Renaissance Public Academy delivers good deeds to…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Some students from Renaissance Public Academy recently delivered toys and other items to cancer patients at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Pregnancy Care Centers of Molalla and Canby merge

Molalla Pioneer - News
The new Pregnancy Care Centers Facility is located at 158 SW Second Ave. in Canby.

What's Up: Feb. 21-27

Molalla Pioneer - News
Cooking with lard, Share the Love and Poetry Festival...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week.

Judge sentences teen for role in Eagle Creek Fire

Gresham Outlook - News
In court, the 15-year-old admitted to throwing fireworks into Eagle creek Canyon on Sept. 2, and was sentenced to five years' probation and 1,920…

OSP launch easy-to-remember *OSP for non-emergencies

Molalla Pioneer - News
Oregon State Police worked with ODOT and cell phone providers to provide *OSP service

Investigators: Kitzhaber violated ethics law 11 times

Portland Tribune - News
An investigation report released Wednesday will be used as the basis for an ethics violation case against former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Molalla teen crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Molalla Pioneer - News
Addy Crouch was coronated at a ceremony Jan. 27 just outside Molalla at Vanderbeck Valley Farm

Current phase of visioning process nears end

Molalla Pioneer - News
The City of Molalla extends visioning survey until Feb. 28, hope to get 2,000 responses

What's Up: Feb. 14-20

Molalla Pioneer - News
Lego Day, Donkey Basketball and Adams Cemetery meeting...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week.

'Equifax bill' requires faster data breaches notices

Portland Tribune - News
A bill in the Legislature comes at a time when Equifax is under fire for failing to fully reveal the extent of a data breach last year.

Colton Corner: high school band shines this year

Molalla Pioneer - News
The number of band members is up this year, which contributes to an enhanced sound and increases possible musical selections

Colton Corner: mail thefts happening in town

Molalla Pioneer - News
Stealing mail or tampering with a mailbox is a federal offense and should be reported

New attack ad slams Brown on day care issues

Portland Tribune - News
The ad, scheduled for debut Sunday, attacks Gov. Kate Brown for her response to failures at the state's day care system.

Oregon 'uplists' marbled murrelet to endangered

Portland Tribune - News
The change to endangered status will likely result in stricter logging limits on state forestland.

Momentum grows for making strangulation a felony

Clackamas Review - News
Oregon legislator representing Milwaukie sponsors bill increasing penalties for crime

Before MeToo movement, there was Bob Packwood

Portland Tribune - News
Women made history when they accused U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Oregon, of sexual harassment.

Could more space be found for Clackamas community gardeners?

Clackamas Review - News
Oregon City campus loses more than a dozen community-garden plots; full occupancy needed for college to consider an expansion elsewhere

Pressure mounts as Kruse stays away from Legislature

Portland Tribune - News
'Building into this idea that this is somehow political games or a political process demeans the victims who waited to be able to speak up until…

State auditors see potential trouble in marijuana tracking…

Portland Tribune - News
Among other issues auditors found, data in the cannabis tracking system was self-reported by cannabis businesses, raising auditors' concerns about…

Poll shows Brown has early lead over Buehler

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon governor leads Republican challenger with nearly 25 percent of voters undecided.

Colton Corner: your talent needed

Molalla Pioneer - News
Auditions for Colton's talent show, Stars on Stage, is coming up on Thursday, Feb. 8

Colton Corner: Colton Market vandalized

Molalla Pioneer - News
To add to the list of recent multiple local break-ins which included vandalism, thefts and burglaries, early last Friday morning the Colton Market…

Colton Corner: Donkey Basketball returns

Molalla Pioneer - News
The Colton Boosters are hosting Donkey Basketball in the gym at Colton High School.

Colton Corner: Colton hosts 1998 state champs Saturday

Molalla Pioneer - News
The 1998 state championship Colton women's basketball team and four coaches came together on Saturday for a reunion and reception.

What's Up: Feb. 7-13

Molalla Pioneer - News
Making Valentines, blood drive, Oregon Trivia Night and more...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week, Feb. 7-13.

