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  • Salem Health seeing rush of patients

    Salem Health seeing rush of patients

    Date: 1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health

    Community information from Salem Health. 

    At the Salem Health emergency department — the busiest ER in the state — patient visits were up by over 20 percent in the past week, according to chief nursing officer Sarah Horn. The spike in patients led to a record hospital census of 470 patients in need of beds at one point.

    Most hospitals across Oregon are facing similar surges in patient visits due to the flu, respiratory illness and weather-related accidents.

    "Despite our increase in volume at Salem Health, the Emergency Department staff and physicians have been working diligently to put processes in place to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community," said Horn.

    If you have an illness or injury and need medical attention, here's what to know before you come in so that you can get the fastest and most appropriate treatment. The Salem Health Emergency Department should be used in times of life-threatening illness or injury, such as:

    • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
    • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
    • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
    • Changes in vision
    • Confusion or changes in mental status
    • Any sudden or severe pain
    • Uncontrolled bleeding
    • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
    • Coughing or vomiting blood
    • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
    • Stroke symptoms

    For illness or injury that is not life-threatening, people should seek alternative methods of care, like Salem Health's Convenient Care, primary care providers or nurse advice lines.

    Salem Health has also implemented a temporary visitor restriction to protect patient safety. Only the people needed to give support to — and care for — patients should visit. No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed at any time. Individuals who are sick or have been in contact with someone who was sick should not visit.

    Additionally, it's not too late to get a flu shot.

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  • Santiam Canyon cities declare local emergencies

    Santiam Canyon cities declare local emergencies

    Date: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Emergency Management

    ​On January 11, 2017, the cities of Detroit and Idanha declared local emergencies due to the recent series of winter storms. Both cities are seeking county assistance to help clear snow and ice that is blocking access for emergency vehicles and to restore access to Idanha's water system.

    Marion County Public Works crews are on site today to assist the cities of Detroit and Idanha. The county has deployed five operators with a loader and four dump trucks to clear snow and to provide access to Idanha's water system. Idanha residents may experience low water pressure due to a water leak. Crews are working diligently to clear snow in order to isolate the leak and complete repairs. There is no action required or risk to residents.

    Marion County Sheriff's Office has deployed deputy-supervised inmate work crews to clear snow from select structures, fire hydrants, and water meters. Personnel from both the Marion and Linn County Sheriff's Offices and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are also on site checking on residents.

    Detroit and Idanha area residents needing assistance with snow removal for medical access may call Marion County Emergency Management at (503) 588-5108.

    Sheriff Jason Myers said, "First responders, public works officials and community members are all working together to help our community deal with the effects of this snow storm. This is great example of the team work and collaboration that exists between county agencies and communities."

    Marion County Emergency Management has opened the sandbag station at Marion County Fire District #1 (300 Cordon Road, Salem) in anticipation of a weather change early next week that will  bring warm, wet weather to the area. The rain and runoff from snowmelt will increase the threat of flooding across the region. The sandbag station is self-serve and open 24/7. Residents need to bring their own shovels and gloves.

    For more information, please contact Marion County Emergency Management at (503) 588-5108. ​

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  • Commissioner Janet Carlson appointed to national board

    Commissioner Janet Carlson appointed to national board

    Date: 12/20/2016 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​This press release was issued by the Association of Oregon Counties on December 20, 2016. 

    County Officials Appointed to National/Regional Boards

    AOC President Bill Hall (Lincoln County commissioner) has made appointments to the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the NACo Western Interstate Region board of directors. The appointments include:

    NACo Board of Directors:
    Commissioner Janet Carlson, Marion County
    Commissioner Larry Givens, Umatilla County

    Western Interstate Region Board of Directors
    Commissioner Tim Freeman, Douglas County
    Commissioner Tim Josi, Tillamook County
    Judge Dan Joyce, Malheur County

    "It's important for Oregon to continue to have strong representation on the boards of NACo and its Western Interstate Region," said AOC President Bill Hall. "Federal policies have significant impact on the economic health and overall quality of life in our counties, and the best way to protect the interests of all Oregonians is to have strong advocates at the table."

    Comments from the appointees are below:

    Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson: "I am honored to be appointed to serve on the NACo board."  

    Umatilla County Commissioner Larry Givens: "NACo lobbies for issues that are very important to Umatilla County, particularly in the natural resources arena. As a member of the NACo Board of Directors I will have direct input on setting the priorities of the association."

    Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman: "As a member of the NACo Western Interstate Region I will be working on critical federal land management issues with other counties throughout the west. Together our voices are stronger on issues unique to the west than they would be as individual counties."

    Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce: "I have found over the years that NACo's Western Interstate Region is a place where I can make a powerful and positive impact for Malheur County. I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve on the board of directors."

