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

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayJust like a vegetable planting bed, your lawn needs to be prepared for winter. As the leaves begin to change and the cooler fall temperatures arrive, follow these tips from Creative Visions for your best winter lawn ever.

Before you start any prep work, you’ll want to test your soil’s pH level. A neutral pH is key to your lawns health; areas that are too acidic can be treated with lime products, while areas that are too alkaline will respond well to sulfur treatment.

Next, it’s important to remove any weeds from your yard during the fall. Perennial weeds compete with your lawn for nutrients, so remove them before you spread any fertilizer. You can eliminate many winter weeds with a fall herbicide application. If your lawn suffered any compression during the summer, consider aerating your lawn for a healthier, fuller look.

After you aerate, put down a good winterizer fertilizer with high potassium and phosphorous content to strengthen your grass’ roots. As the air temperature decreases, blade growth slows, but your lawn’s roots remain active, storing food reserves for winter. Roots with a healthy supply of nutrients will grow quicker and thicker in the spring and help prevent unwanted weeds from popping up.

Finally, make sure to remove debris from your lawn throughout the fall to prevent dead spots, and continue to mow your grass until it stops growing. If you have any questions, the knowledgeable Creative Visions team is here to help. Stop by today!

Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

(503) 663-5483


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

WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldSo you’re considering buying a new car.

Even if you've done your research, examined your budget and been pre-approved, it can be an advantage to look for the best deal on a car. (Not to mention financing and a new-car warranty.)

It pays to focus your efforts on areas where you can have some influence. Among those is picking the best time — and avoiding the worst — to get a deal on your car.

The fall and winter months offer the greatest potential discounts. Remember, as the year goes by, inventories become more limited, so even though great discounts may be available, they might not apply to the model you're shopping for.

If you have your heart set on something, think about whether the extra savings is worth potentially missing out on the car you really want.

According to historical statistics, springtime probably isn't the ideal time to buy a car. More people are out and about as winter weather clears, and tax refund checks are warming consumers' pockets.

Look at outgoing models. Shop for last year's models when the new ones are due or first rolling into the showroom. The dealership wants to sell new cars and will be more willing to make deals on older models to get them off the lot.

Come test-drive your next vehicle at Weston Kia. Our professional and friendly staff can help you make the best choice for your new-car purchase.

Weston Kia

22309 SE Stark St.

Gresham OR 97030



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

PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonEvery 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury, according to the National Council on Aging.

Many of these falls are preventable. Here are six simple steps to prevent falling:

· Find a good balance and exercise program. At Prestige Care Huntington Terrace, our in-house Celebrations program offers exercise classes designed to strengthen our residents and improve their balance -- at no additional charge.

· Talk to your health care provider. Share your history of recent falls and ask for an assessment of your risk of falling.

· Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

· Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.

· Keep your home safe by removing tripping hazards, increasing lighting, making stairs safe and installing grab bars in key areas.

· Talk to your family members and caregivers. Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that patients and caregivers check out its STEADI program (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) online at www.cdc.gov/steadi/index.html. The link includes educational materials and brochures for patients, as well as videos, tests, fact sheets and case studies for providers.

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging.

Here at Prestige Care, we know how important it is to keep our residents safe, healthy and happy.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave.,

Gresham, OR 97030



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



    Gresham's Opinions

    FILE PHOTO - Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud.
    October 24, 2016

    LETTERS: Fairview mayor takes sides on election

    by Contributor
    Also on deck: M97 hurts at every level of economy; Dexter McCarty environment not conducive to learning
    FILE PHOTO - Tobias Read.
    October 24, 2016

    Tobias Read stands out as best candidate for state treasurer

    by Editorial Board
    Read's background makes him our choice.
    October 20, 2016

    Our Endorsement: Bud Pierce can bring moderating influence to Salem

    by Editorial Board
    We recommend a vote for Bud Pierce.

