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Tue. 02/28/17
Late Night House Fire on NE Marine Dr. Goes to 2nd Alarm (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/28/17 1:58 AM
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At 11:26pm PF&R crews responded to a house fire at NE 33rd and Marine Dr. When firefighters arrived they found a fast moving fire that quickly escalated. The operation went to a 2nd alarm when it appeared that heavy fire venting through the roof threatened firefighters operating on the roof and 2nd story of the home. All firefighters were instructed to evacuate the building and conduct a "roll call" or "par" to make sure everyone was accounted for. All firefighters made it out safely and worked on the house fire from defensive positions before eventually re-entering the building. The fire was put out just after 12:20am and fire investigators are at the scene to determine the cause. One adult male was home when the fire broke out. He made it out safely and was evaluated for smoke inhalation. He was not transported to the hospital and no other residents were in the home.


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Mon. 02/27/17
Rescuers pull man from Clackamas River
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/17 8:27 PM
Just before 6pm on Monday, February 27, 2017 a 911 call came in regarding a male who was in the Clackamas River at Clackamette Park in Oregon City. Police, Fire and the Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. A witness told 911 operators a male jumped into the river to attempt to retrieve the boat that had floated loose from shore. While on the line with 911 they reported a second male had jumped in to assist as well. The first male was swimming towards the boat but appeared to be struggling in the water. The second male was able to make it to the boat and pull himself aboard. He grabbed the first male but was unable to pull him from the water.

When rescue boats arrived on scene the male in the boat was still holding onto the male in the water, at times his head was going below the surface. Rescue boat operators were able to grab a hold of the male in the water and pull him onto their boat. He was then driven back to the boat ramp and treated by AMR. This male was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
They then transported the other male to shore and he was treated at the scene by AMR and released with no injuries.

Both males are in their 60's and not local to the area. The male who was transported to the hospital is reported to be conscious and alert.

Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium units that responded to the scene were from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas Fire, Gladstone Fire, AMR, and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The Water Rescue Consortium recommends anyone around water to always wear a personal floatation device.
Death Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland - Suspicious Circumstances
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/17 5:24 PM
On Monday February 27, 2017, at 3:44 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a deceased male and a deceased dog inside a residence in the 8300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officers arrived at the scene and located a deceased male inside the residence as well as a deceased dog. The Medical Examiner responded to the scene to begin the death investigation. Based on observations at the scene, Homicide detectives are responding to further the investigation.

At this point, the cause of death has not been determined but the circumstances are suspicious.

Interested media should stage in the apartment complex driveway off of 82nd Avenue, south of Sandy Boulevard. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene, ETA 30 minutes.

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Arrests Made in Camas Burglaries
Camas Police Dept. - 02/27/17 5:14 PM
On February 13th, 2017, eight downtown Camas businesses were burglarized. The investigation revealed similar burglaries occurred in Vancouver and Portland with fact patterns consistent with the Camas burglaries.

Camas Detectives worked closely with detectives from Vancouver Police Department and were further assisted by the Portland Police Bureau and Washington County Sheriff's Department, ultimately leading to the arrest of two people.

Alex James Burton, a 32yo Transient from Beaverton, Oregon, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail for five counts of Burglary 2nd Degree and one count of Malicious Mischief 1st Degree.

A 17yo male Vancouver, Washington resident was arrested and booked at Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for eight counts of Burglary 2nd Degree; two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree and two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree.

All of the listed charges are related to the Camas burglaries. The suspects were also charged with additional burglaries that did not occur in Camas.
Vancouver Police Officer involved in shooting identified
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/27/17 4:48 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017, Vancouver Police assisted a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) officer contact and apprehend a wanted subject in the 2500 block of Main Street. When officers contacted the male subject, he attempted to hit a responding Vancouver Police officer with his vehicle, the Vancouver officer fired at the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit another vehicle, with two occupants inside, crashed into a building in the same vicinity, and the suspect fled on foot before being taken into custody by responding officers. The suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries and is currently hospitalized. His information is not being released at this time.

The Vancouver Police Officer involved in in the shooting is Ken Suvada, 45. Officer Suvada was hired by the Vancouver Police Department on May 15, 2002. He was previously employed as a Deputy for the Twin Falls Idaho County Sheriff's Office from January 2000-May 2002. Officer Suvada was assigned to the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit Motors Division from April 2006-July 2008. He also held a temporary assignment as a School Resource Officer from January 2013-June 2013, a temporary assignment in the Training Unit from October 2015-May 2016, and a temporary assignment in the Administrative Division from May 2016- November 2016. Officer Suvada is currently assigned to West Precinct Patrol.

Following standard department protocol, Officer Suvada is on critical incident leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information on the investigation is available at this time.



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Suspect Cited for Multiple Criminal Charges, Warrant After Crashing Stolen Car on Sunday
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/17 4:13 PM
On Sunday February 26, 2017, at 12:15 p.m., an East Precinct officer located a reported stolen car parked near Southeast 80th Avenue and Center Street and noticed that it was occupied by several people. The officer initiated a stop of the driver and occupants and requested cover officers respond to the location to assist.

The suspect driver quickly backed up the stolen car, hit the front bumper of the police car then sped away southbound on 80th Avenue. The officer pursued the suspect but stopped pursuing the suspect in the area of Southeast 75th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard due to the suspect's dangerous driving.

The suspect continued to speed away from the officer westbound on Holgate. At 72nd Avenue the suspect crashed into an occupied vehicle, lost control, then crashed into a parked van.
The suspect, 39-year-old Jacob Daniel Ober, and his two passengers were transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. Occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.

At the hospital, Ober was given criminal citations for Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle and multiple counts of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). Ober also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was given a citation to appear in court at a later time, due to his admission to the hospital.

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Woodland Public Schools starting community task force to connect families in need with resources (Photo)
Woodland Sch. Dist. - 02/27/17 4:00 PM
Resource flyers like this one will be available from all school offices and the district office with services offered for both Spanish-speakers and English-speakers.
Resource flyers like this one will be available from all school offices and the district office with services offered for both Spanish-speakers and English-speakers.
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Monday, February 27, 2017-Woodland, WA-Woodland Public Schools introduces "Our Kids, Our Business," a community task force dedicated to addressing the needs of under-resourced families and students in the Woodland community, with a kick-off meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Woodland High School Auditorium open to any interested parents, business owners, community members, or other individuals who want to contribute.

Leslie Mohlman, Community, Student, Family Outreach and Resource Coordinator for Woodland Public Schools, created the new task force. "We're reaching out to the community to help identify the needs of our students and their families," she explained. "We want to connect our under-resourced families with services to provide assistance getting food, lining up medical insurance, settling into housing, finding a job, help with early learning, and much more."

Mohlman developed the plan to assist the many Woodland families who need help. "Woodland receives less support when compared to other school districts in our area, and I want to remedy that," she explained. "Being located between Cowlitz and Clark counties means different agencies serve our community, so we have to coordinate their services to ensure we're offering the needed resources to all members of our community who need them."

Under-resourced families and students who qualify for the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act, a federal law created to ensure the enrollment and educational stability of homeless children and youth, are Mohlman's priority. "Our goal is to connect the under-resourced families we serve with the organizations offering help in Clark and Cowlitz counties," explained Mohlman. "We want to help families line up jobs and get work so they may improve their lives."

Mohlman not only assists families by connecting them with the resources they need, but also by working with them to create a plan to achieve their goals. She follows up with the families she serves by checking in frequently to make sure they're getting the services they need and helping wherever she can. In her first few weeks with Woodland Public Schools, Mohlman has helped implement Food Pantries at TEAM High School where students and families can obtain free food provided by the Woodland Action Center. In the coming weeks, Mohlman plans to offer pantries and food distribution at both the Woodland Primary School and Woodland Intermediate School, too. There is also a Food Pantry at Woodland High School which was started by Mary Ann Sturdivan, Career Program Specialist at Woodland High School. "Families don't have to pre-register or qualify to receive assistance," said Mohlman. "We want to encourage those in need get help without barriers."

In addition, Mohlman plans to create other services in Woodland's schools such as mentoring, tutoring, and lunch buddies by using community volunteers. "Small activities like these make a world of difference to our students," she explained. "We need members of the community to volunteer in our schools to help guide students and enrich their lives."

Mohlman credits her own background for her ability to reach people, growing up in difficulty family situations. "I developed a natural ability to connect with people from different walks of life because of my own life experiences," she explained. "I want to empower people by helping them line up resources and setting goals in order to succeed."

For three years, Mohlman worked for Clark College in Vancouver, helping connect students with basic needs such as housing and medical insurance. She decided to apply to be the Executive Director of the Woodland Action Center after seeing the results in her position at Clark College. While there, she developed the job training program and connected community members with local county resources. She also organized the recent Woodland Job Fair with support from Goodwill Industries and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council which attracted 40 different vendors and more than 300 attendees. "I'm very passionate about the Woodland community, and I felt like I was doing so much good in Vancouver by engaging the community when I realized Woodland's resources aren't nearly as robust as other cities," she said. "I just love the small community of Woodland, and I want to do what I can to help it thrive."

Mohlman started working as the Community, Student, Family Outreach and Resource Coordinator for Woodland Public Schools earlier this year to develop and coordinate school resources to reach those in need. "I know our community wants to take care of our kids and their families," she said. "By partnering with the community, we can work together to ensure our under-resourced families get the help they need."

All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend the "Our Kids, Our Business" meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Woodland High School Auditorium located at 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland, WA 98674. For more information on how you can help and to RSVP for the meeting, contact Leslie Mohlman via email at mohlmanl@woodlandschools.org.

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Ridgefield Celebrates Youth Arts Month (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/27/17 3:59 PM
March is Youth Arts Month in Ridgefield.
March is Youth Arts Month in Ridgefield.
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Monday, February 27, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month in a big way this year, partnering with local businesses, organizations, the city of Ridgefield and local artists to offer an abundance of opportunities for children and the Ridgefield community to discover their creative side through art and music throughout the entire month of March.

The district established Ridgefield Youth Arts Month to support the district's commitment in delivering personalized learning experiences for each student through appreciation of the arts as well as in increasing support of the arts throughout the community.

To celebrate Youth Arts Month, Ridgefield Community Education is offering a variety of free arts and crafts classes for the community and for kids of all ages. The classes include watercolor painting, ceramics, and block carving and printing, to name a few. Also planned are events in creative expression, providing opportunities for students to appreciate and learn music, dance, photography and storytelling.

Through musical concerts, plays and art exhibits scheduled throughout the month of March, the district will showcase the artistic, musical and performing talents of their students.

"We are excited to offer our students a variety of opportunities to explore their creative side. Whether it be hand crafts, dancing or theatre, Ridgefield youth are sure to find a way to express themselves through art," said Terri Cochran, the district's community education director.

"Participation in the fine and performing arts provides our students a creative outlet to express their emotions, thoughts, and skills," said Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent. "Robust support for the arts is essential to a whole child education, and research tells us that high-quality opportunities in art education not only enhance critical thinking skills but also foster critical values such as empathy and tolerance."

For more information, including a complete schedule of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month events, visit www.ridgefieldyoutharts.com .

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Attached Media Files: March is Youth Arts Month in Ridgefield.
Cowlitz Sheriff investigates theft of $40k excavator Friday night: Photo (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/17 3:45 PM
Stolen Excavator Spencers
Stolen Excavator Spencers
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Kelso, Washington: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a $40,000 excavator that was stolen Friday night from a business north of Kelso.

The excavator made by Kubota, and is on rubber tracks and had a bucket with a "thumb" on it. It is a model KX121-3 "Super Series". The theft occurred a spencer's Trucking and excavating located at 2780 Pacific Avenue sometime after close on Friday and before daylight on Saturday morning. The unit has a custom logo that has the name and phone number of the business in Blue and white writing.

The suspects also shot out the lights at the site.

Anyone who has information on this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office and ask to leave a message for Deputy Aguilar. Callers can reference this case as A17-593.

People can also leave tips anonymously using their smart phones and an APP called TIP411 and make the text attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. Tip[s sent this way are completely anonymous and the ID of tipster and their phone numbers are never provided to our agency.

Please see the photo of the excavator attached to this media release.


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Additional OSP Troopers Assist In Newport at Festival - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/27/17 3:38 PM
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The Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) assisted the Newport Police Department and the OSP Newport Area Command with the Annual Seafood and Wine Festival this past weekend. This event can bring over 20,000 visitors to the area, which can put a strain on local law enforcement personnel and the Oregon State Police is committed to assisting local communities.

Over the four day event the OSP supported local area with additional traffic enforcement. The focus was on DUII enforcement, Distracted Driving, Seatbelt Usage and Speed Enforcement. There were over 9 DUII arrests, which is more than twice as many last year. There were three crashes, one which was a fatal crash. In addition, Troopers cited one person for Distracted Driving and warned another, five persons were warned for Seatbelt violations, 27 persons were warned for Speed violations and eight were cited, while 42 persons were warned for Lane Usage violations. Troopers warned 150 persons for other violations to include Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, Fail to Obey Traffic Control Device, Equipment violations etc.

Several persons were lodged in jail on warrants and Troopers assisted Newport Police Department with a suicidal subject that jumped off the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The subject fell 130 feet from the bridge to the water and received only minor injuries.

The Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides augmented patrol presence during large scale events around the State of Oregon by means of foot patrols, bicycle patrols and general patrols. MRT also provides tactical response to our partner agencies to assist with civil unrest.


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DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/27/17 3:16 PM
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2017

Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on March 6, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

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

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

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes of November 2, 2016
Approve Minutes of November 2, 2016 Meeting

3. Basic Curriculum Update
Presented by Tami Atkinson

4. OAR 259-008-0064-Proposed Rule Change; The Telecommunications/EMD Maintenance Training Workgroup Recommendations for Maintenance Training Requirements
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. OAR 259-008-0020 -- Proposed Rule Change; Review Public Comment
Amends language to require the signature of a department head or a currently certified public safety professional authorized by the department head on the F4 Personnel Action Report Form.
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6. OAR 259-008-0060-Proposed Rule Change; Review of Public Comment
Amends language regarding supervisory certification; removes old language regarding the now expired "All Disciplines" chart (referred to as the old chart) for Intermediate/Advanced certifications; and include minor housekeeping.
Presented by Jennifer Howald

7. Alecia Zefakay DPSST #18241-Bureau of Emergency Communications; Basic Telecommunicator Certifications and Basic EMD Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

8. Department Update

Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting May 3, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
44 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/27/17 2:37 PM
Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah.
Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah.
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Salem, Oregon -- In the first two of three rounds of FY2017 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation have collectively awarded $111,146 to 44 artists for career development projects. The awards include $52,496 from the Oregon Arts Commission; $40,300 in supplemental funding for seven artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation; and $18,350 from The Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $535 to $9,000.

Career Opportunity Grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities to enhance their artistic careers. The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation funds are available only to established Oregon artists who are over 30 years of age and actively producing new work. The Ford Family Foundation grants are awarded to artists in the fields of contemporary fine art and craft; The Oregon Community Foundation grants are awarded only to established Oregon artists in the literary and performing arts fields. Most of the grants from both foundations support the artists' participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities.

"This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists," said Julie Vigeland, the arts commissioner who chaired the review panel. "We also are so proud to support artists in representing Oregon outside of the region and internationally."

"We are pleased to be able to invest in these artists at such pivotal moments in their careers," said Anne C. Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. "We expect these artists to make significant progress on regional, national and international stages."

"These artists make our communities so much richer. It's an honor to be able to support them in their work as they continue their creative journeys," said Max Williams, president and CEO of The Oregon Community Foundation.

This fiscal year a total of $200,000 is available for three rounds of funding.

FY17 Round One Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Christine Carpenter (Ashland), Fiber, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,300
To support a residency in the studios of Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor in Glasgow, Scotland, to increase Carpenter's knowledge and capacity to prepare silk screens and the use of MX fiber reactive dyes, as well as skills related to supporting her practice.

Nicholas Chase (Eugene), Music, Arts Commission $1,500
To support travel expenses for the West Coast World Premiere Tour of Chase's work "Bhajan." Chase and violinist Robin Lorentz will premiere "Bhajan" on Feb. 21 at Monk Space in Los Angeles with an encore at San Francisco's Center for New Music on Feb. 23.

Taiga Christie (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,300
To support Christie's two-month internship to develop creative outreach and education strategies for marginalized communities at Rwenzori Rural Health Services in Kasese, Uganda.

Ethan Gans-Morse (Phoenix), Opera/Musical Theatre, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Gans-Morse's travel expenses for the composition and production of an original, full-length opera with a focus on self-development by Cascadia Concert Opera in Eugene.

Damien Geter (Portland), Opera/Musical Theatre, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $700
To support Geter's travel expenses to play the role of Colline in Tacoma Opera's production of "La Boheme."

Alex Hirsch (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support the cost of fabricated glass materials, presentation hardware, framing works on paper and photography for Hirsch's first solo exhibition at the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland.

Tahni Holt (Portland), Dance, Arts Commission $1,425
To support Holt's one-week dance residency at The Lucky Penny's Work Room program in Atlanta, Georgia, where she will increase her artistic exchange with Atlanta's diverse art community and further deepen her research/practice.

Laura Hughes (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Hughes' development of "Almost Perfect," a site-specific mixed-media installation that investigates how individual perceptions of light, form and space interact, for a solo exhibition at Linfield Gallery in February.

Linda K. Johnson (Portland), Dance: Modern, Arts Commission, $700
To support Johnson's collaborative presentation at the 2016 Congress on Research in
Dance/Society of Dance History Scholars' annual convening at Pomona College (California) titled 'Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship and Choreographies of Transmission."

Ann Kresge (Salem), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Kresge's one-month visual art residency at Vermont Studio Center to complete the prototype of a handmade, limited edition, sculptural artist book, "Sacred Sites."

Isaac Lamb (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Lamb's co-presentation of the world premiere of renowned playwright Tommy Smith's "db" at Coho Productions at the Fertile Ground Festival. The production will include a developmental workshop and rehearsal with the playwright.

Jessica Mehta (Hillsboro), Literature, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Mehta's travel to New York City to read her poetry and lead her first workshop at Berl's Poetry Shop in Brooklyn. She also will meet with the publisher of her upcoming, third collection of poetry, "The Operating System."

Tabitha Nikolai (Portland), Visual Arts: Experimental, Arts Commission $625
To support Nikolai's participation in a group exhibition at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, exploring how queer and transgender bodies move through worlds, real and imagined, and how fashion can augment this movement.

Jack Ryan (Eugene), Visual Arts: Sculpture, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $7,500
To support Ryan's solo exhibition of new sculptural works at the Marylhurst University Art Gym in April.

Lisa Ward (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $2,500
To support Ward's first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah. The project aims to pull visitors away from highway rest-stops and into the heart of Green River's commercial core as an economic development strategy for the community.

Gary Wiseman (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,000, The Ford Family Foundation $1,900
To support Wiseman's five-month residency in the Digital Design Department at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where he will create a new media experience that will blend experimental animation and sound with sight specific installation and virtual reality for an exhibition at Pah Homestead in Auckland in May.

Ryan Woodring (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $715
To support Woodring's travel to speak at the International Sculpture Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of a panel discussion with artists who create work based on recent political events.

