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Two Arrested for Burglaries in Beaverton and Gresham (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 01/19/17 12:31 PM
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On Wednesday, January 18th at 7:50 a.m. the Beaverton Police responded to a burglary in the 400 block of SW Valeria View Dr. where an apartment was entered through an unlocked, glass sliding door. The victim reported his briefcase and wallet, containing credit cards, were stolen while he slept.

During the investigation, the victim informed the officer one of the credit cards was recently used at the Walmart in Wood Village. The officer immediately contacted Walmart and confirmed two subjects who used the credit card were still at the location. With the assistance of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office these two subjects were detained at Walmart and subsequently taken into custody by the Beaverton Police.

The subjects are identified as Brooke Rachelle Bearman, 18 years old from Gresham, and Paul Warren Roys, 39 years old, transient. The investigation revealed Bearman and Roys had committed other burglaries in Beaverton and Gresham by targeting retirement communities, late at night or early in the morning looking for residences with unlocked doors to gain entry. Many of these crimes were committed while the victims were asleep in their residence.

Bearman and Roys were both lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of Burglary and Identity Theft.

The Beaverton Police want to remind everyone to please make sure your doors and windows are properly secured. These burglaries were crimes of opportunity because doors were left unlocked and could have resulted in violent confrontations had any of the victims caught the suspects in the act.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Roys , Bearman
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 01/17/17 1:57 PM
Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper installation and use of car seats will help keep children safe.

The Beaverton Police Department, in a partnership with Safe Kids Coalition-Washington County and the Kuni Auto Center, will be offering a free child car seat clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Kuni Auto Center located at 3275 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton Or, 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required, just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. The last car will be accepted at 11:30 a.m. unless demand necessitates an earlier cut off time.

As part of the clinic, parents are urged to register their car seats by mailing in the consumer registration card or by using manufacturer's website. By registering your car seat, the manufacturer has the ability to contact consumers about recalls and safety notices.

As a parent, you are your kids' strongest influence when it comes to modeling safe driving practices, including buckling up every time you get in the car. Teach your family that safety is the responsibility of all passengers as well as the driver.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Residential Fire in Milwaukie displaces home owner (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 01/16/17 9:11 PM
Crews standing by to go back in and help with the hot spots.
Crews standing by to go back in and help with the hot spots.
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Just before 6:30 this evening the home owner at 10122 SE Hollywood Street in Milwaukie came home and smoke and fire in the back area of her home. She immediately exited the home and called 911. First arriving crews from Clackamas Fire found fire coming from the back of the home, fire in the attic, and smoke all the way to the ground. Firefighters went to work extinguishing the fire and searching for any fire victims. The fire was knocked down in the living area of the home but the attic was filled with storage so crews remained on scene putting out hot spots in the attic. The home owner had cats at the home but at this time none are accounted for and a Clackamas Fire District 1 fire inspector is on scene to determine the cause. No injuries were reported and Milwaukie Police assisted by blocking the streets nearby. Red Cross also responded to help out the home owner.

If there is a smell of smoke or fire in your home always evacuate quickly and call 911.


Attached Media Files: Crews standing by to go back in and help with the hot spots. , 2017-01/799/100998/IMG_3119.JPG , Firefighter knocking down fire in the attic
Arrest in Arson Homicide from the Sifton area 1-19-17
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/17 10:33 PM
UPDATE 1-19-17 10:33 PM

On January 19, 2017, Detectives with the Clark County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit developed a suspect in the arson/ homicide from the Oasis Market which occurred on Sunday January 15th. After developing concrete information Major Crimes Detectives along with Detectives from the Tactical Detective Unit located the suspect at a relative's home and took him into custody without incident.
Detectives, with the assistance of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team then served a warrant at the 13608 NE 72 St. apartment D31 which is where the suspect had been living.

Mitchell Heng a 21 year old Vancouver resident was booked into the Clark County Jail on Murder in the first degree, Arson in the first degree and Robbery in the first degree.

Mitchell Heng should make his first appearance on January 20th.

There will be no further information released tonight.



Update 1-17-17 1000

Today the Clark County Sheriff's Office was able to confirm the identity of the victim found deceased in the fire scene on January 15th.

The victim is identified as Amy Marie Hooser, a 47 year old Vancouver resident. The manner of death has been ruled a Homicide and the cause listed as Smoke Inhalation and Blunt Force Trauma. THE VICTIM WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE STORE.

Currently there is no suspect information on this incident. The Sheriff's Office will release information via Flash News as it becomes available.

Duncan Hoss


UPDATE 1-16-17 15:00

There will be no victim identification or cause of death on the victim from the Sifton fire today. We are working with the Medical Examiner's Office to confirm the victim's identity and contact family members.





On January 15th at approximately 0533 hours 911 received a report of a business on fire at 13412 NE Fourth Plain rd. Vancouver Fire responded and arrived to a convenience store which was fully involved in fire. Despite the best attempts from the Vancouver Fire Department, the building could not be saved.

Investigators with the Clark County Fire Marshall's Office and the Clark County Major Crimes Unit responded to the location. During the investigation the body of a deceased subject was located within the rubble.

Clark County Major Crimes detectives took over the case and now are investigating this incident as a possible homicide. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office Major CrimesTeam.

The victim has not been identified as of this point. No further information on the victim will be released tonight. The will be no other information released until sometime on January 16.

Prepared by:

Sgt. Duncan Hoss
Missing Person (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/17 3:17 PM
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The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing person, Brianna R Judge. Brianna is a 23 year old female with brown hair and blue eyes, she is 5'3" tall and approximately 100 lbs. Brianna was last seen wearing calf high boots, blue jeans and a red or burgundy hoodie. Brianna left a residence in Elsi on January 10 and has not been seen or heard from since.

Brianna is known to frequent the Seaside to Astoria area, Beaverton and Portland areas. If you have any information that would be of help please contact the Sheriff's Office at 503-325-2061.

The Sheriff's Office will release additional information as it becomes available


Attached Media Files: Facebook Pictures , Brianna R Judge
Clatskanie Man Arrested on Three Counts Online Sexual Corruption (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/17 8:08 AM
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On Friday, January 13, 2017 an 18-year-old Clatskanie man was arrested by the Pacific County (WA) Sheriff's Office on behalf of the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office for alleged crimes involving online sexual corruption and sexual abuse of a local teenage girl. Theron Joseph Manley was arrested at the Pacific County Court House in South Bend, Washington based on an investigation that began in October 2016. Manley was extradited to Astoria later the same day and lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on three counts of Online Sexual Corruption I and two counts of Attempted Use of a Child in Sexual Display.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office initially received a report on October 31, 2016 from the mother of a local teenager who had discovered information on a popular social networking website indicating her daughter was in contact with Manley. The investigation revealed Manley was pressuring the 14-year-old for nude images while planning to meet the girl in person for the purpose of sexual activity. Further investigation revealed Manley had in fact met the girl in person in the city of Warrenton on at least one occasion in October for the purpose of sexual activity.
Additional evidence obtained in Sheriff's Office investigation suggests Manley used the same social networking website to arrange meetings with several other girls between the ages of 13-15 in the Warrenton and Seaside area, again, allegedly for the purpose of sexual activity. Evidence was also obtained that suggests Manley was using the website to arrange delivery of marijuana to several local teenagers. Further investigation is being conducted and additional charges may follow. If anyone knows of any additional victims or has any other information, please contact Detective Ryan Humphrey at the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office.
Media inquiries regarding this investigation should be directed to Detective Ryan Humphrey at 503-325-8635 or online at rhumphrey@co.clatsop.or.us.


Attached Media Files: Theron Joseph Manley
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office to offer training seminar titled "Surviving an Active Threat: A Civilian Response"
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/17 2:50 PM
With the growing number of terrorist and active killer events happening in our nation, Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson feels now more than ever is the time for the public to get educated on what to do should they ever experience this ever growing crisis. So we are offering this training for citizens to learn how to prepare themselves and their families should they ever come face to face with an active threat, whether it be in a school, a business, a grocery store or simply walking down the street. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office would like to invite you to this one day training seminar geared towards the citizens of Cowlitz County. Topics will include:

Troubling trends in active killer events
Human crisis response
Mental/physical preparation
Methods of survival
Law enforcement/civilian crisis interaction
Practice Scenarios

This classroom based training will provide real world examples and responses to active threat events and give you an opportunity to experience different survival methods when faced with an active threat.

When: Saturday, Feb 18th 2017 from 10am-3pm

Where: Cowlitz County Expo Center

Registration: Forms can be picked up at the Sheriff's Office or on the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office website. Cost is $10 per person. Lunch is included. Registration is limited to the first 50 Cowlitz County residents.

For registration information contact:
Deputy Jordan Spencer at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us
or call 360-577-3092


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1503/101026/active_killer_flyer_1.pdf
Gladstone Sewage Discharge Caused By Winter Rain & Melting Snow
Gladstone Police - 01/18/17 9:53 AM
Gladstone residents are reminded to avoid contact with the Clackamas River for several days due to a raw sewage discharge that occurred on January 18, 2017. The waste water and storm water systems were overtaxed by the current heavy rains and melting snow. The discharge occurred at the storm water outfall at the south end of Portland Avenue at West Clackamas.
Homicide Investigation on SE 176th Pl., Gresham
Gresham Police Dept - 01/20/17 9:33 AM
RELEASE DATE: Jan. 20, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-3626

GRESHAM, Ore.-- At 4:43 a.m. police responded to a residential alarm in the 17600 block of East Burnside St. where they found an adult male deceased. The Major Crimes Team is investigating this as a homicide.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

No additional information is available at this time.
Phone Down, Slow Down, Buckle Up: Enhanced Patrols Feb. 6-19
Gresham Police Dept - 01/16/17 2:25 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Gresham traffic officers are preparing for enhanced patrols Feb. 6 through 19, focusing on three areas: encouraging proper use of mobile communication devices, obeying speed limits, and fostering proper use of safety belts and child restraints.

With few exceptions, Oregon law prohibits a driver's use of a mobile communication device under revised statute 811.507. The law also requires drivers to obey speed limits, only driving in a manner and speed that is reasonable and prudent within the limit, under revised statute 811.100.

Oregon law requires children under one year of age, or weighing less than 20 pounds, be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. It also requires children weighing under 40 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child safety seat or booster seat, until they are eight-years-old or 4-feet-9-inches tall and the adult safety belt system fits them correctly.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 55 percent. In regards to infants under one-year-old, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of fatal injuries by 71 percent.

In order to ensure child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra patrols.



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Police Arrest 11 During December's Increased DUII Enforcement
Gresham Police Dept - 01/16/17 2:24 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Utilizing grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), Gresham traffic officers participated in enhanced DUII patrols Dec. 15, 2016 through Jan. 1, arresting eight drivers for DUII alcohol and three for DUII drugs. These 11 cases are in addition to 68 DUII alcohol arrests made throughout Gresham during December's regular patrol operations.

During this recent high-visibility enforcement campaign, 53 non-DUII related citations and 17 warnings were issued for various infractions, including: driving while suspended, speeding, cell phone use, and safety belt violations. Gresham officers will conduct additional enhanced DUII-focused enforcement missions throughout 2017, visibly increasing patrols to deter people from driving while impaired.

According to NHTSA, in 2015 Oregon had 447 traffic fatalities, of which 155 involved drivers whose blood alcohol content was at or above 0.08 percent. For more information visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/ or https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/STSI.htm#.


Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Discourage alcohol, marijuana and other drug use long before the event is over
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist them with finding a safe ride home
?,? Provide food to lessen the effects of alcohol
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver
?,? Call 911 to report impaired drivers

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Memorial Service Chief Randall Gibson
Kelso Police Dept. - 01/16/17 11:22 AM
City of Kalama
City Hall
320 N. First St.
Kalama, WA 98632
360) 673-3265
asmee@kalama.com

Date: January 16, 2017

Subject: Press Release Memorial Service Chief Randall Gibson

A memorial service honoring Kalama Police Chief Randall Gibson will take place:
Thursday January 19th
1:00 pm
New Life Church
2441 42nd Avenue
Longview, WA
Prior to the memorial service there will be a procession of Kalama Emergency Response vehicles only, honoring Chief Gibson through the community of Kalama. Details concerning route location and times will be announced soon.
The family requests that donations in-lieu of flowers be made to the Behind the Badge Foundation (BehindTheBadgeFoundation.org)
There will be a private reception for the family in Kalama following the ceremony.

Additionally, a Chief Randall Gibson Memorial Fund has been established through Heritage Bank. Donations can be made directly through Heritage Bank branches in Kelso and Longview or can be made at the Kalama City Offices, 195 North First Street, Kalama, WA.

All City of Kalama offices will close at 11:00 am Thursday January 19th.


Adam Smee
City Administrator
Sodaville Area Home Destroyed By Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 01/15/17 4:59 PM
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A fire which started on the rear porch of a Sodaville manufactured home quickly spread to the entire structure and left the occupants with the total loss of their home. Multiple callers reported the fire at 30245 Townsend Road at 2:23 p.m. and responding fire crews could see a large column of smoke while traveling to the scene. The Battalion Chief called for a second alarm to bring more firefighters and water to the scene while en route, and the Albany Fire Department responded by sending a water tender.
First arriving LFD units described a manufactured home fully engulfed in flames and two occupants safely outside the home watching it burn. According to a resident, she was in a bedroom of the home and noticed smoke coming into her room around the closed bedroom door. She opened the door to see smoke throughout the house and fire burning on the back porch. She alerted her father in law who was also in a bedroom and the two escaped the house along with their dog. There were no working smoke detectors in the home.
Interviews with the occupants have led fire investigators to believe the fire was caused by smoker's carelessness as moments before the fire one resident had been on the back porch smoking a cigarette which was discarded into an ashtray and then into a plastic paint bucket filled with discarded cigarette butts and other debris. Investigators believe that the cigarette was not properly extinguished, which resulted in a fire in the bucket which then quickly spread through the enclosed porch and into the home.
Firefighters remind smokers to use extreme caution with discarded cigarettes and to avoid disposing of matches or butts inside of structures. Additionally, firefighters stress the extreme importance of having multiple working smoke detectors on all levels of your home. For more information on home fire safety contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

For HD Video of this and other LFD incidents, please subscribe to the Lebanon Fire District YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents, please follow the Lebanon Fire District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/?ref=bookmarks

For updates on large scale incidents within the Lebanon Fire District, follow us on Twitter: @LebanonFD


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LFD, State HAZMAT Team Respond To Lebanon Fuel Spill (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 01/15/17 10:23 AM
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A gasoline tanker filling holding tanks at the Park Street Chevron station experienced an uncontrolled fuel release at approximately 8:00am Sunday morning. The problem is believed to be associated with a malfunctioning valve or vapor return mechanism. The Lebanon Fire District reposted and discovered approximately 30 gallons of gasoline had been lost onto the property. Crews quickly contained the spill using booms and absorbent to prevent it from entering the sanitary sewer system. The Regional HAZMAT team of the State Fire Marshals Office was activated and responded from Albany with members of the Albany Fire Department to assist LFD with the hazard mitigation. Crews worked to disconnect the fill line from the truck while preventing further release of product. Units cleared the scene at 10:20 am,

HD video of this and other LFD incidents is available on the LFD YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

Photos available on the LFD Facebook page.


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Tip of the Week January 23, 2017 - Elk and Deer Winter Migration
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 01/19/17 11:20 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: January 23, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers
541-265-0652
clanders@co.lincoln.or.us


Elk and Deer Winter Migration

This winter the Central Oregon Coast is experiencing unseasonably colder weather. Although the weather slows down our daily commute, we are not nearly as affected as wildlife, specifically elk and deer.

Natural food sources are lean in the upper elevations in the coast range during the winter as snow falls covering the ground. This year with deep snow accumulation in the coast range and freezing temperatures down to sea level, elk and deer have moved to even lower elevations to find adequate food.

These additional movements often mean that the animals are crossing major roads both day and night which creates hazards to motorists. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office would like motorists and spectators to be mindful of the animal movements. If you see one deer cross in front of you chances are there is another one behind.

Please take into account that the animals are often stressed due to additional migration in search of food. When spectating please keep a minimum distance of 100 yards from wildlife. If the animals begin to move from your presence, don't follow them. Oregon Revised Statute 498.006 does protect the chasing or harassing of wildlife.

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

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Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
Ph: 541-265-0652


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/5490/101086/012317-Elk_and_Deer_Migration.pdf
Update - Rope Team Rescues Man from Icy Slope
Longview Police & Fire - 01/16/17 10:17 AM
The rescue incident occurred on a hillside near the 2000 block of 38th Avenue in Longview. The slope was approximately 600 feet from the top of the ridge to the access road below. The incident was reported just before 5:30 PM and the last of our rescue personnel had left the scene at 8:20 PM.
Rope Team Rescues Man from Icy Slope (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 01/16/17 10:04 AM
Special operations team member Russ Reese and Brett Johnson secure a rescue line below the victim.
Special operations team member Russ Reese and Brett Johnson secure a rescue line below the victim.
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Longview, WA -- A man phoned 911 to say he was cold and stranded on an icy hillside in Longview Sunday evening. The approximately 30-year-old Clatskanie resident had hiked down from a ridgetop about 200 feet when the slope became perilously steep. He attempted to turn around but due to ice and snow became stranded.

Crews from American Medical Response and the Longview Fire Department, including Acting Lieutenant Brett Venneri from the fire department's Special Operations Team arrived at the scene minutes after the first call. They were able to make verbal contact with the subject on the hillside. As additional responders descended on the scene the 911 center was able to reestablish contact with the man and relay instructions from rescue teams.

Longview Firefighters used a four-wheel drive command vehicle to place rescuers above the victim. Acting Lieutenant Venneri then descended a rope to contact the victim directly and to assess him for injuries. Ultimately, crews extended additional ropes and lowered the man to safety. He was transported by AMR paramedics to St. John Medical Center for hypothermia treatment and was in stable condition. Due to federal privacy laws, the patient's identity cannot be released.

"Though these types of rescues occur irregularly in our community, we must remain prepared", said Battalion Chief Eric Koreis, the incident commander from Longview Fire. "While our crews were able to effect a safe rescue last night, the community needs to know that there is a tremendous network of collaboration that exists behind the scenes", said Koreis. "Multiple agencies including Kalama Fire District 5 and Toutle Fire District 3 had personnel ready to respond and assist; Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputies were at the scene coordinating volunteer support personnel from Search and Rescue, 2 medic units from AMR mobilized to the scene for patient treatment and rescuer support, and a dozen Longview Fire employees were called back to work to provide normal emergency coverage for the City during the incident", he said.

Recognizing the tremendous resources required to effect his rescue, the victim repeatedly thanked rescuers during the incident. "You are all heroes, real heroes", he said.


Attached Media Files: Special operations team member Russ Reese and Brett Johnson secure a rescue line below the victim.
Sex Offender Notification (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/17 10:41 AM
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Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS 181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: Michael Lloyd Reese
SID#: 3839164
DOB: 04/11/1953
CURRENT AGE: 063

RACE: W SEX: M
HEIGHT: 5' 11'' WEIGHT: 210lbs
HAIR: BRO EYES: HAZ

RESIDENCE: 650 LOCUST ST NE SALEM, OR 97301

Michael Lloyd Reese is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of : KIDNAPPING I, KIDNAPPING I, SODOMY I

This person was granted Supervision on: 07/17/2015
Supervision expiration date is: 07/16/2018

Special restrictions include:
[X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol

Other: Reese has a history of offending against female stranger victims between the ages of 6 -- 31 years.


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Deputies respond to a report of a gunshot wound at a residence outside of Turner *** UPDATE 1***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/14/17 5:13 PM
Investigators along with the Medical Examiners Office continued their investigation today regarding the couple found deceased inside of their home on Valley View Rd SE. Evidence has indicated this was a murder / suicide. The couple was identified as 75 year old Buster Parker and 78 year old Christel Parker.

The family has been notified regarding the detail of this investigation and they are not available for comment. There also is no photographs available of the couple.





Today at about 9:55 am, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of two people found deceased inside of a residence in the 5700 block of Valley View Rd SE. This is very preliminary information as the investigation is still ongoing. The Medical Examiner and District Attorney's office is also involved along with Marion County Detectives.

Based on the investigation at this point, there is no belief that the public is at risk. There is no PIO on scene of this incident and the time frame of further press releases is unknown at this time.
McMinnville Man arrested for stabbing near Burger King (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 01/18/17 10:33 PM
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On January 18th at about 6:00 pm, McMinnville Officers were dispatched to Burger King parking lot at 2250 N 99W on a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, police and EMS personnel assisted the 30 year old white male victim, a McMinnville resident, who had received a 3 inch knife wound across the front of his neck. He was treated at Willamette Valley Medical Center and later released.

The suspect had left the scene before police arrived. McMinnville police officers and Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies searched the area. Based on a citizen report, YCSO deputies later located and arrested the suspect who was at the OSU Extension Office at 2050 NE Lafayette Avenue. He was taken into custody peacefully. A knife suspected of being used in the assault was also recovered.

The suspect, Marvin Leroy Smith, age 59, of McMinnville, was lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for Assault 2 and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Security Release Amount totaling $157,500.00.

Anyone with questions or further information is asked to call the McMinnville Police Department Tip Line at 503-434-2337


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MCSO Detectives Conduct Death Investigation (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/20/17 3:18 PM
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On Friday, 01/20/2017, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report that a passerby driving on NW Skyline Blvd, near the intersection of Newton Rd, found an unresponsive person laying near their vehicle. MCSO deputies responded to the area, where they determined the adult male was deceased.

MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting an investigation, no signs of foul play are present. The body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.


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MCSO Announces 2017 Legislative Agenda
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/16/17 9:30 AM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) is pleased to issue its 2017 Legislative Agenda, for the pending federal and state legislative sessions (Agenda attached). This is the first time MCSO is publishing a Legislative Agenda, which is commonly recognized as a first step to engaging session.

"I am looking forward to working with our federal delegation and state legislators over the course of this legislative year. Public safety is a historic corner stone of session; I hope to serve as a resource and further thoughtful conversation as legislative measures about law enforcement and corrections are vetted," said Sheriff Michael Reese.

Legislative agenda's identify core values and assess an organization's role and needs in the intergovernmental arena. Legislative agenda's help organizations announce priorities despite dynamics unique to session:

Roughly 500 registered interest groups lobby 90 legislators and the Governor, each session

During Oregon's last long session in 2015, approximately 2,800 measures were introduced, not including amendments, resolutions, or memorials, resulting in about 800 new laws

Of the estimated 2,800 measures introduced, almost 700 measures had demonstrable impacts on public safety

Of the 800 new laws, nearly 200 laws were either directly or indirectly applicable to law enforcement, corrections, or business service operations

Prioritized issues are based upon criteria that touch upon intergovernmental responsibilities for property, programming, or monies; gaps in the law, public interest and more. Priorities for MCSO, turn on procedural justice, gun violence reduction, diversionary programming and corrections health.

"The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to advocating for policies that will strengthen community safety, making Multnomah County a better and more just place for all who live here. Our Legislative Agenda prioritizes challenging areas of public safety and attempts to give a voice to vulnerable populations in the County," said Sheriff Michael Reese.

