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Fairview resident wins Keno jackpot

Bruce Ray of Fairview was watching the Keno monitor at the Skyland Pub in Troutdale when he noticed that the eight-spot Keno Rolling Jackpot Bonus was 'really getting up there.'

'I noticed that the jackpot was over $60,000,' Ray said in a news release.

Ray then filled out a Keno play slip for a Quick Pick eight-spot Keno ticket, for one game, and sat back to see what happened. Ray matched all eight of his numbers for the single game he played and won a total prize of $75,391.10.

Ray won $15,000 for matching all eight of his numbers and $60,391.10 for the eight-spot Keno Rolling Jackpot Bonus. Ray also worked his way onto the list of the top-15 Keno Rolling Jackpot Bonus prizewinners. His $75,391.10 prize placed him 13th on the list.

Ray joins other winners from the area in the past 30 days, including Maureen Pedersen of Gresham, a $50,000 'Kiwi Cash Crossword' Scratch-it winner; Michael Gibson of Gresham, $10,000 Platinum Spin Series Video Lottery prizewinner; Bonnie Archuleta of Gresham, $10,000 Platinum Spin Series Video Lottery prizewinner; Jeffrey Miller of Troutdale, $3,180 Megabucks winner; and James Bowness of Damascus, who won $1,750 from Special Keno.

The Lottery recommends that players always sign the back of their tickets with each Oregon Lottery game they play to help ensure they can claim any prize.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Keno players have won more than $1.3 billion in prizes since the first game was played in Oregon on Sept. 13, 1991.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $7 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. In that same period, it has paid its players more than $20 billion in prizes

Gresham Boy Scout improves local nature park

Gresham resident Jordan Beehler, a senior at Central Catholic High School and a member of Boy Scouts Troop 606, in August 2010 started working on his Eagle Scout service project to improve Nadaka Nature Park in the Wilkes East neighborhood where he resides.

In September 2010, Jordan assisted the Audubon Society of Portland with the release of a pair of Western screech owls in the park. Over the winter, Jordan built four birdhouses, two owl boxes and two concrete benches. In March, the birdhouses were installed and Turtle Rock was repainted.

Jordan coordinated the project and got donations of all the materials used. He made the new benches in the park using concrete that was donated by Brian Moran of Troutdale Sand and Gravel. On May 14, the benches were set in place.

Jordan also had assistance from Jim Labbe of the Audubon Society of Portland, Todd Jones of Gresham Parks, Laura Guderyahn of the Environmental Services Department of the city of Gresham and Lee Dayfield of the Friends of Nadaka.

The Beehler family moved into Wilkes East in March 1993 and their youngest son, Jordan, was born in the summer of that year. The Beehlers are a family of Eagle Scouts. Their oldest son, Andrew, received his Eagle Scout rank in 2002.

Jordan will be starting college in September at Oregon State University.

Eagle scouts

Cody G. Hanset of Gresham attained the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting's highest honor, in April. Hanset, 18, is a member of Crew 187.

Local veteran returns home

Charles 'Chaz' Bump is on leave from the Army, visiting his family and friends after a tour of duty in Afghanistan for more than a year.

Bump is a Centennial High School graduate. He attended Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University before joining the Army.

After a tearful reunion his father, Donald, stepmother, Nancy, mother, Sandy, brothers Erik and Alex, nephew, Braiden, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins celebrated his homecoming with a dinner at the Gresham home of his grandmother, Rosalie Newman. They also celebrated his 28th birthday, which was April 12.

Bump will report for duty at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.