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Brought to you by Tony Kriss - Advanced Firearms Training - FIREARMS INSIDER

ADVANCED FIREARMS TRAINING - Tony KrissNot everybody should carry a concealed firearm. Carrying a gun requires a level of maturity coupled with a strong peace of mind that one day you may have to use your firearm. It’s also incredibly necessary that you understand safe firearm handling before getting a concealed carry permit, otherwise you or someone else WILL get hurt. Ignorance and carelessness are the two main causes of gun accidents; take a concealed carry class with Advanced Firearms Training, however, and you’ll be neither.

Our hope is that not only will you learn about safely handling a firearm, you’ll also be better prepared to handle real-life situations where your concealed firearm may be needed. We’ll teach you the relevant Oregon Revised Statutes for concealed handguns, as well as key safety rules to follow when handling your firearm. Along with that, we’ll work with you on properly drawing, gripping, and handling your guns.

Perhaps most importantly, we’ll show you the right way to approach these potentially hazardous situations. Using our state-of-the-art Laser Shot simulator, we will put you through situations that are as close to live training as anything available while offering evaluation of the various components of a good shooter.

Oregon Concealed Carry is just one of the classes offered by Advanced Firearms Training. We also offer an NRA class, private training, personal protection classes, and more! Head to Advanced Firearms Training today to learn more.

Advanced Firearms Training


1121 NE Division St., Gresham, OR 97030


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

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordHave you been considering a kitchen remodel? There’s no better time than the fall; what better way is there to welcome your friends and family into your home this holiday season than with a beautifully remodeled kitchen? Kitchen remodels are an extensive undertaking, make sure yours goes smoothly by avoiding these common mistakes:

Not setting a budget—By going into a project with a clear idea of your price range, you can better decide which amenities to include in your remodel.

Not considering resale value—Remodeling is a delicate balance between investment and adding value to your own life. At the end of the day, just know that an incredibly unique kitchen may not be what prospective buyers are looking for come resale time.

Long lead times—Lead times on kitchen materials is a big mistake that too often gets overlooked. To prevent job delays, I like to have all the materials ordered and on their way before I ever start the demolition process.

Not planning ahead—Having a realistic schedule of events will help your remodel run smoother. Make sure to schedule any subcontractors ahead of time and in the order you’ll need them; you’ll keep your subcontractors from having to make multiple trips and keep your added costs to a minimum.

If you’re ready to remodel or upgrade your kitchen, call McCord Construction today! We provide quality remodels and repairs and always put the customer first.

McCord Construction

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

(503) 348-2366


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

HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasIf you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, you know just how overwhelming and traumatizing the experience can be. Seemingly minor wrecks can lead to whiplash, back injuries, neck pain, concussions, and other unforeseen complications.

Headaches are one such complication. Those suffering from whiplash often develop chronic headaches, ranging anywhere from dull and achy to incredibly debilitating migraines. These headaches can develop right away, but they may also start days, weeks, even months after an injury.

Fortunately, chiropractors are skilled practitioners when it comes to addressing the underlying causes of headaches. Utilizing techniques such as gentle spinal manipulation and therapeutic massage, chiropractors are able to help alleviate headaches.

As your function and mobility improve throughout the back and neck, muscles and ligaments become less tight with less inflammation. Improved injuries often equate to headache relief. Chiropractic education—including avoiding headache triggers, nutritional advice, and proper therapeutic exercise—are also important aspects of headache management.

If you’ve been living with headaches following an auto accident, please contact Hillcrest Chiropractic today to request a consultation. We specialize in the diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of motor vehicle collision-related injuries, and we are committed to providing individualized treatment for your condition and strive to best meet your needs.

Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 491-0388


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

NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookIt has been a tradition to give flower bouquets for a special occasion or during a time of mourning.

Times have begun to shift recently and more people are sending fresh fruit bouquets instead of the standard. Both are beautiful and unique, but which one is right?

A fruit bouquet may not have the traditional meaning that flowers do (for example, red roses stand for love), but they do provide a different and delicious alternative. Our fresh fruit bouquets have a variety of fruit. Some arrangements include fruit dipped in chocolate for an extra treat. The fruit is always ripe and ready to eat.

