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  • Marion & Clackamas county commissioners to select HD 18 replacement

    Marion & Clackamas county commissioners to select HD 18 replacement

    Date: 2/8/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Following the resignation of Representative Vic Gilliam from the Oregon House of Representatives, Clackamas County and Marion County commissioners will hold a joint session on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to interview candidates and select a replacement for the open position.

    Oregon law requires that a legislative vacancy to be filled by county commissioners representing the district in which the vacancy exists. House District 18 includes voters in Clackamas and Marion counties.

    The meeting will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Mt. Angel Fire District located at 300 Monroe St. in Mt. Angel. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

    The session will be videotaped and archived on Clackamas County's YouTube Channel and broadcast on the Clackamas County Government Channel and Capital Community Television in Marion County.

    For more information, members of the media or public may contact Clackamas County Public Information Officer Tim Heider at 503-742-5911 or Marion County Public Information Officer Jolene Kelley at 503-566-3937. ​

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  • Commissioner Janet Carlson appointed to national board

    Commissioner Janet Carlson appointed to national board

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

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

    County Officials Appointed to National/Regional Boards

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

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

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

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

    Comments from the appointees are below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative prepares to implement strategies

    Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative prepares to implement strategies

    Date: 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM
    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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  • 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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  • Feb
    8

    Marion & Clackamas county commissioners to select HD 18 replacement

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Following the resignation of Representative Vic Gilliam from the Oregon House of Representatives, Clackamas County and Marion County commissioners will hold a joint session on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to interview candidates and select a replacement for the open position.

    Oregon law requires that a legislative vacancy to be filled by county commissioners representing the district in which the vacancy exists. House District 18 includes voters in Clackamas and Marion counties.

    The meeting will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Mt. Angel Fire District located at 300 Monroe St. in Mt. Angel. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

    The session will be videotaped and archived on Clackamas County's YouTube Channel and broadcast on the Clackamas County Government Channel and Capital Community Television in Marion County.

    For more information, members of the media or public may contact Clackamas County Public Information Officer Tim Heider at 503-742-5911 or Marion County Public Information Officer Jolene Kelley at 503-566-3937. ​

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  • Jan
    24

    DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR WANTED SALEM MAN (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 24th, 2017 5:16 PM
    Over the past two nights deputies have been searching for Levi Read, age 27, of Salem. Sunday night, deputies chased Mr. Read in a stolen Honda car that he ditched near Portland Road NE near the Labish Village. At the time of the chase deputies believe Mr. Read was armed with a shotgun.

    On Monday night deputies responded back to the same area after a sighting of Mr. Read but were unable to locate him, they did however recover the shotgun. Mr. Read is the same man that earlier this summer, July 1st, ran over a deputy's foot while fleeing in a vehicle.

    Mr. Read is a white male, 6'00" tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Mr. Read has several outstanding felony warrants for his arrest for the charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude the Police and Assaulting a Public Safety Officer. Mr. Read should be considered dangerous and deputies ask that you do not attempt to apprehend him.

    If you know where or how to locate Mr. Read you can text your anonymous tips to If you know the location of Mr. Read you can call MCSO at 503-588-5032 or text your anonymous tip to 847411 in the body of the text please include TipMCSO followed by 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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  • Jan
    24

    DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING EARLY MORNING FIRE NEAR HUBBARD ****UPDATE****

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 24th, 2017 4:06 PM
    Today investigators were notified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office that the remains of the five individuals found in the deadly fire on January 3rd on Fobert Road NE have been positively identified as the Kroeker family.

    Based on all the information known by the Marion County Sheriff's Office at this time, this case remains an active homicide investigation, specifically focused on murder/suicide.

    The Sheriff's Office is still not prepared to comment on evidence or specific information at this time, and detectives are continuing their thorough investigation into this tragedy. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-540-8079.

    Family has asked that media refrain from contacting them during their time of grieving.
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  • Jan
    18

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: January 18th, 2017 10:41 AM
    Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS 181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

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

    NAME: Michael Lloyd Reese
    SID#: 3839164
    DOB: 04/11/1953
    CURRENT AGE: 063

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

    RESIDENCE: 650 LOCUST ST NE SALEM, OR 97301

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

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

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

    Other: Reese has a history of offending against female stranger victims between the ages of 6 -- 31 years.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
    Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
    Email: cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION
  • Dec
    20

    Commissioner Janet Carlson appointed to national board

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

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

    County Officials Appointed to National/Regional Boards

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

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

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

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

    Comments from the appointees are below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Dec
    13

    Repair Fair and Share Event

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

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

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

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

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  • Dec
    9

    Less is More: Student Recycle Art Calendar Awardees Announced

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

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

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

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

    Student Name

    Grade

    School

    Sean Collier

    11

    Sprague High School

    Victoria Canchola

    9

    Early College High School

    Alexis Reeves

    6

    Howard Street Charter School

    David González

    1

    Swegle Elementary School

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

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  • Dec
    5

    Gallon House Bridge Photo Contest Winners

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Oct
    20

    Marion County Parks Closing For The Season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Several seasonal Marion County parks will close to the public on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Parks that are closing include:

    • Aumsville Ponds on Bates Road SE near Aumsville;
    • Bonesteele Park on Aumsville Hwy SE;
    • Spong's Landing on the Willamette River north of Keizer; and,
    • Minto, Niagara, North Fork, and Salmon Falls parks, which are all in the North Santiam River Basin.   

    Two other county parks have already closed for the season: St. Louis Fish Ponds west of Gervais, which closes on October 1, and Scotts Mills Park, which was closed on October 19 due to extreme vandalism.

    The Marion County parks that remain open year-round are:

    • Auburn, Denny, Eola Bend, Joryville, Labish Village, and Parkdale in the Salem area;
    • Rogers Wayside near Silverton; and,
    • Packsaddle along the North Santiam River.

    For more information these county parks, including descriptions and locations, visit the Marion County Parks web site at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/ or call (503) 588-5036.

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