DRB approves mental health hospital application

DRB approves mental health hospital application

Facility would focus on serving adolescent patients At its Jan. 25 meeting, Wilsonville’s...

Two ventures for the price of one

Two ventures for the price of one

First Citizen finalists Dave and Sally Bany founded two nonprofits at once It’s a situation...

C is for coauthorship

C is for coauthorship

Wilsonville couple's picture book named Oregon Book Award finalist From the list of almost 50...

Share Singers bring music, companionshipto seniors

Share Singers bring music, companionshipto seniors

The Share Singers, a West Linn-based group organized in conjunction with that city’s Parks...

Council to consider trash rate hikes

Council to consider trash rate hikes

Some proposed increases as high as 57 percent Wilsonville residents and businesses may soon find...

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'Soft' boundary adjustment impacts Lowrie Primary

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SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, proposes implementing a 4 cent fuel tax across Oregon, and a 6 cent fuel tax in Portland.
February 03, 2016

Davis seeks compromise for fuel bill

by Jake Bartman
Fuel tax would be considered alongside low-carbon fuel standard program Seeking to strike a balance between the conflicting demands of legislators that doomed a $343.5 million transportation…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - John Schenk chose the signature red color for his Tesla Model X P90DL Signature Series, one of the first all-electric SUVs.
February 03, 2016

A slow wait for a fast car

by Jake Bartman
Wilsonville man the first in Oregon to receive a Tesla Model X It has been a long, long wait for Wilsonville auto enthusiast John Schenk. But almost three and a half years after placing an…
February 03, 2016

News in brief

by Spokesman staff
County cops to carry AEDs Clackamas County law enforcement officers are now carrying automated external defibrillators to improve the chances of survival from cardiac arrest in the county.…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JAKE BARTMAN - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate Lanelle Warner, shown here with the television in her two-bunk cell, says that some of the nature images screened on a new channel broadcast throughout the facility bring her back to her childhood on a Native American reservation.
January 27, 2016

A new kind of freedom

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

West Side Urban Renewal amendment approved

by Jake Bartman
The City Council takes a step toward setting up a Coffee Creek URA Marking a step toward creation of a new urban renewal area that will transform the Coffee Creek area, the Wilsonville City…
SUBMITTED PHOTO: DANNY ABREGO - Curt Kipp, 47, was editor of the Wilsonville Spokesman from 2000-2007. In 2005, he began to chair the Rotary Club of Wilsonvilles Summer Concerts series, which raised over $9,000 last year for End Polio Now.
January 27, 2016

Creating space for community connections

by Jake Bartman
First Citizen finalist Curt Kipp, journalist and community organizer When he was in the third grade, Wilsonville’s Curt Kipp attempted to start a newspaper in his classroom. “I was finishing the…
Wilsonville Spokesman INSIDERS
January 27, 2016

Introducing the Spokeman's INSIDERS

by Pamplin Media Group
Get advice and tips from local business experts Need advice on banking? Buying a home? The importance of flossing your teeth? How to help your pet lose weight? Or how to exercise with…
January 27, 2016

Wilsonville woman drowns, son injured trying to save her

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

Wilsonville mother drowns, son injured trying to save her

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

Scout given honorary promotions

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

Still serving delightful dishes

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

Cohousing at Frog Pond West?

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

Hard-won lessons

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

Proposed facility to turn food scraps into energy

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

Armed man barricades himself in Wilsonville home with daughter

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

Wilsonville considers fiber options

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

Creating collaboration from conflict

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

A big week for nonprofits in Wilsonville

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

Art for art's sake

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

Setting a standard for women in finance

by Jake Bartman
McGee recognized for contributions to male-dominated financial industry Even before she was named a 2015 inductee to Research Magazine’s Advisor Hall of Fame, Wilsonville resident Judith McGee…

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BARBARA SHERMAN - At home in Sherwood, Little Tony Budesilich snuggles under a blanket  that was a gift from his sisters to his parents and is covered with photos of him taken while undergoing treatment for cancer at Randall Children's Hospital; the photo on the blanket at lower right shows how he looked after nurses drew facial hair on him.
Jan 13, 2016

