Other Pamplin Media Group sites

INSIDERS (Sponsored Content)

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


ADVANCED FIREARMS TRAINING - Tony KrissDo you consider yourself an avid hunter? So does Tony Kriss. Kriss, the owner of Advanced Firearms Training in Gresham, OR, has been working in the firearms business since 1979. With a wealth of expertise at his disposal, Tony has a few tips to help you have your best hunting season ever.

Whether you are trying new ammunition, or you have purchased a new rifle and/or scope, you will want to sight-in your rifle for more predictable shot placement during the season. Make sure to use the SAME ammo for sighting-in that you will use while hunting. It’s a good idea to use the same ammo brand and lot# for added consistently.

Additionally, you should sight-in for distances that match the area you will be hunting. Normal range for the Coast is 100 yards, whereas Central and Eastern Oregon have ranges of several hundred yards.

Depending on the conditions and your shooting distances, your sighted-in firearm may be the wrong caliber for a given hunt, however. For blacktail deer, .30-30 caliber rifles work well in dense brush settings, along with .444 and .44 Magnum. In contrast, more open hunting areas make the .30-06 and .308 Winchester excellent calibers for hunting blacktail deer.

For more friendly hunting advice and a wide selection of firearms, ammunition, and much, much more, visit Advanced Firearms Training in Gresham today!

Advanced Firearms Training

(503)-912-1842

1121 NE Division St., Gresham, OR 97030

www.aftusa.net/

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


MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCord How old are your home’s windows? If you answered more than 15 years old, it’s time to consider upgrading to newer, more energy-efficient windows.

Windows have multiple functions that they perform for your home. First, beautiful windows will add to your property’s aesthetic look and can even boost your property’s resale value. Secondly, windows allow light into your home, brightening rooms and creating a more open and welcoming environment.

However, these same windows are also perfect conduits for hot air to travel through, whether it’s heated air escaping your home in the winter or the outside heat flowing into your home in the summer. Many older windows do not have protective tinting or are single-paned, and therefore inefficient at regulating your home’s temperature.

Upgrading your home to newer, more energy-efficient windows carries a number of benefits. According to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, replacing the old windows of a 2,600 square foot, 2 story house with energy-efficient windows will save you at least 15% annually on your heating and cooling costs. Depending upon the condition of the old windows, these savings can be even higher, especially if air leakage is reduced by the new windows.

New windows will also add value to your home. For even average-quality vinyl windows, the National Association of Realtors 2015 Remodeling Impact Report states that roughly 80% of project costs can be recouped in added home value.

If you’ve decided that your windows definitely need replacing, McCord Construction would love to work with you; call us today!

McCord Construction

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

(503) 348-2366

www.mccordconstructionllc.com

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


CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Maleesa MadsenYou don’t have to be a scientist to figure out that our pets make us feel good. Whether it’s your cat’s thunderous purr or the simple tail wag of an excited dog, an affectionate relationship between seniors and their pets can improve mental health while lowering the risk of depression and stress-related illnesses—for both seniors and their pets!

At Cherry Park Plaza, we encourage our residents to live life well. Our residents should bring the best parts of their lives with them to Cherry Park Plaza, including their pets! Community residents are encouraged to bring their small cat or dog into our family, provided that they have received current vaccinations and can be given the proper care.

Pets provide both their owners and our community with many great benefits. Being a responsible pet owner nurtures a sense of purpose and family for a pet owner, helping to combat loneliness and elevate their mood. Pets also keep seniors moving and their heart rates up; dogs in particular are the best furry personal trainers around, encouraging their owners to be active.

For both old friends and new acquaintances, pets can be a great conversation starter; bring your dog to a social activity and you are sure to be the life of the party. Have a friend over, and your cat can provide hours of entertainment.

Are you and your pet ready to live life well? Then make Cherry Park Plaza your new home! For complete pet policy details, visit us at 1323 SW Cherry Park Rd.

Cherry Park Plaza

(503) 491-1661

1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060

www.cherryparkplaza.com

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


CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayFeed well—During the summer fish grow and consume more food than any other time of year. Be sure you are feeding a summer blend feed with a higher protein content to accommodate your fish’s faster metabolism and ensure proper nutrition.

Be prepared for temperature change—A pond thermometer is a pond keeper’s best friend. Water temperature varies greatly depending on environmental factors like surrounding trees, elevation, and air temperature. New in stock this season are small digital thermometers that a very easy to read and only cost $10.

