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08/04/15
Updated state park campfire restrictions
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/04/15
Salem OR - State Park campfire restrictions are in place in the Columbia Gorge, middle and southern portions of the Willamette Valley, on southern Oregon coastal beaches, and a few locations east of the Cascades.

++Columbia Gorge++
Where: Ainsworth, Viento, Memaloose, Deschutes River State Recreation Area and all day-use parks.
What: No campfires or charcoal briquettes. Gas stoves OK.

++Willamette Valley++
Where: Detroit Lake, Mongold, Cascadia, Elijah Bristow, Lowell, Jasper, and all parks around Fall Creek Reservoir.
What: No campfires or charcoal briquettes. Gas stoves OK.

++East of the Cascades++
Where: Remote camping locations around Prineville Reservoir (developed campgrounds at Prineville State Park and Jasper Point not restricted).
What: No campfires or charcoal briquettes. Gas stoves OK.

Where: Cottonwood Canyon.
What: No campfires. Charcoal briquettes and gas stoves OK in campground, gas stoves only outside of campground.

++Southern Oregon Coastal Beaches++
Where: All beaches and state park day-use sites from Coos Bay south to the California border. Developed campgrounds not restricted.
What: No fires or charcoal briquettes. Gas stoves OK.

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Even where fires are allowed, visitors need to exercise caution. Build fires only in fire rings. Attend all fires. Don't build them larger than necessary. Keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby, and douse thoroughly when finished. Smoking is not permitted in state parks except in personal vehicles and designated campsites.

Conditions change rapidly. Before you visit, check oregonstateparks.org for updates.
Comments sought on proposed changes to state park reservation system
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/04/15
Salem OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking comments on proposed rules that would amend the Oregon State Parks reservation process.

The changes ...

1) Provide better customer service by reducing the reservation window from two days to one day, allowing customers more flexibility;

2) Simplify the reservation cancellation process to provide one point of contact and allow cancellations on the web;

3) Reduce the deadline for cancellations and changes from one month to three days prior to arrival for deluxe cabins, deluxe yurts and horse camps which will reduce financial penalties on customers;

4) Refine the rules for group camping to focus on the groups with the most impact on park resources and improve operational efficiency; and

5) Clean up rule language, removing references to old programs.

OPRD is seeking public comment on these proposed rule changes through August 28, 2015. Comments will be taken by email, and through a series of five public hearings in August.

The proposed rule change will more closely align current cancellation practices, reservation timeframes, and department terminology with rule language. Changes to the cancellation and site change policy for deluxe cabins, deluxe yurts and horse camps will allow customers who use those facilities more flexibility without financial penalties when their plans change. Another rule change is intended to help the department manage large groups who want to camp together in campgrounds designed for individual camping. The major change to the group rules is the elimination of the reservation fee waiver. Other proposed changes for groups are a waiver of the cancellation fee and changing the number of sites that qualify for group camping from ten to twenty. A copy of the proposed rule language and other details regarding the proposed rule changes can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/Pages/Rulemaking Notices.aspx

Public comments will be accepted through August 28th and can be sent to the department through regular mail (Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Public Comment, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301), by e-mail (oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov), or in person at one of five public hearings scheduled in August. Those who wish to make public comment at one of the hearings must register with the hearing officer within thirty minutes of the listed start time listed below.

8/19/2015 - 6:30 PM - Sunset Bay State Park Meeting Hall, 89814 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, OR

8/22/2015 - 9:00 AM - Tryon Creek State Park - Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR

8/24/2015 - 6:30 PM - Tryon Creek State Park - Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR

8/25/2015 - 6:30 PM - Valley River Inn, Alsea Room, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR

8/27/2015 - 6:30 PM - Pine Ridge Inn, 1200 SW Mt. Bachelor Drive, Bend, OR
Third Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Competition Provides Wins for Oregon and Washington Food Banks (Photo)
Dairy Farmers of Oregon - 08/04/15
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Food banks in Oregon and Washington received the combined equivalent of more than 190,000 pounds of donated food from the third annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger campaign - easily eclipsing the 85,000 pounds donated in 2014.

The campaign, a joint effort between the two states' respective dairy products commissions, departments of agriculture, food banks and Fred Meyer and QFC stores, ran throughout June Dairy Month to raise awareness about the increased need for food and donations during the summer, when children have less access to school breakfast and lunch programs.

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director Derek Sandison supported the campaign with a friendly competition to see which state could generate the most food and funds.

Washington won the competition and will take the Director's Trophy with $16,000 raised and 54,164 pounds of donated food. Oregon raised nearly $5,500 and had almost 53,000 pounds of food. Last year, the Trophy was won by Oregon, with Washington the inaugural winner in 2013. Oregon Food Bank also received nearly 50,000 pounds of cheese and yogurt donated by Tillamook Cheese, Sunshine Dairy and other dairy processors.

"We appreciate the efforts of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission to raise food and funds for Oregon Food Bank," said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. "Dairy foods are always in high demand at food pantries across the state, and milk, yogurt and cheese are key components in healthy meals, especially for children."

Funds raised from Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger will help get more nutrient-rich dairy foods, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, into food pantries across the state. The number of Oregonians eating food they received from a pantry has not decreased since it peaked four years ago. In an average month, 270,000 people in Oregon and Clark County eat food they received from a pantry -- and about a third of those are children.

The campaign included collection barrels placed at Fred Meyer and QFC stores, as well as events at selected stores in Oregon and Washington throughout the month. The Oregon campaign kicked off with the return of the Milk Carton Boat Race, sponsored by the Oregon Dairy Products Commission as part of the Portland Rose Festival. Contributions were also accepted at the campaign website and Fred Meyer check stands. The goal was to share the message that a little does a lot: For every $10 donated, the local food bank can distribute enough food to feed a family of four for three to five days.

"The project draws attention to the need for food during summer months when many school breakfast and lunch programs are suspended," said Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba, noting that Northwest farmers show their commitment to fight hunger by donating more than 13.5 million pounds of food to the states' food banks each year. "We hope these kinds of partnerships continue to grow and strengthen so that, together, we can make sure no one in the Northwest goes to bed hungry."

"Partnering with Oregon and Washington dairy farmers in a combined effort to fight childhood hunger means a lot to our entire employee team," said Melinda Merrill, manager of community affairs for Fred Meyer. "The annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger program is one important step toward addressing this vital issue in the communities where we live and work."


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Stouts Fire Morning Update - Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/04/15
Stouts Fire
Daily Update
August 4, 2015

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
Email: StoutsFire@gmail.com
@StoutsFire
#StoutsFire


On Monday, firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions by constructing fire lines and conducting burn out operations. The fire increased to 17,166 acres as crews burned out vegetation to help protect a communications site and reinforce dozer and hand lines. Last night, crews were able to put in more miles of line than expected. Fire officials stated that four or five more days as productive as yesterday will make a difference.

"Good progress has been made, we've gained a foothold," said Bill Hahnenberg of the US Forest Service, one of the Incident Commanders with the unified command managing the fire.

The fire is 10% contained with 1,272 people working on this incident representing multiple local, state, and federal natural resource and fire service agencies. The incident has an excellent safety record despite the difficult terrain and extremely hot and dry weekend weather.

The weather forecast projects continued favorable conditions that should help firefighters make gains on containing the fire. Smoke and flames from burn out operations are expected to be visible from Tiller and Drew areas. Structural firefighters are providing "point-protection" as needed around residences adjacent to the fire. The smoke inversion that has been a regular occurrence on this incident is expected to lift by mid-day, allowing additional air support available to firefighters.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other landowners, and structural fire resources from Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, and Marion counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts Fire. The Red Cross evacuation shelter in Canyonville has closed, but staff remains on call in case circumstances change. Contingency plans are in place to open a shelter on the eastern or southern end of the fire if necessary.

Evacuations Levels 1 and 2 remain in effect for 317 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time.

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Washington Early Learning Partnership Recommitts at Starting Strong
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 08/04/15
TACOMA, WA -- Today, five state agencies reestablished their commitment to work together to make sure every child from birth to third grade gets the best possible start in life.

In front of more than 1,000 early learning professionals and K-3 teachers, the Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Department of Health (Health), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Thrive Washington (Thrive), and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) signed a joint resolution, re-establishing their commitment to collaboration.

Originally created in 2009 by DEL, OSPI and Thrive, the Washington Early Learning Partnership has since welcomed DSHS and Health into the partnership, so that the needs of the whole child are met in these critical and foundational first years of life.

This partnership between early learning, K-12, health and human services is unique to Washington state and has been key to Washington's rise as a national leader in early learning.

In 2010, the Early Learning Partnership led the development of a 10-year statewide Early Learning Plan.

This plan strives to make sure
All children have access to services promoting optimal physical health, mental health, oral health and nutrition
Parents are recognized as their children's first and most important teachers
Early learning professionals can demonstrate the competencies to provide children birth through third grade with developmentally and culturally appropriate early learning experiences
All children and families make smooth transitions among home, early learning settings and school
The early learning system in Washington uses evidence-based data and/or demonstrates best practices to support families in fostering children's healthy development and learning

The full document can be found online at del.wa.gov.


Attached Media Files: Full release with hyperlinks
Oregon's Own 234th Army Band to play a series of summer concerts in conjunction with 70th Anniversary of WWII observance (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/04/15
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band is scheduled to participate in a series of concerts throughout the region this summer.

The band is the featured musical headliner in the 70th Anniversary of WWII events, coinciding with the national Spirit of '45 Commemoration. The concerts are free to the public.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown proclaimed August 9-16, 2015, as WWII 70th Anniversary, Spirit of 45 Commemorative Week to honor and celebrate the achievements of the "Greatest Generation". The second Sunday of every August has been designated as Spirit of '45 Day to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those who participated in WWII.

Oregon's Spirit of '45 Honorary Chairman, retired Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer, Sr. said he was proud to be a part of the 70th WWII commemoration celebration.

"I am pleased that Oregon has created a permanent day to honor the commitment of service, unity and spirit of 16 million American soldiers on the ground, sailors at sea, pilots in the air, and millions who supported the home front," Thayer said.

Oregon's 234th Army Band is scheduled to appear at the following locations on these designated dates and times:

Aug. 9, 3:00 p.m., Elsinore Theater, Salem, OR
Aug. 10, 7:00 p.m., Hult Center, Eugene, OR
Aug. 11, 7:00 p.m., North Medford High School, Medford, OR
Aug. 12, 7:00 p.m., Tower Theater, Bend, OR
Aug. 14, 7:00 p.m., The Vert Auditorium, Pendleton, OR
Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m., Camp Withycombe, Clackamas, OR

The event at Camp Withycombe on Aug. 15 is preceded by a ceremony dedicating the Oregon Military Museum Park. The Oregon Military Museum is named in honor of Brig. Gen. Thayer, and is undergoing a $16 million renovation.

For more information on the Spirit of '45 commemoration events, visit https://www.Spiritof45.org.


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McMinnville Police investigating a shooting at 2nd and Fenton.
McMinnville Police Dept. - 08/04/15
On August 3rd, 2015 at about 1045 pm, a McMinnville Officer drove up on a shooting that had just occurred on 2nd Street near Fenton. A single victim, a 20 year old Hispanic male adult, had received a non life threatening injury. Several witnesses reported observing another male that fired multiple shots at the victim, and then fled from the area on foot.

The injured male was transported to the hospital and the investigation is continuing. At this point, the motive or reasons for this incident are still undetermined.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our Tipline (anonymously if requested) at 503-434-2337
08/03/15
Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Humboldt Neighborhood - One Person Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/03/15
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On Monday August 3, 2015, at 11:04 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire in the area of North Alberta Street and Haight Avenue.

Officers responded to the area and located evidence of gunfire in the 5200 block of North Haight Avenue.

Officers were at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for an unrelated event when a gunshot victim pulled up to the Emergency Room in a smaller SUV. Medical personnel rushed the 33-year-old male victim into the hospital for treatment. The victim was conscious and alert when he arrived at the hospital.

Officers noted damaged on the victim's SUV consistent with gunfire and will tow the vehicle as evidence.

At this point there is no suspect information and no substantial traffic delays as a result of this shooting investigation.

Gang Enforcement Team investigators are responding to conduct an investigation.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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UPDATE: Death Investigation in Downtown Portland - SW Salmon Street Closed, 4th to 5th Avenues
Portland Police Bureau - 08/03/15
The scene has been cleared and Southwest Salmon Street has been reopened to all traffic.

The death investigation is continuing and no additional updates are available this evening.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Monday August 3, 2015, at 5:14 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to assist medical personnel on Southwest Salmon Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues, after a report of someone who fell from the roof of the Standard Insurance Center.

Officers arrived with medical personnel and located a deceased individual in the street.

All traffic is closed on Salmon Street between 4th and 5th Avenue as the investigation continues.

Detectives are being consulted and the Medical Examiner and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to the scene.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is at the scene and interested media can gather on the NW corner of 5th Avenue and Salmon Street.

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Cable Crossing Evening Update - Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update
8/03/2015

MAKING STEADY PROGRESS FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN MOP UP

With the Cable Crossing Fire completely lined, firefighters are turning their attention to mop up operations and completing the last of the burnout operations. Mop is up a methodical process to completely extinguish a wildfire. Fire crews put water on the fire, fall snags, dig out smoldering stumps, and move logs so they won't roll downhill. Mop up is like putting your camp fire dead out, only on a monumental scale.

Mop up operations present new hazards for firefighters. Fire crews entering burned stands can face hot spots, falling snags and stump holes. Operations Section Chief Matt Howard encouraged the fire crews to remain vigilant as, "this fire has yet to be tested."
Just as firefighter face risks, so do community residents. Wildfires put up a lot of smoke which can negatively impact health. Specifically, fine particles can irritate eyes and lungs and lead to illnesses such as bronchitis. Older adults, children and those with respiratory illnesses are more likely to be affected by smoke. Visit http://tinyurl.com/moj4wna to learn more.
The forecasted weather presents favorable conditions for successful mop up with highs in the mid-80s and moderate humidity.
Firefighters on the Cable Crossing Fire continued to gain ground on the fire. The fire is now completely trailed and estimated at 1,750 acres and 30 percent contained. As a precautionary measure, the level one evacuation notice remains in effect on Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head and along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.

Fire At A Glance

Size: 1750 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 30%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1
44 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers
3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 5 - Type 2 (Med Lift); 4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 32
Dozers: 10
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 12
Total personnel: 1355
Estimated Cost to Date: $3,200,000

For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index
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Woodburn Police arrest 15 year old for two armed robberies
Woodburn Police - 08/03/15
Woodburn police officers responded to a pair of armed robbery calls on Monday. The first was at 12:20 p.m. when officers responded to Walmart, located at located at 3002 Stacy Allison Way, after a report that a male suspect had stolen merchandise at the store and then pointed a firearm after an employee attempted to make contact him. The suspect fled from the store on a bicycle. Police conducted a search of the area but could not find the suspect.

A little over an hour later, at 1:35 p.m., officers responded to Big 5 Sporting Goods, located at 1575 Mount Hood Avenue, where the suspect had brandished a firearm at an employee as he stole merchandise from the store. The suspect fled on bicycle and was later located in the Downtown area, near Woodburn City Hall. The suspect attempted to flee from officers on foot but was arrested by Woodburn police and a Hubbard police officer. The suspect, a 15-year-old male, was later transported to Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on two charges of Robbery I.

No other information will be released at this time.
Update: Oregon Army National Guard assists fire suppression efforts in Stouts Fire (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/03/15
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ROSEBURG, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is assisting with ongoing fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville, Oregon, in Douglas County.

Two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters with crew members and support personnel were dispatched to the Roseburg Municipal Airport, today, to assist with fire suppression efforts utilizing "bambi buckets". An additional CH-47 Chinook helicopter with crew members is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, August 5.

Photo Captions:
150803-Z-PL933-001: Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Brian Houston, Chief Warrant Officer-2 Rafael Toler, pilots, and crew chief Sgt. Tracy Braeme, with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, prepare to take off in support of fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, August 3, near Roseburg, Oregon. Two Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters began working out of the Roseburg Municipal Airport today to support ground firefighting crews. The Stouts Fire currently covers approximately 15,000 acres. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

150803-Z-PL933-002: Oregon Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer-4 Dennis Cooper, Chief Warrant Officer-2 Logan Bass, pilots, and crew chief Spc. Beth Bechard, with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, return to the Roseburg Municipal Airport in an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter after dropping water on target locations in support of fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, August 3, near Roseburg, Oregon. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

150803-Z-PL933-003: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Richard Brown and Sgt. Jason Westlund, both petroleum supply specialists with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, refuel an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter which recently returned from delivering nearly 500 gallons of water in support of fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, August 3, near Roseburg, Oregon. Aviation fuel resupply crews provide approximately 1,200 gallons of fuel per day in support of aviation fire missions. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)


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Stouts Fire Evening Update - Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 7 p.m. PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/15
The Stouts Fire evening update for August 3, 2015 is in video form:


https://www.periscope.tv/w/aJAHjDQ3MzI5ODZ8NTM0MjkzNjIMEzAhDsUALSzXxq90fmaEgvQPgnqVd8-XNdKu8ubM5A==


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Stouts Fire Information Office
Phone 541-825-3724
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
Crack Sealing Street Project Begins in Salem
City of Salem - 08/03/15
The City of Salem has awarded a contract to perform pavement crack sealing activities on select streets throughout Salem. Crack sealing is the most cost effective preventive maintenance activity to preserve and prolong the life of City streets.

This project will be conducted over the months of August and September and will temporarily impact parking and driveway access for short periods of time. Residents affected by the work activities will be notified with a letter from the City and a follow-up flyer from the contractor prior to work in their neighborhood.

A list of the streets that may be impacted by the work is available online at www.cityofsalem.net/2015CrackSeal.

Please contact Project Manager Kyler King at 503-588-6211, or kking@cityofsalem.net if you have questions or need additional information.
Red Cross Responds to Skamania County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/03/15
Volunteer disaster response team members with the American Red Cross this afternoon responded to a single-family fire that occurred in the 200 block of Joshenka Dr. in Carson, WA. This event affected two adults and two children. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, linens and comfort kits.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503)528-5783 to schedule an appointment.
Clackamas County Fair Shuttle
Canby Area Transit - 08/03/15
During the Clackamas County Fair (Tuesday to Saturday/August 18-22) Canby Area Transit will operate a shuttle between Canby Market Center (near Fred Meyer) and the Clackamas County Fair Grounds. The shuttle fare is $1 each way. Children 6 and under are free.

The CAT Route 99 southbound stop at North Pine Street and 99E will be closed during the Fair. riders traveling to the Fair Grounds from the north should connect with the Fair Shuttle at Canby Market Center (near Fred Meyer). See canbyareatransit.org or call 503.266.4022 for more specific information.


Attached Media Files: Rider Alert , Fair Schedule
Camas Police Requesting Public's Assistance in Identifying Vehicle Prowl Suspects
Camas Police Dept. - 08/03/15
Camas, Washington -

Camas Police Department needs the public's assistance to help identify the posted suspects. They are responsible for numerous vehicle prowls throughout the west side of Prune Hill.

There have been over 50 Vehicle Prowls in the past week and a half. Thefts from inside the vehicles have resulted in Frauds and Identity Thefts and Burglaries. Most prowls have involved unlocked vehicles. Garage door remotes have been stolen or used to access garages.

We have attached suspect photos and the attached video link shows the suspects' associated light-colored vehicle. The video link is from home surveillance video supplied by one of the vehicle prowl victims.

If anyone can help identify these suspects, please call 911 and ask to speak with a Camas Officer.


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Fort Vancouver National Trust announces winners for the Sixth Annual Columbia River Concours d'Elegance (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 08/03/15
Mayor's Choice Award winner, a 1966 Chevy II SS owned by Rob Titus
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The Fort Vancouver National Trust hosted the sixth annual Columbia River Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, August 2nd along historic Officers Row. The event was a success with over 200 vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and tether cars on display.

Attendees took a step back in time as they perused pre-1975 vehicles across the beautiful lawns of Officers Row, some with period-dressed exhibitors. Guitarist Peter Zisa, Elvis performer Mark Stevenz, and the Lake Oswego Swing Band entertained the crowd with live music all day.

Throughout the day, over 70 volunteer judges formed teams of three and four and judged cars in 41 classes. These judges were trained in advance and worked together to ensure the impartiality and adherence to high standards for evaluation on the restoration and preservation of the historic vehicles. The event ended with a parade of the top 2015 Columbia River Concours d'Elegance winners. Each recipient of the "Badge of Excellence" and each class winner paraded along with the best of show winners:

Best in Show went to a 1960 Imperial Crown Convertible owned by Joel Holland of Sumner, WA. The car also received the Founders, People's Choice and Best in Class awards.

The Judges' Choice award was given to a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS Spider owned by The Brothers Collection, Longview, WA. The vehicle also received a Badge of Excellence.

The Mayor's Choice award went to Rob Titus of Jefferson, Oregon for his 1966 Chevy II SS. The car was also recognized as Best in Class.

Best in Class Award Winners:
Jeff Smith, Albany, OR - 1927 LaSalle Cabriolet
Carl Celiliana, Happy Valley, OR - 1935 Ford Cabriolet
Carl Lange, La Center, WA - 1949 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup
Brad Groff, Portland, OR - 1958 Plymouth Belvedere
Jeff Zurschmeide, Lake Oswego, OR - 1920 Ford Model T
Larry & Debbie Haroun, West Linn, OR - 1964 Ford Mustang Convertible
Jacqulyn Mincheff, La Center, WA - 1957 Ford Thunderbird
Robert Schultheis, Vancouver, WA - 1967 Lincoln Continental
Lee Foote, Woodinville, WA - 1947 Cadillac
Ken & Lona Cousins, Camas, WA - 1963 Buick Riviera
Alan & Karol Wendler, Columbia City, OR - 1955 Oldsmobile
Ron Wade, Vancouver, WA - 1941 Chevrolet Cabriolet
Emory Molchan, Milwaukie, OR - 1954 Corvette
John Draneas, West Linn, OR - 1957 Alfa Romeo Guilietta
Jim & Shirlee Sliger, Turner, OR - 1959 Triumph TR3
Kerrigan Gray, Portland, OR - 1971 Nissan Fairlady Z-L
Rick Martin, Portland, OR - 1967 Maserati Mistreal
Larry & Debbie Haroun, West Linn, OR - 1963 Austin Healey BJ7 3000
Eileen Graham, Washougal, WA - 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE
Cameron Sheahan, Wilsonville, OR - 1961 Jaguar EType
Buzz & Bonnie Wright, Sherwood, OR - 1955 MG TF 1500
Keith Ansell, Brush Prairie, WA - 1958 MG A
Ernie & Pat Brawley, Fairview, OR - 1960 Mercedes 190 SL
John Draneas, West Linn, OR - 1959 Porsche 356
Jeff Mincheff, La Center, WA - 1952 Bentley Mark VI Park Ward DHC
Lenny Hewitt, Vancouver, WA - 1970 Honda CB750 Motorcycle
Samuel Justice, Portland, OR - 1958 Norton 88 Motorcycle
Ted Leno, Tualatin, OR - 1938 Zundapp K800 Motorcycle
John Phillips, Newberg, OR - 1963 Jaguar XKE
Howell Cobb, West Linn, OR - 1968 Jaguar E Type Roadster


Badge of Excellence Award Winners:
Michael Gudge, Welches, OR - 1936 Packard
Philip Rogovoy, Portland, OR - 1971 Buick GS 455
John Kirchen, Vancouver, WA - 1957 Chevrolet
Doug Meyer, Bend, OR, 1966 Corvette
David & Nancy Kurtz, Happy Valley, OR - 1968 Triumph TR 250
Paul Mitchell, Vancouver, WA - 1965 Triumph TR4A
Dan Uphoff, Vancouver, WA - 1972 Datsun 510
Richard Lenahan, Battle Ground, WA - 1964 Austin Healey BJ8 Convertible
Robert Madaris, Beaverton, OR - 1957 MG MGA
Ian Gleadle, Camano Island, WA - 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
Walt Tabrum, Scappoose, OR - 1960 Mercedes Benz 220SE
Roger Aumann, Portland, OR - 1965 Porsche 356
Craig Steggall, Vancouver, WA: 1961 BSA Motorcycle
Gary Edwards, Medford OR: 1967 BSA Hornet, 1967 BSA Wasp, 1967 BSA Hornet motorcycles
Frank Purner, Vancouver, WA - 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible


The Fort Vancouver National Trust thanks the sponsors who made this day possible, including Davidson & Associates Insurance, Hagerty, Commonwealth Classics Ltd., and more.

The Trust looks forward to hosting the event next year. For more information about the event, please visit www.columbiariverconcours.com.

About Fort Vancouver National Trust:
The Fort Vancouver National Trust has a mission to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. The Trust hosts educational programs such as the Marshall House Teas and Military History Talks. The Pearson Field Education Center hosts a wide variety of education programs, encompassing STEM curricula. We are the stewards of the historic buildings along Officers Row and in the West Vancouver Barracks, where 50 commercial and 50 residential units are leased. The Trust recently acquired the Providence Academy. Built in 1873, the Academy served as the Sisters of Providence's headquarters, as well as a school and orphanage. It is now comprised of office and business space, and spaces for special events. Celebrate Freedom programs provided by the Trust are beloved community traditions. They include the Lough Veterans Parade, Flag Day at Fort Vancouver, General George c. Marshall Public and Youth Leadership Award programs, Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, and the Columbia River Concours d'Elegance.


Attached Media Files: Mayor's Choice Award winner, a 1966 Chevy II SS owned by Rob Titus , Judges Choice 1969 Ferrari , This 1960 Chrysler Crown Imperial won Best in Show, Founders and Peoples Choice
Share Hunger Appeal Raises $267,625 with $85,124 Match by CenturyLink Foundation
Share - 08/03/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Share's annual Hunger Appeal raised a gross total of $267,625 thanks to a $85,124 match by the CenturyLink Foundation through their 2015 CenturyLink Feed the Children Backpack Buddies Food Drive, which took place June 1-12 in approximately 650 company locations across the country.

"The community truly stepped up and answered our call, helping us to locally raise $55,413 more than last year, which is absolutely fabulous," said Diane McWithey, executive director. "With the success of this challenge, we will be able to continue supporting the more than 1,950 children at 90 schools who receive bags of food each week during the school year through our Backpack Program."

Nationally, CenturyLink Inc. employees and the company's local employees collected 2.23 million pounds of food and raised $1.8 million in the 2015 CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive, which took place June 1-12 in hundreds of company locations across the country. To further support its employees' efforts, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation contributed a $1 million match to local food bank beneficiaries through the drive. This is the sixth year for CenturyLink's nationwide drive, with more than 47 million pounds of food donated since the program's inception.

Food banks can purchase and distribute food at a lower cost per pound than the average person could at a store. Many food banks can distribute up to six pounds of food per dollar donated. Based on this calculation, CenturyLink employees, community members and the Foundation donated a total of 19 million pounds of food to 172 food banks in 34 states.

Forty-nine million Americans, including 15.9 million children, are receiving food assistance annually. That means one in six Americans now rely on Feeding America and its nationwide network of local food banks

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

About Share
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area. Share operates three shelters for the homeless, a transitional housing program, case management, a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program and provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. Share also operates a summer meals program for low-income children and a backpack program benefitting 1,950 children at 90 schools to provide food for weekends to children receiving free or reduced-fee lunches. Additionally, Share offers financial programs that incorporate financial education and matched dollars for savings; these programs are designed to assist in the improvement of credit scores and financial management. For more information on Share, visit our Web site at www.sharevancouver.org.

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Woodland Public Schools makes security improvements to its campuses (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 08/03/15
The District Office, now located at the old middle school, received a new entrance requiring all visitors to check in at the main office before gaining access to the campus
The District Office, now located at the old middle school, received a new entrance requiring all visitors to check in at the main office before gaining access to the campus
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Monday, August 3, 2015-Woodland, WA-Throughout the summer, Woodland Public Schools introduced and installed new security improvements to its campuses to improve student and staff safety throughout the district. All projects are scheduled for completion prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year.

After the school day begins, all district buildings will have locked exterior entrances with the only unlocked entrances for each building leading to the main office of each school, with the exception being Yale School which has a doorbell. Students and staff may exit the building from any door during the course of a normal school day, however no one will be able to enter the buildings without first checking in at the main office.

"By requiring all visitors and late students to enter through the main office, we ensure school personnel know exactly who is on campus at all times," said Michael Green, Superintendent of Woodland Public Schools. "Student and staff safety is the top priority of Woodland Public Schools and these improvements will go a long way to making sure our schools are as safe as possible."

Security improvements include:

At Woodland Primary School, the main office will be relocated to the main entrance of the school with a brand-new entrance. The old school office was located within the school itself, permitting visitors access to classrooms and the gymnasium prior to checking in at the main office.

The old high school is now the Woodland Middle School with a new entrance created where the assistant principal's office was previously located. This change creates a security corridor for entering visitors where they must check in at the main office window prior to gaining access to the school. In addition, fencing will be installed around the school to enclose the campus. The fencing features exits for students, but no one will be able to enter the school through the fences.

The old middle school has become the new location for the Woodland District Office and now features a new main entrance creating a secure access point requiring visitors to check in before gaining access to the campus.

The new Woodland High School, opening at the start of school, features state-of-the-art security including nearly 100 security cameras to track student and visitor movement; automatic lockdown of exterior doors following the start of the school day; and the ability for the administrative team and secretaries to lockdown the entire school remotely.

"The construction for these projects will be underway throughout the month of August and into early September, so we ask that community members pardon our dust and be patient as school offices may be temporarily relocated during student enrollment," said Green.

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Attached Media Files: The District Office, now located at the old middle school, received a new entrance requiring all visitors to check in at the main office before gaining access to the campus , A new entrance and office relocation at Woodland Primary School will require all visitors and late students to check in at the main office before gaining access to the school grounds , Outside view of the new entrance at Woodland Middle School , A new entrance at Woodland Middle School will require all visitors and late students to check in before gaining access to the school , New fencing will be installed at Woodland Middle School allowing students to exit but no one to enter
Red Cross Offers Resources for Breathing Safely Near Wildfire Areas
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/03/15
With wildfires burning in southern Oregon and resulting smoke-filled air, area residents are urged to stay indoors if possible, keep windows in homes and vehicles closed, and drink water to stay hydrated and help reduce scratchy throat and coughing symptoms.

The American Red Cross Cascades Region is NOT distributing face masks. Concerned public members are encouraged to refer to information on the Oregon Public Health Division's website http://tinyurl.com/p6cta6q. The site has a detailed fact sheet about how to reduce exposure to wildfire smoke and outlines the effect of wildfire smoke on people, pets, livestock and drinking water. The fact sheet also notes differences between dust masks and N-95 respirator masks.

For information regarding ongoing wildfires in Oregon, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. This site contains a link to the DEQ Air Quality Index to see real-time air monitoring data from monitors placed around Oregon and information about how to conduct a visual assessment of air quality levels.
Portland Fire & Rescue Respond to Ship Fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 08/03/15
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At 12:30 today, Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a ship fire at 4350 NW Front Avenue. The fire started in a space that was two levels below the deck of a barge that was under construction. The space, measured at 30' x 40' x 60', was being painted, and the paper that caught the overspray ignited. Crews were on scene within minutes, and were able to establish water lines utilizing PF&R's Fireboat 6.

Ship fires require a number of PF&R's resources to respond due to the need for many personnel to set up and control the fire scene effectively. The fire was contained to the one compartment and crews confirmed that everyone was accounted. PF&R then extinguished the fire in a short amount of time. However, the ventilation of the space takes some time due to the location of the compartment deep in the ship.

Apparatus responded:
Fireboat Heavy Squad
3 Engines 2 Trucks
Squad Rescue Boat
3 Chiefs Rehab Unit


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Tualatin leverages national America's Best Communities program to promote unique local assets
City of Tualatin - 08/03/15
Tualatin calls for community support to help win a $10 million competition

Sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank, America's Best Communities aims to spark innovation and growth in communities
across the country

Tualatin, August 3, 2015 - In the weeks since advancing to the America's Best Communities quarterfinals, local leaders have begun work developing a comprehensive strategy to revitalize the local economy and further enhance quality of life. As one of just 50 communities recognized in this nationwide campaign, Tualatin is also striving to capitalize on this opportunity to share the community's unique story and promote local assets to help attract visitors, as well as potential employers, from across the country.

The local team leading Tualatin's efforts in the America's Best Communities competition hopes to add shared community gathering space to bring the elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) together in one place. The ABC initiative is hyper-focused on one specific target, connecting youth and underserved populations to STEAM education and Career Technical Education (CTE) training that align with Tualatin's existing advanced manufacturing industry base. In addition to providing jobs and personal growth opportunities for residents, Tualatin hopes to begin developing a workforce pipeline for a large cross-section of their employers. This team led by Mask & Mirror Community Theater and the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce also includes the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership, the City of Tualatin, Tigard-Tualatin School District and the Tualatin Tomorrow Vision Advisory Committee.

"This competition is a great opportunity to generate awareness for a critical need in Tualatin and bring our community partners together to collaborate and develop solutions which can serve as a national example of how to inspire kids to pursue careers in the fields of STEAM to bolster a strong economy," said Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden.

America's Best Communities -- a $10 million competition, sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel, to revitalize small towns and cities -- awarded Tualatin $50,000 to devise a Community Revitalization Plan that will serve as a roadmap to a stronger community for generations to come.

A critical component to winning the competition -- which boasts a $3 million grand prize -- is community engagement. The local ABC team, is calling on community residents to get involved and share their vision for the community's future to help Tualatin secure the America's Best Community title and the millions of dollars in investment that come with it.

"We all know Tualatin is a strong, vibrant community, and we've got an excellent chance to advance to next rounds of this national competition. But to win the whole thing, we're going to need the community's support," said John Bartholomew, board member of Mask & Mirror and a member of the Tualatin Tomorrow Advisory Committee. "We're encouraging all of our neighbors to get involved and help us prove to the rest of the country that we are America's Best Community."

Tualatin residents are encouraged to connect with the ABC team through social media and in person. The team is providing updates and engaging with community members on Facebook at Facebook.com/TualatinABC and on Twitter at @TualatinABC. They've also launched a website at www.tualatinabc.org.

The team's next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 pm on August 18 at the Tualatin Police Department Training Room. There will also be many opportunities this fall where community members will be invited to share their ideas for Tualatin's plan.

As part of the national exposure Tualatin has gained through its success in the America's Best Communities competition, the community is expected to be featured on The Weather Channel.

America's Best Communities is a multi-stage, three-year competition that is providing $4 million in seed money and other support to assist communities as they develop new economic growth strategies. The top three communities -- those with the most innovative proposals being effectively implemented -- will share a total of $6 million in prize money. The winning community will be awarded $3 million, with $2 million for second place and $1 million for third.


Attached Media Files: Tualatin ABC August Press Release
Curran appointed deputy state historic preservation officer
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/03/15
Christine Curran, with nearly a quarter-century of experience in historic preservation, has been named Oregon's new deputy state historic preservation officer.

"We are all very excited to have Chrissy on board as the deputy state historic preservation officer," said Lisa Sumption, the state's historic preservation officer and director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "Chrissy was chosen based on her experience of higher-level management of multi-disciplined programs and her vision for the State Historic Preservation Office and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department programs. We look forward to the great work she will continue to do."

Curran joined the Oregon preservation office 16 years ago and has worked as National Register coordinator, federal and state compliance coordinator, and as associate deputy state historic preservation officer. She has been the acting deputy state historic preservation officer for the past six months.

A native Oregonian, Curran received her undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College, and her master of science from the University of Oregon's historic preservation program. She worked for Oregon Department of Transportation and consulting firms in Oregon, Arizona, and Minnesota before landing at the State Historic Preservation Office in 1999.

In her new role, Curran will be responsible for the State Historic Preservation Office and the other state heritage programs located within the Heritage Division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, including the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon Main Street Program, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, and others.


Attached Media Files: news release
Deputies Investigating Home Invasion Robbery in Salem (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/03/15
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Today at about 12:40 p.m., Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a robbery in the 4900 block of Sunnyview Road NE. When deputies arrived the 3 victims described the robbers as white males, wearing black hooded sweat shirts and black bandanas. 2 of the suspects were described as 5'09" to 5'10" tall and average build, the third man was taller and thin.

The men fled in a newer, white, Chevy or Ford, 2500 truck with a 4" lift and 35" tires, the suspects are not known to any of the victims. The men who were armed with a shotgun and crowbars assaulted two of the victims and stole items from the residence. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call 911 immediately. The victims in this case, who are obviously shaken, have asked the media to remain off of their property.


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Ridgefield High School's Yearbook students compile hundreds of photographs and pages to create each yearbook (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 08/03/15
Rielly Walker decided to take on the Editor-in-Chief role after discovering she likes doing a bit of everything
Rielly Walker decided to take on the Editor-in-Chief role after discovering she likes doing a bit of everything
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Monday, August 3, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Each year, a class of dedicated high school students writes, photographs, edits and lays out a single yearbook with the goal to encompass every aspect of student life at Ridgefield High School. The yearbook contains hundreds of photos of students, athletic games, school events and much more, all written and laid out around a single theme.

The theme for the 2015 yearbook was "Identity." Hailey McGraw, a 2015 senior and Editor-in-Chief for the 2014-15 yearbook class, selected the theme after attending a yearbook conference and summer camp in 2014. "We wanted to make sure everyone in the school had a voice," said McGraw. "Our goal was to photograph every single student in the school and really feature each kid in some way." The yearbook photographers had students hold signs with words describing themselves and spread that concept throughout the yearbook.

Mark Cook, Ridgefield High School's Yearbook Teacher, marvels at watching the students grow throughout the year. "I truly enjoy watching the students take pride and ownership over a particular event or athletic sport for the yearbook," said Cook. "After they spend time gathering information and photographs, their design spread comes alive with excitement as they begin to put the copy, photos and design together to tell a story and share a memory."

Cook enjoys watching students grasp and understand new ideas and lessons. "I find that teaching is its most fulfilling when I see a student who thoroughly understands a concept and applies it to classroom activities," said Cook. "The best reward is seeing students get excited about what they're learning and then applying it with confidence to their daily lives."

Yearbook class certainly isn't without its challenges, especially for students new to photography. "Taking photographs to tell a visual story can be very challenging to new yearbook students as much of their photography experience is often limited to taking basic cell-phone photos," said Cook. "As the students go to events, their skills improve and the students learn to take photographs and get information that actually makes the school events come to life."

McGraw started taking photography and yearbook during her freshman year, working her way up to Photo Editor, Editor and then Editor-in-Chief. For the Yearbook class, the most difficult challenge is planning for the overall success of the yearbook and compiling the final product. "Every student has different opinions, so it can be difficult to get everyone to cooperate," said McGraw. "This year, we worked to find compromises and include a little bit of what every yearbook student wanted in the final product." McGraw intends to major in marketing, advertising, or graphic design when she attends Central Washington University this fall. "My career path is all because of my experiences in yearbook," she said.

Rielly Walker, next year's Editor-in-Chief, selected "Our Dimension" as the theme for the 2016 yearbook. "Next year's yearbook will focus on the students and what they're doing around Ridgefield High School," she said. This year, Walker was the Copy Editor for the yearbook but ended up doing a little bit of everything. "I like doing everything and I feel like I will do well in a leadership position," she said. "I'm passionate about yearbook and I want to make the book the best it can be."

The students point to Mark Cook, their teacher, as their inspiration for working hard. "I really like Mr. Cook as a teacher," said Walker. "My first year in yearbook was also Mr. Cook's first year at Ridgefield, so it helped both of us as we had new perspectives and we work really well together."

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Media AvaiVA Portland Health Care System, Veterans Benefit Administration, and National Cemetery Administration Directors to share successes and updates related to Health Care, Benefits, and Cemetery services during press conference Wednesday.
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 08/03/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Director Joanne Krumberger together with the Portland Regional Office of Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Acting Director Will Streitberger, and Portland National Cemetery Administration Director George Allen will share updates and successes related to each local office of The Department of Veterans Affairs during a media availability Wednesday, August 5 at 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
VAPORHCS subject matter experts will share information regarding new colon cancer screening options for Veterans, dermatology care, Choice Act and other programs and projects here. The VBA will provide updated on Veterans Claims and the NCA will provide updates about Willamette National Cemetery.
Interviews with subject matter experts are available immediately following the brief presentation.
Media are invited to attend the event at the Portland VA Medical Center Auditorium at 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, Ore 97239. Coordinates: 45°29'47"N 122°40'59"W. The event is in the Auditorium, Bldg. 100. An RSVP from media is not required, but helpful for planning.

Media contact: Kelli Roesch, VAPORHCS Assistant Public Affairs Officer
Office 503-808-1920 or Cell: 503-381-7161
kelli.roesch@va.gov

VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS ) serves more than 90,000 Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. VAPORHCS consists of the main tertiary care medical center located in Portland, Ore., the Vancouver Campus located in Vancouver, Wash., a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in Portland, as well as nine community outpatient clinics across Oregon that support our Veterans. These clinics are located in Bend, East Portland, Hillsboro, Warrenton, Newport, Salem, The Dalles, West Linn, and Lincoln City Oregon.


Attached Media Files: 2015-08/628/86689/PressRelease_VAPORHCS__Media_Availability_5Aug.pdf
No Call Too Small For a Deputy Sheriff (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/03/15
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Yesterday at about 1:30 p.m., Deputy Paul Vasta with the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate an Osprey tangled in the power lines located on Weddel Road SE, coincidently near the "Osprey Farm."

When Deputy Vasta arrived he found the bird tangled in twine and hanging upside down from the power lines. Quickly he called Portland General Electric who responded with a bucket truck to cut the bird free. After cutting the bird free the Lineman wrapped the bird in his jacket and lowered it to safety. On the ground representatives from Turtle Ridge Rescue were waiting to help the bird.

The bird was placed inside of a secure container taken to Turtle Ridge and its bindings removed. After being treated for a small cut on its foot Deputy Vasta took his new found friend back to Weddle Road and released him. Deputy Vasta stated that despite being very tired the bird took flight while other Osprey's circled overhead calling out in what seemed to be a welcome home to their feathered friend.


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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-30 Prison Escape (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/03/15
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate an inmate who escaped from the Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) in Portland, Oregon.

On Sunday August 2, 2015, at 5:30 a.m., CRCI staff discovered inmate Daniel Scott "Danny" Spillers missing after conducting a morning inmate count. Investigators determined that Spillers broke a kitchen door open (which also broke a window) and escaped from the facility.

Spillers is a 35-year-old white male, 6' tall, 185 pounds, with red hair and hazel eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm that says "Samantha", and additional tattoos on his right leg and right side of his neck.

At the time of his escape, he was most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "INMATE" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange (or red shorts), and a blue t-shirt with the word "INMATE" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Spillers entered DOC custody on June 9, 2015, on four counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and one count of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is April 13, 2017.

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

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.

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

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

#CS


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Neighborhood Partnership Program Applications Available
City of Salem - 08/03/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 3, 2015

CONTACT:
Jessica Loewen Preis, Neighborhood Partnership Coordinator
City of Salem - Community Development Department
Tel: 503-588-6207
Email: jlpreis@cityofsalem.net
Website: www.cityofsalem.net/neighbor

Neighborhood Partnership Program Applications Available

Monday, August 3, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Through the Neighborhood Partnership (NP) Program, Salem neighbors and community partners have been making a difference where they live and work since 1997.

Applications are now available for the 2016-2017 Partnership. In addition to providing support to the neighborhood associations, the City of Salem collaborates with two neighborhood areas through the NP.

The NP provides an opportunity for residents, property owners, renters, schools, businesses, nonprofits, churches, local government, community organizations and others to work together, identify issues, organize activities and projects and leverage additional resources. Whether it's graffiti, vandalism, park clean up, hunger, support for kids or educational opportunities, the Partnership focuses on the neighborhood's strengths to solve problems.

Positive changes that have occurred through Partnership Program efforts have included increased crime prevention efforts, education and empowerment of citizens, cleaner streets and parks and thousands of dollars in leveraged contributions. In addition, neighbors and community partners report more neighbors talking to and watching out for one another, enhanced awareness of resources and overall improved neighborhood livability.

Community groups, neighborhood associations and/or groups of neighborhoods are invited to apply for City support for a two year NP in a defined geographic area. The applications will be evaluated by a committee of City staff from various departments and scored based on demonstrated neighborhood need, definable measurable goals and readiness of partners to address them.

Applications are available at: www.cityofsalem.net/neighbor (direct link: http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/NeighborhoodEnhancementDivision/neighbor/npe/Documents/nppapplication%202015.pdf) or 555 Liberty Street, SE, Room 305. They are due November 2, 2015.

City staff are available to provide more information to groups and individuals interested in this opportunity. Call the Neighborhood Enhancement Division at 503-588-6207.

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Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway ride set for Sept. 19-20
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/03/15
The Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway is one of the best-of-the-best road bike routes in Oregon. Join a fully supported bicycle tour of the route Sept. 19-20, complete with sag wagons, food and mechanic support.

The fourth annual Blue Mountain Century Ride is hosted by local bikeway leaders and starts Sept. 19 with a shuttle from Heppner to Ukiah where the ride begins. The first day ends back in Heppner with a barbecue dinner. The morning of Sept. 20 the riders head back to Ukiah. At the end of the day, a shuttle will take cyclists and bikes back to Heppner. The ride route allows riders to stay in the same hotel or campsite for Friday and Saturday nights. The Blue Mountain bikeway offers some of the most remote and extreme road riding in Oregon, so riders will be especially glad for the lunch and water supplied and carried by the ride organizers.

The cost, including ride support and barbecue dinner, one lunch and sag support is $75. More information and registration details are available at http://www.heppnerchamber.com/recreation-cycling.

Visit www.rideoregonride.com for information on all Oregon Scenic Bikeways.
Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway inaugural ride set for Sept. 19-20
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/03/15
The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is one of the best-of-the-best road bike routes in Oregon. Join a fully supported bicycle tour of the route Sept. 19-20, complete with sag wagons, food, mechanic support and luggage shuttles.

The Cascading Rivers inaugural event, hosted by local bikeway leaders, offers 12-mile and 42-mile options, or a 144-mile, two-day option. The 12-mile route is family friendly with most of the route on a paved road closed to motor vehicles. The 42-mile option is an out-and-back ride. The two-day, extreme ride climbs more than 3,000 feet each day, and 3,000 feet of descending. All options leave from Estacada. Cyclists on the two-day event will stay overnight at a Detroit hotel or Detroit Lake State Park (cost not included with registration).

The ride costs are $12 for the 12-mile option and $50 for the 42-mile option. The two-day option includes ride support, two lunches, breakfast and an after ride meal for $85. More information and registration details are available at https://www.athletepath.com/cascading-rivers-ride/2015-08-01.

Visit www.rideoregonride.com for information on all Oregon Scenic Bikeways.
Four Men Indicted in Connection with July 2015 Gang Shooting Near Lloyd Center - One Suspect Still At-Large (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/03/15
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A Multnomah County Grand Jury has indicted four men in connection with a July 2015 gang-related shooting outside the Lloyd Center Mall.

23-year-old Manuelito Fernando Gonzales was indicted on charges of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree and Riot.

24-year-old Bruce Derick Hall was indicted on charges of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree.

23-year-old Masico Laveral Walker Jr. was indicted on a charge of Riot.

Gonzales, Hall and Walker are currently in custody and were arraigned today, Monday August 3, 2015.

A fourth suspect, 27-year-old Romel Jahlil Yarborough is at-large and currently wanted on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Attempted Murder with a Firearm (two counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm (seven counts), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Riot.

Yarborough is described as an African American male, 6' tall, 180 pounds, with tattoos on his back, chest and arms. Yarborough should be considered armed and dangerous and is urged to turn himself in to police.

Anyone seeing Yarborough should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information about Yarborough or his whereabouts should contact Detective Todd Teats at 503-823-3722.

This investigation started on Friday July 17, 2015, at 8:22 p.m., when North Precinct, Transit Police, and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of gunfire at the Lloyd Center Mall.

Multiple officers arrived in the area and received additional information that there was a disturbance inside the mall that led to gunshots being fired outside the mall, in the parking structure on the northwest side of the mall.

No gunshot victims were located and none arrived at any area hospitals. Witnesses told police that the disturbance and shooting involved numerous African American males, some who ran away and others who fled in vehicles.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Free Document Shredding Event (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/03/15
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The Beaverton Police Department will be offering an opportunity for you to safely recycle documents containing personal information on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event will be held at the Sunset Presbyterian Church located at 14986 NW Cornell Rd. Portland Oregon 97229.

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

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

Cintas Document Management will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event each vehicle will only be allowed 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 Cintas. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached. Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. Volunteers will be on site to accept these food donations.

Please do not contact Sunset Presbyterian Church with questions about this shredding event. All information related to this event is posted on the Beaverton Police Department's web page and Facebook page.
http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/index.aspx?nid=173
https://www.facebook.com/BeavertonPoliceDepartment.


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Two New Members Sworn in and New Officers Elected to Salem-Keizer Transit Board (Photo)
Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit - 08/03/15
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At their July 23 meeting, the Salem-Keizer Transit Board of Directors welcomed two new board members. Colleen Busch, who replaces Brad Coy, represents Subdistrict 2 in Keizer. Kathy Lincoln serves subdistrict 3, replacing Kate Tarter, which covers North/Central Salem and a small part of Keizer. Coy and Tarter chose not to run for reelection.

Busch recently retired after 30 years as a home educator. She has served on the Keizer Fire District budget committee since 2008. Lincoln retired in 2013 from her position as the senior assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice in the General Council Division. She currently serves on the Keizer Transportation Safety, Pedestrian and Bicycle committee, and as a SMART reader for students at Cummings Elementary School.

The board of directors also elected a new slate of officers to two-year terms:
President: Bob Krebs
Vice-President: Steve Evans
Treasurer: Marcia Kelley
Secretary: John Hammill

"It is an exciting time to be in a leadership role in this organization," said Krebs, who will fill the role previously held by Jerry Thompson. "We have a lot of important projects ahead."

Krebs previously served as vice-president of the Board of Directors from July 2013 to June 2015. He is an Oregon native with over 40 years experience in the transportation and tourism industry. In 2004 he retired from the Oregon Department of Transportation as the intercity passenger rail coordinator. His ODOT activities included the Amtrak Cascades train project, renovation of Willamette Valley railroad stations and improvements to the Oregon Intercity Bus Network. He currently serves as a volunteer on the board of several nonprofit transportation and public service organizations.


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Arson investigators seeking assistance to identify suspects (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/03/15
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Vancouver, Wash. - On 07/23/15 at approximately 4:02 a.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to the 900 block of W 16th St for a reported vehicle fire. The cause of the vehicle fire was undetermined and it appeared to be an abandoned vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, Vancouver police were notified of a dumpster fire at 1110 W 17th St, which was less than a block away from the vehicle fire. When emergency crews arrived they also located a garbage can on fire that was sitting next to the building. There was no damage to the interior of the building.

Surveillance video captured images of three subjects walking East on 17th St. (from the direction of the vehicle fire) and also waking down the loading bay driveway of a business(near the location where the dumpster was burning).

This series of fires is being investigated as arson.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #: female wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants.

Suspect #2: male with dark hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front and baseball hat/dark pants. This subject is seen holding some type of bottle in his hands.

Suspect #3: male wearing light colored, short sleeved t-shirt with a picture on the front.

Anyone with information on the identity of any/all of the suspects is asked to contact Vancouver Police Arson Investigator Dave Chamblee at (360) 487-7400 Ext. 3155 or at david.chamblee@cityofvancouver.us.


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32 DUII Arrests Made During the Month of July
Beaverton Police Dept. - 08/03/15
The Beaverton Police Department is participating in a yearlong National Traffic Safety Campaign, with a focus on impaired drivers.

The Beaverton Police Department has officers out on focused patrols for impaired drivers. The goal of this campaign is to save lives and educate the motoring public about the dangers of driving impaired. During the month of August, officers will continue their efforts to take impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets.

These High Visibly Enforcement (HVE) details are paid for by grant funds. So far this year Beaverton Police Officers have taken 249 impaired drivers off of Beaverton streets.

Drunk driving, impaired driving or buzzed driving all have the potential to claim lives and often will result in jail time. The men and women of the Beaverton Police Department ask you to please think about this before you operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol or using any other substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
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Battle Ground Police Make Arrest
City of Battle Ground - 08/03/15
INFORMATION UPDATE:
The victim's name is Brandon David Maulding. DOB 04-21-79


At approximately 2350 hours on 08-01-15, Battle Ground Police Department responded to a disturbance in the area of SE Grace Ave. and SE 2nd St. in which one person (Stephen M. Reichow, a 33 year old male) was subsequently arrested for Murder I and booked into the Clark County jail.

The victim's name is not being released at this time. The case remains under investigation and anyone having information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Kelly at 360-342-5242.

No further information will be released at this time.
Corvallis Police Semi-Nude Male for Trespass and Disorderly Conduct
Corvallis Police - 08/03/15
On August 1, 2015, shortly after 8:45am, Corvallis Police responded to a 911 call in the 400 block of NW 11th St. from a female resident reporting a male with no pants or underwear was attempting to gain entry to her residence. When police arrived they located 25 year old Hyun Jae Kim of Corvallis in the rear of the residence. He was only wearing a shirt at the time police located him.

According to the caller, Kim initially came to the front door of the residence and knocked loudly on the door and trying to open the door via the door knob. The door was locked and he was unable to gain entry. While on the front porch, Kim removed his pants and underwear. He then went to the back of the residence and knocked on the back door. He again tried to open the back door, but it too was locked. Fearful of the individual trying to gain entry, she called 911.

Kim stated that he was trying to contact a friend, but the address he gave for the friend was not near the address he was currently at. Kim appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and or another substance based on the behaviors observed by officers on scene. His pants were located on the front porch of the residence, and were wet, which is possibly why they were removed.

Kim was arrested for one count of Trespass in the Second Degree, one count of Disorderly Conduct and two arrest warrants out of Benton County for Burglary and Theft. He was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged on $561,000 bail.

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

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500001435
Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet by phone August 11
Oregon Health Authority - 08/03/15
August 3, 2015

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 971-673-3392 (meeting information and accommodations)

What: Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, August 11. The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the metrics that will be included in the program's third year. Public testimony will be taken.

When: Tuesday, August 11, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: By telephone conference. The public can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-810-9415, participant code 1773452#.

For more information, an agenda, and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

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Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update - Monday, August 3, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update
8/03/2015

OLID GAINS YESTERDAY, CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC TODAY

Firefighters on the Cable Crossing Fire took advantage of yesterday's break in hot, dry weather to gain ground on the fire. The fire is now completely trailed and estimated at 1,674 acres and 20 percent contained. As a precautionary measure, the level one evacuation notice remains in effect on Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head and along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .

"Crew bosses are hopeful they took the fight out of the fire," said Incident Commander Link Smith. "We're confident we'll continue to make great strides toward containing the fire," continued Smith.

The optimism is not without its precaution, however. Crews plan to be flexible today as the weather shifts to warmer temperatures and dryer conditions. Temperatures may reach the 90s and there is a chance of thunderstorms.

Mindful of this cautionary note, firefighters paused during the morning briefing to honor fallen comrade David Ruhl, who was recently killed in a wildfire in Northern California.

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.


Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,674 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1
44 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers
3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 32
Dozers: 10
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 12
Total personnel: 1250
Estimated Cost to Date: $2,500,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf

https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
#cablecrossingfire


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Join WWII Hero Robert Weiss for Special Talk on His Experience during the Invasion of Normandy
Oregon Historical Society - 08/03/15
Portland, OR - In August 1944, Oregonian Robert Weiss made history in a decisive battle during the invasion of Normandy. Over 70 years later, Weiss will detail this momentous event at a special event at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a Q&A with Weiss on Tuesday, August 4 at 7pm. Admission is free, and copies of Weiss' memoir Fire Mission!: The Siege of Mortain, Normandy will be available for sale.

About Fire Mission!

In August 1944, a few hundred men defended a hill near Mortain, France against a massive German counterattack. For most of the six days and nights of fighting, the Americans were cut off from supply lines, fighting for survival without adequate food, water, medical supplies, or ammunition.

The decisive artillery defense, much of which was launched by forward observer Robert Weiss, has been credited with making the difference in this pivotal battle of the Normandy invasion. With only one radio, powered by dying batteries, Weiss and his team brought down a rain of brutal iron that time after time turned back the German offensive. Weiss was awarded the Legion of Honor from the French government for his service.



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
Bates State Park hosts Star Party Aug. 14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/03/15
New moon and Perseids meteor shower pair for perfect night sky watching

Prairie City, OR - The night sky over Bates State Park will set the scene for a Star Party Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Local amateur astronomers and volunteers from Redmond will join the party with telescopes for visitors to view summer constellations, star clusters and planets.

"We are fortunate in rural eastern Oregon to have incredible dark night skies, with little to no light pollution," said Park Manager Dennis Bradley. "Add a new moon and the Perseids meteor shower to the mix, and we have the perfect formula for an unforgettable evening."

The Perseids meteor shower produces up to 60 bright meteors per hour from mid-July through late August, peaking this year Aug. 12-13. The night sky will be darker than usual on Aug. 14 because the new moon will not be visible and thus no moonlight.

That evening, stargazers can also enjoy an old-fashioned campfire and hear stories from folks who lived in Bates when it was still a thriving logging town. Visitors can sing campfire songs, roast marshmallows and munch on s'mores provided by the park. The event and day-use parking are free.

Saturday morning take a tour of nearby Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area and the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Area museum in John Day. Both the dredge and museum are free.
Bates State Park has 28 primitive or "non-hook-up" sites available first-come, first-served. Pitch your tent or sleep under the stars. Bates State Park is 30 miles northeast of John Day located on Middle Fork Lane off Highway 7, one mile north of its intersection with U.S. 26 at Austin Junction. More park information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org/
Stouts Fire Morning Update - Monday, August 3, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/15
Stouts Fire
Morning Update
August 3, 2015

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
Email: StoutsFire@gmail.com
@StoutsFire
#StoutsFire



Firefighters had a good day Sunday, as moderating weather conditions created calmer fire behavior on the Stouts Fire. Crews took advantage of the lower temperatures, higher humidity, cloud cover, and smoke inversion to build additional fire line, prepare contingency lines, and assess the areas around structures that need clearing and starting work to help protect them if the fire moves that way. The fire grew slightly but remains just over 15,000 acres, and is estimated at 5% containment. About 1400 firefighters continue fighting the Stouts Fire around the clock. Over 160 community members turned out to last night's meeting at the Milo fire hall.

Working together protecting homes, the wildland firefighters will start clearing road systems and constructing line along the east side of the fire today, while the structural firefighters keep working around homes clearing the areas to help prevent a wildfire from harming homes. Smoke remains heavy and may start lifting around noon. The crews are using the weather to their advantage to make some gains on the fire.

"The crews are doing an excellent job," said Roseburg Resources Forestry Manager Mark Wall. "They are literally working night and day to get this thing under control. No doubt, this is a difficult job, but I'm confident it'll get done as quickly as possible and most importantly, safely."

The Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and the USDA Forest Service Stouts Fire continue managing this fire under unified command. The Incident Management Teams representing these agencies train together, work together, and cooperate together under the Incident Command System (or ICS). The fire is burning approximately 1/3 on private land, 1/3 on Bureau of Land Management land, and 1/3 on National Forest land.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg Resources and other landowners, dozens of private contract crews, and structural firefighters from Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties continue fighting the Stouts Fire.

The number of structures threatened is 317. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time. The Red Cross evacuation shelter remains at the Canyonville YMCA.

