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Wed. 03/29/17
Three People Arrested in Downtown Portland Protest on Wednesday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/29/17 5:10 PM
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On March 29, 2017, Portland Police Bureau officers arrested three people in connection with criminal behavior during a protest in Downtown Portland on Wednesday afternoon.

34-year-old Hollis Laray Patrick McClure was arrested at Southwest 5th Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

20-year-old Adebisi Ashley Okuneye was arrested at Southeast 5th Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

22-year-old Damion Zachary Feller was arrested at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Reckless Burning. Feller was observed burning a flare outside the Portland Building earlier in the afternoon.

All three were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and given traffic citations for Oregon Revised Statue (ORS) 814.070 -- Improper Position on a Highway.

The Portland Building was placed into lockout at the request of the Police Bureau earlier in the afternoon due to safety concerns for City employees working in the building. Officers took reports of two assaults and property damage at the Portland Building during the early afternoon protest. Both of those incidents remain under investigation.

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Stolen trailer recovered
Camas Police Dept. - 03/29/17 4:43 PM
On 03/29/17 at about 3:40 in the morning Camas Police responded to the 1900 block of NE Franklin Street for a cold theft. The victims reported that a custom made teardrop camper trailer had been stolen while parked in front of their house. At about 1:30 this afternoon that same trailer was recovered by the Clark County Sheriff's Office in the 8400 block of NE 8th Avenue.
Recent reports suggest health trends and priorities in Clark County
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 03/29/17 4:27 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Clark County ranks 14th among Washington's 39 counties in overall health status and 12th in health factors such as individual behavior, quality of health care, education and jobs, access to healthy food and air quality, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings report released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"These rankings are relative to other counties and while they fluctuate somewhat year to year, they have remained relatively stable," said Dr. Alan Melnick, health officer and Public Health director. "Many of the health challenges in Clark County mirror national trends."

Rankings of most individual measures remained similar to last year's rankings. Areas that improved include physical activity, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, teen birth rate, unemployment, uninsured, preventable hospitalizations, violent crime, high school graduation and air pollution. Areas that declined include STD/chlamydia infections, health provider ratios and injury deaths.

Another recent report, the 2016 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, measured health risk behaviors and protective factors among sixth-, eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students statewide. Regarding substance use, the survey found:

Most Clark County teens avoid alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs, but substance use rates tend to increase with age.
Teens who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect or depression tend to use alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs more than their peers.
Substance use rates are generally similar to or improving from rates in the 2014 survey, the last year the survey was administered. However, fewer youths perceive marijuana as harmful compared with previous years.
o In 2016, 37.9 percent of Clark County 10th graders perceived a great risk of harm from regular marijuana use, down from 45.9 percent in 2012 and 49.4 percent in 2010.

These studies point to Clark County's following health strengths and areas for improvement:

Relative strengths:
Good neighborhood association networks promote community connectedness
Food inspections and septic inspections
Low rates of premature births, teen pregnancy, infant mortality and homicide
Relatively low smoking rates
Strong community partnerships, including health system partners
Strong regional partnerships, including Healthy Columbia Willamette, Healthy Living Collaborative, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization, SW Accountable Community in Health

Areas for improvement:
Access to care
Behavioral health
o Substance use -- such as opioids
o Mental health -- such as suicide
Chronic diseases
o Physical activity and nutrition, such as breastfeeding promotion
o Tobacco use
Inequities among different socioeconomic groups
Disparities based on where people live
Overweight and obesity; related problems such as diabetes
Physical activity and nutrition
Childhood immunization rates
Chlamydia rates
Maternal smoking and early prenatal care
Youth depression/suicide

Public Health will consider recent health reports as it develops a Community Health Improvement Plan using input from community health stakeholders about issues they care about most. The plan will follow efforts of health partners focusing on these goals:
Improve access to affordable, safe housing
Improve access to healthy foods as a means to combat overweight and obesity
Improve mental health and emotional well-being
Reduce rates of substance abuse, particularly marijuana use among teens

Report information
County Health Rankings 2017: www.countyhealthrankings.org
Clark County Community Health Assessment 2015: https://www.clark.wa.gov/sites/all/files/public-health/data-and-reports/clarkcha2015.pdf
Healthy Columbia Willamette Community Health Needs Assessment Reports 2013: www.healthycolumbiawillamette.org
Local Public Health Indicators 2014: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/lphi/Indicator.mvc/JurisdictionList
2016 Healthy Youth Survey: www.askHYS.net
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 5 People in Salem
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/29/17 3:39 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on March 29, 2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Evergreen Ave in Salem, OR. The fire affected 5 people, including 3 adults, 2 children and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Oregon Home Care Commission to meet April 6 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/29/17 3:39 PM
Salem, Oregon -- The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will meet on Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m., at 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes public testimony; reports from the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Disabilities Commission, DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program, community advisory councils and coordinated care organizations; budget update; OHCC legislative committee bill reports and a quarterly DHS Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) update.

There will be a working lunch during a brainstorming session/future agenda topics and staff reports, followed by an Executive Director's report. The full agenda is attached.

A call-in number is available for people unable to attend in person: 888-278-0296, dial access code 7999724#.

The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month.

The Oregon Home Care Commission welcomes visitors to its meetings. People who need any type of accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna Gould at 503-378-4984 or joanna.m.gould@state.or.us 48 hours prior to the meeting.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC)
OHCC ensures high quality homecare services for seniors and people with physical, intellectual/developmental and mental health disabilities. The Commission defines qualifications, manages a statewide registry and trains homecare workers (HCWs) and personal support workers (PSWs). OHCC serves as the employer of record for purposes of collective bargaining for HCWs and PSWs receiving service payments from public funds. Learn more about OHCC at www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hc and "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.


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Committee to take a second look at certain forestland classifications at April 13 public meeting in Astoria
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/29/17 3:25 PM
News Release

March 29, 2017

Contacts:
Dan Goody, District Forester, Astoria, 503-325-5451, dan.b.goody@oregon.gov
Neal Bond, Protection Unit Forester, Astoria, 503-325-5451, neal.bond@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(ASTORIA) - The Clatsop County Forestland Classification Committee will meet on April 13, at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Astoria. The public is invited and will have an opportunity to comment on agenda items.

The meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ODF office is at 92219 Highway 202.

At the meeting, the committee will take a second look at specific areas it classified as forestland last year, which include portions of the Seaside, Warrenton, and Lewis & Clark areas. The committee will either confirm that a particular parcel was appropriately classified as forestland or remove that parcel from the classification. The committee will not reconsider the classification of any property it had previously removed as forestland.

Classifying which lands require wildland fire protection services from ODF occurs at the county level through the Forestland Classification Committee. The committee examined all lands within the county, to determine which lands met the definition of "Forestland" according to criteria which include:
fire risk potential
vegetation type (fire fuel)
community structure
proximity to other forestland

Last year, the committee removed as forestland property belonging to 606 owners in Clatsop County and added as forestland property belonging to 2,283 owners.

ODF's fire protection services are funded through a Forest Patrol Assessment on properties classified as forestland. Ensuring land classification is up to date helps ensure an equitable distribution of fire protection costs among landowners whose land is protected.

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Public Health Advisory Board ad-hoc subcommittee meets April 11 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 03/29/17 3:20 PM
March 29, 2017

What: A special public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board ad-hoc subcommittee

Agenda: Develop a recommendation for a definition of health equity; review and edit the board's draft health equity policy.

When: Tuesday April 11, 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: By webinar only. The webinar is open to the public at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1017967828287751171. Members of the public also can listen in by conference call at 877-873-8017, access code 767068.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. For more information see the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/LOCALHEALTHDEPARTMENTRESOURCES/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 4 in Portland at OHSU
Oregon Health Authority - 03/29/17 2:59 PM
March 29, 2017

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983, jeffrey.scroggin@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular monthly public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board

When: Tuesday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave., third floor, room 4. The meeting will also be available via live web stream. A link to the live-stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2017-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public can also call in to listen at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Welcome, OHPB liaison updates, OHA director's report, 2017 legislative session update, federal health policy update, public testimony, discussion and presentation on high-cost drugs, and discussion and possible action on OHPB committees' charters and membership

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2017-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 03/29/17 2:42 PM
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

The name of the decedent: Willoughby, Brian B. Age: 56 Yrs

This individual was found dead on 3/28/2017 in Vancouver, WA.

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA.

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Pending

Manner of death: Pending

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


Media release issue date: Prepared 3/29/2017

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager
***Update-Name Released*** Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Interstate 5 at Milepost 33 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/29/17 2:31 PM
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Update:

The deceased pedestrian has been identified at Rip VAN WINKLE, age 46 of Corvallis.

Previously released:

On March 24, 2017, at about 5:28 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that was struck on Interstate 5, near milepost 33 (Central Point area). Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the adult male pedestrian had sustained life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Freightliner towing a box trailer, operated by Steve Glenn PEMBERTON, age 52, of Red Bluff, California, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5, in the right lane, when he observed a person run onto the highway. PEMBERTON was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment and later pronounced deceased at the hospital for injuries sustained during the crash. The pedestrian has not yet been identified.

PEMBERTON was not injured and is cooperating with investigators as they conducted a reconstruction of the crash site. One lane was closed for approximately three hours following the crash until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Central Point Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flights Ambulance, and Fire District Three.

More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Tillamook County forestland classification meeting for fire protection set for April 5 in Tillamook
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/29/17 2:13 PM
News Release

March 29, 2017

Contact:
Ed Wallmark, 503-815-7050, Edward.h.wallmark@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, 503-945-7425, Jim.Gersbach@oregon.gov


(TILLAMOOK) The Forestland Classification Committee for Tillamook County will meet April 5 in Tillamook from 9 a.m. to noon to continue classifying land in the southern part of the county for the purpose of protection from forest fires. The Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District is assisting the committee. The meeting will be held at:
Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District Office
5005 Third St.
Tillamook, OR 97141

About wildland fire protection
The Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District provides wildland fire protection services to forestlands in the county, funded by a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands.

Classifying which lands require wildland fire protection services from ODF occurs at the county level. Classification changes don't increase ODF's fire budget. Rather, the classification review helps ensure that protection costs are fairly distributed. In most cases, a review typically results in some lands being removed from forest classification and others being added.

The committee is examining all lands within the county, classifying them either as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to:
fire risk potential
vegetation type (fire fuel)
community structure
proximity to other forestland

The committee's efforts will help resolve issues pertaining to ODF's fire suppression role on forestlands and adjacent properties, and will be the basis for assessing lands for the costs of wildland fire protection.

At the April 5 meeting, landowners and the public can learn about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completing its work, the committee will present a list of lands in the county it classified as forestland so those properties can be assessed for fire protection by ODF.

For more information on the Tillamook County forestland classification review, contact Ed Wallmark, Tillamook District, 503-815-7050, Edward.h.wallmark@oregon.gov.

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OHA announces plans to transform Oregon's behavioral health system
Oregon Health Authority - 03/29/17 2:12 PM
March 29, 2017

Behavioral Health Collaborative recommendations and interactive mapping tool released today

SALEM--Behavioral health touches every Oregonian. Everyone has a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor who has experienced a mental health issue or substance use disorder -- and many Oregonians experience these challenges themselves. While Oregon has made progress related to the behavioral health system, there is still much work to do integrating behavioral health with the physical and oral health systems in the coordinated care model, and making sure that every Oregonian has easy access to the services they need.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) convened the Behavioral Health Collaborative (BHC) last summer to develop a set of recommendations by building on Oregon's coordinated care model to identify and address the system and operational barriers that prevent individuals and their families from getting the right support at the right time. Today OHA is releasing the BHC recommendations. OHA is also unveiling a new interactive mapping tool that provides a comprehensive look at Oregon's current behavioral health system. Together, these resources will help transform Oregon's behavioral health system.

"We can and we must treat behavioral health the same way we treat physical health -- with compassion, quality care and an understanding that behavioral health needs must be addressed," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "The recommendations from the BHC and the behavioral health mapping tool provide Oregon with a blueprint for a behavioral health system that works for all Oregonians, and can with appropriate planning, execution and investment produce the results we need."

Oregon's tribes are reviewing the BHC recommendations and working with OHA to create recommendations specific to behavioral health services for the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon and the urban Indian Health Organization.

Behavioral Health Collaborative

The BHC comprised nearly 50 members from throughout the state that represent every part of the behavioral health system. With leadership from the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center, the BHC worked for more than six months to develop a set of recommendations that will transform Oregon's behavioral health system, move toward a coordinated care model, and create a financially sustainable, results-driven model. The four recommendations include:

Recommendation 1 -- Governance and Finance: A single point of shared responsibility for local communities through a regional governance model. This will help transform the behavioral health system so that all Oregonians will be served by a coordinated care model for their behavioral health needs.

Under this recommendation all organizations in a community that are responsible for behavioral health -- everything from community mental health organizations to hospitals to law enforcement to schools and physical health care -- will be included in the governance structure to ensure that local resources are being used in the most effective way and there is coordination of care with measurable results for the identified investment.

Recommendation 2 -- Standards of Care and Competencies: A minimum standard of care for all behavioral health workers. There are currently inconsistencies in practice throughout the behavioral health system. This recommendation would develop minimum standards so that all Oregonians receiving behavioral health service will have consistency.

Recommendation 3 -- Workforce: A needs assessment of current workforce and a comprehensive plan that results in a well-trained behavioral health workforce, inclusive of certified, licensed and peer support specialists and community health workers throughout the state.

Recommendation 4 -- Information exchange and coordination of care: Strengthen Oregon's use of health information technology and data to further outcome-driven measurement and care coordination across an integrated system; and develop an outcomes-focused, person-centered behavioral health measurement framework to assess the impact of integrated services as well as hold the regional collaborations accountable for clinical and cost targets.

When taken together these recommendations will help transform Oregon's behavioral health system from one that is fragmented and unable to serve everyone in need, to one that is integrated and providing better health and better care at a lower cost.

Behavioral health mapping tool

Thanks to the work of the Farley Health Policy Center, the behavioral health mapping tool is a series of maps used to display interactive information about the behavioral health system in Oregon. This mapping tool:

-- Provides a comprehensive look at Oregon's behavioral health system including identifying behavioral health service locations in each county, the numbers of Oregonians with behavioral health conditions and the state funding being spent on behavioral health in each county.

-- Can be used to identify gaps in Oregon's behavioral health system and help the state and local communities begin to find solutions.

-- Provides information to local services for Oregonians looking for help.

Behavioral Health Maps:
Behavioral Health Profiles: http://oregonhealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1ebfba48c2bc4c5ea012be22a7d44457

County Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Services: http://oregonhealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=71f24af58ffd42af8d4e5e44d68b64e7

Medicaid, State and Local Funding: http://oregonhealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=abe9de62913847159a8d1ab494ea44c4

Oregon Mental Health Service Areas: http://oregonhealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b2f00085dea24598af9a1fc60e43e705

You can find out more about the key features of the mapping tool and can access the maps on the Behavioral Health Collaborative website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/bhp/Pages/Behavioral-Health-Collaborative.aspx.

BHC members in their own words:

"There is no debate that the so-called Oregon 'behavioral health system' is fragmented and underfunded. It is also complex and involves many moving parts," said Bob Joondeph, executive director, Disability Rights Oregon. "To find a way forward, the Oregon Health Authority brought together experienced representatives of the various sectors that make up this system. The resulting recommendations manage to be both pragmatic and aspirational. If they succeed, behavioral health services will be more integrated with physical health services, focus more on prevention and health maintenance, have a quality work force, and a financial structure that incentivizes local innovation, achievement of public health goals and prudent use of funds. The result will be better overall health services for Oregonians."

"The Behavioral Health Collaborative recommendations put us on the path to improve behavioral health for all Oregonians," said David Hidalgo, Director of Multnomah County's Mental Health and Addiction Services Division. "The work from these statewide partners will improve outcomes and accountability, and equip us to better manage investments in our community's behavioral health."

"The recommendations of the Behavioral Health Collaborative will help ensure that a single plan of shared accountability will improve access and outcomes for ALL Oregonians in need of mental health and addiction services exists in every region of our State," said Mary Monnat, president and CEO of Lifeworks Northwest. "We will now have a unified system of care everywhere to help our most vulnerable members. There will be no wrong door to care as each system coordinates within the larger plan to deliver care that is effective and efficient and improves the health of all Oregonians."

"The Behavioral Health Collaborative moves us toward a system focused on prevention. Paying attention to the whole person -- connecting mind and body -- and having a system that supports wellness as well as treating symptoms is what people have said they want and need," said Maggie Bennington-Davis, chief medical officer of Health Share of Oregon. "This sort of system requires a change in our fundamental thinking, including a workforce that incorporates people with lived experience and incentivizing outcomes beyond symptom control. People in a system such as this one will focus on what makes and keeps them well."

Dwight Holton, CEO, Lines for Life: https://youtu.be/gnQzQjaRueg

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Estacada Missing Person, Brandon Powell (Photo)
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/29/17 2:09 PM
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The Sandy Police Department is still actively working the Brandon Powell (missing and endangered person) case. The media has already covered this case however, investigators heavily rely on tips from the public to help solve missing/endangered person cases. Please consider airing the story again. Below is the basic facts of the case and the tip line number. Attached is another photo of Brandon.

The Sandy/Estacada Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in a missing person's case. On 03/12/17 at around 5 am, 18 year old Brandon Powell left his residence in Estacada wearing only a pair of blue pajama bottoms. Witnesses who last saw Powell said he had a panic attack and ran from the home. Search and Rescue efforts have not yielded any additional information into Powell's location. Powell is approximately 6'01", 175 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Powell has ties to Wilsonville, Gresham, and Sandy. If anyone has seen or had contact with Powell, please contact the Sandy/Estacada tip line at 503-489-2195.


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Wells Fargo provides $153.8 million for 2,090 affordable housing apartments and mobile home spaces in Oregon in 2016 (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 03/29/17 2:04 PM
Wells Fargo’s John Epstein (right) and Sean Thornton-Jones stand with Jessica Woodruff of REACH Community Development at an affordable housing development opening in Hillsboro last year.
Wells Fargo’s John Epstein (right) and Sean Thornton-Jones stand with Jessica Woodruff of REACH Community Development at an affordable housing development opening in Hillsboro last year.
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo provided $153.8 million to finance the creation of 2,090 affordable housing apartments and spaces in mobile home communities in Oregon in 2016.

The 16 projects funded by Wells Fargo were in Albany, Grants Pass, Gresham, Junction City, Klamath Falls, Milwaukie, Phoenix, Portland, Redmond, Salem, Sublimity and Warrenton. Developers used the funds to either create new affordable housing or rehabilitate and preserve existing units.

"Financing the construction of high quality, safe and clean affordable housing is one of the many ways Wells Fargo supports our communities," said Senior Vice President Nelda Newton of Portland, manager of Wells Fargo's Community Lending & Investment team for Oregon, Washington and four other western states.

"We continue to seek new opportunities to help Oregon address the growing need for more affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents," she said.

Wells Fargo opened an affordable housing financing office in Portland in 1995 and has since become one of the leading lenders in Oregon for this type of housing.

$9 Billion Nationwide Over Five Years
At the national level, Wells Fargo invested more than $9 billion in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which contributed to the construction of more than 180,000 affordable housing units over the last five years. According to a study conducted by accounting firm Cohn Reznick, no other bank provided more such financing in the United States during that same time period.

A report released March 23 by the Mortgage Bankers Association also named Wells Fargo the leading source of affordable housing in the United States for 2016.

"Demand for affordable rental housing continues to be extremely high and has reached the crisis level in many parts of the nation. Too many people are spending a disproportionate percentage of their income on rent," said Executive Vice President John Epstein of Portland, Wells Fargo's National Affordable Housing Debt manager.

"As one of the largest affordable housing lenders in the country, being able to help meet the need for more affordable living options for our customers and communities is a top priority for Wells Fargo," he said.

In addition to its affordable housing financing efforts, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the No. 1 originator of home loans to residents of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. The firm provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.

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Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo’s John Epstein (right) and Sean Thornton-Jones stand with Jessica Woodruff of REACH Community Development at an affordable housing development opening in Hillsboro last year.
Salem Police Serve Search Warrant-Shut Down Problem House
Salem Police Dept. - 03/29/17 1:54 PM
The Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a south Salem residence, culminating a lengthy investigation that started with neighborhood complaints.

Over the past nine months the Salem Police Department has received well over twenty complaints of possible drug activity, theft, noise complaints, stolen vehicles and other suspicious circumstances at 1812 Madrona Ct SE. Working closely with district patrol officers, the Street Crimes Unit initiated a lengthy and complex investigation that led to the securing of a search warrant for the residence.

The search warrant was served on March 28 at which time four suspects were located in the house. Assisting in the service of the warrant was an Oregon State Police Canine unit. Investigators located Methamphetamine, Heroin and evidence of the delivery of Methamphetamine in the residence.

Once the investigators were finished with the residence, they worked closely with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Civil Division to complete the civil eviction process. They also worked with a local real estate management company to make sure locks were changed on the residence, no trespassing notices posted and a Trespass Letter of Consent filed with the Salem Police Department.

This investigation was the result of alert and concerned citizens who reported suspicious activities surrounding this residence. These alert citizens should be commended for their patience and diligence in reporting these activities, which ultimately led to the successful investigation and arrests. The Salem Police Department encourages anyone who witnesses suspicious activities to report them immediately to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Information of narcotics activity can be reported to the Drug Activity Hotline at 503-312-2566.

Located in the residence were:
Randall Lee Lovellette, 54 years old. He was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin and Maintaining A Residence Where Controlled Substances Are Used.

Marissa Danae Williams, 30 years old. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.

Jay Lee Wilson, 46 years old. He was charged with Maintaining a Residence Where Controlled Substances Are Used.

Frances Elizabeth Miller, 57 years old. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.


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Marion County Fire District's Improved Rating May Lower Costs to Homeowners
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 03/29/17 1:29 PM
Marion County Fire District #1 is pleased to announce an improved rating by the Insurance Services Office which may result in a lower cost to homeowners for fire insurance coverage.

The fire district's previous ratings were listed as a "4" in urban areas and an "8b" in rural areas. As of the recent review and update by ISO, MCFD1 is excited to announce that all areas within our jurisdiction are now rated at a "4" effective May 1, 2017. This recent assessment takes into account the number of stations, apparatus, and firefighters available to respond in the event of an emergency. While the rural areas are not hydranted, MCFD1 utilizes specialized equipment to transport water to those areas in the event of a fire; a method that was not previously recognized by ISO as a variable in their evaluations.

The result of this revised rating may be beneficial to many homeowners in terms of fire insurance cost reductions. Many, but not all insurance companies rely on this rating to establish rates for homeowner's insurance policies.

Chief Riley stated that he was pleased with the evaluation process, it's thoroughness and the communication exchange with the ISO. "It was important for ISO to recognize the strength of services that we are able to provide in the event of a fire. The use of Water Tender Trucks to transport water and the automatic-aid relationships with neighboring fire districts allows us to provide the best possible coverage for our residents."

Homeowners are encouraged to contact their homeowner insurance providers to see if the new rating will lower their fire insurance coverage costs.
Fatal Crash on Highway 11 at milepost 8 - Umatilla County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/29/17 1:00 PM
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On March 28th, 2017 at approximately 1:14pm Oregon State Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command responded to a report of a multi-vehicle crash on HWY 11 near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Ford Explorer operated by Kalli Rae Thompson, age 27 of Bismarck, North Dakota was traveling northbound near milepost 8 when for an unknown reason, her vehicle entered the southbound lane and sideswiped a southbound, 2016 Commercial Motor Vehicle and trailer operated by Dmitriy L. Ryabchinskiy, age 39 of Vancouver, Washington. During the initial collision with the commercial motor vehicle, the rear dual wheels of the trailer were torn off. A second commercial motor vehicle traveling southbound struck debris from the Explorer. The Explorer then traveled off the south shoulder of the roadway and rolled onto its top.

