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Police & Fire
Fourth of July Fireworks
Albany Fire Dept. - 06/21/17 1:49 PM
Every year Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department respond to upwards of 80-100 reports of illegal fireworks and firework related concerns. These calls are important due to the inherent danger of all fireworks, but they also pull critical resources away from all other 911 calls for service in Albany.

Fireworks can cause serious bodily injury and pose a significant risk to property.

What can you do to stay safe and enjoy your holiday?

1. DO NOT BUY ILLEGAL FIREWORKS.

2. If your neighbor, family, or friend has purchased illegal fireworks request they DO
NOT use them.

3. Have a water hose ready for use and on.

4. Light all fireworks on a concrete or gravel surface with a 10' clearance away from
all vegetation and structures.

5. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

6. Use a water bucket for all used fireworks and only after they are safe to handle.

7. DO NOT allow children to light fireworks.

8. Be considerate of your neighbors, pets, others near you when considering the timing
of your fireworks.
**UPDATE** Body of Missing Camas Woman Located
Camas Police Dept. - 06/16/17 6:55 PM
At about 3:40pm Camas Police responded to a report of a woman's body being located in Lacamas Creek south of the Lacamas Lake dam. This section of water is within Lacamas Park and is commonly referred to by locals as the "Potholes".

Because of the location of the body, members of the Georgia Pacific MERT Team shut the water off at the dam to allow rescue workers to safely retrieve the body. The Camas/Washougal Fire Department was able to recover the body and it matched the physical description of 40 year-old missing Camas resident, Alisha McRay, and she was later identified by family.

The body has been turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office, however, foul-play is not suspected.
Head-on two car crash results in fatality
Canby Police Dept. - 06/19/17 4:53 PM
Today at 1:11 pm in the 700 block of SE First Ave. in Canby (Highway 99 and Pine Street), police and medical personnel responded to an injury traffic crash involving two vehicles. Prior to the crash witnesses reported seeing the 35 year old male, the only occupant of the vehicle, driving erratically northbound right before leaving its designated lane of travel and hitting a second vehicle driving southbound head on.

The 35 year old male was transported by ambulance in critical condition. While in transport and prior to arriving at the hospital, the subject died from what appears to be causes unrelated to the crash. The specific cause of death is unknown and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death.

Four of the occupants of the second vehicle were transported to local hospitals by ambulance, and the fifth was airlifted by Life Flight with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries. A total of six people were in the second vehicle at the time of the crash that included a combination of adults and minors. The remaining occupants of the second vehicle do not have life threatening injuries and the investigation is continuing.

Highway 99 northbound was shut down for emergency responders from Canby Police Department, Canby Fire District and Clackamas County Fire District to assist those with medical needs and to allow police to conduct the investigation.
Training House Fire This Thursday in Salmon Creek
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 06/19/17 8:37 AM
TRAINING BURN COMING SOON IN SALMON CREEK AREA

Salmon Creek (WA);

If you get calls about a house fire and smoke around the Salmon Creek area on Thursday, June 22nd--don't worry--it's intentional.

Members of Clark County Fire District 6 will conduct a training house fire at 1119 NE 136th Street in the Salmon Creek neighborhood, which is north of Vancouver, Wa. The practice burn will take place at various intervals between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Training fires accomplish two goals: One, to provide valuable experience for firefighters in a live-fire environment. And two, practice burns can remove outdated and unwanted structures from properties. This is a special case because the structure to be burned sites on property that will soon be home to the new Fire Station 63--the replacement to our old Fire Station that is overcrowded and out of date. The new Station 63 will also be home to our state of the art training center.

So, in a sense this is a fire to help prevent other fires.

For the visual media, training fires also present an opportunity to get stock video and photos of house fires--closer than photographers can usually get to actual residential fires. Please notify our Public Information Officer if you would like to take advantage of the opportunity.
Training House Fire:

When: Thursday, June 22, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Where: 1119 NE 136th Street, Vancouver, WA (although it is out of Vancouver city limits)
Who: Clark County Fire District 6
Why: To provide training for firefighters and space for our new station and training facility

Contacts:
Public Information Officer David Schmitke: (360) 975-7162
Training Captain Chris Grant (360) 576-1195
Cowlitz Sheriff investigating case of partial human remains found on Columbia River shore: Woodland (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/17 10:43 AM
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Woodland, Wa: The Cowlitz County Sheriff Office is investigating a case where partial human remains washed ashore on Saturday evening on the banks of the Columbia River in the Woodland area.

The body was in advanced stages of decomposition and appears to have been in the water for months and possibly for years. There is no obvious signs of foul play, but it is too early to say for certain what the cause or manner of death is.

The victim was wearing Levi blue jeans model "521" slim tapered fit. Size 29w x 32i. There was also one Nike shoe that is a size 8 (not sure if woman or mans at this time.)

The Cowlitz Coroner is working with Nike to determine the time this shoe was manufactured and sold, and whether it was designed as a woman's or man's shoe.

The Coroner has also been in touch with a forensic anthropologist in King County who will be assisting on the case.

Detectives will be working closely with the Coroner's Office; talking with other law enforcement agencies who have missing persons that may be related.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092.


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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-21 Gun Store Burglaries (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 06/16/17 11:14 AM
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm & Explosives (ATF), in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the suspects in two gun store burglaries.

On April 26, 2017, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Advanced Firearms Training, LLC, located at 1121 Northeast Division Street in Gresham, Oregon, was burglarized by an unknown suspect. Seven firearms were stolen in the burglary.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, wearing dark clothing, white shoes with red trim, a black and red hat, face-mask, gloves, and a backpack. The suspect has a tattoo on the right wrist and may have blue eyes. The baseball hat may be a Chicago Bulls hat.

On May 29, 2017, at approximately 4:07 a.m., Salem Motorsports, Inc., was burglarized by an unknown suspect. 11 firearms were stolen in the burglary.

The suspect is described as a white male in a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Investigators do not know if these two burglaries are related.

Surveillance images from the Gresham burglary are being released to aid in this investigation. Surveillance video from the Salem burglary is available for viewing and download at https://youtu.be/duEmErrqXxE

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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FBI Tech Tuesday - Building a Digital Defense Against Social Engineering
FBI - Oregon - 06/20/17 10:00 AM
In this week's Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday segment: building a digital defense against social engineering.

So what is social engineering? Basically, it is a scammer who manipulates you into doing something you wouldn't ordinarily do. There is often a sense of urgency combined with fear.

Take this example: a scammer calls, texts or emails you pretending to be your bank. He tells you that your credit card is being used to purchase items overseas. If you can confirm your account number and password right away, he can get the card shut down, and you won't be liable for the losses. If you wait -- well, you will be on the hook for fraud.

Or -- on a happier note -- you receive a message that you have won a great prize. Maybe it is a car or a vacation. If you respond in the next 5 minutes, it is all yours as soon as you pay a small fee for taxes. If you don't respond right away, the scammer says, you will lose out.

Other than fear - social engineering masters have other tricks up their cyber sleeves, too. One such trick: cashing in on the trust you share with others. In some cases, they have gained access to a friend or relatives' email or social media accounts. The scammer -- pretending to be Grandma - just sent you link to a funny video, and she wants you to look at it right away! Click on it, though, and you have just downloaded malware onto your computer.

Fraudsters can also use your innate goodness against you. They take the disaster or tragedy of the day and guilt you into giving money to what you think is a legitimate charity. By spoofing the look of a real non-profit with a bogus link, your money never makes it to the true victims.

So, how do you build that digital defense against social engineering?

The number one thing you can do is to "think before you click." Don't let the fear get in the way of you making a rational decision.

Know that no bank, business or law enforcement agency is ever going to ask you for your account numbers, passwords or payments over the phone. If you get a message asking you for that information, end the conversation.

Use a publicly available resource to look up a legitimate phone number or email address for the business or agency that purportedly contacted you. You should call them to confirm what is or isn't going on.

Report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - SPANISH written - June 20, 2017 , Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - SPANISH audio , Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - ENGLISH audio , Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - RUSSIAN written - June 20, 2017 , Tech Tuesday - Social Engineering - RUSSIAN audio - June 20, 2017
Prineville Police Captain Graduates from the FBI National Academy (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 06/20/17 8:55 AM
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Capt. Larry Seymour recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. In early June, Capt. Seymour and two other Oregon law enforcement officers completed the ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

There is a highly competitive process that local law enforcement officers must go through before being selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews of the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.

"Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon have the chance to attend the National Academy each year," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "The exceptional leaders selected to participate have a great opportunity to share their experiences with peers and to learn best practices from officers from across the country and the world."

Capt. Seymour started his law enforcement career as a volunteer reserve officer with Molalla Police Department. Shortly thereafter, the Prineville Police Department hired him as a certified officer, and he has served in Prineville for 13 years. Over his career, Capt. Seymour has served as a Field Training Officer (FTO), a Narcotics K-9 Handler, Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, Narcotics Detective and Sergeant. In January 2016, the department promoted him to the rank of Captain. In his current position, Capt. Seymour serves as operations manager for all functions of the department, and he reports to Chief Cummins. He is a certified trainer in Firearms and Active Threats.

Through the course of his time at the Prineville Police Department, Capt. Seymour attained his Associates Degree and his Bachelor's Degree from Columbia Southern University.

"The FBI National Academy is the premier executive leadership academy for law enforcement executives," said Chief Dale Cummins. "Captain Seymour, through dedication and hard work, earned a nomination and had the privilege to attend. The classes, contacts, and experiences he has had will make him a true asset to our department and our community. I look forward to his return to work where he can share his knowledge with our staff."

During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Capt. Seymour took a number of courses, including: "Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement Leaders," "Fitness in Law Enforcement," "Overview of Forensic Science for Police Administrators and Managers," "Legal Issues Impacting Law Enforcement Operations," "Emotional Intelligence," "Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement" and the "National Academy Networking and Enrichment" course. The FBI's National Academy program allows the participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of their studies. In addition to the classroom work, participants have physical training courses and activities.

Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Capt. Seymour graduated from the 268th session of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the United States as well as from around the world. While in the Academy, the officers and deputies live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging, or travel to and from their home.

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Attached photos include:

#1 - Capt. Seymour
#2 - Capt. Seymour at National Police Memorial Law Enforcement Run (he was running in memory of Seaside Police Department's Sgt. Jason Goodding
#3 - Capt. Seymour on New York City trip with his National Academy class


Attached Media Files: Capt. Seymour - #3 , Capt. Seymour - #2 , Capt. Seymour - #1
Update: Gresham Man's Death Ruled a Homicide
Gresham Police Dept - 06/21/17 4:17 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Detectives assigned to the East County Major Crimes Team have identified the victim of Monday night's shooting as Alexander David Brodigan, 24, of Gresham. Today's autopsy found Brodigan was murdered, killed by a single gunshot wound to his head.

By Tuesday afternoon, police had arrested Andrew McMahon, 21, Austin Brown, 20, Tyler Mead, 17, and Amber Wilson, 17. All parties are facing charges of murder in the first degree and robbery in the first degree. Because the alleged crimes are included in Oregon's Ballot Measure 11, Mead and Wilson are currently being charged as adults.

No further information is available at this time.


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Arrests Made in Suspicious Death
Gresham Police Dept - 06/20/17 5:38 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Gresham Police have made four arrests in connection to last night's suspicious death investigation. Andrew McMahon, 21 of Gresham, Austin Brown, 20 of Portland, a male juvenile, 17 of Gresham, and a female juvenile, 17 of Gresham, are each being charged with murder in the first degree and robbery in the first degree.

Yesterday around 11:20 p.m. police responded to a report of a gunshot heard in the area of North Gresham Grade School and located a deceased male inside a vehicle in the parking lot. The East County Major Crimes Team has been investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 24-year old male from Troutdale since arriving on scene. The exact cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have heard or witnessed anything unusual in the area to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

No further information is available at this time.
Major Crimes Team Investigate Suspicious Death
Gresham Police Dept - 06/20/17 8:53 AM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are investigating a suspicious death in the area of SE Yamhill St. and SE 217th Ave. Around 11:20 p.m. yesterday police responded to a report of a gunshot heard and located a deceased adult male inside a vehicle in the parking lot of North Gresham Grade School, 1001 SE 217th Ave.

The East County Major Crimes Team is investigating the circumstances leading to the death. Anyone who may have heard or witnessed anything unusual is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

No further information is available at this time.
Amateur Radio "Field Day" June 24 Demonstrates Science Skill And Service
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/21/17 7:43 AM
Members of the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise (24 hour event), Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Port of Toledo Waterfront Park next to the Toledo Post Office. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio - sometimes called ham radio- has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.

"With today's technology it is easy for us to use a computer or smartphone, connect to the internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the device function or connect to each other," said Jenny Demaris, County Emergency Manager. "However, if local communication systems fail, have an interruption of service or you're out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That's the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communication outage."

"Our local Amateur Radio Operators practice year round to be ready when we need them; Annual Field Day is a great way to see them in action. Our upcoming local Eclipse event is another way they are preparing to help our communities. If our local communities experience a disruption of cellular service they will be standing by to assist local government where needed to bridge the gap between agencies," Demaris added.

"Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world," Daron Wilson, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Auxiliary Communication Services Chief added. "Amateur Radio Operators (HAMS) do this by using a layer of Earth's atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today's electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down."

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club, it's easy for anybody to get involved right here in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office also sponsors the Auxiliary Communications Service volunteer group of amateur radio operators specifically to support local government emergency response -- contact Jenny Demaris for more information or to volunteer.

For more information:
Field Day - visit Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club's web site at www.n7oy.org/ or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W Olive Street, Suite 103
Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office


Attached Media Files: Media Release - Annual Field Day June 24th
County Announces Solar Eclipse Information Guide for August 21st Event
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/17 3:40 PM
Lincoln County Solar Eclipse Website - http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/total-solar-eclipse-august-21-2017

Lincoln County continues its planning activities for the August Total Solar Eclipse which takes place on Monday, August 21, 2017. The path of totality extends between Waldport and Pacific City beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 10:30 a.m.. Anticipated community impact due to increased traffic and congestion is expected to begin Thursday, August 17, 2017 through Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

In anticipation of the event, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Board of Commissioners and Health and Human Services have created a "Lincoln County Eclipse Information Guide."

The guide is intended to provide a public safety and preparedness resource for residents, visitors, business and property owners specific to Lincoln County. Lincoln County's Public Information Officer, Casey Miller, emphasized, "We want the eclipse to be a safe, enjoyable and educational event. While there is a lot of great information online, we wanted to provide our community with valued, timely and essential information that is unique to the Lincoln County experience".

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management continues its coordination efforts with local jurisdictions and emergency responders. A recent exercise convened local fire, law enforcement, dispatch, hospitals, public health, state forestry, National Weather Service and the American Red Cross to simulate response to a wildfire scenario during the eclipse weekend. County Emergency Manager, Jenny Demaris commented, "We designed our annual wildfire tabletop exercise to occur hypothetically during the eclipse weekend using the actual 2016 Depoe Bay 2500 Road Fire as our scenario but changed the conditions warranting an evacuation of surrounding communities. In terms of realistic preparation this is about as good as it gets. In fact, last year's 2500 Road Fire occurred on the same weekend in August as the eclipse event this year."

The recent tabletop is one of four exercises we have planned prior to the eclipse event: wildland fire, hazardous materials transportation accident, distant tsunami and public health outbreak. Demaris continued, "Each of these exercises is an effort to bring together public safety and other partners to practice coordinated responses with the eclipse in mind. Lincoln County public safety, community partners, volunteer and government agencies are to be commended for their time and effort designated for the preparation and eventual response to the eclipse event."

In addition to reviewing the eclipse guide, the community is encouraged to sign-up or update their information in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office emergency notification system, Lincoln Alerts. A keyword has been created specifically for the eclipse event, "LINC4ECLIPSE". Any individual with text feature on their mobile phone can sign up to receive pre-event information and most importantly, response information during the anticipated impact days. The County website will also be kept up to date with changing information and shared with the local newspaper and radio stations to help get the word out.

Lincoln County Eclipse Information Guide (excerpt):
A Message from your Elected Officials:

If you were to stay in one place all your life, the chances of seeing a total solar eclipse would be quite slim. This fact is one aspect of why August 21st, 2017, will be a very special day in the history of Lincoln County. First contact will happen here, in our county. The eclipse chasers are coming and they want to be the first people to experience totality in the continental U.S.

As residents, we are fortunate to know why visitors from all walks of life are drawn to our beautiful community, especially in the summer. Lincoln County is a spectacular place. In all probability, if the weather cooperates, we will all be in for a special treat when sun's shadow crosses our state.

Increased tourism is part of our seasonal experience. It is our opportunity every year to experience a much needed boost in the economy. Locals are well aware that during peak summer months, going to our favorite restaurants may mean longer waits; and traveling throughout our county simply takes more time.

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to review the county's Eclipse Information Guide. You will discover best practices that should be familiar. These tips for health and safety, we hope, have become more commonplace in our dialogue with friends and family. The principles that apply to emergency preparation are much the same as they apply to mass gatherings, tsunamis, and other natural hazards.

Preparation is about planning for the known and unknown. The county has worked with our local cities, tribe, public safety and our state and federal partners to assess our community needs during the impact days and develop staffing and resource plans to include contingency plans. In particular, public safety and partners will have exercised the following scenarios prior to the eclipse event: a wildland fire with community evacuation, a hazardous material transportation accident with multiple critical injuries, a distant tsunami from the Gulf of Alaska, and a public health outbreak response.

The eclipse represents both increased opportunity and challenges. As thousands of additional individuals and families arrive for a once in a lifetime celestial event, we encourage residents & visitors alike to be ready; to be patient; to be safe; and most of all, to enjoy this unique experience at the coast!

During the days leading up to and during the eclipse event, we encourage you to read our local newspapers and listen to our local public radio stations as they, too, are committed to bringing you preparedness information and current information during the eclipse event. In addition to local news media, residents, visitors and businesses can refresh their information or sign-up for our Lincoln County emergency notification system, Lincoln Alerts. We specifically have a text keyword for the eclipse event "LINC4ELCIPSE" and "LINC4ROADS" that we will use to keep our community up to date on current situations as well as our county website.

Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Lincoln County Sheriff

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office


For public information inquiries:

Casey Miller
Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Board of Commissioners
225 West Olive Street, Ste. #110
Newport, OR 97365
clmiller@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-0211 Office


Attached Media Files: Media Release - Lincoln County Announces Eclipse Info Guide , Lincoln Co, OR Eclipse Info Guide , Media Release - Lincoln County Announces Eclipse Info Guide
linn county captain graduates from the fbi national academy (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 06/20/17 2:52 PM
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Linn County Sheriff's Office Patrol Commander Kevin Guilford has recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement professionals. Cpt. Guilford attended a ten week session from April through June, at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Cpt. Guilford and a total of two hundred and twenty-seven other law enforcement professionals attended the 268th Session of the National Academy, which consisted of men and women from 47 state agencies, law enforcement organizations from 24 international countries, five military organizations, and seven federal civilian organizations.

There is a highly competitive process that law enforcement must go through before being selected for this honor. This process included a nomination by Sheriff Riley; interviews of Cpt. Guilford and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.

The FBI National Academy is internationally known for its academic excellence, which offers 10 weeks of advanced communications, leadership, and fitness training for selected individuals having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, FBI National Academy attendees have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. A total of 50,141 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.

