What Students Say / Raleigh Park Elementary School

What Students Say / Raleigh Park Elementary School

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Living with questions

Living with questions

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Two decades later, what have we learned?

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Beaverton pulls out of Blue Zones Project

Beaverton pulls out of Blue Zones Project

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TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Bailey Volchok spoke to her love of art following a brief ceremony introducing her Doodle 4 Google competition entry, which was the top submission from Oregon and is competiting with other state and territory winners.
February 05, 2016

Westview senior is Doodle 4 Google state winner

by Eric Apalategui
Online voters can help Bailey Volchok beat out 52 competitors {Bryan Volchok said his daughter Bailey has been doodling since she was a toddler. Now Bailey Volchok’s doodles have a shot at being seen by many millions of people around the globe. The…
February 04, 2016

It's time for your close-up, Beaverton

by The Times
It’s picture day! Today — Thursday, Feb. 4 — the good folks here at the Beaverton Valley Times are headed your way to chronicle some of the Beaverton-area’s best in photos. The 2016 version of our annual Portrait special section will be built around…
TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Beaverton High trumpet player Riley White gets ready to perform with the Jazz Band at BHS WInter Concert on Tuesday night.
February 04, 2016

Winter's songs

by Miles Vance
Beaverton High Bands and Ensembles perform for the first time in the New Year The Beaverton High School Bands and Ensembles were out in full force on Tuesday night, treating the audience at the BHS auditorium to their first show of the New Year, the…
COURTESY PHOTO - Local Latino folk community artist Joaquin Lopez (right), along with others, will perform music and other entertainment centered around Valentines Day at the Walters Cultural Arts Center on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
February 04, 2016

Latin Flair

by Michael Sproles
Joaquin Lopez fuses music, poetry, storytelling in local performances Local community leader, artist and performer Joaquin Lopez has a deep love for the intersection of music, poetry and storytelling. The Latin folk community artist with Washington…
COURTESY PHOTO - Tuality Healthcare, which operates hospitals in Hillsboro and Forest Grove, has entered into a clinical affiliation with Oregon Health & Science University that will provide greater opportunities for patient care and facilities expansion.
February 02, 2016

Tuality-OHSU affiliation finally a done deal

by Nancy Townsley
In a move that puts an exclamation point on plans that have been in the works for a year, Tuality Healthcare and Oregon Health & Science University have formed a new partnership officials described as a win for both the Hillsboro nonprofit and the…
COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Portland State University matriculates about 28,000 students annually, but officials say the cost of education is much too high. A proposed payroll tax would go primarily to a regional scholarship program.
February 02, 2016

PSU supporters push ahead with Metro-wide payroll tax plan

by Shasta Kearns Moore
One-tenth-of-1-percent plan may still have uphill battle Portland State University supporters aim to find out how valuable the university is to local voters with an initiative petition to raise new taxes filed Friday, Jan. 29. The PSU-backed citizen…
February 02, 2016

Stoller, Meadow Park teams place well at Science Bowl

by Eric Apalategui
Two teams from the Beaverton area were among the top finishers at the 25th-annual BPA Regional Science Bowl’s middle school competition last Saturday. Stoller Middle School Team 1 placed third while Meadow Park Middle School Team 1 finished fourth.…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Aquatic exercise classes are popular in the warm waters of Harman Swim Center, which reopens Monday following two months of renovations and a special open house and swim session on Sunday afternoon.
February 02, 2016

Renovated Harman pool reopening next week

by Eric Apalategui
Harman Swim Center is reopening next week, following a two-month closure during renovations at the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s warmest pool. The pool, named in honor of Beaverton swimming legend Rod Harman, will resume its regular…
TIMES PHOTO: ERIC APALATEGUI - K-9 Officer Atlas poses for photos along with Chief Geoff Spalding (right) and Ryan Smith, executive director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.
February 02, 2016

Foundation helps Beaverton buy new K-9 police officer

by Eric Apalategui
The Beaverton Police Department gratefully accepted a $2,500 check to help pay for a new police dog. That dog, K-9 Officer-in-Training Atlas, gratefully accepted all the pets he could get during a brief ceremony at the department Monday. The grant…
TIMES FILE PHOTO - Beaverton Senator Mark Hass has a propsal for new legislatition after a group started collecting signatures to impose a gross receipts tax on Oregon businesses.
February 01, 2016

Beaverton lawmaker offers compromise on gross receipts tax

by Hillary Borrud and Paris Achen
Sen. Mark Hass says his proposal could avoid ballot battle; Tigard senator says resistance from business groups has 'dulled' prospects for legislation. SALEM — Looking to head off a nasty and costly ballot fight, a state senator has introduced a…
February 01, 2016

