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Sat. 03/02/24
Ridgefield School District selects Dr. Jenny Rodriquez as Superintendent (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 03/02/24 12:12 PM
Dr. Jenny Rodriquez
Dr. Jenny Rodriquez

The Ridgefield School District is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jenny Rodriquez as its next superintendent, effective July 1, 2024. The agreement is subject to final contract negotiations and background checks; and authorization of the board president to work with the district’s legal counsel and search consultants to negotiate a mutually acceptable contract in accordance with the parameters established by the Board.

Dr. Rodriquez brings over two decades of extensive experience in public education, spanning various administrative, certificated, and classified roles, and a demonstrated commitment to student success.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jenny Rodriquez as our next superintendent,” said Brett Jones, president of Ridgefield School District’s Board of Directors. “Her proven leadership and unwavering commitment to student success make her a great fit for Ridgefield. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated teachers, supportive parents, and engaged community members whose invaluable input has played a crucial role in this decision. Together, we look forward to continuing to build a bright future for all Ridgefield students." 

Dr. Rodriquez's professional journey in education began as an elementary school secretary and attendance clerk in Richland, WA. She continued pursuing her passion for education by earning her bachelor’s degree in history from Washington State University. Subsequently, she completed a master’s degree in teaching and a doctorate in educational leadership, both from WSU. 

While earning her advanced degrees in education, Dr. Rodriquez taught middle and high school social studies and English Language Arts. Later, Rodriquez assumed leadership roles as a high school principal and later as the executive director of teaching and learning in the Pasco School District in 2013. Since 2021, Dr. Rodriquez has served as the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning in the Yakima School District.

In her application for the superintendent position, Dr. Rodriquez emphasized her core values of honesty, transparency, and continuous learning. She stated, “Foundational to my work is a passion and commitment to the success of every student.” Dr. Rodriquez is known for her clear, direct, and kind communication style, which she believes fosters an environment where every individual is encouraged to thrive and contribute their unique skills and talents.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jenny Rodriquez to the Ridgefield School District family.

Attached Media Files: Dr. Jenny Rodriquez

Deputies Searching for Missing Salem Man (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/02/24 11:52 AM

UPDATE, Sterling was located safe with the assistance of the public. Thank you everyone for sharing the information and calling in  

Deputies are currently searching a North Salem area for a missing man with autism. Sterling James Campbell, age 28 walked away from his care home on Blossom Court NE around 6:50 a.m. this morning. Sterling is 5’03” tall, 190 lbs. He is non-verbal but will respond to his name. He was last seen wearing grey sweatpants and a black coat with a black backpack. 

If you locate him, please keep him in your sight and call 911.  

Attached Media Files: 2024-03/1294/170402/Sterling_Campbell.JPG

Fri. 03/01/24
One Man Dies After Kenton Neighborhood Shooting
Portland Police Bureau - 03/01/24 9:44 PM
One man died after a shooting in the Kenton Neighborhood.

On Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:47 p.m., North Precinct Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a house in the 3000 block of North Terry Street. When officers arrived they located evidence of gunfire in the house. They learned that a man had been shot and was enroute to the hospital by private vehicle. Despite lifesaving efforts, the man died.

Everyone believed to be involved in the incident has been contacted by police. One man has been detained for further investigation. No suspects are being sought at this time.

Detectives with the Portland Police Homicide Unit are responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, North Terry Street is closed between North Emerald Avenue and North Peninsular Avenue.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0433 or Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0449 and reference case number 24-51348.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate.


Art Installation Reflects Collaborative Culture of Senior Community (Photo)
Mortensen Communications - Rose Villa Senior Living - 03/01/24 5:00 PM
Decor Committee at Rose Villa
Decor Committee at Rose Villa

Rose Villa has unveiled a permanent art installation in the halls of Madrona Grove, Rose Villa’s 24-hour supportive care neighborhood. The installation is a collaboration by local artists, residents, and the committed staff at Rose Villa Senior Living Community. 


The Madrona Grove project was inspired by a group of residents and staff with a common goal. Their vision was to breathe warmth and beauty into the space shared by residents, staff, and visitors. 

“When Madrona Grove was completed in 2022, we took time to live in the space before committing to a decorating plan,” said Marianna Iverson, Activities and Restorative Programming Coordinator at Rose Villa. 

Iverson, a 23-year veteran of Rose Villa, has a unique perspective and appreciation for the needs of the residents. 

In November of 2022, the decor committee brought the Madrona Grove Art Installation idea to Iverson and Erin Cornell, Director of Health Services. The thought was to hang a collection of handmade quilts made by professional artists in the area. 

Iverson and Cornell thought it was a great idea, and agreed that it would be “doable” and that the artwork would foster a welcoming atmosphere and create positive energy in the building. 

The decor committee worked closely with the staff to create a plan that considered both the physical and emotional health of the residents of Madrona Grove.

“We did a deep dive into how aging affects the way we experience colors, texture, and shapes, and were very intentional about the pieces we considered,” explained Jo Noble, a member of the decor committee and an accomplished fiber artist. 

“We set out to use art to create a feeling of familiarity, comfort, and warmth,” Noble said. 

The installation would include a mix of quilts, photographs, and paintings; artwork that blended vibrant colors, accessible textures, and recognizable images of the natural world.  


To have enough quilts and other art pieces to fill the halls of the two-story building, the staff and decor committee engaged artists within the Rose Villa neighborhood, and from local artist collectives and groups in the region.  

Jo Noble reached out to her fellow artists at High Fiber Diet (HFD), a group “committed to advancing their art professionally and producing annual exhibits,” according to a statement on the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild website.

The response was overwhelmingly positive. In all, 14 fiber artists donated a total of 47 quilts for the installation. 

There are an additional 11 quilts created by independent living residents at Rose Villa,  

“We found that many artists had multiple quilts they were willing to share with us,” Noble said. 

“They appreciated the opportunity to have them on display and were proud to be part of the effort to provide art to create an inviting space,” Noble said.

Beyond the stunning array of fiber art pieces hanging on display are paintings and photographs done by residents, including a few from past residents of Madrona Grove. 

Noble and the group hope to inspire others to recreate the art collaboration in senior communities, using Madrona Grove’s installation as a model.  

“Part of the excitement of a project like this,” said  Noble, “is the cooperative spirit we have built with the artists and the positive feedback we have received from everyone involved in the project.” 


Madrona Grove opened its doors In June of 2022, offering an additional 32-room residence at Rose Villa. The 24-hour care community is on the campus of Rose Villa in Milwaukie.  This beautiful two-story, farmhouse-inspired residence accommodates individuals for short-term recuperative stays or long-term residential care. 


Rose Villa is an independent nonprofit, Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Southeast Portland. The campus sits above the east bank of the Willamette River on  22 acres of lush green space, river views, and a thoughtful blend of housing, and amenities. 

The community is nationally recognized for its award-winning design, is a 2021 Leader in Sustainability in Clackamas County, a 2021 honoree as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits, and one of Oregon’s Healthiest Employers in 2021. 

Originally built in 1960, Rose Villa began a comprehensive redevelopment effort in 2014, replacing aging buildings, updating infrastructure systems, and creating 35 new loft apartments and 40 Pocket Neighborhood cottages. 

Spring 2019 ushered in the second wave of renovation, including 12 first-of-their-kind Zero Energy homes in The Oaks, 10 Garden Grove residences that overlook the community garden and Willamette River, and 18 pocket cottages that build out the original Phase 1 redevelopment neighborhood. 

The third and final phase consists of 35 new urban loft apartments in Schroeder Lofts, 6 new Zero Energy Townhomes in Trillium Townhomes, and a new 24-hour supportive living neighborhood, Madrona Grove

Learn more: www.rosevilla.org.

Attached Media Files: Decor Committee at Rose Villa , 2024-03/5605/170397/Quilt_BeverlyWoodward_Portofino.JPG , 2024-03/5605/170397/Quilt_Artist__Jiill_Hoddick_ScreenedIn.jpg

UPDATE #2: Suspect in St. Johns Neighborhood Murder Sought, Public Assistance Requested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/01/24 4:50 PM
Portrait of Charles Hassel
Portrait of Charles Hassel
The suspect in a February 5th fatal shooting in the St. Johns Neighborhood is being identified and the Portland Police Bureau is asking for information about his location in an effort to arrest him.

Investigation by PPB Homicide Unit detectives has led them to a primary suspect, Harold “Bob” Dulaney, 53, of Portland. There is an active arrest warrant for Dulaney for Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Efforts to locate him have so far been unsuccessful.

He is a Caucasian male, 53-years-old, 6’3” in height, 260lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is known to walk in a hunched posture and uses a cane. The evening of the homicide, he was wearing a black winter coat with gray accents on the shoulders.

Dulaney’s photos are being released in an effort to assist in his location and arrest. He is considered armed and dangerous. If anyone sees him or knows his where he is now, they should not approach but call 911 with information on his location, direction of travel if applicable, and a detailed description of his clothing.

If anyone has non time-sensitive information about Dulaney or his location, please contact Detective Jason Koenig at jason.koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0889 or Detective William Winters at william.winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466. Please reference case number 24-29431.

Photo descriptions:
DMV photo of Dulaney wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt over a yellow shirt
Screenshot from surveillance video showing Dulaney in a bar wearing all black and holding a cane


Original Messages Below

The victim of the deadly shooting inside a bar in the St Johns Neighborhood has been identified as Charles Hassel, 56, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death. They are asking for privacy at this time, but they did provide a photo for public release.

The Medical Examiner determined Hassel died of homicide by gunshot wound.

If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Jason Koenig at jason.koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0889 or Detective William Winters at william.winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466. Please reference case number 24-29431.

Photo description: Portrait of Charles Hassel


Original Message Below

On Monday, February 5, 2024, at 9:39 p.m., officers from the North Precinct responded to a shooting call at a bar in the 8700 block of North Lombard Street. When officers arrived, they found a man who was deceased. No arrests have been made and no one has been detained.

The Portland Police Homicide detectives have responded to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Jason Koenig at jason.koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0889 or Detective William Winters at william.winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466. Please reference case number 24-29431.

During the investigation, North Lombard Street will be closed from North Baltimore Avenue to North Alta Avenue.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.


Attached Media Files: Portrait of Charles Hassel , Suspect Harold Dulaney DMV photo , Suspect Harold Dulaney surveillance

Detectives Seek Additional Victims in Abuse Investigation (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/01/24 4:45 PM
Social Media Graphic
Social Media Graphic

In February 2024, Violent Crimes Unit detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began investigating 23-year-old Marquise D. Brazile for numerous crimes against more than one underage victim.

During that investigation, detectives found evidence showing Brazile had assaulted and strangled an underage girl in Washington County on multiple occasions, in addition to threatening her with a gun. Brazile had also created and shared explicit videos of that person.

Detectives tracked Brazile to a house in Gresham, where he was arrested by the East Metro SWAT team on February 22. Detectives searched the house after a judge approved a warrant, and found a stolen handgun connected to Brazile. He was booked into the Washington County Jail that evening, where he remains in custody.

On February 28, a Washington County grand jury indicted Brazile on the following charges:

  • Using child in display of sexually explicit conduct (two counts)
  • Encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree (two counts)
  • Sexual abuse in the second degree (two counts)
  • Attempted unlawful possession of a machine gun
  • Felon in possession of a firearm (two counts)
  • Unlawful use of a weapon (firearm)
  • Strangulation (two counts)
  • Menacing
  • Assault in the fourth degree

Brazile is additionally being held on a Multnomah County parole violation warrant.

Detectives learned Brazile has been the subject of police investigations in many local communities, including Portland, Gresham, and Beaverton. Brazile has been connected to multiple shootings and serious assaults, as well as numerous statutory rape cases, and detectives believe there are additional victims. Brazile has stayed at addressees in Portland, Gresham, Bethany, Beaverton, and Vancouver.

If you have information about any cases involving Brazile or know about other potential victims, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

The Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the Portland Police Bureau, the Gresham Police Department, and the East Metro SWAT team for their help during the investigation.

Attached Media Files: Social Media Graphic

DOGAMI Governing Board to meet on March 14, 2024
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/01/24 4:27 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Thursday, March 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. This public meeting will be conducted via teleconference. 

The meeting agenda, including call-in information, is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/dogami/about/govboard/boardagenda_3_14_2024.pdf

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy, oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI’s mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.

Oregon City Economic Development Manager Receives National Certification (Photo)
City of Oregon City - 03/01/24 4:25 PM

Oregon City, ORE. – Oregon City’s Economic Development Manager, James Graham, was just recertified as one of only five Economic Development Professionals in the state by the by the International Economic Development Council. 

Graham has worked in Oregon City for the past three years. He has more than 34 years of experience in economic development, with stints in 16 cities across 8 states over the course of his career. 

“I’m honored to have once again earned this distinction that holds us to the highest standards within our industry. The work we do is vital to our communities, and this certification helps to maintain the excellence that this department strives for on a daily basis,” said Graham.

Since serving as Oregon City’s Economic Development Manager, Graham has initiated multiple programs and initiatives credited with helping many businesses of all sizes in the community. During the Pandemic he created the Oregon City Debt Relief Program, an initiative that kept many local restaurants and other small businesses open. 

He was also instrumental in attracting Atlas Community Credit Union to Oregon City; Oregon’s sixth largest not-for-profit financial cooperative. The credit union’s new campus is the workplace for 210 employees. Located on 14405 Meyers Road. The Advantis Campus is situated on a 12-acre comprised of three buildings totaling 76,221 square feet.

The Economic Development department also currently oversees tourism marketing efforts in Oregon City. I that capacity, Graham implemented the latest Tourism Strategic Plan by establishing a variety of programs and initiatives designed to support visitor-facing businesses in the community, as well as helped to professionalize several not for profit organizations in Oregon City.   

In addition to his years of experience, Graham holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, with a Specialization Certificate in International Political Economy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte NC.

The recertification was issued this week by the organization, which is the largest of its kind. It represents more than 4,500 economic development professionals in the US and abroad. 

Attached Media Files: 2024-03/3842/170395/James_Graham_profile_photo.jpg

More than 200 firefighters attend Winter Fire School training in Salem (Photos) (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/01/24 3:21 PM
Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024.
Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024.

March 1, 2024


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More than 200 career and volunteer firefighters from nearly 100 fire agencies throughout Oregon attended the 19th annual Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, 2024. 

The two-day event was hosted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and included nine classes offered by the National Fire Academy, DPSST, and the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department. Attendees included firefighters from city and tribal fire departments, fire districts, and wildland firefighters.

Classroom training sessions covered a wide range of topics including leadership, incident command, health and safety programs, tactical decision making, fire prevention education, and community risk reduction. The event also included hands-on training sessions on vehicle extrication, flammable gas and liquid emergencies, extinguishing vehicle fires, forceable entry, firefighter safety and survival, pumper operator simulations, and heavy vehicle operation.

Winter Fire School is offered free of charge and is held over the weekend to accommodate the schedules of volunteers who comprise most of the Oregon fire service.

“DPSST is proud to put on the annual Winter Fire School, which is the Fire Program’s biggest event of the year,” said Kayla Ballrot, DPSST’s interim Fire Program Manager. “Oregon’s firefighters will apply the knowledge gained from this weekend’s event, from hands-on classes to leadership training, to make their communities safer places to live. We received great student and instructor feedback and are already looking forward to next year.”


The mission of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is to pursue excellence in training and accountability for public safety professionals. DPSST certifies and licenses police, corrections, and parole and probation officers, as well as regulatory specialists, emergency telecommunicators and medical dispatchers, criminal justice instructors, private security providers, private investigators, fire service professionals and polygraph examiners in the State of Oregon.  DPSST works with public and private safety agencies around the state to provide basic, leadership and specialized training at the 237-acre Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem and regionally throughout the state. 

Attached Media Files: Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024. , Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024. , Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024. , Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024. , Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024. , Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024. , Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024. , Oregon fire service members participate in the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's Winter Fire School at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore. on Feb. 24 - 25, 2024.

Fatal Crash - HWY 97 - Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 03/01/24 3:10 PM

Klamath County, Ore. 29 Feb. 24- On Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 10:02 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-97, near milepost 174, in Klamath County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a southbound Peterbilt CMV and trailer, operated by Desiree Danielle Johnson (34) of St. Petersburg (FL), when it lost control and jackknifed in the roadway. The Peterbilt spun and crossed into the path of a northbound Honda Pilot, operated by Elise Adair Farrens (37) of La Pine, where the Honda struck the CMV trailer.

The operator of the Honda (Farrens) was declared deceased at the scene. A passenger in the Honda, Daviana Marie Trussell (23) of La Pine, was transported to the hospital with critical injuries.  Trussell, who was pregnant, tragically suffered the loss of her child due to injuries sustained during the crash.

The operator of the Peterbilt (Johnson) reportedly suffered minor injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately 3.5 hours during the on-scene investigation. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Department, Crescent Fire, and ODOT.




About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.

CORRECTED RELEASE-- EM Director Appointed to State Advisory Council (Photo)
Clatsop County - 03/01/24 3:07 PM
Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County Emergency Management Director
Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County Emergency Management Director

CORRECTED RELEASE: Changed “national hazards” to “natural hazards”


(Astoria, OR) -- Clatsop County Emergency Management Director Justin Gibbs has been appointed to the Oregon Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council.

The council is housed in Governor's Tina Kotek's office and facilitates policy recommendations for catastrophic disaster preparedness, mitigation and response, recovery planning, procedures, and protocols with special emphasis on outreach to representatives of designated state and federal emergency support functions.

"Clatsop County faces many severe natural hazards such as winter weather events, wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis. This is a wonderful opportunity bring our rural county's perspectives and needs to the forefront of discussions and policy recommendations. I am honored by this appointment," Gibbs said.


Attached Media Files: 2024-03/7074/170391/CORRECTED_RELEASE--_EM_Director_Appointed_to_Council_FINAL.pdf , Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County Emergency Management Director

DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 03/01/24 3:02 PM

March 1, 2024

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The list includes felony cases dismissed by the JC3 court as a result of the crisis. 

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis– defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants– an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals charged with a crime have a constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward, and throughout the counsel shortage, cases issued by the office have been routinely dismissed over prosecutors’ objections.

DA Schmidt also declared that MCDA would publish cases dismissed due to the crisis each week to increase transparency and advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is a breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.

There were 4 cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 2/23/24 and 2/29/24:








EM Director Appointed to State Advisory Council (Photo)
Clatsop County - 03/01/24 2:56 PM
Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County Emergency Management Director
Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County Emergency Management Director

(Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County Emergency Management Director Justin Gibbs has been appointed to the Oregon Emergency Management Advisory Council. 

The council is housed in Governor’s Tina Kotek’s office and facilitates policy recommendations for catastrophic disaster preparedness, mitigation and response, recovery planning, procedures, and protocols with special emphasis on outreach to representatives of designated state and federal emergency support functions. 

“Clatsop County faces many severe national hazards such as winter weather events, wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis. This is a wonderful opportunity bring our rural county’s perspectives and needs to the forefront of discussions and policy recommendations. I am honored by this appointment,” Gibbs said.


Attached Media Files: 2024-03/7074/170387/EM_Director_Appointed_to_Council_FINAL.pdf , Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County Emergency Management Director

Fatal Crash - Hwy 101 - Curry County
Oregon State Police - 03/01/24 2:50 PM

Curry County, Ore. 29 Feb. 24- On Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 8:37 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-101, near milepost 347, in Curry County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Toyota Corolla, operated by Nathan Garcia (43) of Brookings, was northbound when it reportedly hydroplaned into the southbound travel lane. The Toyota spun into the path of a southbound Dodge Ram 2500, operated by Mark Nichols (78) of Port Orford, causing a side impact. 

The operator of the Toyota (Garcia) was declared deceased at the scene.

The operator of the Dodge (Nichols) was transported with reportedly minor injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately 2.5 hours during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Department, Brookings Fire and Rescue, Cape Ferrello Fire, and ODOT. 




About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.

UPDATE #2: Suspect Arrested for January 8 Murder of Deshawn Pledger
Portland Police Bureau - 03/01/24 2:18 PM
A suspect has been arrested for the January 8, 2024 murder of Deshawn Pledger in the Hazelwood Neighborhood.

Since the initial response, detectives with the Homicide Unit have investigated the case and identified a suspect, Xavier V. Lucas, 32, of Portland. The case was referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office.

On Thursday, February 22, 2024, members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Lucas in Hesperia, California. He was booked into the San Bernadino County West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California on an arrest warrant for Murder in the Second Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Proceedings to request extradition to Multnomah County are pending.

The victim’s family has been notified of the arrest.


Original Message Below

UPDATE: Man Found Deceased in Hazelwood Neighborhood Identified
January 11, 2024 11:00

The man found deceased in the Hazelwood Neighborhood on Monday, January 8, 2024, has been identified as Deshawn Pledger, 30, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death and they are requesting privacy at this time.

The Medical Examiner determined that Pledger died of homicide by gunshot wound. This is the first homicide of 2024.

No arrests have been made. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective JD McGuire at Jeff.McGuire@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brent Christensen at Brent.Christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-6489.


Original Message Below

On Monday, January 8th, 2024, at 10:53 p.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to a call for a welfare check in the 2400 block of Southeast 106th Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man who was deceased. No arrests have been made and no one has been detained.

The Portland Police Homicide detectives have responded to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective JD McGuire at Jeff.McGuire@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brent Christensen at Brent.Christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov and by phone at (503) 823-2087. Please reference case number 24-6489.

During the investigation, Southeast 106th Avenue will be closed from near Southeast Stephens Street to Southeast Division Street.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.