    Tillamook County Commissioner Tim Josi: "WIR and, by extension, NACo, have always been the place where counties can go to address federal concerns and seek solutions. What makes WIR and NACo so effective is the professionalism of the people they hire. An additional benefit is working with elected officials from across the nation. We learn much from this intercourse." Josi is a former president of the Western Interstate Region.

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. 

    The Western Interstate Region is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nev., Ariz., Mont., Wyo., Colo., N.M., Utah, N.D., S.D.) with membership funded through the individual state associations.

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  • 2017 Mid-Valley Green Award Nominations Sought

    2017 Mid-Valley Green Award Nominations Sought

    Date: 1/5/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​It's time for individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Mid-Willamette Valley to brag.

    The Straub Environmental Center, Marion County Environmental Services, and Capitol Subaru want to hear tales of waste reduction, resource conservation, and sustainable efforts.  It's time to speak up about the mounds of paper no longer used; energy efficient lights saving thousands of dollars a year; or the community leader who inspired dozens of students this year to bike to school.

    "Tales of green do-gooders are ubiquitous in the mid-Willamette Valley," said Alan Pennington, waste reduction coordinator for Marion County. "Now we just need folks to tell us more."

    These stories will make up the nominations for the 7th annual Mid-Valley Green Awards.

    Green Award categories include:

    • Recycler of the Year:  Both individual and business.
    • Sustainable Organization of the Year:  Small and large business categories.
    • EarthWISE Certified Business of the Year
    • Green Product/Service of the Year:  Organizations that offer products/services with social, environmental, and economic benefits over traditional alternatives.
    • People's Choice Award:  This person is actively engaged in their home, community, or job in ways that personify an environmentally-minded person and inspires others to emulate or learn from them.

    Nomination forms and category descriptions are available online at www.midvalleygreenawards.org or you may call Marion County Public Works at (503) 365-3188 to request a copy be mailed to you. Nominations must be received no later than midnight January 17, 2016, to be eligible for consideration.  

    Green award recipients will be honored at the Mid-Valley Green Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem.

    For more information, contact Alan Pennington at 503-365-3188 or apennington@co.marion.or.us.

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  • County seeks Budget Committee member

    County seeks Budget Committee member

    Date: 1/5/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Marion County is seeking applications to fill a vacant position on the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee consists of the county's three commissioners and three citizen members. The committee makes budget recommendations for all county departments, operations, and capital improvements.

    Citizen members are appointed for three-year terms. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live and be eligible to vote in Marion County. County employees are not eligible to serve on this committee.

    The Budget Committee meets quarterly and convenes for two days in May or June for detailed, day-long work sessions to review budget proposals with departmental representatives and receive public comment. The committee approves a recommended budget to forward to the Board of Commissioners for formal adoption.

    Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017.

    For more information or to apply online, visit the Marion County Volunteer Services website at www.co.marion.or.us/BS/VOL.  To receive an application by mail or fax, call (503) 588-7990 or email volunteer@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • Jan
    14

    DEPUTIES RESPOND TO A REPORT OF A GUNSHOT WOUND AT A RESIDENCE OUTSIDE OF TURNER *** UPDATE 1***

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 14th, 2017 5:13 PM
    Investigators along with the Medical Examiners Office continued their investigation today regarding the couple found deceased inside of their home on Valley View Rd SE. Evidence has indicated this was a murder / suicide. The couple was identified as 75 year old Buster Parker and 78 year old Christel Parker.

    The family has been notified regarding the detail of this investigation and they are not available for comment. There also is no photographs available of the couple.


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    Today at about 9:55 am, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of two people found deceased inside of a residence in the 5700 block of Valley View Rd SE. This is very preliminary information as the investigation is still ongoing. The Medical Examiner and District Attorney's office is also involved along with Marion County Detectives.

    Based on the investigation at this point, there is no belief that the public is at risk. There is no PIO on scene of this incident and the time frame of further press releases is unknown at this time.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Sgt. Don Parise
    Cell Phone: 503.932.8483
    Email: dparise@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    DEPUTIES RESPOND TO A REPORT OF A GUNSHOT WOUND AT A RESIDENCE OUTSIDE OF TURNER *** UPDATE 1***
  • Jan
    12

    SHERIFF'S OFFICE ANNOUNCES K9 RETIREMENT

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 12th, 2017 11:22 AM
    This week Deputy Jon Gadberry and K9 Donja will take their last ride together as partners, patrolling the streets, highways and neighborhoods of Marion County. Donja began her career with the Sheriff's Office in 2010 and was our only female, patrol, K9.

    Donja is a 10 year old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd Mix from Holland who served for 6 months with the US Army's Special Forces prior to coming to the Sheriff's Office. During her tenure she was deployed over 700 times with over 100 captures.

