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Monday September 28, 2015 - Times viewed: 7463
When Jay and I created this blog in January 2010, we created a sort of ‘blog bucket list.’ The items on the list were reasonable we felt, including seeing marijuana legalized across America, and specifically Oregon. The United States legalization item of course is still on the list, but we were able to scratch off the Oregon item last November. This week we get to cross off another item, as we are both going to be able to go into a storefront on Thursday October 1st and make our first recreational marijuana purchase in Oregon. We have done it in Washington and Colorado, but since we were born and raised in Oregon, this week’s legal purchase will mean so much more. Recreational marijuana sales will be limited in Oregon at first. People can only purchase flower (no edibles, topicals, dabs, etc.), clones, and seeds. Every other form of marijuana will have to wait until 2016 to be sold for recreational purposes until the state can get more rules in place. Flower is fairly straight forward to regulate, but edibles and other products have to have packaging rules, dosage rules, and other rules in place before sales can begin of those products. Where do Oregon TWB readers plan on mak ...
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Monday September 28, 2015 - Times viewed: 7473
On September 27, 2015 at about 2PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcycle on Interstate 5 near milepost 6 (near Siskiyou Summit). Preliminary information indicates a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 negotiating a right hand curve when the rider lost control. The motorcycle first struck four orange construction barrels and then a concrete barrier. The operator, William R LARSON, age 70, from Toledo, Washington was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center by ambulance. LARSON was pronounced deceased upon his arrival at the hospital. One lane of northbound was closed for two hours while the investigation was conducted. It ...
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Monday September 28, 2015 - Times viewed: 7483
On Monday, Judge Jamese L. Rhoades sentenced 22-year-old Beau Wesley Smith for the killing of Michael Hampshire, 66. Smith pled guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree and to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (psilocybin mushrooms). For the Manslaughter in the Second Degree, the defendant was sentenced to 75 months in the Department of Corrections. For the possession of a controlled substance charge, the defendant was sentenced to 6 months in the Department of Corrections, concurrent to the time ordered as part of the manslaughter. Manslaughter in the Second Degree is a Ballot Measure 11 offense with a mandatory minimum of 75 months without eligibility for programming or a reduction of the sentence. On November 12, 2014, the Salem Police Department responded to the intersection of D St. Ne and Winter St. NE where they found the victim, Michael Hampshire, on his back and deceased from a physical attack. The defendant contacted a Salem Police officer in the area and was taken into police custody and interviewed by two Salem Police Department detectives. During the interview, the defendant told detectives that he consumed psilocybin mushrooms and admitted that ...
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Monday September 28, 2015 - Times viewed: 7448
Starting October 1, adults in Oregon will be able to walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and buy pot for recreational use. But not in dozens of communities across the state, where local officials have banned such sales. Across the street from a KFC in La Grande, Oregon, you can buy marijuana -- if you know where to look. "There's no marijuana leaves, there's no any of that. We just have an open sign and a green cross in the window,” said Rona Lindsey, the owner of Highway 30 Cannabis. The medical marijuana dispensary has been open just over a year. And despite the low-key storefront, she says business is brisk. It’s a victory of sorts for Lindsey, who was arrested along with her husband on drug charges in 2006 after police raided their home. All of those charges were dropped. Lindsey says the fact that the city allowed her to open a dispensary is a sign that her name was finally cleared. Still, she said she could reach even more customers if given the chance. "We get probably 40 phone calls a day and I don't know how many people walking in a day asking if they can come in and buy recreational,” Lindsey said. Local bans on recreational pot The answer to tha ...
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Monday September 28, 2015 - Times viewed: 7445
Even though the calendar says summer has passed, residents of Linn and Benton counties are reminded that the ban on backyard debris burning that began June 15 remains in effect until further notice. The annual burn ban continues with the provision "until further notice" due to the current fire danger. Rain received so far this month has had no enduring effect on wildfire risk. "Oregon has endured a significant wildfire season. Forest fuel conditions are still tinder dry and will need a prolonged wetting rain event to recover," said Albany Fire Department Chief John Bradner. Rural fire agencies and the Oregon Department of Forestry have the authority to enforce and regulate the burn ban. Under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 477, the department may issue citations for violation of the burning restrictions. For more information on the open burning restrictions as well as advice on safe debris disposal, contact the nearest Department of Forestry office or the local fire department. ...
