Estacada News

Gloomy forecasts for Democrats in two key Oregon races

Experts say races for Oregon governor and Fifth Congressional District are too close to call for now.As the last Fourth of July fireworks fizzled on Monday, Oregon moved into the stretch drive of the 2022 election season. With four months to go until the Nov. 8 general election, guessing the outcome of Oregon political races is highly speculative. But that hasn't stopped a growing chorus of prognosticators. Despite a 36-year winning streak, a Democratic victory in the 2022 election for governor was called "no sure thing." The race for the supposedly Democratic-tilting 5th Congressional seat was "too close to call."...
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My View: Federal funds needed to improve election administration

A $20 billion bill in Congress would help every state make elections more secure with predictable funding. Elections systems in the United States are considered critical infrastructure. That means that like energy, food and transportation, they must be modern, secure and properly maintained. Afterall, these systems support our fundamental political right — the right to vote. Unfortunately, we don't fund elections like critical infrastructure. According to the Election Infrastructure Initiative, a nonpartisan partnership of elections officials, nonprofits, counties and state governments, Oregon is $767,477,251 short of what it needs to fully fund elections over the next 10 years. I love...
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City of Estacada seeks applicants for vacant seat on council

City Council holds open position after Justin Gates resignation on Monday, June 27The Estacada City Council is seeking candidates for the replacement of Councilor Justin Gates who resigned citing conflicts with policy covering in-person attendance of council meetings. He made his announcement at the last council meeting in June. The criteria to be considered for the position are: • Must be a qualified elector under state law (be at or over the age of 18). • Must reside within Estacada city limits for at least one year immediately before appointment. • Must not already work as a city employee. Applications for the position can be found on the city of Estacada website. They can be emailed to or mailed directly to P.O. Box 958, Estacada, OR 97023. They must be received in person or electronically by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 28. {loadposition sub-article-01}

F-15s to soar over Oregon, SW Washington for July 4

The Oregon Air National Guard will help set the Independence Day mood in several local communities. F-15 fighter jets from the Oregon Air National Guard are set to fly over several cities in Oregon and two in Southwest Washington for Independence Day. The jets, part of the 142nd Wing, will take off from the Portland Air National Guard Base at Portland International Airport and will soar above multiple July 4 celebrations and parades at a noticeably lower-than-normal altitude of 1,000 feet. Beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, the first community will see the aces' aerial "salute" at speeds of around 400...

Survey: 93% of pets are part of 'family' for Oregonians

Gentle and quiet, fat and toothless, old and set in their ways - we love our pets anyway.Oregon pet owners agree: pets are best for making you laugh. A survey from Oregon Values and Beliefs Center found that 75% of Oregonians say their pets often make them laugh. Only 2% said their pet never makes them laugh. Roughly two-thirds of Oregonians said their pets often reduce their stress levels or feelings of loneliness. One in three Oregonians have adopted a pet in the past two years, roughly since the start of the pandemic, the survey found. Nearly all Oregonians consider...

Estacada riders place in top 5 at equestrian invitational championship

Winter Palmateer takes first in Saddle Seat; Cassidy Mohr takes fifth in Hunt Seat Over FencesWinter Palmateer and Cassidy Mohr, members of the Estacada High School Equestrian Club, contributed top-five rides during competition at the Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship on June 17. The equestrian event was held at the Grant County (Washington) Fairgrounds. The two riders have spent months practicing late into the night for this competition, with Monday and Wednesday practices going as late as 10 p.m. "It was a pretty strict routine; I was riding anytime that I had time," Mohr said. "But, I still...

Estacada City Councilor Justin Gates resigns

Gates cites family responsibilities conflict with schedule for council meetingsJustin Gates has resigned his position on the Estacada City Council citing conflicts between family obligations and council policy for in-person attendance at council meetings. Gates said his wife recently took a new job requiring she work evenings. Gates stays home evenings to provide parental supervision. His other option would be to arrange child care while he attends council meetings, which can be unpredictably long. While Gates could join virtually via an online meeting platform, City Council policy states that councilors are only allowed two join virtually for two consecutive meetings. His resignation aligns with his plans to forego reelection in November. "It gives somebody the chance to get in there and get their feet wet," he said. Gates was first elected to the council in 2012. Throughout his role as a city councilor, Gates has focused on family-oriented change, the growth of local businesses and the installation of more parks. He is also a volunteer coach for Estacada Little League and Estacada Youth Basketball. {loadposition sub-article-01}

Survey: Wildfire fears eased after spring rains soak Oregon

Nearly 80% of respondents had moderate or great concern about the loss of public forestland.Significant rainfall this spring noticeably greened up the Oregon countryside and appears to have calmed nerves across the state, according to a survey about wildfire danger conducted in June by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. The survey, conducted from June 2-11, found that 60% of respondents felt wildfire was a threat to their local communities. In May 2021, that number was 68%. The wildfire perception survey interviewed 1,446 Oregon residents 18 or older. The survey sought to gauge how concerned Oregon residents are heading into...

Estacada Garden Club awards scholarship to local student

Estacada High School graduate Oliver Morgan wins sustainability focused scholarship The Estacada Garden Club awarded Estacada High School graduate Oliver Morgan with its $500 scholarship. The club's scholarship is offered to a graduating senior going into a post-high school program related to horticulture and/or environmental sciences. Morgan plans to major in landscaping and minor in environmental sustainability at the University of Oregon, which made him an easy choice for the award. "We at the Estacada Garden Club take a lot of pride in making sure that our scholarships go to students that will promote our garden club values, like...