    In November of 2014, Donja fell gravely ill with an infection that nearly killed her. But in her true warrior spirit she battled back to full health and went on to have many more successful deployments and captures. Donja was a local superstar at fairs and shows, her demeanor made her loveable to kids and a general crowd favorite for her vocal and acrobatic nature. Donja will continue to live with her handler Deputy Jon Gadberry, enjoying a life of luxury, running around the house and playing.

    The Sheriff's Office is grateful to Donja for her service and we wish her a happy and healthy retirement.
    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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    SHERIFF'S OFFICE ANNOUNCES K9 RETIREMENT
  • Jan
    12

    Santiam Canyon cities declare local emergencies

    Posted by: Public Works - Emergency Management

    ​On January 11, 2017, the cities of Detroit and Idanha declared local emergencies due to the recent series of winter storms. Both cities are seeking county assistance to help clear snow and ice that is blocking access for emergency vehicles and to restore access to Idanha's water system.

    Marion County Public Works crews are on site today to assist the cities of Detroit and Idanha. The county has deployed five operators with a loader and four dump trucks to clear snow and to provide access to Idanha's water system. Idanha residents may experience low water pressure due to a water leak. Crews are working diligently to clear snow in order to isolate the leak and complete repairs. There is no action required or risk to residents.

    Marion County Sheriff's Office has deployed deputy-supervised inmate work crews to clear snow from select structures, fire hydrants, and water meters. Personnel from both the Marion and Linn County Sheriff's Offices and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are also on site checking on residents.

    Detroit and Idanha area residents needing assistance with snow removal for medical access may call Marion County Emergency Management at (503) 588-5108.

    Sheriff Jason Myers said, "First responders, public works officials and community members are all working together to help our community deal with the effects of this snow storm. This is great example of the team work and collaboration that exists between county agencies and communities."

    Marion County Emergency Management has opened the sandbag station at Marion County Fire District #1 (300 Cordon Road, Salem) in anticipation of a weather change early next week that will  bring warm, wet weather to the area. The rain and runoff from snowmelt will increase the threat of flooding across the region. The sandbag station is self-serve and open 24/7. Residents need to bring their own shovels and gloves.

    For more information, please contact Marion County Emergency Management at (503) 588-5108. ​

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  • Jan
    11

    Salem Health seeing rush of patients

    Posted by: Health

    Community information from Salem Health. 

    At the Salem Health emergency department — the busiest ER in the state — patient visits were up by over 20 percent in the past week, according to chief nursing officer Sarah Horn. The spike in patients led to a record hospital census of 470 patients in need of beds at one point.

    Most hospitals across Oregon are facing similar surges in patient visits due to the flu, respiratory illness and weather-related accidents.

    "Despite our increase in volume at Salem Health, the Emergency Department staff and physicians have been working diligently to put processes in place to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community," said Horn.

    If you have an illness or injury and need medical attention, here's what to know before you come in so that you can get the fastest and most appropriate treatment. The Salem Health Emergency Department should be used in times of life-threatening illness or injury, such as:

    • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
    • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
    • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
    • Changes in vision
    • Confusion or changes in mental status
    • Any sudden or severe pain
    • Uncontrolled bleeding
    • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
    • Coughing or vomiting blood
    • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
    • Stroke symptoms

    For illness or injury that is not life-threatening, people should seek alternative methods of care, like Salem Health's Convenient Care, primary care providers or nurse advice lines.

    Salem Health has also implemented a temporary visitor restriction to protect patient safety. Only the people needed to give support to — and care for — patients should visit. No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed at any time. Individuals who are sick or have been in contact with someone who was sick should not visit.

    Additionally, it's not too late to get a flu shot.

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  • Jan
    10

    DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE THROAT SLASHING NEAR SOUTH SALEM

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 10th, 2017 12:31 PM

    Last night deputies arrested Kyle Howard, age 25 after he slashed the throat of Bryan Stumbaugh, age 23 at a residence in South Salem. Howard was detained by the Salem Police Department at his residence shortly after the altercation and deputies arrived later to arrest him.

    Deputies do believe that both the victim and the suspect know each other and up until the incident were friends. No motive has been determined for the attack. Mr. Howard is currently at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Assault I and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. His next court appearance is scheduled for today at 3 p.m. at the Circuit Court Annex in Salem.

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    Tonight at 8:30 p.m., deputies were called to the 6200 block of Stonehill Road South near Salem after a man reported his throat had been slashed. When deputies arrived they found a male with a severe laceration to his throat. The male victim was transported to the Salem Hospital where he is expected to survive.