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Monday September 28, 2015 - Times viewed: 7490
COLUMBIA COUNTY - On Portland Rd. in South Columbia County Sunday afternoon one man was killed in his a Chevrolet Impala. His passenger was seriously injured after a motor vehicle crash. The driver of a second vehicle, a truck involved in the crash was also injured. The dead driver in this crash is believed to have been driving at a high rate of speed southbound on Old Portland Rd. when his Impala crossed the center line and hit a box truck traveling northbound near the address of 58443 Old Portland Rd. at approximately 4:37 p.m. When deputies and medics arrived on scene, the driver of the Impala (identified as William D. Nagel, 42, Scappoose) was already dead. His female passenger was trapped in the vehicle, as was the male driver of the box truck. Extrication equipment was used to remove the driver of the box truck and the passenger of the impala. The female passenger of the Impala was taken to Emanuel Hospital by Lifeflight helicopter. Her status is unknown at this time. The box truck driver was taken by ground ambulance to Emanuel Hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. ...
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Sunday September 27, 2015 - Times viewed: 7454
PORTLAND, Oregon - A Portland police investigation of an early morning shooting in Downtown Portland led to a pursuit of gang subjects to Fairview, Oregon. The driver, 28-year-old Ean Patrick Nisbett, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was found hiding in the neighborhood by the Gresham Police SWAT Team. The passenger who ran from the vehicle and found by Gresham SWAT, 23-year-old Geontae Brachaurd Jones, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a parole violation. 21-year-old Jaelan Reid, one of two people who remained in the car, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a parole violation. The fourth person in the car, a 23-year-old male, was released pending further investigation. Two firearms were seized as part of this investigation, which remains active. Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspects is asked to contact Detective Todd Teats at 503-823-2137, ...
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Sunday September 27, 2015 - Times viewed: 7468
FOREST GROVE, Oregon - This afternoon around 6:00 pm, Forest Grove Police Detectives arrested 19 y/o Henry Louis Gulacy, of Forest Grove in the 3200 Block of Pacific Avenue on two counts of Arson I. Gulacy's arrest caps a month long investigation into two recent house fires in Forest Grove. The first fire occurred on August 28th, 2015 in the 2100 block of Hawthorne Street in an occupied dwelling. A family of five were awakened by a smoke alarm at approximately 4:30 am and were able to escape the structure without serious injury. The 100 year old home sustained extensive damage. On September 17, 2015 a second, unoccupied residence was extensively damaged by fire in the 2300 Block of 9th Avenue. Fire crews were called to this fire at approximately 11:00 pm. ...
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Sunday September 27, 2015 - Times viewed: 7445
A URANGAN man posed as a 13-year-old boy and coerced a 13-year-old American girl to send him nude photographs, the Hervey Bay District Court heard. Shane Douglas Grigsby, 38, was sentenced to 18 months jail for charges involving the sending and possessing child pornography between January 2014 and June 2014. The sentence will be suspended after Grigsby serves four months. Commonwealth Prosecutor William Ness said Grigsby pretended to be a 13-year-old and befriended a teen from Happy Valley in Oregon, stating he was going to be moving to the region from Australia. "She thought she was communicating with a 13-year-old boy," he said. Mr Ness said Grigsby asked the girl to be in an online relationship with him and coerced the teenager to send him eight photographs of her exposing various parts of her body. The court heard when the girl tried to end the relationship with him, Grigsby posted a nude photo of her to social media site Instagram stating he would not take it down until she rekindled their relationship. A friend of the teen reported the photo to police in America who alerted the Queensland Police Service. "There was a certain level of planning sophistic ...
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Sunday September 27, 2015 - Times viewed: 7445
They claimed that it was time when people came out and fought for the honor and awareness of people fighting this disease. Tamara Gordon said she and other walk organizers “were touched and humbled by the outpouring of support to put an end to this horrid disease”. The “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” kicked off Saturday afternoon on Saturday at UT’s campus. “We’re raising funds so that this horrendous disease can be stopped”. It’s the Alzheimer’s Associations biggest event of the year and this is just one of six walks taking place across Oregon. “Our goal this year was to raise $30,000”. “This is the only disease that does not have an effective treatment or cure within the top 10 diseases in the USA”, Arnold said. Someone is suffer from Alzheimer’s malady every 68 moments within the United States. “I lost my father-in-law to this disease and my parents are struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia as well”, she said. The walk also servers as more than a fundraiser, it’s a chance to connect with a community. Participants learned more about the disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support p ...
