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Fri. 12/09/16
MCSO's Shop With A Cop Event (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/16 4:41 PM
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will once again participate in "Shop with a Cop" this holiday season. This program brings together local at-risk youth and Sheriff's Office deputies and supervisors along with Fairview Police Officers, to provide presents to children who might otherwise go without during the holiday season. The youth participating are provided a $100.00 gift card to purchase gifts at the store. Adding to the excitement, each shopper is matched up with a Sheriff's Deputy or Fairview Police Officer who shops alongside them as they browse through the store!

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is proud partners with the Fairview Police Department, Gresham Optimist Club, and Target in making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in our community. This year's event will take place on Saturday, December 10th at 10 am, at the Fairview Target located at 21500 NE Halsey St. Fairview, OR 97024.


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SCC Presents: "D. B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the Northwest" (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 12/09/16 3:51 PM
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Please join Salem City Club on Friday, December 16th. Oregon author William L. Sullivan will take us on a tour of legendary northwest folk heroes from Sacajawea and D.B. Cooper to Bigfoot. Expect entertaining and educational tales about historical figures that helped define the spirit of the Pacific Northwest -- as told by Sullivan, author of the thriller, The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute.

After his presentation, Mr. Sullivan will be available to sell and/or sign copies of his books in the downstairs lobby.

A fifth-generation Oregonian, William L. Sullivan began hiking at the age of five and has been exploring new trails ever since. After studying at Deep Springs College in the California desert, receiving an English degree from Cornell University, and studying linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, he earned an M.A. in German literature from the University of Oregon. He has been happily married to the artist Janell Sorenson for 40 years.

Mr. Sullivan is the author of nineteen books and numerous articles about Oregon, including an "Oregon Trails" feature column for the Eugene Register-Guard and the Salem Statesman-Journal.

Sullivan's hobbies include back country ski touring, playing the pipe organ, reading foreign language novels, and promoting libraries.

He currently serves as president of the Lane Library League, a group working to expand library service to 80,000 people in Lane County. He was active with the campaign to build Eugene's new library, served on the Oregon State Library Board, and was recently a board member of Oregon Wild.


For December 16 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503) 370-2808
by noon, Wed. December 14.

What: "D. B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the Northwest"
When: Friday, December 16, 2016; Noon - 1 pm, doors open at 11:30 am
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem
Who: William L. Sullivan
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


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Loss of Kettle Income Due to Stolen Kettles & Inclement Weather
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/09/16 3:42 PM
(Gresham, OR) December 9, 2016 -- On Monday, one half-full Salvation Army red kettle, multiple empty red kettles, and an entire kettle stand went missing in Canby and Oregon City. The suspect was taken into custody quickly, thanks to the great work of the Fred Meyer Loss Prevention Team, the Canby Police Department, and the Oregon City Police Department. However, this has resulted in a loss of kettle income, an estimate of $150-$170 in the kettle itself. Additional costs associated with the theft include: the rest of the day's kettle income, damage to a kettle stand, several missing kettles, and additional manpower. This totals well over $1,000 worth of impact.

"The Salvation Army kettles have been raising funds to provide food, shelter, and hope for people in need since 1891," says Captain Matt Madsen, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Gresham Corps. "We raise the majority of our funds for the entire year in the kettles, and even losing the income from one kettle greatly impacts us. We are grateful for the quick work of the local Police Departments and Fred Meyer's Loss Prevention Team. We pray that the person who did this is able to turn his life around."

This loss came at a bad time, too, because yesterday's inclement weather has affected kettle income across the Portland Metro area. In fact, The Salvation Army Gresham Corps decided to close its kettle locations on Thursday, and one full day of kettle income in East Portland, Gresham and outlying areas is about $6,000.

"The decision to close kettle sites is never an easy one, but we felt that in this case, we needed to do it," continued Captain Madsen. "We didn't want to put our kettle workers in danger while getting to and from their kettle and then stand for hours in the cold, especially if traffic at the stores decreased due to the weather."

The Salvation Army is looking for extra help to make up for the loss of income after the kettles were stolen and recent inclement weather.

To help, visit Portland.SalvationArmy.org to give online. You can designate directly to the Gresham area if you would like. Or visit one of the many kettle locations across the area and make a donation to a kettle.


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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Linn County Sheriff Deputies Receive OSSA Awards (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/09/16 3:19 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to announce that three of his deputies were recently recognized at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association 2016 Annual Conference held in Bend, for their exceptional service to the citizens of Linn County.

Deputy Colin Pyle and Deputy Ryan Keys were awarded the OSSA Medal of Valor for their heroic act during the officer involved shooting that happened March of 2016. Both suspects were taken into custody and are awaiting trial on several charges. Deputies Pyle and Keys placed their own lives in danger to help keep our community safe.

Detective Lieutenant Robert Clark received the OSSA Life Time Achievement Award for his 35 years of dedicated service to the Linn County Sheriff's Office Dive Team. The Dive Team is a unique team that dives the waters of Linn County at all times of the year making rescues and recovery of both evidence and bodies. It is an assignment that is often both physically and mentally demanding. Lieutenant Clark has unselfishly responded to numerous calls in all kinds of weather, at all times of the day and night. He has also assisted other agencies whenever called. As an example, In December of 2008, he assisted the FBI and Oregon State Police in recovering evidence related to the Woodburn bank bombings. The weather was below freezing, with very cold temperatures, but Lieutenant Clark did not hesitate to help when called. Lieutenant Clark's 35 years of service is a testament to his dedication to the Linn County
communities.

Sheriff Riley would like to express his own thanks to Deputy Pyle, Deputy Keys and Lieutenant Clark for their service and commitment to Linn County and its citizens. "They are fine examples of the devoted men and women that represent the Sheriff's Office and serve their community at the highest level on a daily basis."

In the picture attached from left to right are Deputy Pyle, Deputy Keys, Lieutenant Clark and Sheriff Riley.


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Vancouver bank robbed, suspect arrested
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/09/16 3:08 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On December 9, 2016, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a robbery at the Chase bank located at 1205 Broadway. A male entered the bank, implied a weapon, demanded money and fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Vancouver Police patrol officers canvassed the area and located a male matching the description a few blocks from the bank.

Robert Bemis, 24, was arrested for Robbery I and booked into the Clark County Jail.



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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.
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for December 14, 2016
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 12/09/16 12:51 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room. At this meeting the CHS fall athletes who received 1st and 2nd team all-league awards will be recognized by the Board.

The reports to be presented at this meeting are as follows.
5.1 - Centennial Park School Building Report
5.2 - REAP Program Report
5.3 - District Equity Plan Report
5.4 - Student Representative's Report
5.5 - Superintendent's Report

In addition to various confirmation items that the Board will consider en masse, the Board will consider the following business action items:
7.1.1 - 2nd Reading Policy GBJ, Weapons in Schools - Staff
7.1.2 - 2nd Reading Policy GBM, Staff Complaints
7.1.3 - 2nd Reading Policies JFC, Student Conduct, and JG, Student Discipline
7.2.1 - Consider Transfer of $55,000 from Contingency to Support Services Fund
7.2.2 - Consider Selling Surplus Marie Street Property to Address the Safety of the CHS Football Field
7.2.3 - Consider Proclamation in Support of All District Students and Families
7.2.4 - Approve Newcomer Curriculum for English Language Learners (ELL)
7.2.5 - Consider OSBA Resolution #1 to Adopt the 2017/2018 Legislative Priorities and Policies as Recommended by the OSBA Legislative Policy Committee
7.2.6 - Consider Candidates for OSBA Board of Directors for Positions 17 and 19

The board packet for this meeting is available for review on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org) under the School Board tab.
Centennial School District Budget Committee Work Session Notice for December 14, 2016
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 12/09/16 12:34 PM
The Centennial School District Budget Committee will meet in a work session on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 6:00 pm in the district office board room. The agenda for this work session is available on the school district website (www.csd28j.org) under the school board tab.
Beaverton Recieves Award for Innovative DUII Prevention Program
City of Beaverton - 12/09/16 11:36 AM
-City Highlights National Impaired Driving Month with Specialty Court Training and
BSOBR Graduation Ceremony -


BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Beaverton Sobriety Opportunity for Beginning Recovery (BSOBR) program will hold a special National Impaired Driving Prevention Month ceremony to recognize 10 program participants who have successfully completed the requirements of the court. Representatives from the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) will serve as keynote speakers at the ceremony and present the BSOBR program with the Community Transformation Award for its incredible success at reducing impaired driving, protecting public safety, and transforming lives.


"BSOBR continues to have a meaningful impact on our community," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It is amazing how this innovative and intense program changes people's lives."


Beaverton is one of only three courts in the state of Oregon that offers a program to address high risk and high needs repeat DUII (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants) offenders.


The ceremony will follow a full day of law enforcement training on Wednesday, Dec. 14 designed to improve responses to impaired driving. Both events will be open to the press, and interviews are available upon request.


Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
DUII Court Training: The Role of Law Enforcement -- A Team Approach
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Council Chambers
Beaverton Building
12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, Or


Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about DUII court team concepts and structure; motivational interviewing; court reviews and home visits; effective strategies for law enforcement and probation in treatment court settings; and research and best practices to reduce DUII recidivism.


Guest speakers will include: Juliette Mackin, Co-president & Director of Quality and Training, Northwest Professional Consortium Research; Caesar Cisneros, Deputy, Orange County DUII Academy Court; Ben Wyatt, MA, CADC III; and Vanessa Price, Director, National Drug Court Institute.


BSOBR Graduation Ceremony:

Thursday, Dec. 15
2 to 4:30 p.m.
Courtroom B
Griffith Drive Building
4755 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, Or


Presiding Judge John Mercer and the BSOBR DUII court team will honor 10 graduates who have successfully completed the BSOBR program. NCDC has partnered with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to expand DUII courts across the United States and is highlighting their importance throughout December, which is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As part of this effort, NCDC Director James Eberspacher will provide commencement remarks, and former "West Wing" actress and NADCP Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald will present the BSOBR program with the Community Transformation Award, the organization's highest honor bestowed on individual court programs.


The BSOBR program has produced remarkable success. In fact, 93.5 percent of BSOBR graduates have not been rearrested for DUII.


"The BSOBR program's success in reducing recidivism when it comes to impaired driving means that it is not only one of the most effective treatment courts in the United States, but also one of the most effective criminal justice interventions in existence," says Eberspacher. "During Impaired Driving Prevention Month, this is exactly the type of program we want to put in the national spotlight."


DUll costs millions of dollars to the state each year. Beaverton has three major highways through the city, leaving many Oregonians commuting through or living in the area at risk. BSOBR focuses on offenders with multiple convictions and those with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 (nearly twice the legal limit of .08) or higher. Beaverton Municipal Court processes approximately 400 DUll cases annually.


In 2015, the program was awarded two grants totaling $613,500--the State of Oregon's Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) awarded a $288,750 Specialty Court Grant covering a two-year period (2015-17), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded a $324,750 grant to be disbursed over three years (2015-2018). For the past year, the Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams (PACTT), a partnership between DoveLewis and Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), has volunteered two therapy teams to attend court hearings with BSOBR participants. Highly trained retired and career-change dogs from GDB and their handlers undergo extensive training and assessment through DoveLewis and GDB to complete their certification in animal-assisted therapy. The dogs help provide comfort to and relieve stress for participants. PACTT has 50 certified teams that have logged more than 3,500 volunteer hours in 70 facilities.


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

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Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 12/09/16 11:00 AM
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board of Directors Meeting on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in the Middle School library located at 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
Stevenson Washington Man Killed in a Single Vehicle Crash on I-84 -- Hood River County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/09/16 10:01 AM
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On December 8, 2016 at about 2:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle, rollover crash on I-84 near milepost 43, just east of the Bonneville Dam.

The investigation revealed a 2003 Ford F250 pickup was traveling eastbound when it lost traction, struck the concrete center barrier, slid across both eastbound lanes and striking an embankment causing the vehicle to roll over. The driver, 70 year old Timothy ASHE, from Stevenson, Washington, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained critical injuries. ASHE was pronounced deceased at the scene. His passenger, 67 year old Shawne BOARDEAUX-ASHE, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released. Preliminary information indicates speed and safety restraint use as possible factors contributing to the crash and resulting fatality.

I-84 was reduced to one lane of travel for approximately four hours as the investigation was completed. OSP was assisted by the Cascade Locks Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The weather conditions at the time of the crash were packed snow and ice with freezing temperatures. The Oregon State Police urges motorists during these weather events to slow down and increase their distance from other motorists.


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Monthly Meeting: Oregon Housing Stability Council
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/09/16 9:42 AM
December 16, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services, Room 124 A&B
725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA
Meeting Called to Order
Roll Call
Public Comment
Oregon's Affordable Housing: Analysis of Performance and Trends
Draft Meeting Minutes
November 4, 2014
November 18, 2014
Consent Calendar for the Residential Loan Program
2017 Mental Health Housing NOFA Recommendation
Manufactured Housing -- Challenges and Opportunities
Report of the Director
Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned
UPDATE: Coat Drive Yields Another Record Number of Coats (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/16 9:01 AM
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December 9, 2016 - With your help, Washington County Sheriff's Office Volunteers collected 1,087 new and gently used coats and about 120 additional items such as socks, scarves and gloves for people in need here in Washington County. Thank you to all who participated and gave warmth. And a special "thank you" to all of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Volunteers that continue to make this program a success.


Original release below:

Coat Drive Helps Foster Children and Their Families Keep Warm in Winter

October 28, 2016 -- The need has never been greater and it's never been easier to make a difference in your community. Here is your opportunity to make sure local foster children and their families don't go without such a basic necessity as a coat this winter.

Washington County is collecting new or clean and gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. This year the donation of children's coats is especially encouraged. One Warm Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable coats, free of charge, directly to local children and adults. The program is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need.

Washington County has made donating a coat simple. Just bring your coats and jackets to one of the following locations during their regular business hours:

Public Service Building Lobby, 155 N. First Avenue, Hillsboro (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm)
Sheriff's Office Hillsboro Headquarters, 215 SW Adams Avenue, Hillsboro (Sun-Sat 8am-9:30pm)
Sheriff's Office East Precinct and Washington County Elections, 3700 SW Murray Boulevard, Beaverton (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm)
Sheriff's Office Bethany Precinct, 4576 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite L5, Portland (Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm)
Land Use and Transportation, 1400 SW Walnut Street, Hillsboro, OR (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm)
Cornelius Police Department, 1311 N. Barlow Street, Cornelius, OR (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm)
City of Banks, 13680 NW Main Street, Banks, OR (Mon-Fri 8am-1pm)

Coats will be collected from now until Friday, December 2, 2016. Then Washington County will take care of the rest. All donated coats will be given to Foster Closet, who will distribute them at no cost to foster children and foster families.

One Warm Coat is national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need. More than one million coats have been provided to those in need at no cost since its inception in 1992.


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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Monday December 12
Portland Police Bureau - 12/09/16 6:30 AM
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau until Monday December 12, 2016.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns.

All other requests will be answered the next business day.

Guidelines for media, including how to officially request records, may be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/571559

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Thu. 12/08/16
Clackamas Fire District #1 Battles Two House Fires Thursday Evening (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 12/08/16 10:26 PM
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At 8:19pm, Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighters responded to 15614 S Lammer Rd in Oregon City. The homeowners called 9-1-1 when they saw flames on the exterior of their home. The occupants were safely outside when the first fire crews arrived. The first arriving engine found the outside of the home on fire near the shop area and impinging on two large fuel tanks near the structure. As crews started fighting the exterior fire, the fuel tanks were venting which allowed the heated gasses to escape. The fire was quickly knocked down and did not extend to the tanks or into the home. Clackamas Fire Investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire. There were no injuries reported.

As fire crews brought this fire under control, another fire broke out at a residence located at the intersection of Sunnyside Rd and Hwy 212 in Damascus. The first Clackamas Fire apparatus on scene found an exterior fire that possibly started as the result of a chimney fire. Approximately six people were home at the time of the fire. Fire crews were able to contain the fire and kept it from spreading into the home. Fire Investigators will work to confirm the cause of the fire. There were no injuries reported.

Clackamas Fire was assisted by Molalla Fire and Gresham Fire in firefighting efforts this evening. As temperatures start to drop, wood stoves and fireplaces are used to heat homes. Homeowners need to be sure chimneys are kept clean and ensure there are working smoke detectors in their home. If you have questions on home safety, you can call our Fire Prevention office at 503-742-2660 or visit our website at www.clackamasfire.com.


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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 70-Year-Old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/16 6:15 PM
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70-year-old Serafin Gonzalez-Ceja is safe and back with family.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 70-year-old Serafin Gonzalez-Ceja.

Serafin reportedly walked away from his son's home in the area of North Shaver Street and Vancouver Avenue this afternoon, Wednesday December 7, 2016, around 1:00 p.m.

Serafin is described as a male Hispanic, 5'6" tall, 130 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, trimmed beard, walks with a limp, and speaks Spanish with limited English. Serafin was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown sweater, black shoes, and a bright blue Dodgers baseball hat (same in picture).

Serafin is visiting from Mexico and does not know the area. He may have been seen at approximately 3:30 p.m. near North Vancouver Avenue and Fremont Street.

Anyone seeing Serafin is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 99W near NE Crane Lane near Adair Village (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/16 6:13 PM
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash involving a coupe and a pickup, about four miles north of Corvallis. The crash resulted in the death of a 40 year old Corvallis woman.
At about 8:15 am, on Thursday, December 8, 2016, Laura Leong, age 40, from Corvallis, Oregon, was driving southbound on Highway 99W, south of NE Crane Lane, in a 2001 Toyota Corolla Coupe. The highway was covered in a layer of ice. The Toyota began to fishtail in the lane, crossing the center line, and collided with a northbound 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, driven by Colin Gillin age 59, from Corvallis, Oregon. The Toyota Corolla came to rest in the ditch on the east side of the roadway. The Dodge Ram came to rest on the east side of Highway 99W.

Medics from the Adair Village Fire Department arrived and pronounced Laura Leong deceased. Colin Gillin did not receive any injuries. The Benton County Major Traffic Collision Investigation Team arrived and processed the crash scene. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. ODOT provided detours and the highway was closed for about two and a half hours. Oregon State Police, Philomath Police Department and Corvallis Police Department assisted at the scene.


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Warming on its way but roads may stay slick overnight
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 12/08/16 6:11 PM
Warmer temperatures are coming to the Portland area but roads may remain treacherous Thursday night and Friday morning. Travelers should expect slick roads and icy patches, although the forecast predicts rain and a slow rise in temperatures above freezing through Friday morning. The rain and warmer weather will bring travel conditions back to more predictable seasonal norms. Warmer conditions in the Columbia River Gorge may take longer to develop.
Monday, December 12, 2016 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 12/08/16 6:06 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive and Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, December 12, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will hear a presentation from staff who attended the AVID National Conference and PACE students regarding their annual Homeless Project. They will receive reports from the Associated Study Body, Superintendent's Office, Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office, Student Services, Technology, Student Services and the Business Office. The Board will take action on consent agenda and a Construction Excise Tax action item. They will also report on their Board Business and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Oregonians reminded to observe tax security week
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 12/08/16 4:24 PM
SALEM, Ore.--It's IRS National Tax Security Awareness Week. The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers--and tax professionals--to be security conscious with all tax information.

Phishing scams and other risks to tax information security are increasing in number and sophistication, such as recent attempts by hackers to steal IRS e-Services login information from tax professionals by posing as IRS e-Services staff. Oregon taxpayers may encounter such national-level scams, as well as those based here in Oregon.

"The Department of Revenue works diligently to protect Oregonians' tax information and prevent fraud, but taxpayers need to actively protect their information as well," said Ken Ross, manager of Revenue's anti-fraud efforts. "We continue to see efforts from fraudsters to get tax information through various scams and use it to file fraudulent returns."

There are easy ways that taxpayers and tax professionals can help keep sensitive information out of the wrong hands, such as:

Be very 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.
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 a real employee.

The IRS has more tips for tax professionals, and the latest information on known scams, at https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.

For state tax programs, you can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax 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.

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Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Barbara Dearing to retire (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 12/08/16 2:39 PM
Barbara Dearing announces 2017 retirement as Western Oregon University's athletic director.
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Barbara Dearing will retire June 30, 2017, as its executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Western Oregon University.

"I have been blessed to have been involved with WOU Athletics," Dearing said. "It's been an honor to work alongside the coaching and athletics administrative staff whose focus has been about the student-athlete experience, and how that experience can help shape our future citizen-leaders. During my career, I've worked with many excellent university leaders, and outstanding student-athletes."

She added, "I'll always be very appreciative of the opportunity President Mark Weiss gave me when he appointed me director of the program; it has been a great experience to work for both President Weiss and President Fuller."

President Rex Fuller said the university will finalize plans to launch a national search for a new athletic director in the next few weeks. "Barb has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of Western Oregon athletics and led an effort to ensure that our student-athletes excel in the classroom and in their chosen sport. Under her leadership, student-athletes have higher retention and graduation rates than the general student body and our teams are often recognized in the GNAC for academic and athletic honors. The entire WOU community wishes Barb success in her next life chapter."

Dearing became athletic director in July 2013, and her era ushered in several "program firsts" for the school. As Oregon's only public NCAA Division II institution, WOU raised awareness of its athletic program when it was awarded the bid to host the 2015 and 2017 NCAA D2 West Regional Cross Country Championships, a first for the program. WOU was also awarded the bid to host the 2016 NCAA D2 West Regional Men's Basketball Championship in Monmouth for the first time in the program's NCAA history. The Men's Basketball team won its first ever NCAA Regional Championship and made its first trip to the NCAA D2 Men's Basketball Elite Eight National Championships where the team finished as a national semifinalist with a record of 31-4.

During Dearing's tenure, the Wolves won four GNAC Regular Season Titles (Baseball 2014; Softball 2014; Men's Basketball 2015, 2016), won four GNAC Championship tournaments (Baseball 2014, 2015; Softball 2014; Men's Basketball 2016), had three NCAA West Regional Championship tournament appearances (Softball 2014; Men's Basketball 2015, 2016), along with one NCAA West Region Championship (2016 Men's Basketball), and 29 NCAA National Championship meet appearances by track & field/cross country student-athletes. By their athletic achievement and excellence, 16 student-athletes were named All- American, 156 were named All Conference, four were named Conference Players of the Year, six were named Conference Newcomer of the Year or Freshman of the Year, and four head coaches were named GNAC Coach of the Year by their coaching peers (Baseball, Softball, Men's Basketball 2015 and 2016).

"There's been a long tradition within the Wolves athletics program of providing students with a quality academic experience. I'm proud to have been able to contribute to that tradition," Dearing said.

In the classroom, the Wolves steadily increased both the department federal graduation rate and the Academic Success Rate along with raising the overall student-athletes' GPA to 3.04. During Dearing's tenure, the Athletics Department established a chapter of the National Athletics Academic Honors Society Chi Alpha Sigma in 2013, and has inducted 72 student-athletes into this prestigious national academic society during its first three years. Additionally, WOU has had 184 GNAC All-Academic Award winners, and 72 D2 Athletic Director's Association Academic Achievement Award recipients.

"The student-athletes have always been my focus during my athletics career both as a coach and an administrator. I've always tried to do whatever was possible to enhance the student-athlete experience, and to provide them the opportunity to learn important life skills through their participation in athletics," Dearing said. "I've stressed to our student-athletes that 'your college degree in your chosen major teaches you how to make a living, but your athletic experiences teach you how to live.'"

WOU Athletics has been able to increase its full-time assistant coaching staff along with increasing its full-time certified athletic training staff and certified strength and conditioning staff during Dearing's time at WOU. The Athletics Department increased its revenue through donations to sport teams and athletic scholarships, ticket sales, and camp/clinic each of the past three years. Student-athletes and staff increased their campus and community service hours each of the past three years. With financial support from the university and donors, improvements were made to the stadium track, football field, and the weight room along with the addition of team rooms for baseball, women's soccer, and softball. Various ongoing improvements continue to be made to the indoor practice facility, baseball, softball, soccer, and track throws venues.

In addition to her duties as the athletic director, Dearing has also served on various NCAA national committees and regional sport committees. She is completing her terms on the D2 Championships Committee and the D2 West Region Softball Committee. She currently serves as a board member with Travel Salem, and continues to promote travel, tourism, and educational opportunities in the mid-Willamette Valley, which she has come to call home.

