Other Pamplin Media Group sites

INSIDERS (Sponsored Content)

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

THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhilipsLast year, nearly 90,000 charges alleging workplace discrimination were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In many of these cases, the individual is an at-will employee who can be fired at any time for just about any reason—even if the reason is a poor one.

In certain situations, however, wrongful termination can be shown, and a wrongful termination attorney should be retained to protect your rights. Generally speaking, a termination must fit into one of three categories to be considered wrongful: Termination based on 1.) protected class; 2.) protected actions; or 3.) breach of contract.

Oregon and federal law have created certain classes protected from discrimination, including race, national origin, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, and a host of others. Suspicion and belief alone are not enough to prove a case; an employee must establish a causal link between being part of a protected class and their termination. This requires witnesses, documents, and other evidence that an attorney can help you gather.

Certain conduct is also protected by law, including reporting illegal employer conduct (whistleblowing), or exercising a legal right like voting. Additionally, if your termination violated an employment contract term, you may also have grounds to assert a wrongful termination claim against a former employer.

Employment cases can be complex, involving overlapping Oregon and federal laws, rules, and regulations that are applied differently to every case. If you believe you have a serious case, I strongly recommend consulting with The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips today.

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

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



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

HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan Thomas As part of its 2016 public awareness campaign, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that October will mark the beginning of their #Chiropractic1st theme and hashtag. In the face of a nationwide opioid abuse epidemic, #Chiropractic1st advocates for a conservative approach to pain management where chiropractic services are the first line of defense against pain.

For those living with either acute or chronic pain, such as those injured in motor vehicle collisions, opioids are often turned to first by prescribing physicians. But the numbers indicate that opioids may be doing more harm than good.

According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), more than 259 million opioid painkiller prescriptions were written in 2012. The number of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids is four times higher than that same figure in 1999. Perhaps most shocking of all, overdose deaths related to opioid abuse have risen in every county of every state since 1999.

The alarming overuse and misuse of opioids has caught the eye of the Center for Disease Control (CDC); conservative care options such as chiropractic care are now preferred over opioids for treating chronic pain. Chiropractic care effectively treats acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, like those suffered in automobile collisions, while potentially avoiding the risks of prescription opioids.

At Hillcrest Chiropractic, we utilize a variety of treatment types, including safe and gentle joint manipulation and mobilization, to treat musculoskeletal and nervous system injuries. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas today and get on the path toward optimal health.

Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 491-0388


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

PRESTIGE CARE HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonSeptember is Healthy Aging month — a great time to consider ways to reinvent yourself.

According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine, it’s never too late to find a new career, sport, passion or hobby. Here are a few ideas to get you going:

Be pos­i­tive in your con­ver­sa­tions and your actions every day. When you catch your­self com­plain­ing, check your­self right there and change the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing pos­i­tive.

Walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son. Come on. You can prob­a­bly do it. Ana­lyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, per­haps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear com­fort­able shoes.)

Lonely? Stop brood­ing and com­plain­ing about hav­ing no friends or fam­ily. Do some­thing about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, land­line, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the fol­low­ing: Vol­un­teer your time, Take a class, invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee.

Get outdoors! Start walk­ing not only for your health but to see the neigh­bors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a con­ver­sa­tion starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local ani­mal shel­ter and vol­un­teer.)

Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. Go to the appoint­ments and then, hope­fully, you can stop wor­ry­ing about ail­ments for a while.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave.,

Gresham, OR 97030



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

WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldFor those on tight budgets, skipping routine car maintenance services may be tempting, but it will cost you plenty down the road.

If you don't maintain your car, a vehicle that might have been driven for 200,000 miles will likely last only 100,000 miles.

Then there are the costly repairs for turning a blind eye to maintenance: bad brakes, failed emissions tests and maybe even a failed engine.

Regular oil changes help keep your engine clean and lubricated, says Deanna Sclar, author of "Auto Repair for Dummies."

"Oil cuts down on the friction that can literally wear away the parts of the engine," she says. "One of the most important maintenance-related things you can do is change your oil frequently."

The recommended two oil changes per year cost about $60, while the cost of engine replacement can easily exceed $5,000.

An annual brake inspection allows us to spot wear before it gets dangerous and costly. Replacing brake pad and shoes costs as little as $99 per axle, while replacing rotors or drums can add several hundred dollars for NO reason!