Linn County Sheriff's Office Arrest Burglary Suspect Near Albany
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/01/24 10:36 AM

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports yesterday, at 5:19 p.m., her deputies responded to the report of a burglary in the 39000 block of Santiam Bluffs Road near Albany. Deputies learned numerous power tools were stolen the night prior and the victim located them on Facebook. 

During deputies’ response, they learned the victim arranged to meet with the suspect, pretending to purchase the tools. Upon meeting, the victim loaded some tools and explained he would not pay for the tools since they knew the tools were stolen and belonged to them. The suspect got in their vehicle, fleeing the scene with the victim following. 

The suspect fled to the area of Hochspeier Road near Jefferson Highway, parked their vehicle and walked away from the scene. Deputies arrived, contacting the victim and searching the area for the suspect. During this time, deputies learned the vehicle was stolen and contained additional stolen property. 

Deputies eventually located Luke Tillman, 34, of Washington who attempted to give false names for his identity. The victim confirmed it was the person attempting to sell his stolen tools and driving the stolen vehicle. 

Deputies took Tillman into custody and began to transport him to the hospital after he stated he swallowed fentanyl. Tillman was medically cleared and transported to the Linn County Jail for Burglary II, Theft I, Attempted Theft I, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Computer Crime, Criminal Mischief III, Criminal Trespass and Giving False Information to a Police Officer.  

It has become a common ruse for those being transported to the jail for crimes to tell law enforcement they ingested narcotics in an attempt to avoid jail. Your Linn County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to holding people accountable and routinely have deputies remain with offenders as they are medically cleared before being lodged in jail. We want to ensure people first get any medical care they need while balancing the community’s expectation for people to go to jail. 

Youth Manufacturing Day showcases future career opportunities for Hillsboro students (Photo)
PCC - 03/01/24 10:15 AM

HILLSBORO, Ore. – Portland Community College’s Willow Creek Opportunity Center (241 SW Edgeway Drive) ignited the spark of curiosity and ambition in about 60 high school students from Washington County on Feb. 28. In collaboration with the Hillsboro School District and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the center hosted an immersive Youth Manufacturing Day aimed at shedding light on the diverse pathways within the manufacturing industry.

Attendees embarked on a whirlwind tour through six interactive stations, each offering a glimpse into the exciting world of manufacturing. From donning bunny suits at the gowning station to delving into the cutting-edge realm of virtual reality, students had the opportunity to engage firsthand with various aspects of manufacturing technology. In addition, representatives were on hand to discuss job and employment opportunities at their companies, including Jireh Semiconductors, Qorvo, Align Precision and Twist Bioscience, to name a few.

“PCC and local industry partners have a shared goal to raise awareness of manufacturing and semiconductor jobs with career growth potential,” said DaNene Dwyer, program manager with the Willow Creek Opportunity Center. “At Youth Manufacturing Day, high school students were able to explore opportunities in an industry they might not have considered before.”

In its second year, the event aims to not only showcase PCC’s array of manufacturing-related programs but also to inspire the next generation of industry leaders. By offering a hands-on experience and highlighting the practical applications of bioscience, microelectronics, and more, organizers hope to spark enthusiasm and encourage students to pursue educational pathways that align with their interests and aspirations.

“It was a great opportunity to share information about PCC's manufacturing-related programs that get students workforce ready in three months to two years,” said Ariel Ladum, PCC trainer and education specialist. “The students were highly engaged as they moved through five interactive stations hosted by PCC faculty and industry partners.”

Three programs were highlighted during the day to provide pathways to semiconductor training for the students:

Semiconductor Essentials Training -- This class is free to youth ages 17 to 24 years old who are interested in the semiconductor industry. They can enroll in the class to plan next steps to start their students at PCC in manufacturing programs, develop technical skills through hands-on training and develop in demand essential skills for success. Interested students can visit the program's webpage, or call (971) 722-2623.

NextGen Youth Services -- The NextGen Youth Program provides a welcoming and supportive space for youth ages 16–24 years old who are encountering barriers while trying to enter the workforce. Along with our community partners, staff provide support for work tools, books, fees, TriMet passes, and more. There are career exploration activities that will help participants develop skills and gain work experience. To learn more visit the program's webpage, or call (971) 722-2541 in Washington County or (971) 722-2178 in Multnomah.

Opportunity Centers College & Career Prep -- For people who want to go to school to earn a family wage  and need support connecting to PCC and community resources. For details, visit the jobs webpage or call (971) 722-2688.


About Portland Community College: Founded in 1961, Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 50,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, 10 education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning. 

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


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ODF sends Strike Team to Assist in Texas Wildfires (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/01/24 10:00 AM
Picture from the last time ODF was in Texas in 2022
Picture from the last time ODF was in Texas in 2022

SALEM, Ore. – Today the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) deployed a strike team to Amarillo, Texas to assist in their wildfire suppression efforts. The strike team is equipped with five engines and a strike team leader, with a total of 16 firefighters traveling down to the state.  

The firefighters are going to Texas under mutual assistance agreements, making it easier to share resources. When wildfire activity is low in Oregon, firefighters can be spared to help in other places experiencing high levels of wildfire response. 

“We’re ready and willing to help whenever we receive the call from one of our partner states,” said Chris Cline, ODF’s Interim Fire Protection Division Chief.  “It’s the right thing to respond when someone is in a time of need, and we are honored to have the opportunity to serve.”

So how does Oregon send resources to help other states? This is all done through mutual assistance agreements creating a cache of reciprocal resources and a larger more comprehensive fire management system. In this system, Oregon does not only send out resources, but also receives and has received helpful resources when local capacity becomes overwhelmed.

 “The relationships built through our assistance in other states not only benefits them, but also Oregonians as we reach out for help when our fire season hits its peak.” Cline explained. In the 2023 fire season, Oregon received 173 out-of-state firefighters. 

Sending our firefighters on these out-of-state deployments helps them build relationships outside of our organization, learn new suppression tactics and gives them the opportunity to fight fire in a different landscape. These off-season deployments keep their skills sharp so they can come back to Oregon with new knowledge that can be applied to our future fire seasons. 

Attached Media Files: Picture from the last time ODF was in Texas in 2022

Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Customers do not need to take any additional precautions at this time.
Portland Water Bureau - 03/01/24 9:39 AM

Since 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has detected low levels of Cryptosporidium from routine monitoring of source water. The Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. In the 50 liters sampled each day from February 25 to February 28, one Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in the sample collected on February 28. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the samples collected on February 25, February 26, or February 27. Prior to this detection, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on February 13, 2024.

The Bull Run watershed is Portland’s primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so under drinking water regulations. Portland is working to install filtration by September 30, 2027 under a compliance schedule with the Oregon Health Authority. In the meantime, Portland Water Bureau is implementing interim measures such as watershed protection and additional monitoring to protect public health. Consultation with public health officials has concluded that at this time, customers do not need to take any additional precautions. 

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

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

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

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


About the Portland Water Bureau

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

DPSST - Board & Policy Committee Recruitments (Application Deadline 3/15/2024)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/01/24 8:42 AM

2024 Board on Public Safety Standards & Training

 and Policy Committee

Open Vacancy – Recruitments


The Board on Public Safety Standards & Training (BPSST) and established Policy Committees have open vacancies looking to be filled. The current vacancies are as follows:


BPSST: All Board applications must be submitted through Workday.com

  • Administrator of a Municipality recommended to the Governor by the executive body of the League of Oregon Cities
  • Representative of the collective bargaining unit that represents the largest number of individual workers in the DOC

Policy Committees: All Policy Committee applications are due by March 15, 2024.

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • One person representing telecommunicators
  • One person representing the public who has never been employed or utilized as a telecommunicator

Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee:

  • One person representing the health care industry
  • One person representing the public who have never been employed or utilized as a private security provider or investigator

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • Two people representing Non-Management Corrections Officers
  • One person representing the Oregon Sheriff’s Jail Command Center
  • One Corrections officer who is employed by the Department of Corrections at a women's correctional facility and who is a member of a bargaining unit

Police Policy Committee:

  • One person representing Non-Management Law Enforcement

To inquire about a vacancy, please visit Department of Public Safety Standards & Training : Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committees : Boards and Committees : State of Oregon.

If interested in applying for a Policy Committee position, please complete and submit the Policy Committee Interest Form found under the ‘Board and Committee Resources’ section of the website listed above.

If interested in applying for a BPSST position, please complete the online application at Workday Board and Commission Opportunities. (Please note that an account may need to be created if not already in Workday)

For further information regarding the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training or its respective Policy Committees, please contact Samantha Kossa - samantha.kossa@dpsst.oregon.gov


Thank you,

DPSST Board & Committees Staff

VA Secretary unveils expansion plans, access to care for Portland VA Healthcare system (Photo)
VA Portland/Vancouver Health Care System - 03/01/24 6:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.–During the weekend of February 24, 2024, at the Western Governors Association conference, with Governor Tina Kotek, VA Secretary McDonough presented this plan for how VA is growing in Oregon.

The VA is working to aggressively to expand access to VA health care in Oregon and across America, because it’s proven to be the best health care in America for Veterans – and we want all Veterans to have access to VA close to home.

The following applies to the VA Portland Healthcare System (Portland & Vancouver)

The facility currently has $58.2M in active design or construction projects focused on replacing, upgrading, or expanding the facility infrastructure.  The facility currently has an additional $523.2M in active seismic construction. 

  • FY2024 Planned Investments 
    • Construct Primary Care, Mental Health and Virtual Care (Vancouver) - $12.3M
    • Construct Geriatric Psychiatry Ward (Vancouver) - $9.6M
    • Correct FCA HVAC Deficiencies Laundry/Warehouse (Vancouver) - $7.6M
    • Correct Electrical FCA Deficiencies Bldgs./Site (Portland) - $9.9M
    • Replace Building Service Equipment (Portland & Vancouver) - $1.4M
    • Replace Vancouver Underground Infrastructure - $3.5M
    • Update Specialty Clinics Exam Rooms - $1.7M
    • Replace Security Camera Systems in Portland and Vancouver - $3.4M
    • Upgrade Building 100 and 101 for Seismic Retrofit in Portland - $90M
      • FY2024 Planned Lease Acquisitions  
        • None
      • Strategic Direction
        • Additional long-term opportunities and/or improvements include modernize clinical spaces, address seismic issues at Portland VAMC, add additional specialty services, and an Urgent Care at the Vancouver VAMC.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Secretary McDonough which will allow us to serve our Veterans and keep them and our employees safe in these important areas,” said David Holt, Director or the VA Portland HCS.

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Thu. 02/29/24
Washington County Sheriff's Office is Live Streaming
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/29/24 5:59 PM

On Friday, March 1, 2024, at 8:00 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will stream radio traffic live through Broadcastify

The Sheriff’s Office made a difficult decision to stop live streaming in July of 2023 when significant safety concerns arose during a critical incident that endangered those responding. To keep safety a top priority and remain transparent to our community, Broadcastify will stream radio traffic with a delay.  

Broadcastify is a third-party vendor contracted with the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA), responsible for maintaining the streaming service. You can also access Broadcastify via the link through WCCCA.  

We appreciate your patience through this process.  


Clark County Sheriff's Office Releases Critical Incident Video from 2/20/2024
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/29/24 5:20 PM

Update: 2-29-20 5:20pm

In conjunction with the previous video release and the release of names from the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), we are identifying the deputies in the video as follows:

Deputy 1: Deputy Forrest Gonzalez 

Deputy 2: Sergeant Tom Yoder 

Deputy 3: Deputy Holly DeZubiria 

Deputy 4: Sergeant Jeff Ruppel 

Deputy 5: Deputy Isaac Henrikson 

On February 20, 2024, the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) was involved in a deputy-involved shooting. Five deputies were on scene at the time of the incident, and all five were wearing body-worn cameras (BWC). Three deputies discharged their firearms. Two deputies witnessed the incident.

On 6/20/2023, in a unanimous vote, the Clark County Council authorized the County Manager to sign a five-year contract with Axon Enterprises that provided Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) and vehicle cameras for the Sheriff's Office.

Following a deputy-involved shooting, the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), at the discretion of the Sheriff, will release body-worn camera (BWC) videos of the incident. The release of these videos will be separate from the Independent Investigation Team's (IIT) investigation.

The independent investigation of this incident is being conducted by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department. The Clark County Sheriff's Office is not involved in the deputy-involved shooting investigation. CCSO will conduct its administrative investigation/review after the SWIIRT investigation is completed. 

The Critical Incident Video can be viewed on the CCSO Body-Worn Camera Page.

The Sheriff's Office cannot comment on the video release or the ongoing investigation. The video's release is meant to provide visual context of the incident, as it is understood to have occurred at this time by CCSO, according to the BWC video. The video does not encompass the complete context of all recordings captured by all five body cameras.

Please be aware that the video contains graphic imagery, and viewer discretion is strongly advised.

Media Advisory: Vancouver's State of the City and Council Community Forum (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 02/29/24 4:42 PM
Join the City of Vancouver for the 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum
Join the City of Vancouver for the 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum

Vancouver, Wash. – City of Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and the Vancouver City Council will host the 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum at 6 p.m. Monday, March 18. Mayor McEnerny-Ogle’s speech will cover Vancouver's key accomplishments in 2023 and what the City will focus on in the future as the community continues to grow and change. 

Guests are invited to stay after the speech to meet, in person, with City Councilors at the first Council Community Forum of the year.

What: 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum

The event will be accompanied by the release of the City's annual report, which includes additional details on City budgets and accomplishments during 2023. 

Who: Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle will present a brief State of the City address, highlighting some of the key accomplishments of 2023 and looking ahead to what’s next for Vancouver. The mayor’s remarks will be followed by the first quarterly Council Community Forum of the year.

When: 6 p.m. Monday, March 18. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Due to space constraints at the venue, RSVPs for the event are encouraged and can be made at www.cityofvancouver.us/stateofthecity. The City will make every effort to accommodate those who arrive without previously RSVPing to the event.

The State of the City address will be streamed live–and available for on-demand viewing–on Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) channel 23 and HD 323 and the City’s Facebook.  

Where: Firstenburg Community Center Community Room, 700 N.E 136th Ave., Vancouver. Media may park in the free lot at Firstenburg Community Center but should be aware that seating and space at the venue will be limited.


Attached Media Files: Join the City of Vancouver for the 2024 State of the City and Council Community Forum

Traffic Alert: State Street Closed to Eastbound Traffic at 12th Street NE
City of Salem - 02/29/24 4:00 PM

Salem, Ore. — The City of Salem is warning drivers who use State Street that the road will be closed east of 12th Street NE beginning Monday, March 4, 2024, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The one-day closure is necessary to repair and replace the pavement pad at the railroad crossing east of the 12th and State Street intersection. Traffic on 12th Street NE will be allowed in both directions as construction is taking place. 

  • Location: State Street is closed to eastbound traffic at 12 Street NE, Salem, OR.
  • Date and Time: Monday, March 4, 2024, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Affected Areas: Travel lanes, sidewalks, and parking spaces near the train tracks in the construction zone.
  • Caution: Drivers are urged to be cautious while traveling, follow all signage, and watch for workers in the area.

The Current Road Conditions Map on the City of Salem website provides up-to-date information on scheduled or emergency road closures in Salem. For additional information, please contact the City of Salem at 503-588-6211 or vice@cityofsalem.net">service@cityofsalem.net.

Bushnell University School of Music and Performing Arts Spring Performances (Photo)
Bushnell University - 02/29/24 3:55 PM
Photo by Bushnell University
Photo by Bushnell University

EUGENE, Ore. - Bushnell University’s School of Music and Performing Arts is pleased to invite the community to spring performances by the University Choir, Bushnell Jazz Ensemble, Bushnell Chorale, and The Grove Collective, the school’s traveling worship ensemble.  

The events will take place at several locations, including on campus in Ross Evans Chapel, as well as at First Baptist Church of Eugene, local high schools, and various churches throughout the region. 

Our opening Spring Performance Hour will occur on March 15th at 2:00PM at Ross Evans Chapel, located on Bushnell’s campus. This performance will showcase the music of students enrolled in private lessons and will feature a variety of musical styles, from lyrical classical arias to contemporary popular favorites. On the evening of April 12th at 7PM, please join us at Ross Evans Chapel for The Greatest of These is Love, a performance of music, spoken word, and movement highlighting the theme of God’s love for all of us and our love for each other. We close the season with our beautiful Spring Concert, April 27 at 7PM at First Baptist Church in Eugene. This concert finale brings all the music students together in a program including exciting contemporary choral pieces, meaningful classic and contemporary worship songs, and a selection of classical and contemporary jazz repertoire. 

In addition to these performances, The Grover Collective is leading worship at churches in the region: 

Lebanon Mennonite Church: March 3 

Salem Academy Christian School: March 6 

First Baptist Church Eugene, Women’s Retreat: March 9 (event registration required) 

Friendly Street Church of God: March 10 

Village Church: April 7 

Florence Christian Church: April 21 

These Bushnell events are free to the public and open to all ages. 

Program subject to change.  

LOCATIONS: Ross Evans Chapel, First Baptist Church of Eugene, and schools and churches in the region 

Tickets: Free  

Interview & Media Opportunities: High-resolution photos are available upon request. For interviews, contact Emily Weinkauf Kidder at 541-521-6568 or ekidder@bushnell.edu

IG: @bushnellmusic 

FB: @bushnellperformingarts 

About Bushnell University's School of Music and Performing Arts
Bushnell School of Music and Performing Arts is a nonprofit, 40+ student music school based in Eugene, Oregon led by Associate Dean, Dr. Kelly Ballard. The school provides students with fundamental musical knowledge, performance, and leadership skills, marked by innovation, creativity, and high academic standards. Digital content is offered through its social media channels. More at www.bushnell.edu/music. 

Attached Media Files: Photo by Bushnell University

Suspicious Circumstance
Newport Police Dept. - 02/29/24 2:39 PM

On February 29, 2024, the Newport Police were dispatched to Sam Case Elementary School on the report of an attempted stranger abduction. Officers learned that between 7 AM and 7:45 AM, a student at Sam Case Elementary was walking to school when they were approached by a woman in a white van on NE 9th Street between NE Grant Street and NE Fogarty Street in Newport. The woman walked around the van, opened the passenger door, and tried to talk the student into getting in for a ride. The student refused to get in the van and ran to school. Once at the school, the student reported the incident to school staff, who immediately reported the incident to the Police. The student is safe.

Newport Police searched the area for the van and suspect but were unable to locate either. The Newport Police Department is working with the Lincoln County School District, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police to provide additional resources to try to locate and identify the suspect, along with providing a safe area for parents and children to commute to and from school.

The incident remains under investigation.  The Newport Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance and seeking anyone who lives in the area and may have a home security or camera system that may have captured video of the suspect vehicle. Or, any other person who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed the event occur. If you have any information regarding this case, contact Officer Clark of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or tipline@newportpolice.net.

PGE requests 2025 rate review by Oregon Public Utility Commission to modernize and strengthen the electric grid
PGE - 02/29/24 1:57 PM

Investments in battery storage and transmission infrastructure will enhance reliability for customers 

Portland, Ore. – Portland General Electric today filed a 2025 proposed rate review with the Oregon Public Utility Commission as the company continues to build a smarter, more resilient energy grid. The 2025 Rate Case filing includes investments in local battery energy storage systems that enhance reliability and optimize power from renewable resources, as well as infrastructure modernization. 

The proposed changes for 2025 include an average customer rate increase of 7.4%. The filing with the Oregon Public Utility Commission begins an up to 10-month public process to review the proposed request. For more information on the 2025 rate review filing, visit www.portlandgeneral.com/2025-rate-case

“To achieve the day-to-day reliability that customers expect while simultaneously solving for the challenges of the future, Portland General Electric is deploying battery energy storage technology to modernize and strengthen the grid,” said Larry Bekkedahl, senior vice president of strategy and advanced energy delivery. “We are focused on delivering reliable electricity to customers while keeping the cost as low as possible.”

Major items in the rate review filing are:

  • Local battery energy storage projects to provide enhanced reliability and resilience during peak demand.
  • Investments in transmission and distribution to allow dependable energy flow as demand for electricity grows and customer needs evolve. 
  • Upgrades to technology and generation facilities for increased resilience and long-term, dependable power.

PGE recently expanded its Income Qualified Bill Discount (IQBD) program, which offers 15-60% monthly energy discount to eligible customers based on household size and income. PGE offers additional energy reduction programs to help customers save costs and manage their energy, including usage dashboards, rebates and incentives for energy efficiency, as well as programs that help customers shift energy use during peak demand. To learn more visit www.portlandgeneral.com/save-money

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About Portland General Electric Company: 

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is an integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 930,000 customers serving an area of 1.9 million Oregonians. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered social progress, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean electricity while working to transform energy systems to meet evolving customer needs. PGE customers have set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. PGE is committed to reducing emissions from its retail power supply by 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2040. PGE is recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the company’s commitment to creating a more equal, inclusive workplace. In 2023, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $4.6 million and volunteered over 23,000 volunteer hours to more than 400 nonprofit organizations.  


Traffic stop leads to seizure of fentanyl pills and powder (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/29/24 1:35 PM
Seized Fentanyl powder
Seized Fentanyl powder

LINN COUNTY, Ore. 29 Feb. 2024 – A recent traffic stop in Linn County resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of fentanyl powder and pills headed for the street. 

On Feb. 16, 2024, at approximately 4:30 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a silver Honda Accord at milepost 219 on I-5 for a traffic violation. The trooper observed suspicious behavior by the vehicle occupants that pointed to possible drug activity. A K-9 unit was called to assist. 