Dearing said she's confident in the ability of the coaches she is leaving in charge to continue mentoring WOU student-athletes. "They are great quality coaches who really care about our student-athletes and make a difference in our student-athletes' lives. I'm proud of all of our accomplishments and the solid base upon which WOU Athletics can continue to growth and reach new heights in the future."


Attached Media Files: Barbara Dearing announces 2017 retirement as Western Oregon University's athletic director.
Salvation Army Shelter Invites Women To Warm Up Inside -- Donations Needed to Help
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/08/16 12:33 PM
(Portland, OR) December 8, 2016 - It's beginning to look -- and feel -- like Christmas outside. And while many are excited for the snow and cooler weather, those living on the streets are less than excited. Below-freezing temperatures are dangerous and can lead to a very un-merry Christmas. The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES) is a year-round shelter in Downtown Portland for women experiencing homelessness, and it is open daily during this cold weather snap. Women can come in off the streets to warm up during the day. Over 100 women are sleeping warmly and safely under its roof.

"Right now, we are concerned about the women living on the streets and in this cold weather," says Chelse Bender, Executive Director at SAFES. "We are using all of our space and resources to ensure women are safe and warm. We have yet to turn anyone away today and will work diligently with our partners to ensure space for any woman who needs a warm place to stay."

The SAFES Day Shelter is open daily from 9am -- 8pm and offers a cell phone charging station, warm beverages, protection from the cold, clothing, showers, laundry, snacks, daily activities and more. Any woman experiencing homelessness is invited to call or visit SAFES. SAFES is accepting donations of warm clothes, blankets, gloves, tea, and cocoa today and throughout the winter months.

To connect with SAFES, please call 503-227-0810, visit the shelter located in Downtown Portland at SW 2nd and Burnside (30 SW 2nd Ave Portland, OR 97204), or go online: safes.salvationarmy.org.


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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Last Chance to Experience Journey to Space: The Exhibition at OMSI - Exhibit on Living and Working in Space Closes January 8
OMSI - 12/08/16 11:40 AM
Portland, Ore. (December 8, 2016) -- Sunday, January 8, is your last day to check out Journey to Space: The Exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The interactive, climb-aboard exhibit gives guests a chance to get an up-close look at the dangers and triumphs of human space exploration.
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The 10,000 square-foot exhibition takes visitors on an immersive journey of what it's like to be an astronaut living, working, and surviving in the extraordinary environment of space. Guests learn about the vacuum of space, radiation, meteoroids, and temperature to better understand the extreme conditions faced by astronauts and their equipment.
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After exploring the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station like the International Space Station (ISS), guests can try their hands at some of the feats of engineering that support astronauts who live in space. Through games, multimedia components, and interactive exhibits, they'll learn how astronauts eat, sleep, and even go to the bathroom in space. They'll learn firsthand the challenges of working in space -- from operating a robotic arm to managing the limited power supply available to keep life support systems running to discovering why working in a space glove is so difficult.
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The exhibit finale includes a full scale, climb-aboard mock-up of the Destiny Lab, the primary research facility for U.S. payloads on the ISS. With its rotating mechanism, the Destiny Lab will give museum visitors the realistic sensation that they're floating as they get a virtual tour of the lab from astronauts who have worked there.
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To learn more visit omsi.edu.
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Journey to Space: The Exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the California Science Center in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative with major support from NASA. The exhibit is proudly sponsored locally by Mentor Graphics and OFD Foods.
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About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
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Area Law Enforcement Agencies Team Together For Annual "Shop With A Cop" Event
Salem Police Dept. - 12/08/16 11:23 AM
Salem area criminal justice agencies and the non-profit Law Enforcement for Youth are proud to announce that we will be able to make the holidays a bit brighter for over 500 local children during this year's Law Enforcement for Youth Shop With A Cop Event.

The event will be held at the Walmart store, 5250 Commercial St SE from 9:15 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 10. This program has been a tradition for over 20 years and is funded entirely by donations from our community. Children who are at risk, medically challenged, and/or economically disadvantaged are nominated by various community entities to include the Salem and Marion County Housing Authorities, Department of Human Services, School District and community members. The children are then invited to join in on the event that teams them with criminal justice personnel at the Walmart store. The children are given a gift card and are accompanied by the criminal justice person as they shop for whatever they wish in the store. Santa Claus will also be present during the event.

This event continues to grow every year. It began with only sworn officers shopping with the children and has grown to include sworn officers, civilian employees and volunteers as well. Last year's event saw over 100 criminal justice personnel and volunteers and over 400 children participating in the program. This year we have secured funding to invite 500 children to shop.

This is a very popular and positive event for the children and criminal justice personnel alike. It is an excellent opportunity for the children in our community to have a fun interaction with law enforcement and to form positive relationships that will last for years to come. The public is invited to come and share in this experience as well. For more information or do donate to the event, please visit the Law Enforcement for Youth website at www.lawenforcementforyouth.com.
Tip of the Week December 12, 2016 - Bullying
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 12/08/16 11:23 AM
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: December 12, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

BULLYING

Bullying among our youth is a significant problem--and it is steadily increasing. Many experts fear bullying has become so widespread and common that adults are blinded to its extensive harm.

Here are the facts:

According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
A survey conducted by the American Association of University Women reported that 85% of girls and 76% of boys have been sexually harassed in some form and only 18% of those incidents were perpetrated by adults.
Young bullies carry a one-in-four chance of having a criminal record by age 30. (Study by Leonard Eron and Rowell Huesman)
American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. (Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center)
One in seven students is either a bully or victim.
56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
Mean behavior among kids is a universal problem. In a poll of 232 kids in kindergarten through 8th grade at a Connecticut elementary school, every child claimed to have been the victim of at least one schoolmate's or sibling's meanness in the previous month. (Research conducted and reported by Dr. Michele Borba)

Your Lincoln County Sheriff's Office encourages parents to educate their children on the damaging effects of bullying. Bullying not only damages those who fall victim to bullying behavior, but also to those who damage their own character in the act of bullying, leading to possible detrimental implications for them in life. When bullying is involved, nobody wins.

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

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


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UPDATE - Major Crash Team Investigating Second Pedestrian Fatality on Southeast Division Street (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/16 10:38 AM
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The man killed on Thursday evening has been identified as 65-year-old Rohgzhao Zhang of Southeast Portland. Investigators believe he was walking home from work at a nearby restaurant at the time of the crash.

The driver, 19-year-old Ryan Michael Moore of Southeast Portland, remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigators.

Investigators learned that Zhang was crossing Division Street from the North to the South, approximately 1/2 block from a controlled, lighted crosswalk.

Moore was driving westbound when Zhang stepped into traffic and was struck by Moore's vehicle.

Moore did not display any signs of impairment and there was no evidence of distracted driving.

The investigation is continuing and, once completed, will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

This is the 40th traffic fatality in the City of Portland in 2016.

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On Wednesday December 7, 2016, at 9:04 p.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the 8700 block of Southeast Division Street on the report that a driver struck a pedestrian in the roadway.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located both parties at the scene. Medical efforts to save the pedestrian's life were not successful and he died at the scene.

The male driver remained at the scene and has been cooperative with investigators.

Preliminary information indicates that the driver was traveling westbound when he struck the man in the roadway.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to conduct an investigation after clearing the scene of an earlier pedestrian fatality approximately 3.5 miles East on Division Street.

Southeast Division Street, between 85th to 89th Avenues is anticipated to be closed in both directions for several hours due to the crash investigation.

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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Beaverton Company Lumencor Celebrates 10th Anniversary (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 12/08/16 9:05 AM
Lumencor, Inc. founders, Claudia Jaffe, Ph.D. and Steven Jaffe, Ph.D., display their ten thousandth unit produced at their headquarters in Beaverton. Lumencor is celebrating 10 years in operation in Beaverton. (photo/Lumencor)
Lumencor, Inc. founders, Claudia Jaffe, Ph.D. and Steven Jaffe, Ph.D., display their ten thousandth unit produced at their headquarters in Beaverton. Lumencor is celebrating 10 years in operation in Beaverton. (photo/Lumencor)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Lumencor, Inc., a Beaverton based business, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. The company got its start as a resident in the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) incubator in 2006. Lumencor is a global manufacturer of technical lighting products for life sciences and other industrial markets.


"We're thrilled that Lumencor has called Beaverton home for the past 10 years," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Lumencor is a great example of a company that got a strong start because of their time at OTBC. When we invest in the startup community, the returns are often great--from locating their business here, to expansion, job creation and product innovation--we're proud of Lumencor's work and their investment in our community."


"I was honored to visit Lumencor recently, and I congratulate them on their 10th anniversary," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "The company exemplifies the great talent and innovation in Oregon, and is an excellent example of why Oregon supports so many bioscience startups. I appreciate Lumencor's commitment to developing mercury-free, clean technology, and I wish them every success in their next 10 years and beyond."


Lumencor offers lighting solutions tailored to support the demands of researchers and manufacturers alike. The company contributes to the advancement of this century's best and most innovative analytical tools, diagnostic devices and surgical treatments. Lumencor's light engines are uniquely energy efficient and mercury-free.


"Ten years ago, OTBC made it possible for us to get off to a fast start and we will forever be grateful for the OTBC's professionalism and generosity. It was instrumental in our launch of the company," said Claudia Jaffe, Ph.D., co-founder and executive vice president, business development at Lumencor. "The Lumencor team creates novel lighting products designed to push the boundaries of research, diagnostics and treatment forward. Our hope is to stay at the forefront of performance and to continue to assist our universities, labs, hospitals, and clinics to be the cleanest and brightest possible."


"Lumencor is one of our best examples of the value that can result from creating a startup-friendly environment that provides affordable office space, mentoring, and introductions to investors and other entrepreneurs," said Steve Morris, executive director of OTBC. "The City of Beaverton's investment in OTBC is helping startups like Lumencor launch and grow so they can in turn create jobs and help grow the economy."


ABOUT LUMENCOR
Lumencor got its start as a physicist-chemist team whose vision was to become the lighting manufacturer of choice for the biotech industry. Lumencor is leading the life sciences with light engines for bioanalysis. The company has developed innovative, powerful, pure, stable, durable and cost-effective lighting solutions. For more information, visit www.lumencor.com.


ABOUT OTBC
The Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) is a decade-old nonprofit tech startup incubator that provides coaching, networking events, entrepreneurship programs and shared office space to help startup ventures succeed.


According to a 2013 Oregon Founders Study, OTBC is the highest-rated incubator in Oregon for effectiveness in its mentoring programs--providing a unique combination of CEO mentoring, referrals to a large network of founders and domain experts and practical how-to entrepreneur workshops and videos. The hands-on attention and nurturing business environment helps startups become successful businesses.

The City of Beaverton is a founding sponsor and the OTBC facility is conveniently located across the street from the Beaverton Central MAX station, with free parking and easy access to Highway 217.


For more information, visit www.otbc.org.


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

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Attached Media Files: Lumencor, Inc. founders, Claudia Jaffe, Ph.D. and Steven Jaffe, Ph.D., display their ten thousandth unit produced at their headquarters in Beaverton. Lumencor is celebrating 10 years in operation in Beaverton. (photo/Lumencor)
Shop With A Cop Brings Cheer to Local Children for the Holidays (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/16 8:56 AM
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In partnership with the Cornelius Walmart and Cornelius Fred Meyer, underprivileged children enjoyed the opportunity this week to go holiday shopping with Sheriff's Deputies serving the City of Cornelius as well as officers from the Forest Grove Police Department.

On December 5th and 7th a total of 55 local children participated in the "Shop with a Cop" program. This annual holiday event partners deputies and officers with each child so they may select gifts for their family members. In addition to shopping for their family, each child received wrapped items from their own wish list. Children participating in these events were nominated with the assistance from local schools.

"It means so much to our students who get selected to 'Shop with a Cop'," said Fern Hill School Counselor, Jessica Sifers. "Not only do these kids get to go shopping for presents for their families, but they also learn that a police officer can be a resource for advice and be there when they need a friend."

The annual "Shop with a Cop" event is made possible through generous donations provided by community partners, including:

-Cornelius Fred Meyer
-Cornelius Walmart
-Sheriff's Office Foundation of Washington County, Oregon
-Washington County Police Officer's Association (WCPOA)
-US Bank
-Sonic Drive-In
-People Helping People
-Forest Grove McDonald's

Foundation President Sal DiGrande said, "The Sheriff's Office Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of the Shop with a Cop event. Partnering children together with law enforcement fosters a trusting relationship that will remain with them throughout their lives."


Attached Media Files: Shop with a Cop Press Release - PDF , Shopping photo , Deputies and children , Shop with a cop Group , Fred Meyer Sign
Red Cross Responds to Disaster Affecting Five People in Clark County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/08/16 8:48 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a disaster today, December 8, 2016, at approximately 7 a.m., in the 10500 block of NE 11th St in Vancouver, Washington.

The disaster, a tree falling on a home, affected 2 adults, 3 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, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two disasters every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/07/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/08/16 8:33 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/07/2016

ESTACADA:

1C 2016-CAD

On 12/07/2016 at about 1112 hrs., police located a runaway. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2016-2079

On 12/07/2016 at about 0148 hrs., police were called to a disturbance in the 17000 block of Strauss Avenue. The suspect left the scene prior to police arrival and a report was taken. Under investigation.

18 2016-2083

On 12/07/2016 at about 1516 hrs., police took a report regarding a hit & run crash that had occurred the previous night. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2085

On 12/07/2016 at about 1727 hrs., police took a report regarding theft of Christmas lights taken from a front yard sometime during the day. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2087

On 12/08/2016 at about 0057 hrs., police attempted to stop a vehicle in the 17000 block of Meinig Avenue. The vehicle attempted to elude the officer, but the suspect was ultimately taken into custody. A report is pending (CAD) and additional details are not currently available.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 12/08/16 8:30 AM
Special Meeting of the Board of Directors Monday December 12th, 2016 @ 6pm
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991#
Blackboard Collaborate at http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA


Attached Media Files: Special Meeting Agenda 12-12-16
Cancelation Notice for Dec. 8 Dallas and Salem public hearing on proposed rule changes to stream buffers
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/08/16 8:28 AM
Cancelation Notice for Dec. 8 Dallas and Salem public hearing on proposed rule changes to stream buffers

Due to inclement weather, the public hearings and open houses on proposed rule changes to stream buffers at the Dallas City Hall at noon today and the hearing at the Oregon Department of Forestry in Salem at 4 p.m. are canceled.

The public participated in hearings and open houses on the proposed rules throughout the state since Nov. 1. The proposed rules would increase stream buffers and standards for trees left after harvest by 10 feet and approximately double standards for trees left after harvest to protect salmon, steelhead and bull trout in western Oregon. The proposed rulemaking would affect streams that are west of the crest of the Cascades but not in the Siskiyou region, are classified as small or medium fish-bearing streams, and are determined to have salmon, steelhead or bull trout present. For all other streams, the current rules will continue to apply.

Submit written or online comments through March 1, 2017 at RiparianRule@oregon.gov or by mail to Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, Oregon 97310, Attn: Stream Rules. After the Board of Forestry receives all public comments, it will consider final proposed rules in April 2017.

For questions about accessibility, special accommodations or other information about attending a meeting please call 503-945-7502.

Find more information about riparian rulemaking on the Oregon Department of Forestry's public website www.oregon.gov/ODF at Streamside (Riparian) Buffer Rules.
Enroll by Dec. 15 to get Jan. 1 health insurance coverage
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/08/16 8:19 AM
(Salem) -- Affordable Care Act enrollment is on the rise as 40,290 Oregonians have already selected health plans for 2017. Those who haven't enrolled yet have a week left to make sure they have health insurance coverage on New Year's Day. Expert help and financial assistance are available as the deadline looms.

Last year, 35,704 Oregonians selected plans in the first four weeks of open enrollment.

While open enrollment lasts through Jan. 31, 2017, Oregonians need to apply by Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, to ensure they have coverage on Jan. 1, 2017. Staying enrolled in health insurance is important to protect people from unexpected costs or problems getting the health care they need.

Oregonians can sign up, renew, or change their health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov.

Most consumers who already have insurance through HealthCare.gov or directly through an insurance company will be re-enrolled in their same plan if they do not act by that date. Even Oregonians with existing health plans should log into their HealthCare.gov accounts to make sure their applications are up-to-date and that their plans are still right for them. After all, plans and prices -- and people's health needs and incomes -- can change from year to year.

"While we are pleased with the increase in enrollment so far, we know there are still Oregonians who do not have coverage and others who have coverage but are not taking advantage of subsidies available to them through HealthCare.gov," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), which houses the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. "Financial help can go a long way in making coverage more affordable."

Of the nearly 132,000 Oregonians enrolled in individual coverage on the Marketplace in 2016, about 95,000 of those consumers received financial help. The average premium tax credit they received was $250 per month. Help with out-of-pocket costs, such as co-pays and deductibles, is also available on some silver-level plans for those who qualify. Having insurance coverage also helps you avoid a potential penalty on your 2017 taxes.

Oregon has a network of insurance agents and community organizations ready to help people enroll. You can find an agent or community partner in your area by going to http://www.oregonhealthcare.gov/get-help.html or calling the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free).

DCBS also provided grants to 35 agents to create drop-in enrollment centers during open enrollment. These centers will be ready to help during the entire open enrollment period during normal business hours, with some extended hours. You can find the list of enrollment centers at http://healthcare.oregon.gov/Pages/agent-storefronts.aspx.

DCBS has developed a tool to help consumers who want to compare plans on their own. It is available at http://dfr.oregon.gov/gethelp/ins-help/health/Pages/ind-health-compare-tool.aspx.

To start shopping for plans, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

Open enrollment is under way as more Oregonians than ever have insurance coverage, thanks to expansion of the Oregon Health Plan and subsidies to help pay for commercial health plans. Oregon's uninsured rate stands at 5 percent.


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Wed. 12/07/16
TVF&R is Ready for Cold Weather Operations and Offers Safety Suggestions (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 12/07/16 10:42 PM
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The nature of the fire service is preparedness; being ready to respond to whatever the community needs, whether it's rendering advanced medical care, fighting fire, preventing emergencies or simply helping to solve problems. The current cold weather doesn't change that mission, but adds to the steps taken to provide effective and reliable emergency response.

How do operations change if a major weather event occurs?
- If a major weather event occurs, staffing may be enhanced and additional 4x4 vehicles will be deployed to respond to hilly areas more susceptible to snow and ice.
- During past winter storms, call volume has doubled during peak times. If incidents begin to increase, fire commanders may place a representative at the Washington County 9-1-1 dispatch center to assist with prioritizing calls in TVF&R's service area.
- Creative tactics may be used to reach and transport patients (e.g., TVF&R once used a backboard to get a patient down off a hill and into an ambulance during a winter storm.)

What types of calls increase during cold weather or snow events?
- Motor vehicle collisions, falls, and sledding accidents.
- Cardiac events may increase during cold weather.
- Fires related to space heaters and fireplace ashes.
- Water problems caused by burst pipes (after they've frozen/thawed).

How is firefighting affected by frigid weather?
- Water is a lifeline at a fire incident, but water and freezing temperatures can create a small ice rink in a street.
- Rooftops become treacherous, steps and running boards on the apparatus can be icy; and hand tools can be slippery.
- Fire hoses (while they won't freeze with water running through them) have to be rolled up quickly after extinguishing a fire to avoid becoming brittle and hard to move.
- Hypothermia and frostbite can quickly set in on an extended operation for responders and victims.


Can a Fire Hydrant Freeze?
- Most hydrants in this region are a "dry" system meaning water is not stored in the hydrant itself, but below ground.


Safety reminders during cold weather events:
- Avoid driving when conditions are icy.
- Exercise safety with home heating equipment.
- Never use kerosene, propane, or other outdoor-use heaters indoors due to the high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Space heaters need space! Many units have exposed surfaces which become very hot. Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from combustibles such as bedding, furniture, and/or drapes.
- Make sure your portable heater has a "tip switch" which automatically shuts off the heater in the event the unit is knocked over.
o Never dry clothes or shoes by placing them on top of a heating unit.
o Always turn off space heaters when you go to bed or leave the house.
o Do not store combustibles too close to fireplaces or heaters.

With temperatures below freezing, pipes and faucets near or in exterior walls may be at risk of freezing and bursting, resulting in a water problem when warmer temperatures return.
o Know how to shut-off the water to your home and unhook outside hoses from faucets.
o Place foam covers over outside faucets and crawl space openings.
o Leaving a trickle of water running from a faucet farthest away from the water meter can be helpful.
o You can also wrap insulating material or electrical wire heating wrap around the pipes. This can be purchased at any home improvement store.
o Never use a propane torch or an open flame to thaw a pipe due to the risk of igniting wood beams, flooring and other combustible materials around pipes.
Prepare for power outages and other problems that happen during the winter months.
Gather necessary supplies including flashlights, extra batteries, water, food, blankets, cell phone (vehicle) charger, manual can opener, battery-operated clock, etc.
Stock up on food and water, as well as necessary medications.

To learn more about ways to prepare your family for a weather event or other disaster, visit http://www.tvfr.com/index.aspx?nid=182


Attached Media Files: Firefighters Cut Open Truck to Free Trapped Driver After Truck Encounters Ice 12-7-16 , Ice Contributes to Rollover Crash in Newberg on 12-7-16
Red Cross Responds to Disaster Affecting Seven People in Skamania County, Washington
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/07/16 10:41 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Roosevelt Street in Stevenson, Skamania County, Wash.

The incident affected two adults and five children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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.
Pedestrian Killed on Southeast Division Street - Major Crash Team Investigating (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/07/16 7:42 PM
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On Wednesday December 7, 2016, at 6:55 p.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the 15600 block of Southeast Division Street on the report that a driver struck a pedestrian in the roadway.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located both parties at the scene. Medical efforts to save the pedestrian's life were not successful and he died at the scene.

The driver remained at the scene and has been cooperative with investigators.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to conduct an investigation.

Division Street is anticipated to be closed in both directions for several hours due to the crash investigation.

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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Public Asked to Postpone Business with the County, If Possible
Washington County - 12/07/16 6:27 PM
Weather predictions are prompting Washington County departments and offices to draw down the number of staff available to support some county services Thursday. Although County buildings are expected to remain open and many services will continue without interruption, county officials would like the public to postpone visiting county buildings until after the weather has improved.

"Our buildings and key services will be up and running, but tomorrow will not be business as usual," said Assistant County Administrator Don Bohn. "Although some services will be fully staffed -- such as snow and ice removal or law enforcement -- we'll have reduced staffing in other areas of the organization."

The public is asked to monitor the Washington County website or social media feeds to learn more about potential changes to hours of operation. Updates about clearing snow and ice from the County road system can be found at http://www.wc-roads.com.
Shady Cove Man Killed in a Single Vehicle Crash on Highway 62 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/07/16 5:21 PM
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On December 7, 2016, at about 6:02 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 62 near milepost 15, west of Shady Cove.

Preliminary information indicates a red 1995 Toyota pickup truck, operated by Larry Ralph LACY, age 73, of Shady Cove, was traveling westbound when his vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle traveled approximately 200 yards on the south roadway shoulder, paralleling the highway before it struck a tree, and coming to rest off the highway. LACY was pronounced deceased at the scene and his medical conditions may have been a contributing factor.

Prior to the crash, the Toyota pickup had been the subject of a driving complaint as it traveled from Shady Cove toward Eagle Point. A witness described the Toyota pickup as driving erratically, unable to drive within its lane and nearly colliding with a school bus.

Highway 62 eastbound was temporarily reduced to one lane for approximately one hour while the investigation was conducted and the vehicle recovered. OSP was assisted by Jackson County Fire District 3, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flights, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.


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Local Tavern Burglarized in St. Paul
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/16 5:06 PM
In the early morning hours of Monday December 5th, the Rodeo Inn located in St. Paul was burglarized by an unknown male. Surveillance video captured the burglar even after he cut all the phone cables and wires to the building and pried a door open to gain access to the local tavern.

The man was wearing a beanie hat, mask, grey sweatshirt, blue jeans, black and white Nike tennis shoes, and black Nike gloves with a lighter colored palm. The suspect in this case appears to be working with a partner and states prior to entering the business, over what appears to be a radio, "Set the ten minute timer right now."

