Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. on display at Tigard Public Library

Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. on display at Tigard Public Library

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'Mobile museum' showcasing black history comes to Twality Middle School

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Tigard city councilor suggests cutting mayor's stipend

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ACCOUNTAX OF OREGON - Annette SaarinenWe need to see any statements of income or deductible expenses. We prepare a return based on the information you provide. This may be gathered in writing via actual statements, email or fax. We often ask questions to clarify items. It is the client’s responsibility to be able to provide the proof of the claims on your return if your return is randomly selected for an audit.

Here is a partial list of suggestions. Of course, we can’t cover everyone’s needs in one article!

For the year to be prepared:

· Last tax return filed for Federal and State, including any locals, if we didn’t prepare it

· Full names, birthdates and Social Security Numbers of each individual to be reported

· Phone numbers, cell numbers and email addresses so we can contact you with questions. New Clients – Will Need Two Pieces of ID such as a Driver’s License or Photo ID, Social Security Card or copy of Birth Certificate. (A new Federal Requirement as part of new fraud reduction policies.)

· W2’s from each job

· Interest and dividends received, even if you did not receive a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV, or you reinvested them

· Refunds from State and/or local agencies

· Health Care Provider 1095 Statement (these should be sent out by February 15, 2017)

At the beginning of the year, AccounTax sends out organizers to our clients with items to bring based on the prior year’s return. If you would like an organizer, please contact our office by phone.

Accountax of Oregon

8050 SW Pffafle St., Suite 110

Tigard, OR 97223

503-619-1040

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SPECIALTY HEATING & COOLING - Norm MatheisThe Hybrid Heat dual fuel comfort system by Carrier gives you the comfort of gas heat and the efficiency of a heat pump.

In the Northwest, you might use your gas furnace about 15 percent of the time in the winter months. The Heat Pump will keep you very comfortable for the other 85 percent of the time – and cost less to operate. (Plus, the heat pump provides cool comfort in the summer.)

With today’s rising uncertainty surrounding utility costs, homeowners are interested in finding the best, most economical solution for indoor heating and cooling.

Specialty Heating and Cooling can create customized home comfort systems tailored to your needs, with a broad selection of residential heating and cooling products.

Hybrid Heat systems deliver exceptional performance by using a heating source that provides its most energy-efficient comfort during moderate heating conditions. As the temperature drops outside, the system automatically switches to your second heating source when that becomes the most economical way to keep your family comfortable.

Whichever control best fits your needs, you can count on automatic control of your Hybrid Heat dual fuel system. Specialty Heating and Cooling will select a balance point that tells your control when it’s best to select electric heat and when it’s time to switch to furnace operation. Seven-day programmability can set a comfort schedule custom-fit to your lifestyle.

Ask about the various incentives and rebates that are offered for hybrid systems.

Call or visit us today!

Specialty Heating & Cooling

7500 SW Tech Center Drive, Suite 130

Tigard, OR 97223

503-946-6396

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Pacific Medical GroupRemember the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This can be especially true when it comes to preventive care services.

Maintaining or improving your health with regular preventive care, along with following the advice of your Primary Care Provider (PCP), can help you stay healthy.

Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems, allowing you and your PCP to work as a team to manage your overall health, and help you reach your personal health and wellness goals.

Preventive care focuses on evaluating your current health status when you are symptom-free.

Even if you feel like you’re in good shape, a serious condition with no signs or symptoms may put your health at risk. Your practitioner can determine your current health status and detect early warning signs of more serious problems.

During your preventive-care visit, your PCP will determine what tests or health screenings are right for you based on many factors such as your age, gender, overall health status, personal health history and your current health condition. Such services may include immunizations, physical exams, lab work and X-rays.

Pacific Medical Group, with five clinics, provides patient-centered primary care and customer-focused service. All PMG clinics have received recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the NCQA and the State of Oregon. A Medical Home offers enhanced, coordinated medical care for its patients.

Call now to schedule an appointment.

Pacific Medical Group – Tigard

13200 SW Pacific Hwy

Tigard, OR 97223

503-598-2000

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COMFORCARE HOME CARE - Marissa PhillipsAvoidable hospital readmissions, in addition to being a hardship for patients, are a major financial problem for the nation’s health care system.

