of a migrant family's son who discovers the imaginative world of reading. Grant funds will support artistic and community engagement expenses, including preparation of Spanish-language materials in support of the production.

Oregon Symphony Association, Portland, $5,600
To support musicNOW, a music therapy program for retirement community residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The project is in partnership with Earthtones Music Therapy Services. Performance locations will include a Portland-metro public venue in order to reach those living with memory impairment in private residences.

Oregon Writing Project, Portland, $7,000
To support Slam Across Oregon's poetry event Slamboo. The competition brings together young slam poets from rural, urban and suburban Oregon to collaborate and compete through the art of poetry, enabling them to develop relationships built on empathy and understanding. Grant funds will support slam events, guest coaches and a printed anthology.

Portland Opera, Portland, $4,000
To support Opera a la Cart, a mobile music venue that will be used for more than 40 free live opera performances for underserved communities. Grant funds will support performer and accompanist fees.

Vanport Mosaic, Portland, $7,000
To support the Vanport Mosaic Festival, a four-day event to honor the legacy of the Vanport community and the 1948 flood. The festival will unite Portlanders through screenings of oral histories, performances, educational and community dialogues and a reunion for former Vanport residents. The grant will support artist fees.

Write Around Portland, Portland, $7,000
To support the expansion of creative writing workshops for those with the least access in Washington County. Nine 10-week creative writing workshops will culminate in the publication of participants' work and public readings. Grant funds will support staff time to form partnerships with social service agencies in East Multnomah and Washington Counties, to train volunteer facilitators and to purchase workshop materials.

Southern Oregon
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $6,300
To support the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of "Off the Rails" by Native American playwright Randy Reinholz, a partnership with the Native American Studies Program at Southern Oregon University. Grant funds will support a gathering prior to the Oregon Indian Education Association Conference on the Southern Oregon University campus in April, with opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and learning among artists, educators and tribal representatives.

Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford, $4,000
To support Spring Sing, a series of choral music concerts for Rogue Valley children. Grant funds will be used to hire buses to transport children from Central Point, Medford and Phoenix-Talent school districts, and will cover printing costs for project-related materials.

Willamette Valley
The Arts Center, Corvallis, $6,000
To support Theater of the World, a professional theater experience for fifth grade students attending a low-income, dual-immersion elementary school. The project integrates Spanish speaking children with children learning Spanish to build community among families, friends and community partners. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, materials and marketing for production of three performances followed by community celebrations.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene, $6,000
To support Fiesta Cultural, a two-month, county-wide celebration of Latino art and culture. Through participatory arts, Fiesta Cultural will increase the platforms for Latino artists to showcase work and further understanding of Latino culture and culturally-relevant community events. Grant funds will support marketing the event to low-income and Latino immigrants.

Eugene Symphony Association, Eugene, $7,000
To support Symphony Connect, a partnership with local human service agencies to bring specially designed interactive chamber music performances and other music opportunities to individuals who experience barriers to cultural participation. Grant funds will support musician fees, consulting specialists and a program evaluation.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene, $5,700
To support the String Academy program, a youth music education program that provides a full year of beginning string instruction to underserved children in public schools at little or no-cost. Grant funds will support three of eight classes taking place during the 2016-17 school year. It is a partnership with the Eugene 4J School District's BEST Afterschool Program, which serves the district's most disadvantaged students through afterschool homework support and enrichment activities.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), Eugene, $6,970
To support the Club de Arte para Mamás' (Latina Mothers' Club) Monday and Saturday workshops, allowing the club to continue an expanded schedule of 18 sessions with increased attendance. Grant funds will support artist fees, marketing, translations and art supplies.

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, $5,600
To support the 100th anniversary celebration of the historic building that houses the Umpqua Valley Arts Association's galleries, classrooms and offices. The year-long celebration, From Soldiers' Hospital to Arts Center, will bring the community together through an exhibit of veterans' ceramics, photography and painting; regular tours emphasizing the buildings history and architectural features; and a victory garden that will feature heirloom plants as a reminder of the hospital's self-sufficient nature. Grant funds will support marketing the performances, exhibits and historic tours.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 03/20/17 3:18 PM
On Monday March 20, 2017, at 2:55 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the area of North Haven Avenue and Cecelia Street.

Officers arrived in the area and were flagged down in the 4900 block of North Cecelia Street about the shooting. Evidence of gunfire was located as well as damage to a parked car and a residence. No gunshot victims were located or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Preliminary information indicates that a black male passenger in a maroon vehicle fired multiple shots then left the area. It is not clear if the vehicle and/or residence were specifically targeted.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference case number 17-83784.

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St. Patrick's Day enforcement results in 11 DUI arrests in SW Washington (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/20/17 2:56 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On Friday, March 17, 2017, law enforcement officers from the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments, as well as the Washington State Patrol conducted increased DUI enforcement in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off our roadways.

The St. Patrick's Day enforcement resulted in a total of 173 officer contacts, with 11 individuals arrested for DUI. Officers also wrote 28 citations, gave 10 warnings and arrested 10 others for non-DUI related charges.

This DUI emphasis was made possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission as part of Target Zero, Washington's strategic road map for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.


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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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Forestry department invites public comment on forest management activities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 2:35 PM
News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.--Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on work plans, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs), outlining state forest activities for an upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on May 4, public comments are invited for ODF's district activities for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of long-term Forest Management Plans. Two districts have also noted Forest Land Management Classification changes within their draft AOPs that are open to public comment from March 20 to May 4, 2017.
Public comment details:

The draft annual operations plans are available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx. After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the district forester to review and approve.

An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments regarding the Annual Operations Plans: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFHH8TK
To comment on the Forest Land Management Classification changes for Tillamook and/or Forest Grove: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNDVZDN
Online comments are also received through ODF's comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may also be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

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2017 Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 25-31
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/20/17 2:29 PM
Depoe Bay OR -- Bring your binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales' migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at www.whalespoken.org.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center has interpretive exhibits on whales, "whale size" windows with panoramic ocean views, and rangers on hand to answer questions. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay.

OPRD coordinates both the Spring and Winter Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at www.whalespoken.org or by calling (541) 765-3304.
Western Lane Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes open for comment
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 2:21 PM
NOTE: This news release has been revised to include the actual web page addresses within the body of the text



News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427


SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on proposed revisions to its Western Lane District Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes. The public comment period is open for 30 days from March 20 to April 18.

The district's Implementation Plan describes management activities, such as timber harvesting, roads and reforestation that will occur over a 10-year period. The plan provides the objectives for the district's annual operations plans, while aligning with the goals and strategies found in the long-term Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan.

The Western Lane Implementation Plan revision includes Forest Land Management Classification changes, which describe the management emphasis for parcels of land. The classifications vary from general stewardship to focused stewardship, special use and high-value conservation areas.

Public comment details:

Draft of the Western Lane District Implementation Plan revision: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/AboutODF/2017DraftIPWesternLaneDistrict.pdf
Western Lane District Implementation Plan public comment survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFNDRTY
Comments may also be sent via http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may be mailed to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

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The Dalles Dam's navigation lock reopens to river traffic; other locks still on track with previously announced schedules (Photo)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 03/20/17 2:02 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The navigation lock at The Dalles Dam reopened to river traffic Monday afternoon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in the Portland District announced.

The Corps of Engineers is nearing the scheduled end of an extended navigation lock maintenance outage, which began Dec. 12, 2016. The coordinated 14-week-long closure has affected all eight Corps navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers, during which time critical, non-routine repairs and maintenance, plus routine maintenance and scheduled improvements are being completed.

Bonneville Lock and Dam reopened on Feb. 9, as scheduled, McNary reopened Friday and John Day reopened Saturday. Lower Monumental and Lower Granite locks and dams remain scheduled to return to service at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 20.

As previously announced in Corps news releases, Little Goose and Ice Harbor dam's navigation locks, on Washington's Snake River, cannot be returned to service by March 20 because of on-site work complications. Ice Harbor is tentatively scheduled to return their lock to service at 11:59 p.m. on March 23. Little Goose is currently estimated to reopen their lock at 11:59 p.m. on April 2.

The Corps continues to communicate and coordinate with Columbia-Snake River Navigation System users and stakeholders.

For more information about the 2016-2017 Columbia-Snake Rivers Extended Navigation Lock Outage, visit the Corps' webpage at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/FY17LockOutage.aspx.


Attached Media Files: The Dalles navigation lock
Health insurance basics to be covered in a free workshop next month
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/17 1:52 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free 90-minute workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in Newport.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, on the Central County Campus of Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way, in the Community Room.

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
Summary of Benefits documents
Explanation of Benefits letters
Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
A View from Above: paintings by Don Gray at Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 03/20/17 1:51 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The paintings of Vancouver artist Don Gray will be on display in the Rebecca Anstine Gallery throughout March, April and May.

A reception honoring Gray will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the gallery on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The event is sponsored by the Clark County Arts Commission. It is free and open to the public.

Gray has exhibited his work in museums and galleries across the country since 1977. As a young artist, Gray found inspiration in his surroundings growing up in rural Oregon. His work developed to incorporate both realistic and abstract images.

The exhibit at the Rebecca Anstine Gallery shows Gray's enduring love of landscape, color and composition, as well as his joy of painting.

Learn more about Gray and his work by visiting his website at www.dongraystudio.com.

The Rebecca Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery was named in honor of Rebecca Anstine, a local artist and founding curator of the public exhibit space in the Public Service Center. She served as a Clark County Arts Commission board member.

The Anstine Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Health insurance basics to be covered in free workshops next month
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/17 1:49 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free two-hour workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in The Dalles and Hood River.

The events, which are open to the public, will be held Friday, April 14, at two Columbia Gorge Community College campuses. The events are:
9 to 11 a.m., The Dalles campus, Building 3, Room 102, 400 E. Scenic Dr.
1 to 3 p.m., Hood River campus, Room 202, 1730 College Way

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
Summary of Benefits documents
Explanation of Benefits letters
Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.
Camas Student Film Festival Announces Program Lineup
Camas Sch. Dist. - 03/20/17 1:48 PM
The Camas School District announced today the official program selections for its third Student Film Festival. These budding filmmakers were given the prompt: "What Being a Superhero Means." Interpretations and innovations abound in their short vignettes. A celebration of technology and artistry, this film festival brings student voice to the district's strategic plan that directs the district's course through the year 2020.

On March 23, 2017, parents, staff, and citizens are invited to view the film entries at Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and the films will begin at 5:00 p.m. The program is expected to run for approximately one hour.

Camas Mayor Scott Higgins will emcee the event and help to present awards for the young filmmakers. The event is free, and concessions will be available for purchase inside the lobby.

Grass Valley Elementary, Grade 4, Jack Walsh: Delivering Smiles
Prune Hill Elementary, Grade 5, Bianca Flores and Addy Williams: Different Kinds of Heroes: What does being a superhero mean to me?
Helen Baller Elementary, Grade 5, Audrey Wagner: A Hero in My Eyes
Skyridge Middle School, Grade 6, Easton McCarty: You Can Be a Hero
PBL Middle School Program and Liberty Middle School, Grades 6 & 7, Regan VanCleave and Paige Huth: Heroes of Fire
Skyridge Middle School, Grade 8, Madeleine Holbrook: What Does It Mean to Be a Hero?
Skyridge Middle School, Grade 8, Ella Norton: To Be a Hero
Skyridge Middle School, Grade 8, Eric Cooley, Jake Weithas, and Ben Stout: What Heroes Mean to Us
Skyridge Middle School, Grade 8, Simranjit Bhella: What is a Superhero?
Camas High School, Grade 9, Isabella Guirado: I'm a Hero
Camas High School, Grade 11, Hunter Colwell: Our Superheroes

"A huge thanks goes to Rand Thornsley, owner and manager of Liberty Theatre, who has generously opened his doors to us in support of our students for the third year in a row," commented Superintendent Jeff Snell. "We want the film festival to be a fun and exciting event for the students and their families. Screening the films at The Liberty elevates the experience for all," he added.
Nine Men Arrested in Undercover Sex Trafficking Mission
Portland Police Bureau - 03/20/17 1:33 PM
During the week of March 14 to March 17, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit conducted undercover missions to address online sex trafficking.

Investigators posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites. Nine men contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts. Investigators were assisted by Portland area hotels as part of this effort.

For investigative reasons, the Sex Trafficking Unit is not sharing the specific website, application, or ad text publicly.

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

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

The nine men who responded to the ad and came to the hotel were arrested with the misdemeanor crime of Commercial Sexual Solicitation (Oregon Revised Statute 167.008).

The following is a list of the men arrested for Commercial Sexual Solicitation:

39-year-old Hirofumi Mizuno of Portland
25-year-old Trevor Anthony Kelley of Tigard
29-year-old Ken Chen of Portland
28-year-old Justin Tyler Dye of Happy Valley
19-year-old Hunter Joseph Endres of San Angelo, Texas
28-year-old Adam Kenneth Paul of Hymm, Utah
24-year-old Eliseo Canul-May of Vancouver, Washington
38-year-old Juan Antonio Manrique of Long Beach, California
29-year-old Alee Fong-Munoz of San Jose, California

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

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WSU Vancouver's Women of Distinction honors women who make a difference for others (Photo)
WSU Vancouver - 03/20/17 12:49 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver will celebrate women who have made a difference for others at its annual Women of Distinction event. The celebration and reception take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30 at Firstenburg Student Commons. The event is free and open to all registered guests. To RSVP and get a parking permit, visit www.vancouver.wsu.edu/distinction.

The keynote speaker is Sherri Bennett, executive director of the YWCA Clark County, where she has held a variety of roles over the past 19 years. She will talk about her personal story and the inspiration she feels in working with an organization whose mission--to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all--reflects her personal values. She is a graduate of Clark College and Western Washington University as well as a graduate of Leadership Clark County.

All 47 nominees will be recognized for inspiring, mentoring and empowering others. Distinguished Woman awards will be announced in three categories--high school student, WSU Vancouver student and community member. The recipients are selected by community and WSU Vancouver representatives.