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Stouts Fire Information Office
Phone 541-825-3724
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
Fast-moving fire heavily damages home (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 08/03/15
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At 12:33 a.m. on Monday, a resident called 911 to report a fire in the 6300 block of Southwest Wilhelm Road near Tualatin. The fire was reportedly near the area of a grill at the rear of a house and had started to burn up the backside of the home.

The resident quickly evacuated his family to safety as crews were en route to the scene.

The first arriving engine from Station 56 found the two-story house fully involved in flames and immediately initiated an attack on the fire. The incident was upgraded to a first-alarm response to bring additional resources to the scene, including water tenders to shuttle water to fight the fire.

Crews attacked the fire from all sides of the home with large volumes of water. Crews confirmed that all residents were out safely and fought the fire from the exterior for the safety of firefighters.

Parts of the home suffered structural collapse during the firefighting operations. No injuries were reported, and no other structures were involved.

Two residents and a dog were displaced as a result of this fire. They are being provided support by neighbors.

Firefighters were able to salvage one of the family's vehicles parked in front of the garage by towing it away from the home using a winch. Nearly 50 firefighters responded to the incident.

Crews will remain on scene throughout the morning to put out hot spots and prevent any rekindling of the fire. Neighbors may see or smell smoke around the fire scene during this continued operation.

A TVF&R fire investigator responded to the scene and will conduct interviews and examine material evidence to try to determine the fire cause. No damage estimate is available at this time.

TVF&R reminds everyone to have and maintain working smoke alarms in your home. For more information about smoke alarms or other safety tips, please visit www.tvfr.com.

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Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/03/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update
8/02/2015


COOLER WEATHER HELPS FIREFIGHTERS MAKE PROGRESS

After days of playing defense on the Cable Crossing Fire, today firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity to go on the offensive. In this case, playing offense meant building and strengthening containment lines, getting water to the fire, and conducting burnout operations on small patches.

Local landowner cooperator/representative Jake Gibbs of Lone Rock Timber remarked, "ODF always has good plans and today they actually had the chance to implement those plans and took it."

If the theme of the day shift was seize the day, the theme of the night shift was be flexible. The lower temperatures and higher humidities may stymie burn out plans but these condition are ideal for conducting mop up operations and getting more water to the fire.
The focus remains the south portion of the fire that has been pushed by a predominately north wind since it started Tuesday afternoon.
Today's cloudy cooler weather of will give way to higher temperatures tomorrow. With forecasted temperatures in the 90s and variable winds expect an uptick in fire activity tomorrow.

The fire is currently 1613 acres and 20 percent contained. A Level 1 Evacuation Notification remains in effect along Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head. A Level 1 also remains in effect for homes along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.


Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,613 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1
44 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers
3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 32
Dozers: 10
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 12
Total personnel: 1250
Estimated Cost to Date: $2,500,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf

https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
#cablecrossingfire


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Stouts Fire Evening Update - Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 8 p.m. PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/15
Stouts Fire
Evening Update
Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 8 p.m. PDT

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Email: StoutsFire@gmail.com
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
@StoutsFire
www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
#StoutsFire


Cloud cover with cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity moderated fire behavior on the
Stouts Fire today, allowing firefighters to make good progress on the fire lines. The fire is currently
estimated at 15,200 acres with 3% containment. The Upper Cow Creek Road Level 3 evacuation notice
was reduced to a Level 2, allowing residents to return home. Three residences along the Tiller Trail
Highway in Jackson County, were issued a Level 1 evacuation notice. The Umpqua National Forest
issued an emergency area closure for public health and safety on National Forest lands west of Forest
Service Road 1610, Devils Knob. A full description and a map of the closure area can be found on the
Stouts Fire Inciweb page.

Due to fire growth towards the east and southeast, Oregon State Fire Marshal resources were focused
towards structures in the Dixon Creek and Drew Valley areas. Firefighters were deployed to assess
structure protection needs and assist land owners with fuel modification. Both direct and indirect fire
line construction efforts continued on other flanks of the fire. Dozers opened old roads for contingency
lines and constructed line while hand crews dug and improved lines. Hose lays were installed to
provide for mopping up and holding established lines. The moderate weather conditions and heavy
smoke inversion today delayed some burnout operations along control lines and the inversion remained
over the fire area the entire day, grounding aerial resources.

A public meeting was held at the Milo Volunteer Fire Department tonight, allowing the community a
chance to hear an update of the containment efforts and ask questions on the Stouts Fire.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg
Resources and other landowners, and structural fire resources from Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton,
Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on the Stouts
Fire. Approximately 1,265 people are currently assigned to the fire.

Evacuations Levels 1 and 2 remain in effect for 264 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in place for
the Milo Academy area and three residence along the Tiller Trail Highway in Jackson County. Level 2
(Set) evacuations are in place along the Upper Cow Creek Road on the south side of the fire;
Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side; and the Drew Valley along the Tiller Trail
Highway from milepost 28 to 39 on the east side. No Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place at this time.

The Red Cross evacuation shelter remains at the Canyonville YMCA.

New contact information for the Stouts Fire is listed at the top of this page.
Suspect Steals Running Vehicle, Victim Suffers Minor Injuries - Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/02/15
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On Saturday August 1, 2015, at 4:57 p.m., East Precinct officers were flagged down at Southeast 130th Avenue and Stark Street on the report of a possible carjacking.

Multiple officers responded to the area to locate the stolen vehicle. Officers talking with the victim learned that he left his black 1995 Toyota 4Runner running and unoccupied to keep the air conditioning on to cool the car down.

The suspect, later identified as 27-year-old San Saechao, entered the vehicle and got behind the wheel and began to drive away. The victim tried to intervene but the suspect was able to fight him off and the suspect drove away.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Portland hospital.
Officers located the victim's vehicle abandoned approximately six blocks away from the initial incident location.

Officers contacted several witnesses who provided information leading to the identification of Saechao as the suspect.

Saechao was contacted by police at his residence in the 12600 block of Southeast Salmon Court and taken into custody.

Saechao was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the Third Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Saechao will be arraigned on Monday.

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Shooting Investigation Overnight in Northeast Portland's Concordia Neighborhood - No Known Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/02/15
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On Sunday August 2, 2015, at 4:20 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Northeast 27th Avenue and Holman Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the street. Two parked vehicles in the area sustained bullet damage.

No gunshot victims were located at the scene or were reported at any area hospitals.

There is no suspect information in this case.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Convicted Felon Arrested After Dropping a Gun During a Fight in Old Town (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/02/15
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On Sunday August 2, 2015, at 2:55 a.m., Central Precinct Entertainment Detail officers were flagged down at Northwest 4th Avenue and Couch Street on the report of a fight between several females.

As officers began to break up the fight, two officers saw two men fighting with each other in an adjacent parking lot and onlookers yelling that one of the men had a gun.

As officers verbally engaged the two men, a handgun fell to the ground and one of the two men ran away, eventually getting arrested several blocks away.

The suspect who ran, 32-year-old Gerald Cunningham, was arrested for possession of the handgun.

Cunningham was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm. Additionally, Cunningham was held on a parole violation (convicted of Manslaughter).

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Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood - No Known Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/02/15
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On Sunday August 2, 2015, at 3:35 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Failing Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire on MLK at Mason Street.

Witnesses told police that two vehicles were being driven northbound on MLK when someone in an SUV fired at the occupant(s) of a sedan driving next to the SUV. Both vehicles left the area and no gunshot victims have been located.

Northbound MLK, from Failing to Skidmore Streets, will be closed briefly as investigators collect evidence.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Drunk Driver, Armed with Multiple Firearms Arrested after Nearly Crashing into a Police Car (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/02/15
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On Saturday August 1, 2015, at 8:25 p.m., Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers stopped a red 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, driven by 36-year-old Sabahudin Nuhanovic, after he crossed into oncoming traffic, nearly striking their patrol car on Southeast Powell Boulevard near 137th Avenue.

As officers made contact with Nuhanovic, he reached for his waistband several times before officers were able to get him into custody. During a search, officers located an unloaded handgun in Nuhanovic's waistband. During a search of Nuhanovic's vehicle, officers located and seized another handgun, a shotgun, and ammunition.

Officers determined that Nuhanovic was under the influence of alcohol. Nuhanovic was booked on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (two counts), Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). He'll be arraigned on Monday.

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Body of female located in Columbia river
Vancouver Police Dept. - 08/02/15
On August 2, 2015 at approximately 8:38 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a body in the Columbia river approximately 50 feet from the shore in the 14700 block of SE Rivershore Drive. The body is that of a white female.

There is no additional information available, bending positive identification and cause and manner of death determination by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Crash East Of Roseburg Kills Glide Man - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 08/02/15
On August 1, 2015 at about 1:43PM, a 2004 garbage truck was traveling westbound on Highway 138E near milepost 35 when for unknown reasons, left the roadway and crashed down an embankment.

Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the operator, Wesley BAUMEISTER, age 40, of Glide, deceased.

Preliminary investigation that the truck drifted from its lane and there were no attempts to brake or avoid its departure from the roadway. The truck came to rest next to the North Umpqua River and could not be immediately recovered. There was no fuel spills or hazardous materials concerns.

The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted by the US Forest Service, Glide Fire Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Stouts Fire Daily Update - Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 9:45 a.m. PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/15
STOUTS FIRE DAILY UPDATE
AUGUST 2, 2015

Public Information Phone: (541) 825-3724 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Email: StoutsFire@gmail.com
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
@StoutsFire
www.facebook.com/StoutsFire
#StoutsFire

Firefighters continued to deal with extreme weather conditions on the Stouts Fire yesterday, as high
temperatures, low humidity, and low fuel moistures combined for a difficult day. Wind gusts of 10-20
miles per hour and temperatures over 100 degrees were observed. Growing to over 15,000 acres, the
fire pushed east and turned northeast on Saturday. An additional level 2 evacuation notice was issued
to the Drew area east of the fire.

"You've heard it already - 'bring your A-game,'" Incident Commander John Buckman reiterated to the
crews at a Saturday evening briefing. "You're going to need it for at least a few solid days for us to get
well-positioned. This is a tough fire and we'll be at it for a while."

Two of the three day shift structure protection task forces continued to work in the Upper Cow Creek
evacuation area yesterday in anticipation of the fire reaching that area. A task force consists of different
size engines and water tenders with 3-4 firefighters per engine. Residents' work on reducing fuels
around many of the structures over the last couple of years was evident and will hopefully give them the
upper edge if the fire moves through the area. The third task force moved to the Drew community to
survey the homes because the fire has been moving that direction. Wildland firefighters continue
building control lines between the fire and the community, but the terrain is steep and the heavy fuel
load is proving difficult, so contingency plans to protect the community are being developed.

Sunday's forecast of possible lightning could complicate this already difficult fire. About 400 structural
and wildland firefighters are working the day shift with landowners and companies, while another 400
are scheduled for the night shift. A community meeting in Azalea on Saturday night drew an audience
of 177 people. Another public meeting is being held at the Milo Fire Department tonight at 6:30 pm.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team, Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, Roseburg
Resources and other landowners, and structural fire protection teams from Clackamas, Lane,
Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties are working with dozens of private contract crews on
the Stouts Fire. Over 1000 people are currently assigned to the fire.

Evacuations Levels 1 to 3 have been issued which affect 188 homes. Evacuation Level 1 (Ready) is in
place for the Milo Academy area. Level 2 (Set) evacuations are in place near the Galesville Dam up to
Snow Creek on the south side of the fire; Ferguson, Stouts Creek, and Conley lanes on the north side;
and Trail Highway in Tiller on the east side. Level 3 (Go) evacuations are in place for residents in the
Azalea area from Upper Cow Creek to Snow Creek East. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter
at the Canyonville YMCA.

New contact information for the Stouts Fire is listed at the top of this page.

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Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update - Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ 9 a.m. PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/02/15
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update
8/02/2015

FIREFIGHTERS PRESENTED "OPPORTUNITY"

The word of the day at this morning's Cable Crossing Fire briefing was "opportunity". While Mother Nature has had the upper hand over the first four days of the fire, presenting extreme fire behavior conditions, she will take a break today with lower temperatures, higher humidity and calmer winds. These favorable conditions will allow crews to use a more aggressive approach in efforts to halt the fire spread.

The focus remains the south portion of the fire that has been pushed by a predominately north wind since it started Tuesday afternoon. Crews will seize the break in the weather by using established dozer and hand lines to burn out from in small chunks. Several small burnout operations will take place throughout the fire perimeter to reduce ground fuels and ultimately keep the fire from jumping established containment lines.

"We still have a lot of work in front of us," said ODF Incident Management Team 3 Commander Link Smith. "But with the break in the weather, today will be a day of accomplishment."

The weather, that has routinely provided temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, will bring mid to high level cloud cover that will reduce the active fire behavior firefighters have been challenged with since they arrived.

The fire is currently 1,148 acres and 15 percent contained. A Level 1 Evacuation Notification remains in effect along Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head. A Level 1 also remains in effect for homes along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .

The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.


Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,148 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1; 39 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers; 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 5 - Type 2 (Med Lift); 4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 10
Dozers: 4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 1212
Estimated Cost to Date: $1,500,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf

https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
#cablecrossingfire


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Shooting Investigation Overnight in Northeast Portland's Vernon Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/02/15
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On Sunday August 2, 2015, at 1:02 a.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Northeast 18th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and damage to a parked vehicle and a building. No gunshot victims were located at the scene or were reported at any area hospitals.

Witnesses told police that there was a disturbance between two groups of people, followed by gunfire and vehicles speeding out of the area.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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CLARIFICATION: Suspect Arrested in Connection with June 2015 Old Town Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/02/15
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The US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force arrested Patrick Rembert and turned him over to Portland Police Homicide detectives. His indictment on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Assault in the Second Degree are for the death of Marvin Holiday.

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On Friday July 31, 2015, Portland Police Homicide detectives arrested 36-year-old Patrick Rembert in connection with the June 2015 death of 54-year-old Marvin Holiday.

Rembert was previously indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. Rembert also had an outstanding parole violation. Rembert was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday August 3.

This investigation started on June 4, 2015, at 10:20 p.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an assault in the 300 block of Northwest 6th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, Marvin Holiday, suffering from traumatic injuries. Holiday was transported to a Portland hospital where he later died.

Homicide detectives developed information in the case that led to the identification and indictment of the suspect, Patrick Rembert.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Mark Sponhauer at 503-823-0416, mark.sponhauer@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696, kristina.coffey@portlandoregon.gov.

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Inmate escapes from Columbia River Correctional Institution (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/02/15
Inmate Danny Spillers
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate escaped Sunday morning from Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) in Portland. Oregon State Police and Portland Police Department are responding.

CRCI staff discovered inmate Danny Spillers missing at approximately 5:30 a.m., Sunday, August 2, after discovering a broken window in the kitchen area.

Spillers is a 35-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with red hair and hazel eyes. He is most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange (or red shorts), and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Spillers entered DOC custody on June 9, 2015, on four counts of burglary in the second degree and one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is April 13, 2017.

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

CRCI is a minimum-security facility that houses approximately 595 male inmates who are within four years of release. Located in the largest metropolitan area of the state, this facility is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. CRCI is home to a 50-bed cognitive restructuring Alternative Incarceration Program (AIP). Individuals who successfully complete this 180-day in-prison program are released to the community for a 90-day transitional leave period. Individuals who successfully complete the transitional leave period are granted a reduction in their sentence and move to post-prison supervision. CRCI is located on a 26-acre site in northeast Portland and officially in opened in September 1990.

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Attached Media Files: Inmate Danny Spillers
08/01/15
Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ 10 p.m. PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update
8/01/2015 10:00pm

Community members pack the fire house to learn about the Cable Crossing Fire and Evacuation Notices

What is happening on the Cable Crossing Fire and what do these evacuation orders mean? These questions were on the minds of over 300 community members who attended a standing room only meeting at the Glide Fire Station. The leadership of ODF Team 3 shared critical information with community members and responded to their questions and concerns.

This afternoon the Cable Crossing Fire responded to the predicted extreme afternoon weather conditions and crossed containment lines on the south end of the fire. Firefighters re-engaged on safer portions of the fire to establish additional containment lines while aircraft dropped water and retardant to slow the fire's spread. Tomorrow's tactics call for strengthening existing fire line and burning out when conditions allow.

Firefighters faced extreme again conditions today. A Red Flag Warning was in place and, as predicted, resulted in another very active day of fire behavior. The fire remains 15 percent contained and has burned 1,148 acres.

In the Ready, Set, Go or 1, 2, 3 evacuation level system, a Level 1 "Ready" notification remains in place from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head on Little River Road.

Private forest landowners have closed their holdings to the public, Bureau of Land Management has also imposed a fire area closure. Highway 138 remains open. Forest roads remain closed in and around the fire area.

In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV is in effect throughout the Douglas District that prohibits forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Public use restrictions, such as campfires, mowing of dry grass and off-road driving have also been tightened.


Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,148 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1; 39 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers; 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 5 - Type 2 (Med Lift); 4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 10
Dozers: 4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 1212
Estimated Cost to Date: $1,500,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
Cowltiz Sheriff reports father drowns saving his 9 year old son on the Toutle River.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/01/15
Toutle, Wash - On 08-01-15 around 1516 a Toutle Firefighter was flagged down at milepost 19 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. The person reported there had been a drowning near that location. The victim, Benjamin A. Brooks, 35 years of Toledo, had been underwater for approximately 30mins at that time. Toutle Fire, Castle Rock Fire, Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies and Cowlitz Dive Rescue members responded to the scene. The location was on the Toutle River a few miles east of Toutle.

Mr. Brooks and his wife, Linda, and kids were swimming in the area when their son had an issue swimming. Benjamin, Linda and their daughter jumped in the water to assist the son. All four struggled to swim and stay afloat. The son was climbing on his father when he pushed his son towards the shore. Linda was able to get her son to safety with the assistance of her daughter. Benjamin had gone underwater and did not make it to shore. Linda's daughter jumped back in to assist her father but she was unable to locate him. Linda's daughter exited the water and went to the Highway to find help. No one was wearing life jackets.

Cowlitz County Dive Team located Benjamin underwater near the point where was last seen.
Important Information Regarding the North Fork Park Fire ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/01/15
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All road closures have been reopened. There is still no admittance to the North Fork Park.



Fire Fighters have been working all day to contain a fire that broke out in the North Fork Park. The fire is now contained and crews are working to fell any affected trees and put out any remaining portions of the fire.

The park is closed and there will be no admittance for at least the next 3 days. Any personal items left behind by campers or visitors to the park have been collected by county employees and are being taken to the main Marion County Public Works Campus, located at 5155 Silverton Road NE, Salem.

Personal items can be collected Monday 08/03/15 by calling our Public Works Department at 503-588-5036. Road closures are remaining in effect and will be until the largest piece of fire apparatus can clear the fire scene.


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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a vehicle into a building (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 08/01/15
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Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a vehicle that crashed into a local Plaid Pantry store. The accident occurred at 10:45 this morning at 2116 NE 82NE AVE. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. An adult male that was inside the store was also transported with non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle crashed through the front doors of the store and damaged a structural support.

The Portland Fire & Rescue USAR(Urban Search and Rescue) team was called to help shore up the building and reduce risk of collapse. The team used a rescue strut to keep the structure secure while the vehicle was removed from inside the building. Once the vehicle was removed the USAR team used additional equipment to create a temporary support. The actions of the USAR team ensured the safety of customers and helped minimize further damage to the building.


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Cable Crossing Fire - Aug. 1 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Very high temperatures, erratic winds, dry fuels and steep terrain combined to produce extreme fire behavior on the Cable Crossing Fire Friday afternoon. Although the fire size remained stable throughout the night at 1,110 acres, last night's smoke column generated a few new spot fires to the south of the main fire that firefighters quickly responded to. The fire remains 15 percent contained.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 1,110 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 - Type 1
40 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 3 Tankers
3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift)
5 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
4 - Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 10
Dozers: 4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 1191
Estimated Cost to Date: $1,000,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf

https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
#cablecrossingfire

Fire fighters are facing these same conditions today. A Red Flag Warning is in place with the forecast calling for afternoon winds, temperatures near 95, low humidity and a chance of thunderstorms--all of which make for very active fire behavior and hampers the efforts to slow the fire's advance.

Firefighters are utilizing bulldozers, helicopters and retardant dropping air tankers to harden contingency lines with hopes of conducting burnout operations under favorable conditions in the next couple of days. These tactics will eliminate fuels between control lines and the head of the fire, which will take away the fire's momentum

In the Ready, Set, Go or 1, 2, 3 evacuation level system, a Level 1 "Ready" notification remains in place from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head on Little River Road. As indicated, a Level 1 Evacuation notification encourages those affected to be ready should the fire continue to move towards these areas. This making preparations and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, livestock and pets.

ODF will be holding a community meeting Saturday evening at the Glide Fire Department at 7:00 p.m. where fire managers will provide information and answer questions. Residents from the local area are encouraged to attend.

The fire is burning on private and public lands in the heart of the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Corridor six miles east of Glide. While private landowners have closed their holdings to the public, Bureau of Land Management has also imposed a fire area closure. Highway 138 remains open. Forest roads remain closed in and around the fire area.

In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV is in effect throughout the Douglas District that prohibits forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Public use restrictions, such as campfires, mowing of dry grass and off-road driving have also been tightened.
Stouts Fire Morning Update - August 1, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/01/15
"This is a tough fire," ODF Team 1 Incident Commander John Buckman explained this morning. "Because of the challenging terrain and abundant, dry fuel - large standing and downed trees - we have difficult work ahead to suppress this fire but I know these crews can do it."

Facing difficult weather - historically high temperatures and low relative humidity - and quick growth to about 8,500 acres since its start July 30. The drought created unusually dry forests prone to fast-spreading fires. Between yesterday and last night the fire grew 2,000 acres to the south and east.

The combined structural and wildland firefighting team of over 800 firefighters will split responsibilities based on their expertise. The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Green Team's and ODF Team I are operating under a "unified command" to coordinate the structural and wildland firefighting efforts. While the city or structural firefighters work with homeowners to help prevent harm to their homes if the fire reaches them, the wildland firefighters will continue working to contain the fire to prevent the fire from spreading to the neighborhoods.

"The Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Umpqua National Forest gave us specific direction to suppress the fire and be safe," said OSFM Green Team's Incident Commander Ted Kunze. "It's great to see the teams partnering with the communities to protect our forests and the people living near them."

Yesterday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 (Go) evacuation for residents in the Azalea area from Upper Cow Creek to Snow Creek East. There is a Level 2 (Set) evacuation for residents near the Galesville Dam up to Snow Creek. For the residents on Ferguson Lane, Stouts Creek, and Conley Lane - the level of evacuation was reduced to Level 2. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Canyonville YMCA. Fire managers and structure protection teams continue evaluating the wildland-urban interface zones and preparing the areas to help blunt the fire if it reaches these areas. This includes the Milo, Tiller, Azalea, and Crew communities, in addition to the homes under Level II and III evacuations.

Governor Kate Brown invoked the Conflagration Act to bring structural firefighters in from around the state to help protect the neighborhoods close to the fire. The OSFM Office quickly mobilized statewide resources including task force teams from Clackamas, Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Yamhill counties to work with the Green Team.

More Information: (541) 621-4156 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) #StoutsFire StoutsFire@gmail.com http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
www.dfpa.net
www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry www.twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 08/01/15
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The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all of its Directives.

At the beginning of the month the Bureau will post Directives for public review and ask for comments.

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

630.05, Vehicle Pursuits
630.10, Driving Response
640.05, Gang Affiliation Designation
640.40, Investigations on Public School Property
660.32, Agent/Informant Processing
660.33, Informants
1500.00, Training

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

These Directives will remain posted and comments collected from Saturday August 1, 2015, through Sunday August 30, 2015.

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07/31/15
Red Cross provides assistance following residential fire in Salem
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/31/15
Disaster assistance team volunteers from the American Red Cross Cascades Region provided help following a single-family home fire in Salem, OR Friday evening (July 31). Two adults and one pet were affected by the fire in the 700 block of Judson Street SE. Red Cross provided information on local hotels and disaster recovery.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 9:30 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update
July 31, 2015


As predicted, the Cable Crossing Fire reared its head at about 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, producing a plume of smoke that could be seen from as far as Coquille. As the fire continues to grow to the south and west, firefighters have been taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves and falling back to strengthen contingency lines when the fire behavior threatens firefighter safety. The fire is now estimated at 1,110 acres and 15 percent contained.

In the Ready, Set, Go or 1, 2, 3 evacuation level system, a Level 1 "Ready" notification is in place from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head. As indicated, a Level 1 Evacuation notification encourages those affected to be ready should the fire continue to move towards these areas. This making preparations and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, livestock and pets.

Working alongside bulldozers, helicopters and retardant dropping air tankers, crews continue to strengthen contingency lines with hopes of conducting burnout operations under favorable conditions in the next couple of days. These tactics will eliminate fuels between control lines and the head of the fire, which will take away the fire's momentum.
Weather continues to pose the biggest challenge. The threat of thunderstorm activity will continue to bring erratic winds to the fire area. High temperatures, low humidity and drought conditions are also hampering firefighting efforts.
A community meeting is planned for Saturday evening at the Glide Fire Department at 7:00 p.m. where fire managers will provide information and answer questions.
Highway 138 is remains open with a pilot car escort through the fire area.
The fire is burning on private and public lands in the heart of the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Corridor six miles east of Glide. While private landowners have closed their holdings to the public, Bureau of Land Management has also imposed a fire area closure. Forest roads remain closed in and around the fire area. In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV is in effect throughout the Douglas District that prohibits forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Public use restrictions, such as campfires, mowing of dry grass and off-road driving have also been tightened.

For up to date fire information, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire.

Fire At A Glance

Size: 1,110 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 1 - Type 1; 27 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 3 Tankers; 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 2 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 3 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
Engines: 5
Dozers: 4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 4
Total personnel: 785
Estimated Cost to Date: $800,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf

https://www.facebook.com/CableCrossingFire
2nd Alarm field fire along with multiple fires (Photo)
Jefferson Fire Dist. - 07/31/15
Jefferson-Marion Rd Fire
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On Friday July 31, 2015, at 6:20 p.m. Jefferson firefighters were dispatched to a two alarm grass fire at 3884 Jefferson-Marion Rd. SE. The field is leased by Tom Brawley. They were in the process of cutting wheat on that field. Only half the field had been cut at the time the fire had started. One of the owners was at a nearby mint distill located on Parrish Gap when he saw the smoke. He went to the field and called 911. The fire had started from wires that had arched, sparked and dropped on the field. The fire jumped the railroad tracks and burned about 10-20 feet before firefighters were able to stop the fire. The train was shut down temporarily. The fire burned approximately 4-5 acres of the wheat field. Half of the burn was uncut wheat. The fire was deemed under control at 7:15 p.m.

At 6:23 p.m. Jefferson was dispatched to 15684 Pletzer Rd to a mint pile that had been dumped and was burning. The power lines on Pletzer were knocked down which caused a power surge and caused the fire to start on Jefferson-Marion Rd and another fire on Skelton Road.

Another low risk grass fire on 153561 Skelton Road was dispatched at 6:27 p.m. This fire was also caused by the surge from the power lines. Aumsville, Turner, Scio and Stayton responded to the call. Albany Fire was dispatched but was able to turn around.

There were no injuries.


Attached Media Files: Jefferson-Marion Rd Fire
Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's Humboldt Neighborhood - No Known Victims
Portland Police Bureau - 07/31/15
On Friday July 31, 2015, at 7:59 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 5000 block of North Commercial Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire but did not find any gunshot victims. No property damage has been located and preliminary information indicates that the shooting occurred near a party attended by several gang associates.

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

Gang Enforcement Team (GET) detectives have responded to investigate the shooting.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Deputies Investigate Traffic Crash at NW 257Th Ave and NW 257Th Way in Troutdale
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/15
Deputies are at the scene of a motorcycle versus vehicle traffic crash at NW 257Th Ave and NW 257Th Way in Troutdale. Northbound NW 257Th Ave will be closed for at least an hour as deputies worked to determine the cause of the crash. The operator of the motorcycle has been seriously injured and will be transported to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle remains at the cash scene and is cooperating with law enforcement.

Updates to follow as the PIO receives them.

Lt Travis W. Gullberg
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Ridgefield Schools announce hiring of new middle school principal, special education coordinator (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 07/31/15
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Friday, July 31, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Ridgefield School District announces two new hires for the upcoming 2015-16 school year: Tony Smith accepted the position of Principal at View Ridge Middle School and Denise Freund accepted the position of Special Education Coordinator for the district. The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the hiring of both employees in a special board meeting held on Friday, July 31.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome such qualified professionals to Ridgefield School District," said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent. "Both Tony and Denise bring a wealth of experience and new ideas to help continue making Ridgefield School District the premier school district in the state of Washington."

Tony Smith will replace Chris Griffith as Principal of View Ridge Middle School after Griffith was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. Smith started his career in education as a teacher of History and English for Camas School District before taking an Assistant Principal position in Kelso School District. Since 2013, he has served as Principal of Cashmere Middle School in Cashmere, Washington. Smith holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Gonzaga University.

"I am honored and excited to join a school, district, and community which has such an outstanding track record of strong student learning outcomes," said Smith. "After meeting with Ridgefield's staff and administration, I feel this is an excellent fit for my beliefs, skills, and approach to educating students; I can't wait to get started!"

Denise Freund will serve as Special Education Coordinator for the district as the district transitions from contracting to Educational Service District 112 for special education services to managing said services in-district, projected to begin in the 2016-17 school year. Freund started her career in education as a first grade teacher for Kelso School District and moved on to become a Special Education teacher. Since 2014, she has served as the Dean of Students and Special Education Support Teacher at Kelso High School. She holds a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the City University of Seattle, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Special Education from Western Washington University, and her Principal and Program Administrator Certification from the City University of Seattle.

"I'm excited to be joining Ridgefield School District with its reputation for high standards and great community involvement," said Freund. "I'm looking forward to the upcoming school year and being a part of such a great learning community."

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Attached Media Files: Tony Smith , Denise Freund
Fire danger prompts Western Lane, So. Cascade districts to tighten restrictions
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
High temperatures and low humidity have set the stage for any new wildfires to burn hot and spread fast. In response, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's South Cascade and Western Lane districts today further tightened fire safety restrictions in the forest. The changes include:

- Campfires are now banned completely in the two districts. Previously they were allowed in designated campgrounds but no longer. Campstove that use bottled fuels are allowed.
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- Mowing of dry, cured grasses is prohibited at any time.
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- Some other fire safety rules already in place include: bans on smoking except in a closed vehicle or building, grinding and welding of metal, driving/riding motorized vehicles off of established roads.

Firefighting personnel and equipment have become scarce due to the Cable Crossing and Stouts fires in Douglas County, and local fire managers are concerned that any new fires in South Cascade or Western Lane would stretch resources thin.

"Given the rapid growth of those fires south of us and the resulting drawdown of resources, we decided to increase restrictions here," said Phil Hunter, protection unit forester with the Western Lane District.

South Cascade District Forester Greg Wagenblast concurred, noting that all industrial activity in the forest has been shut down due to the extreme fire danger.

"These stepped-up rules for recreational activity aim for the same result: Reduce the chance of human-caused fire starts," he said.
Project Nurture, integrating maternity care and addiction treatment for pregnant women with substance use disorders, highlights the Community Advisory Council's August 7 meeting
Health Share of Oregon - 07/31/15
(Portland, OR) - Dr. Helen Bellanca, Associate Medical Director for Health Share of Oregon, will give a presentation on Project Nurture, a collaborative program of behavioral health and maternal providers which serves pregnant women with substance abuse disorders, at the August 7 meeting of Health Share's Community Advisory Council (CAC). The meeting, which begins at 12:30pm, will be held in the Gregory Forum, Room C at Clackamas Community College, 19600 Mollala Avenue in Oregon City.

Project Nurture, a Center of Excellence model, provides prenatal care, inpatient maternity care, and postpartum care for women who struggle with addictions, as well as pediatric care for their infants. Women who are enrolled in this collaborative program also receive outpatient addiction treatment. Project Nurture's model is to engage women in prenatal care and drug treatment as early in their pregnancy as possible, provide inpatient care for their delivery, and follow them and their infants for a year postpartum providing case management and advocacy services throughout.

Project Nurture is a Transformational Project built on the partnership of Legacy Health Systems, Lifeworks NW, CODA, Inc., Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon DHS Child Welfare and Health Share of Oregon.

Other presentations at the Council meeting include an update on Ride To Care non-emergency medical transportation services and a wrap up on Health Share's transformation projects from 2014. In addition, Council Chair Dalila Sarabia and Health Share's Community Engagement Director Michael Anderson-Nathe will lead the Council in a discussion on the Vision, Mission and Values of Health Share. Council members will be invited to give feedback and input.

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

Date: Friday, August 7, 2015

Time: Council Meeting: 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Public comment period: 3:00pm to 3:10pm

Location: Gregory Forum, Room C, Clackamas Community College, 19600 Mollala Avenue, Oregon City. Parking is available onsite.

Agenda: Posted to the Council's website one week prior to each meeting

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

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

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

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

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Polk County District Attorney adds prosecutors, staff.
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 07/31/15
DALLAS - Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton today announced the hiring of three new criminal prosecutors and two staff people to that office as a result of the passage of the public safety levy in May. The new attorneys hired are:

Gary L. Nelson
Mr. Nelson joins the Polk County DA's Office from the Kauai, Hawaii, Prosecuting Attorney's Office where he handled domestic violence and complex property crimes. Mr. Nelson earned his JD at the University of Hawaii and his BA from Oklahoma State University.

Bradley M. Weyer
Mr. Weyer joins the Polk County DA's Office from the Marion County DA's Office, having worked there as both a clerk during law school and a full time deputy in the misdemeanor section. Weyer earned his JD from the Willamette University College of Law and his BA from Washington State University.

Matthew T. Wilson
Mr. Wilson earned both his JD and BA from Willamette University. He also completed his third year clerkship with the Marion County DA's Office.

Also starting this month are Legal Assistant Holly Smith and Office Specialist Katie Brown.

"The people of Polk County made a very strong investment in public safety. I am pleased we were able to attract such talented people to work for our community," stated Felton.
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Friday, July 31, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Friday, July 31, 2015.

Fire Prevention: Fire danger remains extreme throughout Oregon, with high temperatures and low humidity in many areas continuing over the next several days and possible lightning predicted in southern, central, and eastern Oregon this evening and into the weekend. Oregon's State Forester and State Fire Marshal continue to ask for the public's help in preventing human-caused wildfires: reduce (or cancel) fire-prone activities - even if they are still allowed, know the fire restrictions in place where you will be working and recreating - realizing that many agencies and locations have increased those restrictions over the past couple of days, and, should a fire occur close to your home or community, be prepared in case you need to evacuate. Find out more at http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/newsroom/newsreleases/2015/NR1532.aspx.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire yesterday morning, July 30. The fire, burning on ODF-protected private and public forestlands six miles east of Glide, showed minimal growth overnight, and is estimated this morning at approximately 830 acres and 15 percent contained. Private forestland owners have closed their forestlands to the public and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also implemented a fire area closure. While no homes are currently threatened, a precautionary-only Level I (GET READY) evacuation notice has been put in place for some residents in the area should the need arise to leave. Highway 138 is being managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with a pilot car to escort traffic through the fire area. Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing Fire:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Stouts Fire was reported on Thursday afternoon, July 30, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo. By mid-evening, the fire was estimated at 3,000 acres. Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 has been dispatched and assumed command of this fire today, July 31. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has issued Level 2 (GET SET) and Level 3 (GO) evacuation notices for homes in the area, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown invoked the Conflagration Act this morning, allowing additional structural resources to be deployed to protect homes, and resources have subsequently been dispatched by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal.

Fire information for the Stouts Fire:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglasfpa


FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 194 fires burned 2474 acres
Human-caused fires: 439 fires burned 921 acres
Total: 633 fires burned 3395 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 123 fires burned 16,355 acres
Human-caused fires: 334 fires burned 2653 acres
Total: 457 fires burned 19,007 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Shooting in Damascus; Bonsignore Arrested for Murder (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/15
Jeremy Bonsignore
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Update 7-31-15 15:16

Mr. Jeremy James Bonsignore, age 25, has been lodged at the Clackamas County Jail. His photograph is included with this release.

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At about 1345 on July 31st, 2015 Mr. Jeremy James Bonsignore, age 25, was released from the hospital and arrested for the July 28th murder of Andrae Fenner. He is being transported and will be lodged at the Clackamas County Jail. He will be lodged on a single count of Murder. There is no bail.

Investigators have determined that Mr. Fenner was killed by Mr. Bonsignore as Mr. Fenner was trying to defend a third person who was at the residence at the time of the shooting. They are not releasing additional details of the incident at this time as this is still an active investigation, with investigators conducting interviews, gathering evidence and executing search warrants.

This case has been submitted to the Clackamas County District Attorney.

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The deceased male has been identified as Andrae Fenner, 29 years old, of Damascus. Mr. Fenner died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and torso.

The other male is identified as Jeremy James Bonsignore, 25 years old, of Oregon City. Mr. Bonsignore had a single gunshot wound to his leg. He is currently hospitalized for his injuries.

Investigators learned Jeremy Bonsignore's went to Andrae Fenner's residence to confront a mutual acquaintance of theirs. There was a confrontation between the two males; they exchanged gun fire, shooting each other. No one else was injured in the altercation.

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On July 28, 2015 just after 5:30 pm Officers from Damascus Police and Deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a shooting. The shooting occurred at the River View Mobile Home Park, 15758 S Hwy 224 in Damascus. There was a report of multiple people shot at the location.

Officers located two adult males, both had gunshot wounds. Both males were on the street in front of a residence within the park. Witnesses and neighbors were performing CPR on one of the males. Officers rendered medical aid and called for Fire Department personnel to come into the scene.

One of the males was pronounced dead at the scene. The other male was transported by AMR to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries; he had a gunshot wound to his leg
The initial investigation indicates both males knew each other, one of the males lived at the residence where the shooting took place, and they each shot each other with handguns. The specifics of the shooting are still being investigated.

Names of the individuals are not being released at this time pending family notification.
The Clackamas County Inter-Agency Major Crime team is on scene and investigating the shooting.


Attached Media Files: Jeremy Bonsignore
Traffic Crash Takes Life of Lincoln City Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/31/15
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On July 31, 2015 just after 7:00AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger vehicle versus a commercial vehicle on Highway 101 just south of Lincoln City.

Preliminary information revealed a 2007 Kenworth dump truck loaded with gravel, operated by Matthew NELSON, age 42, of Lincoln City, turned north onto Highway 101 near milepost 121. As the truck was accelerating, a northbound 2007 Saturn sedan collided with the back of it at highway speeds.

Upon emergency crews arriving they found the operator of the Saturn, Martin SAMPLE, age 53, of Lincoln City deceased. NELSON was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. Initial investigation revealed there were no skid marks from SAMPLE's vehicle appeared he made no attempts to steer around the truck.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Depoe Bay Fire Department. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.


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Update on Brush Fire on NE Smith Road in Clackamas County Near Newberg (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/31/15
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Please note: Light, lingering smoke may still be visible from the burn area. Fire crews will continue to monitor the area to ensure the fire doesn't rekindle.

Fire crews have fully contained the brush fire along NE Smith Road in Clackamas County. The fire burned 14 acres. Crews spent the majority of this morning performing overhaul on the burn area, extinguishing hot spots and reinforcing a fire break around the perimeter. Heavy equipment bulldozers also cleared a wide swath to remove fuels and optimize the fire break.

Residents in the area were allowed to return home this morning after an initial evacuation order along NE Smith Road that also extended to parts of NE Parrett Mountain and SW Heater Road. No injuries were reported and no structures were lost as a result of this fire.

The incident brought together resources from neighboring fire agencies including Newberg Fire Protection District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, McMinnville Fire Department, Dayton Fire Department, Lafayette Fire Department, Dundee Fire & Rescue, Aurora Fire District, and Washington County Fire District #2. Law enforcement agencies from Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office, and Wilsonville Police Department with the evacuation and safety around the incident. All agencies worked in a coordinated and well-designed operation to control and extinguish the fire and provide for the utmost safety of residents and personnel working at the incident.

Based on where the fire started, a Newberg Fire investigator responded to the scene and is still working to determine the cause of the fire. The fire burned an area that spans jurisdictions of Newberg Rural Fire Protection District and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

As dry weather and conditions continue, TVF&R would like to remind homeowners living in urban interface areas to create a defensible space around your home by trimming trees and shrubs, keeping vegetation watered, and storing combustibles away from structures. To learn more, visit www.tvfr.com.


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Officers To Issue "Tickets" For Good Deeds
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/31/15
School's out for summer, and kids in Tualatin may actually look forward to their next encounter with the "heat" this summer, thanks to 7-Eleven(R) stores' popular Operation Chill program that rewards positive behavior with a very cool treat.

Through Operation Chill(R), Tualatin Police officers can "ticket" youngsters caught in the act of doing good with Slurpee(R) beverage coupons. Appropriate "offenses" might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven(R) stores.

Since the program's inception in 1995, nearly 14 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in the areas where 7-Eleven(R) operates stores. During 2015, approximately 1.25 million coupons will be issued nationally; most during the summer months and back-to-school season.

"This is a great opportunity for our police officers to interact with young people in a non-enforcement manner and to reinforce good behavior," says Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker.

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven(R) to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months, when there is often an increase in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies' community relations projects.

Youngsters ticketed by the police will receive coupons good for a free small Slurpee(R), that can be redeemed at the Tualatin store, located at 6630 SW Nyberg Street. The semi-frozen carbonated beverage is a favorite with both young and old. More than half-million Slurpees(R) are purchased each day during the summer at 7-Eleven(R) stores across the country.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/858/86627/July_2015_Operation_Chill.pdf
Sheriff's Office Partners with Neighborhoods at National Night Out
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/15
Washington County Deputy Sheriffs are looking forward to joining residents on National Night out (Tuesday, August 4th) to discuss ways to keep their neighborhood safer. This year's theme, "See Something, Say Something" encourages residents to not only contact 9-1-1 when a crime has been committed, but also utilize a non-emergency number (503-629-0111) to report activities or situations that may seem suspicious or troubling.

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett states, "National Night Out is a great tradition that brings neighborhoods and public safety agencies together. Hearing from our residents that night helps us learn of trends so we can best respond, provide education, and continue to serve our communities with excellent service."

Deputies also plan to provide tips on how neighbors can work together year-round to help keep their home and neighborhood safer.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Officer McGruff will be at the following community events:

?,? Banks National Night Out: 6-8 pm at 44950 NW Hartwick Road
?,? Cornelius National Night Out: 5:30-8 pm at Harleman Park
?,? Metzger National Out: 7-9:30 pm at Metzger Park
?,? Bethany National Night Out: 6-8:30 pm at John Marty Park

Individuals unable to attend one of these events can find important safety tips at: http://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/OtherServices/CrimePrevention/national-night-out.cfm. Tips include: knowing your neighbors and neighborhood; keeping up your yard; safeguarding outdoor equipment; exercising caution at night; safety when you are out of town; and helping our detectives find your stolen items.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer places to live.
Battalion Chief Retires (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 07/31/15
Battalion Chief Brian Hoaglin
Battalion Chief Brian Hoaglin
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Battalion Chief Brian Hoaglin, a long-time member of the Salem Fire Department, retired today after a 33-year career in the fire service, with more than 28 years of service at the City of Salem.

Chief Hoaglin was hired as a firefighter/paramedic with Salem Fire in February of 1987. He first promoted to apparatus operator/engineer in 1992 and then to the rank of captain in 1996. After serving 6 years as a company officer, Brian promoted to the rank of battalion chief in 2002.

During his career with Salem Fire, he was involved in numerous committees and oversaw the department's apparatus and fleet maintenance program for 9 years. His most current assignment was commanding the north battalion of the city, housed at Fire Station #2.

The Salem Fire Department will miss the leadership and experience Brian brought to the organization and wish him well in his retirement.

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Attached Media Files: Battalion Chief Brian Hoaglin
Beaverton's Annual Flicks by the Fountain Series Offers Movies for All Ages (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 07/31/15
The city’s free Flicks by the Fountain series kicks off August 7 at Beaverton City Park with Big Hero 6. Every Friday in August will feature a different themed movie and live entertainment. (Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton)
The city’s free Flicks by the Fountain series kicks off August 7 at Beaverton City Park with Big Hero 6. Every Friday in August will feature a different themed movie and live entertainment. (Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton's annual Flicks by the Fountain movie series returns Aug. 7. Each Friday will feature a themed movie selected by the public, as well as short films from Beaverton School District's Signal to Noise competition, an annual showcase of student-produced media.


Flicks by the Fountain are held each Friday night in August at Beaverton City Park, SW 5th Street & Hall Boulevard, next to the Beaverton City Library. All movies are free and begin at dusk, with pre-movie activities and entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m.


"We believe in bringing our community together," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It's what makes Beaverton a welcoming city. Enjoying an outdoor movie under the stars at City Park is a great way to create cherished memories for friends and families."


To ensure the safety of pedestrians and to provide a better viewing experience, SW Fifth Street will be closed between SW Hall Boulevard & SW Watson Avenue from 6 to 11 p.m. Westbound traffic on Fifth Street will be diverted south on SW Tucker Avenue, and northbound Hall Boulevard traffic will be diverted eastbound at Fifth Street.


The 2015 Flicks by the Fountain schedule is:


Aug. 7: Family Feature
Film: Big Hero 6 (PG)
Signal to Noise student film: "Kinders for Peace PSA" by Rayna P., Montclair Elementary School


Aug. 14: International Film Night
Film: Song of the Sea (PG)
Signal to Noise student film: "Se Podemos! Una Historia de Muchos" by Edgar V. and Dylan P., Montclair Elementary School
Note: This week is hosted by the Sister Cities Advisory Board, and will feature a performance by the NW Lion and Dragon Dance Association.


Aug. 21: Superheroes
Film: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
Signal to Noise student film: "The Escape Plan" by Ben J., Westview High School
Note: This week includes the Police Activities League (PAL) raffle fundraiser.


Aug. 28: Date Night
Film: Jurassic Park (PG-13)
Signal to Noise student film: "To Do" by Cody S. and Baily V., Westview High School


To accommodate the inflatable screen on movie nights, the fountain at City Park will be turned off for most of each Friday in August. In case of inclement weather, movies will be cancelled.


For more information about Flicks by the Fountain or other citywide events, contact 503-526-2559 or events@BeavertonOregon.gov, or visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Events.


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


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


Attached Media Files: The city’s free Flicks by the Fountain series kicks off August 7 at Beaverton City Park with Big Hero 6. Every Friday in August will feature a different themed movie and live entertainment. (Photo courtesy of City of Beaverton)
Applicants sought for vacancy on Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors
Multnomah ESD - 07/31/15
The Multnomah ESD Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy (Zone #2) on the Board. Applicants must be residents within the Multnomah ESD Zone #2 boundaries comprised of most of Northwest Portland, downtown within the 405 loop, sections of the Sunset corridor, and central eastside. To confirm residency in the Zone #2 area, contact the Multnomah County Elections Office, (503) 988-3720. Multnomah ESD is a regional education agency providing special education, school health services, alternative and outdoor education, technology and other support services to the eight public school districts in Multnomah County.

Information about Board member authority and responsibilities, standards of conduct, and ethics guidelines, is available at http://policy.osba.org/mesd/AB/index.asp. For more information and to download application materials from the Internet, please go to the MESD website at www.mesd.k12.or.us or contact the MESD Board Secretary, 503-257-1504; email at hseverns@mesd.k12.or.us.

Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on August 14, 2015. Applications may be hand delivered or submitted via email or regular mail to Board Secretary Heather Severns as follows:

Email: hseverns@hseverns@mesd.k12.or.us
Hand Delivery/Regular Mail: Multnomah Education Service District
11611 NE Ainsworth Circle
Portland, Oregon 97220-9017

Interviews will occur during a public session of the Board on a date to be determined after August 14th.
UPDATE: Public's Help Needed to Locate a Suspect in a Hit and Run, Assault Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/31/15
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The actual vehicle license plate is Oregon D010926 and the vehicle is confirmed as a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox.

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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help to locate 28-year-old Elisha Rae Hanson in connection with a July 22, 2015 incident that occurred in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood.

Hanson is described as a white female, 5'9" tall, 150 pounds, brown hair, and green eyes.

Detectives are also asking for the public's help to locate the vehicle Hanson was driving at the time of the incident.

The vehicle is a dark-colored 2012 or 2013 Chevrolet Equinox with yellow Oregon Disabled Veteran license plates.

This investigation began on Wednesday July 22, 2015, at 1:24 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the report of a hit and run in the Taco Bell parking lot, located at Southeast 126th Avenue and Division Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located 48-year-old Kevin McNerney suffering from traumatic injuries. McNerney remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

Investigators believe that McNerney was involved in an altercation Hanson, who struck him with the vehicle in the course of leaving the parking lot.

Anyone seeing Hanson or the vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1 and provide detailed information.

Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Chris Traynor at 503-823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: 2015-07/3056/86609/Elisha_Rae_Hanson_28.jpg , 2015-07/3056/86609/Stock_Chevrolet_Equinox_Photo.jpg
City of Newberg PRESS RELEASE 9
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/31/15
Marion County District Attorney's Office release: No Criminal Charges for Newberg Manager

Earlier this morning the Newberg City Attorney received the Marion County District Attorney's press release via Flash Alert: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2015-07/1416/86604/Declination_Letter.pdf The City did not receive this release prior to it being distributed and does not have any additional information other than what was included in the release. The City has requested police reports in an effort to gain insight into what led to the investigation and to understand how best to move forward.

"We understand the frustration of our citizens in not knowing what is going on, and frankly we share that frustration", said City Manager Pro Tem Terry Mahr. "We pledge to share as much as we legally can as soon as we have any information".

The City Council will hold a council meeting and executive session on August 17th, the earliest possible date due to scheduling issues to discuss next steps.



Brittney Jeffries
Public Affairs Officer - City of Newberg
414 E. First Street | PO Box 970 | Newberg OR 97132
brittney.jeffries@newbergoregon.gov
Direct: 503. 537. 1273


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1463/86618/Declination_Letter.pdf
MCF Launches 2015 Community Challenge to Honor People and Organizations Solving Issues
Maps Credit Union - 07/31/15
For immediate release
July 31, 2015
 
SALEM, Ore. -- The Maps Community Foundation will award up to $2,000 to people and small nonprofits  helping the local community in the areas of financial literacy, affordable housing, hunger, homelessness, education and health care.
 
Community members may nominate themselves, a person who is doing great work in the community, or a small (less than 15 employees) nonprofit. Nominations will be shared on Maps Credit Union's Facebook page, and our social media community will be able to vote for their favorite. Finalists may be asked to make a short video describing how they are helping the community.
 
If an individual is selected as the winner, that individual will receive a $1,000 award, and a related local nonprofit will receive a matching $1,000 award. If a nonprofit is chosen, that nonprofit will receive the full $2,000 award.

The Maps Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with the mission, "Building Assets through Education." It is funded through the credit union's Free Community Checking Account, staff donations and fundraisers, community donations and grants. All Maps members who have a Free Community Checking account enjoy the benefits of a free checking product while making a direct impact on the community. "Each time one of our members uses their Free Community Checking debit card to make a purchase, the credit union donates one penny to the foundation," said Maps Credit Union's Community Development Officer Mitzi Smith. "That makes it easy for our members to see how their everyday actions have a direct effect on the social issues that impact the lives of everyone who lives in the areas we serve."
 
"This is our fourth year holding the Community Challenge," Smith continued. "This year, we wanted to highlight the groups and individuals who are working every day the address the issues facing our community. We started by brainstorming challenges we have highlighted in previous awards and that have been raised through our partnerships with local nonprofits. We chose the final list based on those that best fit with the foundation's mission of improving community member's ability to build assets."
 
Maps Credit Union has come a long way since a group of 17 volunteers joined together in 1935, running the credit union out of kitchens and living rooms in homes throughout Marion County. Today, Maps serves more than 50,000 members in Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties. The credit union has nine branches located in east, west, south and central Salem; Keizer; the Willamette University campus; Monmouth; Woodburn; and Silverton. The credit union also instructs students and operates three non-profit student branches as school-to-work labs for high school business courses at North Salem, West Salem and McKay high schools. 
 
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Date change for meetings to plan new state park near Tierra del Mar (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/31/15
New state park on the coast between Tierra del Mar and Cape Lookout in Tillamook County.
New state park on the coast between Tierra del Mar and Cape Lookout in Tillamook County.
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Pacific City OR -- Meetings originally set for August 6 in Pacific City to kick off planning for a new state park on the Beltz property north of Tierra del Mar have been rescheduled to August 27. A desire to avoid overlapping with the Tillamook County Fair prompted the change.

The new meeting date is Thursday, August 27 at the Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City 97135. An advisory committee will meet from 1-4 p.m. The public meeting will follow from 6-8 p.m.. The public may attend and observe the advisory committee meeting, however only comments from the committee will be taken at this meeting. Everyone is welcome to participate in the evening meeting.

A neighborhood meeting on the same topic on August 1 in the Tierra del Mar Meeting Hall will still occur as scheduled.

More information on planning for the unnamed park is available online at http://beltzplan.com/


Attached Media Files: New state park on the coast between Tierra del Mar and Cape Lookout in Tillamook County.
Motorized Recreational Use restricted In the Astoria Basin
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
The Oregon Department Of Forestry Is restricting motorized recreational traffic on state forest lands within the Astoria Basin in an effort to mitigate the risk of fire during the remainder of the 2015 fire season.

As result of record warm and dry weather conditions, the hazard of wildfires in the local area is significantly higher than normal. The Oregon Department of Forestry owns approximately 3,200 acres of forestland situated behind the city of Astoria. Restricting vehicle access to this portion of the forest will help reduce the risk of human-caused fire. This area of state forest lands can be accessed from Williamsport Forest Road, Mill Creek Forest Road, and Scandinavian Cannery And Pipeline County roads. Gates on all roads that access the Astoria Basin will be closed at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015.

This closure only prohibits unauthorized motorized access into state forest lands until fire season is over. This usually occurs sometime in mid- to late October. Note that non-motorized access by the public for recreational purposes would still be allowed on lands in this area owned by the Oregon Department Of Forestry.

For more information, contact Ron Zilli, Astoria Assistant District Forester, 503-325-5451.
Correction on date: So I'm Not Really Crazy: The Intersection of Trauma and Addictive Disease
Woloshin Communications - 07/31/15
Counselor Ann Church will speak on maintaining recovery while coping with the aftermath of traumatic life events. She will speak on Twelve Step principles that are effective anchors for healing, and how they way be coupled with compassionate awareness of vulnerability and patience for the incremental changes which are indicators of progress toward resolution. This presentation provides an overview of issues commonly associated with trauma which complicate recovery efforts and create obstacles to connection with others. It will also cover proven mindfulness-based practices that can be incorporated into Twelve Step recovery model.

Portland/Beaverton Recovery Speaker Series
No charge to attend and open to all who are interested in recovery

NOTE CORRECT Date: Thurs., August 20

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Hazelden Betty Ford Beaverton Center
1500 NW Bethany Blvd. #240
Beaverton, OR 97006
No charge, RSVP requested to: FGreen577@Gmail.com, 503-707-9522), or LMaAnderson@hazeldenbettyford.org, (503-554-4353).
Benton County Sheriff's Office Investigates Fatal Crash
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/15
On 7-30-2015 at 2351 hours, Benton County deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash at Highway 99W past the Old River Road in South Benton County. For an unknown reason,a Ford F150 drifted across the oncoming lane, onto the west side shoulder of Highway 99W and crashed into a tree. The victim was determined to be deceased upon arrival of medical and law enforcement personnel. The only occupant in the vehicle was the driver. There was no preliminary indication of drugs or alcohol use as a factor in the crash. Driver fatigue may be a contributing cause. The 18 year old male's identification is being held for family notification.
Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update - Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 10 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update
July 31, 2015

The Cable Crossing Fire showed minimal growth overnight and is still estimated at about 830 acres this morning. The fire containment is estimated at 15 percent.

The fire is burning on private and public lands in the heart of the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Corridor six miles east of Glide. While private landowners have closed their holdings to the public, Bureau of Land Management has also imposed a fire area closure. Forest roads remain closed in and around the fire area. In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV is in effect throughout the Douglas District that prohibits forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Public use restrictions, such campfires, mowing of dry grass and off-road driving have also been tightened.

Pushed by afternoon winds out of the north, the fire continues to test containment lines on the south end of the fire. While no homes are currently threatened, a Level I evacuation notice has been put in place prompting some residents to be ready should the need arises to leave. The notice is only precautionary at this time.

Fire danger remains extreme with temperatures expected to rise over 100 degrees over the next several days and lightning predicted for the weekend. Conditions have taken their toll with several heat related injuries to firefighters.

Current resources on the fire include seven engines, 28 hand crews, five helicopters and six retardant dropping air tankers.

Highway 138 is being managed by ODOT with a pilot car to escort traffic through the fire area.

Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

Fire At A Glance

Size: 830 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 1 - Type 1; 27 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 3 Tankers; 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 2 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 3 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
Engines: 5
Dozers: 4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 4
Total personnel: 785
Estimated Cost to Date: $800,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
Innovation and student life leaders bring new energy to St. Mary's Academy (Photo)
St. Mary's Acad. (Downtown) - 07/31/15
Nicole Foran, Assistant Principal of Student Life
Nicole Foran, Assistant Principal of Student Life
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Portland, Ore. - New talent and roles are adding to the vibrant growth of St. Mary's Academy this summer. The all-girls' Catholic, college-preparatory high school, located in downtown Portland, welcomes former St. Mary's English teacher Nicole Foran as assistant principal of student life and Shawn Daley into the newly created director of innovation role.

"The exact right people are coming to be part of our community at the right time," said St. Mary's Academy Principal Kelli Clark. "Nicole is already a strong school leader who will ensure the unique culture at St. Mary's grows with our program expansion and continues to serve the needs of young women. Shawn brings sharp insight and a deep familiarity with possibilities for growing best practices in schools in design, technology and innovation."

For the last year as a consultant, Daley worked closely with faculty to integrate technology into instruction. Daley will be consolidating his consulting practice and bringing his time, vision and talent to special projects in the director of innovation role. He will work closely with Principal Clark to envision program design and development as the school plans for campus expansion. In addition to more than a decade of teaching experience, Daley is also interim chief innovation officer for Concordia University and an Apple Distinguished Educator for Higher Education.

"I am excited to continue my work at St. Mary's in this new position, helping faculty, staff, students and parents to envision the new possibilities made available through technology, networking and imagination. It is my express hope to engage the entire St. Mary's community in a vibrant dialogue about creativity and the future of learning," said Daley.

A longtime staff member, Foran brings 13 years of classroom experience as well as skills as a seasoned teacher-adviser, department chair and retreat participant. She holds a master's in education from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Fullerton. "Nicole is a vibrant and passionate member of St. Mary's and is excited to bring her best to serving, supporting and enriching our community," said Principal Clark.

"I plan to work passionately to help cultivate a culture of excellence, creativity, trust and justice at St. Mary's. I look forward to supporting students, holding the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and collaborating with my colleagues. There couldn't be more meaningful work," said Foran.

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


Attached Media Files: Nicole Foran, Assistant Principal of Student Life , Director of Innovation Shawn Daley, pictured with Principal Kelli Clark
Protest Update/correction: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office made one protest-related arrest
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/31/15
Correction to information given out yesterday: MCSO made one protest-related arrest on the Willamette River yesterday. A 19 year old SE Portland man, Christian Pence, was refusing to clear off the river after being informed the waterway was closed. The man eventually left his boat and began swimming in an attempt to avoid leaving the river. River Patrol members and rescue swimmers attempted to get the man safely out of the water. During the attempts to get the man from the water, the man resisted the rescue swimmers' efforts and assaulted a deputy/rescue swimmer. No one was hospitalized. The man pending charges for Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Interfering With a Police Officer and released on shore. No mug shot is available.
Union Gospel Mission Helps the Homeless Beat the Heat
Union Gospel Mission - 07/31/15
Union Gospel Mission Helps the Homeless Beat the Heat

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission will open its day room as an emergency cooling shelter when temperatures reach 90 degrees from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The air-conditioned day room gives the homeless a break from the heat, providing an opportunity to rest, hydrate and have a snack.

