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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Dept. - 01/16/18 10:33 AM
Every 33 seconds, one child under 13 is involved in a crash. That's a terrifying statistic and one that demands our immediate attention. To help combat this serious issue, we must work together to spread the word about child passenger safety and the life-saving importance of correct car seat selection, installation, and use. Is your child's car seat correctly installed? Don't think you know - know you know.

The Beaverton Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Coalition Washington County and
the Kuni Auto Center, will be offering a free child car seat clinic to spread the word. The clinic will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Kuni Auto Center located at 3275 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton OR, 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information on how a seat belt properly fits a child, please visit
https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required -- just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes. Please note that the last car will be accepted no later than 11:30 a.m.

##BPD##



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Luring arrest (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 01/17/18 5:17 PM
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Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Case # 2017-375623

Date & Time of Incident: December 2017

Type of Incident: Luring

Location of Incident: Bend/Prineville

Victim:

Two female juvenile victims

Suspect:

Benjamin John Finnestad 42 year old Bend transient

Narrative:

In December 2017, Bend Police Detectives received information from Prineville Police Department regarding a registered sex offender possibly committing crimes in Bend. Prineville Police Department relayed information regarding Finnestad attempting to contact minor females over the internet through various social media platforms.

Examination of digital evidence and interviews confirmed that Finnestad had unlawfully communicated with minor females online and failed to register as a sex offender. Bend Police Detectives arrested Finnestad on January 17 at the Bend Police Department. Finnestad was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was lodged on (2) counts of Luring a Minor for Sexual Conduct and (1) count of Fail to Register as a Sex Offender.

This investigation is still ongoing.

The Bend Police Department wants to remind our community of the dangers that exist regarding youth on social media. It is important for parents to be mindful of the social media platforms their children use.

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Vehicle crashes into Green Food Mart in Boring in failed ATM theft attempt; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/22/18 8:03 AM
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Please reference CCSO Case # 18-2066

At approximately 3:05 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report that a vehicle had crashed into Green Food Mart (28190 SE Hwy. 212, Boring).

By the time deputies arrived, the vehicle was gone.

Deputies investigated, and determined that unknown person(s) had tried -- unsuccessfully -- to steal the ATM located inside the store.

Photos of the damaged storefront are attached

TIPS SOUGHT

The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 18-2066.

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Attached Media Files: Front of building

Sheriff's Office arrests 41 during holiday DUII enforcement effort
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/18 2:07 PM
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office joined local and state police agencies to increase impaired-driving patrols as part of a national campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The national enhanced-patrols campaign lasted from Dec. 13, 2017 through Jan. 2, 2018. Sheriff's Office deputies were assigned to special patrols with a sole focus on looking for impaired drivers -- with the hope of reducing the chances those impaired drivers would cause a traffic crash or fatality. This led to the arrest of 41 people in Clackamas County alone.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed in impaired driving crashes. This amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. This accounts for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014 nationwide -- and is especially sad because this is a completely preventable tragedy.

Prior to beginning this enhanced-enforcement effort. we asked in a press release that people who drink and/or consume other impairing substances -- including marijuana -- make prior transportation plans. Thanks to those who accepted this responsibility, helping make 2017's holiday season a safe one for everyone who shares our roadways.

The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone who sees an impaired driver to call 911. Extra enforcement patrols will continue for the month of January.

DUII is a completely preventable crime. Impaired drivers are a risk to everyone, and drivers have a responsibility to not get behind the wheel after consuming any type of intoxicant.

Learn more about the NHTSA's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign at https://one.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/index.html

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Increased flu Precautions for EMS Workers
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 01/22/18 9:58 AM
Every year 5%--20% of Americans get the flue. About 36,000 people will die from flu-related causes.

Now, the severity of the recent flu strain has required increased protection from Emergency Service Workers--like Paramedics and EMTs'.

As part of a new directive from the Public Health Department, Clark County Fire District 6 emergency service workers will be required to wear drop isolation mask for all calls--regardless of the type of emergency.

"We've had larger number of flu cases in the past," says EMS Captain, Eric Simukka. "It's just that the severity of this particular strain of flu is very concerning--and is behind the requirement for increased protection."

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination. The CDC recommends immunization of all health care workers, and drop isolation masking to prevent respiratory aerosol spread of the disease.

Media Availability:

Interviews with Captain Eric Simukka
Phone interviews with PIO David Schmitke

Video/Photos:
Drop Isolation Masks
Demonstration by Paramedics how to use masks
Various Fire Station B-roll related to story


Any interested media...please contact PIO David Schmitke: (360) 606-8820
(I am unavailable today from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30)

Hockinson Burglary/ Arson update
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/18 11:40 AM
On 01-16-18, Clark County Sheriff's Office TDU detectives along with detectives from the U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task force located Daniel L. Cronin Jr. at an apartment complex at 8940 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland Oregon. Cronin was wanted for several felony crimes to include Burglary 1, Arson 1, Theft of a firearm and Unlawful possession of a firearm. Portland Police was also investigating Cronin for a Robbery with a handgun. After positively identifying Cronin was inside the apartment, detectives notified Portland Police. Given the severity of Cronin's criminal history, Portland activated their SERT team. Portland SERT contained the apartment and evacuated nearby residences. Cronin barricaded himself inside the apartment. After several hours in a stand off, Cronin eventually surrendered to Portland SERT team members. Cronin was booked into the Multnomah County Jail without further incident. The Burglary/ Arson investigation remains active.

35-Year-Old Kelso Man Arrested on Rape/Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/18 8:01 PM
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A joint Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Scappoose Police investigation into child rape and sexual abuse alleged to have occurred most recently at 2-1/2 years ago has resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old Kelso man.

Erick W. Itza-Briceno is lodged in the Columbia County Jail this evening on 8 counts of Rape First Degree and two counts of Sexual Abuse.

Three victims, currently 23, 14 and 12 years of age have disclosed Itza-Briceno had groomed and sexually abused them when they were between the ages of 9 and 14 years old. The vicitm who is currently 23 years old alleged that the suspect abused her approximately three times a month between the ages of 11 and 14 when she lived in Scappoose. The two younger victims alleged the sexual abuse occurred in the St. Helens area, most recently 2-1/2 years ago.

The case first came to the Sheriff's Office's attention through a child abuse report through DHS. Information developed in the case showed that abuse occurred 2-1/2 years ago at a home on Fisher Lane in the St. Helens area. Subsequent investigation developed the other victim. All the victims know each other and have known the suspect for many years.

"Child sex abuse is so destructive to families," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "Our investigators have to sort through a lot of sordid details to get to the facts in these cases. I'm so grateful for the dedication of our investigation team, which was able to work with the Amani Center and the Scappoose Police Department in developing this investigation and to bring charges in this case."



Attached Media Files: Itza-Briceno

Domestic Violence Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder of his Child (Photo)
Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/18 5:54 PM
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A suspect charged with assaulting his spouse with hot frying oil and also with Attempted Murder of his minor child was arraigned yesterday on multiple counts of domestic violence, according to Columbia County Sheriff investigators.

Deputies responded to the 19000 block of Swedetown Rd in the Clatskanie area after a report of domestic violence from a domestic violence advocate late Tuesday evening. Deputies received the call at 8:22 p.m., and responded to find the suspect gone and injuries to the victim spouse and the couple's 7-month-old son. The female victim showed signs of having her hands forced into hot frying oil, and the child showed signs of having been strangled.

Deputies began searching for the suspect, locating him just after midnight Wednesday morning at the suspect's place of employment on Old Portland Rd. in St. Helens. He was taken into custody without incident. St. Helens Police assisted deputies in locating and arresting the suspect, Jeremiah D. Crothers, 34, Clatskanie.

Crothers was arraigned in court Wednesday morning on the following charges: Attempted Murder, Strangulation, Assault Second Degree, Assault 3rd Degree, Assault Fourth Degree (2 counts), Coercion and Attempted Assault Fourth Degree. He remains in custody with bail set at $217,750.

The PC affidavit and DA's information detailing the findings of our deputy's investigation is included with this release.

"The allegations in support of this arrest are alarming," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "Domestic Violence is a scourge that our deputies frequently encounter. Fortunately, we were able to find the suspect in a timely manner and put a stop to the violence, and give this mom and child a chance to survive."



Attached Media Files: 2018-01/3009/111312/Crothers_PC_aff.DA.Info.pdf , Crothers

Residents displaced after morning house fire (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 01/15/18 9:01 PM
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Kelso, Wa- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire responded to a house fire at 9:11 Monday morning in the 1700 block of Bloyd street. One of the occupants reported to dispatch that their home was full of smoke and evacuated himself and the other six residents. Firefighters reported heavy smoke from the eves when they arrived. Fire crews had the fire knocked down at 9:48 am and later found the small house dog during overhaul operations unharmed. Three engines, a medic unit, a utility vehicle, and a chief officer responded to the fire; Kelso Police and the Red Cross also responded to the incident. Some residents accepted resources from the Red Cross or will be staying locally in town with friends and family. Fire officials estimate the fire caused $105,000 in damages to the home and its contents. No major injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is likely related to a portable heater left plugged in in the bedroom of the house.



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Cowlitz Deputies sent to Pierce County to help work patrol during funeral of fallen deputy Daniel McCartney (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/18 3:16 PM
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Cowlitz County, WASH: The Cowlitz Sheriffs Office has sent four deputy sheriff to work patrol in Pierce County. They are doing this so members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Office can attend the funeral service for Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney who was tragically killed in the line of duty.

Last week Pierce County Sheriff's Office sent a request out for agencies to help with staffing patrol shifts and it did not take long of many agencies to say yes. Even though the Cowlitz Deputies were not familiar with locations in Pierce County, they were honored to help.

The four Cowlitz Deputies who being sent north are: Landen Jones, Justin Taylor, Justin DeRosier, and Craig Murray. Upon arriving up in the area they will be paired with a local officer who is familiar with the area.

Deputy Murray and Jones worked the first two shifts and found working in another county much different than working at home. Attached to this media release is a picture of Murray (on the left) and Jones standing in front of a Pierce County Sheriff's Office patrol car.

As an agency, we want to make a point to say that our hearts go out to the McCartney family and the law enforcement community in Pierce County.

The Cowlitz Deputies are not schedule to be back to work their regularl shift here in Cowlitz County until Friday. They will not be available to be interviewed.

(MEDIA: Please do not call to ask about interviewing them.)



Attached Media Files: Murray and Jones

Free Boater Education Class
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/16/18 12:47 PM
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a free Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next available class will be held on Saturday, Feb 10, 2018. The class will run from 8am-3:00pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. Cost for the class is FREE.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer via email at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us . This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington. Registrations fill up fast.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out www.boatered.org.

Reward Offered in Northeast Portland Homicide - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #18-07 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 01/19/18 9:47 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred at Northeast Portland's Fernhill Park.

On January 8, 2018, at 9:32 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire at Fernhill Park, located in the 6000 block of Northeast 37th Avenue. Officers arrived in the area and found 25-year-old Cody Bennett Oller deceased. The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Oller's death was the result of a gunshot wound. Oller was living in the Portland area but was originally from Kansas.

At this point in the investigation, there is no suspect information in this case.

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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Public's Help Sought to Locate Fugitive - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #18-06 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 01/18/18 11:55 AM
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The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a fugitive wanted for Attempted Aggravated Murder.

28-year-old Cory Alexander Bedford is wanted for Attempted Aggravated Murder in connection with an October 2017 incident in Washington County. Bedford fled the scene in a white Ford F-250 pickup with Oregon license plate 161HTR.

Bedford is described as a tan-skinned white male, 6'02" tall, 245 pounds.

Detectives believe that Bedford may have fled to the Stockton, California area after the incident as he has family in that area.

Bedford's brother was previously arrested in connection with this incident: https://www.co.washington.or.us/_cs_upload/News/sonews/1333162_1.pdf

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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

###CSO###



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FBI Arrests Bend Man on Child Pornography Charge
FBI - Oregon - 01/18/18 4:19 PM
FBI Agents, with the assistance of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, served a federal search warrant at the Bend home of Pierce Morrow, age 22, on Thursday, January 18, 2018. During the course of the search, agents determined that they had enough probable cause to arrest Morrow on a charge of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Morrow is currently being held in the Deschutes County Jail and will be transported to the U.S. Courthouse in Eugene on Friday, January 19th where he will make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin at 1:30 pm.

A federal charge is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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FBI Offers Reward of up to $10,000 for "Froggy Robber" Suspect (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 01/18/18 10:30 AM
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The FBI in Oregon is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a bank robbery suspect who investigators have nicknamed "Froggy Robber". This suspect earned his nickname because in each of the four bank robberies he is suspected of committing he jumps over the teller counter to get to the cash. In each of the robberies, the man used a knife to threaten the bank employees as well.

The robberies include:

October 19, 2017 at 10:15 am - Columbia Bank, 1455 SE 1st Avenue, Canby, Oregon
- Wearing a black Columbia raincoat with a bright orange Oregon State Beavers' logo on the front and the word "Columbia" on the left sleeve. Also wearing a black cap.

November 27, 2017 at 11:06 am - Albina Community Bank, 2002 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Portland, Oregon
- Wearing a light gray sweatshirt with a black baseball cap, grey jeans, white & black tennis shoes, and a black backpack

December 27, 2017 at 11:00 am - Wells Fargo Bank, 8699 SW Main Street, Wilsonville, Oregon
- Wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a black beanie underneath the hood and a black backpack covered in elastic cords

January 11, 2018 at 10:00 am - Wells Fargo Bank, 6785 Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Beaverton, Oregon
- Wearing a black Oregon State Beaver's jacket and black & white tennis shoes

Witnesses describe the robber as:

Hispanic man
Age: 20 to mid-30's
Height: 5'3'- 5'7"
Weight: 150 pounds

Anyone with information about the suspected robber's identity or location is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip through the online portal at https://www.fbi.gov/tips

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Note to media: A wanted flyer is available via the FBI's Unknown Bank Robber website at https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2017-10-25.8983125421 A video compilation is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-C7s8xkqjU Photos from the most recent robbery are attached.



Attached Media Files: WF - January 11, 2018 - b , WF - January 11, 2018 - a

FBI offers up to $10,000 reward in fugitive hunt for Barrett Busschau (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 01/17/18 10:00 AM
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The FBI is offering a new reward and launching a media campaign in an effort to generate tips in the cold case fugitive hunt for Barrett Preston Busschau. Busschau, now 42 years old, disappeared from Oregon in 1993 after Clackamas County authorities arrested him on multiple sex abuse charges involving children. The FBI is running Facebook ads in both the Portland-metro area and in South Africa, where he may be living. In addition, the FBI Laboratory has produced an age-progressed photo of what Busschau may look like now, and the FBI is profiling Busschau's case on its fugitive website. His "Wanted by the FBI" poster can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cac/barrett-preston-busschau.

The reward of up to $10,000 is for information that leads directly to his arrest.

On July 27, 1993, a Clackamas County grand jury indicted Buscchau for the alleged molestation of five girls between the ages of ten and 15. He was 18 years old at the time. The charges include:
· 1st degree sexual penetration with a foreign object
· 1st degree sex abuse
· 3rd degree sodomy
· 3rd degree rape
· 3rd degree sex abuse

Busschau was released pending trial, but he fled before his next court appearance. In February 1994, a Clackamas County grand jury indicted him for failure to appear. That same year, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant charging him with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

Busschau is a native of South Africa, and he had been living in the United States since 1984 as a legal permanent resident. Investigators believe he may have traveled to California and/or Panama following his disappearance, but the last known sighting of him places him in South Africa.

Investigators do believe there may be people still living in the Portland-metro area who have information that could help lead the FBI to Busschau. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip to https://tips.fbi.gov. Anyone living elsewhere who has information about Busschau should contact the nearest FBI office or U.S. Embassy.

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Attached Media Files: Busschau - FBI Wanted Poster , Busshcau - age progression , Busschau - booking photo - 1993 , Busschau - Facebook ad - Jan 2018

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Diet Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 01/16/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against diet scams.

Earlier this month, we talked about setting New Year's resolutions to keep your new tech gadgets safe.

This week, are sharing some advice from our friends at the Federal Trade Commission about a different kind of resolution -- the kind that has you desperate to drop a few pounds.

This time of year you are likely seeing all kinds of ads on social media for the latest new gadget, drug or breakthrough to help you lose weight or get in shape. The before-and-after photos are stunning -- if that person can do it, as the story goes, you can, too! The best part -- you often don't have to diet or work out. Shell out a few dollars, and the new you will be shopping for bathing suits soon.

As the FTC can tell you, though, there are plenty of scams mixed in with legitimate offers -- and if you fall for one, the only thing that will lose weight is your wallet.

The FTC recommends:

Pass on any patch, pill or gadget that promises you can eat all you want and still lose weight permanently. Losing weight requires sensible food choices, and long-term success will require permanent lifestyle changes.
Electronic devices that offer to slim and tone your body usually only have temporary effects on muscle strength. Most were made for physical therapy and rehabilitation -- not to give you 6-pack abs. Getting real exercise is your best bet for that.
Be wary of the photos that allegedly prove what money can buy you. The photos can easily be faked, and even if they aren't -- there's no guarantee that the now-skinny person in the "after" picture didn't actually diet and work out in addition to using whatever the miracle product was.
Recognize that everybody is different. Even if the item is legitimate and does help some people -- it won't necessarily help you.

Bottom line -- there is no "miracle" drug or product that is going to make your body lighter or stronger for the long run. If you are tempted, make sure you do your homework, talk to your doctor and think before you give online scammers your credit card number.

If you need more detail on diet and device scams, go to FTC.gov or FDA.gov.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, be sure to report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.



Attached Media Files: TT - Diets - Audio file , TT - Diets

Late Night Shooting Leads to Arrest (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 01/19/18 9:44 AM
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Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police arrested a man for a shooting that left one man with a gunshot wound to his torso. At 9:18 p.m. Police responded to a gunshot heard in the area of SE 182nd Ave and SE Powell Blvd. The 18 year old victim, Ashton Goleman of Milwaukee, was transported by his friends to the Mount Hood Medical Center with what appears to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Witnesses say they went to meet a guy from Offer Up to purchase a car. The suspect, unrelated to any of these parties, began to verbally assault the group before punching Goleman in the face. While walking away, the suspect then fired one shot striking Goleman.

Police located the suspect leaving the area on foot. He is identified as Derrick Pierce, 28, of Portland. Pierce was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for attempted murder, assault 1, unlawful possession of a weapon, and three counts of reckless endangerment.

Police would like to remind the public that the Gresham Police Department has an e-commerce safe space under video surveillance to conduct these types of transactions.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.



Attached Media Files: Derrick Pierce

Police recover property stolen in recent thefts
Lincoln City Police - 01/19/18 10:17 AM
From January 14 through January 17, 2018 Lincoln City Police Officers have been investigating numerous thefts from vehicles, businesses, and residences, including the theft of emergency equipment from a North Lincoln Fire and Rescue command vehicle.

On January 17, 2018 Grand Ronde Tribal Police contacted a vehicle at the Seaway Market in connection with a shots fired call that originated in the Tillamook County section of Hwy 18. Arrested from the vehicle were Tracy Davis, Devyn Hopkins, and Ethan Parkin, who were all lodged at the Polk County Jail.

Grand Ronde Tribal Police served a search warrant on the vehicle and recovered numerous items taken in car clouts and mail thefts from the Lincoln City area. After being contacted by the Grand Ronde Tribal Police, Officer Tim Delugach responded to assist with the search warrant. Items recovered from the vehicle included a radio, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and equipment taken from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, tools taken from two different vehicles in the Taft area of town, and mail taken from the Oceanlake area of town. All recovered items were returned to their owners, but numerous items are still missing from these cases.

The thefts of these items occurred from approximately late night Sunday January 14th to the morning of Wednesday January 17th. Other items were found in the vehicle that are not currently tied to any reported thefts.

If you have experienced a theft during this time frame, or have any information on the cases mentioned, please contact Officer Delugach or the Lincoln City Police Department at 541 994-3636.

We would like to remind everyone to lock vehicle and building doors, and not to leave valuables in vehicles. LCPD is grateful for the superb inter-agency support from Grand Ronde Tribal Police and their help in recovering the stolen items.

Waldport Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody in the Lincoln County Jail (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/18 11:42 PM
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On 1/11/18, Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received information from Detectives with the Brookings Police Department and the US Marshals Service that a Stanley Carl Green, 55 years of age, was frequenting the area of Brookings, Or. The US Marshals and the Brookings Police Department were seeking Green regarding an active warrant for his arrest on the charge of Fail to Appear regarding a robbery charge out of Thurston County, Washington.

On 1/17/18 in the early morning hours, Officers with the Bandon Police Department learned that Green was staying in a campsite at the Bullards State Park, in Bandon, Or. Bandon Police notified appropriate law enforcement agencies, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received notification at which time Detectives responded to Coos County.

On 1/17/18 at approximately 8:30 AM, the Coos County Sheriff's Office activated their Emergency Response Team which responded to the area of the Bullards State Park. After surveillance, the Coos County ERT contacted Green and took him into custody without incident.

On 1/17/18, Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Port Orford Police Department arrived at the Coos County Jail, an interview of Stanley Green was conducted. Mr. Green provided a statement admitting to his involvement in both the Columbia Bank robbery in Waldport and the Rogue Credit Union robbery in the City of Port Orford, Or.

During the evening hours of 1/17/18, Detectives with Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, assisted by the Port Orford Police Department, executed a search warrant at the camp site that was previously occupied by Green. Detectives located items of interest regarding both bank robberies in the process, the items were seized as part of the investigation.

Stanley Carl Green was transported to the Lincoln County Jail on 1/17/18 without incident.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the multiple agencies involved in the apprehension of Green. This arrest was successful due to multi agency collaboration. Agencies: Coos County Sheriff's Office, City of Bandon Police Department, City of Brookings Police Department, Oregon State Police, the US Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Respectfully Summited:

R. Ballentine, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St
Newport, Or 97365
(541) 265-4277
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Tip of the Week January 22, 2018 - Winter Driving - Part 2
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/18 11:00 AM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK - - - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 22, 2018

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

WINTER DRIVING - PART 2

Last week's Tip of the Week focused on being prepared for getting out on the road in winter weather. This week week's tips from ODOT's Oregon Winter Driving Guide are about how to drive safely in icy and snowy weather conditions.