The 2017 honorees are:

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Sophie Carlson, a senior at Union High School
Emily Forrette, a senior at Union High School

WSU VANCOUVER STUDENTS

Samantha Bondurant, a freshman majoring in elementary education
Anna Boneski, a senior in public affairs with a focus on justice studies
Eli Campbell, a senior majoring in digital technology and culture
Allison de Vincenzi, a doctoral student in mathematics and science education
Amanda Flynn, a senior in English
Savanna Ford, a senior majoring in psychology
Sierra Hancock, a senior majoring in psychology
Justine Hanrahan, a senior with a double major in digital technology and culture, and anthropology
Audrey Hickok, a senior majoring in psychology and human development
Diana Larson, senior majoring in human development
Stefani Mammenga, a graduate student in prevention science
Julie Mercado, a senior studying psychology
Victoria Moon, a senior pursuing a double major in social sciences and fine arts
Andrea Olvera, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering
Christine Record, a junior studying human development
Samy Reel, a senior majoring in English and student body vice president
Honor Stevenson, a senior business administration major with a focus on marketing
Holly Ta, a sophomore majoring in business administration
Skye Troy, a senior majoring in public affairs and president of the student body
Maria Tunno, junior studying environmental science
Holly Varner, a junior majoring in social sciences
Stevi Warner, a senior studying human resources and human development

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Katie Archer, a licensed attorney and owner of Archer Public Affairs
Hope Baker, an employment specialist at WorkSource and co-founder of Vida's Ark
Elizabeth Candello, a clinical assistant professor of communication at WSU Vancouver and founder of Aisle 10
Susan Edwards, a retired corporate trainer and mentor with WSU Vancouver's Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program
Elida Field, owner of Elida Art Studio & Gallery in Camas, Wash.
Krista Griffin, veterans coordinator for Student Affairs and Enrollment at WSU Vancouver
Teresa Mehigan Haye, who works in child and family studies at Clark College
Kris Henriksen, coordinator of the TeenTalk program at Clark County Department of Community Services
Audrey Hickok, a hospice-certified nurse assistant now studying psychology and human development at WSU Vancouver
Nikki Hinshaw, assistant director of student involvement at WSU Vancouver
Anne Johnston, a public health nurse with Clark County
Erika Laws, director of membership for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, owner of Impactful Sales Solutions and founder of Impactful Women Northwest
Darlene Marcellay-Hyland, who does Equal Employment (EEO) discrimination investigations for federal agencies after retiring from the Indian Health Service
Fedilia "Phyllis" McIntosh, who had a 40-year career in a variety of nursing positions
Nelea Nelson, branch manager of IQ Credit Union
Faye Palmerton, a retired administrator with the Portland Public Schools who founded Tlc-Tnt, a dropout prevention program
Rosalba Pitkin, a Mexican immigrant who works in the Office of Diversity at Clark College
Allison Ramsing, an academic coordinator with the Student Resource Center at WSU Vancouver
Betsy Rider, a reading specialist who supervises student teachers for WSU Vancouver
Karin Roundy, a middle-school mathematics teacher in the Evergreen School District
Sujatha Shynne, an IT Systems specialist at WSU Vancouver
Nancy Youlden, vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment at WSU Vancouver
Pam Younkin, a kindergarten teacher at Sifton Elementary School

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.

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

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Science on Tap Portland -- Love, Trauma, and Bonding: How Early Experiences Shape Who We Become
Via Productions - 03/20/17 12:21 PM
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks available for purchase at the theatre

Your experiences in early childhood are not just the beginning of your life story, rather, they set the tone for how you will respond to life events for years to come. Childhood experiences that are consistently stressful or traumatic get "under the skin" and shape the brain and the body in ways that put us at risk for mental and physical health problems as adults. These experiences can also affect the way we parent our children. At this Science on Tap, Sara Waters, PhD, professor of Human Development at WSU Vancouver, will talk about how and why traumatic childhood experiences stay inside our minds and bodies for a lifetime and what we can do about it. She will talk about her research on how parents transmit stress to their children and intervention programs that help heal the effects of early trauma.

This event is in collaboration with the Artists Repertory Theatre's production of Feathers and Teeth.
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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun -- all you need is a thirst for knowledge!


For more information on Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.
***Update - Names Released*** Two Killed In Early Morning Interstate 5 Crash - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 03/20/17 12:09 PM
Update:

The drivers of the vehicles have been identified and the family members have been notified of their loss.

The driver of the Ford was identified as Brady Paul GOLLADAY, age 28, of Riddle. The driver of the Volkswagen was identified as Roman M FEDOROV, age 36, of Seattle.

Seatbelt use has not yet been determined but it is believed alcohol consumption by GOLLADAY may be a contributing factor. No further information to be released at this time.


Previously released:

On March 19, 2017 at about 3AM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 124 (Roseburg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Ford Focus was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at what is believed to be a high rate of speed. The Ford struck a southbound 2005 Volkswagen Jetta head-on near the 124 southbound on-ramp. Both drivers, adult males, died at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police, Roseburg Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Interstate 5 was reduced to one southbound of travel until 6AM.

The names of the drivers will be released once the next of kin notifications have been made. This is a preliminary release, more information will released later today.
Fish and Wildlife Troopers Cite Winston Man in Black Tail Deer Poaching Case - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/17 11:50 AM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division executed a search warrant early Sunday morning, concluding a year and half long investigation into the unlawful take of several black tail deer. Oregon State Police Troopers from the Albany and Roseburg area served a search warrant at a Winston address, where three sets of trophy black tail buck antlers and a center fire rifle were seized as evidence. David Barton, 28, of Winston, was cited and released on three counts of unlawful take/possession of buck deer. The search warrant was stemming from an investigation that showed Barton had killed several deer without any deer tags and was exceeding bag limits.

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

Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

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

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

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

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

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

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

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


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15 People Arrested for DUII over #StPatricksDay Weekend Enforcement Effort (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/20/17 11:50 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau partnered with the Oregon State Police, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Milwaukie Police Department on St. Patrick's Day weekend to increase patrols looking for impaired drivers.

During the Friday and Saturday enforcement effort, 15 people were arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). One of those 15 also was charged with Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run).

Officers also issued 215 traffic citations and 109 written warnings for traffic infractions.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

Two Traffic Division officers gave several people free rides home after a promotional effort to get a free ride was shared on Twitter. Several people took advantage of the opportunity for a free ride and as officers drove them home, they discussed the dangers of impaired driving and had good conversations with community members.

The Portland Police Bureau asks that community members support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

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

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

Oregon Impact provides grant funding to the Portland Police Bureau to help pay for additional DUII patrols.

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Carol Boyden to retire from Washougal School District (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 03/20/17 10:45 AM
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One of Washougal's favorite administrators is saying goodbye and she leaves a legacy of caring and connections for us to remember her by.

In college, Carol Boyden was working toward degrees in Psychology and Spanish. After she completed an internship working with severely handicapped children, she changed course a bit. "I thought, well, I might as well get my teaching credentials," said Boyden. Little did she know it would lead to a rewarding career in education spanning more than 46 years.

Her career in education began in Maryland in 1970. A special education teacher for 23 years, Boyden taught in Delaware, Colorado and California before moving to the Northwest. She worked in the Battle Ground School District for 13 years before taking an administrative position in Lincoln City, OR. She joined the Washougal School District in 1998. Currently principal of Excelsior and Associate Principal at Washougal High School, Boyden has worn many hats during her time in Washougal. She was formerly Special Services Director and Administrator of the district's Teaching American History Grant. "I've saved a few of the different name plates I have had over the years, just for fun," said Boyden.

With such a rich career, Boyden says there is no way she could narrow down her favorite memory, but a definite highlight has been helping students succeed, especially those who faced extraordinary hardships. "Watching a student who faced challenges during their high school career walk across the stage at graduation, and knowing they are there, in part because of something you did, is really a special moment," she said.

Boyden says she is amazed at the resilience of students who, faced with obstacles and a lack of outside help, can still succeed.

Boyden says she will miss the connections with kids the most. "It's a joy," she says, "to be able to hang out with students and to build a relationship to keep them accountable and working toward their goals."

Principal Aaron Hansen says Boyden's absence will be felt. "I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Carol for the last seven years at WHS," said Principal Aaron Hansen. "Carol's breadth of experience, her compassion for our students, and her commitment to the Washougal community will be missed, but the impact she has had on the students, staff and parents will last a lifetime. She has been a champion for students who struggle for reasons out of their control. She has provided support, guidance and resources for individuals who needed it most."

With Excelsior's new facility so near completion, it might be tempting for Boyden to stay, but she says that she really planned to retire last year, but didn't want to add to the list of changes students would face during the remodel. Now, she says, the time is right.

"I finally have enough credits to graduate and I can move on and do something different." Boyden, who enjoys flower arranging, crafting and painting in her spare time, says she's likely to pursue something "artsy."

Already a highly involved grandmother, (she coaches her grandson's soccer team!) Boyden says she will continue to spend time with daughters Kelly and Meredith and grandchildren Mitchell, Moore, and Sadie. "I'll take some time off and think about what I'd like to do next. I'll definitely spend more time at the beach."

Boyden will retire June 30, 2017.


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Vancouver Police investigate shooting (Update 2)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/20/17 10:27 AM
Update 2

Vancouver Police have recovered a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle seen leaving the area of the shooting. The vehicle is currently being processed by the Major Crime Unit.

There is no additional information available at this time.




Update 1

Detectives have continued the investigation overnight and believe that the victims and the suspect were known to one another.

Detectives have also identified a person of interest related to this case.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

The identities of the victims are not being released at this time.




Vancouver, Wash. -- On March 19, 2017 at approximately 5:15 p.m. Vancouver Police responded to reports of shots fired at a residence in the 1500 block of NE 140th Avenue. When police arrived, they located two males deceased.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit will be continuing the investigation and there is no additional information available at this time.



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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.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Eight People in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/20/17 10:15 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this morning, March 20, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m., in the 3000 block of E. 18th St in Vancouver. The fire affected eight people, including five adults, three children and pets.

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

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
UPDATE: Motorcycle Rider Killed in Traffic Crash in Northeast Portland Late Sunday
Portland Police Bureau - 03/20/17 10:08 AM
The motorcycle rider killed on Sunday evening has been identified as 45-year-old Erik Thomas Fry of Northeast Portland. He was riding a 1998 Suzuki GSS motorcycle.

The driver involved in the crash, 43-year-old Andy Nguyen of Northeast Portland, was driving a 2012 Nissan Juke SUV.

Traffic investigators learned that Fry was riding southbound on 57th Avenue at a high rate of speed approaching Sandycrest Terrace. Nguyen was parked on the west side of 57th Avenue and pulled into the lane of traffic to do a U-turn to park on the eastside of the street when Fry crashed into the driver's side rear of Nguyen's vehicle.

Nguyen did not demonstrate any signs of impairment at the scene. The Oregon State Medical Examiner is awaiting toxicology results on Fry to determine if he was under the influence of intoxicants. Information provided to investigators indicates that he consumed alcoholic beverages prior to the crash.

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

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On Sunday March 19, 2017, at 9:44 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a traffic crash at Northeast 57th Avenue and Sacramento Street involving a motorcycle rider and a driver.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the crash scene where they learned that the male adult motorcycle rider was unconscious. Life-saving efforts were not successful and the rider died at the scene. The other driver, also a male adult, was treated at the scene after an airbag deployment.

The intersection is closed in all directions and will remain so for several hours as officers from the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team conduct a crash investigation.

No additional updates are expected this evening.

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

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

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Pacific Power is using more renewable generation to save money and make grid cleaner
Pacific Power - 03/20/17 10:00 AM
Efforts to make the grid 'smarter' lead to fewer emissions and improved reliability


Portland, Ore, March 20, 2017 -- Operating Pacific Power's electricity generation system more efficiently is providing cleaner energy, and reducing costs for its 750,000 customers.

Through more innovative integration of its existing power plants with the growing amount of renewable generation on the grid, Pacific Power's 'smarter grid' reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent for 2016 versus the previous 5-year average. That comes out to 6 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking over 1.1 million passenger cars off the road for a year. Making the grid more flexible in using available renewable generation also reduced energy costs for Pacific Power customers, by nearly $50 million for the year.

"Our efforts to make our power system 'smarter' means making it cleaner, more efficient and more reliable," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power. "By leveraging technology to improve the way that traditional generation can follow the rise and fall of renewable energy availability, we can take full advantage of the diversity of resources, both traditional and renewables, available to serve customers. That means we can make maximum use of renewable generation when it's available, while also improving our grid operators' visibility and tools to maintain the reliability and dependability that customers count on."

The amount of renewable energy capacity connected to the PacifiCorp grid increased 41 percent last year. The 2,960 megawatts of solar and wind energy generation capacity now serving customers represents 29 percent of customers' peak energy demand and represents an important milestone towards more zero-emission generation. In 2016, nearly one-third of all PacifiCorp's electric generation capacity was from zero-emitting plants.

"We know our customers want cleaner, dependable energy, and to keep rates low," added Bird. "We will continue to build on this success by looking for more innovative, responsible ways we can invest in the energy future we all want."

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Hockinson School District Board of Directors Special Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 03/20/17 9:56 AM
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 5:30 P.M. Special Board Meeting
Location: Hockinson Middle School Library
Address: 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Homeless Man Found Deceased in Tent on Thursday Morning - No Signs of Violence
Portland Police Bureau - 03/20/17 9:49 AM
On Thursday March 16, 2017, Portland Police officers located a deceased male who was living in a tent along I-84 in Northeast Portland.

At 9:19 a.m., East Precinct officers conducted a welfare check on a person in a tent at Northeast 74th Avenue and Jonesmore Street. The tent was located near the sound wall along I-84, on the south side of Jonesmore. After receiving no response, officers opened the tent and found an unresponsive man, later identified as 32-year-old Christopher Gregory Martin. Medical personnel responded to the scene and determined that Martin was deceased. A small dog (Chihuahua mix) in the tent was also suffering from some unknown medical condition and was revived by medical personnel. Multnomah County Animal Control responded and took custody of the animal.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Martin and is awaiting toxicology results before determining the cause of death. There were no signs of violence and no indication that Martin's death was the result of a criminal act.

Officers checking the scene found a propane lantern burning inside the tent.

The dog was transported to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital for treatment, then released to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter for possible reunification with Martin's family.

Shelter space is available for those people experiencing homelessness. Information about shelter locations is available by calling 2-1-1 or by visiting https://multco.us/joint-office-homeless-services/distribution-shelters

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Sheriff's Office invites public to 'Coffee With A Cop' session Friday, March 24 in Welches (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/17 9:40 AM
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is hosting another "Coffee with a Cop" session this Friday -- this time in Welches.

The public is invited to share thoughts and enjoy casual conversation with deputies serving in their community on Friday, March 24 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dragonfly Cafe & Bakery (65000 E. Hwy. 26, Welches, OR 97067).

Map to location: https://goo.gl/maps/WmK7iXnkxmk

A flyer for the event is attached in JPEG and PDF formats.

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Sandy logging firm is named Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon by the state Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 9:14 AM
Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
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NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 17, 2017

Contact:
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov

(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Wayne Stone Logging of Sandy as the Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon. The award was given at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances. Wayne Stone Logging was honored for its work to protect water quality during a difficult downhill harvest south of Brightwood and extra efforts it took to prevent fires. Video of the harvest can be seen at https://youtu.be/81WgwqJ8fSA.

Tracy Brostrom, a wildlands fire supervisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry, nominated Wayne Stone for the award. Brostrom, who has more than 30 years of experience in logging, says the area to be logged was steep, making it too expensive to build access roads. Because of the relatively small volume of timber, helicopter logging was also uneconomical.

"Wayne Stone met the challenge by putting up a 100-foot tall tower and hauling the logs aerially up and over a ridge along more than 3,000 feet of cable," says Brostrom. "This was an awesome feat. It made building a road unnecessary and minimized impacts to forest soil, as well as saving the landowner money."

Andrew White, director for the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northwest Oregon Area, says, "The ingenuity and extra effort of Wayne Stone Logging provided a unique example of how to achieve objectives for both resource protection and financial returns on a very difficult operation."

Wayne Stone Logging is widely respected in the industry, having been recognized as Operator of the Year by Associated Oregon Loggers at their 2015 convention. The firm participates in the Oregon Professional Logger program, which trains its crews to fully meet or even exceed requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

The Forest Practices Act has governed logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year, a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the northwest, southwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/16/2017-03/19/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/20/17 9:06 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/16/2017-03/19/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-453

On 03/16/2017 at about 0959 hrs., police received a phone report regarding a theft that had occurred in the 500 block of NE Hill Way. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-467

On 03/16/2017 at about 1119 hrs., police received a report about drug activity in the 300 block of NE 6th Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-470

On 03/16/2017 at about 1513 hrs., code enforcement towed an abandoned vehicle from the area of NW 10th Avenue and NW Wade Street.

1C 2017-473

On 03/16/2017 at about 1552 hrs., code enforcement towed an abandoned vehicle from NE Pierce Street near NE 3rd Avenue.

