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Brought to you by Gregg "Roosevelt" Harris - Roosevelt's Terrariums - TERRARIUM INSIDER -

ROOSEVELT'S TERRARIUMS - Gregg 'Roosevelt' HarrisWhether you believe that life was created by some superintelligence outside of our universe, or that life evolved into existence from inorganic matter, one thing we can normally agree on is that life adapts in order to thrive in even the most extreme and difficult habitats around the world.

As a terrarium shop owner, this is a big part of my life. I work each day with various kinds of live plants, and I never cease to be amazed. From the cool, moist, shady environments of the high equatorial jungles of Central America to the hot, dry, sunny, barren deserts of the American Southwest, there are live plants that not only survive in these places, but actually thrive.

Right here in Oregon and Washington we have nearly every micro environment found on Earth, from our Cascade Mountain range to our high desert volcanic lava beds to our conifer rain forests in the Willamette Valley and the coastal climates of our ocean beaches. Drive less than 100 miles in any direction from Portland and you will be in an entirely different kind of place with an entirely different array of living mosses, grasses, plants, mushrooms and trees.

Now if all of these diverse plants had the ability to notice the circumstances that the other plants naturally inhabit, I think they might feel both horror and pity. The delicate little tropical violet might wonder how the dry desert cactus could ever be happy in its harsh habitat. She might think that the cactus’s life could not even be worth living. The dry heat would certainly kill her if she tried for even a few minutes.

Likewise, the spiny barrel cactus could honestly say to the violet, “I would just die if I had to live in the 100 percent humidity of your tropical jungle.” And he would be right. His roots would rot and his body would collapse into a stinky puddle of green goo.

When we take a tropical plant, or a cactus, or an air plant, or a carnivorous bog plant into our home, we should take into account what that plant’s natural habitat would normally be and do all we can to meet its survival needs in our living space.

It would be hard for either to believe that the other could really be happy in such extreme conditions. But they are happy. In fact, each one needs those extreme conditions in order to thrive.

This diversity is what presents us with our greatest challenges when growing various kinds of plants in our homes. Though many of the most common houseplants enjoy the same 72 degrees and 60 percent humidity we enjoy, other plants need higher temperatures and much higher or lower humidity. Since most of us do not enjoy the extremes of heat or humidity those plants desire, we have to use a bit of resourcefulness to create the habitat the plants need without having to live in it ourselves.

The terrariums I build and plant in my terrarium shop provide a simple, very attractive and reasonably priced way to enjoy tropical and woodland plants in your home. Our desert scene cactus and succulent bowls, when placed in a sunny window, are a beautiful way to enjoy the rugged environment in your home. We bring even the novice plant enthusiast’s love for plants out of the backroom and into the living room as a beautiful piece of furniture.

Add one of our high-efficiency LED grow lights and you can place your new terrarium anywhere in your home, regardless of where the windows may be. (If pot growers can grow weed in their closets, we can grow tropical and woodland terrariums in even the darkest living room.

The challenge is simply to provide what the plants need to thrive and bloom while on display in your home. The good news is that most plants are pretty adaptable to a wide range of home circumstances. Just like new Portlanders, house plants can get used to the lower light of our overcast winter sky and the drizzle of our Northwest winter rains. But also like us Portlanders, plants benefit from turning up the indoor lights and putting on a playlist of our favorite music to help keep our spirits up until spring brings a return of the sunshine.

One More Thing: Now that I think about it, just like the incredulous anthropomorphic plants in my discussion above, we also can wonder how anyone living in extreme circumstances so different from our own could ever be truly happy. Whether it be the disabled person in his wheelchair, or the homeless person sleeping on our sidewalk, or the professional person in their stiff suit and tie, or the big family with lots of kids living in poverty, or the quadriplegic laying there in her medical bed, or the elderly person whose mind is caught in the tight loop of dementia, or the runaway teen living on the kindness of strangers, or the Down syndrome adult with his childlike view of the world, or the street musician who lives on tips, or that conservative neighbor living in devotion of a religion other than your own—the truth is, life, even in these more extreme conditions, can still be good.

Amazing as it may be to us in our own familiar little worlds, all of these diverse situations can still be places of wisdom, joy and happiness for those who have adapted themselves to live in them. In fact, some of the most beautiful flowers bloom in the most barren and unusual of soils.