    Minutes later the suspect was found at his residence and detained by the Salem Police Department. There are very few details surrounding the investigation and detectives have been called in to investigate, it is clear that the suspect and victim are known to each other. Additional details will be made available as the investigation progresses but that time frame is not yet known. The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name of the victim or the suspect.
    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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    DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE THROAT SLASHING NEAR SOUTH SALEM
  • Jan
    10

    SEX OFFENDER COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 10th, 2017 1:06 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 Albert Nosack
    SID#: 5437397
    DOB: 11/16/1957
    CURRENT AGE: 058

    RACE: W SEX: M
    HEIGHT: 5' 11'' WEIGHT: 240lbs
    HAIR: BRO EYES: BRO

    RESIDENCE: 1545 CAPITOL ST NE, SALEM, 97301

    William Albert Nosack is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of : SEX ABUSE 1, SEX ABUSE 1, and INMATE WEAPON

    This person was granted Supervision on: 04/14/2016, 04/14/2016, 04/14/2016
    Supervision expiration date is: 04/13/2019, 04/13/2019, 04/13/2019

    Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
    [X] Sex offender treatment
    [X] Submit to polygraph
    [X] No alcohol or bars
    Other: Nosack's victim pool includes females who are known to him as well as females who are unknown 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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    SEX OFFENDER COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
  • Jan
    9

    MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER CRASHING INTO A TREE IN NORTH MARION COUNTY (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 9th, 2017 10:47 PM
    Tonight, around 5:00 p.m., a man was arrested after blowing through a stop sign, driving into a yard and hitting two trees. Alexander Belcourt, age 24 was driving his car east on Fargo Road NE when he failed to stop at a stop sign at Bents Road. Witnesses told deputies that Belcourt drove into a yard after missing the intersection and struck two trees.

    Belcourts passengers Henry Sutton, age 40 and Richard Weaver, age 47 were both injured in the crash. Weaver was taken to Salem Hospital with serious injuries and Sutton was taken to OHSU where he remains in critical condition.

    At the time of Belcourts arrest his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. Belcourt was taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Assault II, Assault IV, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering. Belcourt was not injured in the crash.
    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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    MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER CRASHING INTO A TREE IN NORTH MARION COUNTY (PHOTO)
  • Jan
    8

    MAN STABBED IN HIS NE SALEM RESIDENCE

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 8th, 2017 8:00 AM
    Early this morning, around midnight deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 4400 block of Silverton Road NE after a man had been stabbed. When deputies arrived they learned that the victim, Juan Reyes, age 39 had been stabbed by his girlfriend's son, Roberto Chacon, age 27.

    Deputies believe that Chacon came to his mother's residence and stabbed Reyes without provocation. Mr. Reyes suffered injuries to his chest and hand during the altercation with Chacon. Mr. Reyes is currently at the Salem Hospital where he is in stable condition. Chacon was later located at a Safeway supermarket near the residence and arrested without incident.

    Mr. Chacon is currently being held at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Assault I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary and Unlawful Possession of Meth.
    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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    MAN STABBED IN HIS NE SALEM RESIDENCE
  • Jan
    5

    2017 Mid-Valley Green Award Nominations Sought

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​It's time for individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Mid-Willamette Valley to brag.

    The Straub Environmental Center, Marion County Environmental Services, and Capitol Subaru want to hear tales of waste reduction, resource conservation, and sustainable efforts.  It's time to speak up about the mounds of paper no longer used; energy efficient lights saving thousands of dollars a year; or the community leader who inspired dozens of students this year to bike to school.

    "Tales of green do-gooders are ubiquitous in the mid-Willamette Valley," said Alan Pennington, waste reduction coordinator for Marion County. "Now we just need folks to tell us more."

    These stories will make up the nominations for the 7th annual Mid-Valley Green Awards.

    Green Award categories include:

    • Recycler of the Year:  Both individual and business.
    • Sustainable Organization of the Year:  Small and large business categories.
    • EarthWISE Certified Business of the Year
    • Green Product/Service of the Year:  Organizations that offer products/services with social, environmental, and economic benefits over traditional alternatives.
    • People's Choice Award:  This person is actively engaged in their home, community, or job in ways that personify an environmentally-minded person and inspires others to emulate or learn from them.

    Nomination forms and category descriptions are available online at www.midvalleygreenawards.org or you may call Marion County Public Works at (503) 365-3188 to request a copy be mailed to you. Nominations must be received no later than midnight January 17, 2016, to be eligible for consideration.  

    Green award recipients will be honored at the Mid-Valley Green Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem.

    For more information, contact Alan Pennington at 503-365-3188 or apennington@co.marion.or.us.

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  • Jan
    5

    County seeks Budget Committee member

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Marion County is seeking applications to fill a vacant position on the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee consists of the county's three commissioners and three citizen members. The committee makes budget recommendations for all county departments, operations, and capital improvements.