The K-9 alerted on possible illegal drugs. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 10,000 fentanyl pills and four pounds of fentanyl powder from a grocery bag behind the driver’s seat. A small amount of other illegal narcotics was also found in the vehicle. 

The vehicle operator, Danny Yohan Cruz Benitz (18) of Oakland (CA), was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and attempted delivery of a controlled substance. Passenger, Walter Omar Mayorga Aguilar (20) of Sacramento (CA), was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, attempted delivery of a controlled substance, and a parole/probation violation.  

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available for release at this time.


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About the Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.

Attached Media Files: Seized Fentanyl powder , Seized fentanyl powder , Seized fentanyl pills

Oregon Division of Financial Regulation issues $160,000 in fines to Laura O. Shean for conducting unlicensed investment adviser activities (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/29/24 1:18 PM

Salem – The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) issued a cease-and-desist order and fined Laura O. Shean and her company, PlanNow, LLC, a total of $140,000 for conducting unlicensed investment adviser activity and engaging in securities fraud.

The division, in an order filed in December 2023, also ordered Shean to pay $20,000 of previously suspended civil penalties because Shean violated a prior order the division issued in 2019. Shean was licensed as a securities salesperson, investment adviser representative, and resident insurance producer, but her insurance and securities licenses in Oregon were revoked by DFR in 2019. The division revoked Shean’s licenses because Shean misappropriated, through a series of six unauthorized transactions in 2017, more than $124,000 from an elderly client. In 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) permanently barred Shean from associating with any FINRA member in any capacity. In 2019, Shean consented to an order issued by the division that permanently bars her from holding any securities or insurance licenses in Oregon and ordered Shean to cease and desist from violating the Oregon securities law.

Following the issuance of the 2019 consent order, the division investigated Shean’s ongoing business activities and compliance with the consent order. The division learned through a consumer complaint that Shean, through PlanNow, was willfully and repeatedly engaging in unlicensed investment adviser activity, contrary to the terms of the consent order and in violation of the Oregon securities law. Shean was operating the PlanNow business in a manner calculated to conceal her unlawful business activities.

During the division’s investigation of Shean’s ongoing business activities and compliance with the consent order, Shean filed a false statement with DFR in 2021. In that statement, Shean falsely denied that she engaged in investment adviser business activities after the division issued the 2019 consent order.

DFR reminds people to do business only with investment professionals who are licensed in Oregon. On DFR’s website, you can check for a license and file a complaint if you believe you have been defrauded or been the victim of a scam. Our consumer advocates can be reached by calling 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or emailing .financialserviceshelp@dcbs.oregon.gov">dfr.financialserviceshelp@dcbs.oregon.gov.

The division also has recently published a tool – the Oregon Investor Guide – to give consumers another resource before investing money.


About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dfr.oregon.gov and  www.dcbs.oregon.gov.​​

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Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #4
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/29/24 12:56 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 20, 2024, which involved deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. 

Three involved deputies are:


  • Sergeant Tom Yoder is currently assigned as a Patrol Sergeant. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2006 and has 18 years of law enforcement experience.
  • Deputy Forrest Gonzalez is currently assigned to Central Precinct Patrol. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2018 and has 7 years of law enforcement experience. 
  • Deputy Holly DeZubiria is currently assigned to Central Precinct Patrol. She has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2019 and has 4 years of law enforcement experience.

The two witness deputies are:

  • Sergeant Jeff Ruppel is currently assigned as a Patrol Sergeant. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2016 and has 20 years of law enforcement experience.
  • Deputy Isaac Henrikson is currently assigned to Central Precinct Patrol. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2023 and has 1 year of law enforcement experience.

All five remain on critical incident leave. 

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.



WSU Vancouver to host College Planning Day
WSU Vancouver - 02/29/24 12:27 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. – WSU Vancouver will host College Planning Day from 10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. March 14 starting in the Dengerink Administration Building on campus. 

Sponsored by the Washington Council, this is a one-stop opportunity for high school juniors and undecided seniors to learn about Washington state’s higher education programs and their admission processes. Twenty colleges and universities from across the state will be represented, from two-year community colleges to universities offering bachelor’s and advanced degrees.

For more information and to sign up, students should contact their high school counselor or the WSU Vancouver Admissions Office at van.admissions@wsu.edu, or call 360-546-9779.

The following colleges and universities will be represented:

  • Central Washington University
  • Clark College
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pierce College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • St. Martin’s University
  • The Evergreen State College
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • University of Washington Seattle
  • University of Washington Tacoma
  • Walla Walla University – Portland Nursing
  • Washington State University Pullman
  • Washington State University Vancouver
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitworth University

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Find a campus map at vancouver.wsu.edu/mapParking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4 a day.

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

WSU Vancouver is located on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. We acknowledge their presence here. WSU Vancouver expresses its respect towards these original and current caretakers of the region. We pledge that these relationships will be built on mutual trust and respect. 

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Western Oregon University receives grant addressing critical support for educators (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 02/29/24 11:50 AM

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University’s College of Education has received a Grow Your Own grant (GYO) from the Educator Advancement Council. This funding aims to address the critical need for recruiting and retaining educators across the career continuum.

Under the Division of Education and Leadership at Western, Kristen L Pratt, Ph.D., associate professor of education and leadership, and Marie LeJeune, Ph.D., associate dean of clinical practices & partnerships, developed an innovative program called Project REAL (Residency for Educator Access to Licensure) with the funding. This program is a collaborative effort between Western, Salem Keizer Public Schools, and Chemeketa Community College, focusing on developing a sustainable residency model for teacher licensure.

This partnership seeks to tackle three primary equity problems of practice: a shortage of racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse licensed educators to serve a diverse student population; providing access to local, place-bound, residency programming embedded within a high-quality, nationally accredited, and equity-based educator preparation program; and a meaningful and supportive induction experience for educators who are full-time working professionals within public schools.

“This work at Western is focused on how we remove barriers for those seeking a teaching license and are not able to access a traditional pathway of being a full-time student and student teacher. There is not a realistic pathway for lots of folks who are already working adults, supporting a family, or are geographically far from a university,” shared LeJeune. “There are a lot of barriers put into place that don’t allow folks to receive higher education and this work aims to remove those barriers.” 

The Project REAL program at Western is a groundbreaking initiative that will revolutionize the way educators are recruited and prepared for the challenges of today's classrooms. By providing flexible licensure pathways, this program will empower aspiring educators to overcome obstacles and contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive educational system.

Learn more about flexible licensure pathways 


 About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon's oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction. Together we succeed.

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GVC Unveils BoardReady Certification Program, Strengthening Community Leadership and Corporate Engagement (Photo)
Greater Vancouver Chamber - 02/29/24 11:24 AM

February 29, 2024



The first BoardReady Certification Program, set for May 22, 2024, is an intensive one-day training that equips participants with essential skills for effective governance.

Vancouver, WA - In a significant move to bolster community leadership and encourage corporate engagement in the nonprofit sector, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) proudly introduces the BoardReady Certification Program. This initiative comes as a natural progression following the Chamber's absorption of the region's nonprofit association in April 2023, with efforts that have enriched the nonprofit sector with valuable business insights ranging from fundraising and financial management to strategic planning and board governance.

"As the Vice President of Operations for the Chamber, I see our region as a vital ecosystem where every form of service, from volunteering at the local Parent Teacher Organization to serving on a county advisory group or a prominent nonprofit board, enriches our community fabric," stated Janet Kenefsky. "The BoardReady Certification Program is our encouragement for those in Southwest Washington who have much to offer but may shy away from board roles due to unfamiliarity with the legal and fiduciary responsibilities. We're here to change that narrative, opening doors for meaningful engagement across all levels of service. By doing so, we not only uplift our community but also fulfill personal quests for purpose and impact among our region’s professionals."

The first BoardReady Certification Program, set for May 22, 2024, is an intensive one-day training that equips participants with essential skills for effective governance. It targets a broad audience, including current board members, aspiring leaders, and professionals from every career stage, and encourages corporations to invest in their employees' development by enrolling them in the program. Upon completing the BoardReady Certificate, the Greater Vancouver Chamber will publicize graduates' names, affiliations, and volunteer interests, and promote this pool of trained individuals to local nonprofits as a resource for sourcing board members who are prepared and understand their roles.

By promoting a culture of service, the Chamber aims to enrich the community's social and economic well-being, making volunteer work and board service a fulfilling part of professional life. "We urge local businesses to view this as an opportunity to deepen their community ties and foster a sense of purpose among their teams. Serving is indeed a way professionals can 'fill their cup,' making a tangible impact while growing personally and professionally," added Kenefsky.

For more details on the BoardReady Certification Program and to register, visit www.vancouverusa.com/boardready-certification-program/.


About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com.




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Tip of the Week for March 4, 2024 - Problem Gambling Awareness (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/29/24 10:00 AM

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) and it’s a great reminder that activities, like gambling, can become a problem and impact our communities in different ways. Gambling can be an activity that is used for recreation and fun, but gambling interacts with our brains in the same way alcohol, drugs, and other "low-effort, high-reward" activities do. Because of this, gambling can become an addiction. Problem gambling is the continuation of gambling activities despite personal, social, or financial consequences.  

Gambling problems are more than just a money issue. Each year problem gambling effects our communities with social impacts such as gambling-related crime which can include embezzling money or burglaries and thefts to help pay gambling debts. Aside from the financial and criminal consequences, problem gambling also negatively impacts relationships. For every one person with a gambling disorder, it is estimated that an additional eight to ten others are affected. Workplaces may see a decrease in productivity, an increase in absences, and other issues if an employee has a gambling disorder. Family and friends often feel replaced by someone’s gambling and can bear the burden of picking up additional responsibilities -both financially, like paying bills on time, and socially, such as increased responsibilities with family, pets, or homecare. 

Problem gambling is often referred to as the “hidden addiction” because it is easy to hide and can be difficult for others to notice, but there are some warning signs you can look for. 

Problem gambling warning signs:

  • Distracted with thoughts of gambling
  • Spending more time and money gambling
  • Lying or hiding gambling activity
  • Risking or damaging relationships
  • Being irritable when not gambling
  • Gambling to win back losses (also known as chasing losses)
  • Exaggerating wins and minimizing losses
  • Borrowing money
  • Gambling debts
  • Missing work or other responsibilities

If you choose to gamble, there are ways to reduce the risk of gambling becoming a problem. Setting a time limit, balancing life with other social and recreational activities, and avoiding alcohol while gambling are some of the recommended responsible gambling guidelines. You can find more responsible gambling guidelines by visiting www.opgr.org/prevention-resources/.

In Oregon, FREE problem gambling treatment and support is available for someone with a gambling disorder and those that may be affected by someone’s problem gambling. 

Free problem gambling treatment and support:

  • Lincoln County Problem Gambling Treatment
    • Phone: 541-265-6611 Ext 3324
  • Oregon Problem Gambling Resource
    • Phone: 1-877-695-4648
    • Text: 503-713-6000
    • Chat on website: OPGR.org

For more information and tips visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 



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Bureau of Land Management offers partners wildland fire equipment (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/29/24 9:48 AM
Bureau of Land Management employees transfer the pictured water tender to the Wheeler County Rangeland Fire Protection Association in 2022.
Bureau of Land Management employees transfer the pictured water tender to the Wheeler County Rangeland Fire Protection Association in 2022.

Portland, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management’s Rural Fire Readiness program is dedicated to enhancing the firefighting capabilities of wildland firefighting partners. Through the program, the BLM can provide training and equipment, including supplies and communication devices.

BLM fire managers are announcing the opening of a 30-day application period for wildland fire equipment under the RFR program in Oregon and Washington. 

The RFR program provides a streamlined process for local cooperators to request and receive excess BLM firefighting equipment to better protect communities, natural resources, and critical infrastructure.

“We value our important partnerships with rural fire protection districts and rangeland fire protection associations,” said Jeff Fedrizzi, BLM Oregon-Washington State Fire Management Officer. “This program helps us all work better together in our collective interest of public safety.”

The equipment the BLM transfers to local firefighting partners, including supplies and radios, is ready to use. Wildland fire engines are transferred with items like hoses, fittings, tools, and radios to ensure immediate use by cooperators.

The BLM is accepting applications for 2024 from rural fire protection districts and rangeland fire protection associations for available vehicles, fire engines, equipment, and supplies. Cooperators who submitted a request in 2023 and would still like to be prioritized for that request do not need to submit a new request. Please reach out to the cooperating BLM districts to discuss rolling this request into the 2024 cycle. As equipment is prioritized and available, the BLM will work to transfer excess items to qualifying cooperators. 

To participate in the BLM’s RFR program, cooperators should work with their local BLM districts prior to applying. To find district contacts and submit an application, visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/rfr-apply

Cooperators must meet all the requirements to be considered for BLM RFR equipment transfers, including:
• Have an existing cooperative fire response agreement with the BLM;
• Serve a rural community or area;
• Have wildland fire protection responsibilities;
• Be in the vicinity of, or within, the wildland urban interface, or an established rangeland fire protection association;
• Be near BLM-administered lands and respond to wildland fires in support of BLM when available and as needed; and
• Provide a benefit to the BLM.

To apply, go to the BLM’s Rural Fire Readiness application page: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/rfr-apply. Online and hard copy applications are due on March 29. 

For more information contact fire management staff at the nearest BLM district office: https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/rfr.

For additional information or questions, contact Larae Guillory, BLM OR/WA Fire Operations Specialist at 458-218-1598.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Attached Media Files: Bureau of Land Management employees transfer the pictured water tender to the Wheeler County Rangeland Fire Protection Association in 2022.

Oregon Main Street Adds Two New Affiliated Main Street Communities to the Network
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/29/24 9:44 AM

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon Main Street (OMS) has accepted the City Club of Forest Grove and Main Street Cascade Locks at the Affiliated Main Street level of the OMS Network. 

Communities participating at this level have a high degree of commitment to using the nationally recognized place-based Main Street Approach™ methodology to create lasting impact in enhancing their historic downtowns. 

Affiliated Main Street level communities must have a cohesive core of historic or older commercial and mixed-use buildings that represent the community’s architectural heritage and may include compatible in-fill. They must also have a sufficient mass of businesses, buildings, and density to be effective, as well as be a compact and pedestrian-oriented district.

The primary emphasis of the Affiliated Main Street level is to provide technical assistance to program’s in their formative years.  Acceptance into this level allows communities to participate in training, community assessments, technical assistance, and receive local capacity building support. There isn’t a fee to participate in the Oregon Main Street Network. 

The selection process included submitting an application that describes their district, previous efforts to improve downtown, readiness to implement the Main Street Approach™, board development efforts, in addition to other criteria. 

Currently, there are 100 communities in Oregon participating in one of the four levels of the Oregon Main Street Network: Accredited Main Street, Designated Main Street, Affiliated Main Street, and Connected Communities. Both communities were represented by their cities at the Connected Communities level prior to being accepted at the Affiliated Main Street level. In Cascade Locks, a local Main Street group is just forming so the timing is good to benefit the assistance Oregon Main Street can provide. In Forest Grove, they have been exploring the right structure for the main street effort and found a willing partner in the City Club of Forest Grove.

Oregon Main Street is part of Oregon Heritage in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For questions, contact Oregon Main Street Coordinator Sheri Stuart, sheri.stuart@oprd.oregon.gov.

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Missing Endangered Adult Located (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 02/29/24 9:44 AM

Rory Fitzgerald was located by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies this morning at approximately 8:00 a.m., in the 14300 block of SE Richey Rd., and transported to a local hospital for care.

Original Message Below 

RELEASE DATE:               Feb. 28, 2024
CONTACT PERSON:         On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                 24-8209

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance with locating a missing 39-year-old male, Rory Fitzgerald. The staff at Fitzgerald’s Care Home, in the 1200 block of SE Roberts Ave., say they discovered Rory was missing at approximately 1:45 p.m., this afternoon. They report that he is missing his required medication which helps him regulate his delusions.

Fitzgerald is described as a white male who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, gray sweatpants, black shoes, and a red stocking cap.

Anyone who sees Fitzgerald is asked not to approach him but to call 911.



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Embold Credit Union's Polar Plungers Raise Over $51,000 for Special Olympics Oregon (Photo)
Embold Credit Union - 02/29/24 9:09 AM

Milwaukie, Ore. (February 29, 2024) – Adorned in an eclectic mix of tutus, capes, singlets, and zombie masks, the team from Oregon's Embold Credit Union demonstrated their bravery and commitment to a good cause by diving into the icy waters of the Willamette River. This courageous act was part of their participation in the Polar Plunge event in February 2024, aimed at raising funds for Special Olympics Oregon. Their efforts were a resounding success, collecting over $51,000 for the annual fundraiser. 

Annually, the Polar Plunge event is organized to foster recognition and inclusion for children and adults with intellectual disabilities while raising necessary funds to support this cause. It plays a crucial role in promoting awareness and facilitating access to sports and community activities for thousands of athletes associated with Special Olympics Oregon. 

Since its inception in 1968, Special Olympics has become a global movement, significantly impacting individuals with intellectual disabilities across 193 countries. It stands unparalleled in its commitment to promoting inclusion and acceptance, offering avenues for enhanced health, and providing economic empowerment opportunities to some of the most inspirational individuals you could encounter.  

The Embold team, consisting of 40 participants including employees, their families, and friends, featured six Super Plungers, who took the challenge to the next level by plunging into the exceptionally cold river waters hourly for 24 continuous hours, starting at noon on February 23, 2024.

To boost their fundraising efforts, the Super Plungers engaged in various activities, including bake sales, raffles, and organizing fundraisers with area restaurants. During their 24-hour plunge, they kept spirits high by wearing new costumes every hour, ranging from mermaids and cowboys to zombies, witches, and kangaroos—raising unprecedented awareness and funds. 

2024 marks Embold's seventh year of involvement in both the Polar and Super Plunge events for Special Olympics Oregon, with the credit union having contributed over $225,000 to the charity since 2018. 

Aaron Goff, CEO of Embold Credit Union, expressed his pride, "At Embold, our mission extends beyond providing amazing financial services. We love making a tangible difference in our communities and for all individuals, including those with diverse abilities. The Polar Plunge embodies the fun spirit of our staff but, more importantly, showcases our unwavering dedication to significantly impacting the lives of countless children and adults." 


About Embold Credit Union 

Embold Credit Union, previously Clackamas Federal Credit Union, has been rooted in local communities for more than 65 years. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative dedicated to helping members achieve their financial goals, Embold is like a bank, but better. Better rates. Higher dividends. Lower fees. Stronger communities.  

Today, Embold Credit Union holds about $600 million in assets, serving over 35,000 members. Specific details on eligibility and more information about the credit union are available at emboldcu.org or by calling 800.878.0671. 

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More than $29 million in bill credits to be distributed to NW Natural customers this year
NW Natural - 02/29/24 9:00 AM

Gas utility’s effective asset management leads to multi-month rate relief for Oregon customers

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural customers in Oregon will receive a credit on their bills in February and April to help reduce energy costs. Totaling more than $29 million, the distributed credits are a result of NW Natural’s efficient pipeline capacity management and effective use of the company’s underground natural gas storage facility. 

On February bills, residential customers received, on average, a credit of $19.27 – an estimated 14% decrease on bills during a typical high-use winter month. Small commercial customers saw an average credit of $92.91 in February. 

Pending approval by the Oregon Public Utility Commission, in April residential customers can expect another credit of about $7.48, while small commercial customers should see an average credit of $37.70.

This marks the 21st year NW Natural has credited customers, resulting in a total of $265 million. 

Washington customers also benefit from the company’s efficiencies. However, instead of showing up as a one-time credit, Washington customers’ credits are included in the monthly billing rate throughout the year.

About NW Natural

NW Natural is a local distribution company that currently provides natural gas service to approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through more than 800,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington with one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural owns and operates 21 Bcf of underground gas storage capacity in Oregon. NW Natural, a part of Northwest Natural Holding Company, (NYSE: NWN) (NW Natural Holdings), is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has been doing business for 165 years. NW Holdings owns NW Natural, NW Natural Renewables Holdings (NW Natural Renewables), NW Natural Water Company (NW Natural Water), and other business interests. We have a longstanding commitment to safety, environmental stewardship, and taking care of our employees and communities. Learn more in our latest ESG Report.

Wed. 02/28/24
Hillsboro School District to Provide Free Meals to All Students
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 02/28/24 5:14 PM

All students will be eligible to receive free meals as of Friday, March 1, 2024

February 28, 2024, Hillsboro, OR - Thanks to a change in certification requirements for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, all Hillsboro School District (HSD) students will now be able to receive school breakfast and lunch at no cost as of Friday, Mar. 1. 

Previously, under the CEP program, approximately one-third of HSD schools were eligible for free meals. However, the certification reached just prior to winter break will allow a mid-year certification of all schools that will remain in place through the 2026-27 school year. 

The District is excited about this change and the opportunity it provides to ensure all HSD students have access to nutritious food during the school day. 

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please see HSD’s Nutrition Services webpage


Roseburg Lions Club Sells See's Candy To Benefit Local Community for KTP Days (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 02/28/24 5:13 PM
Bright Yellow See's Candy Trailer by Roserburg Lions
Bright Yellow See's Candy Trailer by Roserburg Lions

ROSEBURG, OR, March 1, 2024 – It’s that time of year again! Come buy your
favorite See’s Candy and help support the Lions Club’s various projects in the community. The
Roseburg Lions Club has been selling See’s Candy for the Christmas holidays for over 35
years. This fundraising events also supports the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation's KTP Days. Events bring awareness of Lions, their mission and activities in the community.