THOMPSON was partially ejected during the collision and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of both commercial motor vehicles were uninjured in the collision.

A hazardous materials team responded to the scene of the crash due a diesel spill that occurred during the collision. The roadway was shut down for several hours to allow for scene investigation and removal of the crashed vehicles.

The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Umatilla Tribal Police, Pendleton Fire and Medics, Helix Fire, and the Hermiston Regional Hazmat Team.


Attached Media Files: Hwy 11 MP 8
Emergency Management Spring Updates, Open House, Presentations
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 03/29/17 12:44 PM
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has several items of opportunity for our community members this spring season; please see attached media release and announcements.

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office


Attached Media Files: May Cascadia Community Presentations , 03.29.17 - Media Release EM Updates , Lincoln Alerts , 04.27.17 - EOC Open House , 04.18.17 - NWS Weather Spotter Training
Traffic Advisory: Sewer improvements to close lane on Hwy 43 at SW Terwilliger beginning Friday night 3/31 for up to two months
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 03/29/17 12:37 PM
Environmental Services advises the traveling public that a sewer construction project will require lane restrictions on Highway 43 at SW Terwilliger Boulevard near the entry way to Lake Oswego beginning 10 p.m. Friday, March 31, and continuing 24 hours a day for up to two months. One lane will be open in each direction at all times.

The traveling public is advised to expect some delays, to travel cautiously and to observe the lane closures and signage.

The lane restrictions will allow crews to install two manholes and about 80 feet of pipe under Highway 43 between SW Terwilliger Blvd and SW E Avenue. The work is part of the SW Terwilliger Sewer Project to improve wastewater collection in the area and to protect water quality, public health, and our environment.

For additional information, including progress photos and maps, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/swterwilliger.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes. Follow on Twitter @besportland
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MCSO Detective Investigate Intimidation/Biased Complaint in Troutdale (Update)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/29/17 12:09 PM
Update Those with information in this case should contact the MCSO Tip Line at 503-988-0560.

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On 03/28/2017 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call that a home on SE 26th Court in Troutdale, OR had been burglarized. When deputies arrived, they found damage to the contents of the home as well as graffiti on the walls that included statements consist with an Intimidation/Bias Crime.

Sheriff's Office detectives were called and are conducting a full investigation. No further details are available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Greg Vining at (503) 988-0362.
Missing Person (Photo)
Gladstone Police - 03/29/17 11:50 AM
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The Gladstone Police are asking for help in locating a missing person. Kerry Dean Berglin was last seen on March 13 2017 at approximately 730 am walking away from his apartment in Gladstone. Mr. Berglin does not have any family and was reported missing by apartment managers because they had not seen him in a while. Mr. Berglin's apartment was searched and there was no indication of foul play. If you have any information about Mr. Berglin's whereabouts or see him please contact the Gladstone Police Department at 503-655-8211 please refer to case 17-345.


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April Fools' Day Humor for a Serious Purpose (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 03/29/17 11:48 AM
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April Fools' Day Humor for a Serious Purpose

Portland, Ore., - Everyone enjoys a good April Fools' Day prank or joke. The men and women in Union Gospel Mission's LifeChange recovery community are no exception. For the first time ever, Union Gospel Mission is sharing a fun April Fools' themed video to shed a light on a little known way to help end homelessness and addiction.

The Mission's thrift store is the focus of the April Fools' Day video. The majority of the "actors" in the video are residents or graduates of the Mission's LifeChange program. The revenue generated by the thrift store, located in Tigard, supports the LifeChange program and the thrift store provides a job training location for LifeChange residents as they rebuild their lives.

To view the video on Union Gospel Mission's website: https://ugmportland.org/2017/03/you-never-know-what-you-will-find-at-ugms-thrift-store/

To view or download on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/209764192

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.
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Attached Media Files: Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store Video
Five Oregon communities receive Arbor Week grants
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/29/17 11:03 AM
NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 29, 2017

Contacts:
Morgan Holen, Oregon Community Trees, 971-409-9354, morgan.holen@comcast.net
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov

(SALEM) -- This year, five communities across Oregon have received grants from Oregon Community Trees (OCT) to boost their Arbor Week celebrations in April.

For the past few years, OCT's grants committee has annually offered the no-match grants for up to $500. These grants are only available to cities which are currently designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and have had that recognition for at least one year.

OCT is a non-profit organization. It works with the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Assistance program to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy. OCT grants typically help Oregon Tree Cities purchase banners, T-shirts, tree planting equipment, refreshments, trees, and related items to make their celebrations have more impact and reach more people than they would have otherwise.

Central Point (a Tree City USA for four years)
The Central Point Skyrman Arboretum is a new addition to the city. Mr. Skyrman, who died in September 2010, donated the property, with its diverse mix of trees and shrubs, to the City with the stipulation that it be used as an educational arboretum for youth and for public enjoyment. During Arbor Week, third-graders from a local elementary school will be invited to the arboretum to participate in light clean-up of litter, tree planting and basic tree care instruction. Grant funds will be used to purchase a commemorative tree, printing of promotional materials for the arboretum, classroom posters and student study sheets.

Cottage Grove (a Tree City USA for 23 years):
Partnering with the local Watershed Council, Harrison Elementary School, and other community leaders, members of the Cottage Grove City Tree Committee will be planting native trees with the students of Harrison Elementary School in Bohemia Park. Grant funding will help purchase trees, and expert tree planting instruction will be provided by the Tree Committee.

La Grande (a Tree City USA for 27 years)
The City has a goal of planting 100 shade trees each year and the Urban Forestry Division relies on volunteers, their Community Landscape and Forestry Commissioners, and many local partners to make that happen. In addition to growing La Grande's urban forest, these volunteers are ambassadors for La Grande's city trees. OCT grant funds will be used to purchase T-shirts for the volunteers at the 2017 Arbor Day street tree planting event, to let them know how much their time and talent are appreciated.

Rogue River (a Tree City USA for 34 years)
This city has several events planned to celebrate Arbor Day -- a third-grade Arbor Day essay and poster project; an Arbor Day tree planting with several officials and guests attending; two tree walks through Palmerton Park Arboretum; and a staging a booth at the city's annual Rooster Crow weekend. Grant funds will be used for vests and T-shirts for volunteers; a reusable canopy for public tree events; TCUSA bracelets for essay and poster participants; and Caring for Trees posters for classrooms.

Sherwood (a Tree City CUSA for 12 years)
City staff will be working with multiple partners to promote and celebrate Arbor Day. Partners include AKS Engineering, Clean Water Services, Sherwood School District, Sherwood Public Library, Target, Walmart, and Safeway. City staff, volunteers, and the local high school "Green Team" will plant trees and provide educational activities with local the students. Grant funds will be used to purchase both child- and adult-sized shovels and work gloves.

If your town is a Tree City USA, please consider submitting an application next year for an Arbor Week Booster grant in early January 2018.

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Recreation advisory committee meets April 4 in Astoria
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/29/17 10:50 AM
News Release

Release date: March 29, 2017

Contacts:
Ty Williams, Assistant District Forester, Astoria, 503-325-5451
Derek Bangs, Jewell Unit Forester, Astoria, 503-325-5451


ASTORIA, Ore.--An advisory group to the Oregon Department of Forestry on implementation of the Clatsop State Forest Recreation Plan will meet Tuesday, April 4, at the ODF office in Astoria.

The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The office is located at 92219 Highway 202. The public is invited to attend the meeting. There will be an opportunity for the public to provide comment on agenda items.

The committee will discuss several topics including: State Forest budget principles; Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Operation Plan; Northrup Creek Horse Camp; Demonstration Forest update; grant updates; and a proposal from the North Coast Trail Alliance.

The five-member recreation advisory committee represents diverse interests. Committee membership includes recreation users from motorized and non-motorized groups and citizen-at-large positions.

The committee was formed to provide a forum for recreation users to have direct input into the review and implementation of the recreation management plan, specific recreation projects and recreationally related operational plans for the Clatsop State Forest.

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Man arrested on assault, harassment charges after Damascus SWAT standoff (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/29/17 10:07 AM
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At approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT and HNT conducted a warrant operation at a residence at 24430 SE Bohna Park Rd. in Damascus.

Law enforcement personnel were there to take Roger A. Vielmetti, 56, of Damascus, into custody on Assault IV and Harassment charges.

The charges are domestic-related, and law enforcement had intelligence that Vielmetti was armed and had barricaded himself in the residence.

After a standoff and negotiation at the residence lasting approximately four-and-a-half hours, SWAT personnel took Mr. Vielmetti into custody. Vielmetti was then taken to a local hospital and treated for self-inflicted wounds. After he is released from medical care, he will be transported to the Clackamas County Jail and booked on charges.

A photo taken during the standoff is attached.

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Sherwood receives grant for Arbor Week celebration
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/29/17 10:03 AM
NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 29, 2017

Contacts:
Morgan Holen, Oregon Community Trees, 971-409-9354, morgan.holen@comcast.net
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SHERWOOD, Ore.) -- Sherwood is one of five communities in Oregon that has received a grant from Oregon Community Trees (OCT) to boost its Arbor Week celebration in April.

For the past few years, OCT's grants committee has annually offered the no-match grants for up to $500. These grants are only available to cities which are currently designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and have had that recognition for at least one year. Sherwood has held the designation for 12 years.

Arbor Day will be celebrated in Sherwood by city staff working with multiple partners, including AKS Engineering, Clean Water Services, Sherwood School District, Sherwood Public Library, Target, Walmart, and Safeway. City staff, volunteers, and the local high school Green Team will plant trees and provide educational activities with local students. Grant funds will be used to purchase both child- and adult-sized shovels and work gloves.

OCT is a non-profit organization. It works with the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Assistance program to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy. OCT grants typically help Oregon Tree Cities purchase banners, T-shirts, tree-planting equipment, refreshments, trees, and related items to make their celebrations have more impact and reach more people than they would have otherwise.

The four other communities winning grants this year are Central Point, Cottage Grove, LaGrande and Rogue River.
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Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist Presentation at Beaverton City Library (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/29/17 10:00 AM
Beaverton City Library will host "Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist" by historian and author Sig Unander (pictured) on Thursday, April 13. (Photo/Sig Unander)
Beaverton City Library will host "Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist" by historian and author Sig Unander (pictured) on Thursday, April 13. (Photo/Sig Unander)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Thursday, April 13, 6:30-8 p.m., historian and author Sig Unander will give a multimedia presentation about Theodore Roosevelt at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St.


Born to wealth and privilege, Roosevelt became an advocate of the working man and populist reformer, taking on big oil, banks and railroads. A combat leader and proponent of military strength, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a major conflict in the Far East. Learn more and watch history come to life at this free program.


Presenter Sig Unander is a professional communicator and native of the Pacific Northwest. Unander worked around the United States in print and broadcast journalism and communications. Unander has performed extensive public service, serving as an elected and appointed local government official and on academic and nonprofit boards. He holds degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies and has spoken at universities, museums and associations in several countries.


This program is open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.


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


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Attached Media Files: Beaverton City Library will host "Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist" by historian and author Sig Unander (pictured) on Thursday, April 13. (Photo/Sig Unander)
Donate 10 Items of Food to Ski or Ride for FREE at the 29th Annual Ski for Sunshine (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/29/17 9:48 AM
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Skiers and snowboarders may ride for FREE from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, with the donation of 10 items of food that will benefit the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division.

All riders are encouraged to bring peanut butter, chili, pasta, canned meats, rice and cereal to fill the Sunshine Division truck that will be parked in the Skibowl West parking lot. A contribution of 10 items will qualify you for a day lift ticket, valid from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., a $51.00 value!

"We've done this for 29 years now and are so gratified by the support we receive from our guests, said Kirk Hanna, President of Mt. Hood Skibowl. "Over the years, Skibowl guests have donated over 120,000 thousand of pounds of food for emergency relief, making a significant difference in the lives of Portland area families and individuals. With all the good snow we are hoping to have a good collection this year since the need continues to grow."

Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 94+ year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.

The Portland Police Sunshine Division and Skibowl have partnered since 1988 helping local people in need. In that time, Skibowl has collected more than 120,000 pounds of food, nearly 60 TONS, for local people in need.

"The support of community partners, such as Skibowl, is the only way that we are able to continue serving so many struggling families in Portland" says Officer Matt Tobey, the Sunshine Division's police liaison. "Skibowl and their customers have fed and clothed hundreds of families and individuals throughout the years by hosting the Ski for Sunshine events."

About the Sunshine Division:

Sunshine Division offers free food assistance six days a week at their North Portland warehouse and 24 hour food assistance through a partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, who store Sunshine Division food boxes at each police precinct to be dispatched at any time. They provide no-cost, bulk food and food boxes to 20+ local hunger relief non-profits serving Clark, Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties. In addition to food relief, they offer new and gently-used clothing in an on-site clothing room and fund new school clothes for low income children through our Izzy's Kid's program which pairs a Portland police officer with a child for a one-on-one shopping experience.

About Mt. Hood Skibowl

Please visit http://www.skibowl.com or call 503-222-BOWL (2695) for more details along with updates on their operating schedule. Mt. Hood Skibowl is the closest ski resort to Portland, less than an hour east on Highway 26 in Government Camp.

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Oregon Community Hospitals Support 1 in 20 Jobs Throughout State
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 03/29/17 9:39 AM
Lake Oswego -- March 29, 2017 -- Oregon community hospitals both directly provided and helped support over 117,000 jobs to Oregon communities in 2015 -- or 1 in 20 jobs, according to the most recent data available in a new study conducted by ECONorthwest and released today by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).

Over 62,000 Oregonians are directly employed by Oregon's community hospitals and over 55,000 jobs are associated with hospitals, showing that community hospitals continue to be critical economic drivers. These over 117,000 hospital and hospital-related jobs account for 4.9 percent of the state's total employment. From 2013 to 2015, direct hospital employment increased in the state by 2,569 jobs or by 4.3 percent.

"Today's report shows the continued importance of Oregon's community hospitals to the well-being both of Oregonians and Oregon's economy," said Andy Van Pelt, executive vice president of OAHHS. "From Portland to Heppner, hospitals are an important cornerstone within Oregon communities for economic, social, and health reasons. However, proposed health care legislation at the state level creates an uncertain future for both community hospitals and the patients they serve."

"Job growth in the healthcare sector has been robust during the past few years," said John Tapogna, President of ECONorthwest. "Urban and rural communities across the state benefit from healthcare jobs and operations, which support our aging population and provide middle and higher-income jobs."

Other key findings from the report include:

Direct Output.
Oregon hospitals directly accounted for $9.6 billion in economic output in Oregon in 2015, up from $8.4 billion in 2013.

State and Local Taxes.
Hospitals directly generated approximately $258 million in tax and fee revenue for state and local jurisdictions in 2015. State and local governments collected another $295 million in taxes from businesses that supply goods and services to hospitals. This sums to a total tax revenue of about $553 million.

"Oregon communities depend on hospitals for not only essential health care but also for the economic stability that these jobs provide," added Van Pelt. "Community hospitals are a vital source of sustainable, family-wage jobs and ensures that patients across Oregon have access to quality inpatient and outpatient care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."

In 2015, Oregon hospitals also provided more than $1.9 billion in community benefit contributions, an increase over 2013's contributions. In Oregon, "community benefit" is defined in statute as health care-related services that nonprofit hospitals provide without the expectation of compensation.

"This data shows that hospitals are not only meeting pledges to maintain their overall community benefit levels--they are exceeding them," said Van Pelt. "This is happening despite a significant drop in charity care due to the Affordable Care Act. Oregon continues to be one of the only states to proactively provide core community benefit to local communities."

The economic impact study --commissioned by OAHHS-- was conducted by ECONorthwest using state-specific data from the American Hospital Association and using the IMPLAN economic modeling tool.

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About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care delivery system.

About ECONorthwest: Established in 1974, ECONorthwest is a consulting firm specializing in rigorous economic, planning and financial analysis with over three decades of experience. At the core of everything we do is applied microeconomics. This perspective allows us to fully understand--and effectively communicate--the benefits, costs, and tradeoffs associated with any decision.


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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/28/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/29/17 8:07 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/28/2017

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

SANDY:

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On 03/28/2017 at about 1131 hrs., police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 17000 block of Wolf Drive. Officers arrested King R. Hufford IV (29, of Brightwood) for possessing methamphetamines, and for possessing and distributing heroin. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $60,000 bail.

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On 03/28/2017 at about 1233 hrs., code enforcement arranged a tow for an abandoned vehicle from the 17000 block of Beers Avenue.

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On 03/28/2017 at about 1641 hrs., code enforcement and police assisted the county sheriff with a motor vehicle crash in the 19000 block of SE 362nd Drive.
"Ownership" of the Salem Mobile Command Center can be yours...well, maybe just a piece. (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 03/29/17 7:00 AM
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Salem, Oregon (March 29, 2017)

Although not quite a reality just yet, thanks to the Salem Police Foundation, citizens can help build the command center, piece by piece, by sponsoring a part of this emergency response vehicle.

The Salem Police Foundation (SPF) knows when officers respond to a natural or man-made disaster, it is essential that they are prepared. As Salem's first responders, our police department needs to be able to communicate, strategize and resolve conflicts.

Salem police need to be able to plan efficiently and effectively, away from distractions and dangerous elements. Acquiring a mobile command center will be able to provide this and more, as our officers work to take care of people in serious situations.

The vehicle interior contains everything from a comprehensive control room to a satellite communications system. Parts range from $5-$25,000. Every purchase made goes toward the total cost of the vehicle, and each item is vital. Donors can visit the SPF website (salempolicefoundation.org) and "purchase" one of the nearly 100 different parts.

Other local jurisdictions have mobile command centers. Those communities have the benefit of such a tool when dire incidents arise, such as a hostage situation or an active shooter scenario, or should a natural disaster threaten their community's safety response.

For Lt. Michael Bennett, the need for this vehicle hits home. In 2015, Bennett was called to respond to an active shooting situation at Wal-Mart in southeast Salem which ultimately lasted nearly 10 hours. The lieutenant and other officers quickly responded in their current command vehicle: an SUV with a pop-up tent attached.

Said Bennett, "Our job, during these types of critical incidents are inherently difficult, complex, and dangerous just due to the nature of these calls. The logistics of organizing a command post, which is functional and time responsive to the needs of everyone involved in the incident is so important. To be able to have a single place that guarantees a safe location to coordinate police, city officials, district attorneys, and other city departments to all meet and work collaboratively toward a successful outcome is critical. For our Foundation and the community to be so incredibly supportive in this endeavor speaks volumes to our community's solidarity."

Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw shared, "Critical incidents can and do happen. We are fortunate to have the Salem Police Foundation take the lead in bringing the need forward and rallying the community's involvement."

Mary Louise VanNatta, SPF Executive Director said, "Grants and individual donors have taken us over half way to acquiring the $600,000 needed for this vehicle. While the donation "sale price" of the individual parts is not always reflective of the actual cost of that part, our goal is to give more options to the public to participate in this "ownership" undertaking. We anticipate this campaign will help us meet our fundraising goal." She added, "Plus, we think it will be fun for people to purchase a piece for a child or friend, so they can feel they truly are part of the project."

So, the next time you hear sirens and receive an emergency alert on your mobile phone, or perhaps see Salem's new mobile command center rush past, you'll proudly be reminded that your sponsorship helped build this life-saving vehicle.

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The Salem Police Foundation raises funds to support the police department and, through donors, has provided training equipment and facilities for K9 officers, a state-of-the-art fingerprint fume chamber, trauma kits, domestic violence cameras, and a crime scene body shield among other things. Currently, the SPF is raising funds for a mobile command center. www.SalemPoliceFoundation.org.


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Rapid Response Limits Fire Damage in Newberg Home (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 03/28/17 7:25 PM
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Shortly after 5 p.m. today, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a residential house fire, located off Marquerite Way in Newberg. The resident of the home had called 911 to report the smell of smoke after the power had unexpectedly turned off in the house. After proceeding to the garage, the resident found flames coming from the house's electrical panel.

Firefighters from nearby Newberg fire stations quickly arrived on scene and made entrance into the garage. They immediately contained the fire that started to spread beyond the panel, preventing further extension into the wall and attic space. PGE was on scene shortly after the crew's arrival and terminated power to the home, allowing firefighters to complete extinguishment of the fire in the electrical panel.

One resident was living in the home and evacuated safely with no injuries. Since the home no longer has power due to an inoperable electrical panel, the resident will be temporarily displaced. The American Red Cross will assist with temporary housing and other essential needs.


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Medically Underserved Oregonians will receive free eye and health screenings April 8 at Portland's William Temple House
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 03/28/17 6:22 PM
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) recently marked the milestone of one million sight and hearing screenings for Oregon's children, adults and seniors. This monumental achievement will be highlighted on April 8, 2017, through a vision clinic to be held at the William Temple House in NW Portland, OR.

The William Temple House (WTH) has been serving the disadvantaged and distressed in Portland for 50 years through counseling, social services and pastoral care. Partnering with WTH gives the Oregon Vision Coalition (OVC) an opportunity to serve a diverse and disenfranchised community with critical vision services and health screenings. The event will include vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams, blood pressure and other health screenings, as well as prescriptions for and provision of corrective eyewear for those who need it.

OLSHF is a member of the OVC, a consortium of Oregon primary eye health organizations with a mission of supporting a comprehensive approach to meeting the eye health needs of the state through fostering and developing strategic partnerships. With this shared vision, OVC shares their expertise, as well as direct services, via mobile eye health and safety events like the April 8 clinic at WTH, in order to effectively maximize the impact and scope of partner organizations' vision care missions. Members of the OVC are Casey Eye Institute/OHSU; Dave Lien, Optician; OLSHF; OR Optometric Physicians Assn; and, Pacific University College of Optometry.

Although Oregon law requires all children to have vision screenings and/or comprehensive eye exams before age 7, the vast majority of Oregon's children still enter school without these sight saving exams. All children 0-18 in Oregon are entitled to comprehensive eye exams, thanks to the Children's Vision Bill (HB 3000), supported by OVC members, which passed the Oregon legislature in 2013. This public health policy is designed to catch eye conditions, treatable diseases and medical issues early, as well as ensuring vision correction needs are identified and met to provide all children the highest degree of potential academic success.

OLSHF has worked successfully with school districts, school nurses, local eye doctors and other nonprofits across Oregon to provide screenings required by HB 3000 - just over 520,000 children since 2013. According to Annie E Casey's Kids Count data from 2015, there are 339,400 school aged children per year between the ages of 5-11 in Oregon.

One in four children ages 5-11 have undiagnosed vision problems. These children often get misdiagnosed with attention or behavior disorders, medicated, academically and behaviorally tracked, and therefore experience lower academic success and graduation rates, not to mention losing the child-like joy of exploration and learning. All of this then results in higher incidents of crime and incarceration, and contributes to lower employment achievement and lifelong earning potential. The public often then bears the financial burden through the penal system and social services, when an early comprehensive eye exam and corrective vision, like what will be provided at the WTH April 8, would have revealed likely brilliant children with bright futures. OR Senate Bill 187 is pending legislation that would provide additional funds to expand school screenings to reach all of Oregon's children.