    Citizen members are appointed for three-year terms. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live and be eligible to vote in Marion County. County employees are not eligible to serve on this committee.

    The Budget Committee meets quarterly and convenes for two days in May or June for detailed, day-long work sessions to review budget proposals with departmental representatives and receive public comment. The committee approves a recommended budget to forward to the Board of Commissioners for formal adoption.

    Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017.

    For more information or to apply online, visit the Marion County Volunteer Services website at www.co.marion.or.us/BS/VOL.  To receive an application by mail or fax, call (503) 588-7990 or email volunteer@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • Jan
    4

    DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING EARLY MORNING FIRE NEAR HUBBARD

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 4th, 2017 6:16 AM
    Last night Detectives and heavy equipment operators with Marion County Public Works stabilized the residence as firefighters extinguished many of the remaining hot spots inside the residence. Today investigators from several law enforcement and fire agencies will begin the task of sifting through debris to determine what took place during yesterday's fire.

    The investigative process will be lengthy and made difficult by our current weather conditions. Additional information will be made available as the investigation unfolds that time frame however is not yet known.


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    Investigators are continuing with their efforts to determine what caused this morning's fatal fire near Hubbard. The Sheriff's Office and its partners will be working through the night and into tomorrow stabilizing the residence and sifting through the debris in an attempt to discover what took place early this morning.

    The Sheriff's Office can confirm that the residence where this morning's fire took place belongs to Erin Kroeker, age 39 and Keith Kroeker age 42 and their three children ages 10 and 7. Currently the Kroekers whereabouts are unknown and anyone with information about the ongoing investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.

    The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases this evening.


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    This morning around 3:00 a.m., firefighters were called to the 18000 block of Fobert Road NE near Hubbard. When firefighters arrived they found 3 separate structures on fire. Firefighter's efforts were initially hampered by a live power line and a lack of water resources on scene.

    At 3:30 a.m., firefighters found one deceased person inside the residence and notified law enforcement. Fireman from 7 separate fire agencies engaged in the firefighting efforts and those efforts are still continuing.

    The Sheriff's Office is on scene and is the lead agency for the investigation. The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by members of the Marion County Fire Investigation Team or MCFIT Team. The MCFIT Team is comprised of specialized investigators from the Oregon State Police and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

    Currently investigators are waiting for the building to cool before they enter to begin their investigation and that time frame is not yet known. The Sheriff's Office does not have any information regarding the deceased person and we are working to determine who currently lives in the residence.

    Updates will be released as more information becomes available.
    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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    DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING EARLY MORNING FIRE NEAR HUBBARD
  • Dec
    20

    BICYCLE CHASE LEADS TO ARREST OF BURGLARY SUSPECT (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: December 20th, 2016 2:14 PM

    Yesterday around 9:30 a.m, Sergeant Don Parise saw a male trying to avoid him on Portland Road NE near Ward Drive NE in Salem. When Sergeant Parise tried to contact the man he fled on his bicycle to a nearby trailer park.

    Deputies immediately surrounded the area and within minutes located Cody Ryan Theodore, age 26, of Salem hiding under the skirting of a trailer within the park. Theodore was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Felon in Possession of a Weapon.

    The chase took a turn when a Deputy searched Theodore and found a set of keys with numbers on them that matched a burglary that had just occurred at the Rockwood Park Apartments. Deputies contacted the victim an apartment maintenance man who identified the keys as belonging to him.

    The victim reported that an unknown person entered an apartment that was under maintenance and stole the keys and a bag of tools. A search of the surrounding area was conducted and the man's missing tools were located and returned to him. Theodore is currently being held in the Marion County Jail for several outstanding warrants and the crimes of Interfering with Police and Burglary I.
    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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    BICYCLE CHASE LEADS TO ARREST OF BURGLARY SUSPECT (PHOTO)
  • Dec
    20

    Commissioner Janet Carlson appointed to national board

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​This press release was issued by the Association of Oregon Counties on December 20, 2016. 

    County Officials Appointed to National/Regional Boards

    AOC President Bill Hall (Lincoln County commissioner) has made appointments to the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the NACo Western Interstate Region board of directors. The appointments include:

    NACo Board of Directors:
    Commissioner Janet Carlson, Marion County
    Commissioner Larry Givens, Umatilla County

    Western Interstate Region Board of Directors
    Commissioner Tim Freeman, Douglas County
    Commissioner Tim Josi, Tillamook County
    Judge Dan Joyce, Malheur County

    "It's important for Oregon to continue to have strong representation on the boards of NACo and its Western Interstate Region," said AOC President Bill Hall. "Federal policies have significant impact on the economic health and overall quality of life in our counties, and the best way to protect the interests of all Oregonians is to have strong advocates at the table."