So rather than just feel pity for others whose circumstances would be intolerable to us, we would be wiser to pause, draw closer and try to catch a glimpse of what it might be like to live in those other places. Certainly compassion for the suffering of others is a virtue, but let us be careful not to presume that they are suffering and to judge them for not doing what we might do in their situation.

Be grateful for whatever you have that is good. Be grateful for those moments where you get to enjoy life in your particular place. But also be open to the possibility that there is more to life than what you have experienced, or even than what you now prefer. As they say, “You don’t know what you are missing.”

I happen to be a 63-years-old, full of aches and pains, semi-retired and a widower who owns and operates the coolest terrarium shop in the USA. (I checked it out on the web, and it’s true. Our little shop is becoming a nationally recognized destination for terrarium enthusiasts. My terrarium classes are now the most popular terrarium classes in the county if you count how many classes and students we serve each month.) I live in my shop to keep costs down and I am finishing up raising my 16-year-old son alone.

It’s not easy, but in spite of all the challenges that confront me in my unusual situation, my life is still good. Maybe that is because that Superintelligence from outside our universe is good. I believe it is so.

Roosevelt’s Terrariums

1510 SE 44th Ave, Apt. 101, Portland, OR 97214

(503) 734-9996

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CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonCan third-party laser toner cartridges save your office money? Absolutely. What about quality?

Aftermarket laser toner cartridges’ quality ranges from garbage—to illegal—to excellent. How does one know the good from the bad? Use a local vendor who knows the differences. Many very inexpensive cartridges sold via Amazon and certain online sellers (check customer dissatisfaction reviews) are poor quality. We love inexpensive items, laser toner cartridges included. But buying on price alone invites problems. Our quality and savings = value.

OEM (original equipment manufacturer) = name-brand cartridge. This is how printer companies make their profit. Nothing wrong here, but it is significantly higher on a cost- per-page basis.

For aftermarket cartridges, there are two good alternatives. Factory remanufactured and factory new compatibles. Depending on the brand and style of cartridge, either can be very satisfactory in both performance and savings.

Factory remanufactured cartridges are exactly that. An empty original cartridge, recycled and factory remanufactured. Tested, accepted, machine cleaned, new drum (one hopes), new blades and other parts and then filled with the appropriate toner formulation with a new or reset “chip.”

Factory “compatible” cartridges are “new build” cartridges with the appropriate toner and “chip.” Both styles can perform quite well at considerable savings. The factories we use for these cartridges produce very high-quality cartridges with very high customer satisfaction.

What about refill shops? It’s a question of job shop vs. factory quality. Universal laser toner (is garbage) vs. laser toner specifically intended for a specific printer, let alone the correct cartridge chip. We recycle lots of these from unhappy users.

Illegal cartridges on the internet? Yep! There have already been about a dozen seizures this year with the importer named including several for Amazon.

Black-only laser toner cartridges (printers) are the least expensive on a cost-per-page basis. Color laser cartridges (printers) are several times more expensive on a cost-per-page basis. There is a correlation between purchase price of the printer and the cost per page; the lower the price of the printer, the more costly on a cost-per-page basis.

Since businesses usually favor laser printers, we frequently recommend having a “beefier” all-in-one or multi-function black laser printer for the 70 percent to 80 percent of their printing that is only black and then having a separate color laser printer for when they need color. Since color goes into producing black print and black laser toner goes into making color more “colorful,” this is a very cost effective way to lower a businesses’ cost per page and provides redundancy in printing capabilities instead of having a single color all-in-one/multi-function color laser printer that is printing predominantly black.

Let us help you with cost effective high-quality cartridges. As a full-service independent, non-franchise operation located in Raleigh Hills, on the Portland-Beaverton border, Cartridge-Network stocks several thousand different OEM and aftermarket cartridges. Shipping is free! And we sell and services printers and copiers. We stock several dozen different printer models (inkjet and laser) and copiers too. We focus on a customer’s needs and then explore alternatives to best meet them.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665

Brought to you by Janelle Rohrback, MD - The Portland Clinic - MEDICAL INSIDER -

THE PORTLAND CLINIC - Janelle Rohrback, MDWith spring officially here, Portlanders are spending more and more time enjoying our beautiful outdoors. However, all of that outdoor activity carries a risk if you’re not mindful of the sun and take steps to protect yourself.

Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common variety of cancer in the U.S. As part of National Melanoma Skin Cancer Month, doctors and nurses at The Portland Clinic want to share a few basic steps we can all take to help prevent this disease.

The shade is your friend: Particularly during midday hours when the sun’s rays are strongest, stay in the shade as much as possible.

Cover up: Clothing can be your strongest defense against harmful rays. A hat with a wide brim and UV-blocking sunglasses are great accessories.

Apply sunscreen: It’s not enough to use a high SPF sunscreen. You have to ensure you are using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can block both UVA and UVB rays. We recommend opting for a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher; reapply every two hours or right after you swim.

Avoid tanning beds: Using an indoor tanning bed dramatically increases your risk for melanoma and other skin cancers.

Keep babies out of the sun: The skin of a newborn is incredibly vulnerable, so they should be kept out of the sun entirely. Babies over the age of six months need regular applications of sunscreen.

The Portland Clinic

800 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

(503) 223-3113

Brought to you by Adam East - Alberta Rose Theatre - LIVE SHOWS INSIDER -

ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE/RACHAEL RICE - Adam EastFor the best in dance, circus, comedy and song, check out these upcoming events at the Alberta Rose!

Friday, April 29

Sepiatonic presents Bridge The Gap: The bellydancers’ network known for their massive theatrical productions masters both music and muscle in this special performance. Their eclectic band excels across genres. 8 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

Saturday, April 30

Heart Like A Wheel - Linda Ronstadt Tribute Concert: Join some well-known Portland singers as they cover the songs of a rock-and-roll legend left voiceless by Parkinson’s. This charitable event will raise money to fight the disease. 7 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

May 6, 7 and 8

Mother's Day Circus: Contortionists will writhe and acrobats will fly to the tunes of chamber/folk outfit 3 Leg Torso. Bring your mom! 8 p.m., with a special Mother’s Day Matinée Sunday at 3 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

Monday, May 9

Blake Lewis & Elliott Yamin - The Soul Box Tour: Two of American Idol’s most successful performing artists join forces for this one-night-only event. 8 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

Thursday, May 12

Howie Day: The singer-songwriter behind “She Says” and “Collide” returns to Portland with a repertoire of new material and old favorites. 8 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211

(503) 719-6055

Brought to you by Dave Anchel - Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too! - FLAG, BANNER, KITE INSIDER -

ELMER'S FLAG AND BANNER, KITES TOO! - Dave AnchelThere’s no pleasure like flying Old Glory, but it’s important to get it right. Proper flag etiquette demonstrates our respect for the American flag—and the values that our flag represents. Here are five flag-flying tips:

Light by Night. The American flag should be flown only from sunrise to sunset unless it’s properly illuminated. Otherwise, raise the flag briskly each morning and lower it ceremoniously at sunset.

Know the Half-Staff. Contrary to popular belief, “half-staff” doesn’t refer to the point halfway between the ground and the top of the flagpole. Instead, the flag should be raised to its usual height and then lowered one flag height.

Canton Left. There’s nothing wrong with displaying our national flag vertically or horizontally, but the “union” (the 50 white stars on the blue field, also known as the canton) should always be on top and to the observer’s left.

Don’t Add (Or Play Dress Up). Don’t add, subtract or alter the design of the American flag. Flags should never be used as a costume or athletic uniform. A flag patch is acceptable on the uniforms of police officers, firefighters, soldiers and other patriotic organizations.

Fly America First. When displayed with other national flags, the American flag must be the same size and in the place of prominence (to the viewer’s left).

Have a different question about the Stars & Stripes and how best to fly it? Give us a call!

Elmer’s Flag & Banner, Kites Too!

1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

(503) 282-1214

Brought to you by Marshall Smith - Parr Lumber - BUILDING MATERIALS INSIDER -

PARR LUMBER - Marshall SmithImproving your yard and outdoor living space is an affordable way to increase the value and enjoyment of your home. Homeowners in the Northwest love to be outside, especially in the spring and summer months. Landscaping jobs, gardening projects and creating a beautiful outdoor patio are not only fun but also affordable projects that homeowners can typically accomplish over a long summer weekend.

From wood to concrete, Parr Lumber has the outdoor products and ideas to match the style and function of your home. Some popular projects include using rough-sawn cedar boards and retaining wall blocks to define a space—or building raised flower and vegetable beds for the garden.

