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Brought to you by Randy and Dori DeLaunay - Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center - LANDSCAPING INSIDER

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayJust like a vegetable planting bed, your lawn needs to be prepared for winter. As the leaves begin to change and the cooler fall temperatures arrive, follow these tips from Creative Visions for your best winter lawn ever.

Before you start any prep work, you’ll want to test your soil’s pH level. A neutral pH is key to your lawns health; areas that are too acidic can be treated with lime products, while areas that are too alkaline will respond well to sulfur treatment.

Next, it’s important to remove any weeds from your yard during the fall. Perennial weeds compete with your lawn for nutrients, so remove them before you spread any fertilizer. You can eliminate many winter weeds with a fall herbicide application. If your lawn suffered any compression during the summer, consider aerating your lawn for a healthier, fuller look.

After you aerate, put down a good winterizer fertilizer with high potassium and phosphorous content to strengthen your grass’ roots. As the air temperature decreases, blade growth slows, but your lawn’s roots remain active, storing food reserves for winter. Roots with a healthy supply of nutrients will grow quicker and thicker in the spring and help prevent unwanted weeds from popping up.

Finally, make sure to remove debris from your lawn throughout the fall to prevent dead spots, and continue to mow your grass until it stops growing. If you have any questions, the knowledgeable Creative Visions team is here to help. Stop by today!

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Brought to you by Dan Schofield, Weston Kia - Automotive Services INSIDER -

WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldSo you’re considering buying a new car.

Even if you've done your research, examined your budget and been pre-approved, it can be an advantage to look for the best deal on a car. (Not to mention financing and a new-car warranty.)

It pays to focus your efforts on areas where you can have some influence. Among those is picking the best time — and avoiding the worst — to get a deal on your car.

The fall and winter months offer the greatest potential discounts. Remember, as the year goes by, inventories become more limited, so even though great discounts may be available, they might not apply to the model you're shopping for.

If you have your heart set on something, think about whether the extra savings is worth potentially missing out on the car you really want.

According to historical statistics, springtime probably isn't the ideal time to buy a car. More people are out and about as winter weather clears, and tax refund checks are warming consumers' pockets.

Look at outgoing models. Shop for last year's models when the new ones are due or first rolling into the showroom. The dealership wants to sell new cars and will be more willing to make deals on older models to get them off the lot.

Come test-drive your next vehicle at Weston Kia. Our professional and friendly staff can help you make the best choice for your new-car purchase.

Weston Kia

22309 SE Stark St.

Gresham OR 97030


Brought to you by Randall Wilson, Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace - Assisted Living INSIDER -

PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonEvery 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury, according to the National Council on Aging.

Many of these falls are preventable. Here are six simple steps to prevent falling:

· Find a good balance and exercise program. At Prestige Care Huntington Terrace, our in-house Celebrations program offers exercise classes designed to strengthen our residents and improve their balance -- at no additional charge.

· Talk to your health care provider. Share your history of recent falls and ask for an assessment of your risk of falling.

· Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

· Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.

· Keep your home safe by removing tripping hazards, increasing lighting, making stairs safe and installing grab bars in key areas.

· Talk to your family members and caregivers. Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that patients and caregivers check out its STEADI program (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) online at The link includes educational materials and brochures for patients, as well as videos, tests, fact sheets and case studies for providers.

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging.

Here at Prestige Care, we know how important it is to keep our residents safe, healthy and happy.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave.,

Gresham, OR 97030


Brought to you by Tony Kriss - Advanced Firearms Training - FIREARMS INSIDER

ADVANCED FIREARMS TRAINING - Tony KrissNot everybody should carry a concealed firearm. Carrying a gun requires a level of maturity coupled with a strong peace of mind that one day you may have to use your firearm. It’s also incredibly necessary that you understand safe firearm handling before getting a concealed carry permit, otherwise you or someone else WILL get hurt. Ignorance and carelessness are the two main causes of gun accidents; take a concealed carry class with Advanced Firearms Training, however, and you’ll be neither.