1C 2017-481

On 03/18/2017 at about 0307 hrs., police received a report about a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of S Beach Road. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-483

On 03/18/2017 at about 1816 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile from the 200 block of NW 2nd Avenue. The juvenile was entered into appropriate databases.

1C 2017-486

On 03/18/2017 at about 2339 hrs., police responded to a request for a welfare check on an individual located in the 200 block of N Broadway Street. The welfare check was conducted and a report is being sent to DHS.

SANDY:

18 2017-466

On 03/14/2017 at about 0832 hrs., a citizen reported that her dog had bitten her at her residence in the 38000 block of Haskins Street. The dog will be turned over to Clackamas County Dog Services for a quarantine inspection.

18 2017-468

On 03/16/2017 at about 1100 hrs., a woman living in the 38800 block of Pleasant Street came to the police department to report a burglary that had occurred on 03/13/2017. The contents of the woman's purse was stolen and her food stamp card used by a suspect.

18 2017-469

On 03/16/20127 at about 1745 hrs., police contacted two runaway juveniles. They were reunited with their families.

18 2017-CAD

On 03/16/2017 at about 1503 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-CAD

On 03/16/2017 at about 1544 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-474

On 03/16/2017 at 1731 hrs., a male juvenile was contacted by police and trespassed from a business near the 38000 block of Proctor Boulevard.

18 2017-CAD

On 03/16/2017 at about 2032 hrs., police received a report about a potentially intoxicated driver near the 39000 block of Gary Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-476

On 03/17/2017 at about 0221 hrs., police were notified about a runaway juvenile. A report was taken and the juvenile was entered into appropriate databases.

18 2017-477

On 03/17/2017 at about 1115 hrs., a man reported he had been assaulted by an acquaintance near the intersection of Gary Street and Barker Court. The victim had a visible injury to his leg where he said he had been struck with an axe handle. The suspect denied the assault occurred. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for review.

18 2017-478

On 03/17/2017 at 1218 hrs., a victim came to the Sandy Police Department to report a fraud. The victim stated someone had hacked her AT&T account, purchased a new device and had it shipped to the east coast. AT&T had reimbursed her for the losses.

18 2017-479

On 03/17/2017 at about 1520 hrs., police received a second hand report about a hit & run motor vehicle crash that had occurred in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-480

On 03/17/2017 at about 2058 hrs., police stopped a vehicle for speeding on 362nd Drive near Dubarko Road. The driver had no insurance on the vehicle and was cited; the vehicle was impounded.

18 2017-482

On 03/18/2017 at about 1247 hrs, police received a report about shoplifting in the 37000 block of Highway 26. A suspect was cited into municipal court for Theft III and was trespassed from the property.

18 2017-483

On 03/18/2017 at about 1817 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-484

On 03/18/2017 at around 2118 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of an unwanted person at a business in the 39500 block of Pioneer Boulevard. The person was located and trespassed from the business.

18 2017-487

On 03/19/2017 at about 0620 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Bluff Road. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-488

On 03/15/2017 at about 1134 hrs., a citizen in the 37000 block of Highway 26 reported his vehicle had been rummaged through in the last two days.

18 2017-489

On 03/19/2017 at around 1545 hrs., a citizen reported their vehicle was damaged and the back up camera was stolen while parked at a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26.

18 2017-491

On 03/19/2017 at about 1916 hrs., police took a runaway juvenile report from the 39000 block of Kimberly Drive. The juvenile was entered into appropriate databases.
Strength Program Hosting Free Self-Defense Class for LGBTQ Community (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/20/17 9:00 AM
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Beginning Monday April 3, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau Strength Programs will be hosting a free self-defense class for members of the LGBTQ community, open to all gender identities.

Registration will be open on Tuesday March 21, 2017 and classes will be held on Mondays April 3, 10 and 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m, at the Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 Southeast 82nd Avenue - Community Hall Room 124.

Interested parties are encouraged to register by email at womenstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or by calling 503-823-0260.

Participants must take all three classes as each class builds on the last.

To learn more about the Bureau's Strength Programs, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35911

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Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future (Photo)
WCI - 03/20/17 8:39 AM
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Oregon winery supports planned experimental fermentation program in the Pacific Northwest
 
Eola Hills, is possibly the first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region's economic and fermentation future as an initial supporter of the proposed experimental vineyard at Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.
 
Pinot Noir and Chocolate is of one of the winery's most popular events. Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins is giving a portion of the proceeds from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22, event hosted in the Barrel Room of Eola Hills Winery to the college. The $84 ticket features appetizers, six pairings of Eola Hills pinot noir with the noted confections of local chocolatier Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Wash. A colorful presentation on the Boshma Farms project will be presented at 6 p.m. Renderings and Platt maps will also be in the Eola Hills Barrel Room.  The event is expected to raise significant awareness dollars for the future of fermentation education.
 
Huggins' dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States. He also believes this event will spark on-going support of fermentation education that will be funded from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy as well as other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington.
 
Mike Sherlock with Eola's vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be volunteering and pouring at the event and will be on-hand to answer questions about wine, food pairing and the contribution vintners make to the local economy. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com
 
Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boon, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized.
 
This support of Boschma Farms of Clark College will contribute building a future working and educational vineyard.

SPECIAL NOTE: Eola Hills Wine Cellars still has room reservations and events at the for the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE August 21, 2017, and is presenting an Eclipse Wine Festival, from Aug. 18 to 21 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars. Reservations are required and tickets for rooms, free campsites and details of entertainment packages are at: www.eolahillswinery.com
 


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Opening This Week: High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/20/17 8:35 AM
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Media Preview: Please join us for an exclusive exhibit preview and tour with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk on Thursday, March 23 at 11am. Email rachel.randles@ohs.org if you plan to attend.

Portland, OR -- One hundred years after his birth, and more than a half-century after his shocking death, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains a subject of endless fascination for millions of Americans. The youngest president ever elected, Kennedy's 1,037 day administration was marked by great hope as well as great tension. How he reached the White House is a story of both privilege and determination. The second-born son of a rich and influential father, Kennedy's rise to power may be seen as inevitable, but his ascension was hard fought as he persevered through severe health problems and religious discrimination.

On March 25, the Oregon Historical Society will unveil an original 6,000 square foot exhibition on the life of this iconic president. While much of his life has been overshadowed by his assassination at a young age, Kennedy's achievements during his presidency were significant and are still affecting history today. High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy will be on view March 25 - November 12, 2017.

This exhibition explores Kennedy's early life, his road to the presidency, and the changes he effected during his time in office. With the high hopes of the country behind him, John F. Kennedy made a commitment to changing the world for the better, and in his legacy he continues to live on. This exhibition, the largest centennial exhibit outside of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, features more than 150 rare artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society collection. A bold, unique design draws visitors through the life of this enigmatic figure and mixes state of the art interactive elements with iconic moving image footage.

Exhibition highlights include the following:

President Kennedy's Rocking Chair
Suffering from a debilitating back injury after his service in World War II, John F. Kennedy found relief from sitting in a high-backed rocking chair. He ordered several of this style, the North Carolina Rocker, from P and P Chairs for the White House, Air Force One, and his homes in Palm Beach and Hyannis Port and gave additional versions to friends. The chair was upholstered by Lawrence Arata, who Jackie Kennedy recruited to help with restoration of the White House. Kennedy gave this particular chair to Averell Harriman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Letters from John F. Kennedy to Rose Kennedy
The exhibition features a selection of letters JFK wrote to his mother Rose. One featured letter was written while Kennedy was a fifteen-year-old student at Choate Hall, a private college preparatory boarding school he attended from 1931 to 1935. Another is a letter he wrote to her as a young officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II after receiving a "round-robin" letter being circulated among her nine children. Gently teasing her, JFK commented, "I enjoy your round-robin letters. I'm saving them to publish, that style of yours will net us millions." JFK was close with his mother throughout his life and corresponded with her frequently as a young man. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Dress Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy
This brown and tan checked wool suit was designed by Carolina Herrera, a Venezuelan-born designer who created many ensembles for Jackie. Jackie's personal secretary, Mary Gallagher, was given many of Jackie's items of clothing, including this suit. During her life, Jackie Kennedy became known for her impeccable sense of style and is now seen as a modern style icon. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

CBS News Camera, KRLD-TV, Dallas
This news camera filmed the transfer of accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

White House "Hotline" Phone
This phone served as a hotline to the White House from 1961-63 when JFK was traveling, particularly while staying at his family's home in Palm Beach, Florida. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

John F. Kennedy's Mahogany Oval Office Coffee Table
John and Jacqueline Kennedy refurbished the White House during their residency with period paintings, fabrics, and furniture. The president's oval office included two sofas, a rocker, and this low, American Empire style coffee table. It has bold carving in high relief, scroll feet, a heavy pedestal base, and handsome, matching veneers for its top. World leaders, military officers, and politicians gathered around this table for conversations with the president. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Watercolor Painting by John F. Kennedy
In order to keep himself occupied after back surgery, John F. Kennedy took up painting as a hobby and painted this watercolor of the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, Florida in 1955. He had given the painting to the Tubridy family, some Irish friends, and was reminded of the gift years later when Aine Tubridy sent him a photo of the painting. Courtesy of the Shapell Manuscript Collection


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.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.


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VA Veterans Town Hall and Claims Clinic (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 03/20/17 8:35 AM
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FOR WHO: Veterans, family members, community and media are invited.

WHEN: March 20, 2017; Claims Clinic is 5--7:30 p.m.; Town Hall 6-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Vancouver Campus Columbia Rm., 1601 E 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wash. & via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/vaportland/)

WHAT: At the Claims Clinic, Veterans can speak to specialist about claims issues or to VAPORHCS Patient Advocates about specific health-related issues or questions.
At the Veterans Town Hall - get the latest up-dates from the Directors of VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Portland Regional Office and ask questions and speak to staff.
Anyone can watch & submit questions live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vaportland/) or later at their convenience.


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Forest Grove Man Killed in Auto vs. Pedestrian Crash - Driver Facing Charges (Photo)
Forest Grove Police - 03/19/17 4:21 PM
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On March 18, 2017, at 10:39 p.m., police and medical crews responded to a report of an auto vs. pedestrian crash in the 3400 block of Pacific Avenue. First arriving officers found the victim in a ditch with critical injuries. The victim was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital by Life-Flight. Despite extensive life-saving efforts by paramedics with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Metro West Ambulance and Life-Flight, the victim was pronounced deceased upon arrival at the Hospital.

The victim has been identified as 22 y/o Jonathan Dominguez Esquivel of Forest Grove. Preliminary investigation revealed that Dominguez Esquivel had been walking to his job at Safeway on the road shoulder when he was hit.

Police located the suspect vehicle and suspected driver near the scene, approximately 100 yards east of the crash location. A damaged mailbox was also located in the area. The alleged driver of the vehicle, Bethany Lumber, age 27, of Beaverton was placed under arrest after officers observed indicators of alleged intoxication. Lumber is being held at the Washington County Jail on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

A section of Pacific Avenue was closed for several hours and reopened at around 2:00 am. Forest Grove Police Department is being assisted in the investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Washington County multi-agency crash team (CART).

The investigation is ongoing.


Attached Media Files: Scene , Bethany Lumber
UPDATE: Shooting Investigation Underway in Northwest Portland - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 03/19/17 3:58 PM
Portland Police Bureau Assault Detail detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this morning's shooting in Northwest Portland. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening and he is expected to survive.

Central Precinct officers, assisted by a contingent of officers assigned to the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) searched a residence in the apartment building but did not locate the suspect.

Based on preliminary investigation, detective believe the victim and suspect know each other. The suspect left the area and is described as a white male in his 40s.

One person contacted during the investigation was arrested on an unrelated warrant and booked into jail. Two other people were detained and released.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact Detective Tony Harris at 503-823-0768, tony.harris@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Sunday March 19, 2017, at 7:17 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a residence in the Northwest Tower Apartments, located at 335 Northwest 19th Avenue, on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male adult suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. He has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting but have not developed any suspect information.

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

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Driver Arrested for DUII After Fatal Crash in Grants Pass
Oregon State Police - 03/19/17 3:14 PM
On March 18, 2017, at approximately 8:22 PM, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency workers responded to a reported single vehicle crash occurred at milepost 59 on Interstate 5 southbound. As a result of the crash, one occupant died from his injuries.

Preliminary investigation of the crash indicates a black 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Kim Parsley ( age 62 from Glendale, Oregon) was traveling southbound when the Jetta was rear ended by a 2010 Subaru Legacy. The Subaru, driven by Lindsey Johnson (age 28 from Grants Pass), fled the scene.

The crash caused the Volkswagen to flip onto its top and collide with a guardrail. Parsley was trapped in the vehicle and emergency workers had to extricate him from the vehicle with critical injuries. Parsley's passenger, Ashlan Parsley (age 18 from Glendale, Oregon) was able to remove herself from the vehicle but sustained serious injuries. Both Parsleys were initially transported to Three Rivers Medical Center. Kim Parsley was later transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Approximately 20 minutes after the crash, one of the Oregon State troopers left the crash scene and stopped a vehicle, about a mile from the crash scene, for a lighting violations. The trooper stopped the Subaru and realized the vehicle had been involved in the crash. The driver was identified as Johnson and was ultimately arrested for DUII.

OSP was assisted by Grant Pass Fire and ODOT. The crash is still under investigation and OSP is working with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office for review of additional charges. No other information or photos are available.
John Day Dam's navigation lock reopens to river traffic; other locks still on track with previously announced schedules (Photo)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 03/19/17 11:38 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The navigation lock at John Day Dam, near Rufus, Oregon, reopened to river traffic late Saturday night, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in the Portland District announced.

The Corps of Engineers is nearing the scheduled end of an extended navigation lock maintenance outage, which began Dec. 12, 2016. The coordinated 14-week-long closure has affected all eight Corps navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers, during which time critical, non-routine repairs and maintenance, plus routine maintenance and scheduled improvements are being completed.

Bonneville Lock and Dam reopened on Feb. 9, as scheduled, and McNary reopened Friday. The Dalles, Lower Monumental, and Lower Granite locks and dams remain scheduled to return to service at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

As previously announced in Corps news releases, Little Goose and Ice Harbor dam's navigation locks, on Washington's Snake River, cannot be returned to service by March 20 because of on-site work complications. Ice Harbor is tentatively scheduled to return their lock to service at 11:59 p.m. on March 23. Little Goose is currently estimated to reopen their lock at 11:59 p.m. on April 2.

The Corps continues to communicate and coordinate with Columbia-Snake River Navigation System users and stakeholders.

For more information about the 2016-2017 Columbia-Snake Rivers Extended Navigation Lock Outage, visit the Corps' webpage http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/FY17LockOutage.aspx.


Attached Media Files: John Day Navigation Lock
Sat. 03/18/17
Fatal Crash on US 26 near Milepost 55 -- Wheeler County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/17 5:23 PM
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On March 18, 2017 at approximately 7:30am, OSP was dispatched to a fatal crash involving two vehicles. This incident occurred west of city limits of Mitchell and just east of the city limits of Prineville.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2013 Dodge Ram, occupied by three, was traveling eastbound of US 26 near milepost 55 at approximately 50mph, when the driver veered off the roadway and struck a rock wall. The driver, identified as Scotty M. Ledford, age 31 from Prineville was pronounced deceased at the scene. The impact caused the 2013 Dodge Ram to cross the highway into the westbound lane of travel and then into a ditch. The vehicle was struck by a westbound blue 1995 Dodge pickup, driven by Kimberly Banta (male) age 55 from Sweet Home.