Timing belt replacement at the manufacturer’s suggested interval can save big bucks. If the timing belt fails, the engine can stall resulting in a big towing bill. Replacing a timing belt costs about $450, while repairing the engine following a timing-belt failure could run about $5,000.

All told, regular maintenance of your car will cost a fraction of one major repair, a small price to pay to avoid costly repairs, vehicle life span and safety concerns.

Weston Kia

22309 SE Stark St.

Gresham OR 97030



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

ADVANCED FIREARMS TRAINING - Tony KrissDo you consider yourself an avid hunter? So does Tony Kriss. Kriss, the owner of Advanced Firearms Training in Gresham, OR, has been working in the firearms business since 1979. With a wealth of expertise at his disposal, Tony has a few tips to help you have your best hunting season ever.

Whether you are trying new ammunition, or you have purchased a new rifle and/or scope, you will want to sight-in your rifle for more predictable shot placement during the season. Make sure to use the SAME ammo for sighting-in that you will use while hunting. It’s a good idea to use the same ammo brand and lot# for added consistency.

Additionally, you should sight-in for distances that match the area you will be hunting. Normal range for the Coast is 100 yards, whereas Central and Eastern Oregon have ranges of several hundred yards.

Depending on the conditions and your shooting distances, your sighted-in firearm may be the wrong caliber for a given hunt, however. For blacktail deer, .30-30 caliber rifles work well in dense brush settings, along with .444 and .44 Magnum. In contrast, more open hunting areas make the .30-06 and .308 Winchester excellent calibers for hunting blacktail deer.

For more friendly hunting advice and a wide selection of firearms, ammunition, and much, much more, visit Advanced Firearms Training in Gresham today!

Advanced Firearms Training


1121 NE Division St., Gresham, OR 97030


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

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCord How old are your home’s windows? If you answered more than 15 years old, it’s time to consider upgrading to newer, more energy-efficient windows.

Windows have multiple functions that they perform for your home. First, beautiful windows will add to your property’s aesthetic look and can even boost your property’s resale value. Secondly, windows allow light into your home, brightening rooms and creating a more open and welcoming environment.

However, these same windows are also perfect conduits for hot air to travel through, whether it’s heated air escaping your home in the winter or the outside heat flowing into your home in the summer. Many older windows do not have protective tinting or are single-paned, and therefore inefficient at regulating your home’s temperature.

Upgrading your home to newer, more energy-efficient windows carries a number of benefits. According to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, replacing the old windows of a 2,600 square foot, 2 story house with energy-efficient windows will save you at least 15% annually on your heating and cooling costs. Depending upon the condition of the old windows, these savings can be even higher, especially if air leakage is reduced by the new windows.

New windows will also add value to your home. For even average-quality vinyl windows, the National Association of Realtors 2015 Remodeling Impact Report states that roughly 80% of project costs can be recouped in added home value.

If you’ve decided that your windows definitely need replacing, McCord Construction would love to work with you; call us today!

McCord Construction

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

(503) 348-2366


Brought to you by Maleesa Madsen - Cherry Park Plaza - SENIOR LIVING INSIDER -

CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Maleesa MadsenYou don’t have to be a scientist to figure out that our pets make us feel good. Whether it’s your cat’s thunderous purr or the simple tail wag of an excited dog, an affectionate relationship between seniors and their pets can improve mental health while lowering the risk of depression and stress-related illnesses—for both seniors and their pets!

At Cherry Park Plaza, we encourage our residents to live life well. Our residents should bring the best parts of their lives with them to Cherry Park Plaza, including their pets! Community residents are encouraged to bring their small cat or dog into our family, provided that they have received current vaccinations and can be given the proper care.

Pets provide both their owners and our community with many great benefits. Being a responsible pet owner nurtures a sense of purpose and family for a pet owner, helping to combat loneliness and elevate their mood. Pets also keep seniors moving and their heart rates up; dogs in particular are the best furry personal trainers around, encouraging their owners to be active.

For both old friends and new acquaintances, pets can be a great conversation starter; bring your dog to a social activity and you are sure to be the life of the party. Have a friend over, and your cat can provide hours of entertainment.

Are you and your pet ready to live life well? Then make Cherry Park Plaza your new home! For complete pet policy details, visit us at 1323 SW Cherry Park Rd.

Cherry Park Plaza

(503) 491-1661

1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060


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

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayFeed well—During the summer fish grow and consume more food than any other time of year. Be sure you are feeding a summer blend feed with a higher protein content to accommodate your fish’s faster metabolism and ensure proper nutrition.

