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Tue. 04/23/24
Ambulance Service Committee Applications Sought
Clatsop County - 04/23/24 10:38 AM

(Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County welcomes applications for one seat on the Ambulance Service Area Advisory Committee. The vacancy is for a citizen position with a three-year term.

The committee meets at least four times annually and monitors and reviews local emergency medical services in accordance with the county Ambulance Service Area Plan and Ambulance Franchise Agreement. 

The committee relies on information from service users, providers and the medical community, monitors coordination of service resources and dispatch procedures and reviews service area boundaries. 

Application forms are available at the Clatsop County website and at the County Manager’s Office at 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, Astoria. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2024.

The appointment will be made by the Board of Commissioners.


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/7074/171717/ASAA_Has_Citizen_Vacancy_FINAL.pdf

Western Oregon University adds new role to bolster Hispanic Serving Institution initiatives (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 04/23/24 9:56 AM

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University recently added a new position of Assistant Director of Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives in its Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to support efforts to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution. After a search, Cristian Mendez Garcia has been selected for this role and officially started on April 22. 

Mendez Garcia's journey began in the early 1990s when he immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, settling in the Monmouth-Independence community. His educational path led him to Western, where he pursued his passion for art, graduating with a degree in graphic design and fine art photography. As the son of migrant workers, Mendez Garcia deeply appreciates the transformative power of higher education in opening doors to a brighter future. Drawing from his own experiences, he has dedicated his career to advancing opportunities for others. With a wealth of experience in the business sector, Mendez Garcia served as a business operations manager for T-Mobile, honing his skills in strategic planning and project management. In addition, he played a pivotal role as the Chapter Chair for T-Mobile’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts in the Oregon region, demonstrating his commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace culture. His dedication to Western extends beyond the classroom and workplace. Mendez Garcia has served on the WOU Foundation board and most recently held the position of Trustee member on the Western Oregon University Board of Trustees, where he continues to champion initiatives aimed at enhancing the university's mission and impact.

“I am incredibly thrilled to continue my work with Western Oregon University and am proud of our emerging HSI status,” shares Mendez Garcia. “Higher education is transformative and I love being in a position where I can help WOU achieve its HSI designation to help our students and the institution succeed.”

“I am excited to have Cristian join the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to support our university efforts to become a Hispanic Serving Institution,” says Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dominique Vargas. “Cristian has a broad scope of diversity, equity, and inclusion experience combined with strategic planning, community engagement, and program development. He also has a clear passion for and investment in the Western Oregon University community. We will collaboratively vision our path forward as an emerging Hispanic institution, and work across stakeholder groups to better serve our students and community.” 

This Friday, April 26, Western is hosting its third annual Hispanic Serving Institution Summit, where state and national partners join the university and greater community to share ideas and best practices and discuss why becoming an HSI is critically important to student success and the greater community. This year’s summit will feature two keynote presenters, Patrick L. Valdez, Ph. D., and Marissa Vasquez, Ph. D., who will focus on the history, policy, and current context of Hispanic Serving Institutions, and discuss operationalizing servingness. There will also be a student panel, an afternoon of concurrent sessions, and networking time for attendees.


Learn more about the summit.




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.


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/1107/171716/CristianMendezGarcia.jpg

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Connection to December Homicide
Portland Police Bureau - 04/23/24 9:42 AM
A suspect has been arrested for the December 1, 2023 homicide of Michael McFadden in the Centennial Neighborhood.

On Monday, April 22, 2024, Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives, with the assistance of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of Southeast 145th Avenue. Law enforcement personnel arrested Donald L. Burgett II, 48, of Portland. Burgett II was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

McFadden’s family has been notified of the arrest.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Eric McDaniel Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833 or Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774. Please reference case number 23-311472.


Original Messages Below

The victim from the Centennial Neighborhood shooting death has been identified as Michael McFadden, 41, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photographs for public release. They are requesting privacy at this time.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that McFadden died of homicide by gunshot wound. Detectives are continuing to actively work this case. Detectives don’t believe at this time the shooting was random and also don’t believe there is any additional risk to the public regarding the case. While there have been additional homicides in this neighborhood, Detectives don’t believe the cases are connected.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Eric McDaniel Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833 or Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774. Please reference case number 23-311472.

Photo descriptions: Portraits of Michael McFadden


Original Message Below

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

On Friday, December 1, 2023 at 10:25p.m., East Precinct and Focused Intervention Team officers responded to a report of a shooting near Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Taggart Street. When officers arrived they found a man injured. EMS was summoned and the man was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Despite lifesaving measures, the victim died.

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

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast 148th Avenue is closed between Southeast Woodward Street and Southeast Clinton Street.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Eric McDaniel Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833 or Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774. Please reference case number 23-311472.

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


Human Services Advisory Council Vacancies
Clatsop County - 04/23/24 9:14 AM

(Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County is welcoming applications for four open seats for a three-year position on the Human Services Advisory Council. 

The Human Services Advisory Council advises the Board of County Commissioners on developmental disabilities, mental health and alcohol and drug abuse services. 

The council meets the first Thursday of each month to identify needs, establish priorities for publicly funded services and assist in selection of service providers, evaluate services and provide a link to the public through advocacy and education. 

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Application forms are available online at ClatsopCounty.gov or at the County Manager’s Office at 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, Astoria. 

All applications will be reviewed by the Human Services Advisory Council and then brought to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners for appointment.


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/7074/171712/BCC_HSAC_vacancies_FINAL.pdf

Scheduled Army Rotary Wing Late Night Flying in central Oregon
Oregon Military Department - 04/23/24 9:00 AM

Salem, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard’s Biak Training Center, in Powell Butte, is scheduled to host active-duty Army rotary wing night training missions, outside of normal operations hours over April 24-29, 2024. The visiting unit is located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Tacoma, Washington.

Army rotary wing aircraft are scheduled to conduct intermittent nighttime air operations at Biak’s

Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training site in order to maintain pilot and crew proficiency necessary to support real world military operations. 

“Night training missions are a critical component for pilots to maintain their readiness for real-world missions,” said Michael Paul, Biak Training Area Manager. “We understand that this type of training can be disruptive to the local community and appreciate their support for mission readiness.”

Night flying operations will occur from sundown until approximately midnight and may include low-level flying and refueling stops at the Redmond Airport.

Information regarding Biak Training Center may be found on the Oregon Military Department website at https://www.oregon.gov/omd/programs/Pages/Biak-Training-Center.aspx


You're Invited to Attend the Groundbreaking of the Construction of a New Building to support Vancouver Public Schools' Students
Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools - 04/23/24 9:00 AM

On April 30th, 2024 at 10am at Hudson’s Bay High School, the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools and Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) is breaking ground on a new building to support construction trades and maritime pathways for VPS students. 

In January of 2023, the Endeavour Fund learned of the need to build a new space to support the existing

construction trades program at VPS. The timeline for this project has moved quickly, thanks to two generous

donors. A seed gift of $2,000,000 from the Endeavour Fund and a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor,

along with the support from community partners and the City of Vancouver only 16 months has passed since we first thought of this project and now, we are breaking ground!

We invite you to join us on this momentous occasion. Local elected officials, VPS leadership, current trade students, and community partners will all be present at this event.


Event Details:

CTE Project Groundbreaking

April 30th, 2024 at 10am

At Hudson’s Bay High School, east side of school, near E Reserve St.



The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is an independent, 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation established in 1988 to support Vancouver Public Schools (VPS). Governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of business, community, and education leaders, the foundation creates opportunities to cultivate and inspire student success. As an educational non-profit entity, the foundation serves students at all 40 VPS schools and programs, providing direct aid to students facing learning barriers due to economic need, as well as financial assistance for learning enrichment and mentoring programs that cannot be funded by the school district. The Foundation for VPS is supported by donations from school employees, parents, students, community members, businesses and foundations.

Clark County Public Health offices closed April 30 for staff training event
Clark Co. WA Communications - 04/23/24 8:56 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health’s offices will be closed on Tuesday, April 30 for an all-day staff training event. Online services will continue to be available.

Public Health’s online permitting portal enables people to submit new permit applications and renewals, upload required documents, review account activity, and make payments. Food worker testing continues to be available online. And people can place orders for birth and death certificates through the Public Health website

Public Health offices will resume regular hours on Wednesday, May 1. 

State officials will show media methods used to slow the spread of emerald ash borer in Washington County (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/23/24 8:53 AM
Ash trees like these in Cornelius are at risk from emerald ash borer. Oregon officials will be inspecting on Wednesday morning which trees might be protected with treatment, even as already infested trees in Forest Grove are cut down to slow the spread of this invasive pest.
Ash trees like these in Cornelius are at risk from emerald ash borer. Oregon officials will be inspecting on Wednesday morning which trees might be protected with treatment, even as already infested trees in Forest Grove are cut down to slow the spread of this invasive pest.

WHEN: Wednesday morning, April 24, 2024

WHERE: Forest Grove and Cornelius, Oregon

WHAT: State agencies in Oregon and their local and federal partners are trying a two-pronged approach to slowing the spread of the destructive tree-killing insect pest emerald ash borer (EAB) in urban areas. The first involves felling and chipping ash trees already infested with the pest. The second involves treating healthy ash trees in good condition with a systemic insecticide to protect them from infestation. A third phase this fall will involve the planting of different tree species that are not at risk from EAB.

First Stop - Forest Grove: Matt Mills, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture’s Project Manager for the Slow Ash Mortality (SLAM) strategy will be on site and available for interviews as a contractor fells ash trees infested with emerald ash borer (EAB) and feeds debris into a chipper. 

TIME: 9:30 a.m. 

MEET AT: 1218 Emily Street, Forest Grove, Oregon (Park on Emily Street)

VISUALS: Workers with chainsaws felling ash street trees infested with EAB in a residential neighborhood and chipping the wood to destroy larvae. 

SOUNDS: Chainsaws, crashing noise as trees come down, grinding noise as debris is fed into chipper.

Second Stop – Cornelius:  Oregon Dept. of Forestry’s Urban Assistance Forester Alison Herrell  will be on site and available for interviews as she works with local officials to identify healthy urban ash trees that will later be treated later with an insecticide to protect them from EAB.

TIME: 10:45 a.m.

MEET AT: Intersection of Alpine Street and 23rd, Cornelius, Oregon

VISUALS: Alison walking down residential street examining street trees, including measuring their size with a diameter tape and inspecting them for health and any signs of EAB. Alison will also have along the systemic injection equipment to demonstrate how it works to protect trees.

RSVP: Please let Public Affairs Officer Jim Gersbach know if you plan to attend one or both stops. He will be on site with local colleagues to help with interviews, filming and recording. 

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Attached Media Files: Ash trees like these in Cornelius are at risk from emerald ash borer. Oregon officials will be inspecting on Wednesday morning which trees might be protected with treatment, even as already infested trees in Forest Grove are cut down to slow the spread of this invasive pest.

Science on Tap -- My Life is Mostly a Disaster: Perspectives of a Multihazard First Responder (Photo)
MakeYouThink - 04/23/24 8:41 AM

Date: Wed, May 8th, 2024

Time: 7 pm

Location: Kiggins Theatre Vancouver, Wa

Tickets: $15-$45

Event Website: https://www.scienceontaporwa.org/events/kiggins_may_8_my_life_disaster/

Natural hazards are an unavoidable part of everyday life. In many cases, it’s the proverbial “it’s not if, but when” they might occur. Whether a wildfire threatens a local community or an earthquake devastates an entire region, the moment a hazard becomes a disaster there is a vital need for those impacted to have access to critical information. But where do you find timely, credible information? Well, the details of what has happened come from researchers and investigators, while the information people receive is shared by public information officers. Today’s speaker is both.

Steven Sobieszczyk is a scientist and spokesperson with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While “Sobie” spent most of his career researching landslide hazards, sediment transport, and flooding, he now focuses on science communication and public information. Steve is a multihazard first responder and has spoken extensively about everything from earthquakes in Puerto Rico and eruptions in Hawaii to wildfires and floods across the U.S.

Join us for what should be a captivating evening of stories and insights into what it’s like to live a life where each day is one disaster after another. 

Steven Sobieszczyk has spent 23 years with the USGS. Currently, he serves as media lead for natural hazards at the bureau. Between 2005 and 2010, Steve earned degrees in landslide engineering geology, hydrology, and geographic information systems (GIS) from Portland State University. Besides his research, Sobie’s passion is to help others communicate better, regardless of their background or interests. Never satisfied, Steve has developed broad expertise, including being a professor, author, videographer, and artist. He is a co-founder of the Association of Science Communicators (ASC) and spends part of the year as an incident first responder for wildfires and other natural disasters.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, drink a pint, and enjoy learning. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don't have to be a science geek to have fun--all you need is a thirst for knowledge! For more information on this event or about Science on Tap, visit Science on Tap OR WA.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/4849/171708/my_life_IG_Square.png

Cully Community Resource Fair this Saturday (4/27)
City of Portland - Community Safety Division - 04/23/24 8:31 AM

On Saturday, April 27, the Portland Office of Violence Prevention’s Safe Blocks Program is hosting the Cully Community Resource Fair from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Hacienda Community Development Corporation in Northeast Portland. Sponsors include Community Services Network PDX, Living Cully, The DPI Group, and CareOregon.

The rain or shine event includes a food pantry, utility assistance information, local artisans, non-profit resources, kids activities, raffle prizes, chiropractic services, a repair café, and local food vendors.

Safe Blocks Program staff will be available for interviews at the resource fair between 12 – 1 p.m. or in advance by emailing CSDPIO@portlandoregon.gov

What: Cully Community Resource Fair

When: Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Hacienda Community Development Corporation – Las Adelitas Event Space (6700 NE Killingsworth St, Portland OR 97218)

For more information, email info@csnpdx.org or visit https://www.portland.gov/community-safety/ovp/events/2024/4/27/cully-community-resource-fair.


Attached Media Files: Event Flyer - Español , Event Flyer - English

Portland Woman Wins $1 Million in Oregon Lottery's Raffle (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 04/23/24 8:19 AM
A woman from Portland claims the $1 million prize in Oregon Lottery's Raffle.
A woman from Portland claims the $1 million prize in Oregon Lottery's Raffle.

Salem, Ore. – Tucked away with a stack of other tickets in a Tupperware container was this year’s $1 million Raffle ticket. Leslie Carr, 52, of Portland claimed the prize on Monday after she brought her pile of tickets to the retailer where she buys them – the Fred Meyer in Happy Valley. 

“I had no idea I was the winner,” said Carr, who works as a medical receptionist. “If it weren’t for the billion dollar Powerball winner making news, I would have forgot. We don’t check our tickets.”

After scanning a few dozen tickets for other draw games in the store, the last one was the winning Raffle ticket, drawn on March 15. When the machine came up with a message that she needed to go an Oregon Lottery office, she asked a staff member at the store to double check. 

“I heard him say, ‘Oh, I can’t cash this because your prize is worth over $1,000,’” she said. “That’s when I started getting butterflies.” 

Carr plans to use the money to pay off the mortgage on the home she shares with her husband, calling it “a dream come true.” A new truck to replace the one she currently drives with a broken windshield is also on her wish list, along with a vacation to Hawaii. 

Carr said she regularly plays the annual Raffle and has never won. Prizes for the Raffle include the $1 million top prize, along with 300 prizes of $500, and 1,500 prizes of $100. The Raffle offers the best odds of any Oregon Lottery game to win $1 million – 1 in 250,000. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 138.8. The Oregon Lottery’s Raffle game went on sale December 31, 2023, and all 250,000 tickets were sold out by March 8, 2024. 

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15.5 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: A woman from Portland claims the $1 million prize in Oregon Lottery's Raffle.

Lebanon responds to shed fire in Lacomb
Lebanon Fire District - 04/23/24 8:12 AM

Lebanon Fire District responds to shed fire in Lacomb. At approximately 1212am Lebanon Fire was dispatched for the report of structure fire in 33000 block of Ford Mill Rd. Initial reports stated that there was a shed on fire with livestock inside. BC31 was the first arriving unit and found a 20X30 shed that was fully involved and spreading to a vehicle that was parked close by. The first arriving Engine was able to make a quick knock down on the fire and keep it form spreading to other parked vehicles. Lebanon Fire District responded with 2 Engines, 3 Water Tenders, 2 Ambulances and a Battalion Chief Vehicle. Totaling 13 people.  Lebanon Fire District was assisted by Albany Fire Department for City coverage while the fire was being extinguished. 

Lebanon Fire district would like to remind everyone to use caution when using portable heat sources. It is important to make sure that the heat source is secured and away from placed a safe distance from combustible items. 

Media Avail Today: Oregon Department of Emergency Management hosts Oregon Prepared Workshop this week in Sunriver (Photo)
Oregon Department of Emergency Management - 04/23/24 5:00 AM

The Oregon Department of Emergency Management is hosting its eighth annual Oregon Prepared Conference for the emergency management community this Tuesday through Thursday in Sunriver.

The annual conference serves as a vital gathering for emergency management professionals, providing a forum for stakeholders from various sectors to exchange ideas, discuss current trends, and share information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security. Attendees include partners with a role in preparedness, response, recovery and resilience from tribes, counties, cities, special districts, state and federal emergency management agencies, public safety and health preparedness sectors, non-profit organizations, and private sector businesses.

Oregon Department of Emergency Management Director Erin McMahon and Deputy Director Patence Winningham will be available for interviews about the state of emergency management in Oregon. Media may also visit a workshop session for B-roll footage.