The 2013 Dodge Ram was also occupied by surviving front passenger, Angelica M. Luna, age 27 and a juvenile passenger who were transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for non-life threatening injuries. The passenger of the 1995 Dodge pickup, Jared Banta, age 42 of Sweet Home and Kimberly were not injured.

OSP was assist was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Wheeler County SO, Crook County SO, Crook County Fire and Rescue, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue. The highway was closed for approximately two hours with detours in place.


Attached Media Files: Victim Vehicle
Civil Air Patrol flying to monitor flooding
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 03/18/17 3:41 PM
AURORA, Ore. -- Dodging rain showers, the Civil Air Patrol's Oregon Wing members are conducting reconnaissance flights Saturday as river levels in the state threaten to rise above their banks.

The Oregon Wing used the flooding photography mission as a practice exercise for its regularly scheduled Search and Rescue Exercise on March 18. Weather severely restricted operations throughout Oregon. Aircrews in Bend and Medford were not able to fly in the exercise due to weather. Aircraft did not take off from Aurora until after 1:00 pm, when the clouds and rain showers stopped.

A total of 44 highly trained volunteers responded to the three locations to practice search techniques and support base operations.

Simultaneously the Oregon Wing conducted a Ground Team Training near Mill City with more than 40 more adults and teen-aged member cadets. Ground Teams can support the aircrews, zeroing in on a potential location, and can track down emergency signals emitted by aircraft. Ground teams are also trained to search fields, trails and rough terrain looking for lost hikers, or clues leading to crashed aircraft.

Civil Air Patrol can assist county sheriffs in searches, and photographic missions in support of state and federal agencies. Taking photos of potential flooding can help local, county and state emergency agencies in reacting or preparing for flooding. CAP has helped the Oregon Department of Geology and Minerals, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Aviation Division in recent years.

"We are often challenged by the weather in Oregon," said Lt Col Nick Ham, assistant incident commander for the day. "Our usual season for flying is late spring through mid-fall and can have days were we get no opportunity to fly. We are all here hoping for breaks in the weather, and working on other aspects of training in between."

Civil Air Patrol, is a strategic partner of the U.S. Air Force serving as a member of its Total Force. It is a Congressionally chartered nonprofit organization with 56,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 80 lives a year on average.

Using a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft, CAP flew 104,500 hours last year. CAP does its work supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.
Lincoln City Coach Arrested and Lodged on Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/17 2:21 PM
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This press release is being sent on behalf of the Lincoln City Police Department. If any additional information is released it will be made from the Lincoln City Police Department.





March 18, 2017
PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Lt. Jerry Palmer, 541-994-3636

On the evening of March 16, 2017, Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) was notified by several Lincoln City parents of possible sex abuse crimes involving juveniles in the Lincoln City area. The Lincoln County Major Crime Team was called out and based on information obtained on March 17, 2017, the suspect was identified as Tyler William Lopez, age 22, from Lincoln City. Lopez was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: two counts of Display of Child/Sexual Conduct (B-Felony), one count of Sex Abuse First Degree (B-Felony), and four counts Sex Abuse Second Degree (C-Felony). It anticipated Lopez will be arraigned on these and possible additional charges in Lincoln County District Court on March 20th, 2017 at 1:15 PM.

Lopez is known throughout the Lincoln City area as a coach of youth basketball, football, and baseball. The Lincoln City Police is asking for any additional potential victims or witnesses who have not already spoken with investigators about these crimes to contact the Lincoln City Police at (541)994-3636. Please tell dispatchers you have information regarding case number 17-400.

This case remains under investigation by the Lincoln County Major Crime Team which is comprised of members of the Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police, and the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
Lincoln City Police Department is lead investigating agency. At this time there is no further information to be released. Once Lincoln City Police Department determines there is additional information can be released, it will be released via Flash Alert.


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DUII Driver Rear-Ends Patrol Car, Injures Deputy (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/18/17 9:29 AM
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March 18, 2017 -- A Sheriff's Office deputy was rear-ended by a DUII driver. The suspect fled the scene and was later captured by a Hillsboro Police K-9.

On March 18, 2017, at about 2:30 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy had just completed a traffic stop and was pulled over on the shoulder of westbound Sunset Highway near the exit to 185th Avenue. The deputy was sitting inside of his vehicle.

The deputy's patrol car was rear-ended by a silver 2006 Chevy Cobalt, driven by Marco Rosario-Palma, 25, of Hillsboro. Mr. Rosario-Palma fled the scene of the crash on foot. The deputy was injured, but was able to call for help via radio.

Deputies, with the assistance of officers from Hillsboro and Beaverton Police, set up a perimeter to search for the suspect. After about 30 minutes of searching, Mr. Rosario-Palma was found hiding in bushes off the highway by Hillsboro Officer Schmidt and his partner, K-9 Blazer.

The deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at an area hospital.

Hillsboro Police conducted the primary investigation and arrested Mr. Rosario-Palma. He was lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of felony hit and run, DUII, assault in the fourth degree, attempting to elude a police officer, and criminal mischief in the second degree.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstructive Team (CART) also assisted in the investigation.

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Attached Media Files: PDF of Press Release , Booking Photo , Suspect Vehicle , Patrol Vehicle
Fri. 03/17/17
Police Looking for Missing Endangered Female Juvenile. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 03/17/17 9:12 PM
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Milwaukie Police are currently looking for 14-year-old juvenile, Reina Reveles. Reina is 14 and is developmentally delayed.

Reina lives in Milwaukie, but attends Clackamas High School, 14486 SE 122nd Avenue in Clackamas. She was last seen in front of the high school today, around 3:15 p.m. She left in an unknown direction.

Reina requires daily medication, which she currently does not have with her. She also requires a breathing-assist machine to sleep and does not have this as well.

Reina was last seen wearing a long sleeve grey sweatshirt, with "California" written on the front, and black leggings. She is approximately 5'2" tall, 280 pounds, has green eyes, and shorter brown hair.

If Reina Reveles is seen or located please contact Milwaukie Police immediately. 503-786-7500.


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***Update Missing Person Found Deceased*** Endangered Missing Person-Jackson/Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/17/17 7:16 PM
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Update Missing Person Found Deceased

On March 16th, 2017, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office was notified of a deceased female located in the 100 Block of Lone Mountain Rd, Obrien Oregon. The Josephine County Major Response Team was activated and the Oregon State Police was assigned as the lead investigative agency.

The female has been positively identified as 20 year old Kayla Lee YARBROUGH.
YARBROUGH had previously been reported missing and an active investigation in regards to her whereabouts was being conducted by the Oregon State Police and the Medford Police Department.

The cause and manner of YARBROUGH's death is the focus of a current investigation. No other details will be released at this time.

Anyone with information in regards to Kayla YARBROUGH's death is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center 541-664-4600. The Josephine County Major Response Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is currently working a joint investigation with the Medford Police Department (MPD) on a Missing Person case. Kayla Lee YARBROUGH has not been seen since Thanksgiving 2016. Her family lives in Cave Junction and reported her missing in February of 2017.

Kayla is described as 20 years old, 5'02 and 130 pounds with red/strawberry blonde hair. See attached photo.

Investigators and family are concerned for her safety due to the fact that it is out of character for her not to stay in touch with her family or friends. Investigators believe she was last known to frequent the Cave Junction area.

If you have any information on this case, please contact OSP Detective Bryan Scott at 541-618-7957 or the Medford Police Department at 541-774-2299.


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Clackamas Vietnam Veteran wins $1 Million St. Patrick's Day Raffle (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 03/17/17 5:30 PM
Richard Leber, of Clackamas won the 2017 Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
Richard Leber, of Clackamas won the 2017 Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
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March 17, 2017 -- Salem, Ore. -- When Richard Leber heard the winning Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers on the radio this morning, little did he know, he was holding the $1 million winning ticket.

"When I heard the numbers, I thought 'that's nice, someone won.' Little did I know it was me!" Leber said when he claimed his prize.

Leber had purchased five $10 St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets at different Oregon Lottery retailers at different times to increase his chances of winning. The winning ticket was purchased on January 25 at the Plaid Pantry on Highway 212 in Clackamas.

"I have purchased Raffle tickets ever since the first Oregon Lottery Raffle was offered," Leber said.

Leber checked his tickets at a Fred Meyer and they couldn't tell him how much he won, just that it was more than $600. He picked up his wife and they drove to the Oregon Lottery's Wilsonville Payment Center, where he found out he had won $1 million. The Wilsonville Payment Center only pays prizes under $50,000.

"Because we had to go to Salem to claim, the trip from Wilsonville to Salem we were very careful," he said. "By the time we got to Salem, I was shaking."

Leber, a Vietnam Veteran, said each year he makes a sojourn to the Riverside National Cemetery in California to visit three of his friends who were killed during the war.

"I joined the Marines with one of them," he said. "So I go and visit them each year and make the trip. We are brothers."

Now he plans to make a vacation of the trip and visit his brother in Arizona and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the Laughlin River Run.

"I have been riding since 1969 so I will be buying a new Harley with the money," he said. "It is going to be so nice to be debt free with this money."

Leber's prize after taxes was approximately $670,000.

Over the years, the Oregon Lottery has held 17 Raffle games, including this year's St. Patrick's Day Raffle. In addition to the one $1 million top prize, the Raffle also offers 1,800 other prizes including 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Attached Media Files: Richard Leber, of Clackamas won the 2017 Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
Vancouver Bank robbed, suspect arrested
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/17/17 5:04 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On March 17, 2017 at approximately 12:29 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a robbery at the Bank of America located at 805 Broadway Street. A male entered the bank, presented a note to a teller and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Vancouver Police were not able to locate the suspect during the immediate canvass of the area, however a detailed description and surveillance photo from the robbery was sent out to law enforcement. A short time later, a Vancouver Police administrator saw a male matching the suspect description walking in the 600 block of E. Evergreen Blvd. Vancouver Police took the male into custody and positively identified him as the robbery suspect.

Alejandro Velasquez Mendoza, 05/17/91, was booked into the Clark County Jail for an outstanding warrant and Robbery I.


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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.
Update: River Road South in Salem is Open
City of Salem - 03/17/17 4:36 PM
River Road reopened at 4:30 p.m.

Update Friday 11:35 a.m.
City crews and contractors continue to work on the River Road south rockslide. At this time we anticipate the road will be reopened mid to late Friday afternoon. Will update when more information is available.


Update Thursday 6:48 p.m.
River Road South in Salem will remain closed completely to vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic throughout Thursday night, the Friday morning commute and most of Friday. For safety reasons, all closure points will be staffed throughout this period.

Salem's scaling contractor worked this afternoon and made progress taking pressure off of the slide area. The curtain fencing needs to be removed to complete the scaling. Work will begin again at 7:30 a.m. and will remove the curtain fencing, finish the scaling, rehang the curtain fencing, and remove what is now about 100-120 cu yards of material, replace the barrier fence and clean the street.

The goal is to be done in time for evening commute, Friday afternoon. An update will be issued mid-day Friday.



River Road South is expected to remain closed through Thursday evening.

A geotechnical engineer has examined the location of the Thursday morning rockslide along a section of River Road South and determined that additional material needs to be removed as a precaution before the road can be safely reopened (picture attached).

A contractor will be working this afternoon and evening to complete additional scaling and removal of unstable material.

The closure is from the entrance to Minto-Brown Island Park on the south to Fairmont Avenue S on the north end. Motorists are advised to use Commercial Street SE, Liberty Street S,
Madrona Avenue SE and Croisan Creek Road as a detour route.


Attached Media Files: River Road South Rock Slide Picture
Community Partners Support and Celebrate Progress of Struggling Math Students
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 03/17/17 4:17 PM
Math Warriors is a group of 24 Latino boys who have been meeting before school to improve their math skills; community partners are now hosting a dinner to celebrate their progress

March 17, 2017, Hillsboro, OR --Glencoe High School Math teacher Jason Harless is piloting a new program this year to build relationships and provide support to Latino boys in improving their math skills. Called Math Warriors, the group has met before school on Wednesdays this school year to eat breakfast together, receive math help, listen to guest speakers, and even go on field trips. Community partners the Hillsboro Hops, the Hillsboro Optimist Club, and Burgerville have assisted with the program, and the Hops are now sponsoring a celebration dinner for students and their families on Tuesday, March 21, at Centro Cultural in Cornelius.

The media is invited to attend the event to record video, take pictures, and interview students, family members, staff members, and representatives of partner agencies:

What: Celebration Dinner for Math Warriors and their families

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Centro Cultural, 1110 N. Adair St., Cornelius, OR 97113

Why: Provide support, encouragement, and celebration for the efforts of the students in the program; talk about areas for continued growth

Who: Students in the Math Warriors program and their families
Jason Harless, Glencoe Math Teacher
Lauren Cooley, Glencoe Graduation Coach
KL Wombacher, President, Hillsboro Hops
Representatives from other partner organizations
Kristy Kottkey, HSD Teacher on Special Assignment

Additional information about the program is available from Kristy Kottkey, Teacher on Special Assignment, kottkekr@hsd.k12.or.us, 503-810-4877. Kristy will also serve as the on-site contact.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-03/107/102760/media_advisory_Community_Partners_Celebrate_Math_Warriors_031717.pdf
Oregon DOC receives award for outstanding sustainability efforts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/17/17 4:14 PM
DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.
DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was presented with the Recycler of the Year Award at the Mid-Valley Green Awards on Saturday, March 11, at Willamette Heritage Center. DOC was praised for its recycling and upcycling efforts of ballistic vests, shoes, and fabric; its refurbishing of furniture; and its donation efforts of hundreds of blankets to the Salem Sleeping Bag Project.

DOC's Central Distribution Center (CDC) recycled or upcycled 2.3 million pounds of backhauled commodities from its institutions in 2016 -- up from 1.6 million pounds in 2015. CDC staff worked with prison staff from across the state to collect the following items for recycling or reuse -- diverting over 750 tons of waste from landfills:

o 4,310 lbs. of ballistic vests
o 72,600 lbs. of tires
o 1,200 lbs. of printer cartridges
o 42,875 lbs. of e-waste
o 1,390,391 lbs. of cardboard/office pack paper and 219,270 lbs. of confidential shred

"DOC is a resourceful agency that is finding ways to be a better steward of our environment," said DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle. "I am amazed by the recycling efforts from staff and adults in custody. This Recycler of the Year award would not be possible without the dedicated staff across the department."

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is committed to sustainable operations to protect our natural environment and improve quality of life for healthier communities. Sustainable practices help protect natural resources, save taxpayer money, and model positive lifestyles to the adults in DOC custody.


DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities. The agency is continually looking at new and innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability.
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Attached Media Files: DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.
Saturation Patrol Results for Hemp and Cannabis Fair (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 3:32 PM
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NEWS RELEASE -- For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017
Contact: Sergeant Toby Bottorff, Benton County Sheriff's Office
541-766-6099, toby.bottorff@co.benton.or.us

Saturation Patrol Results for Hemp and Cannabis Fair
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants patrol March 10-12, 2017, for the Hemp and Cannabis Fair, held at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

During saturation patrol dates, deputies stopped drivers for 104 traffic violations, while working regular and extra patrol.

Deputies arrested one person for DUII alcohol and none for DUII drugs. There were 11 arrest warrants served (six felony, five misdemeanor), as well as one arrest for reckless driving, and three for failing to carry and present a drivers license.

A total of 32 traffic citations were issued for violations including the following: speeding, no insurance, driving while suspended/revoked. No crashes were reported to BCSO during those dates.

