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Local news briefs for Dec. 21

DUII arrests up, deaths down during lifesaver weekend

Oregon State Police troopers reported a 10-percent increase in arrests for driving under the influence of intoxicants last weekend during the three-day National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

State Police reported 50 DUII arrests during the weekend, including 10 arrests in the Portland area. Police made 45 arrests during last year's lifesaver weekend.

Two traffic fatalities were reported during the lifesaver weekend, but alcohol was not involved in either crash. Last year, three people died in three separate fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads, but only one of the fatalities was the result of an alcohol-involved crash.

United Way distributes $223,000

The United Way of the Columbia-Willamette donated $223,000 to 16 local organizations to help residents with emergency food, rent and utilities, the organization announced Monday, Dec. 19.

Human Solutions, a social service organization with an office in Gresham, received $26,535.61 from the United Way. Other beneficiaries include the Oregon Food Bank, which received $66,878.41; and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in East Portland, which received $6,776.92.

The money is allocated by a percentage agreed upon by the recipient organizations, and helps pay specifically for basic needs. To contribute, visit unitedway-pdx.org or call 503-228-9131.

Nominations open for prestigious White Rose Award

The March of Dimes Greater Oregon chapter is looking to honor women who live or work in Oregon and have made exceptional contributions to the community with its annual White Rose Award: A Salute to Women of Achievement.

White Rose honorees are selected on the basis of volunteerism, professional excellence and contributions to the community as a whole. Honorees must live or work in Oregon and have excelled in a variety of fields such as the arts, business, human services, education, health and science, community service, politics and/or professional services.

The March of Dimes has recognized 198 women over the last 30 years.

Award recipients will be recognized at the White Rose luncheon in May 2012 at the Portland Marriott Downtown.

Nomination applications are available by calling 503-222-9434 in Portland, 1-800-811-0805 outside Portland, or online at marchofdimes.com/oregon. Applications must be submitted no later then 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, to the March of Dimes Portland office.