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Oregon reports 861 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 12/08/21 8:22 PM

Correction: An earlier version of the daily media release incorrectly described the trend of daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Weekly Report. The OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report released today shows an increase in daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths. 

December 8, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 861 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 19 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,318, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 861 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 398,262.

COVID-19 weekly cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report released today shows an increase in daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

OHA reported 6,435 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 5. That is a 50% increase from the previous week. The rise is likely a rebound from Thanksgiving weekend, which saw a significant reduction in reported tests. 

The overall incidence of reported COVID-19 in Oregon varied by county vaccination rate but continues to be lowest in the five counties where the vaccination rates were more than 70%. 

There were 134,705 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Nov. 28 through Dec. 4. The percentage of positive tests rose slightly to 5.9%, up from 5.6% the previous week. 

There were 362 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, up from 226 last week. This also likely reflects a rebound in reporting after Thanksgiving weekend. 

There were 126 reported COVID-19-related deaths, one more than the 125 reported the previous week. 

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report  shows 54 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths. 

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 397, which is eight fewer than yesterday. There are 100 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 10 fewer than yesterday. 

There are 60 available adult ICU beds out of 668 total (9% availability) and 263 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,183 (6% availability).

12/8/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

60

(9%)

27

(8%)

9

(11%)

7

(8%)

2

(3%)

2

(20%)

3

(6%)

10

(38%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

263

(6%)

39

(2%)

19

(3%)

63

(11%)

37

(8%)

9

(18%)

46

(11%)

50

(42%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity. 

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms. 

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain. 

More information about hospital capacity can be found here

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 27,101 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Dec. 7. Of that total, 1,740 were initial doses, 1,972 were second doses and 8,110 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 15,224 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Dec. 7. 

The seven-day running average is now 22,436 doses per day. 

Oregon has now administered 3,586,721 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 106,738 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,329,211 doses of Moderna and 247,310 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. 

As of today, 2,976,763 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,699,668 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. 

These data are preliminary and subject to change. 

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today. 

Cases and deaths 

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (15), Clackamas (62), Clatsop (10), Columbia (11), Coos (24), Crook (13), Deschutes (75), Douglas (57), Gilliam (1), Harney (5), Hood River (4), Jackson (57), Jefferson (6), Josephine (25), Klamath (4), Lake (1), Lane (68), Lincoln (8), Linn (42), Malheur (6), Marion (76), Morrow (5), Multnomah (114), Polk (23), Tillamook (8), Umatilla (14), Union (10), Wasco (5), Washington (84), Wheeler (4), and Yamhill (21).

Oregon’s 5,300th COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Aug. 28 and died Oct. 25 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,301st COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Sept. 20 and died Oct. 27 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,302nd COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive Oct. 16 and died Oct. 24 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,303rd COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Aug. 11 and died Oct. 10 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,304th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive Nov. 7 and died Nov. 24 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,305th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 12 and died Nov. 28 at Adventist Health Portland. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,306th COVID-19 related death is a 66-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Nov. 19 and died Nov. 29 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,307th COVID-19 related death is a 90-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Sept. 6 and died Oct. 11 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,308th COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 12 and died Dec. 6 at Ashland Community Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,309th COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive Dec. 4 and died Dec. 5 at Stanford Medical Center, in San Jose, California. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,310th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive Nov. 26 and died Dec. 6 at Mercy Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,311th COVID-19 related death is a 96-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 25 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,312th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old woman from Clackamas County who died Dec. 6 at Mercy Medical Center. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,313th COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old woman from Baker County who tested positive Nov. 16 and died Dec. 1. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,314th COVID-19 related death is a 74-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Dec. 5 and died Dec. 7 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,315th COVID-19 related death is a 57-year-old woman from Josephine County who died Nov. 28 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,316th COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old man from Tillamook County who tested positive Oct. 26 and died Dec. 6 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,317th COVID-19 related death is a 47-year-old woman from Marion County who died Nov. 11 at Santiam Hospital. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,318th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old man from Lake County who tested positive Oct. 13 and died Oct.19 at St. Charles Bend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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Elderly Jefferson Man Reported Missing ***Update 2 - Located***(Photo) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/21 8:05 PM
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Update - 8:00 p.m., 12/08/21

Mr. Black has been safely located approximately 70 miles east of Seattle. We would like to express our appreciation to the Washington State Patrol and our community members who helped share information about Mr. Black.

Corrected height and weight, 12/08/21 3:30 p.m

Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are asking for community help locating an elderly Jefferson man after he did not return home on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021. George Black, 80, is approximately 5’8” tall and 180 lbs and was wearing a green t-shirt, black leather jacket, blue jeans, and brown boots. Mr. Black was last seen driving his white 2009 Toyota Sienna van with Oregon license plate 060JUR. Family members report Mr. Black has been diagnosed with dementia.

Investigators believe he may possibly be in the Tacoma area.  A request has been made to the Washington State Patrol to issue a Silver Alert in Washington. 

Anyone with information about Mr. Black’s location should contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032. If spotted, please contact your local law enforcement agency.




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UPDATE #2: Carjacking Suspect Identified, Investigation Update (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/08/21 7:39 PM
Brandon Keck
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The deceased suspect is identified as Brandon L. Keck, 30. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photograph of him for public release.

Detectives continue to investigate the chain of events involving Keck and investigative work on those events is ongoing. They've determined that the female victim who reported that she had been shot was not in fact injured by gunfire. They're working to determine the cause of her injury.

Detectives believe there may have been other violent incidents involving the suspect before police officers intervened. The Portland Police Bureau is still asking anyone who has not talked with police and has information they believe is related to this suspect to contact them: Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0762 or Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768.

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Portland Police Detectives continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday , December 6, 2021, involving a carjacking suspect on I-5. Detectives believe the suspect committed multiple additional crimes and are attempting to gather all information related to his criminal activity prior to the shooting.

Detectives are asking anyone who has not talked with police and has information they believe is related to this suspect to contact them: Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0762 or Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768.

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Original message below
The officer involved in this shooting is Officer John Hughes, a 17-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. He will be interviewed within 48 hours of the incident and will remain on paid administrative leave until the completion of the investigation.

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The media staging location will be in the northeast corner of the Interstate Fred Meyer parking lot. The PIO will brief the media at 12:55p.m.

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On Monday, December 6, 2021, shortly before 10 a.m., Portland Police responded to I-5 in the area of Rosa Parks Way regarding an armed suspect involved in multiple carjackings. During the commission of one of the carjackings, the suspect fired a shot which injured a victim. The victim is being treated at an area hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. At some point, deadly force was deployed by police. Police have shut down I-5 in both directions, but hope to open southbound lanes soon. There is no further danger to the public.

Due to the logistical issues of the crime scene and the resulting traffic, the Public Information Officer and others are still arriving at the scene. The PIO will inform media soon on an appropriate staging area once he arrives at the scene and is able to gather additional information.

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Attached Media Files: Brandon Keck

Dec. 8 Oregon Employment Department Media Statement
Oregon Employment Department - 12/08/21 6:44 PM

Economic update

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the U.S. added 210,000 jobs in November. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%. Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 50,000 in November, increasing by 210,000 jobs more than its February 2020 level. This number reflects more deliveries to doors during the pandemic and a seasonal bump of package deliveries during the holidays.

At the same time, brick-and-mortar stores lost jobs in November. Retail trade declined by 20,000 over the month. Much of those losses occurred in general merchandise and clothing stores. 

U.S. health care saw little in the way of job growth again in November. Overall, the sector added 2,000 jobs. Recent differences in job growth continued in different parts of the industry. Doctors’ and specialists’ offices added 17,000 jobs in November, while nursing and residential care facilities lost 11,000. 

The nation’s hotels, restaurants, and bars also had relatively small job gains in November (+23,000). The leisure and hospitality sector has seen large gains this year though, with more than 2.4 million jobs added so far in 2021. 

Today the BLS also released new data on job openings and worker movements nationwide. On the last business day of October, there were 11.0 million job openings. That was up from 10.6 million in September, but just shy of the record 11.1 million in July. 

Layoffs remained near record lows, meaning employers hung onto the workers they already had on the job. About 4.2 million workers, or 2.8% of the workforce, quit their jobs in October. Workers at hotels, restaurants, and bars quit at more than twice the overall rate (6.0%).

 

Pandemic rule for earnings cap ending

Starting the week ending Jan. 8, if a person claims a week of benefits, they may see a lower amount if they are working part-time and receiving benefits. 

During the height of the pandemic, the Legislature passed HB3178 that currently allows people to earn up to $300 a week and still receive unemployment insurance benefits. This helped more people continue receiving unemployment while working part-time. However, this temporary legislation expires at the end of the year.

Starting in January, the income limit will be either:

  • One-third of the claimant’s weekly benefit amount; or 
  • Ten times the current minimum wage—which is now $14 per hour, so this would be $140. 

This means a person’s unemployment insurance benefit amount will be reduced if they report earnings over those income limits. If a person earns more than their weekly benefit amount for a claimed week, they would not be eligible for that week of benefits. 

The Employment Department wants to remind people that they must report all work and earnings for the week claimed, whether they have been paid for the week yet or not.

 

Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program invites public comment on new rules

As a reminder, the first batch of PFMLI administrative rules is in the public hearing stage. These 35 proposed rules relate specifically to wages, contributions, employer size, assistance grants, self-employed people and the PFLMI program’s outreach plan.

The second hearing is scheduled for 4 – 6 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 9. The public can register to attend this public hearing or submit feedback to ules@employ.oregon.gov">OED_Rules@employ.oregon.gov. The first batch of PFLMI’s administrative rules can be reviewed at the OED website.

The PFMLI Rulemaking Advisory Committee met twice this month to discuss the second batch of PFMLI’s draft administrative rules, which relate specifically to equivalent plans. Businesses have the option to develop their own equivalent plan instead of participating in the Oregon state PFMLI program.

PFMLI Rulemaking Advisory Committee meetings are one of many opportunities the public has to provide comments on draft rules before they enter into the formal rulemaking process. The drafts of the second batch of PFMLI’s administrative rules can be reviewed at the OED website.

 

Federal shut down

Turning to the federal government, it is projected that the federal debt limit will be reached by Wed., Dec. 15; however, federally the House and Senate are working on raising the debt limit.

The employment department continues to closely watch for any Congressional action before midnight on Dec. 15 that will help us continue operations with federal funds.

 

WorkSource Oregon

As Oregon continues experiencing record low unemployment, the Oregon Employment Department and its WorkSource Oregon partners remain committed to helping all workers find good jobs and employers find talented employees. Here are some of the upcoming job fairs and employer meet and greets through WorkSource Oregon centers.

  • An Intel Virtual Hiring event is scheduled for 9 a.m. - noon on Thurs., Dec. 9.
  • Meet the Employer events are scheduled in Salem on Wed., Dec. 8 and Thurs., Dec. 9.
  • A job fair with interviews conducted on-site is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 11 at the Portland VA Medical Center.

 

Last Week’s Statistics

Last week, the Employment Department paid more than $17.5 million in benefits to more than 27,400 Oregonians.

From Monday, Nov. 29, to Friday, Dec. 3, the Employment Department answered more than 98% of calls in 15 minutes or less. Of all calls, 94% were answered within five minutes. 

More than 96% of Contact Us inquiries were resolved in seven days or less.

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request at no cost to individuals with disabilities. Contact: 971-673-6400. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.




Attached Media Files: 2021-12/930/150721/12.08.21_media_statement_FINAL.pdf

Federal grant helps Battle Ground students stay connected (Photo)
Battle Ground Public Schools - 12/08/21 5:03 PM
Access to Chromebooks help Battle Ground Public School students keep connected in class and at home
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Battle Ground Public Schools will make substantial upgrades to student technology and connectivity thanks to a nearly $1.4 million grant from the Federal Communication Commission’s E-Rate program. The funding was made possible through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a $7.17 billion investment in school and library technology approved in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help schools provide devices and connectivity during the COVID-19 emergency period. 

“This is an amazing opportunity for the district,” said Scott McDaniel, the district’s Director of Technology Services. “Upgraded Chromebooks and working internet connectivity are two critical resources necessary for student success; both are tools that can really accelerate learning and increase student engagement.”

The district currently maintains approximately 12,000 Chromebooks and 1,300 internet hotspots, part of a 1:1 initiative started in 2016 and completed during the 2020-21 school year. All students in grades 6-12 can take a Chromebook home during the school year. Grades 2-5 have access to a personal Chromebook while at school and K-1 students have one cart of Chromebooks available for every two classrooms. 

Battle Ground chose Chromebooks for student technology use because they are easy to manage, cost-effective, and compatible with the Google suite of education apps that the district has used for the past ten years. BGPS has been recognized as a Google Reference District for demonstrating excellence and leadership through the innovative use of technology to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.

The 1:1 initiative allowed Battle Ground Public Schools to more quickly pivot to remote and hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and allowed students to remain engaged during the summer. Many students used their Chromebooks during the summer break to take advantage of online learning applications designed to improve math and language skills.

The Emergency Connectivity Funds will allow the district to purchase 1,900 new Chromebooks. Most of those will replace existing units that are obsolete or nonfunctioning. In an average year, the district replaces around 1,200 Chromebooks that are no longer receiving security updates or are unable to be repaired. The district will also submit monthly internet hotspot costs to be reimbursed from the grant. The cost to provide hotspot service while students were learning remotely was approximately $650,000.
 




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Yachats Lions Club Announces Annual Crab Feed (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 12/08/21 4:43 PM
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For Immediate Release

Kevin Yorks

Lionscrabfeed2022@gmail.com

For over 20 years the Yachats Lions Club has held an “all the Crab you can eat” event in Yachats, Oregon. The annual trek to Yachats to eat Dungeness crab is a tradition for families and groups from across Oregon and Washington. 

This year's Crab Feed will be like last year.  We will be selling crab meals available for take-out only.  The meal will consist of one whole local crab, coleslaw, and homemade bread.  Meals will be available for pick-up (scheduled times) at the Lions Hall, 344 4th Street, Yachats, Oregon. 

The $30 per person tickets are available for sale online at https://yachatslionsclub.org/ You can select your pickup time and order as many meals as you like. You can also purchase extra crab along with your purchase of a crab meal.  You can Email for more information at abfeed2021@gmail.com">lionscrabfeed2022@gmail.com.

Kevin Yorks, coordinator of the popular Crab Feed this year, says “We get great support from the community and local businesses in Yachats, Waldport and Newport. South Beach Fish Market cooks and cleans the best tasting local crab you ever ate.  Last year we sold over 200 meals and were sold out in early January.  We have increased the number of meals we can sell, but expect sales to be strong.” 

All proceeds from the annual Crab Feed fundraiser support Lions community service projects including scholarships to graduating seniors, food pantries, the preschool and after school programs of Yachats Youth and Family program, South Lincoln Resources programs, eyeglasses for children and adults. 

With the motto “WE SERVE,” Yachats Lions Club is celebrating 71 years of service to Yachats and South Lincoln County. Yachats Lions Thrift Store, located at 236 4th St., has served our community for more than 40 years. 

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with a network of 1.3 million men and women in more than 200 countries and geographical locations. We serve where we live, as well as globally, and we have fun doing it.

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Chris Hoy Appointed to Fill House District 21 Vacancy
Marion County - 12/08/21 4:09 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Dec. 8, 2021 – Today, the Marion Board of Commissioners selected Chris Hoy to fill the current vacancy for State Representative in House District 21, left open by the resignation of former State Representative Brian Clem. Mr. Hoy was among four candidates nominated by the Democratic Party of Oregon to fill the position.

Four nominees were interviewed in a special board session this afternoon that also included nominees Nancy MacMorris-Adix, Kasia Quillinan, and Virginia Stapleton.

Commissioner Kevin Cameron, chair, said, “I have known and respected former Representative Clem for many years, most recently working extensively with him on fire recovery efforts in the Santiam Canyon. His shoes will not be easy to fill, though today’s appointee will have that great honor. I want to congratulate Chris Hoy on his appointment to House District 21, and the Marion County Board of Commissioners looks forward to working together with him for the good of our shared constituents.”

For more information, contact the Board of Commissioners Communications Officer, Jon Heynen, at 503-932-1197, or email jheynen@co.marion.or.us.


Annual toy drive in full swing
Salem Police Dept. - 12/08/21 4:01 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:      Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Annual toy drive in full swing

Donations accepted through December 13

Salem, Ore. — Less than a week is left before the close of the annual drive to collect toys for local children in need. The program which is spearheaded by the Salem Police Department Volunteer Services Section started collecting donations in November.

Now in its 35th year, the department’s volunteer coordinator Jennifer Hingston feels the same commitment and enthusiasm that launched the program in 1986. Said Hingston, “Presents have been steadily coming in, but we can always use more help.” Needed are new and unwrapped toys for children up to the age of 14 years. Donations of wrapping paper and tape are also needed.

“Toys will be accepted through December 13 and thanks to several local businesses, we have collection sites all over town to make it handy for anyone to find a drop-off location,” added Hingston. The collection sites include:

  • Caffé Capri, 189 Liberty ST NE (inside the Reed Opera House)
  • Cycle Country, 4764 Portland RD NE
  • Green Acres Landscape, 5711 Gaffin RD NE
  • Power Kia Dealership, 3705 Market ST NE
  • Salem Electric, 633 7th ST NW
  • White Oak Construction, 2455 River RD S

Toys can also be dropped off at the Salem Police Department, 333 Division ST NE.

For those who prefer the convenience of online shopping and direct delivery, a toy wish list is available through Amazon at https://bit.ly/2021-spd-toy-drive

“We appreciate all the generosity we have received so far,” concluded Hingston. “Thanks to Salem residents there will be lots of smiles this holiday season on the faces our community’s kids in need.”

Find more information online about the Salem Police Toy Drive

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Battle Ground Area Kids Shop with Cop (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 12/08/21 3:30 PM
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Nineteen deserving kids spent the morning of Saturday, December 4 at the Battle Ground Walmart shopping for gifts for their families and items for themselves.  Accompanying the kids were their shopping partners – ten of Battle Ground’s finest who volunteer for this very special Shop with a Cop assignment.

Participating children were nominated for the Shop with a Cop program for their exemplary citizenship and academic efforts by staff from Battle Ground Public Schools and Rocksolid Teen Center. 

Each child was granted a $130 gift card, as much time as they needed to shop with their cop, and the helpful assistance from a Walmart store associate. 

Battle Ground’s annual Shop with a Cop would not be possible without the ongoing support of the Walmart Foundation who, this year alone, provided a $2,500 Walmart Community Grant to fund the program.  This is Walmart’s 7th year of supporting Battle Ground’s Shop with a Cop program.   

“Giving back to the community is one of the greatest joys of the holiday season, and Battle Ground Walmart is proud to support local kids in need,” said Walmart Store Manager Brandi Quinlan. “It’s heartwarming to see just how much our associates and the Battle Ground Police Department can help brighten the season for kids and families in our community.” 

The smiles of the kids and the cops, as well as the shoppers who witnessed the activities, reflected the joy of the holiday season.  Several bystanders, touched by the occasion, opened their wallets giving $160 in donations for next year’s program – enough to sponsor another child.

Shop with a Cop found extra special meaning within the Battle Ground Police Department this year.  One of the department’s newest officers, Luke James, participated in this event with another agency when he was just 8 years old.  Officer James cited his experience as one of his earliest memories inspiring him toward a career in law enforcement.     

“We are so grateful for the support of Walmart and from the community”, said Police Chief Mike Fort, “These kids are absolutely deserving of this special day and our officers appreciate the opportunity to further build relationships with the community we serve.  Officer James’ story is a great example of how even one positive connection in a child’s life may carry a lasting impact.”   

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Watch the Battle Ground Shop with a Cop Video




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2022 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards open for nominations
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/21 3:10 PM

Nominations for the 2022 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program are now being accepted. Criteria and application process can be found online through the Oregon Heritage website www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Katie Henry at katie.henry@oprd.oregon.gov or (503) 877-8834. The deadline for submitting nominations is January 27, 2022.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, projects, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities. The Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation is a special category that may be awarded to one individual, organization, or project demonstration excellence in preservation of historic cemeteries.   

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

Those awarded an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award will be featured in videos presented at the 2022 Oregon Heritage Conference, April 27-29. 

New this year is a non-competitive category for standout volunteers. The Oregon Heritage Commission recognizes that volunteers are the backbone of heritage preservation work in Oregon and want to celebrate those standout volunteers that have contributed their time and skills to help heritage organizations persist and thrive. Those nominated will receive a certificate and will be included in a compilation video shown at the 2022 Oregon Heritage Conference. 

“Volunteers are critical to heritage preservation efforts in Oregon,” said Katie Henry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “We hope to encourage organizations to nominate those standout volunteers that have given their time, efforts, and heart to their organization  so that their amazing efforts and contributions can be recognized at the state level.”

To see videos of previous award winners visit https://www-auth.oregon.gov/oprd/OH/Pages/Awards.aspx#one.

For more information visit www.oregonheritage.org.


Board Narrows Search for New Superintendent
Camas Sch. Dist. - 12/08/21 3:01 PM

Two candidates are named as finalists in the search for the new leader of Camas schools; one candidate withdraws from the process.

After a special board meeting Tuesday night, the Camas School Board has narrowed the candidate list for the superintendent position to two finalists: Dr. John Anzalone from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Michelle Kuss-Cybula from Cle Elum, Washington.

The decision followed the review of all feedback from staff, students, parents, and community members who participated in two rigorous days of interviews and activities last week as well as hundreds of survey responses tied to recorded interviews shared with the public on December 1. 

Today, the two candidates were informed they were finalists. Kuss-Cybula withdrew her application, indicating that it was in the best interest of her community to remain in her current position. 

“This was a challenging decision as all four candidates have distinguished backgrounds and experiences in stepping into the role of Superintendent,” said Board President Tracey Malone. “We felt both John and Michelle had the potential to be the best fit and leader for Camas.” 

Moving forward, the Board is arranging for a site visit to Anzalone’s district early next week to solidify their decision. Then, pending the outcome of the visit, they hope to begin contract negotiations. 

Anzalone was named as an assistant superintendent for Clark County School District in 2021, and he has 16 years of experience in school administration at both middle- and high-school levels in his current system. He holds a doctorate from Walden University and a master’s from the University of Phoenix. 

“Thank you to our community partners, students, and families that provided feedback,” Malone commented. “The participation and input have contributed in generating highly qualified candidates who embody the experience, leadership, and vision that will support and lead our students and district.”


Oregon Health Policy Board meets for an educational webinar December 14 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 12/08/21 2:52 PM

December 8, 2021

Contact: Phil Schmidt, 503-383-6079, philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Tara Chetock, 971-304-9917, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us (webinar information or accommodation)

Oregon Health Policy Board meets for an educational webinar December 14 via Zoom

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

When: December 14, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or a conference line. To join via Zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1608919861?pwd=ckdZVlJuWngxTlJMQmpEZmZON0F2UT09 

Phone audio Line: (669) 254 – 5252 Meeting ID: 160 891 9861

Passcode: 678176

Webinar Topic: Medicaid Advisory Committee – Advancing Consumer Experience Subcommittee Recommendations

Purpose: This educational webinar will update the Oregon Health Policy Board and members of the public about work of the Medicaid Advisory Committee’s Advancing Consumer Experience Subcommittee including an overview of:

1) Subcommittee background and purpose;  

2) Common concerns of Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members; and

3) Recommendations for improving OHP consumer experience.

Oregon Health Policy Board educational webinars are for informational purposes only. Board member attendance is optional, and no official business will be conducted.

For more information and meeting materials, please visit the OHPB meeting webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/OHPB-Meetings.aspx

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • CART (live captions)
  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Tara Chetock at 971-304-9917, 711 TTY, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


First Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now Available in West Linn!
City of West Linn - 12/08/21 1:16 PM

WEST LINN, OR – December 8, 2021

The City of West Linn is excited to announce the first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station in West Linn is now operational and available for use! The fast-charging Level 2 EV station is located in the parking lot at City Hall (22500 Salamo Rd), adjacent to Cascade Summit Town Square, and can accommodate two electric vehicles simultaneously. The two charging cables reach three prime City Hall parking spaces, one of which is ADA accessible. 