FY17 Round Two Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Anthony Arnista (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Arnista's travel to serve as a theatrical technician for the 2017 Adeliade Fringe Festival at The Tuxedo Cat in Australia Feb. 17-March 19.

Amy Bernstein (Portland), Visual Arts: Painting, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Bernstein's two-month residency as part of the Silence Awareness Existence Program from February to March at Arteles Creative Residency Program in Hameenkyro, Finland.

Julia Calabrese (Portland), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,400
To support the creation of an online archive for Calabrese's video, movement, performance and installation pieces.

Kelly Campbell (Portland), Theater: Puppet, Arts Commission $1,000
To support Campbell's travel for a two-week National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut, June 7-18.

Laura Dunn (Portland), Literature: Poetry, Arts Commission $1,210
To support Dunn's expenses for the week-long Port Townsend Writer's Workshop with mentorship by poet Mark Doty at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington.

Wynde Dyer (Portland), Visual Arts, The Ford Family Foundation $2,000
To support Dyer's completion of the #CampHereTonight tarp quilt tents for direct action, fundraising and site-specific installations focused on the housing justice issues in Portland in the first three months of 2017.

Ken Eklund (Corvallis), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,015
To support Eklund's one-month arts and science residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California, to collaboratively work on a game to make climate change and The Anthropocene visible and touchable.

Joe Futschik (Portland), Design Arts: Graphic, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Futschik's exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair May 21-24 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Brian Haimbach (Eugene), Theater, The Oregon Community Foundation $4,000
To support the presentation of Haimbach's one-man show "How to be a Sissy with Percy Q. Shun" Aug. 4-28 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Sam Hamilton (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,487
To support travel for a West Coast screening tour of Hamilton's feature film "Apple Pie."

Stephen Hayes (Portland), Visual Arts: Painting, Arts Commission $1,500
To support the production of 50 paintings, prints and drawings for Hayes' exhibition at the Artists Congress Converge 45 in Portland from August through September.

Elisabeth Horan (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,120
To support Horan's site-specific, interactive, collage installation "Un/conscious Un/coupling" at the Spring/Break 2017 Art Show at the Armory in New York City Feb. 28 - March 6.

Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (Portland), Music, Arts Commission $1,425
To support Hunter-Ishikawa's travel for a one-week intensive at the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center in Brooklyn, New York, to study advanced playing of the shinobue (a horizontal Japanese bamboo flute) with Kaoru Watanabe, North America's foremost practitioner.

Ellen Lesperance (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,600
To support Lesperance's interdisciplinary exhibition of visual art and written narratives based on her research in Manchester, England, from August through October at the Portland Art Museum's Crumpacker Family Library, in conjunction with Converge 45.

Charlene Liu (Eugene), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Liu's multimedia installation, composed of projected animation, prints, sculptures and augmented reality, during a three-week artist residency at Carrizozo Colony AIR Program in New Mexico.

Kayla Mattes (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $535
To support Mattes' opening exhibition of "Interpersonal Circumplex" with collaborative partner Justin Seibert at Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lamiae Naki (Portland), Music: Ethnic, Arts Commission $1,481, The Oregon Community Foundation $2,150
To support Naki's travel to the Babel Med world music booking conference March 16-18 in Marseille, France, to promote her group's new CD "De Fez a Jerez."

Blair Saxon-Hill (Portland), Visual Arts, The Ford Family Foundation $4,000
To support Saxon-Hill's three-week visual art residency at the Sagehen Creek Field Station in California as well as research at the Center for Art + Environment in Reno, Nevada. She will create and exhibit a new body of work that responds to the environment of the Tahoe Basin at Sierra Nevada College's Tahoe Gallery.

Justin Seibert (Portland), Media Arts: Technology/Experimental, Arts Commission $823
To support Seibert's participation in an interactive exhibition with collaborative partner Kayla Mattes at Front/Space Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Rick Silva (Eugene), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Silva's travel to the Resonate 2017 Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, April 19-22 for a three-week exhibition of new work at Raiffeisen Art Museum.

Kaj-anne Pepper (Portland), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $4,300
To support a residency tour for Pepper's "D.I.V.A. PRACTICE" at The Lucky Penny (Atlanta, Georgia), Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans, Louisiana) and Reed College (Portland).

Katherine Spinella (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Spinella's four-week residency at Vermont Studio Center where she will create work for a two-person exhibition at Umpqua Valley Community College in the spring of 2019.

Terry Thompson (Portland), Photography, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Thompson's catalogue and retrospective exhibition of 45 years of photography at Augen Gallery and Lightbox Photographic Gallery in 2017.

Sharita Towne (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $7,200
To support Towne's exhibition and public programming of "United Re:Public of the African Diaspora Television" in New York City and Cleveland, Ohio.

Lou Watson (Portland), Visual Arts: Experimental, Arts Commission $1,200
To support Watson as an Artist-in-Residence at the O2F Fest, celebrating International Women's Day 2017 on March 8 at the Arcata Playhouse in Humboldt, California.

Ezra Weiss (Portland), Music: Jazz, Arts Commission $1,035
To support travel expenses for the presentation of Weiss' new composition "We Limit Not the Truth of God/Fanfare for a Newborn" at the 2017 International Jazz Composers Symposium in Tampa, Florida, May 18-20.

Vicki Wilson (Portland), Crafts: Clay, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Wilson's three-month ceramics residency at Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia, where she will explore working with its highly unusual vein of clay and learn new firing techniques.
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Attached Media Files: Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah. , Laura Hughes investigates how individual perceptions of light, form and shape interact with one another in her mixed-media installation, “Almost Perfect,” up now at Linfield Gallery
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash - Crook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/27/17 2:20 PM
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On February 27, 2017 at about 9:20 a. m., Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on George Millican Road, which is 20 miles south of Pineville in Crook County.

When Troopers arrived on scene the vehicle, a 1995 Cadillac, was fully engulfed in flames and surrounding vegetation was burning. Once the fire was extinguished investigators determined there was one deceased person in the vehicle. At this time it is believed that only one person was in the car at the time of the crash and the identification of the driver is not yet known. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor into the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff's office, the Bureau of Land Management and Prineville Fire and Rescue.


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Public hearing scheduled for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant plan
Oregon Health Authority - 02/27/17 1:09 PM
February 27, 2017

What: The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division will hold a hearing to take public comments on its proposal for the use of funds from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

Agenda: Review of Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant proposal for October 2017 through September 2018. Public comment will be taken. The draft proposal will be posted on the division's website at http://bit.ly/2lYUEYx on Thursday, March 2.

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2-2:30 p.m.

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

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

Program contact: Danna Drum, 503-957-8869, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant site: http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/

Oregon Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant: http://bit.ly/2lYUEYx
Private Music Teacher Indicted on Multiple Sex Crimes (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/17 12:10 PM
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On Monday February 27, 2017, 68-year-old Thara John Memory was arraigned in Multnomah County Court after a grand jury indicted him on numerous counts of sex abuse and other charges.

After arraignment, Memory was booked and released from the Multnomah County Jail on the indictment charges of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (eight counts), Attempted Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (two counts) and Harassment.

Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives began an investigation into Memory after receiving a complaint in September 2016 about Memory's conduct with a student. Through that investigation, detectives learned of additional victims and different incidents going back to 2014. The investigation found that Memory's victims include both juvenile and adult female victims.

Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives believe there may be additional victims that have not contacted police. Any victims of Memory's behavior or anyone with information about additional victims is asked to contact Detective Jeff Myers at 503-823-0595, jeff.myers@portlandoregon.gov.

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Suspect Arrested After Leading Police in a Traffic Pursuit in Two States (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/17 10:59 AM
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On Monday February 27, 2017, at 2:58 a.m., East Precinct officers in the 13100 block of Northeast Airport Way attempted to stop a driver in a silver 2005 Chevrolet Impala for traffic infractions. The driver failed to stop for police and led officers on a short traffic pursuit onto I-205 northbound, crossing into the State of Washington. Portland Police officers stopped pursuing the driver once the vehicle crossed into Washington.

A short time later, officers learned that Washington State Police troopers were in a traffic pursuit involving the same vehicle southbound on I-205 crossing back into Oregon.

The suspect exited the freeway onto Northeast Airport Way, avoiding spike strips officers placed on the freeway. The driver sped eastbound on Airport Way where officers were able to spin the vehicle out using a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) and attempted to box-in the driver using police vehicles. The suspect rammed a police car and attempted to drive away but was boxed-in moments later and was taken into custody after crashing into a second police car.

The suspect, 34-year-old Shannon Opperud, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), and numerous traffic crimes. Opperud is also being held on a parole violation. Opperud may face additional charges in the State of Washington.

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Bend receives Heritage All-Star Community designation
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/27/17 10:35 AM
Bend has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an "Oregon Heritage All-Star Community." The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources. The formal presentation of the designation will be given by Christine Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, at the March 1 Bend City Council meeting.

An All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of 20 criteria related to local heritage. These include heritage tourism efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives, museums, historic cemeteries and more.

"Bend displays wonderful collaboration on heritage efforts," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "Important historic resources are preserved and nonprofits, the city and county are working together to be sure they are recognized and celebrated. We are looking forward to exploring more of Bend's heritage resources when we bring the statewide Oregon Heritage Conference to town in 2018."

The city is required to maintain at least 15 of the criteria to maintain the Heritage All-Star status. Technical assistance will be provided to Bend and six other all-star communities to maintain, sustain and expand the heritage offerings and facilities.

"As a fourth-generation Bend resident, I'm particularly proud of our heritage and believe it's part of what makes Bend so attractive," said Mayor Casey Roats. "I'm pleased that Bend has received this designation that recognizes the work we've done to preserve our heritage. Continuing to value and protect our local historical resources is more important than ever in this rapidly growing and changing community."

Assistance is available for communities seeking to acquire Heritage All-Star Community status. Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which houses the Oregon Heritage Commission, offers technical support, workshops, grants and other resources for all heritage projects in the state. To learn more, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 86-Year-Old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/27/17 10:31 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 86-year-old man from Northeast Portland.

Guiles "David" Handy is described as a white male, 5'6" tall, 125 pounds, with a scruffy beard and mustache. It is not known what Handy was last wearing but he usually wears blue jeans, a green nylon jacket and athletic shoes. Handy is described as looking thinner than his photo.

Handy's drop-in caregiver reported him missing on Sunday February 26, 2017. Neighbors in the area of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Russell Street reported that they had not seen Handy since Wednesday February 22. Handy lives alone, uses TriMet for transportation but is generally home before dark. Handy suffers from dementia and has struggled with short-term memory loss recently.

Anyone seeing Handy is asked to call 9-1-1 to police can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting, March 9, 2017
Oregon State Library - 02/27/17 10:24 AM
The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) will meet on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm PST at the Oregon State Library. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The SDLAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on the Statewide Database Licensing Program, and its membership is representative of school, public, tribal and academic libraries. The current member list is available at: http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/technology/sdlp/index.shtml.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us.


Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting
Oregon State Library -- Room 103
March 9, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Agenda

10:00 Welcome and housekeeping

10:15 Review agenda and approve minutes from November 9, 2016 meeting (Miller-Francisco)

10:20 Updates on budget and current projects (Weible)
Committee membership and new committee chair
Central portal

10:45 Review of RFP Categories (Miller-Francisco)

12:00 Working Lunch

12:45 Finalize Categories to include in RFP (Miller-Francisco)

2:00 Break

2:15 RFP evaluation criteria (Weible, Miller-Francisco)
Consider general criteria from Arizona RFP

2:45 Action Item Review and Upcoming Meeting Schedule (Weible)

3:00 Adjourn
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/27/17 9:48 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on February 27, 2017, at approximately 8:00 a.m. in the 2600 block of NE Whitman Ave. in Vancouver, Washington. The fire affected one family, including three adults and two children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Portland International Auto Show Donates $114,000 to Meals on Wheels People for Senior Meals
Meals on Wheels People - 02/27/17 8:44 AM
Meals on Wheels People has received $114,000 from the Portland International Auto Show to provide hot meals to homebound elderly. The gift represents a portion of the proceeds from the Sneak Peek Charity Preview Party, held in January prior to the opening of the Auto Show. Meals on Wheels People was one of seven nonprofit organizations to benefit from the event. Funds will be used to provide hot, nutritious meals to homebound elderly throughout the Portland metro area. This is the fourth year Meals on Wheels People has partnered with the Portland International Auto Show.

"We are extremely grateful to the Portland International Auto Show and the Portland Auto Dealers Association for this generous gift," said Meals on Wheels People Executive Director. "It is only through community partnerships such as this one that we are able to continue to serve every senior who requests a meal."

About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide a nutritional and social lifeline for older adults through 30 meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and Meals on Wheels delivery to homebound elderly. With the help of more than 5,000 volunteers, the nonprofit organization now serves 5,700 meals daily and 1.3 million meals each year. Visit: mealsonwheelspeople.org.
Missing Brothers (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/27/17 2:46 AM
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UPDATE

The listed boys have been located safe. They were located at an acquaintance's home near their home sleeping. No crimes are being investigated. No additional information to add.






Vancouver Police are currently searching for two missing brothers. They boys are 10 and 12 years old. Number one is Dillon Lauser, He is a white male, 4'5" and 65lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. Dillon was last seen wearing a blue jacket.

Number two is Jayden Lauser. He is a white male, 5'5" 100lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. Jayden was last seen wearing a gray "Vancouver School District" T-shirt.

Last seen in the 2600 block of Rossiter Lane at approximately 1500 Hrs.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the two missing brother are strongly encouraged to contact 911.


Attached Media Files: Jayden's shirt , Dillon , Jayden
Sun. 02/26/17
Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Five People in Vancouver
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/26/17 8:30 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately noon on Sunday, February 26, 2017 in the 3000 block of 124th Avenue in Vancouver, WA.

The single-family fire affected two adults and three children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Arrest made in Pedestrian Killed in Hit and run accident
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/17 3:03 PM
On Saturday February 25, 2017 at approximately 2335 hours the Sheriff's Office and Vancouver Fire were dispatched to what was reported as a vehicle motorcycle collision in the 2300 block of NE Minnehaha Street. Arriving units located a pedestrian that had been struck and was down in the travel lane of eastbound Minnehaha. There was a shopping cart on it side near the pedestrian.

Rescue personnel checked the pedestrian and found that he was deceased. Witnesses stated that the pedestrian was walking eastbound in the inside eastbound lane pushing the shopping cart when he was struck by a small older white import sedan that then fled at a high rate of speed eastbound. The victim was wearing dark clothing.

The pedestrian was identifies as a 44 year old male that is a transient, his name will be released once next of kin have been notified. Evidence at the scene indicates that the suspect vehicle is a mid 90's Nissan, possible a Pathfinder. The vehicle will have damage to the front passenger side. If anyone has information please contact the Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit.

The investigation is continuing.

Update 02/26/2017 @ 1500 hours

On Sunday Morning 02/26/2017 at 11:17 hours Chris Ramsey, a local attorney called 9-1-1 on behalf of a client to report she was turning herself in on the Hit and Run Collision. Detectives with the Sheriff's Traffic Unit contacted 35 year old Jessica Bankhead, of Vancouver. She admitted to being the driver of the 1988 Nissan Pathfinder that struck the pedestrian. She was booked into the Clark County Jail for Felony Hit and Run. Her vehicle was located and seized as evidence. There was damage to the vehicle consistent with the collision.

The deceased is identified as Richard Waller, 44 year old male from Vancouver.
Detectives believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the collision.

The Investigation Continues...
Sat. 02/25/17
Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Two People in Longview
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/25/17 9:53 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the 2100 block of 46th Avenue in Longview, WA.

The single-family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Nine People in Southwest Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/25/17 9:42 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the 7700 block of S.W. 45th Avenue in Portland.

The multi-family fire affected nine adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Cowlitz and Longview Firefighters Battle Apartment Fire -- One Burn Injury (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 02/25/17 7:50 PM
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On February 25th at 3:54 PM Cowlitz and Longview Fire Units were dispatched to a reported apartment fire located at 2120 46th Ave. Apt #20; just outside the city limits of Longview. These are the Valley View Apartments.

While responding fire units were updated by the reporting party that "Fire was coming out the window and something blew up." When the first fire engine arrived they reported fire showing from a six-plex apartment with a well involved apartment unit located in the center of the building on the first floor, spreading to the second floor. Their initial actions were focused on fire suppression and keeping the fire from spreading to the second floor.

While making the initial fire attack the tenant from the burning apartment unit approached firefighters with burn injuries to his hands and face. Crews quickly had to tend to the victim while they aggressively fought the fire in an attempt to stop further fire spread.

The entire six-plex apartment received a full search, and was declared evacuated. Fire crews from Longview and Cowlitz Fire put the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes, and continued mopping up hot spots and conducting smoke removal of adjacent units. Of the six apartment units, only one was considered uninhabitable, the remaining units were checked for working smoke alarms and allowed to be re-occupied.

Red Cross was called to assist the displaced occupants who included the burn victim and his grandmother. The burn victim, an approximate 40 year-old male, was transported to St Johns by Cowlitz Fire for treatment.

The fire was caused when the occupant attempted to re-fuel his butane torch lighter. During the fueling process it ignited and he dropped the still burning lighter on the floor. The fire quickly ignited nearby combustible. He and his grandma quickly escaped and called 911. The entire apartment unit (Apartment #20) suffered extensive fire and smoke damage.

This fire is a great reminder of how fast a fire can ignite can spread. It's also a reminder to make sure everyone has a home escape plan which includes: Working Smoke Alarms, Two Ways Out, A Meeting Place, and a Plan to Contact the Fire Department. Today's quick call to 911 certainly helped get fire resources to the scene quickly... an extra minute could have caused much greater damage.


Attached Media Files: Back of Apartment Showing Fire Spread , Living Room Damage
Vancouver Police seek help to locate missing juvenile (Update: Located safe)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/25/17 6:17 PM
Update

Hayden Reyes has been located and is safe.




Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017, Vancouver Police were contacted regarding a missing 13 year old, Hayden M. Reyes. Hayden has Asperger Autism and left his Vancouver home at approximately 2:00 p.m. stating to friend that he was going to take the Amtrak to Moses Lake, WA where his Grandmother lives. Hayden is 5'9", 175lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a grey t-shirt with red lettering, dark colored track pants, black and white shoes, a black leather jacket and carrying a dark orange and grey backpack. Hayden was seen at approximately 4:00 p.m. at the Portland, Oregon Amtrak station with an unknown white male, approximately 5'5", 30 years of age, clean shaven, dark hair in a Mohawk who was trying to buy a ticket.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hayden M. Reyes is asked to call 911.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Vancouver Police investigate shooting
Vancouver Police Dept. - 02/25/17 2:18 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017 at approximately 11:12 a.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to assist a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) officer contact and apprehend a wanted subject in the 2500 block of Main Street. When officers contacted the male subject, he attempted to hit a responding Vancouver Police officer with his vehicle, the Vancouver officer fired at the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit a vehicle, with two occupants inside, in the area of E 16th/Broadway and crashed into a building in the same vicinity. The suspect fled on foot and was taken into custody by responding officers in the area E 15th/C Street. The suspect was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of injuries, which appear to be non-life threatening. The two occupants of the vehicle who were hit by the suspect vehicle were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. A female passenger in the suspect vehicle was evaluated for injuries and is currently being detained. No law enforcement officers were injured.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the traffic collisions and the Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating the officer involved shooting.

