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Brought to you by Jarod Cogswell, FIT Academy - Fitness INSIDER -

Jarod Cogswell, FIT AcademyDid you know that there are more people at the gym struggling with the same life challenges... body image, depression, low self-esteem and other negative energy vampires? And believe it or not, even the fitness fanatics that look physically amazing are trapped by self-destructive emotions.

The truth is that fitness benefits contain much more than simply the physical rewards. Exercise gives us confidence, a sense of self-worth, pride and the list of positives for a happy life are in the thousands.

After 20-plus years of doing what I can to help change lives through fitness, I can honestly tell you that it doesn't matter what you look like. What matters is how you feel.

I’ve experienced quite a few people coming into the gym setting with a cloud of darkness above them and I always say, "Let's put a smile on your face and the body will follow."

Recently I asked random FIT Academy members what life lessons consistent exercise has given them.

Answers included:

“Don’t give up before the ‘miracles’ happen”

“Comparison is the thief of joy”

“Uncomfortability brings me growth”

“Never cheat yourself of the gift you have been given”

“I CAN!”

The other benefit of fitness? Friends. Support. Love. Hanging around like-minded people with similar challenges is motivating and inspiring. Connect with the right people, get results physically, mentally and spiritually.

Start transforming your life today. Don't wait. You get one shot. Make it count.

FIT Academy

9140 SW Hall Blvd.

Beaverton, OR 97223


Brought to you by Pacific Medical Group Beaverton - Medical Family Practice INSIDER

PMG MediaYes, because at Pacific Medical Group in Beaverton, we are a Patient-Centered Primary Care Medical Home. We will better coordinate your care to get you the services you need, when you need them. 

We listen to your concerns and answer your questions. We offer after-hours help and alternatives to the emergency room or urgent care. We help you play an active role in your health. As your Patient-Centered Medical Home, we ask that you make us aware of any other providers or clinics that may be assisting you with your healthcare needs.

At Pacific Medical Group, we can care for all ages from newborns to seniors. We provide vaccinations for infants, pediatric care to growing children and can treat sports injuries. For adults, we offer chronic disease management for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. We stress preventative medicine to the whole family, and also offer gynecological care for women and girls.

At our location, we have social work services, care management, on-site laboratory and X-ray services. We treat on-the-job injuries and can do minor procedures and biopsies. Our Electronic Medical Records ensure accurate and efficient care. We offer Online Services to help manage your care by allowing you to view lab results, request prescription refills, schedule routine appointments, pay your bill online, and email your provider.

We are accepting new patients and look forward to assisting you with all your healthcare needs. 

Pacific Medical Group - Beaverton

4510 SW Hall Blvd.

Beaverton, OR 97005

(503) 644-1171

M-F 7:30am-7pm/Sat 9am-1pm

Brought to you by Jessica Spenst of Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care - Memory Care INSIDER

Jessica Spenst, Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care Moving is stressful for anyone. But moving a person with memory loss to an assisted living facility, group home, or nursing home is a big change for both the patient and the caregiver.

Here at Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care, which opened in March, our staff is accustomed to making the transition easier for all concerned.

The National Institute on Aging notes that family members may feel a range of emotions, from a sense of loss to guilt and sadness. They may also may feel relieved.

It is OK to have all these feelings. A social worker may be able to help you plan for and adjust to moving day. It's important to have support during this difficult step.

Here are some things that may help:

- Know that the day can be very stressful.

- Talk to a social worker about your feelings about moving your loved one into a new place.

- Find out how to help the person with memory loss adjust to the new surroundings.

- Don't argue with the patient about why he or she needs to be there. Arguing leads to more frustration and anxiety.

- Get to know the staff before the person moves into a facility.

- Talk with the staff about ways to make the transition to the assisted living facility or nursing home go more smoothly.

Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care

115 NW 158th Ave., Beaverton OR 97006


Dr. Irina Moga, DDS, Dr. Moga Family & Cosmetic Dentistry - Dental INSIDER -

Dr. Irina Moga, Dr. Moga Family and Cosmetic DentistryQ: How does a dentist determine whether wisdom teeth should be extracted — especially if they are not causing discomfort?

