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  • County to hold  budget hearings

    County to hold budget hearings

    Date: 5/26/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Marion County will hold Budget Committee hearings on Thursday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Monday, June 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All meetings will be held in the Senator Hearing Room of Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem. Budget Committee meetings are broadcast live in the Salem area on Comcast channel 21 and streamed live on YouTube (http://bit.ly/MarionCoMeetings).

    Time is set aside at each meeting for public comment regarding the proposed fiscal year 2017-2018 budget. The first Public Comment Period will be held June 1 at 5:15 p.m. and the second on June 5 at 8:45 a.m.

    Chief Administrative Officer, and Budget Officer, John Lattimer will deliver the Budget Officer's Message during the opening session. His message will outline the proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 county budget, program highlights and recommendations for new programs or staffing.

    The Budget Committee will hear presentations from each county department describing their services, funding needs and important issues affecting program budgets. The Budget Committee will forward the approved budget to the Board of Commissioners for final adoption in late June. The Budget Committee is made up of three citizen members and three commissioners.

    The budget will be available for public review by 11:00 a.m. on June 1 on the Marion County website at www.co.marion.or.us with a physical copy at the front desk of the Board of Commissioners Office located at 555 Court Street NE, Suite 5232, Salem.

    For more information about Marion County's budget process, contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or commissioners@co.marion.or.us.  

    June 1: Budget Presentation Schedule
    June 5: Budget Presentation Schedule

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  • Wheatland Ferry Closed for Inspection and Maintenance

    Wheatland Ferry Closed for Inspection and Maintenance

    Date: 5/4/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​The Wheatland Ferry was closed today and removed from the river for its required five-year hull inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard. During this time the ferry will also be cleaned and painted, and maintenance duties will be performed.

    Due to the nature of the work and inspection outcome, the reopening date is unknown but the ferry is expected to reopen in early June. The public is asked to travel alternate routes and are discouraged from venturing beyond the closure to view the ferry.

    For more information, contact Mike Shepard, Bridges and Ferries Supervisor, at 503-588-5036 or MRShepard@co.marion.or.us.

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  • County announces seasonal park openings and North Fork area parking fee

    County announces seasonal park openings and North Fork area parking fee

    Date: 4/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County announces the opening of its seasonal parks for the 2017 summer recreational season. Most parks, including Bear Creek Park and Campground, will open May 1 and remain open through October 30, 2017. North Fork and Salmon Falls parks will open June 1. Parks and Public Works staff have been working through the off-season to prepare parks for the summer opening, with special attention along the North Fork corridor.

    Parks Coordinator Russ Dilley said, "We're looking forward to a busy summer at Marion County's parks, especially the days leading up to and around the Great American Eclipse in August. To keep parks ready for visitors, we've added additional seasonal staff and made improvements in several areas including parking in the North Fork corridor and a new play structure at Labish Village Park. For everyone's safety, we're reminding visitors to be mindful of county park rules including bans on alcohol, smoking and glass containers."  

    North Fork Road parking fee and corridor improvements

    The Little North Fork Santiam River and North Fork Road corridor have grown in popularity in recent years, resulting in overcrowding on most warm, sunny days. With the additional river users come increased motor vehicle accidents, river safety concerns, litter, habitat degradation and trespassing onto private property. Marion County has responded with several changes and added amenities along North Fork Road designed to improve public safety, increase capacity, and enhance the public's recreational experience.

    New signs are being installed along Highway 22, North Fork Road and at park entrances to help travelers find their destinations and provide corridor-wide information. Marion County Public Works has also widened and improved roadside gravel turnouts in several popular locations to make it easier and safer for cars to park off the roadway. Visitors will also see new and expanded parking at North Fork Park and Salmon Falls Park.

    Two emergency phones are now operational in areas where cell phone coverage is either unavailable or unreliable. One phone is located at the entrance to Salmon Falls Park and one phone is located at the Elkhorn Valley Fire Station. Both phones connect directly to 9-1-1.

