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Good Move: Relocation to Wood Village fuels Grovtec's expansion beyond firearms industry

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Gresham Woods provides blueprint for Portland Springwater cleanup

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Video gamers take to Gresham streets

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ALS relief No. 1 on Fairview man's bucket list

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In wake of Dallas tragedy, community unites behind Gresham officers

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Embattled Sheriff Dan Staton to retire in August

Embattled Sheriff Dan Staton to retire in August

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Pierce, Brown ready to face off in governor's race

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Brought to you by Rob Cook - Nancy's Floral - FLOWER INSIDER -

NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookIs there anything more intoxicating than the fragrant smell of freshly cut flowers? Before you answer that, take a look at our “Happy Hour” collection—available now at Nancy’s Floral!

It’s a great idea. We take a classic martini or margarita glass and fill it with brightly-colored blooms (and chocolate-covered fruit, depending on the item purchased). The result is a whimsical creation, beautiful to look at, to smell or to taste.

One of our best-selling arrangements is called “Here’s to 21.” An acrylic margarita glass is filled with a fresh fruit display, topped by pineapple slices in the shape of the number 21.

But don’t worry about it being too healthy. The strawberries, star-shaped pineapples and grape skewers are all dunked in a delicious chocolate confection with white drizzle on top. It’s a nice (and sober) way to celebrate a “legal adult’s” big day.

NANCY'S FLORAL - An intoxicating floral arrangement, available today at Nancy's Floral!Nancy’s Floral carries a variety of other “Happy Hour” options, each meant to mimic some of the most classic cocktail drinks around. Whether your drink of choice is an apple martini, blue Hawaiian, lemon drop, sangria, margarita or a cosmopolitan, Nancy’s Floral has a flowery concoction brewed just for you.

So don’t be a floral teetotaler—imbibe our flower displays today!

Nancy’s Floral

620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 716-4971

Brought to you by Deb-ee Jones - Bridge City Medical Aesthetics - AESTHETIC INSIDER -

BRIDGE CITY MEDICAL AESTHETICS - Deb-ee Jones, RNAre you looking to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles? Does your face or neck feel saggy and need a lift? Does the thought of invasive surgeries and their long recovery times scare you? Then let me tell you about the wonderful Ulthera system, which offers minimal downtime and impressive, noticeable results, all without surgery!

Ultherapy was approved in 2009 by the FDA to non-invasively lift the brow and tighten the skin of the upper lid. Utilizing the power of sound waves, Ultherapy stimulates the body’s own response to produce new collagen. Ultherapy incorporates ultrasound imaging, allowing for visualization of the different layers of the skin. With precise targeting of the dermis at two different depths, results from Ulthera will continue to stimulate improvement for up to 6 months after treatment!

Ultherapy is commonly used to treat the brow, jawline, lips, neck and décolleté. While some bruising and swelling may occur, most patients experience little to no downtime; often patients express that they feel an immediate, tighter result.

As a certified trainer for Ulthera, I have extensive experience with Ultherapy. I know the latest techniques to alleviate discomfort while still producing the most effective results. Schedule a comprehensive, complimentary consultation today!

Bridge City Medical Aesthetics

1410 NE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97220

(971) 777-0303

Brought to you by Cindy Passannante - C. P. Trips - TRAVEL INSIDER -

C.P. TRIPS - Cindy PassannanteWith jaw-dropping scenery and tons of recreational attractions, it’s no wonder that Travel Oregon named the Columbia River Gorge as part of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. With one of the iconic features of the region, the Historic Columbia River Highway, celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, there’s no better time than now to explore the region.

The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, of which I am a member, is putting on a number of great, family-friendly events to help celebrate. Troutdale’s 44th Annual SummerFest on July 23rd will feature a parade (including the kickoff of the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway Antique Car Tour) and will host live music and a variety of kid-friendly activities in Glenn Otto Park.

Troutdale, along with Cascade Locks, is also home to the 2nd Annual Fall Festival of The Arts. Running Friday, September 30th through October 2nd, the festival aims to present the thriving community of artists in the region, and will feature a silent auction, live bronze pouring, and lots of fine art displayed for sale.

Of course, with over 70 waterfalls, the Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, and countless other recreational areas, the Gorge can certainly satisfy your hankering for the great outdoors. Businesses such as Rare Earth Adventures offer guided tours off the beaten path for the most adventurous of explorers.

If you’re ready to explore the Gorge, give me a call today!

C.P. Trips

Damascus, OR 97089

(503) 658-5646

Brought to you by Ken Mitchell-Phillips - The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips - LEGAL INSIDER -

THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhillipsWhether you’re looking to raise capital, limit your personal liability or create a business that stands the test of time, there’s no better choice than filing articles of incorporation to form a corporation. Here are five steps to address first.

