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Brought to you by Griffin Hampson - Cartridge-Network - PRINTER, INK AND TONER INSIDER -

CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonOther than catching fish, Griffin Hampson concentrates on providing his customers value— defined as: knowledge, service, quality and competitive pricing. In the ink and laser toner cartridge business that means demonstrating each printer’s lowest cost-per-page option.

Too often, consumers and businesses fall into the industry trap of lower unit price points for standard or low-yield cartridges, not knowing that the alternative high-yield cartridges are much more cost effective on a cost-per-page basis. Big box office supply stores generally do not tell customers that high-yield cartridges provide a lower cost per page and thus a better value.

Cartridge-Network stocks several thousand different ink and laser cartridges and can order just about any item and have it delivered with free shipping. In-stock items include name brand genuine cartridges (OEM) and the very popular factory remanufactured and compatible cartridges (non-OEM). These are not refilled. They are factory remanufactured, which means the highest quality non-OEM cartridges offer significant savings compared to name brand cartridges, usually 40 to 50 percent.

Cartridge-Network appreciates its customers. First-time customers can get a free cartridge; just buy four cartridges and the fifth is free. This is a bonus for consumers and businesses. When customers have purchased 10 cartridges, their 11th is free and the count resets.

Additional everyday savings are also offered to seniors, teacher, students and nonprofits.

“We get a surprising number of referrals,” Hampson says.

As a full-service and independent non-franchise operation located in Raleigh Hills, on the Portland-Beaverton border, Cartridge-Network also sells and services printers and copiers.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665


Brought to you by Lydia Hammond - Northwest Women's Clinic - MIDWIFE INSIDER -

NORTHWEST WOMEN'S CLINIC - Lydia HammondCertified Nurse Midwife Lydia Hammond has learned a lot from both her personal and professional experiences.

She has been the nurse, midwife and mom when it comes to water births. And if she could change anything about any of her labors, it would be making all of her births in the water.

Since March of 2014, Northwest Women’s Clinic has helped facilitate dozens of water births. They are the only group offering water birth services at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, in addition to traditional labor and birth care there. They also provide full birth and surgical care at Providence St. Vincent.

And as an INSIDER, Hammond knows what a pivotal time labor and birth is. That’s why Hammond’s employer, Northwest Women’s Clinic, aims for a mother’s original care provider to be there for their birth 70 percent of the time.

“Labor is a very vulnerable period, and having someone you know really helps,” Hammond explains. “At least in our group it’s nice to know that the odds are in your favor, and even though we’re all really awesome, you’re more likely going to get someone you already know and trust.”

Water births offer a multitude of health benefits over traditional hospital births.

Women who labor in the water and give birth there tend to labor faster, with fewer tears and a lower risk of medical intervention than traditional “land” childbirth.

Women also tend to push for shorter amounts of time, require less medication and report higher levels of satisfaction.

Northwest Women's Clinic

Barnes Road Office

11750 SW Barnes Road, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97225

Lovejoy Street Office

2222 NW Lovejoy St, Suite 619, Portland, OR 97210

(503) 416-9922


Brought to you by Terresa Jung, MD - The Portland Clinic - MEDICAL INSIDER -

THE PORTLAND CLINIC - Terresa Jung, MDThe statistics are enough to drive you to drink a tall glass of milk: Osteoporosis, the disease that causes bones to become weak, brittle and prone to breaking, affects 10 million Americans. One in three women and one in five men over 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

If a broken bone doesn’t scare you, consider this: 20 percent of people who fracture a hip die within a year. Survivors often suffer losses in mobility and independence; fewer than half ever regain their previous level of function.

Five tips for preventing osteoporosis

1. Build your bone bank. Up to age 30, your body is building the bone mass for the rest of your life. After 30, you begin losing that mass. In those bone-building years, get plenty of calcium to build that bone bank. Start with that glass of milk.