Be prepared for temperature change—A pond thermometer is a pond keeper’s best friend. Water temperature varies greatly depending on environmental factors like surrounding trees, elevation, and air temperature. New in stock this season are small digital thermometers that a very easy to read and only cost $10.

Transition feed—Anywhere from late September to early October water temperatures will drop to 64 degrees, and that’s when you transition to a spring and fall blend fish feed to prevent bloating and indigestion from excess protein.

Hibernation ready—It takes until around Thanksgiving for water temperatures to drop down to 50 degrees. When the water is consistently below 50, it’s time to stop feeding and let your fish hibernate for the winter. Add pond salt at a rate of 2.5 pounds per 100 gallons to achieve a salt reading of 3 parts per million. This keeps your fish free of parasites when they’re most susceptible.

Netting—Falling leaves in autumn can cause many problems for pond owners. The best way to prevent a dirty pond and a clogged pump is to put netting over the pond before the leaves start falling. We sell pond netting in a large assortment of sizes here at Creative Visions.

Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

(503) 663-5483


Brought to you by Rob Cook - Nancy's Floral - FLORAL INSIDER

NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookIf you’ve received one of Nancy’s Floral’s beautiful rose arrangements, there are a number of steps you can take to help your roses last. Roses should last a minimum of 5-7 days; follow these tips, however, and it is not uncommon for rose arrangements to last 2 weeks or more!

Keep your roses in an environment that has a temperature range of 72°-74° Fahrenheit.

Sunlight and air from vents and ceiling fans will dehydrate your arrangement, so keep your roses away from exposed areas.

Roses are very thirsty flowers, therefore rehydration is a must. Keep the water level in the vase at its highest point, refilling with lukewarm water often. Re-cut the stems and change the water (and floral food) every five to seven days—bacteria in the water can clog stems and shorten the life of your flowers. All of our rose arrangements are shipped with floral food already in the water.

If you do have any roses that prematurely wilt, they can usually be revived! Premature wilting usually indicates that air is trapped in the stem and the preservative solution cannot flow properly up the stem. Look for a cut or scrape in the bark above the water level. Re-cut the stem above the injured section under water and then submerge the entire rose in a shallow pan of warm water (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit), keeping the stem and head straight; the rose will usually revive within an hour.

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 PrestonYou may think that all HVAC technicians are created equal, but that’s just not the case. Working with NATE-certified technicians provides numerous advantages to working with technicians not certified by NATE. But just what is NATE, and why do I want a NATE-certified technician? Read below to find out:

What Does NATE Stand For?

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence, a not-for-profit organization that trains on the latest heating, cooling and air conditioning technologies. It’s the only nationwide program accepted by the entire HVAC industry, including contractors AND manufacturers.

Technicians who are NATE members must take periodic classes and tests on their knowledge of HVAC topics to keep on top of developments in the industry. NATE certification proves that technicians are experts in their chosen field. This program ensures that qualified technicians have a core set of competencies and can be trusted by those who hire them.

Why NATE Certification Is Important

An important part of NATE membership is regular training to update HVAC skills as technology is constantly changing. NATE-certified technicians can efficiently and properly install, repair, service and replace many different types of HVAC equipment. Properly detecting and fixing problems is essential because of the nature of these mechanical systems; if equipment is not serviced or installed properly, systems may not operate properly, resulting in higher energy consumption and more expensive bills.

Thanks to the extra training and updated skills that NATE technicians have, they have the ability to understand and handle both newer and older HVAC equipment models, providing consumers with peace of mind, regardless of the type or brand of equipment.

NATE certification is not only voluntary, it is also rigorous. Although other third-party certification programs are present in the HVAC industry, most have extremely high pass rates. NATE has the lowest pass rate of any industry certification program. This means that if you choose a NATE-certified company like Honke Heating and Air Conditioning, you are assured of having the best possible HVAC technicians complete your job. NATE certification was developed in conjunction with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), which developed testing procedures to ensure high professional standards.

NATE-Certified, Licensed HVAC Professionals

Honke Heating and Air Conditioning is NATE-certified to properly and effectively take care of all of your HVAC needs. Our licensed and professional HVAC techs are here for you!

Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 666-3725


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-PhillipsProtecting your intellectual property, such as your business name, your inventions, or your trade secrets, is crucial to the success of your business. This intellectual property may be as valuable as the business itself and often times may be your business’ most valuable asset. If your business hasn’t protected its intellectual property, here are 5 ways it can do so:

Patents protect products or processes that are unique, useful, and non-obvious. Under the protection of a patent, you can stop third parties from making, using, or selling your invention for a period of years.