ADJUST YOUR DRIVING FOR THE CONDITIONS
DON'T use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather.
Position your hands on the steering wheel at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock, or lower.
If you lose traction, gradually slow down. DON'T slam on the brakes!
The key to keeping your vehicle under maximum control on slippery surfaces is smoothly steering, braking and accelerating. Steer just enough to follow the path you intend to go.
Be prepared to handle potentially dangerous situations by thinking "15 seconds" ahead about your options. These include controlling your speed, changing lanes or communicating with others on the road.
Use extra caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways because ice forms first on these surfaces.
Avoid driving through snowdrifts. They can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Slow down in advance of shaded areas (especially curves) where ice and snow are the last to melt.
Finally, chain up early! Weather conditions can deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly at this time of year.

There is also a handy checklist in ODOT's Driving Guide to help you be prepared for winter driving before heading out on the road.

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

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Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
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McMinnville Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 01/19/18 7:06 PM
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In October 2017, the McMinnville Police Department Detective Section began investigating a case involving an adult male subject named Vaughn Leslie Monagon (41) of McMinnville. Over the course of several months, information was obtained that indicated Mr. Monagon had engaged in the sexual abuse of a child a number of years ago. Mr. Monagon was arrested on January 19th, 2018 on 4 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. The case has been turned over to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office for prosecution, all further media inquiries will go through their office. The McMinnville Police Department believes there could be additional victims and they are asking anyone with relevant information about Mr. Monagon to please call the McMinnville Police Department Tipline at 503-434-2337.



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Mother of deceased baby arrested on charges related to baby's death (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 01/18/18 7:05 PM
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On November 21st, 2017, the McMinnville Police Department began an investigation involving a 7-week old baby girl that had sustained suspicious, life-threatening injuries while at a residence in McMinnville. The baby was taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville and then taken by Life Flight to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland the same day. On November 23rd, 2017, the baby was declared deceased.

On January 18th, 2018, McMinnville Police Department detectives arrested Clely Flores-Ramirez of McMinnville, the mother of the deceased baby, on charges related to the baby's death. Clely Flores-Ramirez, age 31 years, has been lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility in McMinnville on the charges of Manslaughter in the 1st Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the 1st Degree. The charge of Manslaughter in the 1st Degree is a Measure 11 offense that carries a presumptive minimum prison sentence of 120 months. The case has been forwarded to the Yamhill County District Attorney's office. Clely Flores-Ramirez will be arraigned on these charges on January 19, 2018.

The McMinnville Police Department would like to thank the Oregon Department of Justice, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Department of Human Services Child Protective Services, Cares Northwest, Juliette's House, and those who came forward with pertinent information. These agencies and individuals were instrumental in moving the investigation forward.

All media requests should be directed to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office at 503-434-7539.



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Milwaukie Police Investigating Armed Robbery
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 01/17/18 11:51 AM
Case #18-0204

On 01-17-18, around 1:00 a.m., an unknown male subject, armed with a handgun and wearing a ski mask, attempted to rob Dotty's, 10843 SE Oak Street in Milwaukie.

The male suspect walked into Dotty's and confronted the employee by pointing a revolver-type handgun at them. The employee refused to give the suspect any money and chased the suspect outside. The suspect fired one-round at the employee, striking the sidewalk, not the employee.

The suspect left in an unknown direction, without any money. Police arrived shortly after but were not able to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as being a white male, around 6'0" and around 200-pounds.

The investigation is on-going. Anyone that may have information is asked to call Milwaukie Police 503-786-7500.

MCSO responds to a shooting call at NE 238th and Sandy Blvd
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/21/18 1:48 PM
MCSO responded to a shooting call just after 1:00 AM at NE 238th/Sandy BLVD.
One gunshot victim was discovered at the scene with non-life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has been released.
The suspect vehicle fled prior to police arrival. MCSO detectives arrived and began their investigation.
The circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation.
MCSO would like any help in identifying the suspect vehicle. The vehicle is a tan or gold mid-sized
sedan with heavily tinted windows.
If you have any information, please contact the MCSO tip line at 503-988-0560.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office advises community of resurfaced phone scams (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/21/18 9:20 AM
Phone Scam Warning
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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has received reports over the past few days from members of our community who are being targeted by the latest round of phone scams attempting to elicit money.

The caller is identifying himself as "Lieutenant Daniels" with MCSO, telling the victim they have missed jury duty, and they now have an active warrant for their arrest. Multiple victims have reported the same phone number associated with these calls.

MCSO does not conduct matters regarding warrants or payment of fines via telephone, and we do not currently employ a "Lieutenant Daniels".

We urge the community to be aware of these ongoing and evolving scams. We have issued press releases regarding similar scams over the past several months.

What to do if you are targeted:
If you are contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and they are requesting payment in any capacity, DO NOT SEND MONEY or engage with these individuals. They do not represent the Sheriff's Office.
If you have been a victim of this scam, please file a police report by calling (503) 823-3333 and select the option for non-emergency police reporting in the jurisdiction that reflects your residence.
In addition to reporting the incident to your local law enforcement agency, you may contact the Federal Trade Commission and file a complaint online at https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/submit-consumer-complaint-ftc or by telephone at 877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

Do not fall victim to these recurring and evolving phone scams. Check in with loved ones who may be more vulnerable to ensure they are educated about scams and remain vigilant. Please help us spread the message and keep our community safe.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 2018 Legislative Agenda
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/18 9:22 AM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) is pleased to issue its 2018 Legislative Agenda, for the pending federal and state legislative sessions, commonly recognized as a first step to engaging session. You may access the Agenda on our website at https://www.mcso.us/site/pdf/MCSO_2018_Legislative_Agenda.pdf

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

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

Roughly 500 registered interest groups lobby 90 legislators and the Governor, each session
During Oregon's last short session in 2016, approximately 280 measures were introduced, not including amendments, resolutions, or memorials, resulting in about 120 new laws
Of the estimated 280 measures introduced, almost 50 measures had demonstrable impacts on public safety
Of the 120 new laws, nearly 35 laws were either directly or indirectly applicable to law enforcement, corrections, or business service operations of our agency

Prioritized issues are based upon criteria that touch upon intergovernmental responsibilities for property, programming, or monies, gaps in the law, public interest and more. Priorities for MCSO encompass procedural justice, gun violence reduction, and preserving key public safety funding.

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

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted a County-wide Legislative Agenda earlier this month. The Oregon State Legislative session convenes February 5, 2018.

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Double Fatal Crash on Hwy 22 Near Santiam Pass(Photo) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/22/18 7:30 AM
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On Sunday January 22, 2018 at approximately 4:35pm OSP and Gates Fire responded to a two vehicle collision double fatal crash, on HWY 22E at milepost 76.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2017 Nissan Armada, operated by Joshua Lyons (age 34 from Portland), was eastbound and attempted to pass on snow covered roads. The vehicle lost traction slide sideways, and struck the front of a westbound silver Chevy Silverado pulling an enclosed trailer, driven by Alan Freeman (age 54 from Salem).

Lyons and his passenger Timothy Hays (age 47 from Silverton) were deceased at the scene. Freeman and two of his passengers, Shaun Dorschel (age 33 from Salem) and a juvenile passenger were treated and released for minor injuries from Salem Hospital. Freeman's third passenger, Donald Suklis (age 56 Jefferson) was transported to St. Charles Hospital with serious injuries.

The westbound lane was closed for approximately five hours. OSP was assisted by ODOT and Gates Fire Department.

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**Update Pike Found Safe- Grant County Release*** Idaho Woman Reported Missing When She Failed to Return Home - Public Assistance Needed (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/21/18 11:12 AM
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We are attaching the update on locating Ruby Pike on behalf of the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

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Update
The Grant County Sheriff's Office has located Ruby Pike and she safe. They will send out a release shortly.

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On Friday January 19, 2018 at 11:09pm, Oregon State Police received a missing person call regarding Ruby Pike (age 52 Star, Idaho). Ruby was reported missing by her husband and was last known to be in Portland. Ruby was to be traveling from Portland to Boise with unknown direct route. His husband last spoke to Ruby at approximately 4:13pm and she told him she would call when she arrived to Ontario, Oregon and Ruby never called. Ruby was supposed to arrive home around 10:00pm on Friday January 19, 2018.

Ruby's cell phone was "pinged" and the last location was near Hwy 395b milepost 59 which is ten miles south of Ukiah. Ruby's exact route is unknown.

Ruby was last seen wearing jeans, an orange shirt, and clogs. Ruby is described as being 5'9", 180lbs, brown hair, and hazel eyes. Ruby is driving a 2008 white Toyota Tundra with a matching white Leer canopy with glass sides. The Tundra has three stickers on the driver's side tailgate and driver's doors of "Dallbello, Marker, and Vokal". The Tundra has all black custom slightly oversized tires.

On Saturday units from Patrol Division and Fish & Wildlife Division, including the airplane, searched the area of the ping and were unsuccessful. Search and Rescue for Grant County has been activated for the area and a missing person report has been filed in Ada County, Idaho.

Anyone seeing Ruby or Ruby's vehicle yesterday or today please call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at (541)664-4600 and refer to case number SP18-023772.
Photo of Tundra is of similar not of exact truck.
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Man Swept Away Off Rocks in Depoe Bay (Photo)*** Update #2 Name Added**
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 8:42 PM
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On January 19, 2018 Oregon State Police was notified the Mexican Consulate had made contact with the victim's next of kin in Michoacán, Mexico. The victim has been identified as Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez (age 46). Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez is presumed deceased.

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Update

On January 18, 2018 at approximately 7:15pm, Oregon State Police was notified by the United States Coast Guard that they had terminated the search efforts in Depoe Bay for the male who was swept into the ocean. Due to the ocean temperature and surf conditions they do not anticipate resuming tomorrow.

The male has been identified as a 46 year old male who had been living in Newport but was from Mexico. At this time, he is presumed deceased. Next of kin is being completed by the Mexican Consulate and once that is completed his name will be release.

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On January 18, 2018 at approximately 11:20am the Oregon State Police responded to Depoe Bay for a report of a male that had been swept off the rocks near the sea wall in Depoe Bay. Witnesses reported the male went over the sea wall to look at the ocean and was then swept off the rocks.

Depoe Fire and Recscue, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Coast Guard responded to assist with the search. The Coast Guard helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Facility Newport responded to the area within ten minutes and the crew ,aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, is continuing the water search but the male has not been seen since.

People are urged to be aware of the sneaker waves, high water, debris pattern from ocean waves, and not to cross closed parking lots or parks that are closed due to the ocean conditions.

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Investigation into Stolen Vehicles in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 2:20 PM
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On January 19, 2018 members of the Oregon State Police Major Crime Section served search warrants at two locations in North Salem and one in Marion County off West Stayton Road. All three locations have an association with Gone Towing. The major crime section is conducting an investigation based on information received that stolen vehicles were being held at the locations.

Anyone with information to report regarding Gone Towing please call Detective Barrientos at (503) 378-3387.



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Suspect eludes multiple law enforcement agencies and is in custody after an officer involved shooting in Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 11:30 AM
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On Thursday, January 18th at approximately 3:20PM, an OSP Trooper operating a marked police vehicle attempted to stop a Dodge pickup for speeding on I-84 near milepost 109 westbound in Sherman County. The suspect failed to stop for the Trooper and when the suspect cut through the grassy median and began traveling eastbound, OSP discontinued the pursuit. At approximately 3:30PM, a Sherman County Sheriff's Deputy located the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop it near Moro. The suspect refused to stop for police and the Sherman County Deputy discontinued their pursuit.

A short time later an OSP Trooper observed the vehicle in Sherman County headed towards Wasco County. Wasco County Sheriff's deputies and the Oregon State Police attempted to stop the suspect by using spike strips at two separate locations, which were unsuccessful. The suspect vehicle was seen traveling through Tygh Valley at unsafe speeds and all law enforcement agencies discontinued efforts to stop the vehicle due to concerns for the public's safety.

At approximately 4:25PM, a Wasco County Deputy located the vehicle at a residence just off US 197 approximately 4 miles south of Tygh Valley. As the vehicle attempted to reenter US 197 the Deputy fired several rounds at the vehicle with his sidearm. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was operated by 30 year old Rudy Foki Paea FIFITA from West Jordan, Utah. FIFITA had two passengers in the vehicle, 23 year old Tiffany Joan ROUBMAI from Haiku, HI and their 1 year old son. Neither FIFITA, ROUBMAI or their son were injured during this incident.
FIFITA was lodged at NORCOR in The Dalles on charges stemming out of Sherman County for Attempting to Elude Police (2 counts), Recklessly Endangering another Person (4 counts) and Reckless Driving.

Under protocols established by Oregon Senate Bill 111 each county has a specific set of rules by which police shootings are investigated. In Wasco County those protocols call for the District Attorney to name another agency, which in this case was the Oregon State Police, to head the investigation, with participation from other officers of the County's Major Crime Team -- drawn from the other agencies. The agency involved in the shooting contributes a single liaison officer, but does not participate in the SB 111 review. The reason for this is so that there is as much of detached investigation as is possible.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Sherman County S.O., Wasco County S.O., The Dalles P.D., the Sherman County District Attorney's Office, the Wasco County District Attorney's Office, Oregon Department of Human Services and ODOT. The investigation is ongoing and additional updates will be released as the investigation allows.



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***Second Update***Murder Investigation Completed - One Arrested and Two Outstanding - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 3:48 PM
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On January 17, 2018, 22 year old Elizabeth Devine HUDSON (aka: Little Red) was located in Las Vegas, NV and arrested on the warrant for Murder.

End Update

PREVIOUS
On January 9, 2018, Damian Lee ATWOOD was taken into custody by Detectives of the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the warrant for Murder.

Elizabeth HUDSON is still outstanding and we are asking for the publics help in locating her. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, you are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

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PREVIOUS
On June 22, 2017, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the death of 22-year old John REITTERER from Crescent City, California. REITTERER was located in a shallow creek off of Illinois River Road, near milepost 6. The death of REITTERER was determined to be a homicide and the investigation has been ongoing since that time.

On November 28, 2017, the completed investigation was presented to a Josephine County Grand Jury. The Josephine County Grand Jury indicted the following persons on the charge of Murder and warrants were issued for their arrests:

- 22 year old Elizabeth Devine HUDSON, also known as "Little Red."

- 19 year old Damian Lee ATWOOD, also known as "Bubba J"

- 22 year old Ryan Michael ELDRED

On November 28, 2017, Ryan ELDRED was lodged at the Josephine County jail on the warrant for Murder.

The whereabouts of Elizabeth HUDSON and Damian ATWOOD are unknown at this time but they are both known to frequent the Cave Junction, Oregon area.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Elizabeth HUDSON and/or Damian ATWOOD are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.



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Salem Woman dies in Fatal Crash in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 3:00 PM
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On January 17, 2018 at approximately 10:10pm Oregon Police State troopers responded to the report of a single vehicle fatal crash on HWY 22W near milepost 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2005 Honda CRV, operated by Lauren Beasley, age 21 from Salem, was traveling westbound on HWY 22W Honda veered off the road and struck a guard rail on the westbound lane, crossed into the eastbound lane of travel then struck a tree down a 20 foot embankment on the eastbound shoulder. Beasley suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Speed is believed to be a contributing factor of the crash. The eastbound lane was closed for approximately five hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Polk County Fire, Sheridan Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Semi Truck and Trailer Crash Causes Multi-Car Pile Up on I-5 Near Cottage Grove (Photo) *Update Name Added*
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 12:57 PM
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On Wednesday January 17, 2018 at approximately 7:46pm OSP Springfield and Roseburg responded to a multi-vehicle injury crash on I-5 near milepost 168.

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound commercial motor vehicle (CMV), driven by Amarveer Dahliwal (age 45 from Everett, Washington), lost control of its trailer and struck the outside guardrail, the driver then overcorrected, crossed both southbound travel lanes and struck the center concrete barrier. The collision with the barrier dislodged several large concrete sections, forcing them into the northbound travel lanes.

A second northbound CMV, driven by David Solheim (age 55 from Myrtle Creek) stopped at the crash scene, exited the vehicle, in attempts to warn the southbound traffic. Solheim was struck by a southbound Dodge pick-up, driven by Decontee Renda (age 23 from Sheridan). Solheim was transported to sacred Heart at Riverbend hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

Four northbound vehicles crashed into the concrete barriers that were pushed into the northbound lane. Those vehicles were driven by: Bobby Carter (age 47 from Springfield), and Michelle Nickell (age 57 from Cottage Grove), Adam Castro (age 52 from Springfield), and Kelly Gregory (age 43 from Portage, Michigan). In total five people (all four drivers) were transported to Sacred Heart at Riverbend Hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The crashes completely blocked both northbound and southbound lanes however Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was able to open one lane of travel in both directions in under two hours, allowing tow operators on scene to remove the vehicles. ODOT Incident Response remained on scene to replace the six concrete sections.


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Oregon State Police Sergeant and Arson Detective's Investigation Lead to Arrests in an Arson Case- Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 8:00 AM
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On September 2, 2017, OSP Fish & Wildlife sergeant was patrolling Roman Nose Mountain in the North Fork Smith River area, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle drive by him at a higher than normal speed. Approximately, ten miles down the road and half an hour later, the sergeant came upon a structure fire in an unoccupied building in a remote area of the North Fork Smith River. An off-duty forester, who also had just happened upon the scene, assisted the sergeant in taking action. The two forced entry through the gate of the property, put out a spot fire from embers that had crossed the river, and started building hand lines. Western Lane Fire Protection District employees responded with a helicopter and about half a dozen fire trucks and quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread further into the forest.

A follow-up investigation by an Oregon State Police arson detective led to charges being filed on three men. It was later determined that these three men where the same in the suspicious vehicle that had passed the sergeant.

Elijah James Peterson (18-yoa): Arson 1, Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

David Gilbert McCoy Jr (24-yoa): Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

Lucas Charles Reed (21-yoa): Criminal Trespass I

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CMV crashes into a disabled vehicle and onto the shore of the Columbia River just east of Corbett
Oregon State Police - 01/15/18 10:16 PM
On Monday, January 15, 2018 at approximately 5:15PM, Oregon State Police responded to the report of a commercial motor vehicle and trailer that had crashed westbound off I-84 near milepost 23, just east of Corbett. It was reported the CMV had left the roadway, crashed through the guardrail and rolled down a steep embankment, landing on its side along the shore of the Columbia River.

Initial investigation revealed a 2015 International Prostar CMV was operated by 52 year old Suzanne BRAULT from Quebec, Canada. BRAULT had been driving in the slow lane of the interstate and traveled out of her lane and onto the shoulder as she was checking her side mirror in preparation to move into the fast lane. At the point she traveled out of her lane and onto the shoulder, BRAULT struck a parked 1995 Chevy Tahoe that had run out of fuel and was disabled along the shoulder. The Tahoe had been operated by 53 year old Patrick SHEEHAN Jr. from Portland and his 47 year old passenger, Addison BLACKMON III also from Portland.

After striking the Tahoe, BRAULT's CMV and trailer, loaded with food supplies, crashed through the guardrail and traveled down a steep embankment, rolling onto its passenger side along the shoreline of the Columbia River. BRAULT, SHEEHAN Jr. and BLACKMON III were all out of their vehicles upon law enforcement's arrival. BRAULT was transported to Emanuel hospital by ground ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. SHEEHAN Jr. and BLACKMON III were also transported by ground ambulance to OHSU for minor or non- life threatening injuries.

The interstate was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately three hours while this investigation was conducted. The shoulder will remain closed in this area throughout the night and should not affect traffic. During daylight hours tomorrow, January 16th, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures and traffic restrictions as the CMV is removed. Please check tripcheck.com for updated information regarding any potential traffic impacts in that area.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Corbett Fire Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time. Photographs will not be available until daylight hours.

Citizen Complaint Leads to Traffic Stop and Discovery of Large Quantity of Methamphetamine
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/16/18 12:24 PM
Updated with ages of suspects and where they reside as well as correct date of occurance

On 01/14/18 at approximately 12:23 pm, a concerned citizen called 911 and reported a reckless driver on Highway 22 near milepost 15 traveling westbound. The citizen not only reported the reckless driving, but advised dispatch they observed the male driver smoking what they believed was Methamphetamine from a glass pipe.

A Deputy from the Sheriff's Office was quite some distance behind the vehicle and requested Grand Ronde Tribal Police to assist in locating the vehicle. The Oregon State Police also had a Trooper from the McMinnville office in the area. Additional updates on the vehicles were provided and Grand Ronde Tribal Police located and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Shortly thereafter a Deputy from the Sheriff's Office arrived as well as the OSP Trooper.

During the course of the traffic stop and investigation the driver, 38 year old Mr. David Edie of Portland, was arrested for DUII. Further investigation was conducted and a drug detection K-9 from Newberg Police Department responded to the scene. The K-9 alerted to the bags in the vehicle and during a subsequent search of those bags approximately ?1/4 lb. of Methamphetamine was located. A stolen handgun was also located with the Methamphetamine. $500 was also seized from Mr. Edie.

Mr. Edie was arrested for;

DUII -- Controlled Substance
Possession of Methamphetamine (Substantial Quantity)
Distribution of Methamphetamine (Substantial Quantity)
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Theft I by Receiving

A female passenger, 28 year old Ms. Alicia Schier of Portland, was arrested for;

Possession of Methamphetamine

Both Mr. Edie and Ms. Schier were lodged at the Polk County Jail. Additional charges are likely.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office would like to extend our gratitude to the concerned citizen. Without their call this Methamphetamine would have made it into our communities. We would also like to thank Grand Robde Tribal Police Department, The Oregon State Police and the Newberg--Dundee Police Department for their assistance.

Officers Investigate Domestic Disturbance and Shooting in Portland's St. Johns Neighborhood -- One Person Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 01/22/18 7:37 AM
On Monday, January 22, 2018 at 1:02 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a domestic disturbance at the Bristol Court Apartments, located at 9457 North Bristol Avenue.

As officers responded to the location, a community member told a 9-1-1 call-taker a gunshot had been fired at the location. Officers arrived at the location and located an adult male with a gunshot wound. Officers applied a tourniquet to the man's injured appendage prior to emergency medical personnel arriving. The injured man was provided emergency medical aid by medical responders and transported to an area hospital by ambulance with what was believed to be a non-life-threatening injury.