The weather will remain in the 90s until Aug. 3. The mission asks for donations such as T-shirts, shorts, hats, travel-sized sunblock, bottled-water, and sports drinks. These items will help those living on the streets cope with the heat.

Sam Woldemichael, a LifeChange resident, who works in the day room said, "We don't have enough bottled water especially for this whole week. Yesterday we served about 500 people. Most of them were exhausted and dehydrated from the heat. Most of the homeless guests were grateful for having the day room to cool down and re-hydrate. The guests were really appreciative."

Donations can be dropped off at the downtown location at 3 NW Third Ave., Portland, OR 97209. Donations can also be made by calling 503-274-4483 or online at ugmportland.org.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org.

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Recreational Fires Banned in the cities of Camas and Washougal
Camas-Washougal Fire Dept. - 07/31/15
Given the critically dangerous fire conditions being experienced in Clark County, CWFD Fire Chief Nick Swinhart has declared a ban on all outdoor recreational burning in the cities of Camas and Washougal. This ban will be in effect until further notice. This does not affect the use of gas or charcoal grills. Citizens will still be able to use such devices provided they are doing so in a safe manner.
No Criminal Charges for Newberg City Manager
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 07/31/15
The Marion County District Attorney's Office has declined to file any criminal charges against Newberg City Manager Jacque Betz related to her decision to place Newberg-Dundee Police Chief Brian Casey on administrative leave.

See formal declination letter attached.

Police Reports may be obtained by contacting the Oregon State Police.


Attached Media Files: Declination Letter
Stouts Fire Morning Update - Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 8 a.m.PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
Douglas Forest Protective Association

1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-31-15

CONTACT: Kyle Reed FAX: (541) 440-3424
OFFICE: (541) 672-6507 X 136 CELL: (541) 817-7186 E-MAIL: kyle.reed@oregon.gov

Stouts Fire: Morning Update

The Stouts fire actively burned late into the night, moving in a southeast direction from the point of origin before laying down in the early morning hours. Firefighters assigned to the fire last night focused their efforts on opening access roads to the fire and anchoring into the heel of the fire to being constructing fire line. Approximately 450 firefighters are on scene of the Stouts Fire today and will continue working where night shift left off. Fire activity is expected to increase throughout the day today as hot, dry weather is once again forecasted for the area. Due to predicted weather conditions, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Umpqua Basin. The fire is currently estimated at 6,000 acres and the cause of fire is currently under investigation.

Last night, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Creek Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane. A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice was issued for all homes on Upper Cow Creek, east of Snow Creek Road. A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 arrived at the Stouts Fire this morning and has been briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. ODF IMT 1 is scheduled to assume command of the fire later this morning. The Incident Command Post for the Stouts Fire will be located at Days Creek Charter School.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/

Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA's social media accounts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglasfpa

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Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 817-7186
www.dfpa.net
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Fire crews battle brush fire
Clackamas County - 07/31/15
Firefighters from several counties responded to a brush fire in Newburg County, that extended into a small area of Clackamas County. The fire was located between Newburg and Wilsonville. Approximately 14 acres burned and fire is in containment stages.

Fire resulted in temporary evacuations of 14 homes along NE Smith Road, and on Corral Creek and Parrett Mountain Road. Homeowners have been approved to return to homes.

Fire crews from Newberg, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Washington County Fire District #2 responded. Clackamas County Sheriff deputies are assisting.
ECFR Responds to Livingston Mt. Brush Fire
East (Clark) County Fire & Rescue - 07/31/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR), along with Vancouver Fire Department, Clark County Fire District 3, Camas/Washougal Fire and Rescue and DNR (Department of Natural Resources) and Clark County Sheriff responded to the following event at approximately 8:40 PM on Thursday 7/30/2015:

A brush fire was reported in the vicinity of Stordahl Livingston Rock Pit on Livingston Mountain in East Clark County. An area approximately 2-3 acres was involved that had previously been clear cut and replanted. Crews quickly got the fire under control and began establishing a wet line around the perimeter. There were a half dozen home within 1/4 mile of the fire that were put on alert but no evacuations were required. Power was temporarily secured by PUD in the area due to power poles that were damaged by the fire but power has since been restored. At approximately midnight the Command of the fire was turned over to DNR crews who brought in additional resources including several hand crews for the mop up. A cause has yet to be determined and will be investigated further during daylight hours.

East County Fire and Rescue would like to remind our neighbors that we are in a severe dry period and a total burn ban is in effect in Clark County as well as most of the states of Washington & Oregon.


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For More Information Rick Knapp
East County Fire & Rescue
360.609.0555
rknapp@ecfr.us
07/30/15
Stouts Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 11 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/15
Douglas Forest Protective Association

1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-30-2015

CONTACT: Kyle Reed FAX: (541) 440-3424
OFFICE: (541) 672-6507 X 136 CELL: (541) 817-7186 E-MAIL: kyle.reed@oregon.gov

Stouts Fire Update

The Stouts Fire, located approximately 11 miles east of Canyonville near the community of Milo was reported Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and numerous volunteer fire departments responded to the fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fast moving fire already several acres in size. Hot, windy conditions combined with very dry fuels caused the fire to grow extremely fast and sparked numerous spot fires in front of the main fire. The intensity of the main fire, combined with the numerous spot fires in front of itself, caused the Stouts Fire to "blow up," going from several hundred acres to approximately 6,000 acres in a matter of hours.

Several homes in the area were threatened by the fire, however no homes have been burned. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Creek Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane. A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

An Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team (ODF IMT 1) has been ordered for the Stouts Fire and will assume command of the fire tomorrow after being briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/

Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA's social media accounts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglasfpa

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Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 10 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/15
Below is this evening's news release on the Cable Crossing Fire from Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3. Also, a closure for the fire area is posted on the fire's Inciweb site. The direct link to open that closure notice is:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/OR73S/2015-07-29-2320-Cable-Crossing-Fire/related_files/pict20150631-002020-0.pdf .

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INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
LINK SMITH, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Fire Information: (541) 496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015

CABLE CROSSING FIRE EVENING UPDATE
Fire Crews Beat Back the Heat and the Flames

Firefighters are working round the clock under extreme fire behavior conditions to stay ahead of the Cable Crossing Fire. Following two consecutive days of Red Flag Warning weather, that brings high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds, the fire has grown to 830 acres. Containment is estimated at 15 percent.

Supported by a host of helicopters, retardant dropping air tankers, bulldozers and engines, fire crews made considerable progress under extreme temperatures. Objectives were accomplished by holding established containment lines on the north and west end of the fire. With the fire pushing to the south and east, crews kept up with spot fires before they could gain any momentum. The day shift set a nice table for crews working through the night when the fire activity is expected to subside under cooler conditions. The Red Flag Warning is predicted to stay in place through the weekend with a chance of thunderstorms arriving Friday.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire Thursday afternoon in an effort to bring in additional resources from around the region and provide needed relief to local fire crews.

Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

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Red Cross helps individual after home fire in Forest Grove
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/30/15
American Red Cross Disaster Team volunteers provided assistance to one adult following a single-family home fire Thursday evening (July 30) in the 3000 block of 22nd Avenue in Forest Grove. Red Cross provided bedding, linens, food and clothing.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Attic Fire Damages Duplex in Forest Grove (Photo)
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue - 07/30/15
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This evening just after 5pm, Forest Grove firefighters were dispatched to a reported duplex fire in the 3000 block of 22nd Ave. Our crews arrived to find a single story duplex with heavy smoke coming from the roofline, firefighters made entry into the structure to find the fire was in the attic. Firefighters tore down the ceiling and fire the flames, extinguishing most of the flames in 10 minutes. But because small pockets of smoldering debris, it took firefighters over 3 hours to cool down all the hot spots.

It also took firefighters a long time to put out all hot spots because of the 100+ degree weather. Incident command shuffled fewer crews through tasks quicker and allowed longer resting and rehydration periods than that of a fire we would experience in cooler temperatures. Luckily no firefighters on scene showed signs of dehydration and heat fatigue.

None of the residents in the duplex were injured, but nine residents between the two units were not able to stay in the units overnight do to damage. Five of the nine recieved assistance from the Red Cross. An estimate of damage has yet to be calculated. Fire investigators believe the fire was started by faulty wiring in the attic space.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue was assisted on scene by Cornelius Department and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue.


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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a house fire in North East
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/30/15
At 6:15 this evening Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a house fire at 51st Avenue and NE Fremont Street. The fire started in some shrubs between two homes. The majority of the damage occurred to the exterior siding of one home. Crews checked the inside of the home to assure everyone was out and that the fire had not spread to the attic. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Linn Deputies Arrest Several People During Narcotic Investigations (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/30/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that within the last week, the Linn County Sheriff's Office concluded two narcotic investigations.

In October of 2014, narcotic detectives began an investigation into a case involving heroin being brought into Albany and Lebanon from Los Angeles, California. As the investigation continued, investigators learned that Jeremy Brian Buchanan, 28 years old of Albany, was traveling by commercial airline from the Eugene Airport to the Los Angeles International Airport on a regular basis to purchase heroin in the Los Angeles area.

On July 24, 2015, investigators from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) traveled to northern California in an attempt to locate Jeremy Buchanan who investigators learned was traveling back from Los Angeles. Investigators discovered that Jeremy Buchanan was traveling on a Greyhound bus in route to Oregon. Investigators followed the Greyhound bus to Eugene where Jeremy Buchanan got off the bus and into a vehicle. The vehicle was stopped with assistance from the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcing Team (INET) and the Springfield Police Department. Jeremy Buchanan was detained after he struggled with law enforcement officers conducting the traffic stop. Investigators located approximately nine ounces of heroin in Jeremy Buchanan's property.

As a result of the investigation, Jeremy Buchanan was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, and Conspiracy to Deliver Heroin.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this case by the Albany Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Eugene Police Department - Eugene Airport detail, Roseburg Police Department, Lane County INET, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (Eugene, Medford, and Los Angeles California divisions).


The second narcotic investigation concluded on July 30, 2015, after the Linn County Regional S.W.A.T. team served a search warrant in the 49200 block of Santiam Highway in Cascadia at approximately 7:05 a.m. Six adults, all who live at the location, were present at the time the search warrant was served.

Among the items seized from the scene were methamphetamine, unlawfully possessed prescription medication, methamphetamine and heroin paraphernalia, a digital scale, packaging material, a rifle, and the frame and motor from a stolen pickup. The pickup had been reported stolen to the Linn County Sheriff's Office in December 2013. The pickup had been stripped of the cab and bed.

As a result of the investigation, David Robert Patterson, 61 years of age and a resident of the address, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Kimberly Jean Allen, 54 years of age and a resident of the address, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Debra Jean Massey, 57 years of age and a resident of the address, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Dustin Kyle Coughran, 25 years of age and a resident of the address, was cited and released on the charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Gerald Lee Stroud, 52 years of age, a resident of Cascadia, was cited and released for Driving While Suspended Misdemeanor.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Albany Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Additional booking photos were not available at the time of this press release. Refer to the sheriff's office website (www.linnsheriff.org) at a later time for booking photos.


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Department of Revenue satellite offices closed August 4-7
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 07/30/15
SALEM, Oregon--The Oregon Department of Revenue's Coos Bay and Newport satellite offices will be closed August 4-7 so staff can attend training. The offices will reopen on Monday, August 10 at 8 a.m.

Taxpayers needing immediate assistance can call the Tax Services Unit at (503) 378-4988.

The Coos Bay office is located at 1155 S 5th St, Suite A. They can be reached during normal business hours at (541) 266-0214. The Newport office is located at 119 4th St NE #4. Their phone number is (541) 265-5139.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov or call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free).
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Salem Cooling Shelters and Heat Prevention Tips
City of Salem - 07/30/15
Cooling Shelters and Heat Prevention Tips

The following locations are open until 9 p.m. and are available as cooling shelters:

Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE
Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE
In addition, most malls are available to the public and can be used as cooling locations

Prevention of heat related illness is critical during these higher temperature periods. Here are a few heat prevention tips:

Keep hydrated. Fluid replacement with cool (50-60 degrees) water or any cool liquid except alcoholic beverages is effective for cooling the body down. You should drink small amounts frequently, e.g. one cup every 20 minutes.

Manage workloads. Do your heaviest physical labor in the cooler part of the day. Add frequent short breaks. Watch yourself and your fellow workers for signs of heat illness.

Wear lightweight clothing. Light colored cotton fabric is a good choice.

Pull blinds or shades to reduce the amount of solar heating coming from the windows. Keep windows closed when air conditioning is running.

Stay indoors when possible in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, public library, theater, or other public location. A few hours spent in these environments can help your body stay cooler.

At home, do not forget your pets; be sure they have lots of fresh water to drink.

Check on sick and elderly neighbors that may be susceptible to heat illness.
'Sundays at Seven' Features Joni Mitchell's 'Blue' (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 07/30/15
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OREGON CITY - Clackamas Repertory Theatre's Sunday cabaret series will feature Merideth Kaye Clark, performing Joni Mitchell's "Blue" album. Clark's Sunday at Seven performance takes place Aug. 16.
Clark, who made her area debut with Clackamas Rep after relocating to Portland in 2012, has gone on to perform in several shows at Portland Center Stage and the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle. She earned both a Drammy Award and Portland Area Musical Theatre award in 2014 as best actress in a musical for "Light in the Piazza" at Portland Playhouse.
Before relocating to Portland in 2012, Clark appeared with many regional theaters, participated in numerous concerts and originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals. She also performed the role of Elphaba in the first national tour of the Broadway musical "Wicked."
"Blue," recorded in 1971, was Mitchell's fourth album and explores the various facets of relationships from infatuation on "A Case of You" to insecurity on "This Flight Tonight." Clark recently performed the album to sold-out crowds at Portland Center Stage.
The show is Sunday evening at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047.
For more information, contact CRT managing director Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915.
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Attached Media Files: Merideth Kaye Clark
The Salvation Army Deploying Roving Hydration Stations & Cooling Stations
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 07/30/15
(Portland, OR) July 30, 2015 - With the heat approaching record highs, we all know that hydration is key to staying safe, especially those on the streets. The Salvation Army will be taking several precautions, at least Thursday and Friday, and offering various hydration and cooling breaks for the Portland Metro community.

Look for marked Salvation Army vans or disaster vehicles in the following areas from 4 to 7pm:

Starting in the Aloha, OR area and then heading West to Gaston, OR

Starting in the Burnside Bridge area by The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter and spreading out from there

Bus and Train Depot/Union Station area in Downtown Portland

Teams are prepared to hand out over 30 cases of bottled water daily.

In addition to the Roving Hydration Stations, The Salvation Army in Washington County welcoming the community to cool off in their building at 351 SE Oak St. Hillsboro, OR 97123. For updated information on hours, please call 503-640-4311.

Also, The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES at Fairbridge), a shelter for women experiencing homelessness, always welcomes women to use their day-use area at SW 2nd and Burnside in Downtown Portland. Water will be available. For more information, you can call their front desk at 503-227-0810.

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For Media Use Only: Please contact Major Nancy Dihle at 503-939-1692 for location information and other details.


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

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Tigard Man Arrested For Eluding Law Enforcement In Central Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/30/15
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On July 29, 2015 at about 2:30PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) observed a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle operated by Tyler HARP, age 27, of Tigard, carrying a passenger at 90 mph in a 55 mph zone traveling northbound on rural HWY 31 near milepost 48 in Lake County. The Trooper attempted to stop the motorcycle and it accelerated to an excess of 120mph fleeing from the Trooper.

At about 2:45PM, a second Trooper located the motorcycle and pulled in front of it on HWY 31 near milepost 7 in Klamath County, lights activated and motioned the operator to the shoulder. HARP refused to stop and trooper declined to pursue the operator. Shortly after the motorcycle was reportedly spotted by a Deschutes County Deputy on HWY 31 at Beal Rd. at speeds reported of 149mph and continued onto US 97 northbound operating recklessly.

At about 4:00PM OSP observed the motorcycle and attempted to stop the vehicle a third time on US 97 at milepost 164 (south of LaPine) in Deschutes County. The motorcycle again fled traveling onto side roads and was later observed entering US 97 northbound where OSP declined to pursue the fleeing vehicle. At about 4:50PM, OSP again located the motorcycle and attempted a traffic stop on US 97 at milepost 149. Initially HARP slowed and pulled to the shoulder and then accelerated away from the traffic stop colliding with a Black Dodge SUV then fleeing on foot.

HARP was apprehended a short time later. HARP and his passenger, Chelsea JACKS, age 20, of Portland received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend by ground ambulance. HARP was then taken into custody at St. Charles Hospital and lodged into Deschutes County Jail on multiple charges including Attempting to Elude in a Vehicle, Attempting to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

Additional charges are Pending in Lake and Klamath Counties.


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So I'm Not Really Crazy: The Intersection of Trauma and Addictive Disease (Photo)
Woloshin Communications - 07/30/15
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Portland/Beaverton Recovery Speaker Series
No charge to attend and open to all who are interested in recovery topics.

Counselor Ann Church will speak on maintaining recovery while coping with the aftermath of traumatic life events is a daunting challenge. Twelve Step principles are effective anchors for healing, coupled with compassionate awareness of vulnerability and patience for the incremental changes which are indicators of progress toward resolution. This presentation provides an overview of issues commonly associated with trauma which complicate recovery efforts and create obstacles to connection with others. It will also cover mindfulness-based practices incorporating proven Twelve Step recovery model.

Date: Thurs., August 30

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Hazelden Betty Ford Beaverton Center
1500 NW Bethany Blvd. #240
Beaverton, OR 97006
No charge, RSVP requested to: FGreen577@Gmail.com, 503-707-9522), or LMaAnderson@hazeldenbettyford.org, (503-554-4353).


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Passerby alerts emergency crews to morning fire (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/30/15
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A passerby was the first to call 911 at 8:08am this morning to report smoke billowing from a residence at 17990 SW Avalon Drive in NW Portland. Nearby neighbors tried to make contact with anyone that might have been home at the residence but told crews that they didn't believe anyone was home. Enroute to the incident, responders from Station 64 could see a visible column of smoke and upgraded the incident to a first-alarm response bringing additional resources to the scene. The crew arrived within three minutes of being dispatched and began extinguishing the fire. Fire crews knocked down the fire within nine minutes of arrival. No other homes were threatened by the fire.

Additional crews performed a search of the home and confirmed that no one was home at the time of the incident. They did find a dog at the residence that was brought out to safety. No injuries were reported including the dog. Due to the damage in the home, two adults and one dog were displaced. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide them assistance. TVF&R crews were also assisted by Hillsboro Fire Department and TVF&R volunteers.

A TVF&R fire investigator responded to the scene and determined that the most likely cause of the fire is electrical failure in the attic space. A damage estimate is not available at this time.

TVF&R reminds everyone to have and maintain working smoke alarms in your home. For more information about smoke alarms or other safety tips, please visit www.tvfr.com.

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Lawnmower ignites brush fire (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/30/15
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Kelso- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a brush fire that ignited from a lawnmower at the 1400 block of Grade Street Thursday morning at 11:41. Allison Bisson and Timothy Allison are responsible for maintaining the County owned land. Allison was mowing the grass and noticed smoke and flames behind her. The fire had grown to 100 feet by 300 feet and had ignited a power pole by the time fire crews arrived. It took approximately 30 minutes to fully extinguish and contain the fire. Two fire engines, two brush engines, and a water tender responded to the fire. Two chief officers from Cowlitz 2 and a supervisor from the DNR also responded. No structures were damaged, no injuries were reported.


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Join Fairview Mayor Tosterud and Police Chief Johnson for a Speical Opening Ceremony for National Night Out
Fairview Police Dept. - 07/30/15
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 4, 2015, from 5-8 pm at the Community Park (across the street from City Hall).

Opening ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm at the main stage with the Fairview Singing Centurions (Chief Johnson, Chaplain Paul Schmidt and Records Specialist Shannon Hoard) leading the audience in singing of our National Anthem followed by a welcome from Mayor Ted Tosterud.

At 6pm there will be a Taser demonstration followed by a Watermelon Eating Contest at 7pm.

Free hotdogs, kids activities, many booths and music.

At 7:30 there will be a raffle with prizes worth over $3,000. Proceeds will benefit the Fairview Police Department's Bicycle Safety Program.

Raffle prizes include: Hot air balloon ride, Fitbit, X box, Keuring Coffee Maker, Gas BBQ, Camping Equipment and much, much more.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Please join us for this very special event. Everyone is welcome.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/2172/86582/NNO_2015.doc
St. Johns Bridge closed for police activity
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 07/30/15
The St. Johns Bridge is closed in both directions to all travelers, including bicyclists and pedestrians,for police activity. No time has been set for re-opening. Travelers should prepare for delays in the hot weather.
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Multiple Incidents Yesterday (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/30/15
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UPDATE: Photo's included for traffic accident on Airport Way and grass fire off SE Springwater Drive.

Update: Portland Fire & Rescue also responded to a barn fire at 12387 SW Clara Lane around 10:15 pm last night. When fire crews arrived, they found the barn fully involved. The barn and contents are a total loss at $45,000.00. The cause is under investigation.

Update: The average number of incidents Portland Fire & Rescue responds to per day over the past year is 217.



Portland Fire & Rescue responded to 365 incidents yesterday. These are a few of the notable emergencies.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a traffic accident at NE 138th Avenue and Airport Way around 6:00 am. When fire crews arrived, they found a male patient severely pinned in his vehicle. It took fire crews 55 minutes to extricate the man before sending him to Emanuel Hospital. Westbound traffic on Airport Way was affected.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a small grass fire along Sunset Highway near the tunnel just after 8:00 am. Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish it before it grew to big.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at Lincoln High School around 9:45 am. Fire crews found that the deck on a portable classroom was on fire and had gotten into the classrooms attic. Fire crews were able to have the fire under control by 10:10 am. The fire cause is under investigation.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to vehicle fire at US Veterans Hospital at 3:15 pm in the parking garage. Fire crews found a single vehicle on fire and were able to extinguish it before the fire had affected any other vehicles or structures.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a brush fire at 7720 SE Springwater Drive at 3:20 pm. Fire crews were able to stop this 100 foot fire before it got into any structures. It did burn a fence.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to power line down at SW 31st Avenue and Multnomah Blvd at 3:45 pm. Fire crews found that the power line was down and laying across an occupied vehicle. The female in the vehicle remained calm until the power was shut down by PGE. The female was uninjured. Traffic was affected for several hours due to the light signals at the intersection not working.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a wildfire around 4:00 pm at SW Boones Ferry Rd. and SW Orchard Hill Rd. When fire crews arrived, they found a grass fire that grew to over 50 feet by 100 feet and burned along a fence line. Fire crews were able to get this fire under control by 4:15pm and then spent time mopping up the hot spots.

Due to the Red Flag Warning yesterday, Portland Fire & Rescue did increase staffing to include 2 additional brush units with 2 firefighters on each one.


Attached Media Files: Grass Fire on SE Springwater Dr , Grass Fire on SE Springwater Dr , Pin-in on NE Airport Way , Pin-in on NE Airport Way
Several Agencies in Clackamas County Receive American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/30/15
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On Tuesday July 28, the American Heart Association awarded Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, American Medical Response NW, Clackamas Fire District #1, and Lake Oswego Fire Department the Mission: Lifeline(R) EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it's critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number of patients don't receive this prompt treatment. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline's EMS recognition program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies provide access to 12-lead ECG machines (devices that measure the electrical activity of the heartbeat and can help medical personnel determine if a heart attack has occurred), and follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from awaiting hospital personnel.
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.

"EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks," said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of lifesaving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1, Lake Oswego Fire Department and American Medical Response NW for achieving this award that shows they meet evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks."


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1214/86578/Silver_Award.jpg
Media Alert: Private College Week Camp To Help Rural, Low-Income Students Explore Options
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities - 07/30/15
OREGON GEAR UP AND THE ALLIANCE PARTNER TO BRING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE STATE FOR 1-WEEK CAMP

WHEN: Sunday, August 2 at 6:00 pm (welcome dinner); entire summer program runs August 2-7, 2015.

WHERE: Lewis & Clark College, Gregg Pavilion; 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR

WHAT: In conjunction with Oregon Private College Week, Oregon GEAR UP and The Alliance are hosting a one-week summer program for rural, low-income students to explore educational opportunities available at private, nonprofit colleges across the state.

WHO: The Oregon GEAR UP program - which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program - is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college. Rising seniors from five GEAR UP communities will attend the camp. The Alliance represents and serves private, nonprofit colleges and universities across the state.

WHY: Rural and low-income students are less likely to attend higher education, less likely to attend a four-year college, and less-likely to attend a private college. This camp will help students "find the right fit", explore higher education options at several of Oregon's private, nonprofit colleges and universities, and complete a college application.

CONTACT: Adrienne Enriquez, Program Manager, Oregon GEAR UP, 503.926.6073, adrienne.enriquez@oregonstate.edu; Brent Wilder, Vice President, The Alliance, 503.639.4541, brent@oaicu.org

For more information about Oregon GEAR UP, visit oregongearup.org. For more information about The Alliance, visit oaicu.org.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/4829/86577/Alliance_Fact_Sheet_Infographic_Print_Version.pdf , 2015-07/4829/86577/OPCW_Media_Alert_73015.docx
Hillsboro Police Arrest Expose Suspect
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 07/30/15
Hillsboro police patrol officers arrested Michael Steven Cunningham, age 41, of Hillsboro for public Indecency on July 30, 2015.

During an on-going investigation into a public indecency case from May 30, 2015 during which Mr. Cunningham had exposed his genitals to a group of children at 20625 NW Trailwalk Drive in Hillsboro, Hillsboro police officers discovered an identity of the suspect in the case due to recent incidents of public indecency by Cunningham as they continued the investigation.

Cunningham was identified by the victims in this May case and he was arrested on July 30, 2015 at 1215 AM at his residence in Hillsboro. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail on a charge of public indecency.

Hillsboro police detectives are continuing the investigation into possibly two other cases involving Cunningham, one from March 2015 and another from July 25th in Hillsboro. Cunningham was also recently arrested by Tigard police for an incident there with a similar M.O. That Tigard arrest provided officers with leads and identity to pursue this case further.

The public's help is appreciated to ascertain whether other victims may have been exposed by Cunningham. They may contact Detective Joe Ganete at 503 681 6175.


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Oregon State Correctional Institution hosts Pow Wow (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/30/15
Pow Wow participants at OSCI
Pow Wow participants at OSCI
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Native American people from all walks of life and tribal heritage came together at Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) on July 26 to celebrate and honor the Creator for His many blessings through song, dance, and drumming. The celebration gave inmates the opportunity to honor warriors (veterans) for their sacrifices; Mother Earth for the cycle of life; those who have passed; elders, women, and families; and the Native American heritage and culture. Fifty-four inmates, three volunteers, ten tribal representatives, 15 family members, and eight staff participated in the event.

"The challenge for incarcerated Native Americans is to "walk in beauty" and to develop a connection spiritually with themselves, the community, and the earth. Pow Wow and the connection to the larger Native American population is a positive move in that direction. Eating foods blessed by the earth, dancing in community, and tuning our hearts to the beat of the drum are ways to restore, renew, and replenish the spirit. The support of OSCI and the community made this year's Pow Wow a success." Chaplain R. D. Borden.

OSCI is a medium-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 870 male inmates. It provides a range of correctional services and programs including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, inmate work crews, and transition planning. OSCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a print shop and a contact center. OSCI was established by action of the 1955 Legislature and became fully operational on June 1, 1959.

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Attached Media Files: Pow Wow participants at OSCI
Hiring and Promotion Ceremony Today at 2:30 p.m. at the Justice Center
Portland Police Bureau - 07/30/15
Today, Thursday July 30, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be hosting a hiring and promotion ceremony in the Wayne Sullivan Room on the 14th Floor of the Justice Center, located at 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

Seven (7) new police officers will be sworn-in to the Bureau. Additionally, one detective will be promoted to lieutenant, and three non-sworn employees hired by the Bureau will be recognized.

Interested media should plan to arrive early and all guests must check in at the Central Precinct desk.

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Legacy Health Becomes Baby Friendly
Legacy Health - 07/30/15
Family Birth Centers transform long-standing practices to support new mothers with breastfeeding

July 30, 2015 (Portland, Ore.)--Legacy Health announced today Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Meridian Park, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Centers have been internationally recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as Baby-Friendly birth facilities. Legacy's announcement is in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 - August 7, 2015.

The four medical centers were deemed Baby-Friendly after investing in a four year process of reforming traditional practices and implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding - a series of best practices designed to help a new mother be as successful as possible breastfeeding her newborn.

As Baby-Friendly hospitals, Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Meridian Park and Legacy Salmon Creek promote breastfeeding and encourage mother/baby bonding by helping newborns breastfeed within the first hour, keeping newborns with mothers rather than in a nursery, avoiding pacifier use and not sending mothers home with free formula.

"The benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby are indisputable," said Lauren Rose, M.D., Medical Director of Legacy Family Birth Centers. "Breastfeeding can be a very rewarding part of becoming a new mother but it can also be one of the hardest. Becoming Baby-Friendly has allowed Legacy to create a supportive hospital environment that gives new moms a strong foundation for the breastfeeding process while they are still in the hospital and will benefit them even after they go home."

There are many proven nutritional, health, and psychological benefits of breastfeeding for babies, including a decreased risk developing asthma or allergies, type 2 diabetes, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, bouts of diarrhea, and becoming overweight or obese. Additionally, there are many physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding associated with mom and baby being together skin-to-skin and the close eye contact that occurs.

Sponsored by WHO and UNICEF, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program that began in 1991. The designation is centered on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which include:

1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast-milk, unless medically indicated.
7. Practice rooming in - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.

Legacy Health is poised to achieve this noteworthy designation at all five of its Family Birth Centers once Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center completes the certification process, expected by fall of 2015.


About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is an Oregon-based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and, with more than 9,000 employees, is one of the largest private sector employers in the Portland metropolitan area. Legacy Health provides an integrated network of healthcare services, including acute and critical care, inpatient and outpatient treatment, community health education and a variety of specialty services. Legacy's hospitals include: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Also included in the Legacy system are a hospice agency, a full-service research facility, and specialty and primary care clinics. Visit www.legacyhealth.org

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Attached Media Files: News Release
Wilsonville Library to Act as "Cooling Center" During Heat Wave
City of Wilsonville - 07/30/15
MEDIA RELEASE - For Immediate Release
July 30, 2015

WILSONVILLE, OR -- The Wilsonville Public Library is one of several "cooling centers" in Clackamas County during the pending predicted heat wave of 100-plus-degree temperatures arriving today. The Library plans to remain open to the public with air conditioning from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on both Thursday, July 30, and Friday, July 31.

The Wilsonville Public Library is located at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville 97070; and maybe contacted at 503-682-2744; www.WilsonvilleLibrary.org.

The Library's general policy is to remain open late on any day when the temperature hits 100 degrees; otherwise, normal closing hours of 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday apply.

Additionally, other free public options for cool spaces include SMART buses, which operate without a fare in Wilsonville and are air conditioned, and Winfield Village retirement center, 8170 SW Vlahos Drive, Wilsonville, which is open to the general public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees.

For a complete, up-to-date list of cooling centers in Clackamas County, see www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20150623a.html.

Clackamas County health officials recommend taking the following precautions to avoid heat-related health issues:

Avoid the sun and strenuous activity, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day. Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at the mall, or cooling off at a pool or beach.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.

Set your air conditioner. If you don't have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.

Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.

Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 14 if planning on sun exposure.

Stay in shaded areas whenever working outdoors.

Check on older adults or persons with disabilities in your community who may need help coping with the heat.

Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas.

Cooling Centers in Clackamas County listed alphabetically by name as of June 24, 12 p.m.:

Canby Adult Center
1250 S. Ivy St, Canby 97013
503-266-2970
Open to the public Monday-Friday during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Clackamas Service Center
8800 SE 80th Ave., Portland 97206
503-771-7914
Open to the public on Friday from 2-7 p.m., Saturday from 4:30-9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 3-5:30 p.m. Meals and other services available.

Damascus Community Church
14251 SE Rust Way, Damascus 97089
503-658-3179
Open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees, and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lake Oswego Adult Community Center
505 G Ave., Lake Oswego 97034
503-635-3758
Open to the public Wednesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Please call for updates as hours change depending on events.

My Father's Heart Street Ministry
603 12th St., Oregon City 97045
503-722-9780
Open to the public on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please call for weekend hours.

Sandy Senior Center
38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055
503-668-5569
Open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wilsonville Public Library Cooling Center
8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville 97070
503-682-2744
Open normal business hours. The library will stay open until 9 p.m. if temperatures reach 100 degrees.

Winfield Village
8170 SW Vlahos Drive, Wilsonville 97070
503-682-0653
The Fireside Room is open to the general public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees. Water is available.


For more information, members of the public may contact Clackamas County Human Services Supervisor Kati Tilton at KTilton@clackamas.us or 503-650-5701.


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Economic Development Groups Release Final Report In Advanced Manufacturing Research Portfolio
Columbia River Economic Development Council - 07/30/15
Portland, Ore. (July 30, 2015) -- The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Greater Portland Inc today announced the release of the final report in a four-part research portfolio addressing advanced manufacturing and advanced materials in major regional industries. The report, titled Additive and Subtractive: The New Math of Metals and Machinery Manufacturing, examines the role of this industry in the regional economy and focuses on overall changes to industrial manufacturing that will have direct effects on the supply chain, and on small and medium companies in particular.

Three other reports in the portfolio, Aerospace & Defense, Computers & Electronics, and Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Materials, have previously been released. Together, the reports identify strategies for strengthening the regional economy by improving advanced manufacturing processes, increasing supply chain opportunities, and increasing exports from the Greater Portland region.

The research portfolio is the culmination of a three-year, $2,192,000 federally funded research grant through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (AMJIAC). Greater Portland's project--titled Innovations in Advanced Materials and Metals Manufacturing Project (IAM2)--is funded by five federal agencies and managed by CREDC.

The report is also part of the Greater Portland Export Initiative, which is now part of Greater Portland Global, the region's global trade and investment plan to help local companies access global markets and grow jobs in our region. The final report's release also coordinates well with the U.S. Economic Development Administration's announcement of Business Oregon's and Southwest Washington's designation as an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). Research and insight from all four reports contributed to the application development for the IMCP designation.

"Greater Portland's manufacturing industry delivers tangible products around the world," said Janet LaBar, President and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. "Our region's recent recognition in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership by the U.S. Department of Commerce validates that Greater Portland is poised to create and excel in next-generation manufacturing technologies."

The goal of this research is to provide insights and guidance for strengthening the region's economy by directly affecting its manufacturing capabilities and capacity in two distinct ways:

1. Enable small and medium manufacturers to improve and expand through business and technology improvements, market diversification, and exporting, so they become more productive, hire more employees, and make greater direct financial contributions through wages and taxes.
2. Provide insights that help regional economic development agencies retain existing companies, attract new business, and support high-potential businesses.

"The metals and machinery manufacturing industry in our region is poised for expansion through exports, increased innovation, and workforce training," said Mike Bomar, President, CREDC. "This report provides us with the information we need to ensure that our long time strength in this sector will continue to grow through the techniques, resources and opportunities of the future."

All of the full published reports can be found at www.credc.org/regionalcollaboration.

About CREDC

The Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) is a private-public partnership of 140 investors and partners working together to advance the economic vitality of Clark County through business growth and innovation. Through collaborative leadership, the CREDC promotes job quality and capital investment while maintaining the County's exceptionally high quality of life. www.credc.org

About Greater Portland Inc

Greater Portland Inc (GPI) is a regional partnership helping companies expand and locate to the Portland-Vancouver area, which includes seven counties and covers two states. Leveraging the region's assets, GPI and its partners work in lockstep to nurture and recruit businesses that bolster the local economy and promote long-term job growth. www.greaterportlandinc.com

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Attached Media Files: Metals and Machinery
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Thursday, July 30, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): Overnight, fire crews worked to build fire trails around the east side of the Cable Crossing Fire where it escaped containment lines yesterday afternoon. As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 600 acres. Approximately 500 firefighters will be on scene of the fire today. No homes are currently threatened and no evacuations have been issued. The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) was dispatched and arrived at the Cable Crossing Fire this morning, and received their fire briefing from the DFPA. The IMT will assume command of the fire at 10:00 a.m. today. The Incident Command post for the Cable Crossing Fire will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing incident can be found at:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 192 fires burned 2472 acres
Human-caused fires: 432 fires burned 920 acres
Total: 624 fires burned 3392 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 120 fires burned 16,344 acres
Human-caused fires: 328 fires burned 2642 acres
Total: 448 fires burned 18,986 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Pendleton Historic Trail Marker reincarnation (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 07/30/15
Newly restored Pendleton Historic Trail Marker
Newly restored Pendleton Historic Trail Marker
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On Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., the public is invited to attend the dedication of a newly revised and hand-crafted Oregon Historical Marker. The Pendleton Historic Trail marker has been installed at the same site as the original (as SE Court Ave becomes Hwy 30) at the east end of the city. The marker is located in a small pull-off on the right side of the highway on the outskirts of Pendleton.

The new cedar board is sponsored by the 2015 Leadership Pendleton Class. During their eight-month course, class participants study Pendleton's history, education, agriculture, and business---and complete a community project as part of their requirements.

"Our class was initially interested in beautifying an entrance to town, said Buffy Farber, a Financial Analyst at the Pendleton Branch of Columbia Bank, and Leadership Pendleton Class member and spokesperson.

"We looked at a few entrances and signs coming into town. We chose the historic trail marker as our project after seeing the extremely poor condition it was in," Farber said.

"The leadership class secured donations of wood and other materials, as well as funding for the routing and installation of the new sign," said Annie von Domitz.

Von Domitz is the Oregon Historical Marker Program Administrator for Oregon Travel Experience (OTE), the semi-independent state agency responsible for overseeing all 111 of the state's official historical markers.

"The original historic trail marker was very old," von Domitz noted. "Perhaps dating back to the 1950s or 60s---and the cedar was rotting away."

Volunteers from across the state participate on OTE's Oregon Historical Marker Committee. Their work includes vetting marker nominations for accuracy and accessibility, and interacting with local communities who wish to preserve existing markers and create new interpretive or regional historical markers.

"When our committee heard the leadership class was interested in bringing the old marker back to life, the committee members coordinated a text revision," said von Domitz. "Marker volunteers worked with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to ensure that history was accurately portrayed."

Farber said the Pendleton team worked with local businesses and organizations to gather financial and in-kind contributions for the project.

"Kelly Lumber Supply and Les Schwab Tire Center provided us with the lumber, Altrusa International of Pendleton and CHI St. Anthony Hospital contributed funds to cover the routing and other expenses," said Farber.

Leadership Pendleton Class member Megan Lauer was excited to see the new marker installed.

"We want to thank Oregon Travel Experience for being so easy to work with and those organizations who donated towards this project," said Lauer.

"This has all come together better than anyone had planned," added Farber. "We were just in the right position at the right time. It will be nice to see the updated wording in place."

Bobbie Conner of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will speak at the new marker dedication, as will Leadership Pendleton class members, local dignitaries, and OTE representatives.

[Sub-header] New Marker Text

HISTORIC TRAIL MARKER

"This location marks a travel corridor for Plateau Tribes moving seasonally from the Columbia River to the Blue Mountains. In 1811, members of the Astor Party under the leadership of Wilson Price Hunt camped here on their way west. They traded with the Cayuse people for horses. The Imatalam Wana (Umatilla River) abounded with beaver and salmon then. Oregon Trail migrations began passing this way in 1841. In 1868, the emerging town of Pendleton was named for George Hunt Pendleton, US Senator from Ohio."

[Sub-header] About the sponsoring organizations

For more information on the Oregon Historical Marker Program, visit the OTE website at http://ortravelexperience.com/oregon-historical-markers/about-historical-markers/ or contact Annie von Domitz at 1-800-574-9397.

Leadership Pendleton application information may be obtained by contacting the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce at 541-276-7411.


Attached Media Files: Newly restored Pendleton Historic Trail Marker
Watch your vote count live Aug. 4 on CVTV Channel 23, CVTV.org
City of Vancouver - 07/30/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will provide the only live, local primary election night television coverage in Clark County starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Comcast subscribers can tune to Channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. Live streaming CVTV election coverage will also be available online at www.cvtv.org.

Dave Schmitke, CVTV Contributor, and Dr. Carolyn Long, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at Washington State University - Vancouver, also will conduct live election-night candidate interviews from the 6th Floor Hearings Room at the Clark County Public Service Center.

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

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Oregon's Adjutant General, Daniel R. Hokanson, appointed as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command/Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/30/15
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SALEM, Oregon--Oregon National Guard Major General Daniel R. Hokanson has been appointed to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Hokanson is currently serving as The Adjutant General, Oregon. Oregon Governor Kate Brown will select and appoint a new Adjutant General as Hokanson transitions to NORTHCOM and NORAD.

In his new role, Hokanson will help lead the command in anticipating, preparing and responding to threats and aggression aimed at the United States, its territories and interests within the assigned area of responsibility to include Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas, as directed by the President or Secretary of Defense. He will also provide defense support to civil authorities including consequence management operations.

"I am truly humbled by today's announcement", Hokanson said. "It will be an honor to continue serving our great Nation in such an important capacity."

Hokanson has served as The Adjutant General since 2013. Highlights of his tenure include the overseas deployment of over 1400 service members, development and implementation of the Cascadia Playbook, restructuring of the Military Department, and implementing a strategic planning system to posture it for the future. The Cascadia Playbook, recognized at the national level, is one of the first "Playbooks" to coordinate and synchronize efforts in response to a major disaster; specifically Oregon's response to a Cascadia Fault event.

"My family and I will miss being part of the Oregon Military Department family," Hokanson added. "Over the past 20 years I have had the honor to serve alongside some of our Nation's greatest Citizen-Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians; and under the command of three Oregon Governors. It has been incredible to be part of this great organization and all it has accomplished. I look forward to following your future accomplishments and will never forget my military heritage and what it means to be an Oregon Guardsman."

Major General Hokanson's biographical information can be found at the following link: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2295

A description of NORTHCOM's mission can be found at the following link: http://www.northcom.mil/AboutUSNORTHCOM.aspx


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Update #2 - Officer injured while responding to a disturbance call
Portland Police Bureau - 07/30/15
###UPDATE###

The suspect in this incident, 24-year-old, Joshua O'Farrell, has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assaulting a Public Safety Officer and Resisting Arrest for his assault on the officer in this incident. He has also been charged with Telephonic Harassment and Criminal Trespass II for crimes related to the investigation which led to the contact between the officer and O'Farrell.

The officer in this incident is recovering.

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###UPDATE###

Officers have taken custody of the suspect in this incident in the area of S.E 132nd Avenue and S.E. Washington Street. The perimeter has been removed and there should not be any impacts on traffic. The suspects name is not currently available but will be updated.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

This morning, July 30, 2015, at 12:28 a.m., Officers from East Precinct responded to a disturbance call in the area of S.E. 137 Avenue and S.E. Stark Street. Upon arriving officers found several individuals at the scene, one of whom appeared very upset.

This subject, described as a male white, approximately 5'9" with a red or orange shirt and blue jeans left the area. While one officer attempted to determine if a crime had occurred another officer contacted the subject.

An altercation ensued resulting in the officer being assault and suffering an injury to her head. The suspect fled.

Officers have established a permitted in the area and are attempting to locate the suspect. K9 and other units are assisting with the search.

The injured officer, a 7-year veteran, is at an area hospital being treated. The injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers are asking anyone in the area who sees a person matching this description or otherwise acting suspiciously (i.e. running through their back yard) to call 911. Anyone with other information about this incident is asked to call the non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.


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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office urges residents to be safe on the water during 'Big Float' (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/30/15
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Thousands are expected to take part in the Big Float down the Clackamas River, Sunday, Aug. 2. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will have increased patrols on the water for the event.

"With the expected hot temperatures and the high number of people on the water, it's more important than ever to make sure that you're safe on our waterways, especially with the number of tragedies we've already had this summer," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "I encourage everyone to wear a personal floatation device - most importantly, children. It's a simple decision that could save your life."

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will coordinate patrol efforts on the water with other law enforcement agencies along with enhanced patrols on the roadways. Clackamas County Parks is expecting parks to fill up as early as 10:00 a.m. on Sunday -- and once it is full, they will not allow further entry.

Make sure to park in designated spaces and utilize shuttle services to reduce the amount of vehicles in the lot. Vehicles parked outside the areas must adhere to traffic signs and not be parked as a hazard. Drivers can expect to see an increase in pedestrian traffic.

Important water safety tips to remember include:

- Never swim alone
- Avoid drinking alcohol during water activities, including swimming, diving and boating. Do not drink while supervising children. The risk is high and the consequences can be lethal.
- Don't dive into the water unless you're sure of the depth.

Information on Barton Park and general Clackamas County park rules can be found at these links:
http://www.clackamas.us/parks/
http://www.clackamas.us/parks/barton.html

And more information on boating safety can be found in this June Sheriff's Office press release:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pressreleases/2015-06-01-CCSOPR-WaterSafetyTips.html

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Cable Crossing Fire Update - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 8:30 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/15
Douglas Forest Protective Association

1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-29-2015

CONTACT: Kyle Reed FAX: (541) 440-3424
OFFICE: (541) 672-6507 X 136 CELL: (541) 817-7186 E-MAIL: kyle.reed@oregon.gov

Cable Crossing Fire Update

The Cable Crossing Fire, located 5 miles east of Glide near Highway 138 East, mile post 23 jumped containment lines today at approximately 5:00 p.m. As aviation and ground resources moved to attack the new spot fire, a wind shift caused the fire to quickly grow out of control. At this time, the fire is estimated at 500 acres and is moving in a southeast direction. Currently, no homes are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) has been called in to manage the Cable Crossing incident. ODF IMT 3 will arrive on the Cable Crossing Fire tomorrow morning and assume command at 10:00 a.m. The Incident Command Post will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

For continued updates on the Cable Crossing Fire, visit www.dfpa.net or follow DFPA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.


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Second Vancouver fast food restaurant robbed (UPDATE: ARRESTS)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/29/15
UPDATE

On July 29, 2015 a Vancouver Police patrol officer spotted a vehicle and two males matching the description of the robbery suspects in both the Jack in the Box and Subway robberies. Both males were detained, interviewed by Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, and were later arrested.

Stephen D. Landry, 5/26/79, no address available, and Destin Carter Gilyard, 2/1/92, no address available, were booked for two counts each of Robbery I and booked into the Clark County Jail.

The investigation is continuing and there is no further information available.




Vancouver, Wash. - On July 29, 2015 at approximately 3:26 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the Jack in the Box located at 7650 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. for a report of an armed robbery. Two males entered the restaurant, armed with handguns, and robbed the restaurant of an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspects are similar in description to the suspects in an armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in Vancouver that occurred on July 27.

Suspect #1 is a black male, 5'8"- 5'9", approximately 160 lbs.
Suspect #2 is a white male, 6'2", approximately 300 lbs.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is investigating both robberies. Anyone with information on the identity of either or both suspects is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Tom Topaum at (360) 487-7425 or tom.topaum@cityofvancouver.us.




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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.
Assault with a weapon suspect arrested
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/29/15
Arrested: DIEGEL, Darrin K. 47 yoa of Washougal, Wa.
Booked at Clark County Jail Charged with Assault II

On 7/26/15 at approximately 4:20pm, several individuals were riding dirt bike motorcycles in a rural area northeast of Washougal, WA. At approximately 4:22pm, one of the riders called 911 to report that an unknown male subject fired a handgun at him multiple times as he was riding his motorcycle. The 911 dispatcher recorded the caller as stating if he returned to his truck, he feared he would be shot. The shooter was described as a white male adult approximately 50 years, carrying a chrome-top pistol. The motorcycle rider was not injured.

Over the past two days, Clark County Sheriff's Office personnel conducted interviews and reviewed video evidence which was obtained from involved individuals. Through subsequent investigation, the suspect in this shooting was identified as 47 year old Darrin K. Diegel.

On 7/29/15 at approximately 4:45pm, Darrin K. Diegel was arrested in connection with the shooting; he will be booked on one count of Assault II.

No further information is available at this time.
Red Cross Assists Beaverton Family After Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/29/15
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this afternoon responded to a single-family fire in the 6100 block of SW 124th Ave., in Beaverton.This fire affected two adults. Red Cross provided comfort kits, stuffed animals, emergency stress relief and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 to schedule an appointment.
Intel Volunteers Beautify Five Hillsboro Schools in Large Single-Day Effort
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 07/29/15
More than 400 employees from the Product Development Group to assist schools through project completion and Intel's volunteer matching grants

August 5, 2015, Hillsboro, OR - Five Hillsboro schools: Hillsboro High School, South Meadows Middle School, and Butternut Creek, W.L. Henry, and Witch Hazel Elementary Schools will benefit from the Intel Product Development Group's (PDG) Global Day of Service on Wednesday, August 5, when more than 400 volunteers from the group will complete a variety of projects on their campuses.

Intel has a long history of service and partnership with the Hillsboro School District. Through its volunteer matching grant program, in which non-profit organizations are eligible to receive $10 per hour of Intel employee volunteer time provided a 20-hour threshold is met, the company has donated millions of dollars to Hillsboro schools. In 2014, Intel employees and retirees volunteer over 20,100 hours at Hillsboro schools, clubs, and athletic programs, which resulted in nearly $201,000 in matching grants.

On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, volunteers will spend six hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch from 12 to 12:30 p.m.) at the schools sites completing the following projects:
Hillsboro High School (Hilhi) - 125 volunteers - Power washing, painting benches and PE building, cleaning out the shed behind the auto shop, landscaping the friendship garden, and spreading bark dust.
South Meadows Middle School - 82 volunteers - Inside window cleaning, outside landscaping, spreading bark dust, bark chipping the butterfly garden, and weeding the courtyard.
Butternut Creek Elementary School - 62 volunteers - Inside window cleaning, painting the kitchen and touching up hallways, landscaping around the school and down by Butternut Creek, and spreading bark dust.
W.L. Henry Elementary School - 87 volunteers - Power washing, window washing, painting the front office and health room, outside landscaping, and spreading bark dust.
Witch Hazel Elementary School - 71 volunteers - Inside window cleaning, outside landscaping, spreading bark dust, and bark chipping the butterfly garden.

Media are welcome and invited to attend the worksites to take pictures and talk to volunteers.

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Escape the heat at City recreation, water education centers
City of Vancouver - 07/29/15
Vancouver, Wash. - Temperatures are heating up again, but Vancouver has cool places where residents of all ages can seek some relief. Here are some options where you can splash, learn or simply chill.

Visit Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Community Centers to cool off, meet up with friends or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit. Marshall Community Center is fully air conditioned. Most of the open areas at Firstenburg Community Center are ventilated with moving air, but are not air conditioned. For those age 50 and better, the Luepke Senior Center next to the Marshall community Center offers a variety of air-conditioned activities to beat the heat, Monday through Friday (closed on weekends).

At both Firstenburg and Marshall, the Wi-Fi enabled lobby and game room areas are open to the public, free of charge. Fitness centers and pools are available to members or by paying a drop-in fee. Hours, schedules and other information can be found online at: www.vanparksrec.org (click on Community Centers at the top of the page).

Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned oasis for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place. The Water Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Water Center is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Water Center information or directions, please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations.

The City of Vancouver reminds residents that during heat advisories it's important to stay hydrated. Where possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned or cooled building. If swimming outdoors, be aware of river temperatures and currents and take precautions to be safe, including the use of flotation devices.

Children and pets should NEVER be left in a closed, parked vehicle for any time. Pet owners are also encouraged to provide cool shelter for animals and plenty of water. Please note that except for service animals, pets are not allowed in the community centers mentioned below.

Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.
360-487-7001

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Marshall Community Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
360-487-7100

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Luepke Senior Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. (behind the Marshall Center)
360-487-7050

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way
360-487-7111

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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Cowlitz Sheriff investigates several fires believed to be arson, one near a Church in Kelso.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/29/15
Kelso, Wash - Cowlitz County Sheriff Office is teaming up with members from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and the Department of Natural resources to invest several fires that were set last night. One occurred behind the Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 77 Solomon Drive, Kelso, WA. Initial indications are that the church building did not suffer any damage, however an outdoor theater that the church calls their "Bethlehem village" used during Christmas time did suffer a complete loss.

The Sheriff's Office has been in contact with church leaders and while it is clear church property was damaged, there is no indication that a person was specifically targeting the church; and at this time is not considered a hate crime.

There were 4 other small fires in a wooded area about the same time behind the church that were put out quickly.

The investigation is in the very early stages and more information will be available after investigators have time do more work on the case.

We are not releasing any photos of the fire at this time.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone who has any information on the fires to call the Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092. They can also text tips on using the android app called CCSOTip. Or by texting 847411 and beginning the text with CCSOTip. Callers can also call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at 360-423-1206 and remain anonymous.
PeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center to unveil dragon boat Thursday, July 30 (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 07/29/15
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PeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center's new pink dragon boat will hit the water for the first time this Thursday, July 30, after a blessing ceremony performed by monks from Chu Lin Zen Temple. Made possible by generous donor support, the boat will promote breast cancer awareness and will be crewed throughout the Northwest by local breast cancer survivors.

What: PeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center dragon boat blessing
When : Thursday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Vancouver Lake Regional Park - 6801 NW Lower River Road

Mayor Tim Leavitt will be on-hand, as well as breast cancer survivors, community leaders, donors, local dragon boaters and more. The event is open to the public.


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Update - Central Precinct responds to car jacking - suspect in custody
Portland Police Bureau - 07/29/15
###UPDATE###

Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detectives are booking 48-year-old Berry McCarthy into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery II, Kidnapping I and II and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

There are no outstanding suspects on this case.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, July 29, 2015, at 10:27 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a parking structure at 1631 SW 12th Avenue on the report of a car jacking. The victim, a Portland State University student, was forced into the vehicle by the suspect but was able to escape and call for help.

Officers in the area stopped the car and took the suspect into custody.

Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detectives are responding to the scene to conduct and investigation. This investigation is ongoing.

There incident no longer presents a danger to the public. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.
Wildfire risk soars in Lane, Linn counties
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/15
Ongoing drought and warm weather have elevated wildfire danger this summer, and severe conditions forecast for the rest of this week could cause it to soar.

"The potential for fires to start and then grow rapidly will be high due to hot temperatures and low humidity," said Greg Wagenblast, ODF's South Cascade District forester.

Already in Lane and Linn counties, a number of timber companies have closed their lands to the public due to the risk of human-caused fires. Recreationists can learn which corporate forestlands in the district are open by checking the ODF website, www.oregon.gov/odf/FIRE/Closures/Corporate%20Closures.pdf

The district forester said it is important to remember that fuels in the wildland areas are primed to burn. The intensity of fire starts under the current conditions would require more firefighting resources. And once on site, firefighters will face limited sources of water in streams and reservoirs to extinguish the fires.

Jude McHugh, public affairs officer with the Willamette National Forest, said fire conditions are similar on U.S. Forest Service lands.

"Unfortunately, the Willamette National Forest this year as of July 21 has had 47 human-caused fires out of 103 total fires," she said. The PIO advised visitors to the Willamette that "campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds with fire rings and need to be 'Dead Out' when leaving your campsite."

Wagenblast likewise reminded recreationists visiting state-protected forestlands and parks to be particularly aware of the wildfire risk. As on the National Forest, campfires and other open fires on ODF's protection jurisdiction are prohibited except in designated campgrounds. Motorized vehicles must be operated only on established roads. Smoking is restricted to inside closed vehicles or buildings. Other fire safety restrictions can be obtained by contacting the jurisdictional agency.
Sharing the Road with Farm Equipment
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/29/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind citizens to be aware of farm implements on Linn County roadways. With the nice weather we have been experiencing, our farming community has been out in full force.

When traveling on Linn County roadways, you may encounter farm equipment. Farm equipment is wider than most other vehicles and travels at much slower speeds. The Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens of safety tips to help everyone travel safely on our county roadways.

Please be patient and don't assume the farm equipment can immediately move aside. Roadway shoulders may be soft or steep and the farm equipment might not pull off at the first available safe location to allow you to pass.

Remember to Yield to wide vehicles when approaching from the opposite direction. On some occasions, it will be necessary to pull off the roadway and allow the equipment to pass you. Please be aware of other vehicles around you if you pull over.

Please do not assume the driver of the farm equipment knows you are there. Most operators of farm equipment will regularly check for traffic behind them. However, the equipment is very loud and it is difficult to see around the machinery. Oregon Department of Transportation recommends before you attempt to pass, sound your vehicles horn to warn the equipment operator that you are there. When passing, pass with caution. Be watchful of other vehicles and do not pass when you are in a no passing zone.

If you have any questions regarding slow moving farm equipment, please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT
FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Conclude Investigation
FBI - Oregon - 07/29/15
On Wednesday, the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory completed the preliminary testing of a sample of the letters received, including the letter mailed to Grant County. That preliminary testing showed that there were no biological toxins or powders included in or on the letters and envelopes in question.

The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are in the process of completing their portion of this investigation. Unless new information surfaces, neither the FBI nor the U.S. Postal Inspection Service anticipate pursuing federal charges in this case.
Update: Health advisory on Upper Klamath and Agency lakes extended downstream to Keno Dam July 29 (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 07/29/15
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July 29, 2015

High toxin levels found in Klamath County water bodies

The health advisory issued July 28 for Upper Klamath and Agency lakes is being extended downstream to Keno Dam. An additional sample collected from the Link River just before it enters Lake Ewauna at the north end contained toxins at levels that could be harmful to health.

The advisory issued July 28 now includes Upper Klamath and Agency lakes, the Link River downstream to Lake Ewauna and the Klamath River downstream to Keno Dam. The original advisory was due to toxins at levels that could pose a risk to human health in Upper Klamath Lake, located just north of Klamath Falls along Highway 97 in Klamath County.

Continuous cold water conditions in Pelican Bay have prevented blue-green algae from growing there, so Pelican Bay is not included in this advisory.

Routine water monitoring by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and United States Bureau of Reclamation has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae toxins. These toxins, called cyanotoxins, are present at concentrations that can be harmful to humans and animals.

In areas covered by the advisory, swallowing or inhaling water droplets should be avoided. Drinking water directly from areas under an advisory is especially dangerous. Skin contact with the algae can also cause rashes in individuals with sensitive skin.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from areas under advisory are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from areas under advisory and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting also should receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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New studies examine Oregon coastal flood hazards
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 07/29/15
NEWPORT, Ore. - New mapping and analyses offer better-than-ever scientific understanding of Oregon's coastal flood hazards.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has released new coastal flood hazard studies for Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln and Curry counties. These studies include detailed hazard zones developed for the open coast using new coastal engineering analyses, decades of ocean wave and water level data, refined modeling approaches, and technology - including use of high-resolution lidar data.

"These reports offer state-of-the-art coastal engineering science," says Jonathan Allan, DOGAMI coastal geomorphologist. "The information is critical not only for further study, but for local, state and federal mitigation planning, risk analysis and disaster response to 1-percent-annual-probability, or 100-year, extreme storm events."