2. Know your risks. People with osteoporosis in their family have a genetically higher risk of fractures. Asian and Caucasian women, thin or small-framed women, smokers and heavy drinkers also have higher risks. So do people with Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and other conditions that complicate nutrient absorption. Reduce the risks within your control (drink less, don’t smoke), and take precautions to compensate for the rest.

3. Feed your bones. Low calcium intake plays a major role in osteoporosis, so feed your bones calcium daily. Milk is a great choice. Lactose-intolerant? Lactaid is real milk with the lactose removed. Prefer other milk alternatives? Ensure they’re fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

4. Give your bones a daily workout. Studies have shown the importance of physical activity in building bone mass. From childhood to late adulthood, spending less time on your fanny and more time on your feet can significantly reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

5. Check your meds. Corticosteroids interfere with bone building. Medications for seizures, depression, acid reflux and cancer also can reduce bone density. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the potential effects of your medications on your bones, and what you can do to protect yourself.

The Portland Clinic

800 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

(503) 221-0161



Brought to you by Lora Creswick - Light Benders - LIGHTING INSIDER -

LIGHT BENDERS - A tubular skylight from Light Benders directs light into a man's home. Lora Creswick wants to bring light into your home.

Not the harsh, grating glare of a fluorescent light source, or the cost-intensive, construction-heavy option of a traditional skylight.

Instead, Creswick offers an eco-friendly and economic solution: the Solatube, by Light Benders.

The Solatube works by capturing sunlight using a rooftop dome, then reflecting that light down an extendible tube to an aperture on your ceiling.

The tubing can stretch up to 30 feet, making the Solatube perfect for basements, windowless closets or interior rooms—anywhere more natural light is needed.

“There no mess, no painting, no sheetrock or plaster work,” Creswick says. “It’s a two-hour installation that starts at around $550.”

The Solatube comes with a five-year warranty (four more years than the state requires). As an INSIDER-made product, the Solatube also features a seamless steel flashing that prevents leaks and water damage.

Light Benders offers another innovative product, the Solar Star Attic Fan.

The Solar Star is a sun-powered fan system that equalizes air temperatures inside and outside your home by ventilating your attic. In the summer, the fan’s cooling feature lowers energy bills and makes your home more comfortable; during the winter, the Solar Star can reduce humidity, decreasing the likelihood of mold or other fungus growth.

And because the Solar Star uses renewable energy, homeowners are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.

All Light Benders contractor installers are licensed, bonded and insured. Oregon Construction Contractors Board number is 30873.

Light Benders

12825 SW Beaverdam Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005

(503) 352-0249


Brought to you by Marshall Smith - Parr Lumber - BUILDING INSIDER -

Marshall Smith, Parr As temperatures drop and homeowners feel the effects of winter, it’s common to hear complaints about cold houses, seemingly constant drafts and dramatic increases in heating bills.

The solution to these issues might be behind the sheetrock of your home. Comfort and energy savings in many homes (especially older houses) can be improved by checking the airflow around windows and doors and properly maintaining or adding high-quality insulation.

In the winter, heat naturally flows from the warmer interior of the home to the cooler exterior. The opposite occurs in warmer months. Attics and uninsulated basements are the largest sources of potential heat loss; basements can account for up to 25 percent of a home’s heat loss.

Insulation can greatly reduce heat loss and make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. The ability of a material to resist heat flow is called thermal resistance. There are many types of insulation and local building codes—as well as preferred builder methods—dictate the amount of insulation.

To improve the performance of your home, visit a local building center such as Parr Lumber Company. Whether it is rigid insulation for the basement, fiberglass insulation for the attic or foam insulation around windows, the professionals at Parr Lumber Company can explain the benefits.

Products include high-quality insulations such as Johns Manville, Knauf and fire-resistant Roxul. Parr Lumber Company can help you determine which products will save you money and make your home more comfortable.

Parr Lumber

1320 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

(503) 223-8141


Brought to you by Tilo Arreguin - Black Tie Detail - AUTO DETAILING INSIDER -

BLACK TIE DETAIL - Tilo ArreguinAuto detailing takes a lot technical skill—including specialized training, knowledge of chemical reactions and an eye for design.

