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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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Molalla welcomes July Fourth

Independence Day 2022 was greeted enthusiastically by Molalla residents and visitors alike.Festivities and fun were all part of the package in Molalla during the July Fourth holiday weekend, culminating in the finish of the Buckeroo and city-wide celebration. As always, things got started early with the Kiddies Parade on Friday afternoon. In all, the event had 30 entries and this year's grand champion was the Kidville Train entry. But that just set the table for a weekend of rodeo action at the Buckeroo, then the Giant Street Parade kicked things off on properly on Monday, July 4, despite the event being delayed for about 45 minutes thanks to a driver going the wrong way toward the front of the procession. Police acted quickly to get the situation under control and the parade rolled on from there, snaking its way through downtown. And as always, the evening ended with a fireworks display at the Buckeroo grounds. {loadposition sub-article-01}
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Molalla welcomes July 4

The Fourth of July for 2022 was greeted enthusiastically by Molalla residents and visitors alikeFestivities and fun were all part of the package in Molalla during the July 4 holiday weekend, culminating in the finish of the Buckeroo and city-wide celebration. As always, things got started early with the Kiddies Parade on Friday afternoon. In all, the event had 30 entries and this year's grand champion was the Kidville Train entry. But that just set the table for a weekend of rodeo action at the Buckeroo grounds through the weekend, then the Giant Street Parade kicked things off on July 4 proper. Despite the parade being delayed for about 45 minutes thanks to a driver going the wrong way towards the front of the parade. Police acted quickly to get the situation under control and the parade rolled on from there, snaking its way through downtown. And as always, the evening ended with a fireworks display at the Buckeroo grounds. {loadposition sub-article-01}
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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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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...
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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...

Molalla police calls

A look at the calls responded to by the Molalla Police Department recently - for the 07/06/2022 issueMolalla Police June 20 Traffic stops: 3 12:19 a.m.: Warrant service on the 100 block of North Molalla Avenue 1:02 a.m.: Subject stop on the 100 block of South Molalla Avenue 3:59 a.m.: Domestic disturbance complaint reported on Shirley Street 6:57 a.m.: Suspicious circumstance complaint reported East Fifth Street and Eckerd Avenue 7:44 a.m.: Subject stop on Kennel Avenue 7:50 a.m.: Subject stop on the 200 block of north Molalla Avenue 9:38 a.m.: Alarm investigation on Center Avenue 10:58 a.m.: Fire...
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College Life

A look at students from the local area who have earned college degrees or attained academic honorsAurora's Maddox earns Gonzaga degree Aurora's Jordan Maddox was among more than 7,000 Gonzaga University students at commencement exercises May 8. Maddox earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Additionally, Maddox was named to the Gonzaga University dean's list for spring semester. To make the list requires a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.84. Taylor named to Gonzaga president's list Trevor Taylor of Canby was named to the Gonzaga University president's list for spring semester. To make the list, students must earn...
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Colton Corner

K's Nursery closure will leave a hole in the Colton area's gardening world, but retirement beckons after 28 years.Colton-area gardeners were stunned to hear that K's Nursery will be closing its greenhouse doors permanently at the end of July. The garden center at 30891 Oswalt Road is owned by Kenny and Kathy Carroll and opened in the spring of 1994. Over the years, K's reputation grew and their clientele appreciated the many varieties of plants, trees and shrubs the nursery offered, as well as their gardening knowledge. Kathy said a lot of their customers like to eat what they grow....
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Clackamas County selects contractor for courthouse construction

New building is expected to be completed in 2025 and cost $313 million - a significant increase over earlier $189 million estimate. On Wednesday, June 29, Clackamas County commissioners approved selecting a contractor to begin construction of a new courthouse. Fengate PCL Progress Partners (FP3) was the successful bidder to design, build, partially finance and maintain a new courthouse at the Clackamas County Red Soils Campus in Oregon City. "We are finally at a place, where we can finally do it. I look forward to it," said board Chair Tootie Smith about moving forward with replacing the courthouse. "We will...

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...
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Molalla trap shooters see success at state

At this year's trap shooting state tournament, the Indians found plenty of individual and team successThe Molalla High School trap shooting team wrapped up a successful season with a fifth-place overall finish at the 2022 Oregon Trap State Tournament in Hillsboro June 25-26. The Indians scored 454 points and had a number of top-10 finishes individually in the 2A category, including Hannah Jones getting fifth in the varsity girls competition and Carson Merten snagging a sixth in the varsity boys. Molalla results: • High Gun Male Novice — Johnathans Cushman (15th, 58 points) • High Gun Jr. Varsity...
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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...
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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. ...
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Molalla library plans busy July

Library's Music in the Park series will begin July 12, gnome painting, reptile man and more on tapThe Molalla Public Library will open its Music in the Park series on Tuesday, July 12, with Mark Seymour & Friends at 6 p.m. in the Fox Park Pavilion. The series continues Tuesday, July 26, when Timothy James takes the stage at 6 p.m. And while music is in the works, there are plenty of other activities slated for the library in July. Children's Events: Fairy Gardens will be Wednesday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in the library meeting...
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Mulino sailor serving in Indo-Pacific

Saul Lopez-Damian is part of the fleet that helps protect American interests in the Philippine Sea.With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea and 95 percent of the world's international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, U.S. Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy. A Mulino sailor is staying ready to do just that. Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Saul Lopez-Damian trains daily aboard the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancelorsville. Lopez-Damian enlisted Dec. 11, 2017. This ship is forward-deployed to U.S. 7th Fleet in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific and is assigned to Commander, Task Force 70, a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of its allies and partners in the region. {loadposition sub-article-01}

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, the conservative Republican with hopes of flipping the seat to the GOP. Polarized politics isn't the only rift in the 5th Congressional District. There's the looming mass of the Cascade Mountains that cleaves the district into western and eastern portions. It's tied together by a thin ribbon of blacktop on U.S....

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...
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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...
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