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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-PhillipsA comprehensive business plan is the single most important document you can create before founding a new business.

Whether it’s a full-scale commercial enterprise or a business run out of your garage, a business plan outlines the goals and strategies of your company—everything from marketing and financing to revenue projections and competitor analysis.

The best thing about a business plan is that it forces you, the budding entrepreneur, to face facts and answer the hard questions in an always-changing business environment. But a business transactional lawyer can help you answer the questions you didn’t even think to ask.

For instance, federal and state law enforces restrictions on advertising content for almost every industry. A business lawyer can help you ensure compliance with existing codes while also preventing your liability from charges of misleading marketing.

A business transactional lawyer can provide legal advice pertaining to your financial situation, ensuring you get the best deal from shareholders, co-partners and lenders.

Depending on whether you’re planning on hiring full, part-time or contractor employees, a business transactional lawyer can pinpoint the relevant laws and regulations that will affect employee compensation, retention and benefits.

Business and law are inextricably intertwined. Personally, I have decades of experience drafting business documents, minimizing corporate liability and ensuring compliance, working with Fortune 500 companies and small start-ups. Visit The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips for a professional consultation today!

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

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



Brought to you by Randy Preston - Honke Heating and Air Conditioning - HEATING AND COOLING INSIDER -

HONKE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING - Randy PrestonYou wouldn’t run your car for six hours a day, every day, and expect it to work perfectly without any maintenance, would you?

Of course not! But somehow we expect the equivalent from our home cooling systems. In my experience, a majority of repair calls we service could have been prevented with regular a maintenance tune up.

The No. 1 reason most homeowners don’t schedule a maintenance tune up is they’re worried it will be a waste of money. In reality, it’s far cheaper to fix a minor problem than pay for a replacement cooling system—especially in the middle of a heat wave! Having a maintenance tune up on your cooling system does not guarantee that you will not have a problem during the cooling season, but it will prevent most minor problems.

Here’s what you get when you schedule a maintenance tune up with Honke Heating and Air Conditioning. First, our trained service technicians will go through your cooling system, we will lubricate all moving parts, we will clean the outdoor condensing unit, check the indoor blower wheel and motor, test for refrigerant leaks and measure airflow through the evaporator coil. We will also check all electrical components and safety switches. We will check the operation of your thermostat.

Manufacturers recommend having your cooling equipment tuned up once a year to help prevent problems and to help your system run at its highest efficiency. This helps you save money.

But for the bigger issues, give Honke Heating & Air Conditioning a call. Trust me, when Oregon’s hot and heavy summer rolls around, you won’t regret it.

Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 666-3725


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

BRIDGE CITY MEDICAL AESTHETICS - Deb-ee Jones, RNToday, I want to tell you about a revolutionary new body-contouring device we just had delivered to Bridge City Medical Aesthetics. It’s called truSculpt, and it’s already getting rave reviews from regulars and walk-ins alike.

truSculpt uses radio frequency technology to target and eliminate fat cells, with the additional benefit of tightening skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. It’s a completely non-invasive outpatient procedure with no discomfort or downtime.

One of the best things about truSculpt is that there’s no “pinch test”—it can work on areas that don’t have enough fat to create a noticeable bulge. That makes it perfect for so-called flat fat on the thighs and abdomen.

Therapy time depends on the area being treated. Small problem areas (like the neck or knees) can be treated in as little as 20 minutes, while larger problem areas can take up to two hours.

To achieve maximum effect, I recommend staggering three treatments over a period of months, allowing three to eight weeks between appointments. Results typically take anywhere from three weeks to four months to appear.

truSculpt is designed to be as safe and comfortable as possible. A few users report temporary feelings of redness, sweating and mild tenderness after undergoing treatment, but these symptoms typically resolve themselves within a few hours.

So what are you waiting for? Stop on by Bridge City Medical Aesthetics to learn if truSculpt is right for you!

Bridge City Medical Aesthetics

1410 NE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97220

(971) 777-0303


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

NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookFido’s not digging up the garden—he’s become one, thanks to the flower artisans at Nancy’s Floral!

If you’ve never seen the a-DOG-able collection before, it’s hard to believe how lifelike these flowery figures appear. Using only a small bundle of white carnations, the staff at Nancy’s Floral sculpt the face, ears and nose of man’s best friend. Two plastic buttons for eyes (and another for the snout) complete the effect.

The hairless hound is then nestled into a larger bouquet filled with springtime blooms, with additional accents and accoutrements available for every occasion.

