Sherry Hall faces two opponents for clerk

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Sherry Healy, Pamela White will challenge the incumbent in the May primary for Clackamas County Clerk

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Newcomer Louise Lopes hopes to bring fresh perspective to…

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'I don't have a magic wand, and for me being new it would be a learning curve, but I'd just love to jump in and do what I can.'

News in Brief

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City of Wilsonville hosts day to dispose of bulky waste; multiple city advisory commissions have openings

Oregon City company makes wake over potential return of bill

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Active Water Sports worries about new version of House Bill 4099 to prohibit wake-enhancing devices between river mile 30 and 50 of the Willamette

Old Town residents unhappy with road extension

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Wilsonville looks for feedback on nearly complete designs of 5th Street extension to Kinsman Road

Wilsonville task force recommends Boones Ferry Road for…

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Bike/pedestrian bridge would provide route across the Willamette River for emergency crews

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World of Speed co-founder dies, leaving lasting impact

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Dave Bany, car-lover and amateur guitarist, gifts communities with two nonprofits dedicated to motorsports and music

Brown signs tax bill; calls for special session

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The legislation prevents owners of so-called pass-through businesses - sole proprietorships, partnership, limited liability corporations and…

Open houses seek feedback on tolling

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
The Oregon Department of Transportation will hold open houses on five tolling options during the rest of the month.

HISTORY OF MUSIC

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Performers bring the sounds of the European Renaissance to the library's Book Notes concert series

Sea lions cause for concern for local anglers

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Association of NW Steelheaders seeks action as sea lions decimate salmon, steelhead populations in Willamette River

PGE to fund electric vehicle programs

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Oregon Public Utility Commission authorizes up to $3.8 million to be spent in service area, including help for TriMet.

They'll be walking with purpose in Lake Oswego this weekend

Lake Oswego Review - Education
Hundreds are expected to join the 11th-annual Walk4Water on Saturday to help improve the lives of Zambian villagers

Savas bids for third county board term

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Extensive knowledge and connections in community would be asset in a third term, he says

Heritage group hopes for permanent West Linn Paper mill tour

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
$45,000 grant from Clackamas County will fund a feasibility study and concept plan

Responding to domestic abuse

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office develops new training material for law enforcement agencies across the state

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Wilsonville will move signal at Fred Meyer intersection

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The city will also replace water treatment plant outfall to comply with regulations

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Getting the boot

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Future of Fill the Boot fundraiser in Wilsonville is in question after 2017 missteps

Rurey's exhibit in Wilsonville shows forgiveness in the…

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Portland-based woodcarver displays work at Clackamas Community College Wilsonville campus

Library reveals (some) renovations

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Wilsonville Public Library re-opens teen area and children's room amid rennovation project

Clackamas Community College ranked top nursing program

Clackamas Review - News
For 2015-17, all nursing students passed NCLEX exam at CCC, the only Oregon nursing program with a 100 percent pass rate

Proposed LO events center rejected

West Linn Tidings - News
Developer of project at Third Street and B Avenue in Lake Oswego plans to appeal the 3-2 decision

VIDEO: Bots do battle at FIRST Robotics tourney

Portland Tribune - News
Thousands gather at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 7 for regional championship.

SMART planning for the future

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Wilsonville transit provider hopes to expand services inside and outside community

Oregon seeks stability for 'dreamers'

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After preserving dreamers' ability to obtain resident tuition at state colleges and renew driver's licenses, Oregon lawmakers look at ways to remove…

Public access to Willamette River up for debate

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Wilsonville considers allowing fishing at Memorial Park but not swimming or other recreation

SPOKESMAN PET CONFIDENTIAL

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We know Wilsonville has some great pets out there and we want to give those critters their moment in the sun. The Spokesman will regularly 'expose'…

Broadening a world-view

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Local family spends 18 months teaching educators in Samoa how to spread the love of learning

Garbage rates go up this month

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Surcharges of $2 for residential and 4 percent for commercial service apply outside cities; increases prompted by China's more restrictive standards…

Wilsonville's Kinsman Road connector design nearly complete

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Transportation project pushed back to 2019 because of $4.5 million shortfall

Wilsonville news in brief

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Tourism grants distributed in community and in-person and live open house events examine transportation

Big to do

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Wilsonville resolves water intake dispute

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
City will retain current number of water pumps at its water treatment plant, despite new joint agreement for future expansion

Let the games begin!