Based on information learned from witnesses, officers believe the man who was shot had been the aggressor in a domestic disturbance. During or shortly after the domestic disturbance, the man became confrontational with another community member. The community member fired one round, striking and injuring the man.

Officers contacted the subject who fired a weapon. The subject was cooperative with the investigation and the firearm that was believed to have been used in this incident was seized as evidence.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail responded to assist with this investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation all reports will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for consideration of prosecution for the subject involved in the domestic disturbance and the subject that fired the weapon.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Christopher Traynor at 503-823-0889 or Christopher.Traynor@portlandoregon.gov

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UPDATE #2: Victim Injured Near SW 4th Ave and SW Stark St Dies (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/22/18 6:29 AM
Aaron Brit
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The victim found injured after officers responded to the report of gunfire at the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Stark Street on Sunday evening has died of injuries sustained during the incident. The adult male victim's identity and cause of death will be released after a member of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office performs an autopsy. The autopsy is scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2018.

The suspect that was taken into custody near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street in connection to this investigation has been identified as 24-year-old Aaron Brit. Brit was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on one charge of Murder, a parole violation for a previous conviction of Robbery in the Second Degree and a United States Marshals Service Hold.

Detectives continue this investigation. Anyone with information about Brit or this incident should contact Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-0449 or Vince.Cui@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brad Clifton at 503-823-0696 or Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov

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Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail continue an investigation near the intersection of Southwest Stark Street and Southwest 4th Avenue.

Central Precinct officers arrived at the crime scene at approximately 5:40 p.m. and located an adult male victim inside a vehicle parked at the intersection of Southwest Stark Street and Southwest 4th Avenue. Emergency medical personnel responded to the victim's location and transported him by ambulance to an area hospital. The victim is in critical condition.

During the initial investigation, officers have detained one person thought to be involved in this incident. The suspect was contacted and taken into custody near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street without incident.

Officers canvassed the area and located evidence of gunfire near the vehicle in which the victim was located.

The area near this crime scene will remain closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic for the next three to four hours.

Investigators do not believe there is an immediate danger to the public based on information learned at this time in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Detective Vince Cui at 503-823-0449 or Vince.Cui@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brad Clifton at 503-823-0696 or Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov

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On Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 5:37 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of gunfire near the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Stark Street.

Initial information suggests officers responded to the report of gunfire after a witness contacted 9-1-1. When officers arrived at the location they located an injured person. The injured person was transported to an area hospital by ambulance. The victim is receiving medical treatment and is believed to be in critical condition.

Members from the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail and Forensic Evidence Division, and Multnomah County District Attorney's Office are responding to the scene to assist with this investigation.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be closed on Southwest 4th Avenue between Southwest Washington Street and Southwest Pine Street.

Interested media should respond to the southwest corner of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Washington Street. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the location, ETA 45 minutes.

Anyone with information about this investgiation should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Attached Media Files: Aaron Brit

Grand Jury Determines Deadly Force Justified in January 3rd Shooting
Portland Police Bureau - 01/22/18 6:00 AM
On Friday, January 19, 2018, a Multnomah County Grand Jury returned a "no true bill" in the shooting death of 53-year-old Robert R. Porter on January 3, 2018.

The grand jury determined that no criminal prosecution was warranted as a result of the use of deadly force by 27-year-old Tyson B. Pfau.

This investigation began on January 3, 2018, at 6:59 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery and shooting at the U-Haul Powell Boulevard, located at 4831 Southeast Powell Boulevard. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located Porter suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment but he later died of his injuries.

Detectives have learned that Porter entered the U-Haul Powell Boulevard and demanded money while brandishing a handgun. During the robbery Pfau, a valid concealed handgun license holder, fired his handgun, striking Porter multiple times. Another U-Haul Powell Boulevard employee called 9-1-1 after the robbery and shooting. Pfau and witnesses present at the time of this incident cooperated with the subsequent investigation.

Porter was armed with a handgun at the time of the shooting. Detectives believe Porter was involved in multiple robberies in the Portland area prior to the January 3, 2018 incident.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Homicide Detail Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503-823-0991 or Todd.Gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov

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Northeast Portland Market Robbed at Gunpoint - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 01/22/18 12:00 AM
On Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 7:04 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Food King Market, located at 2909 Northeast Prescott Street.

Officers arrived at the market and learned two suspects entered the location and demanded money while one of the suspects brandished a firearm. The market employee ran from the location. Based on preliminary information, officers believe the suspects left without obtaining any cash or other items.

Responding officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects' description. The suspects were described as two men wearing masks. One suspect was described as being 6'3" tall and the other suspect was described s short.

There are no surveillance images available for public release at this time.

Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail will continue this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective William Winters with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail at 503-823-0466 or William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov

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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Market Robbed at Gunpoint in Portland's Sumner Neighborhood - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 01/22/18 12:00 AM
On Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 8:14 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Neighborhood Market, located at 9061 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officers arrived at the market and learned two suspects entered the location and demanded money while one of the suspects brandished a firearm. The suspects obtained an undisclosed amount of cash. While leaving the location a suspect fired a handgun at the victim. The victim was not struck by the gunfire.

Responding officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects' description. The suspects were described as two black males.

There are no surveillance images available for public release at this time.

Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail have responded to assist with this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective William Winters with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail at 503-823-0466 or William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov

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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Crash and Shooting Investigation Sunday Night on Fremont Bridge - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 01/21/18 9:59 PM
On Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 6:17 p.m., Central Precinct and North Precinct officers responded to the report of a crash and gunfire on northbound Interstate 5 near the south end of the Fremont Bridge.

Officers arrived and learned the driver of a dark green Dodge pick-up reportedly crashed into the jersey wall barrier and multiple vehicles near the south end of the Fremont Bridge. As the driver of the Dodge pick-up left the crash scene, a subject fired multiple rounds at the Dodge pick-up.

As officers responded to the crash, they learned the dark green Dodge pick-up fled the scene. Officers learned the driver was near the exit from northbound Interstate 5 to Northeast Alberta Street. Officers arrived and located the suspect and Dodge pick-up. The driver was taken into custody for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The identity and charges of the driver of the green Dodge pick-up will be identified after he is lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.

Based on witness information, officers believe the subject that fired a weapon on the Fremont Bridge, fired a handgun at the tires of the dark green Dodge pick-up involved in the crash. Officers have located and seized the firearm used in this incident. The subject that fired a handgun has cooperated with the investigation. Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail have been notified of the incident and will review information regarding the investgiation.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the gunfire or crash. Northbound Interstate 5 was closed for approximately one hour during this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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UPDATE: January 20 Free Speech Events Conclude in Downtown Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 01/20/18 7:59 PM
The demonstrations that occurred on Saturday, January 20, 2018, have concluded. 
 
The demonstrations started at approximately 12:30 p.m. and lasted into the early evening hours.  The events were largely peaceful, with only a few minor disturbances.  There were no reports of any participants sustaining injuries that required emergency medical treatment or property damage.  The Police Bureau and its law enforcement partners made no arrests or used any force during today's demonstrations.
 
The Portland Police Bureau worked with event organizers prior to and during the events to ensure the safety of the participants and community members.  The goal of the Police Bureau at any Free Speech event is to ensure the safety of participants and community members; help facilitate a safe environment for people to practice their First Amendment Rights to speech and assembly; and prevent property damage and disruption to transportation infrastructure.
 
"The vast majority of today's participants were peaceful," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "The events displayed the effectiveness of collaboration between event participants and organizers with the Police Bureau. The relationships that were created today fostered Portland community members' rights to safely practice their First Amendment Rights to free speech and assembly."

The Bureau also collaborated with law enforcement, public safety and government partners to ensure that public safety is the top priority for all participants and community members. The law enforcement, public safety, and government partners included: 

Portland Police Bureau 
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Oregon State Police 
Portland Fire & Rescue
Multnomah County District Attorney's Office 
Portland Parks Bureau
Portland Bureau of Transportation 
TriMet
 
While there were no permitted marches today, the Police Bureau had adequate resources to assist in road closures in areas where demonstrators marched on roadways.  Participants marching on roadways that have not been closed to vehicle traffic, expose themselves and community members to extreme dangers.  

The Police Bureau reminds community members that demonstrations generally do not require any permit from the City of Portland; however, any event held in the street and/or sidewalk, such as runs, walks, marches, parades or bicycle races must have a permit granted by the City of Portland. Additionally, event organizers are encouraged to work with the City of Portland to ensure a safe event for participants and non-participants. 

To learn more about the permitting process or to file a request for a permit, please visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Special Events page at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/?c=29979 

Anyone that believes they were the victim of a crime during any of today's demonstrations may contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at ?503-823-3333? to report the incident.

Commendations or complaints about officer conduct today should be directed to the Office of Independent Police Review (IPR) at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/26646?

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The Portland Police Bureau is anticipating multiple demonstrations to occur in Portland on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Most events appear to be scheduled for Downtown Portland; however, there are some events that will take place in other parts of the Portland area.

There could be an impact to traffic, and TriMet has announced they have developed contingency plans for the transit system; riders should check http://www.trimet.org/alerts in advance of any travel to learn about service disruptions and route changes.

While most people attending these events will participate in peaceful behavior, the Police Bureau recognizes it has a responsibility to attempt to ensure all community members are able to safely practice their Constitutional right to free speech and assembly. The Police Bureau's goal is to help facilitate peaceful events and to prevent criminal behavior from happening. The safety of participants and community members is the Police Bureau's top priority.

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

People should not bring any weapons (firearms, knives, etc.) or items that can be used as weapons (sticks, bats, poles, rocks, fireworks/incendiary devices, etc.) to any of the events. Prohibited items may be seized by police and, if in violation of city, state or federal law, the possessor may be arrested and charged criminally.

The City of Portland has specific conduct rules and laws that apply to parks - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/?c=28627 including a specific prohibition on the possession of weapons in parks - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/147782.

Incidents that threaten life, safety or property will be investigated through review of public, media, and law enforcement video, and through contact with witnesses and victims. People who participate in illegal behavior will be subject to arrest on the day of the event or at a later time after additional investigation has occurred. People near others who are preparing to or in the act of committing criminal behavior are encouraged to separate themselves from the group and notify police.

The Police Bureau has reached out to event organizers and other community members to provide an effective and appropriate police presence at the event and throughout the city.

Life-threatening emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1. Call 9-1-1 if you can; text 9-1-1 if you can't. Texts to 9-1-1 cannot include emoticons, emoji's, pictures, or videos.

Anyone with information about criminal behavior being planned at any of these events is asked to share it by email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov; or, anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon by visiting the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips, online at https://www.p3tips.com/823, or call 503-823-HELP (4357)

The Portland Police Bureau will investigate reports of criminal behavior and work to identify suspects during and after any incidents.

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

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Suspect Arrested in Connection to September 2017 Murder Investigation (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/20/18 4:26 PM
Lorenzo L Jones
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On Friday, January 19, 2018, 44-year-old Lorenzo L. Jones was taken into custody by members of the Eugene Police Department in Eugene, Oregon during a traffic stop. Jones was arrested on a Multnomah County warrant related to the September 17, 2017 murder of 27-year-old Wilbert Butler in the 3600 block of Southeast 28th Avenue.

Based on information learned by the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail during this investigation, a warrant was issued for Jones' arrest.

Jones was lodged at the Multnomah County jail on a warrant for Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Jones will be arraigned on Monday, January 22, 2018.

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Attached Media Files: Lorenzo L Jones

Bank Robbery Saturday Afternoon in Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 01/20/18 3:00 PM
On Sunday, January 20, 2018, at 1:23 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the U.S. Bank, located at 12203 Northeast Glisan Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with employees who told police the suspect entered the bank displayed and a note demanding money. 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 white male in his late 50's to early 60's, five feet seven inches to five feet eight inches tall, with a medium build.
Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detail detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are currently investigating this robbery.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detail Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080 or Brett.Hawkinson@PortlandOregon.gov, or the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at 503-224-4181.

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Lloyd District Café Robbed by Man Armed with Knife - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 01/20/18 11:20 AM
On Sunday, January 20, 2018, at 6:16 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Starbucks Grand Avenue, located at 1621 Northeast Grand Avenue.

Officers arrived at the Starbucks and learned a suspect entered the location, proceeded to the cash register, and demanded money while brandishing a knife. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash the suspect left the location without incident.

Responding officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects' description. Based on preliminary information, officers believe the suspect is a white male in his 40's, six feet tall, with a slim build armed with a knife

There are no surveillance images available for public release at this time.

Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division responded to assist with this robbery investigation.

Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail will continue this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery Detail detectives at 503-823-0405.

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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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16 Citations, 27 Warnings Issued During Thursday Evening #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/19/18 6:38 AM
Vision Zero
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In the evening hours of Thursday, January 18, 2018, the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by officers from Central, East, and North Precincts, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission along Northeast Sandy Boulevard from Northeast 82nd Avenue to Northeast 122nd Avenue.

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, 16 citations were issued as well as 27 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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Attached Media Files: Vision Zero

UPDATE: Driver Dies of Injuries Sustained During January 12 Crash
Portland Police Bureau - 01/18/18 3:47 PM
The driver of a vehicle that was found crashed on eastbound Interstate 84 near Exit 9 on Friday, January 12, 2018 has died of injuries sustained during the crash.

The driver was identified as 27-year-old Nathaniel Lee Teneyck of Gresham, OR. Teneyck is believed to have been the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Teneyck died at an area hospital on Monday, January 15, 2018.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact Officer Garret Dow with the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division's Traffic Investigation Unit at 503-823-5070 or Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov

Teneyck's death is the first traffic related fatality in Portland in 2018.

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On Friday, January 12, 2018, at 12:06 a.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash near Exit 9 on eastbound Interstate 84.

Officers arrived on scene and located a white Honda Civic that had been involved in a crash and an adult male being administered CPR by community members. Emergency medical personnel arrived and provided the man medical aid prior to transporting him to an area hospital by ambulance. Based on initial information, emergency medical personnel believed the man sustained serious life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe the injured adult male was the only occupant of the Honda Civic.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to investigate this crash. Criminalists with the Police Bureau's Forensic Evidence Division have also responded to assist with this investigation.

Currently, the ramp to northbound Interstate 205 from eastbound Interstate 84 and one lane of eastbound Interstate 84 prior to Exit 9 are closed. The closures will likely be in effect for the next three to four hours.

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: Suspect Arrested During Tuesday Evening Tactical Incident Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/17/18 5:42 AM
Daniel L Cronin
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The suspect taken into custody on Tuesday evening in Portland's St. Johns neighborhood has been identified 35-year-old Daniel L. Cronin. Cronin was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on two warrants for his arrest.

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The suspect wanted by the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force has been taken into custody by Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) members. Members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Tactical Negotiation Team (TNT) also responded and assisted with this incident.

Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), SERT and TNT worked together for approximately three hours to take the suspect into custody.

The suspect's identity and charges will be released after he is lodged in the Multnomah County Jail.

Residents that were evacuated during this incident are being assisted back to their homes. Nearby community members no longer need to shelter in place.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail and the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tactical Detective's Unit will continue this investigation.

No additional updates are expected this evening.

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The Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) have responded to the Ridgecrest Timbers Apartments, located at 8940 North Columbia Boulevard.

SERT and CNT have responded to the location to assist the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force on a tactical incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, during this SERT/CNT incident, residents of the Ridgecrest Timbers Apartments should shelter in place unless they receive directions from officers to do otherwise.

Interested media should stage at the northeast corner of North Columbia Boulevard and North Swift Court. Media staging may be adjusted if needed.

Media is requested not to broadcast live or via social media any officer positions or tactical information that may compromise public safety.

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Attached Media Files: Daniel L Cronin

CORRECTION: Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 01/16/18 10:34 AM
Directives
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This Directive will remain posted for review until January 30, 2018.

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The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all of its Directives and seeks public comments. Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).  
 
The following Directives will remain posted with comments collected starting on Monday, January 15, 2018 and ending on January 30, 2018.
 
Directive 660.32 Agent/Informant Processing
 
Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.

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Attached Media Files: Directives

Store Robbed at Gunpoint in Portland's Cully Neighborhood - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 01/15/18 9:39 PM
On Monday, January 15, 2018, at 8:53 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Minit Man Market, located at 4339 Northeast Killingsworth Street.

Officers arrived at the store and learned two suspects entered the location, demanded money while one of the suspects brandished a firearm. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash the suspects left the location without incident.

Responding officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects' description. Based on preliminary information, officers beleive one of the suspects was a white male in his 30's, six feet two inches tall with a thin build and armed with a handgun. The other suspect was described as a white male in his 20's, six feet tall with a thin build.

There are no surveillance images available for public release at this time.

Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division responded to assist with this robbery investigation.

Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail will continue this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery Detail detectives at 503-823-0405.

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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Salem Police Continue with Specialized Safety Patrols
Salem Police Dept. - 01/19/18 5:30 PM
The Salem Police Department will be continuing to address traffic and community safety with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. In the month of December 2017, three officers worked on three of these focused patrols during the holiday period between December 22 and December 31, 2017. The focused patrols resulted in 6 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), and 2 assists to outside agencies for drug related DUII investigations. The specialized patrols also resulted in 1 citation for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and issuing an additional 32 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency, Salem Police officers arrested 45 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and 8 for Minor in a Possession of Alcohol during the month of December. There were also 128 citations issued for driving while suspended, 77 for speeding and 1,026 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and the Department of Transportation are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.

Salem Police See Assistance in Locating Theft Suspect (Photo)-Suspect in Custody
Salem Police Dept. - 01/18/18 11:23 AM
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UPDATE: 01-18-18/11:15 AM

Suspect Robert Smith turned himself into the jail last night. He had reportedly seen media coverage that he was wanted and surrendered himself at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

He was charged with multiple counts of theft and is due to appear in Marion County Circuit Court today at 3:00 pm.


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Salem Police detectives are seeking assistance from the public in locating a suspect in a series of thefts from residences and vehicles in south Salem on the morning of January 14.

Three different families on Martin Ct S in Salem awoke on the morning of January 14 to find their vehicles broken into overnight and several items stolen. Among the stolen property was an ATV and the trailer in which it was sitting.

One of the victims had previously installed a surveillance camera, and a review of footage from the camera showed a white male adult and a female driving up to the residence and gaining entry into the vehicle of one of the victims. There was a relatively clear image of the male suspect, and one of the victims posted his photo on social media.

The investigating officer was contacted by several people who had seen the photo of the suspect, identifying him as 34-year old Christopher Robert Smith. Smith is a transient with possible ties to Salem and the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The officer did further investigative work on the case, and now has probable cause to arrest Smith for several counts of Theft, Unauthorized Entry Into a Motor Vehicle, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The female is yet to be identified.

Anyone with knowledge as to the whereabouts of Smith and/or has information as to the identity of the female suspect is asked to contact the Salem Police Department. A photo of Smith is attached.

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Attached Media Files: Christopher Smith

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/18/2018-01/21/2018
Sandy Police Dept. - 01/22/18 9:08 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/18/2018-01/21/2018

ESTACADA:

18-0093

On 01/18/2018 at about 0814 hrs., a parent of a student who attends Estacada High School reported a theft of a cell phone. There are no suspect/s at this time.

18-0105

On 01/20/2018 at about 1838 hrs., Jennifer L. Phipps, (42, of Eagle Creek), was stopped for traffic violations. During the encounter, she was observed driving her vehicle into a ditch near the corner of SE Eagle Creek Road and SE Rivermill Road. She was cited for speeding and using a cell phone while driving, and was arrested for DUII and Reckless Driving. She was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on $5,000 bail.

SANDY:

18-0094

On 01/18/2018 at 1014 hrs., police responded to a report of a burglary in the 19000 block of Wellesley Avenue. A report was taken.

18-0095

On 01/18/2018 at 1400 hrs., Larry Y. Zhu (35, of Sandy) was arrested at the Sandy Police Department on a warrant for failing to appear on a theft charge. He was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on $2500 bail.

18-0102

On 01/19/2018 at about 1933 hrs., police responded to a welfare check request in the 15000 block of Bachelor Avenue. A report was taken and will be referred to DHS.

18-0103

On 01/20/2018 at about 1457 hrs., police responded to the intersection of Highway 26 and Wolf Drive regarding a motor vehicle crash. One party was cited for following too closely.

18-0104

On 01/20/2018 at 1721 hrs., police stopped a vehicle in the 36000 block of Highway 26 for a traffic violation. The driver was found to have a suspended driver license. He was cited for this, and for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. The vehicle was towed.

18-0106

On 01/20/2018 at about 2032 hrs., police contacted a juvenile for posession of alcohol and marijuana at Sandy High School. A report was taken and will be forwarded to the juvenile department.

18-0107

On 01/20/2018 at about 2116 hrs., police contacted a juvenile for being under the influence of alcohol at Sandy High School. A report was taken and will be forwarded to the juvenile department.

18-0108

On 01/21/2018 at 0102 hrs., police checked a garage in the 39000 block of Hood Street for trespassers. A juvenile with a felony warrant for Assault 4 was found sleeping in the garage. The juvenile was transported to the Donald E. Long Detention Center in Portland.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/17/2018
Sandy Police Dept. - 01/18/18 8:10 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/17/2018

ESTACADA:

18-0092

On 01/17/2018 at about 2135 hrs., police performed a welfare check for a party in the 800 block of NW Wade Street.


SANDY:

18-0089

On 01/17/2018 at 1221 hrs., police responded to a suspicious person call in the 17000 block of Beers Avenue. Serenity L. Johnson (20, of Bend) was arrested for unlawful entry to a motor vehicle. She was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where she was lodged on $2500 bail.

18-0091

On 01/17/2018 at 1558 hrs., police responded to a report of juveniles smoking in the woods near Strawbridge Parkway and Tupper Road. A 15 year old was located and cited for MIP Alcohol and MIP Marijuana, and was released to an adult family member.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/16/2018
Sandy Police Dept. - 01/17/18 8:10 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/16/2018

ESTACADA:

18-TBA

On 01/16/2018 at about 1458 hrs., police conducted a welfare check in hte 400 block of Ginseng Drive. A report is pending (CAD).


