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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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  • Paving on South Abiqua Road and Abiqua Road

    Paving on South Abiqua Road and Abiqua Road

    Date: 6/26/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SILVERTON, OR – A contractor working for Marion County Public Works began pavement repairs on South Abiqua Road, from 1,100 feet east of Davis Creek Road to Abiqua Road on Friday, June 23, 2017.  The contractor will resurface South Abiqua Road and Abiqua Road from South Abiqua Road to Briar Knob Loop, and from 180 feet south of the steel bridge to Milk Ranch Road, from June 26 through July 7. 

    These road segments will be chip sealed later this summer by Marion County operations crews to complete the resurfacing treatment, which will restore the road surface and prevent more costly pavement repairs in the future. 

    The resurfacing work will be performed 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.  The construction zone will be restricted to one bi-directional travel lane controlled by flaggers and pilot cars. 

    Variable message signs and fixed signs will be located at the project limits to alert road users of the project.  Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traveling through the work zone.

    For additional information, contact Chuck Williams, Project Inspector, or Dave Chamness, Project Engineer at (503) 588-5036.

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  • WIC farmers market coupons available soon

    WIC farmers market coupons available soon

    Date: 6/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health

    ​The Marion County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 Farmers Market coupon season. These coupons are provided by the Farm Direct Nutrition Program to promote healthy eating and to encourage the purchase of locally grown produce which helps support local farmers.

    The Farm Direct Nutrition Program allows eligible WIC participants to receive $20 in coupons to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs directly from approved farmers markets and roadside stands. Each WIC family is eligible to receive up to a maximum of $60 in farmers market coupons per year in addition to regular WIC benefits. 

    Marion County WIC will be distributing coupons at the Salem Saturday Market on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Coupons will also be distributed at the Woodburn, Silverton and Stayton WIC offices in the coming weeks. A photo ID or a WIC ID card is required when picking up coupons at these locations.

    Contact the Marion County WIC office at (503) 588-5057 for additional information. There are a limited number of coupons available that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/PH/WIC/ for more information. ​

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  • Students recognized for gambling awareness artwork

    Students recognized for gambling awareness artwork

    Date: 6/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health

    ​Results are in for the Oregon Health Authority's annual Problem Gambling Awareness calendar art search. Designs from two Marion County youth are among the top 12 artistic designs selected from entries submitted throughout the state. The student art calendar contest is sponsored by OHA's Health Systems Division.

    Congratulations to Jesus Mendoza and Elizabeth Painter who will have their art featured in the 2018 calendar. Both are 7th grade students from Claggett Creek Middle School in Keizer and entered the art search as part of an activity encouraged through their health classes.

    There were 90 entries from Marion County middle school students as part of this year's local art search. Marion County awarded prizes for the top five entries that moved on to the state contest. These included the two state award winners as well as entries by Daniela Santos, grade 7, Claggett Creek Middle School; Diana Beane, grade 7, Parrish Middle School; and Logan Martinez, Grade 7, Claggett Creek Middle School.

    Statewide, it is estimated that about 1 in 25 youth ages 10 to 18 may have a potential gambling problem. However, many youth are making healthy choices and in Marion County most youth do not participate in gambling activities. According to data from the 2016 Student Wellness Survey, more than 65 percent of 8th graders and 63 percent of 11th graders in Marion County indicated they had not gambled in the past 30 days.

    The 2018 Problem Gambling Awareness calendar will be printed and distributed this fall. For more information about problem gambling prevention, or to request a free calendar, please contact Susan McLauchlin, Marion County Health Department, at smclauchlin@co.marion.or.us or (503) 981-2464.  ​

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  • Marion County invites students to particiate in 2017 Art Calendar Contest

    Marion County invites students to particiate in 2017 Art Calendar Contest

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

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

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

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

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  • Jun
    26

    Paving on South Abiqua Road and Abiqua Road

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SILVERTON, OR – A contractor working for Marion County Public Works began pavement repairs on South Abiqua Road, from 1,100 feet east of Davis Creek Road to Abiqua Road on Friday, June 23, 2017.  The contractor will resurface South Abiqua Road and Abiqua Road from South Abiqua Road to Briar Knob Loop, and from 180 feet south of the steel bridge to Milk Ranch Road, from June 26 through July 7. 