Transition feed—Anywhere from late September to early October water temperatures will drop to 64 degrees, and that’s when you transition to a spring and fall blend fish feed to prevent bloating and indigestion from excess protein.

Hibernation ready—It takes until around Thanksgiving for water temperatures to drop down to 50 degrees. When the water is consistently below 50, it’s time to stop feeding and let your fish hibernate for the winter. Add pond salt at a rate of 2.5 pounds per 100 gallons to achieve a salt reading of 3 parts per million. This keeps your fish free of parasites when they’re most susceptible.

Netting—Falling leaves in autumn can cause many problems for pond owners. The best way to prevent a dirty pond and a clogged pump is to put netting over the pond before the leaves start falling. We sell pond netting in a large assortment of sizes here at Creative Visions.

Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

(503) 663-5483

creativevisionslandscape.com

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


HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasAs 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

hillcrestchiro.net

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


NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookIf you’ve received one of Nancy’s Floral’s beautiful rose arrangements, there are a number of steps you can take to help your roses last. Roses should last a minimum of 5-7 days; follow these tips, however, and it is not uncommon for rose arrangements to last 2 weeks or more!

Keep your roses in an environment that has a temperature range of 72°-74° Fahrenheit.

Sunlight and air from vents and ceiling fans will dehydrate your arrangement, so keep your roses away from exposed areas.

Roses are very thirsty flowers, therefore rehydration is a must. Keep the water level in the vase at its highest point, refilling with lukewarm water often. Re-cut the stems and change the water (and floral food) every five to seven days—bacteria in the water can clog stems and shorten the life of your flowers. All of our rose arrangements are shipped with floral food already in the water.

If you do have any roses that prematurely wilt, they can usually be revived! Premature wilting usually indicates that air is trapped in the stem and the preservative solution cannot flow properly up the stem. Look for a cut or scrape in the bark above the water level. Re-cut the stem above the injured section under water and then submerge the entire rose in a shallow pan of warm water (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit), keeping the stem and head straight; the rose will usually revive within an hour.

Nancy’s Floral

620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 716-4971

www.nancysfloral.com

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


HONKE HEATING - Randy PrestonYou may think that all HVAC technicians are created equal, but that’s just not the case. Working with NATE-certified technicians provides numerous advantages to working with technicians not certified by NATE. But just what is NATE, and why do I want a NATE-certified technician? Read below to find out:

What Does NATE Stand For?

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence, a not-for-profit organization that trains on the latest heating, cooling and air conditioning technologies. It’s the only nationwide program accepted by the entire HVAC industry, including contractors AND manufacturers.

Technicians who are NATE members must take periodic classes and tests on their knowledge of HVAC topics to keep on top of developments in the industry. NATE certification proves that technicians are experts in their chosen field. This program ensures that qualified technicians have a core set of competencies and can be trusted by those who hire them.

Why NATE Certification Is Important

An important part of NATE membership is regular training to update HVAC skills as technology is constantly changing. NATE-certified technicians can efficiently and properly install, repair, service and replace many different types of HVAC equipment. Properly detecting and fixing problems is essential because of the nature of these mechanical systems; if equipment is not serviced or installed properly, systems may not operate properly, resulting in higher energy consumption and more expensive bills.

Thanks to the extra training and updated skills that NATE technicians have, they have the ability to understand and handle both newer and older HVAC equipment models, providing consumers with peace of mind, regardless of the type or brand of equipment.

NATE certification is not only voluntary, it is also rigorous. Although other third-party certification programs are present in the HVAC industry, most have extremely high pass rates. NATE has the lowest pass rate of any industry certification program. This means that if you choose a NATE-certified company like Honke Heating and Air Conditioning, you are assured of having the best possible HVAC technicians complete your job. NATE certification was developed in conjunction with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), which developed testing procedures to ensure high professional standards.

NATE-Certified, Licensed HVAC Professionals

Honke Heating and Air Conditioning is NATE-certified to properly and effectively take care of all of your HVAC needs. Our licensed and professional HVAC techs are here for you!

Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 666-3725

www.honkeheating.com

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-PhillipsProtecting your intellectual property, such as your business name, your inventions, or your trade secrets, is crucial to the success of your business. This intellectual property may be as valuable as the business itself and often times may be your business’ most valuable asset. If your business hasn’t protected its intellectual property, here are 5 ways it can do so:

Patents protect products or processes that are unique, useful, and non-obvious. Under the protection of a patent, you can stop third parties from making, using, or selling your invention for a period of years.