Colton Corner: Tariff may affect Colton solar farms

Molalla Pioneer - News
United States Goverment implements 30 percent tariff on solar panels made abroad

Poster contest offered for Oregon kids

Molalla Pioneer - News
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon opens their 20th annual Fair Housing Poster Contest

Share the Love again sets big goals for 2018

Molalla Pioneer - News
Molalla High School's student organizers again selected four families to be this year's Share the Love recipients, and they've upped their…

Colton Corner: Series of crimes hit Colton

Molalla Pioneer - News
At least three area facilities have been hit: Colton Community Church, Camp Colton and Colton Elementary School

Exclusion Day for unimmunized students is Feb. 21

Molalla Pioneer - News
By Feb. 21, children must have up-to-date immunizations or exemption documentation to continue attending school

Missing Molalla teenager found safe

Molalla Pioneer - News
15-year-old Lane Porter, who ran away on Tuesday, was reported safely back home on Friday

Sportsmen's Show returns to Portland Expo Center Feb. 7

Lake Oswego Review - News
Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice! The second largest sportsmen's show of its kind in the country returns to Portland next week opening Wednesday.

Spay/neuter special for feral, stray cats in February

Clackamas Review - News
Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon celebrates Spay/Neuter Awareness Month as the perfect time to prevent litters of kittens in the spring

What's Up: Jan. 31- Feb. 6

Molalla Pioneer - News
Bingo, parenting class and blood drive...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week and in the coming weeks.

Cindy's Café fundraiser a huge success

Molalla Pioneer - News
Cindy's was able to raise $9,000 for an employee's daughter after her breast cancer diagnosis.

New laws provide lenience for foster youths, international…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Two house bills, effective Jan. 1, impact graduation and attendance requirements for certain students

Colton Corner: Community recognizes school board

Molalla Pioneer - News
Students from Colton schools presented the school board with gifts at the monthly board meeting

Molalla pair win big

Molalla Pioneer - News
A pair of Molalla residents posted large Scratch-It wins within a week of each other

Former Kennemer opponent: 'Old-guard Republican' puts state…

Clackamas Review - News
Could seat flip to Democratic Party after Bill Kennemer's retirement from Oregon House?

VFW Commander Ken Kraft running for Kennemer's seat

Clackamas Review - News
As a post-9/11 Iraq combat veteran, Ken Kraft said he understands first-hand the hardships many Oregon veterans have experienced

Graduation rates climb in Molalla and Colton

Molalla Pioneer - News
According to data released Thursday, both school districts' graduation rates exceed the statewide average

County chair apologizes for insulting Parrish

Portland Tribune - News
Clackamas County Commission Chairman Jim Bernard attacked state Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, in a Facebook post for her failed attempt to repeal…

Former city councilor leads petition against newly…

Molalla Pioneer - News
A Molalla resident is looking to collect 600 signatures on a petition to defer the street maintenance fee to voters

Voters say 'yes' to Measure 101

Portland Tribune - News
Voters overwhelmingly approve keeping certain taxes on health insurance premiums and hospitals.

Colton Corner: Solar Farm Update

Molalla Pioneer - News
The completion date has been pushed back for the solar power farm on the northwest corner of South Dhooghe Road and South Highway 211

Colton school-based health center offers…

Molalla Pioneer - News
By Feb. 21, state law requires all students to be up to date on immunizations to stay enrolled

Colton Corner: Boosters host Paint Night

Molalla Pioneer - News
Last Saturday, the boosters hosted a Paint Night led by local artist Cathy Schmidt.

Colton Corner: high school students trade work for…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Members of Colton High's leadership class did some landscape work at Camp Colton in exchange for use of the camp's lodge for Winter Formal

School District and Renaissance Public Academy…

Molalla Pioneer - News
The school district enlisted a third party evaluation of the charter school, which found the school to be substantially meeting the requirements of…

What's Up: Jan. 24-30

Molalla Pioneer - News
Arthritis Education, Trauma 101 Workshop and Citizenship Class...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week. Plus upcoming events.

Slide-related road damage causes closures

Molalla Pioneer - News
One lane of Highway 213 has been closed indefinitely along with Eldorado Road at southern highway intersection

Molalla River Middle School Honor Roll

Molalla Pioneer - News
Molalla River Middle School recently announced their first quarter honor roll list

Slide-related cracks in road close Eldorado Road…

Molalla Pioneer - News
The county encourages local residents to use Union Hall Road as a detour route

Putting charities in driver's seat

Lake Oswego Review - News
Preview party offers a sneak peek at the Auto Show, a unique chance to give back to community groups and a chance to win a new Audi Q3 Quattro…

Colton school board appoints new member to fill…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Colton resident Eric Dilg steps into the position after board unanimously votes him in

FBI renews effort to locate fugitive out of…

Clackamas Review - News
Barrett Preston Busschau disappeared from Oregon in 1993 after multiple sex abuse charges involving children

City's street maintenance fee is a go

Molalla Pioneer - News
Residents can expect to see some work on the roads in the late summer or early fall

