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|Total population of residents||9,570|
|White resident population recorded||8,616|
|Black or African American resident population recorded||40|
|American Indian and Alaska native resident population recorded||124|
|Asian resident population recorded||118|
|Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander resident population recorded||19|
|Hispanic or Latino of any race resident population recorded||884|
|Resident population of some other race recorded||327|
|Resident population of two or more races recorded||326|
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| Forester could lose log home business: Senate Bill 1575 Roundup|
Other publications are discussing Mark Fritch and how foresters fit into state land use laws.
Other publications are discussing Mark Fritch and how foresters fit into state land use laws.The Oregonian ran a package on timber veterans, such as Fritch, who face a challenge to stay within Oregon’s complex rural land protections, but also make a profit on the land. The story, which ran online Feb. 28, and on the front page of The Oregonian on March 3, discusses the balance between protecting the environment and protecting small businesses.Fritch, a long-time forester, ran into a vaguely defined statute in Oregon’s landmark land use law, Senate Bill 100. Now, he is trying to find a way to stay in business, with the help of county and state politicians.However, conservation groups are wary to support what they see as precedent-setting exceptions.The debate is happening within Oregon’s new economy, which relies on tech-industry bearded hipsters who dress like lumberjacks and go to Pearl District bars named River Pig, rather than actual river pigs, the timber veterans who ran logs down the river for processing.The Sandy Post wrote about how Fritch might have to close his business if he can’t stay on his current site.“Fritch says he will not leave his business and that he is committed to making sure that this does not happen to anyone else.‘I think this country has a great legal system,’ Fritch said. ‘But I’m not so sure we have a justice system anymore. All I want is justice.’”The Oregonian story adds that Fritch is allowed to stay on site while he is working through the code enforcement complaint. As with the Oregon Lavender Farm, which faces a similar struggle, business owners are allowed to keep operating the same way as long as they are working toward a positive resolution.Capital Press, an agriculture-focused publication, wrote about the hearing for Senate Bill 1575. The Press focused on the supporter and opponents who showed up to testify at the Legislature committee meeting. “Fritch said the site of the operation allows him to buy logs locally. They are then hand-peeled, pre-assembled and taken apart for shipping.The company must pre-assemble the logs to know where to cut notches, but the operation isn’t akin to building mobile homes, he said.Legislation is needed to clarify allowable activities not just for Fritch but for other companies that operate in forest zones, said Dave Hunnicutt, president of the Oregonians in Action property rights non-profit group.” Read The Oregonian stories:Timber veterans struggle to navigate Oregon's land use law and make forestry profitable: Mark Fritch's storyFitting into Oregon's timber land use laws proves expensive, time-consuming for small-time loggers: Chuck Vance's storyReaders debate whether Oregon's land use laws work for agricultural industries: your comments-- Molly Harbarger
Happening March 04 2014
- Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2014/03/forester_could_lose_log_home_b.html
| Dead bodies, urban chickens, and the 'poop cup caper': A day with Multnomah County code enforcement|
As Multnomah County's lone code enforcement officer, Dave Thomson's days are spent dealing with matters nobody else wants to touch.
When your neighbor feeds his backyard chickens last night's
leftover pork and beans, then lets the stinking slop sit out for several days, it's
Dave Thomson's job to mediate the dispute.
When an unknown assailant repeatedly defecates in McDonald's
drink cups and throws them on the side of the road in your neighborhood, Thomson
When a resident decides to fill potholes on his unpaved road
with crushed glass, Thomson comes knocking on their door.
And the list goes on.
As Multnomah County's lone code enforcement officer, Thomson's
days are spent dealing with matters nobody else wants to touch. On a given day,
he might encounter cockroach infestations, hoarder houses, or residents who
have let their front lawns become junkyards of broken-down cars and castaway appliances.
He also spends a lot of time enforcing Portland's codes for urban
chickens, bees, llamas and sheep.
'You wear shoes you don't mind getting covered in muck,' he said.
A new plan announced by Multnomah County Chair Marissa
Madrigal in February would require the city to start paying its share of
Thomson's time. But that accounting switch won't change his unusual duties one
Thomson is relentlessly polite, a trait that serves him well
when dealing with disgruntled residents who just got caught violating the
county code. He starts the conversation by assuring them that, as long as they
clean up the issue, they won't be fined.
'If you hear from me again, don't stress out,' he tells the
man whose neighbor has complained about the smell coming from his backyard
chickens and rabbits.
Out of roughly 1,600 calls Thomson makes each year, he
estimates fewer than 20 result in fines.
'It's the last tool in our toolbox,' he said.
Illegal dumpers are an exception to that rule.
Sniffing out the culprit
Investigating illegal dump sites is Thomson's 'personal
priority.' These hidden morasses of trash are scattered throughout the county,
collecting everything from household refuse, to dead marijuana plants, to
roofing supplies. If he catches the culprit, he almost always issues a fine.
'It's the ultimate act of selfishness,' he said. 'They're
saying 'I don't care if I'm wrecking this pristine beautiful area, I'm just
doing it because it's convenient to me.''