Copyrights protect an original work of authorship, such as literature, music, or computer software. Filing for a copyright is voluntary, but doing so will make it easier to seek court enforcement of your copyright.

Having a unique, identifiable name for your product gives your business an advantage over its competitors. A trademark protects the name of your product by preventing other businesses from selling a product under the same name.

When you create a new organization, you reveal your valuable product ideas, marketing plans, and other intellectual property to employees, suppliers, and other business relationships. Non-Disclosure Agreements control the disclosure and use of your business’ intellectual property, ensuring that your trade secrets are maintained.

If you still have steps to take to ensure your intellectual property is protected, be sure to contact 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

1-888-335-0161

lawofficesofkenmitchellphillips.com

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


BRIDGE CITY MEDICAL AESTHETICS - Deb-ee Jones, RNTired of shaving, tweezing, and waxing to remove unwanted hair? Then laser hair removal, the most prevalent and widespread laser treatment today, is worth considering. Laser hair removal is effective, it is safe, and at Bridge City Medical Aesthetics, it is affordable.

Virtually anywhere on the body can be treated, so long as the hair is darker than the skin. We use two gold-standard platforms to optimally treat all hair types with the exception of grey, white, and true red hair, which the laser cannot “see” during the procedure. We keep pricing simple by offering 4 packages sold in sets of 6 treatments: Small (lip, chin, sideburns, cheeks, happy trail, fingers, toes, neck front, neck back, areola), Medium (basic bikini, lower arms, upper arms, face, buttocks, underarms), Large (lower legs, upper legs, upper back, full face and neck, full arms, extended bikini or Brazilian), and Extra Large (full legs, torso front, torso).

Treatment sessions go relatively quickly. The sensation of laser hair removal is often described as a soft rubber band snap; thicker, coarser hair creates a more intense sensation, with many patients claiming that each treatment is easier than the last because there is approximately 15-20% less hair after each session. Topical anesthesia is typically unnecessary, but we do have it available for ultra-sensitive individuals.

If you are ready to take your first steps towards smooth, hair-free skin, schedule your complimentary consultation with Bridge City Medical Aesthetics today!

Bridge City Medical Aesthetics

1410 NE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97220

(971) 777-0303

www.bridgecitymedical.com

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


C.P. Trips - Cindy PassannanteOne of the big recent developments in the travel and tourism industry is the rise of the solo traveler. In the past, travel was centered on couples and families. Particularly on cruises, singles were often subject to a single supplement fee, which meant paying for double occupancy rooms as a single. Over the last several years, however, solo travelers have grown substantially, and the industry is doing its part to cater to this new demographic.

Cruise companies Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines have added studio cabins free of single supplement fees to several of their cruise ships. Holland America Line has launched what they call their SinglePartners Program, which matches solo travelers together to share a stateroom on one of their cruise ships. Best of all, SinglePartners travelers are guaranteed the lower rate of a double occupancy room even if a match can’t be found.

Travel companies such as Abercrombie & Kent and Go Way Travel have similarly begun designing excursions specifically for solo travelers. These tours are often done in small groups of 10-20 people, and are a great way for travelers to experience a new destination without feeling lost in a crowd.

And at C.P. Trips, we are reviving our Classy Lady Travels (& Couples Too) program in 2017. Whether local, regional, or around the world, our program is focused on creating world-class trips for singles to experience in a group of like-minded travelers.

For more information, call or visit C.P. Trips today!

C.P. Trips

Damascus, OR 97089

(503) 658-5646

www.cptrips.com

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


PRESTIGE CARE SENIOR LIVING - Randall WilsonDeciding to move to an assisted living community isn’t always an easy decision, but it’s better than leaving a problem unsolved. Here are five signs it's time to consider a new home at Prestige Senior Living – Huntington Terrace.

Altered eating habits. Forgetting to eat or losing interest in food altogether are both signs of poor health. Alternatively, seniors with memory issues can overeat or repeat meals. A kitchen stocked with spoiled, half-eaten or expired food suggests a senior who can no longer manage their diet alone.

Antisocial behavior. Losing interest in friends, withdrawing from social situations or neglecting a previously cherished hobby may indicate depression, memory loss or a decline in cognitive abilities.

Worsening finances. A senior who forgets to pay bills (or pays them multiple times) may need help managing their household finances. Look for unwanted magazine subscriptions or donation solicitations that can easily drain a bank account. Scammers routinely target seniors as well.

