Wednesday, June 28, 2017

**** Update Photo Added **** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Witnesses to Bald Eagle - Washington County (Photo)

**** UPDATE PHOTO ADDED **** OSP SEEKING PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING WITNESSES TO BALD EAGLE - WASHINGTON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 5:16 PM
Downloadable file: IMG958265.jpg
On June 28, 2017 at about 10:15 AM, Oregon State Police responded to the area of Old Highway 47 and Looking Glass Drive, which is north of the town of Gaston, for a report of an injured Bald Eagle. The injured Bald Eagle was initially reported last week, but was able to fly away and could not be captured. This morning, Oregon State Police located the injured Bald Eagle after following it through thick brush, a knee deep swampy marsh area and a short distance through a field before it was finally captured. The injured Bald Eagle was taken to the Audubon Society where it was evaluated and determined that its injury was likely caused by a gunshot wound.

Oregon State Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are asking the public for any information that may lead to a person(s) involved in this incident. Please refer calls for this case to Senior Trooper Mike VanRenterghem or Trooper Tayler Jerome at phone number 1-800-452-7888(Case Number SP17221814) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services at 503 682-6131
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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Witnesses to Bald Eagle - Washington County

OSP SEEKING PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING WITNESSES TO BALD EAGLE - WASHINGTON COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 4:57 PM
On June 28, 2017 at about 10:15 AM, Oregon State Police responded to the area of Old Highway 47 and Looking Glass Drive, which is north of the town of Gaston, for a report of an injured Bald Eagle. The injured Bald Eagle was initially reported last week, but was able to fly away and could not be captured. This morning, Oregon State Police located the injured Bald Eagle after following it through thick brush, a knee deep swampy marsh area and a short distance through a field before it was finally captured. The injured Bald Eagle was taken to the Audubon Society where it was evaluated and determined that its injury was likely caused by a gunshot wound.

Oregon State Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are asking the public for any information that may lead to a person(s) involved in this incident. Please refer calls for this case to Senior Trooper Mike VanRenterghem or Trooper Tayler Jerome at phone number 1-800-452-7888(Case Number SP17221814) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services at 503 682-6131
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Keizer Fire District Responds Their New Fire Engine to Apartment Fire (Photo)

KEIZER FIRE DISTRICT RESPONDS THEIR NEW FIRE ENGINE TO APARTMENT FIRE (PHOTO)


News Release from Keizer Fire Dist.
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 3:31 PM
Downloadable file: Keizer Fire New Fire Engine
Downloadable file: The Culprit
Downloadable file: Activated Smoke Alarm (Yay!)
Downloadable file: Apartment Fire
Downloadable file: Triple Tree Apartments
On Thursday, June 28, 2017, at 12:53 pm Keizer Fire District was summoned to the Triple Tree Apartments for a fire in a clothes dryer. The neighbors in the apartment complex smelled smoke and alerted the mother and child in the apartment that something was wrong. Finding the source of the fire to be a clothes dryer, the neighbor emptied a small fire extinguisher on the unit, but smoke and fire continued to fill the apartment.

The apartment tenant called the business line for Keizer Fire District who directed the tenant to go outside and call 9-1-1. The apartments adjacent to the smoke filled apartment, evacuated also.

Firefighters arrived to a smoke charged apartment with moderate smoke coming from the front door. The smoke alarm was sounding. Firefighters made safe entry, extinguished the fire, and ventilated the building of smoke. They removed the burnt up appliance to the outside and brought baby supplies to the young mother and infant. Along with firefighters from Salem Fire Department

This was the first fire for the new fire engines in Keizer that were placed into service on Monday, June 26th. Firefighters were pleased with their performance and better ease of operation. Salem Fire Department also responded with their ladder truck (Ladder 2) and assisted with the firefighting efforts. Salem Fire is providing ladder truck services to Keizer, while Keizer Fire's Ladder Truck is undergoing refurbishment until July.