The man spent roughly an hour inside the business breaking into an office where eventually he stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to please call 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.

A video file of the burglary can be found at the below links:

https://youtu.be/MFg1-gdGXU8

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CCC grant expands transportation options for students (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 12/07/16 4:32 PM
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OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College (CCC) was recently awarded a grant to make it easier for students to walk, bike, ride the bus and carpool to class. The college received $130,000 from Metro's Regional Travel Options program to fund the Expanding Access to Education program, which will expand transportation options for students.

The grant will increase student awareness of the CCC Xpress shuttle, which provides direct service from the Clackamas Town Center MAX station to the Oregon City and Harmony campuses. While ridership has increased 150 percent since the launch of the CCC Xpress, 35 percent of students are unaware of the shuttle. CCC will increase awareness by engaging students at college events and through social media.

Additionally, the grant will allow CCC to promote and manage a TriMet pass program. TriMet plays a key role in improving access to education, as 9 percent of students use TriMet to commute to class. Students are currently able to save $100 by purchasing TriMet passes for the term through CCC, and the grant will allow CCC to monitor and promote the program to maximize the number of students participating.

The grant will also help students find carpool partners, identify barriers that prevent students from biking to CCC and guide the implementation of a wayfinding signage system. CCC will track student commute choices and program effectiveness through an annual transportation survey.

"Lack of access to a car is the number one transportation-related reason students are unable to complete a class," CCC Transportation Systems Analyst Luke Norman said. "So we're working hard to ensure that students are aware of all the ways to get to CCC."

Clackamas Community College has a historical and growing commitment to offering educational programs that lead to living-wage jobs. The college's associate and certificate offerings address 52 percent of the state's and Clackamas County's high-demand and high-wage jobs. The college awarded 1,566 degrees and certificates in the 2015-16 school year and more than 11,000 in the last 10 years.

For more information about transportation options to CCC, visit www.clackamas.edu/transportation.

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Ridgefield Middle Schoolers Get a Head Start on Post-High School Planning (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 12/07/16 4:28 PM
View Ridge Middle School student, Elijah Engstrom, consults with teacher, Nam Nguyen, at the Fall College Fair, while students chat with a representative from Portland State University.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- On November 1, View Ridge Middle School eighth graders had a unique opportunity to plan their future. They attended Ridgefield High School's annual Fall College Fair--an event that was previously open only to high school students.

Eighth graders were first invited to the event last year by Ridgefield High School Counselors, Ray Lions and Monica DeShazer, and High School and Beyond Coordinator, Amy McKenna. The fair sparked so much interest and discussion at the middle school that the event is now open to eighth graders as well.

The Fall College Fair provides an opportunity for the middle schoolers to visit with representatives from a wide range of post-high school options that include two- and four-year colleges, trade schools, apprenticeship programs, and branches of the military. The students are encouraged to speak with at least one representative from each area to inquire about entrance requirements, training programs, student life and a variety of other topics of interest to them.

"It is well understood that adolescents start forming their ideas about what they will do after high school well before going to high school," said View Ridge Middle School Principal Tony Smith. He added that his staff works with View Ridge Middle School Counselor, Kirstin Kunihisa, to learn how to better inform students of the possibilities that lie ahead of them.

"We know if students can better connect their current learning to a compelling future, they will be more interested and motivated," said Smith.

Eighth grader, Khoi Dawkins, attended the college fair with a clear focus in mind. "I'd like to play lacrosse in college, and there aren't very many schools on the west coast that have lacrosse," he said. He inquired about pre-law programs and had in-depth discussions with representatives from Pacific Lutheran University and Portland State University. He was pleased with the options the fair provided, but thinks he may want to look beyond the Pacific Northwest for programs that meet his post-high school expectations.

Sheryl Willis was at the fair to learn more about getting into a job quickly. "I'm looking for photography-type jobs, and a lot of community colleges have programs where you finish and go right into a job," said the eighth grader, adding "I don't want to go to years and years of school before I'm doing something to make money." She was particularly impressed with Mt. Hood Community College but was also intrigued by a four-year program at the University of Washington.

At Ridgefield High School, all students are required to prepare a "High School and Beyond Plan," in which they investigate their career interests and the requisite training associated with them. Smith plans to implement the same requirement at the middle school level for his students.

"I'd like to see all of our kids visit a college campus before entering high school," said Smith. "There are so many options our students do not even know about, and we are uniquely situated to open doors and opportunities for them."

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Corps seeks comments on Millersburg, Linn County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 12/07/16 4:10 PM
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by David and Laurie Dukes to conduct work in Millersburg, Linn County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-547 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Travel Advisory
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/07/16 4:03 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind people of the upcoming winter storm tonight and tomorrow, bringing ice and snow. The roads will likely be very hazardous and extreme caution should be used if travel is necessary. There are a few simple steps to help keep you safe during these types of weather incidents.

1. Avoid travel unless necessary when winter weather is in your area.
2. Slow down.
3. Always wear your seatbelt.

Other considerations:
1. Leave early -- allow more travel time; expect delays.
2. Increase distance between vehicles, it takes longer to stop on snow or ice.
3. Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel.
4. Use your headlights.
5. Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they are susceptible to freezing before the roadway.
6. Avoid using cruise control which can cause your vehicle's wheels to continue turning on slippery surfaces.
7. Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.
8. Keep your cell phone charged.
9. Take a blanket and emergency supplies while traveling.
10. Notify a family member or friend of your travel plans.

In the event you are involved in a crash, please be patient. Emergency vehicles have an increased response time during these types of weather events and we experience a high volume of calls for service. If you are involved in a non-injury crash please try and move your vehicle out of the roadway to avoid causing another crash. If your vehicle becomes stranded or wrecked but not on the roadway, removal of your vehicle might have to wait until conditions improve for safety considerations.
State Fire Marshal offers home heating safety tips
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/07/16 4:01 PM
As colder weather arrives, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging Oregonians to use heating appliances wisely.

"With the onset of cooler weather, I urge citizens to ensure all their heating appliances are in good working order," says Walker. "Have your woodstoves, fireplaces, and chimneys, cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified specialist before using them. Portable space heaters also pose a high risk. Use these with extreme caution and follow our space heater safety tips."

Although woodstove and fireplace-related fires are more common, the most deadly home heating fires result from combustibles to close to portable electric heaters.

From 2011 through 2015 in Oregon, there were 2,267 home heating-related fires resulting in nine deaths, 57 injuries, and more than $30.9 million in property loss. Although chimney and fireplace-related fires accounted for more than 66% of these fires, six of the nine fatalities occurred in portable heater-related fires.

Oregonians can keep themselves safer from heating-related fires using these safety tips:

Portable Space Heaters
Only use portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off so if they're tipped over they will shut off.
Give heaters space. Keep at least three feet of space between the heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, bedding, and papers.
Check heater electrical cords. Inspect for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs, or loose connections. Replace before using the space heater.
Plug portable electric space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Never plug them into a power strip or extension cord.
Never allow children to play with, or around a heater.
Turn heaters off when not in use, before going to bed, or when leaving the room.

Electric Baseboard and Wall Heaters
Be aware of electric baseboard and wall heaters. These heaters are thermostatically controlled and may turn on without warning when temperatures drop.
Give these heaters space. Just as with portable space heaters, keep at least three feet of space between your baseboard/wall heater and combustibles items such as furniture, curtains, bedding, and papers.

Fuel Burning Space Heaters
If using a fuel-burning space heater, make sure it is designed for indoor use. Read all manufacturer instructions and make sure it is properly vented.
Allow the heater to cool before refueling. Refuel outside or in a well-ventilated area.
If you smell gas, do not light the heater, operate any electrical switches, or thermostats. Leave the building and call 9-1-1, the fire department, or the gas company.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves
Have chimney and woodstove flues and vents inspected and cleaned every year by a qualified specialist. Ask them to check for creosote deposits, soot build-up, or physical damage.
Always use a fireplace screen. Make sure the screen is made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
Keep a clutter-free environment. Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations, and flammable materials.
Store kindling, fire logs, and wood at least three feet from any heat source.
Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue and chimney temperatures.
Use proper fire starters. Proper fire starters include newspaper, kindling, or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene, or gasoline to start a fire.
Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can release lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
Use fire-resistant materials on walls around woodstoves.
Allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing of them.
Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and place the container outdoors, at least ten feet from the home and any other nearby buildings. Ashes may retain heat for days after they appear to be out.

Smoke Alarms and Home Escape Plans
For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and outside any sleeping area (hallways).
Test smoke alarm batteries at least once a month by pushing the test button.
Look at the date on the back of your smoke alarm, if it's 10 years old or older, replace it. If there is no date, it is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
Ensure you have a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal if not detected early.
Home heating and cooking equipment that burn fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane are sources of carbon monoxide.
Make sure you have working CO alarms on every level of your home, in every bedroom (sleeping areas), and outside each sleeping area.
Test and maintain your carbon monoxide alarms according to the manufacturer's instructions.

For more home fire safety tips, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx.

For more smoke alarm information, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx.

For more information on carbon monoxide and Oregon's carbon monoxide law, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_co_program.aspx.

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Reward Offered in Marijuana Paradise Robbery - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-30 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 12/07/16 4:00 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect in a robbery of a Southwest Portland marijuana dispensary.

On November 23, 2016, at 4:41 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Marijuana Paradise, located at 9663 Southwest Barbur Boulevard. The suspect was armed with a handgun and robbed the business of marijuana.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, 5'11" tall, thin build, wearing a red, white and blue zippered hoodie, dark blue pants, brown shoes with yellow and orange accents, sunglasses, and was carrying a duffel bag.

Surveillance images of the suspect are being released to aid in this investigation.

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

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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The Woodland Ceramic Club's Empty Bowls event raises nearly $3,000 to help combat hunger (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 12/07/16 4:00 PM
Local ceramic artists also donated pieces to be auctioned off at the event
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016-Woodland-WA-The Woodland Ceramic Club hosted an Empty Bowls fundraiser dinner on December 1, 2016 raising more than $2,775.00 for the Woodland Action Center, a foodbank based in Woodland, Washington.

Nearly 100 community members attended the fundraiser dinner, held at Woodland High School, where they chose their own bowl to keep from a variety of handmade ceramic bowls thrown and kiln-fired by the Woodland Ceramics Club. Attendees chose from several different soups donated by local area restaurants. During the event, additional ceramic pieces made by local ceramic artists were auctioned off to raise additional funds. The Woodland High School Music Program provided live entertainment as bands performed a number of different songs for the attendees.

The fundraiser was inspired by Empty Bowls, a national project created by Imagine Render, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community. The Empty Bowls Project has operated for 25 years as an international grassroots effort tto raise money and awareness in the fight to end hunger.

Soup was donated by local restaurants including Gudalajara Restaurant, Rosie's Restaurant, The Oak Tree and the American Family Diner. Local bakery, Kalama Bread Company, provided bread for the dinner with Red Leaf Coffee providing coffee and beverages.

"We're incredibly pleased with the turnout demonstrating how many community members truly care for this cause," said Michael Smith, an art teacher at Woodland High School who coordinated the event. "We'd also like to thank the Arts of Clark County, Southwest Washington State, the School Retirees' Association, and Georgie's Clay who donated grant funds and materials to make this event possible."

The Woodland Action Center is a community services organization based in Woodland, Washington incorporating best practices by offering nontraditional hours and a personal shopping experience intended to empower client choice and waste. You can learn more by visiting their website at www.woodlandaction.org. More information about Imagine Render and the Empty Bowls Project can be found on their website at www.emptybowls.net.

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Fort Vancouver National Trust Hires Jeff Zawada as Director of Philanthropy (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 12/07/16 3:57 PM
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The Fort Vancouver National Trust welcomes Jeff Zawada as the Director of Philanthropy. Jeff brings an extensive fund development and sales background to the Trust. He will lead fundraising, stewardship and community engagement at the organization.

Most recently coming from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), he held the position of Corporate Relations Officer, expanding the museum's connections in the business community and creating new revenue streams. Prior to that, he held positions and Director of Development at the Dental Foundation of Oregon, and Senior Manager -- New Business Partnerships & Initiatives at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, where he was instrumental in establishing a program to acquire new business and collaborative efforts with other local non-profits.

Jeff also spent nearly a decade in the copier industry working for Ricoh, USA and began his career locally with the Boyd Coffee Company. He has served on many non-profit boards and is active in the community. With a degree in Psychology and 2nd in History Education, he brings inter-personal skills and love of history and teaching to the Trust.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work with such a great staff, volunteers and people who are so dedicated to our community. The Trust has so much to offer, and I look forward to advancing the cause of Education, Preservation and Celebration", said Zawada.

To learn more about becoming a supporter as a sponsor or donor to the Trust, please contact Jeff Zawada at 360.992.1801 or jeff.zawada@fortvan.org.

About Fort Vancouver National Trust:

Established in 1998, Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit www.fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.


Attached Media Files: Jeff Zawada, Director of Philanthropy
PF&R's Arson Squad Arrests Suspected Serial Arsonist (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/07/16 3:37 PM
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Portland Fire & Rescue responded to four suspicious fires this morning. Two fires were at 4400 NE Broadway, 7:20 am and 7:50 am, and two fires were at 4420 NE Hancock, both around 9:30 am. The last fire at 9:30 am at Grocery Outlet, 4420 NE Hancock St., was inside the front doors of the occupied grocery store. PF&R's Fire Investigator was in the area and when he arrived at the store, he noticed the suspect and arrested David B. Stewart, 08/01/1970.

David B. Stewart is being charged with two counts of Arson 1, a measure 11 crime.

Bystanders at the grocery store extinguished the fire inside the store with a portable extinguisher prior to fire crews arrival. Bystanders also detained the suspect until PF&R's Fire Investigator was able to take the suspect into custody.

PF&R's Arson Dog, Zeus, was able to positively identify that flammable liquids were used to start the fires.

No one was injured in any of the four fires listed. More information will be released as it becomes available: this is an ongoing investigation.


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"Santa Cuts" is Trimming Kids' Hair for FREE Next Wednesday
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/07/16 3:30 PM
Who: underprivileged youth, The Salvation Army, Hands of Favor

What: The Salvation Army and Hands of Favor are providing FREE haircuts to underprivileged youth, ages 0-18, in the community for Christmas. Additionally, there will be free hair products, hair care education, and a visit from Santa Claus! The Salvation Army hopes to see at least 75 kids.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016; 12pm -- 4pm

Where:
The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center
5325 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

Why: For some families, giving their kids a great haircut is a treat that may happen a couple times a year. For some, they've never had a good cut or style because it is too expensive. Every child deserves to feel special at Christmas, and a new haircut makes you feel like a whole new person! The Salvation Army is blessed to be able to partner with local stylists to give these kids confidence and this special treat.

Contact:
For more information: please contact Teresa Steinmetz at The Salvation Army at 503.794.3283 or 971.219.3226.

Media is invited and encouraged to attend this event

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(Portland, OR) December 7, 2016 -- Christmas is a special time to create memories and to share in the joys of the season, but for some people, even a haircut for Christmas festivities is a strain on the pocketbook. This year, "Santa Cuts" is back at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center to help give local children ages 0-18 a fresh haircut for FREE before Christmas. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, local non-profit Hands of Favor will be providing the haircuts from noon -- 4pm, and it is first-come, first-serve. In addition, youth and families will receive free hair care products and hair care education -- and have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus!

"The transformation that happens in a stylist's chair is amazing," says Captain Marcos Marquez, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center. "It's not only a physical change -- it's an internal change. It brings confidence and joy to kids, many of who have never had a real hair cut before. We are so thankful for Hands of Favor for making this possible for these kids and their families."

Something as simple as a haircut can leave a lasting impact on a family. It's no surprise that there are many people are struggling to stay in their homes or put food on the table right now. This Christmas, The Salvation Army and Hands of Favor plan to make the holidays a little extra special and a Christmas that they will remember for years to come.

It is estimated that these children will be receiving over $1,500 in free services and goods thanks to the support of these local hair stylists.

"Santa Cuts" will be held at The Salvation Army Moore Street Community & Worship Center, located at 5325 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97217.

If you are with the media and would like to cover this, please contact Teresa Steinmetz, Director of Communications and Marketing at 503-794-3283 or 971-219-3226 or by e-mail: Teresa.steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org. Media is encouraged and welcomed at this event.



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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at portland.salvationarmy.org . People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Kuma travels nearly 5,000 miles to discuss upcoming Happy Valley project
City of Happy Valley - 12/07/16 3:09 PM
World-renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, is meeting with the City of Happy Valley today to discuss his work on a 2017 NW Natural Street of Dreams home.

Kuma, known internationally for his innovative designs, including the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, will be working with Suteki America, Barclay Home Designs, and Westlake Development Group on a home in the 2017 Street of Dreams (SOD). Brittainy Tiffany, of Tiffany Home Design and 2016 SOD Interior Design of the Year winner, is also a part of the team.

Due to its international reputation, the Street of Dreams in Happy Valley was chosen as the platform to showcase Kuma's innovation work.

The group came together through connections within the international building industry and mutual respect for each other's work.

A seasoned builder of custom homes, Westlake's owner, Gerald Rowlett, is looking forward to the project and working with this dream team. As a Happy Valley resident himself, he is proud of the fact that Kuma and Suteki America selected not only the Street of Dreams, but Happy Valley, as the site for their work.

"From what they have heard from others about the City's reputation, they feel comfortable working on this project in Happy Valley," Rowlett said.

The City is equally pleased.

"We're honored that this group of professionals, who create and build at the highest level, have chosen to bring their talents together on this project in Happy Valley," said Lori DeRemer, Happy Valley's Mayor.

While the final details of the construction materials are still being determined, Rowlett said the dominant design elements will most likely be steel and glass.

"The focus of this design is clean, open and simplistic. I anticipate lots of glass will be used, bringing nature and outdoor features into the home," said Rowlett.

The meeting between those involved in the construction of the home and City officials will be held at Happy Valley City Hall, 16000 SE Misty Drive, at 3:30 pm today, December 7, 2016. Press interested in attending should contact the City's PIOs.
2 Logging accidents in snow in the past 72 hours (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 12/07/16 3:04 PM
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Today at 1018 am the fire district personnel responded to a logging accident that occurred on the Ames Creek mainline. The pt was a 31 year old male who had been struck in the head with a log during their operations. The logging crew did an excellent job packaging the patient and getting him to the road where EMS could access him. The patient was flown to Riverbend Hospital by REACH helicopter.

Monday, December 5th at 3:56 pm, a yarder operator was struck in the legs when a log came through the cab of his machine. That patient was also transported to Riverbend Hospital by ground ambulance.

Sweet Home Fire was able to make access to both these loggers because of our new four wheel drive medic unit. This was made possible thanks to the anonymous donation that allowed Sweet Home Fire to purchase the four wheel drive medic unit. EMS crews were able to safely navigate the snow covered roads to reach the patient. The donors intent for the four wheel drive medic unit was for medics to have the ability to access injured loggers where a two wheel drive medic unit could not.


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Expect Poor Driving Conditions Thursday Due to Possible Snow and Freezing Rain
City of Salem - 12/07/16 2:58 PM
Snow and freezing rains are expected in the Salem area on Thursday, December 8. The National Weather Service predicts the snow will start in Salem between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. One to two inches of snow is possible before turning into freezing rain between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Freezing rain may last 4-6 hours.

Avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, motorists and travelers are urged to allow extra time and be prepared for delays. Make sure you have food and water with you. Traction devices are highly encouraged.

Power outages due to ice are anticipated. Check to make sure you have a working flashlight handy. Report any downed lines to 911 immediately. Do not touch downed lines.

Salem Public Works applied anti-icing treatment to roads throughout the Salem area Tuesday and Wednesday. Public Works crews will be ready to go with plows and sanding equipment early Thursday morning.

Salem residents can report downed trees and limbs in the right-of-way or other transportation related problems to Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-6333.

Check the City of Salem Emergency page for the latest information regarding road closures
or other emergencies. Just click on EMERGENCIES in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage at www.cityofsalem.net. On the EMERGENCIES page, residents can also register with the Salem Community Alert System to receive notifications regarding emergencies and important community alerts via text, cell, landline, and email.
Season Prompts Generous Giving from the Heart (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 12/07/16 2:48 PM
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(Hillsboro, Oregon) - Two toy deliveries today brought home the spirit of giving to our firefighters and staff. This morning, 46-year old Jonathan Craig dropped off two barrel-sized bags full of toys at the downtown fire station. The donation is for the Toy and Joy program sponsored by the firefighters. His delivery is unusual in that Jonathan is a mentally disabled former U.S. Army combat engineer who served in Operation Desert Storm from 1990-91. His disability prevents him from working now or even driving. But, he saves money by cutting down on his weekly smoking allowance and handing the savings over to his mother to buy toys for needy children at this time of year.

"I just love this time of year," said Craig, whose older brother is a firefighter in South Bend, Indiana. "I love the food, family, lights, the Christmas tree and the music."

Craig dropped off 82 toys this year. His mother had purchased quality toys at area stores throughout the year whenever she found them on sale.

And, another group also collected toys throughout the year and delivered in a big way today. The Tender Loving Care Bible study group brought in more than 200 toys and over-sized, stuffed teddy bears. The small group meets regularly at local coffee shops and members bring new toys they have purchased. Wednesday afternoon, the group brought four cars and SUVs filled with toys to the Ronler Acres Fire Station 3. The large number of stuffed bears filled the station's day room. The members left the fire station and said their next meeting would begin their 2017 toy collection efforts.

Hillsboro Firefighters' Toy and Joy program collects new, unwrapped toys for distribution to needy children in our city. They partner with the Hillsboro Elks club who provide holiday meals and help distribute the packages throughout the city. The final distribution is December 17th. Until then, firefighters will be accepting donations at any Hillsboro Fire Department station.

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HFD_3373.jpg -- Jonathan Craig drops off one of two large bags of toys that he and his mother purchased with the savings from his reduced smoking. He donated the toys to the Hillsboro Firefighters Toy and Joy program.

TandJ_3794.jpg -- Hillsboro Fire Engineer Justin Bell unloads part of more than 200 toys donated by the Tender Loving Care Bible study group.

TandJ_3801.jpg -- Dozens of over-sized, stuffed teddy bears fill the day room at Hillsboro Fire Station 3 after a donation of toys for needy children by the Tender Loving Care Bible study group.


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Conference of Local Health Officials meets December 15 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/16 2:48 PM
December 7, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials

Agenda: 2017-2019 Governor's Budget; Hepatitis C Grant;
Tuberculosis Program element revisions; new CMS emergency preparedness requirements; Public Health Modernization Statewide Plan update; and Environmental Health Intergovernmental Agreement.

When: Thursday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St, Conference Room 1E, Portland.

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the rules and standards for public health specified in ORS 431.345 and 431.350.

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Red Cross Issues Cold Weather Safety Tips
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/07/16 2:46 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. December 7, 2016 -- Winter weather is expected in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the coming days and the American Red Cross urges people to be prepared.

BUILD A KIT
Be sure you have non-perishable food items that can be eaten even if you lose power.
Check the batteries in your flashlight(s) and keep them easily accessible (avoid candles).
Make sure you have batteries in your radio (to receive information updates) and keep a spare battery for your cell phone handy (also keep your phone charged).
Keep extra blankets on hand or identify a safe alternate heat source if the power goes out.

MAKE A PLAN
If weather does become severe and people are separated, make sure you have a plan for communicating with your family and/or friends to let them know you are safe and well.
If you have pets, make sure that you have food and supplies for them and that they have access to a warm and dry area.

GET YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a window scraper, shovel, kitty litter or sand in case you get stuck, extra clothes and a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Pack high-protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need.

DRIVING IN WINTER While the Red Cross encourages you to stay off the road if possible, if you have to drive in snow or freezing rain, follow these tips about how to drive safely during a winter storm and what to do if you become stuck in your vehicle:
Fill the vehicle's gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
Pay attention to the weather forecast. Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
If you have to drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
Don't follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
Don't use cruise control when driving in winter weather.
Don't pass snow plows.
Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze before roadways.

If you become stuck in the snow or icy conditions:
Stay with the car and call for assistance. Do not try to walk to safety.
If you can, move your vehicle off the roadway. Stay with it -- don't abandon it. If you have to get out of your vehicle, use the side away from traffic.

WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS People can download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

For information on road conditions from the Oregon Department of Transportation, visit www.tripcheck.com.

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


Attached Media Files: 2016-12/1190/99863/News_Release_-_Red_Cross_Issues_Cold_Weather_Safety_Tips.pdf
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle Reelected to National League of Cities Board of Directors (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 12/07/16 2:42 PM
Mayor Denny Doyle was reelected in November to a two-year term on the National League of Cities (NLC) board of directors. The board guides NLC’s strategic direction and sets the organization’s advocacy priorities and operational goals. (Photo/City of Beav
Mayor Denny Doyle was reelected in November to a two-year term on the National League of Cities (NLC) board of directors. The board guides NLC’s strategic direction and sets the organization’s advocacy priorities and operational goals. (Photo/City of Beav
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Mayor Denny Doyle was reelected to the National League of Cities (NLC) board of directors at the group's annual business meeting in November at the 2016 City Summit in Pittsburg.


Doyle was elected to a two-year term and will play an important role as a leader of the nation's largest and most representative membership and advocacy organization for city officials.


"I am very honored to be selected to serve on the NLC board," said Mayor Doyle. "As city officials, it's critical that we come together to advocate for the issues that directly affect our local communities."


In his role on the board, Doyle will meet throughout the year to guide NLC's strategic direction and set the organization's advocacy priorities and operational goals. Board members are selected by a 15-member nominating committee and confirmed by a vote of NLC leadership.


"The National League of Cities board of directors serves a critical role in guiding our organization's priorities and policies," said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC). "I want to thank the members elected to the board for their service to our organization, and look forward to working with them during an important year for the nation's cities."


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


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UPDATE #2: Suspect Armed with Rifle Shot and Killed by Police Early Tuesday Morning (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/07/16 2:27 PM
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The deceased suspect from Tuesday morning's shooting has been identified as 52-year-old Steven Wayne Liffel. Today the Medical Examiner determined that he died of a single gunshot wound. Toxicology results are expected in a few weeks.

Detectives have found no information indicating that Liffel had any history of mental illness or any reason why he would have confronted officers while armed with a rifle.

The officer involved in the shooting is Officer Lawrence Keller, a 22-year-veteran of the Bureau assigned to East Precinct night shift.

No additional information is anticipated to be released until the completion of the investigation and grand jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, 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.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.

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Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this morning's incident. The deceased suspect has been identified as a 52-year-old man. His name will be released publicly after the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducts an autopsy on Wednesday.

The suspect was a resident of the apartment complex near where the shooting occurred. The suspect's rifle was seized as evidence.

The identity of the involved officer will be released on Wednesday. The officer will remain on paid administrative leave, per Bureau policy, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, 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.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.

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A man in his 50s was shot and killed by a Portland Police officer early Tuesday morning after East Precinct officers responded to the report of a disturbance and shooting at a residence at Southeast 148th Avenue and East Burnside Street.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspect was armed with a rifle at the time of the shooting and that he earlier fired at officers, possibly from a handgun, prior to coming out of the residence with the rifle. After the shooting, medical efforts to save the suspect were not successful and he died at the scene.

No officers were injured during the encounter and nobody was injured in the initial shooting, which prompted the 9-1-1 call at 10:54 p.m. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were responding to the scene to assist East Precinct officers but were not yet in place when the suspect left the residence, armed with the rifle.

Homicide detectives, assisted by the East County Major Crimes Team, are in the early stages of an investigation into the shooting.

Traffic in the area of 148th Avenue and East Burnside Street is expected to be closed for several hours as detectives conduct their investigation. MAX is being let through, as needed.

No additional information is anticipated to be released until Tuesday afternoon.

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Sherwood Police Arrest Two In A Stolen Car, Leading To Stolen Mail, Fraud, and Theft Cases Across The Portland Metro Area (Photo)
Sherwood Police Dept. - 12/07/16 1:58 PM
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On November 22, 2016 at about 5:30 AM Officer Randy Johnson was patrolling the Sherwood Safeway (20685 SW Roy Rogers Rd.) when he saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking area, and two males got out of the vehicle and went into the store.

Officer Johnson did a computer check of the license plates on the vehicle. The computer check revealed that the Oregon vehicle license plates on the vehicle were stolen, and were stolen off of a Chrysler PT Cruiser. The vehicle Officer Johnson was looking at was a Chevrolet HHR. Both vehicles are close in appearance.

It became clear to Officer Johnson that the males that got out of the car had seen him, and possibly ran away since they did not come back to the car. Officers began to check the area, and both males were quickly found and detained, while trying to leave the area. The two suspects were identified as 25 year old Coty Michael Dingus of Sherwood and 26 year old Corey John Smith of Milwaukie. Both were booked into the Washington County jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Theft 3. Dingus was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree.

The investigation quickly revealed that the license plates were stolen from a vehicle in Milwaukie, Oregon. The Vehicle was stolen from a "Dotty's Lottery location" in South East Portland on October 8th, 2016.

Officers inventoried the vehicle during the process of recovering it and returning it to the rightful owner. Officers located hundreds of pieces of mail which appeared to have been stolen from mailboxes. Checks, credit cards, recently purchased property and receipts were also found in the vehicle which was apparent fruits of criminal activity. Drug paraphernalia and a realistic "Airsoft" pistol were also present.

So far, numerous victims have been identified and have filed reports to include Mail Theft, Identity Theft, Forgery, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Unlawful Entry to a Motor Vehicle, Theft and Burglary.

Sherwood Police officers have been working with the following agencies in a cooperative effort, to identify crimes apparently connected to this case, including; United States Postal Inspector, Portland Police Bureau, Milwaukie Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Gladstone Police, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. Helens Police, Scappoose Police, Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Tualatin Police Department.

Anyone who may have information regarding this crime or crimes connected with these two suspects is urged to contact their local police department, or the Sherwood Police via the non-emergency line for dispatch, at 503-629-0111.

Sherwood Police PIO/Contact Captain Mark Daniel 503-925-3651
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New Tillamook State Forest OHV bridge and trail segment thanks to Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/07/16 1:53 PM
New Gummyworm OHV Trail Bridge on the Tillamook State Forest
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Release date: Dec. 7, 2016

Contact: Jahmaal Rebb, Tillamook State Forest OHV Program Specialist, 503-359-7463, Jahmaal.Rebb@Oregon.gov


Off-road enthusiasts will benefit from a new bridge and trail segment in the Tillamook State Forest, thanks to a Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails).

Earlier this year, the Oregon Department of Forestry received the GRANT to fund the development of a 45-foot-long trail bridge on a new segment of the Gummyworm Off-Highway Vehicle Trail in the Tillamook State Forest. The GRANT was awarded as part of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas.

The primary objective of the new bridge and trail segment is to improve trail connectivity and public safety. The improvements provide a new trail connection between the Gummyworm and Island OHV trails, two very popular OHV trails in the Browns Camp OHV area trail network. Prior to their development, OHV trail users had to ride on busy forest roads to make that connection.

"Providing safe, enjoyable, and sustainable trail riding opportunities for OHV enthusiasts is an important part of managing recreation on the Tillamook State Forest," said Jahmaal Rebb, ODF's OHV Program Specialist for the Tillamook State Forest. "This project will bring us one step closer to our goal of having a sustainable and well-connected trail system that protects and enhances sensitive stream ecosystems."

GRANT funds were used to purchase all of the lumber, hardware, abutments, approaches, and permits necessary for the bridge's construction. ODF OHV Program staff constructed the bridge.

"Yamaha and its' Outdoor Access Initiative is happy to continue the productive partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry in the ongoing, proactive efforts to improve responsible access for recreationists," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha Marketing Manager, ATV and SxS Division.

For more information about Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative, visit: www.yamahaoai.com.

ODF manages the 364,000-acre Tillamook State Forest to provide a variety of environmental, social, and economic benefits. Additional information about the Tillamook State Forest Recreation Program and Oregon's state forests is available at www.oregon.gov/ODF or http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/.

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Sheriff Warns of Approaching Winter Storm
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/16 1:48 PM
HOOD RIVER, ORE - Hood River County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management advises that NOAA/National Weather Services is predicting the Columbia River Gorge and particularly the Hood River Valley will have significant snow and possible high wind impacts tomorrow (Thursday), December 8th through Friday. Storm arrival is predicted to be around 10am and they warn to not be fooled by mild conditions in the morning hours. Snow will be continuous all day and night with 5-10 inches of snow at river level. Snow will turn to freezing rain with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice predicted. Wind gusts of 55 to 75 mph may occur in the western gorge.

Please plan accordingly. Transportation will be significantly hampered and there is potential for power outage and other secondary problems.
Science on Tap Portland -- Memory and the Neuroscience of Addiction
Via Productions - 12/07/16 1:35 PM
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.
Cost: $13 for general admission, $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, hand pies, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available

Back by popular demand! This is a repeat of our sold out event that was held at the Clinton Street Theater on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Starting from a very young age, humans are driven to seek out novel sensations and rewarding experiences; the brain is wired this way. During adolescence, some seek out drugs of abuse because they create novel sensations and can alter the perception of reality. Repeated exposure to these drugs creates new experiences in the form of powerful, persistent memories, and these drug-related memories are thought to underlie the relapse that can occur for decades, even after extended periods of abstinence. At this Science on Tap, Barbara Sorg, PhD, professor of neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, will talk about what happens in the brain with rewarding experiences and how drugs of abuse alter the structure and function of the brain to make drug addiction a chronic brain disease. She will also discuss how her laboratory uses animal models of addiction to weaken memories associated with cocaine.

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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 about Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.
Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets December 13
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/16 1:22 PM
December 7, 2016

What: The regular public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board's Incentives and Funding Subcommittee

Agenda: Understand implications of Governor's Recommended Budget on funding formula deliverable; discuss proposal to apply the funding formula model to public health emergency preparedness funding; review changes to the funding formula model; prepare to present funding formula model to Public Health Advisory Board for approval; plan for subcommittee meetings in 2017; set agenda for January subcommittee meeting

When: Tuesday, December 13, 1-3 p.m. A five-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:55 p.m.; comments may be limited to two minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Interested persons also can join by webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4675188691240638211, or by listen-only conference line at 1-877-873-8017; access code 767068#.

The Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Incentives and Funding Subcommittee develops recommendations for consideration by the Public Health Advisory Board.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-673-0432; sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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Sheriff's Office Winter Driving Tips and Warming Shelter Resources
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/16 1:22 PM
Weather forecasts indicate the potential for snow and freezing rain in the Portland Metro area as well as the Columbia River Gorge overnight Wednesday and into Thursday. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to pass along the following winter driving tips and inclement weather advice;

1. Slow Down!! -- The primary cause of accidents in inclement weather are due to drivers traveling too fast and braking aggressively. Plan on extra drive time and remember posted speed limits are for dry road conditions, not snow and ice.

2. Leave extra room between your vehicle and other cars on the road. Everyone will need additional time and distance to stop in snow and ice, regardless of whether your vehicle has four wheel drive.

3. Drive slow and smooth. Sudden movements of the steering wheel or application of your brakes can cause your car to slide out of control during icy or wet conditions.

4. Be Prepared. Keep your vehicle's fuel tank full, carry a first aid kit, map, ice scraper, flashlight, tire chains, flares, tow and battery jumping cables, a folding shovel, de-icer, a blanket, winter gloves, a cell phone if you have one, and extra water and food for adults, children and pets in the event you are delayed. Remember to bring any medications that may need to be taken during the time you are away.

5. Have a plan. Make sure to tell someone where you will be traveling and update them on any changes or delays in your route.

6. Check conditions. Both road and weather conditions can change suddenly, make sure to have the most updated information possible before leaving home or work.

7. Stay home. Whenever possible, avoid traveling in severe inclement weather.

8. Check in. Make sure family and loved ones are safe and warm, and remember pets will also need additional shelter in severe weather conditions.

Warming centers are available throughout Multnomah County to those who may be without shelter. A complete list of shelters can be found by dialing 211 or at http://211info.org/emergency/.

If you see someone in need of shelter, please contact your local law enforcement agency by calling the non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333, or in the event of an emergency, dialing 911.

Our highest priority is always the safety of our community, please be cautious and aware as this severe storm moves through the area.
Oregon Disabilities Commission -- Executive Committee to meet Tuesday, December 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/07/16 12:52 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee meets Tuesday, December 20 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Human Services, 676 Church Street NE, Salem, in the large conference room on the first floor. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Announcements; public comment; Oregon Disabilities Commission business; other topics.

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

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

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:

The Oregon Disabilities Commission advocates to secure economic, social, legal and political justice for individuals with disabilities through systems change.
In order to carry out its mission, the commission:

Identifies and hears the concerns of individuals with disabilities and uses the information to prioritize public policy issues which should be addressed.
Publicizes the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities as they relate to the full achievement of economic, social, legal and political equity.
Educates and advises the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on how public policy can be improved to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.

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Strong winds, snow and ice could trigger power outages in Columbia Gorge, Portland, and Willamette Valley
Pacific Power - 12/07/16 12:47 PM
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Dec. 7, 2016

Strong winds, snow and ice could trigger power outages in Columbia Gorge, Portland, and Willamette Valley
Check your Emergency Outage Kit, charge up mobile devices, avoid any downed lines, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages and download app to stay up to date

PORTLAND, Ore. --A strong winter storm forecast to hit the area Thursday morning is set to bring snow, ice and winds powerful enough to cause power outages in Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Columbia River Gorge. Pacific Power is urging its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

"This is the kind of damaging trifecta--snow, ice, wind--that put our customers at risk for outages," said Curt Mansfield, vice president, operations. "One way we minimize interruptions to your electric service despite the storms is by paying close attention to trees near power lines. In 2016, we pruned 363,000 trees on 5,100 miles of lines investing more than $25 million to remove hazards and make the lines more resilient. Based on experience, we've anticipated and prepared for this weather and the outages that could occur by staging crews and equipment strategically so that we are able to deploy them where they are needed when the time comes."

When outages occur, Pacific Power is prepared to keep customers informed of efforts to restore service and get them through an outage.

"We are ready to assist you whenever you need help with your electric needs," said Barb Coughlin, vice president of customer service. "Before the storm arrives, please visit our website and download our mobile app to report power problems or get real time outage updates. We also have 250 agents on duty so that along with our automated systems we can handle 20,000 outage calls per hour to assist you."

Download the Pacific Power app by going to pacificpower.net/app.

Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

Flashlight
Battery-operated radio and clock
Extra batteries
Non-perishable foods
Manual can opener
Bottled water
Blankets

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, Pacific Power suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
Don't drive over downed power lines. In fact, unless necessary, don't drive as roads will be hazardous.
Turn on your porch light. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on.
Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
Keep mobile devices charged so that may be used in an emergency. Before anything happens, download the Pacific Power app to your smart device so you can have information readily available.

Pacific Power also thanks customers in advance for their patience during power outages. Crews make every effort to keep outage durations to a minimum and to restore power safely and quickly.

Customers and media representatives can also track larger scale outages online. Outages affecting more than 500 customers are posted on the Pacific Power website as soon as information is available. Updates will be made as new information becomes available or at least hourly at pacificpower.net/outage.

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Sheridan Fire's Spree of Giving (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 12/07/16 12:18 PM
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Sheridan, OR [December 7, 2016]: Each year the Sheridan Fire District Volunteers participate in the Sheridan Tree of Giving program. The Sheridan Fire District Volunteer Association has supported the Tree of giving for over five years, picking up anywhere from five to fifteen tags from the tree. This year the volunteer firefighters, with the help of a large donation by the Sheridan FCI Inmates, were able to go above and beyond to make this Christmas special for 35 children in our community. It was a sight to see as our volunteers made their way through the Dallas Walmart on a mission to find the perfect gifts to warm the hearts of children. The Dallas Walmart had a cashier set aside and shopping carts at the ready. As the morning wrapped up, baskets full and smiles all around, the crew returned to Sheridan to sort and re-bag the gifts. It was a sight to see as all the gifts, in their bags being brought into All Foiled Up. As they were putting their gifts under the tree more tags needing filled were picked up to bring the total to 45 tags worth of toys and clothing and goodies.
The Sheridan Fire District Volunteer Association would like to thank the Inmates at Sheridan FCI for their generous donation, All Foiled up, Walmart and our community for supporting the Tree of Giving program. We look forward to helping again next year.


Attached Media Files: Treegive 7 , Treegive 6 , Treegive 5 , Treegive 4 , Treegive 3 , Treegive 2 , Treegive 1
Woodland, Wa Homicide UPDATE #7: Flier to the pubic asking for help on murder case (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/07/16 12:16 PM
Det C Robinson seated, Pamquist standing
Det C Robinson seated, Pamquist standing
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Woodland Wa - Homicide Update #7

Attached is a flier that detectives will begin posting in the Woodland area later today asking for help from the public. We would appreciate if the media would post this on their websites.

The case remains very active. Several detectives from both the Cowlitz Sheriff's Office and the Woodland Police Department continue to work on leads on the case and conduct interviews process evidence.

While we decline to be specific, we are encouraged with some of the initial results that we have received from the crime lab.

We often get asked if we have a "Suspect(s)" or a "Person(s) of Interest". These terms and labels have often times led to misunderstandings in other cases so rather than use terms that could misinform the public, we are simply stating that we are actively following up leads and contacting people who have information on the case. We will remain open minded about motives of this crime and we will take the investigation where the evidence and facts lead us.

We will continue to provide information to the media and public as we have in the past and as it helps solve this case.


#6 - 11-25-16 1:00 p.m.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's office is releasing a photo of Donald "Donny" W. Howard (62yrs) who was murdered last Tuesday.

"Donny" Howard was known to frequently fish on the Lewis River near the hatchery. He would go there very early in the morning and was known to sell his home-made lead fishing weights. He would often pick up cans and trash on the river and alongside the road as well. He usually drove a dark colored Ford Ranger pickup truck that had a canopy. Donny was 5'6" and 300lbs (Photo Attached).

We are releasing this information in hopes that anyone who had contact with him between Saturday November 19th and early Tuesday November 22nd will call the Sheriff's Office and leave a message for Sgt. Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092.

It is important for the media to (please) advise the public that they can remain anonymous by using their smart phones and text a tip using the "TIP411" APP on their smart phone, and make it attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. OR, they can also send the tip directly to us without the APP by sending a text to 847411 and listing "CCSOTIP" in the subject line.
(DOL Photo will also be attached).

(CCD Rosenzweig available by phone and email).
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#5:11-24-16 1:00 a.m. Detectives concluded their examination at the scene shortly after midnight. They also attended the autopsy and collected additional evidence at that time. The Coroner has identified the victim as Donald William Howard, 62 years of age. Mr. Howard resided at the residence where the homicide took place.

CCD Rosenzweig states "We have received several tips from the public and we are grateful that people have contacted us. We are encouraging the public to contact Sgt. Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092 especially if anyone had seen or had contact with Mr. Howard on Sunday or Monday. This case is very active and we will continue to work on this with as much resources as are available. The public can also provide tips anonymously by using the "TIP411" APP on their smart phone and make the text attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office".

CCD Rosenzweig will not be available for contact until after 10am on Thursday. we will not be providing media release unless new important information develops.
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11-23-16 3:30p.m. Investigators are still on scene with the state crime lab. There is an autopsy schedules for later tonight, which detectives will attend. It will be up to the coroner to determine what will be released relating to the ID of the victim and cause and manner of death.

We continue to receive very helpful tips from the public and we really need for the media to stress the importance of helping the public know that they can provide tips anonymously by using their smart phones and the "TIP411" app and make it attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

CCD Rosenzweig

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#3 11-22-16 10:30p

The victim has been turned over to the Cowlitz County Coroner. (The date and time for an autopsy is not firmed up yet but will be soon.)

Detectives are still on scene but will be taking a break tonight. Other deputies will provide security throughout the night; and detectives will be on scene tomorrow most of the day.

We appreciate the information that the public as provided so far and we encourage anyone who has information related to this case that has not talked with a detective to leave a message for Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman at the Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092.
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Previous update #2 below....

Attached picture of lead Cowlitz Sheriff detective Cory Robinson (seated) and Woodland detective Dustin Palmquist reviewing pictures taken from the scene...

Cowlitz Sheriff, Woodland Police and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab team continue to process the scene; which includes examining, collecting and preserving evidence. They are also in the process of interview neighbors and other people who have information that may be related to the investigation.

At this point we can confirm that there is a deceased male in the house. There was a fire that was intentionally set in the house that the fire department quickly extinguished. There are other circumstaances about this case that cause detectives to believe this is a homicide and we are treating the case as such.

We are not releasing the name of the victim, the cause of death, or very many details as we are still very early in to this investigation.

We understand that there is an interest to know details surrounding the death of the victim but we do not want to release details that would compromise the investigation.

We want to stress that it is very important for anyone who has any information that may relate to this case to call Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman and leave a message. He can be reached at 360-577-3092.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can do so by using a smart phone app called "tip411". Tipsters need to look for the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and send the tip to us using this "app". The service makes the tipster completely anonymous to us.

CCD Rosenzweig has been available by phone and will continue to be available to the media to answer and many questions as possible. (phone number below).


Attached Media Files: 2016-12/1503/99454/Flier_-_Information_sought_in_Murder_(2).docx , Det C Robinson seated, Pamquist standing , 2016-11/1503/99454/Howard_DOL.jpg
Nominate Local Heroes to be Honored by the Red Cross
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/07/16 12:10 PM
The Red Cross is asking Portland-metro and Southwest Washington community members to nominate local people who have done extraordinary things to help others to be recognized at the Red Cross Hero Awards in March.

PORTLAND, Ore. December 7, 2016 -- The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington is asking members of the Portland-metro and Southwest Washington community to celebrate heroic actions and nominate local heroes for a Red Cross Hero Award by Friday, December 16.

Award recipients will be honored at the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on March 24, 2017.

"We all know a hero -- someone who has made an incredible difference in our community," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "This is an opportunity to thank the heroes in our community for their lifesaving actions and to honor them at an important time in our history."

This year, the Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington celebrates 100 years of service in the region and 20 years of recognizing heroes in our local community at the Heroes Breakfast.

Nominate heroes online by submitting a form online at redcross.org/Heroes2017. You may also download and complete a form from the same web address and email it to vchapman@uis-usa.com.

Hundreds of local heroes have been bestowed the prestigious Hero Award honor in the past 20 years, including award recipients like Jacob Keesee, a teenager who aided a stranger suffering a seizure; Anson and Angela Service, who located a motorcyclist who had been injured in an accident and stranded on a rural road for more than 24 hours; or Officer David Bone, a police officer who delivered a baby just moments after a distressed woman flagged him down for help. Click here to view the stories of other past Red Cross Hero Award winners.

Hero Award nominees must live, work or be stationed in the Portland-metro or Southwest Washington area or the extraordinary action must have occurred in this area.

Nomination forms must be received by Friday, December 16, 2016 to be considered for recognition of individuals who have performed a single act of heroism sometime between December 1, 2015 and December 1, 2016.

Nominate heroes in the following categories:

ADULT GOOD SAMARITAN HERO: presented to an individual who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

YOUTH GOOD SAMARITAN HERO (Under 21): presented to an outstanding young person who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

BLOOD HERO: presented to an individual whose commitment to blood and platelet donation played a significant role in ensuring the health of patients in our local community and throughout the country.

WORKPLACE HERO: presented to an individual who displayed leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive and significant impact in the workplace.

MILITARY HERO: presented to an active, reserve or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC or civilian that has made a significant impact in the military community.

EDUCATIONAL HERO: presented to an individual whose commitment to training or educating others in lifesaving areas such as CPR, disaster preparedness, fire prevention, etc. has made a significant impact on another individual or the broader community.

MEDICAL RESCUE: presented to an individual who took life-saving action upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

PROFESSIONAL RESCUE HERO: presented to an individual or group of the public service community (EMS, firefighter, law enforcement, etc.) that went above and beyond the call of duty.

ANIMAL RESCUE HERO: presented to a person who saved the life of an animal or an animal that saved a person or other animal.

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


Attached Media Files: Heroes Breakfast Nomination News Release
Linn County Deputies Arrest a Man for Burglary and Stolen Vehicles
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/07/16 12:09 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on December 5, 2016, at 9:00 p.m., deputies arrested Ryker Tyson Joyner, 20, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, in connection to a burglary and a string of stolen vehicles. The initial call, on December 3, 2016, involved a burglary, stolen vehicle and suspicious vehicle in the 34100 block of Riverside Drive, Albany.