Cpt. Guilford has more than 23 years of law enforcement experience, starting as a reserve deputy with the Linn County Sheriff's Office in 1994. Cpt. Guilford was hired for full time employment in 1995 as a resident deputy, working the Mill City area. He has since served his community as a D.A.R.E. officer, marine deputy, defensive tactics instructor, Dive Team member, reserve coordinator, Patrol Sergeant and Patrol First Sergeant.

"We are very proud of Cpt. Guilford's accomplishments in the FBI National Academy, which is a significant milestone in his career," said Sheriff Bruce Riley. The citizens of Linn County will benefit greatly from Cpt. Guilford's National Academy experience, increasing the quality of services and professionalism we provide to all of Linn County.


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Boat Capsizes Detroit Lake (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/21/17 9:38 PM
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This evening deputies learned that the man taken to Salem Hospital after his boat capsized has died. Chester Correll, age 72, of Corvallis was fishing with family earlier today when his boat capsized throwing Mr. Correll and his family into the water.

The Sheriff's Office would like to send their thoughts to the Correll family during this very difficult time. This is the Sheriff's Office third drowning since the weather has begun to warm and the second drowning this week. Sadly the Sheriff's Office believes all of these tragic deaths could have been prevented had life jackets been worn. With the warm weekend weather coming, the Sheriff's Office is asking all of our residents and visitors to please use caution in open water, know your swimming ability and always wear a life jacket.




Today, at 12:30 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Hoover arm of Detroit Lake after a boat was reported to have capsized. When rescuers arrived they learned that 3 boaters two men and one woman were fishing in their 15' aluminum boat when one occupant stood up and the boat partially capsized.

All 3 occupants of the boat were thrown into the water. Nearby boaters saw the commotion and came to the aide of the fisherman. When the boat arrived two of the 3 occupants exited the water and the third was pulled from the water. Four nearby off duty firefighters with the Stayton, Gaston and Sublimity Fire Departments saw the rescue and came to assist. When they arrived the fireman performed CPR on the man until he could be Life Flighted to the Salem Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

At the time of the incident none of the occupants were wearing life preservers. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared at this time to release any names associated to the boating accident.


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Valley Teams Joining Forces to Combat Dangerous Driving Habits (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/21/17 8:33 AM
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Thursday, June 22nd, beginning at 7:30 a.m., law enforcement officials from across the Willamette Valley will be joining forces to detect and combat dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, following too close and distracted driving. The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police will be out working high volume traffic areas from Portland down to north Marion County.

Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office will be working overtime to patrol the areas of River Road North, French Prairie Road NE, Highway 219, Ehlen Road NE, Highway 99 and Interstate 5. Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014 some 9,262 people died in speed related crashes? That is why Deputies and Troopers will be out in force to educate drivers and enforce traffic laws to help provide a safe travel experience to the residents and visitors of the Willamette Valley. Traffic operations like these are made possible by grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Hiker Rescued Jawbone Flats (Marion County)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/17 12:38 PM
This Saturday, around 5:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Opal Creek Wilderness after a hiker experienced a medical emergency in the Jawbone Flats area. Trace Downen, 27, of Portland was hiking with his three brothers when he became ill.

Some 19 Rescuers hiked the four miles in to Mr. Downen and carried him back out to the trail head. Mr. Downen was flown to the Salem Airport by the Army Air National Guard and transported by ambulance to the Salem Hospital. Mr. Downen was released from the hospital Sunday and is said to be at home recovering.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, the Stayton Fire Department, Lyons Fire Department, Gates Fire Department and the Oregon Air National Guard.

No images of the rescue are available. The brother of Mr. Downing is willing to speak with media, his contact information can be obtained by emailing cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
Deputies Investigating Drowning Elkhorn Valley Campground ***Update 2***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/17 11:21 AM
Deputies have identified yesterday's drowning victim as Kendall Alexander, age 13, of Tigrad. Kendall was an eighth grade student at Fowler Middle School. Kendall was swimming with friends when he drowned after being swept down river. Adults swimming with Kendall attempted to reach him but were unsuccessful.

Yesterday's events are tragic and our thoughts are with the Alexander family. Kendall's drowning is the second death since our weather has begun to warm. Areas like the North Fork still have very high, swift and cold water. The Sheriff's Office recommends that any person recreating in open water should be wearing a life vest.

Kendall's family does not wish to release his photograph and they do not want to be contacted by media.




At 6:15 p.m., the body of the swimmer who drowned early today was recovered by on scene rescue personnel prior to the arrival of the dive team. The Sheriff's Office thoughts are with the family of the victim during this very difficult time. The Sheriff's Office is still not prepared to share the victim's identity or gender, that information will be provided sometime Monday.



Around 4:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and fire personnel were called to the Elkhorn Valley Camp Ground after a 13 year old swimmer went missing. The teen was swimming with friends when they went underwater and did not resurface.

Multiple rescuers are currently on scene assisting the swimmers friends who have become stranded on the opposite bank of the river. A dive team with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has been requested and is responding to attempt to recover the drowned teen.

There are no further details available at this time. The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name or gender of the missing swimmer until their family can be located and notified. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release until sometime Monday. Due to the remote nature of this incident there are no images available for this release.
Deputies Investigating Fatal Crash (North Marion County) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/17/17 11:02 AM
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At approximately 9:50 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the area of Arndt Road NE and Bentz Road NE near Aurora after a single vehicle struck a power pole. The vehicle, a flatbed truck was traveling west when for unknown reasons it left the roadway and struck the power pole, sadly the driver died on scene.

Deputies will be on scene investigating for the next couple of hours. There are no other vehicles or people involved in the crash and traffic is not being affected. There are no additional details available at this time. The identity of the driver will not be released until sometime Monday.

There are currently no images available of the crash.


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MCSO Participates in Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Effort in Wood Village (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/17 11:42 AM
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement enhanced patrol in the City of Wood Village on Tuesday, June 20th.

Oregon's streets and highways are busy, with roadways being shared by drivers and pedestrians alike. The majority of driver errors in motor vehicle/pedestrian crashes are a failure of drivers to yield to a pedestrian.

Half of the pedestrians who are struck by vehicles are hit while they are in a crosswalk. Pedestrians and motorists both share in the responsibility of pedestrian safety.

MCSO would like to remind everyone of these safety tips to help keep pedestrians safe:

Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.

Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. (A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.)

When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.

Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.

Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.

Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.

Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.


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River Patrol Deputies Recover Body from Columbia River Slough
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/17/17 3:55 PM
On Saturday, 06/17/2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report a boater had seen a body in the water of the Columbia Slough, near N. Denver Ave. MCSO River Patrol units recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the water.

MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting a death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.
Milwaukie man arrested during burglary attempt (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 06/16/17 11:47 AM
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Early this morning, around 0024 HRS, Oregon City Police were notified of a silent alarm at Gerber Collision Center, located at 128 S. Mcloughlin Blvd.

Oregon City Police Officers arrived shortly after the alarm. As the officers were checking the Gerber Collision Center they observed the suspect had gained access into the adjacent locked fenced area of Bud's Towing, located at 126 S. McLoughlin Blvd. Officers observed the unsuspecting male suspect, get into a car in the fenced secure lot. Officers were able to get access into the fenced area of Bud's Towing and arrested the suspect without incident.

The suspect was identified as 43-year-old Milwaukie resident, Edward Eugene Davis. Edward Eugene Davis was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on Burglary II, Criminal Trespass II and Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

Refer OCPD case # 17-2151


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A former Oregon City man pled guilty in a Clackamas County court last week to two counts of Rape I along with one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration I and was sentenced to 3 years in prison (Photo)
Oregon City Police Dept. - 06/16/17 9:40 AM
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In May of 2016, Oregon City Police Detectives began investigating multiple sexual assaults that occurred in Oregon City over several months in 2006. Brandon James Andrews, now 28, was identified as the suspect and the victim was 14-years-old when the sexual assaults began.

Oregon City Police forwarded the case to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. Brandon James Andrews was indicted by a Grand Jury in December 2016 on two counts of Rape I, three counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, and five counts of Sexual Abuse II. Last week, Brandon James Andrews pled guilty to two counts of Rape I and one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration I. Brandon James Andrews was sentenced to 36 months in prison and 84 months of Post-Prison Supervision.

Rape I is a Class A Felony and Unlawful Sexual Penetration I is a Class A Felony.

Refer OCPD case # 16-1508


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Media Advisory - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe Live safety demonstration -- safer use of legal fireworks in legal places
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/20/17 3:01 PM
WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Training Center
12400 SW Tonquin Road, Sherwood, Oregon

WHO: The Office of State Fire Marshal, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Clackamas Fire District #1, Portland Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs, Multnomah county animal services, the Oregon Humane Society, and Oregon fireworks wholesalers will provide information on legal fireworks in Oregon, where fireworks may be used, education, and safety and enforcement efforts. Live fireworks demonstrations are scheduled.

WHAT: Keep it legal, keep it safe
Legal fireworks in legal places
Live demonstration -- Safer use of fireworks

June 23 opens the season for fireworks sales in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. To date the Office of State Fire Marshal has issued 722 retail fireworks permits, and 138 display permits. Oregon law forbids possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

All fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.

Illegal fireworks can be expensive. Under Oregon law, illegal fireworks may be confiscated and offenders fined up to $500 per violation for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage, or misuse of fireworks carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
Fatal single vehicle crash on Highway 26 takes the life of one and starts large grass fire. (Madras - Prineville) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 7:42 PM
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Just prior to 5 p.m. Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 11. (Between Madras and Prineville) The initial investigation revealed a single motor vehicle was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree on the south ditch easement. An eastbound motorist arrived immediately after the crash and discovered three minor children in the vehicle along with a male driver and female passenger. The motorist was able to extricate the children and female passenger. The vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed prior to the Jefferson County Fire District's arrival. The unidentified male driver died at the scene as a result of injuries. The female passenger was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital for unknown injuries. The three children were transported via ground ambulance to a Madras hospital for minor injuries.

The Bureau of Land Management has eight fire crews at the scene and is currently working to contain the grass fire. The fire is not expected to exceed the four acre fire boundary established.

Further information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted on-scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire District, Jefferson County EMS, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner.


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Fatal head-on crash on Highway 97 north of Redmond takes the life of a Gaston resident. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 5:29 PM
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Just after 1:30 pm, Troopers from the Bend Area Command responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Northwest Galloway Avenue. (North of Redmond) The preliminary investigation revealed that a light blue 2008 Honda Pilot SUV, operated by 26 year old Madras resident, Amber Paplia, was traveling northbound on Highway 97. A red 2015 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound at this location and had four occupants. The driver was identified as 78 year old Gaston resident, Dennis French. The other occupants in the Toyota were identified as 76 year old Gaston resident, Marjorie French, 49 year old Diane Acevedo and 11 year old minor child, both from San Bruno California.

The Honda SUV driven by Paplia crossed over into the oncoming southbound lanes and French, driving the Toyota, was unable to avoid impact resulting in a head-on crash. Marjorie French, the front passenger of the Toyota, was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the crash. Dennis French and Paplia were both transported to the Redmond area hospital for serious injuries and both Acevedo and her minor child were transported to a Bend area hospital for non-lifethreatening injuries. Fatigue is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner.


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Serious Injury Crash in Tillamook County Hwy 6- Assistance Request (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 3:42 PM
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On 6-20-17 at approximately 2:47 PM, OSP, Tillamook County Sheriff's Deputies and Tillamook City Officers responded to a three vehicle, serious injury crash on SR 6 MP 11.

According to Trooper John King, two vehicles were eastbound, a green, 1995, GMC van, driven by Kyle Turner (29) of Portland, and occupied by Holly Beck (26) of Portland. Driving behind the van was gray, 2013, Dodge Dart, driven by a juvenile, and occupied by Todd Eaton (39) of Hillsboro. Driving westbound was a white, 1994, Ford F150 driven by Jarrett Owens (27) of Tillamook.

The F150 drove into the ditch on the westbound shoulder, then drove into the eastbound lane where it struck the GMC van head on. The Dart attempted an avoiding maneuver, but was sideswiped as the F150 spun.

Owens and Turner were both initially transported by ambulance and then by air ambulanced to the hospital.

Beck was transported by ambulance to the hospital and released later that evening.

The juvenile and Eaton were uninjured.

OSP is leading the investigation, assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, ODOT, and Tillamook Fire Department.

The investigation is ongoing. Multiple witnesses observed the F150 driving poorly prior to the crash. It is believed there are other witnesses who observed the F150 prior to the crash who did not remain on scene. Police are requesting anyone who witnessed the crash or vehicles driving prior to the crash to contact the Oregon State Police -- Tillamook Worksite at 503-842-2899.


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***Update* #2 Second Arrest** Arrest Made - Man Injured on Interstate 5 - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 11:31 AM


On February 23rd, 2017 the members of the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section Central Point, were called out to investigate an assault of a victim identified as, Christopher Applegate (44). Applegate was located by local law enforcement and found to have been stabbed and shot somewhere along Interstate 5 in the Central Point, OR area. Applegate was transported and treated for his injuries sustained during the attack.



The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Aaron D Eaton (40) on 6/2/2017.



The follow up investigation has also led to the arrest of Steven A Martin, age 27, of Medford on 6/20/17.



Both Eaton and Martin were indicted by a Jackson County grand jury for; Attempted Murder, Assault in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 2nd Degree, Kidnapping II, Robbery II, Unlawful Possession of a firearm (felon), Unlawful use of a Weapon and Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.



Both Eaton and Martin are lodged in the Jackson County Jail.


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Update:

On June 2, 2017, Aaron Dale EATON, age 40, of Phoenix, was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

Attempted Murder, Kidnapping 2, Robbery I, Assault 1, Assault 2, Unlawful use of a Weapon, Felon in possession of a firearm, Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

End of Update

Previously Released:

The victim of the assault has been identified as 43 year old CHRISTOPHER APPLEGATE from the Central Point area and remains in the hospital. No further information is available at this time.

The investigative team is still attempting to locate the person(s) of interest from yesterday. If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center at 541-664-4600.


End of Update

Previously Released:

In the early morning hours on February 23, 2017, the Oregon State Police responded to a call of a male on Interstate 5 near milepost 34 in Jackson County. The subject was eventually located, had injuries and was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. There are additional law enforcement personnel in the area of Gold Hill attempting to locate possible suspect(s).

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.
**Update - Suspect Charged in Douglas County Homicide Investigation** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 10:03 AM
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On Friday, June 2, Detectives from the Oregon State Police, acting as members of the Douglas County Major Crimes Team, added the following charges to Troy Russell PHELPS, 34 years old from Myrtle Creek, who was already in custody at the Douglas County Jail on unrelated probation violations. The additional charges include: Murder, Kidnapping 1st Degree, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Coercion and Arson 2nd Degree.

These crimes were allegedly committed on May 30th and 31st in Douglas County at a location along the South Umpqua River resulting in the death of Brandon MICHAEL, 26 years old. Michael was shot several times with a small caliber handgun. The other victims have been identified as 23 year old, Kayla VIOL and her 10 month old baby, MICHAEL was the father. Early investigation revealed that VIOL contacted authorities after she and her baby had been abducted by PHELPS after MICHAEL was killed. PHELPS transported VIOL and her child to a residence in Myrtle Creek. VIOL was able to leave that residence and contacted the authorities from a neighboring residence. VIOL and her child suffered no physical injuries. MICHAEL's body was recovered and an autopsy performed on June 1st, confirms MICHAEL was killed by a small caliber handgun.

VIOL and MICHAEL had recently moved to Douglas County from the LaPine area.


Previous Release

On the morning on May 31, 2017 a frantic female reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that her boyfriend had been shot near the Lawson Bar area of southern Douglas County.

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies responded to the Lawson Bar area and completed an extensive search of the area. During the search an adult male was found deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and a person of interest was identified as, TROY PHELPS, age 34, from Myrtle Creek. Detectives located PHELPS and lodged him at the Douglas County Jail on an unrelated charge of Probation Violation. Law Enforcement believes that there is no further threat to public safety regarding this incident.

The Oregon State Police is the lead agency and is being assisted by the Douglas County Major Crimes Team. Member agencies involved with the Douglas County Major Crimes Team are: Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police.

This is still an active investigation and no further information is expected to be released tonight.

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*** Update-Names Released *** Josephine County man dies in motorcycle crash on Hwy 140 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/17 7:38 AM
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The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as 69 year old Michael A. MILLETTE, from Grants Pass. The passenger on the motorcycle was Micheal's wife 66 year old, Virginia J. MILLETTE, who is in critical condition at a local hospital.

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Previous Release
On June 20, 2017 at approximately 4:00PM, the Oregon State Police responded to a motorcycle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 18, which is 18 miles east of White City, in Jackson County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 140 and the operator failed to recognize that traffic had slowed/stopped for a turning vehicle. The operator laid the motorcycle down and crossed the westbound lane, striking the guardrail. The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene and the female passenger was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Lake Creek Fire Department, Mercy Flights, Jackson County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information is available at this time.


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OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Two Escaped Prisoners from Oregon Youth Authority Facility near La Grande - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/20/17 10:41 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to find two Oregon Youth Authority youths that escaped from 58231 HWY 244, La Grande, Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility, at around 7:50 p.m., June 20, 2017.

Escapee #1: Brittain MCAULIFFE, age 18, of Central Point, is described as a white male, 5'10", 220 pounds, stocky build, tattoos on both forearms, one described as "Native Pride". His hair is short on the sides and the top is approximately six inches long with ponytail. He wears glasses and was wearing a white tank top, black shorts with a red stripe on the sides, and black and red mid top shoes.

Escapee #2: Micah WEST, age 18, of Salem, is described as a white male 5'11" 155 pounds, multiple tattoos, one is described as a derringer pistol on one arm. One is an eagle tattoo on his chest and a cross tattoo on left forearm. West is bald and was wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone who identifies them is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information regarding the location of MCAULIFFE and or WEST is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17211022.

OSP is being assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Youth Authority.


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Serious injury crash results in suspect lodged in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/19/17 3:57 PM
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On June 17, 2017 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Oregon State Troopers and emergency workers responded to a three-vehicle serious injury crash on Highway (Hwy) 20 near milepost (MP) 76 (just east of the Hwy 20/126 junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed vehicle #1, 2016 Kia Optima, was travelling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The driver of vehicle #1 was unable to control the vehicle and crossed into the westbound lane. Vehicle #2, 2016 Kia Sorento, was traveling westbound. The driver of vehicle #2 was able to avoid the collision by driving the vehicle into a ditch. Vehicle #1 then crashed, almost head-on, into westbound vehicle #3 (a 2014 Ford Focus).

Two passengers of vehicle #1 and the driver of vehicle #3 were air transported to St. Charles in Bend in serious condition. The driver and passenger of vehicle #2 were not injured.

On June 18, 2017, Salvador Marcelo Blas turned himself into the Bend Oregon State Police Office as the driver of vehicle #1. Salvador Marcelo Blas was lodged in Linn County. Charges have been filed accusing him of Assault III (x3), Reckless Driving and Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver.

The highway was partially closed until approximately 4:00 a.m. All indications show seatbelts were in use by occupants.


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Single vehicle fatal near Hood River - Wasco County
Oregon State Police - 06/18/17 9:22 AM
On June 18, 2018, at approximately 1:45 AM, Oregon State Police and additional emergency workers responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 84 near milepost 73 (Wasco County). The vehicle fire resulted in the death of the driver of the vehicle.