“It’s important as a city to assist any way we can to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible,” said West Linn Mayor Jules Walters. “Our new charging station at City Hall does just that! I’m grateful for PGE’s investment in our local electric infrastructure and their commitment to a more sustainable future.”

Public Works Director Lance Calvert noted “the new charging stations are available any time, every day, and compatible with all electric vehicles using the standard J1772 plug – including Tesla with the standard adapter,” Calvert continued, “they will automatically adjust to the optimal power output for your vehicle to provide safe and convenient charging, and the 40 amp 9.6 KW charger will charge faster than most other Level 2 units on the market today.”

In addition to the public EV charger, the City has also installed additional chargers in the City Hall fleet parking garage to accommodate up to four City-owned electric vehicles. These EV chargers will provide charging access to several City-owned vehicles currently in our fleet, and help us further reduce our carbon footprint by transitioning towards our goal of a larger electric vehicle fleet in the coming years.

This project has been made possible by DEQ's Oregon Clean Fuels Program via the PGE Drive Change Fund.

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Attached Media Files: Start Charging West Linn Flyer , Press Release

Oregon Department of Human Services taking steps to meet historic demand for supports and services (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/21 1:12 PM
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Need to know: 

  • Oregonians are applying for health and human services assistance at historic levels
  • Approximately 1.4 million Oregonians are receiving these supports and services from ODHS and OHA
  • 38% of applications for benefits are processed within two business days
  • About 31,000 applications are experiencing delays past their processing deadline

(Salem) – As Oregonians continue to experience economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are applying for medical, food, cash, and child care assistance at historic levels.

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is taking a variety of steps to meet this demand. These steps include increasing hiring efforts to fill existing positions, hiring contract workers, and temporarily shifting existing ODHS and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) workers to process eligibility applications. 

These short-term strategies will help ODHS process applications and reduce the backlog while it works with the Oregon Legislature to increase front-line staffing levels to meet this historic increase in need.  

ODHS and the OHA collectively serve more than 1.4 million Oregonians through the ONE integrated eligibility system. The ONE system fully launched in early 2021 and allows Oregonians to, for the first time, apply for medical, food, cash,  and child care assistance in one place. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Oregon Health Plan (OHP) enrollment has increased by approximately 270,000 Oregonians, or 26%.
  • Enrollment in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased by approximately 60,000 Oregonians, or 10%.
  • Enrollment in Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has increased by approximately 1,900 households, or 25%.

This increase in need created by the COVID-19 pandemic has exceeded the State’s ability to serve Oregonians with its current staff, making it difficult to process applications in the timely manner Oregonians may be accustomed to. As a result,  many Oregonians are experiencing delays in getting their applications processed and extended call wait-times. 

Approximately 38% of applications for benefits are processed within two business days, some Oregonians however are experiencing delays. 

As of Dec. 8, of the approximately 72,000 pending applications in the ONE system, about 31,000 were open past their processing deadline. Note: Deadlines vary depending on the benefit, from 24 hours to 45 days. Call wait times average up to 62 minutes, depending on the type of call. 

“Coming into the COVID-19 pandemic life was difficult for many of our clients, especially people of color, Oregon Tribal Nations, people with disabilities and older adults,” said ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht. “We know that delays in processing applications for supports and services can cause more hardship and trauma for the people we serve. That is why we are committed to doing everything we can to process applications and the backlog in cases as quickly as possible.”

ODHS is preparing a staffing request for the February 2022 legislative session, specifically to address the increase in OHP caseloads. The national standard for funding of eligibility work is a ratio of 1 eligibility worker to 800 cases. With the recent increase in OHP cases, Oregon is currently operating at 1 eligibility worker to more than 1,600 cases.  

ODHS also is sharing guidance for Oregonians who may need to apply for benefits or who may be waiting to hear back from the state about the status of their benefits.

ODHS offers these tips to Oregonians to help them as they apply for benefits:

  • Before you begin an application, compile all documents you think you might need ahead of time. This can prevent your application from being held up and taking additional time. These documents could include: Identification, proof of income, social security numbers or other documents to determine eligibility for anyone in the household who is applying for benefits. 
  • If you have already submitted an online, in person or over the phone application you do not need to reapply. ODHS has your application and will process it as quickly as possible. 
  • If you applied through the ONE online application, you can track your application’s status using the same system you used to apply. Log in to one.oregon.gov to start tracking. Note: This website is accessible on computers, tablets and phones, but it is not optimized for mobile viewing. 
  • If you prefer to apply over the phone, the ONE Customer Service Center is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Currently hold times are lowest in the morning from 7 until 8 a.m.
  • If you are only applying for medical benefits, you can get free application help from an OHP-Certified Community Partner. Community Partners are trained and certified to help clients understand and use their health coverage options, including helping them complete eligibility and enrollment forms. Find a Community Partner at https://healthcare.oregon.gov/Pages/find-help.aspx 

Resources to help meet basic needs

Oregonians in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or reach out to the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372. 

Visit https://oregon.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/SOR_External_Career_Site to find job opportunities with the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

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Attached Media Files: Tips for Oregonians , Fariborz Pakseresht Statement , Fariborz Pakseresht photo

Commissioner Hardesty Appalled by Revelations on Rise of Unaccountable Private Security Downtown
Portland Comm. Jo Ann Hardesty - 12/08/21 11:10 AM

After reading all 3 parts of OPB’s extraordinary exposé around the rise of unaccountable private security in downtown Portland, I am appalled by the revelations. Let me begin by thanking Rebecca Ellis and OPB for their incredible investigative reporting on this issue. I highly encourage Portlanders to read the entire series.  

I’ve had concerns with the lack of oversight and accountability with private security for a long time and the way they market fear to the community in their business model.

OPB reported that, “…in the last year and a half, Echelon guards have batoned a homeless woman and torn apart a homeless camp without reporting the incidents, tried to kick sleeping campers off a public sidewalk without legal grounds to do so, and repeatedly made demonstrably false statements to law enforcement.”

The private security guards committing these crimes cannot be above the law and should be charged. I also believe the businesses hiring these guards should be liable for their misconduct. It’s clear these guards are not trained on what is constitutional or our laws governing public right of ways.

It is also inappropriate that Mayor Wheeler is providing so much access and priority to some of the wealthiest and well-connected business owners in Portland, including those who routinely try to block the progressive priorities of our City and State Legislature. As a City we speak great words about centering equity in our recovery, while in practice gravitating towards a trickle-down economics approach that will lead us right back to the inequitable status quo that existed before the ongoing pandemic.  

My guiding principles related to public safety are sending the right first responder to the right call, equity in services provided, accountability, and transparency. When it comes to reforming our public safety system, we have a lot of work ahead of us, but that work is underway to reach our goals. This includes creating Portland Street Response, developing a new police oversight board, improvements to our 911 dispatch system, DOJ mandated reforms, and re-allocating resources to make PPB more efficient.  

The future of private security is much less clear. Upon these revelations, I’ll be talking to our government relations team and allies in the state legislature to see what we can do to ensure that while there is a proliferation of private security, that they are held to higher standards of accountability and transparency.  

Currently less than half of PPB employees are assigned to patrol and 911 response, and I see this as an immediate opportunity for our Police Chief and Police Commissioner to make changes so we can have more PPB officers patrolling where needed to counter the current reliance on private security.

You can read OPB’s 3 Part Series on Downtown Private Security below

Part 1: The sudden and troubling rise of a private police force in Downtown Portland

Part 2: Police, prosecutors wary of private security’s expanded role in downtown Portland

Part 3: Portland city officials welcome private security firm’s investigations even as prosecutors skeptical 


Corbett Fire Board To Swear-in Rick Wunsch as New Fire Chief (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 12/08/21 10:56 AM
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Reynolds Learning Academy Students Help Local Non-Profit Support Unhoused Portlanders
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 12/08/21 10:49 AM
December 8, 2021, Fairview, OR – The Reynolds Learning Academy’s Trade’s Program students are currently constructing a hospitality structure for Operation Nightwatch in downtown Portland. Operation Nighwatch provides a welcoming space for unhoused Portlanders to find care and connection in a warm and welcoming environment during nighttime hours. Unhoused people there receive food, essential items and have a place to relax and secure other essential services through Operation Nightwatch’s programs.

Students secured donations for the project from both the Clackamas and Tigard Lowes, the Happy Valley Home Depot and Mr. Plywood. Cantel Barricades provided barricades around the construction site at a deeply discounted rate. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) provided guidance through the permitting process to help ensure the success of the project. The 40’x6’ structure will be located in front of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish at 1432 SW 13th Ave, where Operation Nightwatch’s downtown hospitality center is located. The project is slated to be completed at the end of December.

“Our students are excited give back to their community by helping to build this structure for Operation Nightwatch,” stated Angie Gilbert, School-to-Work Trades Coordinator at Reynolds Learning Academy. “It builds empathy, gives our students a real-world experience, motivation and the self-confidence to enter the workforce with that experience.”

“Operation Nightwatch provides food and essential items to our unhoused community, but our mission is about building relationships and promoting dignity. That’s difficult to accomplish outside in the elements. There’s no dignity in a long line to get a hand-out,” Nightwatch Executive Director Danielle Klock says. “The street seating will provide an experience comparable to what housed Portlanders have been getting outside of their favorite restaurants. I think our unhoused neighbors deserve that, and I am grateful to the students at Reynolds Learning Academy and our business supporters for making that a reality.”

You can contribute to Operation Nightwatch at https://giveguide.org/nonprofits/operation-nightwatch or email danielle@operationnightwatch.org to learn more about specific needs and volunteer opportunities.

About Reynolds School District:
As a community, we prepare lifelong learners to achieve their full potential in a complex and interconnected world. Reynolds School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups in our society. Reynolds School District Board of Education ensures that all educational programs, activities, and employment will be free of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, parental or marital status, or age.

Contact: Steve Padilla, Assistant Director of Public Relations and Partnerships – spadilla@rsd7.net; 707.330.6559

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Douglas Edward Mulloy Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison in Child Sexual Abuse Case (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 12/08/21 10:44 AM
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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On December 3, 2021, Douglas Edward Mulloy, age 78, pleaded guilty to first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, and luring a minor. Washington County Circuit Court Judge Brandon Thompson sentenced the defendant to 10 years in prison. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case against Mr. Mulloy. 

The defendant, who was already a convicted sex offender prior to this case, began messaging someone whom he thought was a 15-year-old girl on a social media platform in May of 2021. That “girl” was actually Detective Chad Opitz of the Beaverton Police Department acting undercover.

Over the next several days, the defendant engaged in sexually explicit conversations and sent videos depicting child and adult pornography. He also tried to engage the “girl’s” 11-year-old sister in sexual activity as well. 

On June 2, 2021, the defendant agreed to meet the child at a park in Beaverton, Oregon. He was arrested upon his arrival. He admitted to police he was a registered sex offender and that he was there to meet a girl. He admitted to sending child pornography to her as well. Police found a cell phone, sex toys, condoms, and Viagra on the defendant. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of Detective Opitz and Beaverton police on this case. This case is another example of the importance of proactive police investigations into child sex abuse occurring online. The defendant will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence. 




Attached Media Files: 2021-12/6208/150701/DOUGLAS_EDWARD_MULLOY.pdf , 2021-12/6208/150701/MULLOY_DOUGLAS_EDWARD.png

CORRECTION: Vancouver City Council approves resolution to put fire and emergency services levy on February 2022 ballot
City of Vancouver - 12/08/21 10:17 AM

CORRECTION: The incorrect link to the full resolution has been updated in this version. We regret the error.


Vancouver, Washington – On Dec. 6, 2021, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a resolution to request voter approval of a property tax increase to fund fire and emergency services, equipment and facilities. The levy will be on the Feb. 8, 2022, special election ballot. 

The ballot measure seeks voter approval to increase the city’s regular property tax levy by $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. If passed, an owner of a $440,000 house would pay $18.33 per month to support this initiative beginning in 2023. 

If approved by voters, the funding from the levy, which is projected to generate approximately $15 million per year, would be used to meet the increasing demand for emergency service calls due to the continuing growth of the City of Vancouver. It would also be used to address seismic and other capital repair and replacement needs of the city’s fire stations. 

The Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) has not met the city’s adopted standard for response times related to priority 1 and 2 emergency medical calls and full alarm structure fires since 2016. There are three contributing factors to this service level gap, which increases community risk:  

  • Increased population, call volume and frequency of calls requiring a full alarm assignment
  • Increased transportation congestion on the city’s street system, slowing response time
  • Change in call type and location that influenced the geography of call demand

Closing the identified service gaps requires focusing on the expansion of geographic coverage and increasing station reliability. If approved, this levy would fund fire and emergency medical services and facilities needed to meet the adopted standard for response times, including the following:

  • Add 5.0 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) fire captains, 11.0 fire medics, 24.0 firefighters and 3.0 support staff, to staff one new and two existing paramedic squad apparatus and one new ladder truck on a 24/7 shift schedule
  • Acquire one new squad apparatus and one ladder truck
  • Fund 4.0 captains and 9.0 firefighters staffing Fire Station 11 on a permanent basis beginning in 2025, consistent with the interlocal agreement with Fire District 5.
  • Replace Fire Stations 3 and 6
  • Seismically improve, expand and/or renovate existing Fire Stations 4, 5 and 8
  • Fund other necessary administrate costs in other departments to support investments outlined above
  • Fund additional operating, maintenance, vehicle and capital expenses to provide enhanced fire and emergency services as determined by the city council

The ballot proposition will be submitted to the Clark County Auditor by Dec. 10 to prepare it for the February election. See the full resolution here.

If the ballot measure is passed by voters, the city council will determine the timing, order and manner of funding the fire and emergency services. 

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Oregon reports 945 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 31 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 12/08/21 10:00 AM

This news release is an updated version to include case and death information.

December 7, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 945 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 31 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 31 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,299, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 945 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 397,421.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 405, which is 13 fewer than yesterday. There are 110 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than yesterday.

There are 63 available adult ICU beds out of 664 total (9% availability) and 307 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,156 (7% availability).

12/7/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

63

(9%)

30

(9%)

6

(7%)

4

(4%)

4

(7%)

2

(20%)

10

(21%)

7

(27%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

307

(7%)

50

(3%)

9

(2%)

74

(12%)

33

(7%)

5

(10%)

80

(19%)

56

(47%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 21,941 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Dec. 6. Of that total, 1,435 were initial doses, 1,487 were second doses and 6,435 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 12,530 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Dec. 6.

The seven-day running average is now 20,306 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,574,834 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 103,285 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,318,249 doses of Moderna and 246,659 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,972,366 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,695,567 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Note: As of Dec. 5, Oregon had administered 3,566,711 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty. The update number corrects the number of Pfizer doses listed in yesterday’s daily media release.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (14), Clackamas (67), Clatsop (4), Columbia (11), Coos (48), Crook (16), Curry (4), Deschutes (52), Douglas (30), Grant (1), Harney (2), Hood River (14), Jackson (57), Jefferson (13), Josephine (30), Klamath (24), Lake (1), Lane (58), Lincoln (12), Linn (39), Malheur (5), Marion (103), Morrow (5), Multnomah (98), Polk (36), Sherman (2), Tillamook (8), Umatilla (23), Union (5), Wallow (2), Wasco (11), Washington (107) and Yamhill (37).

Oregon’s 5,269th COVID-19 related death is a 61-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Sept. 21 and died Sept. 30 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,270th COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old woman from Klamath County who tested positive Sept. 14 and died Oct. 1 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,271st COVID-19 related death is an 89-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died Oct. 1 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,272nd death is a 78-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 8 and died Oct. 23 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,273rd COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 12 and died Oct. 26 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,274th COVID-19 related death is a 50-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Oct. 21 and died Nov. 7 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,275th COVID-19 related death is a 98-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Oct. 4 and died Oct. 18 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,276th COVID-19 related death is a 95-year-old woman from Wasco County who tested positive Oct. 1 and died Nov. 3 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,277th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Oct. 9 and died Oct. 23 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,278th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive Oct. 20 and died Nov. 2 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,279th COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old man from Jefferson County who tested positive Oct. 28 and died Oct. 27 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,280th COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive Nov. 1 and died Nov. 10 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,281st COVID-19 related death is a 59-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Oct. 7 and died Oct. 29 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,282nd COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Oct. 22 and died Oct. 29 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,283rd COVID-19 related death is a 59-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 25 and died Oct. 26 at St. Charles Bend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,284th COVID-19 related death is a 47-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 10 and died Oct. 10 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,285th COVID-19 related death is a 96-year-old woman from Lincoln County who tested positive Oct. 4 and died Oct. 18 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,286th COVID-19 related death is a 48-year-old man from Lincoln County who tested positive Nov. 3 and died Dec. 3 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,287th COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old man from Lane County who died Sept. 22 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,288th COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Nov. 19 and died Dec. 5 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. She had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,289th COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old man from Jefferson County who died Sept. 18 at St. Charles Bend. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,290th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 28 and died Oct. 11 at St. Charles Bend. She had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,291st COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old woman from Deschutes County who died Sept. 3 at St. Charles Bend. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,292nd COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Sept. 24 and died Oct. 15 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,293rd COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 22 and died Oct. 26 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,294th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Oct. 21 and died Nov. 19 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,295th COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Malheur County who died on Aug. 26 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,296th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old woman from Lincoln County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Dec. 5. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,297th COVID-19 related death is a 45-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Dec. 2 and died Nov. 30 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,298th COVID-19 related death is a 60-year-old man from Union County who tested positive Nov. 20 and died Dec. 5 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,299th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Multnomah County who died Oct. 18 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Updated information is known about Oregon’s 5,244th COVID-19 related death, a 69-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive Oct. 12 and died Oct. 24 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. He was originally reported as an 80-year-old man who died Oct. 14 at his residence.

Updated information is known about Oregon’s 5,268th COVID-19 related death, a 93-year-old woman from Klamath County. She was originally reported as a Josephine County resident.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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Independent, Not-for-profit Air Ambulance Programs Life Flight Network and Life Link III to Partner on Safety, Quality, Training and Advocacy (Photo)
Berg & Associates - 12/08/21 9:30 AM
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn./AURORA, Ore., December 8, 2021—Two independent, hospital-owned, not-for-profit air ambulance programs, Life Flight Network and Life Link III, today announced the signing of a letter of intent to launch a strategic alliance. This alliance will bring the organizations together to collaborate on best practices, process improvement, quality initiatives, and safety, all with a focus on the patients and communities they serve. 

The alliance formalizes a long-standing collaborative relationship between the two organizations. Life Flight Network and Life Link III are similarly structured air medical consortiums, with each program utilizing similar onboard medical equipment and operating many of the same aircraft models. Together they have shared their resources and expertise over the years, drawing on the best of each organization’s prowess.  Executive leadership from both organizations will now meet routinely, establishing benchmarks and metrics that promote shared learning and raise the bar on industry standards. 

“With shared interests, challenges, and values, we believe working together will give both organizations a greater voice in the air medical industry, as well as strengthen not-for-profit air medical programs at large” said Life Flight Network Interim CEO Ben Clayton. “While both programs remain independent, our employees, patients, customers and the communities we serve will benefit from the collective expertise and resources of our programs.”

Under their respective healthcare consortium ownership, this alliance is the foundation for a unique “consortium of consortiums” concept that will bring together a number of leading health systems to collaborate and ensure access to critical care transport and life-saving resources is preserved. 

“Life Link III and Life Flight Network are respected, industry-leading programs who share an unwavering commitment to strong cultures of safety and exceedingly high excellence in patient care,” said Josh Howell, Life Link III’s CEO. “As both organizations share proven track records of innovation, growth and enhanced safety training, I’m thrilled about the launch of this not-for-profit air medical alliance that will strengthen both programs and deepen our commitment to serving our employees, our patients and our communities even better in the future.” 

Headquartered in Aurora, Oregon, Life Flight Network operates 25 bases across Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Life Link III operates 10 bases across Minnesota and Wisconsin and is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. Both organizations have been honored as Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), with Life Link III being honored in 2017 and Life Flight Network in 2009 and 2021. 

ABOUT LIFE FLIGHT NETWORK

Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA), and Helicopter Association International (HAI). Life Flight Network is the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States and maintains its own FAA Part 135 Operating Certificate. It offers ICU-level care during air transport across the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. Headquartered in Aurora, Oregon, Life Flight Network is owned by a consortium of Legacy Health, Oregon Health and Science University, Providence Health and Services, and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. For more information about Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit www.lifeflight.org.

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates ten helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Duluth, Hibbing, Rush City and Willmar in Minnesota, and Marshfield, Rhinelander and Rice Lake in Wisconsin. The company plans to open its eleventh helicopter base in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, in spring 2022. The company’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. Life Link III’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Systems), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met. Life Link III is a not-for-profit consortium made up of the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, M Health Fairview, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin Healthcare, Marshfield Clinic Health System, St. Luke’s, and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital/St. Joseph’s. Learn more at www.lifelinkiii.com.

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Gresham Police Investigating Three Victim Shooting; 15-Year-Old Deceased Victim Identified (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 12/08/21 9:25 AM
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RELEASE DATE:               Dec. 8, 2021

CONTACT PERSON:         On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                 21-50397

 

Gresham, Ore.— On Dec. 4, at about 3:00 p.m., Gresham Police responded to reports of a shooting at the Columbia Trails apartment complex located at 1112 NW 15th St. Officers arrived and located three victims with gunshot wounds, one of which was deceased.

 

The deceased victim has been positively identified as 15-year-old Lowgunn Ivey of Portland. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office performed the autopsy and ruled the death a homicide.

 

The other victims in this case, a 23-year-old male and a 14-year-old male, were treated at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries. Their names are not being released at this time.

 

Detectives with the East County Major Crimes Team responded and took over the investigation. There have been no arrests made in this case. 

 

Detectives are asking for any additional witnesses to please call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719 or toll free at 888-989-3505. No other information is available at this time.




Attached Media Files: Lowgunn

Evergreen superintendent placed on administrative leave
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 12/08/21 8:39 AM

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the Evergreen School Board of Directors placed Superintendent Mike Merlino on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an investigation. The School Board of Directors, led by President Victoria Bradford, will retain oversight of the district.

Merlino was appointed interim Superintendent, and then Superintendent, in the Spring of 2019. He first joined the district in 2000.

The School Board has stated the investigation, conducted by an outside third-party investigator, is expected to be concluded in the next several weeks.  However, they also indicated that thoroughness, rather than expediency, is the priority.  No other information about the investigation will be released at this time.


Updated 12/8/21 with suspect vehicle photo: Gresham Police Investigating Deadly Hit-and-Run to a Pedestrian (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 12/08/21 7:24 AM
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Gresham, Ore.-On November 29, 2021, at 9:20pm, Gresham Police Department officers were dispatched to a fatal hit-and-run crash involving an unknown vehicle and a pedestrian (GPD Case #21-49719) in the eastbound lane of NE Halsey St at NE 190th Pl. A previous news release generated numerous tips to the investigating officer, and Gresham PD thanks the public for that information.

As a result of the tips, we were able to obtain a photo of what we believe to be the suspect vehicle. The photo is from a home surveillance camera at night as the vehicle drives by, but it appears to possibly be a dark colored SUV. The vehicle with the headlights on in the attached photo is what we believe to be the suspect vehicle.

If you have information about the involved vehicle, please contact Gresham police officer Hector Carranza, at 503-618-2317.

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Tue. 12/07/21
Re-Imagined Radio celebrates holidays with "A Radio Christmas Sampler" (Photo)
WSU Vancouver - 12/07/21 8:08 PM
“A Radio Christmas Sampler”
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VANCOUVER, Wash. — Re-Imagined Radio’s holiday broadcast, “A Radio Christmas Sampler,” airs on Dec. 20. Featuring highlights from seven holiday radio programs, the broadcast is produced by John Barber of Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture Program. It includes excerpts and music from shows ranging from The Jack Benny Program to Bing Crosby and the Kraft Music Hall. 

The hour-long episode starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 20 on Vancouver’s KXRW-FM (99.9 FM) and Portland’s KXRY-FM (91.1 FM or 107.1 FM). The episode will also stream simultaneously with the broadcast. 