Bedridden pet lovers will certainly get a kick out of “Doggie Howser M.D.,” which features a medicine bag toting pooch, while “Best in Class” promises a mini cap and gown for the proud graduate. “Yankee Doodle Doogie” is appropriately patriotic, while “You Had Me At Woof” presents two marital-minded mutts. A somber “All Dogs go to Heaven” is perfect for honoring a beloved passed pet.

NANCY'S FLORAL - Arf Arf! Take me home today!“There’s something about a carnation’s petals that really lends itself to the texture of dog fur,” says general manager Rob Cook. “They’re incredible, one-in-a-kind gifts. They have this great sense of whimsy, but they’re also just as fragrant and beautiful to look at as many of the flower arrangements we offer.”

The a-DOG-able collection is available exclusively from Nancy’s Floral and other 1-800-FLOWERS affiliated partners. To see more styles, visit Nancy’s Floral online, or stop in any time.

Nancy’s Floral

620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 716-4971


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

C.P. TRIPS - Cindy PassannanteYou’re never too old (or too young) for a magical adventure at Disneyland. It’s the perfect vacation spot for multi-generational groups, with plenty to do for adults and kids alike.

If you’ve never been, Disneyland is split between two parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. You can easily spend a day in each section, and still have plenty of rides, shows and other amusements left over.

The two parks are connected by the Downtown Disney District, a combination shopping and nightlife/entertainment mall that is open to the public, not just ticketholders.

There are simply too many attractions at Disneyland to list them all, but starting this summer you can attend an all-new “Frozen” musical showing exclusively at Disneyland.

For Oregonians, it’s only a hop, skip and jump from our lovely state to Anaheim, California. That’s why I recommend visiting Disneyland first, especially if you’ve only got a long weekend to explore the park.

If your trip includes parents and grandparents, mobility may be an issue. Disneyland is pretty good about providing rental scooters at the park entrances, but that may still be too far to walk for some members of your family. However, I know of an alternative rental service that will deliver a scooter straight to your hotel room. If you’re interested in learning more, please give me a call.

Stay tuned for next month’s article, where I’ll discuss taking a trip to Walt Disney World.

C.P. Trips

Damascus, OR 97089

(503) 658-5646


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

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - FROM LEFT: Dori and Randy DeLaunayWant to honor your mom and take home a free fish?

This Mother’s Day weekend, Creative Visions Landscapes will offer one free koi to the first 50 people who stop by—with no purchase necessary. This free gift will be available only on Saturday, May 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a limit of one fish per family.

To make the day a bit more special, we’ll have free specialty coffees and hot chocolate from 10 a.m. to noon provided by Origin’s Coffee, Tea & Desserts. We’ll also have cookies from Nonnie’s Bake Shop.

If you do decide to buy something, make sure to take advantage of the great coupons we’re currently offering on our website. Until May 31, we’re offering 25 percent off all pond supplies (excluding liner, underlayment and hanging baskets) as well as yard, garden and patio furniture. Check back frequently for more deals and savings!

We’ll also be highlighting our amazing hanging flower baskets at the event, as well as the aquatic plants available from our greenhouse. This year, we partnered with a local nursery to create the baskets.

Looking for a special gift for mom? We’ve got beautiful fountains, birdhouses, statuary, wind chimes and more! Spend $100 on Saturday, May 7 and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate from Creative Visions!

Coffee and koi will only be available while supplies last, so don’t delay!

Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

(503) 663-5483


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

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordThere’s nothing quite like the thrill of a new construction project. But when you go at it alone, you risk not only time and money, but the safety of your family. Instead of ending up with a half-finished mess, leave these five projects to the experts.

Window installation. Window framers rely on specialized tools and years of experience to ensure that a window’s flashing and caulk are airtight. In addition to the risk of drafts and insects, improperly installed windows can raise your heating and cooling bills through the roof.

Wall demolition. “What could be easier than picking up a sledgehammer?” Well, watching your house collapse after you remove a load-bearing wall is pretty easy too. Call an architect or a licensed and accredited contractor before you do something foolish.

Plumbing upgrades. There’s no reason not to unclog your own toilet, but more complex tasks should really be left to the professionals. An unexpected leak or pressure increase can cause thousands of dollars of water damage in just minutes.

Deck construction. If you’re building a deck that’s more than a few feet off the ground, call a professional builder. Sudden deck collapses do happen, and usually occur when large groups of friends or family gather.

New additions. Adding a new room to your house is the epitome of too ambitious DIY projects. Even the pros use a general contractor to coordinate all the different specialists required for additions. You should too.

McCord Construction

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

(503) 348-2366


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

CROWN CARPETS - Doug LepperEarth Day has come and gone, but environmentally-friendly flooring is available from Crown Carpets year round!

