One Draw Two turns three, prepares for expansion

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018

For Amy Mellen, getting high wasn’t about maximizing an experience at Taco Bell. It was an effort to turn her life around. After a near fatal car accident in 2006, Mellen had become addicted to a myriad of painkillers. In 2014, she decided to turn over a new leaf (literally) and give medical cannabis a go. One Draw Two (ONE DRAW TWO) was the...
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Community gardens a growing trend in east Portland

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018

Grow Portland is an organization with a heart of gold: it wants to feed the hungry. It’s dedicated to producing community gardens in the name of urban food production. In June 2017, it released a Community Garden Expansion report that listed seven prospective “high-quality project” sites in east Portland. Since the summertime, a few of them have...
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Gateway Green receives wayfinding signage

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

If you’re lost trying to find Gateway Green, the new mountain bike park next to the I-205 Freeway, or the I-205 Multi-Use Path, you’ve just received a little help from Friends of Gateway Green. Last month, the Memo reported (“Gateway District delays rebranding in favor of wayfinding, receives four new city grants,” MCM December 2017) that Friends...
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Argay Green Street Project update

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018

Groundbreaking is set to begin in early January 2018 on the ambitious Green Streets project in Argay Terrace. As reported previously here, the Department of Environmental Services is installing small gardens, or bioswales, which filter pollutants out of water runoff before it gets into the Columbia Slough. The project calls for 53 of these green...
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Coalition wants 82nd in city’s hands, not state’s

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018

Northeast/Southeast 82nd Avenue, ever the troublemaker, may have its parents to blame. The 9.6-mile stretch of highway is seen by one city group, the 82nd Avenue Improvement Coalition, as being at a severe structural disadvantage: it’s owned by the state. Control and key decision-making are the products of ongoing negotiations between Oregon and...
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Scots’ Angels funds family after recipient passes away

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

One thing’s for sure: Scots’ Angels has aided many more lives than “Charlie’s Angels” ever did (although Charlie’s are, of course, fictitious). The David Douglas Scots’ Angels pay it forward. This club allows kids to help kids in medical crisis, as well as their families. It’s an offshoot of the Sparrow Clubs USA that began 12 years ago. Its...
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January 2018 – Obituaries

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018

David William Luce “The Can Man” Nov. 6, 1939 – Nov. 20, 2017 David William Luce passed peacefully on the afternoon of Nov. 20, surrounded by family and friends. David was born in Portland, Nov. 6, 1939, to Roscoe William Luce and Thelma Agnes Gibson. He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1957. Since the age of five, Dave was an avid...
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Portland gas tax pays for N.E. Halsey Street repaving

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018

Since January 2017, you’ve been paying more for your gas within Portland’s city limits. The good news: your money is ending up back in your hands—or rather, your streets. In May 2016, Portland voters had their say over Measure 26-173, which added a 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax every time you take to the pump, which the city via the Portland Bureau...
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Governor Brown speaks in code

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018

Parkrose Middle School had a most interesting—and interested—guest just after Thanksgiving when Governor Kate Brown stopped by for a presentation put on by Google. Though it was geared toward the sixth graders in the room, the Google CS First Roadshow presentation seemed to catch the governor’s attention and had her enthusiastically joining in...
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Corrections

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018

CORRECTIONS 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 editor@midcountymemo.com. 1. In last month’s Business Memos column, in the item “Former Parkrose adult business could become food cart pod,” we reported two errors....
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Menace disrupts neighborhood peace and quiet

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018

A little tragedy can go a long way, especially when it’s shared on Facebook. Since Anna and Adam Lutz moved their family to Parkrose in 2015, she’s had longstanding qualms with David Dahlen, her next-door neighbor who lives with his grandparents. She recognized a steady stream of strange cars ebbing and flowing out of his grandparents’ garage on...
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School adopts a new Sparrow

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017

The eighth-grade choir started the assembly off by singing a sweet rendition of “Rainbow Connection,” the song made famous by Kermit the Frog in “The Muppet Movie” (1979). It was a nice way to start what would prove to be an emotionally charged Parkrose Middle School gathering on Nov. 9. In attendance, in addition to the entire school, were some...
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