BCSO's next DUII patrol is scheduled for March 16-19, 2017, to coincide with Saint Patrick's Day weekend.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx or https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf


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Evergreen Public Schools conducts voluntary radon testing
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 03/17/17 3:30 PM
As part of ongoing safety measures, Evergreen Public Schools has been conducting voluntary radon testing in buildings. The testing is not required by state or federal laws. Even though Clark County has significantly lower naturally occurring radon levels than other areas of the state, it does have above average levels, so it is prudent to conduct periodic tests.

Several weeks ago, as part of this testing, elevated levels of radon were detected at several schools. The school district then employed an outside radon contractor to provide more extensive testing. Some of those test results came back late yesterday. Several schools had isolated areas with radon levels of more than 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). Any reading above 4.0 pCi/L is considered to be high by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for continual exposure. By installing mitigation devices and adjusting airflow, levels are lowered.

Immediate mitigation efforts were employed and only two sites require more significant work: the gymnasium area at Sifton Elementary (at 11.1 pCi/L) and one classroom at Marrion Elementary (at 4.2 pCi/L). In both cases, normal classroom and school activities have been moved to other locations in the school. District officials indicate the needed changes should be completed by the end of next week allowing students and staff to return to those areas.

Families and staff at the affected schools have been notified and have been provided a Clark County Public Health radon fact sheet provided (attached).


Attached Media Files: Radon FAQ
Sheriff's Office increases DUII patrols for St. Patrick's Day weekend
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 3:29 PM
During the month of March 2017 -- and especially on St. Patrick's Day weekend -- the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with an emphasis on reducing impaired-driver crashes.

The goal of these extra patrols is to have zero traffic fatalities during this year's holiday celebration.

The enforcement effort is a continuation of CCSO's participation in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The effort helped contribute to the 50 people who were arrested on DUII charges by Clackamas County deputies in February 2017.

To learn more about the NHTSA's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, click here:
https://one.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day 28 people lose their lives in alcohol-related traffic crashes. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. This makes the chance of a person being involved in an alcohol-related crash 1 in 3 through a lifetime.

It is the goal of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to help avoid these completely preventable tragedies on St. Patrick's Day.

The men and women of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens across Oregon, that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired drivers. If you or those around you drink alcohol and/or consume other impairing substances, including marijuana, please make responsible transportation plans. If you witness impaired driving, don't hesitate to report it to your local authorities -- it may save a life.

Please enjoy your time with friends and family and have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day.

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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Invites the Public to the Capitol for Dairy Day (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 03/17/17 3:25 PM
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
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Tuesday, March 28, will be a day of celebration for Oregonians of all ages as we mark the 20th Anniversary of Milk as Oregon's Official Beverage. The festivities will begin at 10:00 am with Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt being served in the Galleria. During the Floor Session of both the House and Senate, the 2017 Dairy Princess Ambassador, Kiara Single and the First Alternate, Kortni Ragsdale, will be introduced by their Senator, Betsy Johnson and Representative Brad Witt.

An Official "Toast to Milk - Oregon's Official Beverage" will take place at 2:15 pm in the Galleria led by the House and Senate Leadership. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. Ice Cream will be served beginning at 2:30 pm.

Oregon is home to 228 Dairy Farms. Our farms range in size from small to large, organic to conventional. You can be assured that every dairy farm is a family operation and they take the health of their cows and their land very seriously. Every dairy farmer is heavily regulated by State and Federal officials.

The leadership of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association looks forward to welcoming you to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.


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City accepting applications for first-year Affordable Housing Fund grants
City of Vancouver - 03/17/17 3:15 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver will begin accepting applications for the first year of Affordable Housing Fund grants starting March 20. The City estimates up to $3.7 million in funding will be available this year.

Detailed application guidelines and a link to the online application will be available at www.cityofvancouver.us/affordablehousingfund on March 20. Applications are due on or before 5 p.m. Monday, May 15.

Funds are available for construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of multifamily rental housing located in Vancouver that benefit very low-income residents earning up to 50 percent of area median income (approximately $36,650 for a family of four). Local government agencies, non-profit organizations, for-profit developers and individual property owners may apply.

The Vancouver City Council will determine what projects receive funding later this summer.


AFFORDABLE HOUSING FORUM APRIL 11
The City will hold a forum on Tuesday, April 11 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Vancouver (301 W. 6th St.) to discuss ways to leverage the Vancouver Affordable Housing Fund to increase the city's supply of affordable housing.

City staff and local and statewide funders will talk about available financing and partnership opportunities. Prospective Vancouver Affordable Housing Fund applicants and others interested in affordable housing development are encouraged to attend.

To reserve a seat, please register online at http://bit.ly/AffordableHousingForum.


The Affordable Housing Fund was created when Vancouver voters approved Proposition 1 in the November 2016 general election. The passage of the proposition granted the City the ability to levy a property tax for the purpose of buying, building and preserving low-income rental housing and preventing homelessness through rental assistance and other housing services.

For more information about the Affordable Housing Fund, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/affordablehousingfund.

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

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Salem Police To Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 03/17/17 3:10 PM
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit conducted two vehicle-pedestrian safety campaigns on March 10, 2017. The goal of these safety campaigns is to enhance safety in our community through education to both pedestrians and vehicle operators. Locations are chosen based on crash and complaint data received by the department.

The locations designated for the campaigns on March 10 were the 1400 block of Center St NE and the intersection of Edgewater St NW/Kingwood Dr NW.

As officers were preparing for the campaign, it was noted that the crosswalk markings on Edgewater St/Kingwood Dr were worn and not as visible as other markings in the area. Although Oregon law states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk whether marked or not, officers chose to focus on education of drivers found to be in violation at that location. Drivers were contacted, educated on the law and were also provided with educational materials in English and Spanish. Officers have also conducted safety campaigns aimed at educating pedestrians on their responsibilities as well.

During the campaign on March 10, 81 drivers were contacted for various violations, 72 of which were pedestrian-related. Of those 72 drivers, only seven were issued citations, with 65 receiving education and warnings. There were 25 warnings and 29 citations issued for other violations.

The Salem Police Department will also be working with the Public Works Department to address markings at intersections when appropriate, and will also continue to work on education and enforcement projects to enhance traffic safety.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

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MESD Board Finance Committee Meeting 3-21-17 at 5:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 03/17/17 2:51 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.
University of Portland's Pamplin School of Business ranked top part-time MBA program in Oregon by U.S. News & World Report
University of Portland - 03/17/17 2:42 PM
The University of Portland's Pamplin School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked 84th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School rankings. The Pamplin School of Business is ranked highest out of Oregon institutions that offer part-time MBA programs. The full rankings can be seen on U.S. News & World Report's website.

"With MBA programs so competitive, the U.S. News & World Report's rankings are endorsement of the quality and excellence of our program," said Robin Anderson, dean of the Pamplin School of Business. "It is gratifying to see how our program has grown over the past years, including rising 50 spots in the rankings in just the past five years. I credit these results to the hard work and determination of our faculty and staff." Anderson added that rankings like these enable the Pamplin School of Business to continue to successfully recruit high quality faculty to the school.

Part-time MBA programs like those of the Pamplin School of Business have become popular with people who want to pursue advanced business degrees, but who have full-time jobs or family obligations which prevent them from enrolling as full-time students. Part-time MBA programs offer evening and and weekend classes and the flexibility for individuals to complete the classes at their own pace.

The University of Portland's MBA curriculum focuses on contemporary leadership by challenging graduate students to think cross-functionally about a variety of large and small business issues. Six areas of concentration are offered in the program, including entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, strategy, sustainability, and operations & technology management. The full curriculum can be seen on the program's website.

There are four universities in Oregon with part-time MBA programs that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and were included in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. These include the University of Portland, which was ranked highest in the state at #84, followed by Oregon State University (#103), Portland State University (#130), and Willamette University (#204). The University of Oregon, also accredited by AACSB, was not included in these rankings. Other Oregon schools with part-time MBA programs are not accredited by AACSB and therefore not included in these rankings.

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The U.S. News & Word Report part-time MBA rankings are based on five factors, determined by statistical data collected in the fall of 2016 and in early 2017.

- Average peer assessment score (50 percent of the school's overall score).
- Average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative and verbal scores of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2016 (15 percent). U.S. News uses both GMAT and GRE scores if an MBA program reports both, which allows us to take into account the admissions test scores of the entire entering class.
- Average undergraduate GPA of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2016 (5 percent).
- Number of years of work experience of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2016, with more experience scoring higher in the rankings (15 percent).
- Percentage of the business school's fall 2016 MBA enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program, with a higher percentage that is part time scoring higher in the rankings (15 percent).

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
Body of Missing Man Recovered from Bethany Lake Park (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 1:49 PM
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PRESS RELEASE

Body of Missing Man Recovered from Bethany Lake Park

March 17, 2017 -- Deputies investigated a deceased person found floating in the lake at Bethany Lake Park. No foul play is suspected and the public is not in danger.

On March 15, 2017 at 7:08 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Bethany Lake Park, located at 5118 NW 185th Avenue, to investigate a report of a body floating in the water. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) responded to recover the deceased person from the lake.

Sheriff's Deputies suspected the deceased person to be John J. Walsdorf II, 46, of Bethany, who was reported missing by his family on March 1, 2017. Washington County Search and Rescue (SAR) crews had searched the park earlier in the week looking for Mr. Walsdorf, who was believed to be suicidal.

The Washington County Medical Examiner responded and assumed control of the remains. On March 16, 2017, the medical examiner was able to positively identify the deceased male as Mr. Walsdorf. There is no danger to the public.


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DPSST Armed Subcommitteee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/17/17 1:26 PM
For Immediate Release
March 23, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
503-378-2431
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Armed Subcommittee of the Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee for the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:00 pm March 23, 2017 at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem, Oregon.

Conference: 888-808-6929
Access Code: 8917117

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Agenda items:

1. Introductions

2. Washington Armed Instructor Program Comparison against Private Security Firearms Instructor Course (PSFIC)-- guest Greg Glassock

3. Roundtable

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Drug investigation and search warrant leads to cocaine seizure, two arrests (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/17/17 12:17 PM
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Date & Time of Incident: 03/16/17 -- 11:25 pm

Type of Incident: Drug Arrests / Search Warrant

Location of Incident: 1300 SE 3rd St. #104, Budget Inn

Suspect Information: Lloyd Curtis Brice / 28 year old male / California Resident
Maxwell Lavel Spangner / 28 year old male / California Resident

Narrative:
During the week of March 13, 2017 Bend Police Department received information of drug activity involving a Silver Jeep Cherokee with CA license plates. Bend Police Detectives identified the vehicle and began a short term drug investigation. During this time the investigation revealed Lloyd Brice was selling cocaine at various locations around Bend. This investigation was assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes team.

On March 16th, 2017 at approximately 11:25 pm Bend Police Detectives assisted by members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT Team) and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) executed a search warrant at the Budget Inn Room #104 in Bend, Oregon. During the investigation and the execution of the search warrant over three ounces of cocaine, $3600 in US Currency, scales and packaging material were seized.

There were four occupants inside the motel room at the time of the search warrant execution. Lloyd Brice and Maxwell Spangner, both residents from California, were arrested and transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail. The other two occupants were contacted, interviewed and released.

The CERT team is a multi-agency swat team supported by the COLES board with members from the Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, and the Bend Fire Department.

Charges:
Lloyd Brice: Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine
Unlawful Manufacture of Cocaine
Unlawful Possession of Cocaine
Maxwell Spangner: Frequenting a Place Where Controlled Substances are Used


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Keep up your guard against tax identity theft
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/17/17 12:03 PM
SALEM, Ore.--Personal income tax returns are due April 18, but fraudsters could be trying to use your identity to commit tax fraud right now. Tax agencies nationwide are reminding taxpayers to protect their tax information throughout the year, but to be especially careful this time of year, when tax documents might be more accessible to criminals.

"Fraudsters are always looking for more information to use in submitting bogus refund claims," said Ken Ross, the head of the Oregon Department of Revenue's anti-fraud efforts. "Protecting taxpayers from identity theft goes hand-in-hand with protecting the state from tax fraud."

Ross said that fraudsters won't hesitate to grab data off an unsecured Wi-Fi network or steal the W-2 from your purse in your car, if the opportunity arises. Taxpayers keeping their own tax information secure is an important part of combating fraudsters.

What do I need to know as a taxpayer?

Protect your information
Help keep sensitive information out of the wrong hands by doing the following:
Beware of phishing scams, where fraudsters will try to get you to share personal information by email or over the phone by pretending they already know it. Calls that ask you to "confirm" your Social Security number are a common example.
Be cautious when using Wi-Fi. Unsecured Wi-Fi networks are a popular target for hackers, especially as more taxpayers connect their mobile devices to them.
Change passwords frequently. Experts recommend changing passwords every 60-90 days and not using the same password in multiple places.
Keep tax documents physically secure and inaccessible to criminals. If your tax documents aren't in your presence, keep them locked up.
Hang up on suspicious phone calls. No matter how urgent someone makes a situation sound, you can always hang up, call the Department of Revenue at their published phone number [(503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free)], and know that you're dealing with an actual employee.

Verify your identity
Revenue staff follow up on suspicious tax returns. When you file your return, they'll send you a letter if they're not sure it's legitimate. If you get an identity verification letter, respond as soon as you can. You can verify your identity by mail or by taking an online identity verification quiz.

Report identity theft
If you think or know your identity was stolen, notify Revenue immediately using the reporting feature at www.oregon.gov/dor. You can also call (503) 947-2000. Revenue can flag your account and watch for potentially fraudulent returns and help you get your real return processed correctly. You should also flag your account with the IRS by calling (800) 908-4490.

For more information on protecting yourself or what to do if you're a victim of identity theft, visit:
www.irs.gov
www.consumer.ftc.gov
www.identitytheft.gov

Contact the Department of Revenue
You can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing- or speech-impaired, call (800) 886-7204. During peak calling times, you may experience an extended wait.

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Salem Woman Injured in Vehicle-Pedestrian Crash
Salem Police Dept. - 03/17/17 11:54 AM
A Salem woman is in custody following a crash where her vehicle left a roadway, struck several mailboxes and critically injured a pedestrian.

At about 10:50 am on March 16, 72-year old Sandra Hill was walking to her mailbox in the 2400 block of Fisher Rd NE to retrieve mail that had just been delivered. As she was near her mailbox, a 2006 Hyundai Sonata that was traveling southbound on Fisher Rd struck the mailboxes and caused the injuries to Mrs. Hill.

The driver of the Hyundai, 44-year old Vanessa Marie Gienapp, left the scene of the crash, but stopped a short distance away. The Postal Service carrier who had just delivered the mail saw the victim laying in the driveway and noticed the Hyundai had stopped in the 2300 block of Fisher Rd. Suspecting that the Hyundai had been involved in some type of crash involving the victim and fearing that the Hyundai may attempt to leave, the Postal Service worker used her vehicle to block the Hyundai from leaving the scene. She remained in that position until officers arrived.

Sandra Hill was transported to Salem Health with life-threatening injuries. After performing Field Sobriety Tests on driver Vanessa Gienapp, officers placed her in custody for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The suspect was transported to the Salem Police Department and later to the Marion County Corrections Facility. She remains in custody on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

There are no updates available on the condition of Sandra Hill. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.
Eastmoreland Neighborhood Kidnapping, Attempted Rape Suspect Arrested on Thursday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/17/17 11:37 AM
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On Thursday March 16, 2017, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives arrested 27-year-old David Abraham Marcus in connection with the June 2016 kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman in Southeast Portland.

Marcus was booked into the Multnomah County Jail early Friday morning on charges of Kidnap in the First Degree and Attempted Rape in the First Degree.