Breast Friends group forms in Canby for area women

Molalla Pioneer - News
Breast Friends is a new support group for women with breast cancer or other forms of cancer

Dragowsky not resigning Molalla City Council seat…

Molalla Pioneer - News
UPDATE: Molalla Mayor Jimmy Thompson said Dragowsky has rescinded her resignation from the council

Dog reported stolen from Canby found in Mulino

Molalla Pioneer - News
The dog was in fair condition, but relations between his owners and their former landlord are not

What's Up: Jan. 17-23

Molalla Pioneer - News
Disaster prep, book sale and election meeting...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week, Jan. 17-23

What Measure 101 yes and no votes mean

Molalla Pioneer - News
Oregonians are being asked to vote on Measure 101 in a Jan. 23 special election

Colton Corner: Colton teacher wins VFW High School…

Molalla Pioneer - News
'...Over the years, Travis has put an incredible amount of time and energy into our annual Veterans' Day Program...' -Tori Hazelton

Historical society sets event

Molalla Pioneer - News
The annual Molalla Area Historical Society and business meeting is set for Jan. 13

What's Up: Jan. 10-16

Molalla Pioneer - News
Here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week, plus upcoming and ongoing events

Colton Corner: Burglar hits Colton Elementary…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Police: The vandalism and burglary involved knocked-in doors and a stolen leaf blower

Colton Corner: Local photographer featured at…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Photographer Vldn Taylor took his first photography class in high school and has been hooked ever since.

Molalla River School District celebrates School…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Send a card or chocolate because January is the month to recognize the publicly elected members of the school district's board of directors

Aquatic District board inches closer to pool opening

Molalla Pioneer - News
The board has received funds, signed a lease agreement, and selected a director

New 350 Clackamas County group takes on climate…

Clackamas Review - News
Joining as an early member of the local 350 group was Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, who last month traveled to Chicago's North American Climate Summit

Want to meet Clackamas Community College's next…

Clackamas Review - News
Board of Education has announced the finalists in the college's president search

Clackamas youth center leader relates to kids'…

Clackamas Review - News
Clackamas Drop Manager Maria Hermsen offers 'bridge' for youth dealing with mental health, addiction issues

Repairs resume on HWY 213 slide site in Mulino

Molalla Pioneer - News
The Oregon Department of Transportation began work on the second phase of pavement repairs on the site of an ancient slide on Highway 213 -- Cascade…

Water main breaks Thursday night, flooding Molalla…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Public Works Maintenance Division crews worked through the night to repair the water main and restore water to residents' homes early Friday morning

Mulino family stars as extras in recent Hawaii…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Oregon Connections Academy's online curriculum allowed 10-year-old Kylie Boyle to live in Hawaii with her mom and dad as the three were cast as…

Merkley: Prospects good for 'dreamers,' children's…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon Democrat says those issues and aid to community health clinics will be tied to a must-pass bill for federal spending authority, which is set…

Molalla Fire receives grant for CPR training…

Molalla Pioneer - News
The fire district has trained personnel onsite to teach CPR to local citizens

Enduring Historical Buildings of Molalla

Molalla Pioneer - News
Chapter Five: The James Franklin & Mary Stella Adams House - 1900-1910 - 214 S. Molalla Ave.

MCC makes donation to support programs

Molalla Pioneer - News
The MCC donates $10,000 to support a variety of programs at the Molalla Adult Community Center

Molalla teen about to be crowned

Molalla Pioneer - News
Molalla's Addy Crouch will be crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon at a ceremony in January

Colton High School Students of the Month for…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Colton High School has announced its Students of the Month for September, and they are...

Colton High School Students of the Month for October

Molalla Pioneer - News
Colton High School has announced its Students of the Month for October, and they are...

Molalla-area home destroyed, pets killed in…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Neighbor Amanda Wood has started a YouCaring fund in the hopes of raising $10,000 for family that lost home, pets

Head-on collision near Molalla sends two to OHSU…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Investigators believe alcohol to be a contributing factor of the collision, investigation is ongoing

Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas will seek…

Clackamas Review - News
Priorities remain housing, jobs and transportation; he has been in Position 2 since unseating an incumbent in 2010.

