Eighteen month mission brings life changing experiences

Eighteen month mission brings life changing experiences

Scott and Cathy Hansen leave comforts of Gresham for an island in the Philippines A year ago,...

Rockwood advocate moves on

Rockwood advocate moves on

Kathie Minden makes a point of saying she’s not a “Katherine” or a...

Victim identified in fatal Gresham shooting, high-speed chase

Victim identified in fatal Gresham shooting, high-speed chase

Names of Washington-based suspects released Gresham police have identified the man killed in...

Postcards from the past

Postcards from the past

-  Gresham man enjoys collecting postcards from Oregon's past David Sell was touring the...

Former strip club opens as family homeless shelter

Former strip club opens as family homeless shelter

New Human Solutions place has room for 130 people year round Human Solutions opened its new...

Remembering the park

Remembering the park

Empty for 11 years, historic greyhound park will be demolished by new owners this year You can...

Chamber honors businesses, volunteers at awards event

Chamber honors businesses, volunteers at awards event

Business Excellence Awards salutes those who give something back The Gresham Area Chamber of...

Jarvez Hall leads East Metro Economic Alliance

Jarvez Hall leads East Metro Economic Alliance

When Jarvez Hall was just a kid himself, he mentored at-risk children in a Portland dropout...

Family pets die in early morning Gresham house fire

Family pets die in early morning Gresham house fire

Husband and wife escape unharmed Close to half a dozen cats died in a residential fire this...

Famed downhill racer Bill Johnson dies at Gresham care facility

Famed downhill racer Bill Johnson dies at Gresham care facility

Bill Johnson, 55, a former student at Sandy High School who went on to fame as the first American...

Woman reported alert after tree falls on her car

Woman reported alert after tree falls on her car

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February 12, 2016

City considers taking on debt to spur Pleasant Valley development

by Jodi Weinberger
Much of 1,000-acre tract lacks wastewater connections The Gresham City Council is deciding whether to pony up the money for wastewater infrastructure in Pleasant Valley with the hope of stimulating private development. The question of "If we build…
February 12, 2016

Gresham may accommodate bees, chickens in development code

by Jodi Weinberger
Residents could sell vegetables, honey, eggs from front yard Marijuana, beekeeping, chickens and electric fences: What do they all have in common? They will possibly gain entry to Gresham’s development code this year after new rules were set for…
February 12, 2016

PSU tax falls flat in MHCC country

by Teresa Carson
East Multnomah County businesses and education leaders are concerned about a new payroll tax proposed for all Metro district businesses that would fund Portland State University. The PSU-backed citizen campaign would levy a 0.1 percent payroll tax…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Powell Valley Elementary kindergarten student Morgan Beckman works on an art project in class Thursday while classmate Reece Mosley explores a book behind her.
February 12, 2016

East County children lag in kindergarten readiness

by Teresa Carson
Statistics recently released by the Oregon Department of Education show most East Multnomah County children are not as ready for kindergarten as students in the rest of Oregon. Oregon students improved slightly in their readiness for kindergarten in…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - ACE Academy student Angel Gutierrez installs flooring in the bathroom of a tiny house being built by academy students.
February 12, 2016

East County's ACE high school closing in June

by Teresa Carson
The Architectural, Construction and Engineering Academy — an East Multnomah County public charter high school — will close at the end of this school year. “It's very disappointing to be in this spot,” said Andrew Beyer, president of Electrical…
February 12, 2016

Lawmakers focus on housing costs, living wages in short session

by Katy Sword
Piluso, Fagan, Monnes Anderson speak to concerns of working families With the 2016 legislative session is underway, local lawmakers are focused on a range of issues pertaining to the housing crisis and affordable wages as well as tobacco retailing…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON METRO - The four restrooms at Blue Lake Park have been replaced and are now open for use. The restrooms were constructed off-site, which saved money in the construction process.
February 12, 2016

Metro continues local park improvements

by Katy Sword
Projects include Chinook Landing docks, Blue Lake trail, restrooms The five-year levy approved by voters in 2013 continues to be utilized by Metro regional government, including two projects recently completed in East Multnomah County based on…
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…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will deliver the State of the City at the Persimmon County Club.
February 09, 2016