But it also takes an INSIDER’S expertise in people.

Tilo Arreguin of Black Tie Detail has mastered both. He knows that each restoration and finishing is a chance to turn a casual shopper into a lifelong customer.

So Black Tie Detail does a lot to keep people happy.

For instance, it’s hard to leave your car at Black Tie’s garage if you don’t have a second ride to drive away in. So wherever your car is, Arreguin’s team will pick it up. And if you drop your vehicle off, they’ll give you a ride to wherever you need to be.

Black Tie’s trained professionals review a 20-point checklist after each detailing to ensure that every customer is completely satisfied. And each of Arreguin’s workers have over 100 hours of training in automotive detailing.

“Most people recognize how valuable an immaculate car is, but they don’t always know who they can trust with one of their most expensive possessions,” Arreguin says. “I stand behind our details and the work we do 100 percent.”

Black Tie collects canned goods and winter clothing for the Good Neighbor Center, and will sponsor the Tigard Chamber of Commerce’s Bowl-O-Rama in February.

Arreguin was named the 2009 Detailer of the Year for Interior Detailing by the Portland International Auto Show. He learned the art of auto detailing from his father, who now works with Arreguin at Black Tie.

Black Tie Detail

9398 SW Tigard St, Tigard, OR 97223

(213) 819-2066


Brought to you by Jennifer Cook-Buman - Living Right Senior Placement - SENIOR LIVING INSIDER -

LIVING RIGHT SENIOR PLACEMENT - Jennifer Cook-BumanIn a moment of crisis—when your parent or grandparent slips and breaks their hip, and living alone is no longer an option—who do you call?

You could call a national chain, and try to explain your senior’s needs over the phone or by email.

But if you believe face-to-face contact is crucial to understanding a senior’s needs, then you call Jennifer Cook-Buman of Living Right Senior Placement.

If you want an independent referral agent with nine years’ experience in Oregon, then you call Jennifer Cook-Buman of Living Right Senior Placement.

And if you need a senior housing professional who understands the culture of each care facility, who matches seniors with their new homes based on compatibility, not just price, then you call Jennifer Cook-Buman of Living Right Senior Placement.

“I can help almost anyone,” Cook-Buman says. “It’s a confusing time, but having someone to guide you who’s familiar with the pitfalls and all the available options is invaluable.”

Cook-Buman is a long-standing member of the Oregon Senior Referral Agency, a board member for the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and an advocate for the Clackamas County Meals on Wheels program.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and earned an MBA from Marylhurst University in 2004.

She’s considered a local INSIDER not just because of her practical knowledge of elder care, but because of her personal experience.

She placed her own grandmother in an adult care home in 2011, and helped place her father into a memory care community in 2014, after his dementia became unmanageable.

Living Right Senior Placement

P.O. Box 534, West Linn, Oregon 97068

(503) 780-7353


Brought to you by Jan Nielsen - Nielsen's Jewelers - JEWELRY INSIDER -

NIELSEN'S JEWELERS - Jan NielsenIn 1892, Union Pacific trusted Nielsen’s Jewelers to keep railroad time.

A century before cell phones and computerized clocks, Nielsen’s synchronized the watches of engineers and switchmen, and kept the trains running on schedule.

Trains keep their own time now, but Nielsen’s Jewelers is still defined by the same trust, reliability and excellent customer service that generations of buyers have come to depend on.

Just ask Jan Nielsen. Jan followed her father and grandfather into the diamond and jewelry business. Currently located on the mall level of the Lloyd Center Tower building, Nielsen remembers their old store on North Russell.

An expert INSIDER, Nielsen says buyers should judge a gem by its color, clarity and cutting—not just its size. A well-cut diamond will reflect and return all the light shone into it, like a prism.

“The diamonds we sell are cut for beauty,” Nielsen says. “We stand behind what we sell.”

Today, Nielsen’s sells high-quality diamonds, jewelry, earrings, bridal sets, pendants and more. They offer free cleaning and inspection of heirlooms, and specialize in watch and jewelry repair. They also offer ring sizing, custom design, redesign and repair on all jewelry.