On December 3, at 7:15 a.m., deputies responded to the Riverside Drive location and contacted the home owner who reported a suspicious 2001 Ford pick-up on his property and that his 2013 Dodge Crew Cab pick-up was stolen. He also reported several of his out buildings appeared to have been entered, but nothing was damaged or taken.

Deputies contacted the owner of the 2001 Ford pick-up left on Riverside Drive and learned it was stolen from a work site in the 31400 block of Highway 34.

Later that day, the Sheriff's Office was notified by the Grants Pass Pubic Safety Dispatch Center that the 2013 Dodge pick-up, stolen from Riverside Drive, had been involved in an elude after a gas theft. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested Joyner for Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and Attempted to Elude.

On December 5, 2016, deputies responded to another report of a stolen vehicle in a field near the Hwy 34 and I-5 interchange. Deputies determined the vehicle, a Jeep Compass, was stolen from West Valley City, Utah, on December 1, 2016. Deputies located evidence within the vehicle indicating Joyner had been in possession of the Jeep.

Linn County deputies contacted Joyner at the Josephine County Jail, where he was arrested and then transported to the Linn County jail on five counts of Burglary II, Unlawful Possession of Vehicle, Unlawful Use of Vehicle, two counts of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft III, and Criminal Trespass II.

Anyone with additional information or may be a victim is encouraged to contact the Linn County Sheriff's Office at 541-967-3950. This investigation is continuing.
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Annual Women Build Tea Raises over $14,000
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 12/07/16 11:31 AM
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's 6th Annual Women Build Tea was attended by over 100 people and raised over $14,000 on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program and be used to build the next home through this program.

"The annual Women Build Tea is such a special event for us. It is a great way to bring the women in our community together for such a wonderful cause. The success of the event is so heartwarming and is due to the hard work of some fabulous women in our community." Says Linda Reid, long time member of the Women Build Committee.

The festivities were held in the beautifully restored Artillery Barracks in Historic Fort Vancouver from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Delicious Dishes catered the event and served a wonderful assortment of festive holiday treats.

Betsy Henning, Founder and CEO of AHA, a creative agency that is one of the largest women-owned businesses in the Portland, Oregon area, was this year's keynote speaker. Henning was dynamic and engaging as she recounted her trials and triumphs building her own business from a small, in-home operation, to what it is today by sticking to her three promises: Do good work, have fun doing it, and leave time for everything else.

The mission of the Women Build program is to empower women to take action against poverty housing conditions by nurturing, recruitment and the training of women to build simple, decent, affordable homes. Women from all walks of life are brought together to address in a concrete way the housing crisis facing families in our community. This is done by supporting the mission with our time, energy and financial support.

Thank you to our sponsors of the event: Parr Lumber, Waste Connections, Banner Bank, Shonna Roberts of Premiere Property Group, LLC., Excavation Rental Services, Providence Health and Services, StoneRidge Homes, and the Law Offices of Loren S. Etengoff.

Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours.
New tool provides interactive map of Oregon schools, easy access to school drinking water test data
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/16 11:30 AM
December 7, 2016

Editor's note: Please contact local school districts with questions about school-specific test results

PORTLAND, Ore. ---- State health and education officials have launched a database for accessing water test results for lead in Oregon schools. The tool provides an interactive map of Oregon and displays results for individual school buildings across the state.

The mapping tool acts as a one-time source for sharing information as schools transition from providing individual test results on their websites to submitting Healthy and Safe School Facilities plans to the Oregon Department of Education in 2017. It is scheduled to remain online until the end of the current 2016-17 school year and is not intended to replace communication with school staff or administrators. Parents and others should direct questions about testing results to their local district.

Schools were not statutorily required to submit test results.

"Our schools are a launch pad for learning and development, which is why healthy schools are critical to supporting the well-being of Oregon children," said Lillian Shirley, the director of the Public Health Division at the Oregon Health Authority. "This tool allows us to share preliminary school lead in water results clearly, and reflects our commitment to transparency."

With increased attention to lead in water in Oregon's public school facilities, Governor Kate Brown last spring requested that OHA and ODE review existing state programs and create a plan to address lead in school water and other environmental concerns.

"This database is an accessible and transparent resource for augmenting information that school districts are already sharing with their communities," said Rick Crager, ODE assistant superintendent of finance and administration.

Curtis Cude, OHA's environmental public health surveillance program manager agreed.

"We expect a range of community members----whether parents, school staff, or state officials----will be interested in learning more about the challenges and opportunities experienced by local schools," Cude said.

Cude said state officials acknowledge that lead testing data is technical and can be difficult to understand, so in addition to a navigable map, they are providing a FAQ to help translate and decipher testing results and a video tutorial for how to use the map.

Since spring 2016 state officials have launched a series of strategies to address environmental public health challenges in Oregon schools. While state agencies do not have statutory authority to mandate testing for lead in school drinking water, it has been strongly recommended that all schools test their facilities. ODE adopted new rules requiring schools to create Healthy and Safe Schools (HSS) plans by 2017, requiring that schools create a plan to test drinking water for lead. The HSS plan also serves as a one-stop document for environmental health plans guiding testing for radon, integrated pest management, and reduced exposure to lead paint.

The state's Early Learning Council has convened a work group to examine strategies for reducing lead exposure in child care facilities, and is scheduled to provide a recommendation regarding testing next month.

OHA, ODE and the Governor's Office continue to partner to provide technical and policy assistance to school officials. Community members and others can access the OHA-hosted Healthy School Facilities web page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/HealthySchoolFacilities/Pages/index.aspx to learn more about healthy learning environments and lead testing in Oregon.

For more information:

-- Drinking Water Test Results for Oregon Schools interactive map at http://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=6a4f2b6001bd474ca7d0a7f0c2552f57

-- Map FAQ at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/HealthySchoolFacilities/Documents/understanding-school-drinking-water-data.pdf

-- Video tutorial for map at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXrn_BKyPv8

-- Healthy School Facilities webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9bBd0vmQHU

-- Healthy School Facilities web page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/HealthySchoolFacilities/Pages/index.aspx

-- Oregon Department of Education at http://www.ode.state.or.us/home/

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Habitat for Humanity hands the keys to a new family
Habitat for Humanity Mid-Willamette Valley - 12/07/16 10:53 AM
Salem, Ore -- Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley is dedicating a newly built home on Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. for the Najar-Cisneros family. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend.

Single mom, Estela Cisneros, has been working with other volunteers on the new home for herself and her two young children at 916 Fuller Lane SE in Salem. "Getting in before Christmas is such a blessing", Estela said.

Ron Mohr of Thrivent Financial will speak briefly at the ceremony. Habitat and the family are so thankful to Thrivent Financial for donating $93,000 toward the home.

Also speaking will be family advocate, Beth Peak, and Habitat Executive Director, Jerry Ambris. Construction Manager, Dave Connell will hand over the keys to the home and many gifts will be given to the family from local churches, Grocery Outlet, LifeSource Natural Foods, and volunteers.

Snacks will be provided by Roths and volunteers.Tours of the home will be provided for those who are interested.

Habitat for Humanity strives to help families become homeowners and achieve the independence they need to provide a better life for themselves and their families.

For information about qualifying and applying for a home, donating or volunteering, please call 503-364-6642 or visit the website at www.salemhabitat.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-12/5198/99844/NR008_Cisneros_home_dedications.docx
Battle Ground Police Dept. Investigates Report of Voyeurism, Seeks Public's Help to ID Suspect (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 12/07/16 10:10 AM
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UPDATE 12-7-2016 The suspect in this case has been identified and police are completing the investigation. The BGPD thanks the public and the media for their assistance in the case.

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The Battle Ground Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the subject in the attached pictures.

A female employee of the Battle Ground Walmart store informed officers last night, December 5th, that she was using the women's restroom in the store when she discovered the subject taking pictures of her through a gap in the stall door. Once discovered the suspect walked to an unknown location. He was found by store employees a short time later in a stall of the same women's restroom. Store employees reported that when they approached and questioned him about the incident, he immediately left the store.

The incident occurred last night, December 5th, between approximately 6:30 and 7:10 pm. Employees described the suspect as an 18 -- 20 year old white male, average build, scruffy, wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans, brown work boots and a Metal Mulisha hat. He was seen leaving the parking lot in the pictured older model, small, dark truck without a bed, perhaps a flatbed in-the-making.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or who may be aware of similar incidents is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Aaron Kanooth at (360) 342-5254 or via email at aaron.kanooth@cityofbg.org You may also leave an anonymous tip at www.cityofbg.rg/tips.


Attached Media Files: Suspect Vehicle , Suspect , Suspect
Mascots for Kettles Today -- Timber Joey, Wally Pilot (University of Portland) & Chipper (Oaks Amusement Park) Bell Ringing
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/07/16 9:34 AM
(Portland, OR) December 7, 2016 -- Three local mascots are rooting for the same team today - The Salvation Army. Timber Joey with the Portland Timbers, Wally Pilot of the University of Portland, and Chipper from Oaks Amusement Park will be bell ringing today, December 7, 2016, at the Hollywood District Fred Meyer (3030 NE Weidler Street, Portland, OR 97232), from 11am-1pm. Stop by to meet them, and make sure to show your support by making a donation to their kettle. Shoppers and fans will be greeted by these well-known mascots and a Salvation Army brass band playing holiday favorites.

The Salvation Army raises over 50% of its operating funds for the entire year during the months from October through December. This is why it is so important to have a successful kettle season.

If you can't make it to the Mascot Bell Ringing Day, you can make a donation to The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign by dropping in coins or cash at your local kettle. Or you can also visit portland.salvationarmy.org to make a secure donation online.

If you would like to fundraise on behalf of The Salvation Army, visit redkettlereason.org to start raising money for a cause you believe in.


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
City of Salem Will Hold a Special Election on March 14, 2017 to Fill Vacant Ward 6 Position
City of Salem - 12/07/16 9:30 AM
At the December 5, 2016, City Council meeting, the Salem City Council designated March 14, 2017, as the date for a special election to fill the vacant Ward 6 position. This special election will occur only within Ward 6. A map of Ward 6 boundaries can be found on the City's website at bit.ly/ward-6.

Those interested in running for this position must submit their nominating petitions to the City Recorder by 4:00 p.m., January 3, 2017. For more information please contact the Salem City Recorder's office CityRecorder@cityofsalem.net, 503-588-6091 or visit bit.ly/salem-elections.

To qualify for the ballot a prospective candidate must:
Be a resident of Ward 6 for at least 12 months prior to being elected,
Be an active registered voter, and
Obtain 50 signatures from active registered voters within Ward 6 on a nominating petition.

The Salem City Council declared the Ward 6 position vacant at the November 28, 2016, City Council meeting following the resignation of former City Councilor Daniel Benjamin.

According to Section 20 of the City Charter, when there is a vacancy, the vacancy shall be filled at a special election at the next available date if there is more than one year to the next primary election. The next primary election for this position is in May 2018.

Those wishing to register to vote may do so online at the Oregon Secretary of State's My Vote portal, in person at the Marion County Elections Office, or by filling out and mailing an Oregon Voter Registration Card to the Marion County Elections Office.

Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503 588-6178.
Family fun, learning offered at STEAM Maker Fair
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 12/07/16 9:30 AM
Learners of all ages are invited to attend Vancouver iTech Preparatory's upcoming Maker Fair. Under the guidance of iTech instructors, participants will use science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, known collectively as STEAM, to create custom ornaments. Participants may modify pre-made templates or create their own designs by following the directions at http://bit.ly/2fMTEQF. The first 300 participants' ornaments also will have embedded blinking lights.

When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Jim Parsley Community Center, 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, WA 98661 (enter from Plomondon Road)

Cost: Free. Canned food donations are gladly accepted and will benefit families around the district.

Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/itechmakerfair or by emailing iTech Outreach Coordinator Natalie Powell at natalie.powell@vansd.org

This event is open to the public.
DHS Employment First offers innovation grants
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/07/16 9:11 AM
Department of Human Services' Employment First initiative is offering the opportunity for local providers and agencies to apply for grants to fund new, creative and innovative ideas to increase collaboration and build capacity for employment services to people with developmental disabilities.

The purpose of these "mini-grants" is to expand the efforts to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Oregon Legislature awarded funding in the 2015-17 session in a Policy Option Package to fund innovative Employment First projects to increase capacity for employment services throughout the state. A total of $800,000 is available, which will be awarded in various amounts depending on the scope of the proposals.

Local Employment First teams, Vocational Rehabilitation branches, Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (CDDPs) and developmental disabilities brokerages, local education agencies, family groups or networks, or employers are encouraged to apply as partnering agencies. While a variety of agencies or entities may apply, it is required that more than one entity must apply to demonstrate local collaboration.

Employment First is seeking local agencies and entities with innovative ideas and projects for building employment capacity and collaboration. While these grants are not limited to the following examples, some ideas include: training for teachers who want to become job developers; innovative ideas on helping with transportation barriers for people with disabilities; and employer or family networking events in local communities aimed at promoting employment for people with developmental disabilities.

Many more examples are listed in the full Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) under RFGP titled "DHS-4281-16 Innovative Employment First Services" at: http://orpin.oregon.gov
The minimum requirement for proposals is that the project includes clear deliverables, is not already funded through state or local resources, improves employment services for individuals with I/DD, and must be sustainable if it is intended to continue.

Grant proposals are due by 3 p.m. March 2, 2017. Any questions about this Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) must be directed to Lesley Erickson at: lesley.g.erickson@state.or.us or 503-945-6698.
WSU Vancouver brings "A Radio Christmas Carol" to Kiggins Theatre
WSU Vancouver - 12/07/16 9:03 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A live performance of the radio drama "A Radio Christmas Carol" will take place again this year at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, Wash.

The annual performance is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in WSU Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture Program. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public with donation of a nonperishable food item for the Clark County Food Bank.

Adapted from the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol," the performance features the Willamette Radio Workshop, directed by Sam A. Mowry.

"The performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop will be entertaining, but it will also remind us of problems such as hunger and homelessness, which are still with us," Barber said. "Community needs are greater at this time of year."

The Willamette Radio Workshop reenacts radio dramas from the golden age of radio in front of live audiences. "A Radio Christmas Carol" will feature voice actors and Foley sound artists.

Each of Barber's Re-Imagined Radio productions begins with a live re-creation of a historic radio drama. Digital and multimedia components are added to increase opportunities for audience engagement with the narrative. For more information about the project, visit nouspace.net/john/archive/reimaginedradio/reimagined-radio.html.

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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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/06/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/07/16 8:31 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/06/2016

ESTACADA:

1C 2016-2071

On 12/06/2016 at about 1227 hrs., police took a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 300 block of SE Highway 224. A report was taken.

SANDY:

18 2016-2073

On 12-06-2016, at 1351 hrs., police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 18000 block of Dahlager Street. Officers arrived and found a truck with switched plates. The plates were seized, and a nearby camper was posted with a tow warning. Later that evening, someone placed the camper on a truck and left the area with it.

18 2016-CAD

On 12/6/2016 at about 1530 hrs., a citizen brought in some found ammunition and suspected expired simultation ordinance to the Sandy Police Department for disposal. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2077

On 12/06/2016 at about 1920 hrs., police received a phone report about a hit and run motor vehicle collision that had occurred between 1530 and 1915 hrs. on the same date. A report was taken.

18 2016-2079

On 12/07/2016 at 0148 hrs., police were called to a disturbance in the 17000 block of Strauss Avenue. The suspect left the scene prior to police arrival and a report was taken. The case is under investigation.
Winner of 2017 Beaverton Startup Challenge Announced (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 12/07/16 8:29 AM
Recent studies show that Hispanics are ahead of the curve when it comes to adoption of new mobile devices and use of mobile apps. The Versi team saw the need to develop an app that serves the Latino community. Versi helps users easily and quickly find ser
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The second annual Beaverton Startup Challenge drew nearly 40 applications from startups interested in taking their business to the next level. The challenge was first launched in 2016 by the City of Beaverton and the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC). The five winners of the 2017 challenge are:


BrightWork -- An all-in-one platform that allows developers to build JavaScript applications easier and faster (www.brightwork.io)
Cross Connection Control -- Provides a complete, simplified workflow for managing backflow testing businesses and their customers (www.crossedconnectioncontrol.com)
Liquid Wire -- Develops and produces flexible conductive metal gels which can be printed onto any substrate for use in the smart clothing and wearable tech electronic markets (www.liquidqwire.com)
Omics Data Automation -- Focuses on precision medicine and related services. Advances in clinical imaging, genetic sequencing and data science created a huge demand for scalable and efficient computing infrastructure that supports creating fast, personalized solutions for cancer and other diseases (www.omicsautomation.com)
Versi App -- A "Yelp-like" digital directory using a mobile app that allows businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to promote their products, services, programs and community resources to the growing Latino market (www.versiapp.com)


"Beaverton is a hub for the startup community in the greater Metro region," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "With the mentorship of OTBC, funding from the city and Westside Startup Fund, we're pleased to be welcoming and supportive of these five companies."


For-profit, early-stage growth businesses with the ambition and potential to scale into national and international markets were encouraged to apply. The five startups earned:


$20,000 or more cash convertible-note investment
Regular meetings with active investors
Discounted legal and accounting services
HR and marketing assistance
OTBC's top-rated coaching and mentoring services
OTBC entrepreneur workshops, and more


ABOUT OTBC
The Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) is a decade-old nonprofit tech startup incubator that provides coaching, networking events, entrepreneurship programs and shared office space to help startup ventures succeed.


In 10 years, 80 new companies have been created and 125-plus high-wage jobs, with client startups generating $30 million-plus in annual revenue. According to a 2013 Oregon Founders Study, OTBC is the highest-rated incubator in Oregon for effectiveness in its mentoring programs--providing a unique combination of CEO mentoring, referrals to a large network of founders and domain experts and practical how-to entrepreneur workshops and videos. The hands-on attention and nurturing business environment helps startups become successful businesses.
The City of Beaverton is a founding sponsor and the OTBC facility is conveniently located across the street from the Beaverton Central MAX station, with free parking and easy access to Highway 217.


For more information, visit www.otbc.org.


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

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #16-29 - Vancouver Shooting
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 12/07/16 8:00 AM
The Vancouver Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect in a shooting that injured two people.

On December 1, 2016, at approximately 12:52 a.m., Vancouver Police Department officers responded to a shooting at the Quarter Deck Bar, located at 4300 East Fourth Plain Boulevard. Information received by investigators indicates that an unknown suspect fired into the bar from outside, hitting two patrons. One person received a significant injury; the other suffered a non-life threatening injury.

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

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Single Vehicle Crash Takes the Life of a Grants Pass Man - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/06/16 7:44 PM
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On December 6, 2016, at about 4:17 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 140 East, near milepost 29 (east of Klamath Falls).

Preliminary information indicates a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound when it left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest off the roadway and the operator, Kyle Justin STANTON, age 20, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adverse weather conditions may have been a contributing factor.

Highway 140 East was reduced to one lane for approximately three hours while the investigation was conducted and the vehicle recovered. OSP was assisted by Bonanza Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.

OSP reminds drivers that winter conditions are now upon us and to travel with extreme care. SLOW DOWN and check the emergency equipment in your vehicles including the safety equipment needed such as chains and snow tires to travel into Oregon's snow zones.

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Arrest Made in Tualatin Stabbing Incident
Tualatin Police Dept. - 12/06/16 4:34 PM
On Saturday, November 26, 2016, at approximately 4:45pm Tualatin Police responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of the Woodridge Apartments, located at 11999 SW Tualatin Road, in Tualatin.

When officers arrived they learned that physical fight between two males resulted in one male getting stabbed in the stomach and buttocks by the other male. The victim of the stabbing was taken to Meridian Park Hospital by friends, prior to police arrival. Meridian Park Hospital later transferred the victim to Emmanuel Hospital. The suspect was no longer at the scene when police arrived.

Tualatin Police obtained statements from witnesses at the scene and the victim at the hospital. Officers and detectives from Tualatin Police Department conducted a follow-up investigation and identified the suspect as Samuel Corey Long, 34 years of age, of Grants Pass.

On December 2, 2016, Tualatin Detectives received information that led them to Mr. Long's whereabouts in Portland. With the assistance of Portland Police Bureau, Tualatin Detectives took Mr. Long into custody without incident. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail where he was charged with first degree aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon. A booking photo can be obtained through the jail.

Nothing further at this time.


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Update: Gresham Man Arrested for Sexual Assault (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 12/06/16 4:20 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore.-- Investigators are crediting the public for helping to identify Orion Storm Mears as the suspect now accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Gresham woman last Wednesday. Following tips from multiple sources, officers assigned to Gresham's Neighborhood Enforcement Team arrested Mears just before 10:30 a.m. today in the 14500 block of SE Division St., Portland.

Mears, 25, is known to police as someone experiencing homelessness in southeast Gresham. At the time of his arrest, he was wanted for probation violation warrants related to two 2015 cases involving burglary and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.

Mears is facing a multitude of charges related to the assault that occurred in the 2800 block of SE Powell Valley Rd. at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Nov. 30. The victim was walking to work when she was approached, forced off the sidewalk, and assaulted.

Mears is being lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center, charged with first degree Rape, first degree Sodomy, first degree Kidnapping and first degree Robbery.

Anyone who has information pertinent to this case is asked to call Detective Scott Hogan at 503.618.3141.

No further information is available at this time.

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Prairie High School Air Force JROTC cadets partner with local restaurant to unite combat veterans with service dogs (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 12/06/16 4:18 PM
From left: cadets Heather Lee, Nate Garate, and the Corps Commander Nikki Willson, along with Russell Brent and combat veteran Travis Cottrell with his NWBB dog, Ranger.
From left: cadets Heather Lee, Nate Garate, and the Corps Commander Nikki Willson, along with Russell Brent and combat veteran Travis Cottrell with his NWBB dog, Ranger.
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Prairie High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets sponsored a charity drive to highlight and support Northwest Battle Buddies (NWBB), a nonprofit that trains and pairs service dogs with combat veterans who are living with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The campaign lasted from Nov. 1 to Nov. 11, culminating in a pancake breakfast on Veterans Day sponsored by Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground. All veterans were invited to eat for free at the event, while the public was asked for a minimum donation of $5. All of the donations and proceeds collected from the breakfast were donated to NWBB.

On Monday, Dec. 5, a check for $1,380 was presented to NWBB from Russell Brent and the cadets from Prairie High School. Special thanks to Russell Brent and Mill Creek Pub for supplying the food and workers from his restaurant to support our veterans!


Attached Media Files: From left: cadets Heather Lee, Nate Garate, and the Corps Commander Nikki Willson, along with Russell Brent and combat veteran Travis Cottrell with his NWBB dog, Ranger.
Save the Date: January 20, 2017 - DHS Stakeholder/Partner Meeting in Salem re: Legislative & Budget Matters
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/06/16 3:46 PM
SAVE THE DATE: You are invited to join us on Friday, January 20, 2017
for a DHS stakeholder/partner meeting and conference call about upcoming legislative and budget issues

Join DHS Director Clyde Saiki and members of the DHS Executive Team for a brief presentation and discussion, including program updates, legislative issues and budget news. Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Friday, January 20th
Salem -- Human Services Building (500 Summer Street NE, Rooms 137A-B-C-D)
1:30 pm -- 3:00 pm

More information coming after the first of the year!

Questions? Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
Media invited to Cowlitz Sheriff Use of Force training: News Reporter equipped with Taser.....
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/06/16 3:38 PM
Cowlitz County, Wa: - The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is inviting the media to a "Use of Force" training event scheduled for next Wednesday December 14th at 1:00 p.m.

We will be putting reporter Lauren Kronebusch of TDN (Longview Daily News) through the same type of scenarios that law enforcement officers receive. We will equip her with a (real) Taser and an airsoft pistol. During training scenarios she will have to choose whether to use force, or not, and whether that should include the Taser, the pistol or neither.

The event will begin with a discussion on the laws and court rulings that relate to an Officers decision to use force. It will also cover some of the recently learned scientific research in to the movement and time as it relates to the bio-mechanics of the action and reaction of the use of force. We will also review video of real life Officer Involved Shootings and briefly discuss the decisions that Officers typically think about in these situations.