The work included mapping the geomorphology of the coast, assessing recent and historical patterns of coastal change, field measurements of beaches and bluffs, and new bathymetric surveys of the surf. Oregon State University investigator Peter Ruggiero, a key technical partner, led the wave modeling and the bathymetric surveying campaigns.

Collection of nearshore bathymetric surveys for much of the Oregon coast also provides an all-new look at the ocean floor from the beach out to depths of approximately 60 feet.

"These types of data have never been collected before," Allan says. "Prior to this the area from the shore out through the surf was a black hole for data in Oregon."

The detailed science contained in the reports will be used to update regulatory flood insurance rate maps. Specifically, the new analyses reflect updated extreme wave runup and water level calculations, which ultimately help to guide the determination of Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) maintained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


The four reports are available for free download:
- Open-File Report O-15-07, Coastal flood hazard study, Curry County, Oregon, by Jonathan C. Allan, Peter Ruggiero, Nick Cohn, Jed T. Roberts, and Laura L. Stimely. Download: http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/ofr/p-O-15-07.htm
- Open-File Report O-15-06, Coastal flood hazard study, Lincoln County, Oregon, by Jonathan C. Allan, Peter Ruggiero, Nick Cohn, Gabriel Garcia, Fletcher E. O'Brien, Laura L. Stimely, Jed T. Roberts. Download: http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/ofr/p-O-15-06.htm
- Open-File Report O-15-05, Coastal flood hazard study, Clatsop County, Oregon, by Jonathan C. Allan, Peter Ruggiero, Gabriel Garcia, Erica L. Harris, Jed T. Roberts, and Laura L. Stimely. Download: http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/ofr/p-O-15-05.htm
- Special Paper 47, Coastal flood hazard study, Tillamook County, Oregon, by Jonathan C. Allan, Peter Ruggiero, Gabriel Garcia, Fletcher E. O'Brien, Laura L. Stimely, and Jed T. Roberts. Download: http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/sp/p-SP-47.htm

Funding for these projects was provided by FEMA.
Update - Central Precinct officers respond to a man in a mental health crisis
Portland Police Bureau - 07/29/15
###UPDATE###

Officers from Central Precinct and the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit were able to safely contact the individual in this call. Officer initially received information that he was in his vehicle, armed with a gun, threatening suicide. Officer responded and located the man in a nearby park. Officers safely took custody of him and he was unarmed.

The individual, a 25-year-old male, was transported to an area hospital.

The Police Bureau would like to remind the public that suicide is preventable and that help is available.

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

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

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, July 29, 2015, at 1:28 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area of S.E. 34th Avenue and S.E. Gladstone Street on a report of an individual, possibly armed with a gun, threatening to shoot himself. Officer have arrived in and are attempting to contact the individual.

The incident is ongoing and updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

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

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

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

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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

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2015 Downtown Pavement Improvements
City of Salem - 07/29/15
One lane of Mission Street SE westbound and one lane of Commercial Street SE southbound will be closed to accommodate the work being completed by Salem Road and Driveway.

The sidewalk crossing of Commercial Street SE at Mission Street SE will be closed this weekend to accommodate construction of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant crossing, landing, and pedestrian signal improvements.

Closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, until 5:30 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2015.

Funds for this project to rehabilitate the roadway are part of the Keep Salem Moving! Streets and Bridges Bond, passed by Salem voters in November 2008.
Portland Business Alliance recognizes women pioneers in business (Photo)
Portland Business Alliance - 07/29/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Business Alliance has selected the winners for its 2015 A Place With No Ceiling awards and will honor both Lori Flexer of Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, and Intel Corp. for dedication to supporting and mentoring women in the workplace and fostering the advancement of women in their organizations. The Alliance will award the winners at its fourth annual A Place With No Ceiling event on September 24 at the Oregon Historical Society.

A Place With No Ceiling is an event that connects and inspires women in the business community by celebrating a female executive who supports and mentors women in the business community and by recognizing a company that fosters the advancement of women.

"It's encouraging to see these award winners pave the way for women in industries that have traditionally been dominated by men," said Tracie Murphy, senior vice president of Moda Health and chair of the A Place With No Ceiling committee. "Lori's mentorship of young women and Intel's innovative programs to help advance women in the tech industry set fantastic examples for how women can succeed in the workplace."

Award winners were selected based on a specific set of judging criteria determined by a committee of Portland Business Alliance members. For the individual award, the committee's analysis was based on mentorship of women in the business community, level of community engagement and public perception of the individual as a female icon. The committee's analysis for the company award was based on programs and activities in place that foster the advancement of women, how this is demonstrated in the organization chart and/or board of directors, and how the company is seen as a corporate culture changer in the community.


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Smart, simple energy-saving tips to beat the heat (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/29/15
Here are smart, simple actions you can take to stay cool and save energy during the heat.
Here are smart, simple actions you can take to stay cool and save energy during the heat.
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Portland, Ore. - As summer temperatures heat up again, the Bonneville Power Administration is sharing simple tips that can help consumers stay cool and save energy.

"There are a lot of easy things folks can do to stay cool and not get hit with a big electric bill," said Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency for BPA.

Since 1980, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have helped homeowners, businesses, industrial facilities, farmers and irrigators collectively save about 1,500 average megawatts of electricity or about $955 million on their electric bills.

These 10 tried-and-true tips can help you trim your energy use this summer.

1. Circulate. If you don't have air conditioning, use portable or ceiling fans to move air throughout your home. Even a mild breeze can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler.
2. Ventilate. In the morning or evening, open a window high on the cool side of your house and another one low on the opposite side to promote natural cross-ventilation.
3. Set and save. If you have A/C, set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. For every degree above 75, you can save about 5 percent on your bill. And a programmable thermostat helps you avoid unnecessary cooling costs while you're away.
4. Clean. A new or clean air filter can reduce your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent and help it operate more safely and efficiently.
5. Clear. Make sure your air vents aren't blocked by furniture or other items.
6. Block the sun. Use shades, curtains and window coverings to create an extra layer of insulation. According to the Department of Energy, medium-colored draperies can reduce heat gain by 33 percent and reflective blinds can reduce it by about 45 percent.
7. Power down. Turn off heat-generating devices, such as TVs, computers, stereos and lamps when you're not using them. And only wash full loads of dishes and clothes.
8. Fire it up. Avoid using your oven on hot days. Grill outside, cook on the stovetop or use your microwave oven instead. (Always check for local fire restrictions.)
9. Swap your bulbs. Changing your bulbs can reduce lighting-related heat. A standard 100-watt light bulb produces 10 percent light and 90 percent heat, but new compact fluorescents or LEDs are much cooler and cheaper to operate.
10. Look for Energy Star. If you're purchasing an air conditioner, fan or appliance, choose an Energy Star-certified model that uses less energy and is cheaper to use.

Here are a few more tips from BPA's utility customers throughout the region.

The City of Ashland, Ore., encourages night flushing. By opening windows and other vents at night, you can flush out the mass of warm air that builds up during the day. The Eugene Water & Electric Board (Ore.) shares cooling tips with its customers and reminds those keeping their windows open at night to take precautions to ensure security.

If you have a central system, Clark Public Utilities, an electric and water utility that serves the Vancouver area, recommends running the fan to circulate air, especially in the early morning and evening when the outside air is cooler.

Flathead Electric in northwest Montana reminds ceiling fan owners to adjust the rotation so it's blowing downward (as opposed to upward when you want circulate heat in colder months). You can also check out Flathead's 26 Great Energy Habits to Adopt at www.flatheadelectric.com/energy/energy.html.

Have you looked in your attic lately? That's one of the questions Franklin PUD asks its Pasco-area customers in Washington. Without adequate ventilation, attic temperatures can exceed 140 degrees. And if you can see the wood rafters, you probably don't have enough insulation.

Consumers Power Inc., an Oregon electric cooperative serving Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion and Polk counties, encourages its members to call them first for energy-saving advice.

"Sometimes little things like sealing up cracks and leaky doors and windows can make a huge difference. Other times we point our members to a ductless heat pump, which can keep them cool in summer and warm in winter," said Thomas Elzinga, energy services manager at Consumers Power.

Central Electric Co-op, which serves seven counties in central and eastern Oregon, suggests planting trees on the south- and west-facing sides of your house to diffuse the hot sun before it hits your home. One of Salem Electric's energy-saving ideas is to plant trees or shrubs around your air conditioner since a shaded unit uses less electricity.

Washington's Benton PUD encourages its Kennewick-area customers to help one another. Through its Helping Hands program, customers can donate to their low-income neighbors faced with high bills this summer.

The Department of Energy also offers energy-saving tips at www.energy.gov/energysaver.

To learn more about energy-saving upgrades, improvements and incentives, contact your local electric utility.


Attached Media Files: Here are smart, simple actions you can take to stay cool and save energy during the heat.
City seeks applicants for downtown, city center redevelopment authorities
City of Vancouver - 07/29/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) and the City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) boards. The position serves on both boards. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Alexis Bafus in the City Manager's Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

The DRA and the CCRA are both urban renewal corporations separate from, but created by, the Vancouver City Council. The scope of work and responsibilities of the two boards are interdependent and best served through a single board member. Board members work in a voluntary capacity under the scope and purview of the charter and bylaws of each board. Copies of the charters for both boards are available upon request.

The vacancy is for a four-year term. There is no residency requirement to serve on the boards. Board candidates shall be civic or business leaders with experience relevant to the purposes of the DRA and the CCRA, such as finance, real estate development, law or construction management.

Regular DRA and CCRA board meetings are held quarterly on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Vancouver City Hall (415 W. 6th St.). Special meetings of the boards are advertised and held as needed.

The DRA oversees the operational, financial, and promotional aspects of the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. For more information about the DRA, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/dra.

The CCRA is responsible for overseeing downtown redevelopment consistent with the Vancouver City Center Vision (VCCV) plan, and advises City Council on the business aspects of redevelopment projects and agreements within the VCCV plan area. The board advises the City Council on matters related to public/private partnerships and public assistance to private developments in downtown Vancouver. Although the CCRA has certain financing authority in its own right, to date it has confined its role to making recommendations to City staff and to City Council for review and final decisions. For more information about the CCRA, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ccra.

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Fire protection agencies seek public cooperation
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/15
High temperatures and threat of lightning forecasted

As the heat returns to the region this week, fire managers are once again spreading the word of caution in efforts to prevent human-caused fires. Fire weather meteorologists are anticipating temperatures in the high 90's and low 100's midweek with a chance of lightning in southern and eastern Oregon arriving Friday. A Red Flag Warning is also in effect for much of the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon calling for hot and dry unstable conditions combined with low fuel moisture levels.

As fire season hits full stride, the chances of fires starting and spreading rapidly are of grave concern.

"We're looking at a formidable fire weather forecast," said Oregon State Forester Doug Decker. "The benefit of any recent moisture we've received has now evaporated, and we're looking straight at record-breaking temperatures, extremely low humidities, and dry lightning: the trifecta of bad wildfire conditions."

"This is the time for all Oregonians and visitors to be extremely aware of fire danger. One wrong move with power equipment, a cigarette, or any open flame can spell trouble."

Homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts alike can contribute to the fire prevention campaign by reducing fire prone activities. Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds on public lands and prohibited entirely on all private lands under ODF's protection. Outdoor debris burning also remains prohibited throughout much of the state. While logging activity is being curtailed under these extreme conditions, many large industrial landowners have also closed their gates to public access in efforts to reduce possible ignitions from off-road driving, target shooting, smoking and campfires; all of which are illegal during fire season.

Should a fire occur close to communities, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging homeowners to be prepared in case an evacuation is necessary. "A serious wildfire can come up in a moment's notice, so residents need to prepare now in case they have to leave their home, Walker said. "Make sure to put together a "Go Kit" and make a plan where your family will go and how you will stay in contact." Find out more at www.wildlandfirersg.org .

To date, 621 fires have burned 3,393 acres on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and forest protective associations. Of these, 429 have been caused by people. ODF protects about 16 million acres of private and public forest and grazing land from wildfire in Oregon.
***Update*** Statewide Investigation Into Suspicious Mail Received At Government Buildings
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/29/15
On July 27, 2015 multiple government offices received suspicious letters which drew concern they may be contaminated with hazardous materials.

Hazardous material teams responded to these locations as well as investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies. Preliminary testing from the hazardous material teams could not detect any harmful substances.

On July 28, investigators identified Lance T STORM, age 34, of Eugene, as a person of interest. He was located and interviewed regard this investigation. STORM was very forthcoming and eager to discuss the letters he mailed. STORM told investigators the communications were not intended to cause alarm and he denied the inclusion of harmful substances.

STORM did not appear to present any violent or dangerous behavior and was not perceived as a threat to the community. He was released and the reports containing detailed information obtained during the investigation involving will be forwarded to several district attorney offices for consideration of charges.

The following counties where letters are known to be received were Grant, Harney, Umatilla, Klamath, Lake, Grant, Jackson, Wasco, Marion, Polk, Lane, Sherman, Tillamook, Gilliam, Columbia, Linn, Jefferson, Wheeler, Union, Douglas, Baker, Yamhill, Wallowa and Coos.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the FBI, US Postal Service, The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and law enforcement agencies from counties where the letters were received.
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Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police and multiple partners are conducting a statewide investigation after multiple government offices around the state received suspicious mail, some with an unknown substance.

Hazardous Materials Teams and investigators have responded to these reports. This is a preliminary release and more information will be released when it is available.

As a reminder people receiving suspicious packages or mail should be cautious of mail that has excessive postage, no return address, excessive tape to secure parcel, misspelled words, misspelled title with name, incorrect or title only, strange odors, and oily stains, discolorations, crystallization on packaging.
FWD: Update @ 10:10 a.m. - Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/15
NOTE: CABLE CROSSING FIRE SIZE UPDATE @ 10:10 a.m.:
The Cable Creek Fire, located near Highway 138 East, mile post 23, is now estimated at 270 acres. The increase in fire size IS NOT due to additional fire growth. Smokey conditions near the fire area last night made it difficult for observation aircraft to get an accurate size. This morning, smoke near the fire has dispersed enough to get a better look at the fire; however, this is still an estimated size and that it may be several days before firefighters get an accurate GPS reading. In addition to a more accurate size-up, the observation aircraft on the Cable Creek Fire located one small spot fire this morning, less than 1/4 acre in size and located about 1/4 mile south of the main fire. Air and ground resources are currently on the scene and are making good progress on it.



This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Cable Crossing Fire was reported on Thursday afternoon, July 28, burning east of Glide near Highway 138 East, MP 23. Spot fires were also detected across the highway and the North Umpqua River. Firefighters made good progress overnight on the fire, with crews able to complete fire trail around about 90 percent of the fire last night despite fairly active fire behavior due to dry forest fuels and strong winds. This morning, the fire is estimated as 10 percent contained, at approximately 150 acres. Today, firefighters will work to complete fire trail and install hose lays around the fire. Firefighting resources assigned to the Cable Crossing Fire today include aviation resources (helicopters and fixed wing observation aircraft, as well as single engine air tankers available if needed) and ground resources including approximately 180 firefighters.

Safety for firefighters and the general public remains the number one priority. Due to heavy fire traffic in the area, along with hazard trees which need to be removed near the fire along Highway 138 East, ODOT still has the highway closed near the fire area. Fire crews are working with ODOT to minimize the hazards along the highway before it is reopened for non-fire traffic. For more information about the Highway 138 East closure, visit www.tripcheck.com.

The latest information on this fire is available from DFPA at www.dfpa.net, www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA, and/or www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 192 fires burned 2472 acres
Human-caused fires: 429 fires burned 920 acres
Total: 621 fires burned 3392 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 116 fires burned 13747 acres
Human-caused fires: 322 fires burned 2634 acres
Total: 438 fires burned 16,381 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
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Wildfire smoke and air quality

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Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer/
Agency Web Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Office: 503-945-7201
Cell: 503-931-2721
Jeri.Chase@oregon.gov
National Night Out
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/29/15
Beaverton's 21st annual National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 between 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Beaverton's City Park, adjacent to the City Library. This is a unique crime & drug prevention event sponsored by the Beaverton Police Department. Over 34 million people in more than 10,000 communities will come together to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood unity.

Once upon a time, we kept our porch lights on. We opened the door even if we didn't know who rang the bell. And we could always leave the back door unlocked during the day. National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is the nation's premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation.

NATW is a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens. Through that network NATW was able to launch the annual National Night Out campaign.

National night out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

BEAVERTON'S NATIONAL NIGHT OUT will feature:
?,? Police K-9 demonstration;
?,? Police & Fire vehicles;
?,? Free pizza, ice cream & music;
?,? Displays by the Beaverton Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation, Beaverton Toyota, and many more;

Please join the Beaverton Police Department at this community event.
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Friends of Trees Receives $25,000 Grant from Wells Fargo-NFWF to Support Portland Eastside Greening Project; A total of three Oregon nonprofits receive a combined $75,000 for environmental projects
Wells Fargo - 07/29/15
PORTLAND, July 29, 2015 - Portland's Friends of Trees received a $25,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), to support Portland Eastside Greening project which will increase the urban forest canopy in Northeast and Southeast Portland by offering tree planting subsidies to homeowners. This project will identify underserved neighborhoods that have low canopy cover, and reduce tree costs for homeowners.

Additionally, two other Oregon nonprofits received Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grants:

Northwest Youth Corps in Eugene received a $40,000 grant to support the Oregon Coast Stewardship Project, which will engage 100 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 in high priority conservation projects in natural areas near and in Oregon coastal communities.

Rogue Workforce Partnership in Medford received a $10,000 grant to support Restoration in the Rogue River Basin. The project will restore habitat areas in the Rogue River Basin with priority given to vernal pool and oak savanna restoration at the Table Rocks Management Area (an area of critical environmental concern).

Established in 2012, the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities five-year grant program has awarded $12 million to 207 grantees and funded 247 projects to date that promote conservation and environmental sustainability.

"This year's Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grantees will work on projects from Maine to Alaska, from Los Angeles to Birmingham," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. "The dedication and commitment to conservation and helping local communities shown by Wells Fargo is inspirational and deeply appreciated by all who participate in these exciting projects. Without Wells Fargo's support, none of this good work would be possible."

"This environmental grant today is an investment in our local community and will provide much-needed funding aimed at protecting the environment for our local residents," said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo's Oregon Region president. "We're proud to collaborate with these amazing Oregon nonprofits to use our financial resources, as well as the expertise of our team members, to protect and preserve a more sustainable environment for communities we serve."

As part of Wells Fargo's $100 million philanthropy commitment to nonprofits and universities by 2020, a $15 million, five-year relationship with NFWF was created and launched in 2012 to promote environmental stewardship across the country. The goal of the Wells Fargo-NFWF grant partnership and program is to provide grants for highly impactful projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. The program will fund proposals in select cities/regions (see website for full list) in the following areas:
sustainable agriculture and forestry
conservation of land and water resources
restoration of urban ecosystems
clean energy infrastructure

Friends of Trees, Northwest Youth Corp and Rogue Workforce Partnership were selected from among more than 450 requests submitted by local team members and nonprofits Wells Fargo identified as being in need of extra help with green revitalization projects. In April 2012, Wells Fargo released a set of environmental commitments to be achieved by 2020; including reducing the company's environmental impact, financing the transition to a greener economy and encouraging stronger and more sustainable communities. Part of this goal includes a $100 million environmental grants commitment by 2020 to create a "greener" future for the communities they serve.

Details of the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program and a link to the 2016 application (available in September 2015) can be found at the NFWF application website: www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions. Projects benefiting underserved communities and encouraging volunteerism are given priority consideration. The Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation to promote environmental stewardship across the country.


About Wells Fargo & Company
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune's 2014 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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Battle Ground PD Places Call for Help (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 07/29/15
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It is usually the other way around, but on this particular day it was the Battle Ground Police Department that placed a call for help. Their collection of teddy bears stored at the police department was ruined when water leaked into the storage room. These were not just any teddy bears, they were meant to provide comfort to children in times of crisis.

Officers often encounter children who have been in car accidents, have suffered abuse, or who have witnessed traumatic events. The gift of a stuffed animal provides these children with a level of comfort, a type of emotional first aid, and it helps build a bridge of trust between an officer and a hurting child.

So when officers called for help to replace the lost bears, the first responders were City of Battle Ground employees. Staff from every department participated in purchasing new teddy bears and stuffed animals; 3 dozen were donated within hours of the call for help. Then a second call was placed and even more help was on the way.

City Manager John Williams called Riverview Bank Manager Amy Price to challenge her to collect as many or more bears. John knows that Amy, as a member of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and Battle Ground Rotary, has a strong commitment to the community. Amy accepted the challenge. Not only did her Riverview Bank customers donate to the cause, Amy called on the members of the Battle Ground Rotary and before long there was more help on the way.

As soon as Rotary members and Main Street Floral owners Marilyn Moeser and Ty McKay learned about the police department's need for teddy bears, they immediately took action. As florists, they understand the value of giving a gift of comfort. They contacted their supplier and, with the Battle Ground Rotary's help, acquired 48 new teddy bears that were donated to the police department.

The response to BGPD's call for help from city employees, bank customers, and businesses is just one example of how individuals and organizations genuinely care for the Battle Ground community.

The police department is now well stocked with teddy bears and stuffed animals and is prepared most importantly, to provide them to children who are suffering and in need of comfort.



Picture 1 (left to right):
Amy Price, VP/Branch Manager-Battle Ground Riverview Bank; Jill Kurtz, Battle Ground Rotary President; Tamara Gunter, City of Battle Ground Deputy City Clerk; BGPD Sgt. Chris Crouch; and Ty Mckay and Marilyn Moeser of Main Street Floral with puppy Panzer.

Picture 2: BGPD Sgt. Chris Crouch with just a few of the donated bears.


Attached Media Files: Sgt Crouch with a few of the bears , Donations of Teddy Bears
Salem-Keizer Transit Launches Revamped Bus System September 8 (Photo)
Cherriots - Salem Keizer Transit - 07/29/15
Moving Forward
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After a full year of developing a new bus system that reflects the community's input, Salem-Keizer Transit is ready to "move forward" with its bus system redesign. On September 8, all bus routes will be changing in Salem and Keizer. The new service will have increased frequency on busy routes that serve jobs, shopping and places people go. Buses will be scheduled every 15 minutes on these busy routes. In addition, the redesign includes more crosstown routes for fewer transfers and reduced travel time.

Based on a Comprehensive Service Analysis completed in 2014, the bus system redesign, named Moving Forward, uses existing funds to redistribute bus service in a way that creates a more efficient bus system.

"This new bus system reflects research into industry best practices and extensive community feedback," said General Manager Allan Pollock. "It's really been a group effort."

Riders are encouraged to learn the new system ahead of time. They can find trip planning tools and a new system map at Cherriots.org/MovingForward. On Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 9, transit ambassadors will be at the downtown transit mall to help answer people's questions and direct them to their new routes. Additionally, people who need more in-depth trip planning assistance can contact Salem-Keizer Transit's travel trainer at 503-588-2877. Salem-Keizer Transit will also be holding several outreach events in August to help people learn the new system. Staff will be giving out a free Ride Guide with details of all new routes.

"Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible," said Steve Dickey, director of transportation development.

One area that will be experiencing sweeping changes is West Salem. While bus service frequency will be increased on Wallace Rd. and Edgewater St., several West Salem routes will be discontinued on Sept. 8, 2015 due to low ridership. The West Salem Connector pilot project will fill the gap those cuts create with more efficient service tailored to the area. In fact, the new service will provide even more coverage than the previous Cherriots bus routes. The West Salem Connector launched on June 1 to give current riders time to transition to the new service, and new riders the opportunity to try it out over the summer.

The Moving Forward plan is divided into two phases. The changes going into effect on Sept. 8 are phase one. Phase two includes weekend and later evening service, and requires additional funding. Salem-Keizer Transit is seeking new revenue to fund phase two through a November ballot measure.


Attached Media Files: Moving Forward
Deputies Investigating Runaway Semi Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/29/15
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Deputies are on scene and investigating how a semi truck lost control on Delaney Road SE near Battle Creek Road SE, spilling its load of lumber. Deputies know that the semi was traveling east toward Turner Lumber when the driver experienced brake failure causing the truck to careen through an intersection, into a rock retaining wall and finally coming to a stop in the yard of a neighboring residence.

Traffic in the area is delayed while crews clean up the massive spill and remove the truck. Deputies are estimating that it will take beyond the lunch hour before traffic will resume normally. No injuries have been reported and motorists are being asked to seek alternate routes.


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Street Closures for 2015 Hoopla Basketball Tournament
City of Salem - 07/29/15
Hoopla is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament involving more than 900 teams and 700 volunteers. Event information can be found at http://www.onghoopla.com/.

Beginning Monday, August 3, at 6 p.m. through Sunday, August 9, at 8 p.m., the following streets in the State Capitol area will be closed for the Hoopla Basketball Tournament:

Court Street NE between 12th Street NE and Cottage Street NE
Waverly Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street
Winter Street NE between Court Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE

Additional streets will be closed beginning Friday, August 7, through Sunday, August 9:

State Street between Winter Street NE and 12th Street NE beginning at 2 p.m.
Cottage Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street beginning at 6 p.m.

All streets are expected to be reopened by Sunday, August 9, 2015, at 8 p.m. Drivers should avoid these areas or anticipate delays due to congestion.
Deputies on Scene of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/29/15
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Deputies have identified the drivers in Sunday's fatal traffic crash as Neal Meusling, age 35 of Hubbard. Mr. Meuseling was the only occupant in his red, Porsche, Boxster when it crashed earlier this week. Deputies do believe speed was a factor.



Deputies are currently on scene and investigating the cause of a single vehicle crash on Crosby Road NE near Butteville Road NE. Crosby Road is currently closed between Butteville and Arbor Grove while investigators determine the cause of the crash.

Sadly Deputies have determined that the cars single occupant was killed in the crash. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the name of the driver until next of kin can be notified.


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Suspect Arrested After Leading Police on Two Traffic Pursuits in Two Days (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/29/15
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On Tuesday July 28, 2015, at approximately 6:30 p.m., North Precinct officers were engaged in a short traffic pursuit in the area of Pier Park in North Portland's St. Johns Neighborhood.

The pursuit was short in duration and low speed, ending when the driver ran from the vehicle and into Pier Park. The suspect tripped as he ran, which allowed officers to get close to him and take him into custody.

19-year-old Austin Wilfong was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle (two counts), Interfering with a Peace Officer (two counts), Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude on Foot, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

Wilfong engaged police in a traffic pursuit on Monday July 27 also, after North Precinct officers responded to the report of a disturbance at a home in the 7100 block of North Hodge Avenue. Due to Wilfong's reckless driving and his known identity, officers discontinued pursuing him on Monday.

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Portland Police Monitoring Demonstration on St. Johns Bridge and Willamette River
Portland Police Bureau - 07/29/15
In the early morning hours of Wednesday July 29, 2015, more than a dozen people lowered themselves from the St. Johns Bridge in North Portland and are presently dangling over the Willamette River. Additionally, numerous people in kayaks and small boats put in to the Willamette River below the bridge as part of a coordinated demonstration against Shell Oil.

At present, the St. Johns Bridge remains open to vehicular traffic. Pedestrian traffic has been restricted at this time.

Commuters and regular users of the St. Johns Bridge should be aware that traffic may be impacted at some point today due to the demonstration. Alternate routes are encouraged throughout the day to avoid any potential delays. The nearest alternate route is the Fremont Bridge in Downtown Portland.

At this point, no arrests have been made and police are continuing to monitor the demonstration.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Fire on church property raises concern for fire officials
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/29/15
Kelso- Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at the Journey Kelso Seventh Day Adventist church at 77 Solomon Rd early Wednesday morning just before 1am. The "Journey to Bethlehem" structures behind the main church, used for Easter, Christmas, and other events, were on fire when fire crews arrived. Dispatch also reported that a, possibly related, 20 foot by 40 foot brush fire was also active near the church. Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, Longview Fire, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to the fire. Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) deputies also responded to the call and were first on scene. The deputies fought the brush fire with fire extinguishers, knocking some of the fire down, until fire crews arrived. Firefighters were able to contain the brush fire and extinguish the structure fire completely within 4 hours. Fire officials estimate that damages to the structures and contents exceed $80,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation in conjunction with the DNR and CCSO. Multiple fires have ignited on church property in the last three weeks and is considered to be suspicious in nature. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have also been contacted. No injuries were reported.

Two fire engines, three brush engines, a water tender, and a chief officer responded to the incident. Three Sherriff deputies and two fire investigators (from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and the DNR) also responded.
07/28/15
Fatal Single Vehicle Crash Investigation - Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/28/15
On July 28, 2015, at about 11:16 a.m., the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center received a report of a vehicle that ran off the roadway and down a ditch on Hwy 395 near milepost 36B (near Ukiah). Troopers from the Pendleton Office of the Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, and The Pendleton Police Department responded to the scene.

Officers found the lone 79 year old male occupant of the vehicle had been ejected during the crash and was deceased. The vehicle had traveled approximately 200 yards down a draw and rolled before coming to a rest.

Members of the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue , Pendleton Fire and The Department of Forestry worked together in order to remove the deceased driver from the scene. At this time there is no evidence to suggest that speed or intoxicant impairment were factors in the crash.

The identity of the deceased driver who is from out of State will be released on Wednesday to allow for the notification of next of kin.
Photos of Oregon 138 E Wildfire - 6 miles east of Glide (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/28/15
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Oregon 138E (North Umpqua Highway) remains closed due to a wildfire six miles east of Glide.
Motorist on the east side will be advised of the closure near Diamond Lake at the intersection of Oregon 138 and 230. Commercial trucks will be turned around at the checkpoint.
Not ETA on reopening the highway, although it may extend into the evening hours.


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What Future Projects Would You Like in North Salem? Input Needed (Photo)
City of Salem - 07/28/15
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What do you want to see in North Salem? Salem's Urban Renewal Agency invites business owners, residents, and visitors to share improvement ideas and assist in prioritizing future projects in the Portland Road Corridor, specifically the area north of Pine Street.

The community is invited to provide feedback via a short online survey, available in English and Spanish:
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/59XJ5ZY Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/35ZYLXW

The first phase of community outreach and market analysis was completed January - May 2015. The second round, currently underway, is designed to solicit more detail on potential future projects and funding priorities.

The Portland Road Corridor is located in Salem's 900-acre North Gateway Urban Renewal Area (URA) between Sunnyview Road NE and Blossom Drive NE. The URA was created in 1990 to eliminate blight and depreciating property values, attract jobs and private investment, and fund public improvements. Since 1990, approximately $53 million in funding has contributed to road improvements, mixed use development, and building improvements in the area. Limited funding is available to complete remaining URA Plan projects, including the second phase of Portland Road improvements.

In November 2014, Salem's Urban Renewal Agency approved the scope for the Portland Road Corridor Strategic Action Plan as a way to evaluate and prioritize projects that maximize private investment, job creation, and economic vitality in the North Gateway URA. It includes assessing demand for new businesses and housing, identifying development opportunities, sites and partnerships, prioritizing transportation infrastructure improvements, and recommending incentives to encourage redevelopment. Action Plan recommendations are anticipated by fall 2015.

To learn more, or to sign up for our email list for project updates and involvement opportunities, go to www.cityofsalem.net/NorthGatewayPlan. To schedule a briefing with your organization, contact Annie Gorski, Project Manager, at 503-540-2480 or agorski@cityofsalem.net. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

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NW Oregon to raise fire precaution levels July 30
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/28/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will increase restrictions on industrial activity in the forests of northwestern Oregon July 30 in response to rising wildfire danger forecast to begin later this week. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for the NW-1 Zone will go to Level 2, and Zones NW-2 and NW-3 will rise to Level 3 on that date.

These changes affect all lands protected by the Northwest Oregon Forest Protection District (ODF's Astoria, Forest Grove and Tillamook districts), including all forestland within one-eighth of a mile of the districts. (A map showing the zones can be found on the ODF website, www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx)

Level 2: Partial Hootowl
The following activities are allowed only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.:
powersaw use except at loading sites
cable yarding
blasting
welding or cutting of metal

Level 3: Partial Shutdown
The following activities are prohibited except as indicated:
cable yarding - except that gravity operated logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground, except the line between the carriage and the chokers.
powersaws - except powersaws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.

In addition, the following activities are allowed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.:
tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fire line are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start;
mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material;
blasting;
welding or cutting of metal;
any other spark-emitting operation not specifically mentioned.

Fire watch waiver is still in effect:
IFPL 1 = 1 hour
IFPL 2 = 2 hours
IFPL 3 = 3 hours
IFPL 4 = Shutdown

With NW-2 & NW-3 at IFPL 3, the non-industrial chainsaw waiver and the OHV (off-highway vehicle) waiver are not applicable. The OHV trails in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask and the trails in the BLM Nestucca Riding Area are CLOSED and will remain closed until further notice. Only the improved, maintained gravel roads in the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, Trask and all other areas of the forest remain open for OHV use.

More information can be found at:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/ifpl.aspx
A New Mexico resident arrested following a multi-state pursuit that ended in Baker County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/28/15
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On July 28, 2015 at about 10:35 a.m., Idaho State Police were in pursuit of a Grey 2014 Ford Mustang with temporary plates westbound on Interstate 84 at milepost 82, west of Mountain Home Idaho. The pursuit originally started as a driving complaint reporting reckless driving at milepost 82 and quickly evolved into a pursuit.

Oregon State Police Troopers from the Ontario Area Command picked up the pursuit at the Oregon-Idaho line and attempted to spike the vehicle but were unsuccessful. The pursuit continued westbound on I-84 with speeds ranging from 58 MPH and 146 MPH. Troopers went into slack pursuit once an OSP aircraft was deployed due to two construction zones on I-84. ODOT was notified of the pursuit and relayed information to the construction workers so they could clear their construction zone area prior to the pursuit reaching their location.

Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker Police Department and Oregon State Police La Grande Area Command Troopers assisted as the vehicle continued near Baker City, Oregon. The vehicle was successfully spiked by an Oregon State Police Trooper on I-84 at milepost 295, near North Powder. A tactical vehicle intervention was conducted at milepost 292, near North Powder and the vehicle was brought to a stop and the operator was taken into custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as Curtis Alvon GENTRY, age 33 years old, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was taken to the Baker County Jail and lodged for Reckless Driving and Attempt to Elude-Vehicle.

OSP Ontario Area Command Troopers and OSP La Grande Area Command Troopers were assisted by the Idaho State Police, Payette County Sheriff's Office, Ontario City Police, Baker City Police, and Baker County Sheriff's Office.


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The Sawicki Group LLC chosen as Port of Vancouver USA energy project safety consultant
Port of Vancouver - 07/28/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today approved selection of The Sawicki Group LLC (TSG) as the port's safety consultant for energy projects.

The contract with Blaine, Washington-based TSG is not to exceed $200,000 for up to three years of services. TSG's initial scope of work includes review of Vancouver Energy's facility safety and operations plans; rail safety and operations plans; the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council's (EFSEC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement; and support of port legal counsel through the EFSEC adjudication process.

"Between its five members, the Sawicki team has 200 years of experience with energy projects and issues, including extensive experience with petroleum," said port CEO Todd Coleman. "They will augment our internal expertise and take our review to the next level to help ensure we're taking the most comprehensive and informed approach possible for energy projects at the Port of Vancouver."

Two Port of Vancouver tenants - Tesoro Corp. and NuStar Energy LP - are pursuing projects to bring North American crude oil through the port. The port issued a Request for Proposal in March to evaluate and select a consultant to provide safety and operations plan review and guidance services for energy projects.

TSG was one of three respondents. A panel of port staff interviewed all three, and TSG was selected in June as the most capable consultant.

TSG will begin reviewing Vancouver Energy's plans this summer. The company is expected to provide a report to the port by early 2016.

Learn about proposed energy projects, industry at the port and more at www.portvanusa.com.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1489/86520/072815_Sawicki_selected_safety_consultant.pdf
Health advisory issued July 28 for Upper Klamath and Agency lakes (excluding Pelican Bay) (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/15
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July 28, 2015

High toxin levels found in Klamath County water bodies

A health advisory is being issued today due to toxins at levels that could pose a risk to human health in Upper Klamath Lake and Agency Lake, located just north of Klamath Falls along Highway 97 in Klamath County.

Continuous cold water conditions in Pelican Bay have prevented blue-green algae from growing there, so Pelican Bay is not included in this advisory.

Routine water monitoring by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae toxins. These toxins, called cyanotoxins, are present at concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

In areas covered by the advisory, swallowing or inhaling water droplets should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Upper Klamath or Agency lakes is especially dangerous. Skin contact with the algae can also cause rashes in individuals with sensitive skin.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Upper Klamath or Agency lakes are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Upper Klamath or Agency lakes and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information, contact Sara Eldridge with the USGS at 541-273-8689 extension 203. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Cell Phone Charging Station Installed at Salvation Army Homeless Shelter for Women (Photo)
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 07/28/15
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WHO: The Salvation Army, women experiencing homelessness

WHAT: The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES) recently installed a cell phone charging station in their shelter to allow women to plug in for access to employment, housing, and family.

WHERE:
The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES)
30 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

WHY: "Our ladies shouldn't feel 'criminalized' because they need to plug their phone in," says Mark Fagerstrom, Director of SAFES. One year ago, a homeless woman with a low battery and facing the prospects of sleeping on the streets was charged with third-degree theft when she plugged her phone into a wall outlet in Old Town Portland. "Our job at SAFES is to connect the women we serve to opportunities that will lead to employment and housing, and you can't do it with a low battery! We are about empowering women for success."

CONTACT: Teresa Steinmetz, Director of Communications and Marketing/ 503-794-3283 (office), 971-219-3226 (cell) / Teresa.steinmetz@usw.salvationarmy.org


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Cell Phone Charging Station Installed at Salvation Army Homeless Shelter for Women

(Portland, Oregon) June 28, 2015- What is one thing that most people cannot leave home without every morning? That's right- your cell phone. It organizes your life and is your lifeline to your community, your friends and family, work, and more. If you are homeless, it could be the difference between getting an interview for a job and missing that very same employment opportunity. It is also the only way you can stay connected with your family and friends when you don't have a home. This is why The Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES) recently installed a cell phone charging station in their shelter.

One year ago, a homeless woman with a low battery and facing the prospects of sleeping on the streets was charged with third-degree theft when she plugged her phone into a wall outlet in Old Town Portland.

The story went viral, bringing to the public eye how essential and basic it is for homeless to have a place to charge their phones. As the largest provider of shelter for homeless women in Portland, The Salvation Army saw the need and rose to the occasion: Mark Fagerstrom, the Executive Director, rolled up his sleeves and addressed the problem with some home-grown ingenuity, off the shelf electrical parts, some plywood and paint and the help of co-conspirators, employees Kevan Edwards and Gordon Spath.

The result? A compact, surge-protected, self-contained charging station with five powered USB ports and an electrical box with four dedicated outlets.

"Sometimes, it's the simple and practical things that provide an obvious support," said Mr. Fagerstrom. "Our job at SAFES is to connect the women we serve to opportunities that will lead to employment and housing, and you can't do it with a low battery!" says Mr. Fagerstrom. "We are about empowering women for success. Making it simple and easy to get plugged in and connected in a digital age is just one more way we can give the women of our community the tools they need to succeed."

"The prototype works awesome!" continued Mr. Fagerstrom. "I tested it by plugging in all of my wife and daughter's devices; iPads, Kindles, phones... it seemed to work well and there were no sparks, so I plugged mine in, too! The next "jump-start" version will have a more durable aluminum structure, more stylish device baskets, more outlets and another bank of USBs. Who knows! If this thing catches on, we may be able to fund our shelter!"

As we all know, the economy has significantly impacted people's lives, in many cases leading to job loss and homelessness. But it doesn't mean they have lost everything. In this day and age, cell phones allow everyone to stay organized, connected, and more - but without power, they are literally powerless to do so. "Our ladies shouldn't feel 'criminalized' because they need to plug their phone in," concluded Fagerstrom. "This charging station is a simple idea that empowers them - and they can enjoy a cup of coffee and the local news while they wait!"


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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), (503) 794-3200, or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

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


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DEA Announces 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back
DEA Seattle - 07/28/15
July 28 - (Seattle, WA) - DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place September 26th from 10 am-2 pm local time. As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.
"Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat," Rosenberg said. "Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse."


When the results of the last nine Take Back Days (2010-2014) to date are combined, residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska have turned in 234,537 pounds (117.2 tons) of prescription medications.



The following are the combined results of all nine events broken down by state:
Washington -108,399 pounds (54.2 tons) removed from circulation.

· Idaho - 36,364 pounds (18.2) removed from circulation.

· Oregon - 69,359 pounds (34.6 tons) removed from circulation.

· Alaska - 20,415 pounds (10.2 tons) removed from circulation.

Nationwide totals for the previous nine Take-Back events resulted in the collection of 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of prescription medications.
Vancouver Subway robbed (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/28/15
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Vancouver, Wash. - On July 27, 2015 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the Subway restaurant located at 2702 NE 114th Ave for the report of a robbery. The employee stated she was robbed at gun point be two male suspects, both displaying a handgun.

Suspect #1 is a thin, tall, black male.
Suspect #2 is a heavy-set white male, 6' 1", 350 to 400 lbs.
Both suspects were wearing red bandanas on their faces.

The employee was not injured in the incident.

Anyone with information on the identity of either or both suspects is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Tom Topaum at (360) 487-7425 or tom.topaum@cityofvancouver.us.


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Man Arrested After Purse-Snatch at Fred Meyer (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 07/28/15
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Gresham, Ore -A man police believe is responsible for a series of purse-snatches was arrested yesterday after committing yet another daytime robbery of a purse. All the cases occurred either at Fred Meyer, 2497 S.E. Burnside Rd., Gresham or WinCo 2511 SE First St., Gresham. Tyler Matthew Hodge,39, of Boring was arrested without incident just east of the latest robbery and was charged with numerous crimes related to all the cases.

In the latest case, police received a call at 11:45 a.m. on July 27, 2015 to the Fred Meyer parking lot, of a woman who had just had her purse taken from her shopping cart as she was loading her groceries into her car. The suspect description, location, time of day and method of the crime were all consistent with the previous cases. Sgt. Rick Wilson was already in the area of the WinCo looking for a suspect before the call came out, in anticipation of another robbery.

After the call was dispatched, Sgt. Wilson responded to the Minute Mart 1555 NW Orient Dr. since the victims' charge cards had been used at this location in previous robberies. Sgt. Wilson located a vehicle matching the suspect description. Officer Blake arrived and observed a woman's purse in the vehicle that matched the description of the purse taken. Officers learned that the person associated to the vehicle had made a charge using the victim's card at the Minute Mart, then went into the Lucky Deli next door at 1547 SE Orient Dr. Officers found Hodge inside the deli and arrested him without incident. He was charged with all the previous robberies.

All the cases occurred during the day time and involved a man pulling up in a vehicle and forcibly taking the victims' purse, usually when she was loading groceries.

Previous cases:
06-17-15 5:15 p.m. Fred Meyer
06-18-15, 3:20 p.m. Fred Meyer
06-19-15, 3:55 p.m. WinCo Foods
07-15-15, 12:10 p.m. Fred Meyer
07-20-15, 3:18 p.m. WinCo Foods
07-27-15, 11:45 a.m. Fred Meyer
Charges listed on MCSO webpage.


Attached Media Files: Hodge
Statement on Suspicious Letters
FBI - Oregon - 07/28/15
The FBI, Oregon State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are working with affected Oregon counties to determine the origin and nature of a series of suspicious letters that started arriving in the mail on Monday, July 27th. To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown NO toxic substance on any letter or in any envelope. In addition, at this time there is no evidence of a visible powder to be found in any of the envelopes/letters.

There are approximately 20 known letters delivered and all were addressed to Oregon sheriffs or their offices. Law enforcement is collecting the letters and transporting them all to the FBI and/or the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for analysis as appropriate.

Due to the on-going nature of this investigation, we are not releasing any further information.

Further updates will be posted at www.flashalertportland.net as appropriate.
Short Stretch of SW Terwilliger Boulevard Reduced to One Lane of Through Traffic on Thursday, July 30
Portland Water Bureau - 07/28/15
Approximately 200-feet of SW Terwilliger Boulevard to the north of SW Burlingame Terrace will be reduced to one lane of through traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

Surveyors from the Portland Water Bureau will be replacing right-of-way monument markers in the traveled way. The markers control the location of real property and are extremely important for the determination of public and private land ownership. Work will consist of driving the markers into the asphalt pavement.

Flaggers will be stationed to direct traffic traveling north and southbound on SW Terwilliger Boulevard safely around the work zone. Vehicles may experience a short wait while opposing traffic passes. The George Himes Park paved trail following SW Terwilliger Boulevard and bicycle lanes will remain open for use.

Travelers are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorists to avoid traffic delays.

The Portland Water Bureau's Survey Team is responsible for providing topographical information, such as base maps for designers, and location survey information for Water Bureau-funded capital construction projects.


Attached Media Files: Traffic Advisory
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/28/15
The Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Washington County, will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Beaverton Police Department located at 4755 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton, Oregon 97076. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The last vehicle will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. to allow the technicians to be finished by 12:00 p.m.

This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used child safety seat will greatly decrease the chance of your child sustaining a serious or life threating injury during a motor vehicle crash.

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent or caregiver is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But, with so many different car seats on the market, it's no wonder parents may find this process overwhelming.

The type of car seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size and the type of vehicle you have. It is important that you read the owner's manual for your vehicle and the instructions that came with the car seat you purchased.

The best car seat is the one that you will use properly. This is what we hope to teach you when you come to one of our car seat clinics. The uses of safety belts and child safety seats have been proven to greatly reduce the chances of sustaining serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required - just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. Please note that the last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m.
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Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Press Release
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/28/15
On Sunday, July 26th, at approximately 11:30p.m., Tracy Casillas contacted the Sheriff's Office to report her daughter and a friend became lost on a hike and needed assistance. Tara Van Ness, 20, and Annie Finch, 20, both of Canby, OR, came to Hug Point for an afternoon hike. Shortly before 11p.m. they called a friend and later Casillas, reporting they had to climb a cliff to avoid the water and get better cell service. Before a complete description of their predicament could be given, their phone cut out.

The Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Hug point, confirming Van Ness's vehicle was present. The Sheriff's Office then requested assistance from the United States Coast Guard, who agreed to fly the coast line along Hug Point in search of Van Ness and Finch. At approximately 2:30a.m. today, the Coast Guard located Van Ness and Finch about 150 feet up a cliff on the north side of Cape Falcon, in Tillamook County. Cape Falcon is approximately three miles south of the Hug Point parking lot, Van Ness and Finches' intended destination.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank Sector Columbia River and their air crews for their assistance. The skilled pilots and crews certainly saved significant time in locating and rescuing Van Ness and Finch from a dangerous situation.

Sgt. Matt Phillips
SAR Coordinator
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office
355 7th St. Astoria, OR.
(503) 325-8635 w.
(503) 338-9954 c.
Lewis River flows below Merwin dam to drop this weekend
Pacific Power - 07/28/15
Lower flows needed to reserve water for fall fish run, will remain in effect for rest of summer

WOODLAND, Wash. - Flow releases from Merwin dam will drop by about one-third starting Friday, July 31, which will mean lower water levels on the North Fork of the Lewis River for the remainder of the summer and into the fall assuming drought conditions continue.

The Lewis River Flow Coordination Committee, which contains representatives of state and federal agencies, and Tribes, agreed to the reduced river flows to ensure stored water is available to provide critical river flows to support native fish spawning this fall.

PacifiCorp, which operates the Merwin Hydroelectric Project and associated Merwin dam, will reduce project flows from 1,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 800 cfs in two steps on Friday and Saturday mornings. The reduced flows will collectively lower river levels downstream of the dam by about four inches. The company has notified nearby property owners directly of the reduced flows. Boaters should note some boat launches downstream of the dam may not be available depending on size of water craft.

Water coming into Swift, Yale and Merwin reservoirs from upstream sources is about 35 percent of normal for this time of the year and the lowest it has been in 85 years of record keeping due to very low snowpack and spring rains. In response, PacifiCorp has been releasing water typically kept in reservoirs downstream to help fish and aquatic habitats below Merwin dam. This next step to reduce these flow releases from the reservoirs is meant to ensure enough water is retained so that appropriate releases are possible later when fish are spawning.

The drought conditions also have affected boaters during the recreation season this year. Low water has caused the closure of boat ramps on Swift and Yale reservoirs, although ramps at Yale Park, Beaver Bay, Saddle Dam Park, Cresap Bay and Speelyai Bay Park currently are open and anticipated to have enough water to launch through Labor Day unless conditions change.

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Apply to be a Vancouver Police NOW citizen patroller (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/28/15
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Vancouver, Wash. - If you have four hours a month to help the Vancouver Police Department fight crime, canvass for missing people, find stolen automobiles, and conduct evidence searches, apply for the Neighbors On Watch (NOW) citizen patrol program by July 31, 2015.

NOW is a non-confrontational, highly visible, crime detection and prevention program. Citizens interested in partnering with the Vancouver Police Department to prevent crime are encouraged to apply. All training is free and hosted by VPD. NOW volunteers patrol city neighborhoods on foot, bike, or by vehicle and act as additional "eyes and ears" for the police department.

If you live in the city limits of Vancouver, are at least 21-years old, can successfully pass a background investigation, and are tired of crime, this may be a great fit for you. Contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Kelly Cheney at (360) 487-7467, or Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us, for more information on participating in this very successful community oriented policing program.

Additional details and a printable volunteer application can be found at http://tinyurl.com/m8j528k.

Police can't be on every corner, but you can!

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Interstate 5 in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/28/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of Monday afternoon's single vehicle fatal crash on I-5 in Jackson County.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, on July 27, 2015 at about 1:30 p.m. OSP troopers responded to a fatal crash on Interstate 5 at the northbound exit 40 off ramp. When troopers arrived on scene they found that a 2010 Toyota pickup, driven by PRICILLA ROSE, age 49, from Medford was northbound on Interstate 5 and took the exit 40 off ramp at a very high rate of speed. Once on the off ramp ROSE lost control of the pickup and it collided head on with a guardrail. The pickup rolled several times and came to an uncontrolled rest at the top of the exit.

ROSE was extricated from the pickup and was transported by ground ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center where she is being treated for serious injuries. The passenger, DEBBRA LYNN MAULDIN, age 46, from Medford was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

Investigators believe that speed and alcohol are contributing factors in the crash. Seatbelt usage is undetermined.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Fire District 3 and Mercy Flights.

No further information will be released unless authorized by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.


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Jump Start helps kindergartners transition to school
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 07/28/15
Parents of kids who will be entering kindergarten in the fall are strongly encouraged to sign up their children for Kindergarten Jump Start, a free program that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins.

Jump Start participants engage in a variety of math, literacy and hands-on learning activities. They receive a free, nutritious breakfast daily. Students also receive opportunities to learn basic school routines and become familiar with school surroundings.

Jump Start will be offered at the following elementary schools in 2015:

Aug. 3-25
Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Ogden, Roosevelt and Washington

Aug. 10-21
Minnehaha and Walnut Grove

Aug. 17-21
Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Hough, Lake Shore, Sacajawea, Salmon Creek and Truman

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at all schools. Full participation is encouraged, but not required. Transportation is not provided.

At Jump Start, parents will be asked to register their children for school if they have not already done so.

For more information, visit http://vansd.org/kindergarten/jump-start .
Electric Avenue opens at PGE headquarters in downtown Portland; 4,000 local electric car drivers now have a permanent place to plug in
PGE - 07/28/15
UPDATED with PDF file

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The largest lineup of electric car quick-charging stations in downtown Portland opened for business today as local EV drivers plugged in at the new Electric Avenue, located on S.W. Salmon Street between First and Second avenues.

Electric Avenue now features six charging stations, including four universal quick chargers that can recharge a typical EV in 30 minutes. It replaces the original Electric Avenue, opened on S.W. Montgomery Street on the Portland State University campus in 2011.

"We're pleased that our EV driving customers and visitors have a place to charge up as they visit downtown Portland." said Jim Piro, PGE president and CEO. "Oregonians are committed to sustainable practices, and they are excited by the possibilities offered by electric transportation."

The original Electric Avenue was a two-year research experiment in EV charging habits, but the facility quickly became an essential part of Portland's transportation infrastructure. All the charging stations saw regular daily use, and drivers often lined up to use the single quick-charger on site.

PSU plans to construct a new building at the site, however, so Electric Avenue needed to move or close in June 2015. Today's opening was the culmination of a year of planning by the original project partners - Portland General Electric, Portland State University and the City of Portland - to move the popular electric car charging facility to a permanent home.

There are an estimated 4,000 electric car drivers in the Portland area. In addition to appreciating the environmental benefits of electric transportation, many drivers also find that electric cars offer lower operating costs than gasoline-powered cars.

Powered by PGE renewable energy, Electric Avenue is part of a regional effort to offer sustainable transportation options that include electric-powered light rail trains, buses, streetcars, and an aerial tram. Electric Avenue serves as a hub in Oregon's array of more than 900 public EV charging stations, supporting electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and electric bikes. The six chargers will be a critical stop for many drivers who travel along the Oregon Electric Highway using quick charging stations along I-5 and I-205.

Fast Facts about Electric Avenue
Six charging spots; cars pay to park at regular City of Portland rates ($1.60/hr.).

There is currently no fee for charging; charging is sponsored by World Trade Center Portland.

Four Universal Quick Chargers:
Efacec brand
Both SAE Combo and CHAdeMO connectors
Charging rate: 50 kilowatts
Charges up a typical EV in 30 minutes

Two High-Power Level 2 chargers
Clipper Creek brand
SAE J-1772 connectors
Charging rate: 19 kilowatts
Charges up a typical EV in 3 to 8 hours, depending on the car's capability

More information about electric vehicles and charging for personal or business use is available online at PortlandGeneral.com/plugin.

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 849,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com.
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Oregon Health Policy Board to hold conference call Aug. 4
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/15
July 28, 2015

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting August 4 via conference call.

The meeting will focus on a review of charters and membership for the Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup and the Health Information Technology Oversight Council.

When: Tuesday, Aug 4, 8:30 -9 a.m.

Where: Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#. Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page following the meeting.

Agenda:

-- Review of Sustainable Health Expenditure Workgroup Charter
-- Review of Health Information Technology Oversight Council Charter and membership
-- Adjourn

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-1699, TTY 711, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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First Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Portland Police Cadets and Reserve Officers on August 29
Portland Police Bureau - 07/28/15
On Saturday August 29, 2015, Mountain View Golf Club in Boring, Oregon, will host the First Annual Portland Police Cadets/Reserve Officer Golf Tournament.

The golf tournament is a fundraiser for both the Cadets and Reserve Officers, who volunteer their time to help keep the City of Portland as one of the safest cities in the country.

The tournament is a four person scramble with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. and is limited to the first 144 golfers who register. There will be a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start to the tournament followed by a dinner and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Registration costs are $125.00 per person. Hole sponsorship is available for $250.00 per hole and corporate sponsorship is available for $1,000.00 (includes foursome fee). All net proceeds from the event will go directly to the Portland Police Bureau Cadet/Reserve Program.

The tournament is expected to sell out so register early to guarantee your spot on the course.

Register today by following this link: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/533019

Sponsors of the tournament include Robert Ball Companies, Point Blank Distributing and Benchmade.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deborah Monk at 503-823-4849, deborah.monk@portlandoregon.gov

To learn more about the Portland Police Cadet Program, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/420436

To learn more about the Portland Police Reserve Officer Program, please visit
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/420442

Mountain View Golf Club is located at 27195 Southeast Kelso Road, Boring, Oregon 97009.

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The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) is moving to new location/Offices closed Aug. 3
Construction Contractors Board - 07/28/15
Salem - After more than 25 years in the same building, the Construction Contractors Board is moving to downtown Salem.

Starting Aug. 4, the agency that regulates construction contractors will be on the sixth floor of the Beardsley Building at 201 High St. SE.

The Public Utility Commission and a Department of Human Services adult abuse prevention program share space in the same building.

The CCB has been housed in the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs since 1988, not long after the state's Department of Commerce was disbanded and the then-Builders Board became an independent agency. About 60 people work for the agency.

The new location offers a smaller, more modern space. Customers will enjoy free parking and on-site meeting space for public meetings and training events.

"This location will allow us to serve the public much better. The ease of access, customer parking and public meeting space make it ideal for the CCB; and it allows us to operate more efficiently in downsized quarters," CCB Administrator James Denno said.

The agency phone numbers and mailing address remain the same.

Online services temporarily closed
During the move - from 5 p.m. July 31 through 5 p.m. Aug. 3, contractors will be unable to renew licenses or use other online services.

The agency will be closed Monday, Aug. 3, while phones and online services are tested. The CCB reopens Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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UPDATE: Pedestrian Critically Injured in Crash on North Mississippi Avenue - Major Crash Team Responding to Investigate (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/15
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The pedestrian injured in today's crash has been identified as 44-year-old Angel Hector Marquez of Sandy, Oregon. Mr. Marquez is reported to be in serious condition at a Portland hospital suffering from traumatic injuries.

The driver involved in the crash has been identified as 37-year-old Frederick Chao of North Portland. Mr. Chao remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Mr. Chao was driving a 2012 Nissan Versa.

Investigators learned that Mr. Marquez was walking southbound across Russell Street, in the crosswalk, when he was struck by Mr. Chao, who was making a westbound turn onto Russell Street from southbound Mississippi Avenue. Mr. Chao continued westbound and crashed into a parked pick-up truck on Russell Street.

Mr. Chao did not display any signs of impairment. Preliminary information indicates that Mr. Chao suffered a medical event prior to striking Mr. Marquez.

No citations have been issued at this time. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

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On Monday July 27, 2015, at 11:50 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by driver at North Russell Street and Mississippi Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the injured pedestrian, who has been transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries.

The driver involved in the crash has remained at the scene.

Based on the pedestrian's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

The intersection of North Russell Street and Mississippi Avenue will be closed for several hours due to the investigation.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Five Acre Field Fire Extinguished (Photo)
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 07/27/15
331st St. Field Fire Extinguished
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The cooperative efforts of four fire agencies kept a 5-acre field fire in Cornelius from spreading into neighboring fields and threatening nearby homes. The eight-acre clover field owned by Edmund Duyck had already been cut and harvested, and was being mowed, when a neighbor called to tell him his field was on fire. Crews from Washington County Fire District #2, Hillsboro Fire, Forest Grove and Cornelius Fire worked quickly to control the perimeter of the fire and keep it contained, which was especially difficult due to the windy conditions in the area at the time. The fire was out within an hour, with crews focusing on any remaining hot spots. District 2 will continue to monitor the site for flare-ups during the evening. The cause of the fire is believed to have been mechanical.


Attached Media Files: 331st St. Field Fire Extinguished
Recovered Body of Missing Fisherman - Lacamas Lake
Camas Police Dept. - 07/27/15
Camas, Washington -

On July 27th, 2015, 2:55pm, the body of Vancouver Resident, 68-year-old David J. Gleghorn, was recovered from the SE end of Lacamas Lake.

Mr. Gleghorn was reported missing/overdue from his solo fishing trip on July 23rd, 2015.

Camas-Washougal Fire Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office Marine Units assisted in the recovery efforts.

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TVF&R Crews Battle Brush Fire Near Tualatin (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/27/15
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At 11:24am firefighters were dispatched to a report of a brush fire near the Tigard Sand & Gravel quarry in unincorporated Washington County. On arrival, crews found approximately 3-5 acres of dry brush on fire and initiated an attack using hand lines from brush rigs.