The Multnomah County's Board of Commissioners are slated to adopt a County-wide Legislative Agenda later this month. The Oregon State Legislative session convenes February 1, 2017.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1276/100980/MCSO_2017_Legislative_Agenda_-_Final.pdf
Two-Deer Poaching Case in the Wolf Creek area - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 01/19/17 6:22 PM
On October 26, 2016, a Lane County Sheriff Deputy stopped a pickup truck being operated by Hunter Dillen JOHNSON, age 19, of Noti, Oregon. The Deputy discovered the carcasses of a Black-tailed deer doe and a Black-tailed deer spike in the bed of the pickup. JOHNSON produced a hunting license and tag issued to another person. The Deputy called the Oregon State Police to investigate.

Trooper Todd Cutsforth, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife, responded to investigate. The investigation revealed that JOHNSON had shot and killed both deer that date, one with a .22 caliber rimfire rifle. JOHNSON had already filled his valid tag earlier in the season and had no right to be hunting additional deer.

On January 18, 2017, JOHNSON plead guilty to five charges: Unlawful Borrowing of Deer Tag, Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Doe without Valid Tag, Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Doe (Exceeding Bag Limit), Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Spike without Valid Tag, and Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Spike (Prohibited Method-Rimfire Rifle).

JOHNSON was sentenced to three years court probation, a three-year suspension of all hunting privileges, four days in the Lane County Jail with a recommendation it be served on the Road Crew, $2,000 restitution to the State of Oregon for the taking of the deer, and a special condition of probation that he not participate in any hunting excursions during the period of probation.

Oregon State Police donated the seized deer to a local church in the Florence area for dispersal to families in need. Additionally, OSP seized two rifles in JOHNSON's possession which were ordered forfeited to OSP.

By law, wildlife is the property of the State of Oregon. No person shall angle for, take, hunt, trap or possess, or assist another in angling for, taking, hunting, trapping or possessing any wildlife in violation of the wildlife laws and established rules.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
$100 Game Fish
$100 Upland Birds
$200 Habitat
$250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
$500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)
OSP Troopers Patrolling Mule Deer Winter Ranges - Central Oregon
Oregon State Police - 01/19/17 2:55 PM
OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers will be conducting saturation patrols on Oregon's "winter ranges" to protect deer and elk from illegal activity and poachers. These areas are vital to deer and elk in order to avoid heavy snowfall, have access to food sources and rear their offspring.

Not only will there be patrols on the ground, OSP F&W aircraft will be flying daytime and nighttime missions over these areas. Troopers will be searching for those violating road closures and "spotlighters".

Saturation patrols will occur in the White River Wildlife Area, Silver Lake Unit, Fort Rock Unit, Paulina Unit and Metolius Unit. These units are home to thousands of wintering deer and elk.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1002/101096/WINTER_RANGE_2017.docx
Redding California Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Crimes - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 01/18/17 7:03 PM
On January 17, 2017, the Oregon State Police Criminal Division began an investigation into a runaway 13 year-old female from Josephine County. She was reported to be in the company of an adult male.

At about 8:00 a.m., on January 18, 2017, a patrol trooper stopped to check on a disabled motorist on Interstate 5 at milepost nine, south of Ashland. The trooper identified the female juvenile and determined she was the listed runaway from Josephine County. The detective assigned to the case responded and continued the investigation. The victim and suspect met through an adult dating website.

The suspect, Francis Marcel WARD, age 21, of Redding, California, was arrested on sexual abuse related charges from Josephine County and additional charges will be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office at a later date. WARD was processed and lodged at the Josephine County Correctional Facility.

This is an active investigation and no further information is to be released at this time.

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Highway 140 West Crash Kills Two from California - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/17 4:35 PM
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On January 17, 2017, at about 10:52 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 140 West near milepost 38 (1/2 mile east of Dead Indian Memorial Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup, operated by Chu VANG, age 51, and female passenger Pa VANG, age 47, both of Sacramento California, was traveling westbound when it lost control and slid sideways into the path of an eastbound 2008 International box semi-truck, operated by Denny CHOATE, age 38, of Grants Pass. The International impacted the passenger side of the Toyota causing extensive damage. Chu VANG and Pa VANG suffered fatal injuries while CHOATE suffered minor injuries and declined emergency medical care.

The roadway was snow-covered, yet was plowed and sanded. Information indicates that speed may have been a contributing factor. Seatbelts were utilized and airbags deployed.

Highway 140 West was closed for approximately one hour following the crash. One lane was opened for three hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Rocky Point Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). More information will be released when it becomes available.

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***Update*** Search Ongoing For Eugene Area Man And Son Swept To Sea - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/16/17 10:22 AM
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The search for the missing persons has lasted throughout the night and this morning by the US Coast Guard. The adult male or his three year old son ave not yet been located. The adult male has been identified as 31 year old Jayson Dean THOMAS, of Elmira, Oregon.

OSP does not usually release the names of juveniles unless there is consent by the family or if the juvenile is a public safety threat. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous Release:
On January 15, 2016 at about 1PM, emergency personnel responded to the report of an adult male and a toddler swept out to sea on the beach near Floras Lake in Curry County.

Preliminary information revealed a family from the Eugene area was on the beach when a 31 year old male and his 3 year old son were swept out to sea by a wave. This area of the beach has a steep angle to the water and the seas were rough at the time of the incident.

The US Coast Guard began a search by air with two helicopters and 47 foot MLB (motor life boat). OSP Troopers and other first responders began scouring the beach using ATVs. The search from the shore lasted until about 6PM. The US Coast Guard will be searching into the night by the air and by ground.

The name of the missing persons will be withheld until tomorrow to allow family notifications. OSP was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Sixes River Fire, and Port Orford Fire. More information will be released tomorrow as it becomes available.


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***Name Correction*** Lyons Teenager Loses Life In Highway 226 Crash - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 01/16/17 10:12 AM
Drivers name is Emily not Emil

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Previous Release:
On January 15, 2016 at about 7:50PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 226 near milepost 22 (just west of Lyons). Upon emergency personnel arriving on scene they found a car had struck a power pole and an 18 year old female was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chrysler passenger vehicle was westbound on Highway 226 (Albany-Lyons Highway) near Rashmar Road when it lost control and left the highway. It slid down a steep embankment, struck a powerpole on the driver's side, and then rolled over. A Linn County Sheriff's Deputy was first on scene and found the driver, Emily J REEDY, age 18, of Lyons, was deceased.

The roadway conditions were icy at the time of the crash. OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and others. More information will be released when it becomes available.
***Update - More details and photos*** Nevada Man Killed In Plane Crash Near Cape Blanco - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/14/17 11:10 AM
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The pilot killed in Friday's aircraft crash has been identified as Raymond J WULFENSTEIN, age 80, of Pahrump, Nevada. Information from the family is that WULFENSTEIN also maintained a residence in Lakeside, Oregon.

Investigation has revealed the on January 13, 2017 at about 11:50AM, WULFENSTEIN, radioed FAA air controllers and said he was losing sight in one of his eyes and needed to land his plane. No further radio contact was made with him thereafter. A USCG helicopter crew overheard the distress call and headed to the area to search for the aircraft.

The FAA notified Curry County 911 that a Coast Guard helicopter was looking for a plane south of the Cape Blanco State Park. FAA requested assistance in checking the Cape Blanco State Airport to see if the aircraft had landed there. Sixes River Fire Department checked the airport and the plane was not there.

At about 1PM, the USCG helicopter crew located the crashed airplane on the beach near the mouth of the Elk River. The crew landed the helicopter and checked on WULFENSTEIN, who had been ejected during the crash, and found him to be deceased.

The Curry County Sheriff's Office and OSP responded to the scene. It is unknown at this time if WULFENSTEIN was attempting a beach landing, but the 1980 Piper Dakota violently collided with the sand. The plane was totaled following the crash and was later removed and taken offsite for NTSB investigators.

No further releases are anticipated in the near future.

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Previous release:
On January 13, 2017 about 1:20PM OSP and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crashed airplane on the ocean beach near Cape Blanco (near the mouth of Elk River).

The US Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to search the area after overhearing a distress call between a pilot and the FAA. After a search, they located the wreckage and alerted first responders. At the scene, a deceased male was located near the wreckage who is believed to be the pilot. It is believed he suffered some sort of medical issue prior to the crash.

First responders will remain on scene into the evening pending further investigation which will be ongoing through Saturday. OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office, the US Coast Guard, and Sixes River Fire. The man's name is being held pending notification to the family. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Visit US Coast Guard's twitter at @uscgpacificnw and facebook at @uscgpnw for further details on their involvement.


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17-Year-Old Given Park Exclusion, Weapons Seized During Protest March (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/19/17 10:48 PM
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In the afternoon hours of Thursday January 19, 2017, an "Anti-Betsy DeVos Walkout" event was held at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Downtown Portland. A group of approximately 50 teens and adults gathered for speeches at 4:00 p.m., then began marching in the street on Southwest Morrison Street, against traffic, at approximately 5:00 p.m.

The group marched through the streets to Salmon Street Springs in Tom McCall Waterfront Park to listen to more speeches. Vehicular traffic was impacted by the protest marchers walking against traffic but there were no major incidents reported to police.

An alert community member alerted police to the presence of a teen male in Pioneer Courthouse Square with a machete strapped to his backpack (a violation of City of Portland Park Rules - http://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/?c=28627&a=147782)

At Salmon Street Springs, officers contacted the 17-year-old male and issued him a 30-day park exclusion for Waterfront Park and took the machete and two other knives from him for safekeeping (photo attached, cell phone used for scale).

There were no significant incidents related to the march and the group broke up shortly after arriving at Waterfront Park.

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Inauguration Protests Events Anticipated in Downtown Portland on Friday and Saturday
Portland Police Bureau - 01/19/17 1:17 PM
The Portland Police Bureau is anticipating numerous protest events to occur in Portland in conjunction with the Presidential Inauguration. Most events appear to be scheduled for Downtown Portland; however there are some events over the weekend that appear to be set for Northeast Portland's Holladay Park, Southeast Portland's Mt. Tabor Park, North Portland's Columbia Park, and the East 162nd Avenue MAX Station.

The events on Friday January 20, 2017, are anticipated to begin starting at 12:00 p.m. and last throughout the afternoon. There could be an impact to traffic and TriMet has announced they have developed contingently plans for transit; riders should check http://www.trimet.org/alerts in advance of any travel to learn about service disruptions and route changes.

The "Women's March on Portland" is scheduled for Saturday January 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. as part of a national series of events. The event organizers have worked with City of Portland officials to ensure a safe and orderly event.

While most people attending these events may be peaceful, the Bureau has received information that some people interested in attending the protests may attempt to conduct criminal behavior similar to actions conducted in November 2016 after the election. The Bureau's goal is to facilitate a peaceful protest and to prevent criminal behavior from happening during the events.

Everyone attending any of the various protest events is encouraged to obey all laws and be respectful of others who are using city streets, freeways and mass transit. Marching into and blocking streets without a permit is illegal and dangerous to protesters as well as road users and has a significantly negative impact to our community. Pedestrians walking on the freeway is illegal and extremely dangerous to all road users.

The Portland Police Bureau will investigate reports of criminal behavior and work to identify suspects during and after any incidents. In November 2016 there were several incidents of criminal mischief resulting in arrests. Some of the suspects remain unidentified and pictures are posted at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/canyouidme/

The Bureau will provide updates via Twitter (@portlandpolice) as needed and will post news releases on significant events that occur as a result of the protests.

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Suspect Pleads Guilty to 1995 Homicide of Darrin Ezell (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/17/17 1:39 PM
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On Friday January 13, 2017, 47-year-old Adrian Cavette Stafford pled guilty to one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree in connection with the 1995 murder of Darrin Ezell. Adrian Stafford is awaiting sentencing in this case, which is expected to be 19 years in prison.

51-year-old Danny Conner and 53-year-old Vinson Louis White previously pled guilty and are also awaiting sentencing.

A fourth defendant, 47-year-old Selwyn Terris Stafford (Adrian's brother), is awaiting trial in this case.

This investigation started on December 20, 1995, at approximately 7:20 a.m., when 24-year-old Darrin Ezell was killed while sleeping inside his home, located in the 9300 block of Southeast Ramona Street. Two children were in the home at the time of the homicide but were not harmed.

In 2012, Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit Detectives Jim Lawrence and Meredith Hopper began reviewing the case and developed new leads in the investigation. Detectives worked in collaboration with Chief Deputy District Attorney Kirsten Snowden, Senior Deputy District Attorney John Casalino and Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, which assists in reviewing cold cases for possible prosecution.

The Cold Case Homicide Unit reviews unsolved murders in the Portland area and, since its inception in 2004, has reviewed approximately 250 homicide cases and solved more than 40.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is comprised of a Sergeant and four Detectives who are assisted by several retired investigators who volunteer their time to assist in solving cases.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit has a close partnership with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit's slogan is: "We don't give up. We never give up."

Information about many of these unsolved homicides can be viewed by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35696

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Salem Police Officer Involved in On-duty Shooting
Salem Police Dept. - 01/14/17 8:37 AM
UPDATE: January 14, 2017, 8:25 am

The suspect in last night's officer involved shooting has been identified as 33-year old Casey Duane Howe of Salem. He was transported to a Portland area hospital during the night where he remains in stable condition.

Further media releases on this incident will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office and/or the Oregon State Police.k



UPDATE: January 13, 2017, 11:00 pm

A Salem Police officer was involved in an on-duty shooting at about 7:25 pm on Friday evening, January 13, 2017.

Corporal Jake Pratt was responding to a report of a wanted person and made contact with a subject on the east side of the Applebee's Restaurant at 2625 Liberty St NE. Preliminary information indicates the suspect was armed with a knife and a confrontation ensued with Cpl Pratt. Cpl Pratt fired his handgun and struck the suspect. A knife was recovered at the scene.

The suspect, who is not being identified at this time pending notification of his family, was transported to Salem Health. His current condition is unknown. Cpl Pratt was not injured in the incident and will be placed on administrative leave as common procedure following an incident of this nature.

The Salem Police Department has requested the Oregon State Police investigate this incident, and the investigation will continue in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney's Office as is standard procedure for incidents of this nature.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Lt Okada will be available at the scene on the west side of the Applebee's restaurant at 11:20 pm.








A Salem Police Officer has been involved in a shooting on duty. The officer is not injured.

The condition of the suspect is not available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Sandy Fire District Recognizes Service "Over and Above" (Photo)
Sandy Fire District - 01/17/17 3:31 PM
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Sandy Fire District announced award recipients during their annual banquet Saturday, January 14th. Sandy Fire is a combination paid/volunteer fire District. This team is notably successful because of the exemplary character, work ethic and commitment to service that the individuals working together demonstrate. Volunteer and paid staff combined provided an incredible 22,557 hours of service to the community in 2016! We responded to 2,281 alarms and logged 6,767 training hours.

In a team, there are always individuals who stand out as examples of what the organization is most proud of, below are those who have gone over and above in demonstrating their ability to work under extreme pressure, and their desire to learn and to teach. It is individuals such as these that challenge us to meet them at the top.

Probationary Firefighter of the Year -- Firefighters Paul Brady & Kelsi Bennett

For the 1st time we awarded Co-Probationary Firefighter(s) of the Year.

Probationary Firefighter Paul Brady responded to 288 alarms and served 728 hours as a crew member. Firefighter Brady completed his probationary year with 301 hours of training. Paul is a natural leader and his hard work and dedication is not only an example of the type of person he is, but how dedicated he is to serving the community.

Probationary Firefighter Kelsi Bennett responded to 399 alarms and served 444 hours as a crew member. Firefighter Bennett completed her probationary year with 227 hours of training. Kelsi's personality and spirit is something that brings a group together, her laughter will brighten up any room.

Firefighter of the Year -- Firefighter Glenn Yeager

Volunteer Firefighter Glenn Yeager had 263 hours of training, over 1,650 crew hours and responded to 560 alarms, providing 1,984 hours of service to the District and community! Firefighter Yeager chairs the Explorer program and the Sportsman's Breakfast Committee, helps with recruit drills and is on the Water Rescue Team. The Firefighter of the Year award recognizes the desire to serve the community, sacrifice, perseverance and dedication of an individual. To be the Firefighter of the Year is the highest honor a firefighter can receive. This is Firefighter Yeager's sixth time receiving this award. Thank you Glenn!

Top Responder Awards
The 5 Top Responders for 2016 included:
Glenn Yeager - 560 Alarms
Doug Dietrich -- 409 Alarms
Ethan Pearson -- 390 Alarms
Nick Tharp-- 380 Alarms
Jordan Flikkema -- 271 Alarms

Years of Service Recognition:
25 years of service: Lieutenant Brook Karstetter
20 years of service: Captain Andy Crofts
10 years of service: Firefighter Matt Christie, Firefighter TJ Zander and Bookkeeper Ann Rogers
5 years of service: Firefighter James McCamman and Firefighter Shawn Crawford

Photos attached provided by District Photographer Robynn Wolf.
Photo 1 -- Probationary Firefighter Paul Brady, Probationary Firefighter Kelsi Bennett, and Division Chief Jason McKinnon -- Probationary Firefighter of the Year
Photo 2 -- Firefighter Glenn Yeager - Firefighter of the Year

For additional information or to schedule a photo opportunity or interview with any of the Fire Service Members listed above contact: Nannette Howland at 503.668.8093.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/18/2017
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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/18/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-102

On 01/18/2017 at 2230 hrs., officers responded to a vehicle crash near the 400 block of SE Ivy Road. It was determined that 1999 Toyota Tacoma, which was parked on the shoulder area, got out of gear. The Toyota rolled backwards, crossed the street, crashed through a fence and into two parked vehicles. The owner of the other vehicles were contacted and a crash report was taken.

SANDY:

18 2017-100

On 01/18/2017 at about 0059 hrs., police responded to a report of an unwanted intoxicated person at a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-101

On 01/18/2017 at about 1521 hrs., a citizen in the 37000 block of Goldenrain Street reported her daughter had ran away from home. The juvenile was entered into appropriate databases.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/17/2017
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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/17/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-91

On 01/17/2017 at about 0806 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle overnight. A report was taken.

1C 2017-95

On 01/17/2017 at 1400 hrs., police received a report about a hit and run traffic crash that occurred in a unknown location in the city of Estacada. A report was taken.

1C 2017-97

On 01/17/2017 at 1514 hrs., police received a phone report regarding the theft of gas from a vehicle while parked in the 400 block of SW Hawthorn Road. A report was taken.

1C 2017-98

On 01/17/2017 at 1843 hrs, police responded to a traffic crash on Highway 224 near SE Main Street. The crash involved one vehicle which struck a light pole belonging to the city of Estacada. Upon arrival the vehicle was un-occupied. The driver was not located. The
vehicle was towed from the scene.

SANDY

18 2017-89

On 01/17/2017 at about 0051 hrs., officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 17000 block of Sue Lane. Upon investigating the incident, it was determined that no mandatory arrest crimes had occurred. Both parties were provided with domestic violence resource cards and were advised a report would document the incident.

18 2017-90

On 01/17/2017 at about 0332 hrs., police responded to a suspicious person call in the 17000 block of Meinig Avenue. Officers arrested Kyle S. Mitchell (28, of Estacada) and King R. Hufford (28, of Brightwood). Both were arrested on warrants, possession of heroin, possession of burglary tools, theft and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. They were both lodged at Clackamas County Jail on $42,734 and $30,000 bail, respectively.

18 2017-CAD

On 01/17/2017 at about 0956 hrs., police took a walk-in report at Sandy Police Department about a theft. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-96

On 01/17/2017 at about 1630 hrs., police took a hit & run report fropm the 16000 block of 362nd Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-99

On 01/17/2017 at about 2124 hrs., police responded to the 40000 block of Fawn Street regarding a domestic disturbance. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-100

On 01/18/2017 at about 0059 hrs., police responded to the 37000 block of Highway 26 regarding an unwanted person at a business. A report is pending (CAD).
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ESTACADA:

1C 2017-75

On 01/13/2017 at around 0558 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of an unwanted person in the 300 block of SE Main Street. Timothy D. Peden (53, of Estacada) was arrested for trespassing and was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $1,500 bail.

1C 2017-76

On 01/12/2017 at 1033 hrs., police responded to a domestic disturbance in the parking lot of the Estacada Fire Department. It was determined that no crime had been committed at that time and the parties agreed to separate.

1C 2017-81

On 01/14/2017 at about 1621 hrs., police responded to a report of a theft from a
vehicle on the 200 block of NW Zobrist Street. A Sandy police officer had recovered the victims stolen property the previous night and had arrested the suspect. Officers returned the stolen property to the victim and provided them with this case number.

1C 2017-82

On 01/14/2017 at 2218 hrs., police were contacted regarding a theft by deception that had occurred at around 2000 hours in the 300 block NE Main street. It was reported that a person had lured another person to town to sell him a vehicle and had taken some money from him without providing a vehicle. The case is under investigation.

1C 2017-84

On 01/15/2017 at about 1456 hrs., police responded to the 500 block of N Broadway
Street on a report of a criminal mischief. Officers documented the damage and provided the reporting party with the case number.

SANDY:

18 2017-68

On 01/12/2017 at about 0126 hrs., police conducted a traffic stop in the 39000 block of Highway 211. A subject on scene was identified as a person having an arrest warrant; a report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-69

On 01/12/2017 at 0805 hrs., police responded to a theft in the 38000 block of Proctor Boulevard. The reporting party stated two male suspects stole propane tanks from their business and left in a dark colored vehicle. The incident occurred during closed hours.

18 2017-70

On 01/12/2017 at about 1316 hrs., a citizen came to the police department to report an attempted identity theft via a tech support scam. The woman reported clicking on a
pop-up ad on her computer, then calling a number after the ad claimed her computer was infected with viruses. The victim supplied a copy of a check and other identifying information before realizing the scam and taking steps to prevent any theft. No money was stolen and the suspects are not local.

18 2017-71

On 01/12/2017 at about 1400 hrs., the driver of a tractor trailer reported a crash between his vehicle and another on SE 362nd Drive near Skogan Road. The driver of the other vehicle, a yellow box truck, stopped only long enough to take pictures of the reporting party's truck and his own before leaving the scene without providing his information as required by law.

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On 01-12-17, at 1643 hrs., officers were dispatched to the 39000 block of Hood Street on a death investigation. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner assisted in the investigation and the death was determined to be a suicide.

18 2017-74

On 01/12/2017 at around 2253 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a runaway juvenile in the 39300 block of Gary Street. A report was taken and the juvenile was entered as runaway.

18 2017-77

On 01/08/2017 at about 1728 hrs., a subject damaged the property of a business in the 39000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. There was video of the event, and the case will be forwarded to the detective for review and possible followup.

18 2017-85

On 01/15/2017 at about 1832 hrs., an officer observed a pickup truck driving erratically, striking a curb twice on Bluff Road near Bell Street. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was found to be impaired by the consumption of alcohol. William P. Farrar (52, of Sandy), was arrested and subsequently lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of DUII and Reckless Driving. The total bail was $5,000.