“Every holiday season since 2013, Re-Imagined Radio has offered a version of the Charles Dickens classic tale, ‘A Christmas Carol,’” said Barber. “We thought this year to do something different and present the best bits from Christmas episodes of seven very different radio programs.”

The sampler includes excerpts from “A Radio Christmas Carol” performed by Metropolitan Arts in 2020; “Vic’s Christmas Card List,” from Vic and Sade, 1939; “Dancing Dan’s Christmas,” from The Damon Runyon Theatre, 1949; “Decorating the Christmas Tree,” from The Jack Benny Program, 1951; “Department Store Santa,” from Rocky Fortune, 1953; “A Korean Christmas Carol,” from Suspense, 1959; and Bing Crosby and The Kraft Music Hall, 1944.

Re-Imagined Radio premieres episodes on the third Monday of the month on KXRW-FM and KXRY-FM. After this initial broadcast the episode can be heard on Portland’s KUIK-AM (1360 AM), Salem’s KMWV-FM (98.3 FM), and CKXU-FM (88.3 FM), Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, which in turn distributes Re-Imagined Radio across Canada. In addition, every Sunday, a random episode of Re-Imagined Radio will be broadcast on KXRW only, drawing on previously broadcast episodes.

Episodes can be streamed on demand from the Re-Imagined Radio website, www.reimaginedradio.net.

Community Partners

Re-Imagined Radio draws on community voice actors, Foley artists, musicians, sound artists and engineers. Partners include KXRW-FM, Marc Rose, Martin John Gallagher, Holly Slocum Design, the Kiggins Theatre, and Regina Carol Social Media Management and Photography. 

About Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio was begun by Barber in 2013 to celebrate radio storytelling past, present and futureWe select, produce and perform stories across a spectrum of radio genres, from dramas to comedies, from oral to aural histories, from documentaries to fictions, from soundscapes to sonic journeys, from radio to sound art,” Barber said. Episodes initially were stage productions for live audiences. With COVID-19 restrictions, Re-Imagined Radio became a monthly broadcast and on-demand streaming event. 

About WSU Vancouver

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

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Attached Media Files: “A Radio Christmas Sampler”

Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. - UPDATE
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 12/07/21 4:43 PM

The Centennial School District Governing Board will meet in an executive session and a regular session on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 virtually via the Zoom app at starting 5:45 p.m. 

The executive session at 5:45 p.m. will be held under ORS 192.660 (2)(e) - to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions, and (ORS 192.660(k)) - to consider matters relating to school safety or a plan that responds to safety threats made toward a school. ​​​​Media may attend but may not report on items discussed during the executive session. 

To join the executive session if you are a member of the media:

Please click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84650618513?pwd=VUVtTm9FRzZNZ1dvRWE2TG9Zc0NoZz09
Passcode: 165197

To join by phone, dial:
1 346 248 7799 or 1 669 900 9128
Webinar ID: 846 5061 8513
Passcode: 165197

The regular session will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

To join the regular session, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83390570673?pwd=UjduV0lhL05lNC9uQ3JrcTNmTUhJZz09
Passcode: 394247

To join by telephone, dial:
1 253 215 8782  or 1 346 248 7799 
Webinar ID: 833 9057 0673
Passcode: 394247

To view the agendas and accompanying documents, click or paste this link into your browser: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/1561. 

The meeting agenda may be updated as needed. Additional board meeting documents will be added as they become available. 

For information about the agenda email pamela_jordan@csd28j.org or board@csd28j.org.


Chief Lovell Issues Statement Regarding Recent Violent Incidents
Portland Police Bureau - 12/07/21 4:25 PM
Yesterday, a suspect began a series of dangerous acts of violence toward members of our community. Ultimately, this resulted in an officer-involved shooting on the I-5 freeway.

Our Detectives are still seeking anyone who has information about the actions of this suspect prior to the shooting, or witnesses to the shooting, to come forward as we piece together a detailed timeline. While we understand members of the community are shocked and saddened by what occurred yesterday, we must balance the need for transparency with the responsibility to provide accurate information, while protecting the integrity of the investigation. We hope to release additional information following the officer's interview.

The last few days have been particularly violent, with shootings, four homicides, one fatal crash and an officer-involved shooting and all of the crimes prior to it. We know our community is concerned about the rise in violence and we are doing our best to respond and investigate these crimes. I know this violence causes trauma for our whole community, including our first responders. I want to commend the tremendous work by PPB members who respond to violent scenes and do their jobs with the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, and compassion, despite the toll it takes on them. And I also want to assure the community that we’re working hard to ensure Portland remains a vibrant and safe place for everyone.

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Award Ceremony at Salem Health Hospital (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 12/07/21 4:21 PM
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Salem Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ralph Yates addresses an audience of Oregon National Guard members and hospital staff at an awards ceremony at Salem Health Hospital in Salem on Dec. 7. The ceremony honored high-performing guard members for their work during the guard's Hospital Relief Mission that started in August 2021 and is ending this month.  The mission ordered by Oregon Governor Kate Brown assisted over 50 hospitals due to non-clinical staff shortages; the guard's numbers assigned to the hospitals reached approximately 1,500 workers on initial deployment. Towards the end, the mission has tapered down to more than 500 as hospitals find solutions to staffing shortages. Hospitals across the state have done similar ceremonies in appreciation of guard member hospital support.

(U.S. National Guard Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

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Salem Health CEO and President Cheryl Wolfe addresses an audience of Oregon National Guard members and hospital staff at an awards ceremony at Salem Health Hospital in Salem on Dec. 7. The ceremony honored high-performing guard members for their work during the guard's Hospital Relief Mission that started in August 2021 and is ending this month. Hospitals across the state have done similar ceremonies in appreciation of guard member hospital support.
(U.S. National Guard Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard member Spc. Trenton Morris holds a challenge coin he received for his exemplary work as part of the hospital relief mission during an awards ceremony at Salem Health Hospital in Salem on Dec. 7. The ceremony honored high-performing guard members for their work during the guard's Hospital Relief Mission that started in August 2021 and is ending this month. Hospitals across the state have done similar ceremonies in appreciation of guard member hospital support.

(U.S. National Guard Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

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Oregon Air Guard hospital workers present Salem Health Hospital CEO, President Cheryl Wolfe, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ralph Yates with a token of appreciation, during an awards ceremony at Salem Health Hospital in Salem on Dec. 7. The ceremony honored high-performing guard members for their work during the guard's Hospital Relief Mission that started in August 2021 and is ending this month. Hospitals across the state have done similar ceremonies in appreciation of guard member hospital support.

(U.S. National Guard Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)




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Seaside PD Investigate Reported Threat to High School
City of Seaside - 12/07/21 3:45 PM

Seaside, Ore. – December 7, 2021 – On Monday, December 6, 2021, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Seaside Police Department received a report from a Seaside High School student regarding messages from an unknown person on Instagram. The messages were screenshots of a conversation and included a possible threat to Seaside High School. Seaside Police take all such reports seriously and after gathering information, contacted administration at Seaside High School. 

Upon further investigation, Seaside Police confirmed an account was created one hour prior to the messages being sent and the account was immediately deleted following the incident. School Resource Officer Justin Gagnon began investigating the situation and determined the source of the messages had no local affiliation to our community. SRO Gagnon, with assistance from the FBI, determined this is not a credible, localized threat. We would like to thank the student who brought this to our immediate attention, and we continue to encourage others to speak up when they see something out of the ordinary or of immediate concern.

If you see or hear something, please report it. Things to think about and report include the following:

  • Changes in Behavior:
    • If you see or hear someone talking about weapons, the use of weapons, drawings or pictures of weapons and violence, social media posts; even if you notice changes in behavior with friends or other students, you should report it.
  • Report Issues and Threats That Come Up in Conversation of Any Form:
    • Tell a parent/guardian, tell an adult at school, or contact the Seaside Police Department.
  • Don’t Worry about Students Getting in Trouble:
    • The goal is to provide help, try to solve problems before they happen and keep school safe for students. Students are often the best sources of information.
    • Information shared will always be kept confidential to the greatest extent possible. If you report something that may be dangerous or a student that you’re worried about, the goal is to try to help that student and keep all students and staff safe.

The Seaside Police Department will have an increased presence around the Seaside School facilities over the next few days as a precautionary measure.  

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Mist Elementary Project Paves the Way For High-Speed Internet in Oregon's Most Rural Schools (Photo)
Northwest Regional ESD - 12/07/21 3:43 PM
Vernonia School District Superintendent Aaron Miller in front of Mist Grade School, one of the first schools in Oregon with internet access provided by SpaceX’s Starlink. Photo by Kelsey Cardwell.
Vernonia School District Superintendent Aaron Miller in front of Mist Grade School, one of the first schools in Oregon with internet access provided by SpaceX’s Starlink. Photo by Kelsey Cardwell.
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SpaceX’s Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit now connect Mist students to video conferencing, virtual education games, video instruction and other high data rate activities that were not previously possible.

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MIST—Elementary students in Mist, Oregon, a remote community located more than an hour northwest of Portland, Oregon, have access to high-speed internet thanks to the installation of SpaceX’s latest Starlink technology. 

Link Oregon, Cascade Technology Alliance, Northwest Regional Education Service District and the Vernonia School District combined forces to identify funds, personnel and the technological infrastructure that brought high-speed internet to the remote school. Vernonia School District has tried multiple times over the past decade to upgrade the school to fiber-optic internet, but the high costs of running a dedicated fiber line down miles of rural roads always prevented the project from taking off. Starlink does not require cost-prohibitive construction projects, making it an ideal solution for remote rural communities. The project was made possible through the federal government’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. 

“Before we got the new internet, Ms. Avy’s class couldn’t be on the internet at the same time, so sometimes we would have to reschedule when we did reading and math,” explains McKinley, a fifth grader. 

McKinley says that she and her peers commonly use the internet to write stories in Google Docs and interact with Zearn, a math website with video lessons and exercises.

"We are so excited to be able to bring Mist Grade School online with high speed internet,” says Vernonia School District Superintendent Aaron Miller. “This was a technology and equity issue for Mist, and we are so happy to have solved it by working with our partners. All our students can now access technology at the same time, enhancing learning and teaching."

Cascade Technology Alliance, a cooperative between Multnomah and Northwest Regional education service districts providing educational technology services to 189 school districts, plans to identify more opportunities to expand internet access for schools and students. Link Oregon will continue to be a pivotal partner for identifying both the financial resources and internet providers who are willing to work with schools to improve their internet access. Ongoing efforts include:

About the Mentioned Organizations

Vernonia School District serves a student population of roughly 570 students and encompasses five schools: Mist Elementary, Vernonia Elementary, Vernonia Middle School, Vernonia High School, and Vernonia Family Academy.

Cascade Technology Alliance is a cooperative between Multnomah and Northwest Regional education service districts. CTA serves dozens of school districts, public and private charter schools and nonprofit agencies throughout northwest Oregon. CTA provides access to more reliable and higher-quality technology services at a reduced cost. Smaller districts receive and participate in services that were previously out of reach, and larger districts benefit from lower costs and streamlined services. 

Link Oregon, a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Oregon nonprofit organization, provides high-speed, fiber-optic broadband connectivity to our state’s public and nonprofit sectors. Link Oregon provides fast, reliable, cost-effective internet and shared network services to K-12 and higher education, libraries, Native Tribes, public health care organizations, remote state offices and other public and nonprofit organizations and facilities across Oregon. This high-capacity network will eventually serve more than 600+ locations across the state, making it easier for these entities to collaborate, share information, and deliver services to Oregon residents and visitors.

Northwest Regional Education Service District is the largest of Oregon’s 19 education service districts. It serves 20 school districts in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties. These school districts serve 98,000 students. Through state funding, contracts, and private and public grants, the agency provides a wide range of special education and specialized services to students, educators and families in the region. 




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Committee for Family Forestlands meets Dec. 9
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/07/21 2:41 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet virtually Thursday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. To join the virtual meeting, please use the Zoom video conference information found on the agenda. To provide public comment at this virtual meeting, please contact Susan Muniz at 503-945-7502.

The committee’s agenda includes:

  • Forest Resources Division update
  • Seedling programs coordination
  • Roundtable updates
  • Private Forests Accord discussion
  • Workplan discussion

The meeting is open to the public to attend online via Zoom. Public comments will be accepted near the start of the meeting. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 72 hours before the meeting by contacting Susan Muniz at 503-945-7502.

The 13-member committee researches policies that affect family forests, natural resources and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and the State Forester. View more information on the CFF webpage.


Oregon reports 945 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 31 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/21 2:11 PM

December 7, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 945 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 31 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 31 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,299, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 945 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 397,421.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 405, which is 13 fewer than yesterday. There are 110 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than yesterday.

There are 63 available adult ICU beds out of 664 total (9% availability) and 307 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,156 (7% availability).

12/7/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

63

(9%)

30

(9%)

6

(7%)

4

(4%)

4

(7%)

2

(20%)

10

(21%)

7

(27%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

307

(7%)

50

(3%)

9

(2%)

74

(12%)

33

(7%)

5

(10%)

80

(19%)

56

(47%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 21,941 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Dec. 6. Of that total, 1,435 were initial doses, 1,487 were second doses and 6,435 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 12,530 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Dec. 6.

The seven-day running average is now 20,306 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,574,834 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 103,285 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,318,249 doses of Moderna and 246,659 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,972,366 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,695,567 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Note: As of Dec. 5, Oregon had administered 3,566,711 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty. The update number corrects the number of Pfizer doses listed in yesterday’s daily media release.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (14), Clackamas (67), Clatsop (4), Columbia (11), Coos (48), Crook (16), Curry (4), Deschutes (52), Douglas (30), Grant (1), Harney (2), Hood River (14), Jackson (57), Jefferson (13), Josephine (30), Klamath (24), Lake (1), Lane (58), Lincoln (12), Linn (39), Malheur (5), Marion (103), Morrow (5), Multnomah (98), Polk (36), Sherman (2), Tillamook (8), Umatilla (23), Union (5), Wallow (2), Wasco (11), Washington (107) and Yamhill (37).

Note: An updated news release will follow with additional case and death information.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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Roosevelt HS on lockdown, 2 Middle Schools on lockout
Portland Public Schools - 12/07/21 1:26 PM

There was an incident off campus this morning involving students; one student allegedly robbed another student with a weapon. No injuries were reported. The incident was reported to staff and to the police. 

Astor and George Middle Schools were placed on lockout (perimeter secured, classes continue normally inside the building) until the armed student could be located. We have also placed Roosevelt on lockdown (all classrooms locked, lights off, students and teachers hiding out of sight). Police are at the scene. At this time no injuries have been reported.  

Currently there is no active student threat.

PPS staff is working with law enforcement and providing support to the affected schools, students, and staff and communicating with families at Roosevelt, Astor, and George schools.

We will share more information with our community as we learn more.

Jonathan Garcia, Chief of Staff

 

UPDATE 1:24PM

Here is a message sent to Roosevelt Families today:

Dear Roosevelt Families,

There was an incident off campus this morning that resulted in a lockdown at Roosevelt High School. It involved students at other schools, with one student allegedly robbing another student with a weapon. No injuries were reported. The incident was reported to staff and to the police.

Roosevelt was placed in a lockdown (all classrooms locked, lights off, students and teachers hiding out of sight). We have completed a sweep of the campus, and police have completed their activities. The situation is secure, and there is no threat to students at this time. No students or staff were injured.

We will be releasing students for the day. Students who take PPS transportation will remain at school until we connect with families. We will be doing controlled release, releasing students by sections of the building.  Students are asked to get their belongings  and depart campus immediately. Students will have access to lunch as they leave campus.   

We will send an updated communication to families later today.

Thank you for understanding as we work through this difficult situation.



 


Hillsboro Police use PIT (pursuit intervention technique) to stop an eluding vehicle and arrest three suspects. (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 12/07/21 1:17 PM
Alexandria Carroll booking photo
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On 12-6-21 at about 10:15 pm, a Hillsboro patrol officer took a report at the LA Fitness located at 7410 NE Imbrie Dr. Hillsboro of a victim reporting his wallet and his vehicle (a white 2019 Chevy Cruze) had been stolen.  Within minutes of this report, a second Hillsboro officer located the stolen 2019 Chevy Cruze in the Fred Meyer parking lot located at 7355 NE Imbrie, Dr. Hillsboro. 

During the investigation at Fred Meyer's, officers learned of the three suspects' descriptions and evidence of crimes involving fraud and theft at the location.

Minutes later, at about 11:04 pm, Hillsboro officers received information that the three suspects were at the Walmart in Cornelius in a stolen vehicle (a 2017 black Acura TLX) from an earlier theft at an LA Fitness in Beaverton.  The Cornelius Police Department followed this stolen vehicle with the three suspects. The suspects attempted to elude Cornelius Police and came into Hillsboro from SE Baseline St.  Hillsboro officers used a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) to stop the fleeing vehicle and arrest all three suspects.

The driver of the vehicle was 30-year old Alexandria Carroll.  The passenger was 19-year old Diana Antonova, and the second passenger was 33-year old Cory Chase.   

Alexandria was lodged in the Washington County Jail on the following charges: 1. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle x3, 2. Attempt to elude with a vehicle x2, 3. Identity theft x2, 4. Fraudulent use of a credit card x2, 5. Theft-II, 6. Reckless driving 7. Theft-I, 8. 

Attempt to commit theft-II.

Diana Antonova was lodged in the Washington County Jail on the following charges:  1.  Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle x3, 2. Identity theft x2, 3. Fraudulent use of a credit card x2, 4. Theft-II, 5. Theft-I, 6. Attempt to commit theft-II.

Cory Chase was lodged in the Washington County Jail on the following charges:  1. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle x3, 2. Identity theft x2, 3. Fraudulent use of a credit card x2, 4. Theft-II x2, 5. Theft-I.

At this time, this is still an ongoing investigation with potentially more victims.  If you have information on this case or are a victim related to this case, please contact the Hillsboro Police Department at 503-681-6190 and reference HPD case #21-20962.  Connected cases are Beaverton Police Department case #50-213401033 and Cornelius Police Department case #21-100046.




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Sandy Police Log 11-21-21 to 12-04-21
Sandy Police Dept. - 12/07/21 1:13 PM

Please be advised that the Bulletin does not include all calls for service to which officers respond.  Many calls do not require that a report be written; such as:

•Traffic Stops

•Advising/Referring a Person to the Proper Agency to handle their request

•Restoring the Peace

•Premise Checks

•Welfare Checks

•Flagged Down by Citizen




Attached Media Files: Bulletin

State Land Board to meet December 14
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 12/07/21 1:08 PM

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board will meet virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Agenda items the Board will consider include:

  • Adoption of the Department of State Lands 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The plan establishes the Department’s mission, vision, and values and provides a practical framework for continually improving service, setting measurable goals that all programs contribute to achieving. Read the draft plan.
     
  • Appointment of Dr. Christine Moffitt to the Oregon Ocean Science Trust. Dr. Moffitt, a retired marine and fisheries biologist from Coos Bay, has extensive experience in research, education, and outreach on aquatic and marine science. Dr. Moffitt has been nominated to fill a mid-term vacancy. The appointment would be effective immediately and expire on Dec. 31, 2022.

The full meeting agenda and materials are available on the DSL website. The meeting will be livestreamed to the DSL YouTube channel.

The public may submit written testimony or sign up to provide spoken testimony during the meeting. The deadline to sign up to testify is 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 13. Testimony information is available here.

If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please contact Arin Smith at 503-986-5224 or arin.n.smith@dsl.oregon.gov at least two working days prior to the meeting.

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and State Treasurer Tobias Read. Established by the Oregon Constitution in 1859, the Land Board oversees the state’s Common School Fund. The Department of State Lands is the Land Board’s administrative agency, managing the lands and resources that help fund Oregon’s public schools and protecting the state’s waterways and wetlands for the many benefits they provide.


Conference of Local Health Officials meets Dec. 16 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/21 12:44 PM

December 7, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139

PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Conference of Local Health Officials meets Dec. 16 via Zoom

What: The Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO) is holding its monthly public meeting.

Agenda: HIV and sexually transmitted infections funding; OHA and local public health authorities common equity work. Agenda is subject to change and is posted with meeting materials on the CLHO website at http://www.oregonclho.org/ prior to meeting.

There is no public comment period during this meeting.

When: Thursday, Dec. 16, 9:30-11 a.m.

Where: Via Zoom meeting.  Members of the public seeking to attend must register for the meeting at  

https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscO2orjosHBpyhZBk_uqQhBEu4yIU5j0

Background: The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

Program contact: Danna Drum, 503-957-8869,  um@state.or.us">danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766 711 TTY or um@dhsoha.state.or.us">danna.k.drum@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Public Health Advisory Board meets Dec. 16
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/21 12:38 PM

December 7, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Public Health Advisory Board meets Dec. 16

What: The Public Health Advisory Board will hold a meeting.

Agenda: Approve October meeting minutes; Oregon Health Policy Board and committee membership workgroup discussion; identify process for public health modernization evaluation development and 2023-25 planning; public health survey modernization discussion.

When: Thursday, Dec. 16, 2-5 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Zoom conference call:

(669) 254-5252, participant code 1609889971#.

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom: at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY, or a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Christmas Through the Eyes of a Concert Rock Violinist (Photo)
Mortensen Communications - 12/07/21 11:02 AM
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Portland, Or --  The 2021 Aaron Meyer Christmas Special, Rock The Holidays, will highlight the journey of a Concert Rock Violinist as it showcases the myriad talents of local Northwest performers.

The high-energy one-hour holiday celebration is scheduled to air three times over the Christmas holiday week on the FOX 12 Oregon stations and the FOX12 app.  It offers an uplifting Christmas show with something for all music lovers, of all ages. 

Through a combination of musical performances and narration, Meyer shares his story from his start as a young, classically trained musician, through his evolution into a concert rock violinist. 

“Our goal this year,” said Meyer, “is to weave together a sense of holiday tradition with my own journey of music and faith.”  

Whether it’s a reimagined rock violin rendition of Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, featuring a stunning pas-de-deux by dancers from Oregon Ballet Theater, or a cover of Aerosmith’s Dream On, accompanied by a string quartet of some of Portland’s premiere’s musicians, Meyer, and his 5-piece band take the traditional holiday show to extraordinary heights.  

Making their annual appearance on the Aaron Meyer program will be the Brown Sisters, three of Portland’s most angelic voices, sharing their harmonies in true holiday form.

Special guest appearances include 12 advanced string players from the Metropolitan Youth Symphony debuting string arrangements from Meyer’s Concert Rock version of The Nutcracker, Meyer’s latest album release.  The show also offers a heartwarming performance by a student band featuring some of Aaron’s violin students. 

The show, presented by Weston Kia and Lewis Audio Video, will be broadcast on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New  Year’s Day on KPTV FOX 12 Oregon stations, and on the FOX 12 App. 

Rock the Holidays, the Aaron Meyer Christmas Special

Dec 24, 25, and Jan 1
On FOX 12 Oregon and FOX 12+
On the FOX 12 app
Check local listings for times

More info at www.aaronmeyer.com


Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist 

One of the nation’s top rock violinists, Aaron Meyer, and his band have been mesmerizing audiences for more than two decades, injecting new life and excitement to familiar classical pieces and rock-n-roll favorites. From Mozart and Vivaldi to Queen and Led Zeppelin, Meyer’s unique arrangements and passionate stage presence have been exciting and engaging fans of all ages across the world, reflecting his mission to spread joy through the power of music. 

Classically trained from age 5, young Meyer earned a solo opportunity with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11. He moved from the east coast to Oregon in the 1990s, joining the nationally renowned band Pink Martini in 1996. In 2000, he formed his own band and began his career as a concert rock violinist, performing around the region and across the world.
 

Aaron Meyer’s mission is to spread joy through the power of music. 

Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist

WEBSITE: www.aaronmeyer.com

Aaron Meyer School of Music: https://www.aaronmeyer.com/music-education

 


 


 




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VA Portland Job Fair Dec. 11, 9am-1pm (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 12/07/21 10:51 AM
VA Portland signature logo and VA seal
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You are invited to attend VA Portland Health Care System’s Job Fair.
- 15 LPN positions
- 20 Medical Support Positions

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last applicants will be received no later than 1 p.m.