In fact, a single preventable return trip to the hospital more than doubles the cost of care for Medicare patients. For example, Medicare pays on average about $15,000 for an episode of care without a readmission incident, but that number increases to $33,000 for a single readmission.

A home health care agency such as ComForCare helps lessen the chance that a patient will have be readmitted.

ComForCare services are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

We can provide same-day home care, transition-of-care (such as transportation home after a discharge) or assist with many other needs that arise when a family member is in crisis.

ComForCare’s commitment to quality care begins with identifying clients’ and families’ needs, creating a patient-centered care plan, coordinating with physicians and other providers, and implementing quality assurance throughout the duration of care. We have a rigorous 10-step screening process for our caregivers, nurse oversight of client care, and ongoing training and evaluation at every level.

When home care services are used to assist with care, caregivers can provide additional insights that can help patients to best manage conditions and enjoy the highest quality of life.

Call us today to find out how we can help.

ComForCare Home Care

10580 SW McDonald St., Ste. 202

Tigard OR 97224

971-801-7606

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PRESTIGE CARE RIVERWOOD - Kara TobeyExercise and physical activity are important for everyone, including older adults.

No matter your health and physical abilities, you gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active.

Here are just a few of the benefits of physical activity for seniors:

· Can help maintain and improve your physical strength and fitness

· Can help improve your ability to do the everyday things you want to do

· Can help improve your balance

· Can help manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis

· Can help reduce feelings of depression and may improve mood and overall well-being.

You may want to talk with your health care provider if you aren’t used to energetic activity and you want to start a vigorous exercise program or significantly increase your physical activity. Your activity level is an important topic to discuss with your health care provider as part of your ongoing health care.

Ask your provider how physical activity can help you, whether you should avoid certain activities, and how to modify exercises to fit your situation.

The key word in all these benefits is YOU -- how fit and active you are now and how much effort you put into being active. To gain the most benefits, enjoy different types of exercise, stay safe while you exercise and be sure to eat a healthy diet, too!

Prestige Senior Living - Riverwood

18321 SW Pacific Highway

Tualatin, OR 97062

503-716-4971

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WOODLAND HEIGHTS - Linda ElderIt’s been talked about before between you and your family.

”Maybe someday we should think about Assisted Living. There’d be no meals to cook or shop for, no dishes to wash, no cleaning and vacuuming, and people around every day to talk with or help you with tasks that are getting harder.”

Maybe this is the year to discover your options to make life easier.

Exploring the possibilities can seem overwhelming and confusing while you are trying to just get good information to make the right decisions.

We can help.

Our approach is comfortable. Our goal is to be of service. We’ll take whatever time is needed to answer all of your questions. There is no pressure or “this month only” specials to entice you to make a quick commitment and no annoying repeated phone calls.

If you would like to join us for lunch, we can do that too, just let us know. We can talk in our beautiful dining room with windows soaring upward and views to the landscaped woodlands.

Many others have already discovered this special place over the last 16 years, so when you decide that this would be a great choice, you may have to wait a bit for an opening. You’ll have time to get all those things done you need to do without feeling rushed.

Let’s welcome 2017 as a year of wonderful possibilities. Maybe this is the year to find out why Woodland Heights is different; why we have a reputation of caring excellence.

Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence

9355 SW McDonald St.

Tigard, OR 97224

503-684-9696

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ACCOUNTAX OF OREGON - Annette SaarinenWith the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to think about deductions!

Are you self-employed?

Last month, we covered three categories of business deductions for self-employed persons: auto expenses, meals and entertainment and travel: www.pamplinmedia.com/ttt-insiders/330640-210507-self-employed-document-those-deductions

This time, let’s look at deductions for having an office in your home.

An office in your home MUST be used regularly and exclusively for business. The deduction, Safe Harbor, requires measuring the square feet of the office portion against the total square foot of the home.

Indirect expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, deductible mortgage interest, and property tax can be deducted at the business-use percentage rate.

The Safe Harbor deduction calculation is $5 per square foot of office space, limit 300 square feet. This usually isn’t as much as the actual costs, but it does save some taxpayer time in gathering the information.