    These road segments will be chip sealed later this summer by Marion County operations crews to complete the resurfacing treatment, which will restore the road surface and prevent more costly pavement repairs in the future. 

    The resurfacing work will be performed 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.  The construction zone will be restricted to one bi-directional travel lane controlled by flaggers and pilot cars. 

    Variable message signs and fixed signs will be located at the project limits to alert road users of the project.  Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traveling through the work zone.

    For additional information, contact Chuck Williams, Project Inspector, or Dave Chamness, Project Engineer at (503) 588-5036.

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    Paving on South Abiqua Road and Abiqua Road
  • Jun
    25

    MARION COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE LOCATES LOST HIKERS

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: June 25th, 2017 7:12 PM
    Three hikers and a dog left yesterday to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail south of Whitewater trail head. They planned on hiking in, camping and returning today but became lost. Marion County received the information around 11:00am this morning and were able to make phone contact with the lost hikers. Cell service was limited but Search and Rescue personnel were able to obtain a GPS coordinate based on the location of the hikers phone.

    Members from the Marion County Sheriffs office Posse, SARCOM and Team 18 were requested. Members from Team 18 were already deployed to assist Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on their search in the Bull of the Woods area. Once the Marion County Posse arrived, they deployed toward the lost hikers. During this time, search and rescue personnel were able to send a map by text to the lost hikers and requested they begin hiking out to meet the Posse.

    At approximately 4:45pm this afternoon members with the Posse made contact with the lost hikers and escorted them out to the trail head. The lost hikers did not need any kind of medical attention.

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team would like to remind people to be prepared when trekking out into the wilderness. Sgt Shane Burnham said to be prepared, hikers should take maps of the area, a compass, GPS and extra food, clothing and water. The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the volunteers of the search and rescue team who responded to this search as well as the Clackamas County Search.

    We will not be releasing the names of the hikers tonight as they are still making their way out of the area and back into cell service, we do not want to release the names until they have been able to notify family members they are ok.

    I am waiting on photographs to be sent once SAR personnel get down to cell service.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Jeff Stutrud
    Email: jstutrud@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    MARION COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE LOCATES LOST HIKERS
  • Jun
    21

    BOAT CAPSIZES DETROIT LAKE (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: June 21st, 2017 9:38 PM
    Downloadable file: imagejpeg_0_1498084345068.jpg
    This evening deputies learned that the man taken to Salem Hospital after his boat capsized has died. Chester Correll, age 72, of Corvallis was fishing with family earlier today when his boat capsized throwing Mr. Correll and his family into the water.

    The Sheriff's Office would like to send their thoughts to the Correll family during this very difficult time. This is the Sheriff's Office third drowning since the weather has begun to warm and the second drowning this week. Sadly the Sheriff's Office believes all of these tragic deaths could have been prevented had life jackets been worn. With the warm weekend weather coming, the Sheriff's Office is asking all of our residents and visitors to please use caution in open water, know your swimming ability and always wear a life jacket.

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    Today, at 12:30 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Hoover arm of Detroit Lake after a boat was reported to have capsized. When rescuers arrived they learned that 3 boaters two men and one woman were fishing in their 15' aluminum boat when one occupant stood up and the boat partially capsized.

    All 3 occupants of the boat were thrown into the water. Nearby boaters saw the commotion and came to the aide of the fisherman. When the boat arrived two of the 3 occupants exited the water and the third was pulled from the water. Four nearby off duty firefighters with the Stayton, Gaston and Sublimity Fire Departments saw the rescue and came to assist. When they arrived the fireman performed CPR on the man until he could be Life Flighted to the Salem Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

    At the time of the incident none of the occupants were wearing life preservers. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared at this time to release any names associated to the boating accident.
    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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    BOAT CAPSIZES DETROIT LAKE (PHOTO)
  • Jun
    20

    WIC farmers market coupons available soon

    Posted by: Health

    ​The Marion County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 Farmers Market coupon season. These coupons are provided by the Farm Direct Nutrition Program to promote healthy eating and to encourage the purchase of locally grown produce which helps support local farmers.

    The Farm Direct Nutrition Program allows eligible WIC participants to receive $20 in coupons to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs directly from approved farmers markets and roadside stands. Each WIC family is eligible to receive up to a maximum of $60 in farmers market coupons per year in addition to regular WIC benefits. 