Residents question venue choice for mayor's speech

by Jodi Weinberger
Editor's note: After the publication of this story, Mayor Shane Bemis announced there will be a second State of the City event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Gresham City Hall. This event will be free. The city of Gresham’s decision to partner…
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February 09, 2016

Schools warn families of Outdoor School ex-worker facing sex abuse charges

by Teresa Carson
East Multnomah County Schools are warning parents about an alleged pedophile who worked and volunteered at a popular Outdoor School program that some local students attend. Jared Kelly White, 23, is being held on $13.5 million bail after a Multnomah…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - New Fairview City Administrator Nolan Young, shown here in Fairview Community Park across from City Hall, hopes to better the community in his new role.
February 09, 2016

New Fairview official gets to know city

by Katy Sword
When Nolan Young graduated from Brigham Young University, he had no idea what a city manager was. That is until he had the opportunity to apply for a public administration graduate program. “I got my bachelor degree from (BYU) in sociology and…
February 09, 2016

Fairview photo radar pilot project deemed success

by Katy Sword
The first phase of a photo radar pilot project in Fairview is apparently going so well that the city may not install photo radar equipment. The project stems from House Bill 3438, which passed in 2013 allowing Fairview, and only Fairview, to launch…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Teachers Doug Robertson and Michael Stephens cut the ribbon for Powell Valley Elementarys new Maker Space with the help of a pair of quad-copters Thursday, Feb. 4.
February 09, 2016

Gresham's Powell Valley Elementary opens maker space

by Teresa Carson
Powell Valley Elementary School just opened a new maker space where students can use a variety of materials to enhance their education with hands-on learning. The new room is filled with learning tools to encourage education in STEAM — science,…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - The Brass Rail Tavern in Troutdale sustained extensive damage in a fire Jan. 19.
February 09, 2016

Fire causes estimated $285,000 damage

by Katy Sword
While the cause of the fire that damaged the Brass Rail Tavern in downtown Troutdale has yet to be determined, investigators have released a damage estimate of $285,000. A fire broke out at long-running watering hole at 108 E. Historic Columbia…
February 09, 2016

OSHA fines Reynolds $3,100 for asbestos

by Teresa Carson
The Reynolds School District has been fined $3,100 for health and safety violations at two of its elementary schools, state records show. The state fined Reynolds $2,100 for hazardous conditions relating to asbestos at Wilkes Elementary School and…
February 05, 2016

Gresham police calls drop in 2015

by Jodi Weinberger
The city of saw a small drop in its police calls in 2015, which are down about 1 percent from last year. The total number of calls for service in 2015 was 74,014. The number hasn’t changed much over the past 10 years, according to police records.…
February 05, 2016

Annual work plan provides glance at city's vision

by Jodi Weinberger
The Gresham City Council announced its 2016 work plan Tuesday, Feb. 2, setting into motion its priorities for the next 11 months. Since 2007, the mayor and council have adopted a work plan to ensure staff efforts are aligned and driven by the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is facing several allegation and now the Oregon Department of Justice may look into them.
February 05, 2016

County Chair, DA ask Oregon Department of Justice to investigate Sheriff

by Jim Redden
A letter from Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and District Attorney Rod Underhill asks the Oregon Department of Justice to review several accusations against county Sheriff Dan Staton. In addition to investigating harassment allegations…
February 05, 2016

Troutdale looks at human trafficking

by Katy Sword
In fighting human trafficking, part of the battle is awareness. “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery,” said Deputy Keith Bickford, manager of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force. “It’s a crime that…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - ACE Academy student Angel and instructor Katie Hughes discuss flooring installation Wednesday inside one of two tiny houses students currently are building.
February 09, 2016

ACE Academy searches for new quarters, future questioned

by Teresa Carson
The Architectural, Construction and Engineering — or ACE — Academy, an East Multnomah County charter high school, is losing its lease and the small school may not survive a relocation. A public charter school located at 4222 N.E. 158th Ave., the…
February 09, 2016