As far as deductions for your personal taxes, don’t forget to clean out your closets, attic and basement of items you no longer use.

Keep a list of what was given with Fair Market Value. Make sure it is an approved charitable organization. Keep each receipt of donation and list for us to review.

Oregon Department of Justice is not allowing charitable deductions to organizations which haven’t fulfilled their charitable goals. To find your desired charity, check justice.oregon.gov/Charities

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at AccounTax!

Accountax of Oregon

8050 SW Pffafle St., Suite 110

Tigard, OR 97223

503-619-1040

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BEEBE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Daniel Beebe“At this clinic, we measure – we don’t guess,” says Dr. Daniel Beebe, of Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Tigard.

Prior to treatment, for example, patients receive a thermal scan and an electrical scan (also called surface EMG) to see if muscles are pulling and which way they’re going, says Beebe. “The scans can tell us how to proceed with treatment. Later, we can rescan to see if you’re improving and if not, make adjustments to the treatment.”

Though the equipment for the scans is available to any practitioner, “it’s expensive and it takes experience to use it,” says Beebe.

Beebe also does a complete blood-chemistry panel.

“Here in the Northwest, we see a lot of low Vitamin D, anemia, liver problems and heart problems,” says Beebe. “It’s just a real good screen for general body conditions.”

“Patients may come in and say ‘I’m really fatigued all the time.’ We’ve even seen cases where they were bleeding internally, but just didn’t know. Others will come in with an autoimmune condition, such as Hashimoto’s Disease.”

“I test for gluten and other sensitivities. With people who have gluten sensitivities, it can affect a woman’s thyroid — which is a surprise to many.”

Women with gluten sensitivities suffer thyroid problems as a ratio of 23 to 1 compared to men.

Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center

13500 SW 72nd Ave.

Tigard, Oregon 97223

503-620-1280

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PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING RIVERWOOD - Kara TobeySometimes, when a far-flung family comes together for the holidays, they may discover that an elderly loved one is having difficulty functioning well at home.

Here are some signs to look for:

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 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.

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 daily help.

While the family’s in town, be proactive. Don’t wait until the situation becomes an emergency.

Call us to arrange a tour. We’ll be glad to show you what makes Prestige Senior Living Riverwood special.

Prestige Senior Living - Riverwood

18321 SW Pacific Highway

Tualatin, OR 97062

503-716-4971

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COMFORCARE - Marissa PhillipsSeniors who have difficulty with such tasks as daily living, self-care and medication management may need a little help – or a lot.

Employing a home care agency is a great choice because it’s easily adjusted to meet a client’s needs.

A licensed home care agency such as ComForCare hires employees, not independent contractors. We do background and reference checks, training and continuing education.

Following an assessment of client needs, our employees provide needed services from a long menu, including medication, safety supervision, light housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, bathing and dressing, incontinence care, transportation and companionship. Caregivers are trained to care for those with dementia.

Home care is generally less expensive than other care options. Nursing home costs may range from about $200-$250 each day for a basic room and care, adding up to about $5,600 to $7,000 a month. Assisted living facilities may cost about $3,300 per month for a one-bedroom unit.

Home care costs can vary considerably depending on the intensity of the client’s needs, but usually remain considerably lower than these options. 

While in-home elder care is a significant investment, there are several payment options and funding sources that can help ease the financial burden. We can connect you with resources and programs which may help you.

Together, we can come up with a plan of care and hours that are not only affordable but ensures that your loved one receives the best home care possible!

ComForCare Home Care

10580 SW McDonald St., Ste. 202

Tigard OR 97224

971-801-7606

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WOODLAND HEIGHTS ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE - Linda ElderIn unsettling times, we can lose focus. No matter what we want or need and often do not get, we have the power to control our own thoughts and positive directions.

At Woodland Heights, we have many positive things for which to be thankful.

We have the opportunity to work in a great industry, which is a business, but for us, it’s a calling. It’s not just a job, but a fulfilling choice where we can go home at night feeling good about the people we were able to help today and not begrudge another workday tomorrow.

We are grateful for our owners, who had the vision to build this special place; grateful that they have chosen to focus their energy on only this one building; grateful that they always support our goal of providing the best care possible.

