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Mushroom Hunter Found and Airlifted to Safety (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/23 5:51 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. - In a heartwarming turn of events on Thanksgiving Day, Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) search and rescue teams successfully located a missing male looking for mushrooms off Botkin Road, west of Philomath. 

The individual, a 77-year-old male from Corvallis, had been reported missing by a family member at approximately 9:30 pm on Wednesday, November 22. 

The search operation, which involved the Benton County Sheriff's Office Marys Peak Search and Rescue - MPSAR, Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit - CMRU , and Region 3 K9 Search & Rescue were called out to search for the hiker Wednesday night. 

Search efforts continued on Thanksgiving Day with additional assistance from Linn County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard

Searchers located the missing man on Thursday, November 23 at approximately 3:30 pm, down a steep drainage near a creek. The male was in a weakened state after a recent back surgery and unable to hear the rescuers due to the absence of his hearing aids. Since temperatures dropped, the man said he tried to stay moving throughout the night to stay warm. Unfortunately, he did not have a whistle or other essential gear with him and was wearing wool socks with crocs. 

The male was rescued approximately a mile and a half from his vehicle and immediately airlifted to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for further medical assessment and care. 

“Thank you to all who helped on this mission,” stated Sheriff Van Arsdall. “Many volunteers sacrificed time away from family and friends on Thanksgiving Day to ensure this search had a positive outcome. We know you don't do it for recognition but want the community to know what amazing resources our Office has, to keep the community safe.”

In light of this incident, BCSO would like to emphasize the importance of being prepared. To assist hikers in ensuring their safety, they would like to highlight ten essential items recommended by the American Hiking Society. To learn more about these essential items, please visit https://americanhiking.org/resources/10essentials/.


Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1505/168192/Press_Release_Twitter.jpg

Community members assist Sheriff's Office
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/23 5:27 AM

On 11/23/2023, at 1455, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (9-1-1) received a call from a citizen regarding a child in danger in the area of Pacific Park located at NE 172nd Ave and NE 18th St, Vancouver.  A deputy was dispatched and while enroute multiple citizens were calling describing the child, a male 11 or 12 years old, wearing socks, sweatpants and a t-shirt, darting in and out of traffic on NE 172nd Ave. This area of Vancouver is very busy, and traffic was heavy.  Further information indicated one of the reporting citizens was able to get the child to the park and he was now sitting in a vehicle.

When the deputy arrived four of the involved citizens were there and informed the deputy that the child was autistic and non-verbal.  Deputies and dispatchers began searching past reports and records for similar incidents that might help identify the child.  The citizens on seen began taking initiative and reaching out to other resources. One citizen works for a school district and began making inquiries.  One citizen drove the area to look for someone who may be out looking for the child. Another took a picture of the child and posted on social media hoping for a quick identification.

While the efforts were being made, the father of the boy had called 9-1-1 to report his child missing. The child was returned home, and it was learned the family recently moved to the area and were still setting up their home to better watch the young boy who wandered off.

This incident highlights the strong community that exists in Clark County and the need for citizen involvement when it comes to assisting law enforcement.  The Sheriff’s Office thanks those who assisted in getting this young man home.

Firefighters battle car fire over an embankment (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue - 11/25/23 4:32 PM

Longview, WA – Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a motor vehicle accident Saturday morning at 7:41 on Alpha Dr. near Cedar Valley mobile home park.  Bystanders reported the passenger car over the edge of the road 20 feet down an embankment, and was on fire, unknown if occupied. Firefighters arrived and reported the car fully engulfed and began attacking the fire.  

The fire was knocked down minutes later; fire crews reported no victims inside the car or in the area.  Cowlitz County Sheriff Deputies also responded to the incident.  The cause of the wreck or the fire was undetermined by officials. 

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/3738/168196/CarFireAlpha4.jpg , 2023-11/3738/168196/CarFireAlpha3.jpg , 2023-11/3738/168196/CarFireAlpha2.jpg , 2023-11/3738/168196/CarFireAlpha1.jpg

Police Searching for Hit-and-Run Suspect and Vehicle (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 11/27/23 5:27 PM

RELEASE DATE:                    Nov. 27, 2023
CONTACT PERSON:              On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                     23-47141

Gresham, Ore.—Gresham Police is searching for the suspect and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run collision that seriously injured a 72-year-old pedestrian. Officers responded to a collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian at SE Stark St. and 192 Ave., shortly after 6:00 p.m., on Nov. 24. Witnesses reported that the vehicle fled northbound on 192 Ave. at a high rate of speed. Officers and medical personnel tended to the victim, who had been thrown nearly 70 feet from the impact of the crash. The victim was transported to an area trauma hospital where he remains in critical condition. Additionally, responding officers searched for the suspect vehicle but were not successful in those efforts.

East Metro Vehicular Crimes Team members are investigating the crash. They are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect and vehicle. The suspect vehicle was described by witnesses as a white, silver, or gold SUV that should have front end damage as a result of the crash. Investigators are asking anyone who has surveillance cameras that record vehicular traffic in the area to check for this SUV that was traveling westbound on SE Stark St., in right lane, prior to the crash. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Gresham Police Tip-Line at 503-618-2719. Gresham Police Department partners with Crimestoppers of Oregon and those with information can submit information anonymously through their website at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com or by downloading the mobile app.


Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1278/168221/23-47141_100.pdf , 2023-11/1278/168221/23-47141-pic1.jpg

Police Seeking Information in Shooting
Gresham Police Dept - 11/27/23 12:30 PM

RELEASE DATE:               Nov. 27, 2023
CASE NUMBER:                 23-47418

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in the investigation of a shooting that occurred in the 800 block of NE Hogan Rd. Officers responded to a call from a person who heard gunfire and was flagged down by someone with a gunshot wound last night at approximately 10:45 p.m. When officers arrived, they assisted the gunshot victim by applying a tourniquet. The gunshot victim was transported to an area hospital and is expected to fully recover.

Officers collected evidence and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating any others involved. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Gresham Police Tip Line at 503-618-2719. Gresham Police Department partners with Crimestoppers of Oregon and those with information can submit information anonymously through their website at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com or by downloading their mobile app.


Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1278/168204/23-47418.pdf

11-Year-Old Runaway Returns Home
Gresham Police Dept - 11/27/23 10:34 AM

RELEASE DATE:               Nov. 27, 2023
CASE NUMBER:                 23-45880

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police took a report and confirmed Alyssa Lewis, an 11-year-old runaway, returned home. Alyssa was reported as a runaway on Nov. 18, and returned home on Nov. 23. Officers are working with the family to learn more about where she stayed when she was gone. Gresham Police encourages community members to the contact police or an appropriate resource if they know of a youth that is in crisis or has run away from home.

Gresham Police partners with the Oregon Department of Human Services and  New Avenues for Youth’s Alba Collaborative program which provides 24/7 services for anyone 9-17 years old that is in crisis or needs a safe place to stay. The Alba Collaborative is a partnership between New Avenues, Latino Network, Youth Progress, National Safe Place Network, and Multnomah County.


Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1278/168207/23-45880-located.pdf

Gresham Police Share Holiday Safety Tips
Gresham Police Dept - 11/27/23 7:00 AM

Media Contact:

City of Gresham Communications Manager, Sarah Cagann



For Immediate Release


Gresham Police Share Holiday Safety Tips to Keep the Community Safe

Distributed: 11-27-2023

GRESHAM, Ore. – 

Holiday lights and celebrations are just around the corner, and calendars are full of opportunities to gather with family and friends. It is also the month with the shortest days and many distractions, and with that comes the prospect of being vulnerable to theft and other crimes. 

“It’s important to stay aware of your surroundings as you rush around this time of year”, says Gresham Police Chief Travis Gullberg. “By keeping in mind some simple safety tips, we hope to help our community avoid some of the most common crimes we see around the holidays.”

The Gresham Police Department wants everyone to enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday season. With that in mind, here are some safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while you enjoy the holidays. 

Car break-in and theft prevention:

  • Never leave your unattended car running.
  • Do not leave valuables where they can be seen; lock them in the trunk or take them with you. (Including: purses, shopping bags, electronic devices, and firearms).
  • Close and lock the windows and doors.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Find your keys before heading to your car.
  • Use an anti-theft device if possible.

Package theft prevention: 

  • Request signature delivery.
  • Deliver packages to a lockbox, office, or trusted neighbor.
  • Consider installing a camera and floodlight on your front porch.

Shopping safety:

  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • If shopping at night, take extra caution.
  • Use a credit card if possible.
  • If you must use cash, keep it in your front or inside pocket and do not carry large amounts.

Going out of town safety:

  • Do not announce your trip on social media; post pictures after you return.
  • Make sure all your doors and windows are closed and locked.
  • Use a “mail hold” or ask a trusted neighbor to collect your mail and package delivery.
  • Set indoor and outdoor lights on an automatic timer.
  • Avoid driving if you are fatigued.

Celebrate responsibly:

  • It can be tough to speak up, but your courage could save a life. Don’t let friends and family drink and drive. 
  • Arrange for alternative transportation or a designated driver ahead of time.
  • Only time will eliminate alcohol from your body.

Protect your personal information:

  • Avoid giving personal information over the phone, via email, or social media. 
  • Be suspicious of texts or emails requiring immediate action. 
  • Contact your bank or credit card company directly if you are concerned about fraud. 
  • Monitor your transaction activity. 
  • Safeguard your passwords and utilize multifactor authentication. 
  • Verify requests for donations. Use sites like Charity Navigator.

Take precautions while shopping online:

  • Be sure you are visiting a legitimate website.
  • Verify site security.
  • Avoid shopping on public Wi-Fi.
  • Set account alerts.

Above all, the Gresham Police Department is encouraging the community to be prepared and stay alert. If a crime does occur, please report it by calling 503-823-3333 or visiting GreshamOregon.gov/File-A-Police-Report-Online/.

About Gresham:

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition meets opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham.


Gresham Police Make Arrest in Stabbing (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 11/25/23 8:40 PM

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police have made an arrest related to a stabbing that occurred earlier this week.  Officers responded to NE Hogan Dr and NE 19th St just before 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  They found one victim who had been stabbed.  The victim was transported to an area hospital, where they remain in critical condition. 


Detectives with the East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team investigated the stabbing.  They identified the suspect as 21-year-old Luke Gentry.  Gentry was arrested earlier this afternoon with the assistance of East Metro SWAT in the 2500 block of SW McGinnis Ave in Troutdale. He was charged with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. 


Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the Gresham Police Department Tip Line at 503.618.2719 or toll-free at 1.888.989.3505.

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1278/168197/Arrest.pdf , 2023-11/1278/168197/IMG_0304.jpeg

Crash Investigators Respond to Second Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Six Days
Gresham Police Dept - 11/22/23 9:38 PM

RELEASE DATE:                 Nov. 22, 2023
CONTACT PERSON:           On-duty PIO
CASE NUMBER:                 23-46902

Gresham, Ore.—A traffic crash resulted in Gresham’s 12th traffic fatality this year. Shortly before 7:00 p.m., Gresham police officers and medical personnel responded to a report of a traffic collision involving a motorcycle and minivan, in the 17600 block of SE Division St. When medical personnel arrived, they determined the motorcycle rider had died as a result of the crash. The driver of the minivan stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The East Metro Vehicular Crimes Team (VCT) responded to the scene and is investigating the crash just 5 days after responding to another fatal motorcycle involved crash on 181 Ave. near Wilkes Rd. Investigators are looking into whether speed and other factors contributed to today’s crash.  Traffic on SE Division St. between 174 Ave. and 182 Ave. is closed for the investigation and expected to re-open at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not already spoken with an officer is asked to call the Gresham Police Tip-Line at 503-618-2719.



Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1278/168183/23-46902.pdf

Detectives Seeking Witnesses in Afternoon Stabbing
Gresham Police Dept - 11/22/23 7:51 PM

RELEASE DATE:               Nov. 22, 2023
CASE NUMBER:                 23-46879

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in the investigation of a stabbing that occurred at NE Hogan Rd and NE 19 St. Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a man had been stabbed just before 3:45 p.m. and provided care to the victim before medical responders arrived. Available Gresham Police officers and assisting Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies surrounded the area while a MCSO canine deputy searched the area with a tracking dog. Despite a large police presence and a canine search, the suspect was not located. The victim was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.


Detectives responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation. Gresham Police Detective Tyson Conroy stated, “This occurred along a busy road and it is possible there are witnesses that saw the incident or the events leading up to it.”  Detectives are asking witnesses to call the Gresham Police Tip Line at 503-618-2719. Additionally, Gresham Police Department partners with Crimestoppers of Oregon and people with information can anonymously report what they know through their website at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com or by downloading their mobile app.



Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1278/168182/23-46879.pdf

Police Request Assistance Locating Missing Brothers (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 11/22/23 1:22 PM

Gresham, Ore.— The Gresham Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two missing children.  Aden and Enzo Zarate have been missing since about 11 a.m. They were last seen near SE Stark Street and SE 217th Avenue in Gresham.   


Aden is 11 years old, 4 feet 10 inches tall, and weighs 140 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black Champion sweatshirt and camouflage sweatpants. Enzo is 13 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs 150 pounds.  He was wearing a black and brown Carhartt sweatshirt, blue pants, and black shoes.


Police are asking anyone who has seen Aden or Enzo to call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at 503-823-3333.

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1278/168169/23-46832_-_Missing_Children.pdf , 2023-11/1278/168169/IMG_1973.jpeg

**UPDATE** Officers respond to shooting in neighborhood, ends in Officer Involved Shooting.
Keizer Police Dept. - 11/27/23 6:25 PM

The Keizer Police Department is continuing to investigate the deadly shooting that occurred November 24, 2023, in the area of Arabian Ave SE and Sorrel Ct SE.

Shortly before 11:00 a.m., callers to the Willamette Valley Communications Center (WVCC) reported a male was thrashing and throwing items around in the neighborhood all while holding two pistols. The caller reported hearing a gunshot and then observed the male holding a gun to his own head while kneeling on the ground.  The caller then advised the man was last seen walking on Arabian Ave. where more gunshots were heard.

Additional callers to WVCC reported the male had pointed a firearm at them, including a caller who reported the male had fired at her vehicle. All of the callers were able to safely leave the area. No injuries were suffered by any of the callers.

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Salem Police Department and troopers from the Oregon State Police descended on the area to locate the described male.  The male was located on Arabian Ave SE and negotiations were started with the male to surrender.  After a brief dialogue, the man pointed one of his two handguns at law enforcement personnel, who then fired their weapons, hitting the male.  Law enforcement personnel immediately provided life-saving measures, but due to the extent of his injuries, the male was pronounced deceased on scene.  Two 9mm firearms were located by his side.

The deceased is identified as 32-year-old Justin Jordan of Salem.  Mr. Jordan’s family was notified, and support services have been offered through the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.  

The officers who fired their weapons have been identified as Marion County Deputy Caleb Mott, a six-year veteran, Salem Police Officer John Parmer, a six-year veteran and Trooper Andrew Tuttle, a four-year veteran.  These individuals have been placed on administrative leave pursuant to Senate Bill 111 protocol.

This investigation is on-going and no further information is being released in order to preserve a Grand Jury’s objective review of the incident pursuant to standard procedure.

Future information will be provided by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Two Local Men Arrested As Result Of Internet Child-Luring Investigations (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 11/22/23 10:39 AM

Lincoln City Police Officers have been conducting several online child-luring investigations over the past few months, which have resulted in the recent arrests of two local men. During the investigations, officers posing as underage children on various online social media platforms were contacted by adult men who offered to meet up with a person they believed to be a minor for sex or used online communications to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact or sexually explicit conduct. The following arrests were made during the course of these investigations.

On November 9, 2023, 56-year-old Scott Anthony Cotter of Lincoln City, Oregon, was arrested after he arrived at an undisclosed public location to meet up with a minor for sex. Cotter had been chatting on social media with undercover officers and during conversations had sent graphic messages depicting various sexual acts along with sending nude photos of himself. Cotter stated he wanted to meet up with the persons he believed to be minors for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts. Cotter was taken into custody by Lincoln City Police and subsequently transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on criminal charges of: three counts of Luring a Minor, one count of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the first degree, two counts of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the second degree, and Display Child Sexual Conduct.  

On November 13, 2023, 28-year-old Joseph Ray Williams of Otis, Oregon, was arrested after he arrived at an undisclosed public location to meet up with a minor for sex. Williams had recently begun chatting online with an undercover officer posing as a minor female. During the course of the online conversations, he sent sexually graphic messages and nude photos of himself. Williams made arrangements to meet and pick up the fictitious minor female for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts in his car. Williams was taken into custody by Lincoln City Police subsequently transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on criminal charges of: Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the first degree, attempted Sexual Abuse III, attempted Rape III, and attempted Sodomy III.   

The Lincoln City Police want to encourage parents to monitor their childrens’ social media activity and discuss with them the possible dangers of communicating with strangers online. These investigations are conducted in an effort to reduce criminal activity and to further enhance the safety of our community.

Submitted by: Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/6142/168161/child_luring_media_release.tiff

Tip of the Week for November 27, 2023 - Holiday Shopping Safety (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/23/23 10:00 AM
Tip of the Week - PNG
Tip of the Week - PNG


With the holiday season beginning there are many things to keep in mind, including travel safety, winter weather preparation, and shopping safety. Below are some tips to keep in mind as you shop this holiday season.   

Shopping In-Stores:

  • Be alert and aware. Be attentive to your surroundings.
  • Don’t carry more cash or valuables than necessary.
  • Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse. Carry your purse with the opening flap next to your body and the strap hung over your shoulder.
  • Review shopping safety with children and always know where they are. Before going shopping, decide where to meet if you become separated.
  • Always lock your car doors and remember where you park.
  • Be sure to place valuables out of sight. Place them in the trunk or take them with you.
  • Never hide spare keys in or on your car. If you need spare keys, keep them in your wallet or purse.
  • Be alert to suspicious persons or circumstances. Avoid parking where you see someone sitting in their vehicle for no apparent reason.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation, report it to security immediately.
  • When walking in any parking lot, store, airport, shopping center, etc., walk confidently with your head up, make eye contact, and have your keys or phone ready.
  • Use appropriate marked driving lanes and obey all traffic signs.
  • Drive defensively and courteously.
  • Remember, parking lots will be more crowded and checkout lanes will be busier, please be patient and plan to spend more time commuting and shopping. 

Shopping Online:

  • Use trusted and reputable websites with secure payment systems and be cautious with personal information.
  • Before entering any sensitive information, make sure the website has a secure connection. Look for a padlock symbol and "https://" in the website URL.
  • Use strong and unique passwords for your online accounts.
  • Keep your devices, operating systems, and security software up to date to protect your device and information.
  • Be aware of deals that seem too good to be true. Scammers use enticing offers to trick shoppers.
  • Trust your instincts. If something feels off about a website or a product, trust your gut and consider shopping elsewhere.
  • Help prevent packages from being stolen:
    • Schedule deliveries to arrive when you will be home or have them delivered to your office.
    • Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your packages if you won’t be home.
    • Install a security camera on your property.
    • Have packages delivered to a shipping store. If you hold a post office box, use USPS for shipping and take advantage of their package lockers to receive your items. Some post offices allow boxholders to use it’s street address, with the customer’s box number as the “unit” number for deliveries from other carriers. 

For more information and tips visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 



Attached Media Files: Tip of the Week - PDF , Tip of the Week - Word , Tip of the Week - PNG

Officers respond to shooting in neighborhood, ends in officer-involved shooting. (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/23 2:15 PM

On November 24, 2023, at approximately 11:00 a.m., deputies were called to the area of Arabian Ave SE and Sorrel Ct SE regarding a report of a disturbance involving a male subject who was reportedly armed and firing gunshots.

Several area law enforcement personnel responded from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Salem Police Department, and the Oregon State Police and found the suspect. During this incident, shots were fired by the officers. The suspect was injured during the incident, and medical assistance was immediately rendered. However, the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

No officers were injured in the incident.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 protocols, the Keizer Police Department and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office will lead the investigation in coordination with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. There is no outstanding danger to the community. All further information will be released by the lead investigating agencies.


Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1294/168190/Press_Release_2023.png

Sheriff's office warns of phone scam impersonating members
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/22/23 1:11 PM

Link to video of a voicemail a scammer left a victim and a message from a deputy who is the real person scammers often pose as.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is asking for the public’s continued vigilance about a phone scam impersonating our members. Recently, we’ve taken reports totaling more than $9,000 in losses. 

Most commonly, the scam calls are from someone posing as a Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office sergeant or deputy. It’s been reported that the scammer claims the recipient has a warrant, unpaid court fines, or has missed jury duty and must pay a fine with a gift card or cash app immediately or be arrested. 

Often, a tactic of the scammers is to keep the person on the phone during the entire process and tell the person they are not allowed to contact family or friends for advice. Once the scammer receives payment, they may tell the person they can come to an MCSO office for reimbursement. New tactics reported to us include, scammers using fake badge numbers, case numbers to try to legitimize their claims, and texting fraudulent warrants.

We want to remind the public that we NEVER conduct matters concerning warrant service, missed jury duty, missed court dates or payment of fines over the phone. We urge you to be aware of these ongoing and evolving scams.

•If you are called by a person claiming to be a member of the Sheriff’s Office 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.

Information from the Oregon Department of Justice

Just Hang Up - Oregon Department of Justice

Six Signs It Is A Scam - Oregon Department of Justice

Fatal Crash - HWY 36 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 11/27/23 4:14 PM

On Sunday, November 26, 2023, at 12:15 p.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 36, near milepost 1, in Lane County.


The preliminary investigation indicated a westbound Ford Explorer, operated by Benjamin William Beecher (72) of Florence, crossed the centerline of an icy curve into the eastbound lane and struck a Honda Civic, operated by Jeffrey Wayne Varga (18) of North Bend.  The Ford became airborne and came to rest, fully submerged, in the Siuslaw River.



The operator of the Ford (Beecher) was declared deceased at the scene by Lane County Search and Rescue, who responded with a dive team to assist with the submerged vehicle.


The operator of the Honda (Jeffrey Varga) and passenger, Geneva Mae Varga (21) of North Bend, were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.


The highway was impacted for approximately 5 hours during the on-scene investigation.


OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Siuslaw Valley Fire, and ODOT.

PF&R Responds to three fires in the span of 30 minutes (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/27/23 10:57 PM

Portland Fire & Rescue respond to three fires in the span of 30 minutes.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to two homes on fire in SE Portland in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood with a second alarm fire assignment. With at one point 4 separate structures on fire, crews were assigned with the top priority in mind to address the situation at hand. Within 10 minutes the bulk of the fire in each home had been extinguished allowing crews to focus on each detached garage units. Within 20 minutes all fire was controlled with crews addressing small spot fires in each structure. A steady wind pushed the fire from one structure to the next. There were no reported injuries. There will be a total of five adults displaced, two from one and three from the neighboring address. This fire is currently under investigation. As crews were working on this second alarm scene, two additional fire responses were requested within the city with at one point placing nearly ½ of the on-duty members working at or responding to a fire.