Several trainers, supervisors and leaders of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office recently attended a training seminar conducted by the Force Science Institute in Walla Walla Washington. Members of the media are encouraged to look at their research by visiting http://www.forcescience.org/ They have made a considerable amount of their research available on their website.

It would be helpful for media to RSVP to CCD Rosenzweig by email at rosenzweigc@co.cowlitz.wa.us before Tuesday the 12th.

Location/Parking: This will take place at the Cowlitz Search and Rescue "Rizad" complex, located at 1800 Western Ln, Kelso, Washington. Parking is very limited. There is no room for large media trucks at this location. The Three Rivers Mall is located less than half a mile away.
Sherwood Receives Budget Award from GFOA for FY2015-16
City of Sherwood - 12/06/16 3:35 PM
Sherwood Receives Budget Award from GFOA
City has Achieved Recognition for 14th Straight Year

The City of Sherwood has received notification from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada that the City has been awarded the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current year's budget. The award represents a significant achievement for the city since it reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

In order to receive the award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as 1) a policy document, 2) a financial plan, 3) an operations guide, and 4) a communications device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

"Congratulations to our staff in achieving this national recognition for our budget," states Joseph Gall, City Manager. "Our Finance Director Katie Henry and her staff will continue to make improvements in our annual budgeting process but this recognition confirms that we continue to head in the right direction."

For budgets in fiscal period 2015-16, there were 1,565 entities received the award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide and an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

For more information about this recognition, please feel free to contact at Katie Henry, Finance Director at henryk@sherwoodoregon.gov or by phone at 503.625.4248.
ODOT employee seriously injured in Highway 35 Crash - Hood River County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/06/16 2:58 PM
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On December 4, 2016 at about 3:09 p.m., OSP Troopers, Hood River County Deputies and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash involving a passenger car and an ODOT employee, who was struck by the vehicle near milepost 73 south of Parkdale.

Preliminary investigation revealed, a white 2005 Toyota Scion was travelling south on Highway 35 when the driver came across the scene of another crash and lost control of her vehicle striking an ODOT employee, who was standing on the shoulder of the highway. The Driver of the Toyota, identified as Lucia ACEVEDO MARTINEZ, age 25, and the passenger identified as Jose Melecio BARRAGAN CRUZ, age 26, were not injured. (Both of Vancouver, WA)

The Oregon Department of Transportation employee Stephen Capps, age 65 of Hood River, was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening but serious injuries.

Just prior to the crash involving Martinez and Capps, another SUV had lost control and rolled over on the shoulder of the highway. The driver of that vehicle identified as Nicholas Michael MAGAURN, age 29, from Portland, and passenger Edward Girard LEVESQUE III, age 30, from Beaverton, escaped uninjured.

MAGAURN who witnessed Martinez hit Capps, was just able to avoid the collision by jumping out of the way after Capps had stopped to check on him and LEVESQUE.

Highway 35 remained open during the investigation and icy conditions are being investigated as the contributing factor in the crashes. OSP was assisted by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Parkdale fire and other emergency responders.

OSP reminds drivers that winter conditions are now upon us and to travel with extreme care. SLOW DOWN and check the emergency equipment in your vehicles including the safety equipment needed such as chains and snow tires to travel into Oregon's snow zones.

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Lebanon Battles Second Vacant House Fire In Five Days (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 12/06/16 1:43 PM
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Firefighters in Lebanon had to quickly switch from fighting fire to evacuating a neighborhood on Tuesday morning when a natural gas leak threatened the scene. Firefighters were dispatched at 3:53 a.m. to 543 W. Ash Street. At 3:57 a.m. the first arriving unit described a single-family dwelling with heavy fire from the rear of the structure. A second alarm was called at 4:00 a.m., as the Lebanon Fire District was short one 2-person crew which was on a non-emergency transfer from Lebanon Community Hospital to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. The additional alarm brought an engine and a truck from the Albany Fire Department to the scene to assist Lebanon's two engine companies and brought engines from Sweet Home, Brownsville, and Scio to cover the fire district while crews worked the Ash Street fire. A medic unit from Albany was also brought to Lebanon to provide ambulance coverage to the district until the Lebanon medic unit returned from Corvallis.

As crews began to stretch hoses to the rear of the structure they reported hearing the telltale sound of a natural gas line venting at high pressure. Closer investigation revealed that a gas meter, later determined to be a riser line, was engulfed in fire. One team of firefighters was assigned to closely monitor the burning gas line which isn't inherently dangerous when on fire and the NW Natural Gas Company was called to the scene. Lebanon Fire District Division Chief Jason Bolen describes the reasoning behind allowing the gas line to burn. "Essentially it's similar to lighting your gas stove at home." he says. "Turn on the gas, light the burner, and the flame consumes the gas being expelled with little negative effects. However, if you turn on the gas but never get the burner lit the gas will pool and disperse throughout the area and potentially find its own ignition source. When that happens, a large explosion is likely."

Firefighters continued to watch the gas line fire while other crews battled the blaze within the approximately 900 square foot structure. Crews were nearly at a point of containing the fire when the gas line fire suddenly self-extinguished. As high-pressure natural gas began to fill the air the Incident Commander quickly called all crews away from the scene and began an immediate evacuation of an approximately 300-foot radius around the fire building. Residents were in the process of being evacuated to the intersection of 5th and Ash Streets as fire authorities contacted the City of Lebanon to request buses for temporary warmth and shelter. A crew from NW Natural had just arrived on the scene and quickly worked to hand dig their way to the gas supply line in the front yard of the residence. Once they reached the line they were able to clamp off the supply of gas and secure the leak. Residents were allowed to return to their homes and firefighters resumed suppression operations.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and members of the Lebanon Fire Investigation Team have convened on the scene to conduct a formal investigation. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and it was insured, according to the property owner. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries to report. 10 Lebanon units and 15 personnel responded to the scene. Damage was contained to the building of origin with the exception of a broken window on the second story of a neighboring home which cracked from the radiant heat of the fire. The home value was estimated at $92,000. Firefighters were on scene for approximately four hours. Anyone with information about this fire should contact Division Chief Jason Bolen at the Lebanon Fire District, 541-451-1901.

For HD photos of this and other LFD fire scenes visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/

For HD video of this and other LFD incidents please subscribe to the LFD YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg


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Armed Robbery - Hazel Dell store
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/06/16 1:21 PM
Case Number 16-12511 At approximately 20:30 Hrs. 12/5/2016, sheriff's deputies responded to the El Pueblito Mexican Store located at 7817 NE Highway 99 on a reported armed robbery. The store clerk reported that a black male adult described as 5'08" tall very skinny mid 20's age pointed a rifle at the clerk while the second suspect, described as a white male also about 5'08" with a slight build mid 20's age came across the sales counter and grabbed cash from the cash register. Both suspects wore light colored "hoody" style sweatshirts and dark jeans. After taking the money, both suspects fled. It's believed they may have been driving a gray sedan, possibly a Honda Accord which was observed speeding away from the scene. No one was injured in the encounter. An area check for the suspects was unsuccessful.
MEDIA ALERT: Oregon Tsunami Conference Brings Coastal Communities Together to Plan, Learn and Share (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 12/06/16 12:05 PM
The Oregon Tsunami Conference explores the latest science and aims to create resilience in Oregon's coastal communities. The event is coordinated by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and the Nati
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NOTE: This event is not open to the public but media interview opportunities with Althea Rizzo (OEM Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator) and other Day 1 speakers are available beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. To arrange an interview, please contact Paula Fasano Negele at (503) 871-8689 or paula.negele@state.or.us.

Salem, Oregon -- December 6, 2016 -- Every day is tsunami season at the Oregon coast. So how do your local emergency management teams and first responders keep up to date on assessing tsunami hazards, and minimizing loss of lives and property? They participate in Oregon Office of Emergency Management's Tsunami Conference which will held on Dec. 7-8 in Florence, OR. A wide variety of experts will address a range of topics including earthquake odds and probabilities to resources for tsunami and coastal hazards resilience.

"We're excited to work with Oregon's coastal communities and to provide a forum to learn the most recent scientific understanding about tsunamis," said Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards program coordinator for Oregon's Office of Emergency Management. "The conference is also a good opportunity to share best practices, discuss challenges and come together to discuss this important topic."

The conference begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and runs through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. at the Florence Event Center. OEM Director Andrew Phelps will provide opening remarks. Other speakers include:

Director Paul Whitmore, National Tsunami Warning Center -- Recent updates and new tsunami warning products
Professor Chris Goldfinger, Oregon State University -- Earthquake and tsunami probabilities in the Pacific Northwest
Coastal Hazards Specialist Russell Jackson, NOAA Office for Coastal Management -- Resources for tsunami and coastal hazards resilience
Research Geographer Nathan Wood, U.S. Geological Survey -- Population vulnerability to Cascadia tsunami
Professor Doug Toomey, University of Oregon - Earthquake early warning systems
Geomorphologist Jonathan Allan, Department of Geology and Mineral Industries -- Evacuation modeling

The Oregon Tsunami Conference is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The two-day schedule of speakers and activities were coordinated by several members of the OEM team, representatives from the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), the National Weather Service and Douglas County Emergency Preparedness Coach Terry Plotz.


Attached Media Files: The Oregon Tsunami Conference explores the latest science and aims to create resilience in Oregon's coastal communities. The event is coordinated by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and the Nati
PPB Recruiting the Next Generation of Police Officers #pdxjobs (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/06/16 11:39 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau is unveiling new recruitment tools and personnel to aid in the Bureau's vigorous campaign to hire and retain officers.

The Bureau is launching a newly revamped website: http://www.joinportlandpolice.com

The Bureau's entire hiring process has been reviewed to remove any barriers. It is also opening its testing process on a continuous basis. Anyone can test anytime through the National Testing Network. More information regarding testing can be found on the Bureau's website.

The Bureau is actively promoting the new Portland Police Association's Collective Bargaining Agreement, which increased wages and provides incentives to attract qualified and diverse candidates, as well as retain police officers who are retiring.

The Bureau has three new recruiters, one sergeant and two officers, who will be actively traveling to colleges, job fairs, and other venues, and will continue to use social media to reach out to lateral hires and new officer candidates.

"This is a critical time for the Portland Police Bureau," said Chief Mike Marshman. "We need to recruit and hire the next generation of officers and look for diverse candidates so we can look like the community we police."

"We have values in this city that are extremely important to us and we need officers who embrace those values," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "We need numbers, but we also need people who have those values."

The Bureau is also unveiling a new video on its website, produced by Uncage the Soul's John Waller, Rachel Meyer and photographer Ben Canales. The video showcases several Bureau members and why they find law enforcement rewarding. Waller says the video took weeks to produce and the company felt the responsibility of helping to define the future character of the Police Bureau. The video's direct link is https://youtu.be/Ga5HLtHPha0

"In producing this video, we understood that the national and local conversations about policing required sensitivity and honesty--that a recruitment video for Portland Police could not ignore the real challenges of race, diversity, and community relationship that all police departments face," said John Waller. "Because a glossy and superficial police video would quickly be dismantled, we felt that an unscripted and transparent look at policing was appropriate, from the voice of the police officers themselves."

The Bureau currently has 74 vacancies, with hundreds projected to retire over the next five years. Meanwhile, calls for service and Portland's population have increased. In addition, calls are more complex and take longer for officers to resolve; the average officer is responding to 35 percent more dispatched calls as compared to 2012. The result is a longer wait time for emergency calls and much longer for non-emergency calls.

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Concordia University welcomes health enrollment events
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/06/16 11:29 AM
(Salem) -- Students at Concordia University in Portland are invited to sign up for health insurance during two enrollment events that will include free in-person help with the application process.

Details of the events are as follows:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, Concordia University, 2811 N.E. Holman St., Portland
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, Concordia University, 2811 N.E. Holman St., Portland

Both events, which are also open to residents of Multnomah County, will include Health Insurance 101 meetings from 11 a.m. to noon. Those meetings will provide answers to questions about health insurance in Oregon, review people's options, and address the myths of health insurance.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is hosting the events in partnership with the university. The events arrive as open enrollment -- for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer -- runs through Jan. 31.

Attendees should bring the following household information:
Social security numbers and birth dates
Immigration documentation
Employer and income information
Federal tax information
Policy numbers and plan names for current insurance.

Enrollment can get confusing. It may be difficult for people to navigate on their own. That is why help from an expert is available.

"These enrollment events will connect people to the information they need and help them find a health plan that works for them," said Natasha Egoroff, outreach and education coordinator for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at 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.
Department of State Lands to report on Elliott State Forest Ownership Transfer Opportunity on Dec. 13
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 12/06/16 11:18 AM
Salem -- The Department of State Lands (DSL) will be providing information about the one ownership transfer plan received for the 82,500 acres of Common School lands within the Elliott State Forest at the State Land Board's Dec. 13 public meeting.

The meeting will be held in a different location to accommodate the public:

Dec. 13, 2016
10:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
Keizer Community Center
930 Chemawa Road NE
Keizer, OR

In the spring of 2014, after more than a decade of trying to resolve declining Common School Fund revenues from the Elliott, and confronted with a projection of ongoing deficits, DSL began a broad outreach effort to solicit public input into resolving the dilemma.

The results of this outreach and related technical analyses were presented to the Land Board, and in August 2015 the Board approved moving forward with an approach -- the Elliott State Forest Ownership Transfer Opportunity Protocol -- to identify a new owner for the Elliott property.

Over the past 16 months, DSL has been implementing the Protocol, engaging the public and about 50 entities that expressed interest, and completing extensive due diligence on the property. By the deadline of Nov. 15, 2016, DSL had received one ownership plan for the Elliott.

The plan was submitted by Lone Rock Timber Management Company, in cooperation with two federally recognized Indian tribes: The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and with support and advice from additional organizations and tribes.

The plan was reviewed by the Department of State Lands and Department of Justice, and deemed responsive to the criteria outlined in the Protocol:

The plan demonstrates adequate equity investment and financing to acquire the Elliott Property at the established fair market value price of $220.8 million, in cash at closing.
The plan proposes enhanced public benefits as required by the Protocol that exceed those which are already provided under applicable law.
The plan recites enforceable mechanisms required for providing the enhanced public benefits in perpetuity.

While deemed responsive, the plan includes some gaps, uncertainties and ambiguities that will need to be addressed during negotiations with the potential ownership transferee and possible additional partners. The general areas needing further clarification include details regarding:

Public access rights, and compliance and means of public enforcement.
Expectations related to Harvest Protection Areas.
Allowable activities in Riparian Management Areas.
Enforceable mechanisms, including third-party enforcement rights in the conservation easement.

At the Dec. 13 meeting, DSL Director Jim Paul will provide the Land Board a summary of the background on the Elliott State Forest and an update on the status of the Protocol. He will present a summary of the proposed acquisition plan received, DSL's rationale for deeming the plan responsive, and additional details on concerns to be addressed through development of an offer of direct sale.

The Land Board will be asked to provide input and direction on proceeding with the development of an offer of direct sale, and on exploring options with the potential new owner and additional partners.

Public testimony will be accepted at the meeting. All speakers will need to sign in when they arrive. The Department anticipates a maximum of two minutes will be allotted to each speaker. It is possible that the time will be shorter if needed to accommodate the public requesting to speak.

People are encouraged to bring written copies of their comments in case time constraints prevent everyone from speaking. All oral and written comments will be made part of the official record.

The meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Elliott agenda item: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/docs/2016_docs/slb_dec2016_item2.pdf

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Oregon City Police Christmas 911
Oregon City Police Dept. - 12/06/16 10:12 AM
Oregon City, Oregon (December 6, 2016, 10:00 am): Christmas 9-1-1 started with Tom Gaumer, a retired Deputy Chief for the Stockton Police Department in California who investigates cold cases for the Oregon City Police Department. Gaumer ran a similar gift drive in Stockton and pitched the idea to the Oregon City Police Chief back in 2011. The first toy drive was small and unnamed. Gaumer collected donations from local churches and Oregon City residents dropped off toys at the police department. Police staff wrapped the gifts and the officers delivered them.

In 2012 the program was named Christmas 9-1-1 and it has been called that ever since here in Oregon City. The police officers and Detective Unit have the opportunity to recommend children they have worked with during the past year for the Christmas 9-1-1 project. These names are given to the Community Outreach Office at the police department who then works with school counselors to find out what these children need and want for Christmas.

Oregon City residents, Civic Groups and Churches in Oregon City have adopted these children for the Christmas season. They purchase and deliver the gifts to the police department for distribution the week of Christmas. Last year the Patrol Unit loaded up their cars and made these deliveries for the department. The rest of the gifts that are so generously donated to the police department are wrapped and sorted for the patrol officers to hand out to children through the holiday season.

Community Outreach at Oregon City Police Department will be accepting new clothing and unwrapped toys for children through Friday, December 16th. Gift cards and cash donations are also accepted. Please bring your donations to 320 Warner Milne Road during normal business hours 8:00 AM -- 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Contact Community Outreach at 503-496-1681 if you have any questions.

OCPD really does have Santa's in Squad Cars
Inclement weather can mean an increase in injured workers
SAIF - 12/06/16 9:44 AM
SUMMARY: SAIF reminds employers to take precautions in snow and ice.

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With possible snow and ice in the forecast this week, it's important to keep workplace safety top of mind--even for offices and other businesses that aren't frequently exposed to the elements.

That's according to recent data from SAIF, which suggests a correlation between low temperatures and precipitation and an increase in workplace injury claims.

"Because 2015 was an unseasonably warm year and 2016 was more typical with snow and ice, we can compare January and February with the year prior to see how much the colder weather impacted injury claims," said Paul Stutz, a claims technical analyst with SAIF. "What we found is that there were significant increases in slips, trips, and falls in January and February of 2016, and injuries specifically tied to snow and ice increased by more than 250 percent."

According to Jim Nusser, a senior safety management consultant with SAIF, there are precautions employees and employers can take to minimize risk during the winter months.

For employers, Nusser offers the following tips:
Have an inclement weather procedure that addresses who will be responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, steps, and pathways.
Consider allowing some staff to work from home when feasible, or allow staff to stay home or arrive late if conditions are expected to improve as the day warms up.
Put a mat at the entryway, if it has a hard surface like tile, so workers' shoes don't leave wet footprints that could increase the risk of slips.

Employees can find inspiration from an animal familiar with avoiding icy slips and falls: the penguin.

"We encourage employees to 'walk like a penguin' in the parking lot or on the pathways around work if it may be icy," said Nusser. "Pointing your toes slightly to the sides and walking with a short stride can reduce your risk of slipping."

Employees should also ensure they have slip-resistant footwear with good traction on the heel of the shoe.

SAIF's data also shows an increase in motor vehicle accident claims in this time frame, increasing from 149 in 2015 to 201 in 2016, a 35 percent increase.

For safer driving in snowy and icy conditions, Nusser recommends the following tips:
Consider staying home or reducing the amount of travel.
Drive slowly.
Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
Keep a following distance of eight to 10 seconds.
Be aware that bridges may develop ice before other sections of road.

Employers can find more tips for cold weather--including for employees working outside who face exposure risks--at SAIF's Safety and Health page on saif.com (http://www.saif.com/safetyandhealth.html).

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com
Fatality Crash Investigation
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/06/16 9:12 AM
Just after 6 AM 12/06/2016 -- sheriff's deputies, Vancouver Fire/Rescue and AMR responded to a reported two-vehicle crash at the 4000 Block of NE Minnehaha. The high impact collision resulted in two persons trapped and pinned in the wreckage of one of the vehicles. Initial investigation shows one vehicle was west bound on Minnehaha when the second vehicle attempted to turn into a parking lot and drove into the path of the westbound vehicle. Excessive speed of the westbound vehicle may be a causing factor in this crash. A front seat passenger in the W/B vehicle (adult male) was killed in the impact. The driver and an adult female rear seat passenger in the WB vehicle were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the turning vehicle was not injured. Additionally, the W/B vehicle had been reported as a stolen vehicle. This incident remains under investigation of the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit. The remains of the deceased individual were released to the Clark County Medical Examiner. No further information will be released at this time...
Beaverton City Library Welcomes Local Author and Women's Travel Counselor (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 12/06/16 8:42 AM
Local author and certified travel counselor Marcia Lynn Miller will present her entertaining approach to travel planning for women at the Beaverton City Library on Thursday, Dec. 15. (Photo/Marcia Lynn Miller)
Local author and certified travel counselor Marcia Lynn Miller will present her entertaining approach to travel planning for women at the Beaverton City Library on Thursday, Dec. 15. (Photo/Marcia Lynn Miller)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Join Beaverton City Library at 12375 SW Fifth St. for a conversation with local author and certified travel counselor Marcia Lynn Miller on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. Miller will present her entertaining approach to travel planning for women, including packing, health, beauty, safety and more.


Miller has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years and owns a tour company that creates, sells and escorts small group tours for women. Her new book, You Go Girls! The Woman's Guide to Great Travel, was recently published by Portland's Inkwater Press. Miller will be available for book signing following her talk.


This program is free and open to the public.


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


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Attached Media Files: Local author and certified travel counselor Marcia Lynn Miller will present her entertaining approach to travel planning for women at the Beaverton City Library on Thursday, Dec. 15. (Photo/Marcia Lynn Miller)
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/5/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/06/16 7:30 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/5/2016

ESTACADA:

1C 2016-2059

On 12/05/2016 at about 0847 hrs., police responded to a burglary complaint in the 1100 block of N Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2016-2069

On 12/05/2016 at about 1652 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of SE Currin Street. A juvenile was transported to an area hospital for mental health treatment.

SANDY:

18 2016-2060

On 12/05/2016 at about 0905 hrs., police responded to a theft report in the 40000 block of VIsta Loop Drive. A report was taken.

18 2016-2064

On 12/05/2016 at about 1138 hrs., police responded to a business in the 39000 block of McCormick Drive to issue a trespass warning at the request of the property owner. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2065

On 12/05/2016 at about 1208 hrs., police took a phone report regarding a fraud that had occurred in the 16000 block of 362nd Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2066

On 12/05/2016 at about 1406 hrs., police took a phone report regarding a hit and run crash that had occurred on the previous Saturday. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2068

On 12/05/2016 at about 1454 hrs., police responded to the 18000 block of Davis Street regarding a subject making suicidal threats. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2016-2070

On 12/05/2016 at about 2341 hrs., police took a phone report about a stolen vehicle. A report is pending (CAD).
Mon. 12/05/16
School Resource Officer Confronted Student on Rooftop, Weapons Found
Gresham Police Dept - 12/05/16 7:05 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- On the evening of Dec. 3, Officer Jeff Culp confronted a suspicious person on the rooftop of Sam Barlow High School. Officer Culp, Gresham's full-time school resource officer assigned to Sam Barlow, was working at a school dance when students alerted staff about a person dressed in dark clothing standing on the roof near the student parking lot. Officer Culp immediately responded to the roof and confronted the person, identifying him as an underage student.

The student was cooperative and said he was there in a security capacity to ensure the safety of students attending the dance. During the investigation, the student was found in possession of two unloaded handguns and handgun ammunition. Both guns were seized as part of the investigation.

Although the student did not express a plan to hurt anyone, he was arrested for multiple weapon possession charges and lodged at a Multnomah County juvenile detention center per Oregon law. The high school and police department are working together as the investigation continues. No additional information is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident, including having had prior knowledge of this or any other student's plan to bring a weapon to the school, is encouraged to call Officer Jeff Culp at 503.258.4864.

Anyone made aware of a potential school-related threat is encouraged to call 911, the police non-emergency line at 503.823.3333, or the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.



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Observant students notify police of student on roof--school resource officer confronts student, discovers weapons
Gresham-Barlow Sch. Dist. - 12/05/16 6:52 PM
On the evening of December 3, at the beginning of an evening dance, students at Sam Barlow High School (SBHS) alerted administration that there was a suspicious person on the roof of the school.

School Resource Officer Jeff Culp was notified and investigated. He confronted the individual and determined he was a SBHS student. Gresham Police say the student was cooperative and told them he was there in a security capacity to ensure the safety of the students attending the dance. During the investigation, Officer Culp discovered the student had two unloaded handguns and handgun ammunition. Gresham police say that while the student did not express a plan to hurt anyone, he was arrested on multiple weapon possession charges.