Poor personal hygiene. Many seniors feel uncomfortable asking for help with personal hygiene. Bad odors, a disheveled appearance or indications of skipped showers and baths all suggest that a senior can no longer perform daily grooming tasks unaided.

Decline in safety. For a senior, a fall in the shower (and the subsequent hospitalization) can be a life-threatening injury. A senior who leaves the stove on or forgets how often to take their medication may need more daily help.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, Oregon 97030

(503) 465-1404

www.prestigecare.com/assisted.php?id=102

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


WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldWhen having your car serviced or repaired, why go to a dealership rather than an independent shop?

· Taking your car to a dealership ensures that factory-trained specialists will work on your vehicle.

· An authorized dealer for your vehicle brand will use Genuine (Original Equipment) parts, diagnostic tools and supplies. (Independent shops have limited diagnostic tools and often use aftermarket parts and supplies.)

· The dealership will have the latest service information that is direct from the factory and is specific to your vehicle brand. Independent shops typically have only general familiarity with your car make and model.

· A dealership will know your car’s recommended service schedule, to make sure the life of your car is long and trouble-free.

Specific to the Kia brand, owners can receive a complimentary vehicle inspection on every service visit. That means a Kia-trained technician will check your vehicle to help ensure optimum performance.

Genuine Kia parts are built for your Kia. Body panels match up perfectly, brakes stop as designed, and high-quality materials help reduce corrosion and wear.

Protect your investment and always ask for genuine Kia Parts for the perfect fit and finish.

If you need regularly scheduled auto maintenance on your Kia vehicle, or you require major auto repair work, bring your vehicle to the skilled service professionals at Weston Kia.

We have one of the top service centers in the greater Portland area, and we offer several service specials for drivers in Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton and other surrounding areas.

Weston Kia

22309 SE Stark St.

Gresham OR 97030

503-676-2100

www.westonkia.com/


Gresham's Opinions

FILE PHOTO - Rep. Greg Walden.
August 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 our communities, no matter where you live or what you…
FILE PHOTO - Imagination Station was partially destroyed by arsonists earlier this year.
August 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 of Imagination Station. All of the responses wanted the…
FILE PHOTO - Fairview on the Green was a rousing success this year.
August 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 especially the volunteers who braved the high heat to provide…


TRIBUNE PHOTO - Shasta Kearns Moore
August 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 least on one key issue. The IPO is a new third party in…
FILE PHOTO - Matt Rossman, casino backer.
August 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 residents, before they worm their way into our region. As I…
SANDY POST PHOTO - Citizens gather at Wildwood Park on Thursday, Aug. 11 for a meeting with Bureau of Land Management officials.
August 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 of the new facilities are planned for the upper (north)…
FILE PHOTO - Executive Editor Steve Brown
August 16, 2016

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

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 foolhardy proposal to put the state’s first privately operated…
COURTESY PHOTO - Regional Director Susan Johnson
August 16, 2016

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

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, computers, school supplies, sporting equipment, lunch making…
FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown
August 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 announced she’s backing all six statewide measures on the…
FILE PHOTO - Emily Powell, President and Owner of Powells Books
August 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 fixing, and our schools are in trouble and need revenue…
FILE PHOTO - Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber
August 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 lack of judgment, he wants to come back and tell us…
FILE PHOTO - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump
August 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, to embrace a European style of socialism, forced on us…
FILE PHOTO - The Rev. Jeremy Lucas.
August 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 check must first be accomplished, even if that person…
COURTESY PHOTO - Junki Yoshida
August 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 on their commitment and passion for this state. Over the…
FILE PHOTO - A volunteer prepares food for the Zarephath soup kitchen.
August 09, 2016

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

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 Eastman Parkway and Powell Boulevard, I support the view…
MIKEL KELLY
August 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 me), but I did want to tell you about a death in our…
FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Postal Service is in trouble.
August 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 was?) Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for…
JULES BOYKOFF
August 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 campaigning. But it turns out the Olympics and “The…
PMG FILE PHOTO - One citizen argues that tiny houses might best house the homeless.
August 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 mine regarding a funding solution for homelessness. Now,…
OPB - One citizen argues Oregon's bottle deposit system is archaic and irrelevant.
August 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 percent redemption rate were supposedly not met during…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Living in the same wooded area on the west side of Mount Hood the past three decades has provided Paul Keller a front row seat into the amazing, often times downright astonishing, behavior of his indigenous neighbors, from shrews to cougars.
July 29, 2016

