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Orchid Health to Open New Clinic in Welches

Orchid Health is excited to announce the upcoming opening of its new clinic at the Hoodland Clinic in Welches, set to begin operations in mid-October. This expansion reflects Orchid Health’s commitment to giving rural communities access to comprehensive primary care for every body at every age.

“We are thrilled to partner with Orchid Health to continue serving the Welches community with high-quality healthcare,” said John and Caryn Tilton, the original owners of the Salmon River Professional Center.

Orchid Health has been recognized for its exceptional patient-centered approach, earning a 5-star Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) rating - the highest possible rating in Oregon. Additionally, the organization was voted Business of the Year and has been named one of the Best Places to Work and Healthiest Workplaces in Oregon.

“Our goal is to make high-quality healthcare accessible to everyone, and we look forward to serving the


Meet Laura Strudwick

Laura Strudwick has made education her business, whether she’s tutoring students how to write, training dogs how to behave or teaching herself how to paint. This Rhododendron resident has made a career out of helping people and their pets learn to live in harmony.

Originally from Texas, Strudwick started working as an apprentice dog trainer in Austin in 1994. She later moved to the Portland area, where she began teaching her own classes and private lessons through the 1990s.

Then she thought she’d try teaching people for a change. So she went back to school and earned a master’s in education to teach middle school and high school. She spent most of the first decade of the new millennium teaching at Reynolds Learning Academy, an alternative high school in Fairview, and Oregon Episcopal School, a private prep school in Portland, until 2009.

At Oregon Episcopal, Strudwick created a dog training class in which students learned about animal psychology and behavior. Students

Strudwick found time to continue her post-graduate work and went on to get a PhD in mythological studies. In 2020, the Covid pandemic came and inspired Strudwick to offer her dog training classes online. She developed a whole curriculum, created videos and met with clients worldwide on zoom

“I realized all these people were getting Covid puppies and weren’t

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Meet the Athlete

Matthew Kosderka Carries Himself in a Winning Manner On and Off the Field

Put yourself in the shoes of a high school baseball player; it’s the seventh inning, you’re stepping up to the plate with two outs, your team down a run. Surprisingly, the opposing team’s starting pitcher is still in the game, showing just as much poise in pitch 100

as he did in the opening toss of the game. Theoretically, facing a tired out pitcher shouldn’t present many challenges in the way of getting on base. Unfortunately for you, you’re facing Sandy’s Matthew Kosderka.

Kosderka, a senior, is not only the Pioneers’ ace, but an emblem for SHS’s successful brand of base-

residents of Welches with the same dedication and excellence that we provide in our other locations,” said Orion Falvey, Executive Director and Co-founder of Orchid Health.

Falvey also noted that “when Orchid decides to bring services to a community, we are here to stay”, having grown up in a small

town in Alaska with a deep understanding of the importance of lasting community relationships. This has been made evident by Orchid’s ongoing commitment and service to the McKenzie River community even after their clinic was burned down during the 2021 wildfires. As part of our growth, we will be hiring for

ball as well. The team is built upon gritty wins backed by excellent pitching, never more so than when it’s Kosderka’s turn to start.

In nine starts, Kosderka has returned a 0.48 ERA, while going through 59 innings, a pair of impressive counts that show why the team leans so heavily on the righthanded workhorse. For Kosderka, this continued dominance is simply the product of his daily process towards being the best player he can be.

“I start preparing the night before [a start]; visualization, preparing my body, preparing my mind, thinking about what I’m going to do when it’s time to execute,”

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Kosderka explained, “Throughout the day I try to get a light lift in to activate the muscles, and then a whole lot of mobility, a whole lot of stretching. I try to get to the field about two hours before the game and keep stretching. An hour before the game I start my bands and my plyometrics. About 35 minutes before the game I go through my dynamic routine and play some catch. About 15 minutes before the game I’ll throw in the bullpen, and then team prayer and I’m ready to pitch.”

Continued execution on the mound has provided a clear boost to the Pioneers when they reach the top of their rotation, but Kosderka’s impact stretches beyond his pitching: when he isn’t starting for the team, he provides his services as the team’s left fielder.

Defensively, Kosderka’s rocket of an arm and ability to cover space makes him a quality outfielder. On top of all of this, Kosderka is, arguably, the best hitter on his team.

“My approach depends on the pitcher, I look at where he’s locating and then I adjust from there,” Kosderka said. With the skills and three-way versatility of the 17-year-

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old, SHS has continuously put their trust in him. Despite being such a great asset for the Pioneers, Kosderka knows he is far from the only driving piece that keeps his team moving forward.

“We’ve got a great team. I mean all of us, we play for God, we give all glory to God… it helps keep the pressure off ourselves,” Kosderka explained. This year’s team is arguably the best the Pioneers have fielded since winning the 5A state championship in

2015. After high school, Kosderka plans to attend Lower Columbia College, a junior college in Longview, Washington, to continue his baseball career. With the talent, dedication, and mindset of Kosderka, it’s very likely to imagine that he will be able to find plenty of success at the next level. It is clear he is more than ready to make the jump to bigger and better things – packed full of the attitude and abilities of a leader and a winner.