    Comments from the appointees are below:

    Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson: "I am honored to be appointed to serve on the NACo board."  

    Umatilla County Commissioner Larry Givens: "NACo lobbies for issues that are very important to Umatilla County, particularly in the natural resources arena. As a member of the NACo Board of Directors I will have direct input on setting the priorities of the association."

    Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman: "As a member of the NACo Western Interstate Region I will be working on critical federal land management issues with other counties throughout the west. Together our voices are stronger on issues unique to the west than they would be as individual counties."

    Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce: "I have found over the years that NACo's Western Interstate Region is a place where I can make a powerful and positive impact for Malheur County. I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve on the board of directors."

    Tillamook County Commissioner Tim Josi: "WIR and, by extension, NACo, have always been the place where counties can go to address federal concerns and seek solutions. What makes WIR and NACo so effective is the professionalism of the people they hire. An additional benefit is working with elected officials from across the nation. We learn much from this intercourse." Josi is a former president of the Western Interstate Region.

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. 

    The Western Interstate Region is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nev., Ariz., Mont., Wyo., Colo., N.M., Utah, N.D., S.D.) with membership funded through the individual state associations.

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  • Dec
    20

    PERSISTENCE AND PATIENCE PAYOFF IN ARREST OF SUSPECTED CAR THIEF (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: December 20th, 2016 5:33 PM

    On December 11th Deputies were called to the area of 36th Avenue near Target in Salem. A victim reported that he was following his BMW that had been stolen the prior day. Deputies located the vehicle but when they attempted to stop it the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Deputies terminated their pursuit and later crossed paths with the car where they were able to clearly see the driver.

    Deputies identified the driver as Richard David Keith, age 24, of Salem, the suspect named in the original stolen vehicle report. Due to the manner in which Mr. Keith operated the vehicle, deputies did not pursue it any further, the vehicle was recovered later that evening behind the Dick's Sporting Goods on Lancaster.

    The following day, at around 9:30 a.m., deputies were called to the area of 45th and State Street where a man and woman had been sitting in a Kia car for over an hour. When deputies arrived they immediately recognized Mr. Keith and later learned the Kia he was operating was stolen. Deputies attempted to stop Mr. Keith but again he fled the area at a high rate of speed and again deputies did not pursue him.

    At about 9:00 p.m., deputies took a report of a stolen Ford truck in the 13000 block of Silver Falls Highway. After the deputies completed their report they located the stolen Kia Mr. Keith had been seen in earlier in the day nearby.

    On December 13th, around 7:30 p.m., the stolen Ford truck was involved in a theft of gas from the Brooks Market on Portland Road. When deputies responded they were able to use surveillance video to determine Mr. Keith was the prime suspect in the theft.

    At 8:00 p.m., deputies located the stolen Ford truck parked behind an Arco AM/PM on Lancaster Drive NE. The vehicle was running and no one was inside. Deputies searched the store and found Mr. Keith inside where he was arrested without incident. After his arrest Mr. Keith was found in possession of several pieces of jewelry and a methamphetamine pipe.

    Mr. Keith is currently in custody in the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Burglary I, 4 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, 2 counts of Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Theft of Services.

    Deputies are looking for the owner of the jewelry or anyone with information regarding Mr. Keith and his activities. You can text your tips anonymously 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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  • Dec
    15

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    ​News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: December 15th, 2016 1:54 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: Adan Miguel Ceja-Hernandez
    SID#: 13948848
    DOB: 08/11/1982
    CURRENT AGE: 034

    RACE: H SEX: M
    HEIGHT: 5' 11'' WEIGHT: 180lbs
    HAIR: BLACK EYES: BROWN

    RESIDENCE: 123 HRUBETZ RD SE #C, SALEM, OR 97302

    Adan Miguel Ceja-Hernandez is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of : SUB MIN AF, RAPE I, SEXAB2 N, RAPE I, RAPE II, SUB MIN AF, RAPE III, RAPE III, SEXAB2 N

    This person was granted Supervision on: 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015, 06/11/2015.
    Supervision expiration date is: 02/03/2027, 06/10/2018, 02/03/2027, 10/10/2023, 06/10/2018, 06/10/2018, 06/10/2018, 11/08/2017.

    Special restrictions include:
    [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
    [X] Sex offender treatment
    [X] Submit to polygraph
    [X] No alcohol
    Other: Ceja-Hernandez' victim pool includes females with an age range of 13-18.

    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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  • Dec
    13

    Repair Fair and Share Event

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Marion County is partnering with The Northwest Hub and volunteer "fixers" to host a Repair Fair & Share event on Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The event will be held at The Northwest Hub, which is located at 1230 Broadway Street NE in Salem.

