Rapid transit bus line moves from planning to development stage

by on Jul 7, 2015 | 0 comments

The proposed rapid bus line that some have dubbed the “education route”—because of its stops at so many colleges and universities along the way—has moved from the planning stage to the development stage. The steering committee and community members working on the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project met June 1, voting to move from the planning phase into the project development phase, which involves tweaking the final design and...
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Community offers ideas for east triangle design

by on Jul 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Westbound, as Northeast Halsey Street becomes one-way Weidler Street at Northeast 112th Avenue, a perfect triangle forms at the split. Now, the Gateway community surrounding that unique island has stepped up to help landscape architects Nevue Ngan Associates design a new look for it. Some features neighbors envision include a lush rain garden that collects storm water, a viewing bridge, a public plaza dotted with benches and giant letters...
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Mid-county 1985 … east Portland 2015

by on Jul 3, 2015 | 0 comments

To mark the Mid-county Memo’s 30th anniversary, we’re sampling the paper’s first year of publishing. This month, we look at the June 1985 edition. It featured a story on citizen efforts to create a city from unincorporated Multnomah County. Community activism is often based on the little person fighting for his or her rights against the bureaucracy. Whether it’s small town versus big city or unincorporated county versus municipality, the people...
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Crosswalk Sting Tomorrow on Glisan Street at 87th Avenue

by on Jun 22, 2015 | 0 comments

To raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic laws, Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and police bureau conduct a crosswalk enforcement action tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the marked crosswalk of Northeast Glisan Street at 87th Avenue. Portland police and Bureau of Transportation staff conduct a crosswalk enforcement sting tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the marked crosswalk of Northeast Glisan Street...
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Armed Suspect Arrested After Attempt to Pass Bad Check at Gateway Business

by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Friday, on a report someone was attempting to pass a bad check at the Gateway Jiffy Lube, police responded to the business at Northeast 108th Avenue and Halsey Street. After a brief struggle with police and citizens, Cory Peterson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of, among other things,  felon in possession of a firearm, delivery of methamphetamine, four counts of identity theft, and resisting arrest after allegedly...
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Happy Father’s Day

by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

With nine-month-old daughter Molly in tow, Hazelwood resident Jake Herbst often strolls to the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores near his home to shop. Herbst, a 2003 David Douglas High School graduate said he is looking forward to his first Father’s...
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Did East Portland Action Plan’s director call a volunteer racist?

by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Lore Wintergreen, East Portland Action Plan Advocate and city employee, allegedly accused at least one volunteer board member of racism for requiring EPAP grantees to fill out IRS forms Publisher’s note: Over the years, the Memo has spoken to many highly cynical individuals who have been involved with the East Portland Neighborhood Office system. There’s a way the system is supposed to work, and then there’s the way it actually works. If you...
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David Douglas educator K-8 teacher of the year

by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Kevin Topolski does it right—OnPoint Community Credit Union says so. The Ron Russell Middle School teacher recently won OPCCU’s K–8 Oregon Educator of the Year award, one of three teachers honored by the credit union through its Prize for Excellence in Education program, which annually selects outstanding teachers to be honored for their exceptional work. Topolski teaches reading and writing to sixth-graders at Russell, one of several middle...
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Activists tack, take council geographic representation course

by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

How do citizens without legal training or urban management skills challenge a system whose officials are invested in maintaining control and keeping the structures of power unchanged and unchangeable? Technically, any citizen is entitled to challenge rules or laws, especially those disempowering the individual, neighborhood or community connected to a major urban center. In fact, to get past city guard dogs it would take a battery of seasoned...
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Mid-county 1985…east Portland 2015…

by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Marking the Memo’s 30th anniversary, over the next 11 months, we’ll sample reporting from the Memo’s first year of publishing. In addition, we’ll provide updates. The Mid-county Memo’s first two editions are on the paper’s website and available for a full view at www.midcountymemo.com. To view them, click on “Newspaper Morgue”. We begin the retrospective with the first edition, May 1985. The front page featured stories about the new newspaper,...
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Bruce Robert McCain March 3, 1955–May 18, 2015

by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

LAURA FRAZIER THE OREGONIAN (Published on OregonLive May 19, 2015.) Bruce McCain, chair of the Reynolds School District board, died last month from brain cancer. McCain, 60, was diagnosed in February with a highly malignant type of brain tumor. McCain was honored for his board service at a meeting April 8, the last meeting he was able to attend. “Obviously it’s a tremendous loss,” said board vice-chair Joe Teeny. “He’s a great leader and mentor...
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Marjorie Irene Ross Bean Oct. 21, 1922–May 2, 2015

by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Marjorie Irene Ross Bean was born on October 21, 1922 to Aubrey and Benjamin Ross in Spokane, Wash. She died May 2, 2015. She grew up an only child in Sandpoint and neighboring Priest River, Idaho. An avid reader, Marjorie was a good student and was valedictorian of her eighth grade class at Priest River grade school. During those earlier years, her father owned and operated a 5-and-10-cent store; however, when economic hard times struck in the...
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