Because of the remote location between two quarries, water had to be shuttled in using brush rigs and water tenders. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in approximately 50 minutes, but were later called back to the same location at 2:30pm to another report of smoke and flames. Soon after arrival, the incident commander witnessed part of an electrical transmission line fall about 12 feet from its original position over the fire area. Firefighters then created perimeter around the fire, while PGE crews assessed the power lines to ensure no personnel were at risk. Once the area was determined to be safe, firefighters quickly extinguished the remaining parts of the fire.

No injuries were reported and no structures were at-risk.

A fire investigator, in conjunction with PGE crews, determined the most probable cause to be an insulator on the power transmission line had shorted causing sparks that fell and ignited dry grass below.


Attached Media Files: Incident Command at brush fire , TVF&R Brush Rig , Transmission Line , Transmission Line
Suspect Sought in Robbery of Forest Grove Market (Photo)
Forest Grove Police - 07/27/15
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Forest Grove Police are looking for a man that robbed the Lucky Market at gunpoint in Forest Grove this date. The store is located in the 2800 block of Sunset Drive at the corner of Willamina Avenue.

At 1:30 pm, a man entered the market, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the store clerk. The suspect fled the store on foot northbound. The suspect is described as an Asian male in his 20's, wearing jeans, a white long sleeved shirt, a black beanie hat and sunglasses (see attached photo and video).

Anyone with information that could help identify the suspect is being asked to contact Forest Grove Police at 503.992.3260 or 503.629.0111.


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Celebrate Hillsboro is Saturday, August 8, in Downtown Hillsboro (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 07/27/15
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Enjoy live music, local food, and free activities during the free family festival that brings in Downtown Hillsboro. The 11th Annual Celebrate Hillsboro, presented by Tuality Healthcare, is on Saturday, August 8, from 9 am - 4 pm. Here are 11 great reasons to connect with friends, family, and neighbors at Celebrate Hillsboro on Saturday, August 8.


11) The Community Village will bring local vendors and community non-profits directly to you as you stroll along Downtown's Main Street. Learn more about our community, and the people who live here.

10) The Sustainability Village will feature hands-on, eco-friendly family activities and information on how to live a greener lifestyle. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and other sustainable living habits.

9) Learn about the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan that will shape the City of Hillsboro over the next 15 to 20 years, and get a copy of the plan to take with you.

8) The Amazama Family stage hosted by Charlie Brown will feature vaudeville comedy acts, crazy magicians, dancing, other top-notch performances.

7) Arts & crafts activities in the Arts & Culture Village include artist demonstrations, face painting, and the Amazama Juggling School teaching the art of juggling, hula-hooping, and twirling.

6) Tour a Hillsboro Fire Department fire truck and the Hillsboro Police Department's mobile Command Center, as you interact with police officers and firefighters to learn important safety information.

5) Get free health screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, and vision from Tuality Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, and Pacific University at the Health and Wellness Village.

4) Live music with sounds from all around the world will play on the Main Street Stage presented by the Port of Portland. From the salsa/Afro-Cuban/Latin jazz sounds of Pa'Lante to the Zydeco blues band The New Iberians, the entertainment will be fun and diverse all day long.

3) Free activities, such as a rock-climbing wall, and inflatables for kids.

2) With food & drink from farmers' market vendors or the beer & wine garden, there are plenty of refreshing options for quenching a thirst and satisfying your taste buds.

1) You can win an iWatch, or other prizes, by voting for your favorites in the first-ever Best of Hillsboro Awards. Fill out your answers at the City of Hillsboro booth on August 8, or online at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Celebrate. Winners will be announced in the City of Hillsboro's Stay Connected e-newsletter the week of August 10.



Additionally, Downtown Hillsboro businesses are taking advantage of the set-up for Celebrate Hillsboro, presented by Tuality Healthcare, by creating a Downtown Hillsboro Block Party on Friday, August 7, from 7 - 10 pm.

With street access on East Main Street between 1st and 4th avenues limited to pedestrians, the block party will offer live music, local food, drink and shopping. Downtown businesses will stay open late with special offers and activities.

Participating businesses include:

Pizzario
Hill Florist
MIR Music
Gimre's Shoes
Abu Rasheed Express
Amelia's Restaurant
Clark's Bistro & Pub
Five Star Guitar
Hillsboro Hobby Shop
Hillsboro Pharmacy
Influence Music Hall
Jacobsen's Books
Let's Play Toy Store
Manaia Coffee House
McNally's Taproom
Primrose & Tumbleweeds
Bag&Baggage Productions


About the City of Hillsboro: Now Oregon's fifth largest city, with 95,310 people, Hillsboro is helping to grow Oregon's future - from microprocessors to vital industries, centers of commerce and green spaces. Hillsboro is a well-planned, affordable hometown with a strong economic base and one of the state's most diverse populations. It is the high tech corridor for the state and home to a broad range of businesses, large and small, including Oregon's largest employer, Intel. It also has the second busiest airport in the state and the fifth largest school district. Hillsboro hosts the second largest 4th of July parade in Oregon and annual events including a Latino Cultural Festival, Celebrate Hillsboro, and the Oregon International Air Show. Learn more at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.


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Volunteers Needed For Mobile Health School Vision Screenings This Fall in Beaverton Schools
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 07/27/15
Portland, OR (July 27, 2015) - The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF), local ions Club members and parent volunteers will screen the vision of approximately 140,000 students this year in Oregon, with nearly 20,000 projected to take place by the end of November in 33 Beaverton elementary schools, through the Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSP).

OLSHF's 2020 Vision is to have all Oregon school-aged children in first, third, and fifth graders screened annually for vision problems, an initiative that involves local Lions Clubs and community volunteers. 25% of children have vision issues; of that number less than 10% have eyeglasses. Kids that don't see well struggle to learn well and keep up with daily lessons. Currently, Oregon is ranked 49th nationally for its school nurse to student ratio.

Our handheld SPOT photo screening devices have revolutionized the school-based screening process. The SPOT, an objective and accurate tool, eliminates various barriers in screening children's vision. The SPOT also removes the challenge of screening special needs students, pre-verbal children, and non-English speaking students.

MHSP screens a full class in approximately 10 minutes. A School Administrator in the Beaverton School District noted, "You screened a 5th-grade class in 1.5 minutes with 8 Spots. MHSP Staff Wally Anderson proved me wrong. These kids can be screened this fast." Children experience minimal interruption from learning. MHSP is the largest screening program of its kind in Oregon and regarded as "one of the premier health screening programs in the U.S." by School Health, Inc.

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Approximately 10% of children screened are referred for follow-up comprehensive exams. MHSP also makes referrals to OLSHF's other sight and hearing assistance programs for access to low-cost exams and eyeglasses such as the KEX Kids Fund.

Up to 8 volunteers are needed per day at two locations to assist with vision screenings of school children through an efficient screening process where up to 700 children can be screened in one day.

Screenings will occur in September through November from 8 a.m.--3 p.m. at elementary schools in the Beaverton School District; half day shifts are available. Onsite training is provided by staff members 30 minutes before screenings begin. For schedule and locations, please visit http://www.olshf.org/mobile-health-screening-progra/.

Volunteering with MHSP is a great way to engage with children in their school setting, work with other community members, and have the opportunity to detect possible vision problems.

Please contact Kaitlin Anderson for details on the required background check at Kaitlin@OLSHF.org or (503) 413-7399.

About OLSHF: Our mission is to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need. Last year, 160,219 people were screened statewide through our Mobile Health Screening Program, 98% of which were children. OLSHF recently launched its own Optical Finishing Lab and we edge new eyeglasses for people who qualify. To date, we built over 40 new eyeglasses for people in need. We also provide the gift of sight to people in developing countries with nearly 72,000 eyeglasses shipped and distributed through international mission work. Please visit www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf to learn more about our programs!


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Science on Tap Portland: Sex Ed at the Molecular Level (Photo)
Via Productions - 07/27/15
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Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, popcorn, and snacks available.

On October 31, 2011, the world's population reached 7 billion, 2 years ahead of projections by the United Nations. High birth rates are associated with developing countries where access to family planning services are limited. Inadequate contraceptive options and accessibility are also issues in the U.S. where ~50% of all pregnancies are unintended. At this Science on Tap, Jon Hennebold, PhD, Associate Scientist in the Division of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences at OHSU, will talk about research toward developing effective and safe contraceptive methods for couples seeking family planning options.

For more information on Science on Tap in both Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, visit Via Productions.


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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-29 Sharon Allison Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/15
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The Vancouver (WA) Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in May 2015.

In the morning hours of Saturday May 9, 2015, 66-year-old Sharon Louise Allison was discovered murdered in her ground floor apartment at the Columbia House Apartments for Seniors at 130 West 24th Street in Vancouver, Washington.

Sharon was last seen alive on Friday, May 8, 2015, speaking to a man in the hallway near her apartment.

The man is described as a white male in his 40s, between 5'7" and 5'10" tall, average build with short brown hair.

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

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.

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

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

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Ridgefield's students created murals, ceramic tiles, and sewing projects as final projects in art classes (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 07/27/15
Illustration students at Ridgefield High School created art inspired by classmates' student essays
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Monday, July 27, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Throughout Ridgefield School District, art students at each school finished the 2014-15 school year with amazing art projects including creating ceramic tiles, painting a permanent mural, sewing device cases, and compiling an illustrated book of student essays.

Creating ceramic tiles inspired by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

At South Ridge Elementary School, fifth and sixth graders in Heather Fukuchi's art classes created ceramic tiles inspired from animals native to Ridgefield's wildlife refuge. Students started by choosing and researching their animal using the Internet and then drew sketches from which they created prints.

Students used the prints to create tiles made from clay which they glazed and fired to create the ceramic tiles. "Timing was the biggest challenge for this project because there were so many different elements to coordinate," said Fukuchi. "Many students even came in during their lunch recesses so they could finish up their projects."

Fukuchi will create a mosaic mural of the tiles made by the sixth graders which will be installed in the new South Ridge building, "All of the tiles turned out so beautiful that it will be a wonderful project for the sixth graders to leave behind as they head to View Ridge Middle School." Fukuchi received a $500 grant from the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation to help purchase the equipment and material used for the project.

Students leave their mark by painting a permanent mural

Each year, Alan Adams' sixth grade art students paint a mural on one of the walls of Union Ridge Elementary School. This year, Adams selected a reproduction of a mural painted by the famous pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the World's Fair in 1964 to support the students' studies of pop art from throughout the year. "I try to connect the material the students study throughout the year with the end-of-year mural," said Adams. "I want the final project to help students further understand the material they studied by creating a bit of it themselves."

On the day of painting, Adams introduced the students to the subject of the mural and explained the techniques the students would use to paint the mural. Adams used a grid enlargement technique to sketch the mural onto the wall, and then instructed the students how to paint the mural itself.

Adams believes that being an art teacher involves a lot more than just loving art. "Working with kids is what really moves me," said Adams. "You can't be an art teacher if you simply love art; you also have to love working with the kids."

Learning to sew both as a life skill and to create art

At View Ridge Middle School, Michelle Hankins teaches seventh graders how to sew as a way to create useful art projects as well as to help them throughout life. "Learning to sew is one of the most requested projects from my students; students just love learning to sew," said Hankins. "One of the things I hear all the time is how students go home and use the skills they learn in class to fix their own clothes!"

Hankins used a Google app, Google Classroom, to create videos of her sewing lessons, a total of ten videos that teach students the variety of sewing techniques they need to know to begin and finish the project. "The kids can use Chromebooks during class or their own computers at home to learn how to sew and finish their projects," said Hankins. "By using videos, I can show kids the really small details of sewing which I wouldn't be able to do in a classroom with 30 students."

This year, students used the sewing techniques they learned to create cases for their cell phones and portable electronic devices. "Students' phones are almost their lifelines to the world now," said Hankins. "By creating cases for their phones, I found that this project really helped make a connection with my students." Hankins' used leftover supplies from an advanced eighth grade sewing project for the seventh graders' device cases.

Students truly took to the project, creating complex designs for their device cases. "I've sewed before, but I was never very skilled at it," said Brooke Weese, a seventh grader in Hankins' class. "The most challenging part is making sure all the pieces are lined up, but Mrs. Hankins is such a good teacher and really helps out; plus, she's really nice and enjoys interacting with all the students."

Erik Fabyanchuk, a classmate, agreed with Weese. "Mrs. Hankins is my favorite teacher: she's easygoing and fun, but still keeps the classroom on-topic and under control; art is one of my best classes."

Art collaborates with English at Ridgefield High School

At Ridgefield High School, art students collaborated with the language arts classes to create a book of student essays compiled along with student-created illustrations. Jill Uhacz, a language arts teacher, teamed up with Tamara Hoodenpyl, the illustration teacher, to develop the project.

"All of the essays were so different from each other but all revolved around the same theme," said Uhacz. "It was wonderful to see how the students from all the classes really came together to embrace the project."

To learn more about the collaborative art project from the high school, you can read the previous Did You Know covering the project by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/RHS-Illustrated-Essays.

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Residential Robbery Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood - Two People Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/15
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On Monday July 27, 2015, at 10:49 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a residential robbery in progress at a residence in the 1700 block of Southeast 162nd Avenue.

As officers were responding to the scene, additional information was received that the suspect or suspects fled the home.

Officers arrived at the residence and located two adult males suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. Both were transported to Portland hospitals for treatment.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspect or suspects entered the home demanding cash and marijuana. Gunshots may have been fired but neither of the injured parties was hit by a bullet.

Robbery detectives are responding to the scene to continue the investigation.

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

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America's Credit Unions Converge on Seattle for Flagship State Lawmaker Confab
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 07/27/15
Date: July 27, 2015

Contact: Lynn Heider, Vice President, Public Relations & Communications
Northwest Credit Union Association - 2015 Host City
503-329-7208


America's Credit Unions Converge on Seattle for Flagship State Lawmaker Confab

If it appears credit union messaging is "everywhere" in Seattle next week, it's intentional. As hundreds of state legislators converge on Seattle for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), America's Credit Unions want to make sure these elected officials understand how more than 100 million Americans are benefitting from their memberships in cooperative credit unions.

From the moment the legislators and staffers step off their planes at the SeaTac International Airport, credit unions will be greeting them across a variety of multimedia platforms.

Credit unions will have their messaging prominently displayed in the baggage claim areas, where 1.5 million travelers will be picking up luggage during the four-week period. Credit union messaging will also be prominent on the light rail transit that attendees will use to make their way to the convention hotel.

"It is important that state legislators appreciate the credit union value proposition," explained Troy Stang, president/CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. As a representative of this year's host-city, Seattle, Stang is leading the charge among his fellow state league and association executives to guarantee a lasting and memorable credit union presence when the lawmakers come to town.

"Our success in delivering a strong and influential message to these state lawmakers on behalf of more than 100 million credit union members can only be made possible by our own ability to collaborate and support one another in this effort months before the first visitors ever arrive," Stang said.

American Association of Credit Union Leagues' Chair Tracie Kenyon, president/CEO of the Montana Credit Union Network, said that the leagues, CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group will demonstrate a strong and impressive presence at NCSL's annual gathering, viewed by many as a bipartisan event serving the interests of both Republicans and Democrats alike.


CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle noted the impact of state legislation and policies on a national level. "State lawmakers often move on to the federal level so being able to help them understand the impact of credit unions on a local level will help us garner their support in Congress," said Nussle. "It's also common for laws and policies on the state level to be a testing ground for federal policy. Having a vibrant and innovative state legislative framework helps all credit unions, regardless of charter type."

In addition to the credit union posters and banners that will adorn SeaTac International Airport, state lawmakers can expect to see hosts of volunteers sporting green tee-shirts with America's Credit Unions emblazoned on the sleeve, along with colorful welcome pennants strung along the avenues of Seattle.

Media wishing to cover credit unions' presence at NCSL may contact Lynn Heider at the Northwest Credit Union Association.

The 2015 NCSL Legislative Summit kicks off on August 3 and runs through August 6. NCSL comes to Chicago in 2016 and Boston in 2017. America's Credit Unions will be there. For more information about Northwest credit unions, please visit http://www.nwcua.org/media-center.







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Salem Hospital celebrates Magnet(R) redesignation
Salem Health - 07/27/15
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has officially redesignated Salem Hospital as a Magnet hospital. Only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide can claim the coveted honor. Magnet designation recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, clinical excellence and innovations in professional practice.

"Magnet designation is about who we are and what we do every day," said Sarah Horn, Salem Health chief nursing officer. "It is about our interdisciplinary, collaborative culture, which fosters excellent patient care in an environment that focuses on continuous improvement. Magnet ultimately benefits our patients and community."

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program(R) is a rigorous vetting process that takes a demonstrated track record of excellent outcomes to prove quality care is truly delivered in a health care setting. ANCC Magnet surveyors spent several days at Salem Hospital in June to conduct a thorough review. The appraisers spoke with staff and patients throughout the hospital, plus received community input.

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

Salem Hospital first achieved Magnet designation in 2010 after seven years of dedicated focus by clinical and professional staff--nearly 4,000 employees--in partnership with community physicians and volunteers. Together, they developed and implemented patient care standards that meet and exceed Magnet criteria across all aspects and areas of care in the hospital.

Salem Hospital is a part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. The prestigious 2015 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals named Salem Hospital among the highest performing hospitals in the nation--and the only Oregon hospital, and one of two Pacific Northwest hospitals, to receive this honor. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
ODF Fire Update for Monday, August 27, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/27/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Rye Fire
Progress has been made on the lightning-caused Rye Fire located approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in steep rocky terrain in Northern Wallowa County. The fire is currently 763 acres. The decrease in size is due to more accurate mapping by crews on the ground. The fire is now estimated at 80% contained and weather is cooler today. A fire camp has been established near Flora, Oregon to help support firefighters and limit the amount of traffic on area roads. The team is transitioning to a Type 4 Incident Commander in the local unit later today.

Fires on other lands
The Oak Canyon Fire (BLM) reported July 24 burning in grass and brush 9 miles SE of Dufur has the following resources assigned: two 20-person crews, 6 engines, 4 helicopters and 2 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS). The fire, estimated at 930 acres, is now 90 percent contained.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 27, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 188 fires burned 3,807 acres
Human-caused fires: 417 fires burned 777 acres
Total: 605 fires burned 4,584 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 27):
Lightning-caused fires: 111 fires burned 13,673 acres
Human-caused fires: 313 fires burned 2,257 acres
Total: 350 fires burned 6,916 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.
Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog with information about wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of NE OR and SE WA.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather

Wildfire smoke forecasts

Wildfire smoke and air quality

Keep Oregon Green

Follow the Oregon Dept. of Forestry on Twitter & Facebook

Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | social media | State Forests Online Community
NW Natural Board of Directors Names David H. Anderson President (Photo)
NW Natural - 07/27/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The board of directors for Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), appointed David H. Anderson as president of the company effective August 1, 2015. Anderson will also continue to serve as NW Natural's chief operating officer. The Oregon-headquartered natural gas utility, founded in 1859, is the region's largest independent local distribution company.

"NW Natural has a long record of thoughtful succession planning and David's appointment is another step in that tradition," said Tod Hamachek, NW Natural chairman of the board. "David is ready to assume these responsibilities and we congratulate him on his promotion."

"Over the past 11 years, David has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and helped build a strong utility that delivers great value to its customers and shareholders," said Gregg Kantor, NW Natural's CEO. "As David moves into the president role, he will continue to be responsible for the bulk of the day- to-day operations of the company and will continue to report directly to me."

Previously, Anderson had served as executive vice president of operations and regulations, and as senior vice president and chief financial officer upon joining NW Natural in 2004.

"It's a privilege for me to be given the opportunity to lead our 156-year-old company into the future," said Anderson. "Every day NW Natural employees deliver natural gas safely, reliably and affordably to our customers, and I'm honored to oversee our commitment to the community."

Before coming to NW Natural, Anderson was senior vice president and CFO at TXU Gas, and controller and chief accounting officer for TXU Corporation.

Anderson is a trustee and Investment Committee chair on the Portland State University Foundation Board and also chairs the Association of Oregon Industries Fiscal Policy Committee. He is past president of Oregon Partnership, past chair of the American Gas Association Finance Committee, and Fiscal and Tax Committee. He has also served on the boards of the Northwest Gas Association, Oregon Mentors, PSU School of Business and the Oregon Department of Education business advisory team. Anderson is an accounting graduate of Texas Tech University, and is a CPA and CGMA. He, his wife Susan and their two sons live in Portland.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE: NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers through 14,000 miles of mains and service lines in Western Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest with $3 billion in total assets. NW Natural and its subsidiaries own and operate underground gas storage facilities with designed storage capacity of approximately 31 Bcf in Oregon and California. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
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Department of Revenue seeks customer service feedback
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 07/27/15
SALEM, Oregon -- The Department of Revenue is conducting a survey to find ways to improve the customer service experience for Oregon taxpayers.
More than 7,000 people will receive the survey this week. This sample group was randomly selected from more than 205,000 taxpayers who contacted the department from January through May. The department encourages everyone who receives the survey to complete and return it.
"The best way for us to find ways to better serve you is to ask for your opinions directly," explained Ken Ross, the department's sponsor for the survey project. "This is your chance to let us know how we're doing and share your suggestions for how we can help you in the future."
The survey is part of a study being conducted by Oregon State University Survey Research Center. All responses are confidential and no identifying information will be provided to the department with OSU-SRC's final report.
After reviewing the results and identifying trends, leadership will work on developing strategies to improve customer service throughout the department, Ross said.
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.
Eyo Nyong Murder Remains Unsolved After 10 Years - Crime Stoppers Reward Offered in Case (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/15
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The Portland (OR) Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred ten years ago.

On July 27, 2005, at approximately 9:50 p.m., 26-year-old Eyo Nyong, who was also known as "Black," was standing near the parking lot of a bar located in the 3500 block of North Vancouver Avenue.

Witnesses told the police that Mr. Nyong was approached by two African-American males and became engaged in a conversation with them.

As Mr. Nyong was talking with the two males, one of them pulled a gun and fired. Mr. Nyong was shot in the head, fell to the ground and died. The suspects ran northbound on North Vancouver Avenue.

Mr. Nyong often frequented the bar, known as J.D. Sports Bar at the time. He left behind his mother, father and five small children.

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

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.

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

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

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Business Oregon Commission to meet in Pendleton on Friday
Business Oregon - 07/27/15
The Business Oregon Commission will hold a regular meeting at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 31 in Pendleton at the Oxford Suites Hotel, 2400 S.W. Court Place.

AGENDA

8:00 am to 8:15 am: Welcome remarks & introductions
8:15 am to 8:20 am: Review proposed meeting minutes
8:20 am to 8:40 am: Public comment
8:40 am to 9:15 am: Director Sean Robbins' report
9:15 am to 9:30 am: Pendleton regional economy overview
9:30 am to 9:40 am: Break
9:40 am to 10:10 am: Innovation & Entrepreneurship presentation
10:10 am to 10:40 am: Unmanned aerial systems
10:40 am to 11:10 am: Trade & Logistics
11:10 am to 11:30 am: Other business
11:30 am Adjourn

For more information: Ryan Frank, communications manager, 971-804-2530; ryan.frank@oregon.com
Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood - One Man Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/15
On Monday July 27, 2015, at 7:44 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 12400 block of Southeast Caruthers Street on the report of a man injured in a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male adult inside a residence, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

The man has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

There have been no arrests and the circumstances of the shooting are under investigation by Assault detectives.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call 503-823-0400.

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Pacific Power Joins 'American Business Act on Climate Pledge' (Photo)
Pacific Power - 07/27/15
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Pacific Power, as part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is first energy company to join pledge further strengthening commitment to cleaner energy future

Portland, Ore. - Pacific Power, as part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is the first energy company to join the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. This pledge further demonstrates the company's on-going efforts to move in a measured way towards a cleaner energy future.

"Pacific Power is transitioning to a lower emitting, lower carbon future," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "Berkshire Hathaway Energy, as the first energy company to join this pledge, is reinforcing its commitment to invest in more renewable energy. Pacific Power is doing its part with plans to further strengthen its own renewable portfolio and transition away from coal towards newer, cleaner technologies."

As part of this pledge, Pacific Power, as part of PacifiCorp, has committed to:

Add more than 1,000 megawatts of incremental solar and wind capacity through long-term power purchase agreements to PacifiCorp's owned 1,030 megawatts of wind generating capacity. PacifiCorp is the nation's second largest owner of wind generation among regulated, investor-owned utilities. This incremental renewable generation, expected to be online by the end of 2017, would bring PacifiCorp's non-carbon generating capacity to more than 4,500 megawatts which equates to approximately 22 percent of PacifiCorp's retail energy load in 2017.

Invest in transmission infrastructure in the West to support the integration of renewable energy onto the grid.

Support and advance the development of markets in the West to optimize the electric grid, lower costs, enhance reliability and more effectively integrate renewable resources.


These actions follow on the recent announcement of PacifiCorp's long range plans to reduce emissions by closing or converting 10 coal-fired generation units between 2015 and 2029, and reduce its coal generation from current levels by 40% by 2030. The company's plans also include investment in energy efficiency that is expected to satisfy 86% of its forecast load growth for more than the next decade.

PacifiCorp is also working to transform the electric grid in the west to make it cleaner, more reliable and more affordable. This work includes the Energy Imbalance Market launched in November 2014 with the California Independent System Operator (CA ISO) which is already delivering benefits to customers and optimizing renewables across six states. Utilities in other states are scheduled to join later this year and next fall. The company also announced in April 2015 that it would explore the creation of a regional ISO with the CA ISO to capture further efficiencies, enable renewable expansion and maximize use of renewable energy across the west.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.


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Oregon National Guard to participate in statewide disaster exercise August 4-5
Oregon Military Department - 07/27/15
SALEM, Oregon--Oregon Army and Air National Guard units are scheduled to participate in the Pathfinder Minuteman 2015 Exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, Aug. 4-5.

Pathfinder Minutemen 2015 is a Joint Multiagency Cascadia Subduction Zone Response exercise and conference sponsored by Oregon's Joint Force Headquarters, and hosted by the 173rd Fighter Wing's Medical Group.

More than 225 participants from U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), U.S. Air Force Reserve, Oregon Army and Air National Guard, civilian organizations, and state and county agencies. Air National Guard units from six states are expected to participate. There are currently two C-130 missions as well as a rotary aeromedical evacuation training scheduled to take place during the Pathfinder Minuteman exercise.

From the Oregon National Guard, the 173rd Medical Group, 142nd CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), 142nd Force Support Squadron, 125th Special Tactics Squadron and the Oregon National Guard's Medical Command and Oregon Army National Guard aviation units from Pendleton and Salem are scheduled to participate.

According to researchers, the Pacific Northwest is overdue for a powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or higher due to stresses created by the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Events such as The Great Oregon Shakeout and other notional exercises involving local and regional first responders is geared toward training for such a response scenario.

"In a Cascadia Subduction Zone event, security and medical forces will be critical elements of the initial response," said Col. Kristen Leist, 173rd Medical Group Commander. "Pathfinder-Minuteman is an opportunity for military and civilian responders to build relationships as well as train together and learn each other's capabilities. This type of training and networking opportunity will provide a more seamless medical response when called upon," she added.

Media tours are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August. 5. To RSVP for the media tour, or for more information on the event, contact Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs, 503-269-6470.
Sex Trafficking Unit Arrests 61-Year-Old Man on Friday in Online Sting (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/15
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On Friday July 24, 2015, officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit arrested a 61-year-old man who believed he was meeting a minor for sex acts.

Officers posted a fake online advertisement and the suspect, 61-year-old William Moses, responded to the ad. During the online conversation, Moses mentioned he would like to have sex with a minor.

Officers continued to engage the individual, and he eventually agreed to meet in Portland for sex with what he believed would be a minor.

Once Moses arrived in the area of Southeast 99th Avenue and Oak Street, he was taken into custody without incident.

Moses was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Purchasing Sex with a Minor, Attempted Sex Abuse in the Second Degree, Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, Patronizing a Prostitute, Promoting Prostitution, Attempted Promoting Prostitution, Attempted Compelling Prostitution, Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption in the First Degree, and Endangering a Minor.

Moses will be arraigned on Monday in Multnomah County Court.

If you know or think that someone may be trafficking or exploited, please contact one of the following resources:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888
Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311
LifeWorks NW 503-710-1513

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Barricaded suspect in Vancouver
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/26/15
On 07-26-15 at approximately 3:37 pm Vancouver Police units were dispatched to a disturbance occurring at 8500 block of NE 36th Cir. Per initial comments of the call, a naked adult male was out on the street and armed with a knife. Investigation confirmed that the male had assaulted a family member.

Suspect subsequently barricaded himself in a residence in that area. Noone else was inside the house at that time. Vancouver Police units maintained the perimeter and deployed various resources such as on-duty SWAT officers, a K-9 Unit,and hostage negotiators.

Suspect was eventually taken into police custody. Noone was injured during this incident. Suspect was arrested on a felony assault charge and lodged at Clark County Jail. Suspect is an adult male ( Andrew Helmsworth ) & resident of Vancouver, WA.

Investigation continues and there is no further information available at this time.
***Update*** Josephine County Sheriff's Office Seeking Public's Help In Locating Missing Portland Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/26/15
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GAZLEY-ROMNEY has been located and is safe with his family. This is a preliminary release and more information will be released when it is available.
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Previous release:

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating Michael GAZELEY-ROMNEY, age 25, of Portland. GAZELEY-ROMNEY has a condition that causes him to have amnesia; he does not know who he is.

On July 25, 2015 at about 2:30PM, GAZELEY-ROMNEY wandered away his father's work site in the North Valley area of Josephine County. The family searched until 7:00PM and then requested assistance from the sheriff's department. Search and Rescue was activated and has been actively looking for the subject.

The area he went missing from is near the Interstate 5 Manzanita Rest Area southbound. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt, blue pants and white shoes. He has an athletic build (5'11"/170 lbs), brown hair and blue eyes. He has no cell phone or money.

If spotted or his location is known, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Department at 541-218-7153 or the Oregon State Police at 541-664-4600.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest, Recovery of Stolen Handgun (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/26/15
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On Friday July 24, 2015, at 10:28 p.m., Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers stopped a red GMC Yukon for speeding at Southeast 100th Avenue and Stark Street.

During the course of the stop, officers located a stolen handgun in the vehicle and arrested the driver, 30-year-old Marcus Dupree Giles. The gun had previously been reported stolen during a car prowl in Clark County, Washington.

Giles was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Theft in the First Degree. He'll be arraigned on Monday.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Shooting Investigation Underway After Man Arrives at Portland Hospital with Non-Life-Threatening Gunshot Wound (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/26/15
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On Sunday July 26, 2015, at 9:24 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a that a 30-year-old man arrived at Portland Adventist Medical Center with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Based on the investigation thus far, officers believe the victim was injured in a shooting that occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m., near North Columbia Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

An unknown person drove the victim to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center but then left with him and took him to Portland Adventist Medical Center.

Gang Enforcement Team (GET) detectives responded to investigate the shooting.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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UPDATE - ARREST: Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood - No Known Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/26/15
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Gang Enforcement Team (GET) investigators arrested 24-year-old Aaron Deon Kinsey early this morning after a six hour standoff at his residence.

Kinsey's arrest comes as a result of an investigation into a shooting on Saturday evening in the 1300 block of Southeast 160th Place.

GET investigators were able to develop information that Kinsey was the shooter and that he was inside his home in the 1300 block of Southeast 160th Place.

Officers made numerous attempts to persuade Kinsey to exit the home and surrender to police. Initial attempts were not successful so, based on the information developed in the investigation and the belief that Kinsey was armed with a handgun, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene to assist with the safe apprehension of Kinsey and the service of a search warrant.

At approximately 4:00 a.m., SERT breached a door in the home using an explosive charge and shortly after, Kinsey surrendered to police without incident.

Investigators searching the home seized two handguns.

Kinsey was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He'll be arraigned on Monday.

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503-823-2092, meghan.burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Saturday July 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 1300 block of Southeast 160th Place.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted witnesses who told police that the suspect is an African American male in his 30s wearing dark clothing and that he was possibly shooting at a dark-colored vehicle that was in the street. It is not known where the suspect went after the shooting.

Officers located damaged to the garage of a residence but have not located any gunshot victims.

The Gang Enforcement Team (GET) is responding to conduct an investigation.

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

he Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Armed Robbery as Gas Station (Photo)
Gladstone Police - 07/26/15
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GLADSTONE ARCO - AM/PM, 810 E. ARLINGTON STREET, GLADSTONE, OR 97027

On 07/25/15 at approximately 4:41AM two adult male suspects entered the store and approached the cashier brandishing a black semi-auto handgun and demanded money. They fled with an undisclosed amount of money to a silver 4 door sedan occupied by a third unidentified driver.

Here are the descriptions of two of the three suspects. There is no information or description on the third suspect that was driving the vehicle.

SUSPECT #1: White Male Adult, 18 - 25 years of age, light brown hair, blue eyes, 5'5" - 5'7", 135 - 145 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, red bandana, tan/khaki jeans, white shoes. He brandished black semi-auto handgun and demanded money.

SUSPECT #2: Black Male Adult, 18 - 25 years of age, brown eyes, 5'9" - 5'11", 150 - 160 lbs, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with FCB (Football Club Barcelona) logo, red/black Chicago Bulls hat, red bandana, blue "distressed" jeans and red Adidas shoes.

Anyone that has information about this armed robbery or can identify the pictured suspects is asked to contact the Gladstone Police Department.


Attached Media Files: Suspect 2 , Suspect 1 , Suspect 1 and 2
Vancouver Police investigating a possible kidnapping attempt IN CUSTODY (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/26/15
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The suspect in this case is in custody. Steven W. Hayes, 01-05-70, was arrested in SE Portland and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.


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07/25/15
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating boat crash after prop strike injures passenger
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/25/15
This afternoon at approximately 5:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the Willamette River near the Fremont Bridge after the boat operator called and reported a passenger had suffered a leg injury when the propeller hit their leg. The passenger was out of the water and on the boat but needed immediate medical attention.

Emergency responders reached the 24' pontoon boat and found an adult female suffering from a traumatic injury to her right leg. The victim was transported via rescue boat to Portland Fire Bureau Station 21 where she was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies conducting the initial accident investigation have arrested the boat operator, Haley Ronningen, age 34, of Portland, OR on charges of Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Ronningen was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center for booking.

The boat crash has been referred to the Boat Accident Reconstruction (BAR) team for further investigation. The BAR team is made up of Oregon State Marine Board members and members from participating agencies around the state including the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.
UPDATE #2: Traffic Crash on I-5 Southbound at Burnside Affecting Traffic
Portland Police Bureau - 07/25/15
The motorcycle rider injured in Friday evening's crash has been identified as 42-year-old Stephanie Bennifield of Gresham. She remains in the hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.

The truck driver, 36-year-old Gurprit Singh of Kent, Washington, cooperated with investigators at the scene.

Bennifield was riding a 2001 Ducati motorcycle when she hit the back of a trailer behind Singh's 2011 Freightliner.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. No citations have been issued.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

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

Preliminary information indicates that the motorcycle rider crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer. The rider is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The tractor-trailer driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Freeway traffic will be impacted for several hours.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday July 24, 2015, at 5:17 p.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a motorcycle rider down on I-5 southbound near the Burnside Bridge.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the injured rider, who was suffering traumatic injuries. The rider has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

I-5 southbound traffic is being diverted on to I-405/Fremont Bridge and there are significant traffic impacts to on-ramps and interchanges in the Rose Quarter area.

Traffic Division officers are in the early stages of an investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.

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Tour de Cure Raises Nearly $400,000 to Help Stop Diabetes
American Diabetes Association - 07/25/15
Portland, OR - July 25, 2015 - Despite a wet and rainy July day, more than 500 riders and volunteers took part in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure, presented by Fred Meyer. This cycling and fundraising event raised nearly $400,000 for diabetes research, education and advocacy. Cyclists of all ages rode through Washington and Yamhill Counties covering 5-100 miles in an effort to raise awareness and funds critical to stopping the epidemic rise of diabetes in our community.

Today more than 29.1 million American's live with diabetes and another 86 million have pre-diabetes. In Oregon and Southwest Washington over 400,000 people have diabetes and an additional 1.1 million have pre-diabetes. "Tour de Cure provides people with an opportunity to take an active role in the movement to Stop Diabetes through fundraising for a cure while committing to a day of a healthy activity with friends, family and colleagues" said Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. "Our riders share their personal stories about living with diabetes and how this disease is 24/7 and never takes a break," she added. Over 15% of our riders identify as Red Riders, riders with diabetes.

Fred Meyer joins Tour de Cure this year as presenting sponsor. Local sponsors include Genentech, Carr Subaru, Walgreens, Regence, Columbia Sportswear, Cushman & Wakefield, Pacific Power, Spin Catering, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, PhRMA, Clear Channel Outdoor, and Leatherman. Tour de Cure is sponsored nationally by Gold's Gym, Lilly Diabetes, Primal Cycling Apparel, and GoMacro.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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Woodburn police respond to Downtown shooting
Woodburn Police - 07/25/15
On July 25 at 1:10 a.m. Woodburn police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of Cleveland Street in Downtown Woodburn.

Upon arrival, officers found a 25-year-old Hispanic male with a gunshot wound to the head.

The victim was taken via LifeFlight to a Portland-area hospital where he is receiving treatment for serious injuries. His last reported condition was stable.

At this point, no other information is being released about the victim. The investigation is ongoing.

The Oregon State Police and Marion County District Attorney's Office is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.
Hoodland Fire District Responds with U.S. Forest Service to Wildfire in Lolo Pass area (Photo)
Hoodland Fire Dist. #74 - 07/25/15
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yesterday afternoon (Friday July 24, 2015) at about 2:30 in the afternoon, Hoodland Fire District responded to a wildfire in the Lolo Pass area near the McNeil campground. On their arrival they assisted the U.S. Forest Service on one of two fires in the area. The fire grew to almost 12 acres in size before crews were able to get the fire under control for the evening. Also assisting in firefighting efforts was a large helicopter dropping water on the fire and Oregon Department of Forestry engine crew.

Today Hoodland Fire District will be sending crews and equipment to assist the U.S. Forest Service in containing and moping the fire up. The U.S. Forest Service has closed Old Maid Flats, McNeil Campground and Forest road 1825 while firefighting operations take place. Please contact the Mt. Hood National Forest for additional road closure information.

The Hoodland Fire District would like to inform citizens in the Hoodland area, especially in the Lolo Pass area that there will be a strong smell of smoke and haze from the fires. Citizens are urged to report any fire they actually can see and not just by the smell of smoke in the air through the 911 system.

As the weather changes to cool temperatures and some light rain over the weekend, the Hoodland Fire District would like fire district citizens to re-evaluate their homes for defensible space from the threat of wildfires. The Oregon Department of Forestry still have a regulated closure in effect, open fires are prohibited including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are still allowed.

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Attached Media Files: Hoodland Fire crew on Lolo Pass fire
ODF Fire Update for Saturday, July 25, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/25/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Lulay Field Fire
The Lulay Field Fire was reported burning in grass yesterday on the North Cascade District. The fire reached 22 acres in size and has now been controlled.

Cause is under investigation.

Rye Fire
The lightning-caused Rye Fire near the Oregon / Washington border approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in Northern Wallowa County, is estimated at 763 acres and was reported Thursday night. Extended attack occurred yesterday amidst erratic winds but the forward spread has been stopped. 125 personnel are assigned to this fire.

A local Type 3 incident management team supported by ODF and USFS personnel assumed control of the fire Thursday. Additionally, air resources including helicopters, single engine air tankers (SEATs) and heavy air tankers are being utilized to try and minimize the amount of acres burned and damage to natural and cultural resources.

Fires on other lands

ODF personnel assisted with fire suppression Friday on a 210-acre fire near Monmouth burning mostly on agricultural lands with some forested ground as well. The fire was approximately 1/4 mile from the West Oregon District Protection Boundary; several homes were evacuated. ODF's Dalles Unit assisted, providing a type 2 helicopter and other resources and coordinating with the Rural Fire District. Fire spread has been stopped and the helicopter released.

The 0451 RN Fire was reported burning yesterday 9 miles SE of Dufur, OR. in grass and brush near a high-use campground. The fire is approximately 400 acres and 0 % contained. Lead agency is B.L.M.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.

Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:

the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/ or

the national Incident Information System site, http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ .

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:

the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.

the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog with information about wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of NE OR and SE WA.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

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Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Two Reports of Gunfire Early Saturday Morning in North Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/25/15
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On Saturday July 25, 2015, at approximately 4:10 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of North Kerby Avenue and Willis Boulevard.

As officers were responding to the area, witnesses reported seeing a crowd of 10 to 15 gang members wearing red in a parking lot and several cars leaving the area.

Shortly after officers arrived, police heard several more gunshots to the southeast of their location, off in the distance.

Callers to 9-1-1 reported seeing a vehicle drive by Javier's Tacos, located at North Vancouver Avenue and Lombard Street.

Officers responded to Javier's and located evidence of gunfire and damage to a window at Javier's.

No gunshot victims were located at either location nor arrived at any Portland area hospitals.

The Gang Enforcement Team (GET) responded to conduct an investigation into both incidents, which are believed to be related.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 26-Year-Old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/25/15
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26-year-old Joshua Shirey was safely located Friday evening and is receiving medical care.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 26-year-old man reported missing on July 22, 2015.

26-year-old Joshua Allen Shirey is described as a white male, 5'11" tall, 145 pounds, hazel eyes, clean shaven, hair approximately 2" long (photo is an older driver's license picture).

Shirey was last seen in the area of Northeast 102nd Avenue and Halsey Street on or about July 17. Shirey is homeless and often frequents day labor employers in Gresham and along Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Shirey's family reports that he is exhibiting signs of mental health crisis.

Anyone seeing Shirey is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 11-Year-Old Girl in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 07/25/15
Missing 11-year-old Alanna Diego was located safely overnight and has returned home.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 11-year-old girl, last seen this afternoon at 1:45 p.m.

Alanna Diego is described as a female Pacific Islander, 5'1" tall, 130 pounds, stocky build, long waist-length hair in a ponytail, last seen wearing a solid blue tank top and shorts.

Alanna left her residence in area of Southeast 145th Avenue and Division Street on foot and did not return. Alanna has used TriMet in the past and has been known to frequent the Fred Meyer store at Southeast 148th Avenue and Division Street.

Alanna has previous attempts to sneak out of her house and at this point there are no indications of foul play.

Officers have been checking the neighborhood for several hours but have not yet located Alanna and detectives are continuing to talk with Alanna's family.

Anyone seeing Alanna should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Colvin Fire UPDATE: Cowlitz Sheriff Arrest 3 men for starting the fire: Cowlitz Sheriff and DNR. Asking for public's help
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/25/15
Update #1: Saturday July 25th 1am: Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Gladson has arrested 3 Vancouver men for starting the Colvin Fire off of Frederickson Road, East of Woodland, which began last Sunday, July 19th.

1) Michael J. Estrada-Cardenas, 22 Years of Vancouver.
2) Nathan C. Taylor, 21 years of Vancouver
3) Adrian D. Taylor, 23 years of Vancouver

All three have been booked in the Cowlitz County Jail for Reckless Burning in the 1st degree, which is a class "C" felony. They are being held without bail.

Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Lorenzo Gladson and Senior Fire Investigator Albert Kassel of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) worked together to solve the cause of the fire and apprehended the suspects. The case was solved by a combination of analyzing evidence found at the scene and information from interviews of several people they were able to identify the 3 men. We are not going to go in to further details about the investigation at this time.

The fire was started when the suspects shot four 16 ounce propane bottles with firearms, a .223 calibre A/R rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 9mm pistol. (Deputy Gladson seized the .223 rifle as evidence. )

The suspects told Sheriff Investigators that they brought the propane bottles from Vancouver up to the woods off of Frederickson road to shoot them. They said that when they shot the bottles of propane the fire started. They said they put the flames out and left even though there were small burning embers still on the ground.

We are not releasing any pictures at this time. Questions regarding the suspect's court appearance are being directed to the Superior Court. Questions regarding the value of the fire, or the efforts to seek restitution of the cost of the fire are being directed to Washington State DNR.


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Woodland, Wash - 7-24-15, The investigation in to the cause of the Colvin fire east of Woodland is being conducted by the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office along with fire investigators with the Washington State (DNR) Department of Natural Resources'. The fire began in the early morning hours last Sunday on State owned land and burned well over 100 acres.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by people and not natural causes like lighting. Whether the fire was caused accidentally or intentionally is one of the aspects that is being considered by investigators.

Anyone who has any information about the cause of this fire, or names of people who were believed to be in the Colvin Creek area on Saturday night or Sunday morning, can contact the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office by either:

1) Texting tips by downloading the TIP411 "App" by searching for CCSOTIP from their cell phones. Or by texting their tip to 847411 and beginning the message by CCSOTip (cap specific).

2) They can call the Sheriff's office and leave a message for Deputy Lorenzo Gladson, at (360) 577-3092.

3) Call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206 where callers may remain anonymous.

Media questions regarding the status of the fire containment and suppression efforts are being directed to the Washington State DNR.

Media questions regarding the investigation of the cause of the fire are being directed to Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig.
07/24/15
Chief Casey Not Available for Interviews
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/24/15
PRESS RELEASE

FROM THE NEWBERG-DUNDEE POLICE DEPARTMENT

JULY 24, 2015



Since the announcement of Chief Casey being taken off of Administrative Leave and returned to the command of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, this department has received numerous media requests for on camera interviews.

Chief Casey is not available for interviews. In the coming days, Chief Casey will be concentrating on getting back to tending to department business and the men and women of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.

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Football All-stars at Shriners Hospital for Children today (Photo)
Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland - 07/24/15
West All Stars
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Today in Sports
Players, coaches and cheerleaders for the 63rd Annual Oregon Shriners East West All Star Football game toured the Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Portland today. During the visit the players met patients and turned the autograph tables asking patients for their autograph this year.
The patients were all smiles meeting the group. The 140 players, coaches and Cheerleaders learned more about the different services at the hospital including the on sight Orthotics and Prosthetics lab as well as the hospital movement analysis lab. The group also heard from current and past patients including Aaron Paulson a past patient and Paralympian with medals in swimming from the Barcelona, Atlanta, Sidney, Athens, Beijing and is training for 2016 in Rio de Janerio in kayaking which will be making its debut Paralympic sport.

The East West All-Star Football game will be played on Saturday, August 1st at Baker City's Bulldog stadium. For more information about the game go to eastwestshrinefootball.com


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Community Steps up to Replace Tools Stolen from Evergreen Habitat for Humanity (Photo)
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 07/24/15
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On Saturday July 11th construction staff for Evergreen Habitat for Humanity arrived to bad news at our Mountain View High School construction site. The Habitat trailer was broken into and thousands of dollars in equipment and tools were stolen. The thieves had broken through the roof of the enclosed trailer. Because Habitat uses these tools and equipment to build homes in partnership with hard working, lower-income families in Clark County, construction efforts were halted until the tools were replaced.

Evergreen Habitat has received a tremendous amount of support from the community to help us get back to work. We have been able to see first had the incredible support and generosity of our community due to this unfortunate theft. Within days of the theft, community members and organizations stepped in to donate tools, money, and time to help get Habitat back to building. We would like to give a special thank you to the following companies for their contributions: Lowe's Home Improvement in Delta Park, Coldwell Banker - Seal Group of Vancouver, At Grade Construction, Columbia Bank, and Vancouver Bolt & Supply.

Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income, Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with an Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, please contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759 or Josh@ehfh.org.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/3419/86459/Replaced_Tools.jpg
Teachers from around the nation collaborate with academic coders to make computer programming accessible to the blind
WA School for the Blind - 07/24/15
Why: Background
Computers and technology can provide unparalleled freedom for students who are blind and visually impaired; unfortunately, however, the field of computer programming has many barriers for K-12 and college students who are blind. Some dedicated inventors, coders, and teachers are working to remove these obstacles for students with disabilities.

What: The Event
The Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) in Vancouver is hosting a weeklong workshop in partnership with Professor Andreas Stefik and his Quorum Outreach and Research Foundation (funded in part by the National Science Foundation) from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The Experience Programming in Quorum (EPIQ) 2015 conference is now underway at WSSB. Professor Stefik invented Quorum and is dedicated to ensuring that the blind can use his program to create accessible programs and video/audio games and to compete in Legos Robotics competitions.

When: EPIQ Dates: 7/22 - 7/25 and 7/27-7/28.

Why: National/Local Tie-In
The 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is Sunday 7/26. Our conference, project, and mission is a living celebration of the ADA spirit. http://adaanniversary.org/

We have 35 teachers from around the nation (many schools for the blind are represented) and 7 presenters/graduate students and Professor Stefik from UNLV.

Where
Washington State School for the Blind
2214 E. 13th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661

How
Quorum Programming Language on Facebook (photos and more)
https://www.facebook.com/quorumlanguage

Press Contact
Mike Bicknell
Mobile: 512-565-0319 call/text
Office: 360-947-3331
Main: 360-947-3300


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/910/86457/Press_Invitation_Computer-Programming-for-Students-with-Disabilities.docx
Chief Casey Taken Off Administrative Leave
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/24/15
PRESS RELEASE 7

TO: Flash Alert
DATE: July 24, 2015



FROM: The Mayor and City Manager Pro Tem,
With the concurrence of the Newberg City Council, and
The Newberg-Dundee Police Association

The past week has been difficult for the City of Newberg and the broader community. We have seen the best in citizens who respectfully participated in the democratic process and expressed their concerns to their elected officials. We understand the citizen's desire and need for information. Rest assured, your voices have been heard.

The Newberg City Charter is the equivalent of a city constitution. Voters in the 2006 General Election adopted the current version. Voters adopted a City Manager form of government, in which the Council hires and supervises three positions: City Manager, City Attorney and Municipal Judge. Only the City Manager may appoint, supervise and remove city employees. The Council may discuss or suggest city business with the City Manager in council meetings, but the Charter prohibits the Council from making employment decisions regarding city employees or in any way coercing such decisions.

Within this framework, the City Manager is not required to notify the Council before placing an employee on leave. The Council was surprised as many of you were when informed by the City Manager she was placing Chief Casey on administrative leave without explanation. Although it is impossible to know for certain, had the Council been consulted earlier in the process, a different course of action may have occurred. This has been stressful on all involved, including Chief Casey and his extended family.

Today, the City Manager Pro Tem has taken Police Chief Brian Casey off administrative leave. With the cooperation and support of Chief Casey, a new and different approach will be taken under the direction of outside legal counsel. The purpose will be to assess indications that there may be room for improvement in the communications and relationships within our Police Department. The assessments made will serve to reinforce what is working well in the police department and where improvements may be made, if any. This process is one in which the Police Chief does not need to be on administrative leave. Both Chief Casey and City Manager Pro Tem Terry Mahr look forward to working collaboratively and cooperatively to ensure the Police Department is a rewarding place to work and thrive for all.

Drew Boggs, spokesperson for the Newberg-Dundee Safety Public Association stated that the Association "supports moving quickly and believes a fair and impartial assessment is necessary and warranted. The Association is dedicated to providing the best police services to the community."

The City of Newberg strives to provide its citizens the best service possible, while retaining those special qualities that make Newberg a unique community and special place for City employees to work.

City Manager Betz will remain on administrative leave until the City knows more about the criminal investigation conducted by the Marion County District Attorney's office. All questions regarding this investigation should be directed to the office of the Marion County District Attorney.

Port of Vancouver USA holding July 28 public hearing for supplemental budget
Port of Vancouver - 07/24/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Port of Vancouver USA is holding a public hearing for its 2015 supplemental budget on Tuesday, July 28.

The hearing will be part of the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the port's administrative office, 3103 Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver.

The supplemental budget includes a $15.3 million reduction in operating revenue and a $13.5 million reduction in operating expenditures, primarily driven by modification of the port's Dedicated Rail Service. Other changes include adjustments in capital project delivery and the retention of 9.6 acres of light-industrial property the port originally expected to sell to Maruichi American Corp.

You can view the proposed supplemental budget at www.portvanusa.com or request a copy by contacting the port at 360-693-3611 or info@portvanusa.com. Copies will be available at the July 28 hearing.

- POV -

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1489/86455/072415_Supplemental_budget.pdf
Lane County Man Dies In Crash Near Sisters - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/24/15
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On July 24, 2015 just before 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash off the roadway on Highway 20 near milepost 98 (just west of Sisters).

Initial information indicates a 1996 Honda was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest on it's side. Upon emergency crews arriving, the found the operator, Troy A CRABB, age 35, of Blue River, deceased.

It appears fatigue is a contributing factor to the crash. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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


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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Applauds Bi-Partisan Support and Passage of Voluntary GMO Food Labeling - HR 1599
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 07/24/15
July 24, 2015 - Salem, Oregon - The Oregon farming community has a reason to celebrate with the bipartisan support and passage of HR 1599 - The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by the House of Representatives. This legislation will create a framework for voluntary labeling as opposed to different labeling protocols in every state. The challenges of a state-by-state labeling system would be extremely unmanageable and result in confusion and cost to the consumers.
Despite the existing confusion over GMOs, there are many Oregonians who understand the importance of protecting our food supply through responsible scientific practices. When the farm community has access to crops that require less water and reduced chemical use, the benefits translate through the production, harvest and processing all the way to the grocery store where consumers can choose from a variety of products.
HR 1599 creates a voluntary, non-GMO label that will be overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), similar to the USDA Organic program. It will provide consumers with the information and ability to select foods they desire.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association appreciates the support of Congressman Schrader and Congressman Walden in the passage of HR 1599. We now look forward to this legislation moving to the Senate for debate and passage. Every consumer deserves to be informed in their grocery purchasing decisions.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association was established in 1892 for the purpose of representing and advocating on behalf of Oregon's hardworking dairy farm families. The Association is located in Salem, Oregon.
Grants available for Oregon heritage and history projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/24/15
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon's cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance. The grant application deadline is Sept. 30.

Projects may include theatrical performances, collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films and more. Oregon Black Pioneers received funding for its most recent exhibit. Cascade AIDS Project collected oral histories and made them accessible. Portland State University hosted the Archaeology Roadshow. Southern Oregon Historical Society completed seismic upgrades to its collections storage.

"We hope to see a variety of projects that engage Oregonians in heritage," states Kyle Jansson, Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator. "We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon's heritage."

Simple grant applications are online. There is plenty of support for preparing them.

"Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," notes Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator.
Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about the grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns
Salem Police Dept. - 07/24/15
The Salem Police Department is continuing to partner with Oregon Impact to keep our streets safe through targeted enforcement and education campaigns.

During the month of June, Salem Police officers arrested 37 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issued over 900 citations for various other traffic violations.

The Salem Police Department, in partnership with other entities such as Oregon Impact, will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants and other dangerous behaviors on our roadways.
SW Market Street Closed between SW 11th & SW 12th Avenues on Sunday, July 26 for New Water Service Install
Portland Water Bureau - 07/24/15
One block of SW Market Street between SW 11th and SW 12th avenues will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Traffic will be detoured to SW Columbia Street.

The Portland Water Bureau will be installing a new water service for a building on the north side of SW Market Street. Work will consist of trenching across SW Market Street to connect the new service to an existing water main.

Motorists are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop when traveling from Interstate 405 to the SW Market Street off ramp from US 26. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorists to avoid traffic delays.


Attached Media Files: Traffic Advisory
Mahr appointment by City Council
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/24/15
PRESS RELEASE 6

City of Newberg

TO: Flash Alert
DATE: July 24, 2015



Mahr appointment by City Council

The Newberg City Council met Thursday, July 23 and approved the appointment of Terry Mahr as City Manager Pro Tem.

Mr. Mahr worked previously as the City Attorney for Newberg for 26 years and retired in 2013. During his employment with the City of Newberg, Mr. Mahr also served in the capacity of City Manager Pro Tem on a number of occasions.

The appointment was made at the recommendation of City Attorney Truman Stone who advised the Council that he could not serve as both a City Manager and City Attorney due to irreconcilable conflicts between the duties of each office. He recommended the Council appoint a City Manager Pro Tem.

Mr. Mahr begins work on Friday, July 24, 2015.

ODF Fire Update for Friday, July 24, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/24/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Rye Fire
The lightning-caused Rye Fire is burning near the Oregon / Washington border in grass and brush approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in Northern Wallowa County, including Nez Perce Precious Lands near the Joseph Canyon area. The nature of the terrain and dry fuel conditions are making control difficult. The fire is estimated at 800 acres and was reported last night.

A local Type 3 incident management team supported by ODF and USFS personnel has taken control of the fire today. By the end of the day there are expected to be approximately 125 personnel on the fire. Additionally, air resources including helicopters, single engine air tankers (SEATs) and heavy air tankers are being utilized to try and minimize the amount of acres burned and damage to natural and cultural resources.

The near-term weather report calls for warm temperatures and a slight chance of more thunderstorms. The public is reminded that ODF is currently in Regulated Use Closure in Northeast Oregon. Fire managers recommend that the public check fire regulations before heading out to enjoy the forest.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.
Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog with information about wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of NE OR and SE WA.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather

Wildfire smoke forecasts

Wildfire smoke and air quality

Keep Oregon Green

Follow the Oregon Dept. of Forestry on Twitter & Facebook

Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | social media | State Forests Online Community

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Councilors Receive Update On Oregon State Hospital North Campus
City of Salem - 07/24/15
Salem City Council will receive an update on the 48-acre Oregon State Hospital North Campus, a chunk of surplus state property that's important to the city's future.

The council at its Monday, July 27 meeting will take a staff report on what's anticipated to happen next at the North Campus. The former hospital property, which became available when patients and staff were moved to a new facility in 2010 through 2012, is located along the 2500 block of Center Street NE.

Earlier this month, state lawmakers agreed to provide $8.3 million to the Oregon Department of Administrative Service to demolish most of the old buildings on the North Campus site. Removing the buildings is part of the state's strategy to prepare the property for sale and redevelopment.

State-hired consultants say the property has great potential for a private real estate development, although the state is still looking for a buyer. Plans call for preserving the Dome Building and Yaquina Hall, which have been used for state offices, but other structures on the North Campus would likely be torn down.

Because the property is within the Oregon State Hospital National Register Historic District, demolition will have to be approved by the city or the State Historic Preservation Office. That review is expected to occur within the next six to nine months.

Later this summer or early fall, the state is expected to schedule a public meeting with neighbors and other stakeholders to discuss options for the site. An exact date for the meeting hasn't been determined.

The North East Salem Community Association, a neighborhood group, has advocated saving a portion of the North Campus property for green space among its list of goals for the site's redevelopment. A city staff report notes that "it is expected" the neighborhood's priorities will be considered by DAS when it begins to market the property to developers.

The state could issue a request for proposal, or otherwise solicit interest from developers, as early as next year.

In other council business on Monday, Salem residents will have a chance to comment on proposed rules to regulate new transportation services, such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.

Salem City Council will take testimony about proposed changes in the city's vehicle for hire regulations at a public hearing. Discussions about updating the city's rules were prompted by transportation network companies, such as Uber, whose business models are different from traditional cab companies.

The newly emerging companies use a network of independent contractors as drivers. Smartphone applications allow passengers to connect with drivers and get a ride.

Salem City Council wants the new and old-style transportation companies to abide by the same city background check requirements for drivers. City staff have also recommended insurance and vehicle inspection requirements for all transportation companies.

The proposed rules, however, seek to accommodate companies like Uber. The rules would authorize all transportation companies to use smartphones and internet applications to pick up customers, calculate fares and accept payments.

At a council work session that begins at 5:30 p.m., just before the council meeting, the council will discuss recommendations for the West Salem Business District Action Plan. It will be a joint work session with the Salem Urban Renewal Agency and the West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board.