Our hope is that not only will you learn about safely handling a firearm, you’ll also be better prepared to handle real-life situations where your concealed firearm may be needed. We’ll teach you the relevant Oregon Revised Statutes for concealed handguns, as well as key safety rules to follow when handling your firearm. Along with that, we’ll work with you on properly drawing, gripping, and handling your guns.

Perhaps most importantly, we’ll show you the right way to approach these potentially hazardous situations. Using our state-of-the-art Laser Shot simulator, we will put you through situations that are as close to live training as anything available while offering evaluation of the various components of a good shooter.

Oregon Concealed Carry is just one of the classes offered by Advanced Firearms Training. We also offer an NRA class, private training, personal protection classes, and more! Head to Advanced Firearms Training today to learn more.

Advanced Firearms Training


1121 NE Division St., Gresham, OR 97030

Brought to you by Donivon McCord - McCord Construction - CONSTRUCTION INSIDER -

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordHave you been considering a kitchen remodel? There’s no better time than the fall; what better way is there to welcome your friends and family into your home this holiday season than with a beautifully remodeled kitchen? Kitchen remodels are an extensive undertaking, make sure yours goes smoothly by avoiding these common mistakes:

Not setting a budget—By going into a project with a clear idea of your price range, you can better decide which amenities to include in your remodel.

Not considering resale value—Remodeling is a delicate balance between investment and adding value to your own life. At the end of the day, just know that an incredibly unique kitchen may not be what prospective buyers are looking for come resale time.

Long lead times—Lead times on kitchen materials is a big mistake that too often gets overlooked. To prevent job delays, I like to have all the materials ordered and on their way before I ever start the demolition process.

Not planning ahead—Having a realistic schedule of events will help your remodel run smoother. Make sure to schedule any subcontractors ahead of time and in the order you’ll need them; you’ll keep your subcontractors from having to make multiple trips and keep your added costs to a minimum.

If you’re ready to remodel or upgrade your kitchen, call McCord Construction today! We provide quality remodels and repairs and always put the customer first.

McCord Construction

500 NW 20th St STE 202, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 348-2366

Brought to you by Dr. Ryan Thomas - Hillcrest Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -

HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasIf you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, you know just how overwhelming and traumatizing the experience can be. Seemingly minor wrecks can lead to whiplash, back injuries, neck pain, concussions, and other unforeseen complications.

Headaches are one such complication. Those suffering from whiplash often develop chronic headaches, ranging anywhere from dull and achy to incredibly debilitating migraines. These headaches can develop right away, but they may also start days, weeks, even months after an injury.

Fortunately, chiropractors are skilled practitioners when it comes to addressing the underlying causes of headaches. Utilizing techniques such as gentle spinal manipulation and therapeutic massage, chiropractors are able to help alleviate headaches.

As your function and mobility improve throughout the back and neck, muscles and ligaments become less tight with less inflammation. Improved injuries often equate to headache relief. Chiropractic education—including avoiding headache triggers, nutritional advice, and proper therapeutic exercise—are also important aspects of headache management.

If you’ve been living with headaches following an auto accident, please contact Hillcrest Chiropractic today to request a consultation. We specialize in the diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of motor vehicle collision-related injuries, and we are committed to providing individualized treatment for your condition and strive to best meet your needs.

Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 491-0388

Brought to you by Rob Cook - Nancy's Floral - FLORAL INSIDER -

NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookIt has been a tradition to give flower bouquets for a special occasion or during a time of mourning.

Times have begun to shift recently and more people are sending fresh fruit bouquets instead of the standard. Both are beautiful and unique, but which one is right?

A fruit bouquet may not have the traditional meaning that flowers do (for example, red roses stand for love), but they do provide a different and delicious alternative. Our fresh fruit bouquets have a variety of fruit. Some arrangements include fruit dipped in chocolate for an extra treat. The fruit is always ripe and ready to eat.

