Wilsonville's transit plans collide with TriMet's

Wilsonville's transit plans collide with TriMet's

City intends to dispute TriMet's claim to parts of Wilsonville The City of Wilsonville’s...

West Linn-Wilsonville School District lands top graduation rate in Oregon

West Linn-Wilsonville School District lands top graduation rate in Oregon

When graduation rates across the state of Oregon were released earlier this month, the West...

Beltrans named Wilsonville's 2015 First Citizens

Beltrans named Wilsonville's 2015 First Citizens

Couple thanks community, fellow nominees for honor A little over a month after four finalists...

Extreme couponing for good

Extreme couponing for good

Wilsonville resident shares expertise via free classes When Heidi DeGarmo posted on Facebook...

Slick's Big Time BBQ arrives

Slick's Big Time BBQ arrives

Displaced by bypass, Newberg restaurant re-opened in Wilsonville Feb. 4 At the end of last year,...

Nonprofit to give back to first responders

Nonprofit to give back to first responders

Founders organized First Responders Appreciation Day last fall, form nonprofit When Tim and...

We want Wilsonville's story

We want Wilsonville's story

Spokesman photographers, reporters and editors will be out in force on Thursday, Feb. 11, to...


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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - GED student Marquez Goldsby works in the lobby of Londer Learning Center last April.
February 11, 2016

Oregon GED students still struggling

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Critics say easier passing score isn't enough of a change Masked in Oregon’s recent celebration of higher graduation rates was the fact that 26 percent of the state’s students did not graduate…
February 10, 2016

Do you know an 'Amazing Kid'?

by (none)
Know a stand-out Wilsonville kid who deserves recognition? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you. The Spokesman is now accepting nominations for boys and girls — from elementary school students…
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February 10, 2016

Police log

by Jake Bartman
The Wilsonville Police Department is run under contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Information for the police log comes from the public record, and all persons named therein are…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dr. Nancy Rogene organized 'Racial Justice -- The Time is Now,' a free racial justice adult education series that's being held at Frog Pond Church and is open to the public.
February 10, 2016

Frog Pond Church hosts free racial justice series

by Jake Bartman
Topics include raising children of color, structural racism and white privilege Anyone with an interest in racial justice, whether they be veteran activists or merely curious about what the…
February 10, 2016

News in Brief

by Pamplin Media Group
Legislators to hold Town Hall meeting Wilsonville-area state legislators are holding a public Town Hall meeting in Wilsonville on current issues being deliberated in the 2016 “short session” of…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Heidi  and Eli Haynal of Wilsonville work on planting a tree.
February 10, 2016

Volunteers plant a (small) forest

by The Spokesman
Wilsonville residents turned out to Memorial Park Saturday morning, Feb. 6, to plant native trees and remove invasive ivy. More than 350 native trees and shrubs were planted, and volunteers…
SPOKESMAN PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Joe Ramierez, left, and Mathew Wilson of Vancouver double-team an opponent.
February 10, 2016

Playground game raises money for outdoor school

by Andrew Kilstrom
Inza R. Wood Middle school hosted a 16-team adult dodgeball tournament to raise money for sixth-grade outdoor school that will take place later this spring. The tournament, held Saturday, Feb.…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, proposes implementing a 4 cent fuel tax across Oregon, and a 6 cent fuel tax in Portland.
February 03, 2016

Davis seeks compromise for fuel bill

by Jake Bartman
Fuel tax would be considered alongside low-carbon fuel standard program Seeking to strike a balance between the conflicting demands of legislators that doomed a $343.5 million transportation…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Universal Health Services' proposed behavioral health facility would be 62,000 square feet in size and stand on the corner of Day Road and Boones Ferry Road. A rendering presented Jan. 25 shows the facility viewed looking east along Day Road.
February 03, 2016

DRB approves mental health hospital application

by Jake Bartman
Facility would focus on serving adolescent patients At its Jan. 25 meeting, Wilsonville’s Development Review Board Panel B unanimously approved an application from Universal Health Services that…
SUBMITTED PHOTO: DANNY ABREGO - Dave Bany, left, and his wife Sally have been hard at work founding World of Speed Museum and West Linn's Youth Music Project during the last five years.
February 03, 2016

Two ventures for the price of one

by Jake Bartman
First Citizen finalists Dave and Sally Bany founded two nonprofits at once It’s a situation many parents know all too well: After 18 years of cooking, caring for and looking after one’s…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - John Schenk chose the signature red color for his Tesla Model X P90DL Signature Series, one of the first all-electric SUVs.
February 03, 2016

A slow wait for a fast car

by Jake Bartman
Wilsonville man the first in Oregon to receive a Tesla Model X It has been a long, long wait for Wilsonville auto enthusiast John Schenk. But almost three and a half years after placing an…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Authors Roland and Marie Smith live on the same farm where Marie grew up just outside Wilsonville. The couple's most recent picture book 'T is for Time' is one of four finalists for the Eloise Jarvis McGraw award for children's literature. The award winner will be announced April 11.
February 03, 2016