See’s Candy sales will take place at their yellow trailer in the NW corner of Sherm’s Thunderbird grocery store located 2553 NW Stewart Parkway in Roseburg OR. 

See's Candy sales start March 15th and run through March 30th (or until they sell out). 

The Lions’ bright yellow candy trailer is located in the northwest corner of Sherm’s Thunderbird parking lot (behind Big 5 Sporting Goods) off Stewart Parkway in Roseburg. Hours of operation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

The Roseburg Lions also have an on-line store at https://www.yumraising.com/secure/roseburgl_roseburg_lions__spring_85/LarLio2898/candy

The YumRaising store is open until March 15th.  It is a convenient way to ship candy to friends and family through the US.  Shipping fees will apply for orders under $75.

Proceeds are used to support our local sight, state, national, and international sight and hearing projects and disaster relief efforts. We also support local youth programs, cancer services, and other worthwhile organizations.

Their meetings are on the 1st through 4th Tuesdays at Abby’s annex on Stevens.  For more information and applications for sight and hearing assistance, visit our web site Home - Roseburg Lions

Your purchases make a difference. One hundred percent (100%) of the profits from
candy sales are used for the Club’s projects to assist people in the community. Over the years,
the Lions Club has donated or contributed monies to help with local sight and hearing recipients
(eye glasses and/or hearing aids with exams), various youth organizations, community projects,
cancer research and assistance, UCC Scholarships, Flags for First Graders as well as their
Santa Sleigh Program to help school children receive gifts and clothes at Christmas time.

Providing sight and hearing assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community
continues to be the primary mission of the Lions.

The public is also welcome to bring their used eye glasses to the candy trailer.  Your
donated used eye glasses are put to use and help bring the gift of sight to many less fortunate. 

For more information, contact Lion Larry Hassett at (541) 643-6494.


Attached Media Files: Bright Yellow See's Candy Trailer by Roserburg Lions

County seeks volunteers for Railroad Advisory Board
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/28/24 4:38 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking applicants to fill four positions on a fifteen-person board that advises the county on matters related to the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.

Applicants with railroad management, regulations, operations, or other railroad-related experience desired. Also desirable is experience in economic development, land use issues, transloading or other business experience using freight-rail service, transportation logistics, and work with municipalities and rail impacted areas. 

Board members serve three-year terms. Terms are anticipated to begin after April 1. 

Residents interested in serving should submit a letter of interest and resume to ailAdvisoryBoard@Clark.wa.gov">PWRailAdvisoryBoard@Clark.wa.gov or 4700 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA 98665. 

More information about the Railroad Advisory Board is available at https://clark.wa.gov/public-works/railroad-advisory-board-39

Application deadline is 3 pm, Friday, March 15.

UPDATE: PPB Needs Public's Help Locating Homicide Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/28/24 4:36 PM
The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help in locating a homicide suspect.

Jacob A. Fitzgerald, 23, is believed to be involved in the shooting death of Otis Abner in August 2022 (details below). Fitzgerald is also believed to be involved in a February 2024 shooting that injured an individual who witnessed the 2022 homicide.

Fitzgerald is described as a Caucasian male, 6'2", 200 lbs. He is houseless and frequents the North Columbia Boulevard area. Fitzgerald should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who spots him is urged to call 911 immediately.

Photo description: Jacob Fitzgerald


Original Messages Below

The victim in this homicide is identified as 53-year-old Otis Abner. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Abner’s family has been notified of his death and has asked for privacy at this time.


An investigation is underway after a shooting in the East Columbia Neighborhood where one person is deceased.

On Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 2:09a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of someone shot in the 1100 block of North Schmeer Road. When they arrived they located a person deceased.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called an no immediate arrests have been made. No suspect information is being released at this time.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit is responding to the scene. During the investigation, North Schmeer Road is closed between North Horseshoe Avenue and North Whitaker Road.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466, or Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0889, and reference case number 22-210609.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released when appropriate.


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Applications Open for Early Learning in Kelso on March 1 (Photo)
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 02/28/24 4:03 PM
Early Learning in Kelso
Early Learning in Kelso

Beginning March 1, applications open for two early learning opportunities in Kelso School District: transition to kindergarten (TK), and preschool. 


Transition to Kindergarten (TK) is a pre-kindergarten program for children who will be four years old by August 31, 2024, and would benefit from additional preparation to be successful in kindergarten the following year. Classrooms are staffed by certificated teachers and paraeducators.

  • Full day, five days a week, starting September 3, 2024
  • Access to transportation (for those not in identified walking boundaries), specialists, recess, lunch, and all aspects of the kindergarten school day 
  • To the greatest extent possible, students will be placed for TK at their home school

Families can learn more at bit.ly/ksd-early and can apply for the program online at bit.ly/tk24-25app


Preschool Pups is a FREE, inclusive preschool program comprised of typically-developing children who play and learn alongside children with disabilities. This program is housed at Catlin site and open to all Kelso families.

  • Open to three- and four-year-olds, must turn three by August 31, 2024
  • Morning and afternoon sessions, four half-days a week, starting September 3, 2024
  • Morning session provides breakfast, afternoon session provides lunch

Families can learn more at bit.ly/ksd-early and can apply for the program online at bit.ly/pups24-25app.

Not sure which program is right for your child? For a detailed comparison between TK, Preschool Pups, and Head Start—including program staffing, calendars, and qualifications—visit bit.ly/ksd-early or click here for a printable pdf

For additional information or questions, contact Becky Kent at ecky.kent@kelsosd.org">becky.kent@kelsosd.org.

Attached Media Files: Early Learning in Kelso

New Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits System Goes Live March 4
Oregon Employment Department - 02/28/24 3:44 PM


Feb. 28, 2024 




New Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits System Goes Live March 4 

New system is expected to improve the overall online customer service experience for Oregonians filing for unemployment 

FEB. 28, 2024 (SALEM, ORE.) – The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is five days away from launching a brand new, easy-to-use online system for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. UI benefits go live through Frances Online on Monday, March 4, at 8 a.m. 

Frances Online offers features that will provide a better customer service experience for UI claimants. It’s also mobile-friendly. Claimants will be able to do a lot more things online through self-serve features, instead of waiting for a letter in the mail or calling the UI Contact Center. 

“With Frances Online, we’ll be able to serve Oregonians better, and get their benefits paid quicker,” said David Gerstenfeld, director of OED. “We recognize that change can be challenging, but once we’re up and running, we believe claimants will appreciate all the changes that are coming.” 

Video of OED’s media briefing on Feb. 28, 2024 is available at: https://youtu.be/uaQMRkNFP34. 


The system migration begins tonight. Some services went offline last night, the Contact Center was closed today. And beginning at 5 p.m. tonight, all UI systems, phone lines and customer service options are temporarily unavailable through Monday, March 4, at 8 a.m. OED teams are working diligently to ensure a smooth transition and to restore all services on March 4. 

During the planned service outage, UI customers cannot: File an initial claim, file a weekly claim, restart a claim, check the status of a claim, or make changes to claim information; They also will not be able to make payments; Respond to requests for additional information; or complete identity verification. 

This system outage will allow OED to migrate the data from the old UI systems to Frances Online. Current UI customers who have ongoing claims will find that their information will be present in Frances Online when they create an account on or after March 4. 

“Frances Online is already serving employers and Paid Leave claimants,” said Lindsi Leahy, director of the Unemployment Insurance Division at OED. “We’re working diligently to ensure that the transition of UI benefits to this new system will be as seamless as possible for claimants.” 

Visit unemployment.oregon.gov/frances to learn about the new system, customer service impacts, new self-serve features, and what to expect on March 4. 


The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is an equal opportunity agency. OED provides free help so you can use our services. Some examples are sign language and spoken-language interpreters, written materials in other languages, large print, audio, and other formats. To get help, please call 503-947-1444. TTY users call 711. You can also send an email to communications@employ.oregon.gov. 

Training Fire To Demolish House in Clark County
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 02/28/24 2:55 PM

We don’t usually predict house fires, but tomorrow will be an exception in the Lake Shore neighborhood north of Vancouver.

Clark County Fire District 6 will be conducting a training burn at an abandoned house at the corner of 94th Street and 21st Avenue…just south of Columbia River High School.

Training burns serve several important functions.  They help land owners get rid of abandoned, neglected structures and more importantly they provide invaluable experience for firefighters in battling real-life structure fires. 

Firefighters will practice fire extinguishment principles, search and rescue and other vital fire-ground activities.

We will be lighting the structure on fire beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until the entire house is burned to the ground, likely around 3 p.m.  Training fires also provide excellent opportunities for the media to gather stock house fire footage.  You are invited to attend. The physical address is 2004 NW 94th Street. The most visual footage will likely happen in the afternoon. Please ask for our Safety Officer, Rich Renne.

DPSST Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee (PSIPC) -- Recruitment
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/28/24 2:51 PM

Department of Public Safety Standards and Training


DATE:            February 28, 2024

TO:                All Oregon Private Security Providers and Interested Individuals

FROM:           Suzy Herring

                     Program Manager 

SUBJECT:     Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee (PSIPC) – Recruitment

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (Department or DPSST) is accepting letters of interest, accompanying interest form, for two different openings on the 

Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee. The recruitment is open until Friday, March 29, 2024. The two openings are:

  • One person representing the public, who has never been employed or utilized as a private security provider or an investigator; and is not related within the second degree by affinity or consanguinity to a person who is employed or utilized as a private security provider or investigator.


  • One person representing the health care industry.

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee established by Oregon Revised Statute 181A.375, and is charged with the responsibility of developing policies, requirements, standards, and rules relating to the private security and private investigator disciplines. All recommended policies, requirements, standards, and rules are submitted to the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (Board) for consideration. The PSIPC meets on a quarterly basisThe meeting calendar is listed here:  https://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/BD/Pages/default.aspxMembers of the PSIPC may be eligible for reimbursement of costs incurred traveling to and from meetings.

Nominations for membership must be submitted to the Department for presentation to the Board chairperson for consideration. All appointments to the committee will be subject to ratification by the Board. The term of an appointed member is two years. An appointed member may be appointed to a second term. 

If you are interested, you must complete and submit a Policy Committee Interest Form. This recruitment closes at 5pm on March 29, 2024. Interest forms must be received prior to the deadline. The interest form is available on the DPSST website. Here is a link to the form. Please send your completed interest form to: 

Samantha Kossa

4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR 97317

Samantha Kossa@dpsst.oregon.gov

Phone 971.209.8235

UPDATE #5: Suspect in Lents Neighborhood Homicide Booked into Jail on Murder Charge (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/28/24 2:42 PM
William Albert Haynes, Jr was released from the hospital this afternoon and was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center on an arrest warrant for Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.


Original Messages Below

The suspect in the Thursday Lents Neighborhood homicide investigation is identified as William Albert Haynes, Jr, 70, of Portland. Haynes is Janette Becraft’s husband.

He is in police custody at a local hospital while he is being treated for a medical condition unrelated to the homicide or his contact with law enforcement. Once he is released from the hospital, which may be days from now, he is expected to be booked into jail. Haynes’ charges will be released once he is booked.

Additional updates will be made via news release as appropriate to the investigation.


Original Message Below

The victim of the deadly shooting in the Lents Neighborhood has been identified as Janette Becraft, 85, of Portland. Her family has been notified of her death. They are asking for privacy at this time, but they did provide the attached photo for public release.

The Medical Examiner determined Becraft died of homicide by gunshot wound.

A suspect is in police custody. The name will be released upon formal charging.

Anyone with information about this case, who has not spoken with police, is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at Travis.Law@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0395 and reference case number 24-31552.

Photo description: Portrait of Janette Becraft


Original Messages Below

One person was found deceased, and another person detained, after tactical teams responded to reports of a shooting in the Lents Neighborhood.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 9:52 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to reports of a shooting inside a home in the 6000 block of Southeast 100th Avenue. Officers determined the suspect was inside the home and they requested assistance from the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) in order to safely take the suspect into custody. Officers went inside the home and located an adult female who was deceased. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. There is no ongoing threat to the community.

Anyone with information about this case, who has not spoken with police, is asked to contact Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at Travis.Law@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0395 and reference case number 24-31552.

Additional updates will be provided as appropriate to the investigation.


Original Message Below

Tactical Teams are responding to a report of a possible shooting and a potential suspect in a home possibly armed with a gun in the Lents Neighborhood.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 9:52a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting at a house in the 6000 block of Southeast 100th Avenue. It is unknown if there is a victim or victims. Officers contacted a potential suspect in the home, but he has not cooperated with officers. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to the scene.

A security perimeter is set up around Southeast Reedway Street and Southeast Foster Road, between Southeast 97th Avenue and Southeast 102nd Avenue. Area residents are asked to remain sheltered inside with doors locked at this time. The case number is 24-31552.

The PIO is enroute to the scene. Media staging will be Southeast Foster Road and Southeast 101st Avenue.


Attached Media Files: 2024-02/3056/169912/JanetteBecraft.jpg

You're invited! Join Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Climate team at the fourth "Climate Conversations with BPS" virtual event.
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability - 02/28/24 2:24 PM

Join BPS staff, including PCEF team members, as they share how investments in community-led projects reduce carbon emissions, create economic opportunity and help make our city more resilient as we face a changing climate.

Portland, Ore.— The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) invites members of the community to attend the fourth “Climate Conversations” event on Wednesday, March 6, at noon and 6 p.m. In this fourth installment of community-learning event, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion at one of two identical presentations on the Climate Emergency Workplan. 

Learn how City of Portland staff, partners in the public and private sector, and you can make difference for our climate future.

Climate Conversations with BPS
Wednesday,March 6, 2024, 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting: 

Wednesday,March 6, 2024, 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Climate action is challenging work, and we are all in this together. From businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits to actions and engagement from community members, everyone has a role in helping reach our collective carbon reduction goals by 2050. 

Join the conversation and share your ideas and goals as well as ask questions. This is an opportunity for you to explore how policy and community actions work together to get us to net zero. 

Learn more and register for either of these identical presentations at: https://www.portland.gov/bps/climate-action/events 

This event is the fourth in a series called “Climate Conversations with BPS” where members of the community can learn more about the City’s Climate Justice work and ask questions of staff. Each event will highlight a new topic area. More events will be announced in 2024.

Learn more about Portland's sources of emissions and trends, and our pathways to net-zero carbon by 2050. 


About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. BPS collaborates with community partners to provide comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic, and environmental planning, and urban design; research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; and policy and actions to address climate change.

About the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) initiative was passed by 65% of Portland voters in November 2018. It provides a consistent, long-term funding source and oversight structure to ensure that our community's climate action efforts are implemented to support social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, particularly communities of color and low-income residents. The initiative was supported by a broad coalition of groups and individuals and represents the first environmental initiative in Oregon led by communities of color.

Marion-Polk County Medical Society Elects Tanie Hotan, M.D. as President (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/28/24 2:09 PM

Salem, OR  Feb. 28, 2024 - The Marion-Polk County Medical Society is pleased to announce the election of Tanie Hotan, M.D., as its new president, succeeding Keith Neaman, M.D. The induction, held on February 15, 2024, at the Illahe Hills Country Club, was paired with the Society’s awards ceremony.

Dr. Hotan is a family medical physician at Santiam Hospital’s Aumsville Medical Clinic. She graduated from the University of Oregon and Oregon Health Sciences University. She completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Hotan has a special interest in physician wellness. She is an award-winning dance performer, instructor, and owner of Tanie Hotan Dance, a dance entertainment company.

Dr. Hotan presented the President’s Award to the Salem Clinic Medical Foundation and Erin Cramer, PA-C.

The Salem Clinic Medical Foundation received the prestigious President’s Award for developing a website encouraging Salem-Keizer youth to explore healthcare careers. SKHealthcareCareers.org highlights healthcare careers in Marion and Polk counties, skills needed, pay ranges for the local market, and regional schools where students can obtain a degree or certification. Jobs range from physician to administrative staff and focus on students who want to be in a healthcare environment. Salem Clinic Director Ryan Farwell and Corporate Development Manager Ericka Kingsbury accepted the award.

Erin Cramer, PA-C, Medical Director of Santiam Hospital, was recognized for his work on behalf of the profession. Cramer serves as the Physician Assistant Director of the Oregon Medical Board, which regulates the practice of medicine in Oregon. In addition, he serves as chair of the Administrative Affairs Committee and as secretary of the full board.

About the Marion-Polk County Medical Society: Established in 1870, the Marion-Polk County Medical Society is a proactive advocate of healthcare providers and patient rights in both the public and private sectors. The Medical Society serves healthcare providers and their patients by promoting ethical, educational, and clinical standards for the medical profession. Membership to the Marion-Polk County Medical Society is open to medical doctors (M.D.), doctors of osteopathy (D.O.), physician assistants (PA), advanced practice nurses (APRN), and doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM) who practice in Marion or Polk counties, as well as those who have retired from practice. www.mpmedsociety.org.

Attached Media Files: MPCMSlogo , TanieHotanMD

Intruder Attacks Grotto Monastery
The Grotto - 02/28/24 1:46 PM

At approximately 6 a.m. this morning, Feb. 28, an unidentified man broke into The Grotto Monastery, a private residence for the Servite Friars who minister at The Grotto.  The intruder vandalized several rooms, including the monastery chapel and several sacred items.  Police arrested the intruder shortly after. No one was hurt, but the damage is extensive.

About The Grotto: The Grotto is a 100-year-old Catholic sanctuary located in NE Portland. Occupying 54 acres of forest and gardens, The Grotto is open daily and welcomes people from -all around the world and from all walks of life.  It is a self-supporting nonprofit.

Missing 6-year-old and Father (Photo)Located and safe
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/28/24 1:27 PM
Zach & Luna
Zach & Luna

Additional updated info - father and child were located safe. No reports of a crime at this time.


The child has been located safe 


The Vancouver Police Department and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office are looking for the public’s assistance in locating 6-year-old Luna Derokey and her father, 30-year-old Zachary Landreth. On February 24, Luna and Zachary traveled from Vancouver, Washington and arrived at a family member’s residence near Berkshire Road and SE 152nd Ave, in Clackamas, Oregon. At about 5 pm, the pair left the residence in a white 2002 Jaguar X Type, likely with no license plates and possibly one taillight and headlight out. Zachary last sent a text message asking for assistance, to a family member a short time after leaving the Clackamas residence. Phone calls to that number indicate the phone had been turned off.


Several hours later, family contacted Vancouver Police as the pair were overdue to return to Vancouver. Vancouver Police Missing Persons detectives were also unable to reach Zachary by phone and have been coordinating efforts to locate the pair with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. It is unknown currently if either Luna or Zachary are the victim(s) of a crime.


Luna is described as a mixed-race female, with brown eyes and light brown hair, about 4’3” and 50-55lbs, last seen wearing the clothing in the included photograph, leopard pants and teal “Mama’s Mini” long sleeve shirt and hooded blue jean jacket.


Zach is described as a white male, with blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair, about 6’1” and 160lbs, last seen wearing a Scooby Doo jacket with characters and multi-colored, unknown undershirt, blue jeans, black Air Force 1 shoes.


If you have any information on the whereabout of Luna and Zach please contact either 911 or Detective Dewey at james.dewey@cityofvancouver.us.

Attached Media Files: Zach & Luna , Luna Derokey , 2002 Jaguar , Zach Landreth

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Hosts Final 2024 Winter Camp Session for Local Youth (Photo)
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 02/28/24 1:13 PM
Young camper blocks a goal in broomball.
Young camper blocks a goal in broomball.

Vancouver, Washington—February 28, 2024— Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is hosting its final 2024 winter session of Camp Spark for local youth who are blind and visually impaired. This session of camp will be held from March 1-3 at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp in Rhododendron, OR. This session is specifically tailored for campers ranging in age from 12-15 living in Oregon and provides 1:2 sport instruction for each camper. Attendees vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background, and level of skills and abilities. 

This is the sixth year NWABA has hosted this overnight, comprehensive sports camp for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. This winter session of Camp Spark will offer young campers the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including snow shoeing, tubing, broomball, and more. NWABA staff will integrate various vocational transition skills for campers to build independence throughout the weekend, including advocacy, leadership, teamwork, meal prep, and cooking. There will also be an onsite Orientation and Mobility Specialist to support children and youth work on orientation to a new environment with the use of their cane. 

Camp Spark’s comprehensive program is offered to children, youth and young adults who are blind or visually impaired providing seven sessions throughout the year. The Camp Spark Model uses sports and physical activity as a catalyst to promote independence, life skills, and greater quality of life.

The 2024 schedule offered two previous winter sessions for Camp Spark. Unfortunately, due to the sever ice storms in the Pacific Northwest, the first session scheduled in January was cancelled. NWABA was able to reassign these campers to future winter sessions. The 2024 camp season continues in April with our elite blind soccer & goalballs skills camp, followed by the summer sessions beginning in July.

"We are truly excited to offer these truly transformational programs to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Spark reaches far beyond participating in sports and acts as a catalyst to help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to achieve success in all areas of life,” said Founder, President/CEO, Billy Henry.

As a nonprofit organization, NWABA relies on generous contributions to fuel life-changing opportunities for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Donations to support NWABA are accepted by mailing a check to PO BOX 61489, Vancouver, WA, 98666 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. 

About NWABA: 
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of students who were visually impaired formed the association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides more than3,000 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

Attached Media Files: Young camper blocks a goal in broomball. , Young camper sitting on the snow putting on snowshoes. , Young camper uses her cane to feel the snow before setting out on snowshoes. , Young camper holds the ball at bay while playing broomball.

