A fresh set of wheels

A fresh set of wheels

Thaer Jouda was with his mother and four siblings in front of his home in the Gaza Strip two...

A communicator at heart

A communicator at heart

Beth Smolens comes from a family of writers. All three of her brothers, in fact, have carved out...

The gift of gourmet

The gift of gourmet

Community members got a crash course in gourmet cooking Thursday, Sept. 22 at the West Linn Adult...

Riverwalk won't include  a whitewater park

Riverwalk won't include a whitewater park

Willamette Falls Legacy Project team rejects idea of river attraction Clackamas County, Metro and...

Ale house coming to historic Willamette building

Ale house coming to historic Willamette building

If you’ve strolled past the old Willamette General Store property along Willamette Falls...


West Linn's Latest News

September 29, 2016

Grant awarded to improve access at CCC

by Spokesman staff
Clackamas Community College was recently awarded a grant to improve access to the college. CCC requested and received $98,703 from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Transit Network Grant Program for a shared-use path. The…
September 29, 2016

Survey: Residents leave town for most everything

by Patrick Malee
City also looked for guidance on City Hall operations Economic development has long been a delicate subject in West Linn, touching a nerve with spurned developers, staunch anti-growth advocates and everyone in between. This past…
September 29, 2016

'I feel like we're stuck'

by Patrick Malee
At impasse with Gladstone and Oregon City wastewater committee moves forward When representatives gathered at the West Linn Police Station Monday, Sept. 26 for a second meeting of the informal wastewater interest group, two key…


September 29, 2016

Police log

by The Tidings
Information for the public safety column comes from public records of the West Linn Police Department. Authorities recently filed reports on the following incidents: ARRESTS n 9/19 10:07 a.m. A 38-year-old man was lodged at…
TIDINGS FILE PHOTO - The Willamette Falls Locks closed in 2011, and a task force has been working all year to facilitate a potential reopening down the road.
September 23, 2016

As year winds down, locks task force plots way forward

by Patrick Malee
Disposition study on locks will be completed over next three years When the Willamette Falls Locks Task Force met for the first time in January 2016, representatives from a variety of state and local bodies generally agreed that…
Yahoo says the data from more than 500 million user accounts may have been compromised in a massive cybersecurity breach.
September 23, 2016

Are you a victim of the Yahoo security breach?

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon Attorney General says there are steps you should take immediately Yahoo has confirmed that data associated with at least 500 million user accounts has been stolen in what may be one of the largest cybersecurity breaches…
TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Rich Sakelik moved to West Linn in 2015, and became involved in local politics after finding a flier posted on his door.
September 22, 2016

Career spent helping, communicating prepares candidate

by Patrick Malee
It all started with a flier posted on a door. In May 2015, Rich Sakelik and his wife had just moved into their new home in West Linn’s Savanna Oaks neighborhood when he found a flier warning him about a new development proposal…
CITY OF WEST LINN - Aaron Rotkowski's Dinosaur Park Fountain, Marylhurst Heights Park.
September 22, 2016

Photo Challenge winners announced

by The Tidings
The City of West Linn announced the winners of its third annual Summer Photo Challenge Sept. 6, with the grand prize going to Aaron Rotkowski for the photo titled “Dinosaur Park Fountain, Marylhurst Heights Park.” The grand prize…
REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Lake Oswego Webmaster Weston Pay demonstrates the city's financial dashboard. He's currently working on a new version of it for the city of Dallas, Oregon.
September 22, 2016

Checking the dashboard

by Anthony Macuk
Originally developed in-house for Lake Oswego, the city's financial software has since been adopted by West Linn Keeping track of a city-sized budget can be difficult not only for the average voter, but even for city staff.…
September 22, 2016

Police log

by The Tidings
Information for the public safety column comes from public records of the West Linn Police Department. Authorities recently filed reports on the following incidents: ARRESTS n 9/11 11:02 p.m. A 27-year-old man was lodged at…
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September 21, 2016

Candidates submit two ballot measures targeted for May election

by Patrick Malee
Measures relate to construction and budget transparency The West Linn mayoral and City Council election is still more than a month out, and even then it won’t be until January 2017 that the winners take office. Yet that didn’t…
September 20, 2016

Willamette Falls Legacy Project partners decide riverwalk won't include a whitewater park

by Raymond Rendleman
Clackamas County, Metro and state representatives have officially removed the proposed whitewater park after Oregon City reversed its recommendation for planning a walkway next to the second-largest waterfall by volume in North…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, center, and Republican challenger Colm Willis at a business-sponsored forum Monday, Sept. 19, at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. At left is the moderator, Mark Meek, who read written questions from the audience.
September 20, 2016

