People’s Water Trust Initiative Petition

By Rich Riegel   An initiative petition for a proposed ballot measure is being circulated in our area in an effort to give guidance to how the region’s water supply is managed. If enough signatures are gathered, the proposed ballot measure would be placed before voters for approval in November. [...]

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Franklin Centennial

Franklin Centennial

By Midge Pierce   The year-long Franklin High School Centennial ends this month with an alumni weekend that starts with the planting of a Centennial Rose during a school open house on Friday, June 13 and ends with a Saturday night banquet at Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel. Alumni are [...]

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Public Opinion About the Draft Comprehensive Plan

By Don MacGillivray   Nearly 1,100 public comments were received in the review of the second section of the Draft Comprehensive Plan in the forth quarter of last year. Most of the comments were received through the Map Application (Map App; an online platform that was used to both provide [...]

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Graffiti – Art or Visual Vandalism?

By Don MacGillivray   While some graffiti shows artistic talent all of it is considered vandalism. Perhaps, more importantly it is criminal behavior that is expensive to repair. Generally, modern graffiti is only about 50 years old and is facilitated by access to cans of spray paint and other modern [...]

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Washington High School’s Commercial Comeback

by Karen Hery   It’s taken quite some time for a closed down high school in the inner Southeast to graduate to its next use.  The diploma is almost in hand and the story of its road to redevelopment is long and mighty. Over 30 years after the last senior [...]

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Excavating Old Properties

Heavy equipment enthusiasts may have been delighted with the massive 20-plus ton excavator digging up the old Portland Impact Building at 4703 SE Hawthorne recently but neighbors were less than enthused about the dust it stirred. “Who knows what we’re breathing,” said a passerby. The 690E LC front loader was [...]

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