At just after 8:30 PM PF&R was dispatched to a possible residential fire at an address near the intersection of SE 66th Avenue and SE Duke. The exact address was unknown, and the caller was uncertain if the fire was the detached garage at this location or if the garage and house were on fire. The first engine arrived to find two single story homes on fire. One of the houses had significant fire activity with fire showing on the two sides of the structure. The second home had a reduced amount of active fire in the front with most fire present on the backside of the structure. The command officer directed arriving crews to perform an offensive fire attack on each home with back up protection lines to follow. The first arriving truck was directed to search the primary structure with reports of an elderly female possibly still inside. Quick radio reports indicated heavy fire in what was called the primary fire home along with the detached garage. At this point, recognizing 3 different structures on fire and no completed search of either home a second alarm fire assignment was requested. This adds 4 engines and 2 trucks along with 2 chiefs putting over 50 firefighters on scene. 

With the fire now having extended to the detached garage on what was called the “delta exposure home”, crews were assigned as they arrived at the most pressing task at the moment. Crews were directed to take hose lines interior and cool flames from the inside along with conducting searches, using saws to cut holes in the roof to allow for the escape of the smoke and flames. The homes were the initial primary focus of the command officer. Following the fire suppression in the home, available crews were directed to focus their efforts on extinguishing any fire within the garage units. The safety chief acted as command on the delta exposure home and reported to the command officer of the primary home the conditions and needs for the exposure home. Shortly before the 10-minute timer most of the fire had been extinguished in the homes and crews were transitioning to the garage units. Searches of each structure had reported each home clear of any occupants.

At this time another potential residential fire was dispatched by Portland BOEC in the Powelhurst Gilbert Neighborhood. This directed the command officer to redirect all unassigned responders to the possible fire. Three of the engines that were in base, a truck, and a heavy squad directed themselves to this possible fire. The first arriving engine from Gresham Fire operating on the border of Portland and Gresham quickly reported a small external fire that would not need anything more than a single engine and cleared the other responders. Prior to the arrival of any responder on this incident, a third fire was dispatched out for a possible fire in a residential care facility in the Eliot Neighborhood. The first arriving station noted a very small fire problem and cleared all other responders. With a second alarm assignment and two separate single alarm fires, there were over 80 Portland Fire & Rescue members working or responding to fire incidents within the city.

As the other fires were being addressed, the second alarm multiple structure fire on SE 66th Ave. was winding down. Just after the 20-minute timer all major fire had been extinguished with crews focusing on hot spots. There were no reported injuries to any occupant or firefighter. The fire is currently under investigation with the fire investigator interviewing people at the scene and combing through the fire debris. 

Portland Fire would like to thank Portland BOEC for their help in all three of these events. We would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Clackamas County Fire District on the second alarm fires, members of Gresham Fire and Emergency Services on the second fire that was dispatched this evening. Lastly, we would like to thank the power company for their help in this house fire. 


Attached Media Files: 2023-11/549/168225/muhr_9.jpg , 2023-11/549/168225/muhr_5.jpg , 2023-11/549/168225/muhr_4.jpg , 2023-11/549/168225/muhr_3.jpg , 2023-11/549/168225/muhr_2.jpg , 2023-11/549/168225/muhr_1.jpg

PF&R Responds a Mobile Home Fire on Hayden Island (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/27/23 7:25 AM
FFs work inside
FFs work inside

Last night (Nov. 26th) just before 5pm Portland Firefighters were called to a fire in a mobile home at Hayden Island Mobile Home Park. On arrival firefighters found heavy fire burning throughout the interior of the structure. Firefighters went to work to extinguish the fire and to confirm initial reports indicating that residents had escaped safely. 

The elderly residents were found and were safe. The fire was knocked down quickly and no injuries were associated with it. A PF&R Fire Investigator was called to the scene and determined that this fire was caused by an overheated wood stove flu pipe. The Red Cross will be assisting residents with emergency shelter and warm clothing. 

PF&R requests that Portlanders have wood stoves, fire places, chimneys and flu pipes cleaned regularly to avoid the buildup of flammable soot inside. 

Attached Media Files: FFs work inside , FFs remove burned material , FFs working inside , Fire Lt. briefs Investigator

Portland Fire responds to two fire events a block from one another two minutes apart. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/24/23 2:27 PM
Map showing the proximity of the two fire incidents.
Map showing the proximity of the two fire incidents.

Portland Fire responds to two fire events a block from one another two minutes apart.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a residential and commercial fire events separated by a block with the incidents dispatched out two minutes apart. The first fire, a residence, was tapped out at 12:37 PM with reports of a possible kitchen fire. The second fire, tapped out 2 minutes later at 12:39 PM, was initiated because of a water flow sprinkler activation for a restaurant located within a block from the house fire. These events put 58 members of PF&R en route to this area of SE Portland that borders the Powellhurst-Gilbert and Montavilla Neighborhoods. These events nearly cleared out all members on the east side of the Willamette River that are on duty as they responded to the area in question.

A residential fire response will summon 4 fire engines and 2 fire trucks each with 4 members along with 2 chiefs to the address in question. Upon arrival of the 1½ story home with a basement, crews reported heavy smoke pushing out from the back of the home along with out the front door that was left ajar. Face to face communication with a resident indicated all occupants had safely evacuated prior to the arrival of any fire crew. An offensive fire attack was directed by the command officer which has crews take handheld hose lines inside the structure to suppress the flames. The main body of fire in the kitchen area was extinguished quickly. There was some concern that the fire has extended upward in the ½ story of living space over the kitchen and any unoccupied attic space area. Crews advanced the hoses upstairs and cooled any hidden hotspots found by pulling ceiling material in the lower floor and opening walls upstairs to expose areas susceptible to hide any visible fire. While fire attack crews were working with the hose lines, other members of PF&R thoroughly searched the home for any resident to ensure the safety of all occupants and performed ventilation tasks by opening windows and cutting holes in the roof. All search efforts validated arrival information that all residents were safely outside of the structure uninjured.  All seven residents of this three generational family are uninjured but will be displaced until the home is tenable. The residents will temporarily stay with family that live nearby as plans for repair are initiated and complete. This fire is currently under investigation. 

While crews were actively working on the residential fire, a second fire alarm assignment of 4 engines, 2 trucks, and 2 chiefs was dispatched out due to the activation of a sprinkler system within a restaurant less than 300’ away from the house fire. This was initiated by an automatic alarm sent to the BOEC Dispatch Command Center because of the water flow activation in a monitored commercial alarm. The first arriving engine found a sprinkler head flowing water in the preparation area in the kitchen of a restaurant. This sprinkler head was not near any heat source and began flowing because of a mechanical damage or impact to the sprinkler head - something bumped it. With no fire problem, all crews were quickly cleared from this incident. The commercial restaurant is in contact with their alarm company for a sprinkler head replacement and their operation unaffected by the water flow activation.

The residential began in a cooking area in the home. Portland Fire and Rescue would like to remind you to always stay vigilant when actively cooking using a heat source. Never leave the kitchen when a burner on the stove is hot, set alarms to check food within an oven, and set timers to return to external BBQ appliances to reduce the chances of an undesired spread of any fire or heat being used in the cooking of food.

PF&R would like to thank the dispatchers from BOEC for their assistance in these two emergency events along with the power company who aided in eliminating electrical power to the residence in question while our crews worked in and around the home.


Attached Media Files: Map showing the proximity of the two fire incidents. , Residual smoke from residential fire after flames were cooled. , Front of house of the residential fire. , Crews operating on the roof of house fire. , Some of the engines and trucks on scene of residential fire. , An Engine and Truck on scene of the water flow activation incident.

Portland Fire responds to car into a structure. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 11/22/23 4:25 AM

Portland Fire responds to car into a structure.

At 2:30 AM Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a possible fire at what was addressed to be the Kenton Church. Crews arrived to find a car into a three-story structure located a block away from the church. The vehicle was completely engulfed with flames from the car to the roofline of what appeared to be a possible apartment complex. With the potential for significant fire spread and a need to evacuate or rescue many potential occupants a second alarm assignment was requested. The fire was quickly extinguished, and the building rapidly searched for any potential occupants with reports that the building was clear of all occupants. Three occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital: Two occupants were entered into the medical trauma system due to the extent of their injuries and the other reported to have moderate injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The quick search of the structure found the upstairs to be open office spaces and not individually occupied residences. There was only a small bit of light smoke present on the elevated levels of the building with no fire present. All second alarm companies were turned back to their home stations with the knowledge that the fire was only the vehicle and a small portion of the building affected and no residents present inside the building. The vehicle entered the structure through a large picture window which only damaged the wall below the window and did not damage the structural stability of the building.

At 2:50 AM the emergency was considered under control with all fire eliminated and individuals injured in the vehicle were en route to the hospital for medical treatment.

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/549/168153/IMG_0208.JPG , 2023-11/549/168153/IMG_0209.JPG , 2023-11/549/168153/IMG_0211.JPG , 2023-11/549/168153/IMG_0210.JPG , 2023-11/549/168153/IMG_0767.jpeg , 2023-11/549/168153/IMG_0774.jpeg , 2023-11/549/168153/IMG_0767_3.jpeg , 2023-11/549/168153/IMG_0773.jpeg

CORRECTION: Joanna Speaks Homicide Case Transferred to PPB Homicide Unit
Portland Police Bureau - 11/27/23 2:19 PM
With the Joanna Speaks homicide being transferred to PPB, this brings the total number of homicides in Portland this year to 68, not 67 as previously indicated. We regret the error.


Original Message Below

A homicide case out of Clark County has been transferred to the jurisdiction of the Portland Police Bureau.

On April 8, 2023, the Ridgefield Police Department responded to the 8000 block of South 5th Street in Ridgefield, Washington on a report of a death. At the request of Ridgefield Police, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit (MCU), assisted by the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit, responded to investigate. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Joanna K. Speaks, 32, of Oregon.

Based on information developed in that investigation, there is reason to believe that the homicide happened in Portland. No arrests have been made.

This is an active homicide investigation, and the Portland Police Bureau is asking for information from the public. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0433, or Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0449 and reference case number 23-804445.

This homicide brings the total number of homicides in Portland this year to 67.

Previously released information from Clark County Sheriff’s office is available here: https://flashalert.net/id/ClarkSheriff/162771


One Deceased After Shooting in the Centennial Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 11/26/23 12:02 AM
A man is deceased after a shooting in the Centennial Neighborhood.

On Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 10:14p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting at a house in the 3700 block of Southeast 154th Avenue. When officers arrived they found the adult male victim deceased on the front porch.

The suspect or suspects left before police were called and no immediate arrests were made.

Detectives with the Portland Police Homicide Unit are responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast 154th Avenue is closed between Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast Francis Street.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0768, or Detective Tony Harris at Tony.Harris@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0441, and reference case number 23-306127.

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

This is the 67th homicide investigation of 2023 in the City of Portland.


UPDATE: Man Dies of Injuries Sustained in October 6 Crash with PPB Vehicle (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/25/23 10:49 AM
Front view of crashed PPB vehicle
Front view of crashed PPB vehicle
A man has died of injuries sustained in an October crash that also left two Portland Police Officers injured.

On Friday, November 24, 2023, the Portland Police Traffic Investigations Unit was notified that the driver of the stolen Kia, Gilberth A. Colli-Garma, 37, of Portland, died of injuries sustained in the crash. The incident is under investigation.

Both officers have returned to duty, although the trainee officer is on modified duty as he continues to recover from his injuries.

This death will bring the tally of total traffic related fatalities to 66 this year. That is a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, medical events, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.


Original Message Below

Two Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers and two burglary suspects went to the hospital after the suspects’ vehicle collided with a police vehicle in Southeast Portland.

