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  • Commissioners present annual State of the County address

    Commissioners present annual State of the County address

    Date: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​On February 14, Oregon's 159th birthday, Commissioners Janet Carlson, Kevin Cameron, and Sam Brentano delivered their annual State of the County address to a packed house as part of SEDCOR's monthly economic business forum. The commissioners covered topics ranging from innovation and technology for agriculture, to infrastructure investments, public and mental health, public safety, and homelessness.

    Commissioner Brentano focused his remarks on forest policy and transportation. Affirming Marion County's support for a Third Bridge across the Willamette River, Brentano said, "The roads from Marion and Polk counties are necessary to get people and products to and from Salem and the rest of the world. This bridge has a regional impact and we believe it's necessary for this area to survive and thrive."

    Commissioner Cameron gave several examples of economic development initiatives in the Santiam Canyon, North Marion County, and Salem-Keizer. He also made the case for a dedicated patrol district in East Salem that would add ten deputies, stating, "This will free up deputies to serve our rural communities. Public safety always has to be our priority as elected officials."

    Commissioner Carlson's comments focused on public safety, homelessness, and mental health. As a community priority, Marion County allocates approximately 78 percent of the general fund budget to public safety services. The county is launching Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion to connect certain non-violent offenders with treatment, housing, and health services in lieu of jail, and is working alongside the Mid- Valley Community Action Agency and other community partners to open a shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Other new initiatives include Stepping Up which will divert mentally ill people from the county jail and pre-trial justice which will prioritize jail stays for those awaiting trial by their likelihood of appearing for court and safety risk to the community.

    Commissioner Carlson concluded her portion of the presentation by announcing her retirement at the end of her current term. She said, "This is the best job I've ever had. As a county commissioner, we can see the influence of the work that we do every day."

    The State of the County can be viewed on YouTube at http://bit.ly/2018StateoftheCounty or on the Board of Commissioners Facebook page (@MarionCountyBoard).

    The presentation will be replayed on Comcast channel 21 through February 26 at the following times:
    February 17 at 2:30 p.m.
    February 18 at 8:30 a.m.
    February 20 at 10:00 a.m.
    February 21 at 12:00 p.m.
    February 23 at 4:00 p.m.
    February 25 at 7:00 p.m.
    February 26 at 8:00 a.m.

    The State of the County kicks off the commissioners' annual community tour with town hall meetings throughout the county. The tour begins next week with a community meeting at the Mt. Angel Library on February 21 from noon to 1 p.m. The library is located at 290 E Charles St. in Mt. Angel. See our meetings and events​ list for a complete list of community forums. 

    For more information about State of the County or Marion County's programs and services, visit our website at www.co.marion.or.us contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or commissioners@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • St. Louis Fish Ponds Park to open for the season

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Park to open for the season

    Date: 2/9/2018 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​GERVAIS, OR - Marion County Parks announces that St. Louis Fish Ponds Park will open for the season on March 1, 2018.

    St. Louis Fish Ponds is located thirteen miles north of Keizer and is a popular warm water fishing and dog training destination. The park has a concrete pathway to the fishing sites, as well as ADA accessible restrooms and picnic tables, and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

    For more information, please call 503-588-5036 or visit the Marion County Parks web site at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/Pages/default.aspx.

    For information about fishing and gun use at the park, please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 503-947-6100.

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  • Dog Shelter seeking dog foster care homes

    Dog Shelter seeking dog foster care homes

    Date: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Community Services - Dog Services

    ​Marion County Dog Shelter is currently recruiting for volunteer dog foster care homes. Foster care home volunteers are taught to feed, groom, socialize, train, and medicate the dogs – all from the comfort of their own homes. Fosters are given all of the supplies needed to care for the foster dog including medical supplies, food, leashes, bowls, toys, and more.  "Providing a foster home is one of the best things you can do to help stray dogs. Fostering a dog not only helps with the future adoption of the animal, it also helps free up kennel space for other dogs in need," said Ashleigh Young, Foster Care Coordinator.

    Some of the most common reasons dogs are sent to foster care are minor medical issues such as skin problems requiring daily medication, additional training needs, or nervous behavior in the shelter environment. When the animal is ready to be adopted, the shelter will post the dog's story and photographs on the shelter website and actively seek to find a loving home. Foster providers are also welcome to participate in outreach events.

