Featured Stories

INSIDERS (Sponsored Content)

Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -

SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

Let’s get started.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER

John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

SNAP FITNESS - Mike Nielsen“We are a friendly, success-oriented fitness center,” says Mike Nielsen, vice president and co-owner of Snap Fitness locations in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Canby. “We’re like the ‘Cheers’ of the gym world, where everybody knows your name.”

Nielsen has been a certified fitness coach for 13 years and has been with Snap for eight years. He says being a fitness coach is all about helping individuals achieve the best version of themselves.

“It’s not just something that’s done at the gym, but it’s a lifestyle change,” he said of Snap. “We focus on not only the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of everyday life, to make sure we are able to achieve long-term success.”

He says Snap gyms have a family feel and a personal touch.

The gyms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with monitored access for safety. Snap has more than 1,500 locations nationwide.

The fitness centers offer cardio, personal training, weight-loss programs, a health center, strength training and Olympic lifting. An online web page for members offers nutrition counseling and an online training center.

“Our members are our greatest assets,” Nielsen added. “We do all we can to make sure they have not only the best facility and equipment, but a wonderful experience.”

Snap Fitness


Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.


Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170


Canby: 1109 SW 1st Ave.


Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraAfter nearly 100 years of providing excellent full-service automotive repair and maintenance, Bernard’s Garage is a classic Milwaukie institution trusted by generations of customers.

Founded in 1925, old timers and area residents still remember Joe Bernard Sr., who would design and build custom car parts when his customers’ vehicles needed it. Joe Bernard Jr., a former Milwaukie mayor, helped modernize Bernard’s and continued his father’s tradition of excellent customer service.

The current owner, Jim Bernard, another Milwaukie mayor and current Clackamas County commissioner, has computerized Bernard’s—turning his father’s mechanics into today’s technicians.

Besides providing free pickup and delivery, Bernard’s offers DEQ repair and adjustments, check-engine light diagnosis, manufacturer-scheduled maintenance, brakes, steering and suspension repair, timing belt tune-ups, radiator and water pump work, as well as engine, transmission and air conditioning service.

“We are straight shooters and will let you know what the problem is and what the cost is upfront,” Operations Manager John Sciarra says.

Sciarra, an 18 year veteran of Bernard’s, has attained numerous specialty vehicle class certifications. With 26 years in the industry overall, Sciarra is our INSIDER for automotive excellence.

Bernard’s Garage is a 17-year-long supporter of the Milwaukie Farmers Market, a Milwaukie First Friday participant and frequently donates to the Annie Ross House, Milwaukie Senior Center and other local schools and events.

A member of the Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce since 1955, Bernard’s has been named Business of the Year twice since 2000, and has received the BRAG award from the county for practicing responsible recycling and waste management.

Bernard's Garage 

2036 SE Washington St, Milwaukie, OR.

(503) 659-7722


Other Pamplin Media Group sites

2013 Oregon High School Wrestling State Tournament Results



Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23

Class 6A State Tournament

(Memorial Coliseum, Portland)

TEAM SCORES: 1. David Douglas 146,

2. Oregon City 126-1/2, 3. Roseburg 120, 4. Hillsboro 117-1/2, 5. McMinnville 87, 6. Crater 80, 7. Sprague 79,

8. McNary 74, 9. West Linn 72, 10. Aloha 62, 16. Lake Oswego 43, 19. Clackamas 30, 22. Canby 22.



1. Raymond Smith, North Salem; 2. Jorge Fuentes, Centennial; 3. Jacob Cytrybaum, South Eugene; 4. Jeff Whitaker, Tualatin; 5. Joel Timmons, Westview; 6. Matt Peterson, Hillsboro.

Smith dec. Fuentes, 3-2.


1. Kaleb Raber, Sprague; 2. Devin Poppen, Oregon City; 3. Casey Coulter, Grants Pass; 4. Dauki Wilburn, Hillsboro; 5. Max McGee, Glencoe; 6. Cahleb Gonzales, Lake Oswego; 6. Mac McGee, Glencoe.

Raber dec. Poppen 12-7.

In other matches, Poppen pinned South Medford freshman Anthony Neuenschwander in 3:32; pinned Glencoe junior Max McGee in 3:41; and pinned Grants Pass junior Casey Coulter in 5:22.


1. Chad Jones, Roseburg; 2. Tyler Thomas, Crater; 3. Joey Rodriguez, Hillsboro; 4. Ethan Staley, West Linn; 5. Bryce Branson, McMinnville; 6. Louis Palos, McNary.

Jones dec. Thomas, 3-1.