Family comes out on top after cancer battle

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

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

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

2016 brings new Parks and Rec offerings

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

Village at Main Street apartmentcomplex sells for $95 million

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

Hitting a high note

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

Not your average businessman

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

Digiscoping device opens new doors

by Jake Bartman
Wilsonville company develops adapter with educational, military uses Speaking of a product he helped develop that has garnered attention from outdoors enthusiasts and teachers alike, Doug Porter…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Jeanne and Terry Gillett moved to Wilsonville six years ago, and have been active in the city's Bahai community ever since.
Jan 06, 2016

Wilsonville Baha'i community growing

by Jake Bartman
As the 2016 presidential race draws nearer, electioneering is increasingly a fact of life. Candidates appear on TV spots, in newspaper articles or on the Internet, each explaining why he or she…
Jan 07, 2016

Hitting the books

by Patrick Malee
It’s resolution season, and if your goal for the New Year is to read more, the Wilsonville Public Library offers the popular Adult Winter Reading Program beginning this month. The program is…
Dec 30, 2015

City acknowledged for exceptional budget plan

by The Spokesman
For the 18th consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has bestowed the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” to the City of…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JAKE BARTMAN - Charbonneau Country Club Board Member Kathy Harp, left, and Faye Turner volunteer to wrap gifts donated to two Wilsonville families in need by Charbonneau residents.
Dec 30, 2015

Charbonneau residents outdo Santa with gift drive

by Jake Bartman
St. Nick must have felt his monopoly on holiday giving threatened when volunteers gathered in Charbonneau’s Windermere building Dec. 21 to wrap some 200 gifts donated to Wilsonville families in…
SUBMITTED PHOTO: JOHN STEINBAUGH - Each XSTAT-30 is equipped with 92 sponges that expand to 10 times their compressed size to apply pressure to wounds.
Dec 30, 2015

Wilsonville company's lifesaving product approved

by Jake Bartman
Device addresses traumatic wounds in hard-to-treat places Marking a potentially lifesaving step in the struggle to make treatment of some life-threatening wounds easier, the U.S. Food and Drug…
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Dec 31, 2015

BE SOCIAL

by The Spokesman
What Spokesman Facebook posts rose to the top in 2015?
SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - Finding a perfect balance between keeping its semi-rural feel and bowing to inevitable development has been a tough call for the Frog Pond area east of Wilsonville this year.
Dec 31, 2015

Looking back at 2015

by Jake Bartman and Andrew Kilstrom
Frog Pond plan creates controversy, ends with compromise The Frog Pond Area Concept Plan was one of Wilsonville’s most contentious public issues in 2015, beginning in January. A meeting was held…
Donna Bane
Dec 31, 2015

Faces of 2015: It's the people that make Wilsonville special

by The Spokesman
Don and Lin Anderson The Andersons opened Vanguard Brewing in September, in a warehouse space at 27501 S.W. 95th Ave. Sept. 18. The venture sees them join McMenamins Old Church and Pub as…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Howard Franklin signs a copy of his new novel, Gideons Children, in his home office in Charbonneau. Franklin is a retired public defender turned novelist.
Dec 31, 2015

Spotlight

by The Spokesman
Shining a light on Spokesman images from 2015
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Christmas lights are shipped overseas, where they are disassembled for the metals inside.
Dec 31, 2015

Recycle those holiday memories

by The Spokesman
It’s the same old thing every year. You take your holiday lights out of a box, the same box you put them in 12 months ago after they served you well the entire season, and they don’t work. How…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A segment of Grahams Ferry Road will be closed through mid-February for a widening and improvement project.
Dec 29, 2015

Section of Grahams Ferry Road closed weekdays

by Pamplin Media Group
A section of S.W. Grahams Ferry Road between S.W. Grenoble Street and S.W. Bell Road southwest of the Villebois neighborhood is scheduled to be closed weekdays, 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m., starting…
SUBMITTED - The Doster Family
Dec 24, 2015

GET YOUR MERRY ON!

by (none)
Record set for World's largest community greeting card - at least we think so. If Santa still has any doubts about whether local residents belong on his “naughty” or “nice” lists, all he has to…
MAP COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS - The site under consideration is zoned for regionally significant industrial facilities and a minimum of three story buildings; a waiver for the latter would have to be approved.
Dec 23, 2015

City considers mental health hospital application

by Jake Bartman
Construction of in- and outpatient facility could begin in mid-2016 Staff at the City of Wilsonville say that a new hospital built by Universal Health Services to provide both in- and outpatient…



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