by: CONTRIBUTED - City leaders and community members gather around River Market & Deli owner Zack Simpson for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, April 7.

Community gathers for ribbon cutting

Citizens and city leaders gathered to celebrate the new owners of the freshly remodeled River Market & Deli (formerly Bargain Depot) with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 7.

Reward rises to $16,000 for arrest of Dirck White

The search continues for Dirck Morgan White, the prime suspect in the Feb. 6 murder of Clackamas County Weighmaster and Estacada resident Grady Waxenfelter.

The reward for information leading to his arrest is now at $16,000.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Waxenfelter had pulled White over for hauling wood in a trailer without a license plate.

Waxenfelter was fatally shot and White fled.

Dirck Morgan WhiteThe Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals continue to search for White.

The Gresham Outlook reported in February that Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Robert Wurpes referred to a news report by KRTV News in Montana that quotes Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton as saying that White may be headed to Helena, Mont., an area he knows very well and where he has family.

Dutton stated that White is known by several aliases, including Luis Cruz, PeeWee, Mario Pouce and Dirk White.

The report states that White has a previous arrest for drunken driving in Lewis & Clark County and that he was arrested in August 2010 for assault, obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct after a bar fight. He is also wanted on a warrant for a weapons violation in Pierce County, Wash.

According to a press release issued by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, White also is wanted for questioning in regard to the rape of a child in Pierce County.

The Sheriff’s Office later issued a press release indicating that detectives believe White may have been in the area of the Ankeny Hill Wildlife Refuge near Jefferson, Ore., between Feb. 21-24.

The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with information on White to call the tip line at 503-723-4949 or to submit information online at

White is considered armed and dangerous, and police warn citizens against making direct contact.

Estacada man jailed after hitting another man with truck

Johnnie Lawson remains hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by a vehicle at Silver Fox RV Park in Estacada the evening of Friday, March 28.

Robert Todd PflegerEstacada Fire personnel said Lawson was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

Deputy Bryon O’Neil of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said that it appeared that the driver, Robert Todd Pfleger, 42, of Estacada, intentionally hit Lawson with his truck.

Pfleger was arrested Saturday, March 29, and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

A grand jury indicted Pfleger on first and second-degree assault charges and failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in a wreck involving an injury.

Pfleger is still in custody. Bail is set at $255,000.

School Board discusses safety at crossings

School Board member Ralph Branson said flashing pedestrian signs at school crossings are a possibility for next year.

Branson told the board it would have to be a joint effort between the school district and the city of Estacada to pursue a grant for the effort.

Parent Rich Staley said he’d prefer the school district to find a way to make the funds available right away.

Staley said he’d personally been complaining to the district about traffic safety for a number of months, but “nothing ever transpired.”

He also raised safety concerns about school bus drivers.

Parents want action on five-year plan

A request of the Estacada School Board to present a five-year plan for the school district resurfaced during the board’s meeting Wednesday, April 9.

“Just because we’re quiet doesn’t mean our concerns aren’t still there,” Angie Nelson told the school board.

The issue originally materialized during the “Time For Parents” meetings, an informal gathering of parents and administrators that convenes monthly prior to the school board meeting.

Nelson said the parents want to know the board’s views on a five-year plan for the district and are concerned about swelling class sizes, the annual budget and blended classrooms at Eagle Creek Elementary.

Nelson said the involved parents have resigned themselves to simply waiting for the new superintendent to arrive, as there is “nothing more we can do.”

Board member Mark Greene responded by saying parent concerns — heard during the “Time For Parents” meetings — factored into the board’s selection of finalists in the superintendent search.

Nichole Adamson, who is married to board member Jeromy Adamson, told the board that the parents are frustrated, adding it’s unrealistic to expect the new superintendent will “come in and wave a magic wand and have a plan.”

Adamson then alluded to the administrators’ recommended five-year plan for the district, and urged its adoption.

“That we’re waiting for the superintendent...It’s just getting old to hear,” she said.

Family Involvement Night scheduled for April 23

All Estacada Junior High School students and parents are invited to attend Family Involvement Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

The event is put on by Todos Juntos in partnership with Drug-Free Estacada Families & Youth (DEFY), The Estacada School District and Clackamas County.

Steve Camella, the Oregon military substance abuse prevention coordinator and board member of Oregon Addiction and Mental Health, will be a guest at the event.

Participants will munch on snacks and desserts while learning about the effect of marijuana and alcohol on teens.

Families also will play jeopardy and win prizes.

Family Involvement Night is sponsored by Reliance Connects and Estacada True Value Hardware.

Literary Foundation offers scholarships

The Estacada Area Literary Foundation is offering a scholarship opportunity for those who have been accepted or are enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university and reside within the Estacada School District.

Applicants must submit a high school transcript and/or resume; proof of acceptance in a college, university or institute of higher education; two letters of recommendation and an essay describing how you plan to integrate the arts into your community after completing your education.

Applications with complete instructions may be picked up at the Book Nook or at the ASPIRE office in Estacada High School.

Applications must be returned to either location by 3 p.m. Monday, May 5.

Preparedness Expo scheduled for May 2-3

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting a free two-day Mt. Hood Emergency Preparedness Expo, covering topics like how to build an emergency kit, organize your neighborhood for disaster, and create a family plan and more.

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Dr. Scott Burns, geology professor and past-chairman of the department of geology at Portland State University, is the keynote speaker.

He will discuss earthquakes at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

The church is at 12300 S.E. 312th Drive, Boring.

For more information on the events, classes and lectures offered, visit or like Mt. Hood Emergency Preparedness Expo on Facebook.

Ellen Whyte to offer blues workshops

Singer Ellen Whyte will offer two more blues workshops to community members from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 22 and 29, in the Flora Room of the Estacada Public Library.

Whyte will offer instruction on the blues genre, vocal techniques, dynamics, phrasing and projection and will demonstrate various blues singing styles.

Participants will have the opportunity to select a song or two to learn to perform. No experience necessary. There is a $5 suggested donation.

For more information contact Jane Reid at 503-939-5101 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Writer’s Night at Springwater Grange

This year’s annual Writer’s Night features two authors with Estacada roots.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Springwater Grange, 24591 S. Springwater Road.

Joanna Rose will read her short story “A Good Crack and Break” from Forest Avenue Press’s upcoming anthology “The Night, and the Rain, and the River” which features authors from Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Robin Cody, acclaimed author of “Ricochet River” and “Voyage of a Summer Sun,” also will be featured at the event. Cody grew up in Estacada.

The host, Stevan Allred, will also do a reading. Allred penned “A Simplified Map of the Real World,” a collection of linked short stories set in Renata, a fictional town with many similarities to Estacada. Allred lives in Estacada.

Following the reading, Allred will invite the audience to his home for a reception. Writer’s Night is sponsored

by the Estacada Area Arts Commission.

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