Appoint directors. Every corporation needs a board of directors to be considered legally valid, and their names should be included on the incorporation documents. Your board will have enormous influence over the future of your company, so choose wisely.

Issue stock. Every corporation must have shareholders. This means authorized (but unsold) stock must be listed in the articles of incorporation, and a formal resolution must be passed approving their sale.

Register an EIN. A Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like your business’s social security number. You’ll need it to file taxes, open a corporate bank account and (most importantly) get paid. The IRS makes it easy to obtain an EIN on their website.

Craft a shareholders’ agreement. Though not technically required, a shareholders’ agreement prevents co-founders from suddenly selling their shares to an outside interest, while also establishing contingencies if a founder loses control of their stock due to divorce or bankruptcy.

Hire a corporate lawyer. You need an experienced business attorney to draft your articles of incorporation. They will ensure your business is protected and ready to succeed.

Ken Mitchell-Phillips has decades of experience working with large Fortune 500 companies and small and medium-sized corporations. Call today!

The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips, P.C.

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Suite 801, Gresham, OR 97080


Brought to you by Donivon McCord - McCord Construction - CONSTRUCTION INSIDER -

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordBuilding a deck is hard work, but when done right they can add tremendous value to your home. Here are five tips to get you started.

Check your codes. In Gresham, a building permit is generally not required for decks less than 30 inches above the adjacent grade (soil). There must also be three feet of clearance between the deck and the property line.

Plan your needs. Before you settle on a design, consider what size tables, chairs and grilling equipment you plan to use. Make sure you’ve adequately planned for your spacing needs.

Select a material. Cedar decks are beautiful, but need to be re-stained every few years to maintain their appearance. A composite material like Trex only needs to be power washed annually to protect your investment.

Consider trouble spots. In my experience, the No. 1 reason decks fail is when the builder improperly fastens the ledger (the horizontal board that connects the deck to your house). You also need to consider how far you can span framing joists and beams.

Now find a professional. When it comes to the safety of the friends and family who will be using your deck, “I’m pretty sure it’s safe” just doesn’t cut it. A misbuilt deck is an unsafe eyesore that subtracts value from your home, rather than adding to it.

McCord Construction is Gresham’s best choice for safe and stylish deck construction. Call today!

McCord Construction

500 NW 20th St STE 202, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 348-2366

Brought to you by Randy Preston - Honke Heating - HEATING & COOLING INSIDER -

HONKE HEATING - Randy PrestonWhen most people think about heating their home, they imagine that they need to burn some sort of fuel (whether it's a gas-powered furnace or a wood-burning fireplace) in order to generate heat.

In reality, there’s an easy and simple way to move heat around that doesn’t require burning a fuel source. It’s called a heat pump.

Here’s how a heat pump works. In simple terms, a heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to transfer heat from one place to another.

There are many types of heat pumps, but one of the most common is called an air-source heat pump. In the winter time, the outdoor condenser coil absorbs heat from the outside, (even when it is cold outside), and distributes it to the inside of your home.

There is a device in the outdoor system called a reversing valve, which in the summertime reverses the refrigerant direction. This in turn causes the refrigerant to absorb the heat from your house and then distribute it to the outside, which causes your home to cool down. When it is extremely cold outside, the heat pump is assisted by a backup heat source such as an electric or gas furnace.

There are heat pumps designed for homes with ductwork and for homes with no ductwork.

Honke Heating offers both ducted and ductless heat pumps from some of the best brands around. Give us a call today!

Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 666-3725

Brought to you by Randall Wilson, Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace - Retirement Living INSIDER -

RANDALL WILSON - Prestige Senior Living Huntington TerraceOlder couples sometimes find that running a household, taking care of themselves and each other has become too much of a burden.

Prestige Care communities offer options for couples, even when level-of-care requirements differ.

Couples can choose studio or one-bedroom apartments. All have kitchenettes with compact-sized refrigerator/freezers and microwaves. All meals are served in the dining room, unless a resident is unwell or requests to have room trays delivered to them as part of their service plan.

For each resident, regardless of marital status or cohabitation, a level-of-care assessment is done. A comprehensive service plan is tailored to each, with all activities of daily living considered — including dressing, bathing, grooming, elimination, mobility, reminders and medication management.

Care needs are assessed and a service plan is developed for each of our residents. Certain services cannot be supported in Assisted Living and require Skilled Nursing or Alzheimer’s care. When in search of a community to live in, make sure to ask for details about next-level care.

We invite you to visit our community for a free tour. Call today to reserve a time!

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, Oregon 97030

(503) 465-1404

Brought to you by Dr. Ryan Thomas - Hillcrest Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -

HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasIt is another ordinary day and you are idling in traffic when—out of nowhere—another vehicle crashes into your rear bumper.