Media Avail from 9:45-10:15 a.m., Today, April 23

Great Hall Conference Center
Sunriver Lodge
57081 Great Hall Loop, Sunriver, Oregon

Website: Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Program: Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop Program

@oregonOEM on Facebook, X and LinkedIn

Chris Crabb (she/her)
OEM Public Affairs Officer
971-719-0089 (talk or text)
Please text upon arrival

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/3986/171675/OEMLogo_2022_FullColor_NoBackground_PNG.png , 2024-04/3986/171675/OEMLogo_2022_WhiteBackground_JPG.jpg , 2024-04/3986/171675/ORPreparedLogo.png

Hillsboro Police make arrest in kidnapping case (Photo)
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 04/23/24 3:31 AM

In the early morning hours of April 22nd, Hillsboro Police received a report of a kidnapping captured on a community member’s doorbell camera. A team of investigators was formed and we requested the assistance of the community in identifying the suspect and victim from the video circulating on social media.

By the early morning hours of April 23rd, the suspect and victim were identified. The suspect was arrested and the victim is safe. The suspect and victim knew each other and this was not a random attack. There is no danger to the public. The suspect is charged with Kidnapping.

We are not releasing the names of the suspect or victim at this time.

Thank you to all the community members who contacted us to provide tips and leads in this investigation.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/1408/171704/News_Release_Kidnap_Arrest.png

Mon. 04/22/24
*** Located *** Deputies are currently searching a North Salem area for a missing 14-year-old developmentally disabled male juvenile. (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/22/24 11:38 PM

Devon was located this evening just moments ago. He is safe back home and uninjured. Thank you for the public assistance.  


Devon Whiteshell, age 14 walked away from his care home near Ward Dr NE / Lancaster Dr NE in Salem around 5:40 p.m. this evening.

Devon is 5’02” tall, skinny build. He was last seen wearing a gray zip-up jacket, dark blue/black jeans, and carrying a small book.

If you locate him, please keep him in your sight and call 911.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/1294/171703/Devon_Whiteshell.jpeg

Jury verdict not guilty in Vancouver Police Officer trial, internal investigation resumes
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/22/24 5:02 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – A jury has reached a verdict of not guilty in the criminal trial against Vancouver Police Officer Andrea Mendoza arising from of a May 21, 2023, use of force incident. Following the incident, the Police Department opened an internal investigation, which was subsequently paused pending the outcome of the trial in the criminal case.  

With the conclusion of the trial, the Vancouver Police Department Professional Standards Unit will now resume the internal investigation. The City and Vancouver Police Department will not be commenting on the active internal investigation. Officer Mendoza remains on administrative leave.  

The City of Vancouver Police Department is committed to serving the public with professionalism, compassion, and respect.    


Attempt to locate / identify
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 04/22/24 4:56 PM

We are looking for any information the community may have regarding this incident. Please contact the Hillsboro Police at (503) 629-0111 or 911 if you have any information which could assist in the investigation.

Attached Media Files: Attempt to ID

Castle Rock School District Announces Superintendent Candidate Finalists (Photo)
Castle Rock Sch. Dist. - 04/22/24 4:28 PM
Chris Fritsch
Chris Fritsch

Following an extensive search process, two finalist candidates, Chris Fritsch and Dr. James Shank, have been selected; Final interviews to be held 4/24/2024

In a special meeting on Saturday, April 20, the Castle Rock School District Board of Directors named two finalists in the district’s search for a new superintendent.  

The two finalist candidates are:

  • Chris Fritsch, who led the Pendleton School District as superintendent from 2017 to 2022, brings a wealth of experience from various teaching and leadership roles, including principal in Ocean Shores and over 20 years in Longview as a teacher, coach, principal, and assistant superintendent. 
  • Dr. James Shank served as superintendent in Idaho Falls and most recently in North Beach for a combined 15 years. He has a diverse background in education, including roles as a special education teacher, principal, and director of special education. Shank is a native of Longview.

The selections followed an extensive community engagement process that included an online survey with over 200 respondents and focus groups that included all levels of staff, families, students, and community leaders and members.

The board will conduct final interviews with the two candidates on April 24, 2024 and plans to appoint the new superintendent to start on July 1, 2024.

The board began interviewing semi-finalists for the position of superintendent on April 20, 2024, narrowing a pool of applicants down to the two finalists. The finalists, selected from a highly qualified and experienced candidate pool, are Chris Fritsch, former Superintendent of Pendleton School District, and Dr. James Shank, Superintendent of North Beach School District. 

“Meeting such qualified candidates who align so closely with our district’s values and priorities has been a true pleasure,” said Vilas Sundberg, Castle Rock Board Chair. “Each candidate brought a unique set of skills and experiences, yet our finalists stood out as embodying the qualities most valued by our staff, families, and community members in Castle Rock School District’s next leader.”

For more information, please visit our website at https://www.crschools.org/school_board/  or join us on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 4:15 & 5:00 at Castle Rock Middle School and meet each candidate.


Attached Media Files: Chris Fritsch , Dr. James Shank

Battle Ground City Council Appoints Interim City Manager (Photo)
City of Battle Ground - 04/22/24 4:14 PM
Kris Swanson
Kris Swanson

The Battle Ground City Council has appointed Kristina Swanson as the Interim City Manager, effective April 22, 2024. The appointment was made during the April 15 City Council meeting, following the resignation announcement from former City Manager Erin Erdman.  Erdman’s last day with the City of Battle Ground was April 19; she had accepted the City Manager position with the City of Kennewick, WA. 

Ms. Swanson has 33 years of public service experience, including being elected to five terms as County Auditor for Cowlitz County. Before joining us in Battle Ground, Ms. Swanson served with the City of Longview, WA, working her way up from Director of Administrative Services to the City Manager position.

The Interim City Manager will serve until a permanent City Manager is selected.  The City Council has approved a contract with Prothman, an executive recruitment firm, to conduct a nationwide search for Battle Ground’s next City Manager. The application period is currently open, with the first review scheduled to occur after May 26th

In accordance with the city's adopted council-manager form of government, the City Manager is appointed by the council and serves as the city's chief administrator. 

Attached Media Files: Kris Swanson

FBI Honors the Interfaith Peace and Action Collaborative with National Award (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/22/24 4:12 PM
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Lisa Broderick
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Lisa Broderick

PORTLAND, OREGON– On Friday, April 19, 2024, FBI Director Christopher Wray presented the Interfaith Peace and Action Collaborative (IPAC) with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for their service to the Portland area. Lisa Broderick accepted the FBI Portland 2023 Director’s Community Leadership Award on behalf of IPAC. IPAC is a united group that proactively gathers as members of faith, community, business, and law enforcement to discuss and create action around bringing peace to Portland’s streets. The group researches best practices and identifies appropriate actions, technology, and street-level solutions to address violence at a grassroots level. IPAC is also working to become a model for, and share information with, other cities that are struggling with an uptick in crime. 

“IPAC is intentional about promoting restraint on the street and creating and maintaining dialogue between the community members it represents and law enforcement. This directly intersects with the FBI’s national mission of protecting the American people, and FBI Portland’s local mission of keeping the people of Oregon safe,” said Douglas A. Olson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Portland Field Office. “FBI Portland is proud to work with the leaders of IPAC as they devote countless hours to addressing the crisis of violence on Portland streets and are working toward solutions for a safer, shared community.”

The FBI established the DCLA in 1990 to publicly acknowledge the achievements of those working to make a difference in their communities through the promotion of education and the prevention of crime and violence. Each year, one person or organization from each of the FBI’s 56 field offices is chosen to receive this prestigious award.

"Our success as both a law enforcement and an intelligence agency hinges on our ability to foster and maintain genuine partnerships with people in all communities,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “People like this year’s Leadership Award recipients not only identify what others need, but they are willing to roll up their sleeves and provide services. They are building bridges and relationships while putting in the work to have hard conversations and find common purpose. They do it out of kindness and compassion with a sincere belief that justice – in its many forms – requires all of us to do the right thing in the right way."

Director Wray hosted the 2023 DCLA winners in a special ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 19th, emphasizing the importance of community partnerships in keeping our shared communities safe. These partnerships – as exemplified by the breadth of the work by the DCLA recipients – have led to a host of crime prevention programs that protect the most vulnerable in our communities, educate families and businesses about cyber threats, and work to reduce violent crime in our neighborhoods. Learn more about the Director's Community Leadership Award, IPAC, and the FBI Portland Field Office online DCLA 2023 Winners — FBI. Learn more about the FBI’s general outreach efforts, and the Portland Field Office online About — FBI.


Attached photo: Lisa Broderick accepted the FBI Portland 2023 Director’s Community Leadership Award on behalf of the Interfaith Peace and Action Collaborative. 


Attached Media Files: FBI Director Christopher Wray and Lisa Broderick

Cindy Pellicci named Principal at Fowler Middle School (Photo)
Tigard-Tualatin Sch. Dist. - 04/22/24 4:00 PM

Tigard, Oregon – Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) Director of Secondary Amber Fields announced today that Cindy Pellicci will be the new principal at Fowler Middle School. Pellicci assumes the role on July 1, 2024, replacing current Principal Andy Van Fleet who will become the new Principal at Sherwood Middle School. 

“Our students, staff, families, and community members all voiced their desire for a leader who is visionary, a strategic thinker, equity-centered, strong communicator, experienced in middle school environments, and collaborative,” said Director Fields. “Our stakeholder groups involved in the hiring process unanimously felt that Cindy Pellicci embodies these qualities, and I wholeheartedly agree. As Fowler’s current associate principal, Cindy will seamlessly continue her career journey in the place she calls home, ready to lead with thoughtfulness and passion.”

Cindy brings 18 years of experience in education primarily serving in TTSD both at Fowler and Tigard High School. She joined TTSD in 2008 as a Health teacher before transitioning to Tigard High School’s first On-Track Coordinator. Cindy held that position for five years at which point she progressed into her current role as an Associate Principal at Fowler Middle School.

As a longtime member of the Fowler Middle School community, I have spent eleven years building strong relationships with all stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, and community members, by actively listening, valuing diverse perspectives, and fostering a sense of belonging. It will be an extraordinary honor to serve as the next school leader. I will work tirelessly to ensure that our pandemic-impacted students & staff can re-center the school-house as a hub of academic, social, and emotional growth and joy.

After serving four years in the United States Navy, Pellicci earned her BS Ed. at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. She then completed her MS in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University where she earned her Principal’s Licensure. She is currently enrolled in the University of Oregon Professional Administrator Licensure program. 


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Writer Andrew Leland to speak at Clark College on April 29 (Photo)
Clark College in Vancouver - 04/22/24 4:00 PM

Leland to talk about how losing his sight expanded his world view at Columbia Writers Series   

Vancouver, Wash.— The Clark College Columbia Writers Series welcomes writer Andrew Leland. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 29 in the Penguin Union Building (PUB) room 258 A-B on Clark College's main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Directions and maps are available online.  

Leland’s debut book, The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight, about the world of blindness and figuring out his place in it, was published by Penguin Press in 2023. 

Leland is a writer, audio producer, editor and teacher. His writing has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Quarterly, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. He is a former host and producer of The Organist, an arts and culture podcast for KCRW. He has produced segments for Radiolab and 99 Percent Invisible

Since 2003 he has been an editor at “The Believer”, a quarterly literature, arts and culture magazine published by McSweeney’s. He has taught nonfiction writing, radio and digital storytelling at Smith College, University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Missouri. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and son. Learn more about Leland here.

The Columbia Writers Series was launched at Clark College in 1988, bringing local, national and international authors to the college and the region. Learn more about the Columbia Writers Series at www.clark.edu/cc/cws

Clark College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Learn more at www.clark.edu/nds. If you need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Clark College’s Human Resources Office. Phone: 360-992-2105 or email: hr@clark.edu/.

About Clark College  

Founded in 1933 and celebrating its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It is a public community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees; professional certificates; high school diplomas and GED preparation; and non-credit community and continuing education. Clark serves a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. Approximately 45% of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college.    


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/30/171624/042224_Andrew_Leland_to_speak_at_Columbia_Writers_Series.pdf , 2024-04/30/171624/Poster_for_Andrew_Leland_CWS.pdf , 2024-04/30/171624/Andrew_Leland.jpg

City of Portland's Safe Blocks Program and the Portland Police Bureau Teams with the Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
City of Portland - Community Safety Division - 04/22/24 2:28 PM

[PORTLAND, OR] – On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the City of Portland’s Safe Blocks Program and the Portland Police Bureau are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Penumbra Kelly Building. They will be collecting tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines.

What: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

When: Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Who: Safe Blocks Program & Portland Police Bureau 

Where: Penumbra Kelly Building (4735 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215)

In partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day offers FREE and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide. For more than a decade, these events have helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications—those that are old, unwanted, or expired—that too often become a gateway to addiction.

Collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps, and illicit drugs. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage. 

A canned food drive in support of our local Sunshine Division will be available for donations. Donate (2) cans of food to be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon gift card! 

DataSafe will be available at the event for FREE confidential paper shredding to community members who wish to shred office paper, colored paper, or folders.  They will not be accepting plastic, liquids, binders, batteries, electronics, cans, or trash.

Can’t make it to this event? Visit www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539  for an authorized year-round drug disposal location near you.

Note: This event will not be accepting furniture donations or disposing of any electronics.

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Attached Media Files: Event Flyer

U.S. Attorney's Office Joins in Recognizing 43rd Annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 21-27, 2024
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 04/22/24 2:10 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.— Every April, the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities across the country in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) to honor crime victims, promote their rights and recognize victim advocates. This year’s observance, the 43rd annual commemoration, takes place April 21-27, 2024, with the theme: Options, services, and hope for crime survivors.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office joins its federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners in taking this opportunity to highlight the importance of providing necessary services at the earliest possible stage of victimization and litigation. Early intervention helps prevent further victimization and encourages victim involvement in the criminal justice system, mitigating the cycle of violence and restoring hope for the future.

“Through the work of our victim services team, our new special victims unit, and all our staff who work on victim cases, seeking justice on behalf crime victims is central to our mission and continues to be a top priority for our office,” said Natalie Wight, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, victim advocacy organizations, community groups and state, local, and tribal agencies host rallies, candlelight vigils, and other events to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services.

OVC and U.S. Attorney’s Offices encourage widespread participation in the week’s events and in other victim-related observances throughout the year. For additional information about this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to assist victims in your community, please visit OVC’s website at www.ovc.gov. For ongoing updates from OVC and ideas for how you can support crime victims throughout the year, please subscribe to OVC’s email notifications at https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/subscribe/.

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you believe you have been the target or victim of a crime, please contact your local law enforcement agency or your nearest FBI field office immediately. The FBI Portland Field Office can be reached at (503) 224-4181 or by submitting tips online at tips.fbi.gov.


Attached Media Files: PDF Release

UPDATE: Victim in April 15 Southeast Portland Homicide Identified (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/22/24 12:16 PM
The victim of the April 15 homicide in Southeast Portland has been identified as Marc-Leon Telean, 30. He recently moved to Portland from Haiti. His family has been notified of his death. The attached photograph is from Marc-Leon’s ID card.

The Medical Examiner determined that Marc-Leon died of homicide by gunshot wound.

While this remains an active homicide investigation, detectives believe this was a random shooting and Marc-Leon did not know the suspect(s) who shot him.

Additional information will be released when appropriate.

Anyone with knowledge about this case, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-92990.

Photo description: Marc-Leon Telean


Original Message Below

Two shot, one killed in shooting in Southeast Portland

On Monday, April 15th, 2024 at approximately 2:08 p.m. officers from the East Precinct responded to a call of a shooting near the intersection of Southeast 84th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. Officers arrived and found two adults with gunshot wounds. One of the adults, a male, was declared deceased at the scene. The second adult, a female, was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Homicide Detail have responded to the scene to begin their investigation.

Southeast Powell Boulevard is closed between Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast 92nd Avenue while investigators collect evidence and process the scene.

Anyone with information on this case who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Detective Jeffery Pontius at Jeffery.pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Stephen Gandy at Stephen.gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-92990.

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


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/3056/171532/Marc_Leon_Telean_.jpg

Jessica Seay named TTSD Chief Financial Officer (CFO) (Photo)
Tigard-Tualatin Sch. Dist. - 04/22/24 12:03 PM
Jessica Seay
Jessica Seay

Tigard, Oregon - After a national search, Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) Superintendent Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith announced today that Jessica Seay will be the District’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) beginning July 1, 2024. Seay, serving currently as the St. Helens School District Director of Fiscal Services, will step into the position currently held by CFO David Moore who announced his retirement at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. 

“It's an immense privilege to be able to join the Tigard-Tualatin team and work with education, support, and operations staff, to ensure equitable educational opportunities for students. I look forward to continuing the District's work in aligning financial resources to strategic investments so that Tigard-Tualatin School District is well-positioned to continuously address the diverse needs of our students and the communities we serve.”

Seay holds a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University and a Certificate in Education Finance from Georgetown University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Oregon Association of School Business Officials, serving as the Professional Development Committee Chair.  Seay is also a current member of the Oregon Department of Education Program Budgeting and Accounting Manual Committee.  

Seay began her career using her accounting background to support nonprofit organizations working with Clark Nuber Public Accounting Firm where she received training in not-for-profit accounting, organizational internal controls, and best practices in governance.  In this work, she also audited Federal programs and supervised staff navigating the accounting reporting requirements. 