Estacada Public Library kicks off Summer Reading program

Raffle, bingo prizes are included in this year's all-ages reading challenge. The Estacada Public Library's Summer Reading program returns to motivate kids, teens and adults to dig into books. "Summer reading is essential in preventing student learning loss over the summer months, known as the 'summer slide,'" said Deborah VanDetta, Estacada Public Library's Youth Services librarian. "By reading just 20 minutes a day, students can maintain or improve their reading skills and return to school in the fall ready to learn." Although the program is aimed at kids and teens, adults also are welcome to work on...

Former state official: Thousands on brink of losing health care

Charles Gallia: Congress should make American Rescue Plan Act subsidies permanent before insurance premiums rise.Through my work as a co-founder of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership, which ensures children with special health needs receive the care they deserve, I have witnessed the need for greater access to quality, affordable health coverage across Oregon. When this need was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress expanded health insurance subsidies to more Oregonians and Americans than ever through the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), helping thousands of families find plans that fit their budgets. Unfortunately, as those same families are paying higher...

NAMI: Kindness might help improve minority mental health

Bart Brewer: There are many other roadblocks communities face, such as barriers to careWith the state of mental health care in this country being what it is, it's no surprise that we often look at it from the perspective of the majority. Fighting for proper mental health care is already such a battle that often minorities within this realm aren't included in the conversation. With July being National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, now is a perfect time to try and correct for that by addressing how racism and the language used around it can affect mental health. ...

East vs. west meets left vs. right in 5th District race

Abortion likely to be big issue in the election after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. On the left, Terrebonne attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the progressive Democrat who vanquished seven-term U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, in the May primary. On the right, former Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer,...

Clackamas Community College's student president is 16 years old

A Sandy resident who grew up in Milwaukie, Madalena Larkins has already earned one college degree.Madalena Larkins, who most recently served as vice-president of Clackamas Community College's Associated Student Government, will be the student-body president in the upcoming school year. A 16-year-old Sandy resident who grew up in Milwaukie, Larkins has already earned one college degree and is now pursuing another. The Clackamas Print, the college's student newspaper, recently interviewed Larkins and gave permission for this interview to be reprinted by Pamplin Media Group. A D V E R T I S I N G | Continue reading...

Minimum wage will increase July 1 in Oregon

Wages will increase to $14.75 for much of the Portland area, $13.50 for outlying areas.Starting July 1, Oregon workers earning minimum wage will take home a little more pay each week. State legislators passed a bill in 2016 creating a three-tiered minimum wage, with different minimums for workers depending on location. The state is divided into three zones: The highest minimum wage occurs in the Portland area's Urban Growth Boundary which stretches through Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties. The move placed Oregon among the highest minimum wage states in the nation. This Friday, workers in much of Multnomah, Washington...

Survey: Majority of Oregonians support stricter gun laws

Residents of state are more polarized on issue than nationally based on political party affiliation.A majority of Oregonians support stricter gun laws, according to a new poll by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. The nonpartisan independent research group on Thursday released data reporting 59% of survey respondents say they believe the state's firearms laws should be stricter, which is in line with an April 2021 Pew Research poll finding 60% of Americans want stricter gun laws. The beliefs center surveyed 1,446 Oregon adults between June 2 and 11 about gun regulations. Last month, an 18-year-old man in...

New Hatfield biography focuses on early years, governorship

With Senate papers due to open, historian praises 'admirable leadership,' but also touches on later scandals.Had Richard Etulain graduated four years after he entered Northwest Nazarene College, he would have heard a 36-year-old Mark Hatfield speak at the commencement ceremony in May 1959. But Etulain took an extra year to obtain a bachelor's degree from what is now a university in Nampa, Idaho. He was pursuing an Oregon dairyman's daughter who would later become his wife. So he did not hear Hatfield, then and now the youngest person ever elected governor of Oregon. That changed during his six years in...

Lumber Yard Food Cart Pod hosts 4th of July celebration

Collection of diverse eateries gives back to community with summer holiday affair Ivan Gongora is excited. The 4th of July is approaching, and he has been working on a celebration for the holiday at the Lumber Yard Food Cart Pod, 380 S.W. Zobrist St., Estacada, since September of 2021. The celebration takes place on Monday, July 4, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The event is hosted by the food trucks, but several other venders will provide services, such as a face painting booth, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull, a bounce house, and a pie eating contest. "We like...

My View: My belief in the right to choose

Legislator: Oregon must continue its leadership in standing up for access to reproductive care. In more than 30 years of ordained ministry, I have been asked countless times to provide counsel, prayerful support and pastoral care to people making medical decisions. I believe that individuals are the best decision-makers when it comes to their own sacred bodies, in consultation with their health care providers. During those 30 years, I have seen a lot. That's why I'm calling for stronger pro-choice leadership in Oregon than ever before. I believe in the separation of church and state. Laws which restrict abortion use...

U.S. Supreme Court overturns reproductive rights

Oregon reactions roll in on the ruling that ends federal guarantees of a woman's right to choose.The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling Friday, June 24, which has protected women's reproductive rights for nearly half a century. A leaked document had foreshadowed the seismic shift in the court, which had upheld other reproductive rights cases in the decades following Roe. The high court on Friday eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, which leaves the questions of abortion to the states, not the federal government. The ruling was on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a...