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On 01/16/17 at 1548 hrs., officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 37000 block of Goldenrain Street. The investigation revealed a 16 year old juvenile had slapped his mom and left an injury to her face. The case will be forwarded to the DA's Office.

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On 01/16/2017 at about 2030 hrs., officers stopped a pickup truck for a traffic violation. They learned that the driver, Gregory D. Frank (55, of Woodburn), had his driving privileges revoked at the felony level. He was arrested, and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for Felony Driving While Suspended or Revoked, with $20,000 bail. The truck was impounded.

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On 01/16/2017 at about 2212 hrs., police responded to assist with a motor vehicle crash in the 31000 block of Daphne Court in Boring. EMS attended, and a report is pending (CAD).
Ice Storm to proceed Flood watch (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 01/16/17 9:12 AM
Ice Storm
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Winter Storm set to hit Tuesday
Ice and Freezing rain to proceed Flood watch

Sheridan Oregon, January 14, 2017:
Reports from the National Weather Service are indicating that our area is supposed to see a drop in temperatures for Tuesday morning followed by freezing rain in the late afternoon with continued threat of ice through Tuesday night. Below is the report released by the National Weather Service
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CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SALEM...MCMINNVILLE
504 AM PST MON JAN 16 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM EARLY TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH
TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH FOR SIGNIFICANT ICING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM EARLY
TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

TIMING...FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY TUESDAY
MORNING...INCREASING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. TEMPERATURES ARE
EXPECTED TO SLOWLY CLIMB ABOVE FREEZING AROUND MIDDAY
TUESDAY...ENDING THE FREEZING RAIN THREAT TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

ICE ACCUMULATION...AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH...MAINLY NEAR NEWBERG
AND MCMINNVILLE. OTHER AREAS SUCH AS SALEM AND AUMSVILLE ARE
EXPECTED TO SEE LESS ICING...GENERALLY AROUND ONE TENTH OF AN
INCH OR LESS.

IMPACTS...SEVERAL DAYS OF VERY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL MAKE
GROUND SURFACES LIKE ROADS AND SIDEWALKS VERY RECEPTIVE TO ICE
ACCUMULATION. IT MAY TAKE A COUPLE HOURS OF TEMPERATURES ABOVE
FREEZING TO COMPLETELY END THE FREEZING RAIN THREAT AT ANY GIVEN
LOCATION. ICE ACCUMULATION ON TREES AND POWER LINES MAY RESULT
IN DOWNED BRANCHES AND LINES...WHICH WOULD BRING THE THREAT OF
POWER OUTAGES TUESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS. FUTURE
DRIVING...BICYCLING...AND WALKING CONDITIONS MAY BECOME
HAZARDOUS...SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
ALSO...BE PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL POWER OUTAGES AS ICE MAY BRING
BRANCHES AND POWER LINES DOWN TUESDAY.
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With this ice storm coming in within days of the Flood watch it is important for people to understand the dynamic weather we expect to see over the next four days. With the geographic diversity of our area comes the possibility of seeing a wide range of weather to include ice, snow, fog, freezing rain, rain, flooding and moderate winds. We are asking people to avoid traveling as much as possible. It is also recommended to prepare their emergency kit (Bottled water, candles, flashlights, canned/non perishable food, blankets....) and have a plan for a power outage.
As more information about the forecasted weather, preparations or any recommendations becomes available we will send additional press releases.

Related resources
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=45.099278788000504&lon=-123.3948292669997#.WHz2IvkrLD5
http://www.cityofsheridanor.com
http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/emergency-management
http://www.weather.gov/
http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/


Attached Media Files: Ice Storm
Winter Storm brings potential for flooding (Photo)
Sheridan Fire Dist. - 01/15/17 1:46 AM
Flooding in Sheridan
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Yamhill County asking Residents to get ready
Sheridan Oregon, January 15, 2017:
Reports from the National Weather Service along with other State and national sources are expecting the next week to bring the potential of flooding. The Sheridan Fire District urges residents to pay close attention to local weather reports and make preparations for the possible flooding in our area.

At this time we are expecting snow melt to begin Monday with heavy rains Tuesday and Wednesday. The combination of snow melt with heavy rains has the potential of creating flood conditions for portions of Oregon, California and Washington.

The Sheridan Fire District will be working with the City of Sheridan as we monitor the Weather and begin to make preparations for the potential flooding. It is our hope that the forcasted weather will not result in any damage to our community but we are asking residents to begin making their own preparations for the potential flooding.

Preparations for the potential flooding include:
Moving valuables up off the ground and, if possible, to the second story
Remove any debris or obstacles blocking the foundation vents allowing the potential flood water to pass through the foundation safely
Staying away from the banks of rivers and streams as they can be weakened by increased water flow
Make up a bag with clothing and needed supplies for you and your family in case you need to leave quickly
Make your emergency kit: batteries, flashlights and/or candles, canned/nonperishable food, bottled water, contact info for family and friends, personal medications, toiletries.

Sandbag locations will be made available by the City of Sheridan but no official location has been posted at this time. It is important to take only what you will need to protect your home. Sandbags are best placed around openings into your home rather than creating a wall around your property/home.

As more information becomes available about the forecasted weather, preparations and any recommendations we will provide additional with press releases.

Related resources
http://www.cityofsheridanor.com
http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/emergency-management yamhill county emergency management
http://www.weather.gov/ national weather services
http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/ oregon emergency management
http://arcg.is/2jxlkvD map of flood plain in Sheridan


Attached Media Files: Flooding in Sheridan
Pedestrian Dies of Injuries After Being Struck By Vehicle in Tigard
Tigard Police - 01/19/17 6:53 AM
CORRECTION
The full name of the driver involved should read: John Robert Hanlon



On January 17, 2016 at approximately 6:00 p.m., a 43 year-old Portland man was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Pacific Highway at Canterbury Lane in Tigard. The victim was reportedly in the crosswalk when hit by a northbound Dodge pickup truck. The victim was transported by ambulance to OHSU where he died earlier today from injuries sustained. The name of the victim is withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The driver involved, 74 year-old Robert Hanlon of Tigard, remained at the scene and cooperated with police. While investigating, Tigard Police did not detect any signs of impairment with the driver. Witnesses told police that the pickup driven by Hanlon did not stop for a red light and struck the pedestrian in the roadway. Hanlon was issued a citation for Careless Driving, Fail to Obey a Traffic Control Device and Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian. Other charges may be forthcoming as the investigation is continuing.
3 Alarm fire destroys building in early morning Vancouver blaze
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 01/15/17 8:26 AM
A 3 alarm fire destroyed a commercial building in Vancouver, WA early Sunday morning. At approximately 0540 on Sunday, January 15 the Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 134th Avenue and Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, WA. Upon arrival Engine 4 saw a large volume of fire coming from the structure and immediately sounded a 2nd alarm. Due to the large volume of fire the initial attack was defensive, meaning that the fire was attacked from the exterior of the building. A 3rd alarm was sounded at 0611, resulting in a total of 36 personnel from the VFD and Clark County Fire District 3. The fire did not spread to any other buildings. The incident commander called the fire under control at 0711. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the office of the Clark County Fire Marshal.
Vancouver Police Arrest 5 After home invasion robbery investigation
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/20/17 6:00 AM
On January 19th, at approximately 10:40 p.m., officers with the Vancouver Police Department responded to an apartment complex in the 3700 block of NE 109th Ave for a report of a home invasion robbery. Initial information reported to police was that four males entered an apartment with firearms, and told the victim to get on the floor. After the suspect's left, the victim was able to see them drive off in a white colored four door vehicle.

A responding officer sees a vehicle matching that description near the intersection of Chkalov and Mill Plain. The officer catches up to the vehicle and initiates a stop on the north end of the Glen Jackson Bridge; multiple police units arrived to assist. Due to the nature of the crime alleged, southbound traffic on I-205 was temporarily closed until all four occupants were taken into custody without incident. Once the scene was safe, all traffic lanes were opened up without any incident. The vehicle stopped by police appeared to contain evidence related to the robbery; it was seized and towed to a police precinct for application of a search warrant.

The four suspects were transported to the Vancouver Police East Precinct, where they were interviewed by detectives with the Neighborhood Response Teams and the Safe Streets Taskforce. Eventually all of the following were arrested for one count each of Robbery in the First Degree and one count each of Burglary in the First Degree, both Class A Felony's in the State of Washington:

Bulambo, Sammy 1/1/1999
Jones, Kelyn C.L. 1/8/1998
Lockett, Savion I 10/23/1997
Sinner, Mason 8/17/1997
Mott, Sierra J 12/14/1996

All of the suspects were booked in the Clark County Jail. The investigation is still on-going at this time.
Vancouver Police launches new online crime map (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/19/17 2:26 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 19, 2017, the Vancouver Police Department launched a new crime mapping tool to provide the public a way to stay informed about crime in Vancouver. The Vancouver Police Department partnered with LexisNexis Risk Solutions for the online crime map which can be accessed from the Vancouver Police Department website at www.vanpolice.org or by visiting http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-map.

The crime map geocodes the crime data, then displays incidents on a map along with basic information about the incident, including the type of crime, location type, block-level address, date and time. This tool maps and analyzes crime data and allows residents the ability to sign up for alerts about crimes in their area. The crime map automatically syncs with the Vancouver Police Department's records system and is updated daily.

Sex offenders will not be included on this map. To search for sex offenders in Clark County please visit the Vancouver Police Department Sex Offender page http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/vancouver-sex-offenders or the Clark County Community Notification page http://communitynotification.com/cap_main.php?office=54462.

The Vancouver Police Department is very excited to re-launch a new-and-improved crime map to provide increased access to information to the residents of Vancouver.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.


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Sheriff's Office Presents Community Public Safety Academy (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/20/17 12:25 PM
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The Washington County Sheriff's Office Community Public Safety Academy is accepting applications for volunteers to participate in this opportunity. The Community Public Safety Academy supports the Sheriff's Office effort to promote and preserve a safe community.

The Community Public Safety Academy is a 40-hour training program combining classroom and hands-on instruction to members of the community. This unique program provides community members with the opportunity to observe first-hand the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office, including:

Introduction to law enforcement equipment
Touring criminal justice facilities, including the County Jail
Overviews of crime scene investigations, patrol duties, jail activities and operations,
K-9 teams, tactical operations, narcotics enforcement and much more.

The spring academy begins March 7, 2017 through May 16, 2017. Classes are held each Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with two weekend classes and are typically held in the Sheriff's Office training rooms at 215 S.W. Adams Avenue Hillsboro. Each academy is limited to 40 students and is offered free of charge. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Applications for the academy are available on the Washington County Sheriff's Office website under "Get Involved" or by visiting Sheriff's Office locations in Hillsboro or Beaverton.

For more information, contact Darlene Schnoor by phone (503-846-2774) or by email at darlene_schnoor@co.washington.or.us


Attached Media Files: Community Academy PDF , 2017-01/1128/101115/Community_Acadmy_Dog.jpg , 2017-01/1128/101115/Community_Academy_Robot.jpg
Sheriff's Office Provides Enhanced DUII Patrols (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/17 1:15 PM
Game day photo
Game day photo
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January 19, 2017--Sheriff's Deputies will continue extra DUII patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety during the month of January.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable traveling experience and encourages people to drive sober. The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra DUII patrols focused on impaired driving from January 20, 2017 through January 31, 2017 in anticipation of several National Championship sporting events. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that continue to place themselves and others in harms way.

These extra patrols are funded by a grant obtained through the Oregon Department of Transportation and administered by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association. The goal is to stop impaired drivers on the roads, reduce crashes and save lives. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this extended traffic safety mission.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds drivers to "Save a Life, Drive Sober."


Attached Media Files: Enhanced Patrols PDF , Game day photo
UPDATE: Louis Jarvis Jr. in Custody (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/17 8:41 PM
Jarvis Jr Booking Photo
Jarvis Jr Booking Photo
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UPDATE: Louis Jarvis Jr. in Custody

January 17, 2017--This afternoon, Louis Jarvis Jr. turned himself in to the Washington County Jail where he is held on $50,000 bail. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance with this case. Current booking photo inset.

Sheriff's Deputies Search for Violent Man following Disturbance

January 14, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he broke into a residence. The man fled after the resident fired a gun.

On January 13, 2017, at 2:06 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to an apartment complex at 12070 SW Fischer Road in the community of King City, concerning a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies found that Louis Jarvis Jr., 40, broke down the front door to the apartment and fled the area after being shot at.

Sheriff's Deputies were told Mr. Jarvis was upset over child custody issues and forced his way into the children's mother's apartment. Mr. Jarvis has never lived at the apartment. Sheriff's Deputies found the front door damaged from being kicked in. During the investigation, Sheriff's Deputies learned that as Mr. Jarvis entered the apartment the mother armed herself with a handgun to protect herself. At some point during the confrontation, she fired one round in Mr. Jarvis's direction motivating him to flee the area.

Sheriff's Deputies found Mr. Jarvis had smashed out three windows of the mother's vehicle before he fled. It is believed he was driving a gray or tan colored late model Chevrolet pickup with an unknown license plate number.

Louis Jarvis does have connections to the Nehalem, Oregon, area. The Oregon State Police and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office are assisting to locate and capture Mr. Jarvis. There is a warrant issued for Mr. Jarvis for Burglary, Criminal Mischief and additional charges.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information of Louis Jarvis's whereabouts, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Jarvis Jr Booking Photo
UPDATE Missing Endanged Aloha Woman Found Safe
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/15/17 5:46 PM
UPDATE:
January 15, 2017 - This afternoon, Sparkle Green was found safe in Portland. A concerned member of the public called the Portland Police Bureau who located Ms. Green safe within adequate accommodations. It was determined she was not in danger and was able to care for herself. The Sheriff's Office appreciates the public's assistance with this case.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:
Deputies Seek Public's Help Locating Missing Endangered Aloha Woman

January 12, 2017 -- Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help locating a missing endangered woman. Deputies are concerned she may not be able to care for herself and be in increased danger due to the inclement weather.

On January 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to the community of Aloha concerning a missing endangered woman. 33-year-old Sparkle Green was reported missing from the care facility where she resides.

Ms. Green was last seen at the facility, near SW Farmington Road and SW 209th Avenue, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Ms. Green is reported to have a developmental disorder which could cause her to engage in risky behaviors and not have the ability to care for herself.

Deputies are concerned that Ms. Green could be staying outdoors and be in danger due to the frigid temperatures and snowy weather conditions. It is reported that Ms. Green has gone missing in the past and used public transportation to travel into downtown Portland. While there, she slept outdoors and did not care for herself.

Ms. Green is described as a black female, 5'8" tall, heavy build, with braided black hair. She was last seen wearing a heavy blue coat, white sneakers, blue jeans, and her identification lanyard.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Sparkle Green, please call 503-629-0111.
Sheriff's Deputies Search for Violent Man following Disturbance (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/14/17 11:11 AM
Louis Jarvis Booking Photo
Louis Jarvis Booking Photo
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January 14, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he broke into a residence. The man fled after the resident fired a gun.

On January 13, 2017, at 2:06 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to an apartment complex at 12070 SW Fischer Road in the community of King City, concerning a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies found that Louis Jarvis Jr., 40, broke down the front door to the apartment and fled the area after being shot at.

Sheriff's Deputies were told Mr. Jarvis was upset over child custody issues and forced his way into the children's mother's apartment. Mr. Jarvis has never lived at the apartment. Sheriff's Deputies found the front door damaged from being kicked in. During the investigation, Sheriff's Deputies learned that as Mr. Jarvis entered the apartment the mother armed herself with a handgun to protect herself. At some point during the confrontation, she fired one round in Mr. Jarvis's direction motivating him to flee the area.

Sheriff's Deputies found Mr. Jarvis had smashed out three windows of the mother's vehicle before he fled. It is believed he was driving a gray or tan colored late model Chevrolet pickup with an unknown license plate number.

Louis Jarvis does have connections to the Nehalem, Oregon, area. The Oregon State Police and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office are assisting to locate and capture Mr. Jarvis. There is a warrant issued for Mr. Jarvis for Burglary, Criminal Mischief and additional charges.

Louis Robert Jarvis Jr. is described as 6'3" tall with a heavy build. (Photo inset of Louis Jarvis is from 2012)

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information of Louis Jarvis's whereabouts, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Louis Jarvis Booking Photo
West Linn Police Department to continue extra DUII patrols through the new year
West Linn Police Dept. - 01/17/17 12:08 PM
The West Linn Police Department will continue to work enhanced DUII patrols in the month of January, 2017. These enhanced DUII patrols are funded through a grant administered by Oregon Impact. Last month, the West Linn Police Department arrested 13 drivers for DUII, including 4 DUII arrests on New Year's Eve.

The West Linn Police Department has Oregon's two-time reigning DUII Officer of the Year, Officer Jim Abeles. Officer Abeles made 128 DUII arrests for 2016! Officer Abeles has a great chance of getting the "Three-peat" for Oregon DUII Officer of the Year.

The primary intent of these heightened DUII patrols is to prevent death, injuries and property damage caused by DUII drivers by removing them from the road. West Linn Police Officers are trained to look for signs of impairment beyond just alcohol, as many other substances, legal or illegal, can impair a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle.

The City of West Linn is regularly named one of the safest cities of its size (25,000) in the nation. The West Linn Police Department is proud of this ranking, and we believe our enhanced DUII patrols have contributed to keeping the citizens in and around the city safe.
Medical
Kaiser Permanente Northwest opens new Cedar Hills Dental and Medical Office, making care more convenient for members on the west side
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 01/19/17 11:04 AM
KPNW also announced plans to replace its 40-year-old Beaverton Medical and Dental Office

https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/kaiser-permanente-northwest-opens-new-cedar-hills-dental-medical-office-making-care-convenient-members-west-side/

Portland, Ore., January 19, 2016 -- To meet the growing demand for dental care on Portland's west side, Kaiser Permanente Northwest has opened Cedar Hills Dental and Medical Office, increasing convenience and appointment availability for members who live or work nearby. The office will combine medical and dental care in innovative new ways, ensuring patients' visits address their total health.

For example, clinicians will look ahead at the dental patients on their schedule to see whether they're due for any medical procedures, like flu shots, immunizations or blood pressure checks, that can be taken care of during their visit. Because of Kaiser Permanente's integrated medical record, a dentist can then, for example, send a message directly to the patient's primary care doctor.

"As we continue to grow on the west side, we're listening closely to the needs of our members. They've told us convenient dental care is important to them, and we're opening this office in response," said Cyrus Lee, DMD, the lead dentist at the new office. "Kaiser Permanente is unique in our ability to provide both dental and medical care, and we're excited to offer our Cedar Hills neighbors the convenience of being able to visit their dentist and get medical services at the same location. Dental health can often give clues about a person's overall health, and we strongly believe that the future state of medicine will be one where the two are integrated."

The new dental and medical office is located at the corner of SW Cedar Hills Blvd. and Walker Rd. in Beaverton. It will offer general and pediatric dentistry, including hygiene services. There will be 4 dentists and 2 hygienists on staff. Members who would like to transfer their dental care to the new office can do so by calling 1-800-813-2000.

Medical members will also be able to schedule same-day and next-day medical appointments (in person, or by phone or video) with clinicians who can treat minor injuries and illnesses, and provide preventive services such as vaccinations and blood pressure checks. Dental appointments will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Medical appointments can be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Supporting our community
In keeping with its mission of improving the health of the communities it serves, KPNW is donating $20,000 to Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. The donation will support Virginia Garcia's Baby Days program, which provides education about oral health to at-risk parents of toddlers.

"When we are able to help facilitate parents receiving the information they need about caring for their babies' teeth from the very beginning, it makes a critical difference in the child's long-term oral health," said Dr. Lisa Bozetti, Dental Director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. "This donation from Kaiser Permanente will help us make an even bigger impact in the lives of our very youngest dental patients."

New Beaverton Medical and Dental Office
Kaiser Permanente is also in the early planning stages of replacing its Beaverton Medical and Dental Office with a new building. The current office, located at the corner of Western Ave. and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, has served members for over 40 years.

The new Beaverton Medical and Dental Office will be designed to meet future health care needs, offering additional convenience, technology and efficiencies. It is an exciting new model that will be the first of its kind for a Kaiser Permanente facility in the NW.

Kaiser Permanente expects to open the reimagined office in early 2019. The current office building will remain open, continuing to serve patients during the construction of the new facility. The new building will be constructed adjacent to the current facility, at the site of the existing Bedmart store.

Once the new facility is completed, the current Beaverton office site will be cleared and landscaped, and used to address the parking needs of members.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 250,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.
$2.27 million in grants from Kaiser Permanente will help people with mental illness find and sustain housing
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 01/16/17 11:30 AM
Fifteen community health workers will offer a helping hand to reduce homelessness

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest is awarding grants to seven nonprofit agencies across the region, from Cowlitz to Lane counties, to support unique programs that engage community health workers and peer counselors in helping people with mental illness and addiction disorders find and sustain housing.

The $2.27 million in grants follows a $4 million contribution announced in September in support of the "Housing Is Health" initiative that will build 380 units of housing in Portland with Central City Concern, including 175 units of medically supported housing. Kaiser Permanente has also partnered with several other local health care providers to create the new Unity Center for Behavioral Health, which opens this month.

"As we looked at the challenges facing people with mental illness in our community, we heard repeatedly that lack of stable housing is the most critical need," said Andrew McCulloch, President, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. "But not only do they need housing, they need help getting into and maintaining housing in the first place. Without both types of support, it is virtually impossible for people with mental health and addiction issues to attain successful treatment."

Seven nonprofit agencies will receive $325,000 over three years to deploy strategies with a personal touch. Each agency has also been asked to identify policy and advocacy efforts for changes that will help bring an end to homelessness for people with mental illness and addiction disorders.

Community health workers and peer support/wellness specialists are able to build meaningful relationships to help people reach their recovery and health goals. Through coaching, mentoring, teaching, listening and caring, they can be role models who encourage self-esteem and self-confidence while sharing specific knowledge and promoting skills.

The grants were announced at a press conference held at the Transition Projects Clark Center during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project by Kaiser Permanente volunteers. The Clark Center provides shelter and housing short-term housing and support services to homeless men.

"On this day of service, it is an honor to connect people who have a passion for helping our community's most vulnerable members with the resources, training and strategies they need to be effective," said McCulloch.