Attached Media Files: Jessica Seay

Summer Programming
Boys & Girls Clubs of SW Washington - 04/22/24 11:56 AM

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington is currently open for Summer Enrollment. Sign up today! For additional information please visit our website www.mybgc.org

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/7021/171687/Teen_Flyers_(1).pdf , 2024-04/7021/171687/Stand_Alone_Flyers_(1).pdf

County kicks-off climate change planning series with survey on severe weather
Clark Co. WA Communications - 04/22/24 11:39 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking community input to help plan for climate change through a series of activities throughout the year to inform the county’s new climate chapter for its comprehensive plan.

With the passage of HB 1181 during the 2023 Washington State legislative session, Clark County is now required to add a climate change element into its Comprehensive Plan. The new climate chapter will include actions the county can take over the next 20 years to improve community resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and benefit overburdened communities that will disproportionately suffer from the compounding environmental impacts and natural hazards due to climate change.

To start, members of the Clark County community are invited to complete a survey to share how they and their families have been affected by severe weather events and weather patterns. 

Feedback provided through the survey will inform the development of the resilience component of the climate chapter and what actions the county can take to prepare for and cope with future severe weather events and weather patterns. 

Community members will have additional opportunities to provide feedback on this project later in the year. The entire climate event series includes:


  • Spring 2024: Survey to collect community member experience and needs related to severe weather events and weather patterns. The survey will be available through May 12. 
  • Early summer 2024: Community workshop to seek ideas about how to address climate resilience in the unincorporated county.

Pollution Reduction

  • Late summer 2024: Survey to collect community member priorities on reducing greenhouse gas pollution in Clark County.
  • Fall 2024: Community workshop seeking ideas about how to address greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the unincorporated county.

Adoption Process

  • 2025: Residents will have the opportunity to submit comments or testify to the Planning Commission and County Council about the county’s proposed climate chapter for the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan.

To learn more about county climate planning, sign up for project updates, or submit a comment, please visit the project website at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning.

The county’s Climate Project is being funded by a state grant. The Washington Department of Commerce climate planning grant is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Public Facilities District board to hold online meeting Monday, May 6, 2024
Clark Co. WA Communications - 04/22/24 11:27 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The board of the Clark County Public Facilities District will hold a public meeting 4-5 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2024.

The meeting will be on the Teams platform. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting can Click here to join the meeting and use the meeting password cRytQv or call + and use the access code 392 970 465#. 

The Public Facilities District was formed in 2002 for the purpose of participating in the study, planning and development of one or more regional centers that would promote tourism, such as the convention center in downtown Vancouver and exhibition hall at the Clark County fairgrounds.

The five-member board is comprised of two people appointed by Clark County and two appointed by the city of Vancouver. Those four appoint the fifth member.

The board typically tries to meet on the first Monday of February, May, August and November. 

Four Local Environmental Organizations Receive $100,000 from OnPoint Community Credit Union (Photo)
OnPoint Community Credit Union - 04/22/24 11:02 AM

The four $25,000 investments are part of OnPoint’s Green Horizons initiative to protect the Pacific Northwest’s environment and fight climate change


PORTLAND, Ore., April 22, 2024 — In celebration of Earth Day 2024, OnPoint Community Credit Union has donated $100,000 to local nonprofits working to preserve and protect the environment, natural resources and wildlife in Oregon and SW Washington. 

The donation is part of OnPoint’s Green Horizons initiative, which launched in 2021 to help empower the credit union’s members and employees to care for the planet. This year’s beneficiaries are The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, Friends of Trees, McKenzie River Trust and Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Each organization will receive $25,000.

“Earth Day is a powerful reminder of how critical it is to preserve our planet for future generations,” said Rob Stuart, President and CEO, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “The Green Horizons initiative is OnPoint’s commitment to giving our community the opportunity to make a difference, while amplifying the work of local organizations dedicated to protecting our planet. We are proud to support these four incredible organizations that are at the forefront of environmental conservation.” 

OnPoint’s Green Horizons provides members with financing discounts on electric or hybrid vehicles and solar panels, partners with local environmental nonprofits, and offers employees telecommuting programs, volunteer opportunities and environmental education. Since its launch, OnPoint has donated more than $500,000 to local nonprofits working to create a more sustainable future.

Supporting Oregon’s conservation with local nonprofit support

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon (TNC) brings people together to solve the most significant conservation challenges of our time. Since 2017, OnPoint has donated more than $340,000 to help fund projects, including forest restoration, ensuring vibrant and resilient coastal communities and sustainable fisheries, and protecting existing soil and underground carbon in Eastern Oregon. In 2021, OnPoint pledged up to $250 to TNC for every approved electric or hybrid vehicle loan with OnPoint. The campaign resulted in 1,474 approved green auto loans and a $226,750 donation to TNC

“We are so grateful for OnPoint’s continued support of our mission,” said Derek Johnson, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. “This generous contribution will help us further our progress in tackling urgent environmental challenges while strengthening Oregon’s natural defenses against climate change.”

Friends of Trees partners with local communities to plant trees creating a healthier environment for local communities. Friends of Trees has planted over 950,000 trees and native shrubs in neighborhoods and natural areas in Oregon and SW Washington since 1989. Friends of Trees contributes to a greener, more sustainable future through its planting efforts and fosters a deep connection between community members and their environment. 

“Our partnerships help make it possible to engage community members in tree planting projects in neighborhoods and natural areas throughout Oregon,” said Yashar Vasef, Executive Director for Friends of Trees. “OnPoint’s partnership and generous donation will bring people together to take real climate action in their communities.”

McKenzie River Trust has brought communities together to protect and restore western Oregon’s land and waters since 1989. The McKenzie River Trust has protected over 7,000 acres of special lands, conserving critical habitats for wildlife, clean water and natural landscapes while promoting a climate-resilient and sustainable future. The Trust works to reestablish native vegetation and natural water cycles to ensure these lands withstand and adapt to environmental changes. It also safeguards the natural beauty and biodiversity of the region and engages the community in sustainable practices, contributing significantly to a healthier planet.

“Partnering with organizations like OnPoint helps us achieve our mission to protect and care for Oregon’s lands and rivers,” said Elizabeth Goward, Community Engagement Manager for the Trust. “We are grateful for the supportive partnership and look forward to continuing our work protect important places, connect people to the outdoors, and ensure a vibrant future for the land, water, and people of western Oregon.”

Columbia Slough Watershed Council partners with community members to enhance the Columbia Slough and its watershed through community engagement, education and restoration. Columbia Slough Watershed Council has worked in response to rampant development and loss of open space to fight pollution since the early 1990s. A key component of their strategy is the Slough School program, which offers free environmental education to K-12 students. This initiative educates students about the ecosystem’s history and ecology through hands-on learning and fosters a sense of stewardship and connection to their local environment.

“Our goal is to ensure our urban watershed is rich in clean water and healthy habitats that support the needs of fish, wildlife, plants and people,” said Heather King, Executive Director for Columbia Slough Watershed Council. “Everything we do is made possible by community partners like OnPoint, and we are so grateful for their generosity and shared commitment to creating a cleaner environment.”

Increasing accessibility with auto and home special rate discounts

OnPoint’s Green Horizons offers special rate discounts for members to make going green more accessible. The Green Auto Discount offers 0.25%1 Annual Percentage Rate (APR) off auto loan rates for new or used electric or hybrid vehicles financed through OnPoint. People in the market for electric or hybrid vehicles can also find additional incentives through OregonWashington and federal programs.

OnPoint’s Green Horizons also makes it more affordable for homeowners to produce their own solar electricity. When homeowners apply for an EquityFlex Line of Credit for home improvements, they can fix a portion of their line of credit for the purchase of solar panels and receive a 0.25%2 discount off the EquityFlex Fixed Portion APR. Homeowners can find even more savings by looking at incentives and rebate programs in Oregon and Washington.

For more information about OnPoint’s investment in building a greener future, such as telecommuting programs, employee volunteer opportunities, and other donations to environmentally-focused organizations, please visit onpointcu.com/green-horizons.


OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving over 554,000 members and with assets of $9 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. OnPoint Community Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.


  1. APR = Annual Percentage Rate. Vehicles meeting OnPoint’s Green Auto Discount standards receive a 0.25% discount off stated APR (Annual Percentage Rate). All OnPoint loans are subject to credit terms and approval. Discount does not apply to existing OnPoint auto loans.
  2. Receive a 0.25% discount off stated EquityFlex Fixed Portion APR when proceeds are used to purchase solar panels. Review of purchase order or invoice required to qualify. Discount applies to invoice/purchase order amount, not to exceed $12,000. All OnPoint loans are subject to credit terms and approval.

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Public Health honors K-12 and business sustainability champions with 2024 Green Awards
Clark Co. WA Communications - 04/22/24 9:49 AM

Vancouver, Wash. –  This Earth Day, Clark County Public Health is honoring environmental sustainability leaders in local K-12 schools and businesses with the 2024 Green Awards. The annual Green Awards highlight the accomplishments of individuals and organizations and celebrate their commitment to reducing harmful environmental impacts, educating others, and giving back to the community. 

This year’s awards recognize two local educators and three Green Businesses for their commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable culture in their communities. Winners will receive unique trophies crafted by students at Washougal High School and made entirely from recycled materials. 

The Clark County Green Schools and Green Business programs thank everyone who submitted an application for this year’s Green Awards and encourage applicants to apply again next year. 

Here are the 2024 Green Awards winners: 

Jennifer Baybado – Green Apple Award for an individual involved in school sustainability programs Jennifer Baybado is a third grade teacher at Sacajawea Elementary School in Vancouver who is a true sustainability champion in her school. She and her green team implement programs to help students reduce waste, properly recycle and compost their food scraps. She is taking the lead in creating an outdoor learning area with raised garden beds, work bin benches and outdoor seating for students to learn and grow. 

Linda Kubes – Green Apple Award for an individual involved in school sustainability programs 
Linda Kubes is a teaching assistant at the Washington State School for the Blind. Over the last few years, she has led the green team, otherwise known as the Green Beings, in completing sustainability projects around campus. Those projects include organizing litter clean ups, composting using worm bins, starting a school garden and improving recycling. Last year, Linda helped the Green Beings receive the 2023 Green Team of the Year Award. Student Charles Johnson perfectly describes Linda: “Ms. Linda sees the potential in all students who are part of the Green Beings and even though we may not all have perfect sight, she sees that we can all be part of a sustainable future.” 

Kindred Homestead Supply – Small Green Business of the Year (fewer than 25 employees) 
Kindred Homestead Supply is a beacon of sustainability for the Vancouver community. Offering more than just retail goods, it serves as a gathering point for those dedicated to conscious living. With thoughtfully stocked shelves full of eco-friendly home supplies and locally sourced products, Kindred echoes a commitment to reduce our collective environmental impact. They empower patrons with the tools and knowledge to embrace sustainable practices like waste reduction and composting through various community workshops and events. Inclusivity is at the core of their practices, inviting individuals from all walks of life to join the movement towards a greener, more connected world. Kindred Homestead Supply isn't just a store—it's a testament to the power of collective action in nurturing both the planet and the community. 

Jacobs – Large Green Business of the Year (more than 25 employees)  
In partnership with the city of Vancouver, Jacobs spearheads solutions in wastewater treatment and demonstrates their commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement. Through a blend of operational excellence and engineering ingenuity, they deliver cost-effective and award-winning utility services, ensuring regulatory compliance while prioritizing employee and community well-being. Jacobs' initiatives span waste reduction, energy conservation and water reuse, underpinned by a company-wide culture of sustainability. Their community outreach efforts, including educational tours and beach cleanups, inspire environmental awareness and inclusivity. Jacobs' dedication to sustainability sets a benchmark for the industry. 

Columbia Springs – Nonprofit Green Business of the Year 
Columbia Springs, a nonprofit organization in Vancouver, offers a remarkable 100-acre urban natural site that serves as an expansive outdoor classroom, drawing in thousands of students and community members annually. Through diverse educational programs, walking trails and events, Columbia Springs fosters a community of lifelong learners and land stewards. From the Salmon in the Classroom initiative to public events like guided hikes and nature fun days, Columbia Springs engages diverse audiences, emphasizing the importance of sustainability and environmental stewardship. Additionally, their Repair Program exemplifies sustainability by repairing broken household items, thus reducing waste and fostering a sense of community around reuse practices. Through education, outreach and active stewardship, Columbia Springs serves as a vital local resource, empowering individuals to connect with nature and embrace sustainable living practices.

Visit the Green Business and Green Schools websites to learn more about these Clark County Public Health programs.

Oregon champion Katie Lineburg to compete at May 1 Poetry Out Loud National Competition in Washington D.C. (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 04/22/24 9:20 AM
Katie Lineburg with Oregon runner-up Brooklyn Carr Heuer and First Lady Aimee Kotek Wilson, who attended the Poetry Out Loud State Contest on March 9 at Salem Public Library.
Katie Lineburg with Oregon runner-up Brooklyn Carr Heuer and First Lady Aimee Kotek Wilson, who attended the Poetry Out Loud State Contest on March 9 at Salem Public Library.

Salem, Oregon – Next week, 18-year-old Katie Lineburg of Hillsboro will embark on the greatest adventure of her lifetime. As Oregon’s 2024 champion, Lineburg will travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Competition on Wednesday, May 1. Her D.C. itinerary also includes meetings with Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Sen. Jeff Merkley.

“I am so filled with thankfulness, anticipation and awe as I prepare for my trip to Washington D.C.,” said Lineburg. “This experience has been such a whirlwind of blessing, growth and new opportunities, and I will forever be grateful for the chance to represent my home state of Oregon as well as my school and everyone who has made this adventure of a lifetime possible as I compete at Poetry Out Loud nationals.”

A senior from St. Stephen’s Academy, Lineburg will compete in the national semifinals from 2 to 5 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, May 1. The competition will be live-streamed on the National Endowment for the Arts website. The top nine students will advance to the national finals at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, May 2, also to be live-streamed.

Lineburg is the oldest of five siblings who loves music and spending time with friends and family. She is a member of the St. Stephen’s Academy Festival Choir and loves poetry because “it allows her to connect with people and express emotions in a deeper way.” She has also loved public speaking since a very young age.

The reading of poetry can transform the written word into a deeply felt shared experience,” said First Lady Aimee Kotek Wilson, who attended the Poetry Out Loud State Contest on March 9 at Salem Public Library. 

“Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful program that allows young people to connect with the human experience through the power of words,” First Lady Kotek Wilson added. “Congratulations to Katie Lineburg for representing Oregon in the national competition. We are all rooting for you!”

The poems Lineburg will perform for the national competition are "The Pulley" by George Herbert, "Beginning" by James Wright and “A Noiseless Spiker” by Walt Whitman.

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

See video of Lineburg performing and being announced as Oregon’s champion.


The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development. 

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


Attached Media Files: Katie Lineburg with Oregon runner-up Brooklyn Carr Heuer and First Lady Aimee Kotek Wilson, who attended the Poetry Out Loud State Contest on March 9 at Salem Public Library. , Katie Lineburg performing at Portland State University's Viking Pavilion March 12.

Gresham to present Congressman Blumenauer with Lifetime Achievement Award
City of Gresham - 04/22/24 9:05 AM

GRESHAM, Ore. - Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall will present Congressman Earl Blumenauer with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gresham State of the City event on Tuesday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Gresham Armory, 544 NE Division St., Gresham.

Gresham’s Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates exceptional commitment to public service and significant contributions to community betterment. The award honors dedication, innovation and leadership. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, with over 50 years of continuous service across various levels of government, is the epitome of such dedication. His visionary policies and tireless advocacy have played a pivotal role in enhancing the lives of countless Oregonians and Americans.

“Over his decades of service, Congressman Earl Blumenauer has consistently exemplified a rare blend of vision, effectiveness, and integrity,” said Gresham Mayor Stovall. “His forward-thinking policies have not only shaped Portland, and beyond but have left a lasting impact on communities nationwide. From pioneering curbside recycling to advocating for sustainable transportation, Earl's contributions are not merely legislative milestones; they are the building blocks of a better, more sustainable future. His dedication reminds us all what it means to serve with purpose and passion.”

Preceding the award ceremony, Mayor Stovall will provide a brief “State of the City” recap of Gresham’s success in the areas of economic development, public safety, parks and recreation, and youth violence prevention, as well as the opportunities that lie ahead.

This ticketed event is co-hosted with the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. It is sold out; however, members of the news media are welcome to attend.

SOLVE's Annual Oregon Spring Cleanup: A Statewide Effort for Earth Day (Photo)
SOLVE - 04/22/24 8:00 AM
SOLVE volunteers at Sport Oregon
SOLVE volunteers at Sport Oregon

Media Advisory - All Media Are Invited

SOLVE's Oregon Spring Cleanup 2024 spans across Oregon and SW Washington with over 100 events. This hallmark event, celebrating Earth Day, unites volunteers and partners from the Pacific Northwest to contribute to a cleaner, greener planet. Rooted in SOLVE's rich history, this event series merges two cherished events: the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup (1986) and SOLVE IT for Earth Day (1990). The Oregon Spring Cleanup 2024 is presented by Portland General Electric. It's an excellent opportunity for families, coworkers, and neighbors to bond while preserving Oregon's stunning locations.

Media are invited to document environmentally engaged citizens and interview SOLVE staff and partners at the following event:

What: Cityscape Sparkle: Earth Day Cleanup at Sport Oregon

When: Monday, April 22, 2024, 2 PM – 4 PM. Volunteers will start arriving after 1:45 PM.

Where: 1939 SW Morrison St Portland, OR 97205 | (Map Link)
We will be meeting outside of Sport Oregon.

This litter cleanup event taking place on Earth Day 2024 goes beyond tidying up the neighborhood streets. Participants are invited for a day of community, cleanliness, and local love at Sport Oregon to foster a sense of unity and enhance our local environment. This Earth Day event is presented by Swire Coca-Cola and TriMet.