Nielsen’s supports local charities like Edison High School, the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation and Donate Life NW, a nonprofit that supports organ donations.

They are members of Jewelers of America and the Independent Jewelers Association, two trade organizations with strong professional codes of ethics.

Why does that matter?

“It’s not just the style of the ring,” Nielsen explains. “It’s the quality of the store.”

Nielsen's Jewelers

825 NE Multnomah St # 280, Portland, OR 97232

(503) 234-1614


Brought to you by Shelley Howard - Kuhnhausen's Furniture Showcase - FURNITURE INSIDER -

KUHNHAUSEN'S FURNITURE SHOWCASE - Shelley HowardShelley Howard’s grandfather started Kuhnhausen’s Showcase in 1919 as an appliance store with a focus on high-quality goods, affordable prices and excellent customer service.

A lot has changed since then. The demand for metal during World War II forced Kuhnhausen’s to look in a different direction. Furniture was the obvious choice.

In 1947, Kuhnhausen’s switched storefronts, moving from downtown Portland to their current location on East Burnside.

But the emphasis on well-made furniture, sold at a fair price and with a friendly smile—that hasn’t changed.

“We believe that everyone deserves to live in their ideal space,” Howard says. “We sell furniture with solid-frame construction and a warranty that stands up to everyday use.”

With a 97-year history here, Kuhnhausen’s is classic Portland, and Howard is an authentic INSIDER. Her insights on the latest trends and newest construction materials keep customers satisfied and well outfitted.

Kuhnhausen’s Furniture Showcase cultivates an eclectic taste, featuring everything from a traditional style to ‘50s era retro-modern, which Howard says is a hit with millennials.

Kuhnhausen’s also supports other local businesses in the furniture industry, stocking Portland-made Biltwell Furniture and Eugene-based Whittier Wood Furniture.

“We’re pushing local companies so your money stays here in Portland,” Howard explains. “We’ve really kept current with the fabrics and styles that are important to younger folks. It’s exciting to see how tastes change.”

Howard is a Burnside East Business Association board member and a member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Kuhnhausen's Furniture Showcase

2640 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

(503) 234-6638


Brought to you by Gregg Harris - Roosevelt's Terrariums - TERRARIUM INSIDER -

ROOSEVELT'S TERRARIUMS - Gregg HarrisI am so happy to join the INSIDER team for the Portland Tribune. In my first column, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Gregg Harris and my specialty is terrariums. A terrarium is a small-scale version of, well, planet Earth. They are nearly self-sufficient, plant-filled glass containers that function like miniature worlds.

Inside each terrarium, the live plants produce oxygen, while the microorganisms in the soil produce carbon dioxide. Just add water and a source of light and you’ve got a self-perpetuating environment.

Working in partnership with my 15-year-old son, James, I own and manage Roosevelt’s Terrariums, a full-service terrarium shop here on SE 44th and Hawthorne.

I have been designing terrariums since 1971, and so I will be an INSIDER on every aspect of these amazing living works of art.

In my terrarium classes here at the shop, I will teach how to paint with live plants. The terrarium is your canvas, and the plants are your palette of colors, textures and shapes.

I am a member of the Northwest Vivarium Society, and various horticultural societies. I did my studies in adult education at the University of Dayton & Wright State University. I also serve on the board of directors for the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association.

One last thing. In my spare time, I reenact President Theodore Roosevelt, in whose honor my terrarium shop is named. Like me, he was a natural history enthusiast as well.