Salem City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 27, at the Vern Miller Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE. To view the complete council agenda and staff reports, go to cityofsalem.net and click on "City Council" and then "Meeting Agendas"

Members of Salem City Council can be contacted at Citycouncil@cityofsalem.net.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help locating an adult male who is missing and considered endangered (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/24/15
Marvin Krause
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Update: This morning Friday July 24, 2015, Marvin was located in Longview, WA and is safe and uninjured. A Goodwill employee in Longview, WA recognized Marvin from the flyer after watching the news last night. A Longview Police Department officer responded to the location and transported Marvin to the St. Johns Medical Center. Multnomah County Adult Protective Services and the care facility are in contact with the hospital in Washington and will coordinate his return.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public and media for sharing the information and assistance in locating Marvin.

------Original Message------

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to locate 62-year-old Marvin Krause, missing since July 21, 2015 after walking away from a care facility in Wood Village. Marvin is described as a 5'10" 150lb white male with short salt and pepper hair and beard. He was last seen wearing the red t-shirt seen in the photo attached, blue jeans, and dark tennis shoes. The photo attached was taken June 9, 2015. Marvin has moderate dementia and is unable to care for himself. Marvin walks with a very significant limp on his right leg. Marvin is a former transient and has frequented all areas of Portland and east Multnomah County within the past year.

Anyone seeing Marvin is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to call Detective Rian Hakala at 503-988-0357


Attached Media Files: Marvin Krause
UPDATE: Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's St. Johns Neighborhood - One Man Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/24/15
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The victim in last night's shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Rasheed Lambert. His injury is not life-threatening.

Investigators believe the shooting is gang-related and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503-823-2092, meghan.burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Thursday July 23, 2015, at 8:52 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of North Swenson Street and Iris Way on the report of gunfire heard in the area.

Officers arrived at the scene and located evidence of gunfire and blood, indicating there was a gunshot victim. No victims were located at the scene.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m., a male in his 20s arrived at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

There is no suspect information at this time.

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

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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City of Battle Ground Seeks Members for Park Advisory Board (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 07/24/15
Triangle Park - One of the City's 18 Parks
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The City of Battle Ground is seeking applicants to fill two open positions on the city's Park Advisory Board. The volunteer board makes recommendations to City Council regarding the acquisition, improvement, beautification, and planning of all city parks and recreation facilities.

The board's Youth Representative position is open to students aged 14 to 18 residing within the city's urban growth boundary. This position's term is for two years from September of 2015 to June of 2017.

The second available position is open to residents, property owners, or business owners within the city's urban growth boundary. The term of office is three years; this particular position's term will expire in December of 2016 and will then be open for reappointment to a subsequent 3-year term.

Those interested in being considered for either position should complete a Boards & Commissions Application, available on the City's website at www.cityofbg.org/BandCapplication or by contacting City Hall at 360-342-5004.

If you have questions about the Park Advisory Board or serving as a member, please contact Parks & Recreation Director Debbi Hanson at 360-342-5385 or by email at debbi.hanson@cityofbg.org.


Attached Media Files: Triangle Park - One of the City's 18 Parks
Serious injury collision - update (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/24/15
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UPDATE:
Driver: WARD, Derek 26 yoa of Vancouver, Wa.
No passengers in the vehicle.
Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Camry

Vehicle driven by Ward was southbound on NE 152nd Avenue when he drove off the roadway at the 10900 block, into a field and rolled the vehicle. Ward was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. The Toyota came to rest on top of Ward, pinning him under the car. Ward was transported via life flight to Peace Health Medical Center with serious injuries. His current condition is unknown. The crash remains under investigation of the CCSO traffic unit.
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On 07.24.15 at 0205 hours Clark County Deputies were dispatched to an unknown details collision in the 10900 block of NE 152nd Av. Deputies and Rescue personnel arrived and located the single vehicle, single occupant collision.

Initial investigation indicates the vehicle was southbound on NE 152nd AV., left the roadway on the eastside and rolled. Driver was ejected and pinned beneath the vehicle.

The male driver was transported to local hospital via Life Flight for treatment.

Speed appears to be a factor in this incident. Unknown if alcohol/drugs involved.

The Clark County Traffic Unit is continuing with the investigation


Attached Media Files: car crash
Central Precinct Street Crimes Unit Seizes Large Quantity of Heroin, Two Vehicles and $85,000 Cash - One Man Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/24/15
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On Thursday July 23, 2015, Central Precinct Street Crimes Unit (SCU) officers arrested 36-year-old Neil Mackenzie Shaw after an investigation into heroin distribution on the streets of Portland.

Shaw was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Heroin, as well as four misdemeanor drug charges.

Officers served a search warrant at Shaw's residence, located in the 800 block of Northeast 22nd Avenue. Officers seized nearly seven (7) ounces of heroin, a 2008 Mercedes E63 AMG, a 2008 Subaru Forester, and more than $85,000 in cash.

The estimated wholesale street value of the seized heroin exceeds $8,000.

The seized heroin, sold for individual sale, is estimated to be nearly 1,000 individual doses.

Officers learned that Shaw was providing heroin to street-level drug dealers and was often dealing heroin out of bars located in both Central and North Precincts.

SCU officers were assisted by officers assigned to the Central Precinct Entertainment Detail, North Precinct, and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Drug Detection K-9 "Spencer."

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at 503-823-3784.

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Gresham Police Issue 50 Citations During Four-Hour Pedestrian Safety Mission
Gresham Police Dept - 07/24/15
Gresham, Ore. -The Gresham Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety mission on July 22 at the intersection of West Powell Blvd. and Junction Pl., resulting in 50 citations. The goal of the mission was to raise safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians regarding pedestrian right-of-way laws. This was accomplished through handing out educational brochures and citations during a four-hour period in the evening. The intersection's marked crosswalk is near the location where Jerrie Ann Horning, 49, was hit and killed while crossing the road on April 25, 2015.

During the safety operation, officers issued 22 citations for crosswalk infractions and another 28 citations for other offenses. Other offenses that occurred in the vicinity of the safety mission included illegal cell phone usage, illegal U-turn, failure to use a seat belt, driving with a suspended license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, misuse of the special left turn lane, not providing proof of insurance, speeding, and DUII.

Education for drivers and pedestrians is vital to keeping our roads safe. Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are in the process of crossing, the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when a vehicle is already stopped in a lane next to the one they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety mission was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer and again in September, as the new school year begins.

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Deputies Serve Search Warrant (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/24/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on July 23, 2015, at about 7:07 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office served a narcotics related search warrant at in the 30100 block of Horseshoe Loop in Lebanon. Five adults and a minor child, all who live at the location, were present at the time of the search.

Among the items seized from the residence was methamphetamine, packaging material, digital scales, surveillance equipment, drug paraphernalia, a police scanner, over $550 in U.S. Currency, three firearms, and stolen property. The stolen property consisted of 36 street/road signs, two all-terrain vehicles, and a Toyota Tacoma pickup. The property was stolen from Linn County, Lane County, and Marion County.

As a result of the investigation, Gary Dean Nofziger, 57 years of age, a resident of the address, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm (three counts), Child Neglect in the First Degree, and Possession of Stolen Vehicle (three counts).

Frances Lea Branton, 59 years of age, a resident of the address, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Endangering Welfare of a Minor.

Penny Sue Decosta, 54 years of age, a resident of the address, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Endangering Welfare of a Minor.

The minor 16 year old child, who was Nofziger's granddaughter, was released to her mother.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Albany Police Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office and Drug Enforcement Administration.


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Sherwood Selects New City Attorney
City of Sherwood - 07/24/15
The Sherwood City Council has selected Josh Soper to be their next City Attorney after an extensive recruitment process over the past three months. Mr. Soper is currently serving as the County Counsel for Coos County, Oregon. He has served Coos County in that position since July 2012 after working as the Assistant County Counsel since October 2011.

A native of Michigan, Mr. Soper is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and also received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. The anticipated start date in his new position with the City of Sherwood is August 10, 2015.

Since 2003, the City has been provided legal services through the firm of Beery, Elsner and Hammond. After the current City Council began serving in January 2015, the direction was given to switch to an in-house model for legal services similar to our neighboring cities of Tualatin and Wilsonville. By Sherwood City Charter, the City Attorney is selected and appointed by the Sherwood City Council.

"We are excited to see the conclusion of our recruitment process and the City Council's selection of Josh Soper to serve as our next City Attorney," stated Joseph Gall, Sherwood City Manager. "The City Council members were very thorough in their selection process and we are excited to begin the next step in transitioning to an in-house model for our organization."

For further information about this selection, please contact the City Manager's office at 503.625.5522.
Call to vendors for the Columbia River Concours d'Elegance & Car Show (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 07/24/15
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WHO: All food and beverage, commercial, and arts and crafts vendors interested in outdoor booth space at 2015 Columbia River Concours d'Elegance & Car Show.

WHEN: Sunday, August 2, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (primary food service time is lunch)

WHAT: The Columbia River Concours d'Elegance is a high end car show featuring cars that are from the year 1975 or older and preserved or restored to original factory specifications. Domestic and Foreign cars and motorcycles will be on display in the front lawns of the homes along historic Officers Row.

Food, commercial and artisan vendors are sought to enhance the spectator experience. Over 165 vehicles will be on display this year.

Vendor applications and guidelines are available at www.columbiariverconcours.com

VENDOR DEADLINES: Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Vendors specializing in history-related and/or automotive-related products are encouraged to apply.


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Equipment upgrades require overnight electricity interruption August 1 for Pacific Power customers
Pacific Power - 07/24/15
Area affected is the North Santiam Canyon including the communities of Gates, Lyons, Mehama, Mill City and surrounding areas.

North Santiam Canyon , Ore. - Approximately 3,000 Pacific Power customers in the Gates, Lyons, Mehama, and Mill City, as well as surrounding rural sections of the North Santiam Canyon, will be without electricity for part of Saturday, August 1st so Pacific Power crews can safely upgrade essential electrical equipment and facilities.

The outage is scheduled to begin at 2 a.m. Saturday August 1st and could last until 10 a.m., although power will be restored at the first opportunity.

Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage. Lodging and restaurant operators are encouraged to make sure their guests are aware of the interruption, as well.

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
PF&R and GFD respond to a House Fire Early This Morning (16226 SE Lincoln)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/24/15
At 4:06 this morning Portland and Gresham Firefighters were called to a vacant house at 2050 SE 162nd. When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire within the structure. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and checked for anyone inside.

No one was found inside and no injuries were associated with this fire. The fire was extinguished and a fire investigator was called to determine the cause of this fire. Information on cause and estimates of damage are still being determined. This release will be updated with images if they become available.
Florida Man Killed, LaPine Woman Seriously Injured in Hwy 97 Crash
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/24/15
On July 23, 2015 at just after 9:00PM, OSP received at least one driving complaint of a southbound dark blue or black Ford Pickup driving on the shoulder of Highway 97 in southern Deschutes County.

At around 9:30PM, a trooper who had been attempting to locate the vehicle, observed it traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 97 near milepost 176 (south of Lapine in Klamath County). The trooper checked it's speed on radar at or close to 100mph. While the trooper was attempting to overtake the vehicle, it crashed head-on with a northbound 2000 Honda Accord.

The subject of the driving complaint, Jeffery L BAUGHER, age 72, of Sarasota, FL, was pronounced deceased on scene. The operator of the Honda, Chamreun M NEWTON, age 30, of Lapine, was provided first aid by the trooper until medics arrived. She was subsequently taken by air ambulance to St Charles Bend for serious injuries.

Highway 97 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted on scene by Crescent Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is a preliminary release; more information will be released when it becomes available.
PF&R Responds to a House Fire (NE 15th/ NE Ainsworth)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/24/15
This morning at 1:07 AM Portland Firefighters were called to a house at 6137 NE 15th. On arrival fire crews encountered heavy fire on the front porch and inside the house. Firefighters began attacking the fire while searching the structure for occupants.

No one was found inside and no injuries were associated with this fire. The majority of fire was extinguished and firefighters began searching for embers that could cause the fire to reignite. A fire investigator was called to determine the cause of this fire. Damage estimates aren't available yet. This release will be updated with pictures if they become available.
07/23/15
Sherwood Man Loses Life In Lincoln County Crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/23/15
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On July 23, 2015 at about 12:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 12 (east of Lincoln City).

Upon emergency crews arriving, they found a 1999 Ford F250 Pickup at the bottom of the bank of the Little Salmon River. The operator, Ladrue V CRAMER, age 76, of Sherwood, was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency crews.

Preliminary information indicates CRAMER's vehicle was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when it drifted off the roadway and he lost control. The vehicle continued off the roadway and landed upside down in the Little Salmon River. CRAMER was wearing his safety belt.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, West Valley Medics, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office and Pacific West Ambulance.
The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when it is available.


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Suspect Arrested During An Interrupted Burglary (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/23/15
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At 11:48 AM a citizen reported to the Beaverton Police they saw three suspicious people park their vehicle and then walk towards a nearby vacant house. Beaverton Police Officers arrived and found evidence which indicated a residential burglary was in progress. A male was seen in the house but refused to communicate with officers on scene.

Beaverton Police Department used the assistance of the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team to safely contact the suspect inside and take him into custody at 4:23 PM.

The suspect was identified as 44 year old Wilfredo Peraza-Domenech. Peraza-Domenech was charged with Burglary in the First Degree and lodged at Washington County Jail. Peraza-Domenech was the only person officers located in the residence.

The Beaverton Police Department would like to remind all of our Beaverton residents to report any suspicious activity by calling (503) 629-0111. With our citizen's help we were able to catch Peraza-Domenech committing crimes in our neighborhood.

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DUII Pursuit Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/23/15
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On July 23, 2015 at 3:31 AM a citizen called to report a vehicle was repeatedly driving into the Jersey barrier on SW Schools Ferry Road over Highway 217. Beaverton Police Officers located the vehicle driving recklessly two minutes later near Canyon Road/ Highway 217. Beaverton Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over.

The driver was driving in such a reckless manner that Beaverton Police Officers pursued the vehicle into Portland. Spike strips were deployed and the vehicle finally came to stop near SW Laurel/ SW 21st Ave in Portland.

The driver, 23 year old Elliot James Keitges of Portland, was taken into custody by Portland and Beaverton Police Officers. Keitges was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, and Felony Elude. Keitges was lodged at Washington County Jail.

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Dunhill fire
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 07/23/15
here is another format for the videos. They may be upside down.


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Missing Fisherman - Lacamas Lake (Camas, Washington): (Photo)
Camas Police Dept. - 07/23/15
Photo of David GLEGHORN
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The Camas Police Department is looking for an overdue fisherman at Lacamas Lake. Missing is David J. GLEGHORN, A 68-year-old Vancouver resident.

At approximately 10:30pm on Wednesday evening (07-22-15), the family of David GLEGHORN reported him missing. GLEGHORN had left with his inflatable boat to go fishing in Lacamas Lake earlier that morning at around 08:00am. The family became concerned when it became dark outside and he had not returned home.

Camas Police responded and initiated a search. GLEGHORN'S vehicle was found parked at the public boat launch on NW Leadbetter Road. There was evidence that his boat was launched from this location. The Clark County Sheriff Department's Marine Unit was called out to assist in searching the Lake, but neither Mr. GLEGHORN nor his watercraft was found Wednesday night.

Search efforts continued Thursday morning; this time with help from the Portland Police Bureau's Air Support Unit as well as the CCSO Marine Unit. PPB's Air Unit located GLEGHORN's boat in an inlet at the south end of the Lake. Mr. GLEGHORN was not with his boat and has still not been found.

No foul play is suspected in this situation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Camas Police Department, (360) 834-4151.

(Update: Photo of missing person added at 16:39 hrs)


Attached Media Files: Photo of David GLEGHORN
13 Year Old Boy and his dog alerts family that their house in on fire, everyone gets out safely.
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 07/23/15
At 1125 today Firefighters responded to a house fire at 16938 Dunhill loop in Damascus. Early information was that everyone was out of the structure. Upon arriving they found fire coming from the front of the home and the attic. The home was a two story home with approximately a 15 foot set of stairs leading to the front doors. The stairs were completely burned so Firefighters had to find another way into the structure. As they extended hose lines to the back of the home and made entry, crews encountered heavy fire and smoke conditions upon entering the home. With fire coming from the attic the command chief ordered everyone to stay off the roof because of possible collapse. Firefighters advanced a hose line through the home extinguishing the fire. Firefighters pulled ceiling material to get to the fire in the attic while another crew searched the home for the family dog which was reported still inside the structure by family members. The engine company located the dog in a bedroom and carried him outside in good health. Fire attack crew knocked down the fire and had to pull the ceiling down to extinguish the attic fire which was spreading quickly. Crews remained on scene checking for hot spots and any signs of extension. Fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire. Crews from Clackamas Fire, Gladstone Fire and Clackamas County Sheriffs office were on scene.

According to the father, who was at home at the time of the fire along with his son, wife and dog, his son Aiden was the first to notice the fire and alert the family. He said that the dog was barking at the front door and when he Aiden went to see if someone was at the door he saw flames on the front of the house. He did not open the door but went right to the back of the home and alerted his mother who was asleep at the time. Everyone got out of the home and noticed that the dog was still inside so they told firefighters upon their arrival that the dog was in the home. Firefighters were able to find the dog and bring him outside to the owners. Everyone got out of the home and no injuries were reported.

Weather conditions are still quite warm so extra engines were called to the scene to help with the fire. This enables firefighters to re hydrate and cool down while remaining on scene to continue overhaul of the fire.

Even though this was day time the owners in this home found themselves in a situation of having to leave their home quickly and not in their normal route. Always have two ways out of your and discuss this with all of the family members.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/799/86428/dunhill_fire_2.MOV.wlmp , 2015-07/799/86428/Dunhill_PL_Fire.wlmp
NEW VIDEO: Personal-watercraft rescue training at Willamette Falls
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/23/15
New video of some exciting new water-rescue training is now available on our YouTube channel:

https://youtu.be/swsT8aOkxGE

On July 22, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office partnered with the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) to provide a day of training on the Willamette River. Local law enforcement agencies came to train on personal water crafts (PWCs) for patrol and rescue operations.

This training is new to the state, developed and organized by OSMB and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. It enhances marine patrol's water-rescue and patrol response.

Participants focused on operating the PWC's in various water conditions, including strong current and white water. They then advanced to riding with one or two passengers and performing rescues -- picking up victims in the water while still maintaining control of their PWCs.

Some of the PWC's are equipped with rescue boards, a floating platform attached to the back of the PWC. These were originally designed for use in the ocean but have been a great asset when performing rescues on our local waterways.

This is the second class so far this year, and included students from the Multnomah and Clark County Sheriff's Offices.

The Willamette River in Clackamas County provides a great training location and variable water conditions, including strong current and deep white water.

Clackamas County and OSMB hope to continue hosting classes to train law enforcement from all around the region.

Next time you see a PWC on the water, it could be local law enforcement on patrol -- ready to step into action for someone in need.

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Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Hosts First Annual 'ReMaker's Fair' to Benefit Women Build Program (Photo)
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 07/23/15
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What: ReMaker's Fair
When: August 22nd, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 p.m.
Where: 10811 SE 2nd Street Vancouver, WA 98664

VANCOUVER, Wash., On Saturday, August 22nd Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will host First Annual 'ReMaker's Fair' to benefit the Women Build Program. The event will be held at the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store, 10811 SE 2nd ST Vancouver, WA 98664 from 10 am to 6 pm.

The First Annual ReMaker's Fair and Upcycled Auction is sponsored by Columbia Credit Union and the Clark County Habitat Store, and is made possible in partnership with Terra Linda Consulting. This will be a full day of fun including workshops, DIY activities, live music, unique vendors and a ReFashion Demo. This event will be a great way to spend a sunny Saturday with your family and give back to your community at the same time. All proceeds from the auction go directly back to the Women Build Program.

We are currently calling for all remakers, upcyclers, and repurposers! Whether you are a professional artist or a home crafter, we are looking for submissions to our Upcycle Auction. For more information and to find out how to get involved, contact Leanna at leanna@ehfh.org or 360-737-1759.

Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages women to make a difference by building homes and communities. The program seeks to encourage women volunteers to further the home-building mission of Habitat for Humanity and get involved in a traditionally masculine field.

Since 1991, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has worked to improve living conditions for low-income Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours.

For additional information, please contact Leanna Fabian, Resource Development VISTA, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759.


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Oregonians urged to deeply water trees (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/23/15
Water-starved trees like these in Eugene and Springfield can also be spotted in Portland and southern Oregon
Water-starved trees like these in Eugene and Springfield can also be spotted in Portland and southern Oregon
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Oregon's weather this spring and summer has been anything but the norm, and while conditions have cooled off temporarily this week there's no doubt those high temps will return.

It's a good time to take stock of the numerous water-starved trees still being spotted in Oregon communities and urban centers.

"Recently planted trees are most susceptible to drought, but even established trees suffer," says Erik Burke, Eugene Director with Friends of Trees.

"If they aren't well-watered, warm weather and prolonged drought eventually make trees more susceptible to insect and disease problems," adds Burke.

"In Oregon, summer rains rarely provide the deep water that trees need," says Brighton West, Deputy Director in the Portland office of Friends of Trees. "If we get less than an inch of rain in a week, we go out watering trees," he adds.

When temperatures in Oregon get warm and stay warm, it can take a toll on trees as well as people. The Oregon Department of Forestry suggests a few tips for keeping your trees healthy during times of heat stress.

Symptoms of drought
One of the first signs that a deciduous tree (i.e., trees like birches or maples that drop leaves in the winter) needs water is that its leaves begin to look dull, and sometimes, limp.

More advanced symptoms of needing water are browning of leaves, wilting, and curling at the edges. Leaves may also develop a scorched or burned look, turning yellow or brown on outside edges, or between leaf veins. Leaves may even appear smaller than usual, drop prematurely, or turn brown but remain on the tree.

When drought-stressed, the needles of conifers (evergreen trees such as Ponderosa Pine or Douglas-fir) may turn yellow, red, purple or brown.

Watering tips

Given their benefits, longevity, and contributions to the environment, give your trees higher watering priority than lawns. Keep in mind that if trees are only provided with shallow water every so often, they're probably only getting a fraction of what they need. Watering trees for short periods of time encourages shallow rooting, which can lead to future health problems for the tree.

To make sure your tree gets the water it needs, saturate the soil within the drip line - that's the circle that could be drawn on the soil around the tree directly under the tips of its outermost branches. Using a regular hose or a soaker hose, water deeply and slowly - slowly is important, so the water doesn't run-off. To make sure it gets enough water, keep moving the hose around different areas under the tree.

For conifers, water 3 to 5 feet beyond the drip line on all sides of the tree. Also, if you have a choice, water trees during the cooler part of the day. Another way to water trees slowly is to put a nail hole in the bottom (near the edge) of a five gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with water, and leave the slowly leaking bucket under the canopy of the tree. Do this twice or three times per tree, moving the bucket each time.

Other tips: Use mulch
Using mulch is an excellent way to care for trees in warm weather as it helps the soil below trees retain moisture and stay cool. Mulch can be made of bark, wood chips, leaves and evergreen needles.

Apply mulch within the drip line, at a depth of four inches, leaving a six-inch space between the mulch and tree trunk. Mulch will also help discourage weeds.

Good tree care = a good investment

Trees and forests enhance quality of life in many ways, providing shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, wood and other products, raising property values, and providing clean, healthy streams. What's more, on hot days, we all rely on the shade of the trees in our yards and communities. Therefore, it is a really good idea to keep our trees healthy and watered.

Proper tree care - including deep watering of trees during hot summer and warm fall months - pays big dividends in the long run.

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For more information about trees and tree care:
www.isa-arbor.com/
www.treesaregood.com/treecare/treecareinfo.aspx


Attached Media Files: Water-starved trees like these in Eugene and Springfield can also be spotted in Portland and southern Oregon , FriendsofTreesMascotDoug
Hockinson School District Regular Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 07/23/15
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hockinson Middle School Library located at 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
City records, finances receive positive review
City of Vancouver - 07/23/15
CONTACTS:
Christine Smith, Accounting Manager, 360-487-8441, Christine.Smith@cityofvancouver.us
Carrie Lewellen, Treasurer, 360-487-8482, carrie.lewellen@cityofvancouver.us

The City of Vancouver today received a "clean" audit report from the Washington State Auditor's Office on its 2014 financial records, grants management and compliance with laws and regulations.

The audit concentrated on accountability and compliance with state laws and regulations, as well as City policies and procedures. The State Auditor also issued a clean audit report on the financial condition of the City, which included thorough consideration of the internal control structure of the City's financial reporting.

"Audits provide opportunities for the City to reaffirm our commitment to transparency, accountability and best practices in how we manage our community's resources," said City Manager Eric Holmes. "These results help build and reinforce confidence in the work we do here. Taxpayers expect and deserve a high level of performance from their local governments, especially when it comes to finances."

The positive results were also reflected in the clean audits of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority and the Vancouver Public Facilities District, agencies that work closely with the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center.

The City's financial management and debt practices were recently reviewed by the credit rating agencies of Standard & Poor's Corporation and Moody's Investors Service. Standard & Poor's upgraded the City's credit rating to AA+ from AA as a result of the review. The review came in conjunction with a City bond issue to refinance some existing debt and to issue new bonds to fund a portion of the West Barracks renovation project near Officer's Row. The bond refinancing resulted in a reduction of future debt service payments of nearly $1.9 million.

Over the past 14 years, the City has reduced its future debt payments by over $13 million by refinancing its debt as interest rates have declined to the current historic low levels.
Historic day as WOU transitions to independent board of trustees, new president
Western Oregon University - 07/23/15
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The inaugural Western Oregon University (WOU) Board of Trustees held its first meeting since taking on governance responsibility for the university on Wednesday, July 22. The board began by welcoming new President Rex Fuller. Both Fuller and the board began their roles on July 1. This historic event is the culmination of a year-long planning process that established the board.

The board approved repairing major electrical wiring at a cost from the general fund of approximately $500,000, and adopted the university's mission statement (see below). Fuller commented of the former that it's an "opportunity to invest in a one-time cost while maintaining a healthy reserve." The board also heard presentations from its committee chairs as well as several campus administrators, faculty and staff on topics such as student success, finance and administration, and governance.

Fuller was among those presenters. He discussed his first three weeks in office, and set forth his vision for WOU's future, detailing the important role it will play for students and the state of Oregon. "It's the personal touch that sets Western apart from other schools in the country," he said, adding that it's imperative that the campus moves forward thinking about how to build legacies and fulfill dreams. He said a critical piece of that is keeping WOU affordable for students.

"The inaugural meeting of the board in its official capacity was exciting and meaningful. I am pleased with the board's leadership and the interaction committee chairs have had with university leadership," Fuller said. "Todays' meeting established a very positive working relationship that will help the university move forward."

"The board is committed to Western's students and to the long term success of the university," said Jim Baumgartner, chair of the board. "We have organized a system of shared governance that will serve the university well. I am pleased with the dedication demonstrated by the board's trustees and by their commitment to make timely important decisions in support of Western."

WOU's mission statement
Western Oregon University is a comprehensive public university, operating for the public good, which:
?,? Provides effective learning opportunities that prepare students for a fulfilling life in a global society;
?,? Supports an accessible and diverse campus community; and,
?,? Improves continuously our educational, financial, and environmental sustainability. 

The statement includes three core themes, which can be found at wou.edu/provost/MissionStatement.php.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Striking Out Substance Abuse celebration event (Photo)
Law Enforcement for Youth - 07/23/15
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Law Enforcement for Youth's Striking Out Substance Abuse celebration event will be held during the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes' baseball game on July 31st.

The SOSA celebration game will feature a public safety vehicle display, booths from our partners working to improve drug abuse education and awareness. the very popular "passport" that allows kids to visit the various the booths and display to fill out their passports. They can then turn in the passport for a free commemorative baseball.

Law Enforcement for Youth's SOSA celebration also provides free game tickets to children and families in need for them to enjoy the festivities and games as a family. This Bleacher Buddy program will distribute over 700 tickets through our community and program partners.

Attendees will enjoy a great night of baseball and activities, followed by a fantastic fireworks display.

SOSA is the continuation of the former Striking Out Meth program and we are proud to be celebrating the 10th annual event this year.

A special thanks to McDonalds and SELCO Community Credit Union for there generous support of this celebration. With out there contribution this event would not be possible.

If you would like to join our celebration and show your support for our communities effort to provide Substance Abuse Education to children and families come join us at Volcanoes' stadium in Keizer, OR on July 31st.


Attached Media Files: Striking Out Substance Abuse , 503-363-KIDS
New Mexico Man Arrested Following Pursuit From Tillamook County to Washington County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/23/15
On July 22, 2015 at about 7:45PM, an OSP Trooper recognized a wanted subject operating a 2006 Honda Civic in Tillamook. The subject, Jerimiah J BALDWIN, age 34, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was wanted out of that state for rape and kidnapping.

The trooper attempted to catch up to BALDWIN which accelerated to a high rate of speed. The vehicle began traveling eastbound on Highway 6 where the trooper lost sight of the vehicle. The Tillamook County Sheriff's Department was also involved and continued to purse eastbound until they no longer could keep up.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle near Highway 26 and Highway 6 where they successfully deployed spike strips. The vehicle crashed near milepost 54 on Highway 26 and BALDWIN fled on foot. He was located a short time later by a Tigard Police K9 Unit and was taken into custody.

BALDWIN was taken to the Washington County Jail for Attempt to Elude in Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering. He is also being held on the fugitive warrant out of New Mexico.

OSP was assisted by the Tillamook City Police Department, the Tillamook County Sheriff's Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
It's Time to Get Ready: Join Us For Natural Disaster Preparedness Events
NW Natural - 07/23/15
American Red Cross, NW Natural and Community Partners Host Free Get Ready Events in September

PORTLAND, Ore. - With the next big earthquake on the minds of those in the Pacific Northwest, the American Red Cross and NW Natural are teaming up for the fourth year in a row to host a series of
Get Ready events throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The events will be held during National Preparedness Month in September to help communities prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. This year, Get Ready will be held in the seven communities of Portland, Vancouver, Salem, The Dalles, Lincoln County, Coos Bay, and the North Coast.

"Being prepared for an emergency will help give you and your family peace of mind," said Cara Sloman, regional disaster program officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "These events are an effective way to get started with emergency planning because attendees will receive a lot of helpful information and giveaways."

Get Ready is free to the general public, and there is no need to register. Free lunch will be provided at most locations, as well as safety demonstrations, materials from local emergency groups, and kids' activities. The first 100 families at each event will receive a free emergency kit/tube. Attendees will also have the chance to enter a drawing to win an American Red Cross emergency kit.

"Each year, we're proud to partner with the Red Cross on these important community events," said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. "We want to make sure our customers are prepared for any disaster that might occur."

Local fire departments, police departments, and other emergency teams will join the American Red Cross Cascades Region and NW Natural at the following dates, times and locations:

Saturday, September 12, 2015:
Get Ready Salem - 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the State Capitol State Park Grounds in Salem.
Get Ready Lincoln County - Noon to 3 p.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Newport.
Get Ready Vancouver - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CRESA Building, 710 W. 13th Street in Vancouver.
Get Ready Happy Valley - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City of Happy Valley's city hall outdoor area.
Get Ready Coos Bay - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coos Bay Fire Department, 450 Elrod Ave.

Saturday, September 19, 2015:
Get Ready The Dalles - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W. 8th Street in The Dalles.
Get Ready North Coast - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lum's Auto Center, 1605 SE Ensign Lane in Warrenton.

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

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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UPDATE: Hit and Run Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 07/23/15
Yesterday's hit and run victim, 48-year-old Kevin McNerney, remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

Detectives are asking for the public's help to locate a dark-colored 2012 or 2013 Chevrolet Equinox SUV with yellow Oregon plates.

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

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The man injured in this hit and run remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Based on the investigation thus far, this incident is being investigated as a potential assault rather than just a hit and run and, due to the man's medical condition, Homicide detectives are leading the investigation.

Nobody has been arrested and there is no additional information regarding the suspect vehicle or driver.

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

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On Wednesday July 22, 2015, at 1:24 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a hit and run in the Taco Bell parking lot, located at Southeast 126th Avenue and Division Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male adult suffering from traumatic injuries. He's been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment and his current condition is not known.

Preliminary information indicates that the injured man may have been in an altercation with a female driver, who struck him with her vehicle in the course of leaving the parking lot.

The female driver left in what is described as a dark-colored SUV.

There are no traffic blockages associated with this investigation.

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

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Rare Signed Copy of FDR's Inaugural Address Now on Display at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/23/15
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Portland, OR - July 23, 2015 - One of the most iconic speeches ever given by a United States President is the first inaugural address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, delivered on March 4, 1933. Hoping to rally a nation suffering through the Great Depression and 25% unemployment, Roosevelt proclaimed, "Let me assert my belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Part of the Portland-based Mark Family Collection, this rare copy, personally signed by Franklin Roosevelt, has been added to the Society's current exhibition World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, on display at the museum now through December 7, 2015.

"We are delighted that the Mark family has added this priceless document to their collection, and are sharing it with the public through our newest exhibition," said Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "FDR's eloquence inspired countless Americans to persevere through tough times, and it would later inspire our country, with its allies, to victory over the Axis powers."

Also recently acquired by the Mark Family Collection is a telex message written on May 7, 1945 from Dwight Eisenhower to the troops announcing the end of the war in Europe, and the cease fire order from Ronald Frederick King Belchem sent to the 21st army after the surrender of German forces in Northwest Germany, Holland, and Denmark. Both items will be added to the World War II exhibition this weekend.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm and Sunday from 12pm - 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day. Thanks to a generous donation from Columbia Sportswear, all United States military veterans and active duty military will receive free admission throughout the run of the exhibit.



About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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Fixing Salem's Sidewalks: City Faces Large Maintenance Backlog (Photo)
City of Salem - 07/23/15
Work crews replace sidewalks in the Gaiety Hill area in Salem
Work crews replace sidewalks in the Gaiety Hill area in Salem
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City work crews have nearly completed sidewalk repairs in the Gaiety Hill and Bush Park Historic Districts. Next up, the city's public works department will concentrate on sidewalks west of the two historic districts, roughly between Owens Street SE and Trade Street SE.

As a result of a 2007 Salem City Council decision, the city agreed to fix a large share of older sidewalks before turning the responsibility over to adjacent property owners. The city has been replacing about 1,200 sidewalk panels each year, or the equivalent of 1.14 miles of walkway.

But the steady pace of repairs over eight years has just begun to trim a large backlog of sidewalk maintenance. The city still needs to rehabilitate sidewalks along 20,093 properties as of July of this year, according to city records.

"The needs exceed the funding," said Salem Public Works Director Peter Fernandez. While the city has made significant progress in completing sidewalk repairs and replacements since 2007, plenty of work remains to be done, he said.

Salem has budgeted about $750,000 per year on its sidewalk rehabilitation program in the last and current fiscal year.

In the last fiscal year, the city replaced 30,567 square feet of sidewalk and completed 75 sidewalk patching and grinding repairs. Work crews also replaced 61 Americans With Disabilities Act compliant curb ramps

Most cities place the entire burden for fixing sidewalks on the adjacent property owners. Salem, however, has taken a different approach.

Between 1972 and 1989, the responsibility and assignment of costs between city and property owners for sidewalk repairs was changed five times. The current policy, adopted in 2007, split the responsibility for sidewalk repairs and replacements between the city and private property owners:

--If a sidewalk has been constructed after Sept. 1 1992, property owners are responsible for repairs, unless the damages are caused by a city-owned street tree.

--If a sidewalk is older, the city agreed to make repairs before handing the responsibility to adjacent property owners.

Salem's Public Works Department takes complaints about broken sidewalks on a daily basis. Fernandez noted that few things seem to please neighbors more than having a broken sidewalk replaced.

"The sidewalk crew gets nothing but kudos from property owners," he said. About 90 percent of the sidewalk work is performed by city work crews, with a contractor handling the remainder of the work.

Salem has two concrete maintenance teams with six full-time employees and three seasonal staff. In all, the city crews take care of 850 miles of sidewalk and about 50 miles of concrete streets.

Funding for sidewalk repairs and replacement has come from a combination of sources, including the city's allocation of gasoline taxes and savings from the 2008 streets and bridges bond.

The bond funds will soon be exhausted. Starting in fiscal 2016-2017, the city will need to find another funding source or drastically scale back its sidewalk repair program.

City staff have had initial discussions with Salem City Council about a future streets and bridges bond measure, which could include funding for sidewalks. Any attempt to pass such a bond measure is probably five years out, Fernandez said.

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Attached Media Files: Work crews replace sidewalks in the Gaiety Hill area in Salem
BPA announces new wholesale power and transmission rates (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/23/15
BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today adopted a 7.1 percent average wholesale power rate increase and a 4.4 percent average transmission rate increase for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The rate increases support investments in the federal hydropower system and expansion of BPA's high-voltage transmission system to meet regional needs. The new rates will take effect Oct. 1.

"BPA has spent the past two years working with our customers and other regional partners to meet the collective needs of the Northwest in the most reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way possible," said BPA Administrator and CEO Elliot Mainzer. "The rates in the final record of decision reflect that collaborative effort."

Power rates
The increase in power rates is due to the expiration of debt management actions that reduced capital costs in the current BP-14 rate case; other capital-related costs; and expense increases for hydroelectric system operations and maintenance. Additional drivers behind the increase are: expected cost increases for fish and wildlife programs; an automatic cost escalation under the long-term 2012 Residential Exchange Program settlement, which provides benefits from the low-cost federal power system to eligible Northwest residential and small farm customers; an increase in BPA's cost of acquiring energy and transmission services to meet obligations to deliver power to off-system customers; and a reduction in BPA's long-term firm power sale to Alcoa.

To avoid a greater increase, BPA significantly cut its controllable costs through additional debt management actions, interest savings on expensing energy efficiency, reductions in undistributed internal expense and a decrease in operations and maintenance expenses for the Columbia Generating Station.

Transmission rates
The transmission rate increase stems mainly from the need for new construction and replacement of existing assets that will help maintain reliability; the facilitation of renewable resource integration; and the costs of requirements for reliability, cyber and security compliance.

With his final record of decision today, the administrator also adopted the settlement agreement that customers and BPA staff reached last September on most of the rates for ancillary and control area services.

The new rates will affect local retail utilities differently depending on the amount of power and type of services they purchase from BPA. Local utilities ultimately determine the retail impact of BPA rates on businesses and residents they serve.

Rate-setting process
BPA is a self-funded federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy. It receives no congressional appropriations and sets its rates to ensure full recovery of its costs, including obligations to repay its debt to the U.S. Treasury. BPA reviews its wholesale power and transmission rates every two years through several public processes.

In January 2014, BPA, its utility customers and other stakeholders began an extensive nine-month review of Bonneville's programs, budgets and costs. This process, called the Integrated Program Review, provided parties an opportunity to review, challenge and comment on BPA's program spending levels. Following the IPR, BPA began the formal rate case in December by presenting its proposed rates for fiscal years 2016-2017 and supporting analysis.

In June, the administrator issued a draft decision on the rates. The formal rates process concluded today with the administrator's final record of decision. BPA's final rates will be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the end of July to provide the required 60 days for review and interim approval. Final approval usually takes about a year. For more information about BPA's rate case process, visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/ratecase.

The decisions in this rate case set the stage for continuing regional discussions on issues that would benefit from further collaboration, including BPA's capital investments in the hydropower and transmission systems and BPA's program delivery models, including energy efficiency. It is expected that these discussions will begin this fall.


Attached Media Files: BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
Marine Patrols Jet Off to Advanced On-Water Training (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/23/15
On water training during the Marine Board's 2014 Jet School
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The Oregon State Marine Board will conduct its weeklong law enforcement jet boat course on Rogue River during the week of July 26 - July 30. This intensive course focuses on boat operation, marine law, swift water rescue, and boat trailering.

The training focuses on honing boat operating skills. "This is critical training and this is the best place to do it," says Dale Flowers, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board. "We've moved the training dates to this week so we have a minimal impact on recreation, but we still need to give the students room to work because they will be very focused -the wider the berth, the better." Students who attend the Marine Board's Whitewater Jet Boat Training bring a range of skills from the novice operator to advanced operator. "One of the goals of the training is to pair up an experienced marine deputy with a new jet boat operator. It's a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for everyone who participates, and the only course in the nation with this level of attention," Flowers adds.

Signs will be posted at local access sites about the training operations and notices have also been sent to all the registered fishing guides in the area. In addition to boat handling exercises in whitewater conditions, marine deputies will also learn how to dis-assemble, service and reassemble jet pumps, learn anchoring and chocking techniques, and how to navigate all stages of whitewater rapids. "This kind of training is so important because fast action and skill can mean the difference between a saved life or not," Flowers says.

The Marine Board contracts with 32 Sheriff's Offices and the Oregon State Police for marine law enforcement services, including search and rescue operations, and boating safety education. Contracts with the County Sheriff's Offices are paid for through motorboat registrations and titling fees.

For more information about the Marine Board and law enforcement services, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/BoatLaws/pages/index.aspx.
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Fort Vancouver National Trust presents new fund raising event, Moonlight & Motorcars
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 07/23/15
The Fort Vancouver National Trust is excited to present a new, unique event: Moonlight and Motorcars. A fundraiser to support the education, preservation and celebration of our community's history, it will be Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m. at the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson Street, Vancouver WA.

This early 1900s themed event will offer live music and beautiful vintage cars on display provided by exhibitors of the Columbia River Concours d'Elegance happening the next day. Attendees will step back in time as they step onto the beautiful grounds of the historic Howard House. They will witness soldiers recently returned from WWI, and notified of prohibition, creating protests signs alongside a WWI army truck. They will participate in a speakeasy-style garden party, but be on the lookout for the coppers, who may throw guys and dolls in the cooler for bootlegging, a soup job, or other criminal offense. Food and drink, themed to the early 1900s (but updated to suit modern tastes) will be plentiful, and the garden party setting will provide ample seating for those that would like to simply sit a spell and enjoy a meal.

Many "stars" of Vancouver and greater Clark County have participated in Dancing with the Local Stars, which has served as the Fort Vancouver National Trust's main fundraiser for the past nine years. Moonlight and Motorcars will honor previous Dancing with the Local Stars participants and feature many opportunities to dance throughout the night to live music by the Pranksters Big Band.

Like Dancing with the Local Stars, the Trust is excited to present a unique event experience to fulfill the purpose of fund raising for the organization. The evening will culminate in a live auction and paddle raise, which will raise money for the education, preservation and celebration of our community's history.

Tickets may be purchased at fortvan.org by clicking on the Moonlight & Motorcars banner, or by calling 360.992.1808. Attendees receive free admission to the Columbia River Concours d'Elegance the next day, along Officers Row. Find information about the Concours at columbiariverconcours.com.


Attached Media Files: Moonlight & Motorcars flier
Recreational burn ban still in effect in Vancouver; Fire Marshal encourages caution as number of fires increase
City of Vancouver - 07/23/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Fire Department has been busy responding to a number of vegetation fires across the city in recent weeks and would like to remind citizens that a full outdoor recreational burn ban remains in effect in the city.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal's Office issued a $500 citation for illegal burning this week and is prepared to issue more citations as extremely dry and windy conditions persist.

All outdoor burning, including recreational fires, have been prohibited within the City of Vancouver since July 8. The ban will remain in effect until weather and fire danger conditions improve.

Recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices are not allowed during this recreational burning ban. Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecues is allowed during this total burning ban, but the Vancouver Fire Marshal urges everyone to use extreme caution when using these tools.

"The city's fire risk is high due to the hot and dry weather, and for this time year it's unprecedented," said Heidi Scarpelli, Vancouver Fire Marshal. "It's important recognize that while there is a complete burn ban in place, our citizens need to extremely vigilant about other potential ignition sources, including properly discarding smoking materials, using BBQs safely and not using powered equipment that can produce sparks near dry vegetation."

An update will be provided when the recreational burn ban is lifted.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case # 15-28 Anthony Jackson Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/23/15
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood.

On Sunday July 12, 2015, at 3:24 p.m., East Precinct officers patrolling in the area of Southeast 137th Avenue and Powell Boulevard heard multiple gunshots in the area.

The officers responded to the Shalamar Apartments, located at 13746 Southeast Powell Boulevard, and located 19-year-old Anthony Quincey Jackson Jr. suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds. Officers were able to secure the area and obtain medical attention for the victim, who was transported to a Portland area hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

At this point in the investigation, there is no known motive or suspect information and investigators would like to hear from anyone with information about the shooting or any information about what led up to the shooting.

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

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.

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

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

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Rollover accident sends woman to hospital (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/23/15
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Castle Rock, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Cowlitz Fire District 6 (Castle Rock) and a Washington State Patrol Trooper responded to a rollover accident on Bond Rd. Wednesday evening at 7:30. The car was entangled with the guardrail and was on its left side when fire crews arrived. Firefighters cut the car's roof off to access the 23 year old woman who was then taken to Peace Health St. John's Medical Center; the woman suffered soft tissue injuries to her legs, according to fire officials. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.


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City of Beaverton Street Paving Planned for July 27 to 31
City of Beaverton - 07/23/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton's Public Works Department will be paving the streets listed below during the week of July 27 to 31. The exact schedule is weather-dependent. Work will begin at 7 a.m. and finish by 6 p.m. each day.


The city will complete the project as quickly as possible and work to minimize inconvenience, but there will be occasional delays.


Included streets are:
NW Bernard Place (end to end)
NW 174th Terrace (Walker Road to Bernard Place)
NW Blueridge Drive (158th Avenue to Greenbrier Parkway)
NW Schlottman Place (Blueridge Drive to THPRD park)


On Blueridge Drive, one-way traffic will be permitted only in the direction of NW 158th Avenue toward Greenbrier Parkway. On all other included streets, travel lanes will remain open to local traffic.


Resurfacing streets regularly, rather than allowing them to deteriorate, saves money for the city. Pavement resurfacing overlay is considerably less expensive than rebuilding streets. Beaverton inspects its streets frequently to determine which roads are in need of overlays.


For more information on other city road projects this summer please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/RoadConstruction.


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


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


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Attached Media Files: The City of Beaverton will be paving streets around NW Greenbrier Parkway during the week of July 27 to 31. (Graphic courtesy of City of Beaverton)
State offers free retirement readiness seminars to employers, employees
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/23/15
Salem - A recent study found that nearly two-thirds of workers feel they are behind schedule planning and saving for retirement; only half have attempted to calculate how much money they will need in retirement. Oregon employers can help their employees tackle this difficult issue by hosting a free on-site retirement readiness seminar presented by the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

The department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, in partnership with the Social Security Administration, is offering free 45-minute retirement readiness seminars to all Oregon employers, regardless of size or if they offer retirement benefits. Seminars will discuss basic investing tools; cost of retirement living; how to choose a financial professional; protecting investments against scams and fraud; and Social Security retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. The seminars give employees online tools to track and apply for Social Security benefits, as well as printed materials. It is perfect for employee training or lunch breaks. The division also has a number of retirement and investment resources online at dfcs.oregon.gov.

"With the creation of the Oregon Retirement Security Fund by the Oregon Legislature this year, there has never been a better time for a discussion about retirement planning in the workplace," said David Tatman, division administrator. "Helping its employees prepare themselves for retirement is one of the most impactful things a business can do. These retirement readiness seminars provide a wealth of unbiased information and I hope that all employers in Oregon take advantage of this resource."

To schedule a retirement readiness seminar, contact Diane Childs at diane.m.childs@oregon.gov.

Before investing, remember that Oregon law requires firms and individuals offering investment products and providing advice to be licensed with the division. Always check that you are working with licensed professionals before you invest. This can be done online at dfcs.oregon.gov or by calling 866-814-9710 (toll-free).

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.
Garage to Storefront 2.0 brings back popular business incentives (Photo)
City of Gresham - 07/23/15
Chef Austin Jones of the Local Cow, a business that opened in 2012 with help from the City's Garage to Storefront program.
Chef Austin Jones of the Local Cow, a business that opened in 2012 with help from the City's Garage to Storefront program.
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GRESHAM, Ore. - The City's popular and successful Garage to Storefront program is back, and it's better than ever - this time offering both incentives for new and expanding commercial businesses and a new incentive aimed at helping property owners make storefront improvements and get lease-ready.

The Gresham City Council unanimously approved the new Garage to Storefront program on July 21 - dubbed Garage to Storefront 2.0. The new incentives, which run through June 30, 2016, are available immediately.

Garage to Storefront 2.0 waives City fees and charges for qualifying businesses in Gresham's key commercial districts - the historic Downtown, and the Civic and Central Rockwood neighborhoods.

For new or expanding businesses filling no more than 5,000 square feet of currently vacant commercial space, this means the City will waive business license fees, commercial tenant improvement permit fees, and system development charges.

For qualifying property owners in these same incentive zones, the City is offering $0 City-related permits to remodel existing vacant commercial space, or for façade improvements for vacant or occupied commercial space.

The simple-but-powerful fee holiday was reinstated to continue filling empty or under-performing storefronts with new retail activity.

"Mayors from across the country ask me how they can replicate our tremendously successful program," Mayor Shane Bemis said. "I tell them to keep it simple, get out of their way and let businesses do what they do best: bring jobs, investment, and vibrancy to the community. Our updated program will help Gresham take the next step forward, and remain on the national forefront of small business leadership."

Details for Garage to Storefront 2.0 are available at GreshamOregon.gov/Small Business, and on the City's Small Business Center mobile app, which is available for download from Google Play and the Apple Store. Some restrictions apply. Interested entrepreneurs and property owners can contact the City's Small Business Coordinator at 503-618-2872 or SmallBusiness@GreshamOregon.gov to confirm eligibility, or for other assistance.

The City's previous Garage to Storefront program, which ran from 2010 to 2012, helped more than 140 small businesses open or expand in Gresham. These small business owners saved more than $170,000 in City fees, hired or retained more than 300 employees, and occupied more than 225,000 square feet of commercial space. Chris Rhyne, co-owner of the Local Cow, opened a burger restaurant in 2012 on Main Avenue in downtown Gresham.

"The Garage to Storefront program was huge for our business," Rhyne said. "We saved thousands of dollars in fees and were able to pump that money back into our business."

"All you have to do is look at our downtown today to see Garage to Storefront's significant impact - we've got businesses that are thriving," Eric Schmidt, the City's Community Development Director, said. "The 2.0 version of the program builds on that positive activity by helping another round of enterprises start up, expand and get lease-ready."

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Attached Media Files: Chef Austin Jones of the Local Cow, a business that opened in 2012 with help from the City's Garage to Storefront program.
07/22/15
Salem Police Make Arrests in Two Shootings
Salem Police Dept. - 07/22/15
Salem Police Detectives have arrested a suspect in the shooting that occurred at Stars Cabaret early Saturday morning as well as a suspect in a shooting that occurred early in the morning of July 22 in northeast Salem.

Salem Police were called to Stars Cabaret at 1550 Weston Ct NE at approximately 12:50 am Saturday, July 18 on a report of shots fired. Officers arrived to find four people had been shot, one of which later died at Salem Hospital. The deceased victim was identified as 47-year old Darryl Patrick Jones of Salem. The other three victims were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Later in the day on July 18, another victim was located who sustained non life-threatening injuries. His identity is not being released at this time.

On the afternoon of July 22, Salem Police detectives, working closely with Portland Police Bureau officers, were able to locate and take 24-year old Tomas Gabriel Mendoza of Portland into custody in this case. Salem Police detectives were able to track Mendoza down at his residence in Portland. The Portland Police Bureau provided invaluable assistance in taking the suspect into custody without further incident. Mendoza is currently being held in the Multnomah County Jail and will later be booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of Murder, Four counts of Assault in the Second Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

The investigation has shown that the deceased victim, Daryl Jones, was not involved in the altercation that led to the shooting and was shot as he was sitting at the counter. He had no known connections to any of the parties. 23-year old David Raschko and 34-year old Lamont Clayton Lawrence also both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were also not involved in the altercation that led to the shooting.

Salem Police have also arrested 28-year old Cassie Ann Dunlap of Salem for the shooting of Gurpreet Singh early in the morning on July 22.

Salem Police were called to 4389 Burlington Loop NE at approximately 2:59 am on July 22 on a report of a subject who had been shot. Officers arrived to find that Singh had sustained a gunshot wound, and he was immediately transported to Salem Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Cassie Dunlap was detained at the scene, and after further investigation was arrested on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The investigation has shown that the victim and the suspect are known to each other and the shooting was the result of a dispute. There are no further suspects being sought at this time.

All further media releases in these cases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Brian Orrio on the incident at Stars Cabaret, and Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner on the incident on Burlington Lp.

The Salem Police Department has investigated four shootings in the span of thirteen days. Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore stated "Four shootings in a span of less than two weeks can shake the confidence of a community. I want to let everyone know our detectives have worked tirelessly to identify all those involved, and ensure those responsible are in custody."

Added Chief Moore, "These cases did not involve stranger to stranger encounters, although in one case innocent and unrelated victims were impacted. In each of these cases someone known to a victim was identified as the suspect. There are no unaccounted for suspects in the community, and I would hope everyone would understand that and be somewhat comforted knowing those facts. The Salem Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance to our investigators in resolving these cases and identifying those responsible for these acts. Together we can continue to keep Salem a safe and welcoming community."
Lebanon and other Linn County Fire Departments kept busy
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 07/22/15
Linn County Fire Departments were kept busy in and around Lebanon Wednesday when sparks from farm machinery started 3 small fires and and one large fire. Wheat stubble fields burned North of Lebanon near Honey Sign Rd in both the Lebanon and Albany Fire Districts. The 3 fires in that area burned approximately 3 acres total, with no damage to equipment or exposures. The fourth and largest fire was in the Brownsville Fire District with Lebanon Fire District assisting other Linn County Fire Departments.
City of Newberg -PRESS RELEASE 5
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/22/15
Correction: City will consider appointing Terrence D. Mahr as City Manager Pro Tem

The City Council of Newberg will meet in Special Session on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the City's Public Safety Building, 401 E. First Street, Newberg to appoint Terrence D. Mahr as City Manager Pro Tem.

The Agenda for the meeting is available on the City of Newberg's website at http://www.newbergoregon.gov/meetings.




Brittney Jeffries
Public Affairs Officer - City of Newberg
414 E. First Street | PO Box 970 | Newberg OR 97132
brittney.jeffries@newbergoregon.gov
Direct: 503. 537. 1273
Willamette Humane Society Announces Kitten-Kaboodle, a Salem Center Mall Adoption Center and Kitten Library! (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 07/22/15
Kitten Kaboodle Storefront
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(Salem, OR)-- Willamette Humane Society's foster network is growing, saving more lives, and more adoption outlets are needed in the community to find homes for the animals!

Starting on Saturday, July 25th, you can adopt a kitten at the Salem Center Mall on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday thanks to donated store space from Jones Lang LaSalle and Salem Center! Dogs will also be available for adoption on Wednesday market days. Visit Kitten-Kaboodle Adoption Center and support shelter pets!

The most exciting part of the new Salem Center store-front is that everyone can enjoy the Kitten Library, whether they intend to adopt or not! With a $10 donation, Salem Center visitors can check-out kittens of their choice and cuddle and play with them in the Kitten Library. The kitten library serves a dual purpose- providing socialization and enrichment for the kittens, and adoption awareness and entertainment for visiting families!

Willamette Humane Society invites the public to join in the fun starting on Saturday, July 25th at 12 pm as Kitten Kaboodle opens its doors for the first time, serving Salem Center visitors seasonally until November. The store will be primarily staffed with Willamette Humane Society volunteers, including foster parents and its youth service group- Humane-a-Teens. The kittens will come directly from their volunteer foster homes to the store during the day, and return with them in the evenings if not adopted. Adoptable animals at Kitten-Kaboodle won't spend any time in the store or at the shelter during closed hours.

Kitten-Kaboodle is located at Salem Center on the ground level by the Liberty and Chemeketa Street Entrance (by Chico's and Baskin-Robbins). Open hours are 1 - 5 pm on Wednesday, and 12 - 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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


Attached Media Files: Kitten Kaboodle Press Release , Kitten Kaboodle Storefront , Kitten Library , Kitten Kaboodle Store , Kitten Kaboodle Logo
Hillsboro's Main Street Bridge Now Home of Nightly Public Art Display: LED Light Show (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 07/22/15
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A rainbow of colorful lights now greets pedestrians, drivers, and MAX train passengers traveling through Hillsboro at night. Beginning at sunset and continuing through midnight, the City of Hillsboro's iconic Main Street Bridge is now home of a nightly display of public art.

Known throughout Washington County for its distinctive concrete arch in support of TriMet's light rail MAX train, the Main Street Bridge will continue to light up each night in an assortment of reds, greens, blues and other color combinations that are visible in both directions. A light-emitting diode (LED) projector subtlely fades the colors into each other, with slow light movement across the arch, so drivers traveling on Hillsboro's Main Street are not distracted. The light show debuted Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

"The Main Street Bridge is a landmark coming into Hillsboro, and now it is even more beautiful both for travelers and for the neighborhood," said Valerie Otani, Public Art Supervisor for the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department. "We strive to include public art throughout our community, and this helps to further identify the bridge's colorful character as a unique and visible gateway to Downtown Hillsboro, and to reflect how the Hillsboro community values creativity and innovation."

In an upgrade from the blue light bulbs that previously outlined the arch, the new light display will bring a more dynamic array of colors into the everyday experience of residents. The project will also reduce long-term maintenance costs associated with the replacement of the blue light bulbs. In addition, the light bulb fixtures were near the end of their lifespan and in need of replacement.

Once a wooden trestle railroad bridge, the Main Street Bridge was an innovative solution to allow for the expansion of the roadway without using a center support. Historically, the dip in the road caused accidents in icy weather, sending cars sliding into the center post. When Hillsboro secured its place as part of the MAX light rail Blue Line, 14 bridge alternatives were considered, but the concrete arch proved to be both financially competitive and aesthetically pleasing. At the time of its construction in 1997, the Main Street Bridge was the only reinforced concrete arch supporting a major transportation facility.

The Main Street Bridge light display will change color pallettes with each season - emphasizing red and green during winter, or gold and orange in the fall - and will feature special displays for holidays. For more information about the public art program, visit www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/PublicArt.

About the City of Hillsboro: Now Oregon's fifth largest city, with 95,310 people, Hillsboro is helping to grow Oregon's future - from microprocessors to vital industries, centers of commerce and green spaces. Hillsboro is a well-planned, affordable hometown with a strong economic base and one of the state's most diverse populations. It is the high tech corridor for the state and home to a broad range of businesses, large and small, including Oregon's largest employer, Intel. It also has the second busiest airport in the state and the fifth largest school district. Learn more at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: Soundbite with Valerie Otani about Main Street Bridge Light Display , Video of the Main Street Bridge Light Display , Photo of Main Street Bridge Light Display
Update to Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-26 - Hit and Run Fatality (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/22/15
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a hit and run to a pedestrian.

On Saturday July 4, 2015, at 9:58 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at Southeast 60th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 60-year-old Marlene Popps, suffering from traumatic injuries. She was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment but died on July 21.

A witness provided police with personal video that captured the crash in the distance. Viewers should be aware that the video is graphic but may assist in developing leads in the investigation.

The video is available for viewing at https://youtu.be/7FCTA03xIUM

Traffic Division investigators believe that the vehicle that struck 60-year-old Marlene Popps may be a motorcycle or a 3-wheel motorcycle.

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.

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

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

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

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La Center moving to full 5 days per week kindergarten in upcoming school year!
La Center Sch. Dist. - 07/22/15
Since September of 2011, La Center School District has provided a 4 full days per week Kindergarten program. Starting in September of 2015, La Center's Kindergarten program will move to 5 full days per week, with help from State funding. Studies show the benefits to this added time with these youngest students pays the biggest dividends in the long run.
**Updated with Fire Cause** TVF&R Firefighters Extinguish Apartment Fire in Beaverton (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/22/15
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A TVF&R fire investigator has determined that Sunday's apartment fire at 18120 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton was accidental. At the time of the fire, the occupants were just moving into the unit. The fire resulted when cardboard boxes came in contact with the control knobs of the unit's electric range, turning the range on. The boxes, which were stacked on top of the range, ignited while the occupants were away.