Interviews will be conducted onsite for the following positions for these departments at the Portland VA Medical Center or Vancouver VA campus; Inpatient & Emergency Medicine, Rehab & Long Term Care, Operative Care,  Hospital & Specialty Medicine

Practical Nurses; 
• Benefits beginning first day of employment.
• Salary $45,133.00 to $70,039.00 per year (based on experience).
• Scholarship opportunities.
• Annual salary increases.
• Opportunities to expand into various fields.

Medical Support Assistants;
• Benefits beginning first day of employment
• Salary $29,965.00 to $54,536.00 per year (based on experience)
• Scholarship opportunities
• Annual salary increases
• Opportunities to expand into various fields

Location of the event is at the Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239

Check in @ Auditorium, Bldg 101, 2nd floor

Bring your resume & the following ID and forms if applicable. 
- 2 forms of Gov't issued ID or valid U.S. passport
- Veterans: bring DD-214
- Current or Former Federal employees: SF-50

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Attached Media Files: VA Portland signature logo and VA seal , VA Portland Job fair

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Receives National Park Foundation Open OutDoors for Kids Grant for On-Site and Virtual Education Programs
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 12/07/21 10:28 AM

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site received an Open OutDoors for Kids grant from the National Park Foundation (NPF). This grant will enable the National Park Service to offer diverse learning opportunities at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, including both virtual and on-site field trip programs. For the first time, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is expanding traditional field trip opportunities to include virtual field trip programming options. Virtual and on-site education programs at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site correlate with state educational standards and meet the needs of the populous metropolitan community surrounding the park. On-site and virtual field trip programs for Spring 2022 are offered Tuesday, March 1 through Friday, June 3, 2022.

"Field trips to Fort Vancouver are a highlight of elementary education for thousands of local students every year,” said Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. “Educational opportunities create memories for students which last a lifetime. As a unit of the National Park Service, educational programs at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site provide students with an understanding of the national and international significance of our community's history. This grant will allow Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to reach more students by expanding educational programming, both in-person and virtually."

Educational opportunities at Fort Vancouver are woven into school curriculum and help children process how local history, including difficult topics like colonialism and trade, affects our community today. Educational programs at Fort Vancouver encourage deeper personal connections with history, creating unique memories that shape the way local children view our community and heritage. The National Park Service preserves nationally significant places for the inspiration, education, and enjoyment of this and future generations. Expanding on-site and virtual educational programming allows students better access to meaningful experiences in the national park. 

Students from our local community and across the country will benefit from the array of on-site and virtual programming offered at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. On-site field trips currently serve over 20,000 students at the park each year. The Open OutDoors for Kids Grant allows Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to provide transportation reimbursement to Title 1 schools visiting the park. The funding also supports expanding outreach to Title 1 schools beyond Clark County, Washington into the Portland, Oregon metro area. Virtual programming also amplifies the reach of field trip programs to regional and national audiences, as there are no geographical limitations to virtual programming. Reservations for Spring 2022 on-site and virtual educational programs are open now. To learn more about field trips at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and reserve your spot, visit our Field Trip webpage.

Since 2011, NPF has engaged more than one million students in educational programs connecting them with national parks across the country. NPF’s goal is to connect another one million students to parks over the next four years. 

“National parks are America’s largest classrooms,” said National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth. “With parks, learning is fun, memorable, and hands-on. Parks open kids’ eyes to the wonder and complexities of nature and history, and the National Park Foundation is committed to connecting as many kids as possible to parks through our Open OutDoors for Kids program.” 

The NPF Open OutDoors for Kids program is made possible by private philanthropy, including support from Youth Engagement and Education premier partner Union Pacific Railroad, and supporting partner GoGo squeeZ. Additional support is provided by Apple, Sierra, Columbia Sportswear, Parks Project, The Batchelor Foundation, Inc., Humana, and many individual donors.

Learn more about NPF’s efforts to engage students with national parks as classrooms.

 

ABOUT FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Located on the north bank of the Columbia River, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a center for Indigenous trade, to a frontier fur trading post, to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest, history is shared at four unique sites. Discover stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community. Learn more about Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on our websiteFacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION 

The National Park Foundation works to protect wildlife and park lands, preserve history and culture, educate and engage youth, and connect people everywhere to the wonder of parks. We do it in collaboration with the National Park Service, the park partner community, and with the generous support of donors, without whom our work would not be possible. Learn more at www.nationalparks.org


INVESTIGATORS ADDED: Death Investigation in Madison South Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 12/07/21 10:04 AM
On December 6, 2021, at 10:52am, Officers from East Precinct were dispatched to a shots fired call in the 1800 Block of Northeast 66th Avenue. Officers responded and located a deceased subject. Homicide Detectives are on scene and conducting an investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Scott Broughton at (503) 823-3774 or email at scott.broughton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457 or email at rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE: Oregon reports 2,041 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/21 9:37 AM

This news release is an updated version to include case and death information.

December 6, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 2,041 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 25 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,268, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 2,041 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 396,501.

The 25 new deaths and 2,041 new cases reported today include data recorded by counties for the three-day period between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5.

The Dec. 2 case counts for Lane County were erroneously high due to a reporting error. This error has been corrected, and the case count for Lane County for Dec. 2 has been revised to 95 cases.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 418, which is 23 more than yesterday. There are 115 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 12 more than yesterday.

There are 59 available adult ICU beds out of 667 total (9% availability) and 349 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,113 (8% availability).

12/6/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

59

(9%)

24

(7%)

9

(11%)

9

(10%)

4

(7%)

3

(30%)

4

(9%)

6

(23%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

349

(8%)

75

(4%)

15

(3%)

103

(18%)

33

(8%)

5

(10%)

52

(13%)

66

(55%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 13,247 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Dec. 5. Of that total, 851 were initial doses, 2,170 were second doses and 3,898 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 6,294 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Dec. 5.

The seven-day running average is now 17,275 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,666,268 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 99,557 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,308,889 doses of Moderna and 246,119 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,968,560 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,691,521 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (7), Benton (69), Clackamas (214), Clatsop (18), Columbia (32), Coos (41), Crook (9), Curry (3), Deschutes (190), Douglas (84), Harney (4), Hood River (8), Jackson (111), Jefferson (17), Josephine (77), Klamath (11), Lake (7), Lane (132), Lincoln (20), Linn (115), Malheur (3), Marion (127), Morrow (6), Multnomah (351), Polk (22), Tillamook (18), Umatilla (11), Union (7), Wasco (11), Washington (276), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (38).

Oregon reports 1,041 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Dec. 3, 596 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Dec. 4 and 404 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Dec. 5.

Due to delayed reporting, a large volume of approximately 7,000 backlogged electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) were received on Dec. 3. Results were from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. As a result, test counts and case counts are higher than anticipated for Dec. 3.

Oregon’s 5,244th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old man from Lane County who died Oct. 14 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,245th COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive Oct. 23 and died Oct. 28 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,246th COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Aug. 23 and died Oct. 9 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,247th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Oct. 19 and died Oct. 28 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,248th COVID-19 related death is a 66-year-old man from Benton County who tested positive July 19 and died Oct. 25 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,249th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive Oct. 14 and died Oct. 22 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,250th COVID-19 related death is a 65-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Oct. 16 and died Nov. 4 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,251st COVID-19 related death is an 89-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 18 and died Nov. 4 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,252nd COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 15 and died Nov. 3 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,253rd COVID-19 related death is a 93-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive Sept. 28 and died Oct. 29 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,254th COVID-19 related death is a 90-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Sept. 30 and died Nov. 1 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,255th COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive Oct. 7 and died Oct. 30 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,256th COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old woman from Lake County who tested positive Oct. 29 and died Nov. 5 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,257th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Sept. 7 and died Nov. 7 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,258th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Oct. 9 and died Oct. 25 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,259th COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 18 and died Nov. 1 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,260th COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Dec. 3 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,261st COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Nov. 29 and died Dec. 2 at Providence Medford Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,262nd COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive Dec. 1 and died Dec. 2 at Mercy Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,263rd COVID-19 related death is a 54-year-old man from Crook County who tested positive Nov. 14 and died Dec. 3 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,264th COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Benton County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Nov. 22 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,265th COVID-19 related death is a 53-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive Nov. 23 and died Nov. 24 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,266th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Oct. 31 and died Nov. 27. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,267th COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive Nov. 8 and died Dec. 2 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,268th COVID-19 related death is a 93-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Nov. 24 and died Nov. 26 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Updated information is known about Oregon’s 5,232nd COVID-19 related death, a 72-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Sept. 4 and died Oct. 25. She was originally reported as tested positive Sept. 2.

Note: Oregon’s 5,243rd COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive Oct. 8 and died Oct. 21 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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OnPoint Community Credit Union Employees Give more than $71,000 to Four United Way Organizations (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 12/07/21 9:30 AM
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Donation supports United Way programs focused on education, health and financial stability for kids and vulnerable families in the region.              

PORTLAND, Ore., December 7, 2021—OnPoint Community Credit Union today announced a donation of more than $71,000 to four United Way organizations serving communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington, including United Way of the Columbia-WillametteUnited Way of Central OregonUnited Way of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. This donation marks the 15th year of OnPoint’s employee-led fundraising campaign, which benefits United Way in communities the credit union also serves. The contribution was made as OnPoint reports a record $2.2 million in donations to area non-profits in 2021.

“Too many children and families across our region lack access to basic resources that support their health, education and financial wellness,” said Rob Stuart, OnPoint’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I’m inspired by our employees’ ongoing commitment to help our friends and neighbors who need it most, and grateful to United Way for its partnership as we work together to address the most critical needs of our communities.”

Each year, OnPoint’s United Way campaign invites its more than 1,000 employees to make voluntary individual contributions to United Way through fundraisers like virtual bingo, candy grams and a Ducks versus Beavers competition. On top of the $61,141 in employee donations, an additional corporate contribution of $10,000 was made, bringing the total to $71,141. OnPoint’s donation will help fund United Way’s education, health, and financial stability programs that provide kids and families with the basic building blocks for a good quality of life. They include: 

  • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s Early Learning Multnomah (ELM) and Early Learning Washington County (ELWC) initiatives, which work to ensure that children ages 0-6 get the support they need to thrive in kindergarten and beyond.
  • United Way of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties’ Thinker Tinker Trailer, which increases student proficiencies in digital literacy, interpersonal skills and business acumen, offering mobile, hands-on learning to youth from families or districts that lack the resources to offer such opportunities.
  • United Way of Central Oregon’s KIDS Center, which provides no-cost evaluations, family support and therapy to victims of child abuse.
  • United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley’s Safe Sleep United, an overnight women’s shelter that provides a safe, warm, secure place for women to sleep, eat and have access to wrap around support that increases their chances of rebuilding their lives.

“Our ability to make a sustainable impact relies upon the generosity of our donors,” said Cindy Adams, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are immensely appreciative of OnPoint’s continued employee support which provides essential funding for the outcome-based programs and collaborative projects that create a lasting change in our community.”

In addition to the $71,141 gift to the four United Ways, OnPoint announced in November 2021 donations of more than $2.2 million to over 277 non-profits in Oregon and Southwest Washington, with more than $500,000 pledged to organizations focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more about OnPoint’s work to address the most critical needs of the communities it serves.

 

ABOUT ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving 458,000 members and with assets of $9 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.

 

ABOUT UNITED WAY

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. With global reach and local impact, we’re making life better for 48 million people annually. United Way is the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit, working in 95% of U.S. communities and 40 countries and territories. That’s why we’re the mission of choice for 2.5 million volunteers, 7.7 million donors and 45,000 corporate partners. In the wake of COVID-19, we’re helping people stay in their homes, stock their pantries, and protect their lives and livelihoods. And we’re working to build resilient, equitable communities. Learn more at UnitedWay.org. Follow us: @United Way and #LiveUnited.

 

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Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Holiday Shopping Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 12/07/21 9:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense by helping Santa out this shopping season.

First – let’s start with the dream job for all wanna-be-Santa’s. Earning a little extra cash as a secret shopper. There are legitimate companies that hire legitimate secret shoppers to go around, buy things, and report back on their experience. 

Here are the basics: you should search out the mystery shopper opportunity. Do not respond to an unsolicited email, text message, or social media post offering to set you up with such a gig. Also, the company should be paying you – you should never pay for help finding such a job, nor should there be an “application fee.” You can find out more about how to do this safely through industry’s Mystery Shopping Professionals Association.

Next up – a popular gift option that comes in every shape and size: the gift card. They are easy, and they help lighten the load in Santa’s sleigh. 

Of course, those on the naughty list know that, too, and they are ready to cash that card out before you even get it. 

Let’s say you are either trying to sell a gift card you don’t want or buy one at a discount. You exchange numbers and payment. If you are buying the gift card, you may find out that the fraudster drained it as the transaction processed, leaving you with a zero balance. On the flip side, if he is buying a card from you – he gets the number and PIN and then stops payment on the cash coming your way. Here are some other tips to stay safe:

  • If buying from a secondary gift card market website, check reviews and only buy from or sell to reputable dealers.
  • When purchasing gift cards online, be leery of auction sites selling gift cards at a discount or in bulk.
  • When buying in-store, don’t pick cards right off the rack. Look for ones that are sealed in packaging or stored securely behind the counter. Also check the scratch-off area on the back to look for any evidence of tampering.
  • If possible, only buy cards online directly from the store or restaurant.
  • Check the gift card balance before and after purchasing the card to verify it has the correct balance.

And, a final jingle jangle to make sure you are talking with St. Nick in the safest way possible. Many organizations help Santa communicate with wee ones as a fundraiser or goodwill operation. But, of course, there are those with coal in their hearts who are just in it for the cash. Parents can always work directly with Santa to make sure the little tykes get a letter from the jolly guy. Our friends at the U.S. Postal Service have all of the info on how to do that on their website here.

If you are the victim of an online scam, you should report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.  

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MEDIA ALERT: Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency Welcomes Fire Survivors; The ARCHES Inn Hosts Grand Opening tomorrow, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 (Photo)
Oregon Community Foundation - 12/07/21 8:55 AM
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Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency Media Contacts:

Asley Hamilton, Program Director, The ARCHES Project, MWVCAA

ashley.hamilton@mwvcaa.org | (503) 399-9080

Jimmy Jones, Executive Director, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA) jimmy.jones@mwvcaa.org | (503) 399-9080

Oregon Community Foundation Media Contact

Maureen Kenney, Public Relations Manager, Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)

mkenney@oregoncf.org

 

Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency Welcomes Fire Survivors

The ARCHES Inn Hosts Grand Opening TODAY, Tuesday, December 7, 2021

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Salem, Ore. – December 7, 2021 – Mid-Willamette Community Action Agency is poised to welcome fire survivors back to the community following the official opening of The Arches Inn (Project Turnkey-Mid-Willamette Valley) today, Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

 

“Project Turnkey is a deeply collaborative initiative that leveraged the strengths of government, nonprofit and philanthropy partners to take bold action and quickly increase Oregon’s shelter capacity by 20%,” said Max Williams, CEO, Oregon Community Foundation. “We are grateful to nonprofit partners like Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency who work so hard to support the most vulnerable members of our communities. This is a great day for Willamette Valley.”

[Max Williams and Megan Loeb from Oregon Community Foundation will be on site for this event and are available for interviews.]

WHO: MWVCAA and OCF representatives, invited guests, public officials ¾ including Oregon State Governor Kate Brown, Oregon State Senator Deb Patterson and Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett, and local media

WHAT: Grand Opening Ceremony for The Arches Inn (Project Turnkey-Mid-Willamette Valley)

WHEN: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 12:00-Noon

WHERE: 1288 Hawthorne Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97301

 

“We are really excited about expanding our ability to serve our broader community with much needed transitional housing, including services for medically fragile unsheltered individuals,” said Jimmy Jones, Executive Director, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA). 

 

About The ARCHES INN operated by MWVCAA (Project Turnkey-Mid-Willamette Valley)

The ARCHES Inn supports fire survivors from the Santiam Canyon. The shelter – operated by The ARCHES Project, a division of MWVCAA – provides connections to many supportive services throughout the broader community. 

 

“Our world changed after the wildfires struck Santiam Canyon. We experienced the loss of housing and community as well as a sense of belonging and security,” said Ashley Hamilton, Program Director, the ARCHES, a project of MWVCAA. “We can now offer a safe place for people, access services for daily living and achieve long term housing and stability.” 

The ARCHES Inn operated by MWVCAA (Project Turnkey-Mid-Willamette Valley) offers:

  • Safe accommodation and support for fire survivors from the Santiam Canyon
  • The ability for the facility into transform to an emergency shelter for medically fragile unsheltered individuals, post-wildfire recovery.
  • Provision of essentials such as food boxes, clothing, showers, hygiene items, etc.
  • Help to move fire survivors from crisis to stability.
  • Inclusive, supportive services including:
    • On-site case management
    • Health care, including mental health services
    • Resource navigation
    • Linkages to permanent housing solutions.

 

“Our world changed after the wildfires struck Santiam Canyon. We experienced the loss of housing and community as well as a sense of belonging and security,” said Ashley Hamilton, Program Director, the ARCHES, a project of MWVCAA. “The ARCHES Inn now offers a safe place for people, access services for daily living and achieve long term housing and stability.” 

 

Oregon Community Foundation’s administration of Project Turnkey is one example of an innovative, collaborative approach to help more Oregonians find stable, affordable housing.

 

About Project Turnkey 

The Oregon Legislature allocated a total of $65 million for Project Turnkey for the purpose of acquiring motels/hotels for use as non-congregate shelter for people experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. Two discrete funds were provided by the state: one totaling $30 million to be awarded in counties and tribal communities impacted by the 2020 wildfires; and one totaling $35 million for the remaining 28 counties in the state. Oregon Community Foundation administered both funds through an application and selection process, with guidance from an Advisory Committee of state, local, and community stakeholders. 

 

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Map Graphic: https://oregoncf.org/assets/Press-Resources/Project-Turnkey-Map-7-7-21.png

 

Project Turnkey References

 

About Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships annually. Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians. Impactful giving–time, talent, and resources from many generous Oregonians–creates measurable change. Throughout 2020, OCF responded quickly and urgently - distributing a record-setting $220 million in charitable dollars to more than 3,000 nonprofits throughout Oregon working to address urgent needs, stabilize communities and prepare for long-term recovery in Oregon. OCF donors responded to the magnitude of need, as reflected in a 44% increase in donor advised fund grantmaking from the previous year. For more information, please visit: oregoncf.org.

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Unitus Community Credit Union, First Tech Federal Credit Union, and iQ Credit Union Receive $10,000 Matching Grants to Benefit OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Unitus Community Credit Union - 12/07/21 8:24 AM

The Miracle Match program from CO-OP Financial Services provides additional dollars for successful fundraising campaigns.

Portland, Ore., December 7, 2021 – Unitus Community Credit Union, First Tech Federal Credit Union, and iQ Credit Union are among the Pacific Northwest credit unions to receive a $10,000 Miracle Match from CO-OP Financial Services. Through the Miracle Match program, CO-OP Financial Services generously matches up to 100% of money raised through the annual Credit Union 4 Kids (CU4Kids) fundraiser, up to $10,000. The match is open to all credit unions, chapters, and leagues raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Including the CO-OP Match, Unitus Community Credit Union, First Tech Federal Credit Union, and iQ Credit Union provided $730,000 to OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the first full-service children's hospital in the Pacific Northwest with full-spectrum pediatric care. The 2021 CU4Kids Fundraising Campaign, held throughout September at participating credit unions and on KATU-TV, solicited donations from community and credit union members alike. At the campaign’s end, Pacific Northwest credit unions raised more than $320,000 through CU4Kids.

“We’re proud of our incredibly collaborative industry coming together every year to fundraise for Doernbecher. They’re the lifeline for our local kids that desperately need specialized care and we are so fortunate Doernbecher is close and ready when we need them,” said Eric Petracca, President and CEO of iQ Credit Union.

“Thankful doesn’t begin to express our gratitude for all of the credit unions that come together each year to raise funds for the life-saving work being done by Doernbecher,” said Steven Stapp, President and CEO of Unitus Community Credit Union. “We’re especially thankful for the Doernbecher hospital staff who work day in and day out to ensure struggling and seriously ill children are safe, comfortable, and receiving the best care the Pacific Northwest can offer.”

Understanding that every child has unique needs, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital offers the region’s greatest number of children’s specialists working together in one location and broadest range of pediatric treatments to more children in more places than any other hospital in Oregon or Southwest Washington. Unitus Community Credit Union, First Tech Credit Union, and iQ Credit Union are honored to uplift this vision with the helping hands of their fellow Pacific Northwest credit union partners. 

About Unitus Community Credit Union

At Unitus, we’re dedicated to improving lives in the communities we serve. As a member-owned local credit union, we invest in people by doing the right thing. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, we provide support for community groups through volunteerism and financial donations. Our 102,000 members count on us to serve them and their communities; our nearly 300 employees share that passion for service. Learn about the local impact Unitus makes by visiting unitusccu.com.

About First Tech Federal Credit Union

First Tech Federal Credit Union is a $14+ billion institution headquartered in San Jose, California. It is the nation’s premier credit union serving the world’s leading technology-oriented companies and their employees, including HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Agilent, Intel, Cisco, Amazon, Nike, Intuit, Google, and more. First Tech is recognized as the industry catalyst for delivering effortless banking experiences to more than 620,000 members through its 41 branch locations, more than 5,600 CO-OP Shared Branch locations, 30,000 CO-OP Network ATMs, and online platforms. First Tech offers a full range of financial services, including traditional banking, online banking, mortgages, financial planning, various consumer loans, and insurance services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. For more information, visit www.firsttechfed.com.

About iQ Credit Union

iQ Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving the Pacific Northwest since 1940. With more than 90,000 members in Washington and Oregon, the credit union is known for its deep commitment to financial education and community engagement — and for its signature red and black buffalo plaid colors. iQ helps WAnderers and explORers reach their financial goals by offering honest and friendly advice at any of its 16 branches. More information is available at iQCU.com.




Attached Media Files: 2021-12/6960/150670/Unitus_Community_Credit_Union_First_Tech_Federal_Credit_Union_and_iQ_Credit_Union_Receive_$10000_Matching_Grants_to_Benefit_OHSU_Doernbecher_Children’s_Hospital.pdf

Oregon State Police arrest wanted homicide suspect-Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 12/07/21 7:57 AM

On Monday, December 6th, 2021, at approximately 12:00 PM, Oregon State Police received information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a wanted subject, Murray Maurice Edwards, who was traveling south on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. Information provided indicated the subject had an active warrant from Pierce County, Washington for homicide and was traveling in a 1999 GMC Suburban with California plates. 

Oregon State Police located a vehicle matching the description at the southbound Manzanita Rest Area. With the assistance of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Troopers and Deputies attempted contact with the vehicle at the rest area but when approached the suspect fled south on Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed. A Trooper attempted to deploy spike strips to disable the vehicle, but the suspect saw the spike strips thrown and swerved aggressively to avoid them. The speed and evasive maneuver caused him to lose control of the vehicle and crash into the concrete center divider. Edwards was taken into custody without further incident.

Edwards was evaluated at the scene by AMR and then transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital. Following evaluation, he was interviewed by FBI agents and later lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the outstanding warrant. Local charges will be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney for consideration.


Mon. 12/06/21
UPDATE: Victim in Bridgeton Neighborhood Shooting Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/06/21 8:33 PM
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The victim in this homicide is identified as Keion Cordell Howard, 19, of Portland. His family has been notified, and they provided the attached photograph for public release.

Photograph: Keion Howard

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ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW

A man has died after a shooting in the Bridgeton Neighborhood.

On Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 6:01p.m., a North Precinct officer was on a car accident call at North Marine Drive and North Force Avenue when an unrelated vehicle pulled up and the occupants alerted him that someone had been shot. The officer saw a male in the car was seriously hurt. He called for medical and other officers responded to assist. The officer began performing CPR on the victim in an attempt to save his life. Paramedics arrived and continued lifesaving measures, but he was deceased at the scene.