Attached Media Files: 2017-03/1832/103029/Oregon_Vision_Coalition_Mobile_Eye_Clinic_at_William_Temple_House_(nm_edits).pdf
Police need public assistance in missing persons case (Photo)
Hood River Police Dept. - 03/28/17 6:04 PM
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The Hood River Police is asking the public for help in finding Holly Lester, who has been missing since around the morning of March 16, 2017. Holly, 27, was last seen near the Port of Hood River's Waterfront Park.

Holly has spent the last several months hitchhiking with a male companion and together they were trying to get to the Olympia-Seattle area via Portland to be with family and friends.

The day Holly Lester disappeared she was traveling with two male companions. They were in a burgundy van and were traveling to Hood River from the Portland area for a short trip. The last confirmed sighting of Holly was inside the Hood River Safeway on March 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Holly is described as approximately 5-foot-2-inches tall with curly brown hair and a nose piercing. Holly was last seen wearing a black Carhartt style jacket, a black long-sleeve dress, a bright colored scarf, black pants, oversized boots and blue glasses.

If you've seen Holly or know where she is, call Hood River Police at (541)387-5257.


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House fire in Lincoln neighborhood
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 03/28/17 5:00 PM
Earlier this afternoon, Vancouver firefighters responded to the report of a house fire at 1105 W 36th Street in the Lincoln neighborhood. A thick column of smoke was reported visible en route by responding units. When they arrived, crews found a heavily involved exterior fire on the side of the two story house. Firefighters quickly hit the exterior fire with hose lines, and then continued interior to extinguish the remaining fire that had extended into the kitchen and front living room. A quick search found nobody inside the home, however, crews found and rescued the family's dog inside. No injuries were reported during fire operations from the 15 firefighters on scene. Fire Marshals are looking into the cause of the fire and a determination of damages to the home.
Maps to hold 14th Annual Free Community "Shred Day" on April 8, 2017 (Photo)
Maps Credit Union - 03/28/17 4:47 PM
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SALEM - The public is invited to bring personal documents to be shredded during Maps Credit Union's 14th Annual Free Community Shred Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at Maps Credit Union's administration building, 451 Division Street, N.E., in Salem.

Participants can bring up to two medium boxes of documents to shred.

"Disposing properly of outdated documents that contain personal information is one of the best ways to prevent fraud and identity theft," said Shane Saunders, Vice President of development at Maps Credit Union. "We are pleased to continue our long partnership with Iron Mountain to offer this valuable service to the community."

The event is jointly sponsored by Maps Credit Union and Iron Mountain Inc., which will be shredding documents on site.

During the shredding event, the Maps Community Foundation will collect donations to support Doernbecher Children's Hospital as part of the Credit Unions for Kids Change a Child's Life coin campaign. The foundation will match all donations they receive at the event.

Maps Credit Union has come a long way since a group of 17 volunteers joined together in 1935, running the credit union out of kitchens and living rooms in homes throughout Marion County.

Today, Maps serves nearly 60,000 members in Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties. The credit union has nine branches located in east, west, south and central Salem; Keizer; the Willamette University campus; Monmouth; Woodburn; and Silverton.

A new branch is under construction in Stayton.


Attached Media Files: Maps Shred Day
Commercial Fire Forces Employees to Evacuate (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 03/28/17 4:46 PM
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Washington County 9-1-1 dispatched Hillsboro firefighters to a commercial fire at 1458 NE 25th Avenue in Hillsboro at 10:40 Tuesday morning. When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department's Jones Farm Station #5 arrived they found the building filled with smoke and active fire in one corner of a 100' X 200" area.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, put out additional hot spots and set up fans to ventilate smoke from the structure.

The fire temporarily displaced eight employees but caused only minor damage to the approximately 12,000 square foot warehouse. Employees were able to re-enter the building by 11:30 am.

Hillsboro fire investigator Joe Ligatich determined that the fire started when heat from a plasma cutter that an employee was using to decommission a spray paint area ignited a build-up of residual dried paint.

There is no damage estimate at this time. No injuries were reported.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 5 People in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/28/17 4:45 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on March 28, 2017, at approximately 4 p.m. in the 1100 block of West 36th Street in Vancouver, WA. The fire affected 5 adults and 3 pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/28/17 3:53 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday morning of apparent natural causes at Snake River Correctional Institution. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 8:20 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017, Joseph Roden, 70, was found unresponsive in the shower. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 9:00 p.m.

Roden entered DOC custody on January 8, 2014, on two counts of assault in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree out of Josephine County. His earliest release date was January 15, 2025.

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Joseph A. Roden
Nonprofits and Community Groups Invited to Apply for Beaverton Volunteer Fair (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/28/17 3:24 PM
Nonprofit organizations and community groups are invited to apply for the Beaverton Volunteer Fair to be held on June 10. Participants will have the chance to raise awareness for their groups and showcase local volunteer opportunities. (Photo/City of Beav
Nonprofit organizations and community groups are invited to apply for the Beaverton Volunteer Fair to be held on June 10. Participants will have the chance to raise awareness for their groups and showcase local volunteer opportunities. (Photo/City of Beav
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and community groups for the 2017 Beaverton Volunteer Fair. The free event is an opportunity for the community to learn about and get involved with more than 40 local nonprofits and organizations.


The volunteer fair will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St. Attendees will have the chance to win raffle prizes provided by event sponsors and enjoy refreshments from local businesses.


For more information or to apply, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/VolunteerFair. There is no cost to apply or participate. Applications are due Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m. Organizations will be notified by Monday, May 22.


The Beaverton Volunteer Fair started last year as the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Leadership Beaverton class project, originally called Beaverton Awareness Day. The event has been adopted by the City of Beaverton as an annual happening to engage a diverse network of residents and business leaders and inspire them to take action to improve the community.


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


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


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Attached Media Files: Nonprofit organizations and community groups are invited to apply for the Beaverton Volunteer Fair to be held on June 10. Participants will have the chance to raise awareness for their groups and showcase local volunteer opportunities. (Photo/City of Beav
Agnieszka Laska honored with Joan Shipley Award; 2017 Individual Artist Fellowships announced (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/28/17 3:18 PM
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Salem, Oregon -- Agnieszka Laska, a Portland-based dancer/choreographer and the founder of Agnieszka Laska Dancers, is the 2017 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission's honorary Joan Shipley Award. Laska leads a group of seven Oregon artists selected for the Arts Commission's 2017 Individual Artist Fellowships. The 2017 fellowships support artists working in the performing arts; visual artists are reviewed in alternating years.

The Joan Shipley Award is named for Oregon arts leader Joan Shipley, who passed away in 2011. Shipley was a collector, philanthropist and supporter of many arts and humanities organizations. In 2005, she and her husband John received an Oregon Governor's Arts Award. Many in the arts community also counted her as a mentor and friend.

The Arts Commission's fellowship program is available to more than 20,000 artists who call Oregon home. Fellows are recommended by a review panel of Oregon arts professionals who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s). The Arts Commission reviews and acts on the panel's recommendations.

The following performing artists were awarded 2017 fellowships: Agnieszka Laska (Joan Shipely Award), Portland; Oluyinka Akinjiol, Portland; Leah Anderson, Ashland; Douglas Detrick, Portland; Ashleigh Flynn, Portland; Eliot Grasso, Springfield; and Lydia Van Dreel, Eugene.

Brief biographies and photos available on request.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Attached Media Files: Agnieszka Laska
CMS approves 2017 rates for Oregon's CCOs
Oregon Health Authority - 03/28/17 3:15 PM
March 28, 2017

SALEM--Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Oregon Health Authority's Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) contracts and capitation rates for 2017. Today's approval by CMS finalizes the 2017 rates for all 16 CCOs that contract with the state of Oregon to manage and deliver health care to Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), the state's Medicaid insurance program. OHA pays these capitation rates to CCOs on a monthly basis to cover OHP members for physical, behavioral and oral health services.

"Oregon has been successful at bending the cost curve and saving over $1.4 billion since 2012 with the coordinated care model," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "This is largely because of our commitment to using global budgets and maintaining a sustainable rate of growth. Today's approval by CMS is validation that our CCO rates are actuarially sound and that Oregon's CCOs can continue providing quality care for Oregon Health Plan members."

The rates approved today show that Oregon is on track to meet its cost containment rate of 3.4 percent, with an aggregate 2017 rate increase of 3.2 percent. The 2017 rates take into account several factors, including differences in regional costs, population disease risk and hospital reimbursement. Oregon has pledged to maintain this sustainable rate of growth through 2022 as part of its renewed Medicaid waiver.

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City Parks Prepare for Spring
City of Salem - 03/28/17 2:46 PM
City of Salem parks will return to the normal on-season schedule beginning April 3, 2017.

To prepare the parks for reopening, City staff will open restrooms that were closed for the winter, mow grass as weather permits, turn on drinking fountains and sprinkler systems, and prepare the park landscapes for a season of high use by residents, groups, and events. The City also added seasonal employees to help maintain the parks and open spaces.
Registration open for MAP Collective at Washington State University Vancouver
WSU Vancouver - 03/28/17 2:37 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Registration is open for MAP Collective, a small business owner cohort designed to accelerate business growth. The session includes a series of online management education modules, and interaction with instructors and mentors. At the conclusion, participants will have created a business growth plan. The program runs from May to July 2017.

This is the second year WSU Vancouver's Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program has offered the Collective, which is open to any small business owner past the startup stage. The online modules include topics such as core strategy, marketing and human resources. Instructors are faculty, successful business owners and experts. Mentors will be available to review plans and offer feedback. Business owners will have two weeks to complete each online module.

The MAP Collective is part of the WSU Vancouver Business Growth MAP, which includes a pro-bono student consultancy and the MAP Alliance. These programs empower organizations and entrepreneurs in Southwest Washington to grow their ventures with access to a variety of resources.

Registration is $500. Register online at https://business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap/map-collective. For more information, contact Mistie Josephson, Business Growth MAP manager, 360-546-9533 or bgmap@vancouver.wsu.edu.

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

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Salem City Club Presents: Programs Actively Working to Help the Homeless (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 03/28/17 1:21 PM
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How many households in Salem are on the waiting list for subsidized housing vouchers? Why are many homeless families in Salem turned away from shelter each month? How many students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools are known to be living without a home? Join The Salem City Club, Friday, April 7 at the Willamette Heritage Center for our luncheon and program, "Housing & School: Programs Actively Working to Help the Homeless."

Come and hear from three local leaders who work each day to improve the homeless situation for families. Andy Wilch, head of Salem Housing Authority, will describe the initiatives being developed to create new housing and how the housing voucher system works. Kim Lemman, director of St. Francis Shelter for Homeless Families, will provide the most current information on the limited resources available for local homeless parents and their children. Lastly, Melissa Wisner, coordinator of Federal Programs for Salem-Keizer Public Schools and the STEP program, will describe the support provided to students attending school while living without the comforts of a home.

Join us for the luncheon at 11:30 am and/or the program at noon. Reservations are due by 12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 5. For more information on this program, please visit www.salemcityclub.com.

What: "Programs Actively Working to Help the Homeless"
When: Friday, April 7,2017; Noon-1 p.m., doors open at 11:15 a.m
Where: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem
Who: Andy Wilch, Kim Lemman, and Melissa Wisner
Email: info@salemcityclub.com
Website: www.salemcityclub.com


Attached Media Files: Melissa Wisner , Kim Lemman , Andy Wilch
Class of 2017 Oregon Heritage Trees officially honored (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 03/28/17 1:10 PM
The arborist work party last November helped move forward the Grove of the States restoration project.
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The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 Heritage Trees. This year, three groves of significant Oregon trees will be honored. Two groves located in Central Oregon are slated to be recognized during a ceremony in July, while a collection of state trees near Portland will be honored on their 50th anniversary in late August.

###SUB-HEADER### The A.M. Drake Ponderosa Pines

The Huntington Wagon Road Junipers and the A.M. Drake Homestead Ponderosa Pines grow near the City of Bend. Both groves represent Central Oregon history and a connection to the people who settled or passed underneath their branches. Their survival over the last several hundred years makes them the perfect ambassadors to new generations of Oregon history lovers.

Nate Pedersen, a member of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee and Community Librarian for the Deschutes Public Library, nominated the Central Oregon trees. He described why the two groves are notable in their own communities as well as connected to the rest of the state.

"So much of Bend life centers around Drake Park, which is kind of Bend's shared living room," said Pedersen. "It's humbling to look at the A.M. Drake Homestead old-growth Ponderosas and think about all they have witnessed. These trees were already old when Alexander and Florence Drake arrived in Central Oregon in 1900 to build their homestead, and they stood tall throughout the entire development of Bend, from its population of a few dozen people to the over 81,000 living here today."

The A.M. Drake Ponderosa Pines are approximately 300 hundred years old and shade the spot where the Drake homestead lodge once stood. After the Drakes moved to California, the lodge was owned by a succession of organizations and prominent Bend citizens. When the original home was demolished in the 1950s several other trees in the grove were lost. However, three trees survived and will receive the award.

###SUB-HEADER### The Huntington Wagon Road Junipers

Pedersen also explained the significance of the other Central Oregon honoree, the Huntington Wagon Road Junipers.

"If you've ever spent time in the high desert of Oregon, you soon discover how easy it is to become disoriented in a wilderness of Western Juniper trees," Pedersen noted. "I began to realize how important these old blazed (marked) trees were for early travelers on the Huntington Wagon Road."

Following the line of a very old Native American trail, the Huntington Wagon Road was marked by J.W. Petit Huntington in 1864 as a route between The Dalles and Fort Klamath. When the road was firmly established, it was used by prospectors, homesteaders, soldiers, and tradesman. Warm Springs Indian scouts frequently used the road in skirmishes with the Paiutes between 1865 and 1867. Much of the original road later became OR Hwy 97.

One Juniper along the historic road is particularly meaningful to Pedersen and to visitors trekking a looping two-mile trail that crosses part of the original Huntington Wagon Road. It is a scrappy specimen known as the "Target Tree," primarily for its notches and scars from bullet holes. The bullets were most likely souvenirs from soldiers who camped nearby and who used the tree for target practice.

"For me history really comes alive when you touch the bullet holes on the Target Tree," said Pedersen. "When I think about those unknown soldiers, lost to history... I have to admit that I experience a visceral connection with the past."

The Huntington Wagon Road Junipers and the A.M. Drake Homestead Ponderosa Pines will be honored this July in Bend. More information on the public ceremony will be posted to on the organizational website, at www.ortravelexperience.com.

###SUB-HEADER### The Grove of the States

The third honoree in the Class of 2017 Heritage Trees is a historic arboretum of state trees. The "Grove of the States" is located at the French Prairie Rest Area on southbound I-5.

In 1967 Oregon Attorney General Robert Y. Thornton hosted the 61st annual conference of the National Association of Attorneys General in Portland. As part of a conference event, Thornton planned for the Grove of the States as a homage to First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her work fostering the 1965 Highway Beautification Act (HBA).

When Thornton created plans for the Grove, he involved two major Oregon partners: The Oregon State Highway Department (today--the Oregon Department of Transportation) contributed the site, and the Oregon Association of Nurserymen (now known as the Oregon Association of Nurseries) provided tree stock for the original collection.

In 2010 the Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) undertook long-term management of the French Prairie Rest Area. However, officials recognized that the Grove of the States suffered serious health issues, and began looking for solutions to restore the Grove.

Local companies, Bartlett Tree Experts, General Tree Service, Treecology, and C&R Reforestation donated their time, expertise, and equipment to help remove dead and hazardous trees and pruned others.

Many volunteers joined OTE and Friends of Trees in planting replacement state trees. Their efforts ensured the project moved forward on schedule, and preserved Oregon's historic arboretum for future generations of travelers to the area.

In conjunction with its 50th Anniversary Celebration August 28, 2017, the Grove of the States will be officially honored as an inductee into the Oregon Heritage Tree Program. This designation recognizes the Grove as an important public space that welcomes and encourages students, heritage tourists, and Oregonians to learn more about our state's history and nature.

About the Oregon Heritage Tree Program:The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) Heritage Programs include the Oregon Heritage Tree Program and the Oregon Historical Marker Program. OTE is a semi-independent state agency charged with promoting public safety, preserving the recreational value of public travel on state highways and promoting economic prosperity by directing motorists into nearby communities. This includes preserving the natural beauty and aesthetic features of rest areas, and providing information regarding and maintaining points of scenic, historic, cultural and educational interest.


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Woodburn Overpass Lights to Shine for National Child Abuse Prevention Month (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 03/28/17 12:45 PM
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April is "National Child Abuse Prevention Month"!! Drivers will notice blue lighting on the Woodburn I-5 interchange overpass during the first two weeks of April.

The City of Woodburn has arranged for the overpass lights to shine blue bringing attention and awareness to the issue of child abuse and neglect in our communities. "The more attention we bring to child abuse in our communities, the more we protect our most vulnerable assets-our children", said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. According to Chief Ferraris, the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline receives about 8500 calls each year regarding suspected child abuse in Marion and Polk Counties. Annually, 900-1100 confirmed cases of physical or sexual abuse or the neglect of a child result from those calls.

Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center serving children and families in Marion and Polk Counties, will provide assessments to more than 600 children this year alone. Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. For more information, visit www.childwelfare.gov and www.libertyhousecenter.org


Attached Media Files: Blue Lights on Woodburn Overpass
Armed Robbery - Subway Restaurant (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/28/17 10:01 AM
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Armed Robbery - Subway Restaurant
Suspect: WMA 50's 5'05" - heavy set build- wearing baseball cap, dark jacket and dark pants carrying black valise, armed with handgun - see attached photograph

Case number 17-2888 - At 08:16 today, the described suspect entered the Subway Restaurant at 910 Tenny Road, displayed a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect left on foot. A canine tracking dog attempted to track the path of the suspect's escape. The suspect was not found.


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Junior Ranger Day and Yuri's Night World Space Party to be Celebrated at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/28/17 9:52 AM
Join us at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on Saturday, April 15, as we celebrate both National Junior Ranger Day and the Yuri's Night World Space Party. Both events will be based at the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, and both are free to the public.


Bilingual Junior Ranger Day Invites Youth to "Explore, Learn, and Protect"

National Junior Ranger Day celebrates the next generation of National Park stewards! Fort Vancouver National Historic Site invites hundreds of children each year to become Junior Rangers at this family-friendly event. Junior Rangers pledge to explore national parks, learn about our nation's land and heritage, and protect the valuable resources of the National Park Service. After completing Junior Ranger activities, children are awarded a Junior Ranger badge as a token of their educational accomplishment. Through a variety of children's activites and programs at the event, youth learn about national parks and the people who protect them. The Junior Ranger motto - "Explore, Learn, and Protect" - encourages youth to become engaged with the values of the National Park Service and involved in preserving the special places of the National Park System.

This year for National Junior Ranger Day, the park invites children and families to earn their Junior Ranger badge by completing fun, interactive activities with national park rangers. The event will be offered both in English and Spanish. Activities and Junior Ranger Activity Booklets will be offered in both languages, and bilingual, interactive storytelling sessions will be offered at 11 am and 2 pm.

The Junior Ranger program is designed for children ages 6 to 12, but younger children can complete it with help. Older kids and adults are welcome to participate as well.

What: National Junior Ranger Day

Where: The reconstructed Fort Vancouver and the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Saturday, April 15, 10 am to 3 pm. Bilingual storytelling sessions will take place at 11 am and 2 pm.

National Junior Ranger Day activities will also be held from 10 am to 3 pm at the McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 713 Center Street, Oregon City, Oregon.


Yuri's Night World Space Party Celebrates Achievements in Space Exploration

On the evening of April 15, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Yuri's Night World Space Party will celebrate the 56th anniversary of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic flight into space. Gagarin was the first human to travel into outer space, and Yuri's Night events across the globe have been commemorating this event for decades.

Pearson Air Museum interprets and celebrates the history of Pearson Field, one of the nation's oldest airfields, and although Yuri Gagarin is not a direct part of this incredible history, there is an important tie between the two stories. Gagarin received his pilot's training at the Soviet Union's "First Chkalov Air Force Pilot's School" in the 1950s. The school was named after famed Russian aviator Valery Chkalov, who piloted the first trans-polar flight between Moscow, Russia to Pearson Field in 1937.

Space exploration and aviation-themed family-friendly activities will be offered at the Historic Hangar and, weather permitting, children can design and launch their own water-powered rockets until dusk. Tom Billings, the president of the Oregon L5 Society (a chapter of the National Space Society) will present a public lecture titled "NASA and New Space: Going Outward Together," at the Tex Rankin Theater at 6 pm. Weather permitting, the event will conclude with a star gazing tour of the park from 8 pm to 9 pm, led by a park ranger and certified star guide.

What: Yuri's Night World Space Party

Where: The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Saturday, April 15, 5 pm to 9 pm. "NASA and New Space: Going Outward Together," presented by Tom Billings, will take place at 6 pm. Star gazing tour will be presented at 8 pm.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/27/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/28/17 8:10 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/27/2017

ESTACADA:

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

SANDY:

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On 03/27/2017 at about 0300 hrs., Daniel T. Steelmon (52, of Sandy) was arrested on a fugitive warrant out of Washington. He was taken to the Clackamas County Jail, where he would be held on $500 cash bail. An additional charge of possession of methamphetamine will be considered by the District Attorney's office due to methamphetamine found during the arrest.

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On 03/27/2017 at about 1638 hrs., police responded to the 18000 block of White Tail Avenue regarding a reported domestic disturbance. A report was taken (CAD).

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On 03/27/2017 at about 1650 hrs., police received a report about burglaries occurring in the 38000 block of Park Street. A report was taken (CAD).

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On 03/27/2017 at 2232 hrs., police took a report about bus shelter vandalism that occurred on 03/25/2017 at an unknown time. An unknown person broke a glass panel in a bus shelter in the 37000 block of Highway 26. There are no suspects at this time.
Lake Oswego Police phone scam targets local citizens
Lake Oswego Police Dept. - 03/28/17 8:07 AM
Lake Oswego Police have received several reports from local citizens regarding suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to be a Lake Oswego Police sergeant. The caller claims to be "Sergeant Jason Cook" and wants to talk to people about outstanding fines they need to pay or taking care of a warrant that they or another family member may have. The caller appears to have a significant amount of information regarding the people they are calling and the calls appear to be an attempt to cause fear or concern about legal trouble and that providing money or personal information will clear the matter up.

The Lake Oswego Police Department doesn't call citizens in an attempt to obtain personal information and will never request money be sent in to clear up legal troubles. Citizens are encouraged to contact their local police department if they suspect being targeted for similar phone scams.
Mon. 03/27/17
ATV Advisory Grant Subcommittee meets in Salem April 10.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/27/17 4:09 PM
SALEM OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Advisory Grant Subcommittee will hold a meeting to review several ATV grant applications from 2:30-5:00 p.m. on April 10. The meeting is in room 124A at OPRD headquarters, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem.

The subcommittee will review grant requests for ATV planning, development and law enforcement projects. The grant subcommittee will provide recommendations on grant funding to the OPRD director for referral to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. Grant funds come from ATV user permit sales and a percentage of gasoline tax money. More information about the state ATV program is available at www.OregonOHV.org.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0980.
Two Woodland High School teachers eliminate letter grades in an innovative approach to improve student learning (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 03/27/17 4:00 PM
London Lubecky, freshman, feels collaborative conferences has made learning new skills an open experience.
London Lubecky, freshman, feels collaborative conferences has made learning new skills an open experience.
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Monday, March 27, 2017-Woodland, WA-Two Woodland High School English Language Arts teachers have transformed the way students learn in their classrooms by eliminating letter grades and helping students take accountability for their own education by using collaborative individual meetings focused on skill development instead of points and letter grades.