Roosevelt’s Terrariums

1510 SE 44th Ave, Apt. 101, Portland, OR 97214

(503) 734-9996


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February 13, 2016

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City considers taking on debt to spur Pleasant Valley development

by Jodi Weinberger
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DEQ says third heavy metal found in air

by Jim Redden
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February 12, 2016

Portland officer pleads guilty to official misconduct, resigns

by Pamplin Media Group
A Portland police officer admitted Friday, Feb. 12, that he was guilty of first-degree official misconduct. Jeromie Palaoro, 44, entered a guilty plea in Multnomah County Circuit Court and resigned from the Portland Police Bureau. He had been the…
February 12, 2016

Lawmakers scrap proposal allowing local biotech restrictions

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
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February 12, 2016

PSU tax falls flat in MHCC country

by Teresa Carson
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February 12, 2016

East County children lag in kindergarten readiness

by Teresa Carson
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East County's ACE high school closing in June

by Teresa Carson
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February 12, 2016

Portland area home prices continue to spike

by Jim Redden
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Gunshots fired during homeless camping dispute downtown

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by Jim Redden
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Bill would allow hemp growers to use greenhouses, cuttings

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February 11, 2016

Brown: state will seek reimbursement for Harney County standoff costs

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State renewable energy mandate headed for House vote

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
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Sheriff details settlement talks, responds to county chair

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Cully Park one step closer to reality

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Harder tapped to lead Business Oregon

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
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by Shasta Kearns Moore
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Ben West runs for U.S. House seat

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Volunteers plant a (small) forest

by The Spokesman
Wilsonville residents turned out to Memorial Park Saturday morning, Feb. 6, to plant native trees and remove invasive ivy. More than 350 native trees and shrubs were planted, and volunteers…
Feb 09, 2016

Brown withdraws resilience officer nominee

by Paris Achen and Hillary Borrud
The governor's office determined there was inadequate support for confirmation in the Senate. Salem - Gov. Kate Brown has withdrawn her nominee for a new state resilience officer position after…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will deliver the State of the City at the Persimmon County Club.
Feb 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…
Feb 09, 2016

Lake Oswego Police Department officers will volunteer in Seaside

by The Review
Agency will help cover the city so that community can mourn the loss of Sgt. Jason Goodding, who was shot and killed on Friday Five members of the Lake Oswego Police Department will join other…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Proposed legislation could give local governments the authority to regulate bioengineered crops.
Feb 09, 2016

Bill gives local governments green light to regulate biotech…

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Local government authority over genetically engineered crops is being reconsidered by Oregon lawmakers roughly three years after they prohibited most city and county seed restrictions.…
Feb 09, 2016

Schools warn families of Outdoor School ex-worker facing sex…

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,…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - The Arkema property on the Willamette River shore near the St. Johns Bridge, is part of the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup site.
Feb 11, 2016

EPA: Harbor Superfund cleanup plan must be approved by end of…

by Jim Redden
It could be years before a cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund is approved if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot do it by the end of the year. According to Cami…
Feb 09, 2016

Providence dethrones Moda in new signups

by Nick Budnick
Oregonians who buy their own health insurance signed up in droves for Providence Health Plan for 2016, dethroning previous market leader Moda Health, new enrollment numbers reveal. The numbers…
All parts of the region experienced double digit rent increases from 2011 to 2015, with the highest in North Portland. Source: Published by Metro with data from Multifamily NW and Axiometrics Johnson Economics.
Feb 09, 2016

Study digs into region's housing affordability

by Jim Redden
Metro urges regional approach to crisis of skyrocketing costs Rising home costs and stagnating wages have created a housing crisis across the region, not just in the trendy Portland…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Congestion is growing again on the aging I-5 bridge as the economy continues to recover.
Feb 09, 2016

Will Columbia River Crossing rise again?

by Capital Bureau
When Washington and Oregon were negotiating a project to replace the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River and enhance mobility in the bistate region, Washington legislators ultimately…
TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATION - Lawmakers are lining up lots of funding requests for the state budget.
Feb 09, 2016

Cha-ching! Lawmakers line up funding requests ahead of budget…

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — State economists will provide an update Wednesday morning on the outlook for Oregon’s economy and government revenue. A week into the short legislative session, lawmakers have received…
Feb 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…
Feb 09, 2016

Malheur militants might receive only light sentences

by Nick Budnick
The federal government’s charging decision in the case of the Malheur militants could mean some of them face as little as six months behind bars if convicted. And to some lawyers, that seems…