    Foster care homes must be able to provide a safe, caring, and stable environment for the foster dog. Fostering can be a great opportunity for those that wish to volunteer, but feel they don't have time for a more traditional volunteer role. Fostering allows flexibility, takes place in your own home, and is something the whole family can be involved in.

    To sign-up or learn more about the Marion County Dog Shelter foster care program, contact Foster Care Coordinator Ashleigh Young at (503) 316-6698 or email mcdsfosterdogs@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • Members Needed for the Special Districts Budget Committee

    Members Needed for the Special Districts Budget Committee

    Date: 1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Are you a resident of the Brooks Community Service District, the Fargo Interchange Service District, or the Labish Village Sewage & Drainage District? Would you like a chance to speak up and share your thoughts or ideas on how to make your community a better place to live? Marion County is seeking volunteers for vacant positions on these three advisory boards to provide a voice for community issues and approve the annual budget for each district.

    The Special Districts Budget Committee meets with the Marion County Board of Commissioners, acting as the governing body to each of these three separate districts, to advise the governing body of issues concerning each district. Members are appointed by the Marion County Board of Commissioners to serve three-year terms and must live within the district served. Commitment requires attendance at scheduled meetings and public hearings and participation in discussions involving each district.

    Application forms are available at Marion County Business Services, located at 555 Court Street NE, Fourth Floor, Salem, Oregon, or online at http://www.co.marion.or.us/BS/VOL/Pages/default.aspx. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the District. For more information or to receive an application by mail, contact Roxanne Fleming, Service Districts, at (503) 588-5084 or by e-mail at rfleming@co.marion.or.us.

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  • Feb
    16

    Commissioners present annual State of the County address

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​On February 14, Oregon's 159th birthday, Commissioners Janet Carlson, Kevin Cameron, and Sam Brentano delivered their annual State of the County address to a packed house as part of SEDCOR's monthly economic business forum. The commissioners covered topics ranging from innovation and technology for agriculture, to infrastructure investments, public and mental health, public safety, and homelessness.

    Commissioner Brentano focused his remarks on forest policy and transportation. Affirming Marion County's support for a Third Bridge across the Willamette River, Brentano said, "The roads from Marion and Polk counties are necessary to get people and products to and from Salem and the rest of the world. This bridge has a regional impact and we believe it's necessary for this area to survive and thrive."

    Commissioner Cameron gave several examples of economic development initiatives in the Santiam Canyon, North Marion County, and Salem-Keizer. He also made the case for a dedicated patrol district in East Salem that would add ten deputies, stating, "This will free up deputies to serve our rural communities. Public safety always has to be our priority as elected officials."

    Commissioner Carlson's comments focused on public safety, homelessness, and mental health. As a community priority, Marion County allocates approximately 78 percent of the general fund budget to public safety services. The county is launching Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion to connect certain non-violent offenders with treatment, housing, and health services in lieu of jail, and is working alongside the Mid- Valley Community Action Agency and other community partners to open a shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Other new initiatives include Stepping Up which will divert mentally ill people from the county jail and pre-trial justice which will prioritize jail stays for those awaiting trial by their likelihood of appearing for court and safety risk to the community.

    Commissioner Carlson concluded her portion of the presentation by announcing her retirement at the end of her current term. She said, "This is the best job I've ever had. As a county commissioner, we can see the influence of the work that we do every day."

    The State of the County can be viewed on YouTube at http://bit.ly/2018StateoftheCounty or on the Board of Commissioners Facebook page (@MarionCountyBoard).

    The presentation will be replayed on Comcast channel 21 through February 26 at the following times:
    February 17 at 2:30 p.m.
    February 18 at 8:30 a.m.
    February 20 at 10:00 a.m.
    February 21 at 12:00 p.m.
    February 23 at 4:00 p.m.
    February 25 at 7:00 p.m.
    February 26 at 8:00 a.m.

    The State of the County kicks off the commissioners' annual community tour with town hall meetings throughout the county. The tour begins next week with a community meeting at the Mt. Angel Library on February 21 from noon to 1 p.m. The library is located at 290 E Charles St. in Mt. Angel. See our meetings and events​ list for a complete list of community forums. 