At the beginning of the school year, Aaron Blackwelder and Jason Cowley, English teachers at Woodland High School, set out to increase student learning by making students accountable for how they learn. "We've shifted from grading projects with points to providing constructive and collaborative feedback with students," explained Blackwelder. "In the past, we would collect student work and score it in isolation, an approach which tends to reward students who know how to work the system and punish those who don't, whereas, now, students sit down with their teacher and explain how their work meets the criteria required to demonstrate their proficiency."

This dramatic shift in grading resulted from Blackwelder and Cowley taking a serious look at the existing system. "Grades and points rarely provide students with enough information to improve or grow their skills," explained Cowley. "Does receiving a 'B' on an essay mean you can write without excellent analysis but use correct spelling, or does it mean the opposite?" The teachers developed the new approach to focus on students developing the skills and proficiencies throughout the course of the class instead of on a project-by-project basis. "Learning shouldn't be about getting it right or not the first time and then moving on," said Cowley. "It should be about getting it right eventually, even if that takes additional time to do so."

The two teachers meet with each of their students one-on-one regularly throughout the semester, working directly with each student, and having the student explain how each section of a project satisfies the requirements for the assignment. "Rather than receiving a failing grade and moving on, students must revise their work until it meets the criteria set forth for the assignment," said Blackwelder. "Since students are involved in the assessment process, we ask reflective questions about their work and work ethic which challenges them to establish future goals in their learning."

At the end of each semester, students present a portfolio of work to their teacher in collaborative conferences where they must answer three questions:

1. What evidence do you have that you have met proficiency in the class?
2. What evidence do you have of growth throughout the semester?
3. What evidence do you have that you can be creative to meet proficiency?

Students present their answers and evaluate their own work, recommending their own grade for the class based on their portfolio. Instead of receiving a failing grade, students who do not meet the criteria receive an "incomplete" with the opportunity to continue to submit work after the semester ends to demonstrate proficiency. "The purpose of school is learning, not grades," explained Cowley. "Ultimately, when you de-emphasize grades, students can focus more on learning rather than on how many points an assignment is worth; to put it another way: education should be about the journey, not about the destination." Blackwelder agrees, "When you have grades and points, school becomes about achievement, but if you take out grades and points, school becomes being about learning."

Blackwelder and Cowley decided to introduce the new system after becoming dissatisfied with the limitations of traditional grading which didn't seem to provide real motivation for students to learn. "In past years, I had students give up as early October because they felt that no matter what they did, they couldn't earn enough points to pass, while, at the same time, I was having arguments with Honor Roll students who felt the 94% they received on an assignment wasn't as high as they felt they deserved," said Blackwelder. "The true focus of school being about learning new skills and honing abilities was lost in my grading practices, resulting in students focusing on earning all of the available points instead of actually learning."

In addition to collaborative grading with students, the teachers allow the students to select topics and themes for their projects that interest them as long as those topics can meet the criteria for the assignment. "Students are encouraged to take risks and make mistakes as there is no penalty -- losing points -- for not getting something right the first time," explained Cowley. "By focusing on developing skills rather than content, students can demonstrate mastery of a skill with projects about topics that interest them."

Blackwelder and Cowley received inspiration and support for this innovative approach to student learning by working together while also reading books and participating in learning communities on social networks like a teacher forum called "Teachers Throwing Out Grades" on Facebook. "These teacher forums helped us create a vision focusing on learning and connected us with innovative educators from around the world who offer support," said Blackwelder. "In addition, Jason Cowley is incredible -- he and I have regular conversations about how to make our classes better, and I don't think I would have made the shift if it weren't for collaborating with him."

Eliminating traditional grading has yielded huge results in the classroom. "Learning is now both personal and intentional with my students meeting the Common Core Standards," said Blackwelder. "My students know I am going to challenge and support them helping them know they have the ability to meet proficiency with my encouragement along the way." The teachers also offer each student suggestions for growth regardless of their current level of understanding. "It is my goal to create a culture of growth, and I believe I am seeing it in my classroom."

Even in its first year, students of all levels of proficiency offer positive reactions to this new approach to grading and student learning. "Kids in other classes often cheat to get the good grade, but in this class, we get control over how we learn which makes us want to learn more -- the teachers set a direction and let us explore it," said Aidan Thrall, Freshman. "This is basically starting an entirely new education system."

Collaborating with their teachers on topics they choose helps students produce better results by working on the topics they love. "By giving us assignments, telling us their expectations, and letting us write about stuff we like, it has helped me to enjoy school," said Aaron Martinez, Freshman. "Mr. Blackwelder has made me excited about class and about school because he persuades and motivates me to excel -- he's really great about motivating students to succeed." London Lubecky, a classmate, agreed with Martinez, "This approach has made me more self-aware of my learning," she explained. "By choosing what we want to do, the skills we're learning become open instead of overwhelming."

To help other teachers, Blackwelder started blogging in order to share his ideas about education. "I know I don't have all the answers, but I share what is working for me," he said. "My blogging has helped me hone what is going on in my class with many teachers from around the world responding -- the support I've received has been resoundingly positive." To read Blackwelder's blog, visit his website at www.mrblackwelder.wordpress.com.

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Attached Media Files: London Lubecky, freshman, feels collaborative conferences has made learning new skills an open experience. , Aaron Martinez, freshman, credits the new approach to grading with helping him enjoy school. , Aidan Thrall, freshman, believes this new approach to grading could create a new education system. , Aaron Blackwelder (right) and his colleague, Jason Cowley (not pictured), work with each of their students one-on-one throughout the semester to ensure the students' work reflects the skills they need to develop. , AJ Vossen (freshman, left) works with his teacher, Aaron Blackwelder (right), to revise his assignment to meet the criteria for the project.
Household Awareness: Poisonings (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 03/27/17 3:42 PM
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Children are one of life's most treasured gifts. As parents we try to do everything we can to keep them safe, happy and healthy. This week the Fire District is focusing on Pediatric Poisonings. We are going to discuss the most common poisonings for children and teens, ways to help prevent poisonings and overdoses and what to do if you suspect your children may have been exposed to a poison.
Most people assume poisonings mean you ate or drank something that harms or kills you. The word poison originated from the word " Potio" which is latin for a drink but the word has grown to include more than eating and drinking. Poisons are substances that makes their way into your body and results in harm or death. The UV radiation from the sun, gasoline for your car and even the sugar we pour into our tea can be poisons in the right quantities and situations.

Children are rapidly trying to learn about their environment and themselves, pediatric curiosity. This process usually involves their mouth and hands and this is exactly why they often suffer from unintentional poisonings. The most common poisonings for young children are Cosmetics, Personal Care products, Pain medicines, Foreign Bodies, Topical preparations, Vitamins, Antihistamines, pesticides, plants and antimicrobials. Almost all of the substances can be found in every home, in our bathrooms, garages and kitchens. Despite efforts to design containers so they are difficult for children to get them open often children can figure it out or the containers are not closed correctly. Most cleaning supplies, cosmetics, personal care products and pesticides are not designed to keep children out. If you look at most pills they look like candy and when you smell our personal care products and cleaners they have a very friendly and inviting scent.

Pre-teens and Teenagers are developing their independence and experimenting as a part of the next phase of their growth. This "teenage trial" period will expose them to opportunities to try new activities, be exposed to alcohol, recreational drugs and a desire to fit in with their peers. The most common poisonings during the "teenage trials" are pain medications, illicit drugs, Alcohol, inhalants, depression and other medications, pesticides and plants. Most teenagers are aware that the substances they are putting into their bodies can harm them, it is just over ridden by a desire to feel good, fit in with their peers or help them to escape their life. Another common cause of teenage poisonings/overdoses is improper dosing of medications. Parents may allow their teenager to take their own medications or over the counter pain medications as they show they are responsible enough to do so. It can be hard for adults to figure out the timing of medications, how much to take and what medications we cannot take together. Teenagers are even less likely to understand dosing, interactions and timing, add in a changing metabolism, actively developing brain and floods of emotions it can lead to unintentional and intentional poisonings/overdoses.

We can help prevent our children and teenagers from being poisoned by attacking the issue from two fronts at once. When our children are very young we want to ensure our medications, cleaners, pesticides, personal products etc... are kept up high in cabinets and behind secured doors. We need to remember to always put things back safe and secure, even if we are just stepping out of the room for a second. We also need to start talking to our children early on about what to do if you find something "dangerous", pill bottles, medicines and let them know that it can make them very sick. Outside safety is another area we need to hit on. Children don't know that the berries, mushrooms and plants in the yard are different from the ones they will see at the table. It is important to establish a rule that they should not pick or eat any flowers, berries, leaves, mushrooms or plants without asking an adult first. It is also important to remember that while you may not spray your yard with harmful pesticides that others may spray theirs, especially those found along roads and noxious species.

If you decide to allow your teenager to start taking their own medications and over the counter medications it is important to sit down with them and discuss what the medication is, what it does and the dangers they pose to their health. It also could be a good idea to provide them with limited access to a small supply, a days dose, and instructions to call or text you if they are going to take it so you can account for it. On the same token spend some time going over the poisonous plants found in your area, including plants like poison oak and stinging nettles. As they decide to spend more time out in the woods and exploring the world around them they will need to recognize the plants and know what to do if they are exposed to them.

If you suspect your child, teenager, another adult, or yourself have been poisoned or suffering from an overdose the first thing to do is remain calm. Children and teenagers will be looking at you for help. If you are outwardly upset and panicked this can magnify their level of panic and make their condition worse. You will need to identify what substance or substances are involved and attempt to locate their container or source. Once you know what it is that is making them sick you should contact poison control and/or call 911. They will be able to advise you on what to do next. If you find that more than one person has become ill and you cannot identify the substance/source consider leaving the immediate area, stay together, don't let other people go into that area and call 911 immediately. It is almost never indicated to cause someone to vomit or to have them drink anything. It is very important to follow the instructions of 911 and Poison Control.
Remember if a child can reach it and it fits in their mouth it will end up in their mouth. Keeping things than can harm your children up and secure can prevent most poisonings. Make sure you teach your children not to eat/pick plants without an adults permission. With teenagers it is important to talk with them about their own medications, over the counter medications and to educate them on poisonous plants in your area along with what to do if they are exposed to them. The best thing you can do if you suspect someone has been poisoned is to stay calm, call poison control and/or 911 and follow their instructions.


Attached Media Files: Child Poisoning Safety
Investigation Leads To Arrest Following a DUII Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on March 3
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/17 3:26 PM
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate a two-vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on March 3 on Bellfountain Road, about ?3/4 of a mile south of the intersection of Chapel Drive, about one mile south of Philomath.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Deputies arrested Alexis Marie Weis, 30, from Albany, Oregon, following her recovery from the injuries she received in the collision. She was lodged at the Benton County Jail on the following charges: Manslaughter II, Assault II, Assault III, Animal Abuse I, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (alcohol and controlled substances), Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering (x3).

CRASH INFORMATION REPORTED EARLIER:
At about 5:43 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017, Alexis Marie Weis, 30, from Albany, Oregon, was traveling south on Bellfountain Road in a 1997 green Honda Civic. She crossed the center lane for unknown reasons and collided head on with a northbound white 1999 Honda Accord driven by Frederick Riggs, 34, Eugene, Oregon. Both vehicles came to rest on Bellfountain Road and were heavily damaged.

Cynthia Harrod Riggs, 52, from Eugene, Oregon was a passenger in the Honda Accord. Dustin Ware, 35, from Waldport, Oregon, was a passenger in the Honda Civic. All four people involved were extricated from the vehicles by the Philomath Fire Department and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by the Corvallis Fire Department. Dustin Ware was pronounced deceased at Good Samaritan Hospital. A dog in the Honda Accord was deceased in the vehicle as a result from injuries from the crash.

The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team was activated and investigated the scene. Firefighters and EMT's from the Corvallis & Philomath Fire Departments assisted on scene. The roadway was closed for about four hours.

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate the crash and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information or knew of the whereabouts of Alexis Weis or Dustin Ware on March 3, 2017, to please contact Deputy Aaron Gevatosky at 541-766-6858.

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St. Paul Market Burglary (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/17 2:58 PM
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On March 25th, 2017, Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a burglary at the St. Paul Market. This appeared to have occurred on March 24th at about 0410 in the morning. Two people broke the door at the front of the store and made entry into the business. The suspect's covered their faces, however we are asking for the public's help if you recognize anything about the clothing worn by the suspects to please call in and report this to us. Also, if you happened to be in the area on March 24th around 0410 in the morning and noticed anything suspicious with people and or vehicle's in the area to please let us know as well.

Attached are pictures of the suspects involved in this crime.


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Continued rain forces temporary closure of Portland Parks & Recreation athletic fields now through Friday, March 31, 2017 (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 03/27/17 2:09 PM
Unplayable conditions at Pendleton Park's baseball field, 3/27/17. Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation
Unplayable conditions at Pendleton Park's baseball field, 3/27/17. Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation
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Conditions will be re-evaluated on that date for possible weekend play

(Portland, OR) --
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has closed all city-owned athletic and ballfields until at least Friday, March 31, 2017, due to safety concerns and saturated conditions related to continued rain. This closure impacts grass fields at Portland Parks & Recreation sites, and events which PP&R had permitted at Portland Public Schools facilities. On Friday, March 31, PP&R will re-evaluate the grass fields and make a determination on if they can be reopened, or if the closures need to be extended - with user safety in mind. The citywide closure does NOT impact synthetic turf fields, which are designed for all-weather play.

Sustained rains and wet conditions across the city have left many PP&R athletic fields with standing water, mud, slippery turf, and other poor conditions that may impact athletes' safety. The heavy and seemingly unending rain has also hampered the ability for PP&R maintenance crews to care for the fields. Portland Parks & Recreation turf experts stressed the importance of preserving the grass at this time of the year, noting that damage inflicted now will be much harder to repair later in the year when more users are expected to use the fields.

All people who have been granted permits for events on PP&R athletic and ball fields will have their money refunded. Fields will also be closed for drop-in use. Portland Parks & Recreation makes safety its top priority, though we understand some athletes will be disappointed by the bureau's need to close the fields. Similar closures impacted PP&R grass fields in March and October, 2016.


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Attached Media Files: Unplayable conditions at Pendleton Park's baseball field, 3/27/17. Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation
Four Men Arrested for Early Morning Assault in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/27/17 1:48 PM
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On Monday March 27, 2017, at 1:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a man being assaulted by four other men at Southwest 5th Avenue and Stark Street. Officers arriving in the area contacted four men matching the description of the suspects, later determining that they were involved in the assault after speaking with witnesses.

Medical personnel arrived at the scene and transported the 50-year-old male victim by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment. The victim was unconscious at the scene but is being treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Assault detectives learned that the four suspects were arguing amongst themselves when the victim, a passerby, attempted to intervene in the argument and was assaulted by the group.

All four suspects were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

28-year-old Lewis Henry Ward was charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.

27-year-old Winston Eugene Gray was charged with Assault in the Third Degree.

24-year-old Dominique Dunn was charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.

24-year-old Cortez Jabbar Collier Jr. was charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.

They will be arraigned on Tuesday in Multnomah County Court.

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Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in Downtown Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 03/27/17 1:34 PM
On Monday March 27, 2017, at 12:17 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at Wells Fargo, located at 900 Southwest 5th Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect presented a demand note at the counter and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect left the bank and was last seen walking out of the area.

Several officers checked the area but did not see anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5'9" tall, slim build, last seen wearing dark sunglasses, black shots over black pants, and an unknown color shirt.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405, or the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 503-224-4181.

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Oregon State parks hosting disc golf competition and clinic
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/27/17 1:26 PM
Buxton,OR -- Disc golf professionals are teaming up with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to promote the sport in a doubles tournament Sunday, April 16 at L.L Stub Stewart State Park. Team Oregon, made up of touring disc golf pros Zo?" AnDyke of Estacada and Dustin Keegan of Eugene, will host the second of four best-disc doubles tournaments on Easter Sunday.
"I love Oregon state parks and am so excited to bring my passion for this sport and my love for these amazingly special places together," said AnDyke, a four-time Oregon State Women's Professional Disc Golf Champion.
The tournament will feature pro teams, amateurs and beginners. Check in starts at 7 a.m. and the competition includes a morning round at 9 a.m. and afternoon round at 1:30 p.m. AnDyke will hold an educational clinic for the public at 11:30 a.m. and a demonstration at 1 p.m. OPRD will give away one 12-month day-use parking permit at the clinic. The pass would be valid at all Oregon state parks.
Competitors need to bring their own partners and sign up at 4discgolf.com by April 16. Registration is capped at 80 players (40 teams). The entry fees per team are $120 for pros, $60 for amateurs and $30 for beginners. Pro winners will receive cash prizes, while amateur winners will get trophies. A portion of each entry fee will benefit disc golf education in Oregon schools.
L.L. Stub Stewart charges a $5 day-use fee parking per vehicle, available for purchase at the park. Visitors can also buy a 12-month or 24-month day-use permit at the park or online at store.oregonstateparks.org.

The first tournament in the series was March 12 at Dexter State Recreation Site. The last two tournaments will be May 6 at Willamette Mission State Park and July 1 at Milo McIver State Park.
Sheriff's Office responds to fatal traffic crash
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/17 12:44 PM
At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash near 34396 S. Kropf Rd. in Clackamas County.

Deputies were able to locate a single vehicle -- a 2007 Chevrolet four-door in a field at the reported crash scene.

Evidence showed that the vehicle had rolled several times and ejected its sole occupant.

The occupant -- identified as Timophey A. Kojin, 20, of Woodburn -- was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Deputies believe alcohol and speed may be contributing factors in the crash.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Crash and Reconstruction Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, and family notifications have been made.

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***Update - Name Release*** Fatal Beach Accident at South Jetty Park Beach - Coos County
Oregon State Police - 03/27/17 12:13 PM
Update:

The deceased female is Aurora GENAI SHEFFEL, age 14, of Eugene.

Previously released:

On March 25, 2017, at about 4:00 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to South Jetty Park Beach in Bandon, where a log had rolled on top of a juvenile. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the juvenile female that had sustained life threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates that a 14-year-old juvenile from Eugene was playing on a log, in the heavy receding tide, when the log rolled on top of her. Witnesses were able to remove the victim from underneath the log after several attempts. Despite the efforts of a responding Bandon Police officer, who administered CPR and the paramedics who performed life saving measures, the victim succumbed to her injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at South Coos Hospital.

OSP was assisted by Bandon Police Department, Coos County Medical Examiner, Coos County Sheriff Office and Bay Cities Ambulance.

More information will be released when it becomes available.


Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: State Parks (Safety Tip)

The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it down on top of you. Some logs may look small, but even the tiny ones can be waterlogged and weigh tons.

How to play it safe: If you see a log in the surf or on wet sand, stay off it.

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Sheriff's Deputies Respond To A Pickup That Crashes Into Brooks Market And Steals ATM (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/17 10:26 AM
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On March 26th, 2017 at about 3:00 am, a black Ford F150 intentionally crashes into the side of the building of the Star Market at 9005 River Rd NE and steals the ATM. The vehicle is described as a 2004-2006 year and having a leveling kit, running boards, black fender flares and black rims. The rear of the vehicle now has damage from ramming the building, twice.

After the described suspect vehicle crashed into the building and left another subject entered into the business and stole several packs of cigarettes. His photo's are attached. It is unknown if they two incidents are connected with each other.

Anyone with information about these two incidents are asked to call Marion County Sheriff's office, Deputy Garrett Olson at 503-983-5033


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UPDATE: Eastbank Esplanade REMAINS CLOSED temporarily between Steel, Burnside bridges (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 03/27/17 9:35 AM
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3/27/17 UPDATE

The floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade between the Steel Bridge to the north and past the Burnside Bridge to the south remains closed due to very high river levels. Portland Parks & Recreation's top priority is public safety. PP&R will reopen this portion of the trail when it is determined to be safe for all users, including people on foot, those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, and people with strollers, and cyclists. Therefore, this portion of the Esplanade remains closed until further notice, and Bureau staff are assessing conditions regularly.

Also, the boat ramps at Willamette Park are currently inaccessible from the shore because the water is so high (attached photos, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR).

(ORIGINAL MESSAGE FROM 3/25):

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is temporarily closing the floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade due to extremely high Willamette River water levels. PP&R has been carefully monitoring this section of the popular riverside trail, located on the east side of the Willamette, over the past few days. During periods of very high water, when the river reaches approximately 17.5 feet, the ramps rise to an angle determined to be potentially unsafe for people on bikes, on foot, and for those using mobility devices. This situation has occurred in the past during rare, extremely high river elevations (most recently in May of 2011).

The floating section of the Esplanade is tethered to the solid riverbank between the Steel Bridge to the north and past the Burnside Bridge to the south. Staff are installing warning signs (attached) to notify cyclists, runners and walkers. Signs will be located on the Esplanade, both ahead of the impacted areas and at the points of closure.

The closure will remain in effect for an undetermined length of time - until river conditions allow for safe travel on the impacted section of walkway. Staff are monitoring conditions regularly and will reopen the area as soon as it is determined to be safe. Commuters, walkers, cyclists, etc., should use street alternatives.


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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Water Sports Volunteer Orientation
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 03/27/17 9:34 AM
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Water Sports Volunteer Orientation

Vancouver, Washington--March 27, 2017--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a water sports volunteer orientation. This event will be held on Saturday, April 29th at Vancouver Lake (6801 NW Lower River Rd. Vancouver, WA 98660). Participants will have the opportunity to learn basic fundamentals and skills for volunteering with NWABA. This hands-on day will include learning how to guide individuals with visual impairments through paddle boarding and tandem kayaking. This event will take place from 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM.

"Volunteers truly fuel every aspect of our mission and programs. Without their countless hours of support, there is no way NWABA could serve the amount of people we do. So, we are very excited to be delivering an orientation for them which will hopefully kick start the summer with excitement for our programs and help our volunteers be successful in working with our participants." said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes plans to host ongoing water sports experiences throughout the summer. Each program will offer individuals who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to experience kayaking and paddle boarding. The first event of this kind is a Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lake Tour that will take place on May 31st. With every program offered, volunteers are needed to ensure that each participant will have a safe and fun experience. To learn more about upcoming and ongoing programs and how to get invloved, please visit www.nwaba.org or call 360-448-7254.

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 visually impaired students 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 charitable organization that provides more than 1,300 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.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-448-7254

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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 03/27/17 9:29 AM
Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in-car crashes. The proper installation and use of car seats will help keep children safe.

The Beaverton Police Department, in a partnership with Safe Kids Coalition-Washington County will be offering a free child car seat clinic. This clinic will be held on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at the Beaverton Police Department at 4755 SW Griffith Drive Beaverton, Oregon 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required, just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30-minutes. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.
Because parents and caregivers have different levels of confidence when it comes to using and installing child safety seats this clinic has something for everyone. The 30 minute child safety seat check is intended to be an interactive learning experience from a certified technician so parents and caregivers can feel more comfortable installing and using their car seats.

