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Tessie Adams: In recognition for remarkable service

Committed, talented, hard worker, dedicated teacher, and energetic are all phrases that could be used to describe Tessie Adams. It also explains why she was selected by members of the association to be the representative of Multnomah County Fire District #14 for Oregon’s Firefighter of the Year.

Since Tessie joined the department in Sept. 2003, she has been a committed volunteer. She has earned her NFPA Firefighter 1, NFPA Driver, NFPA Pump Operator, First Responder Operation, Wildland Interface Firefighter, and NFPA Fire Instructor 1.

Additionally, she is active in several of the community functions that the Fire Department sponsors. Continue reading

Lydia White, Research Associate, Cascade Policy Institute

A team of researchers from the University of Washington produced a study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that measures the effects of Seattle’s minimum wage requirement of $13 per hour.

The study* found that the city’s mandates resulted in 3% higher hourly wages, but 9% fewer hours worked. As a result, the average low-wage employee lost around $125 per month. For low-income households especially, an annual loss of $1,500 is significant.

Jacob Vigdor, one of the study’s authors and a professor at UW, said, “Traditionally, a high proportion of workers in the low-wage market are not experienced at all: teens with their first jobs, immigrants with their first jobs here.” Continue reading

Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

Do you remember the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in the 1980’s? It was created by the Los Angeles Police Department and presented to students in elementary public schools. There was a big push for students to “just say no” to drugs. Students were given t-shirts with the DARE logo on it, and bumper stickers adorned cars across the country.
The problem was that the program taught students all about the buffet of illicit and dangerous drugs. Instead of turning them away from drugs, children became curious. What a surprise…drug use went up as these children became teens.
Fast forward to comprehensive sexuality grooming education. In 2015 the state of Oregon received a perfect score on “The Population Institute’s 2015 report card on reproductive health and rights for its comprehensive sexuality grooming education program.” We are teaching children in the public schools every conceivable way to have sex, sex with the same sex or opposite sex partners, if it feels right…”just do it!” Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy would inflict major land, wildlife, resource damage

Demands that the world replace fossil fuels with wind, solar and biofuel energy – to prevent supposed catastrophes caused by manmade global warming and climate change – ignore three fundamental flaws.

1) In the Real World outside the realm of computer models, the unprecedented warming and disasters are simply not happening: not with temperatures, rising seas, extreme weather or other alleged problems. Continue reading

Festival-goers throng the stage at last year’s Blues and Brews

Stevenson’s signature event returns for its 24th year. Mark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 23-24 when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington. We will celebrate 24 years of musical genius, award-winning craft brews and fabulous food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge.

Start your weekend off right on Friday night when we feature all things local from 6:00 to 10:00p. Walking Man Brewery, Backwoods Brewing and Thunder Island Brewing will be pouring their tasty brews; and there will be a nice selection of local wine. Tasty barbecue will be available, hot off the grill, from the Stevenson Eagles Lodge and Stevenson High School Senior Parents. Continue reading

Jerry Ford, shot put: Photo credit, Janelle Dickerson

Steve Peirce, Photo credit, Janelle Dickerson

The Portland Masters Track Club (PMTC) will be hosting its 47th annual Classic Track & Field Meet at Mt. Hood Community College on June 24-25, 2017. This is a USATF sanctioned meet, open to any athlete 19 years of age and older. Come and see some spectacular performances by local athletes; better yet, sign up and try something yourself (please consult with your physician before participating). Visit the PMTC website for more details…look for the Classic Meet Registration tab at Admission to watch is free but the club requests a donation of one or two cans of food for a local foodbank. If you would like to volunteer (and receive a meet t-shirt), please e-mail Linda at

Don Kane, 400 meter dash, Photo credit, Janelle Dickerson

The PMTC members have a wide range of athletic abilities – from those who started later in life as a new challenge, to those who have competed for many years. Bob Hewitt, from the Gresham area, did compete when he was in high school, but did not return to competing until he was 67. Bob is now one of the top athletes in several events not only in the US, but in the world. Gary Stenlund competed in the Olympics in the 60’s. He now has (or held) several age-group World Records in the Javelin. At the age of 80, Marlene Knechtel started competing in track and field to try something new. She has tried a variety of events, but seems to have found a niche with race-walking. Members range in age from the 30’s all the way up into the 90’s. For more information on the club, please their website at

Bill Overstreet-pilot

W. Berlin Express

On the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Bill Overstreet was working as a statistical engineer for Columbia Engineering and attending Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) in Charleston, WV. Wanting to get in the Air Corps as a fighter pilot, Bill enlisted and did a lot of fast talking to get accepted into the program, and by February 1942 he was a private, waiting for an opening as an Aviation Cadet. After several months, he was sent to Santa Ana, California, for preflight training, and after several months at preflight, he was sent to Rankin Aeronautical Academy in Tulare, California. Continue reading

Baker & Grande Ronde Railroad by the Lee’s in Corbett

Bearspaw Southern Railroad by the Swarner’s in Portland

This year, fourteen Garden Railways in the greater Portland-Vancouver area will be open for visitation from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 17th, for a great activity for the whole family at a very affordable price. The garden railways have miniature plants, structures and people that populate the railroad worlds that have been created. Several gardens feature streams and ponds with bridges and trestles over which the trains pull their passenger and freight cars.

The admission fee of $10 per family, all ages, purchases a self-guided tour booklet with photos, a description of each garden layout, handicap access information, maps to get there, and admission to all 14 featured railroads. The public is invited to tour as many garden railways as they wish, in any order, and spend as long as they like in each one. Questions are always welcomed. Continue reading

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[Note: this column is one of a series. Each column in the “Boy To Man” series is designed for a father to read with his 12-year-old son as he embarks on his journey to manhood. The series is based on the conviction that the book of Proverbs was intended by Solomon to be a manual for fathers to use in turning their sons from boys into men.]

A man works hard; a boy is a slacker

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” ~ Proverbs 14:23 (NIV)

“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” ~ Proverbs 10:4 (NIV)

As a man, God has made you for work. Working hard with your own hands to provide for your needs and the needs of your family is central to what it means to be a man. You have been called to be both a protector and a provider for your family. Continue reading

The rose, the flower for those born in the month of June, is the national flower of both the United States and England. It is also state flower of several states including Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia, New York and Texas. Portland, Oregon holds an annual Rose Festival, and in Southern California’s annual Rose Parade features hundreds of floats decorated with many thousands of roses and other flowers and plants. Continue reading

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