We are grateful for each other, as no day is the same and the one guarantee is change and surprises. Our team always pulls together to adapt, help each other and help our residents. The words “It’s not my job” are never heard here.

We are grateful for the wonderful families we are blessed to work with, while finding solutions together to meet the changing needs of our residents.

We are grateful, mostly, for our residents, grateful that they chose to place their trust in us; grateful each time they share with us about their desires and ideas and lives. Each one is a very special person.

Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence

9355 SW McDonald St.

Tigard, OR 97224

503-684-9696

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SPECIALTY HEATING & COOLING - Norm MatheisThe winter holidays are no time to have your furnace go kerflooey.

The Norman Rockwell ideal, with the smiling family gathering around the turkey to give thanks, becomes a feast of frowns when the heat goes off.

Depend on Specialty Heating and Cooling to keep you and your guests comfortable and the holidays festive.

Your HVAC system should have annual maintenance. This is a great investment and should be done at the turn of fall or winter. Maintenance appointments will help identify any potential problem areas that may be unseen that could lead to expensive repairs later down the road.

And of course, call us at the first sign of trouble so that we can service your system.

Meanwhile, what can you do?

Make sure your filters are clean. Clogged filters can disrupt the flow of air to your home. Not only that, dirty filters can trip safety switches inside the furnace. Check your filters regularly and replace them as needed.

Don’t ignore unusual sounds. If you’ve noticed some strange sounds coming out of your system recently, or if the system doesn’t seem to be acting right, don’t ignore these signs any longer. Unusual sounds can be a sign that a part replacement or repair is needed. If you’re not sure, our team of experienced technicians can help accurately diagnose the problem and make sure that the system is fixed so you’re comfortable.

Our team is here to help make sure your holidays are warm and happy. Give us a call at 503-946-6396.

Specialty Heating & Cooling

7500 SW Tech Center Drive, Suite 130

Tigard, OR 97223

503-946-6396

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COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TIGARD - Last week's snowstorm toppled this large tree in Tigard.
January 17, 2017

Tuesday: Ice storm extends weeklong deep freeze

by The Times
Beaverton and Tigard-Tualatin schools lose their ninth instructional day to winter weather this year.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - More icy weather is forecast, but it will be followed by a rapid increase in temperatures and heavy rains.
January 16, 2017

More ice, then thawing, then heavy rain, then ... floods?

by The Times
UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for Tuesday.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Marcus Merritt, 12, helps his friends Aiden and Finn Kelly shovel their grandpa's driveway in Sherwood after last week's snowstorm.
January 16, 2017

Monday: Snow and ice sticking around as heavy rains loom

by The Times
UPDATE: Freezing rain is in the forecast for Tuesday, raising the specter of worsening road conditions, power outages and property damage before warmer weather arrives.


FILE PHOTO - John E. Cook and his wife, Pam Cook, in a photo that ran with her obituary in 2012.
January 15, 2017

Former Tigard Mayor John E. Cook, 90, dies

by Dana Haynes
Cook Park was named after him; his son, John L. Cook, is the current mayor.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KOIN TELEVISION - Five of Oregon's congressional delegation attended a rally in Portland on Wednesday to support the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers include, from left, Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Kurt Schrader, seated.
January 15, 2017

Congressional delegation attends Portland rally for Affordable Care Act

by Dana Haynes
Republicans in Congress and President-elect Trump have vowed to roll it back; Democrats, including the five from Oregon, are fighting to save it
January 15, 2017

Flood watch issued for Washington County

by Dana Haynes
Warm temperatures could melt snow and ice, leading to flooding.
WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Louis Robert Jarvis, Jr.
January 14, 2017

Man flees after being fired on at King City apartment

by Dana Haynes
The Sheriff's Office seeks Louis Jarvis, Jr., who broke into the residence.
JAIME VALDEZ - Yasmeen Obeidi, 8, turquoise jacket, and her older sister, Mariam,10, react as they go over a jump on Southwest Fisk Terrace in Sherwood.
January 14, 2017

