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  • County offering free well safety class and well testing

    County offering free well safety class and well testing

    Date: 4/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health

    ​Join Marion County Environmental Health and OSU Extension Service for "Domestic Well Safety: Well and Groundwater Basics." The class is designed for domestic well owners to learn the basics of groundwater and water well stewardship. Participants will learn steps to protect health and how to safely utilize groundwater resources. Nearly one-fourth of all Oregonians rely on private, domestic wells as their primary source of drinking water.

    The free class will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wellspring Conference Center located at 1475 Mt. Hood Ave. in Woodburn. Space is limited, RSVP to (503) 588-5407 or email gdeblase@co.marion.or.us.

    Environmental Health Specialist Greg DeBlase said, "Domestic wells are not regulated like public water systems in Oregon. This class is provided as a resource for private well owners to aid them in maintaining and protecting their domestic water source."

    Environmental Health is also offering free domestic well testing for property owners who get their drinking water from a private, domestic well. North and east Marion County communities where arsenic and nitrate contaminants have been identified have priority. North county areas include north Salem, Brooks, Gervais, Hubbard, Woodburn and Aurora. East county areas include Gates, Idanha, Detroit, Mill City and Lyons. Call (503) 588-5346 to schedule a test.

    Arsenic is a naturally occurring element found in the earth's crust. Nitrates are associated with septic systems and commercial fertilizers. Drinking water with high levels of arsenic or nitrate can cause adverse health effects. More information on health effects can be found on the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water website.

    For information about the county's drinking water program, call (503) 588-5346 or email EnvironmentalHealth@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    Date: 4/21/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health

    ​This press release was distributed by the Keizer Police Department on April 21, 2017

    Date of event:
    Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Locations:
    Roth's parking lot: 702 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem
    Peace Plaza: 500 Commercial St SE, Salem
    Safeway parking lot: 4990 River Rd N, Keizer

    In partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Marion County Health Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department and Keizer Police Department, area law enforcement agencies are hosting a prescription drug turn-in event on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at several locations in the Salem/Keizer area.

    This one-day event encourages citizens to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications at designated collection sites to keep drugs out of the wrong hands and out of the environment. The event educates the public to store medications safely and securely to prevent accidental poisonings, drug abuse, and contamination of our water resources.

    When medications are disposed of improperly, it poses risks to community health and safety. Drugs that are insecurely placed in trash receptacles can be scavenged and abused. When drugs are flushed, they are not completely removed by sewage treatment facilities and septic tank systems and can enter the soil, surface water, and groundwater, risking contamination of important resources for drinking water and irrigation. Studies have shown that drugs found in waterways also have a serious impact on fish and other aquatic life. 

    Medications from deceased family members, unknown tablets and capsules, unneeded prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and veterinary medications may be brought in for proper disposal. 

    Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as pharmacies, assisted living facilities, clinics, or institutions. Medications should be in their original containers if possible. Thermometers, needles, and medical waste cannot be accepted. 

    WHAT TO BRING TO THE COLLECTION:
    Expired or unwanted prescription medications
    Unneeded over-the-counter medications
    Veterinary medications
    Medication from deceased family members
    Unknown tablets and capsules

    ITEMS NOT TO BRING:
    Thermometers
    Needles/syringes
    Medical waste of any type
    Non-medication over-the-counter items
    Bathroom products (shampoo, hair spray, deodorant, hygiene products)
    Bug repellent, leaking liquid containers, nutritional supplements

    For more information, please visit www.dea.gov or contact Susan McLauchlin, Prevention Program Coordinator, with the Marion County Health Department at 503-981-5851. ​

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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 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 2 nights of solid National acts as part of the 2017 fair. 

    "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 Fair Board Member Joel Conder who spearheads the fair boards 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. Producing 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 No. 1 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 their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio on 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 and is located at the State Fairgrounds.  The four-day event features events and activities such as 4-H and FFA, public competitions, amazing food, commercial shopping, and attractions such as carnival rides, petting zoo, a 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 are offered on various days. Parking is free and there is no additional charge for the entertainment or rodeo!  Tickets are available online or at the gate.

    Check out all the details on the new website at www.marioncountyfair.net and be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates and contests.  #marioncountyfair

    Marion County Fair Board

    The Marion County Fair is run by a seven-member board. The board makes decisions on how to operate the fair based on the strategic plan, which is updated annually. The board is governed by bylaws and a management agreement with Marion County. 

    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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  • St. Louis Fish Ponds Opens For The Season

    St. Louis Fish Ponds Opens For The Season

    Date: 2/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
    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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  • 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
    21

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    Posted by: Health

    ​This press release was distributed by the Keizer Police Department on April 21, 2017

    Date of event:
    Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Locations:
    Roth's parking lot: 702 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem
    Peace Plaza: 500 Commercial St SE, Salem
    Safeway parking lot: 4990 River Rd N, Keizer

    In partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Marion County Health Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department and Keizer Police Department, area law enforcement agencies are hosting a prescription drug turn-in event on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at several locations in the Salem/Keizer area.

    This one-day event encourages citizens to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications at designated collection sites to keep drugs out of the wrong hands and out of the environment. The event educates the public to store medications safely and securely to prevent accidental poisonings, drug abuse, and contamination of our water resources.

    When medications are disposed of improperly, it poses risks to community health and safety. Drugs that are insecurely placed in trash receptacles can be scavenged and abused. When drugs are flushed, they are not completely removed by sewage treatment facilities and septic tank systems and can enter the soil, surface water, and groundwater, risking contamination of important resources for drinking water and irrigation. Studies have shown that drugs found in waterways also have a serious impact on fish and other aquatic life. 