Several streets will be closed while the investigation is continuing. Broadway-C Street is closed on E 16th and C Street is closed from E 16th- E 15th.

The involved officer is on critical incident leave, per standard procedure.

No further information is available at this time.




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Fatal two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near Coos Bay
Oregon State Police - 02/25/17 1:45 PM
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at approximately 8:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 249 (approximately 12 miles south of Coos Bay).

Preliminary information indicates a blue/grey 2010 Ford Taurus was northbound on Highway 101 when the driver observed an oncoming southbound white 2004 Nissan Xterra began to fishtail and leave its lane. The vehicles collided in the northbound lane and the Nissan Xterra caught on fire.

The driver of the Nissan Xterra died as a result of the crash. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending a next of kin notification.

Both occupants of the Taurus were transported to the Coos Bay area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Photos not available at this time.
Absence of MCSO PIO
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/25/17 1:40 PM
MCSO PIO Lt. Chad Gaidos will be out of the office from 02/25/17 at 12 pm through 03/20/2017 at 8 am.

All non-urgent media requests, or public information requests can be emailed to pio@mcso.us for a response. Expect a reply during business hours, Monday through Friday.

For response to immediate media needs, please use the PIO Pager number (503) 271-0226.
Newport resident killed in Highway 101 crash - south of Newport (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/25/17 1:00 PM
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On Saturday February 25, 2017 at about 7:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 136 (approximately four miles south of Newport). The involved vehicle, a green 2002 Ford Explorer, was northbound when the driver likely lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle slid sideways across the highway and traveled over an embankment, coming to rest on its top in a small creek.

The driver, identified as 40 year old Newport resident, Edgar Mendez Romero, died at the scene as a result of the crash. He was wearing a safety belt when the crash occurred.

OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Fire and Rescue, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. In addition to troopers from the Newport Area Command, members of the Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) who have been working in the area due to the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival were called out and responded to assist with this crash and numerous other ice related crashes that occurred around the same time.


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Update: Gresham Woman Located, Safe
Gresham Police Dept - 02/25/17 12:12 PM
Katherine "Kat" Bonner have been located and is safe.
Salem Police To Continue With Specialized Traffic Patrols
Salem Police Dept. - 02/25/17 10:30 AM
The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants to enhance the safety of our roadways.

The overtime patrol shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. During the months of January and February, Salem Police officers arrested 76 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited thirteen people for Minor In Possession of Alcohol, issued 240 citations for driving while suspended, 95 for driving without a seatbelt, 38 for driving while using a cellular phone, and issued another 2,557 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
Salem Police To Continue With Specialized Traffic Patrols
Salem Police Dept. - 02/25/17 10:30 AM
The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants to enhance the safety of our roadways.

The overtime patrol shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. During the months of January and February, Salem Police officers arrested 76 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited thirteen people for Minor In Possession of Alcohol, issued 240 citations for driving while suspended, 95 for driving without a seatbelt, 38 for driving while using a cellular phone, and issued another 2,557 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Woman (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 02/25/17 2:53 AM
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GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are looking for Katherine "Kat" Bonner, 41, who left her northeast Gresham home around noon on Feb. 22 and has not been heard from since.

Bonner is described as a mixed-race female, with black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Anyone who knows of Booner's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333.


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Fri. 02/24/17
UPDATE: February Seat Belt Blitz Results
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 5:09 PM
February 24, 2017 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Team reports the results from the February Seat Belt Blitz enforcement. The saturation enforcement was conducted in partnership with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation and a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These results are from the reporting period starting February 6, 2017, and continuing through February 19, 2017.

Total traffic contacts: 1,054
Safety Belt Violations: 145
Speed Violations: 355
Additional Warnings or Violations: 726 which includes a variety of traffic safety violations

There will be continued enhance traffic enforcement missions later this year.


Seat Belt Blitz Kicks off in February

January 27, 2017 -- Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office will be working extra patrols for two weeks in February as part of the Seat Belt Blitz. Law enforcement agencies from across Oregon will participate in a two-week campaign to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints in vehicles. The ''blitz'' runs from February 06, 2017 through February 19, 2017.

Studies by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death or disability in children from two to 14 years of age. This number is due in large part to non-use, or improper use of child safety seats and seatbelts. Proper seatbelt and child restraint use is the number one way to prevent injury or death if you or your children are involved in a crash.

Oregon law requires:
?,? Infants are to ride in rear facing seats until they are one year old and 20 pounds.
?,? Children over one year old, between 20 and 40 pounds, must be in a forward facing seat.
?,? Children who weigh over 40 pounds must be properly secured in a booster seat until they are eight years old or 4' 9'' tall.
?,? Children who are over eight years old or 4' 9'' and all adults must be properly secured utilizing seatbelts.


?,? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends that all children under 13 years old ride in the back seat. Research indicates that passengers riding in the rear seating area reduce the risk of injury for that age group.

For safety belt systems, proper use means the lap belt must be placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest over the collar bone. Belts should be free of slack and have no twists or knots. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back; this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.

Additional information regarding car safety seats and child passenger safety can be found at: http://oregonimpact.org/.

The Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit is dedicated to promoting and improving traffic safety through education, analysis and enforcement.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1128/102134/PR170224_February_Seat_Belt_Blitz_Results.pdf
Beaverton Man Attempts to Blackmail Woman for Nude Photos (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 5:06 PM
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February 24, 2017 - On January 31, 2017, a Washington County Sheriff's Detective took a report of a Tigard woman who had begun receiving text messages from an unknown person, later Identified as Sean Spaulding age 21 of Beaverton. The text messages contained nude photos of the victim, which were clearly taken without her knowledge using a hidden camera. Mr. Spaulding was trying to blackmail the victim into sending more explicit images. He threatened to post the images on social media and send them to the victim's family.

During the investigation another victim was discovered from an incident in June, 2016. In that incident, detectives learned Mr. Spaulding had tricked a juvenile female victim into sending nude photos of herself to him. The investigation also uncovered instances of identity theft where Mr. Spaulding posed as a Portland woman online to attempt to obtain additional nude images of other women.

The suspect, Sean Spaulding was arrested on February 15, 2017. Today, a Washington County grand jury returned a 10 count indictment against Spaulding for crimes including Invasion of Personal Privacy I, Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (two counts), Identity Theft, Computer Crime (two counts), Coercion and Attempted Coercion (two counts).

The Sheriff's Office believes there may be more victims and is asking anyone with information to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


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Corps seeks comments on Medford, Jackson County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/24/17 4:42 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the City of Medford to conduct work impacting Upton Slough in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-300 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Medford, Jackson County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/24/17 4:41 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the City of Medford to conduct work impacting Lone Pine Creek in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-297 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Tigard, Washington County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/24/17 4:39 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Riverside Homes, LLC to conduct work impacting two wetlands adjacent to Fanno Creek in Tigard, Washington County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2017-53_PN is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Corps seeks comments on Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/24/17 4:36 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Glorietta Bay, LLC to conduct work impacting a headwater tributary for Little Oak Creek and abutting wetlands in Lebanon, Linn County, OR. Public Notice NWP-2017-54_PN is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Housing Stability Council - Monthly Meeting: March 3, 2017
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/24/17 4:19 PM
LOCATION:
725 Summer St NE Salem OR, conference room 124 A/B
AGENDA:
9:00 Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Draft Meeting Minutes
November 4, 2016
January 6, 2017
February 3, 2017
9:30 Single Family Residential Loan Consent Calendar
9:35 Multifamily Bond Approvals
9:50 Manufactured Housing -- Challenges and Opportunities
10:50 Oregon's Affordable Housing: Analysis of Performance and Trends
11:50 BREAK
12:00 U.S. Department of Energy State Plan Overview
12:30 Report of the Director
12:45 Report of the Chair
1:00 Meeting Adjourned
PF&R's Arson Investigation Unit Identifies and Arrests Suspects in Cleveland High School Vandalism/Arson Incident
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/24/17 2:14 PM
On the morning of February 23rd, two men broke into Cleveland High School at approximately 6:30 am. The duo vandalized the school and lit several fires in the school. There were four staff members in the school when this happened, making the event even more dangerous.

Portland Fire & Rescue's Arson Investigation Unit were able to identify the suspects as two former students Devyn Julkowski and John Schrengohst, both 20 years old. Julkowski and Schrengohst were taken into custody and charged with Measure 11 Arson 1 and Burglary 2.
Marine Board Meeting February 27 for Boating Facility Grant Requests
Oregon Marine Board - 02/24/17 1:45 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board will meet on Monday, February 27, at 9 am via tele-video conference to discuss Round 3 boating facility grant requests. The meeting will be facilitated at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

Grant requests will be considered for the following applicants:

Managing Agency Project Location and Scope Funds Requested

City of Coos Bay Empire and Eastside parking repairs $29,600.00
City of Roseburg Templin Beach parking overlay $41,536.41
Coos County Rooke Higgins vault toilet replacement $19,000.00
Coos County Rocky Point vault toilet replacement $19,000.00
Jackson County Willow Lake, Klum Landing, Takelma, Dodge Bridge parking repairs $38,250.00
Klamath County Wocus Bay, Henzel and Petric parking repairs $10,000.00
Metro Chinook Landing parking repairs $30,957.21
Port of Arlington Port parking repairs $49,230.00
Port of Astoria East Basin parking repairs $15,000.00
Port of Bandon Port parking repairs $14,035.00
Port of Coos Bay Charleston parking repairs $34,075.00
Port of Garibaldi Port parking improvements $70,000.00
Port of Port Orford Port parking repairs $22,722.00
Port of The Dalles Port parking repairs and restroom door replacement $18,447.00
South Wasco Park & Rec. District South Ramp parking repairs $7,500.00
Total Requested $419,352.62

Additionally, two facility grant requests will be addressed separately for conditional approval:

Managing Agency Project Location and Scope Funds Requested Staff Recommendation

City of Reedsport Rainbow Plaza boating facility replacement $1,089,950.00 $589,950.00
ODFW Williamson River cultural survey $23,000.00 $23,000.00
Total Requested $1,112,950.00 $612,950.00

The meetings are accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617.
To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Officer Involved Shooting
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/24/17 12:38 PM
UPDATE
Names of officers involved
Officer Jason Buelt who has been with Beaverton Police for 17 years.
Officer Dan Cotton who has been with Beaverton Police for 9 years.
I have no further information to provide related to this incident or the investigation at this time.

Correction
The subjects name is Douglas Michael Smith

Name of subject is in this release

This morning at 7:37 a.m. officers from the Beaverton Police Department were dispatched to a call of a man with a handgun. The man was reported to be on the roof of 2030 SW 170th Ave and was agitated, waving the gun and pointing it into the residence and towards the street. This residence is directly across the street from Beaver Acres Elementary School and a short distance from Merlo Station High School. These schools were both put into a lockout at 7:40 a.m. and advised of the incident.

Officers arrived on scene within minutes and attempted to talk with this subject. He was still on the roof and had the gun in his hand. He refused to speak with officers, pointed the gun towards officers, and then fired one round into the house. At this point two Beaverton Officers fired their weapons to stop this active threat.

Officers entered the residence to get to the subject, who was still on the roof. This was done to secure the scene and determine his injuries. The officers began to provide lifesaving efforts and called emergency medical services to provide him medical treatment. The subject is identified as Douglas Michael Smith, 51 years of age and he was pronounced deceased by medical staff at the scene.

This incident is being investigated by the Washington County Major Crimes Team. Both of the involved officers will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy and countywide officer-involved shooting protocols.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Teen drivers receive a dose of reality at safe driving event (Photo)
City of Happy Valley - 02/24/17 12:35 PM
Teen performs a "walk and turn" with Sargeant Christensen
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This Sunday, Happy Valley's Youth Council will be hosting the 4th Annual Teen Driver and Safety Event. Close to 50 teen drivers from local high schools will take part in this hands-on program where they will learn to reduce driving risk, the importance of responsible driving, the dangers of distraction and the irreversible impact a decision can have on a life.
The innovative program doesn't simply warn young drivers against the dangers of distracted driving, it lets them experience it.

Through the use of driving simulators (the same ones used by police officers) and impairment goggles, teens see how texting, speeding and impaired driving have a direct impact on their driving ability.

New this year will be a section on situational awareness. Students will gain insight about the importance of being observant and attentive, not only to improve their safety behind the wheel but also in other situations.

When the program was developed four years ago by the Youth Council, there were many discussions about how it could be designed in a way that would allow teens to feel the consequences of their choices. The teen councilors knew they had to make the messages tangible for the teens who went through the program.

"Teens frequently overestimate their skill behind the wheel and believe they are capable of doing much more than they should," said Steve Campbell, Happy Valley's Public Safety Director and Youth Council Advisor.

But Campbell believes this program teaches teens to take the privilege of driving seriously.
"We want them to respect the responsibility that comes with being a driver. We remind them that they lose the right to be a kid when they are behind the wheel."

This program is made possible through the sponsorship of Providence Health & Services, and the many partners of this event, including Oregon Impact, Happy Valley Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, TJM Training Concepts and Drive to Zero.

The event will take place Feb. 26 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Public Safety Training Center, located at 12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas. Media who wish to attend are invited to contact the PIO.


Attached Media Files: Teen performs a "walk and turn" with Sargeant Christensen , With the use of a simulator, student learns how much his driving is impacted by texting.
Deputies Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Aurora Man ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 12:27 PM
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Yesterday Detectives were notified by the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office that Henry Fitchett a man reported missing and later found inside of a residence near Aurora died of natural causes.

At this point in the investigation the Sheriff's Office has no further comment regarding the Fitchett case and is referring any additional questions to the Marion County District Attorneys Office.



Correction: Edward Fitchett is 59 years of age.



This morning around 8:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at the residence of Henry Conly Fitchett, age 87, located in the 21000 block of Hubbard Cutoff Road NE near Aurora. Henry Conly Fitchett was reported missing on January 29th of this year by family members. During the search, detectives found the deceased body of Henry Conly Fitchett inside of his residence.

Edward Fitchett, age 59, Henry Conly Fitchett's son, has been arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Theft I, Criminal Mistreatment I, Identity Theft I and Abuse of a Corpse. This is an active criminal investigation. An autopsy will be scheduled and performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

The Sheriff's Office will not provide any further details surrounding our investigation at this time. Mr. Edward Fitchett is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.




January 29th, of this year, deputies were called to a residence in the 21000 block of Hubbard Cutoff Road NE near Aurora to investigate a missing person. Family told deputies that Henry Conley Fitchett Jr., age 87, has been missing since September of 2016. Mr. Fitchett is 5'02" tall, 169 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.

Family believes Mr. Conley may have moved to the Estacada area with a girlfriend but he has not been seen or heard from since. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding Mr. Conley to please call our tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tip to TIPMCSO at 847411, you may remain anonymous.


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State turns down request for 100-bed Wilsonville psychiatric hospital
Oregon Health Authority - 02/24/17 12:17 PM
February 24, 2017

NEWCO Oregon 'has not met burden of proof' to justify need for facility

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Oregon Health Authority is proposing to deny a state certificate of need application by NEWCO Oregon Inc. to build a 100-bed freestanding psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville.

The proposed decision issued today found that NEWCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS), had not met its burden of proof to justify the need for the facility. The proposed facility would be located at 9500 SW Day Road in northwest Wilsonville, and would serve adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatric patients.

NEWCO, which submitted its certificate of need application in January 2016, can appeal the proposed decision or submit a new application with sufficient information to meet certificate of need criteria.

The full proposed decision is found on the Certificate of Need Program site at http://www.healthoregon.org/cn.

The Certificate of Need Program, administered through the Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement Section at the OHA Public Health Division, is a standardized regulatory program instituted in 1971. It arose out of the Oregon Legislature's desire to achieve reasonable access to quality health care at a reasonable cost. ORS 442 charges the program with reviewing proposals for new hospitals and nursing facilities to ensure health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.

According to the OHA's letter outlining the proposed decision to Ron Escarda, a NEWCO representative, "NEWCO has not met its burden of demonstrating that the (certificate of need) criteria can be met."

In its proposed decision, OHA found that NEWCO met only one of eight criteria spelled out in the certificate of need administrative rules: that its financial status is adequate to support the proposed project, and it will continue to be adequate following implementation of the project.

NEWCO--or an affected party--can request an informal hearing with OHA's Certificate of Need Program within 10 days of the proposed decision. The informal hearing would be held within 15 days following receipt of the request. OHA would render a final decision within 10 days of the closing of the informal hearing.

Once a proposed decision becomes final, either as a result of an informal hearing or because no one requested an informal hearing, NEWCO or an affected party can request a reconsideration hearing within 60 days of the final decision. The Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings would conduct the reconsideration hearing. The final order resulting from the reconsideration hearing could then be appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

For more information on the Certificate of Need Program, visit http://www.healthoregon.org/cn.

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Media Advisory: Hundreds to Rally in Salem for Reproductive Health Equity
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 02/24/17 12:14 PM
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE

Media Advisory: Hundreds to Rally in Salem for Reproductive Health Equity

Hundreds of Oregonians will demonstrate in Salem for landmark legislation to establish reproductive health equity. The rally will take place from noon-1pm Tuesday, February 28th on the west steps of the Oregon State Capitol as part of the Reproductive Health Equity Now Day of Action. Speakers will include elected officials as well as Oregonians whose lives will be directly impacted by this campaign.

Access to reproductive health care is critical for the health and economic security of all Oregonians. The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 2232) ensures that Oregonians receive the full range of preventive reproductive health services at zero out-of- pocket cost; fills gaps in reproductive health coverage for those categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status; and prohibits discrimination in reproductive health care.

The Reproductive Health Equity Now campaign, which formally launched on January 18th, has already received an outpouring of support across the state and across the nation:

More than 10,000 Oregonians have signed petitions demanding reproductive health equity now.

A broad range of more than 2 dozen organizations have endorsed the campaign.

In an editorial published January 31st, The New York Times praised the legislation as "a powerful defense, at the state level, of necessary reproductive health care." The bill has also received national media attention from Time, U.S. News & World Report, Mother Jones, Rewire and Refinery29.

WHO: Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon
WHAT: Reproductive Health Care Now Day of Action
WHEN: Noon-1pm Tuesday, February 28th
WHERE: West Capitol Steps, Salem

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The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon is a diverse, statewide coalition that is working to create a world where access to reproductive health care doesn't depend on who you are, where you live or how much you earn - where every Oregonian who can become pregnant has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life. The coalition consists of American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Western States Center.
Arrest Made in Sandy Crime Spree
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/24/17 12:04 PM
Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Nathaniel James Young, of Grants Pass, on charges stemming from car break-ins in Sandy overnight on 02/21/17. Mr. Young was arrested this morning after being found in possession of a firearm stolen from a vehicle in Sandy. Deputies served a search warrant on the vehicle Mr. Young was driving and found the firearm along with other items likely stolen in Sandy. Young was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on $35,000 bail. He is currently charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, first degree theft, felon in possession of a weapon, possession of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine. The Sandy Police are working with the Jackson County Sheriff's office to identify the property recovered from Young's vehicle and return any stolen items to victims.
Salem Police Department to Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 02/24/17 11:52 AM
As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night, and pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the City during the spring months.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

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Multi-Agency search warrant execution in the Dexter Area - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 02/24/17 11:33 AM
On Tuesday February 21, 2017, members of Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team (INET), assisted by members of Oregon State Police SWAT, ATF, FBI, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (RADE) and Reedsport Police Department, executed search warrants at 38534 Dexter Road, Dexter, Oregon and 82892 Minnick Road, Dexter, Oregon after an investigation involving the Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. OSP SWAT was called to assist drug enforcement detectives due to the size and layout of the Dexter Road location.

