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

ADVANCED FIREARMS TRAINING - Tony KrissWhen you handle a firearm, having a safety-oriented attitude is the best thing you can do to prevent firearm accidents. Ignorance and carelessness are the two main causes of firearm accidents, which is why I think it’s necessary that you understand safe weapon handling; otherwise, you or someone else WILL get hurt. In the spirit of keeping you safe this holiday season, here are more safe weapon-handling tips, courtesy of Advanced Firearms Training:

1.) Know your firearm—Don’t just guess, KNOW how your firearm operates: how it loads and unloads, where the safety is located, etc.

2.) Keep your firearm unloaded until ready to use—Don’t store your firearm with live rounds in it, and don’t load it until you’re ready to use your firearm.

3.) Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction—If you’re not ready to use your firearm, keep it pointed in a safe direction; generally, this will be towards the ground. Treat every firearm like it is loaded.

4.) Know your target and beyond—Before you’re ready to fire, make sure to track what’s behind your target; bullets can go through—and beyond—your intended target.

5.) Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire—As long as your finger is away from the trigger, your firearm will not discharge. This is arguably the most important rule of firearm safety.

Advanced Firearms Training


1121 NE Division St., Gresham, OR 97030


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

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordHomeowners looking to add upgrades or remodel sections of their home will usually wait until the nice weather of spring and summer arrives. But why not remodel now? By the time spring arrives, you could already be enjoying your newly renovated kitchen or your wonderfully redesigned bathroom.

Winter remodels come with a number of benefits. Contractors typically have less projects in the winter months, making scheduling substantially easier than the summer months. Manufacturers may have close-out prices on appliances and materials before raising prices in the spring. The end result is a project that costs you less money, saves you more time, and leads to a higher return on your investment.

And there are even more ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it. Start by repairing what needs to be fixed; home repairs are the renovation that yields the most value for your home. After that, your kitchen and bathroom are the two areas where a remodel is most beneficial, due to their frequent use.

Finally, another smart move to make is remodeling with energy efficient products. Whether it’s doors, windows, or appliances, these products will add value to your home while helping you to save on your energy costs.

At McCord Construction, we believe that NOW is the best time to remodel your home. Contact us today to get started: We always put the customer first.

McCord Construction

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

(503) 348-2366


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

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayWith winter right around the corner, you’ll need to make specific adjustments to how you care for your home’s pond feature. You don’t need us to tell you how different the summer and winter months are, and your pond can definitely tell the difference too! Make sure that your pond is in great shape this winter by following these tricks for a healthy winter pond:

  • Clean out any leaves and debris before they decay. The cleaner your pond, the happier and healthier your fish will be.
  • Add salt to kill unwanted parasites on your koi and goldfish. It’s a safe, natural, and effective method for ridding your fish of unwanted parasites.
  • When the water reaches 50 degrees, stop feeding your pond fish. Koi and goldfish will hibernate until the spring and will not need to be fed.
  • Keep adding beneficial bacteria to ensure no imbalances in the winter. This is the season when fish are most susceptible to water quality issues.
  • Keep an open hole in a frozen pond for essential gas exchange. This can be done with a pond heater or by leaving your pump running.
  • For more helpful tips with your winter landscape, we’re always just a phone call away for friendly, local advice (We do free water testing all year round!). Give us a call today at 503-663-5483.

    Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

    9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

    (503) 663-5483


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

    HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasBoard certified chiropractic orthopedists are doctors of chiropractic that have completed extensive postdoctoral education in non-surgical orthopedics, and have passed rigorous specialty Board examinations leading to Diplomate status as a chiropractic orthopedist. Less than 2% of chiropractic physicians attain this status.

    To become Board certified, the chiropractic orthopedic specialist is required to demonstrate advanced proficiency in the evaluation and non-operative management of a broad range of injuries, conditions and disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system with particular emphasis on the spine and extremities.

    Who Is Certified?

    While many doctors of chiropractic (DC) prepare for careers in private practice, teaching, or research many choose additional education and training in a specialty field and pursue specialty certification. Practicing orthopedic specialists (Diplomates) hold specialty board certification. Diplomates that are members of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and are in good standing are titled Fellows of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (FACO).

