Gateway Discovery Park has no friends … yet

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018

Tom Badrick likens political decision-making in east Portland to the Catholic Church. “If you don’t start letting new people in now, you’ll never let them in,” says Badrick. “We need to get new blood going so it’s not the same people on every committee making the decisions.”  Badrick considers himself an “old blood” sample. He is one “among four...
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Parkrose High GSA saves homeless donation drive

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018

Parkrose High School is responsible for donating 500 pounds of clothing to Portland’s homeless population each year. This figure, from Parkrose High School’s Homeless Project, is more than a fun fact—for those living on the streets, a little can go a long way. A lot can go much further. But in November 2017, an additional population needed help:...
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Curves owner to sell and retire for good

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018

When retiree Nancy Hughes realized something wasn’t right with her arm, she went to the doctor. At the hospital, she was given three options: she could undergo a complicated shoulder surgery, she could try jolting increments of physical therapy, or she could “do it herself.”  Hughes went her own way.  “I’m that person,” says Hughes. “I chose to...
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Facing new crisis, “Windscape” runs over budget

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018

She’ll be coming around the corner when she comes. If you’re losing your patience with the “Windscape” remodel—also known by its street name, “the Jughandle,” and its technical street name, the traffic rounder at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street—you’re in good company. Nobody is more annoyed than current chair of the Parkrose Heights...
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Linfield College buys University of Western States campus

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018

If anybody stood by their New Year’s resolutions in 2018, it was the University of Western States (UWS). As previously reported (“University of Western States looks at relocating its east Portland campus,” MCM Aug. 2018), UWS decided to relocate its integrated health care program from its historic Russell neighborhood campus, 2900 N.E. 132nd Ave....
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Parkrose boys dominate 5A state water polo tournament

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018

At the conclusion of each school quarter, we highlight the achievements of area students. Mid-county schools are filled with students who excel in the classroom, on stage and in athletics. Here are a few …        PARKROSE HIGH SCHOOL  Water Polo (Boys)                            Water Polo (Girls) Cross-Country (Boys)  Ahmed Ibrahim won the...
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122nd Avenue improvements highlight safety concerns

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018

122nd Avenue is among the most dangerous streets in the city. It includes four of the city’s 30 highest crash intersections. Since 2010, there have been more than 400 people injured on 122nd Avenue, including 127 people walking and biking. Nine people have died in the last eight years. Tragic irony was on full display at a Portland Bureau of...
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Obituaries

Posted by on Nov 18, 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.  Verne Vezie Church, Jr. March 2, 1932 – Sept. 6, 2018 Verne Vezie Church, Jr., passed away Sept. 6, 2018, at Salem...
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Division Transit Project station model unveiled

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018

Members of the media and targeted focus groups got a preview of a key part of the Division Transit Project on the mild morning of Oct. 18 at TriMet’s East 181st Avenue Park and Ride in Gresham. A C-TRAN bus (borrowed from Vancouver) like the ones that will be part of the project repeatedly pulled up and departed from a plywood mockup of the...
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Historic Parkrose executive director moves on

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018

Three and a half years ago, Mingus Mapps was not familiar with Parkrose. Then he took a position that would make him one of the neighborhood’s most influential voices. In October, Mapps bid adieu to his position as executive director of Historic Parkrose, a nonprofit that mediates between community wants and needs through intimate action items,...
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Safety Council created to deal with illegal RV camping

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018

A recycling center and a Christian high school might not have much in common, but when the street they share is threatened, they are a force to be reckoned with. Environmentally Conscious Recycling, 12409 N.E. San Rafael St., and Portland Christian Jr./Sr. High School, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St., are two members of an unlikely coalition of...
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Adopting “Windscape” could be the answer

Posted by on Nov 10, 2018

You would be hard-pressed to find anybody more concerned with the state of the “Windscape,” the rundown traffic rounder at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street, than Tom Badrick. If you listen to Badrick talk about his relationship with this particular plot of land, it’s akin to hearing somebody in the thick of couples counseling. He’ll do...
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