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03/30/15
Clark County Sheriff's Office Central Precinct will close to public access
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/15
Effective April 6th, 2015, the Clark County Sheriff's Office Central Precinct will be closed to public access.
Central Precinct, located at 11608 NE 149th Street in Brush Prairie, opened in 1995 and was intended to be a temporary location for deputies while a new precinct was built. Funding was never approved for the new location, which has since become the permanent home for about 40 deputies and one support staff. The forty-one year old building was originally constructed as a manufacturing facility, and Central Precinct occupies what used to be the office portion of that business.
Even with some cosmetic upgrades over its history, the precinct does not have a community room, waiting area, or even a public restroom. The stairwell to the second story does not meet fire codes, and the upstairs briefing room only allows for nine occupants at any one time.
While deputies will continue to meet at the precinct, the facilities are not adequate to meet the needs of the growing population that live in the area of Clark County east of Northeast 50th Avenue.
"It's important for our citizens to understand that we are not closing Central Precinct," said Undersheriff Mike Cooke. "Our deputies will continue to be based at and respond out of the Central Precinct. The facility is simply not adequate for public access."
Patrol staffing will remain unchanged, and Sheriff Atkins remains committed to providing the same level of service as before the closure. In addition, the Sheriff's Office provides the ability for citizens to use online reporting for minor offenses and the public is always encouraged to call 911 if a deputy response is needed. CCSO West Precinct, at 505 NW 179th Street, will continue to be open to walk-ins and by phone during regular business hours.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office has two locations open to the public:
CCSO Headquarters/Main Jail
707 W. 13th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
360-397-2211

CCSO West Precinct
505 NW 179th Street
Ridgefield, WA 98642
360-397-6079
03/29/15
Portland Fire and Rescue responds to a house fire in South East.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/29/15
Portland Fire and Rescue responded to 10315 SE Martins Street for reports of a structure fire. A small fire started on the outside of the structure and light smoke was inside the home. As crews arrived it was reported that the residents were out of the house. The first arriving crew helped extinguish the fire and checked the interior of the structure to make sure the fire had not spread into the attic or walls. A search was completed to confirm all occupants were not in the house. The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Man in Custody After Shots Fired During Domestic Dispute ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/29/15
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An investigation that is still continuing this evening, has led detectives to believe that Evan Anderson, age 35, of Millersburg, kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriends residence to confront her and her new boyfriend. Once Inside the residence evidence shows that, Anderson fired two shots, one into the ceiling and another into the floor.

After Anderson left, the victim's mother, who lives close by, came to the house to see what had happened. Upset that her daughter had been shot at, she went to Anderson's Millersburg residence, to confront him. At the residence Anderson was in the process of switching vehicles and as he left he rammed the victim's Mother's vehicle with his truck.

Finally, after ramming the victim's mother, 911 was called, nearly 30 minutes after the initial disturbance. Once the 911 call was placed Troopers, with the Oregon State Police located Anderson on Enchanted Way SE near I5. Anderson was stopped and taken into custody without incident. At the time of custody Anderson had his 14 month old son, in the car with him, detectives do believe that the son was with Anderson the entire time. The child was taken by DHS personnel and placed with family members.

Because of the nature and severity of the crimes committed by Anderson the Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the names of the victim's, witnesses, minor child or exact locations of today's events. Anderson is being held at the Marion County Jail and will be arraigned tomorrow for the crimes of, Burglary I, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Menacing. Additional charges may be added later.

The Sheriff's Office wants to take the time to remind people that confronting armed assailants is extremely dangerous and your first action once you are safe should be to call 911.


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A Linn County man is in custody after kicking in his ex-girlfriends front door and firing shots in her general direction, at her residence in Jefferson this morning. Deputies and detectives are on scene and processing evidence and crime scenes that spread from Jefferson to Millersburg.

Evan Anderson, age 35 is in custody, there are no reported injuries and there is no danger to the public. The Sheriff's Office is still in the early stages of their investigation and pieces of this complex puzzle are being put together. Once additional details become available we will make them available, that time frame is not yet known.


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*** Update/Photo *** Fatal Motorcycle Crash on HWY 140 at MP 27 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/29/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing to investigate this afternoon's fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 140 at milepost 27 east of Medford.

Preliminary information from troopers at the scene indicates that on March 29, at approximately 12:51 p.m., a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle, grey and red in color, was traveling eastbound on highway 140 when the driver, identified as TAMARA A. ALTER, 57, of Medford, failed to negotiate a left hand curve and struck the guardrail. ALTER was ejected from the motorcycle and thrown down a steep,rocky embankment. The motorcycle continued on for about another 100 yards before coming to rest on the westbound (opposite) side of the highway. ALTER was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was wearing a helmet and neither excessive speed nor impairment are believed to have been a factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Eagle Point Fire District 3, the White City Technical Rescue Team, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lake Creek Rural Fire Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 27 east of Medford. The road is not blocked at this time as the bike is well off the roadway however, watch for emergency crews and responders and check www.tripcheck.com for updates and closures that may occur as the investigation continues.

An update to this release will be made when additional information becomes available.

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Suspicious car fires being investigated in Newberg
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 03/29/15
On Sunday morning at approximately 12:40 am Officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police in conjunction with the  Newberg Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire in an apartment complex located 400 block of South Everest Road in Newberg.  

When authorities arrived they found two vehicles fully involved.  Shortly after the vehicles were extinguished it was reported that there were two more vehicles on fire in the mobile home park in the 300 block of South Everest.  That report was received at approximately 01:19.

Two of the three cars were impounded so NDPD officers and the Fire Marshall from the Newberg Fire Department can continue their investigation.  There maybe more information released to the media later this week.
Red Cross assists victim of Portland apartment fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/29/15
Disaster volunteers from the Red Cross Cascades Region assisted one person after an apartment fire Sunday afternoon. The fire occurred in the 10000 block of SE Stark. Three cats also were affected. Volunteers were on the scene shortly after 3 p.m. and provided lodging, a comfort kit and information about disaster health and mental health services.

The Red Cross urges Oregonians to be prepared for disaster emergencies--make a plan, put together an emergency kit and take a few minutes to review and practice an escape plan should a fire occur in your home. And check your smoke alarms regularly. Information on what to do before, during and after a fire or other disaster is available at www.redcross.org.
Suspect in Custody After Jumping into Willamette River to Elude Capture by Police
Portland Police Bureau - 03/29/15
On Sunday March 29, 2015, at 2:39 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 2300 block of Southeast Water Avenue, near the Tillikum Crossing bridgehead, on the report of a suspicious subject possibly stealing wire from an electrical box.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the adult male suspect, who provided a fake name to police that came back with a warrant. Officers told the man he was under arrest and he ran away towards the Willamette River, jumping in from the riverbank. The man appeared to be attempting to swim away but did not appear to be a good swimmer and came back to shore and hid along the riverbank in bushes.

Additional officers, a Police K-9 Unit, and boats from Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to assist in locating the suspect. He was located a short time later and taken into custody without incident. Medical personnel transported him to a Portland hospital for treatment after exposure to the cold river water.

After his release from the hospital, he will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail, charges to be determined.

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Milwaukie House Fire (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 03/29/15
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Firefighters were dispatched to reports of a house on fire at 2:00 am Sunday morning. The single level residence located in the 4500 block of SE Harrison in Milwaukie is an unoccupied structure, which had heavy fire and smoke visible from the roof. The fire was contained and extinguished in less than 30 minutes. No injuries were reported during fire operations from the 22 firefighters on scene. This is the second fire at the same address in the past 24 hours, and investigators are currently on scene looking into the cause of these incidents. Further information will be available after a complete investigation.


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03/28/15
17-Year-Old Stabbed at New Columbia Apartments - Gang Enforcement Team Investigating (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/28/15
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On Saturday March 28, 2015, at 8:46 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the 8900 block of North Newman Avenue on the report of a a stabbing.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 17-year-old male victim who was suffering from a stab wound. Medical personnel transported the victim by ambulance to a Portland hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers talked to several witnesses who told police that a group of 7-10 African American males wearing red clothing were involved in the stabbing.

GET officers are at the scene and will be leading the investigation.

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

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Portland Fire responds to apartment Fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/28/15
Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded to 145 NE Sacramento St. at 9:12 p.m. to a small basement fire. Upon arrival crews were able to quickly extinguish a small debris fire. A small amount of forced ventilation was required to clear the building of smoke.

No injuries were reported with this fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A dollar value of damages is not available at this time.
Fatal Crash on SR Hwy 58 MP 45 near Oakridge Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)*** Update Name
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/28/15
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***Update*** Name Correction: Billroy Durham****

According to Sgt. Berland, on March 28th, 2015 at 10:26 am, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SR Highway 58 near milepost (MP) 45 east of Oakridge. The investigation revealed a gold 1999 Honda Accord was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel, colliding with a white 2014 Honda Accord. After impact, the gold honda went down an embankment and came to rest on the passenger side against trees.

The white 2014 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 73 year old Charles Kuykendall and accompanied by his spouse, 74 year old passenger, Patricia Kuykendall both from Gig Harbor, Washington. Mrs. Kuykendall was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Mr. Kuykendall was transported to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield with minor injuries.

The gold 1999 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 36 year old Billroy Durham and accompanied by his spouse, 38 year old Tuesday Durham from Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Durham was transported by Lifeflight and Mr. Durham was transported via ambulance to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend also for serious injuries.

Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall were restrained with seatbelts and Mr. and Mrs. Durham were both not wearing seatbelts. Airbags deployed in both vehicles. One lane of Hwy 58 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP-Springfield and Oakridge Troopers were assisted by ODOT, Oakridge Fire & Rescue, Life-Flight, Lane County District Attorney's Office, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office. Trooper Duren is the lead investigator.

Mr. Durham is being treated for his injuries; however as a result of the investigation, Mr. Durham is expected to be charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and DUII- Controlled Substances.


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Suspect Charged with Murder After Overnight Shooting in Eliot Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/28/15
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On Saturday March 28, 2015, at 1:09 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence on Northeast Morris Street, between Williams and Rodney Avenues.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and found 46-year-old Arthur James Palmer III deceased from a gunshot wound to the head. Mr. Palmer was found in the front yard of a residence.

Officers began talking with several witnesses and learned that Palmer and his cousin, 51-year-old William Palmer Heyser, were involved in an argument and Heyser shot Palmer with a shotgun, killing him.

Heyser remained at the scene with other family members and was arrested without incident. A shogun was seized from the scene.

Heyser and Palmer lived next door to each other.

Heyser was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Murder and will be arraigned on Monday.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting should contact Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

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Toddler rescued from rooftop
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 03/28/15
Kelso- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and a Kelso Police rescued a 5 year old boy from the top of a roof at the 500 block of Cherry Street Thursday afternoon at 12:30. The child crawled out of his upstairs window to get his cat, became scared and crawled to the ridgetop of the steep pitched roof of the two story home. Firefighters reached the boy with ladders and carried him down to the ground giving him to his mother. No injuries were reported.

Knowing and practicing a fire escape plan is essential to get out and stay out in the event of a fire. One way out may be from a second story window which poses a threat to young children falling out. According to the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 140 deaths occur to children under the age of 15 each year and over 3 million children are seen in emergency rooms. The National Safety Council (NSC) recommends that the use of window fall prevention devices can significantly reduce child injuries and deaths caused by open windows. More on window fall prevention devices can be found at: http://www.nsc.org/pages/home.aspx
Early morning shed fire
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 03/28/15
Kelso- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire Friday morning at 4:09 at the 300 block of SW 3rd Ave. A resident sleeping in a work shed behind the house woke up to smoke and a flaming tarp on the wall. He exited the building and called for help. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire in 2 minutes and checked for fire extension. A propane heater used in the shed is believed to be the cause of fire; no injuries were reported. Two of the three residents living in the house next to the shed, who were home, exited the building. The estimated damage to the shed and belongings is under $1,000, according to fire officials.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments in the United States respond to over 1,100 structure fires each year involving Iiquid propane gas. From 2003 to 2007 fires involving LP gas has accounted for $48 million in property damage, 135 injuries, and 34 deaths.
Woman rescued from cowlitz river
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 03/28/15
Kelso- Firefighters and Police officers rescued a 27 year old woman from the Cowlitz River near the 1000 block of Riverside Drive Tuesday afternoon at 4:16pm. The woman was picking agate rocks and watching wildlife when she slipped and fell into the river; a bystander noticed her and called for help. The woman was able to hang on to a log, nearly 15 feet out from the shore, until responders arrived. Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Kelso police officers retrieved the woman from the water with ropes after giving her a flotation device. The woman was transported to Peace Health St. John's Medical Center for cold exposure. No other injuries were reported.
Deadly Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Eliot Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 03/28/15
On Saturday March 28, 2015, at 1:09 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence on Northeast Morris Street, between Williams and Rodney Avenues.

Officers arrived and medical personnel arrived and found an adult male in the front yard, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers began talking with several people at the residence, including another adult male who was involved in the shooting.

At this point in the investigation, there are no suspects outstanding and there does not appear to be any risk to the community.

Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to begin a death investigation.

The next update on this investigation is not expected until late-Saturday morning.

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03/27/15
Vancouver Police responding to barricaded man (UPDATE: Age correction)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/27/15
**** UPDATE ***

The suspect, Peter Benson, 65, was taken into custody without incident and is being booked into the Clark County Jail on Assault I.

There were no injuries as a result of this incident. No further information will be available this evening.

Mr. Benson will make first appearance in court on Monday March 30.

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On March 27, 2015 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Vancouver Fire department personnel responded to a call of a fire in a yard at a residence in the 5300 block of NW Esther Street. When Fire personnel arrived the male resident went inside the home and pointed what appeared to be a long gun out the window. No shots were fired and there were no injuries.

Vancouver Police as well as SWAT personnel are on scene attempting to get the suspect to surrender. Multiple homes around the suspect residence have been evacuated and multiple schools in the area are in lockdown or are preparing to send students home for the day.

No additional information is available at this time. The media staging area will be the Corner of 53/Franklin. PIO is on scene.
PF&R Responds to reports of an explosion inside a SE Portland home
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/27/15
Around 5:15 this afternoon Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to the 8300 Block of SE Knapp with reports of a house fire. En route, crews were given additional information that there had been an explosion. Upon arrival crews from Station 11 found a 25-30 yr old male in his front yard with 2ND Degree "Black Powder" burns to his face and chest. This patient has been transported to Emmanuel Hospital.

Other than residual smoke from the explosion no fire hazard was found.

A Portland Fire Investigator is at the scene of the explosion trying to determine the exact cause.

**Information Update/Correction: Patient was actually a 40 y/o male. He currently is in stable condition
Vancouver gang investigation results in multiple arrests
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/27/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The Southwest Washington Safe Streets Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional gang enforcement team made up of personnel from the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff's Office, FBI and Department of Corrections, partnered with the WEST Neighborhood Response Team and the Clark/Vancouver Drug Task force to conduct a three month investigation that focused on two specific locations in Vancouver. This investigation was centered around drug trafficking, drug use, prostitution and trafficking of stolen property at 2009 Norris, an 8 unit apartment complex, and an adjoining single family residence at 2015 Norris. Over the past year, over 150 drug-related and stolen property calls were generated either through 911 or the proactive work of Vancouver Police patrol officers. Neighbors also reported concerns related to these locations and the unsafe living environment associated with these addresses.

The investigation revealed a constant stream of drug sales and usage, a significant presence of gangs, and suspicion of prostitution. Six of the eight apartments, and the adjoining house, were causing a significant negative community impact due to the illegal activity fueled by drug use and drug sales.

Search warrants were written for five of the apartments and the adjoining house and were served over a 2 day period on Thursday March 26 and Friday March 27.

The March 26 warrant was served with assistance from the Southwest regional SWAT team, through the investigative efforts of the Detectives involved in the case. Travis J. Reynolds, 35, was arrested on a traffic stop after the warrant was served and was booked into the Clark County Jail for Robbery I. Reynolds is a known gang associate.

On Friday March 27, the remaining four apartments, and the associated house, were served with search warrants related to this case. This multi-jurisdictional service was completed with the assistance of the Southwest regional SWAT team, the Clark/Vancouver drug task force, the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tactical Detective Unit, the Vancouver Police Department Neighborhood Response Team, the Vancouver Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, the Vancouver Police Department Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit, and the Department of Corrections. While serving the warrants, over 25 individuals were contacted in the five locations. After completion of the warrants over the 2 day period, approximately 19 people were arrested.

John S. Raynor, 52, the on- sight manager at the adjoining residence, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and was booked into the Clark County Jail.

Three individuals were arrested for Department of Corrections violations, and 12 other individuals were arrested on various warrants.

This investigation is continuing and additional charges and the arrest of additional involved individuals is anticipated.

This investigation and the subsequent arrests will likely result in a significantly improved quality of life and better livability for the neighbors and the Maplewood neighborhood.


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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.
Portland Fire is working on the scene of a house fire in SE Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/27/15
Portland Fire crews arrived at 2345 SE Clinton to find an elderly disabled man on his front porch. The occupant was able to make it to the front porch without injury. Crews did have to assist the man from the front porch due to his disability.
After making entry crews found high heat and smoke conditions. The fire was located in the kitchen and crews quickly brought the fire under control.

Fire investigators are en route to the fire now. Damages and cause of the fire have not been determined.
Portland Fire is working on the scene of a house fire in SE Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/27/15
Portland Fire crews arrived at 2345 SE Clinton to find an elderly disabled man on his front porch. The occupant was able to make it to the front porch without injury. Crews did have to assist the man from the front porch due to his disability.
After making entry crews found high heat and smoke conditions. The fire was located in the kitchen and crews quickly brought the fire under control.

Fire investigators are en route to the fire now. Damages and cause of the fire have not been determined.
Suspect Arrested in Connection With Tigard Homicide (Photo)
Tigard Police - 03/27/15
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Tigard Police has arrested 38 year-old Nicholas Krochmal, DOB 011777 for the alleged murder of his father, 73 year-old Nick Krochmal. The 38 year-old suspect turned himself in at the Tigard Police Department late afternoon on Friday, March 27th. Krochmal was accompanied by his attorney.

To recap, earlier on March 27thTigard Police were called to a home located at 9560 SW 69th Ave. in Tigard at approximately 3:20 a.m. A family member discovered the body of the 73 year-old victim and called police.Investigators do not yet know what prompted the homicide.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday. Circumstances surrounding the cause of death will be deferred until after the autopsy.


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Sheriff's Office Arrest 6 after two Search Warrants (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/27/15
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports the Linn County Sheriff's Office served two search warrants this week. These warrants resulted in the arrest of 6 people, and the seizure of over 1 pound of methamphetamine, over 5 pounds of processed marijuana, over 11 ounces of hashish, 5 firearms, approximately 1 ?3/4 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, nearly 300 illegally possessed prescription pills, suspected LSD, and $8,210 in U.S. Currency. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of over $80,000.

The first search warrant was served on Wednesday, March 25. At approximately 7:00 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office served the warrant at a residence in the 600 block of West Vine Street in Lebanon. William Steven Alexy, 45 years of age; George Steve Alexy, 78 years of age; and Heather Lorraine Graves, 30 years of age; all from Lebanon, were all present at the residence at the time the search warrant was served.


Among the items seized from the residence were over a half pound of methamphetamine, approximately ?3/4 of a pound of processed marijuana, approximately 1 ?3/4 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, suspected LSD, illegally possessed prescription medication, two firearms, and $5,081 in U.S. Currency. Investigators also seized drug paraphernalia, digital scales, packaging material, drug records and surveillance equipment.

Heather Lorraine Graves was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine. William Alexy was transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital by the Lebanon Fire Department due to a medical problem.

Detectives continued the investigation, and as a result they arrested Quintin Munoz, 23 years of age from Albany; Carmen Alvaro Flores-Juarez, 25 years of age from Albany; and Armando Ramirez-Escobar, 23 years of age from Albany; who were in possession of over a half pound of methamphetamine.

Quintin Munoz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Carmen Alvaro Flores-Juarez was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Armando Ramirez-Escobar was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

On Thursday, March 26, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office served another warrant at a residence in the 90 block of South Main Street in Lebanon. Jamie David Krantz, 40 years of age who resides at the residence with Rebecca Anne Krantz, 39 years of age, were present when the search warrant was served.

Among the items seized from the residence were over 4 ?1/4 pounds of processed marijuana, over 11 ounces of hashish, two vials containing BHO (Butane Honey Oil), user amounts of methamphetamine, illegally possessed prescription medication, three firearms, and $3,129 in U.S. Currency. Investigators also seized drug paraphernalia, digital scales, packaging material, drug records, and BHO manufacturing paraphernalia.

Jamie David Krantz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Unlawful Manufacture of a Schedule II Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and three counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Rebecca Krantz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted in these investigations by the Lebanon Police Department, Albany Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). These investigations are continuing and additional arrests and charges are pending.


Attached Media Files: Munoz , Krantz , Graves , Juarez , Escobar , Seizure Picture
Country Shindig Concert & Dance to Benefit Battle Ground Veterans Memorial (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 03/27/15
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Put on your boots and grab your hat and your partner for a fun filled evening with great music, great food and drink, and great friends... all to support a great cause - the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial.

The 2nd Annual Country Shindig Concert & Dance, presented by the Battle Ground Lions and Columbia Credit Union will feature the Michele Drey Band on Friday, April 17th, from 6 - 10 pm at the Battle Ground Community Center located at 912 East Main St in Battle Ground.

Admission for this 21 and older event is $10 for pre-purchased tickets online or at the Battle Ground Community Center. Tickets may also be purchased at-the-door for $15. There will be both door and raffle ticket prizes including airline tickets, sports memorabilia, private wine tasting, gift baskets and more. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

To purchase Shindig tickets or for more information about the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, visit www.cityofbg.org/shindig or call Battle Ground Parks & Recreation at 360-342-5380.


Attached Media Files: Country Shindig Concert & Dance
SERVPRO of Salem West, a Salem fire and water restoration company, admits to responding to fires
SERVPRO of Salem West - 03/27/15
The Marion County Fire District #1, located in Salem, Oregon submitted a press release to FlashAlert on March 26th, 2015 9:18am. The headline read as follows,

"MCFD#1 CAUTIONS HOMEOWNERS ABOUT FIRE RESTORATION COMPANY RESPONSES"

The release stated, "Marion County Fire District #1 has experienced a recent increase in on-scene contacts by private restoration companies who are using disingenuous methods to obtain homeowner consent to provide services."
SERVPRO of Salem West admits to responding to fires and agrees with MCFD#1. SERVPRO of Salem West is a private fire and water clean-up company in Salem, Oregon that has been operating since 1999.

There are companies that use methods which are disingenuous and unprofessional. We have been on local fire scenes and noticed an increase in, out-of-town firms responding to fire damages. In some cases we've had to pick up the pieces where other companies were not able to meet home owner expectations.

"That is the exact reason why SERVPRO of Salem West responds to these alerts in our community." stated Chad Kerlegan, Marketing Manager.

Chief Terry Riley is correct. Restoration companies are not affiliated with, or work on behalf of, nor are they dispatched through any fire department, police department or official agency.

Information regarding emergencies are available through public alerts and social media. It is important for people and their property to be protected from would-be thieves who prey on the unfortunate circumstances of others. That's why boarding broken windows and openings is important; for the owner and insurance companies. Owners may board their own properties but usually find themselves unprepared or not equipped.

In a time of need, SERVPRO of Salem West acts as a resource by being available to answer questions, even in the middle of night when no one else is available. We have also coordinated services for filing claims, securing the property, lodging and sometimes just being there to listen. If asked to leave, the representatives will do so without hesitation.

We realize both Fire Departments and Restoration companies have a job to do and both are valuable resources. Restoration companies should not interfere in any way during a live fire scene.

Insurance companies play a role in the process and home owners and renters are encouraged to meet with their agents annually to make sure they have adequate coverage.

SERVPRO of Salem West works with major insurance carriers, adjusters and local professionals using industry standard practices. We are available to answer questions the community may have regarding our operations and the restoration industry.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/5156/83005/SERVPRO_OF_SALEM_WEST_3-26-15_MCFD#1_PR_response.pdf
*** UPDATE*** Body found in Klamath River Identified******** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/27/15
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On February 11th, 2015, Ms. Alicia Scott was reported as a missing person to the Klamath Falls Police Department. At that time, an investigation began in an attempt to locate Ms. Scott.
On March 26th, 2015, the Klamath County 911 Dispatch Center received a call stating a body had been located in the Klamath River, in the area of Lake Ewauna. Klamath County Search and Rescue and members of the Klamath Falls Police Department responded to the area and located a deceased female subject floating in the water. The subject was later identified as Ms. Alicia Scott.

At this time, the circumstances of Ms. Scott's death are unknown and the matter is under investigation.

Please contact Detective Brandon Dougherty at the
Klamath Falls Police Department
541-883-5336

Anonymous information can be left at the Klamath Falls Police Tip-line at 541-883-5334


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Beaverton city library kicks off 11th annual wccls storytelling festival with storyslam contest
City of Beaverton - 03/27/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Join the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. for a Storyslam Contest at the Fifth Street location judged by you and other members of the audience. This event is the first of 17 storytelling performances in the 11th Annual Art of the Story Storytelling Festival sponsored by Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS). The festival will take place at several different locations throughout the county, including Beaverton City Library, starting on April 11 through April 18.

The Storyslam Contest is a competition within a set time limit placing emphasis on a storyteller's content and performance. This contest features four contestants, Amy Theberge, Lisa Miller, Jill Michaelree, and Val Mallinson. Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected, while fiction, folktales, and myths are not allowed. The four tellers each have 10 minutes to tell their story from memory. Their narratives are sure to keep attendees engaged because the Slam is judged by the listeners. The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale the evening of April 18 at the Sherwood Center for the Arts.

"The Beaverton City Library offers storytime programs for children almost every day of the week," said Blaine Ross, reference assistant. "Unlike children's storytimes, the tales at this Storyslam aren't read from books. They are true stories told by real people to a live audience. We are thrilled to add this adult-friendly storytelling event to our roster!"

For more information about this contest please call the Beaverton City Library at 503-644-2197 or contact Blaine Ross, reference assistant, at bross@BeavertonOregon.gov. To learn more about the entire Art of the Story Storytelling Festival, please visit the WCCLS website at http://www.wccls.org/festival.

The Beaverton City Library serves more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location and Murray Scholls branch. Each day, the library strives to improve the lives of children and families throughout the city. Last year, the library received a 92 percent approval rating from Beaverton residents. Funding from the WCCLS library levy renewal has played a key role in allowing the Beaverton City Library and all Washington County libraries to help the community to learn and grow together.

For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.

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


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Oregon's Tree Cities recognized as Arbor Week approaches (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/27/15
Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation
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Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon State legislature - is the first full week of April.

This year, some 56 Oregon cities are being recognized as Tree City USA communities.

Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It recognizes cities that develop programs to plant and care for trees.

"Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon, where we have some of the most productive forestland in the world and some of the most livable cities around," says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing fish and wildlife habitat, shade, wood products, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries.

> Congratulations to these cities
A new city has been added to Oregon's Tree City list this year, that of Stanfield, located in central Oregon. In addition, a grand total of fifty-five Oregon "Tree Cities" earned recertification this year.

They are:

Albany Creswell Klamath Falls Redmond Ashland Dallas La Grande Rogue River
Independence Baker City Eagle Point Lake Oswego Salem Bandon Eugene Lebanon Sandy
Banks Forest Grove Lincoln City Seaside Beaverton Echo Madras Sherwood
Gervais McMinnville Sisters Toledo Brownsville Grants Pass Medford Sunriver Troutdale Coburg Gresham Sweet Home Tualatin Coos Bay Happy Valley Monmouth Talent Veneta Corvallis Philomath Tigard West Linn Central Point Newport Oregon City Cottage Grove Irrigon Portland Tillamook Wilsonville

Tree City USA: requirements and milestones
Tree City USA is a national program of the Arbor Day foundation, and there are roughly 3,400 communities in the U.S. currently certified.

The 4 standards of becoming a Tree City USA are:
Each city must have a tree board or department, as well as a
Tree ordinance
Spend $2 per capita on their tree program
Host a proclamation and celebration for Arbor Day

Some milestones this year: Oregon's Ashland and Baker City are each celebrating 30 years as Tree Cities, and Sunriver, Oregon celebrates 35 years.

Tree campus USA
Your college campus can receive annual Tree Campus USA recognition by meeting five standards, and two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities meeting these standards will receive recognition materials to showcase their dedication to the campus environment.

This year, two Oregon college campuses were certified as Tree Campus USA for the first time: they are Ashland's Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. Oregon State University in Corvallis recertified as well.

"Congratulations to all of three of these colleges demonstrating outstanding dedication and care to the trees on their campuses," says Ries.

To be recognized as a Tree Campus U.S.A., college campuses must meet five standards.
These include:
1) Creating a Campus Tree Advisory Committee
2) Having a Campus Tree Care Plan
3) A Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures
4) Hosting an annual Arbor Day Observance
5) Have a Service Learning Project

General tree care reminders
Mulch your trees, as it helps prevent soil temperature and moisture fluctuations during summer months, softens rain penetration during winter, and discourages weeds. Add a depth of 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the base of the tree, leaving 3-4 inches around the base of your tree mulch-free.

Fertilizing at the time of planting is not necessary, but the tree should be deeply watered after planting. Also, newly-planted trees should always receive regular watering for 3 years following planting.

More information:
More information about trees can be found online, at www.treesaregood.com
To learn more about Arbor Week, visit http://www.arborday.org//oregon/
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State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/27/15
AGENDA

Date: April 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: OHCS 124a/b
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330



1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015

4. Individual Development Account (IDA) Awards

5. Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) Program Update

6. Legislative Update

7. Housing Stability Council Subcommittee- Charter and Membership

8. Report of the Director

9. Report of the Chair




Next meeting:
May 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in OHCS, Conference Room 124a/b
(725 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR 97301).
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330
Woodland schools nurture young scientists
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 03/27/15
Woodland Public Schools' students are making a strong showing in science this spring.

During the past week alone, Woodland fifth graders brought home two awards from the Intel Northwest Science Expo, and the High School's HOSA -- future health professionals -- chapter was named Outstanding chapter for Washington state and is sending five members to nationals in Anaheim, California.

Earlier this trimester, the Middle School robotics team took third place in state competition.

"We've got some very enthusiastic, dedicated science teachers," said Asha Riley, assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning. "They inspire our students to ask great questions about the world around them--and then help them go out and find the answers."

Intel Northwest Science Expo

The fifth graders, with teachers Shar and Tim Brown in Woodland's Highly Capable program, spent the second trimester working on projects with adult mentors, most of whom were from the Woodland community or School District staff: an airline pilot, a nutritionist, a computer technologist, water quality experts and a smokejumper.

Competing March 20 among 435 research projects at the Expo competition at Portland State University, Isabella Mattison brought home an honorable mention in Environmental Science for her study on the correlation of pH, nitrites and temperature on the quality of Horseshoe Lake; and Lucas Smith won an Outstanding Science or Engineering Project award for correlating the size of parachutes to their drop time.

HOSA

In the HOSA competition, March 21 at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Virn Warndahl placed first in Medical Photography and will be recognized at the national level with the Barbara James Service Award for his volunteer work in the medical field; Tanner Froeber placed second in Medical Math; Mabel Warndahl placed third in Dental Science; Kayla Moody, WHS HOSA chapter president, will present at nationals on behalf of the Woodland chapter; and Sierra Orr will compete in the Health Issues Exam.

"They've accomplished a lot this year," said WHS science teacher Jennifer Cullison.

Robotics

Woodland Middle School's FIRST LEGO League robotics team, comprising eight seventh- and eighth-graders, competed against 60 other teams Jan. 17 to win the third-place Intel Oregon Champion's Award at the Oregon State robotics competition in Hillsboro. They completed a research project, built and programmed a robot and participated in a team problem-solving exercise.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/59/82997/science_at_woodland-files-032715.docx
Tigard Police Investigating a Homicide
Tigard Police - 03/27/15
**Update** Correct address is 9560 SW 69th Ave in Tigard

Tigard Police is currently investigating a homicide in connection to the death of 73 year-old Nick Krochmal.The victim's body was discovered early this morning at the family home located 9640 SW 69th Ave. in Tigard. The Washington County Major Crimes Team is also part of the investigation. Investigators are currently processing the crime scene in efforts to develop leads. There is no information indicating any danger to the public. No suspects have been named at this time.
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/27/15
An inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate George Phillip Murphy, Jr., 70, in the infirmary unresponsive. Attempts were made to resuscitate him, and paramedics were called to the scene. Murphy was pronounced deceased at 7:10 p.m.

Murphy entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 30, 2004, on one count of sexual penetration in the second degree out of Coos County. His earliest release date was February 27, 2017.

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

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


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Positive exchange today between Drug Czar Botticelli and Oregonian who wrote new LGBTQ treatment program (Photo)
Woloshin Communications - 03/27/15
Buster Ross (left) is pictured here with Director Botticelli (center) and author Douglas Braun-Harvey (right).
Buster Ross (left) is pictured here with Director Botticelli (center) and author Douglas Braun-Harvey (right).
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Buster Ross, director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's LGBTQ-Integrative Treatment Program, met today with Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. It's LGBT Health Awareness Week, and Buster shared with the Director recent research findings, information on our innovative model, and efforts to make this progressive model a new standard of care in the treatment of LGBTQ people. Buster is pictured here with Director Botticelli and author Douglas Braun-Harvey.


Attached Media Files: Buster Ross (left) is pictured here with Director Botticelli (center) and author Douglas Braun-Harvey (right).
Portland Parks & Recreation Replacement Bond Measure Moves Forward
Portland Parks & Recreation - 03/27/15
City Council votes April 8 on bond issuance; property tax rates remain the same

(Portland, OR) -

A crucial component of the City's November 2014 voter-approved ballot initiative moves forward with a Council hearing on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, and an expected vote of April 8, 2015. Portland City Council will consider an ordinance to sell the first issuance of $29 million in general obligation bonds, to fund much-needed repairs to Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) sites and facilities. Portland voters overwhelmingly approved the November 2014 parks replacement bond measure, which renews an expiring 1994 bond at the same tax rate. The parks bond measure allows PP&R to raise up to $68 million to meet some of the most critical major maintenance needs across the parks system, including (but not limited to):

-Seven to 15 play areas currently closed, at risk of closure, or deficient, including Couch, Creston, Kenton, Lents, Lynchview, the North Park Blocks, and Ventura Parks
-Bridge and trail repairs, including in Forest Park and along Springwater Corridor
-Repairs at Community pools, including Matt Dishman, Peninsula, Grant
-Sellwood Park buildings, Rieke Field, Multnomah Arts Center, St. Johns Community Center
-Restrooms, roofs, other deficient structures and equipment
-Pioneer Courthouse Square failing structures, leaks, cracks
-Removing barriers to accessibility for people experiencing disabilities, at multiple locations
-Parks maintenance buildings to address worker safety, efficiency.

"It is an exciting time. With approval of the Ordinance, Portlanders will see the highly anticipated project improvements beginning work in our parks, pools and other sites," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "Up until this point, staff have been working behind the scenes preparing for project implementation. Now our efforts will become more visible. I thank the voters again for their support in enabling us to meet these crucial major maintenance needs. We will continue to work alongside the community throughout this process".

On April 1, City Council will hear the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the first issuance of parks bonds. A subsequent vote is expected on April 8. The ordinance would authorize up to $29 million in voter-approved bonds to finance already-identified parks repair and service projects, including
* Grant Pool, where pump and filtration systems are in danger of failing
* A renovated playground at Lents Park
* A Portland Loo at Parklane Park and Wilkes Park
* A renovated playground at the North Park Blocks
* Forest Park's Maple Trail and Lower Macleay Trail bridges
* Matt Dishman Community Center pool repairs
* Major maintenance at PP&R buildings including Mt Tabor Yard
* ADA improvements at the Washington Park Rose Garden
* Summit restroom renovations at Mt Tabor Park
* Repairs at Sellwood Pool
* Repairs at the Multnomah Arts Center
* Repairs to Pioneer Courthouse Square
* Seismic and mechanical improvements at St Johns Community Center
* Couch Park's playground improvements (note: discussions with the community about the timing and scale of improvements are ongoing.)

The major renovations to both Grant Pool and Pioneer Courthouse Square are already underway, with bond project managers assigned. The other projects need to wait until July until the bonds are actually sold.

Commissioner Fritz plans to split the bond measure implementation into at least two bond issuances, with the first in June 2015, and a second in 2017. The proceeds from the first bond issuance will cover the first two years of expected project expenditures from the initial, already identified project list. Borrowing the minimum necessary for the first two years minimizes interest paid on money that would otherwise be idle until Portland Parks & Recreation is ready to move forward on the second round of projects. The second issuance, likely in spring or summer of 2017, would fund projects from the initial list which extend beyond the two-year spending window, as well as a second list of projects. The second project list will also focus on urgent major repair and replacement needs, as promised in the ballot measure. Portland Parks & Recreation will conduct a public involvement process in late 2016 to help prioritize the second project list.

The bureau will also receive public input from a Community Oversight Committee, which will review the bond implementation performance and report to Council and the community. The Oversight Committee will help determine how the approximately $20 million not specifically allocated for the initial project list should be spent. With citywide major parks maintenance needs of over $300 million still unfunded, there will still be many competing needs for these funds.

"At this and at every other milestone along the way of implementing the Parks Replacement Bond, we want to thank Portlanders," says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. "Their support of this bond reaffirms their stewardship of our park system and will allow us to meet critical major maintenance needs. Our work strives for better places and parks for all visitors. We will continue to work alongside the community in the implementation of this bond and look forward to reporting back on its progress."

Commissioner Fritz has approved supplementing bond funds in a small number of key projects with System Development Charges (SDC) funds as appropriate. SDCs are one-time fees assessed on new development, to cover a portion of the costs of providing capacity-increasing park improvements for our growing community. Parks SDC money can only be spent on capital improvements that increase the capacity of parks and recreation. These projects include:

* Parklane Park (new Portland Loo)
* Ventura Park (new playground and Loo to serve rapidly growing east Portland community, including nearly 1500 youth and a nearby school)
* Wilkes Park (new Portland Loo)

"We will continue to look for ways to leverage bond funds with outside grants and private fundraising efforts," adds Commissioner Fritz. "Parks staff is fully engaged in planning refinement, staff recruitment and orientation, with the goal to begin construction soon as possible once bond proceeds are available."

The Bonds will be paid off over a period of no more than 15 years. The City expects to sell the first bonds in June, 2015, via competitive bidding. Community members interested in purchasing bonds should contact their investment brokers for information.

"This parks replacement bond helps pay for some of the most crucial maintenance needs across our parks system, while remaining sensitive to Portlanders' ability to pay," adds Commissioner Fritz. "These funds will make a major difference, although they won't completely close the gap our parks and facilities face. I will continue to look for ways to address the needs of our parks system."
WSU Vancouver Announces Four Women of Distinction for 2015 (Photo)
WSU Vancouver - 03/27/15
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Four women were honored for making a difference in the lives of others at Washington State University's seventh-annual Women of Distinction celebration. Held March 26, the event wrapped up Women's History Month at the university.

For the first time, two nominees tied for Woman of Distinction in the community (non-student) category: Jennifer Cullison, a science teacher at Woodland High School; and Amy Holmes, founding principal of Hayes Freedom High School in Camas. The two student awardees were Brittany Curtiss, a senior at River HomeLink School in Battle Ground, in the high school category, and Kia Calderon, a social studies undergraduate, in the WSU Vancouver student category.

HIGH SCHOOL WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
In addition to her high school studies, Brittany Curtiss attends Clark College through Running Start. While maintaining top grades in school, she devotes much of her time to helping people of all ages. She is a preschool teacher's aide and also volunteers at an assisted living facility, with her Living Hope Church youth group and in community service projects. Her other interests include playing viola, painting and being outdoors.

WSU VANCOUVER STUDENT WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
Kia Calderon is a social studies student who hopes to teach social studies when she completes her degree. A tireless advocate for children, she promotes children's well-being to legislators and volunteers with the PTA. Last summer she donated a kidney to a man she met on Facebook; she now counsels other potential donors and helps them navigate the process. Kia has been married for nine years to her husband, Jeraby, and they have three sons.

COMMUNITY WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
Jennifer Cullison created a STEM and Health Sciences program at Woodland High School, where she teaches. With a unique ability to explain complex science concepts in a way students understand, she has inspired many to pursue careers in science. Jennifer is the advisor for the Free the Children club at Woodland and created a local charity to support these efforts. She is also a competitive athlete and one of the top urban adventure racers in the nation.

Amy Holmes is the founding principal of Hayes Freedom High School in Camas. She advocates for students, staff and their families and works to ensure that each of her students has support for finding their unique path in life. She is the person whom students and graduates call on when they need a reference, want to apply for college, get married or divorced, have a baby or just need a pep talk. Amy models the school's motto: Be kind. Be proud. Be fearless.

Dr. Allen Gabriel, co-founder of the Pink Lemonade Project, was the keynote speaker. The foundation's mission is to educate, empower and support those affected by breast cancer. Dr. Gabriel said he finds many of his patients working their treatments around baseball practice, ballet class and a host of other family obligations at a time when they need to put themselves first. The Pink Lemonade Project helps women learn to do that.

Women of Distinction has been held in concordance with Women's History Month since 2009 to recognize women in Southwest Washington for inspiring, mentoring and empowering others. Nominations are accepted for women in three categories: high school students, WSU Vancouver students and community members. Nominations typically open in February. Distinguished Woman of the Year award recipients are chosen by a committee of WSU Vancouver staff, faculty, students and community members.

Women of Distinction is sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement at WSU Vancouver and Unitus Community Credit Union.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. Here, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Change of Date for "Yuri's Night" at Pearson Air Museum
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/27/15
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date of "Yuri's Night" at Pearson Air Museum, a part of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, has been moved to Saturday, April 18, 2015. The event will take place from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. For more information on this free community event, please visit http://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/yurisnightatpearson.htm
**Update with Pictures**PF&R Responds to a House Fire (8804 NE Humboldt St) (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/27/15
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3/27/15-This morning at 12:06 AM Portland Firefighters responded to a house on fire at 8804 NE Humboldt St. Arriving fire crews found heavy fire in the rear portion of the single story house. Two occupants were in the house when the fire started, however they were able to get out safely before firefighters arrived. No injuries were associated with this fire.

The main fire was extinguished and firefighters worked to remove burning material and to locate any hidden fire. A Portland Fire Investigator was called to determine the cause of the fire. Cause and damage estimates will be provided when they are available. This release will be updated with images if any become available.

While the occupants got out safely, they evacuated to different locations. This created a situation where one occupant thought the other was still inside.

PF&R encourages residents to create a fire escape plan and to include a safe meeting place outside of the structure.


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03/26/15
OSP Detectives Arrest Suspect Related to March 24th Shooting in Grants Pass **Update*** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/26/15
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OSP DETECTIVES ARREST SUSPECT RELATED TO MARCH 24TH SHOOTING INCIDENT

On March 26th, 2015, at approximately 5:45 PM, Stephen Bryce MURPHY was taken into custody and subsequently lodged in the Josephine County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, four counts of Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

There will be no further release of information related to this case at this time. All further media requests should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.





*****UPDATE PHOTO of MURPHY ADDED*****

The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who has information concerning the whereabouts of Stephen Bryce Murphy (age 21 from Grants Pass), to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-474-3174. Murphy should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you see Stephen Bryce MURPHY, immediately contact the Oregon State Police or dial 911.

On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at approximately 7:13 PM, Oregon State Police Grants Pass patrol troopers and Oregon State Police Major Crimes detectives from Central Point responded to the report of a shooting incident which occurred in the area of milepost 21 on Riverbanks Road just outside of Grants Pass.

Initial information obtained by investigators indicates that Peter A. Harrod, age 23, from Eagle Point, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling westbound on Riverbanks Road, also known as State Route 260, when he was shot by a subject later identified as Stephen Bryce MURPHY, age 21 from Grants Pass.

HARROD was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he underwent surgery for injuries sustained from the incident. HARROD is currently listed in serious but stable condition. MURPHY fled the scene after the incident and is still outstanding as of this release.

On March 26th, 2015, at approximately 6:20 AM, detectives from the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section, with the assistance of the Oregon State Police SWAT team, served a search warrant at the residence of 3923 Riverbanks Road as part of a continuing investigation into this incident. Riverbanks Road was temporarily closed during the initial execution of the warrant as a precaution to the public and reopened to intermittent traffic until OSP personnel completed their investigation.

Anyone with information please contact:

Detective Travis Lee
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7967


OR

Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7952


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Injured Hiker Assisted by Rescue Personnel (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/26/15
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Attached are pictures from todays mutual aid assist to an injured hiker near Rock Arch. Today around 1:20 p.m. crews responded to the 62 year old woman hiker who had suffered an isolated leg injury while hiking the trail to Rock Arch. An AMR Reach and Treat Team, members of Corbett Fire and the Sheriff's Office Green Hornet Trail Rescue Team responded to assist the hiker after it was determined she would not be able to walk out on her own. Members of the MCSO Trail Rescue team were the first to reach the victim and were able to guide the other medical services quickly to her. The victim had slid from a switch back where there was a narrow stretch of trail. Because it was also steep in that area the teams decided it would be safest to lower her down using a rope system to a wider and flatter area of the trail. From there she was brought down on a wheeled stokes.

The response to this call is another excellent example of the great partnerships between Fire, Medical and Sheriff's Office personnel, and in this case it led to the fast response and reduce extraction time of the injured hiker considering the tough terrain and her inability to walk herself out.

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There are no names available at this time and no response for interviews. Sorry for the delay in getting this out as we just received the pictures and information.

Lt. Travis W. Gullberg


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Power Restored to East Salem
City of Salem - 03/26/15
Power was restored to the area between Center and State Streets east of 12th Street at approximately 7 p.m.

All traffic signals in the area have resumed normal operation.
PF&R Responds to a House Fire (4621 NE Grand Ave.)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/26/15
3/26/2015-This afternoon at 5:30 PM Portland Firefighters were called to a house at 4621 NE Grand Avenue. Arriving fire crews found the homes elderly occupant still inside the house. She was reportedly reluctant to leave because she was concerned for her dogs. Firefighters found the fire in a bedroom and extinguished it.

The occupant was evaluated on scene and she chose not to be transported to a hospital. The fire was mainly confined to the room's contents with little damage to the structure. The occupant and her dogs will be able to remain at home. A fire investigator determined that this fire's cause was electrical. Damage estimates aren't available yet. No images are available.

PF&R requests that residents get out and stay out in the event of a fire. We can focus on rescuing your pets and putting out the fire if we know that you are safe.
Shooting Investigation Underway at Northeast 162nd and Halsey - No Victim Located Yet
Portland Police Bureau - 03/26/15
On Thursday March 26, 2015, at 5:03 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting.

Multiple officers arrived in the area and have located evidence of gunfire but have not yet located any gunshot victims.

Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers are responding to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Western Oregon University announces four finalists for presidency (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 03/26/15
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MONMOUTH, Ore. - Western Oregon University (WOU) and the Oregon University System (OUS) have announced four finalists in the running to assume the WOU presidency after the retirement of current president Mark Weiss. Weiss will retire on June 30, 2015.

After months of application review and deliberation, the WOU Presidential Search Committee forwarded the four candidates to the OUS chancellor, Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE), and the incoming WOU Board of Trustees for consideration. The candidates will visit campus for a series of interviews, including meetings with both the WOU Board of Trustees and OSBHE, over the course of the next few days. Information about the search, including schedules and the application materials and resumes from the candidates may be viewed at:
http://www.wou.edu/president/presidentialsearch/

Jim Francesconi, OSBHE member and chair of the WOU Presidential Search Committee, shared: "The WOU search committee, comprised of stakeholders across the campus, including several members of the incoming WOU Board of Trustees, provided such a service to WOU by forwarding these four finalists. It has been my pleasure to work with such committed and passionate people to build on WOU's course for a bright future. Any of these candidates would bring a sincere commitment and demonstrated experience to increasing success for all students. Any of these candidates would elevate Western's profile in Oregon and beyond as a public university that offers higher education that is as good as any private university but at an affordable cost."

Jim Baumgartner, chair of the incoming WOU Board of Trustees and vice-chair of the WOU President Search Committee, stated: "This is an exciting time for Western Oregon University. The new institution board has been hard at work to ensure an effective transition from the State Board of Higher Education and there is no more important decision a Board can make than the selection of a new leader. I am confident that the search committee has forwarded four superb candidates for the campus and the board to consider. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Mark Weiss for his exemplary service as WOU's president. He leaves the university in great shape."

The finalists are:

Dr. Fernando Delgado has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls since 2009. Prior to his current post, Delgado served as a dean at MSU-Mankato and then Hamline University. He began his career as a faculty member in communication studies before commencing his administrative career as associate vice provost from academic programs and graduate studies at Arizona State University (West Campus). Delgado is trained in intercultural communication, having received his Ph.D. in the field from The University of Iowa, and has regularly published on issues related to culture, identity, and communication. He currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a commissioner on the American Council on Education's Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement, and as an editorial board member of both the "Howard Journal of Communications" and "Critical Studies in Media Communication".

Delgado has a passion for international education and has lectured, established inter-institutional partnerships, or is responsible for campus education centers on five continents. Delgado stays connected to faculty and students by remaining engaged as a teacher and scholar in his field.

Dr. Christopher Ames is vice president for academic affairs at Shepherd University, the public liberal arts university of West Virginia, located in Shepherdstown, just outside of the metropolitan D.C. area. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ames earned a Ph.D. in English Literature at Stanford University. He taught 20th century literature and film for 15 years at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and published two books: "The Life of the Party: Festive Vision in Modern Fiction" and "Movies About the Movies: Hollywood Reflected". Prior to coming to Shepherd University, Ames served as provost and senior vice president at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and as provost and dean of the College at Washington College on the eastern shore of Maryland.

At Shepherd University, Ames supervises seven academic deans and the Division II athletic program. He heads the Martinsburg Center initiative, a satellite campus serving working adults in graduate and undergraduate programs. He has worked with the faculty on the creation of new program, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and new undergraduate degrees in Early Education and Health Promotion and Exercise Science. At Washington College, Ames contributed to significant growth in enrollment and fundraising and oversaw centers of excellence in Early American history, the Environment and Society, and creative writing.

Dr. Rex Fuller, an economist and professor of public administration, has served as provost and vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs at Eastern Washington University (EWU) since 2010. As the university's chief academic officer, he has responsibility for EWU's academic programming in Cheney and Spokane, Wash., as well as at additional locations throughout the state.

As provost, Fuller has developed a new EWU college of health science and public health and a new master's program in public health. He has been instrumental in developing bargaining strategies for faculty contracts; creating innovative student success programs and a university center for community engagement; and facilitating dual-admission programs with area community colleges.

Prior to his service as provost, Fuller served as dean of EWU's College of Business and Public Administration and executive dean of EWU-Spokane, a shared campus with Washington State University. Before joining EWU, Fuller served as dean of business units at Colorado State University Pueblo and University of Wisconsi-La Crosse. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah and completed the Institute for Education Management program at Harvard.

Dr. Margaret E. Madden has been the provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Postdam since 2002. A social psychologist specializing in gender issues, she previously was dean at Long Island University (NY), associate dean of faculty at Lawrence University (WI), and professor of psychology and assistant to the academic vice president at Franklin Pierce College (NH). She has been a faculty member and administrator at private and public colleges and universities, at both liberal arts colleges and comprehensive universities.

Madden's focus at Postdam has been to strengthen academic programs and promote student success. SUNY Postdam's recent Middle States visit resulted in great praise for the academic program and 26 commendations for the institutions, many of which addressed area under Madden's leadership. The first new academic building at the College in 35 years, a Performing Arts Center, was completed in 2014.

Madden holds the Ph.D. and M.S. in social psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also completed the Harvard's Institute for Educational Management in 2012. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and presentation on higher education administration, gender and leadership in education, and integrating diversity into the psychology curriculum.


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BGPS Facilities Team Plans for Future of Education
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 03/26/15
On a drive through Brush Prairie, west of 503 in the southern part of the Battle Ground Public Schools district, you can see it: the hammers swinging, the workers building and the trucks moving. Construction is happening now on more than 1,500 single family homes and 600 multi-family units on what was once vacant agricultural land. After years of recession-stifled growth, the Battle Ground school district is on the verge of a housing boom, with an estimated 1,000 new students coming to the district in the next several years.

Battle Ground Public Schools' leaders want to meet the needs of additional students and maintain the district's high standards of education, low classroom sizes, ubiquitous technology implementation and safety protocols--all within a budget. That's why the Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors has convened a community-driven committee called the Facilities Improvement Team (FIT). The group is charged with developing a long-range facilities management plan that can be phased in over the next 20 years and is designed to be a working document under regular review.

"The facility planning process is part of a larger district effort to plan for the future of education in our community," said Mark Hottowe, BGPS superintendent. "It starts with values. Our leadership team, in partnership with board members, staff and community partners, is working on identifying clear values, including the role of education, how we support our staff, the safety and security of our buildings, and meeting the demands of our population growth. All these must work in concert with each other and need to be aligned if we want to be successful."

Over the past two months, FIT members have met at the Lewisville Campus to get up to speed and understand the current condition of school facilities. They've seen presentations from BGPS Facilities Director Kevin Jolma on the state of BGPS facilities; Bill Coon, the SW Washington Regional Coordinator for OSPI School Facilities and Operations, on the state's School Construction Assistance Program; and BGPS Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations MaryBeth Lynn on the district's budget, enrollment projections and debt capacity; in addition to an overview presentation on the Clark County Growth Management plan.

With this foundation of knowledge the team can focus on specific areas of facility planning such as specific program and school needs, local factors such as infrastructure changes in surrounding municipalities, and the status of current school sites.

The district is contracting with LSW Architects in Vancouver to conduct a Study and Survey, which is required by the Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to consideration of state funding assistance for school facility projects, whether new construction or modernization of existing structures. The survey should be completed by the end of April and will provide an inventory and analysis of existing facilities and demographic and other data that is necessary for FIT members to identify priorities and start creating a plan based on the district's educational and operational value statements.

The FIT recommendations will provide a foundation for decision making and a roadmap for future leaders. "Facility planning is driven by the educational plan," said FIT facilitator Dave Halme. "To be truly effective, we must align these efforts and provide the best recommendation for the growth and development of the district." Halme, who led the facilities department at Clark College for 20 years and worked as a consultant for local school districts in facility management planning, is volunteering his time alongside the FIT members.

"We are excited for the educational and facilities processes to merge and create a clear pathway for the district to follow," Hottowe said. "I am confident this work will give our community and district leadership the information we need to move forward together."

FIT comprises 20 members: two members from each director district, one member from each of four district employee associations, a community facilitator and a district resource team that includes five members of the district leadership team.

FIT meetings are open to the public, and a calendar of meeting dates is on the district website at www.battlegroundps.org/fit. Recent presentations, contact information, meeting minutes and agendas also are available on the website. Community feedback and questions are encouraged, and FIT members can be reached by email at bgpsfit@googlegroups.com.
Children's Center Honors Child Abuse Prevention Month (Photo)
Children's Center - 03/26/15
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As part of a national movement to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month, several local business and community leaders are partnering with Children's Center in undertaking a child abuse awareness campaign this April.

Children's Center is kicking off new prevention programs this April, starting with a nationally recognized child sex abuse prevention training. The Center is able, thanks to a grant from the Ford Family Foundation, to hire a Child Abuse Prevention Specialist. This initiative will begin Children's Center's prevention program by bringing Darkness to Light's 'Stewards of Children' training to 5% of the adult population in rural parts of Clackamas County. 'Stewards of Children' is a 2-hour child sex abuse prevention training aimed at parents, teachers, and those who care for children. Children's Center began using this curriculum in 2013 as part of a strategy to reduce incidents of child sexual abuse in Clackamas County, but is now able to expand the program.

"April is a perfect time to launch this crucial prevention effort," said Children's Center Executive Director Barbara Peschiera. "With continued support from our community, we hope to offer these workshops on a community-wide scale to educate more of the adult population in Clackamas County."

As Clackamas County's only child abuse intervention center, Children's Center provides medical evaluations, forensic interviews and family support services to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect. Children's Center, which is nationally accredited, plays a vital role in ending the trauma of abuse for local children. Children of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds are referred to Children's Center for concerns of abuse. More information can be found online at www.childrenscenter.cc.

There are a number of ways to get involved and participate in preventing child abuse in Clackamas County during April, including:
* Report any concern of abuse to the Clackamas County Child Abuse Hotline: 971-673-7112, or the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline: 855-503-SAFE (7223).
* Stop by Children's Center's kiosk at Clackamas Town Center to pick up a pinwheel and child abuse information.
* Host a Darkness to Light 'Stewards of Children' training that includes the five steps to protecting children from child sexual abuse.
* Attend a Stewards of Children workshop on April 20th or 27th.
* Request a speaker to attend your club, business, or faith community.
* Distribute blue pinwheels at your place of business. These pinwheels can be retrieved from Children's Center at no cost to you or your business.
* Tour Children's Center to learn more about what's being done to help victims of child abuse in Clackamas County.
* Make a donation at www.childrenscenter.cc to support child abuse awareness and education throughout Clackamas County.

If you would like to participate in any of the above activities, please email office@childrenscenter.cc or call 503-655-7725 today.

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Children's Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is Clackamas County's sole agency providing medical assessments, forensic interviews and family support services to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect. The organization was founded in 2002 and received National Children's Alliance accreditation in 2015.
For more information, please visit www.childrenscenter.cc.


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Oleson Road reopens with new bridge over Fanno Creek (Photo)
Washington County - 03/26/15
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Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation is pleased to announce that it has reopened Oleson Road at Fanno Creek (located south of Beaverton Hillsdale Highway), effective Thursday, March 26, 2015 following an eight month closure for bridge replacement work.

"We truly appreciate everyone's patience during the road closure," said Andrew Singelakis, the county's Director of Land Use and Transportation. "We also want to thank our partners at Metro for helping us secure the funding needed to advance the project. This new bridge is a much-needed improvement that will serve this community for many years to come, whether they travel through in a vehicle, cycling or walking."

While Oleson Road has been reopened to traffic, construction will continue on the road and bridge improvements for an additional two months. During remaining construction work, one travel lane in each direction will be available for motorists and bicyclists on Oleson Road. Pedestrians will have access to the new sidewalk on the east side of the roadway. Periodic daytime lane restrictions may be required while construction continues.

For the safety of workers and travelers in the construction zone, the speed limit between Dover Street and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway will be temporarily reduced to 25 mph through the end of May when the project is scheduled for completion.

Project Information

Fanno Creek periodically floods, which previously resulted in unanticipated road closures and substantial damage to the bridge on Oleson Road. This project replaced the existing bridge over Fanno Creek with a new structure built above the flood plain. Additional improvements will include bicycle lanes, sidewalks, street lighting, landscaping and storm drainage facilities.

This project is funded through a combination of the Federal Highway Bridge Program, the county's Road Capital Bridge Program, and the county's Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP).

For more information, visit www.wc-roads.com and click on "Oleson Road Bridge" or contact Kim Haughn, Public Information Officer at 503-846-7822 or lutproj@co.washington.or.us.

Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the county roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.


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Grants Pass Man Arrested for Thefts of Firearms from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Evidence Locker
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/26/15
A Grants Pass man was arrested at his residence on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, on charges related to the theft of multiple firearms from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety evidence locker.

On February 12th, 2015, the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section in Central Point, at the request of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, initiated a criminal investigation into the disappearance of multiple firearms from their evidence storage facility. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety administrators learned of the missing firearms after an audit was conducted at the facility.

As part of the investigation, the Oregon State Police conducted interviews of people who have had access to the facility over a period of time when the weapons were last known to be present. During the investigation, information was obtained leading to the implication and subsequent arrest of Lee DARROW, age 73, from Grants Pass, on 27 counts of Theft in the First Degree.

DARROW, a retired Grants Pass City Fire employee, had been volunteering his time at the facility specifically assisting with the handling of firearms. Oregon State Police investigators subsequently recovered multiple firearms from various locations within the Southern Oregon area.

The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who has had dealings or knows of anyone who has had dealings with DARROW related to the sale or transfer of firearms, to contact Lead Detective Deanna Harris at the Oregon State Police Central Point Area Command.

Detective Deanna Harris
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7967

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Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7952
Community Will Gather to Help Abused Children (Photo)
Children's Center - 03/26/15
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Children's Center will host its 9th annual Champions for Children Luncheon on Wednesday, May 13th, at The Oregon Golf Club (25700 SW Petes Mountain Road in West Linn). This signature Children's Center event allows community members throughout the region to unite on behalf of abused and neglected children.

A reception and raffle will take place between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., with the opportunity to win items such as a stay at the Allison Inn, professional landscape design by Dennis' 7 Dees, jewelry, and much more. Between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., guests will hear a program given by speaker Vanessa Owen, a child, adolescent and family therapist, and special guest Anna Canzano of KATU Channel 2 News.

If you would like to attend the luncheon or donate a raffle item, please contact Shauna Lugar at 503-655-7725 or shauna@childrenscenter.cc.

As Clackamas County's only child abuse intervention center, Children's Center provides medical evaluations, forensic interviews and family support services to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect. Children's Center, which is nationally accredited, plays a vital role in ending the trauma of abuse for local children. Children of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds are referred to Children's Center for suspicion of abuse.

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Children's Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is Clackamas County's sole agency providing medical assessments, forensic interviews and family support services to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect. The organization was founded in 2002 and received National Children's Alliance accreditation in 2015.
For more information, please visit www.childrenscenter.cc.


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Fatal Crash US Hwy 97 MP 155 (12 miles south of Bend)***UPDATE*****
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/26/15
****UPDATE NAME RELEASE******

On March 26, 2015 at 12:00am OSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on US HYW 97 near MP155 (12 miles south of Bend). According to Sgt. John Russo, the investigation revealed a Ford F350, driven by Mr. Zeke Hacker, 76 from Clayton, Washington, was traveling southbound when it struck the southbound vehicle directly in front of the Ford F350. The second vehicle was a Ford expedition driven by Mr. James Harris, 52, from Bend. After the impact, both vehicles lost control and left the west shoulder rolling several times and impacted trees. Mr. Hacker was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin notification has occurred.

Mr. Harris had one passenger in the vehicle Mr. Scott Bilbrook, 45, who was transported to Saint Charles Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Air bags deployed in both vehicles and all occupants were using seatbelts. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor for the crash. The highway had one lane opened during the investigation

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Sunriver fire and ambulance, Bend PD, Deschutes County Medical Examiner and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.

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Urban Forestry Awards Announced (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/26/15
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Recipients of the 2015 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards were announced today by Oregon Community Trees (O.C.T.).

"This year's award recipients are great examples of inspirational individuals and organizations promoting tree planting and quality tree care, while raising awareness and knowledge about Oregon's trees and urban and community forests," said Oregon Community Trees President Ruth Williams. "We're proud to honor them."

Now in their 22nd year, the O.C.T. awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant accomplishments and leadership advancing urban and community forestry projects and activities in the state of Oregon.

Individual Award: Todd Prager

Todd Prager's professional career has blended planning and urban forestry. As a planner and arborist for the City of Tigard, Prager helped develop the city's first Urban Forest section of its Comprehensive Plan, its Urban Forestry Master Plan, and a major overhaul of its urban forestry codes which included innovative "canopy based" requirements. Prager also served as project manager for Tigard's Tree Canopy Replacement program and was responsible for large scale tree plantings at sites including schools, freeways and parks.

As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Prager is now a consultant with Teragan and Associates where he advises cities and developers on urban forest planning issues.

Individual Award: Erik Burke

Erik Burke facilitated the transition from Eugene Tree Foundation to the new Friends of Trees Eugene, and in the past has worked with the City of Eugene in planting and caring for thousands of trees. Except for Friends of Trees Portland, under Burke's leadership the Eugene Friends of Trees has planted and taken care of more urban trees than any other place in the state.

Friends of Trees brings people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces.

Partnership Award: Mark Azevedo, Ed Hodney, Gary Rogowski

Recipients of this year's Partnership Award have initiated and coordinated several interconnected projects.

The "Sawing for Schools" project is coordinated by Mark Azevedo (Albany Tree Commission) and the staff of the Albany Parks and Recreation Department, headed by director Ed Hodney. For the past six years, donated fallen urban trees have been brought to Albany area high schools during Arbor Week; high school students then learn how to turn these logs into lumber. The wood is provided to high school shop classes free of charge.