SANDY:

18-0078

On 01/10/2018 at about 1300 hrs., a citizen of Sandy was bitten by an unknown dog in Meinig Park. The location of the dog is unknown, and the victim was unable to provide a description.

18-TBA

On 01/16/2018 at about 1117 hrs., police received a report about criminal mischief in the 38000 block of Barlow Parkway. A report is pending (CAD).

18-0079

On 01/16/2018 at about 1233 hrs., police received a report about someone using counterfeit money in the 38000 block of Proctor Boulevard. A report was taken.

18-0084

On 01/16/2018 at about 1546 hrs., police responded to the 37000 block of Bell Street regarding a non-injury motor vehicle crash. A report is pending (CAD).

18-0085

On 01/16/2018 at about 1354 hrs., police received a report about fraud in the 19000 block of Averill Parkway. A report was taken.

Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/11/2018-01/15/2018
Sandy Police Dept. - 01/16/18 8:45 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 01/11/2018-01/15/2018

ESTACADA:

18-0068

On 01/13/2018 at about 1416 hrs., police responded to a burglary that occurred at a business on the 100 block of SW Frontage Road. The investigation is open.

18-0070

On 01/13/2018 at about 1700 hrs., a business in the 400 block of S Broadway Street reported a theft. A report was taken.

18-0071

On 01/13/2018 at about 1700 hrs., an unknown suspect struck a parked vehicle, causing about $500 in damage, in the 100 block of SE Shafford Street. A report was taken.

18-0074

On 01/14/2018, a subject identifying himself as an employee of a local law enforcement agency called an Estacada citizen and stated she had a warrant. The citizen recognized this as a common scam and ended the call with the person before any money was requested. The local law enforcement agency was contacted and advised of the scam involving their identity.

18-0075

On 01/14/2018 at about 1730 hrs., police responded to the 30000 block of NW Evergreen Way regarding an unwanted person. One party was excluded from all property owned by the other. A report was taken.

18-0076

On 01/15/2018 at 1038 hrs., police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of NE 6th Avenue. One juvenile was taken into custody after a short altercation. The juvenile was transported to the juvenile detention center in Oregon City on the charges of harassment and resisting arrest.


SANDY:

18-0057

On 01/11/2018, at around 0325 hrs., police were dispatched to a report of a hit and run crash with injuries in the area of Highway 26 and Kate Schmitz Avenue. One party was transported to a local hospital. The investigation is ongoing.

18-0063

On 01/11/2018 at 1911 hrs., Dominic A. Vidal (23, of Portland) was cited and released for Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor) at the intersection of Highway 26 and Ruben Lane following a traffic stop.

18-0066

On 01/12/2018 at 2139 hrs., officers responded to a Domestic Disturbance in the 39000 block of Hood Street. Jessica R. Dhone (30, of Sandy) was taken into custody for an active warrant out of Multnomah County in addition to the crime of Menacing. Dhone was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on no-bail.

18-0072

On 01/13/2018 between 1800 and 1845 hrs., an unknown subject took the license plates from a vehicle parked at a business in the 17000 block of Strauss Avenue. There are no suspects at this time.

18-0073

On 01/14/2018 at about 0702 hrs., police received a report about fraud in the 39000 block of Proctor Boulevard. An unknown suspect paid for gas with a conterfeit fifty dollar bill. A report was taken.

18-0077

On 01/15/2018 at about 1605 hrs., police received a report about damage to a vehicle in the 17000 block of Bruns Avenue. A report was taken.

Crews Battle Shop Fire in Aloha, Save Nearby Exposures (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 01/22/18 2:10 AM
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Just after 0100 this morning crews from TVF&R were dispatched to a reported fire in a detached shop next to a residence in the 1700 Block of SW Rock Ct., in the unincorporated community of Aloha. Crews from Aloha fire station 62 arrived within minutes of dispatch, and reported a fully involved shop fire, with flames threatening a nearby residence. For the next several minutes multiple units from TVF&R and Hillsboro Fire worked to contain the fire in the shop, and prevent the fire from spreading to the nearby residence.

Firefighters worked for over 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. The damage was contained to a single story metal shop used as a garage on the property. The adjacent home was not damaged. There were no injuries reported.

A TVF&R fire investigator was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. No damage estimates are available at this time. TVF&R was assisted on scene by crews from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue.



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ISO Rerate May Save TVF&R Patrons Money on Insurance Premiums (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 01/18/18 4:24 PM
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The Insurance Services Office (ISO) helps establish industry standards used by most insurance companies to determine fire premiums. Though all insurance companies who utilize ISO are required to recognize the improved ratings by February 1, 2018, some may provide discounts sooner.

Property owners should talk with their insurance provider to determine which rate is applied to their property.

On a 10-point scale with Class 1 being the best, TVF&R is now considered a Class 2 in all areas within five miles of a fire station. Previously, parts of the district without fire hydrants were considered a Class 8 or 10. This could mean big savings for people in North Plains, Midway, Stafford, Sherwood, Newberg and some of the rural parts of the District.
Properties located more than five miles from a fire station are considered a Class 10. TVF&R has very few of these areas.
Properties located five to seven miles from a fire station might be considered a Class 10w, depending on the features of the property, giving customers a 5 to 10 percent discount.
TVF&R is among the top 3 percent of the 46,042 fire departments evaluated by ISO.

"We are so pleased with our improved rating. It has the potential to save the people we serve money on their insurance premiums," states Fire Chief Mike Duyck. "We also appreciate the comprehensive analysis of our operations and prevention capabilities by an objective third party."

ISO considered TVF&R's staffing, equipment, training, fire station distribution, incident reporting, data collection and community-risk-reduction efforts. They also evaluated water infrastructure, shuttling abilities and emergency communications. Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency and TVF&R's fire prevention program earned the highest marks in all categories.



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Officer Assaulted During Theft Investigation
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/22/18 12:12 AM
On 1-21-18, at around 9:10pm, VPD Officers were called to investigate a theft at a grocery store near Mill Plain Bl and Andresen Rd. Additional information lead Officers to an apartment complex in the 2900 block of General Anderson Rd where the alleged suspects may have driven to. As Officers were approaching to begin an investigation, the suspect vehicle intentionally rammed an Officer's car and then fled at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle continued fleeing into Oregon, where local jurisdiction Officers and Deputies took over. The suspects were apprehended in Oregon. The Officer who was in the patrol car which was rammed was treated at an area hospital before being released.

Vancouver PAL hosts literacy event
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/16/18 1:39 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts throughout the county. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the next literacy event:

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: Fruit Valley Elementary (3410 NW Fruit Valley Rd.)

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

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

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



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

Vancouver DUI enforcement results in 3 arrests (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 01/16/18 9:24 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. --On January 13, 2018, law enforcement officers from the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments and the Clark County Sheriff's Office, with dispatcher support from Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, conducted additional DUI enforcement.

Here are the results of that effort:

Overtime Hours: 37.75
Officer Contacts: 68
DUI Arrests: 3
Other Arrests: 1
Citations: 10
Warnings: 59

These DUI enforcement efforts are made possible through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

For more information on the grant, and DUI prevention, please visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement.

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



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Update: Additional Details Regarding Friday's Officer-Involved Shooting
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/18/18 5:05 PM
January 18, 2018 -- The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team continues to investigate the fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred north of Sherwood on Friday.

Initial reports to dispatch were that Mr. Sabbe was acting erratically. Witnesses reported hearing shots fired in the area prior to law enforcement arrival. A Sherwood Police officer initially attempted to contact Mr. Sabbe from the roadway, but Mr. Sabbe drove away and crashed his truck into a tree. The Sherwood officer heard gunshots and then saw Mr. Sabbe carrying a rifle.

Tactical responders were called in and first responders set up an expansive perimeter in the interest of public safety. Officers closed the heavily-traveled Southwest Roy Rogers Road and other surrounding arterial streets. Law enforcement attempts to establish phone communication with Mr. Sabbe were unsuccessful.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., members of the inter-agency Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT) attempted to contact Mr. Sabbe in his vehicle. Mr. Sabbe drove away from tactical officers and a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver was conducted on his vehicle. At one point, Mr. Sabbe started to exit his vehicle with an AR-15 rifle still in his lap.

From inside the truck's cab, Mr. Sabbe turned towards tactical officers and pointed the rifle at them. Tactical officers then fired upon Mr. Sabbe.

TNT members, including embedded tactical combat medics, attempted lifesaving measures, but Mr. Sabbe was pronounced deceased at the scene. A loaded AR-15 rifle was recovered from inside the truck.

The involved personnel who discharged their firearms are being identified as Deputy Earl Brown, who has been employed with the Sheriff's Office since 2008, and Corporal Cade Edwards, employed since 2003.

No additional information is available for release at this time.

The original media release is below.

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Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Underway Outside Sherwood

January 12, 2018 -- The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting north of Sherwood.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, at 1:34 p.m., dispatch received a report of a suspicious vehicle driving in a field on a property near the intersection of Southwest Roy Rogers Road and Southwest Scholls-Sherwood Road outside of Sherwood.

A Sherwood Police officer initially responded and attempted to contact the driver. The driver fled in the vehicle, while firing multiple times, and retreated deeper into the property.

Members of the inter-agency Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Negotiation Unit were called to assist. Portions of Southwest Roy Rogers Road and Southwest Elwert Road were closed out of concern for public safety.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., members of the Tactical Negotiations Team contacted the suspect vehicle in the field and, during the encounter, fired upon the suspect. Law enforcement on scene attempted life-saving measures but the suspect was pronounced deceased. An AR-style rifle was recovered from inside the suspect vehicle.

The deceased has been identified as 54-year-old Remi Sabbe of Tigard.

Detectives from the inter-agency Major Crimes Team, Washington County District Attorney's Office, Washington County Medical Examiner, and forensics technicians from the Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Unit responded to the scene. King City, Sherwood, Tigard, and Tualatin Police assisted during the incident.

The involved deputies are on administrative leave per agency protocol. Their names will be released at a later date.

No additional information is available for release at this time.



Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release

Update: Puppies Located Safe and Returned to Owners (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/18 10:22 PM
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January 17, 2018 -- Both puppies were returned to their owners this evening after being spotted at separate locations by alert community members. One was located walking in the 1300 block of South Dogwood Street in Cornelius. The second was found in the 3800 block of Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove, and Forest Grove Police assisted deputies in reuniting it with its owner. Both appeared to be unharmed.

Those who spotted the puppies stated they had seen the news coverage and knew to call law enforcement. The Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the public, as well as the media, for their assistance.

Deputies continue to investigate the incident to determine if any additional suspects were involved. The original media release is below.

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Deputies Ask for Public's Help Locating Abandoned Stolen Puppies

January 16, 2018 -- An 18-year-old Cornelius man was arrested after he stole two puppies and later abandoned them. Deputies are asking for the public's assistance in locating the missing animals.

On January 16, 2018, at 1:38 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a report of two puppies that had been stolen near a residence in the 2000 block of North Fremont Street in Cornelius.

During the investigation, deputies learned that two American Bully puppies escaped from their yard sometime before 9 a.m. this morning. The owners posted about their missing dogs on social media and received a tip later in the day that a man had been seen with the puppies at a nearby apartment complex.

Based on the description provided and the location where the suspect had last been seen, deputies interviewed a person of interest, 18-year-old Sheikhnoor Abdi of Cornelius.

During the interview, Mr. Adbi admitted to finding the lost puppies and taking them even though he believed they likely belonged to someone else. After realizing he would not be able to keep them, Mr. Adbi told deputies he abandoned the puppies near the railroad tracks in the vicinity of North 26th Avenue and North Fremont Street.

Mr. Abdi was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail for two counts of theft in the first degree, a felony.

The abandoned puppies have not been located, and deputies are asking for the public's assistance finding them. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cornelius deputies by calling (503) 629-0111.



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Deputies Ask for Public's Help Locating Abandoned Stolen Puppies (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/16/18 10:36 PM
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January 16, 2018 -- An 18-year-old Cornelius man was arrested after he stole two puppies and later abandoned them. Deputies are asking for the public's assistance in locating the missing animals.

On January 16, 2018, at 1:38 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a report of two puppies that had been stolen near a residence in the 2000 block of North Fremont Street in Cornelius.

During the investigation, deputies learned that two American Bully puppies escaped from their yard sometime before 9 a.m. this morning. The owners posted about their missing dogs on social media and received a tip later in the day that a man had been seen with the puppies at a nearby apartment complex.

Based on the description provided and the location where the suspect had last been seen, deputies interviewed a person of interest, 18-year-old Sheikhnoor Abdi of Cornelius.

During the interview, Mr. Adbi admitted to finding the lost puppies and taking them even though he believed they likely belonged to someone else. After realizing he would not be able to keep them, Mr. Adbi told deputies he abandoned the puppies near the railroad tracks in the vicinity of North 26th Avenue and North Fremont Street.

Mr. Abdi was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail for two counts of theft in the first degree, a felony.

The abandoned puppies have not been located, and deputies are asking for the public's assistance finding them. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cornelius deputies by call (503) 629-0111.



Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo of Missing Puppies , Booking Photo

Medical
Legacy Emanuel opens cardiac rehabilitation program to help heart and pulmonary patients with recovery (Photo)
Legacy Health - 01/17/18 10:59 AM
Legacy Emanuel’s new cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation gym’s first cardiac patient, 90-year-old Gordon Lessing who regularly walks to stay healthy.
Legacy Emanuel’s new cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation gym’s first cardiac patient, 90-year-old Gordon Lessing who regularly walks to stay healthy.
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(PORTLAND, OR) Legacy Emanuel has opened a new cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program, which includes a 4,200-square-foot gym, to help heart and pulmonary patients on their road to recovery. With this new addition, Legacy Health will now have cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at all six medical center campuses.

A cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to help people who have heart failure, had a heart attack, heart surgery or cardiac intervention or vascular and pulmonary diseases improve their quality of life afterward.

The program offers a state-of-the-art fitness gym with equipment such as treadmills, elliptical cycles, hand weights and other fitness tools. Patients get a completely individualized and closely monitored outpatient treatment plan that includes instruction on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and classes to help them change their lifestyle and kick habits, like smoking. They are overseen by a team of physicians, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, nurses, behavioral therapists and physical and occupational therapists who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Cardiologist Kenneth Leclerc, M.D., oversees several Legacy Health cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. "We are pleased to offer this program at all of our hospitals," says "Dr. Leclerc. "We want our heart patients to be actively involved in their recovery, to reach their full potential and return to work and the leisure activities they once enjoyed."

Legacy's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation has three phases and follows the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation guidelines and protocols. The first phase begins while the patient is hospitalized. Phase II is outpatient and consists of 36 sessions (three times a week for 12 weeks). Phase III is optional and allows patients to continue their fitness and education under medical supervision. For more information, call 503-413-4353 or website http://bit.ly/2kprUHM

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Attached Media Files: Legacy Emanuel’s new cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation gym’s first cardiac patient, 90-year-old Gordon Lessing who regularly walks to stay healthy.

Spine, Joint, and Stroke Center Open House at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
PeaceHealth - 01/19/18 12:00 PM
Experts from multiple medical specialties will be available to meet the public on Jan. 27th during PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's Spine Center, Joint Journey, and Stroke Center Showcase. There is no admission charge to attend this special health information and education event.

"We want our community to have the opportunity to see our amazing facility and meet the exceptional people who provide care for patients dealing with spine, joint issues, or stroke issues" said Kristy Morgan, Coordinator of PeaceHealth Southwest's spine center.

Anyone wanting to attend should come to the lobby of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's Firstenburg Tower between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., where they will be greeted and directed to the different Showcase locations. Featured locations will include the Thomas and Sandra Young Neuroscience Center, and the Joint Center's post-operative recovery area.

"The Showcase will feature three different specialties," said Morgan. "A person with a sore back or neck may only be interested in seeing our Spine Center, meeting our spine experts, and touring our private patient rooms, whereas a person with sore knees may be more interested in learning more about our Joint Replacement program. We want everyone who visits to get exactly the information they need to help them."

When: Jan. 27, 2018 from 1-4 p.m.
Where: Firstenburg Tower at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, 400 NE Mother Joseph Place in Vancouver, WA
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be served
For More Info: Contact Kristy Morgan at 360.514.2225

About PeaceHealth's Spine Center
The PeaceHealth Southwest Neurosciences Center is the regional leader in brain and spine care, offering comprehensive programs in neurosciences, spine care, and stroke care. Our multi-disciplinary teams help deliver excellent care for patients dealing with diseases, disorders, and injuries that affect the brain, spine, and nervous system. The Spine Center's comprehensive program also offers pre-operative education and follow up care, along with post-operative follow up to ensure patients are recovering successfully.
www.peacehealth.org/southwest/brain-spine-care

About PeaceHealth's Joint Journey
PeaceHealth Southwest's Joint Journey is a comprehensive program that features pre-procedure education, advanced joint replacement techniques, and an excellent post-procedure care program. After surgery, our Joint Journey patients recover on the 8th floor of our beautiful Firstenburg Tower. Our Showcase will give visitors information about our Joint Journey program along with the opportunity to meet our staff and explore our 8th floor facility.
www.peacehealth.org/southwest/orthopedics

About PeaceHealth's Stroke Program
Our Thomas and Sandra Young Neuroscience Center is located on the 6th floor of the Firstenburg Tower. In simplest terms, a stroke is an attack on the brain. Effective stroke care calls for rapid 24/7 multi-disciplinary coordination. Stroke Showcase attendees will learn about our programs, speak to a provider, meet staff and program leaders, and tour a medical recovery room.
www.peacehealth.org/southwest/services/stroke-center

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

PeaceHealth advises flu patients to seek best care option
PeaceHealth - 01/17/18 12:30 PM
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is experiencing high volumes of patients seeking emergency care for influenza-like symptoms, resulting in increased E.R. wait times and reduced availability of inpatient hospital rooms.

People planning a trip to the emergency room should consider the potential benefits of visiting an urgent care center instead, where wait times can be shorter and costs may be lower. Urgent care centers are equipped to treat flu patients with the same level of care they would receive in an emergency room setting. PeaceHealth offers urgent care at 3400 Main Street in Vancouver Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, and Sat-Sun 7am-8pm.

"The majority of people battling flu can treat themselves successfully at home, without seeking medical attention," said PeaceHealth Southwest hospitalist Dr. Stephen Kormanyos. "Get plenty of rest, stay well hydrated, and give your body a chance to fight off the virus. People should seek medical attention if they develop breathing difficulty, a persistent high fever, or if they cannot keep fluids down."

Although flu cases began spiking in Clark County in December, it is still not too late to get a flu shot. Flu season can continue well into spring, and a flu shot today can provide several months of protection. For added safety, people should wash their hands frequently, especially after coming into contact with high-touch objects such as doors handles, ATM machines, and gas pumps.

For more information about the flu, visit www.cdc.gov/flu

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at www.peacehealth.org.

Salem Health now offers 24/7 pediatric hospital care and full line of specialties (Photo)
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Salem Health is pleased to announce its new pediatric hospitalist medicine team now offers 24/7 coverage. Pediatricians from Salem Health and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital provide local inpatient care for children, allowing families to stay close to home for hospital services.

Some diagnoses and illnesses will require transfer to a higher level of care, for example when a pediatric intensive care unit is needed. However, many children whose diagnoses previously resulted in transfer to a different location can now stay in the mid-Willamette Valley for care with the availability of this new team.

"The planning and development for this program began well over a year ago," said Lisa Ketchum, RN, Salem Health women's and children's services director. "We're so thrilled to be able to offer these services so that families can spend less time in the car and more time getting their kids healthy again?"."

Community partners, providers and Salem Health leadership gave input to the planning and development of the program, allowing the pediatric hospitalists to provide inpatient care starting in September. The team started providing 24/7 coverage Nov. 6.

Salem Health's pediatric hospitalists partner with the patient's primary care doctor to ensure continuity of care, from the clinic to the hospital and back.

"I look forward to working with our community providers," said Jill Pearson, MD, Salem Health pediatric hospitalist medicine director. "We are fortunate to have so many amazing pediatricians and family practitioners in the area to partner with in this mission to provide excellent care to the children of our surrounding communities."

A full line of outpatient pediatric specialty services is also available through the OHSU Doernbecher Clinic located on the Salem Hospital campus. The team of providers offer high-level care in the following services:

Cardiology.
Developmental pediatrics.
Endocrinology.
Fetal therapy.
Gastroenterology.
General surgery.
Pulmonology.
Orthopedics.
Urology.


About Salem 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.



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Utilities
Pacific Power names new managers to oversee community involvement (Photo)
Pacific Power - 01/17/18 9:36 AM
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Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Jan. 17, 2018

Pacific Power names new managers to oversee community involvement
Cheryl Carter and Alan Meyer will lead the dozen regional business managers who serve customers in more than 240 communities throughout the Northwest

PORTLAND--Pacific Power has promoted two experienced regional business managers to lead the seasoned group of professionals who work closely with the customers, local governments and major accounts the company serves in Oregon, Washington and California.

Cheryl Carter and Alan Meyer are both promoted to director, customer and community affairs.
Carter will lead the regional business managers serving Washington and central and northern Oregon. Reporting to her will be:
Matt Chancellor -- Bend (Central Oregon)
Bill Clemens -- Walla Walla (Southeastern Washington)
Alisa Dunlap -- Astoria (Clatsop County)
Lori Froehlich -- Yakima (Yakima Valley)
Sheila Holden -- Portland (NE Portland)
Diana Knous -- Portland (Portland and Mid-Willamette Valley)
Lori Wyman -- Pendleton (NE Oregon, Columbia Gorge)
Meyer will lead the regional business managers serving the Mid-Willamette Valley, southern Oregon and California. Reporting to him will be:
Todd Andres -- Klamath Falls (Klamath & Lake counties)
Sam Carter -- Roseburg (Douglas, Coos & southern Lane counties)
Celeste Krueger -- Albany (Linn, Benton & northern Lane counties)
Christina Kruger -- Medford (Jackson & Josephine counties)
Monte Mendenhall -- Yreka (Northern California)
Carter and Meyer are replacing Jim Gossett, who served the company for 38 years and retired in early 2018.
"Our customers and the partnerships we create to build local community prosperity are the reason we are in business," Scott Bolton, senior vice president for external affairs and customer solutions. "Delivering exceptional service is a team effort across our company and depends on effective communication, a close working relationship with our operations professionals, and always being in tune with our customers' needs. With Cheryl and Alan and their experienced, committed teams in place, we will continue to foster growth for the customers and communities we serve."