Officers were alerted to a shooting in the 1000 block of North Anchor Way and believe the victim was shot at that location.

Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives are at the scene to investigate the death. During the investigation, North Marine Drive is closed between Interstate-5 and North Portland Road. No arrests have been made. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Tony Merrill Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-4033 or Detective Brian Sims Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2079.

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

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UPDATE: Death Determined to be a Homicide
Portland Police Bureau - 12/06/21 7:54 PM
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause and manner of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. The victim’s name will be released once family has been notified. Homicide Detectives are actively investigating the case.

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ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW

A death investigation at Northeast Portland Highway at Northeast 45th Avenue in the Cully Neighborhood has traffic closed in the area.

On Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 5:49a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a vehicle crashed into a power pole at that location. When they arrived they located what appeared to be an adult male deceased in the vehicle.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death. The Portland Police Major Crash Team is assisting with the investigation, although it's undetermined if it's a fatal crash.

During the investigation, Northeast Portland Highway is closed between Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast 60th Avenue.

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

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Local civil rights leader appointed to state criminal justice commission
NAACP Vancouver Branch 1139 - 12/06/21 7:29 PM

For Immediate Release

Local civil rights leader appointed to state criminal justice commission

Clark County resident Nickeia Hunter, chair of the Vancouver NAACP Legal Redress Committee, has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. 

The 16-member commission, created in 1974 and comprising civilian members, tribal representatives, elected officials, and law enforcement professionals, helps set standards for and provide training to criminal justice professionals and oversees certification and decertification of peace officers. 

“This appointment is a tremendous responsibility that I’m honored to take on,” said Hunter, who’s also a skilled professional carpenter and a recent recipient of a coveted Washington State Labor Council internship. “It aligns with key values that deeply matter, including fairness, accountability, and transparency in government.”

Hunter, whose six-year term began this fall, will represent the  commission’s Southwest Region as a community member  from a historically underrepresented community. Her tenure reflects a growing roster of justice-focused volunteerism on her plate.  

As a member of the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability, Hunter successfully helped advocate for the passage of several police reform laws including SB5051/HB1032, which expanded the role of the CJTC. 

The WCPA, organized around families who have lost loved ones to police violence, works to create legislative policies to help end such violence. Hunter’s own loved one, brother Carlos Hunter, was killed by Clark County law enforcement in 2019. 

"The community must be involved in making policy that affects their lives," said Hunter. "It’s especially critical that families directly impacted by police violence have a significant place at the table in addressing prevention, equity, training, and police accountability."

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Salem City Manager Steve Powers Set to Retire February 28 (Photo)
City of Salem - 12/06/21 6:30 PM
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Salem, Ore. — Salem’s City Manager, Steve Powers, announced plans to retire effective February 28, 2022.  Mr. Powers joined the City of Salem six years ago, in November 2015.  He and his wife will re-join their growing family in Michigan.

"I can’t thank City Manager Steve Powers enough for his outstanding work on behalf of the City over the past six years,” said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. “His highly professional leadership during this period of COVID, homelessness, population and economic growth, a new Police Station, seismically upgraded library and historic improvement to the protection of our water supply. His retirement is well earned. I look forward now to continuing the City’s work in cooperation with Acting City Manager Kristin Retherford and our outstanding leadership staff."

Mr. Powers and his wife relocated to Salem from Michigan where he held the role of City Administrator in Ann Arbor.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Political Science from Augustana College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He came to the City of Salem with more than 25 years of government leadership experience, which included financial management, economic improvement and expansion, and creation of community partnerships. 

“Working with Salem mayors and city councilors, department directors, staff, and the community is a highlight of my career,” Mr. Powers said.  “Salem’s use of the council/manager form of government is an effective partnership of policy and administration. We have made progress on community priorities established by city council that are essential to maintaining and improving the quality of life for all in Salem.  I’m honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to contribute over the past six years.”

In Salem, the City Manager is appointed by the City Council, serves as the chief executive officer of the city, and implements policies made by the City Council.  The City Manager is also Executive Director of both the Urban Renewal Agency and the Salem Housing Authority.  The City Manager is responsible for: 

  • Implementing City Council direction and informing City Council of operational needs and priority matters, 
  • Preparing annual budgets for the City of Salem and the Urban Renewal Agency
  • Promoting community and intergovernmental partnerships to solve community challenges
  • Administering city departments and facilitating community engagement and outreach

A nationwide recruitment for Mr. Power’s successor, facilitated by a third-party contractor, will begin shortly.  Should the recruitment for Salem’s next City Manager extend beyond March 2022, Kristin Retherford will step into the role on an interim basis.  She has been Salem’s Urban Development Director since December 2015. Prior to Salem, she was the Economic Development Manager for the City of Wilsonville for 12 years.  She has a master’s of business administration degree in sustainable development, is a past president of the Oregon Economic Development Association and the Association of Oregon Redevelopment Agencies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the State of Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority.

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Attached Media Files: Salem City Manager Steve Powers

Vancouver Police media event for camera program testing and evaluation pilot launch
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/06/21 5:36 PM

Vancouver, Wash. –On December 8, 2021, the Vancouver Police Department is inviting members of the media to learn more about the testing and evaluation pilot launch of the department’s camera program. Ten officers will be equipped with body worn cameras and 6 vehicles will be equipped with a dash and rear passenger area camera. The pilot program to test and evaluate the equipment will last 60 days. 

 

Date:      Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Time:      2:00 p.m.

Location: Vancouver Police Department West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.) 

 

This event is not open to the public. 

 

Visit the Vancouver Police Department Camera Program for more information. 

 

 

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Leader of International Firearm Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced to Federal Prison (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 12/06/21 4:42 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore.—A Mexican national residing in Portland was sentenced to federal prison today for his leadership role in a conspiracy to illegally obtain hundreds of high-powered, semi-automatic rifles and high-grade firearms in and around Portland and smuggle them into Mexico for use by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

David Acosta-Rosales, 51, was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

“This case represents two important public safety issues. First, no state, regardless of its location and proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, is beyond the reach of violent drug cartels. International drug trafficking may feel to most Americans like a distant, geopolitical issue with little connection to our own communities, but this could not be further from the truth. Second, every day across the U.S., drug traffickers and other criminals manipulate the legal process for obtaining firearms from licensed dealers in the U.S., of which there are hundreds of thousands. Our office will continue working closely with our law enforcement partners to prosecute anyone who attempts to illegally purchase or traffic firearms,” said Scott Erik Asphaug, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

“ATF will tirelessly investigate anyone who traffics in firearms,” said ATF Seattle Special Agent in Charge Jonathan T. McPherson. “Whether they are organizing an international trafficking cell, as Acosta-Rosales was doing, or they are straw purchasing firearms for trafficking purposes, we will work to ensure that they are caught and, through the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” 

According to court documents, since at least September 2019, Acosta-Rosales served as the leader of a hierarchical gun trafficking cell operating in the Portland area. In this role, Acosta-Rosales managed several co-conspirators who served as high-volume straw purchasers and recruiters of new straw purchasers. These associates would also oversee and liaise with lower-volume straw purchasers, who would, in turn, pass the guns they acquired back up to Acosta-Rosales’ direct reports.

Acosta-Rosales received orders and requests for semi-automatic rifles, high-grade firearms, and explosive devices from his “boss” in Mexico and other co-conspirators affiliated with CJNG. These co-conspirators were particularly interested and focused on obtaining high-powered, especially deadly firearms such as AR-15 and AK-47 platform rifles, semi-automatic .50 caliber rifles, and premium, military-style combat assault rifles.

Acosta-Rosales received hundreds of thousands of dollars to operate his scheme and recruited numerous straw purchasers to make the illegal gun purchases. One of Acosta-Rosales’ first recruits was his own young son who later withdrew himself from his father’s criminal enterprise. Before the illegally obtained firearms were transferred out of Oregon via courier, Acosta-Rosales himself participated in obliterating serial numbers on the guns and also recruited a co-conspirator to help obliterate serial numbers. Acosta-Rosales continued operating the conspiracy even after ATF agents arrested one of his co-conspirators and seized many of the group’s guns. In total, Acosta-Rosales facilitated the illegal purchase and transfer of approximately 150 guns to Mexico. He also acquired a grenade launcher and a .50 caliber tripod-mounted semi-automatic firearm that he intended to transfer to Mexico, but was arrested by federal agents before he could do so. 

On October 6, 2020, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a 52-count indictment charging Acosta-Rosales and 10 associates with conspiracy, making false statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms, possessing and receiving firearms with obliterated serial numbers, and smuggling goods from the U.S.

Seven of Acosta-Rosales’ co-conspirators have pleaded guilty. Five have been sentenced and two are pending sentencing. The remaining three co-conspirators are pending trial.

Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by ATF and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

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Second Union Street NE Family Friendly Bikeway Virtual Open House December 14
City of Salem - 12/06/21 4:30 PM

Salem, Ore. – The City of Salem will present an updated design for the Union Street Family Friendly Bikeway Project on December 14, 2021, at 7 p.m. The public meeting will take place as a Virtual Open House via Zoom, where design elements of the project will be presented to the public.

The proposed project, which seeks to add bike lanes to Union Street between Commercial Street NE and Summer Street NE, will enhance the overall pedestrian, bike riding, and vehicular safety of Union. The project will provide separated bike lanes, road striping, improved crosswalks, and parking as required. When all segment pieces are complete, this project will connect with the 134-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. Additionally, the intersection of Union Street NE and Liberty Street NE will be improved to include a traffic signal and bulb out corners to improve safety for both bicycles and pedestrians

Once complete, the bike path will be an integral link in the downtown Salem bicycle system. The project will connect directly to Wallace Marine Park, Riverfront Park, Minto-Brown Island Park, and the Capital Mall. 

To learn more about this project go to https://www.cityofsalem.net/union-street-bikeway


Collaboration and teamwork across grade levels and schools help Woodland's teachers improve student learning district-wide (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 12/06/21 4:30 PM
Kelly Hathaway and Tara Campbell worked together previously at Vancouver Public Schools but became a team once more when Campbell started at Woodland this fall
Kelly Hathaway and Tara Campbell worked together previously at Vancouver Public Schools but became a team once more when Campbell started at Woodland this fall
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Monday, December 6, 2021-Woodland, WA-Tara Campbell and Kelly Hathaway, two sixth-grade English Language Arts (ELA) teachers at Woodland Middle School who previously worked as professional developmental coaches for Vancouver Public Schools, rediscovered their passions for classroom teaching and working together as a team thanks to Woodland Public Schools’ emphasis on collaboration and teamwork across grades and schools throughout the district.

After spending several years working together as a team as developmental coaches for Vancouver Public Schools helping other teachers hone their craft, Hathaway and Campbell both discovered they had the desire to return to the classroom. Hathaway made the switch first, returning to the classroom in 2018 by taking a job at Woodland Middle School after living in the area for years. “I really grew to love the schools and the community feeling of Woodland,” she said. “Since I knew I wanted to return to the classroom, when the opportunity arose to teach here, I took it.”

Campbell continued coaching for Vancouver but kept in touch with her colleague who regaled her with stories about her experiences back in the classroom. “As teaching mentors, we took classes about what helps make great teachers even better and I found myself wanting to do the things I was teaching in professional development,” said Campbell. “Kelly raved about her experiences in Woodland so, when a position opened up, I threw my hat in the ring.”

Campbell and Hathway returned to working together as a team once again when Campbell started at Woodland Middle School in the 2021-2022 school year. “Since this is our first year together, everything is new once again,” said Hathaway. “We’re going through everything making plans, and what’s really exciting is what’s to come!”

Before she started at Woodland Middle School last fall, Campbell only taught elementary grades. In middle school, she discovered she enjoys being able to refine a new lesson since she gets to teach it several times a day to different classes where, in elementary school, teachers stay with the same students and must move from one subject to the next. “I took the leap to middle school and I’m awfully glad I did,” said Campbell. “I love having the opportunity to plan a great lesson and then refine it throughout the day, plus I get to build relationships with kids to help them access their learning over time.”

When Hathaway started her career, she thought she wanted to be an elementary teacher, but Vancouver Public Schools assigned her to a middle school, instead. “Being placed in middle school was the best possible thing for me,” said Hathaway. “While it takes a lot of energy to teach this age group, I laugh every day because the kids are so much fun; since they’re older, they’re capable of amazing higher-level thinking, so it’s the best of both worlds teaching the age between elementary and high school.”

Campbell and Hathaway use technology to help enhance their lessons while still focusing students on the importance of reading at a deeper level. “We teach kids that reading is about more than simply finding evidence in the text to support a project or idea,” explained Campbell. “While we do read to learn more about strategies and skills, we think with our hearts, too – how do the emotions and thoughts you feel and have while reading impact the way we write? We want to help kids learn that connectedness, too.”

To help encourage students to read for fun, the sixth grade ELA team holds First Chapter Fridays where students hear the first chapter from a new book in a new genre each week. “We introduce our classes to new genres of reading so the students learn how different genres affect the style of writing,” said Hathaway. “Then, we raffle off who gets to borrow the book first, challenging our students with the 10 Book Challenge where they read ten novels by the end of each semester.”

Since studies show that student learning improves substantially when lessons are coordinated from one grade level to the next, collaboration and teamwork across grades remain a top priority for Woodland’s teaching teams district-wide. For this collaborative teaching to take place, trust is key both at the grade-level as well as school-wide. “Teaming up with Kelly has been wonderful – since we worked closely together previously, we know what our strengths are and how to team together well,” said Campbell. 
“Trusting your teammate is huge - you want to be able to trust that your teammate will do what she says and do it to the quality you expect which is exactly what happens with Kelly and me.”

By working as teaching teams across grade levels, Woodland Middle School’s teachers coordinate their lessons, so skills students learn in one grade are developed and enhanced in the next. Both Campbell and Hathaway attribute a lot of this capability to how Woodland Public Schools encourages collaboration as a district. “Woodland lets us build relationships as an entire system,” explained Hathaway. “We come together to build a school-wide curriculum that provides kids with the skills they need to learn, and work year-over-year to use common language and terminology as an entire ELA team.”

Both Campbell and Hathaway see Woodland’s smaller size as a boon to student learning. “Being a small community, the kids have been together for some time, and have developed relationships over the years,” said Campbell. Hathaway agreed, “As a smaller district, the district team is more accessible and provides us with an incredible amount of support so we get to build relationships with both the kids and the community – it’s been awesome.”

Learn more about how Woodland Public Schools educates our students and serves the community by visiting our dedicated news webpage at www.woodlandschools.org/news/wsd 

 

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Attached Media Files: Kelly Hathaway and Tara Campbell worked together previously at Vancouver Public Schools but became a team once more when Campbell started at Woodland this fall

Keizer Holiday Lights Parade Road Closure
Keizer Police Dept. - 12/06/21 4:02 PM

The Keizer Police Department will be closing River Rd N on Saturday December 11, 2021 for the Keizer Holiday Lights Parade.

Lockhaven Dr N will be closed at 3:00 p.m. to all traffic between River Rd N and McClure St N to establish the parade staging area.

River Rd N will be closed to all north and southbound traffic starting at approximately 6:00 p.m. from Plymouth Dr NE to Lockhaven Dr N.  The northbound River Rd traffic will be diverted to Cherry Ave NE via Plymouth Dr NE.  Southbound River Rd traffic will be diverted eastbound onto Lockhaven Dr NE.

Prior to the parade kick off, traffic will be periodically allowed to cross River Rd at Chemawa Rd.

The Keizer Holiday Lights parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will proceed southbound on River Rd N from Lockhaven Dr N.  The parade will end at the intersection of River Rd and Glynbrook St N.  It is expected that River Rd will begin to re-open around 9:00 p.m. as the parade proceeds south.

Parade signs advising of the street closure have been posted on River Rd to remind citizens of the future closure.

For more information on the parade and parade day events visit: www.keizerchamber.com


Oregon reports 2,041 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/21 3:44 PM

December 6, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 2,041 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 25 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,268, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 2,041 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 396,501.

The 25 new deaths and 2,041 new cases reported today include data recorded by counties for the three-day period between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5.

The Dec. 2 case counts for Lane county were erroneously high due to a reporting error. This error has been corrected, and the case count for Lane County for Dec. 2 has been revised to 95 cases.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 418, which is 23 more than yesterday. There are 115 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 12 more than yesterday.

There are 59 available adult ICU beds out of 667 total (9% availability) and 349 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,113 (8% availability).

12/6/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

59

(9%)

24

(7%)

9

(11%)

9

(10%)

4

(7%)

3

(30%)

4

(9%)

6

(23%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

349

(8%)

75

(4%)

15

(3%)

103

(18%)

33

(8%)

5

(10%)

52

(13%)

66

(55%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 13,247 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Dec. 5. Of that total, 851 were initial doses, 2,170 were second doses and 3,898 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 6,294 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Dec. 5.

The seven-day running average is now 17,275 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,666,268 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 99,557 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,308,889 doses of Moderna and 246,119 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,968,560 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,691,521 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (7), Benton (69), Clackamas (214), Clatsop (18), Columbia (32), Coos (41), Crook (9), Curry (3), Deschutes (190), Douglas (84), Harney (4), Hood River (8), Jackson (111), Jefferson (17), Josephine (77), Klamath (11), Lake (7), Lane (132), Lincoln (20), Linn (115), Malheur (3), Marion (127), Morrow (6), Multnomah (351), Polk (22), Tillamook (18), Umatilla (11), Union (7), Wasco (11), Washington (276), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (38).

Oregon reports 1,041 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Dec. 3, 596 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Dec. 4 and 404 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Dec. 5.

Due to delayed reporting, a large volume of approximately 7,000 backlogged electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) were received on Dec. 3. Results were from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. As a result, test counts and case counts are higher than anticipated for Dec. 3.

Note: Oregon’s 5,243rd death is an 85-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on Oct. 8 and died on Oct. 21 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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2022 parking passes for four county regional parks go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 7
Clark Co. WA Communications - 12/06/21 3:22 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Annual parking passes for four of Clark County’s biggest, most popular parks will go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 7.

2022 passes cost $30 and will be valid at Frenchman’s Bar Regional ParkLewisville Regional ParkSalmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake Regional Park.

Beginning Tuesday morning, passes can be purchased online at: www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/parking-fees.

In past years, parking passes have been available for sale at three locations throughout the county. Passes are only sold online through the winter, and at the four parks when fee booths are staffed. Attendants typically staff fee booths between March 15 and Sept. 30, and will accept cash, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard. They will not accept checks or Discover or American Express cards.

Daily parking fees are $2 for motorcycles, $3 for vehicles, $6 for vehicles with trailers and $8 for buses or motor homes. Pass holders will save money if they visit just one of the four parks once a month during 2022.

Parking passes are valid from the date of purchase through the end of 2022. Passes are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred. Customers who lose their parking pass must provide valid identification and proof of purchase and pay $10 for a replacement pass. A replacement pass should be obtained at the original purchase site.

Under Clark County Code, parking a vehicle without paying the required daily fee or displaying a valid parking pass could result in a $40 fine.
 

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Robbery suspect taken into custody (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/06/21 3:15 PM
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LCSO Case #21-6798

This morning Lane County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Eugene Police Department located and arrested the suspect of a robbery that occurred on Saturday, 12/04/21. 

The suspect, 32 year old Nicholas John Sammut, attempted to steal items from Jerry’s Home Improvement on Hwy. 99 right around the store’s closing time.  When confronted, Sammut drew what was thought to be a handgun and pointed it at the employee. He said, “No, I am taking this.”  Deputies were able to review security footage and identify Sammut as the suspect.   

This morning Deputies were able to locate Sammut at the Safe Spot Community shelter located on Hwy. 99 about one mile from the Jerry’s store.  He has been a resident there for about three weeks.  Sammut was taken into custody and transported to the Lane County Jail on charges including Robbery in the 2nd Degree, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Theft in the 2nd Degree.  Deputies recovered a black BB-gun that that closely resembled the appearance of a real firearm.     

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Eugene Police Department for their assistance in this case. 

 

 

 

 




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Cement Truck Rollover in Rural Kelso (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue - 12/06/21 3:03 PM
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Kelso, WA- Just after 10:30 am, today Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue (C2FR) responded to the Rose Valley area for a reported rollover cement truck with possible injuries 

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue crews arrived to find a fully loaded cement truck on its top off of the roadway in a creek drainage.

A C2FR Paramedic evaluated the truck driver and transported him with non-life threatening injuries to a local hospital. C2FR Firefighters found diesel and hydraulic fluid leaking from the overturned truck into the creek. Crews utilized booms and absorbent pads to prevent further contamination in the waterway.  Remaining leaks from the truck were contained by firefighters with catch basins.  

Witnesses’ state truck driver was backing down the driveway when the rear tires slid off roadway and vehicle rolled. They state the driver was able to self-extricate prior to 911 being called.

C2FR responded with 1- fire engine, 1- ALS ambulance and Chief Officer. C2FR units turned over the scene to Cowlitz County Sherriff Deputies after initial spill containment and just prior to 11:45 am 

Multiple cement company safety, mechanic and representatives responded rapidly along with WA DOE and will be remain for an extended period of time as the vehicle will need to be removed and spill cleanup completed. 

LT. Dan W. Cothren, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue  




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Update: Victim From Sunday Fatal Crash Identified
Portland Police Bureau - 12/06/21 2:29 PM
Update: The individual killed in this crash has been identified as 27-year-old Terrence Tombe. Mr. Tombe's family has been notified.

The driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old April Leigh Johnson, was charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

There have been a total of 63 traffic deaths this year. Of those deaths, 27 have been pedestrians. There has not been this many traffic deaths in Portland since 1990 (when there were 63 traffic deaths in a single year).

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ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW

A man is dead after a vehicle struck his tent alongside I-205.

On Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:22a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on northbound Interstate-205 at the Southeast Powell Boulevard offramp. When they arrived they located a crashed Honda sedan that appeared to have left the roadway and struck the occupied tent.

The occupant of the tent, an adult male, was deceased. The driver of the vehicle, an adult female, was transported by ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team is responding to investigate. During the investigation, the ramp from northbound I-205 to Southeast Powell Boulevard is closed. If anyone has information about this incident, please reference case number 21-339498 and contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov attention Traffic Investigations Unit or call 503 823-2103.

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

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OHA announces funding opportunity for community-based organizations
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/21 2:11 PM

December 6, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA announces funding opportunity for community-based organizations

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division is announcing a new funding opportunity for community-based organizations.

OHA has released a request for grant applications from community-based organizations that will create partnerships with communities of color, Tribal communities, disability communities, immigrant and refugee communities, undocumented communities, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, LGBTQ2SIA+ communities, faith communities, older adults, houseless communities and others.

The funding will support community-based organizations as an important part of Oregon’s public health system working toward equity. OHA’s strategic goal is to eliminate health inequities by 2030.

OHA has available more than $31 million in funding provided by eight Public Health Division programs, including:

  • Adolescent and School Health, $2 million.
  • Commercial Tobacco Prevention, $20 million.
  • Public Health Modernization (Environmental Public Health and Climate Change, Climate Change Health Impacts, Communicable Disease Prevention and Emergency Preparedness), $8.6 million.
  • HIV, STD, TB Prevention and Treatment, $225,000.
  • Overdose Prevention, $140,000.
  • ScreenWise (breast and cervical cancer detection and services), Patient Navigation and Barrier Reduction, $100,000.

Visit the request-for-grant-applications website, https://ohapublichealthfunding.org/en/, to view program activities eligible for funding. Community-based organizations can apply online using this website. Paper applications are also available and can be downloaded from the website.

Grant applications can be submitted now through Jan. 31, 2022. OHA welcomes applications from organizations of all sizes and perspectives, especially those that are new and have not received funding from OHA before.

Informational webinar sessions and budget webinars in English and Spanish languages will be available. Session dates are as follows:

English language information sessions:

Sesiones informativas en español (Spanish language information sessions)

Because the Spanish webinars will be presented in Spanish, a request for a Spanish translator has been made for the Q&A portion to allow program staff to respond to program-specific questions.