Copyrights protect an original work of authorship, such as literature, music, or computer software. Filing for a copyright is voluntary, but doing so will make it easier to seek court enforcement of your copyright.

Having a unique, identifiable name for your product gives your business an advantage over its competitors. A trademark protects the name of your product by preventing other businesses from selling a product under the same name.

When you create a new organization, you reveal your valuable product ideas, marketing plans, and other intellectual property to employees, suppliers, and other business relationships. Non-Disclosure Agreements control the disclosure and use of your business’ intellectual property, ensuring that your trade secrets are maintained.

If you still have steps to take to ensure your intellectual property is protected, be sure to 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 Deb-ee Jones - Bridge City Medical Aesthetics - AESTHETIC INSIDER -

BRIDGE CITY MEDICAL AESTHETICS - Deb-ee Jones, RNTired of shaving, tweezing, and waxing to remove unwanted hair? Then laser hair removal, the most prevalent and widespread laser treatment today, is worth considering. Laser hair removal is effective, it is safe, and at Bridge City Medical Aesthetics, it is affordable.

Virtually anywhere on the body can be treated, so long as the hair is darker than the skin. We use two gold-standard platforms to optimally treat all hair types with the exception of grey, white, and true red hair, which the laser cannot “see” during the procedure. We keep pricing simple by offering 4 packages sold in sets of 6 treatments: Small (lip, chin, sideburns, cheeks, happy trail, fingers, toes, neck front, neck back, areola), Medium (basic bikini, lower arms, upper arms, face, buttocks, underarms), Large (lower legs, upper legs, upper back, full face and neck, full arms, extended bikini or Brazilian), and Extra Large (full legs, torso front, torso).

Treatment sessions go relatively quickly. The sensation of laser hair removal is often described as a soft rubber band snap; thicker, coarser hair creates a more intense sensation, with many patients claiming that each treatment is easier than the last because there is approximately 15-20% less hair after each session. Topical anesthesia is typically unnecessary, but we do have it available for ultra-sensitive individuals.

If you are ready to take your first steps towards smooth, hair-free skin, schedule your complimentary consultation with Bridge City Medical Aesthetics today!

Bridge City Medical Aesthetics

1410 NE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97220

(971) 777-0303


Gresham's Opinions

LOGO - Pamplin Media Group
September 23, 2016

Our Opinion: Tweaks to county charter are in order

by Pamplin Media Group
Our editorial positions on Multnomah County Charter amendments - If there’s an upside to the messy resignation of former Sheriff Dan Staton this summer, it’s that it got a lot of people thinking about how we hire our top gun in Multnomah County.…
FILE PHOTO - Michel Calcagno
September 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 right in front of us, $24 million of investment in East…
FILE PHOTO - Julie Parrish
September 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 vote. However, the most impactful measure you can vote for…

FILE PHOTO - Tamie Tlustos-Arnold
September 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 spending of our tax dollars, our failed education…
FILE PHOTO - Mark Johnson
September 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 $800 million in sales is returned to the Oregon economy…
FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown has endorsed Measure 97.
September 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 magically won’t be hurt by what would be the largest tax…
September 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 College, The Outlook invited College President Dr.…
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson
September 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 Democratic side of the ticket in Democrat Mark Reynolds.…
FILE PHOTO - Students graduate from Sam Barlow High School in 2015.
September 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 at Sam Barlow High School. Everything I’ve read online…
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mark Johnson
September 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 member, Mark is qualified to serve the district and has…
FILE PHOTO - Old Glory.
September 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 longer commutes heard the news on our car radios. Others…
September 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 year, with the intent of spending that money on…
COURTESY PHOTO - Shirley Morgan
September 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 our communities — I want to convey that the recent…
FILE PHOTO - Slow down!
September 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 returned to the norm of waiting until after the Labor Day…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Many Springwater Trail campers have nowhere to go, they say.
September 08, 2016

Letter: Seeking more permanent solutions for Springwater Trail homeless

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 better? But my immediate question is: There was so much…
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.
September 08, 2016

Letter: Monnes Anderson's public health experience informs her East County leadership

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 issues,” and I could not agree more. With her being a…
FILE PHOTO - Columnist Mikel Kelly
September 05, 2016

What's our idiotic infatuation with self-driving cars and can't we stop?

