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  • Commissioners to select House District 19 replacement

    Commissioners to select House District 19 replacement

    Date: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​The Marion County Board of Commissioners will interview three nominees to fill the current vacancy for State Representative for House District 19. The three nominees will participate in a panel interview on Wednesday, January 24, at 9 a.m. in the Senator Hearing Room in Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

    Nominees include Denyc Boles, Satyanarayana Chandragiri, and Michael Hunter. The position must be filled within 30 days of the December 31, 2017, vacancy date and the commissioners are expected to select and appoint a new representative following the panel interview on January 24. 

    The interviews will be broadcast on CCTV Channel 21 and live streamed on Marion County's social networks. The interviews will replay on Channel 21 on January 24 at 7 p.m., January 27 at 9 a.m., and January 28 at 4 p.m.

    Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23. Comments may be e-mailed to commissioners@co.marion.or.us or mailed to the Board of Commissioners Office at PO Box 14500, Salem, OR 97309. To be included in the record, comments must include the commenter's full name and address or e-mail address.

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

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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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  • Repair & Reuse: Student Recycle Art Calendar Awardees Announced

    Repair & Reuse: Student Recycle Art Calendar Awardees Announced

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

    Fourteen students from Marion County will be honored at the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, and their artwork will be published in the Student Recycle Art Calendar. 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 contest.

    Beginning in spring, students throughout Marion County began submitting illustrations that addressed this year's theme "Repair & Reuse." Students were encouraged to think of ways in which they can help repair and reuse common household or school items.

    The committee selected the winners based not only on their artistic ability, but also on the content of their message. Fourteen students in several grade categories will be awarded gift cards along with fabulous art sets. Students with winning entries will also receive certificates that will be presented to them by the board of commissioners. The 2017 art calendar award winners are:
     

    Student Name School
    Annabelle Hill Salem Academy
    Zan Saeed Schirle Elementary
    Lizzie Stravens Scotts Mills
    Hanna Cruzen Career Technical Education Center
    Brennea Atchley Wright Elementary
    Isabella Cruz Martinez Hallman Elementary
    Aniya Kindred Scotts Mills Middle School
    Kiarah Bryant French Prairie Middle School
    Jenean Randall Sprague High School
    Juliette Vold Sprague High School
    Nevaeh Meza Rojas Washington Elementary
    Inessa Garrey South Salem HS
    Alexis Reeves Howard Street Charter School
    Savannah Schaefer-Barnwell Sprague High School

     
    This year we will also recognize Sprague High School's art teacher, Connie Toland. One of her students will be awarded the grand prize and their artwork will be featured on the cover page of the calendar. We realize that teachers play a critical role in making this contest a big success and we want to also recognize their hard work.

    Calendars are free and available by visiting Marion County Public Works at 5155 Silverton Road NE, Salem, Oregon or by calling 503-566-4159, or by calling Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association at 503-390-4000.

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  • Jan
    11

    Commissioners to select House District 19 replacement

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​The Marion County Board of Commissioners will interview three nominees to fill the current vacancy for State Representative for House District 19. The three nominees will participate in a panel interview on Wednesday, January 24, at 9 a.m. in the Senator Hearing Room in Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

    Nominees include Denyc Boles, Satyanarayana Chandragiri, and Michael Hunter. The position must be filled within 30 days of the December 31, 2017, vacancy date and the commissioners are expected to select and appoint a new representative following the panel interview on January 24. 

    The interviews will be broadcast on CCTV Channel 21 and live streamed on Marion County's social networks. The interviews will replay on Channel 21 on January 24 at 7 p.m., January 27 at 9 a.m., and January 28 at 4 p.m.

    Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23. Comments may be e-mailed to commissioners@co.marion.or.us or mailed to the Board of Commissioners Office at PO Box 14500, Salem, OR 97309. To be included in the record, comments must include the commenter's full name and address or e-mail address.

    For more information, please contact the Marion County Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or e-mail commissioners@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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    Dog Shelter seeking dog foster care homes
  • Dec
    21

    MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    Today at 2:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office located and detained Robert Bilbruck, age 65 of Salem at his residence in the 1700 block of Winter Street NE in Salem. Mr. Bilbruck was identified as the primary suspect in a burglary that took place on December 20th at the Blondzee's Guest House Restaurant located on Portland Road NE in Salem.