    For more information about State of the County or Marion County's programs and services, visit our website at www.co.marion.or.us contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or commissioners@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • Feb
    15

    Meet Marion County's new Juveneile Director

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    This article appears in the February 15, 2018, Marion County TODAY ​e-newsletter.

    ​Troy Gregg has a passion for working with youth and it shows. From coaching youth basketball to working as camp counselor in college, Troy has made his career working with youth. After an almost 20 year career at the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA), Troy was hired as the Marion County Juvenile Department Director following the retirement of longtime director Faye Fagel.

    At OYA, Troy served in multiple positions, including as a parole and probation officer for the north coast region, program manager at the Tillamook Youth Accountability Camp, and as the Superintendent of the Eastern Oregon Youth Facility and the Rogue Valley Facility in Grants Pass.  His final position in OYA, prior to coming to Marion County, began in 2008, where he served as the Superintendent of the Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility until its closure and consolidation with the MacLaren facility last fall.

    Troy said, "Throughout my career in juvenile justice, I have had the opportunity to work at every level except the front end – when kids first walk in the door. This is where you have the most influence; to help kids do the right thing, get them headed in the right direction. I'm excited about the opportunity to not only use my experience to help lead the department into the future, but also to learn more myself. I've been very impressed with Marion County's people and programs."

    In addition to a full complement of youth programs, Troy also inherited two capital projects. A second juvenile courtroom is under construction and expected to open this spring and construction will begin on a new juvenile administration building later this year. "I am excited as we are moving into the final stages of the design process to create a building that supports the mission of the Juvenile Department both in appearance and atmosphere. Our mission is to provide youth accountability and opportunities for positive change and we want our new building to portray that we are here to create and support youth in those changes."

    Troy and his wife Debbie are busy parents to three young children. As a family they enjoy traveling, geocaching, basketball, and activities at their church. ​

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  • Feb
    15

    Talkin' Trash: Keeping your recycling trash free

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    This article appears in the February 15, 2018, edition of Marion County TODAY​ e-newsletter​

    Marion County has a long history as a state and national leader in waste reduction and recycling. 2017, however, has proven a challenge not only for Oregon, but much of the West Coast. As a whole, the West Coast has depended on China to buy the lion's share of our recovered materials, including paper, plastics, metals, and more. However, a significant amount of the recycled material China was getting was contaminated with food waste, garbage, and other unusable materials from wishful recycling – you know, all the stuff you "wish" was recyclable, but really isn't.

    China has since announced strict requirements on importation of all post-consumer plastic and unsorted paper and other materials. The ban has created a major disruption in recycling and currently there is no excess capacity in recycling markets worldwide to absorb the material China is no longer accepting. That leaves Marion County, and other jurisdictions, with a lot of material and few markets. The county is working closely with local garbage haulers, recyclers, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on potential solutions. This is a dynamic issue and changes to county recycling programs will likely be announced in the near future. Watch our website for updates and visit www.mcrecycles.net for the Marion County Recycle Guide.

    In the meantime, residents and businesses can help by reducing and reusing first, then ensuring that mixed recyclables are clean and free from trash. Common blue bin contaminants in the mixed recycling include glass, plastic bags, hoses and ropes, diapers, milk cartons, and clothing or other textiles.

    If you want to kick it up notch, start a green team at your workplace and consider EarthWISE certification. The program recognizes businesses that have made a commitment to environmentally friendly practices and provides tools and resources for continued improvement. Become a Master Recycler and work within your own community to train others and create programs and projects around waste reduction and recycling.

    You can also take the Save the Food pledge. Did you know that the average family throws away one-fourth of the food they purchase? There are simple strategies to help you plan ahead, shop smart, prep early, and properly store food to save time and money. In many Marion County cities, including Salem, Keizer, and Woodburn, food waste is acceptable in your yard debris cart for composting.  

    Making a difference doesn't have to be complicated. Anyone can pack groceries home in reusable bags, drink from a reusable water bottle, bring your own insulated tumbler to your favorite coffee shop, and more. It's been said that, "Recycling takes a little effort on your part, but it makes a big difference to the world." And it's true.