The media should arrive at Sport Oregon by 1:45 PM. 

Available interviewees: 

  • Kris Carico, CEO, SOLVE 
  • Josh Keller, Development Director, SOLVE
  • Tia York, Manager of Media Relations, TriMet Public Affairs Division 

For more event details, please check the event page:
SOLVE | Cityscape Sparkle: Earth Day Cleanup (solveoregon.org)


Along with Portland General Electric, event sponsors of the Oregon Spring Cleanup 2024 include Clean Water Services, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Fred Meyer, Metro, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, KOIN, The Oregonian, The Standard, Swire Coca-Cola, Holman, Demarini-Wilson, TriMet, and PepsiCo.



SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings people together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model for volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon and Southwest Washington to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. Visit solveoregon.org for more information. 

Attached Media Files: Media Alert: SOLVE Oregon Spring Cleanup , SOLVE volunteers at Sport Oregon , SOLVE volunteers at Providence Park

Tuesday Media Avail: Oregon Department of Emergency Management hosts Oregon Prepared Workshop this week in Sunriver (Photo)
Oregon Department of Emergency Management - 04/22/24 5:00 AM

The Oregon Department of Emergency Management is hosting its eighth annual Oregon Prepared Conference for 500 emergency management professionals this Tuesday through Thursday in Sunriver.

Oregon Department of Emergency Management Director Erin McMahon and Deputy Director Patence Winningham will be available for interviews about the state of emergency management in Oregon. Media may also visit a workshop session for B-roll footage.

Media Avail from 9:45-10:15 a.m., Tuesday, April 23

Great Hall Conference Center
Sunriver Lodge
57081 Great Hall Loop, Sunriver, Oregon

The annual conference serves as a vital gathering for emergency management professionals, providing a forum for stakeholders from various sectors to exchange ideas, discuss current trends, and share information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security. Attendees include partners with a role in preparedness, response, recovery and resilience from tribes, counties, cities, special districts, state and federal emergency management agencies, public safety and health preparedness sectors, non-profit organizations, and private sector businesses.

Website: Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Program: Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop Program

@oregonOEM on Facebook, X and LinkedIn

Chris Crabb (she/her)
OEM Public Affairs Officer
971-719-0089 (talk or text)
Please text upon arrival

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/3986/171674/ORPreparedLogo.pdf , 2024-04/3986/171674/OEMLogo_2022_FullColor_NoBackground_PNG.png , 2024-04/3986/171674/OEMLogo_2022_WhiteBackground_JPG.jpg

Sun. 04/21/24
Portland Lloyd Lions Club hosts On-site Secure Paper Shredding Fundraiser to celebrate Keep the Promise Days (KTP) (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 04/21/24 8:00 PM
Lloyd Lions Club 4-27-24
Lloyd Lions Club 4-27-24

Portland, OR - Grace Memorial Episcopal Church Parking Lot: April 27th, 2024  12-3 PM

The Portland Lloyd Lions Club will host the Paper Shredding Fundraiser on April 27, 2024. This event is part of a series of events throughout Oregon celebrating the Lions connection to Helen Keller. And their promise to address preventable blindness and hearing loss, in partnership with their Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation.

Event Details

On-Site Secure Paper Shredding Fundraiser

Saturday, 4/27 from 12-3 PM

Grace Memorial Episcopal Church Parking Lot

1535 NE 17th Ave, Portland 97232


Suggested donation:  $15 per standard File Box (15 x 12 x 10, approx. 25-30 lbs.)

We try to price this 1/4 to 1/3 less than typical retail cost to make it a good deal!

All funds received provide Sight & Hearing services to low income community members in need.

Together the Lions Clubs of Oregon, OLSHF and its partners offer access to people for critical sight saving surgeries and treatments; secure new eyeglasses; help people who can’t afford eyeglasses and hearing aids, and manage the largest vision screening program in the US. In 2015, OLSHF launched the LEAP Optical Finishing Lab to manufacture high quality, low cost eyeglasses. Annually, over 2,000 Oregonians receive new eyeglasses built by their lab. 

About OLSHF & the Lions of Oregon 

The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) serves communities statewide. Since their formation in 1959, they have created programs in response to the need for sight and hearing assistance and partnered with medical professionals for discounted rates. They have built upon the promise made to Helen Keller by creating a continuum of care for people who lack access to vision and hearing services. Learn more at www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf.

Lions of Oregon & Northern California are a part of an international network of 1.4 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions are best known for working to end preventable blindness, the giving of eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy and local service projects. http://www.md36lionsclubs.org/

About Lions Clubs International:
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs provide humanitarian service in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened communities through hands on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.

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Attached Media Files: Lloyd Lions Club 4-27-24

Portland Fire responds to 2 alarm commercial fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/21/24 5:06 PM

Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a commercial fire located in the Overlook Neighborhood of North Portland at about 10:15am this morning.  The approximately 10,000 square foot building housed an automotive repair shop in one half and a space that was currently vacant in the other half. 

The first arriving truck company reported brown smoke coming from the garage bay door and as they were attempting to make entry realized the smoke was under significant pressure. At about that same time the first engine company and Chief Officer were arriving, and it was determined that the building needed to be ventilated prior to entry and a defensive fire attack was initiated. Due to the size of the building and the dangerous smoke conditions Command also called for a 2nd alarm at this time.

This was a warehouse style building with very few windows and the fire yet to breach the roof, so it was determined that a large hole needed to be cut in the roof to provide pressure relief and allow firefighters to make entry to find and extinguish the fire. While the vertical ventilation was being done on the roof firefighters on the ground were preparing to make entry by forcing open locked doors but keeping them closed and preparing to cut holes in the large bay doors while also preparing hose lines for an offensive fire attack.

Once the hole was cut in the roof the dangerous smoke conditions quickly improved allowing for an offensive fire attack.  Crews entered the building, quickly found and extinguished the fire and the fire was recalled about 30 minutes after the initial call.  A few crews remained on scene after the recall to assist in ventilating the building and to continue to look for hot spots.   

No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Sat. 04/20/24
Fatal Crash - Interstate 5 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 04/20/24 10:11 PM

Douglas County, Ore. 19 Apr. 24- On Friday, April 19, 2024, at 7:58 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 5, near milepost 146, in Douglas County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a southbound Jaguar F-Pace, operated by Paul William Jordison (23) of Rochester (WA), veered off the right-hand shoulder of the roadway for unknown reasons. The Jaguar left the roadway, traveled airborne for approximately 100 feet down an embankment, and struck a tree approximately 15 feet above the ground level before falling to the base of the tree.

The operator (Jordison) was declared deceased at the scene.

Before the crash, the Jaguar was reportedly driving at high speeds.

The highway was not impacted during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by North Douglas County Fire and ODOT.


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About the Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.

Suspect Arrested After Attempting To Stab An Oregon City Police Officer
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/20/24 6:49 PM

On April 20th, 2024, at about 12:48 p.m. Oregon City police officers responded to a report of a suspicious adult male at Jiffy Lube located at 13851 Beavercreek Rd. The same subject, later identified as 23-year-old Adonai Gabriel-Escamilla, had been called in as trespassing at the same location earlier in the day.  During the first incident, Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla ran through traffic, refused to stop, and officers were unable to locate him during a subsequent area check. 

When officers contacted Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla during the second incident, he produced a knife and attempted to stab an officer.  Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla again fled on foot and at one point entered a local business with customers inside, prompting a large police response.  Attempts were made to close traffic to contain Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla and to protect bystanders.  Officers further pursued Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla, who ultimately dropped the knife and was arrested. 

Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The Clackamas County Major Crimes team has been activated to investigate the incident.  Mr. Gabriel-Escamilla is expected to be lodged at the Clackamas County Jail once medically discharged for attempted aggravated murder of a police officer and additional charges.   

During the incident, OCPD officers were assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Gladstone Police Department. 

Investigators are encouraging anyone who has video of the incident to call the Oregon City Police Tip line at 503-905-3505.  Please reference OCPD case number #24-007805.

Fri. 04/19/24
City of Lake Oswego Expresses Gratitude for Advisory Jury's Service in Oswego Lake Access Trial
City of Lake Oswego - 04/19/24 5:14 PM

Lake Oswego, OR – The City of Lake Oswego extends its gratitude to the advisory jury for their service in the Oswego Lake Access Trial. We understand the jury had to consider difficult questions and their mixed verdict reflects that. We appreciate the thoughtfulness and dedication they brought to their role in considering the facts and arguments.

As a community, we value public input in shaping our decisions. The City is committed to listening and upholding a diversity of perspectives in its decision-making processes.

For information about the City of Lake Oswego, visit www.lakeoswego.city.


Published: April 19, 2024

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/932/171665/2024-04-19_PRESS_RELEASE_Advisory_Jury_Conclusion-FINAL.pdf

Haggart Observatory at CCC offers public viewing nights (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 04/19/24 5:07 PM
Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center partners with Rose City Astronomers to offer public viewing nights at the Haggart Observatory.
Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center partners with Rose City Astronomers to offer public viewing nights at the Haggart Observatory.

OREGON CITY – The Haggart Observatory at Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center announces its public viewing nights scheduled for 2024. Partnering with the Rose City Astronomers, the observatory will offer free stargazing opportunities throughout the year, allowing visitors to explore the wonders of the night sky through the observatory’s powerful telescope.

This year, the Environmental Learning Center will focus on showcasing the moon. While everyone has seen the moon before, viewing it through a high-powered telescope offers a new perspective, revealing craters, mountains and plains in detail.

The Haggart Observatory boasts a 24-inch Newtonian reflector telescope housed within its dome. During viewing nights, Rose City Astronomers volunteers also set up portable telescopes on the observatory deck, providing a variety of viewing options.

The viewings are free, open to the public and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. No pre-registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, especially for popular dates, as space may be limited.

Rose City Astronomers volunteers are enthusiasts who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of the night sky. They will be on hand to guide visitors, answer questions and ensure everyone gets a chance to marvel at the wonders of space.

The observatory will be open to the public on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 20 (waxing gibbous moon, 7-9 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 15 (first quarter moon, 9-11 p.m.)
  • Saturday, May 18 (waxing gibbous moon, 7-9 p.m.)
  • Thursday, June 13 (first quarter moon, 9-11 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Aug. 10 (waxing crescent moon, 6:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, Aug. 12 (first quarter moon, 6-8 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 (full moon, 9-11 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16 (full moon, 8-10 p.m.)

If the skies are cloudy on a scheduled viewing night, call Rose City Astronomers at 503-594-6044 for cancellation updates. Dress warmly for the evening weather. Clackamas Community College is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City 97045. The Environmental Learning Center, where the observatory is housed, is on the northeast side of campus.

About Haggart Observatory

The Haggart Observatory is located at Clackamas Community College's Environmental Learning Center in Oregon City. Originally constructed in 1989 with the community's help, the observatory offers a unique opportunity for stargazers to explore the cosmos.

About the Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Learning Center has a rich history as an educational resource for Clackamas Community College, regional schools, industry and the community. Located on the former site of a Smucker's processing plant, the center was created to demonstrate what people could do to reclaim industrial sites, address stormwater issues and restore wildlife habitats in urban areas. Each year, thousands of people visit to explore the 5-acre site and learn about watershed health. The site serves as an important stormwater facility for the college campus and provides critical wetland habitat for resident and migratory birds, such as the great blue heron, wood duck and merganser. For more information about the Environmental Learning Center, visit CCC's Environmental Learning Center webpage at www.clackamas.edu/ELC.


Attached Media Files: Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center partners with Rose City Astronomers to offer public viewing nights at the Haggart Observatory.

Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice, Wednesday, April 24, 2024 AT 7:30 PM
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 04/19/24 4:44 PM

The Centennial School District Governing Board will convene for a Work Session on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. 

Please be aware that a Budget Committee Meeting will take place (virtually) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm prior to the Work Session.

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

All attendees will participate virtually via the Zoom app.  If you are interested in joining the meeting, please click on the link below:
Passcode: 512170

Or Telephone, dial:
  +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 892 6778 6636
Passcode: 512170

NOTE: An Executive Session will take place on April 24th at approximately 8:30 p.m. pursuant to (ORS 192.660(2)(d) - To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.

All attendees will participate virtually.  Authorized parties may join the meeting virtually, by clicking the link below.

Passcode: 849122

To view the agenda and accompanying documents, click or paste this link into your browser: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/1561. The meeting agenda and associated documents may be updated as necessary.

For information about the agenda email dan@csd28j.org">melissa_grindle@csd28j.org or oard@csd28j.org">board@csd28j.org.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 Organizational Budget Committee Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/19/24 4:37 PM

The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Organizational Budget Committee Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the Parkrose School District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm.

Guests and members of the public may attend in-person or virtually.  

Virtual Link - Please click this URL to join: https://zoom.us/j/94961285856 or join by phone: 1-253-215-8782 Webinar ID: 949-6128-5856

We encourage and welcome all members of our community to engage with our board. Please email questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or call 503.408.2100 to arrange for translation services at least 72 hours before this meeting. Closed captioning provided on zoom. Other appropriate auxiliary aids and services may be provided upon request and appropriate advance notice.

The agenda is posted on our website at:LINK.

Agenda items include, but are not limited to: Budget Chair and Vice Chair elections, Superintendent’s annual budget message, presentation of the 2024-2025 budget & possible adoption of the 2024-2025 budget. 

Electronic/Virtual Public Comment Protocol - If you wish to submit a public comment before, or during this Board Meeting please fill out this electronic public comment form before "Public Comments" on the agenda: https://forms.gle/5sUjRZjxJikqmqVg9. If you don’t submit your comment in time we will read it at the next board meeting.

In-Person Public Comment Protocol - Upon arrival to the meeting, please fill out an Intent-to-Speak card and hand it to the Board Secretary prior to "In-person Public Comment" on the agenda. You will have a 3 minute time limit.

Board Meeting Video Recordings - For those of you who cannot attend we will post a recording of the meeting on our website at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXajhxrPxMclOQ6J00JUszQ.

Questions welcomed, please email: questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or leave a voice message at 503-408-2114.

Duplex Fire in Tualatin Displaces Residents (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/19/24 4:26 PM

Just before 3 p.m. Friday, callers to 911 reported black smoke pouring out of a duplex in the 19000 block of SW 68th Avenue in Tualatin. Firefighters from TVF&R and Lake Oswego Fire Department arrived to find one of the units engulfed in flames and threatening the neighboring residence and nearby trees. Firefighters quickly conducted a search to verify that people weren’t trapped inside while they began to extinguish the fire, which they knocked down within 12 minutes. Firefighters worked for another hour to  prevent the fire from rekindling while removing smoke and salvaging belongings.

A TVF&R fire investigator will be working to determine where and how the fire started by examining material evidence and conducting witness interviews. The residents of the fire unit were not home when the fire started, and residents from both units of the duplex will be displaced due to fire, smoke, or water damage. The duplex did not contain a residential fire sprinkler system. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

In addition to the support from Lake Oswego Fire Department and Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (911 dispatchers), TVF&R was assisted by Tualatin Police Department, American Medical Response, Portland General Electric, and NW Natural Gas. The American Red Cross will be assisting families displaced by the fire.

TVF&R approves the use of all images included with this release for the purpose of news dissemination.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/1214/171662/Tualatin_Duplex_Fire_2.jpeg , 2024-04/1214/171662/Tualatin_Duplex_Fire_1.jpeg

Superintendent Templeton Update (Photo)
Washougal Sch. Dist. - 04/19/24 4:00 PM

Washougal School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Templeton has been selected as the new superintendent in the Lake Stevens School District, starting July 1, 2024.  

The Washougal School Board is proud of Templeton’s tenure in Washougal and her dedication to seeing the district rise during the six years she has served as superintendent. Templeton led the development of the Washougal 2025 Strategic Plan, which asked students, families, staff, and the community to share their hopes and dreams for our students. The plan has guided important work over the past five years, with the district making significant progress toward knowing, nurturing, and challenging all students to rise.

Board president Angela Hancock said, “Through the last six years, Mary has consistently focused on increasing student achievement and opportunities. Her determination to see our students and our district rise to our full potential has led to the highest graduation rate on record.  The board deeply appreciates her steady leadership throughout some of the most difficult years we have seen in public education.”

Under her leadership, our district invested in teacher training and rebooted the Professional Learning Community collaboration time, centering this time on practices that directly impact student learning. Through the reinvigorated Professional Learning Community time, teachers have seen stellar growth in student achievement as measured by standardized tests, with 70% of areas measured by the Smarter balanced Assessment showing progress and 82% of areas higher than the state average.  

Templeton has championed our Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, investing in project based learning activities that help students develop real-world skills that will serve them in whatever career path they choose. Our robust CTE programs provide dual credit and industry certification opportunities that students can use to reach their goals in skilled trades, higher education, the military, or professional careers. 

Templeton has elevated student voice, and increased opportunities for students to participate in leadership at the school and district level, asking students to co-author their educational future. She has engaged with community organizations to build partnerships that strengthen our schools and serve our students.  Working with social service, faith-based, and civic organizations, the district makes sure every student has the opportunity to succeed. 

In response to student and family feedback about the quality of student meals, Templeton led an initiative to start scratch-made meals for students.  This has improved the student experience by serving healthy, chef-inspired meals for students. 

Templeton’s passion for serving the whole child led to a focus on engaging students in artistic, creative, vocational, and athletic pursuits that help students develop skills needed to be successful in the workplace.  She has helped the Washougal community navigate a number of unprecedented challenges.  Through her steady leadership, our district has emerged from the pandemic with strong community support, committed staff, and a vision for a bright future for every student. 

