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3-D mammography available 

Samaritan Health Services hospitals now offer 3-D mammography at all Diagnostic Imaging locations.

The new tomosynthesis exam creates a 3-D image of the breast using X-rays. This exam increases detection of breast cancers and decreases the number of women asked to return for additional testing. An X-ray arm takes multiple images of each breast from many angles in seconds. The images are sent to a computer, where they are displayed as a series of thin slices producing a clear, highly focused 3-D image.

The overall exam is only a few seconds longer than a 2-D exam; makes breast cancers easier to see in dense breast tissue, making breast screening more comfortable; and leads to early detection.

Samaritan Diagnostic Imaging provides services for bone density tests, cardiac CTA and scoring, CAT scan, mammography, echocardiography, PET-CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray and more. To find a location near you, visit

Albany officers are graduates

Four Albany Police Department officers graduated last Aug. 11 from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s 369th Basic Police Class.

The class included officers Nigel Khan, Marc Labarthe, Koddie Lowery and Thomas Roten.

The Basic Police Class is 16 weeks long and includes training areas such as survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse and drug recognition.

Real estate office adds broker

Town & Country Realty in Corvallis recently welcomed Heather Leigh to its team as a broker.

Leigh has 13 years of experience in real estate. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and marketing at the University of Puget Sound. A native of Colorado, she returned to the Denver area, where she began her real estate career and was a licensed agent for 10 years. In 2014 she returned to the Pacific Northwest, settling with her family in Philomath.

She can be reached at 503-509-5933 or

Local activist receives award

The Oregon Commission for Women recently announced the four recipients of its 2017 Women of Achievement Awards.

One recipient is Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, former faculty member and chair of the Oregon State University Department of Ethnic Studies. Gonzales-Berry, an educator, community leader and mentor, is recognized for her work to increase equity and inclusion opportunities for Latina women. She contributed to expanding the body of knowledge about the diversity of Latino communities in Oregon. Her research culminated in the co-authored book “Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives.”

After her retirement from academia, she founded the nonprofit Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County, of which she was executive director for six years. She works to develop leadership skills among Latina immigrant women as they engage in public processes related to health, education and cultural initiatives. She is a mentor for Latina women in graduate studies who face challenges as women of color in higher education.

Gonzales-Berry will receive her award in a ceremony on March 1, part of the Women’s History Month proclamation signing by Governor Kate Brown.

Physical therapist certified

Erin Erven has received board certification and now is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist.

Erven works for Albany Sport and Spine Physical Therapy.

Corvallis woman heads panel

Gov. Kate Brown appointed Meg Reeves of Corvallis chair of the Oregon Water Resources Commission on Jan. 16.

Reeves, a retired attorney, has been on the commission since September 2016 and represents the West Side at Large. Her term lasts through June 30, 2020. She succeeds John Roberts. 

The Water Resources Commission is a seven-member citizen panel that sets water resources policy for the state. Commission members can serve up one or two four-year terms, are appointed by the governor and must be confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

The Water Resources Department administers statewide water law through the rules and policies set by the commission.


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