    For more information about Marion County's waste reduction and recycling programs, contact Environmental Services at (503) 588-5169 or email EnvironmentalServices@co.marion.or.us.​

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  • Feb
    15

    New veteran services program comes to Marion County

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    This article appears in the February 15, 2018, edition of the Marion County TODAY​ e-newsletter.​

    As part of a partnership between Marion County, Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA), and Mid-Valley Community Action Agency, veterans living in Marion County will soon be served by a new dedicated veteran service program. In 2016, there were 24,148 veterans living in Marion County. The Veteran Services Officers (VSO) will provide benefits counseling, as well as represent and advocate for veterans, their dependents, and survivors in obtaining benefits for which they are entitled.

    Community Action has been serving homeless veterans in Marion County for many years through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families, the Oregon Health Authority's veteran's rental assistance program, and other programs. Adding VSOs will help the organization build on current services, as well as extend services to additional area veterans.  Jimmy Jones, Community Action's Director of the ARCHES Project, said, "It's an honor, privilege, and tremendous responsibility to serve our local veterans. We are grateful to Marion County for entrusting us with this work."

    Marion County, through Community Action, can expect to serve about 3,000 veterans and their dependents each year. As services transition from ODVA, VSOs are receiving comprehensive training in navigating the federal VA process to ensure claims are submitted accurately and efficiently. There are no fees to the veteran for services. The program will be co-located with Community Action's ARCHES Project at 615 Commercial Street, NE in Salem, and is expected to open in April 2018. ​

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  • Feb
    9

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Park to open for the season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​GERVAIS, OR - Marion County Parks announces that St. Louis Fish Ponds Park will open for the season on March 1, 2018.

    St. Louis Fish Ponds is located thirteen miles north of Keizer and is a popular warm water fishing and dog training destination. The park has a concrete pathway to the fishing sites, as well as ADA accessible restrooms and picnic tables, and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

    For more information, please call 503-588-5036 or visit the Marion County Parks web site at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/Pages/default.aspx.

    For information about fishing and gun use at the park, please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 503-947-6100.

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  • Feb
    4

    RESCUERS SEARCHING FOR MISSING HIKER, HENLINE FALLS **FINAL**

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: February 4th, 2018 9:52 AM
    Early this morning around 4:00 a.m., rescuers began carrying the injured hiker to an area where he could be hoisted to safety. The hoisting location is some 600 feet below where the hiker fell and it took rescuers nearly 4 hours to carry the man to that location. At 09:20 a.m., the hiker Andrew Agnesse,(Pronounced; "In-Yes") age 21, of Beaverton was air lifted and transported to the Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

    From our investigation deputies believe Mr. Agnesse and two of his friends entered the woods near Henline Falls, yesterday afternoon. None of the men were prepared for the conditions and attempted to climb terrain beyond their skill level, resulting in the fall and injury to Mr. Agnesse. This incident is a reminder to all of our residents and visitors to always be prepared for conditions when recreating outdoors.

    The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of those rescuers who made this operation possible.

    Corvallis Mountain Rescue
    Stayton Fire Department
    Gates Fire Department
    Salem Fire Department
    Linn County Sheriff's Office
    Lane County Sheriff's Office
    Marion County Search and Rescue
    Army Air National Guard

    Images of the rescue are available at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/autrx9iihjj3bsf/AAAwkqvt3xFyXd4zBGajuMFCa?dl=0


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    Tonight around 11:30 p.m., Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Linn County Search and Rescue and Marion County Search and Rescue began the hike in to assist in the recovery of the injured hiker. Due to the terrain the vast majority of the team was turned around and 8 climbers continued in to the injured man.

    At 12:20 a.m., those climbers reached the injured man and are now working to assess the situation and begin planning the rescue. The below link contains images of those climbers beginning their ascent. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/autrx9iihjj3bsf/AAAwkqvt3xFyXd4zBGajuMFCa?dl=0


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    At 8:15 p.m., rescue personnel reached the injured hiker and are now rendering him aide. Rescuers are describing the man as being seriously injured. Due to the extreme terrain and dangerous conditions rescuers will be waiting until first light before moving the injured man.