Moving day fires are not uncommon as it can be a hectic and disruptive time when moving personal belongings into an unfamiliar environment. TVF&R's fire investigator suggests that residents and property managers consider shutting off the breaker to the electric range on moving day to avoid such fires.



7/19/15

At 4:37 p.m., TVF&R firefighters were dispatched to reports of flames and heavy black smoke billowing from the windows of an apartment unit at 18120 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton. Initial reports also expressed concern that the flames were in danger of spreading to trees surrounding the ground-floor unit.

Upon arrival, fire crews from Somerset Station 64 and Butner Road Station 61 initiated an aggressive fire attack, knocking down the fire in minutes. Additional crews searched the fire unit and surrounding seven units for occupants, as well as for fire extension. Everyone evacuated safely and the fire was stopped from spreading to any other apartment units.

A TVF&R fire investigator is currently on scene working to determine the fire cause. The fire unit suffered extensive smoke and fire damage and is uninhabitable at this time. In total, seven people have been displaced from the fire unit and three additional units. The American Red Cross is assisting displaced residents with finding alternate housing.

Because firefighters worked this fire in 95 degree heat, the incident commander shortened work times and rotated crews out of the building more frequently than during normal weather conditions to ensure they did not suffer heat exhaustion and stayed hydrated. TVF&R was assisted on this fire with mutual aid from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue.

The unit had smoke alarms, which reportedly sounded, but lacked a commercial fire sprinkler system. When a fire sprinkler system is present - in residential or commercial structures - 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.


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Draft Salem Revised Code Chapter 86, Trees on City-Owned Property, Code Revisions
City of Salem - 07/22/15
In May 2013, Salem City Council directed City staff to review and revise the City's street tree Code (Salem Revised Code, Chapter 86). The goal was to provide greater clarity and transparency for decisions about trees on City-owned property, improve consistency in Code interpretation, provide a process for public participation, and remove technical information from the Code that is better suited to administrative rules.

The Code and new administrative rules will operate together to provide clarity and consistency for projects that may affect trees on City property. Salem Revised Code Chapter 86 is focused on the protection and preservation of trees on City-owned or City-maintained properties and rights-of-way. Salem Revised Code Chapter 86 does not address trees on private property.

Draft Code revisions were prepared by City staff with the assistance of a Tree Code Advisory Committee that included representatives of the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Homebuilders Association, Salem Association of Realtors, CANDO neighborhood association, and Oregon Department of Forestry.

The proposed Code language was presented to the Salem City Council at work sessions on March 9 and May 11, 2015. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for the September 28, 2015, Council meeting.

The draft code is available for public review and comment on the City's website at http://www.cityofsalem.net/Residents/Parks/UrbanForestry/Pages/default.aspx

To request a presentation or provide comments about the Code, contact Patricia Farrell at pfarrell@cityofsalem.net.
Vintage Base Ball Returns to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on July 25
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 07/22/15
VANCOUVER, WA - The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host its popular evening of 1860s vintage base ball at 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 25, 2015, on the national park's historic Parade Ground.

UPDATE: Food and beverages will now be available for purchase during the event. The Friends of Fort Vancouver will have sodas, water, and Cracker Jack for sale, and The Nomad will have its variety of "Weird and Worldly Weiners" and hot dogs for sale as well.

This event is a fun, free, and fantastic opportunity to travel back in time to 1867 to experience "base ball" (then two words) at its infancy, with costumed players and supporters, a brass band concert, and a mountain howitzer firing to start the game.

This living history demonstration will feature base ball played according to the rules in place in 1867. Costumed staff and volunteers will help visitors step back in history by portraying two of the Pacific Northwest's earliest baseball teams: the Sherman Base Ball Club, consisting of soldiers from the Army's Fort Vancouver, and the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver.

Along with the costumed players will be well-dressed "cranks" (baseball fans from 1867), and music between innings provided by Dr. Jim Rourk and the Vancouver Community Concert Band. Based on last year's successful experiment, a play-by-play will be provided over loudspeakers during the match game from the scorer's table, blending modern communication technology with nineteenth century terminology, historical tidbits and phrases, and explanation of on-the-field action.

"With our event just a week after Major League Baseball's All-Star Game and its festivities, visitors have an opportunity to visit a national park and explore the roots of the game so popular today," said Greg Shine, the park's chief ranger and historian.

"Base ball in 1867 was a very different game than what we play in 2015," said Shine. "The hurler--the predecessor of today's pitcher--threw to the striker's liking. Players wore no gloves, and could catch the ball on one bounce for an out--though such a practice was not considered gentlemanly. In a time of growing community rivalries, there was an extensive code of conduct to ensure all would play in a gentlemanly manner. Sliding into a base, while now a standard practice, was not considered a gentlemanly activity in base ball the 1860s."

Many historians credit the nineteenth century US Army for the spread of baseball throughout the country. On May 11, 1867, an organized team of soldiers from the Army's Fort Vancouver - dubbed the "Garrison Boys" by the press - played the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver, with the soldiers winning by a score of 45 to 5.

"Our match with not be an exact repeat of this historic game, in order to spare our participants the task of running around the bases so many times," joked Park Ranger Robert Gutierrez, the event organizer, "but we can assure the crowd that it will be a lot of fun and all will adhere to the code of conduct of the time. If not," he said with a smile, "the umpire may very well levy some fines."

To learn more about early baseball history in Vancouver, please download the park's historic resource study The National Game is Decidedly 'On the Fly'": The Rise of Organized Base Ball in the Portland and Vancouver Area in 1867 at http://go.usa.gov/5cmh

Cost: Free!

What: 1860s Vintage Base Ball Match Game, Sherman Base Ball Club of Fort Vancouver vs. Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver

Who: Staff and volunteers at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Food and beverages by The Friends of Fort Vancouver and The Nomad: Weird and Worldly Weiners

Where: Historic Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System.

Free parking is available at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, along the Park Road, and along E. Fifth Street between Fort Vancouver Way and East Reserve St.

Food and beverages will be available for sale from The Friends of Fort Vancouver and The Nomad: Weird and Worldly Weiners

When: 6:00 pm, Saturday, July 25, 2015
Oregon CAP To Conduct State Wide Exercise (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 07/22/15
Specially equipped Cessna 182 search aircraft will be used by the Oregon CAP for it's state wide exercise
Specially equipped Cessna 182 search aircraft will be used by the Oregon CAP for it's state wide exercise
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Portland, OR -

The Oregon wing of the Civil Air Patrol will be conducting a state wide exercise this coming weekend, July 25-26 with a collection of scenarios to train for, and test, the Oregon CAP's capability and preparedness to respond to various types of historically supported emergency situations.

With incident command centers located in Medford, Bend and Aurora, the CAP will conduct responses to both natural disasters, air search and rescue, and related operations that could be requested by state, local and federal authorities. Six aircraft and up to 100 members from around the state will comprise ground and air crew personnel to conduct various emergency flight and ground operations. These operations could be communications support to local authorities, search operations to locate missing persons or aircraft, high resolution digital photo reconnaisance, emergency medical support flights and transporting of critical supplies, equipment and personnel among other possible responses.

In addition to adult aircrew and ground staff, the CAP will utilize it's teenaged cadet members in various ground support operations such as communications, mission base operations, ground search and rescue operations and aircraft flightline activities under the guidance of an experienced adult member.

"Our cadet members are a crucial force multiplier during our missions" said LtCol Rosenberg. They perform essential tasks that have a tremendous impact on the success of our multitude of operational missions"

"The training we conduct during these evaluated tests and more routine training operations during the year are important to keep our skills current, apply new technology and procedures and to train our newer members who are interested in serving their communities and their country in time of emergency." he said.

The Oregon CAP has been credited with 5 search finds and 2 lives saved so far this year by the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center on actual search missions.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and has been credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 100 lives this fiscal year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 68 years. For more information on CAP, please visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com

MEDIA NOTE:
Members of the media are encouraged to visit the CAP mission bases at the Medford Airport and
Aurora State Airport (North end) during the exercise. No media flights will be conducted, but there will be opportunities to conduct interviews. PLEASE RSVP so we know if you will be coming to thomtra@aol.com


Attached Media Files: Specially equipped Cessna 182 search aircraft will be used by the Oregon CAP for it's state wide exercise
Charity Golf Tournament Provides the Gift of Sight and Hearing
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 07/22/15
Charity Golf Tournament Provides the Gift of Sight and Hearing

Portland, OR (July 16, 2015) - On Monday, August 17th, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) will host its annual Liberty Mutual Invitation (LMI) Golf Tournament at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City. This tournament benefits OLSHF's sight and hearing healthcare assistance programs. Funds raised through the Invitational will provide health screenings, sight and hearing surgeries and treatments, and eyeglasses for those in need.

Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and tee off time is 1:30 p.m. Teams can still register for the tournament by contacting Allison Culver at the number above. The four-player scramble format offers three flight options: Sight Scramble, Lions Flight, and Pinehurst Flight. The winning team from Pinehurst Flight qualifies for THE PLAYERS Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Every player receives over $250 in tee prizes including an Adidas Climachill Polo Shirt.

Any team that registers also receives $800 worth of WinCo Portland Open tickets. The WinCo
Portland Open will be held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course and runs from August 24th through
August 30th.

Local businesses can increase their visibility by securing a sponsorship for the event at which OLSHF expects 150 attendees. Exclusive tee sponsorships are still available as well as hole sponsorships. Please contact OLSHF for more details on how a business can benefit as well as provide support for its sight and hearing programs.

About OLSHF: Our mission is to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in
need. Last year, 160,219 people were screened statewide through our Mobile Health Screening
Program, 98% of which were children. OLSHF recently launched its own Optical Finishing Lab
and we edge new eyeglasses for people who qualify. To date, we built over 45 new eyeglasses
for people in need. We also provide the gift of sight to people in developing countries with
nearly 72,000 eyeglasses shipped and distributed through international mission work. Please
visit www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf to learn more about our programs!

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Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1832/86388/OLSHF_Press_Release_LMI_7-16-15.pdf
Keizer Man Indicted On Murder
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 07/22/15
Christopher Marquis Lauderdale (date of birth 9/30/1987) was arraigned today at the Marion County Court Annex before the Honorable Donald D. Abar on an indictment alleging Murder with a Firearm for the death of Roderick Adams on July 9, 2015. The indictment also charges Mr. Lauderdale with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Attempted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. A criminal investigation led by the Salem Police Department has been ongoing since.

Lauderdale is currently being held at the Marion County Jail without bail. The matter has been assigned to the Honorable Vance D. Day. The case will be before Judge Day on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 1:10 p.m. for a status conference at the Marion County Courthouse located at 100 High Street in Salem.

Murder is an unclassified felony in Oregon and carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years.

As this case is pending, the Marion County District Attorney's Office will not release further details at this time.
Nominate for 2015 Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/22/15
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Kathleen Joy, Oregon Volunteers
(503) 725-8037
kathleen@oregonvolunteers.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2015

Last Two Weeks to Nominate for 2015 Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Awards, conducted by Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. These awards distinguish individuals, programs and organizations for creating positive change through volunteerism across the state. Thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo, our event presenting sponsor, a cash award of up to $500 will be given to a non-profit chosen by each state and regional volunteer award recipient.

"I am inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call to action," said Governor Kate Brown. Dr. King said "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

"I believe Oregon is great," continued Governor Brown, "because so many Oregonians serve their communities by volunteering their time and expertise. I want to call on all Oregonians to nominate outstanding volunteers throughout Oregon for this year's Governor's Volunteer Awards."

Governor's Volunteer Awards information and the nomination form are online at www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva. There is no cost to enter a nomination. The nomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

The awards are given at both the regional and statewide levels in the following categories:
- Adult Volunteer or Duo (age 19-64)
- Elder Volunteer or Duo (age 65 or better)
- Youth Volunteer or Duo (age 18 and younger)
- Lifetime Achievement (individual or duo - at least 10 years of service in Oregon)
- Youth Volunteer Program
- Small Business Volunteer Program (15 or fewer employees)
- Large Business Volunteer Program (16+ employees)
- Community Based Volunteer Program
- Statewide Business Volunteer Program (any size - active in 3 or more regions)
- Statewide Community Based Volunteer Program (active in 3 or more regions)
- AmeriCorps Alumni (recognizes the volunteer efforts of members AFTER they have completed a year of AmeriCorps service)

Through an intense review process, award recipients will be chosen and then honored at a luncheon October 12, 2015, at the Salem Conference Center.

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Vancouver Police investigate shooting (Update 2: Suspect arrest charges)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/22/15
Update 2

The juvenile suspect was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for Attempt Murder I and Reckless Endangerment. He made first appearance in court this morning. His next scheduled court date will be Friday July 24,2015.



Update 1

The suspect in this case is currently in custody and being interviewed by detectives.

No further information is expected to be released related to this case tonight.



Vancouver, Wash. - On July 21, 2015 at approximately 5:45 p.m. Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 3400 block of NE 130th Avenue. The incident involved a 16 year old male who got into a dispute with his step-father and subsequently shot the stepfather through a bedroom door and fled the residence. The victim's injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Vancouver Police are attempting to locate the suspect, who is believed to still be armed. He is a 16 year old black male last seen wearing black and red shorts and no shirt.

No further information is available at this time.





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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Salem Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting
Salem Police Dept. - 07/22/15
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Salem Police detectives are currently investigating an early-morning shooting that occurred in northeast Salem.

Salem Police officers were called to 4589 Burlington Loop NE at 2:59 am on a report of a subject with a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and found 26-year old Gurpreet Singh of Salem with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

An involved subject is currently being interviewed by detectives. No arrests have been made.

This investigation is in its early stages, and further information will be released as it becomes available.
Oregon Folklife Network to receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant Award
Oregon Arts Commission - 07/22/15
[Eugene, OR]-- Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $30,000 award to the Oregon Folklife Network to continue its ongoing statewide Folklife Survey which began in 2013. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Oregon Folklife Network represents an investment in both local communities and our nation's creative vitality."

OFN's Executive Director, Riki Saltzman, commented, "We are thrilled to have this support to continue our documentation of Oregon's living cultural heritage. This award will fund Oregon's folklife survey in Union, Wallowa, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Crook and Deschutes counties."

During the next year, through July 2016, the Oregon Folklife Network will work with veteran folklorist Douglas Manger to identify culture keepers in eastern Oregon. Manger will also be mentoring emerging folklorists as he documents regional, ethnic, and occupational folklore of Asian, Latino, and European groups as well as such occupations as ranching, logging, mining, hunting, railroad and orchard working, farming, fishing, and other waterways traditions along with foodways, music, quilting, rodeo-related activities, cowboy poetry, saddle making, trapping, storytelling, and more.

The OFN's statewide survey has so far identified over 80 folk and traditional artists in 11 counties along the Columbia River Gorge and Southern Oregon as well as at the Klamath Tribes, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, and the Burns Paiute. OFN not only preserves this documentation in archives for research and education, but partners with local and state organizations to refer tradition bearers and folk artists for programs in parks, arts organizations, libraries, or festivals.

Please contact Riki Saltzman, riki@uoregon.edu, or Emily West, eafanado@uoregon.edu, by email or phone 541-346-3820, if you know of folks who should be contacted.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov
Hillsboro's Economy Continues to Climb: More than $554 Million in New Construction in FY 2014-15 (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 07/22/15
Construction continues on three mixed-use buildings in the Platform District near the Orenco MAX Station in Hillsboro.
Construction continues on three mixed-use buildings in the Platform District near the Orenco MAX Station in Hillsboro.
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Hillsboro, Oregon - Economic growth in the City of Hillsboro continued at a brisk pace in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 as the Hillsboro Building Department recorded significant activity for new single- and multi-family homes, as well as new commercial and industrial construction.

For FY 14-15, which ended June 30, the Hillsboro Building Department reported new construction projects valued at more than $554 million. The addition of more than 200 single-family homes and 380 multi-family housing units combined to account for more than $106 million in new construction value.

The new residential projects will increase housing options at a time when the City of Hillsboro is experiencing high demand and an all-time low vacancy rate. With tens of thousands of Hillsboro employees commuting to work from outside the City, more families and individual workers are looking to live in Hillsboro in part because of its employment opportunities, quality recreation and amenities, and overall livability.

Intel's expansion accounted for 40 percent of new construction value in FY 14-15, totaling $222 million. Other commercial and industrial projects created an additional $173.4 million in property value.

"With 20 new commercial and industrial buildings starting construction in FY 14-15, it's clear that Hillsboro is a great place to grow your business," said Melanie Adams, Director of the Hillsboro Building Department.

The positive activity in FY 14-15 follows a record-shattering year for building development in Hillsboro. During FY 13-14, the Hillsboro Building Department recorded nearly $2 billion in new project construction, led by more than $1.5 billion in Intel expansion projects, including the development of D1X and MOD-2. Looking ahead to the future, Adams expects the trend to continue.

"Our residential market has been and will continue to be strong in the coming years as construction begins in South Hillsboro, where we look to welcome up to 20,000 new residents into vibrant new neighborhoods that are complete, connected, and green."

Read more:
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www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/SouthHillsboro
www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Building

About the City of Hillsboro: Now Oregon's fifth largest city, with 95,310 people, Hillsboro is helping to grow Oregon's future - from microprocessors to vital industries, centers of commerce and green spaces. Hillsboro is a well-planned, affordable hometown with a strong economic base and one of the state's most diverse populations. It is the high tech corridor for the state and home to a broad range of businesses, large and small, including Oregon's largest employer, Intel. It also has the second busiest airport in the state and the fifth largest school district. Learn more at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: Construction continues on three mixed-use buildings in the Platform District near the Orenco MAX Station in Hillsboro.
Art Unveiling in Old Town (Photo)
Innovative Housing, Inc. - 07/22/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. - At 4:47 pm on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 a series of artworks commemorating early occupants of Old Town will be unveiled in the former Erickson Saloon Building at 9 NW 2nd Avenue. As part of its historic restoration and repurposing of the Erickson Saloon, Innovative Housing approached James Harrison about creating artwork that would help keep alive the myths, stories, and influence of this legendary Portland establishment. Recognizing the importance of this project to the cultural underpinnings of our City, James assembled an accomplished team of artists to develop pieces that live up to the larger than life tales of August Erickson's Workingman's Saloon.

The team approached their work by combining functionality, beauty, and storytelling. They were tasked with curating a community space that would welcome the buildings' newest residents and creating a place where people could gather comfortably. The artists also needed to visually tell the tale of Erickson's Saloon and the people who passed through its doors - the lumbermen, sailors, railyard workers, businessmen, and women who made Portland what it was in the 1800 and 1900's.

When viewing the finished artwork, visitors will see many interactive pieces - almost like characters in an opera - that speak to the mythology surrounding the place. The artist team used artifacts from the buildings and recast them so that they could continue to tell a story into the future. Different elements represent various roles of the players - men, women, wilderness, and "civilization." From the campfire that doubles as a lounge area to the baldachino created out of a salvaged skylight and the skyward-reaching barrel column, each piece has function while also recognizing the rich history of these buildings and the people who occupied them.

James Harrison is a sculptor with 25 years of professional experience making large strange things for developers and public art agencies.
Dave Laubenthal is a public artist, designer, educator, and creative director.
Evan Holt is an artist, finish carpenter, and custom furniture maker.
Doug Kenck-Crispin is a public historian who researches and writes about legendary stories of the Pacific Northwest. He also co-produces the podcast series Kick Ass Oregon History.
Natalie Ball is an Indigenous artist who examines internal and external discourses that shape Indian identity through contemporary installation art.


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Music in Small Spaces Presents Hawaiian Dance and Culture in Beaverton (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 07/22/15
Music in Small Spaces will present Hawaiian dance and culture by the O.H.A.N.A. Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Beaverton City Library. (Photo courtesy of Music in Small Spaces)
Music in Small Spaces will present Hawaiian dance and culture by the O.H.A.N.A. Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Beaverton City Library. (Photo courtesy of Music in Small Spaces)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Music in Small Spaces, sponsored by the Beaverton Arts Commission, will present "Hawaiian Dance and Culture" on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Beaverton City Library auditorium, 12375 SW Fifth St.


The O.H.A.N.A. Foundation will present musicians, dancers and chanters. Attendees can learn about the history and meaning of hula and chanting. O.H.A.N.A. will also host a Hawaiian craft fair on the same day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Park next to the Beaverton Farmers Market. To learn more, visit www.ohanafoundationpdx.org/.


This concert is supported by the Beaverton Arts Commission, the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.musicinsmallspaces.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.


ABOUT BEAVERTON ARTS COMMISSION
The city's arts commission contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. In recent years, the call for a performing arts center in Beaverton has grown. An arts and culture center in Beaverton would provide an inclusive gathering place where arts, culture and performances can flourish. To learn more about this project, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ACC.


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


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


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Motorycle Crash Near Maupin Takes Life Of Clackamas County Man (Photo)
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On July 21, 2015 just after 8:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on Highway 216 near milepost 14 in Wasco County (west of Maupin).

Preliminary information indicates that a 2008 Honda Motorcycle operated by Guy F MEDGIN, age 48, of Mulino, was traveling westbound on Highway 216 when he failed to negotiate a curve. MEDGIN was ejected from his motorcycle and was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency crews.

According to a witness, MEDGIN had been traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash. OSP was assisted by the Wasco County District Attorney's Office and the Wasco County Sheriff's Department. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.


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UPDATE #2: Major Crash Team Responding to Investigate a Fatal Crash on Foster Road at 158th Avenue (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/22/15
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The driver killed in yesterday's crash on Southeast Foster Road has been identified as 37-year-old Todd Lane of Aloha, Oregon. Mr. Lane was driving a black 2000 Toyota Celica.

The driver injured has been identified as 54-year-old Kyle Anne Baker of Milwaukie, Oregon. Ms. Baker was driving a gray 1998 Toyota 4Runner.

Investigators learned that Mr. Lane was driving eastbound on Foster Road, tailgating and failing to maintain his lane. At 158th Avenue, Mr. Lane crossed over the center line and crashed into Ms. Baker, who was driving westbound on Foster Road.

Investigators do not believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Ms. Baker was not impaired and cooperated fully with investigators. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Mr. Lane and will send blood samples for toxicology testing, which is expected to take several weeks.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene to the Portland Police Bureau's Rivergate Vehicle Storage for further investigation.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213, chris.johnson@portlandoregon.gov.

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Southeast Foster Road has reopened to all traffic after this evening's fatal traffic crash.

The driver killed in the crash is a 37-year-old male. The driver injured in the crash is a 54-year-old woman. Their names will be released on Wednesday.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and updates will be provided on Wednesday.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Tuesday July 21, 2015, at 3:22 p.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a head-on vehicle crash on Southeast Foster Road at 158th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene and located multiple injured parties. One person has been transported to a Portland hospital with serious injuries and another is deceased at the scene.

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

Southeast Foster Road is closed from Barbara Welch Road to 162nd Avenue and will remain so for several hours.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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City Council Approves Technology Upgrade Project for SMART and Water Pipeline Agreement
City of Wilsonville - 07/22/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On July 20, 2015, the Wilsonville City Council approved a request by the City's transit agency, South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), to enter into a contract to purchase technology services that enhance the efficiency of both the fixed route and Dial-a-Ride services. Once installed, the new technology allows transit riders to identify the location of buses in real-time from a mobile device or computer. The new technology software-hardware package also improves dispatch scheduling, reporting/feedback and on-board announcement systems. The system upgrades are to be installed over the next five years, with federal grants covering 80% of the $285,999 project cost.

The Council also approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Tualatin Valley Water District and the City of Hillsboro that governs how the partners will collaborate to build a portion of the regional water pipeline along the Kinsman Road extension between Barber Street and Boeckman Road in Wilsonville slated for construction next year. The estimated $1 billion, 30-mile pipeline that is to run north through Wilsonville from the City's Willamette River Water Treatment Plant to Hillsboro is projected to be operational in 2026.

Related to the construction of the Kinsman Road extension, the City Council approved acquisition of a remnant parcel and additional right-of-way easements needed for the road extension.

In preparation for a potential advisory vote in November on forming a new Urban Renewal District in the Coffee Creek Industrial Area, the Council held a public hearing to approve minor changes to City Code that ensure consistency with state election law and ballot measure-filing requirements. The Council also continued the decision on whether or not to hold a November advisory vote on forming the new Coffee Lake Industrial District to the next City Council meeting on August 3 in order to first allow more time to complete research and analysis on the proposed urban renewal area.

During the meeting the Council also approved a new, two-year collective bargaining agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503, which represents SMART drivers and other staff.

At work session prior to the City Council meeting, the Council heard reports from staff and consultants and discussed several matters, including proposed Coffee Creek Industrial Area Form Based Code and recent state legislative enactments pertaining to implementing Ballot Measure 91 that legalized the production and sale of recreational marijuana.

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Electric Avenue shifts location to PGE Headquarters; More and faster EV charging now offered in Downtown Portland
PGE - 07/22/15
WHAT: Grand opening event for Electric Avenue, an urban hub of public electric car charging. The facility has been relocated from the Portland State University Campus and improved with more, faster charging equipment that accommodates all electric cars available today in Oregon. Electric Avenue at PGE will provide drivers with four dual-standard DC Quick Charging stations and two high-power Level 2 stations. There are six charging spots; cars pay to park at regular City of Portland rates ($1.60/hr.).

WHERE: PGE Headquarters at 1 World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204
Event will be on the sidewalk level at SW 1st and Salmon Street

WHEN: Tuesday, July 28 10:00 - 10:20 AM

WHO: Brief remarks and ribbon cutting by:
Jim Piro, president and CEO of Portland General Electric.
Wim Wiewel, president of Portland State University. PSU was host of the original Electric Avenue location and research partner in the project.
Steve Novick, Portland city commissioner (transportation). The City of Portland was a project partner in the original Electric Avenue location and supported the move.

WHY: Electric car adoption is growing rapidly and the estimated 4,000 EV drivers in the Portland area need a place to plug in downtown. Electric Avenue - a busy downtown EV charging spot - had to move or close due to the construction of a new building at PSU. PGE and World Trade Center Properties, with support from PSU and the City of Portland, stepped up to rehome this essential part of Portland's innovative transportation landscape.

MEDIA: Contact Stan Sittser, 503-464-8271 office, Stan.Sittser@pgn.com for additional details and to schedule one-on-ones.

FREE ICE CREAM CONES from Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
PGE and Ben & Jerry's support New Avenues for Youth workforce development programs


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Attached Media Files: 2015-07/101/86378/Electric_Aveune_at_PGE_Media_Advisory_FINAL_7.22.15.pdf
Oregon City National Night Out
Oregon City Police Dept. - 07/22/15
On Tuesday, August 4th, residents throughout Oregon City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 32nd Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Oregon City Police Department, will involve over 16,540 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 38.1 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime". NNO 2015 corporate sponsors are ADT, Nextdoor.com, Associa and FunFlicks.

National Night Out is deigned to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on August 4th, residents throughout Oregon City are invited to join the Oregon City Police Department at Mt. Pleasant, located at 1232 Linn Avenue (future site of the new Oregon City Police Department) for a fun evening of local music entertainment by Brady Goss, sponsored by Trails End Saloon here in Oregon City. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an evening with your local law enforcement. Vendor and Food booths available. BBQing by Beavercreek Cooperative Telephone.

For more information on NNO please contact Community Outreach and Crime Prevention at 503-496-1681 or by email cwadsworth@orcity.org.
Red Cross Responds to McMinnville Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/22/15
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this morning responded to a single-family home fire in the 200 block of NE Dunn Pl, in McMinnville, OR. This event affected two adults and six children. Red Cross provided food, clothes, shoes, lodging, infant supplies, a crib and linens, and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 07/22/15
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors July 27, 2015.
OSP Continuing Shooting Investigation - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/22/15
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On July 21, 2015 at about 6:00PM, OSP Troopers and the Josephine County Sheriff's Department responded to the report of a menacing at 808 Placer Road in Sunny Valley. An initial 911 call to Josephine County 911 indicated that the caller had a gun pointed at him. While troopers were responding, information came in that shots had been fired and two people had been shot.

Upon arriving on scene, emergency personnel found two males suffering from gunshot wounds. Brian LEQUE, age 42, and Robert GREINKE, age 41, both of Sunny Valley, were suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Preliminary investigation reveals that both LEQUE and GREINKE reside at the same residence and are neighbors to Donald W BARRETT, age 65. A disturbance occurred which resulted in BARRETT shooting LEQUE and GREINKE. BARRETT was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Assault I and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

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


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Crews Extinguish 1 Alarm Fire at SW Portland Home (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/22/15
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At 3:59am a passer-by called 911 to report the side of a house and fence was on fire at a Southwest Portland home near the streets of SW Timberline Drive and SW Garden View Avenue. On arrival TVF&R firefighters found flames burning the south side of the home, as well as heavy smoke and fire coming from the 2nd story windows. Firefighters initiated a quick attack on the fire, while conducting a search of the home as the same time. Crews were able to get knockdown of the fire in approximately 20 minutes and prevent the fire from spreading to a neighboring house just 14 feet away.

A single female was home at the time of the fire and was able to escape with no injuries. She said she had gotten up to use the restroom when she noticed flames outside her bedroom window and quickly exited the home.

A TVF&R Fire Investigator is working on scene to determined fire cause and origin. No injuries were reported. TVF&R was assisted by Portland Engine 16.

TVF&R wants to remind the community that working smoke alarms save lives. Take time to test your alarm today and create a family escape plan to ensure your loved ones can safely get out in the event of a fire!


Attached Media Files: Charred Exterior Siding , Firefighter Looking for Hot Spots
Family Displaced by Residential Fire in McMinnville
McMinnville Fire Dept. - 07/22/15
McMinnville Fire Department received a report of a residential structure fire at 230 NE Dunn Place at 0507 this morning. Responding units arrived to find smoke coming from the south side of a duplex and occupants evacuated. Firefighters had to gain access to the attic crawl space to extinguish the fire completely. McMinnville Fire Department responded with 6 apparatus and 20 personnel to the scene. The Red Cross was notified and will be assisting the family of 6 that was displaced from the Fire.
The occupant received a minor burn to his hand in attempting to put out the fire.
Damage is to the outside rear of house and spread into the attic. Cause of the Fire is still under investigation.
The Last operations units were cleared at 0631.
Lineman Rodeo tests speed, safety, skills and strength July 25 in Gresham: Free event open to the public -- fun for the whole family
PGE - 07/22/15
WHAT: 22nd Annual Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo

Professional electric utility linemen from around the region will test their speed, safety, skill and strength for top ranking at the annual Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo. Teams will compete in challenging events that mimic real-life situations, like transformer replacement and hurt-man rescue, and more light-hearted tests of skill, like the pole climb with a raw egg.

While competitions for linemen and apprentices take top billing at this event, the rodeo offers lots of fun for the whole family including bucket truck rides, face painting and pole climbing for non-linemen. There's free parking and refreshments available for purchase.

Proceeds from an auction and door-prize raffle at the rodeo benefit the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center. The rodeo's goal is to present a check of at least $10,000 to the center each year.

WHO: More than 90 linemen and apprentices on 22 teams from Oregon, Washington, Arizona and other western states are participating.

IBEW Local 125, IBEW Local 659, PGE, Pacific Power, Clark Public Utilities, and utility contractor Potelco, Inc. sponsor the event, considered one of the most challenging lineman rodeos in the country.

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo is open to the public, and admission is free.

WHERE: PGE Linneman Substation, 3450 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham

WHY: Friendly competition to demonstrate and reward the highest standards of quality and safety in the linemen profession and raise money for the Oregon Burn Center. For more information about the event, visit nwlinemanrodeo.com.


Attached Media Files: Lineman Rodeo comes to Gresham 7/25
07/21/15
Eugene Man Loses Life In Motorcycle Crash - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/21/15
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On July 21, 2015 at about 12:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle versus dump truck crash on Highway 99S near Dillard Road (just north of Creswell).

Preliminary information is that a 1979 Mack dump truck towing a dump trailer (both registered to McKenzie Trucking and loaded with crushed rock) was traveling southbound on Highway 99S when it turned eastbound onto Dillard Road and into the path of a northbound 2006 Suzuki motorcycle. The motorcyclist, Kevin K PESCHEL, age 43, of Eugene, collided with the right front corner of the truck and was seriously injured. PESCHEL was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the truck, Adam J METTEER, age 29, of Springfield, was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Department, South Lane Fire and EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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


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Injured Wildland Fire Fighter Rescued
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/21/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports on Monday July 20, at 10:10pm, the Sheriff's Office received a call from the U.S. Forest Service requesting assistance from Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue for an injured Wildland fire fighter. Michael Lee Burri, 31 years old from Estacada, sustained a broken leg while working with a 21 person Mount Hood Initial Attack Fire Team that had been fighting a small fire near road 11 off Quartzville road.

Sweet Home Fire Department paramedics initially were dispatched to the scene. Two medics hiked in approximately 3 miles to Burri. Once on scene, they recognized an air rescue would be the safest way to remove Burri.

Linn County SAR worked in coordination with Oregon Air National Guard to get a United States Coast Guard helicopter to the area to attempt a rescue. The Coast Guard helicopter arrived in the area at 03:00am. As the Coast Guard helicopter attempted to land, air from the blades caused the fire to quickly stir up. The fire, along with the rough terrain, made the rescue not possible. The Coast Guard helicopter did not attempt another rescue.

Linn County SAR had been on standby up until this point and now responded to the trailhead. They cleared a secondary landing zone for a helicopter. At day light, a National Parks Service MD 900 helicopter, out of Redmond, was successfully able to air lift Burri out. They had to use a rope and harness because the helicopter was not able to land. Burri was taken to the secondary landing area, loaded into the helicopter, and then transported to the Albany Municipal Airport. Burri was transferred to an Albany Fire Department ambulance and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.

Linn County Sheriff's Office had a total of 18 members from SAR involved with the operation, along with 2 members from the Sweet Home Fire Department. Other agencies involved were the U.S. Forest Service, United States Coast Guard, and the National Parks Service.
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a boat accident on the Willamette river. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/21/15
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At approximately 7:40 this evening PF&R responded to a report of a boat accident. When crew arrived they found four patients in a 16' aluminum boat with front end damage. Two patients with minor injuries were taken to shore via rescue craft. The remaining two patients with more severe injuries were taken to shore via the rescue boat.

The boat was going 30mph when it struck the Hawthorne Bridge, as reported by a Police Officer. The two teenage female patients where transported to Doernbecher Hospital. The two male patients were transported to OHSU, one of which was entered into the trauma system due to facial injuries and a possible neck injury. Patients were transported in stable condition.


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Sheriff Jason Myers Promotes Two Sergeants to Lieutenant (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/15
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Today friends, family and co-workers gathered as Sheriff Jason Myers administered the oath of office to his two newest Lieutenants. The ceremony was commenced in the court yard located at the Marion County Jail.

Lieutenant Nick Hunter will be assigned to our Enforcement Division and Lieutenant Jay Bergmann to our Parole and Probation Division. Please help us in congratulating our newest Lieutenants in their promotion and wishing them well in their new career path.


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UPDATE: Detectives Seeking Public's Help to Locate Hayden Island Robbery Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/21/15
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The suspect in this case has been identified by Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives and is currently receiving medical treatment at a secure medical facility.

He has not been arrested and his name will not be released at this time.

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On Monday July 20, 2015, at 1:33 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Plaid Pantry, located at 1465 North Hayden Island Drive.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that the suspect was armed with a knife and demanded money. He left the store without obtaining any money and made statements about wanting to be shot by police.

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

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-to-late 20s, 6'2" tall, 160 pounds, brown shaggy hair and a beard.

A surveillance image from Plaid Pantry is being released to assist with this investigation.

Anyone seeing this suspect should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Ken Reynolds at 503-823-0407, kenneth.reynolds@portlandoregon.gov.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 Special Session Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 07/21/15
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Special Session Meeting on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:00p.m. The Board will participate in a three hour school board professional development training facilitated by Spencer Lewis from the Oregon School Boards Association. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Returning This August
Woloshin Communications - 07/21/15
July 21, 2015
Two ALS patients who co-founded the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, together with fifteen ALS organizations, announced today a collaborative effort to launch the Challenge again this August. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge became a global phenomenon in 2014 and raised $220 million globally for ALS research and patient care.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease (MND), is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis, due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no known cure for the disease. However, as a result of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 significant new investments in research on the causes of and potential treatments for ALS have been made.
Co-founders Pat Quinn and Pete Frates will kick off this year's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on July 31 in Boston. The two ALS patients, their families and a steering committee of nonprofits have been working together since last year and are putting the final touches on a special launch event. A dedicated website - www.alsicebucketchallenge.org - was unveiled today to inform people about ALS and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and to make it easier for them to donate to an ALS organization of their choosing.
"Last year gave the ALS community hope for the first time in a long time," said Quinn, who lives in Yonkers, N.Y., and was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. "But we still need the public's help to keep the momentum going. We plan to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge again this August and every August until we find a cure."
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral video phenomenon that soaked the nation and the world for the first time in August 2014. A person dumps a bucket of ice and water over his or her head, challenging three friends to either do the same, donate to the ALS charity of their choice, or both. More than 17 million videos of people taking the challenge were posted on Facebook alone last year. These videos were watched by 440 million people a total of 10 billion times.
"The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge represents all that's great about this country - it's about fun, friends, family, and it makes a difference to all of us living with ALS," said Frates, who lives in Beverly, Mass., and was diagnosed with ALS when he was 27 years old. "I am so proud that ALS organizations have come together to support me and my family and the whole ALS community as we unite to launch this year's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge."
All told the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge led to more than $220 million in donations to ALS-oriented nonprofits, including some of those leading this year's collaborative launch effort. Many of the donations raised by ALS nonprofits during last year's challenge have already been invested or allocated to support new ALS research efforts, increased advocacy, and expanded and improved local care and services for people diagnosed with ALS, their families, and care providers.
This announcement represents the largest coordinated effort of ALS nonprofits to date, and many of the organizations hope to work more closely together not only on awareness and fundraising activities such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but also on providing crucial patient services and accelerating ALS research.
The ALSIceBucketChallenge.org website was created pro bono by TBWAChiatDay in New York City.
Participating ALS Organizations: The ALS Association, ALS Canada, ALS Hope Foundation, ALS Therapy Development Institute, ALS Worldwide, Answer ALS, International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations, Iron Horse Foundation, Les Turner Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Prize4Life, Project A.L.S., Target ALS, Team Gleason, The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research
About TBWAChiatDay: TBWAChiatDay New York is part of the TBWA Worldwide network. TBWA Worldwide (www.tbwa.com) is a top ten ranked global advertising network that holds Disruption(R) at its core to develop business-changing ideas for the brands it works with. TBWA has 11,100 employees across 323 offices in 97 countries and also includes brands such as AUDITOIRE, BEING, Digital Arts Network (DAN), eg+ worldwide, The Integer Group(R), TBWAMedia Arts Lab and TBWAWorldHealth. TBWA's global clients include Accenture, adidas, Apple, Energizer, Gatorade, GSK, Henkel, Kraft, McDonald's, Michelin, Nissan, Pernod Ricard, Pfizer, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore Airlines, Sotheby's and Vichy. Follow TBWA on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook.

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Second Annual Camp Prepare! on August 1 Aims to Get People Prepared for a Major Disaster (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/21/15
All it takes is a tent, a disaster kit and a parcel of grass to participate in Camp Prepare!
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Over the past two weeks, much attention has been given to the Cascadia Subduction Zone (https://www.google.com/search?q=new+yorker+cascadia), and the havoc and devastation wreaked by this severe seismic activity. When this quake occurs, you want to be ready!

Camp Prepare! on Saturday, August 1, is a great way to test your disaster kit and see what it would be like to survive after a calamity. Conceived by the American Red Cross Cascades Region in 2014, the event aims to get people to live off their disaster kit for one night by camping out - whether it's pitching a tent in your back yard or packing up your camping gear and heading to a state park. The idea is to spend one night living without the comforts of electricity, running water or technology (with the exception of Red Cross apps).

"There is a lot of overlap in what people have in a preparedness kit and what you would bring on a camping trip," says Melinda McGoldrick, preparedness and partnerships manager for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "Camp Prepare! is a great reason to update your kits and find out if your current supplies are going to work in a real post-disaster situation."

Common items used for camping such as water, canned food, flashlights, extra batteries and first aid supplies are just a few of the items that should be in a disaster preparedness kit. While the Red Cross recommends at least a three-day supply of food and water, larger disasters may require people to have enough supplies to live comfortably for several weeks as may be the case when the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake hits.

Henry Soderberg, preparedness coordinator for the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross, took part in the first Camp Prepare! He says that having an opportunity to check out his kit in advance to get ready for the camp out was a great way to see what items he needed to add or update. "I camped with other Red Cross team members," says Henry," and we shared food and other items. This really highlighted the importance of being part of a community that is prepared."

To participate and become an official "camper," visit www.redcross.org/campprepare. In addition to camping registration, the website also offers useful information about what belongs in a typical Preparedness Kit and what to do before, during and after common disasters

Participants are encouraged to take photos, post to Facebook, Tweet or share their experience in other ways. Registrants who submit a photo, or post to Facebook and "share" with the Red Cross, will be entered in a drawing for a Red Cross T-shirt!


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


Attached Media Files: All it takes is a tent, a disaster kit and a parcel of grass to participate in Camp Prepare! , During the first Camp Prepare!, in 2014, Red Cross volunteers group camped at Champoeg Park outside of Newberg to test their disaster kits.
BPA shares new collection of historical films (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/21/15
BPA is sharing seven films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s that showcase the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system.
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Portland, Ore.- The Bonneville Power Administration is sharing a new collection of movies about the history of energy in the Northwest. "BPA Film Collection, Volume Two, 1950-1987," features five BPA-produced films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s, plus two bonus films.

BPA is offering a free DVD of the films. To receive a copy, contact the BPA Library and Visitor Center at 800-622-4520 or visitorcenter@bpa.gov. You can also view, share and learn more about the seven films at www.bpa.gov/goto/films.

After promoting the development of the Federal Columbia River Power System and the concept of public power in its earlier films, BPA began telling stories about the challenges and successes of operating the Northwest power grid, and educating the public about the many benefits of its low-cost electricity.

"This chapter of BPA films showcases the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system. And a lot of that equipment is still in use today," says BPA librarian Kaye Silver.

The collection is a highly-anticipated follow-up to "BPA Film Collection, Volume One, 1939-1954," the first group of films from BPA's archives. Since its release last year, BPA has distributed about 3,000 copies to electric utilities, libraries, museums and individuals throughout the Northwest, every corner of the country and beyond. Requests came from as far away as Scotland.

"The first volume was a historian's delight and volume two proves to be just as fascinating," says Laurence Cotton, who specializes in regional history and guides history-themed cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

The collection opens with "Stringing and Sagging a High-Voltage Transmission Line" (1950), a richly detailed film about power engineering that uses animation, tower models and field footage to show how Bonneville built the largest long-distance transmission system of its kind in the nation. The next BPA movie, "The World Behind Your Light Switch" (1966), explains the thousands of uses of electricity and shows crews repairing power lines in bad weather. It includes footage of the first repair of the underwater cable serving the San Juan Islands, the laying of which was depicted in a 1952 BPA film called "25,000 Volts Under the Sea," part of the first collection.

In 1963, BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation co-produced "Great River," which covers many aspects of delivering electricity and water to the people of the Northwest. A decade later, it was re-released with a new beginning and ending by Portland-area newscaster Ted Bryant. The 1973 version is included in the set.

The final two BPA-produced films in the collection won numerous awards. "Intertie" (1969) showcases the construction of the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Direct Current Intertie, a high-voltage electric superhighway that helps the two regions balance power needs in the West and share surplus electricity. It features spectacular aerial footage, bluegrass music and time-lapse construction of the Celilo Converter Station, the line's northern terminus in The Dalles, Ore.

Made for Bonneville's 50th anniversary in 1987, "River of Power" is the most comprehensive BPA film. It looks at the geology of the Columbia River Basin and the development of the river, incorporating footage from earlier BPA films. It also features alternate recordings of some of the Columbia River songs written by Woody Guthrie for BPA in 1941.

There are two bonus films in the collection. "Action on the Columbia" (1964) captures the Canadian perspective on the Columbia River Treaty, the international agreement between Canada and the United States that guides the management of water resources and helps prevent major floods. It features spectacular aerial views of the upper Columbia River in British Columbia before the dams went in. With permission of BC Hydro, this film is included in the collection in honor of the 50th anniversary of the treaty.

The collection closes with a rediscovered version of BPA's first film, "Hydro." Vice President Henry Wallace took this shorter version of the 1939 film on a goodwill visit to Russia, Mongolia and China in the spring of 1944. BPA writer-producer Stephen Kahn also screened this version for audiences in New York City. Until recently there was no copy of it in BPA's archives. But last spring, a BPA electrical engineer bought a 16-millimeter reel from an antique store in Vancouver, Wash., which turned out to be the lost international version of "Hydro."

For more information or to host a screening of the films, email BPA librarian Libby Burke at eaburke@bpa.gov. Transcripts of the films are also available.


Attached Media Files: BPA is sharing seven films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s that showcase the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system. , To receive your free DVD, contact the BPA Library and Visitor Center at 800-622-4520 or visitorcenter@bpa.gov.
Portland Fire & Rescue performs a high angle rope rescue. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/21/15
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At approximately 10:30 this morning PF&R crews responded to a person who had fallen and was suspended about 40 feet in the air. Upon arrival crews climbed the structure and found a man in his mid thirties, lying on a landing with a nonlife-threatening arm injury. While PF&R's high angle rope rescue team was responding firefighters were able to stabilize the patient and prepare him for lowering operations.

Crews were told that the man was pressure washing the structure in preparation for painting. While pressure washing from a metal basket the basket failed and fell to the water. The patient was swung into the landing by his safety harness which kept him from falling to the water. Soon after PF&R's high angle rope rescue team arrived the patient was safely lowered and transported to Emanuel Hospital.


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31st Annual Bike MS to Cycle through the Willamette Valley Countryside July 31 - Aug. 2 (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 07/21/15
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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 21,2015

National MS Society, Oregon Chapter holds recreational cycling event to benefit multiple sclerosis research, support programs

PORTLAND - With 100 Bike MS rides across the U.S. in 2015, there's a Bike MS ride coming soon to Oregon. In the first weekend of August, the 31st annual 2015 Bike MS Willamette Valley takes cyclists on two days of recreational rides through the rolling hills, wildlife preserves, historic towns, and water features of the Willamette Valley countryside.

The 2015 Bike MS Willamette Valley ride kicks off Friday, July 31 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon with an opening night party and karaoke sing-a-long. On Saturday, Aug. 1, riders of all levels loop anywhere from 33-100 miles, refuel at fully-stocked rest stops, enjoy BBQ, a beer garden, and movie night under the stars. Event participants roll to a close on Sunday, Aug. 2 with a 35 or 50 mile ride and lunch.

Anyone 12 or older is invited to participate. Participants receive free campsites and RV spaces near event festivities (first come, first served), on-route bike repair and safety support, before/after-ride meals and entertainment, and a celebration back at Western Oregon University. Riders cycle with others at their own pace, and gain a sense of accomplishment by crossing a finish line that helps the Society get that much closer to finding a cure.

The 31st annual ride marks one of the largest fundraisers for the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter. Cyclists pay a registration fee of $35 - $95 and commit to raising at least $250. Those raising more than $5,000 are given a pass to all one hundred Bike MS rides across the country. Nearly 75% of what's raised directly funds programs and services to help those impacted by MS lead their best lives, and helps researchers find both a cause and a cure.

As Sheila Mawdsley, Bike MS Willamette Valleys's 2015 "I Ride with MS" co-ambassador says, "You don't have to ride 100 miles--you don't even have to ride 33. Just do what you can and be a part of the synergy created with hundreds of other people wanting to end MS in its tracks. You are important to the cause."

Register for the event at bikeMS.org > Oregon

Where Does the Money Go?

The 2014 Bike MS Willamette Valley ride generated $655,000; the goal for 2015 is $761,000. Our supporters' generous contributions help serve local friends and neighbors affected by MS by: supporting research and training projects aimed at finding the cause of MS, better treatments and a cure. Informing and educating people with MS about a variety of issues through newsletters, publications, education seminars and conferences, and at-home teleconferences. Providing direct support and financial assistance for the FDA-approved medications, medical equipment, counseling services, respite, care management, college scholarships, and other emergency assistance. Supporting emotional health and physical well-being through wellness programs, wellness grants, exercise classes, retreats, a network of self-help groups, a peer support telephone program, and so much more.

What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

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

Learn More About Bike MS
Visit bikeMS.org > Oregon
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About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS so that they can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost, and end MS forever. In 2014, the Society invested $50.2 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world. Through our comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, we also invested $122.2 million to help more than one million individuals affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

More About the Oregon Chapter

The Oregon Chapter serves more than 8,100 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

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

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Sherwood Police Officer Assaulted in Safeway Parking Lot
Sherwood Police Dept. - 07/21/15
On 07/20/15 around 1:45pm, The Sherwood Police Department responded 20685 SW Roy Rogers Rd on a reported distressed dog left in a vehicle. While the officer was speaking with the complainant, the dog owner exited a business establishment and confronted the officer. The dog owner, identified as Jeffrey D. Hagg (54) was very agitated and aggressive with the officer.
Mr. Hagg became confrontational with the officer, pushing him in the chest and eventually striking the officer in the head when he and other officers attempted to take him into custody.
The officer was treated for his injuries and released from a local hospital. The suspect, Mr. Hagg, received treatment for injuries to his face and head and released from a local hospital.
Mr. Hagg has been charged with Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Disorderly Conduct and Harassment. Mr. Hagg was lodged in the Washington County Jail.
The dog was released to a family member at the scene.
Interested in Connecting Better with the Portland Police? We've Got an App for That! (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/21/15
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The Portland Police Bureau has a new app available to better connect the community with the police.

The app is available for both Apple and Android phones and brings together several important links and social media pages into one easy place.

iPhone: http://bit.ly/PPBIOS
Android: http://bit.ly/PPBAndroid

Links include:

News Releases
Crime Maps
Alerts
Crime Stoppers of Oregon
Commendations
Complaints
YouTube
Facebook
Twitter
Crime Prevention
CanYouIDMe?
Official Portland Police Bureau Webpage

The app was developed by MobilePD who has also developed similar apps for the following police agencies:

Mesa (AZ) Police Department
Atlanta (GA) Police Department
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department
Victoria (BC) Police Department

"We are extremely excited to welcome the Portland Police Bureau to the MobilePD family," said Kushyar Kasraie, CEO of MobilePD. "It's our strong belief that this partnership will lead to a safer and more engaged Portland community and we can't wait to see the results."

The app is free to download and is designed to enhance the flow of information to and from the community.

"The Police Bureau actively reaches out to community members through social media and other avenues to talk about crime and provide public safety alerts, what officers are doing in their neighborhood and other Bureau news," said Chief Lawrence P. O'Dea III. "This app is a way for people to access all of these channels under one umbrella as well as provide feedback to the Independent Police Review Division. In today's modern policing world, we want to be connecting with the community not only in person, but in the places where people are more likely to access our information, such as their smartphone."

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Beware of phone scam targeting utility customers
Pacific Power - 07/21/15
Pacific Power urges customers to verify any phone calls about their account by calling
1-888-221-7070

PORTLAND, Ore. - Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the Northwest where criminals posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.

The fraud is occurring nationwide, but recent days have seen an upsurge in the Northwest. The thieves sometimes use sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that the scam call is coming from the utility when it is not. If customers receive such a call, hang up and instead call 1-888-221-7070 to verify the call's origins.
Pacific Power call center agents can be reached any time day or night, toll free at 1-888-221-7070. That is the only number to call for any customer service you need or if you suspect a call may not actually be from Pacific Power.

"So far, this has affected a relatively small number of cust
omers, but any customer being taken advantage of in this way is one too many," said Valerie Smith, director of customer service. "We encourage any customer who has been contacted in this manner to report the contact to local law enforcement."

In order to help customers recognize the fraudulent calls, in general, the scam goes like this:
Scammers call residential or business customers demanding payment for overdue bills. Sometimes, the caller tells the intended victim that they owe a specific amount of money. The thief then typically advises the customer to make a payment by going to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card and provide the pre-paid card's code to the phony "agent."
Pacific Power wants customers to be aware that this is a scam and not a legitimate request. Pacific Power does not use these methods. If such a call is received, hang up and call 1-888-221-7070 to inquire about the call with Pacific Power.

When Pacific Power contacts a customer, the representative will always already have the customer's account number. Even then, if you are contacted by phone and have any concerns about the validity of the call, it is always appropriate to let the caller know you prefer to call them back at the utility's published customer service number--1-888-221-7070.
Pacific Power cautions that customers should never provide unsolicited callers or visitors with credit card numbers or any other information that may compromise their financial security.

Anyone receiving such calls or other contact regarding their utility account or bill is encouraged to pay close attention to any information - such as the phone number they are asked to call, a number that appears on caller ID, an address where they're told to send money- and then call 1-888-221-7070 to report the incident to local police and Pacific Power.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Early Morning Fire Burns Multiple food carts in Southwest Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/21/15
At a little after 4:30 this morning Portland Fire crews responded to multiple food carts on fire in Southwest Portland. The food carts were located on SW4th Ave between Hall and College. Fortunately Portland fire station 4 is located at 5th and College so the response time was very short. The fire was quickly brought under control.

4-5 Food carts were burned. An Investigator is on scene. Total damages and a cause are not available at this time.
A PIO is responding to the scene.

Update

Six total food carts were damaged by this mornings fire. Four will likely be a complete loss. These small carts typically run off of propane tanks and two of the tanks continued to leak for more than hour following the fire. This prompted road closures along SW 4th, SW 5th, SW College and SW Hall until 8 a.m.
The Arson Investigation Unit is still considering this fire as under investigation and a dollar value for the loss has not been determined.
Final Update: Multnomah County Search and Rescue activated for lost teenage hiker above Multnomah Falls (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/15
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Final Update: The teen hiker was reunited with family at 12:15 a.m. Asked about her hike, she said she continued following the trail up and didn't realize she had gone so far. She received a text from a family member and turned around but it was getting dark and she wasn't sure which way to come back down the trail. After texting with her family and following the trail she found a sign along the trail and relayed that information to her family. Family members said to stay there and let the responding deputies know the information they received from her. Her phone died shortly after receiving the text from her family to stay where she was.

MCSO Trail Hornets located the teen hiker at the Wahkeena Falls Junction. She was not carrying any emergency supplies and was out of water.

The teen hiker assisted searchers in her rescue by remaining on the trail and not leaving the trail trying to get back down. She also stopped and remained at that location after texting her family the information from the sign and did not continue moving down the trails.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to attempting a hike. Be prepared when you depart for a hike and ensure you are carrying the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. Hike with a partner or group. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit or hike in the Columbia Gorge scenic areas.

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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Trail Hornets have located the lost teen hiker on the trail at the Wahkeena Falls junction. She is in good condition and was a little dehydrated. The Trail Hornets gave the hiker some water and are now escorting her down from the trail to be reunited with family.


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This evening, Monday July 20, 2015 at approximately 8:50 p.m. MCSO Deputies responded to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge after a family member called 911 and reported their 15-year-old sister had gone hiking up to the upper falls a couple of hours ago and had not returned. The caller had also received a text from the hiker who thought she may have taken a wrong trail. MCSO Deputies received information on the way that indicated the hiker may have found their way on to the correct trail and was on the way out. MCSO Deputies arrived at the Multnomah Falls parking area, met with the caller and found the hiker was still not down from the trail.

MCSO Search and Rescue and MCSO Trail Hornets have been activated and are responding to begin Search and Rescue operations. Media staging will be near the command post in the Multnomah Falls lodge parking area.


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One-Alarm Fire Damages Hillsboro Home (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 07/21/15
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A one-alarm fire heavily damaged a Hillsboro home late Monday (7/20/2015) night leaving several people searching for a new place to live. The fire was reported at 11:06 pm at 209 NE 6th Avenue. A security service and passers-by reported the incident. When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department's Main Fire Station arrived, they found heavy fire coming from an attached storage area on the northwest corner of the one-story wood frame residence. From the exterior, they knocked down the main body of the fire and continued inside. Crews searched the home and found no one inside. However, fire had made its way into the attic area. Additional firefighters arrived and ventilated the attic space and assisted in extinguishing the flames. The fire was brought under control in about 15-minutes. There were no injuries.

As many as five people were living in the rented home along with one visitor. However, no one was home when the blaze broke out. A Hillsboro Fire Department chaplain is coordinating any assistance the occupants may need.

A fire investigator is examining the scene and interviewing witnesses to try and determine the cause of the blaze. The damage estimate is placed at $25-thousand dollars.

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07/20/15
Red Cross assists 5 folllowing Vancouver fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/20/15
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to a single-family fire Sunday on the 19000 block of SE 97th Ave. in Vancouver.

The fire affected two adults and three children. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, bedding and linens, comfort kits and recovery information.
Shooting Investigation Underway in East Portland's Glenfair Neighborhood - No Known Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/20/15
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On Monday July 20, 2015, at 4:35 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a gunfire at 160th Avenue and East Burnside Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to witnesses who described hearing several gunshots and seeing two African American males run from the scene, one armed with a handgun.

The suspect armed with a handgun is described as an African American male, stocky build, cornrowed hair, wearing a white shirt and black shorts.

The second suspect is described as an African American male, lighter skin, 6'5" tall, dread-locked hair, wearing a blue shirt.

Officers located damage to at least two residences at the Tree Crest Apartments, located at 16047 East Burnside Street.

No gunshot victims were located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Red Cross helps three following Beaverton fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/20/15
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to a single-family fire July 19 on the 18000 block of NW Cornell St. in Beaverton.

The fire affected three adults. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, comfort kits and recovery information.
Press Release 3: Update City Manager Betz Investigation
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/20/15
This afternoon Nancy McDonald, Interim Human Resource Director, Mayor Bob Andrews and Truman Stone, City Attorney - Interim Pro Tem City Manager met with the Oregon State Police to discuss the City Manager investigation. Further information will be provide through the Marion County District Attorney's Office.


Brittney Jeffries
Engineering -IT Program Assistant
City of Newberg
414 E. First Street | PO Box 970 | Newberg OR 97132
brittney.jeffries@newbergoregon.gov
Direct: 503.537.1273 | Fax: 503.537.1277
Burglary Suspect Arrested In Harrisburg
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/20/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies assisted the Lane County Sheriff's Office with the apprehension of a home invasion burglary suspect on Sommerville Place in Harrisburg.

Yesterday at 10:01 A.M. Linn County deputies arrived at a home located on Sommerville Place to assist the Lane County Sheriff's Office with locating a home invasion burglary suspect, 39-year-old James David Reese, a transient from Lane County. Deputies were granted entry to the residence and could hear movement in the attic. Deputies discovered that Reese made entry to the attic of the residence through the bathroom ceiling in an attempt to hide from deputies.

Deputy Sheriff Dave Francis and his K-9 partner Barry were called to the scene. Verbal commands were given to Reese to come out of the attic with no response. K-9 Barry was sent into the attic and found Reese hiding under ceiling insulation. Reese refused to comply with commands, at which time K-9 Barry bit Reese on the right hip. Reese continued to resist while K-9 Barry held him for deputies to place him in handcuffs.