A: Most wisdom teeth cause problems because there’s not enough room for them to come in properly. Wisdom teeth that come in at odd angles or only come in halfway are difficult to keep clean so they are prone to cavities and gum infection, which can also spread to neighboring teeth. These are usually the teeth we recommend removing. If they come in straight and the patient has room for them — and is able to clean them effectively — they don’t need to be removed. That is a small minority though.

Q: What should a patient expect from the procedure?

A: Wisdom tooth removal is typically done by an oral surgeon, though some generalists offer the service. In most cases, IV sedation is recommended both for the patient’s comfort and to facilitate the procedure. The surgery is usually performed in the oral surgeon’s office, not in a hospital, and usually takes 60-90 minutes. Sedated patients are required to have a ride home and are usually given pain medication, which often makes them sleepy.

Q: What should a patient expect after the procedure?

A: If a patient opts for IV sedation, which I recommend, they’ll likely not remember anything from the procedure.  The amount of down time and diet restrictions vary from patient to patient. Most patients feel better and can resume normal activities within 1-3 weeks.

Dr. Moga DDS

14425 SW Allen Blvd.

Beaverton OR 97005


Brought to you by Margaret Norman, Beaverton Lodge Retirement Residence - Retirement Living INSIDER -

Margaret Norman, Beaverton Lodge Retirement ResidenceHere is some food for thought on Senior Living Communities.

It seems that retirement can really be good for your health. People become more active, sleep much better and reduce time just sitting when they retire.

This is according to a new study that was published in March by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“A major life change, like retirement, creates a great window of opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes,” said lead researcher Melody Ding, Ph.D, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney School of Public Health.

“It’s a chance to get rid of bad routines and engineer new, healthier behaviors,” she added.

Ding and her colleagues studied the lifestyle behaviors (physical activity, diet, sedentary behavior, alcohol use and sleep patterns) of more than 25,000 older Australians.

“Our research revealed that retirement was associated with positive lifestyle changes,” she said.

Compared with people who were still working, retirees had increased physical activity levels, reduced sitting time, were less likely to smoke and had healthier sleep patterns.

Specifically, the data revealed that retirees:

· Increased physical activity by 93 minutes a week

· Decreased sedentary time by 67 minutes per day

· Increased sleep by 11 minutes per day

· 50 percent of female smokers stopped.

The differences were significant, even after adjusting for factors such as age, sex, urban/rural residence, marital status and education.

Beaverton Lodge Retirement Residence

12900 SW Ninth St., Beaverton, Oregon, 97005

(503) 646-0635

Brought to you by Griffin Hampson - Cartridge-Network - PRINTER, INK & TONER INSIDER -

CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonAny inkjet printer with four or more “tank” ink cartridges has a separate printhead. Cartridges lock into the printer’s carriage feeding ink to the printhead.

This differs from the two-cartridge system; a black and a tri-color cartridge, where the printhead is a physical component of each cartridge.

Guess what? Tank-style printheads clog up. Lots of use, little use or general use. They clog up.

So, all Brother, Epson, Canon and HP printers with four or more cartridges have a printhead which needs to be cleaned periodically.

At Cartridge Network’s store we ask customers purchasing tank-style cartridges if they clean their printer’s printheads. Maybe 15 percent say they do. Ten percent know about it but don’t and 75 percent look at us as if we’re nuts.

We go over a handout with short instructions for each type of printer and give it to them. Come in or call us for a copy.

One can clean the printhead directly from the printer or from one’s computer. A test page is the first step indicating if all the nozzles are printing correctly or clogged. If clogged, do a “deep clean.” If they are severely clogged, you may have to repeat the process many times.

If they become too clogged you will be looking for a new printer. Really? We recycle several printers daily which are old or have clogged printheads. We probably have a good new printer waiting for you.