Beaverton lawmaker offers compromise on gross receipts tax

by Hillary Borrud and Paris Achen
Sen. Mark Hass says his proposal could avoid ballot battle SALEM — Looking to head off a nasty and costly ballot fight, a state senator has introduced a proposal to levy a new tax on corporations while cutting income taxes for many low- and…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tektronix President Pat Byrne unveiled the company's new logo at a recent employee meeting.
February 01, 2016

Tek rebrands to match company's changing direction

by Eric Apalategui
Longtime instrument maker shifting focus from hardware to applications. As an enduring rock star of the technology world, Beaverton-based Tektronix is undergoing a makeover for its 70th birthday while it keeps on rolling out fresh material. The…
Washington County Sheriff's Office
January 28, 2016

Deputies cleared in Aloha woman's death

by Eric Apalategui
Phyllis Jepsen shot to death coming at officers while brandishing a hunting knife The Washington County District Attorney’s Office has cleared two Sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed an Aloha woman as she came at them with a hunting knife last…
Jeff Rose
January 28, 2016

Graduation rates continue to climb

by Eric Apalategui
81.3 percent of the Beaverton School District's class of 2015 earned diplomas in four years. For the first time in recent memory, more than 80 percent of Beaverton School District students graduated on time last June. Beaverton’s four-year…
TIMES FILE PHOTO - Oregon Governor Kate Brown has thus far tried to stay neutral in what may be a coming political battle over a gross receipts tax hike known as Initiative Petition 28.
January 27, 2016

Oregon heads for ballot brawl over tax increase

by Nick Budnick
Despite hope for compromise, rivals say deal unlikely When a proposed statewide $15-an-hour minimum wage measure gave businesses heartburn, Gov. Kate Brown intervened to float a compromise plan earlier this month. In contrast, Brown has stayed…
THE TIMES: JAIME VALDEZ - Kim Putnam, a music teacher at Hazeldale Elementary School, dances with third-graders to the song Sasha, a Russian dance mix, during class. Putnam was recently received the Oregon Excellence in Elementary Music Education Award.
January 27, 2016

Hazeldale teacher Kim Putnam receives state excellence in music education award

by Ray Pitz
Kim Putnam received the honor Jan. 16 during a banquet in Eugene Kim Putnam was, well, a little surprised when she was awarded the Excellence in Elementary Music Education Award presented by the Oregon Music Educator Association Jan. 16. In fact,…
COURTESY KOIN 6 - The Beaverton Police Department has instituted a new program to deal with drivers who refuse to take breath tests when pulled over for suspicion of DUII.
January 27, 2016

Drunken drivers can't just say 'no' to test

by Eric Apalategui
Beaverton Police launch no-refusal program so drivers can't skip blood alcohol testing Officer Nick Coplin has been pulling over drunken drivers in Beaverton for more than a decade. Like his counterparts across the country, Coplin and his fellow…
Beaverton Valley Times
January 28, 2016

It's time for your close-up, Beaverton

by The Times
Smile! You’re on camera. At least you will be at this time next week, as the good folks here at the Beaverton Valley Times chronicle some of the Beaverton-area’s best in photos. The 2016 version of our annual Portrait special section will be built…
January 27, 2016

Revenue experts look at effects of proposed tax

by Hillary Borrud, Capital Bureau
As unions and business groups prepare for a bruising political fight over a corporate tax measure, there’s one thing both sides agree upon: The economic impact on Oregonians could be huge. A proposed ballot measure — Initiative Petition 28 — would…
Pamplin Media Group INSIDERS
January 27, 2016

Introducing the Beaverton Valley Times' INSIDERS

by Pamplin Media Group
Get advice and tips from local business experts Need advice on banking? Buying a home? The importance of flossing your teeth? How to help your pet lose weight? Or how to exercise with free-weights? These are just a few of the many possible topics…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Darren Hart, left, listens as Susan Finch shares her concerns about what draft high school boundary changes would mean to friends as Brad Larson and his daughter, Sarah, 13, listen during a high school boundary open house in the commons of Five Oaks Middle School. Hart and Larson created software that helps residents experiment with high school attendance boundary changes.
January 28, 2016

Dads code their own boundary solution

by Eric Apalategui
Website users can quickly test Beaverton school attendance ideas How did you spend your winter break? Brad Larson used a good bit of his own down time to write computer code he believes could improve the Beaverton School District’s complex, and…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Brenda Enyart owns Sauvie Island Coffee Company and recently took over Edge Coffee shop in Beaverton.
January 27, 2016

Sauvie Island Coffee setting up shop in Beaverton

by Eric Apalategui
In fact, Brenda Enyart does know beans about coffee. After all, she roasts coffee beans grown all around the world at her Sauvie Island Coffee Company. Now she's bringing her business off the island and over the hills to Beaverton's Southwest…
January 26, 2016