    Marion County has instituted a $5 daily parking fee for all vehicles that park on the side of North Fork Road and in county parks accessed from North Fork Road, including North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park, Bear Creek Park day use parking and Lomker's Bridge day use area. Parking fee stations along North Fork Road and in each park will be available for use on May 1. Fees can be paid using cash or check. A $30 annual parking pass is also available, which will allow unlimited daily parking for one vehicle along North Fork Road and in Marion County North Fork corridor parks. Annual passes can be purchased at any of the parking fee stations or at Marion County Public Works, Building 1, 5155 Silverton Road NE in Salem.

    Bear Creek Park

    Bear Creek Park will open on May 1. The park is a 15-acre campground located between the Bureau of Land Management's Canyon Creek and Elkhorn Valley parks on North Fork Road. Bear Creek Park also provides day use access to the Little North Fork Santiam River. The park has 15 first-come, first-served camp sites and costs $14 per night with a 14-night maximum stay. Each of the camping sites has picnic tables and fire pits and accommodates one vehicle. A $5 fee applies to each additional vehicle. Campsite check-in is 4 p.m. and check out is 1 p.m. on the day of departure. The day use portion of the park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    North Fork and Salmon Falls parks

    North Fork and Salmon Falls Parks will open on June 1. Work is underway at Salmon Falls Park to remove downed trees and repair other damage from winter snow storms. The parking lot at North Fork Park will be expanded to accommodate additional vehicles and maintain emergency access on crowded days. Both parks provide access to the Little North Fork Santiam River, include restrooms and picnic facilities, and are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Other seasonal parks

    Other seasonal Marion County parks that open to the public on May 1 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;
    • Scotts Mills Park; and,
    • Minto and Niagara parks along the Santiam River.

     
    These parks are open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.

    The following Marion County parks are open and available for public use year-round:

    • Salem area - Auburn, Denny, Eola Bend, Joryville, Labish Village, and Parkdale;
    • Near Silverton - Rogers Wayside; and
    • Along the North Santiam River – Packsaddle

     
    ​​St. Louis Fish Ponds, west of Gervais, opened for the season on March 1.

    Marion County has a first-come, first-served policy for all county parks and park amenities. Reservations are not accepted. Parking permits are only required at the county's North Fork corridor parks and for parking along North Fork Road. Parking at all other county parks is free.

    Safety

    Marion County reminds park visitors that the following safety rules apply:

    • Alcohol, glass containers and smoking are prohibited in all county parks.
    • Outdoor cooking fires must be in a fireplace, barbecue pit or camp stove, and used safely in designated picnic or cooking areas. During fire season, only portable gas barbecues and camp stoves may be used.
    • Fires must be attended at all times in county parks. Completely extinguish all fires until cold to the touch and comply with all seasonal fire restrictions.
    • Discharge of firearms, ammunition, fireworks and other types of explosives are also prohibited in county parks.

      For more information about county parks, including descriptions, locations and available amenities, visit the Marion County Parks website at www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks or call (503) 588-5036.​
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  • Marion County invites students to particiate in 2017 Art Calendar Contest

    Marion County invites students to particiate in 2017 Art Calendar Contest

    Date: 5/2/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Marion County and the Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association are once again sponsoring an art calendar contest to promote waste reduction and resource conservation in schools, and this year's theme is "Repair & Reuse." As in previous years, we are inviting all K-12 students within Marion County to submit colorful drawings that focus on waste prevention through repair and reuse. Each student will be allowed to submit up to three drawings and entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2017.

    Thirteen illustrations will be selected to produce the 2018 calendar and a $50 gift card will be awarded to twelve winners in the following grade group categories: K - 3rd grades, 4th – 6th grades, 7th - 9th grades and 10th -12th grades. A student from one of these four categories will have the opportunity to win the Grand Prize, which includes a $100 gift card plus their artwork will be featured on the cover of the calendar. Additionally, the teacher of the student whose artwork is selected for the grand prize will also receive a $500 gift card for classroom use. Selected winners will be honored at a televised Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting.

    To learn more about the 2017 Art Calendar Contest, please visit www.mcrecycles.net and click on "Events" or email EnvironmentalServices@co.marion.or.us.   

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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 two nights of solid National acts as part of the fair in 2017.  "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 Joel Conder, who spearheads the fair board's 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. The band produced 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 number one 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 an autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio, published by 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 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds located at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. The four-day fair features events and activities such as 4H and FFA, public competitions, amazing food, commercial shopping and attractions such as carnival rides, petting zoo, 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 offered on various days. Parking is free and there is no additional charge for the entertainment or rodeo! Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

    Check out all the details on the new fair website: www.marioncountyfair.net. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and contests. Look for the hashtag #marioncountyfair.