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Sunday September 27, 2015 - Times viewed: 7449
Oregon Treasurer, and Portland mayoral candidate, Ted Wheeler recently participated in a cannabis round table discussion in Portland, Oregon. I was fortunate to be invited to the event, but unfortunate enough that I couldn’t attend due to work (have to pay those bills!). Hardworking activist Michael Bachara was there, and was able to capture some video and was even kind enough to post a transcript of the video on YouTube. Below is the transcript, followed by the video of what Ted Wheeler said at the event: There’s a number of ways that the Mayor of Portland could lead in Cannabis Policy. First of all, let’s acknowledge that this is a legal and regulated industry. Some of the issues I’d like to see resolved include banking. Right now, the cannabis industry does not have access to a legal banking framework. That means it’s a high volume cash industry. That creates some public safety issues. It certainly makes it more difficult for the industry to be regulated the way people expect the industry to be regulated and frankly it makes it a very difficult proposition for those in the cannabis industry whether they’re growers or whether they’re suppliers or whether they’re at the reta ...
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Sunday September 27, 2015 - Times viewed: 7465

The Oregon Hemp Convention just added banking luminary John Sullivan to its lineup of distinguished speakers. Sullivan will speak on the fact that, while recreational marijuana has been legalized in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, it is still illegal on the federal level, discouraging most traditional banks from working with marijuana businesses.

The Oregon Hemp Convention will examine a variety of issues and opportunities in the Northwest’s legalized recreational cannabis industry. The event takes place October 10 and 11, at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and there is a suggested canned food donation to the Oregon Food Bank.

Sullivan has extensive experience in banking, systems design and compliance, and in the emerging marijuana industry, where he has been recognized as a national leader in development of banking standards. This year, he joined Integrated Compliance Solutions, which provides the Seed to Bank™ solution, enabling both the businesses and banks to be fully compliance with the FinCEN and Department of Justice Guidelines. Seed to Bank™ has been reviewed and approved by the FDIC for banks in mu ...

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Sunday September 27, 2015 - Times viewed: 7489
PORTLAND, Oregon - This Sunday morning at 2:06 a.m., a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at Southeast 29th Avenue and Stark Street. Police located Chris Chandler, 34, lying on Southeast Stark Street near Southeast 29th. It was just after two Sunday morning when the driver of a white Honda civic hit Chandler. A friend of Chandler said he heard the crash, and saw Chandler hit the ground and was knocked unconscious in the crash and died a few hours later at the hospital. Friends say Chandler was "one-of-a-kind", a bit sarcastic, witty and kind to others. "What he loved he loved very intensely, and I was always glad to see him", he told KATU. "You know he just deserved better than what he got. You meet so few people who are so genuine and so gentle at the same time. I didn't know anyone that didn't like him. You know, he was a very, very well-liked person." The suspect vehicle is described as a smaller, white car. Anyone with information about this hit and run should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333 or the lead investigator, Officer Erik Koppang, at 503-823-2216, ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7480
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Saturday September 26, 2015, at 12:45 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 82nd Avenue and Clinton Street on the report of a crash between a man in a wheelchair and a driver in a pick-up truck. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the man in the wheelchair, 39-year-old Ronald Edwin Shapland. He was transported to a Portland hospital for treatm ...

Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7464
On September 25th at about 4:00 PM alert neighbors recognized Steven Eric Lewis Jennings as being wanted in connection to the US Bank robbery from earlier in the month. Neighbors called 911 and said that the subject had recently been seen at an address on Sandpiper drive in the Orchards area of Vancouver. Members from the Vancouver Police Department's Neighborhood Response Team were already in the area on an unrelated matter. The home was quickly surrounded and Mr. Jennings was ordered to surrender. Mr. Jennings refused to surrender peacefully. A K-9 unit from the Vancouver Police was brought it to help search. It was determined that Mr. Jennings was likely hiding underneath the house in a very small crawl space. The K-9 unit, his handler and two detectives went under the house and found some broken water pipes. The K-9 unit located Mr. Jennings at the furthest point away from the opening. To reach Mr. Jennings Detectives had to "belly crawl" from one end of the house to the other. Detectives were unable to evacuate Mr. Jennings the way they had crawled in. The Vancouver Fire Department arrived and cut a hole in the floor next to where Mr. Jennings and the detectives were. All ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7464
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Friday, 29-year-old Omar Rene Solano Villanueva, a Beaverton resident, was indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury on charges including Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, related to a sexual assault at a Southwest Portland residence, during the early morning hours of September 12, 2015. Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives arrested Solano Villanueva in Downtown Portland on September 18, 2015, after it had been reported to police that Solano Villanueva had met a 28-year-old woman at a Downtown Portland bar, after which, they had gone together to a restaurant in the Hillsdale area of Southwest Portland, where they listened to music and had a drink. At the end of the evening, around 2:30 a.m., the two parted ways, after the woman had declined Solano Villanueva's offer to walk her home. The victim reported that through their conversation, Solano Villanueva would have known that the woman lived within a few blocks of the restaurant, in the residential neighborhood just East of the Hillsdale Center, which is located in the 6300 block of Southw ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7450
Estimated 1,500 People Served at Union Gospel Mission's Operation Overcoat Portland, OR - At Union Gospel Mission's 15th Annual Operation Overcoat event, the homeless and low income people in need were able to enjoy a street fair with live music, a free barbeque meal, and were able to select coats, boots, and clothing to prepare them for the cooler fall weather. 1,206 meals were served and attendance was estimated at 1,500. In addition to the clothing and food, many other services were available. Guests were able to get free haircuts thanks to some hairstylists who volunteered their time. Medical Teams International mobile dental van was at the event providing free dental services. Care Oregon had an informational tent at the event to assist individuals in learning about health care options and provided free vaccinations. Over 400 volunteers had a hand in putting Operation Overcoat together, including some Portland police officers who volunteered to hand out men's coats at the event. Operation Overcoat is the largest single day of service for the year at Union Gospel Mission. Last year, over 6,000 articles of clothing were given away at Operation Overcoat and event ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7469
Recreational marijuana use is legal in Oregon, but that hasn’t stopped the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from engaging in an eradication program costing American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. In 2014 alone, the agency spent $960,000 to remove 16,067 pot plants in the state of Oregon, where the drug was made legal in 2012. If you do the division, the price tag comes to almost exactly $60 dollars per plant destroyed. The number appears even more startling when considering the average nationwide per-plant-destruction cost is $4.20, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Much of this money goes towards funding helicopters that scout out marijuana farms from the sky, as well as having officers on foot uproot the plants that are spotted. Overtime pay alone cost taxpayers about $275,000 last year. This apparent paradox between legality and crackdowns exists because, while marijuana is legal at the state level, it remains criminalized federally and the DEA is part of the federal government. The agency defends its activities on the grounds that much of the pot grown in Oregon is, they say, sold in parts of the country where pot is still illegal. However, ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7457
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon will host the annual Soup's On event to benefit Sunshine Pantry on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Catholic Athletic Center, 4275 SW 148th Avenue. 

"We must do everything we can to make sure no one goes hungry," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "The City of Beaverton is proud to support this annual event." 

Local vendors will provide soups, bread, desserts, and coffee for the annual tasting event, and there will be a no-host, cash only wine bar. Attendees and special guest judges will vote on their favorite soups, and the top three vendors will receive the golden, silver, and bronze ladle awards. 

A judges' choice award will also be presented. The guest judges for the soup contest include Samantha Bakall, food and dining writer, The Oregonian; Byron Beck, features editor, GoLocalPDX; Keely Chalmers, environmental reporter, KGW; Jenny Hansson, news anchor, KOIN6; Rhonda Shelby, morning meteorologist, KATU; Miles Vance, editor, Beaverton Valley Times; and Joe Vithayathil, feature reporter, KPTV's "Good Day, Oregon." 