Two adults were contacted and detained at the Minnick Road address and are facing charges for Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine. Four adults were detained at the Dexter Road address. One 5 year old minor child was also present and was taken into protective custody by DHS Child Protective Services. Several adults are facing charges of Unlawful Possession and/or Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. The child's father is also facing additional charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Child Neglect in the First Degree.

According to OSP Sergeant Erik Fisher, task force officers seized Methamphetamine, Psilocybin Mushrooms and a firearm along with additional evidence of sales from the locations. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details are available.

The Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, FBI and Lane County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the INET tip line at (541) 682-6266.
Deputies Searching for Tips in a Spree of Broken Windows Scotts Mills (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 11:26 AM
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Early this morning around, 2:00 am, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the city of Scotts Mills after two separate residents reported having their windows shot out. One resident in the 6900 block of the Crooked Finger Road NE reported their sliding glass door had been shot out. About 20 minutes later a resident in the 18000 block of Mt. Angel Scotts Mills Road NE reported that their window had also been shot out. In both cases the residents reported hearing a car speeding away from the area.


At around 10 am, the Silverton Police Department reported that the Scotts Mills Elementary School had 4 windows shot out, with an estimated damage of $2000.00. In all three cases investigators believe a small caliber gun or pellet gun was used to break the windows. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding the events that took place early this morning to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032 or you can text your anonymous information to TipMCSO at 847411.


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Hockinson School District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Hockinson Sch. Dist. - 02/24/17 10:28 AM
Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 P.M. Regular Board Meeting
Location: Hockinson Middle School Library
Address: 15916 NE 182nd Ave.; Brush Prairie, WA 98606
*** Update*** Name Released - Man Injured on Interstate 5-Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 02/24/17 10:19 AM
The victim of the assault has been identified as 43 year old CHRISTOPHER APPLEGATE from the Central Point area and remains in the hospital. No further information is available at this time.

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


End of Update

Previous Release:

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

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.
Battle Ground High School Taps Mike Kesler for Head Football Coach (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/24/17 10:15 AM
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Battle Ground Public Schools has hired Mike Kesler to be the next head football coach of the Battle Ground High School Tigers football team, pending board approval. Kesler, the head of security for the district and a former Washington State Patrol Trooper, brings over 25 years of football coaching experience to the position.

"Mike brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience as a football coach to Battle Ground High," said Matt Stanfill, Battle Ground High School's athletic director and an assistant principal. "Mike coaches with a great deal of heart and is dedicated to challenging our kids to be the best versions of themselves both on and off the field. We're looking forward to building on our solid foundation, and we're thrilled to have Mike on board as head coach."

Kesler attended Lincoln High School in Seattle, earning all-league honors as a defensive and offensive lineman in 1975. After graduating, Kesler attended Walla Walla Community College and was named a National Junior College First Team All-American in 1977 before wrapping up his college-playing career at the University of Oregon, where he played defensive line from 1978-1980.

"I'm excited about the opportunity I have before me, and I'm ready for the challenge," Kesler said. "We are in the profession of encouraging, developing, and building young men of character, and it is a privilege to call yourself a coach. Our ultimate challenge is not in defeating our opponents on the field, but in continually overcoming our weaknesses and adversity to become the best we can be in all aspects of our lives."

From 1991-2009, Kesler was a head coach and league commissioner for Clark County Youth Football. Mike also served an assistant coach at Evergreen High School from 1997-2007 and at Union High School from 2007-2016. Over this span, Mike's teams compiled a record of 115-32, won six league championships, played in four semi-final games, two state championship games, and won the WIAA 4A state title at Evergreen High School in 2004.

Battle Ground High School is in the 4A division of the Greater St. Helens League. Kesler replaces Larry Peck, who resigned for family and personal reasons but remains a teacher at BGHS. Peck was the coach for the previous six years, and led the team to a state berth in 2015 for the first time in over two decades.


Attached Media Files: Mike Kesler
County Adds Enhanced Features to Mass Notification System (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 10:04 AM
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has added additional features to their current mass notification system, Lincoln Alerts, increasing our capability to reach community members, visitors and businesses with valued emergency notifications and now community information from county services, city and tribal partners.

The added feature allows "keyword" texting to initiate receipt of community information directly from the county's incorporated cities, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, county services (Transit, Roads and additional local information)other information sources.

Community members and visitors can CHOOSE UP TO 3 ways to receive emergency notifications and community information from Lincoln County, Oregon: public safety, city, tribal and county officials.

Please see attached:
- Media release for additional information on this enhancement (PDF and Word)
- Color announcement for sharing on on social media sites (PDF and Word)
- Lincoln Alerts Icon to place on websites, social media - hyperlink to co.lincoln.or.us/alerts


Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office
(541) 270-0702 Cell


Attached Media Files: Media Release - Lincoln Alerts PDF , Media Release - Lincoln Alerts Word , Licoln Alerts Online Flyer PDF , Lincoln Alerts Online Flyer Jpeg , Lincoln Alerts Icon
City considers updates to Accessory Dwelling Unit rules
City of Vancouver - 02/24/17 9:58 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is considering updates to its Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) rules. ADUs are small additional residential units on existing properties, including basement and garage conversions or small backyard cottages. Approximately 65 ADUs have been built citywide under current standards, which have not been updated for more than a decade.

"Updates are being considered to provide continued flexibility for homeowners, ensure ADUs fit in with neighboring properties and to help address housing affordability needs, including more options for aging or special needs populations," said City Planner Bryan Snodgrass.

The City will host an informal open house to collect community feedback on potential updates from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main St.

A more formal Vancouver Planning Commission public hearing with opportunities to testify will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street

Potential ADU rules would:
Keep existing requirements of one ADU per property that is visually subordinate to the main house, meets full building code standards and has a base maximum size of 800 square
Keep requirement to include on-site (off-street) parking
Eliminate requirement that ADU or the main home be owner-occupied
Eliminate requirement that ADU match specific design features of main house
Allow ADUs as small as 160 square feet, as allowed by state building code


For more information, see attached ADU fact sheet, or contact Community and Economic Development Planner Bryan Snodgrass at 360-487-8631 or Bryan.Snodgrass@cityofvancouver.us.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/144/102111/adu_fact_sheet_february_2017.pdf
Warrenton Man Arrested for Crimes involving sexual abuse (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/17 9:53 AM
Derek Mendenhall
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On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 a 24-year-old Warrenton man was arrested by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office for crimes involving sexual abuse of a local teenage boy. Derek Neil Mendenhall was arrested at the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office in Warrenton at the direction of a Clatsop County Circuit Court warrant obtained following an investigation that began in November 2016. Mendenhall was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on one count each of Sex Abuse III, Contributing the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, and Sexual Misconduct.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office initially received a report on November 8, 2016 from the mother of a local teenager who had disclosed that inappropriate contact had occurred while Mendenhall was a guest in their home during the month of October. The Sheriff's Office investigation revealed Mendenhall's alleged sexual abuse actually began in 2015 when the victim was only 17-years-old. Mendenhall was well known to the victim and had been close to him for several years through his involvement in various community activities where children are heavily involved.
The Sheriff's Office encourages parents to talk to their children about physical boundaries with friends and family. We recognize this is a difficult conversation to have but children, especially older teens, need a safe environment to discuss such topics. Situations of this nature can be very confusing even for young adults. As investigators we acknowledge the tremendous courage it takes to speak out and ask for help in these situations.
Media inquiries regarding this investigation should be directed to Detective Ryan Humphrey at 503-325-8635 or online at rhumphrey@co.clatsop.or.us.


Attached Media Files: Derek Mendenhall
Writers Invited to Apply for Northwest Local Authors Fair at Beaverton City Library (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/24/17 9:53 AM
Writers from Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties are invited to apply for Northwest Local, a free author fair coming to Beaverton City Library on May 20. Applications are due March 15. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Writers from Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties are invited to apply for Northwest Local, a free author fair coming to Beaverton City Library on May 20. Applications are due March 15. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Beaverton City Library is seeking writers in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties to apply for Northwest Local, a free author fair highlighting the work of talented writers in the tri-county area. The fair will be held at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St., on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Authors in all genres, including adult, young adult, and children's literature are encouraged to apply. Selected participants will receive a booth space to promote and sell their work, and writers will keep all proceeds from book sales at the event.


There is no fee to apply, but selected authors will be asked to donate two books, one for a fair attendee raffle and one to be considered for the library's collection or sold by the New Friends of Beaverton City Library to support library programs and services.


Applications are due March 15. To apply online, visit http://beavertonlibrary.org/DocumentCenter/View/1218. For more information, contact Mary Wise at mwise@BeavertonOregon.gov.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


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


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Attached Media Files: Writers from Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties are invited to apply for Northwest Local, a free author fair coming to Beaverton City Library on May 20. Applications are due March 15. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Western Oregon University to host 27th César E. Chávez Leadership Conference (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 02/24/17 9:51 AM
Previous Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at Western Oregon University. Photo courtesy of Western Oregon University.
Previous Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at Western Oregon University. Photo courtesy of Western Oregon University.
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University will welcome the 27th annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference (CECLC) to campus on March 3, 2017.

The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 Oregon Hispanic high school students for a conference during which they will alternate between workshops, an exhibitor fair, guest sessions, an awards ceremony and a dance.

The keynote speaker kicking off the conference will be Roy Juarez Jr., who, in 2005, founded the human development firm America's Business Leaders. Juarez spent part of his youth as a homeless dropout, but through perseverance, he eventually graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. Now, he tours the country sharing a message of hope and speaking about the power of higher education.

"As a national leader in educating Latino students, Western Oregon University is proud and honored to serve as the site for an event involving more than 2,000 bright, talented and motivated students who will become the leaders of our communities, businesses and government," said David McDonald, associate provost.

The CECLC is in its 27th year, and the past nine events have been on the WOU campus. Students from 10 counties in Oregon are slated to attend, and each county was able to nominate a student leader, who will participate in the welcome, the administrator session and the closing, as well as have a private lunch with the keynote speaker. In addition to visiting campus, all students are eligible to compete in art, essay, poetry, video and college scholarship competitions.

"This year's theme is Change Comes from Within You," said Anna Hernández-Hunter, co-chairwoman of the CECLC executive board. "Part of our mission is to empower our youth as leaders for social justice and civic responsibility. This event is often the first time our students begin to see themselves as leaders and begin to develop their social consciousness. Our hope is that they leave the day with a sense of purpose and direction; ready to implement change in their schools and their communities."

For more information, including a schedule of the day's events, visit http://www.ceclc.org/.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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Western Oregon University to host 27th César E. Chávez Leadership Conference
Western Oregon University - 02/24/17 9:50 AM
Previous Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at Western Oregon University. Photo courtesy of Western Oregon University.
Previous Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference at Western Oregon University. Photo courtesy of Western Oregon University.
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University will welcome the 27th annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference (CECLC) to campus on March 3, 2017.

The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 Oregon Hispanic high school students for a conference during which they will alternate between workshops, an exhibitor fair, guest sessions, an awards ceremony and a dance.

The keynote speaker kicking off the conference will be Roy Juarez Jr., who, in 2005, founded the human development firm America's Business Leaders. Juarez spent part of his youth as a homeless dropout, but through perseverance, he eventually graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. Now, he tours the country sharing a message of hope and speaking about the power of higher education.

"As a national leader in educating Latino students, Western Oregon University is proud and honored to serve as the site for an event involving more than 2,000 bright, talented and motivated students who will become the leaders of our communities, businesses and government," said David McDonald, associate provost.

The CECLC is in its 27th year, and the past nine events have been on the WOU campus. Students from 10 counties in Oregon are slated to attend, and each county was able to nominate a student leader, who will participate in the welcome, the administrator session and the closing, as well as have a private lunch with the keynote speaker. In addition to visiting campus, all students are eligible to compete in art, essay, poetry, video and college scholarship competitions.

"This year's theme is Change Comes from Within You," said Anna Hernández-Hunter, co-chairwoman of the CECLC executive board. "Part of our mission is to empower our youth as leaders for social justice and civic responsibility. This event is often the first time our students begin to see themselves as leaders and begin to develop their social consciousness. Our hope is that they leave the day with a sense of purpose and direction; ready to implement change in their schools and their communities."

For more information, including a schedule of the day's events, visit http://www.ceclc.org/.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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29 Citations, 10 Warnings in Thursday Night #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/24/17 9:12 AM
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On Thursday February 23, 2017, from approximately 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by North, Central and East Precinct, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on 82nd Avenue from Northeast Sandy Boulevard to Southeast Washington Street. This area was selected due to numerous community complaints and it is a high traffic area for all road users.

Officers focused on dangerous behaviors, and the officers were free to make traffic stops on drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders as they saw fit. The officers were encouraged to share information about the Vision Zero program during these contacts. As always, officers were allowed the discretion to issue citations, warnings or classes as they saw fit. Most of the stops were of drivers, but four pedestrians were also contacted. One flagged down officers to speak with them, one was issued a warning and two were cited for pedestrian violations.

In total, 29 citations for 50 separate violations were issued as well as 10 written warnings.

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

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

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

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(Reminder) Pop-up photo exhibit spotlighting women veterans opens tonight; one-night-only event at Portland Art Museum (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 02/24/17 8:00 AM
I Am Not Invisible event invite (back)
I Am Not Invisible event invite (back)
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"I Am Not Invisible," a remarkable presentation featuring 20 portraits of Oregon women military veterans, will be unveiled tonight at a special, one-night community exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

The project, which is a joint effort of Portland State University's Veterans Resource Center and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, will shine a spotlight on women veterans, whose contributions, experiences and needs are too often ignored or overlooked socially, politically and legally. The interactive exhibit includes the recorded voices of the show's subjects, sharing some of their experiences serving in the military and the challenges they faced.

The debut of "I Am Not Invisible" takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Many of the women veterans who participated in the project, as well as the photographer, Sally Sheldon, will be in attendance and available to the media for interviews.

Complimentary admission is available to those attending the exhibit. Guests should check in at the guest services desk upon entry and identify themselves as attending the "I Am Not Invisible" event.

After the display at the Portland Art Museum, the exhibit will begin a traveling campaign, appearing at various locations throughout the state.


Attached Media Files: I Am Not Invisible event invite (back) , I Am Not Invisible event invite (front)
Thu. 02/23/17
Monday, February 27, 2017 Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting Agenda
Parkrose Sch. Dist. - 02/23/17 8:35 PM
The Parkrose Board of Education of School District No. 3, Multnomah County, Oregon, will convene in an Executive & Regular Board Business Meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Parkrose District Office located at 10636 NE Prescott St., Portland, Oregon at the hour of 6:30pm. The Board will recognize Classified Employees for their outstanding contributions to the School District. They will receive reports from the Associated Study Body, Superintendent's Office, Assistant Superintendent/School Improvement Office and Technology Department. The Board will interview budget committee applicants for the one remaining vacancy. They will take action on consent agenda, Open Enrollment & Inter District Transfer spots, MESD's Local Service Plan, the 2017-2018 District Calendar and Budget Committee position #2 appointment. They will also report on their Board Business and be available to hear Citizen Comments twice during the Business Meeting. The agenda is posted on the Parkrose School District Website at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000205
Landslide Activities in Oregon City
City of Oregon City - 02/23/17 5:13 PM
OREGON CITY -- Due to the snow, ice and record rainfall events this winter season, Oregon City has experienced two significant landslides.

On February 16, 2017, City staff was notified of a water main break on Trillium Park Drive that has since been attributed to a landslide. At this time, Trillium Park Drive is closed from Swordfern Court to Canyon Court and the water main break has been isolated. One single family home near the slide has experienced structural damage, including foundation cracking, and the structure has been identified as a dangerous building. The Red Cross has been notified to assist the residents of the home. With the road and associated underground utilities isolated, the City is assessing the short and long term impacts of the slide to determine the appropriate course of action to minimize further impacts.

A second active landslide is located on private property north of Barclay Hills Park between Alden Street and Peter Skene Way. The City has an 8" waterline and an 8" sanitary sewer line in the vicinity. The 8" sewer line was impacted by the slide resulting in the need for City crews to abandon the sewer line and implement a temporary bypass plan to provide service to the area. The City has hired an engineering consultant to design a new route so that emergency construction of a new line and abandonment of the old line can occur.

The Peter Skene Way landslide caused a sanitary sewer overflow into the Newell Creek Canyon watershed. The sewer leak has been stopped with the installation of the sewer bypass. The City has notified the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) of the overflow and will be reporting any findings to DEQ as mandated by State and Federal law. The City is instructing residents to avoid contact with water associated with the Newell Creek Canyon as a result of this sewer main break.

Three other known slides involving private property damage within the City limits of Oregon City continue to deteriorate under current winter weather conditions. Although these sites do not involve damage to public facilities or rights-of-way, City staff remains apprised of these landslides and is acting as a resource to affected property owners.
To report landslide activity or for more information on landslides, contact John Lewis, Public Works Director at 503.657.0891.
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Josephine Man Arrested After Brief Standoff (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/23/17 5:09 PM
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On February 23, 2017, at about 9:00 a.m., TY RAY NUNES, age 34, from Grants Pass was taken into custody after a brief standoff in Josephine County.

NUNES has been the subject of an extensive search for many months because of the numerous criminal activities he has been involved in, to include Felony Eludes, Robberies, Federal Warrants and Narcotics. The Oregon State Police learned NUNES may be at a residence in the 700 block of Cienaga Lane in Josephine County and responded to the area.

Additional law enforcement also responded and assisted in taking NUNES into custody after a brief standoff.

During the past few weeks law enforcement arrested seven other individuals while attempting to locate and arrest NUNES.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County Sheriff's office, Medford Police Department, Josephine County Parole and Probation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement and Rogue Area Drug Enforcement.


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Suspects break into 18 vehicles in overnight crime spree
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/23/17 5:07 PM
Sandy Police have taken 18 reports of thefts from a vehicle or unlawful entry into a motor vehicle related to a crime spree overnight on 02/21/17. Two firearms, at least one credit card and one vehicle were reported stolen. The victims were all located in the south east side of Sandy within a half mile radius. The stolen vehicle was recovered in Damascus a short time after it was reported stolen. A detective is investigating the possible use of a credit card stolen out of one of the victim's vehicles.