Enjoy our delicious Fall Harvest Fruit BasketOur Blooming Basket Arrangement is perfect for autumn

Fruit bouquets offer a tangible gift that is shareable for the recipient and guests. If a fruit bouquet is given to someone grieving the loss of a friend or family member, it’s traditional to bring food so they don’t have to cook. The beautiful arrangements can serve two thoughtful purposes for those grieving and their guests.

On the other hand, if someone is sick, you can send them a get-well-soon fruit bouquet. Oranges and other fruits high in Vitamin C help keep body tissues healthy, while bananas and other fruits high in potassium help maintain a healthy blood pressure.

For those who would enjoy both, we also have combination fruit and flower packages for your loved ones. When you consider buying a bouquet for someone, consider our fruit bouquets.

Look through our extensive selection of flower bouquets, fruit baskets and bouquets on our website.

Nancy’s Floral

620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 716-4971

Brought to you by Randy Preston - Honke Heating - HEATING AND COOLING INSIDER -

HONKE HEATING - Randy PrestonAfter a long summer of your air conditioner working hard to keep you cool, it’s now time to give it a rest and put it to sleep. Here are a few steps to help you winterize your system:

  • Turn off the power to you air conditioner at the breaker. This protects the system during the winter from power surges and saves you a little electricity from phantom loads. Furthermore, if you are covering your unit during the winter time, this will protect it from accidentally being turned on.
  • Clean any debris from around the unit, such as leaves or pine needles. Make sure that nothing is stored around the outdoor unit, so that air can circulate around the unit.
  • Although the air conditioner unit outside is designed with special paint and parts that can withstand all types of weather, you can apply car wax to the painted area to protect the paint as you would with your car. Some people feel comfortable covering their unit so that leaves and other debris do not fall into the unit. If you choose to cover your unit, I recommend not covering the whole unit. I recommend one of the two following:
    1. Take a piece of plywood, cut it to the size of the top of the unit, place it on the top and put something on top of it to weigh it down and prevent it from blowing off.

    1. If you prefer to use a designed air conditioner cover, make sure that it is able to provide ventilation; it should NOT go all the way to the bottom of the unit.

    I do not recommend using a tarp to cover your unit. This produces humidity, which can cause mold and algae to grow on the unit and some parts to rust. Another reason that I do not recommend a tarp or completely covering your unit is that this provides a nice, dry, and warm environment for rodents to take habitat in; they will chew the insulation and wiring off your unit to make their nest, causing potentially extensive damage to your unit.

    Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

    840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 666-3725

    Brought to you by Maleesa Madsen - Cherry Park Plaza - SENIOR LIVING INSIDER -

    CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Maleesa MadsenFall may have just kicked off, but in Oregon that means colder winter weather is right around the corner. While you might think of chestnuts roasting over an open fire or the warmth of holiday cheer when you think of winter, the cold temperatures, ice, and snow are what are really on the horizon, and they can make life challenging for everyone, especially seniors.

    Many seniors tend to lead isolated lives during the winter months to avoid the cold, compounding the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (the so-called “winter blues”) and negatively impacting a senior’s health. Between the added isolation, having to clear snow and ice from your property, and constantly dressing warmly to prevent hypothermia, there is a lot of hard work that goes into living at home.

    At Cherry Park Plaza, we take the work and worry out of winter. We offer around-the-clock care, transportation to scheduled appointments, and a friendly, welcoming, and comfortably-warm atmosphere so you never feel alone during the holiday season.

    Our elegant in-house restaurant prepares a variety of delectable, nutritious dining choices each day, and our life-enriching activities provide daily social and recreational activities for complete care of your mind, body, and soul.

    Please join Cherry Park Plaza for their “Cruisin’ Into Fall” event on Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 for Classic Cars, Live Music, Root Beer Floats and MORE. Limited seating, please call 503-491-1661 to RSVP.