Budget webinars:

More information is available at https://ohapublichealthfunding.flywheelsites.com/en/help-and-faqs/. Sign up for the listserv https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/3c746f1a865b4b6c934188365dea385e to receive regular communications about this funding opportunity.

If you have questions, email licHealth@dhsoha.state.or.us">Community.PublicHealth@dhsoha.state.or.us


SAIF hires Sharifa Gomez as vice president of human resources (Photo)
SAIF - 12/06/21 1:48 PM
Sharifa Gomez, VP of HR at SAIF
Sharifa Gomez, VP of HR at SAIF
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Sharifa Gomez has joined SAIF as the vice president of human resources, as of December 1. 

In her new role, Sharifa will oversee all aspects of HR, including employee engagement and retention; diversity, equity, and inclusion; recruitment; professional development; and compensation and benefits.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sharifa to SAIF,” said Chip Terhune, president and CEO of SAIF. “She brings positive leadership, combined with compassionate listening and strong communication skills, to a role that’s critical to the strong culture we’ve cultivated at SAIF.”

Sharifa’s experience includes more than 18 years working for a variety of organizations in Korea, Canada, and the United States. Most recently, she’s served as a principal for Jomez Consulting. She received her Bachelor of Arts in employment relations from University of Toronto.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.




Attached Media Files: Sharifa Gomez, VP of HR at SAIF

MESD Board Work Session meeting Thursday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/06/21 1:29 PM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in a work session at 5:00 p.m. on December 9, 2021.  
In response to the current health emergency this meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

https://multnomahesd-org.zoom.us/j/83148682459?pwd=c0lYbitYc1BBS3NoQnVIdkRVVDdRZz09
Meeting ID: 831 4868 2459
Passcode: 035684


MESD Board Legislative Committee meeting Friday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/06/21 1:18 PM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board Legislative Committee will meet at 1:00 p.m. on December 10, 2021. 
In response to the current health emergency the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

https://multnomahesd-org.zoom.us/j/84241845647?pwd=bGZ2UUk3OVAwY3VrQWRZZXM2eFJQUT09
Meeting ID: 842 4184 5647
Passcode: 449887


Oregon State Police Detectives seeking public assistance in shooting death on Hwy 38-Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 12/06/21 12:09 PM

On Tuesday November 30, 2021, at approximately 1:30 PM, Oregon State Troopers and Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a medical assistance call on Interstate 5 near milepost 153. Officers learned a male had been struck by a bullet while driving on Hwy 38, west of Drain. 

The male victim, Larry Eugene Mell (72) of Cottage Grove, was transported to Mercy Hospital in Roseburg, then transported by air ambulance to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 1, 2021, investigators learned Mell, did not survive his injury. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated to assist in the investigation. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is comprised of members from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, the Oregon State Police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseburg Police Department.

The area between Putnam Valley Road and Roaring Camp Lane on Hwy 38 is where investigators believe the victims red, 2003 Ram 2500 4-door pickup with a black ladder rack was struck by gunfire. Detectives don’t believe there is an ongoing threat to the community at this time and are looking for any additional witnesses or information that can help with the investigation. 

Investigators are asking anyone who was recreating in the area on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 or has specific information that might be helpful to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-2068 or OSP (677). Please reference OSP Case #SP21-335049. 


MESD Board Finance Committee meeting Thursday, December 9th at 1:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 12/06/21 11:47 AM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet at 1:00 p.m. on December 9, 2021. 
In response to the current health emergency the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

https://multnomahesd-org.zoom.us/j/87279065737?pwd=RmRUY1l4RWRJTkhKT2FxSXFQblRCUT09

Meeting ID: 872 7906 5737
Passcode: 905020


Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable customers turn holiday lights green throughout Northwest
Pacific Power - 12/06/21 11:25 AM

Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable customers turn holiday lights green throughout Northwest

Community lighting festivals glowing with commitment from Blue Sky renewable energy participants, providing more hope and less carbon. In addition, Pacific Power is supporting a wide range of local community events this season

 

PORTLAND, Ore. —Dec. 6, 2021--Local holiday celebrations -- from Prineville’s Christmas in the Pines to Medford’s Winter Lights Festival, to the 100,000 lights adorning downtown Lebanon -- will help illuminate the importance of renewable energy this season, thanks to Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program participants.

            Pacific Power also supports seasonal community events throughout the areas it serves such as the Small Business Shopping Saturday in Yakima, the Toppenish Holiday Light Parade and the Rogue Winterfest in Grants Pass. Learn more at Making Spirits Bright (pacificpower.net)      

            Throughout the Northwest, 14 Pacific Power communities will have the power used by their local lighting celebrations matched with renewable energy. Overall, community lighting programs are being supported with almost 225 megawatt hours of Blue Sky renewable energy. That amount of renewable energy reduces the carbon footprint of these community lighting displays by 313,993 pounds of carbon dioxide  (CO2e), which is the environmental equivalent of not driving the average car more than 353,412  miles, which is a bit more than a trip to the moon.

            “Bringing light to the holidays has been part of Pacific Power’s involvement in the communities we’ve served now for more than a century,” said Cory Scott, vice president of customer and community solutions for Pacific Power. “With the growing commitment to renewable energy throughout the region, we’re proud again this year to ‘green’ these traditional festivals, helping light the season with more hope and less carbon.”

            Customers can find out more about Blue Sky renewable energy by calling Pacific Power at 1-800-769-3717 or by visiting www.pacificpower.net/bluesky .

            Communities greening their holiday lighting displays this year include:

  • Albany
  • Astoria
  • Cannon Beach 
  • Corvallis
  • Cottage Grove
  • Dayton, Wash.
  • Grants Pass
  • Josephine County
  • Lebanon
  • Medford
  • Portland
  • Prineville
  • Redmond
  • Seaside
  • Umatilla
  • Yakima, Wash. 

    (Reporters and editors: Please call for specifics about your community.)

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power strives to promote innovation and works with customers and communities to increase the visibility of renewable energy generation technologies through education and community outreach. Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to 770,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide 2 million customers in six western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.

 

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PacificSource Health Plans Announces 2021-2022 Community Health Excellence Program Funding Recipients
PacificSource Health Plans - 12/06/21 11:04 AM

 

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) December 6, 2021— PacificSource Health Plans is pleased to announce the 15 healthcare organizations that will receive a combined total of more than $1.6 million in funding as part of its annual Community Health Excellence (CHE) program for the 2021-2022 cycle. Now in its 12th year, the CHE program has awarded more than $8 million in community grant awards to providers advancing healthcare delivery innovations in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and, Washington.

2021-2022 CHE program awards include a number of projects centered on improving access to services through recruitment, retention, clinic expansion, and healthcare service integration. Additionally, one-third of funded projects focus on reducing health disparities and improving equitable access to care. 

 

CHE one-year grant awards include: AWARE (MT), Bingham Memorial Hospital (ID), Cancer Support Community Montana (MT), Columbia Gorge Family Medicine (OR), Corvallis Family Medicine PC (OR), Mosaic Medical (OR), One Community Health (OR), Orchid Health (OR), Partnership Health Center (MT), Sandpoint Family Health Center (ID), and Valor Health (ID). Two-year grants to improve behavioral health access were awarded to: Center for Family Development (OR), Kootenai Health Foundation (ID), Mid-Columbia Medical Center (OR), and Weiser Memorial Hospital (ID). 

 

“With the continued community impact of COVID-19 in 2021, I’m pleased that we were able to expand the CHE program to be more responsive to provider needs, including adding a two-year grant to improve behavioral health service access,” said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource. “I am confident this year’s grantees and the important work they facilitate will improve the long-term health of the communities these providers serve.”

 

Through the CHE program, PacificSource funds provider projects that advance healthcare integration, address health disparities and promote equity, and that develop the provider workforce. Applications are independently evaluated, and awards go to organizations that prioritize advancing the Quadruple Aim and demonstrate significant positive impact for their patients, regardless of their insurance or PacificSource member status. 

 

To be considered for the CHE program contracted PacificSource providers must complete an online application including a detailed budget. The next CHE grant cycle will open in January 2022. For more information, please visit https://www.pacificsource.com/che-program/

About PacificSource Health Plans:

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1,500 people and serves over 523,700 individuals throughout the Greater Northwest. For more information, visit PacificSource.com.


EPA Selects Lake Oswego Wastewater Treatment Facility Project to Apply for Low-Cost Federal WIFIA Financing
City of Lake Oswego - 12/06/21 10:46 AM

First WIFIA Loan extended to Private Partner under a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain Public-Private Partnership 

 

LAKE OSWEGO, OR –The City of Lake Oswego is pleased to announce the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the Lake Oswego Wastewater Treatment Facility Project (Project) to apply for a low-cost, long-term, Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan. 

To deliver the Project, the cities are using an innovative public-private partnership (P3 or Agreement) with a private partner:  EPCOR Foothills Water Partners Inc. (EPCOR Foothills).  Under the Agreement, the private partner will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new wastewater treatment facility. The City of Lake Oswego will own the facility. 

The selection of the Project by EPA is particularly noteworthy in that EPCOR Foothills will be the borrower of the loan, as opposed to the City, based on the project finance arrangement set forth in the Agreement. This structure will serve as a precedent, opening up further opportunities for public-private partnerships in the water sector. 

The Project’s selection is the first step towards applying for a WIFIA loan. The next stage includes a detailed financial and engineering review of the project, mutual negotiation of a loan agreement, and financial close. 

“This project – designing and delivering a new, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility – is exciting,” said Joe Gysel, president of EPCOR USA. “While the WIFIA announcement is the first step in a multi-step process, it is yet another way in which the cities are focused on providing sustainable, cost-effective solutions for their communities. We’re extremely proud to be Lake Oswego and Portland’s partner in this project and to be the first private entity selected to receive WIFIA funding on a project-finance basis for critical infrastructure.”

EPA selects projects for the WIFIA program on the basis of project impact, creditworthiness and other factors, including protection against climate change, use of new or innovative approaches, environmental sustainability, and replacement of aging infrastructure systems. 

“This is exciting news and a positive step towards building a modern wastewater treatment facility that provides more environmentally sustainable wastewater services for the people we serve,” said Lake Oswego Mayor, Joe Buck. “I want to thank the EPA for selecting this project to proceed. It’s a real validation of the hard work that has gone into this project to-date and will help ensure the proposed new facility is cost-effective for the people of Lake Oswego and Portland.” 

The low-cost federal loan will help finance a new, resilient wastewater treatment facility to replace the aging Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Originally built in 1964, the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is owned and operated by the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and serves Lake Oswego and parts of the Southwest Portland community.  Lake Oswego and Portland are partnering to confirm whether a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility can be delivered at a cost similar to or less than the cost to upgrade, operate and maintain the existing 60-year-old plant. 

“This is good news for our communities and ratepayers and one more innovative step in helping to make this critical infrastructure project more affordable,” said Mike Jordan, Director of the Portland BES. “Our goal is to provide the best essential services to our communities and be good stewards of ratepayer dollars.”

There are four projects from Oregon invited to apply for WIFIA funding in the Fiscal Year 2021 funding cycle.  Others include projects from Ashland, Oregon City, and Tualatin Valley Water District.  Of the $140 million in loans dedicated to Oregon projects, the Lake Oswego Wastewater Treatment Facility accounts for $76 million.

Learn more at: www.lakeoswegowastewaterfacility.org

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About WIFIA

Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program administered by EPA. WIFIA's aim is to accelerate investment in the nation's water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental credit assistance for regionally and nationally significant projects. The WIFIA program has an active pipeline of pending applications for projects that will result in billions of dollars in water infrastructure investment and thousands of jobs.

About EPCOR USA

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, EPCOR USA builds, owns, and operates water, wastewater and natural gas facilities and infrastructure. EPCOR USA provides water, wastewater, wholesale water and natural gas services to approximately 780,000 people across 42 communities and 18 counties in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. EPCOR USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Edmonton, Alberta-based EPCOR Utilities Inc., which provides power, water and natural gas services to more than two million people across North America. Other key members of the EPCOR Foothills team for the Lake Oswego wastewater treatment facility include Aecon Infra Development Inc., Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions and J.R. Filanc Construction Company Inc.

About the Project 

The existing Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP) is aging and parts of the plant are at the end of their useful life cycle. The facility needs significant investments to continue to reliably meet current and potentially more stringent Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) permit requirements and protect it against climate change. Before investing in aging technologies and processes, the cities of Lake Oswego and Portland are exploring whether a new, resilient, and state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility can be built to replace the aging TCWTP at a cost similar to or less than the costs of upgrading, modifying, and operating the existing facility.




Attached Media Files: 2021-12/932/150635/LO_WWTF_LOI_WIFIA_Press_Release_Final_120621.pdf

Clark County Council seeks volunteers for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
Clark Co. WA Communications - 12/06/21 9:57 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking community members with expertise in or experience with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board. 

There are four positions to fill. One opening is an unexpired term running through Dec. 31, 2022. The remaining three are full three-year terms starting in January 2022.

The advisory board makes recommendations to the county council relating to developmental disabilities services and issues. Members provide leadership to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of community programs.

Members appointed to the board include people knowledgeable about developmental disabilities or interested in services to persons with developmental disabilities in the community. Family members, individuals from the business community or other interested individuals are encouraged to apply.

Clark County values diversity and the advisory board has adopted equity as a priority. People identifying as black, indigenous and people of color as well as other historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The advisory board meets at 5:15 pm the first Wednesday of every month. Currently, these meetings are held via an online meeting platform.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, Clark County Council, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email to Michelle.Pfenning@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. 


UPDATE - Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Marley Kay Wnorowski has been found
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/06/21 9:40 AM

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Marley Kay Wnorowski. 

Marley, age 16, is a child in foster care who went missing from Pendleton, Oregon on Oct. 30. She was found on Dec. 5. 

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 3-Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 12/06/21 9:29 AM

On Sunday, December 5, 2021 at approximately 4:51 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 3 near milepost 13. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a northbound Ford F250 pickup, operated by Christopher Thacker (36) of Enterprise, drifted across the highway and continued until it struck a tree approximately 200 feet off the roadway. 

Thacker sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by Enterprise Fire Department, Wallowa County EMS and ODOT. 


**Name Correction **Fatal Crash on Hwy 213-Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 12/06/21 8:42 AM

Name Correction-The deceased pedestrian's name is James Ross Barclay. The previous release referred to him by his middle name. 

On Saturday, December 4, 2021 at about 10:23PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on Hwy 213 near SE Otty Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound Dodge Caravan, operated by Kendal Elizabeth Conley (50) of Milwaukie, struck a pedestrian, James Ross Barclay (67) of North Bend.

Barclay sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  Conley was uninjured. 

Conley was arrested on charges of DUII and Criminally Negligent Homicide. 

Hwy 213 was closed for 3 hours. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, CRAFT Team, AMR, Clackamas Fire and Clackamas County ME's Office.


Two Escape Early Morning Apartment Fire (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 12/06/21 8:23 AM
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Shortly before 5:30 a.m., multiple 911 callers reported a fire on the second floor of an apartment complex in the 28500 block of Ashland Drive in Wilsonville. Two occupants in the second-floor apartment had their primary exit blocked by fire and had to escape off the balcony. 

Firefighters arrived to heavy flames coming out the front of the unit and quickly attacked the fire. Fire crews were able to get quick control of the fire while paramedics provided care to the two occupants and a neighbor who had inhaled smoke. One occupant was transported by ambulance for further care.

The second-floor unit sustained heavy damage. The third-floor unit suffered smoke and thermal damage while the bottom unit had significant water intrusion. One dog perished as a result of the fire.

A fire investigator remained on scene to conduct witness interviews, analyze burn patterns, and work to determine the cause of the fire.

TVF&R was assisted on scene by Wilsonville Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, AMR Ambulance, and Portland General Electric.




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Oregon Heritage Commission grants awarded for history projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/06/21 8:19 AM

Oregon Heritage Commission has awarded $380,000 in grants to 31 organizations throughout the state. The grants will help fund a variety of projects including collection preservation and access, research, oral history, exhibits, and performance projects. Award amounts ranged $350 - $20,000.

Funded projects:

  • Albany Regional Museum, in Albany, update exhibit content to improve preservation, address accessibility, and tell diverse stories in equitable ways.
  • Architectural Heritage Center, in Portland, for an exhibit that reexamines the activist history of Portland’s architectural preservation movement.
  • Baker Heritage Museum, in Baker City, to purchase and install collections care equipment.
  • Big Butte Historical Society, in Butte Falls, to upgrade heating and provide programming.
  • Burns Paiute Tribe, in Harney County, to present the history of the homeland through virtual reality. 
  • The City of Independence, in Polk County, to deploy an interactive tourism application downtown. 
  • The City of Pendleton, in Umatilla County, to purchase archival materials to re-house the special collections materials of the library.
  • Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program, in Portland, produce a history of BIPOC pioneers in Oregon’s construction history, website materials and a Day of Hope celebration.
  • Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, in McMinnville, redesign signage to address gaps in inclusive content and Oregon STEAM history.
  • Harney County Historical Society to complete a 10-year strategic plan. 
  • The High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, to complete phase two of Creating Together a collaborative exhibit process to update the permanent exhibit of the Indigenous Plateau.
  • Jefferson Historical Society and Museum, in Jefferson, to install exhibits, collect oral histories, and develop hands-on experiences in the new museum space.
  • Keizer Heritage Foundation, in Keizer, to purchase equipment to collect oral histories. 
  • Klamath County Museums, in Klamath Falls, to digitize the Klamath Republican newspaper.
  • Lincoln County Historical Society, in Newport, to produce three videos.
  • Miracle Theatre Group, in Portland, to collect oral histories of Latino individuals through out the state and house them at the Oregon State University Archives.
  • Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, in Portland, offer exhibits and programming focused on Native American Artists from rural Oregon.
  • Oregon Arts Watch, in Portland, to create a series of written and photo essays to document the history of gender nonconforming and transgender communities in Oregon. 
  • Oregon Black Pioneers, in Salem, to create a website the collects and makes available to the public all know research on Letitia Carson. 
  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to provide online access to the organizations archival and artifact collections.
  • Phoenix Historical Society Museum to catalog and re-house collections. 
  • Portland Art Museum to design and install the Black Artists of Oregon exhibition. 
  • Portland Chinatown History Foundation to add 12-15 new oral histories and photos to the Chinatown Live! Online content. 
  • Portland Japanese Garden to restore the historic Natural Garden machiai.
  • Salem Art Association to develop a strategic plan for Bush House Museum and Salem Art Association.
  • Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, in Florence, to install sprinklers systems in the museum and library buildings. 
  • The Immigrant Story, in Hillsboro, to present The Immigrant Story Live, a public arts program.
  • Tillamook County Pioneer Museum to create and promote a cultural heritage tourism passport program. 
  • Vanport Placemaking Project, in Portland, to develop audio accessible content for interpretation at the Vanport site.
  • Willamette Falls Trust, in Oregon City, to create a design recommendations document that will outline tribal recommendations to guide the design, interpretive plans, programming, and habitat restoration for development around the Willamette Falls. 
  • World Stage Theatre, in Portland, to develop, promote, present and record Vanport the Musical

This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium for projects that conserve, develop or interpret Oregon’s heritage. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission. The Commission works to secure, sustain and enhance Oregon’s heritage. The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the governor and nine agency advisors. Members are chosen from state agencies and statewide organizations, and represent diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds. 

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oprd.oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. 

 




Attached Media Files: 2021-12/1303/150625/2021_OregonHeritageAwards.pdf

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E-Marion County
Oregon State Police - 12/06/21 8:10 AM

On December 4, 2021 at approximately 6:02 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on Hwy 99E near MP 29.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a pedestrian, Salomon Orobio (68) of Hubbard, was crossing the highway when he was initially struck by a southbound Ford Explorer, operated by Jose Escobara (42) of Beaverton. Orobio as subsequently struck by two additional southbound vehicles; a Chevrolet van, operated by Felimon Zuniga (46) of Gervais, and a Subaru wagon, operated by Jack Tucker (71) of Woodburn. All three involved drivers remained on scene and cooperated with law enforcement. 

Orobio sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hwy 99E was closed for approximately 4 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Hubbard Fire Department, Hubbard Police Department, Woodburn Police Department and ODOT. 


Public comment open for proposed updates to hunting rules in state parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/06/21 8:00 AM

The public is invited to comment on proposed amendments to the Oregon Administrative Rules guiding hunting within Oregon state parks. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking to clarify where hunting is allowed while ensuring safety for all visitors. 

The department is accepting public comment through 5 p.m. Jan. 27, 2022. Comments can be submitted via:

Hunting is permitted in several state parks where public safety risk is low, and the activity is subject to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife rules and regulations. The proposed rule change will clarify hunting boundaries and create clearly signed “safety zones” where hunting is not allowed.  It will also require an OPRD hunting map to be located on the agency website that clearly shows hunting boundaries. A full copy of the proposed amendments is posted on the Proposed OPRD Rules web page.

OPRD appointed members to the advisory committee. Members include representatives of the hunting community, conservationists and officials from ODFW and Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division.

Individuals who require special accommodations to view the meetings should contact Helena Kesch at least three days in advance of the meeting at helena.kesch@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-881-4637.


Update- OSP Fish & Wildlife is seeking public assistance identifying a suspect in a deer poaching -Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/06/21 7:47 AM
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Thanks to public assistance, Troopers were able to identify this person of interest and issue citations for Hunting in Violation of Criminal Trespass, Hunting Prohibited Hours, and No Resident Hunting License.

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division and Metro Park Rangers are working together to investigate unlawful hunting activity that occurred on public property along SW Grahams Ferry Rd outside Wilsonville in Clackamas County between October 25, 2021, and November 14, 2021. Several deer carcasses were found on the property and Troopers currently have probable cause for multiple hunting-related crimes. 

One suspect has been identified but the second suspect is still outstanding. OSP Troopers are trying to identify the person in these photos, who is believed to be connected with this case.

The Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance with information about the identity of this person or this case. Any person with information related to this incident is encouraged to call the OSP TIP (Turn-In-Poachers) Reward line at 1-800-452-7888 or by cell at OSP (677) or send an email tip to TIP@osp.oregon.gov. Please reference case # SP21320391.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

5 Points-Mountain Sheep

5 Points-Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

 CASH REWARDS:

$1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish




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Sun. 12/05/21
Early morning single vehicle fatality in southeast Salem
Salem Police Dept. - 12/05/21 2:14 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     Sunday, December 5, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Patrol officers responded to a single vehicle crash at approximately 6:00 a.m. today, Sunday, December 5, 2021, in the 5700 block of Gaffin RD SE.

The preliminary investigation suggests the driver of a mid-size SUV was traveling eastbound on Gaffin RD and could not negotiate a slight bend in that portion of the road. Ultimately, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver, Salomon Leyva-Ramirez, age 23, and sole occupant, was pronounced deceased at the scene by fire personnel.

The Salem Police Traffic Team is completing the investigation. 

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Fatal Crash Investigation Highway 20
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/21 2:08 PM

On Sunday, December 5, 2021, at approximately 1:15 am, Benton County deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near Highway 223.  A 2008 Ford F150 was traveling east bound and left the roadway crashing into an Oregon Department of Transportation road sign.  The Ford was able to get back onto the roadway and come to a stop.  One male passenger was found deceased at the scene.  One female passenger was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with life threatening injuries.  The driver and one additional passenger were uninjured.  All names are being withheld at this time pending family notification.  The Benton County Crash Team is conducting an investigation and ask anyone with information regarding the circumstances surrounding the crash to call Sergeant David Iverson at 541-766-6858.  The Philomath Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted with the scene. 


HWY 22 Vehicle Fire (Photo)
SW Polk Fire Dist. - 12/05/21 1:32 PM
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12/05/2021 – At 12:01pm on Sunday, SW Polk Fire District was dispatched to a vehicle fire on HWY 22 at milepost 7. Upon arrival, crews found a single, unoccupied vehicle fully involved. Crews extinguished the fire and there were no injuries reported. Polk County Sheriff and ODOT provided assistance on scene.




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Bank Robber Arrested by North Precinct Officers
Portland Police Bureau - 12/05/21 1:23 PM
Teamwork by North Precinct officers led to the capture of a bank robber in the Eliot neighborhood.