The Sandy Police Department would like to remind the public that it is best to lock unattended vehicles to prevent crimes of opportunity such as these. In our area, it is rare for thieves to break windows or otherwise damage vehicles in order to steal items from inside.
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention A Success (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:48 PM
Steve Gilliland
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Off to a Rousing Start
Author -- Michael Davis

February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the first General Session:
There was learning and laughter aplenty Monday at the opening session of the 2017 Oregon Dairy Farmers Association convention in downtown Salem.
Dairy farmers from across the state descended on the Salem Convention Center to renew acquaintances, browse industry displays and exhibits, and attend two waves of afternoon workshops on topics of high interest.
More than 350 delegates were registered for the convention, and spirits were high after keynote speaker Steve Gilliland addressed attendees to the luncheon. Gilliland, a comedian and author, regaled the audience with stories about his Bible-thumping mother, academically challenged (but athletically gift) son, and the hand signal he uses to order a cold one while mowing the lawn.
Marion County Commission Kevin Cameron welcomed the visitors to the state capitol and the county. "You are the hardest-working people I know of," he said, noting that there is no relief from the daily rituals of sustaining a dairy farm. "Cows don't take a vacation, and they certainly don't celebrate President's Day.
Out-of-state visitors were treated to a rare February "Oregon sun break" Monday afternoon, as the rain clouds parted for a brief period. Daylight steamed through the glassed-in upper floor of the convention, where representatives from 40 entities were showing their wares and telling their stories.
Among the highlights of the breakout sessions was a panel of working farm wives who talked about the role women play in the dairy industry. The panelists touched on the challenges of dealing with intergenerational struggles, in-laws and having a spouse as a business partner.
The first day concluded with a wine and cheese reception, dinner, an ice cream social and a performance by the Foggy Bottom Boys.
The schedule for Day Two of the convention included a 9 a.m. general session of transparency within the agriculture and food system.
As it was on Monday, there was a milk break scheduled to allow attendees to sample an array of frozen and chilled treats donated by processors around the State featuring the milk produced by the 228 dairy farms here in Oregon.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.
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Attached Media Files: Steve Gilliland , Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention Focuses on the Contribution of Dairy Wives (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:46 PM
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Focus on Issues Including Dairy Wives who bring so much to their Dairy Farm Operations
Author -- Michael Davis
February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21.
A panel of well-informed women spoke candidly about the joys and struggles of dairy farming during a convention workshop Monday afternoon.
Attendees heard four farm wives share their experiences of working in the dairy industry.
It can be trying when frictions in the barns hit home, they said.
"It's super hard to see my son get yelled at by his dad," said Susan Pierson, a fourth-generation farmer. As both mother and wife, she is often a sounding board when things get overheated. "I have to do a lot of listening and not a lot of talking. But later I might say something to my husband like, 'You know, you were a little hard on him..."
"I feel like I'm in the middle a lot," said Julie Lourenzo, who shares the workload with her husband and other family members. When conflict arises, "I talk to both sides and try to work it out."
"I brought a husband into the job," said panel moderator Bobbi Frost, who is familiar with that uncomfortable space between the spouse you love and the parents who raised you.
The audience responded to a frank discussion about whether the panelists encouraged their children to pursue farming.
Sarah Rocha, mother of four boys, said she chose to allow her children to find their path. "The more you push, the more they push back," she said.
Rocha runs the calf operation on a farm with 600-650 cows and 150 goats.
"I pushed my sons away from the dairy," said Pierson, an organic farmer for 12 years. But as it was with other panelists, some children decide to join the family business after a time. Of one son she said, "All of a sudden he came to us and said he wanted to come back."
In response to a question about when how to draw the line between work and family time, Lourenzo said she knows she has reached her limit when she begins to voice complaints. "If you are going to complain, it's a sign you are doing too much," she said.
A highlight of the breakout session was when moderator Frost, who brought along her 11-month-old daughter, Max, to the convention, said she "felt like Superman" on a day when she completed her work while toting an infant around the farm.
Then she provided the quote of the afternoon with an observation about childbirth.
"One day my husband said to me that getting hit in the nuts is worse than having a baby. "
How so, she wondered?
"You want another baby, right?" he said. "But you don't hear me saying I want someone to hit me in the nuts again."
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Offers Relevant Educational Sessions and Honors Senator Betsy Johnson (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:39 PM
Cody Nicholson Stratton
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention CONFRONTS ONLINE TROLLS, CONSUMER SKEPTICISM and HONORS SENATOR BETSY JOHNSON
Author -- Michael Davis

February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the second day:
Day Two of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association annual convention confronted some of the contemporary challenges of 21st Century business life.
Keynote speaker J. J. Jones of The Center for Food Integrity urged attendees at Tuesday's opening session to gain the trust of dairy consumers with see-through practices and policies. "Transparency is no longer optional," he said. "It's a basic consumer expectation."
Jones, a skilled communicator who spoke fluidly and without notes, provided plentiful takeaway suggestions on how Oregon's dairy farmers can provide more answers and access to their businesses. He encouraged a culture that would "embrace consumer skepticism" by responding to questions openly, clearly and accurately. Doing so can enhance the credibility of a dairy business, he said.
At a filled-to-capacity breakout session, social media savant and "agvocator" Cody Nicholson Stratton provided lists of practical do's and don'ts for dairy farmers who wish to reach their online followers and customers via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. "The best story is always the true one," he said. "Be clear about what you want to achieve, be genuine and set goals."
Stratton urged audience members not to "fly off the handle" and "act like spider monkeys" when online trolls try to provoke with incendiary posts. Instead, he said, "hug your hater" and shrug off the unwelcome messages with a benign response or no response at all.
State Sen. Betsy Johnson, a Democrat from Scappoose, received the ODFA's Distinguished Service Award during lunch-hour ceremonies. In accepting the award, she vowed to "fight the bad stuff and support the good stuff" during the 2017 legislative session and beyond.
The ODFA also honored activist farmer Bobbi Frost for her service to the organization in helping to defeat Measure 97 in the November, 2016 election. The measure would have imposed a corporate minimum tax on businesses whose sales exceed $25 million.
The noontime crowd had time to bid on a colorful array of cow-themed silent auction items.
Following the ODFA annual meeting and second round of breakout sessions, convention participants enjoyed a beer and cheese reception and the annual Oregon Dairy Women Dinner and Scholarship Auction.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.


Attached Media Files: Cody Nicholson Stratton
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention Features Seriously Funny Speaker (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:35 PM
Steve Gilliland
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Features SERIOUSLY FUNNY SPEAKER'S ADVICE:
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR PASSION AND PURPOSE
Author -- Michael Davis
February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the first General Session:
Years after a painful divorce, Steve Gilliland began seeing a flight attendant.
For their second date, which included tickets directly behind the glass at a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, she opened the door wearing jeans and a sweatshirt.
Gilliland said she looked great, but it was what was written on the sweatshirt that got his attention: "Marry me. Fly free."
Gilliland has gotten a lot of mileage out of that story through the years. The well-traveled comedian and professional speaker shared the tale Monday afternoon during the annual Oregon Dairy Farmers Association convention. He was the day's keynote speaker.
The North Carolina-based comic is the author of a small library of inspirational books that grew out of his confessional storytelling and practiced stagecraft.
Gilliland does not suffer fools easily. When a lethargic employee at a Taco Bell told him he was "burnt out," the comedian said that was impossible. "I don't think you've ever been lit."
Wherever he goes, Gilliland poses the same question to the audience: Who were the five most influential people in your life?
Gilliland's "King James version" of a mother, a self-styled attack evangelist, made his influential list, as did his one-time secretary, an outrageous character who once said, "A closed mouth gathers no feet."
Gilliland, a one-time baseball broadcaster and former scholarship athlete at Florida State University, posits that your legacy can be determined by the number of individuals who would place you on their list of five.
When things go south in life, Gilliland's mother said there are only two sets of outcomes. "You can be bitter or better, stronger or weaker."
He offered that advice to his audience of dairy farmers and exhibitors, exhorting the attendees to keep the passion burning about their chosen profession and to be mindful of purpose.
The hour-plus talk ended with an admission from Gilliland that he married that flight attendant.
And they've been flying ever since.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.

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Attached Media Files: Steve Gilliland
City of Vancouver invites review of draft 2017 Stormwater Management Plan
City of Vancouver - 02/23/17 4:30 PM
Vancouver, WA -- The City of Vancouver invites the public to review and offer comments on its annual Stormwater Management Plan update.

The City's draft 2017 Stormwater Management Plan is available to view online through the webpage at www.cityofvancouver.us/waterallaround. Written comments may be submitted online or by mail to Vancouver Surface Water Management, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995. Comments must be received by Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

The City is required to update its Stormwater Management Plan yearly. The plan describes the City's programs and planned activities which meet requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) municipal stormwater permit. Components of the permit include:

- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Involvement and Participation
- Detecting and Eliminating Illicit Discharges from reaching Natural Waters
- Regulations for Runoff from New Development, Redevelopment and Construction Sites
- Municipal Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Facilities
- Monitoring and Assessing Natural Waters

The City of Vancouver's stormwater, surface water and groundwater programs work to protect and improve surface and ground water resources for the community and environment, in compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and the City's Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for Western Washington.
Salem Police Investigating Stabbing
Salem Police Dept. - 02/23/17 3:42 PM
Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a stabbing that occurred Thursday afternoon in northeast Salem.

At approximately 12:07 pm, a Salem Police School Resource Officer who is assigned at North Salem High School was returning to the school when he came upon an injured male juvenile. The victim was on a sidewalk along 14th St NE near Chemeketa St NE. Medics were called and the victim was transported to Salem Health for treatment.

The investigation determined that the victim, who is a North Salem High School student, was stabbed by another juvenile male, who is also a student at North Salem High School. The two are known to each other. Due to the proximity to the high school and the fact that both involved parties are students at the school, both North Salem High School and Parrish Middle School were placed on lockdown as officers searched for the suspect.

The victim is being treated for superficial wounds and the suspect is still at large. This incident is being investigated as being possibly gang related.

Salem Police School Resource officers are continuing to work closely with students and staff at North Salem High School to keep the students and staff safe.

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Sewage release on N. River Street
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 02/23/17 3:40 PM
Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory
(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)


More than 100 gallons of sewage spilled from a vactor truck when crews responded to a call yesterday afternoon on N. River Street near N. Albina Avenue.

Crews cleaned up the spill but an unknown amount of sewage soaked into the ground and an estimated 100 gallons traveled to a storm drain that discharges into the Willamette River.

Sewage release signs were placed to warn the public to stay out of the area. The public is advised to stay out of the area and to avoid contact with the Willamette River for 48 hours.

This sewage release is not related to Portland's combined sewer overflow control system.

The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

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Damascus Fire Station Grand Re-Opening (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 02/23/17 3:11 PM
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Clackamas Fire District #1 hosts the grand re-opening of the Damascus Community Fire Station 19 on Monday, Feb. 27 at 10:00 a.m., 20100 SE Hwy 212, Damascus, 97089. The public and media are invited to attend. Beginning Feb. 27, marks the finalization of Clackamas Fire's annexation process of Boring Fire District, as approved by voters of both districts in November. Boring Fire's contract for service with Clackamas Fire dissolves and residents of the Boring-area annexes into Clackamas Fire. Career firefighters have only staffed the Damascus fire station 40 hours a week; but through the approval of the annexation, creates efficiencies that makes staffing possible 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Each day, Station 19's engine will have three firefighters with at least one being a firefighter paramedic. As part of its commitment to the areas being annexed, Clackamas Fire will provide a new fire apparatus, Engine 19, to the former Boring Fire coverage area, which is important to enhancing service across Clackamas Fire's entire expanded service area. Clackamas Fire wants to celebrate the re-opening of the fire station. The centrally located station is a resource that will be serving both districts, as it provides services to the growing east side of the Fire District.


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Beaverton City Library Hosts Discussion on Mixed-Race and Interracial Heritage in Oregon (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/23/17 2:51 PM
Dmae Roberts (pictured) will lead a discussion on mixed-race and interracial families at Beaverton City Library on March 5 as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. (Photo/Dmae Roberts)
Dmae Roberts (pictured) will lead a discussion on mixed-race and interracial families at Beaverton City Library on March 5 as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. (Photo/Dmae Roberts)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Sunday, March 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Beaverton City Library (12375 SW Fifth St.) will host "What Are You? Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon's Past and Future," a discussion of heritage that goes beyond checking one race on U.S. census forms. Dmae Roberts will lead the conversation. Roberts has written essays and produced film and radio documentaries about being a biracial Asian American in Oregon.


The number of mixed-race people and interracial families in Oregon is growing. The conversation will include the challenges and benefits of growing up mixed-race, raising mixed-race children, or being in an interracial couple in a state that has historically been white. How can we openly discuss our own ethnic and racial heritage with each other without being regarded as off or unusual? How have the answers to "what are you?" changed through the decades?


Registration is encouraged for this free event. To register, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register or call 503-644-2197, option 2.


This event is part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. To learn more, visit www.oregonhumanities.org/programs/conversation-project.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.


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


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Attached Media Files: Dmae Roberts (pictured) will lead a discussion on mixed-race and interracial families at Beaverton City Library on March 5 as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. (Photo/Dmae Roberts)
Roof Colapse Structure Fire displaces residents (Photo)
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 02/23/17 2:15 PM
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Castle Rock, WA - Fire crews from Cowlitz County Fire District #6 (Castle Rock), Toutle Fire Department, and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire late Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of Quick Rd. Initial fire crews reported multiple rooms on fire of the two story home when they arrived. Roof collapse made it difficult for firefighters to access all areas of the home that were on fire; the fire was extinguished hours later around 8pm. All residents were able to evacuate; four cats and two dogs perished in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.


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CCC news (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 02/23/17 2:09 PM
Please find attached the latest Clackamas Community college news.


Attached Media Files: What We Risk event , Jason Graham photo
City of Battle Ground hosts pre-construction informational open house for South Parkway Improvement Project
City of Battle Ground - 02/23/17 2:08 PM
On Tuesday, February 28, from 5:30 -- 7 pm, the city of Battle Ground will host an informational open house for the South Parkway Improvement Project. The open house will take place in Suite 148 in Battle Ground City Hall located at 109 SW 1st Street.

City staff, as well as a representative from project contractor Tapani, Inc., will be on hand to discuss the scope of the work, construction schedule, impacts on travel, and to respond to any questions or comments.

The $5.6 million project addresses two distinct sections of South Parkway. Section A, between Eaton and Rasmussen, requires complete reconstruction to remove its failing base. The completed project will feature sidewalks, ADA ramp upgrades, planter strips, bike lanes, lighting, a travel lane in each direction and a center left-turn lane. Construction activities will include an upgrade to the water and sewer utility infrastructure.

For Section B of the project, between Main Street and Rasmussen, a process referred to as "mill and fill" will be used in which the top several inches of asphalt is removed before adding a new layer. Sidewalk ADA ramps will be upgraded as well as some utilities infrastructure.

Principal funding for the project comes from a WA State Transportation Improvement Board grant of $3.9 million. $65,000 of Battle Ground Transportation Benefit District TBD funding (citizen-paid vehicle tab fees) is being used as a match to leverage an additional TIB grant of $366,000. Project funding is further supplemented by City of Battle Ground Traffic Impact Fees and utility funds.

Detailed information and updates are available on the city's website at www.cityofbg.org/s-parkway and on the city's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofBGWA.
Port of Vancouver USA welcomes the Brighten Trader on its maiden voyage (Photo)
Port of Vancouver - 02/23/17 2:00 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- On Feb. 18 the Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the Brighten Trader, commanded by Capt. Marcelino S. Ecobiza from the Philippines, on its maiden voyage to the U.S.

The Brighten Trader is operated by Victoria Ship Management Inc., owned by Sea Queen Shipping Corp. and was represented by General Steamship Corp. The vessel, which is 590 feet long with a deadweight capacity of 39,310 metric tons, was built in China and launched Jan. 12, 2017.

The Brighten Trader was loaded with approximately 10,500 metric tons of copper concentrate at the Port of Vancouver before sailing to Vancouver, B.C., to load additional concentrate cargoes.

The vessel will head to Japan and China after its stops on the North American West Coast.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.


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Special Investigations Unit Makes Largest Drug Raid in MCSO History
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/17 1:53 PM
On Wednesday February 22, 2017 Members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Warrant Strike Team (WST) executed search warrants as a result of an ongoing heroin and methamphetamine investigation. Search warrants were served at 4030 SE 104th Ave, Portland, OR where a suspect was renting a room from a family and at 1718 SE Orient Dr. Apt. #1132 Gresham, OR. After serving the search warrants, investigators found and seized approximately 90-100 pounds of methamphetamine, two pounds of heroin, one firearm and $29,677 in currency.

This constitutes one of the largest drug raids in the State of Oregon and the largest in Multnomah County Sheriff's Office history. The street value of these drugs is well over 2 million dollars.

Deputies arrested Alfredo NarcisoPineda, Age 34, of Portland, OR, Alejandro LopezGonzales, Age 25, of Gresham, OR and Celso Marroquin Benitez, Age 39, of Portland, OR on multiple charges related to the Possession, Distribution and Manufacturing of methamphetamine and heroin.
Booking photos are available on our website at www.mcso.us

Sheriff Reese noted, "In our mission to help those working to find success in drug treatment, it is critical that we work to remove the supply of drugs coming into our community. Last night's successful mission made a significant impact in removing a large amount of methamphetamine from making it to the streets of our community."
AFJROTC cadets receive high honors at Regional Air Rifle Championships (Photo)
Battle Ground Sch. Dist. - 02/23/17 1:37 PM
BGHS sophomore Taylor Harpe
BGHS sophomore Taylor Harpe
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Editors please note: This story was written by BGHS student and AFJROTC Public Affairs cadet C/T Sgt Sandra Fachiol. Photos courtesy of parent Diane Harpe.

Cadets from the Air Force Junior Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools received high honors recently at the JROTC Western Regional Air Rifle Championships in Las Vegas, including top prizes for two individual students. More than 290 cadets from seven states representing all service branches gathered at the Cashman Center for the three-day event held Feb. 9-11.

When all the shots were fired and the scores tallied, cadets Kaci McCrary, a senior at PHS, and Taylor Harpe, a sophomore at BGHS, captured first and second place, respectively, in the Air Force JROTC Precision rifle class. Their efforts qualified them for the All-Service National Championships to be held in Anniston, Ala. in March. The pair are the only two cadets to qualify individually from among the nearly 900 Air Force JROTC units in the nation.

Kaci McCrary began shooting with JROTC as a freshman. As a sophomore, she competed in the Civilian Marksmanship Program national competition in Utah. Last December, USA Shooting invited her to compete at the Olympic Training Center for the Winter Open Air Gun competition. She is now ranked as the number three shooter in the nation for Air Force JROTC. Kaci will graduate in June and is pursuing a career in international business management.

Taylor Harpe is a sophomore who began shooting competitively in Air Force JROTC last year and quickly surfaced as a natural in the sport. A member of the 2016 BGHS team that went to the Western Regionals in Utah, Harpe is now ranked as the number four shooter in the nation for Air Force JROTC. Taylor is actively pursuing academic excellence through Advanced Placement (AP) courses and aspires to attend a service academy after he graduates.

Marksmanship is a co-curriculum activity in the Air Force JROTC portfolio, and each school hosts teams in the Sporter Class and Precision Class. The sport requires the shooter to fire at targets 10 meters away from three different positions: prone, standing (off-hand), and kneeling. While a perfect score over the course of the three target sets is 600, thousands of practice shots are fired in preparation leading up to the competition.