Keizer Fire District would like to remind the public to exit the building if you smell smoke. Use your cell phone from outside or go to a neighbor's house to call 9-1-1. Call 9-1-1 directly to get the emergency communications center. Stay on the line with Emergency Communications (9-1-1) to provide information or receive safety instructions.
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4th of July Safety: Tips from Red Cross for a Safe Holiday Weekend

4TH OF JULY SAFETY: TIPS FROM RED CROSS FOR A SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 3:07 PM
Downloadable file: News Release - Red Cross Issues 4th of July Safety Tips - Fireworks BBQs Wilderness Safety
PORTLAND, Ore., June 28, 2017 -- For many in the Northwest, the 4th of July holiday means enjoying the great outdoors, cook-outs with family and friends and fireworks celebrations. But festivities this holiday weekend can also come with risks.

Since June 1, the local Red Cross has responded to help 215 people displaced by 56 separate fire incidents, several of which fire officials believe were started by fireworks or a BBQ.

The American Red Cross encourages people to follow these safety and fire prevention steps to stay safe over the 4th of July and throughout the summer months.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:
1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a "dud."
5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

GRILLING SAFETY Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook for a backyard barbecue:
1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
2. Never grill indoors--not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
5. Use long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

HIKING SAFETY If your holiday plans include exploring the great outdoors, make sure to look over these tips to hike safely:
1. First, ensure that you and your family are weather aware. Read, watch or listen to the local news for an up-to-date forecast.
-Know local weather patterns and pack appropriate clothing for the conditions.
-Plan for your turnaround times--the amount of time you need to get back before darkness.
-Share your destination point with a family member or friend.
2. Make a family plan.
-Discuss with family members the precautions they should take to stay safe along the trails
-Plan how to adjust your activities to avoid strenuous exercise during the warmest part of the day.
-Drink water ahead of time and during your activities to avoid dehydration.
-If you hike with your pets, ensure that your animals' needs for water and shade are met.
3. Safety is always a concern while outdoors; bring a first aid kit and an emergency supplies kit that includes the following items:
-Bandages
-Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
-Tissues
-Ibuprofen
-Tissues
-Water or sports drinks with electrolytes
4. Make sure you have the skills you need for your camping or hiking adventure. You may need to know how to read a compass, make a temporary shelter or deliver first aid.
5. It's safest to hike or camp with at least one companion. If you'll be entering a remote area, your group should have a minimum of four people.
6. Some areas require you to have reservations or certain permits. If an area is closed, there's a reason, so don't go there. Find out in advance about any regulations -- there may be specific guidelines about wildlife.

RED CROSS EMERGENCY APPS: People can download the free, all-inclusive Red Cross Emergency app which combines more than 35 separate emergency alert systems; expert first aid and medical advice; and preparedness tips for numerous emergency situations. Users can find the free app in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. This app is available in multiple languages.

About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.
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Cowlitz Sheriff uses divers to remove truck from Lewis River from yesterdays accident

COWLITZ SHERIFF USES DIVERS TO REMOVE TRUCK FROM LEWIS RIVER FROM YESTERDAYS ACCIDENT


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 1:51 PM
Cowlitz County WA: Cowlitz County Deputies used divers from Cowlitz Dive Rescue to retrieve the pickup truck from the Lewis River from yesterdays event.

When Deputies arrived yesterday about 2:00 p.m. in the 4400 block of Lewis River road they learned that a man, Darin Powser, 59 of Woodland, told a fisherman in the area that he was upset over an argument with his girlfriend, and asked if he could call 911 and when the fisherman told him that he did not have cell coverage, he told him to tell the deputies they could find him in the river. At that point Powser drove his truck in to the Lewis River where it promptly sank in to a deep hole. Deputies and Fire Fighters searched the area and learned that other people saw Power leaving the water and running away, after the truck had entered the water. He did not appear to be injured. (I do not have their names either).