Seven students receive Gresham Elks Lodge scholarships

by Teresa Carson
Seven East Multnomah County high school students won scholarships through the Gresham Elks Lodge. “The winners are all outstanding students, active in their school and community and recognized as leaders by their peers,” said Elks scholarship…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is facing numerous allegations. Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has asked the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate them.
February 03, 2016

County chair asks Oregon Department of Justice to investigate Sheriff

by Jim Redden
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has asked the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate multiple accusations of innappropriate behavior against Sheriff Dan Staton. Kafoury told the Portland Tribune she made the request in a Wednesday…
February 03, 2016

Sheriff says he welcomes Oregon Department of Justice investigation

by Jim Redden
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton says he welcomes an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior against him — but also says that an earlier outside investigation has already cleared him of some of them.…
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February 03, 2016

Deputy files tort claim against Sheriff Staton

by Katy Sword
Claim makes allegations of hostile work environment A chief deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has filed a tort claim notice against Sheriff Dan Staton with allegations of a hostile work environment. The claim was filed by Chief…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LEGACY MOUNT HOOD MEDICAL CENTER  - Dr. Nasreen Ilias-Khan, board-certified cardiologist at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center
January 29, 2016

Simple changes can boost heart health

by Teresa Carson
To celebrate the heart health month of February, a local cardiologist recommends some little lifestyle changes that can make big improvements in your ticker. “My focus is on making three small changes that can have a big impact. They don’t disrupt…
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

Troutdale says no to development project

by Katy Sword
Council, public argue traffic issues too large for Cherry Park plan Following one of the largest public hearings in Troutdale, the City Council voted against a zone change for a proposed apartment complex at its Tuesday, Jan. 26, meeting. Sheldon…
February 05, 2016

Man stabbed in Gresham, police seek motive

by Pamplin Media Group
No suspect information has been released A man suffered serious injuries after being stabbed, according to police. The stabbing was reported just before 6 p.m. on Friday in the 18800 block of Southeast Division Street. Police said the man had been…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Human Solutions board member Jo Ann Hardesty speaks Monday at the grand opening of the nonprofit group's new family homeless shelter in the former Black Cauldron strip club on East Burnside Street.
February 02, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Former strip club revived as family homeless shelter

by Josh Kulla
The former Black Cauldron vegan strip club gained notoriety in the east Portland area for its unique approach to business. Needless to say, local residents were relieved when the club closed, and even more relieved when plans were announced last…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Sue Meyer, owner of Chase Me Again books, heads to the podium Thursday to receive her plaque for Small Business of the Year at the Greater Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce business awards banquet.
January 29, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Gresham Chamber hosts business awards banquet

by Josh Kulla
The Greater Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Awards banquet Thursday at the Greater Gresham Baptist Church. Winners included My Father's House, which was named non-profit of the year as well as being awarded the "Try Local…
January 29, 2016

Do you know an Amazing Kid?

by Anne Endicott
The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News, along with our partner newspapers, are seeking submissions for our 2016 Amazing Kids contest. This annual April special section will be distributed in Pamplin Media Group newspapers throughout the region.…
January 29, 2016

Committee backs $299 million Gresham-Barlow school bond

by Teresa Carson
An advisory committee is recommending the Gresham-Barlow School Board ask voters in November to approve a $299 million bond to upgrade district buildings. If the school board agrees, the bond would be the largest ever proposed in the Gresham area…
January 29, 2016

Graduation rates up in East Multnomah County schools

by Teresa Carson
Four of the five comprehensive high schools in East Multnomah County improved their graduation rates in 2015, while besting the state average rate, according to new Oregon Department of Education statistics. Statewide, the graduation rate edged up a…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Multnomah Greyhound Park held its last race in 2004 and now faces imminent demolition.
January 29, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Faded glory - Multnomah Greyhound Park faces demolition

by Josh Kulla
The former Multnomah Greyhound Park was recently purchased by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. The Tribe has no concrete plans for the property yet, but the old grandstand, dog kennels, scoreboard and other structures on the property will…
January 29, 2016

Deadline March 18 for newspaper's 'exceptional women' nominations

by Anne Endicott
Three years ago, The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News published a special section that has proven to be a reader favorite: Exceptional Women. The publication provides us with an opportunity to introduce you to some extraordinary women —…