Enjoy our delicious Fall Harvest Fruit BasketOur Blooming Basket Arrangement is perfect for autumn

Fruit bouquets offer a tangible gift that is shareable for the recipient and guests. If a fruit bouquet is given to someone grieving the loss of a friend or family member, it’s traditional to bring food so they don’t have to cook. The beautiful arrangements can serve two thoughtful purposes for those grieving and their guests.

On the other hand, if someone is sick, you can send them a get-well-soon fruit bouquet. Oranges and other fruits high in Vitamin C help keep body tissues healthy, while bananas and other fruits high in potassium help maintain a healthy blood pressure.

For those who would enjoy both, we also have combination fruit and flower packages for your loved ones. When you consider buying a bouquet for someone, consider our fruit bouquets.

Look through our extensive selection of flower bouquets, fruit baskets and bouquets on our website.

Nancy’s Floral

620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 716-4971


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

HONKE HEATING - Randy PrestonAfter a long summer of your air conditioner working hard to keep you cool, it’s now time to give it a rest and put it to sleep. Here are a few steps to help you winterize your system:

  • Turn off the power to you air conditioner at the breaker. This protects the system during the winter from power surges and saves you a little electricity from phantom loads. Furthermore, if you are covering your unit during the winter time, this will protect it from accidentally being turned on.
  • Clean any debris from around the unit, such as leaves or pine needles. Make sure that nothing is stored around the outdoor unit, so that air can circulate around the unit.
  • Although the air conditioner unit outside is designed with special paint and parts that can withstand all types of weather, you can apply car wax to the painted area to protect the paint as you would with your car. Some people feel comfortable covering their unit so that leaves and other debris do not fall into the unit. If you choose to cover your unit, I recommend not covering the whole unit. I recommend one of the two following:
    1. Take a piece of plywood, cut it to the size of the top of the unit, place it on the top and put something on top of it to weigh it down and prevent it from blowing off.

    1. If you prefer to use a designed air conditioner cover, make sure that it is able to provide ventilation; it should NOT go all the way to the bottom of the unit.

    I do not recommend using a tarp to cover your unit. This produces humidity, which can cause mold and algae to grow on the unit and some parts to rust. Another reason that I do not recommend a tarp or completely covering your unit is that this provides a nice, dry, and warm environment for rodents to take habitat in; they will chew the insulation and wiring off your unit to make their nest, causing potentially extensive damage to your unit.

    Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

    840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 666-3725


    Brought to you by Maleesa Madsen - Cherry Park Plaza - SENIOR LIVING INSIDER -

    CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Maleesa MadsenFall may have just kicked off, but in Oregon that means colder winter weather is right around the corner. While you might think of chestnuts roasting over an open fire or the warmth of holiday cheer when you think of winter, the cold temperatures, ice, and snow are what are really on the horizon, and they can make life challenging for everyone, especially seniors.

    Many seniors tend to lead isolated lives during the winter months to avoid the cold, compounding the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (the so-called “winter blues”) and negatively impacting a senior’s health. Between the added isolation, having to clear snow and ice from your property, and constantly dressing warmly to prevent hypothermia, there is a lot of hard work that goes into living at home.

    At Cherry Park Plaza, we take the work and worry out of winter. We offer around-the-clock care, transportation to scheduled appointments, and a friendly, welcoming, and comfortably-warm atmosphere so you never feel alone during the holiday season.

    Our elegant in-house restaurant prepares a variety of delectable, nutritious dining choices each day, and our life-enriching activities provide daily social and recreational activities for complete care of your mind, body, and soul.

    Please join Cherry Park Plaza for their “Cruisin’ Into Fall” event on Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 for Classic Cars, Live Music, Root Beer Floats and MORE. Limited seating, please call 503-491-1661 to RSVP.

    Cherry Park Plaza

    (503) 491-1661

    1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060


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

    BRIDGE CITY MEDICAL AESTHETICS - Deb-ee Jones, RNWith dropping temperatures and greying skies, you may feel that wearing sunscreen in the fall and winter is not necessary. Don’t be fooled though, it’s just as important to protect your skin in the fall and winter as it is in spring and summer.