Azevedo and Hodney also coordinated the Lumber to Legacy project, in which high school woodshop students milled the wood from 8 historic Oregon white oak trees that were removed from a new development site in 2013 in Albany. The resulting high-quality wood was given to wood artisans who created unique wood products for auction, benefitting the Oregon White Oak Restoration Program and local high school woodshop programs. Gary Rogowski with Northwest Woodworking Studio participated in the Lumber to Legacy program as an artisan, also mentoring high school students in the process.

As a result of the Lumber to Legacy partnership, Rogowski created the Northwest Woodworking Studio / Woodworking Intensive program - a fine woodworking internship program. In addition to hands-on learning about all aspects of woodworking, Rogowski notes that this program provides "a place where students of all abilities can learn to think critically while using their heads, their hearts, and their hands to build beautiful and lasting things."

Tree City USA Award: City of Beaverton

The City of Beaverton turned an empty and unused lot on SW Allen Blvd and Alice Lane into an arboretum complete with informative signs. This beautiful, educational native tree and plant retreat will be enjoyed for generations to come. With the help of the Mayor, Friends of Trees and about 100 volunteers, the City has planted more than 100 native trees and plants, each species accompanied with a plaque identifying features and facts.

Additional City of Beaverton accomplishments include:

* The transformation of an unused lot on SW Barrows and 157th into an attractive and welcoming entrance into SW Beaverton

* Each planting season, the City teams up with Friends of Trees for at least 3 neighborhood tree plantings that positively impacted hundreds of Beaverton residents.

* The City's approved Street Tree List received a drastic makeover to emphasize natives of the Pacific Northwest. With the new and improved Approved Street Tree List, residents can learn all about why natives are a more sustainable choice, as well as which natives work best for each home based on size.

* Starting in 2013, the City's Landscape and Urban Forestry department made a tremendous breakthrough in connecting Beaverton residents with plants and trees native to the Pacific Northwest by creating Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month. A different native tree or shrub is highlighted on the City's website each month and has become so popular that the monthly article has been picked up and is also featured by the Beaverton Resource Guide as well as the Beaverton Facebook and Twitter pages.

"We look forward to next year's contestants and once again, congratulations to this year's recipients," said Mike Williams, chair of the urban forestry awards committee.

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Aging and Disabilities Waiver (0185)
OR Department of Human Services - 03/26/15
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of an amendment to the Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver (0185).

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input
process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals
served. The following is a summary of changes to being proposed for the Aging and People with Disabilities waiver.

* Increase estimates of number of individuals served in 2015-2016
* Addition of Home and Community-Based Settings transition plan in accordance with 42 CFR 441.301 (6)(ii)(A)

You can review the proposed waiver application at http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Documents/Home%20and%20Community%20Based%20Services%20Waiver%20draft.pdf

Comments can be sent to Trevor.j.waskin@state.or.us and should be received no later than April 30, 2015.
Trio Brasileiro bringing virtuoso Brazilian jazz to PCC (Photo)
PCC - 03/26/15
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Brazilian flare is coming to Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus in April.

The campus' Performing Arts Department is hosting the Brazilian virtuoso jazz/choro group Trio Brasileiro at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, in The Forum Theater (Room 114), Building 3, Rock Creek Campus (17705 NW Springville Road). Tickets are $10 at the door (cash or check only) for the general public. Admission is free for PCC students and staff with ID.

Earlier in the day, a workshop with PCC music staff and the trio is set for noon, also in The Forum Theater. The workshop is free and open to the public. It will demonstrate styles and rhythms of Brazilian music, show the roles of each instrument in the texture of the music, and showcase the history of choro.

Parking for both events is free in the event parking area behind Building 9.

"This is a rare opportunity to hear musicians of international stature right in our own backyard," said Pamela Beaty, PCC music instructor. "These master musicians perform choro, a style of Brazilian music featuring samba rhythms, beautiful melodies and lightning fast tempos layered over jazzy harmonies."

Formed in 2011, Trio Brasileiro has made a name for itself as an ensemble worthy of international attention. It includes guitarist and full-time member of the award-winning Brazil Guitar Duo, Douglas Lora; one of Brazil's top mandolin virtuosos, Dudu Maia; and percussionist and brother of Douglas, Alexandre Lora. The group plays their own compositions and those of Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and others. Trio Brasileiro released their first recording, "Simples Assim," in 2012.

"Their stunning virtuosity is matched with remarkable musicianship and a deep devotion to the language of music," Beaty added.

This concert is intended to raise awareness about the Rock Creek Music Program. The campus offers music classes to all musicians from all performance levels. For more information, contact faculty chair Jason Palmer at jason.palmer@pcc.edu, or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pccrcmp.


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 90,000 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has four comprehensive campuses, eight workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


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Change of Plea in State v. Brett Pearson
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/26/15
This morning, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Dale. W. Penn accepted a change of plea in State v. Brett Angus Pearson. Mr. Pearson, DOB 10/7/1996, pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Murder, one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder. These charges were based on the March 5, 2014, shooting death of Michelle Pearson and the shooting of her surviving spouse, Wilfred Pearson.

Sentencing was set for August 28, 2015, at 9:00am. This date was chosen so that both parties can prepare additional information and argument for the court.

There will be no additional information released at this time due to the un-joined, parallel case of State v. Robert Daniel Miller, Marion County Circuit Court Case number 14C40909. That case is currently set for trial in November 2015.

Please contact Marion County DDAs David Wilson or Brendan Murphy with any additional questions, at (503) 588-5222.
Lower Columbia Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/26/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens May 2nd

On Saturday, May 2nd, at Maritime Memorial Park in Astoria, families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Joining those dedicated to the mission of March of Dimes will be local business, including Columbia Memorial Hospital, Providence Seaside Hospital, Columbia Bank and Clatsop Community Bank.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 5k walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Providence Seaside Hospital, Columbia Bank and Clatsop Community Bank. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
WSU Vancouver calls for Notable Alumni Nominations
WSU Vancouver - 03/26/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver is now accepting nominations for the 2015 WSU Vancouver Notable Alumni Award. The award will honor one alumnus/alumna who has made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, career and/or community service reflect WSU Vancouver's legacy of excellence. Nominees must have attended WSU Vancouver. Nominations are open to the public and will be accepted through May 29. To submit a nomination, visit http://admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/naa.

The WSU Vancouver Notable Alumni Award was established in 2014 as part of the university's 25th anniversary celebration. Nominees who were not chosen last year will automatically be considered for this year's award. The winner will be determined by the Alumni Awards Selection Committee.

The 2015 WSU Vancouver Notable Alumni Award winner will be recognized in the fall.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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The Urban League of Portland's 2015 Career Connections Job Fair
Urban League of Portland - 03/26/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 26th, 2015

The Urban League of Portland will host the 22nd Annual Career Connections Job Fair
1000 Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232
Wednesday, APRIL 22, 2015, 10:00AM-3:00PM

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Double Tree Hotel
(by Hilton) located at 1000 Multnomah Street, the Urban League of Portland, in partnership with IHeartMedia, JAM'N 107.5, and Bank of America, is hosting its 22nd annual Career Connections Job Fair. The Career Connections Job Fair will feature employers from the Portland metropolitan area's health care, retail, construction, government, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Employers are looking to the Urban League of Portland to help them recruit qualified and skilled diverse job candidates. The Urban League's Career Fair presents a unique opportunity for employers to directly interact with a large pool of skilled diverse candidates.

These employers are hiring for positions from entry-level to professional, from management to executive, ranging from construction and retail, to government and corporate opportunities. Job seekers in the Portland region have this opportunity to connect with a wide array of Portland-area employers who are actively seeking qualified candidates thanks, in part, to the sponsorship provided by: IHeartMedia, JAM'N 107.5, Comcast, Bank of America, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Port of Portland, the Oregon Health Authority, the Portland Development Commission, and the Oregon Lottery. The 22nd Annual Career Connections Job Fair will include employer participants from: Portland General Electric, Kaiser Permanente, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, NECA-IBEW, US Bank, TriMet, Country Financial, Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers, Constructing Hope, Oregon Trades Woman Inc., Life Works NW, and many more.

The Urban League of Portland has deep and longstanding ties to local communities and historical and ongoing relationships with a broad spectrum of: faith-based organizations, sororities, fraternities, minority businesses, and neighborhood groups in the Portland Metro area. It is recognized as one of the best sources for diversity recruitment, and as one of the leading voices for African Americans, people of color, and others in the region.

Camile Coleman of Portland General Electric's Human Resources Department mentioned that "PGE looks forward to this job fair each year and, as expected, it proved a great opportunity to connect with dynamic and energized candidates. We were able to refer many people to job opportunities and network with the other great companies present." Oregon Health Science University's Manger of Workforce Equality and Inclusion Riikka Salonen said of the Urban League of Portland's Career Fair "Urban League of Portland's 2014 Career Fair turned out to be best job fair of the year for us. This event had great, professional candidates who were well-prepared with excellent resumes, professional appearance and good questions. I can not wait for the 2015 event!"

In addition to participating in the Career Fair, job seekers can access thousands of job postings from local employers through The Urban League's resource library, computer lab, and web site year-round.

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information: Debra Lindsay - dlindsay@ulpdx.org 503-280-2600 ext 640
Director of Workforce Development - Urban League of Portland
10 N Russell St, Portland OR 97227 fax: 503-281-2612

About the Urban League of Portland

The Urban League of Portland, founded in 1945, helps empower African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, and economic security. We are a non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in North Portland and an affiliate of the National Urban League.

MISSION
Our mission is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.

HISTORY
Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically under-served urban communities. The Urban League movement carries out its mission at the local, state and national levels through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community education and mobilization; coalitions, collaborations, and communications.
ulpdx.org


Attached Media Files: Career Fair Flyer
$89,375 awarded for three new 'World of Work' projects (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/15
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: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2014 PEEPS (Professional Educational Experience Program students) participate in a workshop to prepare them for their work running sound for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show -- as part of a 2014 WoW project. P
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Training as sound technicians at professional concerts; Designing, creating and installing public art; Learning the art of transmedia storytelling - telling a single story via multiple media - at Warm Springs Academy. Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new "Connecting Students to the World of Work" projects announced today by the Oregon Arts Commission.

The three new awards bring the total number of "World of Work" projects funded in the two-year program to 11; all 11 projects will share $30,220 in extension funds to close the program's funding cycle.

Designed to expose underserved students in grades six through 12 to arts-related industries, the two-year "World of Work" program was funded by the Oregon Legislature (HB3232).

The new grants were awarded to:
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $29,375 + $2,393 (extension)
To support 20 students in WyEast Middle School's AVID program in working with professional artists to design, create and install three public art pieces.

Caldera, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support year-round instruction in transmedia arts (storytelling across different mediums) for 15 youth at Warm Springs Academy.

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support implementation of a three part Live Sound Engineering for Teens (LiveSET) program in partnership with Portland Public Schools, providing hands on experience at professional concerts.

Extensions ranging from $1,792 to $4,073 also were awarded to 2014 "World of Work" grant recipients for: a Lane Arts Council (Eugene) mentorship program for low-income middle school students; the Center for Advanced Learning's (Gresham) development of an ad campaign and promotional website for the Historic Columbia Highway anniversary; a Pacific Northwest College of Art project to design and create functional public objects that support sustainability; a PDX Pop Now project to train Native American students in audio production; a multicultural project targeting students with disabilities at the The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene); the Techstart Education Foundation's proposal to train Portland at-risk students in video game design round; Oregon Shakespeare Festival's project training students to be sound technicians for the Green Show; and My Voice Music's expansion of its Artists Mentorship program.

"This program has been a powerful opportunity to make strategic investments in some of Oregon's most underserved youth populations," says Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "Participating students are telling us it is changing how they feel about the relevance of their education to things beyond just grades. They have called the projects 'a true work experience' and 'a first job,' showing positive growth towards career readiness."

The new "World of Work" projects begin now and run through the end of 2016.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Attached Media Files: : The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2014 PEEPS (Professional Educational Experience Program students) participate in a workshop to prepare them for their work running sound for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show -- as part of a 2014 WoW project. P
LGBT Health Awareness Week, March 23-27, Oregon-based LGBT expert to meet with Drug Czar, Friday
Woloshin Communications - 03/26/15
NEWS ADVISORY LGBT Health Awareness Week is March 23-27
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation LGBT expert to meet with White House Drug Czar, SAMHSA leaders

PORTLAND, Ore. - As part of LGBT Health Awareness Week March 23-27, Portland area-based Buster Ross, the national director of the world-renowned Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's LGBTQ-Integrative Treatment Program, will meet with the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli on March 27.

Ross will also meet with leaders from SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and for Center for Substance Abuse Prevention during his time in Washington, DC.

Ross will share recent research findings from the Butler Center for Research of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, information on Hazelden's innovative LGBTQ-Integrative Model, and efforts to share this progressive model with providers across the country as a new standard of care in the treatment of LGBTQ people.

Housed at Hazelden's Springbrook residential facility, near Portland, Ore., the LGBTQ-Integrative Treatment Program is the nation's first-of-its kind.

"People who identify as LGBTQ face tremendous discrimination when seeking and receiving treatment for drug and alcohol abuse," Ross emphasized. "LGBTQ individuals come to treatment with deeper and more complex trauma than many non-LGBTQ individuals. LGBTQ clients see great benefit from treatment that is not just affirming, but tailored to their needs through inclusion. Integration reflects moving beyond relying on segregation to create non-discriminatory and affirming treatment settings."

The program focuses on co-occurring mental illness and trauma, and equally accommodates heterosexual, cisgender and LGBTQ clients. Visit www.hazelden.org/lgbtq.

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Note to reporters: Ross is available to talk by phone following his meeting: 505-490-9481

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, and an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.

Hazelden in Beaverton, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is an outpatient facility that combines cognitive behavioral treatment and other treatments with medications to help individuals become clean and sober. The treatment team includes leading experts in the field of alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Hazelden Springbrook in Newberg, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is an acclaimed residential treatment facility with extended care programs and also specializes in addiction treatment for those with co-occurring trauma disorders. It is also recognized for its health care professionals program, LGBTQ-sensitive care and innovative opioid addiction treatment.

Buster Ross, M.A., Certified Sexuality Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Licensed Professional Counselor, directs the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's LGBTQ-Integrative Treatment Program based at the organization's Springbrook site in Newberg. Ross's clinical work as a therapist, researcher, author and educator focuses on improving quality-of-life outcomes and reducing rates of relapse by helping professionals better understand the importance of sexual health education in treatment centers and individual therapy. Certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), Ross presents trainings throughout the United States and teaches at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, focusing on the topics of sexual health, LGBTQ issues and Twelve Step integrative treatment. A prominent voice at the intersection of sexual health and recovery, Ross oversees a program that is the first of its type in the U.S. While he is Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's national LGBTQ expert, his work is equally relevant to heterosexual and cisgender people seeking recovery.
Volunteers to Prepare Hundreds of "Hope Tote" Hygiene Kits at Union Gospel Mission (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission - 03/26/15
Volunteer prepares a Hope Tote at 2014 Assembly Day
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Volunteers to Prepare Hundreds of "Hope Tote" Hygiene Kits at Union Gospel Mission
Hygiene Kits to be distributed at Mission's Easter Event

Portland, OR - Volunteers will gather at Union Gospel Mission on Monday, March 30 at 1:00 pm to assemble "Hope Tote" hygiene kits. Hope Tote kits consist of brush or comb, conditioner, deodorant, disposable razor, feminine products, hand or body lotion, lip balm, shampoo, shaving cream, soap, toothbrush, tooth paste, and warm socks. Union Gospel Mission will be distributing the Hope Totes at the Mission's annual Easter Sunday brunch.

Union Gospel Mission estimates that there will be between 800-900 completed Hope Tote kits. Union Gospel Mission is expecting to distribute 800 on Easter Sunday.

"We are very thankful for Grandview Baptist Church in Beavercreek. They pulled together to provide 600 of our Hope Totes. Women's small groups, entire churches, an Eagle Scout, youth groups, and individuals collected items for the Hope Tote kits. One special thing about Hope Tote is that anyone or any group can be involved and make a difference!" said Lindsey Card, community mobilization coordinator at Union Gospel Mission.

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: Volunteer prepares a Hope Tote at 2014 Assembly Day , Hope Tote Assembly 2014
West Linn Community Shred Day (Photo)
City of West Linn - 03/26/15
Shred Event Flier
Shred Event Flier
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The West Linn Sustainability Advisory Board is hosting a community shred day at West Linn City Hall on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be free onsite shredding for the West Linn community to help recycle documents while protecting your identity and the environment. The first two banker-size boxes are free and each additional box is $5.

The process is fast and easy, just drive through and drop off your boxes.

There will also be free e-waste drop-off for home computers, televisions, laptops and other small electronics. Ace Computer Repair will wipe computer hard drives for $10 each.

The West Linn Lions will be collecting old eyeglasses, hearing aids and cellphones.

West Linn City Hall is located at 22500 Salamo Road, West Linn. http://westlinnoregon.gov/sustainability/community-shred-event-and-recycle-day


Attached Media Files: Shred Event Flier
BGPS Kindergarten Registration Week Is April 20-24
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 03/26/15
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will begin Monday, April 20 in Battle Ground Public Schools. Any child who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2015, is eligible to enter kindergarten this fall.

Parents can find out which school their child will attend by using the district's online boundary map at battlegroundps.org or by calling the district boundaries office at (360) 885-6577.

Parents should bring verification of their child's birth date, immunization records and emergency contact information to their neighborhood school to register their child. School offices are open for kindergarten registration Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration materials and information is available online at http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/k12-registration-kl. Registration can take up to one hour.

A tuition-based, full-day kindergarten option is available at all primary schools except Yacolt Primary during the 2015-16 school year. More information about full-day kindergarten is available at the school your child will attend in the fall.

Orientations and Open Houses
Students and their families can visit their school, meet teachers and learn more about kindergarten. The following schools are offering spring orientations and open houses. Other schools offer similar events in the fall.

Captain Strong Primary, 1002 NW 6th Ave., Battle Ground, (360) 885-6400, parent orientation on May 21, 6-7 p.m.

Daybreak Primary, 1900 NW 20th Ave., Battle Ground, (360) 885-6950, kindergarten orientation on May 21, 6-7 p.m.

Glenwood Heights Primary, 9716 NE 134th St., Vancouver, (360) 885-5250, kindergarten roundup for parents, May 13, 10-11 a.m.

Pleasant Valley Primary, 14320 NE 50th Ave., Vancouver, (360) 885-5550, kindergarten orientation on May 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Yacolt Primary, 406 W Yacolt Rd., Yacolt, (360) 885-6000, open house on May 7, 5:30-7 p.m.

Preschool Options
Battle Ground Public Schools also offers preschool options for early learners. The BGPS Community Education Department and Prairie High School offer tuition-based preschool programs for ages 3-5. Tigerland Preschool registration is open for the 2015-16 school year. Two and three-day programs are located on the campuses of Captain Strong Primary and Yacolt Primary. Tigerland Preschool is designed to prepare early learners for their kindergarten experience. To register, contact the Battle Ground Public Schools Community Education Department at (360) 885-6584. Prairie Preschool maintains a waiting list of students who are interested in attending. Enrollment begins April 21 for new families on the waiting list. Please call Prairie Preschool at (360) 885-5004 to be added to the waiting list. BGPS also offers preschools for children with special needs. Please contact the BGPS Special Services Department at (360) 885-5318 for more information. Information about BGPS preschool options is available on the district's preschool web page at http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/preschool-and-daycare.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/20/82955/2015_K_roundup_flyer.pdf
Sheriff's Office makes public-indecency arrest; suspect is registered sex offender believed responsible for Boring/Eagle Creek indecent-exposure spree (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/26/15
Collage: Previous suspect sketch (with possible wig), suspect truck photos
Collage: Previous suspect sketch (with possible wig), suspect truck photos
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Please reference CCSO Case # 15-8640

UPDATE (3/26/2015):

Last night (Wednesday, March 25, 2015) around 10 p.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies -- working with Multnomah County, Damascus PD and Gresham PD personnel -- arrested a man in Gresham on public-indecency charges. Following a search warrant of the suspect's residence, investigators believe this is the man responsible for a string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area. Additional tips are sought.

The suspect is identified as Michael Gordon Dick, 53, of Gresham. He is a registered sex offender. A booking photo is attached.

Authorities received calls on Tuesday (March 24) and Wednesday (March 25) about a naked male walking around masturbating in the Tickle Creek and Kelso Road area. Both incidents occurred at the same address, and the M.O. was similar to the series of Boring/Eagle Creek indecent-exposure incidents detailed in our Feb. 17, 2015 and Dec. 10 , 2014 news releases (reproduced below).

The March 24 and 25 incidents led investigators to get a search warrant for suspect Michael Dick's residence in Gresham. Mr. Dick was arrested and Sheriff's Office detectives -- assisted by Multnomah County, Damascus PD and Gresham PD personnel -- searched his house and vehicles.

Evidence found during the search warrant led investigators to believe that Michael Dick is the suspect allegedly responsible for the string of indecent-exposure incidents in the Boring/Eagle Creek area. (This includes Mr. Dick's 2004 Chevy S10, similar to the suspect vehicle described and photographed in those earlier crimes.) All those incidents follow a similar pattern: A white male in a black pickup drives past women who are walking on the roadway or working in their yards. The male suspect stops, gets out of his pickup naked, and starts masturbating. Each time the suspect leaves before the victim can get close to him.

Michael Dick is currently charged with 3 counts of Public Indecency -- 2 from Tuesday and Wednesday (March 24-25) and one from last week. Michael Dick is a registered sex offender as a result of a December 2008 arrest in which he entered an elderly person's home in east Multnomah County fully nude and attempted to assault her. His sex-offender status means the March 24-25 charges have been increased to felonies.

His Clackamas County Jail booking info is here:

http://web3.clackamas.us/roster/inmates/inmate.jsp?id=2015008640

Investigators are currently looking at the other incidents that have occurred in the area and plan to book him on additional indecent-exposure charges from the earlier reported incidents.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is still seeking tips and information regarding this string of crimes.

Anyone with information on Michael Gordon Dick or his activities is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #15-8640.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

[END UPDATE]
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EARLIER (February 17th, 2015 3:20 PM) UPDATE W/ COLLAGE: NEW SUSPECT SKETCH, IMPROVED DESCRIPTION, PHOTO OF SUSPECT TRUCK IN STRING OF INDECENT-EXPOSURE INCIDENTS; TIPS SOUGHT

[UPDATE 2/17/2015: Attached collage of suspect sketch and suspect truck photos.]

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #15-4282

Investigators have a new suspect sketch and a much better photo of the suspect truck in a string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area. Tips are sought.

All incidents follow a similar pattern: A white male in a black pickup drives past women who are walking on the roadway or working in their yards. The male suspect stops, gets out of his pickup naked, and starts masturbating. Each time the suspect leaves before the victim can get close to him.

Investigators have received a total of 14 reports of indecent-exposure incidents believed to involve this suspect -- 11 in Clackamas County, 3 in Multnomah County.

IMPROVED VEHICLE PHOTO/DESCRIPTION:
- Black small pickup. Based on the attached new photo of the suspect vehicle, authorities believe this vehicle is likely a black 2001-04 Chevy S10 crew cab, possibly with a ZR2 package.
- An extra cab has been described.
- In the pickup's back window, in the lower left corner, there is a white round sticker.
- This TYPE of vehicle is pictured at the link below, but is NOT definitively identified as the suspect vehicle:
http://my-chevrolet.com/uploads/gallery_p/71_1364549612/chevy_s10.JPG

NEW SUSPECT SKETCH/DESCRIPTION:
- White male
- Short to mid-length red hair. This detail differs from the December 2014 description of the suspect, but authorities believe the same suspect is involved in the more recent case(s). It is possible the "red hair" is a wig.
- Has been described in some cases as only wearing a camouflage baseball cap that has been described as an "Army hat."
- Light complexion
- Thin with a muscular build
- A suspect sketch is attached.

TIPS STILL SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is still seeking tips and information regarding this string of crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #15-4282.

The previous Dec. 10, 2014 news release on this incident is reproduced below.
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EARLIER (Dec. 10, 2014, 1:57 p.m.): Sheriff's Office seeks tips in string of indecent-exposure incidents in Boring/Eagle Creek area

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cases #14-33513 and 14-32273.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public in a string of indecent-exposure incidents reported in and around the City of Boring and Eagle Creek.

As of this writing (Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014), there have been four reported indecent-exposure incidents -- all occurring between the week before Thanksgiving and Dec. 9, 2014 and all following a similar pattern:

A white male in a black pickup drives past women who are walking on the roadway or working in their yards, stops, gets out of his pickup naked, and starts masturbating. Each time the suspect leaves before the victim can get close to him.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office now have a good suspect and vehicle description -- and are asking for the public's help as they track down the alleged serial flasher.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
- White male in his early to mid 20s
- Thin with a muscular build
- Short brown hair.
- Usually only wearing a camouflage baseball cap that has been described as an "Army hat."
- He has also been described as having a light complexion and sharp facial features.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:
- Black small pickup.
- An extra cab has been described.
- In the pickup's back window, in the lower left corner, there is a white round sticker.

A photo of the suspect vehicle is attached.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this string of crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cases #14-33513 and 14-32273.


Attached Media Files: Collage: Previous suspect sketch (with possible wig), suspect truck photos , Booking photo: Michael Gordon Dick, 53, of Gresham
Office of Emergency Management set to hold 2nd annual "Oregon Prepared" workshop (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/26/15
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting the 2nd annual Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Sunriver, Ore., March 31 to Apr. 2. The event will include more than 250 city, county, tribal, state, private and non-profit, and federal emergency management leaders.

"This event provides a forum for private and public entities at all levels to forge vital partnerships for resiliency," said Sidra Metzger-Hines, a grants coordinator with OEM.
"It is the first time we've been able to gather such a huge cross section of emergency management experts and professionals together in Oregon for trainings and best practices with conversations focusing emergency preparation, response, mitigation and recovery."

The workshop is designed to provide a venue to address threats and hazards that affect Oregon, and move the state forward as a whole community in emergency management.

Recently, OEM has been leading or supporting a variety of emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation projects including the development of the "Cascadia Playbook."

The Cascadia Playbook will be a cross-cutting emergency management tool for the State of Oregon that supports various, existing plans and efforts for the first 14-days of a catastrophic incident.

Media is invited to attend and learn more about emergency management in Oregon. A media tour and interviews will available from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 2, at the Great Hall Complex in Sunriver.


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Local Hazelden Betty Ford medical director available to comment on today's release of Admin's opioid plan
Woloshin Communications - 03/26/15
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Beaverton medical director available to comment on release of Administration's opioid plan

PORTLAND, Ore.(March 26, 2015) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell today announced a targeted initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin related overdose, death and dependence. Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and currently outnumber deaths from car accidents in the United States. For more information, see here:

Here in Oregon, our state leads the nation in abuse of opioids, with the highest rate of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers in 2012. And in 2013, almost 1 in 4 Oregonians (908,000) received at least one prescription for opioid medications, many unused and stored unsafely.

Dr. Andrew Mendenhall, medical director of the Beaverton facility of the world-renowned nonprofit addiction treatment provider Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is a nationally recognized expert on this issue, treating patients every day. He is also speaking next month in Atlanta at the National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, and speaks regularly around the country on this topic.

Dr. Mendenhall is available to comment on his perspective on the issue of opioid abuse in the Portland area and can be reached at 503-310-4504 or 503-475-8989.

Andrew Mendenhall, M.D., is medical director of Hazelden in Beaverton. With particular expertise in medical detoxification, Dr. Mendenhall specializes in the complex care needs of patients with co-occurring mental-health, pain management and addiction medicine issues. He holds board certification by the American Board of Addictive Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, and an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.HazeldenBettyFord.org

Hazelden in Beaverton is an outpatient facility that combines cognitive behavioral treatment and other treatments with medications to help individuals become clean and sober. The treatment team includes leading experts in the field of alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Beaverton City Library Promotes Early Literacy Through Its Every Child Ready to Read Series
City of Beaverton - 03/26/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library will host four free workshops for parents of young children and childcare providers during its annual Every Child Ready to Read series April 6-May 1 at its Fifth Street location (12375 SW Fifth Street). Parents with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will play together while learning skills needed before children are ready to learn to read. This year, the library hopes to make every day a reading day for young learners by providing fun and interactive lessons led by early literacy experts. Workshop themes include math and science, alphabet exploration, vocabulary building, picture book reading, sensory play, and more.

These events are for childcare providers only. Registration is required for all events and patrons may register by calling 503-350-3600 or visiting www.BeavertonLibrary.org/register. Participants will also receive one free book so that they can practice their new skills at home. These programs are made possible in part by Ready to Read Grant funding provided by the State of Oregon.

"We are absolutely thrilled to receive Ready to Read funds," says Library Director, Abigail Elder. "We at Beaverton City Library truly believe that the earlier we can get children to enjoy reading books, the more opportunities they will have for success in the future!"

EVERY CHILD READY TO READ 2015 PROGRAMS:

Math & Science Fun
Monday, April 6 | 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 | 11 a.m.-Noon
Explore the early literacy side of math and science concepts in this interactive workshop. Ages 3-5 with adult. Parent focused. Registration Required.

Fun with Letters
Monday, April 13 | 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 | 11 a.m.-Noon
Explore the alphabet with your child. Ages 2-5 with adult. Parent focused. Registration Required.

Babies Need Early Literacy Too!
Saturday, April 18 | 11-11:45 a.m.
Sensory play with books to build positive language experience. Fun book formats for babies. Infants under one year (no walking toddlers, please). Limit 15 families per session. Registration Required.

Fun with Words
Wednesday, April 22 | 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 | 11 a.m.-Noon
Fun ways to build vocabulary together. Ages 2-5 with adult. Limit 20 families per session. Registration Required.

Leap into Language & Literacy for Childcare Providers
Wednesday, April 29 | 7-9 p.m.
Come and learn how to encourage language and literacy development for the children in your program by focusing on talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Participants will receive a certificate for two training hours. Registration Required.

Sharing Stories Together
Friday, May 1 | 11-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m.
Picture walk your way through great books! Tips for reading with different ages. Ages 1-5 with adult. Limit 15 families per session. Registration Required.

The Beaverton City Library serves more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location and Murray Scholls branch. Each day, the library strives to improve the lives of children and families throughout the city. Last year, the library received a 92 percent approval rating from Beaverton residents. Funding from the WCCLS library levy renewal has played a key role in allowing the Beaverton City Library and all Washington County libraries to help the community to learn and grow together.

For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.

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

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Salem Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/26/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens April 25th

On Saturday, April 25th, at Salem Health, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Those dedicated to the mission of the March of Dimes will be joined by LanDonye Sloan, the Salem March for Babies Chair. LanDonye, who is Director of Marketing for Diagnostic Imaging of Salem, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is. As a father, he took on the role to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 10K walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. and the 3K Family Walk starting at 9:15 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including lunch provided by the Kiwanis of Salem, a kids clinic hosted by Home Depot, and more! Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by Salem Health, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Diagnostic Imaging of Salem, US Bank, Big 5, Grove Mueller & Swank PC CPAs, Charlie 97.1, The Wolf 99.5, and The Buzz 105.1. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Discover the History of Aviator Jimmy Rinehart at Pearson Air Museum
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/26/15
The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce a free public lecture regarding an unheralded pilot who learned to fly at Pearson Field in 1925. "Jimmy Rinehart, Barnstormer to Bush Pilot" will be presented by Cindy (Rinehart) Boeing at 6:30 pm on Friday, April 10, 2015.

"Although we just finished a formal aviation lecture series at Pearson Air Museum, I couldn't turn away this fantastic opportunity for the public to learn about a pilot whose early career was focused at Pearson Field," said Pearson Air Museum Manager Bob Cromwell. "Jimmy Rinehart is an ancestor of Mrs. Boeing, and through research she has compiled much of his impressive aviation history."

Boeing learned about Rinehart after reading a newspaper article about his flying, and she soon wanted to know more. "What I discovered was the inspiring story of a young man and his love of flying during the exciting time of early aviation. The presentation shares some of the details of his flying career," said Cindy Boeing.

James Rinehart was born in 1910 and raised in Oregon. He was one of the first commercially licensed pilots in America. As a teenager, he built his own airplane and learned how to fly at Vancouver's Pearson Field. In 1928, at the age of 18, he was an endurance flight record holder, the youngest licensed transport pilot in the country, and was acquainted with some of the best pilots in America.

"Rinehart had a fascinating career in aviation, full of adventures and accomplishments," said Cromwell, "and his story provides an excellent window into the early days of Pearson Field."

What: "Jimmy Rinehart, From Barnstormer to Bush Pilot," a special lecture presented by Cindy Boeing

When: Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

Cost: Free

More information: http://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/jimmyrinehart.htm
MCFD#1 Cautions Homeowners About Fire Restoration Company Responses
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 03/26/15
Marion County Fire District #1 has experienced a recent increase in on-scene contacts by private restoration companies who are using disingenuous methods to obtain homeowner consent to provide services.

In the last few months, three separate companies have arrived on the scene of a structure fire, sometimes in the middle of the night, and have stated to the homeowners that they were "dispatched" to provide restoration or board up services. We want to be clear that MCFD#1, nor the dispatch center who dispatches us, are sending any of these companies to your home. "We find it distasteful that these companies are, in a sense, preying on these homeowners at a time when they are most vulnerable. They are using the word "dispatched" to influence the homeowner that they are somehow affiliated with the fire district or working on our behalf. They are not; not in any shape or form", says Fire Chief Terry Riley. "In addition to being inappropriate, it is also dangerous. After clearing a fire at 11:00 pm one night, one of these company representatives showed up out of nowhere. An unknown person approaching a family residence in the middle of the night is just unwise", said Battalion Chief Trent Friesen.

Marion County Fire District #1 would like to emphasize to homeowners that we do not dispatch or specifically recommend any restoration companies to respond in the event of a house fire, nor do they represent us or the dispatch center who dispatches us, regardless of the verbiage these companies might use. We encourage you to contact your insurance provider in regard to restoration or board up services for your home.
Stormwater Line Upgrades to Impact Traffic Near Town Center Park
City of Wilsonville - 03/26/15
MEDIA RELEASE
March 26, 2015 - For Immediate Release

WILSONVILLE, OR -- On Monday, April 6, 2015, a contractor working on behalf of the City of Wilsonville is scheduled to begin a construction project to replace two stormwater sewer lines that cross SW Park Place and SW Courtside near Town Center Park in Wilsonville. To minimize the impact on traffic, construction work is to occur during weekday evenings and early morning hours, 7 pm - 6:30 am. During the three-week-long project expected to be completed on Friday, April 24, through-traffic is permitted, but travelers should expect delays and may prefer to take alternate routes to avoid congestion.

The $72,000 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project occurs in two phases, first with the work on SW Park Place (east of the Shari's Restaurant) and then on Courtside Drive (south of Town Center Park). The new lateral stormwater sewer lines are needed to improve flow in the area by upgrading the size of the pipes.

For more information, contact Dee Staten, Engineering Associate, at 503-682-4960; staten@ci.wilsonville.or.us.


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Deadline approaching for property tax deferrals
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/26/15
SALEM, Oregon--New applicants and those who need to recertify their eligibility for the disabled or senior citizen property tax deferral programs have three weeks left to file their paperwork.

For their taxes to be paid in November, taxpayers need to meet the April 15 deadline, explained Bronson Rueda, deferral program manager at the Department of Revenue. This applies to participants who received recertification forms by mail in February and new applicants for deferral.

"If we don't get their forms by the deadline, they'll be responsible for paying their property taxes this year," Rueda said.

The deferral program allows eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities to have the state pay property taxes on their behalf until they move, sell their home, or die. A lien is placed on their home, and all taxes, interest, and fees must be repaid before the lien is removed. Oregon's deferral programs have approximately 6,300 active participants.

Program participants must meet all of the following criteria:
* Be either at least 62 years old or a disabled citizen receiving or eligible to receive federal Social Security disability benefits.
* Own or be in the process of buying the property, have a recorded deed or sales contract in their name, or have a revocable trust, and have lived on the property for at least five years.
* May not have a life estate interest, which enables a person to reside on the property, but automatically transfers ownership upon death.
* Carry homeowners insurance.
* Have a household income of less than $43,000. This includes all taxable and non-taxable income for the applicant(s) and spouse(s).
* Have a net worth of $500,000 or less, not including the value of the home in the program or personal property.
* Either have no reverse mortgage, or, if they have a reverse mortgage, they need to have been in the deferral program prior to 2011.

Recertification forms need to be returned to the department. New applications should be sent to the assessor's office for the county in which the property is located. Applications are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/deferral.

Questions about deferrals can be emailed to deferral.unit@oregon.gov. Taxpayers can also call 503-945-8348 for more information.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 (toll-free). The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
03/25/15
Gang-Related Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood - No Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/15
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On Wednesday March 25, 2015, at 8:29 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of gunshots into a home in the 4000 block of Northeast Mallory Street.

As officers were responding to the call, they heard gunshots in the area of Northeast Grand Avenue and Alberta Street (related to injury shooting of 38-year-old man). Officers arrived in the area of Northeast Mallory Avenue and Shaver Street and located a home in the 4000 block of Mallory Avenue with a gunshot through a window.

The occupant of the home was not injured by the gunshots.

GET officers are familiar with the residence but have not yet determined if this shooting is related to the shooting that happened minutes later a few blocks away.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

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

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

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

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

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

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UPDATE: Central Precinct Investigating Possible Attempted Child Abduction - Child Safe, Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/15
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The suspect in today's attempted child abduction has been identified as 23-year-old Matthew Lee Edwards. Edwards was booked into the Multnomah County Jail this evening on a charge of Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree. He will be arraigned on Thursday.

Detectives spoke to several witnesses and the child's mother this afternoon and learned that the child, a two-year-old boy, was walking with his mother when Edwards walked up to them, pushed the mother to the ground and tried to grab the child away from her as he claimed the child belonged to a family member.

Several passersby stopped to help the mother and child and force the suspect away from them before calling 9-1-1. The suspect fled the area but was later located by officers checking the neighborhood.

The child was not physically harmed by Edwards, due in large part to the bystanders who stopped to help and call 9-1-1.

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On Wednesday March 25, 2015, at 4:17 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest 23rd Avenue and Lovejoy Street on the report of three adults arguing and a child crying.

Officers arrived at the scene and learned that the incident was actually an attempted child abduction by a stranger. The child was accompanied by two adults at the time of the incident.

The suspect left the area and officers checking the area located the suspect and took him into custody without incident.

The child was not injured and detectives will be responding to assist in the investigation.

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UPDATE #2: Major Crash Team Responding to SE 68th and Division to Investigate Pedestrian and Vehicle-Involved Crash (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/15
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49-year-old Patrick Miller has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). Miller will be arraigned on Thursday.

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Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate the crash at Southeast 68th Avenue and Division Street and expect all traffic to be reopened by approximately 5:00 p.m.

Investigators have learned that the the involved vehicle was westbound on Division, weaving in and out of the traffic lane, as it approached 68th. There is an ongoing Water Bureau construction project in the roadway.

The victim was a traffic safety flagger, wearing an orange safety vest, hard hat and holding a "SLOW" sign for traffic. The vehicle swerved towards her as it continued westbound and struck her at 68th. The vehicle then continued to travel westbound, over a curb and through a grassy area before coming to a stop. The victim was standing on the sidewalk when she was struck by the driver.

The victim, 47-year-old Margot Davis is reported to be in serious condition with multiple injuries but she is expected to survive.

The driver, a 49-year-old male, was taken into custody after investigators located evidence that he was "huffing" nitrous oxide or "whippets" and possibly using controlled substances.

The driver's name and charges will be released after he is booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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On Wednesday March 25, 2015, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at Southeast 68th Avenue and Division Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the injured adult female pedestrian suffering from life-threatening injuries. She has been transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance.

The driver has remained at the scene.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash. No cause is known at this time.

Southeast Division Street is closed in both directions at 68th Avenue and will likely remain so for several hours.

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Gang-Related Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood - One Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/15
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On Wednesday March 25, 2015, at 8:33 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the area of Northeast Grand Avenue and Alberta Street on the report of multiple gunshots heard in the area and one man injured.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 38-year-old male suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspect may have been a passenger in a car that fled the area. The victim is known to GET investigators with a history of gang-related incidents.

GET investigators have responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

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

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

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

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

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

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Two vehicle serious injury crash SR Hwy 18 MP 6 (Slick Rock Road) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/25/15
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According to Senior Trooper Peterson, a serious injury crash occurred on SR Hwy 18 near MP 6 (Slick Rock Road) at 1:26pm. The investigation revealed an eastbound Nissan Altima, driven by Mrs. Monica Calzadillas, 31 from Vancouver, Washington crossed over the center line and struck a westbound Toyota Tundra pulling a RV trailer. The Toyota was driven by Mr. Colin Hales, 35 from Sherwood.

When the collision occurred, the Nissan made at least two complete rotations before coming to rest in the center of the highway. The Toyota was struck and came to rest in the north side of the shoulder of the highway. Both lanes were blocked for approximately an hour and a half.
The Nissan was also occupied by Mr. Carlos Calzadillas, 26 from Vancouver, Washington and a juvenile female. All three occupants of the Nissan were transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Mrs. Calzadillas had a serious injury and was transported, by ground, to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. Mr. Calzadillas was evaluated and released; however he was taken into custody due to a warrant from Oregon Parole Board and contempt of court from Clark County. The juvenile female was transported with her mother to Emmanuel without any injuries.

The Toyota was also occupied by Mrs. Hanna Hales, 34 from Sherwood, and three additional juveniles. Mrs. Hales was admitted for observation and one of the juvenile females was released with minor injuries.

Occupants of all vehicles were properly secured with seatbelts or child seats. Air bags deployed in both vehicles. OSP was assisted by OSP-Newport Fish and Wildlife, ODOT, PacWest, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and Lincoln City PD.


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Washington industrial companies make exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/25/15
Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
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Olympia, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia.

"Energy efficiency means an improved bottom line for industries, and I am proud of the commitment these industry leaders have demonstrated to apply innovative solutions to achieve energy savings," said Gov. Inslee. "A thriving industrial sector helps create and keep jobs in our state, support a strong economy and provide a cleaner environment for future generations."

This year's program awarded six Governor's Awards and three Sponsor's Awards.

* The Boeing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership by Example, with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish PUD as the serving utilities.
* The City of Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Tacoma Power as the serving utility.
* Quincy Foods LLC received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Grant County PUD and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Lineage Logistics received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.
* Shields Bag and Printing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Innovation, with Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* North Pacific Paper Corp. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Cowlitz PUD as the serving utility.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* King & Prince Seafood Corp. and UniSea, which share a facility, received a joint Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.

"Industry leaders face increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and find a more sustainable way to do business," said Jake Fey, director of the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. "The most innovative industry leaders realize that they can accomplish both of these goals by enhancing energy efficiency."

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders program was designed to recognize companies that are making exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency. The program is sponsored by the WSU Energy Program, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Washington State Department of Commerce, and Bonneville Power Administration, the program's founding sponsor.

"BPA is very proud of the energy achievements of this year's award winners," said Richard Genece, BPA's vice president of Energy Efficiency. "Their commitment to efficiency and innovative approaches are examples of why the Northwest is a national leader in energy efficiency."

A total of 20 award applications were submitted, according to Christine Love, WSU Energy Program industrial services manager. "The selection committee members agreed that each application highlighted impressive accomplishments for the nominating businesses," Love said."Each company that submitted an application can be proud of its efforts. Tonight's award winners represent the companies that ranked highest among this inspiring group."

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony included Gov. Inslee, executives from industry and their serving utilities, state leaders, and representatives from energy efficiency organizations.


Attached Media Files: Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
Troutdale Partners With Multnomah County To Improve Public Safety And Save Money
City of Troutdale - 03/25/15
Last night the Troutdale City Council approved the consolidation of law enforcement services with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. This is a step forward to stabilize funding into the future, and most importantly, to provide a level of public safety that our community has come to expect.

I am proud of the achievements that our city Police Department has made over the past six years. I am equally proud of the work performed by members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. The combination of these two agencies is a tremendous step forward in furthering community policing in East Multnomah County.

This consolidation does not dissolve the Troutdale Police Department. It is a transfer of employees from the city of Troutdale to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. All personnel will maintain employment.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will deliver patrol enforcement services out of the Troutdale Police Community Center, which will remain under the ownership of the city, effective July 1, 2015.
I am truly looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Troutdale.

Chief Scott Anderson
Troutdale Police Department
UPDATE: Northbound I-5 Bridge Closed as Police Check on Possibly Armed, Suicidal Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/15
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Portland Police have safely taken the man into custody and he'll be going to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation. Crisis Negotiators talked to the man on the telephone and convinced him to seek treatment.

Freeway traffic will be open momentarily.

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Northbound I-5 traffic at the Interstate Bridge is closed to all traffic as North Precinct officers and Crisis Negotiators work to contact a suicidal, possibly armed man on the bridge.

All northbound I-5 traffic is being diverted off the freeway and drivers are being encouraged to use I-205 as an alternate route.

Updates will be provided as they are made available.

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Something Grand Easter Wknd: 10 Pianos, 10 Youth & Pro Pianists, 1 Big Stage
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 03/25/15
"Something Grand" is Happening Easter Weekend!!
Youth and Professional Pianists Playing to Keep Musical Doors Open for Less-Fortunate Kids

Who: The Salvation Army, Michael Allen Harrison, professional pianists, sensational youth protégés pianists

What: Something Grand is a benefit concert for much needed after-school music programs in under-privileged communities. The concert will take place on a grand stage and will feature ten grand pianos, several professional pianists, and several sensational youth pianists.

When: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 1pm

Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Stage, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Why: Each year, The Salvation Army provides music for hundreds of underprivileged kids in the Portland Metro. Unfortunately, music departments in schools continue to be cut and this opportunity to learn and grow with music is virtually disappearing for so many youth. The Salvation Army strongly believes in the power of music to transform lives and strives to provide free lessons to those longing to learn. To meet this need, Michael Allen Harrison and The Salvation Army have partnered for the fourth year for "Something Grand" - a benefit concert for after-school music programs.

Pricing:
$10-$25 per ticket, ticketing fees apply

Videos:
Hailey Rowden - former student at The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy and student of Michael Allen Harrison. She is now a professional pianist and gives back to her community by helping kids learn piano.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DidWNvp_1xA&feature=youtu.be

Michael Allen Harrison & Hailey Rowden playing together
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7k9c2NACl4&feature=youtu.be

For more information or to purchase tickets today, visit www.SomethingGrandPortland.com


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"Something Grand" is Happening Easter Weekend!!
Youth and Professional Pianists Playing to Keep Musical Doors Open for Less-Fortunate Kids

(Portland, OR) March 25, 2015 -Join Safeway and the Safeway Foundation, Atiyeh Bros. Rugs & Carpeting, and The Salvation Army as they celebrate "Something Grand" this Easter Weekend! "Something Grand," a matinee benefit concert for The Salvation Army After-School Music Programs, will be on April 4th, 2015 at 1pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The concert will feature ten pianists on ten grand pianos on one stage! Musicians will include Michael Allen Harrison, select performers from the Ten Grands concert series, and several sensational youth protégé pianists! Sponsored by Safeway, "Something Grand" is sure to become a Portland Easter tradition for many families!

Ticket prices range from $10 - $25, making this a family-friendly event. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army's After-School Music Programs in the Portland Metro area.

"The proceeds from this concert give so many children, whose doors to the arts have been closed, the opportunity to experience music and arts," says Major Nancy Dihle, Portland Metro Coordinator for The Salvation Army. "We consider it part of our job and ministry to provide opportunities for growth and success for children in the most need in our community. Music is an essential part of this growth, and we are blessed to be a part of this ministry to youth in need. Thanks to Michael Allen Harrison and his staff, we are able to present a truly incredibly show and opportunity for the community to support their neighbors."

The best part is that by purchasing a ticket to this concert, you will be helping keep music alive in the lives of hundreds of children in the Portland Metro area.

To purchase your tickets online or for more information, please visit www.SomethingGrandPortland.com or call Amy Bogdon at 503.794.3246. Ticketing fees apply.

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

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland
Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on SW Columbia Street from SW 18th Avenue to SW Broadway on March 27 through March 31
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 03/25/15
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Columbia Street from SW 18th Avenue to SW Broadway from Friday, March 23rd through Tuesday, March 31st 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind the road surface in preparation for paving 1.49 lane miles at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.
Sentencing Of Drake Carson Related To Pursuit Fatality
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/25/15
Today, Drake Alan Douglas Carson, 17, pled guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. After accepting the plea, the Honorable Cheryl Pellegrini sentenced Carson to a total of 84 months in the Department of Corrections, followed by 27 months of Post-Prison Supervision.

Given Carson's age at the time the offense was committed and the length of the sentence, the Department of Corrections will determine whether the sentence is served in an adult correctional facility or with the Oregon Youth Authority in a juvenile correctional facility.

This case stemmed from a police pursuit on January 26th, 2015, on Howell Prairie Road in Mount Angel. At approximately 6:00 p.m., a Mount Angel police officer attempted to stop Carson, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Carson did not stop for the officer, who began to pursue the vehicle with lights and a siren.

Approximately 20 minutes after the pursuit began, Carson lost control of the pickup, went off the road, and crashed into a tree about one mile north of Saratoga Drive. He immediately ran from the vehicle without checking on the passengers in the pickup he was driving.

The collision resulted in the death of Rhiannon Steele, 35, and serious physical injuries to a teenaged male passenger. Carson was arrested by police the following morning when nearby residents reported a suspicious person asking for a ride.
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) Receives 5th Accreditation through CALEA
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 03/25/15
CRESA (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency) was re-awarded CALEA national accreditation on March 21, 2015, upon completion of a 3 year self-assessment phase and a thorough on-site inspection of policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA Assessors. CRESA Director Anna Pendergrass and Accreditation Manager Robin Bacon were informed of this unanimous decision from the panel of CALEA Commissioners at the annual accreditation hearing before in Reno, Nevada. This marks CRESA's 5th CALEA accreditation since CRESA's original accredited by CALEA on November 16, 2002. That initial accreditation, the second 9-1-1 communications center on the West Coast to receive accreditation, was in effect for a period of three years and CRESA has been continuously reaccredited on a three year cycle since then. The achievement of CALEA accreditation signifies that CRESA is meeting the highest national standards for public safety communication centers as established by an independent body. Accreditation shows the public, as well as the agencies we serve, that we are pursuing a course of excellence in our daily operations.
The Accreditation process does not end after an agency becomes accredited. The agency must continue to maintain and demonstrate proof that compliance with CALEA standards is maintained on an on-going basis. Each year our agency is tasked with verifying that we continue to comply with CALEA Standards. This is verified by review of directives, the gathering of proofs of compliance and an annual report that must be completed by our agency. Some examples of the areas we verify are an annual analysis of grievances and an analysis of complaints our agency has received to determine if any patterns exist that require disciplines and/or remedial training. We also verify if we are in non-compliance with any mandatory standards and whether any non-mandatory standard's status has changed.
The CALEA Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program provides a communications center, or the communications unit of a public safety agency, with a process to systemically review and internally assess its operations and procedures. Since the first CALEA Communication Accreditation Award was granted in 1999, the program has become the primary method for a communications agency to voluntarily demonstrate its commitment to excellence.

The standards upon which the Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of public safety communications executives and accreditation experts. APCO International (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, Inc.), the leading communications membership association, was a partner in the development of CALEA's Standards for Public Safety Communications Agencies(C) and its Accreditation Program. The Public Safety Communications Standards Manual contains standards organized into seven chapters or topic areas: 1) Organization; 2) Direction and Supervision; 3) Human Resources; 4) Recruitment, Selection, and Promotion; 5) Training; 6) Operations; and 7) Critical Incidents, Special Operations, and Homeland Security. Both CALEA and APCO view the standards as reflecting the best professional requirements and practices for a public safety communications agency.


BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION
CONTROLLED LIABILITY INSURANCE COSTS - Accredited status makes it easier for agencies to purchase liability insurance; allows agencies to increase the limit of their insurance coverage more easily; and, in many cases, results in lower premiums. CRESA has received $1,000 reimbursement from our insurance carrier for maintaining CALEA Accreditation.
CONSISTENT PERFORMANCE TO STANDARDS CREATES PREDICTABILITY IN SERVICE - Since accredited agencies hold themselves to known and consistent standards and "best practices," they are often better prepared to provide information about service expectations and to answer citizen questions or complaints. Many agencies report a decline in complaints and legal actions against them once they become accredited.
GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE AGENCY - Accreditation standards give the Agency a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision making and resource allocation.
STAUNCH SUPPORT FROM STAKEHOLDERS AND THE COMMUNITY - Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency's commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service-delivery. Thus, stakeholders and the community are more confident in the agency's ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
IMPROVED EMPLOYEE MORALE - Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices; facilities and equipment to ensure employees' safety; and processes to safeguard employees' rights. Employees take pride in their department, knowing it represents the very best.
You can learn more about CALEA Public Safety Communications Accreditation at http://www.calea.org/content/public-safety-communications-accreditation.


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Hillsboro to Receive College and Career Support Through Nike School Innovation Fund
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 03/25/15
All four Hillsboro high schools to benefit from a grant of more than $220,000 to support AVID expansion

March 25, Hillsboro, OR - Hillsboro School District is pleased to continue its partnership with the Nike School Innovation Fund (NSIF) with its most recent grant award of $222,880 to support the expansion of AVID--Advancement Via Individual Determination--programs at Century, Glencoe, Hillsboro, and Liberty High Schools.

NSIF's initial mission was to support early learning and leadership development in the Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Portland Public School Districts; however, they have expanded their focus to include schools statewide and aim to support those schools in their efforts to increase the number of students who are graduating on time and who are prepared to succeed in college and career.

Hillsboro high schools were among 50 statewide that were awarded grants to support:
* Rigorous instruction and programming for all students with coaching and support from AVID and other NSIF consultants or programs;
* Best practice training at a professional development summer institute for teachers, counselors, and principals (Hillsboro will send 120 staff members);
* School leadership training; and
* Program materials and support from Nike leaders in partnership with the Oregon-based EPIC (Educational Policy Improvement Center).

AVID programs are currently in place at each Hillsboro high school and middle school, and have proven to be extremely effective in providing students with both the learning strategies and support to select more rigorous courses, increase their achievement, and apply for college or other post-secondary programs. These programs are particularly useful for students who are first-generation college-goers.

"We are extremely grateful to the Nike School Innovation Fund for their ongoing commitment to improving education in Oregon," noted Superintendent Mike Scott. "Their current focus on enhancing college- and career-readiness aligns perfectly with Hillsboro's efforts in this area."

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE
Clark County Public Information & Outreach - 03/25/15
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office

The name of the decedent: Lynch, Mycheal Age: 32 Yrs

This individual died on 03/22/2015 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. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.



Media release issue date: Prepared 03/25/2015

Dennis Wickham, MD
Clark County Medical Examiner
Drug Investigators Arrest Two Men, Seize Nearly 14 Pounds of Heroin and $90,000 Cash (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/15
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On March 19, 2015, Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) investigators assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Interdiction Task Force (HIT) concluded a three month investigation into a local drug trafficking organization operating in the Portland metropolitan area.

Investigators were conducting surveillance and observed the occupants of two vehicles meet up in Vancouver Washington. Investigators observed the occupants carry items into a garage and close the door. A short time later the parties exited the garage and went in different directions.

Investigators, with the assistance of officers with the Vancouver (WA) Police Department, eventually contacted both vehicles and detained the occupants at Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 160th Avenue.

Approximately $90,000 was seized from one vehicle and 13.8 pounds of heroin was seized from the frame rails of the other vehicle. Four individuals were detained and two were eventually lodged in the Clark County (WA) Jail on drug-related charges.

Investigators later served search warrants on two residences in Oregon associated to the suspects.

The 13.8 pounds of heroin is estimated to be worth $650,000 (wholesale) and translates to approximately 1,251,914 individual doses.

Those arrested have been identified as:

42-year-old Jose Luis Mariscal Gonzalez

19-year-old Jesus Alejandro Vega-Cazarez

Photos being released by the investigators include the seized heroin (wrapped in black plastic) and the cash.

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.

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Social Media Site Threatens Cascade School. ***Update Arrest Made***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
A 14 year old, female, is in custody for threats made against Cascade High School last week. The female, a Stayton High School Student and former Cascade High School student, admitted to posting a bomb threat on a social media site called Burnbook.com.

The female suspect has been taken to the Marion County Juvenile Department where she is being booked for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Cascade School District and the operators of Burnbook.com, for working with the Sheriff's Office to quickly resolve this threat.


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An unknown person makes a threat to Cascade High School after spring break.

There were no other details from the post and it did not mention any specific names of any involved.

We have been in contact with Mr. Darin Drill, Cascade School Superintendent, and informed him of this information. Mr. Drill and Marion County Sheriff's Office are continuing to work together to insure children and families are well informed.

Deputy Andrew McCowan, Marion County Sheriff's Office, is investigating this incident. We are asking for anyone with any information regarding this threat to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.
MESD Budget Committee Meeting March 31, 2015
Multnomah ESD - 03/25/15
A public meeting of the MESD Budget Committee of the Multnomah Education Service District, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, will be held at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive public comment on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained in the Business Services Office at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220, beginning Friday, March 27, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or viewed on the MESD website: www.mesd.k12.or.us.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the MESD Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the MESD Budget Committee.

Additional MESD Budget Committee meetings, if needed, are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, and Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the same location. All meetings are open to the public.
***UPDATE Woman Attacked and Sexually Assaulted***Arrest Made
Woodburn Police - 03/25/15
On 03/24/2015, Bridgette Gage, DOB: 05/28/1977, was arrested for Initiating a False Report and Misuse of 911 relating to a false report of a sexual assault she reported on 03/23/22015.

The Woodburn Police Department takes calls of this nature very seriously, not only for the safety of the involved parties, but also for the safety of our citizens. The report of a seemingly random attack, has spurred numerous reports of concern for personal safety from the citizens of Woodburn.

After a thorough investigation of this incident, the Woodburn Police Department has determined, without a doubt, that the report of the random sexual assault by four subjects that was made was fabricated.

Gage, the alleged victim, confessed that she lied about this incident and admitted to making similar reports in the past, to other agencies, that were also false. The investigation revealed evidence to confirm the incident did not occur.

Gage was cited and released from the police department at 10 pm on 03/24/15 for the above mentioned crimes.

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Portland Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/25/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens April 25th

On Saturday, April 25th, at The Rose Quarter, thousands of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Pregnant with twins, Jenni Amerson was scheduled to go on hospital bed rest at 25 weeks gestation. After being in the hospital just 3 hours, son Kooper's heart rate started to drop and the twins were delivered by an emergency C-section. Garrett weighed 1lb 11oz and Kooper weighed 1lb 3oz. Kooper survived for 3 weeks and Garrett spent the next 107 days in the NICU at OHSU before coming home. Garrett is doing great now, and Jenni is walking in March for Babies with her 25 Weekers team to do what she can so other parents don't experience the same trauma.

The Amersons are joined by Peggy Maguire, the Portland March for Babies Chair. Peggy, who is Senior Vice President of Corporate Accountability and Chief of Staff at Cambia Health Solutions, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is. As a mother, she took on the role to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. and the 3k Family Fun Walk starting at 9:15 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including live music, costume characters, face painting and more. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Cambia Health Solutions, Liberty Mutual Insurance, AT&T, Legacy Health, Moda Health, OHSU, Providence Health Services, Stoel Rives LLP, The Children's Clinic, Pacific Power, Umpqua Bank, and US Bank. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Join the National Park Service in Ringing "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox"
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/25/15
VANCOUVER, WA -- Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will join other units of the National Park Service, partners, and community organizations in a commemorative bell ringing in conjunction with the national "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox" event at 12:15 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

For the past four years, the National Park Service and many other organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

In conjunction with a major event at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the National Park Service and its partners invite communities across the nation to join in this commemoration. The bells will ring first at Appomattox at Noon PST (3:00 p.m. EST) on April 9, 2015. The ringing will coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country. Churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings, historic sites, and others are invited to ring bells precisely at 12:15 p.m. PST (3:15 p.m. EST) for four minutes (each minute symbolic of a year of war). If you have access to any such organizations, please encourage them to participate.

At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the bell ringing will take place just north of the reconstructed fort at 1001 E. Fifth St., and will be followed by an artillery salute by costumed Union soldiers representing the First Oregon Volunteer Cavalry, one of the units that served at the post during the Civil War.

"Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is honored to participate in this commemoration," said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. "As an important US Army post that was familiar to officers and soldiers, both Union and Confederate, and as a fort garrisoned during the Civil War, Fort Vancouver connects the Pacific Northwest to the Civil War and the march toward civil rights. The National Park Service actively interprets the site's military history as well as its fur trade past, and this event gives us another meaningful occasion to do so."

"Many Union officers and several Confederate officers had served at Fort Vancouver prior to the Civil War," said Greg Shine, chief ranger and historian, "and Civil War veteran officers and soldiers returned to the fort and served here for decades afterward."

"Lee's surrender on April 9, 1865 also has particular connections to Fort Vancouver," said Shine. "That afternoon, three generals who had served at Fort Vancouver as young officers -- Ulysses S. Grant, Phillip H. Sheridan, and Edward O.C. Ord -- met just outside the town of Appomattox Court House, and Ord and Sheridan informed Grant of Lee's presence in a nearby farm house."

"How are you, Sheridan?" Grant asked.
"First-rate," Sheridan replied.
"Is General Lee up there?" continued Grant, with a nod toward the town. Sheridan used his arm to accompany his answer. "There is his army down in that valley, and he himself is over in that house waiting to surrender to you."
"Come let us go over," Grant said.
Exchange between Grant, Sheridan and Ord, as quoted in Campaign to Appomattox available online at: http://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/civil_war_series/6/sec6.htm#1

"Additionally, of the fourteen Union officers known to have been present in the room of the McLean House where Lee's surrender took place," Shine said, "at least four of them had served at Fort Vancouver prior to the war. These officers included Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Maj. Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan, Brig. Gen. Rufus Ingalls, and Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord who commanded Fort Vancouver at the start of the Civil War. The lone Confederate officer accompanying Gen. Lee, Lt. Col. Charles Marshall, was the uncle of Gen. George C. Marshall, commander of Vancouver Barracks in 1936-8 and the namesake of today's Marshall House on Officers Row," said Shine, "so several interesting connections exist to this important date and location in our nation's history."

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to join the event virtually. The bell-ringing at Appomattox will be streamed live online at 12 Noon PST (3:00 p.m. EDT). The live stream is provided by MAGPI and the University of Pennsylvania at: http://video.magpi.net/videos/livestreams/page1/

Distance learning opportunities for students grades 5 through 8 will also be streamed online and through distance learning programs. The program, entitled "A New Birth of Freedom" will explore the significance of the surrender at Appomattox Court House and the rise of the Civil Rights movement from this momentous event. The same program will be held at twice, once at 6:45 a.m. PST (9:45 a.m. EDT) and again at 11:30 a.m. PST (2:30 p.m. EDT). The latter program concludes with the bell-ringing event.

A flyer for these opportunities is available. A Teachers' Resource Packet also provides curriculum materials for schools interested in participating. For more information and links to these resources, go to: www.nps.gov/civilwar/civil-war-to-civil-rights.htm.

The end of the Civil War has different meanings to different people. Each organization interested in participating may customize this idea to its own situation. We ask participants to ring bells across the nation as a gesture to mark the end of the bloody conflict in which more than 750,000 Americans perished. Some communities may ring their bells in celebration of freedom or a restored Union, others as an expression of mourning and a moment of silence for the fallen. Sites may ring bells to mark the beginning of reconciliation and reconstruction, or as the next step in the continuing struggle for civil rights.

Share your story and help us write history!

Schools, parks, and communities from all over the country will be participating in this event. Share how you observed it with #BellsAcrosstheLand2015. Stories will be compiled to see how each one helps build our national story: https://storify.com/Bells2015/bells-across-the-land-2015 . Please join us in the historic commemoration.

Let bells ring across the land!