    Cherry Park Plaza

    (503) 491-1661

    1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060

    Brought to you by Deb-ee Jones - Bridge City Medical Aesthetics - AESTHETIC INSIDER -

    BRIDGE CITY MEDICAL AESTHETICS - Deb-ee Jones, RNWith dropping temperatures and greying skies, you may feel that wearing sunscreen in the fall and winter is not necessary. Don’t be fooled though, it’s just as important to protect your skin in the fall and winter as it is in spring and summer.

    Typically, most people will wear sunscreen when it is sunny during outdoor activities. However, even when the sun is hidden behind the clouds, your skin is still at risk. Overcast skies still permit up to 80% of UV radiation to make its way through, and those UV rays are just as damaging in the fall and winter as they are in summer—particularly the UVA rays that are so aging to your skin.

    Not only are the rays just as strong, the damage is the same: Sun damage to your skin correlates to cumulative UV exposure. As a general rule, I recommend you wear sunscreen that is at least an SPF 30 in the fall and winter. For people who enjoy being up at Mt. Hood and other snowy spots, you need to take extra precautions. Snow reflects the UV radiation emitted from the sky, creating a dangerous environment for your skin. Apply a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 50 when you make those snowy trips to keep protected.

    When purchasing a sunscreen or block there are a few important things to remember. First, pay for quality in your sunscreen, not quantity. Although the bulk store sunscreens look like a bargain they are often not regulated and do not provide the protection promised. Don’t fall for the 105 SPF trick, anything labeled over 50 SPF is unregulated.

    Second, consider the type of sun protectant and what you will actually use. If you realistically won't reapply a liquid sun block then look for a good mineral powder sunblock that dusts on. If your sunscreen just sits in your drawer it’s not protecting your skin.

    Last but not least, read your sunscreen’s label to determine the amount to apply and when to re-apply. Once a day is not enough! A good rule of thumb is to apply a shot glass amount every 4 hours for good protection for your entire body.

    Happy Fall!

    Bridge City Medical Aesthetics

    1410 NE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97220

    (971) 777-0303

    Brought to you by Cindy Passannante - C.P. Trips - TRAVEL INSIDER -

    C.P. TRIPS - Cindy PassannanteBringing together a variety of artistic mediums that are each inspiring and unique in their own ways, the Fall Festival of the Arts is an exploration of the most talented artists from the Columbia River Gorge and beyond. Running Friday, September 30th, through Sunday, October 2nd, the event is a great way to experience your community, support the local art scene, and experience local Oregon tourism.

    Watch music become art Friday night at the Symphony Brushstrokes Concert, where artist Brad Lorang will bring to life a performance by the Portland Columbia Symphony. Enjoy the comedy of ART, a theatrical performance that’s sure to bring laughs to your weekend. And of course, be sure to stop by the artist fair, located at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. There you’ll find an eclectic mix of local artists with some of the most stunning displays imaginable.

    As a volunteer organizer of the event with the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, I’ve worked to make this year’s Fall Festival of the Arts the best one yet. There will be music, food, wine, and beer available at Glenn Otto Park, along with artist demonstrations and a Quick Draw artist contest. And with plenty of options for lodging available in Troutdale, you can effortlessly turn that day trip into a weekend getaway. So be sure to make it out to the Fall Festival of the Arts, this weekend only in Troutdale and Cascade Locks.

    C.P. Trips

    Damascus, OR 97089

    (503) 658-5646

    Brought to you by Ken Mitchell-Phillips - The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips - LEGAL INSIDER -

    THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhilipsLast year, nearly 90,000 charges alleging workplace discrimination were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In many of these cases, the individual is an at-will employee who can be fired at any time for just about any reason—even if the reason is a poor one.

    In certain situations, however, wrongful termination can be shown, and a wrongful termination attorney should be retained to protect your rights. Generally speaking, a termination must fit into one of three categories to be considered wrongful: Termination based on 1.) protected class; 2.) protected actions; or 3.) breach of contract.