On Friday, October 6, 2023 at 2:57a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary at a book store in the 16400 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard. Responding officers located a suspect vehicle, a white 2016 Kia Optima, leaving the scene and initiated a police stop near Southeast 136th Avenue and Southeast Holgate Boulevard. The driver did not pull over and eluded police. Due to policy restrictions, officers did not pursue, but began to coordinate intervention techniques. At 3:15a.m., the suspect vehicle and a police vehicle collided at Southeast Holgate Boulevard at Southeast 111th Avenue.

Two officers, a Field Training Officer and a Trainee Officer, were in the 2023 Ford Police Interceptor Utility (a sport utility crossover) and were injured. Both were transported to the hospital by ambulance. Two suspects in the Kia, an adult male driver and adult female passenger, were also injured and transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver’s injuries are considered life threatening. The passenger was seriously hurt, but her injuries are not considered life threatening. The Kia had been reported stolen out of a Southeast Portland driveway on Thursday, October 5, 2023.

The injured officers were treated and released from the hospital, and are now recovering at home.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate the crash, and the intersection was closed until about 9:25a.m. The intersection is now reopened to traffic. If anyone has information about this crash and has not already spoken to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn:Traffic Division and reference case number 23-262055.

Officers confirmed a burglary took place at the bookstore. That investigation remains ongoing.

“This was a terrible crash, and I’m grateful that the officers involved were not hurt worse,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “This underscores the dangerous nature of policework, and I’m extending my gratitude to our patrol division, which works in our community every day and every night dedicated to public service. I wish these officers a speedy recovery. I offer sincere thanks to all the PPB members who responded to assist and investigate the crash as well as the paramedics, firefighters, and hospital medical staff for their care of our members.”

Photo descriptions:
1.Black Portland Police SUV with significant passenger side damage and a missing right front wheel
2. Side view of heavily damaged PPB vehicle, passenger side rear door removed
3. Nighttime view of crash scene, white Kia sedan with heavy front end damage, police vehicle seen in a yard in the background, police lights flashing


Attached Media Files: Front view of crashed PPB vehicle , Side view of crashed PPB vehicle , Burglary suspect vehicle crash scene

UPDATE: Victim of Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Homicide Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/24/23 2:35 PM
Nicole L. Davis family photo
Nicole L. Davis family photo
The victim in the fatal shooting in the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood is identified as Nicole Lashawn Davis, 40, of Portland. Her family has been notified of her death. They provided the attached photograph for public distribution. The family is requesting privacy at this time.

The Medical Examiner determined that she died of homicide by gunshot wound.

No arrests have been made. The case remains under investigation. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2092, or Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2079. Please reference case number 23-303557.

This is the 66th homicide of 2023 in Portland.

Original Message Below

A woman was killed in a shooting in the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 3:59p.m., East Precinct Officers were dispatched to a report of someone shot outside an apartment complex in the 11100 block of Northeast Weidler Street. When officers arrived they found an adult female deceased at the scene.

The suspect or suspects left before police were called and no immediate arrests were made.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast Weidler Street is closed between Northeast 108th Avenue and Northeast 112th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2092, or Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2079. Please reference case number 23-303557.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate.


Attached Media Files: Nicole L. Davis family photo

Traffic #ALERT UPDATE: Southbound I-5 at Marquam Bridge Expected to Reopen by 2:00p (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/23/23 1:36 PM
Crash scene investigation
Crash scene investigation
The on-scene investigation into the fatal crash on the Marquam Bridge has finished and final clean-up is underway. The freeway is expected to fully reopen by 2:00p.m.

This is the 65th fatal crash of 2023 in Portland, which includes 1 suicide and 1 medical event. That is a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.


Original Message Below

Southbound I-5 is closed at the Marquam Bridge after a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist.

On Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 9:46a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on southbound I-5 midspan Marquam Bridge (lower deck). When they arrived they found a motorcyclist down with passers-by engaging in first aid efforts. The rider, an adult male, was transported to a hospital by ambulance. Despite lifesaving efforts, he died.

Preliminary investigation suggests the crash involved only the motorcyclist and no other motorists were involved.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to investigate the crash. During the investigation, all lanes of I-5 southbound are closed. The ramp from northbound I-405 Fremont Bridge to southbound I-5 is closed. The westbound I-84 to southbound I-5 ramp is also closed.

Southbound I-5 traffic can use I-405 southbound as a bypass, or exit to eastbound I-84. Traffic coming westbound I-84 can go northbound I-5 and then to I-405 southbound to bypass the crash. The ramps to the Morrison Bridge remain open. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist with traffic control.

The Portland Police Bureau is seeking witnesses to this crash and what happened immediately before. If any witnesses have information, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 23-304119.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate.

Photo descriptions:
1-Portland Police officers investigate the crash on the lanes of the freeway. One police motorcycle and 4 PPB SUVs are parked near the crash.
2- Portland police officers investigating a motorcycle crash on the freeway, PPB SUV parked in land with lights flashing


Attached Media Files: Crash scene investigation , Crash investigation

Plunging Car Theft Rates as East Precinct Continues Stolen Vehicle Operations With Partner Agencies (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 11/22/23 4:19 PM
Cascade Station custody
Cascade Station custody
Car theft rates in Portland continue a significant downward trend amidst continuing multiagency stolen vehicle operations spearheaded out of East Precinct.

The afternoon and evening of Saturday, November 18, 2023, PPB East Precinct ran a joint agency Stolen Vehicle Operation with Gresham Police Department, Port of Portland Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Auto Theft Task Force, PPB’s K9 Unit, and PPB’s Air Support Unit.

Eleven stolen vehicles in total were identified and recovered, 1 firearm seized, and 8 people taken into custody.

The operation focused on the north and east Portland metropolitan area. Crowdsourced Facebook group PDX Stolen Cars again assisted the operation helping locate and recover 2 unoccupied stolen vehicles.

Police attempted to stop the driver of a stolen Toyota Tacoma pick-up that eluded at Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 133rd Avenue. The stolen vehicle was followed by PPB’s Air Support Unit as the driver continued to drive recklessly into oncoming traffic. The driver drove onto Glendoveer public golf course. The driver narrowly missed golfers on the course driving the stolen vehicle on the fairway and across greens, he was taken into custody on the 14th hole. Video of this arrest is available here: https://youtu.be/MV-cNbBx0oA

Another stolen vehicle was identified by Gresham officers. The stolen vehicle’s driver eluded police and was monitored by PPB’s Air Support Unit. The driver was apprehended, taken into custody, and an illegally possessed firearm seized.

Statistics and 1-3 Stolen Vehicles to Stops Ratio

Below are the initial results from the November 18th multiagency Stolen Vehicle Operation:
31 – Stops/Encounters
11 – Stolen Vehicles
8 – Custodies
11 – Warrants
1 – Illegally Possessed Firearm
8 – Vehicles Eluded (6 captured)
6 – Suspects Eluded on Foot (4 captured)
9 – Vehicle Tows

Utilizing data-driven policing strategies, the operation again yielded a low ratio of one stolen vehicle located out of every three traffic stops. This operation also saw every agency involved identify and locate an active stolen vehicle within the community.

Impressive Decreasing Trend in Stolen Vehicles

Over the last eight months, our program has consistently delivered outstanding results in reducing vehicle theft rates. In October 2022, there were 931 vehicles reported stolen to PPB. In October 2023 it was 590, a 36.6% decrease year over year.

-April: 24.4% decrease compared to the previous year (892 to 674)
-May: 23.7% decrease compared to the previous year (849 to 648)
-June: 26.7% decrease compared to the previous year (829 to 607)
-July: 29.7% decrease compared to the previous year (862 to 606)
-August: 35.3% decrease compared to the previous year (939 to 608)
-September: 25.5% decrease compared to the previous year (861 to 644)
-October: 36.6% decrease compared to the previous year (931 to 590)

We know that there are a lot of factors that go into crime trends, but we believe that enforcement efforts driven by data analysis, efficient use of limited resources, and interagency partnerships have been key factors in the reduction in car thefts in Portland. It’s something that we’re gratified to see because we know reducing theft rates mean fewer victims. Car thefts are extremely impactful for victims, especially those who rely on their vehicles for their livelihoods. Stolen vehicles are often used by suspects in other crimes including robberies and shootings, and we believe interdicting those occupied stolen cars can prevent other crimes. We certainly have a long way to go and we’re not declaring victory over this problem. But the trend is going the right direction, and our intent is to continue these efforts going forward.

For more on East Precinct’s innovative use of data, to make fewer stops, resulting in better outcomes, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=462764

Photo descriptions:
1-Custody Taken from Cascade Station-officer working in a black Portland Police Vehicle in front of a restaurant at Cascade Station
2-Gun from stolen Vehicle-black semiautomatic handgun with rubberized grip sits on a nylon pistol case

3-Keys used to steal cars-a set of metal keys filed down
4-Port of Portland Police officer doing a traffic stop on a small SUV
5-2 Portland Police vehicles with lights flashing behind a small white pickup truck on a golf course
6-Different angle of the golf course stop
7-Taken into custody on the 14th hole-golf course suspect driver arrested
8-SVO Roll call-numerous police officers sit at tables watching a briefing by a PPB officer


Attached Media Files: Cascade Station custody , Gun , Filed Keys , Port of Portland Police traffic stop , Stolen Vehicle on Golf Course , Golf course stolen pickup , SVO Roll Call , Golf course suspect driver arrested

PPB Notified of Death Connected to July Crash
Portland Police Bureau - 11/22/23 1:55 PM
The Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division has been notified of a death connected to a crash in late July.

On July 24, 2023, at 9:20 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to reports of a crash in the area of West Burnside Street and Northwest Hermosa Boulevard. Officers determined the driver crossed over the center line and then overcorrected. This resulted in the driver losing control of the vehicle and driving off the road. The driver was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On November 22, 2023, PPB’s Traffic Division learned that the driver died the same evening of the crash. The Medical Examiner determined the victim died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The victim is identified as Rex E. Bills, 88, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death. An investigator with PPB’s Traffic Investigations Unit is reviewing the case.

This is the 64th fatal traffic-related crash in Portland this year. That is a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.


Cully Neighborhood Shooting Ends with 1 Man Deceased
Portland Police Bureau - 11/22/23 10:38 AM
A shooting in the Cully Neighborhood has left 1 man deceased.

On Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 9:55p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting at a house in the 4700 block of Northeast 62nd Avenue. When officers arrived they found an adult male deceased at the scene.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called and no immediate arrests were made.

Detectives with the Portland Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene to investigate. No additional information is available for release at this time.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brent Christensen at brent.christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-2087 or Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-0781. Please reference case number 23-302936.


Firefighters Respond to Apartment Fire in Cedar Mill (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 11/27/23 3:37 PM

At 9:59 a.m. today, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to an apartment fire in the 12300 block of Northwest Barnes Road in Cedar Mill. Engine 61 from the Butner Road Station arrived within five minutes and found a two-story apartment building with significant fire coming from the back side of the building. Due to the significant amount of fire, the incident commander upgraded the incident to a second alarm, bringing additional firefighters to the scene.

Firefighters quickly extended hose lines to the back of the structure and began extinguishing the fire. As additional firefighters arrived on scene, more hose lines were deployed through the front door of an apartment to fully extinguish the fire. Firefighters searched the structure for victims and determined that all occupants had evacuated the apartment. Additional firefighters cut holes in the roof to allow heat and smoke to escape the attic space. In total, it took 35 firefighters 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. 

Five apartment units were damaged in the fire, displacing eight people. Red Cross has been contacted and is assisting the displaced residents. Two uninjured cats were rescued from the structure.

TVF&R fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire.

TVF&R was assisted by Portland Fire and Rescue, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, American Medical Response, Portland General Electric, and Northwest Natural Gas with this incident.

