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  • Commissioners appoint Health Administrator

    Commissioners appoint Health Administrator

    Date: 3/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​The Marion County Board of Commissioners announces the appointment of Cary Moller as the new Health Administrator. Ms. Moller's appointment follows the retirement of longtime administrator Rod Calkins. Ms. Moller begins her new duties March 27.

    Ms. Moller has more than 30 years of behavioral health experience, including service as a developmental disabilities case manager, clinical therapist and program supervisor. She also served as the regional hospital liaison for the Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network. Ms. Moller has most recently served as a Behavioral Health Division Director in Marion County overseeing community and provider services, intellectual and development disabilities and alcohol and drug treatment programs. Ms. Moller holds a Masters in Counseling from Oregon State University and Western Oregon University and is an Oregon licensed professional counselor.

    Commissioner Sam Brentano, chair, said, "We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Cary Moller to Health Department Administrator. Ms. Moller has been a valued and accomplished member of the county's management team for many years and we appreciate her dedicated service."

    Ms. Moller said, "The work of the Health Department is vitally important to the overall health of our ​community. I am privileged to have worked under Rod's leadership and I am so honored to serve as Marion County Health Department Administrator. The staff of Marion County Health Department are dedicated and committed to providing the highest quality services to the residents of Marion County."

    The Health Department will hold an open house on Tuesday, March 28, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for community partners, clients, staff and the public to meet Ms. Moller. The event will be held at the Health Department Center Street campus located at 3180 Center St. NE in Salem.

    The Health Department provides community mental health and local public health services in Marion County. For more information about county health services, visit www.co.marion.or.us/HLT or call (503) 588-5357. 

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  • Marion County Fair announces 2017 big name entertainment

    Marion County Fair announces 2017 big name entertainment

    Date: 3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    ​The Marion County Fair will feature 2 nights of solid National acts as part of the 2017 fair. 

    "We're so excited to announce that we have confirmed Night Ranger for Friday, July 7, and Diamond Rio for Saturday, July 8.  We have worked very hard to bring in the best acts possible and we have surely done that this year. We are thrilled with our line-up and very excited to be able to bring a diverse range of musical acts to our fair," said Fair Board Member Joel Conder who spearheads the fair boards effort on big name acts.  ​

    Night Ranger has earned widespread acclaim, multi-platinum and gold album status while leaving their indelible mark on the music charts with a string of best-selling albums (Dawn Patrol, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, Big Life and Man in Motion), its popularity fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks. Producing legendary hits such as "Sister Christian", "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", "When You Close Your Eyes" the anthem "You Can Still) Rock In America", and more. The band was also one of the first big "video" bands, with more than 10 number one videos on MTV.

    Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of "Meet In The Middle" and became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single.  The band is also known for their hits "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess," "Unbelievable," "In A Week or Two," and more.  They released their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio on Thomas Nelson in 2009.  Diamond Rio's performance on Saturday night will follow the popular Rough Stock Rodeo.

    The Marion County Fair runs July 6 – 9 and is located at the State Fairgrounds.  The four-day event features events and activities such as 4-H and FFA, public competitions, amazing food, commercial shopping, and attractions such as carnival rides, petting zoo, a Rough Stock Rodeo and new this year racing pigs!

    "We're finalizing so many details of the fair," said Jill Ingalls, Fair Event Coordinator.  "Our days are each themed from Honor Day, Awesome Day, Agriculture Day and Family – and each day is packed with activities and fun. New activities are in works, this fair is shaping up to be super. Having the big name acts booked and confirmed this early is icing on the cake!"

    Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids under 5 are free.  Discounts are offered on various days. Parking is free and there is no additional charge for the entertainment or rodeo!  Tickets are available online or at the gate.

    Check out all the details on the new website at www.marioncountyfair.net and be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates and contests.  #marioncountyfair

    Marion County Fair Board

    The Marion County Fair is run by a seven-member board. The board makes decisions on how to operate the fair based on the strategic plan, which is updated annually. The board is governed by bylaws and a management agreement with Marion County. 

    The Marion County Fair has been a proud tradition since 1860!  The mission of the fair is to promote the diverse agricultural and cultural heritage of Marion County through active participation of its citizens.​

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  • St. Louis Fish Ponds Opens For The Season

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Opens For The Season

    Date: 2/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Marion County Parks announces that St. Louis Fish Ponds will open for the season on March 1, 2017.

    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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  • Mar
    21

    Marion County Fair announces 2017 big name entertainment

    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    ​The Marion County Fair will feature 2 nights of solid National acts as part of the 2017 fair. 