As part of the clinic, parents are urged to register their car seats by mailing in the consumer registration card or by using manufacturer's website. By registering your car seat, the manufacturer has the ability to contact consumers about recalls and safety notices. As a parent, you are your kids' strongest influence when it comes to modeling safe driving practices, including buckling up every time you get in the car. Teach your family that safety is the responsibility of all passengers as well as the driver.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Paralympic Experience for Children with Visual Impairments in Medical Lake, WA
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 03/27/17 9:22 AM
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Paralympic Experience for Children with Visual Impairments in Medical Lake, WA

Vancouver, Washington--March 27, 2017--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2017 Paralympic Experience in Medical Lake, WA. The event is scheduled for Friday, April 28th, at Medical Lake High School (200 E. Barker Medical Lake, WA 99022). The event will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and lunch will be served. It is open to children and youth of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

"We are extremely excited to deliver NWABA's first Paralympic Experience to youth who are blind or visually impaired in Medical Lake. This truly life-changing opportunity will introduce participants to sports and physical activity and support NWABA's long-term vision of drastically enhancing on-going opportunities throughout the region to ensure every person with a visual impairment is receiving services they need to reach their greatest potential in all areas of life.," said Founder & Executive Director, Billy Henry.

The event will give K-12 students with visual impairments an opportunity to learn the fundamental skills to participate in Goalball (a sport specifically designed for individuals who are blind and visually impaired), beep kickball, and tandem cycling. For more information on Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit 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 visually impaired students 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 charitable organization that provides more than 1,300 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.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-448-7254
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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Kick Off the Spring Season with a Cape Horn Trail Hike
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 03/27/17 9:16 AM
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Kick Off the Spring Season with a Cape Horn Trail Hike

Vancouver, Washington--March 27, 2017-- Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that the organization will be kicking off their spring season of programs with a hike to Cape Horn. This event will take place April 1st at the Cape Horn Trail (Washougal, WA 98671). Participants and volunteers will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 am, and the 4-mile hike is expected to be over by 1:00 pm. Transportation will be available from Portland and Vancouver. Come and celebrate the Spring Season by soaking in the sun and enjoying physical activity! The event is open to individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. For more information about getting involved, registering as a volunteer or athlete, or if you would like to coordinate transportation from Portland or Vancouver, visit www.nwaba.org or call 360-448-7254.

"We are very excited to kick off our spring season of programming with the Cape Horn Trail hike. Our spring programs provide ongoing opportunities for individuals who are blind and visually impaired to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. This will be the first of many hikes this season, and we are excited to see how many individuals will be impacted through our life-changing programs this Spring and Summer. This is only the beginning!" said Executive Director Billy Henry.

For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please call 1-360-448-7254 or visit 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 visually impaired students 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 charitable organization that provides more than 1,300 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.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-448-7254

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Oregon's total solar eclipse, where will you be? Tickets/RSVP range for $0 - $2,900. (Photo)
WCI - 03/27/17 9:15 AM
A special vintage release will only be available at the Eclipse Wine Festival
A special vintage release will only be available at the Eclipse Wine Festival
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The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is not likely to happen again in your lifetime. Astronomers say that a partial eclipse will be on October 5, 2108 and the next total solar eclipse will pass over Oregon July 25, 2169. However, room reservations and events at the Eclipse Wine Festival, from Aug. 18 to 21 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars are still available. Reservations are required and tickets for rooms, free campsites and details of entertainment packages are at: http://eolahillswinery.com/.

This rare natural phenomenon is passing directly over the Eola Hills Legacy Vineyard, located just outside of Salem, Oregon.

From Aug. 18 through 21, the winery is offering room and camping reservations paired with entertainment and "day of" packages. Prices for accommodations and a wide variety of entertainment packages range from $0 to $2,900 with group discounts available. The Eclipse Wine Festival include a Field & Vine dinner created by Chef Pascal Chureau with wine parings and a VIP concert with Patrick Lamb. A portion of proceeds of this VIP event will benefit the experimental and educational fermentation programs. The Eclipse Wine Festival accommodations and entertainment packages are offered at several price points and include guided star gazing, live entertainment, concerts, winery hiking and biking trails and amazing astrological, geological and viticulture learning. Free bus transportation is provided. Reservations from as far away as Japan and France are have already been made at Eola Hills and space is extremely limited. Security and safety will not allow any room for last minute additions to the viewing spaces allotted to Eola Hills.


For packages, tickets and additional program information and tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/

or call

503-623-2405 or 800-291-6730

About Eola Hills

Three decades ago, Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins never imaged his dream of Eola Hills Wine Cellars would reach international attention. That dream is now a worldwide distributed label and Eola Hills is made up of six vineyards, over 300 planted acres, and an annual production of 93,000 cases of pinot noir and other varietals that have won international awards including Best Buy ratings year after year on their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Eola Hills Wine Cellars prides itself on producing a wine of great quality and consistency. For more information: www.eolahillswinery.com.


Attached Media Files: A special vintage release will only be available at the Eclipse Wine Festival , This NASA map charts the pathway of the total solar eclipse. Willamette Valley is projected to have the longest total eclipse time.
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and Legacy West Pioneers to Host Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for Children Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 03/27/17 9:14 AM
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and Legacy West Pioneers to Host Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for Children Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired

Vancouver, Washington--March 27, 2017-- Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that the organization will be hosting the 3rd Annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for children who are visually impaired. This event will take place on Saturday, April 15th at the Washington School for the Blind (Old Main Building 2214 E. 13th St. Vancouver, WA). Activities begin at 10:00 am and will include meeting the Easter Bunny, a beeping Easter egg hunt, and tandem cycling. This event is open to all families with a child who has a visual impairment. This event is free to all participants, but registration is required. For more information about getting involved visit www.nwaba.org or call 360-448-7254.

"We are very excited to partner with Legacy West Pioneers and provide our 3rd Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for children who are blind and visually impaired in our community. With a simple adaptation, children who are blind and visually impaired have the opportunity to participate in this holiday tradition, and we are so happy that NWABA can help provide these types of experiences for families," said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry.

For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-448-7254, or visit 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 visually impaired students 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 charitable organization that provides more than 1,300 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.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-448-7254

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/23/2017-03/26/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/27/17 9:11 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/23/2017-03/26/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-517

On 03/23/2017 at 1253 hrs., a victim called police to report the theft of a license plate from her vehicle. The victim resides in the 500 block of NW 6th Avenue. The plate was entered into law enforcement systems as stolen.

1C 2017-518

On 03/23/2017 at 1314 hrs., a victim called police to report a theft by deception. The victim stated he purchased a set of DVDs ($90) from a seller on E-Bay and it turned out the DVDs were counterfeited. He needed a police report to be reimbursed. Victim resides in the 500 block of NE Caden Court.

1C 2017-522

On 03/23/2017 at around 2109 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of SE 4th Street. Shannon L. Nickel (44, of Estacada), was arrested on a charge of harassment APA. She was transported and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $1,500 bond.

1C 2017-523

On 03/24/2017 at around 0234 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a person walking in the middle of N Broadway Street in the 190 block. Mandy M. Davidson (29, of Estacada), was arrested for PCS methamphetamine. She was transported to and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $10,000 bail.

1C 2017-524

On 03/24/2017 at 0706 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a fraud in the 400 block of SW Ivy Road. Police were advised that her PayPal account had been hacked and she had lost money from her bank account. The victim was provided with a fraud questionnaire and was asked that she provide us with further detail of the fraud. The investigation is on going.

1C 2017-537

On 03/25/2017 at about 2350 hrs., officers stopped Anthony A. Piccolo (35, of Estacada) for a traffic violation. They observed heroin in plain view in his vehicle. Piccolo was arrested for PCS Heroin and was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $20,000 bail.


SANDY:

18 2017-516

On 03/23/2017 at about 1058 hrs., police responded to a disturbance in the 37000 block of Highway 26. It was reported that there was a fight in progress. It ended up being juveniles wrestling around without hostile intent. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-519

On 03/23/2017 at 1417 hrs., a citizen came to the Sandy Police Department to report a hit and run to his vehicle. The owner told me he was at the Sandy Fred Meyer (16625 362nd Drive) shopping between the hours of 1530-1600 on 03/19/2017. He returned to his vehicle and noted the rear driver side quarter panel and bumper had been damaged. There is no suspect information at this time.

18 2017-520

On 03/23/2017 at 1459 hrs., police received a report about a theft of three automobile batteries from a business located in the 38000 block of Proctor Boulevard. The theft happened the previous evening. The victim stated the batteries would cost $400 to replace.

18 2017-521

On 03/23/2017 at 2002 hrs., police responded to a vehicle crash on Scales Avenue near Pleasant St. It was reported that a vehicle had crashed into a house. It was determined that a Land Rover was traveling northbound on Scales Avenue and failed to stop for the stop sign at Pleasant Street. The Land Rover collided with a Subaru that was traveling eastbound on Pleasant Street. The Land Rover then bounced off the Subaru and collided with a house. At the time of the crash the home owner was not home. Neither driver was injured and both vehicles were towed from the scene. The driver of the Land Rover was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device and a crash report was written.

18 2017-526

On 03/24/2017 at 1329 hrs., police responded to the Sandy Public Library regarding a trespass complaint. At the directors request, a juvenile was trespassed from the property.

18 2017-527

On 03/24/17 at 1510 hrs., a citizen came to the Sandy Police Department to report the theft of a wallet from his vehicle while parked at a business located in the 37000 block of Highway 26. The wallet contained cash, debit/credit cards, his license, and social security card. There are no suspects at this time.

18 2017-528

On 03/24/2017 at about 1700 hrs., an officer responded to a report of a runaway juvenile in the area of Orr Circle and Dubarko Road. By the time the officer arrived, the juvenile's father had detained him.

18 2017-529

On 03/24/2017 at about 1720 hrs., an officer on patrol saw two subjects in a domestic disturbance in the 38000 block of Highway 26. The officer interrupted the conflict and interviewed the subjects, eventually determining no crimes requiring arrest had occurred.

18 2017-530

On 03/24/2017 at about 1911 hrs., police received a report about a theft that had occurred in the 36000 block of Highway 26. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-531

On 03/25/2017 at about 1252 hrs., a parent reported that their teenage child ran away from their residence on the 39000 block of Hood Street. The juvenile returned later that day without incident.

18 2017-532

On 03/25/2017 at about 1500 hrs., police responded to a non-injury rollover crash on Highway 26 near Langensand Road. Officers provided an information exchange form
with the pertinent details to the driver.

18 2017-534

On 03/25/2017 at about 1900 hrs., an officer encountered a runaway juvenile near the intersection of Highway 26 and Bluff Road. The juvenile was taken back to his home.

18 2017-535

On 03/25/2017 at about 2014 hrs., officers were dispatched to Meinig Park to secure a bicycle that had been found in the gazebo. The bicycle was transported to the city shops, where it was secured for safe keeping.

18 2017-536

On 03/26/2017 at about 0008 hrs., officers issued a trespass warning to a male subject for camping in Meinig Park.

18 2017-538

On 03/26/2017 at about 1128 hrs., police were notified by dispatch that an individual with a warrant was seen near the 39000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. Michael W. Turner (41, of Estacada) was located and his warrant for Violation of Restraining Order was confirmed. Turner was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $5,000 bail.

18 2017-539

On 03/26/2017 at about 1453 hrs., police received a report about a trespass at the Sandy Public Library. A report is pending (CAD)

18 2017-540

On 03/26/2017 at about 1622 hrs., police assisted with a traffic crash on Highway 26 near University Avenue. A report was taken and an information exchange was facilitated on scene.

18 2017-541

On 03/27/17 at about 0300 hrs., Daniel T. Steelmon (52, of Sandy) was arrested on a warrant out of Washington. He was taken to the Clackamas County Jail, where he would be held without bail pending his extradition. An additional charge of possession of methamphetamine will be considered by the District Attorney's office due to methamphetamine found during Steelmon's arrest.
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 65-Year-old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/27/17 8:55 AM
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Sammie West has been safely located and is no longer considered a missing person.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 65-year-old man reported missing by family.

Sammie Lee West Sr. is a black male, 6'1" tall, and 210 pounds. West is homeless and was last seen by his daughter on Wednesday March 15, 2017, near the Plaid Pantry store at North Going Street and Interstate Avenue. West is generally in contact with his daughter weekly but has not contacted her since the 15th.

Anyone seeing West should call 9-1-1 so officers can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Disturbance with a Weapon in Hazel Dell
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/17 3:24 AM
On March 27, 2017 multiple Clark County Sheriff's Office units were dispatched to the Maple Knoll Apartment Complex, 1803 NE 104th Loop, on the report of a disturbance with a firearm. Several 911 callers reported hearing an altercation in the parking lot of the apartments, followed by gunfire.

Responding units canvassed the complex for potential victims, witnesses and evidence. Deputies contacted numerous potential witnesses, the majority of whom did not witness the altercation, rather heard the shots being fired.

One witness reported seeing a group of 10-13 females encouraging a male who was assaulting a female. This witness reported seeing a holstered firearm on the male. Upon seeing the firearm, the witness left the area and heard gunshots being fired. The male was described as being a black male, 18-20 years of age, approximately six feet tall, with a medium build and wearing an orange jacket.

A second witness reported seeing an unknown subject shooting from an SUV at a sedan. The colors of, and further description of these vehicles are unknown.

Deputies recovered multiple shell casings as evidence. No victims or suspects were located.
Sun. 03/26/17
Red Cross Assists Three in Hood River after Multi-family Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/26/17 12:32 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this morning, March 26, 2017, at approximately 9:00 am in the 4100 block of Bartlett Drive in Hood River, OR. The single-family fire affected three adults.

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

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Local public education coordinator receives national safety award (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 03/26/17 8:39 AM
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Brandi Ballinger
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Charlotte,North Carolina - Brandi Ballinger of Longview, Washington, was just named "National Child Passenger Safety Technician of the Year" by the National Child Passenger Safety Board. Ballinger was honored during the annual Lifesavers Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 25, 2017.

Ballinger is an employee of Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue located in Kelso, WA, as the department's Public Education Coordinator. Her work includes community education on multiple safety topics including fire, water, poison prevention and home safety in addition to occupant protection for children. Her exemplary commitment and dedication in this area resulted in her nomination for national recognition. Colleague Sarah Hoskins who writes, "Brandi is dedicated to helping families in our community. In the last year she has been helping agencies that transport children and train them on the proper use and installation of car seats. These include at-risk families dealing with very difficult challenges. She is working with local Child Protection Agency to help shape policies to guide solutions for transporting children in foster care placements."

Child passenger safety is one of the nation's most significant injury prevention initiatives; the United States currently has 37,000 nationally certified technicians who educate parents and caregivers on the proper selection and installation of child restraint systems.

Ballinger's experience in injury prevention began when she accepted a work study position at the Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue station while attending college. She was hired full-time by the department in April of 2000 and completed an introductory child passenger safety course for community educators. In 2005, she became a nationally certified child passenger safety technician. Hoskins also commented, "Brandi is a mentor to all technicians with our organization." Ballinger's work also includes collaboration and leadership within Safe Kids Lower Columbia. She has worked with the coalition on safety education programs since 2001 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the organization. Free car seat clinics are offered every third Saturday of every month where citizens can have their child's car seat inspected for proper installation. Most of the clinics are held at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's headquarters station at 701 Vine Street in Kelso, but some others are offered at alternative locations throughout the county. For more information on clinic locations and times contact (360) 578-5218.

Since becoming a certified technician, she has put her skills and knowledge to work; she has not missed a monthly car seat clinic in over ten years. In addition to monthly clinics, she conducts personal appointments with families and has offered her services to new parents at Peace Health St. John's Medical Center when asked. Her local team conducts approximately 300 car seats inspections each year. She also educates approximately 200 individuals each year on occupant protection for children through classes offered to groups in Cowlitz County. "I truly believe in the mission of having every child leave (the car seat inspection station) safer than how they arrived. I enjoy being a small part of making a difference in the lives of children and their families," said Brandi. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Dave LaFave comments on Brandi, "Brandi has been a great asset for us. Her efforts over the years are a great example of commitment to keeping our community and their children safe. This is a well-deserved award".

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Attached Media Files: Brandi Ballinger
Vehicle Crashes into a House (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/26/17 8:36 AM
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports on March 26, 2017, at 02:49 a.m. Deputies responded to 3725 SE Spicer Road, Albany, for a reported crash of a vehicle into a house.

The investigation revealed a white 2015 Subaru WRX 4-door sedan, was northbound on Three Lakes Road when it failed to negotiate a curve in the road where it intersects with Spicer Road. The vehicle left the roadway, crashing through a yard, into a power pole and then struck the front of a house before coming to a stop.

The operator, Joshua Pairan 33-yrs-old of Albany, told deputies he was out for a drive to show his friends his new car.

The passengers were identified as Noah Padilla, 33-yrs-old, and his wife Danielle Padilla, 31-yrs-old both from Albany. Danielle Padilla was sitting in the rear seat of the car and had to be rescued by the Albany Fire Department using the jaws-of-life to extricate her from the crushed vehicle. Danielle Padilla was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for non-life threatening injures.

Joshua Pairan was arrested and charged with DUII, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II and Assault III. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail. Alcohol and excessive speed appear to be contributing factors to the crash.

Assisting agencies were the Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department, Linn County Multi-Agency Crash Investigation Team (MAIT) and the Lebanon Police Department.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies are continuing the investigation.


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Sat. 03/25/17
Shooting Investigation Underway at Cascades Parkway Hotel - One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/17 11:10 PM
On Saturday March 25, 2017, at 10:38 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the Residence Inn Marriott Hotel, located at 9301 Northeast Cascades Parkway Parkway, on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and located a teen male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Officers canvassing the area located evidence of gunfire outside the hotel and damage to the building.

One person has been taken into custody as part of this investigation but it is not clear if they are the suspect in the shooting.

The Gang Enforcement Team is in the early stages of investigating this incident.

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

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Troopers Arrest a Terrebonne Man during a Rally at the Capitol Mall - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 03/25/17 8:01 PM
On March 25, 2017, at about 11:00 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area just outside the Oregon Capitol where 200 to 300 people of two opposing groups were involved in a disturbance. One person identified as Matthew Curtis HEAGY, age 31, of Terrebonne, used pepper spray and sprayed a trooper. The subject was detained and found to also be carrying a concealed firearm.

It was determined that HEAGY is a convicted felon and was in possession of a Firearm. During the time of the event, the firearm was never displayed.

HEAGY was arrested for the following charges:
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Carry Concealed Weapon - Firearm

This is an active investigation and no further information is available.
Highway 20E Crash Claims the Life of a Yoncalla Woman - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 03/25/17 6:36 PM
On March 24, 2017, at about 1:44 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20E near milepost 43, at the Brothers rest area.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Nissan Altima, operated by Amber Dawn WILSEY, age 40, and passengers Teresa Ann HALEY, age 66, both of Yoncalla, and Ross Anthony DENTEN, age 46, of Oakland, was traveling westbound when a 2010 Toyota Rav4, operated by Mary Virginia BOSWELL, age 84, of Seneca, traveling eastbound, attempted to make a left hand turn into the Brothers Rest Area. The Toyota's front passenger side corner impacted the front of the Nissan causing extensive damage. HALEY suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. WILSEY, DENTEN and BOSWELL suffered serious injuries and were transported to a Bend area hospital.

The westbound lane of Highway 20E was closed for approximately six hours while Troopers investigated the crash.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Statement from Chief Mike Marshman Regarding Internal Investigation
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/17 5:19 PM
The following is a statement from Chief Mike Marshman:

"The day I was sworn in as Chief, I made a commitment to establishing internal legitimacy and restoring trust, both within our organization and with the community we serve. Part of that commitment is respecting the investigative processes we have in place to ensure accountability at all levels of the organization. These processes apply to me as much as they do to every member of the Bureau. Regardless of rank, everyone should be accountable and it starts with me.

"I look forward to the completion of this process and am committed to full transparency so that everyone has access to the facts.

"I'm very proud of the work Portland Police Bureau members do every day to keep our community safe and they continue to have my full support."

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UPDATE - Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 25-Year-Old Woman (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/17 4:07 PM
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Today, family of Maddie Smith located her deceased in the area of Southeast 172nd Avenue and Foster Road. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded and determined that there were no signs of foul play.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 25-year-old woman.

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

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

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

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

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

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UPDATED - DIFFERENT PHOTO: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 17-Year-Old Girl and Four-Month-Old Son (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/17 10:39 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate Naseria Monique Thomas and her four-month-old son Davon Donaldson.

Thomas and her son were last seen in the area of 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street after she left a supervised visit with her son, taking him with her.

Thomas is described as a black female, 5'05" tall, 130 pounds, hair in a pony tail, last seen wearing a green jacket, black leggings, and black and white checkered shoes.

Donaldson is described as a black male last seen wearing a blue jacket and red shoes.

There are no signs of foul play or indications that Thomas intends to harm Donaldson.

Photos of both are being released to aid in this investigation. They are distorted as it came from Snapchat.

Anyone seeing Thomas and Donaldson is asked to call 9-1-1 so police can check their welfare and Donaldson can be taken into protective custody. Anyone with non-emergency information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Sheriff's Office seeking information on reports of middle schoolers robbed
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/17 9:51 AM
On 3/17/2017 in the mid-afternoon a CCSO Deputy received two reports of middle school-aged children being robbed in separate incidents. Both incidents involved a male suspect who either pointed or flashed a firearm at the victims. Both incidents have been referred to CCSO's Tactical Detective Unit, which will follow up on any forthcoming leads.

The victims, both 11 and 12 years old, were walking home from school around 3 pm on 3/17.

Incident #1:
Reported location: 10100 block of NE 72nd Street, Vancouver, WA
Suspect Description: teenage African-American male, "skinny", about 5-10.
Suspect wearing: red bandanna over his mouth, black shirt, blue jeans, light blue beanie.
Suspect vehicle: light gray or blue sedan with aluminum wheels

Description of Incident: Suspect got out of vehicle, which contained 3-4 other males. Suspect pointed a black handgun at the victim, and took his backpack.

Incident #2:
Reported location: 10400 block of NE 74th Street, Vancouver, WA
Suspect Description: teenage dark-skinned male, taller than 5-03.
Suspect Wearing: White jacket, had a shaved right eyebrow

Description of Incident: Suspect, with another unidentified male, approached victim on foot, asked him if he had any money. Victim replied he did not. Suspect displayed a handgun that was in his waistband, and asked the victim if he had anything of value. Victim said he had a musical instrument. Suspect(s) left on foot, taking nothing.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with additional information on either of these incidents to contact us at our West Precinct, 360-397-6079. Both incidents have been referred to our TDU. No further reports of robberies in this area with similar descriptions have been received by CCSO.

Prepared by Sgt. Alex Schoening
Oregon City Police are trying to locate and identify an armed robbery suspect (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 03/25/17 8:13 AM
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At about 2:29 am this morning, an unknown male suspect attempted to rob an employee at Dotty's, located at 19273 Molalla Ave. Suite G. The suspect brandished a handgun, which is seen in the photograph, and demanded money. The suspect fled prior to getting any money. The employee was un-injured during the robbery and called police. Police searched the area but the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, 20-30 years old, 5'9" to 6'0" tall, with a medium build. The suspect wore a distinct black and gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black shoes, and a red and white bandana over his face. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone recognizes the suspect or has any information about the robbery they are asked to call the Oregon City Police Department Tip Line at 503-496-1616. Reference OCPD case # 17-1040.


Attached Media Files: 17-1040
Fri. 03/24/17
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Invites the Public to the Capitol for Dairy Day (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 03/24/17 5:16 PM
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
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Tuesday, March 28, will be a day of celebration for Oregonians of all ages as we mark the 20th Anniversary of Milk as Oregon's Official Beverage. The festivities will begin at 10:00 am with Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt being served in the Galleria. During the Floor Session of both the House and Senate, the 2017 Dairy Princess Ambassador, Kiara Single and the First Alternate, Kortni Ragsdale, will be introduced by their Senator, Betsy Johnson and Representative Brad Witt.