The truck is owned by Powser.

I do not have the name of the fisherman or the girlfriend yet. The report should be turned in later today.

I do not have pictures. If I get any I will send them out on flashnews, please do not call me just to ask for pictures.

Special thanks to the PacifiCorp who reduced the flow of the Lewis River slightly while divers were in the river to remove the truck.

Deputies working this are still in the field and that is why the details are limited.
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Clackamas Fire Breaks Ground on its Newest Building, Fleet and Logistics Center (Photo)

CLACKAMAS FIRE BREAKS GROUND ON ITS NEWEST BUILDING, FLEET AND LOGISTICS CENTER (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 11:11 AM
Downloadable file: Fleet and Logistics Center Design
Clackamas Fire District #1 will hold a breaking ground ceremony for its newest building, the Fleet and Logistics Center on July 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Clackamas Fire began a contract for service in their fleet division in 2011. The Fire District purchased property just north of the Training Center, 16170 SE 130th Avenue, Clackamas, 97015. The building was formerly used by a landscape firm. The Fire District made a few modifications to the current building to make it useful for the Fleet Division. During this time, the Fire District moved its Logistics Division into the building as well.

Through the passage of the Fire District's general obligation bond by voters in 2015 for $29 million, it was decided to construct and equip a new Fleet and Logistics center. Why a new building? The current building is unable to hold all of the items that Logistics needs to carry. At the present time, Logistics is storing their supplies in seven different locations on the property or other Fire District owned property to the south. On the Fleet side, some of the apparatus do not fit inside the bays. With only three bays, there are times the mechanics are working outside to get various apparatus back in-service. This becomes a real concern during harsh weather in the summer and during the rainy season. As the Fire District has moved forward with the building project, there has been an increase in other agencies requesting fleet services. Currently, the Fire District provides fleet services for Canby Fire District #62, Gladstone Fire Department, Lake Oswego Fire Department, as well as the Fire District's own fleet. The design of the building will provide room to fit apparatus completely indoors for inspection, maintenance, and service work.

The Fire District began the process for designing a new Fleet and Logistics Center through a request for proposal for architectural services, which resulted in the hiring of Rice Fergus Miller, Inc. Upon their hire, Rice Fergus Miller, Inc. worked on a permit set of plans and produced a request for proposal to hire a contractor for this project, which resulted in the hiring of Emerick Construction.

The Fire District will transition from a 7,000 square foot building to a new 20,000 square foot building that will house both Fleet and Logistics. This new building doubles the amount of available bay space to work on apparatus from the current building. It also provides an updated parts storage area and fabrication shop, both of which are lacking in the current building.

As for Logistics, the storage space will be slightly more than the current seven locations that items are being housed in. Logistics will become more efficient in their storage needs and the larger space will provide the Fire District the ability to meet the future needs of staff.

After the breaking ground ceremony, it will take approximately 300 days to have a completed Fleet and Logistics Center.
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Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council to meet July 21 in Astoria

OREGON RECREATION TRAILS ADVISORY COUNCIL TO MEET JULY 21 IN ASTORIA


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 10:47 AM
Astoria OR -- The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 West Marine Drive in Astoria. The council invites public comments during the morning session. Local trail advocates and land managers will present information about trail projects and initiatives in the area.

ORTAC will also seek public comment on the designation of a new state Scenic Bikeway near Prineville. The proposed Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway is a scenic 17-mile one-way route that starts in Prineville and winds its way up the Crooked River to Prineville Reservoir. Citizens interested in providing public comment, but are unable to attend the public meeting, can provide written comment to Alex Phillips, Bikeways and Waterways Coordinator with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) at alex.phillips@oregon.gov.

ORTAC was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise OPRD and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The Council meets four times annually in different locations across the state. For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact David Stipe, Planning + Design Manager, at 503.986.0740, david.stipe@oregon.gov.
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