    The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists maintains a recertification process (3 year cycle) available for Fellows of the Academy, to provide an ongoing program for maintaining clinical competency in the specialty of chiropractic orthopedics.

    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 CookIf you haven’t been to Nancy’s Floral at 620 NE Burnside Rd in Gresham, get introduced on Sunday, November 20th at the Nancy’s Holiday Open House! Running from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., this is a great opportunity to check out all the incredible products and services Nancy’s provides.

    Our relaxed atmosphere will be perfect for browsing our Thanksgiving and Fall items, as well as our Christmas giftware, decorations, and displays. Find everything you need to charm your guests with wonderful style this holiday season, including centerpiece ideas for your Thanksgiving feast.

    We will have wine tastings with a representative from Sandy’s own Budah Cat Winery, great hors d’oeuvres, and samples of our own cupcakes, cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, Harry & David products, plus so much more. As if that weren’t enough, we will be handing out door prizes, conducting mystery gift card giveaways, and offering other surprises too!

    As soon as you enter our store, you will instantly notice the time and care we invest in creating each of our floral arrangements. We take pride in our work, because it’s the customer we care about. So visit Nancy’s Floral on Sunday, November 20th, from Noon to 4 p.m., and get to know your local neighborhood florist. This exciting event is not to be missed!

    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 PrestonIf you are like most people, you probably need to know how to get your furnace ready for the winter. Along with routine maintenance, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible.

  • Make sure that there is nothing stored around your furnace, especially flammable material.
  • Change the batteries in your thermostat and switch your thermostat to the heating mode.
  • Make sure that all of your vents are open and nothing has been placed over them.
  • Clean your air vents and ducts by removing the vent covers, using the extension hose of your vacuum to remove the dust.
  • Stock up on air filters during the warmer months. Make sure that you change your air filters often, or if you have washable filters, wash them often.
  • If you have an oil furnace, contact your oil delivery service for “fill up”. Buying oil is less expensive before the winter.
  • Test you furnace while it’s still warm out, making sure that there is no problems.
  • Other things that you should do:

    1.) Reverse your ceiling fans for winterized air circulation.

    2.) Never use your oven, range or outdoor barbecue to heat your home because these appliances are not designed for this purpose.

    3.) Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector and test it monthly.

    4.) Change your batteries in you smoke detector and test it monthly.

    Schedule an appointment to clean your furnace early in the season. Professional companies get very busy at the onset of winter, so it’s a good idea to schedule your appointment ahead of time. A professionally cleaned heating system will work better and more efficiently, saving you money in the long run.

    Call Honke Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule your maintenance appointment!

    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 MadsenAccording to the AARP, socializing with others has been proven to relieve stress and decrease the chances of ill health. For outgoing seniors, moving into senior housing provides the exhilarating opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Other seniors, however, can feel a dread or anxiety when it comes to building a new social network.

    Fortunately, senior housing provides many great opportunities to make friends! Here are 5 steps to help you on your journey:

    1.) Bake for your neighbors—Your neighbors often end up the people you see the most, so introduce yourself (and bring some cookies with you).

    2.) Relax in common areas—You won’t meet many people if you never leave your apartment, so hang out in the common areas and strike up conversations with those around you.

    3.) Signup for activities/clubs—Cherry Park Plaza offers a wide variety of activities, giving retirees a chance to meet and spend time with new people who share common interests and experiences.

    4.) Volunteer—When you volunteer, you have the opportunity to connect with those you’re serving while simultaneously building relationships with whoever you are volunteering with, making volunteering one of the best ways to find new friends.

    5.) Follow a passion—Participate in an activity near and dear to your heart, and do so regularly. You will have repeated contact with the same people, and familiarity breeds friendship.

    If you’re ready to make new friends, Cherry Park Plaza is the place to be! Call us today at (503) 573-4944 to get started!