C is for coauthorship

by Jake Bartman
Wilsonville couple's picture book named Oregon Book Award finalist From the list of almost 50 books by award-winning and bestselling Wilsonville author Roland Smith, it would be easy to assume…
February 03, 2016

News in brief

by Spokesman staff
County cops to carry AEDs Clackamas County law enforcement officers are now carrying automated external defibrillators to improve the chances of survival from cardiac arrest in the county.…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Share Singer Kathy Lottmann sings along with SpringRidge Court resident Sylvia Shektoff.
January 27, 2016

Share Singers bring music, companionshipto seniors

by Jake Bartman
The Share Singers, a West Linn-based group organized in conjunction with that city’s Parks and Recreation department, brought their musical performance to residents of assisted living facility…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JAKE BARTMAN - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate Lanelle Warner, shown here with the television in her two-bunk cell, says that some of the nature images screened on a new channel broadcast throughout the facility bring her back to her childhood on a Native American reservation.
January 27, 2016

A new kind of freedom

by Jake Bartman
Nature channel offers window to the world for Coffee Creek inmates For inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility’s medium security prison in Wilsonville, a new television channel in the…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Around 70 acres will be removed from the West Side Urban Renewal Area if the City Council approves an amendment to the area for a second time at its Feb. 1 meeting.
January 27, 2016

West Side Urban Renewal amendment approved

by Jake Bartman
The City Council takes a step toward setting up a Coffee Creek URA Marking a step toward creation of a new urban renewal area that will transform the Coffee Creek area, the Wilsonville City…
SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - Republic Services operates in Wilsonville from its location on Ridder Road. The City Council approved a rate increase of 4 percent that went into effect in Aug. 2013.
January 27, 2016

Council to consider trash rate hikes

by Jake Bartman
Some proposed increases as high as 57 percent Wilsonville residents and businesses may soon find themselves paying more each month to have their garbage disposed of as Republic Services, which…
SUBMITTED PHOTO: DANNY ABREGO - Curt Kipp, 47, was editor of the Wilsonville Spokesman from 2000-2007. In 2005, he began to chair the Rotary Club of Wilsonvilles Summer Concerts series, which raised over $9,000 last year for End Polio Now.
January 27, 2016

Creating space for community connections

by Jake Bartman
First Citizen finalist Curt Kipp, journalist and community organizer When he was in the third grade, Wilsonville’s Curt Kipp attempted to start a newspaper in his classroom. “I was finishing the…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The new Lowrie Primary boundary (orange) includes two Boones Ferry-Lowrie 'choice' zones (green) in the Villebois area. The yellow Boones Ferry boundary directly to the east and north of the Lowrie boundary is the major difference - having previously been part of Lowrie's zone.
January 27, 2016

'Soft' boundary adjustment impacts Lowrie Primary

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District will implement a “soft” boundary adjustment in Wilsonville — particularly in the Lowrie Primary area of the district — in time for the 2016-17 school…
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January 27, 2016

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Jan 27, 2016

Wilsonville woman drowns, son injured trying to save her

by Jim Redden
A 49-year-old Wilsonville woman drowned in the Willamette River in Wilsonville early Sunday. Her 30-year-old Tigard son was injured when he tried to rescue her from the river. According to the…
Jan 24, 2016

Wilsonville mother drowns, son injured trying to save her

by Jim Redden
A 49-year-old Wilsonville woman drowned in the Willamette River early Sunday morning and her 30-year-old Tigard son was injured when he tried to rescue her, according to the Clackamas County…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JAKE BARTMAN - Palacios, left, is presented with his honorary rank advancements by Troop 194 Scoutmaster John Budiao.
Jan 22, 2016

Scout given honorary promotions

by Jake Bartman
Wilsonville’s Boy Scout Troop 194 on Jan. 11 surprised Joshua Palacios, 17, with an honorary promotion from Tenderfoot Scout to Second Class Scout — then to First Class Scout, Star Scout, and…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sakchai 'Chai' Jivagunchainan left a career as a tobacco trader in Thailand to eventually open a Thai restaurant in Wilsonville.
Jan 21, 2016

Still serving delightful dishes

by Jake Bartman
Owner of Thai Delight restaurant remains hard at work Hard work has taken Sakchai “Chai” Jivagunchainan a long way. When he moved to the United States 16 years ago, Chai walked away from a…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Residents at Columbia Ecovillage in Northeast Portland use one of the community's common spaces for yoga. The community was built by two former Frog Pond residents who weren't able to build it there two decades ago.
Jan 20, 2016

Cohousing at Frog Pond West?

by Jake Bartman
Residents work toward establishing a different kind of community Amid discussions of what a concept plan ought to suggest for the housing densities in the Frog Pond West neighborhood just north…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Realtors Sherine and Jaimy Beltran earned accolades even during the recession, but struggled to make ends meet. They have been finding ways to give back since the economy began to improve.
Jan 20, 2016

Hard-won lessons

by Jake Bartman
First Citizen finalists Jaimy and Sherine Beltran are Realtors and philanthropists Although First Citizen finalists Jaimy and Sherine Beltran are among Wilsonville’s foremost power couples, a…
Jan 20, 2016