Why do we go to these lengths explaining printhead clearing? Because so many people come in with print quality samples or their actual printers. Most are astonished by the process. So easy. Once they’re aware and clean periodically, everyone’s life is easier.

Yes, you will use a little ink, but doing so sure beats having a poor print when you are actually trying to print something.

As a full-service independent, non-franchise operation located in Raleigh Hills, on the Portland – Beaverton border, Cartridge Network sells and services printers and copiers. “We stock several dozen different printer models (inkjet and laser) and copiers too. We focus on a buyer’s needs and then explore alternatives to best meet their needs.” We stock several thousand different cartridges. Shipping is free.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665

Brought to you by Jessica Spenst, Waterhouse Ridge - MEMORY CARE INSIDER

WATERHOUSE RIDGE MEMORY CARE - Jessica SpenstAt Waterhouse Ridge, every staff member receives training in our approach to patients living with dementia. Everyone from housekeeping to care staff to reception learns best practices in an initial session, with ongoing monthly training.

Here are a few tips for those caring for a loved one at home:

Recognize that dementia is a failure of the brain. You can't undo the changes that are happening to your loved one. They will have good days and bad days. They can't "work harder" and recall information that is no longer there or retainable. This is not about you, it is about your loved one and their quality of life.

Patience is key. You will likely answer the same questions over and over, or hear the same stories. Take it in stride and let your loved one repeat things.

Step Back! When an interaction is not going well, stop and consider their perspective. Pushing your agenda is likely to make it worse. Someone living with dementia may not be able to reason through a situation the way you can.

Stop reacting. Correcting or arguing is likely to get you nowhere and be more frustrated. Instead, validate how your relative is feeling. Ask open-ended questions, using the words they have given you.

Be Flexible: Have plans, but expect them to change. Be ready with plan B, C — even D.

To learn more, visit

Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care

115 NW 158th Ave., Beaverton OR 97006


Brought to you by Jarod Cogswell, FIT Academy - PERSONAL TRAINING INSIDER -

FIT ACADEMY - Jarod CogswellMost people need extra motivation to get active, stronger and leaner.

What better motivation than summertime, which begins June 20, just seven weeks from now?

Do the right things and you will see changes and improvement in as little as four to six weeks if you are disciplined about exercise and even semi-disciplined about food intake. You’ll experience remarkable changes in the way you look and feel.

After being stuck indoors for months, Oregonians love to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.

And if you want to feel confident about dressing lighter, wearing shorts, T-shirts, sundresses and swimsuits, check us out at FIT Academy. We offer plenty of options, including Sundress Bootcamp, an overall fitness program to look leaner and feel stronger in those summer clothes.

The warmer season also features a plethora of local runs, with hordes of locals participating in fun runs such as the Beaverton Sun Run (July 24) and the Twilight Run in Tigard at Cook Park (June 25, in conjunction with the Tigard Festival of Balloons).

Last but not least, enjoy the beautiful Oregon outdoors. Get out for a bike ride, hike or a backpacking trip.

The bottom line is that more fit you are, the more fun you will have and less the likely you are to get injured!

Need more expert advice? Visit us at FIT Academy to make 2016 you best summer ever!

FIT Academy

9140 SW Hall Blvd.

Beaverton, OR 97223


Brought to you by Irina Moga, Irina Moga DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry - DENTAL INSIDER -

IRINA MOGA DDS FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY - Irina MogaWhat’s the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when a sleeping person stops breathing because the airway is partially or fully blocked.

When you're awake, throat muscles help keep your airway stiff and open so air can flow into your lungs. Asleep, the muscles relax and narrow your throat.

Most sleep apnea sufferers snore, but snoring alone doesn’t mean the patient has sleep apnea.

Dentistry clinics such as ours work with sleep centers and a patient’s primary care physician. The patient must have a diagnosis of sleep apnea before we can treat them.

A dentist can create a custom-made oral appliance that pulls the lower jaw forward and eases breathing. The appliance may be covered by medical insurance when it’s used for a diagnosed case of sleep apnea.