This month, we’re taking a look at some of our most eco-friendly products. It’s part of Crown Carpets’ larger commitment to the planet and our “green-minded” customers.

Hard Surface Flooring

Linoleum is made from wood pulp and linseed oil. It is available in a vast color selection. It’s very durable and applicable for both residential and commercial use. The most famous brand is “Marmoleum” but Armstrong also makes a version that is gorgeous!

Cork flooring is created by peeling the outer bark from trees, which then regenerate so they can later be peeled again. Cork is warm and quiet, but somewhat maintenance intensive.

Bamboo, a readily renewable resource available in natural and carbonized (caramel) colors and both horizontal and vertical grain looks. Please beware of cheap imported bamboo products that are not dimensionally stable and will cause you problems.

Domestic hardwoods are available in oak, cherry, walnut and hickory taken from trees that are farmed specifically for this purpose, eliminating the need to cut down old-growth timber.


Wool is available in many rich colors and stylish patterns. Look for “long staple” wools, most often from New Zealand sheep, to reduce the incidence of pilling and shedding.

PET polyester is made from recycled water bottles and two-liter pop bottles—perfect for those who wish to have the low maintenance of synthetic fiber carpets while keeping bottles out of the landfill.

Note: Both wool and polyester carpets can be installed over felt or urethane cushions that also contain recycled content.

Crown Carpets has many samples of these and other earth-friendly products available for viewing. Come borrow them, take them home, and see how they fit into your indoor world!

Crown Carpets

21655 SE Stark, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 665-4162


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

HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasYou’ve just been rear-ended during a motor vehicle collision. You begin to suffer from acute aches in your neck, shoulder muscles and upper back.

Your first question: “When will the pain stop?”

With some research papers showing that the painful effects of whiplash can linger for over a decade, it’s natural to worry about long-term pain and chronic symptoms after a rear end car crash.

Thankfully, decades of pain is not the norm, especially for patients who seek immediate treatment. One study published in a French medical journal shows that about half of those with whiplash will experience “significant relief” of their symptoms within a year.

The biggest risk factors are age, occupation and, unsurprisingly, severity of the injury. Patients who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or have previously experienced whiplash are at risk for increased and prolonged pain. Not seeking treatment is another risk factor.

Of course, every case of whiplash is different, and every treatment plan developed by Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic is individually tailored to the patient at hand. But, in general, with a full treatment of chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises, and massage therapy you can measure your recovery in months, not years.

At Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic, we use spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage and exercise, modalities and J-Tech evaluation equipment to ensure every patient’s full and speedy recovery. Schedule an appointment for a professional consultation today!

Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 491-0388


Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Cherry Park Plaza - RETIREMENT INSIDER -

CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Marie NicholsonAt Cherry Park Plaza, we believe that an active lifestyle is key to independent senior living. In fact, anyone can benefit from habitual exercise and movement, regardless of age.

Studies show that regular exercise can alleviate the symptoms of several chronic diseases—and reduce your risk of developing many others, including heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Exercise can also help correct problems with balance, posture or high blood pressure.

So at Cherry Park, we offer a variety of health and wellness classes designed for every age and skill level. One of our most popular classes is called Sittercise. For those who don’t know, Sittercise is just like normal exercise, but performed sitting down. These workouts focus on building strength, balance and coordination, and some of the exercises are as simple as rotating and flexing an unused muscle or joint.

Cherry Park also offers senior yoga and senior balance and posture classes. Many residents enjoy participating in our indoor walking clubs, which promote activity when inclement weather makes strolling outside unappetizing.

For those who want to glide through the water, Cherry Park can help you register for senior classes at the Mt. Hood Community College pool. Some insurance companies also include gym memberships for seniors as part of their benefit programs.

So there you have it! For more information on living an active, independent life at Cherry Park Plaza, drop on by or give us a call.

Cherry Park Plaza

(503) 491-1661

1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060


Brought to you by Randall Wilson - Huntington Terrace - ASSISTED LIVING INSIDER -

HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonThe residents at Huntington Terrace Assisted Living already know they’re living in Gresham’s premier senior living community.

But there are big differences between assisted and independent living. You may not have access to the care you need at an independent living center, nor will you be able to age in place. Here are the key differences:

Independent Living.

Independent living communities are perfect for seniors looking for more opportunities to socialize with people their own age—or who are tired of the endless hassle of home maintenance and upkeep.

Independent living centers generally take the form of many studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments or cottages. A full kitchen is typical, and residents can choose between preparing their own meals or eating at a central dining hall. A meal plan is generally not included in the base price, though transportation and recreational activities are. Housekeeping services are usually provided as well.

Assisted Living.

