Former strip club opens as family homeless shelter

Former strip club opens as family homeless shelter

New Human Solutions place has room for 130 people year round Human Solutions opened its new...

Remembering the park

Remembering the park

Empty for 11 years, historic greyhound park will be demolished by new owners this year You can...

Chamber honors businesses, volunteers at awards event

Chamber honors businesses, volunteers at awards event

Business Excellence Awards salutes those who give something back The Gresham Area Chamber of...

Jarvez Hall leads East Metro Economic Alliance

Jarvez Hall leads East Metro Economic Alliance

When Jarvez Hall was just a kid himself, he mentored at-risk children in a Portland dropout...

Family pets die in early morning Gresham house fire

Family pets die in early morning Gresham house fire

Husband and wife escape unharmed Close to half a dozen cats died in a residential fire this...

Famed downhill racer Bill Johnson dies at Gresham care facility

Famed downhill racer Bill Johnson dies at Gresham care facility

Bill Johnson, 55, a former student at Sandy High School who went on to fame as the first American...

Woman reported alert after tree falls on her car

Woman reported alert after tree falls on her car

Ford Taurus driver hospitalized after Troutdale incident. TROUTDALE — Firefighters worked to...

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February 05, 2016

Three in custody after fatal Gresham shooting, high-speed chase

by Pamplin Media Group
Names of Washington-based suspects released. Three people are in custody in Kalama, Wash., following a police pursuit that began after a fatal shooting near a Gresham school on Friday, Feb. 5. At 2:33 p.m. Gresham police responded to the report of a…
February 05, 2016

Gresham police calls drop in 2015

by Jodi Weinberger
The city of saw a small drop in its police calls in 2015, which are down about 1 percent from last year. The total number of calls for service in 2015 was 74,014. The number hasn’t changed much over the past 10 years, according to police records.…
February 05, 2016

Annual work plan provides glance at city's vision

by Jodi Weinberger
The Gresham City Council announced its 2016 work plan Tuesday, Feb. 2, setting into motion its priorities for the next 11 months. Since 2007, the mayor and council have adopted a work plan to ensure staff efforts are aligned and driven by the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is facing several allegation and now the Oregon Department of Justice may look into them.
February 05, 2016

County Chair, DA ask Oregon Department of Justice to investigate Sheriff

by Jim Redden
A letter from Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and District Attorney Rod Underhill asks the Oregon Department of Justice to review several accusations against county Sheriff Dan Staton. In addition to investigating harassment allegations…
February 05, 2016

Troutdale looks at human trafficking

by Katy Sword
In fighting human trafficking, part of the battle is awareness. “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery,” said Deputy Keith Bickford, manager of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force. “It’s a crime that…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is facing numerous allegations. Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has asked the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate them.
February 03, 2016

County chair asks Oregon Department of Justice to investigate Sheriff

by Jim Redden
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has asked the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate multiple accusations of innappropriate behavior against Sheriff Dan Staton. Kafoury told the Portland Tribune she made the request in a Wednesday…
February 03, 2016

Sheriff says he welcomes Oregon Department of Justice investigation

by Jim Redden
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton says he welcomes an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior against him — but also says that an earlier outside investigation has already cleared him of some of them.…
Dan Staton
February 03, 2016

Deputy files tort claim against Sheriff Staton

by Katy Sword
Claim makes allegations of hostile work environment A chief deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has filed a tort claim notice against Sheriff Dan Staton with allegations of a hostile work environment. The claim was filed by Chief…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LEGACY MOUNT HOOD MEDICAL CENTER  - Dr. Nasreen Ilias-Khan, board-certified cardiologist at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center
January 29, 2016

Simple changes can boost heart health

by Teresa Carson
To celebrate the heart health month of February, a local cardiologist recommends some little lifestyle changes that can make big improvements in your ticker. “My focus is on making three small changes that can have a big impact. They don’t disrupt…
COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Portland State University matriculates about 28,000 students annually, but officials say the cost of education is much too high. A proposed payroll tax would go primarily to a regional scholarship program.
February 02, 2016

PSU supporters push ahead with Metro-wide payroll tax plan

by Shasta Kearns Moore
One-tenth-of-1-percent plan may still have uphill battle Portland State University supporters aim to find out how valuable the university is to local voters with an initiative petition to raise new taxes filed Friday, Jan. 29. The PSU-backed citizen…
February 02, 2016