5th District foes trade political jabs

by Peter Wong
Partisanship, Pacific trade pact split Democrat Schrader and Republican challenger at forum. Democratic incumbent Kurt Schrader and Republican challenger Colm Willis disagreed about partisanship and the Pacific trade agreement,…
COURTESY ARTWORK BY STEV OMINSKI - An artist's rendering, 'Fire to Ice' by Stev Ominski, depicts the Willamette Meteorite crashing to Earth sometime during the last Ice Age. The meteorite is believed to have been carried on a raft of glacial ice from western Montana to the Willamette Valley during the Missoula floods.
September 19, 2016

'From the heavens': The story of the United States' largest meteorite

by Mark Miller
Willamette Meteorite believed to have arrived in Tualatin Valley during glacial floods. Parks and trails staff and local historians in Tualatin, West Linn and Wilsonville will happily tell you about how a series of cataclysmic…
September 17, 2016

Poll shows Brown leading in governor's race

by Claire Withycombe
SALEM — Democratic candidates running statewide in Oregon are leading by varying margins, according to results of a new poll released Tuesday. Gov. Kate Brown was the choice of 44 percent of those surveyed, outpacing Republican…

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Sep 19, 2016

Clackamas board stalemates on Measure 97 resolution

by Peter Wong
Issue likely to return after 2-1 vote with two absent members. Three Clackamas County commissioners stalemated last week on Measure 97, the proposed corporate tax increase on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot. But a proposed resolution…
TIDINGS FILE PHOTO - The school district formally broke ground on the Sunset Primary project in early June, and work has continued at the project site while the appeal plays out.
Sep 16, 2016

Sunset Primary appeal held up by dispute over record

by Patrick Malee
Updated record filed in response to objections When petitioners from the Save Our Sunset Park group filed paperwork at the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) June 27 to challenge the construction of a new Sunset Primary School, the…
TIDINGS PHOTO: LESLIE PUGMIRE HOLE - West Linn Remembers Yellow Ribbon project was held last week during the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Citizens were encouraged to stop on the A Street Bridge and add a yellow ribbon to the display, prominent to I-205 drivers.
Sep 15, 2016

Honoring Those Who Serve

by Tidings
“A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities,” was the description of a hero given at West Linn’s “Honoring Those Who Serve” ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11 terrorist…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown has agreed to five debates and left the door open for more.
Sep 15, 2016

Campaign: Gov. Brown to participate in five debates

by Paris Achen
Gov. Kate Brown announced details Thursday for five debates she plans to participate in this fall. Her campaign has said the sitting governor who is seeking election for the first time would agree to at least three debates. As…
TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Oregon City plays host to the Tri-City wastewater treatment plant.
Sep 15, 2016

West Linn will not support Tri-City governance change

by Patrick Malee
Council says issue needs further investigation The West Linn City Council made a clear statement during its Sept. 12 meeting: It will not join forces with Oregon City and Gladstone as the two cities fight to take control of the…
Sep 15, 2016

Council roundup: Boat ramp delayed, new camping policy adopted

by Patrick Malee
The West Linn City Council kicked off a busy fall season with a meeting that lasted nearly four hours Monday, Sept. 12. While the bulk of the meeting was spent dealing with big picture issues like the Tri-City Service District…
TIDINGS PHOTO: LESLIE PUGMIRE HOLE - Madeline Baumann, member of the Alpine Echoes Band, entices Oktoberfest attendees to the dance floor during West Linn's celebration Sept. 9.
Sep 16, 2016

No really, it's The Duck Dance

by Tidings staff
Sad, but true — the Chicken Dance, that perennial Oktoberfest favorite bit of silliness — isn’t really an Alpine Oktoberfest tradition at all and it hasn’t been around for that long. It’s not even the right bird (originally being…
Sep 15, 2016

Police Log

by The Tidings
Information for the public safety column comes from public records of the West Linn Police Department. Authorities recently filed reports on the following incidents: ARRESTS n 9/5 10:01 p.m. A 37-year-old woman was lodged at…
New Seasons' recall affects includes 16-ounce jars with best-by dates of June 16, 2017; August 15, 2017; or August 30, 2017. The jars are marked with a UPC code of 4060010401.
Sep 14, 2016