    Oregon and federal law have created certain classes protected from discrimination, including race, national origin, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, and a host of others. Suspicion and belief alone are not enough to prove a case; an employee must establish a causal link between being part of a protected class and their termination. This requires witnesses, documents, and other evidence that an attorney can help you gather.

    Certain conduct is also protected by law, including reporting illegal employer conduct (whistleblowing), or exercising a legal right like voting. Additionally, if your termination violated an employment contract term, you may also have grounds to assert a wrongful termination claim against a former employer.

    Employment cases can be complex, involving overlapping Oregon and federal laws, rules, and regulations that are applied differently to every case. If you believe you have a serious case, I strongly recommend consulting with The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips today.

    The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips, P.C.

    1217 NE Burnside Rd, Suite 801, Gresham, OR 97080


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    by Pamplin Media Group
    When you're hungry, you're hungry - The four teenagers accused of using a stun gun to rob a Gresham pizza delivery driver were hungry. They admitted as much to police. “We took the pizza. When you’re hungry, you’re hungry,” one of the juvenile…
    BARBARA SHERMAN - Judi Wandres (center) chats with Summerfield neighbor Judy Richter, who has just donated the bag of food held by Judi's husband J. Wandres for the Portland Food Project.
    October 15, 2016

    Food pantries benefit many people with minimal effort

    by Barbara Sherman
    Portland Food Project's simple concept makes donating food easy for everyone About three years ago, someone from the Portland Food Project came knocking at the Cedar Mill home of J. and Judi Wandres to invite them to join the cause. The Portland…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO - Renaye Delano
    October 14, 2016

    Fairview candidate denies ties to polarizing politico

    by Zane Sparling
    Delano says she's an independent thinker, not a puppet - A candidate for Fairview City Council has distanced herself from one of the town’s most polarizing political figures. Office seeker Renaye Delano said she was “an acquaintance, not hang-out…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Springwater Trail High School students pick up trash Wednesday along the Springwater Corridor Trail.
    October 14, 2016

    Student volunteers help maintain Springwater Trail

    by Christopher Keizur
    150 students volunteer to pluck weeds, pick up trash - An entire high school joined in the efforts to maintain the Springwater Corridor Trail Wednesday afternoon, donning gloves and picking up tools to give back to the community. The volunteer event…
    COURTESY METRO - The Ennis Creek Natural Area is part of the North Tualatin Mountains property Metro acquired near Forest Park.
    October 14, 2016

    Metro proposes levy extension for parks and natural areas

    by Peter Wong
    Agency wants to extend levy that expires in 2018 - Voter extension of a Metro tax levy would produce more money to improve regional parks, restore natural areas, and provide small grants for trail work and community education. Measure 26-178 is on…
    TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - A large oak tree succumbed to strong winds Saturday afternoon, damaging a truck and residence on Cedar Street in Forest Grove.
    October 14, 2016

    Tropical storm leaves power outages, flooding in its wake

    by Pamplin Media Group
    UPDATE: Fire bureau responds to three times the number of emergency calls during windy weather More than 37,000 people across seven Northwestern Oregon counties were without power Saturday afternoon as a powerful wind storm blasted the region.…

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    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Springwater Trail High School students Christy Booker and Maria Santos trim trees along the Springwater Corridor Trail Wednesday as part of the school's student volunteer day.
    Oct 14, 2016

    VIDEO: Student volunteers clean up the Springwater Corridor Trail

    by Pamplin Media Group
    More than 150 students from Springwater Trail High School in Gresham cleaned up a stretch of the school's namesake walking and cycling trail Wednesday. The school worked with the city of Gresham…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO - The celebratory first kick took place at the new mini-soccer pitch by students from Highland Elementary School next door.
    Oct 14, 2016