    Marion County WIC will be distributing coupons at the Salem Saturday Market on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Coupons will also be distributed at the Woodburn, Silverton and Stayton WIC offices in the coming weeks. A photo ID or a WIC ID card is required when picking up coupons at these locations.

    Contact the Marion County WIC office at (503) 588-5057 for additional information. There are a limited number of coupons available that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/PH/WIC/ for more information. ​

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  • Jun
    19

    HIKER RESCUED JAWBONE FLATS (MARION COUNTY)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: June 19th, 2017 12:38 PM
    This Saturday, around 5:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Opal Creek Wilderness after a hiker experienced a medical emergency in the Jawbone Flats area. Trace Downen, 27, of Portland was hiking with his three brothers when he became ill.

    Some 19 Rescuers hiked the four miles in to Mr. Downen and carried him back out to the trail head. Mr. Downen was flown to the Salem Airport by the Army Air National Guard and transported by ambulance to the Salem Hospital. Mr. Downen was released from the hospital Sunday and is said to be at home recovering.

    The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, the Stayton Fire Department, Lyons Fire Department, Gates Fire Department and the Oregon Air National Guard.

    No images of the rescue are available. The brother of Mr. Downing is willing to speak with media, his contact information can be obtained by emailing cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
    Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
    Email: cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    HIKER RESCUED JAWBONE FLATS (MARION COUNTY)
  • Jun
    19

    DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING DROWNING ELKHORN VALLEY CAMPGROUND ***UPDATE 2***

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: June 19th, 2017 11:21 AM
    Deputies have identified yesterday's drowning victim as Kendall Alexander, age 13, of Tigrad. Kendall was an eighth grade student at Fowler Middle School. Kendall was swimming with friends when he drowned after being swept down river. Adults swimming with Kendall attempted to reach him but were unsuccessful.

    Yesterday's events are tragic and our thoughts are with the Alexander family. Kendall's drowning is the second death since our weather has begun to warm. Areas like the North Fork still have very high, swift and cold water. The Sheriff's Office recommends that any person recreating in open water should be wearing a life vest.

    Kendall's family does not wish to release his photograph and they do not want to be contacted by media.


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    At 6:15 p.m., the body of the swimmer who drowned early today was recovered by on scene rescue personnel prior to the arrival of the dive team. The Sheriff's Office thoughts are with the family of the victim during this very difficult time. The Sheriff's Office is still not prepared to share the victim's identity or gender, that information will be provided sometime Monday.

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    Around 4:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and fire personnel were called to the Elkhorn Valley Camp Ground after a 13 year old swimmer went missing. The teen was swimming with friends when they went underwater and did not resurface.

    Multiple rescuers are currently on scene assisting the swimmers friends who have become stranded on the opposite bank of the river. A dive team with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has been requested and is responding to attempt to recover the drowned teen.

    There are no further details available at this time. The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name or gender of the missing swimmer until their family can be located and notified. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release until sometime Monday. Due to the remote nature of this incident there are no images available for this release.
    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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    DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING DROWNING ELKHORN VALLEY CAMPGROUND ***UPDATE 2***
  • Jun
    14

    Students recognized for gambling awareness artwork

    Posted by: Health

    ​Results are in for the Oregon Health Authority's annual Problem Gambling Awareness calendar art search. Designs from two Marion County youth are among the top 12 artistic designs selected from entries submitted throughout the state. The student art calendar contest is sponsored by OHA's Health Systems Division.

    Congratulations to Jesus Mendoza and Elizabeth Painter who will have their art featured in the 2018 calendar. Both are 7th grade students from Claggett Creek Middle School in Keizer and entered the art search as part of an activity encouraged through their health classes.

    There were 90 entries from Marion County middle school students as part of this year's local art search. Marion County awarded prizes for the top five entries that moved on to the state contest. These included the two state award winners as well as entries by Daniela Santos, grade 7, Claggett Creek Middle School; Diana Beane, grade 7, Parrish Middle School; and Logan Martinez, Grade 7, Claggett Creek Middle School.