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Jan 27, 2016

Troutdale councilor Anderson resigns

by Katy Sword
Citing increased work load, family concerns, Eric Anderson's last day March 31 Troutdale Councilor Eric Anderson resigned his seat at the council's regular Tuesday, Jan. 26, meeting. Serving the…
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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…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Ezra, 6, enjoys a chemistry experiment Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Friends of Children building open house.
Jan 26, 2016

Donors tour new Friends of the Children building

by Jodi Weinberger
Mentor group holds grand opening for 8,000-square-foot facility Friends of the Children held a grand opening for its donors and community leaders last week, showing off its new space in East…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Jeffrey Bernard, an unemployed 59-year-old Portland resident, has a tooth extracted Tuesday at a free dental clinic run by Medical Teams International volunteers, including a retired dentist shown here, who asked to remain anonymous.
Jan 26, 2016

Homeless health day provides 'a blessing' for many

by Jodi Weinberger
It may seem odd to be grateful to get a tooth extracted, but that’s exactly how Jeffrey Bernard felt as he waited for the dentist at a free health fair this week. Wallace Medical Concern, in…
Jan 26, 2016

No address changes for north Gresham residents

by Jodi Weinberger
Residents in North Gresham whose addresses do not match the rest of the city overwhelmingly said “no” to change. And the City Council agrees. The city sent 2,883 surveys to north Gresham…
Jan 26, 2016

Troutdale outlet mall sold

by Katy Sword
Condemnation process unclear as mall transfers ownership A New York investment company has purchased the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets mall in Troutdale for $28.4 million from the Simon…
Jan 26, 2016

Troutdale Energy Center project abandoned

by Katy Sword
Developer withdraws site application Jan. 26 The Troutdale Energy Center project has been abandoned. The project would have built a 652-megawatt power plant at the former Reynolds aluminum…
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Jan 26, 2016

Search for McCrann became a recovery mission

by Katy Sword
Crews resume search Jan. 23 for missing Portland woman With snow melting near Multnomah Falls, search and rescue crews has resumed their search for Alissa McCrann, missing since December.…
Jan 26, 2016

Fairview OKs new administrator's contract

by Katy Sword
Nolan Young started Monday with a two-year contract The city of Fairview has officially hired Nolan Young as its city administrator by approving his contract Wednesday, Jan. 20. Young was…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - The tentative plan for Lakeshore Park could include a boardwalk to an island on Fairview Lake.
Jan 26, 2016

Fairview council seeks further input for proposed Lakeshore Park

by Katy Sword
Work on nature park at Fairview Lake could begin this summer A public survey about plans for the proposed Lakeshore Park was completed last March, but Fairview leaders want further input before…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Edith Flesher,  beams as she enjoys her 90th birthday party at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Jan 26, 2016

Gresham woman celebrates turning 90

by Jodi Weinberger
Edith Flesher remembers when Gresham was mostly berry fields Edith Flesher celebrated her 90th birthday on Jan, 21, with coloring books and cupcakes and surrounded by friends at Redeemer…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham resident Julie Wilson has launched Sip and Stitch, a series of classes with the goal of bringing together people, local businesses and charities through crochet. The first gathering is Feb. 3 in downtown Gresham.
Jan 22, 2016

Gresham woman wants to crochet community together

by Jodi Weinberger
We’ve all had those nights. An idea pops into your head keeping you from sleep. But how often do those ideas become reality? For Julie Wilson, a lifelong Gresham resident, her late-night…
Jan 22, 2016

Minimum wage proposal divides East Multnomah County employees,…

by Teresa Carson and Shannon O. Wells
For Gresham residents and businesspeople, raising Oregon’s hourly minimum wage is a great or bad idea depending on whether you work for minimum wage or are responsible for paying it. Last week,…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Eight people helping Mt. Hood Community College earn a Salmon Safe certification tour Kelly Creek at the south edge of the MHCC campus. They include, from left to right, Kathy Shearin of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District; Troy Builta, sustainability coordinator for MHCC; Russ Johnson, MHCCs associate director of facilities; Rick Doughty, MHCC vice president of administration; Charles George, MHCCs facilities director; Torrey Lindbo of the city of Gresham; Jay Udelhoven, soil and water district executive director; and Steve Wise of the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council.
Jan 22, 2016