More Info:
http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/civil-war-to-civil-rights.htm
http://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/bells.htm
Benton County Sheriff's Office results from extra DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, participated in extra DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day (March 17, 2015). Those who worked the extra patrol arrested 3 people for DUII, and wrote 3 citations for traffic violations. The Benton County Sheriff's Office as a whole arrested 4 people for DUII, and wrote a total of 7 traffic citations for violations committed on Saint Patrick's Day.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. 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 www.StopImpairedDriving.com.
Clark County Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies! (Photo)
March of Dimes - 03/25/15
Christoffers Family
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March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens April 25th

On Saturday, April 25th, at Esther Short Park, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

The Christoffers family is one of many mission affected families walking this year. Courtney and Matthew were looking forward to starting their family. Nearly five months before their twins were due, Courtney began having contractions. At only 22 weeks gestation, Anthony was born. Three days later Grant was born. Anthony had a massive stroke after his birth and lived for five days. Grant lived for nearly six months. Both boys spent all of their short lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Courtney and Matthew went on to have three more children, all born full-term. Son Avery is now nine years old, and daughters Lucy and Rosemary are seven and three, respectively. The Christoffers are dedicated to making sure other parents don't experience the same trauma.

Joining the Christoffers family, and so many others who know the distress of premature birth or birth defects, are local business, including PeaceHealth SW Medical Center, Davidson Insurance, Heritage Bank, Umpqua Bank, and Kaiser Permanente.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 5k walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 8,372 in Washington.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, PeaceHealth SW Medical Center, Davidson Insurance, Heritage Bank, 99.5 The Wolf, 105.1 The Buzz and 97.1 Charlie FM. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.


Attached Media Files: Christoffers Family
City of Salem Closes On Purchase of Riverfront Land
City of Salem - 03/25/15
The city of Salem has completed its purchase of 3.8 acres for an expansion of Riverfront Park.

City officials said Tuesday, March 24, that a final agreement to complete the $2 million purchase, minus the cost of environmental remediation, had been signed. The transaction advances the city's plans to make its waterfront a showcase of connected parks and trails.

The seller of the 3.8 acres is Minto View LLC, whose principal is Salem developer Larry Tokarski.

"We heard, over a year ago, from a number of people in the community about how important it was to take this opportunity to expand this park." said Salem City Manager Linda Norris. "I am very excited that we have achieved this goal."

After completing funding requirements and environmental due diligence on the property, the city is ready to take possession of the acreage, which had been part of the former Boise Cascade site.

The first use of the property will be as a construction staging area. Builders of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, a 304-foot long bike and pedestrian bridge, will be using the area for about 18 to 24 months. Site preparation work is expected to start in April.

When the bridge connecting Minto Brown Island Park to Riverfront Park is completed, the property will be planted with grass. It will become Riverfront Park's south meadow.

"With the bridge we are building to Minto Brown Island Park, that park parcel creates the perfect addition," said Salem Mayor Anna Peterson. "We can have more space and maybe some more amenities."

The city will also engage in a master planning process over the next two years to determine future park improvements for the entire Riverfront Park site.

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Many More Job Vacancies Around the State in 2014
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/25/15
During 2014, Oregon's private employers were looking to fill about 45,000 job vacancies at any given time, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey. The Job Vacancy Survey provides a snapshot of the labor market job seekers face.

The number of job vacancies in 2014 increased by 40 percent compared with 2013.

The average starting wage offered by employers also improved over the year, increasing by 4 percent to $15.67. The largest increase in vacancies was among jobs offering starting wages between $10 and $15 per hour. There were 15,200 vacancies in this range, up 72 percent from 2013. Vacancies offering more $15 per hour increased 29 percent to 11,900. There were slightly fewer vacancies offering less than $10 per hour in 2014. That's partly because the increase in Oregon's minimum wage from $8.95 in 2013 to $9.10 in 2014 narrowed that wage range.

One key to finding a job that pays higher than average wages is to have at least some post secondary training or other work related qualification. The average wage offered for vacancies requiring education beyond high school was more than $17 per hour. Average wages increased for jobs requiring college degrees. The average hourly wage was $20 per hour for vacancies that required an associate degree, $31 per hour for a bachelor's degree, and $38 for a graduate degree. Vacancies that did not require education beyond high school offered hourly wages of $12 per hour.

Employers also offered higher wages when their vacancies required more than a year of previous experience. Vacancies with no experience requirement paid an average of $11 per hour. Those requiring less than one year of experience paid $12 per hour. For vacancies that required one to five years of previous work experience, the average wage offered was $18 per hour, while those that required five or more years of experience averaged $32 per hour.

The health care and social assistance industry accounted for almost one-fifth of vacancies, more than any other industry sector. Four additional industries each accounted for more than 10 percent of Oregon job vacancies: management, administrative, and waste services (which includes company headquarters and temporary staffing agencies, among other businesses); retail trade; leisure and hospitality; and manufacturing.

Characteristics of job vacancies can vary significantly by industry. For example, nine out of 10 health care vacancies were for permanent positions, and 39 percent required education beyond high school. In natural resources and mining, however, just 18 percent of vacancies in 2014 were for permanent jobs, and only 3 percent required education beyond high school. The specific occupations being recruited make a big difference in how industry-level details play out - almost two-thirds of the natural resources and mining vacancies were for farmworkers, of which only 11 percent were permanent positions and most were seasonal. Health care recruitment was focused on registered nurses, nursing assistants, and medical assistants, which were almost always permanent positions.


Every region of the state had more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. Eastern Oregon saw the greatest percentage growth in vacancies over the year, up 73 percent from 2013, and the Portland area followed, with 44 percent more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. The Portland Tri-County area had just over 23,000 vacancies in 2014, 51 percent of the statewide total.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2014 estimates are based on responses from 10,400 Oregon employers. Vacancy survey results for the first quarter of 2015 are scheduled for release in April 2015. A special report on Oregon's difficult-to-fill vacancies will be available later this spring.

For more details on statewide and regional vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Job Vacancy Survey."


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/930/82913/Job_Vacancy_Survey_2014_News_Release.pdf
Family Searching For Loved One, Asking for Your Help ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
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Last Sunday, at around 3:45 p.m., Wendell Jeffrey Bowman, age 56 of Salem was found on State Street near Hawthorne Avenue, after a passerby recognized him and called 911. According to Mrs. Bowman the Salem Police Department contacted Mr. Bowman and gave him a ride home after being missing for two weeks.

Mrs. Bowman stated that Mr. Bowman left after becoming overwhelmed with his new surroundings. Mrs. Bowman was thankful for all of the people who assisted her in looking for Mr. Bowman and she is very happy for his safe return.


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Wendell Jeffrey Bowman, age 56 of Salem has been missing since Sunday the 8th after he went for a walk in the 4100 block of State Street, in Salem. Up until Monday Mr. Bowman had been living with his Step-Mother Darlene Bowman, at the Royal Mobile Estates off of State Street.

Ms. Bowman is very concerned because Mr. Bowman is a diagnosed schizophrenic who requires medication on an ongoing basis. Mr. Bowman is from the Salem area but only recently returned after being missing for 25 years. The family is hoping that anyone who may have seen or has any information regarding Mr. Bowman will call the Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Bowman is a white male, adult, 6'04" tall, 225 pounds, brown eyes and dark, graying hair. He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants, suede shoes, a blue long sleeve tee-shirt and a blue and black jacket with "Bandon" written on it. If you see Mr. Bowman please call the Sheriff's Office immediately at 503-588-5032. Mr. Bowman is registered as a missing person.


Attached Media Files: Bowman
WSU Vancouver panel will share perspectives on stereotypes and implicit bias
WSU Vancouver - 03/25/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver will host a roundtable discussion entitled, "The Experience of Microaggressions on Campuses" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 2 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Art Blume, professor of psychology and Diversity Faculty Fellow, will moderate a panel that will share perspectives on experiences related to stereotypes and implicit bias.

Microaggressions are commonly experienced insults or putdowns based upon group stereotypes. Prejudice and stereotyping, including the experience of microaggressions, have been associated with poorer student climate on campus, poorer retention rates of minority students, and have been a common source of workplace stress for faculty and staff from minority groups.

The goal of the roundtable discussion is to constructively raise awareness about how acts of implicit bias can negatively impact minority members of campus communities. Student, faculty and staff panelists representative of different minority groups will discuss their personal experiences and will be asked to share their opinions about how campuses may become more welcoming to all. Panelists include:

* Cynthia Cooper, assistant professor of molecular genetics
* Sara De Fina, student
* Bola Majekobaje, advisor to the chancellor for equity, diversity and community engagement
* Mel Netzhammer, chancellor
* James Torres, student

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 and in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $3.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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03/24/15
Police Seek Help in Finding Missing Alzheimer's Patient (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 03/24/15
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Gresham, Ore -A Gresham woman with Alzheimer's has been missing since about 6:30 p.m. today and police are asking for help in locating her. Diane Holcom, 74, was last seen at her home in the 800 block of NW 3rd in Gresham. She apparently left on foot and her destination is unknown.

Her husband reported that he had gone to another part of the house and when he looked for her, he realized that she had walked out of the house. He reported that she often leaves on walks, but usually returns quickly. Police fear that she has become lost or disoriented and cannot find her way back home.

It is unknown what clothing she was wearing since her husband did not see her leave. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 10 inches and weighing 130 pounds, with blond hair. She is described as looking younger than her 74 years. If anybody locates her, they are asked to call the non-emergency BOEC line, 503.823.3333.


Attached Media Files: Holcom
Cave Junction Man Arrested related to March 16th Stabbing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/24/15
On March 24th, 2015, at 10:20 AM, Oregon State Police detectives from the Central Point Area Command arrested Lloyd William BLACKBURN at his residence in Cave Junction after an investigation into a stabbing which occurred in Cave Junction on March 16th, 2015. BLACKBURN was taken to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on the charge of Assault in the First Degree.

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(Previous Release)

Two Cave Junction men were treated for stabbing injuries after an altercation which occurred outside of a residence in the Cave Junction area. One man was treated and released and the other was taken into surgery for treatment related to the incident.

On March 16th, 2015, at approximately 1:46 PM, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, along with troopers from the Oregon State Police Grants Pass Worksite, responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 486 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction. After an initial assessment, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office requested the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Detectives respond as part of the Josephine County Major Crime Team to investigate the incident.

The initial investigation revealed that a physical assault occurred at the location between two men, Lloyd William BLACKBURN, age 20 and David Jeffrey Bennett BRYANT, age 20, both of Cave Junction. During the altercation, both subjects received stabbing injuries from a weapon belonging to one of the men.

BRYANT was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass where he was taken into surgery for injuries sustained during the altercation. He is currently listed in stable but serious condition. BLACKBURN was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford where he was treated and released for his injuries. A third person received an injury to her hand when attempting to intervene in the altercation. She was not transported from the scene.

The Oregon State Police with assistance from the Josephine County District Attorney's Office are continuing the investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made at this time.

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Fatal Crash Interstate 5 near Roseburg (Update Names Released) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/24/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday's noon time crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

According to Senior Trooper Robert Gorman, on March 24, 2015, at about 1205 PM, a 2010 Chevy Traverse, operated by KRISTI KELLEY, age 27, from Roseburg, was southbound on I-5 at a high rate of speed. KELLEY took the southbound 129 exit and failed to stop at the intersection with the 129 exit and Del Rio Rd. The Chevy Traverse crossed Del Rio Rd, impacted the guardrail and left the roadway via the south side of the Del Rio Rd. After becoming airborne, the Chevy Traverse came to rest in the Douglas County Forest Products property, approximately 100 yards south of the roadway. KELLEY was pronounced deceased at Mercy Medical Center. The passenger, TABITHA CANNON, age 20, from Roseburg, was transported to Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries and later transported to Eugene.

Investigators believe that alcohol and inhalants may have contributed to the crash. Investigators also determined that KELLEY was not wearing a seat belt and that CANNON was properly restrained.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Douglas County Fire District II.

Photograph provided by OSP

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Fatal Crash Interstate 5 near Roseburg
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/24/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday's noon time crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

According to Senior Trooper Robert Gorman, on March 24, 2015, at about 1205 PM, a 2010 Chevy Traverse, operated by a female adult, name withheld pending next of kin notification, was southbound on I-5 at a high rate of speed. The female operator took the southbound 129 exit and failed to stop at the intersection with the 129 exit and Del Rio Rd. The Chevy Traverse crossed Del Rio Rd, impacted the guardrail and left the roadway via the south side of the Del Rio Rd. After becoming airborne, the Chevy Traverse came to rest in the Douglas County Forest Products property, approximately 100 yards south of the roadway. The female operator was pronounced deceased at Mercy Medical Center. The passenger, name withheld pending notification to family, was transported to Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries and later transported to Eugene.

Investigators believe that alcohol and inhalants may have contributed to the crash. Investigators also determined that the female operator was not wearing a seat belt and that the passenger was properly restrained.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Douglas County Fire District II.

No photograph available for release at this time.

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Oregon Insurance Division announces investigation into LifeWise data breach
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/24/15
Salem - The Oregon Insurance Division will participate in a multistate investigation of LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon and its parent company Premera Blue Cross. The investigation follows LifeWise's disclosure last week that a cyber attack exposed the personal identifying information of 250,000 Oregonians to unauthorized access. The information exposed includes:
* Name
* Date of birth
* Social Security number
* Mailing address
* Email address
* Telephone number
* Member identification number
* Bank account information
* Claims information, including clinical information

"Oregon takes the protection of personal identifying information very seriously and this investigation will closely scrutinize the data security practices of LifeWise," said Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Oregon will be looking at how LifeWise learned about the breach, what process they used to identify affected consumers, and the adequacy of the consumer protections offered to those affected."

Washington will supervise the investigation, with Oregon and Alaska taking lead roles. The exact scope of the investigation is still under discussion, but will likely include:
* All cybersecurity aspects of the breach, including understanding the process LifeWise used to discern which members were affected and what information was compromised
* LifeWise's response to the breach and any corrective actions it has taken
* The financial impact of the breach on consumers, providers, and LifeWise

The participating states will likely contract with a cybersecurity firm to help investigate:
* When and how the data was breached
* Whether the breach stopped and if so, when
* What data was compromised
* How the attack was able to succeed
* Whether the company has taken effective steps to prevent a future attack.

Consumers who believe they may be affected by the LifeWise security breach can find information about protecting their identities at www.lifewiseupdate.com.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Beaverton Seeks Development Partner for Four-Acre Site in Creekside District
City of Beaverton - 03/24/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton is seeking proposals to redevelop a four-acre, publicly-owned site in the Creekside District. The vacant parcel is known as the Westgate site because it formerly held the Westgate movie theater. It is located between SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Rose Biggi Avenue, next to Beaverton Central light rail, The Beaverton Building (city hall), office buildings, and a mixed-use condominium development.


"This site is an important location in the heart of downtown Beaverton," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Downtown redevelopment is an important priority for me and the city council, and we are looking for the right developer to help turn this property into an active, productive place in our city."


The city's recently adopted Creekside District Master Plan identified Westgate as a catalytic site, meaning that its development could encourage other activity in the area. Winning proposals should create a lively and attractive urban destination, take advantage of nearby light rail, and promote redevelopment on nearby properties.


Sealed proposals are due May 8, 2015 by 2 p.m. Development teams are invited to attend a non-mandatory pre-proposal meeting to learn more about the project on Tuesday, April 7 at 9 a.m. in the council chambers at The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way.


For more information on the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), contact purchasing manager Terry Muralt at 503-526-2229 or tmuralt@BeavertonOregon.gov, or visit apps.BeavertonOregon.gov/Bids/.


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


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


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WSU Vancouver to host panel discussion on race, policing and justice
WSU Vancouver - 03/24/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver will host a panel discussion "Black, Brown and Blue: Diverse perspectives on race, policing and justice" at 1 p.m. April 3 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. This event is free and open to the public.

Recent police killings of people of color have led to protests and demonstrations across America, raising larger questions related to racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system. Five panelists who view these issues from a variety of lenses will discuss the root causes of these disparities, their consequences and how we can move forward. The panel will be moderated by Clay Mosher, professor of sociology at WSU Vancouver. Panelists include:

* Pat Escamilla, juvenile court administrator for Clark County
* JoAnn Hardesty, president of NAACP Portland Chapter and consultant
* Alexes Harris, associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington
* James McElvain, chief of police for the City of Vancouver
* Charles McGee, president and CEO of Black Parent Initiative

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. Complimentary parking passes will be available at the event.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Pay for Home Efficiency Upgrades through Your Natural Gas Bill
NW Natural - 03/24/15
New Program Can Eliminate Upfront Costs for NW Natural Customers in Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. - NW Natural is partnering with Energy Trust of Oregon and local nonprofit lender Craft3 on a groundbreaking new program that removes a major barrier to homeowners making energy-efficiency improvements: upfront costs.

Instead of paying out of pocket for these home energy upgrade projects, qualifying NW Natural customers in Washington will now be able to make monthly payments on their already low natural gas bills.

"Sometimes homeowners who could benefit the most from lower energy bills aren't able to afford the money saving upgrades," said Bill Edmonds, NW Natural director of environmental management and sustainability. "We hope to change that by partnering with Energy Trust and Craft3 on this program to make energy efficiency more affordable and accessible."

Individual loans are available for up to $15,000 to install high-efficiency gas equipment, such as, fireplaces, furnaces and tank water heaters; insulation; windows and air sealing - that qualify for Energy Trust cash incentives.

On-bill Repayment is being piloted in Washington state. Customers interested in this program can apply at www.energytrust.org/repayment.


About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.


About Energy Trust of Oregon
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.


About Craft3
Craft3 is a nonprofit CDFI lender with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. We do this by providing loans to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals and others, including those who don't normally have access to financing. We then complement these financial resources with our expertise, personal connections and other advocacy for our clients. Learn more at www.craft3.org.
Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a Fatal Shooting ***UPDATE 2***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/15
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the shooting death of Jordan Bachle, age 24, of Salem. Detectives with the Sheriff's Office have spoken with numerous witnesses to the incident as well as all of the parties involved and are working to provide a summary of their case to the Districts Attorney's Office within the coming weeks.

On Monday March 23rd, an autopsy was performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and it determined that Mr. Bachle died from a gunshot wound that he received from a gun fired by, Michael Lee Newborn, age 22, of Salem. Mr. Newborn, Mr. Bachle and Mr. Bachle's fiancé, Shelby Pilgrim, age 24, of Salem, were all living at the Juneva address at the time of the shooting. Mr. Bachle was not armed at the time of the shooting and it is believed that alcohol did play a role in the events that took place Saturday night.

As of today, there have been no arrests in this case. Once the investigation is completed it will be referred to the District Attorney's Office for their review and any recommendation they may have regarding criminal charges. The time frame for the completion of the investigation and the referral to the DA's Office is not yet known.

The Sheriff's Office anticipates that all further releases regarding this case will be conducted by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
March 25th is Scotts Mills Quake anniversary (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/24/15
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On March 25th, 1993, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Scotts Mills, Ore., causing approximately $30 million in damage that included Molalla High School, a Mount Angel church, and the Capitol rotunda in Salem. It remains the most destructive quake in terms of property loss in Oregon's history.

Oregon is susceptible to earthquakes being seismically active with both crustal faults and the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

"The Scotts Mills earthquake was really a wake-up call about our state's vulnerability to earthquakes," says Interim State Geologist Ian Madin. "Earthquakes can and do happen everywhere in Oregon, and we need to be prepared throughout the state."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) recommend preparing in advance for earthquakes and other hazards.

"Oregonians should plan to be self-sufficient for at least two-weeks after a major earthquake," said Dr. Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Some of the recommended preparation activities include developing and practicing an emergency plan, getting a kit, and practicing earthquake drills.

OEM will be conducting a social media campaign until March 26 for people to share where they were, at 5:34 a.m., on March 25, 1993. Join the conversation on twitter @OregonOEM #ScottsMillsEQ, or on facebook at http://goo.gl/M6Qeak to participate. The top three stories will win an emergency preparedness kit.


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Wells Fargo expands its mobile banking phone app to include Spanish
Wells Fargo - 03/24/15
Wells Fargo has created a new update to its mobile banking phone app that provides customers with the option of selecting Spanish as their preferred language.

With nearly three in four Latinos owning smartphones according to Nielsen (close to 10 percent higher than the national average), this new feature on the Wells Fargo app provides Spanish-speaking customers with an easier, more convenient way to view account balances, transfer funds between accounts, deposit checks and access other key banking functions.

The upgraded app is available for Apple iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

"Our convenient and award-winning mobile banking app now offers Spanish-speaking customers the option of tailoring an in-language experience to best suit their needs," said Brett Pitts, head of Digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. "We're proud that we continue to make improvements to our digital banking products that allow more customers to take advantage of the convenience and security of mobile banking in their preferred language."

Supporting Latino Scholarships
During all of April, for every customer who sets up or changes their language preference to Spanish and maintains that Spanish language preference in their mobile app, Wells Fargo will donate $1 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (up to $50,000).

"Wells Fargo's new Spanish-language option on its mobile banking app is a much needed feature that will be enormously helpful to Spanish-speaking customers. We're also grateful to Wells Fargo for turning the campaign for this app into a way of adding to its already generous support of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, by contributing $1 for every customer who takes advantage of the feature," said Fidel A. Vargas, president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. "The app will help many Hispanic families better manage their finances, and that puts them in a better position to realize their dreams, including paying for a higher education."

Wells Fargo customers can select Spanish by downloading the app from their app store or updating to the new version if they have a previously downloaded version.

Convenient and Secure
The Wells Fargo mobile app is convenient and secure. It helps customers keep their personal information safe since accounts are referred to only by nicknames, and account information is not stored on the phone.

Access to account information while "on the go" helps when it comes to fraud prevention and detection. It allows customers to review their accounts for unusual activity and take quick action if necessary. For additional information on how customers can continue to protect themselves, visit Wells Fargo's Online Security Guarantee and Fraud Information Center.

"Giving all of our customers a great experience - whether they come into a store, call us on the phone or log in from their phone or computer - is something we strive for every day," said Pitts. "For our Spanish-speaking customers, this may also mean a desire to conduct some banking in Spanish. We want to provide a great and safe experience regardless of how they interact with us."

Customers can also benefit from other in-language resources at Wells Fargo such as bilingual online tools, Spanish Text Banking, Spanish account statements, Spanish-language call centers, and Spanish-speaking bankers in branches across the nation.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo perspectives are available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
Sheriff's Office to hold info meeting on Reserve Deputy program
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/15
The Clark County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free, informational
meeting about the department's Reserve Deputy program.

The CCSO Reserve Deputy program serves as an integral component of the Sheriff's commitment to serve the citizens of Clark County. CCSO Reserves are commissioned and sworn volunteer Deputies, who perform a variety of functions in their capacity. The CCSO Reserve Deputy program is ideal for professional adult men and women who are interested in serving their community in a unique and important way, but are not able to commit to a career in full-time law enforcement. The CCSO Reserve Deputy program is also an opportunity for those interested in a full-time career in law enforcement, and want to explore this career while maintaining another profession.

The meeting will be on Monday, March 30, from 6:30-8:00pm at our West Precinct,
505 N.W. 179th St., Ridgefield.

Attendees can learn about the program, Reserve Deputy academy and
the testing process. There will be a limited number of study guides available
for purchase at the meeting, cost is $10. The guide provides
examples of questions on the Reserve Deputy written test. Please bring
exact payment if you wish to purchase a study guide.

The written test will be 9 a.m. Saturday, April 11.
To RSVP for the orientation or for more information, visit
http://ccsoreserves.com/recruiting.htm.

For questions, please call Kasey Frazier at
(360) 397-2211 ext. 3380.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fire Near Silverton ***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/15
Marion County Detectives have received confirmation from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, that DNA obtained from the body discovered in the fire, near Silverton, on September 4th, 2014, has been identified as Terrance Allen Sill, age 47.

Detectives and the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office have determined the cause of Mr. Sill's death to be accidental. The Sheriff's Office thoughts go out to the family for their loss and we hope that this information will provide them with much needed closure.

***Original Release***

On September 4th at approximately 1:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit were called to a barn fire on Lori Lane NE near Silverton. The Silverton Fire Department requested MCSO CIU detectives to respond after finding human remains inside of the barn.

As of this date the State Medical Examiner's Office is working on identifying the remains. Any information on that process should be directed to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of the fire. If the public has any information about this incident they are requested to contact the primary case investigator, Detective Bangs at (503) 540-8007. There are currently no further details available about this investigation at this time, pending next of kin notification. Once more details are made available an additional release will be made. That time frame is currently unknown.
Cattlemen Care: Natural Resource Conservation Fee (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 03/24/15
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SALEM,Ore., (03/23/2015) - Since Oregon's start in 1859, its land has needed to be worked and its livestock have needed to be cared for. Ranchers stepped up and took on the task; quiet leaders striving to keep nature thriving. Years later, some Oregonians question rancher's support for the environment. Ranchers are bringing forward a public declaration of their support for conservation in the form of what the Oregon Cattlemen's Association is calling a "Natural Resource Conservation Fee."

The fee works by taking $1 per head assessment at the time of an already required brand inspection. It will then be up to local soil and water conservation districts to award that money to ranchers working on conservation projects to help the environment. The fee is not limited to one species or environmental concern, but goes toward any wildlife or environmental challenge individual counties are facing. Ranchers have to give toward the assessment in order to be eligible to receive money back for their conservation projects. There will be a 5 year sunset on the bill.

Ray Sessler, president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said, "(the fee) is a public declaration of what ranchers have been working hard to accomplish all along. That is, take care of Oregon's environment." He said the cattlemen are self-assessing themselves in order to help not only the environment and wildlife, but Oregon's communities as well.

The fee will work to assist ranchers with a variety of conservation projects. John O'Keeffe, president elect of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said he is optimistic the fee will add additional support to stabilizing ranching communities. He also wants the public to see how hard ranchers work to keep Oregon's wildlife healthy. "I hope the public will appreciate the livestock industry stepping up to bring forward resources to conserve these species," O'Keeffe said.

Brett Brownscombe, acting deputy director for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, believes the bill has great potential to help prevent a Sage-Grouse listing. Brownscombe also noted that this is not the first action ranchers have taken to help support conservation. "This fee adds to their efforts. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," he said.

Support for the fee comes from others as well. Tom Sharp, a Harney County rancher, said, "I believe it is important to support the bill because the fee increases will go back to the conservation projects through SWCD offices." Sharp appreciates the flexibility the fee provides for supporting different conservation projects according to different county's needs.

The efforts of Oregon ranchers are not going un-noticed. Paul Henson, state supervisor for USFW, said, "In general, I have been very impressed by OCA's and local ranchers' honest and constructive participation in these efforts to find collaborative ways to avoid the need to list the Sage-Grouse." Henson added, "They have been making some significant sacrifices of their time and resources."

As a hard-working Oregon rancher, Sharp hopes the public will realize one large concept from this bill; "Ranchers are conservationists too." While the Cattlemen's Association prepares to move the bill forward, O'Keeffe notes that this isn't some last resort effort, but rather an outward declaration of years of behind the scenes work. "Ranchers are in this for the long haul."

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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Suspect Who Sexually Assaulted Grandmother and Uncle Pleads Guilty (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/24/15
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On Monday March 23, 2015, 35-year-old Willie Andre Johnson pled guilty to several charges connected to the 2014 sexual assault of his grandmother and uncle at a residence in North Portland's Piedmont Neighborhood.

Johnson will be formally sentenced on April 13 to an expected 15 years in prison.

This investigation started on July 1, 2014, at 10:10 p.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the residence on the report of a sexual assault.

Officers arrived and learned that Johnson sexually assaulted his 82-year-old grandmother and his 49-year-old uncle then ran out of the home.

The 82-year-old victim was treated at a Portland area hospital.

The victims identified the suspect as Johnson (also known as Aundre Willie Johnson).

Officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood after the incident but did not locate the suspect.

Early the next morning, family called 9-1-1 again to report that Johnson was at McDonald's, located at Northeast Grand Avenue and Weidler Street. Officers responded and took Johnson into custody without incident.

Johnson was booked on charges of Attempt Rape in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree (two counts), Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Assault in the Fourth Degree (Domestic Violence).

Johnson is a Registered Sex Offender on an original charge of Rape in the First Degree.

This investigation was a collaborative effort by Portland Police Sex Crimes Unit detectives and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

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Oregon City Police Hosting Semi-Annual Shred Event and Cell Phone Recycling Event
Oregon City Police Dept. - 03/24/15
Oregon City Police Department will be hosting the semi-annual Shred Event and Cell Phone Recycling Event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Police Department parking lot located at 320 Warner Milne Road.

Items will be shredded on site by Enviro Shred NW. The event provides the chance to protect your personal identity and to keep your personal information out of the trash. Paperclips and staples are OK. No items such as CD's, rubber bands, plastic covers, or garbage can be in with the paper to be shredded. Two (2) containers person will be accepted at no charge (maximum container size is a 10" x 12" x 15" corrugated storage box). There is a $1.00 charge for each additional container, but there is no limit on the number of boxes you may bring in.

All money collected, including donations, will be applied to our Crime Prevention fund. The Oregon City Police Department is also an official cell phone drop off location for the 911 Cell Phone Bank. The phones will be used to assist those in need, such as victims of abuse and senior citizens.

For more information contact the Community Outreach and Crime Prevention Office at 503-496-1681 or cwadsworth@orcity.org
Abandoned mine features uncovered with lidar: Potential danger for public, foresters, firefighters revealed with new maps (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/24/15
Clark Niewendorp, industrial minerals geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, examines the entrance of an abandoned mine in the North Santiam Mining District.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - New maps of the North Santiam Mining District reveal the tenacity of historic prospectors, as well as information that's critical today for public safety and the protection of foresters and firefighters.

The district, which sits in Marion County within the Willamette National Forest, is one of five gold and base metal mining districts that stretch throughout the Cascade Range from the Columbia River to the California state line. First mineral claims in the district were made in the 1860s, with placer gold discovered there. But mining was no easy feat.

"The mountains are rugged, with steep, densely forested terrain," says Clark Niewendorp, industrial minerals geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Prospectors had to be extremely motivated to get in there."

Though the area's gold rush was short-lived, prospectors found veins that carried copper with zinc and lead. By the 1940s most mines were inactive, but mining resumed in 1977 with Shiny Rock Mining Corporation's reopening of the Ruth Mine and development of several other claims. Mining in the district ceased in 1992 with the closure of the Ruth Mine.

Decades of activity left abandoned mine features, obscured over time by the same heavy vegetation that made historic access a challenge. But DOGAMI's use of lidar, which provides accurate high-resolution images of the earth's surface, offers a clear look at the mine features.
"We can now see an incredibly detailed image of the earth's surface," Niewendorp says. "Lidar imagery has real value for inventorying abandoned mine land, because it can show mine openings that weren't well documented, or that were even completely unknown."

The maps reveal 226 abandoned mine features in the district, including mine entrances, exploration pits, and waste rock areas. Previous mapping showed only 58 abandoned mine features.

Identifying where potential pitfalls are hidden is essential to the work of modern foresters and firefighters, who need to know where mine features are to safely and effectively fight fires and manage forest land.

"Lidar aids in the inventory and closure of abandoned mine features with the aim to protect public safety," says Ruth Seegar, area minerals geologist for western and central Oregon and western Washington with the U.S. Forest Service. "Lidar is an effective tool in advance of a ground survey because it increases the efficiency and labor of a time-consuming abandoned mine survey."

ABOUT THE REPORT
Open-File Report O-15-03, Lode Mines and Prospects in the North Santiam Mining District, Marion and Clackamas Counties, Oregon, compiled by Clark A. Niewendorp, DOGAMI, and Joseph W. Ghiorso, U.S. Forest Service, contains eight map plates.

To preview the report, visit: bit.ly/1BnMkOC. To purchase the report on CD for $15 from Nature of the Northwest, visit bit.ly/18TgQsJ or call 971-673-2331.


Attached Media Files: Clark Niewendorp, industrial minerals geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, examines the entrance of an abandoned mine in the North Santiam Mining District.
Suspect Arrested on Saturday After Assaulting a Police Officer in Downtown Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/24/15
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On Saturday March 21, 2015, at 3:58 p.m., Central Precinct officers contacted a subject after previously responding to reports of disturbances at O'Bryant Square, located at Southwest Park Avenue and Washington Street.

The subject, later identified as 22-year-old JJ Lee Purcell, appeared to have been in a fight and was identified to the officer by a witness as the "main aggressor" at the O'Bryant Square disturbances.

Officers determined that Purcell was going to be arrested in connection with the earlier disturbances. An officer began to take Purcell into custody when Purcell became physically aggressive with the officer, hitting the officer in the face once with a towel then taking a second swing at the officer, causing an abrasion to the officer's head.

Purcell continued to struggle with the officer and an arriving second officer until he was taken into custody. Purcell continued to kick and spit at the officers, who placed a "spit hood" over Purcell's head to keep him from spitting blood at the officers. Once inside the police car, Purcell thrashed about, banging his head on the barrier causing himself facial injuries.

Purcell was transported away from the scene by police, due to a growing and hostile crowd of Purcell's associates. Once away from the scene, Purcell was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. Purcell remained uncooperative and combative with medical staff but was treated and released later in the evening.

Officers spoke with a 21-year-old homeless man who reported that Purcell had assaulted him multiple times that day and he was afraid to be on the streets with Purcell out of custody. Purcell is also homeless.

The officer suffered minor injuries, not requiring immediate medical attention.

Purcell was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Resist Arrest, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Harassment (two counts).

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Clatsop County Interagency Narcotic Team Press Release (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/15
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On March 23, 2015, CCINT detectives served several search warrants at 1111 Broadway in Seaside, Oregon, directly across from the Broadway Middle School. The search warrants were obtained following a 3-month long investigation into the delivery of Methamphetamine within 1000-feet of a school. Detectives located and seized approximately 6.5 grams of Methamphetamine, over $500 cash, packaging material, Methamphetamine paraphernalia, digital scales, and drug records. The focus of the investigation, MARGARET NORINE FOURNIER DOB: 12/06/67, was arrested and lodged at the Clatsop County Jail on three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school, Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, and Frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold. This is the second suspect arrested by CCINT during the last month for delivery of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school. Officers from the Seaside Police Department and a deputy from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation and service of the warrants.
For further information contact Detective Jason Hoover (503) 325-8635.


Attached Media Files: Margaret Norine Fournier
SWWDC Seeking Input from Building Trades and Construction Industry
SW Wash Workforce Development Council - 03/24/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. (March 24, 2015) - The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) has released an online survey to gather information on areas of the building trades and the construction industry that may be facing shortages of trained workers.

"To most effectively gauge potential worker shortages and training needs, we'd like to receive input from commercial construction, home builders and the trades that work with them," said Paige Spratt, a construction attorney with Immix Law Group and an SWWDC board member.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be access at this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPXXMVQ or through SWWDC's website www.swwdc.org by clicking the "construction survey" link in the left column. Comments are requested by April 17.

The survey is a first step in SWWDC's investigation of the specific needs of the construction industry and will help the organization and its workforce system partners develop strategies for recruitment and training and inform how the workforce system might align resources to develop and enhance training opportunities for prospective employees and help businesses identify, train and hire the workers they need.

The community is asked to share the survey link within their networks of residential, commercial, specialty and heavy civil construction, organized labor and trades, such as painters, roofers, electricians and general labor.

To learn more, contact Tracy Schreiber, Employer Services Manager, at tschreiber@swwdc.org or 360.567-3185.
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Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), a nonprofit organization founded in 2002, is the Workforce Investment Board for Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. SWWDC brings together funding, service providers, colleges, economic development and community organizations to provide employment and training services to businesses, job seekers and youth. Its mission is to prepare and promote and skilled and adaptive workforce for a thriving economy in Southwest Washington. For more information, visit www.swwdc.org.
Red Cross volunteers respond to home fire in southeast Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/24/15
Volunteers from the Red Cross Cascades Region provided help to one adult and two children after an early-morning house fire today in southeast Portland. The single-family home fire happened at 2 a.m. in the 1400 block of SE 139th Ave. Volunteers provided the family with lodging, comfort kits, stuffed animals and information on disaster health and disaster mental-health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness. Make a plan, build an emergency kit and review your family's exit plan in case of a fire in your home. Check your smoke alarms regularly, and know what to do before, during and after a home fire. A free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region is available at www.recross.org.
**Updated with Pictures**PF&R Responds to a House Fire (1418 SE 139th) (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/24/15
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3/24/15-This morning at 12:12 AM Portland Firefighters were called to 1418 SE 139th. When they arrived fire crews found heavy fire on the exterior of a two story house. The fire was also burning in the homes attic. The firefighters began attacking the fire and searching the home for trapped occupants. No victims were located during the search.

The homes occupant was later found outside and stated that no one else was inside. No injuries were associated with this fire. PF&R crews knocked down the fire on the exterior and in the attic. An investigator was called to determine the cause of the fire. Crews will remain on scene until they have removed all burning material and located any hidden fire.

The fires cause hasn't been determined yet and damage estimates aren't available.


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03/23/15
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
An Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 21, inmate Richard Paul Thompson, Jr., 62, was found unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced deceased at 7:19 p.m.

Thompson entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 29, 2005, on one count of coercion, two counts of assault IV, one count of rape I, and one count of kidnapping I, all out of Deschutes County. His earliest release date was January 20, 2021.

No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Media Alert: Still Time to Get Free Tax Help in Beaverton
City of Beaverton - 03/23/15
STILL TIME TO RECEIVE FREE TAX HELP
-Available for low and middle income Beaverton families through April 15-


WHAT: Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle will highlight the free tax assistance program in partnership with AARP Tax-Aide and Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH) Oregon.


WHERE: Beaverton Activities Center, 12500 SW Allen Blvd


WHEN: Tuesday, March 24 at 11 a.m.


WHO: Mayor Doyle will walk through the process of applying for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) with a tax assistance volunteer and a participant in the program.


WHY: To help families take advantage of the EITC and to bring hard-earned money back to Beaverton residents. Volunteers have already served 1,109 taxpayers and returned a total of $974,126.50 in the EITC.


BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton, in partnership with AARP Tax-Aide and Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH) Oregon, is making free tax help available to area residents. The city is encouraging eligible low and middle-income families to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit with the help of dedicated volunteers. The annual program ends April 15 at the Beaverton Activities Center (12500 SW Allen Blvd). Tax Assistance Program runs Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last year's program volunteers filed 2,050 tax returns, resulting in more than $2.4 million in tax refunds back into our community. Assistance was offered in six languages and volunteers worked more than 3,283 hours to ensure that community members received the refund they deserved.


Eligible low-income working families may be entitled to up to $6,143 in tax refunds, but according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) up to 25 percent of those eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) file for it. The IRS reports that when those eligible do not file, the result is the loss of millions of dollars for low-income Oregonians and for thousands of eligible low-income families across the nation.


"For many deserving families, EITC is too often a tax refund opportunity that is completely lost," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "We want to help change that. My goal is to ensure that more of our residents receive the credit so that money stays in our community."


CASH Oregon, in partnership with AARP Tax-Aide, provides free tax preparation and filing to thousands of low- and middle-income families and individuals throughout the Portland-Metro area. The partnership provides a Beaverton Super Site, located at the Beaverton Activities Center through April 15. For additional tax preparation sites, call 211 or visit www.CASHOregon.org.


What to bring with you to receive tax assistance:

* Picture identification
* Copy of 2013 tax return, if available
* Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for all persons on return
* Form W-2 from every employer
* Other forms and receipts, such as 1099s from your bank
* Child and dependent care information
* NEW Health Insurance documentation: Form 1095-A, if you or anyone on your tax return had coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace


For additional questions, contact Megan Cohen, Mayor's Office, at 503-526-2584 or mcohen@BeavertonOregon.gov.


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


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


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Capitol Subaru to Present $33,000 Check to Willamette Humane Society (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 03/23/15
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Donation Comes from National Subaru Share the Love Event

(Salem, OR) - On Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m., national representatives from Subaru of America and local leaders of Capitol Subaru will present a check for $33,000 to Willamette Humane Society (WHS) as the culmination of their holiday season "Share the Love" event.
Subaru donated $250 to a customer's choice of charities for new vehicles, sold or leased, between Nov. 20, 2014, and Jan. 2, 2015. Capitol Subaru in Salem chose WHS as their local hometown charity. Other national options included: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R), Make-A-Wish, Meals On Wheels Association of America(R) and National Park Foundation.

"Capitol Subaru has supported Willamette Humane Society for over twenty years! We want to thank them for this new, phenomenal opportunity." said BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society. "This thoughtful gesture allows our community to open the floodgates of Subaru of America's generosity to care for animals at the shelter."

At the check presentation, Willamette Humane Society leaders will attend with dogs, volunteers, and pet lovers to thank Subaru of America for instituting the Share the Love event, and to thank Capitol Subaru for choosing to support animals at the shelter. Willamette Humane Society encourages community members who participated in Subaru's Share the Love Event to share their experience online using the hashtags #sharethelovewithWHS, #sharethelove, #subaru, and #whs4pets.

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Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. In 2013-2014, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,804 pets and 61,740 people. WHS offers pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 37 FTE member staff, and 980+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.

About Capitol Subaru: Capitol Auto Group has served the greater Salem area for more than 80 years. Dealer Scott Casebeer opened the Subaru facility in June 2012 at 3235 Cherry AV NE. Capitol Subaru of Salem has one of Oregon's most knowledgeable sales staff that has years of experience serving their customer's automotive needs, (888) 698-1973, www.capitolsubaru.com.


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Truck Crash Creates Traffic Problems (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/23/15
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**UPDATE** Just after 3:00 PM, Douglas Barnes, 46 years of age from Amity, was operating a 1985 Peterbilt pulling two flat bed trailers loaded with lumber, rolled over as he was southbound on the Salem Parkway negotiating the curve onto Commercial St NE. Barnes was not injured in the crash. The truck leaked diesel fuel and the lumber spilled onto the roadway and into a manufactured home park. The crash also sheared off a power pole. Emergency crews are on scene, but it will be a significant amount of time before it is cleaned up. The accident is under investigation; however, it appears excessive speed was a major factor.

A semi-truck carrying a load of lumber southbound on the Salem Parkway has tipped over at Commercial St NE spilling its load. Diesel fuel has also been spilled on the roadway. Two of three lanes are blocked. Motorists are asked to take alternative routes while first responders are working to clean it up. Additional information will be released when it is available.
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Woman Attacked and Sexually Assaulted
Woodburn Police - 03/23/15
On 032315, at approximately 3:10am a woman reported that she was attacked and sexually assaulted by 4 males, while delivering newspapers. The assault occurred in the 200 block of Gatch St. Woodburn, Oregon. The four males are all described as Hispanic in their late teens early twenties wearing dark colored clothing. The victim, received minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.

The Woodburn Police Department is asking for the public's help. If anyone has any information please call the Woodburn Police Department 503-982-2345.
6th Annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off & Document Shred Event.
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 03/23/15
Milwaukie Police Cadets, Providence Milwaukie Hospital, the Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation and the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) are hosting the 6th annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, located at 3200 SE Harrison Street, in Milwaukie.

In addition, the Milwaukie Police Department will also offer a FREE Document Shred Event during the same time period of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Milwaukie Police Cadets will be available in the parking lot of the police department. The 'drive-through' service is available to anyone wanting to properly dispose of unneeded or expired prescription medications, or to drop off documents for shredding. There is no specified limit on the amount of documents a citizen can bring however; the right is reserved to limit excessive quantities. NO syringes of any kind will be accepted.

This FREE event is part of a crime-prevention effort to reduce inappropriate access to prescription medications, and to minimize identity theft, fraud, and related crimes.
VINE(R) service technical difficulties resolved
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Oregon VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Service experienced a temporary technical issue. As a result, many registrants received notifications that contained incorrect inmate custody status information. At this time, the technical issue responsible for that error has been resolved. The Oregon VINE Service will soon be fully operational and will continue to inform registrants of changes in offenders' custody status.

During the Department of Corrections' regularly scheduled offender database maintenance, a large offender data file was accidently produced and sent to the VINE system in error. As a result, 8,746 erroneous notifications pertaining to 1,891 offenders were made.

VINE/DOC used AlertXpress to notify those affected that the offender release messages were sent in error Friday night. If that first alert was not successful, another was sent Saturday morning. An additional alert was sent today informing all Oregon VINE registrants that the technical issue has been resolved.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) at any time by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf.

DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are confident that this will not happen again. Several precautionary measures are being taken to prevent a similar event from reoccurring.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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UPDATE: Subject Who Attacked Officers With Knife Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/23/15
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The Oregon State Medical Examiner and Homicide detectives have positively identified the deceased suspect from Sunday's shooting as 36-year-old Christopher Ryan Healy from Erie, Pennsylvania. Healy's family was notified of his death this afternoon.

Detectives have authorized the release of the knife used by Healy to attack the officers.

The officer that shot Healy is Thomas Clark, a six year veteran of the Bureau, assigned to East Precinct Afternoon Shift. The officer that deployed a Taser is Officer Royce Curtiss, a nine year veteran of the Bureau, also assigned to East Precinct Afternoon Shift.

Detectives are still actively investigating the shooting and are asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Kristina Coffey at (503) 823-0696 or Detective Mark Sponhauer (503) 823-0416.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 5:26 p.m., two East Precinct officers, a 9-year veteran and a 6-year-veteran, responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a burglary in process in the area of S.E. 130th Avenue and S.E. Sherman Street. Officers arrived at 5:31 p.m. and found the caller attempting to restrain the subject.

As the officers approached the subject, he advanced toward them with a double-bladed knife, 10 inches in length, in a weaving, figure eight motion. The subject got very close to one of the officers, a 6-year veteran, who fired two rounds, striking the suspect. The subject remained on his feet and the other officer, a 9-year veteran, re-holstered his weapon and deployed a Taser. The subject then dropped to the ground and an ambulance immediately responded and transported him to a local hospital where he later died. The subject is a 36-year-old white male.

Detectives have learned the incident began as a neighborhood dispute over the weekend between the occupants of two residences.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy today and will notify the subject's next of kin. The subject is from out of state; detectives are still determining information regarding his criminal history and what his involvement was with the residents of both houses involved.

The identity of the officers will be released later this afternoon. They will remain on paid administrative leave, per Bureau policy, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, PPB members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

Detectives are still actively interviewing those involved and are asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696 or Detective Mark Sponhauer 503-823-0416.

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Student ambassadors from Africa to visit Skyview High School
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 03/23/15
Skyview High School will host eight student ambassadors from five African countries on Wednesday, March 25. The visit, coordinated by the World Affairs Council of Oregon, is part of the U.S. State Department's Youth Ambassadors Program.

The students and two teachers will arrive at Skyview High School at approximately 10 a.m. on March 25. Their visit (schedule below) will include a tour of the school, lunch with Skyview's Model United Nations students, and classroom visits. The student ambassadors also will share presentations about themselves and their countries.

"We are excited for our Skyview community to have this opportunity to interact with visitors from Africa and possibly make some lasting connections," said Paula Winter, U.S. history and Contemporary World Problems teacher.

The Skyview visit is one part of an itinerary that includes Washington D.C., Chicago and Portland. The group includes a total of 17 students from Angola, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria and Zambia. They are English speaking, 15-18 years old and were selected by the U.S. embassies in their countries.

Skyview tour schedule:
10 a.m. - Welcome
10:15 - Tour and lunch
11:20 - Presentations from student ambassadors
12:18 - Visit science, math and technology magnet program and classrooms
1:08 - Discussion of a piece of Nigerian literature with pre-AP English class
2:05 - Depart for Marshall House
WSU Vancouver receives National Science Foundation grant for immersive summer research experience for students
WSU Vancouver - 03/23/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver has received a three-year, $260,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support undergraduate students conducting scientific research in the Columbia River Basin. The nine-week summer program, "Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics: Integrating Terrestrial and Aquatic Perspectives," is part of NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

"Over the next three summers this new project will provide 24 undergraduate students with financial support to undertake hands-on, independent scientific research, working face-to-face with individual School of the Environment and affiliated faculty members on the Vancouver campus," said Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, associate clinical professor in WSU Vancouver's School of the Environment and principal investigator for the program. She manages the program with Steve Bollens, professor and director of the Aquatic Ecology Lab. They will also serve as two of 10 faculty research mentors for participating students.

Participants in the WSU Vancouver REU project will work with a faculty member in any of 10 research areas focused on the Columbia River Basin, such as aquatic invasive species, endangered butterflies and disturbance ecology at Mount St. Helens. Students will conduct research in the mentor's lab as part of a team, along with other undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and research technicians.

In addition to hands-on research, students will participate in a variety of team-oriented professional development activities to build collaborative research skills.

During summer 2015 the project will run from June 15 through Aug. 14 on the WSU Vancouver campus, with field trips around Washington state. Each student will receive a $4,725 stipend for the nine-week program, plus commuting and meal expenses.

The REU project at WSU Vancouver's non-residential campus is unique in targeting "place-based" undergraduates in the Vancouver/Portland area--highly qualified students who may not have the opportunity to travel for summer research. Students who have local housing for the summer, but attend college outside the region are also welcome to apply.

Applications are due by April 6. For more information or to apply, visit vancouver.wsu.edu/reu.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. Here, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Longview Fire Department Recognizes Excellence (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 03/23/15
Lamb FF of the Year
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On Friday March 20th Longview Fire Department held its 1st Annual Firefighter Awards and Recognition Banquet at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center in Longview. In total, 90 firefighters, spouses, and dignitaries attended the event to celebrate Outstanding Performance, Noteworthy Contributions, and Significant Milestones from 2014. The evenings crescendo was the announcement of the 2014 Firefighter-of-the-Year Award.

Three (3) Community Service Awards were issued:

Master Firefighter Graham Lasee was awarded the Community Service Award for his exceptional work on the CAP "Adopt-a-Family" program. Graham serves as the liaison for the LFD firefighters association and spends multiple hours shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts to families in need, including giving to them out of his own pocket. Graham has also served as the immediate Past-President of the Longview Professional Fire Fighters Association Benevolent Fund, and recently raised over $1,000 for lymphoma and leukemia through the Scott Firefighters Stairclimb.

Master Firefighter Luke Amos was also awarded the Community Service Award for his community service work helping a Fire Station neighbor, Jan Dalziel, get her house painted. http://tdn.com/mobile/article_28c46c3a-3952-11e4-aa6a-bff0e98ce64c.html Jan, also known as the September 11th lady, delivers cookies on the 11th day of each and every month since September 11th to say thanks to the firefighters for their service. Luke returned the gesture the way only a caring and compassionate community service oriented individual such as him could have. Luke solicited volunteer labor, coordinated all aspects of the project and received donations to cover the costs. In addition to individual projects such as this, he has coordinated and worked the Go 4th Hole-in-One fundraising event for several years. Luke was last year's American Legion Firefighter of the Year.

Lieutenant Derek Stabell, Master Firefighter Kevin Broschat, Firefighter/Paramedic Dan Jones, Firefighter/Paramedic Seth Cornelius, Firefighter/Paramedic Aaron Flemens, and Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Lamb received the Community Service Award for their efforts with the Spencer's Heart Strong Foundation community event http://stopyouthsca.org/

Six (6) Years-of-Service Milestones were also recognized:

Master Firefighter Kacy Clark-10 years, Master Firefighter Russ Reese-15 years, Lieutenant Scott Kerker-15 years, Master Firefighter Justin Noel-15 years, Lieutenant Blake Tomlinson-20 years, and Luke Amos-30 years.

Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Lamb was nominated and selected as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. The Firefighter of the Year Award is issued to the Longview Fire Department member who best exemplifies the characteristics of a firefighter and who has an outstanding record of fire service achievements. These characteristics encompass the cornerstones of today's fire service: Dedication, Courage, Honor, and Service... the cornerstone of today's fire service.

* Community Service: Firefighter Lamb coordinates the Coats for Kids drive, coordinated the Local 828 2014 Go 4th Hole-in-One event, demonstrates excellent Public Relations skills and serves as the President of the Longview Professional Fire Fighters Association Benevolent Fund.

* Professional Skills: He has shown exceptional leadership and mentoring in the LFD Paramedic program and helped institutionalize High Performance CPR.

* Personal Attributes: Dave has a positive "Can Do" attitude, he's a reliable friend to colleagues, and promotes and recognizes the qualities in others such as serving on the city "Employee Recognition Committee".

Sponsors SeaWestern and Life Assist Inc helped make this event possible and successful.


Attached Media Files: Lamb FF of the Year , FF Award Traditional Helmet , Amos Community Service , Lasee Community Service
YWCA Clark County begins new volunteer training on April 2nd
YWCA Clark County - 03/23/15
New volunteer applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming volunteer training cycle. YWCA Clark County volunteers are partners in our mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We are able to provide vital and life changing services because of our amazing, compassionate and dedicated volunteers.

The programs of YWCA Clark County offer opportunities for volunteers to support survivors of abuse, neglect and oppression. Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence.

YWCA is interested in expanding the number of volunteers with the Sexual Assault Program. In addition to providing comprehensive training, YWCA offers a chance to make a positive impact during a difficult time in someone's life. Speaking about the impact of volunteer support, Sexual Assault Program Specialist Kai Hill explains, "Our volunteers are the heart of the sexual assault program. Whether in a hospital or court setting, they support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and empathy. Their presence and ability to listen to and support survivors in the healing process is our purpose statement in action, 'reducing the trauma for sexual assault survivors and their families.'"

Application, interview and pre-registration for Spring training is required.

To learn more about volunteering at YWCA Clark County as well as application materials, visit ywcaclarkcounty.org or contact Nichole Peppers at npeppers@ywcaclarkcounty.org or 360-906-9112.
C-TRAN Unveils The Vine: It's First Bus Rapid Transit Line
C-TRAN - 03/23/15
VANCOUVER - With construction set to begin this summer on C-TRAN's Fourth Plain BRT Project, the Vine, C-TRAN unveiled a new website, www.c-tran.com/thevine, that provides the public its first opportunity to see what the new system will look like and how it will function. The new site features two simulation videos with the new bus and station design as well as an interactive map that provides specific information for each of the 34 BRT stations. C-TRAN Executive Director/ CEO Jeff Hamm explains, "The Vine will provide a high-level of passenger comfort, convenience and safety, while also providing a unique identity that will build community ownership and ridership while improving the visual and economic climate of the corridor by supporting not only transit riders, but also businesses and neighborhoods along the way."

The Vine, set to open in late 2016, will implement a modern, enhanced transit line along the Fourth Plain and Fort Vancouver Way corridors between downtown Vancouver and Westfield Vancouver Mall. It will provide a unique identity with 34 stations that will offer passengers a safe, secure and reliable transit experience, all while improving the visual and economic climate of the corridor. This new transit line will replace C-TRAN's 4 and 44 routes while greatly improving reliability, mobility, capacity and operations on C-TRAN's highest ridership corridor. The buses will still operate in mixed traffic and will be upgraded to 60-foot low-floor hybrid buses with almost twice the passenger capacity of existing buses. The new buses will provide level boarding for all passengers, operate on 10-minute frequencies much of the day (15 minutes in off-peak periods and on weekends), and include wheelchair self-parking areas, as well as on-board bike racks. Travel time is projected to be reduced by up to 10 minutes each way. The Vine will be constructed with existing local, state and federal funds; which means no tax increase is needed to fund it. Additionally, once in service, The Vine will cost less to operate than the service it will replace.

To learn more about The Vine, visit the new website at www.c-tran.com/thevine.
Ridgefield School District recaps Winter Activities, previews Spring Sports (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 03/23/15
RHS Fastpitch home games will be played on the district's brand-new softball field
RHS Fastpitch home games will be played on the district's brand-new softball field
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Monday, March 23, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-After a successful winter season, Ridgefield School District's sports program sets its sights on the upcoming spring season with returning champions and a brand-new softball field for its Fastpitch team.

"Winter sports brought lots of excitement and pride to the district with our basketball and wrestling teams competing in our brand-new home gym," said Debbie Bentler, Athletic Director for Ridgefield School District. "Seeing the community and our opponents enjoy what was described by a guest radio announcer as the 'crown jewel of high school gyms' was definitely a high point of the season for me."

Recapping the District's Winter Activities Season

Ridgefield High School Athletes reach State competition

Many of Ridgefield's student athletes in Winter Teams had extremely successful seasons:

* Trevor Newburn, sophomore, placed second at the State Wrestling Tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
* Kylee Tjensvold, sophomore gymnast, placed 9th on the balance beam and 5th place on the uneven bars at State competition. Rosie Mayfield, sophomore, and Teagan Haden, senior, also competed at State, rounding out three State competitors for our Gymnastics team's inaugural year.

Ridgefield Winter Sports Teams and Activities earn WIAA Academic Distinguished Honors

Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Forensics, and Boys Basketball all received Distinguished Honors from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). Ridgefield's teams' average Grade Point Averages (GPAs) are as follows:

Gymnastics - 3.44 GPA
Girls Basketball - 3.36 GPA
Forensics - 3.26 GPA
Boys Basketball - 3.05 GPA

Basketball All-League Recognition

For second team, Travis Gotsch (Sophomore) received All-League Recognition along with J.D. Wolniewicz (Senior), Hannah Farley (Freshman), Bailey Hooghkirk (Senior), and Abbi Smithline (Senior) receiving Honorable Mentions.

Gymnastics team makes State; Coach receives Coach of the Year

"Our gymnastics team competed at a high level for their inaugural year with three members qualifying for the State Meet, an exceptional accomplishment," said Bentler. In addition, Richard Samuels, the Ridgefield High School Gymnastics Coach, received the 2014-2015 Washington State Coach of the Year Award for Division 2A/3A. Samuels coached the Ridgefield Gymnastics team for several years as part of a cooperative with Vancouver School District before the team was brought into the Ridgefield Athletics Program this year.

Equestrian Team makes Top-10

Several of Ridgefield's Riders made the Top-10 in the Equestrian Competition:

* Freestyle Fours (Drill/Quad): Olivia House (Freshman), Mikaela Schuman (Sophomore), Brittney Thornton (Sophomore) and Jordyn Wishard (Sophomore) received 4th place.
* In-Hand Obstacle Relay: Mckenzie Derheim (Senior), Randi Richards (Freshman), Mikaela Schuman (Sophomore) and Brittney Thornton (Sophomore) received 6th place.
* Canadian Flags: Olivia House (Freshman), Mikaela Schuman (Sophomore), Brittney Thompson (Sophomore), and Jordyn Wishard (Sophomore) received 6th place.
* Dressage: Randi Richards (Freshman) received 5th place.

Forensics team become District 4 Champions

The Ridgefield High School Speech and Debate team claimed the AAA district trophy at the District 4 Tournament in February for the eighth time in the last nine years.

Top placers include:

* Andy Besel (Senior) and James Nguyen (Senior) tied for district champions in Expository Speaking.
* Jacob Anderson (Junior) won the District Championship in Extemporaneous Speaking with Andrew Goaring (Sophomore) placing third in the same event.
* Sarah Kaufman (Junior) and Randy Sokolowski (Junior) claimed the District Championship and second place, respectively, in the Humorous Interpretation category.
* Jackson Taylor (Junior) and Jacob Anderson (Junior) shared the District Champion Title in Impromptu Speaking with Randi Richard (Freshman) placing second in Original Oratory.
* James Nguyen (Senior) is the District 4 Champion in Congressional Debate with Makeila Wilson also (Sophomore) qualifying for State.
* The team of Jacob Anderson (Sophomore) and Jackson Taylor (Junior) placed second in Public Forum Debate.
* Kayla Besel (Sophomore), Natalie Dean (Freshman), Kellen Hartnett (Freshman), Corbyn McGill (Freshman), and Makeila Wilson (Sophomore) also attended the State Speech Tournament at the University of Puget Sound in March.
* Jacob Anderson (Junior), James Nguyen (Senior), Jackson Taylor (Junior), and Makeila Wilson (Sophomore) represented Ridgefield High School at the State Debate Tournament.

Additional athletics and activities updates can be found under the Activities & Clubs menu at the Ridgefield High School's website at: www.ridge.k12.wa.us/rhs

Spring Sports Preview

Starting March 2, Ridgefield's Spudders hit the fields and courts with baseball, Fastpitch, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Girls Golf, and Track. League opponents include: Mark Morris, Hockinson, Hudson's Bay, R.A. Long, Washougal, and Woodland.

Varsity Boys Soccer will defend their Division 2A Greater St. Helens League (GSHL) and District 4 championships. Erin Siegel, sophomore golfer, heads to the links with the hopes of returning to the State Tournament for the second time. She placed 30th as a Freshman in 2014. In addition, Shyanne Chandler, senior Fastpitch player, returns as the reigning GSHL Most Valuable Player.

"As the Spuds move outdoors this season for spring sports, I am really excited for all of the participants and coaches," said Bentler. "The student athletes and coaches exhibit great anticipation and enthusiasm for the upcoming season after putting in significant training and preparation during the pre-season."

The district's new facilities also contribute to the student athletes' excitement. "Our Fastpitch teams competed off-campus last year while construction work continued at the high school, so they can't wait for their first home game," said Bentler. The first Fastpitch home game will take place on Wednesday, April 15 versus Washougal's team on Ridgefield's newly-finished softball field.

The district's stadium continues to attract attention with its state-of-the-art track and field. "We will host over 20 schools for the 2nd Annual Spudder Classic on May 8 as well as the 2A District Track Meet on May 22," said Bentler. "Events like these are great for both our kids and our community."

Community members interested in volunteering at field events can contact track coach, Gregg Ford, at gregg.ford@ridge.k12.wa.us. The district's athletics hotline will continue to provide the latest daily updates and rain-out information at (360) 619-1393.

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Attached Media Files: RHS Fastpitch home games will be played on the district's brand-new softball field , Shyanne Chandler, senior Fastpitch player, returns as the reigning GSHL Most Valuable Player , Erin Siegel, sophomore golfer, returns with hopes of returning to State , RHS Girls Tennis hits the courts for some practice , The RHS Track Team practices for the upcoming Spring season
Portland to host regional safety leaders - 'Black Hawk Down' survivor featured speaker
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/23/15
(Salem) - Improving safety culture and performance is the focus of the Northwest Safety and Health Summit Conference, scheduled for May 12-14, 2015, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) is hosting the regional conference and is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health, and environmental management systems through partnerships with employees, management, and government. The VPPPA is a member-based association, providing a network of more than 1,900 companies and worksites that are involved in or are in the process of applying to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the Department of Energy.

Conference keynote speaker Keni Thomas and his fellow U.S. Army rangers distinguished themselves in 1993 in an 18-hour firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie Black Hawk Down. Thomas will share the story of how he, and other extraordinary individuals, fought to bring each other home. He will stress the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself.

"All of us want to make a difference," Thomas said. "We all want to know at the end of the day that we counted for something. My presentation will focus on how well you prepare yourself
in advance to rise above and do what others can not do for you. The story I get to tell is a story of extraordinary people, just like you, who did just that."

Other topics featured at the conference include:

* VPP basics - fundamentals, application process
* Management leadership, safety culture
* Influencing behavior and dynamic learning

Registration for the event is $300, with price breaks for VPP membership and one-day attendance. For more information about the conference or to register, visit
www.regonline.com/regionx_vpppa15.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org or follow us on www.facebook.com/OregonOSHA.
Portland-Metro youth Bryan Gastelum-Plata named Boys & Girls Clubs of Oregon State Youth of the Year (Photo)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area - 03/23/15
Bryan Gastelum-Plata
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Portland, Oregon - Brian Gastelum-Plata, a senior at Cleveland High School and 12-year member of the Wattles Boys & Girls Club in southeast Portland's Lents community, was named Oregon Youth of the Year at a luncheon held at the Salem Convention Center on Thursday, March 19, 2015. The luncheon spotlighted eight youth from around the State chosen to represent their Clubs by demonstrating extraordinary achievements in leadership, service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. The organizations represented at the Youth of the Year celebration included:

Boys & Girls Club of Albany Boys & Girls Clubs of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwestern Oregon
Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro

An honors athlete and Gresham Fire & Rescue Cadet, Gastelum-Plata credits the Club for being his second home since he was six years old and for helping make college a reality. Along with his twin brother, Bryan aspires to be a firefighter, saying "Firefighting will provide me with the opportunity to give back to a community that has given me and my family so much."

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier recognition program for Club members, promoting youth that embody the values that exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select an annual Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.

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ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PORTLAND-METRO: Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro has been serving youth since 1946. The Clubs provide affordable, quality after-school and summer programs designed to help them develop the qualities needed to achieve academic success, become responsible citizens and leaders, and live healthy lives. Today, the Clubs have grown to serving nearly 13,000 youth annually at six facilities located throughout the Metropolitan area, along with seven school-based programs in partnership with the Parkrose, Reynolds and North Clackamas School Districts.