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There’s a new ranger in town and he plans to be here for a good long while. In fact, he’s already been working for the Zigzag National Forest District for 13

New Ranger Vested in Zigzag Forest District

years as a supervisory fish biologist.

Greg Wanner officially became a ZigZag ranger April 21 but has been acting ranger since mid-January. His predecessor, Nicholas Seibel, was ranger for less than a year before stepping down to take a project manager position with the Mt. Hood National Forest Service.

“I plan on being here for a while,” Wanner said. “I’m very vested in the Zigzag District. I have a lot of passion and investment in this district. I have been here for 13 years. I’m very invested in this

able to have dog training in person because of the pandemic,” Strudwick said. “So I reopened my dog training business online.”

Soon dog owners sought her services from all over the United

community and vested in the forest.”

As ranger, Wanner oversees all recreational activities and management of the Zigzag District, which covers 250,000 acres on the south and west side of Mount Hood. That includes a partnership with the Portland Water Bureau to manage the Bull Run Watershed, which provides water to a million Portland customers.

The Zigzag District Ranger has the huge and complicated task of managing one of the region’s largest recreation programs. Its

States and the rest of the world, some as far away as Korea and Singapore. Since Covid ended, her dog training course has become available again in-person as well as online.

In-person dog training is by appointment only through her website She makes house calls mainly in the Mount Hood area, from Government Camp to Sandy. She does keep a stray customer in Boring, however.

“It’s been fun to open that work up again,” Strudwick said of her in-person business.

A nationally certified dog trainer, Strudwick said she uses positive reinforcement training, which has scientifically shown to be the most effective training. It uses rewards, like treats, toys or praise for desirable behavior. Training includes basic obedience, good manners and safety commands like recall. Living in Mt. Hood Forest, there are a lot of distractions for dogs. They like to roam around, so you want to have a safety call to bring them back.

549 summer cabins are the most of any ranger district in the nation. There are also 30 developed campgrounds, three ski areas including Timberline Lodge, over 600 miles of trails and two wilderness areas.

Wanner said the district’s fish program is nationally renowned for its stream restoration work. The former supervisory fish biologist certainly has something to do with that.

“Being a ranger, it’s a huge responsibility, working closely with the public, with partnerships,” Wanner said.

Strudwick said she and her husband love living on the mountain where they share a home with two lovable leonberger dogs. Leonbergers are a large breed similar in size to St. Bernards.

“Puppies are the easiest to train,” Strudwick said. “Even though they bite you, they’re the easiest to shape and train. If you start early; you’re going to have the best success. The hardest ones are going to be teenage dogs that have already developed bad habits, and that’s most of my clients.”

Covid also gave Strudwick time to pursue another passion of hers – painting. She paints mainly landscapes of Mt. Hood and native plants, in acrylics and watercolor. Greeting cards and prints of her work are for sale at Welches Building Supply, Sandy Historical Museum and Welches Farmers Market.

“It’s really complicated, not a normal 40-hour-a week job. It feels like I am on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I am really tapped out.”

Wanner said that one of his top priorities is helping develop a wildfire crisis strategy plan that would make Mount Hood more resilient to wildfires. Working closely with other forest leadership, such as the Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership, the team is thinking about the best ways to manage a mountain in a temperate rainforest rich with natural fuels.

Wanner grew up in

North Dakota and now lives in Hood River with his wife and 12-year-old son. He spends the little time off he has enjoying the outdoors: rafting, backpacking, fishing, gardening and skiing. Wanner’s passion for working with partners to restore watersheds initially drove him to work for the U.S. Forest Service. His inspiration now has broadened to growing partnerships to make forests resilient to climate change, which includes wildfires and flooding. He supports well-managed recreational opportunities for everyone.

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Experts Teach Mount Hood Residents How to Protect Homes and Neighborhoods from Wildfire

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A group of wildfire experts spoke to about 60 local residents during a wildfire preparedness event organized by the Mount Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership at Welches School on May 19.

Homeowners attended classes on topics such as emergency communication and evacuations, how to minimize fire risk to individual houses and properties, and how to band with neighbors to reduce risk community-wide.

The event also offered the opportunity for people to ask questions of wildfire experts, including firefighters, fire marshalls, and representatives from state forestry and insurance regulation agencies.

Some in attendance said they signed up out of fear of wildfires and wanted to know about selecting fire resistant plants in their landscaping.

Kayla Bordelon, an Oregon State University wildfire specialist, coordinated the event and spoke to the attendees before kicking off the workshops.

Bordelon said that although large wildfires in the area over the last few years have increased residents’ concerns about

fire risk, wildfires have long been a natural part of the local landscape.

“This place has been shaped by periodic wildfires over thousands of years,” Bordelon told those in attendance. “We are entering a period that is warmer and dryer than the mid-twentieth century, so we have to learn to live with the risk. We have to be prepared for when, not if, there are wildfires,” she said.

The attendees were split into four groups and rotated through classes taught by separate experts.