At the moment of impact, your head immediately begins to lag behind the rest of your body as your body lunges forward with your car. Your body quickly stops due to your seatbelt but your head is now coming forward catching up to your body’s new position. The whipping motion your neck experiences is similar to a whip being cracked, hence the term “whiplash.”

The whipping motion you experienced is over in microseconds. You step out of your car, already worrying about damage to your vehicle. Thankfully, you were at a full stop and the other driver was slowing prior to impact, so there is no visible damage. If your car is fine, you must be too, right?


Many people assume they cannot have whiplash if their car was not severely damaged. In reality, the material in your car is designed to absorb energy from impacts at low speeds. If your rear bumper did not crumple, that energy was directly transferred to you and may result in a neck injury.

If you have developed neck or back pain after a “minor” car accident, please consider scheduling a consultation at Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic. With his advanced training, Dr. Thomas is able to diagnosis, treat and manage your injuries, and put you on the path toward optimal health.

Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 491-0388

Brought to you by Doug Lepper - Crown Carpets - CARPET INSIDER -

CROWN CARPETS - Doug LepperGetting a rough idea of how much carpet you will need for a project is pretty simple, but a precise figure can be more difficult to come by. Unless you're experienced with carpet you should get a professional to give you a precise estimate.


Let's say your room is 10 feet by 10 feet. That's 100 square feet. But if you bought 100 square feet you would have to do a lot of cutting and seaming to cover this room. Here's why: Carpet normally comes 12 feet wide, so buying 100 square feet would mean the length would be 8 feet 4 inches (100 divided by 12 = 8.33 feet). So purchasing 100 square feet of carpet would require cutting the extra 2 feet off the side and then seaming it onto the end of the 8 foot 4 inch length as five pieces, each 2 feet wide by 1 foot 8 inches wide, to fit the 10 X 10 room. To avoid all those seams, the better method is to buy a piece of carpet that is 12 feet wide and 10 feet long—120 square feet—and discard the 2 foot excess.

Confused? No worries… just call Crown Carpets. We’ll send out an estimator who will measure your rooms and calculate the amount of carpet needed. This service is absolutely free and you are not obligated to buy anything unless you are ready to.

Crown Carpets

21655 SE Stark, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 665-4162

Brought to you by Randy and Dori DeLaunay - Creative Visions Landscapes - LANDSCAPING INSIDER -

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayOrnamental ponds and water gardens make an excellent addition to any yard. However, ponds require a delicate touch (and common sense) to ensure proper equilibrium. Here are five tips to get you started.

Plan before you dig. Don’t start digging before you have a complete game plan in mind. Many people get in over their heads without knowing the final cost first. We can help you build a pond that fits your budget and expectations.

Know your equipment. Essential pond equipment includes a liner, pump, filter and pipe. Skimmers can be used to significantly reduce pump clogging, making pond maintenance easy and convenient. UV lights can be used to eliminate green water without chemicals.

Beware predators. Ponds are frequently visited by hungry critters such as herons and raccoons. To keep your fish safe, plan for at least part of your pond to be three feet deep. For shallower ponds, you can easily build a hiding tube or fish cave out of bricks and rock.

Go for green. Plants are a fantastic way to enhance your pond. They absorb harmful nutrients from the water, shade the pond and attract other wildlife.

Let us troubleshoot. Ponds may have issues from time to time. Luckily, we’ve seen and heard it all. We provide water tests and pond advice at no cost. Mention this ad and get 20 percent off your next purchase!

Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

(503) 663-5483

Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Cherry Park Plaza - SENIOR LIVING INSIDER -

CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Marie NicholsonAt Cherry Park Plaza, we believe that giving active, independent seniors the option to eat well and work out regularly is crucial to supporting a healthy community.

One thing we focus on particularly is diabetes. If you don’t know, diabetes is a chronic condition that hampers the body’s ability to process blood sugar (type II) or drastically decreases the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas (type I).

By age 60, one out of four Americans has some form of diabetes, while perhaps another 50 percent of seniors have unhealthy levels of glucose in their blood (also known as prediabetes).

These numbers are growing. Over 400,000 seniors age 65 and older are diagnosed with diabetes annually.

At Cherry Park, we take the health of our residents seriously. That’s why our chef ensures that every meal comes with healthy substitutions and diet-friendly options like fruit, sugar-free desserts and whole grain bread.

Cherry Park also offers professionally-led, senior-oriented exercise programs. I always tell our newer residents to forget about the exercise—it’s really just a great way to meet people.

But, in reality, studies show that diet and exercise are key to warding off prediabetes, or lessening your symptoms if you already have it.

At Cherry Park, we truly care about the health and wellness of all our residents. But when we say “independent” living, we mean it. And that includes the freedom to cheat on your diet.

Cherry Park Plaza

(503) 491-1661

1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060

Brought to you by Dan Schofield, Weston Kia - Automobile INSIDER -

WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldAre you a recent college graduate, or expect to toss your mortarboard in the next six months?