This investigation started on June 22, 2016, at 12:20 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast 27th Avenue and Bybee Boulevard on the report of an attempted abduction.

Officers arrived and spoke with the 22-year-old female victim who told police that she was walking home from the QFC grocery store at Southeast Milwaukie Avenue and Duke Street. The victim told police that she was walking eastbound on Bybee Boulevard and was approaching 27th Avenue when an unknown man came up behind her, grabbed her in a bear hug and started pulling her towards the Eastmoreland Golf Course parking lot. The victim told police that the suspect continued to pull her towards the back of a vehicle and tried to push her inside.

The victim told police that she fought and screamed and was able to break away from the suspect and run. The victim told police that she ran to a nearby house and asked them to call 9-1-1. The victim did not require medical attention at the scene.

The victim described the suspect as a white, Hispanic or mixed-race male in his 30s, oval-faced, no facial hair, approximately 6'00" tall, thick build, thick fingers, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, possibly wearing blue jeans, and unknown style work boots. The victim described the vehicle as a newer SUV, with a split-opening style tailgate, with the glass pulling up and the tailgate pulling down.

Detectives conducted extensive investigation but did not immediately develop any leads. This week, new information was developed leading to the identification and arrest of Marcus.

Anyone with information about Marcus or this incident is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, Anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-9786, vince.cui@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to offer the following tips for people who walk, ride or jog alone:

Be aware of your surroundings.
Consider bringing a cell phone.
If listening to music, keep one ear free to listen to your surroundings.
Tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return.

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

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

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Major heroin bust in Clark County (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 11:16 AM
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Arrested and booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (heroin)
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1. MORALES-Garcia, Luis Armando (male) DOB 06/21/85 of Vancouver, Wa.

2. VEGA-Rivera, Jose Carlos (male) DOB 01/25/1987 of Vancouver, Wa.

3. MORENO-Arrelanas, Karen (female) DOB 11/13/1993 of Vancouver, Wa.

For the past several months detectives from the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force have been investigating several subjects suspected of dealing narcotics throughout the Clark county area.
On 03-16-17 at approximately 2 pm the Drug Task Force served two search warrants in connection with this investigation and seized 11.25 pounds of suspected heroin and over $51,000 dollars in cash. The location of the warrant was 15310 SE 8th Street #B Vancouver WA. Also seized were three vehicles suspected of facilitating heroin transactions throughout the Clark County area. The street value of the heroin is over $250,000 dollars.

In additional to the diligent investigative work by Drug Task Force Detectives, the unit's drug detection K9, Piper, was also crucial in yesterday's investigation by locating the suspected heroin in one of the vehicles. This 38 lb. female Labrador joined the Drug Task Force in November of 2015 after several months of intense training. Since that time Piper and has been instrumental in locating illegal narcotics in numerous drug investigations throughout the Clark County region.

The Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug task force is committed to keeping our community safe by aggressively investigating and pursuing illegal narcotic activities.


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Integrity, Courage, Discipline, Loyalty, Diligence, Humility, Optimism, Conviction (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 11:13 AM
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The words in the title describe the foundational character traits of a Marion County Deputy Sheriff. If you have ever taken an oath or sworn to a creed you know that words are not just words, they have meaning. Not meaning as in a definition but meaning that provokes an emotional response because those words makeup who we are and what we stand for.

This was no better demonstrated than last night at around 7:30 p.m., when deputy Matt Higgins responded to check the welfare of a person in the 4000 block of Lancaster Drive NE. When Deputy Higgins parked in the driveway and knocked at the door he was greeted by an elderly resident.

The resident explained they were fine and did not require any medical attention, but they were hungry and most concerning they could not remember when they last ate. Deputy Higgins asked to come in and upon inspection found a home full of love but vacant of food. In fact the only food in the house were some expired condiments and two cans of green beans.

Deputy Higgins had choices, he certainly could have called an ambulance and had the resident taken to the hospital, where they would have been fed and provided service, but that is not what Deputy Sheriff's do. Deputy Sheriff's embody and through action demonstrate those words, those foundational character traits we live by.

Instead Deputy Higgins called Sergeant Justin Kinyon who responded to the scene. The deputies took the elderly resident to the grocery store and purchased some much needed food and returned to the house. While the Sergeant put away the food and cleaned the refrigerator Deputy Higgins put on his cooking hat and made some much needed, "tasty Italian, Hamburger Helper," for the resident to eat.

Integrity, Courage, Discipline, Loyalty, Diligence, Humility, Optimism, Conviction, not just words written on a piece of paper. Not just words echoed in hollow halls devoid of feeling. These are words spoken and lived each day by your Marion County Deputy Sheriff's.

Senior services has been contacted and requested to follow up with the resident to ensure their needs are met.


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Sheriff's Office Seeking Tips In Fire Investigation (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 10:58 AM
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Yesterday at around 5:00 a.m., a passerby called 911 reporting a fire at 4625 Silverton Road NE, a Mini Storage located in Salem. Firefighters with Marion County Fire District 1, responded and extinguished the fire but not before it caused some $16,000 in damage.

Investigators with the fire district and the Marion County Sheriff's Office believe the fire was intentionally set. Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the fire to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032 or you can send your anonymous tip by texting TipMCSO followed by your message, to 847411.


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Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis to deliver annual State of the City address
City of Gresham - 03/17/17 10:22 AM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Gresham Mayor Shane T. Bemis will deliver his annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 22.

The speech, considered one of Gresham's signature civic events, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Gresham Armory, 544 NE Division Street. The speech is delivered to an audience of City Councilors, community and neighborhood leaders, and residents. Attendees have the option of purchasing a plated lunch through the event co-host, the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, or enjoying complimentary refreshments in the additional free seats.

"The Chamber is honored to co-host this important event, and we welcome all citizens of Gresham to the Armory. It's a chance to hear personally from our Mayor about the plans for this community that we all love," said Sue Piazza, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Board President.

In this year's speech, Bemis will report back to the community continued progress on opportunities for children and family, including an exciting new partnership to connect adult volunteer mentors with local kids in need of extra support. Other key themes include economic development, the City's innovations in 21st Century Policing, the most significant residential street maintenance project in the City's history, and the opening of Hogan Butte Nature Park.

"This event is such a great opportunity to take a moment and celebrate, as a community, how far we've come in a year. I'm even more excited to share my thoughts on where we go from here, and how we can--and will--continue to build upon our successes and overcome our challenges," Bemis said.

The general public is encouraged to attend. To make a reservation, or for more information, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov/State-of-the-City. For those that cannot attend, the event will be streamed live, courtesy of MetroEast Community Media, on the City's Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/CityofGresham as well as the Facebook page of Mayor Bemis. In addition, the video and a speech transcript will be posted at www.GreshamOregon.gov after the event.
Beaverton Night Market Now Accepting Applications for Food, Arts, and Craft Vendors (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/17/17 10:04 AM
The City of Beaverton is accepting applications for food, art, and craft vendors for the 2017 Beaverton Night Market, to be held on July 22 and Aug. 12. Applications are due May 19. (Photo/Diego Diaz for City of Beaverton)
The City of Beaverton is accepting applications for food, art, and craft vendors for the 2017 Beaverton Night Market, to be held on July 22 and Aug. 12. Applications are due May 19. (Photo/Diego Diaz for City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton is now accepting applications for food, arts, and craft vendors for the annual Beaverton Night Market events. Vendors that represent cultures from around the world are encouraged to apply for a booth space at the event.


The Beaverton Night Market presents a multicultural evening of international food and craft vendors, as well as cultural performances, on two nights: Saturday, July 22 and Saturday, Aug. 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. The market, which has doubled in size since its beginning in 2015, is hosted by the city's Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) and will be held at The Round, 12725 SW Millikan Way, just off the Beaverton Central MAX stop.


The night market is a vibrant, intercultural event reminiscent of night markets experienced internationally. Exhibitors from many regions of the world represented in Beaverton will share handmade crafts and goods from their cultures.


Applications are available now and will be accepted until Friday, May 19, at 5 p.m. For more information or to apply, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/NightMarket.


Vendors will be chosen by a selection committee and notified of their selection by Friday, June 2. Vendor selection criteria include the following: Beaverton-area businesses, unique cultural products, previous market experience/preparation, and compatibility of business proposal with market mission.


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


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


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Attached Media Files: The City of Beaverton is accepting applications for food, art, and craft vendors for the 2017 Beaverton Night Market, to be held on July 22 and Aug. 12. Applications are due May 19. (Photo/Diego Diaz for City of Beaverton)
Missing ederly adult Located and is safely back home
Washougal Police Dept. - 03/17/17 9:30 AM
Donald Schmunk, 90 year old missing adult from Washougal WA was located near Wenatchee WA last night at around 9:00 PM. A Washington State Patrol Trooper contacted Mr. Schmunk and found him to be safe and unharmed. Mr. Schmunk has since returned home.
Clackamas Community College news (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 03/17/17 9:11 AM
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Please find attached the latest Clackamas Community College news.


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Hillsboro Police Department Code Enforcement cleans up residence (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 03/17/17 8:55 AM
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On March 15th, 2017, The City of Hillsboro Police Department completed the abatement of a property at 651 SE 3rd Ave. Officials said the property had become a public nuisance, as well as a health and safety hazard to the surrounding neighbourhood.

Since August 2015, the Hillsboro Police Department Code Enforcement Unit had attempted to work with the property owner and reach voluntary compliance by correcting the violations. Due to the lack of compliance, the Code Enforcement Unit determined an abatement was necessary.

Thanks to the hard work and focus of the Code Enforcement Unit, an abatement warrant was issued for the property. In the end, fourteen (14) trucks of solid waste were removed from the property. This included several large appliances, mattresses, wood debris, scrap metal, and household garbage. Two (2) vehicles were also removed from the property as well.

While the Code Enforcement Unit continues to make every effort to reach voluntary compliance, there are times where abatement is the only option.


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Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Timber to get body armor (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 03/17/17 8:19 AM
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Hillsboro Police Department's K9 Timber will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Timber's vest is sponsored by Jason and Brenda Bailey of Sherwood, OR and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Protection in memory of Sebastian and Lilo". Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Timber is a three (3) year old half German Shepard half Belgian Malinois from Israel and has been deployed with HPD for the past year. Officer Lee and Timber have 18 captures to date.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 -- $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Hillsboro has a long, proud tradition of training and effectively utilizing police K9's. From the inception of our K9 Unit in 1978, Hillsboro has conducted numerous K9 classes, training nearly all of our own K9 teams. Additionally, HPD has assisted to train many other K9 teams for numerous different departments, including federal agencies, and agencies from other states.

Before hitting the road, each canine and handler must complete, at minimum, 10 weeks of basic training and meet the Oregon Police Canine Association Standards. In addition, each team trains weekly to maintain their skills.
Since 1978, the Hillsboro Police Department has deployed 44 patrol dogs trained in tracking and apprehension, and four narcotic detection dogs. Over that time period, we have employed 37 Dogmasters, some of which have had multiple dogs over their careers.


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Early Morning Shooting Injures 49-Year-Old Woman - No Suspect Information
Portland Police Bureau - 03/17/17 8:05 AM
On Friday March 17, 2017, at 3:24 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast Mallory Avenue and Beech Street on the report of gunfire.

Officers arrived in the area and located a 49-year-old woman suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to a leg. Medical personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Officers canvassing the area located a crime scene and evidence of gunfire but did not learn of any suspect information as the victim was not cooperative.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333 or send information to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov, reference case #17-79807.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) to conduct recreational area clean-up at Sandy River Delta National Scenic Area.
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 7:00 AM
On March 17, 2017, from 8:00am to 3:00pm, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Homeless Outreach and Programs Engagement (HOPE) Team will be conducting a coordinated public safety clean-up of the "Thousand Acres" location at the Sandy River Delta National Scenic area. Deputies will be assisted by the MCSO Corrections Work Crews and members of the United States Forest Service.
Over the past few months, MCSO has received numerous complaints concerning the increase of unlawful campsites in this highly visited recreational area. During this same period, this area has experienced inclement weather at which deputies have made visits to camps and provided citizens with blankets, food and other essential items. The HOPE Team mission begins with a compassionate, "outreach first" approach before any enforcement of the unlawful camping ordinance.
On March 10, 2017, HOPE Team members posted notices at campsites and will be returning on March 17 to implement both outreach and, if needed, enforcement of the unlawful camping ordinance. Deputies have contacted campers and provided "helping hands" bags from local churches. Additionally, HOPE Team members provided "Street Roots" and other resource information in an effort to connect homeless citizens with assistance such as options for alternative shelter.
HOPE Team members have recently identified approximately 25 separate, individual campsites and have contacted approximately 40 citizens in this area.
Sheriff Reese has submitted a new program offer in the FY2018 budget to establish a fulltime Homeless Outreach and Programs Engagement (Safety Net) team consisting of two deputies. The HOPE Team will partner with local service providers to help our homeless citizens find a path out of homelessness. Please contact MCSO for more information about this concept program.
Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number
Oregon Lottery - 03/17/17 5:00 AM
Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 107812

The complete list of all 1,801 winning 2017 St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at oregonlottery.org/raffle. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

The Lottery's next Raffle game will be the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Tickets for this game will go on sale early-January 2018.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 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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Abandoned Chinchilla (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 03/16/17 7:08 PM
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West Linn Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating the person who abandoned a Chinchilla in the wooded area between Carriage Way and Kapteyns Street around 4 PM Thursday. The suspect is described a a white female in her 60's with short brown hair, who spoke with an accent. The woman told a witness that she was moving and couldn't keep it. Chinchillas are popular as pets, but require proper care, and most likely would would not have survived Oregon's winter climate. Animal Abandonment is a crime punishable up to 6 months in jail. Anyone who has information that would assist in identifying this person is urged to contact Officer Larry Redler of the West Linn Police Department.


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Tip of the Week March 20, 2017 - News Hoaxes
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 03/16/17 3:03 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926


TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: March 20, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


NEWS HOAXES

You've been hearing the terms "fake news" and "alternative facts" getting a lot of attention lately. They show how prevalent news hoaxes have become in today's media and how dangerous it can be to rely on bogus reports. The following information was provided by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

"This is a significant consumer fraud problem," says Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. "People who post these bogus articles make a lot of money off your clicks, while you get information that can harm you. For years I've encouraged Oregonians to be skeptical of emails and phone calls that sound too good to be true. I now urge you to do the same with news reports that aren't properly sourced."

This Scam Alert contains tips to help you distinguish between what's real and what's not in your daily news consumption. Please give it your attention.

1. If the author of an article or post is not given - or if the author is not properly identified - you should be skeptical.
2. The same is true if there are not references or links to legitimate source material.
3. If there are errors of spelling or grammar, this should be an immediate tip-off to doubt what you're reading.
4. If the report seems hard to believe, it likely isn't worth your time and attention.
5. The same is true if only one side of the story is reported.
6. If the headline is not consistent with the story, don't trust either.
7. Doubt overly emotional stories - including those that "hyperventilate."
8. Give the website's domain name (URL) a careful look. If it has a different spelling or other letters and characters included, it may be bogus.
9. Similarly, check the "About Us" section of the website. Again, if it's sketchy, the website likely is, too.
10. Have quotations been altered? You can check this easily. Just cut and paste into Google's Search engine.
11. You can verify stories that make you doubt them. ABCNews.com and Politifact.com monitor U.S. political stories. Snopes.com fact checks internet rumors.
12. Facebook is now providing warning labels on questionable news reports. You can also report news hoaxes to Facebook.

Remember: People who post fake news make money from clicks on the bad information they provide. You can do your part to stop this.