In two of the lessons, groups learned about assessing their homes and properties for risk posed by potential wildfires. Experts shared techniques in how to reduce the amount of fuel in a home’s vicinity.

According to Logan Hancock, Community Wildfire Defense Program Manager for AntFarm, plants and flammable items touching or near homes present the most risk for ignition during a wildfire event. AntFarm offers free home assessments and trims or removes trees and other vegetation, often for no cost, to reduce the amount of wildfire fuel on a property.

Hancock said that AntFarm completed

about 50 fuel reductions for homeowners last year and hoped to do around the same number this summer and fall.

Jen Warren, a Risk Reduction Specialist with the Oregon Office of the state Fire Marshal, taught a class about designing and retrofitting homes with fire resistant materials and techniques.

Warren taught homeowners about non-combustible siding and roof materials, as well as how screens can protect decks from flying embers, which experts have found lead to about 90% of the home ignitions caused by wildfires.

Hoodland Fire District Division Chief Scott Kline led a class about organizing FireWise-certified communities among groups of neighbors.

FireWise certified communities are eligible to apply for federal and state grants to pay for wildfire risk mitigation work, including fuel reduction.

To gain the certification, at least eight homes must assess their wildfire risk and submit a preparedness plan, among other steps. Kline said he has helped groups such as the Timberline Rim Homeowners Association with the checklist to receive certification,

and would like to help other new groups as they are formed.

Also present at the event was Craig Vattiat, a representative from the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation, said he was there to address concerns some homeowners had about their insurance premiums.

Vattiat reassured attendees that state law requires fire coverage as part of a homeowners insurance policy and told policy holders that his office could step in on their behalf if they feel a claim has been wrongly rejected.

Attendees had questions for Vattiat about a revised state Wildfire Hazard Map, which is set to come out this year after being initially issued and rescinded last year.

Many people were concerned that their premiums would go up as a result of the map’s hazard designations. Since then, the State Senate passed a bill that bans insurance companies from using the data in their calculations.

Vattiat said that insurance premiums have indeed jumped –to the tune of about 45% in Oregon since 2018 –because of increasing risk and large payouts for disasters all over the

country. He said insurance companies already use proprietary software to assess risk, so although

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teer firefighter at Hoodland Fire District for more than two years. Before joining the local fire district, he paid for tuition at Mt. Hood Community College with money he earned in his five years of commercial fishing in Alaska, gillnetting sockeye salmon.

He is grateful to Hoodland for training him to become a fire -

fighter and emergency medical technician. He has continued to work as a Hoodland volunteer even after landing a full time job at Warm Springs Fire And Safety.

“I absolutely love working with the people I work with,” Parrot said. “It’s like a family in both departments. Hoodland brought me into this industry. I had never had any fire experience before Hoodland. I went to the academy and they gave me the basis of knowledge I have today.”

“It’s fun and exhilarating,” Parrot said. “The satisfaction of helping people. I enjoy being the one to help out when things are chaotic and go south. It’s always something new.”

Parrot enjoys the family atmosphere and esprit de corps shared by firefighters around the Welches station.

Before joining the Hoodland Student Academy Parrot worked ski patrol at Timberline Lodge. In the summertime, he was a fly fishing guide on the Deschutes River.

Parrot grew up in Damascus. He and his

girlfriend now live in the Brightwood community on Mount Hood. He earned an associates of science degree in Wilderness Leadership Experiential Education. He thrives on the challenge of being a firefighter: being called to a scene and presented with a problem to solve. It’s his job to solve whatever problem is presented to him.

“Basically, you’re driving around in a giant tool box and when you arrive on the scene, you’ve got the tools,” Parrot said. “It’s up to you and your crew to problem-solve the situation that’s in front of you.”

Hoodland Fire District is a combination department consisting of career and volunteer staff who respond to fire and medical emergencies. The district is always looking for volunteers. Hoodland Fire District relies on volunteers working side-by-side with career personnel to respond to around 1,000 calls for service each year. For more information, phone 503-6223256 or go to https://

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Fire Focus FireWise at Timberline Rim

As the residents of the Mt. Hood Villages prepare for the warm summer days ahead, community members and neighborhoods remain vigilant in fire prevention and safety as the memories of wildfires past continue to haunt. With communities committing to “firesafe,” members of the Timberline Rim neighborhoods are proactively gearing up for fire season with the help of several local, state and federal government agencies.

A program designed to help communities achieve a high level of wildfire protection, becoming FireWise translates to saving lives, homes and businesses in areas where wildfire danger is prevalent. Timberline

Rim resident Melinda McCrossen is one of many residents in Timberline Rim who are actively working on achieving a “FireWise” status in her neighborhood. A retired Portland public school teacher, McCrossen is well-acquainted with emergency preparedness and the steps it takes to educate others in the process. “We did all sorts of drills while I worked for Portland public schools,” McCrossen said. “In my old Sellwood neighborhood in Portland we had a community preparedness program where we would draw maps and give each other permission to shut off gas in the event of a disaster,” McCrossen added.

The journey to become FireWise begins with several evaluations and walkthroughs

with different fire agencies from local, state and federal agencies.