    Typically, most people will wear sunscreen when it is sunny during outdoor activities. However, even when the sun is hidden behind the clouds, your skin is still at risk. Overcast skies still permit up to 80% of UV radiation to make its way through, and those UV rays are just as damaging in the fall and winter as they are in summer—particularly the UVA rays that are so aging to your skin.

    Not only are the rays just as strong, the damage is the same: Sun damage to your skin correlates to cumulative UV exposure. As a general rule, I recommend you wear sunscreen that is at least an SPF 30 in the fall and winter. For people who enjoy being up at Mt. Hood and other snowy spots, you need to take extra precautions. Snow reflects the UV radiation emitted from the sky, creating a dangerous environment for your skin. Apply a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 50 when you make those snowy trips to keep protected.

    When purchasing a sunscreen or block there are a few important things to remember. First, pay for quality in your sunscreen, not quantity. Although the bulk store sunscreens look like a bargain they are often not regulated and do not provide the protection promised. Don’t fall for the 105 SPF trick, anything labeled over 50 SPF is unregulated.

    Second, consider the type of sun protectant and what you will actually use. If you realistically won't reapply a liquid sun block then look for a good mineral powder sunblock that dusts on. If your sunscreen just sits in your drawer it’s not protecting your skin.

    Last but not least, read your sunscreen’s label to determine the amount to apply and when to re-apply. Once a day is not enough! A good rule of thumb is to apply a shot glass amount every 4 hours for good protection for your entire body.

    Happy Fall!

    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 PassannanteBringing together a variety of artistic mediums that are each inspiring and unique in their own ways, the Fall Festival of the Arts is an exploration of the most talented artists from the Columbia River Gorge and beyond. Running Friday, September 30th, through Sunday, October 2nd, the event is a great way to experience your community, support the local art scene, and experience local Oregon tourism.

    Watch music become art Friday night at the Symphony Brushstrokes Concert, where artist Brad Lorang will bring to life a performance by the Portland Columbia Symphony. Enjoy the comedy of ART, a theatrical performance that’s sure to bring laughs to your weekend. And of course, be sure to stop by the artist fair, located at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. There you’ll find an eclectic mix of local artists with some of the most stunning displays imaginable.

    As a volunteer organizer of the event with the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, I’ve worked to make this year’s Fall Festival of the Arts the best one yet. There will be music, food, wine, and beer available at Glenn Otto Park, along with artist demonstrations and a Quick Draw artist contest. And with plenty of options for lodging available in Troutdale, you can effortlessly turn that day trip into a weekend getaway. So be sure to make it out to the Fall Festival of the Arts, this weekend only in Troutdale and Cascade Locks.

    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-PhilipsLast year, nearly 90,000 charges alleging workplace discrimination were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In many of these cases, the individual is an at-will employee who can be fired at any time for just about any reason—even if the reason is a poor one.

    In certain situations, however, wrongful termination can be shown, and a wrongful termination attorney should be retained to protect your rights. Generally speaking, a termination must fit into one of three categories to be considered wrongful: Termination based on 1.) protected class; 2.) protected actions; or 3.) breach of contract.

    Oregon and federal law have created certain classes protected from discrimination, including race, national origin, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, and a host of others. Suspicion and belief alone are not enough to prove a case; an employee must establish a causal link between being part of a protected class and their termination. This requires witnesses, documents, and other evidence that an attorney can help you gather.

    Certain conduct is also protected by law, including reporting illegal employer conduct (whistleblowing), or exercising a legal right like voting. Additionally, if your termination violated an employment contract term, you may also have grounds to assert a wrongful termination claim against a former employer.

    Employment cases can be complex, involving overlapping Oregon and federal laws, rules, and regulations that are applied differently to every case. If you believe you have a serious case, I strongly recommend consulting with The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips today.

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

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



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

    HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan Thomas As part of its 2016 public awareness campaign, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that October will mark the beginning of their #Chiropractic1st theme and hashtag. In the face of a nationwide opioid abuse epidemic, #Chiropractic1st advocates for a conservative approach to pain management where chiropractic services are the first line of defense against pain.