Video link: https://vimeo.com/888878335?share=copy

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1214/168217/IMG_0020.jpeg , 2023-11/1214/168217/IMG_0014.jpeg , 2023-11/1214/168217/IMG_0013.jpeg , 2023-11/1214/168217/IMG_0012.jpeg

Vancouver Police investigate fatality traffic collision
Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/27/23 12:08 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – On November 24 at approximately 5:09 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 2000 block of NE 112th Avenue for the report of a motorcycle vs. vehicle collision. The investigation involved a motorcycle that hit a Ford Escort at high speed from behind. According to witnesses, the motorcyclist had been seen driving at excessive speeds and weaving through traffic prior to the collision. The motorcycle rider, 38-year-old male, was transported with life threatening injuries and later died at the hospital. The driver of the Ford Escort, a 26-year-old female, was not injured. Impairment and speed on the part of the motorcycle rider were predominant factors in the collision.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. 


Vancouver Police Dept. - 11/26/23 9:19 PM
Photo of Heather
Photo of Heather

On 11/26/23 Heather Boyer walked away from her residence in Vancouver, WA. Her current whereabouts are unknown. Heather has a medical condition that requires daily medication, which she is not currently in possession of. If you see Heather, please call 311. 


Attached Media Files: Photo of Heather

Washington County Sheriff's Office Seeks Dedicated Individuals For Law Enforcement Positions During Staffing Shortfall (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/27/23 1:03 PM
Social Media Graphic
Social Media Graphic

The Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) faces a critical challenge in maintaining full jail capacity. The recent staffing shortage has reduced the number of beds available in the Washington County Jail. To address this issue, WCSO seeks individuals who want to keep their community safe through a rewarding career in law enforcement.

In recent years, the number of applications has not kept pace with retirements and departures. As a result, the Jail Division currently has 41 deputy positions that urgently need to be filled, requiring a reduction in jail capacity by 34%, from 572 to 388 beds. A substantial challenge remains despite notable efforts to house about 40 additional individuals in custody at Washington County's Community Corrections Center and a neighboring jail. The persistent shortage of available jail beds, driven by staffing issues, decreases community safety.

To reduce the impact of less staffing on jail operations, WCSO made necessary adjustments for those involved in certain non-violent misdemeanor crimes. Instead of being arrested and booked in jail, some individuals receive a citation to appear in court, with exceptions in some instances. However, it is crucial to highlight that this temporary measure has limitations, and the staffing challenge must be addressed to ensure public safety. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office seeks individuals who want to serve their community and contribute to public safety. We offer a rewarding, flexible career with excellent pay and benefits. By joining our dedicated and innovative team, you will play a vital role in safeguarding victims and holding offenders accountable. In addition to jail deputy positions, we have 24 patrol deputy openings available as entry and lateral Patrol Deputies, six Jail Services Technicians, and four Criminal Records Specialist openings. This is a unique career opportunity where you can make a difference in public safety and answer the call to serve.

Sheriff’s Office leaders thank our staff for their dedication and service to keep our community safe. To learn more about the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the application process, please visit joinwcso.com.


Media Only: Sheriff Pat Garrett will be available today for in-person interviews. Please contact the PIO to schedule. 

Attached Media Files: Social Media Graphic

Fatal Traffic Crash Between a Motorcycle and a School Bus (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/27/23 10:32 AM
Social Media Graphic
Social Media Graphic

On Monday, November 27, 2023, at 7:18 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a traffic crash near the intersection of SW 65th Avenue and SW Prosperity Park Road involving a motorcycle and a school bus. 

The motorcycle rider did not survive. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene and is investigating. Additional information will be available when appropriate. 

The school bus is part of the West Linn-Wilsonville school district, and notifications have been made to the families of the two children on the bus. The children and the bus driver were not injured. 

If you have any information about this incident, we ask that you contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office through non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

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Hwy. 26 Wrong Way Driver Arrested for DUII After Near Head-on Collision (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/22/23 11:38 AM

On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 12:33 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls about a white Mini Cooper driving in the wrong direction on Highway 26 westbound. Deputies and Hillsboro Police Officers quickly responded and located the vehicle after it exited Highway 26 at NW 185th Avenue. A traffic stop was initiated by a Hillsboro police officer north of Highway 26, and soon after, deputies arrived to take over the investigation.

The driver of the Mini Cooper, identified as 29-year-old Matthew Silveira, was contacted by a deputy. The deputy noticed signs of intoxication, such as a strong odor of alcohol and other indicators. Despite this, Silveira did not cooperate with the DUII investigation.

During the initial conversation with Silveira, a witness arrived at the scene and informed the deputy that Silveira's vehicle had nearly collided with them head-on while traveling in the wrong direction on Highway 26. The witness recounted driving westbound on Highway 26 near NW 185th Avenue when they first noticed Silveira's vehicle. They mentioned that the vehicle was driving without lights on. The witness said they had only seconds to react and swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. Although their vehicle swerved and spun out on the highway, they managed to avoid hitting any other vehicles or objects. The witness estimated that the Mini Cooper was traveling at approximately 90 mph at the time.

After speaking with the witness, the deputy arrested Silveira for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person and transported him to the Washington County Jail. Silveira initially refused to take the breath test. Subsequently, the deputy obtained a search warrant, and Silveira was compelled to provide a breath sample, which showed a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .24%. Silveira's breath sample was collected by law enforcement over 2 hours after the initial traffic stop.

Once the deputy concluded their investigation, Silveira was lodged in the Washington County Jail. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office emphasizes the importance of reporting any instances of reckless driving witnessed on the roads by immediately dialing 911.

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PeaceHealth invites the public to an open house in recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 11/27/23 6:00 AM

Vancouver, WA. –  In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the public is invited to join PeaceHealth Southwest for a Mega Lungs Event Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Firstenburg Tower Lobby.

Come step inside a human lung model and learn more about normal lung functions, lung screenings and lung cancer. Meet the PeaceHealth care team committed to delivering comprehensive, personalized, cutting-edge care to patients.

“Lung cancer remains a significant public health challenge, claiming more lives each year than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined,” shares Dr. Bhanu Patibandla, a pulmonologist at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. “But, with awareness and early detection, we have a powerful opportunity to make a difference.”

Screening for lung cancer is pivotal in turning the tide against lung cancer. It is done using low dose CT scans and is recommended for those 50-80 years of age who smoked the equivalent of 20 pack years. That means a pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years, or something similar.

“By coming together as a community, we can erase the stigma that lung cancer is solely a ‘smoker’s disease’ and open up new opportunities for diagnosing lung cancer at early stages, when it’s most treatable,” adds Dr. Patibandla.

Members of the public are invited to stop by at any time between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the Mega Lungs Event open house.

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 1,200 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 peacehealth.org.


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Police & Fire
Apartment Room Kitchen Fire: A close call for Residents (Photo)
Bend Fire & Rescue - 11/24/23 8:30 PM

A fire broke out, in a newly constructed apartment, on the South West side of Bend on November 24th at 17:15.  Bend Fire & Rescue responded to an apartment, kitchen fire, on the 6th floor of a newly constructed building.  A new resident was in the process of moving into the apartment and had placed combustible materials on a glass stove top and accidentally turned a burning on in the process.  Resident left briefly to move more belongings up to the newly acquired room and while returning heard the fire alarm system activate.   Once back to the room, the kitchen stove area was found fully involved in flames.  Resident immediately called 911 and deployed a closely located fire extinguisher, in the hallway, to extinguish the fire.  Resident was able to control the fire from spreading to other areas of the apartment and was quick enough to not have the sprinkler system activate.  Bend Fire crews completely extinguished the fire and performed ventilation and overhaul to kitchen area.  Resident is expected to be displaced until restoration of room can be performed.  Estimated cost of damage is at approximately $5,000.  No injuries were reported at the scene of the fire.

Kitchen fires were the theme of this year's Fire Prevention message and one of the leading causes of home fires. Kitchen stoves of all types are a source of heat that can cause ignition of combustible materials.  It is never recommended to place combustible materials on a stove top, even if it is in the off position.  Unattended cooking or burner operation should never be left unattended, even for a short while.  By having a readily available fire extinguisher and working smoke alarms, lose caused by fire, can be greatly reduced in the event a fire does happen.      

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Apartment fire in Bend 11-23-23 - Fire sprinkler system save (Photo)
Bend Fire & Rescue - 11/23/23 6:23 PM
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Bend Fire Department was originally dispatched for a fire alarm activation at the Stillwater Apartments on Atwood Dr in SE Bend. The alarm was quickly upgraded as multiple tenants started calling 911 about the alarms going off and smoke coming from one of the 1st floor apartments. Bend Fire responded to the apartment fire with 5 engines, ladder truck, ambulance, command and a fire marshal. Bend Police arrived first to find most of the building evacuated. Police and Fire crews were able to quickly determine no one was home at the time of the fire. The fire was stopped by the fire sprinkler system in the apartment. The sprinkler activation was the reason for the initial fire alarm reported. 

Bend Fire crews used fans to ventilate the smoke from the 1st floor apartment and adjacent stairwell. The other two stairwells were not affected and occupants were allowed back into those apartments as soon as possible. The sprinkler system stopped the fire with one head activating in the bedroom where the fire started. The water was shut down. With the apartment being unoccupied, the sprinkler head stopped a fire that would have easily spread to multiple other apartments and risked the lives of dozens of occupants. 

The fire was caused by the failure of an electric skate board being charged in a bedroom. The fire started in the batteries of the board. Its unclear at this time if this was a failure of the batteries, over charging of the unit or a malfunction/failure of the charger. The damage was limited to minor fire damage in a single bedroom and water damage to the ground floor apartment. No other units were damaged and after the smoke was cleared and the sprinkler system turned back on, all other tenants were allowed back into their apartments. A total 36 apartments are in this building, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. Several dozen building residents were home at the time of the fire. 

Bend Fire Department would like to remind anyone charging any scooters, bikes, skateboards or similar lithium powered devices to take precautions to prevent fires. Its always good to not leave these devices plugged into power when someone's not around. Charge the unit to full power and then remove from the charger. If the batteries or charger are damaged, get wet or appear to not be working correctly, stop using immediately and have them repaired or replaced. These same precautions can go for any lithium battery charging items such as tools, toys and cars. If the batteries are kept in good condition, you use the correct charger on the correct setting, and don't over charge the battery, the chances of a fire are very low. More information on battery fire safety at the US Fire Administration website: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/home-fires/prevent-fires/batteries/ 

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Minimal fee increase implemented to maintain high-quality experience at PacifiCorp's Lewis River recreation facilities
Pacific Power - 11/22/23 12:48 PM

Media hotline: 503-813-6018


Minimal fee increase implemented to maintain high-quality experience at PacifiCorp’s Lewis River recreation facilities 


ARIEL, Wash., (Nov 22, 2023) — To enable PacifiCorp to continue providing a quality recreation experience at camping and picnic sites on the Lewis River in southwest Washington, a new fee structure will be implemented starting December 1, 2023. 

This new fee structure will help cover increased operating costs for the recreation facilities and keep the facilities well maintained and ready for use. The new fees are comparable to the costs of other recreation sites in Washington.

New and starting December 1, 2023, reservations can be made by reserved campers for boat moorage slips at Cresap Bay Campground. In spring 2024, visitors will be able to reserve dispersed shoreline campsites on Yale and Swift Reservoirs and Park picnic shelters.

Single or group campsites within formal Lewis River campgrounds and dispersed shoreline campsites will also be charged a new fee. 