    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, RNWinter can be tough on your complexion; as the temperature outside nose-dives, so too does your skin’s moisture content. Nevertheless, the colder season may actually be the best time to go have a variety of skin-related cosmetic procedures performed. Check out these three procedure that are perfect for the winter season:

  • Laser Hair Removal—Laser hair removal optimally targets your unwanted hair to give your skin a sleek look. Following treatment, your skin will be sensitive (like it has a mild sunburn); therefore, you’ll want to cover up and avoid sun exposure.
  • Sclerotherapy—Ideal for improving the appearance of prominent spider veins on your thighs and lower legs, sclerotherapy causes the veins to shrink and then gradually disappear. Because compression stockings are generally recommended after treatment, the layers upon layers of winter clothing make now an attractive time to have this treatment completed.
  • Intense Pulsed Light Photo Rejuvenation—Selectively target sun damage, visible vessels, and the flushing of the face and neck associated with rosacea to create a radiant complexion. Because deeply tanned skin can lead to complications, winter, when your skin is generally a little paler, is the best season for IPL treatments.
  • In each instance, the changes we make in winter coincide perfectly with many cosmetic treatments: We wear more layers, we’re not outside as much, and our skin is better suited to laser treatments without our summer tan.

    So take your first steps towards brighter, clearer skin: Call Bridge City Medical Aesthetics today and schedule your complimentary consultation!

    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 PassannanteWith 2016 drawing to a close, it’s time to discover your next great trip in 2017! A Classy Ladies Getaway through C.P. Trips is the perfect gift for someone special in your life: Our wonderful trips will create lasting memories while you explore an amazing destination. Within the Classy Ladies Getaways (& Couples Too!) travel program, we have several exciting trips planned for 2017:

  • Head for the big stars and bright lights of New York City this spring for a theater weekend, where you’ll take in some great plays while exploring this fabulous city.
  • Experience the humble hospitality of Southern charm with a trip to Savannah, Georgia. Travel the cobble-paved streets of the shopping district while visiting historic landmarks in the area.
  • With land and sea options available, explore Alaska’s natural landscapes in-depth on a Princess Cruise to Alaska early this summer.
  • Looking to keep things a little more local? Our Classy Ladies Getaway to Ashland, Oregon for a river-rafting excursion is just the thing!
  • Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? We have a cruise to Cuba planned for late summer 2017 that will prove both unique and incredible. Not only will I be there, but you’ll have the rare chance to enjoy the stunning sights of this island nation!
  • Relax and explore the other side of the globe with our Cook Islands Escape, a tranquil tropical getaway planned for this fall.
  • Now is the time to take advantage of year-end deals, so start planning your 2017 trip today at www.cptrips.com!

    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-PhillipsIf you have a business, you need a buy-sell agreement. Not having a buy-sell agreement is one legal mistake that I see too many small and medium-sized businesses make, and it can potentially lead to several huge issues. Let’s run through the 5 biggest reasons your business absolutely needs a buy-sell agreement.

    1.) You should be able to choose your partners—Should one of your partners be forced to sell, or even dies, someone else can end up with his/her shares, leaving you with partners you never counted on having.

    2.) You’ll get a fair buyout—A buy-sell agreement sets out a method for determining the fair price of a departed owner’s stake, eliminating potential disputes.

    3.) It can prevent minority shareholders from blocking a sale—Including a drag along clause prevents a minority owner from extorting the other owners for a greater portion of sale proceeds.

    4.) It can protect minority shareholders during a sale—A tag along clause entitles minority owners to the same price per share as majority owners upon the sale of the business.

    5.) It can reduce your estate tax burden—Should one of your partners die, you can use the method contained in a buy-sell agreement to determine how the business should be valued for estate tax purposes. Without this process, the IRS is free to determine its own value of the business.

    For help drafting your business’ buy-sell agreement, contact The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips today!

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

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



    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




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    October 25, 2016

    Richardson well-suited for Secretary of State

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    October 25, 2016

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    October 24, 2016

    LETTERS: Fairview mayor takes sides on election

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    Also on deck: M97 hurts at every level of economy; Dexter McCarty environment not conducive to learning

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    October 24, 2016

    Tobias Read stands out as best candidate for state treasurer

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

    Our Endorsement: Bud Pierce can bring moderating influence to Salem

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    We recommend a vote for Bud Pierce.
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    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…
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    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…
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    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,…
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    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.…
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    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…
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    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

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    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…
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    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…
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    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,…

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    Sep 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…
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    Sep 27, 2016

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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    Sep 23, 2016

    Our Opinion: Tweaks to county charter are in order

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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…