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 86-Year-Old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/24/17 4:34 PM
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86-year-old Guiles "David" Handy was located safely and is no longer a missing person.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 86-year-old man from Northeast Portland.

Guiles "David" Handy is described as a white male, 5'6" tall, 125 pounds, with a scruffy beard and mustache. It is not known what Handy was last wearing but he usually wears blue jeans, a green nylon jacket and athletic shoes. Handy is described as looking thinner than his photo.

Handy's drop-in caregiver reported him missing on Sunday February 26, 2017. Neighbors in the area of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Russell Street reported that they had not seen Handy since Wednesday February 22. Handy lives alone, uses TriMet for transportation but is generally home before dark. Handy suffers from dementia and has struggled with short-term memory loss recently.

Anyone seeing Handy is asked to call 9-1-1 to police can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Evergreen Public Schools launches public survey
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 03/24/17 4:30 PM
Evergreen Public Schools (EPS) is giving those living within its borders a chance to comment on the condition of the buildings maintained by the school district. The survey, available at the link below, will be open until Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 5:00pm.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JY8Z7GM

The survey, according to Deputy Superintendent John Steach, will help the district find out what questions or concerns the community has about its schools. "We want to know how our citizens view the schools in their neighborhoods and answer any concerns they might have about them."

The district last passed a capital bond in 2002 which allowed the construction of three new schools (Columbia Valley and Endeavour Elementary, and Union High School), the replacement of three schools (Cascade and Covington Middle Schools, and Orchards Elementary), the remodeling of Evergreen High School, and several major improvement projects at other district facilities. In 2008, a bond measure to replace eight schools, including Sifton Elementary which was built in 1958, did not reach the 60 percent approval needed for passage.


About Evergreen Public Schools
Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the sixth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of more than 26,000 students. With more than 3,300 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Clark County.
Salmonberry Trail meeting set April 6, 2017
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/24/17 2:38 PM
Banks OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Banks to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Banks Fire District #13, 13430 NW Main St.

The agenda includes a discussion on the status of rail banking, fundraising efforts, valley segment planning and convening a valley advisory committee, strategic marketing plans and a benefit analysis study.

The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.
A Tootle World -Good Behavior Game in Yamhill County (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Public Health - 03/24/17 2:18 PM
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McMinnville, Ore. -- There is something new under the sun in Yamhill County: filled with spleems, kernels, tootles, and even prizes from wacky old granny. One must ask, what are spleems, kernels and tootles, who is the granny and why is she so wacky? The answer to these puzzling questions: the PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX GBG), an evidence-based intervention used in the classroom to create an environment that is conducive to learning. For the past year, Yamhill Community Care Organization has partnered with Yamhill County Public Health, Oregon Research Institute and three Yamhill County Elementary Schools; Faulconer-Chapman, Willamina and Yamhill-Carlton. This intervention reduces the level of virtually every psychological, behavioral and health problem that plagues our communities. Over the past 20 years, research has shown that problems as seemingly diverse as obesity, academic failure, depression and delinquency can be prevented. No longer do we need to wait until tragic things happen. We can prevent them.

We cannot prevent these problems solely by trying to get individuals to change their behavior. That is why the Good Behavior Game (GBG) movement, which is increasingly used in schools throughout North America and the world, has landed in Yamhill County. The GBG helps children learn to cooperate and concentrate and gives them a role in governing themselves. Small teams of students earn simple rewards (Granny's Wacky Prizes), such as a chance to dance or make funny noises after they have worked together successfully for short periods. A study of the PAX GBG done at John Hopkins University showed that young people who played the Game in just first or second grade were less likely to be arrested or to smoke by middle school. By the time they were entering adulthood, those who participated in the Good Behavior Game had less suicidal behavior and drug abuse and were more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. The game changes lives.
So how can you get involved? Support the initiative, encourage other schools to be a part of the movement and most of all, invest in our next generation. Who knows, you may get a wacky prize too.

About Yamhill Community Care Organization
Yamhill Community Care Organization is a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) that serves Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in Yamhill County and parts of Clackamas, Washington, Polk, Marion and Tillamook counties. Yamhill Community Care Organization provides a different way of delivering care, by integrating physical and mental health services, bringing new models of care that are patient-centered and team-focused, and governed by people from our community, including social service providers, health care providers and community members.


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Councilors seek applicants for three Board of Equalization vacancies
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 03/24/17 2:16 PM
Vancouver, WA -- The Board of County Councilors is seeking applicants to fill three positions on the Clark County Board of Equalization.

One position is for a routinely serving member, and two positions are for alternates. Terms of all three positions are from July 15, 2017 to July 14, 2020.

The Board of Equalization is a three-member, impartial citizen board that hears and decides property owners' appeals of assessed property valuations and exemptions. Members are paid $100 per day while attending hearings and meetings. Board hearings usually are in alternating weeks, Tuesday through Thursday mornings on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St

Applicants must be Clark County residents. They cannot hold any elective office or be an employee of any elected official. Persons who have been employed by the Clark County Assessor's Office are not eligible to be a board member for two years after leaving their employment.

Applicants also should have knowledge of Clark County real property and personal property appraisal techniques and property tax law. Knowledge of building trades is helpful. Computer skills are helpful.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé to Jennifer Clark, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email her at jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017.

To learn more, visit www.clark.wa.gov/board-equalization.
Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
Oregon Health Authority - 03/24/17 1:35 PM
Resending to clarify lead level measurements and add information on blood lead testing.

March 24, 2017

Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
State finds levels of the metal were significantly above federal standards, prompting building owner to voluntarily close for air sampling, clean-up

PORTLAND, OR--A multi-use commercial building in Salem that once stored and finished batteries has closed for testing, inspection and clean-up after state regulators confirmed that lead dust levels on several interior surfaces were significantly above national health protection standards.

The owner of the building at 576 Patterson St. NW in Salem, which contains at least six businesses, agreed Thursday to voluntarily shutter the structure at the request of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Occupational Safety & Health, effective immediately. The agencies had reviewed results of tests on dust wipe samples taken from more than 20 spots around the interior of the building and determined the lead dust levels that were found posed a public health threat to those visiting and working in the building.

The building owner moved immediately to fence the entire facility and personally contact all business owners in the building to inform them of the closure. Among the businesses in the building are a CrossFit gym with a small childcare facility; a home renovation firm; a baseball training facility with indoor batting cages; a catering business; a roller skating rink; and storage and office space. A microbrewery also is under construction in the building.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for lead levels at child care facilities are 40 micrograms per square foot on floors, 250 micrograms per square foot for windowsills and 400 micrograms per square foot for window troughs. Many of the samples collected in the 576 Patterson building had lead levels of many thousands of micrograms per square foot--one sample taken from the brewery floor was measured at 2,115.45 micrograms per square foot. A windowsill in the brewery was measured at 6,127.44 micrograms per square foot.

The highest sample in the building was taken from an electrical panel in a batting cage, found at 188,636 micrograms per square foot; and another on a girder above a roller skating rink was at 179,654 micrograms per square foot. Only one sample--on the CrossFit facility floor--was measured at less than 5 micrograms per square foot.

"Chronic, long-term exposure to lead is a serious concern. When we see levels of dangerous contaminants such as lead at extremely high levels that potentially endanger public health, our goal is to stop the source of the exposure," said Katrina Hedberg, MD, state health officer at the OHA Public Health Division. "This is why we encouraged the building's owner to close immediately, and fortunately, the owner acted without delay."

DEQ recommended the owners of the facility test for lead inside the old building on site, which the owners voluntarily agreed to in late February. The owners wanted to see what actions they would need to take for DEQ to lift deed restrictions in place on the site since the 1990s following cleanups to remove concrete flooring and soil contaminated with lead beneath it. In 2016 the owners entered the site into DEQ's Voluntary Cleanup Program, which provides oversight to property owners who want to clean up hazardous-substance sites in a voluntary, cooperative manner.

While the extent of the public's exposure to areas of the building with the highest lead dust levels and the precise degree of the health risks are not known, children are most at risk of long-term health effects because their bodies absorb more lead than adults' and their brains are still developing, according to EPA. Infants and young children are often exposed to more lead than adults because they put their hands and other objects contaminated with lead from dust or soil into their mouths. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavior and learning problems, such as lower IQ and hyperactivity.

Hedberg says there is no evidence of human illness related to exposures at the facility.

DEQ plans to inspect the 576 Patterson building in the coming days, and Oregon OSHA will work with the building owner to conduct air monitoring during and after clean-up of the interior. OHA also is encouraging anyone who is concerned about past lead exposure to see their health care providers and get screened for elevated blood lead levels.

Polk County Public Health is offering free blood lead testing for children ages 1-18 and pregnant or breastfeeding women who may have been exposed to lead while inside the building. Testing will be offered March 28, 4-7 p.m., at Polk County's West Salem location, 1520 Plaza St. NW, Salem. Those interested can call 503-623-8175 for more information.

Other adults and parents of children younger than 1 should seek testing through their primary care provider or pediatrician. The testing, though important, is not considered an emergency and does not need to happen immediately.

For more information on lead exposure and health, visit http://www.healthoregon.org/lead.

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Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future (Photo)
WCI - 03/24/17 12:57 PM
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Oregon winery funds experimental fermentation program

Eola Hills, first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region's economic and fermentation future will be the first donor to the experimental vineyard to Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.

Pinot Noir and Chocolate will be hosted in the "Barrel Room" of Eola Hills Wine Cellars from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd. Tickets are $85. The event will feature six pairings of Pinot Noir with chocolates prepared by Fleur Chocolate and select appetizers. A colorful presentation on Clark College at Boschma Farms will be presented at 6 p.m. Total donations from this event are expected to raise between $10,000 and $20,000.

Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boon, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized. To do so takes more than education, it requires land combined with resources for curriculum development, equipment and laboratories.

Huggins also believes this event will initiate an on-going coalition of support that includes funding from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy, and other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington. His dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States.

Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Washington, along with Eola Hill's vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be pouring at the event and will explain to guests how they may contribute to the future of this experimental winery. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com.

Seating is limited, for tickets http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars.

Three decades ago, Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins never imaged his dream of Eola Hills Wine Cellars would reach international attention. That dream is now a worldwide distributed label and Eola Hills is made up of six vineyards, over 300 planted acres, and an annual production of 93,000 cases of pinot noir and other varietals that have won international awards including Best Buy ratings year after year on their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Eola Hills Wine Cellars prides itself on producing a wine of great quality and consistency year after year. For more information: www.eolahillswinery.com.


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New Update: Hit & Run Auto Ped Investigation - Requesting public's assistance (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/17 12:53 PM
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UPDATE: 03/24/2017
Case Number 17-1578

Wanted for Felony Hit & Run:

JOHNSON, Joshua Allen DOB 03/15/1986 WMA 5'-08" 175 lbs Brown hair/Brown eyes (PHOTO)

Sheriff's Detectives have reason to believe Joshua A. Johnson was operating a red 2002 Nissan Sentra on NE 54th Avenue the early morning hours of Monday, February 20th, 2017 when he struck a pedestrian walking along the roadside and fled from the scene without rendering aid.

Probable Cause exists for the arrest of Joshua Johnson for Felony Hit and Run with Injury - RCW 46.52.020.4b. Johnson's current whereabouts are unknown.

Anyone with information concerning Joshua Johnson's location is asked to call 911 - tips may be reported to Detective Todd Young via e-mail Todd.Young@Clark.Wa.Gov



UPDATE 02/22/2017: Thanks to public attention in this case, Sheriff's detectives have located the vehicle used in the Hit & Run crash which left a pedestrian severely injured. This investigation remains active and on-going. Additional details will be released as the investigation progresses. Investigators appreciate the media and public attention which helped lead to locating the suspect vehicle. See attached photograph of suspect vehicle.


Case number 17-1578
In the early morning hours of Monday, February 20th, 2017 just before 2 AM Sheriff's deputies responded to an auto/pedestrian hit and run crash at the 4100 block of NE 54th Avenue in Vancouver. Scene investigation shows that a 34 year old male, resident of Vancouver, WA. was walking on NE 54th Avenue along the shoulder of the roadway when he was struck by a southbound vehicle. The striking vehicle then fled the crash scene.
From debris left at the crash, investigators believe the suspect vehicle to be a Nissan sedan, unknown color, which should have significant damage to the passenger side grill and headlamp as well as damage to the vehicle's hood.
The victim was discovered lying severely injured along the roadway by a passerby. He was transported via ambulance to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center in critical condition. Due to his injuries, detectives have not yet been able to interview the victim. This case is under investigation of the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit.
Anyone with information that might lead to the identity of the hit and run driver is asked to contact Detective Todd Young at Todd.Young@Clark.Wa.Gov


Attached Media Files: Joshua A. Johnson
Pursuit ends when suspect runs out of gas
Lake Oswego Police Dept. - 03/24/17 12:00 PM
On March 24, 2017 at about 3:00 AM, an Officer from the Lake Oswego Police Department tried to stop a vehicle for speeding. The vehicle didn't stop and based on the driving, the officer saw, believed the driver to be impaired. A pursuit ensued with the vehicle driving southbound on Highway 43 towards West Linn. The vehicle then turned onto southbound Interstate 205 in West Linn. As the vehicle came into the area of the Stafford Road exit it slowed and stopped. Officers later found that the vehicle had ran out of gas.

Members from the Lake Oswego Police Department, and neighboring agencies, were able to take the driver into custody. It was learned that the vehicle the suspect was driving was reported stolen out of the City of Gresham. The suspect also had both Heroin and Methamphetamine in his possession. There was also a passenger in the vehicle who was released.

Arrested was the driver of the vehicle, Jonathan William Hanna from Portland, with a date of birth of 08-04-88. He was charged with the following crimes; Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was transported and booked in the Clackamas County Jail.
Upcoming annual workshop for landlords
Salem Police Dept. - 03/24/17 11:37 AM
Attention, rental property owners, property managers, on-site resident managers! Save April 12 & 13, 2017 for the next Salem Police Department Landlord Training. The workshop has a two-day format (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day) designed to teach participants about how to reduce crime in and around rental properties, as well as how to establish and maintain a stable rental environment.

Day one focuses on crime prevention strategies for properties, recognition of drug, and other types of criminal activity that can detract from the stability of any neighborhood. Participants will also learn about state laws and local ordinances that affect rental properties. Officers with expertise in each of these areas will instruct the classes, and be able to answer common and uncommon questions that can help you protect your investment.

The course is in partnership with John Campbell of Campbell DeLong Resources. On day two, Mr. Campbell will cover an expanded section on Oregon landlord/tenant law, as well as topics, such as applicant screening, rental agreements, and the eviction process.

Register on or before April 3 and pay the reduced price of $65 per person or $85 per couple; postmarks are considered. After April 3, the fee increases to $75 and $95, respectively. Registration includes reference materials and refreshments.

For more information about the course, call 503-588-6175. To submit your registration visit the police department web page at www.cityofsalem.net/LLT to download the form.
Donate and Have Fines Forgiven During Food for Fines 2017 at Beaverton City Library
City of Beaverton - 03/24/17 11:30 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Get that library fine off your chest and do a good deed at the same time! Beaverton City Library's annual Food for Fines program runs through National Library Week, Saturday, April 8, to Sunday, April 16.


Donate non-perishable food items to either Beaverton City Library location (Main at 12375 SW 5th St and Murray Scholls at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place) during this time and you'll be forgiven $2 in fines for every item you bring in. You can eliminate up to $20 in fines. Additionally, if you bring in long overdue, billed items, those charges will also be removed.


During this annual amnesty week, library patrons have donated an average of two tons of food each year to benefit the Oregon Food Bank.


Preferred donation items include, but are not limited to: boxed meals, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, rice, pasta and pasta sauce, beans, tuna, condiments, and toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, toilet paper and toothpaste.


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


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


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Subject Taken Into Custody After Domestic Incident Near Wheatland Ferry (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/17 11:21 AM
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Today, at approximately 6:55 a.m. Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 18000 block of Wheatland Road in rural Salem. The call was initially coded by dispatch as a domestic incident. The preliminary information received indicated that a female neighbor had run onto the caller's property saying her husband was trying to kill her and that he had a gun.

Upon arrival, deputies interviewed the female victim and determined the male was still inside his residence with several accessible firearms inside. The male was identified as Ricky Shawn Nelson, 50 years of age. YCSO deputies were joined by officers from the McMinnville Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

YCOM, the Yamhill County dispatch agency, notified local residents of the situation and advised them to remain in their houses.

Several attempts were made to establish contact with Mr. Nelson, who was uncooperative and refused to exit his residence. Due to the nature of the call and the known firearms in the house, deputies requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police SWAT unit.

OSP SWAT arrived quickly used a loudspeaker to communicate with Mr. Nelson. At approximately 10:25 a.m. he surrendered to law enforcement and was taken into custody without incident. The crimes of Coercion and Menacing are expected to be charged against Mr. Nelson and he will be lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility. Bail for those crimes will initially be set at $12,500.

At this time, a search warrant is being served on the residence and the investigation is continuing.

"I want to extend my appreciation to the Oregon State Police patrol and SWAT units, as well as the McMinnville Police Department." said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "Their quick response to our request for assistance played a key role in bringing this incident to the best possible conclusion".


Attached Media Files: Wheatland
Fish and Wildlife Troopers Seek the Public's Help in an Eagle Poaching Case - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/17 11:18 AM
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On March 20, 2017, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Trooper responded to a report of a Bald Eagle that had been killed and dumped at the mouth of the Winchuck River near Brookings. The Bald Eagle's talons had been cut off and illegally taken. An examination of the Bald Eagle showed no sign of visible injuries that would have led to the death of the bird. The taking of the Eagle's talons without a permit is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940. Penalties under the Act can include jail time and a fine of $100,000 or more, depending on the circumstances. Bald Eagles are also protected under Oregon's Wildlife Laws.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Senior Trooper Paul Rushton at the number listed below. It should be noted that this incident is unrelated to another press release where an OSP Trooper helped rescue two injured Bald Eagles in the Brookings Area.

Senior Trooper Paul Rushton: 541-531-5896

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Beaverton City Library (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/24/17 10:00 AM
Paulann Petersen (pictured) will lead a poetry workshop on April 6 as part of Beaverton City Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month. Other events include a poetry coffeehouse and list poems contest for teens. (Photo/Paulann Petersen)
Paulann Petersen (pictured) will lead a poetry workshop on April 6 as part of Beaverton City Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month. Other events include a poetry coffeehouse and list poems contest for teens. (Photo/Paulann Petersen)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- This April, Beaverton City Library is celebrating National Poetry Month with events for teens and adults.


Anyone's Domain Poetry Workshop
Thursday, April 6, 6-8:30 p.m.
Paulann Petersen will lead a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, you'll make an exhilarating plunge into language. All levels of experience, including beginners, are welcome. The only requirement is your willingness to spend a couple of hours writing as part of a supportive community of other writers.


Limited to 30 participants. Registration required; register online at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register.


List Poems Contest and Teen Poetry Coffeehouse
Contest: Entries due Saturday, April 15
Coffeehouse: Thursday, April 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library and the Beaverton Library Foundation are holding a challenge for teens in grades 6 to 12 to write a list poem--a poem with repetition, made up of a list of things, which may include rhyming.


Cash prizes will be awarded to three winners in middle school and high school. Contest guidelines and an entry form will be posted on the teen page of the library website, www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Teens, on Saturday, March 25.


Entries are due Saturday, April 15, and can be submitted in the Teen Room at the main library, 12375 SW Fifth St, or at the Murray Scholls branch, 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place.


Winners will be announced at the Teen Poetry Coffeehouse on April 27. Parents, teachers and family members are welcome to stay for the announcement 6-6:15 p.m. Only teens in grades 6-12 may be present for coffeehouse snacks and poetry 6:15-7:30 p.m. Winning entries will be posted on the teen page of the library website on Friday, April 28.


For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Teens or call 503-350-4001.


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


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


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Attached Media Files: Paulann Petersen (pictured) will lead a poetry workshop on April 6 as part of Beaverton City Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month. Other events include a poetry coffeehouse and list poems contest for teens. (Photo/Paulann Petersen)
Corrected dates: Spring cleaning with seven recycling events countywide
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 03/24/17 9:56 AM
Vancouver, WA -- A series of free Green Neighbors Recycling Day events will expand opportunities for Clark County residents to recycle a variety of items.

Event times and locations are:
Vancouver: April 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Evergreen High School, 14300 N.E. 18th St.
Yacolt: April 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Yacolt Primary School, 406 W. Yacolt Rd.
Ridgefield: April 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5901 South 11th St.
La Center: April 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holley Park, 1000 E. 4th St.
Camas: May 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., Washougal
Washougal: May 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St.
Battle Ground: May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St.

County residents can drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, scrap metal and no more than five tires without rims per person. All events, except Yacolt and Ridgefield, will provide shredding for up to two banker boxes of paper. No business waste will be accepted.

Residents who cannot attend an event can find year-round options at RecyclingA-Z.com.

Recycling Day events are free and open to all Clark County residents. Proof of residency, such as a driver's license or other identification with an address, may be required.

Household hazardous waste (HHW), such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and chemicals, will NOT be accepted. Dispose of HHW for free year-round at these three transfer stations:

Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month
Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun.
West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Additional information about HHW disposal is available at www.clark.wa.gov/hhw, or call 360.397.2121 ext. 4352.

Green Neighbors, a Public Health program of Clark County Solid Waste, sponsors Recycling Day events in partnership with the cities. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding. For information, visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html.
Individuals, businesses honored for promoting environmental sustainability
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 03/24/17 9:51 AM
Vancouver, WA -- At Thursday night's Green Awards celebration, County Manager Mark McCauley presented awards to six businesses and community members for their commitment to reduce harmful environmental impacts, educate others and give back to the community. The winners are:

Steve Horton, Alki Middle School - Green Apple Award for a school employee
Steve inspires Alki students as leader of the environmental club. He transformed Alki's recycling and composting program, encouraging all students to participate through fun events and contests.

Shareefah Hoover - Green Neighbor Award for a resident who exemplifies a sustainable lifestyle Shareefah shares her composting knowledge with neighbors, walks to work often, researches recycling options for plastics not accepted curbside, and works to conserve energy at home.

Richard Reiter - Green Volunteer Award
Richard has volunteered with the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store since 2011. By revamping its metal recycling program, he helped the store keep tons of materials out of landfills.

Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning - Green Business Product/Service Award
By providing carpet cleaning services without generating dirty wastewater, Heaven's Best conserves resources and protects our waterways from potential pollution.

Simply Thyme Catering - Green Business Award (25 or fewer employees)
Simply Thyme offsets all its electricity use through Clark Public Utilities' Green Lights program, purchases locally produced food when possible, and diverts food scraps from the landfill.

Cadet -- Green Business Award (more than 25 employees)
Cadet recently eliminated 90 percent of incoming block foam packaging and installed energy-saving motion sensors throughout the building. It also protects stormwater by filtering roof runoff in a Grattix box.

"At the county, our vision includes healthy natural and built environments," McCauley told the audience. "But this is a team effort. It takes people like you to help get that done."
Vancouver resident Joe Clifton of Clifton Metal Works created the awards using recycled metal and bocce balls.