Both Carter and Meyer will report to Bolton.

Based in Portland, Carter has worked in the electric utility industry for 18 years. She began her career in the industry working on energy efficiency in California and later moved to Oregon to work for PacifiCorp's marketing department. In 2004 she went to work for Portland General Electric as a Product Manager and then General Business Market Manager before coming back to PacifiCorp in 2013 as an account manager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business marketing from Oregon State University and later earned an MBA from Washington State University, Vancouver. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her three teenage children and enjoys snow skiing and hiking.

Based in Stayton, Ore., Meyer has worked in the electric utility industry for over 29 years and started out shoveling coal at a Midwestern power plant in 1988 and later became a maintenance supervisor at a nuclear plant before managing a small call center for a St. Louis utility. In 2003 Alan and his family moved to Oregon where he started as a team manager, then operations manager at Pacific Power's Portland-based call center. He has served as an account manager and regional business manager in the Willamette Valley since 2007. Meyer will still be the first point of contact for communities and customers in Marion County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in management from William Woods University in Missouri. Alan and his wife Lisa, along with their adult children greatly enjoy life in the great Northwest.


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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.



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Federal
Access to Majority of Bureau of Land Management Public Lands to Remain Open During Government Shutdown: BLM facilities will be closed
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 01/21/18 4:02 PM
Washington, D.C. -- During the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the majority of Bureau of Land Management public lands across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. BLM roads, trails, campgrounds, boat ramps and recreation sites will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. All BLM facilities on public lands however will be closed.

Please note that because of the federal government shutdown, the BLM websites and social media are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

--BLM--

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs

Public meetings set for BLM fuel breaks and restoration environmental impact statements
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 01/17/18 10:25 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management will hold 14 public meetings in six western states to identify issues and receive public comments. The purpose of these meetings is to gather input for the preparation of two Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (PEIS) aimed at reducing wildfires and restoring sagebrush steppe habitat.

The two PEISs will analyze future projects in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah and California. One will analyze fuels breaks, which slow the advance of wildfire and thereby reduce the threat to life and property, among other benefits. The other will analyze restoration work of burned areas, with an emphasis on replacing invasive species with native and other species more conducive to sagebrush-steppe health. BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation as we pursue our multiple-use mission. When completed, the two documents will provide standard analyses for fuels breaks and restoration projects, thereby reducing the need for in-depth evaluation on an individual project basis.

"The fuel break PEIS will help us to limit the size of wildfires and provide better protection for the public and firefighters," said John Ruhs, BLM Nevada State Director. "The restoration PEIS will speed the recovery of burned areas, helping the vegetation to recover faster and minimize the disruption of local economies."

BLM will accept comments until March 1, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing at the public meetings, by email at GRSG_PEIS@blm.gov or by fax at (208) 373-3805. Written comments may also be sent via mail to Jonathan Beck, BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709.

All of the scoping meetings listed will be conducted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location / Date / Venue / Address

CALIFORNIA
Susanville, CA 2/6/18
BLM Eagle Field Office; 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130

IDAHO
Boise, ID 1/30/18
Wyndham Garden Hotel, Boise Airport; 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, ID 83705

Twin Falls, ID 2/13/18
Canyon Springs Red Lion Inn; 1357 Blue Lakes Blvd., Twin Falls, ID 83301

Idaho Falls, ID 2/14/18
Hilton Garden Inn; 700 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

NEVADA
Reno, NV 2/7/18
UNR, Crowley Student Union, Milt Glick Ballroom C; 1644 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89503

Elko, NV 2/8/18
Red Lion Hotel, High Desert Inn Ballroom; 2065 Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801

Ely, NV 2/13/18
BLM Ely District Office; 702 N. Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301

OREGON
Lakeview, OR 2/7/18
BLM Lakeview Interagency District Office; 1301 S. G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630

Burns, OR 2/8/18
Harney County Chamber of Commerce/Community Center; 484 N. Broadway, Burns, OR 97720

UTAH
Salt Lake City, UT 2/15/18
Courtyard by Marriot Downtown; 345 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Snowville, UT 1/31/18
Snowville Elementary School; 160 N. Stone Road, Snowville, UT 84336

Cedar City, UT 2/14/18
Heritage Center -- Festival Hall; 105 North 100 East, Cedar City, UT 84720

Vernal, UT 2/1/18
Uintah Conference Center; 313 East 200 South, Vernal, UT 84078

WASHINGTON
Moses Lake, WA 2/1/18
Moses Lake Best Western; 3000 W. Marina Dr., Moses Lake, WA 98837


-BLM--

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016--more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

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State
79 small arts organizations receive FY2018 operating grants (Photo)
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Small grants that can make a large difference in ensuring arts access for rural Oregonians were awarded to 79 statewide arts organizations by the Oregon Arts Commission for FY2018.

Awarded to arts organizations in 29 towns and cities across the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000.

Eligibility is limited to organizations who have operated as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit for two years or more. Most organizations received $1,230.

For the volunteer Inland Northwest Musicians, who travel Northeast Oregon presenting orchestral concerts, that $1,230 literally puts gas in the tank.

"This grant program was developed to increase the Arts Commission's support of Oregon's small arts providers," said Commission Vice Chair Anne Taylor. "These organizations frequently represent the only arts presenter for remote and underserved regions of the state."

For more information about the grant program, contact Brian Wagner at (503) 428-1981 or via email at brian.wagner@oregon.gov.

FY2018 Small Operating Grants were awarded to:

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Oregon, Bend
Ash Creek Arts Center, Independence
Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland
Bach Cantata Choir, Portland
Bandon Showcase, Inc., Bandon
Base Camp Studio, Bend
Boom Arts, Portland
Bump in the Road Theatre, Portland
Cascadia Chapter of NACUSA, Cascadia Composers, Portland
Cascadia Concert Opera, Eugene
Center for Architecture, Portland
Chamber Music Amici, Eugene
Chamber Music Corvallis, Corvallis
Chintimini Chamber Music, Corvallis
Choro In Schola, Beaverton
Classical Up Close, Tigard
Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, Hood River
Confluence: The Willamette Valley LGBT Chorus, Salem
Corvallis Guitar Society, Corvallis
Corvallis Repertory Singers, Corvallis
CymaSpace, Portland
Dance Wire, Portland
Delgani String Quartet, Eugene
Drexel H. Foundation, Vale
Experience Theatre Project, Beaverton
Fear No Music, Portland
Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Florence
Gallery Calapooia Inc, Albany
The Geezer Gallery, Portland
Girl Circus, Eugene
Greater Eugene Chorus/SWEET ADALINES, Eugene
Hand2Mouth, Portland
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, Portland
Hillsboro Community Youth Choir, Hillsboro
Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, Hillsboro
Hillsboro Visual Art Assoc dba Sequoia Gallery and Studios, Hillsboro
Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita
Inland Northwest Musicians, Hermiston
Kukatonon Childrens African Dance Troupe, Portland
Live On Stage, Portland
MediaRites, Portland
Mid-Valley Prelude Sinfonia Inc, Albany
Monday Musical Club of Tillamook, Tillamook
Music Education & Performing Artists Association, Eugene
North Coast Chorale, Astoria
Northwest Print Council, Portland
One World Chorus, Lake Oswego
Oregon Arists Series Foundation, Salem
Oregon Symphonic Band Inc, Beaverton
Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Portland
Painted Sky Inc, Tigard
Paradise of Samoa, Keizer
Performance Works NW, Portland
Portland Chamber Music, Portland
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Portland
Portland Festival Symphony, Portland
Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble, Portland
Portland Story Theater, Portland
Risk/Reward, Portland
Riverbend Live!, Winston
Rogue World Music, Ashland
Rural Art Center, Lorane
Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, Salem
Scalehouse, Bend
Secret Knowledge, Portland
Signal Fire, Portland
Southern Oregon Guild, Kerby/Cave Junction
Stories Alive, Ashland
Sunriver OR Stars Community Theater, Sunriver
The Dalles Art Association, The Dalles
The Piano Santa Foundation, Portland
The Verona Studio, Salem
Theatre 33 on the 45th, Salem
Twilight Theater Company, Portland
Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, Enterprise
West African Cultural Arts Institute, Eugene
Westside Cultural Alliance, Beaverton
Willamette Jazz Society, Eugene
Willamette Valley Symphony, Albany


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 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 grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.



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National Core Indicators - Aging and Disability survey results for Oregon to be released January 26
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/22/18 8:00 AM
(Salem, Ore) -- The Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program (APD) will share results from a National Core Indicators - Aging and Disability (NCI-AD) 2016-2017 survey from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018, during a panel discussion at Broadway Commons. The research results from the 2016-17 survey reflect 589 interviews with consumers who receive services through APD.

Speakers who will present the results and lead the discussion will be: APD Executive Director Ashley Carson Cottingham, NCI-AD Project Director Julie Bershadsky of the Human Services Research Institute, Governor's Commission on Senior Services Member Nancy Pierce and Oregon Disabilities Commission Chair Ted Wenk.

Event details

What: National Core Indicators - Aging and Disability survey results
When: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, January 26
Where: Broadway Commons (operated by the Salem Alliance), Mongolia Room, 3rd Floor, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. For a map of the Broadway Commons facility location and parking, visit this page on the Salem Alliance website.

To join by phone, call in to: (800) 230-1059, Confirmation Number 443413 for the NCI-AD Stakeholders Report Release Meeting. To join online, watch the live feed on our Facebook page.

NCI-AD is an initiative designed to support states' interest in assessing the performance of their programs and delivery systems and improving services for older adults, individuals with physical disabilities, and caregivers.

This event is open to the public. Closed captioning will be provided in the meeting room at Broadway Commons. Individuals who would like to request any other necessary accommodation, including language translation, please email Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us.

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Hillsboro, Beaverton events seek input on improving services for people with disabilities
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/19/18 5:48 PM
(Beaverton and Hillsboro, Ore.) -- The Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program (APD) will host two meetings to provide an opportunity for government and nonprofit organizations to take part in collaborative discussions about the services that are currently provided and help develop plans for how to improve those services. The goal is to build a coalition of community members dedicated to advancing the benefits and services available to people with disabilities.

Among the questions to be addressed include:
How to get community members involved in government policy making that effects the accessibility of services to people of all abilities?
What tools are available to empower people living with disabilities to be change agents for the community?
The times and locations for the two meetings are:
10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the APD office in Hillsboro, 5240 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, Suite 200, Hillsboro, OR, 97124
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 5, 2018, at the Beaverton Library, Conference Room B, 123375 S.W. 5th St, Beaverton, OR, 97005
Closed captioning will be provided at both sessions. If you would like to request any other necessary accommodation, including language translation, please email Tracy Applegate at tracy.applegate@state.or.us or call 503-469-2062.
Registration for the event is encouraged but not required. To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buildingan-inclusive-community-tickets-41289756774.

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Governor's Commission on Senior Services to meet Jan. 25
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/18/18 2:49 PM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 165. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: regular commission business, new business, status reports on subcommittees and agenda creation for the full commission meeting on February 8, 2018.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.

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Governor, ODVA seeking applicants to fill vacancy on Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 01/17/18 8:00 AM
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Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs are seeking applications from veterans interested in serving the state's veteran community as a member of the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee.

Since the advisory committee was established in 1945, it has held a distinct and fundamental role advising the director and staff of ODVA. Advisory committee members are military veterans who are appointed by the governor and act as advocates for veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. For more information about the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee, please visit ODVA's website at www.oregon.gov/odva/Connect/Pages/Advisory-Committee.aspx.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a veteran whose service in the United States Armed Forces meets the criteria defined under ORS 408.225(1)(f). Interested applicants should complete the interest form that can be found online at www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Documents/Interest%20Form.pdf.

Completed forms may be submitted by email to executive.appointments@oregon.gov or by regular mail to Office of the Governor, Executive Appointments, 900 Court St. N.E., Room 160, Salem, OR 97301-4075. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 22, 2018.



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Oregon businesses invited to take a 'Safety Break' May 9
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/19/18 9:20 AM
(Salem) -- Employers across the state are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 9, an event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of keeping people safe and healthy while on the job.

Now in its 15th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities. Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses and other employers can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

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

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

Companies that participate will be entered to win one of three $100 checks, to be used for a luncheon of their choice, when they sign up online by Friday, May 4: http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/signup.aspx. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

During the event, companies are encouraged to share their Safety Break activities on social media by tagging @OregonOSHA on Facebook and using #SafetyBreak2018 on Twitter and Instagram.

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

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

2017 Operators of the Year: helping people and protecting natural resources
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/16/18 4:29 PM
News Release

Date: Jan. 16, 2018

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248
Kyle Abraham, Private Forests Deputy Division Chief, 503-945-7473


SALEM, Ore.--The 2017 Operator of the Year awards go to Lane Parry Forestry Consulting of Baker City, Denali Logging of Coos Bay, and Morisse Logging of Astoria. The Board of Forestry gives the Operator of the Year Awards to recognize those who conduct forestry work that goes above and beyond the laws to protect natural resources.

To encourage sound forestry, the board honors operators who consistently meet or exceed the Forest Practices Act. The law requires people to: replant forests; harvest responsibly; protect and enhance habitat; reduce landslide risks; and protect streams and water quality.

Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker said, "These operators set the example. They show how operators can both manage forests and protect natural resources. We're pleased to honor their exemplary work."

Lane Parry Forestry Consulting Inc. earned the Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year award for helping landowners after the 2015 wildfires. Lane's team worked with 14 landowners in Baker County and multiple operators to perform salvage harvests. His leadership ensured both successful harvesting and replanting. (Video: https://youtu.be/p_akKepy_Kw)

Denali Logging Inc. earned the Southwest Operator of the Year award for its diligent planning and harvest. While doing forestry work, Denali protected streams, stream buffers and fish habitat. Denali also reduced impacts to the public. Their careful planning included listening to and working with neighbors. Throughout the harvest Denali kept the electricity on and the roads open to meet the neighbors' needs. (Video: https://youtu.be/U723vLHHOSw)

Morisse Logging Inc. earned the Northwest Oregon Operator of the Year award for protecting streams and improving fish habitat. Morisse's extra effort included coordinating work to improve safety along Highway 26 during and after the harvest. His team also brought civic groups to the harvest site to share about forestry and stream improvements. (Video: https://youtu.be/WDgLuMBh2Bk)

Nominees must exceed the Forest Practices Act, which helps improve Oregon's forests. Regional committees select operators of the year and merit award recipients. The Southwest Regional Forest Practices Committee issued a Merit Award for excellent work to Zuber & Sons Logging LLC for protecting water quality and streamside buffers.

The Board of Forestry will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 7 meeting. The Associated Oregon Loggers, the Oregon Logging Conference and the Oregon Small Woodland Association will also provide special recognition.

In 1971, Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act, the nation's model forest management laws which focuses on forest operations and protecting natural resources. Many states followed Oregon's lead. The Act remains current through updates based on science, facts and values to create a balanced approach to natural resource management.

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Nominations for Urban and Community Forestry Awards wanted by Feb. 15th
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/16/18 3:58 PM
SALEM, Ore. - In celebration of Arbor Day, the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Assistance Program (ODF) and Oregon Community Trees (OCT) board are seeking nominees from Oregon for the 2018 Urban and Community Forestry Awards. Nominations must be received by Feb. 15, 2018.

The awards recognize inspirational individuals and organizations for promoting tree planting and quality tree care, engaging citizens, raising awareness and knowledge about urban trees and forests, and protecting Oregon's urban forests.

"Such work improves the quality of life in towns and cities around the state," says Kristin Ramstad, manager of Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program, which supports the goals of the awards program. "For over 20 years, this awards program has recognized people and groups who do the often "unsung" work of making our communities better places to live due to their community forestry efforts."

Individual category: Nominations for the individual award recognize citizens, volunteers, or non-profit, government or business employees.

Organization category: Nominations for the organization award recognize citizen groups, non-profits, public agencies, municipalities, and businesses.

Citizens are vital to the nomination process. "We greatly depend upon the eyes and ears of Oregonians to assist us in identifying and recognizing worthy community tree projects put forward by groups and individuals across the state each year," says Eric DeBord, OCT President.

All award nominations must include:
Name of the individual or organization being nominated, and contact information
Name and contact information of the nominator
A brief, 250-words or less, description of the accomplishments and reason for the nomination

Submit nominations here: http://oregoncommunitytrees.org/awards

For more information about Oregon Community Trees visit: www.oregoncommunitytrees.org

Land exchange between Oregon Department of Forestry and Tillamook County topic of Jan. 30 public hearing
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/16/18 9:30 AM
Salem, Ore -- The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed land exchange between Tillamook County and ODF. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Tillamook County Courthouse, Commissioners Meeting Room A and B (Top Floor), 201 Laurel Ave. The public is invited to attend and provide input.

Written public comments on the exchange will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2018. Comments should be sent to the Oregon Department of Forestry, Attn: Patty Cate, 2600 State St., Bldg. D, Salem, OR 97310 or by email to patty.s.cate@oregon.gov.

ODF and Tillamook County propose exchanging lands of similar values that will provide public benefit and allow for more efficient management. If approved, Tillamook County would transfer 154.4 acres of lands at the Sprague Memorial Wayside to ODF. Tillamook County would receive 87 acres that are currently part of Trask Park. The value of both parcels was equalized at $589,000.

Per mutual agreements, ODF is currently managing the county-owned Sprague Memorial Wayside, while the county is managing Board of Forestry-owned lands in Trask Park. Trask Park currently has camping sites for recreational vehicles and tents. Sprague Memorial Wayside is currently operated and maintained by ODF as a day-use site for travelers.

The exchange removes an obstacle for Tillamook County as it seeks out grants to invest in infrastructure upgrades at Trask Park. Likewise, ODF ownership of the Sprague Memorial Wayside provides public recreational and social benefits while also streamlining management of the wayside.

If special materials, services, or assistance is required, such as a sign language interpreter, assistive listening device, or large print material, please contact our Public Affairs office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting via telephone at 503-945-7200.

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Employment in Oregon December 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/17/18 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 14,700 Jobs in December

In December, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 14,700 jobs, following a revised loss of 300 jobs in November. Monthly gains were concentrated in two industries that bounced back from weaker hiring patterns in the summer, as leisure and hospitality added 4,400 jobs in December and professional and business services added 3,000. Three other industries added at least 1,000 jobs in December: manufacturing (+2,400 jobs), construction (+1,600), and health care and social assistance (+1,000). No major industry cut jobs substantially in December.

Since December 2016, total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 48,400 jobs, or 2.6 percent. This is near the rate of growth experienced throughout 2016 and well into mid-2017. While the jobs reports in late 2017, which covered the August through November data, were indicating a slowdown in Oregon's economic expansion, the strong jobs reading in December reflects a return to robust growth.

Over the most recent 12 months, gains were most rapid in construction, which added 8,800 jobs, or 9.4 percent. Next in line was leisure and hospitality (+8,900 jobs, or 4.4%), followed closely by private educational services (+1,400 jobs, or 4.0%). Several major industries expanded by close to 3 percent: health care and social assistance (+7,200 jobs, or 3.1%), financial activities (+2,900 jobs, or 3.0%), and professional and business services (+6,600 jobs, or 2.8%). Meanwhile, only two industries changed employment over the year by less than 1 percent: government (+2,300 jobs, or 0.7%) and wholesale trade (-200 jobs, or -0.3%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.1 percent in December from 4.2 percent in November. Oregon's unemployment rate was the same as the U.S. unemployment rate, which was also 4.1 percent in December. The state's annual average unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.0 percent, which was Oregon's lowest annual average unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's second-lowest annual average unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, which was reached in 2016 and 1995.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 23rd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, March 6th.??NLG


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

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.


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

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

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



Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon Decembver 2017 News Release

Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 25 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 4:52 PM
January 17, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

When: Thursday, January 25, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1C. Please note that space is limited. Those interested in participating via conference call should contact Tara Weston before the meeting at 971-673-1047 to obtain call-in information.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor. It members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of tobacco's harmful impact on Oregonians.

Agenda: Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) budget implementation; Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act; Tobacco 21; legislative efforts.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Barnard at 971-673-1347, 711 TTY or sarah.barnard@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee Meets January 24 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 4:31 PM
January 17, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve January 3 meeting minutes; discuss the oral health accountability metric; provide input for the public health accountability metrics report, recommend benchmarks for accountability metrics and process measures.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 1-2 p.m. The public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

For more information, see the board's web page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OHA seeks applications for Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 3:35 PM
January 17, 2018

The Oral Health Program at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is calling for applications to an advisory committee overseeing one of the program's dental pilot projects.

Applications are being accepted for the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee for Dental Pilot Project #200, which will train expanded practice dental hygienists (EPDHs) and demonstrate that EPDHs can successfully place "interim therapeutic restorations" (ITRs) when directed to do so by a collaborating dentist. The ITR is an interim restoration designed to stop the progression of dental caries until the patient can receive treatment for that tooth by a dentist.

The Community Dentistry Program at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry has partnered with Capitol Dental Care and University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry on this project. Led by an EPDH, Capitol Dental Care will use telehealth-connected oral health teams to reach children who have not been receiving dental care on a regular basis. Capitol Dental will provide community-based dental diagnostic, prevention and early intervention services, including ITR placement when indicated by the supervising dentist.

The application for the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee is available on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/ORALHEALTH/DENTALPILOTPROJECTS/Documents/AdvisoryCommitteeApplication.pdf. Interested persons should submit a completed application, along with a copy of a current resumé or curriculum vitae, to Sarah Kowalski, Dental Pilot Project coordinator, at sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2018.

For more information, contact Kowalski by email, or at 971-673-1563, or visit the OHA dental pilot project website at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/PreventionWellness/oralhealth/dentalpilotprojects/.

The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care.

The Oral Health Program is located in the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion within the Public Health Division under the Oregon Health Authority.

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Conference of Local Health Officials meets January 18 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 3:10 PM
January 16, 2018

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO)

Agenda: Committee appointments; review of communicable disease, tuberculosis; HIV case management, sexually transmitted diseases, and immunizations program elements; discussion of public health funding principles; update on OHA cost allocation changes; update on new expenditure reporting form for local public health administrators.