    For those living with either acute or chronic pain, such as those injured in motor vehicle collisions, opioids are often turned to first by prescribing physicians. But the numbers indicate that opioids may be doing more harm than good.

    According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), more than 259 million opioid painkiller prescriptions were written in 2012. The number of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids is four times higher than that same figure in 1999. Perhaps most shocking of all, overdose deaths related to opioid abuse have risen in every county of every state since 1999.

    The alarming overuse and misuse of opioids has caught the eye of the Center for Disease Control (CDC); conservative care options such as chiropractic care are now preferred over opioids for treating chronic pain. Chiropractic care effectively treats acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, like those suffered in automobile collisions, while potentially avoiding the risks of prescription opioids.

    At Hillcrest Chiropractic, we utilize a variety of treatment types, including safe and gentle joint manipulation and mobilization, to treat musculoskeletal and nervous system injuries. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas today and get on the path toward optimal health.

    Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

    329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 491-0388


    Brought to you by Randall Wilson, Prestige Care Huntington Terrace - Assisted Living INSIDER -

    PRESTIGE CARE HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonSeptember is Healthy Aging month — a great time to consider ways to reinvent yourself.

    According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine, it’s never too late to find a new career, sport, passion or hobby. Here are a few ideas to get you going:

    Be pos­i­tive in your con­ver­sa­tions and your actions every day. When you catch your­self com­plain­ing, check your­self right there and change the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing pos­i­tive.

    Walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son. Come on. You can prob­a­bly do it. Ana­lyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, per­haps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear com­fort­able shoes.)

    Lonely? Stop brood­ing and com­plain­ing about hav­ing no friends or fam­ily. Do some­thing about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, land­line, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the fol­low­ing: Vol­un­teer your time, Take a class, invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee.

    Get outdoors! Start walk­ing not only for your health but to see the neigh­bors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a con­ver­sa­tion starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local ani­mal shel­ter and vol­un­teer.)

    Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. Go to the appoint­ments and then, hope­fully, you can stop wor­ry­ing about ail­ments for a while.

    Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

    1410 NE Cleveland Ave.,

    Gresham, OR 97030



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

    WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldFor those on tight budgets, skipping routine car maintenance services may be tempting, but it will cost you plenty down the road.

    If you don't maintain your car, a vehicle that might have been driven for 200,000 miles will likely last only 100,000 miles.

    Then there are the costly repairs for turning a blind eye to maintenance: bad brakes, failed emissions tests and maybe even a failed engine.

    Regular oil changes help keep your engine clean and lubricated, says Deanna Sclar, author of "Auto Repair for Dummies."

    "Oil cuts down on the friction that can literally wear away the parts of the engine," she says. "One of the most important maintenance-related things you can do is change your oil frequently."

    The recommended two oil changes per year cost about $60, while the cost of engine replacement can easily exceed $5,000.

    An annual brake inspection allows us to spot wear before it gets dangerous and costly. Replacing brake pad and shoes costs as little as $99 per axle, while replacing rotors or drums can add several hundred dollars for NO reason!

    Timing belt replacement at the manufacturer’s suggested interval can save big bucks. If the timing belt fails, the engine can stall resulting in a big towing bill. Replacing a timing belt costs about $450, while repairing the engine following a timing-belt failure could run about $5,000.

    All told, regular maintenance of your car will cost a fraction of one major repair, a small price to pay to avoid costly repairs, vehicle life span and safety concerns.

    Weston Kia

    22309 SE Stark St.

    Gresham OR 97030



    Gresham's Opinions

    COURTESY PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA/ORACLE - Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison co-founded Oracle, a software company that Oregon will be even more enmeshed with after a legal settlement over the failed Cover Oregon.
    September 27, 2016

    Our Opinion: Oracle the winner in settlement

    by Editorial Board
    Published Sept. 27, 2016 - You could almost hear the champagne corks popping in the Oracle executive suites last week after Gov. Kate Brown announced the state and the software giant had settled a lawsuit over the Cover Oregon website debacle. Not…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Adam Davis
    September 27, 2016