Troutdale says no to development project

by Katy Sword
Council, public argue traffic issues too large for Cherry Park plan Following one of the largest public hearings in Troutdale, the City Council voted against a zone change for a proposed apartment complex at its Tuesday, Jan. 26, meeting. Sheldon…
February 05, 2016

Man stabbed in Gresham, police seek motive

by Pamplin Media Group
No suspect information has been released A man suffered serious injuries after being stabbed, according to police. The stabbing was reported just before 6 p.m. on Friday in the 18800 block of Southeast Division Street. Police said the man had been…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Human Solutions board member Jo Ann Hardesty speaks Monday at the grand opening of the nonprofit group's new family homeless shelter in the former Black Cauldron strip club on East Burnside Street.
February 02, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Former strip club revived as family homeless shelter

by Josh Kulla
The former Black Cauldron vegan strip club gained notoriety in the east Portland area for its unique approach to business. Needless to say, local residents were relieved when the club closed, and even more relieved when plans were announced last…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Sue Meyer, owner of Chase Me Again books, heads to the podium Thursday to receive her plaque for Small Business of the Year at the Greater Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce business awards banquet.
January 29, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Gresham Chamber hosts business awards banquet

by Josh Kulla
The Greater Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Awards banquet Thursday at the Greater Gresham Baptist Church. Winners included My Father's House, which was named non-profit of the year as well as being awarded the "Try Local…
January 29, 2016

Do you know an Amazing Kid?

by Anne Endicott
The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News, along with our partner newspapers, are seeking submissions for our 2016 Amazing Kids contest. This annual April special section will be distributed in Pamplin Media Group newspapers throughout the region.…
January 29, 2016

Committee backs $299 million Gresham-Barlow school bond

by Teresa Carson
An advisory committee is recommending the Gresham-Barlow School Board ask voters in November to approve a $299 million bond to upgrade district buildings. If the school board agrees, the bond would be the largest ever proposed in the Gresham area…
January 29, 2016

Graduation rates up in East Multnomah County schools

by Teresa Carson
Four of the five comprehensive high schools in East Multnomah County improved their graduation rates in 2015, while besting the state average rate, according to new Oregon Department of Education statistics. Statewide, the graduation rate edged up a…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Multnomah Greyhound Park held its last race in 2004 and now faces imminent demolition.
January 29, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Faded glory - Multnomah Greyhound Park faces demolition

by Josh Kulla
The former Multnomah Greyhound Park was recently purchased by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. The Tribe has no concrete plans for the property yet, but the old grandstand, dog kennels, scoreboard and other structures on the property will…
January 29, 2016

Deadline March 18 for newspaper's 'exceptional women' nominations

by Anne Endicott
Three years ago, The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News published a special section that has proven to be a reader favorite: Exceptional Women. The publication provides us with an opportunity to introduce you to some extraordinary women —…
Eric Anderson
January 27, 2016

Troutdale councilor Anderson resigns

by Katy Sword
Citing increased work load, family concerns, Eric Anderson's last day March 31 Troutdale Councilor Eric Anderson resigned his seat at the council's regular Tuesday, Jan. 26, meeting. Serving the last year in his second-term — the first of which was…
The Outlook's INSIDERS
January 27, 2016

Introducing The Outlook'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 free-weights? These are just a few of the many possible topics…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Ezra, 6, enjoys a chemistry experiment Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Friends of Children building open house.
January 26, 2016

Donors tour new Friends of the Children building

by Jodi Weinberger
Mentor group holds grand opening for 8,000-square-foot facility Friends of the Children held a grand opening for its donors and community leaders last week, showing off its new space in East Multnomah County. Just a few months ago, the building was…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Jeffrey Bernard, an unemployed 59-year-old Portland resident, has a tooth extracted Tuesday at a free dental clinic run by Medical Teams International volunteers, including a retired dentist shown here, who asked to remain anonymous.
January 26, 2016

Homeless health day provides 'a blessing' for many

by Jodi Weinberger
It may seem odd to be grateful to get a tooth extracted, but that’s exactly how Jeffrey Bernard felt as he waited for the dentist at a free health fair this week. Wallace Medical Concern, in partnership with many other organizations, hosted its…
January 26, 2016

No address changes for north Gresham residents

by Jodi Weinberger
Residents in North Gresham whose addresses do not match the rest of the city overwhelmingly said “no” to change. And the City Council agrees. The city sent 2,883 surveys to north Gresham residents in December asking whether they would want the city…
January 26, 2016