Early Morning House Fire in Beaverton Displaces Three Residents (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 02/28/24 12:10 PM
SW Hargis Rd Fire2
SW Hargis Rd Fire2

At 4:40 a.m. today, multiple callers to 911 reported a house on fire in the 13600 block of Southwest Hargis Road in Beaverton. Callers also reported an explosion, and neighboring residents reported seeing the entire back of the house on fire. Due to multiple calls, the description of heavy smoke and flames, and potential threat to a neighboring home, the call was upgraded to a first alarm to bring additional personnel and resources to the scene.

Firefighters arrived within minutes and found a two-story home, with visible flames from the back and sides of the residence, and heavy smoke coming from the front door. They quickly made an attack on the fire. Meanwhile, a retired TVF&R firefighter who lives in the same neighborhood confirmed with fire crews that all occupants had safely evacuated, and all were accounted for, including the family dog.

Heavy flames on the deck presented an initial challenge and limited access to the structure, so firefighters focused on exterior extinguishment first. Smoke and flames at the entrance had also burned the split-level stairwell just inside the entryway, preventing access through the front door. Despite these complexities, crews were able to gain access to the interior of the residence to bring the fire under control.

Three residents have been displaced and have alternative housing arrangements. TVF&R fire investigators are at the scene, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


TVF&R approves the use of all images included with this release for the purpose of news dissemination.


Attached Media Files: SW Hargis Rd Fire2 , SW Hargis Rd Fire

Chemeketa Community College Awarded PGE Funding for All-Electric Tractors
Chemeketa Community College - 02/28/24 12:09 PM

Chemeketa Community College Secures Funding from PGE's Drive Change Fund for All-Electric Tractors, Establishes Co-op for Local Agricultural Operations


Salem, Ore., February 7, 2024 — Chemeketa Community College is excited to announce that it was selected by Portland General Electric’s Drive Change Fund (DCF) to receive funding for two all-electric Monarch tractors for the Agricultural Science and Technology and Wine Studies programs. Chemeketa was granted the PGE Drive Change grant. Along with the tractors, Chemeketa will form a co-op for local producers to use the tractors in their agricultural operations. 

Oregon's transportation sector contributes over 35% of the state's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, underscoring its major role in the carbon footprint. Electrification offers an opportunity to cut GHG emissions, with electric vehicles (EVs) providing both environmental benefits and cost savings for organizations due to lower maintenance and stable electricity prices. The PGE DCF is funded via the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP). Funded by the sale of Oregon CFP credits, which PGE aggregates on behalf of residential customers who charge their electric vehicles at home, the fund supports projects to expand electric mobility options and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The DCF prioritizes projects focused on serving vulnerable populations and underserved communities.

Tim Ray, Chemeketa’s Dean of Agriculture Science and Technology, stated, "These new Monarch electric tractors, sponsored by PGE, will enable our Agriculture Science and Technology Department and the Wine Studies Program to establish a tractor co-op. This initiative aims to provide small and medium-sized agricultural operations in the mid-Willamette Valley with the opportunity to utilize these tractors at no cost, allowing them to assess the feasibility of electrification. We are proud to bring electric tractors to Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties through this generous grant from PGE."

Chemeketa Community College's partnership with PGE's Drive Change Fund signifies a significant step towards sustainable agriculture in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley.



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For more than 50 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to transforming lives and our community through exceptional learning experiences in the Mid-Willamette Valley. As the second multi-campus district in Oregon, Chemeketa serves 30,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as Brooks, Eola, Winema, Dallas, Woodburn and Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI).

Chemeketa Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.


La Oficina de Resiliencia y Manejo de Emergencias del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregon anuncia que han abierto una oportunidad de ayuda económica para Centros y Redes de Resilienci
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 02/28/24 11:10 AM

La Oficina de Resiliencia y Manejo de Emergencias (OREM por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregon (ODHS por sus siglas en inglés) anuncia que han abierto una oportunidad de ayuda económica para Centros y Redes de Resiliencia. Estos fondos son para apoyar a comunidades y personas mientras trabajan para prepararse para desastres y emergencias.

Me emociona que OREM, a través de la Legislatura de Oregon, pueda ofrecer estos fondos. Sé que las comunidades en todo el estado trabajan a diario para prepararse para emergencias. Estos fondos son para apoyar y mejorar ese trabajo, — dijo Ed Flick, Director de OREM. 

Un centro de resiliencia es un lugar donde las personas se reúnen a diario para compartir y encontrar recursos yapoyarse los unos a los otros durante una emergencia. Una red de resiliencia es una asociación de instalaciones, organizaciones, proveedores de recursos o proveedores de servicios que no se encuentran en una instalación física de un centro de resiliencia, pero que colectivamente cubren los mismos fines de un centro de resiliencia.

Cualquiera que apoya un centro o red de resiliencia puede solicitar estos fondos de ayuda. Queremos apoyar a las comunidades que tradicionalmente reciben menos servicios o se ven impactadas de manera desproporcional por emergencias para que soliciten estos fondos. Animamos a las personas y agencias que presenten una solicitud a que nos den la dirección exacta de su centro o red de resiliencia. La información socioeconómica y demográfica de la comunidad que rodea esa dirección se utilizará para asignar una puntuación a las solicitudes. Un total de $10,000,000 está disponible.

La solicitud cierra el 30 de abril del 2024.

OREM ofrecerá dos sesiones informativas para responder a preguntas sobre esta oportunidad de ayuda económica y el proceso de solicitud. Estas sesiones están abiertas al público y a todos los que puedan aplicar para esta oportunidad. Estas sesiones se llevarán a cabo en:

  • 29 de febrero del 2024 de 11:00 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. 
  • 12 de marzo del 2024 de 9:30 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. 

Puede encontrar más información sobre estas sesiones informativas y un enlace a la solicitud en https://www.oregon.gov/odhs/emergency-management/Pages/resilience-grants.aspx

Puede mandar sus preguntas acerca de ésta oportunidademgrants@odhs.oregon.gov"> oremgrants@odhs.oregon.gov.



Oregon Department of Human Services' Office of Resilience and Emergency Management is announcing the opening of the Resilience Hubs and Networks grant
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 02/28/24 11:08 AM

Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Office of Resilience and Emergency Management (OREM) is announcing the opening of the Resilience Hubs and Networks grant. This funding is intended to support communities and individuals as they work to prepare for disasters and emergencies. 

“I’m excited that OREM, through the Oregon Legislature, can offer this funding. I know that communities across the state work every day to prepare for emergencies. This funding is intended to support and enhance that work,” said Ed Flick, OREM director. 

A resilience hub is a location where people come together daily to share resources, support one another and find resources during emergencies. A resilience network is an association of facilities, organizations, resource providers or service providers outside of a physical resilience hub facility that collectively serve the purposes of a resilience hub.

Anyone who supports a resilience hub or network can apply for this grant funding. Communities who are traditionally underserved and/or are disproportionately impacted by emergencies are encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to provide the exact address of their hub or network. Socioeconomic and demographic information about the community surrounding that address will be used to score applications. A total of $10,000,000 is available. 

The application closes April 30, 2024.

OREM will host two information sessions to answer questions about the grant and the application process. These sessions are open to the public and all prospective grant applicants. These sessions will take place on:

  • February 29, 2024 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
  • March 12, 2024 9:30 – 11:00 A.M.

More information about these information sessions and a link to the application can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/odhs/emergency-management/Pages/resilience-grants.aspx

 Questions about this grant opportunity can be sent to emgrants@odhs.oregon.gov">oremgrants@odhs.oregon.gov.


Oregonians donate $5.4 million to Cultural Trust in 2023 to support arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits statewide (Photo)
Oregon Cultural Trust - 02/28/24 10:13 AM
enTaiko of Portland received a $20,000 FY2024 Cultural Trust grant award to support an inclusive, multi-sensory concert experience for deaf and hearing audiences
enTaiko of Portland received a $20,000 FY2024 Cultural Trust grant award to support an inclusive, multi-sensory concert experience for deaf and hearing audiences

Salem, Ore. – Oregonians investing in the Cultural Tax Credit contributed more than $5.4 million to support arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits in 2023, the Oregon Cultural Trust announced today. The total, which represents a 3.5 percent increase over calendar year 2022, will fund grant awards to cultural organizations across the state this summer and continue to build the Cultural Trust’s permanent fund, now valued at more than $31 million. 

“We are inspired by the generosity of Oregonians and so grateful for their support during what continues to be a challenging economic climate,” said Cultural Trust Board Chair Sean Andries. “There are so many great cultural nonprofits doing incredible things in our communities and these funds allow us to provide them with the support they need to keep offering the projects and programming that help define culture across Oregon.”

“The Cultural Tax Credit continues to be a win-win investment for our donors,” said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. “While we’ve heard that nationwide giving levels are down, here in Oregon cultural donors can increase funding for arts, heritage and humanities organizations at no cost to them through the tax credit. It’s an unbeatable incentive.” 

The $5.4 million fundraising total represents 10,271 donations and 978 donors new to the Cultural Trust. It also includes $562,539 raised through an ongoing partnership with the Willamette Week Give!Guide. 

More than half of the money raised will be distributed directly to Oregon’s nonprofit cultural community this summer; the remainder will grow the Cultural Trust permanent fund. Cultural Trust grants are distributed to the five Statewide Cultural Partners – Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation – as well as to 45 County/Tribal Cultural Coalitions, who regrant the funds in their communities, and directly to cultural nonprofits via the Cultural Trust’s Cultural Development Grants. 

The 86 projects supported by Cultural Development Grants in FY2024 include: 

  • Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay: $19,754

To support the enclosure of the open loading dock at Coos Art Museum so that the museum can greatly improve shipping and storage. The project also creates an area for the museum to add ceramics workshops/classes to its public activities.

  • Community Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene: $30,966

To support the Raise the Roof capital campaign for Eugene’s Woodmen of the World (WOW) Hall. Built in 1932, the National Register of Historic Places landmark was purchased through grassroots fundraising in 1975 by the Community Center for the Performing Arts to prevent demolition and continue its history as a community hub while preserving the incredible “floating” hard-rock maple dance floor (one of only three in Oregon). 

  • Cumberland Community Events Center, Albany: $11,134

To support the preservation of the historic character of Albany's only Queen Anne church by repairing and restoring one of the building’s most distinctive features, the stained-glass windows. 

  • Flora School Education Center, Enterprise: $6,944

To support access to Flora School’s activities, inside and out, for disabled attendees, volunteers, teachers and students by building an elevated wheelchair ramp. 

  • Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau, Grants Pass: $21,403

To support Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau in completing the Chateau's first Historic Furnishings Report. The report and its accompanying maintenance plan are vital elements to ensure that the restored and reopened Chateau remains a National Historic Landmark

  • Gather:Make:Shelter, Portland: $19,319

To support access for people experiencing houselessness to arts mentorship through a citywide sculpture project, public exhibitions and a mutual aid festival in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

  • Portland Playhouse, Portland: $26,274

To support the production of Anna Deveare Smith’s “Notes from the Field,” which draws on verbatim interviews to bring 18 voices into dialogue about the persistence of the civil rights crisis in American policing and education. 

  • Rejoice Diaspora Dance Theater, Portland: $17,649

To support the creation and production of “Rites of Passages,” a new performance by Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre that spans traditional and contemporary dance in celebration of Black history, present and future. 

  • Warm Springs Community Action Team, Warm Springs: $32,673

To preserve the rite of passage ceremony of the Name Giving Ceremony where Native youth receive their Indian Name. It will help families prepare for the giveaway part of the ceremony by hosting craft nights, food gathering trips and first-food processing classes. 

  • Wildlife Safari, Winston: $13,980

To support Wildlife Safari’s expansion of the use of its 300-seat outdoor theater, called the Safari Dome, by replacing stationary, aluminum bleachers (built in 1980) with new, retractable bleachers – increasing ways to use the space. 

View full list of FY2024 grant awards. 

The contracted partners for the Cultural Trust’s 2023 fundraising campaign were Watson Creative of Portland and Bell+Funk of Eugene. 

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The Oregon Cultural Trust was established by the Oregon Legislature in 2001 as a unique means to reward Oregonians who invest in culture. Oregonians who donate to a cultural nonprofit and then make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust receive a 100% state tax credit for their gift to the Trust.



Attached Media Files: enTaiko of Portland received a $20,000 FY2024 Cultural Trust grant award to support an inclusive, multi-sensory concert experience for deaf and hearing audiences

Computer available in Bend office to help taxpayers with electronic filing
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/28/24 9:20 AM

Bend, OR—All Oregon resident taxpayers preparing their own returns in 2024 can file electronically at no cost using one of Oregon’s free file options, and taxpayers in Central Oregon can now file their returns using a special kiosk set up in the Bend regional office.

The computer can be used to file taxes through the free fillable forms and Direct File Oregon e-file options.

The Bend office, located at 951 SW Simpson Ave, Suite 100, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.). No appointment is necessary. Use of the computer to file taxes is on a first-come, first-served basis. Employees cannot help prepare returns but can answer basic questions.

E-filing is the fastest way for a taxpayer to get their refund. On average, taxpayers who e-file their returns and request their refund via direct deposit receive their refund two weeks sooner than those who file paper returns and request paper refund checks.

Kioks are also available in the Eugene and Medford regional offices.

“We’re excited to offer Tthese computer kiosksoffers as a way to file electronically for those without a computer or those who fill out paper forms and want to transfer their data into one of the two available options to receive their refund sooner,” said Megan Denison, administrator of the department’s Personal Tax and Compliance Division.


Happenings at the Museum, March 2024 (Photo)
North Clark Historical Museum - 02/28/24 9:06 AM

AMBOY, WASHINGTON – North Clark Historical Museum is in upper Amboy at 21416 NE 399th St. in the renovated 1910 United Brethren Church. The Museum was incorporated in 1988 and opened to the public in June of 2000. 

Open Days:

Saturday, March 9th                        Open Noon – 4:00 pm    

Saturday, March 23rd                     Open Noon – 4:00 pm

Tours are available upon request:           contact NCHM to schedule


Board meetings: 

Thursday, March 14th                   7:00 pm via Zoom                       Business Meeting            Contact Museum for info

Wednesday, March 27th                2:00 – 4:00 pm In House             Business Meeting/Work Session 


First Friday Open Mic Music Night:          

Friday, March 1st                             6:00-7:00 pm performer sign-up                7:00 pm music begins 


Open Door Stitchery Circle          Saturday, March 9th         1:00 – 4:00 pm

Bring your project to work on, visit with others, learn something new, share ideas, make a new friend.


NCHM Quilt Show                           Saturday, March 23rd      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

                                                       Sunday, March 24th         Noon – 4:00 pm

                                                        Featuring COG – Crazy Old Gals

                                                        Theme: “Our Journeys Through the Years”


Mini Display on sewing/quilting and activities of the Board members and volunteers this past year.


2024 Raffle Quilt, “Winter Magic” is on display and tickets are available to purchase.


No Admission Fee.          Donations appreciated.                Wheelchair accessible.


For more information, please contact 360-247-5800 and leave a message or email museumnch88@gmail.com.



The North Clark Historical Museum was founded in 1988 and is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The doors were opened in June of 2000. Mission Statement:   To preserve North Clark County’s natural and cultural history through collections and exhibits, and to sponsor educational programs and research opportunities for the enrichment of the public. 


Attached Media Files: 2024-02/6334/170319/Raffle_Quilt_from_Jim_on_FB.jpg , 2024-02/6334/170319/NCHM_building_barn__and__windmill_cropped.jpg

Science on Tap -- The Mother and Child Union: A Musical, Poetic, & Neuroscientific Journey (Photo)
MakeYouThink - 02/28/24 9:00 AM

Date: Wed, Mar 13, 2024

Time: 7 pm

Location: Kiggins Theatre Vancouver, Wa

Tickets: $15-$45

Event Website: https://www.scienceontaporwa.org/events/kiggins_mar_13_momchild/

This multi-media event explores the fascinating ways that motherhood changes the brains of both mothers and children throughout their lives. Author, public speaker, and neuroscientist Dr. Larry Sherman will discuss how a mother’s brain changes during pregnancy and after birth, the neuroscience of the bonding that occurs in the brains of both, what happens when mothers sing to their children, and how a mother’s brain changes with their experiences with their children over the course of their lives.

These discussions will be highlighted by music performed by singer-songwriter Naomi LaViolette along with readings of the poetry of Ann Taylor, Nikita Gill, Margaret Hasse, and Alice Walker, and visual art that celebrates motherhood and all of its wonders and challenges.

Dr. Larry S. Sherman is a professor in the Division of Neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center and in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology at OHSU. He is also the President of the OR and SW WA Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. He has over 100 publications related to brain development, neurodegenerative diseases, and neurofibromatosis. His book, Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music, which he wrote with Portland musician and music professor Dennis Plies, was recently published by Columbia University Press.

Naomi LaViolette is a composer, performer, singer-songwriter and versatile pianist based in Portland, Oregon. Since 2004, the Oregon Repertory Singers have made her an essential part of their artistic staff as their pianist.  A published choral composer with Santa Barbara Publishing, her works have been performed and recorded by many choirs around the US, including the Oregon Repertory Singers’ album Shadows on the Stars, winner of the American Prize.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge! For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Science on Tap OR WA.

Attached Media Files: 2024-02/4849/169931/momchild_sq.png

Landslide on Little Elk Mountain Road, Bureau of Land Management notifies public
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 02/28/24 8:53 AM

Eugene, Ore. — Bureau of Land Management officials are notifying the public of a landslide affecting a portion of Little Elk Mountain Road. The landslide is encroaching on the road, also known as BLM Road 16-8-36, around mile marker 1.4. The public can expect to see warning signs and flagging posted in the area.

The BLM may explore options for seasonal road closures in the affected area for the purposes of protecting public safety, protecting the fragile slopes from further soil erosion, and reducing trash dumping that has occurred over the edge of the slide. If closures are deemed necessary, the closure would undergo appropriate environmental analysis and public notification.  

A series of cool, wet winters have exacerbated pre-existing instability on the hillside along Lamb Creek. Last spring, BLM officials urged caution in the area. Now the slide has moved even closer to the road, potentially compromising its structure. Because the slide is located near a tight turn in the road where sight distance is limited, the steep drop-off and loss of the road shoulder pose a high safety risk.  

“Public safety is our top priority,” said Dennis Teitzel, the BLM’s Northwest Oregon District Manager. “Without a stable shoulder, the road is increasingly dangerous for drivers.”

In addition to compromising the road, the slide has dumped large amounts of dirt and mud into Lamb Creek. Residents and passers-by will notice that the water running from Lamb Creek into Lake Creek is has been turned brown by the sediment for over a mile downstream.  

Landslides are common throughout the Coast Range due to the underlying geology. Sandstone weathers easily, and layers within the stone can fracture, leading to slides. In fact, Triangle Lake was created when a landslide created a natural dam across Lake Creek.

This particular hillside has been unstable since at least 2006. Little Elk Mountain Road had to be relocated after a minor landslide in 2021. BLM often hears members of the public express concern that landslides are triggered by forest management. However, this landslide is suspected to be a natural process triggered by consecutive years of heavy late-winter rainfall. The area surrounding the slide was last harvested in the early 1980s. Aside from road maintenance and stabilization actions taken in response to signs of hillslope instability, BLM forest management in the area has been minimal.  

Once the weather dries out, the soil is expected to stabilize for the season, but movement may be triggered over the coming years during prolonged wet conditions.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Tue. 02/27/24
Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) investigate utility trailer thefts (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/24 8:55 PM
Suspect's SUV
Suspect's SUV

Detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) are investigating a suspect for stealing numerous utility trailers and selling them on social media in the Portland Metro area and Southwest Washington. Initial estimates indicate that he has been actively stealing trailers in our area for over a year and has been selling the stolen trailers.  


During the investigation, CCSO Detectives obtained search warrants for several locations, recovering property stolen in multiple theft cases.     


Although the suspect has been arrested on several of these trailer thefts, the investigation is still ongoing.  Pictures and messages on his cell phone indicate he has sold numerous stolen trailers, and Detectives are working to locate them.  The suspect is associated with addresses in Gresham, OR, and Battle Ground, WA.  When selling the trailers online, he uses the aliases WebbJJ, Joshua James, and Joshua J. Webb.  He has been known to forge titles and other paperwork, using these aliases when selling the trailers. 


The suspect is associated with a lifted white 2011 Dodge Ram full-sized pickup truck with blue lighting under the vehicle and front wheel well.  He is also associated with a tan full-sized Chevy/GMC SUV, also lifted with black wheels. These vehicles have been used to steal several trailers. Please see the attached pictures of his vehicles.  


If you have evidence indicating these vehicles are involved in a trailer theft or if you purchased a trailer from the suspect in this case, please contact CCSO TDU Detectives Brown and Page for additional information.  




Attached Media Files: Suspect's SUV , Suspect's Ram pulling trailer , Suspect's Ram

Suspect in Custody on Multiple Measure 11 Sex Crimes (Photo)
Albany Police - 02/27/24 5:49 PM

Today, Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 11:23am Albany Fire Department notified Albany Police they were responding to a residence in the 1800 block of SW 16th Ave for a trauma injury to the leg that was a result of an assault. Officers arrived and determined the suspect had attempted to sexually assault a female at the location and fled on foot approximately 20 minutes prior to the 911 call. Albany Fire Personnel transported her to a local area hospital for further treatment of her injuries. 