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 particular story had to do with a truck company that…
FILE PHOTO - Not Pictured: A third-party candidate.
September 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 parties’ candidates in high disregard, but appear ready to…
August 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 city has had some big changes and difficult decisions over…
COURTESY PHOTO  - Loretta Smith
August 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 without the County Board of Commissioners offering up…
FILE PHOTO - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump
August 30, 2016

If you're going to bash candidates, then do it equally

by Pamplin Media Group
Published Aug. 30, 2016 - I was deeply disappointed with the Outlook’s headline article on Tuesday, Aug. 23 (“Bemis gives Trump a thumbs down.”) It was clear from the headline alone that The Outlook is biased against Donald Trump. Editorial cartoons…
FILE PHOTO - Second graders raise their hands at a local school.
August 30, 2016

Our kids deserve better: Vote for Measure 97

by Maggie Byrkit
Published Aug. 30, 2016 - As a former student and current teacher and parent in the Portland Public Schools, there is a small but important need that stands out in my mind: a box of tissues. Perhaps there was a time when there were plenty of boxes…
COURTESY PHOTO - Glenn White is a Troutdale city councilor running for reelection this year.
August 26, 2016

Letter: Nothing has been decided on Imagination Station rebuild

by Glenn White
Published Aug. 26, 2016 - Twenty-six years ago, my wife and kids ages 5 and 6 moved to Troutdale. Many of our fond memories are at the Imagination Station. So much care, history, community participation and fun recreation make this place so special.…
FILE PHOTO - Publisher and Executive Editor Steve Brown.
August 26, 2016

Former publishers shape careers of those who follow

by Steve Brown
Steven Brown named publisher of The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News - I’ve had the pleasure and benefit of working for three publishers who played significant roles as my career took different turns along to the path to where I am today. They…
August 26, 2016

Letter: Let's make Troutdale the best place to live, work, play

by Casey Ryan
Published Aug. 26, 2016 - More than a decade ago, I made Troutdale my permanent home, and more recently I have confirmed that choice with my new blended family. I have always believed that we are a hidden gem. That we have far greater potential than…

Don't miss the local news

FILE PHOTO - Rep. Greg Walden.
Aug 23, 2016

Let's repair the broken U.S. mental health system

by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
Nearly 10 million Americans have a serious mental illness - Across Oregon, I’ve talked with many families who are struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. These touch every segment of…
FILE PHOTO - Imagination Station was partially destroyed by arsonists earlier this year.
Aug 23, 2016

Letter: Why won't city leaders listen to will of people?

by John Wilson
Published Tuesday, Aug. 23 - Is there anyone listening at Troutdale City Hall? I received more than 30 responses to a question I asked on the Gresham Outlook’s website concerning the rebuilding…
FILE PHOTO - Fairview on the Green was a rousing success this year.
Aug 23, 2016

Letter: Community helps great festival, event

by Brian Cooper
Published Tuesday, Aug. 23 - The 10th-annual Fairview on the Green festival has come to a close. This festival has truly become a labor of love. The sponsors, entertainment, vendors and…
TRIBUNE PHOTO - Shasta Kearns Moore
Aug 19, 2016

Voters of all stripes seek transparency

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Government transparency is in everyone's best interest - A recent poll of Independent Party of Oregon members has confirmed my suspicions that we are not as politically divided as we think — at…
FILE PHOTO - Matt Rossman, casino backer.
Aug 19, 2016

Letter: We need low-income housing, not a casino

by Rosalie Newman
Published Aug. 19, 2016 - The Lake Oswego land developers are back at it again (“Private casino developers back to the table,” the Outlook, Page A1, Aug. 12.) Wake up East Multnomah County…
SANDY POST PHOTO - Citizens gather at Wildwood Park on Thursday, Aug. 11 for a meeting with Bureau of Land Management officials.
Aug 19, 2016

Letter: Wildwood Park camping OK with some changes

by Dennis Ghelfi
Published Aug. 19, 2016 - I attended the public meeting that Bureau of Land Management put on in regard to possibly developing camping sites at Wildwood Park. The proposal presented shows most…
FILE PHOTO - Executive Editor Steve Brown
Aug 16, 2016

Private casino proposal was a bad idea in 2012 and remains so…

by Steve Brown
Oregonians don't want large scale, private casinos operating in their communities - What part of “no” don’t these guys understand? Matt Rossman and Bruce Studer are back with yet another…
COURTESY PHOTO - Regional Director Susan Johnson
Aug 16, 2016