Each of the following grant recipients has developed its own unique way of deploying community health workers and advocating for people with mental illness and addiction:

Urban League of Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon: Urban League will help households affected by chronic homelessness become housed, healthy and empowered as advocates for systemic change. A peer support specialist (addiction and recovery) and a peer wellness specialist (mental health) will join the Housing Support Team.
Contact: Julia Delgado, 503-995-2675, jdelgado@ulpdx.org

Outside In, Multnomah County, Oregon: Outside In and NAYA will partner to serve homeless youth, 18 to 25 years old, experiencing behavioral health challenges. Community health workers will work hand in hand with these youth, supporting them to find, stabilize and maintain housing.
Contact: Heather Brown, 503-535-3805, hb@outsidein.org

Catholic Charities of Oregon, Multnomah County, Oregon: Catholic Charities will help homeless women with severe mental illness and substance use disorders secure and retain housing through integrated housing, health care and behavioral health support provided by peer support specialists. Catholic Charities will partner with NAMI Oregon to provide empowerment trainings and advocacy opportunities for participants to share their stories.
Contact: Margi Dechenne, 503-688-2670, mdechenne@ccoregon.org

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast, Marion County, Oregon: Catholic Community Services will train community health workers, provide housing support services in nine low-income neighborhoods in Marion County, and advocate for statewide policy changes to increase the number of affordable housing units.
Contact: Maureen Casey, 503-510-0151, maureencasey@ccswv.org

Love Overwhelming, Cowlitz County, Washington: Peer support case managers will provide intensive community services to high-need households to help them locate, obtain and retain safe, affordable housing. Love Overwhelming will partner with others to advocate for homeless shelters, affordable housing and improved policies related to people being released from prison.
Contact: Chuck Hendrickson, 360-749-8056, chendrickson@loveoverwhelming.org

ShelterCare, Lane County, Oregon: ShelterCare will provide training to property managers to support their efforts to work with tenants with behavioral health challenges, and refer tenants at risk for eviction to community health workers for assistance. Project partners include Trauma Healing Project, Cornerstone Community Housing, Laurel Hill Center and the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County.
Contact: Susan Ban, 541-686-1262, sban@sheltercare.org

Willamette Family, Inc., Lane County, Oregon: Willamette Family will work to help people with behavioral health challenges find and maintain stable housing by training community health workers, providing case management, delivering a rental rehabilitation program, and advocating for statewide policy changes for prolonged case management and peer-delivered services. Contact: Eva Williams, 541-762-4526, evaw@wfts.org

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente Northwest contributed more than $141 million toward healthier communities in the Northwest. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/share.
Kaiser Permanente awards more than $600,000 in grants to improve health in Marion and Polk counties
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 01/16/17 11:30 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest has awarded $605,000 in multiyear grants to three nonprofits serving Marion and Polk counties. These grants complement the organization's annual community service events honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The grants support Kaiser Permanente's mission to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. They address health where it begins: in our schools, homes and workplaces.

Two of the three grants were awarded through the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at the Northwest Health Foundation, which focuses on three funding areas: early life, education and economic opportunity:

A $200,000 grant has been awarded to Evolve Workforce & Property Management in Woodburn. Funds will support increasing economic opportunities for low-income people in the Willamette Valley, especially farmworkers and their families, by expanding a job-training program.
A $80,000 grant has been awarded to the Western States Center, which focuses on racial, gender and economic justice. Funds will support policy efforts to improve reproductive health among the Latino population in Marion and Polk counties.

The final grant was awarded as one of seven Kaiser Permanente grants, totaling $2.27 million, to reduce homelessness in vulnerable populations statewide:

A $325,000 grant has been awarded to Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast to provide housing support services to individuals struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues in Marion County. Funds will also be used to advocate for additional affordable housing units statewide.

"These grants will help create new and equal opportunities for Marion County residents to live a long, healthy life," said Deborah Sailler, MD, mid-valley physician service area director with Kaiser Permanente. "All community members should have this opportunity, no matter where you live, where you're from, or where you work."

Lastly, dozens of Kaiser Permanente employees will demonstrate their passion for community by volunteering their time at six community service sites this Monday through Wednesday. Service projects include physicians providing free care at the Salem Free Clinic, employees organizing books at the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, and employees weeding and mulching plantings at the Marion-Polk Food Share's farm.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente contributed more than $141 million toward healthier communities in the Northwest. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/share.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/5557/100985/Marion_County_release_Final.pdf
Reminder: MLK Day press conference with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury - Mental Health and the Homeless
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - 01/16/17 8:13 AM
Media Alert

Mental health and the homeless: major grants will help people who are mentally ill find housing

When: Monday, January 16
11:30 a.m.: Press conference
12:15--12:30 p.m.: Participants will be available for interviews


Where: The Clark Center, a men's transitional housing facility run by Transition Projects
1431 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland


What: It's estimated that over 50% of our homeless population suffers from mental illness.

Kaiser Permanente will announce significant grants to help people with behavioral health challenges (mental health and substance abuse) find and stay in housing.


Visuals: Men's transitional housing shelter
Volunteers completing a variety of projects to improve the shelter


Who: Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair
Andrew McCulloch, President, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
Grant recipients: Catholic Charities of Oregon, Catholic Community Services, Love Overwhelming, Outside In, Urban League of Portland



Background:

Last September, Kaiser Permanente announced a $4 million "Housing Is Health" grant as part of a unique partnership (total of $21.5 million) with five other health care organizations and Central City Concern to address homelessness in the Portland region.

This newest community investment will dovetail with both the "Housing Is Health" grant partnership and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, which opens in January.

Additionally, 100 Kaiser Permanente employees, friends and family members will be volunteering at the Clark Center, a transitional housing program, to help with a variety of building improvement projects. This is part of a larger "MLK Days of Service" volunteerism event from Friday, January 13, to Wednesday, January 18.
Free flu shots offered by Salem Health Medical Clinics and Salem Free Clinic
Salem Health - 01/19/17 10:58 AM
In response to the rise of influenza cases in the mid-Willamette valley, Salem Health, its family medicine clinics and Convenient Care are teaming up to help the community fight the flu bug.

"We want to reach out to people living in Marion and Polk counties to help protect them from the flu virus," said Leilani Slama, vice president of community engagement at Salem Health. "This has been an especially bad year for the flu and it's not too late to get a shot. Our main goal is to make it convenient as possible for people to get those shots."

A total of 800 influenza vaccines will be available for free on a first come, first served basis for ages 3 and up on the following dates and times. Appointments are not required. Those with an allergy to eggs are asked to see their primary care doctor for the influenza vaccine.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21:
Salem Free Clinic, 1300 Broadway St. NE, #104 (Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24 and JAN. 25:
Salem Health Convenient Care, 1002 Bellevue St. SE, Salem (Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Salem Health Medical Clinics
Salem:
966 12th St. SE (Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

2925 River Rd. S (Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

1049 Edgewater St. NW (Open 7:30 to 8 p.m.)

Keizer: 550 Dietz Ave. NE (Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Dallas: 555 SE Washington St. (Open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Monmouth: 512 Main St. E, Suite 300 (Open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)


Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.
Utilities
Annual Giving Campaign Unleashes NW Natural Employees' Superhero Giving Power
NW Natural - 01/16/17 11:51 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural's (NYSE:NWN) employees proved to be a mighty force in raising more than $288,000 through their 2016 Give Like a Superhero -- Spirit of Giving campaign.

Current employees and retirees pledged approximately $144,000, while NW Natural's shareholder Corporate Philanthropy Fund donated $144,000, sending the total sum over one-quarter million dollars.

The employee donations will be directed to a variety of groups including Black United Fund of Oregon, CASA, Children's Trust Fund, Earth Share Oregon, OHSU, Oregon Food Bank, Red Cross Cascades Region, Work for Art and United Way.

"Caring is a core value at NW Natural. Our employees never cease to amaze us with generosity and enthusiasm for giving to local nonprofits. Their donations provide essential needs and aid in building more resilient communities," said Von Summers, NW Natural's community affairs manager.

NW Natural employees also participate in volunteer work through the employee matching program, Dollars for Doers. A total of $23,470 went to local nonprofits on behalf of employees who are regular helpers for those organizations.

"NW Natural employees display heroic efforts every day for people in need," added Summers. "It's an honor to have the opportunity to carry out these acts of kindness."

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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Transportation
High winds, blowing snow, ice and freezing rain close freeway, create challenging driving contions
ODOT: East. Ore. - 01/17/17 4:50 PM
Motorists are reminded to continually check weather reports and TripCheck.com for update highway conditions before heading out on the road. Currently, Interstate 84 is closed through the Columbia Gorge due to ice and hazardous driving conditions. The freeway is closed between Troutdale at mile post 17 and Hood River at mile post 62. In eastern Oregon the Westbound freeway is also closed in La Grande at Exit 265 due to crashes, blowing snow, high winds and hazardous conditions.

Travelers will need to use alternate routes or wait until the freeway opens.

If using alternate routes, be mindful that GPS navigation devices/phone apps do not indicated road conditions of detour routes. Stay safe and stay on main highways.

Icy, slick roadways and snowy conditions can be expected along many eastern Oregon highways, combined with high winds, blowing snow and snow drifts. High winds may also result in down trees and/or powerlines. Drive with extreme caution or postpone travel until conditions improve.
Port of Vancouver USA administrative office, marine terminal closing at noon
Port of Vancouver - 01/17/17 11:13 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Port of Vancouver USA administrative office and marine terminal will close at noon today, Jan. 17, due to inclement weather.

Visit www.portvanusa.com and follow us on Twitter (@portvanusa), Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.
Traffic Alert: West Burnside has reopened to eastbound and westbound travel after Wednesday night landslide (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 01/20/17 4:50 PM
Workers have been securing the area of the West Burnside landslide to reduce any debris that may fall.
Workers have been securing the area of the West Burnside landslide to reduce any debris that may fall.
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(4:45 p.m. Jan. 20, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that West Burnside Street has been reopened with one lane of travel in each direction. Travelers should use caution and observe traffic control signage in the area, as the location of lanes has shifted slightly.

PBOT engineers and maintenance crews, foresters from Portland Parks & Recreation worked to clear the site and make it safe, coordinating work with a nearby landowner. Bureau of Development Services inspected the site to make sure private property was safe.

WATCH VIDEO: 100-foot tall Douglas fir tree being felled from the slide, after the top half was cut off: https://youtu.be/U5JXbjWhGaA

About 200 feet of West Burnside closest to the slide has been reduced to one lane each direction, down from two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound. Travelers should use caution and be mindful of the orange traffic delineators and signage that mark the area.

Debris continues to fall from the 50-foot tall landslide that looms over the north side of the roadway. The area of the slide is shallow enough that engineers decided it was safe to reopen part of the roadway to traffic. Jersey barriers are in place to catch any debris that might fall from the slide. At this time, there is no estimate for when the additional westbound travel lane may be reopened.

PBOT crews cleared more than 200 cubic yards of fallen soil and vegetation from the area, which had been closed since about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2016.

Given the size of the slide and its location adjacent to the roadway, and with a house right above the slide, it is important for PBOT engineers to ensure the stability of the hillside in order to protect the safety of the traveling public and city workers.

Numerous downed trees were cleared before PBOT engineers could get a clear view of the scene and assess what was needed to make the roadway safe for city crews and the public.

A 100-foot tall Douglas fir tree adjacent to a home was removed by a contractor for the homeowner. Crews from Portland Parks & Recreation urban forestry removed other trees in the slide area.

(Photos attached by Portland Bureau of Transportation)

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation


Attached Media Files: Workers have been securing the area of the West Burnside landslide to reduce any debris that may fall. , Portland Bureau of Transportation crews used heavy equipment to remove soil and vegetation from the West Burnside landslide on Friday. Crews cut and cleared trees all day Thursday as well. , West Burnside has been reopened with one travel lane in each direction after crews secured the area after a landslide that closed the roadway on Wednesday Jan. 18, 2016.
News media advisory: Media access to landslide site at 2 pm today with PBOT engineering staff and Parks & Recreation
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 01/19/17 12:34 PM
(12:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 19, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation will have a media availability at 2 p.m. today with engineering staff and an official with Portland Parks & Recreation urban forestry and other city officials to discuss the challenge of clearing the 50-foot tall landslide that has prompted the closure of West Burnside.

News media representatives should meet at West Burnside, between NW 24th Place and Uptown Terrace and follow instructions from PBOT crew members on parking and access.

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Traffic Advisory: West Burnside to remain closed through Friday afternoon, and potentially through next week; use US 26 or NW Cornell Road
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 01/19/17 11:58 AM
(11:45 a.m. Jan. 18, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that West Burnside Street will remain closed through Friday afternoon, and potentially through next week, as crews work to clear a 50-foot tall landslide that looms over the roadway.

West Burnside has been closed to through traffic from NW Skyline to NW 23rd Avenue.

The road is closed to all through traffic. Travelers should consider U.S. 26 or NW Cornell Road as alternative routes for through traffic. Expect delays on area roads during rush hour and consider public transit. Check trimet.org/alerts for information about public transit schedules and delays.

Given the size of the slide and its location adjacent to the roadway, and with a house right above the slide, it is important for PBOT engineers to ensure the stability of the hillside in order to protect the safety of the traveling public and city workers.

Numerous downed trees must be cleared before PBOT engineers have a clear view of the scene and can fully assess what is needed to make the roadway safe for city crews and the public. A 100-foot tall Douglas fir tree adjacent to a home must be removed. Crews from Portland Parks & Recreation urban forestry crews must remove other trees in the slide area.

Debris was still falling from the slide last night and Thursday morning.

An estimated at least 75 cubic yards of material must be removed by PBOT crews, potentially taking six to 12 dump truck loads.

We will provide an update on Friday.

Avoid the area. Use alternate routes. Obey street closed and detour signage. Use caution and travel slowly on detour routes and area streets.

Local access for residents only is permitted westbound to NW Uptown Terrace and eastbound to NW Maywood Drive and NW Hermosa Blvd and nearly streets.

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UPDATE Traffic Alert: Landslide closes West Burnside from Skyline to NW 23rd Ave through Thursday morning commute (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 01/18/17 8:25 PM
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(UPDATE 8:20 p.m. Jan. 18, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that West Burnside St has been closed to through traffic from NW Skyline to NW 23rd Avenue. It is expected to remain closed at least through the Thursday morning commute, as engineers and PBOT crews assess the safety of the area.

The traveling public should plan to use alternate routes through late Thursday morning. We will provide updates on Thursday as information becomes available. Daylight conditions are needed to make a full assessment of the situation.

Local access for residents only is permitted westbound to NW Uptown Terrace and eastbound to NW Maywood Drive and NW Hermosa Blvd and nearly streets.

Transportation crews are inspecting the site and barricading it to keep the public a safe distance away. Avoid the area. Use alternate routes. Obey street closed and other signage.

(Photos by Portland Bureau of Transportation)

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TRAFFIC ALERT: LANDSLIDE CLOSES WESTBOUND LANES OF WEST BURNSIDE, 23RD AVE TO NW SKYLINE

News Release from Portland Bureau of Transportation
Posted on FlashAlert: January 18th, 2017 5:48 PM
(5:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2017) The westbound lanes of West Burnside have been closed for a landslide, from NW 23rd Avenue to NW Skyline. Expect to use alternate routes through the Thursday morning commute.

Transportation crews are inspecting the site and barricading it to keep the public a safe distance away. Avoid the area. Use alternate routes. Obey street closed and other signage.

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Attached Media Files: Landslide3 , Landslide2 , Landslide1
Traffic Alert: Landslide closes westbound lanes of West Burnside, 23rd Ave to NW Skyline
Portland Bureau of Transportation - 01/18/17 5:48 PM
(5:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2017) The westbound lanes of West Burnside have been closed for a landslide, from NW 23rd Avenue to NW Skyline. Expect to use alternate routes through the Thursday morning commute.

Transportation crews are inspecting the site and barricading it to keep the public a safe distance away. Avoid the area. Use alternate routes. Obey street closed and other signage.

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Military
Oregon National Guard to support 58th Presidential Inauguration in D.C. (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 01/17/17 2:33 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- Nearly 50 Oregon National Guard service members will support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C. The Oregon Guardsmen will augment the District of Columbia National Guard as part of Joint Task Force -- District of Columbia (JTF -- DC), supporting events such as the opening ceremony, swearing-in ceremony, inaugural speech and parade, as well as follow-on events.

Oregon Soldiers from the 1186th Military Police Company, 821st Troop Command Battalion, based in Salem, Oregon, will assist district and federal agencies with security, including crowd management, traffic control, and assisting with the flow of people in and out of the area during the inaugural events.

In addition, Oregon National Guard public affairs personnel will assist with highlighting the overall National Guard participation in this historical event. These public affairs specialists will capture photos and video of the Guard's participation, and assist with coordinating news conferences and interviews with Guardsmen.

"Partnering with local, federal security and public safety agencies during the 58th Presidential Inauguration is just one more example of how the Oregon National Guard is "Always Ready, Always There," said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

The Oregon National Guard routinely supports civil authorities when needed during major events and is able to seamlessly integrate with interagency partners.

In total, more than 7,500 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will serve with the joint task force. The District of Columbia National Guard specifically created JTF - DC in response to requests for assistance from local and federal agencies in the National Capital Region. The National Guard task force will supplement security, communication, medical evacuation and other support capabilities.

A crowd of 800,000 to 1-million is estimated to attend this national event. Civilian law enforcement officers are responsible for the safety and security of all personnel during the inaugural events. The National Guardsmen will provide assistance to local civilian authorities as requested. All National Guard forces supporting the Inauguration will be sworn in as Special Police by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. However, the National Guardsmen will not be armed. This support ensures that the hundreds of thousands of expected spectators will be able to move around smoothly and safely before, during and after the Inauguration events.

National Guard support to presidential inaugurations dates to April 30, 1789, when local militia members (today's National Guard) joined the U.S. Army and Revolutionary War veterans to form an honor detail and escort Gen. George Washington during the procession from Mount Vernon, Va., to his inauguration ceremony in New York City. The National Guard has continued this tradition of inaugural support ever since. Over the years, National Guard involvement has grown and is designated to honor the commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate democracy.

Media interested in covering Oregon National Guard assets supporting the Inauguration may call (202) 685-9700 or email interview requests to JTFDCPress@gmail.com.

Photos and video of JTF-DC are available for download via Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS): https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/JTFNCR58

Follow the National Guard in action with hashtags #NG2017Inauguration, #NGInauguration2017, #PI58, #NationalGuard.

More information and updates can be found at these websites:
Joint Task Force-District of Columbia (JTF-DC): http://www.dcng-inauguration.com/
Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR): http://inauguralsupport.mdw.army.mil
Congressional Inaugural Committee: www.inaugural.senate.gov

Photo caption:
Joint service members salute while the stand-in presidential motorcade drives along Pennsylvania Avenue during the Department of Defense Dress Rehearsal in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 2017, in preparation for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, will provide ceremonial and other support to civil authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. John Raufmann)


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State
9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy / DPSST
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/19/17 3:56 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 102nd Basic Telecommunications Class.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT102 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Director Steve Watson of the Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District.

DPSST would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #BT102 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #102

Dispatcher Stephen Akins
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Trainee Elizabeth Alexa
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Communication Specialist Nichole Ault
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Telecommunicator Lisa Bauman
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Adelaide Blanchard
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Joella Blomstrom
Toledo Police Department

Dispatcher Susan Brazeau
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Telecommunicator 2 Arin Clements
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Sue Darger
Brookings Police Department

Communications Specialist 1 Kahla Davis
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Nathaniel Durham
Oregon State Police

Telecommunicator Jason Fojaco
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Communications Specialist Hannah Francis
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Telecommunicator Renae Frey-Koenig
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries

Dispatcher Joshua Gibbons
Sweet Home Police Department

Communications Specialist 1 Hunter Gunderson
Central Lane Communications Center

Communications Officer Lander Haasken
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Jacob Houck
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Telecommunicator 2 Ryan Lesly
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Michelle Little
Bureau of Emergency Communications
Communications Officer 1 Stacy Manning
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Officer Andrew Martin
John Day Police Department

Dispatcher Cassandra McCrea
Toledo Police Department

Communications Officer Mallory Morrison
Brookings Police Department

Communications Specialist Wojciech Piatek
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Erica Psaltis
Prineville Police Department

Public Communications Officer Lacey Schaff
Prineville Police Department

Telecommunicator Terry Scott
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Trainee Maliena Slaymaker
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Trainee Amanda Thomas
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Telecommunicator 2 Andrew Tuttle
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Trainee Daniel Weisenburg
Bureau of Emergency Communications

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
DPSST Corrections Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/18/17 4:04 PM
For Immediate Release
January 18, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes -- November 8, 2016
Approve the minutes of the November 8, 2016 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

3. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Training Compliance Unit
Presented by Robert Sigleer

4. Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0020 -- Review of Public Comment
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0025 -- Adds Requirement for 8 Hours of Firearms/Use of Force Training and Amends Corresponding Time Extension Language
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6. Eric Banick DPSST # 52200 -- Marion County Sheriff's Office; Basic Corrections Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds


7. Alicia Thurman (Young) DPSST # 42597 -- Warm Springs Police Department; Basic Corrections Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8. Marie Tyler DPSST #21119 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive Corrections Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

9. Michael Badilla DPSST #56937 -- Crook County Sheriff's Office; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

10. Department Update

11. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting -- May 9, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Meeting Announcement
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/17/17 12:10 PM
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training January 26, 2017 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Theresa Janda at least 48 hours before the meeting at
(503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. Welcome New Member -- Ray Byrd - and Introductions

2. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes - Approve minutes from the October 27, 2016 meeting

B. (Consent Agenda Item B moved to regular agenda for discussion)

C. OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0075, 259-008-0080 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amend drafted language requiring public safety professionals to report arrests, adding "or criminal citations" to DPSST, as presented. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

D. OAR 259-008-0065 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Adds maintenance for certification for corrections officers, parole and probation officers and regulatory specialists, includes additional amendments to clarify maintenance requirements and processes. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

E. OAR 259-008-0090 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Updates rule language to reflect changes in the submission of training records to DPSST. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016 with clarifications to section (7).

F. OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0085 - Proposed Rule Change -- Approve.
Provides recommended updates and clarifies retest options for PCOD/CCOD courses. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

G. OAR 259-061-0018 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends rule language regarding the expert witness exemption from licensure as a private investigator. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016

H. OAR 259-061-0010 and 259-061-0110 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends rule language regarding the application and process for temporary investigator licensure. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.
I. OAR 259-060-0015 et al -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Review of public comment regarding proposed rule language to amend and adopt responsibilities and compliance regarding use of prohibited business name per HB 4142. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

J. OAR 259-060-0010 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends definition of "Alarm Monitoring Facility" to exclude a facility that provides temporary services during an outage or emergency. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

K. Updated 2016 Unarmed Private Security Training Course (Curriculum) and 2016 Unarmed Private Security Refresher Course -- Approve. Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

L. Unarmed Curriculum Testing -- Approve. Allows for DPSST curriculum staff to compose test questions based on approved curriculum and learning outcomes and to update questions if needed for clarification or ORS/OAR updates. Updates effecting Learning Goals and Outcomes would be forwarded to Unarmed Subcommittee and PSIPC for review. 8/2 Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

M. Christian Fritz DPSST#F28303 (Sandy RFPD/ #72) -- Not Discharge for Cause -- Not Revoke
5/4 vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

N. Geanna Harrison DPSST#F29281 (Warrenton Fire Department)) - Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

O. Lyndon B. Johnson DPSST#32221 (Evans Valley Fire District #6) -- Revoke, Not allow to re-apply for two years. Unanimous vote to recommend Revocation and 8/1 vote to recommend to not allow re-application for two years to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

P. Marc Brodeur DPSST#43446 (Yamhill County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote to recommend to revoke and 8/6 vote to recommend a 5-year ineligibility to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

Q. Richard Tirico DPSST#23776 (John Day Police Department) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

R. Jordan Kirksey DPSST#54339 (Linn County Sheriff's Office) - Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

S. Bryan Holman DPSST#56585 (Warm Springs Police Department) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

T. Adam Garner DPSST#49574 (Marion County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

U. Dawn Kennard DPSST#32548 (Marion County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

V. Michael Yanez DPSST#56333 (DOC CCCF) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

W. Patrick Williamson DPSST#56589 (DOC -- EOCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

X. Bradley Kaye DPSST#56605 (Lane County Sheriff's Office) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

Y. Joseph Hutchison (Grant County Sheriff's Office) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

Z. Dustin Herron DPSST#56417 (DOC - TRCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

AA. Sabrina Herrera DPSST#56571(DOC - CCCF) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

BB. Tyrel Caswell DPSST#56431 (DOC - EOCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

CC. Matthew Allen DPSST#56379 (DOC) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

DD. Daniel C. Kor PSID#03990 (Bravo Event Services Inc.) -- Assess Civil Penalty
Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

3. OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 250-008-0070, 259-008-0080 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. The Criminal Justice Denial/Revocation Workgroup recommendations for denial and revocation standards. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

4. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

5. Policy Committee Update

6. Next Meeting Date: April 27, 2017

Requires a vote by the Board.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Oregon Home Care Commission to meet Feb. 2 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/20/17 9:19 AM
Salem, Oregon -- The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will meet on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m., at 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes public testimony; reports from the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Disabilities Commission, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program, community advisory councils and coordinated care organizations; provider time capture project, quarterly APD update, OHCC Legislative Committee bill reports; brainstorming session/future agenda topics and staff reports.

There will be a working lunch, followed by workforce development update and Executive Director's report. The full agenda is attached. The agenda is subject to change.
A call-in number is available for people unable to attend in person: 888-278-0296, dial access code 7999724#.

The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month.

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

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


Attached Media Files: February agenda
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee to meet Friday, January 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/17/17 9:48 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, January 20 from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Announcements, public comment, old business, subcommittees, new business, agenda items for next meeting, adjourn.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us
Oregon businesses invited to take a 'Safety Break' May 10
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/20/17 9:23 AM
(Salem) -- May 10 is a day to come together and reflect on and talk about why workplace safety and health matter in our lives. It's a day to put safety into action and to renew our commitment to preventing on-the-job injury, illness, and death.

Employers across Oregon are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 10, event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of safety and health in shielding workers from harm. Now in its 14th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities.

Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses and other employers can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

"This stand-down provides an opportunity for employers and their workers to pause and remember the high value they should place on safety and health while on the job," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "It's an opportunity to celebrate past successes and to review the reasons behind those successes. It's also a time to reflect on current challenges and to look to the future with a renewed commitment to identifying and eliminating hazards."

Safety Break encourages employees and managers to work together to identify safety and health concerns. The result of this cooperation can lead to fewer injuries and reduced workers' compensation costs for employers.

Companies that participate will be entered to win one of three $100 checks, to be used for a luncheon of their choice, when they sign up online by Friday, May 5: http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/signup.aspx. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, visit the Safety Break for Oregon website at http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/index.aspx.


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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
2017 Oregon GOSH Conference coming to Portland
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/18/17 12:00 PM
(Salem) -- Registration is open for the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, to be held March 6-9, 2017, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. With more than 150 workshops and sessions, it is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest.

"This event provides a unique opportunity for organizations to breathe new life into their commitment to on-the-job safety and health," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "Everyone from professionals in the field to employers, supervisors and workers on the front lines can use GOSH as a fresh reminder of why workplace health and safety matters. Ultimately, it's about bringing people together to soak up new knowledge, discuss best safety and health practices, and to tackle emerging issues -- all with the goal of sending workers home safe to their family and friends."

Keynote speaker Todd Conklin will present "Thinking Differently About Safety" on Tuesday, March 7. Conklin, who has a doctorate in organizational behavior, spent 25 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a senior advisor for organizational and safety culture. He speaks all over the world to executives, groups, and work teams who are interested in better understanding the relationship between workers in the field and an organization's systems, processes, and programs.

Conklin's presentation will focus on the human performance theory of safety, where investigations are conducted before accidents happen. "Safety is not the absence of events," he said. "Safety is the presence of defenses."

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) encourages safety committee members, emerging environmental health and safety professionals, safety managers, and human resources personnel to mark their calendars for the 2017 GOSH Conference.

The event will offer session tracks on many specialties, including:
Construction
Workplace violence prevention
Motor vehicle safety
Emergency response and preparedness
Communication and training
Utilities
Craft brewing and winemaking

Back by popular demand is the Columbia Forklift Challenge and registration is open to participants. Trained forklift drivers will compete for cash in an obstacle course designed to test their skills and safe operation on Wednesday, March 8.

The GOSH Conference is a joint effort of the American Society of Safety Engineers Columbia-Willamette Chapter and Oregon OSHA.

For more information on the conference schedule, events or to register, go to www.oregongosh.com.


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About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Feb. 1 is the deadline for Oregon students to enter workplace safety contest
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/17/17 10:43 AM
(Salem) -- There is still time for Oregon high school students to let their video skills shine in service of a good cause: increasing awareness about safety on the job for young workers. The deadline to submit their creative work in the annual "Speak up. Work safe." video contest is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

Students must create a 90-second or less video that inspires young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The video must include the theme: "Speak up. Work safe." The video must educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to develop a key message or slogan, use humor, and get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves -- and their co-workers -- from getting hurt on the job.

Submissions will be judged on the following:
An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
"Speak up. Work safe." theme is used effectively

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event this spring, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

In the past, student winners wrote and sang original music as part of their "safety musical," while other finalists relied on storytelling through oddball characters or serious themes that touched on the potential for on-the-job accidents.

Starting this year, students may submit their videos online.

For detailed contest information, including tips, rules, entry forms, workplace safety and young worker resources, and a playlist of past finalist videos, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest/.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/17/17 11:56 AM
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2017-01/1070/101018/thumb_Huey.jpg
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 8:14 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Dtanyum Huey, 45, was found unresponsive in his cell, where he was the sole occupant. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 8:40 a.m.

Huey entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on December 1, 2016 on one count of escape in the second degree out of Klamath County. His earliest release date was December 2, 2017.

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Dtanyum Arnold Huey
ODF Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees will meet Jan. 25 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/20/17 2:07 PM
Release date: January 20, 2017

Contact:
Bobbi Doan, Public Affairs Specialist, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov, 503-945-7506
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, kyle.abraham@oregon.gov, 503-945-7473


The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees will meet Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management Springfield office, located at 3106 Pierce Parkway.

Regional Forest Practices Committees are panels of citizens -- mandated under Oregon law -- that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practices Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Members are qualified by education or experience in natural resource management. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practices Committees members must be private forest landowners, timber owners or authorized representatives who regularly engage in forest operations.

Agenda items include the Eastern Oregon/Siskiyou Region Streamside Protections Review and Bald Eagle rule language. Other items on the agenda are:
Updates on the Oregon Department of Forestry's budget reduction planning, the make-up of the Board of Forestry, and the 2017 Legislative Session
An overview of the Specified Resource Site review

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment will be provided. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7248.
Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.
Find the meeting agenda and learn more about ODF's Regional Forest Practices Committees here.

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Bobbi Doan | Public Affairs Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem Campus
Office: (503) 945-7506
Cell: (503) 507-4481
Bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov
Be alert for landslides with flood watches in effect
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 01/17/17 12:24 PM
With National Weather Service flood watches in effect Tuesday and Wednesday for multiple areas of Oregon, be alert for landslide hazards.

Watch areas include the Portland metro area, the Cascade Foothills in Lane County, the northern Oregon Cascade Foothills, the south and central Willamette Valley, the north and central Oregon coast, the north and central Coast Range, and the lower Columbia. Track Oregon flood watches here: http://1.usa.gov/1EM7qNl

Heavy rain can trigger landslides, according the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

Avoiding areas where landslides are more likely to occur is an important safety action. DOGAMI's interactive SLIDO map offers a look at landslide hazards, and is a useful tool for identifying areas that are susceptible to landslides. The map is online at: www.oregongeology.org/slido

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. In general, dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.
Marijuana tax collection numbers updated
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/20/17 1:56 PM
SALEM, Ore.--As of December 31, 2016, the Department of Revenue has received $60.2 million in marijuana tax payments since the state began taxing recreational marijuana in January 2016. Additional marijuana tax data is available at www.oregon.gov/dor/stats.

For more information about state and local recreational marijuana taxes, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana or contact the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Tax Program by phone at (503) 947-2597 or email at marijuanatax.dor@oregon.gov. For questions about licensing for recreational marijuana retailers, visit the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) website at www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana.
First tax return for marijuana retailers due soon
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/17/17 8:24 AM
The year is just starting, but for many who sold recreational marijuana in October, November or December, there are already tax obligations they need to fulfill.

For medical marijuana dispensaries that were selling recreational marijuana products under the temporary early start provisions--which ended December 31--their final returns and tax remittances are due by January 31. For retailers who were licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) during fourth-quarter 2016, their first returns are also due by the end of January. Dispensaries will file their final returns on paper, but retailers are required to file electronically using Revenue Online at www.oregon.gov/dor. Many businesses will be responsible for filing two returns for the fourth quarter: one on paper, and one online.

Businesses making payments in cash should schedule their payment appointments as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of appointments available throughout the month, and those for the end of the month tend to fill up quickly.

Additionally, with the end of early start, the permanent state tax rate of 17 percent is now in effect for all recreational marijuana sales, and those sales can only be made at licensed retail facilities. Consumers in many areas throughout Oregon may see an additional 3-percent local tax added to their recreational marijuana purchases.

The majority of municipalities with this additional local tax are entering into agreements authorizing the Oregon Department of Revenue to collect local marijuana taxes on their behalf. This will determine how businesses file and remit their local taxes. If the Department of Revenue is collecting for the municipality, businesses will file one quarterly return and make one monthly remittance for both state and local taxes. If the municipality is handling their own collections, businesses will have to work with the local government to determine local filing and remittance requirements. They'll still be responsible for filing and remitting state taxes as required by the Department of Revenue.

For more information about state and local recreational marijuana taxes, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana or contact the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Tax Program by phone at (503) 947-2597 or email at marijuanatax.DOR@oregon.gov. For questions about licensing for recreational marijuana retailers, visit the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) website at www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon December 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/18/17 10:00 AM
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.6 Percent in December


Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in December, from 5.0 percent in November. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December, down from 5.3 percent in December 2015. Oregon's unemployment rate and its decline over the year are comparable with the U.S.

In December, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 5,000, which was more than the average monthly gain of 4,400 experienced over the prior 12 months. This followed a strong November gain of 5,200 jobs, as revised. December gains were strongest in professional and business services (+1,200 jobs) and government (+1,100). Three other industries added close to 700 jobs: financial activities (+700); health care and social assistance (+700); and construction (+600). Only one major industry had a substantial monthly job loss, as transportation, warehousing and utilities cut 500 jobs.

Over-the-year growth in Oregon continued at a robust pace as payroll employment grew by 2.9 percent since December 2015, nearly double the U.S. growth rate of 1.5 percent. In Oregon, industries growing the fastest during 2016 were construction (+7,000 jobs, or 8.1%); other services (+3,000 jobs, or 4.8%); professional and business services (+10,600 jobs, or 4.5%); and health care and social assistance (+10,200 jobs, or 4.5%). No industry declined over the past 12 months, but manufacturing (+1,200 jobs, or 0.6%) and retail trade (+1,200 jobs, or 0.6%) each expanded by less than 1 percent.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 24th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, February 28th.??NLG


Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2016 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon December 2016
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet for retreat January 19 in Eugene
Oregon Health Authority - 01/18/17 4:49 PM
January 18, 2016

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

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a retreat meeting January 19 in Eugene at the Eugene Hilton.

When: Thursday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Hilton Hotel, 66 E Sixth Ave, Wilder I/ Hansberry Room, Eugene. Members of the public can listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Welcome; director's report; role of the board; CCO's of the Future recommendations; waiver update and federal policy update; Action Plan for Health

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet January 20 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 01/18/17 1:46 PM
January 18, 2017

Contact: Heather Johnson, 503-508-8276, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, January 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville. Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone.
-- Register for the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/312837825839229954
-- Listen-only conference line: 1-888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. The telephone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; public testimony; continue equity measure discussion; patient experience measure discussion; wrap-up / adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx .

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

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Housing Stability Council - SPECIAL MEETING
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/20/17 5:08 PM
AGENDA
1:00 Special Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call
1:01 Public Comment Session
1:30 Executive Session - Discussion of documented information relating to Low Income Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program transactions currently in the OHCS pipeline as background for understanding the potential impact of and future consideration of options for responding to changes in LIHTC pricing.
2:45 Public Meeting resumes
3:00 Meeting Adjourned

Notice of Special Meeting:
The Oregon Housing Stability Council will hold a special meeting at 1:00 pm on January 27, 2017 at 725 Summer Street, NE, Room 237, Salem, Oregon. The meeting will focus on documented information relating to Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program transactions currently in the OHCS pipeline as background for understanding the potential impact of and future consideration of options for responding to changes in LIHTC pricing.

Notice of Executive Session:
The Oregon Housing Stability Council will hold an executive session at 1:30 pm on January 27, 2017 at 725 Summer Street, NE, Room 1A, Salem, Oregon. During the session, the Council will consider information or records that are exempt from disclosure by law as background for a future discussion on how the Council and the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS) can best respond to changes in LIHTC pricing. The executive session is being held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f).

An agenda and informational materials are attached. The Council invites public comment relating to the attached agenda and informational materials, including options for responding to changes in LIHTC pricing. Written public comments will be accepted through 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on January 25, 2017 and may be sent via electronic mail to kris.j.klemm@oregon.gov. In addition, and as reflected in the attached agenda, the Special Meeting will commence with a public comment period of up to 30 minutes for members of the public wishing to provide public comment in person. Individual in-person public comment time may be limited.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1810/101128/012717_HSC_Meeting-Material-Packet.pdf
Stocking stuffer leads to $4.2 million Megabucks jackpot
Oregon Lottery - 01/19/17 3:00 PM
Jan. 19, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- On a whim, a Salem couple used their winnings from Scratch-it tickets they received for Christmas to buy a Megabucks ticket. Thanks to that spur of the moment purchase Susan Gasperini and Chris Erion won the $4.2 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot.

Gasperini and Erion usually only buy Oregon Lottery tickets for birthdays and holidays, and almost always Scratch-its. So after getting Scratch-its for Christmas, Gasperini took the winnings from those Scratch-Its and broke with their normal tradition; he bought an Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket for three drawings instead.

By winning the $4.2 million jackpot, Gasperini became Oregon's 258th Megabucks millionaire. The couple split the prize.

The winning numbers were 4-31-40-41-45-48 for the Wednesday, Jan. 4 drawing. Gasperini matched all six numbers with her quick pick ticket.

Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The couple purchased the ticket at the Safeway on South Commercial Street in Salem. The store will now receive a 1-percent sales bonus of $42,000 for selling the winning ticket.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Marine Board Approves Grant, Rulemaking
Oregon Marine Board - 01/19/17 9:22 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board approved a grant for Klamath County and approved initiating rulemaking for boat operations in Clatsop County during their quarterly Board meeting, held in Salem on January 18.

The Board approved a grant for Upper Klamath Lake's Wocus Bay boat ramp to remove existing piling, replace and extend the length of the piling for the debris deflection boom by ten feet. In April, 2016, the agency received a report that the piling was listing and the county was concerned the piling could become dislodged. The Board approved $35,000 in state boater funds to match $7,000 in administrative services, monitoring and inspection contributions by Klamath County for a project total of $42,000.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking for Boat Operations in Clatsop County to change the 5-MPH speed restriction on the lower Skipanon River and in the Warrenton Small Boat Basin to "slow-no-wake," as defined in statewide rule.

To review the staff report and meeting agenda, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Free Boat Inspections from Columbia County Marine Patrol February 4
Oregon Marine Board - 01/18/17 2:48 PM
The Columbia County Marine Patrol will be holding free boat inspections at the Scappoose Bay Marina, 57420 Old Portland Road, in Warren, Oregon, on February 4. The event begins at 10 am and runs through 3 pm. Inspections generally take ten minutes or less.

"It's better to do boat inspections on land than on the water," says Sergeant Phil Edwards. "We want to make sure boaters are carrying the proper safety equipment like life jackets, the right fire extinguisher, have a sound producing device and also have their boater education card and valid registration documents along with current registration decals. It's never a good time when a boater finds out they need to carry something when they're in the middle of their activity." Edwards adds, "Doing boat inspections ahead of time makes things easier for the boater and gives law enforcement a chance to make sure they're in compliance before they get underway."

When a boat passes an inspection, the Marine Deputy will give the boater a Marine Board Law Enforcement Examination sticker to affix to the boat. This is recognized by other law enforcement, leading to fewer on-the-water stops for compliance checks. If a boater does not have the proper equipment or documentation, the Marine Patrol will help identify what's needed and how to come into compliance before the boater hits the water. Registered Guides and Outfitters are encouraged to attend, but can schedule a time with the Sheriff's Marine Patrol if the event conflicts with guiding services. Guides and outfitters will also be checked for their current Marine Board registration credentials.

"This is also a great opportunity to meet your Marine Patrol Deputies and learn some local waterway knowledge," Edwards adds. "We've been everywhere in every condition, and can offer lots of helpful advice."

For more information about equipment requirements and other waterway regulations, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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Caution to Boaters -Flooding, Debris Expected on Area Rivers (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 01/17/17 2:44 PM
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Last week's historic snowfall and the projected warm, wet forecast this week, sets up the perfect scenario for potential flooding on area rivers. And with flooding comes debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.

The Marine Board and marine law enforcement strongly urge boaters to take the following precautions:
Make sure the boat ramp is open for launching. The Marine Board is working closely with facility managers and will include closure information on the Boat Oregon Map.
Scout the river before running it. Rivers are dynamic, and don't stay the same over time. Boulders and logs move, trees fall, and currents shift. When in doubt --scout and portage out.
Wear a life jacket. Given the water temperature and equally cold air temperature, boaters are encouraged to wear a properly fitting life jacket on the outside of their cold weather attire.
Boat with others and stay within sight of one another.
Know your limits and how to self-rescue. Be sure your skills and experience are equal to the river and the conditions.
Fill out a digital float plan and print out a copy to let others know where you are boating and when to expect your return. The digital form, when submitted, sends an email to the Marine Board that can be used later to aid marine law enforcement should a boater need help.

Visit www.boatoregon.com and click on the Boat Oregon Map. The website and the application are optimized for mobile devices.

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Severe Weather Continues Across Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 01/18/17 3:15 PM
Representatives from the Oregon Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross help to staff the State Emergency Coordination Center as winter weather continues across Oregon.
Representatives from the Oregon Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross help to staff the State Emergency Coordination Center as winter weather continues across Oregon.
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Freezing rain, ice, high winds and blowing snow create blizzard-like conditions in the Columbia River Gorge

SALEM, OR -- January 18, 2017 -- As severe weather continues to rage across the state, Oregon's Office of Emergency Management activated the state Emergency Coordination Center (ECC). OEM staff and state emergency support representatives are gathered to assist with resource requests as communities are pummeled with ice, high winds and blowing snow.

Interstate 84 is closed between Troutdale and Hood River due to ice; the highway is also closed between Pendleton to Ontario as blowing snow creates blizzard-like conditions. OEM and the Oregon Department of Transportation urges motorists to stay off the roads.

State ECC Manager Kelly Jo Craigmiles says that the ECC is facilitating resources for affected counties, as well as areas in eastern and central Oregon. Ice, flooding concerns, sandbags and snow removal are the biggest needs at this time, although power outages, landslides and avalanches are also a concern.

Numerous weather advisories and warnings (https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/or.php?x=1) are in place in all parts of Oregon, including:
- Ice storm warning for the east Columbia Gorge;
- Winter storm warning in the south central Oregon Cascades, the Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades;
- Flood advisory in Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Deschutes, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties;
- Flood watch for central coast range of western Oregon, central Oregon coast; central Willamette Valley, Coast Range of Northwest Oregon, the greater Portland-metro area and the North Oregon Coast.

In addition, wind advisories are in effect in the Grande Ronde Valley and foothills of the Northern Blue Mountains, with gusts reaching 75-85 miles per hour.

OEM encourages residents to stay informed. Watch local news, listen to local radio and use smartphone apps to receive up-to-date weather information. Sign up for local text alerts. Be 2 Weeks Ready (https://www.facebook.com/2WeeksReady/), have a communications plan and be prepared for power outages.

Check that emergency kits are stocked and readily accessible with flashlight(s), radio, batteries, food, water and blankets/extra clothes.
If you are using a generator, understand the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to use generators safely (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage/safe-generator-use).
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics. Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
Leave one light turned on so you'll know when the power comes back on.
Check on family and neighbors to see if they are in need of support

Individuals who are vision impaired, hearing impaired or mobility impaired should take additional steps to prepare for disasters:

Ensure all assistive technology, communication devices and other power-dependent medical equipment is fully charged so that these devices are useable in the event of a power outage.
Call personal care attendants, dialysis and oxygen providers to identify support plans and/or make plans to stay with friends or family members in the event of a power outage.
Write out an emergency information card, including any medications, allergies, sensory or mobility impairments, equipment you need and emergency contact numbers.
If you live in an assisted living facility, find out what its emergency plans are.
If you're mobility impaired, identify two accessible escape routes.
Write an information card which includes the best way to communicate with you or move you if necessary.
If you must leave the house, have an emergency kit with essential medications, and extra food and water. If you have a service animal, make the kit has supplies for them as well.
If you must leave the house, have an emergency kit with essential medications and some extra food and water. If you have a service animal, make the kit has supplies for them as well.
Protect your service animal's feet: use boots or clean them off once you get inside.

In an emergency situation, contact 9-1-1.

About Oregon Office of Emergency Management:
Our mission is to lead statewide efforts to develop and enhance preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation capabilities to protect the lives, property and environment of the whole community.


Attached Media Files: Representatives from the Oregon Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross help to staff the State Emergency Coordination Center as winter weather continues across Oregon. , The Weather Channel alerts audiences about the possibility of severe snowfall in Oregon's Cascades Mountains.
Flood Watch in Northwest Oregon -- Be Safe
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 01/16/17 2:31 PM
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management says it's a good time to be 2 Weeks Ready
and adhere to basic flood safety.

January 16, 2017 -- Salem, OR -- Heavy rains are forecasted for the northern Oregon coast and the Willamette Valley, high winds are expected on the northern coast and freezing rain/ice is expected in the Columbia Gorge. A flood watch is in effect for all of Northwest Oregon. This is a good time to check your emergency supplies and adhere to basic flood safety.