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

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City extends deadline for parks and recreation advisory commission vacancies
City of Vancouver - 03/16/17 2:42 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is extending the application deadline for three vacant volunteer positions on the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC) to 5 p.m. Friday, April 14.

This recruitment is for one one-year position and one two-year position, both beginning immediately upon appointment; and one three-year position, beginning July 1, 2017. Applicants for these positions must live within the Vancouver city limits.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Amanda Delapena in the City Manager's Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, amanda.delapena@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8605.

PRAC is a 10-member volunteer citizen's group made up of city residents, two school district representatives and a Parks Foundation liaison. The commission advises Vancouver City Council and City staff on needs, plans and programs necessary for an adequate system of parks, open space, playgrounds, facilities and recreation services for the citizens of Vancouver.

PRAC meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month as well as occasional special meetings.

Visit www.cityofvanouver.us/prac to learn more about the PRAC, including past meeting minutes and agendas.

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Grand Jury Determines Officers Use of Deadly Force Justified in February Shooting in Southeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/16/17 2:00 PM
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On Wednesday March 15, 2017, a Multnomah County Grand Jury determined that two Portland Police Bureau officers were justified in their use of deadly force in the February 2017 shooting of 56-year-old Don Perkins. Perkins recovered from his injuries and was civilly committed for mental health treatment. The officers involved in the shooting were Officer Roger Walsh and Officer Bradley Clark, both 11-year-veterans assigned to Central Precinct.

The investigation started on February 9, 2017, at 6:31 p.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a 56-year-old man (later identified as Perkins) who was threatening to commit suicide. Information gathered by the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) suggested that Perkins was near the 2100 block of Southeast Lafayette Street.

Officers arrived in the area and began to search for Perkins. At approximately 7:15 p.m., BOEC obtained information of a more specific location for Perkins. Officers used the information to locate Perkins in a van in the 3300 block of Southeast 22nd Avenue.

Officers, including an Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officer, contacted Perkins and began to communicate with him. During the contact with Perkins, the officers developed information that he possessed a handgun. As officers were attempting to continue communication, Perkins dropped something out of the van that officers believed was a handgun. Perkins exited the van then reached for the item which resulted in an officer firing a single shot at him. Perkins told the officers they were going to have to shoot him and he moved back towards the item, resulting in officers firing additional shots that struck Perkins. Officers made a plan to safely approach Perkins and get him medical attention. Perkins was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to his injuries. The item Perkins dropped was later determined to be a realistic-looking replica firearm (photo released). A second replica handgun was seized as evidence from Perkins' van.

Through the investigation, detectives learned that Perkins was under the influence of prescription narcotics and when police arrived, he attempted to force the officers to shoot and kill him as a method of suicide commonly known as "suicide by cop."

Officer-involved shootings fortunately are a rare occurrence and receive a high level of investigation and internal review. As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The investigative reports and grand jury transcripts (when completed) will be posted to the Bureau's web page, https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/52175 where information about all officer-involved shooting investigations since 2010 is publicly 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 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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

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Missing Skier on Mount Hood Found
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/16/17 1:47 PM
HOOD RIVER, ORE - On Wednesday March 15th, 2017 searchers located the body of Steve Leavitt at Mt. Hood Meadows late in the afternoon. This came eight days after Leavitt was reported missing by his family. On Thursday morning a recovery team was able to retrieve Leavitt from the mountain. The preliminary investigation into Leavitt's death by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office suggests that Leavitt died after impact with a tree. He was then buried in the deep snow and in a shallow tree well. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit Is Now Recruiting for Its 2018 Academy, April Info Meeting (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/16/17 1:45 PM
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Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit Is Now Recruiting for Its 2018 Academy

WHAT: Informational Meeting by Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit Recruiting for volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriffs

WHEN: Monday, April 3rd, 2017; 6:30pm -- 8:00pm

WHO: Clark County Sheriff's Office and Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit

WHERE: West Precinct (Public Safety Complex), 505 NW 179th Street, Ridgefield, WA.

HOW: The Clark County Sheriff's Office and Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit will hold an informational meeting to promote and provide information about the Reserve Program, and testing process on how to become a Reserve Deputy.

WHY: The Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit is made up of fully commissioned law enforcement officers who volunteer their time in support of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Our members have been volunteering individually for between a few to more than 25 years; and they can be found anytime, day or night, performing routine patrol, responding to emergency calls for service, protecting crime scenes, serving the public in large community events, and many other functions.

The Sheriff's Office asks that only those willing to make a two to three year minimum volunteer commitment please apply.

For more information about the Clark County Sheriff's Reserve Unit, please go to https://www.clark.wa.gov/sheriff/reserve-unit or email CntySheriff.ReserveUnit@clark.wa.gov


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UPDATE -- NEW DETAILS, TIMELINE: Sheriff's Office investigating Beavercreek double homicide; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/16/17 1:25 PM
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UPDATE (Thursday, March 16, 1:21 p.m.) -- NEW INVESTIGATIVE TIMELINE, FURTHER DETAILS

The investigation into Tuesday's double homicide in Beavercreek continues. Detectives continue to interview witnesses and process evidence.

At this time we can release a basic narrative of the incident, constructed from multiple interviews and other sources:

At approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, a vehicle dropped off Dustin Louis Childress and Thomas Lee Hegar Jr. near a property on the 19200 block of S. Upper Highland Rd. in Beavercreek.

This property -- the crime scene -- is a privately owned forested property with multiple outbuildings.

Childress and Hegar then reportedly tresspassed onto the property without authorization.

Approximately 15 minutes later, Mr. Childress called one of the two women in the vehicle to report they were being shot at -- and that Mr. Hegar had been shot and wounded -- while fleeing the scene.

Detectives would later determine they were allegedly shot at by Robert John Hilands, the owner of the property.

Approximately seven-and-a-half hours later, at 5:46 p.m., one of the two women called 911 to report suspicious circumstances.

Patrol deputies arrived and searched multiple properties in the area -- including Mr. Hilands' property with Hilands' consent.

During the search of Hilands' property, deputies found the bodies of Childress and Hegar concealed near the property's front gate, which is approximately 40 feet off S. Upper Highland Road.

Both Childress and Hegar had suffered gunshot wounds, as later confirmed by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner.

Robert John Hilands made contact with investigators. Hilands voluntarily agreed to an interview with detectives while investigators continued to process the crime scene.

Following an interview at Sheriff's Office headquarters, Hilands confessed to killing the two men. Hilands was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail. He was booked on two counts of Aggravated Murder and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Hilands' complete booking info is here:

https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017006892

This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff's Office can release no further information at this time.

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EARLIER (March 15, 8:00 p.m.) -- VICTIM ID, ARREST MADE

Booking photo: Robert John Hilands, 33, of BeavercrekThe second victim has been identified as Thomas Lee Hegar Jr., 50, of Beavercreek.

It has been determined that Mr. Hegar and Mr. Childress both died of gunshot wounds.

The suspect has been identified as Robert John Hilands, 33, of Beavercreek. Mr. Hilands was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail where he was booked on charges of Aggravated Murder (2 counts) and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts). His complete booking info is here:

https://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2017006892

TIPS SOUGHT

Detectives continue to seek tips in this double homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact us using the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-6892.
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EARLIER (March 15, 2:45 p.m.):

Upper Highland Road will be opening for normal traffic momentarily. Drivers are urged to use caution, as road crews and investigators continue to work in the crime scene and surrounding area.
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EARLIER (March 15, 11 a.m.)

Please reference CCSO Case # 17-6892

At approximately 5:46 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to a report of suspicious circumstances around the 19200 block of S. Upper Highland Rd. in Beavercreek.

Responding deputies secured permission to search a property on the 19200 block of S. Beavercreek. During the search, a deputy located two male bodies near a property gate.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives, and members of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are among the personnel responding to and securing the crime scene.

Detectives have identified one victim as Dustin Louis Childress, 40. Childress is a transient with a last known address in Molalla.

The Clackamas County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy on the second victim. This second victim will be identified following an autopsy and family notifications.

Cause of death for both victims is still under investigation, and the Sheriff's Office is not releasing further investigative details at this time.

Upper Highland Rd. is currently closed between Schuebel School Rd. and Ridge Rd.

Investigators are currently canvassing the area, interviewing neighbors, and searching the crime scene.

A media briefing is set for 11 a.m. Media staging area for the briefing is 21950 Beavercreek Rd.

TIPS SOUGHT

Detectives are seeking tips in this double homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact us using the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-6892.

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Two Portland schools among 16 to receive grants from Wells Fargo and Trail Blazers Foundation (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 03/16/17 12:07 PM
Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation present grants to representatives of 16 schools from throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington, including two in Portland.
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two Portland schools were among the 16 that received grants March 11 from the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo through their "Take It to the Court for Education" program.

Sitton Elementary in North Portland received $8,000 to expand its environmental education and garden program, which not only teaches the students how to grow vegetables but also promotes self-sufficiency and addresses food insecurity. The students share the food with the Oregon Food Bank and their school's cafeteria.

Tucker Maxon School in S.E. Portland received $6,000 to purchase software and 23 recording devices that will help its hearing impaired students in preschool through Grade 5 learn to talk, catch up in school and succeed when they move into mainstream schools.

Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation awarded a total of $100,000 in grants of various amounts. The 16 recipients were chosen from almost 200 submissions from 63 different cities across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Schools were able to request funding support for their academic, art, athletic or community programs. The grant amounts ranged up to $10,000, based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program requesting funds.

"I serve on the board of the Trail Blazers Foundation, and I can tell you that education is important to both of our organizations," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "We truly believe that if we don't support our local schools and education, our future is at risk. This grant program is one of the many ways we help our local communities."

The other recipients were from Fairview, Gresham, Medford, North Bend, Pilot Rock, Salem, Silver Lake, The Dalles, Tillamook and Warm Springs, Ore., as well as Vancouver, Wash.

In the past three years, the grant program has awarded $275,000 in funds to 49 schools in the region.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. The firm provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

ABOUT THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 32 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.

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City seeks volunteer for Urban Forestry Commission
City of Vancouver - 03/16/17 11:58 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one position on the Urban Forestry Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2017.

The vacancy is for one full, four-year term. There is no city residency requirement.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Amanda Delapena in the City Manager's Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, amanda.delapena@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8605.

Vancouver's Urban Forestry Commission has seven citizen members who assist the City's Urban Forestry Program in its efforts to enhance Vancouver by managing and conserving trees, now and for future generations. The commission meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 415 W. 6th St., the third Wednesday of each month.

The advisory role of the commission includes reviewing and informing urban forestry policy and regulation, and administration of the Heritage Tree Program and the Urban Forestry Program's work plan. The commission is an active, working group that performs community outreach by helping to plan and implement tree events, building neighborhood association relationships, supporting public education, and community recognition programs related to appreciation of our community's trees. Those who have an interest in urban forestry and the beautification of Vancouver are urged to apply.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ufc to learn more about the Urban Forestry Commission, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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Free, Public Event Highlights Charlotte Matheny Kirkwood's Oregon Trail Experience
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/16/17 11:51 AM
On March 25, 2017, from 1 pm to 3 pm, Roger Shipman will present a talk on "Into the Eye of the Setting Sun: The Story of the West When It Was New." This book, available in an indexed, softcover edition, was written by Shipman's great-great-great grandmother, Charlotte Matheny Kirkwood, who crossed the Oregon Trail in 1843 when she was just five years old. The memoir was edited by Shipman.

Kirkwood's wagon train left Elm Grove, Missouri, with more than 100 wagons, 1,000 men, women, and children, and 5,000 oxen and cattle trailing behind. Dr. Elijah White, a Presbyterian missionary who had made the trip the year before, served as guide. More than eighty years later, with a keen mind, a sharp wit, and a delicate sense of humor, Charlotte set down these poignant memories so that later generations could experience them, too.

At this free event, Shipman will share his ancestor's experience, and the story of the family after crossing the nation in the first train of the Great Migration of 1843.


What: Roger Shipman, editor of "Into the Eye of the Setting Sun," discusses his great-great-great grandmother's Oregon Trail experience.

When: March 25, 2017, 1 pm to 3 pm.

Where: Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661
Cash Back Day March 23 at Warehouse '23 for Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (Photo)
Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools - 03/16/17 11:46 AM
Foundation for VPS event at Warehouse '23
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Dine at Warehouse '23 on 3/23 to support Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (VPS).

Warehouse '23 will host a cashback fundraising event to benefit Foundation for VPS on Thursday, March 23 from open to close; 50% of what each guest spends on food and beverage, including happy hour and orders to go, will be donated to Foundation for VPS.

Invite your friends and family to enjoy the fantastic food and drinks at Warehouse '23 on March 23rd, all while helping students in Vancouver Public Schools.

Don't forget to tell your server you are there to support the Foundation for VPS to ensure that 50% is donated to the Foundation for VPS!

Reservations are suggested for parties of 6 or more, 360-750-7256. Warehouse '23 is located at 100 Columbia St. #102. Visit www.warehouse1923.com for hours and menu.

Find out more at www.foundationforvps.org or www.facebook.com/FoundationforVPS.


Attached Media Files: Foundation for VPS event at Warehouse '23
Baker County logger is named Operator of the Year for eastern Oregon by the Department of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/16/17 11:39 AM
Cameron Newell of B & C Logging holds the Oregon Board of Forestry plaque naming his company as Operator of the Year for the Eastern Oregon Area. He is flanked by his family and State Forester Peter Daugherty (far left), Board of Forestry Chair Thomas Ime
Cameron Newell of B & C Logging holds the Oregon Board of Forestry plaque naming his company as Operator of the Year for the Eastern Oregon Area. He is flanked by his family and State Forester Peter Daugherty (far left), Board of Forestry Chair Thomas Ime
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NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 16, 2017

Contact:
Logan McCrae, Unit Forester, LaGrande/Baker, 541-963-3168, logan.mccrae@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Cameron Newell and his crew at B & C Logging of Baker City as Operator of the Year for eastern Oregon. The award was presented at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances.

B & C Logging was cited for the care it took in salvage logging several small private forest parcels in the wake of one of Oregon's largest wildfires in 2015 - the Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire, which burned more than 100,000 acres in eastern Oregon. See the video at https://youtu.be/LSB7z-_-dUc

Logan McCrae, LaGrande/Baker Unit Forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry, nominated B & C Logging for the special honor. McCrae cites the care the company took in felling burned snags while avoiding damage to buildings, fences and powerlines. "Cameron really helped the landowners by removing those potential hazards and leaving the area ready to be revegetated," says McCrae.

The Forest Practices Act governs logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the southwest, northwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Attached Media Files: Cameron Newell of B & C Logging holds the Oregon Board of Forestry plaque naming his company as Operator of the Year for the Eastern Oregon Area. He is flanked by his family and State Forester Peter Daugherty (far left), Board of Forestry Chair Thomas Ime
Increased DUI enforcement on St. Patrick's Day (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/16/17 11:30 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. --On March 17, 2017, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments as well as the Washington State Patrol will have additional officers out on St. Patrick's Day enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols. So whether it's green beer, or another type of green, getting behind the wheel impaired could mean a DUI.

Part of any St. Patrick's Day plan should include selecting a sober designated driver, or using mass transit, taxis or a ride share service to get around town. As a reminder, Uber is offering first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

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

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day!



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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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Douglas County logger is named Operator of the Year for southern Oregon by the state Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/16/17 11:28 AM
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NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 16, 2017

Contact:
Jay Morey, Stewardship Forester, Roseburg District Office, jay.c.morey@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Plikat Logging of Camas Valley, owned by Wally Plikat, as the Operator of the Year for southern Oregon. The award was given at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances.