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
The City of Wilsonville's annual Easter egg hunt, courtesy of Parks and Rec, attracts hundreds of youngsters

Pamplin Media rolls out press plant expansion

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Total control of the product major inspiration behind bringing all PMG publications under one roof

NEW RIDE is a SCREAM

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Adrenaline Peak replaces Oaks Park's aging roller coaster, opening in time for Spring Break

Love at first bite

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Rosemarie Acker and Frank Walsh met only a year ago, but their relationship has blossomed into a deep connection that feels as old as time

Wilsonville History

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Department of Corrections was continuing to insist that the best site for a new Oregon prison was the former site of the Dammash State Hospital (now…

Wilsonville to bolster wayfinding signage

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City enters into agreement to assess and add wayfinding signs in city core, possibly more

Portland's Kabir Muthu crowned spelling champ

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Boones Ferry Primary students competes at regional contest; Access Academy seventh-grader heads to national contest

Wilsonville news in brief

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Give input on ODOT I-5 study via online survey; City adjusts budget for Wilsonville Road/I-5 interchange work

Booming Wilsonville housing market could be…

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After finally surpassing the zenith of 2008, real estate prices continue to rise in the City, causing some to worry if there is enough affordable…

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State appeals ruling that blocked sentencing reform

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The appeal of a Clackamas County Circuit Court decision to block the reforms could head straight to the Oregon Supreme Court because of legislation…

Share the beach during plover season

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Respect restricted sand areas where threatened birds nest and raise their young

A surge in literacy

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An unlikely group helps fund literacy program across the state for early readers through Imagination Library

Promises of change made at 'March for Our Lives'

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The largest protest since last year's Woman's March drew thousands to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Tap-ball-change: Seniors learn a new skill

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Class aims to improve balance and build friendships for senior citizens in Wilsonville area

Residents weigh in on I-5 study

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Wilsonville citizens like idea of ramp-to-ramp lane, but are frustrated with timeline

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School safety may mean more officers in schools

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Student resource officers are not used in all schools but often instrumental in keeping everyone safe

Initiative would ban the sale of assault weapons

Portland Tribune - News
A petition proposed for November would ban assault firearms and high-capacity magazines in Oregon.

West Linn-Wilsonville parents worry about school…

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WL-WV School Board, administrators address safety upgrades, resources for students and debate which school safety measures would prove the most…

Scouts hit the track

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Traditional Pinewood Derby, along with a newer LEGO version, held by local Scouts

Wilsonville students participate in national…

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Walkouts were held across the school district to honor Florida shooting victims

Lawmakers to consider bills that protect gun…

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Major sporting goods stores that restrict gun sales to customers 21 or older could violate Oregon anti-discrimination laws.

Only engineer on state transportation commission…

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Paula Brown has extensive experience in federal and local transportation projects and had an important role in oversight of pending state…

Portland's Kabir Muthu crowned spelling champ

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Oregon's Regional Spelling Bee in Portland is presented by the Pamplin Media Group and Comcast.

Betty Dominguez appointed to Metro Council

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Oak Grove resident will represent Metro District No. 2 for the remainder of the year

Scary forecast: Earthquake devastation will be far…

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Wilsonville's role as an employment center means injuries are expected to be much higher in the case of a daytime quake

WL-WV students participate in nationwide walkout

West Linn Tidings - News
Walkouts were held across the school district to honor Florida shooting victims

Soul'd Out heads to the Big Apple

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City of Wilsonville donates money to help fund Wilsonville High School a capella trip

Students say 'Enough' during walkouts

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler: 'We need our federal leaders and state leaders across the country to step up to protect our citizens from these entirely…

Transportation study indicates I-5 changes could…

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An additional lane on I-5 across Boone Bridge could be considered if ODOT and the City of Wilsonville support it

City Community Development fundshort of money

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Mayor Knapp says stalled projects don't impact current services as much as delaying future growth.

Cities want to reset urban growth boundary

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Jurisdictions, including Wilsonville will ask Metro to expand line to handle growth

Voters OK Newberg annexations

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Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue district-wide approval of two measures already backed by city, rural district nears 92 percent mark in special election…

Wilsonville's development raises traffic concerns

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Construction of Frog Pond West could cause more headaches for Meadows residents if drivers use the neighborhood to bypass traffic

WL-WV students to participate in nationwide walkout

West Linn Tidings - News
Students will leave their classrooms in response to gun violence in schools March 14

'Racing to Change'

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Oregon Historical Society connects the past to the present by honoring the state's civil rights pioneers

Sports complexes could be in Wilsonville's future

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Councilors consider changing zoning codes to allow for large recreational development

Officials ponder bridge for bikes, pedestrians in…

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Feasibility study would look at possible alignments for a span that would likely cross the Willamette River to Oak Grove

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Uniting around a common goal

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Eight years ago Special Olympics Unified Basketball gave me one of the best experiences of my life. Today their mission to unite and empower is as…

Wilsonville news in brief

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Check out the Oregon Culture Pass at Wilsonville Library and get a free admission to some Oregon parks!

Big to do

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What's happening in and around Wilsonville this week and what's coming up later this month?