In the great majority of sleep apnea cases, patients use both a mouth guard and a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine.

Repeated episodes of airway collapse throughout the night disrupt and fragment sleep, which may produce hypoxemia and other cardiovascular stress. Sleep apnea has been suspected of contributing to heart disease and is a common cause of high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea patients of either gender have a higher risk of stroke than those without the disorder, however the risks for men are higher.

For more information about sleep apnea solutions, consult your doctor about diagnostic tests and potential treatments.

Dr. Irina Moga, DDS

14425 SW Allen Blvd., Beaverton OR 97005


Brought to you by Margaret Norman, Beaverton Lodge Retirement Residence - RETIREMENT LIVING INSIDER -

BEAVERTON LODGE - Margaret NormanMore and more research is being published about the benefits of keeping your mind active and engaged in a continual learning process in our senior years.

The old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is just not true.

Studies show that you can learn just as well in your senior years if you maintain your motivation.

So, take that painting class you thought about. Write your memoir, a short story or even a novel. Research your genealogy.

Venture out on trips to museums, read a newspaper and do the crossword puzzle.

Playing bridge or brain teaser games with a few like-minded adults fosters a more enjoyable and healthy lifestyle.

Studies have shown that keeping your brain stimulated helps retain mental alertness as people age because even an aging brain can grow new connections and pathways when it is challenged.

Exercising the brain can relieve sleep and mood disorders as well as improve your memory. Maintaining intellectual activity is essential to your brain health. One researcher says the education and information is for the brain what exercise is for the heart.

According to the National Institutes of Health, such activities may protect the brain by establishing “cognitive reserve,” the brain’s ability to operate effectively even when it is damaged or some brain function is disrupted.

These activities may help the brain become more adaptable in some mental functions, so it can compensate for declines in other functions.

Beaverton Lodge

12900 SW Ninth St., Beaverton, Oregon, 97005

(503) 646-0635

Brought to you by Jaimie King, Sage Hearing Solutions - HEARING INSIDER -

SAGE HEARING SOLUTIONS - Jaimie KingDementia is one of the most common afflictions affecting Americans over the age in 60, and also one of the most dangerous.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, an estimated 5.8 million older adults have some form of dementia — that’s about 12 percent of the senior population!

But did you know that dementia has increasingly been linked to untreated cases of hearing loss? It’s true.

Early research indicates a high correlation between social isolation and developing dementia and other memory-related diseases. A Johns Hopkins study from this year found that the mental abilities of seniors with hearing loss degrade 30 to 40 percent faster than those with normal hearing.

Now let’s be clear: Just because you have hearing loss doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to develop dementia.

But common experience tells us that people with hearing loss tend to be alone more often. Sufferers usually have trouble understanding what others are saying—the essence of communication itself—and therefore rely on reclusiveness and social isolation to mask their illness.

But dementia thrives on this disengagement and loneliness. New conversations lead to new thoughts and even create new pathways in your brain, helping to keep your mind agile and acute.

This is one of the many reasons why it’s more important than ever to treat hearing loss. Visit me at Sage Hearing Solutions for your professional consultation today.

Sage Hearing Solutions

1865 NW 169th Place, Suite 204, Beaverton, Oregon 97006

(503) 747-3084

Brought to you by Griffin Hampson - Cartridge-Network - PRINTER, INK & TONER INSIDER -

CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonCan third-party laser toner cartridges save your office money? Absolutely. What about quality?

Aftermarket laser toner cartridges’ quality ranges from garbage—to illegal—to excellent. How does one know the good from the bad? Use a local vendor who knows the differences. Many very inexpensive cartridges sold via Amazon and certain online sellers (check customer dissatisfaction reviews) are poor quality. We love inexpensive items, laser toner cartridges included. But buying on price alone invites problems. Our quality and savings = value.

OEM (original equipment manufacturer) = name-brand cartridge. This is how printer companies make their profit. Nothing wrong here, but it is significantly higher on a cost- per-page basis.