    FILE PHOTO - Casey Ryan
    October 18, 2016

    Casey Ryan would bring untarnished vision to Troutdale

    by Steve Brown
    Our choice: Casey Ryan - We’ve heard the arguments against Casey Ryan’s run to become the next mayor of Troutdale, and find it amusing that those arguments actually showcase why he’s the best candidate for the job. The most common criticisms are…
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    October 17, 2016

    Common sense leads to 'no' on 97

    by Editorial Board
    Published Oct. 18, 2016 - Ballot Measure 97 — a proposed corporate sales tax — isn’t what it appears to be. It’s understandable that many Oregonians are frustrated by perennial state budget problems and want to support what is being sold as a…
    FILE PHOTO - Casey Ryan
    October 17, 2016

    LETTERS: Opponents spread misinformation about candidate for mayor

    by Contributor
    Citizen's View: Casey Ryan - I became aware over the weekend of an attack piece from my opponent and his “slate,” making several utterly false assertions about my previous involvements and my financial backing. Most importantly, it is completely…
    FILE PHOTO - Rich Allen
    October 17, 2016

    Rich Allen would make a great mayor

    by Contributor
    Published Oct. 18, 2016 - Rich Allen is there when you need him. I met Rich in 2010 when my wife was fighting cancer. I remember him coming and giving us positive words and supporting us. After my wife passed away, shortly after I met with Rich…
    FILE PHOTO - Kelly Broomall
    October 17, 2016

    Letters: Business group buying Troutdale election

    by Contributor
    Published Oct. 18, 2016 - Before you vote in Troutdale, take a moment to figure out who is paying the campaign bills — at least $10,000 I hear — for candidates supported by the political action committee comprised of members of the West Columbia…
    PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The candidates for District 4 are Amanda Schroeder (right) and Lori Stegmann.
    October 18, 2016

    Multnomah County Commission candidates debate

    by Christopher Keizur
    Candidates running for District 1 and 4 discuss homelessness, racial inequity, mental health - The Multnomah County Commission Debate, hosted by the City Club of Portland, featured candidates from District 1 and District 4 Friday afternoon, Oct. 14,…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Chavez-DeRemer
    October 14, 2016

    Local experience should propel Chavez-DeRemer to Salem

    by Editorial board
    Our choice: Chavez-DeRemer - Residents within the rambling boundaries of House District 51 have a chance to restore some balance to the Oregon Legislature while also sending a highly qualified and reasonable person to Salem as their representative.…
    FILE PHOTO - Councilor Ripma
    October 14, 2016

    Rich Allen always puts public safety first

    by Dave Ripma
    Citizen's View - Citizens of Troutdale know there has been no one on the Troutdale City Council more supportive of the police, sheriff and public safety over our years of service than Troutdale mayoral candidate Rich Allen, councilor Glenn White and…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Mike Goss
    October 14, 2016

    Vote for Troutdale candidates with vision

    by Mike Goss
    Citizen's View - The Troutdale City Council’s decisions are driving the city toward bankruptcy. We can stop this downward spiral and save our city by the way we cast our votes in November. Here are the candidates who will deliver the bright future…
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    October 14, 2016

    LETTERS: Measure a bad idea ... plain and simple

    by Contributor
    Letters to the Editor - Measure a bad idea … plain and simple I am a senior, on a fixed income, and longtime resident of Gresham. I love it here and shop as close to home as possible. And those are the reasons I am voting no on 97. When two…
    Scott Anderson
    October 11, 2016

    Allen demonstrates disregard for safety of Troutdale residents

    by Scott Anderson
    For more than 41 years I had the privilege of delivering law enforcement services to local, regional and international communities, including nearly seven years as Troutdale's police chief. During my service in Troutdale, our city faced incredible…
    FILE PHOTO - Travis Stovall.
    October 11, 2016

    Letters to the editor

    by Contributor
    Topics includes: Troutdale mayoral race; House District 52 race; Springwater Trail — Resident grateful for cleanup of public trail I'd like to thank (those who are responsible) for cleaning up the Springwater Trail. It's nice to see somebody is keeping…
    FILE PHOTO - Carla Piluso
    October 07, 2016