To learn more about Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach, visit www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/solid-waste-environmental-outreach.
Prospective students invited to Preview Day at WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver - 03/24/17 9:33 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Prospective Cougs are invited to Washington State University Vancouver's Preview Day at 1 p.m. April 1. Check in at the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Guests will learn about WSU Vancouver's academic programs, the application process, financial aid and scholarships, campus life and more. There will also be campus tours beginning at noon. Tours will meet at the Firstenburg Family Fountain.

An admissions seminar will provide a campus overview, as well as admissions requirements and how to apply. Representatives from student organizations will share information about recreational and co-curricular activities, and student ambassadors will give insight into campus life, academics and student support services. Members of WSU Vancouver's staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions.

Demonstrating the "how-to" of college affordability, an A-Z Paying for College workshop will cover options for paying for college including loans, grants, waivers and scholarships. Financial aid experts will be on hand to answer individual questions.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Vancouver.wsu.edu/preview. 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. Parking is free on weekends. Find a campus map at vancouver.wsu.edu/map.

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

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WSU Vancouver offers earthquake preparedness presentations
WSU Vancouver - 03/24/17 9:32 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver will host a free public presentation April 6 on preparing for the aftereffects of a major earthquake. The one-hour presentation will be offered at two times, 3 and 6:30 p.m., in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Raffle prizes will be given out.

Scott Johnson, emergency management division manager for Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, will explain what to expect--and how to prepare--for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, A.K.A. "The Big One."

Guests will be able to browse emergency products and learn about local resources in Dengerink Administration Building, Rooms 129 and 130 from 2 to 7 p.m. Resource vendors include American Red Cross, Big Blok, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, Emergency Essentials and Thrive Life.
For more information, contact Anne O'Neill, aeoneill@wsu.edu.

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. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3.

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

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PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation Announces Award Winners (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 03/24/17 9:16 AM
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The PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation announces the recipients of the 2017 Sister Andrea Nenzel Friend of the Foundation Awards, honoring individuals and organizations that have provided exceptional service to the Foundation and the Medical Center. The awards will be formally presented at the Foundation's annual Cascade Society Dinner on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Hilton.

There are two categories of awards:
The Community Award honors a non-PeaceHealth supporter.
The Caregiver Award honors a PeaceHealth caregiver.

The 2017 Community Award will be presented to Jim Martin, chief investment officer of the Murdock Charitable Trust. Martin serves on both the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation Board and on the Foundation's Finance Committee. He was a strong supporter of the Foundation's Neurosciences Campaign.

"For six years, the Foundation has been the beneficiary of Jim's wise financial counsel," said Carol Van Natta, executive director of the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation. "He has been an outstanding board member and a generous donor. We are thrilled that Jim has agreed to accept the 2017 Community Award."

The Caregiver Award will be presented to two PeaceHealth employees. Kaci Caldwell, RCS, Manager of Cardiology clinic operations and IP cardiac diagnostic services; and Laura Hall, BSN, RN, CNOR, Manager Perioperative Services, Technology, Product Improvement & Business Office. Caldwell and Hall are honored for their service as co-chairs of PeaceHealth's annual employee giving drive. Hall has led the fundraising effort for the past decade; Caldwell joined as co-chair in 2012. Over the last five years, their efforts have inspired PeaceHealth Southwest employees to donate more than one million dollars.

"The Caregiver Campaign is successful year after year largely due to the efforts of Kaci and Laura," said Van Natta. "Because of their leadership, almost 25 percent of PeaceHealth Southwest employees make annual charitable gifts, supporting a wide range of programs and services at our Medical Center."

To request reservations to attend the Cascade Society dinner, please contact Alison Lazareck at the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation at (360) 514-3634.

The Friend of the Foundation Awards were created in 2016 and are named for Sister Andrea Nenzel, CSJP, who chairs the PeaceHealth System Board. The first awards were given in 2016 to attorney Randy Grove of Landerholm Law, and to Dr. Alden Roberts, PeaceHealth Southwest's chief medical officer (retired).

About PeaceHealth Southwest:
The region's health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County's largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care.

Learn more at www.peacehealth.org


Attached Media Files: Laura Hall , Kaci Caldwell , Jim Martin
Newport Police Officers conduct Distracted Driving campaign during Spring Break
Newport Police Dept. - 03/24/17 8:55 AM
During this 2017 Spring Break period, 03/24/2017 through 04/09/2017, Newport Police Officers will be focusing traffic enforcement efforts on Distracted Driving-related offenses. Distracted Driving has been identified as one of the "Fatal Five" contributing factors to loss of life in a motor vehicle crash. This traffic safety campaign is an effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes that can result in property damage, injury, and loss of life. We are paying special attention to distracted driving during this time period when there is heavy congestion on our local roadways.

The National Traffic Highway Safety Institute reports that, in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years of age involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group exhibits the largest proportion of driv¬ers distracted at the time of the crashes.

For more information please visit our website at: http://newportoregon.gov/dept/npd/ or https://www.distraction.gov/. The Newport Police Tip line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.
Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 03/24/17 8:44 AM
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 P.M. Regular Board Meeting
Location: Hockinson Middle School Library
Address: 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
17 Citations, 13 Warnings, Three Arrests in Thursday Night #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/24/17 8:34 AM
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On Thursday March 23, 2017, from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by East, North and Central Precinct officers, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on Northeast Sandy Boulevard, from 37th to 82nd Avenues.

Officers focused on dangerous behaviors and the officers were free to make traffic stops on drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders as they saw fit. The officers were encouraged to share information about the Vision Zero program during these contacts. As always, officers were allowed the discretion to issue citations, warnings or classes.

In total, 17 citations for 31 separate violations were issued as well as 13 written warnings. Three drivers were arrested: One for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), one for Driving While Revoked and Possession of Methamphetamine, and one for an outstanding arrest warrant.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

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

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

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Battle Ground to begin Water Flushing Project
City of Battle Ground - 03/24/17 8:24 AM
Starting this month, the Battle Ground Public Works Department will begin flushing water main lines around the city to improve water quality and clarity.
The routine process includes opening fire hydrants to propel sediments out of the system with a high velocity water flow. Flushing the system also gives the city a chance to ensure the flow and pressure are up to standard on every hydrant.
City officials indicate that as flushing continues, people may notice discolored water coming out of their faucets in nearby homes or businesses. The water would likely appear red from naturally occurring iron or black from manganese deposits.
Despite its unappealing color, the water will not be a health hazard, the city warns. To get rid of the dark colored water, the city suggests opening the cold tap closest to the water meter and letting it run on full flow until the water is clear again.
In any case, the city still recommends making sure the tap water is clear before doing laundry.
The project is scheduled to carry on through May. More information about Water Main Flushing is available at https://www.cityofbg.org/watermainflush or you may contact Public Works at 360-342-5350.
Search for Lost Hiker in the Columbia River Gorge Continues Overnight
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/17 4:27 AM
Update

The lost hiker was located by MCSO Search and Rescue teams just before 3:00 am on Friday, 03/24/2017. He was cold and wet, but otherwise in good health and able to walk out with search and rescue teams.

MCSO would like to thank all of the volunteers who assisted in making the rescue happen in challenging conditions in the middle of the night.

The 7:00 am press update at Horsetail Falls is canceled.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, working alongside searchers from Mountain Wave Search and Rescue and Pacific NW Search and Rescue, are looking for a lost hiker who called 911 at 2:30 pm on 03/23/2017 to report he was not able to find his way back to the Horsetail Falls Trailhead, where he had started his hike earlier in the day. Deputies responding to the call were able to get a general location from a cell phone ping, but noted his cell phone had very little battery life when they last spoke with the hiker.

Friends of the lost hiker said he had researched today's hike and provided maps of his intended route. MCSO SAR coordinators indicate the man is 29 years of age and is an experienced hiker, but is not from the Portland area nor familiar with hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. He is uninjured and has food and water with him, along with a backpack.

Members of the MCSO Trailhornets began searching for the lost hiker at approximately 3:00 pm, but were forced to return with nightfall approaching. At approximately 7:30 pm an additional 15 searchers were deployed to search the trails system near Horsetail Falls and the Rock of Ages Trail using headlamps and flashlights to guide their way. More searches are arriving to the command post as of 11:30 pm and will continue to search for the missing hiker throughout the night.

Trail conditions are dangerous in this area, making search efforts difficult. As the darkness set in, heavy rains began to fall, further complicating the mission for searchers. Search teams have experienced washed out trails, downed trees, and creeks overflowing with water making them impassable.

In the event the missing hiker is not located overnight, an update on search efforts will be provided at 7:00 am on Friday 03/24/2017 at the MCSO command post located in the Horsetail Falls Trailhead parking lot.
Thu. 03/23/17
Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Five People, Pets in Vancouver, WA
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/23/17 11:51 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this evening, March 23, 2017, at approximately 6:30 pm in the 1000 block of West 31st Street in Vancouver, WA. The single-family fire affected two adults, three children and three pets.

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

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Polk County requesting help identifying suspects
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/17 7:04 PM
On March 23, 2017 at about 2:00pm, a woman reported that an unknown male and female had just entered her residence on James Howe Rd outside of Dallas and threatened to harm her children if she did not open a safe that was in the residence. The unknown female also used force to get the victim's compliance, grabbing her by the hair and shoving her around the residence. The unknown male did not take action, but remained inside the residence during the incident.

The unknown female then forced the victim to the lower level of the residence and bound her hands to a table and fled the residence. It took about 10-15 minutes for the victim to free herself and call 911. The children were unharmed during the incident, but the victim had marks on her wrists, face, and knee.

The suspect female was described as being about 35 years old, 190 lbs, about 5'6", with dark hair. The female was wearing a pink hoodie shirt (not a sweatshirt), black sweats, and brown Ugg style boots and was wearing gloves and sunglasses. The male was described as about 35 years old, 6'0 tall, medium build, clean shaven, and wearing a black hat, jeans, and a dark shirt.

If anyone has any information on the possible identity of the two subjects, please notify Det. John Williams at 503-623-9251 or at williams.john@co.polk.or.us or message us on Facebook.
CCSO: Wilsonville Police Department Searching for an Arsonist
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/17 4:23 PM
On Thursday March 23rd at around 10:00 am employees at the Boulder Creek Apartments at 6600 SW Wilsonville Rd reported a man setting fire to a couch on the back porch of an apartment. The man ran off on foot and subsequent searches were not able to find him. The couch was extinguished with no further damage.

The man is described as a dark skinned male approximately 6 feet tall, late teens to early 20's with an "Afro" style haircut and some facial hair. He was wearing a black hoody and jeans.

The witness was able to provide a description and a composite sketch was completed. If anyone has any information about this crime please contact the Wilsonville Police Department at 503-682-1012. Please refer to CCSO Case number 17-7785.

The City of Wilsonville contracts with the Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.


Attached Media Files: Composite Sketch of Suspect
Tip of the Week March 27, 2017, Residential Burglary Prevention
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 03/23/17 4:03 PM
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY PREVENTION
No one wants to be a victim of burglary; it's a traumatic and distressing experience. Many burglaries occur when the residence is not occupied. This could occur at a vacation home or permanent residence.

There are several crime prevention techniques when it comes to protecting your residence. Obvious techniques would include locking all doors and windows and the use of motion lights for the exterior of your home.

Listed below are some suggestions from your Lincoln County Sheriff's Office to help protect your home and property:
Consider getting a video recording system for your home. Video quality has improved within the last few years and the cost associated with such equipment has been reduced to an affordable rate.
Install a motion-activated camera in an inconspicuous location (tree, shrub etc.) on your property. If the camera is directed toward the driveway, a suspect vehicle description with license plate could be obtained.
Burglars are known to target high definition flat screen televisions located inside unoccupied residences. Record the make, model, size and serial number of each flat screen television to assist the Sheriff's Office in the event of a recovery.
Look into getting an audible alarm system. Suspects to do not like attention being focused on them. An audible alarm being activated during a burglary in progress could be the difference of a suspect being inside your home for a few hours versus a few seconds.
Having dogs at your residence can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized. A burglar will most likely choose a house without a dog due to a better chance of not being detected or attacked.
Engrave you driver's license number on valuable tools, electronics, etc. Deputies often encounter suspected stolen property, but without a serial number or identifying marks it becomes difficult to determine what items are linked to a burglary victim.
Keep photographs of items of value in a secure location. In the unfortunate event of a burglary, photos can aid law enforcement when recovering suspected stolen property.
Keep all firearms and valuable jewelry in a safe that is bolted to the floor or studded wall. Typical burglars usually like to take items without much effort. There is a reason why old bulky television sets are left behind.

Your Sheriff's Office encourages citizens to employ some or all of these prevention techniques to help reduce criminal activity, to aid in suspect(s) identification, and to help identifying stolen property.

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-03/5490/102922/032717-Residential_Burglary_Prevention.pdf
It's back! April 20 - bigger and better, during Earth Day week - The Big One Hood River event - Cascadia quake preparedness (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/17 3:56 PM
The Big One - landslide/quake photo
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2nd annual Hood River County / Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) event:

The Big One Hood River - Get Ready for Cascadia earthquakes and emergencies
Thurs. April 20, 5pm - 8 p.m.
Rockford Grange and Westside Fire Station #1 -- Hood River,
4250 Barrett Dr. Hood River, OR - and Westside Fire Station #1, next door

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Back by popular demand in Hood River- a hands-on safety fair and fascinating Cascadia Subduction earthquake presentation - THE BIG ONE 2.0 in Hood River -- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20. It was standing room only last year and this year, we're at a new location with a lot more room for hands-on activities at Rockford Grange and Westside Fire station, 4250 Barrett Dr. Hood River, OR.

Go hands-on with fire extinguishers, Go-Kits, mobile response vehicles, tour Westside Fire station, talk to the folks that staffed the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) for the winter storm, learn how to purify and store water safely, preserve food, learn about generators, how to safely shut off utilities, get ready for recreation season and emergencies at the same time.

Enjoy Westside Fire/Hood River Fire free BBQ and Fresh Start tasty hors d' oeuvres. Hang out with Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey Bear. It's everything you need to know--all the local public safety experts in one place - how to handle emergencies-- and practice it, hands-on - to Get Ready Gorge for Cascadia earthquakes and other emergencies.

After Hood River's intense winter that became a County and State declared snow/ice storm emergency, June Cascadia Rising statewide drills and the summer Mosier train derailment -- emergency preparedness is more relevant than ever, here in the Gorge.

At 6 p.m., back with the latest Cascadia Subduction earthquake information, is popular geologic speaker Dr. Althea Rizzo, from Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Plus, you'll hear the latest from Barb Ayers, Hood River County Emergency Manager and Sheriff Matt English, on progress Hood River County has made in the last year.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management, Columbia Gorge Community College, NW Natural, Westside Fire, Hood River Fire and Rockford Grange present this annual BIG ONE safety event in honor of Earth Day.

Cascadia earthquakes are "Oregon's greatest natural threat," according to the Governor's Task Force on Resilience. Oregon and Washington have begun preparing for a magnitude 9.0 Cascadia quake here, comparable to the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake. Getting prepared for quakes means our community is ready for other more common emergencies - winter storms, wildfires, evacuations and medical emergencies.

-- Details: THE BIG ONE Hood River -- April 20 hands-on safety fair, free food and great speakers --

More than 15 hands-on safety activities. This year, we're welcoming families and kids -- tour Westside Fire Station #1, meet Sparky the fire dog, Smokey Bear, and enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers cooked up by local firefighters.

At 6pm, our riveting speaker with a new program - State geological expert Althea Rizzo, Ph.D. (Oregon Office of Emergency Management) - offering the latest update on Cascadia Subduction earthquakes

Hood River County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management - Barb Ayers and Sheriff Matt English - update on what we've accomplished since last year, and how to prepare our community, homes, families and businesses for disasters and emergencies

Hors d' oeuvres catered by Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program and no-host wine and beverage bar

Free event. Optional $10 suggested donation.

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THE BIG ONE - Hood River April 20 - hands-on skill stations include:

What's in a "Go kit" - sample survival kits - talk to experts from OSU, Hood River County and 2nd Wind Sports

Hood River County Emergency Management -- Emergency Manager Barb Ayers, Sheriff Matt
English and the EOC (Emergency Operations center) team:

What we learned from Winter Storm snow and ice storm (declared emergency) 2017 -- our
first County EOC (Emergency Operations Center) activation in 20 years. Meet the team.

Learn how the County helps local agencies and businesses recover- state and federal
programs

What we learned from statewide Cascadia Rising earthquake drills June 6-10, 2016

What we learned from our Dec 2016 four-day grant-funded IEMC (Integrated Emergency
Management Community Course,) attended by 96 local leaders.

Is your home or business quake-ready? Check out the FEMA building retrofit guide.
Beautiful historic brick buildings and those built before earthquake codes are a
concern

Find out about Neighborhood Mapping and how to build neighbor-to-neighbor readiness

OSU extension - with Lauren Kramer, Asst. Professor:

Preparedness, food safety - what
to do if your freezer or fridge stops working; storing Food for safety and quality;
water storage for emergencies

2nd Wind Sports - with Pepi and Erica Girard -- Recreation Ready!

Hiking- watersports- camping - disasters -- here in the Gorge, we're recreation ready
and ready for emergencies -- same kit, same preparedness thinking

How do you quickly/easily purify water if it's contaminated?

Bring the family! Westside Fire and Hood River Fire Department present:

Meet the fire trucks! Tours at Westside Fire Station #1
Go hands-on -- practice your fire extinguisher skills
Free hot dogs and hamburgers- cooked up by local firefighters
Ready, Set, Go -- how to prepare for evacuations
Defensible Space -- prevent wildfires from damaging your home
Hands-only CPR practice with Hood River Fire Department
Hands-only CPR skill station -- practice on manikins with Kip Miller and Fire/EMS team
The Amazing Ellen Dittebrandt (AED) program

HazMat and how to shelter in place with Oregon Fire Marshall's Office - Michael Heffner

Interactive shelter-in-place activity and learn what HazMat placards mean

What to do when is the power is out. How do you shut off utilities? How to switch safely from electric to generator power?

Learn to safely shut off your natural gas with NW Natural -- Tonya Brumley
Hood River County Public Works -- solar power generator - alternative power displays
Pacific Power's Hazard Hamlet -- the ever-popular 5-foot long interactive mini-city
activity

Crag Rats - Bill Pattison and team:

Check out the backcountry emergency response rigs; learn about backcountry rescues and emergency field communications from the historic Crag Rats

When to call 911 -- sign up for Citizen Alerts - with 911 Commander Erica Stolhand:

Sign up in person for the countywide Citizen Alert System (used for evacuations and emergency notices.) All local safety agencies use this phone/email system to reach you with important information. We can't reach you on your cell or email if you don't opt in.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office -- public safety, water sports safety, search and rescue

Hood River County Health Dept. -- vaccines -- info station

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A SECOND EVENT -- THE DALLES BIG ONE -- April 19

New this year, a second Big One event, serving a new Gorge market: THE BIG ONE, The Dalles -- Wed. April 19, 5-8pm The Dalles Readiness Center, sponsored by Columbia Gorge Community College, Wasco County Emergency Management and NW Natural.

Same great speaker at both Hood River and The Dalles event -- and different booths for hands-on activities at the two locations. Please contact Suzanne Burd at CGCC for more details on this event, 541-506-6123.


Attached Media Files: The Big One- event flyer , Event details - The Big One Hood River - Cascadia preparedness 4/20/17 , The Big One - landslide/quake photo , Get Ready Gorge graphic
Vancouver Police arrest bank robber
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/23/17 3:05 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On March 23, 2017, Vancouver Police arrested Howard O. Johnson Jr., DOB: 1/8/88 for three counts of Robbery I and booked him into the Clark County Jail.

Johnson is the suspect in the March 7, 2017 bank robbery at the IQ Credit Union and the March 14, 2017 robbery of the US Bank and Columbia Credit Union.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Scappoose Post Office listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/23/17 2:55 PM
US Post Office - Scappoose
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The Scappoose Post Office opened in February 1966. In contrast to the monumental downtown post office buildings constructed before World War II, the "Thousands Series" post offices, like the Scappoose building, were relatively small, modern in appearance, and featured a 24-hour lobby including postal boxes, will call counter, and a retail space. Typically, these buildings were located outside downtown to accommodate plenty of customer parking and allow mail trucks to maneuver. The Scappoose Post Office embodies all of these design principals and is an excellent, intact example of the type. Thousand Series post offices were designed to be part of an efficient mail-processing network that relied on automation and truck transportation to efficiently process mail locally and then deliver it to destinations across the nation.

More than 148 historic properties are now listed in the National Register in Columbia County, including the 1902 James Watts House in Scappoose. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , US Post Office - Scappoose
2013 Murder Suspect Found Guilty, Sentenced to Life in Prison (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/23/17 2:33 PM
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Today, Thursday March 23, 2017, a Multnomah County Jury found 26-year-old Xavier Dorell Bolden guilty of Murder in the November 2013 shooting death of Duriel Harris outside a Portland nightclub. Bolden was sentenced to life in prison.

The victim, 30-year-old Duriel Joseph Harris, was shot and killed by Bolden outside the Fontaine Bleau Nightclub on November 9, 2013. The nightclub was located at 237 Northeast Broadway but has since closed for good. On the night of the shooting, North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to a large disturbance and shooting outside the club. Officers arrived to find a crowd of 75-100 people involved in a disturbance and Harris suffering from multiple gunshot wounds Harris died at the scene and officers learned that two other people suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during the disturbance.

In September 2014, Bolden was arrested on a murder warrant in Las Vegas, Nevada by the Las Vegas Criminal Apprehension Team and later extradited to Oregon to face prosecution.

Homicide and Gang Enforcement Team detectives worked collaboratively with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to investigate this case, leading to the arrest and conviction of Bolden. Anonymous tips given to Crime Stoppers of Oregon and a few brave witnesses coming forward were critical in securing the indictment and eventual conviction in this case.

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Union Gospel Mission to Provide 500 Meals and Gifts on Easter Sunday (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 03/23/17 2:27 PM
Guest at Easter 2016
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Union Gospel Mission to Provide 500 Meals and Gifts on Easter Sunday

Portland, OR -- At Union Gospel Mission's Annual Easter Brunch, the Mission expects to serve over 500 meals and provide Easter gifts to the homeless and people in need. The event takes place at Union Gospel Mission at 15 NW Third Avenue in Portland, on Sunday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m. This is a free event open to anyone in need.

The menu includes ham, scrambled eggs with cheese, O'Brien potatoes with sausage gravy, fresh fruit or ambrosia, coffee, and orange juice.

In addition to the meal, guests will receive Easter gift bags containing small blankets and flashlights. The public can provide these gifts directly through the Mission's Amazon Wish List. The purchased items will ship directly to the Mission. Amazon Wish List link http://a.co/b8dLGQl

"We conducted an informal poll with our homeless guests and they said the gifts they most wanted were small fleece blankets and flashlights. We are hoping the public can help us with this, and the Amazon Wish List makes it easy to directly help a homeless person this Easter," said Lori Quinney, Union Gospel Missions Food Services Coordinator.

Union Gospel Mission is seeking financial support for the Easter event, and donations of ham and coffee. To give a donation, go to ugmportland.org. To donate coffee, contact Lori Quinney at 503-274-4483.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission's purpose is "Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor." Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless, and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.
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Attached Media Files: Guest at Easter 2016 , Guests enjoy Easter 2016 Meal , Volunteer serves at Easter 2016
State Search and Rescue Coordinator Reminds Oregonians to stay safe this Spring Break (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/23/17 2:16 PM
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Spring Break is coming up and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas would like to remind Oregonians to stay safe while enjoying spring break activities. Lucas says the search and rescue community in Oregon stands ready to respond when needed, but that being safe and prepared should always be a priority when getting out to enjoy all Oregon has to offer.