Still more closures for Saturday, Sunday

by The Times
But some agencies make an effort to get up and running again.
TIMES FILE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Makenna Ruiz and her mother, Tabatha, look at flower bouquets at the Tigard Farmers Market in 2015.
January 14, 2017

Tigard Farmers Market to open Thursday evenings this summer

by Mark Miller
The midweek evening market will complement the Sunday market, which runs from morning to midday.
TIMES PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Although sidewalks and major roads outside Beaverton City Hall have been cleared, snow and ice remains thick on parking lots and some side streets.
January 13, 2017

Friday: Westside starts the morning in single digits

by The Times
Overnight low temperatures were extremely cold as the region endures its fourth day of icy and snowy roads.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Gov. Kate Brown was sworn into the next two years of office this week. She faces an immediate budget shortfall as the Legislature gets ready to convene in two weeks.
January 13, 2017

State government at the starting gate

by Dana Haynes
We take a look at the leaders, the issues, and the challenges facing Oregon in 2017.
FILE - Suzanne Bonamici, right, Democratic congresswoman for Oregon's First Congressional District, speaks in Portland last year.
January 13, 2017

Tualatin man's story features in Bonamici's floor comments on Obamacare repeal

by Mark Miller
Mark Rouska, who has advanced kidney cancer, said the chemotherapy covered by his health insurance is keeping him alive.
Nicholas Krochmal Jr.
January 13, 2017

Son sentenced to life for beating Tigard man to death

by Brent Weisberg, KOIN 6 News
Nicholas Krochmal Jr. pleaded guilty last month to murder. The crime took place in March 2015.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Aidan Kelly, 11, dumps snow from a wheelbarrow as he and his brother, Finn (not pictured) and their neighborhood friends help shovel their Grandpa John Hunter's driveway.
January 12, 2017

New day, same problem, as more closures and late openings announced for Friday

by The Times
As of Thursday night, some 1,300 PGE customers remain without power.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The new Meridian Creek already has walls going up as all the footprint for the school has been laid.
January 12, 2017

District goes back to boundary drawing board

by Andrew Kilstrom
Listening sessions produce more public disapproval of changing school boundaries
JAIME VALDEZ/PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Tobias Read was sworn in as Oregon treasurer Friday by Judge Chris Garrett of the Oregon Court of Appeals.
January 12, 2017

Tobias Reed sworn in as Oregon's 29th treasurer

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Without invoking President-elect Trump, Read calls the Treasurer's Office the 'line of defense for Oregon values and investments.'
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Gov. Kate Brown embraces Oregon Supreme Court Justice Thomas Balmer after she is sworn into office Monday, Jan. 9, in the House of Representatives.
January 12, 2017

Brown wants state to 'move forward' in spirit of bipartisanship

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
She calls on Oregon lawmakers to set aside their differences to work together to tackle Oregon's $1.7 billion revenue shortfall.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Sen. Richard Devlin, right, is the chief budget-writer for the Oregon State Senate.
January 12, 2017

Local lawmakers fill leadership ranks in Salem

by Dana Haynes
Sen. Richard Devlin of Tualatin once again is co-leads the all-important budget-writing committee.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Sen. Ginny Burdick was sworn into office on Monday. The 2017 legislative session kicks off Feb. 1.
January 12, 2017

Senate leader sees new revenue, transportation top agenda for 2017

by Dana Haynes
Ginny Burdick, whose district includes Tigard, is Washington County's highest ranking lawmaker.
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January 12, 2017

Local lawmakers seek feedback before legislative session begins

by Dana Haynes
Sen. Richard Devlin, the Senate's lead budget-writer, serves a district that includes Tualatin.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Yasmeen Obeidi, 8, turquoise jacket, and her older sister, Mariam,10, react as they go over a jump on Southwest Fisk Terrace in Sherwood.
January 12, 2017

Thursday: Clouds lift, but winter sun in a brilliant blue sky won't melt snow and ice

by Mark Miller
Snow dumped overnight Tuesday into Wednesday is sticking around as classes are canceled for the third day this week.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Dennis Richardson
January 12, 2017

Richardson sworn in as Oregon's secretary of state

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
He continues his campaign message of government transparency in his inauguration speech.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - About a fifth of incoming lawmakers will be new this year in Salem. But they could have a big influence on major issues facing the state.
January 12, 2017