Preliminary investigation indicates Jason M. Degeus (age 25 from The Dallas) was traveling eastbound on Highway 84. The vehicle veered off the right shoulder, struck a highway sign, and was shortly engulfed in fire. Emergency workers put out the fire and found Degeus, the only occupant of the vehicle, deceased as a result.

No photos are available at this time.
Bend Man Dies in a Fatal Crash on Highway 78 near milepost 64 - Malheur County
Oregon State Police - 06/18/17 9:18 AM
On June 17, 2017 at 9:02 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle fatality crash, on highway 78 near milepost 64 (Malheur County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford F250 Pickup, operated by Braden Glen FILLMORE, age 20, of Bend, was eastbound when, for unknown reasons, drifted off the right shoulder of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed the westbound lane of travel and rolled off the westbound shoulder. FILLMORE was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

OSP was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Malheur County Medical Examiner and Burns Ambulance. No photos are available at this time.
Double Fatal Crash on Highway 22 near milepost 41 - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/18/17 9:02 AM
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On June 17, 2017 at 5:24 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle double-fatal head-on crash, on Highway 22 near milepost 41 (Marion County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Toyota Rav 4, operated by William Harold BODDEN, age 84, of Redmond, was westbound when, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2008 Jeep Patriot, operated by Joyce A. MAST, age 51, of Hillsboro, head-on. BODDEN'S passenger, Diane Theresa BODDEN, age 77, of Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. William BODDEN was transported via air ambulance and died while in transport to an area hospital. MAST was transported via ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Detroit Fire and Rescue and Marion County Medical Examiner. The roadway was blocked for several hours for purposes of the investigation.

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Crash Investigation Underway on Southeast 122nd Avenue - Bicycle Rider Critically Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 06/21/17 9:34 PM
On Wednesday June 21, 2017, at 9:03 p.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the 2300 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue on the report of a traffic crash involving a driver and a bicycle rider.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the injured bicycle rider and involved driver. The bicycle rider has been transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries. The driver has remained at the scene.

Southeast 122nd Avenue is closed in both directions, North of Division Street, as officers continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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

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

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UPDATE 2: SERT/CNT Responding to Assist North Precinct Officers with Disturbance Involving a Firearm (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/21/17 11:02 AM
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The suspect in Tuesday evening's SERT and CNT response was identified as 29-year-old Gregory C. Brown Jr. Brown was lodged into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree -- Felony (Domestic Violence).

Detectives with the Family Services Division Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) continue to investigate this incident. As part of this ongoing investigation, detectives ask anyone with information regarding a disturbance involving a black Ford Explorer in the area of North Woolsey Avenue and North Trenton Street at 9:02 p.m. on Tuesday evening to contact Detective Andrew Griggs at 503-823-0969 or Andrew.Griggs@portlandoregon.gov .

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SERT and CNT have safely assisted the woman and young child from the residence. On scene medical personnel offered medical aid to the woman for injuries that occurred during the assault.

CNT negotiated with the male suspect over the phone. The suspect exited the residence and SERT placed him into custody.

The Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) responded to the location and is continuing the investigation.

Domestic violence is among the most frequent and serious forms of violent crime investigated by police. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue, help is available.

Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line) provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information, and referrals to community resources. 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/

Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv

The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence).

Information on DVRU is available at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35679

Finally, the City of Portland, Multnomah County and numerous other partners have joined together to create The Gateway Center. The Gateway Center attempts to limit the impact of intimate partner violence through by providing multi-cultural and survivor-centered advocacy and services. Given the complexity of domestic violence, this center provides a single-point of access to services and resources for survivors of intimate partner violence. Information on The Gateway Center can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/gatewaycenter/52837


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The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to the 9600 block of North Fiske Avenue to assist North Precinct officers on a disturbance call involving a gun.

Interested media should stage at the Boys and Girls Club, located at North Trenton Street and North Newman Avenue. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

New Columbia Villa traffic in the area of North Fiske to North Haven Avenues, North Trenton to North Fessenden Streets is likely impacted by this police activity.

This investigation started at 9:12 p.m. on the report of a woman being assaulted by a man who was armed with a gun inside a residence in the 9600 block of North Fiske Avenue.

No additional information is available at this time but will be updated when available.

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Attached Media Files: Gregory Brown Jr
Bank Robbery Tuesday Evening in the Kenton Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 06/21/17 12:08 AM
On Tuesday June 20, 2017, at 6:02 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 8334 North Denver Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with employees who told police that the suspect presented a note to the teller demanding money. There were no weapons displayed. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank without incident.

Several officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a 55 to 65-year-old black male, 5'4" tall, slim build, short hair, with a long beard and wearing a black bomber jacket and dark pants.

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


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Pedestrian Seriously Injured After Being Struck by Train in Hosford-Abernathy Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 06/20/17 11:50 PM
On Tuesday June 20, 2017, at 8:23 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast 8th Avenue and Southeast Division Street on the report of a pedestrian struck by a train.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a man with life-threatening injuries. The man was transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance.

Based on information learned at the scene, officers believe the pedestrian had attempted to cross two sets of railroad tracks near Southeast 8th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. While crossing the railroad tracks the pedestrian was struck by an eastbound Union Pacific freight train and a westbound Amtrak train.

Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak Police responded to the crash location and assumed control of the investigation.

All media inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak spokespersons.

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CORRECTION - UPDATE: Major Crash Team Responding to Hit and Run Accident Involving Pedestrian (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/20/17 2:36 PM
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The subject was arrested near the intersection of Southeast 130th Place and Southeast Mitchell Court, not Southeast 130th Avenue and Southeast Mitchell Court.

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The 70-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle early this morning is currently in a Portland hospital and is expected to survive her injuries. The driver involved in the hit and run crash was identified as 25--year--old Weifu Ma of Portland.

Traffic officers learned that Ma was driving his BMW eastbound on Southeast Division Street when he struck a woman who was crossing Southeast Division Street from the southwest corner to the northwest corner of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. A witness stated the woman was inside the crosswalk and had a walk signal as she walked across the roadway with her walker.

A witness who was in another vehicle called 9-1-1 immediately, then followed the suspect as he left the crash location. The witness provided police with updates regarding Ma's location as he traveled through the neighborhood. Near the intersection of Southeast 130th Avenue and Southeast Mitchell Court, Ma collided with the witness' vehicle in an attempt to flee the area. Police arrived and placed Ma in custody.

Weifu Ma was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver -- Felony, Reckless Driving, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.


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On Tuesday June 20, 2017, at 5:02 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that a pedestrian was hit by a driver on Southeast 122nd Avenue at Southeast Division Street and that the involved driver left the scene.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and found a woman suffering from traumatic injuries. The victim has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspect driver crashed into the pedestrian and drove away from the crash scene. An alert citizen contacted police and assisted in locating and apprehending the suspected hit and run driver.

Preliminary information suggests impairment was a factor in this crash.

Southbound Southeast 122nd Avenue south of Southeast Division Street is closed. Two eastbound lanes of Southeast Division Street west of Southeast 122nd Avenue are also closed. Currently one eastbound lane of Southeast Division Street is open. As the Major Crash Team continues to investigate this crash there is a possibility the entire intersection at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street may be closed. The intersection will likely be effected by the investigation for the next three to four hours.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call 503-823-3333.

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

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


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Juvenile Arrested for Pepper-Spraying Incident
Portland Police Bureau - 06/18/17 8:48 PM
On Sunday June 18, 2017, at 12:15 p.m., officers responded to Northwest Broadway near West Burnside Street regarding a disturbance.

When officers arrived, they found one person had been pepper-sprayed by a juvenile male. Officers requested Portland Fire and Rescue respond; they treated the man for exposure to pepper spray at the scene.

As officers investigated the incident, they spoke with the victim and several witnesses. Officers learned a teenage male had approached a group of people exercising their First Amendment Right to freedom of speech and peppered-sprayed a member of the group.

Officers were able to verify the identity of the suspect based on the victim and witnesses' description. Officers contacted the identified suspect near the incident location; however, the suspect utilized the crowd that had gathered for the Pride Parade as an obstacle for officers to make an arrest. Officers believed arresting the suspect at that moment would impact the Pride Parade. The suspect then fled the area.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. in Tom McCall Waterfront Park near Southwest Naito Parkway and Southwest Oak Street, a male approached the Portland Police Bureau recruitment booth. The male began to tear-apart stickers and other items at the booth and throw the items on the ground. An officer at the booth requested the subject stop destroying the items and stop littering. The suspect refused and the officer requested additional officers respond to the recruitment booth, as the male was not following any of his commands.

Officers arrived and recognized the suspect as the person involved in pepper spraying the individual earlier in the day. Officers attempted to take the suspect into custody; however, the suspect's friend interfered with the arrest. Officers provided multiple warnings to both individuals, but they would not listen to police direction. Eventually, both juveniles were arrested.

The juvenile male who was involved in the pepper spraying incident was lodged at the Donald E. Long Detention Home on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Unlawful Use of Pepper Spray, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Resisting Arrest. The second juvenile male was charged with Resisting Arrest and Interfering with a Peace Officer and released to his guardian.

Anyone who witnessed or has information, including cell phone video footage, of either incident are asked to contact the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 and reference case number 42-17-680760.

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Report of Gunfire Leads to Arrest of Felon, Seizure of Two Firearms (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/18/17 11:00 AM
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On Saturday June 17, 2017, at 8:06 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 600 block of North Argyle Street on the report that a man was firing a gun on Friday night and was now back in the area trying to start fights with people.

Officers arrived in the area and located the suspect leaving the scene on a motorcycle. The suspect did not stop for the officers and rode his motorcycle slowly away from the traffic stop. Officers followed the suspect for a few blocks until he stopped and he was taken into custody without incident.

Officers located a crime scene for the previous gunfire and were able to locate and seize two firearms, magazines, ammunition, and spent shell casings from a nearby residence. North Precinct officers had responded to previous calls in the area of gunfire but had not been able to locate the suspect.

The suspect, 40-year-old Mario Manuel Ugalde, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm (three counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Driving While Revoked (Misdemeanor). Ugalde will be arraigned on Monday June 19.

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61 Citations, 28 Warnings Issued in Thursday Night #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/18/17 10:30 AM
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On Thursday June 15, 2017, from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by Transit Police, and East, North and Central Precinct officers, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission along Southeast Foster Road from 50th to 92nd Avenues. This location was selected due to the congestion of vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.

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

In total, 61 citations were issued as well as 28 written warnings.

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

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

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

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Wednesday June 21 (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/18/17 9:30 AM
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Sergeant Chris Burley is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau until Wednesday June 21, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. Sgt. Burley will be available by email or by media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns.

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Sworn to Protect and Dedicated to Serve Everyone (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/16/17 8:45 AM
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In recent weeks, the City of Portland has experienced increased tension and concerns about hate crime activity and threats to community safety. The Portland Police Bureau has been actively involved in these issues, investigating crimes and reports of threatening behavior. The Bureau understands the fear and uneasy feelings felt by many in our community and wants to share a message -- Portland Police Officers are sworn to protect and dedicated to serve everyone. These officers are here to protect you and keep you safe.

Officers will continue to spend time at events, positively engaging members of the community and providing safety and security.

This weekend, officers will be providing an enhanced presence at pride events in conjunction with Portland Pride Week. To learn more about Portland Pride Week events, please visit http://pridenw.org/

The Portland Police Bureau has a long-standing partnership with the LGBTQ community. Information about the partnership, called the Alliance for Safer Communities (ASC), can be found by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/31112

The weekend of June 23 -- 25, officers will be providing an enhanced presence at the Good in the Hood Multicultural Music, Arts & Food Festival at Lillis Albina Park and King School. The Bureau is continuing to investigate the report of a threatening letter sent to event organizers. At this time, the Bureau has not determined the credibility of this letter and is committed to having a robust police presence at this family-friendly event. To learn more about Good in the Hood events, please visit http://www.goodnthehood.org/

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
ORS 166.155 -- Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

In 2017, the Bureau has seen an increase in bias motivated crime reports:

2015 -- 11 bias crime reports
2016 -- 10 bias crime reports (three through April 30)
2017 -- Nine bias crime reports (through April 30)

It's important to note that these numbers can go up or down, depending on the results of an investigation.

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/423009

The Bureau has several community advisory groups and outreach opportunities for community members and police officers to come together. Advisory groups include the Portland Muslim Community Police Council, the Alliance for Safer Communities, the African American Advisory Council, and the Slavic Advisory Council. To learn more about these advisory groups and the Bureau's commitment to the Portland community, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30379

Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. To learn more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583

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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shootings
Salem Police Dept. - 06/19/17 11:00 AM
UPDATE: 06-19-17/10:55 am

The victims in this morning's double homicide have now been identified and their next of kin notified. The victims are:

Hector Martinez-Arroyo, 26-years old, from Salem
Carlos Zepeda-Ponce, 50-years old, from Salem

The investigation is continuing. All further media releases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, 503-588-5222

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UPDATE: 06-19-17/8:10 am

Salem Police Detectives have arrested a suspect in the double homicide that occurred in the 1600 block of Lancaster Dr NE on the evening of 06-18-17.

35-year old Marcelino Osorio-Jiminez of Salem was arrested on two counts of Murder in the incident. The investigation has shown that Osorio-Jiminez was involved in a dispute with the two adult male victims and shot them while in the parking lot of a small strip mall. Both victims died at the scene. Osorio-Jiminez was followed from the parking lot by witnesses and taken into custody without incident by responding officers a short distance away.

The victims are not yet being identified, as investigators are working to locate and notify next of kin. Those names will be released when next of kin have been notified.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Salem Police Department Tips Line at 503-588-8477

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Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a shooting incident with two fatalities.

Officers were called to a parking lot in the 1600 block of Lancaster Dr NE at approximately 10:56 pm on Sunday, June 18. When officers arrived they found two subjects had been shot and were deceased at the scene.

The investigation is in the very early stages and no further information is available for release at this time. Further information will be released when available.

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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash
Salem Police Dept. - 06/17/17 6:32 PM
The Salem Police Department, with the assistance of the Oregon State Police, is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon in west Salem.

Officers were dispatched to the westbound lanes of Highway 22 between the Edgewater and Rosemont exits at about 12:05 pm this afternoon on a report of a motorcycle crash. Officers arrived on the scene to find a black 2015 Honda motorcycle had impacted the center guardrail, and the motorcycle operator deceased at the scene.

The motorcycle operator has been identified as 24-year old Phillip P Slivkoff of Woodburn. He was alone on the motorcycle, and there were no other vehicles directly involved in the incident.

Traffic on the roadway was restricted while the crash was being investigated, but all lanes of traffic are now open. Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

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Salem Police Warn of Falsely Marked Oxycodone Pills
Salem Police Dept. - 06/16/17 11:49 AM
The Salem Police Department would like to warn the public about Fentanyl pills that have been falsely marked as Oxycodone.

Fentanyl is a Schedule II narcotic and a very potent synthetic medication that can be anywhere from 50-10,000 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl can be a safe surgical anesthetic when properly used and monitored, but it has become a recreational drug that has led to thousands of overdose deaths since 2000. It is highly addictive and is available in many different forms. Medical examiners concluded that musician Prince died as a result of an overdose of fentanyl.

Early in June, several people sought medical treatment for symptoms that were consistent with an overdose of opiates. One of those patients stopped breathing and was brought back to life with medical intervention. They reported taking a small blue pill that was represented to them as being Oxycodone. Taking only ?1/4 of the pill led to their overdose conditions.

Investigators have found hundreds of these pills in the Salem area and have sent them for further analysis. These pills are light blue in color and have markings on them that are very similar to legitimate Oxycodone pills that one would get from a pharmacy.

The Salem Police Department urges everyone to use medications properly and for the reason they are prescribed. When prescribed medication by a licensed medical professional, secure that medication in a location where others will not have access to it. Many medications are stolen directly from medicine cabinets by those whom we allow into our homes. Take only as much of the medications as necessary and only for as long as needed or prescribed. Any leftover medications should be disposed of properly and not put into garbage or into toilets or sinks. Flushing or dumping medications can pollute our groundwater. The Salem Police Department has a medicine disposal receptacle in front of the Police Station, and most pharmacies will also accept unused medications.

Many of those who are addicted to opiates have indicated that their narcotics use began with misuse of prescription medications. This usage escalates to a very strong dependency, and many users then turn to other drugs such as heroin.

The people who took this Fentanyl believing it to be Oxycodone are very fortunate to have survived the incident. Even ?1/4 of a small pill can be fatal. The Salem Police Department urges parents to speak openly with their children about the "casual" use of narcotics.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/20/2017
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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/20/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-1080

On 06/20/2017 at about 1100 hrs., police received a report about a person threatening another person in the 300 block of NW Zobrist Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-1084

On 06/20/2017 at about 1549 hrs., code enforcement responded to the 100 block of SE Currin Street regarding an abandoned vehicle, and arranged a tow for same.

1C 2017-1086

On 06/20/2017 at 2132 hrs, police responded to a welfare check request in the 310 block of Broadway Street. An unwanted subject was in a business and washing their personal dishes in the bathroom. The subject was identified and trespassed from the business.


SANDY:

18 2017-CAD

On 06/20/2017 at about 1052 hrs., police received some unwanted firearms from a citizen.

18 2017-1082

On 06/20/2017 at about 1111 hrs., police responded to a report of menacing in the 39000 block of Hood Street. Police later arrested William C. Stratham (40, of Sandy) for Menacing and transported him to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $2500 bail.

18 2017-1083

On 06/20/2017 at about 1442 hrs., code enforcement arranged a tow for an abandoned vehicle from the 35000 block of Industrial Way.

18 2017-1085

On 06/20/2017 at 1703 hrs., Laura L. Lutz (62, of Wamie, OR), was arrested near the 36000 block of Highway 26 for Theft III. Laura was cited and released, and charges were forwarded to the Clackamas County D.A's office.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/19/2017
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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/19/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-1067

On 06/19/2017 at about 1019 hrs., a citizen turned in a damaged laptop computer as found property.

1C 2017-1068

On 06/19/2017 at about 1021 hrs., police received a report about criminal mischief in the 500 block of NE Main Street. A report was taken.

1C 2017-1073

On 06/19/2017 at about 1148 hrs., police received a report about a theft from a vehicle in the 200 block of NE Ginseng Drive. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-1077

On 06/19/2017 at about 2024 hrs., police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of SE Currin Street. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-1078

On 06/19/2017 at 2058 hrs., police responded to the 300 block of S Broadway Street regarding a disturbance. Sendy Rivera (35, of Estacada) was arrested for Assault 4 and Criminal Mistreatment 1; she was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where she was lodged on $50,000 bail.

SANDY:

18 2017-1074

On 06/19/2017 at 1920 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run motor vehicle crash in the 38000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. A report was taken.

18 2017-1079

On 06/19/2017 at 1925 hrs., a woman living in the 39000 block of Cascadia Village Drive reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the alley by her home. The woman
identified a man contacted by police nearby as the driver. The registered owner of the car reported it stolen a short time after that encounter, and now the suspect is being sought for unlawful use of a vehicle.
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 06/15/2017-06/18/2017
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ESTACADA:

1C 2017-1050

On 06/15/2017 at around 1659 hrs., police were dispatched to a theft that occurred in the 200 block of SE Pierce Street.. A report was taken.

