Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

The Mid-county Memo strives to be accurate and thorough in its coverage and corrects significant errors of fact. If you find an error, please call 503-287-8904 or e-mail department editor Darlene Vinson at In last month’s article, “New look at Brown’s Point S Tires”, about Brown’s Tire Factory and its 200-member co-op...
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Cory Jonell Ruth Lumber 1967–2016

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

Cory Jonell Ruth Lumber was tragically taken from us on July 2. Cory is survived by her daughter Stacey, son Connor and their supportive father, Brian Lumber; her mother, Kathy Ruth; sisters DeAnn Brandt (Paul), Kelly Sprague (Adam) and Leslie Ruth (Richard); and nephews Jordan, Taylor, Colin and Mason Brandt and Mick and Mateo Sprague. She was...
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Romie is ready to retire

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

“I never imagined that I’d wind up working with the Tonkin family for more than 30 years,” said retiring Tonkin mechanic and jack-of-all-trades Romie Thompson. “It was really more like a family than a traditional work experience; they know how to take care of people.” The November 2014 subject of the Memo’s occasional series about longtime...
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ODOT 82nd Avenue survey released

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released the results of a survey it took in May on how Portland’s 82nd Avenue is used and what improvements are needed there. The findings of the survey will be considered in the formation of the department’s Implementation Plan for the avenue. The survey was available online May 10–31. In addition,...
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New athletic director brings decades of experience to Parkrose

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

Daunte Gouge has his work cut out for him. As Parkrose High School’s new athletic director, his job is to bring relevance to a high school sports program that’s had little victory for decades. With more than twenty years of experience as head football and track and field coach at King’s High School in Seattle, 17 team titles, and experience in...
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Closed-circuit cameras fight crime

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

Larry Olsen helps police bring criminals to justice with the assistance of his many closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) inside and outside the four east Portland bars he owns. Olsen says the cameras keep customers safe by deterring illegal acts, but there’s still crime to record. Friday, July 1, his cameras recorded longtime customer Cory...
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Affordable housing coming to new Gateway Park

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

Tensions were high at the July 11 Gateway Affordable Housing meeting. Many of the more than 70 local residents in attendance stood in the back of the crowded room, eager to weigh in. The point of contention? A one-acre mixed-use site adjacent to the planned three-acre park on Northeast 106th Avenue and Halsey Street, dubbed Gateway Discovery...
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Grocery Outlet Independent Operator Rob Mode opens the first grocery store in more than four decades in the Parkrose Business District

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

This month, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market is opening a store in Parkrose. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Thursday, Aug. 11, and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13. Rob Mode, Grocery Outlet’s independent operator, invites Memo readers to join their celebration. “We are thrilled to open a new Grocery Outlet here in...
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Homeless to Hansen

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in 2016, August 2016 | 0 comments

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury opened the July 8 public meeting at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, otherwise known as the Hansen Building, by being sorry. “I want to apologize for the process” were the first words out of her mouth, referring to the fact that the public meeting had been called with barely a day’s notice, and the...
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Beloved former PE teacher dies

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in 2016, July 2016 | 0 comments

Ann Beeman is remembered by former students as a compassionate teacher who saw each student as a unique individual. She died at home last month a few days after her 79th birthday. Beeman was born June 9, 1937, to Albert and Eleanor Strayer in Newport, Wash. She graduated from Newport High School and Washington State University. She spent much of...
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New look at Brown’s Point S Tires

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in 2016, July 2016 | 0 comments

Brown’s Parkrose Tire Factory is now Brown’s Point S. It is at the forefront of a wave of conversions as the 200 Tire Factory stores join the larger, international Point S brand. Point S is “a good fit for us,” co-owner and general manager Kelly Brown said, and the name is “more modern, more progressive.” It is more logical, too. “We aren’t a...
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Date set for Department of Human Services occupation of HQ space

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in 2016, July 2016 | 0 comments

René DuBoise, Oregon Department of Human Service’s (DHS) Multnomah County district manager, told the Memo that its new offices at the old Target site at 11826 N.E. Glisan St. in Hazelwood will not be shared with retail but instead will be dedicated to use by DHS to provide services including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or...
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