Oregon City's Rob Reynolds announces run for…

Clackamas Review - News
GOP candidate aims to unseat health care reformer Kurt Schrader, a Democratic congressman from Canby

Local school sketches more art opportunities into…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Renaissance Public Academy has implemented a new art curriculum at their school recently

Construction business moves into vacant Main Street…

Molalla Pioneer - News
B&I Construction has purchased and relocated to the formerly vacant Keith Brown building

Free tax service in Molalla prepares for season,…

Molalla Pioneer - News
The AARP Foundation and The Molalla Adult Community Center team up to bring the service to anyone who cannot afford paid tax services

Molalla Transition Program students celebrate with…

Molalla Pioneer - News
On Dec. 15, students in the Molalla Transition Program attended their first office holiday party with school district staff.

Colton High School Students of the Month for…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Colton High School has announced its Students of the Month for November, and they are...

Colton Corner: Volunteer Firefighters collect…

Molalla Pioneer - News
The firefighters went door to door last week to collect food and money donations.

What's Up: Dec. 27 - Jan. 2

Molalla Pioneer - News
Lego Ninjago and more...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week.

Taco Bell to spice up Molalla

Molalla Pioneer - News
The new fast food franchise will be built in the corner of the Molalla Market Center

Molalla Masonic Lodge donates $1,000 to Molalla…

Molalla Pioneer - News
With the donation, Masonic Lodge master Mike Early hopes to not only help the baseball program, but also the Lodge itself by raising awareness for…

Molalla River Middle School pours rusty water and…

Molalla Pioneer - News
The district staff and school board discussed the future of the middle school after the water incident

Horses rescued from Molalla farm Tuesday

Molalla Pioneer - News
Citizen concerns prompted investigation by Humane Society and the eventual rescue of the animals

Colton Corner: School board examines religious…

Molalla Pioneer - News
Colton School Board members are reviewing their policy, Teaching About Religion.

Colton Corner: School Board to fill vacancy

Molalla Pioneer - News
Colton School board declared board position four open for applications as of Dec. 12-31.

What's Up: Dec. 20-26

Molalla Pioneer - News
Lights display, The Grinch and concerts...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week, Dec. 20-26.

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Money Magazine ran the numbers and decided Lake Oswego is a top 100 city

There's a certain thrill in seeing that other people realize something many of us already know: Our city of Lake Oswego is a great place to live.


Earlier this month we brought you the story that, according to Money magazine's 2009 list of America's best small towns, Lake Oswego is ranked No. 79 in the country. Our next door neighbor, West Linn, ranks 64. And here's the grabber: These are the only two Oregon small towns to make Money's list this year.

Like it or not, this is pretty heady atmosphere for both communities. And while we should be pleased with our placement, we need to remember that not everything here is as rosy as our ranking. We do have our squabbles as the bickering between the city and some residents on projects ranging from the West End Building to sensitive lands to the streetcar makes clear.

The annual ranking, which appears in the magazine's August issue, used CNNMoney.com's Best Places database to compare and contrast towns with populations of up to 50,000. Lake Oswego's population is 36,926 while West Linn has 25,236 citizens. Money compared crime rates, school data, diversity levels, median family incomes and home prices to come up with its ranking.

Both communities rank high in virtually all of those categories except one: Diversity, with Money noting that Lake Oswego 'is not particularly diverse.'

What did Money see that it liked?

Plenty.

Money notes that 'the city is divided into 20 official neighborhoods, each with its own governing association. Lake homes are popular (and expensive), but outdoor activities are available for everyone, including hiking in the state park (Tryon Creek), waterskiing on the Willamette River or playing a few rounds on the public golf course.'

While affordable housing is one of the factors Money looks at, we feel many local residents would take exception as the cost of living here is too high for many of our citizens and would-be citizens. The article notes that the median home price in Lake Oswego is $456,250 while the average for the top 100 list overall is almost half that at $262,148.

You might be wondering who the main competition is for Lake Oswego and West Linn. The top 10 is as follows: 1) Louisville, Co., 2) Chanhassen, Minn., 3) Papillion, Neb., 4) Middleton, Wisc., 5) Milton, Mass., 6) Warren, N.J., 7) Keller, Texas, 8) Peachtree City, Ga., 9) Lake St. Louis, Mo., and 10) Mukiteo, Wash.

In our story we also noted that Lake Oswego made a separate Money magazine list this year as well. In a top 25 ranking of '6-figure towns,' the city was No. 17, with a median family income of $119,630 per year. The median family income in West Linn was $115,171.

On the 'best places' list, West Linn was noted for offering low tax rates compared to other parts of the metro area. Its farmers' market was also highlighted as an asset.

As noted in the story, you can view the full list at http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag .

It's fun to be recognized. We just need to keep everything in perspective and try to keep rowing the community boat together.

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