1C 2017-1054

On 06/16/2017 at 0736 hrs., a victim called police to report a theft of tools from her residence in the 100 block of NE Pierce Street. The victim has surveillance of the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

1C 2017-1061

On 06/17/2017 at about 2337 hrs., police responded to the 2000 block of NW Campus Drive regarding a domestic disturbance. A report is pending (CAD).

1C 2017-1064

On 06/18/2017 at about 1456 hrs., police responded to the 400 block of SW Grove Road regarding a disturbance. Officers arrested John L. Audas (29, of Estacada) for Assault and Menacing; he was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $20,000 bail.

1C 2017-CAD

On 06/18/2017 at about 1549 hrs., police contacted a person who appeared to be passed out on a curb in the 300 block of Highway 224. A report is pending (CAD).


SANDY:

18 2017-1046

On 06/15/2017 at about 0820 hrs., police received a report about theft from a vehicle in the 36000 block of Highway 26. A report was taken.

18 2017-1051

On 06/15/2017 at 2134 hrs., a Sandy resident from the 17000 block of Balkin Avenue reported that an unknown suspect(s) gained entry into their vehicle. A report was taken.

18 2017-1052

On 06/16/2017 at about 0024 hrs., police responded to Hamilton Ridge near Nettie Connett Drive regarding a juvenile trying to enter cars. A male juvenile was located, identified and taken into custody. He was transported to Clackamas County Juvenile Reception Center; the case is being referred to the county juvenile department.

18 2017-1055

On 06/16/2017 at 0932 hrs., a victim came to the Sandy Police Department to report the theft of his vehicle from the 38000 block of Sandy Heights Street. The vehicle was stolen sometime the previous evening.

18 2017-1056

On 06/16/2017 at 1440 hrs., police responded to a business in the 37000 block of Highway 26 regarding a trespassing complaint. A transient was frequenting the side of the building. He was trespassed from the property permanently.

18 2017-1058

On 06/17/2017 at about 0902 hrs., police received a report about theft in the 39000 block of Evans Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1059

On 06/17/2017 at about 0959 hrs., police received a report about a hit & run motor vehicle crash that occurred the previous day in the 16000 block of 362nd Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-1060

On 06/17/2017 at about 2101 hrs., police contacted Mark A. Usher (55, of Sandy) near the intersection of Dubarko Road and Mening Avenue. He was arrested on warrants for probation violation and was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $10,000 bail.

18 2017-1062

On 06/18/2017 at about 0406 hrs., police responded to a medical problem in the 16000 block of Bluff Road. One party was transported to a local hospital.

18 2017-1063

On 06/18/2017 at about 1414 hrs., police responded to the 17000 block of Beers Avenue regarding a requested warrant service. Bryan J. Park (49, of Troutdale) was arrested on warrants for unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangering and menacing. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $40,000 bail.

18 2017-1065

On 06/18/17 at about 2300 hrs., an officer contacted a man in the 39200 block of Pioneer Boulevard who had been reported missing out of Portland the day before. The man appeared in good health and refused any assistance. The Portland Police Bureau was notified.
Man Crashes and Injures Two After Being Reported As Driving Recklessly Four Times in an Hour (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 06/21/17 4:54 PM
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June 21, 2017 -- A man was arrested for reckless driving and two passengers were injured after he ran a red light and crashed into a minivan. The vehicle had been reported as driving recklessly four times within an hour.

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 12:57 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a rollover traffic crash at the intersection of NW West Union Road and NW Kaiser Road in the community of Bethany.

Based on witness statements, deputies learned that a 2000 Ford Focus, driven by 24-year-old Dakota Spacek, was driving eastbound on NW West Union Road at a high rate of speed when he failed to stop at a red light. A minivan driving southbound through a green light collided with the Ford Focus, causing it to rollover.

During the investigation, deputies learned that the Ford Focus had been called in as a reckless driver four times in the hour leading up to the crash. Local law enforcement agencies had been attempting to locate the vehicle when the crash occurred.

Two passengers in the Ford Focus sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital for evaluation. Mr. Spacek and the driver of the minivan were not injured.

Mr. Spacek was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail on one count of reckless driving and two counts of assault in the fourth degree.

Deputies are investigating the crash and the incidents that led up to it. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART), an inter-agency team, assisted with the crash investigation, which briefly closed eastbound traffic.


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20-Year Old DUII Driver Strikes House in Cedar Mill (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 06/18/17 9:20 PM
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Media Release

20-Year Old DUII Driver Strikes House in Cedar Mill

June 18, 2017 -- Early this morning, a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old DUII driver struck a home in Cedar Mill. No one was injured. The driver's blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit.
On Sunday, June 18, 2017, just before 4 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of a vehicle striking a residence in the 2300 block of NW Woodrose Drive in Cedar Mill.

Deputies learned that Carter Culleton, 20, of Portland, was driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he hit a stop sign and collided with a residence. Fortunately, no one was injured. Alcohol played a role in this crash.

Mr. Culleton was charged with Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and Criminal Mischief II. His blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit. The legal drinking age in Oregon is 21.

DUII enforcement is a priority for the sheriff's office. Our deputies arrest an average of 1,000 impaired drivers each year. DUII is a 100% preventable crime. The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to designate a driver when they consume substances that could impair their ability to drive. Other alternative forms of transportation, such as taxis or app-based Uber or Lyft, are readily available in the metro area.


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Deputies target problem Houses in Cornelius, net five arrests (Photo)
Washington County Sheriff's Office - 06/16/17 7:42 PM
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-- Sheriff's Deputies arrested five people on various charges after concentrating their enforcement efforts on certain houses that generate a large number of calls for service. Drugs, guns, and cash were also seized during the mission.

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies serving the City of Cornelius, along with investigators from the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN), the Washington County Interagency Gang Team (IGET), the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT), and officers from the Hillsboro Police started a mission to target nuisance houses in the City of Cornelius. These houses generate and an inordinate number of calls for service and are suspected of illegal activity.

Using a number of investigative techniques, deputies were able to conduct traffic stops that led to the issuance of a search warrant resulting in the arrest of five people and the seizure of approximately one pound of methamphetamine, six firearms, and about $3800 in cash.

Thirty-nine-year-old Cynthia Silva of Forest Grove and 36-year-old Jose Cervantez of Cornelius were arrested for possession of meth during a traffic stop conducted at 7:15 p.m. near the 2500 block of SW Golf Course Rd. About a half of an ounce of meth was seized as a result of the traffic stop. Mr. Cervantez was also arrested for a violation of a restraining order charge that stemmed from a previous incident.

Forty-one-year-old Teresa Navarro was arrested for Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Meth) during a traffic stop in the area of SE 3rd Avenue and SE Baseline St. About three ounces of meth was seized during the stop.

Deputies served a search warrant at 706 S. 8th Ave. in Cornelius where they arrested 52-year-old Vince Breiding of Cornelius for Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Meth). Also arrested was 53-year-old Dawn Lamping for a felony federal parole warrant. Nearly a pound of meth was seized at the house along with three pistols, two shotguns, a rifle, and $3800 in cash.

Chief of Police Al Roque said. "Cornelius and its residents are incredible and we want everyone to help make it a safer community. If you see a crime or any suspicious activity please call our deputies to come check it out, we can't do it without the communities help. If you see something say something."


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Woodburn Police Seeking Public's Help in Identifying Persons of Interest (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 06/16/17 9:48 AM
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The Woodburn Police Department has been responding to and investigating a series of commercial burglaries that have occurred over the past several months. During the course of these investigations images of persons of interest have been captured on video surveillance during the course of the burglaries.

The Woodburn Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying any of the individuals shown in the attached surveillance stills.

The burglaries occurred between January and June and primarily were local restaurants on Highway 99E.

Anyone with information is asked to call Woodburn Crime Stoppers at 503-981-3691, submit a tip via the WPD mobile app or email marty.pilcher@ci.woodburn.or.us.


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Medical
Salem Health grants $50,000 to Salvation Army's Lighthouse Shelter (Photo)
Salem Health - 06/21/17 8:30 AM
Pictured (L to R): Herb Sims, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairperson; Dr. Ralph Yates, Chief Medical Officer of Salem Health; Melissa Baurer, Salvation Army Director of Community Services; and Captain Dan Williams, Salvation Army Marion and Polk County
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Salem Health presented a $50,000 Community Partnership Grant to the Salvation Army to fund an alcohol and drug professional mentor for the Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter. Salem Health introduced the Community Partnership Grant program in Oct. 2014 and will grant a total of $306,382 in 2017. Successful initiatives improve the quality of life for those most at risk in our community and decrease the need for catastrophic care and its associated social, emotional and economic costs.

"At the Lighthouse Shelter, the ADP mentor walks alongside those with addiction and supports them as they make strides toward sobriety," said Sharon Heuer, Director of Community Benefit at Salem Health. "The mentor knows the road to recovery and helps clients navigate the way."

Since 1966, The Lighthouse Shelter has provided the Salem community with a six month transitional shelter for men and women looking to become self-sufficient. In 2016, the shelter housed 361 individuals in need. The shelter, located at 1901 Front Street in Salem, believes in meeting the needs of the whole person, including the physical, emotional and spiritual. During their stay, residents have access to three meals a day, laundry facilities, showers and warm beds.

Shelter residents work closely with case managers who connect them with community resources and help combat barriers to self-sufficiency. Case managers guide residents each week, help establish individualized plans, set goals and track progress. The program is available for up to six months, and potentially longer, if the resident is making significant progress. The grant-funded alcohol and drug professional mentor will support individuals living at the shelter who are experiencing substance abuse and who are in need of establishing on-going support services in the community.

"Approximately 58 percent of shelter residents identify a substance abuse history with addictions, and 17 percent are extreme cases of substance abuse disorder," said Captain Dan Williams. "The funds granted by Salem Health will allow us to create behavioral support plans encompassing both mental health and substance abuse. We're so grateful to partner with Salem Health in this way."

Community Partnership Grant funding encourages innovative collaboration and engagement among community organizations that share a common vision for better health and meet community health needs identified by the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Current priorities for projects include obesity prevention, tobacco and substance use and early childhood health.

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises 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.


Attached Media Files: Pictured (L to R): Herb Sims, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairperson; Dr. Ralph Yates, Chief Medical Officer of Salem Health; Melissa Baurer, Salvation Army Director of Community Services; and Captain Dan Williams, Salvation Army Marion and Polk County
Firetruck pull brings in $15,000 for Trauma Intervention Program (Photo)
Trauma Intervention Program - 06/20/17 3:01 PM
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Last Saturday's event in downtown Troutdale was a success in several ways. Several hundred spectators watched as local teams strained to pull a 33,000 lb fire engine across the finish line. Teams from local fire and police departments as well as schools, gyms and a local jiu jitsu dojo competed for a trophy, medals and bragging rights in the First Annual Muscle Hustle put on by the Trauma Intervention Program of Portland and Vancouver.Portland Fire came in second to the team from the jiu jitsu dojo.
TIP Volunteers are a local group who are called by local emergency responders when an unexpected death takes place in the community. Many deaths are from medical emergencies in the home, others are the result of motor vehicle accidents, homicides, suicides and other unexpected events that happen on a daily basis.
The purpose of the TIP program is to assist survivors through the first few hours of grief and confusion as they try to come to terms with what has happened and what to do next.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Trauma Intervention Program can go to the groups website at tipnw.org .


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Community Crisis resource organization hosts first annual "Muscle Hustle" Fire truck pull (Photo)
Trauma Intervention Program - 06/16/17 9:28 AM
The 'Muscle Hustle' firetruck pull happening Saturday in downtown Troutdale benefits the Northwest Chapter of the Trauma Intervention Program
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What: Teams of first responders, fitness enthusiasts, sports teams, and other community groups are facing off to see who can, in the least amount of time, pull a 33,000 lb fire truck to the finish line. They're completing for bragging rights, but more importantly, to raise money for Trauma Intervention Program Northwest (TIP).

When: Saturday, June 17, 9AM-2PM

Where: Downtown Troutdale, Old Columbia River Historic Highway

Details: Saturday's event will involve teams of 12 people pulling a 33,000 lb fire engine brought in by the Gresham fire Department. Teams will pull the truck 50-feet in four rounds. The team with the fastest time at the end of the four elimination rounds will win.

Who: TIP is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide emotional aid and practical support and resources to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy.

TIP's motto is "citizens helping citizens in crisis." http://www.tipnw.org


Attached Media Files: The 'Muscle Hustle' firetruck pull happening Saturday in downtown Troutdale benefits the Northwest Chapter of the Trauma Intervention Program
Utilities
PGE names new general counsel and corporate compliance officer to executive team
PGE - 06/19/17 3:08 PM
PORTLAND, Ore -- Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) today announced the appointment of Lisa Kaner as PGE's new general counsel and corporate compliance officer. Kaner will replace Jay Dudley, PGE's current general counsel and corporate compliance officer, who will retire at the end of June after nearly 30 years with PGE. Kaner will join PGE on Thursday, June 29, after more than 28 years as an attorney with the Portland business litigation firm Markowitz Herbold PC where she oversaw some of the firm's most complex and legally demanding cases. While there, she also advised and represented PGE on multiple occasions, gaining a strong knowledge of the organization.

"Lisa is a talented and proven legal expert," said Jim Piro, president and CEO. "Her leadership and many strategic accomplishments -- combined with her knowledge of PGE and regulatory issues -- distinguished her as the right person to lead our talented legal, internal audit and FERC compliance teams."

Kaner has been honored by the Portland Business Journal for being one of the region's most influential business women and recognized for her public service by the Oregon State Bar. She is an active member of the community where she has coached the Lincoln High School Constitution Team and the Jefferson High School Mock Trial Team.

Kaner earned her bachelor's degree in European history from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude, and her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.


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About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 865,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, reliable energy to Oregonians. With 2,700 employees across the state, PGE is committed to building a cleaner, more efficient energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the number one voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. For more information visit PortlandGeneral.com.
Transportation
ODOT eclipse update: T minus 2 months (Arrive early, stay put, leave late) (Photo)
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/21/17 10:19 AM
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Don't be a luna(r)-tic: Arrive early, stay put and leave late

Oregon--and a lot of expected visitors from Washington State--will experience quite a show two months from today, when the moon's shadow from a solar eclipse begins its 2,500-mile-per-hour journey across the United States.

But if the predicted one million visitors in Oregon's path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse don't properly prepare or aren't paying attention, that show won't be the celestial dance they came for. It'll be a cosmic traffic jam on the roads below...something even Seattleites accustomed to heavy traffic won't like!

ODOT is expecting that many Oregon highways will be especially crowded in the days around the eclipse. We ask that, when you're traveling, you keep your hands on the wheel, your mind on the task, and your eyes on the road--not on the sky.

Statistics show that many crashes are the result of distracted driving and traveling too fast for conditions. So we're encouraging you to avoid unnecessary distractions during your travels--and especially when Oregon highways will be very crowded during the time of the eclipse. That means planning your travel well in advance; knowing where you're going; and for long trips, knowing where you're going to go when the need arises!

ODOT will have crews posted along critical travel routes to keep motorists mobile and safe, and will be providing travel updates via Tripcheck.com and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available. Properly supplied and informed, we all can avoid becoming "highway luna(r)-tics" during the eclipse.

You should:

Expect traffic changes. ODOT does not plan to close any state highways. But as traffic volumes increase, ODOT may restrict some left turns to and from highways in order to keep traffic moving. Cities and counties may choose to do the same thing on their streets and roads.

Help keep roads clear. Staying off the roads helps make sure emergency service vehicles can get through. Take care of errands well before Aug. 21. Limit your trips to help keep the roads clear. Ride your bicycle!

Travel with friends. Joining friends and family for the trip to totality will reduce the number of cars on the road. Find carpool information at www.drivelessconnect.com.

Caution friends, family and other visitors: Tell them to #DriveHealthy: Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse and leave late afterwards. If everyone jumps on the highways all at once right after the eclipse, no one will go very far very fast. Remember, all travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.

Be prepared. Plan ahead for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you're stuck in traffic. Plan to get to where you need to be before you need to go!

We're all in this together. Be prepared. Help your neighbors and other travelers to be prepared. And please enjoy Oregon!

For updates, visit www.Tripcheck.com.

Attachment: Map of path of totality in Oregon (courtesy NASA)


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Pictures - I-5 MP 10 truck crash/Clean up continues (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 06/18/17 1:47 PM
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One lane of northbound I-5 reopened after a semi truck rollover, roughly ten miles north of the California border (five miles south of Ashland, near milepost 10). Expect major delays. Traffic is backed up more than four miles due to the crash. Drive with caution and watch for workers and equipment in the roadway as clean-up efforts continue.


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Vancouver City Council approves Terminal 1 master plan
Port of Vancouver - 06/20/17 4:04 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- On June 19, the Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to approve the Port of Vancouver USA's Terminal 1 Waterfront Development master plan.

Terminal 1 is the port's birthplace on the Columbia River and the site of unfolding redevelopment along Vancouver's downtown waterfront. When fully developed, the project will provide office, retail and commercial space; a public marketplace; hotel; residential apartments; low- and high-dock access; restaurants; and connection to the city's popular Renaissance Trail.

At full build-out, Terminal 1 is expected to provide nearly 950,000 square feet of new mixed-use development, create 800 new jobs to support commercial activity, drive construction investment of more than $200 million and generate nearly $93 million in state and local taxes over a 25-year period.

"This is an exciting project," said port CEO Julianna Marler. "It's a different kind of development than we typically do, but it still achieves the port's mission of economic benefit to the community. The jobs, tax dollars and activity down at the waterfront will complement our beautiful downtown and create a ripple effect of benefit in the region.

"We appreciate the City Council's support of Terminal 1 and look forward to working together to build a community resource and destination we can all be proud of."

Port commissioners Brian Wolfe and Jerry Oliver, who have both served on the port commission since plans to redevelop Terminal 1 began, shared stories with the City Council about the redevelopment process and recognized former port commissioner Nancy Baker. Baker's leadership was instrumental in preserving Terminal 1 for public access and moving the project forward during its early days.

Community support
Public involvement and input were a priority for the port as it developed a vision and plan for Terminal 1. As a result, Council chambers were full on June 19 and the project received positive comments and support from a number of citizens as well as several downtown and economic organizations, including the Columbia River Economic Development Council, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC), Identity Clark County, Vancouver's Downtown Association (VDA), Vancouver Farmers Market and Visit Vancouver USA.

"The greatest public spaces you'll see anywhere on this planet are often focused on waterfronts and really intelligent, thoughtful, intentional design that doesn't leave the citizens and their community behind in the name of profit," said Vancouver Farmers Market Executive Director Jordan Boldt. "I think the port is doing that in this case and I commend them for that."

"It's going to be really exciting to see this develop into what will be its future," said VDA Executive Director Lee Rafferty. "There's a very strong and wonderful history there, but the future's very bright, as well, and I think Vancouver's downtown is going to be much better off because we have strong partners at the port."

"We see this as the final component, in terms of our waterfront, in developing a stronger sense of place for the city of Vancouver," said GVCC Executive Director John McDonagh. "I can't think of a better way to welcome people to our city and state than what the port has proposed. I encourage your support."

The City Council was supportive in its comments and complimented the port's robust public involvement, vision for Terminal 1 and dedication to the overall revitalization of Vancouver's downtown.

"(The master plan) is the first step of a long journey, and it's going to take a lot of work and continued advocacy," said Councilor Jack Burkman. "I'm confident it's in good hands with our port because this is the kind of work that you do. You don't do short-term investments, you do long-term."