When it comes to adding those finishing touches that really set a home apart, consider paver stones. Basalite Concrete Products offers a complete line, everything from engineered wall systems to decorative block, pavers and stepping stones. Parr has Basalite pavers to fit the needs of any home improvement project.

Outdoor improvements are easy to create, don’t require experience and add beauty, functionality, enjoyment and value to your home. Paved walkways and patios create scenic splendor without sacrificing utility, while stepping stones suggest rustic exploration and play.

What are you waiting for? Come visit the pros at Parr Lumber, they can show you all the options, help you with the selection process, walk you through the project and deliver all the materials right to your driveway.

Parr Lumber

We have 10 locations in the Portland area.

Visit our website to find one near you.


Brought to you by Ken Mitchell-Phillips - The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips - LEGAL INSIDER -

THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhillipsA comprehensive business plan is the single most important document you can create before founding a new business.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Brought to you by Jennifer Cook-Buman - Living Right Senior Placement - SENIOR PLACEMENT INSIDER -

LIVING RIGHT SENIOR PLACEMENT - Jennifer Cook-BumanSenior living communities have changed a lot, but placement professionals still hear the same complaints. Read on for some senior living myth busting.

It costs too much. Don’t be so sure. Senior living isn’t free, but when you factor in the savings on food, utilities, transportation and upkeep, they often cost less than regular rent or homeownership. Many of the benefits are priceless.

I’ll be lonely. Well, that’s up to you. Retirement centers don’t make your friends for you, but they are central locations where people of the same age, demographics and interests tend to gather, with plenty of icebreaking opportunities.

I’ll be bored. Unlikely. Retirement is a time to rekindle long-dormant hobbies, which is why most senior centers have thriving gardening, game, craft and sewing clubs. Most plan regular trips to cultural and entertainment centers too.

There’s no privacy. Shared spaces and dining halls certainly put the emphasis on community, but senior living centers aren’t designed for mandatory participation. Renters control access to their own apartments, and can take their meals there.

I don’t want to. That may be true, but kicking the can down the road isn’t a long-term solution. Making a choice yourself—rather than leaving it up to your family during a time of crisis—is the greatest gift you can give them.

Still not convinced? Schedule a visit with Jennifer Cook-Buman of Living Right Senior Placement. She’ll locate your concerns—and their solutions.

Living Right Senior Placement

P.O. Box 534, West Linn, Oregon 97068

(503) 780-7353

Brought to you by J. Baron - Northwest Women's Clinic - WOMEN'S HEALTH INSIDER -

NORTHWEST WOMEN'S CLINIC - J. Baron, Certified Nurse MidwifePregnant women are subject to the advice of friends, family and even strangers. Most book stores have entire sections devoted to childbirth. Online, there are over 7 million hits for the word “epidural.” How does one sift through the mounds of information?

In today’s busy OB-GYN offices, providers only have about 15 minutes for most OB appointments.

“Prenatal classes teach the couple about pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum time as well. It would be difficult to fit everything a couple needs to know into a monthly 15-minute time frame” says J. Baron, one of the certified nurse midwives at NWWC and a prenatal class educator at their Barnes road location.

Labor can be a fearful time for some couples and prenatal education can help alleviate some of that fear, making for a calmer birth experience for parents and baby alike. It also helps to know what to expect when you get to the hospital.

According to J., “the immensity of what a woman’s body is doing on a physical, emotional and spiritual level during pregnancy and birth is only matched by the immensity of what the baby has to do to successfully maneuver the birth as well. Understanding, supporting and respecting that goes a long way toward a healthy birthing experience.”

NWWC offers their patients childbirth education classes nearly every month. They also offer classes specifically geared toward unmediated labor/birth as well as water birth.

Northwest Women’s Clinic

11750 SW Barnes Road, Suite 300

2222 NW Lovejoy St., Suite 619

(503) 416-9922

Brought to you by Tilo Arreguin - Black Tie Detail - AUTO DETAILING INSIDER -

BLACK TIE DETAIL - Tilo ArreguinAs I’m sure you know, many car washing companies offer so-called “auto detailing” services alongside their more standard options.

Car wash employees will tell you that their service is exactly the same as the job done by professional auto detailers. But by some unexplained miracle, these car wash “details” never cost more than those done by the pros.