Assisted living communities provide all the amenities of independent living—plus a little extra care for those daily tasks of living. The on-call staff at assisted living homes can aid with grooming, dressing, personal hygiene, mobility and medication management.

Apartments generally feature a kitchenette and full bathroom. Planned excursions and other leisure activities are included in the base price, along with a meal plan.

Assisted living caregivers can’t provide the same medical services as a hospital or hospice, nor are they equipped to handle persons with severe cognitive impairment or memory issues.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, Oregon 97030

(503) 465-1404


Brought to you by Dan Schofield - Weston KIA, GMC and Buick - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

WESTON KIA, GMC AND BUICK - Dan SchofieldYour car has faithfully carried you through the gloomy days of winter.

Now that spring is making its appearance with glimpses of the warm sun to come, it’s time to return the favor with some care and maintenance. A good cleaning, inside and out, is a great place to start.

Get the de-icer residue off the outside of the car with a good wash, and clean out the build up of muck that inevitably builds up inside the car during the winter. Clean all of the interior glass before the bright sun of spring creates unsafe glare.

You’ll want to make sure your ride is in tip-top shape before you hit the road for that spring break adventure. First, unless you’re heading for a ski vacation, you’ll want to get those snow tires taken off to preserve their special tread for winters to come.

It’s a great time to have all of your tires inspected and a 4-wheel alignment performed. The service team at Weston knows just what to look for when they see unusual tire wear, and can catch problems early, enhancing safety and preventing premature tire replacement.

If you do need new tires, spring is an excellent time to get them, and the fresh tread can give you great confidence during those May showers.

Consult your owners’ manual or contact Weston to make sure you’re up to date on all of your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance. Cold temperatures and short trips are hard on your engine’s fluids, so get them checked out before any long drives.

Weston offers comprehensive free multi-point inspections for your vehicle’s systems, and can help to identify any issues before they leave you stranded or delayed.

Be sure to visit www.buyweston.com for the latest service specials and to make an appointment to visit the service department.

Weston KIA, GMC and Buick

22555 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97030

(503) 665-2166


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May 01, 2016

Natural gas meter burns in SE Portland house fire

by Jim Redden
Gresham Fire Department also responds to blaze near city border A burning natural gas meter complicated efforts by Portland Fire & Rescue and the Gresham Fire Department to battle a house fire at 1715 S.E. 160th Ave. early Sunday. No one was injured…
Merill Redisch, chairwoman of the Portland Urban Forestry Commission, says a few words about 2016 Maynard Drawson Memorial Award winner Catherine Mushel of Portland.
April 30, 2016

Heritage Tree Committee names 2016 award winners

by Daniel Pearson
A tight-knit group of mainly volunteers sat around a small stage celebrating Portland’s Arbor Day festivities at the South Park Blocks and the crowd of 75-or-so applauded loudly as Portland’s Catherine Mushel received the 2016 Maynard Drawson…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KOIN 6 - The scene of the crash on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
April 29, 2016

Mult. Co. Sheriff's patrol car hits, kills pedestrian

by Pamplin Media Group
A man has died after being hit by a marked patrol car belonging to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The identity of the pedestrian is not being released until the family is notified. Capt. Steve Alexander says the crash was reported shortly…

April 29, 2016

9-year-old bicyclist hit by car on Gresham street

by Pamplin Media Group
Boy hospitalized with what appeared to be a serious head injury A 9-year-old Gresham boy riding a bicycle was hit by a car Thursday evening, police said. Officers were called to the scene of the crash on NE Cleveland Avenue and NE Burnside Road…
April 29, 2016

Local artists to take part in regional ceramics showcase

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Gresham-based artist Dorothy Steele and Troutdale resident Craig Fent will show and sell their pottery creations this weekend at the Oregon Potters Association's 34th-annual Ceramic Showcase at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way,…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A page of the Oregon Constitution that will get a sprucing up with funds from Oregon schoolchildren.
April 29, 2016

Gresham students to help pay for Constitution restoration

by Teresa Carson
Representative Carla Piluso, D-District 50, is trying to get some money out of Gresham’s elementary schoolchildren. Piluso, who also serves as chairwoman of the Gresham-Barlow School Board, is making the rounds of district schools urging students to…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA  - Mikayla Heston uses her platform as a speech competitor to urge change in the way people with disabilities are taught and treated.
April 29, 2016

Barlow junior speech master advocates for special education

by Teresa Carson
Mikayla Heston, a speech standout at Barlow High School, uses her talent to advocate for special education students. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at about four months, she also draws from personal experience. The Barlow junior suffered oxygen…
April 29, 2016

Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting

by Katy Sword
Police have identified the suspect in an officer-involved shooting late Wednesday in Gresham. David Allen Charlton, 40, of Portland, is in custody at a hospital with at least one non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Fairview Officer Scott Shropshire…
April 29, 2016

Paul Coakley named Centennial district's interim superintendent

by Teresa Carson
The Centennial School District’s Board of Directors has tapped Paul Coakley, the district’s assistant superintendent and director of human resources, to serve as interim superintendent for the 2016-17 school year. Coakley steps in for Sam Breyer,…
April 29, 2016

Love the skin you're in: Preventing skin cancer

by Teresa Carson
It may surprise some of us, but Oregon has about the same number of deaths per capita from melanoma skin cancers as Arizona. So, as the sun begins to peek out for the summer, it's a good time to brush up on our skin cancer prevention guidelines.…
April 29, 2016

Gresham-Barlow schedules community bond meetings

by Teresa Carson
The Gresham-Barlow School District will host two community meetings to get feedback on a proposed list of school projects for a potential bond. The district plans to put a bond before voters in the November election and a bond committee for the…
April 28, 2016

R.R. Donnelley to close Gresham plant, lay off 113 employees

by Pamplin Media Group
Printing services company cites changing market conditions Citing "changing market conditions," print services company RR Donnelley is closing its East Multnomah County facility at 17401 N.E. Halsey St. The permanent closure will affect 113…
April 27, 2016

Damascus councilor's suit aims to block May vote

by Jodi Weinberger
Damascus City Councilor Jim De Young is asking for an injunction from Clackamas County Circuit Court to block the May 17 vote on disincorporation. De Young filed the complaint against Damascus, Clackamas County, the state and Gov. Kate Brown on…
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April 26, 2016

Oboe concerto helps launch Barlow student's musical journey

by Teresa Carson
Anna Larson claims she wasn’t nervous as she walked out alone on stage at the cavernous Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland to play a complex classical oboe solo. “It was super quick. The 20 minutes just flew by,” the Barlow High…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Transitions students work together to set the ball on the mouth of the bottle.
April 26, 2016

MHCC 'Transitions' program helps women to chart a course

by Teresa Carson
Fifteen women of all ages and appearances stand in a circle holding strings that came together in the middle like the spokes of a giant wheel. They are trying to lower a ball in the center of the spokes onto a small lightweight bottle without…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Former Troutdale Councilor Eric Anderson said outside influences play too large a role in council decisions.
April 26, 2016

Anderson: Troutdale council needs to step up

by Katy Sword
No shocker here — the Troutdale City Council is divided. We’ve watched this play out during combustible City Council meetings, the commonplace nature of split decisions during council votes, and even one confrontational gathering at a local pub.…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: COREY BROOKS - New Troutdale Councilor Corey Brooks was appointed to the council last month. So far, he said, he's loving it.
April 26, 2016

New Troutdale councilor says he's 'hooked' after one meeting

by Katy Sword
Full of aspirations, Corey Brooks believes the key to service is simple: make the best choice for the most people. Brooks, 35, was recently appointed to the Troutdale City Council, filling the position of Eric Anderson who resigned with eight months…
April 26, 2016

Fairview signs agreement for Halsey Corridor planning

by Katy Sword
With the approval of an intergovernmental agreement on April 20, the city of Fairview began the official Halsey Corridor planning process. While the future of Northeast Halsey Street is unknown, talks to create a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing…
April 25, 2016

School threat found at Imagination Station, Reynolds High School

by Katy Sword/Teresa Carson
The Multnomah County Sheriff Department is investigating two school threats in the Reynolds School District. The first was left this weekend at Imagination Station in Troutdale. Capt. Steve Alexander said the threat was painted on a board of the…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA  - Michael Schaefer, the new principal at Gresham High School, gets up close and personal with a colorful, life-sized cow that graces Barlow High Schools main office.
April 22, 2016

New Gresham High School principal ready for business

by Teresa Carson
Michael Schaefer, the new principal of Gresham High School, came to education administration a little late. A business major in college, Schaefer spent 10 years trading commodities for Cargill Inc. before managing a lumber distribution company in…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Alden Stephens is surrounded by his namesakes at a 90th birthday party in his honor on Sunday, April 17. Pictured, from left, are great-grandson Tyler Alden Fournier, godson Matthew Alden Sheble, and sitting on Stephens lap, great-grandson Theo Alden Ciecko.
April 25, 2016

Alden Stephens of Gresham turns 90

by Anne Endicott
Alden Randolph Stephens celebrated his 90th birthday Sunday, April 17, with a baseball-themed gathering of nearly 150 people at his Camp Collins home in Gresham. Guests came from San Francisco and northern California to toast Stephens, who is a…
April 22, 2016

