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

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Park to open for the season

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Dog Shelter seeking dog foster care homes

    Dog Shelter seeking dog foster care homes

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Denyc Boles appointed to fill House District 19 vacancy

    Denyc Boles appointed to fill House District 19 vacancy

    Date: 1/24/2018 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Members Needed for the Special Districts Budget Committee

    Members Needed for the Special Districts Budget Committee

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

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

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

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

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  • Feb
    9

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Park to open for the season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

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

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

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

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

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  • Feb
    4

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

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

    This story will be updated when additional information is available.


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


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


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


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

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

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Denyc Boles appointed to fill House District 19 vacancy

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Jan
    23

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

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

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

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


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

    RESIDENCE: 20150 Ferry RD SE
    Stayton, OR 97383

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

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

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

    Members Needed for the Special Districts Budget Committee

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

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

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  • Jan
    9

    Dog Shelter seeking dog foster care homes

    Posted by: Community Services - Dog Services

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

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

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

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

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  • Oct
    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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