    Local soccer advocate receives scholarship

    by Christopher Keizur
    Ricki Ruiz rewarded for futsal court, community-oriented efforts - As the dedication for the latest mini-soccer pitch in Gresham was celebrated by students from Highland Elementary Tuesday, Oct.…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Lisa Barton Mullins
    Oct 14, 2016

    Barton Mullins: City loses on incentives

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Running for Fairview City Council, Position 4 - Name: Lisa Barton Mullins Running for: Fairview City Council, Position 4 Prior governmental experience: Twice elected to the City Council in 2006…
    FILE PHOTO - Register to vote today!
    Oct 14, 2016

    Voter registration deadline looms

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Ask not for whom the voter-registration bell tolls - The current election is one of the most riveting in recent memory, and if you want your voice heard, the last day to register to vote in the…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Renaye Delano
    Oct 14, 2016

    Renaye Delano: Vision for growth

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Running for Fairview City Council, Position 4 - Name: Renaye Delano Running for: Fairview City Council, Position 4 Prior governmental experience: A member of the Arts and Economic Development…
State gas taxes have increased once since 1993 and have not adjusted to inflation.
    Oct 12, 2016

    Voters consider taxing question

    by Lyra Kuhn
    Fuel tax would raise funds for road repair, maintenance - Clackamas County has decided to give its well-traveled roads some much needed attention, but in order to do that the county is asking…
    FILE PHOTO - TriMet will release Hop Fastpass this summer, which will speed up boarding time and make things easier for drivers.
    Oct 14, 2016

    TriMet to roll out new fare process

    by Christopher Keizur
    Hop Fastpasses intended to make transit options easier for riders - Next summer, TriMet will release Hop Fastpass, an electronic fare system designed to make riding local transit easier, faster…
    FILE PHOTO - The Gresham City Council earlier this year.
    Oct 14, 2016

    Gresham council considers proposed changes to 2008 system of…

    by Christopher Keizur
    SDCs process last updated in 2008 - Gresham City Council is mulling an update to its Parks System Development Charges, which could streamline the process, address park deficiencies within the…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Republican candidate sniffed copiously during the debate.
    Oct 14, 2016

    Campaign-weary locals weigh in during presidential debate watch

    by Lyra Kuhn
    Viewers at bar feel arguments lack substance - Patrons of the Smoky Hearth Restaurant, Bar & Grill can usually depend upon the establishment for good food and television coverage of their…
    Sam Barlow High School
    Oct 13, 2016

    Fewer freshmen on track to graduate in East Multnomah County…

    by Teresa Carson
    Fewer high school freshmen in East Multnomah County are on track to graduate compared with their peers statewide, statistics released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education show. The “on…
    FILE PHOTO - Cars negotiate a flooded Northeast Halsey Street in Fairview
    Oct 13, 2016

    Top 10 safety tips for wet-weather driving

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Stay safe out there- With wet and windy weather expected through the weekend, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is providing free wet-road safety tips for drivers. Read on to keep yourself…
    KOIN - This article will be updated as new information is released.
    Oct 13, 2016

    Driver dies in SE Division Street collision

    by Pamplin Media Group
    UPDATE: Victim was 34-year-old Portland resident One driver died in a two-car crash Thursday night near Southeast Division Street at 139th Avenue. To read the full version of this story...Click
    COURTESY PHOTO - A fairly elaborate and time-consuming Lego structure built by the intruder(s).
    Oct 13, 2016

    Intruder watches Star Wars, plays with Legos, leaves condom on…

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Sara Mary Brown discovered the crime scene around 10 a.m. Thursday - After breaking into a local woman’s apartment in East Gresham, at least one intruder watched Star Wars, ate a full bag of…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker believes there's huge demand for skilled workers in manufacturing. 'These are great careers,' she said.
    Oct 11, 2016

    Manufacturing jobs, rebranded

    by Zane Sparling
    U.S. secretary of commerce visits Gresham charter school - Want to learn more about the dirty, greasy side of factory work? Click here: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker had a…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO - East Gresham Elementary School is one of two grade schools that would be replaced if the $291.2 million Gresham-Barlow School District bond passes.
    Oct 11, 2016