Cooper refuses call to resign from council

by Katy Sword
Fairview City Councilor Brian Cooper, under pressure from Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud, was asked to resign based on statements he made to local media. He has declined to step aside. Cooper was confronted by an angry mayor and fellow councilors…
April 22, 2016

Gresham High School to hold 50th reunion

by Teresa Carson
The Gresham Union High School Class of 1966 will hold its 50th reunion Sept. 8-10. Organizers say Gophers are coming from all over the country, and family and friends are welcome at all events. The first event is a meet and greet from 6 p.m. to…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SHELBY VIERNES - Sandy-based Konell Construction volunteered to clean up Imagination Station after the wooden play structure was destroyed in a fire.
April 22, 2016

Imagination Station probe, rebuild move forward

by Katy Sword
Despite its grainy appearance, it seems surveillance footage from Imagination Station has actually garnered some leads for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in its arson investigation. The popular Troutdale playground caught fire about 4 a.m.…
April 21, 2016

Staton promises 'transparent' departure, when it happens

by Nick Budnick
Sheriff Dan Staton may take a while to step down, but he says his departure won't be comparable to the slow, demoralizing downfall of former Sheriff Bernie Giusto. Instead of obfuscations, Staton says he will go out with transparency: "Everything is…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JODI WEINBERGER - Two teens were hit while crossing at Southeast Kane Drive and Southeast First Street.
April 22, 2016

Two teens hit in Gresham crosswalk

by Pamplin Media Group
Southeast Kane and First closed due to accident Two teenage girls were hit crossing Southeast Kane Drive at Southeast First Street earlier this afternoon. According to the Gresham Police Department, the girls are between ages 13 and 16. It's…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Tyler Cole is working to have a new skate park built in Troutdale. Until then, he often travels with his 8-month-old daughter, Annabelle, to the Gresham skate park near Main City Park.
April 19, 2016

Skating into the future

by Katy Sword
Tyler Cole has always been a skateboarder. When his daughter was born eight months ago, he made a decision: Troutdale needed a skate park. “There’s been attempts to get a park in Troutdale dating back to, I think, 1995,” said Cole. So the Troutdale…
April 19, 2016

Fairview begins sheriff discussion

by Katy Sword
The city of Fairview will begin considering a contract with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office for police services. After forming a committee last month, Mayor Ted Tosterud announced a community forum for Thursday, April 21, to gather public…
Derek Bemis
April 20, 2016

Student to perform at Carnegie Hall

by Anne Endicott
Derek Bemis is off to New York City this summer, after being selected to perform with the Honors Junior Choir in the 2016 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Derek, who attends Dexter McCarty Middle School, has studied music…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Marie Anderson's new quilting business in downtown Gresham features a high-tech quilting arm she uses to fashion elaborate wall art, bed coverings and more.
April 19, 2016

Quilter stitches lifelong passion into business

by Shannon O. Wells
For the past six years or so, after Marie Anderson rekindled her childhood interest in making quilts, the process involved a lot of time on the road. When her mother, who taught Anderson the finer points of the craft as a young girl, lived in John…
OUTLOOK GRAPHIC: NADINE ZOOK - After the sale, 105 of 181 acres at Vista Park would be developed.
April 19, 2016

Two big businesses join Subaru

by Quinton Smith
Two developers are in the process of buying 66 acres of land in Gresham Vista Business Park to construct six buildings for prospective manufacturers or distributors. The projects would be valued at more than $70 million. Neither developer has…
April 19, 2016

Vacant high tech building may finally sell

by Quinton Smith
Gresham’s oldest new — and possibly strangest — building may finally be getting a tenant. The owner of a vacant 72,000-square-foot building and 12 acres at the corner of Northeast 242nd Drive and Glisan Street says the property is under contract to…
PHOTO BY BRYAN FOSTER - A truck in the parking lot of Nolan's Tire Factory spontaneously combusted.
April 15, 2016

Truck catches fire on lot of Nolan's tire business

by Jodi Weinberger
A truck in the parking lot of the former Nolan's Tire Factory, 22045 S.E. Stark St., spontaneously combusted on Friday, April 15, causing damage to a tire trailer on the property. "I started seeing smoke and ran out there trying to put it out but it…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - June Vining receives her Community Leadership Award from FBI Director James Comey Friday, April 15.
April 18, 2016