    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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  • May
    26

    County to hold budget hearings

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Marion County will hold Budget Committee hearings on Thursday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Monday, June 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All meetings will be held in the Senator Hearing Room of Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem. Budget Committee meetings are broadcast live in the Salem area on Comcast channel 21 and streamed live on YouTube (http://bit.ly/MarionCoMeetings).

    Time is set aside at each meeting for public comment regarding the proposed fiscal year 2017-2018 budget. The first Public Comment Period will be held June 1 at 5:15 p.m. and the second on June 5 at 8:45 a.m.

    Chief Administrative Officer, and Budget Officer, John Lattimer will deliver the Budget Officer's Message during the opening session. His message will outline the proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 county budget, program highlights and recommendations for new programs or staffing.

    The Budget Committee will hear presentations from each county department describing their services, funding needs and important issues affecting program budgets. The Budget Committee will forward the approved budget to the Board of Commissioners for final adoption in late June. The Budget Committee is made up of three citizen members and three commissioners.

    The budget will be available for public review by 11:00 a.m. on June 1 on the Marion County website at www.co.marion.or.us with a physical copy at the front desk of the Board of Commissioners Office located at 555 Court Street NE, Suite 5232, Salem.

    For more information about Marion County's budget process, contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or commissioners@co.marion.or.us.  

    June 1: Budget Presentation Schedule
    June 5: Budget Presentation Schedule

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  • May
    25

    Construction Delays North Fork Park Opening

    Posted by: Public Works

    MEHAMA, OR – Marion County's North Fork Park, which is located along the North Fork of the Santiam River, was previously scheduled to open on June 1, 2017, after a construction project to expand and pave the parking lot is completed. Due to weather and construction delays, the season opening has been delayed until June 16, which coincides with local schools' first day of summer break. 

    Other parks in the North Fork Corridor are Bear Creek Campground and Park, which opened on May 1, and Salmon Falls Park, which is expected to open June 1. All are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

    For more information about this project, contact Brian Nicholas, Capital Projects Manager, at 503-588-5036 or bnicholas@co.marion.or.us. For information about this or other Marion County Parks, visit our website at www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks or email parks@co.marion.or.us.

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  • May
    25

    Silverton Road Right Lane Extension Notice of Night Construction

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM, OR - Marion County's contractor, Knife River Corporation, will perform night work May 30, 2017 through June 1, 2017. Construction will include the application of centerline and shoulder striping, crosswalks, traffic arrows, and bike lane symbols. Motorist should expect delays of up to 20 minutes at the intersection of Silverton Road NE and Cordon Road NE, and are encouraged to use alternative routes. 

    The road will remain open during construction with flaggers directing traffic through the work area. Crossing over the centerline will be restricted to allow the new striping sufficient curing time.  Marion County and Knife River Corporation appreciates your patience during construction.  Please obey all posted construction signs and remember the flaggers are there for your protection.

    For question regarding this project, please call Bob Pankratz, Project Engineer, at 503-588-5036 or email bpankratz@co.marion.or.us

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  • May
    8

    MAN ARRESTED AFTER EARLY MORNING BURGLARY AND ROBBERY (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: May 8th, 2017 4:41 PM
    Early this morning, around 4:45 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 4200 block of Ward Drive NE after a resident awoke and found their home had been burglarized. When deputies arrived they determined someone entered the home through an open window and stole a wallet and two vehicles parked in the victim's driveway. One of the vehicles a Ford Focus was recovered down the street, but the second vehicle a Ford Edge was still missing.

    At 8:50 a.m., deputies were called to an armed robbery that had just occurred at the State Farm Insurance Agency located at 855 Lancaster Drive SE. As the robbery was being dispatched a deputy spotted the stolen Ford Edge leaving the same area as the robbery. Believing the stolen vehicle was involved in the robbery deputies pursued. The vehicle drove through the Salem area and into Keizer where spike strips were deployed, flattening the vehicles tires, a short time later the driver abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot.