The board will meet to create a plan on filling this important role, and once decisions are made, the district will share information with the community. 


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/28/171652/mary.templeton.headshot.2022.jpeg

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Makes Multiple Sex Crime Related Arrests (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/24 3:01 PM

Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office patrol staff responded to a reported sex crime in the 200 block of NE Yamhill Street in the city of Sheridan.  A sixteen-year-old reported two adults provided the juvenile alcohol and marijuana and then engaged in sexual contact, on multiple occasions.  The investigation was turned over to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives.



On April 15, 2024, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office SIU executed a search warrant at a residence in Sheridan.  During the warrant, detectives seized evidence pertinent to the case which corroborated the juvenile’s statements.  Two adults were arrested and are identified as Kevin Kemp (age 41) and Shannon Kemp (age 36). 



Both Shannon and Kevin Kemp were lodged at the Yamhill County Jail on multiple charges including Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, Providing Liquor to Minor, and Allowing Consumption of Marijuana by Person Under 21 Years of Age on Private Property.   



On April 17, 2024, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit detectives received a case referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce regarding an individual uploading Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) to an online file storage platform.  Investigative leads showed the files were uploaded from a device with a telephone number belonging to an individual in Sheridan, OR. 



The same day, SIU detectives obtained and served a search warrant in the 500 block of SE Sheridan Rd in the city of Sheridan.  Evidence including an electronic device was seized.  Detectives arrested Brendan Haynes, age 27, and he was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on 6 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree. 


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is committed to investigating any report of sexual assault and child exploitation.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/1838/171659/FB_-_Media_Release_-_cuffs.jpg

TVF&R Invites Media to Recognition of Neighbors Who Intervened During Cardiac Event
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/19/24 3:00 PM

Media Invitation - Video & Interview Opportunity

Event:  Recognition of Bystander Interventions During Cardiac Event
Date:   Wednesday, April 24
Time:   4 – 5 p.m.
Location:  TVF&R Station 20, 414 E 2nd Street, Newberg, 97132
RSVP To:  Corrine Haning, Public Information Officer, 503-259-1111 or rine.Haning@tvfr.com">Corrine.Haning@tvfr.com 

On Wednesday, April 24, from 4 to 5 p.m., TVF&R will recognize six community members who took swift action to aid in the lifesaving care of Robert Bass, a Newberg School District employee at Antonia Crater Elementary School. 

On the morning of Tuesday, February 27, Bass experienced a cardiac event outside of Antonia Crater Elementary School. A community member out on a walk noticed him collapse and rushed over to help, calling 911 and initiating hands-only CPR with the direction of a WCCCA 911 dispatcher. Additional community members jumped in to retrieve and apply an AED, as well as continue hands-only CPR until firefighter paramedics arrived. 

We will recognize the efforts of these individuals and will highlight the importance of taking action in the first critical moments of a cardiac emergency.

For questions day of, please call 503-259-1111 or email pio@tvfr.com

Juvenile Arrested for Felony Assault of Mother
City of Battle Ground - 04/19/24 2:59 PM

On Thursday, April 18, 2024, at approximately 8:48am, Battle Ground Officers were dispatched to an active assault with a weapon in the 1600 block of SW 4th Street.  While enroute to the scene, officers were provided preliminary information through dispatch that the victim was being assaulted by her juvenile son who was reportedly armed with a knife and a blunt object, which was later identified as a kitchen pan.  Dispatch also relayed that the suspect may have harmed himself with a knife. 

Upon arrival, officers contacted the adult female victim outside of the residence, who indicated that the juvenile suspect was the sole remaining occupant inside the residence.  The suspect was described as a juvenile male with cognitive delays which render him non-verbal with most people.  

Officers observed several cuts to the victim’s arms which were constant with injuries that would be inflicted with a bladed weapon.  The victim also appeared disoriented when speaking to officers, and she stated to have been struck in the head with a kitchen pan during the altercation, which briefly rendered her unconscious. 

The additional arriving officers created a perimeter around the residence to secure the scene and the victim was turned over to American Medical Response personnel for treatment.  Battle Ground Officers utilized their vehicle loudspeaker to negotiate with the juvenile suspect who was still inside the residence and convinced him to exit.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident and arrested.

“This was an incredibly difficult situation, and I am immensely proud of how our officers conducted the scene,” said Chief Dennis Flynn.  “Their actions help bring this potentially volatile situation to a successful resolution.  Our thoughts now turn to this young man and his family, in hopes that he can receive the proper mental health care assistance that he needs.”

The juvenile suspect was arrested and booked on charges of 2nd Degree Assault - Domestic Violence.  This case has been forwarded to the Clark County Juvenile Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. 

The victim was transported to an area hospital for additional medical treatment.    

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.  Columbia River Mental Health Services (CRMHS) also provides an array of services and well-being programs for individuals and their families in the Southwest Washington region.  Information for CRMHS is available online at www.crmhs.org or by calling their non-emergency number at 360-993-3000. 

DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 04/19/24 2:49 PM

February 19, 2024

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The list includes felony cases dismissed by the JC3 court as a result of the crisis. 

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis– defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants– an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals charged with a crime have a constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward, and throughout the counsel shortage, cases issued by the office have been routinely dismissed over prosecutors’ objections.

DA Schmidt also declared that MCDA would publish cases dismissed due to the crisis each week to increase transparency and advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is an updated breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.

There were 9 cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 4/12/24 and 4/18/24:













Porch Fire Displaces Residents (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 04/19/24 2:27 PM
Porch Fire
Porch Fire

At 10:20am on April 19th, Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to 7319 NE 110th Ave in Vancouver Washington.  First arriving units found a back porch fire on a single story house. The first Fire Engine on scene was able to apply water within 6 minutes of dispatch and prevent the neighboring home from being affected by the wind driven fire.  The house was quickly searched and checked for fire on the interior.  Flames were found to have extended into the attic forcing crews to fight it from below.  Damage to the home caused 2 people to be displaced but fortunately no one was injured.  Cause of the fire is underway through the Clark County Fire Marshals Office.   

Attached Media Files: Porch Fire

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Staff Accept "Game Changer Award" from Lloyd EcoDistrict (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability - 04/19/24 1:53 PM

Award given “For the visionaries whose actions redefine the possible, setting new benchmarks in sustainability”

Portland, Ore.— Two staff members from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability received awards for their visionary work at the sixth annual “Model the Way Awards.” Chief Sustainability Officer Vivian Satterfield and Sustainability and Climate Commission (SCC) coordinator Elaine Livingstone were honored by the Lloyd EcoDistrict for their work on the City of Portland’s future SCC.

The Sustainability and Climate Commission will be a new governance structure for climate action in Portland and serve as the official climate connection to other governance bodies at the City of Portland. It will also guide City climate action and sustainability goals as a new governance structure and champion body for current and future climate work.

“We are building this to serve as a voice for all Portlanders in the new form of government,” said Vivian Satterfield, BPS’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “This commission creates opportunity for the community to work collaboratively with government to ensure climate priorities are always considered in City work.”

Satterfield and Livingstone have worked to develop the framework for the new SCC over the past year. They researched similar commissions in other jurisdictions and gathered input from public, private and nonprofit sectors, community feedback from the City charter reform process and SCC in-person and virtual events, public comment, and workshops. A proposed ordinance is now scheduled to be heard by Portland City Council on April 24, and the public is invited to give testimony by May 8, 2024.

The Lloyd EcoDistrict’s Model the Way Awards are “a celebration of exceptional groups and individuals who embody leadership and inspire others to follow suit.”


About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. BPS collaborates with community partners to provide comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; and policy and actions to address climate change.

Attached Media Files: 2024-04/7080/171650/Vivian-Elaine-SCC-Award.jpg

Joint Retail Theft Mission Results in Numerous Arrests, 1 Driver Elude, Capture in Washington (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/24 1:41 PM
Bicycle officer searches arrestee
Bicycle officer searches arrestee
A Portland Police retail theft mission out of East Precinct this week resulted in the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise and numerous arrests.

On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, East Precinct officers and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) teamed up with business partners to conduct a retail theft mission in the Mall 205 and Gateway areas. The mission resulted in the recovery of nearly $3,000 in stolen merchandise. PPB and MCSO have partnered on several missions which have resulted in hundreds of arrests and warrants served. PPB works in collaboration with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) Retail Theft Task Force to present the cases in court for criminal prosecution.

Final results of the mission are still being calculated, but initial unconfirmed tallies indicate that 24 people were arrested. Two faced felony charges, 20 faced misdemeanor charges, and 4 were served with criminal citations that require an appearance in court next month. Also, six felony and nine misdemeanor warrants were serviced. Nearly $3000 in stolen merchandise was recovered (see details below). A stolen vehicle was also recovered.

Officers initiated 13 vehicle stops. One of the stops resulted in a suspect attempting to elude police into Washington State. Two mission officers observed a suspicious person in the parking lot of Mall 205 standing by a 2014 Honda Civic. The man jumped into the car and sped away from the officers, committing numerous traffic violations and failing to yield to the police vehicle’s emergency lights. The officers pursued the driver onto northbound I-205, but the suspect drove at reckless speeds estimated to exceed 100 miles per hour. Officers terminated the pursuit as he drove over the bridge into Vancouver. Officers relayed information to the Vancouver Police Department. VPD officers located the 40-year-old suspect and later arrested him. He is expected to face additional charges in Multnomah County related to the elude and reckless driving (case 24-95089). The assistance of the Portland Police Air Support Unit was critical in this arrest.

Retail theft is often more than just shoplifting items for personal use. Many suspects are involved in organized theft rings, which steal items that can easily be sold for cash on the secondary market or returned to stores for a “refund.” Returning or attempting to return stolen property, no matter the value, is a class-C felony ( https://oregon.public.law/statutes/ors_164.055 ).

In many cases, these individuals are involved in criminal activity that extends far beyond retail theft, including illegally possessed guns, drug possession and distribution, vehicle theft, and more. Additionally, disrupting theft preserves the viability of retail businesses that serve the Portland community. Therefore, these missions go a long way in improving livability across the area. Mission commanders analyze theft and other crime data to focus their missions on the neighborhoods most impacted by these crimes, which are often large retail shopping complexes. PPB recognizes that smaller local businesses are also impacted by retail theft and it’s our belief and goal that arresting and holding prolific thieves accountable will help reduce these crimes for the entire business community.

PPB is grateful to our partners at MCSO and MCDA Retail Theft Task Force for their collaboration aimed at addressing retail theft in the Portland Metropolitan area.

To learn more, join us for a video ride-along on one of PPB’s recent retail theft missions here: https://youtu.be/XF08DVNQjpQ

Retail Theft – Total Recovered Stolen Items Value: $2924.62
$189, Home Depot - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-16875
$39.90, Home Depot - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94671
$336, Home Depot - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94703
$564.90 Home Depot Total

$230.47, Fred Meyer - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-16964
$12.46, Fred Meyer - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-16874 MCSO/ PPB 24-94729
$70, Fred Meyer - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-94675
$223.98, Fred Meyer - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-94912
$536.91 Fred Meyer Total

$30, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94780
$316.36, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94897
$307.25, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94756
$212.63, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-94685
$38.00, Target - Mall 205, Case Number: 24-95033
$904.24 Target Total

$753.48, Kohl's - Gateway Plaza, Case Number: 24-16898 MCSO
$753.48 Kohl's Total

$18, Safeway 122/Powell, Case Number: 24-16952
$8.48, Safeway 122/Powell, Case Number: 24-16897
$26.48 Safeway Total

$138.61, Other, Case Number: 24-94931
$138.61 Other Total

Photo descriptions:
A bicycle officer searches a suspect, in handcuffs
MCSO and Portland vehicles with police lights flashing parked in front of a Safeway
Two Trailblazers ballcaps held up in front of Target
Roll call at East Precinct with PPB and MCSO
A suspect sits on the bumper of a police vehicle as a police officer looks on
A suspect in handcuffs in front of Fred Meyer with recovered stolen items on the hood of a police vehicle, including hair dye, jewelry, and fashion items
A suspect in handcuffs seated on a curb in front of an MCSO vehicle
A suspect being arrested in front of Target
A theft suspect in handcuffs being escorted by officers.


Attached Media Files: Bicycle officer searches arrestee , PPB and MCSO vehicles , Recovered stolen Trailblazer caps , Mission roll call , Suspect being detained during investigation , Suspect with recovered stolen property , Suspect seated by sheriff's vehicle , Target custody , Suspect escorted by officers

UPDATE: Grand Jury Transcripts Released for Matthew Holland Death Investigation
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 04/19/24 1:31 PM

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) today published transcripts of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of Matthew Holland.

Upon the grand jury’s return of a “not true bill” in this matter, MCDA filed a motion with the presiding court to create and release a transcript of the recorded grand jury proceedings pursuant to ORS 132.260(1). The transcripts are available on MCDA’s website:

MCDA has no additional comment on this matter.



Original Message (3/21/24)

Grand Jury Returns Not True Bill in January 2024 Fatal Shooting by a Portland Police Officer

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury returned a not true bill for the fatal shooting of Matthew Lee Holland, 31, on January 14, 2024. Upon the conclusion of the presentation of evidence, the grand jury returned the not true bill yesterday, finding the use of force by Portland Police Officer Joshua Howery that resulted in Lee’s death was not criminal under Oregon law. 

Previously released information regarding this incident can be found here

Pursuant to ORS 132.270, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will file a motion and request that the court authorize the release of a grand jury transcript for public review. If the Court grants the motion, MCDA will post the transcript on its website.


Missing child alert -- Caden R. Griffith is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 04/19/24 1:30 PM
Caden R. Griffith
Caden R. Griffith

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Caden R. Griffith, age 14, a child in foster care who went missing from Hillsboro on March 25. He is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Caden and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see him.

Caden is often spends times in the parks of Hillsboro, Tigard and Aloha. 

Name: Caden R. Griffith
Pronouns: He/him
Date of birth: May 28, 2009
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 167 pounds
Hair: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Other identifying information: Caden often wears a black beanie. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants. 
Hillsboro Police Department #24-0007407
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #2018671

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

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


Attached Media Files: Caden R. Griffith

Clark County Sheriff's Office Releases Critical Incident Video from 4/13/2024
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/24 1:05 PM

On April 13th, 2024, the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) was involved in a deputy-involved shooting. Multiple deputies were on the scene at the time of the incident. Four deputies were placed on Critical Incident Leave. Two deputies discharged their firearms. Two deputies witnessed the incident.

Following a deputy-involved shooting, the Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), at the discretion of the Sheriff, will release body-worn camera (BWC) videos of the incident. The release of these videos will be separate from the Independent Investigation Team's (IIT) investigation.

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is conducting an independent investigation of this incident. The Clark County Sheriff's Office is not involved in the deputy-involved shooting investigation. CCSO will conduct its administrative investigation/review after the SWIIRT investigation is completed. 

The Critical Incident Video can be viewed on the CCSO Body-Worn Camera Page.

The Sheriff's Office cannot comment on the video release or the ongoing investigation. The video's release is meant to provide visual context of the incident, as CCSO understands it to have occurred, according to the BWC video. The video does not encompass the complete context of all recordings captured by all four body cameras.

Please be aware that the video contains graphic imagery and viewer discretion is strongly advised.

Race prompts temporary closure of portions of Cline Buttes/Buckhorn Motorized Recreation Area
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 04/19/24 12:58 PM

Prineville, Ore. — Portions of the Cline Buttes/Buckhorn Motorized Recreation Area will be closed Saturday, April 20, 2024, for the Technical Endurance Challenge hosted by Bend Racing. The racecourse will be closed at multiple points of entry for the safety of participants and the public. The start and end point for the race is the Buckhorn Staging Area.

Runners and bicyclists will race on portions of the off-highway vehicle trail systems on both sides of Highway 126 and the Cascade View Trail System, located west of Redmond. The closure will mostly affect the Buckhorn area, as participants traverse portions of trails 99, 93, 95, 85, 90 and Buckhorn Road. They will cross Highway 126 from Buckhorn to Barr Road, continue down Barr Road, and move into the Cascade View Trail System. Within the Cascade View Trail System, the race will use Blue Belly, Blue Belly Stem, and Stringer trails. 

OHV trails south of Highway 126, accessed from Barr Road North Staging Area, will not be closed. However,  the public should be aware of runners/bicyclists on Barr Road. Cascade View Trail System will not be closed during the race. Security will be staged at entrance points into the racecourse throughout the weekend. Flaggers and signage will also be present along both Buckhorn and Barr roads and staging areas. 

“We manage several hundred miles of trails within the Millican Plateau, North Millican, and South Millican OHV Trail Systems,” said Lisa Clark, Deschutes Field Office Manager. “This allows us the unique opportunity to permit a multi-sport race like this while also ensuring numerous other trails are still available to the public during the event.” 

Mountain bikers and hikers can use the nearby Maston trail use area. The Millican Valley OHV Trail System is an alternative site  for motorized use. It is  most easily from George-Millican Road south of Prineville.

The high-quality trails and facilities within the Cline Buttes/Buckhorn Motorized Recreation Area are collaboratively managed by the Central Oregon Combined Off Highway Vehicle Operations (COHVOPS). COHVOPS is a partnership which includes the Prineville District BLM, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, and Oregon Parks and Recreation ATV Program. 

For more information about the race, please visit Bend Racing’s website. For questions about the trail closures, please contact the Prineville District office at (541) 416-6700. 


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.