Attached Media Files: Bryan Gastelum-Plata , State YOY
Suspect in 2014 Homicide Pleads Guilty to Killing of Uncle in North Tabor Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/23/15
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On March 18, 2015, 23-year-old Matthew Galen Bigboy pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree in connection with the homicide of his uncle in March 2014. Bigboy was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

61-year-old Eugene Bigboy was found dead on Monday March 10, 2014, after East Precinct officers were called to check his welfare at a residence in the 5800 block of Northeast Center Commons Way.

Officers received information that Eugene Bigboy was in poor health with several medical issues. Inside the home, officers located the deceased, Eugene Bigboy, and did not see any indications of a crime.

Eugene Bigboy's body was transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, where it was determined his death was from homicidal violence.

Homicide investigators developed probable cause to arrest Matthew Bigboy and he was taken into custody on March 16, 2014 at his North Fowler Avenue residence.

This investigation was a collaborative effort by Portland Police Homicide detectives, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

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Update: In-Custody Death at Multnomah County Detention Center
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/15
***Update 03/23/2015 - 12:55pm***

The inmate found deceased at the Multnomah County Detention Center on Saturday has been identified as Latina E. Brogdon, a 25 year old female.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives conducting the death investigation indicate there is no evidence of trauma; the Multnomah County Medical Examiner will continue work to determine the cause of death in this case.

Due to the on-going investigation, no further details are available for release at this time.


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Just before 1:30 pm this afternoon, corrections deputies at the Multnomah County Detention Center responded to a call of an unresponsive inmate who was discovered during a routine security and welfare check. An immediate call was made for medical response while deputies began CPR on the inmate.

The cause of death is under investigation by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives are currently conducting a full death investigation. Initial information from detectives indicates there is no evidence of foul play involved.

The name of the deceased will not be released at this time, pending next of kin notification.
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and Century Link Pioneers to host Beeping Easter Egg Hunt in Vancouver, Washington
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 03/23/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Suite 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 and Century Link Pioneers to host Beeping Easter Egg Hunt in Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington--March 23rd, 2015--The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired on March 28th, 2015. The event will run from 10:00-12:00 at the Washington State School for the Blind (2214 E. 13TH Street, Vancouver, WA 98661).

"We are very excited to host this event for children with visual impairments. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, participants will have the opportunity to participate in sports and learn more about our mission and programs." said Founder/Executive Director Billy Henry.

In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, participants will receive hands on instruction in beep baseball and tandem cycling.

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to over 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity.

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

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2015 'Conversations with Funders' scheduled; $4.7 million in grants offered (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/23/15
A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the center’s annual Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the center’s annual Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salem, Ore.-Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for "Conversations with Funders," a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2016 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted for an application deadline of May 15 (see details below).

Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

"There are more than 1,400 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support their activities."

"Conversations with Funders" begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay, Bend and Oregon City. The schedule, with participants, locations and registration links, are:

Wednesday, April 1
9:30-11:30 a.m.: Richard E. Wildish Theatre, Springfield
2-4 p.m.: Cedar Room, Coos Public Library, Coos Bay
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office.

Thursday April 2
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Art Station, Bend
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Humanities.

Tuesday April 7
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City
3 pm- 5 p.m.: The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust with Oregon Humanities, State Historic Preservation Office, and Oregon Arts Commission

Registration is encouraged but not required. Register at
http://bit.ly/1CRvOxi.
Information on all grant programs will be available at all events.

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants:
The Oregon Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. New guidelines posted for 2016 also encourage applicants to consider how their projects might help broaden awareness of the value of culture.

As 2014 was a record fundraising year for the Trust, a record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $600,000. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners - to support their projects and respective grant programs - and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2016 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2015 and July 30, 2016.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Guidelines are posted here: http://bit.ly/1G8KAwx.

Note: Schreiner will lead a webinar for prospective Cultural Development Grant applicants from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.
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Attached Media Files: A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the center’s annual Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Sheree Gomez hired as Washougal High School Associate Principal (Photo)
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Sheree Gomez has been hired as Associate Principal at Washougal High School, replacing Gordon Washburn who will retire at the end of this school year. She will begin her contract with the Washougal School District on July 1, 2015.

Gomez holds a Special Education Degree to teach elementary and middle school students as well as English, history, mathematics, reading, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies at the high school level. She is currently completing her administrative internship at Jason Lee Middle School in the Vancouver School District. Previously, Gomez worked at Skyview High School in Vancouver from 2004-2013, first as a paraeducator and then as a special education teacher after completing her degree program. She has recently completed her National Board Certification.

Gomez brings to Washougal expertise in the area of special education including providing support for children receiving specialized services as well as supporting paraprofessionals to perform their duties to the highest level.

She has experience with family engagement and maintaining current data for student growth, goal setting and achievement.

Gomez has been instrumental in building programs that successfully support the behavior and learning needs of students as she has facilitated the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with staff at her current school.

As part of the interview process, Washougal High School Principal Aaron Hansen observed Gomez in her current position and feels that her skills will be an excellent addition to Washougal. "What impressed me most was her ability to facilitate a meeting, which included her principal, associate principal, three teachers, a counselor and the district's PBIS coordinator in a way that included a high-level of collaboration, it was solution-focused and everyone's input mattered," said Hansen. "One of the areas that we continue to work on is closing the achievement gap with our special needs population. Based on the interview, visit and the individuals we talked with, her skill set and experience will help us to achieve that goal. I believe she will be a great addition to our Washougal team."

"I am extremely excited about this next chapter in my educational journey and even more excited to join the Washougal family. Everyone has already been so welcoming," said Gomez. "I feel that my skills are an excellent match for this position and I am prepared to work hard, provide support and to learn a lot. Furthermore, I am really looking forward to connecting with Washougal staff, students and families."



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Preschool Supply Shed at Aloha High School is a Complete Loss (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 03/23/15
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At 10:29pm last night, dispatchers received multiple reports of a shed on fire in the northwest section of property at Aloha High School.

Within five minutes, firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Station 62 arrived to find the shed fully engulfed in flames, as well as a neighbor's arborvitaes. Firefighters quickly extinguished the shed, the arborvitaes, and a nearby tree. Damage was contained to the shed; no other structures were involved, including the high school.

An investigator was called to the scene and at this time has ruled the fire undetermined. The shed was used for storing teaching supplies and photos for the on-campus preschool. Damages are estimated at around $10,000. The investigator is working with the Beaverton School District during the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the investigator at 503-259-1420.

School officials have already been asked by community members how they can support the preschool. Anyone interested in supporting the preschool can call 503-259-4700 or visit the High School's main office next week during regular office hours.


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Construction scheduled at Sunset Springs Rest Area on U.S. 26
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 03/23/15
Starting today, a contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation will be doing construction at the Sunset Springs Rest Area on U.S. 26 in Clatsop County. The rest area will remain open and available to the public during construction. The contractor is completing upgrades to the waste water system, as well as making ADA improvements. The work will continue through June 1.
Local woman prepares for her second annual Starlight Run 80 pounds lighter this year after completing Legacy Health's 5k training program in 2014
Legacy Health - 03/23/15
March 23, 2015 (Portland, Ore.) - Kim Lowry, like many other adult men and women, was busy with work, family and life in general. By the end of the day, the idea of exercising fell to the bottom of her 'To-do' list. Her sedentary lifestyle was affecting her overall health as she found herself on the verge of becoming a diabetic - she knew she had to make a change.

On April 9, 2014, after a visit to her doctor's office, Kim, logged onto Facebook and saw a post by Legacy Health about the its annual training program. Kim immediately signed up for Legacy Health's Couch-to-Starlight 5k Training Program at the Meridian Park location in Tualatin, filling the very last open spot. Kim knew she needed a program that would guide her and provide a sense of camaraderie and support. In her first day in the program, that was what she found. Instant connections with other runners and the instruction she needed by physical therapists that understood how to get her started and push her to succeed.

Kim was determined. Having been overweight for years, one of her goals was to get fit enough to run with her husband. She knew she couldn't miss even a week. Six weeks later, she ran the Legacy Health Starlight Run with her husband in tow. A year later, Kim has competed in multiple races, lost over 80 pounds, runs around 20 miles per week and just finished her first half-marathon, with her second coming in April. She has 20 more pounds to go before she hits her target weight and plans to sign up for the program again this year, which launches on Monday, March 30th, 2015.

Now healthier and happier than ever, Kim knows what it takes to get started. She never ran before entering the program last year. She didn't think she could do it but by getting off the couch and taking one day at a time, she has accomplished over 477 miles of running and plans to break 500 miles soon - all in her Legacy Health blue t-shirt.

About Legacy Health's Couch-to-Starlight 5k Training Program
Legacy Health's Couch-to-Starlight 5k training program trains participants of ability levels to cross the finish line of the Legacy Health Starlight run on May 30, 2015.

Couch-to-Starlight is an 8-week training program led by a team of Legacy Health's physical therapists that gives participants the necessary tips, tools and motivation they need to run the best and safest race possible. Training groups meet in Downtown Portland, West Portland, Tualatin, Troutdale and Vancouver, Wash., for weekly group workouts and informational sessions where participants learn about the following topics:

* Shoe analysis - read our shoe selection FAQ
* Dynamic warm-up
* Stretching for injury prevention
* Tips to strengthen your lower body and core
* Proper running form - read our running form tips
* Equipment
* Nutrition and hydration

About the Legacy Health Starlight Run
The 37th annual Legacy Health Starlight Run is on May 30, 2015. An estimated 8,000 runners participate in a 5k (3.1-mile) run that travels the Portland Rose Festival's Starlight Parade route. This year's run benefits Legacy Rehabilitation Services, which provides a wide range of therapies to child and adult patients. Legacy's Rehabilitation staff offers expertise in sports medicine/injury prevention, orthopedics, neurological, cancer, speech and burn rehabilitation. This continuum of services is offered in both outpatient clinics and hospital settings.

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Centennial School Board approves Long Range Facilities Plan
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 03/23/15
The Centennial School District's School Board recently approved the Long-Range Facility Plan as presented by the Long Range Facilities Committee. As part of the plan, the committee identified numerous needs throughout the district - ranging from the need for a new middle school to replacing water pipes and upgrading HVAC systems.

The needs identified by the committee, with input from more than 100 patrons and staff, are extensive and wide-ranging. To address all of the needs, the committee recommended that the work be done in phases. The Phase One recommendations were presented to and approved by the School Board.

The Phase One recommendations include:
* Building a new middle school on property the district owns at SE 172nd and Foster. This would alleviate overcrowding at the seven elementary schools and Centennial Middle School. It will also address space issues at the elementary schools caused by all day kindergarten and the need for adequate space to meet student needs through ELL, Special Education, Title programs, music, small groups and partnerships with community organizations. The committee also recommends that sixth grade be moved to the middle school. Currently sixth graders attend elementary school.
* Increase facility flexibility at five schools by constructing multi-purpose rooms at Meadows, View, Wood and Parklane Elementary Schools and Centennial Park School. This will meet the schools physical education requirements as they currently do not have a separate physical education space and it would increase space for community use at those schools.
* Provide a safe and secure learning environment at all schools by making upgrades to intercom systems, cameras, vestibule entries and automatic door locks.
* Demonstrate continued stewardship of district facilities to industry standards by providing healthy and comfortable learning environment for students so they can be world-competitive. This would include updated fire and life safety systems (alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, etc.), HVAC and energy efficiency upgrades, domestic water improvements, and IT network infrastructure upgrades.
* Improve and maintain athletic facilities for students and the community, by improving and maintaining district athletic facilities with upgraded playable fields and gyms that encourage students and the community to live active healthy lives, and for students to be competitive.
Other recommendations include:
* Continue to develop long-term options for Centennial Park School, and
* In the event of a bond, establish a citizens oversight committee to prioritize bond expenditures and report to the school board.

Over the next 3-to-4 months, district personnel will gather projected costs for the items on the Phase One list. Once the costs are collected and shared with the school board, the board will decide how to pay for the improvements. Funding options include seeking grants, fund-raising, selling property the district currently owns and/or placing a bond measure before voters.

The Centennial School District bridges the cities of Portland and Gresham, and is made up of 10 schools - a high school, middle school, seven elementary schools and an alternative school for high school students. The district serves approximately 6,300 students.
Portland Rescue Mission Seeks Presents And Cards for Annual Birthday Party for Homeless
Portland Rescue Mission - 03/23/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - On Wednesday, May 11, hundreds of Portland-area people in need will celebrate their birthday at Portland Rescue Mission's seventh annual Birthday Party for the Homeless, at the Mission's Burnside Shelter in downtown Portland. The Mission seeks birthday presents and cards from the community to provide each guest to help them feel loved and remembered.

The Birthday Party celebration includes music, games, decorations, gift bags, and a special dinner for all guests, thanks to the generosity of our community partners including Fred Meyer, Beaverton Toyota and A Jesus Church - Bridgetown.

"This event sets aside a day each year to celebrate birthdays for those whose birthday comes and goes each year without anyone knowing," said Alexa Mason, who is coordinating the event for Portland Rescue Mission. "We're thrilled that so many people across the region join us in creating a special day to show that we care.'

Community members can support the birthday celebration by donating a gift of $16 to provide 10 hot, nutritious meals for people in need. Participants can also download a birthday card template, and all cards should be mailed by May 4 to Portland Rescue Mission at P.O. Box 3713 Portland, OR 97208. For more information, visit www.portlandrescuemission.org/birthday.



About Portland Rescue Mission
Formed in 1949, Portland Rescue Mission is a faith-based non-profit that serves people in need with support from 30,000 donors and 3,000 volunteers, and working in close coordination with other public and private resources and churches of many denominations. The Mission gives hope by serving more than 300,000 hot, nutritious meals annually, providing 24/7 access to safe, supervised restrooms and showers, and by providing mailing services and social services referrals. It also operates life-restoring programs ranging from one night to a full year in length, with one-time capacity of 332 men, women and children across three locations. More information is at www.PortlandRescueMission.org.


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Vancouver Washungton Altercation, Medical Emergency and Passing
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/15
On 3/20/15, Mr. Mycheal J. LYNCH, was arrested by Vancouver Police and booked into the Clark County Jail at approximately 6:03 PM on the following charges:

DUI
Reckless Driving
Hit and Run Unattended

At approximately 8:38 PM, on 3/20/15, corrections deputies responded to an alarm initiated by Mr. Lynch in the medical unit. Corrections deputes determined Mr. Lynch should be moved to another area. Mr. Lynch did not cooperate with the attempt to move him and suffered a medical emergency after being restrained. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to the jail and he was transported to a local medical facility by ambulance, where he was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). On 03/22/15, at approximately 11:40am, Mr. Lynch passed away.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office has requested that Vancouver Police Department detectives assigned to the Regional Major Crimes Unit conduct the investigation of the incident.

"It's important to determine all of the circumstances involved in this case," said Undersheriff Mike Cooke. "We'll refrain from making any unsupported comments or arriving at any conclusions until after the investigation is completed."

An autopsy will be conducted as part of the continuing investigation.

CMDR. Joseph Barnett
03/22/15
UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting - Officers respond to burglary-in-progress call
Portland Police Bureau - 03/22/15
###UPDATE###
The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division is asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696 or Detective Mark Sponhauer 503-823-0416.

###PPB###

###UPDATE #3###
Today, March 22, 2015, at 5:26 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a burglary in progress call in the area of S.E. 130th Avenue and S.E. Sherman Street. Officers arrived and found the caller attempting to restrain the suspect.

Officers attempted to take custody of the suspect, who attacked them. The suspect attempted to stab one of the officers with a knife. The officer fired two rounds, striking the suspect.

Officers were able to take custody of the suspect and get him medical attention. The suspect was transported to an area hospital but did not survive.

Detectives have responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation. Representatives from the Mayor's office as well as the Independent Police Review responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this event is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.

Additional updates will be provided tomorrow.

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###UPDATE #2###
The PIO will be providing additional information on this incident in 15 minutes. The staging area will be at the police tape near the 2100 block of S.E. 130th.

###PPB###

###UPDATE###

The staging area has been moved to the 2100 block of S.E. 130th ave. Access is south on 130th from S.E. Mill Street. The PIO will be speaking with the media in 30 minutes.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, March 22, 2015, at 5:26 p.m., East Precinct officers received a call of a burglary in progress in the 2300 block of S.E. Sherman Street. Officer arrived and confronted a subject involved in the incident. During the confrontation an officer shot the subject.

A custody team was able to quickly provide medical assistance to the subject. The subject is now enroute to a local hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

The PIO is responding; ETA is 45 minutes. An initial staging area for the media is 130th North of S.E. Division.

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Saturday early morning Cornelius fire affects eight, plus pets; Red Cross provides services.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/22/15
Saturday morning a Cornelius, Oregon family received assistance from the Red Cross after an early morning multi-family fire. The disaster occurred in the 500 block of North 19th Avenue in Cornelius. The fire affected six adults, two children and three cats. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits, disaster health services and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6
Castle Rock adults and dog assisted after single family fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/22/15
On Saturday responders assisted two adults and a dog after a single family fire in Castle Rock, Washington. The fire occurred in the 100 block of Burma Road. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits, and information about disaster health service and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6
Vandalism to Grant High School
Portland Police Bureau - 03/22/15
This morning, March 22nd, 2015, at 7:01 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to Grant High School on a report of a break-in to a storage shed and graffiti. Officers arrived on-scene and located the shed. They observed a racial epithet, a swastika and other in appropriate images painted on both the shed and a nearby trailer. The shed had also been broken into.

Officers are investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the possible suspects in this case are asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division at 503-823-4849.
Sheriff's Deputies Provide Enhanced Spring Break DUII Patrols
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/15
March 22,2015--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the Spring Break holiday period.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable traveling experience. Spring break can be a dangerous traveling time due to increased traffic along with impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.

The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired driving from March 22, 2015, until March 29, 2015. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that continue to place themselves and others in harms way.

Sheriff's Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

These extra patrols were funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a goal to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, reduce crashes and save lives. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to travel safely and designate a sober driver.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this extended traffic safety mission.
Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a Fatal Shooting
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/15
Last night at about 11:40 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Jeneva Pl SE. Upon their arrival a subject was found deceased.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office were called to the scene and are investigating the incident. There is no outstanding threat to the community as this was an isolated incident.

The Marion County District Attorney's Office will be handling all further releases of information.
03/21/15
-UPDATE__Serious Injury Crash SR HWY 6 MP 19 (3 Miles West of Lee's Camp) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/21/15
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According to Sgt. Greg Plummer, at 12:40Pm Tillamook Worksite Troopers responded to a two vehicle, nearly head-on, serious injury crash on SR Hwy 6 near MP 19 (3 mile west of Lee's Camp). Preliminary information indicates an eastbound 2006 Toyota Matrix, driven by LISA ANNE NORTHROP, age 50, from Portland crossed into the westbound lane for unknown reasons and collided with a 2009 Pontiac G6 driven by AMANDA RAE BARLEEN, age 22, from Milwaukie. The right front passenger riding with Northrop was listed as RAYMOND PATRICK BROWN, age 46, also from Portland.

Due to the severity of her injuries, NORTHROP was transported via Life Flight helicopter to OHSU for treatment. She is currently listed in critical condition. BROWN was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital via REACH helicopter for treatment. His condition is listed as serious, but stable. BARLEEN was ground transported by Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Seatbelts were used by all occupants and air bags deployed in both vehicles.

The investigation is still on going. SR Highway 6 was closed and traffic was re-routed for approximately four hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by OSP McMinnville, OSP Portland, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue, ODOT, Tillamook regional Medical Center Ambulance, Reach and Life Flight. Trooper John King is the lead investigator.

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Plaid Pantry Robbed at Gunpoint (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/15
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March 21, 2015, The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help to identify a man who robbed a Plaid Pantry at gunpoint on Friday.

On Friday March 20 at 1:29 a.m., a Plaid Pantry employee called 911 to report he was robbed at gunpoint. Multiple deputies and a K9 were dispatched to the Plaid Pantry located at 14114 SW Butner Road. A search of the area by deputies, assisted by a Sheriff's K9 was not successful in finding a suspect.

The investigating deputy interviewed the store clerk and learned the suspect is a white male, between the age of 25-30, approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. The suspect was wearing dark clothing and a ski mask. During the robbery the suspect brandished a gun and demanded money from the store clerk. The clerk complied with the suspects demands. The suspect then ran south from the Plaid Pantry with an undisclosed amount of money.

Sheriff's Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. Pictures of the suspect are included and if anyone has any information, please call Washington County Sheriff's Office dispatch at (503) 629-0111.


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Minor Injury Semi-tractor/tailer crash US HWY 97 MP 104 (1/2 Mile North of Culver Hwy) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/21/15
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According to Senior Trooper Justin Lane, on March 21st, 2015 at approximately 2:25 PM, a 2015 Freightliner tractor pulling a 53 foot trailer, belonging to Covenant Transport, hauling a small load of juice, driven by Mark Buckingham, 59, from Harrah, OK; was traveling northbound on US 97 near milepost 104 (approx. 1/2 mile north of Culver Highway) when it traveled onto the northbound shoulder and subsequently rolled onto the passenger side after traveling back onto the roadway. Citizens helped extricate Buckingham who was wearing a seat belt. The truck/trailer combo blocked both travel lanes for approximately one hour. Buckingham was transported to St. Charles Madras by ambulance with minor injuries.

The investigation revealed Buckingham was traveling at 61 mph, when a bee flew in his partially open window. The bee landed on his neck, and he attempted to swat it off, and in the process knocked his glasses off his face. Buckingham began to look for his glasses and suddenly realized he was off the roadway. Buckingham tried to get back onto the highway, but the trailer caused the combo to roll. Buckingham was cited for failure to drive within lane.

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies, Jefferson County Fire and Ira's Towing.


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Help us Locate a Violent Assault Suspect (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 03/21/15
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***UPDATE***
Cazarez-Lopez has been released from the hospital and is on his way to the Washington County Jail and will be lodged on the charge of attempted murder.

***UPDATE***
Cazarez-Lopez was taken to a local area hospital after his arrest last night for treatment of injuries not related to his arrest. He is still hospitalized and once he is released he will be lodged at the Washington County Jail on Attempted Murder charges.

The victim is also still hospitalized and her injuries are not life threating but are serious.

***UPDATE***
Cazarez-Lopez was taken into custody this evening by Washington County Deputies. At about WCSO received a call of a suspicious person and vehicle in the Midway Area of Washington County7:45 p.m. Deputies responded to this area and located the suspects red Ford F150 half submerged in a creek. Deputies began searching the area for Cazarez-Lopez with the assistance of WCSO K9 Stark. Stark lead the deputies to a shed located in the area where the truck was found and Cazarez-Lopez was found hiding in this shed.

Cazarez-Lopez was taken into custody and will be lodged at the Washington County Jail. We would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff's Office and especially K9 Stark.


***CORRECTION***

The suspect is 45 not 46

At approximately 6:20 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015 Beaverton Police responded on a call of a violent assault in the 12000 block of SW Gingham Lane.

When officers arrived they found the 39 year old female victim in the parking lot with serious injuries to her head and body. She was taken by ambulance to a locale area hospital for treatment of the injuries she sustained from this assault.

The suspect in this violent assault is identified as Alejandro Cazarez-Lopez, 46 years of age from Hillsboro. Cazarez-Lopez is the estranged husband of the victim and does not live with her. Cazarez-Lopez struck the victim with a hard object and caused serious injuries to her and then he fled the scene. He was last seen driving a red Ford F150 truck displaying Oregon license 724BCD.

The Beaverton Police Department is asking the public to be on the lookout for Cazarez-Lopez and his red truck. If you see him or have information that can assist in locating him please call 911. We believe that Cazarez-Lopez is dangerous so do not make contact with him, just call 911.
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Subject arrested for early morning shooting incident at Emerald Queen Casino
FBI - Oregon - 03/21/15
The following is being sent on behalf of FBI Seattle. The contact is Ayn Dietrich, ayn.dietrich@ic.fbi.gov

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At approximately 2:30 pm today, authorities apprehended Jeremy Jay Schlenker, 27, who is suspected of fatally shooting an individual shortly before 1:00 am this morning, Saturday, March 21, in the parking lot of the Emerald Queen Casino on Puyallup tribal lands in Tacoma, Washington.

Schlenker was traveling southbound on Interstate 5, when Oregon State Police (OSP) stopped his vehicle and arrested him by mile marker 252 near Salem Oregon. Schlenker may reside or have resided in Yakima, Washington. OSP also arrested a female individual in the car, Amber Lynn Woodcock, 25. Authorities recovered a weapon.

The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Puyallup Police Department. Information developed from evidence processing and witness interviews enabled authorities to locate Schlenker. In addition to OSP, the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office in Washington, and Marion County Sheriff's Office and Salem Police Department in Oregon provided valuable assistance.

Investigation has not revealed any connection between the subject and the victim. The victim's identity will not be released at this time.
Refugees and the American Red Cross
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/21/15
On Sunday, March 22, Red Crossyouth International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign Cascades will host an art gallery exhibit to educate and inform the public about refugees and refugee organizations, and help shed light on the differences between refugees, immigrants and migrants. The exhibit will showcase photos of refugees with a story, explaining the refugee experience. Coordinated by Samantha Jean, IHL Advisor. She says the aim of the event is to educate the public about refugees and refugee laws, and the work that the Red Cross is doing to help refugees around the world. The event will be held from 7-11 p.m. at Urban Studio in Portland's Pearl District. The address is 935 NW Davis St.
CORRECTION - Vehicle attempts to elude police and crashes
Portland Police Bureau - 03/21/15
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The individual arrested was 34-year-old Joshua Reinhold. The original release was incorrect. Again, we apologize for the error.

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The officer first observed the suspect vehicle in this pursuit near S.E. Woodstock Street and 78th Avenue. The original message was incorrect. We apologize for the error.

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Early this morning, March 21, 2015, at 12:45 a.m., an East Precinct officer observed an older model Acura traveling at approximately 70 to 80 miles per hour in the area S.E. Woodstock Street near S.E. 18th Avenue. The officer attempted to catch up to vehicle, which ran a red light at S.E. 72nd Avenue. At this point the officer attempted to stop the vehicle.

The vehicle attempted to flee from the officer but almost immediately crashed into the yard of a house at S.E. 69th Avenue and S.E. Woodstock Street. The driver of the vehicle quickly surrendered to police. The passenger of the vehicle was injured in the vehicle and had to be extracted by medical personnel.

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Both the driver and passenger were ultimately transported to an area hospital. The driver was treated and released. The passenger, suffering serious injuries, was admitted to the hospital.

The driver, Justin Raphael, a 34-year-old male, was arrested on a Parole Violation, Attempt to Elude - Felony level, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering. The extent of the injuries to the passenger are not know at this time.
Fire Damages Cornelius Home (Photo)
Cornelius Fire Dept. - 03/21/15
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This morning at 2:30am (March 21, 2015) firefighters were alerted to a residential fire located at 507 N 19th Ave in Cornelius, this is the Smoke Tree Mobile Home Park. Fire units on scene arrived a few minutes later to find heavy fire on the front side of a manufactured home. Firefighters made an attack on the flames from the outside, then transitioned to fighting the flames inside the structure. Within 20 minutes, firefighters had extinguished the flames and started to check for hot spots.

There were 8 people inside the home at the time out the fire, they all made it out safely, but 2 residents were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated for previous medical conditions that were agitated by minor smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, 3 cats in the residence did not make it out and perished due to smoke. The Portland Chapter of The American Red Cross is assisting the residents with temporary lodging and clothing needs.

After investigating, it was found that the fire was likely started on the front deck and caused by improper disposal of smoking materials into a plastic bucket. It is estimated that the fire caused approximately $80,000 damage to the structure and contents.

Cornelius Fire wants to remind everyone to properly dispose of any smoke materials in a metal container and fill it with water. Burning items can stay warm for hours and should never be placed into a combustible container.

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


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Subject caught after fleeing from Deputies
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/15
On 03.20.15 at 2038 hours Deputies attempted to stop a motorcycle for driving without headlights in the area of NE 88th St and 25th Av . The motorcycle slowed, almost to a stop, then fled. The motorcycle fled the area in a reckless manner and at a high rate of speed. Deputies discontinued their efforts to stop the motorcycle.

In the areas of NE 50th Av and 99th St, St Johns and 78th St, NE 78th St and Andresen the same motorcycle was observed by Deputies continuing to drive in a reckless manner and failing to stop at red lights.

Deputies eventually found the same motorcycle abandoned in the middle of the road near NE 71st St and Parr Lane.

Deputy Boyle and K9 "Jango" started a track for the operator of the motorcycle.

K9 "Jango" located subject a few houses away from the motorcycle, hiding in the back yard of a residence.

The operator of the motorcycle; identified as Benjamin J. Curtis 2.1.81; was taken into custody.

He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Benjamin was later transported and booked into the CCLEC for charges related to this incident.

No other individual(s) involved.
03/20/15
Red Cross assists Gresham family after single family fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/20/15
Red Cross assisted a family after a single family fire in the 800 block of NW Division Street in Gresham. The fire occurred at 1 am and then reignited many hours later. Red Cross provided two adults and two children with food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, lodging, and disaster mental health services support.


The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6
Red Cross assists NE Portland family after fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/20/15
Red Cross assisted a family in the 6400 block of NE Killingsworth Ave. after a single-family fire. Two adults and a child received food, clothing, shoes, linens and bedding, and information about disaster mental health and health services.
VINE(R) service experiences technical difficulties
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/20/15
Oregon's VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) system experienced a major technical glitch Friday evening. Routine system maintenance appears to have triggered numerous notifications to victims in error. The contractor for the service, Appriss, is working on the repair, and will issue an "alert express" this evening, which will alert everyone who received an erroneous notification.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf. DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are committed to remedying the issue as soon as possible.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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UPDATE: Portland Fire & Rescue Fireboat assists in Rescue of Injured Bald Eagle
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/20/15
UPDATE: At this time the Fireboat crew is unable to locate the eagle based on information from the caller. Subsequent attempts to contact the original caller from the Audubon Society have gone unanswered.

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A fireboat crew from Portland Fire is currently assisting the Audubon Society in the rescue of a bald eagle that was seen in the Willamette River. The rescue is occurring near Gunderson at the 4300 block of Front Avenue.

The extent or cause of the eagle's injuries is not known at this time.

Additional info will be posted as it becomes available.
Sheriff's Office Detectives On scene of suspicious death ***** UPDATE *****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/15
The female found deceased at Hunsaker Road SE and Duckflat Road SE, near turner has been identified as 30 year old Melissa Slack. An autopsy was completed this afternoon and the cause of Melissa's death has been ruled a suicide.
Governor Kate Brown attends Oregon Army National Guard UAS launch (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/20/15
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Pendleton, Oregon - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. General Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, visited Pendleton Airport to view a demonstration of the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), March 20. Governor Brown is hopeful that with the Oregon Army National Guard's UAS unit operating out of the Pendleton area, it will pave the way for more unmanned aerial vehicle companies to set up operations in Pendleton, Oregon.

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150320Z-YP317-001: PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Sean Robbins (second from left), director of the Oregon Business Department; Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk (center); and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, give remarks during an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) demonstration of the Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Marcus Kellogg, crew chief with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, how to launch the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - The Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is launched during a demonstration at Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Terry Murray, with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown how to fly the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, await the launch of an Oregon Army National Guard RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Commercial Street SE Lane Closure - Ferry Street SE to Trade Street SE
City of Salem - 03/20/15
On Sunday March 22, 2015, the southbound right lane on Commercial Street SE will be closed to traffic between Ferry Street SE and Trade Street SE from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. for utility construction work. This work will also close the Trade Street SE right-turn lane at Commercial Street SE.

Motorists and pedestrians should use caution and expect delays within the work area.

Please contact Kyler King, Engineering Associate, at 503-932-8724 or kking@cityofsalem.net for additional information.
Newberg man yelling for officers to kill him
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 03/20/15
March 20, 2015


On March 19, 2015 just before 03:30 in the morning, officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department responded to the front doors of the public safety building because a male was outside trying to get in the building while screaming that he wanted to be killed.

The public safety building is located at 401 E Third Street in Newberg and is adjacent to a park and several neighborhoods. During the initial contact the man became more agitated and started walking toward the officers while screaming that he wanted them to kill him.

Eventually the man put his hands up from his sides and complied with the officer's commands to stop. He was then taken into protective custody and identified as 26 year old Matthew Olsen from Newberg.

While in hand cuffs he stated "I don't want to be me, I just wanted to die". He was eventually taken to Providence Hospital in Newberg for an evaluation. Later that day officers attempted to contact the man's family members to let them know he had been taken into protective custody. Mr. Olsen is not facing criminal charges stemming from this incident.

Presently half of the uniformed patrol officers at the Newberg-Dundee Police Department have attended a full week of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) in an attempt to identify and help persons in crisis. It is important to note that while we have highly trained officers that are committed to helping people in crisis, it is the person's actions and compliance that allow an officer to assist them so that a positive outcome is possible.
Camas Student Film Festival Announces Program Lineup
Camas Sch. Dist. - 03/20/15
The Camas School District announced today the official program selections for its first Student Film Festival. These budding filmmakers were given the prompt: "How does technology impact education?" Interpretations and innovations abound in their short vignettes. A celebration of technology and artistry, this film festival brings student voice to the district's strategic planning process, a year-long endeavor that will direct the district's course through the year 2020.

On March 26, 2015, parents, staff, and citizens are invited to view the film entries at Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., and the films will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program is expected to run for approximately one hour.

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

* Technology Helps Sophie Learn Things--Sophie Zhang, Grass Valley Elementary
* Changing with Technology--Alexander Greer, Helen Baller Elementary
* The Power of Technology In Schools--Lindsay Owen, Skyridge Middle School
* Camas High School: How we use technology--Sophia Shafiuzzaman, Camas High School
* Learning Through Time--Rachel Higgins, Camas High School
* Technology in our Schools--Megan Bauer, Skyridge Middle School
* Impact of Technology-SNN--Kayla Cameron and Claire Lee, Skyridge Middle School
* How Technology Impacts Us-SNN--Aanya Friedeman and Odessa Thompson, Skyridge Middle School
* The Nightmare of Robotics--Abby Wolfe, Hayes Freedom High School
* Technology and our School News-SNN--Laura Johnson, Skyridge Middle School
* Living the Dream: How we use technology in our school, Mrs. Lawrence's class; Dorothy Fox Elementary

"A huge thanks goes to Rand Thornsley, owner and manager of Liberty Theatre, who has generously opened his doors to us in support of our students," commented Deputy Superintendent Jeff Snell. "We wanted the film festival to be a fun and exciting event for the students and their families. Screening the films at The Liberty elevates the experience for all," he added.
Hockinson School District Regular School Board Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 03/20/15
The Hockinson School District will hold a Regular School Board meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, located at 17912 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
Inmates Revitalize Metzger Park for Community Use (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/15
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March 20, 2015--Inmate work crews from several county Sheriff's Offices joined forces this week to renovate Metzger Park for the spring and summer seasons.

On March 18, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff's Office worked together with four other Sheriff's Offices and Washington County Parks to provide a facelift to Metzger Park, located in the community of Metzger. The park is seven-acres set in a forested environment. It features a variety of play equipment and is located near Washington Square mall.

Together, 24 inmates and six deputies installed new landscape barriers, spread bark dust and crushed rock, opened up and installed new trail areas and trimmed trees to increase visibility to the park area and create a safer environment in the evening and night hours. Work crews also pressure washed the basketball courts and created new pathways, providing access to the park playground areas and improving the previously muddy, makeshift trails.

Washington County along with Clackamas, Multnomah, and Yamhill County Sheriff's Offices utilized their inmate work crews to provide the labor for the project. There were more than 100 man hours of service to this construction project in one day alone.

County Sheriff's inmate crews often work on smaller clean-up projects in parks or on the roadways.

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett said," I'm impressed with the inmate's desire to work hard on a project that gives back to the community which benefits us all."


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Berri Leslie named administrator of health insurance marketplace
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/15
(Salem) - Berri Leslie will be administrator of Oregon's health insurance marketplace, Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Patrick Allen announced today.

The marketplace will be housed at DCBS beginning June 30, 2015, and will help Oregonians access affordable, high-quality health insurance. Leslie's position is effective April 1, so she can hire staff and lead the transition of the marketplace functions from Cover Oregon to DCBS as set out in Senate Bill 1.

Leslie has been deputy administrator of the DCBS Insurance Division since July 2011, leading day-to-day operations of the division and working with stakeholders on implementing the Affordable Care Act. Other leadership roles include managing the regulation of mortgage lending in Oregon during the 2008 financial crisis and, more recently, leading a restructuring of the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.

"Berri has the experience, skills, and commitment we need to not only seamlessly transfer the marketplace duties to DCBS but to reach even more Oregonians with the tools and resources they need to get health coverage," Allen said. "She is a proven leader with a track record of successfully tackling challenging issues."

Leslie graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in political science and from Portland State University with a master's degree in public administration.

"I am excited to take on this new challenge to help Oregonians get the health coverage they need and, ultimately, improve their lives," Leslie said.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information on the marketplace, visit http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/health-marketplace/Pages/default.aspx.
Man Struck by MAX Train on E Burnside at NE 181st
Gresham Police Dept - 03/20/15
Gresham, Ore.-On March 20, 2015 at 10:50 AM, Gresham Police and Transit Police responded to a crash involving a MAX train and a pedestrian. Medical personnel and police located an unconscious adult male on the ground with injuries to his head and pelvic area. He was transported to Emanuel Hospital by ambulance with injuries that required him to be transported to a trauma hospital, yet appeared to be non-life threatening.

MAX service was interrupted and was serviced by shuttle service and traffic on NE 181st was diverted for a short time, but as of approximately 12:10 PM was fully restored. No further information about the victim is available at this time.
Beaverton Library Hosts Free Spring Break Events for Kids and Teens (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/20/15
Kids enjoyed crafts and other superhero-themed activities during Spring Break 2014 at the Beaverton City Library. This year’s theme is “Lions, Tigers, and Bears,” featuring a series of programs for teens and kids from March 21-29.
Kids enjoyed crafts and other superhero-themed activities during Spring Break 2014 at the Beaverton City Library. This year’s theme is “Lions, Tigers, and Bears,” featuring a series of programs for teens and kids from March 21-29.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library will host more than a week of free events for kids and teens at the main and Murray Scholls branch locations during spring break, March 21-29. This year's theme for kids is "Lions, Tigers, and Bears," featuring fun storytimes, crafts, and a special teddy bear sleepover with author Karma Wilson.

The main library will host an exciting series of programs just for teens, that will include movies, a food competition, and the opportunity to learn more about Japanese culture.

Registration is required for some events. Patrons can register for events or get more information by calling 503-350-3600 for events at the main library, or 503-644-2197 (option 6) for events at Murray Scholls, or by visiting www.BeavertonLibrary.org/register. The Beaverton City Library main location is 12375 SW Fifth St. The Murray Scholls branch is at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place.

Kids' Activities at Beaverton City Library Main Location
(12375 SW Fifth Street)
Animal Crafts
Saturday, March 21, 1-2 p.m.
Grades K-3 with family, drop-in.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears Storytime
Sunday, March 22, 12:30-1 p.m.
Ages 2-6 with family. A special storytime before the library opens!

Sing-Along Movie
Monday, March 23, 2-4 p.m.
All ages; children under 10 must be supervised.

Animal Bingo and Trivia
Tuesday, March 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Ages 2-10 with family, drop-in.

Weird But True Animals
Wednesday, March 25, 2-3 p.m.
Grades K-5 with family. Crafts and games celebration! Registration required.

Teddy Bear Sleepover with author Karma Wilson
Thursday, March 26, 11-Noon
Ages 4-10 with family. Your stuffed animal friend is invited to a library sleepover!

LEGO Party
Friday, March 27, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Grades 1-5 with adult. Building contests and prizes! Registration required.

Yoga Storytime
Saturday, March 28, 1-1:45 p.m.
Ages 4-12 with adult. Join us for yoga animal poses! Registration required.

Safari Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, March 29, 1-5 p.m.
Ages 4-12 with family, drop-in. Can you spot all the animals hidden in the library?

Kids' Programs at Murray Scholls Library
(11200 SW Murray Scholls Place)
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Sunday, March 22, 4:30 PM - 5:30 p.m.
Bring your favorite stuffed friend for bedtime stories and crafts! Then, leave your stuffed animal for a sleepover at the library, and pick it up the next day. You'll even get a photo of all the fun your stuffed friends had overnight! Ages 2-8 with family.

Cavemice Fossil Fun
Monday, March 23, 2-3 p.m.
Visit Old Mouse City and hear about the ancient ancestors of Geronimo Stilton - the Cavemice! Press some fossils and make prehistoric art to take home. Grades K-5 with adult.

Origami
Tuesday, March 24, 2-3 p.m.
Fold paper into animals, shapes, vehicles and more! Grades K-5 with adult, drop-in.

LEGO Mania
Wednesday, March 25 2-4 p.m.
We provide a theme and you provide your imagination! Join us for open build, activities based on a theme and LEGO Minifigure Bingo! Grades K-5 with adult; drop-in.

My Little Pony Party
Thursday, March 26, 2-3 p.m.
Get whisked away to the Rainbow Kingdom as we celebrate everything My Little Pony! There will be crafts, games and stories. Dress-up as your favorite pony friend! Ages 4-10 with adult.

Dragonology
Friday, March 27, 2-3 p.m.
Calling all dragonologists! Join us for an exploration of dragons through crafts and activities. Grades 3-7 with adult.

Bead It!
Saturday, March 28, 2-3 p.m.
Make jewelry masterpieces using beads of all shapes and sizes. Grades K-6 with adult.

Teen Programs at Beaverton City Library Main Location
(12375 SW Fifth Street)
MovieFests (Grades 6-12)
Monday, March 23, 3 p.m.
Join us in the meeting rooms for Hunger Games-themed activities and watch a movie based on the third book!
Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m.
Join us to watch the movie where you're forced to choose a faction for life and never diverge. Plus crafts & fun!
Wednesday, March 25, 3 p.m.
Will you ever get out of this maze? Join us to watch this popular movie about mazes & the people who have to run in them.

Pizza Taste-Off (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, March 26, 3-4 p.m.
Sample a variety of pizzas and vote on your favorite! Soda will also be provided.

JapanFest (Grades 6-12)
Friday, March 27, 3-5 p.m.
Konnichiwa! Enjoy different aspects of Japanese culture--food, origami, video games, manga and more! Come dressed as your favorite COSplay and enter a raffle to win prizes.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library serves more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location and Murray Scholls branch. Each day, the library strives to improve the lives of children and families throughout the city. Last year, the library received a 92 percent approval rating from Beaverton residents. Funding from the WCCLS library levy renewal has played a key role in allowing the Beaverton City Library and all Washington County libraries to help the community to learn and grow together.

For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of 15 libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.

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

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

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Salem Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash
Salem Police Dept. - 03/20/15
A 26-year old Salem man died in a single-vehicle crash on Fairview Industrial Dr SE on Thursday evening.

Heriberto Garcia-Ambriz was driving southbound in the 2100 block of Fairview Industrial Dr SE at approximately 9:45 pm on Thursday evening when the crash occurred. The investigation indicates that Garcia-Ambriz pulled into the center lane and was traveling at a high rate of speed when he attempted to pass two other vehicles. He struck the raised center median, lost control of his 1991 Honda Civic and struck a tree along the west side of the street. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no other vehicles directly involved in the incident, no citations have been issued and the investigation is continuing.
Oregon Historical Society Announces 2015 Oregon History Makers Medal Recipients
Oregon Historical Society - 03/20/15
Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The 2015 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Ann Curry: Broadcast Journalist
A graduate of Ashland High School and the University of Oregon, Ann Curry has forged a career as one of America's most respected and admired broadcast journalists. During her twenty-five year career at NBC News, Curry anchored almost every network morning and evening news show. The recipient of multiple Emmys and awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, Curry is widely respected for her coverage of international disasters and her exclusive interviews with foreign leaders.

Peggy Fowler: Business Executive, Community Leader, and Glass Ceiling Breaker
In 1974, Peggy Fowler began her career with Oregon's largest utility Portland General Electric, just one year after graduating from George Fox University with degrees in chemistry and mathematics. Her skills and intelligence propelled her up the corporate management ladder, and she would eventually serve as PGE's CEO from 2000-2009. Widely regarded as one of Oregon's most admired executives, Fowler continues to serve as a mentor for other women seeking to reach the top rungs of the corporate ladder.

George Puentes: Business Executive, Community Leader, and Philanthropist
George Puentes co-founded Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods in Salem in 1980, and his leadership has helped to propel the company to become one of the largest Latino owned businesses in the Pacific Northwest, with products that are distributed throughout the United States. A tireless advocate for education, Puentes is also the co-founder of a scholarship that enables low-income successful Latino students to pursue higher education.

Les Schwab Tire Centers: Iconic Oregon Business
In 1952, Les Schwab purchased a small tire store in Prineville Oregon, even though he had never fixed a tire in his life. Blessed with natural salesmanship and a total commitment to customer service, Schwab built a company that today is comprised of over 450 stores across the West and boasts annual sales of $1.5 billion. Over the years, Les Schwab Tire Centers has also reinvested roughly half of its profits in its employees, and has donated millions of dollars to non-profit organizations that teach lessons about responsibility, hard work, and service.

"Ann Curry, Peggy Fowler, George Puentes, and Les Schwab are all Oregon treasures," said Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. "They are all very deserving recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal."

The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 4, 2015. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Sue Metzler, Director of Development, at 503-306-5229 or sue.metzler@ohs.org.



About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
Oregon Seeks Help Shaping Health Plans for 2017
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is seeking applicants to the Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee. This advisory committee will play an important role in the selection of Oregon's essential health benefits and standard plan design for 2017.

Essential health benefits are a set of health care services that all health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets must cover with no annual or lifetime dollar limits. Essential health benefits are defined by a benchmark plan selected by DCBS that reflects a "typical employer plan" available in Oregon. Oregon must notify the federal government of its benchmark plan selection in June 2015.

Oregon standard health plans are designed by DCBS for the bronze, silver, and gold metal tiers in the individual and small group markets and have identical cost sharing across insurance companies. This means that all standard plans will have the same deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximums.

"We are seeking thoughtful people with relevant experience and a variety of perspectives to serve on the committee," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Whether they are consumers of health care, medical providers, health insurance agents, small business owners, or insurance industry professionals, all with a desire to make a difference in Oregon are urged to apply."

The committee will be tasked with a number of duties, including the following:
* Reviewing the benchmark plan options
* Recommending a benchmark plan
* Determining whether supplemental benefits are necessary to meet federal requirements
* Recommending any required supplemental benefits
* Recommending plan designs for Oregon's standard plans

Meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held every other week beginning in the second week of April and ending in the third week of June. Meetings will be held in person at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem and will be open to the public as well as streamed online.

The deadline for applications to the committee is 5 p.m. on March 30. Information on how to apply can be found online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/essential-health-benefits/essential-health-benefits.aspx. Committee appointments will be announced by April 3.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
State agencies to meet March 30 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/20/15
ALBANY, Ore. - The Technical Review Team for the Calico Resources proposed gold mine in Malheur County will meet by teleconference on March 30 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST, followed by a teleconference meeting of the Water Resources Subcommittee from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST.

Meeting details and agenda are available here: http://bit.ly/calicomeetings.

The public and media may listen to the meeting in person at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965, or listen by phone. For call-in instructions, contact the DOGAMI offices in Albany at 541-967-2040.

The Technical Review Team (TRT) is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews the application and develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the team in an ex-officio role. The Water Resources Subcommittee focuses on water quality and water quantity issues related to the proposed project.
Land Purchase For Riverfront Park Expansion Expected To Close Soon
City of Salem - 03/20/15
Salem's Riverfront Park is on the verge of getting larger. The city expects to close on its purchase of 3.8 acres of riverfront property the week of March 22. One document needs to be finalized to complete the $2 million transaction.

At a meeting of the city's urban renewal agency board on Monday, March 23, board members will receive a status update on the purchase.

More than a year ago, the deal to add acreage to Riverfront Park began to take shape. The city in January 2014 entered into a purchase and sale agreement with the developers of the former Boise Cascade site, which is now part of a master plan called Pringle Square.

The seller of the 3.8 acres is Minto View LLC, whose principal is Salem developer Larry Tokarski.

The city required that a number of conditions be met before it would buy the land adjoining Riverfront Park, such as funding and environmental due diligence.

A "Prospective Purchaser Agreement" from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, which would protect the city from liability if an unknown environmental problem is discovered at the old industrial site in the future, was among the last conditions. That agreement is now awaiting the final signature of a Marion County Circuit Court judge.

The urban renewal agency board meets just before the Salem City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 23, at the Vern Miller Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE.

Items on Monday's Salem City Council agenda include:

--The council will take testimony at public hearing that will review the city's capital improvement plan. Over five years, planned capital projects are expected to cost about $93.5 million.

Utilities, a category that includes stormwater, wastewater and water projects, would account for about 68 percent of the expected costs. Transportation, such as streets, sidewalks and traffic signals, would account for a roughly 23 percent share of the total.

For more information on the capital improvement plan, go to cityofsalem.net/SalemCIP.

--The council will consider a set of procedures for recruiting a replacement for Salem City Manager Linda Norris, who will retire on March 31.

Up to four top candidates would be selected as finalists for the city manager's job, according to recommendations from a council committee that is overseeing the recruitment process.

Finalists will be interviewed in closed-door, executive sessions of Salem City Council. A public reception may also held with the finalists.

--Councilors will vote on a proposed lease agreement with the city of Turner, which wants to lease a small piece of land near Franzen Reservoir.

The property is within Turner, but owned by the city of Salem. Turner wants to lease about one-third of an acre on the northern portion the reservoir site for a neighborhood park.
ASPCA provides grant funding to Polk County for its efforts in rescuing and re-homing over 90 animals
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/15
The Polk County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the ASCPA for their help with an animal neglect case that the Sheriff's Office began investigating back in February. The ASPCA awarded the Sheriff's Office with a $10,000 grant to help care for these animals, which all now have been placed in permanent homes. We would also like to thank everyone who stepped up and helped the Sheriff's Office during this investigation, whether it was with finding homes for the animals or by helping care for them. Without the public's help, this process would not have been such a success. Attached is the press release.


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Oregon's FEMA-approved natural hazards mitigation plan regains "Enhanced Status" (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/20/15
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management recently became eligible for increased mitigation funds that will help better prepare Oregon for future disasters. As of March 2, 2015, 12 states have FEMA approved Enhanced State Mitigation Plans.

States with Enhanced Mitigation Plans have demonstrated a comprehensive mitigation program, and are eligible for an increased amount of mitigation funding following a disaster declaration.

"An enhanced State Mitigation Plan signifies that a state has been proactive and comprehensive in hazard mitigation program implementation," Hazard Mitigation Officer Dennis Sigrist explained. "We are proud of this recognition because not only is it a goal we wanted to achieve, but we also know increased mitigation funds will ultimately reduce the amount of damage from disasters, making Oregon safer and more resilient."

Sigrist said a recent study by FEMA's Multi-hazard Mitigation Council shows that each dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of four dollars.

For more information about Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Status go to: https://www.fema.gov/multi-hazard-mitigation-plan-status.


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Grants Pass Man Sentenced to Prison for Serious Assault of a Child
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/20/15
A Grants Pass man was sentenced on Wednesday in Josephine County Circuit Court on charges stemming from a 2013 investigation by Oregon State Police detectives.

PAUL ANDREW REYES, age 30, from Grants Pass was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday by Honorable Judge Pat Wolke for the 2013 assault on his girlfriend's 2-year-old child whom he was supervising at the time. The child, who was subsequently transported to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland for life threatening injuries, survived the incident but was left with significant permanent injuries as a result of the assault.

REYES pled guilty on January 14th, 2015, to charges of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Mistreatment after changing his plea two days into his trial.

Wednesday's sentencing was the culmination of an extensive investigation conducted by OSP Central Point detectives with the assistance of OSP detectives from the Portland Area Command and an OSP detective from the Roseburg Area Command.

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*** Update - Names/Photos Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 MP 277 (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a single vehicle, fatal, roll-over traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 277 - Ladd Canyon.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 7:00 p.m., a Blue, 2000 Ford Excursion pulling a toy-hauler type travel trailer, being operated by TODD M. SCHROEDER, 54, of Milton-Freewater, was traveling eastbound on I-84 and descending Ladd Canyon when the vehicle lost control and rolled over into the center median. The vehicle was occupied by two adult and three juvenile passengers. The front seat adult passenger, JERRY W. SCHROEDER, 73, of Milton-Freewater, was transported via air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries. The center seat passenger, FISHER SCHROEDER, age 14, of Milton-Freewater, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and two other juvenile passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Information about safety belt use is still being investigated.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Union County Sheriff's Office, Island City Rural Fire Department and the La Grande and North Powder ambulance. The cause of the crash is under investigation and any further questions can be referred to Trooper Robert Routt at the Oregon State Police office in La Grande.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office make two arrests one day after a subject was stabbed multiple times in the City of Wood Village (Photo)
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On 03/18/15 at 2020 hours Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a reported stabbing in the area of NE Park Ln and Wood Village Blvd within the City of Wood Village. The initial report of the incident was called in by a passerby who witnessed the assault on two subjects walking on the sidewalk. Upon arrival it was discovered that one subject was suffering from multiple stab wounds and his associate had been beaten with a bat. The Sheriff's Office Detective Unit along with the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team began an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the assault.

On 03/19/15 the diligent and tireless efforts of investigators led them to the area of 217th and Burnside, within the City of Gresham, where Brandy Howe, age 26, was arrested for Assault II and Eduardo Espinoza Hernandez, age 23, was arrested on a Detainer. Investigators believe there are two additional suspects outstanding identified as Hispanic males. Anyone with information is asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-261-2847.


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All lanes of US 26 now open near Welches
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 03/19/15
At 9 pm Thursday, US 26 re-opened in both directions near Welches after an investigation into a Thursday morning explosion.
Judge Releases Benito Vazquez-Hernandez
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/15
This afternoon at a little after 2:00 p.m., Benito Vazquez-Hernandez left the Washington County Jail after being released from custody by a Washington County Judge.

After expediting his release, Sheriff's Deputies wanted to help Mr. Vazquez-Hernandez and give him a courtesy ride. Mr. Vazquez-Hernandez was assisted as he tended to some financial responsibilities and then a deputy transported him to an undisclosed location of his choice.
Multi-Agency Response to Explosion Along Highway 26 on Mt. Hood
FBI - Oregon - 03/19/15
5:00 pm update

Work continues at the site as a multi-agency effort. Highway 26 remains closed. At this time, ATF PIO Brian Bennett will take the lead role for media. He can be reached at brian.e.bennett@usdoj.gov or (206) 406-4759.


3:00 pm

The FBI's Evidence Response Team (ERT) is currently processing the scene of an early morning explosion along Highway 26 at mile marker 48. Over a period of hours, the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) worked the scene, using bomb technicians and a robot, to determine that no further threat existed in terms of unexploded ordnance. Once MEDU conducted its operation, the ERT members were able to enter the scene. The multi-agency response includes dozens of personnel from approximately a dozen agencies.

The FBI can confirm that there is one death associated with this incident, but any questions concerning cause of death should be referred to the Medical Examiner's office.

Highway 26 remains closed in both directions. It is unknown at this time when it may re-open.

The initial report of an explosion came into Clackamas County 911 at approximately 6:25 am today. In addition to the FBI, agencies that have responded include:

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Oregon State Police
U.S. Forest Service
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Portland Police Bureau
West Linn Police Department
Gresham Police Department
Milwaukie Police Department
Vancouver Police Department
Hoodland Fire
AMR
Oregon Department of Transportation
Battle Ground Police Make Narcotics Arrests
City of Battle Ground - 03/19/15
On March 17th at about 2:30 pm, Battle Ground police officers were dispatched to the 200 block of NE 1st Ave on a narcotics complaint. The reporting party stated there were several juvenile aged subjects smoking marijuana in an area partially hidden by shrubbery.

Officers observed several subjects passing and smoking from a marijuana pipe. Further surveillance and investigation by both patrol officers and detectives lead to the arrest of 21 year-old Raymond A. Park of Battle Ground for distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) to persons under age 18 and for possession of a controlled substance suspected to be Ritalin.

Also arrested were Justis M. Wegley, 19, of Battle Ground for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance suspected to be MDMA, a synthetic drug often referred to as ecstasy; and a female, 15 years of age, for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance suspected to be MDMA.

Both Park and Wegley were booked into the Clark County Jail and charges have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office. The case involving the juvenile female has been referred to the Clark County Juvenile Court.

The area along the 100 and 200 block of NE 1st Ave, which is a regular place of loitering by juveniles and adults, has been a concern for residents of the area and the police department for some time. The reporting party shared information that allowed officers to respond and make an arrest. To solve the issue long-term, the police department encourages like action and cooperation from residents, businesses, and landowners in the area.
Sheriff's Office Detectives on Scene of Suspicious Death (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/15
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation into the death of a female, found in a vehicle, near Turner. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the autopsy the Sheriff's Office will up date our release with the females name and the presumed cause of death.

We do not anticipate any further release of information until after the autopsy has been completed.

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Last night at about 0325 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle running on the side of Hunsaker Road SE at the intersection of Duckflat Road SE, near Turner. When deputies approached the vehicle they found a deceased, adult, female, in the driver's seat of the car. Detectives have been called to the scene and are investigating the incident which, they are calling suspicious.

Detectives on scene are asking for anyone who may have been in the area and saw the vehicle parked on the side of the road to call Detective Myers at 503-540-8096. Hunsaker Road is closed at Duckflat and we are asking that drivers seek alternate routes. Additional releases of information will follow once more details are available.


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What is the 'The Power of Play'? (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 03/19/15
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OREGON CITY - Many of us were admonished to "grow up and stop playing" as we moved from youth to adulthood. But is it good advice? An April 7 program at Clackamas Community College explores "The Power of Play: Promoting Health and Creativity."
The program features play activists Jonathan Blasher and Tara Doherty, who will look at the concept of play and address the value of play. Research shows that play and physical activity can have positive effects on children's health, well-being and education. They can also boost health and creativity in adults.
The "Power of Play" is hosted by the CCC Foundation and sponsored by Oregon Humanities. The session will include interactive play for all levels and ability, geared toward adults.
The program begins at 3 p.m. in the Gregory Forum. For more information, contact Dawn Hendricks at 503-594-6158 or email dawn.hendricks@clackamas.edu.


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CRT Children's Theater Series Presents 'Wing It in Wonderland (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 03/19/15
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OREGON CITY - Clackamas Repertory Theatre continues its series of interactive shows for children with "Wing It in Wonderland" on Saturday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Osterman Theatre.
Everybody is mad as a hatter in Wonderland, and coincidently everyone is mad in "Wing It" as well. Luna the Owl seems to be the only one who doesn't have anything to be mad about. A curiouser and curiouser Luna embarks on an adventure to seek ways to help her friends overcome being mad. The entire cast will lead the audience in singing, dancing, and eventually driving the audience "mad" with laughter.
"Wing It," created for children from 2- to 8-years-old, is developed and directed by Travis Nodurft, Clackamas Rep company member, professional clown and Oregon City sixth-grade teacher.
Additional 2015 shows are scheduled for June 13, October 3 and December 5 and 12. All performances begin at 10:30 a.m. and take place in The Osterman Theatre in the Niemeyer Center. Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door. There is no reserved seating.
For more information visit clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.


Attached Media Files: Travis Nodurft, Heather Ovalle and Jennifer Whitten , Jennifer Whitten as Luna the Owl
CCC Hosts Spring Career Fair April 14 (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 03/19/15
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OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College and WorkSource Clackamas will host a Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gregory Forum.
More than 40 employers will be on-site to hire for open full-time and part-time positions as well as internship opportunities. Industries represented at the fair include health care, manufacturing, business, education, human services, retail, agriculture, automotive and more. The presenting event sponsor is Crossroads Treatment and Counseling Services, LLC. In-kind sponsors include Helping Hands Home Care and 9Round Oregon City.
The career fair is free to attend and open to students, alumni and the public. Job seekers can register to attend online at www.clackamas.edu/CareerFair or in-person at the event.
For more information, please contact Kara Leonard, CCC student success & career coordinator, at 503-594-3096 or email kleonard@clackamas.edu.


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April 2015 CCC Calendar of Events
Clackamas Community College - 03/19/15
March 30 - May 1
Alexander Gallery: Roberto Salas 'Crossing Waters' Exhibit
A solo exhibition of works by artist Roberto Salas opens March 30 in the Alexander Gallery at CCC and runs through May 1. An artist's reception will be held on Tuesday, April 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the gallery with Salas speaking about his work and process at 1 p.m. For additional information, please contact Kate Simmons at 503-594-3032 or kates@clackamas.edu.
March 30 - June 7
Bill Leach Art Exhibit, 'Red Hills Photography'
A photo exhibit of historic landscapes and images by Bill Leach will be on display in the commons area of the CCC Wilsonville Training Center from March 30 - June 7. An opening reception will take place Saturday, April 11, from noon to 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information, please contact Joyce Gabriel at 503-594-0950.
April 1
Auditions for Spring Term Mainstage Production
Members of the community are welcome to audition for the CCC spring theater production "The Comedy of Errors." Auditions run from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. For more information, contact Kelly White at 503-594-3153 or visit www.clackamas.edu/theatre.
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Chrysalis: Women Writers
Local author Pat Lichen guides women writers of all levels through discussions of their work. Chrysalis meets Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Literary Arts Center, Room 220 in Rook Hall.
April 4, 11, 18, 25
Garden Design
This one-credit introductory course provides instruction for planning landscape garden areas. Class meets Saturdays, April 4 - 25, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Clairmont, room 118. Cost is $110.50. For more information, call 503-594-3292 or visit http://depts.clackamas.edu/hort/.
April 7
'The Power of Play: Promoting Health and Creativity'
"The Power of Play" is explored with play activists Jonathan Blasher and Tara Doherty in this session hosted by the CCC Foundation and Oregon Humanities. The session begins at 3 p.m. in the Gregory Forum. This event is hosted by the CCC Foundation and sponsored by Oregon Humanities. For more information, please contact Dawn Hendricks at 503-594-6158 or dawn.hendricks@clackamas.edu.
April 14
Spring Career Fair
In partnership with Worksource Clackamas, CCC is hosting a Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gregory Forum. More than 40 employers will be on-site to hire for open positions and internship opportunities. Job seekers can register to attend online at www.clackamas.edu/CareerFair or in-person at the event. For more information, call Kara Leonard at 503-594-3096 or email kleonard@clackamas.edu.
Newberg-Dundee Police Officer Assaulted by Suspect
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 03/19/15
On Tuesday March 17, 2015 at approximately 9:10am, staff from a State Operated Community Program home located at 1105 James Street, Newberg, called police about a resident who left the house and was on the nearby railroad tracks. He refused to cooperate with staff who was accompanying the resident and leave the active rail line.

Newberg-Dundee Police Department officers responded to the area. An officer, a 10 year veteran, located the male on the railroad tracks and was immediately met with resistance.

At one point, the male later identified as James M. Roundtree , 25 began to run away on the tracks. The officer began to give chase so as to protect Mr. Roundtree from potential danger. Abruptly, Mr. Roundtree stopped and punched the officer in the face with closed fists causing minor injuries to the officer's mouth and nose. Mr. Roundtree then tried try to wrestle the officer to the ground. During the altercation, Mr. Roundtree spat on the officer, hitting him in the face and mouth.

Mr. Roundtree was subdued a short time later. He has been charged with Criminal Trespass, Physical Harassment and Assault on a Public Safety Officer. He was lodged at the Yamhill County Jail. His bail was set at $15,000.

The officer was treated at and released from Providence Newberg Medical Center.


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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington recognizes 25 years with Sam Beall Memorial Breakfast
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington - 03/19/15
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington will host a breakfast fundraiser in honor of its co-founder, Dr. Sam Beall, and to commemorate the clinic's 25th year. The breakfast will be Thursday, April 23 at 7 a.m. at the Red Cross Building at Vancouver Barracks. The public is invited. Tickets are $25.00 per person.

"This is a benchmark year for the Free Clinic," said Executive Director, Barbe West. "We were founded 25 years ago; the dental program started ten years ago; and we began coordinating free specialty care for people in need five years ago."