    The driver Richard Keith, age 25 was captured moments after running and taken to the Marion County Jail. Mr. Keith has been booked on numerous charges that include Reckless Driving, Felony Elude, Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor, Burglary I, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle X 2 and several outstanding warrants.

    While the chase was concluding, detectives with the Sheriff's Office responded to the robbery and determined that Mr. Keith was not the person believed to be involved. Detectives are seeking the public's help in locating a white, male, adult, who is approximately 30 to 35 years of age, thin and unshaven. The man was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black Carhart pants, and a mask around his neck believed to be half of a skeleton face. During the robbery the male displayed what appeared to be a handgun.

    The man was last seen running south and possibly got into a brown, dodge truck. Anyone with information is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503 540 8079 or you can text your anonymous tip to 847411, just text TipMCSO and your message.
    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 ARRESTED AFTER EARLY MORNING BURGLARY AND ROBBERY (PHOTO)
  • May
    4

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: May 4th, 2017 1:24 PM
    The 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: BLK EYES: BRO

    RESIDENCE: 2380 BROADWAY ST NE, SALEM, OR 97301

    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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  • May
    4

    Wheatland Ferry Closed for Inspection and Maintenance

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​The Wheatland Ferry was closed today and removed from the river for its required five-year hull inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard. During this time the ferry will also be cleaned and painted, and maintenance duties will be performed.

    Due to the nature of the work and inspection outcome, the reopening date is unknown but the ferry is expected to reopen in early June. The public is asked to travel alternate routes and are discouraged from venturing beyond the closure to view the ferry.

    For more information, contact Mike Shepard, Bridges and Ferries Supervisor, at 503-588-5036 or MRShepard@co.marion.or.us.

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  • May
    3

    Women's Accelerated Reentry Program helps women's transition needs

    Posted by: Marion County Reentry Initiative (MCRI)

    This article appears in the Spring 2017 MCRI newsletter 

    ​Women's Accelerated Reentry Program helps women's transition needs – and reduces census at Coffee Creek

    By Jenna Moller, Bridgeway Recovery Services

    By the end of 2016, Oregon was running out of options. Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville had been running at capacity for more than a year, causing behavioral issues between inmates and putting more stress on the facility than it could bear. To combat this, the Oregon Department of Corrections planned to open another prison.  The Oregon legislature encouraged the Corrections Department to find another alternative. "Incarceration on its own hasn't proven to be super successful in reducing recidivism," said Tina Bialas, Behavioral Health Director at Bridgeway Recovery Services. So the department got to work.

    On January 30, 2017, the Women's Accelerated Reentry Program was launched by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Corrections. Women at Coffee Creek serve up to the last six months of their prison sentence at Marion County Transition Center in Salem. Criteria for selection include being nonviolent offenders; having a history of substance abuse, mental health problems or co-occurring disorders; being within 180 days of their original release date; and releasing to Marion County. Once individuals are identified, they are transferred from Coffee Creek to the Transition Center. This is where the real work starts.

    At the Transition Center, each woman is assigned a parole officer that is well-versed in the program's rigorous curriculum. Bridgeway Recovery Services staff conducts a thorough assessment of each woman and provides ongoing individual counseling support. Participants also attend weekly meetings with their parole officers; two classes a week facilitated by the De Muniz Resource Center; weekly employment classes run by Sheriff's Office staff; and five treatment groups a week facilitated by Bridgeway—all at the Transition Center. These women have experienced a high prevalence of trauma, such as childhood abuse and domestic violence. Such difficult experiences make the counseling support they receive that much more important. 

    Participants find many benefits from counseling support and classes. "I think the classes, [parole officer] interactions, and community reintegration have helped me tremendously," said one client. "I feel ready to get back out into life and that I'll be successful in reaching my goals."

    Participants also get the chance to attend healthy leisure and recreational outings each week to help them feel connected to their community, including bowling or volunteering at the Marion-Polk Food Share. Outings are led by their parole officers as well as their Bridgeway Recovery Mentor, Morgan Nelson. "It gives the clients real life opportunities to practice pro-social behaviors," Bialas said.

    Even more importantly, these trips have opened the women's eyes to new outlooks on life. "[These outings] showed me that you don't have to be high to have fun," said another participant.