Officers and Detectives began an immediate search of the area for the suspect, who was identified by the victim as Brandon Taylor Beckner, age 37 of Albany.  


Officers continued to search the area and alerted the community via Nixle text alerts and social media messages. At approximately 1:40pm, a resident called to report a suspicious male was hiding in his backyard. Officers located Brandon Beckner walking in the 1000 block of 8th Ave where he was taken into custody without incident. He is being held at the Linn County Jail on Attempted Rape I, Sodomy I, Sex Abuse I, Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, Coercion, and Strangulation. 


Greater Albany Public Schools was notified to ensure the safety of our children of ongoing police activity in the surrounding area.  GAPS notified parents as a precautionary measure that kids that walked or biked to school in the area should be picked up after school or until the suspect had been captured.  As soon as the suspect was arrested, the schools were notified that there was no longer a safety concern. 


This is an active investigation and no further information about this case will be released at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident or any unreported incidents involving Brandon Beckner, please contact Albany Police Investigations Unit at 541-917-7686. 


Nixle is an emergency message alert system that sends local critical information via text. You can sign up by texting your zip code to 888777 or on the City of Albany website. 




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Attached Media Files: 2024-02/1192/170316/beckner_brandon_(002).jfif

Vancouver's city manager announces retirement
City of Vancouver - 02/27/24 5:40 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – After 17 years of service to the city, City Manager Eric Holmes has announced his retirement today, effective October 11.

During his time as city manager, Holmes has been instrumental in leading initiatives and projects that have positively impacted the city and its residents. These projects include the development of Vancouver’s waterfront and the continued work to create the Heights District. Holmes also focused on development and structure of the city’s workforce to ensure the organization is resilient and ready for the continued growth of the community.

“My 17 years with the City – 14 as City Manager – have been the most rewarding of my career,” said City Manager Eric Holmes. “I have had the honor of working with multiple generations of elected leadership, exceptional talent across the City organization and built partnerships with community. I still have a lot to accomplish over the next several months and intend to see this work through.” 

Under his leadership, the city has become known for transformative approaches to affordable housing, transportation planning, addressing homelessness and evolving community expectations related to policing and public safety.

"We are sad to see Eric retire but are grateful for his steadfast commitment to our community for the last 14 years as our city manager,” said Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “The Council and I have appreciated his perspective and counsel; he has been an invaluable advisor to us and city staff. He has served Vancouver with integrity and dedication.”

The City Council has formed a subcommittee to lead a national search for the next City Manager. More details about the search will be released at a later date. Vancouver operates under a council-manager form of government where the City Council appoints a City Manager to serve as the chief executive of the city.


Suspicious Death Investigation Underway in Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/24 5:21 PM
A suspicious death investigation is underway in the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood.

On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 11:59 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 3300 block of Southeast 90th Place to conduct a welfare check. When officers arrived, they located one person deceased. Due to suspicious circumstances found at the scene, the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Unit has responded to investigate. Cause and manner of death will be determined after an autopsy is performed by the medical examiner's office.

During the investigation, Southeast 90th Place is closed between Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast Victor Street.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Sean Macomber at sean.macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0404 or Detective Eric McDaniel at eric.mcdaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0833 and reference case number 24-48302.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Further information will be released when appropriate.


County Climate Project Environmental Justice Coalition to meet March 4
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/27/24 4:39 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Climate Project Environmental Justice Coalition will meet at 3:30 pm on Monday, March 4. 

The Environmental Justice Coalition (EJC) is a coalition of 15 community-based organizations. The group is helping the county meet the public engagement and environmental justice requirements of new state Climate Change Planning legislation, in which the county is now required to add a Climate Element to its Comprehensive Plan by June 30, 2025. The legislation emphasizes that planning and policy decisions related to climate change do not impact us all in the same way. The EJC is one of three advisory groups supporting the county’s Climate Project.

Environmental Justice Coalition meetings are typically held at 3:30 pm the first Monday of each month. Meetings are in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. Attend in Room 698 of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., or join virtually through information provided at: https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/environmental-justice-coalition.

The meeting is open to the public and includes a brief public comment period. A recording of the meeting will also be available for viewing afterwards.

To learn more about county climate planning, sign up for project updates, submit a comment, or learn about future environmental justice coalition meetings, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act. The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Don't leave tax dollars on the table; learn about property tax exemptions at Feb. 29 and March 1 events
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/27/24 4:28 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Assessor’s office property tax exemption specialists will be available to answer questions and enroll property owners in the county’s property tax relief program at an upcoming Meals on Wheels luncheon in La Center.

The Tax Exemption Program for senior citizens and people with disabilities can reduce property tax liability for qualifying homeowners. Eligibility is based on age or disability, home ownership, residency, and income. Participants are not required to repay the taxes, and their homes are not subject to property liens. 

The Meals on Wheels luncheon will be 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 29, at the La Center Community Center, 1000 E 4th St. Specialists will present information on the exemption program at around 12:15pm. 

Exemption specialists will be back at the La Center Community Center from 9 am to 2:30 pm Friday, March 1, to help enroll applicants.

To schedule an appointment for the event, call 564.397.2391 or email eduction@clark.wa.gov">taxreduction@clark.wa.gov. Walk-ins also are welcome. Homeowners interested in attending should bring photo ID, federal tax return, W-2 and/or 1099, and any deduction documentation. 

Learn more about the program and apply online at https://assessor-property-tax-exemption-program-clarkcountywa.hub.arcgis.com/.

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #3
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/27/24 4:25 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 20, 2024, involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple items of evidence have been submitted to the Washington State Patrol crime lab. Results of DNA and firearms analysis are still pending. 

Once the SWIIRT investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.



Milwaukie Man Wins $8.4 Million Oregon Megabucks Jackpot (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 02/27/24 3:26 PM
David Schultze of Milwaukie claimed his $8.4 million jackpot Megabucks prize on Monday.
David Schultze of Milwaukie claimed his $8.4 million jackpot Megabucks prize on Monday.

Note correction below: Ticket was purchased at Safeway in Gladstone, not Fred Meyer. 

Salem, Ore. – A Milwaukie retiree is the latest winner of Oregon's Game Megabucks, with a winning ticket worth $8.4 million.

David Schultze, 68, said he didn’t know he was sitting on millions until he checked his ticket last Friday morning. The winning numbers were drawn back on January 24, 2024. He spent the whole weekend in shock and claimed his prize on Monday at Oregon Lottery’s Wilsonville office.   

He doesn’t play much, but when he sees the jackpot “getting up there,” he can’t help but buy a ticket – just in case. Schultze purchased the ticket at Safeway in Gladstone. The store earned a $84,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

When asked about his plans for the winnings, Schultze said he will invest most of it. There are no plans for any big splurges.

Oregon’s Game Megabucks has some of the most favorable big prize jackpot game odds in the world. The jackpot resets to $1 million after someone wins. 

The Oregon Lottery recommends that you sign the back of your ticket to ensure you can claim any prize. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Players have a year to claim their prize. 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $15.5 billion for economic development, public schools, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: David Schultze of Milwaukie claimed his $8.4 million jackpot Megabucks prize on Monday.

Interviews: Hospital care at home, just when we need it (Photo) (B-roll)
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 02/27/24 2:46 PM
Paramedic Lindsey Thomas shows patient Vickie Kinnee how easy it is to use her Kaiser Permanente at Home equipment..
Paramedic Lindsey Thomas shows patient Vickie Kinnee how easy it is to use her Kaiser Permanente at Home equipment..

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 11, 2023): Even as the pandemic has receded, hospitals are filled to capacity, struggling with high costs and seeking beds beyond the hospital.

Kaiser Permanente Northwest is leading one of the largest advanced care at home programs in the U.S., demonstrating a successful model of the future of medical care that will be delivered at home with supportive technology.

More than 2,200 acute care patients in Oregon and Southwest Washington, whose physicians have determined they’re good candidates based on their medical condition and care needs, have benefitted from the rapidly expanding program, which is designed to be accessible to patients regardless of socioeconomic status.

Studies have shown that more than 75% of Americans ages 40+ feel happier and less stressed to receive acute-level care in their own home with familiar surroundings, family and pets around them instead of being in a hospital. Many also report feeling a closer connection with their doctor and care team.

One of those patients, Vickie Kinnee, 67, was admitted to the program after coming to the ER with heart failure. “I didn’t want to be in the hospital, taking up a bed someone else needed,” she said. “So when they said I could be treated at home and recover with my family instead of in a sterile environment, I said ‘sign me up!”

Another patient, Rudie Watzig, 44, who was admitted to the program in January 2023 after being diagnosed with liver disease, said when he was in the brick-and-mortar hospital he “hit mental rock bottom” and it was the worst he has ever felt in his life. “I am a family-centric guy. I have three boys and I need to see them every day and that’s tough when being in a hospital. Kaiser Permanente at Home really fulfills that need. I felt so much relief. It was life changing keeping me out of that hospital and allowed me to accelerate my recovery.”

Advanced technology makes it possible to connect patients with their entire care team (paramedics, nurses, doctors and medical equipment) from home, through a mix of virtual and in-person care. It’s easy to use, even for those lacking social and economic resources - patients don’t need to be skilled with technology or even have Internet. Primary in-home clinicians will set them up with everything they need, including WiFi, and teach them how to use it within an hour or two of arriving home.

“We believe this acute-care at home model advances the way we practice medicine,” said Dr. Joel Womack, Chief of Hospital Medicine for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “We are now technologically able to connect with patients in their home – the physician and entire care team - in a way that wasn’t possible before. Kaiser Permanente’s expertise in home services actually draws back on our original mission. We’re physician led and we’re a pre-paid medical group that has interest in the total cost of care of a patient and the total health of the patient. So, when you think of our Kaiser Permanente at home program, what we’re really doing is naturally extending that whole mission into the person’s home.”

 Interviews available:

  1. Vickie Kinnee, 67, patient who recovered from heart failure in the comfort of her home.
  2. Dr. Joel Womack, Chief of Service, Hospital Medicine for Kaiser Permanente Northwest
  3. Rudie Watzig, 44, patient admitted to the program with a diagnosis of liver disease in 2023.

Contact en.a.vitt@kp.org">Karen Vitt to schedule.

Photos, video clips and b-roll available:

  1. Footage of paramedics working to set up Vickie Kinnee's living room, showing her how to use the tools, and interview clips with Vickie about her experience.
  2. B-roll clips »
  3. Still photos »

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. For more information, please visit: about.kaiserpermanente.org

For more information, please visit: about.kaiserpermanente.org

Attached Media Files: Paramedic Lindsey Thomas shows patient Vickie Kinnee how easy it is to use her Kaiser Permanente at Home equipment..

New Superintendent Selected for Woodland Public Schools (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 02/27/24 2:36 PM
Asha Riley will be the new Superintendent of Woodland Public Schools beginning July 1, 2024
Asha Riley will be the new Superintendent of Woodland Public Schools beginning July 1, 2024

New Superintendent Selected for Woodland Public Schools

Woodland’s Board of Directors: “Asha Riley is the right leader at the right time.”


WOODLAND, WA–Tuesday, February 27, 2024–The Woodland Public Schools Board of Directors has selected Asha Riley as the new superintendent of Woodland Public Schools, effective July 1, 2024. This appointment follows a strategic decision by the Board to select an internal candidate who possesses a deep understanding of the district and a proven track record of effective leadership. The decision was made during a Special Board Meeting held on Tuesday, February 27. Ms. Riley will succeed current Superintendent Michael Green, who will retire after more than 17 years of service to the district.

“Asha is the right leader at the right time,” said Board President Jeff Wray. “Her deep understanding of the district’s financial landscape, coupled with her commitment to academic excellence and broader community engagement, positions her as the ideal candidate to steer Woodland Public Schools towards a sustainable and prosperous future.” 

Asha Riley's Credentials:

  • Assistant Superintendent at Woodland Public Schools since 2014, where she spearheaded school reconfigurations due to growth, led successful levy campaigns and implemented initiatives boosting student development in key academic areas.
  • Previous roles include Director of Teaching and Learning, Principal at Lewis River Academy and Yale Elementary, and Professional Development Administrator at Evergreen Public Schools.
  • Holds a Superintendent Credential, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with an Administrative Credential, a Master's Degree in Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education.
  • Notable community involvement, including serving as President of the Rotary Club of Woodland and participation in various educational associations.

“I am humbled, grateful, and excited by the opportunity to ensure that every Woodland child receives an excellent education,” said Asha Riley, the candidate selected as Woodland Public Schools' next superintendent. “Woodland is known for having excellent staff and a strong commitment to children. Serving this community is a privilege that has brought me great joy over the past 14 years, and I look forward to leading the district towards a bright future. 

Ms. Riley’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the district, which is navigating significant budgetary challenges following the loss of their levy in 2023. While the community voted to pass an EP&O levy in February 2024, the district will still face budget cuts for the 2024-25 school year. The decision to select an internal candidate and forgo additional engagement opportunities as part of the superintendent selection process marks a shift from initial plans. However, it was clear that Asha was the frontrunner in the selection process thus far and the board recognized the urgent need for stable and effective leadership. 

About Woodland Public Schools:

Woodland Public Schools is committed to providing a high-quality education, nurturing a positive learning environment, and preparing students for the challenges ahead. The district is known for its academic rigor, community engagement, and dedication to fostering educational success for every student. To learn more, visit www.woodlandschools.org.


Attached Media Files: Asha Riley will be the new Superintendent of Woodland Public Schools beginning July 1, 2024 , Asha Riley with husband Dave Riley (far left), son DJ Riley (left), daughter Leah Riley (right) and Tucker Riley (dog)

"100 Coats for 100 Years" Coat Drive Surpasses Goal x10! (Photo)
The Grotto - 02/27/24 2:07 PM
Jane Tokito, deputy director at The Grotto, is surrounded by more than 1000 donated items, over half of which were brand new.
Jane Tokito, deputy director at The Grotto, is surrounded by more than 1000 donated items, over half of which were brand new.

Thanks to the generous outpouring from the community, The Grotto's "100 Coats for 100 Years" coat drive was an outstanding success, as the sanctuary collected more than 1000 items to be distributed among three local charities.

There are three days left to bring your donation of a new or gentlty used coat to the bin in the Chapel foyer. Next week we will make the deliveries to Blanchet House, Rose Haven and SnowCap.

This was The Grotto's first coat drive and is part of the sanctuary's celebration of its Centennial this year. Inspired by the Servite Friars' mission of caring for those who are suffering or alone, The Grotto is dedicating the first part of 2024 to serving others. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this incredible success. And a special thanks to Catholic Charities for their donation.

Attached Media Files: Jane Tokito, deputy director at The Grotto, is surrounded by more than 1000 donated items, over half of which were brand new.

Western Oregon University staff selected for NWCCU fellowship (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 02/27/24 12:11 PM

MONMOUTH, Ore. - Western Oregon University staff from the Division of Student Affairs has been selected for The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability Fellowship

Megan Habermann-Guthrie, director of New Student & Family Programs, and Malissa Larson, dean of students, were selected to participate in a cohort over the next 18 months. 

The fellowship program is designed to introduce faculty, staff, and administrators from NWCCU institutions to regional and national leaders in various areas such as equity-mindedness, assessment, accreditation, data analysis, quality assurance, educational innovation, and educational effectiveness.

"I am honored and excited to embark on this project to better Western and work with our accreditors more closely on enhancing college life for Western students," shared Habermann-Guthrie. 

"I'm so excited, and a bit anxious if I am honest, to participate in the NWCCU fellowship. This is an incredible opportunity to not only enrich my path as a professional but also to add tools to better advocate for and support Western students,” shared Larson. She adds that she looks forward to being better and doing better for students. 

Habermann-Guthrie and Larson will join Leanne Merrill Ph.D., professor of mathematics, and Melanie Landon-Hays Ph.D., professor of education and leadership, who are currently participating in a cohort from the Division of Academic Affairs. Together, these teams from Western will contribute to the ongoing efforts of the NWCCU in promoting excellence and innovation in higher education.

Learn more about NWCUU’s Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability Fellowship 


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon's oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.



Attached Media Files: 2024-02/1107/170307/NWCCU_Fellowship_PR.JPG

State Forests Advisory Committee meets March. 8 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/27/24 11:43 AM

SALEM, Ore.—The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) will meet in Salem on March 8 at 8:30 a.m. This is a hybrid meeting and those interested can attend in person or via Zoom. The meeting agenda with Zoom link is posted on the SFAC webpage.

The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry (Tillamook Room), 2600 State St., Salem, 97310. Opportunity for public comment is on the agenda and is scheduled for 8:45 a.m.

Agenda topics include:

  • Draft habitat conservation plan and forest management plan for Western Oregon state forests project update
  • Overview of Fiscal Year 2025 annual operations plan
  • Implementation plan revision considerations for Fiscal Years 2026-27
  • Planning for SFAC meeting and field tour in May

SFAC’s role

The State Forests Advisory Committee includes citizens and representatives of timber, environmental and recreation groups. SFAC provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and offer guidance to ODF on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan. The plan provides guidance for managing 616,000 acres within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests, and several scattered state-owned forest tracts in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and Lane counties through a balanced approach to generate revenue while preserving environmental and social benefits.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at(503) 945-7200.

Stolen Vehicle Operation Results in Recovery of Stolen Vehicles, Guns (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/24 11:04 AM
A stolen vehicle operation involving multiple agencies resulted in the recovery of stolen vehicles and guns.

On Monday, February 26, 2024, officers assigned to Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct ran a multi-agency stolen vehicle operation with the Gresham Police Department, Port of Portland Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Auto Theft Task Force, and PPB’s K9 Unit. Vancouver Police Department (VPD) conducted its own stolen vehicle operation in Washington and coordinated with Portland Police when vehicles eluded across the river.

The collaborative effort resulted in the recovery of seven stolen vehicles and seven firearms (one firearm was confirmed stolen). Additionally, 15 people were arrested, four vehicles eluded police, and two vehicle pursuits were initiated resulting in successful captures.

This operation focused on the east Portland metropolitan area. The Facebook group, PDX Stolen Cars, helped locate and recover two unoccupied stolen vehicles.

The Stolen Vehicle Operation utilizes data-driven policing strategies. This operation yielded a low ratio of one stolen vehicle located out of every six traffic stops conducted.

Below are the initial results from the February 26th multi-agency Stolen Vehicle Operation:

41 traffic stops/encounters
7 stolen vehicles
15 custodies
7 illegally possessed firearms (1 confirmed stolen)
4 vehicles eluded (3 captured)
2 vehicle pursuits
3 vehicles towed

Impressive Decreasing Trend in Stolen Vehicles:

Over the last 10 months, stolen vehicle operations have consistently delivered results in reducing vehicle theft rates. In January 2023, there were 984 vehicles reported stolen. In January 2024, it was 473 for a 56% decrease.

April: 24.4% decrease compared to the previous year (892 to 674)
May: 23.7% decrease compared to the previous year (849 to 648)
June: 26.7% decrease compared to the previous year (829 to 607)
July: 29.7% decrease compared to the previous year (862 to 606)
August: 35.3% decrease compared to the previous year (939 to 608)
September: 25.5% decrease compared to the previous year (861 to 644)
October: 36.6% decrease compared to the previous year (931 to 590)
November: 44% decrease compared to the previous year (966 to 538)
December: 42% decrease compared to the previous year (895 to 523)
January: 56% decrease compared to the previous year (984 to 437)

There are a lot of factors that go into crime trends, but enforcement efforts driven by data analysis, efficient use of limited resources, and interagency partnerships have been key factors in the reduction in car thefts in Portland. Car thefts are extremely impactful for victims, especially those who rely on their vehicles for their livelihoods. Stolen vehicles are often used by suspects in other crimes including robberies and shootings. Interdicting those occupied stolen cars can prevent other crimes.

For more on East Precinct’s innovative use of data, to make fewer stops, resulting in better outcomes, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=462764

Photo description: Vehicle stopped
Photo description: Gun recovered
Photo description: Suspect in custody
Photo description: Guns recovered
Photo description: Cash recovered


Attached Media Files: 2024-02/3056/170303/svo_1.jpg , 2024-02/3056/170303/svo_6.jpg , 2024-02/3056/170303/svo_8.jpg , 2024-02/3056/170303/svo_9.jpg , 2024-02/3056/170303/svo_10.jpg

Suspect Arrested for Felony Elude - Methamphetamine and a Gun Located During Investigation (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/24 9:23 AM

On February 26, 2024, at approximately 2:50 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a silver Honda Accord for a traffic violation near the city of Banks. After initiating a traffic stop on Highway 47, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as 24-year-old Savannah Salyers, failed to stop and continued driving.

Deputies lost sight of the Honda but quickly located it parked near the 14800 block of NW Jackson School Road. Salyers was still in the vehicle and was arrested by deputies. 

Deputies located approximately 10.5 grams of Methamphetamine, a black 9mm handgun, and other drug paraphernalia. Salyers did not possess a concealed handgun license.

Salyers was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail for felony elude, unlawful possession of a firearm, and drug charges. 

While at the jail, deputies discovered an additional 26 grams of methamphetamine hidden in one of Salyers' undergarments. As a result, Salyers now faces additional charges, including supplying contraband.

Attached Media Files: 2024-02/1128/170300/Salyers.png

Results from Sex Offender Compliance Checks
Tigard Police - 02/27/24 8:55 AM

Police officers from Tigard and Sherwood recently joined regional partners to conduct sex offender compliance checks across their cities, and the results from the effort are now available.

Held periodically and led by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT), the purpose behind these checks is for an officer and/or deputy to personally visit the address provided by a registered sex offender to verify that he or she does, in fact, live at the address they have provided to law enforcement. 