Here are the new fee details: 

Site Name

Recreation Type (other info)

New Daily Fee

Merwin ParkDay Use Parking


Speelyai Bay ParkDay Use Parking


Cresap Bay Park/CampgroundDay Use Parking




 Group Camp


 Extra vehicle


 Extra people (3 max per campsite)


 Boat moorage


Saddle Dam ParkDay Use Parking


 Shoreline Dispersed Camping


Yale ParkDay Use Parking


Cougar Park/CampgroundDay Use Parking




 Group Camp


 Extra vehicle


 Extra people (3 max per campsite)


Beaver Bay Park/CampgroundDay Use Parking




 Group Camp


 Extra vehicle


 Extra people (3 max per campsite)


Swift Forest CampDay Use Parking




 Extra vehicle


 Extra people (3 max per campsite)


 Shoreline Dispersed Camping


 Reservation/Change fee


 Season day-use parking pass


For more detailed information on PacifiCorp's Lewis River recreation sites and opportunities, please visit www.pacificorp.com/community/recreation/washington.html   






Bureau of Land Management Western Oregon Resource Advisory Council meeting Dec 5 and 6
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/27/23 3:00 PM

Coos Bay, Ore.  – The Bureau of Land Management’s Western Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet virtually on December 5 and 6, 2023. The RAC will consider restoration projects for funding. 


RAC members will review 48 Secure Rural Schools Title II funding proposals and make recommendations for funding. Approximately $2.8 million is available for distribution. Projects must provide community-based solutions to pressing public lands challenges like watershed restoration, wildland fire prevention, trash clean-up, road maintenance, control of noxious weeds, and more. 


Title II funds help make investments in public lands and create employment opportunities. Over the years, projects funded through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act have provided trail maintenance, culvert replacement or removal, or wildfire hazard reduction on public lands. Other projects assisted with stream channel enhancement, noxious weed control, or opportunities for youth training and employment. These projects also improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for public lands and the agencies that manage these lands. 


“The Western Oregon RAC is made up of valuable partners who represent the diverse perspectives of Western Oregon communities,” said Roseburg District Manager Heather Whitman. “Their work on Secure Rural Schools funding is critical for our local communities and to the overall health of public lands.”


The meetings start at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) each day. The meetings are open to the public, with a public comment period scheduled for 3:00 p.m. PT on December 5 and 1:30 p.m. PT on December 6. Individuals making a statement during the public comment period are encouraged to also submit a written copy of their statement for the administrative record.


The meetings will be held on the Zoom platform. Please contact Megan Harper, Public Affairs Specialist for the Coos Bay District, at (541) 751-4353 or m1harper@blm.gov to receive a link to attend the Zoom meeting. People needing reasonable accommodation, such as sign language interpretation, should contact Megan Harper, Advisory Council Coordinator, m1harper@blm.gov or at (541) 751-4353 at least 7 business days prior to the meeting to give the BLM sufficient time to process your request.


The Western Oregon RAC meets multiple times a year. It is one of several citizen advisory councils throughout Oregon and Washington. The Secretary of the Interior appoints the RAC’s 15 members. Members represent a broad range of public land interests, including environmental, local government, recreation, timber, and commercial activity. The Western Oregon RAC advises the BLM’s Coos Bay, Medford, Roseburg, and Northwest Districts, and parts of the Lakeview District.


For more information about the Western Oregon RAC, visit: https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington.




The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

DOGAMI Governing Board to meet on December 11, 2023
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 11/27/23 4:37 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, December 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. PST. This public meeting will be conducted via teleconference. 

The meeting agenda, including call-in information, is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/dogami/about/govboard/boardagenda_12_11_2023.pdf

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy, oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI’s mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.


Recreational use advisory lifted for Willow Creek Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 11/23/23 9:20 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued for Willow Creek Reservoir in Morrow County. 

OHA issued the advisory Sept. 19, 2023. 

Water monitoring has confirmed levels of cyanotoxins in Willow Creek Reservoir are below recreational guideline values for people. However, detected levels are still above OHA’s educational guideline values for dogs, so owners should keep their pets away from these areas.

OHA advises recreational visitors to stay alert to signs of cyanobacteria blooms. Blooms can develop and disappear on any water body at any time when conditions are favorable. Only a fraction of water bodies in Oregon are monitored for blooms and toxins, so it’s important for people to be familiar with signs of a bloom, exposures and symptoms by visiting OHA’s Cyanobacteria Harmful Algae Bloom website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab.

When recreating, people – and especially small children and pets – should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green or blue-green, or if thick brownish-red mats are visible or bright green clumps are suspended in the water. If you see these signs, avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities, and keep pets out of the area.

Cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. When a bloom dies, toxins released may reach into clear water around the bloom. Blooms can be pushed into other areas, leaving behind the toxins released. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482.


Renewal data shows 5 out of 6 Oregonians keeping medical benefits; Oregon in top three states protecting medical benefits
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/23 2:42 PM

November 22, 2023

Media contacts:

Erica Heartquist, Oregon Health Authority, ica.J.Heartquist@oha.oregon.gov">Erica.J.Heartquist@oha.oregon.gov, 503-871-8843

Jake Sunderland, Oregon Department of Human Services,  land@odhs.oregon.gov">Jake.Sunderland@odhs.oregon.gov, 503-877-0170

Renewal data shows 5 out of 6 Oregonians keeping medical benefits; Oregon in top three states protecting medical benefits

SALEM, Ore. — Nearly two-thirds of the way into renewals process following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, data shows more than 5 out of 6 Oregonians are keeping their Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or other Medicaid benefits.

Oregon’s 85 percent renewal rate is the third highest in the nation according to Kaiser Family Foundation’s comparison of state renewal rates.

There has been a 2.7 percent increase in renewal rates over the last month, due to Oregon restoring benefits for some people whose benefits had previously closed. Between the recent restorations and Oregon’s earlier decision to renew some people expected to retain benefits through the unwinding process, it is likely we will see the renewal rate decline somewhat in future months.

Oregon’s unique steps to keep people covered are also in effect: As of October 31, 14,105 people likely to qualify for Oregon’s Basic Health Program are keeping their OHP until July 2024 when the new program launches.

OHP renewals after the pandemic            

During the pandemic emergency, the federal government allowed states to keep people on Medicaid and did not require annual renewals.

With the end of the emergency, everyone who has OHP or other Medicaid benefits will receive a renewal notice by mid-2024. The notice will explain whether the member needs to provide additional information or take action to keep their coverage. People may be asked for additional information, including documents such as paystubs, or to review, sign and return a renewal packet.

OHP renewals so far

As of Nov. 17, 2023, 919,879 people have completed the renewal process. This represents 63.8 percent of all OHP and Medicaid members.

  • 783,661 people (85.2 percent) were renewed and kept their benefits. This is a 2.7 percent point increase since October.
  • 111,941 people (13.0 percent) were found ineligible. This is a 0.8 percent point decrease since October.
  • 16,227 people (1.8 percent) had a reduction in their benefits. Most of these members lost full OHP but were able to continue our Medicare Savings Programs that help pay their Medicare costs. This is a sharp decrease from the 25,714 (3.2 percent) reductions reported in October, largely due to the benefit restorations.

November OHP renewal requests

In November, renewal letters were sent to an additional 140,780 people. 

  • 7 percent were renewed without any action needed.
  • 6 percent were asked to provide some information to renew. The most common requests are for income-related proof, like paystubs, or forms of identification, like a government identification or birth certificate.
  • 3 percent were asked to fill out a renewal form.
  • 7 percent had previously reported that they no longer met income limits or other requirements and received a notice that their benefits will be ending in 60 days.

State responds to renewal system issues

Over the last few months month, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and ODHS responded to three issues with the renewal process:

  • Extending coverage for members who received incorrect approval notices: Around 11,700 members who did not respond to renewal requests received incorrect approval notices instead of closure notices. ODHS/OHA extended their coverage extended through the end of the year. These members received a new notice and call explaining that they can provide the missing information by the end of the year to prevent closure. An additional 1,700 members found ineligible for other reasons also receive the incorrect approval notice, and had their coverage extended until the end of the year to allow additional time to find other health coverage.
  • Correcting or preventing incorrect terminations: Medical benefits were restored for around 1,900 people whose benefits were incorrectly ended in September. 1,226 people also incorrectly received notices explaining that their benefits would end at the end of October, but those closures were prevented. Affected members received new notices in November that their coverage is continuing. In 2024, they will get another notice letting them know whose benefits are renewed without needing a response, and who in their household still needs to respond to a renewal.
  • Restoring Oregon Supplemental Income Program—Medical (OSIPM) benefits: ODHS paused closures and restored coverage to 20,000 people found over the income or financial resource limits for OSIPM. OSIPM is a program that provides OHP coverage to Oregonians who are legally blind, have a disability, and/or are 65 or older--and have limited income and financial resources. Members received a notice in October or November that their coverage was restored. ODHS is updating OSIPM renewal notices with more information about members’ options to potentially remain eligible. This way, they can make an informed decision and have additional time to report changes and keep their benefits if still eligible. In 2024, these members will get another renewal notice, after which benefits may end if they are still over the income or resource limits.

ODHS and OHA encourage members to protect their benefits

The large number of OHP renewals, along with renewals of long-term services and supports, may cause greater wait times, delays, and possible interruptions to people’s OHP benefits. OHP members are encouraged to respond as quickly as possible after they receive a request for information to avoid any possible delays. The fastest way members can provide an update is by going to benefits.oregon.gov and logging into their ONE online account. 

Members can visit KeepCovered.Oregon.gov to learn:

  • What to do to protect their medical benefits
  • Where to get help renewing their benefits
  • How to provide updates when it’s time to renew
  • How to explore health coverage options through a job, Medicare or the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace if they no longer qualify for OHP

Community partners and providers can find resources to support members through the unwinding process at KeepCoveredPartners.Oregon.gov.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) are committed to transparency and will continue to send monthly information about medical coverage among Oregonians as the agencies continue to track the programs.

Find help renewing your benefits

  1. Learn more about how to renew your Oregon Health Plan medical coverage.
  2. Find a list of all the ways you can get help with renewing your medical benefits at benefits.oregon.gov
  3. Call the ONE Customer Service Center: 800-699-9075 (all relay calls are accepted, and help is available in multiple languages). Wait times are lowest between 7 and 8 a.m.
  4. Stop by or call a local office. People can find their local office at:  https://www.oregon.gov/odhs/Pages/office-finder.aspx
  5. Visit a community partner for free, in-person help. To find one near you visit OregonHealthCare.gov/GetHelp (English) or orhim.info/ayuda (Spanish).

What to do if OHP is ending:

  • First, review the case summary in your letter to make sure the information used to make the decision was correct. If that information has changed, notify the state. You can call the ONE Customer Service Center at 800-699-9075 (toll-free, all relay calls accepted) or find other options to connect at benefits.oregon.gov. If the information on file for you is correct and you disagree with the decision, you can request a hearing. Learn more about hearings here
  • Explore options through an employer. If you, your spouse, or a parent are working, you may be eligible for health coverage through that employer. Talk to your manager or Human Resources department to see if you qualify. You will have a special enrollment period to enroll mid-year due to loss of OHP benefits.
  • If you have or are eligible for Medicare: For help understanding Medicare options, go to OregonHealthcare.gov/GetHelp to find an insurance agent or a counselor at the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA), or call SHIBA at 800-722-4134. SHIBA counselors and insurance can help you choose the right Medicare options if you’re losing OHP coverage.

If you need to sign up for Medicare for the first time, contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 800-772-1213 to enroll by phone or find a local office. You can also enroll in Medicare online at ssa.gov/medicare/sign-up.

  • Nearly 80 percent of Oregonians qualify for financial help through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit OregonHealthCare.gov/WindowShop to answer a few quick questions and find out how much you can save and how much coverage may cost you. You can also call the Marketplace Transition Help Center at 833-699-6850 (toll-free, all relay calls accepted).
  • Need free local help figuring any of this out? Visit OregonHealthCare.gov/GetHelp to find professional help near you.

Public hearing about application on erosion control measure in Cannon Beach Dec. 12
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/22/23 10:53 AM

Updated to include date: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is hosting a virtual public hearing 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 about an Ocean Shore Alteration Application. 