1. Kyle Sether, Oregon City; 2. Tim Tsukanov, Barlow; 3. Jeremiah Baker, David Douglas; 4. J.R. Ramsey, Centennial; 5. Amari Sengsavanh, Century; 6. Peyton Mesa, Roseburg.

Sether dec. Tsukanov, 7-1.

In other matches, Sether won technical fall over South Medford senior Luis Ayala in 5:28; pinned McKay junior Jose Franco in 4:21; and dec. Century junior Amari Sengsavanh, 9-0.


1. Jered Sublet, McMinnville; 2. David Nelson, Gresham; 3. Parker Folliard, Oregon City; 4. Andy Downer, Hillsboro; 5. Cliff Baxter, Sprague; 6. Chandler Michael, Barlow.

Sublet dec. Nelson, 7-3.

Folliard dec. Hillsboro junior Andy Downer in the third-place final, 5-3 in overtime.

In other matches, Folliard pinned North Medford freshman Cole Hornbrook in 1:37; pinned Hillsboro junior Andy Downer in 5:59; was decisioned by McMinnville senior Jered Sublet, 5-3 in overtime; and dec. Barlow sophomore Chandler Michael, 3-1.


1. Vigif Afrasov, David Douglas; 2. Tim Harman, West Linn; 3. Zach Zahner, Sprague; 4. Tommy Winningham, Crater; 5. Alex Harnsberg, Hillsboro; 6. Spencer Stokes, Sunset.

Afrasov dec. Harman, 3-1 in overtime.


1. Devin Reynolds, McNary; 2. Kjell Thorsen, Grants Pass; 3. Cameron Mesa, Roseburg; 4. Yasyf Sorensen, Sprague; 5. Ricky Molinari, David Douglas; 6. Austun Long, Gresham.

Reynolds defeated Thorsen by technical fall in 5:46.


1. Reed Van Anrooy, Roseburg; 2. J.T. Barnes, McMinnville; 3. Noel Hygelund, Canby; 4. Kris Bjornson, West Salem; 5. Johnny Krahel, Aloha; 6. Joey Williams, Aloha.

Van Anrooy pinned Barnes in 3:32.


1. Elijah Taylor, David Douglas; 2. Chase Mackey, Crater; 3. Carlos Mendez, Century; 4. Grant Gerstner, McNary; 5. and 6. Not awarded (double disqualification).

Taylor dec. Mackey, 6-3.


1. Tiger Paasch, McMinnville; 2. Tyler Chay, West Linn; 3. Tanner Fischer, Oregon City; 4. Reid Shipley, North Medford; 5. Cole Haggerty, Barlow; 6. Braxton Arand, Thurston.

Paasch pinned Chay in 1:49.

Fischer dec. Shipley 6-4 in the third-place final.

In other matches, Fischer pinned Sprague senior Kyle Williams in 2:59; was decisioned by Shipley, 5-2; dec. Southridge senior Matthew McRae, 10-6; pinned Southridge senior Ben Young in 4;00; and pinned Barlow senior Cole Haggerty in 2:11.


1. John Morin, Hillsboro; 2. Quincy Clarkson, David Douglas; 3. Michael Griffin, Oregon City; 4. Trent Wilson, North Medford; 5. Thomas Ayala, David Douglas; 6. Kaden Johnson, North Medford.

Morin dec. Clarkson, 10-2.

Griffin dec. North Medford sophomore Trent Wilson in the third-place final, 7-3.

In other matches, Griffin dec. Roseburg freshman Will Reddekopp, 10-5; was pinned by Hillsboro senior John Morin in 1:19; dec. Clackamas senior Tyler Godfrey, 7-3; dec. Hillsboro sophomore T.J. Cavender, 9-3; and dec. David Douglas junior Thomas Ayala, 8-4.


1. Ihoghama Odighizuwa, David Douglas; 2. Kyle Anderegg, Clackamas; 3. Teran Reedy, Roseburg; 4. Ben Kociemba, Hillsboro; 5. Jeremy Husted, McKay; 6. Michael Vanlohuizen, Grants Pass.

Odighizuwa pinned Anderegg in 5:53.

In other matches, Anderegg pinned Thurston junior Maverick Wiseman in 4:18; dec. McNary junior Cody Ratliff, 13-9; and dec. Roseburg senior Teran Reedy, 2-1.


1. Austin Faunce, Lake Oswego; 2. Michael McCoy, Oregon City; 3. Mason Ross, McNary; 4. Aaron Beadle, Century; 5. Willy Spears, Sheldon; 6. Kenny Walthers, Tualatin.

Faunce dec. McCoy, 3-2.

In other matches, McCoy pinned West Salem sophomore Sala Manu in 2:17; pinned Century senior Aaron Beadle in 3:22; and pinned McNary senior Mason Ross in 36 seconds.