The reality, however, is that these auto details are likely causing more damage to your vehicle’s paint and finish than simply doing nothing at all.

The problem is that car wash companies only use soap and a sponge to clean your car exterior, and frequently reuse their cleaning supplies over and over.

The bits of dirt and sand you want removed from your vehicle exterior also turn the cleaning implement into a literal piece of sandpaper. Using a dirty sponge or wash mitt will abrade the finish of your car, stripping it of paint and leading to uneven wear.

Thankfully, there’s a different way. At Black Tie Detail, we use a clay bar system to remove particulates without damaging your vehicle’s finish. We take the time to buff and polish your car, two steps most car washes skip. Unlike the other guys, we take pride in our work and spend extra time making sure everything is right.

Next time, make the investment your car truly deserves. There’s no replacement for a good auto detailing from Black Tie Detail!

Black Tie Detail

9398 SW Tigard St, Tigard, OR 97223

(971) 317-2170

Brought to you by Jan Kuhnhausen - Kuhnhausen's Furniture Showcase - FURNITURE INSIDER -

KUHNHAUSEN'S FURNITURE SHOWCASE - Jan KuhnhausenKuhnhausen’s Furniture Showcase has been selling traditional and modern, authentically Portland furniture for generations. But high-quality construction at a great price can’t compensate for bad vibes—or bad interior design.

The pros use these five decorating and design “laws” every day. How many does your home layout break?

Let your seats communicate. If the seating in your house doesn’t communicate, your friends and family won’t be able to either. Try arranging your seating so every armchair, loveseat and couch has its own conversation partner.

Float your furniture. Squaring every piece of furniture flush against the wall won’t magically double your house’s floor space. In fact, “floating” the furniture (with space in between objects and walls) actually increases the appearance of space.

Find a focal point. Every room needs a centerpiece, and we’re not just talking about the flatscreen. A focal point should draw everyone’s attention, like a fireplace or picture window. Consider purchasing new, clean-lined furniture in neutral colors. This will make your space more open and inviting.

Cut the clutter. Not sure where to focus a room? You probably have too much furniture already. If it doesn’t fit your theme or your floor plan, ditch it.

Take a photo. Taking a digital image can reveal a room’s hidden promise, or force you to confront an unpleasant truth. A photo will help you appraise the room from an outsider’s perspective—just like your guests will.

Kuhnhausen’s Furniture Showcase

2640 East Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97214

(503) 234-6638

Brought to you by Stan Robinson and Brian Jarvis - Pacific West Roofing - ROOFING INSIDER -

PACIFIC WEST ROOFING - Stan RobinsonFor over 35 years, Pacific West Roofing has been providing only the highest quality residential and commercial roofing service. We approach each project the same—by understanding your needs, determining the best solution, informing you about the process and standing by our work.

Ventilation, or air movement, is essential to insuring roof longevity. An efficient ventilation system provides a steady, high volume of air movement. This means that the system components must be sized and positioned to provide a constant flow of air, moving in a constant direction. This can be achieved two ways, either using natural ventilation or mechanical ventilation.

PACIFIC WEST ROOFING - Brian JarvisAir movement is most effective when intake vents are positioned along the underside of the roof sheathing. During summer, airflow along the sheathing removes heat before it can radiate to the attic floor. During winter, airflow along the sheathing removes moisture before it can condense into droplets or frost. Intake vents must be located so there is little possibility of rain or snow infiltration. Conventional intake products require installation in the soffit, or bird blocks (the area underneath the eave of the house) for maximum weather protection.

Today, more roofing professionals understand the importance of proper ventilation, and more products are being introduced to improve the process. One example is The Edge Vent intake vent system, which allows rooftop installation and maximum weather protection. It is one of several modern technologies used by Pacific West Roofing to deliver superior roofing solutions.