Weston Kia congratulates you on your achievement and invites you to check out its Kia College Grad Program at

We offer lots of incentives for you to get into a new Kia — perfect for job interviews, commuting to work — or first, maybe a road trip to enjoy your freedom.

Because you’re used to living on a budget, we’re offering a $400 discount incentive and 90-day deferred payments when you buy a car. Special deals for grads are also offered on leased vehicles.

Just visit Weston Kia with the following items:

· A copy of your diploma or a letter from your college or university’s registrar’s office stating that you graduated within the past two years, or will graduate within the next six months.

· Proof of employment (such as a pay stub) or an offer letter from a potential employer.

Jim Weston founded the dealership in 1975. It grew over the years, but maintained its tradition of superior customer care. Sixteen years ago, Weston added Kia to its lineup and has become one of the top Kia dealerships in the nation.

Weston Kia opened a new state-of-the-art dealership in 2007. Its parts and service department is among the largest in the region. Offering service and parts for all makes and models of vehicles, Weston is a great choice for all your vehicle’s needs.

Weston Kia

22309 SE Stark St.

Gresham OR 97030


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July 27, 2016

East Precinct officers respond to Tuesday night gunfire

by Christopher Keizur
The shooting is thought to be gang related - East Precinct officers responded to reports of gunfire around Northeast 160th Avenue and East Burnside Street at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, finding evidence of a shooting and damage to a parked,…
PMG PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - 'In Isaiah, God calls us to beat swords into plowshares and create a world of wholeness, health, life and love,' Rev. Jeremy Lucas said. 'And nothing I have read in the Gospels tells me that Jesus would want more guns in the world.'
July 27, 2016

Pastor plans to melt softball team's AR-15 into artwork

by Zane Sparling
The softball team lost the tourney 0 to 5 - The Lake Oswego pastor who won a local softball team’s rifle raffle says he will melt the AR-15 into a piece of art. The Rev. Jeremy Lucas of Christ Church Episcopal Parish used $3,000 of discretionary…
OUTLOOK PHOTO - Where will the homeless go after the sweeps begin on August 1?
July 27, 2016

Police prepare for Springwater Trail clear-out

by Christopher Keizur
Increased patrols to communicate with homeless campers With the impending Portland Springwater Corridor Trail clear-out looming, the Gresham Police Department is prepared for a potential influx of of homeless campers moving further into East…

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Zoey, 7, shows off the high kick she learned at World Champion Tae Kwondo.
July 23, 2016

Summerfest and the livin's easy

by Elize Manoukian
Troutdale celebrates 44 years of music, food and family fun - The lack of sun couldn’t stop Troutdale from making a splash during Saturday’s Summerfest celebration. A full morning of activities kicked off early, featuring a pancake breakfast in…
PMG FILE PHOTO - East Hill Church plans to plant many new trees in the fall.
July 26, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Difficult decision leads to removal of dangerous trees

by Amelia Warden
Published July 26, 2016 - After several years of pursuing alternative measures, with strong recommendations from expert arborists and support from the city of Gresham, East Hill Church made the tough decision to remove the line of trees on our…
PMG PHOTO - Outlook staffers were honored with 12 individual awards.
July 26, 2016

Outlook, Post, Estacada News claim top awards for newspaper excellence

by Pamplin Media Group
Reporting, graphics staff members recognized in annual ONPA contest - For the first time in recent history, the Gresham Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News have swept the field in their respective general-excellence category divisions in the…
COURTESY METRO - A computerized illustration of a 60-foot articlated bus on inner Southeast Divsion as part of a new Bus Rapid Transit line.
July 26, 2016

Division considered for bus rapid transit project

by Jim Redden
No change is expected until 2019 - Cutting the number of bus stops by more than half along much of inner Southeast Division Street is being considered as part of the revised plan for the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit lane. Although some riders…
OUTLOOK PHOTO - Volunteers put the finishing touches on the new playground, which they completed after a long day of work Saturday, July 23.
July 26, 2016

Volunteer-built playground comes to life at Salvation Army site

by Christopher Keizur
Local kids provide input for public play area's design - One week ago the lot behind The Salvation Army Gresham Corps facility on Southeast 194th Avenue in Rockwood was home to dirt, weeds and dead trees. Now, thanks to the efforts of supporting…
OUTLOOK PHOTO - Many people participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rockwood Boys & Girls Club that will be completed in one year.
July 26, 2016

Boys & Girls Clubs breaks ground on new facility

by Christopher Keizur
Building will be part of service campus dedicated to children - The Gresham community came together to celebrate a groundbreaking event aimed at helping the children of Rockwood on Thursday, July 21, where local organizations, city officials and…
OUTLOOK PHOTO - Andre Akpan with the U.S. Soccer Foundation tosses soccer balls out to the kids for the innagural game.
July 26, 2016