Since Dr. Beall (pronounced "bell") and Father Ed Rankin opened the original Community Health Center in 1990, with ten volunteers providing free, urgent medical care one night a week, services have expanded significantly. Today, over 600 active volunteers provide care to low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals, five days a week. Besides urgent medical care, the Free Clinic offers urgent dental care for adults (by appointment) and preventive dental care for children. Vision and diabetes care, immunizations, sports physicals, prescription assistance, community resource navigation, and coordination of specialty care have been added over the years - all free to people who cannot otherwise access care.

"Our services help keep people in school, at work, and out of the emergency room," said West. "We depend completely on our volunteers to provide the care, and on donations and grants from individuals, businesses, foundations, and health systems in our community."

Tickets are still available for the Sam Beall Memorial Breakfast. Go to freeclinics.org to purchase online, or contact the development office at 360.313.1388.
Hillsboro, Washington County seek to expand partnership at the Washington County Fair Complex
City of Hillsboro - 03/19/15
Building upon a decades-long partnership to provide great community recreation services at the Washington County Fair Complex site, the City of Hillsboro and Washington County today announced a proposed expansion of that long-standing partnership to increase recreation and tourism opportunities that benefit residents and local businesses.

In the proposed agreement, the City of Hillsboro will spend up to $2 million to build an urban recreational vehicle (RV) park on five acres of land owned and operated by Washington County. In exchange, the City of Hillsboro will receive ownership of 15 acres of recreational space at the fairgrounds that the City of Hillsboro has managed and maintained as sports fields for the past 40 years. By placing responsibility for the sports fields' future in the hands of the City of Hillsboro, both agencies will ensure that the recreational amenities are available for residents to enjoy for years to come, while Washington County will provide a public RV park to meet a need in the community. The agreement must be approved by both the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Hillsboro City Council.

"This partnership makes sense for everyone," said Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey. "The City can invest in the ballfields to improve the user experience for local families, and create new opportunities for hosting a variety of youth and adult sports. Meanwhile, Washington County secures the City's help in building the urban RV park, creating a regional destination for RV owners, boosting businesses that benefit from tourism, and giving visitors another great option while enjoying the fair."

"This is a great opportunity for our community and our partnership with the City of Hillsboro," said Andy Duyck, chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. "In keeping with the work of the Fairgrounds Revitalization Task Force six years ago, we have focused on a long-term vision for the fairgrounds to ensure economic viability for traditional and new uses that benefit the public countywide. This project fits squarely within those goals by offering to improve and expand the recreational options offered at the fairgrounds."

The expanded partnership builds upon previous work in the Fair Complex area, including the construction of Veterans Drive and the Veterans Plaza. In 2008, the 15-member Washington County Fairgrounds Revitalization Task Force recommended a master plan for the fairgrounds property in collaboration with the City of Hillsboro, Fair Board and various community stakeholders.

With guidance from the Fairgrounds Advisory Committee, a standing committee appointed by the Board of Commissioners, Washington County and the City of Hillsboro have implemented aspects of the master plan as resources have been identified. Now in 2015, the expanded partnership continues the earlier work of community leaders such as Mayor Willey and Chair Duyck, former Mayor Tom Hughes and former County Chair Tom Brian.

"This partnership memorializes that ongoing relationship and recognizes the City's ability to invest in the land and add value for recreational users," said Hillsboro City Manager Michael Brown. "By enhancing the facility on two levels to improve the quality of service and amenities, Washington County and Hillsboro residents and visitors all benefit."

AN ATTRACTIVE URBAN RV PARK
Washington County leaders are focused on increasing tourism opportunities and helping local businesses generate additional revenue, and see the urban RV park's potential to become a regional destination - particularly for RV owners who want easy access to the Washington County wine trail and MAX line access to downtown Portland.

The envisioned RV park would be a first-class facility with high-end amenities, such as access to cable television, wi-fi, utilities, and more. The fairgrounds location will provide visitors numerous options for exploring the area by light rail, by car, or bicycle.

"A new top-of-the-line RV Park is what Washington County needs to elevate our ability to draw visitors traveling in recreational vehicles," said Washington County Visitors Association President and CEO Carolyn McCormick. "The RV tourism industry grows each year, currently propelled by low fuel costs and international visitors wanting to see and have a real American experience, as well as domestic travelers craving the same.

"This public/public partnership enables us to introduce our destination to visitors looking to enjoy the urban and rural travel experience. RV campgrounds designed for limited-stay visitors is a perfect piece to round out the County's portfolio of accommodations. Even more exciting is that local businesses will have a direct financial benefit from the introduction of a recreational vehicle park."

PRESERVING COMMUNITY RECREATION
Centrally-located in the City of Hillsboro, the fairgrounds recreation facilities are a regional destination for soccer, softball and tennis. With City control of the site assured, planning can begin on numerous improvements needed to upgrade the site in creating a high-quality recreation facility. Players from Hillsboro and beyond will enjoy upgraded field conditions maintained to reflect the City's high standards. Staff will install artificial turf in much of the area to maximize the playability of the fields, and improve the conditions for players, thus increasing recreation and revenue opportunities. Players and spectators will also enjoy seeing new field lighting, backstops, bases, players' benches and bleachers.

"We have a well-earned reputation for providing top-quality recreation opportunities for residents and visitors," said Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Director Wayne Gross. "That's why we jumped at the opportunity to make a long-term commitment to preserving the athletic facilities at the Washington County fairgrounds."

The City of Hillsboro will upgrade parking conditions with asphalt surfacing, concrete curbs, signage, striping, lighting, and capacity for 125 vehicles. Nearby, the four tennis courts at the fairgrounds will be relocated and expanded to six courts, with new surfacing to eliminate cracking, as well as new lighting, fencing, and players' benches. The City will also build a new concessions and restroom building that meets all ADA requirements for accessibility.

Families of all ages will benefit from the construction of two new picnic shelters, a new play area with updated play equipment, new park benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles, drinking fountains and park signage. These and other improvements will be scheduled after funding has been secured.
WSU Vancouver to moderate civic conversations on affordable housing
WSU Vancouver - 03/19/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver and the Thomas S. Foley Institute's new Initiative for Public Deliberation, will host six open forums around the region to hear from local residents about the challenges and opportunities related to affordable housing.

The forums seek to build constructive dialogue and community engagement around regional priorities. The selection of affordable housing as the initiative's first program emerged from the results of the 500,000 Voices project, a survey conducted by the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington. Seventy-five percent of respondents said working together to solve problems is desirable, but fewer than half expected to see it happen.

Each forum runs two hours. After a brief introduction, participants will be invited to meet in small groups of 8 - 12 to discuss the topic. The groups will be facilitated by student moderators who have been trained in a new WSU Vancouver course, "Civil Discourse in a Time of Incivility" taught by Associate Professor Carolyn Long. The small group discussions are designed to illustrate that there is no "silver bullet" to solve this complex problem.

Long, who directs the initiative, said moderators will keep the discussion focused on specific policy responses and the trade-offs and unintended consequences that result from each specific action. There will also be time for reflection as facilitators try to discover points of common ground and areas where further discussion is necessary.

The options to be discussed include how to incentivize development, how to expand affordable housing and eligibility for assistance, and the reduction of regulatory burdens.

The project culminates in a summary report from the forums that will be made available to the public.

Participants do not need any expertise in the topic, and Long said it is important that a diversity of interests be represented at the forums. Registration is required. Visit www.500kvoices.org/contact-us/ and indicate which of the following forums you wish to attend:

Battle Ground
10 a.m. - noon March 24, Battle Ground Community Center


Longview
5 - 7 p.m. March 25, Mark Morris High School

Vancouver
2 - 4 p.m. March 26, WSU Vancouver, Dengerink Administration Building, Rooms 129/130
5 - 7 p.m. April 2, Clark College, Gaiser Hall

Camas
5 - 7 p.m. March 31, Camas High School

Skamania
5 - 7 p.m. April 1, Stevenson High School

The Institute for Public Deliberation is a joint venture of the WSU Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service and WSU Vancouver. Its mission is to promote development of a vibrant, deliberative democracy in Southwest Washington and provide public space for discussing community values and beliefs as related to local, state and national issues.

Sponsors for this 500,000 Voices project are Clark College, The Columbian, Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, Identity Clark County and WSU Vancouver.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. Here, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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UPDATE - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-12 Fugitive Jemaell Riley (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/19/15
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26-year-old Jemaell Diamond Riley has been apprehended by the Canadian Boarder Patrol earlier this afternoon. He is now in custody.

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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in locating a fugitive involved in the 2014 shooting of a Portland Police officer in Southwest Portland.

26-year-old Jemaell Diamond Riley cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet in the early morning hours of March 18, 2015. Riley now has a felony warrant out for his arrest, serviceable nationwide.

Riley was one of three suspects arrested after the April 16, 2014 shooting of K-9 Officer Jeff Dorn and his canine partner "Mick," who was killed in the shooting. Riley was not the shooter in this incident but was armed at the time of the arrest.

Riley is described as a light-skinned African American male, 5'11" tall, 160 pounds.

Riley is likely accompanied by his girlfriend, 20-year-old Carli Anja Marshall, a white female described as 5'4" tall, 113 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone seeing Riley should immediately call 9-1-1.

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

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

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

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Two Men Arrested After Attempted Theft of Motorcycle
Gresham Police Dept - 03/19/15
Gresham, Ore. - On March 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM Gresham Police responded to a report of two people yelling at each other in the parking lot of the Heatherwood Apartments located at 765 SE Mt. Hood Highway. Initial reports were that the males, and possibly another male and another female, were somehow associated with a U-Haul truck and a motorcycle. Police arrived and contacted a male and female in the lot and learned that two other unknown males in a U-Haul truck tried to steal their motorcycle from the lot and load it into the U-Haul truck. The males fled the scene prior to police arriving but the victims managed to write down the license plate on the U-Haul truck as they left the lot. The owner of the motorcycle also stated that one of the males was armed with a pistol at the time it occurred.

Approximately 30 minutes later, another officer spotted the U-Haul truck in the 16400 block of SE Division st. Officers were able to stop the truck and detained two males inside. Detectives and crime scene investigators interviewed the victims as well as the suspects in the U-Haul truck. The driver of the U-Haul truck was identified as 25-year-old Andrew Boley of Sandy and the passenger was identified as 27-year-old Trevor Zook of Brightwood.

As a result of the investigation, Boley and Zook were arrested on various charges. Boley was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, two counts of Menacing, three counts of Criminal Mischief in the second degree, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving. Zook was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and two counts of Menacing. Photos available from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Strange Behavior Leads Deputies to Arrest 17 year Old Male (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/15
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On Monday, at about 3 p.m., Blanca Guiterrez was working at her family owned business, JB Color and Brush Painting, located at 11792 Carl Road NE, near Woodburn. The business, which is set off of the roadway and generally closed to the public by gates, was now open because one of the gates protecting the property had been blown down in a recent wind storm.

The open gate somehow drew the attention of a 17 year old, juvenile from Woodburn. The male was acting strange when he contacted Ms. Guiterrez and asked about buying a vehicle from them. Ms. Guiterrez and her husband Javier Gutierrez told the male to leave and he did.

At around, 11:00 p.m., the male returned and jumped the gate that was now fixed and in place to protect the residence/business. The Guiterrez's could see the male skulking around their property and at one point entering a garage on their property. The Guiterrez's called 911 but deputies were unable to arrive before the male disappeared. The following morning the Guiterrez's found that several of their vehicles had been entered and their stereos were missing.

On Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., the male returned again, jumped the fence and knocked at their door. When Mr. Guiterrez answered the door, the male was standing on their front porch and they could see a gun in his waist band. The male was inquiring about purchasing a vehicle and stated that he had a gun "because his house had just been broken into." During the conversation the male pulled the gun out and began waving it at Mr. Guiterrez. Ms. Guiterrez called the Sheriff's Office and units from MCSO and Woodburn PD responded to the scene.

Just as officers with Woodburn PD arrived, the suspect got into the passenger seat of a white, Chevrolet Tahoe and drove away from the scene. Officers followed the vehicle as it pulled into a neighboring manufactured home park and stopped. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and the passenger ran away on foot.

After detaining the driver the vehicle was searched and the gun was found. After closely inspecting the gun, deputies determined it was a bb gun, which had been painted black. Deputies described the gun as a replica of a Glock 27.

Once additional officers and deputies arrived on scene a perimeter was set in place and a K9 was used to track the suspect. Deputy Jason Bernards and his K9 partner, Rolo tracked the suspect to a neighboring residence. The male was found by Rolo hiding under a trailer and he was taken into custody without injury.

The juvenile was taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility where he will face charges of, Trespassing, Trespassing with a Firearm, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and a warrant for Probation Violation. Deputies do suspect drug use was a factor in the mental state of the male suspect.


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School Administrators Take BGPS Tech Strategy Back to Caribbean (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 03/19/15
Terence Corbett, assistant principal at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, toured Battle Ground Public Schools to see how teachers use technology to teach Washington State Learning Standards.
Terence Corbett, assistant principal at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, toured Battle Ground Public Schools to see how teachers use technology to teach Washington State Learning Standards.
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Administrators from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands took advantage of their proximity to Battle Ground Public Schools this week to see how the district's teachers incorporate technology into their lessons using new learning standards. The St. Thomas administrators are here for the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) 2015 annual education technology conference thanks to a technology innovation grant from the Department of Education.

Terence Corbett, assistant principal at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, and Judy Edmeade, assistant principal at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, toured Laurin and Daybreak middle schools and Glenwood Heights Primary School and visited classrooms as teachers led lessons on Chromebooks using Google Apps for Education and other educational apps.

In BJ Rush's fifth grade class at Laurin Middle School, students added fractions using a myriad of resources: small plastic tiles, pencils and paper, and Chromebooks. The students entered their answers in an Internet-based assessment application called Formative, which let Mr. Rush instantly see who got the answers correct, and who needed assistance. Working individually and in small groups, students strengthened their skills in one of the Washington State Learning Standards' critical areas for fifth grade math: developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions.

At Daybreak Middle School, sixth grade teacher Heather VanValkenburg used Kahoot!, a game-based classroom response application, to teach English language arts concepts. Mrs. VanValkenburg employed the application to help students learn about figures of speech. Students identified phrases as metaphors, similes or personification by choosing from multiple options on their Chromebooks when presented with a sentence. Using the technology application, students demonstrated their understanding of figurative language, a sixth grade Washington State Learning Standard for language.

Battle Ground Public Schools also uses a cohort program and job-embedded training to help teachers seamlessly integrate technology into their lessons. The Google Cohort is a year-long professional development and collaboration network for learning how to use Google Apps for Education and the Advanced Technology Academy is a group of teachers who offer technology assistance to their peers.

"These are strategies that we can take back home and say, 'These things are working,'" Corbett said. The assistant principal would like to get Chromebooks in his classrooms, and said many schools on St. Thomas are working toward that end.

Washington is one of 43 states that have adopted national learning standards for English language arts and math as part of its state learning standards. The U.S. Virgin Islands also has adopted the national learning standards. To integrate technology with learning standards in the classroom and provide a platform for taking state assessments on learning standards, Battle Ground Public Schools has purchased nearly 3,000 Chromebooks this year. The computers are kept in carts that each store and charge 30 of the devices and easily roll from classroom to classroom for checkout.

BGPS' director of technology, Scott McDaniel, and April Vonderharr, a fourth grade teacher at Glenwood Heights Primary, led the tour this week. McDaniel and Evyan Wagner, BGPS education technology coordinator, also presented a session on "Revolutionary Googling" Wednesday morning at the NCCE technical conference. "Technology implementation is about people," McDaniel said. "We meet our teachers where they are and take them where they need to be."

Battle Ground offered the St. Thomas visitors a tour when Vonderharr, who is working on her administrative credentials at Washington State University Vancouver, learned they would be visiting for the NCCE conference and wanted to see technology in action in a classroom. NCCE is working with 24 teachers and six administrators from six schools on the island, and paid for the visit with the three-year technology innovation grant to improve technology use in classrooms and develop technical leaders in schools on the island of St. Thomas. The St. Thomas administrators also visited Vancouver iTech Preparatory School in the Vancouver Public Schools district.


Attached Media Files: Terence Corbett, assistant principal at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, toured Battle Ground Public Schools to see how teachers use technology to teach Washington State Learning Standards. , Judy Edmeade, assistant principal at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, toured Laurin and Daybreak middle schools and Glenwood Heights Primary School and visited classrooms as teachers led lessons on Chromebooks using Google Apps for Education and other , BJ Rush's fifth grade students at Laurin Middle School add fractions using a myriad of resources: small plastic tiles, pencils and paper, and Chromebooks.
Vancouver Shooting Suspect Information
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/19/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On March 14, 2015, at approximately 6:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 2600 block of Rossiter Lane for a disturbance with a weapon and a male who had been shot in the parking lot. When police arrived, they located an adult male with a gunshot wound. The identification of the victim is not being released at this time.

The suspect in this case is a white male, mid 20's, with a short stature, slim build, shaved head, and armed with an unknown type of firearm. The suspect vehicle is described as a faded, red, late model, Datsun/Nissan truck with white trim across the base of the truck's body and Washington plates. The Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit is continuing their investigation and no further information is available.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Lawrence Zapata at (360) 487-7420 or lawrence.zapata@cityofvancouver.us.
*** CORRECTION*** Troopers Seek Public's Help Locating Vehicle Involved in Hit and Run - McMinnville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/19/15
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The previous release on this incident indicated this was a hit and run fatality - it was not fatal but a serious injury crash. OSP regrets the error.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers investigating the March 8th, hit and run pedestrian SERIOUS INJURY crash in McMinnville have identified evidence collected from the scene they hope will assist them in locating the person/vehicle involved in this incident.

According to the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory - portions of a side-view mirror recovered from the crash scene have been identified as likely belonging to a 1986-1991 Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Country Squire, or Mercury Grand Marquis. OSP is asking anyone who may have information on this event, (for instance an auto parts store that sold a similar replacement mirror) to contact the lead investigator in this case by calling 503-472-0294 and asking for Sr. Trooper Drew, or by calling the Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

*** Previous Release ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are seeking the public's help locating a vehicle involved in a suspected hit and run incident on Highway 233 near SE Stringtown Road - McMinnville.

On March 8, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a report of a person lying in the ditch on the southbound side of Highway 233 near milepost 6.2 - near Stringtown Road. Upon arrival, troopers contacted the pedestrian who was intoxicated and appeared to have been struck by a vehicle in the area. Debris and other evidence from the roadway was collected however, troopers are asking for the public's help in locating the vehicle involved in this matter.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police McMinnville Area Command at 503-472-0294 and asking for Sr. Trooper Drew, or by calling the Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555.

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Polk County District Attorney to hold "Java and Justice" Public Safety Forum
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 03/19/15
DALLAS , OR - Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton will hold an open meeting on public safety issues at 7:00 a.m., on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Courtyard Coffeehouse & Deli, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas, Oregon.

District Attorney Felton will be available to answer questions and listen to ideas regarding current public safety issues in Polk County including practices, procedures, and funding.
John A. Sanders appointed Chief Information Officer at Health Share of Oregon
Health Share of Oregon - 03/19/15
(Portland, OR) - Health Share of Oregon has announced the appointment of John A. Sanders as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Tri-County Metro area coordinated care organization (CCO). Formerly the CIO for The Portland Clinic, Sanders brings more than 15 years' experience in the development and management of advanced health technology solutions. Sanders will join Health Share on March 30.

As Health Share's CIO, Sanders will be responsible for the strategic information technology leadership, including supporting transformational initiatives in care, risk and payment models and facilitating the CCO in building an integrated regional system of care. He will also direct the investment in pertinent technology and consolidating administrative services that will enable risk and payment transformation.

"The CIO is integral to the effectiveness, efficiency and security of the transactions necessary for Health Share to interact with the partners who serve our Oregon Health Plan members," said Janet L. Meyer, CEO of Health Share. "John's established track record of building and strengthening organizations, successfully applying technologies for maximum benefit and cultivating constructive relationships with a variety of partners will enable Health Share to further the technological efforts already underway in health transformation."

"I'm excited to be part of an organization like Health Share, which is at the center of health care transformation," said Sanders. "My work in health technology management spans the spectrum from clinical practice to traditional IT, across a range of inpatient and outpatient departments and systems." His experience in environments ranging from stand-alone clinics to large multi-facility hospitals will be an asset at Health Share, a collective impact organization formed by 11 major health plans, hospital systems and public health organizations.

Prior to joining Health Share, Sanders was the CIO at The Portland Clinic, a large multi-specialty practice group with seven facilities across the Tri-County Metro region. His previous positions included serving as Vice President of Information Technology and CIO at Colorado Springs Health Partners in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as a partner and consultant with JNJ Associates in Centennial, Colorado, which provides management consulting and technology solutions for a variety of health care vendor and provider organizations.

Sanders received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California in Davis. He received his B.S. in both Chemistry and Biology from the University of Oregon in Eugene. He is a Certified Professional n Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving more than 247,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of over 16,000 providers, including over 900 dentists, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

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

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Build a Home in 18 Holes at the 10th Annual Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament (Photo)
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity - 03/19/15
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What: Golf Tournament
When: Thursday, June 4, 2014 7 am check-in; 8 am Shotgun Start
Where: Camas Meadows Golf Course

Join us June 4th, 2014 as we "Build a Home in 18 Holes" at Evergreen Habitat for Humanity's 10th Annual Golf Tournament held at the Camas Meadows Golf Course. This is an exciting year as we celebrate our 10th consecutive year! Each hole will have an exciting game that is representative of the construction process, from selecting the family to the famous home dedication ceremony! The format will be a 4-person scramble along with the delicious barbecue lunch and prize raffle immediately after. Sign up today to sponsor one of 18 exciting fun filled construction themed holes. Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Register to play by April 3rd to take advantage of the early bird price of $125 per player, after April 3rd price to play will be $150 per player. Join us for great fun, great golf and to contribute to raising funds and raising hope for Clark County families! Contact the office at 360-737-1759 or email Melissa at Melissa@ehfh.org.

Through volunteer labor and tax deductible donations of money and materials, EHFH builds simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner (partner) families. To date, EHFH has partnered with 30 families to help them achieve their dreams of home ownership, financed the construction of 55 homes in developing countries through our partner affiliates, and repaired over fifteen owner-occupied homes through our A Brush With Kindness program. All funds raised from the golf tournament go directly back into our program!

Opportunities for tournament sponsorships are still available. Please contact Melissa Edwards at 360-737-1759 or Melissa@ehfh.org for details.

There are a few teams spots left, so sign up now!


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Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor to Meet Review Portland Police Bureau Nomination
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/19/15
Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor

When: March 24, 2015

Time: 0900

Conference Call: Dial in: 877 873-8017 / Access code - 8191185

Meeting Agenda

1)Meeting Called to Order - Public Meeting
2)Selection of Chair
3)Review OAR 259-008-0100(8) - Below
4)Review Medal of Honor Nomination - Officer John Romero - Portland Police Bureau
PPB Case #14-20245
5)Any other issues
6)Adjourn


Background Information

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor was created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.

This award is the highest award given in the name of the State of Oregon to recognize and honor those who have performed their duties with exceptionally meritorious conduct: Going above and beyond-an act of bravery and self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above their comrades.

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor goes beyond recognizing the everyday heroic actions of the men and women in law enforcement; it is intended to serve as the highest possible standard for exceptional conduct for members of the profession.

The creation of the Oregon Law Enforcement Medal of Honor is a tribute to the courageous and selfless acts of generations of law enforcement officers. It is fitting that the Governor, on behalf of the citizens, recognizes officers who have distinguished themselves by performing their duties with exceptional and honorable meritorious conduct.

Since the Oregon Law Enforcement Medal of Honor was established in 2005, only one has been presented. The first recipient was Benton County Sheriff's Sgt. David Peterson who received the recognition on October 25th, 2013. Sgt. Peterson was shot three times on August 11, 2012 while attempting to arrest Demecio Cardenas.


Oregon Administrative Rule - 259-008-0100(8)

(8) It is the responsibility of the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor to establish qualification criteria for nomination for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.

(a) Eligibility. For the purposes of nomination, law enforcement officer includes, but is not limited to, a police officer, reserve officer, corrections officer, or parole and probation officer. Also included are any state, county, municipal, federal or tribal individual who is:

(A) Commissioned; and

(B) Responsible for enforcing criminal laws in the state of Oregon.

(b) Officers nominated for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor must have distinguished themselves by exceptionally honorable and meritorious conduct while in the performance of duty.

(A) "Exceptionally honorable and meritorious conduct" means an officer has distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and fortitude at the risk of their life "above and beyond" the call of duty while performing or fulfilling their responsibilities as a law enforcement officer. It involves risk of life and is an act of bravery, self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above their comrades.

(B) "While in the performance of duty" requires acting in an official capacity and performing a law enforcement function.

(C) The exceptionally honorable and meritorious conduct must have occurred on or after January 1, 2006.

(c) Officers nominated for the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice must have died while performing duties as a law enforcement officer or have been killed because of employment as a law enforcement officer. The death must have occurred on or after January 1, 2011.

(d) Process for Nominations.

(A) All nominations must be submitted on an official nomination form to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

(B) All nominations must be postmarked no later than one year after the date an officer has performed exceptionally honorable and meritorious conduct or the death of an officer.

(C) All nominations must be approved by the Department head or designee of the nominee.

(D) Commission members are prohibited from voting on any nomination submitted from their employing agency.

(E) Notwithstanding subsection (D), Commission members must unanimously approve nominations for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.

(F) Any supporting documentation including, but not limited to, police reports, media reports, pictures, testimonials or affidavits, must accompany the nomination form. If necessary, the Commission may request additional information. The request will be in writing and addressed to the individual identified as the contributor on an official nomination form.

(e) Award of the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.

(A) All awards will be presented by the Governor or the Governor's designee at an appropriate time determined by the Commission and approved by the Governor.

(B) An individual or family member receiving the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor or Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice will retain the option for a public or private ceremony.

(C) The Commission will determine the protocol for all award ceremonies.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 176.260 & 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 176.260 & 181.640
Hist.: PS 12, f. & ef. 12-19-77; PS 1-1985, f. & ef. 4-24-85; Renumbered from 259-010-0080, PS 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-7-90; PS 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-95; PS 10-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-5-97; BPSST 1-1998, f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98; BPSST 2-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98 thru 6-30-98; BPSST 3-1998, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-98; BPSST 16-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-26-01 thru 4-5-02; Administrative correction 5-7-02; BPSST 17-2002, f. & cert. ef. 7-5-02; DPSST 12-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-07; DPSST 10-2012, f.& cert. ef. 4-9-12; DPSST 13-2013, f. & cert. ef. 6-24-13; DPSST 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-2-14
Vancouver Washington Heroin Bust (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/15
Seized cash and heroin
Seized cash and heroin
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"Over the past month the Clark - Vancouver Drug Task Force has been investigating a suspected Heroin Drug Trafficking Organization operating within Clark and Multnomah counties. Yesterday afternoon, in collaboration with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit, the Drug Task Force detectives arrested two individuals for possession of controlled substance (Heroin) with intent to deliver. Part of this investigation led detectives to obtain a search warrant for a residence at 8917 NE 15th Ave Vancouver WA. Located at the residence were 3.6 lbs. of Heroin and $85,440.00 in cash.
Approximate street value of seized Heroin is over $40,000.00
Arrested, booked into Clark County Jail on charges of PCS with intent to deliver:
CHAMPAGNE, ALBERT
DOB: 07/20/67
Address: 7327 NE Halsey, Portland, OR

ALVAREZ ELIGIO, SERGIO
DOB: 09/30/87
8917 NE 15th Ave., Apt. 89, Vancouver, WA

Investigation continues."

CMDR. John Horch
Clark - Vancouver Drug Task Force Commander "It is the mission of the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force to work proactively and collaboratively with our community partners to eliminate illegal drugs within Clark County with Professionalism, Integrity, Responsiveness and Enthusiasm."


Attached Media Files: Seized cash and heroin
ATV advisory committee meeting scheduled April 1, 2015
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/19/15
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is holding a meeting of the All-Terrain Vehicle Grant Subcommittee on April 1-2. The meeting will be held at the Salmon Harbor Marina Activity Center, 263 Marina Way, Winchester Bay. The facility is ADA accessible. The ATV Grant Subcommittee will meet from 8 a.m. to noon both days to hear grant requests. Time is provided for public comment.

The committee will tour the Douglas County Half Moon Bay Campground, ATV staging area, the Douglas County Sheriff's facility and the Winchester Bay riding area in the afternoon of April 1. The Committee will tour facilities and the riding area in the Horsfall Beach area in the afternoon of April 2.

ATV program staff may be reached at 503-986-0785 or 503-986-0706.
United Way ranks Wells Fargo's workplace giving first in the U.S. for sixth consecutive year (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 03/19/15
Wells Fargo team members volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build in Beaverton in 2014.
Wells Fargo team members volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build in Beaverton in 2014.
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United Way Worldwide has recognized Wells Fargo as the conducting the largest workplace giving campaign in the United States in 2014, marking the sixth consecutive year Wells Fargo has earned the honor.

During the company's month-long Community Support and United Way Campaign last year, Wells Fargo team members pledged $70.5 million, a nine percent increase from 2013. It was also the 12th consecutive year-over-year increase.

"Wells Fargo is leading by example when it comes to engaging their employees in creating meaningful change," said Brian A. Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. "Whether they're donating money, giving their time as volunteers or raising their voices in support of others, Wells Fargo team members are making a real difference, especially in the area of financial stability and workforce development. This is an inspiring example of how corporate partners are working with United Way to change lives."

Including the $70.5 million pledged during the Community Support and United Way campaign, Wells Fargo team members contributed a total of $97.7 million to 30,000 nonprofits and schools in 2014. Team members also volunteered 1.74 million hours during the year.

"These results reflect the care and passion that team members have for their communities," said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo's regional president for Oregon and S.W. Washington. "Whether it is contributing to a nonprofit, helping in a local food bank or tutoring in a school, our team members make a difference. I'm proud their efforts and generosity are once again recognized by the United Way."

For many years, Wells Fargo and United Way Worldwide have partnered to build stronger communities, including volunteer activities such as serving meals to the homeless and working in food banks; cleaning waterways and restoring parks and public land; and delivering financial education to individuals and families using Wells Fargo's Hands on Banking program.

Wells Fargo is a member of the United Way's Global Corporate Leadership program, which aims to improve lives and create lasting changes in communities across the country through corporate resources, consumer research and employee engagement. The company has previously been honored with the United Way's highest award for volunteer engagement.

For more on how to support the United Way, visit www.unitedway.org. For more information on Wells Fargo's philanthropic initiatives, visit www.wellsfargo.com.

About United Way
With more than 2.8 million volunteers and 9.7 million donors worldwide, and more than $5 billion raised every year, United Way is the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit. It is working in nearly 1,800 communities across 41 countries and territories to create community solutions that improve life for everyone. Across the world, United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, civic and faith organizations, as well as educators, labor, health organizations, government and more. Read more at UnitedWay.org

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo team members volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build in Beaverton in 2014.
ODOT and OSP make Spring Break Traffic Safety Partnership
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/19/15
The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are teaming up to keep Spring Break travelers safe on Oregon's roads this year; together, we want to help you make this a safe and memorable travel time. Travel safety involves taking responsibility for your own behaviors as well as watching out for one another. It also means:

* Observing the rules of the road.
* Seeing and being seen.
* Focusing on the task at hand so you can make smart choices while being aware of what others on the road are doing.

First: Obey the Rules of the Road.
So how do we keep our roads safe? For starters, we focus our efforts on the things that contribute most to serious injury or fatal crashes. Last year during Spring Break (March 23-29), OSP troopers made over 2700 stops for violations of our Fatal-5 traffic enforcement priorities.

The Fatal-5 includes Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Safety, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving, or S.O.L.I.D. OSP Superintendent Rich Evans puts it this way, "This kind of driving behavior creates the biggest risk to people's safety on our roadways. Focusing on them makes the biggest impact on traffic safety."

So, you might think, "I get it - those are serious." But then you might also think, "How about cell phones? Are you serious about them now?" And the answer is "Yes." If you get stopped for talking/texting while driving, you will get a ticket. Phone In One Hand. Ticket in the Other.

Second - "See and Be Seen."
Whether you are driving, riding, walking, motorcycling, skateboarding - whatever your mode - be on the lookout for others, and make it easier for everyone else to see you, too. Yes, you may be following the rules, but in most interactions between a car and a pedestrian, the pedestrian loses. Same with a bicyclist. Be alert, be considerate - see and be seen.

Then - Being Travel Smart:
The state of Oregon is a fantastic place to spend spring break, with our natural beauty, fun cities and towns, and everything in between. Here are some smart tips to keep those experiences enjoyable:

* www.tripcheck.com - Always start with a quick check of road conditions/hazards/delays.
* Equipment - double check tire pressure, oil levels and fluids before you venture out so you don't end up a hazard yourself.
* Make time for pit stops - a safety rest area can educate/refresh and inspire a great vacation.
* Don't forget the common sense - OSP Sergeant Dave Aydelotte of the Gold Beach Office reminds us car clouting thieves will always take advantage of an easy opportunity - conceal the valuables.

Over past five years, Oregon has averaged seven fatalities and 25 major injuries during the week of spring break (includes two weekends), and the most common kinds of crashes where "fixed/other object" (where a vehicle goes off the road and hits something) and "head on." Four of the 36 total fatalities that occurred over the past five spring breaks were pedestrians.

Be Safe and Travel Smart.
From the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Police.

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 03/19/15: Eastbound Traffic Lane on SE Division between SE 66 & SE 69 Avenues Re-Opens, Work Zone Shifts to Center Lane
Portland Water Bureau - 03/19/15
A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau is currently installing large piping connections in the intersection of SE 68th Avenue at SE Division Street.

Google map of the intersection: http://tinyurl.com/pjye2ru

Previously, the eastbound lane on SE Division Street between SE 66th and SE 69th avenues was diverted into the center lane around the work zone. Beginning on Monday, March 23, the work zone will be shifted to the center lane, re-opening the eastbound lane for traffic.

Traffic on SE 68th Avenue, between SE Division and Mt. Tabor Park, is open to local access only. Detour signs are posted and sidewalks remain open for pedestrians.

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in and around the construction area. Typically, work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with possible occasional Saturday work.

This work is slated for completion in spring 2015.

The new piping is part of the water system improvements required to connect two of the city's large water conduits to the Westside supply line.

The Portland Water Bureau provides the highest quality water, customer service and stewardship of the critical infrastructure, fiscal, and natural resources entrusted to our care. We enhance public health and safety and contribute to the economic viability and livability of the Portland metropolitan region. We are a recognized leader among water service agencies across the country.


Attached Media Files: Official Traffic Advisory
Competitive grants making a difference to cities as Arbor Week approaches (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/19/15
This year, Arbor Week is April 5-11
This year, Arbor Week is April 5-11
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The cities of Eugene, Baker City, Oregon City and Sunriver have been awarded competitive grants by the non-profit organization Oregon Community Trees (O.C.T.). O.C.T.'s mission is promoting healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness and advocacy.

Competitive grant dollars - $500 awarded to each city - will be used by these communities to enhance celebrations for Tree City USA Arbor Week next month. O.C.T. strongly supports the efforts of Oregon's Tree City USA's, and these grants help communities boost Arbor Day events, building goodwill towards trees in each community.

"These events help area residents celebrate and build local support and partnerships for urban forests," says certified arborist and O.C.T. Board President Ruth Williams.

This year's grant recipients:

Oregon City
With help from Friends of Trees - a non-profit organization whose mission is bringing people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces - Oregon City's Arbor Day event will include planting 20 trees at Eastham School, a pre-kindergarten and continuing education facility of the Oregon city school district.

Sunriver
In partnership with the Sunriver Nature Center, the community of Sunriver will plant some 1,000 native ponderosa pine seedlings; grant dollars fund the purchase of both trees and planting materials.

Baker City
Baker City is celebrating its 30th year as a Tree City USA and will be replacing four dying trees within the core of the community's historic downtown area. This successful project is undertaken through the combined efforts of City of Baker City staff, city tree board members, community volunteers and downtown merchants.

Funds will also be used to purchase pruning tools, watering bags and t-shirts for volunteers.

Eugene
In the city of Eugene, volunteers with "Eugene Park Stewards" program will be planting 43 trees at Westmoreland Park along with a number of 8th grade citizen-scientist students from Eugene's Arts & Technology Academy.

"I am looking forward to visiting the coordinators and congratulating participants of all these projects," adds Williams.

Oregon Community Trees and Arbor Week
For the past three years, Oregon Community Trees has been supporting the tree-related efforts of Oregon's Tree Cities USA, offering $500 competitive grants to support and enhance Arbor Week celebrations.

This year, Arbor Week in Oregon (the first full week in April) runs from April 5 - 11. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April - this year, it is April 24.

About Oregon Community Trees
Oregon Community Trees is a nonprofit organization with members from around the state representing business, government, education and citizen groups. Partners include the Oregon Department of Forestry, the US Forest Service and Oregon State University.

For more information: http://oregoncommunitytrees.org/

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Attached Media Files: This year, Arbor Week is April 5-11
WSU Vancouver's spring Marquee Diversity event to feature off-Broadway play
WSU Vancouver - 03/19/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - The off-Broadway play, "Our Young Black Men are Dying and Nobody Seems to Care," will be performed at Washington State University Vancouver's spring Marquee Diversity event at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. To register, visit vancouver.wsu.edu and click on the events calendar. Remaining seats will open to non-registered guests at 7 p.m.

This play is full of history, passion and drama. Performed by Flow-Theater, the non-confrontational play is a series of vignettes addressing real issues facing young black men in contemporary American Society. With topics as relevant as today's headlines, this historic performance will serve as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue and positive action.

Held semiannually, WSU Vancouver's Marquee Diversity event features nationally recognized speakers and performers with the goal of bringing issues of diversity, social justice and multiculturalism to the community.

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. Free parking for this event will be available in Orange Lot 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Winners Announced Last Night At Award Dinner (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 03/19/15
2015 Public Leadership Award Recipient John Blom, with selection committee members Dr. Les Burger, Larry Smith, Sheryl Beauchaine, Maggie Traverso, Matt Bisturis, Phil Haberthur (chair), and Trust President Mike True
2015 Public Leadership Award Recipient John Blom, with selection committee members Dr. Les Burger, Larry Smith, Sheryl Beauchaine, Maggie Traverso, Matt Bisturis, Phil Haberthur (chair), and Trust President Mike True
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(Vancouver, WA - March 19, 2015) - The Trust announced the winners of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a dinner Wednesday evening at 6:00pm. The dinner featured a keynote address by Dr. Rob Havers, President of the General George C. Marshall Foundation, as well as recognition for all the nominees and the announcement of the 2015 recipients.

At the event, John Blom was honored as the 2015 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient. He is the 26th recipient of this prestigious community award honoring the legacy of one-time Vancouver resident General George C. Marshall.

A history scholar and accomplished Realtor, John Blom volunteers throughout the community in a variety of organizations. In his nomination form, Michele Holen wrote, "John Blom has the potential to become a major contributor to Clark County through his social, political and charitable activities. His competence and work ethic distinguish him amongst his peers and his positive attitude, strong network and fresh ideas make him a great asset to any organization. John is a natural leader who is actively involved with many professional and volunteer organizations and works to make a difference wherever he is able. I can't think of another person more deserving of this honor."

As recipient of the Marshall Award, Blom will travel to Lexington, Virginia, to tour the Marshall Foundation, and to Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. He also will participate in the Fort Vancouver National Trust's Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year and will have opportunities to meet with local elected officials.

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

Also at the Marshall Award Dinner, La Center High School Senior Sean Nolan was recognized as the 2015 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award recipient. This prestigious award was established in 2000 by two former Marshall Public Leadership Award recipients and 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.

In his nomination materials, Youth Commission Coordinator Elizabeth Hill described Sean as, "a catalyst for team success; combining drive, encouragement, playfulness, competition and camaraderie... Despite an incredibly demanding school schedule, Sean is one of the longest serving members of the Youth Commission, a dedicated and intentionally diverse group of young leaders, and has displayed a strong ability to make meaningful connections with people from different backgrounds and belief systems... Sean's resume demonstrates his ability to set goals and achieve them across many different aspects of his life. Besides the Youth Commission, his community service work includes volunteering with the American Red Cross blood drives at Lewis and Clark High School, fundraising for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital, handing out clothing to the homeless in Portland as part of the "Friends Under the Bridge" project, volunteering as a Boy Scout with the troop in La Center, serving as a tutor in the school math program, and voluntarily providing summer tutoring for a friend who was failing math, which resulted in him passing... While some people are great planners and goal setters, and others are great at adapting and thinking quickly and resourcefully, Sean possesses all of these traits."

Selection Committee members of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award were impressed with the high caliber of dedication and accomplishments demonstrated by this year's thirty-five nominees. "We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the recipient, Sean Nolan, 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. We're proud of their many accomplishments." Each nominee demonstrated traits of General Marshall by providing exceptional leadership and service to their schools in the Clark County community. It is clear that the 2015 recipient, Sean Nolan, is deserving of this award.

The Trust would like to thank 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 their 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:
Established in 1998, Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant community that preserves and celebrates its rich history while shaping its legacy for the future. 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.
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Attached Media Files: 2015 Public Leadership Award Recipient John Blom, with selection committee members Dr. Les Burger, Larry Smith, Sheryl Beauchaine, Maggie Traverso, Matt Bisturis, Phil Haberthur (chair), and Trust President Mike True , 2015 Youth Recipient Sean Nolan, Trust President Mike True, Selection Committee Co-Chair Mike Stromme, 40 et 8 Chef de Gare Jerry Keen, and Selection Committee Co-Chair Tom Hagley, Jr.
US Hwy. 26 closed in both directions at Road 34 in Rhododendron as police investigate explosion (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/15
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Just before 6:30 a.m., dispatch took a report of an explosion in the Rhododendron area, around milepost 48.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded. Deputies checking the area in Rhododendron near Road 34 located a vehicle just after 7:30 a.m. -- and found evidence of a possible explosion nearby.

The Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/edu.html ) responded to the scene. The ensuing investigation led authorities to close U.S. Hwy. 26 in both directions at Road 34 in Rhododendron in the interest of public safety while authorities gather evidence.

Authorities remain on-site. More info will be release as the investigation continues.

US Highway 26 remains closed until further notice. Find alternate routes.

Photos from the scene are attached.

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City Receives $50,000 National Endowment Grant for Future Arts and Culture Center Design (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/19/15
Student rendering of potential arts and culture center created as part of collaborative studio project between University of Oregon School of Art and Architecture, Opsis Architecture and Beaverton Arts Commission.
Student rendering of potential arts and culture center created as part of collaborative studio project between University of Oregon School of Art and Architecture, Opsis Architecture and Beaverton Arts Commission.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton has been awarded a $50,000 "Our Town" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to fund a community engagement process that will result in a conceptual design for a future arts and culture center for Beaverton. A $25,000 private gift was also secured by the Beaverton Arts Commission for this project.


"It's a great honor for the city to receive this award," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "National grants like this one demonstrate how Beaverton is truly a community that embraces the arts."


An arts and culture center is included in the recently adopted Creekside Development Master Plan for its potential to contribute to a vibrant, 18-hour downtown that attracts visitors and activity to the district. An arts center is also one of the actions called for in the Beaverton Community Vision.


The city formed a cross-departmental team to investigate a successful path forward for an arts and culture center for Beaverton. The team drafted a business plan which was presented at the Beaverton City Council meeting on March 17. The city's Beaverton Arts Commission and the private, nonprofit Beaverton Arts Foundation are raising private support for the center whose mission is "to create an inclusive gathering place where arts and culture flourish."


The NEA's Our Town grant program funds projects that consist of one or more specific art events that contribute to the livability of a community. In 2014, the NEA received 275 applicants with grant amounts ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. Since 2011, the NEA has awarded 256 "Our Town" grants totaling more than $21 million in all states, including the District of Columbia.


"A national conversation is taking place on how to make community development authentic, equitable, and build on existing assets," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Through 'Our Town' funding--as well as our participation with federal agencies, our partners, artists and arts organizations--we will continue to mature, refine and make America a better place."


For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, project descriptions, grants listed by state and by project type, and other resources, visit arts.gov.


For more information on the project, visit www.BeavertonArts.org/artsandculturecenter.


ABOUT THE BEAVERTON ARTS COMMISSION
The BAC contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. The BAC presents annual events such as Last Tuesdays, the Beaverton Arts Mix! and Ten Tiny Dances. In addition, the BAC leads public art projects, including Beaverton's mural program. For more information about the Beaverton Arts Commission, visit www.BeavertonArts.org, call 503-526-2288 or the event information line at 503-526-2379.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Attached Media Files: Student rendering of potential arts and culture center created as part of collaborative studio project between University of Oregon School of Art and Architecture, Opsis Architecture and Beaverton Arts Commission.
March 30: Court of Appeals Division Two to Hear Arguments in Local Cases at Hudson's Bay High School
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 03/19/15
Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments outside of their Tacoma courtroom during a community visit to Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, WA on Monday, March 30th.

"We are delighted for the opportunity to visit Hudson's Bay High School and welcome members of the public to join us," said Chief Judge Jill Johanson. "Court community visits are a wonderful way to learn more about the judicial branch of government up close and we would like to thank Hudson's Bay Principal Val Seeley and Hudson's Bay Foundation member Scott Horenstein for hosting us."

Commencing at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jill Johanson and Judges Rich Melnick and Lisa Worswick will hear oral arguments in the following local cases:
* 8:30 a.m. State v. Troy A. Fisher, an appeal from a murder conviction;
* 9:15 a.m. Riley v. Valaer, an appeal regarding land encroachment and property titles, and
* 10:00 a.m. Klickitat County v. Friends of White Salmon River, a land use appeal involving the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

Vancouver Public Schools' high school students explore the judicial process in their U.S. history courses. The opportunity for them to sit in on the Court of Appeals proceedings at Hudson's Bay High School brings real world experience into the classroom.

"As a teacher, I'm always trying to connect what we're learning in our history class to real world issues. Now my students will be able to learn about the court system, watch it firsthand and then connect how our curriculum is relevant to their lives," said Spencer Williams, Hudson's Bay history teacher.

"Watching an appeals court in action is a wonderful opportunity for our juniors," added social studies teacher Laraine Triplett. "They have studied landmark Supreme Court cases in class, but being able to watch our court system up close brings those faraway cases to life."

Full case summaries are attached for further details. Each argument will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by a question and answer session with students and members of the public. Following the third case, the judges will attend a luncheon hosted by the Hudson's Bay Foundation.

Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals made its first community visit throughout its geographic area back in 1993 in an effort to educate students about the role of the judicial branch and answer any questions residents may have about the Court of Appeals.

The Court hears appeals from trial courts throughout Western Washington, Pierce County south to the Oregon border and the Olympic Peninsula, and has the authority to overrule, remand, modify or affirm decisions of the trial courts. For further information regarding the Court, visit the Washington Courts Web site at www.courts.wa.gov.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/393/82753/Hudsons_Bay_Court_summaries.docx
Second transportation community workshop set for April 8
City of West Linn - 03/19/15
City of West Linn Transportation System Plan Update

The City of West Linn is currently working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and others to update the city's Transportation System Plan (TSP). The West Linn TSP is a long-range planning document that helps the city identify and prioritize improvements to the transportation system over the next 25 years.

On March 10, the city held the first of three community workshops that will occur over the course of this project. The workshop was held at City Hall and online. The online virtual community workshop allowed participants to receive all of the same information and provide comments online. It was open for comments for more than a week.

The purpose of first workshop was to introduce local residents to the project purpose, process and intended outcomes as well as to receive comments on the identified transportation needs. We received more than 150 comments from dozens of people.

Did you miss the workshop?
See what others had to say on the online workshop at http://openhouse.jla.us.com/project/westlinntsp1

Want to attend the next workshop?
Community Workshop #2 - 4/8/15 at City Hall and online through 4/14/15
Community Workshop #2 will be held April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Linn City Hall in the Council Chambers. The purpose of this workshop is to share and discuss transportation solutions to address the city's needs discussed at Workshop #1. Attend the workshop online through April 14.

What's the rest of the project schedule look like?
Community Workshop #3 will be held In July and will also include an in-person workshop at City Hall as well as an online virtual community workshop. This workshop will obtain feedback on the draft Transportation System Plan prior to adoption hearings by the Planning Commission and City Council in the fall.

Questions/Comments?
Project documents and meeting dates can be found on the city's project website:
http://westlinnoregon.gov/planning/transportation-system-plan-update.

Not finding what you need online? Contact West Linn Associate Planner Zach Pelz at 503-723-2542 or zpelz@westlinnoregon.gov.
Remembering the Oso landslide
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/19/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - March 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Oso, Wash. landslide.

Awareness of the Pacific Northwest's landslide hazard has greatly increased over the past year. The Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon (SLIDO) is now the most viewed of all Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) interactive web maps, with SLIDO page views increasing more than sevenfold.

"Landslides are a common and incredibly destructive natural hazard," says Ian Madin, interim State Geologist. "More Oregonians are seeking information about landslide hazards near their homes, and steps they can take to assess and prevent potential landslides."

Scientists, policy makers, emergency managers, planners and many others are also coming together to address landslide hazards. A recent Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists three-day forum focused on how to better protect people and places from landslide hazards. Landslide-related legislation is currently being considered at state and national levels. Scientists are also continuing to study the Oso landslide to learn more about how the unusually fast-moving, large and complex landslide occurred.

Landslides occur in all 50 states and U.S. territories, and cause more than 25 fatalities and damages of $1-2 billion on average each year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. DOGAMI's landslide hazard program maps where landslides have occurred in the past to better understand where they may occur in the future, and to analyze landslide risks.

Recent DOGAMI landslide projects include a study of coastal Curry County's landslide hazards, a landslide hazard and risk study for Clackamas County, and a landslide hazard and risk study for the city of Astoria.

"We can't predict when and where the next landslide events will occur, but communities can become more resilient to the hazard by understanding and considering landslide hazards," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist.

LEARN MORE
Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon: http://bit.ly/oregonslido
Debris flow and landslide warning information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Corrections Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/19/15
The Oregon Public Safety Academy will graduate its 18th Corrections Class on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon at 11 am. Any questions regarding the graduation should be directed to Amber Preble at DPSST by phone at (503) 373-0818 or e-mail at amber.preble@state.or.us.

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend.

The class consists of county and city corrections officers from around the state. The six-week course includes topics such as roles and responsibilities, best practices, mental health crisis intervention, state jail standards, report writing, interview techniques, ethics, conflict resolution, professional boundaries, defensive tactics, use of force, firearms and many others delivered in a problem-based learning format. The class was developed in partnership with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association - Jail Command Council, Oregon Department of Corrections, city jail managers of the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and approved by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training.

Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months under the guidance of a field training officer.

Basic Corrections #BCL018

Deputy Sheriff Amanda Campbell - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Alexander Choate - Harney County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Nathan Christensen - Northern Oregon Correctional Facility
Deputy Sheriff Andrew Christianson - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff John Cody - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Kayla Cooke - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Katelyn Cox - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Jeff Crowe - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Andrew Dodds - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Trent Elms - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Cassandra Greene - Warm Springs Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Matthew Hagert - Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Millisa Halseth - Umatilla County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Brian Hansen - Beaverton Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Justin Hoy - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Andrew Jackson - Warm Springs Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Terry Kindrick - Northern Oregon Correctional Facility
Deputy Sheriff Eric Lederer - Linn County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Ivan LopezMendoza - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Christine Mitchell - Washington County Community Corrections
Deputy Sheriff Matthew Morris - Lake County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Jennifer Nakayama - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Brandon Nash - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Donna Patlan - Clackamas County Community Corrections
Deputy Sheriff Aaron Porter - Josephine County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Erica Rich - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Lacey Sandquist - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Shane Simon - Josephine County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff David Smith - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Noelan Smith - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Maksim Solnyshkin - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Stinnett - Grant County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Kassandra Stoffel - Lake County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Brian Sullivan - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Matthew Twite - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Tiffany Wager - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Webb - Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Brett Winders - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Wooley - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Corvallis Police Arrest Man on Multiple Burglaries and Sex Assault
Corvallis Police - 03/19/15
In the early morning hours of March 18, 2015, Corvallis Police investigated a report of a sexual assault in the 600 block of NW 23rd St. A female victim reported that a male entered her residence while she was in the shower. The victim told police the suspect disrobed, and got into the shower with her. During this time, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim before dressing and leaving the scene.

During the investigation of the initial report, Corvallis Police Officers discovered a male matching the description of the sex assault suspect had entered three other residences in the same area. A cell phone was discovered at the scene of the sex assault which was likely dropped by the suspect while he undressed. The phone belonged to 22 year old Ronald Wesley Vaughan of Corvallis.

On March 18, Investigators located Vaughan, and at the conclusion of the investigation were able to determine he was the suspect from the sex assault and burglaries. After collecting the clothing he had worn during the incidents, and communicating with Oregon State Police on the Oregon State University campus, Corvallis Police and OSP were able to link Vaughan to several burglary incidents at Cauthorn Hall during the same night.

Vaughan was arrested by Corvallis Police of the following charges:

Attempted Rape in the First Degree
Sex Abuse in the First Degree
Burglary in the First Degree (3 counts)
Attempted Burglary in the First Degree

Vaughan was also charged by Oregon State Police with 3 counts of Burglary in the First Degree and 1 count of Burglary in the Second degree from incidents on the Oregon State University Campus. Vaughan was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged. His current bail amount is set at $225,000. Vaughan will appear in Benton County Circuit Court on March 19, 2015.

A mug-shot photo is available by going to the following Link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500000547

If anyone has any additional information regarding this incident, or was the victim of a burglary overnight on March 17/18, 2015, please contact Detective Greg Kantola at 541-766-6781 for incidents in the City of Corvallis or Senior Trooper Chris Graves 541-737-3010 for crimes on the OSU Campus.
Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on NW Northrup Street from NW 14th to NW 23rd avenues March 23 through April 3
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 03/19/15
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NW Northrup Street from NW 14th Avenue to NW 23rd Avenue Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

Crews are improving 1.37 lane miles of the street, grinding down old asphalt and preparing the street for repaving at a later date when weather permits.

Parking will be removed during the project from NW 14th to 16th avenues to make way for work crews and through traffic. The Portland Streetcar will operate as usual.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold or rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change

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Join the National Park Service in Celebrating "Yuri's Night World Space Party" at Pearson Air Museum
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/19/15
VANCOUVER, WA -- The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce an evening of events on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center tied to the international Yuri's Night World Space Party event.

"Yuri's Night" celebrates the first person to orbit the earth in space: Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who was launched into near earth orbit 54 years ago, on April 12, 1961.

Annual Yuri's Night celebrations are organized online by a group of volunteers. Hundreds of events are organized around the globe, with the goal of inspiring young people to be interested in space exploration. Learn more at www.yurisnight.net.

"The series of evening events tied to Yuri's Night at Pearson Air Museum demonstrates the National Park Service's continuing commitment to bringing innovative, free public programs to the museum that celebrate the history of aviation," said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. "Without question, this will be a fun and educational event for our community. Encouraging the next generation of explorers is very important to us as we prepare to celebrate the centennial year of the National Park Service in 2016."

"We are thrilled to be working with multiple partners to present this varied evening of events celebrating 54 years of space exploration," added Pearson Air Museum Manager Bob Cromwell. "There is an interesting historical tie between Yuri Gagarin and Pearson Field," noted Cromwell. "One of the claims to fame of Pearson Field was the 1937 landing of the Soviet Transpolar flight piloted by Valery Chkalov. Gagarin was actually trained as a Soviet Air Force pilot in the First Chkalov Air Force Pilot's School in Orenburg in 1957."

All events are free, start at 5:00 pm, and include:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: 2 Liter Rocket Making Lab for children ages 8-18. A rocket making area with free materials and suggested instructions will be provided for children, who will be encouraged to design and build their own water and air powered rocket!

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm: The Oregon L5 Society (a chapter of the National Space Society) will host an informational table with exhibits discussing the future of space exploration.

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm: Portland State University Archaeologist Dr. Cameron Smith will show his DIY space suit in the Tex Rankin Theater. Dr. Smith is making waves in the history of space exploration by attempting to be the first non-state funded human to reach near space conditions over 50,000 ft. in a self-designed and built space suit.

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm: 2 Liter Rocket Launching Competition. Children will be able to launch their own personally designed and built 2 liter bottle rocket from the paved area west of Pearson Air Museum.

7:30 pm to 9:15 pm: In cooperation with the City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department, the 2012 Disney animated film WALL-E will be shown in the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum. WALL-E is rated G.

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Ranger-led Sky Tour (weather permitting). Join certified Star Guide & Park Ranger Robert Gutierrez as he leads a one hour walking star and moon tour along the Spruce Mill Trail between Pearson Air Museum and Fort Vancouver.

What: An evening of events celebrating the history of space exploration.

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA

Cost: Free
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland celebrates National Boys & Girls Club Week - Wattles Club in Lents
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area - 03/19/15
Local Boys & Girls Clubs host open houses in six communities throughout the Portland area.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland joins more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across America in celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 22-28, 2015.

This year's theme - 'Open the Door. Take the Tour' - encourages communities, families, friends and supporters of its Club members to experience first-hand how Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland is making a difference in the lives of young people.

Every night during National BGC Week, our Clubs are hosting open houses showcasing key program such as the arts, leadership, and education.

To showcase its Leadership & Character programs, the Wattles Boys & Girls Club is hosting an open house for community members to meet teen leaders and offer an opportunity for a question and answer with the Clubs young leaders.

Those who attend will get a chance to meet youth and staff, enjoy snacks and refreshments, tour our Clubhouses, and learn about all the ways Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland is making an impact in the Lents neighborhood.


WHO:
* Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro
* Wattles Boys & Girls Club


WHEN:
Monday, March 23, 2015
5:30 - 6:30

WHERE:
Wattles Boys & Girls Club
9330 SE Harold St
Portland, OR 97266


ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PORTLAND: Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland has been serving youth since 1946. The Clubs provide affordable, quality after-school and summer programs designed to help kids develop the qualities needed to achieve academic success, become responsible citizens and leaders, and live healthy lives. Today, the Clubs have grown to operate six facilities located throughout the metropolitan area, along with eight school-based programs in partnership with the Parkrose, Reynolds and Forest Grove School Districts.

Visit www.bgcportland.org for more information.
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Monday March 23
Portland Police Bureau - 03/19/15
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Monday March 23, 2015.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns. Examples include: shootings, stabbings, robberies, endangered missing/abductions, major incidents, and traffic crashes with a substantial traffic impact (Major Crash Team Activation).

All other research-type requests should be routed to Sgt. Simpson via email for follow-up.

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*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I 5 at French Prairie Rest Area on Ramp
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/19/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal semi-truck versus pedestrian crash on I-5 SB near milepost 281.

Preliminary information from troopers at the scene indicates that shortly before 6:00 a.m., a man who was living with his mother and sister and had been staying regularly at the southbound French Prairie Rest Area, south of Wilsonville, walked into the lane of travel on I-5 and was struck by a southbound semi-truck hauling wood chips. The man, identified as TERSEE S. GAR, 24, of Tualatin, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Early investigation indicates GAR had been talking about committing suicide.

Suicide is preventable when people in crisis are connected with qualified mental health professionals who can help. If you are considering suicide or you know someone who is - start by calling the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) for help. Don't get fooled into thinking there is no help or hope.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation. No photographs are available for release.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Oregon State Police troopers are on the scene of a fatal traffic crash on I 5 at MP 281 southbound. The crash involves a semi truck and pedestrian near French Prairie rest area. 2 of 3 lanes are affected as well as the on-ramp to I 5 from the rest area. Watch for emergency crews and go to www.tripcheck.com for road updates.

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What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Pacific Power - 03/19/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 19, 2015
503-813-7291
Tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Look up to make sure ladders, tools are a safe distance from electric wires

PORTLAND, Ore. --Spring is just around the corner and warm weather is already drawing Northwesterners outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects. Before you reach for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder's glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

"It is easy to forget that the power lines supplying your house are potentially dangerous," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Simply moving a metal ladder without being aware of what is overhead could be deadly. Even a momentary electrical contact can have devastating results."

Pacific Power urges its customers to take simple precautions when working or playing outside to help ensure their safety:

"Look up and live "

* Note the location of overhead electrical wires while working and when moving equipment, as well as when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing rain gutters.
* Check for nearby electrical wires when pruning trees. If lines run through or near your tree, don't attempt to cut branches or limbs. Instead, you should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.
* When painting a house, note where power lines connect to the house and keep ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from lines.
* If moving, adjusting or installing an antenna or satellite dish, keep well away from electrical wires.
* Be cautious on the roof. Working on a roof may put you closer to an overhead power line than you realize and your focus may be more on keeping your footing than on wire locations. Avoid accidentally touching a line with your head or shoulder or any tool you may be using.
* Playing catch is a time-honored rite of Spring, but keep clear of lines so that you always make it home safe.
* Flying kites is another fun part of the season, but do it away from overhead power lines and make sure kids have adult supervision. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

As always, stay away to stay safe

* If you spot an electrical wire down, keep everyone out of the area (including pets) and immediately call 9-1-1 or Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
* Never try to move a downed wire or even go near one. Always assume a downed wire is energized and dangerous, even if it isn't sparking. Touching a live line or anything near it-- like a fence or puddle of water--can cause electricity to flow through your body, resulting in serious injury or death.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit www.pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Finalists named in high school safety video contest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/19/15
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(Salem) - High school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, humor, and interesting characters to increase awareness about workplace safety with the message, "Speak up. Work safe." The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) sponsors the annual video contest to engage teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

The top 11 finalists are now posted on YouTube for viewing (click on 2015 video submissions):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBhw4U8dnwg5OKrKsxo0rvrLa

The finalists are:
*"Gone Mobile" - South Salem High School
*"Horrible Bosses" - St. Helens High School
*"Lorenzo's Blog" - South Salem High School
*"Shop Safety of Horror" - Benson Polytechnic High School
*"The Cutting Edge" - Sunset High School
*"Think Safely - It Couldn't Hurt" - Benson Polytechnic High School
*"This is My Scar" - South Salem High School
*"This is You"- Benson Polytechnic High School
*"Training Day" - St. Helens High School
*"Work Safety for Teens" - La Pine High School
*"Workplace Safety" - South Wasco County High School

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. O[yes] hosts the contest, which is sponsored by Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theater, and SafeBuild Alliance.

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, also features the tagline "Work shouldn't cost you your future." Students were tasked with creating a 90-second video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. The videos were judged on creativity, originality, youth appeal, production quality, and message.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem on May 2.

For contest information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest. On social media, follow the contest conversation with the tag #Oyesvideo.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DCBSOregon. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


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Gresham Police Respond to Murder-Suicide of Elderly Couple
Gresham Police Dept - 03/19/15
RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Ofc. Adam Baker, Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 15-702877

Gresham, Ore. - On March 18, 2015 at 8:32 PM Gresham Police received a report of two people found deceased in a home in the 17400 block of NE Irving st. The couple, who are both in their late 80's, were discovered by one of their adult children. Detectives and crime scene investigators responded in order to determine what had occurred at the home.

As a result of the investigation and evidence located at the scene, police determined that this incident was a murder-suicide. The names of the couple are being withheld as family notification hasn't been completed yet, but the couple were the only residents of the home where it occurred.

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State confirms sixth University of Oregon meningococcal disease case
Oregon Health Authority - 03/19/15
EDITORS: Public health officials will answer questions about the UO meningococcal outbreak during a media availability TODAY from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 425 (fourth floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

March 19, 2015

State confirms sixth University of Oregon meningococcal disease case

It's critical that students get vaccinated over spring break, health officials say

Oregon Health Authority officials say a sixth confirmed meningococcal disease case in a University of Oregon student underscores the critical importance of getting vaccinated against the illness before or during spring break.

The target audience for this vaccination plea: Parents of UO students returning home or planning a trip abroad during the break that starts March 23.

"We need parents to help us get the word out to students about this dangerous, potentially deadly disease, and why it's crucial for students to get the meningitis B shot right now," said Paul Cieslak, M.D., medical director of infectious disease and immunization programs at the OHA Public Health Division. "No one should be complacent about this disease. University of Oregon undergraduates who have not been vaccinated are at risk of infection, serious illness and death."