"There will also be some friendly comp ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7495
The Oregon State Police is continuing its investigation into Thursday evening's double fatal crash in Harney County. Just after 8PM on September 24, 2015, OSP received report of a westbound reckless vehicle driving at a high rate of speed with no headlights on Highway 20. Minutes later OSP was advised the vehicle had just crashed near milepost 114 (15 miles west of Burns). OSP Troopers and emergency personnel arrived on scene to discover a single vehicle had rolled multiple times killing both occupants. Preliminary information indicates a 2001 Chevy Tahoe left the roadway for unknown reasons. The Chevy rolled multiple times and ejected the occupants. Caleb E LYNN, age 22, and Danielle SHEA, age 42 (both of Eagle, ID) were deceased upon emergency crews arriving on scene. It is not clear at the time of this release who the driver of the vehicle was. It is believed there were no safety belts in use at the time of crash and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. The investigation is continuing. OSP was assisted on scene by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Hines Fire Department, Harney EMS and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7453
PORTLAND, Oregon - On Thursday afternoon, four people connected to this incident were located and detained by North Precinct officers. Robbery detectives responded to conduct an investigation and ultimately determined that this incident was not a robbery but a physical dispute between the store owner and four people, resulting in the store owner being assaulted. 18-year-old Andrew Winston Mott was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Third Degree. 16-year-old Geovony Ferreira was lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on a charge of Assault in the Third Degree. Two girls, 16 and 15-years-old, were not charged at this time. ###ORIGINAL STORYW### Today, September 24, 2015, at 3:32 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a robbery call at N.E. 27th Ave. and N.E. Dekum St. Officers were told that multiple individuals were robbing a store at the intersection. Officers have arrived and established a perimeter. A K9 unit has responded and is assisting with a search for the suspects. The incident is ongoing. Traffic in the area of N.E. 27th Ave. and N.E. Dekum St. may be impacted by this incident. ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7458
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide. On Wednesday September 23, 2015, at 8:34 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 15th Avenue and Buffalo Street after multiple reports of gunfire in the area. Officers arrived in the area and located a vehicle occupied with two gunshots victims. Medical personnel responded to the scene and transported a 41-year-old female victim from the scene with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. 30-year-old Stephen Dwayne McCorvey Jr. died at the scene. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that McCorvey died as a result of the shooting. At this time, there is no suspect information. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous. 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 ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7473
After autopsy results from the Oregon State Medical Examiner Office the death of Frank Wilson is being investigated as a homicide. Autopsy results show that Frank Wilson died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Clackamas County Detectives would like to speak with anyone who might have information regarding this incident or who had seen Frank Wilson or his vehicle. This vehicle had a "Vietnam Veteran" sticker in the back window of the cab. Anyone that saw or spoke with Mr. Wilson on Tuesday, 9/22/15 through Thursday, 9/25/15--or anyone with other pertinent information regarding Mr. Wilson is asked to call the CCSO Tip Line at 503-723-4949. ###END UPDATE### At 10:28 am Thursday, September 24, 2015 a passerby spotted a male in a white pickup parked in the parking lot of the Trillium Lake Snowpark off of Hwy 26 east of Government Camp. The male called 911 and reported the male was obviously deceased. Deputies responded and confirmed his findings. Deputies determined this to be a suspicious death and called detectives to further investigate. Clackamas County Homicide and Violent Crime Detectives, Crime Scene Reconstructionist and the Clackamas County Medic ...
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Friday September 25, 2015 - Times viewed: 7455
How many Oregon bridges will hold up in a major earthquake? New data compiled by the Oregon Department of Transportation reveals at least part of the answer. The results aren't pretty for a region facing 1-in-3 odds of a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 50 years. ODOT data details the seismic vulnerability of bridges under state control. The data focuses on “lifeline” routes, or routes deemed critical to emergency services and necessary for “rapid economic recovery after a disaster." The report focuses only on bridges operated by ODOT, and doesn't include nearly 4,000 county or city controlled bridges. Of 1,232 lifeline structures ODOT identified, 713 bridges are considered seismically vulnerable or potentially seismically vulnerable. That's nearly 60 percent of state-identified lifeline bridges likely to collapse or be potentially taken out of use after a quake. The criteria used to evaluate bridges includes age of the bridge, type of construction, and whether seismic retrofits had been completed. The map reveals something that has been abundantly obvious to state bridge engineers for decades — more than half of Oregon’s 2,800 state bridges were built ...
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Friday September 25, 2015 - Times viewed: 7456
Judy Jordan, who sold her Sonoma-based company J Vineyards & Winery to E. & J. Gallo last March, has purchased Chehalem Mountain Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley from the Erath family. “I’m excited about Oregon, because I of course have a passion for Pinot Noir,” Jordan told Inside Scoop. “Chehalem Mountain is very exciting geologically.” Planted in 1968 by Dick Erath, one of Oregon Pinot Noir’s early advocates, Chehalem Mountain Vineyard consists of about 49 acres divided into two parcels, of which 29 are planted, to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The parties did not disclose the terms of sale, but the asking price had been listed at $1.25 million. Jordan’s purchase of this historic property is the latest in a series of recent investments by California vintners in Oregon vineyard land. Jackson Family Wines purchased four Willamette Valley properties in 2013. Evening Land, whose original site is on the Sonoma Coast, now owns Seven Springs Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills. Foley Family Wines purchased Four Graces winery in 2014. (To say nothing of acquisitions from Burgundy: Domaine Drouhin and Louis Jadot.) Jordan founded J in 1986 and built its reputation as ...
