Parkrose groups try to make homeless camp work

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016

Parkrose, a small, often unchartered island in Portland’s greater political sea, has inspired citywide change when it comes to challenging the growing homelessness issue. However, Parkrose’s highlighted community outreach has also unveiled tensions between the city and private business owners over one crucial spot: the Columbia Slough. Mingus...
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After School Satan Club gets Christians to protest

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016

Parkrose’s Sacramento Elementary school may have witnessed history in the making on Nov. 16 as the Portland chapter of the Satanist Temple held an open house for the After School Satan Club that will start holding meetings there next month. As befits such a momentous event, it was something of a circus, complete with guest performers. Since...
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Fall High School Achievement round up

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016

PARKROSE HIGH SCHOOL Contributions by Dante Gouge, athletic director and Lesley Bossert, choir director Parkrose High welcomed a new athletic director and three new head coaches this fall. Daunte Gouge now heads up the athletic department, Brian Davis stepped in as head football coach, Breanna Markham took the reins of the volleyball program and...
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Rehab, homeless housing hits Hazelwood

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016

Where a defunct Wolves Pizza Kitchen now stands at 25 N.E. 122nd Ave., the non-profit Central City Concern (CCC) that serves Portland adults and families impacted by homelessness, poverty and addiction plans to build the Eastside Health Center, a six-story, 176-unit combined residence and treatment center between Northeast 120th and 122nd avenues...
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Hello Gateway!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016

People prefer Option C for Human Solutions’ new one-acre mixed-use development in Gateway on Halsey Street at Northeast 106th Avenue, with the design being finalized this winter. Nonprofit Human Solutions held an open house last month to present the peoples’ preferred concept design for the new, mixed-use development next to the new three-acre...
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Posted by on Nov 18, 2016

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 the October story “The Barn closes … forever” we got the list price of the property wrong. According to...
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Original Portland Buckaroo passes

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016

Local hockey legend Arnold “Arnie” Wilfred Schmautz passed away Sept. 13 at age 83. Schmautz played for the Portland Buckaroos, a minor professional hockey team in the Western Hockey League from 1960 to 1968. Foreshadowing Blazermania, Portland fell madly in love with the team and hockey. Schmautz was born July 3, 1933, in Ituna, Saskatoon,...
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The little train that almost wasn’t

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016

When Gretchen Gandara thinks about the little train she and her husband have taken to so many events for the enjoyment of community children, she still has a hard time imagining who would want to steal it, let alone damage it so severely. Once a promotional item for a local Burgerville, the train and the utility trailer in which it was towed and...
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BRT committee comes closer to a vote

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016

There was excitement in the air, even suspense, at the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project steering committee meeting Oct. 24 with the expectation of a vote on the route and station locations of the transit corridor that will link Gresham and downtown Portland. This was the second time the committee had met that month, and it was...
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Human Services hatches new Hazelwood headquarters

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016

Last month, the Memo met with State of Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) personnel for an interview and tour of the new East County Family Services facility at 11826 N.E. Glisan St.—the former Target store—that’s been open barely three weeks at press time. The new space provides child welfare and self-sufficiency services for most of east...
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New details emerge on controversial development

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016

Residents have never been very happy about the placement of affordable housing in the mixed-use development attached to the new park, Gateway Discovery Park, at Northeast 106th Avenue and Halsey Street. Its absence from original planning documents and then its unexpected inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 property dispositions has attracted the ire...
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Posted by on Oct 28, 2016

Correction We strive to be accurate and thorough in our coverage and correct significant errors of fact. Last month’s front page photo for the “Homeless shelter finding its place in the neighborhood” had an incorrect attribution. It was a staff photo, not one supplied by Grocery Outlet. If you find an error, please call 503-287-8904, or e-mail...
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