    Re-elect Piluso to House District 50

    by Steve Brown
    Our recommendation: Vote for Carla Piluso - Rep. Carla Piluso, a Democrat, has done an admirable job of watching out for the best interests of Gresham residents in her first term in the Oregon Legislature. With successes already to her credit in her…
    FILE PHOTO - Tina Kotek
    October 04, 2016

    My View: Supporting rent control is Kotek's folly

    by Bill MacKenzie
    On Sept. 12, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, said she planned to push for an end to Oregon’s ban on rent-control laws, enabling local governments to move ahead with measures of their own. Kotek said she also wants to ban all rent…
    FILE PHOTO - Casey Ryan
    October 04, 2016

    LETTER: Casey Ryan has connected with Troutdale citizens

    by Bill and Fumiko Lewis
    My husband and I have known Casey Ryan, candidate for Troutdale mayor, for more than 10 years as a friend, coaching partner and support (for) each other to raise kids in Troutdale. We believe we need a new face in Troutdale City Council because the…
    FILE PHOTO - Tamie Tlustos-Arnold
    October 04, 2016

    Letter: Tlustos-Arnold supports local small businesses

    by Dean Hurford
    I have owned small businesses and land in East Multnomah County since 1997. In those years, I’ve personally experienced the difficulty Oregon places on small business owners and developers to start a new business and keep their doors open, and…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson
    October 04, 2016

    Ad unfairly tears down Rep. Mark Johnson

    by Victoria Purvine
    Today’s political antics playing out at the national level are divisive and destructive, causing harm within families and between friends. We don’t like it, but at least the charade has been on the national level, beyond the reach of the voices of…
    September 30, 2016

    Support Measures 98, 99 and 100

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Published Sept. 30, 2016 - Measure 98 Funds high school programs OUR RECOMMENDATION: YES Letting voters decide what does and doesn’t get funded in the state budget is usually a bad idea. But backers of this measure have put enough safeguards in…
    FILE PHOTO - Robert Canfield
    September 30, 2016

    LETTER: Canfield's accountability called into question

    by W. Bruce Wasson
    Published Sept. 30, 2016 - Your article about Robert Canfield for position 4 on the Troutdale Council (Page A3, Sept. 16) leads me to point out some facts that don’t match the headline about “fiscal accountability” in regards the votes he cast in…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Mark Reynolds
    September 30, 2016

    LETTER: Reynolds backs natural resources, schools, equal pay

    by Sharon Guidera
    Published Sept. 30, 2016 - I am urging residents in House District 52 to vote for Mark Reynolds. Mark Reynolds was raised in the Columbia Gorge on his family’s farm. As a teacher at Hood River Valley High School and Cascade Locks High School,…
    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…

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    OUTLOOK PHOTO - SnowCap volunteer and past board president Jim Liefeld works in SnowCaps warehouse, stocking shelves with canned food donations.
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Terry Smoke and his daughter, Cassie.
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Rep. Johnson
    Sep 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…
    LOGO - Pamplin Media Group
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Michel Calcagno
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Julie Parrish
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Tamie Tlustos-Arnold
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Mark Johnson
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown has endorsed Measure 97.
    Sep 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…
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Students graduate from Sam Barlow High School in 2015.
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Old Glory.
    Sep 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…
    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Lynn Snodgrass
    Sep 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…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Shirley Morgan
    Sep 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…
    FILE PHOTO - Slow down!
    Sep 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…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Many Springwater Trail campers have nowhere to go, they say.
    Sep 08, 2016

    Letter: Seeking more permanent solutions for Springwater Trail…

    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…
    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.
    Sep 08, 2016

    Letter: Monnes Anderson's public health experience informs her…

    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…
    FILE PHOTO - Columnist Mikel Kelly
    Sep 05, 2016

    What's our idiotic infatuation with self-driving cars and can't…

    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…
    FILE PHOTO - Not Pictured: A third-party candidate.
    Sep 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…
    Aug 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…
    COURTESY PHOTO  - Loretta Smith
    Aug 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…
    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.…