    The women also get an extra family visit. Bridgeway mentors facilitate these meetings and give women feedback after observing the visit, such as how they might communicate with their children more effectively or how they did a great job explaining how they felt about a certain situation. Mentors being involved with the participants' families help build relationships between the clients and mentor, which aids in treatment.

    "I can't say enough how much good work [the Bridgeway mentors and counselors] have done," Bialas said, adding that because of them, program participants actively engage in treatment, even if they originally had no interest.

    At the end 90 days, if participants complete the program without any behavioral issues, they receive a certificate and the opportunity to continue their substance abuse or mental health treatment with Bridgeway Recovery Services.  "We're hoping this program will be personally impactful and hope [the women] will continue in treatment," Bialas noted.

    Many women plan on doing just that. "I have found who my real self is, but I still have more exploring to do," said a participant. "Once I'm done, I'll be a brand new woman."​

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  • May
    2

    Marion County invites students to particiate in 2017 Art Calendar Contest

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Marion County and the Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association are once again sponsoring an art calendar contest to promote waste reduction and resource conservation in schools, and this year's theme is "Repair & Reuse." As in previous years, we are inviting all K-12 students within Marion County to submit colorful drawings that focus on waste prevention through repair and reuse. Each student will be allowed to submit up to three drawings and entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2017.

    Thirteen illustrations will be selected to produce the 2018 calendar and a $50 gift card will be awarded to twelve winners in the following grade group categories: K - 3rd grades, 4th – 6th grades, 7th - 9th grades and 10th -12th grades. A student from one of these four categories will have the opportunity to win the Grand Prize, which includes a $100 gift card plus their artwork will be featured on the cover of the calendar. Additionally, the teacher of the student whose artwork is selected for the grand prize will also receive a $500 gift card for classroom use. Selected winners will be honored at a televised Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting.

    To learn more about the 2017 Art Calendar Contest, please visit www.mcrecycles.net and click on "Events" or email EnvironmentalServices@co.marion.or.us.   

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  • Apr
    24

    Portland and Western Railroad will close several railroad crossings for tie replacement project

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Salem, OR –Portland and Western Railroad will begin a tie replacement project on Monday, April 24, that will begin at Salem and progress north into Clackamas County.  As part of this work, the railroad will replace the timber crossings at Keene Road NE, Le Brun Road NE, and Wiseacre Lane NE with asphalt crossings.

    Each crossing replacement will require a one day road closure from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Detour routes will be established on all roads except Wiseacre Lane, and no vehicular access across the tracks will be available during the closures.  The exact closure dates are not known at this time and are dependent upon the progress made by the tie crew. 

    Marion County will monitor the work and provide exact closure dates as those dates become available.  If you have questions, please contact Bill Brownlee (Monday through Wednesday) or Eric Anderson at 503-588-5036.

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  • Apr
    22

    DEPUTY AND PATRON WORK TOGETHER TO RESUSCITATE WOMAN

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2017 9:50 AM
    Yesterday around 12:50 p.m., Senior Deputy Mike Beach was preparing to eat his lunch at a local restaurant at the Keizer Station when a man approached him. The man explained to Senior Deputy Beach that at the business next door he had found an employee on the ground and she appeared to need help.

    Senior Deputy Beach quickly went next door to the store, Game Stop and saw a 30 year old female, on the ground and unconscious. Senior Deputy Beach radioed for medical help and began assessing the female. After discovering she was not breathing and did not have a pulse Senior Deputy Beach handed the keys to his nearby patrol car to the man and asked him to retrieve his medical kit.

    Senior Deputy Beach began chest compressions as another patron entered the store. The patron, Dee Ann White of Falls City asked Deputy Beach if she could help. Deputy Beach and Ms. White worked together, alternating chest compressions until the male returned with the medical bag.
    Deputy Beach retrieved his CPR mask from the bag, took over chest compressions and Ms. White began providing rescue breaths. Medical personnel arrived a short time later and transported the female to the Salem Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to commend Senior Deputy Beach, Ms. White and the unknown man who worked together to help another person in need.
    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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  • Apr
    20

    County announces seasonal park openings and North Fork area parking fee

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County announces the opening of its seasonal parks for the 2017 summer recreational season. Most parks, including Bear Creek Park and Campground, will open May 1 and remain open through October 30, 2017. North Fork and Salmon Falls parks will open June 1. Parks and Public Works staff have been working through the off-season to prepare parks for the summer opening, with special attention along the North Fork corridor.