Rockwood celebrates new futsal court

by Christopher Keizur
New facility at East Rockwood Park open for public use - The children of Rockwood have a new place to play, with various groups partnering alongside the city of Gresham to build a public futsal court for all to enjoy. Davis Court will be used for…
COURTESY GRAPHIC - Stocking up on emergency supplies is a good way to prepare for the 'Big One.'
July 26, 2016

Survive the Big One in your own backyard

by Christopher Keizur
Locals issued challenge to survive disaster simulation Are you ready to survive the upcoming disaster? Stuck in your own backyard with only the contents of your disaster preparedness kit, the American Red Cross and Camp Prepare! are challenging…
PMG FILE PHOTO - 'This is the best way to go because our citizens will get what they want.' - Gresham City Councilor David Widmark
July 26, 2016

Gresham votes to streamline search for community center contractor

by Christopher Keizur
Approach to help secure builder for proposed facility - The city of Gresham’s proposed community center took a step toward reality during the Tuesday, July 19, City Council meeting, where a new method for seeking a general contractor was unanimously…
COURTESY PHOTO - Carelessly discarded smoking materials sparked this arborvitae fire.
July 26, 2016

Wildfire season begins in East County

by Pamplin Media Group
No backyard burn permits will be issued until October - The official start of fire season was Thursday, July 21, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Not much will change for the general public. The last day for residential backyard…
OUTLOOK PHOTO - Junki Yoshida addresses the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.
July 26, 2016

Gorge Chamber elects five to board

by Pamplin Media Group
Membership has jumped 45 percent in two months - The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce elected a new treasurer and four new board members Thursday, July 14. Brenda Hatter of Badger Creek Bookkeeping will serve as treasurer for the…
COURTESY MCSO - Duane Wilson has brown eyes and weighs about 250 pounds, according to his booking info.
July 25, 2016

Troutdale man faces charges for fatal dog shooting

by Zane Sparling
Duane Oscar Wilson had 5 mixed drinks before arrest - The Troutdale man accused of shooting his dog in the face, killing the animal, is a heavy drinker with “severe” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by fighting in the Iraq War, according to…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland International Airport, as seen by bike.
July 29, 2016

Portland Police report two laser pointer strikes

by Christopher Keizur
One resulted in an arrest, the other a warning - Two incidences of laser pointers being directed towards a Portland Police Bureau aircraft were reported Saturday, July 22, with one resulting in an arrest and the other a warning. The first occured at…
PARIS ACHEN - Bud Pierce appears alone Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association gubernatorial debate in Silverton. Gov. Kate Brown declined to participate in any debates until September.
July 23, 2016

Pierce relying on GOP donors to fund gubernatorial campaign

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Salem oncologist contributed nearly $1.4 million to his own campaign for governor SILVERTON — GOP gubernatorial nominee Bud Pierce said Friday that he is unlikely to invest any more of his own money in his campaign for governor. “I think my…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: KEVIN HARDEN - Portland's average home prices have shot up to more than $400,000, according to new RMLS figures.
July 23, 2016

Average Portland home price hits record $412,000

by Jim Redden
The average sales price of a home in the Portland region hit a new record high of $412,000 in June, up 2.4 percent from the previous month and 11.5 percent from a year ago. The jump happened despite an increase in homes for sale in June. The 4,501…
COURTESY PHOTO - The Outlook, Post, News have individually won the first-place award before, but never at the same time.
July 22, 2016

We're No. 1!

by Pamplin Media Group
Outlook, Post, News awarded first place in newspaper contest - For the first time in recent history, the Gresham Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News have swept the field during the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper…
PMG FILE PHOTO - A crime scene in Gresham.
July 22, 2016

Gresham Police Log

by Pamplin Media Group
The following information is from the public records of the Gresham Police Department: ARRESTS At 5:41 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, Destanie Miller-Gonzales, 30, Portland, was arrested on an accusation of shoplifting from the Gresham Fred Meyer on…
July 22, 2016

Accused Gresham airplane groper was returning from rehab

by Christopher Keizur
Chad Cameron Camp denied release from jail, pleas not guilty Recent revelations have shown the Gresham man accused of groping a 13-year-old girl on a flight in June was returning home from Dallas to Portland after completing a residential treatment…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - A pile of freshly cut trees outside of East Hill Church represent some of the 22 removed due to safety concerns.
July 22, 2016

Tree removal ends threat from falling branches

by Christopher Keizur
East Hill removed 22 trees amidst growing safety concerns Friday afternoon in historic downtown Gresham the roaring sound of a wood chipper could be heard, as East Hill Church finished removing 22 trees from its property on North Main Avenue,…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: STEVE BROWN - Gresham High School, 1200 N. Main Ave., shown here, and Barlow High School, 5105 S.E. 302nd Ave,, would share about half of the total revenue of a $299.2 million bond if voters approve the measure in the November election.
July 22, 2016

