January 2019 – Obituaries

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019

Maryann Luhrs Jayne June 6, 1937 – Oct. 11, 2018 Maryann loved caring for her award-winning rose garden and winning money in weekly bridge games, and she was thankful to remain active and independent until her final days. Born in Cut Bank, Montana, she moved to Portland, Oregon, as a young child and graduated from Franklin High School in 1955....
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Former Hansen Shelter reopens, but not for the homeless

Posted by on Jan 15, 2019

It’s a tale of two east Portland homeless shelters. Or rather, one former shelter and another that has sprouted up just a few blocks away.  Since shuttering last summer, the Hansen Shelter, 12240 N.E. Glisan Street, has quietly returned as the “Hansen Building.” An ailing structure, an immediate use has been found for the site, if not the...
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PBOT wants your help to reconstruct east Portland streets

Posted by on Jan 13, 2019

As of late, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has had its hands in many cookie jars throughout east Portland, and officials are taking community complaints over PBOT solutions to heart. Residents have issues with many PBOT solutions, such as lane reductions. In another instance, the addition of protected bike lanes has made some in the...
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Construction of Human Solutions’ Gateway site delayed

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019

Among other things, Human Solutions owns and operates emergency shelters and affordable housing sites around Portland. The east Portland 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization had planned to begin construction of its newest building overlooking the park on Halsey Street between Northeast 105th and 106th avenues (“Gateway mixed-use...
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Property owner of controversial lingerie modeling shop ignores violations

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019

It’s been five months since the lingerie modeling shop Secret Rendezvous popped up in Parkrose. Overnight, it met notoriety as a suspected prostitution ring.  On Oct. 16, Sergeant Greg Stewart, present at a Parkrose Neighborhood Association (PNA) meeting, responded to community concerns by suggesting there’s little the police can do unless they...
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Halsey-Weidler construction stifles holiday business

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019

Things were hard enough for Robbin Martell last September when one of the double doors leading into her shop, Hearts Décor Interiors & Accessories and SOS Moving Management, 10630 N.E. Halsey St., was shattered with a brick. The crime underscored a losing battle between Martell and homeless vandals following a series of strikes. Martell says...
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Farmland owners eye master plan for property

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019

The Rossi, Giusto and Garre farming families are teaming up to explore opportunities for future development of one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land in Portland: their 32 acres of farmland at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Shaver Street in the Argay Terrace neighborhood. Funded with a $112,500 Metro Construction Excise Tax grant, the...
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Memo stops the presses

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019

Monthly newspaper calling it quits after 34 years, 404 issues  We announce with great sadness but also tremendous gratitude that this will be the final edition of the Mid-county Memo. The newspaper industry has seen scores of changes in the last 15 years. With rising expenses and declining income, it was evident a decision had to be made. After...
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Posted by on Dec 25, 2018

We welcome submission of obituaries for free publication in the Mid-county Memo. Please send copy and a photo to editor@midcountymemo.com. Submissions may be edited for clarity and will be included on a space-available basis. Arthur Dale Kracke Mar. 19, 1933–Oct. 3, 2018 Arthur D. Kracke passed away peacefully at Legacy Hopewell Hospice...
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More custom trash cans and benches installed

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018

One man’s trash can is a community treasure. As the curtain closes on 2018, you’ll find more places to chuck your trash around the Halsey-Weidler business district. On Nov. 21, two new trash cans were installed outside Atomic Auto, 610 N.E. 102nd Ave.  As previously reported (“New benches and trash cans, thought to be long lost, set to appear...
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Hawg’s 2 owner commissions phat mural for bar building

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018

There’s good news and bad news, and Larry Olsen—the popular neighborhood bar owner of Boss Hawg’s Bar ‘N’ Grill, the Daily Double Sports Bar & Grill and his latest acquisition, the Magic Inn, which he rechristened Hawg’s 2–is often in the news. He’s a nighttime vigilante who often catches local crimes on his various storefront cameras...
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Annual Turkey Bowl moves to new park

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018

At Turkey Bowl 2018, a group made up of mostly Parkrose High School graduates get together for a Thanksgiving Day football game as they have for 15 years. The game brings as many as 30 players together annually. They chose the new Luuwit View Park in Argay Terrace for this year’s contest. From left, Terio, Seykeeze, Alex and Dakota. Eddie is...
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