Pacific West Roofing

9360 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062

(503) 850-0680

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Volunteers needed to help take inventory of Powell Butte wildlife

by Christopher Keizur
Volunteers are needed to spot wildlife in the Powell Butte Nature Park as part of an effort to survey the amphibians, butterflies and birds that call the area home. You may see a Satyr Anglewing butterfly or perhaps a giant salamander. You also…
May 03, 2016

Kevin Taylor, assistant principal at Cleveland High School, tapped as Gladstone's new principal

by Raymond Rendleman
The Gladstone School District selected Kevin Taylor as the new principal of Gladstone High School. Taylor, with 20 years in education, holds a master’s degree in teaching and a master’s in business administration from Oregon State University. “I am…
COURTESY PHOTO: NOHATEZONE.COM - Sam Sachs, a former city human rights commissioner, has threatened to sue over discipline he received as a city park ranger.
May 03, 2016

Former human rights commissioner threatens lawsuit

by Nick Budnick
A city park ranger found himself accused of racial discrimination after reporting an African American supervisor for a hiring violation, according to a lawsuit threat filed recently with the city of Portland. Sam Sachs, a former member of the city…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: HILLARY BORRUD/EO MEDIA GROUP - Willamette University student Nastja Nykaza, 19, said she plans to vote this year but is not sure whether her vote will make a difference.
May 03, 2016

Candidates, parties shake off 'bland' politics to attract young voters

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon is among the easiest places in the nation to vote, with a vote-by-mail system and an automatic voter registration program. Still, turnout among the state’s youngest voters has lagged behind other age groups for years, just as it does…
May 03, 2016

Oregonians who buy own health coverage face big 2017 hikes

by Nick Budnick
Oregonians who buy their own health insurance face a second straight year of hefty premium hikes that could boost coverage costs by nearly a third. Insurers want to boost premiums by 15 percent to 32 percent next year, according to a summary of rate…
After 12 years as battalion chief, David Morris has been promoted to assistant chief of the Lake Oswego Fire Department.
May 03, 2016

David Morris promoted to assistant fire chief in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Nine other LOFD firefighters are receiving promotions in 'a busy couple of months' David Morris has been named assistant fire chief and nine other firefighters will also receive promotions in the wake of key retirements at the Lake Oswego Fire…
Todd Heidgerken
May 03, 2016

Clackamas River Water District Board selects Todd Heidgerken as general manager

by The Clackamas Review
Clackamas River Water’s new general manager, Todd Heidgerken, most recently worked for the Tualatin Valley Water District from 1999 to 2015. Heidgerken will be replacing Lee Moore who will be retiring in June after eight years of service at CRW, a…
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FOOD NETWORK - Lake Oswego's Kyra Bussanich (third from left) and her competitors await the judges' instructions Monday night on the Food Network's 'Cupcake Wars.'
May 02, 2016

Lake Oswego's Kyra Bussanich wins fourth 'Cupcake Wars' title

by The Review
Owner of gluten-free bake shop concocts desserts with names like Raspberry Hibiscus Rose and Chocolate Caramel Curry Crush for Food Network's 'Ultimate Showdown Challenge' Kyra Bussanich, the founder of Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego, became the…
May 02, 2016

Urban-renewal petitioners successfully sue Oregon City for attempting to block ballot measure

by Raymond Rendleman
Due to “the strong policy preference in Oregon in favor of the initiative process,” Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Michael C. Wetzel ruled on Monday that Oregon City didn’t have the power to revoke a petition to kill the city’s urban-renewal…
May 02, 2016

Former West Linn city manager takes interim role in California

by Patrick Malee
Chris Jordan signed on as interim city manager in Los Altos, California Former West Linn City Manager Chris Jordan has been hired as interim city manager in Los Altos, California. The hiring was first reported by the San Jose Mercury News, and…
COURTESY PHOTO: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN - GOP candidate Donald Trump has a big lead in the polls ahead of Oregon's May 17 primary election.
April 27, 2016

Poll: Trump holds big lead ahead of Oregon primary

by Jeff Mapes/OPB
A new poll of Republican voters in Oregon finds that Donald Trump has a double-digit lead in the state's May 17 primary, while Ted Cruz is second despite pulling out of the state. The poll by Portland's Hoffman Research Group shows 43 percent…
WILLAMETTE FALLS MEDIA CENTER - From left, are OPB reporter Rob Manning, Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas, Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard, Clackamas County Board Chairman John Ludlow and Clackamas Review/Oregon City News Editor Raymond Rendleman.
May 02, 2016

Pamplin Media moderates debate for Clackamas County chair candidates at Willamette Falls Media…

by Raymond Rendleman
Willamette Falls Media Center and Clackamas Review/Oregon City News Editor Raymond Rendleman co-hosted a more than hour-long debate on April 28 for members of the County Board of Commissioners vying for the chair position. Participating were…

