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Gresham holds parks open house, new arts group organized, American Legion elects new commander and more

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TROUTDALE - Steve Bevens

Troutdale has new police chief

Captain Steve Bevens was tapped as the new chief of police for Troutdale, replacing Captain Travis Gullberg, who has been reassigned by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, which provides law enforcement services to Troutdale.

Bevens is no stranger to East Multnomah County. He was hired as a police officer in the city of Fairview in 1998 and transferred to Troutdale in 2000. He was promoted to sergeant in 2002, and became part of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office when the police merged with MCSO in 2016. Bevens was promoted to lieutenant in 2017 and captain in 2020.

Bevens has served in the Homeless Outreach Program and Engagement (HOPE), as a school resource officer, managed patrol operations, river patrol and the training division.

Gresham holding parks open house

What are the plans and ideas for Gresham's many parks? Learn more in a virtual park open house, scheduled for 1 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The open house will discuss community feedback on six park concept plan designs. It will also discuss a report for planned enhancements to Gresham's six undeveloped parks. The park upgrades aim to meet both current and future demands for green space and recreation areas for Gresham's growing population.

For more information and to register, visit: bit.ly/2FwDe1y.

For additional questions about this event, contact Tina Osterink, Natural Resource Planner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-618-2392.

Candidates will speak

The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate's forum on the internet and also with limited in person attendance. All candidates for city council in Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale have been invited and will answer questions and discuss their reasons for running for office.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Fairview City Hall, 1300 N.E. Village St. Reservations are required and an optional box lunch is available for purchase.

Call Marcia at 503-669-7473 or Cindy at 503-658-5646 to reserve a spot at City Hall or go to the group's web site at westcolumbiagorgechamber for the link to attend online.

Disc Golf sails into Troutdale

The city of Troutdale, in partnership with the West Columbia Gorge Rotary Club and dozens of local volunteers, plan to set up The Confluence Pop-Up Disc Golf Course, just east of the Columbia Gorge Outlets mall. The mall is at 450 N.W. 257th Way.

The city did not reveal when the course might open.

The 12-goal layout has beautiful views across the Sandy River and is at the future site of the Confluence development, a city newsletter said.

Although the course is temporary, the city and volunteers plan to consider a long-term home for a disc golf course, as part of the city's update to its parks master plan.

New arts group organized

East Multnomah County artists have organized a new nonprofit art group called Cascadia Art Association. It's mission is to promote performing, literary and visual arts in the area. It plans to launch its first membership drive this fall.

Based in Troutdale, the group's president is Martha Denham, a local visual artist.

Cascadia hopes to bring more art to the area with concerts, dance, live performances, film, poetry, literature and more. It may also sponsor art classes and tours.

CAA hopes to work with local governments to make the area an arts destination and to promote Troutdale's Fall Festival of the Arts. The group hopes to help develop a master plan for public arts in Troutdale and support other art-related projects. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lights. Camera. Infrastructure.

The city of Troutdale is launching an inspection of the city's sewer and stormwater lines, although the inspections will not begin for months.

Inspection crews will use closed circuit television to evaluate the city's 57 miles of sanitary lines and 35 miles of storm lines. Troutdale has 1,361 sanitary sewer manholes and 874 storm manholes that will be inspected.

The city said the project will allow it to evaluate the condition of the sewer systems and focus on problem areas for repair and maintenance.

To do the inspections, a video-equipped robot is put down into the sewers and is sent through the pipes by remote control. The camera has "pan and tilt" capabilities to see every nook and cranny. The inspections are best done when it is raining and leaks can be more easily detected.

After the inspections, the city will develop a rehabilitation plan. If a serious situation is spotted, immediate repairs will be made.

American Legion elects new commander

American Legion Gresham Post 30 has elected Ron Kamys as its new Commander, replacing George Sims who is moving to Woodburn, the Post announced.

Sims will stay close to Post 30 to lend support during the transition.

This group of veterans were instrumental in reviving the Post. Most are dual members with the local Gresham VFW Post 180. They are often at the Gresham Farmers Market recruiting new members for both organizations.

Post members are looking for oratorical candidates, law enforcement career camp and Boys State candidates this year. For more information visit: orlegion.org/programs/ and legion.org/programs.


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