The wildfire partnership involves not only different neighborhoods throughout the Mt. Hood Villages, but interested parties such as Timberline Lodge, Portland General Electric and the Oregon state fire marshal. In becoming a FireWise neighborhood, residents of Timberline Rim are awarded the educational tools readily available in case of emergencies, but can also receive grant money to help community members clean up potentially dangerous and flammable debris in and around their homes and property.

“The Timberline Rim homeowners’ association has graciously allowed me to represent our community when it comes to applying to

be a FireWise community,” McCrossen said. “I’ve been involved since day one and this group really focuses on local issues and they appreciate what we think and what we say about our community,” McCrossen added.

A FireWise-designated community can include neighborhoods ranging from three to 300 homes with the biggest advantage of this designation being accessible grant money. With the understanding that residents range in age and ability with regard to removing potentially dangerous fire-triggering materials, McCrossen is hopeful that this initiative could provide relief to those in need of services. “We now

have a FireWise newsletter which we put out on our bulletin board,” McCrossen said. “We’re trying to let community members know that AntFarm will come grab yard debris and scraps,” McCrossen added.

As Timberline Rim awaits the firewise approval, it is clear that residents throughout all the Mt. Hood

Villages remain vigilant and prepared as wildfire season approaches. Clearing yard debris, educating neighbors (including short term rental owners) and paying attention to weather patterns are all ways residents will be able to enjoy the beauty of living in the Mt. Hood National Forest for years to come.

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HELLO, MOUNTAIN TIMERS, Many years ago, when I was a senior in college, I started working for a gentleman named Dan Reed. He was the leader of a band called The Dan Reed Network, a Portland area band that had found enough success in the Northwest to attract the attention of major record label Polygram/ Mercury, and was signed to a multi-album contract.

It was while I was working with Dan, helping him run his music production business, that I started learning how to use graphic design software. Little did I know it would be this skill that would lead me down the path I am still on today.

While working for Dan, I began designing cassette and CD covers for other bands in


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the local area — James Long, Floater and Johnny Limbo & The Lugnuts, to name a few. Just a few short years later, I started Active Media with a focus on graphic design and print brokering. In 2003, I published my first-ever coupon booklet called the Tigard Advantage Guide. This past October, the Advantage Guide product celebrated its 20-year anniversary and is still going strong, now publishing in more than 40-plus communities.

This past month, I had a special visit from Dan, who now lives in Prague; it had been about 6 years since I last saw him. He was in town recording his new album with The Dan Reed Network, and we had the opportunity to get together and catch up. It was cool to show him how many different types of


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Legislator’s Letter: An Update from Rep. Jeff Helfrich

Over the course of my career in public service, I have had many roles. From active military law enforcement to elected official, and most recently as the leader of my caucus in the Oregon House of Representatives. Of all these titles, the one I cherish the most is “Dad.” My favorite role is being a father to my two wonderful kids. Fatherhood has filled me with a joy and a sense of duty that few other responsi-


bilities ever have. With Father’s Day upon us, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the invaluable role fathers play in our lives and the profound impact they have on our society.

Fatherhood is more than just a biological relationship; it is a bond of love, guidance, and support. Fathers are providers, protectors, and role models, instilling values and discipline that help shape the character of future

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Lisa Riversong Franklin, Filipina, Wanapum Cascades tribe and enrolled member of the Yakama Nation. My ancestors and family were born and raised in this region, a place where, for thousands of years, was one of the most integral cultural and economic communities in North American history. You can say that I’m rooted here with purpose. Recently, I’ve accepted the role as new President for the Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts (CCAC), a humble and pleasant volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization here on our mountain. After many years of being dormant, the CCAC has renewed its unique operating permit with the US Forest Service to put arts and culture back on the map here for generations ahead. Honoring our founder, master woodcrafter David Rogers (R.I.P.), our five “Art Cabins” serve as connectors of the traditional and modern arts and crafts. For the summer months, we are seeking good humans who can instruct, volunteer, learn, donate and create, people who can share to keep art alive. We strive to be your mountain hub for creativity and cultural connectivity. Please join us for our comeback!


generations. Their presence and involvement encourage children to strive for success and become responsible contributing members of society. Fathers are crucial in shaping the future of our youth and, by extension, the future of our nation. Research consistently highlights the positive impact that engaged fathers have on their children. Children with involved fathers are more likely to excel

academically, exhibit healthy self-esteem, and develop strong social skills. They are also less likely to engage in risky behaviors and more likely to grow into responsible, well-adjusted adults. Involved fathers contribute to safer neighborhoods, boost local schools, and participate in community activities, fostering a sense of cohesion and mutual support. Their presence and participation help build a robust

social fabric that benefits everyone. Recognizing the importance of fathers, we must also acknowledge the challenges they face. Many fathers grapple with balancing work and family life, often under societal pressures that still prioritize the role of breadwinner over that of caregiver. As a legislator, I am proud to advocate for policies that support fathers in their dual roles. From


(Thank You), Lisa Riversong Franklin President, CCAC Curator & Tribal Liaison, R.L.K. and Company/ Timberline


Memorial Day is approaching – that may mean loud parties, over-occupancy, trespass, and other issues in some of our poorly managed short-term rentals.