Howdy, newbies: A fifth of legislators will be new in 2017 session

by Paris Achen and Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Nearly a quarter of the 60-member House of Representatives and three of the 30-member Senate will be freshmen.
JAIME VALDEZ - Rita Loberger, who is a volunteer leader of the Manufactured Housing/Oregon State Tenants Association, strolls through Eldorado Villas, where she has lived for years.
January 12, 2017

King City resident fights for tenants' rights

by Steve Law
Rita Loberger, who lives in Eldorado Villas, wants 2017 Legislature to come up with new laws.
January 12, 2017

Tigard/Tualatin Police Log: Jan. 3-9

by The Times
The week in review, as reported by the Tigard and Tualatin police departments.

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TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A commuter makes his way across Beaverton Wednesday morning.
Jan 11, 2017

Governor declares storm emergency

by The Times
The snowstorm, which continued into Wednesday, brought the largest snow totals of the decade to the Portland area.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - It's going to take a while for the region to dig out from the biggest snowfall since 2008, but that didn't stop Amber Layton from getting started. The lead outreach worker with HomePlate Youth Services, and a Philadelphia native no stranger to snowstorms, she shoveled snow on a sidewalk in front of the organization's office in Beaverton Wednesday morning.
Jan 11, 2017

Schools to stay closed Thursday after snowstorm

by The Times
While snow has tapered off, close to 1 foot has fallen across the region.
Jan 11, 2017

Power out at Washington County offices

by Dana Haynes
The public is asked to postpone any business with the county until the county facilities in downtown Hillsboro can open with full electrical power.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A church sign in Beaverton on Wednesday morning says it all. The region was hit with its fourth winter storm in the past month on Tuesday, and this one was the biggest yet.
Jan 11, 2017

Wednesday: Schools closed, WES disrupted, chains required as…

by Mark Miller and Mandy Feder-Sawyer
The most snowfall in the Portland area since 2008 has caused widespread shutdowns and outages.
Jan 11, 2017

Tigard wealth management company acquires Astoria-based firm

by The Times
Co-founder Nick de Freitas said of the acquisition, 'We are looking forward to expanding our firm.'
TIMES PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Snow piled up across the region into the night on Tuesday, blanketing this deck in Beaverton's Sexton Mountain neighborhood.
Jan 10, 2017

Here comes the snow again: Beaverton, Tigard-Tualatin schools…

by The Times
UPDATE: The Beaverton School District has canceled Wednesday classes as National Weather Service forecasters predict up to half a foot of snow.
TIMES PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Omekongo Dibinga addresses students during a human rights assembly in the Tigard High School gymnasium.
Jan 10, 2017

Nationally recognized motivational speaker, rapper comes to…

by Mark Miller
Omekongo Dibinga encourages students to embrace who they are, challenge themselves, follow their passion and stand up for what they believe is right.
Jan 10, 2017

Red Cross running blood drive at Tualatin Commons

by The Times
Blood donors on Sunday will receive a coupon for free soup at Hayden's Lakefront Grill.
PHOTO COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. - The caption for this Sheriff's Office photo, taken this weekend, reads, 'Please drive slow. This vehicle had snow chains on and still lost control. Non injury.'
Jan 09, 2017

Closures continue for Monday

by The Times
Portland-area roads remain icy and slick Monday morning and travelers should be extremely careful.
TVF&R - Firefighters from TVF&R and the Dundee Fire Department battled a blaze Sunday, Jan. 8.
Jan 09, 2017

Blaze damages house in Newberg

by Dana Haynes
While both occupants of the house were uninjured, a dog died in the fire.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - After being unanimously chosen as Tualatin City Council president at Monday's meeting, Joelle Davis, center, stands to change seats. Also pictured: Mayor Lou Ogden, left, and City Councilor Jeff DeHaan, right.
Jan 09, 2017

Joelle Davis elected Tualatin City Council president after she,…

by Mark Miller
Robert Kellogg and Paul Morrison took their oaths of office Monday as well. Davis, Kellogg and Morrison were elected by voters in November.
PHOTO COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash on Highway  8 at 331st. on Saturday.
Jan 06, 2017

