Oregon School Activities Association Shifts Fall Season, Condenses All Seasons.

Press Release  from OSAA this afternoon.

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) shifted its traditional Fall sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-21 school activities calendar approved by the association’s Executive Board on Wednesday. The Board also voted to waive current out-of-season coaching policies to allow for student participation during the Fall (Season 1). Participation will be at the discretion of the local school district in those activities allowed per directives from the Governor’s Office, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

“Today’s decisions by the Executive Board provide a framework to maximize the potential opportunity for students in Oregon to participate in three seasons during the 2020-21 school year,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. “The Board recognized that a one size fits all approach isn’t what’s best for students across the state. By waiving policy to allow regional participation this Fall, local school districts will have the discretion for participation in those areas that are able to do so safely per state directives.”

The Executive Board took this action following last week’s release of school reopening health metrics by the Governor’s Office and OHA. These metrics will result in nearly all OSAA member high schools starting in a Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) format this Fall which presents challenges for the resumption of school activities. Shifting the season calendar later in the school year provides additional time for more schools to return to a hybrid or on-site learning format while providing flexibility for local school districts to make decisions this Fall that are best for their school communities as health metrics and state guidance in this area continues to develop.

The OSAA’s new calendar provides for three distinct seasons from late December to late June with limited overlap between seasons. Traditional Winter activities will take place in January and February (Season 2), followed by Fall activities in March and April (Season 3), with Spring activities occurring in May and June (Season 4). Each season will feature an equitable 7-week regular season, with adjusted contest limitations, followed by an OSAA Culminating Week. Specific plans for culminating week events will be developed in conjunction with member schools in the coming months in alignment with large group gathering guidelines issued by the state.

The OSAA Association Year will officially begin on August 31 in Season 1 where policies restricting out-of-season coaching have been removed. This allows member school students and coaches, at the discretion of the local school district, to participate in any OSAA-sanctioned activity permitted by directives from the Governor’s Office, OHA and ODE. This participation may include conditioning, practices and interscholastic competitions in those permitted activities provided schools adhere to OSAA policies.

The OSAA will continue to work with the Governor’s Office, OHA, and ODE, along with our Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) to provide information to member schools. Guidance from these entities continues to evolve, along with the pandemic itself, and will impact future OSAA decisions regarding the 2020-21 school year.

Visit http://www.osaa.org/coronavirus for the latest OSAA information regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.


August 5, 2020 – Woodburn, OR – On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at approximately 5:38 p.m., Woodburn Police responded to the 600 block of Carol Street in Woodburn in response to the report of a stabbing. Officers located a Hispanic male in his early 20’s, suffering from multiple stab wounds, who was taken to an area hospital for his injuries and later released. The suspect, who fled the scene prior to police arrival, was identified as Woodburn resident, Aldo Vasquez Lozano (age 21).

Vasquez Lozano is a Hispanic Male Adult, 5’6’’, 120 lbs with shaved black hair and brown eyes. He has three dots tattooed under his left eye, a tattoo across the top of his hairline above the forehead and “503” on his right arm. Investigators learned Vasquez Lozano and the victim knew one another.

Community members should not contact or approach Vasquez Lozano. Anyone who has information about this case or Vasquez Lozano’s whereabouts are asked to contact Detective Matt Stearns of the Woodburn Police Department at (503) 982-2345.

ODOT Schedules Online Open House For Safety Improvements At OR 551 and Ehlen Road.

Construction to begin in spring of 2021

AURORA— An online open house is currently being held for a project that will improve the safety and operations at OR 551 (Wilsonville-Hubbard Highway) and Ehlen Road located between Interstate 5 and Aurora in Marion County.

Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2021. We encourage you to find out more about the project and its construction impacts by visiting the online open house athttp://oregonevents.org/openhouse/or-551-at-ehlen-road. The online open house will be available until August 31.

The OR 551 at Ehlen Road Safety Project includes:

  • Building signalized left-turn lanes on each side of Ehlen Road at the intersection with OR 551.
  • Installing a concrete traffic separator on the west side of Ehlen Road to restrict left turns from Boones Ferry Road to OR 551.
  • Building a new county connector road between Boones Ferry Road and OR 551.
  • Constructing dedicated right-turn lanes off of OR 551 onto the new Julia Road NE.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Marion County have been working together to improve the safety and operations in the area where both Ehlen and Boones Ferry Roads closely intersect OR 551 causing both safety and operational issues.

Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones.

Overnight Standoff With Police Ends In Arrest Of Woodburn Man.

On August 3rd, 2020, at approximately 5:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 8100 block of Highway 219 NE, just west of Woodburn.  When deputies arrived they spoke with a 20 year old female who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.  Medics were called to the scene and the female was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect had already left the area prior to the deputies arriving at the home.

Deputies returned to the home shortly before 11:30 pm after learning the male had returned.  As deputies prepared to make contact they were told the suspect was inside the residence with a gun, threatening to kill himself.  Deputies helped family members evacuate from the residence until the male could be taken into custody.  After attempts to get the male to come out of the house were unsuccessful, negotiators and SWAT were called to the scene.

While at the residence, deputies continued loud hailing for the male to come outside and SWAT team members delivered a throw phone into the residence in an attempt to get the male to talk with negotiators on scene.  After prolonged efforts to get the male to speak with negotiators and to surrender were unsuccessful, gas munitions were deployed into the residence shortly after 4:00 am.  The suspect came out of the residence a few minutes later and was safely taken into custody.

Raul Scotte Martinez, 19, of Woodburn was taken to Marion County Jail where he will be lodged for Strangulation, Assault IV, Coercion, Theft II, and Robbery III.

During this incident, Highway 219 was closed to traffic between Willow Avenue NE and Butteville Road NE for approximately 4 hours.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Woodburn Police Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and the Oregon Department of Transportation for their assistance during this incident.

Fatal Crash Partially Closes Marion Street Bridge In Salem.

6:15 pm from ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: A crash involving a vehicle and motorcycle has resulted in a fatality on the Marion St Bridge (Westbound OR 22) in Salem. Two of the bridge’s four lanes are closed. While it hasn’t been determined if the bridge will be closed for a law enforcement investigation and reconstruction, there will be significant delays. There isn’t an easy detour. Travelers should avoid the area, find an alternative route or expect delays. More Info Here

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