When: Thursday, January 18, 9:30-11:35 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1D, Portland

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

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sing language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Public Health Advisory Board meets January 18 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 1:38 PM
January 16, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Review 2018 Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) work plan; receive subcommittee updates; make recommendations about public health accountability measures; review the public health modernization evaluation plan; discuss progress toward Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan objectives related to obesity and substance use.

When: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2-5 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1D, Portland. The meeting also is available remotely by webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4888122320415752707, or by telephone at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet January 19 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 1:13 PM
January 16, 2018

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

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, January 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7438627555801803523. Conference line: 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. Phone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; update on CCO 2.0; overview of CCO and other relevant accountability measure sets; OHA structure and metrics support 101; discussion about role of committee.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Heather Johnson at 503-508-8276, 711 TTY, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon EMS Committee meets January 19
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 11:10 AM
January 16, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Oregon EMS Committee. Agenda items include: vote for chair and vice chair; case presentation; Oregon EMS Information System presentation.

When: Friday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, Portland. The meeting also is accessible via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/207329797937521155

Who: The EMS Committee is established under ORS 682 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of EMS care in Oregon. The committee is made of 18 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Meeting contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, 971-673-1322, stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Trauma Advisory Board meets January 19
Oregon Health Authority - 01/16/18 9:38 AM
January 16, 2018


What: A public meeting of the Oregon State Trauma Advisory Board (STAB)

When: Friday, Jan. 19, 1-4:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1B, Portland. The meeting also is accessible via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5584360571692535555

Who: The STAB is established under ORS 431 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care in Oregon. The committee is made of 18 members appointed by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Agenda items include vote for vice chair; case presentation; discussion of Oregon Stop the Bleed program.

Meeting contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, 971-673-1322 or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Winning Powerball ticket is better than coffee
Oregon Lottery - 01/22/18 11:03 AM
Jan. 18, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- More coffee. That's what James Wright thought when he checked his Powerball ticket.

"I got up and looked at the ticket and decided to check the numbers from my phone," he said. "I was bleary-eyed because it was early. I saw I missed the Powerball, but then the numbers matched up. I thought it couldn't be right. So I had some coffee and checked again."

After checking it a second time -- and having his heart skip a beat -- he woke his wife up and told her, "We have something special here.

"Overall it was a very surreal experience," he said.

Wright's winning numbers were 14-25-35-58-69, but he missed the Powerball number of 19 for the Saturday, Jan. 13 drawing for a prize of $1 million. The jackpot was $50 million. He purchased his ticket from the 7-Eleven on Willamette Drive in West Linn.

Oregon Lottery officials will be at the 7-Eleven off of Willamette Drive in West Linn at noon on Tuesday to present the owner of the franchise with an oversized ceremonial check for $10,000. Retailers who sell winning tickets receive a 1-percent selling bonus up to $100,000. During the event, Lottery officials will also be handing out a limited number for free Powerball coupons.

Wright's prize was the third large Powerball prize won in Oregon this month. On Jan. 11, Reggie Pearne of Jacksonville, won $1 million playing Powerball. And on Jan. 4, Ronald Ceci of Grants Pass won $2 million playing Powerball. He selected the Power Play option for an additional $1, which doubled his prize to a total of $2 million.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Clackamas County, where the West Linn Lottery retailer is located, more than $55.5 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Historic Cemeteries Commission meets February 2 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/19/18 8:01 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 2 via conference call. Agenda items will include a statewide cemetery clean-up day, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

Grants available for Oregon museum projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/18/18 2:32 PM
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

Museums may apply for a variety of projects, including of the following examples. Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops and camps. Museums may also partner with other organizations for projects that might be outside the museum, but still meet the museum's mission.

"This program is versatile enough to serve museums of all sizes," said Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Beth Dehn. Past projects included a speaker series at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, electrical work at the Gilliam County Historical Society, storage materials for the Klamath County Museum and the Shelton McMurphy Johnson House in Eugene, interpretation at Washington County Museum and Cannon Beach History Center and a living history cemetery tour in Lincoln City.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support to complete them. Free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Workshops will be in Salem on March 8 and 13. Webinar workshops will be available on March 15 and 22.

The Heritage Commission is 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 commission's mission 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.

To learn more about museum grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for Feb. 2 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/18/18 8:54 AM
SALEM, Ore. - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 to discuss the proposed Salmonberry Trail corridor. The meeting will be held in the Capitol, Room 50. The public is invited to attend.

The meeting agenda: an update on fundraising efforts, outcomes of a benefits study done by Portland State University, status of a proposed trail use and lease agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay and an update on valley segment planning.
The proposed Salmonberry Trail is an 84-mile corridor connecting eight cities and two counties. The proposed route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway and terminates in Banks.

STIA was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail. For more information contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

Counties/Regional
Commission on Aging offers opportunities to advocate for older citizens
Clark Co. WA Communications - 01/18/18 10:38 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - Clark County is seeking applicants for three openings on its Commission on Aging. The commission manages and implements the county's Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing the needs of people older than 50.

Volunteers serve three-year terms. Residents living anywhere in Clark County may apply. People with an interest in issues and advocacy for seniors and service on a public advisory board are encouraged to apply.

The commission meets 3-6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Additional meetings may require an extra 10 hours per month.

Applicants should submit a résumé and letter of interest to Tina Redline, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also may be emailed to tina.redline@clark.wa.gov or faxed to 360.397.6058.

Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

The Aging Readiness Plan covers access to housing, transportation, a variety of lifestyles, support services and civic or social engagement. For more on the plan and commission, see www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

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Construction to begin on Otto Brown Neighborhood Park in Heritage neighborhood
Clark Co. WA Communications - 01/17/18 9:29 AM
Vancouver, Wash. - Work is scheduled to get underway later this month on Clark County's next park.

Otto Brown Neighborhood Park will be built on a 7.9-acre property along the south side of Northeast 96th Street west of Northeast 162nd Avenue, in the Heritage neighborhood. It will be the 31st park in the Greater Clark Parks District, which primarily covers the urban unincorporated area outside the city of Vancouver.

Last month, Clark County awarded a contract for building the park to Catworks Construction of Battle Ground. Catworks submitted the low bid, $922,100, of 10 received.

The park will include a perimeter asphalt path, sports court, nature play area, play equipment, wood chip loop paths, picnic tables and benches. The park was designed with a natural theme that preserves the area's vegetation and overall character.

The project will rebuild the southern half of Northeast 96th Street in front of the park with a sidewalk, curb and gutter and new asphalt. Following project completion, the existing barricade on Northeast 96th Street west of Northeast 160th Avenue will be removed.

Some preliminary utility work is underway at the site. Catworks expects to begin construction later this month. Construction should be complete and the park ready for public use in the fall.

The park is named after Otto Alexander Brown, who was born in the Hockinson area in 1878. Brown built a bicycle almost entirely of wood and rode it to Vancouver for the city's Fourth of July festivities. A Vancouver bicycle shop owner was so impressed that he gave Brown a new bicycle in exchange for the wood one, which he displayed in his store window for years.

In 2010, neighbors asked that the park be named for Brown in recognition of making his own bicycle. Play equipment at the new park will feature a bicycle theme.

More information about Otto Brown Neighborhood Park is available on the county's website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/otto-brown-neighborhood-park.
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Cities
Battle Ground PD Investigating Stabbing
City of Battle Ground - 01/18/18 12:56 PM
Update:
Detectives have completed the investigation.
Suspect Colin Dixon, 21, resident of 1205 N. Parkway, Battle Ground was booked into Clark County Jail on two counts of Assault 1 Domestic Violence in the stabbing of his father, Christian Dixon, and his sister, a juvenile. He is also charged with one count of Assault II Domestic Violence for assaulting his mother, Shawna Dixon, with a knife.
All 3 victims were transported to hospitals early this morning.



Battle Ground, WA - At 0047 hours this morning, Battle Ground Police Officers responded to a reported stabbing at a residence located in the 1200 block of N. Parkway Ave. Upon arrival, officers were told by a resident family member (a minor) that her father had been stabbed by her brother. When officers entered the home they found 42-year old Christian Dixon with stab wounds -- he was transported to the hospital. Officers detained the suspect, 21 year-old Colin Dixon, the victim's son, who remains in custody.

No other information is available at this time. Detectives are conducting a full investigation.

City of Battle Ground Awarded for Excellence in Financial Reporting
City of Battle Ground - 01/16/18 3:25 PM
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Battle Ground by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The award recognizes the city for its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

"Finance Director Maggie Smith and her staff have prepared a CAFR that clearly communicates the city's financial standing to citizens and stakeholders," said City Manager Jeff Swanson. "The award reflects their exceptional efforts and expertise."

The 2016 CAFR is available on the City's website at www.cityofbg.org/cafr.

Hillsboro City Council Establishes Priorities for 2018 and Beyond (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 01/18/18 9:13 AM
Hillsboro City Council 2017
Hillsboro City Council 2017
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The Hillsboro City Council agreed to its annual list of Guiding Principles and Priorities for 2018 during its January 16 City Council meeting.

With a seemingly endless number of priorities to consider, the Council unanimously adopted priorities that include timely topics such as transportation, cultural inclusion and engagement, housing affordability and homelessness, and support for entrepreneurs.

Council Priorities
Support community mobility by continuing to improve our transportation system
Work with community partners to increase public transportation access and service options
Support cultural inclusion and expanded engagement with diverse community members
Create partnerships to encourage and support the development of more market rate and affordable housing
Continue working with community partners to resolve homelessness
Support the development of entrepreneurs in Hillsboro
Expand workforce training opportunities that benefit all residents
Continue to plan ahead and position the City 50 years out for future success
Support the planning and development of the Crescent Park Greenway
Initiate exploration of receiving a Tree City USA designation
Support the continued success of the Hillsboro Airport and the City's partnership with the Port of Portland
Lead and promote sustainability initiatives, including energy-saving practices and renewable energy
Emphasize the continued revitalization of Downtown Hillsboro


The Council's selected priorities for 2018 are not ranked or ordered by importance and are not an exhaustive list of all City of Hillsboro priorities. The selected priorities are ongoing and can be created and completed within a one-to-two-year period with specific budget implications for the coming fiscal year; or, they may be long-range projects and programs that benefit from strong City Council participation and support.

The annual list of priorities is developed from the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan, the City's Strategic Plan, City departments' Strategic Plans, and current major focus areas for the City as identified by staff and supported by the Council. The 2035 Community Plan's vision statement reads:

"In 2035, Hillsboro is a diverse, sustainable city known for success in blending urban lifestyle, a world-class local economy, agricultural heritage, and a welcoming, family-friendly community for an outstanding quality of life."


The list of the City Council's Guiding Principles was renewed from previous years.

Council Guiding Principles
Remain the full-opportunity, full-service City that serves all of our diverse community members in areas including, but not limited to, public safety, job creation, arts and recreation, libraries, school support, housing supply, and transportation
Maintain community support for our public safety personnel and the vital services they deliver
Continue the City's tradition of exceptional stewardship and accountability for City assets, including maintaining appropriate fiscal reserves and funding long-term asset maintenance programs
Maintain Hillsboro's leadership role as a business-friendly City committed to strategic economic development that grows prosperity in the community, the region, and the State
Operate with transparency and openness in engaging the community on decision making
Promote Hillsboro's unique identity while ensuring we grow and develop with consideration of our community's agricultural roots and history
Continue to plan ahead and position the City 50 years out for future success
Support and show pride for high-quality education in Hillsboro -- from preschool through high school, and higher education

As the name implies, the principles provide guidance on how to fulfill the City's Mission Statement, which reads:

"The City of Hillsboro is dedicated to providing visionary leadership, delivering responsive municipal services, and fostering collaborative partnerships that enhance Hillsboro's hometown livability."





About the City of Hillsboro: Now Oregon's fifth-largest city, with 101,540 people, Hillsboro is helping to grow Oregon's future -- from microprocessors to vital industries, centers of commerce and green spaces. Hillsboro is a well-planned, affordable hometown with a strong economic base and one of the state's most diverse populations. It is the high-tech corridor for the state and home to a broad range of businesses, large and small, including one of Oregon's largest employers, Intel. Hillsboro also has the second-busiest airport in the state and the fifth-largest school district. Hillsboro hosts the second-largest 4th of July parade in Oregon, and annual events including a Latino Cultural Festival, Celebrate Hillsboro, and the Oregon International Air Show. Learn more at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.



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Hillsboro's 2018 State of the City Will Ask Community to "Rise to the Challenge"
City of Hillsboro - 01/18/18 9:09 AM
Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway will join fellow City Council members in reviewing the City of Hillsboro's progress and addressing challenges and opportunities moving forward during the 2018 State of the City on Tuesday, January 30, at the Hillsboro Civic Center.

The 2018 event will be Mayor Callaway's second State of the City address since taking office as Mayor in January 2017. The theme of the 2018 address will be "Rise to the Challenge."

"For all of Hillsboro's successes and our path toward prosperity, we have challenges; challenges that can be addressed only when we work together," Mayor Callaway said. "The fact that so many people enjoy living in Hillsboro -- and so many others would like to join us here -- creates a new series of challenges."

"Housing affordability. Homelessness. Traffic. Even being civil and respectful toward each other can be a bit of a challenge at times," Callaway added. "I believe it's important to talk to each other -- and to listen to each other as well."

The State of the City is open to everyone and offers a reception with light refreshments starting at 5 pm in the Civic Center's lobby, followed by the start of the program at 6 pm inside the Shirley Huffman Auditorium.

2018 STATE OF THE CITY
Tuesday, January 30
5 pm Reception
6 pm Address
Hillsboro Civic Center
150 East Main Street

Old Macleay Road SE To Be Closed Permanently in Preparation for Gaffin Road SE Extension (Photo)
City of Salem - 01/19/18 8:00 AM
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On Monday, January 22, Old Macleay Road SE will be permanently closed between Macleay Road SE and Cordon Road SE. Eastbound traffic can access Cordon Road SE via Macleay Road SE. Westbound traffic can continue to use the recently improved intersection at Cordon Road SE.

The closure will ensure safe access to and from Cordon Road at the improved Cordon/Macleay Road intersection and allows construction crews to complete a new extension of Gaffin Road SE. The new extension is expected to open later this spring.

For additional City of Salem road conditions, visit our website at:
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City appoints new Chief Financial Officer (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 01/17/18 9:41 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is pleased to announce the appointment of Natasha Ramras as the City's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective Jan. 15.

Ramras will succeed CFO Lloyd Tyler, who passed away unexpectedly last October.

Ramras has 19 years of progressively responsible finance experience with state and local government, including 12 years with the City of Vancouver. She served as the City's Deputy Finance Director of Budget, Performance and Audit for the last four years.

"I am thrilled to accept this appointment and will strive to honor the legacy of my predecessor and friend, Lloyd Tyler," Ramras said. "I am excited about the future of our city and look forward to meeting the challenges and discovering the opportunities that present themselves as we continue to grow, evolve and strive for greatness."

As the City's CFO, Ramras will manage the Financial and Management Services Department, which is responsible for the City budget, procurement services, business and special licenses, employee payroll, audit and performance. She will be responsible for establishing finance operational strategies by analyzing economic trends and revenue opportunities, monitoring the City's financial performance, developing financial forecasts, developing improvements and providing financial guidance and advice to Vancouver City Council, the city manager and departments.

"Natasha has proven herself to be a dynamic and strategic leader with an excellent track record managing the City's budget and financial performance," said Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes. "She has excelled while serving as the City's interim CFO for the past three months and I look forward to working with her in this new leadership role."

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City Council Approves Annexing and Taking Ownership of County Roadway, and Authorizes Right-of-Way Acquisition
City of Wilsonville - 01/19/18 4:17 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- At the Jan. 18, 2018, Wilsonville City Council meeting, the Council took three major steps simultaneously to advance preparations for development of the Portland-metro regionally significant Coffee Creek industrial area of high-wage employers in Wilsonville.

The Council approved on second reading the annexation into City limits of 4.9 acres of roadway located in the northwest industrial area of Wilsonville. Approximately one mile of existing rural and unimproved county roads were annexed, including Garden Acres Road, Cahalin Road and Clutter Street.

In conjunction with annexing the existing roadway, the Council adopted a resolution seeking to transfer the road authority from Washington County to the City, which would then take ownership of the roads for improvements.

The Council also authorized the acquisition of approximately 102,000 square feet or 2.3 acres of right-of-way and easements from 14 property owners on 34 separate tax-lots that border Garden Acres Road, which stretches a half-mile from Ridder Road north to near Day Road.

Finally, the Council renewed a five-year intergovernmental agreement between the City and other local and state governmental agencies that are members of the Oregon Public Works Emergency Response Cooperative Assistant program. The City's participation in the program formalizes the exchange of equipment, supplies and personnel among government agencies during emergency response or recovery efforts.

Under Mayor's Business, the Council confirmed the reappointment of several volunteers to City boards and commissions, including:
Reappointment of Arthur Park to Budget Committee for a second term from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2020.
Reappointment of Gerald Greenfield to Planning Commission for a second term from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2021.
Reappointment of Fred Ruby to Development Review Board Panel A for a second term from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2019.
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Reappointment of Samy Nada to Development Review Board Panel B for a second term from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2019.

Under City Manager's Business, the Council approved sending a letter to Oregon legislative leaders opposing potential legislation in the "short" February session of the legislature that would remove public-review processes to allow the Oregon Dept. of Aviation to 'supersite' an extension of the Aurora State Airport runway in Marion County. The Council directed staff to work with Clackamas County to oppose legislation that preempts public participation in the land-use process and results in increased urban-level activity in a rural location lacking municipal governance, adequate infrastructure and surface-transportation facilities.

During Communications, the Council heard an update from Nina Carlson, Government & Community Affairs Consultant, of NW Natural describe the utility's efforts to move to a "low-carbon future" that reduces overall carbon-emissions by 2035.

During work session prior to the meeting, Council heard a number of reports from City staff. Public Works Director Delora Kerber presented a recently completed inventory of street trees in the city that showed 24,208 trees of 274 different species border 79 miles of Wilsonville roadways; the tree inventory will help the City to better manage and plan for the selection of trees in the future. Finance Director Susan Cole and Police Chief Rob Wurpes presented on the costs and benefits of various scenarios for the use of "red-light cameras" to capture driver violations of traffic-control devices. The Council decided to pause this initiative to install red-light cameras since a new traffic law-enforcement officer is scheduled to start in March that may result in decreased traffic infractions that impact public safety and traffic flow.

Community members can watch a replay of all or a portion of the City Council meeting on Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32 or on the City's video-on-demand service at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/WilsonvilleTV.

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Portland Parks & Recreation announces Whitaker Ponds Nature Park improvements (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 01/16/18 11:50 AM
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Completed improvements enhance park access; more enhancements coming

(Portland, OR) --

The new entry improvements at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park are complete, with a formal Portland Parks & Recreation celebration and dedication this spring.

The nearly 25-acre Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, located at 7040 NE 47th Avenue, contains ponds and natural areas. Popular uses of the nature park include education, birdwatching, light watercraft access to Whitaker Slough, and other nature-based recreation. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC) actively invite school groups, volunteers, and other partners to the park for educational and volunteer programs. However, before this project was completed, access to the site was difficult without any developed parking or sidewalks.

"Creating improved access to nature, and for all Portlanders, is a key mission of Portland Parks & Recreation," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "I thank PP&R staff, City, and Metro partners for making it easier than ever before to get to and enjoy this intriguing nature park."

In 2012, the CSWC partnered with BES and produced a concept design for significant and long-awaited improvements to the entry area off NE 47th Avenue. PP&R, partnering with the two groups, applied for and received a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant to help fund the project, which implements the 2012 concept in an environmentally responsible manner. The Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant funding is supplemented by some Parks System Development Charges (SDCs).

The improvements to Whitaker Ponds Nature Park include a new parking lot with better access for school buses, bike racks, stormwater treatment facilities, accessible routes to the educational facilities, and a small natural gathering area. Coming soon are new sidewalks, bike lanes, a sanitary sewer extension north of Whitaker Slough, a stormwater sewer extension, and a full reconstruct of the street, thanks to our partners at PBOT, BES and the Portland Water Bureau. The Water Bureau plans to replace the 100-year old cast iron water main.

"Whitaker Ponds is a shining example of a working, thriving natural environment in the midst of the bustling metropolitan Portland area," says PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. "We are very excited that the nature park is now even more of a destination for area schoolchildren, hikers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Whitaker Ponds Nature Park is surrounded by industrial buildings and businesses. So this project is further proof that nature can thrive anywhere in our city, when given a chance!"

Portland Parks & Recreation extends thanks to local students, community members, and project partners for their contributions -- extending a 20 year history of stewardship - in cleaning up and advocating for the site. Their work has greatly helped transform the site, a former junkyard, into a beautiful natural area. Notably, volunteers helped prepare the area for the recently installed improvements.

This project has increased the capacity of Whitaker Ponds Nature park to serve the public by improving visitor safety, accessibility, and aesthetics, and creating a more inviting public entry space. The Bureau is pleased to offer expanded educational, recreational, and stewardship activities within Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. PP&R looks forward to keeping neighbors and other stakeholders updated on the spring 2018 celebration as plans come together.



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Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update: Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Coordination with health officials continues.
Portland Water Bureau - 01/16/18 2:54 PM
The Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. One Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in a 50-liter sample collected on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Prior to this detection, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Dec. 18, 2017, when two oocysts were detected in a 50-liter sample.

The bureau continues to use the Bull Run as its primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so under the drinking water regulations. Portland is working to install filtration by 2027 under a compliance schedule with Oregon Health Authority. In the meantime, Portland Water Bureau is implementing interim measures such as watershed protection and additional monitoring to protect public health. Consultation with public health officials has concluded that at this time, customers do not need to take any additional precautions.

Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS; those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system; and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that a small percentage of the population could experience gastro-intestinal illness from Cryptosporidium and advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. The Portland Water Bureau and Burlington, City of Gresham, City of Sandy, City of Tualatin, Green Valley, GNR, Hideaway Hills, Lake Grove, Lorna Portland Water, Lusted, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview Acres, Tualatin Valley, Two Rivers, Valley View and West Slope Water Districts receive all or part of their drinking water supply from the Bull Run. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider.

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the
City's website at portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further test results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Line at
503-823-7525.