But catching illegal dumpers is difficult. There usually aren't witnesses, so Thomson
digs through the trash for clues. A
prescription bottle or piece of junk mail left in a pile of garbage can lead
him to the culprit. And when evidence falls short, he has been known to conduct
The 'poop cup caper' played out for three years before Thomson
caught the perpetrators, an elderly couple who never explained to him why they
routinely discarded feces-filled McDonald's drink cups on the side of the road near Corbett.
From code enforcement
to law enforcement
Occasionally, Thomson's job crosses the line from code
enforcement into law enforcement. He once nabbed a criminal's license plate
number as the man fled the home of an elderly woman he had just tried to
molest. Thomson keeps a police scanner in his car, and heard chatter on the radio about the crime. He had just parked nearby when the suspect drove right past him.
Another time, Thomson found two dead bodies in a roadside
ditch while he was scanning for trash along Corbett's N.E. Palmer Mill Road.
The man and woman, victims of a drug deal gone awry, had been dead for about
'I couldn't believe my eyes when I first
saw them,' he said.
Then there was the time he stumbled across a marijuana grow in
the East County floodplains. The grower, afraid Thomson would report the
operation to police, offered a cut of the profits as gag money. Thomson
politely refused, then drove away. He returned with two sheriff's deputies to
pluck out all the seedlings.
Last week, Thomson went on a 'mission' with county sheriff's
officers as they cleared a homeless encampment at the Sandy River Delta
recreation area. The
officers ordered campers to vacate; Thomson looked for hazardous waste.
As he peeked under a makeshift tent the campers use as a
toilet, Thomson reflected on his job. He knows the gig isn't glamorous, but he
enjoys the variety, and the heavy caseload makes days pass quickly.
'This is just a slice of heaven,' he said. 'If you ever have
a bad day at work, just think: You could be taking pictures of people's waste.'
Happening March 04 2014
- Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/03/dead_bodies_urban_chickens_and.html
| Estacada man arrested in stabbing; victim in critical condition|
Officer Sam Craven, a spokesman for the Sandy Police Department, which patrols Estacada, said a local resident flagged down a passing Clackamas County sheriff's deputy near the intersection of Southeast Main Street and Third Avenue around 10 p.m. to report that a man had been stabbed several times.
View full sizeJoshua Black ESTACADA – Police arrested an Estacada man late Sunday in
connection with a stabbing that left a victim in critical condition.
Joshua Black, 32, was arrested at gunpoint as he left an
apartment in Estacada. He is scheduled
to be arraigned Monday in Clackamas County Circuit Court on a charge of
first-degree assault. Meanwhile, he is
being held in the Clackamas County Jail, with bail set at $250,000.
Officer Sam Craven, a spokesman for the Sandy Police Department, which patrols Estacada, said a local resident flagged down a passing Clackamas
County sheriff's deputy near the intersection of Southeast Main Street and
Third Avenue around 10 p.m. to report that a man had been stabbed several times.
Craven said officers found Travis David William Pearch, 25, of
Estacada lying in the street. He was
rushed by Lifeflight helicopter ambulance to OHSU Hospital, where he is in
critical condition after undergoing surgery.
Craven said a disturbance between Black and Pearch was
reported to police. He said the disturbance
may involve others.
-- Rick Bella
Happening March 03 2014
- Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2014/03/estacada_man_arrested_in_stabb.html
| H&R Block of Sandy hosts Clackamas Dogs Foundation adoption event|
H&R Block of Sandy hosts a Clackamas Dogs Foundation adoption event.
View full sizeBig Boy, a miniature poodle, is listed on the Clackamas County Dog Services 'current adoptable animals' website page.Clackamas County Dog Services SANDY – Kerri Ragsdale, office manager for H&R Block, is pleased to announce her office’s involvement with the Clackamas Dogs Foundation adoption event. Just as taxpayers should consider their tax situation throughout the year, H&R Block’s associates also recognize charitable organizations need support all year long.The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the H&R Block office at 36961 Highway 26 in Sandy.Community members are invited to stop by to meet ambassador dogs, learn about dog safety, and review the album of current dogs up for adoption. Donations are being accepted for the Clackamas County Animal Adoption and Education Center including dog treats, hard rubber chew toys, dog food, peanut butter and other dog-related items.“We not only work in this community, but we live and shop here as well,” said Ragsdale. “H&R Block is proud to be able to help the Clackamas Dogs Foundation by hosting this event.”View full sizeRoo, an Australian shepherd, also needs a home.Clackamas County Dog Services 'We are the only dog shelter in Clackamas County and many citizens don't know we exist,' said Maura White, who helps run the Foundation. 'We are the place to come to adopt a dog, find your lost dog or get advice for working with the dog you have. Participating in outreach events helps us get the word out and reach the community we serve.'Clackamas County Dog Services, located in Clackamas, provides a wide variety of dog services throughout Clackamas County including dog licensing; sick, injured and emergency dog rescue; pet protective custody, bite investigations, quarantine of dogs that have bitten and are not rabies vaccinated, inspection of dog kennels, obedience training classes, pet first aid classes and spay/neuter services. Clackamas Dogs Foundation is dedicated to promoting the health and well being of dogs and people through supporting the educational and public service activities and programs of Clackamas County Dog Services. As a tax-exempt organization, Clackamas Dogs Foundation can accept private donations on behalf of Clackamas County Dog Services in support of furthering its mission of encouraging the human/pet bond. More information about Clackamas County Dog Services is available by going to www.clackamas.us/dogs or https://www.facebook.com/ClackamasCountyDogServices, or by calling 503-655-8628.H&R Block has approximately 11,000 company-owned and franchise offices throughout the country. Associates regularly donate time, talent and resources to local, regional and national charitable organizations. H&R Block the participation of associates who help improve the communities where they live and work.-- Michael Micheletti, media relations, H&R Block
Happening February 26 2014
- Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2014/02/hr_block_of_sandy_pitches_in_t.html
| Gresham man who walked into woods after crashing car is sought|
Kyle Peterson of Gresham was last seen after wrecking his car Monday night on Southeast Stark Street near 35th Street. He walked away from a Troutdale police officer who had arrived at the crash and hasn't been seen since.
Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a 29-year-old man who crashed his car in Troutdale on Monday then walked into nearby woods and away from a police officer who had responded to the scene.View full sizeKyle PetersonMultnomah Co. Sheriff's Office Kyle Peterson of Gresham was last seen after wrecking his car after 8:15 p.m. on Southeast Stark Street near 35th Street. A Troutdale police officer arrived at the crash, which involved no other vehicles, and was speaking with Peterson when he walked away from the officer and into a heavily wooded area, a sheriff's news release said.The officer repeatedly warned Peterson against entering the hazardous area, but Peterson didn't respond and continued into the woods, the release said. Sheriff's deputies arrived to assist with a K-9 dog unit but were unsuccessful in an initial search of the immediate area. The sheriff's Search and Rescue unit, its River Patrol, and Troutdale police detectives have been involved in the continuing search, which includes the Sandy River near Stark.Anyone with information about Peterson is asked to call 911 or the Sheriff's Office at 503-255-3600. -- Andre Meunier
Happening February 26 2014
- Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2014/02/gresham_man_who_walked_into_wo.html
| Portland Water Bureau warns of high lead levels in sampling of homes |
The tests were conducted last November as part of federally regulations that require the Water Bureau to test high-risk homes in the Bull Run service area twice a year. Any house built between 1970 and 1985, when plumbers used lead-based solder on copper pipes, are classed as high risk.
Lead levels in water in a
cluster of Portland area homes have spiked to dangerous levels.
The Portland Water Bureau
issued a warning on Tuesday, saying that a recent round of tests of drinking
water in a sampling of homes had more than 15 parts per billion of lead.
This is the highest level
since 2006, said Scott Bradway, the bureau's water quality program manager.
The agency, which is
investigating, does not know what caused the spike.
The tests were conducted last
November as part of federally regulations that require the Water Bureau to test
high-risk homes in the Bull Run service area twice a year. Any house built
between 1970 and 1985, when plumbers used lead-based solder on copper pipes,
are classed as high risk. A minimum of
100 homes must be tested each time.
In November, the bureau checked
the water in 108 homes in a pool of 120 residences used for testing. There are thousands
of high-risk homes are in the Bull Run service area, which includes Gresham, Portland, Tigard and Tualatin, along with the Burlington, Lake
Grove, Lorna, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview,
Tualatin Valley, Valley View and West Slope water
To conduct the tests, water
was drawn from kitchen faucets after sitting for at least six hours, allowing plenty
of time for lead to leach into the water in a worst-case scenario.
Bradway said water in 13
homes exceeded 15 parts of lead per billion.
The bureau sent warning
letters to residents who took part in the November tests, informing them of the
results. City officials also notified other high-risk residences where children
younger than 6 or pregnant women live.
Too much lead can cause
serious health problems for children, damaging the brain and kidneys,
interfering with the production of red blood cells and lowering IQs.
The Water Bureau is trying to
figure out why the levels spiked. 'It's
hard to pinpoint one cause,' Bradway said. 'We don't monitor every single
parameter so it's hard to say what's changing.'The Portland Water Bureau has been adding sodium
hydroxide to the pipes of the treatment facility at Lusted near Sandy since 1997 to increase the pH of the water
and make it less corrosive. The
last time the bureau added the compound was in 2005.Bradway said health officials are
not worried about the results. There has never been a substantiated case of
lead poisoning traced to Bull Run water, he said. The biggest risk is lead
paint, common in older homes.
The EPA estimates that
10 to 20 percent of the potential exposure to lead could come from drinking
Water Bureau does not plan to change the chemistry of the water. The next tests
are planned for April.
the meantime, the bureau offers free lead testing kits and has a list of tips
but essentially homeowners are on their own.
try to make the water less corrosive and monitor how the system is doing but we
can't go in and replace their plumbing for them,' Bradway said.-- Lynne Terry
Happening February 26 2014
- Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2014/02/water_bureau_warns_of_high_lea.html
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