Caution urged, closures announced as winter weather arrives

by The Times
Snow and possibly ice are forecast for Saturday, Jan. 7.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Lily Pruzek, Cynthia Yang, Anika Sukmar, Milinda Lin and Katelyn LeBlanc take a picture before a competition.
Jan 06, 2017

G.E.A.R.S. continues to dominate robotics landscape

by Andrew Kilstrom
Athey Creek sixth-graders prepare for FLL state competition, where they'll face off against the best of the best in Oregon.
FILE - Frigid temperatures and snow in the forecast have prompted the cancelation of a planting event at Durham City Park on Saturday morning.
Jan 06, 2017

Durham 'Tree for All' planting canceled due to snowy forecast

by The Times
The event has been 'postponed until further notice,' organizer Friends of Trees said.
TIMES PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Traffic signal poles have been newly installed at the intersection of Walnut Street and 135th Avenue just south of Tigard city limits, which is currently an all-way stop.
Jan 06, 2017

Last stop signs on Walnut Street being replaced with signal

by Mark Miller
The northern intersection of Walnut and 135th Avenue is being signalized as part of a Washington County road improvement project.
PHOTO BY ADAM WICKHAM - Supporters hold up glow sticks at Monday nights vigil for wounded State Trooper Nic Cederberg, who was shot on Christmas night during a homicide investigation in Sherwood.
Jan 05, 2017

Slideshow: Hundreds attend North Plains vigil for fallen trooper

by Geoff Pursinger
Trooper Nic Cederberg has been recovering in Oregon Health and Science Univeresity hospital.
TIMES PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Mayor John L. Cook and Councilor Marc Woodard listen to Hannah Holloway's presentation.
Jan 05, 2017

Assessment: Not enough affordable housing in Tigard to meet…

by Mark Miller
Some of the housing strategies from the 1990s and 2000s have lapsed, a Community Development staff member told the City Council.
FILE - A bicyclist rides through the entrance to the new segment of the Tualatin River Greenway Trail at Barngrover Way.
Jan 05, 2017

Year in Review: Voters had their say on biggest issues in…

by Mark Miller
In other news, Tualatin saw rare officer-involved shootings, a new trail segment opened and the Tigard Library restored Thursday service.
FILE - Members of the Tualatin High School Drum Line turned the 50th anniversary parade Aug. 13 into a festive event and drew residents out of their houses to view the parade as it moved through the city streets from the King City Clubhouse parking lot to King City Community Park.
Jan 05, 2017

A King City year in review

by Barbara Sherman
It was almost all good news in King City this year, although 2016 ended with a bloody crime.
Jan 05, 2017

Last murder in King City was in July 2005

by Barbara Sherman
A couple in their 60s died in a murder-suicide, with the husband reportedly using a 12-gauge shotgun.
Jan 05, 2017

Tigard/Tualatin Police Log: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

by The Times
The week in review, as reported by the Tigard and Tualatin police departments.
(Image is Clickable Link) PCC.EDU - Gene Pitts
Jan 04, 2017

PCC board chair resigns over 'sanctuary' designation

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Portland Community College board chair Gene Pitts has resigned over the board's decision to become a 'sanctuary campus.'
PMG PHOTO: KELSEY O'HALLORAN - Jason Edge says he enjoys the variety of jobs he and his company get called out to do.
Jan 04, 2017

Jason Edge calls himself Tigard's 'Junk King'

by Kelsey O'Halloran
A new franchise location on Hunziker Street picks up items that people no longer want.
TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Toraj Khavari, chairman and president of Friends of Bull Mountain Park, chats about the future landscape of the park.
Jan 04, 2017

New Tigard public park is taking shape on Bull Mountain

by Mark Miller
A picnic area and playground are among improvements slated for Bull Mountain Park, where construction is expected to wrap up by the end of September.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SUZANNE BONAMICI - U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, left, is sworn into the 115th Congress by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Her daughter, Sara Simon, holds the Bible.
Jan 04, 2017

Bonamici begins third full session in Congress

by Dana Haynes
Northwest Oregon's congresswoman was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a 2012 special election.