You probably know that Clackamas County approved a two-year pilot program partly regulating the STRs on September 7, 2023. They turned over administration of the program to the finance department. The regulations were supposed to be implemented December 5, 2023. A $200K transfer from the Tourism Development Council was given to the County to get started. It has been six months now since the implementation date. We have seen nothing but a not-alwaysworking registration website and tax paying portal.

One of the regulations has been generally ignored by most management companies and owners. This regulation called for all STRs to have a sign that is clearly visible when seen from the road. The signs are supposed to include 24/7 contact information and the STR registration number. After six months we have had the following reports about

properties with no signs: ten from Twinberry Loop, eight from Rippling River and six others. We are only receiving information from a very few neighborhoods. If you want to help us, please send us all the STR addresses on your street and let us know if they have signs up. We intend to present to the county with as many addresses as we can. If we have the records, we can push the county to do what they said they would do. Remember, information is power! And to keep the STRs from taking over our community: we need all the power we can get.

If you want to help, please mail those addresses and sign status to: info@mthoodlive. com

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My husband and I are faithful readers of The Mountain Times and have been for years. We so appreciate and enjoy the expanded coverage. I personally couldn’t help but notice the giant half-page ad published on page 18 in the May 2024 issue urging voters to re-elect State Representative James Hieb. According to the ad, the legislator and lawmaker has been endorsed by, among others, Oregon Right to Life. Rep. Lieb’s quote in his paid advertisement: “We may not agree on everything, but at least you know you can

parental leave policies that allow fathers to spend crucial bonding time with their newborns to championing workplace flexibility to accommodate family needs, and providing resources for fathers to engage in parenting education and support networks.

As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, let’s take a moment to express our gratitude to all fathers who have shaped our lives. Whether biological, adoptive, foster, or simply a fatherly figure, let’s say thank you for the unwavering support and guidance they have offered throughout the years. To my fellow fathers, I want to extend my heartfelt wishes for a very Happy Father’s Day.

As always, you can reach me at or 503-986-1452. My office and I would love to hear from you..

trust me to tell the truth and keep my word…” Maybe he meant voters can trust him to tell the half-truth, given his criminal history involving DUII, eluding a police officer, disorderly conduct and various vehicle and traffic violations. The ad also omits his involvement with the Proud Boys, and his arrest on August 17, 2022 at the Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo. According to Wikipedia, the state representative was arrested while intoxicated and carrying a concealed loaded handgun. The Oregonian covered the latter in its Sept. 23, 2022 and Feb. 22, 2023 editions. As a free-thinker who believes in every woman’s right to choose whether she will or won’t be a mother, I’d like this politician to know he can clearly count on me to tell the truth when I say the whole truth isn’t always in the eye of the reader.

Sharon Wood Wortman Brightwood


Re: incorrigible fire hazard neglect in the Hood

My neighbors are both women close to or past 80 years old who have been desperately trying to get a response about an extremely serious chronic hazardously neglected lot next to our homes. The firewise guidelines will be to no avail

if this lot is not cleared of the huge remains from the two enormous trees that both fell across the road onto the Nextdoor neighbor’s house and my car at 5am in the morning. After several requests and finally a notice about going public about the situation on the Mountain Times if they didn’t do anything about it by Earth Day several years ago they did send a crew to begin some of the clearing up project but only a small amount to avoid repercussions. It’s been just getting worse as the next fire season is rapidly approaching. These high end developers who have recently put forth a progressive public relations stance with their new apartments and such still refuse to be voluntarily accountable for their negligence in respect to vacant properties they don’t bother to even recollect. Thanks for taking timely notice of this situation.

Neighbors commented: I wonder why there isn’t more that can be done for that. I have the same thing going on right next to my house as well. There are dead trees, dying trees and so much leave litter and twigs, branches and limbs on the ground!!!

I would imagine most of the undeveloped lots are posing the same fire hazard here.

Mountain Representative Jeff Helfrich keeps the community updated with an exclusive look at the legislative process.

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There is no shortage of trees in the Mt. Hood National Forest and all of its neighborhoods. Residents continue to remain vigilant when it is time for damaged, dead or dying trees that need to be removed. With plenty of tree removal services throughout the area, many trees come down and are sectioned off for firewood, scraps and burn piles. For many Mt. Hood Villages residents that is typically the case, but for Mt. Hood local Cynthia Ward, her dead tree coming down was just the beginning of its new life.

After noticing that a large tree near her home was dead, and seeing the potential hazard, Ward notified Portland General Electric and a crew was dispatched to remove the dead tree. An avid art enthusiast, Ward became invested in salvaging what she could of the tree. “I’ve always been interested in artwork,” Ward said. “I asked PGE to leave part of the tree because I was thinking of maybe doing a tree house or using what we could of the remains,” Ward added. With a clear goal of making something unique out of the dead tree, Ward began putting out word she was interested in using the stump for art. As an example of the power of community, Ward

was quickly connected to long-time local and wood carving specialist Johnny Kimble.