    Parks Coordinator Russ Dilley said, "We're looking forward to a busy summer at Marion County's parks, especially the days leading up to and around the Great American Eclipse in August. To keep parks ready for visitors, we've added additional seasonal staff and made improvements in several areas including parking in the North Fork corridor and a new play structure at Labish Village Park. For everyone's safety, we're reminding visitors to be mindful of county park rules including bans on alcohol, smoking and glass containers."  

    North Fork Road parking fee and corridor improvements

    The Little North Fork Santiam River and North Fork Road corridor have grown in popularity in recent years, resulting in overcrowding on most warm, sunny days. With the additional river users come increased motor vehicle accidents, river safety concerns, litter, habitat degradation and trespassing onto private property. Marion County has responded with several changes and added amenities along North Fork Road designed to improve public safety, increase capacity, and enhance the public's recreational experience.

    New signs are being installed along Highway 22, North Fork Road and at park entrances to help travelers find their destinations and provide corridor-wide information. Marion County Public Works has also widened and improved roadside gravel turnouts in several popular locations to make it easier and safer for cars to park off the roadway. Visitors will also see new and expanded parking at North Fork Park and Salmon Falls Park.

    Two emergency phones are now operational in areas where cell phone coverage is either unavailable or unreliable. One phone is located at the entrance to Salmon Falls Park and one phone is located at the Elkhorn Valley Fire Station. Both phones connect directly to 9-1-1.

    Marion County has instituted a $5 daily parking fee for all vehicles that park on the side of North Fork Road and in county parks accessed from North Fork Road, including North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park, Bear Creek Park day use parking and Lomker's Bridge day use area. Parking fee stations along North Fork Road and in each park will be available for use on May 1. Fees can be paid using cash or check. A $30 annual parking pass is also available, which will allow unlimited daily parking for one vehicle along North Fork Road and in Marion County North Fork corridor parks. Annual passes can be purchased at any of the parking fee stations or at Marion County Public Works, Building 1, 5155 Silverton Road NE in Salem.

    Bear Creek Park

    Bear Creek Park will open on May 1. The park is a 15-acre campground located between the Bureau of Land Management's Canyon Creek and Elkhorn Valley parks on North Fork Road. Bear Creek Park also provides day use access to the Little North Fork Santiam River. The park has 15 first-come, first-served camp sites and costs $14 per night with a 14-night maximum stay. Each of the camping sites has picnic tables and fire pits and accommodates one vehicle. A $5 fee applies to each additional vehicle. Campsite check-in is 4 p.m. and check out is 1 p.m. on the day of departure. The day use portion of the park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    North Fork and Salmon Falls parks

    North Fork and Salmon Falls Parks will open on June 1. Work is underway at Salmon Falls Park to remove downed trees and repair other damage from winter snow storms. The parking lot at North Fork Park will be expanded to accommodate additional vehicles and maintain emergency access on crowded days. Both parks provide access to the Little North Fork Santiam River, include restrooms and picnic facilities, and are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Other seasonal parks

    Other seasonal Marion County parks that open to the public on May 1 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;
    • Scotts Mills Park; and,
    • Minto and Niagara parks along the Santiam River.

     
    These parks are open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.

    The following Marion County parks are open and available for public use year-round:

    • Salem area - Auburn, Denny, Eola Bend, Joryville, Labish Village, and Parkdale;
    • Near Silverton - Rogers Wayside; and
    • Along the North Santiam River – Packsaddle

     
    ​​St. Louis Fish Ponds, west of Gervais, opened for the season on March 1.

    Marion County has a first-come, first-served policy for all county parks and park amenities. Reservations are not accepted. Parking permits are only required at the county's North Fork corridor parks and for parking along North Fork Road. Parking at all other county parks is free.