For aftermarket cartridges, there are two good alternatives. Factory remanufactured and factory new compatibles. Depending on the brand and style of cartridge, either can be very satisfactory in both performance and savings.

Factory remanufactured cartridges are exactly that. An empty original cartridge, recycled and factory remanufactured. Tested, accepted, machine cleaned, new drum (one hopes), new blades and other parts and then filled with the appropriate toner formulation with a new or reset “chip.”

Factory “compatible” cartridges are “new build” cartridges with the appropriate toner and “chip.” Both styles can perform quite well at considerable savings. The factories we use for these cartridges produce very high-quality cartridges with very high customer satisfaction.

What about refill shops? It’s a question of job shop vs. factory quality. Universal laser toner (is garbage) vs. laser toner specifically intended for a specific printer, let alone the correct cartridge chip. We recycle lots of these from unhappy users.

Illegal cartridges on the internet? Yep! There have already been about a dozen seizures this year with the importer named including several for Amazon.

Black-only laser toner cartridges (printers) are the least expensive on a cost-per-page basis. Color laser cartridges (printers) are several times more expensive on a cost-per-page basis. There is a correlation between purchase price of the printer and the cost per page; the lower the price of the printer, the more costly on a cost-per-page basis.

Since businesses usually favor laser printers, we frequently recommend having a “beefier” all-in-one or multi-function black laser printer for the 70 percent to 80 percent of their printing that is only black and then having a separate color laser printer for when they need color. Since color goes into producing black print and black laser toner goes into making color more “colorful,” this is a very cost effective way to lower a businesses’ cost per page and provides redundancy in printing capabilities instead of having a single color all-in-one/multi-function color laser printer that is printing predominantly black.

Let us help you with cost effective high-quality cartridges. As a full-service independent, non-franchise operation located in Raleigh Hills, on the Portland-Beaverton border, Cartridge-Network stocks several thousand different OEM and aftermarket cartridges. Shipping is free! And we sell and services printers and copiers. We stock several dozen different printer models (inkjet and laser) and copiers too. We focus on a customer’s needs and then explore alternatives to best meet them.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665

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by Miles Vance
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by The Times
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by Miles Vance
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by The Times
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by Jim Redden
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by Pamplin Media Group/KOIN 6 News
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by The Times
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by Eric Apalategui
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by KOIN 6 News/Pamplin Media Group
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by Pamplin Media Group
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by The Times
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Religion Notes - June 16, 2016

by Mark Miller
Jonathan Swanson Trio kicks off MoTA concert series this weekend Mission of the Atonement Summer Concert Series presents the Jonathan Swanson Trio at 7 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets cost $15…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Experience Theatre Project will stage A Midsummer Nights Dream in front of the fountains at The Rounds amphitheater.
Jun 16, 2016

Experience Theatre brings 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to The…

by The Times
The event is free and open to all ages at site's amphitheater In celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Experience Theatre Project will bring to life 'Midsummer…
TVF&R - The 2,100-acre Akawana Butte Fire in Central Oregon threatened 900 homes near Sisters. Several fire districts, including five in Washington County, responded to help put out the massive blaze.
Jun 16, 2016

Washington County crews fight wildfire near Sisters

by Geoff Pursinger
Five fire districts respond to Akawana Butte Fire after state requests assistance Firefighters from across Washington County returned home on Friday after several days fighting wildfires in…
TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Beaverton School District students pose for a photo with Charli Hagseth at the construction site of a new elementary school on Tuesday.
Jun 16, 2016

District breaks ground on newest elementary school

by Eric Apalategui
Campus in the booming North Bethany area will help relieve overcrowded schools Many of the hillsides that surround a new elementary school site north of Bethany are still carpeted in green and…
COURTESY PHOTO: NPR - An undated photo provided by NPR shows Zabihullah Tamanna, left, and David Gilkey. Gilkey, a veteran news photographer and video editor for National Public Radio, and Tamanna, an Afghan translator, were killed while on assignment in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 5.
Jun 16, 2016