MHCC working to clean up its water act, seeks 'Salmon Safe'…

by Teresa Carson
Mt. Hood Community College is seeking an environmental designation for its 212-acre campus that would set in motion a broad, five-year watershed renovation program. By the spring, MHCC hopes to…
Jan 22, 2016

Developer files complaint against Troutdale councilor

by Katy Sword
Councilor says complaints by Yoshida developer are politically motivated A prominent Gresham developer has filed a complaint with the Oregon Ethics Commission against Troutdale City Councilor…
Jan 22, 2016

Legislators brief Gresham leaders

by Teresa Carson
Education will be a big topic for East Multnomah County legislators in the short February legislative session, local business and civic leaders learned in a briefing Wednesday. The Oregon…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 14 - A Multnomah County Fire District 14 firefighter radios in for additional help Tuesday night after a massive Douglas fir tree crushed the car of Judy Loftstedt of Sandy. Less than 30 minutes later Loftstedt was on her way to the hospital.
Jan 22, 2016

'She got lucky and we got lucky'

by Katy Sword and Quinton Smith
Judy Loftstedt of Sandy is one lucky woman. Loftstedt, 65, was on the Historic Columbia River Highway headed to Gresham Tuesday night when a massive Douglas fir tree fell from a cliff just south…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - David Gray, principal of Metro East Web Academy explains to middle school students from the Gresham-Barlow School District how the online school works.
Jan 22, 2016

Gresham-Barlow middle schoolers view high school options

by Teresa Carson
Middle school students and their families from the Gresham-Barlow School District converged on the Mt. Hood Community College campus last week to learn about options for high school. “It is…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Warner Pacific College student Bonshee Freeman greets fellow students Monday at a Martin Luther King Jr. day of service event at Mount Hood Community College.
Jan 22, 2016

College students recognize MLK Jr. day with public service

by Teresa Carson
Hundreds of college students gathered Monday, Jan. 18, in the Yoshida Center at Mt. Hood Community College and prepared to fan out into the community to volunteer at multiple sites in East…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Drew Mahalic , chief executive officer of The Oregon Sports Authority tells leaders at The East Metro Economic Alliance about the benefits of sports  tourism.
Jan 22, 2016

Sports tourism could benefit Gresham-area economy

by Teresa Carson
The head of the Oregon Sports Authority is urging East Multnomah County leaders to cash in on sports tourism by better utilizing and promoting local venues and events. That was the message from…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: FAIRVIEW POLICE DEPARTMENT - This shipping container found a new home on Northeast 223rd Avenue for about 5 hours Monday, Jan. 18 when it was knocked off the back of a truck.
Jan 22, 2016

Wayward shipping container snarls traffic on 223rd Avenue

by Katy Sword
FAIRVIEW — Drivers experienced a hitch Monday, Jan. 18 when a shipping container was knocked off a truck, blocking Northeast 223rd Avenue. Police said the truck driver tried to drive underneath…
Craig Ward
Jan 22, 2016

Ward finalist for top job in Oregon City

by Pamplin Media Group
Troutdale City Manager Craig Ward considered for Oregon City post Troutdale City Manager Craig Ward is a finalist for the same post in Oregon City. Oregon City announced its list of three…
Jan 20, 2016

Gresham fight leads to shooting, 1 injured

by Pamplin Media Group
Police are investigating a shooting that may have stemmed over a disagreement over a female. Police say the shooting was reported around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 17800 block of East Burnside.…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Palmero hopes to inspire others to take a more active role in government.
Jan 19, 2016

A homegrown leader

by Jodi Weinberger
A mere four years after Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis voted against appointing Mario Palmero, an unexperienced young social worker from Rockwood, to be on the City Council, he’s asked him to be its…
Jan 19, 2016

Ted Wheeler faces skepticism among some Mt. Tabor reservoir…

by Nick Budnick
In 2013, at the height of the battle over the city’s push to cap the Mt. Tabor reservoirs, opponents began linking Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to the contractor they blamed for the plan, and…



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