Preparing for a flood
Have an emergency kit with necessary supplies. Oregon Office of Emergency Management recommends being 2 Weeks Ready http://bit.ly/2dxylmA.

Clear out leaves or remaining ice/snow from storm drains and culverts to prevent localized flooding.

During a flood: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
Six inches of moving water can knock over an adult and 12 inches can carry away a small vehicle. Many flood-related fatalities are caused by vehicles driven into hazardous waters. Move to higher ground.

Heavy rains reduce drivers' visibility. When driving, turn on your lights, increase following distance, slow down, and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians. Follow the Oregon Department of Transportation tips for driving in the rain:
- Give yourself more time for heavy traffic.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the driver in front of you.
- Make sure your windshield wipers in are good working condition.
- Roads are slippery when wet; obey the speed limit and drive slower in the rain.
- Turn on headlights.

If you are in your vehicle and floodwater is blocking your evacuation route, go to a building on high ground. If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay in the vehicle. If water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.

Avoid walking through flood waters; they may be contaminated with oil, gas, or raw sewage. Waters may also be hiding hazards and debris. If you have to walk in flood waters, wear sturdy shoes. Sharp objects can penetrate rubber boots.

Be sure to check on neighbors and seniors in your area to make sure they are not in need.

Power outages
In addition to flood concerns, areas in Northwest Oregon - particularly the Columbia Gorge -- are expected to have freezing rain and an accumulation of ice. This may result in downed trees and power outages. Be prepared and have a safe heat source available, flashlights/batteries and a radio to keep abreast of weather conditions.
22nd Annual Eagle Watch set for Feb. 25-26; youth eagle art contest deadline is Feb. 17
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/20/17 9:00 AM
Culver, OR -- The 22nd annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 25-26 at Round Butte Overlook Park. The celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. Hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Portland General Electric (PGE), Crooked River Grassland, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS), the event features activities to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds.

The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Festivities will be in "Eagle Village" at Round Butte Overlook Park's visitor center, 10 miles west of Madras.

"This is a fun, free weekend event perfect for the entire family," said Event Coordinator and OPRD Park Ranger Erin Bennett. "Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the significance of the eagle to tribal culture and traditions."

Central Oregon students in 4th-12th grade can enter an Eagle Art Contest through 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Winners will be announced at lunch on Feb. 25 and their artwork will be on display during the celebration. Artwork can be dropped off at the Cove Palisades State Park or at your school's office. Contest rules are posted at covepalisades.wordpress.com.

Event attendees can meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, as well as a great horned owl that lives at the Sunriver Nature Center. Saturday at noon, children can meet JR Beaver, Smokey Bear and Larry the Lightbulb. Children are also invited to participate in our eagle race (on Saturday) or make a bird feeder (on Sunday). Madras Garden Center will demonstrate how to create a backyard refuge to enjoy birdwatching year-round at your own home.

Wild eagle viewing will take place each day at Round Butte Overlook Park and two overlooks on Mountain View Road. Wildlife biologists have recorded eleven bald eagle pairs and nine golden eagle pairs living in the area year round, and migrant bald eagles join the resident birds from January through March. For those who want more, on Sunday at 4:30 pm attendees can go to Smith Rock State Park for an hour-long guided tour with Oregon Eagle Foundation volunteer David Vick.

The Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park is free. Attendees can purchase souvenirs and participate in a daily silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Oregon Eagle Foundation. Indian Fry bread proceeds will support sending local kids to the rodeo, and donations for lunch support Culver Middle School's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. Only cash and checks will be accepted; no ATM is on site.

For information, call Oregon State Parks Information at 800-551-6949 or The Cove Palisades State Park at 541-546-3412 or visit oregonstateparks.org. Information will also be posted on the Cove Palisades blog, The Cove Rattler, at covepalisades.wordpress.com and on Facebook.
Salmonberry Trail meeting set Feb. 3, 2017 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/17/17 4:30 PM
Salem OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Salem to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tillamook Conference Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The agenda includes discussion on the status of rail banking, fundraising efforts, coastal segment planning and a preliminary discussion regarding rail salvage.

The Salmonberry Trail will connect eight cities and two counties, passing by the Oregon coastline, fisheries, farmland and the rugged Oregon Coast Range. The route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, which closed in 2007 after massive storm damage. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail.
For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.
ATV Grant Subcommittee meets in Salem Feb. 7-9
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/17/17 10:30 AM
SALEM OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's (OPRD) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) grants subcommittee will meet 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m. on Feb. 7-9, 2017 at the North Mall Office Building, Room 124, at 725 Summer Street NE, Salem. The building entrance is located on Winter Street. N.E.

The ATV Grant Program provides funding statewide for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. Grant funds come from ATV user permit sales and a percentage of gasoline tax money.
The grant subcommittee will review grant requests for ATV operation and maintenance, law enforcement and acquisition-related projects. The subcommittee will provide recommendations on grant funding to the OPRD director for referral to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.

More information about the state ATV program is available at
www.OregonOHV.org
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to conduct public meeting for proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway in Maupin
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/17/17 10:00 AM
Maupin OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway from 5:30-6:30 p.m Feb. 8 at the Imperial River Company, 304 Bakeoven Rd., Maupin.

The proposed 33-mile loop starts in Maupin and travels on existing roads through a high desert landscape carved with rivers. The bikeway passes through rural Tygh Valley, then continues along the White River and Deschutes River, with views of scenic Sherars Falls.

The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program and information on the proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway, followed by questions from attendees.

Public comment on the proposed bikeway will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment will be accepted both before and after the meeting until the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Comments will be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission before the commission votes on designation.

The State Scenic Bikeway Program designates the best-of-the-best road bike riding in Oregon. Currently, the program includes 15 designated bikeways, listed at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/index.aspx.

Send comments about the proposed bikeway to Alex Phillips at alex.phillips@oregon.gov
or to Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., ATTN: Alexandra Phillips, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301-1266.
**CANCELLED** Oregon State Library Board Meeting in Salem, January 19 & 20, 2017
Oregon State Library - 01/17/17 2:50 PM
The Oregon State Library Board Meeting and Strategic Planning Session on January 19 and 20, 2017 has been canceled due to inclement weather in numerous areas of the state. The meeting will be rescheduled for late February or early March.
Cities
Rain predicted - clear storm drains of snow and ice to prevent flooding
City of Battle Ground - 01/15/17 3:55 PM
Rain, and a lot of it, is predicted to arrive in the next day or two. With the amount of snow and ice still on streets we must now try to minimize the risk of localized flooding. Snow or ice blocking storm drains can keep water from flowing into the drainage system and can quickly create areas of standing water.

The city of Battle Ground Public Works Department asks residents and businesses to keep storm drains in their neighborhoods clear, when safe to do so, to allow rain water to run into storm drains. Crews will be doing the same in the most affected areas, but with over 1,800 catch basins and inlets, it will literally take a village.

Any sign of standing water or flooding in the city of Battle Ground can be be reported to Public Works at 360-342-5350 during regular business hours (7:30am -- 4pm), after hours at 360-635-7076, or by using the city's online Citizen Action Request at https://www.cityofbg.org/FormCenter/Public-Works-9/Public-Works-Request-54.
Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge Update
City of Salem - 01/18/17 10:05 AM
The Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge is on track to open to the public in April. This, despite a project timeline setback early on due to delayed delivery of the large supporting arches. The bridge structure, including deck panels, rib arches and other infrastructure is now self supporting. Still to be completed are the bridge deck surface, structure tensioning, and removal of the temporary work bridge.

The bridge design is very unique and complex. Therefore, the remaining activities must be completed in sequence and are weather-dependent.

Remaining activities include:

There are two final bridge deck concrete pours remaining. Each requires 14 days afterward to properly cure before the next step in tensioning the bridge deck can happen.
Once the concrete bridge deck is completed, the temporary towers, forms, and work bridge must be removed. This will begin on June 1 due to permitting requirements. The City is currently working with the permitting agencies to determine if a portion of the temporary structure can be removed prior to June 1 to minimize the amount of removal work this summer.
Once the temporary structures are removed, the contractor will begin the remaining work at Riverfront Park building the concrete walls, sidewalks, landscaping, and irrigation. This work cannot begin until after the temporary structure is removed.
Once work begins to remove the temporary work bridge, the new bridge and south end of Riverfront Park will be closed temporarily. A Grand Opening celebration will likely occur in August once all work at Riverfront Park is completed and the temporary work bridge is removed.
The City appreciates the public's patience as the bridge takes shape and nears completion. Once finished, the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge will be an iconic and beautiful addition to the City of Salem skyline.
Limited Area Boil Water Notice Lifted
City of Salem - 01/14/17 8:16 AM
Crestview Drive S. between Downs Street and Hansen Avenue, and Hansen Avenue S. between Crestview Drive S. and Holiday Drive S.

Bacterialogical analysis of drinking water samples collected on Thursday, January 12, 2017, due to the water pressure interruption incident in the vicinity of Crestview Drive S. between Downs Street and Hansen Avenue, and Hansen Avenue S. between Crestview Drive S. and Holiday Drive S. confirm the water is free from coliform bacteria and is safe to drink.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., January 12, 2017, maintenance crews had to shut down the water main to repair a water leak causing water pressure to be interrupted to 19 water services on Crestview Drive S. between Downs Street and Hansen Avenue and Hansen Avenue S. between Crestview Drive S. and Holiday Drive S. in the City of Salem (see attached map), this includes Candalaria Elementary School. No other areas of the water system were affected by the pressure interruption.

Oregon Health Authority rules require a Boil Water Notice be issued as a precautionary measure if system pressure is lost. Notices were hand delivered to the affected customers that the Boil Water Notice has been lifted.

Esta notificación contiene información importante acerca de un aviso de hervir agua. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6333.


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Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1081/100949/Affected_Area_Boundary.pdf
Individual named and arraigned in Seaside Standoff
City of Seaside - 01/17/17 3:05 PM
Seaside, Ore. -- January 17, 2017 -- On Saturday, January 14, at 8:21 a.m., Seaside resident Brian Wallin, 49, of 1615 Whispering Pines Drive, Seaside, Oregon called 911 and stated his desire to turn himself in to Seaside Police after a 64-hour standoff inside his home.

Shortly after turning himself in on Saturday, Wallin was taken to Providence Seaside Hospital for evaluation. Wallin remained hospitalized under police watch until Sunday evening, where he was then released and transported to Clatsop County Jail. On Tuesday afternoon, Wallin was arraigned on multiple charges of unlawful use of a weapon and one charge of aggravated animal abuse. Both charges are recognized as felonies.

Over the weekend, Seaside Police executed a search warrant on the Wallin residence, resulting in the seizure of several weapons and rounds of ammunition. The family dog was also found deceased during a search of the house.

Wallin is currently being housed in the Clatsop County Jail.

End of Release
Seaside standoff ends peacefully when man surrenders
City of Seaside - 01/14/17 9:20 AM
Seaside, Ore. -- January 14, 2017 -- A Seaside man surrendered peacefully from his home this morning, nearly 64 hours after a 911-call had been placed from the same residence on Whispering Pines Drive. The individual placed a call to Seaside Dispatch shortly after 8 a.m. stating that he was scared and wanting to exit the home. The emergency dispatcher taking the call instructed him to put his shoes on and walk out of the home with his hands visible. A short time later the man emerged and was taken into custody without incident.

"We're extremely pleased with the outcome of this event," said Police Chief Dave Ham. "A peaceful surrender and discussion with the individual has been the goal of this situation since it began on Wednesday afternoon. The use of de-escalation techniques may extend the length of an incident but they are always intended to reduce confrontations with people in crisis. Fortunately, for all parties involved, this ended in the best way possible -- peacefully and without incident."

The Seaside Police was assisted throughout the three-day standoff by Oregon State Police, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and the Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart and Cannon Beach Police Departments. The City of Seaside and Seaside Police Department would like to thank the public and its citizens in the immediate area for their patience and understanding during the standoff.
City Hall and Library Delayed Opening
City of Sherwood - 01/17/17 5:36 AM
City Hall Offices and Library opening at 10:00 am
City of Tualatin announces Artsplash 2017 call to artists (Photo)
City of Tualatin - 01/20/17 12:43 PM
ArtSplash
ArtSplash
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Applications for the 22nd annual ArtSplash Art Show and Sale are now being accepted. The Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee, a public arts citizen committee of the City of Tualatin Oregon, invites artists to submit an application for this annual juried summer art sale. The goal of the Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee is to encourage and promote Northwest artists, expose the community to a wide range of artistic experience, and endorse interaction between artists and the community. Proceeds from ArtSplash go to support the public arts in Tualatin.

ArtSplash Dates are Friday, July 21 from noon to 9pm, Saturday, July 22 from 11am-8pm and Sunday, July 23 from 11am-4pm.

ArtSplash is a juried art show located at the Lake of the Commons in Tualatin, 8325 SW Nyberg Street. The Tualatin Commons is the vibrant heart of downtown featuring a wide pedestrian promenade surrounding a three acre lake. Public plazas and a fountain add to the lively urban mix. Tiles and artist designed drinking fountains are integrated into the plazas. ArtSplash is a three day outdoor show featuring northwest artists overlooking the beautiful Lake of the Commons.

Artist amenities include booth sitters for breaks, water, snacks, artists' breakfast reception Saturday morning, artist cash prizes, free parking, free admission, volunteer assistance for unloading, volunteer staffed central wrap station, art racks and hooks or table provided in main tent.

Visual artists in all mediums including, but not limited to acrylic, oil, watercolor, photography, metal, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and glass are eligible. The deadline for artist applications is April 3, 2017. For more information please visit https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/2017-artsplash-call-artists


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Vancouver residents have options for reporting potholes
City of Vancouver - 01/20/17 1:58 PM
Harsh winter snow, ice and deep freezing temperatures often lead to an increase in potholes, soon after a thaw arrives.

Potholes get their start when melting snow or ice seep beneath the pavement through cracks caused by wear and tear of traffic. Then the moisture freezes and expands below the surface. When temperatures rise again, the moisture melts, leaving a gap between the pavement and the surface under it. As the weight of vehicles continues to put pressure on those weakened areas, the pavement can crack or crumble, leading to the birth of a pothole.

Vancouver Public Works crews fill potholes as part of regular street maintenance and operations. Residents can help by reporting them. A good description of the pothole location, including nearest cross street, is needed. Indicating the size of the pothole can also be helpful.

Here are three easy ways to report potholes within the City of Vancouver:

Call the Operations Center: Report potholes and other Public Works Service requests by calling Vancouver's Operations Center at 360-487-8177. For after-business-hour calls, please follow the prompts to connect with an answering service.

Use the MyVancouver app: It's free, it's fun, and smart device users in the city can use the Service Request section of the MyVancouver mobile app to report a pothole. Enter the address, add a photo if you wish, and a detailed description, including the nearest intersection. Get the app here: cityofvancouver.us/myvancouver. Please note: For urgent issues or to report other types of problems not listed under Service Request on the app, please call the Operations Center.

Submit an Online Service Request: Use Public Works' online service request form at www.cityofvancouver.us/servicerequest to report potholes and other problems. Please remember to provide details and location. As with the app, online requests can be submitted anytime, at your convenience, but are not monitored around-the-clock. For urgent issues that need immediate attention, please call the Operations Center.

Vancouver Public Works is committed to providing quality customer service. During busy times following heavy freezes and thaws, please allow crews time to respond to the many requests. For urgent needs, please call the Operations Center.

Not certain if the pothole location is within the city? Use this handy tool on the web to find out: www.cityofvancouver.us/citylimitsmap.

Elsewhere in Southwest Washington: For potholes in unincorporated Clark County, please contact Clark County Public Works. Potholes on state highways, ramps and rights of way, as well as Mill Plain Boulevard from Interstate 5 west to the Port of Vancouver, should be reported to Washington Department of Transportation's Southwest Region.
Garbage and recycling services getting back on track
City of Vancouver - 01/20/17 10:13 AM
As snow and ice melt away, efforts are underway to quickly catch up on missed days and get garbage, recycling and optional yard debris service back on track in Vancouver and throughout Clark County.

Waste Connections of Washington is rallying outside drivers and trucks to help handle additional loads. For the most part, the service provider was able to return to regular garbage and recycling collections Wednesday and Thursday with relatively few glitches, considering the tenacity of ice and slippery slush in some residential areas. Those missed include some homes along steep streets.

In Vancouver, some drivers were unable to complete routes due to heavy volumes of materials and full trucks. Alleys in Vancouver were also a challenge, due to the combination of snow, slushy ice and less traffic to break it up.

Regular Wednesday, Thursday and Friday customers in Vancouver are encouraged to leave their carts sitting out at the curb or alley side, if possible. Waste Connections' plan at this time is to return for pickups by Saturday, if not before. Monday and Tuesday customers whose service was canceled earlier this week should put out twice their normal service level of garbage or recycling at their next regular pickup date.

Here are some additional tips for all Vancouver residential customers who were missed during the foul weather:
- Clear snow and ice away so carts and extra garbage or recycling are easy to reach.
- Place extra garbage that won't fit in the garbage cart into clearly marked containers or plastic garbage bags, closed securely to avoid spills and unintended litter
- Place extra recycling that won't fit in the blue cart into cardboard boxes or paper kraft bags. (No plastic bags for recycling.) Another container that is clearly marked 'Recycling' is also acceptable. Please place glass in a separate container on the side.

Waste Connections is also stepping up efforts to pick up garbage and recycling for commercial accounts missed during the recent harsh winter weather. Those customers will be serviced over the next few days, with an extra push on Saturday.

For questions about your service, check Waste Connections website at www.wcnorthwest.com, email CustomerHelp@WasteConnections.com or call (360) 892-5370.

Stay informed: In the event of cancellation due to severe weather conditions, customers missed will get a call from Waste Connections of Washington, providing they have a current phone number. Please note: Phone numbers that have been entered on a 'Do Not Call' list may not receive Waste Connections' automated phone updates. Another option for customers is to sign up for alerts using Vancouver's free RecycleRight app. Get the app here: www.cityofvancouver.us/recycleright.
Vancouver Winter Storm Update: Rains, garbage/recycling & more
City of Vancouver - 01/17/17 6:11 PM
Rains have returned, and throughout Vancouver, Public Works Street crews are out plowing slush and clearing streets where nature and deicer are assisting in breaking up compacted snow and ice. Regular winter rains were reported in areas west of Interstate 205, while areas east had been hit by freezing rain.

Drivers are urged to be extremely cautious, especially on those residential and side streets where rain is pooling on top of caked masses of snow and ice. Traffic spray from slush can also cause problems, and drivers are asked to watch out for other vehicles and pedestrians.

Public Works Stormwater crews have spent the day checking known problem spots along major arterial streets throughout the city and digging out those drainage catch basins as much as possible in advance of the thaw. Of concern are the ice dams that have formed around drains and could prevent the flow of water.

For residents concerned about flooding on private property, Public Works has set up two self-serve sandbag sites. Sand and empty bags are provided, but residents should bring their own shovels to fill bags and be prepared to transport them. Locations are:
- In front of fence, near the sign at the former Golden Skate site, 4915 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
- Near the driveway access at Vancouver Public Works' East Operations site, 912 N.E. 192nd Ave.

Wednesday Garbage & Recycling for Wednesday Jan. 18: If rains help scour out streets and it's safe for its big trucks to maneuver in neighborhoods, Waste Connections will try to reach as many regular Wednesday garbage and recycling customers as possible. Because service was canceled Wednesday, Jan. 11, those customers are allowed to set out twice their service amount at no extra charge, and trucks are expected to fill up twice as fast. Waste Connections is rallying outside resources to help handle the anticipated larger-the-normal residential loads. Waste Connections also plans to hit its commercial stops, with another commercial round possible on Saturday. However, if weather conditions take a turn for the worse and neighborhoods remain slick and unsafe for trucks to get through, Wednesday garbage, recycling and yard debris service will be canceled and pickups rescheduled. Please check Waste Connections online at www.wcnorthwest.com for schedule and service details.

Trees, Water Pipes and Contacts: Other problems typically associated with the type of weather conditions Vancouver is experiencing include downed trees and frozen water pipes. Frozen pipes are most apt to burst or make themselves known during the thaw following a deep freeze. Water pipes on private property are the responsibility of the property owner, but Operations crews can assist with turning off water at the meter. To report trees in streets or for assistance with frozen water lines, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts for after-hours service. For downed power lines, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

More Street Information: In preparation for the storm, City crews began pre-treating streets throughout Vancouver with deicer before snow and ice arrived. As part of the severe weather strategy, the community is split into zones, and crews are assigned to each zone's priority routes to focus efforts and resources. During this winter snow and ice storm, all priority routes throughout the City have been plowed and major intersections, hills, overpasses and trouble spots deiced. In addition to the constant deep freeze, snow amounts, wind, sun and traffic have varied across Vancouver, affecting conditions on the street. In some areas, vehicles have been driving on pavement. In others, streets have been slick and covered with ice and snow.

In the past few days, much of what remains on some streets, particularly on the west side, has become too compacted, solidified and frozen to plow. Snow plow blades do not dig into the surface of the street, but ride a couple inches off the surface. With temperatures stuck below freezing and ice/snow mass so solid and thick, deicer has not been able to react and other equipment has not been able to cut through it. Rising temperatures are expected to provide the needed breakthrough, though some forecasters have warned that the full thaw could be slow.

Please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather for more information, including updates, priority street map and severe weather tips.
Vancouver Winter Storm Update: Freezing rain, sandbags and garbage/recycling
City of Vancouver - 01/16/17 6:13 PM
Vancouver Public Works is readying for potential freezing rains early Tuesday morning, followed by heavy rains and showers through Thursday, according to current forecasts.

Operations Street crews will be out this evening continuing the difficult effort of trying to break through the solid mass of ice and snow that remains in some parts of the community. The National Weather Service in Portland is forecasting freezing rains will arrive between about 4 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, adding to concerns about the morning commute.

Meanwhile, Public Works has also set up two self-serve sites for Vancouver residents concerned about flooding from the rains expected to follow Tuesday into at least Thursday. The sand and empty bags are provided at the sites. Residents should bring their own shovels to fill bags and be prepared to transport them. Sand and bags are at these locations:
- In front of fence, near the sign at the former Golden Skate site, 4915 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
- Near the driveway access at Vancouver Public Works' East Operations site, 912 N.E. 192nd Ave.

Garbage and Recycling Cancellation: Waste Connections has canceled regular Tuesday garbage, recycling and yard debris service in Vancouver and throughout Clark County due to slick conditions and the chance of freezing rain in the morning. Customers are encouraged to check Waste Connections' website at www.wcnorthwest.com for any possible schedule changes.

Trees, Water Pipes and More: Heavy snow covering branches is still a concern for trees around the area. Please also be aware of water pipes that may have frozen when temperatures dropped below freezing. Frozen pipes are most apt to finally burst or make themselves known as temperatures rise and they thaw.