    Embracing "repair rather than replace," the goal of the event is to provide community connections that not only provides free repair service, but promotes troubleshooting and waste reduction. Event organizers hope to inspire and enable people to continue repairing and sharing in their community. "Shifting our relationship toward what we think of as disposable on the smallest levels is vital to big, structural shifts in sustainability and ecological policy," says Kimberly Fanshier, a Repair Fair & Share Coordinator. The community will benefit by making connections, learning skills, reducing waste, and saving money. Kirk Seyfert, director of The Northwest Hub, added, "Learning how to maintain the things you need in order to thrive is very empowering."

    This is the third Repair Fair & Share event. The Repair Fair & Share is always looking for repair volunteers, fixers, and supporters, as well as participants to help with the event. To sign up or learn more about this event, visit www.repairfair.net. For more information, contact Jessica Ramey, waste reduction coordinator, at 503-365-3180 or jsramey@co.marion.or.us.

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  • Dec
    13

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

     News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: December 13th, 2016 11:58 AM
    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: Todd Stiffler
    SID#: 07586243
    DOB: 01/13/1970
    CURRENT AGE: 041

    RACE: W SEX: M
    HEIGHT: 6' 00'' WEIGHT: 200lbs
    HAIR: BRO EYES: GRN

    RESIDENCE: 377 PINTAIL CT SE
    SALEM, OR
    97306

    Todd Stiffler is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of: ASSA OFFI
    This person was granted Supervision on: 10/10/16
    Supervision expiration date is: 10/9/17

    Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
    [X] Sex offender treatment
    [X] Submit to polygraph
    [X] No alcohol
    Other: Mr. Stiffler has been convicted of multiple counts Public Indecency and is currently supervised for a Assault on a Public Safety Officer
    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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  • Dec
    13

    MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ANNOUNCES NEW TIP411 PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT SYSTEM

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    ​News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: December 20th, 2016 11:46 AM

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce the launch of its new text to tip program, tip411. Tip411 is a new interactive way to keep the community connected and informed through email, text message, and online public safety alerts. Tip411 also allows the public to report crime tips and other non-emergent suspicious activities directly to police by sending anonymous text messages from their cell phone or via a free smart phone app.

    "Tip 411 is a service that allows its users to report criminal activity or suspicious circumstances anonymously." "Tip 411 is not a replacement for 911 or a call to our dispatch center during an in progress incident." "This service is designed to help us gather information on the location of wanted criminals and to identify areas where criminal activity may be occurring." said Lt. Chris Baldridge a spokesperson for the Marion County Sheriff's Office. "The new tip411 system allows our office to engage with the public and share information that will help make Marion County a safer place."

    Members of the community can register to receive alerts from the Marion County Sheriff's Office via email and/or text message to their cell phone by opting to receive neighborhood-specific or citywide alerts about public safety issues in their area. Community members are encouraged to sign up online by visiting https://tip411site.wordpress.com/sign-up-for-alerts/

    While not a replacement for dialing 911 in an emergency, those wishing to share information anonymously with police can simply text TipMCSO and their message to 847411 (tip411).

    The new MCSO In The Know App for iPhone and Android from tip411 enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation.

    The "MCSO In The Know" App and tip411 anonymous text a tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

    Those with questions, or who need help signing up for alerts, are asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5094.
    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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  • Dec
    9

    Less is More: Student Recycle Art Calendar Awardees Announced

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Four students from Marion County will be honored at the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, and their artwork will be published in the Student Recycle Art Calendar Poster. In an effort to promote waste reduction and resource conservation in local schools, Marion County Public Works - Environmental Services  and Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association teamed up to create this year's Student Recycle Art Calendar Poster contest.

    Beginning in April, students throughout Marion County began submitting illustrations that addressed this year's theme "Less is More." Students were encouraged to think of ways in which they can help prevent waste at school and home.

    The committee selected the winners based not only on their artistic ability, but also on the content of their message. Four students will be awarded gift cards along with art sets. Students with winning entries will also receive certificates that will be presented to them by the board of commissioners. The 2016 art calendar award winners are:

    Student Name

    Grade

    School

    Sean Collier

    11

    Sprague High School

    Victoria Canchola

    9

    Early College High School

    Alexis Reeves

    6

    Howard Street Charter School

    David González

    1

    Swegle Elementary School

      
    This year we will also recognize Sprague High School's art teacher, Connie Toland. Her student will be awarded the grand prize, and their artwork will be featured on the cover of the calendar poster. We realize that teachers play a critical role in making this contest successful and we want to also recognize their hard work.
        
    Poster calendars are free and available by visiting Marion County Public Works at 5155 Silverton Road NE, Salem, Oregon or by calling 503-365-3180, or by calling Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association at 503-390-4000.