Suspect Arrested After Using Molotov Cocktail to Ignite Occupied Trailer (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/24 12:32 PM
Used Molotov cocktail
Used Molotov cocktail
A man is facing arson and domestic violence related charges after using a Molotov cocktail to light an occupied trailer on fire.

On Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 6:14a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a fire in travel trailer at Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The fire was extinguished. Fire Investigators responded and determined the fire was arson and the trailer was occupied an adult male and adult female at the time the fire was lit. There were no reported injuries.

About 9:26a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances near the same intersection. A neighbor found a shopping cart containing what appeared to be incendiary devices (Molotov cocktails). As the investigation was underway, a suspect, William A. Wingo, 33, was spotted nearby. The suspect tried to run but was quickly overtaken and arrested by the officers.

The investigation revealed that Wingo had previously lived in the trailer and had been in a relationship with the female victim. Investigators also determined that on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, Wingo had assaulted the female victim with a slingshot and lit a blanket on fire.

After being interviewed by detectives, Wingo was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Arson in the First Degree-Domestic Violence (2 counts), Possession of a Destructive Device (3 counts), Manufacturing of a Destructive Device (3 counts), Domestic Violence Assault in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree-DV, Reckless Endangering Another Person, and unrelated warrants.

The Fire Investigations Unit is grateful for the assistance of East Precinct patrol, the Metro Area Explosives Disposal Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit continues to investigate this case. If anyone has information about this arson case, please contact Portland Police Detective Meredith Hopper at Meredith.Hopper@police.portlandoregon.gov or call the PF&R Fire Investigation Unit’s tip line, 503-823- FIRE (3473). Please reference PPB case number PP24-95493.

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit comprises fire investigators with Portland Fire & Rescue, who are sworn law enforcement officers, and a detective with the Portland Police Bureau. The collaboration leverages the specialized training and skills needed to investigate fires, including analysis equipment and accelerant detecting dogs.

Photo descriptions:

Glass bottle lying on the street inside firefighting foam, partially broken at the neck, black charring and soot covering it and surrounding pavement

Green and white trailer parked a street with some charred panels, some ash and firefighting foam visible on the pavement

Two images of glass bottles with greenish liquid inside and denim cloth protruding from the necks


Attached Media Files: Used Molotov cocktail , Arson crime scene , Molotov cocktails in shopping cart , Molotov cocktails in shopping cart

Hoodland Fire District responds to fire at the Historic Timberline Lodge
Hoodland Fire Dist. #74 - 04/19/24 12:00 PM


For Immediate Release

Government Camp, Oregon 

At approximately 9:30pm, Hoodland Fire was dispatched to the Historic Timberline Lodge for a fire in the attic and roof.  On arrival of the first fire crews, there were visible flames from around the central part of the lodge known as the headhouse.  Bypassing a 2nd alarm and going straight to a 3rd alarm assignment was called, bringing additional crews from both Clackamas and Multnomah Counties. In just under 2 hours from the time of the call, the fire was declared “Under Control”  crews continued to work on the scene protecting historical artifacts and artwork.

The last fire crews left the scene at about 2:30 this morning declaring the fire out. In total there was 10 fire engines, 3 ladder trucks, 5 water trucks (tenders), 4 Chief Officers, and 4 additional pieces of equipment.  Fire crews from Hoodland Fire, Clackamas Fire, Gresham Fire, Estacada fire, and Portland Fire worked on scene.  The cause of the fire is under investigation which is being led by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.   

Hoodland Fire District would like to send a huge thank you to the employees of Timberline Lodge for detecting the fire early on, evacuating hotel guests and working hard in keeping fire/water damage to a minimum.

Future press releases will be going through the Mount Hood National Forest and Timberline Lodge

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks feedback on proposed policy
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/24 11:56 AM

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) takes seriously its responsibility to engage community stakeholders about the services the agency provides. Policy and procedure serve as the foundation for all MCSO law enforcement operations, correctional operations, and business services. Policy provides members with the objectives, limits, and requirements that apply to their work for the public. Procedure provides detailed direction governing how a task is to be accomplished. 

We invite the public to provide feedback on proposed policy and procedure(s) through a 30-day period known as the Stakeholder Review. During the policy’s Stakeholder Review, the public is encouraged to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the policy drafts. People who submit comments should be aware that their remarks become public record.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s): 

  • Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) 
  • 920.00 Temporary Alternative Work Assignment (TAWA) Program 

To submit a comment, please go to our website.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We take individual comments into collective consideration as policy is finalized.

To sign up for email notifications when policy reviews occur or get additional press releases from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, click here.

St. Mary's Academy Raises Over $1,000,000 at 36th Annual Auction "Cheers to 165 Years"
St. Mary's Academy (Downtown) - 04/19/24 11:27 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               


Portland, Ore — With more than 600 people gathered at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday, April 13th, St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls, Catholic High School in the heart of the University District of Portland, raised over $1,000,000. This year, St. Mary’s Academy (SMA) is celebrating its 165th anniversary and the auction was an opportunity to share in the schools storied history and revolutionary future. The event also celebrated two beloved SMA leaders – Marilyn and Tom Fink. The Fink’s received the Mother Marie-Rose award, named after the Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and the highest honor bestowed by SMA to community members. 

President Emily Becker shared with attendees “Our graduates change the trajectory of their families, their cities, our country, and the world.  The impact of our 11,000 alumnae cannot be underestimated and as we are celebrating this momentous milestone — our 165th anniversary — we know that our work is not done.” With 40% of students receiving tuition assistance, the school is charged with educating every young woman, regardless of financial background or circumstances. Funds raised at the annual auction make this possible. 

Dean of Mission and Charism, Patty Gorman, was this year’s Bids for Kids speaker, highlighting the importance of St. Mary’s Girls in our community. According to Patty, a 45-year veteran of St. Mary’s, “I believe deeply in the power of all-girls, Catholic education which is why I have devoted my life’s work to St. Mary’s.” Her deep commitment to SMA and the transformational educational environment that it provides is one of the major reasons why students continue to matriculate and become leaders in their communities.

This year’s auction was co-chaired by a group of SMA mothers, many of whom are also alumnae including:  Jennifer Bianchini, Liane Brakke-Pound ’96, Brittney Clark ’94, Hedy Safranski Foley ’92, Alisa Todd Gaylord ’92, Jessica Hickox Meyer ’94, Andrea Maynard Molloy ’96, Alison Money and Maria Ochsner Nelson ’99. 

The auction is St. Mary’s largest annual fundraising event with proceeds benefiting every student in a multitude of meaningful ways. 


At St. Mary's Academy, We Believe.
Located in the University District of Portland, OR, St. Mary's Academy is the state's oldest continuously operating school and only all-girls school. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy serves over 600 young women in grades 9-12. The school's college acceptance rate is 100% and SMA students achieve, excel, and are recognized locally, regionally and nationally in academic fields, leadership, STEM, the arts, athletics, community service and extra- and co-curricular activities. To learn more, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org 

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Release #3
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/19/24 10:34 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is conducting the Independent Investigation of the officer-involved use of force incident involving deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, which occurred on April 13, 2024. 

Two involved deputies are:

  • Deputy Jim Payne is assigned to Central Precinct Patrol. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2000 and has 23 years of law enforcement experience. 


  • Deputy (K9 Handler) Michael Gonzalez is assigned to Swing Shift Patrol. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2021 and has seven years of law enforcement experience.

The two witness deputies are:

  • Sergeant Fred Harrison is assigned as a Patrol Sergeant. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2006 and has 17 years of law enforcement experience.


  • Deputy Enrique Cordero is assigned to West Precinct Patrol. He has been with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since 2021 and has two years of law enforcement experience.

All four remain on critical incident leave. 

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Vancouver Police Department, is continuing the investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. 

Additional information will be released as it is available and will be sent out in a media release.



Pre-Election Conference Call: Oregon Elections Division to Provide Updates on May Closed Primary
Benton Co. Government - 04/19/24 9:37 AM

The Oregon Secretary of State's Elections Division will be hosting a pre-election conference call for members of the media on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 1 p.m. PDT. This briefing aims to provide crucial updates and information regarding the upcoming May closed primary.

During the 30-minute session, Secretary of State Communications Director Laura Kerns and Elections Division Director Molly Woon will deliver important insights and updates pertinent to the forthcoming primary. Moreover, there will be an allocated time for a question-and-answer session, enabling media representatives to express their informational needs for accurate election reporting.

Details of the Briefing:

  • What: Pre-election informational briefing for media members
  • When: Tuesday, April 23rd, 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Where: Conference call

RSVP Information:

Media representatives interested in attending are kindly requested to RSVP by replying to Laura Kerns, Communications Director, Oregon Secretary of State, at (971) 707-0313 or via email at laura.kerns@sos.oregon.gov.

Your participation and engagement are invaluable as the Oregon Secretary of State strives to ensure accurate and informed reporting on the upcoming primary.

PPB Releases New Podcast: A Conversation with Chief Day (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/24 9:20 AM
The Portland Police Bureau is releasing a new edition of the Talking Beat podcast featuring a discussion with Chief Bob Day. This is the first podcast with Chief Day since he was appointed.

Chief Day touches on a number of meaningful topics, including why he came out of retirement to lead PPB, the many changes he has seen over the course of his career, how the death of his son has changed his outlook on life, and how he is using these personal and professional experiences to lead the Bureau forward with hope.


Photo description: Talking Beat graphic


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/3056/171636/talking_beat.jpg

CCC offers free summer camps (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 04/19/24 9:16 AM
High school students can earn college credit at CTE summer camp.
High school students can earn college credit at CTE summer camp.

OREGON CITY – Students attending high school in 2024 can get a jumpstart on their college degrees through Clackamas Community College’s career technical education (CTE) summer camps – tuition-free.  

CTE camps run Aug. 12-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. An information session will be held May 13, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Wacheno Welcome Center on the Oregon City campus.

CTE summer camps are open to Clackamas County students who will be entering ninth through 12th grade in fall 2024. Lunch will be provided, and transportation assistance is available from area high schools to the college. The deadline to register is June 9. The free CTE camps include:

  • Criminal justice investigation: Apply investigative techniques in areas like fingerprinting, evidence collection and crime scene photography and reconstruction.
  • Green building construction: Explore green building materials and construction through carpentry tools and techniques like measurement, layout and safe use of tools.
  • Intro to CNC machining: Learn basic CNC skills, including how to set up and operate CNC milling and turning centers. 
  • Music and film: Learn how to design, shoot, record audio and post-production of movies.
  • Horticulture – gardening and farming: Develop and learn the principles and best practices of organic fruit and vegetable gardening.
  • Medical assisting: Learn about the skills and attributes of a successful medical assistant while exploring patient-centered health care careers.
  • Makerspace: Discover the art of invention through hands-on activities using laser cutters and 3D printers.

“Students who enroll in the summer camp programs will accelerate their college education while saving both time and money,” Ni'Cole Sims, CCC director of education partnerships, said.

Space is limited at all camps, and a weighted lottery will provide priority placement for underserved students (students of color, students with disabilities, students with low socio-economic status and students with limited access to accelerated learning programs).

CTE camps will be held on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. For more information about summer programs and how to register, visit www.clackamas.edu/cte-summer-camps. For questions about CTE camps, email hsconnections@clackamas.edu


Attached Media Files: High school students can earn college credit at CTE summer camp.

Kelso School District Prioritizes Student Health With Changes to School Meals (Photo)
Kelso Sch. Dist. - 04/19/24 8:35 AM
Chicken quinoa bowl
Chicken quinoa bowl

Photo/Video Opp:  Media is invited to come to Kelso High on May 3 (National School Lunch Hero Day) and talk to students about that day’s lunch offering: free-roaming bison and lentil chili with cornbread. 


Over the last couple of years, Kelso School District Nutrition Services Supervisor and Registered Dietitian Kaydee Harris has been making small changes to the district’s meal program aiming for big impact ins student health.


  • Unlimited fruits and vegetables at EVERY school. Students are offered a rotating variety of fruits and vegetables (seasonal and non-seasonal) at lunch every day. Options include: fresh strawberries, grapes, melons, local apples of different varieties, pineapple, etc. Veggies include: cucumbers, jicama, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, green salad mix, mini peppers, etc. In addition to fresh raw veggies and fruits, items include fresh roasted green beans, broccoli, asparagus, and more. 
  • Minimally processed foods and upgraded ingredients. We are increasing the number of scratch-made menu items, which includes bean burritos, bison meatloaf, baked chicken breast, salmon bowls, quinoa, pastas, sauces, and soups. The nutritional value of our meals is continually analyzed, leading to upgrades in ingredients. For example, the district has swapped out highly-processed, high-sodium American cheese for healthier cheddar, provolone, feta, etc. 
  • Locally sourced foods. Our Nutrition Services team has been working hard this year to increase locally sourced items like bison, salmon, beef, and raspberries through the Local Food for Schools program. They continue to source rolls locally from Kalama Sourdough for all of our menus, and have spent over $30K on locally sourced produce through the Department of Defense Fresh program. 



  • Cooking kitchens at every school. Not every school district has cooking kitchens at every school. Many outsource meals or have one cook site and shuttle meals to school sites. In Kelso, food is made fresh every day on every school site.
  • KSD Test Kitchen. A lot of recipe testing happens every summer. Summer school students and staff get to sample new items and give feedback. Often, new menu items are launched at one school first, then rolled out to other schools after collecting feedback from students. There is also a yearly recipe competition between elementary school Nutrition Services staff during school conferences. The staff is given a challenge menu item, nutrition parameters, and a host of possible ingredients to make the item. Winning recipes get added to the menu cycle. This year’s challenge was a scratch-made bean and cheese burrito, which will rolled out district-wide April 17.
  • Variety is the spice of life. To keep up with current student preferences and food trends, every year new menus, in six-week cycles, are created. Interesting menu items this year include: teriyaki salmon bowl, bison meatloaf, quinoa bowls, chicken alfredo, roasted parmesan broccoli, roasted asparagus, BBQ chicken spread, chicken parmesan, chicken and waffles, and more.
  • We’re doing something right. We actively solicit feedback by fostering conversations with students in our cafeterias. We even look through garbage cans to see what gets thrown away. All this student feedback is collected after each new menu item and we make adjustments as needed. We know we’re doing something right because our meal service has increased:
    • 24% increase in total lunches served in the last 3 years, 105% increase in breakfast
    • 750,000 meals were served in 2022-23 
    • 1 Million meals are projected for this year (2023-24) 
  • ALL students eat free. Due to Kelso’s percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced-price meals, we’re able to offer ALL students free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision. 



  • Children participating in school meals are less likely to have nutrient inadequacies and are more likely to consume fruit, vegetables, and milk at breakfast and lunch.
  • Low-income students who eat both school breakfast and lunch have significantly better overall diet quality than low-income students who do not eat school meals.
  • Packed lunches brought from home by pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students have more calories, fat, saturated fat, and sugar than school lunches, and less protein, fiber, vitamin A, and calcium, according to a study conducted after implementation of the new school meal nutrition standards.
  • Receiving free or reduced-price school lunches reduces poor health by at least 29 percent based on estimates using national data.
  • Based on national data, economists estimate that the receipt of a free or reduced-price school lunch reduces obesity rates by at least 17 percent.

Source: Food Research & Action Center https://frac.org/programs/national-school-lunch-program/benefits-school-lunch#:~:text=School%20lunch%20is%20critical%20to,obesity%20rates%2C%20and%20poor%20health


About Kelso School District
Kelso School District has a goal of 100% (bit.ly/ksd-100) of students graduating high school and having post-secondary plans for college, career, trades, or military. Our mission is to prepare every student for living, learning, and achieving success as a citizen of our changing world.  When we asked students and staff what makes Kelso strong, with 45 voices, there was one clear answer (bit.ly/ksd-strong).

Attached Media Files: Chicken quinoa bowl , Unlimited fruit and veggie bar , Unlimited fruit and veggie bar

City seeks volunteers to serve on Urban Forestry Commission (Photo)
City of Vancouver - 04/19/24 8:00 AM
Vancouver's urban forest program leading a tree tour
Vancouver's urban forest program leading a tree tour

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants interested in two vacancies on its volunteer Urban Forestry Commission. Applications must be submitted by May 21.

The Urban Forestry Commission is an active, working group that helps plan and implement tree events, builds neighborhood association relationships, supports public education and plans community recognition programs related to appreciation of Vancouver’s community’s trees. Vancouver has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 35 years, an honor that is due in large part to the work of this commission.

The commission’s advisory role includes review of Vancouver’s urban forestry policies and regulations, assistance with updating the Urban Forestry program’s work plan, and administering the Heritage Tree Program, Arbor Day recognition and awards programs. 

Those who have an interest in urban forestry and the environmental, economic, health and social benefits of trees are urged to apply. All applicants must also be available for an interview with City Councilmembers on a date to be determined.

The Urban Forestry Commission has seven citizen members who can serve two, four-year terms. This recruitment is for two full-term appointments, with a term expiring June 30, 2028. The commission meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings will be conducted either in person or through a hybrid option. 

To learn more and apply online visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request a printed application or for more information, contact the Boards and Commissions Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.usor 360-487-8600.


Attached Media Files: Vancouver's urban forest program leading a tree tour

Vancouver Fire Responds to Apartment Building Fire
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 04/19/24 7:49 AM

At 02:02 on 04/19/2024 the Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a fire at 306 NE 104th Ave in Maple Ridge Apartments.  Vancouver Fire responded with 11 units and 26 personnel. Our first engine arrived minutes later to find the apartment building on fire.  Our crews engaged the fire directly while also making sure everyone was out of the building.  In less than twenty-three minutes the fire was under control.  The Red Cross was contacted to help three families who were displaced by the fire, no one was injured.