Attached Media Files: BGHS sophomore Taylor Harpe , PHS senior Kaci McCreary
Tip of the Week February 27, 2017 - Distracted Walking
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/23/17 1:34 PM
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-4277
Fax (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: February 27, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

DISTRACTED WALKING

Distracted driving is a well-established problem; so much so, that many states including Oregon, currently have bans in place when it comes to using technology while driving. But the problem of distracted walking is a relatively new one. Each year, more and more people are injured as a result of texting, talking or listening to music while on their cell phones. While some might laugh at the person who falls into the fountain while texting or the one who walks into a wall while texting, the problem of distracted walking is a very real and serious one.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 injured in traffic collisions in the United States in 2012. That's one death every 2 hours and an injury every 7 minutes. While it's not clear how many of these are a direct result of distracted walking, the total rate of pedestrian fatalities compared to overall road deaths is increasing each year.

In 2008, more than 1,000 people were injured seriously enough to seek medical attention at the emergency room as a result of texting and walking -- that's double the number in the previous year (which was double the year previous as well). It's not just texting while walking that's a problem. Talking, checking email, using social networking apps and even playing games all contribute to the problem of distracted pedestrians.

The solution to distracted walking is a fairly simple one: do not use your cell phone or engage in other distracting activities while walking. Focus solely on the task at hand -- getting from point A to point B in one piece and worry about checking in once you've safely arrived. If you simply cannot wait to take that phone call or check your email, one way to avoid potential issues associated with using technology while walking is to hold your phone up higher in your visual field so that you can see any potential risks as they come. Ensure you cross the road at crosswalks or signalized intersections and obey your traffic signals.

Another way to help avoid the pitfalls of distracted walking is to use software that reads messages out loud and to use voice-recognition typing that allows you to give voice commands instead of continually looking at your screen. Check the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store to find an app that works for you.

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

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


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Fort Vancouver NHS Hosts Class and Evening Presentation with Writer and Naturalist Jack Nisbet
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 02/23/17 1:12 PM
Jack Nisbet, naturalist and author of several books including The Collector, Visible Bones, and Ancient Places, will offer a class and evening presentation at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site next month.

The outdoor class for up to 25 people (ages 16 and older) will take place on March 29, from 1 pm to 3 pm. Participants may register by calling (360) 816-6244; there is no fee for the class and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Nisbet will lead participants on a walk around the national park, using David Douglas as a lens for exploring the cultural and natural history of Southwest Washington. The flora and fauna studied by Douglas, and the naturalist's relationships with tribal families and families of mixed ethnicity will be a focus. The state of science at that time and Douglas' personal story will also play an important role in the class.

"David Douglas was a man who got out and walked, and seemed to be interested in everything," says Nisbet. "We will try to follow his lead."

The evening lecture will be on March 29 at 7 pm at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The presentation highlights a section from his recent book, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, focusing on the discovery of the Willamette Meteorite by a Welsh farmer within the context of Ice Age floods shaping our current landscape, mining, tribal rights, and land use issues. Signed copies of Nisbet's books will be available for purchase that evening at the Visitor Center Bookstore, managed by the Friends of Fort Vancouver.
Sheriff's Office seeks missing endangered adult Teresita Hogsed; call 911 if seen (Photo) _UPDATE: Hogsed found safe
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/23/17 1:04 PM
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UPDATE

Ms. Hogsed has been found safe after she was located at a 7-11 in St. John's area of Portland.





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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is looking for missing endangered adult Teresita Hogsed. If you see her, call 911 immediately.

A search bulletin is attached in PDF and JPG formats.

Ms. Hogsed, 61, went missing from her home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 from the unincorporated Milwaukie area off on SE 82nd Ave. She left her residence on foot and hasn`t been seen since. She has a brain injury which causes memory problems -- she won't know her address or phone number, but will know her name.

She is 4'11" tall and 110 lbs., with long hair to her thighs.

Please call 911 immediately if you see Ms. Hogsed.

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City receives upgraded Aa2 bond credit-rating by Moody's
City of Vancouver - 02/23/17 1:02 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver has received a high credit rating from Moody's upgrading the City's Limited Tax General Obligation bonds from Aa3 to Aa2.

In addition, the City's Downtown Redevelopment Authority conference center project revenue refunding bonds were also upgraded to Aa2. This action was related to a change in rating methodology used by Moody's to rate local government bond issues, and affected 136 local governments in Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Credit ratings are forward-looking opinions about credit risk and express the agency's opinion about the ability and willingness of an issuer, such as a city government, to meet its financial obligations in full and on time.

In previous years, the City has also received credit rating upgrades from Standard & Poor's (S&P) Global Ratings. In June 2015, S&P upgraded the City to AA+ rating from AA rating for the City's 2016 Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds, and affirmed its AA+ rating on the City's outstanding General Obligation bonds, as well as an AA+ long-term rating on the Vancouver Downtown Redevelopment Authority bonds. In November 2010, S&P upgraded the City to AA rating from AA- on the outstanding General Obligation debt of the City.

Vancouver's strong credit rating reflects the credit agency's view of the city's growth in assessed market value; with a strong broad based economy. Standard & Poor's 2016 report rated the City as "strong" for budgetary performance and "very strong" in the areas of management, budgetary flexibility, liquidity and debt/contingent liability profile.

"The City is proud that it has once again received an upgraded high quality credit rating. These ratings affirm the work our City Council and City Staff have done to develop and implement financial policies and practices as part of a long-term financial strategy that positions the city for on-going success," said Carrie Lewellen, Treasurer for the City of Vancouver. "These ratings continue to affirm that our financial operations are stable and well-managed."

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Mayor Denny Doyle Honored with Excellence in Action Award (Photo)
City of Beaverton - 02/23/17 12:35 PM
Mayor Denny Doyle will be honored with an Excellence in Action award by the Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Friday evening. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Mayor Denny Doyle will be honored with an Excellence in Action award by the Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Friday evening. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International will honor Mayor Denny Doyle Friday evening, Feb. 24, with the Excellence in Action Award for his work with diverse community members and youth.


"I'm proud to call Beaverton a welcoming and safe place for all to thrive," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I share this award with our staff who work hard to carry out the city's vision of being a place where our most diverse residents and our youth are included in how our city operates."


This year's theme at the state level of DKG is "Be the Change," which the local chapter felt Mayor Doyle reflected throughout this past year.


Tickets are still available for tomorrow's award ceremony at the Beaverton Elks Lodge, 3500 SW 104th Ave. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature appetizers and hosted wine and beer. For tickets, contact Roberta Hutton at roberta.hutton313@gmail.com or 503-260-5464.


In 1976, members of the Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society International created an annual award to recognize a Washington County individual or group that has made a difference for youth, supported educational issues, and generally gone beyond what others have accomplished. The program has received recognition from DKG's state and international level.
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honor society of key women educators in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Japan. For more information visit www.dkg.org.


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


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


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Attached Media Files: Mayor Denny Doyle will be honored with an Excellence in Action award by the Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Friday evening. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Boy Scouts Honor Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce for Lifetime of Philanthropy - Feb 28 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/23/17 12:31 PM
Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
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SALEM, OR (Feb. 23, 2017) - Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will host a breakfast Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 a.m. at the Salem Convention Center. The public is invited to attend the breakfast. While the breakfast is free, a donation will be requested. Registration is required. Call 503-581-6601 to register.

At the breakfast, the Scoutmaster of Philanthropy Award will be given to Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce in recognition of their philanthropic contributions in Oregon, and in the Willamette Valley in particular. Dick Withnell will be the keynote speaker. The event will also feature the posting of the colors by a local Boy Scout troop, presentation by B.S.A. executives, and a video of scouting programs and accomplishments.

The Cascade Pacific Council of BSA is honored to recognize the Pierce's extraordinary contributions this year. Their example as philanthropic leaders is inspiring. Last year the family of the late Larry Epping received the award.

Locally the BSA serves over 21,000 youth aged 6 to 21 in their various programs. Scouting teaches youth life and leadership skills using the outdoors as the classroom.


Attached Media Files: Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
CTE Program at Ridgefield High School Provides Hands-On Learning Experiences (Photo)
Ridgefield Sch. Dist. - 02/23/17 11:55 AM
Stefanie Foster, Ridgefield High School Family and Consumer Science Education teacher
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Thursday, February 23, 2017 -- Ridgefield, Washington -- Students in Mark Cook's photography class at Ridgefield High School know inside and out how cameras work. How? They build the cameras using cardboard, duct tape and aluminum pop cans! "Yes, it can be done," said Cook. "These "pinhole" cameras clearly demonstrate how a camera works."

According to Cook, a camera is a very simple device. All that is needed is a light, tight box with an on/off switch, called a shutter, and a small hole to let light in (called an aperture).

Students begin the process by learning to figure out how to read the engineering plans that provide the precise material specifications and instructions needed to build their cameras. Once they complete their camera boxes, students test them in a real darkroom environment.

To see if their cameras really work, they load their cameras with "film" (light-sensitive photographic paper) and test their cameras by taking pictures outdoors. The students then return to the darkroom where they learn how to develop the film into a paper negative.

"This is an excellent, hands-on project," said Cook. "These cameras work great and provide a "hands on" learning experience for our students."

"Our Career and Technology Education (CTE) Department provides a great opportunity for students," said Ridgefield High School Principal Tony VanderMaas. "They learn workplace skills while getting a chance to experience many hands-on activities."

Juniors and seniors in Stefanie Foster's Independent Living class learn what it takes to manage personal finances after high school.

The class requires them to research a career of their choice to determine the average professional income they will earn in that field after college. With that information, they learn how to build a budget, pay bills and make decisions such as buying a car, renting vs. buying a house, and learning to put aside 5-20% of their monthly income for savings.

Students also learn how to reconcile bank accounts, calculate and file taxes, compare and purchase insurance, write a resume, interview for a job, and even evaluate investments for retirement.

"I am always shocked to learn that students have no idea how to manage expenses," said Family and Consumer Science Education teacher Stefanie Foster. "We need to focus on educating our students on how to take care of themselves and have a basic skill set on how to live post high school."

"Independent Living was a class that challenged me," said senior Amara Willham, "but one of the most beneficial."

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Attached Media Files: Stefanie Foster, Ridgefield High School Family and Consumer Science Education teacher , Mark Cook, Ridgefield High School photography class teacher , Photography students at Ridgefield High School build "pinhole" cameras like this one to learn how cameras work.
Science on Tap Vancouver -- Evolution Under the Influence: Alcohol and the Coevolution of Humans and Yeast
Via Productions - 02/23/17 11:46 AM
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10 suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

Have you ever sat down at a bar, ordered a beer, and thought to yourself, "Why do humans even have specific genes for breaking down alcohol?" This is what happens when a guy with a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics from OHSU gets a job working at a brewery. The answer, as it turns out, takes you a long way back in human history; our relationship with yeast (the organism that makes alcohol), predates human evolution. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Kevin McCabe, Lab Supervisor at Full Sail Brewing, will take you through the history of primate alcohol consumption, the importance of yeast to human history, and how early microbiology turned the tables on yeast and gave humans control over our boozy destiny.

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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. 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!

Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.

For more information on Science on Tap, visit Via Productions.
Sherwood Police Make Arrest In Hit And Run Incident (Photo)
Sherwood Police Dept. - 02/23/17 11:14 AM
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On February 5, 2017 in the late evening hours an incident occurred on SW Century Drive in Sherwood. During this incident the Sherwood Water, Street, Sidewalk, and Public/Private utility systems were damaged, including significant damage to a fire hydrant resulting in substantial flooding in the area of the incident. The public was not harmed or threatened due to the damage.

The City of Sherwood offered a $3,000.00 reward to a witness, other than the responsible party, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) causing the damage on February 5, 2017. Shortly after releasing this information to the public, Sherwood Police developed information regarding the responsible party in this case.

In follow-up to this information Sherwood Police have arrested/ issued a citation to appear in Washington County Circuit Court to 31 year old Jessica Lynn Burgess of Newberg for the crime of failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged (ORS 811.700). Burgess is scheduled to appear in Washington County Circuit Court for arraignment in May.

The City of Sherwood would like to thank the public for their interest and assistance in this case.

Sherwood Police PIO/Contact Captain Mark Daniel 503-925-3651

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Tillamook County forestland classification meeting for fire protection set for Feb. 24 in Tillamook
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/23/17 10:57 AM
News Release

Feb. 22, 2017

Contact:
Ed Wallmark, 503-815-7050, Edward.h.wallmark@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, 503-945-7425, Jim.Gersbach@oregon.gov



(TILLAMOOK) The Forestland Classification Committee for Tillamook County will meet Feb. 24 in Tillamook from 9 a.m. to noon to continue classifying land in the southern part of the county for the purpose of protection from forest fires. The Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District is assisting the committee. The meeting will be held at:
Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District Office
5005 Third St.
Tillamook, OR 97141

About wildland fire protection
The Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook District provides wildland fire protection services to forestlands in the county, funded by a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands.

Classifying which lands require wildland fire protection services from ODF occurs at the county level. Classification changes don't increase ODF's fire budget. Rather, the classification review helps ensure that protection costs are fairly distributed. Because of changes in land use, a review typically results in some lands being removed from forest classification and others being added.

The committee is examining all lands within the county, classifying them either as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to:
fire risk potential
vegetation type (fire fuel)
community structure
proximity to other forestland

The committee's efforts will help resolve issues pertaining to ODF's fire suppression role on forestlands and adjacent properties, and will be the basis for assessing lands for the costs of wildland fire protection.

At the Feb. 24 meeting, landowners and the public can learn about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completing its work, the committee will present a list of lands in the county it classified as forestland so those properties can be assessed for fire protection by ODF.

For more information on the Tillamook County forestland classification review, contact Ed Wallmark, Tillamook District, 503-815-7050, Edward.h.wallmark@oregon.gov.


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Linn Deputies Respond to a Single Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/23/17 10:40 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on February 22, 2017, at 9:04 p.m., deputies responded to a single vehicle crash that occurred on Powerline Road near the intersection of Diamond Hill Drive, east of Harrisburg.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted the driver and sole occupant, a 17- year-old juvenile male from Halsey. The investigation revealed the driver was traveling north on Powerline Road when he lost control of his white 1989 Toyota pick-up, while negotiating a sweeping left hand curve. The vehicle rolled and struck a utility pole, causing the pick-up to be torn in half. The driver was able to exit the vehicle and walk to a nearby residence to call 911.

The driver was transported to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene by medics and was treated and released for minor injuries. The driver was wearing his seat belt and it does not appear that alcohol or drug consumption was a factor in this crash.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by the Harrisburg and Eugene Fire Departments.
The investigation is continuing.


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Public Safety Officer awarded valor honor for crash response (Photo)
PCC - 02/23/17 10:34 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Last summer, Public Safety Officer Austin Herr was inspecting his patrol car at the Rock Creek Campus when it happened.

He heard the sound of a terrible car accident at the entrance of the campus, 17705 SW Springville Road. Despite being new to the job (a mere six months in) at Portland Community College, Herr leaped into action. Using his military experience and public safety training, he notified his dispatch to get fire and medical rolling to the entrance as soon as possible and tended to the victims.

"When I got there I saw the airbag powder floating out of one of the cars," Herr recalled. "That's when I knew it was really bad."

Herr, a resident of Southeast Portland, administered first aid to the man who was pinned by his steering wheel. He kept him talking and alert while applying pressure on his head to slow a bleed from a traumatic wound.

"I just wanted to stop him from going into shock," he recalled.

With help from a critical care nurse who also witnessed the wreck, both took turns assisting the victim until fire, police and medical units arrived. When the fire department got to the scene, it used the jaws of life to extricate the man. As emergency crews worked, Herr continued to help by directing traffic.

"Officer Herr showed compassion and quick decisive actions in rendering assistance to those who were in need during this awful situation," said Derrick Foxworth, PCC's Public Safety director.

As a result of the officer's heroism, the victim he assisted made a full recovery. And, for his efforts, Herr was given the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Award for Valor this past winter.

PCC's public safety officers receive training modeled after the Law Enforcement Field Training & Evaluation Program (FTEP). This ensures the officers respond to incidents in an empathetic and respectful manner. They're trained to identify the problem, assess the situation and respond in the safest and most effective manner, he added.

Herr has the background to go with his training. He spent four years in the Army as an active duty soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan before spending an additional four years in the reserves, getting discharged in 2013.

"Nothing prepares you for something like this unless you have been in similar situations," Herr added.

Afterward, he enrolled in PCC's Aviation Science Program and earned his helicopter pilots license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. However, because pressurization of flying caused him headaches, Herr switched careers, and instead became a public safety officer. Hired in late 2015, he's become a fixture at the Cascade Campus in North Portland where he is known as the "Hipster Cop" due to his thick Ray Ban eyeglasses, pleasant demeanor and love of photography.

"Every day I meet new people which is fun," Herr said. "People open up to me because I'm interested in learning more about them, and I think that comes across. It feels good to work for PCC."


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

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


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PF&R responds to Commercial Fire in NE
Portland Fire & Rescue - 02/23/17 10:22 AM
At approximately 2334 hrs last night, fire crews were dispatched to a report of a fire at a restaurant on 525 NE 24th Avenue. The first arriving company reported smoke coming out of the structure.

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire before it extended to adjacent structures. No injuries were reported with this fire.

The Fire Investigator reports that the cause of the fire was electrical.

Additional updates will be sent via FlashAlert.
Reward Offered in Hit and Run Case - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-09 (Video) (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/23/17 10:18 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate the suspect in a hit and run traffic crash.

On January 27, 2017, at about 2:30 p.m., a driver traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound across the Hawthorne Bridge rear-ended two other drivers, causing one vehicle to roll which nearly struck a person riding a bicycle. The suspect driver continued driving eastbound off the Hawthorne Bridge. There were no serious injuries as a result of the crash.

The suspect vehicle is described as a beige 1997-2002 Ford Expedition and likely has significant front-end damage.

A bicycle rider on the Hawthorne Bridge caught video of the crash: https://youtu.be/c1jCRLgIGx0

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/22/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/23/17 8:40 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/22/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-443

On 02/22/2017 at about 1446 hrs., police received a report regarding a theft from a vehicle in the 100 block of E 1st Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-328

On 02/22/2017 at about 0330 hrs., an unidentified male in his 20s in a new, black Chevrolet Suburban with chrome around the windows stole items from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. The victim chased the Suburban for a short time, then later called police, who were unable find the suspect.

18 2017-329

During the morning hours of 2/22/2017, unknown subject(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue, and stole a firearm. The firearm was listed in the appropriate databases as stolen.

18 2017-331

On 02/22/2017 at about 0805 hrs., a woman living in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue reported that her vehicle had been entered. Her credit card was stolen and was used unlawfully on 02/22/2017. She said that the vehicle break in occurred between 2100 hours and 0500 hours, when the card was used. The investigation is ongoing.

18 2017-334

On 02/22/2017 at about 0812 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 40000 block of Fawn Street. The report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-332

On 02/22/2017 at about 0817 hrs., a woman living in the 39000 block of Wall Street reported that her car had been taken overnight. She used a satellite tracking service to locate the vehicle in Damascus. CCSO Deputies recovered the vehicle, which appeared undamaged.