    Dear millennials: Please vote - it does matter

    by Adam Davis
    Published Sept. 27, 2016 - Dear Millennial, Please watch out for your ballot in the mail and vote. I know, I know. I hear it in our focus groups, everything from “My vote won’t matter” to “I don’t feel informed enough to vote.” I also hear a lot of…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO - SnowCap volunteer and past board president Jim Liefeld works in SnowCaps warehouse, stocking shelves with canned food donations.
    September 27, 2016

    LETTER: Show your compassion, make donation to SnowCap

    by Alyson Huntting
    Published Sept. 27, 2016 - Fall is officially here and the gardens are slowing their growth, but that doesn’t mean hunger goes away. It’s a never-ending problem for so many people. The weather will change and before we know it the holidays will be…

    FILE PHOTO - Terry Smoke and his daughter, Cassie.
    September 27, 2016

    LETTER: Tlustos-Arnold supports small business, economy

    by Terry Smoke
    Published Sept. 27, 2016 - My wife and I have owned small businesses in East Multnomah County for almost 30 years. Today, we run the Troutdale General Store. In those three decades, we’ve seen many changes in the way Oregon treats its small…
    FILE PHOTO - Rep. Johnson
    September 27, 2016

    LETTER: Elect Rep. Johnson to another term in HD52

    by David Buoy
    Published Sept. 27, 2016 - I am very pleased to see the Sandy Post’s recent endorsement of Mark Johnson for re-election as HD 52’s representative because Johnson has time and again found ways in the Legislature to lead this district in the right…
    LOGO - Pamplin Media Group
    September 23, 2016

    Our Opinion: Tweaks to county charter are in order

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Our editorial positions on Multnomah County Charter amendments - If there’s an upside to the messy resignation of former Sheriff Dan Staton this summer, it’s that it got a lot of people thinking about how we hire our top gun in Multnomah County.…
    FILE PHOTO - Michel Calcagno
    September 23, 2016

    LETTER: East County demands fair treatment by Metro

    by Michael Calcagno
    Published Sept. 23, 2016 - It is an absolute outrage that Metro regional government and TriMet are actively working together to cut Mt. Hood Community College from the new transit line. From right in front of us, $24 million of investment in East…
    FILE PHOTO - Julie Parrish
    September 20, 2016

    Voters should approve M96 to fulfill our promise to vets

    by Julie Parrish
    Published Sept. 20, 2016 - This November, Oregonians will be asked to consider several ballot measures. The more contentious measures will expend millions of dollars campaigning to win your vote. However, the most impactful measure you can vote for…
    FILE PHOTO - Tamie Tlustos-Arnold
    September 20, 2016

    Tamie Tlustos-Arnold puts our community first

    by Brandon McGee
    Published Sept. 20, 2016 - East Multnomah County needs more than a career politician in the pockets of large healthcare and insurance companies, we need a leader who can address the inefficient spending of our tax dollars, our failed education…
    FILE PHOTO - Mark Johnson
    September 20, 2016

    Rep. Johnson knows the needs of our communities

    by Dan Nelson
    Published Sept. 20, 2016 - Oregon’s nursery industry is nationally and internationally recognized. Most nurseries are family owned and contribute significantly to Oregon’s economy (more than $800 million in sales is returned to the Oregon economy…
    FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown has endorsed Measure 97.
    September 16, 2016

    EDITORIAL: Measure 97 based on deceptions

    by Editorial Board
    Published Sept. 16, 2016 - Supporters of Measure 97 — a massive corporate sales tax on the November ballot — have pushed two deceptive arguments to try to persuade Oregon voters that they magically won’t be hurt by what would be the largest tax…
    September 16, 2016

    Partnerships key to Mt. Hood's success in the next 50 years

    by Debra Derr
    Mt. Hood Community College will continue to be central to the economic and workforce-development needs of our community - EDITOR’S NOTE: In observance the 50th anniversary of Mt. Hood Community College, The Outlook invited College President Dr.…
    FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson
    September 13, 2016

    Rep. Johnson is the right fit for HD52

    by Steve Brown
    Join us in reelecting Rep. Mark Johnson to another term. - For the first time in several election cycles, House District 52 Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, faces a serious challenger on the Democratic side of the ticket in Democrat Mark Reynolds.…
    FILE PHOTO - Students graduate from Sam Barlow High School in 2015.
    September 13, 2016

