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Night Out a great success in Corbett

On Aug. 6, Corbett celebrated its National Night Out. The goal was to make citizens in unincorporated areas of Multnomah County more aware of how local law enforcement and first responders work together to keep our communities safe.

This year’s event was a huge success, and I’d like to thank all of the citizens of the Corbett and Springdale areas who came out to get to know their neighbors and the services that are available to each of them.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jason Gates served as master of ceremonies for the night and did an outstanding job.

Our evening began with soloist Kelly Harrington singing our national anthem. She did a beautiful job, and her singing was breathtaking. It brought tears to my eyes.

She was followed by members of Boy Scout Troop 272 who served as color guard and raised the American flag. The Scouts led those in attendance in the flag salute.

Phil Dearixon, new fire chief Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District No. 14 in Corbett, and his crew performed a demonstration of an extrication using the jaws of life on a wrecked car. Firefighters also talked with children about home fire safety, and about the dangers of playing with fire.

LifeFlight landed in the soccer field behind the school, and provided spectators with an up-close look inside and out of the helicopter.

Rhonda Kjargaard, Deby Churnside, Victoria Purvine, Sally King, Deputy ‘Rocky’ Joe Graziano (Corbett community resource officer) and Kathrine Green, had only three weeks to help me put together our National Night Out.

So many sponsors and businesses — there are too many to name — donated restaurant and spa packages, a gardening basket, pet care packages and so much more.

Raffle drawings for adults and children included back packs, school supplies, haircuts and gift certificates for ice cream and burgers.

We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Ann Pitnam

Chairwoman, Night Out Committee

Corbett

Devastating experience, great care

If you have ever lost a pet, you know it is heartbreaking. Trust me, I know. It never gets any easier. Once again, after many years of having a furry feline invade my heart and take over, it was time to let go.

The toughest part is being there, holding them and letting go. With a cat, being so soft, affectionate and loving, it is even harder.

Once again, I put myself through it, but something was different this time. I had found a wonderful pet clinic in Gresham catering to cats only, and it was my good fortune to have them as my pet’s personal physician. For the last year, I knew this day would come, as she was becoming so senior but wanted the best of care.

My furry companion had been a rescue cat, of sorts, having been left on the steps of the Humane Society back in spring of 1998 in a box, pregnant. I’m so glad she was left there than elsewhere.

I was the lucky one to have had the good fortune to adopt her then, and until today, she was mine. I have been taking her in several times a week for hydration for many months as she was slowing down and not eating or drinking water as she should have. It happens with seniors, felines as well as humans.

The clinic who took such good care of my beloved is Cats Exclusive on Main Street in Gresham. I couldn’t have asked for better care all these months.

As I was leaving, a young woman came in with a cat she found at her work place that needed emergency care. I called back later in the afternoon to see how the cat was doing.

The cat is doing fine now, and it appears that the finder of said cat is going to keep her.

I’m glad there was a good outcome for this young cat, about four months old. Another lucky owner of a feline that will surely steal her heart for years to come.

Alyson Huntting

Gresham

Tell the whole story, please

Reading the article “Chinook fishing looks good on the Sandy River” (Hunting and Fishing 2013 special section) made me sick. Todd Alsbury (of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) boasts of this great chinook run on the Sandy River. The truth is that the run is not even close to what he claims in total numbers or hatchery vs. wild ratios.

Actually the ratio is reversed. Only about 25 percent of the run are first-year hatchery fish while the remainder is composed of fish from hatchery ancestry.

No! The Sandy has no true native spring chinook.

Alsbury also talks of areas to target returning fish in the upper basin, but failed to mention that he is actively trying to eliminate future runs in the upper basin by planting all of our spring chinook smolts in the Bull Run River. If you fish the Sandy above the Bull Run River, you will no longer see hatchery spring chinook in the upper basin as our governor and Fish and Wildlife department work to support environmental groups rather than sport anglers.

We all remember a thriving timber industry; sportfishing is next to go.

Greg Osburn

Three Rivers Sportsman’s Alliance

Boring




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