18 2017-335

On 02/22/2017 at about 0830 hrs., police received a report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 40000 block of Becke Court. A report was taken (CAD).

18 2017-336

On 02/22/2017 at 0901 hrs., police responded to a phone contact regarding theft from a vehicle. The reporting party informed officer an unknown suspect gained entry into their vehicle during the night and stole about $3 worth of loose change.

18 2017-338

On 02/22/2017 at about 0945 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue. A report is pending (CAD)

18 2017-339

On 02/22/2017 at about 0956 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 40000 block of Laurel Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-340

On 02/22/2017 at about 1027 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Cloud Cap Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-342

On 02/22/2017 at about 1106 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. A report is pending (CAD)

18 2017-343

On 02/22/2017 at about 1133 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. A report is pending (CAD)

18 2017-344

On 02/22/2017 at about 1150 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-345

Sometime during the night of 02/21/2017 or the morning of 02/22/2017, unknown subject(s) entered a vehicle in the 18300 block of Antler Avenue, and stole a loaded handgun. The weapon was entered into the appropriate databases. The investigation is ongoing.

18 2017-347

On 02/22/2017 at about 1246 hrs., police received a phone report regarding theft from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Van Fleet Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

18 2017-346

On 02/22/2017 at about 1359 hrs., police responded to a reported unwanted person in the 37000 block of Bell Street. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-cad

On 02/22/2017 at about 1507 hrs., police took a report about fraud from a walk-in citizen. A report is pending (CAD).

18 2017-352

On 02/22/2017 at 1927 hrs., a resident from the 18000 block of Antler Avenue reported that an unknown suspect(s) made entry into their vehicle and stole several items.

18 2017-353

On 02/22/2017 at around 2321 hrs., police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 38600 block of Proctor Boulevard. The driver, Trenten S. Reed (22, of Estacada), was arrested for misdemeanor driving while suspended. He was on probation and a detainer was issued. He was also cited for driving uninsured, improper display, and failing to install an IID. The vehicle was impounded at the scene.
24th annual SIP! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Sponsored by Pacific Seafood at the Evergreen Space Museum on March 10 - 12, 2017
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 02/23/17 7:56 AM
McMinnville, OR -- The beloved McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, which has grown to become one of the largest and most influential wine and food festivals in Oregon's wine country, returns for its 24th year under the expansive roof of the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. More than 170 exhibitors include over 70 wineries, more than a dozen food vendors, distillers, cideries, and breweries are scheduled to pour and serve their unique products to thousands of attendees from March 10-12, 2017, making the Classic one of the largest and best attended indoor wine and food events in the state.

Nicknamed SIP, the event is a dedicated fundraiser for McMinnville's St. James School that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that go directly towards programs benefiting the school's children. Organized and staffed entirely by volunteers, the Classic is one of the largest community events of the year in McMinnville and marshals the resources of one of Oregon's friendliest and most cohesive communities. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day festival, some who have returned every year since the festival began in 1993 as a small gathering at the McMinnville Armory.

"It's a great festival," said Rich Washburn, Vice-President of Eola Hills Wine Cellars, a long-time Classic exhibitor. "We get a lot of wine-savvy customers who come not only from across the state but from across the country. It's a great way to spend a day or more."

For wine lovers, the Classic offers truly unique choices for both tasting and purchasing of wines from throughout the state of Oregon. Willamette Valley standouts like Methven Family Vineyards & Winery, Eola Hills Wine Cellars, and Willamette Valley Vineyards will be on hand to pour their exceptional Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris, Chardonnays, and other varietals, alongside smaller, hard-to-find labels like Varnum Vintners, J.L. Kiff Vineyard, Denison Cellars, and Armonea Winery. Brands from Southern Oregon such as Troon, Hillcrest Vineyard, and Misty Oaks Vineyard bring the state's diverse bounty of wines to McMinnville for easy tasting and comparison. There are presently over 70 wineries signed up to exhibit, representing virtually all of the AVAs of Oregon. As with previous Classics, the wine buying experience is unparalleled as patrons' purchases are staged at a convenient booth for quick check-out and delivery to their cars.

Sponsor, Golden Valley Brewery, will offer selections of their craft beers, and distilleries like Vinn, Big Bottom, and McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery will pour samples of some of the craft spirits that are making Oregon a leader in custom, small-batch distilling. Food vendors, from barbecue and seafood to baked goods, seasonings and Mexican food will return to round out the food and wine experience.

After entry, patrons pay for each tasting or food item on an individual basis. For information and to order tickets online, go to www.sipclassic.org. VIP Parking, Free Parking, and Portland and McMinnville Shuttles will be available. Check the website for details. www.sipclassic.org


ABOUT THE MCMINNVILLE WINE & FOOD CLASSIC:

- This year marks the festival's 24th consecutive year, and 10th in a row at the Evergreen Space Museum. The 3-day event is one of the longest public food and wine events in the state of Oregon. Hours are Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Ample parking is available, and there will be shuttles from McMenamin's Hotel Oregon, downtown McMinnville.

- Some of the exhibits are cleared from the floor of the Evergreen Space Museum and vendors are interspersed with exhibits like the SR-71 Blackbird, the Titan II Missile and others, making it one of the largest indoor food and wine festivals in the state. Overhead exhibits of rockets and spacecraft add to the atmosphere. Next door on the Evergreen campus is the Evergreen Aviation Museum, with its flagship artifact, the Spruce Goose airplane built by Howard Hughes.

- Over 170 exhibitors are currently signed up, including more than 70 wineries, brewers, distillers, food vendors and crafts that include painting, sculpture, decorative metal and wood-works. Patrons are able to purchase bottles and cases of their favorite wines, with an easy and efficient checkout system that streamlines the purchasing process.

- Tickets for the event are $20 general admission, $17 Seniors and designated drivers. There will be a $3 discount coupon for Friday March 10th. 3-day passes are $36. Early Bird Discounts for tickets purchased prior to 1-15-17 at $15 General Admission, $14 Senior and Designated Driver, and $32 for a 3- day pass.

- General admission is $20/person

- The festival continues to be a major fundraiser for the St. James School of McMinnville, and marshals the resources of 100s of volunteers from the community.

- Dozens of wines are entered for judging resulting in Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best-in-Show awards.

- McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Website: www.sipclassic.org

- View the "The Classic Video" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMze30uDbM0

- Sponsors include Pacific Seafood, Davidson Benefits Planning, Les Schwab, Golden Valley Brewery, McMenamin's Hotel Oregon, Gormley Plumbing and Mechanical, First Federal, Kathleen's Hallmark Shop, Moreland Oil Co, and Albertsons -- Safeway.
Home owners are able to escape an early morning House fire that breaks out at a home in Oregon City. (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 02/23/17 3:01 AM
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At 1:10 am this morning the homeowners at 20105 S Southend Road in Oregon City awoke to a noise in their home this morning which turned out to be a fire in the home. They evacuated and called 911 and first arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the structure. Firefighters quickly knocked down the bulk of the flames but the fire had made its way into the attic. Crews had to pull the ceiling inside the home to completely extinguish the fire and to check for hot spots. Clackamas Fire District 1 fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported and Canby Fire assisted at the scene.

Remember to have working smoke alarms in every sleeping room along with
Outside of the sleeping areas of your home.


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Hailstorm creates hazardous road conditions in Polk County which resulted in multiple vehicle crashes
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/17 9:23 PM
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at about 3:34 p.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 22 at 52nd Avenue NW, Salem. The west bound lanes of Highway 22 were shut down for over an hour, which caused traffic to back up 3-4 miles and into the city limits of Salem.

The crash occurred after a brief hailstorm covered a portion of the highway. Two eastbound vehicles lost control on the slick highway and slid across into the west bound lanes, causing crashes. Multiple other west bound vehicles collided with each other as they were attempting to avoid the initial collision. A couple of the minor crashes were handled by the occupants themselves by exchanging information.

There were three occupants transported to the Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
SMART Reading Program (Photo)
Reynolds Sch. Dist. - 02/22/17 7:29 PM
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Volunteer to read for one hour per week with SMART(R) (Start Making A Reader Today) at a Reynolds elementary school.

As a SMART volunteer, you'll read one-on-one with kindergarten through third-grade students from NOW through mid-May. The consistent, one-on-one time helps build reading motivation, enjoyment, and literacy skills. SMART is fun and encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving students new books each month to take home and keep. Opportunities available at Alder, Hartley, Margaret Scott, Troutdale, Wilkes, and Woodland Elementary Schools, which are located in Portland, Gresham, Fairview and Troutdale.

We are looking for 40 volunteers; reading times vary by school! Visit www.getsmartoregon.org or call 971-634-1603 for more information.


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Update: Hit & Run Auto Ped Investigation - Requesting public's assistance (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/17 6:57 PM
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UPDATE 02/22/2017: Thanks to public attention in this case, Sheriff's detectives have located the vehicle used in the Hit & Run crash which left a pedestrian severely injured. This investigation remains active and on-going. Additional details will be released as the investigation progresses. Investigators appreciate the media and public attention which helped lead to locating the suspect vehicle. See attached photograph of suspect vehicle.


Case number 17-1578
In the early morning hours of Monday, February 20th, 2017 just before 2 AM Sheriff's deputies responded to an auto/pedestrian hit and run crash at the 4100 block of NE 54th Avenue in Vancouver. Scene investigation shows that a 34 year old male, resident of Vancouver, WA. was walking on NE 54th Avenue along the shoulder of the roadway when he was struck by a southbound vehicle. The striking vehicle then fled the crash scene.
From debris left at the crash, investigators believe the suspect vehicle to be a Nissan sedan, unknown color, which should have significant damage to the passenger side grill and headlamp as well as damage to the vehicle's hood.
The victim was discovered lying severely injured along the roadway by a passerby. He was transported via ambulance to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center in critical condition. Due to his injuries, detectives have not yet been able to interview the victim. This case is under investigation of the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit.
Anyone with information that might lead to the identity of the hit and run driver is asked to contact Detective Todd Young at Todd.Young@Clark.Wa.Gov


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Agencies Work Together to Rescue Drowning Woman (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/22/17 5:44 PM
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Today at about 4 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call of a person screaming in the Willamette River. While boat crews from the Sheriff's Office and the Salem Fire Department were responding a Keizer Police Officer spotted the person and kept watch as they drifted down the river.

Salem Fire Departments Boat 5 was first to arrive on scene and pulled an adult female from the water. The female was rushed from the water to a waiting ambulance at the Keizer Rapids Park. The female was extremely hypothermic and rushed to the Salem Hospital where she is being treated. The identity of the female and how she ended up in the water is unknown at this time, deputies do believe alcohol played a role.


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Woman Missing from Lincoln City Area - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 5:43 PM
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On the evening of February 21, 2017, Lincoln City Police Department received a report that Lynette Kay PROPST, age 60, of Lincoln City, had been missing for a few days. PROPST was last contacted by text message on February 19, 2017.

Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office located PROPST's 2002 Nissan Pathfinder parked and unoccupied in Rocky Creek State Park. A note in the window indicated that the Nissan had broken down and she would return for it soon.

A search of the area was conducted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and the United States Coast Guard. PROPST was not located and a search is on-going.

Oregon State Police is seeking the public's help in identifying any witnesses or the whereabouts of PROPST. Anyone with information is urged to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 503-375-3555.

PROPST is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 113 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Public Health Advisory Board ad-hoc subcommittee to meet March 6 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 02/22/17 4:52 PM
February 22, 2017

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

What: A special ad-hoc subcommittee meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discussion about guiding principles for legislation

When: Monday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8266406974935496706. The public also can listen via conference call at 1-877-848-7030, access code 2030826.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

For more information, see the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/LOCALHEALTHDEPARTMENTRESOURCES/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Oregon Wildlife Foundation Donates ATVs to OSP to Support Wildlife Law Enforcement (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 3:44 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently received a donation of three ATV's from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation. The three ATV's will allow the Troopers to cover more area and be more effective in the enforcement of the Fish and Wildlife laws. The Oregon State Police is very appreciative of the donation by the Oregon Wildlife Foundation and their continued support.

Attached is the press release from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation and link below.

http://www.oregon-wildlife.org/single-post/2017/02/21/Donation-supports-commitment-to-combat-wildlife-crime-in-Oregon


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Evergreen Public Schools reports 80 percent sign-up rate for College Bound Scholarship
Evergreen Sch. Dist. - 02/22/17 3:41 PM
Vancouver, WA--Evergreen Public Schools is pleased to report that nearly 80 percent of last year's eligible eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship (CBS) program by the June 30 deadline. Statewide, over 30,000--71 percent--of eligible students signed up for the program.

To highlight the role of school districts--and especially middle schools--in signing students up, Governor Inslee has recognized over 200 schools and 103 school districts-including all six Evergreen middle schools (Cascade, Covington, Frontier, Pacific, Shahala and Wy'east)- with Gold Star Awards. These schools and districts exceeded the statewide average sign-up rate of 71 percent. School district sign-up rates are available on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.

The College Bound Scholarship helps Washington's low-income students reach higher levels of educational attainment. In combination with other state aid, it covers tuition at public college rates. Eligible students sign up in middle school by June 30 of their eighth grade year to receive an early commitment of state funding.

Even with more students signing up for the program, College Bound high school graduation rates have held steady. For the last five years, they've been more than 10 percentage points above the statewide average for low-income students who did not sign up for the program. The 2016 four-year high school graduation rate for College Bound Scholarship students was 76 percent. In comparison, only 64 percent of low-income students who were eligible--but didn't sign up--graduated in 2016.

The benefits of the College Bound Scholarship program extend beyond high school. College Bound students are enrolling in college at slightly higher than the statewide rate. To receive the scholarship, students must be admitted to and enroll in an eligible college within one year of high school graduation. In 2013-14, College Bound students enrolled in college at a rate of 64 percent. This is three percentage points higher than the statewide college enrollment rate of 61 percent.

"As part of our equity initiative, we want to ensure every student has a full range of options when they graduate from Evergreen Public Schools-including the opportunity to afford and attend college," said Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent John Deeder.
Three People Arrested at City Hall Today After Disturbance in City Council Chambers (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 02/22/17 3:12 PM
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On Wednesday February 22, 2017, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Portland Police Bureau officers arrested three people in connection with a disturbance at City Hall, located at 1221 Southwest 4th Avenue. At approximately 9:30 a.m., several individuals disturbed a City Council meeting in chambers. After several people cleared out of chambers, a group of people remained unlawfully in the entry way of City Hall from Southwest 5th Avenue after they were requested to leave the building. Three people were arrested while numerous others left the area upon police arrival.

Those arrested were:

21-year-old Christopher August McGregor was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.

24-year-old Zachary Pursley was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.

29-year-old Jeffrey Richard Singer was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Interfering with a Peace Officer and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.

No force was used during today's arrests.

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Beaverton Honored with High Bond Rating
City of Beaverton - 02/22/17 3:05 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's general obligation bonds received an AA+ rating from Standard & Poor's (S&P) Global Ratings. The ratings measure Beaverton's financial health. The AA+ rating reflects Beaverton's strong economy, management, financial performance and flexibility, and more.


"I'd like to thank Patrick O'Claire, our finance director, for 25 years of responsible financial management and his outstanding team," said Mayor Denny Doyle.


AA+ is the second highest possible rating. Beaverton uses these bonds to fund the building or purchasing of city facilities. The rating allows the city to borrow money at low rates to build the public safety center and gives high confidence to investors purchasing the bonds. In February, Beaverton issued $35 million in general obligation bonds to fund the planned public safety center. Beaverton voters authorized the bond sale in the November 2016 election.


The bond measure will not increase residents' bond tax rate because it replaces the Beaverton City Library construction bonds. The rate is about 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Property owners will continue to pay about $4.20 per month of property with an assessed value of $250,000.


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


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

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100 years of Roses! Parks Bond Project enhances accessibility at Portland Parks & Recreation's International Rose Test Garden (Photo)
Portland Parks & Recreation - 02/22/17 1:43 PM
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World-famous garden celebrates centennial in 2017, events planned

(Portland, OR) --

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)'s iconic International Rose Test Garden (IRTG) in Washington Park is celebrating its centennial this year (1917-2017). It was in February, 100 years ago, that Portland received official notice the American Rose Society had selected the city as the location for the national test garden, in part to help preserve European roses threatened by World War I. Now, a century later, the renowned site is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States. Around 700,000 visitors come to the world-famous rose garden each year. The garden will remain open during construction.

WHAT: Groundbreaking celebration for Rose Garden accessibility improvements
WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2017, 1pm-2pm
WHERE: Int'l Rose Test Garden store, 400 SW Kingston

Free and open to all guests, including children. Speakers include Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz and PP&R Director Mike Abbaté, who will welcome friends, staff and partners.

The IRTG will benefit from a Parks Replacement Bond project to improve accessibility from the nearby parking areas into and near the site. The project will remove ADA accessibility barriers from the main Garden promenade and improve the connection to the parking lot, allowing all visitors to enjoy one of the top free attractions in Oregon. Construction starts in March 2017 and is expected to be substantially complete by this coming June.


The project includes:
Improving slopes and grading
Adding new handrails
Removing stairs leading into and out of the area on the main promenade by the Beach Memorial Fountain

"Washington Park's International Rose Test Garden has been a centerpiece of our City for 100 years," says City Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "Entering the next century with greater accessibility for all is an equitable and appropriate way to celebrate one of the Rose City's signature attractions. Our hope for the Centennial Year is that our citizens and visitors see this as a chance to reignite their love for the garden or to visit for the first time."

"The International Rose Test Garden is a source of pride for all of us at Portland Parks & Recreation," says PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. "We are proud to be the steward of this world-renowned jewel and look forward to the next 100 years. We give many thanks to the many partners and volunteers who have given countless hours to develop and maintain the gardens since its beginnings in 1917."

CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF ROSES
Portland Parks & Recreation and dedicated partners in the rose community are celebrating 100 years of Portland roses in Washington Park with commemorative events throughout the year, culminating in a Community Celebration Day on Saturday, August 26. This free, fun and large public celebration will include family-friendly activities staged among the roses during the day, ending with an evening concert in the adjacent Int'l Rose Test Garden amphitheater. It will be an opportunity for all Portlanders to celebrate a signature attraction which helps define the Rose City.

Other garden enhancements include the coming installation of interpretive signs and a monument to honor the garden curators of the past 100 years, scheduled for installation in September.

"PP&R rose gardens have been my 'office' for 29 years," says International Rose Test Garden Curator Harry Landers. "Through that time and continuing today, I'm especially proud to showcase the garden's unique role in Portland's history and what it offers today to visitors from all around the world."

Landers will spearhead the planting rows of a special yellow centennial rose, currently in the process of being named by the Friends of the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden, and which will be available for sale to the public. The Friends formed to preserve and enhance the rose garden as a heritage resource and destination for the Portland community and visitors from around the world. Hundreds of Friends volunteers care for the roses through pruning and deadheading, as well as provide tours. Around 700,000 visitors come to the world-famous rose garden each year. The Friends will be hosting a ticketed Wine and Roses Gala as a fundraiser for the garden in August. PP&R thanks the Portland Rose Society, Royal Rosarians and Rose Festival Association for their partnerships, which are represented via features within the grounds. These advocates have a key role as historic contributors to the IRTG's development, as well as to the cultivation of Portland's noted passion for roses.