An example of the lengths to which Plikat goes to protect water quality as mandated in the Forest Practices Act is the company's success logging a 63-acre stand of trees on a steep hillside above a fish-bearing stream near Elkton in Douglas County. According to Department of Forestry Stewardship Forester Jay Morey, Plikat loggers had to set up steel cables a distance of more than 2,000 feet across the stream and its protective buffer of trees in order to ferry logs to waiting trucks.

"Due to the careful way they hauled the logs across that distance, the buffer zone was not damaged during the logging and haul out of felled timber," says Morey.

Chris Arnold of Lone Rock Timber Management nominated Plikat Logging for the Operator of the Year honor. "They can always be counted on to do an outstanding job. Wally and his son, Jeff, take pride in the work they do and put in the extra time to do it right," says Arnold.

For example, Arnold says Plikat often stops work during heavy rainfalls in order to minimize potential rutting and water quality issues.

Plikat Logging has been in business since 1981, employing over 80 people and participating in the community through donations and their support of local sports teams and events such as Fourth of July celebrations.

The Forest Practices Act governs logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the southwest, northwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Vehicle Collision Blocks SR 503 Wednesday Evening (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 03/16/17 11:18 AM
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Firefighters responded to a three vehicle motor vehicle collision on State Route 503 Wednesday evening at approximately 7:15. The collision occurred south of NE 179th St. and blocked all north and south bound lanes. Two people were transported to the hospital by AMR Ambulance. Two fire engines and nine fire personnel from Fire District 3 were on scene. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the collision. The Clark County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene. SR 503 was closed for approximately 30 minutes while one patient was extricated from a damaged vehicle, debris was pushed to the side of the road, and three vehicles were towed away.


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9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy / DPSST
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/16/17 10:43 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 103rd Basic Telecommunications Class.

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

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

Basic Telecommunications #BT103 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Executive Director Patti Sauers of Yamhill Communications.

DPSST would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #BT103 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #103

Dispatcher Shelbi Ah Sam
Wasco County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Courtney Bartels
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Jayde Bellshaw
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Allysa Bement
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Broek Boaz
Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Lindsay Burbey
Albany Police Department

Dispatcher Mariah Camargo
Frontier Regional 9-1-1

Dispatcher Tiffany DeHaan
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Alicia Delos
Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Shannon Devore
Hood River County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Sara Dragoon
Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Shawn Eads
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Suleyma Gonzales
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Toni Grove
LaGrande Police Department

Dispatcher Kaitlyn Herbst
Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Stephanie Jensrud
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Teonna Johnson
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Micah Kelley
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Ryan Killion
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Louis Lavine
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Rochelle Lundberg
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Krista Mugavero
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Chelsie O'Brien
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Dakota Pierce
Lake Oswego Police Department

Dispatcher Austin Plamondon
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Tristan Richmond
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Lindsay Rupel
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch

Dispatcher Cynthia Ward
Lake Oswego Police Department

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Update: Beverly has been found safe and returned home.
Gresham Police Dept - 03/16/17 10:35 AM
GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

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

GRESHAM POLICE SEEK HELP LOCATING MISSING WOMAN

RELEASE DATE: Mar. 16, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-14537

UPDATE: Beverly has been found safe and returned home.

GRESHAM, Ore.-- A Gresham woman with Dementia has been missing since 12:00 a.m., today and police are asking for help in locating her. Beverly Pearson, 65, was last seen at her home in the 2800 block of SE 1st in Gresham. She apparently left on foot and her destination is unknown.

Beverly is believed to be wearing a long gray coat. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 5 inches and weighing 140 pounds with red hair. If anybody locates her, they are asked to call the non-emergency BOEC line, 503.823.3333.
51 Portland Doctors Are Outperforming National Benchmarks, Mayo Clinic, in Cancer Screening Success (Photo)
The Oregon Clinic - 03/16/17 10:01 AM
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The bad news: Colon cancer affects 1 in 20 Americans and is the second deadliest cancer. The most common symptom is no symptoms at all.
The good news: Screening colonoscopies work. When diagnosed early, the five year survival rate is 90%.
The even better news: There's a team of 51 gastroenterologists at The Oregon Clinic who are outperforming national benchmarks (and even the Mayo Clinic) in their colonoscopy services.

During Colon Cancer Awareness Month this March, gastroenterologists across the nation are reminding everyone: colonoscopies save lives. Colonoscopies not only screen for cancer, but can also prevent cancer. During the past decade, rates of colon cancer have decreased by 25%, in large part thanks to the widespread use of colonoscopies. If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

"More than 50,000 people in the United States are dying every year from colon cancer and we want to change that," emphasizes Dr. David Grunkemeier, MD, gastroenterologist with The Oregon Clinic. "Every Oregonian should be talking to their doctor about getting a colonoscopy at age 50. If they have a family history of colon cancer, they should be talking to their doctor much earlier than that. We now know that the rate of colon cancer is increasing in younger people."

The Oregon Clinic's 51 gastroenterologists are some of the very best in the Pacific Northwest, performing an astounding 28,000 colonoscopies last year. There are four key benchmarks set by the Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Consortium for quality colonoscopy. In all four, The Oregon Clinic's team of doctors far outperforms national benchmarks, and even surpasses those of the Mayo Clinic.

So how do they do it?
As simple as it may sound, work ethic, collaboration, and commitment to constant improvement.
"What really sets us apart is our commitment to ongoing education with each and every physician in our program -- no one is resting on their laurels," explained Dr. Anne Wang, MD, gastroenterologist with The Oregon Clinic. "We talk about what it means to perform a quality colonoscopy. We're all willing to learn and incorporate new techniques to enhance quality in our colonoscopies."

The Oregon Clinic's data doesn't represent just a few super stars, elevating the results for the group.

"We know all our physicians exceed these standards, but we want every single physician to continue to exceed their own personal benchmarks," says Dr. Wang.


What should you look for when choosing a doctor for your colonoscopy?
How good they are at spotting potential cancer
The most important measure to look for is a physician's adenoma detection rate, or ADR. This tells you how good a physician is at identifying and removing adenomas -- the higher percentage, the better they are. An adenoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that over time can progress to become malignant (cancerous). The National Benchmark ADR in men is 30%; The Oregon Clinic's detection rate is 58%. In women, the National Benchmark ADR is 20%, and The Oregon Clinic performs at 46%.

Slower is better
The slower the withdrawal time, the better. You want your physician to be thorough, and that means slowly checking the colon for pre-cancerous polyps as they withdraw the scope. Slower withdrawal times lead to potentially more pre-cancerous polyps found, which lowers the patient's risk of cancer. The National Benchmark is at least 6 minutes; The Oregon Clinic's specialists average 10 minutes.

A really low perforation rate
A perforation, or making a hole in the colon, is one of most serious complications that can occur during a colonoscopy and would likely require surgical repair. The Oregon Clinic has an incredibly low 0.03% perforation rate, while the National Benchmark is 0.20% or less. That means only 3 out of every 10,000 colonoscopies has a perforation at The Oregon Clinic, while the national benchmark is about 20 out of every 10,000 colonoscopies.

A low bleed rate
The post-polypectomy bleed rate is the percentage of time significant bleeding occurs after a polyp is removed during a colonoscopy. Bleeding may happen immediately, or may be delayed from hours up to 14 days. The Oregon Clinic has a 0.2% post polypectomy bleed rate, with the National Benchmark being 1% or less. Although bleeding after a colonoscopy is typically easily managed, serious complications can occur if left untreated.

"If we can increase the number of people getting colonoscopies, we will save lives through detecting and preventing colon cancer," reminds Dr. Jeffrey Duman, MD, gastroenterologist at The Oregon Clinic. "Tell your family and anyone you care about to prioritize this potentially life-saving test."

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About The Oregon Clinic
The Oregon Clinic is the largest private specialty physician practice in Oregon. Approximately 350,000 patients receive respectful, compassionate care from our nearly 250 providers in more than 30 specialty areas each year. Founded in Portland in 1994, The Oregon Clinic is committed to delivering the highest quality patient care, practicing evidence-based medicine, and providing leadership for the healthcare community. We collaborate with primary care physicians and use a team approach to address health conditions at 59 specialty clinic locations across northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Call 503-935-8000 or visit www.oregonclinic.com for more information.


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Make Your Own Luck - Don't Drive Drunk on #StPatricksDay2017 (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/16/17 9:23 AM
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On St. Patrick's Day weekend, the Portland Police Bureau will be partnered with the Oregon State Police (OSP) and other metro area law enforcement to keep the roadways safe from impaired drivers.

OSP will be bringing it's mobile DUII bus to Portland to assist with the processing of drunk drivers.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

We hope everyone will enjoy this years St. Patrick's Day celebrations responsibly. If you choose to drink, please do it responsibly and remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

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

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

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Tigard Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Tigard Police - 03/16/17 9:20 AM
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Detectives with the Tigard Police Commercial Crimes Unit have arrested a man who allegedly robbed the Tigard Key Bank on February 27th, 2017. Immediately after the incident, Tigard investigators began developing leads which ultimately identified Kevin J. Castle as the person responsible for the robbery. A Washington County Grand Jury indicted Castle on March 10th. On the evening of March 14th, Tigard Police investigators, along with assisting U.S. Marshals, located Castle who was staying at a Gresham apartment. Castle was taken into custody without incident.

Castle is charged with Robbery II and is currently being held at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro.

The Tigard Police Commercial Crimes Unit is a unique investigatory group which works to expressly investigate crimes against commercial entities all while supporting business enterprise in Tigard. The goal of the unit is to reduce business victimization by lending training and support.


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Portland couple wins "free" $5.9 million jackpot
Oregon Lottery - 03/16/17 9:00 AM
March 15, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A retired Portland man won $5.9 million on a free Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket he won earlier in the week.

Bob Frost, who regularly plays Oregon's Game Megabucks with his wife, said he had never won a prize with free Oregon's Game Megabucks tickets. Megabucks players whose tickets match three out of six numbers receive a free quick pick ticket.

"We win free tickets all the time when we play, but have never won anything with the free tickets," Frost said Monday. "That's until today."

Frost and his wife have a morning ritual on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays -- the mornings after the Megabucks drawings -- where they have a cup of coffee and check their numbers. He always checks the free tickets last.

"The first line of numbers on the free ticket didn't have a single number," he said. "So I immediately thought it wasn't a winner. When I started checking the second set, when I got to three numbers I started thinking this could be it."

Each single Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket has two set of numbers.

When he handed the ticket back to his wife, her first thought was that she wrote the numbers down wrong and pulled up the numbers again on OregonLottery.org. That's when the couple started realizing they had won.

"We didn't know if you could win the jackpot on a free ticket, so we were looking on the Lottery website trying to see if there was a loophole or something," he said. "When we didn't find anything, we decided to go buy a dishwasher. We needed one and figured even if we didn't win, it was still needed."

When he claimed his prize on Monday, Frost said this year was his 25th wedding anniversary and the couple are planning a trip to Italy with the winnings. Frost opted to claim the $5.9 million prize as a lump sum payment of $2.95 million and after taxes took home $1,976,500. He is the 259th Megabucks millionaire.

Frost purchased the original Megabucks ticket, which was worth a free ticket, at the fittingly-named Lucky Spot in Portland. He then claimed the free ticket at the Lucky Spot in Portland. The retailer will receive a 1-percent selling bonus, bringing in $59,000 for the store.

The winning numbers were 1-7-31-40-44-47 for the Saturday, March 11 drawing. Frost's free ticket matched all six numbers. Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Oregon's Game Megabucks is the Oregon Lottery's local draw game which features a draw of six numbers out of a set of 48. Prizes start at $1 million and grow until someone wins.
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. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 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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Gresham Police seek help locating a missing woman (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 03/16/17 8:45 AM
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GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

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

GRESHAM POLICE SEEK HELP LOCATING MISSING WOMAN

RELEASE DATE: Mar. 16, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-14537

GRESHAM, Ore.-- A Gresham woman with Dementia has been missing since 12:00 a.m., today and police are asking for help in locating her. Beverly Pearson, 65, was last seen at her home in the 2800 block of SE 1st in Gresham. She apparently left on foot and her destination is unknown.

Beverly is believed to be wearing a long gray coat. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 5 inches and weighing 140 pounds with red hair. If anybody locates her, they are asked to call the non-emergency BOEC line, 503.823.3333.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/15/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/16/17 8:10 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/15/2017

ESTACADA:

There were no new crimes reported in Estacada yesterday. Woo hoo!

SANDY:

18 2017-461

On 03/15/2017 at 0203 hrs., Jennifer M. Fakih (37, of Portland) was arrested near the area of Proctor Boulevard and Meinig Avenue. Jennifer had two active warrants for her arrest for failing to appear on theft charge(s). She was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail where she was held on $2468 bail.

18 2017-462

On 03/13/2017 at about 0914 hrs., police responded to a report of a juvenile with marijuana in the 30000 block of Bell Street. Charges are being referred to the county juvenile department.

18 2017-463

On 03/15/2017 at about 1132 hrs., a citizen reported a hit and run to her vehicle that occurred overnight. Her vehicle was parked in the 38000 block of Strawbridge Parkway when the incident occurred.
Follow-up: K9 Odie (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 03/16/17 7:55 AM
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In response to your requests regarding K9 Odie's career: Odie served our agency from May 28, 2009, until March 9, 2017. Odie was originally trained as a patrol dog, but in January of 2014, Officer Lemen and Odie certified in narcotics detection and became our agencies first cross-trained team. The duo had over 2000 hours of training together. During the span of his nearly 8 years of service he had 86 captures, over 50 article finds, and was credited with seizing over 6 ounces of Cocaine, and 38 grams of Methamphetamine.

We at the Hillsboro Police Department would like to thank Odie for his years of dedicated and distinguished service. Rest in peace Odie, you will be missed!


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Wed. 03/15/17
Motor vehicle crash on NW Wall Street- Long term street closure (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/15/17 10:31 PM
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Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Case # 2017-83288

Date & Time of Incident: March 15 at 7:43 pm

Type of Incident: Motor vehicle crash

Location of Incident: 1300 block of NW Wall Street

Victim:

Pacific Power

Wall Street Storage 1315 NW Wall Street

Driver:

Cameron Ashley Cox 27 year old Bend resident

Vehicle:

1995 grey Jeep Cherokee

Narrative:

The Bend Police Department and Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of NW Wall Street and NW Portland Avenue for the report of a transformer from a power line that exploded. During the initial investigation officers found a 1995 grey Jeep Cherokee had crashed into a power pole adjacent to Wall Street Storage, located at 1315 NW Wall Street. The crash caused the pole to sheer off and fall into the building causing damage. Early estimates are several thousand dollars in damage was caused by the power pole falling into the building. Power has been and will be disrupted throughout an unknown number of residences for several hours.

During the investigation, Cameron Cox was identified as the driver of the vehicle. Cox indicated he was driving south on NW Wall Street, reaching for a cellphone and removed both hands from the steering wheel. Cox crashed into the power pole after veering off the road way. At this time, impairment is not believed to be a factor.

Cox was issued a citation for Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief.

NW Wall Street between NW Lafayette and NW Portland will be closed for the night as crews from Pacific Power work hard to replace the power pole. The City of Bend Streets Department is responding to assist with the road closures and ensure the safety of the crews who are working to make the damaged area safe.

The Bend Police Department wants to remind drivers that focusing on the roadways, no matter what time of day or night, is extremely important to the safety of our citizens. Maintaining control of your vehicle will give you a better chance of staying safe as you travel on our community roadways.

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