Vancouver Fire would like to remind everyone to please test your smoke detectors on a regular basis. 

Update: Timberline lodge fire under investigation (Photo)
Clackamas Fire District - 04/19/24 2:05 AM

The fire that happened on the evening of April 18, at the Timberline lodge has been extinguished. Investigators from the ATF and US Forest Service are on scene working to determine a cause. The lodge and the ski area will both be closed tomorrow, April 19th, while the damage is assessed.


Attached Media Files: Timberline , Timberline

Thu. 04/18/24
Historic Timberline lodge facing fire (Photo)
Clackamas Fire District - 04/18/24 11:00 PM

At approximately 9:30pm, reports started pouring in that the attic of the historic Timberline lodge was on fire. Fire crews from Hoodland Fire, Clackamas Fire, Gresham Fire and Estacada fire are on scene to help protect the Lodge. 

Currently, firefighters have a good knock down on the fire and are doing everything they can to preserve the historic assets that exist here.

After an initial search, crews found that everybody had made it outside and were safe. 

Employees of the lodge discovered the fire and called it in. 

Hoodland Fire's Chief Scott Kline is thankful for all the assistance. 

More details to come.

Attached Media Files: Timberline

Motorcyclist dies in early evening collision
Salem Police Department - 04/18/24 10:30 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: April 18, 2024

Motorcyclist dies in early evening collision

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 6:10 p.m. this evening, the Salem Police Traffic Team responded to a single-vehicle collision on the offramp of the Center Street Bridge involving a motorcyclist.

The Traffic Team’s preliminary investigation indicates the rider of the motorcycle was traveling eastbound over the bridge. As the motorcyclist negotiated the sweeping right curve to proceed down the off-ramp, he lost control of the motorcycle and collided with the concrete barrier. The impact vaulted the rider across the barrier and approximately 30 feet down to the ground below the bridge.

The driver is identified as 27-year-old Mark Steven Sewell of Salem. Sewell was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The southbound off-ramp to Front ST NE was closed for approximately two-and-a-half hours while the collision was investigated.

To date in 2024, the Salem Police Department has responded to nine major traffic collisions resulting in nine deaths.

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Chemeketa Community College to Host Open House Extravaganza at Brooks Campus
Chemeketa Community College - 04/18/24 5:33 PM

Chemeketa Brooks Open House Will Include a New Kubota Center, a Visit From Rep. Salinas, and a Showcase of the Five CTE Programs Offered


Salem, Ore., April 18, 2024 — Chemeketa Community College will host the annual Brooks Regional Training Center Open House on April 23, 2024, from 9 am to noon at 4910 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks. The event will feature the brand new training center for Kubota and National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) partnership. The collaboration offers Chemeketa students a clear route to acquiring industry-recognized certifications tailored to repairing and servicing Kubota equipment. This equips them with the expertise and abilities necessary for pursuing employment as diesel technicians within the off-road diesel sector.

Students, parents, and the community are welcome to join us for campus tours and to learn more about the five Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at Brooks Center. The five CTE programs include Fire Protection, EMT and Paramedic, Diesel Technology, Criminal Justice, and Building Inspection. 

Representative Andrea Salinas (OR-06) and Dr. Amy Loyd, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, will be in attendance at the open house. They will host a roundtable on career-connected learning, focusing on work-based learning and overcoming barriers for rural students. Afterward, Rep. Salinas and Assistant Sec. Loyd will tour the campus and attend the Kubota ribbon cutting.

"This open house is a chance to see the impact of Chemeketa's CTE programs, providing a glimpse into the partnership between education and industry,” says Jordan Bermingham, Dean of the Brooks Regional Training Center at Chemeketa Community College. “This is also a celebration of our partnership with Kubota and NC3, paving the way for students to learn with cutting-edge technologies and cultivate the skills for today's workforce."


For more information, visit go.chemeketa.edu/brooks, email rooks@chemeketa.edu">brooks@chemeketa.edu, or call 503.485.2131.



For more than 50 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to transforming lives and our community through exceptional learning experiences in the Mid-Willamette Valley. As the second multi-campus district in Oregon, Chemeketa serves 18,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as Brooks, Eola, Winema, Dallas, Woodburn, and Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI).

Chemeketa Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.


Monday, April 22, 2024 Executive & Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 04/18/24 5:25 PM

The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive & Board Business Meeting on Monday, April 22, 2024 at the Parkrose School District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott Street, Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:00pm.

Guests and members of the public may attend in-person or virtually.  

Virtual Link - Please click this URL to join: https://zoom.us/j/94961285856 or join by phone: 1-253-215-8782 Webinar ID: 949-6128-5856

We encourage and welcome all members of our community to engage with our board. Please email questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or call 503.408.2100 to arrange for translation services at least 72 hours before this meeting. Closed captioning provided on zoom. Other appropriate auxiliary aids and services may be provided upon request and appropriate advance notice.

The agenda is posted on our website at:LINK.

Agenda items include, but are not limited to: Student School Board Representative Senior Night Recognitions 6:00pm, goal presentation from Prescott Elementary, legislative session presentation, Asian American & Pacific American heritage month in May, teacher appreciation in May, school lunch heroes day in May, supplemental budget #1 for fiscal year 23/24, local option levy rate resolution, Chartwells dining services resolution, board reports, graduation speaker, board evaluation and local option discussion. 

Electronic/Virtual Public Comment Protocol - If you wish to submit a public comment before, or during this Board Meeting please fill out this electronic public comment form before "Public Comments" on the agenda: https://forms.gle/5sUjRZjxJikqmqVg9. If you don’t submit your comment in time we will read it at the next board meeting.

In-Person Public Comment Protocol - Upon arrival to the meeting, please fill out an Intent-to-Speak card and hand it to the Board Secretary prior to "In-person Public Comment" on the agenda. You will have a 3 minute time limit.

Board Meeting Video Recordings - For those of you who cannot attend we will post a recording of the meeting on our website at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXajhxrPxMclOQ6J00JUszQ.

Questions welcomed, please email: questions@parkrose.k12.or.us or leave a voice message at 503-408-2114.

Latest Measure 110 data show new highs in client engagement with highest quarterly gains in substance use treatment, peer support services
Oregon Health Authority - 04/18/24 4:47 PM

April 18, 2024

Media contact: Timothy Heider, 971-599-0459, timothy.heider@oha.oregon.gov

Latest Measure 110 data show new highs in client engagement with highest quarterly gains in substance use treatment, peer support services

SALEM, Ore. — Measure 110 Behavioral Health Resource Network providers reported increases in client engagement over all service areas, according to recently released quarterly reporting data.

As providers continue to establish and expand services, the most recent data revealed a 346 percent client gain in screening services since the program’s start – indicating that more providers are seeing new clients for the first time. Supported employment showed the highest overall percentage gain at 422 percent.

Client screening is an important first step for people seeking substance use treatment and recovery. As a result, network providers have reported increased numbers of people are accessing low-barrier treatment services and supports.

The latest data also show a 258 percent increase in people accessing peer services, in addition to other supports.  Many peer service providers reported meeting people in their homes or in community settings and using other measures to lower service barriers such as providing childcare and securing transportation to treatment.

Measure 110 network providers report the number of clients they serve and the number of encounters they have with their clients as a measure of overall engagement. Some clients may receive multiple services within a network or within multiple service networks.

The latest report covers network activities from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2023. Collectively, Measure 110 providers have now reported five quarters of data and expenditures from July 1, 2022, when the first network was established, through Sept. 30, 2023.

Overall, Measure 110 providers reported 267,000 encounters for people seeking peer support services and more than 220,000 encounters for substance use treatment over the 15 months of operations from July 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023.

OHA continually updates a comprehensive Measure 110 data reporting dashboard that includes quarterly data, expenditures, key demographic information, and aggregated narrative summaries for the 42 statewide service networks.

The dashboard also contains a section that shows how providers are conducting community outreach to directly connect individuals to services in their communities.

“Public awareness campaigns and community engagement activities play a pivotal role in dismantling social stigmas, misconceptions, and discrimination related to specific health services and conditions,” reported one provider. “By challenging and dispelling these stigmas, we empower individuals to seek care comfortably, which in turn, lowers the hurdles to accessing services.”

Other providers focused on reaching populations that historically have been under supported.  “Our peers and navigators have been able to do community outreach on a regular basis…with peer support referrals and health screenings,” reported one provider. “[Our] outreach focuses primarily on the houseless, unstably housed, incarcerated, transitional, and marginalized BIPOC communities.”

Another provider described the value of providing supported employment services to people in need. “The housing portion of our services has helped build tangible life skills as our tenants work to remodel and create a beautiful space while earning a paycheck.”

Despite the reported growth in service access, nearly one-third of providers continue to report challenges around building their workforce.

The deadline for the next round of reporting for expenditure and program data is in April and will cover the time from October 1 - December 30, 2023. OHA expects to publish that data in Summer 2024.

Background: In November 2020, Oregon voters passed Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act of 2020, which became effective Dec. 4, 2020, to better serve people actively using substances or diagnosed with a substance use disorder. In July 2021, the legislature passed SB 755, which amended the act and made it more feasible to implement.

People who provide drug treatment and recovery services and advocates for criminal justice reform wrote Measure 110 in response to the high rate of drug addiction and overdoses in Oregon, and the disproportionate impact of those outcomes on Oregon’s communities of color.

Their goal was to establish a more equitable health-based and effective approach to substance use disorder.

OHA is continuing to develop and sharpen strategic parameters around data collection, establishing standards for the type that is appropriate to collect, modifying internal systems and processes to capture data outcomes, metrics, and reducing administrative burden on providers.

The Measure 110 program continues to refine service data collection for communities of color and other disproportionately affected communities, as the networks transition toward implementing Race Ethnicity and Language Disability (REALD) standards in their data collection.


Clark College Invites Community to Two Latine Events Next Week (Photo)
Clark College in Vancouver - 04/18/24 4:30 PM

April 26, 6-9 p.m. - ¡Celebración de Primavera! /  Día del Niño
April 23, 4-8 p.m. - Noche de Familia

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark College invites the community to its annual free, family-friendly Latine cultural celebration of children, literacy and Earth Day. ¡Celebración de Primavera! / Día del Niño (Celebration of Spring/Day of the Child) is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and its Noche de Familia event on Tuesday, April 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Both events are held at Gaiser Student Center on Clark’s main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. 

¡Celebración de Primavera! / Día del Niño

Celebrate children, families, reading, dancing, and singing with environmentally friendly games, arts and crafts and snacks on April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. See the complete schedule here. Activities include: 

  • 6 p.m. - Snacks
  • 6:30 p.m. - Songs by Harney Elementary students 
  • 6:45 p.m. - Reading by author Christopher Cousins 
  • 7 p.m. - Games 
  • 7:30 p.m. - Dancing by Vancouver Ballet Folklórico
  • 8 p.m. - Dance lessons 
  • 8:15 p.m. - Dance party!

Noche de Familia

In addition, Clark College is hosting Noche de Familia on Tuesday, April 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Gaiser Student Center. This is a special night for Latine families to learn about academic options and resources available at Clark. Offered every term by the college and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, this free, public event includes activities for kids and dinner for all. 

Attendees will have opportunities to speak with Clark representatives from Financial Aid, Transitional Services, Workforce Education Services, Disability Support Services, Counseling and Health Center, Career Services and more. Workshops will be offered to explain the processes of applying for Clark College and applying for financial aid. Information will be available in both Spanish and English. 

Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

Clark College expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal in its programs and activities. Learn more at www.clark.edu/nds

If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Clark College’s Human Resources Office. Phone: 360-992-2105 or email hr@clark.edu 

About Clark College 

Founded in 1933 and celebrating its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It is a public community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees; professional certificates; high school diplomas and GED preparation; and non-credit community and continuing education. Clark serves a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. Approximately 45% of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college. 

To learn more, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion https://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/diversity-and-equity/    


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Second Alarm Fire at Jopp Wood Recycling (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/18/24 3:37 PM

Just after 8:15 AM, 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting a fire and tapped out a single-alarm fire response in an industrial area of the St John’s Neighborhood in North Portland. Initial reports from callers stated that a large pile of wood products was on fire and that no homes or structures were threatened.

The first arriving Engine and Truck Companies from St John’s arrived within six minutes of being dispatched. The Engine officer took command of the incident and reported a large pile of pallets and wood debris with fire near the top of the pile. Knowing this had the potential as an extended incident from the onset, the first due Truck immediately set up its aerial ladder for an elevated master stream.

As additional units arrived, the first Chief Officer took Command. Incident Command then assigned the on-scene resources to the following tasks: establish a water supply, recon the area to ensure no exposures were present, confirm all individuals were accounted for, confirm the best access to the different areas of the wood pile, and set up for additional aerial master streams.

During the incident, water supply was a challenge due to the distance from the City of Portland hydrants and the private hydrants in the area. Because of this, the Incident Commander called for a second alarm response just before 9:30 AM. This brought additional fire response resources to the scene. Working with Portland Police and Portland Parks and Recreation, Fire crews had to shut down North Lombard for a portion of the morning and early afternoon to relay pump water to the scene.

Fire crews worked with site personnel who stated there were a lot of void spaces in the large pile of wood. Command sent a safety broadcast to fire companies on the scene so all personnel were made aware of this potential hazard. Site personnel then worked with fire companies to create a defensive fire break in the pile so the fire was contained. This was accomplished with the use of some heavy machinery and excavators that were already on site and were operated by the location’s employees.

With a fire break established and the material burning brought under control, Command began to release companies to go back into service. Three engines and three trucks will remain on the scene for an extended period to ensure extinguishment. A fire investigator was also called to the scene to assist in a fire cause determination. All traffic has been restored in the area. There were no injuries reported during this incident and no residents were displaced.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to thank our partners with the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Water Bureau, Port of Portland Terminal 4, and Vancouver Fire Department. At the height of the incident, the following fire resources responded:

                Engines – 9

                Trucks – 5 

                Chief Officers – 5

                Rehab Unit – 1 

                Investigator – 1 

                Logistics/Apparatus Maintenance – 2

                PIO – 2


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Scout Ahead and Keep a Sharp Lookout for Obstructions (Photo)
Oregon State Marine Board - 04/18/24 3:00 PM
Obstructions on the Siletz River, several downed trees at a river bend
Obstructions on the Siletz River, several downed trees at a river bend

Heavy wind and rain from winter storms cause trees to plunge into Oregon rivers. Trees become obstructions, a risk for all boaters, including paddlers, rafters, and drift boats. Some of these obstructions will become more dangerous as river levels drop, requiring boats to portage around the obstructions for safe navigation.

“We urge every boater to plan ahead. River conditions can change daily which is why checking river levels is critical. Always look downstream as you navigate allowing time to react and maneuver to the safest course,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board.

The Marine Board urges the following precautions:

  • Visit the Marine Board’s Boating Obstructions Dashboard to view reported obstructions.
  • Learn about and how to report obstructions you encounter while boating.
  • Scout ahead and look for the safest route for each section of the river before committing. When in doubt, portage out.
  • Stay clear of partially submerged trees and limbs. Strong currents can quickly carry you in, potentially leading to capsizing and entrapment.
  • Wear a life jacket. Oregon’s waterways are cold year-round. Boaters are encouraged to wear a properly fitting life jacket and to dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.
  • If you’re using a Stand Up Paddleboard, be sure to wear a quick-release leash on moving water, especially in rivers where obstructions are present so you can disconnect from the board if you are drawn into one.
  • Boat with others and stay within sight of one another. Do not separate far from one another so you can respond quickly to help.
  • Know your limits and how to self-rescue. Be sure your skills and experience are equal to the river difficulty and the conditions.
  • Fill out a float plan and let others know where you are boating and when to expect your return.

Visit Boat.Oregon.gov for everything you need to know about recreational boating in Oregon.

Attached Media Files: Obstructions on the Siletz River, several downed trees at a river bend

Temporarily Closure of Youngs Bay Boat Ramp
Clatsop County - 04/18/24 2:58 PM

(Astoria, OR) —The Youngs Bay Boat Ramp temporarily will close to public access for the launching or retrieving of water craft from 12 p.m. Monday, April 22 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

Clatsop County Fisheries will temporarily block the boat ramp with a fish transfer pipeline for the receiving of salmon smolts to the net pens located at that site. 

The boat ramp is located at the City of Astoria site, 1555 West Marine Drive in Astoria.


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/7074/171619/Temporary_Closure_of_Youngs_Bay_in_April_FINAL.pdf

ODF's Northrup Creek Big Tree Trail inducted into the Oregon Heritage Tree Program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/24 2:48 PM
The Big Tree Trail is great to visit anytime of the year, but in the fall many of the trees are in full color and make for an especially scenic walk.
The Big Tree Trail is great to visit anytime of the year, but in the fall many of the trees are in full color and make for an especially scenic walk.

ASTORIA, Ore. — A giant 208-foot tall and estimated 200-year-old grand fir tree in Clatsop State Forest was inducted into the Oregon Heritage Tree Program in a ceremony April 12. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Travel Information Council and its volunteer Oregon Heritage Tree Committee held the ceremony at the base of the tree which is part of ODF’s Northrup Creek Horse Camp Big Tree Trail at Northrup Creek Horse Camp. The grand fir became the 84th Oregon Heritage Tree. 

“A heritage designation recognizes trees with statewide or national significance,” said Craig Leech, Chair of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee. “The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is the first state-sponsored heritage tree program in the country. It was established in 1995 to increase public awareness of the important contribution of trees to Oregon’s history and the significant role they play in the quality of our daily lives.”