The latest case is a 20-year-old male UO sophomore who lives off campus. The five previous cases all have fallen ill since mid-January. The fourth case, an 18-year-old female freshman at UO, died from the disease February 17.

Oregon Public Health is working closely with UO and Lane County Public Health to investigate the latest case, including tracking and contacting individuals who may have had close contact with the student. They also are encouraging people who meet the following criteria to get vaccinated as soon as possible: All UO undergraduate students at the Eugene campus or undergraduate students who attend classes at least weekly at the Eugene campus; UO graduate students who live in campus residence halls (dormitories) or fraternity and sorority houses; and UO students with high-risk medical conditions, including absent spleen or abnormal spleen function, such as that caused by sickle cell disease, or complement deficiency.

UO students can get vaccinated against meningococcal disease at the University Health Center as well as any Safeway, Albertsons or Walgreens pharmacy in Oregon. Their insurance will be billed directly, and the vaccine will be provided at no cost to them.

So far, more than 9,000 UO students have received the meningitis B vaccine. The goal is to vaccinate 22,000 undergraduate students.

Cieslak says he is pleading with UO parents to encourage students to get vaccinated when they return home for spring vacation, or in Eugene if they choose to stay in town during the break. They also should make sure students who are planning trips abroad get vaccinated before they leave.

"This meningococcal outbreak is not over. We won't be at all surprised if we see more cases," Cieslak said. "That's why undergrads and those with high-risk medical conditions should get vaccinated right away. It's the best way to reduce your risk of being infected."

Students can further reduce the spread of the disease by completing the series of doses for the meningitis vaccine, which is offered in two- and three-dose courses. They also can help prevent its spread by covering their cough and washing their hands frequently, and avoiding sharing items such as cups, eating utensils and smoking devices.

Additional information:

-- Public Health Division meningococcal facts: http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/MeningococcalDisease/Pages/facts.aspx

-- UO meningitis B vaccine information: https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/getthevax.aspx

-- University Health Center information: https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/meningitis.aspx?q=meningitis

-- CDC meningococcal disease information: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/index.html

-- CDC meningitis B vaccine information: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/outbreaks/vaccine-serogroupb.html

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*** Update Name Added*** Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on HWY 58 near MP 15.5 just east of Lowell - Lane County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/19/15
*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterdays fatal traffic crash on Highway 58 near milepost 15.5 east of Lowell in Lane County.

Early information indicates that a white, 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup, was eastbound on highway 58 near milepost 15.5, just east of Lowell. For still undetermined reasons the Tacoma left the roadway, striking a guardrail and some trees. The operator, identified as BRADLEY J. RHEA, 58, of Oakridge, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Dexter Rural Fire Protection District.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on the scene of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 58 near milepost 15.5, just east of Lowell in Lane County.

Highway 58 traffic is not being impacted at this time. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Shot Fired in Apartment
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/15
On 03/18/2015 at 2108hrs Clark County Sheriff Deputies responded to a shooting at 10249 NE Notchlog Drive #206. Upon their arrival they contacted four adult victims who advised that while they were in their apartment a bullet was fired from the neighboring apartment, #205. The shot came through a common wall shared by #205 and #206; there were no injuries. The victims alleged the suspect came out to the hallway and made a threatening statement to them. They also alleged that the suspect has had an ongoing dispute with the one of four adults that lives next door.

Deputies locked down the apartment building and were able to make contact with the suspect, Michael Richard McDonald, (10/09/56) in #205. Michael presented himself to the Deputies and he was taken into custody without incident.

Currently Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit and the Tactical Detective Unit of the Clark County Sheriff's Office are serving search warrants on both apartments.

Michael McDonald of Vancouver was arrested for 2ct of Assault I and is currently being held in the Clark County Jail. The names of the victims will not be released at this time.

There will be no further information released on this investigation this evening.

Sgt. Kevin Allais
03/18/15
Silverton Fire District to Place Bond on May Ballot (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 03/18/15
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Silverton Fire District will place a $4.3 million bond measure before the voters on the May 19th ballot. The bonds have a maximum maturity of 16 years. Bond measure 24-383 funds will be used to:

Improve and repair the Fire District's 5 stations and training facilities;

Purchase and equip pumper trucks;

Refurbish 3 existing pumper trucks;

Replace old and obsolete self-contained breathing apparatus; and

Pay bond issuance fees.

Voters approved a similar bond measure in 1995, which will expire at the end of this year. Should the new bond measure be approved, it will be issued after the 1995 bond matures. Tax payers are not expected to see a tax increase as the Fire District anticipates that the millage rate will remain around 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. For a home valued at $200,000, the owner will pay approximately $56 per year.

The decision to place the bond measure before the voters comes after careful evaluation of all aspects of the Fire District. The evaluation determined:

The current fire truck fleet exceeds industry standard useful life with an average age of 24 years old. The oldest front line pumper truck is 44 years old.

Although fire apparatus and the facilities are well maintained, the life expectancy of the equipment and facilities has expired. The recommended age for fire apparatus is no more than 20 years and the overall firefighting technology have evolved, which requires us to change with it. The self-contained breathing apparatus is not up to current firefighter industry standards, facilities need improvements for safety and energy savings and the training facilities need safety upgrades.


A lot has changed in the twenty years since the last bond measure was approved. Calls for service have increased by 44 percent, there is a great deal more required training, there are more volunteer firefighters with the Fire District, and there are greater demands put on our volunteer personnel and equipment.

Attached Photo is Silverton Fire District's Oldest In Service Front Line Pumper, E495

For more information, contact Chief Bill Miles or Captain Ed Grambusch at 503-873-5328
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52-Year-Old Man Stabbed at West End of Hawthorne Bridge - Suspects Fled Area on Foot
Portland Police Bureau - 03/18/15
On Wednesday March 18, 2015, at 6:07 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing on the West end of the Hawthorne Bridge.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 52-year-old man suffering from a non-life-threatening stab wound. The victim, currently homeless, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Witnesses described a group of five white male "street kids" as being involved. Two men in the group had skateboards and another was walking a dog. They were last seen running westbound off the bridge.

Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to contact the Police Non-Emergency Line (503) 823-3333.

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Beaverton multi-unit fire displaces adults, pets - Red Cross response
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/18/15
A fire this afternoon in the 12000 block of SW Gingham Lane in Beaverton displaced five adults and five children. Several cats and a hedgehog were also affected. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, comfort kits, stuffed animals and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.
OSP Troopers in The Dalles Continuing Custodial Interference Investigation - Wasco County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in The Dalles are continuing the investigation into a reported custodial interference from this afternoon.

Early information from troopers indicates that shortly before 3:00 p.m, a woman came to the Oregon State Police patrol office in The Dalles to report her four (4) children, ranging in ages from 4-9, had failed to show up at school as planned. The mother stated she had allowed the children to stay with her uncle for the past several days. The uncle was to have taken the children to school this morning, but failed to do so. After being unable to reach the uncle, the mother contacted police to report the incident.

Troopers began working with the Northern Command Center (NCC) who was able to locate the suspect, identified as DONALD D. CLARK, age 61, of The Dalles, Oregon, in Goldendale via cell-phone ping. OSP contacted the Goldendale Police Department and requested they attempt to locate CLARK and the children.

At approximately 5:03 p.m., Goldendale PD advised OSP they had located CLARK and the four children unharmed. CLARK was taken into custody on an Oregon warrant for Custodial Interference. He was lodged at the Klickitat county jail. The children were reunited with their mother shortly thereafter.

OSP was assisted in this investigation by the Goldendale Washington Police Department and The Dalles Police Department. No photo's are available for release with this incident.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit moves in after observing suspected drug transaction
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/18/15
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Unit detectives moved in after observing a suspected drug transaction take place in a parking lot at NE 82nd Ave and NE Prescott St. SIU detectives along with Clark/Vancouver Drug Task Force officers were investigating a Heroin drug trafficking group when they observed a suspected drug transaction take place in the parking lot during their investigation. Detectives interrupted the transaction moving in and arresting Sergio AlvarezEligio, Age 27 and Albert Champagne, Age 47 on charges of Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Unlawful Delivery of Heroin. Investigators seized approximately one pound of Heroin along with $15,000 in cash from their vehicle at the scene. The heroin seized was packaged in multiple quantities and ready for sale. A suspected customer Frederick Deiner, Age 40, of Gresham, OR involved in the transaction was also arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Unlawful Delivery of Heroin. All were transported and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing.

Booking photos are available on our website at www.mcso.us
Firefighters Swiftly Extinguish Single-alarm Fire at Fourplex (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 03/18/15
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At 1:53pm this afternoon, dispatchers received multiple reports of flames and black smoke coming out the windows of a fourplex apartment building on 12270 SW Gingham Lane in Beaverton.

Within five minutes, firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's Station 66 arrived to find heavy fire and pressurized smoke coming from the front door and eves of the building. Firefighters quickly identified the bulk of the fire was coming from the kitchen in one of the lower units. They were able to bring the fire under control within 18 minutes. Searches confirmed that all residents were accounted for, and there were no reported injuries. Four families were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

It is unclear at this time how the fire started, but an investigator is examining material evidence and conducting witness interviews. Fire crews were assisted by Beaverton Police who conducted traffic control.

For tips about creating a home fire escape plan, visit www.tvfr.com.


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Driver in Crosswalk Pedestrian Accident Indicted, Arrested (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 03/18/15
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Police investigation uncovered cell phone use as cause of accident.

Gresham, Ore - The driver in the accident that left three pedestrians injured at a crosswalk in front of Centennial High School on January 15, was arrested after a grand jury indictment accusing her of several crimes. Elizabeth Rachel Dove, 23, of Gresham was arrested on March 4, 2015 after the indictment. She was booked and released from the Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with three counts of Assault III, five counts of Recklessly Endangering and one count of Reckless Driving.

Traffic Officers investigating the cause of the crash determined that speed and alcohol were not a factor. However, a search of Dove's cell phone revealed that she was making a video at the time the accident occurred. Police want to remind the public that using cellphones to call, text, update social media accounts, take pictures or make videos while driving is unlawful and places drivers and pedestrians in danger. See O.R.S. 811.507 for more information on operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device. Distracted driving is a major contributor to traffic collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 3,328 fatalities and 421,000 injuries as a result of distraction-affected crashes nationwide. "Engaging in visual-manual subtasks associated with the use of hand-held phones" increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Charges: Assault III O.R.S. 163.165 (3 counts)
Recklessly Endangering--Misd O.R.S. 163.195 (5 counts)
Reckless Driving--Misd O.R.S. 811.140

Link to original incident Oregonlive http://goo.gl/rcUsV6


Attached Media Files: Dove
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Celebrates National Boys & Girls Club Week - Regence Club at New Columbia
Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area - 03/18/15
Local Boys & Girls Clubs host open houses in six communities throughout the Portland area.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland joins more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across America in celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 22-28, 2015.

This year's theme - 'Open the Door. Take the Tour' - encourages communities, families, friends and supporters of its Club members to experience first-hand how Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland is making a difference in the lives of young people.

Every night during National BGC Week, our Clubs are hosting open houses showcasing key program such as the arts, leadership, and education.

To jump start the week, our Regence Club in North Portland is hosting an open house and BGC week kick-off celebration with our campus community partners: Charles Jordan Community Center, and New Columbia.

Those who attend will get a chance to meet youth and staff, enjoy snacks and refreshments, tour the Clubhouse, and learn about all the ways Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland is making an impact in North Portland.

WHO:
*Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro
*Regence Boys & Girls Club

WHEN:
Friday, March 20, 2015
5:30 - 7:30

WHERE:
Regence Boys & Girls Club
4430 N Trenton St
Portland, OR 97203
Upcoming annual workshop for landlords-Don't miss out on the early bird registration
Salem Police Dept. - 03/18/15
Attention, rental property owners, property managers, on-site resident managers! Save April 15 & 16, 2015 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 conducted in partnership with John Campbell of Campbell DeLong Resources. 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 on day two.

Register on or before April 3 and pay the reduced price of $65 per person or $85 per couple; postmarks are considered. After April 4, the fee increases to $75 and $95, respectively. Registration includes reference materials and refreshments.

For more information about the course, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175. To submit your registration visit the police department page at www.cityofsalem.net/police to download the form.
Beaverton Couple Claim $12.6 Million Megabucks Jackpot
Oregon Lottery - 03/18/15
March 17, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - John and Patricia Cason of Beaverton found their pot of gold on St. Patrick's Day when the couple realized they had the winning $12.6 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket.

On Thursday, March 12, John Cason purchased the ticket at the 7-Eleven on Murray Boulevard in Beaverton for the Saturday, March 14, drawing. He checked the ticket Tuesday morning while out with his wife, and immediately drove to Salem to claim their prize.

The couple become the 245th and 246th millionaires created by Oregon's Game Megabucks since the game went on sale November 20, 1985. Mary Silver of Ashland was the last Megabucks jackpot winner, winning $12.1 million in December. Last year more than $18 million in prizes were awarded to people playing Oregon's Game Megabucks.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Monmouth Man Wins $1 Million Raffle Jackpot
Oregon Lottery - 03/18/15
March 18, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - This week the Oregon Lottery has given away more than $14.6 million in large jackpots.

The latest jackpot winner is David Lynn of Monmouth, who won the $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Lynn purchased the ticket at the Stop and Save gas station in Rickreall.

Only 250,000 tickets were sold for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle, making it the Oregon Lottery game with the best odds to win $1 million. In addition to the top prize, the game also has 1,800 other cash prizes including 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100. A complete list of all the winning numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at www.oregonlottery.org. Players can also check their St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

The next Oregon Raffle will be the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Raffle, with tickets going on sale in January 2016.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Do you want to trim calories and feed the hungry at the same time? There's an app for that. (Photo)
Woloshin Communications - 03/18/15
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Do you want to trim calories and feed the hungry at the same time? There's an app for that.

ASTORIA, Ore. -- The Way to Wellville challenge in Clatsop County is offering a free phone app, called foodtweeks(TM), that helps you learn how to trim calories and improve nutrition, while donating healthy food to the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank.

This app is a great way to help raise awareness of the calories we eat every day and donate those we don't need to feed hungry in our community.

The app allows you to make small trade-offs to save calories in a sustainable way. For every 600 calories saved, foodtweeks donates a healthy meal to the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank. You can even double and triple your donations by sharing your actions with your friends on social media.

The app is available for iPhones and Android phones. When you register for the app, enter the code "W2WCC" to designate donations to the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank.
For more information on the foodtweeks app, please visit www.foodtweeks.com. For more information on The Way to Wellville in Clatsop County, please visit www.waytowellville.net. (The link goes to a temporary webpage; a permanent website will be available soon). You can also find us on Facebook at The Way to Wellville: Clatsop County.

About The Way to Wellville

"The Way to Wellville," is a five community, five year challenge to improve population health. Sponsored by the nonprofit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup), is aimed at communities under 100,000 in population. Clatsop County was selected to be a Way to Wellville community in Aug. 2014. The other four communities selected out of 42 applicants are Greater Muskegon, Michigan; Lake County, California; Niagara Falls, New York; and Spartanburg, South Carolina. For more information, please visit www.hiccup.co.

The Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization -- established in 2012 to coordinate health services for Oregon Health Plan members in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and coastal Douglas counties -- spearheaded Clatsop County's application. You can also visit www.colpachhealth.org.


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OSP Troopers in Springfield Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-5 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal pedestrian crash on I-5 near milepost 174.5 (southbound) in Lane County near Cottage Grove.

On March 17, at approximately 9:00 p.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian walking on the shoulder and also in the right lane of travel on I-5 southbound near milepost 174.5, nearly being struck by passing vehicles. As troopers responded to the scene additional callers reported what appeared to be a person lying on the shoulder.

Upon arrival troopers discovered ERIC A. BOLDT, 42, of Eugene and with ties to Idaho, deceased on the highway shoulder. BOLDT was wearing a multicolored pullover and carrying a large digital camouflage backpack. One caller reported he may have had a mid-sized dog walking with him as well which has not been confirmed.

Troopers believe BOLDT may have been struck by a large or commercial type vehicle which may not have been aware of the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information pertaining to this crash is asked to contact Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionist Sr. Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk at 541-726-2536 or by calling the Northern Command Center (NCC) at 800-243-7865.

No photographs are available for release at this time.

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Middle School Students String Together Art, Math, Science (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 03/18/15
Chief Umtuch Middle School students learn how math, science, and art contribute to the creation of string design projects
Chief Umtuch Middle School students learn how math, science, and art contribute to the creation of string design projects
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In Chief Umtuch Middle School's visual art classes, students learn about geometry in an engaging way by creating their own string art pieces. The seventh graders study geometric concepts, including vocabulary, and then create a line design with string and small nails.

Art specialist Linda Peterson began teaching students the art of string design about 17 years ago after a visit to the Seattle Art Museum. At the museum, Peterson was captivated by a string art piece that looked like a bridge. At first Peterson thought its lines were curved, but she later discovered that math, science and art had intersected to form a geometric art piece with curves made from straight lines. Though the string forms straight lines between points, the different angles and positions where strings intersect gives the appearance of curves.

For the string design project, Peterson's art students begin with a 12-page line design packet that covers geometric concepts and constructions. Students go over the first three pages of the packet with Peterson to understand the process, and then continue independently. Students create geometric line designs and choose different colors of string to help maintain the visibility of the design's curves. "Creating these geometric designs gives students the opportunity to show creativity and imagination while using mathematics," Peterson said. "Taking our designs to a much larger scale has showed students the visual impact that the curves and colors of their work has on the onlookers in our school halls."

The string design project meets Washington State Learning Standards for art by teaching students to create, conceptualize, organize, develop, refine and complete artistic work as well as convey meaning through the presentation of their work.

"My goal is for students to understand the intimate relationship between art, math, and science," Peterson said. "Art helps make math and science visible."


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Tigard Police Investigating Overnight Stabbing
Tigard Police - 03/18/15
On Monday, March 17, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a 9-1-1 caller stated that a man was bleeding and lying on a sidewalk near Pacific Highway and Garrett Street in Tigard.
Tigard Police was quickly on scene along with emergency medical personnel. Other Tigard Police units were dispatched to the Cypress Crest Apartments located 9800 SW Frewing St. after another 9-1-1 caller reported that a stabbing had just occurred at the apartment.

Tigard Police are presently investigating the incident. Witness statements provided to police indicate that a 48 year-old male was stabbed and a 47 year-old female allegedly involved in the incident are acquainted. Police also report that both parties involved were intoxicated at the time.

The stabbed male is being treated for serious injuries at OHSU. The investigation is ongoing.
Register for WSU Vancouver's Run for Cougs 5K
WSU Vancouver - 03/18/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Runners are invited to Washington State University Vancouver for the Run for Cougs 5K at 10 a.m. April 4 starting from the Firstenburg Family Fountain. The entry fee is a donation of 10 nonperishable food items to benefit the Cougar Food Pantry, an on-campus resource providing food to students and their families in need.

To register as a runner or to volunteer, visit http://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-involvement/fun-run-rsvp. Strollers are not permitted on the run course.

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 free on weekends.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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WSU Vancouver's MBA Stakeholder Speaker Series will focus on collaborating for public safety
WSU Vancouver - 03/18/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Representatives of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Clark County Public Health will speak at Washington State University Vancouver's spring MBA Stakeholder Speaker Series at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Undergraduate Building, Room 1. This event is free and open to the public.

Sy Johnson, CEO of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center; and Dr. Alan Melnick, director of Clark County Public Health, will discuss "Doing the Right Thing: Collaborating for Public Safety." Their joint investigation into a possible hepatitis C exposure served as a model of public/private collaboration. Learn how the two organizations worked together to achieve the best outcome for the common good.

Johnson has 12 years of experience at PeaceHealth having served as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief executive officer of St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash. prior to assuming his current role. He was nationally recognized in 2012 as one of Tomorrow's Leaders by the Catholic Health Association. He has served on numerous boards and committees including the WSU Vancouver Advisory Council.

Dr. Melnick works with the Clark County Board of Health on public health policy issues affecting the community and the department. As Health Officer, Dr. Melnick has overall responsibility for controlling and preventing communicable disease, protecting the community from environmental hazards, and working with community partners to promote health and address chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, obesity and preventable cancers.

WSU Vancouver's MBA Stakeholder's Series brings business leaders to campus once a semester to highlight and discuss how corporations are engaging their stakeholders. To learn more about WSU Vancouver's MBA program, visit http://business.vancouver.wsu.edu/mba.

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 and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m. Parking is free after 7 p.m.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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St. Mary's Academy basketball team finishes the season second in state; team members recognized for excellence by the Three Rivers League (Photo)
St. Mary's Acad. (Downtown) - 03/18/15
Martina McCowan (left) and Tyschal Blake (right)
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Portland, Ore. - On Saturday, March 14, St. Mary's Academy's Blues basketball team played in the OSAA 6A State Championship Finals for the first time since 1999. Proud parents, students, teachers, alumnae and other community members filled the stands to cheer on the Blues. The Blues finished the game with 50 points, just six less than competitor South Salem to finish the season second in the state. After the final buzzer sounded, members of the 1986 St. Mary's basketball championship team led the fans in chanting "We are proud of you."

"I am so proud of my team. Standards were raised this year, but our players met and welcomed the challenge. This team has changed and matured throughout the season - something I believe was reflected on the court. I am honored and feel blessed to have taken this journey with St. Mary's coaching staff and such a great group of young women," said St. Mary's head coach Dewey Taylor III.

Five St. Mary's Academy students were recognized as 2015 Girls' Basketball All-Three Rivers League players by a vote of the league's coaches. Senior Tyschal Blake was named Player of the Year and senior Martina McCowan was named Defensive Player of the Year. These talented student-athletes were also named as part of the First Team, along with sophomore Bendu Yeaney. Senior Tasia Bilbrew and junior Clara Ell earned Honorable Mention recognition. In addition, Coach Taylor was selected as Three Rivers League Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year. This was Taylor's first year as head coach at St. Mary's.

Coaches from the Three Rivers League voted and ranked players nominated from each of the schools in the league. The top six players selected are part of the First Team; the next six players are part of the Second Team. Players with the most points are awarded Player of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year for the defensive ballot. All players with at least one vote receive honorable mention. Players on the First Team and Coach Taylor qualify for OSAA 6A All-State recognition, which will be voted on in the coming weeks.

"I think I speak for the entire St. Mary's Academy community when I say that I am proud to have such talented players and coaches representing our school. It is not only exciting that our basketball team finished the season second in state, but also that they were recognized within their league," said St. Mary's Academy's Athletic Director Anna Maria Lopez '78.

"I feel honored - there are so many great coaches in our league. To be honored with this award speaks volumes to how coachable and hardworking the young women at St. Mary's are. To have the player of the year and the defensive player of the year on our team, as well as two honorable mentions is an outstanding team achievement," said Taylor.

Senior Martina McCowan, Defensive Player of the Year, will be attending Long Beach State University, a Division I school, on a full-ride scholarship for basketball in the fall. "This season we worked very hard as a team. I am so proud and excited about the bonds I've formed with my teammates," said McCowan.

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


Attached Media Files: Martina McCowan (left) and Tyschal Blake (right)
Free Boating Education Card
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/18/15
Need Your Boaters Card? The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division will be hosting an Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next class will be on Saturday, April 11th. The class will run from 8am-3:30pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. Cost for the class is FREE.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at 360-577-3092 or email at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us . The deadline to register is Wed, April 8th. This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out www.boatered.org.
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 03/18/15
The Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Washington County and Kuni Collision Center, will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Kuni Collision Center, located at 3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd Beaverton, OR 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The last vehicle will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. to allow the technicians to be finished by 12:00 p.m.

This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used child safety seat will greatly decrease the chance of your child sustaining a serious or life threating injury during a motor vehicle crash.

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent or caregiver is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But, with so many different car seats on the market, it's no wonder parents may find this process overwhelming.

The type of car seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size and the type of vehicle you have. It is important that you read the owner's manual for your vehicle and the instructions that came with the car seat you purchased.

The best car seat is the one that you will use properly. This is what we hope to teach you when you come to one of our car seat clinics. The uses of safety belts and child safety seats have been proven to greatly reduce the chances of sustaining serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required - just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. Please note that the last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m.
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*** Charges Added *** Armed/Barricaded Subject near Blue River in Custody - Lane County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
*** Update ***
Oregon State Police have taken the person involved in today's armed stand-off in Lane County near Blue River into custody.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly before 10:00 p.m., members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team took the man, identified as 60-year-old DAVID L. SHOPTAW, of Blue River, into custody on several criminal charges including Unlawful use of a weapon, Menacing, Reckless Endangering, and Pointing a Firearm at another. SHOPTAW barricaded himself shortly before 2:00 p.m. today and although he was subdued by a taser he was not seriously injured during his arrest. He is being transported for further evaluation to a Eugene Area Hospital.

Earlier today, neighbors in the area reported a man, later identified as SHOPTAW, had fired multiple rounds out the window of his cabin at or near people who were walking in the area. When troopers arrived on scene, SHOPTAW indicated he had weapons and may have been experiencing a mental health crisis.

This investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and McKenzie Fire and Rescue. No photograph is immediately available.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on-scene and continue to arrive on the scene of a reported disturbance involving and shooting in the Blue River Area. The incident shortly before 2:00 p.m. today near milepost 43 on Highway 126E near Blue River Drive.

Preliminary information indicates that a man living in residence nearby began firing randomly at people in the area and creating a disturbance. The man has now barricaded himself inside a residence and troopers are speaking to him at this time.

The public is not in danger and the incident is not impacting traffic in the area. No photographs are available at this time and additional updates to this release will follow.

Media inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Josh Brooks, Public Information Officer via email at OSPPIO@state.or.us.
Bark it Down: Portland Parks & Recreation Gears up for Arbor Day! (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 03/18/15
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FREE rides in the tree "bucket truck"; free, family activities

(Portland, OR) -

Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry division, stewards of nearly 1.5 million trees across the Rose City, is proud to partner with amazing volunteers in presenting present Arbor Day 2015: TREES ARE FOR EVERYONE!. It's a free, family-friendly festival for "forest-y" fun! Please join us as Portland celebrates our urban forest.

WHAT: Portland Arbor Day Festival 2015
WHERE: SW Park Blocks between SW Harrison and Montgomery (the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University)
WHEN: Friday, April 10, 11am-1pm (FREE squirrel-eye views of the city with bucket truck rides for everyone) and Saturday, April 11, 2015 (free, family fun, games, and activities, details below) 8:30am-2pm

On Friday, April 10, Urban Forestry crews will offer a squirrel's-eye view of downtown Portland in the same equipment they use to keep our trees healthy and beautiful. People of all ages are welcome to have a ride.
On Saturday, April 11, the full Arbor Day celebration kicks off. Portland will be named a Tree City USA for the 38th consecutive year.

Enjoy family-friendly crafts, tree games, environmental education, nature stations and more opportunities to learn about trees and their amazing benefits, what they do for the environment and more! Share your stories and questions about trees.

Activities include:
* Face painting
* A "be an arborist" game for kids - use the same equipment actual PP&R arborists use to care for trees!
* Hands-on nature activities with mystery boxes of natural materials
* Learn what trees do for you, your city and the environment
* Take a picture next to our environmental education teens (GRUNTS), who will be decked out in totally awesome tree costumes!
* Hug a tree (or more than one)

"The theme of Arbor Day 2015 is 'Trees are for Everyone.' The benefits we receive from trees are well known," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "We have a unique city, with nature and our urban life intertwined like few other places. Arbor Day is a wonderful chance for people to connect with nature through a wide variety of fun and educational activities."

Learn about neighborhood tree plantings, what species of trees are on your block, Green Streets, the new Tree Code, Portland's Heritage Trees, fruit trees in the city, Hoyt Arboretum, and the Outdoor School.

Honor the recipients of the Bill Naito Community Trees Awards (at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11), and hear why Portland will once again be honored as a Tree City USA.


Trees are worth celebrating!

Celebrate our beautiful urban forest all throughout the city during Arbor Day and all throughout the year. Join us and learn how Portland's trees work 24/7: filtering our water, cleaning our air, cooling the city, providing wildlife habitat, enhancing livability, and increasing property resale value. All activities are open to the public and free of charge.

About Portland's Trees
Portland Parks & Recreation cares for more than 1.2 million trees in PP&R parks and natural areas, and oversees an additional 240,000 street trees across the city! The amount of Portland's land covered by trees, known as the urban canopy, has increased by nearly 3% during the past nine years. The success is due to efforts undertaken by successful public-private partnerships including the Tree Stewardship Coalition, Portland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Trees and the Bureau of Environmental Services. Currently, 30% of Portland's surface area is covered in urban forest, with a goal of 33% (per the Urban Forest Management Plan, completed in 2004).

Become a partner to Portland's urban forest
To learn more about Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry tree events and partner events all month long, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61386.


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AARP Seeks Volunteers from all Corners of the State
AARP Oregon - 03/18/15
March 16, 2015 -- If you are looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity where you can make a difference in your community, AARP Oregon is seeking volunteers to advocate, educate and engage Oregonians of all backgrounds. We have a variety of community and committee roles including our Executive Committee and Diversity Advisory Council.

AARP Oregon works on issues that matter to 50+ Oregonians and their families, including financial security, family caregiving, livable and age friendly communities, hunger, fraud, and more.

You can make an impact on local, state and federal levels with our outreach on protecting Social Security and Medicare, helping people find jobs, start a new business or prepare for retirement, along with advocating for family caregivers.

We are seeking representation from every corner of the state. AARP Oregon supports inclusiveness in all of its activities and seeks leadership applicants who represent the state's diversity in age, geography, beliefs, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.

"We encourage Oregonians of all backgrounds to apply for these positions," said AARP state director Jerry Cohen.

Questions? Email us at oraarp@aarp.org To apply, go to http://svy.mk/1MLpVBd.
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Media Roundtable on Washington standards and testing
ESD 112 - 03/18/15
This spring, Washington is testing its new learning standards in math and English language arts. For the first time, students in Washington will take computer-based Smarter Balanced exams in grades 3-8 and high school.

The Ready Washington coalition invites members of the media to learn more about the standards and testing on March 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. State education leaders and local educators (superintendents, principals and teachers) will available at the media workshop to answer questions.

We will cover information about the state's learning standards and the new Smarter Balanced assessments.

Media members can attend in person or via Webinar/conference call.

Please RSVP to Nathan Olson, communications manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, at nathan.olson@k12.wa.us.
What: Media Roundtable
When: March 25, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Puget Sound ESD Training & Conference Center
800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057
Cedar Room, 1st Floor
Via Web/phone:
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/919971685
Conf line: 1-877-366-0711; 69308676#

Find Ready Washington on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and at www.ReadyWA.org
03/17/15
PF&R Responds to a House Fire (2715 SE 84th Place)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/17/15
3/17/15-Tonight at 10:22 PM Portland Firefighters were called to a house at 2715 SE 84th Place. Arriving fire crews found fire in the homes attached garage. PF&R personnel fought the fire and searched the smoke filled house to ensure that no one was trapped inside. The fire was fueled in part by liquid propane from a barbecue tank.

Firefighters confirmed that the family was safe outside of the structure and no injuries were associated with this fire. The fire was extinguished and crews prevented it from spreading to the main house. A preliminary investigation indicates that the cause of this fire is related to cooking with the outdoor BBQ grill. This release will be updated when damage estimates are determined. An update will also be provided with any pictures that are available.
Garage Fire at Abandoned House Threatens Hillsboro Mini Mart (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 03/17/15
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Hillsboro, Oregon - The Hillsboro Mini Mart remains open tonight after an early evening fire in garage next door.

The one-alarm blaze called in at 7:05 pm, caused significant damage to the detached garage of an abandoned house adjacent to the Hillsboro Mini Mart on the corner of S. First Avenue and SE Walnut Street.

When firefighters from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue arrived, they found smoke coming from the structure and from under the eaves of the roof. Within twelve minutes firefighters extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to the garage with no damage to the Mini Mart.

Mini Mart owner, Donald Crane, told investigators that a store patron came in telling him that the side of the building was on fire. The two men quickly evacuated the store and called 9-1-1.

Hillsboro Fire Investigator Joe Ligatich is working to determine the cause of the fire. A total of 18 Hillsboro Firefighters responded to the fire. There were no reported injuries.


Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds you to always evacuate at the first sign of fire and call 9-1-1 once safely outside.

For more information on fire and life safety information, visit www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/fire or call 503-681-6166.

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Photo Caption: Fire damage to the front of the garage.
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Oregon Author's Travel Memoir: Peanut Butter and Naan, Named Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 03/17/15
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Salem, Oregon (March 17, 2015) The travel memoir, Peanut Butt and Naan, written by Oregon author Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson, has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Here is the complete list: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.
"After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners," said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. "In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year's entries."

Marcelle Soviero, Editor in Chief of Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, said, "In this thoughtful, often hilarious book, Magnuson crosses parenting cultures with her husband and five children, gaining insight into herself, and ultimately finding her tribe. A powerful debut, Magnuson has the gift of conversational prose laced with a quick wit."

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction and Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

About the publisher She Writes Press: www.Shewritespress.com

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc. is a media company featuring a FOLIO: award winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA. Find a complete list of nominees here: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/

About Jennifer-Hillman Magnuson: Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson is a northwest writer who currently lives in Salem, Oregon. After having been born in the Seattle area and then moving to Bend and then Salem, Oregon, Magnuson met her husband while attending Portland State University. In June 2010, Jennifer, husband Bob and five children ages 1- 14 moved to Chennai in southeast India.

About Peanut Butter and Naan: Fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants mom, Jennifer Magnuson, knew her spoiled suburban brood needed a wake-up call--she just couldn't find the time to fit one in. But when her husband was offered a position in India, she saw it for what it was: the perfect opportunity for her family to unplug from their over-scheduled and pampered lives in Nashville and gain some much-needed perspective. What she didn't realize was how much their time in India would transform her as well. A combination of Eat, Pray, Love and Modern Family, with a dash of Chelsea Handler thrown in for good measure, Peanut Butter and Naan is Magnuson's hilarious look at the chaos of parenting against a backdrop of malaria, extreme poverty, and no conveniences of any kind--and her story of rediscovering herself and revitalizing her connection with those she loves the most. Hers is a story about motherhood that will not only make you laugh and nod with recognition--it will inspire you to fall in love with your own family all over again.


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City of Battle Ground Employees Honored for Outstanding Service (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 03/17/15
Det. Philip Anderson with Chief Bob Richardson
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City Manager John Williams and Chief of Police Bob Richardson recognized the outstanding service of city employees at the March 16th City Council meeting.

Court Supervisor Carol Landwehr was named the 2014 Employee of the Year by City Manager John Williams. The award recognizes Ms. Landwehr's outstanding service and commitment to excellence in the performance of her duties. She began her tenure with the City of Battle Ground in 2003 as Lead Court Clerk and was promoted in 2012 to Court Supervisor. Ms. Landwehr was among four city employees nominated for the award by their peers.

Police Chief Bob Richardson presented the 2014 Officer of the Year Award to Detective Philip Anderson who was selected to receive the award by his fellow officers. He joined the Battle Ground Police Department in 2006; prior to his most recent role as detective, he served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, and bicycle patrol officer. Detective Anderson was commended for his exemplary service and commitment to the community reflecting the mission and values of the Battle Ground Police Department.


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Beaverton's Music in Small Spaces Presents Ancient Airs and Modern Dances on April 4 (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/17/15
Lutenist Ronn McFarlane will perform at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m.
Lutenist Ronn McFarlane will perform at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Music in Small Spaces, sponsored by the Beaverton Arts Commission, will present "Ancient Airs and Modern Dances" on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m. in the Beaverton City Library auditorium, 12375 SW Fifth Street.


Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane will perform music of the 16th through 18th centuries, as well as his own modern pieces for lute. The lute is a precursor to the modern guitar, and was popular during the Renaissance. Musicians of the day would sing, compose, and perform original works.


This concert is supported by the Beaverton Arts Commission, Cultural Coalition of Washington County and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Tickets can be purchased online at www.musicinsmallspaces.org or at the door. Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and free for attendees under 12.


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ronn McFarlane originally wanted to be a rock and roll guitarist. As a teenager, he taught himself to play on a "cranky sixteen dollar steel string guitar." At Shenandoah University in Winchester, he studied blues and rock on electric guitar and classical guitar, and graduated with honors. He completed his studies on classical guitar at the Peabody Institute, where he went on to teach lute for eleven years.


ABOUT THE BEAVERTON ARTS COMMISSION
The BAC contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. In recent years, the call for a performing arts center in Beaverton has grown. An arts and culture center in Beaverton would provide an inclusive gathering places where arts and culture could flourish. For more information about the Beaverton Arts Commission, visit www.BeavertonArts.org, call 503-526-2288 or the event information line at 503-526-2379.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Caption 1: Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane will perform music of the 16th to 18th centuries, as well as his own modern pieces for lute, at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m.


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City Council Approves Two Bus Purchases and Affordable Housing Property Tax Exemptions
City of Wilsonville - 03/17/15
WILSONVILLE, OR -- On March 16, 2015, at the meeting of the Wilsonville City Council, the Council adopted a resolution authorizing South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), the City's public transportation agency, to purchase two 35-foot, 35-passenger, low-floor, heavy- duty, clean-diesel buses. The purchase price of $758,306 to acquire the two buses is to be financed primarily by a grant from the Federal Transportation Agency covering 84% of the cost ($636,977), with the balance paid for by local matching-funds from SMART's purchase reserve fund. The new buses, which take approximately 18 months to be manufactured and delivered, replace two 1990 buses that now have nearly one million miles each of service use. To ensure the City is getting the best price for the vehicles without incurring additional procurement costs, SMART is "piggybacking" on Lane Transit District's prior request for proposals for buses and purchasing the buses from Gillig, the lowest responsible bidder.

Under the Consent Agenda, the City Council adopted five resolutions that renew property-tax exemptions under state law totaling $44,730 for five, nonprofit multifamily properties with 366 rental units serving low-income and senior residents in Wilsonville. Together with other affordable housing subsidies, rents for low-income families, seniors, and individuals are lowered by approximately $308,000 over a twelve-month period.

Under New Business, the Council set a hearing date of April 6, 2014 to consider an on the record Appeal of the Development Review Board Panel B's conditional approval of a two-parcel land partition for property located at 28205 SW Canyon Creek Road.

During worksession prior to the meeting, the Council received an update from the Willamette Water Supply Project regarding a new preferred pipeline route extending from Wilsonville to Hillsboro and is to be operational by 2026. The Council also discussed the City's branding strategy.

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Beaverton Library Honors Early Oregon Philanthropist Simon Benson (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 03/17/15
"Benson bubblers," the iconic drinking fountains in downtown Portland, were brought about by local philanthropist Simon Benson.
"Benson bubblers," the iconic drinking fountains in downtown Portland, were brought about by local philanthropist Simon Benson.
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library will host a presentation and discussion on Simon Benson on Thursday, March 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the library auditorium, 12375 SW Fifth Street. Benson is a well-known figure in Oregon's history; his involvement led to iconic local landmarks such as Multnomah Falls Lodge and bridge and the Historic Columbia River Highway, as well as Portland's "Benson bubbler" fountains, the Benson Hotel, and more.


"Benson's story is one of incredible achievement despite unfavorable odds and challenges," said Abigail Elder, library director. "We hope you'll join us for a discussion of this fascinating local historical figure."


Benson arrived in Oregon as a poor Norwegian immigrant who rose to prominence through the logging industry. He was a pioneer in steam power, seagoing log rafts, and logging railroads. He also played a key role in constructing better roads throughout the region, and was named the first chairman of the Oregon State Highway Commission. In 1915, Benson was also honored as Oregon Citizen of the Year at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.


This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Jennifer Howard, library reference assistant, at 503-350-3615.


ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library serves more than 780,000 patrons a year at its main location and Murray Scholls branch. Each day, the library strives to improve the lives of children and families throughout the city. Last year, the library received a 92 percent approval rating from Beaverton residents. Funding from the WCCLS library levy renewal has played a key role in allowing the Beaverton City Library and all Washington County libraries to help the community to learn and grow together.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library services, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. The Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) that work communally to provide excellent countywide library service by sharing valuable resources and information with one another.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Sherwood Receives Financial Reporting Achievement Award
City of Sherwood - 03/17/15
For the third year in a row, the City of Sherwood has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for FY2014. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
Sherwood's CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standard of the program including a constructive "spirit of disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. "I want to congratulate Julie Blums, our Finance Director who prepared our CAFR," stated Joseph Gall, City Manager. "Achieving this high level of recognition in financial reporting is a result of our ongoing commitment of fiscal transparency and solid financial management."
The City of Sherwood has also received similar recognition for its budget from the GFOA for many years. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professional with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.
Beaverton Honors Veterans with Purple Heart City Resolution at Tonight's City Council Meeting
City of Beaverton - 03/17/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Council will vote tonight on a resolution to honor local veterans who have received a Purple Heart by designating Beaverton as a Purple Heart City. If approved, the city will begin the process to install a commemorative Purple Heart sign at Beaverton's Veterans Memorial Park, which is located at SW 7th and Washington in downtown Beaverton.


"We are so grateful for the sacrifices our veterans have made," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "By designating Beaverton as a Purple Heart City, we will honor the service members who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom."


The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use; it was created by General George Washington in 1782. They are awarded by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, whose mission is to foster an environment of goodwill among combat-wounded veterans and their families, to promote patriotism, to support legislative initiatives, and to make sure the people of the United States never forget their sacrifices.


If approved, Beaverton will join Albany, Bend, La Pine, Medford, Prineville, and Redmond as Oregon's official Purple Heart Cities.


The resolution will be voted on at the Beaverton City Council meeting tonight, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at The Beaverton Building council chambers, 12725 SW Millikan Way. For more information, call 503-526-2497.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Cowlitz Sheriff K-9 used to catch suspect in Oregon after he crashed two stolen vehicles after pursuit
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/15
March 14th 2015. Columbia County Oregon called Cowlitz Sheriff in Washington asking for a K9 to track a suspect who crashed two separate stolen vehicles. Cowlitz Sheriff K9 Handler Brent Harris and his K9 "Fritz" responded to the scene. "Fritz" led Deputy Harris on a track over a mile before he caught up to the suspect. The suspect refused orders to stop, and kept running. Fritz caught up to STAFFORD and bit him on the buttock. STAFFORD was taken in to custody. He was treated for one bite wound and booked on the following charges.

Location: Alston Mayger & Dalena Mayger area.

Suspect: Travis J. Stafford, 24 years of age.

Suspect Address: Transient but from the Clatsop County Area

Charges: Felony warrant of Clatsop County
2 counts of PSP 1st degree (stolen vehicles) One stolen out of Kelso Washington
1 count of theft 1st degree
1 count of felony eluding in a vehicle
2 counts of felony eluding on foot
1 count of felony drugs
1 count of hit & run property damage

Deputy Harris describes the track: "I arrived and began the track from the stolen truck. We tracked through a small wooded area and into a very large pasture. The continued through the pasture and to a residence near Morans Nursery. The track went behind the residence and down a small valley. The track crossed a small creek and back up the small valley. As K9 Fritz was approaching the top of the valley and Alston Mayger Road. The suspect who had been hiding behind a tree jumped up and started to run away. He was ordered to stop, but continued to run away. K9 Fritz caught up to the suspect and bit the suspect on the buttocks. The suspect was treated at the scene. The deputy that first observed the male that fled from both stolen vehicles identified the male as the suspect as the suspect that K9 Fritz captured. The track was successful because of the containment set by Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Rainer Police Department which forced the suspect to go to ground and stop running...."

We do NOT have pictures to release.
Reynolds High School Heros Day Photo Package
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 03/17/15
Reynolds High Students release Photography Package from 3/16/15 Heros Day Event at RHS.


Attached Media Files: Photo Package
Hannah and Eliza Gorman House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/17/15
Hannah and Eliza Gorman House
Hannah and Eliza Gorman House
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The circa 1857-1866 house north of downtown Corvallis is important as one of only a handful of pioneer-era houses remaining in the community of Corvallis. Mother and daughter Hannah and Eliza Gorman, both slaves, immigrated from Missouri to Oregon over the Oregon Trail in 1844. Once freed from bondage, the Gormans, both unmarried, purchased the property and built their house during a period in which Oregon's exclusion laws prohibited African Americans from owning property. Built in two phases, the simple house served as their home and place of business, where they became well-respected citizens in the community, working as a laundress and seamstress. Eliza Gorman died in 1869. After her death Hannah moved to Portland and in 1875 she sold the house and property in Corvallis.
The Hannah and Eliza Gorman House is one of a very small percentage of settlement-era dwellings remaining in the Willamette Valley, and one of even fewer buildings remaining in Oregon that are associated with African American pioneers.
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 2014 meeting. It is one of forty-two individual historic properties in Corvallis that are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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


Attached Media Files: Press release , National Register nomination , Hannah and Eliza Gorman House
Washougal students participate in regional high school art show in Vancouver
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 03/17/15
Washougal students participated in the 2015 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show, sponsored and hosted by Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver.

Washougal High School sophomore Maya Bresler received a Regional Award for her artwork entitled, "Sunrise". Her artwork will advance to the state competition in Olympia in April.

Other Washougal students featured in the art show are: Maral Atto, grade 10; Violet Lyttle, grade 11, and Savannah Metz, grade 10.

Now it its 42nd year, the art show is one of the few opportunities for area art students to receive recognition and exposure for their work. The art show received 240 entries this year from high school students from throughout the six-county region of Southwest Washington. The artwork is on display at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue in Vancouver through March 31.

The opening reception and ceremony presentation will take place Wednesday, March 18, 5-7 p.m., at ESD 112. The gallery will open at 5 p.m. and the awards program begins at 6 p.m.


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Corrected: As spring arrives, avoid buying chicks, ducklings
Oregon Health Authority - 03/17/15
Resending to fix quote to say " ...these birds often are picked up by children ..."

March 17, 2015

Baby poultry may carry dangerous salmonella bacteria

Spring is the season when people purchase "baby chicks" for their backyard poultry flocks or to give as Easter gifts, but one public health expert advises caution around these cute, fuzzy birds.

The problem: Baby poultry carry salmonella bacteria that can cause serious illness.

"Salmonella bacteria often contaminate adult chickens, ducks and other live poultry, so it goes without saying that their offspring often carry it, too," says Emilio DeBess, D.V.M., Oregon Public Health veterinarian.

"What's worse is that because of their size and cuteness, these birds often are picked up by children, who will put them close to their faces and kiss them," DeBess says. "In most cases, children may not wash their hands after handling them."

Since 2010, nine outbreaks of illnesses caused by salmonella bacteria from chicks have occurred, affecting at least 37 confirmed salmonellosis cases and many more suspected cases. A third or more of the cases were children, DeBess said. The last major salmonellosis outbreak, in 2013, occurred after people handled, kissed and kept poultry inside the home.

Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever symptoms lasting three to seven days, DeBess said. Anyone with compromised immune systems, the very young and elderly people could become very ill and die of the infection.

"We don't think they are appropriate Easter gifts," DeBess says, "especially for young children - those younger than 5 - who are particularly vulnerable to serious illness from salmonella contamination because of their underdeveloped immunity."

Many people purchasing baby poultry also don't realize the responsibility involved with raising chicks and ducklings as the animals grow up. "These birds require space to roam and food to eat, and these factors can be expensive," DeBess says. "As a result, they often are abandoned after they become adult chickens and ducks."

Tips for preventing salmonella infection from baby poultry:

-- Don't give live baby birds to children. Instead, give stuffed animals.

-- Always wash hands with soap and water, and thoroughly clean surfaces after handling any animal or coming in contact with animal waste.

-- Keep chicks in an appropriate outdoor area.

-- If chicks are handled, never nuzzle or kiss them.

-- Never allow poultry inside the home.

For more information about baby birds and salmonella, visit the Oregon Public Health baby birds and salmonella website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/Pages/FS-Baby-birds-and-Salmonella.aspx.

Additional information:

-- Biosecurity for birds (USDA): http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov/

-- Keeping backyard poultry (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellapoultry/

-- Risk of human salmonella infections from live baby poultry (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaBabyBirds/

-- Gastrointestinal (enteric) diseases from animals (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zoonotic/gi/

-- CDC publications and materials: http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/publications/index.html

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Unique Oregon Program Helping Seniors with Financial Security
OR Department of Human Services - 03/17/15
Financial security is more than just having money to live on, it's also being able to pay bills, do taxes and other financial tasks on time, and for many Oregon seniors, that's a problem. A unique program that helps with those tasks is expanding in Coos and Curry Counties.

The Oregon Money Management Program (OMMP) is funded by the Oregon Department of Human Services and offered statewide through regional sponsors. Coordinated by Easter Seals Oregon, the OMMP is offered free of charge to low-income seniors. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with each senior.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to help low-income older adults manage their personal finances in your own community. In just 2-4 hours each month, you can help protect vulnerable adults for financial abuse, eviction, utility cut off, and loss of independence. If you are open-minded, compassionate, patient, organized and good at managing your own personal finances we would love to hear from you and to share more about this project and how you can get involved.

To learn more about volunteering or getting assistance for someone in need contact Coos Elderly Services, Inc. (541) 756-1202, chelsea@cooselderly.org.
Two Men Stabbed During Altercation in Cave Junction - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/17/15
Two Cave Junction men were treated for stabbing injuries after an altercation which occurred outside of a residence in the Cave Junction area. One man was treated and released and the other was taken into surgery for treatment related to the incident.

On March 16th, 2015, at approximately 1:46 PM, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, along with troopers from the Oregon State Police Grants Pass work site responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 486 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction. After an initial assessment, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office requested Oregon State Police Major Crimes Detectives respond as part of the Josephine County Major Crime Team to investigate the incident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a physical assault occurred at the location between two men, LLOYD W. BLACKBURN, age 20 and DAVID J. BENNETT BRYANT, age 20, both of Cave Junction. During the altercation, both subjects received stabbing injuries from a weapon belonging to one of the men.

BRYANT was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass where he was taken into surgery for injuries sustained during the altercation. He is currently listed in stable but serious condition. BLACKBURN was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford where he was treated and released for his injuries. A third person received an injury to her hand when attempting to intervene in the altercation. She was not transported from the scene.

The Oregon State Police with assistance from the Josephine County District Attorney's Office is continuing the investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made at this time and no photographs are available for release.

CONTACT INFO:
Detective Jessica Hall Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division or Criminal Investigation Services Division
Central Point Area Command Central Point Area Command
541-618-7967 541-618-7952

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Employment in Oregon February 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/17/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent in February

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February from 6.3 percent in January. This was the second consecutive large drop in the rate, putting February's rate at the lowest since May 2008. Oregon's unemployment rate is now within three tenths of the U.S. rate, the smallest gap since October 2013.

Several other labor market indicators are reflecting strength:

-The number of long-term unemployed continued to drop. Roughly 35,000 Oregonians have been unemployed for six months or more, compared with more than 100,000 in that situation at the worst of the recession.

-The number of involuntary part-time workers dropped to 105,000 in February, 20,000 fewer than one year ago.

-The number of Oregonians unemployed because they lost their job dropped below 40,000 for the first time since 2007. In February, more Oregonians were unemployed because they chose to leave their prior job or joined the labor market than because they'd lost their job.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2,400 in February--the smallest monthly increase in six months. Restaurants, health care, and construction were among the big gainers. Leisure and hospitality--an industry comprised largely of restaurants--added 2,100 jobs in February. Nationally, consumer spending at restaurants rose rapidly since last year, perhaps partially due to people having more money to spend since gasoline prices plunged. Health care and social assistance added 1,100 jobs in February, bolstered by rapid hiring among firms providing services for the elderly. Construction activity, benefiting from Oregon's warm and dry winter, added 900 jobs.

Despite these improvements, wage gains remain modest with average private-sector payroll earnings in Oregon rising only 18 cents per hour, or 0.8 percent, during the past 12 months.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 24th, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 14th.

Note: all numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon February 2015 News Release
Prom dreams come alive on March 21
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 03/17/15
Thanks to the Hudson's Bay High School National Honor Society's Dreams Come Alive event, students from all over Vancouver Public Schools will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost formalwear and accessories on Saturday, March 21. Dreams Come Alive will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Hudson's Bay High School commons area.

Any VPS high school student can purchase men's clothing, formal dresses in all sizes and colors, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. The event will feature limited jewelry, makeup, shoes and a size 2 prom dress designed and donated by Project Runway and Project Runway: All-Stars winner Seth Aaron.

Image consultant Karen Desemple will be onsite to help students select items and create their prom look. All participants also will have the opportunity to enter raffles for goods and services provided by the Aveda Institute.

Hudson's Bay High School is located at 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Students who do not find shoes at Dreams Come Alive will also be able to attend an event at the Payless store in the Westfield Vancouver Mall on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Hudson's Bay National Honor Society will continue to accept donated new and/or gently used men's or women's formalwear, shoes and/or accessories for Dreams Come Alive. Students who make a donation will receive a $5 discount on the day of the event.

Donations will be accepted through Friday, March 20, during school hours at Hudson's Bay, Fort Vancouver, Skyview and Columbia River high schools, as well as at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver Flex Academy and both locations of Vancouver iTech Preparatory. To drop off items outside of school hours, please contact Trish Piliado. Donated items will become the property of the Hudson's Bay NHS.
Hospital Association Announces New Community Benefit, Charity Care Policies
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 03/17/15
Applaud Success of Medicaid Expansion and Increased Health Care Access

Lake Oswego, Ore. -- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced a new community benefit policy package today. The two-part voluntary policy package demonstrates hospitals' commitment to the communities they serve at a time when the Affordable Care Act is changing the health care landscape in Oregon.

The first initiative will provide free care for families who are not Medicaid eligible and whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. This program will help ensure that even as Medicaid expands, those who do not qualify and are unable to attain insurance will receive the hospital care they need. It is estimated that 87,000 Oregonians fall into this category, and providing them with free hospital care builds on the success of Medicaid expansion, which covers people below 139% of the federal poverty level.

The second initiative involves hospitals keeping overall community benefit spending at or above levels from prior years. During a time when charity care - free care for patients who do not have the ability to pay--is dropping statewide as a result of record numbers of Oregonians obtaining insurance coverage through Affordable Care Act, hospitals have committed to maintain their 2015 community benefit spending based on an average of prior years, as reported to the Oregon Health Authority. This commitment will allow hospitals to reinvest those dollars in other community benefit activities which support local health needs, in addition to fulfilling their charitable obligations to their communities as tax-exempt organizations.

"Oregon's hospitals are leading the way by enacting a set of initiatives voluntarily that seek to close the coverage gap for the shrinking percentage of uninsured and underinsured, while maintaining their significant investments in their communities and in the people they serve 24/7/365," said Andy Davidson, President and CEO of OAHHS. "Hospital and health system leaders in Oregon are proud to play such a vital role at this pivotal time our state's health care transformation."

In Oregon, "community benefit" is defined in statute as health care-related services that nonprofit hospitals provide without the expectation of compensation. These services include (but are not limited to):

--Health services to vulnerable or underserved people
--Financial or in-kind support for public health programs
--Health education, health screenings, and prevention services
--Medical research and health professions education
--Community-building activities such as neighborhood revitalization projects, or workforce development programs

In 2013, as tallied by the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon hospitals provided more than $1.9 billion in community benefit contributions to their communities, while providing care for 336,153 inpatients, more than 9.9 million outpatients, and more than 1.2 million emergency room visits. More information about Oregon's community benefit reporting program can be found online at www.MyOregonHospital.org.

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About the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (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 community.
Public Feedback Sought Regarding Police On-Body Cameras
Portland Police Bureau - 03/17/15
The Portland Police Bureau is currently researching on-body cameras for police officers and would like to hear from the community about this important topic. The Bureau believes that the use of on-body cameras by police officers can improve community relationships, build trust and enhance officer accountability.

This link has been created for you to provide your feedback, input and concerns.

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/521411

There are many steps in this process before the Bureau can move toward implementation on the street:

Legislative

The Oregon Legislature is addressing several legal questions surrounding police use of on-body camera systems, including, but not limited to, consent and public records. Through July 2015, the City of Portland will be involved in the legislative process and begin developing a budget.

Policy

Once the legislative process is complete and the legal hurdles have been addressed, the Bureau will address equipment acquisition, discuss relevant bargaining issues, create policy around the use of on-body cameras, develop training for the use of on-body cameras, and eventually implement the use of on-body cameras by police officers on the street.

With this realistic timeline, the Bureau does not expect to begin implementation of on-body cameras until sometime in 2016.

We Need Your Feedback

The Portland Police Bureau would like to hear your thoughts about on-body cameras as a tool to enhance community relationships, build trust and enhance officer accountability.

Questions to consider include:

* Privacy issues that concern you.
* How to use the technology during sensitive investigations: domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, response to care for someone needing mental health assistance?
* Should footage be available to anyone who asks (this could include victim interviews, interior of homes, children or uninvolved community members, etc.)?
* Once footage is released, should there be any restrictions on sharing and posting that video?

Other thoughts, suggestions or concerns you may have should also be shared regarding on-body cameras.

Thank you for your interest in this important discussion.

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Vancouver's State of the City Address March 26 (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 03/17/15
Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt
Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt
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Vancouver, Wash. - On Thursday, March 26, Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt will present the 2015 State of the City Address in the lobby of City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.

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

This free public event will start at 4 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring their mobile devices, as periods of live interaction with the audience will be part of the event. The Address will be followed at 5 p.m. by an informal social hour with the Mayor and City Council at Gray's in the Park Bar and Grill, next door to City Hall in the Vancouver Hilton.

The featured nonprofit for this event is Council for the Homeless, a local non-profit group that works to find assistance and resources for families and individuals at risk of homelessness in Clark County, www.councilforthehomeless.org. The Hilton will donate a portion of the proceeds from a special State of the City happy hour menu to the Council for the Homeless.

Highlighting the City's involvement with the Innovation Partnership Zone, representatives from several tech companies located in Downtown Vancouver, as well as students from WSU-Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program, will share examples of their work in the lobby.

The City launched a social media campaign on March 9 asking the public to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to post photos, videos or stories describing what makes Vancouver a safe and welcoming, vibrant and prosperous city by using the hashtag #vansoc. Some of these social media submissions will be shown during the State of the City Address.

The event will air live on Clark/Vancouver Television, channel 23 and HD channel 323, or can be viewed online at www.cvtv.org.

A State of the City Annual Report to Citizens will be inserted into Columbian and Oregonian newspapers delivered within Vancouver and posted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/vansoc on Tuesday, March 24. Copies of the report will also be available at City Hall and other City buildings the following week.

For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/vansoc.

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Attached Media Files: Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt
Sanitary Sewer Overflow - Oak Grove
Oak Lodge Sanitary Dist. - 03/17/15
The Oak Lodge Sanitary District experienced sanitary sewer overflows at two manholes due to heavy sustained rainfall in the area. A manhole located at 1003 SE River Forest Road was found to be overflowing at approximately 8:15am. The estimated overflow from this manhole which flows to River Forest Lake is less than 75,000 gallons. A second manhole located at 15015 River Forest Drive was found to be overflowing at 9:30am and ceased at approximately 11:00am. The estimated overflow from this manhole which flows to the Willamette River is estimated at less than 9,000 gallons. Both overflows had ceased as of 1:30pm.

District staff responded to the location of the overflows and has posted warning signs and the public is advised to avoid contact with River Forest Lake and the Willamette River downstream of Meldrum Park for a minimum of 24 hours.

The overflow was reported to the Oregon Emergency Response System at 2:15pm on March 15, 2015. OARS #2015-0582

Update 3/16/16: Corrected Kellogg Lake to River Forest Lake and added Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) file number.
Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number
Oregon Lottery - 03/17/15
Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 193951

The complete list of all 1,801 winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at www.oregonlottery.org. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

The Lottery's next Raffle game will be the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Tickets for this game will go on sale early-January 2016.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Hamilton Recommended for BGHS Principal Position (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 03/16/15
Mike Hamilton
Mike Hamilton
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Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Hottowe has recommended Mike Hamilton as the new Battle Ground High School principal. Hamilton is currently the principal at Kalama Middle/High School. The recommendation will go to the BGPS Board of Directors for approval at its regular board meeting on March 23.

Hamilton, who lives in the Battle Ground district, began his career teaching in the Tahoma School District and Evergreen Public Schools before transferring to Kalama. At the Kalama School District he served as a teacher, assistant principal and athletic director, superintendent intern, and principal. During his 14 years as principal at Kalama Middle/High School, Hamilton led the school to three Washington School of Distinction Awards, three Washington State OSPI Achievement Awards, a Microsoft IT School Lighthouse Award and the State Superintendent's Learning Improvement Award.

Hottowe is recommending Hamilton for the position after two final candidates participated in the March 10 Battle Ground High School Principal Forum, where students, parents and staff asked questions and completed feedback forms. Forum participants returned dozens of comment forms to the interview committee before a final decision was made.

"I want to thank everyone who participated in this process, especially the interview committee members and the staff, parents and students who participated in Tuesday's forum," Hottowe said. "We had two very strong final candidates and I am confident moving forward with Mr. Hamilton."

After board approval, Hamilton will take the leadership position at Battle Ground High School on July 1. Current Battle Ground High School principal Tim Lexow announced his resignation earlier this year after serving the district for 20 years. "We want to thank Tim for his years of service and leadership within the district and wish him the best in his future endeavors," Hottowe said. Lexow will serve as principal through the remainder of the school year.


Attached Media Files: Mike Hamilton
Reynolds Heros Day Video Package Two: Link
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 03/16/15
Clips from March 16, 2015
Heros Day Event at
Reynolds High School

The second video package is now available...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPc3Yr0fpUk&feature=youtu.be
Firefighers Save Home and Two Cats From Residential Fire (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 03/16/15
2015-03/799/82658/Fireground_1.jpg
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At approximately 12:30 this afternoon firefighters were called to a report of a residential fire at 12770 S. Casto Rd. in Oregon City. The fire was called in by a passerby who noticed heavy smoke coming from the residence. Upon arrival firefighters noticed the house to be full of black smoke and quickly made entry to locate and extinguish the fire. Once inside, crews were able to locate and extinguish the fire in the kitchen area and perform a search of the building to ensure everyone was out. While performing the search, firefighters located two cats in an second story room that were unconscious. The cats were removed from the building and treatment was initiated using a pet resuscitation device that is carried on all Clackamas Fire emergency response apparatus. After a few minutes of high flow oxygen and medical care the cats regained consciousness and appeared more alert. The cats were taken by the homeowners son to The Cats Meow Cat Clinic in Oregon City for further evaluation and treatment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.

The pet resuscitation kits that are carried by emergency response apparatus are designed for both cats and dogs and is a plastic cone that is designed to fit over the animals mouth and nose. The unit is then connected to an oxygen cylinder, allowing high flow oxygen to be delivered to the animal. This incident is the second time in two months that this piece of equipment has been used by Clackamas Firefighters to successfully resuscitate a cat.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/799/82658/Fireground_1.jpg , 2015-03/799/82658/Cat_Rescue_1.jpg , 2015-03/799/82658/Cat_Rescue_2.jpg , 2015-03/799/82658/Pet_Resc..JPG
Heros Day Video Package One
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 03/16/15
Video Clips from March 16, 2015 Heros Day


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/70/82657/RHSHerosDay.mp4
St. Patricks Day Safety Message - 2015
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/16/15
St. Patrick's Day Release - Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is partnering with local police and sheriff's departments throughout Oregon by targeting drunk and impaired drivers during tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

For too many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on St. Patrick's Day from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes.

OSP wants to remind drivers that being buzzed behind the wheel constitutes being drunk behind the wheel and may have dangerous or deadly consequences. "Buzzed means you are feeling the effects of the alcohol. But to a Trooper - it means you have already lost your ability to mitigate risk," said OSP Drug Recognition Expert Sergeant Evan Sether. "When a person feels drunk, he or she knows they are vulnerable and in no shape to make critical driving decisions. Buzzed however, means you have already lost your ability to identify and mitigate the risk and hazards behind the wheel but you may not be aware it's even happened."

This St. Patrick's Day - Avoid the hassle and use a designated driver.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Shows Beaverton On Track to Reduce Levels 20 Percent by 2020
City of Beaverton - 03/16/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent since 2008, according to a new study conducted by the city with assistance from consulting firm Good Company. The greenhouse gas inventory, which evaluated data from 2008-2013, shows that the city is on track to meeting its goal of reducing emissions 20 percent by 2020.