    Specialized teams with Corvallis Mountain Rescue and The Army Air National Guard will be arriving at first light to begin evacuation procedures. Deputies have learned that the hiker was exploring waterfalls with friends and fell after attempting to reach a higher peak to view the falls. Rescuers will remain with the man until he can be transported.

    This story will be updated when additional information is available.


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    Today at 5:30 p.m. the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called after a man fell approximately 30 feet near Henline Falls.


    Deputies believe the man is seriously injured and in need of immediate rescue. Fire personnel from several agencies along with members of the Sheriff's Office search and rescue team are responding and attempting to locate the man now. Additionally Deputies are in the process of requesting assistance from the Army Air National Guard. No one is currently with the injured man.


    The area searchers are responding to is very remote and it will take some time before teams can arrive at the location where the man is believed to be.


    This release will be updated as soon as more details are available that time frame is not yet known.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
    Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
    Email: cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    RESCUERS SEARCHING FOR MISSING HIKER, HENLINE FALLS **FINAL**
  • Jan
    25

    POTATO CHIPS AND A MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH, HOW ONE WOMAN'S LIFE WAS FOREVER CHANGED

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    ​News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 25th, 2018 10:40 AM

    One of the most exciting pieces of working as a deputy sheriff is the variety of contacts and complex problems you will get to work on daily. In one moment you could be conducting a routine investigation and only seconds later be asked to perform life saving techniques.
    This was no better demonstrated then on December 21st, 2017 at 6:51 p.m., that's when Angelica Sandoval would be forever impacted by her "Angel" Deputy Gregg Ramseyer. Ms. Sandoval, an employee at DeDe's Deli located at 132 Lancaster Drive SE in Salem was in her office working when she heard a deputy asking for video footage from their parking lot.

    Deputy Ramseyer was in the store investigating a hit and run crash and believed the restaurants video surveillance may have captured the incident. Before Ms. Sandoval could help she began choking on a potato chip and could no longer breathe. Another employee Cassie Sarff, recognized Ms. Sandoval was choking so she attempted the Heimlich Maneuver and swept her mouth using her finger.

    Deputy Ramseyer seeing what was unfolding in front of him radioed for paramedics and came to the aide of Ms. Sandoval. Although the Heimlich was being performed by Ms. Sarff, Deputy Ramseyer recognized Ms. Sandoval was not improving and now turning blue. Deputy Ramseyer took over for Ms. Sarff and performed several cycles of the maneuver clearing the obstruction which allowed Ms. Sandoval to breathe normally.

    Commander Eric Hlad was quoted as saying, "Each day I am amazed with our deputy sheriff's dedication to the safety of our visitors and residents. We could not be more proud of Deputy Ramseyer and his ability to recognize an emergency and take life saving action."

    A video of the incident is available in the link below. Ms. Sandoval is available for media interviews, her information can be obtained by emailing cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/19gn5od4mdun7k4/IMG_0282.TRIM.MOV?dl=0
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
    Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
    Email: cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    POTATO CHIPS AND A MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH, HOW ONE WOMAN'S LIFE WAS FOREVER CHANGED
  • Jan
    24

    Denyc Boles appointed to fill House District 19 vacancy

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Today, the Marion County Board of Commissioners selected Denyc Boles to fill the current vacancy for State Representative, House District 19. Ms. Boles was among three candidates nominated by the Marion County Republicans to fill the position vacated by Jodi Hack in December 2017.

    Three nominees were interviewed in a special board session this morning that included Ms. Boles, Dr. Satyanarayana Chandragiri, and Michael Hunter.

    “We were fortunate to have three excellent candidates and thank each for stepping forward to fill this important role representing the constituents of House District 19,” said Commissioner Janet Carlson. “Denyc Boles has extensive experience working in the legislature and brings wide-ranging knowledge and experience to hit the ground running starting with the special session next month.”