"I commend the port for your efforts in creating what really is a forward-thinking and extraordinary vision for the Terminal 1 property," said Mayor Tim Leavitt.

Next steps
With City Council's support, the Terminal 1 master plan now moves on to the Washington State Department of Ecology for review and decisions on shoreline permitting. Port staff are also continuing to work with hotel developer Vesta Hospitality on plans for a new AC Hotel by Marriott, which could break ground next year.

-- POV --

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.
Military
Oregon Military Department breaks ground for new headquarters building (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/16/17 1:41 PM
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The Oregon Military Department held a ground breaking ceremony for the new headquarters building,in Salem, Oregon on June 16.

The Speakers included Heidi Moawad, Public Safety Advisor to the Governor; Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, City of Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett; Oregon Representatives Paul Evans, John Huffman and Rick Lewis; Charles "Larry" Deibert, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Oregon; as well as other community and military leaders.

The Oregon Military Department's purpose is to administer, house, equip and train the Oregon National Guard - a ready force to support the governor and a reserve force to the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. The Oregon National Guard has a long tradition and history dating back to 1843. The National Guard is found in both the U.S. Constitution and the Oregon Constitution. The tradition and history of the Oregon National Guard was grounded on the basis of its motto, "When we are needed, we are there." Nearly 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen currently serve in the Oregon National Guard throughout the state, ready to respond to any contingency, natural or man-made, at home or abroad.

The new 55,078 square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2018. Total cost of the project is estimated at approximately $25.48 million. The facility is designed to ensure operational flexibility, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and minimize the need for future remodels. In addition, the building will meet seismic Essential Facility requirements for immediate use in emergency response following a seismic event.

"The overall project is funded by both federal and state matching, and provides a positive impact for our Oregon economy," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

Facility construction will address Green Energy requirements that will total 1.5 percent of the construction budget, and will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

The project is contracted by Fortis Construction Company and SERA Architects.




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Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, delivers remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Chuck Bennett, Mayor of Salem, Oregon, provides remarks on the long history and in-depth involvement of the Oregon National Guard with the Salem community, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Dignitaries from the State Legislature, the Governor's Office, Oregon Military Department and the Design and construction teams break ground at the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Federal
National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Welcome 30 New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 06/21/17 11:02 AM
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS), will welcome new United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony taking place at the Historic Hangar of Pearson Air Museum on June 30, 2017, at 12 pm.

At the ceremony, thirty new citizens representing countries from around the world will be sworn in by Anya Ronshaugen, Acting Field Office Director with the USCIS. Tracy Fortmann, Fort Vancouver NHS Superintendent, will welcome the candidates for citizenship and their families to this national park, which has a rich, multicultural history. The keynote speaker for the event will be Doug Wilson National Park Service Archaeologist will speak of the long tradition of immigration to this area and multicultural history at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The USCIS invites new citizens, their families, friends, and the public to share in the long tradition of welcoming our new citizens. Fortmann said, "National parks like Fort Vancouver National Historic Site are perfect backdrops for this very important moment when we will welcome a group of new citizens to our country. Our national parks are fundamentally American, and represent places where we can learn about what it means to be American. This ceremony has been an annual event here for nearly a decade, and is a great opportunity to see a group of people who have worked so hard to become a part of our nation."

What: Naturalization Ceremony

Where: The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, part of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Located at 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Friday, June 30, 2017, at 12 pm
Corps seeks comments on Gold Beach, Curry County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/20/17 12:43 PM
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Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct work impacting the Rogue River in Gold Beach, Curry County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2007-135-1 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Springfield, Lane County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/20/17 12:42 PM
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Hayden Homes, LLC to conduct work impacting three (3) palustrine emergent wetlands in Springfield, Lane County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2017-199 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Warrenton, Clatsop County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/20/17 12:39 PM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the Warrenton Fiber Company to conduct work impacting impacting the Columbia River at River Mile 10.2 in Warrenton, Clatsop County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2007-729-3 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Harrisburg, Linn County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/20/17 12:37 PM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Alan Kay Properties, LLC to conduct work impacting seven wetlands and two tributaries to the Willamette River in Harrisburg, Linn County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2016-612 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Deadline extended; Corps seeks public comment on draft Willamette Falls Locks Integrated Disposition Study and Environmental Assessment
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/16/17 8:19 AM
Release no. 17-013

Update, June 16: We have extended the comment period for the draft Willamette Falls Locks Integrated Disposition Study and Environmental Assessment from June 22 to July 12. This extension allows more time for review and discussion of the proposal by interested stakeholders.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on its draft Integrated Disposition Study and Environmental Assessment for de-authorization and disposal of the Willamette Falls Locks.

The Corps proposes to recommend Congressional de-authorization and disposal of the Willamette Falls Locks after performing minor modification for seismic retrofits and to install perimeter fencing, and debris and boat barriers.

The disposition study is an effort to identify necessary actions to prepare the facility for disposal and to develop a preliminary opinion regarding the marketability of the project. As part of the Corps' analysis, it has accounted for known stakeholder interests, local opportunities and the capability of potential lock users.

The draft assessment has been prepared in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality's National Environmental Policy Act regulations (Federal Register 40 C.F.R. 1508.9.) It is available for review and comment on the Willamette Falls Locks section of the Portland District website at nwp.usace.army.mil/willamette/locks.

Questions or comments should be directed to Kelly Janes by phone at 503-808-4771, by email at willamettefallslocks@usace.army.mil, or by regular mail at:

District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
Attn: CENWP-PM-E/Kelly Janes
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, Oregon 97208-2946

The Corps will consider all comments received or postmarked by July 22 and make a determination of significance of impacts resulting from the proposed action. Please reference public notice CENWP-PM-E-17-01 in all written correspondence.
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Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Re-Scheduled June 23, 2017
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/21/17 11:01 AM
DPSST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
June 21, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427

Notice of Teleconference Meeting
The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a teleconference meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Conference: 888-273-3658
Access Code: 4711910

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda:

1. Minutes of June 9, 2016

2. OAR 259-060-0300 -- Denial/Suspension/Revocation; Request to File Temporary Rule
Emotional Standards for Armed Private Security Providers

3. Next Meeting -- To Be Determined


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Executive Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.
Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Scheduled June 21, 2017
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/19/17 12:12 PM
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427

Notice of Teleconference Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a teleconference meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Conference: 888-273-3658
Access Code: 4711910

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda:

1. Minutes of June 9, 2016

2. OAR 259-060-0300 -- Denial/Suspension/Revocation; Request to File Temporary Rule
Emotional Standards for Armed Private Security Providers

3. Next Meeting -- To Be Determined


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Executive Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.
Study shows Oregon's arts and culture industry generates $687 million in economic impact
Oregon Arts Commission - 06/20/17 2:10 PM
Salem, Oregon -- Oregon's arts and culture sector contributed $687 million and 22,299 jobs to Oregon's economy in fiscal year 2015, according to the latest Arts & Economic Prosperity study from Americans for the Arts. Released June 17 at the group's national conference in San Francisco, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 includes first-time data from rural Oregon.

"Arts and culture play a key role in healthy, prosperous communities, particularly in rural Oregon," said Chris Harder, director of Business Oregon. "While this study highlights the significant impact of artists and cultural organizations on local economies, the resulting vibrant communities are places that are more attractive for overall business growth and investment."

The data reveals that arts and culture jobs across Oregon generated $469.5 million in household income to local residents and delivered $53 million in local and state government revenue. In addition, the 9,911,552 people who attended arts and culture events spent an average of $42.59 per event, excluding the cost of the admission ticket. Event spending, which totaled $322,956,808, includes meals, parking, souvenirs, babysitting and hotel stays.

"This is the most comprehensive data we've ever had on how vital arts and culture are to Oregon's statewide economic prosperity," said Brian Rogers, Oregon Arts Commission executive director. "Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the State of Oregon. It sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the State of Oregon's economic well-being."

While previous studies have focused only on Portland and Eugene, a statewide consortium led by the Arts Commission enabled Baker, Clatsop, Crook, Deschutes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Yamhill counties as well as Ashland, Corvallis, Eugene and the Portland Metro area (Northeastern and Central Oregon did combined county studies) to participate.

Spending by arts and cultural organizations and audience members in the Portland Metro area was $330.4 million, up 30 percent since the last Arts & Economic Prosperity study in 2010. The spending outside of the Portland Metro area (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties) totaled $357 million.

"We are so grateful to the Arts Commission for making it possible for us to participate," said Sharon Morgan, who was "stunned" to learn that arts and culture spending in Yamhill County totaled $45 million. Morgan, a member of the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, organized the survey for her county.

Detailed reports for each of the Oregon regions and cities that participated are posted on the Arts Commission website.

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by the Ruth Lilly Fund of the Americans for the Arts. Local, regional and statewide partners, such as the Oregon Arts Commission and its 11 survey partners, contributed time and financial support to the study. Financial information from partner organizations was collected in partnership with DataArts. A full list of the 341 communities who participated in the study is posted on the Americans for the Arts website.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

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

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Oregon DHS Seeks Public Comment on Amended Statewide Transition Plan
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/16/17 3:38 PM
In 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new rules to define community and home-based services. Service providers have to adhere to these rules in order to become eligible for Medicaid payments from the state. In return, the state receives federal matching funds only if the service setting is in compliance with these regulations issued by CMS. Initially, CMS gave states up to five years to comply (2019 deadline) but recently extended the deadline to 2022.

This is important to the State of Oregon and the citizens who benefit from these services, because approximately 70 percent of payments for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are covered by those federal matching funds.

After receiving initial CMS approval, the Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) drafted a revision to the transition plan outlining how the state will come into compliance with the federal rules within the new CMS timeframes. The state is seeking final CMS approval for Oregon's plan.

Oregon is considered a national leader in creating home and community-based care options. The state wants to maintain a high level of independence for citizens who currently receive HCBS or may require them in the future. Oregon DHS and OHA are looking for input from individuals receiving HCBS, family members, advocates, providers, delivery systems representatives and the broader community.

The new CMS rules require HCBS settings to be more home-like and less institutionalized.

The new rules require a better recognition and assurance of service recipient's rights and freedoms. This includes the right to have visitors at a time they choose, have access to their own food when they wish, or lock the door to their room, if they so choose. The existing HCBS settings may need to make adjustments. The purpose of the rules is to ensure that HCBS recipients can seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

All of Oregon's providers of HCBS have gone through an assessment to determine their compliance. Out of all these facilities, nineteen were identified as requiring heightened federal scrutiny. Heightened Scrutiny is a federal term that means that CMS will make the final determination of HCBS compliance as the setting presumably is institutional based on CMS criteria. Oregon believes these settings can overcome this presumption as detailed in the plan.

Oregon DHS is seeking public comment on the amended plan, which has been posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/HCBS/Pages/Transition-Plan.aspx

Non-electronic versions of the Statewide Transition Plan are posted in local field offices and may also be viewed at the Human Services Building at 500 Summer Street NE in Salem.

Please submit comments in one of these methods: Send an email to hcbs.oregon@state.or.us.or send written comments addressed to HCBS Transition Plan Comments, 500 Summer Street NE E-09, Salem, OR 97301.

Deadline for comments is July 17, 2017. Mailed responses must be received by this date in order to be considered. The final amended Statewide Transition Plan is due to CMS by August 1, 2017.
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Air National Guard member receives command approval to march in uniform in Portland, Seattle pride parades (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 06/21/17 1:06 PM
Tech Sgt. Boehme serving in the Portland Pride Parade color guard.
Tech Sgt. Boehme serving in the Portland Pride Parade color guard.
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This weekend, Portland Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Nathaniel Boehme had the rare honor of wearing his military uniform during the Portland Pride Parade on June 18. He will also be allowed to march in uniform during the Seattle Pride Parade that will take place on June 25.

Active military cannot appear in uniform at pride parades and other events without the authorization of their local unit commanders, and it is believed that Boehme is the first active service member to receive this honor in Oregon or Washington. He had previously requested to appear in uniform during the 2015 and 2016 events, but was not approved.

"I am humbled and honored to be the first-ever active military member in all of Oregon or Washington to receive official permission to wear my military uniform in a Pride parade," Boehme said. "After three years of trying, it's fantastic to see the Air National Guard taking this step to show its commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and community."

Boehme is a proud third-generation airman and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also serves as the LGBTQ veterans coordinator for the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), a position that was the first of its kind in the nation when it was created by the Legislature in 2015.

"We are very proud of Nathaniel for his service to our state and nation, both in and out of uniform," said ODVA Director Cameron Smith. "At the same time, we think of the thousands of LGBTQ veterans in our state who previously could not serve their country openly and who may not have accessed the full range of benefits and resources they've earned. We are thankful for all of our veterans' service, and our team and network of veteran service officers are here to assist."

Boehme is a certified veteran service officer and his office is available to assist Oregon LGBTQ veterans in a variety of services, including military records corrections, filing claims for VA compensation, and providing guidance on other benefits and resources available to Oregon veterans and their families.

He can be reached at 971-720-9016 (call or text) or LGBTQvets@odva.state.or.us, or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonLGBTQVets.

Veteran service offices provide free benefit counseling to veterans and their families and are located in every county in Oregon. To find one nearest you, visit www.oregon.gov/ODVA/VSODIRECT/pages/locator.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: Tech Sgt. Boehme serving in the Portland Pride Parade color guard.
Ross Island Bridge contractor cited for multiple safety violations
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/19/17 10:00 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined Abhe & Svoboda Inc. $189,000 for nine safety violations -- two of them willful -- that exposed employees to death or serious injury as they worked on a project to restore the Ross Island Bridge in Portland.

Oregon OSHA cited the violations as the result of an investigation of a Feb. 8, 2017, accident. Each violation, though different in detail, involved the same grave problem: a failure to protect workers from falls that would seriously hurt or kill them.

The accident happened underneath the bridge, where a suspended scaffolding system was installed. An employee was working on an upper deck, 37 feet above a lower platform. He fell through a ladder opening, landing on an employee who was working directly below on the lower platform. Both employees survived the accident, suffering multiple injuries.

The employee who fell was not protected by a fall protection system, per Oregon OSHA's rules. In fact, an estimated eight employees were exposed to this hazard when the accident occurred, according to the investigation.

The investigation also found:
The company failed to provide proper access to work areas, forcing employees to climb up or down the scaffolding and bridge structure, and to sidestep or step over holes ranging in size from three inches to 24 inches
The company failed to construct and install the scaffolding system according to the minimum bracing requirements, as outlined by professional specifications
Scaffolds and related components were not set up, dismantled, and moved under the direction of a competent person
Employees lacked rest platforms while climbing 37-foot ladders
The company failed to ensure that employees had a work platform that was at least 18 inches wide
Anchorages for fall protection equipment were not installed or used under the supervision of a competent person
Scaffolds were not inspected for visible defects before each work shift by a competent person
A makeshift device -- a wooden step stool -- was used on platforms to increase the working height of employees

During the investigation, the corporate safety manager for Minnesota-based Abhe & Svoboda spoke dismissively of Oregon's workplace safety rules, saying they change too much.

"Each and every year, falls are one of the major sources of serious injury and death in Oregon workplaces," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "There is never a good reason to ignore the need to protect workers from such hazards. Yet, this employer brushed off time-tested fall protection rules that are designed to prevent injuries or deaths."

Oregon OSHA cited two of the nine safety violations as willful: the failure to provide proper access to work areas, which forced employees to climb structures and step over holes, and the failure to follow bracing requirements for the scaffolding. Each willful violation carries the legal maximum penalty of $70,000. A willful violation occurs when an employer intentionally or knowingly allows a violation to occur.

Seven of the nine violations were cited as serious, each with the maximum penalty of $7,000.

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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.


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Field tours of South Fork, Browns Camp and Tillamook Forest Center highlight June 23 SFAC meeting
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/16/17 2:39 PM
A tour of the South Fork Forest Camp and the Tillamook Forest Center are the featured agenda items when the Oregon Department of Forestry's State Forests Advisory Committee meets in Forest Grove on Friday, June 23. The group will also visit Browns Camp, which provides Off-Highway Vehicle recreation facilities. The meeting will convene at 8 am at the Forest Grove office of the Oregon Department of Forestry, located at 801 Gales Creek Rd.

Other agenda items include a discussion of comments and responses to the Annual Operating Plan and issue updates from the ODF State Forests Division.

The State Forests Advisory Committee is comprised of timber, environmental and recreation group representatives. It serves as a forum to discuss issues and provide guidance to the Oregon Department of Forestry on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management plan. The plan covers the management of 616,000 acres of forestland within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam state forests through a balanced approach to generating economic, environmental and social benefits.

For more information on the Oregon Department of Forestry, visit https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/index.aspx.


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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet June 26 in Portland
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/19/17 5:36 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet June 22 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/20/17 3:34 PM
June 20, 2017

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216, pamela.naylor@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics Technical Advisory Group

When: Thursday, June 22, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, 8th floor Mary Conference Room, 421 SW Oak St., Portland

Attendees can also join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3481507190725738756 or by conference line at 888-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: Updates on Metrics and Scoring Committee decisions about the 2018 measure set, and discussion of Technical Advisory Group recommendations for 2018 benchmarks

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.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 800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Health advisory lifted June 20 for Upper Klamath Lake park
Oregon Health Authority - 06/20/17 1:15 PM
June 20, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued June 7 for water around Eagle Point County Park on Upper Klamath Lake. The park is located off Oregon Route 140, 15 miles west of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins in some areas such as Keno State Park are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Medicaid Advisory Committee seeks oral health care provider member
Oregon Health Authority - 06/19/17 1:48 PM
June 19, 2017

Oregon's Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) is looking for oral health care providers interested in helping improve the quality of care for Oregonians. The committee is seeking applicants for a two-year term beginning this fall.

Federal rules require the state to have a Medicaid Advisory Committee. The MAC advises the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's Medicaid program, from the perspective of members and communities. The committee also develops policy recommendations at the request of the Governor and OHA.

Members are appointed by the Governor and can serve two consecutive two-year terms.

The MAC is committed to ensuring that its members represent a diverse group of individuals and that its recommendations represent the populations they are intended to serve. People of color and individuals from all areas of the state are encouraged to apply.

The committee especially seeks individuals with the following qualifications or background:
-- Oral health care providers with current or recent clinical experience, including administrators (e.g., dental directors) with recent or current clinical experience;
-- Individuals who understand Oregon's Medicaid dental delivery system, including coordinated care organizations, dental managed care organizations, and the fee-for-service or open card system.

Members should be able to regularly attend committee meetings, contribute to policy-level discussions about the future of health care in Oregon, and spend one to two hours monthly preparing for meetings, which are held the fourth Wednesday of each month in Salem. Direct travel expenses are reimbursed. Members on occasion can attend via conference line and webinar.

Interested persons can request an application by contacting Amanda Peden at 503-208-1010 or amanda.m.peden@state.or.us. For more information, see the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/hp-mac/pages/index.aspx.

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Health advisory lifted June 16 for Detroit Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 06/16/17 4:27 PM
June 16, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued June 2 for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem in Marion County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Health advisory lifted June 16 for South Tenmile Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 06/16/17 4:21 PM
June 16, 2017

Blue-green algae toxins not found in water sample

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued June 12 for South Tenmile Lake, located 10 miles north of North Bend in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure, and that the water does not present a problem for pets.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Springfield Grandparents play Megabucks to support Oregon, win $7 million
Oregon Lottery - 06/20/17 1:21 PM
June 20, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A Saturday afternoon trip to the store to buy milk turned into a $7 million jackpot for a Springfield couple.