Gresham-Barlow slashes cost of bond. How'd they do that?

by Teresa Carson
The bond's cost went from $2.97 to $1.95 per $1,000 - When the Gresham-Barlow School Board announced it would ask voters to approve a $299.2 million bond on the November ballot to improve school buildings, board members said the bond would cost…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Police in Troutdale are targeting speeding drivers on Interstate 84.
July 22, 2016

I-84 traffic operation results in 88 citations

by Christopher Keizur
The traffic enforcement action happened Sunday - Local law enforcement partnered to target aggressive and speeding drivers on Interstate 84 near Troutdale on Sunday, July 17, with 93 vehicles stopped and 88 citations issued. The Portland Police…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Kelly Broomall, left, helps build a wooden doll crib inside Gresham's Boeing facility in 2011. Broomall has been named the Sam Cox Humanitarian of the Year.
July 22, 2016

Kelly Broomall named Troutdale Lions' volunteer of the year

by Zane Sparling
Retiree best known for making wooden toys for kids - The Troutdale Lions Club has named Kelly Broomall this year’s winner of the Sam Cox Humanitarian of the Year Award. The award honors Broomall for his outstanding volunteer contributions to the…
COURTESY PHOTO - Rockwood kids play during the 2016 Rock the Block event which is held annually at the future site of the Rockwood Rising neighborhood hub.
July 22, 2016

Commission works to create appealing Rockwood brand

by Christopher Keizur
Group seeks to balance community pride, city connections - Sometimes it seems like Rockwood — one of Oregon's most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods — doesn't quite fit with the rest of Gresham. At least, that's how the Gresham…
PMG FILE PHOTO - There are about 87 different school bus routes in the Reynolds district.
July 22, 2016

Schools struggle to fill summer bus driver schedule

by Elize Manoukian
Employment hurdles, pay scale contribute to shortage - The search for school bus drivers goes round and round, as school districts face the yearly struggle to make summer hires. “It’s very difficult to even find people applying. Often times, we have…
PMG FILE PHOTO - A member of the District 2 Little League softball team in 2011.
July 22, 2016

Winner of softball team's rifle raffle plans to destroy gun

by Zane Sparling
The all-star team will play its first game Saturday - The winner of an all-star softball team’s rifle raffle may never fire a shot from his new weapon. Instead, the team’s management says the winner plans to destroy the AR-15. The Rev. Jeremy Lucas,…
COURTESY PHOTO - The Multnomah County Library's new logo could be a laptop, book or even a window.
July 22, 2016

Library logo update reflects new uses, services

by Pamplin Media Group
Multnomah library system launches first re-brand since 1990 - After more than two decades with the same logo, the Multnomah County Library system hopes a rebranding effort will entice new patrons through its doors. The logo shows three polygons of…
FILE PHOTO - The deposit Oregonians will receive from returning used bottles and cans is going up to 10 cents per container starting in April, 2017 the OLCC announced this week.
July 22, 2016

Oregon bottle deposit to rise to 10 cents starting Spring 2017

by Geoff Pursinger
The refund Oregonians will get from returning used soda cans and water bottles is about to go up. This week the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it was doubling the redemption value of the Oregon Bottle Bill. To read the full version…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Greham PD has made more than 221 arrests for DUII since January.
July 20, 2016

Gresham police to increase patrols against DUII drivers

by Christopher Keizur
Summer campaign will also educate public on Safety Belt laws - The Gresham Police Department is partnering with safety groups to provide increased patrols searching for DUII drivers and enforcing Safety Belt laws, in an effort to continue the…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Children partake in a heated match of tug-of-war during the art festival at the family fun zone.
July 19, 2016

Gresham sets Guinness record during art festival

by Christopher Keizur
Community creates painted mosaic with 14,400 wooden blocks - Gresham residents came together on an overcast Saturday, July 16, to celebrate the arts and claim another Guinness World Record — all a part of the Gresham Arts Festival in the heart of…
PMG FILE PHOTO - The aftermath of the Mosier oil train derailment, which occured on June 3 of this year.
July 19, 2016

MOSIER bill requires feds to act after train wrecks

by Zane Sparling
Merkley, Wyden introduce oil-train legislation in U.S. Senate - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate Wednesday that, if passed, might prod federal regulatory agencies into greater action after oil train…
OUTLOOK PHOTO - Unhoused man Rey Drennen, 43, stands next to his belongings after workers began clearing a homeless camp on the Springwater Corridor on Tuesday, July 19.
July 19, 2016

Cleanup begins for Springwater Corridor homeless camps

by Zane Sparling
About 36 people were living at the illegal campsite - Clean-up workers filled a 14-foot-tall Dumpster to the brim Tuesday, July 19, while dismantling a homeless camp on the Springwater Corridor in an incorporated portion of Multnomah County — an…
July 19, 2016