Troutdale outlet mall sold

by Katy Sword
Condemnation process unclear as mall transfers ownership A New York investment company has purchased the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets mall in Troutdale for $28.4 million from the Simon Property Group. Time Equities is the new owner of the…
January 26, 2016

Troutdale Energy Center project abandoned

by Katy Sword
Developer withdraws site application Jan. 26 The Troutdale Energy Center project has been abandoned. The project would have built a 652-megawatt power plant at the former Reynolds aluminum factory site in Troutdale, but the center's application with…
FILE PHOTO - Alissa McCrann
January 26, 2016

Search for McCrann became a recovery mission

by Katy Sword
Crews resume search Jan. 23 for missing Portland woman With snow melting near Multnomah Falls, search and rescue crews has resumed their search for Alissa McCrann, missing since December. McCrann, 37, of Portland, went missing Dec. 19. Friends and…
January 26, 2016

Fairview OKs new administrator's contract

by Katy Sword
Nolan Young started Monday with a two-year contract The city of Fairview has officially hired Nolan Young as its city administrator by approving his contract Wednesday, Jan. 20. Young was selected from a pool of 33 applicants and made the short list…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - The tentative plan for Lakeshore Park could include a boardwalk to an island on Fairview Lake.
January 26, 2016

Fairview council seeks further input for proposed Lakeshore Park

by Katy Sword
Work on nature park at Fairview Lake could begin this summer A public survey about plans for the proposed Lakeshore Park was completed last March, but Fairview leaders want further input before beginning work on the project at Fairview Lake. “The…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Edith Flesher,  beams as she enjoys her 90th birthday party at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
January 26, 2016

Gresham woman celebrates turning 90

by Jodi Weinberger
Edith Flesher remembers when Gresham was mostly berry fields Edith Flesher celebrated her 90th birthday on Jan, 21, with coloring books and cupcakes and surrounded by friends at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Gresham. The birthday party came a day…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham resident Julie Wilson has launched Sip and Stitch, a series of classes with the goal of bringing together people, local businesses and charities through crochet. The first gathering is Feb. 3 in downtown Gresham.
January 22, 2016

Gresham woman wants to crochet community together

by Jodi Weinberger
We’ve all had those nights. An idea pops into your head keeping you from sleep. But how often do those ideas become reality? For Julie Wilson, a lifelong Gresham resident, her late-night lightbulb moment is taking shape next month. Wilson launched…
January 22, 2016

Minimum wage proposal divides East Multnomah County employees, businesses

by Teresa Carson and Shannon O. Wells
For Gresham residents and businesspeople, raising Oregon’s hourly minimum wage is a great or bad idea depending on whether you work for minimum wage or are responsible for paying it. Last week, Gov. Kate Brown proposed increasing the minimum wage…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Eight people helping Mt. Hood Community College earn a Salmon Safe certification tour Kelly Creek at the south edge of the MHCC campus. They include, from left to right, Kathy Shearin of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District; Troy Builta, sustainability coordinator for MHCC; Russ Johnson, MHCCs associate director of facilities; Rick Doughty, MHCC vice president of administration; Charles George, MHCCs facilities director; Torrey Lindbo of the city of Gresham; Jay Udelhoven, soil and water district executive director; and Steve Wise of the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council.
January 22, 2016

MHCC working to clean up its water act, seeks 'Salmon Safe' designation

by Teresa Carson
Mt. Hood Community College is seeking an environmental designation for its 212-acre campus that would set in motion a broad, five-year watershed renovation program. By the spring, MHCC hopes to become the first Salmon Safe community college in…
January 22, 2016

Developer files complaint against Troutdale councilor

by Katy Sword
Councilor says complaints by Yoshida developer are politically motivated A prominent Gresham developer has filed a complaint with the Oregon Ethics Commission against Troutdale City Councilor Glenn White. The complaint alleges White committed two…
January 22, 2016

Legislators brief Gresham leaders

by Teresa Carson
Education will be a big topic for East Multnomah County legislators in the short February legislative session, local business and civic leaders learned in a briefing Wednesday. The Oregon legislature will meet for 35 days starting Feb. 1. Each…

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 14 - A Multnomah County Fire District 14 firefighter radios in for additional help Tuesday night after a massive Douglas fir tree crushed the car of Judy Loftstedt of Sandy. Less than 30 minutes later Loftstedt was on her way to the hospital.
Jan 22, 2016