New Seasons recalling Creamy Almond Butter because of allergy risk

by Pamplin Media Group
16-ounce jars sold across the Northwest may contain peanuts New Seasons Market announced Tuesday that it has initiated a voluntary recall of its New Seasons Market Creamy Almond Butter because the 16-ounce jars may contain…
COURTESY: SECRETARY OF STATE AUDIT REPORT - Audit of Smarter Balanced Assessments shows tests are nearly twice as expensive as the last standardized test that Oregon used.
Sep 14, 2016

Audit: Oregon needs to get more out of expensive Smarter Balanced tests

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Statewide school tests through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are nearly twice as expensive as the old tests, confusing to educators and time-consuming. That’s according to a new audit from the Oregon Secretary of…
TIDINGS FILE PHOTO - The new Highway 43 concept plan calls for buffered bike lanes as well as several major intersection adjustments along the busy corridor.
Sep 14, 2016

Council approves new Highway 43 concept plan

by Patrick Malee
Just before the West Linn City Council voted 3-2 to approve an update of the 2008 Highway 43 Conceptual Design Plan Monday, Sept. 12, Public Works Director Lance Calvert compared the process to writing a novel. “This is probably…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Visitors to Community Warehouse's Estate Store this weekend will find 'a bounty of antiques, high-end furnishings, trinkets and housewares' waiting for them - all at 20 percent off regular prices.
Sep 13, 2016

Community Warehouse plans grand reopening

by Cliff Newell
Weekend sale marks nonprofit's return after suffering water damage from a nearby fire After a fire that put it out of commission for six weeks, Community Warehouse plans to relaunch this weekend with a sale that will help the…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CLEAN WATER SERVICES - Judges try some of the 40 beers for the third-annual Sustainable Water Challenge/Pure Water Brew competition held on Saturday morning at Raccoon Lodge on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. All the brewers had one ingredient in common: purified wastewater from Clean Water Services' Durham treatment facility in Tigard.
Sep 10, 2016

From sewage to brewage

by Shannon O. Wells
Beer competition winners show potential of purified Westside wastewater - When asked if those participating in a competition for beer made with purified Tigard wastewater see off-color humor in the situation, Brian Haslip gets…
TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Tyler Barker's love for dancing began with an episode of 'So You Think You Can Dance,' and eventually led to his discovery of krumping.
Sep 09, 2016

Krump it up

by Patrick Malee
WL resident hopes to spread love of krump dancing Years ago, West Linn resident Tyler Barker was watching the popular television show “So You Think You Can Dance” when one contestant showed off a street dance style called…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The whitewater park proposal included the area upriver from the former Blue Heron Paper Mill.
Sep 08, 2016

Panel urges caution before moving ahead on plans for whitewater park

by Metro News
METRO staff An advisory committee supporting the Willamette Falls Legacy Project has recommended that the project’s partners wait and learn more before considering whether to move forward with a proposed whitewater park at the…
TIDINGS PHOTO: LESLIE PUGMIRE HOLE - The commercial, industrial and residential areas surrounding the Oregon City-West Linn Arch Bridge are under discussion as part of an eventual master plan for the entire area.
Sep 08, 2016

A bridge too far

by Patrick Malee
The formal agenda for an Aug. 30 Neighborhood Association Presidents group meeting might have included a presentation on “Arch Bridge,” but in a sense this was incorrect. The City of West Linn is, indeed, in the midst of…
Sep 08, 2016

Search is on for new community development director

by Patrick Malee
West Linn has been without permanent director since January West Linn has been without a permanent community development director since Chris Kerr reached a separation agreement with the City in early 2016. Now, as City Manager…
TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn's 9/11 commemoration returns to the Willamette River this year, after two years in other locations.
Sep 08, 2016

WL set to remember 9/11 on 15th anniversary

by Patrick Malee
Sept. 11 will mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks of 2001, and once again West Linn will host an “Honoring Those Who Serve” event in memory of those who were lost. The event, set for Sept. 11 at 6 p.m., will return to…
TIDINGS FILE PHOTO - The historic McLean House was built in 1927 for a West Linn physician and his family on four acres overlooking the Willamette River.
Sep 08, 2016

Support McLean House with 'Pasta in the Park'

by Tidings
Friends of McLean Park & House are hosting a “Pasta in the Park” event Sept. 10, with proceeds to benefit care and maintenance of the historic property on the Willamette River in West Linn. The evening will include a full Italian…
Sep 08, 2016

Highway 43 plan, annexation policy part of busy agenda

by Patrick Malee
With fall — and election season — in full bloom, the West Linn City Council will return to action Sept. 12 for what promises to be a busy meeting. Highlights on the agenda include the potential adoption of a new Highway 43…