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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...
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West Linn-Wilsonville School District sexual abuse case appealed at Oregon Supreme Court

Party representing students who were sexually abused by former teacher Jonathan Peachey seeks review of the recent decision, claiming 'red flags' ignored by school district aided in sexual abuse. A petition for review hit the Oregon Supreme Court's bench June 15, asking the court to take another look at an April ruling that found the West Linn-Wilsonville School District not liable in the sexual abuse of two students by former educator Jonathan Peachey. A petition for review is the document filed by an individual seeking assessment of a decision by the court of appeals. The petition was filed by the...

Oregon Charter Academy to reveal first images from NASA's James Webb Telescope

The Wilsonville-based academy's July 12 event will be open in person for the first 100 registrants, and virtually to the first 1,000 registrants. Oregon Charter Academy in Wilsonville will join hundreds of sites across the nation in celebrating the release of the first images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope — the most technologically advanced of its kind — at a July 12 event. The event, slated for 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, will be free and open to the public. Located at 30485 SW Boones Ferry Rd., #202 in Wilsonville, it is open in person to the first...

Local stars prep for Saturday play in Les Schwab Bowl

Six area players will test themselves in the annual all-star football battle.If you like summer — and who doesn't? — and if you like high school football — and you should — then have we got a deal for you. Coming up on Saturday, July 2, is the 2022 Les Schwab Bowl, the annual high school football all-star game, set for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Linfield College's Maxwell Field, 51 S.E. Lever St. in McMinnville. The 74th iteration of the game features a handful of significant changes, jettisoning its former North vs. South geographical matchup in favor of a...

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...

West Linn Old Time Fair court is more than sashes and crowns

Kaitlyn McCord, Kellen Ostergard, Sophie McLellan and Violet Gowdy are the 2022 ambassadorsKaitlyn McCord, Kellen Ostergard, Sophie McLellan and Violet Gowdy spent their first day of summer break chatting with community members while giving out backyard pollinator plants and handmade seed bombs. The four teenagers, who will be freshmen at West Linn High School this fall, make up this year's Old Time Fair Ambassador Court. They each joined the program to give back to the community that they said has given them so much. To become ambassadors on the 2022 Old Time Fair court, McCord, Ostergard, McLellan...

Longtime West Linn library dog Otto retires

Otto's younger brother, Booker is ready to take over his duties at the library West Linn library staff and patrons celebrated the birthday and retirement of longtime library dog Otto and ushered in Otto's younger brother, Booker, as the new library dog with cupcakes, stories and bellyrubs on Tuesday, June 28. Otto began working at the library in 2014 following the success of the library's Tales to Tails program. At the time, Library Operations Supervisor Melanie Nelson was planning to take time off to care for her new Leonberger puppy, Otto. Library Director Doug Erickson told her to instead...

West Linn girls basketball camp set for Aug. 8-10

The annual camp is open to girls who will enter grades 2-9 in the coming school year.It's almost time. Time to lace up those sneakers, dust off that basketball and put down the video game controller. And it's time for the annual West Linn Girls Basketball camp. The camp is open to girls who will be in grades 2-9 in the fall, and will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8-10 in the main gym at West Linn High School, 5464 W. A St. The cost is $150 per person ($135 per additional sibling) and participants can register online here. Mail-in registrations can be found here and sent to: Brooke Cates, West Linn Girls Basketball, 1226 SE 17th Ave., Canby, OR 97013. The camp will teach and reinforce the following skills: ballhandling, passing, footwork, shooting, defense and rebounding, and will also include fun and competitive games. The camp will be led by West Linn head girls basketball coach Brooke Cates, assistant coach John VanAcker and the program's high school players. {loadposition sub-article-01}

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...

Vance: Looking back on the ups and downs of the 2022 spring season

Over 76 days, I covered almost 70 events and held more than 180 interviews with area athletes.All right. All right. I'll admit it. I'm still stuck in the 2022 spring high school sports season. Oh sure, I've moved on to summer stories in some ways — I covered the Oregon All-Star Series, wrote features about new coaches (including West Linn football coach Jon Eagle and Clackamas boys basketball coach Ryan King) and interviewed Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard. But like I said, I'm still suffering from a bit of a spring season hangover. And please, no jokes about hangovers...

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. ...

Over the Fence: The third time's a charm

This was our first trip of any consequence since we returned from Portugal just before the pandemic.The expression "The third time's a charm" has always meant that if you try to do something right and fail at it, try again and fail again, then success surely awaits you with the third try. I thought about this little piece of philosophy recently while I was on a riverboat cruising down the mighty Mississippi. It had been a relaxing, uneventful trip right up until a young and nervous-appearing cruise director took the mic. In a solemn voice, he said "Ladies and gentlemen....

Payton Pritchard looks back on second NBA season, finals appearance

Pritchard, home for his annual basketball camp, finishes the year on a high note.Payton Pritchard was in the thick of it. Just two weeks ago, Pritchard — a West Linn High School graduate now in his second year as a guard with the Boston Celtics — was battling the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals. Pritchard, a 6-foot-1, 24-year-old point guard, was matched up against some the league's best players, among them NBA legend Steph Curry. While the Celtics, making their first finals appearance since 2010, fell short in the finals — they lost to the Warriors 4-2 —...

Celebrate Fourth of July at Willamette Park

Don't forget that West Linn's Independence Day celebration returns next week.For nearly 20 years West Linn residents have celebrated the Fourth of July with food, music, dancing and fireworks at Willamette Park. The tradition will continue this year. Long-time West Linn resident Alice Richmond began organizing West Linn's Fourth of July celebration in 2006. This year's event will include live music from local country rock band the Dead Beats, a color guard ceremony from community first responders and, of course, a fireworks display. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks starting at dusk. {loadposition sub-article-01}

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...

West Linn council to discuss police oversight at July 5 meeting

The council will continue a two-year discussion of a 'review and recommend' boardFollowing a March meeting in which members of West Linn's original police oversight task force lambasted a city proposal for a new police accountability entity, the West Linn City Council will continue its discussion of the "review and recommend" board at its next meeting July 5. The city has discussed the formation of a new police accountability board since a settlement with Michael Fesser, a Black Portlander falsely arrested by West Linn police, shook the city to its core over two years ago. The City Council formed...