Update: MHCC director refuses to resign

by Teresa Carson
Sonny Yellott's Facebook posts and meeting comments raise concern The Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education asked beleaguered director George "Sonny" Yellott to resign at a hastily called, special board meeting Tuesday night. Yellott has…

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - A recent photo shows 4-year-old Khyler Hawkins (left), his mother Kayla Hawkins and the birthday boy himself, soon to be 10-year-old Khamden Hawkins.
Jul 19, 2016

An unforgettable birthday, for the price of postage

by Zane Sparling
Khamden Taylor Hawkins turns 10 on Tuesday, July 26 - East County residents from Sandy to Portland are rallying behind a formerly homeless mom who needs help celebrating her son’s 10th birthday.…
COURTESY PHOTO - Director Michael Calcagno
Jul 19, 2016

Centennial, MHCC will wait on bonds

by Teresa Carson
Districts skip November election, consider future dates - Centennial School District has decided against going back to voters in November to try for a second time at passing a facilities bond…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Kara and Gabriel Rice, owners of the four-acre U-pick Powder Blueberry Farm, in Gresham.
Jul 19, 2016

Find your thrill: Blueberries are ripe for the picking

by Teresa Carson
Popular fruit is especially sweet this year - On Friday afternoon Liz Crary, her daughter Tess Thiringer and Tess’ friend Adrienne Meyer moved slowly down a row of blueberry bushes at Gresham’s…
OREGONIANS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SUCCESS - Supporters of Initiative Petition 65 rally outside of the Capitol and Secretary of State's Elections Division June 23, 2016, to celebrate turning in signatures in support of the proposed measure. The initative would boost funding for high school dropout prevention, career technical education and college readiness programs.
Jul 19, 2016

Dropout prevention measure qualifies for ballot

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The measure would give high schools about $147 million a year - SALEM — An initiative to dedicate more state funding to high school dropout prevention and career and technical education has…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - GrovTec has about 80 employees, including the one shown here.
Jul 19, 2016

Business Briefs

by Pamplin Media Group
Published July 19, 2016 - Manufacturer schedules anniversary open house GrovTec, a precision parts manufacturing company focused on the firearms and aerospace industries, invites the general…
OUTLOOK PHOTO - Julia Rogers waits for the Emergency Vehicle Parade while holding her two-year-old son, Kevin. It's their third time attending the 18th annual Wood Village Nite Out, which hopes to build bridges between community and law enforcement. Kevin's favorite part is the K9 demonstration. 'He keeps talking about the doggies,' his mom explains.
Jul 19, 2016

IN PHOTOS: A Nite Out to remember

by Zane Sparling
Community members gather for fun and safety education - A night out doesn’t have to cost anything, at least in Wood Village. Free food, free entertainment and lots of free swag were available at…
COURTESY PHOTO - This bucket is loaded with antioxidants!
Jul 19, 2016

Where are the best U-pick blueberries?

by Teresa Carson
Check out these fresh pickings - Check with the farms before heading out. Some close early due to heat, over picking or other reasons, and some of your favorites may not be open for U-pick this…
Jul 19, 2016

Try this tempting Blueberry Breakfast Bake recipe

by Teresa Carson
Wake up to blueberries - The Oregon Blueberry Commission shared this tempting recipe for Blueberry Breakfast Bake. There are lots more recipes on their website, Blueberry…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - An athlete throws the Scottish hammer Saturday during the Portland Highland Games heavy athletics competition at Mount Hood Community College.
Jul 17, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Portland Highland Games celebrate Scots culture and…

by Pamplin Media Group
The 2016 Portland Highland Games were held Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, at Mount Hood Community College. The popular heavy athletics competition attracted plenty of attention, as did the…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Engineer Austin Bennington (yellow vest) measures a 14,400-piece wooden mosaic Saturday to ensure an official Guiness Book world record for the largest such piece of art ever assembled. At right are official world record witnesses Laurel Porter of KGW News (front right) and Gresham Chamber President Lynn Snodgrass (directly behind Porter). The record took place at the Gresham Arts Festival.
Jul 17, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Arts Festival draws crowd for world record mosaic

by Pamplin Media Group
The 2016 Gresham Arts Festival was held Saturday, July 16, in downtown Gresham. There was food, arts and crafts vendors, live music, dancing and a new world record set for the largest wooden…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO- LESLIE GOODLOW - Captain Tim Gerkman of the Gresham Police Department joined other city officials, community leaders and members to discuss the material realities of policing in east Multnomah County.
Jul 15, 2016