To report trees in streets or for assistance with frozen water lines, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts for after-hours service. For downed power lines, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

More Street Information: The City began pre-treating streets before the winter storm arrived, and has been continuing to place deicer at major intersections, hills, overpasses - the highest priorities connecting public safety and emergency services - as well as trouble spots around the city. A variety of factors have left some parts of the city caked with thick ice, snow and extremely slick conditions. Deicer and attempts to cut through using equipment have had limited effect in these hard hit areas. Over the past couple of days, afternoon sunshine has helped warm the surface of those streets partially or mostly covered with a thick, bumpy layer of ice and snow, but what softened just refroze into an even more solid mass when temperatures plunged well below freezing at night. Until temperatures rise and remain above freezing, allowing deicer, equipment and time to break through the frozen layers, drivers are asked to go slow, leave ample room to stop or turn, and drive for conditions.

Please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather for more information, including updates, priority street map and severe weather tips.
Winter Storm Update: Coverage continues with debris removal
City of Vancouver - 01/14/17 1:57 PM
The City of Vancouver's priority streets and overpasses, the critical network that connects public safety and emergency services, are currently mostly packed snow or a slushy mix. A thick layer of snow and ice covers many neighborhood streets. The sun is shining, but temperatures remain below or near freezing, keeping street conditions in many parts of Vancouver frozen, too.

Vancouver Public Works crews have continued to plow what they could from major streets and some side streets. But at this point, what's on the surface is so compacted and frozen that progress is limited. Crews have been waiting until sunshine has warmed the surface slightly before applying deicer in hopes of having it activate and break through. However, given the compaction and temperatures, it's very slow going, as is the thaw. Forecasters are now saying temperatures are likely to continue to crawl along below or fairly near freezing until about Tuesday, Jan. 17.

In addition to continuing to try to improve streets where possible, crews will begin tackling downed trees and limbs that fell earlier this week due to winds and the heavy snowfall. Vancouver Public Works wants residents to know that some of this work may be taking place through the night, a public safety precaution allowing for the removal of debris from streets and public rights of way before heavy rains are forecast to return next week, bringing a potential for localized flooding. Crews will attempt to minimize noise to the extent that it is possible.

Other updates:

Second Saturday at the Water Center: This popular activity from 1-3 p.m. at the Water Center has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, due to snowy and icy conditions. While it will now take place on the third Saturday of this month, not the second, expect the same kind of fun for families. Please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

MLK Jr. Day of Service: Icy and snowy conditions have resulted in rescheduling and cancellation of many events throughout the community. Click here to view a brief list: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo/page/martin-luther-king-jr-national-day-service-2017. For other events not listed there, please contact event organizers.

Garbage & Recycling: At this time, regular Monday service is expected to take place on Jan. 16. However, if neighborhood streets are still slick and icy, that could change. Check Waste Connections' website at www.wcnorthwest.com for any possible schedule changes.

Trees, Pipes & More: Heavy snow covering branches is still a concern for trees around the area. Water pipes that have frozen when temperatures plummeted and stayed below freezing may finally burst when the thaw comes.

To report trees in streets or for assistance with frozen water lines, please call Vancouver Public Works Operations at 360-487-8177 and follow the prompts for after-hours service. For downed power lines, call Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-8000. In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
News Release: Sewage overflows from manhole on SW Barbur Boulevard towards Stephens Creek
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 01/18/17 5:12 PM
Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Advisory
(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)


Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to reports of sewage flowing from a manhole on a sidewalk at SW Barbur Boulevard near SW Bertha Boulevard.
Field crews estimated that 4,000 gallons of sewage overflowed onto the ground and into the street and down a storm drain that feeds into Stephens Creek before emptying into the Willamette River.
Crews attempting to unblock the sewage line found instead that the cause was weather-related: An influx of water had exceeded the sewer line's capacity and the excess was being released through the manhole. It is unknown at this time if the release has stopped.
Environmental Services crews posted warning signs in the area. Crews will return to the location tomorrow.
In addition, as a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Stephens Creek for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.
Unlike this event, most sewage overflows are caused by blockages. Over one-third of Portland's more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows.
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CSO Advisory: Snowmelt and rain lead to combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 01/18/17 4:13 PM
Snowmelt combined with heavy rain caused Portland's combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River this afternoon at several locations.
Because of increased bacteria in the water, the public should avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours after the CSO event ends. The event began at 1:10 p.m. and is still continuing. The volume is not yet known.
The overflows begin at the outfall near the Ross Island Bridge and extend downstream. Several outfalls are affected.
Portland's combined sewer system carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. In December 2011, Portland completed a 20-year program of sewer improvements, including constructing big pipes on both sides of the Willamette River and along the Columbia Slough. The improvements eliminate 99% of CSOs from the slough and 94% from the river.
During heavy storms, the big pipes store large quantities of stormwater and sewage while pumping it to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. During very heavy storms, some combined sewage can overflow. A combined sewer overflow is about 80% stormwater and 20% sanitary sewage.
Before the city completed the CSO control program, combined sewers overflowed an average of 50 times a year. Today, the combined system overflows to the Willamette River an average of four times per winter and once every three summers.
This is the second CSO this 2016-2017 winter season. The previous overflow occurred on Thanksgiving Day.
For more information about CSO events, what they are and why they occur, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/565061.

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News Release: Sewer overflow in forested area in southwest Portland off SW Shattuck Road today
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 01/17/17 5:24 PM
Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory: (this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

Sewer maintenance crews responded this afternoon to reports of sewage flowing from a manhole on a vacant lot on SW Shattuck Road near SW Hamilton Street. Field crews estimated that 5,000 gallons of sewage overflowed onto the ground and into a ditch. The ditch leads to Fanno Creek at SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

Crews stopped the sewage flow at 3:40 p.m.

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Maintenance crews cleared a sewer line blockage to stop the sewage release, restored service, and posted warning signs in the areas accessible to the public.

As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Fanno Creek for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water.

The City of Portland treats an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater each day. With the snow and ice melt, that volume is increasing. Over one-third of Portland's more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Pipes that fail or become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris can cause sewage overflows. The sewage release in southwest Portland is not related to Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.
Water Main Repair Closes Right Southbound Lane at Barbur Boulevard near Hamilton Street
Portland Water Bureau - 01/16/17 8:39 AM
PORTLAND,  OR- Portland  Water  Bureau  crews  are  responding  to  a  water  main  break on the shoulder of Barbur Boulevard near Hamilton Street.

To  assess  and  repair  the  damaged  water pipe,  crews  must  reduce Barbur to one southbound lane near Hamilton Street until approximately 5 p.m. today.

The main is an 8-inch cast iron pipe from 1941.  

?The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

The Portland Water Bureau's Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year. Members of the public are encouraged to report suspected main breaks to the Water Bureau's 24-hour Emergency Line at 503-823-4874.


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Courts/District Attorneys
Dallas man sentenced to 20 years in prison on sex abuse, sodomy charges.
Polk County Dist. Att. Office - 01/18/17 10:36 AM
DALLAS (OR) -- Monico Nicholas Reed, 39, of Dallas, has been sentenced to serve a total of 20 years in prison for sexually abusing his two minor step-daughters over a ten year period. On January 13, Reed pleaded guilty in Polk County Circuit Court to Unlawful Sexual Penetration involving a child under 12; Sodomy in the First Degree involving a child under 12, and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree involving a child under 14. Upon release from prison, Reed will be on post-prison supervision and be a registered sex offender.

The case was investigated by the Dallas Police Department and prosecuted by the Polk County District Attorney's Office.
Banks & Credit Unions
Comedian Susan Rice to perform at Senior Citizens Council fundraiser March 3 in Milwaukie (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 01/19/17 12:44 PM
Comedian Susan Rice will perform March 3 at Gray Gable Estate in Milwaukie in a fundraising event for the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County.
Comedian Susan Rice will perform March 3 at Gray Gable Estate in Milwaukie in a fundraising event for the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County.
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MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- Susan Rice, a comedian once named "Portland's funniest person" will perform Friday, March 3, at Gray Gables Estate in Milwaukie as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County.

Tickets are now being sold to the event, which will run 6-8 p.m. at 3009 S.E. Chestnut St.
Tickets are $50 for general admission and $65 for premium seating.

The event will include refreshments, raffles and a paddle raise. Sponsorships are available. To order tickets, call (503) 657-1366.

Rice has been performing standup comedy in Portland and Los Angeles since 1983. She has appeared in a number of network television and cable shows, including Portlandia, ABC's George Schlatter's Comedy Club, Showtime Comedy on the Road, Comic Strip Live and Evening at the Improv.

Rice has helped raise thousands of dollars for Relay for Life, the Oregon Food Bank and Humane Societies in the U.S. and Canada. Willamette Week named Rice "Portland's funniest person" in 2015 while another newspaper described her as "the 'Grand Dame of Comedy' in the Pacific Northwest."

Rice includes George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Dave Anderson as among her comedy heroes and inspiration. More information about Rice is posted at www.susanricecomedy.com/about-susan.

The Senior Citizens Council protects home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals. Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

"We guard and protect senior citizens who have no one else to watch out for them. The proceeds from this event will enable us to provide our low-cost services to about more local residents who can't otherwise afford them," said Christi Bird, the council's executive director.

Founded in 1972, Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clackamas County, Ore. Many of those served don't have the ability to pay. The SCCCC relies on donations, grants and fundraising events to support those in need. More information about the council is available at www.seniorcitizenscouncil.com.


Attached Media Files: Comedian Susan Rice will perform March 3 at Gray Gable Estate in Milwaukie in a fundraising event for the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County.
Colleges & Universities - Public
PCC's Sylvania Campus to host GPSEN Sustainability Symposium (Photo)
PCC - 01/19/17 8:09 AM
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SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the greater Portland region continues to grow and create more sustainable practices, regional leaders will gather at Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus (12000 SW 49th Ave.) to participate in the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network's (GPSEN) first annual Sustainability Symposium from 1-9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27.

Co-sponsored by PCC and the Port of Portland, GPSEN's symposium will highlight academic and community research on sustainability issues in the Portland region through presentations, workshops, displays, awards and networking opportunities. Workshops and activities will be hosted in Room 100 of the ST Building and the Performing Arts Center.

"The Sustainability Symposium will focus on cutting-edge research and curriculum, and how to discover hope and inspiration in a changing world," said PCC sociology instructor and GPSEN coordinator Kim Smith. "Guests will learn about the power of collaboration and ways to network and engage for a sustainable future, especially here in the Portland metro area."

The event will attract a variety of sustainability professionals including business leaders, educators, non-profits, government officials, students, and community members who are interested in the future of Portland's sustainability efforts.

The keynote speaker is Hatch Innovation founder and Executive Director Amy Pearl, who was named the Portland Business Journal's 2015 Women of Influence award winner. She founded the non-profit more than 10 years ago to enable people to launch enterprises that improve communities, addressing local and global challenges.

Recently, she authored the law that has become Oregon's new crowd-funding exemption to invest in local businesses.

The afternoon features presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Following a networking reception from 5:30-7 p.m., the evening will commence with PCC President Mark Mitsui and Sylvania Campus President Lisa Avery welcoming the audience and highlighting college sustainability efforts. Pearls' keynote will be followed by a recognition ceremony with awards presented to community leaders: Charity Fain and Sherrie Pelsma, representing the Community Energy Project; PCC economics instructor Joel Magnuson; youth advocate Ibrahim Ibrahim, with the Muslim Education Trust; and Christian Ettinger, owner of Hopworks Urban Brewery.

General admission tickets are $10 and student tickets can be purchased for $5. Tickets for the event and the complete program can be found at www.gpsen.org.

GPSEN is a multi-sector network of educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, organizations, and community members collaborating to promote sustainability education in the Portland Metro region, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in Oregon, and Clark County in Washington.

Acknowledged as a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on education for sustainable development (ESD) by United Nations University in 2013, GPSEN is part of a coalition of 149 RCEs around the world, including four in the United States.


About Portland Community College: PCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving more than 78,000 full- and part-time students. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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


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WSU Vancouver's annual Professional Writers Series opens Jan. 26
WSU Vancouver - 01/16/17 8:00 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver's annual Professional Writers Series will feature eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry.
The presentations are free and open to the public. Each begins at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6 on campus. The following writers are scheduled.

Jan. 26: Scott Nadelson, "Mastering the Short Story"
Author of three acclaimed collections of short stories, Scott Nadelson chairs the writing program at Willamette University and also teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop M.F.A. program at Pacific Lutheran University. He has won several prizes, including an Oregon Book Award. His first novel, "Between You and Me," was published in 2015.

Feb. 9: Martha Grover and Michael Heald, "Getting Personal: Memoirs and Essays"
Grover's first book, "One More for the People" (2011) and her most recent, "The End of My Career" (2016) have been cited for their intimacy, humor and conversational style. Many of the pieces included are drawn from the print zine Somnambulist, which Grover has published for more than 12 years. Michael Heald is her publisher at Perfect Day Publishing and author of a collection of essays. He received a 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship.

Feb. 23: David Naimon and Benjamin Parzybok in conversation, "The Art of the Literary Podcast: A Conversation"
As moderator of KBOO radio's longstanding series "Between the Covers," Naimon has interviewed numerous luminaries of contemporary literature, including Anthony Doerr, Mary Gaitskill, Ursula K. Le Guin and Colson Whitehead. This presentation will feature audio clips from the program and a conversation between Naimon and novelist Benjamin Parzybok.

March 9: Peter Ames Carlin, "Biographies That Rock"
Carlin has chronicled the lives of several contemporary music icons, including Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys. He is a former senior writer for People magazine and television critic for the Oregonian.

March 23: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, "Activist Poetry"
Jetnil-Kijiner is a poet and performance artist whose work centers around climate activism. In 2014, Vogue magazine named her one of 13 leading women fighting global warming. Her poetry focuses on raising awareness of issues and threats--such as rising sea levels and forced migration--faced by the people of the Marshall Islands, where she was born. She also creates videos.

April 6: Margaret Malone, "One Writer's Path"
Malone's debut, a story collection called "People Like You," was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award, winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize and a Best Book selection by Powell's, the Oregonian and the Portland Mercury. She has received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, has been a volunteer facilitator with the nonprofit Write Around Portland, and hosts an art and literary gathering called SHARE.

About WSU Vancouver
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.; parking is free after 7 p.m.

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

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Colleges & Universities - Private
Snow and Ice Forces Cancellation of Pacific University's MLK Celebration Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16
Pacific University - 01/14/17 3:44 PM
FOREST GROVE -- Persistent snow and icy roads and sidewalks in Forest Grove and throughout the greater Portland area have forced thecancellation of Pacific University's annual celebration onoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16.

In lieu of a Monday's cancellation, all are encouraged to find ways to honor Dr. King in their respective neighborhoods.
University of Portland ranked top university in Oregon in Kiplinger's "Best College Values: Private Universities" for 2017
University of Portland - 01/18/17 1:14 PM
(Portland, OR) - For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Portland was the top Oregon school in Kiplinger's Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in its private universities category for 2017. The University of Portland was ranked 58th nationwide among all private universities.
 
"Our faculty, staff and students are proud to be recognized as one of Kiplinger's top 100 private colleges," said University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. "To receive this honor for the seventh consecutive year is a tremendous endorsement of the University of Portland's strong academics, great value and commitment to our students."
 
UP has been the top ranked private Oregon university and has been ranked in the top 100 since Kiplinger's began releasing its rankings of "Best Value Colleges." Kiplinger's starts with data on nearly 1,200 public and private four-year schools, then narrows the list based on measures of academic quality. Schools are then ranked on cost and financial aid measures.
 
Kiplinger's Personal Finance offers advice on managing money and achieving financial security, paying for college, and major purchases like automobiles and homes. The magazine has been published since 1947.
 
The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college.

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
Multnomah Co. Schools
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting for January 18, 2017 (Rescheduled from January 11, 2017)
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 01/17/17 10:48 PM
Weather permitting, the Centennial School District Board of Directors plans to meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, to address all of the business items that were to have been considered at the January 11, 2017, meeting which was canceled due to inclement weather.

Reports to be presented at this meeting include the Division 22 Assurances of State Standards Report and the Superintendent's Report. In addition to the confirmation items that will be considered en masse, the following business items are scheduled to be considered:
7.1.1 - 2nd Reading of Policy GBJ, Weapons in Schools - Staff
7.1.2 - 2nd Reading Policy GBM, Staff Complaints
7.1.3 - 2nd Reading of Policies JFC, Student Conduct, and JG, Student Discipline
7.2.1 - Consider Revised Policy IKG, Graduation Requirements
7.2.2 - Consider Revised Policy IGBBA, Identification of Talented and Gifted; and the Deletion of Policy IGBBB, Identification - Talented and Gifted Students among Nontypical Populations
7.2.3 - Consider Transfer of $55,000 from Contingency to Support Services Fund
7.2.4 - Consider Seeking Appraisals of Surplus Marie Street Properties to Address the Safety of the CHS Football Field
7.2.5 - Consider Proclamation in Support of all District Students and Families
7.2.6 - Approve Newcomer Curriculum for English Language Learners
7.2.7 - Consider CHS Calendar Adjustment for 2016/2017

The full board packet for this meeting is posted on the district website (www.csd28j.org) on the School Board page under Board Agenda, Minutes and Packets.
MESD Board Regular Session Meeting 1-17-17 has been canceled
Multnomah ESD - 01/17/17 11:09 AM
The January 17 meeting of the Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors has been canceled due to inclement weather.
Monday, January 23, 2017 Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 01/19/17 7:14 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will hear a presentation by Pauly Rogers Auditors and a presentation on a possible Student Safety Resolution. They will receive reports from the Associated Study Body, Superintendent's Office, Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office, Technology, Human Resources, Student Services, and the Business Office. The Board will take action on consent agenda and the Student Safety Resolution. They will also report on their Board Business and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205

January is School Board Appreciation Month. Please join us in recognizing the dedication and hard work of our Parkrose School Board Members. Prior to the Board Meeting from 6:00pm-6:30pm there will be a Board Recognition Social with treats provided for those able to attend.
Reynolds School District Revised 2016-17 Calendars
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 01/20/17 2:27 PM
Due to the number of inclement weather days, the calendar have been revised and approved to balance semesters. Additional changes may be approved by the school board to restore instructional time.

https://www.reynolds.k12.or.us/district/revised-approved-2016-17-calendars

This site, includes a parent letter and revised Student Calendars for elementary, middle and high schools. A revised Reynolds High School Finals schedule is also available.
Clark Co. Schools
Evergreen Public Schools Spanish Dual Immersion Program/Escuelas Públicas de Evergreen Programa de Dos Vías de Inmersión Biling?1/4e Español/Inglés
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 01/20/17 3:21 PM
Join us to learn about Evergreen's Spanish Dual Immersion Program! Evergreen Public Schools would like to invite you to come and learn more about the Spanish Bilingual Immersion program. Each meeting will cover the same information, so you only need to attend one of the meetings. You are welcome to attend the meeting at either Pioneer or Marrion regardless of which school your child will attend. If you have a kindergartner that you are interested in enrolling in this program for the 2017-2018 school year, attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory.
?,? Monday, January 30, 2017 5:30-6:30 PM at Pioneer Elementary
?,? Tuesday, February 7, 2017 5:30-6:30 PM at Marrion Elementary
?,? Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:30-6:30 PM at Pioneer Elementary
?,? Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:00-11:00 AM at Marrion Elementary

For more information, please contact the Dual Language Program Coordinators, Dr. Catherine Carrison or Traci Haddad at 360-604-4007 ext. 4470


¡Acompáñenos para aprender sobre el Programa de Dos Vías de Inmersión Biling?1/4e de Evergreen! Las Escuelas Públicas de Evergreen tienen el gusto de invitarlos a venir y aprender más sobre el Programa de Dos Vías de Inmersión Biling?1/4e. Cada una de las reuniones cubrirá la misma información, por lo tanto únicamente necesitarán asistir a una de ellas. Los invitamos cordialmente a participar en una reunión en Pioneer o Marrion sin tener en cuenta la escuela a la que su hijo(a) asistirá. Si ustedes tienen un niño(a) en la edad de Kínder y están interesados en registrarlo en este programa para el próximo año escolar 2017-2018, la asistencia a una de estas reuniones es obligatoria.

?,? Lunes, 30 de enero de 2017 5:30-6:30 PM en Pioneer Elementary
?,? Martes, 7 de febrero de 2017 5:30-6:30 PM en Marrion Elementary
?,? Miércoles, 15 de febrero de 2017 5:30-6:30 PM en Pioneer Elementary
?,? Sábado, 25 de febrero de 2017 10:00-11:00 AM en Marrion Elementary

Para mayor información por favor comuníquese con la Dra. Catherine Carrison o Traci Haddad, Coordinadoras del programa: 360-604-4007 ext. 4470.
Evergreen to make up two snow days on January 27 and February 17
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 01/18/17 12:14 PM
With an unusual eight (8) inclement weather/no school days so far in the 2016-17 school year, Evergreen Public Schools, in conjunction with our labor unions, has made the decision to hold school on Friday, February 17, in addition to Friday, January 27 which was announced as a make-up day last week.

These days were previously designated a "no school" day, but will now be used to make up two of the eight days, as required by the state of Washington. The other six days will be added to the end of the school year, and at this point, school will conclude on Friday, June 23, unless there is more inclement weather that cancels school.

The district is continuing to work on other calendar options and scenarios, but must meet the state requirement of 180 school days and an average of 1,027 instructional hours. More details, and a final calendar, will be released soon.
Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 01/20/17 9:24 AM
Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Time: 5:15 High School Tour and 6:00 P.M. Regular Board Meeting
Location: Hockinson High School Library
Address: 16819 NE 159th St.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Twenty-five years later, school excavates time capsule
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 01/19/17 11:00 AM
The year was 1992. Musical group Boyz II Men was on the radio; Hurricane Andrew rocked the coast of Florida; and Disney's Aladdin won two Oscars.

In Vancouver, Washington, Lieser Elementary closed its doors after 48 years of operation. As part of the closing ceremonies, students and alumni buried a time capsule on school grounds.

Lieser was used for different purposes in subsequent years, including serving as the home of the district's Early Childhood Education Center. It now also is the site of the Lieser Campus, which houses Vancouver Public Schools' Virtual Learning Academy and Vancouver Home Connection, among other programs.

The time capsule remained in the ground, however--until now.

Students and staff members plan to dig up the capsule in a celebration of the school's past, present and future.

When: Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Lieser School, 301 S. Lieser Rd., Vancouver, WA 98664
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets or RSVPs are not required.

Burying a new time capsule must wait, however.

If local voters approve a bond measure in the Feb. 14, 2017, special election, the Lieser Campus programs could move to the current site of Marshall Elementary. The existing Marshall building would be renovated for the Lieser Campus, and a new Marshall would be constructed.

Find more information about how Lieser would be affected by the bond measure at vansd.org/project-school-lieser.
Private & Charter Schools - Portland area
JHS Student Kathryn Decker '17 Named Gatorade Oregon Volleyball Player of the Year (Photo)
Jesuit High School - 01/20/17 8:39 AM
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Beaverton, OR - In its 32nd year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company named senior Kathryn Decker of Jesuit High School as its 2016-17 Gatorade Oregon Volleyball Player of the Year. Decker is the fifth Gatorade Oregon Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Jesuit High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Decker as Oregon's best high school volleyball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award to be announced in January, Decker joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including USA Volleyball players Kayla Banwarth (2006-07, Wahlert HS, Iowa), Alisha Glass (2005-06, Leland Public HS, Mich.), Jordan Larson (2004-05, Logan View HS, Neb.) and Foluke Akinradewo (2004-05, St. Thomas HS, Fla.).