On Friday, December 3, 2021 at 1:05p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a bank robbery in the 2000 block of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. Officers responded to the bank while others searched the area for the suspect. The responding officer learned that the suspect claimed to be armed with a gun and demanded money.

The officer found the suspect walking near Northeast San Rafael Street and Northeast Rodney Avenue. The suspect was uncooperative, uncompliant with commands, and tried to walk away from the officers. He also yelled at the officers to shoot him. Officers deployed an CEW (Conducted Electrical Weapon). While it was ineffective, it allowed officers to move in and safely arrest him. No gun was found, but evidence was recovered related to the robbery.

Samuel K. Macon, 48, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a United States Marshals hold. The case is being referred to the United States Attorney of Oregon.

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Vancouver Fire Department extinguishes outbuilding fire
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 12/05/21 8:35 AM

At Approx 6:45am 5 Vancouver Fire units were dispatched to the 2000 block of East 6th street in Vancouver. Multiple callers were reporting the fire simultaneously to 911 dispatch due to its close proximity to other structures in the neighborhood. The first Vancouver Fire engine arrived just over 4 minutes after dispatch and reported they had heavy smoke and fire venting from the building. There was initial reports of someone that was possibly inside the building from 911 callers, that person has not been accounted for as of the time of this press release. The Vancouver Fire Marshal's office has personnel on scene currently investigating the cause and orgin of the fire. Clark County Fire District 6 sent 2 fire engines to assist on the initial alarm as well. The Vancouver Fire Department reminds you to check your smoke detectors frequently and ensure they are working properly.   


TODAY: Former Multnomah Greyhound Park opens as high-volume COVID-19 vaccine site
Oregon Health Authority - 12/05/21 8:25 AM

UPDATE: This release has been updated with the correct spelling of Jana McLellan.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The site of the former Multnomah Greyhound Park in Wood Village will open this morning – Sunday, Dec. 5 – as a high-volume Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 vaccination site.

OHA representatives will join members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde at 9 a.m. for a brief opening ceremony to officially open the site, located at 944 NE 223rd Ave., Wood Village. The ceremony will kick off with a blessing and remarks by CTGR Tribal Councilman Jon George, followed by a performance from tribal drummers. Jana McLellan, director of OHA's COVID Response and Recovery Unit, will give closing remarks. 

The site is one of nearly a dozen high-volume COVID-19 vaccinations sites OHA has opened, or will be opening, around the state this month – in partnership with local public health authorities and community-based organizations – as part of its effort to increase immunizations against the virus. 

All three approved COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer, Modern and Johnson & Johnson – will be available, as well as booster and pediatric doses (younger children are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine). The clinics are walk-in/drive-in only, and no appointment is required.

All vaccines are offered at no cost, and no medical insurance coverage required. 

Other OHA sites opening this month include:

Baker County Fairgrounds

  • Dec. 12 through 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more on the Baker County Public Health website.

Clackamas County, Abundant Life Church

  • Dec. 12 through Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Late start on Dec. 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more on the Clackamas County Public Health website.

Columbia County Fairgrounds

  • Dec. 6 through Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more on the Columbia County Public Health website.

Deschutes County Fairgrounds

Drive-through clinic

  • Every day, noon to 7 p.m., beginning Nov. 30

Learn more on the Deschutes County Public Health website.

Jackson County Expo Center

  • Every Monday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sundays in December, family fun clinic, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more on the Jackson County Public Health website.

Marion County, Oregon Health Authority Warehouse, 3455 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem

Beginning Dec. 6:

  • Every Monday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more on the Marion County Public Health website.

Multnomah County, Wood Village – Multnomah Greyhound Park

  • Dec. 5 through Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more on the Multnomah County Public Health website.

Multnomah County, Gresham – Winter Wonderland (former Kmart site)

  • Mondays through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Union County, Union County Fairgrounds (4-H/Mt. Emily Building)

  • Dec. 5 through Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more on the Union County Public Health website.

Washington County, Pacific University

  • Dec. 11 through Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Washington County, Tektronix, Beaverton

  • Monday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more on the Washington County Public Health website.


Salvation Army bell ringer assaulted by robbery suspect
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/21 1:58 AM

On 12/04/2021 at about 1948 hours several Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Orchards Fred Meyer located at 7411 NE 117th Ave on a reported Robbery of a Salvation Army bell ringer.  A male suspect assaulted the bell ringer and forcibly took the cash kettle then fled on foot.

 

Deputies located and attempted to stop the suspect on NE 117th Ave near Padden Parkway, north of the Fred Meyer. The suspect fled on foot running through traffic on NE Padden Parkway.  Deputies O’Hearn and McLoughlin were able to chase down and detain the suspect after a brief struggle. 

 

The cash kettle had been discarded prior to the suspect being stopped.  The suspect refused to identify himself or cooperate with the investigation.  The cash kettle was recovered with assistance from K9 Deputy Brannan and police service dog Apollo. 

 

The bell ringer sustained minor injury from the assault.  The suspect was booked into the Clark County jail on charges of Robbery, Theft, Resisting Arrest, and Obstructing Law Enforcement.

 

Prepared by: Sgt. Brian Ellithorpe, 360-907-5992


Sat. 12/04/21
Gresham Police Investigate Afternoon Homicide
Gresham Police Dept - 12/04/21 4:36 PM

RELEASE DATE:               Dec. 4, 2021

CONTACT PERSON:         On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                 21-50397

 

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police responded to a report of shots, this afternoon, at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of  NW 15th street. Officers arrived to find one person deceased at the scene. The area cordoned off to secure the scene for Gresham Police detectives and members of the East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team (MCT) who are responding to investigate.

If you have information about this homicide, please call the Gresham Police Tip Line at 503.618.2719 or toll-free at 1.888.989.3505. No other information is available at this time.

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Attached Media Files: 2021-12/1278/150612/21-50397_Homicide_1100_Block_NW_15th_St.pdf

Suspect in Serious Vandalism to a Denver, CO Church Believed to be in Portland Area (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/21 3:26 PM
Cramer
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A suspect in a felony vandalism that victimized a church in Denver, Colorado is believed to be in the Portland Metropolitan area.

The Denver Police Department (DPD) is requesting help in locating Madeline A. Cramer, 26, who is wanted for vandalism on October 10, 2021 at the Cathedral Basilica in Denver. Cramer’s whereabouts are currently unknown, but DPD investigators reached out the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) when they obtained information that Cramer may be in the Portland area. They requested PPB alert the public and request help.

Anyone with information on this incident or information about the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 (STOP) or send a message through their website at https://www.metrodenvercrimestoppers.com/ .

A reward has been established for information reported through Denver Metro Crime Stoppers that leads to Cramer's arrest. See attached flier for information. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

https://www.facebook.com/MetroCrimeStoppers/photos/a.714372408583923/4613865545301237/

Media inquiries about this case should be directed to the Denver Police Department at dpdpio@denvergov.org .

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Attached Media Files: Denver Metro Crime Stoppers Alert , Cramer , Cramer

House Fire Displaces Five Residents in Battle Ground (Photo)
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3 - 12/04/21 12:33 PM
District 3 firefighters work to extinguish fire
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Last night firefighters from Fire District 3 with aid from Clark County Fire and Rescue responded to a working structure fire in northeast Battle Ground.  Crews arrived at approximately 7:45 PM to a fully involved garage fire.  Tactics were immediately implemented to protect the attached home and extinguish the fire.  

Crews faced difficult fire conditions due to downed power lines that were severed from extreme radiant heat.  Exploding ammunition and venting propane tanks posed additional hazards to first responders.  Firefighters on scene worked quickly to mitigate these hazards and get the fire under control, minimizing further loss. The fire did cause extensive damage to the 1,792 square foot home, estimated at approximately $150,000 in loss to the building and contents.  All five residents of the home were able to evacuate safely and were provided aid by the American Red Cross. Tragically, one dog was recovered from the home and attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but appears to be accidental in nature.




Attached Media Files: District 3 firefighters work to extinguish fire , District 3 firefighters work to extinguish fire

Three Injured in Shooting in the Buckman Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 12/04/21 10:48 AM
Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting in the Buckman Neighborhood.

On Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:14p.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 700 block of East Burnside Street. Arriving officers found two victims with injuries. Officers rendered trauma first aid until paramedics arrived to take over patient care. Both were transported to the hospital by ambulance. Their injuries are serious but not believed to be life threatening. A third shooting victim arrived at the hospital by private vehicle and was treated and released.

No suspects were immediately located and no arrests have been made. The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Two bars, both of which were crowded with patrons, were struck by bullets. Numerous officers responded to help secure the crime scene, interview victims and witnesses, and locate and collect evidence. The incident exhausted all Central Precinct resources and officers were brought in from North and East Precincts to assist in handling other life safety emergency calls for service.

The shooting is being investigated by the ECST. Witnesses or individuals with information are encouraged to email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov attn: ECST and reference case number 21-338342.

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips. Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823 Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Children Shop with a Cop for Holiday Family Gifts (Raw interview and videos)
Eugene Police Dept. - 12/04/21 10:43 AM

Media, here are private Vimeo links to b-roll and raw interview footage that you are free to use without attribution.

 

EPD Chief Chris Skinner interview:

https://vimeo.com/653236931/3546fab67c

EPD Foundation's Lee Lashway Interview 

https://vimeo.com/653239267/6e3a32faae

B-roll of children and officers shopping

https://vimeo.com/653245514

Children’s give their families the gift of holidays during Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, December 4, Eugene Police officers, LCSO deputies, and UOPD officers, buddied up with 25 children to shop for holiday gifts for the childrens' families (siblings and parents) as well as non-perishable food that will help provide a holiday dinner. All costs were covered through generous donations from the Eugene Police Foundation and Northwest Community Credit Union, with thanks to Fred Meyer’s who has partnered with EPD on the venue for several years, and provided considerable discounts on purchases, donation of a portion of breakfast for the children, and a holiday tree. Gifts were wrapped by EPD Volunteers in Policing members and EPD employees. 


Children Shop with a Cop for Holiday Family Gifts (Raw interview and videos)
Eugene Police Dept. - 12/04/21 10:43 AM

Media, here are private Vimeo links to b-roll and raw interview footage that you are free to use without attribution.

 

EPD Chief Chris Skinner interview:

https://vimeo.com/653236931/3546fab67c

EPD Foundation's Lee Lashway Interview 

https://vimeo.com/653239267/6e3a32faae

B-roll of children and officers shopping

https://vimeo.com/653245514

Children’s give their families the gift of holidays during Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, December 4, Eugene Police officers, LCSO deputies, and UOPD officers, buddied up with 25 children to shop for holiday gifts for the childrens' families (siblings and parents) as well as non-perishable food that will help provide a holiday dinner. All costs were covered through generous donations from the Eugene Police Foundation and Northwest Community Credit Union, with thanks to Fred Meyer’s who has partnered with EPD on the venue for several years, and provided considerable discounts on purchases, donation of a portion of breakfast for the children, and a holiday tree. Gifts were wrapped by EPD Volunteers in Policing members and EPD employees. 


Xmas tree recycling on Saturday 1/8/2022 (9am to 3pm) (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 12/04/21 9:00 AM
Xmas Tree Recycling
Xmas Tree Recycling
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Portland, OR: The Portland Legacy Lions Club will host its annual Christmas Tree (wreaths and tree stands too!) Recycling Fundraiser on January 8, 2022 to benefit its neighbors who need access to sight and hearing assistance. 

100% of the donation supports sight and hearing care (eyeglasses, hearing aids, exams, surgeries) for people in need in the NW neighborhood in partnership with the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF).

ONE DAY ONLY: January 8th, 2022 from 9AM to 3PM 

Drop Off Location: Good Samaritan Parking Lot at the corner of NW 23rd Avenue & NW Northrup Street

$7 donation for drop off

OR

$22 donation for pick up

Please contact us to schedule a pick up: ECYCLING@GMAIL.COM">PLLC.RECYCLING@GMAIL.COM or (971) 258-0649. 

Learn more about our community projects at https://portlandlegacylions.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/legacylionsclub/.

About OLSHF & the Lions of Oregon 

The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) serves communities statewide. We are driven by a promise made to American author and deaf blind activist Helen Keller. In 1925, at an International Lions Convention, she challenged Lions to focus on preventable sight and hearing issues as their primary mission. Since our formation in 1959, we have endeavored to uphold this promise by creating programs in response to the need for sight and hearing assistance. We have built upon the promise made to Helen Keller by creating a continuum of care for people who lack access to vision and hearing services.

In partnership with the Lions Clubs of Oregon and community organizations, we serve people through critical sight saving surgeries and treatments; manufacturing new eyeglasses; helping people who can’t afford eyeglasses and hearing aids, and creating the most efficient and effective school vision screening program in the US. Our statewide programs serve children to the elderly, giving them much needed access to optical and hearing services. OLSHF’s 20/20 Vision School Vision Screening Program is slated to provide state-of-the-art, safe and equitable vision screening to 200,000 or more Oregon students this coming school year with referrals for underserved student families for low cost/no cost vision exams and eyeglasses. Learn more at www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf.

MD-36 Lions: Lions of Oregon & Northern California are a part of an international network of 1.4 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions are best known for working to end preventable blindness, the giving of eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy and local service projects. http://www.md36lionsclubs.org/

About Lions Clubs International:
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs provide humanitarian service in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.

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Attached Media Files: Xmas Tree Recycling

Fri. 12/03/21
Missing Endangered Person (Located) (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/03/21 5:54 PM
Photo of Zachary 2
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Law enforcement and family are looking for 37 year old Zachary Childers who has not been seen since 1:00pm on Friday, December 3rd, 2021. 

Childers was last seen by a family member at the Goodwill Store located at 6425 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA. He is autistic and forgets his name, where he lives, and becomes agitated when tired and hungry. He also has mental health issues and takes medication for medical issues. 

He is wearing a tan jacket, grey sweatpants, and black slip-on tennis shoes. Childers is carrying a wallet with his ID and address inside. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 225 pounds. He is balding with short brown hair and brown eyes. If you see him please call 911. VPD Case #2021-026110.

NOW Volunteers searched the area and their work led to Zachary being located at the Vancouver Mall. He was reunited with his family.




Attached Media Files: Photo of Zachary 2 , Photo of Zachary 1

Deceased Woman In The Mount Hood National Forest (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/21 5:17 PM
Christyne Meier
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Hood River County, Ore. - The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public in regards to a deceased woman located in the Mount Hood National Forest within Hood River County. 

Christyne Meier, thirty-four years of age, of Vancouver, Washington, died in the Mount Hood National Forest on Sunday, November 28th, 2021. Investigators with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information from anyone who knew Meier or who had contact with her prior to November 28th, 2021. Those with information are encouraged to call the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 541-387-7077. 

Further information will be released as the investigation allows. 




Attached Media Files: Christyne Meier

Knappa teacher arrested on warrant after grand jury indictment
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/21 5:06 PM

David Michael Brandon, a 44-year-old Clatsop County resident, was arrested and lodged at the Clatsop County Jail on November 24th, 2021.  The arrest came after a warrant was issued by the Clatsop County Circuit Court, after a Grand Jury indictment.  Brandon was lodged on five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, nine counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, one count of Sodomy in the Third Degree, and five counts of Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana Item. 

David Michael Brandon was associated with the Jewel School District from 2016 to the Spring of 2019 and Knappa School District beginning Fall of 2021 until placed on administrative leave. If anyone has additional information of other victims or witnesses, please contact Detective Jodi Libertad at the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office by calling 503-325-8635 or emailing Detective Libertad at:

ertad@co.clatsop.or.us">jlibertad@co.clatsop.or.us


Knappa teacher arrested on warrant after grand jury indictment
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/21 5:06 PM

David Michael Brandon, a 44-year-old Clatsop County resident, was arrested and lodged at the Clatsop County Jail on November 24th, 2021.  The arrest came after a warrant was issued by the Clatsop County Circuit Court, after a Grand Jury indictment.  Brandon was lodged on five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, nine counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, one count of Sodomy in the Third Degree, and five counts of Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana Item. 

David Michael Brandon was associated with the Jewel School District from 2016 to the Spring of 2019 and Knappa School District beginning Fall of 2021 until placed on administrative leave. If anyone has additional information of other victims or witnesses, please contact Detective Jodi Libertad at the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office by calling 503-325-8635 or emailing Detective Libertad at:

ertad@co.clatsop.or.us">jlibertad@co.clatsop.or.us


Knappa teacher arrested on warrant after grand jury indictment
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/21 5:06 PM

David Michael Brandon, a 44-year-old Clatsop County resident, was arrested and lodged at the Clatsop County Jail on November 24th, 2021.  The arrest came after a warrant was issued by the Clatsop County Circuit Court, after a Grand Jury indictment.  Brandon was lodged on five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, nine counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, one count of Sodomy in the Third Degree, and five counts of Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana Item. 

David Michael Brandon was associated with the Jewel School District from 2016 to the Spring of 2019 and Knappa School District beginning Fall of 2021 until placed on administrative leave. If anyone has additional information of other victims or witnesses, please contact Detective Jodi Libertad at the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office by calling 503-325-8635 or emailing Detective Libertad at:

ertad@co.clatsop.or.us">jlibertad@co.clatsop.or.us


Vancouver Police substitute PIO December 6-10
Vancouver Police Dept. - 12/03/21 4:56 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will be unavailable December 6-10

Lt. Kathy McNicholas will covering PIO duties December 6-10, during office hours (8am-5pm), and can be reached at (360) 487-7442 or at kathy.mcnicholas@cityofvancouver.us.

As always for inquiries outside of the above listed hours, or on weekends, please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel. 

Please do not email or contact other personnel who have covered PIO duties in the past. Lt. McNicholas is the substitute PIO for the above-listed dates and hours. 

 

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Reynolds Middle School to Return to In-Person Learning with Focus on Safe Learning Environment
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 12/03/21 4:33 PM
December 3, 2021, Fairview, OR – Reynolds Middle School will return to in-person learning next week. On Monday, December 6th, teachers will return to campus to prepare for in-person learning. Students will return with a staggered start. Sixth grade students only, will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, December 7th; 7th grade students only, will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, December 8th; and 8th grade students only, will return to in-person learning on Thursday, December 9th. All students will be back to in-person learning on Friday, December 10th.

A full review of campus safety occurred to make improvements such as providing adult supervision in more challenging areas of the campus. Therefore, Reynolds Middle School will have two additional campus monitors to help support safety while building relationships with students. Campus Monitors provide necessary supervision during passing time in hallways and help students learn skills to self-regulate in their interactions with each other.

A peer mediator program is under development to allow students to actively participate in helping students resolve conflicts peacefully and with longer lasting results and additional mental health practitioners are being recruited to support student wellbeing. Engaging social skills campaigns will occur monthly to provide student learning and practice for socialization in small and large settings.

We will also encourage our families to have conversations together to discuss their student’s social and emotional health, constructive ways to de-escalate feelings of anger and frustration, the importance of physical boundaries, and the impact of bullying while in person or through social media.

“During this short-term distance learning time, we worked diligently to ensure teachers, staff and administration at RMS acquired the social-emotional support and academic tools to provide every student with a safe learning environment,” stated Dr. Danna Diaz, Superintendent of Schools, Reynolds School District. “We would like to thank parents, students, teachers and staff for their patience and understanding during our short-term distance learning time to help ensure we return to a safe, productive learning environment,” she added.

For a full list of support measures and further information on Reynolds Middle School’s return to in-person learning please visit: https://www.reynolds.k12.or.us/rms/short-term-distance-learning

About Reynolds School District:
As a community, we prepare lifelong learners to achieve their full potential in a complex and interconnected world. Reynolds School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups in our society. Reynolds School District Board of Education ensures that all educational programs, activities, and employment will be free of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, parental or marital status, or age.

Contact: Steve Padilla, Assistant Director of Public Relations and Partnerships – spadilla@rsd7.net; 707.330.6559

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Oregon reports 1,352 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 12/03/21 4:04 PM

December 3, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 1,352 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 16 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,243, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 1,352 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 394,569.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 397, which is 13 more than yesterday. There are 94 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four more than yesterday.

There are 55 available adult ICU beds out of 692 total (8% availability) and 327 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,094 (8% availability). 

12/3/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

55

(8%)

31

(8%)

3

(3%)

7

(8%)

3

(5%)

1

(10%)

3

(6%)

7

(27%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

327

(8%)

61

(3%)

10

(2%)

86

(15%)

34

(8%)

7

(14%)

66

(17%)

63

(53%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 29,675 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Dec. 2. Of that total, 1,956 were initial doses, 3,545 were second doses and 9,898 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 14,182 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Dec. 2.

The seven-day running average is now 11,710 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,541,522 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 81,874 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,285,262 doses of Moderna and 244,984 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,958,346 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,673,871 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and COVID-19 deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (21), Clackamas (95), Clatsop (7), Columbia (21), Coos (40), Crook (45), Curry (8), Deschutes (74), Douglas (45), Grant (6), Harney (8), Hood River (14), Jackson (63), Jefferson (19), Josephine (35), Klamath (22), Lane (181), Lincoln (16), Linn (92), Malheur (2), Marion (105), Multnomah (150), Polk (55), Sherman (2), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (3), Union (12), Wallowa (1), Wasco (9), Washington (159) and Yamhill (35).

Oregon’s 5,228th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Oct. 1 and died Oct. 10 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,229th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive Oct. 12 and died Oct. 24 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,230th COVID-19 related death is a 45-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive Oct. 2 and died Oct. 4 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,231st COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive Oct. 3 and died Oct. 19 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,232nd COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Sept. 2 and died Oct. 25 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,233rd COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 5 and died Oct. 26 at Portland VA Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,234th COVID-19 related death is a 61-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 21 and died Oct. 15 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,235th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Crook County who tested positive Nov. 2 and died Oct. 27 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,236th COVID-19 related death is a 66-year-old man from Union County who tested positive Nov. 30 and died Nov. 30 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,237th COVID-19 related death is a 96-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive Nov. 3 and died Nov. 21 at her residence. She had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,238th COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Nov. 22 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,239th COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive Nov. 23 and died Dec. 1 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,240th COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Dec. 1 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,241st COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old man from Grant County who tested positive Nov. 25 and died Nov. 28 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,242nd COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old woman from Coos County who died Dec. 2 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Note: Lane County has informed us they are reviewing their data. We will provide any updates from Lane County if necessary.

Note: Updated information is known about Oregon’s 5,171st death, a 90-year-old man from Clackamas County. It was determined that he does not meet Oregon’s COVID-19 death definition and will not be counted as a COVID-19 death. Because of this update, we are renumbering our reports to start with 5,228 today.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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Missing child alert -- Marley Kay Wnorowski is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/03/21 3:35 PM
Marley K Wnorowski
Marley K Wnorowski
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(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Marley Kay Wnorowski, age 16, a child in foster care who went missing from Pendleton, Oregon on Oct. 30. Marley is believed to possibly be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Marley, and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her.

Marley is suspected to frequent Roy Raley Park in Pendleton. She may be in the company of Kyle Teeter, a 25-year-old male. 

Name: Marley Kay Wnorowski
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: May 4, 2005
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 130 pounds
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Hazel
Pendleton Police Department Case # 21-2751
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1435305

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

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Attached Media Files: Marley K Wnorowski

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue responds to fully involved Outbuilding (Photo)
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - 12/03/21 3:19 PM
32318 NE 64th Avenue c
32318 NE 64th Avenue c
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Units from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue were dispatched at 5:18 AM to reports of an outbuilding on fire east of La Center at 32318 NE 64th Avenue. Initial reports stated that several explosions could be heard coming from the building.  

CCFR Engine 23 from the La Center station arrived nine minutes later to find a 2-story building with a basement fully involved in fire. Portions of the building were collapsing as crews stretched hose lines to contain the fire. Due to the amount of fire involvement, crews fought the fire from the outside, known as a “defensive strategy.” Efforts were focused on keeping the fire from spreading to nearby structures. Crews were able to bring the fire fully under control in 40 minutes.  