"The students who spotted the individual and reported it to school administration are to be commended," said Superintendent Jim Schlachter. "It's important for everyone in the school community to watch for unusual situations and report what they see or hear right away. This is key to keeping our schools safe."

The dance was the school's annual winter formal, known as the "Snowball Dance." Because there was no indication that there was anyone else involved, Gresham police determined it was safe for the dance to continue.

Since the incident, the school district has been working closely with the Gresham Police Department and as the investigation continues, the school district and police will continue to work together.

While the police believe this was an isolated case, they are asking that anyone who has information related to this incident or any other possible incident to call Officer Jeff Culp at 503-258-4864.
Woman's Quick Action Saves Apartment
Dallas Fire & EMS - 12/05/16 4:49 PM
Working smoke alarms and a fire extinguisher aided in saving a Dallas woman's life this afternoon. At approximately 2:30 pm Dallas Fire & EMS responded to 288 SE Dimick Street on a report of smoke in a structure. Upon arrival fire crews contacted the resident who stated her electric heater had caught fire and she used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. The resident, and only occupant at the time of the fire, stated she had been sleeping when the activation of the smoke detector woke her up. She stated her apartment was filled with smoke and discovered her electric heater was on fire. There was minor damage to the apartment. Dallas Fire & EMS Fire Chief Fred Hertel stated, "This woman acted quickly to put the fire out and save her apartment. Without her quick action this fire could have spread and involved adjacent apartments".
Dallas Fire & EMS wants to remind residents about the importance of having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms. For further information on smoke alarms and facts visit the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office website http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/05/16 4:24 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, December 5, 2016, at approximately 2:00 p.m. in the 2700 block of N. Kerby Ave in Portland, Oregon. This multi-family fire affected four adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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.
Ridgefield Family Resource Center Awarded Grant (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 12/05/16 4:08 PM
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Monday, December 5, 2016 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- The Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC) has been awarded a $2,000 Found Money grant from Our Kids of Southwest Washington.

The resource center, located between Union Ridge Elementary School and View Ridge Middle School, provides emergency relief services for Ridgefield children and families in need by providing food, clothing and toiletries and to raise awareness of available assistance services in the surrounding area.

It is the result of a community partnership between the Ridgefield School District, Compassion 360 and the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene and is fully supported by donations and volunteers.

RFRC Director, Chris Poppert, said she learned of the grant opportunity from Trina Latshaw, a board member of Our Kids of Southwest Washington who is also a Ridgefield community member with children in the school district.

"She came to visit the RFRC and was impressed with the resources we were providing our community," said Poppert. "The idea of the grant is to give organizations the opportunity to provide an activity that they would not normally be able to do due to funding."

Ridgefield Family Resource Center was awarded the grant after presenting its plans to use the funds to help the students they serve purchase gifts for the upcoming holidays.

"We were happy to receive the grant," said Poppert. "I appreciate the generosity of Trina and the entire Our Kids of Southwest Washington Board for giving us such a wonderful opportunity for our students."

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Woodland Public Schools to seek Replacement Operations and Maintenance Levy in February 2017 (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 12/05/16 4:00 PM
2018 Levy Rate Comparison: Woodland Public Schools will continue to remain among the lowest tax rates of Clark and Cowlitz County school districts.
2018 Levy Rate Comparison: Woodland Public Schools will continue to remain among the lowest tax rates of Clark and Cowlitz County school districts.
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Monday, December 5, 2016-Woodland, WA-The existing three-year Operations and Maintenance Levy for Woodland Public Schools expires next year. In order to maintain existing high-quality school services and educational programs, the district will need a replacement levy to supply the funds necessary to continue current operations.

Many community members often hear the term "levy," but may not fully understand what it means, why school districts need levies, and what levies fund. This article seeks to answer many of the questions you may have about what levies are and how they support quality schools.

First, let's define the term "levy." A levy is a request by a school district of voters to continue to collect property taxes for a limited number of years to fund operations costs. Although there are different types of levies, the most common is referred to as an Operations and Maintenance Levy or Maintenance and Operations Levy (often called an M&O levy).

Operations and Maintenance Levies bridge the gap between state and federal funding and what it actually costs to operate schools. The Woodland Public Schools current three-year Operations and Maintenance Levy expires in 2017 and provides more than 16% of the funds needed to operate the Woodland Public Schools.

Levy funds support basic day-to-day operations including the cost of additional teachers, instructional assistants, and other staff; textbooks and classroom supplies; bilingual and special education services; student activities such as athletics, drama and music; and professional development and training for teachers.

Washington school districts receive funding from the state and federal government. In Woodland, state and Federal funds pay for only about 75% of the total education costs in Woodland. Other non-tax sources amount to just less than 8% of the district's revenue. The local levy dollars bridge the nearly 17% gap between what the state pays and the actual costs of operating our schools so the district can provide the quality educational experience currently offered to the community's students.

Recently, the state Supreme Court ruled that Washington State is legally obligated by its constitution to fully fund education with the "McCleary Decision." Although the Supreme Court retains the power to uphold and enforce the constitutional mandate for "ample funding," the court cannot pass bills which create taxes, and the state legislature has yet to enact the necessary changes to fully fund schools. In addition, major cuts to school funding that occurred during the recession have not yet been fully replaced. The State does not fully fund the education programs critical to overall student success in Woodland.

Woodland Public Schools will seek a replacement three-year Operations and Maintenance Levy on the ballot in February 2017 which will raise $4,500,000 in funding for collection in 2018; $4,750,000 in 2019; and $5,000,000 in 2020. The district forecasts the total school tax rate for Woodland in 2017 at $2.70 per thousand dollars of assessed property valuation for collection in 2018. As shown in the accompanying chart below, Woodland Public Schools will continue to remain among the lowest tax rates of Clark and Cowlitz County school districts.

"We plan to maintain Woodland Public Schools' reputation for providing an excellent education for our students while maintaining strict fiscal responsibility," said Superintendent Michael Green. "We have a tradition of success and our community recognizes the high quality of education taking place in the communities served by Woodland Public Schools."

Community members interested in learning more about the Replacement Operations and Maintenance Levy can visit the district's website at www.woodlandschools.org/levy where they can receive additional information and ask questions not answered here.

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Attached Media Files: 2018 Levy Rate Comparison: Woodland Public Schools will continue to remain among the lowest tax rates of Clark and Cowlitz County school districts. , Although the McCleary Decision ruled that Washington State is legally obligated to fully fund education, the state only funds around 75% of school district budgets. , Levy funds pay for additional teachers, textbooks, classroom supplies, student activities, and professional development for teachers. , Levy funds provide Woodland Public Schools with 16% of the funds needed for day-to-day operations.
Pacific University Alumnus Jordan Kronen Named Schwarzman Scholar (Photo)
Pacific University - 12/05/16 3:49 PM
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FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- A Pacific University (Ore.) alumnus is among just 129 selected from more than 2,700 candidates as a 2017-2018 Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. 

Jordan Kronen, who graduated summa cum laude in 2014 with a bachelor's degree politics and government and went on to teach in Malaysia through a Fulbright award, is Pacific's first honoree in the two-year-old Schwarzman program, modeled after the University of Oxford's Rhodes Scholarship.

Schwarzman Scholars is a master's degree program founded by Blackstone Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman. The Scholars' second class is comprised of students from 30 countries and 75 universities with 45 percent from the United States, 20 percent from China, and 35 percent from the rest of the world. 

Through a transformative academic and experiential curriculum, Kronen and fellow Schwarzman Scholars will help shape the program in its early years. In doing so, the class of 2018 will gain an intimate understanding of China and its role in the world. Studies commence next August at Tsinghua, where scholars will engage with global leaders on the most pressing challenges and develop a deep network of relationships with current and future leaders. 

Kronen and the other 128 scholars will focus their studies on either public policy, economics and business or international studies, and spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. The Schwarzman Scholars experience will expand students' understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.

Originally from Olympia, Wash., Kronen was an active member of the Pacific University community as an undergraduate student from 2010-14. He competed as a member of the Boxers' football team, worked in the university's Financial Aid Office and the Center for Civic Engagement, served on the Student Conduct Board, co-founded the College Democrats of Oregon, served as a field director for Environment Oregon and interned for Suzanne Bonamici's Congressional campaign and the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C.

Upon graduation, Kronen interned for United States Senator Jeff Merkley in Washington, where he worked primarily on environmental and educational legislation. He then spent 15 months traveling to and living in 17 countries, including Israel, Thailand, Japan, India and several others to engage in legal aid and legal education matters, as well as community education efforts for single mothers at a domestic violence shelter.

During this timeframe, Kronen's Fulbright award took him to Malaysia, where he taught English to students age 12 to 17 in Kelantan, one of the Malaysia's most homogenous, rural and impoverished states. As an English Teaching Assistant, one of Kronen's primary responsibilities was to administer "English Camps," most of which take place within the country's borders.

"I wanted to expand the horizons of some of my students who had never been outside of Malaysia," Kronen said. So he devised a plan to take five of them to Bali, Indonesia for a conference that was being put on by BABSEACLE, an organization Kronen externed with while in Thailand.

Kronen and his mentor in Malaysia successfully fundraised for the students' passports, airfare, lodging and food. Kronen persuaded BABSEACLE to waive the students' registration fees to make the trip a reality. The international English camp at the conference was just the second in Fulbright Malaysia's history, and the first from the state of Kelantan.

"It was a truly life-changing experience for the students as they flew on a plane and traveled to another country for the first time," he said. "They also had a chance to interact with native English speakers and other people from all over the world and learn about the legal profession."

Kronen's efforts in Malaysia are just the latest in his pursuit to reform education policies around the world while strengthening intercultural understanding and exchange.

"The Schwarzman Scholarship is something I care deeply about because its most fundamental reason for existing is to bring better understanding and cooperation between China, the US and the rest of the world," Kronen said. "Strengthening cultural understanding was at the heart of my Fulbright experience and is at the core of my consciousness every time I travel to a new country."

Kronen and other Schwarzman Scholars were selected through a rigorous and thorough selection process designed to evaluate leadership experience and potential, intellectual and academic ability, including the capacity to understand emerging trends, design solutions, and inspire others to a vision, as well as strength of character. Applications were reviewed by a distinguished team of readers from around the world with 373 semi-finalists invited for in-person interviews in Beijing, Bangkok, London or New York before international panels composed of CEOs, former heads of state, university presidents, non-profit executives, journalists and other leaders.

This distinguished group of interviewers who were responsible for selecting the Class of 2018 included Jared Cohen, Founder and President, Jigsaw, Alphabet Inc., David Petraeus, Former Director of the CIA, Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada, Jeremy Wright, Attorney General for England and Wales, Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather, Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust, Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, and many others. Of the applicants offered acceptance into the program, 97% will join the new class, representing a higher acceptance yield than the most competitive U.S. business and law schools.

The scholarship is fully funded for all participants, including travel costs and a personal stipend, and is supported by the program's endowment which is expected to total $450 million, with $435 million raised to date. Scholars will live and study together at Schwarzman College, the dedicated state-of-the-art academic and residential building built exclusively for the program.

About Schwarzman Scholars
Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year Master's Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country's scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students in residence in September 2016.




Attached Media Files: Jordan Kronen
Evergreen Museum Announces Hire of New Executive Director
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 12/05/16 3:33 PM
McMinnville, Ore. (Dec. 5, 2016) -- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, located in McMinnville, OR, has announced the selection of Brandon Roben as its new executive director. Roben will fill the vacancy created by interim Executive Director Ann Witsil. After a regional search and selection process, Roben accepted the position and moved from his current role of chief operating officer for the Museum Campus to that of Executive Director.

"We are proud to let you know on Nov. 29th, 2016, the Museum board selected Brandon Roben as the new executive director of the Museum," reported John Rasmussen, the current Museum board president. "Brandon brings his vast management experience from running water parks and as the COO for the Museum. We are confident that Brandon will lead this team to a successful future."

Roben started his career as a lifeguard with Six Flags in California, eventually working his way up in the industry before being selected to run Wings & Waves Waterpark for its first four years in operation. Roben also serves in the Army Reserve and holds a B.S. in management. Roben's skills, background and leadership style promise to increase the momentum that this new year has created for the Museum and its programs.

"The potential that the Museum has to inspire our visitors, educate students all around Oregon and to preserve artifacts is out of this world," Roben said. "I am going to first focus on building attendance, increasing awareness of our offerings, creating new programming and finding sustainable funding for the future. I move forward understanding the importance of the success of this facility to the region and the tourism industry in Oregon."


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. Also, there are 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 located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, sits 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 visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 12/20/16
Oregon State Library - 12/05/16 3:30 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon 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
December 20, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

10:00 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

10:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for April 20, 2016 Bonebrake

10:45 Other business Bonebrake

11:00 a.m. Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
National VA analytics report released; report put into perspective for Portland VA
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 12/05/16 3:29 PM
Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report put into perspective for Portland

In an effort to be as transparent as possible, Veterans Affairs releases a national report summarizing hospital system performance within Veterans Health Administration (VHA) that includes data specific to the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS).

Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value Model or 'SAIL,' (http://www.va.gov/QUALITYOFCARE/measure-up/Strategic_Analytics_for_Improvement_and_Learning_SAIL.asp)is a system for summarizing hospital system performance within Veterans Health Administration (VHA). SAIL assesses 27 quality measures in areas such as death rate, complications, and patient satisfaction, as well as overall efficiency at individual VA Medical Centers (VAMCs).

SAIL's basic framework was developed to be able to benchmark VA to the private sector. Each facility is provided information on their own performance and that of VHA's national performance. This tool provides each VA facility with information on its own progress, independent of how others do, and quickly identifies potential areas for improvement in terms of both clinical quality and efficiency.

"We have the outcomes to show that we are providing high quality care," said Michael Fisher, Director VAPORHCS. "It's access -- and convenient access -- that we're not doing as well as we need to, but we are making great strides in these areas and expect this report to indicate that in the near future."

Quality of care

According the most recent report, VAPORHCS earned exceptional ratings in inpatient performance measures (94.5 percent) which are are above the national VA average of 90.9 percent. Portland scores in the top 10th percentile for inpatient quality measures. The Portland VA also scores well related to adjusted length of stays and mortality rates. Both adjusted length of stays and mortality rates were better than the national average, with Portland having some of the best 30-day standardized mortality ratios in the VHA system.

VAPORHCS was lauded with its third American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Hospital Designation in 2014, a rating derived from a comprehensive, whole-organizational look at quality. Strong, high-performing nursing staff are a key focus of the Magnet program and are a key reason of why VA Portland's length of stays are shorter and the mortality rates better.

Mental Health

Due primarily to an incredible increase in demand for services, some scores have lagged in mental health, but VAPORHCS has made recent improvements in timeliness which should help drive Portland towards a three-star or higher rating in the near future. According to the latest VHA "Patient Access Data," (https://www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp) for the month of Oct. 2016, the average wait time for Mental Health services within VAPORHCS was 2.1 days.

VAPORHCS is a leader in integrating mental health with primary care. With a goal of January 2017, Veterans identified as needing mental health assistance during a primary care visit, then the Veteran will be able to see a mental health provider while they are already at the clinic at the time of identified need.

In addition, currently, if a Veteran is in crisis or has another need for care right away in mental health, the Veteran will receive immediate attention from a health care professional at the VA medical center or other VA facility. Additionally, if a Veteran is new to mental health in the VA and has a non-urgent need, they will receive an initial evaluation screening by the next calendar day.

Primary Care

One of the biggest contributors to the less than desirable SAIL 'Access' ratings in within VAPORHCS is a shortage of providers. As of today, VAPORHCS is short 13.5 primary care providers and 39 support staff. The good news is we have seven providers and 16 support staff selected to be hired in the near future. VAPORHCS has open and continuous recruitments for all positions and continues to make progress in this area. The latest average wait time data (https://www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp)for primary care services across VAPORHCS is 6.2 days for completed appointments ending Oct. 2016.

Options for Care

VAPORHCS continues to build strategic relationships with community partners to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program and other VA community care programs when they cannot be seen internally at the VA within the clinically indicated timeframes. VAPORHCS conducts daily reviews of patients, identified through consults or scheduled appointments, where their care is deemed time sensitive. This review ensures these patients are being seen timely that meets their health care needs.

Space and Growth in Demand

Space continues to be a strategic challenge, exacerbated by the fact that VAPORHCS has seen tremendous growth following a decade of war and high utilization of the Oregon National Guard in Iraq and Afghanistan. To help mitigate this, over the past few years, VAPORHCS expanded the Bend, Salem and Fairview area clinics by more than tripling the size of those facilities with brand new clinics; VAPORHCS opened a new clinic in Lincoln City; a new primary care clinic is under construction now in Vancouver set to open next summer; a new leased 10,000 square foot Specialty Care Clinic is opening in Vancouver over the next two months. We continue to look at options and opportunities to best serve and meet the demand of our Veterans while being good stewards of the tax payer funding we are provided.

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The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) serves more than 95,000 Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. VAPORHCS consists of the main tertiary care medical center located near downtown Portland, Ore., the Vancouver Campus located near downtown Vancouver, Wash., a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in downtown Portland, as well as nine community outpatient clinics across Oregon that support our Veterans. These clinics are located in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, Warrenton, Newport, Salem, The Dalles, West Linn, and Lincoln City Oregon.
C-TRAN launches The Vine with street fair and fun
C-TRAN - 12/05/16 3:26 PM
C-TRAN announced today that it will launch its new bus rapid transit system, The Vine, with a family-friendly celebration on Saturday, January 7 at the new Vancouver Mall Transit Center. The grand opening event begins at 12:30 p.m. with several guest speakers, followed by a street fair-style event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend the celebration and take the opportunity to ride along the corridor in one of the new 60-foot articulated buses that have become a hallmark of The Vine.

"As C-TRAN celebrates the opening of The Vine, and we reflect on the nearly six-year process to bring this project to fruition, we also want to celebrate our customers," said Jeff Hamm, Executive Director/CEO. "Our riders are the reason we undertake any project, large or small. The Vine is designed to improve reliability, mobility and capacity on C-TRAN's busiest corridor, getting people where they need to go quickly and efficiently. We believe it will change the face of public transit in Clark County and the region."

The Vine is the first bus rapid transit system in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, bringing an innovative and cost-effective approach to transit service. The system provides many passenger amenities not available on traditional bus routes, such as off-board fare payment, level boarding, on-board bike racks, easy securement of mobility devices, greater capacity for passenger seating, and traffic signal priority.

The Vine officially begins operation on Sunday, January 8, and provides service between Vancouver Mall and downtown Vancouver, primarily along Fourth Plain Boulevard. As part of the project, the Vancouver Mall Transit Center is being relocated to the south side of the mall. C-TRAN staff and volunteers will be stationed along The Vine corridor the entire first week of operation to assist passengers and answer any questions they may have.

C-TRAN is the regional public transportation provider for portions of Clark County. It offers Local bus service within its Clark County service area, Limited bus service to the nearest MAX light rail station, and Express commuter service to downtown Portland. It also provides Connector service within the city limits of Camas, La Center and Ridgefield, plus C-VAN paratransit service throughout its service area. For more information on C-TRAN please visit C-TRAN's website at www.c-tran.com, or call Passenger Service at (360) 695-0123.
Storm damage closes road and trail at Ecola State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/05/16 3:14 PM
Cannon Beach -- Recent storms have caused significant damage to recreation facilities in Ecola State Park. Ecola Road from Ecola Point to Indian Beach and Indian Beach Trail leading north from Ecola Point day-use area are closed.

Park Manager Ben Cox says recent heavy rains damaged temporary repairs to Indian Beach Trail made after a series of 2015-2016 storms. Ecola Road from Ecola Point to Indian Beach also sustained heavy damage after last winter's storms. Last month's heavy rains caused additional sinking and sliding of the road surface and surrounding area, as well as erosion at the Canyon Creek culvert.

"Day-use parking at Ecola Point and Crescent Beach Trail remain open," said Cox. "We don't know how long it will take to repair Indian Beach Trail and Ecola Road, and the rainy season has just started, further hindering our work."

The road closure prevents access to the northern portion of the park, including Clatsop Loop Trail. The usual $5 day-use parking fee at Ecola State Park is waived temporarily until repairs are made and conditions are safe for visitors. The day-use fee will be reinstated without notice after the repairs.

Cox added that Tillamook Head Trail north trailhead near Seaside is open, but visitors should watch for possible trail damage.

He also asked visitors to drive cautiously and watch for sides and slumps on Ecola Road from Cannon Beach to Ecola Point. The road is open and park rangers are monitoring conditions. Please report road and trail damage to (503) 368-5943.
1-Oz Gold Coin Found in Downtown Portland Salvation Army Kettle (Photo)
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/05/16 1:30 PM
The Salvation Army found an American Eagle gold coin in a kettle over the weekend of December 3rd
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(Portland, OR) December 5, 2015 -- A really nice surprise was discovered in a Downtown Portland Salvation Army kettle the morning of Sunday, December 5th, 2016-- a 1-oz American Eagle gold coin. The coin was actually donated on Saturday, December 3rd at a kettle in front of the Downtown Nordstrom, but it was found while counting kettle donations the next day. An ounce of gold right now is valued at $1,300.

"We are touched by the generosity of our community," says Major Ken Perine, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle. "We continue to be blessed year after year by generous gold coin donors, and while we never expect them, we are so grateful to them. We are humbled that they choose us to be the steward of their donation. Our promise to you, and to everyone who gives to The Salvation Army, is that we will continue to feed the hungry, clothe the homeless, and meet the greatest needs in Portland."

This donation brings The Salvation Army that much closer to reaching its goal of $750,000 but with just under three weeks of bell ringing left in the kettle season, there is still a great need.

In fact, several stores who have participated in the past have closed, which means that The Salvation Army is down a few opportunities for bell ringing. For one Salvation Army Corps, this equals about $1,200 less every day.

Make a donation today by visiting a kettle in your community or go online to Portland.salvationarmy.org.

Kettles can be found at participating Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertson's, Bi-Mart, BigLots, Fry's Electronics, Hobby Lobby, JcPenney, Macy's, Shopko, Walgreen's, and Walmart locations across the Portland Metro area.

The iconic Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891 in San Francisco and has since become a Christmas tradition.


>>> For media only: The coins and interviews will be available today at The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle, located at 1712 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97232<<<

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www. Portland.salvationarmy.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland


Attached Media Files: The Salvation Army found an American Eagle gold coin in a kettle over the weekend of December 3rd
UPDATE: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Two Early Morning Fires
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/05/16 11:31 AM
PF&R's Arson Squad has determined that this morning's fire at 2743 N Kerby Avenue, Forgotten Realm Tent City, was caused by a camp stove that malfunctioned while being lit. It burned a larger temporary tent and displaced 2 families.

Original Message 12/5/16

Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire (4615 NE Crystal Ln.) at 5:31AM. Crews arrived to a recreational motor home fire, fully involved, that was starting to extend to neighboring homes. The heat was so intense that it melted the siding of a neighboring home. The cause of the fire is undetermined and primary damage was limited to the R.V. No one was injured during this incident.

Firefighters were dispatched an hour later (6:35AM) to a fire located on 2743 N Kerby Ave. This was an exterior fire that spread to an adjacent residence. Everyone had time to evacuate and no one was injured. A fire investigator has been called out to determine a cause.

Seconds count! You have less than 3 minutes to escape a house fire. All homes should have working smoke alarms.

- Install a smoke alarm inside every bedroom/sleeping area, outside every sleeping area (hallway) and on every level of your home, including basements.

- Having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

- More than 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

- Teach children what your smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it: get out and crawl low under smoke.

- Contact PF&R's smoke alarm hotline at 503-823-3752 for more information about how to get smoke alarms for your home.
WSU Vancouver business students earn honors and move forward in sales competitions
WSU Vancouver - 12/05/16 11:23 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver held its 11th annual sales competition Nov. 18, advancing the top students to regional and national events. Seventy-three regional business professionals joined the competition as judges and "buyers," and evaluated 20 students as they performed sales presentation role-plays.

The top competitors were:

1. Sydney Hickey
2. Michael McNeil
3. Micah Harpel
4. Michael Lusk
5. Brandon Huber
6. Chad Stuart
7. Chuy Garcia
8. Patrick Soriano
9. MacKenzie Ladd
10. Kevin Lim
11. Dominic Soriano

Workplace Resource of Oregon donated Herman Miller performance work chairs to Hickey and McNeil for their outstanding performance.