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  • Dec
    5

    Gallon House Bridge Photo Contest Winners

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​As part of Marion County's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the historic Gallon House Bridge, the Public Works Department hosted a photo contest to capture images of the bridge throughout the seasons. Local photographer Ed Peteros, was selected as the grand prize winner by a panel of local judges. 

    Honorable mentions include: Gus Frederick, best "Spring" photo; Mary Bathhurst, best "Summer" photo; Anne Marcom, best "Fall" photo; and Mary Bathurst, best "Winter" photo. 

    The Marion County Board of Commissioners will award certificates and gift cards to the winners during their regular Board Session on December 7, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Senator Hearing Room of Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem.

    The winning art work and honorable mention entries will be on display at Marion County Public Works and will be used on the county website and in other promotional materials.

    Sponsors for the photo contest include Marion County Public Works with generous prize sponsorships from the Gallon House Pub, Goeshie Farms, the Bierhaus, and White Horse Pub. 

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  • Nov
    8

    Marion Creek Bridge Replacement Project Public Meeting

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County will hold a public meeting to discuss the Marion Creek Bridge Replacement Project on November 16, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Greater Jefferson Community Center at 109 Main Street in Jefferson, Oregon.

    Staff will conduct a presentation and discuss with the public the replacement of the bridge, which is located 1.5 miles southwest of Marion on Jefferson-Marion Highway, as well as the proposed construction schedule and road closure periods during the spring and summer of 2018.

    Visit our website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/Marion-Creek-Bridge-Replacement.aspx for more information about the Marion Creek Bridge Replacement Project. For meeting information, or to request translation or ADA services, contact Alicia Robe at 503-588-5036 or arobe@co.marion.or.us.

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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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  • Mar
    17

    Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative Begins Strategic Planning

    Posted by: Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative

    ​The Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative will hold its second meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Keizer Civic Center located at 930 Chemawa Road NE. The meeting is open to the public. In order to accommodate a larger audience, future task force meetings will also be held at the Keizer Civic Center.

    "We were so pleased by the overwhelming response to our first meeting," said Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark. "Clearly our broader community cares deeply, as we do, about connecting people with critical services and, of course, housing resources."

    Task force agenda items include presentations and discussion regarding affordable housing and strategic planning. Time is also set aside for public comment. Written feedback may be submitted in advance to hparekh@co.marion.or.us by noon on March 29.

    NEW! Website

    The Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative has launched a new website to share information and chronicle task force progress. The new website features meeting dates, agendas and minutes, meeting materials, key documents, news articles, as well as related links and staff contact information. To access the site, please visit http://homelesstaskforce.net.

    "We are excited to offer a website where people can quickly find information about the task force. The website offers everything from agendas and minutes to research studies and local resources," noted Commissioner Janet Carlson.

    February 2016 Task Force Meeting

    More than 100 people attended the kick off meeting of the task force on Feb. 17, 2016. Mayor Anna Peterson introduced members of the task force. Presentations related to housing, services, and funding sources were made by Community Action Agency, Marion County Housing Authority, Salem Housing Authority, West Valley Housing Authority, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Rural Oregon Continuum of Care. Find agendas and minutes online at: http://homelesstaskforce.net.

    "The Mid-Willamette region is proving once again that it is the collaboration capitol, by joining forces to address the many and varied causes of homelessness," said City of Salem Mayor Anna Peterson. "I am confident that with the leadership of the task force members, and the strong support and interest already shown by the communities, that we will find solutions and garner resources to meet these pressing needs."

    About the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative

    The number of people who are homeless throughout Marion and Polk counties is on the rise. Local city and county leaders have joined forces to help generate solutions. The Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative was formally established in early 2016 to help address some of the fundamental issues facing people experiencing homelessness in the broader Salem-Keizer metro area and across Marion and Polk counties.

    A task force, led by Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark, Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson and Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler, was created to serve the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative. Each jurisdiction appointed five community members with varying expertise in the diverse and complex factors affecting the area's homeless population.

    Key Areas of Focus

    The task force is looking at contributing factors including addiction, education, mental health and transportation as they determine key areas of focus. Key areas of focus are likely to include affordable housing, chronic homelessness, critical services and public safety, among others. The task force also intends to examine the challenges of unique populations such as seniors, youth and veterans.

    Next Steps

    Task force meetings are scheduled for: March 29, May 2, June 6, July 20, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and Dec.1, 2016. The task force will remain operational until February 2017, unless additional time is needed.

    "We're so pleased at the amount of community interest," said Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler. "With a much larger venue for the second meeting, we should be able to accommodate the community interest."

    Information

    For more information regarding the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative, contact:
    Hitesh Parekh, Marion County
    (503) 566-3915 or hparekh@co.marion.or.us

    Laura Walker
    City of Salem, Urban Development
    (503) 540-2405 or lwalker@cityofsalem.net

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