    Medications from deceased family members, unknown tablets and capsules, unneeded prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and veterinary medications may be brought in for proper disposal. 

    Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as pharmacies, assisted living facilities, clinics, or institutions. Medications should be in their original containers if possible. Thermometers, needles, and medical waste cannot be accepted. 

    WHAT TO BRING TO THE COLLECTION:
    Expired or unwanted prescription medications
    Unneeded over-the-counter medications
    Veterinary medications
    Medication from deceased family members
    Unknown tablets and capsules

    ITEMS NOT TO BRING:
    Thermometers
    Needles/syringes
    Medical waste of any type
    Non-medication over-the-counter items
    Bathroom products (shampoo, hair spray, deodorant, hygiene products)
    Bug repellent, leaking liquid containers, nutritional supplements

    For more information, please visit www.dea.gov or contact Susan McLauchlin, Prevention Program Coordinator, with the Marion County Health Department at 503-981-5851. ​

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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
    13

    DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR MISSING SALEM MAN

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: April 13th, 2017 5:47 PM
    Mr. Pierce was located moments ago by our partners at Chemeketa Community College Office of Public Safety. Mr. Pierce is not injured and is being returned home.

    *********

    Marion County Sheriff's deputies are actively searching for a missing Salem man. Clyde Pierce, age 76, has been missing from his home in the 4500 block of 47th Avenue NE since 1:30 this afternoon after returning from an outing.

    Mr. Pierce is a white male, 5'06" tall, 130 pounds, with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black nylon jacket (pictured) with a red collar, black pants and a black cowboy hat. Mr. Pierce is developmentally disabled and does not speak. The Sheriff's Office is asking any who sees or has seen Mr. Pierce to please call 911.
    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
    12

    County offering free well safety class and well testing

    Posted by: Health

    ​Join Marion County Environmental Health and OSU Extension Service for "Domestic Well Safety: Well and Groundwater Basics." The class is designed for domestic well owners to learn the basics of groundwater and water well stewardship. Participants will learn steps to protect health and how to safely utilize groundwater resources. Nearly one-fourth of all Oregonians rely on private, domestic wells as their primary source of drinking water.

    The free class will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wellspring Conference Center located at 1475 Mt. Hood Ave. in Woodburn. Space is limited, RSVP to (503) 588-5407 or email gdeblase@co.marion.or.us.

    Environmental Health Specialist Greg DeBlase said, "Domestic wells are not regulated like public water systems in Oregon. This class is provided as a resource for private well owners to aid them in maintaining and protecting their domestic water source."

    Environmental Health is also offering free domestic well testing for property owners who get their drinking water from a private, domestic well. North and east Marion County communities where arsenic and nitrate contaminants have been identified have priority. North county areas include north Salem, Brooks, Gervais, Hubbard, Woodburn and Aurora. East county areas include Gates, Idanha, Detroit, Mill City and Lyons. Call (503) 588-5346 to schedule a test.

    Arsenic is a naturally occurring element found in the earth's crust. Nitrates are associated with septic systems and commercial fertilizers. Drinking water with high levels of arsenic or nitrate can cause adverse health effects. More information on health effects can be found on the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water website.

    For information about the county's drinking water program, call (503) 588-5346 or email EnvironmentalHealth@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • Apr
    7

    DEPUTY INJURED DURING TRAFFIC STOP

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: April 7th, 2017 3:27 PM
    The investigation into today's events is still continuing and being lead by the Oregon State Police. The Sheriff's Office can confirm that the deputy involved in today's events sustained minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

    This is currently an active investigation and the Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release any further details. The Sheriff's Office is turning all additional media communication over to the Oregon State Police.

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    Today at 12:16 p.m. a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a vehicle on Boones Ferry Road NE near Highway 99 near Woodburn. At some time during the interaction the vehicle struck the deputy and shots were fired. During the altercation the deputy did suffer injuries from being struck by the vehicle and he is being treated at a local hospital.

    Pursuant to the guidelines set forth in Senate Bill 111 the Marion County Sheriff's Office has asked the Oregon State Police to be the primary investigating agency. There are no additional details at this time.
    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
    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
    27

    ST. PAUL MARKET BURGLARY (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    ​News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: March 27th, 2017 2:58 PM

    On March 25th, 2017, Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a burglary at the St. Paul Market. This appeared to have occurred on March 24th at about 0410 in the morning. Two people broke the door at the front of the store and made entry into the business. The suspect's covered their faces, however we are asking for the public's help if you recognize anything about the clothing worn by the suspects to please call in and report this to us. Also, if you happened to be in the area on March 24th around 0410 in the morning and noticed anything suspicious with people and or vehicle's in the area to please let us know as well.

    Attached are pictures of the suspects involved in this crime.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Sgt. Don Parise
    Cell Phone: 503.932.8483
    Email: dparise@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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  • Mar
    21

    Marion County Fair announces 2017 big name entertainment

    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    ​The Marion County Fair will feature 2 nights of solid National acts as part of the 2017 fair. 

    "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 Fair Board Member Joel Conder who spearheads the fair boards 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. Producing 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 No. 1 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 their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio on 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 and is located at the State Fairgrounds.  The four-day event features events and activities such as 4-H and FFA, public competitions, amazing food, commercial shopping, and attractions such as carnival rides, petting zoo, a 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 are offered on various days. Parking is free and there is no additional charge for the entertainment or rodeo!  Tickets are available online or at the gate.

    Check out all the details on the new website at www.marioncountyfair.net and be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates and contests.  #marioncountyfair

    Marion County Fair Board

    The Marion County Fair is run by a seven-member board. The board makes decisions on how to operate the fair based on the strategic plan, which is updated annually. The board is governed by bylaws and a management agreement with Marion County. 

    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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