    Deputies developed probable cause after receiving numerous tips from viewers of area news as well as tips sent in by our media partners. Mr. Bilbruck was detained at his residence in the 1700 block of Winter Street NE in Salem. Deputies are remaining on scene while they apply for a search warrant to search the residence.

    At the conclusion of the investigation, Mr. Bilbruck will be taken to the Marion County Jail and lodged for the crimes of Burglary II and Theft I. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this incident.

    ****Media attached booking image is from a prior booking at the Marion County Jail****
    ****Mr. Bilbruck's image will be available as soon as he has been processed into the Marion County Jail 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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    MAN IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING BURGLARY INVESTIGATION
  • Dec
    20

    ATM SKIMMING DEVICES LOCATED IN MARION COUNTY

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    On December 17th and December 18th, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to two separate truck stops along the I5 corridor after ATM skimming devices were located. The first machine was located at the Flying J near Aurora and the second was located at the Pilot Truck Stop in Brooks.

    Deputies believe the skimming machines are related and may have been affixed to the ATM's by the same suspect. ATM skimming machines are sophisticated electronics designed to read the magnetic strips on the back of ATM cards and in this case also video record the key pad as the unknowing victim enters their pin.

    According to aarp.org there are 6 ways to protect you from ATM skimming;

    * Go to the bank. Although not immune to skimming, ATMs at banks are typically more secure--with their own 24/7 camera surveillance--and better maintained. Machines at convenience stores and other non-bank locations account for the majority of ATM compromises.

    * Inspect before using. Beware of ATMs whose card slots are a different color than the rest of the machine; have unusual equipment on the slot, keypad or sides, or overhead (which could hide a camera); or don't accept your card smoothly. If the slot is not securely attached, walk away. Newer ATMs have a flashing or steady light at the card slot. If it's obscured, suspect tampering.

    * Hide it. When entering a PIN, cover your hand as you press the numbers to protect personal information.

    * Keep close tabs on all payment cards. As with credit cards, most banks offer real-time alerts via text message or email on debit card transactions.

    * Create a separate account. Open a smaller account, separate from your primary checking account, and use it exclusively for debit card transactions. If the account is skimmed, the lower balance would limit your losses.

    * Lower your daily limit. Banks generally set a daily limit for ATM withdrawals, but you can request to have the amount of the limit reduced--say, $100 or less per day--to prevent scammers from making successive withdrawals within minutes.

    The Sheriff's Office is seeking any witnesses or information regarding the man pictured. If you have information you can call our tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can submit an anonymous tip on our Facbook page at Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow by clicking submit a tip on the left side of the page.
    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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    ATM SKIMMING DEVICES LOCATED IN MARION COUNTY
  • Dec
    12

    Repair & Reuse: Student Recycle Art Calendar Awardees Announced

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    Fourteen students from Marion County will be honored at the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, and their artwork will be published in the Student Recycle Art Calendar. 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 contest.

    Beginning in spring, students throughout Marion County began submitting illustrations that addressed this year's theme "Repair & Reuse." Students were encouraged to think of ways in which they can help repair and reuse common household or school items.

    The committee selected the winners based not only on their artistic ability, but also on the content of their message. Fourteen students in several grade categories will be awarded gift cards along with fabulous art sets. Students with winning entries will also receive certificates that will be presented to them by the board of commissioners. The 2017 art calendar award winners are:
     

    Student Name School
    Annabelle Hill Salem Academy
    Zan Saeed Schirle Elementary
    Lizzie Stravens Scotts Mills
    Hanna Cruzen Career Technical Education Center
    Brennea Atchley Wright Elementary
    Isabella Cruz Martinez Hallman Elementary
    Aniya Kindred Scotts Mills Middle School
    Kiarah Bryant French Prairie Middle School
    Jenean Randall Sprague High School
    Juliette Vold Sprague High School
    Nevaeh Meza Rojas Washington Elementary
    Inessa Garrey South Salem HS
    Alexis Reeves Howard Street Charter School
    Savannah Schaefer-Barnwell Sprague High School

     
    This year we will also recognize Sprague High School's art teacher, Connie Toland. One of her students will be awarded the grand prize and their artwork will be featured on the cover page of the calendar. We realize that teachers play a critical role in making this contest a big success and we want to also recognize their hard work.

    Calendars are free and available by visiting Marion County Public Works at 5155 Silverton Road NE, Salem, Oregon or by calling 503-566-4159, or by calling Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association at 503-390-4000.

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  • Dec
    1

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: December 1st, 2017 4:21 PM

    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: 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: 132 Horeb St. #2
    Gates, OR 97346

    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: 10/10/2023

    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.