The permit application 3046 seeks to construct a 60-foot-long riprap revetment, which is an erosion control measure made of rocks placed on a slope for protection. The proposed location is on the Ocean Shore State Recreation Area in Cannon Beach west of 3216 Pacific Avenue. 

There were more than 10 requests for a hearing during the public comment period that ended Nov. 3, which means a public hearing is required under ORS 390.650(3). This hearing is an information-gathering session and provides an opportunity for OPRD to hear directly from the public on the submitted application materials. 

The meeting will include an introduction by staff, an overview of the submitted proposal by the applicant and public testimony.  The submitted materials for application 3046, can be viewed under the heading of “Pending Applications” at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/prp/pages/per-ocean-shore.aspx

Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing can register in advance at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7cezthdeTMSOqUJAtL9qdg. If you need help signing up, contact Allison Mangini at 541-220-3786 or allison.mangini@oprd.oregon.gov by noon Dec. 11. 

If you need special accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact Allison Mangini at 541-220-3786, allison.mangini@oprd.oregon.gov by 5 p.m. Dec. 7.​

Following the hearing, registered attendees may provide written testimony by 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Submit by sending to: 


P.O. Box 2139 

Waldport, OR 97394 

Within 45-days after the hearing, OPRD will make a permit decision. This decision will include consideration of public comment received during the public notice and this hearing.

Contact Ocean Shore Permit Coordinator, Tyler Blanchette 503-510-6741, .Blanchette@oprd.oregon.gov">Tyler.Blanchette@oprd.oregon.gov, for questions about the permit application process.

State Library Board Bylaws Sub-Committee Meeting 11/30/2023
State Library of Oregon - 11/22/23 1:32 PM

Salem, Ore - The Bylaws sub-committee of the State Library Board will meet on Thursday, November 30, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., to review the current bylaws of the State Library Board. The agenda is attached. This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Wendy Cornelisen at nelisen@slo.oregon.gov">wendy.cornelisen@slo.oregon.gov.  

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested 48 hours before the meeting; notice 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Wendy Cornelisen at nelisen@slo.oregon.gov">wendy.cornelisen@slo.oregon.gov. 

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/1069/168171/State_Library_Board_Bylaws_Sub-Committee_Meeting__Agenda_11-30-2023.pdf

Clark County Arts Commission extends deadline for applicants for Poet Laureate
Clark Co. WA Communications - 11/27/23 11:19 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Arts Commission is seeking applicants for Clark County Poet Laureate. The position is for two years beginning May 1, 2024.

The commission has extended its deadline for applications to Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023.

Every two years the Clark County Arts Commission selects a Poet Laureate to engage our county in the literary arts. Duties include promoting poetry as an art form, expanding access to the literary arts, and encouraging poetry as a regional voice that contributes to a sense of place.

This is a volunteer position with grant/stipend options available. Applicants must:

  • Be a Clark County resident, over 18 years of age, and a practicing, published poet.
  • Have a commitment to community outreach and collaboration and interest in promoting equity and inclusion through the arts.
  • Have the flexibility to shape a scope of work that reflects their interests, skills, and abilities.

Application forms and a position description are available on the Clark County Arts Commission website



County seeks citizen volunteer for audit oversight committee
Clark Co. WA Communications - 11/22/23 2:50 PM

Vancouver, WA — The Clark County Auditor’s Office is accepting letters of interest from citizen volunteers who wish to serve on the county’s official Audit Oversight Committee, along with the County Auditor and a member of the County Council.

Responsibilities of the committee include:

  • Recommending internal audit priorities.
  • Reviewing and analyzing audit reports.
  • Ensuring that management has initiated appropriate action in response to audit reports.
  • Apprising county councilors of audit activities and results.
  • Ensuring that no unreasonable restrictions are placed on auditors.
  • Reviewing effectiveness of county financial and accounting functions through discussions with auditors. 
  • Coordinating internal audits with external audits to prevent duplication and maximize effectiveness. 

The committee meets two to four times per year. In addition, committee members read draft audit reports and hold discussions with audit staff as needed. 

Community members with backgrounds in auditing, accounting, finance, government, business operations or related experience are encouraged to submit letters summarizing their qualifications and reasons for serving. Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey will review the applicants and provide a list of nominees to the Clark County Council, who will make the appointment. 

Letters may be sent by email to auditor@clark.wa.gov. They may also be mailed or delivered to Audit Services, 1300 Franklin St., Suite 575, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. 

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Dec.  22, 2023.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the EarthWISE Sustainable Business Network
Marion County - 11/25/23 7:00 AM

Explore the 2023 Holiday Guide to Support Local and Sustainable Businesses

SALEM, OR – As the holiday season approaches, EarthWISE Sustainable Business Network is proud to announce the highly anticipated release of its 2023 Holiday Guide. This guide spotlights local businesses that promote sustainable practices within our community.

Scheduled for launch on November 25th, Small Business Saturday, the 2023 Holiday Guide offers mini business profiles and gifting guides that showcase the innovation, craftsmanship, and sustainable efforts of local entrepreneurs. 

"We are thrilled to launch our 2023 Holiday Guide, showcasing the remarkable efforts of our local businesses dedicated to sustainability," said Rachel VanWoert, EarthWISE Sustainable Business Network Coordinator. "This initiative not only celebrates Small Business Saturday but also encourages our community to shop local and support businesses that prioritize environmental responsibility."

The 2023 EarthWISE Holiday Guide includes a collection of Marion County businesses that prioritize sustainable practices and a dedication to supporting the local community. Interspersed with the business profiles are gift guides for different audiences and tips to help reduce waste associated with the holiday season. 

Join the EarthWISE Sustainable Business Network in celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 25th by exploring the 2023 Holiday Guide, available at 2023 EarthWISE Holiday Guide


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Courts/District Attorneys
STEP Court Graduates First 12 Participants, Yields Low Recidivism Rates
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 11/24/23 10:01 AM

Multnomah County DA’s first-of-its kind diversion program, "STEP Court," is finding new paths to accountability and showing better results than incarceration

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that 12 people have officially completed STEP Court, representing the first graduating cohort of the program. STEP (Strategic Treatment and Engagement Program) is a specialty court for those charged with certain Ballot Measure 11 crimes. It uses an evidence-based approach to reduce the likelihood that an individual will re-offend, meaning fewer victims and safer communities. 

“As DA, it is important for me to ensure we keep our communities safe and find new, smarter, more effective approaches to criminal justice, and this program does just that,” said DA Mike Schmidt. “Accountability is at the core of STEP, and we are getting better public safety results than incarceration by tailoring our responses to individual needs, addressing root causes of criminality, and keeping communities together.”

"I had the privilege of serving as a circuit court judge in Multnomah County for 20 years, and I am proud to have been a part of launching STEP Court, which is the first of its kind in the nation because of the population it serves," said Judge Eric Bloch, who spearheaded STEP Court with DA Schmidt. "STEP Court is the latest application of treatment courts, among the most studied and validated criminal justice interventions in existence. In short, treatment courts work. STEP represents the first time we've used a treatment court model for individuals convicted of certain Ballot Measure 11 crimes. We should not shy away from an opportunity to use the tools we know can be more restorative of community safety and more restorative of the individual." 

STEP Court consists of five phases, with participants progressing through the steps only when they’ve successfully met the requirements of each phase. The program uses risk and need assessments to determine the level of treatment, supervision, court appearances, and other supports each participant needs and with which they are required to comply. After completion of the five phases, participants move into an aftercare program for a minimum of 90 days. Graduates continue to be supervised by the Department of Community Justice until completion of their supervision sentence. 

To date, there have been 59 STEP Court participants, with an 8.5% recidivism rate. This is significantly low compared to the 46.8% recidivism rate in Multnomah County for high-risk individuals convicted of person crimes.  

STEP Court is a partnership between the Multnomah County Circuit Court, Department of Community Justice, the Multnomah County District Attorney, Metropolitan Public Defender, Multnomah Defenders Inc., and Portland area community-based service providers. 


Portland Man Who Claimed to be a Foreign Exchange Currency Trader Indicted for Wire Fraud
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 11/27/23 3:15 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Portland man, who for more than a decade claimed to be a successful foreign exchange currency trader to solicit millions of dollars in investments, has been indicted in federal court for wire fraud.

William Bennington, 52, a resident of Portland, has been charged with five counts of wire fraud.

According to the indictment, from March 2012 until at least October 2022, Bennington is alleged to have knowingly and intentionally devised and carried out a scheme wherein he purported to be a wealthy foreign exchange currency trader to solicit investments in WBFX LLC, a foreign currency investment company Bennington incorporated in Oregon in 2010. Bennington promised his investors annual returns of up to 80 percent and repayment terms as short as six months. He further falsely claimed to have written a proprietary trading algorithm, which he alleged was the source of his wealth.

Over the course of his scheme, Bennington is alleged to have caused at least five individual victims to pay him more than $2 million. Instead of investing his victims’ money in foreign exchange currency markets as promised, Bennington spent it on various personal expenses.

Bennington appeared in federal court today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. He was arraigned, pleaded not guilty, and released pending a five-day jury trial scheduled to begin on January 9, 2024.

Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison per count of conviction.

This case was investigated by the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Robert S. Trisotto, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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Jeremy Christopher Yandle Sentenced to 175 Months in Prison in Sexual Abuse Case (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 11/27/23 4:37 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore- On November 20, 2023, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield sentenced Jeremy Christopher Yandle, age 45, to 175 months in prison. This sentence comes after the defendant was convicted of four counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Deputy District Attorney Rayney Meisel prosecuted the case against Mr. Yandle. 

In August of 2021, the defendant was released from prison after serving a sentence for convictions in Multnomah County for Arson in the First Degree and Manufacturing a Destructive Device. The mother of the two young victims allowed the defendant, whom she had previously known, to move into their home so she could help him get back on his feet. While living in the home, Mr. Yandle, who was already a registered sex offender from a previous conviction, molested two minor children multiple times over several months. 

Once the girls reported the abuse the defendant fled the home. Police were unable to locate him until June of 2022 when he was arrested in Multnomah County for attacking and stabbing a stranger outside of a grocery store. Investigators with the Tigard Police Department confronted the defendant about the sex abuse allegations. He admitted to inappropriate touching but said he did not think a young girl touched by an older man would be harmed.

At the sentencing hearing, DDA Meisel described Mr. Yandle as a “highly dangerous person.” DDA Meisel told the court that the defendant is “violent, manipulative, unpredictable, and predatory.” She added that the defendant “took advantage of the one person who was willing to show him kindness and he has shown no remorse for his actions.”

The victim’s mother, who is currently battling cancer, also addressed the court at the hearing. She expressed her grief, feelings of betrayal, and lamented the challenges her daughters will now have to face as they come to terms with the abuse. 

The prison sentence handed down by Judge Butterfield will run in addition to the 70-month prison sentence the defendant received in Multnomah County. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victims and their loved ones for their strength and bravery throughout the legal process. This office also acknowledges the work of Tigard police and CARES Northwest.

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/6208/168220/JEREMY_CHRISTOPHER_YANDLE.pdf , 2023-11/6208/168220/YANDLE_JEREMY_CHRISTOPHER.png

Jesse D Holt Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison in Burglary Case (Photo)
Washington Co. District Attorney's Office - 11/22/23 3:58 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore- On November 21, 2023, Jesse D Holt pleaded guilty to one count of Burglary in the First Degree with the intent to commit Sex Abuse. Judge Eric Buchér sentenced the defendant to 41 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Alyssa Camp prosecuted the case.