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May 02, 2016

Business group says Hales' fee increase makes 'no sense'

by Jim Redden
Update: Novick, Saltzman oppose increase Mayor Charlie Hales released his final and potentially most controversial proposed budget on Monday morning. The $493 million proposed budget includes…
May 02, 2016

Former Oregon legislator Rick Metsger to head federal credit…

by Jim Redden
President Barack Obama has named former Oregon state Sen. Rick Metsger to be ninth chairman of the National Credit Union Administration Board. Metsger was appointed to the NCUA Board in 2013 and…
TIMES FILE PHOTO - Stars Cabaret & Steak House for years has staged adult entertainment from its Southwest Lombard Avenue location a block off Farmington Road, but it currently is facing legal challenges from two state agencies because minor girls allegedly were engaged in prostitution and nude dancing. An owner confirmed the Beaverton club is selling to a larger exotic dancing chain, Spearmint Rhino.
May 02, 2016

Stars Cabaret strip club selling to Spearmint Rhino

by Eric Apalategui
Embattled Beaverton location facing legal challenges from two state agencies. Another chain of exotic dancing clubs is taking over Stars Cabaret & Steak House, the embattled Beaverton strip club…
May 02, 2016

Novick: Tax heavy truck companies for roads

by Jim Redden
The City Council will consider enacting a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax on Wednesday. It is intended to help pay to repair the disproportionate amount of road damage caused by heavy vehicles in…
KOIN 6 NEWS - This KOIN 6 graphic tells the story of April's record-stting temperatures.
May 01, 2016

April warmest month on record in Portland

by Pamplin Media Group/KOIN 6 News
The month that just ended was the warmest April on record in Portland, according to KOIN 6 Meteorologist Riley O’Connor. And May is starting equally warm, with sunshine and temperatures in the…
DANIEL PEARSON - Portland's City Forester Jenn Cairo holds a plaque with Matt Morrissey, a member of the Albina Neighborhood Tree Team. The neighborhood group is recognized as the 2016 Naito Community Trees Award winner for a group effort.
Apr 30, 2016

Heritage Tree Committee names 2016 award winners

by Daniel Pearson
A tight-knit group sat around a small stage celebrating Portland’s Arbor Day festivities at the South Park Blocks and the crowd of 75-or-so applauded loudly as Portland’s Catherine Mushel…
May 05, 2016

Beaverton water supply deemed safe

by Pamplin Media Group
The city of Beaverton released its 2016 water quality report and it finds that the drinking water supply “meets or exceeds state and federal standards." The so-called Consumer Confidence Report…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard gets to the basket against the Clippers.
Apr 30, 2016

With Clippers dismissed, it's bring on the Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
There was nothing easy about the Trail Blazers’ close-out 106-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series at Moda Center. A member of the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Dakota Prukop flips a pass during Saturday's Oregon Ducks spring game at Autzen Stadium.
Apr 30, 2016

Ducks QBs pass spring eye test

by Jason Vondersmith
EUGENE — The Oregon Ducks showed off their new three quarterbacks — Dakota Prukop, Travis Jonsen, Terry Wilson — for the first time to the public and media on Saturday, and at least the two QBs…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has plenty of space to launch a shot over Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 6 of their playoff series Friday night at Moda Center.
Apr 30, 2016

Trail Blazers say they're ready for a fight

by Christopher Keizur
At the final buzzer, it was pandemonium in Moda Center. Red and silver streamers fluttered from the rafters as the fans, who had been on their feet for most of the fourth quarter, roared in…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KOIN 6 - The scene of the crash on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
Apr 29, 2016

Sheriff's patrol car hits, kills pedestrian

by Pamplin Media Group
A man died after being hit by a marked patrol car belonging to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The identity of the pedestrian is not being released until family members are notified.…
Apr 29, 2016

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

by Pamplin Media Group
Boy hospitalized with what appeared to be a serious head injury A 9-year-old Gresham boy riding a bicycle was hit by a car Thursday evening, police said. Officers were called to the scene of the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers in six games with their victory at home in Portland on Friday night.
Apr 29, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Pulling through, Blazers push their way into second…

by Portland Tribune
Scenes from Game 6, Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, won by Portland 106-103 Friday night at Moda Center. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: DAVID BLAIR…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Eugene and Portland were among cities with the least amount of flu activity this year, according to Walgreens Flu Index.
Apr 29, 2016