Embedded reporter hailed from Southwest Portland

by Oregon Public Broadcasting
NPR photogragher David Gilkey dies in Taliban ambush Former Portlander David Gilkey, a photographer for National Public Radio, died June 5 when the five-vehicle Afghan Army convoy he was in was…
KAREN C - The former Albertsons supermarket on Southwest Barrows Road is back open under its old name after the store was operated by Haggen Food & Pharmacy for the past year.
Jun 16, 2016

Barrows Road Haggen reverts back to Albertsons name

by Geoff Pursinger
The Barrows Road Albertsons supermarket is back open. Albertsons has operated a store at 14300 S.W. Barrows Road for several years, but for the past two years, the store has been operated by…
Jun 16, 2016

Update: Missing Aloha man found safe

by Geoff Pursinger
William Lafferty located at Portland hotel after news alerts Washington County Sheriff’s deputies no longer are searching for an Aloha man who went missing earlier this week. A person called the…
COURTESY PHOTO - On Sunday, several Muslim students visited Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton to talk about the upcoming First Ramadan Tent Project Open Iftar in the United States, set this week at Southminster. They include, from left, Madina Karimyar (of Beaverton), Mohsen Assadi, Sadaf Assadi and Pastor John Shuck.
Jun 15, 2016

Muslim students host first Ramadan Tent Project in U.S.

by Ray Pitz
Beaverton church to host shared meals this weekend Most bridges are built using steel, concrete and cables. But some take a different path — some build bridges with tents. Sadaf Assadi has long…
Jun 15, 2016

Beaverton Council backs trio of taxes

by Eric Apalategui
Plans would tax lodging, pot and property to support public safety and an arts, culture center Some residents will scarcely notice the three new taxes the Beaverton City Council wants to start…
TIMES FILE PHOTO - Wajdi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Educational Trust on Scholls Ferry Road, was one of more than 30 members of Portland's Muslim community to sign a letter denouncing the attacks at an Orlando, Fla. nightclub over the weekend.
Jun 15, 2016

Oregon Muslim community condemns Orlando shooting

by Geoff Pursinger
The Muslim Educational Trust is speaking out against the mass shooting at an Orlando night club. MET, a nonprofit organization based on Southwest Scholls Ferry Road which works to bridge the gap…
TIMES PHOTO: GEOFF PURSINGER - Crews have been working for a week to remove several hundred trees near 135th Avenue and Scholls Ferry Road. The site is expected to be the home of a large apartment building.
Jun 15, 2016

Construction begins on Scholls Ferry apartments

by Geoff Pursinger
Hundreds of poplar trees removed to make room for 252-unit complex The removal of several hundred trees drew the attention of drivers along Southwest Scholls Ferry Road over the past two weeks.…
TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Don Grotting, the newly hired Beaverton School District superintendent, speaks with School Board members Linda Degman (from left), Becky Tymchuk, Donna Tyner and Susan Greenburg while getting ready for a photograph. Board members unanimously approved his hiring Monday night.
Jun 14, 2016

BSD gets first choice in Grotting

by Eric Apalategui
New superintendent said Beaverton one of few districts that could lure him from David Douglas Don Grotting said he has turned away interest from other school districts, telling them he likely…
TIMES FILE PHOTO - Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company performs at a Beaverton Last Tuesday concert in July 2012. The summer concert series is shifting this year to a new date, becoming 'Third Thursdays.'
Jun 14, 2016

Different day, same fun for Beaverton's summer concert series

by Mark Miller
Third Thursdays kick off this week with Hit Machine at The Round. This story has been updated from its original version. Beaverton Last Tuesdays are now Third Thursdays — but they will still…
Jun 14, 2016

Man arrested in Dotty's robbery

by Eric Apalategui
Police: At least one more suspect helped rob video poker restaurant early Saturday Police have one man in custody and are continuing to try to find at least one more suspect in a robbery of…
Jun 13, 2016