Compliance checks were held on Wednesday, February 20th, in Tigard and Sherwood, with the help of deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The results are as follows:

Of the 134 registered sex offenders living in Tigard as of 2/20/24, checks were conducted on 80 people. 50 of them were verified to be in compliance, meaning investigators confirmed more likely than not that the person is currently living at their reported address. Another 27 were unverified, which may be due to no answer at the door or conflicting information. 3 were verified to not be in compliance and were no longer living at their reported address. Their names and information have been documented for future follow-up.

Of the 37 registered sex offenders living in Sherwood as of 2/20/24, checks were conducted on 33 people. 21 of them were verified to be in compliance, 12 were unverified and 0 were verified to not be in compliance.

These periodic efforts to follow up on information provided by registered sex offenders is a priority in Washington County, where CAT has a goal to verify such information at least on an annual basis. The Tigard and Sherwood Police Departments support this important work and hope to conduct future checks on a more frequent basis.

You can find more information on certain sex offenders who are considered high risk at the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registry here: https://sexoffenders.oregon.gov/

(This is a joint news release from the Tigard Police Department, Sherwood Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office.)


Mon. 02/26/24
DA Mike Schmidt Testifies in Favor of Sweeping Policy Package to Address Addiction and Drug Dealing
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 02/26/24 6:44 PM

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office was a lead stakeholder in finalizing the policy package

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt testified in Salem before the Joint Committee On Addiction and Community Safety Response in support of House Bill 4002.

“What we have seen over the last few years as fentanyl has hit the West Coast is unacceptable, and we need to take action to help those struggling with addiction,” said DA Schmidt in his testimony. “In Portland, we see open use of hard drugs on our streets – in front of our businesses, our parks, and our schools. We absolutely cannot continue to tolerate this. We can approach addiction as the health issue it is, while also holding people accountable for how they impact our community.”

In his testimony, DA Schmidt outlined what he saw as positives in the bill, including several chances for a person charged with possession of a controlled substance to avoid incarceration if they take part in treatment; measures to prevent drug charges from becoming barriers to housing, employment, and immigration status; tougher laws to help police catch and charge drug dealers; and new addiction treatment resources, such as $25 million for a 24/7 detox center in Multnomah County.

DA Schmidt also affirmed his commitment to prioritize treatment over incarceration. “The 24 hour drop-off center will be a game changer for Multnomah County in connecting people with treatment. I am incredibly supportive of the provisions of this legislation that will lay the foundation for prosecutors across Oregon to say that treatment should always come first,” said DA Schmidt.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office was a key stakeholder who contributed to the crafting of the final policy package. During the hearing, Joint Committee On Addiction and Community Safety Response Co-Chair Jason Kropf (D- Bend) thanked DA Schmidt for his leadership on the issue, saying, “Thank you for your office’s help as we have, primarily, tried to figure out what a deflection program could look like, what diversion could look like, and I would say most importantly, what an automated expungement process could look like.”

The DA thanks the legislature, as well as all of the policy experts and community members, who were a part of the process.

You can read the full text of DA Schmidt's testimony online.


Battle Ground City Manager Announces Hiring of Dennis Flynn, New Chief of Police (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 02/26/24 5:10 PM
Flynn, Dennis
Flynn, Dennis

City Manager Erin Erdman is pleased to announce the hiring of Dennis Flynn as the City of Battle Ground’s next Chief of Police, effective March 18. 

Chief Flynn accepted the position following his successful completion of a multi-phased pre-employment screening process.  The employment offer is also contingent upon Chief Flynn securing an active Commission in the State of Washington within nine months of his effective date of employment. 

The city began recruitment efforts in August 2023 and received a total of 16 applications for the position.

Chief Flynn comes to Battle Ground with 36 years of law enforcement experience, with more than 22 of those years in police leadership.  He served the first 30 years of his career with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department working his way up through the ranks before his retirement in 2015 as Lieutenant of the Robbery Division.   

Most recently, Chief Flynn served the last six years with the Commerce City Police Department in Colorado.  In his role as the Deputy Chief, he was responsible for the department’s patrol, traffic, school resources officer, and community services programs.  He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in police leadership from San Diego University.  He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University’s Police School of Staff and Command. 

Chief Flynn is married to his wife of 22 years, Shalene, and is in the process of relocating to the area.  The couple has three children and two grandchildren.

“I am honored for the opportunity to lead the men and women of the Battle Ground Police Department,” said Chief Flynn.  “Over the past few months, I have had the chance to interact with officers and professional staff of the department.  Their knowledge and dedication are impressive.  I’m confident that with the talented staff we have, we will continue to make Battle Ground a safe and wonderful place to work, live and play." 

Chief Flynn will take his ceremonial oath of office during the March 18th Battle Ground City Council meeting.  The meeting will take place at City Hall, 109 SW 1st Street, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, beginning at 7:00pm.  The public is invited to attend as we welcome Chief Flynn to Battle Ground.   

Attached Media Files: Flynn, Dennis

Lottery to assign permits to sell fireworks, application deadline March 22, 2024
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/26/24 4:38 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is taking lottery applications for four retail firework permits to be assigned by lottery.

Fireworks cannot be sold in Clark County without a permit.

Applications for the permit lottery can be obtained on the county website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-development/fireworks. Only one completed application may be entered per person or organization.

All lottery permit applications must be received at the Fire Marshal’s Office no later than 4 pm Friday, March 22, 2024, regardless of how they are submitted. 

Applications may be delivered or mailed to the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, 505 N.W. 179th St., Ridgefield, WA 98642. Applications postmarked on March 22 will not qualify.

The lottery will take place the week of March 25. Applicants chosen by lottery will be contacted immediately.

County and Cowlitz Indian Tribe kick off partnership to improve recreational opportunities and restore habitat at Gordy Jolma Family Natural Area
Clark Co. WA Communications - 02/26/24 3:52 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe are starting a fish habitat and recreation master planning process for the Gordy Jolma Family Natural Area. The property was formerly part of the Cedars on Salmon Creek golf course. The planning effort will focus on restoring fish habitat in Salmon Creek, removing fish passage barriers, and improving natural-resource based opportunities like walking, birdwatching, fishing, picnicking and cultural and environmental education. 

“As the Cowlitz Indian Tribe furthers its legacy of environmental stewardship, we are grateful to partner with Clark County on the Gordy Jolma Family Natural Area restoration plan,” said Cowlitz Indian Tribe General Council Chairwoman Patty Kinswa-Gaiser. “By prioritizing the restoration of critical spawning habitat for endangered salmon species and providing neighbors with more recreational, educational, and cultural learning opportunities, we are not just preserving the legacy of the land -- we are actively contributing to a healthier future for our community.”

Fish habitat and restoration improvements may include increasing floodplain resiliency and improving shoreline stability, focusing on fish passage improvements along two miles of Salmon Creek. Salmon Creek provides critical spawning and rearing habitat for populations of fall chinook, coho and chum salmon, and winter steelhead. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe secured grant funding from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to develop a preliminary restoration design. The design process will begin this year with preliminary data collection and surveys assessing the site’s conditions, limiting factors, stream flow dynamics and surrounding infrastructure. 

The county will work closely with the tribe to incorporate the restoration design into the natural area’s master plan. Master planning is anticipated to take one to two years and will involve public engagement and communication with community stakeholders. The natural area’s future recreation amenities and public access improvements will be identified in the master plan.  

“The partnership with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe will allow us to complete the planning process to successfully transition this site to a natural resource treasure several years earlier than we would otherwise be able to,” said Rocky Houston, Parks and Lands division manager for Clark County Public Works. “This is a wonderful partnership that will create long-term benefits for the community and Salmon Creek.”

While 2024 will consist mostly of preliminary planning and design, the public engagement process will begin in late 2024 or early 2025. The plan is anticipated to be finalized by 2026. Construction timeline will be determined by funding availability. 

Project updates and information can be found on the project webpage at clark.wa.gov/public-works/gordy-jolma-family-natural-area

For information about road and park projects, closures, opportunities for community input, and more, residents can follow Public Works on X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and Instagram and view information on Nextdoor. 

Go to clark.wa.gov/public-works/news to read this information in another language. Click the button in the top right of the page that says “Change language” next to a globe icon and choose your preferred language. 

Vaya a clark.wa.gov/public-works/news para leer esta información en español. Haga clic en el botón en la parte superior a la derecha de la página que dice "Change language " junto al icono de globo terráqueo y elija su idioma preferido.

Чтобы прочитать эту информацию на русском языке, зайдите на сайт clark.wa.gov/public-works/news. Нажмите на кнопку Change language (“Изменить язык”) в правом верхнем углу страницы рядом с символом земного шара и выберите свой язык.

Перейдіть на сторінку clark.wa.gov/public-works/news, щоб прочитати цю інформацію українською. Натисніть кнопку Change language (Змінити мову) зі значком глобуса у верхньому правому куті сторінки та виберіть потрібну мову.


Housing Stability Council Monthly Agenda (updated) - March 1, 2024
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/26/24 3:09 PM

Feb. 26, 2024

The next Oregon Housing Stability Council meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024. This will be a virtual meeting. You can find all relevant meeting materials on our website. The Housing Stability Council helps to lead OHCS to meet the housing and services needs of low- and moderate-income Oregonians by: 

  • Establishing and supporting OHCS’ strategic direction
  • Fostering constructive partnerships across the state
  • Setting policy and issuing funding decisions
  • Lending their unique expertise to the policy and program development of the agency

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5vfzdyiRTji0-P5Blrsi_Q#/registration


9:00: Meeting Called to Order 

9:05: Report of the Chair

9:25: Report of the Director

9:40: Affordable Rental Housing Division
           Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Director, Affordable Rental Housing

  • Predevelopment Program Recommendation: Mitch Hannoosh, Senior Operations and Policy Analyst; Rick Ruzicka, Assistant Director Planning and Policy
  • Minority Women and Emerging Small Business Briefing: Claudia Cantu, Senior MWESB Initiative Analyst; Michael Parkhurst, Affordable Rental Housing Initiative Manager
  • Agricultural Housing Grant Resources Introduction: Mitch Hannoosh, Operations and Policy Analyst; Roberto Franco, Assistant Director Development Resources
  • Funding Resources & Set Asides introduction: Mitch Hannoosh, Senior Operations and Policy Analyst; Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Director
  • Funding Process Update and Discussion (no memo)Natasha Detweiler-Daby, Director Affordable Rental Housing

11:00: 15-minute Break

11:15: Homeownership Division
           Keeble Giscombe, Director of Homeownership Division

  • Public Hearing Comments in accordance with ORS 456.561
  • Veterans HOAP Allocation: Alycia Howell, HOAP Analyst
  • Oregon Lending Program 2023 Highlights: Scott Shaw, Assistant Director of Homeownership Lending

12:00: Meeting Adjourned


Registration for webinars closes thirty (30) minutes prior to each meeting’s start time.

Public comment is limited to council decisions on awarding loans, grants, or funding awards. Commenters will be allotted five (5) minutes per topic unless time is extended by the Chair. (ORS 456.561)

In the event public hearing time expires and you are unable to speak or you have comments regarding another topic not related to the agenda items, please submit your comments in writing via email or USPS.

To mail in comments, please use this address:
Oregon Housing and Community Services
Attn: Oregon Housing Stability Council Assistant
725 Summer St. NE Suite B
Salem, OR 97301

Truck cause water main break (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 02/26/24 2:56 PM

Vancouver Fire responded to reports of a truck that struck a fire hydrant at around 11:20 this morning.  Engine 6 arrived to find 1 small truck on top of a fire hydrant with massive water flooding the nearby area.  Crews were unable to locate the water main shutoff due to high volumes of water and debris covering the street.  The water department responded and was able to shut down the main with special tools after thousands of gallons had escaped.  Witnesses stated vehicle occupants fled the scene prior to emergency personnel arrival.  Vancouver Police and Vancouver Public Works continued to keep westbound Burton Rd closed between 112th and 107th block while the hydrant and water main are repaired.

Attached Media Files: 2024-02/5157/170291/truckvshydrant2.jpg , 2024-02/5157/170291/Truckvshydrant1.jpg

A24-3457 Burglary Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/24 2:47 PM
Suspect mask
Suspect mask






A24-3542 / A24-3547



At 0017 hours of February 26, 2024, Cowlitz 911 received a report of a prowler near Reed’s Automotive, 1944 Belmont Loop, Woodland.  Woodland Police were unable to locate the suspect.  Surveillance video showed the suspect was driving a Suzuki Sidekick, similar in appearance to a vehicle associated with a wanted subject named Jacob Dean Smart of Astoria, Oregon.  Smart has been identified as a suspect in multiple crimes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and had active warrants for his arrest.  Smart was also identified as a person of interest in a recent home invasion burglary investigated by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.


A Kalama Police officer located the vehicle parked behind the Rebel Truck Stop in Kalama at about 0041 hours.  A male suspect fled on foot from the vehicle.  The Sheriff’s Office set containment in the area with assistance from other local agencies. During the search, Cowlitz 911 received what appeared to be an accidental call from a phone number associated with Jacob Smart.  GPS data from that call placed the phone in the area of River Ridge Rd, near the Rebel Truck Stop.  A reverse-911 call was placed to homes in the area notifying residents about the search for the suspect.


Lower Columbia SWAT responded to assist in the search.  K-9 units attempted to track the suspect with assistance from Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS) but were unable to locate the suspect.  The Sheriff’s Office posted information to its Facebook account, with information about Smart, including his picture and a picture of what is believed to be Smart wearing a mask with a bald head and long beard, which was observed in multiple incidents.


At 0631 hours, a citizen reported seeing a subject matching Smart’s description – with the mask - running across I-5 from the area of Todd Rd, running toward the train tracks.  Deputies and officers from local police departments responded to the area.  A Longview Police UAS operator observed the suspect going through the Temco property off Hendrickson Rd in the Port of Kalama.


As law enforcement worked to contain the area, a black Mitsubishi sedan was observed fleeing Temco at a high rate of speed.  Deputies were able to block the vehicle’s exit, before the suspect fled on foot, climbing a fence as he escaped.  The suspect was then seen entering the Arxada Kalama Plant through an open bay door.  Law enforcement officers evacuated the employees from inside the building and set containment on the plant.


Lower Columbia SWAT responded to the scene, assisted by the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT).  Officers gave commands to Smart that he was under arrest and ordered him to exit the building.  Smart did not comply with commands.  At 0808 hours, dispatch received a 911 call from a male subject, reporting that Jacob Smart was at a gas station, armed with a gun and was going to kill officers.  Investigators were able to identify the voice of the caller as Jacob Smart.


CNT negotiators were able to reach Smart on his phone and attempted to convince him to surrender.  During calls with negotiators, Smart threatened to shoot officers and also threatened to shoot vehicles driving through the area. Smart made numerous threats and told negotiators he would not be taken alive.


Lower Columbia SWAT utilized UAS drones and a remote controlled robot to assist in clearing large portions of the Arxada building and were able to contain Smart to the office portion of the building.  SWAT utilized a K-9 team and deployed chemical agents to take Smart into custody.  Smart was treated for minor injuries and booked into Cowlitz County Jail on outstanding warrants.  Detectives with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office are investigating Smart for multiple other crimes and anticipate filing additional charges against Smart for crimes committed in Cowlitz County.


The Sheriff’s Office requests that anyone with information about these incidents contact Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 360-577-3092.



Troy Brightbill

Chief Criminal Deputy

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Suspect mask , Arxada Kalama Plant (2) , Arxada Kalama Plant (1)

Flowering cherry tree landscaping set for Feb. 28-29 in the North Mall at State Capitol State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/26/24 2:30 PM

SALEM, Oregon— Three Akebono flowering cherry trees will be removed from State Capitol State Park on Feb. 28, 2024, because the trees are in poor health. On Feb. 29, four new Akebono cherry trees will be planted to replace these three and another tree that died. In addition, eight more will be placed near existing trees to increase the overall canopy of Akebono cherry blossoms. 

The planned work is part of a 20-year strategy to keep healthy and vigorous trees in the North Mall. A recent detailed inventory of 149 cherry trees assessed the health, aesthetics, and visible impacts to the area infrastructure. The results were included in the 2022 Tree Canopy Management Plan. The three trees to be removed this week were identified for removal in the plan based on their very poor condition and damage from ice storms in recent years. 

Kevin Strandberg, Valley Region operations manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, says the replacement trees are at least eight years old and about 3.5 inches diameter at breast height. He added that people will be able to walk beneath the trees when they are mature.

“We’re moving and planting the trees now while they are dormant and during late winter, so they have time to establish strong root systems before warm weather arrives,” he added. “I expect they will blossom this year and continue to grow and flourish.”



PPB Seeks Public's Help Locating Missing Endangered Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/26/24 1:48 PM
The Portland Police Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit is looking for a missing endangered man and anyone who sees him is asked to contact PPB.

Phillip Sumner, 58, was last seen on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in the Hillsboro area. Both detectives and family are worried about Phillip due to the amount of time he has been out of contact with family and because he is without critical medication.

Phillip is described as a Caucasian male, 6’1”, thin build.

PPB is asking anyone who sees Phillip to please call 911. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact detectives at missing@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-302743.

Photo description: Portrait of Phillip
Photo description: Phillip's DMV photo


Attached Media Files: 2024-02/3056/170286/PhillipSumner_1.jpg , 2024-02/3056/170286/PhillipSumner_2.jpg

Youngs Bay Boat Ramp Temporarily Closes to Public
Clatsop County - 02/26/24 1:42 PM

(Astoria, OR) —The Youngs Bay Boat Ramp temporarily will close to public access for the launching or retrieving of water craft from 7 a.m. Monday, March 4 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Clatsop County Fisheries will temporarily block the boat ramp with a fish transfer pipeline for the receiving of salmon smolts to the net pens located at that site. 

The boat ramp is located at the City of Astoria site, 1555 West Marine Drive in Astoria.


Attached Media Files: 2024-02/7074/170285/Youngs_Bay_Boat_Ramp_Temporarily_Closes_to_Public_FINAL.pdf

PeaceHealth set to open PeaceHealth Orchards Clinic and invites public to open house (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 02/26/24 1:22 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – PeaceHealth will open a new primary care clinic, PeaceHealth Orchards Clinic, on Monday, March 4, offering primary care services for the whole family. Prior to the opening, PeaceHealth will hold an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

The clinic, located near the Vancouver Mall at 9330 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, will be staffed by a comprehensive healthcare team including two providers, Sophia Kim, MD and Lisa Rinker, MD. 

The unique layout, the first-of-its-kind for PeaceHealth, is designed for greater collaboration of the care team and ease of check-in for patients. Patients, if able, have the opportunity to electronically check-in and self-room themselves in their designated exam room.

“We are pleased to open a primary care clinic at this location as we know there is a growing need for primary care services in the Orchards area,” shares Leon McCook, MD, Chief Medical Officer of PeaceHealth Medical Group, Columbia Network. “Our care team is excited about the unique design aimed at improving the efficiency of how we deliver care while also improving how patients experience receiving care,” added McCook.

Clinic hours of operations will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Same-day appointments and online scheduling will be available for established patients. Later in the summer, the clinic expects to add primary care plus+ services with extended hours available to both PeaceHealth and non-PeaceHealth patients. More information about the clinic can be found at www.peacehealth.org/orchards



About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.


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Survey of Portland Metro Voter Attitudes About ODOT Tolling Available (Photo)
City of West Linn - 02/26/24 12:10 PM
City of West Linn logo
City of West Linn logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The cities of West Linn, Oregon City, Tualatin, and Wilsonville, along with the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 555, sponsored an independent survey of voters in the Portland metro region (Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties) February 7-13, 2024, to assess public attitudes about ODOT’s tolling proposals. The survey was conducted by DHM Research, a leading public opinion research firm based in Portland. Results provide, for the first time, an accurate understanding of public sentiments about tolling and its potential impacts. 

The entire report is publicly available here. Below are key findings. The margin of error is +/- 4.0%. 

  • Voters are concerned about major roads and highways in the region. 74% of voters region-wide say that they are concerned about the quality of major roads in the region, and 81% are concerned about traffic congestion.
  • Voters are opposed to the concept of tolling in the Portland Metro region. Overall, 76% of voters oppose tolling.  Opposition to tolling is highest in Clackamas County at 91%, followed by Washington County at 76% opposed, and Multnomah County at 69% opposed.
  • Voters also specifically oppose ODOT’s Regional Mobility Pricing Project (RMPP) and the I-205 Toll Project. After being provided a description of the tolling projects, 71% oppose Regional Mobility Pricing, and 64% oppose the I-205 Toll Project. Only 8% of voters strongly support the RMPP and only 11% of voters strongly support tolling at the Abernethy Bridge.
  • Opposition to tolling in Multnomah and Washington County corresponds to voters’ proximity to potential tolls, highlighting that more voters oppose tolls proposed to be nearer to them. When presented with the I-205 Abernethy Bridge Toll Project in Clackamas County, 53% of Multnomah County voters and 64% of Washington County voters were in opposition. After being presented with the tolling concepts on Highways 217 and 26 being studied by ODOT, 70% of Multnomah County voters and 80% of Washington County voters opposed those tolls.
  • Voters say they are opposed to tolling because of costs and affordability, indicating that they do not believe that tolling is equitable. When asked why, voters most often cited affordability, including the perception of already paying high taxes (41%) and the belief that tolls would disproportionately burden low-income drivers (19%). 83% of voters agreed that tolls would place an unfair burden on people who don’t have options to shift travel patterns. 82% of voters say that public transit would not provide a viable alternative to avoid tolls. 80% of respondents cited increased traffic congestion and safety issues on local roads as concerns.
  • Most voters in the region report being aware of ODOT’s tolling proposals, but few have engaged in the decision-making process. 61% of voters have heard about ODOT’s tolling proposals, but only 6% have attended any public meetings about the proposals, and 13% have provided ODOT with any feedback about them.
  • To pay for transportation improvements in the region, voters support increasing registration fees on electric vehicles but oppose other methods. 61% support increasing registration fees for electric vehicles; 36% support increasing registration fees for all vehicles; 33% support increasing gas taxes; 24% support a pay-per-mile system that would charge drivers a few cents per mile.