    Letter: A parent's plea for change at Barlow High School

    by Sharon Butler
    Published Sept. 13, 2016 - As a parent of a student/athlete I am passionate about my child’s education as well as her athletic career. My daughter is a 4.0 freshman enrolled in advanced classes at Sam Barlow High School. Everything I’ve read online…
    FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson
    September 13, 2016

    Letter: Rep. Mark Johnson has earned reelection in District 52

    by Kelly Rasmussen
    Published Sept. 13, 2016 - I support Mark Johnson for reelection as state representative in House District 52. As a long-time resident of the district, a local business owner and school board member, Mark is qualified to serve the district and has…
    FILE PHOTO - Old Glory.
    September 11, 2016

    Fifteen years after 9/11, U.S. still finding its voice

    by Mason K. Brown
    A mail carrier remembers the pain of Sept. 11 - On Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, most of us here on the Pacific coast left our homes before we knew America was under attack. Some of us with longer commutes heard the news on our car radios. Others…
    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Lynn Snodgrass
    September 09, 2016

    Measure 97 overflows with empty promises

    by Lynn Snodgrass
    Don't be fooled: This measure has nothing to do with rax reform - According to the ballot title, Oregon’s Measure 97 is a 2.5 percent tax on businesses with gross sales that exceed $25 million a year, with the intent of spending that money on…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Shirley Morgan
    September 09, 2016

    Urban Oregon legalized marijuana, rural Oregon pays the price

    by Shirley Morgan
    Published Aug. 9, 2016 - As the founder of the Citizens for Public Safety, Quality of Life and Property Values — a national volunteer outreach group with a focus on the impacts of marijuana in our communities — I want to convey that the recent…
    FILE PHOTO - Slow down!
    September 08, 2016

    Slow down: School year begins Sept. 6

    by Pamplin Media Group
    The more careful we are as drivers, the safer our students will be - Some schools in our vicinity have already opened for the 2016-17 academic year. Thankfully, the Oregon Trail District returned to the norm of waiting until after the Labor Day…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Many Springwater Trail campers have nowhere to go, they say.
    September 08, 2016

    Letter: Seeking more permanent solutions for Springwater Trail homeless

    by Rosalie Tonagel
    Published Sept. 6, 2016 - The Springwater trail has been cleaned up, but where are those people to go? The Pier 1 area will not be open for at least another month. Could the timing have been better? But my immediate question is: There was so much…
    FILE PHOTO - Laurie Monnes Anderson, left, and her sister Janet Ibrisimobic share a rare light moment with their father, Bud Monnes, at his Gresham care facility on Thursday, June 12, 2008.
    September 08, 2016

    Letter: Monnes Anderson's public health experience informs her East County leadership

    by Carol Weber-Reeve
    Published Sept. 6, 2016 - I appreciated the coverage of Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson’s town hall at Courtyard Fountains. The Gresham Outlook reported that “Monnes Anderson is well versed on the issues,” and I could not agree more. With her being a…
    FILE PHOTO - Columnist Mikel Kelly
    September 05, 2016

    What's our idiotic infatuation with self-driving cars and can't we stop?

    by Mikel Kelly
    Published Aug. 2, 2016 - This morning on the news, there was yet another report on the apparently looming prospect that all of us will soon be gliding around in cars that drive themselves. This particular story had to do with a truck company that…
    FILE PHOTO - Not Pictured: A third-party candidate.
    September 05, 2016

    Citizen's View: Picking third party isn't a wasted vote

    by Bill MacKenzie
    Published Aug. 2, 2016 - About two-thirds of prospective voters consider both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dishonest and untrustworthy. That’s millions of Americans who hold the major parties’ candidates in high disregard, but appear ready to…
    August 30, 2016

    Letter: Allen puts Troutdale citizens ahead of special interests

    by Zach Hudson
    Published Aug. 30, 2016 - I met Rich Allen six years ago when he was elected to the Troutdale City Council, and since that time I have always known him to act with courage and integrity. Our city has had some big changes and difficult decisions over…
    COURTESY PHOTO  - Loretta Smith
    August 30, 2016