Southminster Presbyterian awards $10,000 to nonprofits

by The Times
Church foundation helps organizations provide food, housing, health care and community development. The Southminster Presbyterian Church Foundation has awarded $10,000 to eight nonprofit…
TVF&R - The 2,100-acre Akawana Butte Fire in Central Oregon threatened 900 homes near Sisters. Several fire districts, including five in Washington County, responded to help put out the massive blaze.
Jun 11, 2016

Fire departments from across Washington County answer call to…

by Geoff Pursinger
Five fire districts respond to Akwana Butte Fire after state requests assistance Firefighters from across Washington County returned home on Friday after several days fighting wildfires in…
COURTESY CITY OF BEAVERTON - The City of Beaverton's arts programs and Hello Neighbor, through a grant provided by The Nike Community Impact Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, collaborated with HomePlate Youth Services to bring photojournalism classes to the Wednesday drop-in space.
Jun 10, 2016

City honors student artists and art supporters

by The Times
Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Awards will be presented June 14 The City of Beaverton's Arts Program will present the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Awards this month. The…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Don Janigian places a wreath at the Vietnam Memorial during its rededication at Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park. The memorial bears the name of his brother, Cpl. Richard A. Janigian, a Marine who died while serving in the Vietnam War in 1967.
Jun 09, 2016

Vietnam Memorial rededicated at Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park

by Mark Miller
Monument honors Oregon's dead, missing from Vietnam War. Steady rain did little to dampen a ceremony Thursday afternoon to rededicate what is said to be Oregon's oldest memorial to Vietnam War…
KOIN 6 NEWS - The City of Beaverton will ask voters this November to impose a 3 percent tax on recreational marijuana products sold in the city. Edible products containing marijuana, like these Rookie Cookie packs, recently were OKd for recreational sales.
Jun 09, 2016

Beaverton wants to tax marijuana

by Eric Apalategui
If voters approve in November, a 3% city tax would apply to recreational pot sales Beaverton’s marijuana smokers may soon have to pony up a little more green for their green. The City of…
Jun 09, 2016

Nonprofits awarded $200,000 in city grants

by Eric Apalategui
Money to help provide health, housing and educational services to Beaverton residents The Beaverton City Council on Tuesday divvied up nearly $200,000 to nonprofit organizations that help…
JONATHAN HOUSE - Mayors from several westside cities speak during a Westside Economic Alliance mayor's forum at Embassy Suites in Tigard on Thursday.
Jun 09, 2016

Mayors hope to broker land-use solution

by Peter Wong
Several mayors and the Metro Council president say they hope a new task force will help reconcile their conflicts over how to shape the Portland region for development over the next 20 years.…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Ian Hand of Oregon City moves a stack of books during a First Book event at William Walker Elementary School.
Jun 08, 2016

Thousands of children will get 'First Book'

by Eric Apalategui
School union members and other volunteers sort and distribute 22,000 books On a steamy Friday evening, stacks of books rose up around the William Walker Elementary School's gym. Many copies of…
Jun 08, 2016

Drinking water shut off at five more schools

by Eric Apalategui
Many students and staff will drink bottled water pending lead test results The Beaverton School District turned off the drinking fountains inside five older elementary schools late last week as…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Dr. Scott Marsal, division chief of medicine and medical doctor for quality and patient safety at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, shows one of the 26 rooms at the new Clinical Decision Unit at the medical center.
Jun 08, 2016

Clinical Decision Unit fills hospital patient niche

by Eric Apalategui
St. Vincent Medical Center opens Providence's first CDU in Oregon to better diagnose, treat patients It’s not always clear right away how serious patients’ conditions are when they first arrive…
Shahndiin Roanhorse
Jun 09, 2016

What Students Say/Sexton Mountain Elementary School

by Jaime Valdez
What was the most memorable thing about this school year? “The best part of this school year was playing and watching basketball. My favorite team to watch is the Portland Trail Blazers. I like…