Michelle Sutherland, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker, went to the store to get groceries and stopped at a Dari-Mart in Springfield, to pick up an Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket.

"We play very casually, and usually I just buy the Megabucks tickets because it's Oregon's Game," Sutherland said. "Then, the next day, Sunday morning, we were reading the paper and checked the numbers and thought there was a mistake. All our numbers matched."

Sutherland checked the winning ticket on her phone, computer and even went and scanned the ticket at a local store. All indicators showed them winning the $7 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot. Every time they play Lottery draw games, Michelle always had a number or two on her ticket," her husband Robert said. Now he's glad he didn't buy the ticket.

"When we figured out we'd won, we stayed home and contacted our financial advisor," Michelle said. "We didn't tell anyone."

The couple plan on "spoiling their grandkids" over the summer with the winnings from their "quick pick" ticket, and might travel this fall. The couple opted to take the lump-sum payment and after taxes took home $2.3 million.

Michelle Sutherland joins Robert Frost, Susan Gasperini and Chris Erion as 2017 Oregon's Game Megabucks winners this year. Sutherland purchased her ticket at the Dari-Mart on Mohawk Blvd. in Springfield. Dari-Mart will receive a 1-percent selling bonus of $70,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects. Lane County school districts received more than $24 million in Oregon Lottery dollars in the 2013-15 biennium.
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 are advised to contact the Lottery office and 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
The beach is coming to Salem! Celebrate the Beach Bill's golden anniversary July 8 at the state Capitol
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/21/17 10:21 AM
Salem, Ore. -- Oregon State Parks and the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill -- the landmark legislation passed in 1967 that protects the public's right to access the coast -- with a Beach Bill Birthday Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8 at the state Capitol, 900 Court St. NE in Salem.

"We're bringing the beach to the Capitol, where the legacy of Oregon's open beaches began," said Laurel Hillmann, event coordinator and Ocean Shores Specialist for Oregon State Parks.

The free event will feature a concert on the lawn in State Capitol State Park at 11:30 a.m. by Portland artist Slater Smith, who will debut his new coast-inspired album.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a professional kite flying demonstration. Guests can enjoy free birthday cupcakes and a free scoop of really creamy Tillamook ice cream from the traveling Yum Bus while supplies last. Mo's, a favorite coastal destination for many families, will bring its iconic chowder to the event for purchase.

Activities for kids include kite making, beach-themed crafts, face painting and digging for treasures in a giant sandbox. Kids can meet a giant inflatable Dungeness crab; Oregon State Parks' mascot JR Beaver; and Washed Ashore's famous 7-foot salmon Nora, sculpted from beach trash.

Attendees can also enter a raffle to win limited-edition glass floats created by Lincoln City glassblowers and engraved with a commemorative 50th anniversary stamp.

Booths and exhibits will feature beach trivia; information on beach recreation, including clamming, crabbing and whale watching; and ways all Oregonians can protect and preserve this treasure for future generations.

Inside the Capitol, a 30-minute Oregon Public Broadcasting Beach Bill documentary will air for the duration of the event, and a special Beach Bill exhibit will be on display in the Galleria.

Visitors can learn about Oregon's unique Beach history in a Beach Bill-themed Capitol tour at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the public can also take a tower tour to the Oregon Pioneer at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Oregonians have always enjoyed visiting the coast, but that tradition was first officially protected in 1913, when Governor Oswald West and the Oregon legislature established the state's 362 miles of shoreline as a public highway, a designation that only applied to the wet-sand portions of the beaches.

Then, in the summer of 1966, the owner of a Cannon Beach hotel put down large driftwood logs to block off a section of the beach to all but his guests. In response, the State Highway Commission, with Gov. Tom McCall's support, introduced two bills in the legislature. The bills mimicked a Texas law that recognized the public's continued use of private beach land as a permanent right.

At first, the bills had little public support and seemed destined to fail. But news stories and a well-publicized visit to Cannon Beach by Gov. McCall spread the word that Oregon's open beaches were at risk.

"Most people had assumed the beaches were already public and weren't aware of the efforts at the capital until it was almost too late," Hillmann said. "In the end, Oregonians' persistence saved the beach."

The legislature passed the Beach Bill on June 7, 1967, and the governor signed it into law on July 6.

The bill would "forever preserve and maintain the sovereignty of the state heretofore existing over the seashore and ocean beaches of the state...so that the public may have the free and uninterrupted use thereof."

But the process didn't end there. The legislation faced many legal challenges, and additional rules and statues followed defining the beach boundary.

Organizers encourage those planning to attend to RSVP on Facebook at bit.ly/beachbirthdaybash. Parking is free under the Capitol Mall, accessible from Chemeketa Street NE. Meters surrounding the Capitol are not enforced on weekends.

For event information, call the Capitol's Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or visit the events page at oregoncapitol.com. For information on the history of the Beach Bill and other ways to celebrate this anniversary year, go to oregonbeachparty.org.
Grants awarded for historic cemetery projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/20/17 10:12 AM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 21 grants totaling $70,265 for projects across the state that support preservation of historic cemeteries. Projects range from monument repair to information kiosks and awards range from $390-$8,000.

Funded projects include:
Monument repair.
Placing markers on unmarked graves.
Fence repair.
Install kiosks with maps and historical information.
Tree trimming and felling.
Road repair.

Projects were awarded to Butteville Pioneer Cemetery, City of Canby, Coquille Indian Tribe, Crooked Finger Cemetery, Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery, Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, Gillespie Cemetery, Inc., Greenwood Hills Cemetery Maintenance Association, Kings Valley Cemetery Association, City of Klamath Falls, Lacomb Cemetery Association, Maple Grove Cemetery, Nehalem Valley Historical Society, Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery Association, City of Salem, St. Johns Lodge #17 Masonic Cemetery Association, Kirsten Straus, City of Ukiah, Wagner Creek Cemetery Association, Weston Cemetery Maintenance District #2, Willamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society.
This competitive grant program is for projects that support the preservation of historic cemeteries. The state designation of a historic cemetery is one that includes the burial of at least one person who died before February 14, 1909. It is a project of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries which is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

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



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Attached Media Files: List of Cemetery Grant Awards
Grants awarded for museums throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/20/17 10:10 AM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 8 grants totaling $55,140 to museums across the state for collections, tourism or education related. Projects range from exhibits to collections housing and awards range from $4,000-$10,000.

Funded projects include:
Baker Heritage Museum, in Baker City, for a Paint Your Wagon exhibit.
Deschutes County Historical Society for exhibit lighting and window treatments at the Deschutes County Historical Museum in Bend.
Douglas County Historical Society for a new HVAC system at the Floed-Lane House in Roseburg.
High Desert Museum, near Bend, for the "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" exhibit and programming.
Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, in Joseph, for an interactive interpretive kiosk.
Oregon Historical Society to update the educational traveling trunks and develop new curriculum.
Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, in Salem, for research into and care of 97 pieces of art, some produced by patients.
Sheridan Museum of History for the installation of exhibits in the new museum.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying museums, and is offered annually in the spring. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

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



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Attached Media Files: List of museum grant awards
Counties/Regional
County to contract for interim county manager services
Clark Co. WA Communications - 06/21/17 4:33 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Board of County Councilors Wednesday approved entering a contract with the Prothman Co., an executive search firm in Issaquah, to obtain the professional services of an interim county manager.

On Tuesday, the council interviewed Jim Rumpeltes of Surprise, Ariz., and agreed he will act as Clark County's interim county manager. Prothman referred Rumpeltes to the position, and he will be a Prothman employee while working in Clark County.

Under the contract, Clark County will pay Prothman $125 an hour for Rumpeltes' services. Rumpeltes is expected to begin work in Clark County July 10.

Council members praised his budget expertise, flexibility, intriguing personality, quiet leadership style and experience in various roles and with a quickly growing community.

Rumpeltes has worked in interim or part-time city or county executive management positions in Arizona since 2008. Prior to that, he worked as city manager and assistant city manager of Surprise, a city of about 105,000 with a workforce of about 800.

Earlier, he served two Washington jurisdictions. From 1986-2001, he was county administrator for Clallam County, and from 1978-1985, he was budget director for Spokane County.

He started his career as a planner and Vista volunteer in Los Angeles.

Rumpeltes earned a master's in public administration at the University of Southern California and a bachelor's in urban planning at the University of Washington.

The county is looking for an executive search firm to conduct a national search for a new full-time county manager.
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Cleaning up after fireworks can prevent stream pollution and protect fish
Clark Co. WA Communications - 06/19/17 2:06 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - With fireworks going on sale next week, Clark County reminds residents they need to clean up fireworks debris to keep harmful pollutants out of our creeks, rivers and streams.

Fireworks contain metals, nitrates and sulfur, along with paper, plastic and other materials. If fireworks residue is not swept up after Fourth of July festivities, rain will wash these pollutants into nearby storm drains.

In some areas, storm drains and pipes carry untreated stormwater directly into waterways, where pollutants harm fish and other aquatic life.

"There are many steps the public can take to help keep our local waterways clean," said Dean Boening, Clean Water manager. "We all have the responsibility to reduce pollution. If you use fireworks, you need to use them safely and responsibly, and that includes cleaning up afterward."

Also, failing to clean up fireworks residue is littering, a violation of Washington law and Clark County ordinance. Clark County Public Works does not provide extra street sweeping after Independence Day.

Residents should use fireworks only during legal discharge times, which vary across the county. Clark County's website has a handy chart showing when fireworks can legally be used in different areas. You can find it at http://tinyurl.com/ycwmmgsr.

To learn about other simple steps you can take to keep our water clean, visit the county's website, www.clark.wa.gov/cleanwater.

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District Court judges select Abigail Bartlett to serve as court commissioner
Clark Co. WA Communications - 06/19/17 1:43 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County District Court judges have tapped Abigail E. Bartlett to serve as the court's newest commissioner.

A Clark County employee for 11 years, Bartlett serves as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and has served as a pro tem judge in District Court. In the community, she is an advocate for elder justice, helping to reduce or eliminate the financial exploitation and physical abuse or neglect of older county residents.

As a District Court commissioner, Bartlett will have authority to hear criminal, small claims and infraction cases. She also will help cover the regular dockets of District Court's Therapeutic Specialty Courts.

Bartlett's swearing-in date has not yet been determined.

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Upcoming Recycled Arts Festival offers convenient shuttle bus to free parking
Clark Co. WA Communications - 06/16/17 10:09 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - This year's Recycled Arts Festival features a new parking option: free parking in the county garage at 14th and Franklin streets, about a 10-minute walk from the festival.

A free shuttle bus will run regularly between the gazebo in the plaza at 13th and Franklin streets and the north side of Esther Short Park, providing added convenience for people carrying purchases.

"While driving might be the most practical way to get to the festival if you're planning to purchase art, in the spirit of sustainability we encourage people to consider transportation alternatives such as carpooling, taking the bus, riding a bike or walking," said Sally Fisher, festival coordinator.

Presented by McCord's Vancouver Toyota, the free festival takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Attendees who show their reusable mugs or water bottles at the Information Tent will be entered in a special drawing.

The popular family-friendly event showcases artwork made of recycled materials. More than 150 artists will exhibit and sell items such as metal and glass garden art, sculptures, mosaics, jewelry, clothing, furniture, birdfeeders and wall art made of at least 75 percent recycled material.

Also new this year is the Procession of the Species, a parade that celebrates the natural world through art. The Procession starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, with registration at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and costumes that represent animal species or elements such as fire, earth or water. On Saturday, the children's art booth will have opportunities to make masks.

The festival also will include:

Music on the stage, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday
Art ala Carte will have recycled materials children can use to create art
A sculpture garden displaying large pieces of recycled art
Free tours of downtown on Couve Cycle, a multi-passenger, pedal powered party cycle
Robot demonstrations by high school robotics teams
Food carts

For more information about the Recycled Arts Festival, visit RecycledArtsFestival.com and https://www.facebook.com/RecycledArtsFestival.

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Attached Media Files: Shuttle bus route , Procession of the Species route
Cities
Fireworks in the City of Battle Ground: Keeping it legal and safe
City of Battle Ground - 06/21/17 7:52 AM
The sale and discharge of fireworks in Battle Ground is regulated by city code and state statute. Wednesday, June 28 marks the legal opening of fireworks sales and discharge within Battle Ground city limits. In the city of Battle Ground, legal fireworks may be discharged:
June 28 from noon to 11pm
June 29 -- July 3 from 9am to 9 pm
July 4 from 9am to midnight
July 5 from 9 am to 11 pm

"Being prepared, safe, and responsible is key to a fun and worry-free 4th of July celebration," noted Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone. He will be conducting fireworks enforcement throughout the city. "Use only legal fireworks", he reminds residents, "stay within the legal discharge dates and times, and be aware that discharging fireworks in city parks or on school grounds is prohibited."

Safety tips and helpful links, including information on how to identify illegal fireworks, is available on the city's website at www.cityofbg.org/fireworks. Also on the website is a link to a Clark County map that identifies the varying fireworks regulations throughout the county. Legal discharge days and times vary across jurisdictions and users are responsible for knowing the regulations at their location. The map allows users to enter an address to determine the fireworks regulations at a specific location.

To report the illegal use of fireworks, call 3-1-1. Call 9-1-1 to report a fire, injury, or other emergency.

Be Prepared, Be Safe, Be Responsible

Be Prepared before lighting any firework:
Know the fireworks law in your area.
Purchase only legal fireworks, available at Washington State licensed stands.
Ensure the safety of pets; the loud sounds make them nervous. More pets become lost on this day than any other when panicked--going through open windows, breaking tethers, and leaping fences.
Have a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
Clear a level area away from things that can burn.
Teach your children to "stop, drop, and roll" if their clothes catch on fire.

Be Safe when fireworks are being lit:
Use only outdoors on a level, flat, hard surface.
Only adults should light fireworks.
Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
Do not lean over fireworks when lighting them.
Keep spectators at a safe distance (recommend 20 feet from fireworks).
Keep away from anything that can burn.
Follow the directions on the label carefully.
Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets, and your environment.
Follow the time restrictions for discharge.

Be Responsible after the fireworks are done:
Clean up all debris when finished.
Duds can be dangerous; if a fireworks item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least fifteen minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.
Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.
Before throwing away any used fireworks, make sure they are cold. Soaking in a bucket of water for at least 10 minutes before placing the fireworks in a plastic garbage bag will ensure they won't catch anything on fire.
City Council Approves Budget; Property Tax Rate Remains Unchanged for New Fiscal Year
City of Beaverton - 06/21/17 4:22 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Beaverton City Council last night unanimously approved the 2017-18 fiscal year budget, which holds the line, again, on the city's tax rate.


The city's property tax rate of $4.17 per $1,000 assessed value will remain the same for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The total proposed budget for FY 2017-18 is $287 million.


"It's important to me to proceed with caution, even in a boom economy," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I am proud that we have been able to deliver a budget that meets our needs without asking for more from our taxpayers."


For more information and to view the complete budget, visit http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1942/Adopted-Budget-Fiscal-Year-2017-2018.


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


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


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Ten Tiny Dances Brings Innovative Performances to Downtown Beaverton (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 06/21/17 12:38 PM
The City of Beaverton will host the ninth annual Ten Tiny Dances at City Park on Saturday, July 8. NW Dragon and Lion Dance Association (pictured) will kick off the event by parading through the Beaverton Farmers Market and City Park. (Photo/City of Beave
The City of Beaverton will host the ninth annual Ten Tiny Dances at City Park on Saturday, July 8. NW Dragon and Lion Dance Association (pictured) will kick off the event by parading through the Beaverton Farmers Market and City Park. (Photo/City of Beave
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton will present the innovative Ten Tiny Dances on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at Beaverton City Park, SW Fifth St & Hall Blvd.


Ten Tiny Dances is a free, public event featuring a wide variety of dancers who represent modern, contemporary, and traditional ethnic dance forms.


9:20 a.m. | NW Dragon and Lion Dance Association parade through Beaverton Farmers Market and City Park
The traditional lion dance is a form of dance in the Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in costume. For more information about this group, visit www.nwliondance.org.


10 a.m.| Performances begin at City Park
Ten Tiny Dances presents the work of exemplary contemporary and traditional choreographers on a four-by-four-foot stage in an unconventional site. This event engages, surprised, delights, and perhaps challenges the community around art in public spaces, and highlights the artistic and cultural diversity of Beaverton.


Performers include ADAPT, Def Con 5, Huitzilopochtli, Mike Barber and Cydney Wilkes, Nartana School of Kuchipudi Dance, Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company, The Patrollers, push/FOLD, Victoria Rose White, and The Zealous Advocates.


11:30 a.m. | Ten Tiny Dances Talk Back
The Talk Back offers an opportunity to meet Ten Tiny Dances founder and artistic director Mike Barber, along with event choreographers and dancers to gain insight into their experiences and creative process used to produce dances for the tiny stage.


Now in its ninth year, Ten Tiny Dances is designed to animate public spaces and raise the visibility of Beaverton's ethnic diversity. For more information about this event and its performers, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/TTD.


ABOUT TEN TINY DANCES
Choreographer and dancer Mike Barber came up with an interesting concept in 2002. Ten Tiny Dances presents ten dance performances on a four-by-four-foot stage, challenging the choreographers and dancers to use the limited space to fuel their creativity. Barber has presented Ten Tiny Dances in a wide range of settings, from warehouse spaces to trendy restaurants, and even on multiple stages, encouraging the audience to experience dance that has been created for a specific location. For more information, visit www.tentinydances.org.


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


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


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Attached Media Files: The City of Beaverton will host the ninth annual Ten Tiny Dances at City Park on Saturday, July 8. NW Dragon and Lion Dance Association (pictured) will kick off the event by parading through the Beaverton Farmers Market and City Park. (Photo/City of Beave
Beaverton Expands Community Solar Program
City of Beaverton - 06/19/17 2:00 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton is partnering with two area solar contractors to offer special discounts available only to Beaverton residents for upgrading their homes to solar power. Using residential solar reduces carbon emissions, lowers energy bills, and can increase energy independence.


"I encourage you to join more than 300 residents who have already taken advantage of this program," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Together, we've offset more than 2.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide."


Beginning this week, the city will be offering several free workshops to give residents a chance to learn about solar installation, benefits, and financial incentives.


Workshops will be held:
Wednesday, June 21, 6:30-8 p.m., Vernier Software and Technology, 13979 SW Millikan Way
Thursday, July 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Beaverton City Library, Meeting Room B, 12375 SW Fifth St.
Tuesday, July 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Beaverton Activities Center, Large Community Room, 12500 SW Allen Blvd.
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6-8 p.m., Beaverton City Library, Meeting Room A


Online RSVPs are encouraged at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/1482/Solar-Beaverton-Program.


Interested participants will need to submit an online solar analysis and bid request by Aug. 15 to be considered for the program. One of the partnering solar contractors will arrange an evaluation of the home's solar potential and create a personalized installation plan and price quote.


This program is sponsored by the City of Beaverton in partnership with Solar Oregon and Energy Trust of Oregon. The two partnering solar contractors, Sunlight Solar and Elemental Energy, were selected through a competitive bid process.


In addition to discounts on solar photovoltaics, the city is offering discounts on onsite electricity storage, electric vehicle charging, and smart thermostats.


For more information on Solar Beaverton, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/1482/Solar-Beaverton-Program.