The unique structure was two stories in height with a full daylight basement that opened up to a large pond. The property owners used the structure for entertaining guests. The fire created hazards for responders due to the use of unprotected steel beams and trusses. Heat from the fire caused the beams to weaken, distort and collapse. The pond was at the bottom of a steep, slippery slope. The back side of the structure was reached by a small wooden bridge across the pond. The explosions heard by neighbors were propane tanks and ammunition that were stored in the building. 

“We are fortunate that no firefighters were harmed at this fire” stated Fire Chief John Nohr. “The homemade design and construction of this structure lacked fire protection features that are commonly found in this type of building.”   

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office. There were no injuries during this incident. 

CCFR was assisted on this incident by Water Tenders from Clark County Fire District 10. 

Resources: 

3 fire engines 

1 ladder truck 

4 water tenders 

3 chief officers 

1 fire investigator 

18 total personnel 




Attached Media Files: 32318 NE 64th Avenue c , 32318 NE 64th Avenue b , 32318 NE 64th Avenue a

Construction Begins on City of Vancouver's Southeast 1st Street Project Phase I
City of Vancouver - 12/03/21 2:52 PM

The City of Vancouver will begin construction next week on the first phase of a long-awaited project to improve Southeast 1st Street, from 164th Avenue to 177th Avenue.

Originally built as a rural two-lane, farm-to-market roadway, Southeast 1st Street will be upgraded to a complete street multi-modal system with sidewalks, enhanced bike facilities, stormwater bio-retention, streetlights, and sound walls where required. The project will enhance safety, increase capacity, improve the road surface, and increase connectivity for homeowners, employees, businesses, and others along this important east Vancouver corridor.

The City of Vancouver has contracted with Lee Contractors LLC, Battle Ground, for construction of the project. Construction hours are generally from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but may be extended to 8 p.m. or include weekends if needed.

Work begins during the week of Dec. 6, 2021, with the contractor installing temporary erosion controls and preparing the site. At its start, construction is expected to focus primarily on the north side of Southeast 1st Street from about 164th Avenue and continue east. Work is expected to be substantially complete, including a newly paved surface, about fall 2022.

Southeast 1st Street is expected to remain open during construction, but those traveling the corridor should be prepared for delays, traffic controls and possible lane changes where needed. Pedestrians should be alert to ramp and sidewalk closures. Bicycles and motorcycles are urged to exercise caution. Whether driving, biking, or walking, the city recommends taking a different route during this time to avoid construction disruptions and delays.

The full Southeast 1st Street Improvement Project spans from 164th Avenue to 192nd Avenue.

Phase I reaches from 164th Avenue to 177th Avenue, with additional paving, curb, and sidewalk work between 164th Avenue and 162nd Avenue. Funding for this estimated total $15 million project is provided by local Transportation Benefit District (TBD) vehicle license fees and other funds, a Federal Highway Administration grant awarded through the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, and a Washington Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant.

Construction on Phase II of the Southeast 1st Street Project, from 177th Avenue to 192nd Avenue, is currently anticipated for construction in late 2022, pending funding.

For more information and ongoing construction updates, please visit the project webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/FirstStreet.


Police make arrest after death investigation in northeast Salem
Salem Police Dept. - 12/03/21 2:46 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:      Friday, December 3, 2021

Salem, Ore. — On Thursday, December 2, 2021, at approximately 10:05 a.m., Salem Police officers responded to a suspicious activity report at a northeast Salem apartment complex. A resident of the Claxter Court Apartments reported seeing an unknown individual remove a large suitcase from another apartment. The individual placed the suitcase into the trunk of a vehicle parked in the complex parking lot. The witness further stated the resident of that apartment, identified as Richard Eugene Flennory, age 59, had not been seen for the last several days. 

When officers arrived, they located the vehicle belonging to Flennory inside the complex.  Upon opening the trunk, a suitcase containing a body was found. Members of the Salem Police Department Violent Crimes Unit responded to investigate the death. Detectives were later able to positively identify the body as Flennory. 

During the investigation, two individuals were found living inside Flennory’s apartment. One occupant, Linson Lavell Johnson, 51, was taken into custody on an outstanding parole violation warrant. Through the investigation, detectives learned that Flennory had multiple health issues which may have contributed to his death. When Johnson discovered Flennory deceased, he placed Flennory inside the suitcase and into the trunk of the vehicle to avoid a police response.

An autopsy performed by the state medical examiner’s office determined there was no indication of foul play. 

Johnson is being charged with abuse of a corpse in the second degree and parole violation. He is currently in custody at the Linn County Jail on the parole violation warrant.

All further inquiries can be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner Division

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Board of Forestry welcomes a new member, this final addition brings the board up to full membership
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/03/21 2:40 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry’s chairperson will welcome its final new member at the Jan. 5, 2022, board meeting.

Liz Agpaoa is the final member to join the board. “I am thrilled to have a person with such deep experience in forestry join the board. Also thrilled to have a full board "on board," said chairperson Jim Kelly.

The public is invited to watch the meeting online starting at 9 a.m. Board materials and a link to the livestream are available at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/board/pages/bofmeetings.aspx.

Biography

All board members bios are available at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/board/pages/aboutbof.aspx.

Liz Agpaoa, of Medford, is a retired US Forest Service employee with 36 years of public service in forestry and natural resources. She retired as the Regional Forester for the national forests across the 13 southern states and commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 2014. In previous roles, she served as Chief-of-Staff for the Forest Service in Washington, D.C., oversaw forests in New Mexico, and grasslands in Texas and Oklahoma. Her first two decades of public service were in Oregon, where she serving as a Wildlife Biologist in the southern Cascades, an environmental planner in Portland, and District Ranger in the Siskiyou Mountains. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management. She currently serves on the board for the National Museum of Forest Service History located in Missoula, Montana.

The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30-million-acre forestland base. Read more information about the board.


Will Shad Become The Signature Fish Of The Columbia?
Northwest Power and Conservation Council - 12/03/21 12:36 PM

Independent Scientific Board reports on the proliferation of American Shad in the Columbia: 5 million counted so far this year at Bonneville Dam – five times more than all species of salmon and steelhead. Shad could be impacting other fish. Link to blog post: https://www.nwcouncil.org/news/will-shad-become-northwest-s-premier-fish


Stabbing suspect in custody (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/03/21 11:29 AM
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UPDATE 12/03/21 11:27am

Bowers has been lodged at the Lane County Jail on the charges of Assault in the 1st Degree and Assault in the 2nd Degree.

UPDATE 12/03/21

This morning the Florence Police Department received a tip from a citizen that Bowers was at a storage facility in the 3300blk of Hwy. 101.  Officers quickly responded and located him.  Bowers was detained and transferred to the custody of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

Bowers has been identified as the suspect in a stabbing assault that occurred on Thanksgiving Day.  He became involved in a verbal altercation with two people on an ATV and attacked them with a knife.  He slashed the male victim in the abdomen and face, then stabbed the female victim in the face.  Both victims were unknown to Bowers.  They are recovering from their injuries. 

Detectives are still working to determine remaining facts such as a motive.  Bowers will be lodged at the Lane County Jail.  The Lane County Sheriff’s Office will provide an update when charges are determined.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Florence Police Department, Oregon State Police, and all of the citizens that provided tips in this case.  This cooperative effort was essential in locating and safely taking the suspect into custody.    




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Fatality Accident on HWY 22
SW Polk Fire Dist. - 12/03/21 11:00 AM

12/02/2021 – On December 2nd at 5:55pm, SW Polk Fire District was dispatched to a head on collision on HWY 22 at milepost 17. Upon arrival, crews found that a wrong-way driver had collided with a vehicle in in the Eastbound Lane and sent the other vehicle over the median into the Westbound Lane. There were multiple witnesses to the collision. Crews extricated patients in both vehicles. One was transported to the hospital and succumbed to their injuries. The Eastbound Lane was closed for an extended period for investigation. SW Polk Fire District would like to thank Dallas Fire and EMS and Polk 1 Fire District for providing mutual aid, as well as Polk County Sheriff, Oregon State Police, and ODOT for their assistance on scene.  


UPDATE: Oregon reports 1,046 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 42 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 12/03/21 10:56 AM

This news release is an updated version to include case and death information.

December 2, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 1,046 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 42 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 42 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,228 the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 1,046 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 393,232.

OHA releases new COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report

OHA’s most recent update on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, released today, found that 71.3% of the 4,134 reported COVID-19 cases between Nov. 21 and Nov. 27 occurred in unvaccinated people.

There were 1,186 breakthrough cases, accounting for 28.7% of all cases.

The average age of the breakthrough cases during that period was 45. Twenty-eight breakthrough cases involved residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate care settings. There were 45 cases in people aged 12 to 17.

To date, there have been 45,545 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. The average age of all cases is 47. Breakthrough cases have been reported in all 36 counties.

Cases of COVID-19 are far more common in unvaccinated people. The report shows that the rate of COVID-19 in unvaccinated people is four times higher than in vaccinated people.

To date, 4.4% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and 1.2% have died. The average age of vaccinated people who died was 81.

Vaccination remains the most effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The latest breakthrough report can be found here.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 384, which is 20 fewer than yesterday. There are 90 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two fewer than yesterday.

There are 49 available adult ICU beds out of 691 total (7% availability) and 312 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,078 (8% availability). 

12/2/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

49

(7%)

29

(8%)

5

(6%)

6

(7%)

3

(5%)

0

(0%)

1

(2%)

5

(19%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

312

(8%)

82

(4%)

25

(4%)

69

(12%)

33

(8%)

6

(12%)

48

(13%)

49

(41%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 26,172 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Dec. 1. Of that total, 2,278 were initial doses, 4,024 were second doses and 10,485 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 9,295 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Dec. 1.

The seven-day running average is now 11,810 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,530,606 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 75,802 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,275,997 doses of Moderna and 244,417 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

Note: Today’s cumulative total doses of Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine is lower than yesterday’s total. This is due to the removal of duplicate doses found during data reconciliation.

As of today, 2,955,159 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,667,597 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and COVID-19 deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (7), Benton (19), Clackamas (84), Clatsop (2), Columbia (26), Coos (36), Crook (22), Curry (7), Deschutes (83), Douglas (41), Harney (6), Hood River (6), Jackson (86), Jefferson (17), Josephine (43), Klamath (18), Lane (70), Lincoln (6), Linn (64), Malheur (3), Marion (62), Multnomah (157), Polk (22), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (7), Union (3), Wallowa (2), Wasco (8), Washington (117), and Yamhill (17).

Oregon’s 5,187th COVID-19 related death is a 66-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Aug. 7 and died Aug. 15 at Portland VA Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,188th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old woman from Tillamook County who tested positive Sept. 30 and died Sept. 29 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,189th COVID-19 related death is a 57-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Oct. 28 and died Nov. 1 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,190th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 25 and died Oct. 4 at Adventist Health Portland. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,191st COVID-19 related death is a 59-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Sept. 22 and died Oct. 4 at Santiam Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,192nd COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 22 and died Oct. 5 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,193rd COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 29 and died Oct. 5 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,194th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 24 and died Oct. 6 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,195th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 30 and died Oct. 6 at St. Charles Bend. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,196th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old man from Malheur County who tested positive Sept. 23 and died Oct. 7 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,197th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 7 and died Oct. 7 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,198th COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Sept. 26 and died Oct. 7 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,199th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive Sept. 29 and died Oct. 7 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,200th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive Sept. 29 and died Oct. 7 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,201st COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Malheur County who tested positive Sept. 17 and died Oct. 8 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,202nd COVID-19 related death is a 74-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive Oct. 4 and died Oct. 8 at Bay Area Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,203rd COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Sept. 21 and died Oct. 9 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,204th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive Oct. 6 and died Oct. 9 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,205th COVID-19 related death is a 74-year-old man from Lake County who tested positive Sept. 20 and died Oct. 8 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,206th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Sept. 27 and died Oct. 8 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,207th COVID-19 related death is a 42-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Sept. 5 and died Oct. 7 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,208th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 17 and died Oct. 5 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,209th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old woman from Coos County who tested positive Oct. 1 and died Oct. 5 at Coquille Valley Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,210th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive Aug. 30 and died Oct. 4 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,211th COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old woman from Klamath County who tested positive Sept. 22 and died Sept. 26 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,212th COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 2 and died Nov. 17 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,213th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Oct. 20 and died Nov. 18 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,214th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Sept. 18 and died Oct. 1 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,215th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Oct. 27 and died Nov. 27 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,216th COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Oct. 13 and died Nov. 10 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,217th COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Nov. 27 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,218th COVID-19 related death is a 56-year-old man from Klamath County who died Oct. 23 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,219th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old woman from Clackamas County who died Nov. 21 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,220th COVID-19 related death is a 37-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Oct. 25 and died Nov. 20 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,221st COVID-19 related death is a 51-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 14 and died Oct. 17 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,222nd COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Marion County who died Aug. 30 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,223rd COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 18 and died Nov. 30 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,224th COVID-19 related death is a 54-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 28 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,225th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Oct. 30 and died Nov. 23 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,226th COVID-19 related death is a 95-year-old man from Washington County who died Sept. 19 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,227th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive Nov. 23 and died Nov. 30 at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,228th COVID-19 related COVID-19 related death is a 90-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Nov. 25 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Note: Updated information is known about Oregon’s 5,167th COVID-19 related death, a 68-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive Nov. 30 and died Nov. 30. He had underlying conditions. He was originally reported as a 38-year-old man with unknown underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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BLM Burns District opens public scoping period for Bridge Creek Area grazing plans (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 12/03/21 10:47 AM
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Hines, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management Burns District is initiating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Bridge Creek Area Allotment Management Plans (AMPs) and seeking public input on issues, actions, and alternatives that the EIS should address. The 30-day public scoping period will begin on December 3, 2021.

“There is a high level of public interest in this project and the BLM welcomes public participation to reach a sound decision,” said Andrews/Steens Field Manager Don Rotell. 

The Bridge Creek AMPs EIS will analyze several alternatives for livestock management and related actions in the 26,378-acre project area on Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon near the town of Frenchglen. The project includes four allotments: Hammond, Mud Creek, Hardie Summer, and Hammond Fenced Federal Range allotments. There is currently no grazing preference or grazing authorizations associated with the four allotments in the project area, all of which have been largely un-grazed since 2014. 

The alternatives in the EIS will consider issuance of 10-year grazing permits to up to three applicants and approval of four AMPs that outline seasonal grazing systems, grazing utilization thresholds, monitoring, and range developments. 

Additional project information is available through BLM’s ePlanning website at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2013546/510 

Public comments should be submitted no later than January 3, 2022 on the ePlanning project page, by email to LM_OR_BU_BCA_AMP@blm.gov">BLM_OR_BU_BCA_AMP@blm.gov, or mail to 28910 Hwy 20 W., Hines, Oregon 97738. Please reference “BCA AMP” when submitting comments.

-BLM–

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 




Attached Media Files: Bridge Creek Area Land Status Map

72 Physicians and Providers at The Oregon Clinic Recognized as "Top Doctors" by Peers
The Oregon Clinic - 12/03/21 9:55 AM

Portland, OR – December 3, 2021 — Seventy-two providers at The Oregon Clinic (TOC) were named to Portland Monthly Magazine’s annual “Top Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners” list, recognized by their peers as among the best in the region. Spanning a variety of specialties, the 2022 list includes TOC providers in Ear, Nose and Throat; Colon and Rectal Surgery; Gastroenterology; General Surgery; Neurological Surgery; Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Urogynecology; Urology and more. 

“Recognition from our peers is very gratifying,” said Dr. Richard Jamison, President of The Oregon Clinic. “When our peers recommend us and refer patients to us, it’s because they trust our judgement and our work, and that means a lot.”  
 
For many in the Portland metro area, Portland Monthly’s database is a go-to place to find a new provider or specialist. The magazine’s annual “Top Medical Providers” list compiles a peer-vetted list of the Portland area’s very best doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. To determine the best, Portland Monthly solicited peer nominations from every licensed doctor, physician assistant, and registered nurse in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. After tabulating thousands of votes, Portland Monthly’s published list represents only the top five to ten percent of nominees.  

The Oregon Clinic providers on Portland Monthly’s 2022 list include: 
 
Cardiology 
Sandeep Garg, M.D., FACC 

Dermatology 
Michael Adler, M.D. 
Rebecca Bremner, M.D. 

Ear, Nose & Throat 
Edsel Kim, M.D. 
Brian Shaffer, M.D. 
Roger Wobig, M.D. 

Gastroenterology 
Molly Beilby, P.A.-C. 
Aaron Cosman, M.S.N, R.N., F.N.P.-B.C. 
Rebecca Fausel, M.D. 
Gabriel Francetich, P.A.-C. 
Erica Heagy, F.N.P.-B.C. 
Justine Hum, M.D. 
T. Domi Le, M.D., M.A. 
Sarah Lee, M.D. 
Donald Lum, M.D., F.A.C.G. 
Tulika (Agarwal) Malhotra, P.A.-C. 
Nima Motamedi, M.D. 
Michael Phillips, M.D. 
Anthony Razzak, M.D. 
Ken Reckard, M.S., P.A.-C. 
Sarah “Betsy” Rodriguez, M.D. 
Christina Thompson, P.A.-C. 
Wei Wang, M.D. 

Obstetrics & Gynecology 
Desiree Bley, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. 
Kimberlynn Heller, D.O., FACOG 
Erica Simonich, M.S.N, W.H.N.P-B.C. 

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine 
Bradford Glavan, M.D. 
David Hotchkin, M.D. 
Lianne Lin, M.D. 
Wayne Strauss, M.D., Ph.D. 

Radiation Oncology 
Stephen Bader, M.D. 
Jeannie Louie, M.D. 
Alice Wang-Chesebro, M.D. 
Kristina Young, M.D., Ph.D. 

Sleep Medicine 
Jeffrey M. Bluhm, M.D., F.C.C.P., F.A.A.S.M., D.-A.B.S.M.  
William Bowerfind, M.D. 
Carly Griffin, F.N.P. 
Andrea Matsumura, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P. 
Joshua Ramseyer, M.D. 

Surgery – Bariatric  
Daniel Davila Bradley, M.D. 
Kevin Reavis, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Surgery - Colon & Rectal  
Rehan Ahmad, M.D., F.R.C.S. 
Amanda Verienna Hayman, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S. 
Maria Ximena Traa Kiely, M.D., M.P.H. 
David O’Brien, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S. 
Mark Whiteford, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S. 

Surgery - General 
Shaghayegh Aliabadi-Wahle, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Nikram Eshraghi, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Jordana Gaumond, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Richard Jamison, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Sean Watters, M.D., F.A.C.S.  
Kelvin Yu, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Karen Zink, M.D., F.A.C.S 

Surgery - Neurological 
David Antezana, M.D. 
Pankaj Gore, M.D. 
Kareen Leavens, P.A.-C. 
Cody Stekly, P.A.-C. 

Surgery – Oncology 
Michele Babicky, M.D. 

Surgery - Plastic 
Samuel Bartholomew, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Hetal Fichadia, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Urogynecology 
Lucia Arenzana Lopez, P.A.-C. 
Rebecca Batalden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.P.M.R.S. 
Lisa Bayne, F.N.P. 
Sarah Boyles, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., F.P.M.R.S. 
Mary Anna Denman, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., F.P.M.R.S. 

Urology 
Gregory Alan Cost, M.D. 
Sajal Dutta, M.D.  
Jin-Hee Kim, M.D. 
Jessica Lubahn, M.D. 
Lance Marr, M.D. 
Melanie Mix, P.A.-C. 
Amanda VanDlac, M.D. 

 
Browse the searchable database of Portland Monthly’s Top Doctors and Nurses at www.pdxmonthly.com/doctors. 

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About The Oregon Clinic:  
The Oregon Clinic is the largest private specialty physician practice in Oregon. More than 270 providers provide respectful, compassionate care in more than 30 specialty areas, resulting in more than 500,000 patient visits each year. Founded in Portland in 1994, The Oregon Clinic is committed to delivering the highest quality patient care, practicing evidence-based medicine, and providing leadership for the healthcare community. We collaborate with primary care physicians and use a team approach to address health conditions at more than 60 specialty clinic locations across northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Call 503-935-8000 or visit www.oregonclinic.com for more information. 

 

 

 


Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committee Vacancies
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/03/21 9:55 AM

Board on Public Safety Standards & Training

 and Policy Committee

Open Vacancy – Recruitment

 

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

BPSST: Please note that all Board position applications are due by December 10, 2021

  • Non-Management Law Enforcement
  • Non-Management Parole & Probation
  • Public Member – Member of a marginalized or historically underrepresented community
  • Public Member – Recommended to the Governor by the President of the Senate
  • Public Member – Recommended to the Governor by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • Recommended by and representing the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • Oregon Sheriff’s Jail Command Council

Police Policy Committee:

  • Public Member – Member of a marginalized or historically underrepresented community
  • Non-Management Law Enforcement
  • Non-Management Law Enforcement
  • Oregon State Sheriff’s Association

Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee:

  • Hospitality Representative
  • Manufacturing Representative

Private Investigator Sub-Committee:

  • Representative of the Private Investigator Community

 

The BPSST Policy Committees are soon going to be recruiting for the upcoming 2022 vacancies. 

 

Upcoming Vacancies for 2022:

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • Public Member who has never been employed or utilized as a telecommunicator

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • Non-Management Corrections employed by Department of Corrections

 

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

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

If interested in applying for a BPSST position, please complete the online application at View Job Posting Details - Workday (myworkday.com). (Please note that an account may need to be created if not already in Workday)

 

Thank you,

DPSST Board & Committees Staff


Fatal Crash on Hwy 22W-Polk County
Oregon State Police - 12/03/21 9:32 AM

On Thursday, December 2, 2021, at approximately 5:56 PM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle head-on crash on Hwy 22W near milepost 17. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Toyota Avalon, operated by James Marvin Dougherty (83) of Salem, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with an eastbound Honda Element, operated by Samuel James Clark (50) of Salem. 

Clark and Dougherty were both transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Dougherty was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

Eastbound lanes of Hwy 22W were closed for approximately 3 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas Fire and Medics and ODOT. 


Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Customers do not need to take any additional precautions at this time.
Portland Water Bureau - 12/03/21 9:21 AM

Since 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has detected low levels of Cryptosporidium from routine monitoring of source water. The Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. In the 50 liters sampled each day from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, two Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected in the samples collected on Nov. 28 and 29. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the samples collected on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1. Prior to these detections, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Nov. 17, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

 

About the Portland Water Bureau

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




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Union Gospel Mission Collecting Toys for Local Children in Need
Union Gospel Mission, Portland - 12/03/21 8:00 AM

For Immediate Release                                                Contact: Courtney Dodds 

December 3, 2021                                                        971-275-2334

                                                                                    

Union Gospel Mission Collecting Toys for Local Children in Need 

 

Portland, Ore., - On Saturday, December 4th between 9-11 am Union Gospel Mission in partnership with 99.5 The Wolf will be at Washington Square Mall collecting new, unwrapped toys for the families in UGM’s LifeChange recovery program.

Bring donations to Washington Square Mall 9585 SW Washington Square Rd. Portland, OR 97223, across from Red Robin off of Washington Square Road. 

UGM’s LifeChange recovery communities are for men, single women or women with children who are escaping homelessness, abuse, addiction and trauma. LifeChange gives them a chance to heal and experience a life transformation through a safe home, counseling, education and a caring supportive community. 

If you would like to learn more about Union Gospel Mission visit www.ugmportland.org

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission’s purpose is “Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor.” Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery community for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483, ugmportland.org or on social media @ugmpdx 

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #21-34 - Homicide of Jose Santos-Elias (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 12/03/21 8:00 AM
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The Gresham Police Department, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve the homicide of Jose Santos-Elias.

On November 28, 2021, at approximately 8:43 p.m., Gresham Police Department officers responded to a death investigation call at Pat Pfeifer Park, located at 424 NE 172nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived, finding 24-year-old Jose Juan Santos-Elias, of Portland, suffering from a gunshot wound. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined Jose died as a result of being shot and has ruled the death a homicide.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Anyone wishing to submit a secure and anonymous tip regarding any unsolved felony crime should visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for your smart phone or tablet.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

Photo: Victim Jose Juan Santos-Elias

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