"The city is committed to sustainability in all of our operations," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "We have made concrete changes including investing in energy efficiency. These numbers reflect that our employees are making great strides to reduce our carbon footprint."


Public-sector greenhouse gas inventories measure emissions from activities such as city vehicle fuel, natural gas usage in buildings, electricity in buildings and streetlights, business-related travel, solid waste generation, employee commuting, and others.


The city initially conducted a baseline greenhouse gas inventory on 2008 data, as part of overall sustainability efforts. Beaverton committed to reducing its emissions 20 percent by 2020, and 75 percent by 2050. The city's next step will be to prioritize actions in the largest emissions categories, and to pursue high-impact, low-cost solutions. The largest emissions categories are the supply chain for city purchases, treatment and distribution of water provided by the Joint Water Commission, electricity, and city vehicle fuel use.


For more information, contact Stevie Freeman-Montes at 503-526-2474 or sfreeman-montes@BeavertonOregon.gov. To read the full report, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Green.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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Gypsy Prince of Springfield named Oregon's Poetry Out Loud champion (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/16/15
Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville
Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville
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Gypsy Prince, a three-time school champion from Springfield's Academy of Arts and Academics, is the 2015 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Prince, a 17-year-old senior, was one of nine regional finalists who competed in Saturday's state Poetry Out Loud contest at Willamette University. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

"Gypsy's performances were not only moving and nuanced but thoroughly crowd-pleasing as well," said Mike Chaser, an event host and associate professor of English at Willamette University. "I'm thrilled that she will be representing Oregon in the national finals this year."

Marty Hughley, a freelance arts journalist who served as a judge for the state competitions, said Prince's performance made it clear that she understood the poems at a depth that was exciting. "She presented with such nuance, ease and comfort," he said. "She really owned the poems."

Prince's winning performance was a recitation of "Mrs. Caldera's House of Things" by Gregory Djanikian.

Riley Knowles, a sophomore from West Linn High School was named Oregon's runner up; if for any reason Prince is unable to participate in the national competition, Knowles will represent Oregon.

The other seven students who placed in regional competitions and competed at the state contest Saturday are: Sarah Dombrowsky, Cascade Christian High School, Medford; Mitchell Lenneville, a resident of Tualatin who attends Baker Early College Web Academy in Baker City; Serena Morgan, Paisley Charter High School, Paisley; Anna Smiley, Lincoln High School, Portland; Allegra Thatcher, a resident of Keizer who attends Veritas School in Newberg; and Atya-Sha Van Ness, Logos Public Charter School, Paisley.

"All nine state contestants gave outstanding performances," says Deb Vaughn, Arts Commission arts education/Poetry Out Loud coordinator. "The scoring was extremely close, but Gypsy and Riley were clearly the top two finishers. They each demonstrated great poise and confidence."

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

In 2014 more than 365,000 students, 2,300 schools and 8,800 teachers participated in Poetry Out Loud nationwide.

Editor's note: View a clip of Gypsy's winning performance of "Mrs. Caldera's House of Things" by Gregory Djanikian: http://youtu.be/beOjYBFYpdQ. Photo credit Greg Wahl-Stephens
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Attached Media Files: Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville , Gypsy Prince and runner up Riley Knowles , Gypsy Prince in performance
Reynolds High School Hosts Heros Day
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 03/16/15
https://www.reynolds.k12.or.us/rhs/reynolds-high-school-students-thank-first-responders-heros-day

The attached link is to the student-made video that was shown at at assembly.

Additional photos and media clips will be released as soon as possible.
Ridgefield School District uses programs to develop and encourage positive student behavior at all grade levels (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 03/16/15
The Success Bound team created a poster to encourage positive student behaviors
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Monday, March 16, 2015-Ridgefield, WA-Teachers and staff throughout Ridgefield School District set expectations for students at all grade levels for how to act and treat one another with respect from Kindergarten through their Senior year using a variety of research, programs and rewards.

South Ridge Elementary School introduces Pro-Kindness Program

Recently, staff at South Ridge Elementary introduced a Pro-Kindness Program to encourage positive behavior. "We wanted to get rid of the word prefix 'anti-'," explained Janice Sauve, South Ridge Principal. "We want everyone to be kind to one another, and we feel that encouraging positive behavior has more constructive benefits than discouraging negative behavior."

Students created posters encouraging pro-kindness behavior presented to the entire school at a school assembly. Sauve started the presentation by acknowledging the contributions of the different students who created the poster. Then, Sauve invited Kelli Anderson, teacher, to the front of the assembly and asked students to describe the differences between the two of them. Sauve explained to the students that while everyone has differences, it's those special differences which make us all individuals. "We want everyone to feel welcome, we want everyone to be special, and we want everyone to be kind to one another," said Sauve.

Heather Seymour, South Ridge counselor, spoke with the students about "filling each other's bucket," a metaphor for how happy we can each be throughout a day. Seymour talked about a few students she witnessed who sat with a crying kindergartener at her table during breakfast to make her feel better. "I'm sure these two students 'filled the kindergartener's bucket' by making her feel better about herself," said Seymour. She encouraged the students to be kind to one another and to fill each other's bucket every day.

Teachers also received Pro-Kindness postcards which they use to write notes home to parents telling them how their student demonstrated pro-kindness to one another.

Union Ridge Elementary School utilizes Second Step and Self-Manager Program

Union Ridge Elementary School uses a two different approaches to set student expectations. For students from Kindergarten through second grade, the staff uses the Second Step program. For students in grades 3-6, the staff uses a Self Manager program to set student expectations.

The Second Step program includes a social skills curriculum taught by counselors and teachers involving role-playing and other activities. "These activities provide students with the tools they need to interact in an appropriate way when they encounter difficult social situations," said Angela Freeman, Union Ridge Elementary Principal.

"Self Managers have to turn in work and be good citizens to their classmates and their teachers," said Freeman. "As a result, they take part in monthly Self Manager parties and may receive other special privileges to encourage ongoing positive behavior."

View Ridge Middle School uses REBS expectations to encourage positive student behavior

View Ridge Middle School introduced the Positive Behavior, Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program in the 2011-2012 school year and has continued to build on it every year, including the introduction of REBS expectations, an acronym derived from the school mascot, the Rebels. "REBS stands for Respect, Excellence, Be responsible, and practice Safety," said Chris Griffith, View Ridge Principal. "Practicing REBS means having respect for yourself, your classmates, your teachers, and everyone in your lives."

This year, View Ridge held a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to encourage proper REBS behavior. Teachers created their teams using students from their PBIS team. "The goal was to create a team that included at least one student who would really benefit from spending time playing as part of a team," explained Michelle Hankins, Art Teacher and ASB advisor for View Ridge. Teams played during lunch to encourage respect and offer an opportunity for all students to participate, even if they aren't on the team.

Ridgefield High School created Success Bound poster to set expectations for student behavior

At Ridgefield High School, a group of teachers volunteered to take part in a Success Bound group designed to help develop practices and introduce expectations for student behavior into the school. "We looked at different kinds of research and discovered that perseverance and grit are better predictors of success than the Intelligence Quotient (iQ)," explained Jeff Brink, science teacher. "A researcher analyzed results at a naval academy, and was able to better predict who would graduate using those two specific characteristics than the naval academy's own predictor test."

After researching, the RHS Success Bound group looked into the differences between growth mindsets and fixed mindsets. "With a growth mindset, students believe in themselves and feel that challenging themselves will help them learn new material," explained Brink. "A student with a fixed mindset believes that if he or she isn't born with the inherent skills, they won't be able to learn challenging skills."

The Success Bound team targets the entire high school student body, not just those who are college-bound. In order to achieve this expectation, the group created a Success Bound poster. Represented by a triangle, the Success Bound poster ties three key attributes expected from all students: Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient. There are three large posters placed in different hallways with smaller versions in most of the classrooms.

The Success Bound teacher team includes Allen Andringa, Jeff Brink, Kara Bruer, Steve Rinard, Brittany Thompson, and Jill Uhacz. They meet regularly to discuss different techniques and studies they can use to help improve student morale and encourage proper behavior while students are in school.

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Attached Media Files: The Success Bound team created a poster to encourage positive student behaviors , The RHS Success Bound group includes Allen Andringa, Kara Bruer, Jill Uhacz, Brittany Thompson, Jeff Brink, and (not pictured) Steve Rinard , Principal Janice Sauve and teacher Kelli Anderson had students identify the differences that made them individuals , Natalie Stephens, Alina Fabyanchuk and Angelina Zhiryada, 6th graders, display the new Pro-Kindness Banner
*** Final Update *** OSP assisting Wasco County SO with an Armed/Barricaded Subject - The Dalles
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/16/15
*** FINAL UPDATE ***
The Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police Arson Unit are investigating a fire which has been confirmed to involve a single fatality stemming from this mornings barricaded subject call in The Dalles.

According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, shortly after 1:00 p.m., as members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team approached the smoldering residence a large fire started spontaneously and members were forced to back away from the approach. Fire crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue battled the fire and were able to extinguish it. As fire crews worked throughout the structure a single fatality was discovered. The name of the deceased person is being withheld pending identification and next of kin notification.

The Wasco County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency on this incident and is being assisted by Arson Detectives from the Oregon State Police Arson Unit. Media questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Lane Magill at the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580.

No photographs are available for release on this incident at this time.

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*** UPDATE ***
According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, at approximately 8:25 a.m., Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at 1100 Mt. Hood St., in The Dalles, to serve civil papers on the resident living there. As deputies knocked on the door gunshots were heard from within and deputies fell back and requested additional police to respond. Officers arriving at the scene created a perimeter and attempted negotiations with the occupant. Shortly thereafter, smoke began to come from inside the residence.

Lieutenant Shortt said deputies/officers do not have any information/evidence to indicate that more than a single person is present in the residence however, officers have not been able to speak with the occupant at any point during this incident.

The Oregon State Police Arson/Explosives Section has arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. The Fire Department is standing by to assist with Fire Suppression when it is safe to do so.

Media updates will be provided as soon as practicable.

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The Oregon State Police (OSP), Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department are asking residents in The Dalles to avoid streets in/around the 1100 Block of Mt. Hood Street for police activity there.

OSP troopers responded to assist the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department with a barricaded subject. Officers on-scene have reported gunshots from inside the residence and a fire is reported inside as well. Command personnel are advising streets in the area of 1100 Mt. Hood Street have been blocked, including W. 10th Street, and are asking the public to avoid the area and use alternate routes when traveling nearby.

The Wasco County Sheriff's Department is the lead investigative agency in this incident. No photographs are available for this release.

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PCC student proving to be an effective hack (Photo)
PCC - 03/16/15
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Portland Community College student and Beaverton resident Eric Thomas, 22, is hacking his way to a better future.

His team, named aptly Brain Storm, recently won top prize, or Best of Show, at the Portland hackathon called "Hack to the Future" held at the Portland State University Business Accelerator, March 7-9. The team created "StormSafe," which is a personal storm-warning device with real-time lightning detection within 40 kilometers and GPS-based weather alerts to keep you safe as you walk, hike, or bike. The students split a cash prize of $1,000 for creating the lightning detector.

Read all about the cool device: http://www.hackster.io/brainstorm/stormsafe

"We sold it as a protective device for industry and the general public," Thomas said. "With enough of these devices spread out and connected through an online logger, we could triangulate the location of strikes. Users could use the data or warnings to move away from the strikes and get to safety."

The Portland hackathon was sponsored by the online community Hackster.io, which is traveling across the country with a DeLorean made to look like the one from the film "Back to the Future." The idea of the event was for students to hack the DeLorean. This hackathon road show will visit 10 cities around the nation. Team Brain Storm's detector served as sort of a "flux capacitor" for the car. Thomas said the character in the film could use their lightning detector to find the needed energy (lightning bolt) to power the DeLorean.

"Although, if you are Marty McFly stuck in 1955 and you don't have any plutonium, you are going to have to electrically procure 1.21 gigawatts," Thomas cautioned. "With this device you could find your local lightning storm, drive into the storm, get struck, and make it 'back to the future.'"

And not to be outdone, PCC students Nick and CJ Vandendries won the $500 second-place prize from AutoDesk for their project called Anti-Text, which deactivates the texting capabilities on cell phones when driving - another innovation by PCC students to help save lives.

Read about the project: http://www.hackster.io/4158/anti-text

And this is just the latest news in a long list of happenings in the hackathon world. PCC recently hosted hackathons at Rock Creek and Sylvania campuses, both organized by Thomas.

But what's in store for his future? Thomas, who is studying mechanical engineering, said he is working with Portland State and Oregon State universities, and the University of Oregon, as well as other colleges to achieve Oregon's first educational cubesat. Cubesats are 1,000-cubic-centimeter-sized satellites that are typically launched from the International Space Station.

"NASA or another rocket would take it to the station where it would be queried for an ejection (into orbit)," Thomas said. "PCC will be able to get involved and announcements will be made when projects are available."


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 90,000 full- and part-time students. PCC, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island, has four comprehensive campuses, eight workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


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Salem City Club Presents: Retirement Security (or Not) for Oregonians: Can We Avoid a Crisis? (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 03/16/15
Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
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Please join Salem City Club on Friday, March 27th. Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer, will present comment and context for the recently released report issued by the Oregon Retirement Savings Task Force, which he chaired. The task force was created by the 2013 Oregon Legislature. To view a copy of the report prior to the program, please go to the following website:
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013I1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/40906

Ted Wheeler was first appointed to the office of Oregon State Treasurer in 2010 and then elected in 2012. Before entering elected office, he worked in the financial services industry. His career included posts at financial institutions including Bank of America and Copper Mountain Trust, where he was a senior manager.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Wheeler was born in Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High School. His family has deep Oregon roots. The town of Wheeler, located on Nehalem Bay on the Oregon coast, is named after his great-grandfather.

Wheeler is a longtime community volunteer leader, and has devoted energy to diverse organizations including Neighborhood House, Portland Mountain Rescue, and the Oregon Sports Authority. He is an Eagle Scout.When he is not working, Wheeler enjoys endurance sports, and successfully summited Mt Everest in 2002. He snow-shoed to the North Pole with his wife and regularly competes in the Ironman Triathlon.

He lives in Southwest Portland with his wife and daughter.

As is our tradition, we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Salem. For lunch reservations, please visit our website at www.salemcityclub.com and register online. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.


Attached Media Files: Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
Liberty House Invites Community to Child Abuse Prevention Month Dinner (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 03/16/15
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Salem, OR (March 16, 2015) Liberty House is inviting local residents and leaders to a dinner with its partners in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Community Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 1, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Trinity Ballroom inside the Reed Opera House. The purpose of the event is raised awareness of child abuse and recognize what community members can do to prevent it.

Reservations are required. Those who are interested in attending need to RSVP by MARCH 23, 2015 by visiting the Liberty House website at www.libertyhousecenter.org or by calling 503.540.0288. A donation of $25 is suggested to help cover the costs. The dinner will be catered by Loustic Catering.

"Child abuse is a community-wide issue," said Alison Kelley, Liberty House's Chief Executive Officer. "This dinner will be an opportunity to highlight the work of many dedicated professionals, volunteers and organizations who work together to stop child abuse. It is heartening to know there is something we can do to make things better," she added.

Liberty House serves Marion and Polk Counties, where there are over 8,500 calls to the Child Abuse Hotline each year, and over 1,100 confirmed cases. Liberty House serves children from birth through age 18 referred for concerns of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Liberty House services include a specialized medical assessment and a forensic interview in an environment carefully designed to be comfortable for children. Liberty House also provides information and support for families and caregivers. Services are voluntary and free of charge for the family. Liberty House also provides training and information for community groups and organizations regarding child abuse prevention. Liberty House first opened its doors in 1999 and is currently in the process of enhancing its services to meet a growing need.
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Liberty House is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on the generous support of donors: fifty-two percent of Liberty House's annual funding comes from charitable contributions by individuals, businesses and foundations. Liberty House is located at 2685 4th Street NE in Salem, 503-540-0288, www.libertyhousecenter.org.

TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE: Call the DHS Hotline for Marion and Polk Counties at 503-378-6704.


Attached Media Files: AlisonKelley , LH Logo
Corvallis Police Arrest Man in Friday Night Robbery (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 03/16/15
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On March 13, 2015, at about 11:50pm, Corvallis Police responded to the report of a robbery at the Adult Shop, 2315 NW 9th St. According to the victim, a male subject entered the store and spent about an hour inside until other customers left. Once the suspect was alone with the victim clerk, he threatened the victim with a knife and stole money and merchandise. No one was injured in the incident.

Investigators viewed the in-store surveillance footage for the time of the robbery. Images of the suspect were captured on the tape, and the suspect has been identified as 32 year old Donald Martel Logan of Corvallis. Logan was located at his mother's residence during the execution of a search warrant by Corvallis Police this morning. He was taken into custody without incident.

Logan was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:

Robbery in the First Degree
Theft in the Second Degree
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Menacing
State Wide Felony Parole Warrant

Logan is currently being held in the Benton County Jail on $225,000 bail. A mug-shot photo will be available by going to the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_list.php?d=i


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/1393/82647/DSCN0227.JPG
Masked burglar captured after confrontation with delivery driver (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 03/16/15
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On March 16, 2015, at about 0458 HRS, OCPD received a call of a commercial burglary in progress at Coffee Rush, 900 Main St., Oregon City. The R/P was a delivery driver for the business. When he entered the business for his delivery he was unexpectedly met inside the business by 51-year-old, Mr. Anthony Brown who was wearing a ski mask at the time. Mr. Brown pushed the informant down as he exited the business and fled the scene. OCPD officers were nearby and arrived within a minute of being dispatched. CCSO and Gladstone PD responded to assist. The perimeter officers contained the suspect and located him about 5 minutes later along the steep embankment between Singer Hill and the McLoughlin house. Mr. Brown was taken into custody at about 0517 HRS. Mr. Brown was found in possession of stolen property from Coffee Rush on his person. Other evidence of the burglary was located nearby. Mr. Brown was lodged at CCJ for Robbery III - $15,000 bail, Burglary II - $15,000 bail, Theft II - $7,500 bail, and a no bail Parole Violation for Burglary II out of Multnomah County. Mr. Brown is a person of interest in several other commercial burglaries in Clackamas County, Oregon City, Milwaukie, and Lake Oswego. Agencies are continuing their investigations on those burglaries. If anyone has any information about Mr. Anthony Brown they are asked to call the Oregon City Police Dept. tip line at 503-496-1616, OCPD case # 15-962.


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Greenhouse Gas Inventory Shows Beaverton On Track to Reduce Levels 20 Percent by 2020
City of Beaverton - 03/16/15
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent since 2008, according to a new study conducted by the city with assistance from consulting firm Good Company. The greenhouse gas inventory, which evaluated data from 2008-2013, shows that the city is on track to meeting its goal of reducing emissions 20 percent by 2020.


"The city is committed to sustainability in all of our operations," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "We have made concrete changes including investing in energy efficiency. These numbers reflect that our employees are making great strides to reduce our carbon footprint."


Public-sector greenhouse gas inventories measure emissions from activities such as city vehicle fuel, natural gas usage in buildings, electricity in buildings and streetlights, business-related travel, solid waste generation, employee commuting, and others.


The city initially conducted a baseline greenhouse gas inventory on 2008 data, as part of overall sustainability efforts. Beaverton committed to reducing its emissions 20 percent by 2020, and 75 percent by 2050. The city's next step will be to prioritize actions in the largest emissions categories, and to pursue high-impact, low-cost solutions. The largest emissions categories are the supply chain for city purchases, treatment and distribution of water provided by the Joint Water Commission, electricity, and city vehicle fuel use.


For more information, contact Stevie Freeman-Montes at 503-526-2474 or sfreeman-montes@BeavertonOregon.gov. To read the full report, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Green.


ABOUT BEAVERTON
Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, received a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


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


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SAFE Transportation has 26 Vehicles Damaged Overnight at Hazelwood Neighborhood Business Lot
Portland Police Bureau - 03/16/15
On Monday March 16, 2015, East Precinct officers responded to SAFE Transportation, Inc., located at 10239 Northeast Clackamas Street, on the report of multiple vehicles vandalized over the weekend.

Officers arrived and spoke with employees who told police that sometime between Saturday morning and Monday morning, an unknown person or persons slashed 72 tires on 26 different vehicles.

SAFE Transportation provides transportation services to organizations and individuals, many of whom requires specialized transportation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333, reference Portland Police Bureau case number 15-20710.

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Heros Day at Reynolds High School
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 03/16/15
Important Information for Media Coverage

WHAT
Reynolds High School Associated Student Body is hosting a celebration of Heros Day to honor the first responders to the June 10, 2014 shooting on Monday, March 16, 2015. Approximately 200 guests are expected to attend. Student leaders installed the flag display in honor the First Responders at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015.

WHEN
Monday, March 16, 2015
Access to guests and student leaders from designated area only. No access to school property or school buildings until designated interview time of approximately 2:15pm.


MEDIA
Media set up in designated area at 1:45 p.m.
Cherry Park Plaza Retirement Center Parking Lot, Spaces 1, 2,3, 22, 24, 26, or 27. Cherry Park Plaza is located at 1323 SW Cherry Park Road in Troutdale, Oregon, directly across from Reynolds High School.

Media representatives will be escorted from the designated area to an interview location at approximately 2pm. Attendees who wish to be interviewed will be available from approximately 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Media representatives must vacate the designated interview area by 2:50pm.

A media packet including photos and video will be released around 3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Media needs to vacate designated media assembly area.
Weekend Storm Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Gladstone
Gladstone Police - 03/16/15
Heavy rains overtaxed the system and caused a sanitary sewer overflow into the Clackamas River from about 6:30am to 5:30pm on Sunday March 15th in Gladstone. Residents are asked to avoid contact with the river for 48 hours due to the bacteria associated with the sewage overflow.
ArtSplash artshow call to artists
City of Tualatin - 03/16/15
Calling All Artists!

Applications for the 20th annual ArtSplash Art Show and Sale are now available. The Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee, a public arts citizen committee of the City of Tualatin Oregon, invites artists to submit an application for this annual juried summer art sale. The goal of the Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee is to encourage and promote Northwest artists, expose the community to a wide range of artistic experience, and endorse interaction between artists and the community. Proceeds from ArtSplash go to support the public arts in Tualatin.

ArtSplash Dates:

Friday, July 24 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 25 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 26 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

ArtSplash is located at the beautiful Lake of the Commons in Tualatin, 8325 SW Nyberg Street. The Tualatin Commons is the vibrant heart of downtown featuring a wide pedestrian promenade surrounding a three acre lake. Public plazas and a fountain add to the lively urban mix. Tiles and artist designed drinking fountains are integrated into the plazas. ArtSplash is a three day outdoor show featuring northwest artists. The show is housed under two white canopies overlooking the lake.

Artist amenities include booth sitters for breaks, water, artists' breakfast reception Saturday morning, free parking, free admission, volunteer assistance for unloading, volunteer staffed central wrap station, art racks and hooks or table provided.

Visual artists in all mediums including, but not limited to acrylic, oil, watercolor, photography, metal, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and glass are eligible.

For more information about ArtSplash visit our website at: http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/artsplash-call-artists


May 5, 2015 Application deadline


Attached Media Files: Artsplash news release
UPDATE: Transit Alert: Major Crash Team Investigating a Crash at SW 5th and Morrison - MAX Service Disrupted (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/16/15
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The crash scene is clear and all traffic and transit is back to normal operations.

Traffic Division conducted an investigation into this morning's crash and learned that 57-year-old Scott Raymond Busch was crossing Morrison Street, in a crosswalk with the walk signal, when a southbound garbage truck turned right from 5th Avenue onto Morrison, striking Busch and severing one of his legs.

The first arriving officers immediately applied a tourniquet to Busch's leg and medical personnel transported him to a Portland hospital for treatment. Busch is expected to survive his injuries.

The garbage truck driver, 44-year-old Eric Arthur McChesney, remained at the scene and was cooperative. The truck belongs to Allied Waste Services.

Traffic is not allowed to turn right at this intersection.

McChesney will be issued citations for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk and Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

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On Monday March 16, 2015, at 5:52 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a crash involving a pedestrian and a garbage truck at Southwest 5th Avenue and Morrison Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male adult victim suffering from critical injuries.

The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the garbage truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Westbound MAX service and TriMet bus service on Southwest 5th Avenue is disrupted and will remain so for an undetermined amount of time.

TriMet users should check http://www.trimet.org for service updates.

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

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DUII crashes into parked trailer. Driver attempts to assault 911 caller reporting incident (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 03/16/15
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On 03/14/15 at approximately 11:30 PM, McMinnville Police Officers were dispatched to NE 5th Street and NE Irvine Street on a motor vehicle crash. The 911 caller also reported that an occupant of the van had assaulted him.

Upon arrival they located a white, Nissan delivery van that had crashed into a large, heavy duty equipment hauler trailer that had a sea box type container on it. The impact of the crash also sent the trailer into a power pole. The van had significant front passenger side damage and had to be towed from the scene. It was learned through a witness that the male occupants had left the scene.

Additional officers arrived in the area and located the male driver Identified as Jacob Way, 24 of McMinnville and the male passenger identified as Jesse Kincheloe, 32 also of McMinnville, a few blocks away from the crash location.

During the investigation it was learned that Jacob Way had attempted to assault the 911 caller, Corey Saunders, 24 of McMinnville after the crash occurred. Saunders was not involved in the crash but was walking in the area when it occurred and came to assist the occupants.

Jacob Way was arrested and lodged in the Yamhill County Correctional Facility pending arraignment in Municipal Court on the following charges:

- Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
- Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run)
- Reckless Driving
- Attempted Assault in the Fourth Degree

His total bail was set at $21,250.00.

No one was injured as a result of the crash or the assault attempt.

The van involved in the crash belonged to both Way and Kincheloe who are owners of the Valley Commissary Restaurant, located in McMinnville. A representative of McMinnville Water and Light responded to the scene and determined the pole did not pose a risk.

Anyone with further information or questions about this incident is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307.


Attached Media Files: Way Booking Photo , 2015-03/1837/82636/DSC01117.JPG , 2015-03/1837/82636/DSC01107.JPG , 2015-03/1837/82636/DSC01106.JPG
Battle Ground: Do you recognize these cars? (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 03/16/15
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On March 12th at about 8:30 pm a Battle Ground resident witnessed two cars speeding westward on NW 23rd St. Located in a residential neighborhood, NW 23rd Street has a speed limit of 20 mph. The witness observed one of the cars purposefully striking several garbage cans and recycling bins as it sped down the road.

Battle Ground police officers were provided surveillance video of the vehicles - still shots are attached - and are asking the public's help in identifying them.

Vehicle #1 is described as a white 80's model 2-door; vehicle #2 is described as a mid to late 90's model white 4-door.

If you have information about either of these vehicles or the incident, please contact Detective Rick Kelly at 360-342-5242 or rick.kelly@cityofbg.org. You may also leave an anonymous tip at cityofbg.org/tips.


Attached Media Files: Vehicle 2 , Vehicle 1
PF&R Responds to wind related calls. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/16/15
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At 1:40 PM yesterday Portland Fire and Rescue responded to collapsed scaffolding at the corner of SW 4th and Washington. Upon arrival Firefighters noted that approximately four stories of the six story scaffolding had pulled away from the building and was partially collapsed. Fire crews as well as police cordoned off a block in each direction to prevent any pedestrians from entering the collapse zone. There were no injuries but one car was damaged due to falling debris. The scaffolding company arrived and started the scaffolding repairs at about 5:00 PM. Fire crews remained on scene until approximately 4:30 AM.

While the scaffolding incident was still ongoing (at 2:45 PM), PF&R crews responded to someone trapped in a car due to a fallen tree at the corner of SW Park Ave and SW Market. Firefighters found one trapped female (driver) in the crushed car. Fire crews used cutting tools to free her from the vehicle. The patient was entered into the trauma system and was sent to OHSU due to the mechanism of injury. Although the damage was major, the patients injuries don't appear to be life threatening.


Attached Media Files: 3rd & Washington , 3rd & Washington , Park & Market , Park & Market , Park & Market
Vancouver web radio station expands programming
FlashAlert - 03/16/15
"AM 1290" is a Vancouver-based internet station that provides Clark County news and information as well as nostalgic music programming.


Mondays-Thursdays:

6 to 10 am - Clark County news, public affairs and information programming for the visually impaired and elderly.

10 am to Midnight - Oldies (1954-79)

Midnight to 6 - Old Time Radio, Nostalgia (1929-62)

Saturdays:
Oldies all day

Sundays:

Noon to 4 pm - Slavic Book Readings and English lessons for non-native speakers

6 to 9 pm: Oldies Radio Airchecks from KISN, KGW, plus History of Rock and Roll, WCBS TOP 500,KLSC 1410 recordings, syndicated Programs and more.

You can find the station at: http://tunein.com/radio/AM-1290-s210642
Winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers numbers to be released March 17
Oregon Lottery - 03/16/15
All 1,801 winning numbers for the Lottery's St. Patrick's Day Raffle, including the $1 million top prize, will be released at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

A complete list of all 1,801 winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers will be found on the Lottery's website at www.oregonlottery.org at approximately 5 a.m. on March 17. Players will also be able to check their St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Spring whale watching week set for March 21-28
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/16/15
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host its spring Whale Watch Week March 21-28 at 24 designated whale watching sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help visitors spot gray whales heading north.

Visitors will also learn about whale migration and feeding habits. A map of the watch sites is available online at whalespoken.org.

Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to oregonstateparks.org to check availability and make a reservation.

OPRD reminds visitors to be aware of storms and high waves: respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.
Business Oregon names assistant director for innovation and entrepreneur in residence
Business Oregon - 03/16/15
Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, has hired an assistant director for its new Innovation & Entrepreneurship division and appointed an entrepreneur in residence.

Heather Stafford, executive director for Southern Oregon's leading economic development nonprofit, will lead Oregon's innovation strategy.

Kanth Gopalpur, a Portland entrepreneur and angel investor, will be Business Oregon's entrepreneur in residence. It's a volunteer position created to serve as a policy advisor and the agency's startup ambassador.

"This is more than the announcement of two great hires," said Gov. Kate Brown. "Under Heather's guidance, we are empowering the burgeoning economic assets right in our backyard -- small business owners. As Oregon's first entrepreneur in residence, Kanth will use his groundbreaking position to tap into the booming crop of entrepreneurs that call the Northwest home."

Why innovation matters: Innovation in industries like bioscience and advanced manufacturing help drive economic prosperity. Each high-tech job produces five additional jobs outside of high-tech. This year, Business Oregon's 2015 agenda includes expanded funding for the Oregon Innovation Council, the Oregon Growth Board and the Oregon Metals Initiative.

"To keep Oregon competitive, we're placing a high priority on innovation as a core value in Oregon's statewide economic policies," said Sean Robbins, Business Oregon's director. "Heather and Kanth will drive our strategy to accelerate Oregon's position as a global player in innovation across all industries."

Heather Stafford is the executive director of Sustainable Valley Technology Group, an independent nonprofit economic development group headquartered in Medford. Founded in July 2010, Sustainable Valley is the only business accelerator in the six counties of Southern Oregon to support the growth of innovative, startup companies. She previously worked with Oregon's Small Business Development Centers' statewide Grow Oregon initiative, providing market research for mid-sized traded companies.

Ashland Rep. Peter Buckley, who worked with Stafford on Southern Oregon economic development issues, said: "Heather Stafford is an outstanding choice to help develop and lead our innovation strategy. She has the experience and the creativity Oregon needs and is relentless in her work to develop or expand new businesses that can thrive in our state."

Kanth Gopalpur helped found Powell's original online bookstore in 1995, then launched a career in e-commerce. As founder and CEO of software company Monsoon Works, Gopalpur led the company through rapid, profitable growth. The company's more than 1,000 customers used its software to process more than $1 billion in online sales. Monsoon Works appeared on the Inc. 500 list for three straight years and was a winner of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's Working Capital Company of the Year before it was sold to a private equity group in 2010. Gopalpur is now principal of Kestrel Advisors and serves as an advisor and angel investor to tech startups. He has served on the boards of the Oregon Growth Account, TiE Oregon and several private companies.

"This is a fantastic move by Business Oregon," said Chris Harder, economic development director at the Portland Development Commission. "Not only is Kanth a successful entrepreneur, but his leadership and involvement with TiE Oregon make him one of the state's most respected mentors and organizers. Any time a government agency actively seeks new channels to support innovation it should be encouraged."

About entrepreneurs in residence: Entrepreneurs in residence are common among venture capitalists in Silicon Valley but less common in the public sector. "As far as we know, Kanth will be the first entrepreneur in residence at a state economic development agency anywhere in the country," Robbins said. But there is a local precedent that provided a model for our position. The Portland Development Commission has an entrepreneur in residence position held by Jive Software co-founder Bill Lynch.
03/15/15
Red Cross responds to Sisters fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/15/15
Red Cross Disaster Action Team members responded to an apartment fire at 1:32 p.m., Sunday, in the 700 block of Ash Street in Sisters.

Two adults were affected. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, comfort kits, medication and information about disaster health and mental health services.
Red Cross assists 5 in Beaverton fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/15/15
Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to a single-family fire at 6:06 p.m., Sunday, in the 20000 block of SW Farmington Road in Beaverton.

Two adults and three children were affected. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, seasonal clothing, shoes, infant supplies, stuffed animals, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and health services.
*** Update *** Missing Lake County Man Found Deceased in Lake County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/15/15
*** Second Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a report of a man found deceased south of Highway 140 near Lofton Reservoir in rural Lake County this afternoon.

According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, at approximately 12:30 p.m., deputies and troopers were dispatched to an area approximately 2.4 miles south of the location where missing Lake County Man SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, is believed to have left his motorhome after he was last seen on Friday, February 13. Investigators contacted a couple driving in the area who spotted GIESEA's dog, Angel, as they passed by. When the couple returned a few hours later the dog was still in the area and as they stopped to investigate they discovered GIESEA deceased.

While the investigation is still on-going, investigators do not believe the death to be suspicious at this time, however, further review by the medical examiner's office is pending.

No photographs are available for release at this time.

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*** First Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing the search for a missing Klamath County man who was last seen on Friday, February 13, near Quartz Mountain Snow Park.

SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, was traveling with his two Yellow Labrador dogs in the area where his burned RV was located on Forest Service Road 3660 about 30 miles west of Lakeview. Yesterday, one of the dogs (Bella) was located about 1.5 miles north of where the RV was located, near the Gearhart Wilderness area.

OSP and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are asking anyone who may be in the area or was in the area and may have seen GIESEA or his dogs are asked to contact the Lake County Dispatch Center at 541-947-2504.

Photo of GIESEA and his two dogs (Bella and Angel) attached.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Original Release:
Oregon State Police and Lake County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating SPENCER KLING GIESEA, age 44, of Klamath County.

GIESEA was last seen Friday, February 13, 2015, in western Lake County north of the Quartz Mountain Snow Park. This area is approximately 30 miles west of the city of Lakeview. GIESEA's motor home became stuck on Forest Service Road 3660, north of Highway 140.

GIESEA's motor home was found in the same location on Saturday, February 14, 2015; however, the motor home was completely burned. GIESEA and his two dogs (yellow labs) were not around the motor home.

Lake County Search and Rescue responded and conducted a search for GIESEA. Since that time, additional resources have been brought in to assist in the search for GIESEA from Klamath County Search and Rescue, Jackson County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Siskiyou County Search and Rescue, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police, Civil Air Patrol and the Army Guard.

One of GIESEA's yellow labs has been located in the area; however, GIESEA and his other yellow lab are still missing.

GIESEA is 5'9" tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a jean jacket and snow pants. He was also wearing prescription glasses.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of GIESEA is encouraged to call Lake County dispatch at 541-947-2504.
Aloha Man Shoots His Wife's Friend Following Dispute
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/15/15
March 15, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies investigate an Aloha man after he shot another man during an ongoing dispute. There was only minor injury inflicted from the gunshot.

On March 15, 2015, at 12:57 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence located in the 15600 block of SW Jaylee Street in the community of Aloha. It was reported that Richard Zillmer Jr, 51, who lives at the residence, shot Travis Harrison, 36, from Aloha, during a dispute. It was reported that Mr. Harrison was across the street at a neighbor's house waiting for medical assistance.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found Mr. Harrison in the street in front of Mr. Zillmer's house shot once in the abdomen. It was believed that Mr. Zillmer was still inside the house and had access to several firearms. Sheriff's Deputies were able to move a patrol vehicle into the area and safely transport Mr. Harrison to an ambulance that was waiting a few blocks away. Once Mr. Harrison was moved to safety, Sheriff's Deputies contacted Mr. Zillmer by phone and convinced him to exit the house.

Sheriff's Deputies had prior knowledge of the ongoing dispute and were at this same house on March 14, 2015 investigating Mr. Harrison when he barged into the house and attempted to fight Mr. Zillmer. Mr. Harrison received numerous injuries during that altercation and was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. Mr. Zillmer's wife lives with Mr. Harrison which is believed to be the catalyst of the dispute.

The investigation revealed that there were several telephonic communications today between the two men and Mr. Harrison returned to the house to continue the dispute in person. It was reported that when Mr. Harrison was on the front porch, Mr. Zillmer discharged one round from a handgun through the door striking Mr. Harrison in the abdomen. The hospital reported that Mr. Harrison sustained only minor injuries.

The Washington County Violent Crimes Unit Detectives and the Forensic Science Unit were called to assist with the investigation. After a thorough examination of the evidence and information gathered, detectives decided that this incident will be sent to the District Attorney for review and possible grand jury consideration.

Travis Harrison faces possible criminal charges as the investigation continues.
Red Cross assists 4 in Hillsboro disaster
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/15/15
Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers assisted four adults after a tree fell on a house in the 10000 block of SW Hillsboro Highway in Hillsboro.

Volunteers responded to the single-family disaster at 3:26 p.m. Sunday. Red Cross provided lodging and information about disaster health and mental health services.
Vancouver Public Works crews clear streets, restore signals as winds take a toll
City of Vancouver - 03/15/15
City of Vancouver Public Works crews responded to more than 30 reports of trees or large branches fully or partially blocking streets due to strong wind gusts today. At the same time, traffic signals were either on flashing red or completely dark at about 15 intersections this afternoon due to power issues.

Ron Fredin, Public Works Operations street supervisor, said the strong winds appeared to have affected Vancouver equally. "It's taken a toll everywhere," Fredin said. "We're working both sides of the City."

While Fredin and one crew were clearing streets on the east side, another crew was working on the west. Reports of downed trees came from Southeast Talton in southeast Vancouver to Washington Street in west Vancouver, and other areas in between and throughout the community. On East Mill Plain Boulevard near 97th Avenue, crews concentrated on quickly cutting up and clearing out a big fallen tree so traffic could get through safely on the busy arterial, a major route for emergency services. Meanwhile, Operations Signal crews spent the day restoring traffic signals that were entirely out of service or operating in flashing red due to windstorm power outages and surges.

In some cases, crews will be back out Monday to finish the job by picking up the tree branches and trunks that were temporarily pulled to the side, out of the way.

Vancouver Public Works encourages the public to be alert to possible debris in streets and prepared for four-way stops. Where traffic signals are completely dark or in flashing red, drivers are reminded to treat the intersections as a four-way stop.

To make a service request, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations Center at 360-487-8177. To report a downed power line, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-3000 immediately. To report a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.

The Urban Forestry webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry offers tips and resources to help Vancouver residents manage trees before and after a storm event. The site also provides a list of certified arborists who can help identify and manage defects and potential hazards, as well as facts about regulations and permit requirements.

Information on how to dispose of tree-related debris is available on the City's Solid Waste website at www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste. Solid Waste Services and Urban Forestry are part of the City of Vancouver's Department of Public Works.
Red Cross opens 16-family shelter in Columbia County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/15/15
Red Cross volunteers are opening a 33-person shelter in Columbia County to assist families displaced when trees fell on an apartment building.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue officials contacted the Red Cross' Cascades Region at 2:28 p.m. today to request the shelter. The shelter will open in the Columbia City Community Hall at 1850 Second Street in Columbia City, Ore. It will be able to house 20 adults and 13 children.
Trees Down Throughout City - Residents Urged to Use Caution, Patience (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/15/15
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Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue have responded to several reports of large trees down, blocking roads throughout the City of Portland.

Residents are asked to exercise caution when going outside as large, falling trees can be very dangerous.

Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard is closed between East Burnside and Northeast Glisan Street after a large tree fell and blocked all lanes. It is expected to be closed for several hours.

Calls of trees down that are blocking roadways or otherwise are creating an emergency situation should be reported to 9-1-1.

Minor incidents not threatening life or property should be reported to the Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

All reports of downed trees on private property, not endangering anyone should not be reported to emergency services.

Photos attached are from Northeast 44th Avenue and Hoyt Street and Northeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Davis Street.

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PF&R rescues injured bird. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/15/15
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After returning from an emergency this afternoon, firefighters from station 30 (13313 NE San Rafael Street) found an injured black bird on the driveway of the station. Firefighters were able to place the bird in a box and call the Audubon Society of Portland to take the bird.

If the public finds any injured birds they are encouraged to call the Audubon Society at (503)292-0304.


Attached Media Files: injured bird
Live fire training burn concludes fire academy
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 03/15/15
Longview- Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue will be conducting a live fire training burn Saturday morning from 9am to approximately 3pm on Saturday, March 21st, at 1111 West Side Highway. The training burn will allow recent academy fire cadets to get live fire experience from a true structure fire environment and demonstrate skills they've learned in the academy. The house was donated by Beacon Hill Water and Sewer District and the burn is open to the public for viewing.

New fire cadets started a fire training academy on January 10th at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's headquarters station to eventually become volunteer or intern firefighters for Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Cowlitz County Fire District 6 (Castle Rock). The academy ran from January 10th to March 22nd for two weekends a month and consisted of essential basic firefighting theory and hands on techniques. Eleven fire cadets have also learned emergency medical skills to compliment paramedics when they eventually respond to emergency calls medical in nature.

Volunteer firefighters need 200 hours of instruction, practical skills, and observation in addition to successful completion of The Essentials of Firefighting textbook to complete the academy. To maintain the status of a volunteer firefighter they must maintain a minimum of 30 "points" that are acquired by participating in drill nights and/or responding to emergency calls. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue currently has 68 active volunteers that support the two regularly staffed stations. In 2014 Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to 4107 emergency calls. For more information on live fire house donations or becoming a volunteer contact Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue at (360) 578-5218.
Gang-Related Shooting in Front of East Precinct - No Injuries, Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/15/15
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On Saturday March 14, 2015, at 11:53 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a large party of teens letting out of the East Portland Community Center, located at 740 Southeast 106th Avenue. The Community Center is across the street from East Precinct.

Officers inside East Precinct could hear people pounding on the front doors and windows of the precinct. Two officers went to the front doors of the precinct to see what was happening outside and just as they opened the doors, they heard gunshots and a 17-year-old male ran inside asking for help, saying he'd been shot at by someone.

Seconds later, the officers saw an armed teen fire another shot towards the South (not towards police) as he walked by the front doors of the precinct. The suspect was walking with a large group of teens as he walked northbound towards Stark Street. Officers shared suspect information via radio and followed at a distance until cover officers could arrive and take the suspect into custody after he got rid of the gun. Officers located and seized the gun as evidence.

Officers from Central and North Precincts and the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) responded to assist with preserving the crime scene and managing the crowd of unruly teens. Officers located one suspected bullet strike on the front of the precinct.

The suspect, 16-year-old Dontae Eugene Mathis Jr., was arrested and lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Hall on charges of Attempted Murder (Measure 11 crime), Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Discharging a Firearm in the City.

GET investigators believe both the suspect and intended victim are involved with rival gangs.

Investigators believe that many eyewitnesses may have left the scene without talking to police.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Todd Gradwahl at (503) 823-2056, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Meghan Burkeen at (503) 823-2092, meghan.burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

This is the 30th gang-related shooting of 2015, compared to 12 at the same time in 2014.

A photo of the crime scene at East Precinct is being released publicly.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

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

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

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

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

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

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03/14/15
Red Cross assists two in Tigard fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/14/15
American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to an apartment fire at 11:44 a.m., March 14, in the 9000 block of Southwest Commercial Street in Tigard.
Two adults were affected. Red Cross provided lodging,food, comfort kits and information about disaster health and mental health.
Red Cross helps one in Portland fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/14/15
American Red Cross Disaster Action Team members responded to a single-family fire at 9:56 a.m., March 14, in the 10 block of NE Tillamook Street, in Portland.
One adult and one dog were affected. Red Cross provided comfort kits, blankets and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Shriners share incredible gift
Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland - 03/14/15
PORTLAND, ORE., The Shriners, who began one of the nation's most generous charitable health care systems, spending more than $1 million per day on caring for patients, continue to think of ways to make healthcare easier for children. Not only did they build and fund an amazing hospital system, they even help patient get to the care.

"What good is a fantastic hospital if the patients can't get to it," commented Tom Bland, Potentate, of Al Kader Shriners. On Saturday, March 14th at 3:00pm the Al Kader Shriners of Shriners International presented three new transport vans to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR. 97239.
A convoy of the new vans made its way from Al Kader Shriners, in Wilsonville, Oregon beginning at 2:00pm, up Interstate 5 to arrive at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland just before 3:00 today. The arrival was followed by a short presentation ceremony on the Hospitals top parking deck.

The vans are fully equipped with a special lift to safely transport children who use wheelchairs. The spacious vans also have room for family members and siblings. The new van will be used by the hospitals volunteer drivers to pick patients up at the airport, train station, bus station or local hotel to bring them to the Shriners Hospitals for Children for their appointments. The volunteer drivers helped approximately 750 children and their parents reach their appointment last year. In addition to transporting patients in the vans the volunteer drivers save the hospital countless hours running errands for the hospital. Together the drivers have logged an approximately 34,473.05 hours of service to the hospital and have volunteered for a combined total of 109 years.

The donation of the vans by the Al Kader Shriners was made possible by a contribution left the groups transportation fund by Margie Thompsen a long time hospital volunteer. Thompsen's friends will be riding in her honor in the new vans from the Shrine center to the hospital.
Shriners International, a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth, founded Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official philanthropy in 1922. What began as one hospital is now a world-renowned health care system with 22 locations in three countries. The fraternity, which has nearly 200 chapters in seven countries and thousands of clubs around the world, continues to operate and support this unique health care system. Please visit shrinersinternational.org to learn more.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system with 22 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Our staff is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families' ability to pay. Within these broad service lines, many types of care are provided. For example, some locations offer reconstructive plastic surgery, treatment for craniofacial abnormalities or care for sports injuries. Generally, care is provided until age 18, although, in some cases, it may be extended to age 21. All services are provided in a compassionate, family-centered environment.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/4014/82612/Al_Kader_Shriners_Present_new_vans_to_Shriners_Hospital_for_Children.mp4
UPDATE: Three Shot in Gresham Tavern, suspect arrested.
Gresham Police Dept - 03/14/15
Gresham,Ore--Three bar patrons were injured and one man was arrested after shots were fired at a Gresham bar tonight. Police were dispatched at 11:28 p.m. to Puff's Pub, 22200 S.E. Stark on a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they discovered three patrons had been injured by gunfire from another patron. The person responsible for the shooting has been taken into custody without incident. Detectives have been summoned to the scene and will be investigating including interviewing dozens of witnesses. No names will be released while detectives investigate. The injuries to the three victims are not life-threatening.

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UPDATE

As a result of the investigation, 34-year-old Kenneth Allen Sheets of Gresham, Ore., was arrested for shooting 39-year-old Jason Thompson of Fairview, Ore., 33-year-old Jose De Jesus Ramirez-Ramirez of Gresham, Ore., and 23-year-old Adrian Mora-Garcia of Portland, Ore.

This incident does not appear to be gang related and the motive is unknown. Kenneth Sheets was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault I, two counts of Assault II and Reckless Endangering. He was booked at the Multnomah County Jail with his bail set at $757,500. Photo available from Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Gresham Police Detective Marciano at 503-618-2702.
Corvallis Police Investigate Robbery
Corvallis Police - 03/14/15
On March 13, 2015, at about 11:50pm, Corvallis Police responded to the report of a robbery at the Adult Shop, 2315 NW 9th St. According to the victim, a male subject entered the store and spent about an hour inside until other customers left. Once the suspect was alone with the victim clerk, he threatend the victim with a knife and stole money and merchandise. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is describbed as possibly Hispanic, 5 foot 8 inches with a thin/medium build. He had short dark hair wearing a hood over his head. He was last seen wearing black pants, red and gray plaid flannel with hood, and black and white shoes.

If anyone has information regarding this case please call Officer Evan Hull at 541-766-6911.
03/13/15
Fourth-graders release 10,000 salmon into Salmon Creek
Columbia Springs - 03/13/15
Students from Hockinson Heights Elementary will help release 10,000 salmon into Salmon Creek next week, on Thursday, March 19th. Fourth-graders from Hockinson participate in the Salmon in the Classroom (SITC) program through Columbia Springs, and raise 250 Coho salmon eggs in an aquarium while learning about salmon biology, life cycle, and habitat requirements. By participating in this program students form personal connections with their fish, then release them into streams near their school. Afterwards, the students gain a different perspective on their local watershed.
Every year, community member and long-time SITC participant Jim Orander invites students from neighboring schools to his home to help release 10,000 salmon from incubator boxes that he keeps in a stream on his property. Staff and volunteers from Columbia Springs and Clark Public Utilities-Stream Team members provide educational activities at the salmon release ceremony. Hockinson teacher Renee Fern says this event has a lasting impact on her students: "We look forward to this tradition; we've done it for about ten years now. The kids love the activities and learn so much about the amazing salmon. They make important connections about environmental awareness during this field trip and the memories made are lasting!.
For more information about the Salmon in the Classroom program, contact Katie Woollven at sitc@columbiasprings.org or by calling 360-882-0936 ext. 228.
Columbia Springs' mission is to offer our community a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. Learn more at www.columbiasprings.org
The Time for Legislative Advocacy is Now (Photo)
Hillsboro Sch. Dist. - 03/13/15
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Parents and community members asked to write their elected officials and urge a K-12 budget of $7.5 billion to avoid a $4.5 million loss to Hillsboro School District in 2015-16

March 13, 2015 - Oregon's Legislators are about six weeks into their full 2015 session, and one of the biggest tasks before them is to pass a budget for the 2015-17 biennium. Those of us in the education field are hearing there is a desire to pass the education budget early, so that other matters can receive attention.

We are very appreciative of some early certainty around the budget, as it makes our planning process a little easier; however, the proposal currently on the table from the Co-Chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee is a K-12 budget of $7.235 billion.

When one looks at the anticipated state revenues for the 2015-17 biennium, there is an increase of nearly 9.5% to the total General Fund/Lottery Fund budget. If K-12 education received that same increase, plus an allowance for full-day kindergarten, it would equate to an allocation of approximately $7.5 billion.

A K-12 allocation of $7.5 billion is widely acknowledged as being what school districts across the state need to stay "flat" for the next two years. That doesn't mean reducing class sizes, adding money back to programs, or expanding the number of support staff--it means simply being able to maintain what they are doing this year for the next two years, while adding full-day kindergarten.

Oregon is often criticized for having one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation. However, that should not come as a surprise to us when we are funding our public schools at one of the lowest levels in the nation. Our outcomes, as a whole, are matching our investments.

New investments in early childhood education and post-secondary education are exciting and much-needed, but we cannot ignore the years of education we are legally required to provide, and the ones we as a country have agreed are most important to the perpetuation of our democracy--K-12.

Oregon has disinvested in K-12 education over the past several years--just ten years ago dedicating more than 44% of its General Fund/Lottery Fund to K-12, and now just over 39%.

While it may not be realistic to expect a return to former spending levels for K-12, with a variety of needs in our state ranging from health care to social services to public safety, we must ask ourselves what the impact will be to our children of continuing to ask more from them while providing them with less.

If we believe in the importance of education as a way to not only prepare the next generation of citizens and leaders, but also to strengthen our economy, reduce reliance on social services, and to improve communities, we simply must find a way to prioritize our investment in education.

Hillsboro School District takes pride in the fact that we have managed our finances in a responsible manner over the course of the last several years, thanks to our forward-thinking Board, skilled Business Office staff, and much-appreciated cooperation and partnership with our employee groups. Though we had to effectively reduce our budget by nearly $70 million between 2009 and 2014, we tried to do so in a way that was sensitive to the needs of our students and maintained the integrity of our programs to the extent possible.

That we were able to avoid a true crisis is both a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is the avoidance of a crisis. The bad thing is we may have a more difficult time getting the message across that we need to do more for our students. We know what it will take to raise achievement for all students. We have been achieving success with our sustained efforts in the areas of standards-based teaching and learning, our Bilingual Program Model, and staff professional development. We have devised a five-step plan for reinvesting in our system and reaching our goal of having all students graduate ready for success in the next phase of their lives. But we first need to stabilize our funding.

I would ask that each of you take just a few minutes of your time to write to your local elected officials and urge them to support a K-12 budget allocation of $7.5 billion for the 2015-17 biennium. If they pass the $7.235 billion budget, Hillsboro School District will experience a $4.5 million shortfall in the 2015-16 school year, which would equate to cutting 9 school days or 55 teachers.

We have created a template advocacy letter for your reference, as well as a list of our local elected officials. Both are available on our Budget Matters webpage. Please add your personal information to the template letter or write your own and send it to everyone who represents you right away. There are similar efforts taking place in school districts all around the state.

Together, we can make a difference.

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Cowlitz Sheriff Update #2: investigates intruder who enter mans home while he slept and assaults him severely
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/13/15
Update 3-13-15 4pm. Cowlitz Sheriff Detectives are actively continuing their investigation in to the assault on Bruce E. Taylor. They were able to briefly speak to Mr. Taylor. The nature of that discussion, nor his medical condition is being made public. Since the suspect is not in custody, we are also not identifying which hospital Mr. Taylor is in.

Detectives also took several items of evidence down to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and met with the Lab supervisor to discuss the testing for suspect DNA on the items.

Detectives also were back on scene today working with volunteers with the Cowlitz and King County Search and Rescue teams. They did a follow up search that was in addition to the search that was conducted the night of the assault. The results of that search is not be released.

Detectives are very hopeful that someone who has information about this case will call Det. Todd McDaniel at (360)577-3092. People who wish to remain anonymous should call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at (360) 577-1206.

We have no idea why someone would have assaulted Mr. Taylor. It still appears as though nothing of value is missing from the house, hence we do not believe robbery was a motive. While people, including the media have asked if we thought this was possibly a case where someone mistook Mr. Taylor as someone else who happens to have the same name, we cannot rule this is in or out.

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UPDATE: 3-11-14 3pm. The victim in this morning's assault is Bruce Edward Taylor, 58. He lives alone at the house on Eufaula Heights Road in Longview (specific address withheld out of respect to victim) and was alone in the house sleeping when unknown suspect(s) entered his house and assaulted him. (details about the method of entry omitted intentionally) We have no update on his medical condition. We are not describing his injuries other than he has serious injuries to his head.

Detectives are still on scene and they are being assisted by members of the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab Response Team in processing the house. They are expected to conclude examination and collection of evidence at the scene later today.

At this point, there are no leads on the suspect(s) or motives of the person or people who did this attack.

It does not appear to investigators to be a random act at least in such a way that people living in the area should be overly concerned for their safety. It appears to investigators someone entered the house with intent to conduct this assault. There does not appear to be anything missing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Todd McDaniel at 3690-577-3092. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (360) 577-1206.

We will not release any more information today. There will be an update if the investigation warrants.

There are no photos being released at this time.
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Cowlitz County Sheriff investigates a case where an intruder enters a man's home shortly before 3:00 a.m. and assaulted him while he slept. The man was critically injured and was transported to SW Medical Center in Vancouver by ambulance. No one else was in the home

We have very little details at this early stage of the investigation. We are not releasing the name of the victim until family can be contacted. The assault took place in a home on Eufaula Heights road west of Longview. (Address not being released for the same reasons).

We do not have any leads on the suspect(s)or the motive for the assault at this time.

I will not be available by phone nor will there be any further media releases until 2:00 p.m.
MESD Board Regular Session 3-17-15 at 6:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 03/13/15
The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 immediately following the Executive Session which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220 in the Board Room.
Salem City Manager Will Be Honored At March 26 Reception (Photo)
City of Salem - 03/13/15
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Salem City Manager Linda Norris, who is retiring at the end of March, will be honored at a farewell reception.

The public reception is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 26, on the second floor of the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE. Please RSVP to manager@cityofsalem.net or call 503-588-6255.

In February, Norris announced that she was retiring after a 35-year career working in the public sector. She has been Salem City Manager since 2008 and has worked in city administrations in Oregon and Colorado.

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson described Norris as an effective manager who has worked well with the city council and the community.

"She will be greatly missed," Peterson said. "But her legacy of financial stability and well-run city services will carry us into the future on solid footing."

Salem's old industrial riverfront began a transformation under Norris' tenure. The city manager negotiated agreements with private developers that launched the redevelopment of the former Boise Cascade site, where a mixed-use apartment building is now under construction.

The city also expects to close on the purchase of 3.8 acres for an expansion of Riverfront Park by the end of March.

And Norris led the city as plans to build a 304-foot-long pedestrian bridge linking Riverfront Park and Minto Brown Island Park came to fruition. Construction of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge is expected to begin this summer.

Kacey Duncan, the city's deputy city manager, will fill the city's manager's job on an interim basis starting March 31. A search committee, led by Salem City Council members, has started the process to recruit a new city manager.

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Sheriff's Office Employees and Foundation Donate to CASA (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/13/15
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March 13, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Office employees donate proceeds of October fundraiser to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation and CASA Helps Kids. The Foundation is a volunteer non-profit organization that supports various Sheriff's Office programs through donations.

On March 10th, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation presented CASA Helps Kids with a check in the amount of $4,271.09 during the Sheriff's Office Swearing In and Employee Recognition Ceremony.

Annually, The Washington County Sheriff's Office participates in a county-wide Employee Giving Campaign. In October 2014, Sheriff's Office employees, in coordination with the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation, hosted a chili luncheon sponsored by Hillsboro-based biotechnology company Genentech. In addition to the chili luncheon, the event, which raised a total of $4,271.09, included a silent auction and raffle.

Employees selected a local not-for-profit program, Casa Helps Kids, as the recipient of the fundraising proceeds. Casa Helps Kids is called upon when a child who has been abused or neglected is experiencing the trauma of having to navigate the court system. CASA volunteers advocate for children in the foster care system and work tirelessly to guide them, and get them into a permanent home safely, quickly and efficiently. The role of local programs such as the CASA for Children of Multnomah and Washington Counties is to recruit, train and support the volunteers who work with the children in their community. Since 1985, CASA volunteers have helped 16,000 children find a safe and permanent home.

If you live in Washington County and are interested in serving on the WCSO Foundation Board, contact the Sheriff's Office at: (503) 846-2608 or by email (lindsey_dober@co.washington.or.us) to obtain an application.


For any additional information about the Sheriff's Office or various volunteer opportunities please call 503.846.2700 or check us out on-line at the following web address: www.wcsheriff-or.com.


Attached Media Files: Big Check
MESD Board Executive Session 3-17-15 at 5:30 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 03/13/15
The Board of Directors will meet in Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in the Board Room at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220. This Executive Session is called under: ORS 192.660(2)(d): To conduct deliberations with person designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations; ORS 192.660(2)(h): To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed; Directly following the Executive Session, the Board will meet in Special Session. ORS 192.660(2)(i): To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.
Behavioral Health Unit Officer Arrests Bank Robbery Suspect on Wednesday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/13/15
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On Friday March 6, 2015, Central Precinct officers responded to the U.S. Bank branch located at 636 Southeast Grand Avenue on the report of a bank robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke to employees who told police that the suspect used a demand note and obtained cash before fleeing the area.

Robbery detectives and Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted investigative follow-up, identifying 28-year-old Brian Joseph Sutton as the suspect.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant on Wednesday March 11 and within an hour, a Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) officer responded to a welfare check in the 8100 block of Southeast Division Street.

The officer contacted a man, later identified as Sutton, and determined he had an outstanding warrant for bank robbery.

Sutton was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a Federal Hold.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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Temporary Speed Limit Reduction - Skyline Road S Improvements (with Map)
City of Salem - 03/13/15
On March 23, 2015, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on Skyline Road S from Kuebler Boulevard S to Liberty Road S. The attached project map shows the speed reduction area on Skyline Road S.

Utility relocation work is mostly complete and the City of Salem's contractor North Santiam Paving Company is ready to begin major street widening work.

The speed limit reduction will remain in effect until the work is completed in November 2015. Motorists and pedestrians should use caution and expect delays within the work area.

The Keep Salem Moving! Streets and Bridges Bond, passed by Salem voters in November 2008, included funds to widen Skyline Road S from Liberty Road S to Kuebler Boulevard S. The widening will provide two travel lanes, a center turn lane, bicycle lanes, curbs, sidewalks, and an updated stormwater system. The main purpose of this project is to improve public safety along the corridor.


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/1081/82597/Skyline_Area_Map.pdf
Fourth Counterfeit Credit Card Crew Arrested This Year (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 03/13/15
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***CORRECTION***
The information I received from the detective did not specify that it was $10,000.00 in gift cards, so I said 10,00 gift cards.

It is actually $10,000.00 in gift cards



On March 11, 2015 at about 12:00 p.m. Beaverton Police Detectives received information regarding a counterfeit credit crew that was currently in Beaverton. The Detectives were able to locate the two suspects in Portland and take them into custody.

Over 100 counterfeit credit cards and approximately 10,000 gift cards and prepaid credit cards that were purchased with counterfeit credit cards were recovered. The two suspects have been in Washington and Oregon since February 20, 2015 and were also shipping their fraudulently obtained purchases back to Florida. The suspects were mainly targeting Home Depot, Staples, and Office Depot.
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The suspects were identified as Roberto Moncada 26 years old and Georqui Martin 22 years old both are from the Miami, Florida area. Both Moncada and Martin are currently lodged at the Washington County Jail on Aggravated ID Theft and Theft I charges.


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Photo , Martin , Moncada
DHS places 3 child welfare employees on admin leave, calls CIRT review in Yamhill County abuse case
OR Department of Human Services - 03/13/15
Update: March 13, 2015

The Department of Human Services has placed three employees of its child welfare program on paid administrative leave while the agency conducts a review of the case.

In addition, the DHS Director called a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to conduct a formal review. The CIRT is intended to identify systemic issues and areas for improvement in agency policies or actions when there is a serious injury or death caused by abuse or neglect involving a child who has had contact with the agency.

CIRT reports are public information, and once they are completed they are posted on the agency website. The reports protect the identity of children, so names are not included, even if those names have been released through other means.


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Yesterday, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office notified the Department of Human Services about the arrest of a guardian couple on charges of First Degree Assault and Criminal Mistreatment of two young children. At that time, DHS Child Welfare Director Lois Ann Day released the following statement: "Nothing we do is more important than protecting children. When we see reports of injuries to children known to the agency, and when those injuries have been caused by abuse or neglect, we must respond quickly. Therefore, I am announcing an immediate review of this case, which will be conducted in the next 24 hours, to look into the decisions and actions taken by DHS staff in Salem and in county offices. Individuals in Salem and in local offices will be placed on administrative leave while we conduct the investigation into this serious incident."

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Crews Contain Used Cooking Oil Leaking From Overturned Trailer on Cornelius Pass Road (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 03/13/15
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Just after 11:20 a.m. today, emergency responders were dispatched to an overturned truck trailer that was leaking reclaimed cooking oil.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to the 12000 block of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road. Upon arrival, the engine crew from Rock Creek Station 64 found a truck trailer on its side. The cab of the truck hauling the trailer containing approximately 3,000 gallons of reclaimed cooking oil remained upright. No injuries were reported.

At the time of the accident, the truck had been traveling uphill on a curve when its trailer overturned.

Due to the nature of the call, TVF&R's Hazardous Materials Team was called in to assess the situation and determine if the spill had contaminated two creeks in the area.

As firefighters worked to contain an estimated 2,000 gallons of reclaimed cooking oil that spilled from the trailer's tank, an initial investigation confirmed the spill did not contaminate nearby waterways.

The used cooking oil flowed down approximately 100 feet of roadway and off a nearby embankment. Firefighters were able to contain the spill to a ditch running along railroad tracks at the bottom of the canyon.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was notified of the incident, and a cleaning company was called in to remove the oil from the roadway.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area as crews continue to clean up the scene. A portion of Cornelius Pass Road and Highway 30 through Skyline were closed.

