Barbur Storage receives sustainability award

FAR SOUTHWEST - Barbur Storage was one of seven companies from the Portland metro area recognized at the 19th annual Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards breakfast April 19.

The city of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability presents the BEST Awards annually to businesses demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to sustainability. Award winners were chosen from 37 BEST Award applicants. Barbur Storage received the award for Best Sustainable Business Practices in recognition of its commitment to reducing energy waste and consumption.

Locally owned and operated since 2000, the company has demonstrated a commitment to recycling and reusing materials; using office supplies made of recycled content; providing customers with recycling options; and encouraging customers to donate usable items to local charities or schools. According to its energy and environmental impact policy, Barbur Storage utilizes up-to-date energy-efficient technology such as CFL and fluorescent light bulbs and timers on indoor and outdoor lighting as well as solar roof panels to generate clean electricity and solar-powered venting for summer climate control.

'With so many local businesses committed to integrating sustainability in their products, services and operations, today's winners have distinguished themselves as true leaders in green innovation,' Portland's Mayor Sam Adams said at the event.

'The city of Portland is proud to cultivate an environment where businesses that embrace social and environmental sustainability thrive and prosper.'

To learn more about this year's winners and all applicant companies, visit

Arnold creek cat retreat expands boarding facilities

ARNOLD CREEK - Arnold Creek Cat Retreat has expanded its cage-free boarding facilities just in time for summer vacation.

Open since 2004, the retreat has become increasingly popular among pet owners, owner and veternarian technician Shirley Catterall said, and the demand for its boarding services had gotten almost overwhelming.

'It got to the point where rooms were booked up several months in advance with a waiting list most weeks,' she said. 'It was frustrating not being able to accommodate my clients, so I decided this spring to expand the retreat from 10 to 15 rooms.'

During their visits to the retreat, each feline guest stays in its own 6' by 4' room with 7' ceilings and a large window. Rooms are furnished with soft, clean bedding, food and water dishes, a litter box and toys. Cats also receive twice-a-day feedings, litter box changes, petting and playtime.

All feline guests must be up to date on rabies and FVRCP vaccinations to stay at the retreat, although cats with non-contagious ailments are welcome.

Arnold Creek Cat Retreat offers additional services including administration of routine medications such as oral tablets, insulin injections and ear, eye or other topical treatments as well as more advanced medical treatments such as subcutaneous fluids, post-operative bandage changes, syringe feeding and glucose monitoring to care for cats with special needs.

For more information and to reserve a room, contact Catterall at 503-892-2889 or visit

Felker joins Multnomah Family Care Center

MULTNOMAH - Jeff Felker, DC, has joined the Multnomah Family Care Center to provide chiropractic services to the Southwest Portland community.

Felker returned to the field in April after dabbling in real estate and classic cars, having previously owned his own practice on Southwest Barbur Boulevard.

His goal in joining the multidisciplinary practice, located at 7689 S.W. Capitol Hwy., is to 'help the community feel better.'

For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact Felker at 503-445-4454 or visit

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