    Parole & Probation Deputy: MEGHAN SCHREINER
    Phone: 503-566-6936
    E-Mail: mschreiner@co.marion.or.us
    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 NOTIFICATION
  • Nov
    29

    Possible Cougar Sighting Near Joryville Park

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    On November 27, 2017, Marion County Parks received a report of an unconfirmed cougar sighting near Joryville Park south of Salem. Parks staff wants to remind everyone, while cougar sightings are rare in densely populated areas, people should remain cautious and vigilant.  We recommend extra caution while using parks and trails and refrain from being alone in those areas.  Cougars are typically most active from dusk to dawn, although they sometimes travel and hunt during the day and prey on local species such as deer, rabbits, coyotes, small rodents and occasionally pets and livestock. 

    Anyone who observes a cougar is urged to call 9-1-1 to report it immediately.

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  • Oct
    31

    Justice Reinvestment supports evidence-based strategies

    Posted by: Marion County Reentry Initiative (MCRI)

    This article appears in the Winter 2017 issue of the Marion County Reentry Initiative "Giving People a Second Chance" e-newsletter. ​

    For 3,400 people on post-prison supervision and probation, Marion County will receive $3,754,893 in Justice Reinvestment Initiative funds from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to support proven strategies that give non-violent property and drug offenders the tools to succeed.  Justice reinvestment has two primary goals: (1) To prevent those who have served a prison sentence from re-offending and going back to prison, and (2)To divert non-violent drug and property criminals from prison through community-based services and local accountability.

    Marion County's justice reinvestment strategies include the following services.

    Link Up – Mentoring and treatment services targeting high and medium risk reentry clients with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Link Up participants are maintaining their medications and achieving stability in the community. The program has been evaluated using the Corrections Program Checklist and was rated "very high" in adherence to evidence-based practices.

    Student Opportunity for Achieving Results (SOAR) – An intensive 12-week program conducted on the Chemeketa Community College campus, offering cognitive-based programming and enhanced supervision, parenting classes, alcohol and drug mentoring, employment support, and treatment services. SOAR graduates were 25.8% less likely to be arrested for a new offense, 12.1% less likely to be convicted of any new crimes (misdemeanor or felony), and 21.8% less likely to be convicted of a new felony.

    De Muniz Resource Center – A one-stop reentry resource center operated by Community Action Agency, the center helps reentry and diversion clients with referrals and direct services. In 2015-16 the center worked with 1,070 individuals; in 2016-17, the center served 1,474 individuals – a 38% increase over the prior year.

    Transition Services/Housing – Housing is essential for community stability. Without housing, clients cannot focus on treatment and other remediation services. These stipends address short-term, critical housing needs.

    Substance Abuse Treatment – High and medium risk clients engage in a minimum of 200-260 hours of cognitive-based services directed at enhancing motivation, addressing addiction and criminogenic risk factors, and providing the behavioral skills necessary to lead a clean and sober lifestyle.​

    Senate Bill 416 Prison Diversion Program –This program diverts non-violent medium to high risk property and drug offenders from state prison to intensive community supervision. Senate Bill 416 services have had, perhaps, the greatest impact on Marion County's improvement in meeting prison diversion targets. Of 60 clients supervised through this program, only two returned to prison and 58 remained safely in the community.

    Jail Reentry Program – A 90-day treatment and mentoring program targets inmates at the county's Transition Center. Jail Reentry graduates were 35.5% less likely to be arrested for a new offense, 36.3% less likely to be convicted of any new crimes (misdemeanor or felony), 47.9% less likely to be convicted of a new felony, and 26.5% less likely to have a new incarceration compared to the general high-risk population on post-prison supervision in Marion County.

    Adult Specialty Courts – Specialty courts, including Adult Drug Court, Veterans Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, and Fostering Attachment Treatment Court, divert offenders from incarceration in partnership with treatment providers. Program participants undergo an intense regimen of substance abuse and mental health treatment, case management, drug testing, and probation supervision while reporting to regularly scheduled status hearings before a judge.

    Victim services – The Center for Hope and Safety has enhanced its services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking with the addition of an intake coordinator and children's advocate. Liberty House has expanded its capacity to serve children who have suffered physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect with the addition of a new evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health therapy program.​

    For more information about the Marion County Reentry Initiative, visit our ​website​. Read the 2017-2017 Justice Reinvestment application​

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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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