Portland, Eugene avoid nasty flu season

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland and Eugene somehow escaped a nasty flu season, according to Walgreens Flu Index. Eugene was No. 1 on the index’s list of cities with the least amount of people sick with the flu from…
Apr 29, 2016

State GOP to consolidate convention

by Paris Achen
Oregon was the only state that held convention in more than one location The Oregon Republican Convention this year will for the first time in at least 30 years meet in one location to select…
COURTESY PHOTO: PP&R - Children with the Thai Bumble Bee group perform traditional Thai dances and a Water Blessing ('Rot Naam') ceremony, a ritual where children pay their respects to elders, and in turn, receive blessings.
Apr 29, 2016

City party celebrates Southeast Asian cultures

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland Parks & Recreation is celebrating Southeast Asian cultures Saturday with a party in Glenhaven Park. It’s the city’s second annual Cambodian/Lao/Thai/Burmese New Year in the Park. The…
WIKIPEDIA/ORACLE - Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison would have a nagging p.r. problem go away if the company's claim that Oregon settled the case is upheld in court.
Apr 29, 2016

Oracle's bid to kill Oregon lawsuit survives initial challenge

by Nick Budnick
Oracle's claim of $25 million settlement by Gov. Kate Brown has legs, judge rules. A long-shot effort by Oracle to kill Oregon’s big-money racketeering lawsuit over the Cover Oregon debacle has…
Apr 29, 2016

Brown appoints state education innovation officer

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
New position is charged with boosting state graduation rate Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday appointed Eugene educator Colt Gill to a new position charged with boosting the state's nationally lagging…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Gerald Henderson of the Trail Blazers is fouled on a drive in the Feb. 19 home game against the Golden State Warriors.
Apr 29, 2016

Blazers vs. Warriors: Here's how they did head-to-head

by Christopher Keizur
It’s 0-0 now. But, in the regular season, the Golden State Warriors were 3-1 against the Trail Blazers. All four games were high-scoring affairs. Here’s a look back at the teams that will begin…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A new budget forecast says the city of Portland will have more than $9 million more than expected when it starts the long budgeting process.
Apr 28, 2016

Portland rolling in bucks as city piles up $25.6 million more…

by Jim Redden
Portland is experiencing record revenue growth as the economy continues to recover, according to the five-year general fund forecast released Thursday, April 28, by the city Budget Office.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Portland State University grad student Arianna Warner reacts after having temporary tattoos placed on her forearms by Hawthorne Ink tattoo artists Aubrey Hight, left, and Kimber Teatro.
Apr 28, 2016

Drawing out the pain

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Portland woman taps into tattoo community to make invisible disabilities visible Portland State University grad student Arianna Warner gets scathing looks on a regular basis. Quick with a laugh,…
COURTESY PHOTO: NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE - Natural Resources Conservation Service hydrologists Julie Koeberle measures the snowpack Thursday, April 28, on Mount Hood. The mountain has about 70 percent of its snowpack for this time of year.
Apr 28, 2016

Survey: Mount Hood snowpack about 70 percent of normal

by Pamplin Media Group
A survey of Mount Hood’s snow found that the area is at about 70 percent of normal for snowpack. Natural Resources Conservation Service hydrologists Julie Koeberle and Amy Burke did the…
Apr 28, 2016

Lawmakers line up plans to collect billions owed to state

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Two months after Oregon lawmakers wrapped up the 2016 legislative session, some are already working to revive a proposal next year that would make it easier to track down debtors who…
JONATHAN HOUSE - Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to a crowd of more than 400 Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Castaway Portland in Northwest Portland. The event marked the first visit to Oregon by a GOP presidential candidate in advance of the state's May 17 primary.
Apr 28, 2016

Kasich tells NW Portland town hall 'people need a choice'

by Paris Achen
Ohio governor is the first GOP presidential candidate to visit Oregon Ohio Gov. John Kasich told a Northwest Portland town hall crowd of about 400 people Thursday afternoon that he wasn't…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - People are flocking to Portland because of it's urban lifestyle - just not everyone.
Apr 28, 2016

New demographic statistics muddle Comp Plan update

by Jim Redden
As the City Council continues working on the recommended update to the Comprehensive Plan, some of its most important goals already are being undermined. The recommended update calls for…