1. Chet Spears, Sheldon; 2. Wyatt Spears, Sheldon; 3. Derrick Turituri, Crater; 4. Cortez Rodelo, Aloha; 5. Mike Kluge, Aloha; 6. Cody Summers, Tualatin.

Chet Spears won by forfeit over Wyatt Spears.

5A wrestling

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23

Class 5A State Tournament

(Memorial Coliseum, Portland)

TEAM SCORES: 1. Hermiston 246, 2. Dallas 181-1/2, 3. Redmond 167-1/2, 4. Sandy 96, 5. Eagle Point 89, 6. Lebanon 87,

7. Hood River 66-1/2, 8. Silverton 59,

9. Churchill 56, 10. Pendleton 51,

12. Liberty 45-1/2, 15. Parkrose 37,

20. Sherwood 30, 29. Milwaukie 10,

30. St. Helens 8, 32. Wilsonville 7.



1. Cody Bibler, Dallas; 2. Andy Wagner, Hermiston; 3. Derick Tollen, Churchill; 4. LahHtoo, Cleveland; 5. Halen Jolley, Mountain View; 6. J.T. Lacy, Lebanon.

Bibler dec. Wagner, 9-8.


1. Matt Hofenbredl, Dallas; 2. J.T. Ayers, Mountain View; 3. Jasiah Williams, Franklin; 4. Andrew Nelson, Lebanon; 5. A.J. Garcia, Hermiston; 6. Jorrin Ishihara, Churchill.

Hofenbredl dec. Ayers, 5-2.


1. Thaddeus Nelson, Marshfield; 2. Isaac Aguilar, Hermiston; 3. Christian Marquez, Hood River; 4. Colton Skeen, Pendleton; 5. Orlando De La Cruz, Eagle Point; 6. Charlie Vandetta, Lebanon.

Nelson dec. Aguilar, 3-1.


1. Alex Rich, Crescent Valley; 2. Austin Wallace-Lister, Wilson; 3. Wyatt Scribner, Hermiston; 4. Kaleb Winebarger, Mountain View; 5. Brandon Short, Redmond; 6. Eddie Perez, Eagle Point.

Rich pinned Wallace-Lister in 3:50.


1. Beau Gleed, Hermiston; 2. Ezaak Tobin, Silverton; 3. Brandon Mower, Sandy; 4. Rodolfo Hernandez, Woodburn; 5. Tyler George, Redmond; 6. Ryan Spencer, Dallas.

Gleed dec. Tobin, 5-2.


1. Tyler Berger, Hermiston; 2. Gunner Wyatt, Dallas; 3. Austin Kleint, Lebanon; 4. Andrew DeHart, Hood River; 45. Sherman Hammond, Eagle Point; 6. Adrian Lyons-Lopez, South Albany.

Berger pinned Wyatt in 1:36.


1. Josh Reyes, Parkrose; 2. Chance Lindquist, Redmond; 3. Dylan Holcomb, Pendleton; 4. Housten Ezell, Churchill; 5. A.J. Antillon, Liberty; 6. James Lutz, Lebanon.

Reyes dec. Lindquist, 4-1.


1. Wyatt Passantino, Dallas; 2. Sarek Shields, Redmond; 3. Hunter Dehlin, Liberty; 4. James McCoy, Eagle Point; 5. Tyler White, Sandy; 6. Tamen Privratsky, Lebanon.

Passantino dec. Shileds, 4-2.


1. Abraham Rodriguez, Hermiston; 2. Scotty Dunagan, Dallas; 3. Hunter Hoeptner, Eagle Point; 4. Tanner Barichio, Redmond; 5. KiAnte Davis, Lebanon; 6. Caleb Ash, Eagle Point.

Rodriguez defeated Dunagan by technical fall in 5:23.


1. Kyle Bateman, Sandy; 2. Richard Bylund, Corvallis; 3. Haszell West, Jefferson; 4. David Rebischke, Dallas; 5. Joaquin Reyes, Summit; 6. Alec St. Hilaire, Hermiston.

Bateman pinned Bylund in 4:53.


1. Gunnar Sigado, Redmond; 2. Quinn Dreher, Silverton; 3. Keegan Hammond, Cleveland; 4. Jeremy Funk, Sandy; 5. Nick Morgan, Hood River; 6. Emile Wolpert, Parkrose.

Sigado pinned Dreher in 4:35.


1. Samuel Shields-Colbray, Hermiston; 2. Mason Montgomery, Ashland;

3. Jackson Soto, West Albany; 4. Ryan Jurgens, Sherwood; 5. Carlos Hernandez, Corvallis; 6. Colton Sallee, Lebanon.

Shields-Colbray dec. Montgomery, 7-2.