In summary, the poll results show that residents, workers, and businesses have real concerns about the region’s transportation system and that tolling is perceived by a large majority of voters across the region as harmful and inequitable. When combined with the significant startup and administrative overhead costs that tolling requires, these poll results indicate that other revenue approaches would not only be fairer with less negative impacts to communities, but also would be more popular and more efficient with community tax dollars. 

Our cities and UFCW Local 555 strongly support investments in transportation infrastructure. We look forward to continued dialog with our communities, ODOT, and the State Legislature to find fair and equitable solutions.


Media inquiries: dchoi@westlinnoregon.gov or 971-303-1236.
Learn more: https://westlinnoregon.gov/citycouncil/i-205-regional-tolling-survey-results


Attached Media Files: City of West Linn logo , City of Oregon City logo , City of Wilsonville logo , UFCW555 logo , City of Tualatin logo

New Bike and Pedestrian Upgrades Coming to Commercial and Liberty Streets SE
City of Salem - 02/26/24 10:00 AM
  • Installation of the bicycle crossing signal and flashing beacon crossing starts on March 4th, 2024.
  • Restriping Commercial Street SE with high-visibility bike lanes is coming in the summer of 2024.
  • Lane closures and temporary traffic revisions may be necessary.

Salem, Ore. — Beginning in March 2024, Salem will improve bike and pedestrian infrastructure along Commercial Street SE from Oxford Street SE to Madrona Avenue SE. The project includes installing new high-visibility bike lanes, a bicycle signal to cross Liberty Road S, and a rapid flashing beacon on Commercial Street SE at Triangle Drive SE to provide added awareness and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Key Upgrades:

  • Bicycle Crossing Signal: A bike signal on Liberty Road S at Commercial St SE to create added visibility for cyclists continuing south on Commercial.
  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon: A flashing beacon sign will be installed at Triangle Drive SE to provide extra visibility for both cyclists and pedestrians at the intersection.
  • High-visibility Bike Lanes: Restriping of bike lanes to include high-visibility green markings will provide dedicated space for cyclists, reducing potential conflicts between cyclists and motor vehicles. 


  • Phase 1 (Starting March 4, 2024) This phase will include the installation of a bicycle signal on Liberty Road S and a flashing beacon on Commercial Street SE at Triangle Drive SE. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers should use caution and expect some lane closures and delays. 

    During Phase 1, pedestrian access may be restricted within the work areas and temporary pedestrian routes will be identified around the work zone.
  • Phase 2 (Starting in summer 2024) This phase will include restriping lane lines of Commercial Street SE to install dedicated bike lanes with high-visibility green markings. 

    During Phase 2, work is expected to occur in the overnight hours (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) Temporary traffic control will include lane closures, limited sidewalk access, and delays along Commercial Street SE from Oxford Street SE to Madrona Avenue SE.

This project was originally identified in the Bike & Walk Salem update to the Salem Transportation Plan 2013. This plan identifies enhanced bike facilities along Commercial Street. In 2018, Salem was awarded funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS) Program to design and install buffered bike lanes on Commercial Street and improve bicycle and pedestrian crossings in the area.

For the latest updates on road construction projects with the City of Salem, visit current road construction projects on our website.

Schlabach Scores 2000th Point in Regular Season Finale (Photo)
Bushnell University - 02/26/24 9:49 AM

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Senior Stevie Schlabach completed a milestone that no Bushnell player has accomplished in 33 years on Saturday as he scored his 2000th career point in a 93-86 loss to Eastern Oregon University in the final game of the regular season.

Schlabach, who currently has 2,008 points, is the third player to break through the elusive barrier, and the first since Mat Sand scored the Bushnell all-time record of 2,296 in 1991. Jon Willis, who is second on the list has a recognized scoring total of 2,064.

Head Coach Eddie Alexander said, “I am very proud of Stevie and his personal accomplishment. He is a very humble young man that has grown so much in our program these past five years. I wish everyone knew him the way I do. He deserves these accolades for his hard work on and off the court. What he has accomplished is not by accident. Commitment, loyalty, perseverance, and accountability are all words that come to mind when I think of where he started as a student-athlete and where he is today as a young man. I’m very proud of him!”

As for the game, coming into the night the Beacons had already secured the No. 6 seed for the CCC tournament and were not in danger with the loss, but it still wasn’t the way they wanted to end the regular season.

“Our goal was to build momentum heading into the quarterfinals,” said Alexander. “Our conversation post game was all about details that we can collectively control. It’s a life lesson I’m praying our guys take seriously as we move our program forward. EOU was hungry for a win and played extremely well. I give them credit as they executed offensively very well.”

Eastern (12-16, 11-11 CCC) established an early lead in this one, and never let the Beacons establish a foothold, matching nearly shot-for-shot for most of the game. EOU shot 54% with the Beacons shooting 48%. Bushnell was an impressive 25-for-29 at the free-throw line in a physical game that saw 41 total fouls.

The Beacons (15-13, 12-10 CCC) were led by senior Spencer Hoffman who scored 26 points, including 22 in the second half, along with a game-high 15 rebounds. He was 9-for-13 from the field and 8-for-9 on free throws. Coach Alexander said, “Spencer had a great game, especially in the second half. He was taking a physical beating and played through it. His growth as a leader has been enormous and it showed tonight.”

Schlabach followed with 18 points, shooting 7-for-10, and Kaden Sand scored 17 points with a team-high six assists. Alexis Angeles was also in double-figures with 11.

The Mounties had four players in double-figures as well, led by 26 from Garrett Hawkes. Jonny Hillman scored 21 points and seven assists before fouling out late, Preston Chandler scored 14 and Brennen Newsom came off the bench to add eleven.

Both teams are off to the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament and will both be on the road in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. No. 7-seed EOU visits No. 2-seed Lewis-Clark State while the Beacons head to Klamath Falls to take on the No. 3-seed Oregon Tech. In the other quarterfinal matches, No. 1-seed College of Idaho hosts No. 8-seed Northwest and No. 4-seed Southern Oregon plays host to No. 5-seed Corban.

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Reynolds Learning Academy Embraces CTE Month with a Career Day for Students
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 02/26/24 8:10 AM

February 26, 2024, Fairview, OR – Reynolds Learning Academy will host a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Day event on Wednesday, February 28th from 1:15pm-3:45pm. Students will have the opportunity to attend two different panels where they will be able to ask questions to real-world professionals who are employed in various careers ranging from the trades, Department of Transportation, automotive, cosmetology and barbering, medical, education, childcare, culinary, the Military, natural sciences, education, real estate, police, fire, FBI, and computer science and technology. They will learn from the attending professionals the many different types of training and education needed to enter these careers as well as what innate skills they have which might best suit a particular career.

In addition to the wide variety of CTE panelists, the Heavy Equipment Operators, Local 701 apprenticeship program will bring their heavy equipment operator simulator. It is an amazing training tool which helps students learn what it’s really like to drive the equipment. The Ironworkers Local 29 will also bring their welding simulator allowing students to get the feel for the stick and try their hand at welding like a professional.

“The goal of the CTE Career Day is to provide students access to high-wage, high-demand, high-skilled careers as well as areas of strong interest and their natural talents and abilities’, explained Angie Gilbert, RLA’s Schools-To-Work/Trades/CTE Coordinator. “RLA and RSD are very grateful to all of our participating partners and their organizations and believe our students will gain life changing knowledge through this event,” she stated. 

About Reynolds School District:

As a community, we prepare lifelong learners to achieve their full potential in a complex and interconnected world. Reynolds School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups in our society. Reynolds School District Board of Education ensures that all educational programs, activities, and employment will be free of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, parental or marital status, or age.

Contact: Steve Padilla, Director of Communications – spadilla@rsd7.net; 707.330.6559.



PGE - 02/26/24 8:00 AM

Otros 75,000 clientes podrían ser elegibles para inscribirse

PORTLAND, Oregon (26 de febrero de 2024) — Con el fin de satisfacer mejor las necesidades de los clientes, Portland General Electric ha ampliado su programa Income-Qualified Bill Discount (IQBD, descuento en facturas según ingresos) para ofrecer ahora hasta un 60 % de descuento mensual en energía a los clientes que califiquen según su nivel de ingresos.

PGE fue la primera empresa grande de servicios públicos de Oregón en ofrecer ayuda en función de los ingresos, con el lanzamiento del programa IQBD en 2022, que ofrecía descuentos iniciales de hasta el 25 %. A principios de 2024, PGE amplió el programa para ofrecer descuentos más sustanciales y tratar de inscribir a más clientes en función de las necesidades previstas.

"La energía es esencial, y PGE se compromete a prestar a todas las personas un servicio fiable y económico," afirmó Michaela Lynn, directora sénior de Servicio al Cliente. "El IQBD tiene un proceso de inscripción sencillo y se diseñó para que la ayuda fuera significativa. Invitamos a que todas las personas que califiquen se inscriban hoy mismo."

Desde finales de 2022, la participación en el programa de descuentos ha crecido un 65 %, con más de 75,000 clientes inscritos en la actualidad. PGE calcula que otros 85,000 clientes pueden cumplir los criterios del programa en función de su nivel de ingresos.

Los clientes nos cuentan lo que significa para ellos el programa de descuentos en facturas:

"Poder participar en este programa como madre soltera de tres hijos me ha aliviado mucho la presión a la hora de pagar la factura de la electricidad. También me da la posibilidad de sentirme cómoda, segura y tranquila de que mis hijos tendrán la electricidad y la calidez de nuestro hogar cuando lo necesiten. Agradezco enormemente este programa."

"El IQBD me ha ofrecido tranquilidad al aliviar parte de la carga financiera, lo que me permitió encender un calefactor adicional para no tener que estar en casa con dos abrigos durante los meses de invierno."

"Como madre soltera que gana un poco más del límite para recibir los beneficios de SNAP, me ayuda a sentirme 'considerada.' ¡Gracias!"

"Reducir el importe de mi factura de electricidad nos permite disponer de más dinero para necesidades como alimentos y medicamentos."

"Agradecemos que el IQBD ha ayudado a poner comida de nuevo en la mesa y ha ayudado a aliviar las dificultades de la vida de cada mes, ya que el alquiler y otros costos de vida siguen subiendo considerablemente."

La elegibilidad se basa en la cantidad de personas de su hogar y en el promedio de los ingresos brutos anuales. Se invita a los clientes a presentar su solicitud a través de un sencillo proceso de inscripción en la página web de PGE o llamando al servicio de atención al cliente al 503-228-6322. La información está disponible en 15 idiomas. Los representantes de PGE también están disponibles para hablar en eventos comunitarios, escuelas y otras organizaciones locales con el fin de difundir la información a más miembros de la comunidad que puedan calificar.

Además de la inscripción en IQBD, los clientes de PGE pueden acceder en línea a extensiones de pago, planes de pago y recursos comunitarios o hablando con un agente de servicio al cliente. Los clientes también pueden encontrar consejos en línea, herramientas gratuitas y descuentos que les ayudarán a ahorrar energía y dinero. 


Acerca de la empresa Portland General Electric:

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) es una empresa de energía integrada que genera, transmite y distribuye electricidad a más de 930,000 clientes y presta servicio a un área de 1.9 millones de habitantes de Oregón. Durante más de 130 años, Portland General Electric (PGE) ha impulsado el avance de la sociedad al suministrar energía eléctrica segura, económica, fiable y cada vez más limpia, a la vez que trabaja para transformar los sistemas de energía y satisfacer las necesidades cambiantes de los clientes. Los clientes de PGE han establecido el estándar para la priorización de la energía limpia, y tenemos el principal programa de energía renovable voluntario del país. PGE se compromete a reducir las emisiones de su suministro eléctrico minorista en un 80 % para 2030 y en un 100 % para 2040. El índice de igualdad de género de Bloomberg ha reconocido a la empresa por su compromiso con la promoción de un lugar de trabajo más igualitario e inclusivo. En 2023, empleados, exempleados jubilados de PGE y la PGE Foundation (Fundación PGE) donaron aproximadamente $4.6 millones y ofrecieron 23,000 horas de trabajo voluntario a más de 400 organizaciones sin fines de lucro.  

Más información en portlandgeneral.com/news.   


FUENTE: Portland General Company (POR)

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PGE expands program to help income-qualified customers with electric bills, now offering discounts up to 60% (Photo)
PGE - 02/26/24 8:00 AM
PGE now offers 15-60% discounts through the IQBD
PGE now offers 15-60% discounts through the IQBD

Another 85,000 customers may be eligible to enroll

PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 26, 2024) — To better meet the needs of customers, Portland General Electric has expanded its Income-Qualified Bill Discount (IQBD) program to now provide up to a 60% monthly energy discount to customers who qualify based on income level.

PGE was the first large utility in Oregon to provide income-based assistance, launching the IQBD program in 2022, with initial discounts up to 25%. At the start of 2024, PGE expanded the program, offering more substantial discounts and aiming to enroll more customers based on projected need.  

“Energy is essential, and PGE is committed to serving everyone reliable and affordable power,” said Michaela Lynn, Senior Director of Customer Service. “The IQBD has an easy enrollment process and was designed to result in meaningful assistance. We encourage all who qualify to sign up today.”

Since the end of 2022, participation in the discount program has grown by 65%, with more than 75,000 customers currently enrolled. PGE estimates that another 85,000 customers may meet program criteria based on income level. 

Customers have described what the bill discount program means to them:

“Being able to participate in this program as a single mother of three kids has relieved so much stress when it comes to paying my electric bill. It also gives me the ability to feel comfortable and safe and reassured that my kids will have the electricity and the warmth of our home as needed. Greatly appreciate this program.”

“The IQBD has offered me peace of mind by relieving some financial burden, allowing me to turn on an additional space heater so I don't have to walk around my home wearing two coats during winter months.”

“As a single Mom who earns a little above the mark to receive SNAP benefits, it helps me to feel ‘seen.’ Thank You!”

“Lowering my electric bill leaves us with more money for necessities like food and medicine.”

“Thank you, the IQBD has helped put food back on the table and has helped to ease the struggles of monthly living as rent and other costs of living continue to climb dramatically.”

Eligibility is based on household size and average annual gross income. Customers are invited to apply through a simple enrollment process on PGE’s website or by calling customer service at 503-228-6322. Information is available in 15 languages. PGE representatives are also available to speak at community events, schools and other local organizations to help spread the word to more community members who may qualify.

In addition to IQBD enrollment, PGE customers can access payment extensions, payment plans and community resources online or by talking to a customer service advisor. Customers can also go online to find tips, free tools and discounts to help them save energy and money.



About Portland General Electric Company: 

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company that that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 900,000 customers in 51 cities across the state of Oregon. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. To deliver on its strategy and meet state targets, PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees are committed to partnering with stakeholders to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. PGE customers set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. Additionally, for the fifth year in a row, PGE was recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which highlights companies committed to creating a more equal and inclusive workplace. As a reflection of the company's commitment to the community it serves, in 2022, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $5.5 million and volunteered more than 18,000 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit www.PortlandGeneral.com/news.


SOURCE: Portland General Company (POR)

Attached Media Files: PGE now offers 15-60% discounts through the IQBD , Another 85,000 customers are estimated to qualify based on program eligibility

Sun. 02/25/24
Evergreen Virtual Academy
Evergreen Virtual Academy - 02/25/24 3:31 PM




FEBRUARY 27, 2024, 6:30PM

Evergreen Virtual Academy Board Members are

Hereby notified that a Regular Session of the Board

Will be held via Zoom Webinar at


Or Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592

UPDATE: Suspect Facing a Manslaughter Charge After Buckman Neighborhood Crash
Portland Police Bureau - 02/25/24 2:32 PM
The driver of the sedan, Shane M. McKeever, 22, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree and Reckless Driving. Investigators believe that someone fired shots at McKeever, but that person has not been located. Investigators also believe numerous witnesses and people with information about what happened fled the scene without talking to police. It is critical that investigators are able to speak to everyone who has first-hand information to ensure they have a full picture of what took place and who was involved. If anyone has information about this crash and has not talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-46438.

The identity of the victim will be released after family has had a chance to make notifications.

This is the 14th traffic-related fatality in the City of Portland so far in 2024. That may be a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.


Original Message Below

A man died after a crash in the Buckman Neighborhood where shots were fired and a suspect was detained by community members.

On Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2:54a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle near Southeast Belmont Street and Southeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, and shots were reportedly fired. When officers arrived they found an adult male with a bicycle with serious injuries. Paramedics transported him to the hospital by ambulance, where he died. The involved vehicle was found at the scene, and officers learned that the adult male driver had run away and was detained by community members near Southeast Water Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street. No shooting victims were immediately located.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team (MCT) is enroute to investigate the crash. During the investigation, Southeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Southeast Grand Avenue are closed between Southeast Yamhill Street and Southeast Morrison Street. If anyone has information about this crash and has not talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-46438.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate.


Job Fair Today from 1-4 PM
Oaks Park Association - 02/25/24 10:32 AM

Oaks Park's annual hiring fair is today, February 25, 2024, from 1-4 PM at the historic Dance Pavilion at Oaks Park.

The hiring fair is a great way for local students to get their summer employment lined up well before the school year ends.  Job fair visitors can learn about available positions, meet staff from each department, interview for positions, and walk out with their summer job secured!

The job fair is the first opportunity to apply for the 2024 amusement park season. By visiting today's job fair, attendees get to apply for positions before the application opens to the general public.  Online applications will open this evening.

The job fair is open to workers 16 and older. Parking is free during the fair and a parents' waiting area with snacks and beverages will be available.

For more info, visit oakspark.com.

Sat. 02/24/24
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office seeks public assistance in locating wanted man (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/24 10:21 PM

Date: 2/24/24   Case Number : A24-3378


Wanted for Kidnapping 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, Theft of a Motor Vehicle


Cowlitz County:  Deputies are seeking help locating a suspect in a home invasion burglary in Longview which occurred at around 0830hrs on 2/23/24. The pictured suspect was burglarizing the residence and was interrupted by the homeowner. The homeowner was violently assaulted in their own home where the suspect subsequently stole the victim’s vehicle and fled the scene.

Deputies quickly arrived in the area and located the victim’s stolen vehicle abandoned at the top of Columbia Heights Road. A police canine track ensued through the woods which led deputies to the 4200 blk of Pacific Way.


It is believed the suspect then broke into a residence in the 3900 block of Pacific Way. Inside that residence, the suspect stole clothing. Deputies were unable to locate the suspect.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking video from those in the West Beacon Hill neighborhood, 3600 blk of Columbia Heights to Lone Oak Road, the top of Lone Oak to Elk Ridge Drive, and anyone with game cameras in the woods from Elk Ridge Drive to the 4100 blk of Poplar Way. Those with cameras in the Pacific Way area from the 4200 block to the 3000 block are also encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.


The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office has assigned this case to the Detective Division and the Crime Reduction Team(CRT) is assisting. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting citizens be vigilant of their neighborhood surroundings and immediately report suspicious activities. Those with tips are encouraged to call Detective Jason Hammer with Sheriff’s Office at 360-577-3092 regarding case A24-3378


Callers are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 360-577-3092.  Callers who wish to remain anonymous can use the Sheriff’s Office Online Tip Report at: www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/sheriff

Riley McNeal, Sergeant

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office

312 SW 1st Ave Kelso, Wa 98626


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Sewage Advisory: Crews respond to sewage release in NW Portland, portion reaches Cedar Mill Creek (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 02/24/24 8:49 PM

On Saturday evening, city crews responded to a sewage release on NW Frazier Ct and estimated that some of that flow affected Cedar Mill Creek.

Crews estimated that about 1,000 gallons overflowed from a city maintenance hole on private property and flowed down an embankment into the creek. Warning signs have been posted; however, the area where the sewage release occurred is inaccessible to the public since it is on private property.

People and pets are advised to avoid contact with Cedar Mill Creek downstream of NW Miller and NW Cornell Rd through Monday, February 26, because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

The cause of the overflow was determined to be grease.

Environmental Services reminds the public that most sewage releases are preventable. The most common causes of sewage overflows are pipes clogged with household debris, such as cooking grease that is sent down kitchen drains or wet wipes that are flushed. Both belong in the trash, not down the drain. Tree roots are another common cause. 

Environmental Services advises the public to follow these tips to prevent clogs and overflows in homes and businesses and to prevent sewage releases:

  • Only flush human waste and toilet paper (wet wipes are NOT flushable).
  • Never pour grease down drains: Collect grease, oil, and fat in a can and then into the garbage. Grease that is liquid when poured down drains will become solid once in pipes.
  • Don’t put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only. 

If you experience or see a sewer overflow, contact the City’s hotline at any hour of the day at 503-823-1700.  

About Environmental Services
Environmental Services - the City of Portland’s sewer and stormwater utility - protects public health and the environment by collecting and recovering resources from the city’s wastewater, managing stormwater, and restoring and protecting Portland’s rivers, streams, and watersheds.

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