Lucas says a lot of accidents can be avoided by being prepared and knowing where you're going, the weather conditions, what you need, and by bringing extra supplies like water and high protein or other snacks.

"If you are going out, away from the city, you should plan accordingly. Plan for safety and the unexpected," says Lucas. "When you go hiking, dress accordingly. Bring food, a cell phone and other supplies you may need."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue program supports the broad spectrum of search and rescue operations in Oregon. That mission includes coordinating activities of state and federal agencies involved in search and rescue, liaising with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and other organizations, and providing on-scene search and rescue coordination when requested.

"Search and Rescue is a needed asset, especially in Oregon. We live in a large state with so many recreation opportunities," Lucas added. "No one goes out with the intent to get lost or injured so preparing in advance can keep you safe."

He said even though it is spring break, weather conditions still may be harsh, making it even more important to be prepared when heading outdoors. Here are some wilderness safety tips: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/upload/Safety%20Tips%20for%20Hiking-2.pdf

To learn more about the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Program go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/Search-and-Rescue.aspx



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Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas (center) stands with U.S. Coast Guard Pilots, March 2017, at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters prior to a capabilities demonstration of the MH-65 Short Range Recovery Helicopter. (Courtesy Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters)

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A scene at the California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue Summer Exercise in 2016 shows search and rescue personnel standing near Brim aviation search and rescue helicopters in Ashland, Ore.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)

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Corvallis and Eugene Mountain Rescue teams are tested on their basic ground search and rescue rope rescue skills in June 2016 during Oregon Mountain Rescue Council re-certification at Mary's Peak outside of Corvallis Oregon.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)


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Woodland High School Career and Guidance Specialist selected as ESD 112's 2017 Regional Classified Employee of the Year (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 03/23/17 1:30 PM
Principal John Shoup announced Mary Ann Sturdivan's award during a Spirit Assembly on Thursday
Principal John Shoup announced Mary Ann Sturdivan's award during a Spirit Assembly on Thursday
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March 23, 2017-Woodland, WA-Educational Service District 112 selected Woodland High School's Career and College Guidance Specialist, Mary Ann Sturdivan, as the 2017 Regional Classified Employee of the Year.

Principal John Shoup recognized and announced Sturdivan's award to the entire school's staff and students during a Spirit Assembly on Thursday, March 23, 2017. "Mary Ann was hired after an exhaustive search for an individual who was organized, visionary, and worked well with adults and students alike," said Shoup. "She has far exceeded our expectations, and I am honored to have supported her candidacy for employee of the year."

Sturdivan ensures students stay on track for completing their culminating project, necessary for graduation from high school. The culminating project requires seniors to present in front of judging panels made up of volunteer community members, all of which Sturdivan organizes and coordinates. "Mary Ann is amazing to watch with all the moving parts of these presentations which have gone very smoothly for each of the last four years," said Shoup. "During her tenure, there has never been a student who failed to graduate as a result of missing the mark on their culminating project -- a significant statistic."

Sturdivan also researched and organized the school's Food and Clothing Pantry, a free service which provides food items and clothing to students in need. "Watching the pantry service grow has been simply amazing to watch," said Shoup. "It is because of Mary Ann's vision and her deep caring for the well-being of our students that this service is now a reality." In addition, Sturdivan organizes the formal dress depository which allows girls who cannot afford a dress to select a formal dress for free, enabling them to attend the school's TOLO dance in formal attire.

Sturdivan's formal job responsibilities involve her working with students to help with their career and college preparation, working closely with teachers and administration to ensure deadlines are met, students are well-informed, and to also work with guest speakers to present to the students throughout the school year. "Many people could probably accomplish these tasks, but what sets Mary Ann apart from her peers is her 'can-do' attitude which motivates so many others to join her team," explained Shoup. "Students, staff, parents, and the community love working with Mary Ann because she exhibits a caring and loving attitude with everyone, and her light shines so brightly that you can clearly see her vision and want to be a member of her team."

Sturdivan will now be eligible to be selected as the Washington State Classified Employee of the Year by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction along with eight other award winners from the state's Educational Service District regions.

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Battle Ground receives $25,000 grant for Computer Integrated Manufacturing at PHS (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 03/23/17 12:39 PM
Student using a milling machine in PHS' CIM class
Student using a milling machine in PHS' CIM class
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Battle Ground Public Schools has received a $25,000 grant to purchase new equipment for Prairie High School's Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class. The grant is from Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a non-profit organization that provides hands-on curricula in the fields of computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

The primary goals of PLTW classes are to build enthusiasm while developing in-demand skills and providing students with an opportunity to explore careers through hands-on learning and real-life problem solving. Prairie's CIM course illustrates the opportunities related to manufacturing by teaching students about modern manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation.

"The Computer Integrated Manufacturing class provides a unique opportunity to prepare students for their next step after high school," said Cindy Arnold, the district's director of career and technical education. "This class bridges engineering design with a more traditional shop class, which provides excellent training for the skills required by modern manufacturing jobs."

Students in the CIM class build upon their Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience through the use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. With this software, students import a digital design into a program that a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mill uses to transform a block of raw material into a product designed by a student. Students learn and apply concepts related to integrating robotics, such as Automated Guided Vehicles and robotic arms, into manufacturing systems.

The $25,000 grant will be used to purchase a new CNC mill and robotic arm bundle for PHS, ensuring that the classroom is properly outfitted to fully take advantage of the curriculum. Project Lead the Way was first introduced to the district at the middle school level through Pleasant Valley's Design and Modeling and Robotics courses. Since then, the district has added PLTW classes at Daybreak and Tukes Valley middle schools, providing a gateway for more students to transition to related high school courses.

PHS teacher Rob Smith has already noticed the difference. "Thanks to the middle school Project Lead the Way classes, incoming freshmen are able to hit the ground running by the time they reach my classroom," Smith said. "Technology is completely changing what's possible, and no matter whether students are looking to enter the workforce right after graduating high school or plan on going to college, these classes and the equipment provided by the grant will help our students be as prepared and qualified as possible."

Computer Integrated Manufacturing is the third and most recent PLTW class offered at PHS, joining Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. Students have the option to take Introduction to Engineering Design in place of required fine arts credits, and Principals of Engineering can take the place of physics.

"The next generation of technology and manufacturing jobs requires highly skilled and trained employees," Smith said. "This grant will help ensure that our students are ready."
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Tillamook Forest Center will close Tuesdays this summer
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/23/17 12:17 PM
Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook Forest Center will change its hours and days of operation for the upcoming summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Summer hours of operation for ODF's popular forest education center will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays. Admission and most programs are offered free of charge to the public.
The move to close on Tuesdays during the peak season represents a reduction in the Center's normal summer schedule from seven to six days per week. The Tuesday closure will affect interactive exhibit spaces, facility access, public programs and tours offered at the Tillamook Forest Center, located one hour from Portland in the heart of Tillamook State Forest.

"We are working hard to achieve our mission of providing forest education and interpretation, and hope to minimize disruptions to services we provide 60,000 visitors each year," said TFC Director Fran McReynolds. Tuesday, she notes, is typically the least busy day of the week.

Fall and spring hours will remain unchanged, with free public access to the center beginning annually on the first Wednesday in March, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Address: 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook, Oregon 97141. The Tillamook Forest Center is closed December to February.

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Otis Man Arrested for Disturbance Involving Fireamars (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 03/23/17 11:57 AM
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On March 22nd at about 4:00 PM Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Panther Creek in Otis on a report of a disturbance with shot fired. Lincoln City Police Department officers and Oregon State Police troopers also responded to assist and Pacific West Ambulance staged in the area. Upon arrival deputies learned that a woman was looking for a friend's address in the area and encountered a vehicle parked in the roadway. She stepped out of her vehicle when she was contacted by Richard Stephen Slebioda, age 68, of Otis. Slebioda was armed with a shotgun and was agitated about her wanting to use the roadway and would not let her pass. Slebioda discharged a shotgun into the ground near her resulting in debris from the ground hitting her. The woman retreated back into her vehicle where Slebioda menaced the woman with a handgun. The woman left the area on foot. She was not injured in the event and did not require medical attention. Slebioda was later located by deputies and was taken into custody without incident and the firemarms were seized. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Recklessly Endangering with a total bail of $80,000.00


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Respectfully submitted by:

Mark Meister, Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

225 W. Olive St.

Newport, Oregon 97365

Phone: 541-265-0684

Fax: 541-265-4917

mmeister@co.lincoln.or.us


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General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award recipients announced (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 03/23/17 11:52 AM
Marshall Youth Award recipient, Sophie Muro (center) with selection committee co-chairs Tom Hagley, Jr. and Mike Stromme, and 40 et 8 Chef de Gare, George Golden
Marshall Youth Award recipient, Sophie Muro (center) with selection committee co-chairs Tom Hagley, Jr. and Mike Stromme, and 40 et 8 Chef de Gare, George Golden
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The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced the recipients of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a ceremony Wednesday evening, March 22 at the Providence Academy.

Max Ault was honored as the 2017 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient.
Camas High School Senior Sophie Muro was recognized as the 2017 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award recipient. The ceremony featured an address by the Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, as well as recognition of all the nominees.

Ault is the 28th recipient of Marshall Public Leadership Award. Ault is Vice President and Director of Business Development for the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC). In a letter of recommendation, Mike Bomar wrote "Max plays a critical role in our organization and in economic vitality for Clark County. Beyond his work at the CREDC, Max participates in various civic and professional growth efforts. His passion for helping others has resulted in changing lives for the better and has built him a network of many of the community's most respected leaders. He is respected and admired by his colleagues and is a key member of a very hard working team that takes their mission, but not themselves, very seriously."

As recipient of the Marshall Public Leadership Award, Ault will travel to Lexington, Virginia, to tour the Marshall Foundation, and to Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. He will also participate in the nine-month Leadership Clark County Program. Ault will engage in the Fort Vancouver National Trust's Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year.

"We were very pleased with the quality of the nominees for this year's award" said Public Leadership Award Committee Chair, Phil Haberthur. "Eight outstanding individuals participated in the process, making the selection extremely difficult. Ault's qualifications, specifically his leadership and commitment serving this community, were really remarkable."

The General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award is presented to a Clark County high school student who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model and shows initiative and motivates others to become involved. Muro was recognized for these qualities. Program Coordinator for Clark County Community Services Kris Henriksen stated "I truly find Sophie Muro to personify all the marvelous qualities in young people: leader, helper, role model, change agent, and historian. You could not ask for a better example of a younger person not waiting until they are an adult to positively impact their community in such an array of ways."

As recipient of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award, Muro will participate as an intern in the Celebrate Freedom programs office. She also receives a $2,500 college scholarship.

Selection Committee members of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award were impressed with the high caliber of dedication and accomplishments demonstrated by this year's 22 nominees. "We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the recipient, Sophie Muro, and all of the award nominees," said Tom Hagley Jr., Marshall Youth Leadership Award selection committee co-chair. "This program continues to spotlight the outstanding service contributions and future leadership potential of youth in Clark County."

The Trust thanks all participants of this program and awards event and looks forward to continuing the tradition next year. Special thanks go to Riverview Community Bank for sponsorship of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership award programs. We are also grateful for 40 et 8, Voiture 99's support of the youth scholarship. These important leadership programs would not be possible without the support of these generous sponsors.

About the Fort Vancouver National Trust:
The mission of the Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust produces the Celebrate Freedom Series of festive and educational events that inspire all generations to strengthen the community values of leadership, public service, lifelong learning, vision and patriotism. For more information, visit fortvan.org/CelebrateFreedom or call 360-992-1804.


Attached Media Files: Marshall Youth Award recipient, Sophie Muro (center) with selection committee co-chairs Tom Hagley, Jr. and Mike Stromme, and 40 et 8 Chef de Gare, George Golden , Marshall Public Award winner, Max Ault (center) with selection committee members, Paige Spratt (2016 award recipient) and Maggie Traverso
Join Beaverton City Library for Discussion about Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon
City of Beaverton - 03/23/17 11:30 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Wednesday, April 5, 6:30-8 p.m., the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project presents "The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon," at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St. The conversation will be led by Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad and Washington, D.C.


Padilla asks conversation participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception and integration, and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient and vibrant communities here in Oregon.


This program is open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.


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


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


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Saturation Patrol Results for Saint Patrick's Day (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/17 10:56 AM
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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants patrol March 16-19, 2017, for Saint Patrick's Day.

During saturation patrol dates, deputies stopped drivers for 122 traffic violations, while working regular patrol and extra patrol.

Deputies arrested two persons for DUII alcohol and one for DUII drugs, two arrests for reckless driving, three arrests for the possession of controlled substances (methamphetamine or other illegal drugs), one arrest for failing to carry and present a drivers license, and there were 13 arrest warrants served (three felony, 10 misdemeanor).

A total of 43 traffic citations were issued for violations including some of the following: speeding, no insurance, and driving while suspended/revoked.

One traffic crash was reported, which involved injuries and occurred at night.

BCSO's next DUII patrol is scheduled for April 20, 2017, to coincide with the Marijuana User's Holiday.

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


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Eighty-Four Fort Vancouver NHS Volunteers Recieve Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coins
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/23/17 10:55 AM
Volunteers have supported the National Park Service since its founding in August, 1916. Volunteers still uphold the agency's values today by working with national park staff and partners to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources of the National Park System. For this reason, volunteers who dedicated 201.6 or more volunteer hours to the National Park Service during 2016 - the agency's centennial year - were awarded custom-made, antique bronze Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coins. These exceptional volunteers also received a congratulatory letter from the Director of the National Park Service.

At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 84 volunteers earned the Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin for the volunteer hours they contributed in 2016. These dedicated volunteers helped to ensure a multitude of park programs. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is supported by a dedicated base of over 400 volunteers, and an annual total of over 700 volunteers. Volunteers support public special events, act as museum docents and tour guides, sustain the park's living history programs, maintain the historic garden, assist in the archaeology lab, participate in archaeological digs, educate visiting school children on field trips, clean up waterfront areas, and much more.

The centennial year of the National Park Service was an opportunity to reflect on the past 100 years, but also a time to kick off the next century of resource protection and stewardship. For more information on volunteering at the national park, visit Volunteer.gov and search for "Fort Vancouver National Historic Site."
Spring cleaning with seven recycling events scheduled countywide in April and May
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 03/23/17 10:25 AM
Vancouver, WA -- A series of free Green Neighbors Recycling Day events will expand opportunities for Clark County residents to recycle a variety of items.

Event times and locations are:
Vancouver: April 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Evergreen High School, 14300 N.E. 18th St.
Yacolt: April 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Yacolt Primary School, 406 W. Yacolt Rd.
Ridgefield: April 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5901 South 11th St.
La Center: April 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holley Park, 1000 E. 4th St.
Camas: May 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., Washougal
Washougal: May 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St.
Battle Ground: May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St.

County residents can drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, scrap metal and no more than five tires without rims per person. All events, except Yacolt and Ridgefield, will provide shredding for up to two banker boxes of paper. No business waste will be accepted.

Residents who cannot attend an event can find year-round options at RecyclingA-Z.com.

Recycling Day events are free and open to all Clark County residents. Proof of residency, such as a driver's license or other identification with an address, may be required.

Household hazardous waste (HHW), such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and chemicals, will NOT be accepted. Dispose of HHW for free year-round at these three transfer stations:

Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month
Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun.
West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Additional information about HHW disposal is available at www.clark.wa.gov/hhw, or call 360.397.2121 ext. 4352.

Green Neighbors, a Public Health program of Clark County Solid Waste, sponsors Recycling Day events in partnership with the cities. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding. For information, visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html.

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St. Patricks Day DUI enforcement
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 03/23/17 10:24 AM
Now that we have put away our St Patrick's day green, the Hillsboro Police Department has tallied the results of it's enforcement efforts.

Two officer's were assigned to the detail.
3 - DUI arrests were made
2 - other citations were written
10 warnings were given

In comparison, during the Superbowl DUI enforcement detail there were no DUI arrests made. 15 warnings were issued.
Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE
Communications, Clark County, Wash. - 03/23/17 10:19 AM
The following information is in reference to recent deaths investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

These individuals were found dead on 3/19/2017 in Vancouver, WA.


The name of the decedent: Collins, Allen J. Age: 37 Yrs
The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Portland area, OR

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Gunshot Wound of the Head and Neck

Manner of death: Homicide



The name of the decedent: Benton, Jason D. Age: 42 Yrs
The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Portland area, OR

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Multiple Gunshot Wounds

Manner of death: Homicide



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


Media release issue date: Prepared 3/23/2017

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager
Community Groups Invited to Apply for Welcoming Beaverton Grants (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/23/17 10:05 AM
A Taste of Africa cooking class (pictured) was one of 2016 Welcoming Week’s activities in Beaverton. The city is now accepting applications for interactive, hands-on projects for 2017 Welcoming Week, which will be Sept. 15-24. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
A Taste of Africa cooking class (pictured) was one of 2016 Welcoming Week’s activities in Beaverton. The city is now accepting applications for interactive, hands-on projects for 2017 Welcoming Week, which will be Sept. 15-24. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton is now accepting applications from community groups for 2017 Welcoming Beaverton mini-grants. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to small, community-driven projects that are designed to bring together immigrants and non-immigrants. Grants are intended to increase opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, support welcoming and connected neighborhoods, build relationships and understanding to unite residents, and foster pride in Beaverton's diverse community.


Community based organizations, faith based organizations, school based groups, or community groups are eligible to apply. 501(c)(3) designation is not required. Grant-funded activities must take place in Beaverton during Welcoming Week, which runs from Sept. 15 to 24, 2017.


Successful projects will be interactive, allowing for hands-on learning and/or active participation in the activity. Past grant projects include an African cooking class; Taiwanese tea ceremony; small business fair; music, dance, and theater performances with workshops and discussion; open house at the Islamic Center of Portland; and an educational session on naturalization with mock interviews.


Applications are due Friday, May 12. To apply, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WelcomingBeaverton. The application is available online in English and Spanish.


ABOUT WELCOMING BEAVERTON
Welcoming Beaverton mini-grants are part of the larger Welcoming Beaverton initiative, which recognizes, welcomes, and supports the successful integration of the local immigrant community. The City of Beaverton is a proud member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, a network of municipalities across the country working to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality for all.


Beaverton will host its third annual Welcoming Week in September 2017. Welcoming Week is an annual series of events that bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity. The events raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming and engage immigrants and non-immigrants in activities to strengthen relationships and cross-cultural understanding.


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


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


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Attached Media Files: A Taste of Africa cooking class (pictured) was one of 2016 Welcoming Week’s activities in Beaverton. The city is now accepting applications for interactive, hands-on projects for 2017 Welcoming Week, which will be Sept. 15-24. (Photo/City of Beaverton) , The City of Beaverton is accepting applications from community groups for 2017 Welcoming Beaverton mini-grants. Projects should be interactive and include hands-on learning or active participation in an activity. Previous grant-funded events have included
Vancouver PAL hosts literacy event today
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/23/17 9:33 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts throughout the county. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the next literacy event:

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Location: Mill Plain Elementary (460 SE 164th Avenue)

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the second and third grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, or Clark County Sheriff's Office, (depending on the location of the school), time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers, and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These literacy events are fun for both the officers and the kids. Literacy is one of the key educational programs the Vancouver Police Activities League focuses on.

Members of the media are always invited to attend any PAL events to see first-hand the positive impact that programs such as PAL can have on a community. Members of the media who want to attend a literacy event should check in at the school office to receive a visitor badge. Be prepared for great visuals and high energy!

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit www.vancouverpal.org.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Two Pedestrian-Involved Crashes on Wednesday Night in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 03/23/17 8:52 AM
In the evening hours of Wednesday March 23, 2017, East Precinct officers responded to two separate pedestrian-involved crashes within 15 minutes of each other in Southeast Portland.

At 9:33 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian-involved crash in the area of Southeast 125th Avenue and Division Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the pedestrian, 51-year-old Anatoly Alexeivich Pavlenko, suffering from serious but not life-threatening injuries. Pavlenko was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

The driver, 33-year-old Tekle Hamine Tufa, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Traffic investigators determined that Pavlenko was not in a crosswalk when he stepped into traffic on Division Street where he was struck by Tufa, who was driving eastbound in his 1993 Honda Accord. Investigators learned that Pavlenko was highly intoxicated at the time of the crash.

No citations were issued to either Pavlenko or Tufa.

At 9:48 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of another pedestrian-involved crash in the 4900 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the pedestrian, 43-year-old Andrew Everett Hennes, suffering from serious but not life-threatening injuries. Hennes was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

The driver, 44-year-old Billy Deshan Nelson, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Officers determined that Nelson was driving southbound on 82nd Avenue in his 1996 Chrysler Town & Country Van when he struck Hennes who stepped into traffic from the west curbline.

No citations were issued to either Hennes or Nelson.

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

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

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

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/22/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 03/23/17 8:20 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/22/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-511

On 03/22/2017 at around 2027 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a runaway juvenile in the 400 block of NE Oakview Drive. A report was taken and the juvenile was entered in police database. Shortly after, the parents contacted police to inform the juvenile had returned. The juvenile was removed from the database.

SANDY:

18 2017-508

On 03/22/2017 at 1157 hrs., a victim called police to report a hit and run that occurred on 03/18/2017 in a parking lot located in the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. The back of the victim's vehicle was damaged. There is no suspect information.

18 2017-509

On 03/22/2017 at around 1555 hrs., police were dispatched to a traffic crash in the area of Highway 26 and 362nd Drive. A report was taken.

18 2017-510

On 03/22/2017 at 1954 hrs., police received a report about a runaway juvenile. A report was taken.
Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club in Hillsboro unveils new Teen Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area - 03/23/17 8:00 AM
Nationwide partnership with Lowe's provides $50,000 in renovations for Hillsboro teens, $2 million across the nation

The Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club in Hillsboro will celebrate the opening of its new Teen Center this Friday, March 24 at 5:30pm. The project was made possible by a $50,000 grant from Lowe's as a part of the Renovation Across the Nation initiative.

The initiative awarded funding and volunteer support to 50 Boys & Girls Clubs around the country, with the Inukai Club representing Oregon, to complete much-needed improvements and renovations.

Designed and renovated by Club staff and youth members, the Inukai Family Teen Center will provide a dedicated space for teens to ignite their passion for academics, hone their leadership skills, and thrive.

The space has been fully renovated, reconstructed, and refurnished. It features brand new furniture, technology, game consoles, board games, a separate entrance, and an upgraded kitchenette.

With the addition of the Teen Center, the Inukai Family Club will be able to serve more teens in the Hillsboro community.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Remarks from teens, Club Director, & Lowes rep: 5:30pm -- 6:00pm
Ribbon Cutting: 6:00pm
Room tours, refreshments, more: 6:05pm

Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club
560 SE 3rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Wed. 03/22/17
UPDATE: Robbery Detectives Investigating Possible Carjacking on Highway 26 - Suspect in Custody
Portland Police Bureau - 03/22/17 9:21 PM
Late Wednesday, Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives booked 45-year-old Carlos Alberto Ruelas into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. He will be arraigned on Thursday.

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

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

The victim was not injured in this incident.

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

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

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

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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

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

Type of Incident: Robbery III & Theft II

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

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

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

Narrative:

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

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

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

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

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

Thornsberry's Charges: Robbery III and Theft II