'She got lucky and we got lucky'

by Katy Sword and Quinton Smith
Judy Loftstedt of Sandy is one lucky woman. Loftstedt, 65, was on the Historic Columbia River Highway headed to Gresham Tuesday night when a massive Douglas fir tree fell from a cliff just south…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - David Gray, principal of Metro East Web Academy explains to middle school students from the Gresham-Barlow School District how the online school works.
Jan 22, 2016

Gresham-Barlow middle schoolers view high school options

by Teresa Carson
Middle school students and their families from the Gresham-Barlow School District converged on the Mt. Hood Community College campus last week to learn about options for high school. “It is…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Warner Pacific College student Bonshee Freeman greets fellow students Monday at a Martin Luther King Jr. day of service event at Mount Hood Community College.
Jan 22, 2016

College students recognize MLK Jr. day with public service

by Teresa Carson
Hundreds of college students gathered Monday, Jan. 18, in the Yoshida Center at Mt. Hood Community College and prepared to fan out into the community to volunteer at multiple sites in East…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Drew Mahalic , chief executive officer of The Oregon Sports Authority tells leaders at The East Metro Economic Alliance about the benefits of sports  tourism.
Jan 22, 2016

Sports tourism could benefit Gresham-area economy

by Teresa Carson
The head of the Oregon Sports Authority is urging East Multnomah County leaders to cash in on sports tourism by better utilizing and promoting local venues and events. That was the message from…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: FAIRVIEW POLICE DEPARTMENT - This shipping container found a new home on Northeast 223rd Avenue for about 5 hours Monday, Jan. 18 when it was knocked off the back of a truck.
Jan 22, 2016

Wayward shipping container snarls traffic on 223rd Avenue

by Katy Sword
FAIRVIEW — Drivers experienced a hitch Monday, Jan. 18 when a shipping container was knocked off a truck, blocking Northeast 223rd Avenue. Police said the truck driver tried to drive underneath…
Craig Ward
Jan 22, 2016

Ward finalist for top job in Oregon City

by Pamplin Media Group
Troutdale City Manager Craig Ward considered for Oregon City post Troutdale City Manager Craig Ward is a finalist for the same post in Oregon City. Oregon City announced its list of three…
Jan 20, 2016

Gresham fight leads to shooting, 1 injured

by Pamplin Media Group
Police are investigating a shooting that may have stemmed over a disagreement over a female. Police say the shooting was reported around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 17800 block of East Burnside.…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Palmero hopes to inspire others to take a more active role in government.
Jan 19, 2016

A homegrown leader

by Jodi Weinberger
A mere four years after Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis voted against appointing Mario Palmero, an unexperienced young social worker from Rockwood, to be on the City Council, he’s asked him to be its…
Jan 19, 2016

Ted Wheeler faces skepticism among some Mt. Tabor reservoir…

by Nick Budnick
In 2013, at the height of the battle over the city’s push to cap the Mt. Tabor reservoirs, opponents began linking Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to the contractor they blamed for the plan, and…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A fire destroyed the Brass Rail Tavern in Troutdale overnight, leaving cleanup crews to sift through the remains Tuesday morning.
Jan 19, 2016

Fire causes damages to Brass Rail Tavern

by Katy Sword
Early morning fire broke out about 3 a.m. in Troutdale A fire broke out at Brass Rail Tavern in Troutdale about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The fire started in the back portion of the 108 E.…
Jan 19, 2016

Police respond to verbal altercation involving Troutdale…

by Katy Sword
A fairly typical post-City Council meeting gathering earlier this month in Troutdale turned sour when a heated discussion escalated between Councilor Larry Morgan and Diane Castillo-White,…
Nolan Young
Jan 19, 2016

Fairview hires city administrator

by Katy Sword
Nearly eight months after former City Administrator Samantha Nelson submitted her resignation to the city of Fairview, a permanent replacement has been announced. Nolan Young of The Dalles will…
CONTRIBUTED GRAPHIC - The proposed project fro Sheldon Development would build 168 apartments on Cherry Park Road.
Jan 19, 2016

Troutdale mulls zone change for 7-acre land parcel

by Katy Sword
With nearly seven acres of undeveloped land across from the Cherry Park Market Center, Steve Winstead said it was only a matter of time before someone would come in with a plan to develop the…
Jan 15, 2016