On June 2, 2023, the defendant smashed a window and broke into a home in Hillsboro, Oregon. The homeowners had just put their two young children to bed. One of the victims heard a noise but didn’t realize anything was wrong until she saw the defendant coming up the stairs towards her bedroom. She began screaming as the defendant approached her in her bed, at which point her husband made his presence known and chased the defendant from the home. 

The victims found the broken window and saw that the defendant prepared his escape by unlocking their back door. He used that door to exit the house and then fled the area. A home surveillance camera captured the defendant ringing the doorbell just before he broke the window. 

Investigators used that footage to circulate a photo of the defendant to area law enforcement. A detective with the Beaverton Police Department recognized Mr. Holt. The victims later confirmed he was the person who broke into their home. Officers arrested the defendant at his mother’s home. After a search, they found the same clothing he used in the burglary in the defendant’s laundry. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of the Hillsboro Police Department on this case. Mr. Holt will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.  

Attached Media Files: 2023-11/6208/168179/JESSE_D_HOLT.pdf , 2023-11/6208/168179/Holt_Jesse_D.jpg

Colleges & Universities - Public
Western Oregon University to host 56th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Western Oregon University - 11/27/23 2:34 PM

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University is proud to host the 56th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, a beloved event that brings joy and unity to campus and the community. This year's ceremony promises to be a memorable experience for all who attend. The lighting of the magnificent 123-foot sequoia tree will mark the beginning of the holiday season, creating a magical atmosphere that embodies the true spirit of the season.

The event will commence Friday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. with a cocoa and cider alumni networking event, followed by the festive holiday parade, starting at the Monmouth Library and culminating on Western's campus, in front of the sequoia tree for the tree lighting at 6 p.m. Students, faculty, staff, community members, and the public are all invited to participate in the celebration.

Western’s President Peters emphasized in a recent OregonLive article that the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is a testament to Western's commitment to community engagement. It serves as a reminder of the university's dedication to being a community-focused institution that welcomes and celebrates everyone. The ceremony allows individuals to come together, connect, and celebrate each other in the season's true spirit.

The celebration will feature a range of activities, including a holiday parade, the lighting of the tree, photo opportunities with Santa, and cookie decorating. These activities have become cherished traditions that create lasting memories for all. 

Schedule of Events:

Friday, December 1st

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting!

5:30 pm –Cocoa and Cider sponsored by Alumni Relations next to the Sequoia tree

Free WOU swag will be given away on a first-come-first-serve basis.

6 pm: Holiday Light Parade and WOU’s Annual Tree Lighting

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season on WOU’s campus with their 55th annual tree lighting and light parade! Enjoy Cocoa and Cider sponsored by Alumni relations next to the Sequoia tree while listening to guest speakers, celebrating essay contest winners, and watching the magnificent Tree lighting.

7:30 – 9 pm: Holiday Activities in the Werner University Center

Visit Santa in the Werner University Center! And while you’re there hang out and enjoy more holiday activities including holiday cookie decorating, buy Mexican Hot Chocolate and Pan Dulce from WOU’s own Kappa Delta Chi, and more!

7:30 – 9 pm: Walk through the “Julio Marin Aleman that audacity of identity + color” in Cannon Gallery in Campbell Hall

More information about the 56th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. 


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon's oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.

Western's first graduate student body president champions proactive student-centric initiatives
Western Oregon University - 11/22/23 9:44 AM

MONMOUTH, Ore. Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU), the official student government of Western, continues to make significant strides in enhancing student life and advocating for student interests. As a student-run and student-funded organization, ASWOU is committed to representing the diverse student body at Western.

Leading the ASWOU government as President is Hunter Hall, a native of Portland. Hall brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to serving the student body. Joining Hall are several other dedicated individuals, including Daizy Hernandez Sorian, vice president, Shabryn Herrera, chief of staff, and Destiney Tanner, director of public relations. They are all from Woodburn.  

“I’m the first graduate student to be the president and am extremely honored to serve in this role,” said Hall. “We spearheaded the event Paint the Town Red during Homecoming week, where businesses donated funds and sponsored student clubs and organizations by allowing them to decorate various business storefront windows around town.” Hall also expressed his gratitude toward the local businesses and his excitement to continue working with them and campus partners in the future.

Representing various regions of Oregon, the ASWOU government also includes Lilli Jacobs, recording secretary from Coos Bay, Beth Priddy, director of business and finance from Junction City, and Eva Alvarez, director of student organization from Corvallis. Maddux Gillett, from Sherwood, currently serves as the senate president, ensuring the voices of the student body are heard and represented.

Tyler Plath, judicial administrator, brings a unique background, having grown up in California and Salem. Plath's diverse experiences will contribute to the fair and impartial administration of justice within the ASWOU government.

Carl Garon, originally from Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, will serve as the director of equity & advocacy. Garon's commitment to promoting inclusivity and advocating for underrepresented communities will be instrumental in fostering a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

In partnership with the university, ASWOU will be hosting TRU Day (Technical and Regional Universities) in May 2024, at Western’s Salem building to advocate for higher education and the hunger-free campus bill. In preparation for the short legislative session, ASWOU is exploring collaboration with the Oregon Student Association (OSA) to rally students at Western and across the state to advocate for higher education. 

The ASWOU government is excited for this academic year, dedicated to serving and representing the interests of Western students. With a diverse group of individuals, each bringing their unique perspectives and experiences, the ASWOU government is poised to make a positive impact on campus.

Learn more about the ASWOU government and its initiatives.


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon's oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction.  Together we succeed.


Columbia Co. Schools
Bus Routes 1, 3, and 4
Clatskanie Sch. Dist. - 11/27/23 8:09 PM

Clatskanie School Bus Routes 1, 3, and 4 will be on snow routes for Tuesday, November 28th.

Clark Co. Schools
Students Will Get Hands-on Experience with Heavy Construction Equipment in First STC Dig Day at Evergreen High School
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 11/27/23 8:24 AM

Evergreen Public Schools News Release

Students Will Get Hands-on Experience with Heavy Construction Equipment in First STC Dig Day at Evergreen High School

Vancouver, Wash. – Students in Evergreen High School’s Skilled Trades Center program will get the unique opportunity to operate heavy construction equipment in the inaugural STC Dig Day on Thursday, Nov. 30.

The event for Career & Technical Education (CTE) students will be held at the Skilled Trades Center at Evergreen High School. Media members are invited to attend, take photos and videos, and interview students and staff from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Six stations will be set up inside and outside the Skilled Trades Center. In attendance will be representatives from C&E Rentals, which is generously donating use of the equipment, and Tapani Construction, whose staff will provide hands-on guidance on the proper and safe operation of the equipment.

Students will get the opportunity to safely operate such heavy equipment as excavators, diggers, trenchers, dozers and scissors lifts, all of which are mainstays of the construction industry.

Evergreen’s CTE program prepares students for careers in trades, including construction. The program had a big 2022-23 school year, with longtime teacher Bill Culver winning a grand prize in the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools for Teaching Excellence awards, which came with a $100,000 award for the program; and the spring opening of the Skilled Trades Center, which gives students the room and equipment to learn skills for future careers.

Media planning to attend are asked to contact Craig Birnbach by emailing aig.birnbach@evergreenps.org">craig.birnbach@evergreenps.org or calling 360-604-4164.

About Evergreen Public Schools: With more than 22,000 students in 38 schools in the city of Vancouver, Evergreen Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Washington.

Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 11/22/23 10:33 AM

DATE: Monday, November 27, 2023

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Hockinson Community Center and via Zoom (click for link).

ADDRESS: 15912 NE 182nd Ave, Brush Prairie, WA 98606

Organizations & Associations
Holiday Cheer, Santaland, Minidoka Swing Band, and More Holiday Events at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 11/22/23 10:22 AM
Minidoka Swing Band
Minidoka Swing Band

Portland, OR — The holiday season is just around the corner, and the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has events and exhibits to help get into the spirit of the season! Mark your calendar for these upcoming events at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205), many that are free and open to the all!

Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors
Sunday, December 3, 12pm to 4pm

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with our annual celebration of Oregon’s literary talents, Holiday Cheer, on Sunday, December 3. Chat with 65+ local authors as you sip on hot cocoa, listen to carols, and get a jump on your holiday shopping!  

For 54 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the state’s rich literary talents at this annual book signing event. This year, some of the Pacific Northwest’s most prominent authors will be at OHS selling everything from children’s books to guidebooks to mysteries to histories! View a full list of participating authors at ohs.org/holidaycheer.

To add to the holiday cheer, The Dickens Carolers will be strolling through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 1:30pm–2:30pm. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to visit museum exhibitions, with OHS’s galleries open until 5pm. 

Book sales at Holiday Cheer support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission to preserve our state’s history and make it accessible to everyone in ways that advance knowledge and inspire curiosity about all the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon.

Meier & Frank Santaland Exhibit
On view December 1–31

When the downtown Macy’s department store closed in 2017, OHS had the opportunity to add items from the popular Meier & Frank Santaland attraction to its prop collection and begin a new holiday tradition: Santaland at the Oregon Historical Society. 

Visit this nostalgic vignette in our museum, which features items from the original Meier & Frank Santaland including Rudolph, animatronic elves, holiday decor, and a model of the famous monorail. The display is updated each year — the famous Cinnamon Bear event made an appearance in Santaland last year!

Minidoka Swing Band Concert
Thursday, December 7, 12pm to 1pm

The Minidoka Swing Band was formed in 2007 to remember the music and big bands that were popular inside World War II Japanese American incarceration camps to help make life more normal for the imprisoned incarcerees. The Oregon Historical Society is thrilled to host the Minidoka Swing Band for a concert on Pearl Harbor Day in our pavilion at noon. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The Minidoka Swing Band was formed by the late Roberta (Robbie) Tsuboi for a 2008 pilgrimage to the Minidoka Internment Camp. The band consists of 17 musicians and two vocalists, three of whom were incarcerated during WWII. Relatives of several bandmembers were also incarcerated. The band connects audiences to the time when all internees needed something to uplift them and help them feel typically American. 

The Minidoka Swing Band continues to play the music of The Harmonaires, a Seattle-based band formally known as the Mikados of Swing, as a tribute to Minidoka and all the internees who suffered a great loss during those difficult years. This performance will include narration between songs by Nola Sugai Bogle, who was incarcerated with her family at Minidoka.

About the Oregon Historical Society

For nearly 125 years, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of objects, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and complex as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view. 

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Union Gospel Mission Serving 450 Meals Thanksgiving Day - Updated with Photos (Photo)
Union Gospel Mission, Portland - 11/23/23 12:56 PM
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day

For Immediate Release                                                                                          Contact: Courtney Dodds 

November 21, 2023                                                                                               Cell: 971-275-2334


Union Gospel Mission Serving 450 Meals Thanksgiving Day 

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission’s Thanksgiving Day meal for those experiencing homelessness or anyone who needs a place to spend the holiday will take place on Thursday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. at 15 NW Third Avenue.

The meal includes traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, tropical fruit salad, cranberry sauce, a dinner roll with butter and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Guests will have the option to dine in or take their meal to-go. They will also receive a snack sack for later in the day. 

UGM began their Thanksgiving celebrations Wednesday, November 15th at their overnight shelter in SE Portland with 100 Thanksgiving meals served. This week they are serving Thanksgiving meals all week on the Search + Rescue outreach in addition to the Thanksgiving Day meal at the downtown location. 

In all, they will serve around 1,100 Thanksgiving meals to those experiencing homelessness. They cooked about 95 turkeys in total and about 300 pounds of mashed potatoes. 

If you would like to help the Mission provide meals to those in need visit www.ugmportland.org/donate, call 503-274-4483 or mail a check to 3 NW Third Avenue Portland, OR 97209.

About Union Gospel MissionUnion Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for those experiencing homelessness and is home to LifeChange – a long-term residential recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483, ugmportland.org or on social media @ugmpdx 


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