A Mt. Hood Villages resident for over ten years, Kimble has been focusing his creativity and passion into wood carving for the last two. Beginning with an eight foot carved eagle, Kimble restored the piece and found wood carving not only a creative outlet for his ideas, but a profitable profession. “I was in construction work for many years,” Kimble said. “I began getting into chainsaw carvings and found woodworking and the art that it can be to be my true passion,” Kimble added.

Inspired by the trees and environment in which he works, Kimble acknowledges and pays tribute to the forest. With five commissioned wood carving jobs under his belt, Kimble finds his work with this recent stump of Ward’s to be his most challenging and rewarding piece yet. Collaborating on images, ideas and the overall theme of the stump, Ward and Kimble worked hand in hand to bring life to their combined inspiration. Incorporating images of her grandchildren and favorite animals, Kimble’s creative vision came to life. The intricate chainsaw carving began a few years ago and has been a work in progress

ever since. Using different sized chainsaws, Kimble’s attention to detail became evident with each chip of the wood and each paint stroke on the three dimensional images carved into the stump.

Incorporating a sketch, creative innovation, patience and skill, Kimble has given new life to Ward’s dead tree. “When we first started I didn’t expect it to be so elaborate,” Ward said. “I find magic in my mountain cabin and Kimble’s work is now the cherry on top,” Ward added. Kimble’s work can be seen in many public and private locations throughout the Mt. Hood Villages and can be commissioned for onsite work by visiting

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Sandy Actors Theatre Anticipates Debut of Aboveboard Sept. 20

Sandy Actors Theatre (SAT) proudly celebrates the remarkable success of its 2023--2024 season, captivating audiences with a diverse array of performances that have left lasting impressions. As the curtain falls on this season, SAT eagerly anticipates the excitement that awaits in the upcoming 2024--2025 season.

Amidst much anticipation, SAT announces the debut of Aboveboard by acclaimed playwrights Peter Bloedel and Emily Kimball, directed by Portland actor and director Patrick Roth. This captivating romantic comedy promises to enchant audiences with its blend of magic, misunderstanding and the quirky dynamics of friendship and love.

Set to raise the curtains on September 20, 2024, Aboveboard invites theatergoers into the bustling streets of New York City, where Nick, a young professional with a penchant for uncovering mysteries, discovers an unexpected twist in his daily routine. He notices food disappearing from his


Suspicions fall on his best friend, Milo, a magician residing just down the hall. Determined to unravel the truth, Nick sets up surveillance, only to stumble upon a revelation beyond his wildest imagination: a clandestine squatter has taken residence in his home.

As the plot thickens, Aboveboard delves into the complexities of friendship, trust and the unpredictable nature of human relationships. Amidst the chaos, love blossoms, misunderstandings abound, and the power of viral videos takes center stage, catapulting the characters into a whirlwind of unexpected events.

Director Patrick Roth is known for his

ability to infuse theatrical productions with depth, authenticity and subtle physical comedy. A graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory, he brings Aboveboard to life with his signature blend of humor and heart.

“We are thrilled to present this fresh, new, wonderful comedy as the inaugural production of our 2024-2025 season,” said Producer Joni Tabler of Sandy Actors Theatre. “With its witty dialogue, charming characters, and captivating storyline, this play promises to captivate audiences of all ages. We invite Sandy Area theater enthusiasts to join us for an unforgettable theatrical experience.”

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tions will be held at SAT in the latter part of June; so anyone interested in auditioning is encouraged to check the SAT website at, For more information about Sandy Actors Theatre and upcoming productions, please visit the website.

About Sandy Actors Theatre: Sandy Actors Theatre (SAT) is a renowned cultural institution dedicated to enriching the community through the performing arts. With a commitment to excellence, SAT showcases a diverse range of theatrical productions, fostering creativity, collaboration and artistic expression.

Documentary Remembers Legacy of ‘Cabin In The Sky’

Through black and white pictures and words, “Cabin In The Sky: The Mt. Hood Lookout” brings to life the colorful history of the first lookout atop the 11,225-foot summit of the tallest mountain in Oregon.

Portland filmmaker Ned Thanhouser and photo archivist Jeff Thomas weave this story together with a tapestry of old photographs and a folksy narrative. Local history buffs and casual viewers alike can enjoy their short, 10-minute documentary free online at oregonrockthepioneers. com. The Mount Hood Lookout was established in August 1915 by Oregon mountain -

eer and Forest Service Ranger Lige Coalman. Intended as an early warning system for forest fire detection and suppression, the cabin in the sky was built for that purpose but became so much more.

“It became a destination for climbers and people were married on the summit in the cabin,” Thanhouser said. “People would record their climbing accomplishments. They had a summit register. They would put their name in the register.”

“Cabin In The Sky” chronicles how Mt. Hood Lookout was built, who lived in the cabin during the fire season and how it became a real landmark until the 1940s, when it collapsed from the ravages of severe weather.

Ranger Coalman’s vision for a summit lookout on the mountain proved invaluable from the start, as he spotted 131 fires in a six-week period during the first year. The U.S. Forest Service funded $633 for construction of the cabin.