    The session was videotaped and will be replayed on Comcast channel 21 today at 7 p.m., January 27 at 9 a.m., and January 28 at 4 p.m. The video is archived on Marion County social networks. It was also streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

    For more information, contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or email commissioners@co.marion.or.us​. ​

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  • Jan
    23

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 23rd, 2018 3:34 PM
    Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

    The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

    NAME: William Blizzard
    SID#: 11749027
    DOB: 7/22/1977
    CURRENT AGE: 40


    RACE: W SEX: M
    HEIGHT: 6'2" WEIGHT: 190 lbs
    HAIR: BRO EYES: BLU

    RESIDENCE: 20150 Ferry RD SE
    Stayton, OR 97383

    William Blizzard is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of: SODO I, INCEST, UNLAWFUL USE OF VEHICLE AND MAIL THEFT

    This person was granted supervision on: 2/16/2012
    Supervision expiration date is: 11/02/2018

    Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
    [X] Sex offender treatment
    [X] Submit to polygraph
    Other: Blizzard's victim pool includes adult males and females known to him.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
    Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
    Email: cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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  • Jan
    18

    Members Needed for the Special Districts Budget Committee

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Are you a resident of the Brooks Community Service District, the Fargo Interchange Service District, or the Labish Village Sewage & Drainage District? Would you like a chance to speak up and share your thoughts or ideas on how to make your community a better place to live? Marion County is seeking volunteers for vacant positions on these three advisory boards to provide a voice for community issues and approve the annual budget for each district.

    The Special Districts Budget Committee meets with the Marion County Board of Commissioners, acting as the governing body to each of these three separate districts, to advise the governing body of issues concerning each district. Members are appointed by the Marion County Board of Commissioners to serve three-year terms and must live within the district served. Commitment requires attendance at scheduled meetings and public hearings and participation in discussions involving each district.

    Application forms are available at Marion County Business Services, located at 555 Court Street NE, Fourth Floor, Salem, Oregon, or online at http://www.co.marion.or.us/BS/VOL/Pages/default.aspx. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the District. For more information or to receive an application by mail, contact Roxanne Fleming, Service Districts, at (503) 588-5084 or by e-mail at rfleming@co.marion.or.us.

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  • Jan
    9

    Dog Shelter seeking dog foster care homes

    Posted by: Community Services - Dog Services

    ​Marion County Dog Shelter is currently recruiting for volunteer dog foster care homes. Foster care home volunteers are taught to feed, groom, socialize, train, and medicate the dogs – all from the comfort of their own homes. Fosters are given all of the supplies needed to care for the foster dog including medical supplies, food, leashes, bowls, toys, and more.  "Providing a foster home is one of the best things you can do to help stray dogs. Fostering a dog not only helps with the future adoption of the animal, it also helps free up kennel space for other dogs in need," said Ashleigh Young, Foster Care Coordinator.

    Some of the most common reasons dogs are sent to foster care are minor medical issues such as skin problems requiring daily medication, additional training needs, or nervous behavior in the shelter environment. When the animal is ready to be adopted, the shelter will post the dog's story and photographs on the shelter website and actively seek to find a loving home. Foster providers are also welcome to participate in outreach events.

    Foster care homes must be able to provide a safe, caring, and stable environment for the foster dog. Fostering can be a great opportunity for those that wish to volunteer, but feel they don't have time for a more traditional volunteer role. Fostering allows flexibility, takes place in your own home, and is something the whole family can be involved in.

    To sign-up or learn more about the Marion County Dog Shelter foster care program, contact Foster Care Coordinator Ashleigh Young at (503) 316-6698 or email mcdsfosterdogs@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • Oct
    17

    Marion County Parks Closing For The Season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​MARION COUNTY, OR – Several seasonal Marion County parks will close to the public on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Parks that are closing include:

    • Aumsville Ponds on Bates Road SE near Aumsville;
    • Bonesteele Park on Aumsville Hwy SE;
    • Spong's Landing on the Willamette River north of Keizer; and,
    • Minto, Niagara, North Fork, and Salmon Falls parks, which are all in the North Santiam River Basin.

    Two other county parks have already closed for the season: St. Louis Fish Ponds west of Gervais, and Bear Creek Park and Campground on North Fork Road near Mehama.

    The Marion County parks that remain open year-round are:

    • Auburn, Denny, Eola Bend, Joryville, Labish Village, and Parkdale in the Salem area;
    • Rogers Wayside near Silverton; and,
    • Packsaddle along the North Santiam River.

    For more information these county parks, including descriptions and locations, visit the Marion County Parks web site at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/ or call (503) 588-5036.

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