The primary purpose of the IRTG is to serve as a testing ground for new rose varieties (hence the word "test" in the garden's formal name!) However, the garden's original creation served two significant historic purposes -- a sanctuary for roses during World War I that European hybridists feared might be wiped out in the bombings, as well as a crown to Portland's campaign in the early 1900s to secure the reputation as the City of Roses. Over the last 100 years, millions of visitors from every corner of the globe have contributed their own stories to the garden's history, and 2017 will be a year to celebrate it all. More history about the Int'l Rose Test Garden is available here.

Take public transit to Washington Park
Please note that reservoir construction has significantly reduced parking in and around Washington Park. Visitors are encouraged to take MAX to the Washington Park stop. Starting in April, the free Washington Park free shuttle runs through the park each weekend, including a stop at the IRTG. The shuttle then runs seven days a week from May through September.

More help is needed to close the play gap
Portland Parks & Recreation remains grateful to Portland voters for the $68 million Parks Replacement Bond, which takes aim at a $258M funding gap for major maintenance needs over the next ten years. Further, PP&R anticipates $480M in unfunded growth needs during that period. That adds up to a $738M funding gap over the next decade, which Commissioner Fritz will continue to work with City Council to address. Currently, 19% of people living in Portland do NOT have access to a park or natural area within a 15-minute walk, and the bureau is working hard to close this "play gap". PP&R data show that pools are one of the bureau's most widely utilized features, and we recognize their importance to the community.


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Photos: I-5 rockfall, southbound lanes MP 10 (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 02/22/17 12:58 PM
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I-5 Siskiyou Summit: NB lanes are open again at MP 1 with full chain requirement, except for 4x4s unless towing. Still holding SB traffic at exit 14 due to rock slide near MP 10. Expect chain requirement when SB traffic reopens.


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Intersate 5 Closed on Siskiyous
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 12:25 PM
Interstate 5 is currently closed due to rock slides and snow. Traffic is being held in both the southbound and northbound directions at this time from milepost 14 to the California border.

For road conditions and restrictions use tripcheck.com for the most current and up to date information.
Reward Offered in Bias Crime Assault - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-08 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 02/22/17 11:52 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect in a bias crime assault.

On February 7, 2017, at approximately 10:07 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 2600 block of Southeast Clay Street on the report of an assault.

Officers arrived and spoke to the victim, a 35-year-old Hispanic man, who told police that he works at Holman's Funeral Service and was outside checking the property for storm damage to a rock wall. The victim told police that while he was checking the wall, an unknown male walked towards him and began yelling anti-immigrant slurs and hit him several times with some kind of object, possibly a belt. The victim was able to run away and get inside the funeral home to call police, while the suspect and a second male not involved in the assault walked away westbound on Southeast Clay Street.

The victim did not suffer any serious injuries.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. No surveillance video was located in the immediate area.

The suspect is described as a white male, 22 to 29 years old, 5'9" tall, medium build. The victim met with a forensic sketch artist to produce a sketch of the suspect, which is being released to the public to aid in this investigation.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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

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Registered Sex Offender Wanted for Questioning in Sex Abuse investigation (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 02/22/17 11:33 AM
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The address where the runaway was found is 16990 SW Blanton St. #B Beaverton

The Beaverton Police Department needs the community's help in locating a suspect in a sex abuse investigation.

On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 detectives located a 14 year old runaway at a residence housing numerous subjects on probation for various sex offense related assaults. This runaway had been staying at this residence in the bedroom of Brendon Robert Louis Doyle, 25 years of age. Doyle is a registered sex offender.

Doyle has a felony warrant for his arrest for a parole violation out of Oregon State Parole Board related to his sex offender status.

If you know where Doyle can be located or have seen him, please call the Beaverton Police at (503) 629-0111. You can also call Detective Opitz at (971) 563-7545 or (503) 526-2674.


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TOMORROW: Michael Allen Harrison & Julianne Johnson in Concert for Rockwood Area Youth (Photo)
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 02/22/17 11:24 AM
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WHO: The Salvation Army, Michael Allen Harrison, Julianne Johnson, Rockwood and Gresham area youth

WHAT: Concert benefitting after-school youth, music and sports programs for low-income youth. Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson, as well as students at The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy, will perform. In addition to the concert, there will be hors d'oeuvres, a live and large silent auction (more than 100 items and baskets), and more.

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017; doors open at 5:30PM, hors d'oeuvres at 6:15pm, & concert starts at 7PM

WHERE: The Salvation Army Gresham Corps
473 SE 194th Ave (194th & Stark)
Portland, OR 97233

ADMISSION: $15 per person

WHY: "Music can change the world because it can change people" -- Bono. The Salvation Army believes in the power of music and how it can change lives. Youth in The Salvation Army's after- school programs find themselves challenged to overcome adversity and become the people they want to be. Music allows this expression and fosters growth, persistence, and more. Michael Allen Harrison has been a longtime friend of The Salvation Army in Gresham and once again supports them in this concert event to keep music alive so that it can change lives. Julianne Johnson joins him this year for what is certain to be an incredible concert. Ms. Johnson also serves on The Salvation Army Portland Metro Advisory Board.

MORE: All proceeds support after school programs including the Gresham Music Academy program at The Salvation Army, which provides free lessons for any student in need including brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass, voice, xylophone, ukelele, and group lessons in choir, timbrels, band, and drums; a sports program featuring youth basketball, educational tutoring, and computer lab.

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(Portland, OR) February 16, 2017 -- "Music can change the world because it can change people" -- Bono. For The Salvation Army, this rings so very true and is part of its daily ministry to low income families and children. To help change lives, The Salvation Army, Gresham Corps at 194th and Stark, and Michael Allen Harrison are once again collaborating for an incredible evening at their local Corps, benefitting the Gresham Music Academy. This year, though, Julianne Johnson, current Salvation Army Portland Metro Advisory Board Member, will also join Michael on stage for a sensational show. "An Evening with Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson" will be on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 7pm, featuring Michael Allen Harrison, Julianne Johnson, and musical talent from The Salvation Army Gresham Music Academy. Admission is just $15 per person.

In addition to the concert, the evening will include hors d'oeuvres, desserts, silent and live auction, and student and family testimonials. Doors open at 5:30pm, hors d'oeuvres served at 6:15pm, and the concert begins at 7PM.

All proceeds support after school programs including the Gresham Music Academy program at The Salvation Army, which provides free lessons for any student in need including brass, guitar, piano, drums, bass, voice, xylophone, ukelele, and group lessons in choir, timbrels, band, and drums; Sports program including youth basketball; educational help, tutoring program and computer lab.

The event is sponsored by Weston Pontiac Buick GMC Kia and Mark Kralj, both in Gresham. Heritage, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Friends level sponsors are still needed from $100-$5000. Donations of items needed for the silent and live auctions. Contact Marcia McQuade at 503.661.8972 x 414, or marcia.mcquade@usw.salvationarmy.org for more info.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 128 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyPortland


Attached Media Files: Michael Allen Harrison performing at the 2016 concert with The Salvation Army Gresham Corps
SAIF hosting free farm safety seminar next week in Woodburn
SAIF - 02/22/17 11:00 AM
Summary: The seminar, which is free to anyone interested in agricultural safety, will be on Wednesday, March 1 at the Legacy Health Wellspring Conference Center. The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch is included. Photos from recent presentations are available by request.
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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get more information, or view the schedule of seminars, at http://www.saif.com/agseminar.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com
Preview - County adds enhanced features to mass notification system (Photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 02/22/17 10:38 AM
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Good morning Media Stakeholders who support Lincoln County public safety agencies and community members.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office will be releasing our official media release, Friday, 02/24/17, on the new enhancements on our mass notification system, previously referred to as Citizen Alert and now referred to as Lincoln Alerts.

Our added enhancement is the ability to subscribe to a specific KEYWORD via text by our community members, visitors and businesses. The Keywords are provided in partnership with our local Cities and Tribe and will also provide avenue for County Departments to directly update community members with road, transit and other important information.

I have attached for your reference our 1 page Lincoln Alerts announcement as well as our new branding icon/logo that can be utilized on all social media sites. The new website for Lincoln Alerts is co.lincoln.or.us/alerts . I would ask that you hold off on advertising or announcing this until Friday as we want to make sure we have everything in place.

If you have interest in talking with us in advance or later we will make ourselves available; we are very, very excited to be able to highlight the current program features as well as this new partnership with our Cities and Tribe.

In closing,

BE IN THE KNOW...We can't alert you if we can't reach you!!

Regards,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office
(541) 270-0702 Cell


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University of Portland continues as top school for Fulbright awards among master's level institutions
University of Portland - 02/22/17 10:34 AM
The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master's level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University tied for third place nationally in student Fulbright awards for the academic year 2016-2017, with six students who have received the prestigious grant to study, conduct research and/or teach English abroad.

"The Fulbright Program provides a unique opportunity for young people to bring their passion for service and commitment to teaching in communities around the world," said University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. "We are honored that this distinguished program provides continued recognition of the depth and talents of our outstanding students at the University of Portland."

The six Fulbright recipients were awarded English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) to several countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Currently, two of the Fulbright scholars are teaching English in South Korea. The other four are currently each in positions teaching English in Argentina, Germany, Malaysia, and Mexico. The 2016 Fulbright recipients were Kristen Jakstis '16 (Germany), Erin Nishijima '16 (South Korea), Jonathan Squires '13 (South Korea), Katherine Lord '16 (Malaysia), Taylor Zehren '16 (Argentina), and Josefina Duran-Martinez '16 (Mexico).

The University of Portland continually ranks in the top tier of all master's level institutions. Since 2001, students from the University have earned 58 Fulbright grants.

The United States Fulbright program began after World War II to "assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world" through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given over 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
For more information on the University's ranking, please go to http://www.chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-Fulbright/239220. For further information about the Fulbright Program, please visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.
Camas Papa Murphy's Robbed
Camas Police Dept. - 02/22/17 9:59 AM
On February 21st, 2017 just before 9pm, Camas Police units were dispatched to an armed robbery that just occurred at the Camas Papa Murphy's restaurant on SE 8th Avenue.

Just before the restaurant closed, an adult male entered the store and demanded money from the registers. The suspect was armed with a handgun but neither of the two employees were harmed.

The suspect fled the scene and a CCSO K9 Unit assisted in attempting to track the suspect but he was not located.

The investigation is on-going and no further information can be released at this time.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Camas Police Department at (360)834-4151.
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/22/17 9:10 AM
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its 50th anniversary this year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, and the Portland Greek Festival.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon."

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival started in 1968 as a celebration of the summer solstice and all things Scandinavian on Oregon's North Coast. Operated by the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association, this three day festival is held annually during the third weekend in June at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds east of Astoria.

The festival attracts thousands of visitors from near and far who are interested in exploring the rich culture and heritage of the Scandinavian countries. From its popular Finnish pancake breakfast to the Running of the Trolls, the festival abounds with educational opportunities in areas of customs, language, and the arts. In addition to traditional handicraft and food booths, entertainment is provided by Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups.

Loran Mathews, Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President, and Leila Collier, 2017 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Chair, remarked in a joint statement: "We thank the Oregon Historical Commission for this prestigious honor and invite all Oregonians and visitors to share our traditions and heritage by attending our festival."

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx.

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###


Attached Media Files: Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Oregon Heritage Tradition designation
'Hamilton' creator's 'In the Heights' showing at PCC through March 19 (Photo)
PCC - 02/22/17 8:59 AM
(In foreground, actor Mason Congeyer as Benny surrounded by Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (upper left) as Carla, Brice Schmietenknop (lower left) as Vanessa, Hannah Thorton (middle right) as Daniela and Jade Tate as Nina Rosario.
(In foreground, actor Mason Congeyer as Benny surrounded by Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (upper left) as Carla, Brice Schmietenknop (lower left) as Vanessa, Hannah Thorton (middle right) as Daniela and Jade Tate as Nina Rosario.
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SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Community College's Theatre Arts Program presents the Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "In the Heights," this March.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music and lyrics based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

"I am so excited to offer the community the chance to see the talented students, faculty and staff who will be part of 'In the Heights,'" said Visual and Performing Arts and Design Division Dean Gene Flores. "This is a wonderful learning opportunity for everyone who is a part of the production, and the musical's themes are timely for the audience, as well."

The highly touted, two-act show was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It also earned a Grammy nod for Best Musical Show Album in 2008, followed by the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

"In the Heights" opens at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 and continues Wednesday through Sunday, March 15-19 in the Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus (12000 SW 49th Ave.). A matinee performance will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 16 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 19.

General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students are $10. For tickets and more information, please visit www.pcc.edu/about/theatre.

This production contains profanity and adult situations. It is recommended for mature audiences only.

"In the Heights" takes place in the largely Dominican-American borough of Washington Heights in New York City. Over the course of three days, the audience gets to know this tight-knit Latino community and their aspirations for themselves and their families. Set to hip-hop music reminiscent of the 1990s and orchestrated with Cuban and Latin rhythms, the show is a party waiting to happen.

"'In the Heights' is a remarkable tale of families and neighbors with hopes and dreams, successes and failures, wrapped in the tapestry of the American Dream," said "In the Heights" Director and Music Instructor Julianne Johnson-Weiss. "The musical reflects their struggle to be American, while holding on to the culture and traditions, which intrinsically denote who they are and why they survive."

The production features a talented and diverse cast of PCC students, faculty, staff and community members. The cast includes Curtis Gonzales (Liberty High School graduate) as Usnavi; Jade Tate (Southridge) as Nina Rosario; Nate Pimentel (Southridge) as Sonny; Jenny Morgan (Sunset) as Ellie Camila Rosario; Zach Johnson (Wilson) as Kevin Rosario; Melissa Bailey (Heritage) as Abuela Claudia; Brice Schmietenknop (Los Alamitos) as Vanessa; Mason Congeyer, (Vancouver School of the Arts and Academics) as Benny; Hannah Thorton (Scappoose) as Daniela; Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (Pennsylvania) as Carla; Luis Ventura (Mexico City) as Piragua Guy; and Kyle Menzies (Tigard) as Graffiti Pete.


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

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


Attached Media Files: (In foreground, actor Mason Congeyer as Benny surrounded by Lauren Hernandez-Lamont (upper left) as Carla, Brice Schmietenknop (lower left) as Vanessa, Hannah Thorton (middle right) as Daniela and Jade Tate as Nina Rosario. , Actress Jade Tate, who plays Nina Rosario, is embraced by Congeyer
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/21/2017
Sandy Police Dept. - 02/22/17 8:31 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/21/2017


ESTACADA:

1C 2017-327

On 02/21/17 at about 1330 hrs., police towed a vehicle which was abandoned near the intersection of SW Dogwood Road and SW Lakeshore Drive. The vehicle had been previously tagged for being abandoned.

1C 2017-CAD

On 02/21/2017 at about 1430 hrs., police performed a welfare check in the 700 block of N Broadway Street. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-320

On 02/21/2017 at 0144 hrs., police were called to a death investigation in the 30000 block of Sunset Street. There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the man's death.

18 2017-328

On 02/22/2017 at about 0330 hrs., an unidentified male in a new, black Chevrolet Suburban with chrome around the windows, stole items from a vehicle in the 18000 block of Antler Avenue. The victim chased the Sububan for a short time, then later called police, who were unable find the suspect.

18 2017-329

On 02/22/2017 at about 0705 hrs., police received a report about a theft from a vehicle that had occurred in the 18000 block of Meadow Avenue. A report is pending (CAD).
January 2017 storms unload chilling number of slip and fall injuries
SAIF - 02/22/17 8:27 AM
Summary: SAIF reports more slips, trips, and fall claims last month than the past five Januarys combined.
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As a result of the heavy snow and ice statewide last month, more Oregon workers suffered slips, trips, and falls than in any recent January, according to SAIF data.

More than 700 workers filed claims with SAIF for injuries due to slips, trips, and falls in ice and snow in January, far exceeding the nearly 250 injuries in January 2016--in fact, there were more slips, trips, and falls this January related to ice and snow than in the past five Januarys combined. Slips, trips, and falls due to ice and snow made up 21 percent of all claims SAIF received this January.

With more snow in the forecast for parts of Oregon this week, SAIF again wants to remind Oregonians to take it easy walking on snow, slush, and ice. This includes walking like a penguin--we have a demonstration on how, here: https://youtu.be/eOlrFVDRAjM --and creating an inclement weather procedure for your company. Workers and employers can find more cold weather safety tips at http://www.saif.com/news/inclement-weather-can-mean-an-increase-in-injured-workers.html and additional resources on the saif.com "Safety and health" page.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work.
Armed Robbery Investigation at King Neighborhood Subway Early Wednesday Morning
Portland Police Bureau - 02/22/17 3:49 AM
On Wednesday February 22, 2017, at 2:26 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Subway sandwich shop, located at 5700 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the employee who told police that the suspect entered the shop armed with a handgun and approached the counter. The employee immediately ran to the back of the store, leaving the suspect alone at the counter. A customer was inside the store also and exchanged words with the suspect who left without obtaining any money.

Several officers, including a Canine Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a black male, 40 to 50 years old, over 6'00" tall, medium to stocky build, wearing a mask or bandanna covering his face, armed with a handgun.

Robbery detectives will work to determine if this suspect matches the description of other unsolved robbery cases.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

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Tue. 02/21/17
UPDATE - Public's Help Needed to Locate Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Child -- LOCATED
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/17 9:27 PM
February 21, 2017 - Thanks to the media and Facebook posts, detectives received several tips to the whereabouts of Mr. Jorge E. Bravo-Copado. With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the public's tips lead to the arrest of Mr. Bravo-Copado in the McMinnville area. (original press release below)

Mr. Bravo-Copado has been arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail on Rape I (three counts) Sexual Abuse I (three counts) and Unlawful Sexual Penetration I. His bail is set at $750,000. He will be arraigned on Wednesday February 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Bravo-Copado's mugshot is not available at time of press release.


ORIGINAL RELEASE
Public's Help Needed to Locate Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Child

February 20, 2017 -- Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit need the public's help to locate a man wanted for sexually assaulting a child under 12.

In May 2016, a child under 12 years of age disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times by Jorge E. Bravo-Copado, 24, of Cornelius, at a residence in rural Washington County. Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit investigated and found evidence which corroborated the sexual abuse.

Mr. Bravo-Copado has not been seen since May 2016. His Facebook account was deleted and his bank account was closed last summer. In August 2016, a logger found Mr. Bravo-Copado's truck abandoned in a remote area of Yamhill County. Detectives do not believe there was any evidence of foul play. Mr. Bravo-Copado works in the construction industry and all of his tools were missing from his truck.

On February 15, 2017, a Washington County grand jury indicted Mr. Bravo-Copado on the following charges:

Rape I (three counts)
Sexual Abuse I (three counts)
Unlawful Sexual Penetration I
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating Mr. Bravo-Copado. If you have any information on him or his whereabouts, please contact detectives at (503) 846-2500.


Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1128/102034/170221_UPDATE_-_Publics_Help_Needed_to_Locate_Man_Wanted_for_Sexually_Assaulting_Child.pdf