    "We're so excited to announce that we have confirmed Night Ranger for Friday, July 7, and Diamond Rio for Saturday, July 8.  We have worked very hard to bring in the best acts possible and we have surely done that this year. We are thrilled with our line-up and very excited to be able to bring a diverse range of musical acts to our fair," said Fair Board Member Joel Conder who spearheads the fair boards effort on big name acts.  ​

    Night Ranger has earned widespread acclaim, multi-platinum and gold album status while leaving their indelible mark on the music charts with a string of best-selling albums (Dawn Patrol, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, Big Life and Man in Motion), its popularity fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks. Producing legendary hits such as "Sister Christian", "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", "When You Close Your Eyes" the anthem "You Can Still) Rock In America", and more. The band was also one of the first big "video" bands, with more than 10 number one videos on MTV.

    Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of "Meet In The Middle" and became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single.  The band is also known for their hits "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess," "Unbelievable," "In A Week or Two," and more.  They released their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio on Thomas Nelson in 2009.  Diamond Rio's performance on Saturday night will follow the popular Rough Stock Rodeo.

    The Marion County Fair runs July 6 – 9 and is located at the State Fairgrounds.  The four-day event features events and activities such as 4-H and FFA, public competitions, amazing food, commercial shopping, and attractions such as carnival rides, petting zoo, a Rough Stock Rodeo and new this year racing pigs!

    "We're finalizing so many details of the fair," said Jill Ingalls, Fair Event Coordinator.  "Our days are each themed from Honor Day, Awesome Day, Agriculture Day and Family – and each day is packed with activities and fun. New activities are in works, this fair is shaping up to be super. Having the big name acts booked and confirmed this early is icing on the cake!"

    Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids under 5 are free.  Discounts are offered on various days. Parking is free and there is no additional charge for the entertainment or rodeo!  Tickets are available online or at the gate.

    Check out all the details on the new website at www.marioncountyfair.net and be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates and contests.  #marioncountyfair

    Marion County Fair Board

    The Marion County Fair is run by a seven-member board. The board makes decisions on how to operate the fair based on the strategic plan, which is updated annually. The board is governed by bylaws and a management agreement with Marion County. 

    The Marion County Fair has been a proud tradition since 1860!  The mission of the fair is to promote the diverse agricultural and cultural heritage of Marion County through active participation of its citizens.​

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  • Mar
    15

    Commissioners appoint Health Administrator

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​The Marion County Board of Commissioners announces the appointment of Cary Moller as the new Health Administrator. Ms. Moller's appointment follows the retirement of longtime administrator Rod Calkins. Ms. Moller begins her new duties March 27.

    Ms. Moller has more than 30 years of behavioral health experience, including service as a developmental disabilities case manager, clinical therapist and program supervisor. She also served as the regional hospital liaison for the Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network. Ms. Moller has most recently served as a Behavioral Health Division Director in Marion County overseeing community and provider services, intellectual and development disabilities and alcohol and drug treatment programs. Ms. Moller holds a Masters in Counseling from Oregon State University and Western Oregon University and is an Oregon licensed professional counselor.

    Commissioner Sam Brentano, chair, said, "We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Cary Moller to Health Department Administrator. Ms. Moller has been a valued and accomplished member of the county's management team for many years and we appreciate her dedicated service."

    Ms. Moller said, "The work of the Health Department is vitally important to the overall health of our ​community. I am privileged to have worked under Rod's leadership and I am so honored to serve as Marion County Health Department Administrator. The staff of Marion County Health Department are dedicated and committed to providing the highest quality services to the residents of Marion County."

    The Health Department will hold an open house on Tuesday, March 28, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for community partners, clients, staff and the public to meet Ms. Moller. The event will be held at the Health Department Center Street campus located at 3180 Center St. NE in Salem.

    The Health Department provides community mental health and local public health services in Marion County. For more information about county health services, visit www.co.marion.or.us/HLT or call (503) 588-5357. 

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  • Feb
    24

    DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR TIPS IN A SPREE OF BROKEN WINDOWS SCOTTS MILLS

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    Yesterday at 6:00 a.m., the Silverton Police Department was notified that Scott's Mills Elementary School had a second incident where someone shot out a gym window at the school. This time however the suspect or suspects entered the school and made away with 20 IPads from a classroom.

    At around 4:00 p.m., an alert pawn shop employee at the State Street Pawn Shop in Salem, contacted the Silver Falls School District after a man attempted to sell two of the IPads. Deputies and Officers from the Sheriff's Office and the Silverton Police Department responded to the pawn shop and detained Spencer Moss, age 20, of Texas.