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


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


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Beaverton Celebrates Pride Month
City of Beaverton - 06/19/17 1:00 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton will officially proclaim June 2017 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month at the Beaverton City Council's meeting tomorrow, June 20.


"Beaverton is proud to be a welcoming city," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for everyone who calls our community home."


The proclamation speaks out against discrimination and violence toward the LGBTQ community. Beaverton has been recognized as a welcoming place where people, families, and institutions thrive and everyone is celebrated and valued.


Beaverton City Council meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way.


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


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


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Salem Seeks Additional Public Input on Update to Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan
City of Salem - 06/20/17 1:18 PM
(Salem, OR) -- Salem is currently in the process of updating their existing Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP). This work is being performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon Community Service Center-Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Military Department's Office of Emergency Management utilizing funds obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. With re-adoption of the plan, Salem will maintain its eligibility to apply for federal funding toward natural hazard mitigation projects. This local planning process includes a wide range of representatives from the city and emergency management personnel, and outreach to members of the public in the form of an electronic survey.

A natural hazards mitigation plan gives communities goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Jurisdictions that engage in mitigation activities see a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.

An electronic version of the updated draft Salem NHMP Is available at http://opdr.uoregon.edu/salem_nhmp

In addition, Salem asks residents to complete a brief survey regarding their preparedness for natural hazards at http://bit.ly/2rAdh9d.

If you have any questions regarding the Salem NHMP or the update process in general, please contact: Roger Stevenson Salem Emergency Manager at 503-763-3331 or rstevenson@cityofsalem.net; or Michael Howard, Assistant Program Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience at (541) 346-8413 or mrhoward@uoregon.edu.
Vancouver's free summer concerts, movies start July 5
City of Vancouver - 06/16/17 2:50 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is thrilled to present another summer of free concerts and moves at locations throughout the city from July 5 to Aug. 13.

Riverview Community Bank Six to Sunset Concerts
Thursdays, July 6-Aug. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Esther Short Park, Columbia and West 6th streets

These popular free concerts are presented by Riverview Community Bank, with support from The Columbian, Corwin Beverage Company and Clark Public Utilities. A Pub in the Park is open between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pub proceeds support Leadership Clark County. To reserve a table, call Sharif Burdzik at 360-571-2254.

July 6: Curtis Salgado
July 13: Nu Shooz
July 20: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
July 27: 5 Guys Named Moe
Aug. 3: Coolade
Aug. 10: Patrick Lamb


Imagine Homes Realty, LLC Noon Concerts
Wednesdays, July 5-Aug. 9 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Esther Short Park, Columbia Way and West 6th streets

This free concert series features local performers and "Science in the Park" activities for kids provided by the City's Water Education Resource Center. These concerts are presented by Imagine Homes Realty, LLC, and are supported by The Columbian and the Corwin Beverage Company.

July 5: Vancouver Pops Orchestra
July 12: Lincoln's Beard
July 19: Castletown
July 26: Tango Alpha Tango
Aug. 2: Three Together
Aug. 9: River Twain


Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds Concerts presented by Gaynor's Automotive
Sundays, July 9-Aug.13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Columbia Tech Center Park, S.E. Sequoia Circle at S.E. Tech Center Drive

These free evening concerts are back with an extended season this year. They are presented by Gaynor's Automotive with support by Columbia Tech Center.

July 9: Hit Machine
July 16: Norman Sylvester Band
July 23: Gold Dust
July 30: Flexor T
Aug. 6: Quarter Flash
Aug. 13: Curtis Salgado


Friday Night Movies in the Park
Friday July 7-Aug. 1
Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m. Movies start at dusk.
Various parks throughout Vancouver

July 7: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie" at Fort Vancouver Historic Site (1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.)
July 14: "The Secret Life of Pets" at Leroy Haggen Memorial Park (N.E. 9th Street west of 136th Avenue)
July 21: "Mona" at Marshall Park (1069 E. McLoughlin Blvd.)
July 28: "Kubo and the Two Strings" at Columbia Tech Center Park (S.E. Sequoia Circle at S.E. Tech Center Drive)
Aug. 4: "Sing" at Evergreen Park (3500 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.)
Aug. 1: "Lego Batman Movie" at Fruit Valley Park (3200 Fruit Valley Road)


Food vendors will offer a wide selection of meals, snacks and beverages at all the concerts and movies. Blankets and sand chairs are recommended. Barbeques, smoking and alcohol are prohibited, except in designated areas. No alcohol may be brought in to any of the parks. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/events for more information about all this year's concerts and movies. Everyone is welcome. If special accommodations are needed, please call 360- 487-8630.

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City seeks applicants for vacancy on Downtown Redevelopment Authority Board
City of Vancouver - 06/16/17 9:17 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for a vacancy on its Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) Board of Directors. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, July 17.

The DRA serves as a volunteer citizen advisory body to the Vancouver City Council. It owns the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center and is responsible for overseeing its operations, finances and promotion. Board members serve four-year terms and may be eligible for reappointment. There is no residency requirement to serve on the board.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or additional information, contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St., P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, Michelle.Bartley@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8607.

Candidates with broad business experience are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have experience in property management, project financing, financial management and contracts. Additionally, experience in the lodging and restaurant fields would be helpful.

The DRA has no employees. It contracts with an asset management firm specializing in lodging, restaurant and convention facilities to monitor the ongoing operations of the hotel and convention center and advise the board on operational, financial and budget issues. The City's Chief Financial Officer serves as the Executive Director of the DRA, with financial, administrative and legal support provided by City staff.

Regular DRA meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Vancouver City Council Chambers at City Hall. Additional special meetings are advertised and held as needed, typically once or twice per year.

For more information about the DRA, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/dra.

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City Launches New 'ExploreWilsonville.com' Tourism Website (Photo)
City of Wilsonville - 06/21/17 1:36 PM
Check out ExploreWilsonville.com
Check out ExploreWilsonville.com
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WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville has launched a new tourism website that provides visitors and residents with a wealth of information on things to do in and near Wilsonville. Led by the Tourism Promotion Committee, ExploreWilsonville.com advances a key element of the City's tourism development strategy.

Committee chair Jeff Brown, general manager of Holiday Inn South Portland/Wilsonville, said "ExploreWilsonville.com responds to the number-one issue identified in the tourism development strategy: the need for an authoritative website for Wilsonville tourism. These days, most visitors get their travel information online. ExploreWilsonville.com provides visitors and new residents with a central clearing house on local tourism attractions, major community events and hospitality businesses."

The committee formed a marketing subcommittee that focused on tourism website content and functionality. Staff of Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs ("Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory") and the Washington County Visitors Association ("Oregon's Tualatin Valley") contributed professional advice. Kevin Ferrasci O'Malley, CEO of the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, notes that during a survey of attendees at Fun in the Park 2016, the most-often requested content for a tourism-related website was a comprehensive list of area events for attendance by family, often with out-of-state visitors.

The objective of the City's tourism development strategy is to increase the occupancy level and room-rates of Wilsonville's lodging properties that generate transient lodging tax revenues, where half of proceeds support local police and other services sustained by the general fund. The strategy also seeks to encourage visitors to linger longer and patronize all kinds of area businesses in order to strengthen the local economy. State law requires a portion of local hotel/motel tax revenues are spent directly on tourism development and promotion; traditionally Wilsonville has spent approximately 50 percent of lodging tax revenue on tourism development and promotion and visitor services.

As a community situated on the edge of two counties--Clackamas and Washington--and located near Marion and Yamhill counties, the tourism strategy suggested that a City tourism website would best fulfill the needs of Wilsonville residents and visitors. As host community with the largest number of hotel rooms--over 600--in the North Willamette Valley and South Portland regions together with a strategic location near Oregon Wine Country and historical and agricultural attractions of French Prairie and within close proximity to the culture of the greater metro area, ExploreWilsonville.com takes a regional approach to tourism.

ExploreWilsonville.com was designed and developed by Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member and former tourism committee member Elaine Swyt, who operates local website-hosting firm Mediaphysics.

The City's tourism promotion program is a coordinated effort through the City Manager's Office and the Parks and Recreation Department. The committee is working to advance an increased level of tourism promotion activity, especially during the Fall-Winter-Spring tourism "shoulder season" when capacity is most available at area lodging and hospitality businesses.

For more information, go online to ExploreWilsonville.com; or contact Parks and Recreation staff at 503-783-7529 or parksandrec@ci.wilsonville.or.us.


Attached Media Files: Check out ExploreWilsonville.com
On First Day of Summer, Environmental Services to show water quality test results at five popular Willamette River recreation spots
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 06/19/17 9:51 AM
News Advisory for 10 am June 21, 2017

Ready to swim, boat, paddle in the Willamette River but don't know how clean it is? Environmental Services has answers:

The Willamette River through Portland is cleaner than it's been in decades, thanks in large part to ratepayers' investment in the $1.4 billion "Big Pipe" project that dramatically reduced combined sewer overflows.

How clean? Each week during summer months, Environmental Services tests for the presence of bacteria as well as water temperature at five popular public recreation spots. Tests are conducted on Wednesdays and posted to the newly revamped Willamette River Recreation Index webpage by Friday morning -- ready for weekend activity. www.portlandoregon.gov/RecreationIndex.

More than 98 percent of test results taken since the Big Pipe's completion in 2011 have shown bacteria levels well within the state's health standards, meaning the water is clean enough for swimming, boating and other summer recreation.

On the first day of summer, news media are invited to observe water sampling at one of those popular river entry points, a dock that is filled with sunbathers, swimmers and boaters on many summer days, and is across the river from the planned pop up beach at Poet's Beach. Staff will also discuss the details of the testing program. In addition, Portland Fire & Rescue will share safety tips for safe recreation.

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday June 21.

Where: Portland Boathouse Dock south of the Hawthorne Bridge, also known as the Holman Dock. Meet at the top of the dock and walk down the ramp to the end of the dock for river testing. RSVPs requested.

Who: Environmental Services' monitoring staff and Portland Fire & Rescue


Before the Big Pipe project, also known as Portland's CSO Control Program, storm water mixed with sewage would overflow into the river almost every time it rained, triggered by storms with one-tenth of an inch of precipitation or more. That meant more than 50 overflows a year, with some events lasting several days.

Bacteria exposure is the biggest health concern for swimming, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Bacteria can originate from a variety of sources including sewage, agriculture, and fecal matter from wildlife and pets.

Now the City of Portland's CSO control system is designed to limit combined sewer overflows to an average of four times per winter during periods of exceptionally heavy rains. Overflows occur even less often -- on average once every three years -- during the months from May to October.

There have been no overflows in July and August in the years since the Big Pipe's completion.

"The Big Pipe, delivered on time and on budget, has been a big success," said Commissioner Nick Fish. "Thanks to this investment in our critical infrastructure and in the health of the river, the Willamette is once again open to all kinds of summer activities."

Environmental Services and Portland Fire & Rescue offer these additional river tips: Many factors affect safety on the river, including temperature, currents, and debris, as well as people's ability in the water. Cold water is good for migrating salmon and other fish, but water below 70 degrees can be uncomfortable and unsafe for people. People can find out river temperature in addition to bacteria levels through the Willamette River Recreation Index.

"Know the water, know your abilities, wear a life vest and don't swim alone," said Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan. "And please care for our public spaces by picking up your trash and pet's waste."

View clean water tests and temperature at the Willamette River Recreation Index or www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/RecreationIndex.


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The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes @besportland
Colleges & Universities - Public
'Portlandia' star to exhibit at CCC (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 06/16/17 5:04 PM
“Unclaimed Melody” by Micheline “Mickey” Ronningen is one of several pieces on display at Clackamas Community College’s Wilsonville gallery.
“Unclaimed Melody” by Micheline “Mickey” Ronningen is one of several pieces on display at Clackamas Community College’s Wilsonville gallery.
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WILSONVILLE -- Artistic jack-of-all-trades, Micheline "Mickey" Ronningen will show her artwork at the Clackamas Community College Wilsonville campus.

Some may recognize Ronningen as Carrie Brownstein's mother on the popular TV show "Portlandia." But she is also a fine artist, writer as well as a performer. Ronningen admits that her passion for verbal expression had dubious origins. She didn't talk until age 5, remaining stubbornly attached to her own made-up language. Yet by high school SATs she ranked in the upper 2 percent nationwide for linguistics.

Ronningen received formal fine art training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artistic explorations include printmaking, sculpture, filmmaking, fabric dyeing, doll-making and landscape design. Recently, she started working in two-dimensions on canvas.

Her artwork will be on display July 5 through Sept. 8 at the Wilsonville campus gallery, 2953 SW Town Center Loop East. An open house will be held Wednesday, July 5, 5-7 p.m. The Wilsonville gallery is open daily, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Joyce Gabriel at joyceg@clackamas.edu or 503-594-0950.

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Attached Media Files: “Unclaimed Melody” by Micheline “Mickey” Ronningen is one of several pieces on display at Clackamas Community College’s Wilsonville gallery.
Colleges & Universities - Private
Lewis & Clark Selects Wim Wiewel as Its Next President (Photo)
Lewis & Clark - 06/20/17 8:53 AM
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Portland, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark College has selected Wim Wiewel (pronounced Vim VEE-vel) to lead the institution forward as its next president. Wiewel, who has just completed a nine-year run as president of Portland State University, will start in his new role on October 1. The search committee noted the strength of Wiewel's relationships in Portland and across the Pacific Northwest and his commitment to the power of the liberal arts as leading factors in their decision.

"I think it's fair to say that there has never been a greater need for critical thinkers in society than right now, when facts, truth, and objective reality are under assault," said incoming president Wiewel. "I'm incredibly energized by the opportunity to lead Lewis & Clark, an institution so demonstrably committed to producing smart, engaged, critically-thinking citizens of the world. Lewis & Clark is an important part of what makes Portland great, and I look forward to leveraging the strength of our city and region as partners in the vital work ahead."

In nearly a decade as president of Portland State University, Wiewel guided the school through the Great Recession and into a dramatic period of growth and independence. During his time at PSU, Wiewel focused on five strategic goals: elevating student success; advancing excellence in teaching and research; extending leadership in community engagement; expanding commitment to equity; and innovating for long-term stability. Wiewel tripled fundraising, greatly increased the diversity of the student body, and was instrumental in the renovation or construction of ten major buildings. His achievements attracted the attention of the presidential search committee co-chaired by trustee and prominent Portland attorney Jay Waldron of Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, and Jon Jaqua BS '70, trustee and owner and manager of McKenzie Oaks Ranch and owner and partner of Metal Products Company.

"We couldn't be happier to have found the right leader close to home in Wim," said Waldron. "In an era of increased competition for students, faculty, and donors, there is great opportunity for liberal arts colleges, law schools, and graduate schools like ours to benefit from strong and proven leadership. We're confident his blend of experience, energy, and vision will lead Lewis & Clark to even greater levels of success."

Wiewel holds degrees in sociology and urban planning from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University. Prior to leading Portland State, he was provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the University of Baltimore, where he led efforts to broaden the university's role in the city's revitalization. Previously, he was dean of the College of Business Administration and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he helped establish the Great Cities Program. Wiewel is a nationally recognized expert in urban planning and in the way institutions of higher education strengthen their home cities.

A U.S. citizen and native of the Netherlands, Wiewel is married to Alice Wiewel, Oregon's state architect. Together they have four children.



About Lewis & Clark
For 150 years, Lewis & Clark has prepared students for lives of local and global engagement. Located in Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark is a private institution with a public conscience and international reach, enrolling approximately 2,000 undergraduate students from around the world in our College of Arts and Sciences. Our Law School and Graduate School of Education and Counseling together enroll 1,200 students in graduate professional programs, preparing and training future lawyers, counselors, teachers, and educational administrators. Our alumni, faculty, and students are recognized as global thinkers and leaders. For more information, visit www.lclark.edu.


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Multnomah Co. Schools
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for June 21, 2017
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 06/16/17 3:33 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room.

At this meeting, the Board will recognize the Centennial High School athletes who received 1st and 2nd team all-league awards for spring 2017. After which, opportunity will be provided for public comment on the proposed 2017/2018 budget during Item 4.0 - Public Forum.

Reports to be presented at this meeting include the Food For Families Update report and the Superintendent's Report.

After consideration of the confirmation items en masse, the Board will consider action on items:
7.2.1 - Adopt Budget for 2017/2018, Appropriate Funds for 2017/2018 and Levy Ad Valorem Taxes
7.2.2 - Consider Adoption of EFA (Version 2), Local Wellness Program
7.2.3 - Consider Revised Policy JEBA, Early Entrance
7.2.4 - Consider Revised Policy JHCA/JHCB, Immunization, Physical Examination, Vision Screening/Eye Examination and Dental Screening
7.2.5 - Consider Revisions to IGBAF-AR, Special Education - Individual Education Program
7.2.6 - Consider Revised Policy JHCDA, Prescription Medication
7.2.7 - Consider New Dual Coded Policies GBH/JECAC and JECAC/GBH (Version 2), Staff/Student/Parent Relations
7.2.8 - Consider Revised Policy GBMA, Whistleblower
7.2.9 - Consider Revised Policy GCL/GDL, Staff Development
7.2.10 - Accept Abstract of Votes and Certify Election Results from May 16, 2017 Special Election

The full board packet for this meeting is available on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org).
Clackamas Co. Schools
Summer Food Service Program opens in North Clackamas School District sites
North Clackamas Sch. Dist. - 06/16/17 5:12 PM
Summer Meals helps kids stay well-fed and healthy year-round

Nothing says summer for a child like a picnic in the park, followed by a splash in the fountain and a game of soccer. Summer has now officially begun! The distribution of free lunches to kids in the North Clackamas School District starts June 26.

During the school year, more than 200,000 Oregon kids eat free school meals every day. This consistent, balanced source of nutrition helps kids stay healthy and succeed in school. However, when school ends for the year, so does this important resource. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is meant to help fill that nutritional gap.

Summer meal sites are community-run programs where all children ages one to 18 are welcome. Many sites offer fun, supervised enrichment activities for kids, in addition to serving free nutritious meals throughout the day. Adults can purchase a meal for $4.25. In North Clackamas County, the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation RecMobile partners with some of the sites to host their mobile fun center for kids ages six to 10 (children under age six must be accompanied by a guardian). These public-private partnerships ensure kids stay active and healthy while school is out and return to school in the fall ready to learn.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO), Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs, North Clackamas School District and other partners have been working for many years to expand Summer Meals and help ensure this valuable program does not go underutilized.

"While summer meals can be a huge benefit to children and communities, families often experience barriers to accessing the program," said Steve Wytcherley, program director at PHFO. "Parents can be unaware of local programs, or don't realize that their kids are welcome to drop in." Wytcherley points out that other barriers to participation include transportation and offering enough sites where kids normally congregate in the summer.

North Clackamas School District needs the community's help in spreading the word about Summer Meals. Please see the listing of North Clackamas locations below. To find out more about local summer meal programs throughout Oregon, including a map, the public is encouraged to visit www.SummerFoodOregon.org, dial 2-1-1 or text "FOOD" to 877-877.