Citizen's View: Get a healthy start to the school year with…

by Susan Johnson
Immunizations are safe, easy and effective - In August, you’ll see back-to-school ads from virtually every store. These ads will try to convince you that you need to buy clothes, shoes,…
FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown
Aug 12, 2016

Editorial: Governor Brown wrong to back Measure 97

by Editorial Board
Brown took the path of least resistance - Oregon’s long-running game of “Wait for Kate” came to a sudden but all-too-predictable and disappointing end last week. On Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown…
FILE PHOTO - Emily Powell, President and Owner of Powells Books
Aug 12, 2016

Letter: More funding? Trim bureaucracy instead

by Michael Cowan
Published Aug. 12, 2016 - In a recent story (“Measure 97 could mean the end for Powell’s Books,” Business Tribune, July 22) Amy Powell said, “We all agree the tax system is in trouble and needs…
FILE PHOTO - Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber
Aug 12, 2016

Letter: Kitzhaber should stay in retirement

by Lynn Armstrong
Published Aug. 12, 2016 - Regarding “Kitzhaber wants his reforms to continue” (Aug. 4 Tribune): You have to be kidding me. After Dr. No turned state government over to his girlfriend and showed…
FILE PHOTO - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump
Aug 12, 2016

Letter: Donald J. Trump would change country's direction

by G. Wayne Waters
Published Aug. 12, 2016 - Just when people reach a point of frustration in thinking that it doesn’t matter whether you vote for a Democrat or a Republican and that we are destined, as a nation,…
FILE PHOTO - The Rev. Jeremy Lucas.
Aug 09, 2016

Letter: The background check gun law applies to everyone

by Richard Codanti
Published Aug. 9, 2016 - The Rev. Jeremy Lucas of Lake Oswego wanted to prevent a firearm from going into use. That’s fine and good, but every time a modern firearm changes hands, a background…
COURTESY PHOTO - Junki Yoshida
Aug 09, 2016

Some lawmakers turn backs on business

by Junki Yoshida
Published Aug. 9, 2016 - I have often said my head is a Republican and my heart is a Democrat because, despite my party registration, I end up supporting Democratic candidates for office based…
FILE PHOTO - A volunteer prepares food for the Zarephath soup kitchen.
Aug 09, 2016

Letter: People gotta eat, but should show gratitude, show…

by George Miller
Published Aug. 9, 2016 - Editor’s note: This letter is provided in response to the article in the Aug. 2 Outlook “A Balance of Needs.” As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of…
Aug 08, 2016

Remembering a member of the family

by Mikel Kelly
Mary Ratcliff wrote school notes, obits and other items of "lesser importance" - This is not an official obituary or anything (that’s better left to relatives or someone more appropriate than…
FILE PHOTO - The U.S. Postal Service is in trouble.
Aug 08, 2016

Legislation could help mail get delivered ... and on time

by Chip Hutcheson
Chip Hutcheson got the mail today, oh boy - I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that…
Aug 04, 2016

My View: Both Trump, Rio Olympics earn gold in hyperbolic hurdles

by Jules Boykoff
If Twitter-sphere trash-talking were an Olympic sport, Donald Trump would be a legitimate contender for gold. When the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics commence on Friday, Trump will be consumed with…
PMG FILE PHOTO - One citizen argues that tiny houses might best house the homeless.
Aug 02, 2016

Letters: Create a tiny-house village for homeless

by (none)
Readers' letters, published August 2, 2016 - Create a tiny-house village for homeless The world moves fast, but if you peek into your archives, back on Oct. 9, 2015, you published an idea of…
OPB - One citizen argues Oregon's bottle deposit system is archaic and irrelevant.
Aug 02, 2016

Bottle deposit hike unfair to consumers

by Shawn Keller
Bottle deposit will increase to 10 cents next year - I saw where the Oregon bottle deposit is increasing to 10 cents next year because the threshold built into the law requiring at least an 80…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Living in the same wooded area on the west side of Mount Hood the past three decades has provided Paul Keller a front row seat into the amazing, often times downright astonishing, behavior of his indigenous neighbors, from shrews to cougars.
Jul 29, 2016

The astonishing antics of my mountain neighbors

by Paul Keller
From courageous shrews to curious cougars - Walking up a path just outside my Zigzag area home one spring morning, I looked down to see a tiny snake. This little guy was no more than three or…