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Family asks for help for missing Hillsboro man

Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Horn was last seen in Hillsboro on Aug. 29. According to police, Horn walked out of the home he has shared with his mother since his divorce earlier this summer and has not been seen since.

He did not take his wallet, but is believed to have taken a handgun. Family members reportedly told police Horn has been battling depression. He is believed to be traveling in a dark red 2002 Ford Ranger with Oregon license plate 806 FFR. Horn is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 185 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing dark jeans and a hoodie sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about Horn’s whereabouts is asked to call 503-481-9025 or 503-840-2398.

For more information, visit the “Missing Person Ryan Horn” Facebook page.

Patty Hollis

St. Helens

Reporter appeared to be forcing opinion on readers

Your article in the Sustainable Life section regarding forest certification programs (“Pulp fiction?” News-Times, Aug. 14 issue) painted an inaccurate portrait of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and left out many important facts — including several that I discussed with reporter Steve Law when interviewed for this article.

As an Oregonian running a fourth-generation family logging business, I care passionately about the health of our forests and want to make sure they thrive for generations to come. I’m also committed to protecting our watersheds and wildlife habitats, which every community in the state depends upon.

The science-based “SFI Standard” has become the leading one in Oregon, and throughout North America, in improving responsible forestry practices to meet those goals. It requires practices that protect fish and wildlife, ensure clean water and soil and result in sustainable, healthy working forests.

The critical difference between SFI and other certification programs is that SFI’s network of regional implementation committees actively work to train loggers and others in best practices. Only by engaging with those doing the work on the ground can an organization make a difference in the forest. SFI makes a difference and is recognized for its community network and its logger training, its best management practices for water quality and soil protection and much more.

Also, by excluding SFI from credit under Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), the U.S. Green Building Council is actually taking jobs away from Oregonians who practice responsible forestry. It’s wrong economically and ecologically.

It is disappointing to me that the author of the article had an opinion he was forcing on everyone without listening to and reporting on the opinions of those he interviewed. As an Oregonian, I expect more from the Pamplin Media Group.

Bob Luoto

McMinnville




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