In April, Hickey and McNeil will represent WSU Vancouver at the National Collegiate Sales Competition at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., with Dominic Soriano as the alternate. In addition, Lusk, Stuart, Patrick Soriano and Ladd will compete in April at the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition at Chico State University in Chico, Calif.

Four students received Sales Career Potential cash awards for demonstrating a future in sales. The recipients were Harpel, Lusk, Huber and Ladd. Liberty Mutual, Fisher Investments and Tom James sponsored the awards.

For the past nine years, the Carson College of Business Professional Sales Program at WSU
Vancouver has been named among the Top 50 collegiate sales programs in the United States by the Sales Education Foundation.

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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Public's Help Needed to Locate Wanted Man (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/16 11:09 AM
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December 5, 2016 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 31-year-old Benjamin J. Barber. Mr. Barber is wanted after failing to report to the jail to begin serving his sentence.

Mr. Barber was sentenced on December 1, 2016 to six months in jail after being convicted of five counts of Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image (see original media release dated December 1, 2016). During his sentencing hearing, a Washington County Circuit Court judge ordered Mr. Barber to report to the Washington County Jail by 7pm on December 2, 2016 to begin his sentence.

Mr. Barber failed to report as ordered and a warrant was issued for his arrest. If you know his current whereabouts, please do not approach him. Instead, call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Benjamin J. Barber
PF&R's Arson Squad Releases the Cause of NW 23rd Explosion and Fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 12/05/16 10:53 AM
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Portland Fire & Rescue's Arson Squad has determined that the cause of the explosion and subsequent fire, that occurred on the morning of October 19th at NW 23rd Ave and Glisan St, was started by a series of events that are all deemed to be unintentional in nature. The cause began when an excavator struck a steel gas line. The contact pulled the pipe out of a fitting that was further underground, which started the release of natural gas. The natural gas then traveled under ground near the pipe and entered the basement of 500 NW 23rd Ave. An unknown ignition source ignited the gas when it reached the flammable ignition percentage in that enclosed space. Because the power was on to that building and due to the number of possible electrical and other ignition sources in the basement, fire investigators are classifying the specific ignition source as unknown at this time.

Portland Fire & Rescue was assisted by Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Fire & Rescue Investigators, and Oregon State Police during the investigation.


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2017 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Announced
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/05/16 10:42 AM
Nominations for the 2017 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program are now being accepted. Applications can be found online through the Oregon Heritage website www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Oregon Heritage Coordinator Todd Mayberry at Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0696. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is January 27, 2017.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities.

Nominations are encouraged for organizations and projects of all sizes and heritage purposes and for volunteers and professionals from all heritage sectors.

"The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations."

Last year's recipients included:

-- University of Oregon Libraries Oregon Digital Newspaper project, for its cooperative ground-breaking efforts to create the project and increase public access to important historic documents.

-- Oregon Archaeology Society, in recognition of its decades of work education the public about archaeology, preserving cultural resources, and advancing archaeological knowledge.

-- Sally Donovan, for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of Oregon's heritage resources which included Oregon Coast lighthouses, historic districts, public buildings, residences, irrigation canals, wooden flumes, and pioneer cemeteries.

Awards will be presented on April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The announcement for 2017 awardees will be made in early April 2017. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.


Attached Media Files: 2016-12/1303/99780/12-05_Heritage_Excellence_Awards_Nomination_Announcement.docx
ODVA Remembers 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 12/05/16 10:36 AM
The surprise strike by Japanese aircraft against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, killed more than 2,400 military personnel and wounded nearly 1,200. Sixty-eight civilians were killed and 103 were wounded. Additionally, all eight of the Navy's battleships were damaged or sunk, and 188 aircraft were destroyed.

Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, said the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor reminds us not only of that infamous day of loss that heaved America into a second world war, but also of the millions of ordinary citizens whose courage and sacrifice changed the course of history.

"Ordinary citizens like Portland resident Jean Wojnowski, an Army nurse who served in the South Pacific, tending to the wounded and fallen," Smith said. "Jean, who turned 101 in May, still remembers her time serving in uniform as one of the highlights of her life."

More than 152,000 Oregonians served in WWII, but today, fewer than 13,000 of these men and women remain.

"We can never forget the lessons of Pearl Harbor, but the greatest teachers are those who lived through it," Smith said. "The Greatest Generation's shared sacrifices and determination -- both overseas and on the home front -- inspired the world and helped guide our nation through one of the most perilous times in its history. These real-life heroes still have much to teach us all."

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Person in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/05/16 9:51 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, December 5, 2016, at approximately 8:13 a.m. in the 11000 block of SE McGillivray Blvd in Vancouver, WA. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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.
Oregon's child and dependent care credits are changing for 2017 filings
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 12/05/16 9:04 AM
Salem, Ore.--When taxpayers start filing their personal income tax returns in January, they may find that they're eligible for the new Working Family Household and Dependent Care (WFHDC) Credit.

"This new credit is geared toward helping low- to moderate-income families pay for the care of their dependents while they're working or looking for work," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Unit manager at the Oregon Department of Revenue. The credit brings together benefits previously offered under Oregon's Working Family Child Care and Child and Dependent Care credits, and replaces both credits starting in tax year 2016.

To qualify for this new credit, the taxpayer must have earned income during the year, and their adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than the limit for their household size. The taxpayer must also have qualifying household or dependent care expenses. Qualifying expenses are expenses paid for the care of a dependent child under age 13, a disabled spouse, or a disabled person who the taxpayer could claim as a dependent.

To help prevent tax credit fraud and ensure the credit is reaching its intended recipients, anyone who knowingly claims this credit falsely or assists someone else in doing so can be charged with a penalty of up to 25 percent of the credit amount claimed.

"This is important information for tax preparers," Denison said. "If you have clients claiming this credit, remember to review their supporting documentation to make sure they're eligible, so you don't end up being penalized. And as a courtesy to your client, please remind them of the potential penalty."

For more information on the WFHDC credit, including additional details on eligibility and supporting documentation requirements, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and look under "Popular Topics."

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
Free Document Shredding Event (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 12/05/16 9:01 AM
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The Beaverton Police Department will be providing a free document shredding event on Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event will be held at the Sunset Presbyterian Church located at 14986 NW Cornell Rd. Portland Oregon 97229.

Identity theft and fraud crimes continue to be of great concern for all of us. The City of Beaverton would like to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud, by keeping your personal information away from the hands of identity thieves. One of the methods identity thieves use to steal your information is combing through recycling and garbage for sensitive information that has been thrown away.

The Beaverton Police Department recommends and encourages the community to use a shredder (preferably cross-cut) for sensitive documents, such as credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, bank checks, household bills, and other documents that may contain sensitive information.

Shred-it will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event each vehicle will only be allowed THREE BANKER STYLE BOXES of documents to be shredded.

This event is not for business documents. It is for personal documents only that contain personal information that if thrown out could lead to identity theft.

Service will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to the capacity of the commercial sized shredding trucks from Shred-it. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached. Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. Volunteers will be on site to accept these food donations.

Please do not contact Sunset Presbyterian Church with questions about this shredding event. All information related to this event is posted on the Beaverton Police Department's web page and Facebook page.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Photo
State task force approves new opioid prescribing guidelines for Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 12/05/16 9:00 AM
December 5, 2016

Editors note: Contacts for local perspectives are listed below under "For more information"

A group of health care leaders and the Oregon Health Authority seek to reduce opioid overdoses and improve pain treatment

PORTLAND, OR----A group of Oregon health care leaders has approved a new standard for prescribing opioids for pain. The Oregon-specific guidelines aim to improve patient care and pain management, and reduce prescription drug overdoses in the state.

The Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force approved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain as the basis for Oregon guidelines in June. Since then, the task force has worked on Oregon-specific additions to the guidelines. The additions include recommendations for evaluation, consultation and documentation for patients who are on higher doses of prescribed opioids----and who use prescribed opioids in combination with other medications including marijuana.

The approval also encouraged continued discussion at state and local levels about how the state guideline will be implemented and communicated to patients and health care providers.

"Opioid overdose is a major public health problem in Oregon and nationwide," said Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH, state health officer and state epidemiologist at the Oregon Health Authority. "These guidelines provide Oregon a blueprint for decreasing opioid-related deaths in Oregon through the prescription process. Approval of these guidelines represents agreement and commitment from health care leaders in the effort to address addiction and misuse."

The 36-member task force was composed of physicians and other health care industry professionals representing local public health agencies, state medical licensing boards, professional associations and other nonprofit organizations. Hedberg and OHA Chief Medical Officer Jim Rickards, MD, are the task force's executive sponsors.

Each year in Oregon, drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle traffic deaths, and more overdose deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug. It's reported that three prescription opioid-related deaths occur every week, and many more Oregonians develop opioid use disorder. Since the 1990s, Oregon has seen a dramatic increase in sales, use, misuse, dependency and overdoses involving prescription controlled substances, particularly opioids.

Data from Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program shows that prescribed opioid use is pervasive among Oregonians. In 2014, enough opioids were prescribed in Oregon for nearly every person in the state to have a bottle, despite insufficient evidence that long-term opioid treatment is effective for chronic non-cancer pain. In a recent national survey, Oregon ranked second among all states in non-medical use of pain relievers (i.e., prescription pain medication).

According to the CDC, the federal guideline----approved by Oregon----is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain; improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment; and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose.

"The hard work now begins with implementing and communicating about this guideline to clinicians, patients and the public," Hedberg said. "Looking ahead, success will continue to require a shared commitment by our health care and community partners. We all serve a critical role, and approving this final set of guidelines continues momentum toward reducing opioid overdose and misuse in Oregon."

Developing and implementing an opioid prescribing guideline for pain management was a goal of the OHA's "Oregon Prescription Drug Overdose, Misuse, and Dependency Prevention Plan" published in November 2015. The plan also encourages reimbursement for non-opioid treatment for chronic pain, and implementation of pharmacy opioid management strategies.

In addition, OHA's prevention plan supports:
-- Increasing access to non-opioid treatments for chronic non-cancer pain.
-- Improving the infrastructure for naloxone rescue medication, such as passing laws--as Oregon has--that allow lay people to carry and administer naloxone to people suffering from an opioid overdose.
-- Providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.
-- Implementing routine collection, analysis and reporting of opioid overdose, misuse and dependency data.
-- Maintaining and improving the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
-- Providing education and training of the public, providers, health systems and policymakers on the issues related to opioid overdose, misuse and dependency.
-- Collaborating with federal and state entities to support the work of the initiative to reduce prescription drug overdoses.
-- Improved safe drug disposal at pharmacies.

Reducing harms associated with alcohol and substance use is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

For more information:
-- OHA website: Reducing Opioid Overdose and Misuse https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/SubstanceUse/Opioids/Pages/index.aspx
-- CDC Prescribing guideline information for patients http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/patients.html
-- CDC Prescribing FAQ http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/faq.html
-- CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/guideline.html
-- Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan https://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/HealthImprovement.aspx

Contacts for local perspectives:

Jim Shames, MD, health officer, Jackson County Public Health: 541-774-8200
Safina Koreishi, MD, medical director, Columbia Pacific CCO: 503-416-8026
David Labby, MD, health strategy advisor, Health Share of Oregon: 971-222-9768
Kim Swanson, PhD, chair, Central Oregon Pain Standards Task Force: 541-977-1411
Amit Shah, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareOregon: 503-416-1751
Catriona Buist, PsyD, pain psychologist, OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center, chair, Oregon Pain Commission: 503-314-4497
Roger Chou, MD, OHSU, author of CDC opioid prescribing guidelines, 503-494-8231
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/01/2016-12/04/2016
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/05/16 7:34 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 12/01/2016-12/04/2016

ESTACADA:

1C 2016-2044

On 12/01/2016 at about 0944 hrs., police responded to a theft report in the 700 block of N Broadway Street. A report is pending.

SANDY:

18 2016-2043

On 12/01/2016 at around 0130 hrs., police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation near the intersection of Proctor Boulevard and Strauss Avenue. It was discovered that the driver, Lowell A. Fleming (31, of Portland), had an outstanding warrant out of Multnomah County for Assault IV. He was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was held on $1500 bail.

18 2016-2045

On 12/01/2016 at about 1232 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 39000 block of Dubarko Road. An adult subject was transported a hospital for evaluation.

18 2016-2051

On 12/02/2016 at 1433 hrs., a victim who resides in the 18000 block of Pacific Avenue reported the theft of Christmas decorations from his front yard. The item was valued at $80.

18 2016-2052

On 12/02/2016 at 1647 hrs., a reporting party reported she lost a piece of identification. In order to have the ID replaced, the issuer requested she file a police report.

18 2016-2053

On 12/02/2016 at about 2258, officers were flagged down by some citizens on Proctor Boulevard near Bluff Road. The citizens had a rear end traffic crash. Police took a report and issued a citation for operating a motor vehicle while
using a mobile communication device.

18 2016-2054

On 12/03/2016 at about 0119 hrs., Egor A. Pukay (20, of Sandy) was arrested in the 40000 block of McCormick Court on a warrant for False Information to a Police Officer. Pukay was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $10,000 bail.

18 2016-2055

On 12/03/2016 at about 1100 hrs., Charles S. Aiken (35, of Sandy) was arrested on two wararnts out of Clackamas County, for Trespass 1 and Probation Violation, respectively. He was transported Clackamas County Jail where he was held on no bail.

18 2016-2056

On 12/03/2016 at 1223 hrs., officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance located in the 39000 block of Evans Street. The investigation determined no crimes had been committed. The involved parties were separated for the rest of the day and a report was taken.

18 2016-2057


On 12/03/2016 at 1425 hrs., police were dispatched to a shop-lifter in custody at a business located in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. David R. Gerhardt (58, of Rhododendron) was cited and released for Theft II after attempting to steal items from the store.

18 2016-2058

On 12/03/2016 at approximately 1630 hrs., an unknown suspect threw a large cup of soda at the victim, striking her in the face. There were no visible injuries. The suspect was upset that he was not able to purchase the drink via food stamps. The altercation occurred at the AM/PM mini mart located at 16355 Champion Way. This case is still open.
Red Cross Responds to Multi Family Home Fire Affecting Five Adults and Four Children in Salem
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/05/16 7:12 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a multi family home fire disaster on December 5, 2016, at approximately 4:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Highway Avenue NE in Salem, OR. The fire affected nine people including five adults and four children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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.
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting a Family of Nine in Salem
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/05/16 7:04 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a single family home fire disaster on December 5, 2016, at approximately 4:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Highway Avenue NE in Salem, OR. The fire affected a family of nine, including five adults and four children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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.
Sun. 12/04/16
Woodburn Police Respond to Disturbance, Arrest Pair on Parole Violations (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 12/04/16 9:16 PM
Katrica Graham
Katrica Graham
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Woodburn police responded to a reported family disturbance just before 1 p.m. today. The witness said they heard a female's cries for help from a RV, which was parked at a residence in the 500 block of Willow Avenue. Katrica Graham, 30 and Michael Pearce, 32, were present in the RV.

Both subjects are known to Woodburn police officers, who have had run-ins with Pearce in the past, including him assaulting a public safety officer.

Police discovered both had warrants for their arrest on parole violations; Graham for arson in Douglas County and Pearce for assault II in Marion County.

Police established a perimeter around the RV with assistance from Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Hubbard Police Department. It was determined Graham wasn't injured and both subjects refused to come out of the RV. Both were under the influence of methamphetamine and acting erratically.

After negotiations were aided by the presence of a K9, the two surrendered and were taken to Marion County Jail.


Attached Media Files: Katrica Graham , Michael Pearce
Deputies Search for Stolen Bicycle (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/04/16 9:02 PM
Bike Photo
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December 4, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a person that stole a bicycle from a special needs man.

On December 2, 2016, Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the community of Raleigh Hills, concerning a reported stolen bicycle. Sheriff's Deputies learned Jason Eland's bicycle was stolen from the Raleigh Hills Fred Meyer store at about 1:20 p.m. on Friday December 2, 2016.

Jason lives with his sister as he is unable to live by himself. Jason's main daily activities consist of him riding his bicycle to Fred Meyer then Washington Square. Jason is pictured with his red Trek bicycle. Family reports that Jason's bicycle is "his whole life."

Video evidence shows a man watching the bicycle, and then he got on it and rode off into an unknown direction. Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with no success. Sheriff's Deputies are inspecting surveillance video and other evidence.

There is a still photo of the suspect from the surveillance footage at Fred Meyer. The suspect was described as a white male with short hair. He was wearing a dark coat and a blue backpack.

Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.


Attached Media Files: PDF Press Release with Photos , Bike Photo , Suspect Photo
Vancouver Police make arrest in police officer impersonation/kidnapping case
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/04/16 7:56 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On December 3, 2016, as follow up to the ongoing investigation involving a male who impersonated a police officer and attempted to kidnap a female on November 27, 2016, Vancouver Police conducted a search warrant on a residence in the 14600 block of SE 8th Street in Vancouver. Evidence located as part of the search warrant, as well as information provided by the victims from the reported incident on November 27, 2016 and another incident that occurred on November 26, 2016 that was not reported, led to the arrest of Shannon W. Stover, 46, for an outstanding felony warrant, 1 count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, 1 count of Kidnapping I, and 2 counts of Rape I. Stover was booked into the Clark County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and Detectives believe there are likely additional victims and anticipate additional charges.

Vancouver Police are encouraging any victims who may have had an incident involving Shannon W. Stover, and did not report it at the time, to call the Vancouver Police Department at (360) 487-7355

Anyone who may have additional information related to this investigation is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.

The Vancouver Police Department is asking members of the media to exercise extra consideration with respect to release of information regarding the victims in this case. Additional victims are likely to exist and detectives are hoping they will feel encouraged to call police and report any incidents involving Stover without fear of being identified publicly.

No further information is being released at this time.

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Two Washington County Women Killed In Highway 26 Crash - Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 12/04/16 2:36 PM
On December 3, 2016 at about 7:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 14 (east of Seaside).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Chevy Equinox was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2012 GMC pickup. The driver of the Chevrolet, Anali AGUILAR GAONA, age 21, of Cornelius was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her passenger, Marilyn MANRIQUEZ GUTIERREZ, age 23, also of Cornelius, was also pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the GMC, Michael J HEUVELHORST, age 63, and his passenger, Linda J HEUVELHORST, age 69, were transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries (both are Seaside residents).

Highway 26 was closed or partially closed for over five hours while the investigation was conducted. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Hamlet Fire. More information will be released when it becomes available.
****Update*****Linn Deputies Arrest Female For Robbery
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/04/16 11:38 AM
update #1

After further investigation and latent print confirmation, the last name of the suspect is actually Ferguson and not Peterson, as originally reported. This investigation continues.


Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a Robbery that occurred today at 1:15 p.m. A Deputy responded to a reported trespass in progress located near 23600 Hwy 99E, north of Harrisburg.

While the Deputy was investigating the trespass, a 911 call was received regarding a Robbery in the 23000 block of 99E in Harrisburg. The Deputy was able to quickly respond from the trespass call and made contact with the male caller. Deputies learned he was unlocking a propane tank when he was approached from behind. The suspect grabbed the caller around the neck from behind and stuck an object in his back, simulating a weapon. The suspect demanded the keys to the victim's pickup and told him he would be shot if he did not comply.

The caller did not believe the object was a gun and was able to turn and strike the suspect, who then fled toward the Knife River property located on Peoria Rd. Additional Deputies responded to the area and located a suspect, female, hiding on the Knife River property. After a short foot chase and struggle with deputies, the suspect was taken into custody and was identified as Dawn Allison Peterson, a 40 year-old transient from Marysville Washington. Deputies later learned Peterson did not have a gun and possibly used her finger or a Bic lighter to simulate a gun.

Peterson was transported to the Linn County Jail and charged with Robbery II, Criminal Trespass II x3 and Resisting Arrest. There were no injuries to Peterson or the Deputies.
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting Four People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/04/16 7:35 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a single-family home fire disaster on December 4, 2016, at approximately 6:00 a.m. in the 3000 block of SE 161st Avenue in Portland, OR. The fire affected a family of four, including two adults and two children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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.
Sat. 12/03/16
Injured Hiker Rescued in the Columbia River Gorge (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/16 7:43 PM
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On 12/03/2016 shortly after 12:00 pm, Multnomah County Deputies were called to assist an injured hiker who had fallen down an embankment near the John B. Yeon Trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge, while hiking with friends.

At approximately 12:45 pm a team from the MCSO Trail Hornets set out on the trail and was able to reach the hiker, a 66 year old female who had fallen nearly 100 feet down a steep embankment. Crews from the American Medical Response Reach and Treat Unit along with Corbett Fire Department assisted with medical care of the injured hiker on scene.

Search and rescue teams from MCSO and Pacific NW Search and Rescue joined in the rescue effort later in the afternoon. At approximately 7:00 pm a National Guard helicopter was able to perform a hoist rescue of the injured hiker and flew her to a local hospital for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


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City of Woodburn Honors Local Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 12/03/16 3:55 PM
Woodburn Overpass Blue Lights
Woodburn Overpass Blue Lights
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One of the unique features of the new Woodburn I-5 interchange is the City can program the lights on the overpass to various colors and color schemes.

City Administrator Scott Derickson authorized the overpass lighting change to blue on Dec. 1 at the request of Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris, to honor not only fallen officers across the country, but specifically those locally who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant and Oregon State Sr. Trooper Bill Hakim.

"It is important that we not forget those who have died protecting our communities, and no City knows that more than Woodburn," said Chief Ferraris. "This is an appropriate honor for Capt. Tennant and Trooper Hakim, who will never be forgotten."

Agencies across the national honor fallen officers each December through Project Blue Light, which started in 1989.

The overpass lights will be blue for the entire month of December.


Attached Media Files: Woodburn Overpass Blue Lights
Military Appreciation Night at The Grotto's Festival of Lights
The Grotto - 12/03/16 2:57 PM
The Grotto is proud to once again celebrate Military Appreciation Night at The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights, co-sponsored by Sonitrol Pacific and Secure Pacific.

On Wednesday, December 7, all active and former servicemen and women with ID, and their families, receive FREE ADMISSION to The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights.

The Festival is open from 5-9:30 p.m. nightly through December 30.

For more information, go to http://thegrotto.org/christmas-festival-of-lights/


Attached Media Files: Military Appreciation Night
Lower Columbia SWAT takes Reckless Shooter into Custody
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/16 4:54 AM
Castle Rock, WA-Lower Columbia SWAT was called after a Castle Rock man fired numerous rounds out of his home shortly after midnight Saturday.

46 year old Thomas Mann was arrested for Reckless Endangerment after deputies were called to a report of gunfire at approximately 12:10 a.m. When the first deputy arrived on scene he heard gunfire coming from a residence in the 400 block of Studebaker Road, Spur 2. As the deputy approached the residence the gunfire erupted right above him. The deputy announced his presence and ordered the suspect to disarm and come out. The demands were met with a refusal and more gunfire. The deputy requested additional assistance.

Additional deputies responded as did SWAT. Attempts to contact him by phone or public address were unsuccessful. Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as SWAT deployed.

After a couple of hours, Mann peacefully surrendered. He gave no explanation for his behavior and did not appear to be otherwise impaired.

He was transported to the county jail and booked.
Fri. 12/02/16
Fire Sprinkler System Assists Firefighters in Stopping Basement Fire at Sports Bar in Tigard
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 12/02/16 11:51 PM
At approximately 11:03 this evening crews from our downtown Tigard fire station were called to a reported fire in the basement at Lu's Sports Bar & Lounge, located at 11530 SW Pacific Hwy in Tigard. First arriving firefighters reported the basement was full of smoke, and requested additional resources to assist with the firefighting efforts. Once inside, crews were able to quickly determine that the buildings fire sprinkler system had kept the fire confined to a utility area under the bar area. Firefighters extinguished the remainder of the fire, and then worked to ensure the fire had not extended beyond the basement area.

All occupants inside the business were able to safely evacuate prior to the arrival of firefighters. There were no reports of injuries.

A TVFR Fire Investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire at this time. There were no damage estimates immediately available.

When a fire sprinkler system is present, the likelihood of injuries and costly damage is dramatically reduced. More information about fire sprinkler systems can be found at: http://www.tvfr.com/index.aspx?nid=144

For additional safety tips, please visit www.tvfr.com.