    My View: Commissioner Loretta Smith wants Wapato open "today"

    by Loretta Smith
    Published Aug. 30, 2016 - We are missing a giant opportunity to use the empty Wapato facility as a shelter. This region has homeless camps throughout our city going unchecked and unchanged without the County Board of Commissioners offering up…

    Don't miss the local news

    FILE PHOTO - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump
    Aug 30, 2016

    If you're going to bash candidates, then do it equally

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Published Aug. 30, 2016 - I was deeply disappointed with the Outlook’s headline article on Tuesday, Aug. 23 (“Bemis gives Trump a thumbs down.”) It was clear from the headline alone that The…
    FILE PHOTO - Second graders raise their hands at a local school.
    Aug 30, 2016

    Our kids deserve better: Vote for Measure 97

    by Maggie Byrkit
    Published Aug. 30, 2016 - As a former student and current teacher and parent in the Portland Public Schools, there is a small but important need that stands out in my mind: a box of tissues.…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Glenn White is a Troutdale city councilor running for reelection this year.
    Aug 26, 2016

    Letter: Nothing has been decided on Imagination Station rebuild

    by Glenn White
    Published Aug. 26, 2016 - Twenty-six years ago, my wife and kids ages 5 and 6 moved to Troutdale. Many of our fond memories are at the Imagination Station. So much care, history, community…
    FILE PHOTO - Publisher and Executive Editor Steve Brown.
    Aug 26, 2016

    Former publishers shape careers of those who follow

    by Steve Brown
    Steven Brown named publisher of The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News - I’ve had the pleasure and benefit of working for three publishers who played significant roles as my career took…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Casey Ryan
    Aug 26, 2016

    Letter: Let's make Troutdale the best place to live, work, play

    by Casey Ryan
    Published Aug. 26, 2016 - More than a decade ago, I made Troutdale my permanent home, and more recently I have confirmed that choice with my new blended family. I have always believed that we…
    FILE PHOTO - Rep. Greg Walden.
    Aug 23, 2016

    Let's repair the broken U.S. mental health system

    by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
    Nearly 10 million Americans have a serious mental illness - Across Oregon, I’ve talked with many families who are struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. These touch every segment of…
    FILE PHOTO - Imagination Station was partially destroyed by arsonists earlier this year.
    Aug 23, 2016

    Letter: Why won't city leaders listen to will of people?

    by John Wilson
    Published Tuesday, Aug. 23 - Is there anyone listening at Troutdale City Hall? I received more than 30 responses to a question I asked on the Gresham Outlook’s website concerning the rebuilding…
    FILE PHOTO - Fairview on the Green was a rousing success this year.
    Aug 23, 2016

    Letter: Community helps great festival, event

    by Brian Cooper
    Published Tuesday, Aug. 23 - The 10th-annual Fairview on the Green festival has come to a close. This festival has truly become a labor of love. The sponsors, entertainment, vendors and…
    TRIBUNE PHOTO - Shasta Kearns Moore
    Aug 19, 2016

    Voters of all stripes seek transparency

    by Shasta Kearns Moore
    Government transparency is in everyone's best interest - A recent poll of Independent Party of Oregon members has confirmed my suspicions that we are not as politically divided as we think — at…
    FILE PHOTO - Matt Rossman, casino backer.
    Aug 19, 2016

    Letter: We need low-income housing, not a casino

    by Rosalie Newman
    Published Aug. 19, 2016 - The Lake Oswego land developers are back at it again (“Private casino developers back to the table,” the Outlook, Page A1, Aug. 12.) Wake up East Multnomah County…
    SANDY POST PHOTO - Citizens gather at Wildwood Park on Thursday, Aug. 11 for a meeting with Bureau of Land Management officials.
    Aug 19, 2016

    Letter: Wildwood Park camping OK with some changes

    by Dennis Ghelfi
    Published Aug. 19, 2016 - I attended the public meeting that Bureau of Land Management put on in regard to possibly developing camping sites at Wildwood Park. The proposal presented shows most…
    FILE PHOTO - Executive Editor Steve Brown
    Aug 16, 2016