    Statewide, it is estimated that about 1 in 25 youth ages 10 to 18 may have a potential gambling problem. However, many youth are making healthy choices and in Marion County most youth do not participate in gambling activities. According to data from the 2016 Student Wellness Survey, more than 65 percent of 8th graders and 63 percent of 11th graders in Marion County indicated they had not gambled in the past 30 days.

    The 2018 Problem Gambling Awareness calendar will be printed and distributed this fall. For more information about problem gambling prevention, or to request a free calendar, please contact Susan McLauchlin, Marion County Health Department, at smclauchlin@co.marion.or.us or (503) 981-2464.  ​

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  • Jun
    13

    Safe Sleep Coalition promotes safe sleep spaces for infants

    Posted by: Health

    ​The Marion and Polk Infant Safe Sleep Coalition received a $50,000 Salem Health Partner Grant to fund evidence-based practices that are proven to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. Each year, the Marion-Polk region experiences preventable sleep related infant deaths. Although numbers are small, this is one of the greatest tragedies that parents and caregivers experience.

    The Oregon Health Authority's 2014 report Child Fatalities in Oregon, notes that 34 of 36 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths were sleep related. Education is a crucial foundation for this project as families either have safe sleep spaces but don't know how to use them properly, or do not have them at all.

    Infant safe sleep practices include:

    • Always place your baby "Back to Sleep."  Tell all caregivers that your baby sleeps on his/her back only.

    • Share the same bedroom during the infant's first year of life (but not the same bed).

    • Only baby goes in the crib; no toys, blankets or other items.

    • Provide tummy time while supervised.

    • A pacifier can be used once breastfeeding is established or after one month of age.

    • Keep room temperature between 65-71 degrees. Do not over-bundle your baby when sleeping.

    • Do not smoke in your house.

    • Do not leave children sleeping in a car seat or other infant seat. 

    • Do not cover car seats with a blanket or other materials.

    Grant funding has provided the coalition with the services of a part-time health educator, Hayden Barnes, who began supporting the coalition work in May. Hayden is a Salem native who graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Community Health Education. She is completing grant objectives that will ensure that the coalition has the necessary infrastructure to embed infant safe sleep messaging and support in Marion and Polk counties so the work continues regardless of future funding.   

    Ms. Barnes will be working with hospitals and agencies serving families expecting babies and parenting infants to develop a process to teach and model infant safe sleep. She will also be working to ensure that all families with infants have access to a safe sleeping environment which may include providing pack and play cribs or baby boxes to eligible families.

    Infant safe sleep will be folded in to the Marion and Polk Community Health Improvement Partnership and will be an ongoing part of the region's public health focus. The partnership is developing robust education materials so that early childhood professionals, medical professionals, parents and other caregivers have access to up-to-date evidence-based safe sleep information.

    Safe Sleep Coalition members include Marion County Health Department, Polk County Health Department, Salem Hospital, Santiam Hospital, Silverton Hospital, WVP Health Authority MOMS Program, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Marion & Polk County Early Learning Hub, Childcare Resource and Referral, Marion County Community Services, Community Action Head Start, Family Building Blocks and the Salem-Keizer Schools District Teen Parent Program.

    For more information about safe sleep practices or the Marion and Polk Infant Safe Sleep Coalition, contact the Marion County Health Department at (503) 588-5357 or email health@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • Jun
    12

    Pavement Removal at Bridge on Abiqua Road

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County Public Works operations crews will begin the removal of pavement at a bridge on Abiqua Road, one mile northwest of Briar Knob Loop, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12.  The road will be closed periodically up to 40 minutes during the pavement removal process.

    The pavement removal work is part of a resurfacing project on South Abiqua Road, from 1,100 feet east of Davis Creek Road to Abiqua Road and on Abiqua Road, from South Abiqua Road to Briar Knob Loop and from 180 feet south of steel bridge to Milk Ranch Road.   Marion County’s contractor will begin work on these roads Monday, June26 through July 14, weather permitting.  These same roads will be chip sealed by County operations crews during the month of July or August, 2017. 

    The construction of pavement resurfacing and chip seal preserves the life of the pavement avoiding more costly pavement repairs if left untreated. 

    For additional information, contact Chuck Williams, Project Inspector, or Dave Chamness, Project Engineer at (503) 588-5036. 