Proposed facility to turn food scraps into energy

by Jake Bartman
Project would be one of the first in the Northwest Don’t worry, Wilsonville: The proposed new food scrap processing facility on Ridder Road is not expected to smell. Proposed by Sustainable…
SUBMITTED PHOTO: CCSO - MOSS
Jan 18, 2016

Armed man barricades himself in Wilsonville home with daughter

by Pamplin Media Group
SWAT called, but situation resolved without use of force A situation in which an armed man barricaded himself and his daughter in a home in Wilsonville's Villebois neighborhood Jan. 18 was…
Jan 13, 2016

Wilsonville considers fiber options

by Jake Bartman
Study will explore whether citizen use of fiber-optic network is appropriate If you’re fed up with your internet service provider, the City may have a solution for you. The Wilsonville City…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - First Citizen finalist Eric Postma overcame a fear of public speaking to become a lawyer and community servant.
Jan 13, 2016

Creating collaboration from conflict

by Jake Bartman
Postma honored as Wilsonville First Citizen nominee When Wilsonville Rotary Club President Kyle Bunch called 2015 Wilsonville First Citizen finalist Eric Postma to inform him of the nomination,…
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Jan 13, 2016

A big week for nonprofits in Wilsonville

by Jake Bartman
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser hosted by the Wilsonville Leadership Academy Class of 2015 on Dec. 5 earned $1,123 for donation to Wilsonville Community Sharing (WCS). WCS runs the city’s food…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - An untitled work by artist Rinse Jan de Koning.
Jan 13, 2016

Art for art's sake

by Jake Bartman
Netherlands native applies colorful imagination to painting The Wilsonville Public Library’s January Artist of the Month, Rinse Jan de Koning, is something of a Renaissance man. He lives in a…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Judith McGee was recently inducted into Research Magazine's Advisor Hall of Fame and has  worked to bring more women into a field dominated by men.
Jan 13, 2016

Setting a standard for women in finance

by Jake Bartman
McGee recognized for contributions to male-dominated financial industry Even before she was named a 2015 inductee to Research Magazine’s Advisor Hall of Fame, Wilsonville resident Judith McGee…
BARBARA SHERMAN - At home in Sherwood, Little Tony Budesilich snuggles under a blanket  that was a gift from his sisters to his parents and is covered with photos of him taken while undergoing treatment for cancer at Randall Children's Hospital; the photo on the blanket at lower right shows how he looked after nurses drew facial hair on him.
Jan 13, 2016

Family comes out on top after cancer battle

by Barbara Sherman
Findlay Automotive helps Budesiliches with major auto repairs The New Year started out in the best way possible for Tony and Kim Budesilich of Sherwood: Their 11-year-old son Tony had been…
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - A map shows, in orange, the planned extension of Southwest 124th Avenue, construction of Basalt Creek Parkway, and expansion of Tonquin and Grahams Ferry Roads, and in magenta, the planned extension of Basalt Creek Parkway. Construction work is expected to take place over the course of the next several years.
Jan 11, 2016

Road project in between Tualatin, Sherwood, Wilsonville to get underway

by Mark Miller
Construction set to begin in April on S.W. 124th Avenue extension. A project to extend and expand the road network in the relatively undeveloped area southwest of Tualatin is set for more than…
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Last year Wilsonville's Mad Science programs, which are back in 2016, featured a comedic juggler during one of its sessions.
Jan 09, 2016

2016 brings new Parks and Rec offerings

by Andrew Kilstrom
With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. Some will set their sights on getting in shape while others might instead focus on tidying their home or improving sleep or study habits.…
SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - Luxury apartment community The Village at Main Street will be managed by Affinity Property Management, which also administers Wilsonville's Sundial Apartments.
Jan 07, 2016

Village at Main Street apartmentcomplex sells for $95 million

by Jake Bartman
The Wilsonville real estate market remained hot through the end of 2015 with the sale of 464-unit apartment community The Village at Main Street for $95 million, according to a Dec. 22 news…
Jan 07, 2016

Hitting a high note

by Patrick Malee
Years ago, well before the Youth Music Project was founded in 2012, Dave and Sally Bany faced a conundrum. They had a burgeoning singer-songwriter in the family, but she had no place to play her…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Carlos Salazar, left, and Bob Briede have partnered to open The Edge Family Fitness in Wilsonville in January.
Jan 06, 2016

Not your average businessman

by Jake Bartman
Devastating accident lead Bob Briede into a career in fitness Bob Briede, who will open The Edge Family Fitness at the former site of Wilsonville’s LA Fitness in late January, says that his…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Students have used Novagrade's adapter to record time lapse videos with their iPhones of crystals growing, among other applications.
Jan 06, 2016

Digiscoping device opens new doors

by Jake Bartman
Wilsonville company develops adapter with educational, military uses Speaking of a product he helped develop that has garnered attention from outdoors enthusiasts and teachers alike, Doug Porter…



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