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Banks & Credit Unions
OnPoint Community Credit Union Names Steve Leugers Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 01/16/18 9:34 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore., January 16, 2018--OnPoint Community Credit Union has named Steve Leugers Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer. Leugers joins the Executive Team of Oregon's largest credit union with more than 336,000 members and $5 billion in assets.

"Steve's extensive background in credit, coupled with his proven record of leadership at high-performing credit unions across the West, is a strong asset for our members," said OnPoint President and CEO Rob Stuart. "We are excited about the talent and expertise Steve brings to the OnPoint family, and can't wait to introduce the Leugers family to all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer."

Prior to joining OnPoint, Leugers served as Chief Lending Officer at Nusenda Credit Union in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Leugers previously held senior leadership positions at Del Norte Credit Union, Westerra Credit Union and Elevations Credit Union. Leugers will utilize his more than 20 years' experience in financial services and his passion for the credit union mission to continue to invest in and improve OnPoint's credit and lending services.

"I am honored to join a financial institution with the strong member focus, performance record and reputation that OnPoint has earned," said Leugers. "I'm eager to invest my expertise and talents serving OnPoint members."

Leugers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Environmental Services from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School. He recently moved to Oregon with his wife Jami, and their three daughters, Emily, Abbie and Hannah.

The OnPoint Executive Team is comprised of the following members:
Rob Stuart, President/Chief Executive Officer
Jim Armstrong, Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer & HR Executive
Veronica Ervin, Senior Vice President/Chief Compliance Officer
Jim Hunt, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Steve Leugers, Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer
Tory McVay, Senior Vice President/Chief Retail Officer & Wealth Management Executive
Stephen Owen, Senior Vice President/Chief Operations Officer

ABOUT ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION
OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 336,000 members and with assets of $5 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union's membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.

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Portland nonprofit housing agencies receive $250,000 from Wells Fargo to support health services and housing for vulnerable residents (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 01/16/18 9:54 AM
Left to right: Cobi Lewis and Tracy Curtis of Wells Fargo, Matt Hisel and Rachel Solotaroff of CCC, and Jolie Balocca and Andrew Tweedie of Wells Fargo.
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PORTLAND -- As the city continues to see an increase in homelessness and a decrease in affordable housing, Wells Fargo has given two grants totaling $250,000 to two local nonprofit agencies to help provide vulnerable residents with improved access to healthcare services and housing. Here are the details:

$150,000 to Central City Concern
Central City Concern (CCC) received $150,000 to support the integration of healthcare into three of its projects: the Stark Street Apartments, the Interstate Apartments and its Eastside Health and Housing Center.

CCC broke ground last November on the third of the three buildings in its "Housing is Health" initiative, a pioneering commitment from local hospitals and health organizations to supportive, affordable housing. The two-story health care facility will serve 3,000 people each year with recovery and mental health services, as well as targeted primary care services.

The clinic will include a pharmacy and 52 units of respite care, including 10 units of palliative care. Additional housing will include 90 units of transitional housing and 34 permanent homes. Integrated resident and health support services will help residents stay housed.

"For many years Wells Fargo has been a strong supporter of our efforts to provide both health care and affordable housing to Portland's most vulnerable residents," said CCC President and CEO Rachel Solotaroff, M.D. "We appreciate their confidence in us. Our joint efforts have made a substantial impact on improving the lives of Portland's homeless and low-income population."

$100,000 to Transition Projects
Transition Projects received $100,000 to support the future construction of the 72-unit Low-Income Single Adult Housing (LISAH) project it plans to build in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland for very low-income residents. The agency expects to start construction in December.

When completed, Transition Projects will rent the deeply affordable, permanent housing to individuals who are transitioning from, or are at risk of, homelessness.

"Wells Fargo has partnered with Transition Projects since 2004, offering support and collaboration to impact the work we do on a daily basis for people experiencing homelessness," said Transition Projects Executive Director George Devendorf. "Through its ongoing grant support, extraordinary volunteerism, employee giving and company matching, Wells Fargo truly makes a difference in the lives of our participants."

Grants Part of $6 Million Total
The two grants are among the 47 totaling $6 million that the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation presented recently to nonprofit groups in 21 states and Washington, D.C., through its Priority Markets Program.

"The Priority Markets Program supports projects, programs and initiatives that help remove barriers to sustainable housing in low- and moderate-income communities," said Region Bank President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "Central City Concern and Transition Projects were among the nonprofits we identified as having a successful history of leading large-scale affordable housing projects and supporting low- to moderate-income residents in our community."

Since 2009, the program has provided grants totaling more than $48 million to nonprofits in more than 125 communities, impacting more than 40,000 people and creating more than 4,000 places for people to call home.

"We are focused on making meaningful contributions to address affordable and sustainable housing," said Martin Sundquist, executive director of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. "These grants help revitalize neighborhoods, build stronger communities, and are an example of the positive impact that can be achieved with thoughtful public-private collaboration."

About Central City Concern
Central City Concern, a Portland nonprofit organization founded in 1979, provides housing, health care and employment services for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Visit centralcityconcern.org for more information.

About Transition Projects
Transition Projects delivers life-saving and life-changing assistance to some of Portland's most vulnerable residents. Whether by helping a homeless veteran and her family find housing, sheltering hundreds of people each night with nowhere else to turn, or opening new pathways to employment, Transition Projects represents an invaluable part of Portland's social fabric.

About the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
Through community revitalization efforts, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated $20 million in 2016 to support of affordable housing initiatives serving low- and moderate-income households -- including for seniors, veterans, and families. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $190 million in such efforts. It has also mobilized more than 4.7 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate nearly 7,100 homes and counting.

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Attached Media Files: Left to right: Cobi Lewis and Tracy Curtis of Wells Fargo, Matt Hisel and Rachel Solotaroff of CCC, and Jolie Balocca and Andrew Tweedie of Wells Fargo. , Left to right: Jolie Balocca of Wells Fargo, Roma Peyser of Transition Projects, Cobi Lewis of Wells Fargo, George Devendorf of Transition Projects, and Tracy Curtis and Andrew Tweedie of Wells Fargo.

Colleges & Universities - Public
CCC opens Harmony West building (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 01/16/18 4:15 PM
CCC’s Harmony West building on the Harmony Community Campus in Milwaukie opened to students Jan. 8.
CCC’s Harmony West building on the Harmony Community Campus in Milwaukie opened to students Jan. 8.
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OREGON CITY -- With two science labs, a computer lab, study space and a crime lab, the completion of Clackamas Community College's Harmony West building signals a great opportunity for people in Milwaukie and beyond to access a state-of-the-art education.

The building, adjacent to CCC's Harmony East on the Harmony Community Campus, opened for winter term on Jan. 8. Students who are in the college's allied health programs can now take all their courses on the Harmony Community Campus rather than commuting to and from the Oregon City campus.

The new facility allows CCC to growth its Health Science, workforce development and general education offerings. The college's Criminal Justice program is now also housed in Harmony West.

The $21.7-million project was funded through a 2014 voter-approved bond, as well as an $8-million match from the state of Oregon.

"In 2012, the college went out to the community and area businesses and asked what they needed from CCC. We dreamed how to fill that need, and we determined it had to be within the parameters of being flexible, community oriented and fiscally sound for now and in the future. I believe this building gets it right," CCC President Joanne Truesdell said.

Harmony West replaces the 61-year-old former OIT/Dale Ickes Junior High building. It is three floors and totals about 43,000 square feet, featuring classrooms, labs, community event space and a bookstore.

The community is invited to a grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. for a short ceremony, refreshments and self-guided tours of the building. Harmony West is located at 7738 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie.

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Ekubo Sawaura builds her English skills at PCC to pursue dream at Cornell (Photo)
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SOUTHEAST PORTLAND, Ore. -- After World War II, Ekubo Sawaura's grandparents turned their passion for farming into a business. Thirty years after that, her father began what would become one of the biggest organic farms in Japan. In 2018, she is using that same energy to take Cornell University by storm in the world of agribusiness.

The 22-year-old, who hopes to kick start her own career in farming, recently learned she was accepted into Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Her story is one of overcoming language and cultural barriers, to succeed in her academic pursuits. In 2015, Sawaura began her journey by enrolling at Portland Community College, taking Level 5 English for Speakers of Other Languages classes at the Southeast Campus.

In two years, she completed a General Studies associate degree, which was awarded to her last summer. Sawaura then began the application process to the Ivy League school, which was capped by an email from Cornell on Dec. 5 announcing she had been accepted.

Throughout, there were a few moments of hand-wringing.

"I thought I wasn't accepted because the email's title was not 'congratulations,'" she said. "My hands were shaking as I registered on their website to view the message. I was scared to see the results. But when I logged in, the page said 'congratulations!' and I cried."

The tears didn't last long. Sawaura was so excited by the news that she immediately called her parents in Japan, where it was about 2 a.m. local time. The time of the call due to the time difference didn't seem to bother her family.

"They were so proud of me," she recalled. "We never thought I'd get into an Ivy League school. But the program fits perfectly with my academic interests and offers some of the best agricultural courses in the world."

Her interest in agribusiness makes sense. Her father runs four agriculture firms that have exported low-calorie and organic pasta products to seven countries in Europe and now is looking to expand to the U.S. She once accompanied her dad to promote shirataki pasta at the world's leading trade fair for organic food, called BIOFACH in Germany. And while at PCC, she wrote a research paper about how to expand Japanese agribusiness based on social, environmental and economic sustainability, which nabbed her Japan's 27th YANMAR National Thesis Contest for College Students Award in the process.

"The experience gave me the idea to study agribusiness from an international view in order to solve the world's agricultural problems," Sawaura said. "And to bring what I learned from other areas of the world back home to Japan."

After living in Portland a few years, she wants to eventually use her skills and that passion to open a local ice cream shop.

"I love ice cream like what they sell at Salt & Straw," she laughed.

Getting to that point would be an amazing accomplishment considering the obstacles she's overcome. After working briefly at her dad's company, Sawaura learned through her high school teacher that Japanese universities rejected her applications due to her lack of English skills. Determined to overcome that barrier, Sawaura moved to Happy Valley from Gunma (near Tokyo) to live with her great uncle, which was when she enrolled at PCC to improve her conversational skills.

"I was pretty frustrated by English in high school," she recalled. "It was my weakness. So I chose to come to America to learn it rather than taking classes back in Japan. Not being accepted into a Japanese university was frustrating, but it gave me the motivation to be successful."

At PCC, Sawaura sought to improve her skills by conversing often with native English speakers at the tutoring center. Plus, she took advantage of working on campus by serving in student government and at the career exploration center, as a peer advisor. This further developed her English language skills and gave her a sense of community at the Southeast Campus.

"These experiences helped me a lot in improving my English and building relationships with others," she said. "And, it further opened my eyes to other cultures."

Jen Poinar, Southeast Career Exploration Center coordinator, was Sawaura's supervisor during her peer advising and international student ambassadorship. Poinar said Sawaura is very goal-oriented, determined, creative, empathetic, and hardworking with a positive attitude, all of which contributed to the center's success.

"Having once been an international student in France, I know personally how rewarding and challenging the experiences of studying in a foreign culture and learning a language can be," Poinar said. "I have seen her grow tremendously in both her leadership abilities and her confidence. I am very proud of her and excited for her journey to begin at Cornell this coming year.

"Ekubo is a natural 'people person' with a passion for wanting to help others, especially our diverse Southeast Campus population," Poinar continued. "She was instrumental in welcoming students to our center and helping them feel a sense of belonging and connection by sharing her personal journey with them and helping them to see they can succeed, also."

In her years at the community college, Sawaura earned scholarships through the PCC Foundation, performed hours of community service with the likes of Sisters of the Road Cafe, Oregon Food Bank and others, and assisted her Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

Sawaura, who considers Portland her second home, is focused now on getting settled at Cornell, diving into her agricultural sciences classes, and starting her career in food management. Sawaura has already brainstormed new ice cream recipes in preparation for her business career.

"Starting at a community college was the best choice I've ever made," she said. "My English skills were very poor, and I wasn't getting into a university if I applied as freshman. Not only was PCC financially cost effective, it gave me time to think about which university I really wanted to go to. Now, I have the confidence in what I'm supposed to be doing and have worked hard to overcome my language obstacle, which is why Cornell accepted me."


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 75,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

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



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Western Oregon University Board of Trustees Approves New Minor, Welcomes New Member (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 01/19/18 9:34 AM
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- The Western Oregon University Board of Trustees convened Wednesday, Jan. 17, for its quarterly meeting. The board welcomed new trustee Gayle Evans, chief human resources officer at Unitus Community Credit Union, to her inaugural meeting and approved a new minor in public history.

The new minor is in the History department of the Social Sciences Division. The Public History minor will be directed by Associate Professor Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop and would prepare students for future employment in archives, museums or any institution requiring establishment of historical record or interpretation and display for the public. Participating students will be required to engage in experiential learning opportunities such as an internship with a historical society. The program is expected to begin fall 2018.

"We are pleased to offer this new, career-focused minor for students interested in history," said Provost Stephen Scheck. "Not only will it provide students with the opportunity to explore a different facet of history education, but it also will teach them how to use their passion for the subject to educate and delight audiences who might otherwise overlook the importance of our past."

WOU has been working on a general education curricular update that would focus on a 180-credit-to-degree for all students. The plan, which combines well-rounded academic requirements with a definitive timeline to mitigate student debt and increase degree accessibility, has been progressing for about a year. At the meeting, it was announced that the plan had officially moved from the General Education Task Force to the Faculty Senate's General Education Committee; the proposal faces several steps before it is voted on. If approved, the new requirements would take effect in the fall of 2019.

In other action, the board:
Recognized the WOU chapter of Student Veterans of America for its recent Chapter of the Year award, which was revealed earlier this month at the SVA national conference.
Approved the 2017 Annual Financial Report and the Q2 Management Report
Heard an update on the Campus Master Plan, the renovations of the Natural Science building and the repurposing of the former Oregon Military Academy building
The next Board of Trustees meeting is set for April 18.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,500 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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Western Oregon University Theatre Presents The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 01/18/18 3:32 PM
Selena Moreno (left) and Stephen Nielson rehearse a scene from "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence," in which they both play several roles. The Western Oregon University Theatre department will perform Madeleine George's award-winning play Feb.
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- The Western Oregon University theatre department will present The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George on February 8-10, 2018.

The play, which was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, will be directed by student Matthew Miller '18. It takes a closer look at several Watsons through history, including Sherlock Holmes' trusty associate, the Jeopardy-crushing super-computer, the engineer behind Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and a modern-day techie searching for love.

"This show is about the people behind the people who change the world: the assistants, transcriptionists and secretaries," said Miller. "The thing I hope people take away from the show is that for every important figure in history, there is someone behind the scenes whose contribution is just as important as the major figures we hear about."

The cast of the time-jumping play includes just three cast members, as they all play several parts in different vignettes: Selena Moreno (Milwaukie), William Evans (Corvallis) and Stephen Nielson (Salem).

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence will be staged in the intimate Black Box Studio. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets are $14, $8 for students with ID and $10 for seniors. They may be purchased at the Box Office on campus, by email at boxoffice@wou.edu or by telephone at 503-838-8462.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,500 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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WSU Vancouver seeks nominations for Distinguished Woman of the Year
WSU Vancouver - 01/22/18 11:28 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver is seeking nominations for three 2018 Distinguished Woman of the Year Awards. Nominees and award winners will be recognized at the university's annual Women of Distinction event March 29 in celebration of Women's History Month, observed each year in March.

Distinguished Woman of the Year awards recognize women in the community who have mentored, inspired or empowered others. WSU Vancouver is seeking nominees in three categories:

WSU Vancouver student
WSU Vancouver faculty or staff
WSU or non-WSU-affiliated community member

Nomination forms are available online at: http://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-involvement/women-distinction-nomination. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 23. Recipients will be selected by a committee. If you have questions, please call Brian Van Gundy in the Office of Student Involvement at 360-546-9499.

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

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WSU students from across the state join forces to lobby for higher education
WSU Vancouver - 01/17/18 10:09 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University and the Student Government Council will participate in the annual Coug Day at the Capital on Jan. 22. Ninety-five students from each of the six WSU campuses will ascend on the Washington State Capital to lobby legislators for higher education. This year students will have meetings with 110 legislators from across the state.

WSU Vancouver will bring 22 students from the 49th, 18th and 17th legislative districts to meet their legislators. During this event, students will lobby on issues related to open educational resources, affordable child care for college students, student loan rights and other issues.

For more information, contact the Associate Students of WSU Vancouver Director of Legislative Affairs Justus Phelps at aswsuv.dla@wsu.edu.

About the Student Government Council
The SGC is comprised of the Presidents, Vice Presidents and the Director of Legislative Affairs from the all six WSU campuses. The SGC sets an agenda to discuss issues facing WSU students and works with legislators to find solutions.

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

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Multnomah Co. Schools
Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for January 24, 2018
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 01/19/18 7:14 PM
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 7:00 pm in the district office boardroom (18135 SE Brooklyn ST, Portland, OR 97236).

Reports to be presented at this meeting include:
5.1 - Meadows Elementary School Building Report
5.2 - Student Representative's Report
5.3 - Superintendent's Report
5.4 - Division 22 Assurance of State Standards Report

After the approval of the confirmation items en masse, the following action items will be considered by the Board:
Item 7.2.1 - Consider Bus Purchase
Item 7.2.2 - Consider Revised Policy IKFB, Graduation Exercises
Item 7.2.3 - Consider Revised Policy JHF, Student Safety
Item 7.2.4 - Consider Revised Policy KL, Public Complaints
Item 7.2.5 - Consider Revised Policy IICC, Volunteers

The full board meeting packet for this meeting is available for reference on the Centennial School District website at www.csd28j.org and can be found on the School Board page.

Centennial School District meetings are held in accordance with open meeting laws and accessibility requirements. If you have a disability and need assistance in order to participate in this meeting, please contact district office staff at 503-760-7990.

MESD Board Visibility and Communications Committee meeting 1/19 at 10:00 a.m.
Multnomah ESD - 01/17/18 2:03 PM
The Multnomah Education Service District Board Visibility and Communications Committee will meet on Friday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon 97220.

Monday, January 22, 2018 Executive, Regular Board Business Meeting & Supplemental Budget Hearing Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 01/17/18 8:48 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive, Regular Board Business Meeting & Supplemental Budget Hearing on Monday, January 22, 2018 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30 pm. The Board will receive reports from the High School Associated Student Body, Superintendent's Office, Technology, Human Resources, Student Services and the Business Office. They will hear a presentation on College & Career Readiness & be recognized for their outstanding voluntary service to the Parkrose community. The Board will take action on consent agenda items, 17-18 Supplemental Budget and Travel Reimbursement Rates. The Board will also report/discuss items of Board Business including: committee reports, color caucus, board goals update, budget workshop report, district newsletter and the draft superintendent evaluation questions. Twice during each Regular Board Business meeting time is set aside to hear Citizen Comments, see policy attached to agenda for further details. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205

January is School Board Appreciation Month. Please join us in recognizing the dedication and hard work of our Parkrose School Board Members.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 Special Session Meeting -- Budget Workshop Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 01/17/18 12:55 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in a Special Session Meeting -- Budget Workshop on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 9:00am. The Board will receive a 3 hour Budget Workshop. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205

Supplemental Budget Hearing for 2017-18
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 01/16/18 4:24 PM
NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET HEARING ____ 1/22/18


A public hearing on a proposed supplemental budget adjustment #1 for Multnomah County School District #3 / DBA Parkrose School District
for the current fiscal year 2017-18 will be held at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, OR 97220.

The hearing will take place on January 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the supplemental budget adjustment #1 with interested persons.
A copy of the supplemental budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after January 23, 2018 at
10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, OR 97220, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM


SUMMARY OF PROPOSED BUDGET CHANGES 2017-18 - AMENDMENT #1
AMOUNTS SHOWN ARE REVISED TOTALS IN THOSE FUNDS BEING MODIFIED

LISTING OF FUND CHANGES THAT EXCEEDED 10% - 1/22/18

1. Transportation Fund Fund 281

Resources Adopted Amended Requirements Adopted Amended
Local Resources $229,604 $63,086 Support Services $225,450 $58,932
State Sources $167,000 $167,000 Transfers $166,154 $166,154
Unapprop. Fund Bal. $5,000 $5,000
Total Resources $396,604 $230,086 Total Requirements $396,604 $230,086
Net Adjustment ($166,518) Net Adjustment ($166,518)
-42%
Reason for Change:
Decline is attributed to depreciation adjustment that was not done in PY - those funds were kept in general fund in PY.


2. Retirement Fund Fund 291

Resources Adopted Amended Requirements Adopted Amended
Beginning Fund Balance $127,810 $124,171 Support Services $171,810 $196,271
Local Sources $14,000 $42,100
Other Sources $30,000 $30,000
Total Resources $171,810 $196,271 Total Requirements $171,810 $196,271
Net Adjustment $24,461 Net Adjustment $24,461
14%
Reason for Change:
Increase in Beginning Fund Balance increase in local revenue due to insurance rebates.


3. Student Body Fund Fund 299

Resources Adopted Amended Requirements Adopted Amended
Beginning Fund Balance $299,799 $290,364 Instruction Services $375,000 $940,364
Local Sources $75,201 $650,000
Total Resources $375,000 $940,364 Total Requirements $375,000 $940,364
Net Adjustment $565,364 Net Adjustment $565,364
151%
Reason for Change:
This will be the 2nd year of the new Fund structure so this adjustment will bring the revenue and expenses back to what is projected from the 2016-17 year-end audited numbers.

3. Bond Capital Fund Fund 420


Resources Adopted Amended Requirements Adopted Amended
Beginning Fund Balance $1,052,465 $1,232,501 Facilities Act & Const $1,082,465 $1,252,501
Local Sources $30,000 $20,000
Total Resources $1,082,465 $1,252,501 Total Requirements $1,082,465 $1,252,501
Net Adjustment $170,036 Net Adjustment $170,036
16%
Reason for Change:
Increase in Beginning Fund balance - due to the timing of project payments during the summer of 2017-18.