    Safety

    Marion County reminds park visitors that the following safety rules apply:

    • Alcohol, glass containers and smoking are prohibited in all county parks.
    • Outdoor cooking fires must be in a fireplace, barbecue pit or camp stove, and used safely in designated picnic or cooking areas. During fire season, only portable gas barbecues and camp stoves may be used.
    • Fires must be attended at all times in county parks. Completely extinguish all fires until cold to the touch and comply with all seasonal fire restrictions.
    • Discharge of firearms, ammunition, fireworks and other types of explosives are also prohibited in county parks.

      For more information about county parks, including descriptions, locations and available amenities, visit the Marion County Parks website at www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks or call (503) 588-5036.​
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  • Apr
    13

    Section of St. Louis Road to Close for Railroad Crossing Replacement

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Beginning Friday, April 28, 2017, St. Louis Road will be closed from approximately 1,000 feet west of the Portland & Western Railroad crossing to approximately 1,000 feet east of the crossing.  During the road closure, Portland & Western Railroad will replace the existing crossing, and Marion County will reconstruct the adjacent roadway.  The road closure is located between Manning Road NE and the St Louis Road / I-5 overpass.

    During the closure, a signed detour utilizing Manning Road NE and Keene Road NE will be in place.  Road work associated with the road closure is expected to be completed no later than June 15, 2017.  Motorists should expect the road work to continue after the road is opened to traffic, with flaggers directing traffic through the work area.  Access to St. Louis Fish Ponds County Park will remain open throughout construction from St. Louis Road on the east side of the railroad crossing, coming from Gervais.

    For additional information, contact Ken Karnosh, Project Inspector, or Steve Preszler, Project Engineer at (503) 588-5036. 

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  • Apr
    5

    Silverton Road Right Lane Extension Construction Notice

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM, OR – After a brief delay, Marion County is scheduled to begin construction on Silverton Road from approximately 300 feet west of Cordon Road to approximately 950 feet east of Lardon Road. Construction will begin April 14, 2017, with work scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2017.  Depending on the weather, this completion date may be modified.  The work will be performed by Knife River Corporation, which is responsible for the construction schedule. 

    This construction will include: extending the eastbound right turn lane; replacing the sidewalk ramps; and, applying an asphalt overlay.  The road will remain open during construction with flaggers directing traffic through the work area.  Motorist should expect minor delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

    Marion County and Knife River Corporation appreciate your patience during construction.  Please obey posted construction signs and remember the flaggers are there for your protection. 

    To find information about the project and a link to contact us by email visit our web site at: http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/Silverton-Rd-Lane-Extension.aspx

    For questions about this project, please call Alicia Robe at 503-588-5036 or email arobe@co.marion.or.us.  If during construction there is an after-hours emergency, please call Marion County Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-5304.

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  • Mar
    30

    Delaney Road Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Construction Notice

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​TURNER, OR – Marion County is scheduled to begin construction for the City of Turner on Delaney Road from 8th Street to 3rd Street on April 3, 2017. Work is scheduled to be completed by August 31, 2017.  This completion date may be modified depending on weather.  The work will be performed by KSH Construction Company, which is responsible for the construction schedule. 

    Construction will include new sidewalks with curbs, storm drainage and bike lanes on both sides of the street.  The project will connect existing sidewalks west of 7th Street with existing sidewalks at 3rd Street. It will also include a new crossing surface at the existing railroad crossing. The road will remain open during construction with flaggers directing traffic through the work area.  Motorists should expect minor delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible.

    Marion County and KSH Construction Company appreciate your patience during construction.  Please obey posted construction signs and remember the flaggers are there for your protection. 

    To find information about the project and a link to contact us by email visit our web site at: http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/Delaney.aspx

    For questions about this project, please call Alicia Robe at 503-588-5036 or email arobe@co.marion.or.us.   If there is an after-hours emergency during construction, please call Marion County Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-5304.

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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 two nights of solid National acts as part of the fair in 2017.  "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 Joel Conder, who spearheads the fair board's 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. The band produced 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 number one 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 an autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio, published by 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 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds located at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. The four-day fair features events and activities such as 4H and FFA, public competitions, amazing food, commercial shopping and attractions such as carnival rides, petting zoo, 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 offered on various days. Parking is free and there is no additional charge for the entertainment or rodeo! Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

    Check out all the details on the new fair website: www.marioncountyfair.net. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and contests. Look for the hashtag #marioncountyfair.

    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
    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
    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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