Community tackles questions about race, policing

by Elize Manoukian
Black, white and blue folks gathered Wednesday in Rockwood for a frank discussion on realities of race and policing in “A Time to Talk, A Time to Listen.” In the hall of the Sunrise Community…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Imagination Station cost about $125,000 when it was first constructed in 1992. It's replacement will likely be made of metal, not wood.
Jul 15, 2016

Rebuild of Imagination Station not expected before winter

by Zane Sparling
Troutdale Council budgets $200,000 for new playground - Officials at Troutdale City Hall want to replace a popular play structure partially destroyed by arson in April, but the process is moving…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Mt. Hood Community College students graduate.
Jul 15, 2016

MHCC gets enrollment bump from free tuition

by Teresa Carson
Oregon Promise draws more students to colleges - Mt. Hood Community College will get a jump in enrollment as a result of a new state program that gives recent high school graduates a nearly free…
PMG FILE PHOTO - A Gresham Police cruiser.
Jul 15, 2016

Gresham Police Log

by Christopher Keizur
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 - The following information is from the public records of the Gresham Police Department: ARRESTS - At 9:12 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, Patric James Hohl, 23, Gresham,…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Floyd McKay, a former fixture in the Capital press corps, spoke at a City Club panel about his new book on covering Oregon politics in the 1960s and 1970s.
Jul 15, 2016

Nature of Oregon politics has shifted, analyst says

by Peter Wong
Floyd McKay says today's issues are more difficult - Protecting Oregon’s natural environment through landmark legislation a few decades ago was not as challenging politically as resolving…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JAIME VALDEZ - Precision Castparts Corp. has two twin plants straddling the Portland-Milwaukie border, next to the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.
Jul 15, 2016

Neighbors file suits against Precision Castparts Corp.

by Paul Koberstein
Class action suits claim toxic emissions harm area residents - Six residents of Southeast Portland have filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Precision Castparts Corp., alleging that…
BETTER HIGH SCHOOLS NOW CAMPAIGN - Supporters of IP 65 rally around the Capitol and Secretary of State's Elections Division June 23, 2016, in Salem
Jul 15, 2016

Ballot measures still undetermined

by Paris Achen
School dropout prevention measure looks like a go - Petitioners for an initiative measure that would dedicate state funding to high school dropout prevention programs needed just 17,794 more…
COURTESY PHOTO - The Rockwood Rising design group created a model of what the site will look like upon completion of phase one.
Jul 15, 2016

Rockwood Rising phase one plans approved

by Christopher Keizur
Site will feature large public square, mixed-use buldings, market hall - For architect Matt Brown, Rockwood Rising is like a rocket ship launching a satellite, the neighborhood in his analogy,…
COURTESY: DAVID DOUGLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT - David Douglas School District's new superintendent, Ken Richardson.
Jul 15, 2016

David Douglas picks own deputy for superintendency

by Shasta Kearns Moore
David Douglas School District's board has chosen to stay the course with its selection of Ken Richardson as the new superintendent. Richardson was second-in-command under Don Grotting, who…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Children frolic at a local playground.
Jul 15, 2016

Volunteers will help build playground for Salvation Army of…

by Christopher Keizur
Two hundred volunteers will come together on Saturday, July 23, to build a new playground based on children’s drawings at The Salvation Army Gresham Corps on Southeast 194th Avenue. The event…
COURTESY PHOTO - Centennial School District's logo.
Jul 15, 2016

New leaders named at Centennial

by Pamplin Media Group
The Centennial School District named two new principals and an interim director of human resources for the 2016-17 school year. Jorge Meza, who spent 16 years with Portland Public Schools, will…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The happy couple!
Jul 15, 2016

Stephensons commemorate 65th anniversary

by Anne Endicott
Longtime Gresham residents Robert and Mary Stephenson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Thursday, July 14, with a small family gathering. The couple was married July 14, 1951, in…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Boy & Bean has a Great Depression-era style, and will perform as part of Wine in the Woods  on Sunday, July 17, at Meinig Park.
Jul 15, 2016

"Wine in the Woods" returns to Meinig Park July 17

by Elizabeth Kellar
Bring a blanket, but leave the corkscrew and cupcakes at home. You won’t need them when "Wine in the Woods" returns to Meinig Park from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. "Wine in the Woods"…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Marijuana and a ceramic smoking pipe.
Jul 15, 2016

Council votes to put pot sales, taxes on fall ballot

by Elizabeth Kellar
Voters will decide if Sandy allows dispensaries - The Sandy City Council decided last week to pass the question of marijuana dispensaries and sales taxes to local voters as part of the upcoming…
PMG FILE PHOTO - The District 2 team is raffling off a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle similar to the one shown here.
Jul 14, 2016

Local softball team, Little League board divided by fundraiser

by Zane Sparling
All-star team tries to raise money with raffle for AR-15 rifle - UPDATE: Centennial Little League has reversed their decision. They now say the $2,000 donation will go ahead as planned. Board…