The astonishing antics of my mountain neighbors

by Paul Keller
From courageous shrews to curious cougars - Walking up a path just outside my Zigzag area home one spring morning, I looked down to see a tiny snake. This little guy was no more than three or four inches long. Its girth could have been less than a…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Wapato Jail cost $58 million to construct and has never been used.
July 26, 2016

My View: Open Wapato to homeless

by Harriett Heisey
The road to self-sufficiency starts at county's unused jail - How many readers would want to live in a dwelling with walled-off sewer flies? How about electrical wiring that smolders and emits a noxious odor? Seismically unsound? No fire sprinkler…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Gresham High School students leave class in 2015.
July 26, 2016

Letter to the Editor: District should demolish century-old Gresham High

by Chris Hawes
Published July 26, 2016 - The Oregon Trail School District (Sandy) just built a new 310,000 square foot high school for 1,800 students with room to expand for $100 million (or $300 per foot). The school is state of the art, high end, wired for…
PMG FILE PHOTO - The Pamplin Media Group logo is shown here.
July 22, 2016

Our Opinion: Corporate tax increase threatens family budgets

by Editorial Board
M97 will put stress on family budgets - School leaders throughout the state should display the same rational thinking that the Bend-LaPine School Board demonstrated last week in opposing a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax in Oregon. A majority of…
COURTESY PHOTO - Rep. Ann Lininger
July 22, 2016

Measure 97 will create stronger schools and a better future

by Rep. Ann Lininger
Oregonians have the chance to support crucial improvements for our public schools - My grandfathers started first grade in Oregon nearly 100 years ago. Earl went to public school in Ashland, Ed near Milton-Freewater. The education my grandfathers…

Don't miss the local news

PMG FILE PHOTO - Imagination Station partially burned to the ground in April.
Jul 19, 2016

Troutdale park's rebuild options go beyond simple question of…

by Steve Brown
FROM THE EDITOR: On the subject of rebuilding Imagination Station (the playground structure in Troutdale that was damaged by an arsonist) City Councilor John Wilson has asked Troutdale residents…
OUTLOOK PHOTO - Our intrepid reporter isn't really that intrepid.
Jul 19, 2016

Shoot? Don't shoot? Can I choose none of the above?

by Zane Sparling
There's a reason reporters are armed with pens, not guns - It’s my first day as a police officer, and already I’m walking into trouble. From the sound of it, there’s a nasty domestic disturbance…
PMG FILE PHOTO - One day, this former racetrack could be a water park.
Jul 19, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Wood Village would welcome water park

by Ronnie Dick
Published July 19, 2016 - I went to the Grand Ronde ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the new plan for the Multnomah Kennel Club property in Wood Village. It was nice. We were told it’s a…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Not Pictured: An inspiring choice for president.
Jul 15, 2016

Decision 2016: Not exactly Jefferson vs. Adams

by Pamplin Media Group
The day after Independence Day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told the world that, after an extensive investigation, the bureau had determined that no charges should…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Executive Editor Steve Brown
Jul 15, 2016

EDITOR: Because you can doesn't mean you should

by Steve Brown
My daughter’s ticket was pulled from a hat in the raffle for items dedicated to kids. She had her choice of hats, T-shirts, a few random toys, some outdoors gear and, oh yes, youth-model…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - A student learns construction skills at a wood shop class in Gresham.
Jul 12, 2016

Oregon needs better vocational education

by Brian Barnes
Editor’s note: Friday, July 8, was the deadline for submission of the statewide initiative petition signatures. As of Monday, there was still no word on whether IP 65 (Oregonians for High School…
Jul 12, 2016

Letter: Recall effort springs from crony politics

by Jeff Dennerline
An open letter to Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud: I’m unsure why you continue to believe that the recall action (against you and two city councilors) is personal. Since most don’t know you, it…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Adam Davis
Jul 08, 2016

My View: State's economy - weeds in rose garden?

by Adam Davis
Have you heard? Everything is coming up roses in Oregon. “All good news” according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. The roses: a 4.5 percent unemployment rate, 5,000 jobs added per…
Jul 08, 2016

Fireworks in neighborhoods need to go

by Debbie Wingate
I think now may be the time for the city of Gresham to have a serious conversation about banning personal fireworks. From the posts I read on Facebook this morning, I can rightly assume my…