Troutdale woman honored by FBI

by Katy Sword
A Troutdale woman has been honored with the FBI 2015 Community Leadership Award. June Vining is the founder and executive director of the Trauma Intervention Program, which earned her the award. Vining started volunteering with the local TIP chapter…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Vince Jones and his mother, Kimberly Dixon, share how their lives have been impacted by gang violence. They talked with The Outlook at the Park Place Cafe in Rockwood.
April 15, 2016

Mother, son share story of gang violence

by Jodi Weinberger
Vince Jones wants to help the Rockwood community have the tough conversations like the ones he wishes he had the chance to have with his brother who was shot to death outside a Rockwood apartment complex in 2013. Public speaking does not come…

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OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Stout/Schacht home, built in 1902, will have to be moved to avoid further damange from flooding.
Apr 15, 2016

Moving history

by Jodi Weinberger
The four houses sitting on the Ambleside tract in Gresham are slated to be moved or torn down this summer, an action by Metro regional government that’s angered some residents. Only one house —…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Tracy Rumpca, left, and Minh Luu of Ascentec Engineering talk with John Marshall at Mt. Hood Community Colleges annual job fair Thursday. The 120-employee Tualatin company is looking for machinists and engineers.
Apr 15, 2016

Skilled workers have choices in job market

by Quinton Smith
Tracy Rumpca is on the hunt for engineers and machinists. He needs them for Ascentec, an 11-year-old, cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing company in Tualatin. That’s why he was manning a…
Apr 15, 2016

Council shrugs off Fairview development incentive proposal

by Katy Sword
After an indifferent City Council response to a poll regarding proposed changes to Fairview’s controversial development incentive program, Mayor Ted Tosterud — but not all councilors — considers…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - Troopers found two bighorn sheep allegedly poached by Cody Plagmann, of Troutdale, and Justin Samora, of Layton, Utah, April 3, near Biggs Junction.
Apr 15, 2016

Bighorn poachers due in court May 6

by Katy Sword
A Troutdale man arrested for poaching bighorn sheep near Biggs Junction will be arraigned May 6 in Gilliam County. Cody Plagmann, 28, of Troutdale, was arrested April 3 for possessing a bighorn…
Apr 14, 2016

Threat at Gresham High Wednesday not credible

by Teresa Carson
A threat of a school shooting discovered Wednesday morning on a restroom wall at Gresham High School was determined to be a hoax, but police are still investigating. “This morning a student…
Apr 14, 2016

Sheriff Dan Staton's deputies mull no-confidence vote

by Nick Budnick
Embattled Multnomah County Sheriff accused of "failed leadership." A key group of Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office employees is deeply concerned about embattled Sheriff Dan Staton and is…
MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Two suspects were seen leaving Imagination Station in Troutdale around the time the fire started early April 9.
Apr 13, 2016

Surveillance footage shows suspects in Imagination Station fire

by Katy Sword
Thanks to surveillance video, two suspects were seen near Troutdale's Imagination Station just before a portion was destroyed by fire. About 4 a.m. Saturday, April 9, the popular playground…
MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Wallace Simpson Jr, 30, sentenced to 12 years for murder.
Apr 14, 2016

Gresham murder results in 12-year sentence

by Katy Sword
Wallace Simpson Jr. pled no contest in 2015 shooting A 30-year-old Portland man received a 12 year sentence Wednesday after changing his plea to no contest, stemming from a Gresham shooting last…
Apr 13, 2016

Gresham boy pepper sprayed walking to school

by Teresa Carson
Police seek leads on assailant in white van. Police are beefing up patrols around schools after a fourth-grade boy was pepper sprayed on his walk to Hollydale Elementary School Tuesday morning.…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Bicyclist Kevin VanDyke of Wilsonville chats with Gresham police officers Kevin Carlson, left, and Gabriel Sey as they patrol the Springwater Trail. The city started police patrols in March but will transition to private security patrols this week.
Apr 13, 2016

Patrolling Springwater

by Quinton Smith
Officers Kevin Carlson and Gabriel Sey had just rolled down the Springwater Trail into Main City Park when police dispatch asked them to check complaints about homeless campers near Miller Paint…
MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Carlos Calderon, 18, of Gresham
Apr 12, 2016

Police arrest suspect in March 9 shooting

by Katy Sword
Carlos Calderon, 18, suspected of attempted murder Gresham police arrested a suspect in a gang-related shooting April 12. Carlos Calderon, 18, of Gresham, was arrested on attempted murder,…
Apr 12, 2016

Gresham wants residents to think about their water

by Jodi Weinberger
A leaky faucet is more troublesome than just the annoying drip-drip-drip keeping you awake at night. The city of Gresham is putting a focus on water waste like this, along with conservation,…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The fire at Imagination Station is believed to be arson.
Apr 09, 2016