1. Sumner Saulsbury, Redmond; 2. Steely Smith, West Albany; 3. Dalton Pachano, North Eugene; 4. Cody Eisenberg, Ashland; 5. Riley Sipe, Dallas; 6. Caleb Batease, Hermiston.

Saulsbury dec. Smith, 7-5.


1. Semise Kofe, Roosevelt; 2. Armando Garcia, Hermiston; 3. Jacob Batease, Hermiston; 4. Jacob Breiting, Redmond; 5. Jalean Webb, Jefferson; 6. Juan Ocampo, Liberty.

Kofe dec. Garcia, 3-2 in overtime.

4A wrestling

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23

Class 4A State Tournament

(Memorial Coliseum, Portland)

TEAM SCORES: 1. Crook County 290,

2. Henley 196, 3. Sweet Home 161,

4. Cascade 126, 5. Tillamook 104, 6. Scappoose 78-1/2, 7. Klamath 76, 8. Estacada 59, 9. McLoughlin 53, 10. North Marion 48, 14. Madras 39-1/2, 19. Gladstone 26,

23. Molalla 21.



1. Collin Purinton, Banks; 2. Trayton Libolt, Crook County.

Purinton dec. Trayton, 6-5.


1. Tyler Scott, Henley; 2. Quinton Hook, Henley; 3. Logan Humphrey, Cascade; 4. Justin Nicholson, Sweet Home; 5. Luke Valle, North Valley; 6. Blake McNall, Gladstone.

Scott pinned Hook in 1:15.

Valle dec. McNall in the fifth-place final, 8-5.

In other matches, McNall was decisioned by Phoenix sophomore Richard Orndorff, 14-10; dec. Madras sophomore Bryce Vincent, 5-0; dec. La Grande sophomore Taran Hardwick, 5-4; dec. Madras junior Samuel Flores, 2-0; and was decisioned by Sweet Home junior Justin Nicholson, 5-2.


1. Ronnie Bresser, Henley; 2. Donny Wenlund, Estacada; 3. Wyatt Finch, Gladstone; 4. Cole Skramstad, McLoughlin; 5. Jarred Dupont, Madras; 6. Jordan Taylor, Stayton.

Bresser defeated Wenlund by technical fall in 4:57.

Finch dec. McLoughlin freshman Cole Skramstad in the third-place final, 14-5.

In other matches, Finch dec. Stayton junior Jordan Taylor, 11-5; was pinned by Henley senior Ronnie Bresser in 2:40; dec. Molalla sophomore Adam Keller, 13-4; dec. Newport sophomore Josh Connor, 8-5; and dec. Madras sophomore Jarred Dupont, 14-2.


1. Connor Noonan, Henley; 2. Grayson Munn, Crook County; 3. Hayden Bates, Crook County; 4. Duke Hebdon, Molalla.

Noonan dec. Munn, 2-0.


1. Colton Schilling, Sweet Home; 2. Zech Bresser, Henley; 3. Miguel Vasquez, Molalla; 4. Logan Weeks, Tillamook.

Schilling dec. Bresser, 6-0.


1. Collbran Meeker, Crook County; 2. Marcus Andrews, Cascade.

Meeker dec. Andrews, 5-0.


1. Lucas Randall, North Marion; 2. Cole Hannan, Brookings; 3. Trevor Anderson, Klamath; 4. Jacob Davidson, Estacada.

Randall pinned Hannan in 1:50.


1. Tyler Cowger, Sweet Home; 2. Spencer Crawford, Cascade; 3. Alex Urrrea, Crook County; 4. Travis Thompson, Banks; 5. Travis Cole, Estacada; 6. Micha Kawano, Tillamook.

Cowger dec. Crawford, 5-1.


1. Gary Jantzer, Henley; 2. Ismael Rubio, Phoenix.

Jantzer defeated Rubio by technical fall in 5:23.


1. Tyler Howe, Cascade; 2. Brayden Moller, McLoughlin.

Howe dec. Moller, 3-2.


1. Boomer Fleming, Ridgview; 2. Noah Stepp, Central.

Fleming pinned Stepp in 1:42.


1. Wade Paulus, Sweet Home; 2. Gunner Crawford, Crook County.

Paulus pinned Crawford in 45 seconds.


1. Cody Crawford, Cascade; 2. Gunnar Roberts, Crook County.

Crawford pinned Roberts in 1:00.


1. Jason Williams, Crook County; 2. Ryan Connor, Siuslaw; 3. Zach Gill, Sweet Home; 4. Gabriel Gonzalez, Ontario; 5. Branden Bailey, Scappoose; 6. Brennan Patterson, North Marion.

Williams pinned Connor in 1:31.