With the help of 20 mules gathered in Government Camp, lumber was carried to Crater Rock. “It took 10 men 10 days to carry 10 tons of lumber and material to the summit,” the narrator said.

The cabin, with a 12-by-12-foot ground floor, was completed by October 1915, with the finishing touches on the cupola done in early 1916.

“Being up on the mountain was like

being in god’s country,” Coalman is quoted in the “Cabin In The Sky.” He claims to have climbed to the peak a record 586 times.

Forest Service rangers occupied the lookout until the mid-1930s. Imagine a lonely life interrupted only by the infrequent guest. Over the years, the destination had attracted a colorful cast of visitors, including skiers, climbing clubs, adventurers and couples wanting to exchange wedding vows. In the summer of 1935, it even served temporarily as a nudist camp.

The story of the lookout on the mountain ends with these words from the narrator.

“By the 1950s all that remained of Mt. Hood Lookout was charred timbers. Its legacy as a fire lookout, destination for lovers, refuge for adventurers and goal for climbers is not to be forgotten.”

about climbing and mountaineering, including a popular piece called “Ranger: The Canine Alpinst.” Told from the point of view of the dog, it chronicles the life of a dog who is said to have rivaled Ranger Coalman’s Mt. Hood climbing record.

Since retiring from Intel in the high-tech industry, Thanhouser has made dozens of documentaries over the past 10 years. The self-financed filmmaker

The history of Mt. Hood and the summit is something people need to know about because it’s very historic,” Thanhouser said. “It’s great history for people who like to know about history.”

“Cabin In The Sky” is one of eight documentaries on which Thanhouser and Thomas have collaborated. The subjects are mostly

describes himself as a visual storyteller. Thanhouser said doing the “Cabin In The Sky” was a natural fit for him as he was an avid climber and mountaineer.. He is currently working on a video project with the Mazamas, a Portland mountain climbing club. He also has done documentaries on motorcycles, WWII aircraft and the history of early cinema.

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Naan N Curry Adds Spice to Restaurant Scene

There’s a new place in town that’s adding some spice to the Mount Hood restaurant scene. Naan N Curry has transformed a former pub into a paradise of authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Locals and travelers alike come back for more at Naan N Curry, conveniently located off U.S. Highway 26 en route to Mount Hood.

The father and son

restaurateurs responsible for this enterprise came from Pakistan, where the father worked as a mechanic before becoming a chef. Fazal Hussain is now head chef of the restaurant, while his son, Adnan Ali, is manager of operations. Hussain handles the cooking and all things related to the kitchen, while Ali manages the staff and finances.

Business has been brisk since they opened

Naan N Curry in Welches in December last year. It is their second restaurant endeavor. For the past five years, they have owned and operated their first restaurant, Sultan The Flaming Tandoor, in Sherwood, where they live. They plan to open a third restaurant in Portland as they watch their business grow.

“We want to invite the local people to come try our best food,” Ali said. “They won’t be disappointed.”

His father’s specialties include tandoori barbecue chicken and grilled chicken kebabs. Another popular dish, one of Ali’s favorites, is butter chicken. Of course, Naan N Curry offers extensive vegetarian fare on the menu as well.

“Naan” is a kind of round flat leavened bread commonly eaten with “curry,” a spicy sauce and staple of Indian cuisine.

As if keeping tabs on the family restaurants isn’t enough for his plate, Ali has worked as a software engineer at Nike for three years. It was at his father’s urging that they expand the business to Mount Hood. In all, they have about 15 employees, five of whom work in Welches.

Naan N Curry has a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The spacious layout with large-backed booths can seat up to 60 people comfortably. It is located at 24371 E Welches Road, in the space formerly occupied by Pub 26. Experience the exquisite flavors at Naan N Curry and treat yourself to a culinary journey like no other, the restaurant website beckons. Hours of operation are 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, visit

Flag Day and Flag Etiquette

Flag Day, celebrated annually on June 14th, is a significant occasion in the United States to honor and display the national flag. Here are the dos and don’ts to keep in mind when displaying the US flag on this important day.


Display with Respect: Display the flag with the utmost respect and

dignity, ensuring it is not damaged, soiled, or torn.

Correct Placement: Position the flag correctly, with the union (the blue field of stars) displayed in the upper left corner when viewed from the observer’s perspective.

Proper Lighting: Illuminate the flag if displayed at night,

ensuring it remains visible and recognizable.

Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain the flag, replacing it if it becomes worn out or faded.

Fly at Full Mast: Raise the flag to its full height on Flag Day to symbolize the pride and unity of the nation.



Display: Avoid displaying the flag in a manner that could be construed as disrespectful, such as using it for advertising purposes or allowing it to touch the ground.

Incorrect Folding: Refrain from folding the flag incorrectly, as it should be folded neatly and respectfully according to the prescribed method.

Improper Disposal:

Do not dispose of a worn-out flag in the trash. Instead, follow the proper protocols for retiring and disposing of the flag, such as through a flag retirement ceremony.

Overexposure to Weather: Avoid prolonged exposure to harsh weather conditions, which can cause damage to the flag’s fabric and colors.