Update: Tigard Police release names in deadly Roy Rogers crash

by Geoff Pursinger
Tigard Police have released new details into a deadly crash that killed a Beaverton woman driving along Southwest Roy Rogers Road on Saturday. According to Tigard Police, Marilyn Backstrand, 50, of Beaverton was driving along the road at about 8:30…
Cracker Barrel
January 26, 2016

Cracker Barrel still trying to crack into Beaverton

by Eric Apalategui
Planning Commission denies application but company may appeal Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is still trying to crack into Beaverton with one of its down-home restaurant and gift shop, but it hasn’t been an easy path for what could be among the…
REYES
January 26, 2016

Murder suspect jailed after Washington robbery, car jacking

by Eric Apalategui
Matthew Reyes recently lived near Beaverton but was wanted for murder in Klamath Falls A man who at least briefly lived near Beaverton and was the prime suspect in a Klamath Falls murder earlier this month is now behind bars in Washington. Matthew…

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SUBMITTED PAPER - Bill LaMarche introduced Mayor Denny Doyle at a previous State of the City address
Jan 26, 2016

Beaverton's spokesman moving on

by Eric Apalategui
Bill LaMarche takes job with Citycounty Insurance Services Bill LaMarche has been a familiar face in Beaverton for the past five years, during which time he served as the city’s primary media…
Elizabeth Hampton-Gray
Jan 25, 2016

Beaverton High names more Hall of Achievement inductees

by Eric Apalategui
Leaders in education, business and social progress honored The Beaverton High School Hall of Achievement has another seven members in its inaugural class. The newest members are teacher and…
Jan 23, 2016

Woman killed in head-on collision on Roy Rogers Road

by Eric Apalategui
Injured male driver had drifted into oncoming lane, police say Update: On Tuesday, Tigard Police released the names of the drivers involved in the crash. A head-on collision Saturday morning on…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Breitling Jet Team, based in France, is the headliner for the 2016 International Air Show in Hillsboro this summer. Show officials pushed back the dates for this summer's show after the jet team announced they wouldn't be able to attend do to a scheduling conflict.
Jan 22, 2016

Air show officials announce date change for summer show to Aug.…

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon International Air Show will run two weeks later than originally scheduled. Organizers of the Oregon International Air Show have changed the dates for this year's show to Aug. 5 to 7. The…
COURTESY OF MCAS - Ross the pit bull returned to Multnomah County Animal Services early Friday morning after being hit by a car on Highway 217. Ross ran away Wednesday night before he could have hernia surgery in Cedar Hills.
Jan 22, 2016

Ross' wild run has a (sort of) happy ending

by Pamplin Media Group
Ross the dog is home, recovering from his wild run. Ross, a black-and-white pitbull who was staying at the Multnomah County Animal Services in Troutdale, ran away Wednesday night, Jan. 20,…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Parents look over the latest proposal to shift high school boundaries across the Beaverton School District during a Jan. 21 open house at Five Oaks Middle School.
Jan 22, 2016

Masses of parents speak minds to boundary committee

by Eric Apalategui
Beaverton School District parents caused some school overcrowding themselves Thursday night as they packed Five Oaks Middle School, eager to learn more and express opinions about a preliminary…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Police officers swarmed in and stopped a suspect vehicle on Southwest 124th Avenue just off Allen Boulevard on Thursday afternoon.
Jan 21, 2016

Suspected shooter in custody near Allen Boulevard

by Eric Apalategui
No one injured when shots fired in Beaverton This story has been updated. Beaverton Police and Washington County Sheriff's deputies made a high-risk traffic stop and took a suspected shooter…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A car traveling backward slammed into an Aloha auto parts store at about noon Thursday, injuring a store employee. The elderly van driver who suffered a medical event that triggered the crash also was treated at a hospital.
Jan 21, 2016

Van crashes inside Aloha auto parts store

by Eric Apalategui
Elderly driver and store employee treated for injuries A van traveling backward for about 170 feet eventually crashed into an Aloha auto parts store just after noon Thursday, hurting both the…
PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE - President Sylvia Kelley
Jan 21, 2016

PCC President: No intention to shame during Whiteness History…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Kelley says the April event is to foster a free exchange of ideas Portland Community College has been deluged with press attention after conservative media picked up on its decision to host a…
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Jan 21, 2016

Suspect pulls down teen's pants

by Eric Apalategui
Detectives seek public's help after man flees - Washington County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who on Tuesday morning reportedly pulled a teenage girl's pants down in Aloha and…
Braden Foster
Jan 21, 2016

What Students Say / Aloha High School

by Jaime Valdez
With the looming school boundary change, how would you make people feel at ease about Aloha High School? “I would recommend to put yourself out there; build a relationship with your teachers and…
TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici talks to a crowd of education leaders in Beaverton about the new Every Student Succeeds Act.
Jan 21, 2016