    Gresham-Barlow: Volunteers in final push to pass bond

    by Teresa Carson
    Every school in district would get upgrades - Volunteers for the Gresham-Barlow School District are planning their final push to convince voters to approve a $291.2 million bond in the upcoming…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Zac Clayville (wearing beanie) works as a tool room attendant.
    Oct 12, 2016

    CAL: The dirty, greasy guys

    by Zane Sparling
    The teenager works as a tool-room attendant for Vigor Industrial's Portland shipyard - The U.S. Secretary of Commerce visited a Gresham school last week. Click here for more coverage: Zac…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Olympic gold medalist and Barlow High School graduate Ryan Crouser shows off his medal Friday at a special homecoming ceremony held at Barlow to honor he and his cousin, Sam Crouser. Both men competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
    Oct 11, 2016

    Gresham celebrates Olympic-size homecoming

    by Christopher Keizur
    Community honors Sam, Ryan Crouser after competing for Team USA - When Ryan and Sam Crouser walked into the Sam Barlow High School gym Friday afternoon, Oct. 7, the students rose to their feet…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Councilor John Wilson
    Oct 11, 2016

    Councilor accused of using post for political gain

    by Zane Sparling
    West Columbia Gorge chamber endorses John Wilson - Troutdale City Hall faces new allegations that some of its members are too cozy with a business group seeking to influence the November…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The worst damage to the garden was done to the 9-month-old Azumaya, a traditional Japanese summer pavilion. The bench was torn out and stolen.
    Oct 11, 2016

    Gresham's Japanese Garden faces consistent vandalism

    by Christopher Keizur
    Incidents include stolen bench, damage to pavilion, plants - When Jim Card, head volunteer at Tsuru Island, went to walk through Gresham’s Japanese Garden on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, he…
    FILE PHOTO - Liquor bottles.
    Oct 11, 2016

    Corbett Country Market adds liquor store to its lineup

    by Shannon O. Wells
    MOD Pizza opens, Killer Burger not far behind - Corbett Country Market, 36801 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, now offers distilled spirits. The long-running general merchandise store opened…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Tyler Walker, one of the owner/operators of Cannabis Nation, shows off the newly opened medical marijuana dispensary at the corner of Southeast Division and Burnside Road in Gresham.
    Oct 11, 2016

    Two marijuana shops open their doors

    by Shannon O. Wells
    Cannabis Nation, Nectar await city guidelines for recreational sales - Two new medical marijuana dispensaries are up and running in prominent locations in Gresham, and both anticipate expanding…
    MCSO - Otoniel Hernandez-Duarte
    Oct 11, 2016

    2ND UPDATE: Woman, 19, fatally stabs 20-year-old in the neck

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Otoniel Hernandez-Duarte, 19, died from multiple stab wounds. Police have arrested Gresham resident Ariana Marlene Cortez, 19, in connection an alleged homicide on Sunday morning. Cortez is…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Five candidates for city council in Troutdale and Fairview prepare for the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce's candidates' forum on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.
    Oct 10, 2016

    Council candidates share platforms at chamber debate

    by Zane Sparling
    Several invited candidates skip event - The list of no-shows was longer than the invited guests at the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce’s forum for public office seekers in East Multnomah…
    COURTESY PHOTO: ODOT - A bridge over Warren Creek is a crucial link for the newest section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.
    Oct 10, 2016

    Trail offers new views of three waterfalls

    by Zane Sparling
    A new section of the state trail opens to the public Saturday - A new section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail opens to the public this Saturday, Oct. 8. The linkage will take…
    Oct 10, 2016

    Local grad commissioned by Air Force

    by Anne Endicott
    He is the son of Kim and Debra Dunlap of Gresham - Kevin Edward Schnee Dunlap graduated from Oregon State University in June 2016. Shortly after his commencement he was commissioned as a second…