Maddox Woods rookery puts on a fine nesting show

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'If you keep the faith I will exist at the edge, where your vision joins the sunlight and the rain: heads in the light, feet that go down in the mud…

Metro Council set to fill vacant seat

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Candidates seeking an appointment Thursday will all likely compete for a full term in the May primary

A frog serenade

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Wilsonville residents hear local amphibians singing ahead of schedule -- and plenty loud

Scoops founder earns treat

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Jordan Scoggins is named the winner of the 2017 First Citizen Award by Rotary Club of Wilsonville

Attract pollinators to your yard

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City-sponsored workshop aims to educate and inform local residents on how they can help create habitat for pollinators to thrive within the local…

Westside pipe project nears approval

Portland Tribune - News
Wilsonville may come out on top in the water-share agreement with other governments on the project that will serve much of Washington County.

Local veterinarians concerned about dog flu outbreak

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Canine influenza case in San Francisco has veterinarians worried the virus could move north.

TVF&R voters to decide Newberg annexations

Beaverton Valley Times - News
City and rural area approved on Nov. 7, but petitioners forced county to set a district-wide election for March 13.

Metro's radical new idea for more housing

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Five cities present ideas to create new neighborhoods in an expanded urban growth boundary

People of Providence - Meet Ty J. Gluckman, M.D.

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Wilsonville Police Log

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Wilsonville Police Department is under contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Information for the police log comes from the public…

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Regional water pipe project nears approval

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Wilsonville, as owner of the intake and processing facility, may come out on top in water-share agreement

Snow showers dust the city

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Wilsonville's mild dusting of snow - while Portland reported a few inches over the course of last week - didn't prevent residents from enjoying the…

Longtime sports PR guy is Wilsonville's new…

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From the press box to City Hall: Bill Evans leaves professional and recreational sports to join Wilsonville team

Volunteer for Relay for Life, Wilsonville Library…

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She's 'a ray of sunshine' says friends of Kathy Johnson, dedicated community volunteer

Lajoie honored as state's top chiropractor

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In her practice and service to her community Dr. Laura Lajoie has proven herself to be among the state's best

News briefs

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Wilsonville trash routes scheduled for changes; I-84 closures set for spring

Reward increased for bank robber to $30,000

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Suspect who threatened tellers in six local banks with a knife should be considered armed and dangerous

Metro works on its housing bond

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Racial equity should be the top priority, everyone agrees, but whites shouldn't be shortchanged either

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The other day, my wife and I took our six-month-old son to one of his regular check-ups. We went through the routine of asking the pediatrician exactly how many things we were doing wrong and left trying to console a wailing child who had just received three shots.


On the drive home, my wife turned to me morosely and said: 'I'm sorry.'

I looked at her with a confused look on my face.

'I'm sorry for giving him my short genes,' she clarified.

At the last check, my son measured at about the 40th percentile across the board in height, weight, head size but, and I'm guessing here, was in the 95th percentile in gassiness.

But my wife, who stands at 5'2' in heels, was, only somewhat jokingly, disappointed that our young son wasn't currently towering over other babies.

At this age all an extra couple of inches and a longer wingspan would likely do would be to slightly increase the velocity in which he could fling mashed peas across a room.

But, as everyone knows, taller individuals often tend to have more success in sports down the road.

I have long kidded with my wife about my desire to live vicariously through my children's athletic triumphs to make up for my own deficiencies in that area.

Although I was a lover of sports from a very young age, I never excelled in any. Due to a crippling fear of making physical contact with other kids on the sports field and an equally sizeable fear of footballs, baseballs, basketballs etc… making physical contact with me at high speeds, I was somewhat limited in what I could accomplish as an athlete.

But I had great hopes for my children.

I have long envisioned grooming my son to be an NFL-quality punter. It's a specialized position, still highly paid with minimal injury risk and is relatively low pressure. I mean, when was the last time you saw a punter cost an NFL team a game?

While my own athleticism leaves much to be desired, I come from good stock. My father was an All-American soccer player who tried out for the 1960 Olympic team.

Sports came naturally to him. And what did his genes produce? Three sons all 6'0' or taller, two of which became English majors and the other who went into youth ministry.

My father didn't need to live vicariously and he certainly never pushed any of us into sports. But I can't help but wonder what went through his head as I dropped my third pop fly in a little league game.

I seem to have received genes from my mother's side of the family which boasts highly competitive personalities with very few physical skills to accompany that mindset.

Not a particularly good combination.

But perhaps athleticism skips a generation.

Despite his below average stature, my son has proven to be a fairly accomplished kicker since birth.

However, more than just my son's potential lack of size seems to be working against me in my hopes of raising a son who gets more than just the 'Sportsmanship' plaque at the end of the year awards ceremony. (An award I proudly display in my garage from my years on the West Linn High School tennis team.)

My son already has a natural tendency toward using his right hand despite my hopes he would buck the odds and become a crafty southpaw on the mound.

Also, when given the opportunity, he vastly prefers playing with his cloth books over his toy football.

Of course, his favorite activity with no matter what toy he happens to find is shoving as much of it into his mouth as humanly possible.

Which, actually, gives me an idea. Is competitive eating technically a sport?

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