During this incident, Reese sustained minor injuries to his right hip area. Reese was taken into custody by the Lane County Sheriff's Office and transported to River Bend Hospital in Eugene for medical treatment. Reese was later lodged in the Lane County Jail for charges of Burglary I, Robbery III, Theft I and Possession of Methamphetamine.
Update #4: Caldwell book on Fugitive status: Agg ATT Murder PC out of Oregon: Suspect Caldwell is 40 yrs not 23: Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies arrests man after pursuit who was shot by Oregon Officer. Suspect in hospital (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/15
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Update: #4 Caldwell is now being held on a "Fugitive" status due to Oregon State Police getting a warrant of arrest signed for charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder and Felony Assault. He will go before the Superior Court in Cowlitz County tomorrow to face these new charges along with the local charges listed previously.

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Update#3: Mon - July 20th. Eric Caldwell has been released from St. John Hospital in Longview and booked in the Cowlitz County Jail on Felony Eluding and Reckless driving. No bail. His first appearance will be tomorrow. We do not know if it will be in person or by video. Questions regarding his court appearance should be directed to the Cowlitz County Superior Court.

There will be more charges forthcoming out of Oregon soon. Questions regarding the events and charges out of Oregon should be directed to the Oregon State Police.

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Update#2: Attached is a photo taken at the time the Cowlitz Deputies arrested Eric Caldwell last night. The photo shows (left to right) Eric Caldwell in custody of Cowlitz deputies James Hanberry, and Ness Aguilar (arresting Deputy), (? officer?) and Deputy Geary Enbody (jumping out of burning patrol SUV). The SUV on fire was actually Deputy Aguilar's. Deputy Enbody had briefly jumped in the SUV as he noticed a small fire under it and tried to move it away from the grass fire. Other deputies and officers in the area put the fire out with their fire extinguishers. Enbody received a small minor burn on his arm, no one else was injured. The SUV is at the county fleet shop being checked by mechanics. It appears that the fire was started by tall grass under the SUV touching the exhaust catalytic converter.

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Update: Caldwell is 40 years of age, not 23 as previously report: He is still in St John hospital under guard by Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies. We do not know when he will be released from their care.

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Cowlitz County, Wash - Columbia County Sheriff Deputies were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle that was being driven by a man who had hit a Scappoose Officer with the stolen car as they attempted to stop it. Another Scappoose Officer shot the driver during the incident. The driver and a female passenger fled north through Rainier and the vehicle was spotted by Cowlitz County Deputies as it came into Washington across the Longview Rainier bridge. Deputies and officers from other Washington law enforcement agencies pursued the vehicle to I-5 where it went across the median near Mile Post 32. The suspect stopped and was taken in to custody. The female passenger was taken in to custody for questioning and released.

The suspect was transported to St. John Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gun shot wound to the chest and arm.

The suspect is Eric A Caldwell of Portland, 23yrs. Caldwell is under 24 hour watch by Cowlitz Deputies and will be booked in to Cowlitz jail when he is released by the hospital. Oregon State Police will be the lead agency handling the investigation that occurred in Oregon.

A Cowlitz County Sheriff's patrol car sustained minor damage when it caught on fire briefly during the stop on the freeway.

All media questions regarding the incident in Oregon should be directed to the Oregon agencies.

We will not be describing the suspects medical condition further.

We will send an update when the suspect is booked.

We will not be taking calls tonight. I will be available for calls tomorrow after 8:00 a.m.

Charlie Rosenzweig
Chief Criminal Deputy
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office


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Salem Police to host National Night Out kick-off party tomorrow
Salem Police Dept. - 07/20/15
July 20, 2015: The Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit announces its 9th Annual National Night Out Kick-Off Party to be held Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the city hall atrium just outside the police department.

"We're proud to host this 'pre-party party' to help boost community enthusiasm about hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out which is Tuesday, August 4, 2015," said Crime Prevention Officer Mark Jantz. The kick-off party will be the place for last minute block party planners to register their gathering, and submit or confirm their street closure permit.

Added Jantz, "We are able to hold this event thanks to our sponsors, The Home Depot and Target Stores. And, several of our other partners in crime prevention will be there distributing brochures and information which hosts can give out to their neighbors at their block party."

At the kick-off, block party hosts who have already registered their party with the police department can pick up their commemorative gift (one per party, while supplies last). "The commemorative give-away is a big deal each year. Neighbors arrive early and form a line at the kick-off party just to get theirs," said Jantz.

Neighbors interested in receiving a visit from a National Night Out team (consisting of a police officer and a law enforcement or local business mascot) should register soon as the number of parties Salem Police teams can visit is limited by staffing and fleet.

For more information, please contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175 or visit www.cityofsalem.net/nno.
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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/20/15
Lt. Greg Pickering will be the acting public information officer from Tuesday, July 20 through Thursday, July 23. He can be reached at 503-572-7717.
Press Release 2: Update on Paid Administrative leave for both Police Chief Casey and City Manager Betz
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/20/15
The City of Newberg is conducting an assessment of its Police Department and has hired an independent consultant to perform the assessment. This assessment is administrative. This is not a criminal investigation. Consultants are not able to conduct criminal investigations, only law enforcement. Had this been a criminal investigation, it would have been turned over to the Oregon State Police.

During this assessment, the Police Chief has been put on routine, paid administrative leave. Captain Chris Bolek will be Acting in Command for the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. Capt. Bolek is a 30 year veteran of the Newberg-Dundee Police force.

This morning the City Council placed City Manager Betz on paid administrative leave. Under the succession plan, the City Attorney, Truman Stone will serve as City Manager Pro Tem. Stone has been an attorney since 1992 and was hired as the City Attorney in October 2013. "The District Attorney has not contacted the City Attorney's office. The only information I have about this situation is the press release issued by DA Berry" says City Attorney Stone - City Manager Pro Tem.

Posted for:

Brittney Jeffries
Public Affairs Officer - City of Newberg
414 E. First Street | PO Box 970 | Newberg OR 97132
publicaffairs@newbergoregon.gov
Direct: 503. 537. 1273
Ridgefield teacher retires after teaching kindergarten at the district for 34 years (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 07/20/15
Dodi McCombs taught kindergarten for 34 years at Ridgefield School District
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Monday, July 20, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Parents, community members, colleagues, and past students joined in celebrating Dodi McCombs' retirement at a party thrown in her honor on Thursday, May 21, 2015. McCombs taught for 40 years, serving as a kindergarten teacher for the Ridgefield School District for the past 34 years.

Photographs of McCombs past classes lined the hallways of the new facility at South Ridge Elementary School. Past students signed their names next to their photographs while parents, students, and colleagues alike shared their experiences with McCombs and congratulated her on years of service as a dedicated teacher.

"Dodi began and ended her career the same way with abundant enthusiasm and dedication to the success of every life she touched," said Janice Sauve, Principal of South Ridge Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year. "She touched the lives of generations of families in the Ridgefield community; there will always be a Mrs. McCombs kindergarten story to tell at a family gathering."

McCombs began teaching eighth grade art classes at age 20 in 1961 after receiving a two-year degree in Toledo, Oregon followed by sixth grade in Creswell, Oregon so she could attend the University of Oregon with her husband where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education. Over the following years, she lived in Cincinnati, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Westport, Oregon before landing in Ridgefield in 1975.

McCombs started working in South Ridge Elementary School by offering assistance to Marilyn Moberg, a first grade teacher with 30 students who needed help. "I missed teaching so much that I offered to help out in her class," said McCombs. "I told her that I wanted to do more than run off copies or correct papers - I wanted to teach." After Moberg learned of McCombs' qualifications, Moberg requested that McCombs attend class daily, managing three groups of student reading groups. McCombs then taught two years of preschool before receiving a half-time kindergarten teaching position became available at South Ridge Elementary School in 1981. "Whenever I saw my paycheck, I always thought, 'I'm doing what I love and they're paying me, too!'," said McCombs.

McCombs' coworkers commend her for her dedication to her students. "I have known Dodi for 15 years both as a colleague and my own son's teacher," said Karen Moses, a fourth grade teacher at South Ridge. "Dodi knows each of her students personally, and she always comes to work with a cheerful and positive attitude which makes her a joy to be around."

McCombs always had the desire to teach, and kindergarten students were her favorite. "I love their personalities, their unique interpretations of the world, their group hugs, and the looks on their faces when they grasp a concept for the first time," explained McCombs. "Teaching kindergarten is a lot of work, but it's worth every minute of it."

Even in retirement, McCombs intends to volunteer to help out in Ann Tracey's kindergarten class at South Ridge one day a week for group time, and to spend another day each week to help out McComb's daughter, Wendy, who teaches kindergarten for Vancouver School District. "One of the biggest challenges teaching kindergarten is getting enough volunteers to be able to use small group instruction effectively," said McCombs. "Smaller groups are much better at offering individualized student learning, so I truly want to continue to help out wherever and however I can."

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Gresham Police to Conduct Pedestrian Safety Mission
Gresham Police Dept - 07/20/15
Gresham, Ore -The Gresham Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on July 22, 2015 at the intersection of West Powell Blvd and Junction Place. The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. The detail will be conducted between the hours of 4:00 - 8:00 PM; warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone. Education of both drivers and pedestrians are vital to keeping our roads safe.

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

Funding for this pedestrian safety detail is made possible through a grant from the Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer and again in September as the new school year begins.
Linn Search & Rescue Assist Injured Climber (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/20/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on Sunday July 19, at 9:05 a.m. his office received a call stating a male had fallen approximately 20 feet while climbing in the Mt. Washington wilderness area. 47-year old Jeffry Scott Hess from Corvallis sustained a broken ankle after a rock gave way causing him to fall.

Hess's climbing partner Jake Ford 31-years old from Lebanon along with the assistance of three other climbers in the area, started carrying Hess down the mountain. Members of Linn County Search and Rescue hiked in and helped carry Hess out to the Pacific Crest Trail Head arriving over 11 hours after receiving the original call. Hess was transported to Good Samaritan hospital in Corvallis.

Linn County Search and Rescue (SAR) had 28 members respond to the search. SAR members were assisted by six members from Corvallis Mountain Rescue.


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10 Ways to Strengthen Oregon Communities and Create a Culture of Preparedness (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/20/15
As AmeriCorps members with the American Red Cross Shiela Peralta (left) and Kelsey Decker conducted outreach activities around the state and presented disaster preparedness programs to more than 6,000 students in the Portland metropolitan area.
As AmeriCorps members with the American Red Cross Shiela Peralta (left) and Kelsey Decker conducted outreach activities around the state and presented disaster preparedness programs to more than 6,000 students in the Portland metropolitan area.
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The Oregon State Service Corps (AmeriCorps) is accepting applications for positions with the American Red Cross in Oregon

July 20, 2015 - PORTLAND, OR. - Kelsey Decker and Shiela Peralta are as different as two young women can be. Kelsey traveled the world working with non-profit groups. Shiela is interested in business and a social media maven. They found commonality at the American Red Cross Cascades Region last fall when they came on board as Emergency Preparedness Coordinators as part of the Oregon State Service Corps AmeriCorps program. Over the past year they learned new skills, gained program management experience, contributed to community-program building, acquired self-confidence, made business contacts and new friends.

In the course of her participation in AmeriCorps with the Red Cross, Shiela says she found herself becoming more assertive, more outgoing and better able to work with diverse audiences. "This has been a great experience and I am glad that I was able to contribute in such a meaningful way to our community," she says.

AmeriCorps is a National Service movement with roots in the Peace Corps and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). AmeriCorps provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with an opportunity to address pressing community needs by completing a year of service. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a small living allowance and an education award.

Program Director Mark Johnson says that AmeriCorps placement opportunities are available in the areas of disaster services, education, healthy futures, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, and/or volunteer generation. "These are priority areas," says Mark. "In disaster services, for example, members' service will help individuals and communities prepare, respond, recover and mitigate disasters and increase community resiliency."

The following positions are currently open within the American Red Cross Cascades Regions. While many are based in Portland, there are opening in other communities such as Eugene, Bend, Salem and Medford.

Disaster Preparedness and Safety Coordinator (Eugene)
Disaster Preparedness Coordinator (Portland-2, Salem-1, Bend - 1, Medford-1)
Disaster Services Recruitment Coordinator (Portland)
Humanitarian Services Recruitment Coordinator (Portland)
Red Cross Preparedness Communication Coordinator (Portland)
Red Cross Youth Club Coordinator (Portland)

To apply for any of these positions, visit http://www.osscamericorps.org/#!openpositions/cee5. Applications will be accepted through July 30, 2015.


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


Attached Media Files: As AmeriCorps members with the American Red Cross Shiela Peralta (left) and Kelsey Decker conducted outreach activities around the state and presented disaster preparedness programs to more than 6,000 students in the Portland metropolitan area.
Toddler survives fall from third story window by Landing on Father
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/15
Last night at about 8:00 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a child who fell out of a third story window and was not breathing. A Sheriff's deputy was close by and was on scene within a minute. He assisted a neighbor with CPR and they were able to revive the child.

On Sunday, July 19, 2015, at 8:17 p.m. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to 19900 block of SW Monson Street in the community of Aloha, on a call of a two-year-old boy who fell out a third story window and was not breathing.

The deputy arrived within a minute and found a neighbor performing CPR on the child. The Sheriff's deputy assisted the neighbor and together they revived the boy. Paramedics from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue were also quickly on scene and took over care of the child. He was transported to Emanuel Hospital and is in critical condition.

Deputies investigated the fall and found that the child's mother had been giving him and his brother a bath. When the young boy was done he went to the window to see if he could see his father who was walking the dog outside. The window was open and had a screen in place. The boy put his body weight on the screen it gave way. Miraculously, the boy's father was walking directly under the window when the child fell on top of him, breaking his fall that would have otherwise resulted in the boy landing on pavement.

The boy's father immediately started calling for help and the neighbor, who is CPR trained, came running to assist. Without his quick thinking and willingness to help the child would not have had a chance at survival.

Every year when the weather heats up, law enforcement and fire personnel respond to children who have fallen out of windows. This is a reminder for parents of young children to use a window block to keep the window open a safe distance.

The parents of the child are tending to him and would like the media to respect their privacy. They are not willing to talk to the media at this time. The parents are not under criminal investigation at this time.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1128/86339/PR_150720_Child_out_window.pdf
Janice Broten to receive Outstanding Young Educator Award from Washington State ASCD
La Center Sch. Dist. - 07/20/15
The Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) has announced that Ms. Janice Broten, grade 7/8 leadership teacher at La Center Middle School, is the recipient of their Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) for 2015. The Outstanding Young Educator Award is intended to recognize an educator who achieves excellence in instructional leadership in teaching and learning. The award will be accepted by Ms. Broten at the Washington Educators' Conference in Bellevue in October.

Janice Broten's impact begins in her leadership classroom where students learn a great deal about being good leaders and role models in and out of school. Her leadership students are fundamental in creating school climate. They plan pep assemblies, spirit days, dances, fundraisers, service projects and bullying presentations (among other things) for La Center Middle School.

For the past nine years, Janice facilitated their annual Kids Making Miracles for Doernbecher Children's Hospital fundraiser spending hours planning and organizing activities with ASB and leadership students. Students raised more than $42,000 in those nine years.
Firefighters Respond to Two Calls of Toddlers Falling from Windows in Less than 24 Hours
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/20/15
At 8:17 p.m. Sunday, a 9-1-1 caller reported that a 2-year-old male child fell from a third story window at a residence in the 19900 block of SW Monson Street in Aloha. When Hillsboro Fire & Rescue arrived on scene four minutes later (providing mutual aid), the child had regained consciousness. Firefighter paramedics took over advanced medical care and determined that the child would be a trauma system entry. Metro West ambulance transported the patient to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

At 12:48 p.m. today, TVF&R firefighters responded to reports that a 3-year-old female child fell from a second story window onto the concrete at a residence in the 19600 block of SW Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin. When firefighters arrived on scene two minutes later, they began administering advanced medical care. The patient has been entered into the trauma system and two TVF&R firefighter paramedics are en route with Metro West ambulance to OHSU at this time, continuing care.

TVF&R and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue urge families to take action today to prevent future window falls this summer.

What families can do today:
Find out which of your windows may pose a fall risk
Keep windows closed and locked when not in use
Keep areas in front of windows clear of anything a child may climb
Enforce a Kid Free Zone in front of all windows
Check out the STOP at 4" Campaign website: www.stopat4.com

Next steps families can take:
On windows that pose a fall risk, limit openings. STOP at 4" by installing child safety window stops that can be by-passed by an adult in an emergency.
When buying new windows, research which manufacturers offer built-in child safety hardware

If a child falls:
Call 9-1-1 and don't to move the child
Emergency responders are trained to properly stabilize and safely transport injured children
2015 Fall Adult Softball and Kick Ball League Information
City of Salem - 07/20/15
The City of Salem Public Works Department announces team registration for Men's, Coed, Double Header, Single Game Softball, and Coed Kick Ball Leagues. Team representatives, coaches, or managers may pick up a Fall League registration packet at the City of Salem Public Works Department, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 325, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open during the lunch hour), or go to www.softballcityusa.com to print off the team registration packet.

Registration closes Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 3 p.m. League openings are available on a first come, first-served basis. All fees must be paid in full by July 29, 2015, at 3 p.m.

Fall Double Header leagues are eight weeks (16 games in August, September, and October) $800/team
Fall Single Game Leagues are six weeks (6 games in August, September, and October) $300/team
Kickball Games are six weeks (6 games in August, September, and October) $225/team
Double header leagues start the week of August 16, 2015
Single Game Leagues and Kick Ball League start the week of August 31, 2015

2015 Fall Leagues

Sunday Night, Adult Coed Double Header League Intermediate and Advance--12 teams
Monday Night, Adult Coed Single Game League Recreational Only--12 teams
Tuesday Night, Adult Men's Double Header League Recreational and Intermediate--12 teams
Tuesday Night Adult Men's Single Game League Recreational Only--12 teams
Thursday Night Adult Men's Double Header League Advanced only--12 teams
Thursday Night, Adult Coed Kick Ball League Recreational and Intermediate--14 teams
Friday Night, Adult Coed Double Header Game League Intermediate --10 teams
Friday Night, Adult Men's Double Header Game League Intermediate--10 teams
Sunday Night, Adult Coed Double Header League Intermediate--10 teams
Watch Seattle Seafair Events on CVTV Channel 21, CVTV.org
City of Vancouver - 07/20/15
Contact: Tracie Looney, Clark/Vancouver Television, (360)487-8703

Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will air KIRO television coverage of Seattle Seafair events locally on CVTV Cable Channel 21 and online at www.cvtv.org.

KIRO television, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, will provide live coverage of the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade at 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and the Albert Lee Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2.

CVTV is able to broadcast the Seafair events thanks to an agreement between KIRO and the Clark/Vancouver Cable Television Office that allows CVTV to carry KIRO news and other local public affairs programming.

CVTV is a local government, cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County, Washington.
City of Newberg News Release
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/20/15
July 20, 2015

This morning the City Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the status of the City Manager in light of the investigation by the District Attorney's office. Jacque Betz was placed on paid, administrative leave, which is the standard protocol for such situations.

Under the succession plan, the City Attorney, Truman Stone will serve as City Manager Pro Tem. Stone has been an attorney since 1992, and practiced in Newberg and before being hired as the City Attorney in October 2013.

Captain Chris Bolek will be Acting in Command for the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. Capt. Bolek is a 30 year veteran of the Newberg-Dundee Police force. He is well respected in our community.

The City will remain open for business.

Another press release will sent out at 11:30 am.
Female 26, arrested for arson in 3 separate fires
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/20/15
Angela Milender was arrested this past Thursday, July 16 following a fire at Budget Hotel located on N Interstate Ave in Portland. The call came in as a "cold fire" due the owners of the Hotel having suppressed the fire on their own. The subsequent investigation by Portland Arson Investigation Unit led to Milender.

Milender was previously arrested on Feb 26th 2014 for a fire on Feb. 11th, 2014 at the Sixth Avenue Motel at 2221 S.W. Sixth Ave. At the time of her Feb. 2014 arrest Milender openly admitted to having started a residential fire on May 23, 2012 at 8105 S.E. Francis. The residential fire had been an unsolved case prior to that.

Milender, 26, is now facing 3 counts of Arson 1.
**Updated with Fire Cause** Bystander Pulls Woman from Burning Vehicle at Beaverton Gas Station (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/20/15
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Updated fire cause information:

A TVF&R fire investigator has determined that the fire involving a vehicle and gas station pump on July 18th at 7200 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton resulted when the vehicle collided with the pump and gasoline vapors ignited. The investigator has not yet ruled out electrical or mechanical impact as the source of ignition. The incident remains under investigation and the fire investigator will continue to examine material evidence this week.

Information related to the nature of the crash and contact information for those involved has been made available by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.



July 18, 2015

At 2:15 p.m., Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to 7200 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton after multiple callers to 9-1-1 reported that a vehicle and gas pumps were on fire at a gas station. Initial reports indicated that one person was trapped inside the vehicle.

Upon arrival, fire crews initiated an aggressive attack on the fire, which had fully involved the vehicle and a gas pump. Firefighter paramedics also began assessing and treating two patients.

TVF&R credits the actions of two individuals who reportedly prevented this incident from becoming a tragedy. One individual - a gas station employee - immediately shut off the main switch to the gas pumps after the fire started. Another individual - a bystander - broke out the vehicle's window and pulled a female patient from the burning car to safety. The female patient was treated by firefighter paramedics and transported by Metro West ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries resulting from smoke inhalation. The bystander who intervened was treated on scene for minor cuts.

TVF&R Battalion Chief Leonard Damian said of the bystander, "Had this individual not broken out the window and pulled the patient out of the burning car and to safety, I don't believe she would have survived. His actions were nothing short of heroic."

TVF&R was assisted on this incident with a mutual aid response from Portland Fire & Rescue and traffic control by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. WCSO is the lead agency investigating the nature of the motor vehicle accident.


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Information Regarding Gas Station Fire
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/15
TVF&R put out a release on Saturday about a gas station fire at the Chevron station located on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and Scholls Ferry Rd. Many of you have requested information regarding those involved in the incident. WCSO determined that there was no criminal activity involved and we are not investigating the crash. It appears the driver accelerated in reverse when she meant to apply the brakes. Here is the information I have on the people involved:

Driver of the car: Sally Moeller, 6-6-37, 3480 SW 87th Ave, Portland. I do not have a phone number. She was transported to St. Vincent's.

Man who pulled her from the car: Phillipe Bittar, 2-3-96, 503-953-2932, 7045 SW Brenne Ln. His brother also assisted, but I do not have any information about him.

Please contact TVFR for any fire related questions.
Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership Hosts Public Tribal Artwork Dedication on Monday, July 20
City of Lake Oswego - 07/20/15
WHAT: The Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership hosts the opening of a cultural resources interpretive exhibit, which features educational signage and a sculpture created by the Grand Ronde Tribes depicting an important local tribal story. Other event highlights include guest speakers, a special artwork installation, dedication ceremony and refreshments.

WHEN: Monday, July 20 from 2 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lower lawn, beach area of George Rogers Park, 611 State Street, Lake Oswego

PHOTO-OP: As part of the dedication ceremony, the sculpture will be brought to shore in a canoe by members of the Grand Ronde Tribes, while drums are played and a tribal song is sung.

WHO: Guest speakers include Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker, Council Members from the Grand Ronde Tribes, sculpture artist Travis Stewart, Grand Ronde historic preservation officer Dave Harelson, and Joel Komarek, the Lake Oswego Tigard Partnership director.

WHY: The Partnership's pipeline will pass through a cultural resources site, known as the Burnett Site, in Lake Oswego's Old Town Neighborhood. This particular site is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Place, which means mitigation is required by State and Federal law to compensate for the construction impacts. The Partnership is committed to installing pipe in a sensitive manner in relation to environment and cultural resources. The Partnership worked with the State Historic Preservation Office and the Grand Ronde Tribes to develop a mitigation plan, including the development and installation of a cultural resources exhibit that incorporates artwork and interpretive signage to portray the historical culture and context for the native peoples that lived in the area of the Burnett Site. To help guide the development of the exhibit, the Partnership created the Cultural Resources Exhibit Committee comprised of members from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Historical Resources Advisory Board, Lake Oswego Arts Council, and representatives from the Grand Ronde Tribes.

ABOUT THE LAKE OSWEGO TIGARD WATER PARTNERSHIP: The cities of Tigard and Lake Oswego joined together in 2008 to share the costs of upgrading Lake Oswego's water infrastructure and share high-quality drinking water year round. These water pipelines connect Tigard with Lake Oswego's water system and serve both communities. Other facilities under construction include the river intake pump station on the Clackamas River in Gladstone, the water treatment plant in West Linn, the Waluga reservoir in Lake Oswego and the Bonita pump station in Tigard.

For more information about the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership, visit www.lotigardwater.org, email lotwater@ci.oswego.or.us, follow @LOTWater on Twitter, or call the project hotline at 503-697-6502.

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Camp Rosenbaum: America's Best Kept Secret, unique citizenship camp aims to keep at-risk kids off drugs, and in school
Oregon Military Department - 07/20/15
WARRENTON, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard partners once again with Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland) and the Portland Police Bureau, as well as other local law enforcement and fire agencies to host an annual summer camp for at-risk youth, July 20 - 24, 2015 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon.

Camp Rilea is located at; 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, Oregon, 97146.

Camp Rosenbaum, one of the most unique camps for underprivileged and at-risk children, hosts approximately 160 children, ages 9-11. Attendees experience a one-of-a-kind camp that aims to teach good citizenship skills, motivate kids to stay in school, remain drug-free and out of gangs and encourages them to set positive goals for the future.

What started in 1970 as a way to help at-risk youth living in public housing in Oregon and Southwest Washington, has since resulted in thousands of children experiencing this life-changing camp. Staff and volunteers from the Oregon Air National Guard, Portland Police Bureau, Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland), and other housing authority employees throughout Oregon and SW Washington, emergency responder personnel and volunteers who come together to make this camp a magical and memorable week for the kids.

"There is no other camp in the U.S. that's as collaborative nor as determined as we are to keep kids off drugs and in school," says current Camp Director, Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sara Perkins.

In addition to participating in various camp activities, all campers attend a two-hour Gang Resistance and Education Training course, taught by a Portland Police officer, and receive mentorship on contributing to their communities in positive ways.

"We do our very best to set them up for success," Perkins said. "We model good citizenship behaviors, engage and motivate our campers and encourage them to make good decisions for their future and fend off peer pressure. We want our campers to know that good citizens are everywhere in their community."
07/19/15
Columbia County Pursuit/Officer Involved Shooting
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/15
The information in regard to this situation is sketchy at this time, however, this is what we at the Sheriff's Office know about this event:

At 7:02 p.m., a caller advised of a vehicle theft in progress from the Dutch Canyon area of South Columbia County. The caller was following behind the reportedly stolen vehicle and calling Columbia 9-1-1 dispatch. Dispatch notified our deputy of the theft, and our deputy was making his way to that area from Tide Creek Rd. Scappoose Police Officers, who were much closer, left their city and went out into the county to cover for us while we were en route.

The caller who was following the reportedly stolen vehicle advised Dispatch that the suspect vehicle had gone up Raymond Creek Rd. It was in the vicinity of that Road where we believe Scappoose officers located the stolen vehicle, and shots were fired. At that point the suspect(s) eluded capture and officers lost sight of them. We have no information that we can share as to which Scappoose Officers were involved in the incident at that point.

The suspect vehicle was subsequently located in Scappoose near the Fred Meyer shopping center, but the suspects were nowhere around the vehicle when it was located around 7:26 p.m. At 7:33 p.m., A Clatskanie Police Officer responding to the incident located the suspects driving northbound on Highway 30 in another, presumably stolen vehicle, and a new pursuit began on Hwy 30 northbound from Tide Creek Rd.

This pursuit continued over the Lewis & Clark Bridge and into Cowlitz County, where authorities were able to finally get the suspects stopped on Interstate 5. Cowlitz County authorities took a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound into custody, and this individual was transported to St. John Hospital. A female occupant was also detained.

This incident covers multiple jurisdictions in two states. Scappoose Police Officers were the initial responders, and though the call was out in unincorporated Columbia County, due to the nature of the officer involved shooting, this has become a Columbia County Major Crimes incident -- in which our deputies will be assisting as co-investigators. Scappoose Police have asked the Oregon State Police to be the lead investigators in their incident, and for efficiency sake, we will be deferring all future press information requests to OSP, to the Major Crimes Team and to the Columbia County District Attorney's Office.
Linn Deputies Investigate Double Fatal Crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/19/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a double-fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred today at the intersection of Spicer Drive and Kennel Road which is approximately four miles east of Albany.

Today at about 12:27 P.M. the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting two vehicles crashed and at least one person was deceased. Witnesses on scene described to deputies that a gold 2007 Honda Odyssey van, driven by 57-year-old Janice Elaine Kummer of Lebanon, was headed north on Kennel Road approaching the intersection of Spicer Drive.

The second vehicle, a silver 2012 Honda Pilot driven by 42-year-old Bradley Carl Creager of Albany, was traveling west on Spicer Drive. Bradley's wife, 36-year-old Holly Renee Creager, was also in the vehicle seated in the front passenger seat. Witnesses stated Kummer did not stop at the stop sign, entered the intersection and crashed into the Honda Pilot.

Janice Kummer and Holly Creager were pronounced dead at the scene. Bradley Creager was transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. The Linn County Medical Examiner was contacted and the bodies were taken to the Fisher Funeral Home in Albany.

Everyone involved were wearing seat belts.

As a result of the crash a power pole was knocked down and a patch of grass in the ditch caught fire from the downed power lines. Albany Fire Department was able to put out the fire before it spread from the ditch. PP&L responded to replace the power lines and power pole.

Deputies were assisted by Major Accident Investigation Team, Oregon State Police, Albany Fire Department, Linn County Medical Examiner's Office and Linn County Road Department.
At this time it appears that alcohol and speed were not a factor in the crash.

The investigation is continuing.


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Cowlitz jail inmate death investigation: No foul play suspected.
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/15
Kelso, Wa. Cowlitz County Sheriff detectives are investigating a death of a 55 year old Longview man at the Cowlitz County Jail. At the initial stage of this investigation there are no signs of foul play or any other indication of what caused the death. The person was in the medical unit with several other inmates when they noticed he was not breathing. He appeared fine just minutes prior. The jail staff was called and they attempted to revive the man with CPR and an AED. Ambulance and aid units were called and assisted in life saving measures as well. They were unable to revive the man.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until the coroner has notified his family. The name of the decease will come from the Cowlitz County Coroner (not the Sheriff's Office) after the family has been notified.

The coroner will be conducting further tests to determine the cause and manner of death.

The Sheriff's Office will not be releasing further information about the inmates prior medical condition at this time due to privacy laws.

There will not be further media releases tonight.

Charlie Rosenzweig
Fire officials to watch extinguished three acre brush fire
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/19/15
Longview- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a brush fire near Germany Creek Rd. which ignited Thursday afternoon. Twenty firefighters from the DNR and Cowlitz 2 responded with water tenders, water drop helicopters, and brush engines to extinguish the fire. The fire was estimated to be 3.6 acres in size, no structures were lost or threatened and no injuries were reported, according to fire officials. Smoke may still be visible in the area from smoldering stumps which are difficult to access and fully extinguish due to steep terrain. Fire officials will be patrolling the area monitoring for future ignition.
Fatal Single Vehicle Crash - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/19/15
On July 18, 2015 at about 8:25PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 62 near milepost 40 (south of Prospect).

Preliminary information indicates a 1998 Toyota Camry was traveling northbound when it left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest off the roadway. The operator, Larry R BURTCHAELL, age 63, of Prospect was pronounced deceased up arrival of emergency crews.

Highway 62 was reduced to one lane for approximately three hours while the investigation was conducted and the vehicle recovered. OSP was assisted by Mercy Flight Medics, Oregon Department of Transportation and local fire personnel.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available including possibly contributing factors.
Sheriff's Office to Provide Educational Materials, Giveaways and Emergency Alert Info at the HRC Fair
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/15
ODELL, Ore. - The Hood River County Sheriff's Office has been preparing for the county fair for months. This is one of the largest public outreach opportunities for the Sheriff's Office every year. The fair begins on Wednesday, July 22 and runs through Saturday, July 25. The Sheriff's Office, along with local Fire/EMS agencies provide the public safety component for the fair annually.

The office provides hands on access to personnel, educational material, and giveaways for all ages. This year, the public will get a chance to talk with representatives from the Enforcement, 911, Parole and Probation, and Emergency Management Divisions.

The HRCSO will have patrol vehicles on display daily. People are welcome to look through the vehicles, take photos and learn about the importance of the equipment deputies use daily to provide public safety services to Hood River County. Additionally, the office will provide fairgoers with an opportunity to meet "Luke", the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detection K-9.

Sheriff's Office Personnel will once again be promoting citizen opt-in for the free, countywide, Emergency Alert System. Stop by the Sheriff's Office booth to learn how to sign up for this invaluable free service.

The Sheriff's Office wishes everyone a safe and fun week at the Hood River County Fair and looks forward to the opportunity to show the public the programs their Sheriff's Office provides.
Upset boaters confront Sheriff's Deputies (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/15
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A group of boaters confront Deputies who were conducting a boating while intoxicated investigation. On Saturday July 18th, Marion County Sheriff's Marine Patrol Deputy Zahn made contact with the driver of a pontoon boat at the Detroit Lake Marina Annex at 6 PM. Deputy Zahn attempting to contact the driver based on a boating while intoxicated investigation. It was reported to Deputy Zahn the pontoon boat had almost run into two other boats where the operators of those boats had to push the pontoon boat away from hitting their boats. Marina staff who rented the boat had to jump on board and dock it for the subjects.

The driver was with a group of 3 other pontoon boats with approximately 35-40 subjects in the group. Another subject in the group began to argue with Deputy Zahn and interfere with his investigation while the driver began to walk away from the scene. Deputy Zahn was able to again contact the driver on the dock when 15-20 subjects began walking toward him.

Several of the second group began yelling and a couple subjects were throwing empty beer cans at Deputy Zahn. Deputy Zahn was able to call for cover and place the driver into handcuffs. Luckily Deputy Zahn had two Marion County Cadets with him and was able to let the cadets escort the driver off the dock while Deputy Zahn continued to attempt to keep the crowd back.

Deputy Zahn backed away from the crowd toward the shore as cover units arrived. 2 subjects in the group continued to advance toward Deputy Zahn and Officer Armenta being more aggressive and argumentative. Deputy Zahn and Officer Armenta took one of the aggressors into custody when he approached them yelling and swinging his arms while approaching the officers.

A third subject approached the two cadets who were escorting the driver up the shore toward a vehicle and was stopped by several off duty Marion County Sheriff's Deputies who just arrived at the marina. The third subject was arrested at this point.

This was a very dangerous situation where Deputies were dealing with intoxicated subjects on a dock and were greatly outnumbered by the subjects in the group. The deputies showed a great deal of restraint and were able to resolve the situation with no injuries to anyone involved.

The driver of the boat is 22 year old Edward Ramirez from California and he has been charged with Boating under the influence of Intoxicants. Ramirez had a blood alcohol content one and a half times the legal limit. The other two subjects that were arrested are 23 year old Ivan Barajas and 26 year old Ernesto Barajas who are both from California. They have been charged with Disorderly Conduct 2 and Interfering with a Police Officer and were lodged at the Marion County Jail.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to have a plan prior to leaving the dock as to who is going to be the designated driver. Although it is legal to consume alcoholic beverages on a boat, it is not legal for the driver to be intoxicated. More than half of all boating accidents involve alcohol. We would also like to remind citizens that you do not have any legal right to interfere with a criminal investigation and should comply with any police officers commands.


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Burglary Suspects Arrested at Southeast Portland Storage Facility (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/19/15
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On Sunday July 19, 2015, at 5:15 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary in progress at the Public Storage, located at 2542 Southeast 105th Avenue.

Several officers, including a Police K-9, arrived in the area and were able to quickly apprehend the suspects without incident.

25-year-old Phillicia Lorianne Johnsen and 20-year-old Enrique Manuel Delacruz were arrested on two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. They will be arraigned on Monday.

Investigators learned that Johnsen arrived in a black Honda with paper covering the license plates to avoid identification on surveillance video. Delacruz arrived in a U-Haul truck and used bolt cutters to cut open locks on two storage units before police arrived and apprehended them both.

Photo Credit: Portland Police Bureau
Booking Photo Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

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Update:Inmate found unresponsive in cell during routine security check at Multnomah County Detention Center
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/15
Update: The inmate found deceased in his cell on Friday evening July 17, 2015 at the Multnomah County Detention Center is identified as Lloyd Virnig, Age 29, of Sandy, OR.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives conducting the death investigation indicate there is no evidence of trauma. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner found no obvious signs of foul play after the conducting the autopsy on Saturday July 18, 2015 and will continue working to determine the cause of death.

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On Friday (corrected day) July 17, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. a Corrections Deputy conducting a routine security and welfare check in a module at the Multnomah County Detention Center found an unresponsive male inmate in his cell. The deputy called for medical response and with responding deputies entered the cell and began life-saving efforts. Medical staff arrived and life-saving efforts continued until emergency responders from Portland Fire Bureau and AMR arrived. Emergency responders were also unable to revive the inmate.

MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner responded to begin the death investigation. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

This morning Saturday (corrected day) July 18, 2015 the medical examiner conducted an autopsy and found no obvious signs of foul play. The Cause of Death is still under investigation.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending family notifications.

More information will be released when available.
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Sunday, July 19, 2015.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/19/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Sunday, July 19, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Winslow Road Fire - Using 2 SEATS, single engine air tankers, the team quickly stopped fire's spread at 10-12 acres. The Winslow Road Fire was located about five miles southwest of Dufur in the ODF Central Oregon District, The Dalles sub-unit. The fire's cause remains under investigation. The fire danger level throughout the central Oregon District remains high. This will be the only update for this fire.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 18, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 171 fires burned 1,675 acres
Human-caused fires: 367 fires burned 721 acres
Total: 538 fires burned 2,396 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 15):
Lightning-caused fires: 87 fires burned 5,050 acres
Human-caused fires: 263 fires burned 1,866 acres
Total: 350 fires burned 6,916 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248 (office), 503-910-4311 (mobile), or nick.hennemann@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts
Wildfire smoke and air quality
Keep Oregon Green
Follow the Oregon Dept. of Forestry on Twitter & Facebook

Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | social media | State Forests Online Community

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City of Newberg/Chief Brian Casey
Yamhill Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/19/15
To: Media
From: Bradley Berry, Yamhill County District Attorney and Walt Beglau, Marion County District Attorney

Re: City of Newberg/Chief Brian Casey

This past week, Newberg City Manager Jacque Betz placed Brian Casey, Chief, Newberg Dundee Police Department, on administrative leave. The reasons for that move have not, to our knowledge, been made public. Since that time, witnesses and information have come forth raising questions about the propriety of the conduct of Ms. Betz, some of which may involve the violation of criminal statutes. As such, today, we have asked the Oregon State Police to conduct a complete investigation into the allegations. In light of the allegations, it would be irresponsible to do otherwise.

Prosecution, if any, of a Newberg city employee would normally be handled by the Yamhill County District Attorney. However, since this also involves the Chief of Police and the conduct related to him being placed on administrative leave, Mr. Berry has asked Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau to review this investigation and to handle any prosecutorial decisions from that investigation. This request has been made to avoid any potential conflict or the appearance of such a conflict.

Questions may be directed to the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Trial Team Leader, Deputy District Attorney Paige Clarkson at 503-588-5485.
OSP Concludes Investigation At Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School - Tillamook County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/19/15
In May 2015, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division conducted an investigation on a school employee at Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School in Rockaway Beach.

According to Detective Michelle Brewer, an allegation was made that inappropriate touching had occurred to two students by a staff member. At conclusion of the investigation it was determined the two students had not been touched inappropriately and the reporting students (who were NOT the alleged victims) had made false allegations, used coercion tactics, misled school officials and lied to investigators.

A criminal case against the several students for Initiating a False Report has been referred to the Tillamook County Juvenile Department for consideration of prosecution.

No further information to be released at this time.
07/18/15
Polk County Deputy and other motorist injured during motor vehicle crash (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/15
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On Saturday, July 18th, a deputy from the Polk County Sheriff's Office was involved in a motor vehicle crash on SE Monmouth Cutoff in Dallas. Deputy Shon Latty was responding to help an Independence Police Officer who had called over the radio for help as the Officer was actively fighting with someone. While heading to the call for help, Deputy Latty was leaving the city of Dallas on Monmouth Cutofff Rd with his lights and siren going. At about 12:07 p.m. Deputy Latty was approaching Godsey Rd when Deputy Latty's vehicle collided with another vehicle. Deputy Latty's vehicle sustained substantial damage and landed in a ditch. Deputy Latty's patrol car then caught fire. Another Polk County Deputy and two officers from the Dallas Police Department arrived on scene and were instrumental in saving Deputy Latty from the burning vehicle, as Deputy Latty was not able to get out of the car on his own. Deputy Latty was transported by ambulance to the Salem Emergency Room. Deputy Latty sustained a broken arm and shoulder during the crash among other minor injuries. The other vehicle involved was occupied by two people. The passenger of that vehicle was not injured, but the driver was transported to the West Valley Hospital for minor injuries and released shortly after. The Oregon State Police was asked to respond to the scene and conduct a traffic crash investigation.


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Driver in Crash arrested for DUII and Assault (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/15
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Today at about 1:00 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash on SW 185th Ave. near SW Rigert Rd. Two people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was arrested for DUII and other charges.

On Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 1:03 p.m., Sheriff's deputies were called to a single-vehicle crash on SW 185th Avenue north of SW Rigert Road in the community of Aloha. A single vehicle lost control on a curve, left the roadway and turned over. The driver, Joshaua Farnsworth (30 years old from Beaverton) and the male adult passenger were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies investigating the case determined that Mr. Farnsworth had been drinking heavily prior to the crash. A deputy responded to the hospital where he was being treated and arrested Mr. Farnsworth for DUII, Assault 4, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering another Person. Because he was being treated in the hospital he was issued a citation to appear in court at a later date.


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Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Ignite Three Unrelated Structure Fires Within an Hour In North Portland. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/18/15
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At 4:17 PM this afternoon, PF&R was dispatched to a report of a house on fire (9134 N. Polk) that was possibly extending to a neighboring house.

When the first crews arrived, they reported heavy fire from the back of a house that was extending into the neighbors yard and shed, and threatening the second home. Crews aggressively attacked the fire and searched the home for occupants. The fire's spread and multiple structure involvement prompted the upgrade to a 2nd-Alarm at 4:22 PM. The additional crews were added to the effort and the fire was quickly brought under control. In all, approximately 50 fire personnel were on scene to extinguish this fire.

Fire Investigators determined that an improperly discarded cigarette ignited the deck, which quickly spread to the house, adjacent arborvitae and the neighbor's shed. The neighbor's yard also burned quickly due to the low humidity of the grass and ground cover. Additionally, spot fires from flying embers were reported in several other yards and extinguished by firefighters. The dry foliage, high temperatures and light winds provided a prime environment for fires to grow rapidly.

While this fire incident was progressing, dispatchers were shuffling unassigned firefighting resources around the city in a procedure called a "Move-up". This process ensures that response times are geographically balanced according to available apparatus by filling in the blank spots on the map. "Emergencies don't stop just because there's a house fire in the area." said Lt. Justin de Ruyter.

Shortly after the "Move-up", another fire was dispatched in North Portland at 2335 N. Marine Drive, just 3 miles from the N. Polk fire. The dispatch time was 4:51 PM. This fire was on a floating home, which can complicate firefighting efforts due to safety concerns and lack of access. The occupant was able to suppress the fire while crews were enroute. An investigation determined that a cigarette had been discarded, but fell through a crack in the wooden floats, igniting them.

The third fire was dispatched at 5:10 PM to 7606 N. Berkeley Ave. Occupants used (4) dry-chem extinguishers to extinguish the fire. Again, the cause was determined to be smoking materials.

Prolonged periods of dry weather, high temperatures and water conservation practices are leaving plants and ground cover very dry and flammable. It is especially important to be careful when discarding a cigarette or even flicking ash. The slightest ember can smolder for hours, and then in an instant ignite and spread to a structure. It is fortunate that these three fires happened in the afternoon, when occupants and passersby were awake and able to report them. Fires that occur in the middle of the night can grow to advanced stages before they are noticed, and can result in serious injury or even death.

Portland Fire & Rescue urges citizens to practice extreme caution when handling or discarding any hot objects during this period of hot, dry climates. Maintaining a "defensible space" around your home and outbuildings can reduce the risk of burning foliage igniting your structure.

For more information about "defendable space", please follow this link:
http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/be-firewise/home-and-landscape/defensible-space.aspx?sso=0

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Portland Fire & Rescue is responding to reports that two houses are on fire in North Portland, at 9134 N. Polk Avenue. This incident has been upgraded to a 2nd alarm.

A PIO is responding to the scene. All responses to requests via the media pager and email will be delayed.


Attached Media Files: N. Polk fire, back yard
Field Fire Threatens Homes in McMinnville
McMinnville Fire Dept. - 07/18/15
McMinnville Fire Department received a report of a field fire near Carly court in McMinnville at 1623. Responding units arrived to find a standing grain field on fire in the North end of a field behind Carly Court in McMinnville with winds blowing from the West. Units deployed to the North end of the field for structure protection of building located off of NE Grand haven Dr. A few minutes after arrival and vehicles were positioned at to attack the fire at North End, the wind changed direction towards the south where there were homes located along Carly Ct. As the fire moved rapidly towards the homes there was an initial call to evacuate the homes. Fire units managed to stop the fire before it reached the homes. Last units were cleared at 1915.
Cause of the Fire is still under investigation, it is currently classed as suspicious.

Units from McMinnville, ODF, Yamhill, Carlton, Lafayette, Amity worked to stop the fire. It is estimated that 10 acres of standing grain were burned.
***Photographs Added*** Tillamook County Crash Takes Life Of Beaverton Woman (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/18/15
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On July 17, 2015 at approximately 3:00PM OSP Troopers and Tillamook County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a four vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 25.

According to Trooper John King, a 2004 Honda Element, operated by Carl S PETERSON, age 49, of Portland, was driving eastbound on Highway 6 and passing through a road construction when it crossed the centerline and struck a group of westbound vehicles stopped for the construction.

Joyce K HAMREUS, age 64, of Beaverton, had been standing outside her 2013 Ford Fusion when PETERSON's vehicle struck her and her vehicle. PETERSON's vehicle then struck the next vehicle in line, a 2016 Lincoln MKZ, operated by Mary E LOVELL, age 55, of Tillamook. This impact pushed the Lincoln into the next vehicle, a 2008 BMW Sedan, operated by Frederick C ADAMI, age 45, of Madison, New Hampshire

HAMREUS was critically injured and was pronounced deceased while being transported to the hospital by medics. LOVELL, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for minor injuries. PETERSON has been fully cooperative with the investigation which is still ongoing.

The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation, assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, Tillamook County Medical Examiner, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Red Cross helps three after Oregon City fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/18/15
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to a single-family fire at 4:10 p.m. in the 14600 block of South Village Court in Oregon City.

The fire affected three adults. Red Cross provided recovery information.
***Update*** OSP Conducting Crash Investigation Following Partner Agency Pursuit - Crook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/18/15
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The driver involved in the crash, Chaz EVANS, passed away while being treated for his injuries at the hospital. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
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Previous Release:
On July 18, 2015 just before 2:30AM, an officer from the Prineville Police Department attempted to stop a 2003 Chevrolet pickup near the area of 6th and Elm Street within the City limits of Prineville. The pickup driven by Chaz EVANS, age 23, of Prineville attempted to flee the traffic stop failing to stop at a stop sign and colliding with a 2002 Subaru Legacy traveling westbound on NE 3rd Street at the intersection of Juniper Street. The 2002 Subaru was driven by Timothy FAULKNER, age 31, of Prineville.

During the collision, EVANS lost control of his vehicle as it travelled southbound on Juniper Street colliding with several parked vehicles and he was ejected from his vehicle. EVANS was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for life threatening injuries sustained from the crash.

FAULKNER was transported from the scene to St. Charles Hospital in Prineville and treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained from the crash.

The Oregon State Police is conducting the crash investigation. NE 3rd Street (Hwy 26) was closed for approximately four hours for the ongoing investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Prineville Police Department, the Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Two back to back fires in Hilltop Oregon City (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 07/18/15
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At 12:41 PM Firefighters responded to a fire between two mobile homes at 14635 S Quail Grove Circle. As crews arrived they found a fire between the two homes that had spread to the deck of the home. Firefighters were able to contain the fire keeping it from extending to the interior of the home. There were no injuries and fire investigators were on scene.

At 1456 hrs. as crews were cleaning up from the Quail Grove fire they were dispatched to another call in the hilltop Oregon City area at 18398 Waldow Road. The initial report was a grass fire approximately 100x100 ft near a PGE substation. Firefighters arrived to find a large grass fire with a high tension power line down. They quickly got ahead of the fire and knocked it down away from the power line. PGE was notified and they responded quickly to shut off power to the down line. After the power was cut to the line firefighters were able to fully extinguish the fire. The fire was confined to approximately 3 acres and there was no damage to the sub station. Brush units were brought in to complete extinguishing and mopping up the fire. Investigators believe the power line failed causing the grass fire.


Attached Media Files: Waldow rd , 14635 Quail Grove Circle
20-Year-Old Man Arrested After Shooting his Girlfriend with a Shotgun - Victim Expected to Survive
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/15
On Friday July 17, 2015, at 10:10 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that a male accidentally shot his girlfriend at a residence in the 5600 block of Northeast Glisan Street.

Officers arrived in the area and directed the suspect to exit the residence, where he was taken into custody without incident. Officers and medical personnel then entered the residence and began to treat the 18-year-old female victim.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to a serious, but not life-threatening gunshot wound.

Officers seized a shotgun as evidence in the case. Preliminary investigation indicated that the shooting may have been unintentional and came after the reckless handling of a loaded firearm.

Domestic Violence Response Unit (DVRU) detectives responded to continue the investigation.

The suspect, 20-year-old Alejandro Luise Rodriguez, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangerment, and Discharging a Firearm in the City. He will be arraigned on Monday.

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Salem Police Investigating Shooting at Nightclub-UDATE
Salem Police Dept. - 07/18/15
UPDATE: 07-18-15/10:00 am

The deceased victim in this incident has been identified as 47-year old Darryl Patrick Jones of Salem. The other three victims suffered non life-threatening injuries and are being treated at Salem Hospital. Due to safety concerns and the ongoing investigation, their identities are not being released at this time.

At the time of this incident, the nightclub was very busy with many patrons and employees present. Detectives have worked throughout the night and have determined that this incident does not appear to be a random shooting. It appears to have stemmed from an altercation involving one of the injured victims.

The suspect in this case is described as a Hispanic male adult in his 20s or 30s with a stocky build and bald.

This investigation is ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123


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Salem Police Detectives are investigating a shooting at a nightclub that has left one victim dead and three others injured.

Salem Police officers were called to Stars Cabaret at 1550 Weston Ct NE at approximately 12:50 am on Saturday morning on reports of shots fired. Officers arrived to find four victims who had been shot, one of which later died at Salem Hospital.

The name of the deceased victim is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. No arrests have been made and detectives are working identify everyone involved.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Marion County Firefigters say girls ages 4 & 5 escape injury, Deputy says driver arrested (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 07/18/15
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Just after 3:00 am this morning (Saturday), Marion County Fire District No. 1 Firefighters, as well as MCSO Sheriff's Deputies, responded to a reported vehicle crash in the 4700 block of Herrin Road NE, in NE Salem. Initial reports were of a car into house.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered that a driver of a vehicle traveling on Herrin Road struck another vehicle parked along side of the road head-on, pushing that vehicle into a neighbor's home. The second vehicle was pushed through the wall of the house, going into the bedroom of two young girls who were sleeping narrowly missing both girls in the room.

Firefighter's evaluated the driver of the vehicle who was uninjured and declining transport to the hospital.

Firefighter's also evaluated to two girls in the involved home, Paloma (Age 5) & Danica (Age 4). Both were found to be uninjured. (Note: The mother of this children has consented to the release of the children's names and pictures)

According to Sheriff's deputies at the scene, Andres Espinoza-Chavez (Age 22) of Salem, was arrested on alcohol related charges and transported to the Marion County Jail. No additional details are available on the driver at this time. Future details would need to be released by MCSO or the MC District Attorney's Office.

Firefighter's remained at the scene assisting the family with temporary repairs to the exterior wall of the home, as well as giving the children a tour of the fire trucks on scene. Firefighter's are thankful to report that the children are uninjured and are doing well this morning. Only a few inches in either direction, and this story may have had a very different outcome. (Please see pictures for details)

There is no damage estimate on the home. However, the occupants are making arrangements with insurance to have the home repaired.

For additional inquiries, please contact:

Patrick J. Wineman
Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE Salem, Oregon 97317
C-332 Cellular: (503) 932-5700
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: patrickw@mcfd1.com


Attached Media Files: Drivers vehicle , Parked vehicle , Car into house , FF Clean up debris , Bedroom damage , Children with FF
07/17/15
PF&R Responds to House Fire in the 7900 Block of SE Lincoln
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/17/15
At 10:30 tonight PF&R crews were dispatched to 7906 SE Lincoln. Upon arrival crews found one home fully involved and one additional home partially involved. The decision was made to use a transitional attack. In this approach the fire is first knocked down from the exterior then the transition is made to an interior fire attack. Nine minutes after the call was initiated the main body of the fire had been brought under control.
Two dogs were removed the fire. One of the dogs is deceased, the other is alive and in a neighbors care.
An investigator is on scene at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Today's Brush Fires Add to an already Busy Fire Week for PF&R and Surrounding Agencies (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/17/15
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Today between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Portland Fire and Rescue responded to 13 Grass, Barkdust or Brush fires.

This evening, around 5:30 p.m., a single engine company responded to reports of smoke in the area just South of the Portland Expo Center. Upon arrival Portland Fire Engine 17 reported approximately 100' x 100' of grass and brush on fire. The call was upgraded to a Wild land Fire. This upgrade brought resources that included two Brush Units, a Water Tender and 3 additional companies. The fire grew slightly to little less than an acre before crews contained the fire.
A tree into an overhead power line was the likely source of the fire. Crews also had to contend with a barbed wire chain link fence. The fence was cut in one spot while a gate was used to access the opposite end of the fire.

Shortly after 7 p.m. crews were then dispatched to just South of Cathedral park, along the Willamette River (near N Richmond Ave). Fire boat 6 was able to hit the flames from the water using a master stream turret. Additionally, a brush unit was able to make access down to the fire location via a dirt road and use hand lines to help extinguish the burning brush.
It appears the cause of this fire is related to a transient camp that was set up there. An investigator has been notified and will be looking into this further.

Today's calls add to an already extremely busy week. Here is a brief recap:

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a stump on fire in Forest Park this past Wednesday morning around 9:30am. The small fire grew to about 50' x 100' and two downed trees before fire crews were able to get it 100% contained and finally extinguished around 1pm in the afternoon. It took about 30 firefighters and 2500' of hose to put that fire out. The Portland Parks Bureau Park Rangers assisted with trail closures and parking at Pittock Mansion.

Then at approximately 1:30pm that same day, Portland Fire & Rescue was called to a grass fire on Government Island. This fire grew to about 50 acres before being extinguished by 50 firefighters, or a 2nd Alarm Wildfire. The challenge with this wind driven fire was that it was on an island and all the fire crews and equipment had to be transported by boats. Besides PF&R's Fire boat 17 and Rescue Boat 17, the Port of Portland Rescue Boat 80, Vancouver Fire boat 1 and two Multnomah County Sheriff's boats all assisted with transporting those crews and equipment to the island and back. The fire was 100% contained by 5pm.

Portland Fire & Rescue cannot stress enough how careful we all need to be right now with any open flames including cigarettes. Given the amount of consecutive high heat days with little or no moisture, the ground conditions are primed to burn. All it takes is a small spark, a little wind and things can escalate quickly.

Protect your home and your family by clearing out any excessive brush and debris from directly around your home. This is called creating a defensible space. While this term is traditional used in the Wild land setting, the current conditions warrant its use. A small fire that starts in a small dry grass patch near your home can quickly spread to siding. If the grass is dry and brown, rake it away from the structure.


Attached Media Files: Govt. Island Fire
TVF&R Firefighters Respond to 2-Alarm Brush Fire in Beaverton Area (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/17/15
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At 5:27 p.m., TVF&R firefighters responded to reports of a large field on fire at SW Kobbe Drive and SW Tile Flat Road in the Beaverton area. As firefighters responded, a large column of black smoke could be seen rising from the vicinity of the incident.

Upon arrival, crews were met with extremely windy conditions and a fast moving brush fire in a recently harvested field. The incident commander made crew assignments for fire attack, water shuttling operations, and structural protection. Of specific concern was the fact that winds were heavy and sporadically changing direction, driving the fire towards two homes - one to the south and one to the east of the fire.

At 5:55 pm, the incident commander called for second alarm bringing additional resources to the scene to fight the fire. In total, 15 firefighting apparatus responded including mutual aid resources from Washington County Fire District 2. The fire was contained to approximately five acres and firefighters assigned to structural protection were able to successfully stop the fire from spreading to the two adjacent homes.

Fire crews remained on scene for three hours, hitting hot spots with water and foam to ensure that the fire was completely extinguished. Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to provide traffic control on SW Tile Flat Road during the incident. A fire investigator also responded to the scene. At this time, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

If you haven't already, TVF&R urges citizens to examine the defensible space around your home because what you do before a wildfire strikes may determine firefighters' ability to save your home.

What can you do? The recommended minimum defensible space is 30 feet, while homes located on a slope should have at least 100 feet of defensible space. Visit www.tvfr.com for tips on creating a defensible space around your home.


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Shooting Investigation Underway at Lloyd Center Mall Parking Lot - No Known Victims
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/15
On Friday July 17, 2015, at 8:22 p.m., North Precinct, Transit Police, and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of gunfire at the Lloyd Center Mall.

Multiple officers arrived in the area and received additional information that there was a disturbance inside the mall that led to gunshots being fired outside the mall, in the parking structure on the northwest side of the mall.

No gunshot victims have been located and none have arrived at any area hospitals. Witnesses told police that the disturbance and shooting involved numerous African American males, some who ran away and others who fled in vehicles.

Several people have been detained in the area as the investigation continues to develop.

The mall was not placed into lock down and officially (normally) closes at 9:00 p.m. tonight.

It is not known if this shooting is related to an earlier shooting in Northeast Portland.

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

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/15
On Friday July 17, 2015, at 6:54 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of gunfire in the 700 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and two vehicles, including a US Postal Service vehicle, struck by bullets. No gunshot victims were found at the scene or have arrived at any area hospital.

Witnesses described the suspect as an African American male, wearing a white t-shirt, dark shorts and a hat. The suspect was last seen running southbound on 8th Avenue.

Witnesses described the intended victims as two African American males that also ran from the area.

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

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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

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

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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Overnight Crash on Division - Crash Under Investigation
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/15
On Friday July 17, 2015, at 12:39 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a driver on Southeast Division Street, near 147th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the injured pedestrian, 32-year-old Steven Samson who is a resident of the neighborhood. Samson was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Investigators learned that Samson was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

The driver, 21-year-old Rebecca Hetrick, also a resident of the neighborhood, remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigators. She was not impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Due the severity of the pedestrian's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to investigate the crash.

Preliminary information indicates that Samson was crossing Division Street southbound and stepped into an eastbound lane of traffic where he was struck by Hetrick, driving a white 1994 Toyota Camry. Investigators believe that Hetrick was driving at or below the speed limit at the time of the crash.

Investigators noted that the area of Division Street is not well lit and is not an intersection or crosswalk.

There have been no arrests or citations issued in this case. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213,