    Private casino proposal was a bad idea in 2012 and remains so…

    by Steve Brown
    Oregonians don't want large scale, private casinos operating in their communities - What part of “no” don’t these guys understand? Matt Rossman and Bruce Studer are back with yet another…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Regional Director Susan Johnson
    Aug 16, 2016

    Citizen's View: Get a healthy start to the school year with…

    by Susan Johnson
    Immunizations are safe, easy and effective - In August, you’ll see back-to-school ads from virtually every store. These ads will try to convince you that you need to buy clothes, shoes,…
    FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown
    Aug 12, 2016

    Editorial: Governor Brown wrong to back Measure 97

    by Editorial Board
    Brown took the path of least resistance - Oregon’s long-running game of “Wait for Kate” came to a sudden but all-too-predictable and disappointing end last week. On Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown…
    FILE PHOTO - Emily Powell, President and Owner of Powells Books
    Aug 12, 2016

    Letter: More funding? Trim bureaucracy instead

    by Michael Cowan
    Published Aug. 12, 2016 - In a recent story (“Measure 97 could mean the end for Powell’s Books,” Business Tribune, July 22) Amy Powell said, “We all agree the tax system is in trouble and needs…
    FILE PHOTO - Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber
    Aug 12, 2016

    Letter: Kitzhaber should stay in retirement

    by Lynn Armstrong
    Published Aug. 12, 2016 - Regarding “Kitzhaber wants his reforms to continue” (Aug. 4 Tribune): You have to be kidding me. After Dr. No turned state government over to his girlfriend and showed…
    FILE PHOTO - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump
    Aug 12, 2016

    Letter: Donald J. Trump would change country's direction

    by G. Wayne Waters
    Published Aug. 12, 2016 - Just when people reach a point of frustration in thinking that it doesn’t matter whether you vote for a Democrat or a Republican and that we are destined, as a nation,…
    FILE PHOTO - The Rev. Jeremy Lucas.
    Aug 09, 2016

    Letter: The background check gun law applies to everyone

    by Richard Codanti
    Published Aug. 9, 2016 - The Rev. Jeremy Lucas of Lake Oswego wanted to prevent a firearm from going into use. That’s fine and good, but every time a modern firearm changes hands, a background…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Junki Yoshida
    Aug 09, 2016

    Some lawmakers turn backs on business

    by Junki Yoshida
    Published Aug. 9, 2016 - I have often said my head is a Republican and my heart is a Democrat because, despite my party registration, I end up supporting Democratic candidates for office based…
    FILE PHOTO - A volunteer prepares food for the Zarephath soup kitchen.
    Aug 09, 2016

    Letter: People gotta eat, but should show gratitude, show…

    by George Miller
    Published Aug. 9, 2016 - Editor’s note: This letter is provided in response to the article in the Aug. 2 Outlook “A Balance of Needs.” As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of…
    Aug 08, 2016

    Remembering a member of the family

    by Mikel Kelly
    Mary Ratcliff wrote school notes, obits and other items of "lesser importance" - This is not an official obituary or anything (that’s better left to relatives or someone more appropriate than…
    FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Postal Service is in trouble.
    Aug 08, 2016

    Legislation could help mail get delivered ... and on time

    by Chip Hutcheson
    Chip Hutcheson got the mail today, oh boy - I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that…
    Aug 04, 2016

    My View: Both Trump, Rio Olympics earn gold in hyperbolic hurdles

    by Jules Boykoff
    If Twitter-sphere trash-talking were an Olympic sport, Donald Trump would be a legitimate contender for gold. When the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics commence on Friday, Trump will be consumed with…
    PMG FILE PHOTO - One citizen argues that tiny houses might best house the homeless.
    Aug 02, 2016

    Letters: Create a tiny-house village for homeless

    by (none)
    Readers' letters, published August 2, 2016 - Create a tiny-house village for homeless The world moves fast, but if you peek into your archives, back on Oct. 9, 2015, you published an idea of…
    OPB - One citizen argues Oregon's bottle deposit system is archaic and irrelevant.
    Aug 02, 2016

    Bottle deposit hike unfair to consumers

    by Shawn Keller
    Bottle deposit will increase to 10 cents next year - I saw where the Oregon bottle deposit is increasing to 10 cents next year because the threshold built into the law requiring at least an 80…