North Clackamas Summer Food Program - Dates, Times, Locations:
(All locations closed Tuesday, July 4)

Oak Grove School, 2150 SE Torbank Rd., Oak Grove
June 26--Sep. 1, Mon--Fri, 11:00--12:00
NCPRD RecMobile visits: Tues & Thurs, June 27--Aug. 10

Boys & Girls Club, 1905 SE Oak Grove Blvd., Milwaukie
June 26--Aug. 18 (Closed July 3), Mon--Fri, 12:00--1:00

Ardenwald Elementary, 8950 SE 36th Ave., Milwaukie
June 26--July 14, Mon--Fri, 12:00--1:00
NCPRD RecMobile visits: Wed, June 28--July 12
Aug. 14--Aug. 24, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:30

Whitcomb Elementary School, 7400 SE Thompson Rd., Milwaukie
June 26--July 20, Mon--Thurs, 12:00--1:00
Aug. 14--Aug. 24, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:30

Ledding Library, 10660 SE 21st Ave., Milwaukie
snack only
June 27--Aug. 10, Tues & Thurs, 3:00--4:00
NCPRD RecMobile visits: Tues, June 27--Aug. 8

Oak Lodge Library, 16201 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie
snack only
June 29--Aug. 3, Thurs, 12:30--1:15

Schellenberg Technical Center, 14450 SE Johnson Rd., Milwaukie
July 5--July 28, Mon--Fri, 11:30--12:15

Town Center Station Apartments, 8719 SE Monterey Ave., Happy Valley
July 10--Aug. 21, Mon--Thurs, 12:00--1:00, activities until 2:00

Alder Creek Middle School, 13801 SE Webster Rd., Milwaukie
July 31--Aug. 3, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:00

Rowe Middle School, 3606 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie
Aug. 3--10, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:00

Bilquist Elementary School, 15708 SE Webster Rd., Milwaukie
Aug. 14--24, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:30

Lewelling Elementary School, 5325 SE Logus Rd., Milwaukie
Aug. 14--24, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:30

Linwood Elementary School, 11909 SE Linwood Ave., Milwaukie
Aug. 14--24, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:30

Milwaukie Elementary School, 11250 SE 27th Ave., Milwaukie
Aug. 14--24, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:30

Riverside Elementary School, 16303 SE River Rd., Milwaukie
Aug. 14--24, Mon--Thurs, 11:30--12:30

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About Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
We envision an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. To bring that vision into reality, we raise awareness about hunger, connect people to nutrition programs, and advocate for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins. Learn more at oregonhunger.org.

About North Clackamas Schools
Preparing graduates who are inspired and empowered to strengthen the quality of life in our local and global communities. Learn more at www.nclack.k12.or.us.


Attached Media Files: SummerMealsFlyer2017
Clark Co. Schools
Battle Ground teacher named Elementary Art Education of the Year (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 06/16/17 3:49 PM
Andrea Johnston teaching a group of 4th grade artists
Andrea Johnston teaching a group of 4th grade artists
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Andrea Johnston, an art teacher at Tukes Valley Primary School, has been named the Washington Art Education Association's (WAEA) 2017 Elementary Art Educator of the Year. The annual award seeks to recognize outstanding professionalism, service, promotion and support of the arts by individual art educators in the state.

Johnston is a National Board Certified Teacher Leader, has been a delegate with the National Art Education Association to Cuba, has received a number of grants, and has served on school district committees writing scope and sequence guides and classroom-based performance assessments.

Johnston has been an art teacher at Tukes Valley Primary in the Battle Ground Public Schools district since the school first opened in 2008. She said that at the primary school, it's important to ensure that lessons are developmentally appropriate and take students' interests into account. "Art creates an opportunity to strengthen students' sense of community and identity, and I've found that you get more buy-in from students when you take the time to really get to know them and their interests," Johnston said.

After being nominated by her peers for the award, Johnston outscored other candidates on WAEA's comprehensive scoring rubric to become this year's Art Educator of the Year Award recipient. The WAEA scorers noted that Battle Ground Public Schools commended her for her collaboration with colleagues, and that numerous letters of support were submitted to the WAEA from her school community -- including past and present principals -- endorsing her nomination as a candidate for the Elementary Art Educator of the Year award.

"It's apparent that Andrea loves her job and is passionate about arts education," said Tukes Valley Middle School Art Instructor Debbie Supplitt. "She understands that visual art establishes a foundation for schoolwide culture, and she works hard to keep students' artwork displayed throughout the school and in the local community."

The award will be presented to Johnston during a WAEA gala event in the fall, with the date and location yet to be announced. Johnston will also be congratulated at the NAEA convention next spring at the downtown Seattle Convention center as part of an elementary education luncheon event. By receiving this award, Johnston also becomes eligible for future nominations for regional and national recognition.

More information about WAEA and this award can be found at www.waea.net.


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Ridgefield School District Names New High School Principal (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 06/20/17 6:06 PM
Christen Palmer
Christen Palmer
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Ridgefield School District announced today the addition of Christen Palmer to the district's administrative team as Ridgefield High School Principal.

Palmer, originally from Anchorage Alaska, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and completed her graduate studies in Educational Leadership at Washington State University. She began teaching in 2001 in the Vancouver area. She comes to Ridgefield from Heritage High School where she was Associate Principal for the past six years.

"I am very excited to be a Spudder!" said Palmer. I knew RHS was a special place the moment I stepped on campus and felt the friendly and positive nature from both the students and staff. There is a strong sense of family and community, and I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it."

Palmer enjoys spending time with her family and her daughters, Chloe, 7 and Svea 4. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, camping and catching a Portland Timbers game.

Said Palmer, "I look forward to honoring and continuing the great work that is currently happening at RHS, all the while leading us into the future and ensuring every student is successful in high school and beyond."

"We are pleased and excited to welcome Christen to the district," said Superintendent Nathan McCann. "Her enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment to continuous improvement make her an ideal fit for Ridgefield High School and the Ridgefield School District."

Palmer fills the position vacated by Tony VanderMaas, Ridgefield High School's principal for the past nine years. VanderMaas will be joining the Longview School District as Executive Director of Leadership and Learning.

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Attached Media Files: Christen Palmer
Cowlitz Co. & Lower Columbia (WA) Schools
Woodland Public Schools' English Language Learners excelled in 2017 with 17 WIS students passing the state assessment (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 06/19/17 4:00 PM
Each student received a special certificate and a handshake from Steve Carney, the school's principal while Carlotta Propersi presented their accomplishment in both English and Spanish
Each student received a special certificate and a handshake from Steve Carney, the school's principal while Carlotta Propersi presented their accomplishment in both English and Spanish
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Monday, June 19, 2017-Woodland, WA-Woodland Intermediate School's English Language Learners (ELL) excelled on this year's assessment test, the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21), with a total of 13 students testing out of the ELL program compared to 2016's seven passing students. To celebrate, the entire school recognized the successful students during a special assembly, presenting each student with a special certificate noting their accomplishment.

During the assembly, Carlotta Propersi, lead teacher for the ELL program at Woodland Intermediate School, explained what the ELPA21 test means, announced the outstanding results, and called each student up to receive a handshake and special certificate from the school's principal, Steve Carney. Propersi, fluent in Spanish, translated her presentation on-the-fly for Spanish-speaking family members and friends attending the event.

Students in the ELL program must pass the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) in order to test out of the program. "The test is incredibly difficult featuring sections focusing on listening, speaking, reading, and writing," explained Propersi. "The school is incredibly proud of our students as well as the ELL teaching team's success in preparing these students for this challenging test."

Students who speak English as their second language enter the English Language Learners (ELL) program when they first register for school. After a student passes the ELPA21, teachers monitor their progress with the general student body for a period up to two years to ensure the student receives additional assistance if he or she struggles with full-English studies. "Typically, once our students pass the ELPA21, they have no difficulties learning with the rest of their classmates," said Propersi.

Propersi was drawn to serve as an ELL teacher following her own experiences growing up in a home where both her parents spoke Italian primarily, not English. "It's very common for ELL students to be born in the United States but have their parents speak a language other than English in the home," she explained. "Growing up, I knew I always wanted to help people, and since my personal experience closely aligns with what ELL students are going through, I feel I can truly identify with what both the students and their families are going through."

Propersi received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and went on to earn her Master's Degree from Hunter College in New York City where she taught in city schools. "Working in New York exposed me to a variety of extremely diverse classrooms," said Propersi. "When my husband wanted to move back to the Pacific Northwest, I earned my teaching credentials in both Oregon and Washington so I could find a job teaching ELL students here."

Propersi's own background and her love of teaching helped her build a successful ELL program along with the help of her fellow teachers yielding excellent results both in school and also with extracurricular events she organizes for the burgeoning ELL community in Woodland. "I really care about what I do, and the department has grown significantly in the four years since I started with Woodland Public Schools," she said. "Since I come from a similar background, it's been my goal to make our ELL students and families feel included and part of our school family."

Propersi loves teaching and thrives on meeting new students and their families. "My favorite part of teaching is seeing the growth of my students and have newcomers interact with one another," she explained. "Our students have so much potential for growth, and it's incredibly satisfying to see them successfully test out of the program."

Propersi's dedication paid off when Woodland Intermediate School received a Washington State Achievement Award for the results of the ELL program's students during her second year teaching in Woodland. "I'm incredibly proud of that award because it felt like it was my kids who won it," she said. "Woodland Public Schools' ELL program continues to excel district-wide, and it's my goal to help improve it well into the future."

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Attached Media Files: Each student received a special certificate and a handshake from Steve Carney, the school's principal while Carlotta Propersi presented their accomplishment in both English and Spanish , Woodland Intermediate School recognized the 17 English Language Learners who passed the state assessment during a special assembly
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three People in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/20/17 11:38 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 4800 block of NE 112th Circle in Vancouver, WA. The fire affected 3 adults and 2 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 Home Fire Affecting Four People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/19/17 7:29 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 19, 2017, at approximately 5 p.m. in the 9000 block of SE Tenino Ct in Portland, OR. The fire affected four people, including one adult, three children and their 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.
Responders Assist Otis Family after Single-Family Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/17/17 11:39 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Saturday June 17, 2017 at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of North Bear Creek Road in Otis, Oregon. The fire affected two adults, three children and multiple 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. 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 Multi-Unit Residence Fire in Gresham Affecting 12
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/16/17 8:24 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a multi-family home fire disaster on June 16, 2017 at approximately 4:40 p.m. in the 1000 block of SE Kane Drive in Gresham, Oregon. The fire affected three of four units of the building, with eight adults, four children assisted, along with two dogs and a cat.

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.
Responders Assist Four After Newberg Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/15/17 11:23 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 15, 2017 at approximately 7:40 p.m. in the 500 block of North Morton in Newberg, Oregon. The single-family fire affected one family, including two adults, two children and two dogs.

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. 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.
Last Call for Volunteers for Independence Day at Fort Vancouver Presented by Bank of America
Fort Vancouver National Trust - 06/21/17 7:58 AM
The Fort Vancouver National Trust seeks dedicated volunteers to lend a hand at one of Vancouver's most iconic summer events: Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America, on Tuesday, July 4th. Last year more than 250 volunteers helped at the event, which was attended by more than 35,000 people.

"We have over 150 volunteers signed up so far, but volunteers are still needed. Particularly in the evening hours to help at the entry gates," said program manager, Natalie Hantho. "Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Independence Day celebration. Without them, it would be impossible for our small staff to produce and manage this popular community event."

Individuals, service organizations, corporate groups and all others are encouraged to volunteer. Find out more or download the volunteer application at fortvan.org/volunteer. For questions, please contact Natalie Hantho at 360-992-1804 or email volunteer@fortvan.org.

"Bank of America is honored to be the presenting sponsor of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver for the eighth year in a row. Supporting this terrific community event is something our local employees are really proud to be a part of, and our customers and clients are excited about, too," said David K. Reiter, a Vancouver-based U.S. Trust Private Client Manager at Bank of America. "In fact, going back more than 100 years, Bank of America has a strong tradition of supporting causes and events that are important to the local neighborhoods we serve here in Clark County -- and the Fort Vancouver fireworks is just one of the many investments we're making towards strengthening the local community."

About Fort Vancouver National Trust
About Fort Vancouver National Trust: The Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant community that preserves and celebrates its rich history while shaping its legacy for the future. The mission of the Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration of our community's history. For more information, visit fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.

About Bank of America
At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people's financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we help create around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships across sectors - including community and environmental advocate groups, as well as non-profits -- in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.

For more Bank of America news, visit the Bank of America Newsroom. www.bankofamerica.com
Free Air Conditioners for MS Patients in Oregon & SW Washingtron
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland - 06/16/17 10:08 AM
June 16, 2017...Candyce Hayes, MSSP Executive Director, said, "We are extending our deadline for applications to receive new portable window air conditioners for MS patients throughout Oregon and SW Washington. We will order units EACH FRIDAY for delivery the following week through July 31, 2017 or until we exhaust funds. Last year we gave 148 units which is an all-time high. To help fund the program we've set up a GoFundMe account at, http://www.GoFundMe.com/msoregon. All donations will be used exclusively to purchase and ship air conditioners. We also hope to increase public awareness about the need for MS clients to stay cool during hot summer days.MS patients cannot tolerate heat and medical insurance does not cover the cost of providing air conditioning units to MS patients. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland, Inc. (MSSP) is an independent private, non-profit organization that was founded in 1949 by the Columbia Lions Club to meet the day-to-day needs of those individuals suffering from MS. For more information about MS or the MSSP, please visit our website www.msoregon.org or contact Candyce Hayes at 503-297-9544. Instructions to apply for the "Summer Comfort Program" can be found on our website."
Daily passes now on sale for 30th annual Waterfront Blues Festival (Photo)
Oregon Food Bank - 06/16/17 8:00 AM
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Renowned blues artists take the stage in Portland over July 4th holiday

The 30th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union is almost here! Single day passes are $10 when purchased in advance or $15 at the gate. The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is the best 4th of July entertainment value around. From June 30-July 4, the event will feature 150 musical performances on four stages next to the Willamette River in the heart of Portland... all for a good cause.

Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has brought great blues music to Portland to help alleviate hunger. What started as a much smaller effort has grown into a world-class multi-day music experience. Oregon Food Bank is more than the beneficiary of the Waterfront Blues Festival; it owns and operates the event. "Funds raised through pass sales help to ensure that Oregon Food Bank is able to fulfill its mission -- to eliminate hunger and its root causes...because no one should be hungry," says Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan.

Highlights of this year's eclectic 30th anniversary lineup include: roots rock star Chris Isaak, headlining opening night; Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer, Elvin Bishop; Brit neo-soul diva Joss Stone; New Orleans funksters, Galactic; Memphis soul legend Booker T & his Stax Revue; legendary 'summer of love' boogie-rockers, Canned Heat; the 'Hendrix of the Sahara,' Vieux Farka Touré; neo-rockabilly/bluesman JD McPherson; Gulf Coast zydeco star Chubby Carrier; Cajun stompers, the Pine Leaf Boys; this year's blues Grammy winner, Fantastic Negrito; Portland's Fellini-esque circus/marching band, MarchFourth; Mississippi's teen blues prodigy, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram... and dozens more.

The 2017 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival takes place June 30-July 4 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Children six and under are free. Oregon Trail Card holders may attend the festival at no charge by showing their OTC card at any entry gate. To purchase passes, read artist bios, and plan your schedule, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.

About Waterfront Blues Festival:
Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Fest to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. As Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraising event, this Portland flagship festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Since its inception, the festival has raised $10 million and 1,000 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.

Major sponsors: Safeway, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Buick GMC of Beaverton, FedEx, HepCHope, KINK.fm, KOIN-TV, The Oregonian, Coors Light, Deschutes Brewery

More information: www.waterfrontbluesfest.com | www.oregonfoodbank.org
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Planned Parenthood Supporters Will 'Pink the Night Out' in Opposition to Trumpcare
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 06/16/17 10:27 AM
On June 21, Planned Parenthood patients and supporters will hold "Pink the Night Out" at rallies all across the country, including in Portland. They'll be rallying outside health centers at sunset to illuminate the night sky with pink lights, to share personal stories about the importance of Planned Parenthood and to demand that the U.S. Senate oppose Trumpcare.

It has become abundantly clear that Senator McConnell and Republican leaders plan to move very quickly to pass Trumpcare before the July 4 recess. The Senate is working in secret, refusing to hold any hearings or listen to healthcare experts, on legislation that would be devastating for millions.

Trumpcare would block people from going to Planned Parenthood for preventive care, roll back Medicaid coverage, gut maternity care, increase costs for millions and allow insurance companies to discriminate against women and charge exorbitant prices. In Oregon alone, more than 60,000 people rely on Planned Parenthood annually.

"Simply put, Trumpcare is the worst bill for women's health ever, and it must be stopped," said Mary Nolan, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "Trumpcare would 'defund' Planned Parenthood and block people in Oregon from access to birth control, cancer screenings and STI testing. Oregonians are not going to sit silently while D.C. politicians negotiate away their access to health care. That's why we're rallying all across the country, demanding that politicians like Congressman Greg Walden oppose Trumpcare. The Senate needs to listen to the 80% of voters who support Planned Parenthood and reject efforts to block people from getting care at Planned Parenthood."

Over the past few months, Planned Parenthood has seen an unprecedented outpouring of organizing, activism and support. People across Oregon marched, showed up at town hall meetings, flooded the congressional switchboard with calls, organized online and stood up for access to health care. Nationally, Planned Parenthood supporters made more than 122,000 phone calls to members of Congress and held more than 1,500 events to fight for access to lifesaving preventive health care at Planned Parenthood.

WHAT: "Pink the Night Out" Sunset Rally
WHEN: 8-9pm Wednesday, June 21st
WHERE: Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette's Regional Service Center, 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland
YWCA Clark County is Recruiting Volunteers to Begin Training July 5, 2017 (Photo)
YWCA Clark County - 06/21/17 10:15 AM
Apply online at ywcaclarkcounty.org/volunteer or call 360-696-0167 or info@ywcaclarkcounty.org.
Apply online at ywcaclarkcounty.org/volunteer or call 360-696-0167 or info@ywcaclarkcounty.org.
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Volunteer applications are currently being accepted at YWCA Clark County. YWCA Clark County serves more than 12,000 people each year who are survivors of domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, youth in foster care, child abuse and neglect, and oppression.

The summer volunteer training cycle starts July 5th. Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence.

YWCA is especially interested in expanding the number of volunteers with the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program. CASA Volunteers conduct independent investigations, and report their findings to the court with recommendations for what is in the best interest of the child. Children in foster care who have a volunteer CASA assigned, frequently experience shorter time in care, while also experiencing better outcomes. Quite often during this time, CASA volunteers serve as the only constant adult presence in these children's lives.

Volunteer CASAs are currently advocating for approximately 350 children assigned to the program, with staff advocates covering an additional 300 children. The number of children coming into care continues to increase each year. "We are so incredibly proud of our volunteers and grateful for their dedication and commitment to the children and our program" added Sheryl Thierry, CASA Program Director. "Our primary goal is to advocate for the best interest of the children and support the process to place them in a safe and permanent home. We simply could not do this without our amazing team of volunteers."

Clark County CASA is a nationally accredited advocacy program administered through YWCA Clark County. More volunteers are needed to cover the increasing number of children coming into the dependency system. Learn more about becoming a CASA Volunteer or apply online at ywcaclarkcounty.org/casa.

Training for all new volunteers will begin on July 5, 2017. Apply online at ywcaclarkcounty.org/volunteer. Application and pre-training interview are required. Inquiries can be directed to Lisa at 360-906-9131 or info@ywcaclarkcounty.org.


Attached Media Files: Apply online at ywcaclarkcounty.org/volunteer or call 360-696-0167 or info@ywcaclarkcounty.org.