Asking the big questions

Asking the big questions

Five area pastors get ready to launch five-week sermon series Despite the old “sticks and...

FDA program gives terminally ill Beaverton teacher hope

FDA program gives terminally ill Beaverton teacher hope

Steve Lewis spreads word about treatment options for terminal patients For 30 years, Steve Lewis...

Tektronix at 70: Silicon Forest's 'original' tree keeps reaching higher

Tektronix at 70: Silicon Forest's 'original' tree keeps reaching higher

Beaverton company refocuses to help drive the digital revolution. There’s a company...

Juniors might remain at original high school

Juniors might remain at original high school

A committee redrawing high school boundaries suggests all upper classes stay put While the...


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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - GED student Marquez Goldsby works in the lobby of Londer Learning Center last April.
February 11, 2016

Oregon GED students still struggling

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Critics say easier passing score isn't enough of a change Masked in Oregon’s recent celebration of higher graduation rates was the fact that 26 percent of the state’s students did not graduate high school in the regular way last year. That means…
TIMES PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Optometric Physician Remy J. Delplanche (right) gives an eye test to Uriel Anava at Aloha-Huber Park School.
February 11, 2016

Aloha school becomes health clinic for a day

by Eric Apalategui
Free vision, dental and other screenings provided to parents of Aloha-Huber Park K-8 parents Schools, naturally, are geared toward helping their students. But sometimes, it’s harder for kids to learn if their parents aren’t healthy. Aloha-Huber Park…
Autumn Fernald
February 11, 2016

What Students Say / Early College High School

by Jaime Valdez
What made you choose Early College High School? “Ever since I was 5 years old, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. Enrolling into Early College High School, I’m able to accomplish more in two years in my education much quicker than if I would stay…
February 11, 2016

Council sets recreational marijuana rules

by Eric Apalategui
Members rebuff Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Districts' request for buffer zones The Beaverton City Council on Tuesday approved rules for recreational marijuana businesses that look a lot like regulations already in place for medicinal cannabis…
February 11, 2016

Beaverton high schools announce spring theater productions

by Eric Apalategui
Music will be in the air from late February to mid-March as local theater departments plan shows Want to be entertained? The Beaverton School District's five large high schools are presenting their spring theater productions during the coming month…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rob Aichele (second from left) is flanked by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Department employees Emily Kent, Julie Rocha and George Horton. The staffers saved Aichele's life when his heart suddenly stopped while he walked the track at the district's Athletic Center in early November.
February 10, 2016

THPRD employees bring man back to life

by Eric Apalategui
Employees use the Athletic Center's AED to get Rob Aichele's heart beating again February is National Heart Month. Rob Aichele’s own heart almost didn’t let him live to see it. But thanks to some fast-acting employees at Tualatin Hills Park &…
DAKOTA VERNON
February 09, 2016

Man arrested following girl's attack

by Eric Apalategui
Witnesses report several incidents involving Dakota Vernon A 23-year-old Beaverton man who may have been targeting girls and women along a walking trail was arrested after allegedly grabbing a teenager Saturday. Dakota Michael Vernon, 23, was lodged…
FILE PHOTO - New blade signs along Southwest Broadway Street help give the historic business district a new look.
February 09, 2016

Downtown Beaverton looks to transform

by Eric Apalategui
Historic business district accepted into higher level of Oregon Main Street program Beaverton has taken another small step toward having the downtown of its dreams. The Beaverton Downtown Association has been accepted to the Transforming Downtown…
SUBMITTED PHOO - Southridge High School's Hawkettes Dance Team earned its way to the final rounds in its division at the NDA National Dance Team Championship at Walt Disney World.
February 08, 2016

Southridge dancers reach finals at national competition

by Eric Apalategui
Hawkettes finish sixth among small varsity teams in hip hop dance. Southridge High School has danced into the national spotlight. Southridge's Hawkettes Dance Team finished sixth in its division at the recent Universal Dance Association’s National…
February 08, 2016

FormFactor acquires Beaverton's Cascade Microtech

by John M. Vincent
FormFactor of Livermore, Calif., and Beaverton's Cascade Microtech have announced an agreement where FormFactor will acquire all outstanding shares of Cascade Microtech in a cash and stock transaction. Both firms create products that enable…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Westview High School's Team 1 again captured first place in the BPA Regional Science Bowl and earned another berth in the national competition this spring. The team includes instructor Fabian Mak (from left) and members Akashay Pulavarty, Ananth Argawal, Priyansh Sharma, Bryan Lee and Anthony Zheng.
February 07, 2016

Westview wins BPA Regional Science Bowl

by The Times
Three-time champs earn another trip to the national competition Westview High School’s Team 1 was unstoppable Saturday in the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl competition. The three-time regional champs from the Beaverton School…
WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - This Aloha apartment building was damaged by a driving lesson gone wrong Sunday morning.
February 07, 2016

Driving lesson gone wrong ends in crash

by Jim Redden
A teenager practicing parking in an Aloha apartment parking lot crashed into the building Sunday morning. No one was injured in the accident. The apartment that was struck was damaged, but was unoccupied at the time. According to the Washington…
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…
Jada Rush
February 04, 2016

What Students Say / Raleigh Park Elementary School

by Jaime Valdez
It was “National Fly a Kite Day” on Monday — have you ever flown a kite? “I flew a kite once at the beach. I thought it was hard at first to get the kite to fly, but once I got it to fly, it was exciting. The kite I flew was a princess kite and I…
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…
TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - The Rev. Dr. Brett Strobel of Christ United Methodist Church in Cedar Hills will discuss 'Why God, Why?' in a five-week sermon series that will rotate through five local churches beginning Feb. 14.
February 04, 2016

Living with questions

by Miles Vance
Five area pastors get ready to launch five-week sermon series “Judgmental.” “Homophobic.” “Hypocritical.” A list of the three unforgivable curses? Attacks from the latest presidential debate? No. These words are the top three words used to describe…
CITY OF BEAVERTON PHOTO - The intersection of Southwest Cedar Hills and Hall boulevards turned into a lake when Beaverton Creek overflowed its banks during torrential rains that struck the region in early February 1996.
February 03, 2016

Two decades later, what have we learned?

by GeoffPursinger
River receded years ago, but impacts from the Flood of '96 linger on This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 1996, the devastating flood that hit the entire Willamette Valley region, closing roads, shuttering businesses and enveloping…
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…
TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Nick Buettner, Community and Corporate Program Director for the Blue Zones Project, addresses a meeting of Beaverton community leaders on Nov. 13 in city council chambers.
February 02, 2016

Beaverton pulls out of Blue Zones Project

by Miles Vance
The city will focus on a new public safety building and affordable housing The city of Beaverton has zoned out. More specifically, Beaverton has chosen not to participate in the Blue Zones Project, a program that aims to emulate and re-create…
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…

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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.
Feb 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…
Feb 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…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tektronix President Pat Byrne unveiled the company's new logo at a recent employee meeting.
Feb 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…
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Jan 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…
Jeff Rose
Jan 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…
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.
Jan 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…
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.
Jan 27, 2016

Hazeldale teacher Kim Putnam receives state excellence in music…

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…
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.
Jan 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…
Beaverton Valley Times
Jan 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…
Jan 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…
Pamplin Media Group INSIDERS
Jan 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…
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.
Jan 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…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Brenda Enyart owns Sauvie Island Coffee Company and recently took over Edge Coffee shop in Beaverton.
Jan 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…
Jan 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,…
Cracker Barrel
Jan 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…
REYES
Jan 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…
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…



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