    After detaining Mr. Moss deputies and officers recovered 17 IPads and a pellet gun. Mr. Moss was taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Theft I and later released, his next court appearance will be at the Circuit Court Annex on March 27th at 0930 a.m.

    Mr. Moss is the prime suspect in a rash of broken windows in and around the Scott's Mills area. The Silverton Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are continuing their joint investigation and are asking anyone with information, images or details surrounding these incidents to please call our anonymous tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tips to TipMCSO at 847411.
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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.

    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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  • Feb
    24

    DEPUTIES SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING MISSING AURORA MAN ***UPDATE***

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    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.

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    Correction: Edward Fitchett is 59 years of age.

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    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.


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    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.
    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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  • Feb
    22

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Opens For The Season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Marion County Parks announces that St. Louis Fish Ponds will open for the season on March 1, 2017.

    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
    22

    AGENCIES WORK TOGETHER TO RESCUE DROWNING WOMAN

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    ​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.

    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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  • Feb
    17

    Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative prepares to implement strategies

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​The Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative wrapped up its yearlong task to identify and launch strategies to reduce homelessness in the Mid-Willamette Valley. The task force held its final meeting on February 7 at Keizer Civic Center, adopting a strategic plan that includes more than 40 recommendations. Task force members also endorsed hiring a project manager to coordinate plan implementation. The plan anticipates a Memorandum of Understanding for participating organizations. An executive team will oversee the project manager's work.

    Over the last year, the task force participated in presentations ranging from veterans and the mentally ill to runaway and homeless youth.  Eight sub-committees involving task force members, technical experts and interested citizens held in-depth discussions on affordable housing, public safety, support services and education, and more. The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency coordinated surveys and interviews with 57 homeless individuals or groups, gaining insights into their needs. Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark said, "By listening to people in our own community who have been or are homeless, along with service and housing professionals who shared experiences and lessons learned, we now have a realistic plan of action in which everyone can find a place to make a difference. We can use our resources better to serve individuals as well as tackle larger challenges of safe and secure housing and employment."

    One thing is certain, there is no typical profile for people experiencing homelessness. It is estimated that there are approximately 1,660 homeless people in Marion and Polk counties on any given day, including families with children. Other populations experiencing homelessness include veterans, seniors, runaway and homeless youth and people with addictions or mental health issues. This means no single strategy will solve the problem. Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson said, "To effectively address this issue, we have to do more than just meet basic needs. Our strategies need to get to the root causes of homelessness and help people move into permanent housing."

    While there is still a great deal to accomplish, participating organizations have already made progress on a number of fronts. For example, Marion County is seeking a HUD waiver to use $1.2 million to create a reentry transitional housing facility and has also proposed legislatio​n that will allow accessory dwelling units, or secondary apartments, in rural areas. And, last year, the city of Keizer added accessory dwelling units and cottage clusters to its development code. Mountain West Investment Corporation received $5 million in state housing grant funds and an additional $1.15 of Urban Renewal and HOME Investment funds through the City of Salem for an affordable housing development on Portland Road. Union Gospel Mission is gearing up for a capital campaign to expand its men's shelter. The City of Salem is actively working on a sobering center and offered space for additional warming centers during the recent cold spell.

    Most importantly, participating organizations agree that everyone must work together to make an impact. Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett said, "This is a tremendous platform for each of our communities to build upon and we must all commit to proceed forward."

    For a copy of the strategic plan​, visit www.homelesstaskforce.net.

    The Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative is a collaborative effort initiated by the cities of Salem and Keizer and Marion and Polk counties to seek solutions to reduce homeless in the Mid-Willamette region. Co-chairs included Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett, Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark and Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson. 

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  • Jan
    18

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 18th, 2017 10:41 AM
    Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS 181.507, 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: Michael Lloyd Reese
    SID#: 3839164
    DOB: 04/11/1953
    CURRENT AGE: 063

    RACE: W SEX: M
    HEIGHT: 5' 11'' WEIGHT: 210lbs
    HAIR: BRO EYES: HAZ

    RESIDENCE: 650 LOCUST ST NE SALEM, OR 97301

    Michael Lloyd Reese is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of : KIDNAPPING I, KIDNAPPING I, SODOMY I

    This person was granted Supervision on: 07/17/2015
    Supervision expiration date is: 07/16/2018

    Special restrictions include:
    [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
    [X] Sex offender treatment
    [X] Submit to polygraph
    [X] No alcohol

    Other: Reese has a history of offending against female stranger victims between the ages of 6 -- 31 years.
    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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  • Oct
    20

    Marion County Parks Closing For The Season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Several seasonal Marion County parks will close to the public on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 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, which closes on October 1, and Scotts Mills Park, which was closed on October 19 due to extreme vandalism.

    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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