Arson at Imagination Station just 'sad'

by Quinton Smith and Katy Sword
Troutdale has insurance, but fundraising efforts spring up on internet Three handwritten words on a sheet of paper taped to the crime scene tape said it all. “This is sad.” And it is, said…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Sauvie Island resident Monica Fetzer, 54, recently ended her lifelong affiliation with the Republican Party and registered as a Democrat. She plans to vote for Bernie Sanders in the May 17 primary election.
Apr 08, 2016

Closed primaries, provocative candidates spur flurry of party…

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Oregon’s closed primary elections and a pair of provocative presidential candidates have fueled a striking uptick in political party changes, mostly among nonaffiliated voters. Joining or…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Demolition on the Multnomah Greyhound Park, vacant since 2004, will begin April 11.
Apr 08, 2016

Greyhound park demolition to begin Monday

by Katy Sword
Demolition on the derelict Multnomah Greyhound Park will finally begin Monday, April 11. Purchased by the Grand Ronde Tribe in December 2015, the 31-acre site in Wood Village has been in…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KOIN 6 - Clayton Harrell III, Rony Celis and Charles Moi Moi were all arrested after a high-speed chase that ended in Cowlitz County.
Apr 08, 2016

Suspects in Gresham murder plea not guilty

by Katy Sword
Three suspects face murder of Ravell Sterling, robbery charges Three suspects in a Gresham murder case have pled not guilty to the charges. Clayton Harrell III, 19, Rony Celis, 23, and Charles…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A Gresham firefighter looks weary after fighting a residential blaze at a home on Southeast Hogan Road.
Apr 08, 2016

IN PHOTOS: Gresham Fire tackles residential blaze

by Josh Kulla
Gresham Fire sent 13 vehicles and dozens of personnel to a large residential fire Thursday night at a home in the 700 block of SE Hogan Road. Hogan Road was blocked entirely between Fifth and…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Mairi Scott-Aguirre, principal of Centennial High School, started her career as a science teacher.
Apr 08, 2016

New Centennial High principal driven to success

by Teresa Carson
Mairi Scott-Aguirre does some of her best problem solving while in the car. That’s a good thing, because the new principal of Centennial High School lives in Forest Grove — and on a bad traffic…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Claudio Grandjean, who has lived in the Gresham area since 4,  was sworn in as a Gresham police officer nearly three decades ago and was recently promoted to captain.
Apr 08, 2016

No bad-cop act for this good cop

by Jodi Weinberger
If Batman is proof that you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero, then Claudio Grandjean might just be Gresham’s Batman. With his motorcycle — or Batmobile, to keep the metaphor going — he…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Subaru of America plans to move into a 600,000-square-foot distribution center being constructed at Gresham Vista industrial park by September. The park sits in a city of Gresham enterprise zone, which the city used to give a tax break of $1.68 million to help lure the center to Gresham.
Apr 08, 2016

Gresham extends enterprise program

by Quinton Smith
The Gresham City Council has renewed for another decade an economic development program that helped spur $600 million in investment and created 900 new jobs the past 10 years — but while giving…
Apr 08, 2016

Troutdale seeks lender for mall right of way

by Katy Sword
Necessitated by an urban renewal property sale to Eastwind Development, the city of Troutdale is shopping for a lender to finance an access road to the Sandy River waterfront through the…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Grape hyacinths are among the many types of flowers currently blooming in gardens, parks and  along sidewalks in Gresham and east Multnomah County.
Apr 05, 2016

IN PHOTOS: Spring sunshine brings flowers and fun

by Josh Kulla
While rain returned to the Gresham area Sunday and Monday, last week brought a much-embraced blast of spring weather, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures up to the mid-70s. That meant…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KOIN 6 - Clayton Harrell III, Rony Celis and Charles Moi Moi were all arrested after a high-speed chase that ended in Cowlitz County.
Apr 05, 2016

Gresham murder suspect to appear in court

by Katy Sword
A 19-year-old suspect in a Gresham murder case will appear in Multnomah County Court on Wednesday. Clayton Harrell III, of Des Moines, Wash. was transported from the Cowlitz County Jail on…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Julie and Tony Schedeen grow 30 varities of berries to sell at farmers markets.
Apr 05, 2016

Farmers market puts down roots at college

by Jodi Weinberger
The best thing about a farmers market might just be the element of surprise. While grocery stores are reliable about what items they carry, farmer’s markets provide a chance to find some special…
Apr 05, 2016

Senator defends against campaign complaint

by Katy Sword
The Leadership Fund sent out a press release last week alleging Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson had violated Senate rules, but the claim was inaccurate. Backing Republican opponent Tamie…