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, education officials trumpet state,…

by Mark Miller
Every Student Succeeds Act signed by Obama late last year At a briefing Tuesday morning on a new federal education law, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici touted improvements she believes the…
TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Mayor Denny Doyle, pictured delivering last weeks State of the City address, plans to run for a third term.
Jan 21, 2016

Denny Doyle wants four more years as Beaverton mayor

by Eric Apalategui
Councilors Cate Arnold, Mark Fagin also plan to run again Denny Doyle wants to keep “Mayor” in front of his name — and maybe for a long time to come. If Doyle wins another term this spring and…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown
Jan 21, 2016

Brown's minimum wage plan: Portland gets $15.52, rest of state…

by Paris Achen
SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a plan Thursday for a two-tiered minimum wage in the state. The proposal, released on the same day of a 6 p.m. public hearing on the issue at the Capitol, would…
TIMES PHOTO: GEOFF PURSINGER - Police have released the name of the officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Beaverton taxi driver on Saturday. Officers said the man rushed at them with a model gun in his hand.
Jan 20, 2016

Police say man shot by officers charged them with replica gun

by Geoff Pursinger
A man shot and killed by Beaverton Police over the weekend told his girlfriend that he planned to go out in a “blaze of glory,” the police department said on Wednesday. Adam Karjalainen, 44,…
HITCHINS
Jan 20, 2016

Neighbors want relief from protests

by Eric Apalategui
City Council will consider rules to keep animal lab opponents at bay Residents of an otherwise quiet Beaverton cul-de-sac say their normally peaceful lives have been shattered on a near-weekly…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Joann Hulquist, principal for William Walker Elementary School, gives a tour of the library at the school. A donation from author James Patterson resulted in $5,000 that will benefit the Walker library.
Jan 20, 2016

Author James Patterson helps stock William Walker Elementary…

by Eric Apalategui
Mega-best-selling author James Patterson has written a lot of books, but the “National Geographic Readers,” “Minecraft” and “Fly Guy” series are not among them. However, thanks in large part to…
COURTESY JAMES HILL, PCC - An admitted gearhead, Ellie Steele began working on his own cars as a junior in the automotive program at Beaverton High School and never stopped.
Jan 20, 2016

Nothing can slow down PCC automotive student Ellie Steele

by James Hill
Student doesn't let car accident ruin hot pursuit of an automotive career Ellie Steele doesn’t give up. This was never truer than when Steele — now a student in Portland Community College's…
Arianna Gleason
Jan 20, 2016

Update: Runaway girl found, returned to family

by Eric Apalategui
Beaverton Police have found a missing 11-year-old girl and have returned her to her family. Police had asked for the public's help in finding Ariana Gleason on Wednesday morning, after the…
WARRILOW
Jan 19, 2016

Man turns self in after alleged Drones Plus theft

by Eric Apalategui
The man caught in a surveillance video swiping an accessory at Beaverton's Drones Plus store didn't wait for police to catch up with him. Bryan Shawn Warrilow, 32, turned himself in to Beaverton…
Beaverton Police Department
Jan 19, 2016

Armed suspect in Spider-Man mask robs Mexican restaurant

by The Times
Beaverton detective working with video surveillance footage to catch Muchas Gracias bandit An armed man wearing a Spider-Man mask robbed the Muchas Gracias restaurant on Southwest Nimbus Avenue…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Body worn cameras, like this helmet-mounted unit, are part of a pilot program the Beaverton Police Department is launching with the help of a large grant.
Jan 19, 2016

Beaverton Police share body camera info at open houses

by Eric Apalategui
The Beaverton Police Department is hosting open houses this week and again in February to receive public input about its implementation of a body-worn camera program. This week's open house is 5…
TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor (right) speaks about the Every Student Succeeds Act at an education briefing in the Beaverton council chambers Tuesday, alongside U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (left) and Acting Oregon Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps.
Jan 19, 2016

Bonamici, education officials trumpet state, local control in…

by Mark Miller
Every Student Succeeds Act signed by President Obama late last year. At a briefing Tuesday morning on a new federal education law, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici touted improvements she believes the…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Preschoolers explore the Tualatin Hills Nature Park as part of the Nature Kids preschool program.
Jan 19, 2016

Nature Kids hosts open house Feb. 6

by The Times
Parents can get a close look at Nature Kids, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation's nature-based preschool, during an open house on Feb. 6. The program's preview will be from 10 a.m. to noon at…
Jan 19, 2016

THPRD chooses budget committee members

by The Times
Miles Glowacki of Aloha is the newest member of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's Budget Committee, while Stephen Pearson was reappointed last week. Glowacki previously served four…



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