Homeless Health Day to aid needy

by Jodi Weinberger
Wallace Medical Concern will host a “homeless health day” for Gresham-area low-income and homeless individuals and families on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Human Solutions Winter Family Shelter,…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Northeast Kane Drive was re-opened to vehicle traffic Wednesday, Jan. 13, a little over a month after a flooded Kelly Creek caused the roadway to collapse in a washout.
Jan 15, 2016

Local gridlock eases as Kane Drive reopens

by Jodi Weinberger
Virtual cheers exploded on Facebook on Wednesday when Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis used his social media page to tell residents that Kane Drive, a major commuter road that has been shut down since…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JACK GLASS - Jack Glass and his son Brandon Glass operate Team Hook-up, a fishing guide company on the Sandy River. This season has already been stellar, including this catch in early January.
Jan 15, 2016

Sandy winter steelhead run best in years

by Katy Sword
Jack Glass grew up fishing on the Sandy River. His father ran fishing tours in the 1960s and ‘70s, and in 1983, he started to do the same. Ten years ago, Jack’s son Brandon joined in and formed…
Jan 15, 2016

Troutdale to lease parking spaces to touring company

by Katy Sword
After discussing an issue City Manager Craig Ward called “odd” at the Tuesday, Jan. 12, City Council meeting, councilors ultimately approved a private tour bus company’s proposal to park buses…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: KATY SWORD - Virginia Young, 32, of Troutdale, won The Outlook's Facebook social media contest and the Samsung tablet pictured here.
Jan 15, 2016

Outlook selects Facebook contest winner

by Katy Sword
When Virginia Young told her family she’d won The Outlook’s Facebook contest, she said no one believed her. But when The Outlook reached its goal of 3,000 followers on the popular social…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Jack Roberts, Oregon Lottery director
Jan 13, 2016

Lottery director addresses chamber at height of Powerball fever

by Shannon O. Wells
Jack Roberts discusses finer points of Oregon Lottery at luncheon While speaking to a Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon on Tuesday, Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts…
Jan 13, 2016

Gresham woman arrested in Wednesday bank robbery

by Pamplin Media Group
Melissa Yvonne Wheatt taken into custody without incident A woman is in custody for allegedly robbing a bank less than a mile from Gresham police headquarters. Melissa Yvonne Wheatt, 44, of…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Alan and Becky Schmid are all smiles after opening Goin Gaming, a Troutdale store that sells board and card games as well as providing a gathering place for gamers to play and compete in their favorite parlor pursuits.
Jan 13, 2016

For Troutdale couple, it's all fun and games

by Shannon O. Wells
Goin' Gaming brings board- and card-game culture to Troutdale While growing up near Tualatin, Alan Schmid often spent time after school at a board gaming shop owned by a family friend. Now in…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A December culvert washout caused by a flooded Kelly Creek severed Kane Drive near its intersection with Northeast 23rd Street. Now, city officials expect the damaged road to be reopened to traffic by the end of January.
Jan 12, 2016

City considers salmon in Kane repair solution

by Jodi Weinberger
As the city of Gresham prepares to re-open Kane Drive with a temporary fix of two culverts to replace one that collapsed during the deluge-like Dec. 7 rainstorm, the question remains of what a…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Gresham Post Office on Southeast Powell Boulevard is just one facility that will be impacted by a change in ZIP codes.
Jan 12, 2016

ZIP code issue divides West Gresham residents

by Jodi Weinberger
An initiative to realign Portland or Fairview ZIP codes that fall in the Gresham city limits is irking some residents. The Gresham City Council voted unanimously last month to request that the…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Kendall Raff, 10, shows off the 50 plates of cookies she helped her family bake this year as part of their holiday tradition. The day-long production yielded 36 varieties of sweet treats that were plated and delivered to friends, family members and co-workers.
Jan 12, 2016

Taking a holiday baking tradition to new levels

by Anne Endicott
Gresham family sets personal record for cookie production A Gresham family’s annual holiday cookie baking extravaganza yielded a record number of sweet treats last month, but an oversight left…
Jan 12, 2016

PDC set to OK purchase of sprawling Post Office site in Pearl…

by Steve Law
The Portland Development Commission is set to authorize an $88 million purchase agreement for the U.S. Postal Service distribution center in Northwest Portland on Wednesday. The 13.4-acre parcel…



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