"I was extremely honored and excited when I received this award," says Decker. "It is the perfect way to wrap up an amazing high school volleyball experience. This award is extremely special to me because it not only recognizes my athletic achievements, but it also highlights my academic success and my community service."

The 6-foot-4 senior outside hitter and right-side hitter tallied 396 kills and 381 digs this past season, leading the Crusaders (35-1) to the Class 6A state quarterfinals. Decker also recorded 45 blocks and 36 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .475 and a hitting percentage of .353. A First Team All-State selection and Metro League Player of the Year, she concluded her prep volleyball career with 925 kills.

"Kathryn is a smart and talented player," says Jesuit's head coach Teresa Zimmerlee, "As one of our team captains this year, she displayed superb leadership ability. She has played a major role in Jesuit's success."

Decker has volunteered locally with a homelessness advocacy group and served on a trip to Nicaragua where she helped build a schoolhouse. She has also donated her time as a school ambassador and to the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Decker will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.

"What excites me most is deciding how the $1,000 grant that I am awarded should be spent," says Decker. "I am in the process of researching if it is possible to use this money to buy sporting equipment and send it with a Seeds of Learning trip to Nicaragua to be given to the children in the communities they serve. I did my Christian service project for Jesuit through Seeds of Learning in Nicaragua, so it will be really special if this works out."

Decker has maintained a weighted 3.91 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Santa Clara this fall.

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About Jesuit High School: Founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus, Jesuit High School is Oregon's only secondary school in the Ignatian tradition of excellence in education. Our 1,295 students represent a diverse mix of young men and women from the Portland metro area and southwest Washington.

Jesuit High School's mission is to educate "men and women for others." Our graduates are leaders who are religious, loving, intellectually competent, committed to doing justice, and open to growth. Jesuit is the recipient of two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards, a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award for its sustainability efforts, and 12 Oregonian Cup Awards for outstanding achievement in academics, school activities, athletics, and sportsmanship. More information can be found online at www.jesuitportland.org.

More about the Gatorade Player of the Year program:

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Decker joins recent Gatorade Oregon Volleyball Players of the Year Nicole Peterson (2015-16, Jesuit High School), Payton Rund (2014- 15, West Albany High School), Hannah Troutman (2013-14, Crook County High School), Tani Stephens (2012-13, West Albany High School), Martenne Bettendorf (2011-12, Central Catholic High School), Elizabeth Brenner (2010-11, Jesuit High School), Liz Brenner (2009-10, Jesuit High School), Garyn Schlatter (2008-09, Canby High School) and Kim Hill (2007-08, Portland Christian High School) among the state's list of former award winners.

For more information about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, visit: http://www.gatorade.com/poy


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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 01/17/17 3:17 PM
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS JANUARY 24, 2017 @ 6:30 P.M.
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991#


Attached Media Files: Meeting Agenda 1-24-17
PR Agencies
Local nonprofit builds scholarships in viticulture and culinary arts with celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns
WCI - 01/20/17 10:55 AM
Jan. 28 fundraiser includes scotch tastings, dinner, lively auction of rare liquor, wine and more.

VANCOUVER, Wash.

Who:  The Wine and Food Society of Clark County, (WFSCC).

What: Robert Burns birthday fundraiser (Burns was born Jan. 25, 1759). This celebration of Scottish culture includes a welcome cocktail, full dinner including beer and wine and a Scotch toast. No host bar available. The event includes live and silent auction items, a dessert dash, and the traditional Bag-piping in of the Haggis by the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. Proceeds will be divided between the Clark College Foundation and the Wood and Wine Society scholarship fund.

Where:  Clark College at Columbia Tech Center 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Washington.

When & How:  5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, individual tickets are $75; tables of 8, $550. Seating is limited, advance purchases recommended: www.wfscc.org.

"In keeping with a long tradition, we are doing a Robert Burns birthday scholarship fundraiser. I am proud to honor my Scottish heritage through this event. On this night, everyone is Scottish," say Clark College President Robert B. Knight.

For tickets and more information: www.wfscc.org.

About the Wine and Food Society of Clark County
WFSCC was started in 2006 to gather together people who shared a common joy in discovering great wines paired with culinary foods while raising much needed funds for the advancement of the food and wine education and research in SW Washington.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit the Wine and Food Society of Clark County is committed to raising funds and supporting an on-going scholarship and grant foundation.


Attached Media Files: President Knight of Clark College prepares for Jan. 28 scholarship fundraiser.
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Assists Fifteen People After Clackamas Count Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/17/17 10:04 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi-family fire disaster on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. in 10000 block of SE Waverly Court in Milwaukie, Oregon. This fire affected fifteen adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, disaster health services and mental health services, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Stay Safe During Winter Storms; Follow These Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Tips
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/16/17 4:34 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. January 16, 2017 -- A winter weather advisory has been issued in NW Oregon and SW Washington. According to the National Weather Service, freezing rain and ice are likely in the Portland and Vancouver metro areas as well as The Dalles, Hood River and the Central and Southern Willamette Valley.

Residents are urged to stay home during and immediately after the storm and travel only if it is absolutely necessary. The American Red Cross has disaster responders on stand-by to help people should they be displaced from their homes due to severe weather. In anticipation of the storm, the Red Cross urges people to take preparedness actions now and follow these winter storm safety tips.

BUILD A KIT
Be sure you have non-perishable food items that can be eaten even if you lose power.
Keep a spare battery for your cell phone handy (also keep your phone charged). Make sure you have batteries in your radio (to receive information updates).
Keep extra blankets on hand or identify a safe alternate heat source if the power goes out.
Check the batteries in your flashlight(s) and keep them easily accessible (avoid candles).
If you have pets, make sure that you have food and supplies for them and that they have access to a warm and dry area.
For a full list of recommended kit items, visit www.redcross.org/PrepareGuide.

MAKE A PLAN
If you are separated from your loved ones during the storm, make sure you have a plan for communicating with your family and/or friends to let them know you are safe and well.

GET YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER
Avoid travel if possible. If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Pack high-protein snacks, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need.
Fill the vehicle's gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take and when you expect to get there.
If you have to drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
Don't follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze before roadways.

If you become stuck in icy conditions:
Stay with the car and call for assistance. Do not try to walk to safety.
If you can, move your vehicle off the roadway. Stay with it -- don't abandon it. If you have to get out of your vehicle, use the side away from traffic.

POWER OUTAGE SAFETY
Prepare for power outages by following these safety tips:
Do not touch any electrical power lines and keep your family away from them. Report downed power lines to the appropriate officials in your area.
Using generators safely
When using a portable generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a portable generator to a home's electrical system.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

Electrical equipment
Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
Leave one light turned on so you'll know when the power comes back on.

Throw out unsafe food
Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, bacteria causing food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly. Some types of bacteria produce toxins that cannot be destroyed by cooking.
Throw out any foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that have been exposed to temperatures higher than 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture, or feels warm to touch.
For a full list of tips visit: http://rdcrss.org/2hu7NEE

WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS Download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.


About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.


Attached Media Files: Stay Safe During Winter Storms; Follow These Red Cross Severe Weather Safety Tips
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/16/17 3:37 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 16, 2017 at approximately 2:20 p.m. in the 13000 block of SE Stark St in Portland, Oregon. This single family fire affected five people, including two adults and three children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Red Cross Responds To Large Multi Family Fire In The Dalles Displacing 21 People.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/15/17 7:41 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a large residential fire disaster on January 15th at about 4:30 pm in the 2400 block of West 10th St. in The Dalles OR.  This large multi family fire  affected eleven adults, ten children and pets.  The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Red Cross Responds To Astoria Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/15/17 12:28 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 14th on Franklin In Astoria.  This single family fire  affected two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
Red Cross Responds To Beaverton Residential Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/14/17 8:21 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 15000 block of SW Lancaster Way in Beaverton.  This single family fire  affected two adults and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment
01/18/17 Update from Central City Concern: Hotel Alder fire
Central City Concern - 01/18/17 9:36 AM
Central City Concern (CCC) is very grateful for the community support we've received since the January 4 fire at Hotel Alder. The cause of the fire hasn't been officially determined, but fire and water damage is very extensive, and it will take several months before the Alder is habitable again. Our first concern is our 98 displaced residents, and we appreciate the Red Cross' tremendous effort to shelter 62 of them after the fire.

On Friday, Jan. 13, Red Cross closed the temporary shelter at the University of Portland, but will continue to provide meals through Jan. 20. CCC assumed responsibility for sheltering those residents, most of whom require additional support services to keep them safe and healthy. We are looking for appropriate temporary homes, but in the meantime, we opened transition shelters in two of our downtown residential buildings.

CCC staff members are doing everything they can to make displaced residents comfortable in their temporary shelter locations, and ensuring they have the opportunity to retrieve personal items from the damaged Alder. Staff are also working to minimize residents' shelter time and are working to secure transitional housing for residents as quickly as possible.

We are accepting donations of cash as well as other items. One urgent need is commercially prepared meals for 60 people, starting Jan. 21; unfortunately, we can't accept homemade items. Please contact Eric Reynolds (503-200-3893; eric.reynolds@ccconcern.org) if you're able to donate commercially prepared meals. A full list of needs is available at www.centralcityconcern.org/donate. Donated items can be delivered to CCC's admin office at 232 NW Sixth Ave. (please call 503-200-3903 during Mon.-Fri. business hours to arrange a weekend drop-off).

We are deeply grateful to those who have helped our residents get through the last several days: Red Cross and the University of Portland, the City of Portland, Multnomah County, TriMet, and Health Share of Oregon, as well as these generous donors: Sock it to Me for their donation of 400 pairs of socks, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement and CareOregon for donations of cold weather clothing and gear, and Old Town Pizza & Brewing and Elephants Delicatessen so far for food
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Hosts "Reaching for the Stars: A Special Day for Exceptional People."
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 01/19/17 4:32 PM
McMinnville, Ore.-- On Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 10 am -- 3 pm, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will dedicate a full day of activities to serve people of all ages with special needs. Each activity offered will be tailored to accommodate every visitor, whether participants have a developmental disability or physical handicap.

Reaching for the Stars activities include hands-on workshops, exploration tables, paper helicopters and much more. Additionally, Star Wars-costumed representatives from Cloud City Garrison will appear in support of the event and pose for photos with museum visitors.

"Even after seven years of hosting this event, it is an event that I look forward to as it embodies our mission and the passion of our educational team. On Saturday the 28th we will have more hands-on activities and educators on site to enhance museum experience, it is not to be missed," said Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Executive Director Brandon Roben.

Reaching for the Stars begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 3:00 p.m., with check-in the beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Aviation Museum. The event costs $5 per participant for admission to the Aviation & Space Museum. A Movie at the 3D Digital Theater is also $5 per participant.

For more information or to register, please contact the Museum Education Department at 503.687.2423 or e-mail education@evergreenmuseum.org. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128.

About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum:
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. In addition, there are more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.


The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives $15,000 Grant from Dwight and Anna Schwab Charitable Foundation
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 01/19/17 9:10 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash., Jan. 19, 2017 -­ The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $15,000 grant from the Dwight and Anna Schwab Charitable Foundation. The grant will supply medications for low-income uninsured and underinsured patients.

Medications are an essential part of treatment for most Free Clinic medical and dental patients. They need antibiotics, insulin and other medicines to regain their health and return to their jobs or schools. Since 2009, the Free Clinic's on-site dispensary has filled 8,000-10,000 prescriptions annually at no cost to patients.

"We want to thank the Schwab Charitable Foundation for their generous donation," says Free Clinic Executive Director Barbe West. "Without free medications, many of our patients would end up in a hospital emergency room when their conditions become acute and where services are far more expensive."

About the Free Clinic:
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from more than 600 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.
Friends of the Carpenter to Host HUGS (Hats, Underwear, Gloves & Socks) Party on Jan. 18
Friends of the Carpenter - 01/17/17 12:54 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will host a HUGS Party on Wed. Jan. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., at their Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th St.

Hats, underwear, gloves, socks and personal care items will be distributed to those in need; sizes are available for all ages.

Plus Hands of Favor, a local organization that provides at-risk citizens in our local community with free haircuts and grooming services, will provide free haircuts.

About Friends of the Carpenter
Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOC's Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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Friends of the Carpenter Awarded $15,000 Grant from Ray Hickey Foundation
Friends of the Carpenter - 01/17/17 10:04 AM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Ray Hickey Foundation.

"We have been greatly blessed with this gift, which was awarded to Friends of the Carpenter because of the good work that we are all doing together, and the community sees that. Every single Friend of the Carpenter helped to make this possible -- board, volunteers, participants and staff," Tom Iberle, executive director.

"The Ray Hickey Foundation proactively assesses our community's needs, in order to positively impact organizations addressing those needs. We've been familiar with the work of Friends of the Carpenter for several years and chose their organization to be a grant recipient during our current round of funding," Linda Rae Hickey, trustee, Ray Hickey Foundation.

The grant money will be used to support services at the Friendship Center in line with FOC's mission as a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community.

About Friends of the Carpenter
Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOC's Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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THE WORLD'S LARGEST DISPLAY OF LEGO(R) ART IS COMING TO OMSI: Oregonian artist returns home with an international record-breaking exhibit made from millions of LEGO bricks (Photo)
OMSI - 01/17/17 10:05 AM
The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
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PORTLAND, Ore. (January 17, 2017) -- THE ART OF THE BRICK, a captivating exhibition of intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO(R) brick, opens at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on February 18. The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.
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THE ART OF THE BRICK is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art, featuring more than 100 works of art. This exhibition has toured the globe, breaking records and becoming both an art and pop culture phenomenon along the way.
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The collection features Sawaya's notable original pieces, as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces such as Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The exhibition concludes with a spectacular and innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused hyper-realistic photography produced in collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close view of the iconic, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will come face-to-face with a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks. Inspired by his origins, Sawaya will also create and display a brand-new Portland-themed piece especially for the exhibition at OMSI.
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Sawaya's creations comprise the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. Raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya transforms the popular plastic construction toy into amazing showcases of creativity, innovation, and fine art.
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"I'm really looking forward to bringing this collection of art to Oregon for the first time. It's where this incredible journey with LEGO began. I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people's reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar," says Sawaya. "Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before."
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In THE ART OF THE BRICK, visitors will have the opportunity to try their own hand at LEGO brick ingenuity. OMSI has created a 1,500 square-foot "free-build" LEGO and DUPLO(R) play area for all ages. The play area will feature a variety of engineering, design, math, architecture, physics, and biology challenges, as well as helpful tips for young builders just getting started.
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"This exhibition is one that opens the door to a variety of complex topics through a simple toy most of us played with as children," said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO. "It shows that art and science are very much linked together, and this exhibit is a fun and whimsical way to make both accessible to audiences of all ages."
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THE ART OF THE BRICK runs from February 18, 2017-May 29, 2017. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $19.75 for adults, $13.50 for youth (ages 3-13), and $15.00 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth, and $5.00 for seniors.
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First Tech Credit Union is the major sponsor of THE ART OF THE BRICK at OMSI. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu. For more information on Nathan Sawaya and the history of THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.
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About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
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About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed contemporary artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and his touring exhibition THE ART OF THE BRICK, has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, "The Art of the Brick is one of the top must-see exhibits in the world!" Originally from Oregon, when it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art than sitting in a boardroom negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO bricks.
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Now, Sawaya is an author, speaker, and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.nathansawaya.com. For more information about THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.
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Attached Media Files: The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK , "Yellow," a life-sized sculpture made of thousands of bricks. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK , Nathan Sawaya, contemporary artist from Oregon. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
Free Admission to the Oregon Historical Society on MLK Day; Final Day of A Place for All People Exhibit
Oregon Historical Society - 01/15/17 10:58 PM
Free admission January 16 from 12pm - 5pm

Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society museum will be offering free admission on Monday, January 16, 2017 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Monday is also the closing day of A Place for All People, an exhibit of posters showcasing the collections from the Smithsonian Institution's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, A Place for All People highlights key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. From the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry's Gibson guitar, "Maybellene," and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith, and hope. The poster exhibition will share many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story. The exhibit is hosted at the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with the Oregon Black Pioneers.

Also on display is the museum's newest exhibition The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, a stunning showcase of photography by Hood River resident Peter Marbach that shares his decade-long odyssey to document the sacred landscapes and the people of the entire river. Visitors can also experience Comic City, USA and Democracy's Blueprints, closing January 31 and February 1 respectively.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open on Monday from 12pm -- 5pm.

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About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
Diverse Coalition Demands Reproductive Health Equity in Oregon
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 01/18/17 11:43 AM
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE

Under landmark legislation, Oregon would become the first state in the nation to ensure reproductive health equity.

A broad coalition of racial and gender justice, reproductive rights and community groups from across the state have joined forces to introduce the Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 2232). The coalition consists of American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Western States Center.

Access to reproductive health care is critical for the health and economic security of all Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity or type of insurance. Limitations on reproductive health services can have profoundly harmful effects on public health, particularly for those who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care. By ensuring that Oregonians have coverage for the full range of preventive reproductive health services at zero out-of-pocket cost and by filling gaps in reproductive health coverage for those categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status, the Reproductive Health Equity Act will remove financial barriers and ensure that every Oregonian is empowered to make decisions about whether and when to become a parent.

Zeenia Junkeer, Director of Equity and Community Engagement for NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, said: "Preventive services reduce healthcare costs and strengthen our communities and our economy. In order to have stronger health outcomes, Oregonians need quality medical care to prevent problems before they start."

Laurel Swerdlow, Advocacy Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, said: "We don't always know a person's circumstances; we're not in their shoes. That's why all Oregonians should have access to the full range of reproductive health care, starting with preventive care and continuing through postpartum care. This basic right is the foundation of freedom and opportunity for Oregonians and their families."

Linda Roman, Director of Health Policy and Government Relations for Oregon Latino Health Coalition, said: "All Oregonians - regardless of citizenship status - should have the freedom to decide if and when they have children based on what's best for them and their family's circumstances."

Amy Casso, Gender Justice Program Director for Western States Center, said: "Immigrants are our neighbors. They work hard, pay taxes and put their children through school, yet many Oregonians are categorically denied health coverage due to their citizenship status. No one should have to go bankrupt or deep into debt because they don't have affordable reproductive health care."

Kara Carmosino, Director of Programs and Strategy for Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, said: "Transgender and gender-nonconforming Oregonians need access to services often categorized as 'women's health care,' including gender-specific cancer screenings. Unfortunately, when coverage is dependent on one's gender marker, procedural barriers can hinder access to this necessary and lifesaving care."

Kimberly McCullough, Legislative Director for American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, said: "We believe every Oregonian should have access to the full range of reproductive health care, starting with preventive care and continuing through postpartum care. This basic right is a foundation of freedom and opportunity for individuals and their families."

Andrea Paluso, Executive Director for Family Forward Oregon, said: "Working families are under so much strain today and often have a hard time making ends meet. Families in Oregon need support like paid time off from work to care for loved ones and access to affordable child care. It is also critical that they have access to affordable, essential reproductive health care, which this bill guarantees."
Registration open for SAIF's free ag safety seminar in The Dalles, Jan. 30 and 31
SAIF - 01/17/17 10:12 AM
Summary: SAIF's annual series of free, ag safety seminars--held all over Oregon--aims to reduce the number of work-related injuries. The next one will be held in The Dalles on January 30, with a Spanish session on January 31.
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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

To reduce the number and severity of injuries in the industry, SAIF has presented free, half-day agricultural safety seminars across the state for more than 20 years. Each year the not-for-profit company reaches more supervisors, managers, and other workers and, hopefully, prevents more injuries.

Designed primarily for people working in agriculture, anyone with an interest in ag safety and health is welcome to attend. (They don't have to be insured by SAIF.) The seminars run from November to March.

For the past 12 years, several of the sessions also have been presented in Spanish.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

This year, seminars will be held in 16 Oregon cities: Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Woodburn, and Wilsonville.

The seminars -- which begin November 1 in Ontario -- are held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include lunch.

Topics for the 2016-17 series:
Learning to S.I.T. | A simple, three-step approach to help make training more effective. The session focuses on effective teaching strategies while demonstrating applicable safety tips share within your operation.

Clearing the air on pesticide safety | We'll cover Worker Protection Standard rule changes for 2017 and 2018, proper storage and handling of the typical crop protection materials, and some real-world hazards to avoid when spraying.

Farm shop safety: improving your odds | Tips to avoid injury, stay in compliance, and use the farm shop to set higher standards for other work areas--featuring SAIF's new farm shop safety video.

Welding safety and other hot topics | Safety tips to reduce burns, eye injuries, and help manage toxic fumes while describing several unique fire hazards; plus skin cancer health facts, prevention, and detection guidelines.

This seminar series will not offer private applicator pesticide "core" credits.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. You may register online at saif.com/agseminar or call 800.285.8525. We'll confirm by email as soon as we receive your registration. About one week before the seminar, we'll send you an email reminder with the location address. If you have any questions, please call 800.285.8525.

Get more information, or view the schedule of seminars, at http://www.saif.com/agseminar.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com


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Oregon Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program - Applications Due March 1st
Oregon Folklife Network - 01/17/17 3:33 PM
The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is now accepting applications for its Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) for 2017. This program offers master traditional artists and culture keepers a $3,000 stipend to teach their art form to apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, cultural, religious, or occupational group. The stipend pays masters to pass on their knowledge, skills, and expertise to an apprentice of great promise, who is empowered through these lessons to continue carrying on Oregon's traditions.
 
Oregon's many traditional folk arts also include McKenzie River Drift Boat building, Southeast Asian dance, Norwegian cooking and baking, Northwest logger poetry, Native American basket weaving, Middle Eastern embroidery, Irish or old time fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, and more. Recent TAAP awardees have included an Iranian Santoor player, a hip-hop artist, a rawhide braider, and a storyteller from the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw tribes.

OFN encourages applications from Oregonians engaged in these kinds of living cultural traditions emerging from a particular heritage or Tribe. This program does not fund historic re-enactments, DIY revival crafts, or those who practice traditions that are not part of their own cultural heritage.
 
CONTACT US FIRST: Please contact us first if you want to apply. Visit our website, ofn.uoregon.edu, or contact Brad McMullen (ofn@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820) for more information about your eligibility in the program.

APPLICATIONS: A fillable application can be downloaded at the OFN website: ofn.uoregon.edu. Staff members are available to advise applicants and even help fill out applications.  

DEADLINE: Applications are due at the OFN office by 5 pm, MARCH 1, 2017. Send your complete application package to Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6204.

This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Oregon Arts Commission, and by a grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the NEA. The Oregon Folklife Network works to increase public investment in cultural traditions and those who practice them.
 
About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

SOURCE: Brad McMullen, bmcmulle@uoregon.edu or phone 541-346-3820

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.