Clark Co. Schools
Battle Ground AFJROTC cadet earns flight scholarship (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 01/16/18 1:55 PM
Battle Ground High School junior Taylor Harpe, recipient of the 2018 Air Force Chief of Staff Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarship
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Battle Ground High School junior Taylor Harpe was recently named as a recipient of the 2018 Air Force Chief of Staff Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarship. Harpe is in his third year as an Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadet, is the captain of the air rifle team, and is one of the group's squadron commanders.

The Air Force is investing $2.4 million to teach 120 of its JROTC cadets how to fly. This is the first such scholarship and Harpe was one of 620-plus applicants from across nearly 900 AFJROTC units in the country who competed for the honor. Recipients of the newly launched AFJROTC Flight Academy will complete classes this summer at one of six partner universities, with each course lasting between seven and nine weeks.

The application process required an intensive aviation knowledge exam, endorsements from teachers and counselors, and a physical fitness assessment. There were six cadets from BGHS who applied for the scholarship.

"We are very proud of all the cadets who competed for this coveted scholarship," said Lieutenant Colonel Andy Woodrow, senior aerospace science instructor at Battle Ground High School. "While Cadet Harpe will not necessarily become a military pilot when he finishes high school and there is no military commitment after finishing the program, this is the first step in discovering flight and possibly earning his private pilot's license by the end of the summer."

According to Brigadier General Michael Koscheski, director of the Air Force Aircrew Task Force, the flight training experience will have a positive impact on the overall national crisis of pilot shortages in the military and civil aviation. The program is designed to select cadets who are potentially interested in an aviation career and expose them to flying operations as well as programs and infrastructures around aviation.

More information about the AFJROTC program can be found at http://bghs.battlegroundps.org/air-force-jrotc



Attached Media Files: Battle Ground High School junior Taylor Harpe, recipient of the 2018 Air Force Chief of Staff Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarship

Six Area Coalitions Collaborate to Host Conversation on Substance Abuse Prevention
ESD 112 - 01/18/18 2:47 PM
Six area substance abuse prevention coalitions are coming together to host Put Youth First!, a workshop and conversation that offers tools and information about the science of prevention. The event will provide an overview of the coalitions and what they do, and an active discussion about community empowerment, proven prevention effectiveness outcomes and strategic planning. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with coalition representatives and community leaders kicked off by Clark County Councilor Chair Marc Boldt.

Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle will provide the welcome address for Put Youth First!, held on Thursday, February 1st, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave. in Vancouver. The event is free and open to the public. Business leaders, elected officials, school principals, neighborhood leaders and anyone interested in learning about effective strategies to keep youth drug and alcohol free are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Prevention coalition members include: Prevent Coalition; West Van for Youth; Unite! Washougal Community Coalition; Prevent Together-Battle Ground, La Center United and Connect Evergreen.

For more information, visit PreventCoalition.org.

About Prevent Coalition
Founded in 2006, Prevent Coalition is a group of diverse community members working together using an evidence-based framework to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. Working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations, Prevent Coalition is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. Find toolkits, resources, and information about addiction, prevention, and resilience for adults and youth at PreventCoalition.org.

Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 01/19/18 9:58 AM
Date: Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hockinson High School Library
Address: 16819 NE 159th St.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606

View Ridge Middle Schoolers Participate in FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 01/19/18 3:33 PM
View Ridge Middle School students Cayden Lauder (left) and Kaison Apol prepare their robot at a FIRST LEGO League competition in Olympia in December as their teammates (far left) look on.
View Ridge Middle School students Cayden Lauder (left) and Kaison Apol prepare their robot at a FIRST LEGO League competition in Olympia in December as their teammates (far left) look on.
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Friday, January 19, 2018 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Last month, two robotics teams from View Ridge Middle School participated in a FIRST LEGO League Robotics qualifying competition at Washington Middle School in Olympia.

The VRMS Rebels (also known as "The Squishies") and VRMS Rebels Too (also known as "The RoboRebels") are coached by View Ridge English and history teacher, Raechel Cowell.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit international youth organization founded in 1989 that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League, JR. and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions.

FIRST LEGO League team competitions require student teams (in Grades 4-8) to design, build, and program a robot using Lego Mindstorms technology and drive it to complete challenges on a table-top playing field. This year, teams were also presented with a real-world problem (hydrodynamics) and were required to develop a solution by collaborating with community members and doing research culminating in a presentation to judges at the competition.

The competition helps participants learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM) along with creativity to solve a problem. Along the way, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications and presentation skills.

In addition, by embracing FIRST's Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork. The event provided the middle schoolers with the opportunity to meet students from other schools, get to know their teammates better and to have fun.

At the competition, both teams faced numerous challenges required of their robot. After selecting specific challenges to work through, the students set goals, all of which they were able to accomplish. "THAT was very exciting," said Cowell. "The students worked hard and made effective use of downtimes to make programming changes. One team actually changed their robot design during downtime!"

"When we finally got to see our robot do the first challenge successfully, it was really cool," said Parker Staker from the RoboRebels team. "The best aspect of the competition was when we were pressured for time and within hours, made the robot able to do two more challenges than what we came in with. It was fun to see the saw blade attachment that I made work and help the robot do the challenge."

In the end, View Ridge ranked 27th and 28th out of a field of 33 teams. "However, I am very proud of them," said Cowell. "They weren't trying to win necessarily, but had the full spirit in them to do their best. The students enjoyed themselves," she said, adding, "Many would have been happy simply designing robots and programming them. Students simply love to do this stuff."

The View Ridge robotics teams gratefully acknowledge the support they received from Ridgefield High School's Steel Ridge Robotics Team (Coach Jeff Brink and students Jake McCarthy and Eli Holter) and parents Chad Stryker, Mitzi Staker, and Timm Sowders.

"Being my first year doing robotics, I really enjoyed myself and found the entire robotics community very supportive," said Cowell.

FIRST LEGO League is an alliance between FIRST and the LEGO Group. It was founded in 1998 by FIRST founder Dean Kamen and owner of the LEGO Group, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen to engage children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology.

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Attached Media Files: View Ridge Middle School students Cayden Lauder (left) and Kaison Apol prepare their robot at a FIRST LEGO League competition in Olympia in December as their teammates (far left) look on. , VRMS Rebels Too robotics team (a.k.a. The RoboRebels) Back row (from left): Parker Staker, Mara Schwenneker, Dominic Harris, John Stryker. Front row (from left): Catalina Hagen and Gabriel Thomas. Other team members (not pictured): Olivia DesRochers, , VRMS Rebels robotics team (a.k.a. The Squishies) from left: William Sowders, Jud "JP" Kennedy, Carter Long, Cayden Lauder, Kaison Apol, Liam Rapp, and Isabelle "Izzy" Sheley. Christian Duquette (not pictured) is also part of the team.

Location for downtown elementary school identified
Vancouver Sch. Dist. - 01/16/18 9:21 AM
Vancouver Public Schools has identified a location for its planned downtown elementary school. The location, known as Library Square, is a vacant property at C Street and East 8th Street adjacent to the Vancouver Community Library.

The new elementary school will serve students in kindergarten through fifth grade and is one of the projects included in the bond measure approved by voters in February 2017.

Vancouver company Killian Pacific, which owns the property, has signed a letter of understanding with VPS to transfer a portion of the property for development as an elementary school. Killian Pacific has contributed a significant portion of the purchase price of the property as a public benefit.

VPS, the City of Vancouver and Killian Pacific are working together to master plan the entire parcel with the goal of adding greater vibrancy and community assets to the downtown area.

"We are excited about the school district's plans to locate a K-5 school on the Library Square site which will help serve downtown's growing residential population. The project creates opportunities for collaboration among the library, downtown businesses and community partners," said Chad Eiken, the city's director of community and economic development.

The district will pursue due diligence on the property for construction purposes. The school is planned to open in the fall of 2021.

Linn Co. Schools
Power outage Hamilton Creek
Lebanon Community Schools - 01/19/18 10:46 AM
Hamilton Creek is currently with out power. It could be out for at least two hours. Parents are welcome to pick up children.

Cowlitz Co. & Lower Columbia (WA) Schools
Kelso School District Board Appoints Mary Beth Tack as New Superintendent (Photo)
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 01/19/18 12:02 PM
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The Kelso School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Beth Tack as the next Superintendent, effective July 1, 2018. Tack will replace outgoing Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich, who announced his retirement in November.

Tack started her career with Kelso School District in the fall of 1991 when she was hired to teach math at Kelso High. In 1998, she became the Assistant Principal there before moving into district level administration in 2001. In 2007, she became Director of Secondary Education before taking the helm as Director of Teaching and Learning in 2011.

"Hiring Mary Beth Tack is comparable to striking gold in our own backyard", said Bob Lucas, Kelso School District Board President. "Not only is she a talented and visionary leader, Mary Beth is an even better person.  She genuinely cares about people, values their opinions, and has a unique ability to build consensus.  She passionately believes that all Kelso students should receive the best possible educational opportunities.  The board is thrilled that Mary Beth will be our new superintendent starting July 1."

With the exception of taking the 2017/2018 school year off to focus on her family, Tack has worked continuously for Kelso School District for 25 years. In that time, she served on several local and state-wide committees and received numerous awards; including Educator of the Year (1998) and Outstanding Administrator of the Year (2001).

In addition to support from the board, Tack's appointment is celebrated by district administration, classified and certificated staff.

"The Kelso School Board could not make a finer selection for our next Kelso Superintendent than that of Mary Beth Tack.  She embodies the intelligence, passion, and relational trust that is necessary in moving our district forward.  Her commitment to our schools, students, and community is unquestionable," said John Gummel, Kelso High School Principal. "Although the departure of Superintendent Gelbrich will leave a hole in our leadership, Mrs. Tack will fill this void with her unbridled enthusiasm, job knowledge, and persistent 'can-do' attitude.  I look forward to her leadership and keen insight into assisting us all in our professional growth and educational journey."

Kelso Education Association President Bob Gustin added, "Decades of honing her craft as an educator in the classroom, as a principal, and as the curriculum director for the Kelso School District has helped to catapult Mary Beth Tack, one of our best and brightest, into the distinctive role as our district's new leader. We are extremely blessed."



Attached Media Files: Mary Beth Tack

PR Agencies
Media Advisory: Nordic Northwest Opens Wallenberg Exhibit with Scandinavian Havdalah Ceremony
Woloshin Communications Inc. - 01/22/18 10:26 AM
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An inclusive Jewish ceremony in English, Swedish and Hebrew at sundown Saturday, Feb. 3, honors Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg by sharing traditions and rituals to individuals of all faiths.


WHAT: An exhibit entitled: "Raoul Wallenberg: To Me, There Is No Other Choice" documents the saga of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during World War II. The opening reception for the exhibit is slated for Saturday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. with a Scandinavian Havdalah Ceremony. Havdalah is a traditional Jewish ceremony that separates the Sabbath and other holidays with good wishes for a new week. This brief and beautiful ritual involves lighting a special candle with several wicks, blessing a cup of wine and smelling sweet spices. Members of all faiths have observed and participated in this ceremony for centuries.

Wallenberg is widely celebrated for saving Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust from German Nazis and Hungarian Fascists during the later stages of World War II. The Swedish diplomat issued protective passports and purchased buildings creating a sovereign Swedish territory in Budapest. Wallenberg saved more than 15,000 lives in just six months while working in Budapest between July and December 1944. After his arrest by the Soviets during the Red Siege of Budapest, he was never seen again. The exhibit, imported from the Swedish Institute in Stockholm, is free and open to the public now through March 30. It is sponsored by Barry and Darlene Peterson, ePrint and the Swedish Institute.
WHAT AND HOW: Supporters of the nonprofit community center Nordic Norwest (formerly The Scandinavian Heritage Society), members of the New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society and PSU's Institute of Judaic Studies have collaborated to create the Scandinavian Havdalah to celebrate the exhibit opening. The Feb. 3 Scandinavian Havdalah will offer refreshments that reflect the foods and drinks of Scandinavian heritage. Kosher foods and wine will be available.

WHEN AND WERE: The opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the Scandinavian Havdalah Ceremony at Nordic Northwest slated for 6:30pm at Nordia House 8800 SW Oleson Road Portland, Ore. 97223. RSVPs recommended: 503.977.0275 or shf.chaney@gmail.com. The Nordia House exhibit hall is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekends 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.

DETAILS: Neutral countries that took in Jews during WWII include Switzerland, Portugal and Sweden. The Swedish took in nearly 30,000 Jews from Norway and other counties, including 7,000 Jews and 700 of their relatives who were not Jewish in a rescue coordinated by the Danish resistance movement.



Attached Media Files: 2018-01/6030/111372/Logo_Horizontal.png.pdf , Nonprofit Community Center in Portland invites publice to opening reception on Wallenberg, Saturday, Feb. 3 at sundown

Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds To Disaster Affecting Two People in Stevenson
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/21/18 8:06 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 in the 300 block of Wash. Highway 14 in Stevenson, Skamania County, Wash.

The single-family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Disaster Affecting Four People in Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/20/18 4:24 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 3:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in the 8600 block of N. Chase Avenue in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected four adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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.

Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives $10,000 Grant from Dwight and Anna Schwab Charitable Foundation
Free Clinic of SW Washington - 01/16/18 10:47 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash., Jan. 16, 2018-­ The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $15,000 grant from the Dwight and Anna Schwab Charitable Foundation. The grant will help fund the children's oral health program. The program served low-income, uninsured children through more than 220 visits in 2017.

The clinic provides oral health services at its location at the Jim Parsley Center and at Clark County schools and community-sponsored events. Dental volunteers fill cavities and screen, seal and varnish children's teeth. Without the support of the Free Clinic, many of these patients would not seek care until numerous cavities appeared or other illnesses related to oral health sent children to the emergency room.

"We're grateful for this support from the Schwab Charitable Foundation," says Free Clinic Executive Director Barbe West. "Many of the children we treat have tooth pain severe enough to keep them out of school. We relieve their pain, give tips on preventive care and help them get back to the classroom."

The Free Clinic collaborates with elementary schools in Clark County, the Clark College dental hygiene program and the Clark County Dental Society.

About the Free Clinic:
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.

Friends of the Carpenter to Host H.U.G.S. Party on Jan. 17
Friends of the Carpenter - 01/16/18 1:46 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Friends of the Carpenter will host a Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks -- or H.U.G.S. -- party on Wed., Jan. 17, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at their Friendship Center, 1600 W 20th Street.

In addition to handing out hats, underwear, gloves and socks, a full lunch, with dessert, will be served at 12:00 pm, along with games, prizes & giveaways. Hands of Favor will provide free haircuts from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Hands of Favor is an organization that offers free professional grooming services and outreach
support to homeless and at ­risk people of all ages, including the poor, children,
families, elderly, homeless, shut-ins, and veterans. Learn more at handsoffavor.org.

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

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The Path of the Ballot with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 01/19/18 3:22 PM
Media Advisory

In response to increased interest in civic engagement, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington recently developed the following pilot programming for registered Girl Scouts in Oregon. Tours, followed by Q & A, of Elections Offices throughout Oregon will take place this coming week.
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Event Description:

THE PATH OF THE BALLOT
Did you know that Oregon is a "vote-by-mail" state? That's right - in Oregon, every registered voter can mail in or drop off their ballot instead of standing in line at a polling place. But then what? On the night of the January election or May primary election, you can get an up-close look at how ballots are processed in your county at the local elections office. Every vote counts!

Senior Girl Scouts may be able to complete a step toward earning the "Behind the Ballot" badge and Junior Girl Scouts can complete a step earning the "Inside Government" badge.

All January events are now closed. Events in May will be open for registration beginning on March 1, 2018. Registered Girl Scouts can sign up for "The Path of the Ballot" activities by emailing activities@girlscoutsosw.org for support.

Deschutes County Elections Office
Deschutes Services Building
1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 202, Bend, OR 97703
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Multnomah County Elections Office
1040 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
6 - 7 p.m.

Jackson County Elections Office
1101 W Main St #201, Medford, OR 97501
1/22/18 & 5/14/18
4 - 5 p.m.

Benton County Elections Office
120 NW 4th St #13, Corvallis, OR 97330
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
6 - 7 p.m.

Washington County Elections Office
3700 SW Murray Blvd # 101, Beaverton, OR 97005
1/23/18
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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JOURNALISTS
Are you a journalist interested in covering one of these activities? Please notify your respective Elections office and email communications@girlscoutsosw.org regarding your interest. Photography is permissible. However, we kindly request that you stay with our group. Please do not take photographs of personal information on ballot envelopes like signatures or addresses.
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Also Coming this Spring!

Morning at the Mayor's Office with The Bus Project
City of Portland, City Hall
4/21/18
10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

The Power of Advocacy with The Bus Project
The Bus Project
5/5/18
9:30 a.m. -- 12-Noon
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BACKGROUND

G.I.R.L. Agenda--Girls Scouts' NEW Civic Engagement Program!
In early October, 2017, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. launched the G.I.R.L. Agenda, a nonpartisan initiative powered by Girl Scouts to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls to lead positive change through civic action.

http://www.girlscouts.org/en/press-room/press-room/news-releases/2017/g-i-r-l-agenda-powered-by-girl-scouts-launches-promote-civic-action1.html

To learn more, please visit: http://www.girlscouts.org/girlagenda
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Girls Scouts' History of Civic Engagement
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has emphasized the importance of civic engagement, by teaching and encouraging girls to create positive change in their communities through advocacy and action. Girl Scouts learn to stand up for what they believe in, identify issues they care about, and develop leadership skills to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts has a century of success which is reflected in the realm of public service by the fact that 76 percent of female U.S. Senators and 100 percent of U.S. Secretaries of State are Girl Scout alumnae.

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Attached Media Files: G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda

After 30 years, Oregon Food Bank steps away from Waterfront Blues Festival (Photo)
Oregon Food Bank - 01/16/18 12:00 PM
The annual Waterfront Blues Festival is held over the July 4th holiday in Portland, Oregon.
The annual Waterfront Blues Festival is held over the July 4th holiday in Portland, Oregon.
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2018 festival will continue under leadership of Waterfront Blues Production

PORTLAND, Ore. -- January 16, 2018 -- Oregon Food Bank today announced that it is stepping down as owner/operator of the Waterfront Blues Festival, a multi-day music and community event held every year over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The festival remains strong and will continue under the stewardship of the core team who originally built it in 1988.

"We couldn't be happier to hand the festival back over to the team that built it into the largest blues music fest west of the Mississippi," said Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan. "This festival is a community institution, and we are confident that it will continue to flourish under the leadership of Waterfront Blues Production and Fuller Events."

Planning for the 2018 festival is well underway. Ticket sales and an artist preview will be announced in mid-February via a new festival website. The 2018 festival will take place July 4 through July 7 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Oregon Food Bank will remain a beneficiary of the event.

Until this year, Oregon Food Bank has produced Waterfront Blues Festival in addition to receiving a portion of the net proceeds as beneficiary. The generosity of Blues fans and festival attendees has returned more than $10 million and 20 million pounds of food for Oregon Food Bank. However, after 30 years, the time has come for Oregon Food Bank to exit as producers and concentrate its financial resources and staff energies on its core mission of eliminating hunger.

"Our foremost responsibility is fighting hunger," Morgan added. "It's a big job that requires our full attention and commitment." Oregon Food Bank currently serves more than 700,000 people experiencing hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington through a statewide network of 21 regional food banks and 1,200 partners and programs.

Effective immediately, Waterfront Blues Production and Fuller Events have assumed all oversight and management of the festival. The team includes longtime festival artistic director Peter Dammann, who has also performed on stage at the festival numerous times, and Fuller Events, which has supported the festival for years.

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes... because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, communities thrive when people are nourished, and everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of more than 700,000 people through a food distribution network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. Find out how to feed the human spirit at www.oregonfoodbank.org.

About Waterfront Blues Festival
Since 1988, the Waterfront Blues Festival has served as downtown Portland's signature Fourth of July celebration. With four stages and more than 125 musical acts pulling capacity crowds to Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the festival provides a platform to keep blues music alive and add cultural, arts and entertainment value to the City of Portland and region. It is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi, the second-largest blues festival in the nation, and one of the most revered festivals of its kind in the world. It is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Memphis-based Blues Foundation's coveted Keeping the Blues Alive Award for 'Best Festival.' Since its inception, the festival has been committed to elevating the presence of local non-profits through fundraising and exposure. More information is available at www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.

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Attached Media Files: The annual Waterfront Blues Festival is held over the July 4th holiday in Portland, Oregon.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Marks the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 01/19/18 4:08 PM
Monday, January 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The landmark Supreme Court decision overturned a Texas statute that made it a crime to perform an abortion unless a woman's life was at stake - legalizing abortion nationwide. This anniversary also marks a year of groundswell organizing across the country with people showing support for the health, rights and full equality of all people - including access to a safe and legal abortion. Americans have sent a clear message to politicians that they do not want unnecessary restrictions on abortion access.

When the Roe decision was handed down, abortion was illegal in nearly all U.S. states - except to save a woman's life, or for limited reasons such as instances of rape, incest or fetal anomaly. Roe rendered these laws unconstitutional and set a legal precedent that affected more than 30 subsequent Supreme Court cases involving restrictions on access to safe, legal abortion.

Statement from Laurel Swerdlow, Interim Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon:

"We have seen attack after attack on reproductive rights and health over the past year. These attacks were met by a powerful grassroots response from women - and that resistance is still growing. The majority of Oregonians believe abortion should remain safe and legal. This is one of the reasons people across Oregon have spoken out at town halls, rallied across the state and marched: to show support for the health, rights and full equality of all people - and that includes access to safe and legal abortion.

"At Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, we believe in the right of all people to make their own personal medical decisions about pregnancy, without political interference. Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to provide expert, high quality care - including abortion - and ensure that patients receive accurate information about all of their pregnancy options. At Planned Parenthood, we trust women to make their own, fully informed healthcare decisions."

Planned Parenthood has seen the devastating consequences for people in states like Texas, where politicians have restricted access to abortion. People have been forced to travel hundreds of miles, cross state lines and wait weeks to get an abortion, if they can access services at all. These restrictions often have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, who already face systemic barriers in accessing quality health care.

At 101 years old, Planned Parenthood remains committed to its mission of building a world where all people have access to the health care and education they need, and all people have control of their bodies so they can determine their own destinies. The work of Planned Parenthood's compassionate and highly skilled health center staff makes this possible, and ensures the communities they serve get the best care possible, every day - no matter what.