ODF created the Big Tree Trail in 2012 when they identified numerous large conifer and deciduous trees near one another.

“Inducting the Big Tree Trail as an Oregon Heritage Tree helps honor this special trail of trees that are believed to be among the top five largest in the state,” said Dan Goody, ODF’s District Forester for the Astoria District. “Visiting an Oregon Heritage Tree is a chance to learn localized Oregon history and honor the vital role Oregon’s forests plays in our lives. In addition to viewing a sample of exceptional trees, The Big Tree Trail’s connection to the creation of Oregon’s modern forestry program makes it particularly notable.”

The Northrup Creek Horse Camp Big Tree Trail is located inside what used to be The Northrup Creek Grazing Experiment. The Experiment started in 1936 to study the seeding, fertilizing, grazing, and management of logged-off and burned-over timberlands and the effects of grazing on reforestation. The goal was to make burnt-up land profitable again. The project was overseen by the John Jacob Astor Experiment Station outside of Astoria and continued until the early 1950s. 

The Experiment ultimately “failed” as it determined grazing was not the solution for burned over timber lands. However, in 1939 Governor Charles Sprague gave a stump speech in the area at the time he was actively promoting the State Forest Acquisition Act. The legislation included conservation requirements for loggers to re-seed the forest by leaving seed trees and reforestation efforts for burned areas, particularly those affected by the repeated Tillamook burns of 1933, 1939, and 1945.

Former Clatsop County Judge Guy Boyington, one of the original framers of the state forest arrangement, envisioned that the foreclosed lands could be made productive if forest land management was available. Clatsop County became the first county to participate. 

You can visit the Big Tree Trail inside the Northrup Creek Horse Camp, located between Jewell and Birkenfeld four miles north of Highway 202. The trail is just under one mile and is open year-round for hiking. Hikers must start at the gate during the seasonal closure of the camp, which adds two miles. The horse camp will open May 17. The address is 87644 Northrup Creek Road, Clatskanie, Oregon. 

For more information regarding the Heritage Tree program visit www.oregontic.com/oregon-heritage-trees

For more information on recreation opportunities in Oregon’s state forests visit Oregon Department of Forestry : Recreation : Recreation : State of Oregon


Attached Media Files: The Big Tree Trail is great to visit anytime of the year, but in the fall many of the trees are in full color and make for an especially scenic walk. , This giant 208-foot tall and estimated 200-year-old grand fir tree in Clatsop State Forest was inducted into the Oregon Heritage Tree Program in a ceremony April 12. , Ty Williams, retired ODF Astoria Assistant District Forester and District Operations Coordinator (left) and Dan Goody, Astoria District Forester unveil the Heritage Tree plaque.

OHCS, BuildUp Oregon launch program to expand early childhood education access statewide
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/18/24 2:48 PM

Funds include $10 million for developing early care and education facilities co-located with affordable housing

Salem, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and BuildUp Oregon announce the launch of the OHCS Co-location Fund aimed at expanding access to early childhood education and affordable housing across Oregon.

Families face a pile of cost burdens that limit their access to afford housing, and one of these burdens is the high cost of early childcare. These investments set out to change the trajectory for Oregon families, allowing for increased stability and a better quality of life,” says OHCS Director Andrea Bell.

BuildUp Oregon will administer the $10 million in OHCS funds allocated by the Oregon legislature through House Bill 5011 to support co-locating early care and education (ECE) facilities with affordable housing. 

These resources will help bring affordable housing developers and ECE providers together to open and expand childcare services within or on the grounds of affordable housing developments. The funding awarded will depend on each project's needs, size, and costs. 

Funds provided through BuildUp Oregon can be used for: 

  • Technical assistance to ECE providers and affordable housing developers on how to co-locate 
  • Relationship building between ECE providers and housing developers to identify potential collaboration opportunities and facilitate communication 
  • Financial support to ECE providers and developers to build or expand operations within or adjacent to affordable housing developments 

The goal of the OHCS Co-location Fund is to create or preserve 600 ECE slots throughout Oregon. 

OHCS is a funding partner with Multnomah County for the BuildUp Oregon program. Earlier this month, Multnomah County launched the Preschool for All Facilities Fund. That fund offers comprehensive support to early care and education providers in Multnomah County participating in Preschool for All (PFA) who are looking to enhance the quality of care at existing facilities, expand to serve additional families or open a new location.

"The Facilities Fund will provide crucial support to early care and education providers and help build up the infrastructure we need to ensure universal access to preschool by 2030," said Preschool and Early Learning Division Director Leslee Barnes. "This initiative represents a vital step towards all children having access to high-quality childcare in safe and nurturing environments."

Interested developers and providers can learn more about BuildUp Oregon by visiting www.BuildUpOregon.org. BuildUp Oregon will also provide further information about the OHCS Co-location Fund through a webinar in May. Details and updates on the webinar will be available on BuildUp Oregon’s website. 

About BuildUp Oregon

BuildUp Oregon is composed of four Community Development Financial Institutions. Its members are Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), Craft3, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), and Low-Income Investment Fund (LIIF). Together, these organizations are dedicated to ensuring equitable access to high-quality childcare and supporting the growth and development of early care and education providers.

About Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) 

OHCS is Oregon's housing finance agency. The state agency provides financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of low and moderate-income. OHCS administers programs that provide housing stabilization. OHCS delivers these programs primarily through grants, contracts, and loan agreements with local partners and community-based providers. For more information, please visit: oregon.gov/ohcs



Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue revenue is not keeping up with service demands and costs to provide emergency services
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - 04/18/24 2:41 PM

Board of Fire Commissioners to discuss fire levy lid lift April 25; public invited to attend and learn more


Revenue from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue’s fire levy is not keeping up with capital needs, increasing numbers of emergency incidents, and costs to provide service.

The population within the CCFR response area has risen dramatically over the past decade, and so has demand for emergency services. Since 2017, CCFR call volumes have increased more than 40 percent. 

CCFR funds daily operations and capital purchases such as fire engines, ladder trucks, fire stations, and other equipment through a fire levy capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. CCFR has an emergency medical service (EMS) levy at $.47 per $1000 of assessed value that funds paramedic positions and pays for medical equipment and supplies.

In 2017, voters approved a fire levy rate of $1.50. Since then, it has dropped to $1.26. This is called “levy erosion” and impacts the fire district’s ability to provide service. The fire district is limited by state law to just a 1 percent revenue increase per year, while costs to provide emergency services increase nearly 6 percent each year.

CCFR used funding from the 2017 fire levy lid lift to add firefighter positions, reopen a shuttered fire station in Charter Oak, purchase property for a fire station in Ridgefield, purchase four fire engines and a ladder truck, and provide major maintenance on existing fire stations to extend their service life. These actions helped reduce the Washington Survey & Rating Bureau Protection Class Grade for CCFR from a 5 to a 4, thereby allowing for lower fire insurance rates for residents and businesses.

“CCFR has worked hard to use taxpayer dollars efficiently, while increasing the level of safety in our communities” Fire Chief John Nohr said. “We have amazingly talented firefighters in this organization, but we are struggling to maintain response capability and capital purchases with the current fire levy.”

Commissioners considering a fire levy lid lift

Costs and demand for services are outpacing revenue. CCFR is discussing going to voters this year for a fire levy lid lift. The Board of Fire Commissioners is considering a $0.24 lid lift (from $1.26 to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value) during the August 2024 primary election. The lid lift would fund:

  • Maintaining staffing levels of three firefighters at each fire station every day
  • Purchase of two fire engines and one water tender
  • Complete the construction of a partially built fire station in Woodland
  • Initiate construction of a new fire station in west Ridgefield
  • Fire station improvements at the Dollars Corner, Fairgrounds, La Center and Charter Oak facilities

The fire levy lid lift would cost the owner of a $500,000 home an additional $10 per month or $120 per year. 

The CCFR Board of Fire Commissioners will discuss placing a levy lid lift on the August ballot at its April 25 meeting, which the public is invited to attend and learn more. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at Station 21, located at 911 N. 65th Avenue in Ridgefield. You can also attend virtually via Zoom. Find the link at www.clarkfr.org.



Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) serves 60,000 people over 125 square miles, including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland, and the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. Our combination department includes full-time and volunteer firefighters responding to an average of 5300 fire and emergency medical calls a year. CCFR operates under a balanced budget and has a history of passing independent financial audits by the state.

Ridgefield School District receives another clean financial audit
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 04/18/24 2:27 PM

The Ridgefield School District has received another clean audit from the Washington State Auditor's Office demonstrating that the district has safeguarded public resources. This underscores the district's ongoing commitment to upholding the highest standards of financial transparency and accountability. The audit examined the areas of financial statements and federal grant compliance for the district's fiscal year from Sept. 1, 2022 to Aug. 31, 2023. Due to the size of its enrollment and annual budget, the district undergoes a thorough financial audit every year.

Independent state auditors reviewed Ridgefield's internal controls over financial reporting, federal grant compliance, and the financial statements prepared for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The auditor’s report concludes that the district complied with laws and regulations; and that there were no internal control deficiencies. The auditor’s also determined the financial statements were fairly presented and accurately reflected the district’s financial operations. 

"Maintaining a clean audit history is paramount to earning and retaining the trust of our community," said interim superintendent Chris Griffith. “We take our responsibility very seriously, and I am proud of the teamwork and effort of district administrators and staff who ensure we are properly safeguarding public funding. This achievement reflects our dedicated efforts to ensure every dollar is accounted for and directed towards maximizing the educational experience for our students."

The State Auditor's Office audits school districts annually as part of its efforts to track public money and provide essential accountability and transparency for district operations. Their report states "the State Auditor’s Office has the independence necessary to objectively perform audits, attestation engagements and investigations. Our work is designed to comply with professional standards as well as to satisfy the requirements of federal, state and local laws. The Office also has an extensive quality control program and undergoes regular external peer review to ensure our work meets the highest possible standards of accuracy, objectivity and clarity."

“Ridgefield School District is fully committed to maintaining and building the public’s trust,” said Paula McCoy, Ridgefield School District’s Executive Director of Business Services. “Our track record of accountability is critical, and we are pleased to have another year of clean audits that demonstrate our commitment to being good financial stewards.”

The final reports for Ridgefield's 2022-23 audits are available on the State Auditor’s Office website and include the following:

● Financial Statements Report: Provides an opinion on whether financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with the applicable reporting framework. Examines records for fraud and/or large errors or misstatements.

● Federal Single Audit Report: Required when a district spends more than $750,000 annually in federal assistance funding and determines compliance with federal requirements. View the Financial Statements and Federal Single Audit Report here

Sakura Festival celebrated at Clark College on April 25  (Photo)
Clark College in Vancouver - 04/18/24 1:47 PM
Clark College amidst cherry blossoms
Clark College amidst cherry blossoms


Vancouver, Wash.— The annual Sakura Festival returns on Thursday, April 25 to the Clark College main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. The free community event underneath a canopy of cherry blossoms is presented by Clark College, the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Rotary. 

Opening remarks begin at 1 p.m. in the Royce Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden, located next to Beacock Music Hall on Clark’s main campus. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside Gaiser Student Center in the Penguin Union Building.


  • 12:50 p.m. - Koto performance by Mitsuki Dazai
  • 1:10 p.m. - Greetings from Dr. Karin Edwards
  • 1:15 p.m. – Greetings from City of Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle
  • 1:22 p.m. – Greetings from Mr. Yuzo Yoshioka Consul General
  • 1:25 p.m. – Greetings from Clark College student, Daniel Wall
  • 1:28 p.m. – Clark College Treble Ensemble performance
  • 1:40 p.m.– Guests walk through Japanese garden and up to Gaiser Student Center
  • 2:30 p.m. - The celebration continues in Gaiser Student Center with a performance by Oregon Koto-Kai, Haiku reading by Clark College Japanese Club, martial art demonstration, and art share by children enrolled in Child and Family Studies program. There will be a variety of cultural displays and demonstration tables around the room. Hand-painted cherry blossom cookies will be provided by the college’s Professional Baking & Pastry Arts students.
  • 3:30 p.m. - Event ends

History of Sakura Festival at Clark College: More than 25 years ago, the City of Vancouver received a gift of friendship: 100 Shirofugen cherry trees. They were planted at Clark College, creating an enduring reminder of the bonds between our region and Japan. Over the years, those trees have grown and blossomed—as has that friendship, creating traditions like the establishment in 1995 of a sister-city relationship between Vancouver and Joyo, Japan, and our annual Sakura Festival, begun in 2006. Learn more about the history of the Sakura Festival.

Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

Clark College expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal in its programs and activities. Learn more at www.clark.edu/nds.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Clark College’s Human Resources Office. Phone: 360-992-2105 or email: hr@clark.edu

About Clark College 
Founded in 1933 and celebrating its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It is a public community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees; professional certificates; high school diplomas and GED preparation; and non-credit community and continuing education. Clark serves a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. Approximately 45% of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college.   



Attached Media Files: Poster of 2024 Sakura Festival with event details , Clark College amidst cherry blossoms , Invitation to 2024 Sakura Festival

Multi-Agency Stolen Vehicle Operation Yields Positive Results (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/24 1:44 PM
A multi-agency stolen vehicle operation resulted in the recovery of multiple stolen vehicles and guns.

On Saturday, April 13, 2024, officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct ran a multi-agency stolen vehicle operation with assistance from PPB’s K9 and Air Support Units, the Gresham Police Department, Port of Portland Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Auto Theft Task Force, and Parole & Probation. The Vancouver Police Department also conducted a SVO and collaborated with PPB for when vehicles eluded across the river.

The mission resulted in the recovery of eight stolen vehicles. In addition, six people were arrested. Three vehicles eluded police and three vehicle pursuits were initiated. This resulted in successful captures. The three vehicles were all stolen and two of the vehicles had guns in them. One of the guns was confirmed stolen from a residential burglary. This firearm was found in a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Emirra R. Barker. She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges:

Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Theft in the First Degree
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Elude by Vehicle
Elude on Foot
Recklessly Endangering Another Person (two counts)
Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
Reckless Driving

The crowdsourced Facebook group, PDX Stolen Cars, helped locate and recover 4 unoccupied stolen vehicles. This is the 15th SVO that the PDX Stolen Cars group has assisted on. This has resulted in the recovery of 35 stolen vehicles.

The SVO utilizes data-driven, evidence-based practices and collaborates with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute scientists. This operation yielded a low ratio of one stolen vehicle located out of every 2 traffic stops/encounters (1:2).

Below are the initial results from the April 13th multi-agency SVO:

15 traffic stops/encounters
8 stolen vehicles
6 custodies
3 vehicles eluded (all 3 captured/all 3 stolen)
3 vehicle pursuits
2 vehicles towed

At the midpoint of the SVO, the entire team transitioned and assisted on a street takeover mission. Officers helped with taking multiple people into custody, the towing of participant vehicles, as well as the forfeiture of vehicles.

Impressive Decreasing Trend in Stolen Vehicles

Over the last 11 months, stolen vehicle operations have consistently delivered results in reducing vehicle theft rates. In February 2023, there were 802 vehicles reported stolen. In February 2024, it was 420 for a 48% decrease.

April 2023: 24.4% decrease compared to the previous year (892 to 674)
May 2023 : 23.7% decrease compared to the previous year (849 to 648)
June 2023: 26.7% decrease compared to the previous year (829 to 607)
July 2023: 29.7% decrease compared to the previous year (862 to 606)
August 2023: 35.3% decrease compared to the previous year (939 to 608)
September 2023: 25.5% decrease compared to the previous year (861 to 644)
October 2023: 36.6% decrease compared to the previous year (931 to 590)
November 2023: 44% decrease compared to the previous year (966 to 538)
December 2023: 42% decrease compared to the previous year (895 to 523)
January 2024: 56% decrease compared to the previous year (984 to 437)
February 2024: 48% decrease compared to the previous year (802 to 420)

There are a lot of factors that go into crime trends, but 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. 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. Interdicting those occupied stolen cars can prevent other crimes.

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 description: Roll call
Photo description: Damaged ignition
Photo description: Vehicle stop
Photo description: Suspect
Photo description: Gun


Attached Media Files: 2024-04/3056/171613/roll_call.jpg , 2024-04/3056/171613/damaged_ignition.jpg , 2024-04/3056/171613/vehicle_stop.jpg , 2024-04/3056/171613/suspect.jpg , 2024-04/3056/171613/gun.jpg

Run, Walk, Stroll Through Downtown At the 4th Annual Rose City 5k
Portland Metro Chamber - 04/18/24 1:00 PM



Tina Sillers

Director, Media Relations  




Portland Metro Chamber’s Annual 5k Brings Hundreds of Runners to the Downtown Waterfront  


APRIL 18, 2024– Portland, OR: Runners and walkers will lace up their sweetest kicks on Thursday, May 9th for the 4th Annual Rose City 5k, hosted by the Portland Metro Chamber and presented by Nike. 

Athletes of all levels are invited to participate. Join the race as an individual or bring your co-workers and run as a team. Last year more than 300 runners and walkers competed in the event.  

All participants will receive a Nike Dri-Fit t-shirt, a Rose City 5k tote bag, and other goodies to commemorate the day.  

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Awards will be given for fastest team, largest team, and best team spirit. Individual medals will also be handed out to the top three finishers (runners & walkers) in each age group (male & female). 

“In my humble opinion, this is the best 5k race in the history of 5k races,” says Andrew Hoan, President & CEO of the Portland Metro Chamber.  

Following the event, the group will gather in the plaza for an awards ceremony that will include music, food and fun.