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Saturday September 26, 2015 - Times viewed: 7446
WILSONVILLE, Oregon - Two residents of a home located at 18111 SW Kramien Road in Wilsonville were awoken by a quickly moving fire at approximately 6:05 a.m. One resident was able to escape safely. A second resident was still inside the house. As neighbors called 911, an off-duty TVF&R firefighter who lived nearby, was alerted to the fire via the PulsePoint app on his smartphone. TVF&R Firefighter Chris Mills and neighbor Jesse Keller pulled one adult woman to safety to on-scene medical crews. A TVF&R fire investigator has determined that the cause of this fire was related to an electric baseboard heater in one of the bedrooms of the home. Damage to the structure is estimated at $200,000. Crews en route to the scene saw a large column of black smoke prompting escalation of the incident to a second-alarm response. This brought additional resources, including water tenders to shuttle water to the scene for firefighting. On arrival, crews found a single-story house fully involved in fire. Crews began fighting the fire while additional crews tended to the rescued patient. Firefighters searched the home and confirmed no additional occupants were inside. One patient susta ...
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Friday September 25, 2015 - Times viewed: 7454
PORTLAND, Oregon - The 13-year-old Michael Brown has been safely located and is returning home. Previously:
Michael left his home in the area of Southeast 104th Avenue and Pardee Street on Thursday September 24 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Michael has left home on previous occasions and has usually returned on his own or is found near his home. Several East Precinct officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate him. Michael is described as a light-skinned African American male, 5'5" tall, 90 pounds, last seen wearing a green t-shirt and orange shorts. Michael was not wearing shoes when he left home. Michael is described as being borderline autistic. Anyone seeing Michael should call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081. ...
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Thursday September 24, 2015 - Times viewed: 7509
GASTON, Oregon - On September 24, 2015 at about 08:10AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 47 just north of Gaston. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 BMW X5 sport utility was traveling northbound on Highway 47 when it crossed over the center line and struck a southbound 1982 Ford Truck loaded with corn head-on. The truck then struck a northbound 2010 Subaru Legacy and rolled over on top of it. The driver of the BMW, Sarah K RIFFEL, age 27, of Carlton, was taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University with life threatening injuries. The driver of the Subaru, Joy C GEPHART, age 34, of Yamhill, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by ground ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford truck, Richard A BESSEY, age 54, of Dallas and was taken by private vehicle to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The highway was closed for over five hours to allow cleanup of approximately 50 gallons of spilled diesel, allow cleanup of the spilled corn on the highway and conduct the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff's O ...
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Thursday September 24, 2015 - Times viewed: 7459
LONGVIEW, Washington - At 3:05 PM Thusday, Longview Fire a house fire was reported at 2673 Beech Street, in Longview. When fire crews arrived they reported smoke showing from the windows and doors of a one story residence, signifying a working fire. After a quick size up, it was determined that the fire be attacked from the side entry door. Firefighters entered the home, which was occupied by three adults and 10 cats. The home proved to be challenging for firefighters, as they negotiated through the heat and zero-visibility smoke filled interior. Firefighters were also faced with an additional challenge; the home was tangled with a tremendous array of contents and clutter. Ultimately firefighters made their way through the virtual "Jungle Gym" of interior obstacles to the kitchen, where the majority of the fire was located. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. The entire interior of the home is uninhabitable and considered a total loss; however, the fire was extinguished before the structural components of the home were damaged by fire. The three adults living in the home are displaced and Red Cross has been dispatched ...
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Thursday September 24, 2015 - Times viewed: 7474
GRESHAM, Oregon - James Saban, 56, of Portland was arrested today after attempting to trade-in a stolen Corvette to a Portland RV dealership. The story began when Saban arrived at Portland RV on SE 82nd Avenue wanting to trade in a 2003 Corvette for an RV of lesser value and in addition get money back. Saban provided a signed title for the Corvette along with his identification to the employee. ...

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