TVF&R was assisted by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
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CORRECTION: UPDATE #3: Multiple Vehicle Crash Closes I-5 Northbound Past Rosa Parks Way (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/13/15
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The driver of the 2014 Subaru was actually Shuo Liu, not Chen Fu (passenger) as initially listed. Also, the driver of the 2008 Dodge Charger was Chrishaela West, not Leron Richards (passenger) as initially listed.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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Investigators from the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division learned that 7-year-old Arianna Lundin died on Monday evening at a Portland hospital after being a passenger in a car that was involved in a five car traffic crash on Saturday.

24-year-old Kari Bonds, the driver of the 2008 Dodge Caliber containing Arianna and three other children, remains in a Portland hospital being treated for serious injuries. All other people were treated and released from Portland hospitals.

Investigators have been able to determine that the driver of the 2007 Chevrolet Suburban struck the rear end of the 2008 Dodge Caliber, causing a chain-reaction crash involving three additional vehicles.

The driver of the Suburban, Bennett Rowe, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Once the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review and determination of any charges or violations.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The people involved in Saturday afternoon's crash on I-5 are identified as follows:

2007 Chevrolet Suburban
Bennett Rowe & Kari Rowe, Aberdeen, Washington

2008 Dodge Caliber
Kari Bonds, Longview, WA
Raenna Larson, Kelso, WA (9 years old)
Arianna Lundin, Cathlamet, WA (7 years old)
Jordan Mueller, Cathlamet, WA (2 years old)
Devon Mueller, Cathlamet, WA (5 years old)

2014 Subaru
Chen Fu, Corvallis, OR (19 years old)

2008 Dodge Charger
Leron Richards, Vancouver, WA (31 years old)

2013 Honda Fit
Geraldene Moyle, Portland (44 years old)

7-year-old Arianna Lundin remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

All lanes of the freeway have reopened to regular traffic.

A total of nine patients were transported from the crash scene. A 24-year-old female and a 6-year-old female in the same vehicle were the most seriously injured. The 6-year-old remains in critical condition.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Saturday March 7, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on I-5 northbound and Victory Boulevard.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located five (5) vehicles involved and several injured people, including children.

Six (6) ambulances have responded to the scene to treat and transport patients. The extent of injuries is not known at this time.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to conduct an investigation.

I-5 northbound will be closed to all traffic for several hours. All northbound traffic is being diverted off at the North Rosa Parks Way. Drivers needing to continue northbound can use I-205 or re-enter I-5 from Marine Drive.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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UPDATE #2: Major Crash Team Investigating Crash Involving Commercial Truck and Pedestrian on a Wheeled Scooter (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/13/15
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61-year-old Samuel Ray Wilkins died yesterday at a Portland hospital. The investigation is continuing and no citations have been issued at this time.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

61-year-old Samuel Ray Wilkins remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in yesterday's crash. Wilkins was riding a three-wheeled scooter he uses to get around.

The driver, 37-year-old David Bustamante-Vasquez of Seattle, has cooperated with investigators.

No citations have been issued and the case remains under investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Wednesday March 11, 2015, at 10:02 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest Naito Parkway and Couch Street on the report of a crash involving a truck and a pedestrian.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the pedestrian, a 61-year-old man, suffering from injuries that did not initially appear life-threatening. Medical personnel transported him to a Portland hospital where it was determined that his injuries were much more substantial and are now considered life-threatening.

Due to the man's condition, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation.

Officers learned that the man was crossing Naito Parkway towards Waterfront Park, in a crosswalk with the "walk" signal. An eastbound truck, driven by a 37-year-old man, turned southbound onto Naito Parkway, striking the pedestrian.

The driver did not display any signs of impairment and has cooperated with the investigation.

The truck is a large, delivery-style commercial truck owned by Dario's Statuary of Tukwila, WA.

There is no traffic impact due to this investigation and updates will be provided when they become available.

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Former Youth Coach Arrested for Multiple Sex Offenses Involving a Minor (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/13/15
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HOOD RIVER, Ore. - On March 11, 2015, deputies arrested twenty-four year old Gerardo Morales of Parkdale for multiple sex offenses involving a minor. In the past, Morales has worked with youth in the community through various sports and youth group programs.

The investigation which began on March 8, 2015 concluded Wednesday with Morales's arrest and detention at NORCOR. Morales is currently being held on thirteen charges including Sodomy, Sexual Abuse and Attempted Coercion.

As a result of Morales's past involvement with youth programs, Sheriff's Office Investigators are concerned about the potential for additional victims. Anyone that has information about Morales or potential victims should contact detectives at 541 387-6846 or the Sheriff's Office twenty-four hour non-emergency number at 541 386-2711.


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Request for public assistance (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/13/15
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Human Remains Identified:
In November 2011, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office reported the discovery of human skeletal remains near Nicolai Mountain. These remains were turned over to the State Medical Examiner's Office shortly after their discovery for testing and analysis in hopes of identifying the person. Sheriff Tom Bergin is pleased to announce, through continued investigation and scientific testing, the remains have been identified as that of Justin Anthony Eraci born May 25, 1980. Mr. Eraci is not known to have been a local resident; his last known address was in the state of California. Items found in proximity to Mr. Eraci's remains indicate he spent some time in Portland, Oregon prior to his death. At this time the circumstances of Mr. Eraci's death remain unknown. Photographs provided by Mr. Eraci's family have been included with this release. The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner's Office, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, and the Oregon State Police.
Request for public assistance:
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with knowledge of Mr. Eraci and his activities in northwestern Oregon, specifically Clatsop County, please contact Detective Ryan Humphrey at 503-325-8635.


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Centennial School District announces hiring of two new principals (Photo)
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 03/13/15
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The Centennial School District has announced the hiring of two new elementary school principals for the upcoming 2015 - 2016 school year.

Laura Nixon has been selected as the principal for Pleasant Valley Elementary School, and Jeb Hubbs has been selected as principal of Oliver Elementary School. Nixon replaces Laurie Ernstrom, while Hubbs replaces Laura Fendall. Both Ernstrom and Fendall are retiring after 35 years in the district.

Nixon has worked in the Centennial School District as a teacher since 1997. She has a bachelors degree in Communications and German from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters in Education from Pacific University. She has her administrative credentials from Lewis and Clark College. Most recently a teacher leader at Butler Creek Elementary School, Nixon has served as an interim principal when the school's principal has been away from the building.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Pleasant Valley community beginning next year," Nixon said "Pleasant Valley has an outstanding reputation with regards to staff, students and culture of the community. It will be a great privilege to serve Pleasant Valley Elementary School, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone."

Hubbs comes to the Centennial School District from Portland Public Schools, where this year he is the assistant principal of Sunnyside Environmental School. Last school year he was the assistant principal at Ockley Green Elementary School. He was the principal of the King-Chavez Community High School in San Diego, California, and a sixth grade teacher prior to coming to Portland. Hubbs has a bachelors of art degree in history from Willamette University and a Masters in Education Leadership from San Diego State University.

"I am very excited to join the Oliver Elementary community and carry on the strong work of Principal Fendall and her staff," Hubbs said. "I believe that every child has the potential to achieve academic success, and I believe in the power of collaboration between staff, families, and students to help drive that success."

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as principal of Oliver," Hubbs added, "and I will work hard alongside the rest of our staff to ensure that Oliver is a neighborhood school that the community is truly proud of and that supports the success of each child."

Both Hubbs and Nixon's first day as principals in the Centennial School District will be July 1, 2015.

Oliver Elementary School is located at 15840 S.E. Taylor, Portland. Pleasant Valley Elementary School is at 17625 S.E. Foster Road, Gresham.

The Centennial School District bridges the cities of Portland and Gresham, and is made up of 10 schools - a high school, middle school, seven elementary schools and an alternative school for high school students. The district serves approximately 6,300 students.


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Fish & Wildlife Troopers in Newport Seek Public's Help with Bull Elk Poaching/Waste Case (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/13/15
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division in Newport is asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of two bull elk in Lincoln County.

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Newport OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers received a complaint of two dead bull elk floating in the Siletz River about three quarters of a mile upriver from Strome Park. The following morning, both of the bull elk were located. One bull was identified as a 5x6 and the other was as a 5x5. Both were shot and left to waste with no meat removed from the carcasses. The elk were not salvageable, and it appeared the elk had only been dead for a few days.

A total reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction related to the investigation. A $1,000 reward is being offered by The Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program. An additional $5,000 reward is being offered by The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sr. Trooper Ryan Kehr or Sergeant Todd Thompson through the Turn in Poachers hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

Contact Officer:
Senior Trooper Ryan Kehr
Oregon State Police Newport
541-270-0097

Secondary Contact:
Sgt. Todd Thompson
Oregon State Police Newport
541-265-5354 ext. 224

Media with additional questions should contact Sgt. Thompson at the above listed number or email OSPPIO@state.or.us

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High school art show celebrates exceptional student artwork (Photo)
ESD 112 - 03/13/15
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Student artists from throughout Southwest Washington will be recognized for their outstanding artwork at the 2015 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show, sponsored and hosted by Educational Service District 112.

Now it its 42nd year, the art show is one of the few opportunities for area art students to receive recognition and exposure for their work. The art show received 240 entries this year from high school students from throughout the six-county region of Southwest Washington. The artwork is on display at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue in Vancouver through March 31.

The opening reception and ceremony presentation will take place Wednesday, March 18, 5-7 p.m., at ESD 112. The Gallery will open at 5 p.m. and the awards program begins at 6 p.m.

Eighteen pieces will receive Regional Awards and will compete against entries from around Washington State in the Annual State Superintendent of Public Instruction Art Show in Olympia in April. Additionally, new this year, Central Washington University awarded four outstanding art pieces with CWU Scholarship Awards, three with $1,000 scholarships and one with a $2,000 scholarship award. The following student artists won awards for their pieces:

Regional Award Winners:
* Cait Ryan, Ridgefield High School, "The Viking"
* Elise Baron, Kelso High School, "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To"
* Ruby Becker, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, "The Unseen"
* Jung Lee, Mountain View High School, "Bird"
* Keeley Prestwich, Prairie High School, "Marysville"
* Elise Baron, Kelso High School, "Fur Elise"
* Emily Atwell, Prairie High School, "Sea Turtle"
* Grace Arsenault, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, "Portrait of Ellie"
* Austin Moreland, Hudson's Bay High School, "Mountain"
* Kaitlyn Wolfe, Henrietta Lacks High School, "Sun Dial"
* Neve Duran, Evergreen High School, "Swans"
* Hannah Barnwell, Kelso High School, "Castiel"
* Bella Kustar, Hudson's Bay High School, "Hope"
* Nicole Dean, Henrietta Lacks High School, "We Are Star Stuff"
* Maya Breasler, Washougal High School, "Sunrise"
* Svelyhia Khoumngeune, Heritage High School "Turtle Vase"
* Ada White, Mountain View High School, "An Elephant of Cards"
* Hannah Jeung, Evergreen High School, "Aphrodite"

ESD 112 Award Winners:
* Keeley Prestwich, Prairie High School, "Funny Face & Pretty Thoughts"
* Tenzing Dorjee, Evergreen High School, "Dancing Queen"
* Stephanie Sells, Prairie High School, "Untitled"
* Sara Levy, Henrietta Lacks High School, "One Wish"
* Chelsie Bejamin, R.A Long High School/ On Track Program, "Inside Myself"
* Cooper Lucas, Woodland High School, "Shell"
* Kristin Mury, Kelso High School, "Times Square"
* Kevin Kang, Mountain View High School, "Charmed"
* Emma Craciun, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, "Inside-Out Silhouette"
* Mariyah Hutton, Loowit High School "Exo Exo"

Honorable Mention Award Winners:
* Daniel Gershun, Union High School, "Red and Black Round Reed Basket"
* Grace Arsenault, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, "Kohlrabi Girl"
* Malynne Castro, Kelso High School, "Babies in Bloom"
* Jonah Warberg, Mountain View High School, "My Silly Self & Little Lover"
* Alexandria Rilling, Henrietta Lacks High School, "Crack the Egg"
* Ana Stoumbos, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, "Annabelle"
* Jill Solonga, Ridgefield High School, "The Big Red Door"
* Elizabeth Bronder, Hudson's Bay High School, "Relaxed Bowl"
* Payden Carterby, Kelso High School, "Willow Grove"
* Storm Reid, Kelso High School, "Thend" "Revelation" "Adadpt"
* Allie Jenkins, Hudson's Bay High School, "Dramatic"
* Landyn Gellerson, Skyview High School, "Leaving On"
* Max Buquoi, Evergreen High School, "Tricky Children"

Central Washington University Scholarship Awards:
$1000 Scholarship Award:
* Symone Camargo, Mountain View High School, "Connect the Dots"
* Keely Prestwich, Prairie High School, "Funny Face & Pretty Thoughts"
* Olivia Bonebrake, Ridgefield High School "Nothing is Real Anyways"

$2000 Scholarship Award:
* Elise Baron, Kelso High School,"Fur Elise"

ESD 112 Staff Choice Award:
* Bradlee Thielen, R.A. Long High School, "My Better Half"


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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet March 19 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 03/13/15
March 13, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, March 19, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may 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.

For more information, see the board's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Oregon City Suspends Efforts to Pass HB 2800
City of Oregon City - 03/13/15
The City of Oregon City has decided to suspend efforts to pass HB 2800. Based on recent discussions with other cities served by the Tri-City Service District, members of the business community, and other community leaders, it's clear there is broad support for addressing shared concerns over the district's current governance model. What's not yet clear is a common vision for how those issues should be addressed.

Oregon City will continue discussions at both the local and state levels to generate awareness of the issues we've raised and identify an appropriate path forward. It is our firm belief that local government control and accountability is the best course going forward, and we'll continue to work to ensure ratepayers are put first.

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Updated Contact Information for Portland Water Bureau
Portland Water Bureau - 03/13/15
Media Contact:
Members of the media may call or text the Portland Water Bureau on the Public Information Phone at 503-823-8064. This phone is monitored 24-hours a day, seven days a week. If you prefer email, please contact the Public Information Officer at jaymee.cuti@portlandoregon.gov.

Important Numbers for the Public:

Customer Service - (503) 823-7770
For information about your City of Portland sewer, stormwater management and water account. Call when setting up a new account or moving addresses.

Water Quality Line - (503) 823-7525
For questions regarding water quality or water pressure.

Emergency Line - (503) 823-4874
24/7 hotline for water system emergencies.

Other important Water Bureau numbers can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/398208
03/12/15
Monday, March 16, 2015 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 03/12/15
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Executive Session & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, March 16, 2015 in the Parkrose School District Office Boardroom located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 p.m. The Board will receive department updates from the Superintendent's office, School Improvement, Human Resources, Student Services and the Business office. The Board will be taking action on Consent agenda items. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
BGPS Teachers Get Science Training on the Job (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 03/12/15
Laurin Middle School students conduct a biological species survey in the nature preserve next to their school.
Laurin Middle School students conduct a biological species survey in the nature preserve next to their school.
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The honor of carrying his group's clipboard was cause for Matt to celebrate. The Laurin Middle School sixth grader jumped out of his seat with a spirited "Yes," pumped his fist, and grabbed a clipboard with its attached plant identification guide and plot map. Sixth grade teacher Casey Rogalette smiled. To see so much enthusiasm in a student wasn't unusual, but this science lesson was.

On this day, the students would spend time in the forested nature preserve next to their school, identifying and recording the species of plants and animals in each of four sections. Mark Watrin, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) in Battle Ground Public Schools, explained the scientific goals and led the sixth graders outside. To the students, it was one step in the process of determining which section of the preserve supports a greater variety of life. But according to the Washington State Learning Standards for science, the students got a hands-on lesson on MS-LS2-5: Evaluating competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Teacher Casey Rogalette got a lesson, too. Taking the lead, Mark Watrin demonstrated how to effectively teach students the state's new science standards. As the district's science TOSA, Watrin is modeling a new type of professional development, called embedded professional development, that provides primary and middle school teachers with one-on-one training on how to implement the new Washington State Learning Standards for science. The training technique is effective because teachers don't just hear about best practices, they see them in action in their own environments. With this type of training, student questions and reactions become teachable moments for teachers, too.

Research has shown that a coaching model is more effective than one that gathers a cohort of teachers in a single room for a presentation-type training, said Paula Koehler-Martin, executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development.

"Research on adult learning and how teachers enhance their practices points to the fact that one-time professional development opportunities might spark interest," Koehler-Martin said, "but ongoing professional development, and especially in a classroom setting, is what makes the difference in teachers evolving their classroom practices and enhancing student learning." Battle Ground also has TOSAs who help implement the new Washington State Learning Standards in English language arts and math using a blended model of traditional group and some one-on-one training.

But the coaching model of training lends itself to the subject of science. Washington is transitioning over the next 3 years to updated state learning standards for science in grades K-12. Called the Washington State 2013 Science Learning Standards, they provide consistent science education through all grades with an emphasis on engineering and technology. Developed by the National Science Teachers Association and other non-profit science organizations, the standards are part of a national effort called Next Generation Science that updates current standards based on how scientific work has changed.

Washington has set a timeline that includes full implementation of the standards in the 2017-2018 school year. Along with full implementation comes a federal requirement to assess students on multiple science disciplines (including biology, physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy) with a more comprehensive test than the current End of Course Biology exam that students take in high school.

Watrin's work with science teachers will not only help better prepare students for a more complex assessment, but also will help students acquire the skills they need to study scientific disciplines in college and become chemists, ecologists, and aerospace engineers.

Rather than focus on what science is, the new state science standards aim to teach students how to practice science by asking them to make scientific inquiries and develop theories and models. For example, instead of memorizing all the minerals, students might explore why minerals are useful. "Hands-on is important," Watrin said. "to adequately learn, the concepts need to be connected to a concrete experience. The brain learns better by doing than by just listening."


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Don't Be An Easy Victim-Close and Lock Your Garage and Shed
Salem Police Dept. - 03/12/15
The Salem Police Department has investigated 35 incidents of sheds and/or garages being burglarized thus far in 2015. In the nine cases where sheds were targeted, eight of those sheds were not secured and the thief was able to steal property without having to force entry. Of the twenty-six burglaries from garages, at least nineteen of them involved unsecured garages and/or vehicles that allowed access into the garages.

Typically these types of incidents increase in frequency with the arrival of nicer weather when people are outside and working in their yards and fail to secure their garages and sheds afterwards. Some of these incidents even occur when the resident is at home and leave the garage door open in the front of the residence as they work in the backyard. We also see cases where vehicles are left unsecured and have remote garage door openers visible in the vehicle. The thief needs only to grab that remote control and then has access to the garage and even the residence!

The Salem Police Department urges everyone to not be an easy victim. As we all take advantage of good weather and get an early start on our yardwork, make that effort to secure your garages, sheds and residences.
* Close your garage door whenever you will not be actually present. Even if you're just in the back of the residence, an open garage door is a tempting sight for a thief.
* Don't leave garage doors partially open for fresh air or for pets. It is surprising how small of a space a thief will need to slide under a partially open garage door and gain access to the garage and residence.
* Avoid leaving windows open. If you do choose to leave them open, leave it open just a little bit for air to get in, but not wide enough for a person to enter and use a secondary locking device that will prevent it from being opened any wider.
* Always close and lock your vehicles, don't leave anything in plain view in the vehicle and don't leave remote garage door openers in the vehicle. Consider a keypad entry system for the garage.
* Close and secure sheds. Even if the shed is in your backyard, always keep it closed and locked. Many people store expensive items such as power equipment in their sheds, and these make easy targets for thieves.
* Close and secure gates leading to your backyard.
* Don't leave items unattended in your front yard.
* Make a final sweep when you go in for the day and look around at your neighbors' houses as well. Be a good neighbor and remind them to close their doors and windows as well.
* Write down serial numbers of your valuables, take photos of them and mark them with an owner applied number such as your driver's license number.
* Contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit for a free residential security survey and inspection.
* Form a Neighborhood Watch if you don't have one already. Watch out for each other in your neighborhood. Contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175 for further information.
Walk for Water at the City's Water Center Sunday, Mar. 22
City of Vancouver - 03/12/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center invites residents to participate in a "Walk for Water" on World Water Day, Sunday, Mar. 22. The walk starts at 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Water Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA.

People of all ages, especially families, are encouraged to walk for water and get first-hand experience regarding water's vital impact to our daily lives, our community and the world. The purpose of World Water Day is to focus attention on the importance of water and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. During the event, participants will walk along a family-friendly pathway to the Columbia River where they will get water and carry it back to the Water Center. The paved path is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Please remember to bring a container for transporting water on this one-mile trip.

Join the walk and discover more about World Water Day's theme of water and sustainable development. Bev Walker, Water Resources Education Center Educator, asks, "Did you know that currently millions of people in the United States are experiencing some level of drought? We hope this walk helps to raise awareness of the need for drinkable water in the United States and other parts of the world."

More details can also be found on the City's website at: www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter

ABOUT THE WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER:
Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area's few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. The Water Center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Water Center. More information is available on the Internet at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or by calling 360-487-7111.

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WSU Vancouver's Women of Distinction event will honor 33 local women
WSU Vancouver - 03/12/15
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington State University Vancouver will celebrate 33 women who have made a difference for others at the annual Women of Distinction event. The celebration and reception begin at 6 p.m. March 26 in Firstenburg Student Commons. The event is free and open to all registered guests. To RSVP and get a parking permit, visit www.vancouver.wsu.edu/distinction.

Dr. Allen Gabriel, co-founder of the Pink Lemonade Project, will be the keynote speaker. There will be a collection bin for donations of new or used business clothes to the Dress-A-Coug Clothing Drive.

All nominees for the 2015 awards will be recognized for inspiring, mentoring and empowering others. The three Distinguished Woman awards to be announced at the event--high school student, WSU Vancouver student and community member--are selected by community and WSU Vancouver representatives.

HIGH SCHOOL NOMINEES
Brittany Curtiss is a senior at River Homelink School in Battle Ground. She also attends Clark College through Running Start. She devotes much of her time to helping others while maintaining top grades in school. She is a preschool teacher's aide and also volunteers at an assisted living facility, with her church youth group and in community service projects.

Karina Paul is a junior and president of the National Honor Society at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School. A recent immigrant, she attended Johns Hopkins University in the summer of 2014 and is passionate about neuroscience, with plans to become a neurosurgeon.

WSU VANCOUVER STUDENT NOMINEES
Elizabeth Brodie is the station manager at KOUG Radio. She is a senior who will graduate in May with degrees in anthropology and public affairs.

Kia Calderon is a social studies student who hopes to teach social studies when she completes her degree. She has been married for nine years to her husband, Jeraby, and they have three sons.

Sarah deVincenzi is the director of communications for the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. She is a senior in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program who will graduate in May.

Kelsey Gingerich will graduate in May with a degree in public affairs and a minor in business. She is the community service coordinator for ASWSUV and an intern at the National Coalition of Violence Against Women.

Christi Hamilton serves as a senator for ASWSUV. She will graduate in May with a degree in social science, focusing on personnel psychology/human resource management, with minors in psychology and human development.

Christie Isenhart will graduate in May with a degree in human resources. She has served as the director of corporate relations with the student Human Resource Society, and as chair of the Student Media Board.

Stephanie Leeper is a junior studying personnel psychology/human resource management with a minor in psychology. She serves as programming intern for the Office of Student Involvement and monthly event coordinator for the Student Activities Board.

Carly Lowder chairs the Student Activities Board. In May she will graduate with a major in personnel psychology/human resource management and minors in psychology and business management.

Chloe Moesch is the director of leadership development at ASWSUV and a senior who will graduate in August with a degree in personnel psychology/human resource management.

Sami Reel is a junior majoring in psychology and English. Her goal is to become a school counselor. She is a senator and secretary with ASWSUV.

Kirsten Reynolds chairs the Campus Affairs Committee with the ASWSUV. She is also a student ambassador and a staff member at the Office of Student Involvement. She will graduate in 2016 with a major in biology.

Ashlyn Salzman is the director of legislative affairs for WSU Vancouver. A senior in the Public Affairs program, she will graduate in May and hopes to use her degree to make positive changes in government.

Cambri Shanahan, a senior studying human development and fine art, is the outdoor recreation intern for the Office of Student Involvement and editor-in-chief of the Salmon Creek Journal.

Natasha Sharer is a senior accounting major who will graduate in May. She is the director of student enrichment for ASWSUV and works at the front desk of the Office of Student Involvement.

Amalia Vacca is a recent graduate of the Creative Media and Digital Culture program with a degree in digital technology and culture.

COMMUNITY MEMBER NOMINEES
Heidi M. Johnson Bixby, CFP(R), is principal of Johnson Bixby & Associates, a financial planning firm focused on helping clients align wealth to their values. She is chair of Columbia Springs, an environmental program in Vancouver; treasurer for H-RoC, a political action committee that advances women leaders in Southwest Washington; and co-founder of Global Sojourns Giving Circle.

Melissa Boles is an academic advisor at Clark College. She has degrees from Clark College, WSU Vancouver and Western Carolina University. She is an advocate for education and women's rights, and is involved in Clark County politics.

Jennifer Cullison created a STEM and Health Sciences program at Woodland High School, where she teaches. She works with the Free the Children international charity and has created a local charity to support these efforts.

Laura Ellsworth graduated from WSU Vancouver in 2000. Her career in volunteer management has allowed her to motivate others to serve their community. Her work includes organ donation awareness, allocation policy, and reproductive health, rights and justice.

Carla Feltz is a family community resource coordinator for Vancouver Public Schools. She works with students and families at Washington Elementary, providing support to meet basic needs, facilitating family engagement, and advocating for students and their families.

Amy Holmes is the founding principal of Hayes Freedom High School in Camas. She works to ensure that each of her students has support for finding their unique path in life. She models the school's motto: Be kind. Be proud. Be fearless.

Jennifer McDaniel is a Washougal City Councilwoman and parish administrator for her church, St. Anne's Episcopal in Washougal. She has served as a mentor for the Business Growth MAP program at WSU Vancouver and as co-leader of her daughter's Girl Scout troop.

Erica Nicewonger works in gang intervention and outreach with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington. She completed her master's in teaching at WSU Vancouver and worked for the At Home At School program.

Michelle Opgrande has been a guidance counselor at Monticello Middle School since September 2000. She values her job as an opportunity to help young people realize their potential.

Merlinda Sain is a human resource generalist for WSU Vancouver and a 2007 alumna. Last winter she handmade 500 fleece hats for Share Vancouver and 43 for WSU Vancouver's Facilities Operations crew. Next, Merlinda will warm the ears of U.S. troops in Greenland.

Debra Sanders has been a professor of accounting at WSU for 30 years. She loves helping students find meaningful accounting careers after graduation. She moved from the Pullman campus to develop a master's program at WSU Vancouver.

Sara Scheetz is the vice president and co-founder of At Your Place Senior Care. She volunteers, on average, more than 40 hours per month with Meals on Wheels, Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition and Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, to name a few.

Margarita Topal graduated from WSU Vancouver in 2014 with a degree in English. She is operations manager at Home Guard Roofing NW and uses her public relations and leadership skills to engage with the local business community.

Kathy Young is a tutor for the Vancouver School District in the AVID program, a global effort to prepare students for success in school. She is a lifelong volunteer who enjoys making connections and building relationships, whether with a student, an ESL adult or a senior citizen.

Jessica Zachariasen works as a stylist at Teazers Salon and a barista at Starbucks. She attends Clark College and will finish her associate's degree later this year.

Erica Zutz volunteers with Americorps VISTA, currently working in Billings, Mont., with active military families. She graduated from WSU Vancouver in 2014.

ABOUT WSU VANCOUVER
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N. E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking permits, required for this event, are available online upon reservation at www.vancouver.wsu.edu/distinction.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. Here, students gain much more than a degree--they gain a brighter future.

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Concert to benefit program for homeless students
FlashAlert - 03/12/15
Go Connect will present its first annual Benefit Concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 15, at Cascade Park Baptist Church, 1201 SE 136th Ave, Vancouver.

The jazz concert featuring local artist Clark Bondy on the saxophone will benefit Go Connect's program "The Refuge." The Refuge houses otherwise homeless students in host homes while they finish their high school education. Since its inception two years ago, The Refuge has helped 15 students find and maintain stable housing while pursuing their goal to graduate high school.

Bondy, an acclaimed jazz musician and teacher, with his entourage will perform an eclectic mix of jazz music that will be sure to keep your feet tapping. This is a great concert for all members of the family. Admission is free and dessert will be provided. Contributions to The Refuge will be accepted at the concert, or at youcaring.com/TheRefuge.

The organizers request that you RSVP to help plan for dessert: event.celebrations.com/TheRefuge
Polk County District Attorney to hold "Java and Justice" Public Safety Forum
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 03/12/15
DALLAS, OR - Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton will hold an open meeting on public safety issues at 7:00 a.m., on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Courtyard Coffeehouse & Deli, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas, Oregon.

District Attorney Felton will be available to answer questions and listen to ideas regarding current public safety issues in Polk County including practices, procedures, and funding.
Roberto Salas' 'Crossing Waters' Opens March 30 (Photo)
Clackamas Community College - 03/12/15
Traversing Inuit Waters Recovering Sedna II by Roberto Salas
Traversing Inuit Waters Recovering Sedna II by Roberto Salas
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OREGON CITY - "Crossing Waters," a solo exhibition of works by artist Roberto Salas, opens March 30 in the Alexander Gallery at CCC and runs through May 1. An artist's reception will be held on Tuesday, April 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the gallery with Salas speaking about his work and process at 1 p.m.
Salas studied at the University of New Mexico and received a Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. He has completed public art pieces in San Diego, Los Angeles, El Paso and New Mexico.
The exhibition "Crossing Waters" showcases large-scale, mixed media, free-hanging panels that explore primordial obsessions with natural geometric icons inspired by indigenous cultures. Salas' works utilize imagery such as icebergs, canoes and tools created through experiments of acrylic paint and coffee on nonwoven interface.
The Alexander Gallery is located in the Niemeyer Center at Clackamas Community College's Oregon City campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of campus holidays. Exhibitions are open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. For additional information, please contact Kate Simmons at 503-594-3032 or kates@clackamas.edu.


Attached Media Files: Traversing Inuit Waters Recovering Sedna II by Roberto Salas
Red Cross Assists in Newberg Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/12/15
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a single-family fire in the 1100 block of East 11th St in Newberg, Oregon. This event affected one adult. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Willamette View Residents' Scholarship Benefits Employees
Clackamas Community College - 03/12/15
OREGON CITY - Former Willamette View resident Alan Fibish spent a lifetime as an educator. Thanks to his vision and generosity, employees of the Milwaukie residential community will have educational support at Clackamas Community College.
The Alan Fibish Scholarship was established in his memory through residents, families and friends at Willamette View. It is open to current employees who enroll at CCC.
Fibish's 37-year career as an educator began in 1953 in the San Francisco Unified School District, and included 15 years as a school principal. A lifelong learner, Fibish earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from University of California Berkeley and a master's in marine biology. He also earned a teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and later a doctorate in education at UC Berkeley.
"When Alan and his wife, Carole, came to Willamette View, they took an immediate interest in the education and well-being of our employees, especially the young people working in dining services, many of whom came from modest means and were earning money for college," said Craig Van Valkenburg, Willamette View CEO.
Residents at Willamette View have raised more than $40,000 toward the scholarship.
"This is unheard of - for residents of a retirement community to give their resources to help their employees further their education," said Greg Fitzgerald, executive director of the CCC Foundation.
The CCC Foundation provides more than $500,000 in scholarship support to students annually. Scholarships are offered for a wide variety of students, from first in family to attend college, to career technical to academic achievement. They are available for students taking at least six credits and maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average.
The Foundation is more than half way toward its goal of raising $10 million to support scholarships and endowments in anticipation of the college's 50th year of service in 2016. The Foundation embarked on the campaign in 2012 to address concerns raised by the community about funding college education.
For more information, contact Greg Fitzgerald at 503-594-3132 or email gregf@clackamas.edu.
Hiring an unlicensed tax preparer can be risky
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/12/15
SALEM--April 15 is quickly approaching and many may be looking for someone to prepare their taxes. Making sure that person is licensed in Oregon is one way to help ensure the accuracy of your return and avoid errors that could end up costing you money.
JoAnn Martin, administrator of Oregon's Personal Tax and Compliance Division, recommends checking the credentials of the person you hire to do your taxes. In Oregon, anyone you pay to prepare your tax returns must be licensed.
"If you hire an unlicensed preparer, there's a real risk that they'll make potentially costly mistakes on your return," Martin said.
No matter who does your taxes--a licensed tax professional, an unlicensed tax preparer, you, a relative, or a friend--Martin also recommends checking your return thoroughly before it's submitted.
"Ultimately, you're responsible for the accuracy of your return. It's up to you to check what's on it before it's sent."
Visit these websites to find out if the person you want to hire is licensed in Oregon:
* Tax preparers: www.oregon.gov/OTPB
* Certified public accountants: www.oregon.gov/BOA
Report unlicensed tax preparers to the Board of Tax Practitioners.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov; call 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or call, toll-free, 800-356-4222. The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
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Attached Media Files: 2015-03/861/82569/20150312_Tax_preparation.pdf
Tree Topping harms trees, shortens their benefits (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/12/15
Tree topping: a common but unwise practice that harms trees
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Trees are a vital component of healthy urban communities, giving area residents a multitude of benefits including clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and psychological well-being. Trees screen harsh scenery and block noise from the urban environment, and even help reduce our heating and cooling bills. They also improve property values.

Considering their many benefits, one might assume trees in our cities and communities receive the best of care. Unfortunately, when it comes to tree pruning, this isn't always the case.

First, a general reminder: most minor, routine pruning (removing weak, diseased, or dead limbs) can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree; however, growth and wound closure are maximized if pruning takes place before spring growth flush. Perhaps most importantly: remember not to "top" your tree.

Tree topping is the indiscriminate cutting back of tree branches to stubs. It's a common but detrimental practice that damages a tree's health and its value. It weakens trees and shortens their lifespans by making them vulnerable to insects and disease.

Topping is expensive, and risky
Each time a branch is cut, numerous long skinny shoots called water sprouts grow rapidly back to replace it. These water sprouts are actually weakly attached to the tree; as they grow in size and weight, they add to the tree's risk of failure.

Proper pruning improves the health and beauty of a tree, saving you money in the long run.

Topping is ugly
Unfortunately, a tree's 90-year achievement of natural beauty can be destroyed in a couple hours. Topped trees appear disfigured and mutilated. The worst is yet to come, as the straight suckers and sprouts emerge from the branches. Sadly, once topped, a tree will never return to its natural shape and taper.

Topping reduces the appraised value of your tree
As with any well-maintained landscape amenity, trees add to the value of your property. Using the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers guidelines, professional landscape appraisers may subtract hundreds of dollars from the value of a tree when it's been topped. And, not only do topped trees reduce your property values, they may affect those of your neighbors' as well.

Today in many cities, tree topping is banned because of the public safety factor and the potential for lawsuits.

Healthy trees = healthy communities
Kristin Ramstad, urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry, hopes people can learn to appreciate the advantages of proper pruning and give up the practice of tree topping. "Topping creates high-risk trees, but proper tree pruning creates healthy trees," says Ramstad.

Trees make important social, environmental and economic contributions to the sustainability of our cities and our quality of life. Properly managed, healthy urban trees signify time and money well-spent, are a good indicator of a healthy community and will repay you with benefits many times over.

For more information about trees and tree care:
* International Society of Arboriculture www.treesaregood.com


Attached Media Files: Tree topping: a common but unwise practice that harms trees
Public invited to weigh in on medical marijuana at City forum
City of Gresham - 03/12/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham will host a public forum on medical marijuana on Tuesday, March 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gresham City Hall in the Council Chambers located at 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend and learn more about medical marijuana and potential local regulation, and provide their input for consideration by the Gresham City Council next month. The Council is presently weighing whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Gresham after an existing prohibition expires on May 1, 2015, and whether to allow medical marijuana to be grown indoors within industrial areas.

The evening's agenda includes a staff presentation, a panel discussion and a moderated, open forum.

Like many Oregon communities, Gresham is examining a variety of issues raised by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and the passage last year of Ballot Measure 91, which legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon beginning July 1, 2015.

The City Council has asked for additional public input on time-sensitive regulatory questions. Other marijuana-related issues will be taken up later this year.

For more information on medical and recreational marijuana in Gresham, including current Council policy positions, visit GreshamOregon.gov/MarijuanaPolicy. Send questions about the forum, or comments on the issue, to MarijuanaInput@GreshamOregon.gov.

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New vans share incredible gift
Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland - 03/12/15
Portland, ORE., The Shriners, who began one of the nation's most generous charitable health care systems, spending more than $1 million per day on caring for patients, continue to think of ways to make health care easier for children. Not only did they build and fund an amazing hospital system, they even help patient get to the care.

"What good is a fantastic hospital if the patients can't get to it," commented Tom Bland, Potentate, of Al Kader Shriners. On Saturday, March 14th at 3:00pm the Al Kader Shriners of Shriners International will present three new transport vans to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR. 97239.

A convoy of the new vans will make its way from Al Kader Shriners, in Wilsonville, Oregon beginning at 2:00pm, up Interstate 5 to arrive at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Portland by 3:00pm. The arrival will be followed by a short presentation ceremony on the Hospitals top parking deck.

The vans are fully equipped with a special lift to safely transport children who use wheelchairs. The spacious vans also have room for family members and siblings. The new van will be used by the hospitals volunteer drivers to pick patients up at the airport, train station, bus station or local hotel to bring them to the Shriners Hospitals for Children for their appointments. The volunteer drivers helped approximately 750 children and their parents reach their appointment last year. In addition to transporting patients in the vans the volunteer drivers save the hospital countless hours running errands for the hospital. Together the drivers have logged an approximately 34,473.05 hours of service to the hospital and have volunteered for a combined total of 109 years.

The $160,000 donation of the vans by the Al Kader Shriners was made possible by a contribution left the groups transportation fund by Margie Thompsen a long time hospital volunteer. Thompsen's friends will be riding in her honor in the new vans from the Shrine center to the hospital.

Shriners International, a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth, founded Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official philanthropy in 1922. What began as one hospital is now a world-renowned health care system with 22 locations in three countries. The fraternity, which has nearly 200 chapters in seven countries and thousands of clubs around the world, continues to operate and support this unique health care system. Please visit shrinersinternational.org to learn more.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system with 22 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families' ability to pay. Within these broad service lines, many types of care are provided. For example, some locations offer reconstructive plastic surgery, treatment for craniofacial abnormalities or care for sports injuries. Generally, care is provided until age 18, although, in some cases, it may be extended to age 21. All services are provided in a compassionate, family-centered environment.
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Fire Damages Vacant Home in Longview (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 03/12/15
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At 0933 AM Longview Fire units were dispatched to a possible structure fire located "Directly across from Lowes". The caller indicated that there was smoke coming from the eves and black smoke from the chimney.

Fire crews arrived at 2793 Ocean Beach Hwy and reported visible flames in approximately 50% of the structure. There were no reports of trapped occupants but crews could not confirm the residence as vacant, so they initiated an offensive Fire Attack and Primary Search. Crews made a quick fire knockdown and declared the building "All Clear", meaning there were no occupants found.

The fire was primarily burning in the living room and hallway, however it quickly spread into the attic space through the homes fir-tex ceiling. The fire was reported under control approximately 30 minutes after arrival, however extensive overhaul required crews to methodically remove attic insulation and extinguish spot-fires for approximately 2-hours.

The home was posted as a vacant structure, however, it also appeared to be occupied by "Squatters" that were not present at the time of the fire.

The fire appeared to start inside the home; however, fire investigators have not yet determined cause or origin.

Simultaneous to this fire alarm, Longview Fire crews were dispatched to a Hazardous Materials incident at 110 Panel Way, the Wilcox and Flegel facility.


Attached Media Files: Fire Extinguishment , Overhauling the Structure , Digging Out Fire Debrie , Google Earth Before the Fire
Portland Timbers Expand Presence at THPRD Facility in Beaverton
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District - 03/12/15
The Portland Timbers have expanded their training facility in Beaverton as part of a new agreement with the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.

Construction is complete on a 2,600-square-foot expansion of the adidas Timbers Training Center, which the Timbers have used since 2012. The center is located within THPRD's Fanno Creek Service Center in Beaverton.

The new space includes locker rooms, training areas, and office space as well as additional field time to serve the Timbers, Timbers Academy, the U-23s and T2 teams, and Portland Thorns FC women's professional soccer team.

"This agreement is another good example of a public/private partnership that works," said Doug Menke, THPRD general manager. "We are pleased with the results of our original deal with the Timbers, and we believe this new agreement will only strengthen the presence of professional soccer in our community."

"We are extremely proud of the terrific partnership we have built with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation," said Mike Golub, president of business operations for the Timbers. "Like THPRD, we are committed to doing all we can to make a positive contribution to our community."

Separately, THPRD will build a new synthetic turf field next year for public use at Conestoga Middle School as part of an agreement with the Beaverton School District. That deal was signed and announced last December.

"This agreement with the school district will allow us to offer more than enough field space to meet public demand in the southeast quadrant of our district for years to come," Menke said. "It will also be more convenient geographically to the population base that needs the field time."

About THPRD

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning about 50 square miles and serving 230,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, more than 90 park sites with active recreational amenities, 60 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,400 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.

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New PIO Contacts for Washington County Fire District #2
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 03/12/15
Washington County Fire District #2 - Since the recent expiration of a two-year contract between Washington County Fire District #2 and Hillsboro Fire Department (HFD) where in District 2 received operational supervision from HFD, District 2's Public Information Officer (PIO) contacts have changed. HFD PIOs will no longer be fielding questions for Washington County Fire District #2. As of March 1, 2015, the following PIO contacts are in affect for Washington County Fire District #2:

1st point of contact
Mitch Ward
Public Information Officer
Washington County Fire District #2
c:503.809.1428
Beacon-editor@comcast.net

2nd point of contact
Connie Brodehl
Administrator
Washington County Fire District #2
c:503:341.1682
d2-admin@comcast.net
Police Arrest Five Men, Seize Five Guns from Two Different Vehicles (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/12/15
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On Wednesday March 11, 2015 at approximately 7:30 p.m., North Precinct Street Crimes Unit (SCU) and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers stopped two vehicles after seeing several suspected gang associates loitering in the parking lot of a restaurant at Northeast 10th Avenue and Broadway.

One of the vehicles stopped at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. and Lloyd Boulevards, containing three individuals. Officers developed probable cause to arrest three subjects, ultimately seizing four firearms from the vehicle.

21-year-old Ernest Isom was arrested for Possession of Cocaine, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

28-year-old Omare Ondra Matthews was arrested for Delivery of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

28-year-old Ean Patrick Nissbett was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

At North Flint Avenue and Broadway, officers stopped a second vehicle containing two individuals. Officers developed probable cause to cite the driver and tow the vehicle. During an inventory of the vehicle, officers located a handgun and placed both occupants into custody.

31-year-old Jamaal Lambert, the passenger of the vehicle, was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

34-year-old Theophilus Adams, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

All five men were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

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

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

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

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

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

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YCSO Detectives Arrest Foster Parents in Mistreatment Case (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/12/15
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YCSO DETECTIVES ARREST FOSTER PARENTS IN MISTREATMENT CASE

On March 11, 2015 Yamhill County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested a Yamhill Couple on charges of Assault in the First Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree. The arrest occurred after a Yamhill County Grand Jury indicted the couple on the charges earlier in the day.

Danielle Yvonne Yates, 31 and John Henry Yates, 42, were taken into custody about 6:00 p.m. They were lodged at the Yamhill County Jail without incident by Detectives Marc Brodeur and Kevin Gardner of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

The case was handled by SIU due to the age of the victims and the complexity of the case. The victims, a four year old boy and a five year old girl, were foster children who had been at the Yates residence for approximately 4 years. The investigation showed the Yates had legal guardianship over the two children.

Interviews, evidence and medical records led investigators to believe the Yates were not providing adequate nourishment or medical care to the children and that the boy and girl had actually lost weight over the four years they were in the Yates' custody. The children spent approximately one week in the hospital during the Christmas holidays after their condition was discovered by a relative.

"The effects of child abuse are one of the most difficult things to see." said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "Detectives have to remain objective during the investigation to ensure the case is thoroughly examined. The end result is too important, especially when the victims cannot advocate for themselves."

The Yates, who are residents of rural Yamhill, were lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on two counts each of Assault in the First Degree and two counts each of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree. Their bail is currently set at $350,000 each.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Marc Brodeur at 503-434-7506.


Attached Media Files: D. Yates , J. Yates
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet March 20 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 03/12/15
March 12, 2015

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, March 20. The primary focus of the meeting will to review the 2014 Health System Transformation Mid-Year Report; revisit a potential tobacco prevalence measure; and review the committee work plan for 2015. Public testimony will be heard at 9:30 a.m.

When: Friday, March 20, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211

29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:

Introduction to OHA Director Lynne Saxton;

Public testimony;

Updates;

2014 Mid-Year Report: presentation and discussion;

Tobacco prevalence panel and discussion;

Review work plan for 2015.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may 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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Program Leads to Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off Locations (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/12/15
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Since the drug take back program began four years ago the DEA and its law enforcement partners have collected nationwide, over 4.8 million pounds (2,411 tons) of unwanted medication and properly disposed of it. Seeing the huge success of the program agencies all over Marion County and the United States began installing permanent prescription drug drop off boxes.

The permanent boxes are working so well that the DEA announced that in 2015 we would no longer be offering the drug take back days. The drug take back days are the scheduled events where Sheriff's Deputies, volunteers and law enforcement from all over Marion County, wait at a location for you to bring your unwanted prescription medication to them for disposal.

Since the collection dates are no longer being offered, once a year we intend to notify the public of the permanent locations where these drop points are installed.
Aumsville Police Dept. Gervais City Hall
597 Main Street, Aumsville 592 4th St., Gervais

Hubbard Police Dept. Keizer Police Dept.
3720 2nd St., Hubbard 930 Chemawa Rd, Keizer

Mt. Angel Police Dept. Salem Police Dept.
5 N Garfield St., Mt. Angel 555 Liberty Rd. SE, Salem

Stayton Police Dept. Turner Police Dept.
386 North Third Ave., Stayton 7250 Third St., Turner

Woodburn Police Dept. Marion County Sheriff's Office
1060 Mt. Hood Ave., Woodburn 4000 Aumsville Hwy, Salem
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please help prevent prescription drug abuse, lock up your meds, most Rx drugs abused by our children, come from family or friends. Keep prescription drugs out of reach of children and teens. Dispose of old drugs, many people are surprised to discover the amount of unused prescription drugs that have accumulated in their own home over time. Through a "Drug Take Back Program", you can properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications, unknown tablets or capsules, unwanted over-the-counter medications and veterinary medications.

Please contact the disposal site nearest you for hours of operation.


Attached Media Files: Cadets , Boxes of Meds
UPDATE - Suspect in Custody (BGPD Seeking Information on Assault Suspect)
City of Battle Ground - 03/12/15
Update - March 12

Assault suspect James A. Loudermilk is in custody after he turned himself yesterday morning, March 11th, at the Battle Ground Police Department.

Loudermilk was booked into the Clark County Jail and charged with 2nd Degree Assault with a Weapon. The case has been referred to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office.

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Battle Ground Police were dispatched to the 100 block of NE 1st Ave at approximately 12:30 this afternoon on a report of an assault with a knife. Officers responded and spoke with witnesses who said the suspect had fled on foot and that the victim, a 15-year old male, had been taken by private car to the hospital. Police have since learned that the victim's injuries do not appear to be serious.

Officers immediately conducted a search but have not yet located the suspect identified as 20-year old James A. Loudermilk of Battle Ground.

Anyone with information on this case or the whereabouts of Loudermilk is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Aaron Kanooth at 360-342-5254 or by email at aaron.kanooth@cityofbg.org. You may also leave an anonymous tip at www.cityofbg.org/tips.
PGE Foundation grants more than $427,000 in first quarter 2015 (Photo)
PGE - 03/12/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The PGE Foundation - Portland General Electric's corporate foundation - awarded 33 grants totaling $427,285 in the first quarter of 2015 to nonprofits across Oregon in areas of education and arts, cultural diversity, and supporting safe and healthy families. The foundation awarded nearly $180,000 to organizations and programs that promote and provide access to basic needs and services, including a $15,000 grant to Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center to support affordable medical, mental and dental care to children at schools in Washington County. Please visit PGEFoundation.org to see the full list of grant recipients.
"School-based health centers play a vital role in our communities, providing team-based primary care, mental and oral health care, right where kids attend school," said Serena Cruz Walsh, executive director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation. "At Virginia Garcia, our five school-based health centers will serve more than 2,000 children this year across five school districts, with a sixth center to open this spring. Thank you to the PGE Foundation for investing in our community's kids."

In addition to the $15,000 awarded to the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Foundation, among the 12 grants awarded to support safe and healthy families programs include $50,000 over two years to Central City Concern for a low income housing complex near Clackamas Town Center and $10,000 to The Salvation Army to provide services for financial stability, shelter, food and basic needs to veterans and their dependents.

"In 2015 the foundation will continue to provide focused, more impactful grants to our valued community partners with an emphasis in education and arts education and investments in STEM and workforce programs because we see these as critical pathways to high-demand, rewarding, living-wage jobs and as preparation for college," said Kregg Arntson, executive director of PGE Foundation. "We will also look for opportunities to support hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence prevention programs."

Grants are awarded to local nonprofits located in areas where PGE has customers or power generating plants. The PGE Foundation's grant making is organized around three themes - education, safe and healthy families, and arts and culture. Education grants are focused on engaging students through youth development and mentoring programs and helping to promote clear pathways to post-secondary education and careers along the cradle-to-career spectrum. Safe and healthy family grants help support programs and organizations that promote and provide access to basic needs and services. Arts education grants create a sense of place, challenge assumptions and change the way we view the world as well as promote community engagement.

About the PGE Foundation
The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation's giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $18 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit www.pgefoundation.org.
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PGE Foundation grants more than $427,000 in first quarter 2015 (Photo)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The PGE Foundation - Portland General Electric's corporate foundation - awarded 33 grants totaling $427,285, in the first quarter 2015, to nonprofits across Oregon in areas of education and arts, cultural diversity, and promoting access to basic needs and services for families. The foundation awarded $82,500 to arts education and youth outreach programs because art and culture are essential to thriving communities and relevant to people of all ages. Among the recipients included the Sisters Folk Festival who will use their grant to support the Americana Project Arts Outreach Scholarship (APAOS) fund to serve low-income children by giving them access to arts-related classes and long-term programs. Please visit PGEFoundation.org to see the full list of grant recipients.

"A Sisters family told a teacher that their son remained in high school, and graduated, because he wanted to learn how to build his own guitar," said Katy Yoder, development director, Sisters Folk Festival. "Because the APAOS fund made that class possible for him, he stayed in school, received his diploma and graduated with a beautiful heirloom guitar that illustrated his skills as a budding craftsman."

The foundation's art education grants included three awards greater than $10,000, including $25,000 to the Metropolitan Youth Symphony to support access to musical experience for underrepresented children; $15,000 to PHAME Academy to increase the number of students of color served through strategic community engagement programs; and $10,000 to White Bird to develop curriculum for "The Blues in Tap and Music."

"In 2015 the foundation will continue to provide focused, more impactful grants to our valued community partners with an emphasis in education and arts education with investments in STEM and workforce programs because we see these as critical pathways to high-demand, rewarding, living-wage jobs and as preparation for college," said Kregg Arntson, executive director of PGE Foundation. "We will also look for opportunities to support hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence prevention programs."

Grants are awarded to local nonprofits located in areas where PGE has customers or power generating plants. The PGE Foundation's grant making is organized around three themes - education, safe and healthy families, and arts and culture. Education grants are focused on engaging students through youth development and mentoring programs and helping to promote clear pathways to post-secondary education and careers along the cradle-to-career spectrum. Safe and healthy family grants help support programs and organizations that promote and provide access to basic needs and services. Arts education grants create a sense of place, challenge assumptions and change the way we view the world, as well as promote community engagement.


About the PGE Foundation
The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation's giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $18 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit www.pgefoundation.org.
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Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Vet to Vet's Moe Armstrong Launch New Online Support Opportunity for U.S. Military Members and Veterans
Woloshin Communications - 03/12/15
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Vet to Vet's Moe Armstrong Launch New Online Support Opportunity for U.S. Military Members and Veterans

Responding to calls from the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy for more peer support options for the nation's military members and veterans, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is launching a new online support meeting available for free to U.S. veterans and active military personnel everywhere.

Moe Armstrong, founder of the national "Vet to Vet" program, will chair the weekly support meeting. Vet to Vet helps veterans mentor and provide support meetings for each other on topics related to wellness and recovery from addiction and mental illness.

"We are so happy to provide the digital platform for these meetings and to partner with Moe Armstrong, a Vietnam veteran who has committed his life to helping his peers," said Nick Motu, vice president of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Institute for Recovery Advocacy. "We all know that veterans home from war can struggle for years with the effects of trauma. Peer support, along with solid professional help when needed, gives our heroes the chance to restore sane, stable, safe and sober lives."

"Our motto is Each One, Reach One, Teach One," added Armstrong. "Together, we can change our lives. We can free ourselves from abuse. We can live and navigate through life. We can be in charge of our destiny."

Motu noted that the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation would also provide speakers and additional facilitators for the group.

The new online meeting is open to all current and former U.S. military personnel and will be held Fridays at 7 p.m. Eastern time, starting March 13. To attend, please join the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's free online Social Community at www.HazeldenBettyFord.org/social, click on the Chat Now button at the bottom of the screen and then enter "Room A" at the meeting time.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully-accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.

Hazelden Betty Ford in the Pacific Northwest

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Springbrook (located in Newberg, Ore), and the Beaverton, Ore. facilities combine high quality clinical experience with innovative programs and evidence-based practices, to ensure everyone may get the help they need. Special services include residential and outpatient treatment for health care professionals, pain management, trauma, LGBTQ programming, residential detox, outpatient detox, assessment services, family programs, mental health, recovery management and support.
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The PGE Foundation - Portland General Electric's corporate foundation - awarded 33 grants totaling $427,285 in the first quarter of 2015 to nonprofits across Oregon in areas of education and arts, cultural diversity, and promoting access to basic needs and services for families. Almost $250,000 was awarded to workforce development, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and arts education programs to create opportunities for students to have hands-on, applied learning experiences. Impact NW received a $25,000 grant to provide students with job and career readiness skills and connect secondary students to meaningful, family wage employment. Please visit PGEFoundation.org to see the full list of grant recipients.

"Impact NW deeply appreciates the investment of PGE in the future of living wage jobs being made available to today's young adults through these programs," said Susan Stoltenberg, executive director, Impact NW. "Long a partner in our prosperity work, we're delighted to have PGE come alongside us bringing more equitable access to employment in manufacturing careers today and tomorrow."

The foundation grants include six awards totaling more than $25,000 each. Along with Impact NW, the Urban League of Portland received a grant to build workforce programs, as well as the Oregon Business Council for STEM education support.

"In 2015 the foundation will continue to provide focused, more impactful grants to our valued community partners with an emphasis in education and arts education and investments in STEM and workforce programs because we see these as critical pathways to high-demand, rewarding, living-wage jobs and as preparation for college," said Kregg Arntson, executive director of PGE Foundation. "We will also look for opportunities to support hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence prevention programs."

Grants are awarded to local nonprofits located in areas where PGE has customers or power generating plants. The PGE Foundation's grant making is organized around three themes - education, safe and healthy families, and arts and culture. Education grants are focused on engaging students through youth development and mentoring programs and helping to promote clear pathways to post-secondary education and careers along the cradle-to-career spectrum. Safe and healthy family grants help support programs and organizations that promote and provide access to basic needs and services. Arts education grants create a sense of place, challenge assumptions and change the way we view the world as well as promote community engagement.

About the PGE Foundation
The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation's giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $18 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director. To learn more about the PGE Foundation, visit www.pgefoundation.org.
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Opportunity for U.S. Military Members and Vetera
Woloshin Communications - 03/12/15
Responding to calls from the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy for more peer support options for the nation's military members and veterans, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is launching a new online support meeting available for free to U.S. veterans and active military personnel everywhere.

Moe Armstrong, founder of the national "Vet to Vet" program, will chair the weekly support meeting. Vet to Vet helps veterans mentor and provide support meetings for each other on topics related to wellness and recovery from addiction and mental illness.

"We are so happy to provide the digital platform for these meetings and to partner with Moe Armstrong, a Vietnam veteran who has committed his life to helping his peers," said Nick Motu, vice president of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Institute for Recovery Advocacy. "We all know that veterans home from war can struggle for years with the effects of trauma. Peer support, along with solid professional help when needed, gives our heroes the chance to restore sane, stable, safe and sober lives."

"Our motto is Each One, Reach One, Teach One," added Armstrong. "Together, we can change our lives. We can free ourselves from abuse. We can live and navigate through life. We can be in charge of our destiny."

Motu noted that the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation would also provide speakers and additional facilitators for the group.

The new online meeting is open to all current and former U.S. military personnel and will be held Fridays at 7 p.m. Eastern time, starting March 13. To attend, please join the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's free online Social Community at www.HazeldenBettyFord.org/social, click on the Chat Now button at the bottom of the screen and then enter "Room A" at the meeting time.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care for youth and adults. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully-accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.

Hazelden Betty Ford in Oregon

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Springbrook (located in Newberg), and Beaverton facilities combine high quality clinical experience with innovative programs and evidence-based practices, to ensure everyone may get the help they need. Special services include residential and outpatient treatment for health care professionals, pain management, trauma, LGBTQ programming, residential detox, outpatient detox, assessment services, family programs, mental health, recovery management and support.
BPA seeks research partners to advance technology solutions; up to $5 million offered for new R&D (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/12/15
BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for partners to explore and advance technologies that could increase efficiencies, avoid costs and improve the operation of the Northwest electric power system. BPA's office of Technology Innovation is accepting proposals for its 2016 research and development portfolio through March 27. BPA expects to fund about $5 million of new research next fiscal year.

BPA collaborates with electric utilities, nonprofits, corporations, national labs, technology developers and universities across North America and even internationally in research that addresses capability gaps identified in its technology roadmaps. For fiscal year 2016, BPA is seeking proposals that advance transmission technologies, data intelligence, generation asset management, and next-generation energy efficiency and demand response technologies. A copy of each roadmap is available on BPA's Technology Innovation homepage.

BPA develops its direction with industry partners, researchers and others as a framework to help plan, coordinate and forecast technology developments.

"Our roadmaps keep us focused on research with the potential to deliver the most value to the agency and its stakeholders," said Terry Oliver, BPA's chief technology officer.

BPA's current portfolio includes 60 research projects in six main topic areas: hydropower, transmission assets, transmission operations, transmission planning, demand response and energy efficiency. Partners include the City of Port Angeles, Wash.; Snohomish County Public Utility District, Deltares, Hitachi, Primus Power, V&R Energy Systems Research, the Lighting Research Center, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Washington, Washington State University, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.

BPA uses a two-phase process to select potential research and development opportunities. For consideration, applicants and their partners must be able to provide 50 percent cost share. Concept papers are due by March 27. Applications will only be accepted through the BPA Exchange website. Those who qualify will be invited to develop their proposals for phase two and submit them by May 1. Awardees will be notified in July.

If you have questions about the submission process, see the Q&A section on the website or contact Matt DeLong at mldelong@bpa.gov or 503-230-7549. To learn more about the research topic areas, contact Sheila Adel at SAAdel@Bpa.gov or 503-230-3152.

Since 2005, BPA's office of Technology Innovation has implemented a disciplined research management approach that has led to an unprecedented level of success, including the build-out of the largest synchrophasor network in North America; the helical connector shunt innovation, a BPA-engineered technology that can up-rate and extend the life of aging transmission lines; the support of a pilot program that boosted the adoption of ductless heat pumps in the region; and an industry-leading seismic mitigation program.


Attached Media Files: BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
Kindergarten registration begins April 13
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 03/12/15
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will begin Monday, April 13, 2015. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2015, is eligible to enter kindergarten this fall.

Parents can find out which school their child will attend by using the district's online boundary map at www.vansd.org or calling the elementary education office at 360-313-1010 or communications office at 360-313-1230.

Parents should bring proof of their child's birth date, immunization records and emergency contact information to their neighborhood school to register their child. School offices are open for kindergarten registration Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration can take up to one hour.

Full-day kindergarten will be offered at all elementary schools during the 2015-16 school year.

Visitation schedules

Registered students and their families will be invited to visit their elementary school, meet teachers and learn more about the kindergarten program. Visitations typically last about one hour. The following dates/times are subject to change. Parents should confirm with the school.

Sarah J. Anderson, 2215 NE 104th St., 360-313-1500 May 21, 4:30 p.m.

Chinook, 1900 NW Bliss Rd., 360-313-1600 June 1, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Eisenhower, 9201 NW 9th Ave., 360-313-1700 June 3, 10 a.m.

Felida, 2700 NW 119th St., 360-313-1750 May 28, 8:45 a.m.

Franklin, 5206 Franklin St., 360-313-1850 June 4, 9 a.m.

Fruit Valley, 3410 Fruit Valley Rd., 360-313-1900 May 29, 9:30 a.m.

Harney, 3212 E. Evergreen Blvd., 360-313-2000 June 3, 9 a.m., and June 4, 6 p.m.

Hazel Dell, 511 NE Anderson Rd., 360-313-2050 May 27, 9 a.m.

Hough, 1900 Daniels St., 360-313-2100 May 21, 9 a.m.

King, 4801 Idaho St., 360-313-2200 May 27, 9 a.m.

Lake Shore, 9300 NW 21st Ave., 360-313-2250 May 27, 1 p.m.

Lincoln, 4200 Daniels St., 360-313-2300 June 4, 6:30 p.m.

Marshall, 6400 MacArthur Blvd., 360-313-2400 June 4, 5:15 p.m.

Minnehaha, 2800 NE 54th St., 360-313-2500 May 21, 9:30 a.m.

Peter S. Ogden, 8100 NE 28th St., 360-313-2550 May 27, 9 a.m., and May 28, 6 p.m.

Roosevelt, 2921 Falk Rd., 360-313-2600 June 5, 9 a.m.

Sacajawea, 700 NE 112th St., 360-313-2750 June 4, 4 p.m.

Salmon Creek, 1601 NE 129th St., 360-313-2800 May 28, 1 p.m.

Truman, 4505 NE 42nd Ave., 360-313-2900 May 28, 4 p.m.

Walnut Grove, 6103 NE 72nd Ave., 360-313-3000 June 3, 1:15 p.m.

Washington, 2908 S St., 360-313-3050 May 21, 1:30 p.m.

Jump Start

Parents also are strongly encouraged to sign up their child for Kindergarten Jump Start, a free program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students participate in a variety of math, literacy and hands-on learning activities and receive opportunities to learn basic daily school routines and become familiar with school surroundings.

Jump Start will be offered at the following elementary schools:

Aug. 3-25:
Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Ogden, Roosevelt and Washington

Aug. 10-21:
Minnehaha and Walnut Grove

Aug. 17-21:
Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Hough, Lake Shore, Sacajawea, Salmon Creek and Truman
Sheriff's Traffic Safety Team Adding Patrols on St. Patrick's Day (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/12/15
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If you're hoping the luck of the Irish will get you home safely after a night of drinking, this St. Patty's Day, well think again. That is because deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols to our roadways.

Did you know that from 2008 to 2012 that almost half of the men killed in traffic crashes on St. Patrick's Day were killed in drunk driving crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2015) Don't be a statistic, if you're going to drink, don't drive, please designate a sober driver.

These patrols are made possible through grants from our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.


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Community Breaks Ground for Battle Ground Veterans Memorial (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 03/12/15
Ceremonial Groundbreaking
Ceremonial Groundbreaking
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Gray clouds and drizzle did not dampen the spirits of those attending yesterday's ceremonial groundbreaking of the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial. The number of attendees represented the community's strong support of the memorial that was conceived to honor local sons and daughters who have died in service to their country. The memorial, projected to be completed by year's end, will also have a place for engraved bricks to recognize any veteran, living or deceased, who served their country in protecting our freedom.

Funding for the memorial is solely dependent on public donations and contributions. In addition to cash donations received, several organizations and businesses have donated in