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  • Jun
    8

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: June 8th, 2017 10:41 AM
    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

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

    NAME: Sabre Eddings
    SID#: 5747265
    DOB: 01/04/1955
    CURRENT AGE: 062

    RACE: W SEX: M
    HEIGHT: 5' 06'' WEIGHT: 195lbs
    HAIR: BRO EYES: BLU

    RESIDENCE: 8801 PORTLAND RD NE, SALEM, OR 97305

    Sabre Eddings is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime(s) of : PUB INDECENCY

    This person was granted Supervision on: 10/14/2016
    Supervision expiration date is: 10/13/2018

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

    Other: Eddings' victim pool includes adult and juvenile males and juvenile females.
    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 (PHOTO)
  • May
    25

    Construction Delays North Fork Park Opening

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

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

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  • May
    25

    Silverton Road Right Lane Extension Notice of Night Construction

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

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

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  • May
    3

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

    Posted by: Marion County Reentry Initiative (MCRI)

    This article appears in the Spring 2017 MCRI newsletter 

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

    By Jenna Moller, Bridgeway Recovery Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • May
    2

    Marion County invites students to particiate in 2017 Art Calendar Contest

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

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

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

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

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  • Apr
    24

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

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

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

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  • Apr
    20

    County announces seasonal park openings and North Fork area parking fee

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

    North Fork Road parking fee and corridor improvements

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

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

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

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

    Bear Creek Park

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

    North Fork and Salmon Falls parks

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

    Other seasonal parks

    Other seasonal Marion County parks that open to the public on May 1 include:

    • Aumsville Ponds on Bates Road SE near Aumsville;
    • Bonesteele Park on Aumsville Hwy SE;
    • Spong's Landing on the Willamette River north of Keizer;
    • Scotts Mills Park; and,
    • Minto and Niagara parks along the Santiam River.

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

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

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

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

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

    Safety

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

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

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  • Apr
    5

    Silverton Road Right Lane Extension Construction Notice

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Mar
    30

    Delaney Road Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Construction Notice

    Posted by: Public Works

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Mar
    21

    Marion County Fair announces 2017 big name entertainment

    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    The Marion County Fair will feature two nights of solid National acts as part of the fair in 2017.  "We're so excited to announce that we have confirmed Night Ranger for Friday, July 7, and Diamond Rio for Saturday, July 8.  We have worked very hard to bring in the best acts possible and we have surely done that this year. We are thrilled with our line-up and very excited to be able to bring a diverse range of musical acts to our fair," said Joel Conder, who spearheads the fair board's effort on big name acts. 

    Night Ranger has earned widespread acclaim, multi-platinum and gold album status while leaving their indelible mark on the music charts with a string of best-selling albums (Dawn Patrol, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, Big Life and Man in Motion); its popularity fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks. The band produced legendary hits such as Sister Christian, Don't Tell Me You Love Me, When You Close Your Eyes, the anthem You Can Still Rock in America and more. The band was also one of the first big video bands with more than 10 number one videos on MTV.

    Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and in 1991 with the release of Meet in the Middle and became the first country music group in history to reach number one with a debut single. The band is also known for their hits How Your Love Makes Me Feel, One More Day, Beautiful Mess, Unbelievable, In a Week or Two and more. They released an autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio, published by Thomas Nelson in 2009. Diamond Rio's performance on Saturday night will follow the popular rough stock rodeo.

    The Marion County Fair runs July 6 – 9 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds located at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. The four-day fair features events and activities such as 4H and FFA, public competitions, amazing food, commercial shopping and attractions such as carnival rides, petting zoo, rough stock rodeo and new this year racing pigs!

    "We're finalizing so many details of the fair," said Jill Ingalls, Fair Event Coordinator.  "Our days are each themed from Honor Day, Awesome Day, Agriculture Day and Family – and each day is packed with activities and fun. New activities are in works, this fair is shaping up to be super. Having the big name acts booked and confirmed this early is icing on the cake!"

    Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids under 5 are free. Discounts offered on various days. Parking is free and there is no additional charge for the entertainment or rodeo! Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

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

    The Marion County Fair has been a proud tradition since 1860!  The mission of the fair is to promote the diverse agricultural and cultural heritage of Marion County through active participation of its citizens.​

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