Ignoring Flag Etiquette: Be mindful of flag etiquette and regulations outlined in the US Flag Code to ensure the flag is displayed appropriately and respectfully. By adhering to these guidelines, individuals can honor the significance of Flag Day while displaying the US flag with the reverence it deserves.


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The Barlow Road’s Mount Hood Legacy

Imagine starting out from Independence, Missouri, crossing the Great Plains by wagon train, and after months of laborious toil finally reaching Oregon, only to find yourself hostage to geography and greed. Such was the case for fifty-three-year-old Samuel Kimbrough Barlow, a pioneer from Illinois who in 1845 led a wagon train across the continent only to find his family and fellow settlers stalled in the Dalles, Oregon confronted by an intolerable situation.

For thousands of pioneers traversing the Oregon Trail, reaching Oregon’s majestic, snow-capped Mount Hood shimmering in the distance was a welcome sight. After a grueling cross-country journey characterized by brutal hardship, severe weather, and, not infrequently, loss of life (it is estimated that the journey claimed 1 in 10 pioneers along the way), the elation turned to despair when upon reaching the mountain itself, this beautiful symbol of hope and promise proved a massive barrier to their ultimate destination — the fertile Willamette Valley. At that point in time, Mount Hood and the Cascade Range were

impassable obstacles barring entrance to the coveted western part of the state.

As roads did not yet exist through the mountain passes, the only route to travel to Western Oregon was the Columbia River. It was at the Dalles that wagon trains from the East came to a grinding halt. Those who had survived the 2000-mile journey on the Oregon Trail found themselves languishing in the riverside town — unable to proceed any further by wagon due to the mountains — and at the mercy of avaricious barge operators charging exorbitant fees to transport their wagons down river to Oregon City. As barge operators only transported the wagons on the barges, the pioneers themselves were forced to proceed on foot along the river bank to reach their destination.

Barlow, a wagon master (those who led the wagon trains), deemed the situation unacceptable. Refusing to pay the rapacious prices demanded by the barge operators, he set out to blaze a road around Mount Hood to the Willamette Valley. In September 1845 Barlow led his wagon train along an old trail used by local indigenous tribes running along the southern slope of Mount Hood to Willamette Falls in Oregon City. Barlow was later joined by another wagon master, Joel Palmer, and his train. Palmer had learned of Barlow’s attempt to reach the Willamette Valley via this route and wished to join in the venture. By winter, the two men and their wagon trains were successful in blaz -

ing a road through the forests and foothills of Mount Hood all the way to Oregon City, thereby creating the first overland route through the Cascade Mountains to the Willamette Valley.

Shortly thereafter, Barlow petitioned Oregon’s provisional legislature for a charter to build a toll road along the route he had just cleared. The charter was approved for the Mount Hood Toll Road, which was popularly known as the Barlow Road. Taking on Phillip Foster (a farmer residing near Eagle Creek) as a business partner, Barlow, with $4000 financing from Foster, hired a team of forty men who completed the road in 1846. Laurel Hill proved the most challenging part of the new road due to its steep grade which required ropes to lower wagons down the section one at a time. Known by pioneers as the Laurel Hill Chute, this precarious stretch gained a reputation as being the most dangerous section of the Oregon Trail.

The Barlow Road was a one-way, east-west toll road that charged five dollars per wagon and ten cents a head for livestock. It is estimated that 25 percent of all immigrants to Oregon arrived via the

Barlow Road. Records indicate that in its first year of operation the Barlow Road serviced 1000 emigrants and 145 wagons through its five toll gates. Barlow’s charter provided for a 2-year concession after which time Barlow and Foster dissolved their partnership, opting out of what had proved to be a relatively unprofitable venture. For the next seventy years the road was operated by private owners with mixed results, eventually ending up in the possession of state senator George W. Joseph, who bequeathed the road to the state of Oregon in 1919.

The construction of the Mount Hood Highway (Hwy 26) in the 1920s incorporated the majority of the Barlow Road, though a few sections still survive. Old wagon ruts can still be found at Laurel Hill, Barlow Creek and Pioneer Woman’s Grave. The first tollgate was originally located at Gate Creek near Wamic, Oregon. The second tollgate, known as the “Lower Crossing,” resided along the Sandy River. The third tollgate was at today’s Summit Meadows where wagons would rest and prepare to descend the treacherous Laurel Hill. The fourth tollgate was located west of Laurel Hill where the wagons regrouped after their descent. A log

cabin, referred to as the Mountain House, was constructed here to accommodate the weary travelers. The site itself was known as the “Meeting Rocks.” In 1883 the fifth and final tollgate was constructed near the present day community of Rhododendron and remained in operation until 1918. A tollgate replica still stands today commemorating this location.

National Historic Trail status was granted to the Oregon Trail and the Barlow Road in 1978. In 1992 the Barlow Road earned additional protection and distinction when it was granted Historic District status and was

listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today the legacy of the Barlow Road lives on through historic sites and even commercial establishments. Restaurants such as the Tollgate Inn in Sandy, the Barlow Trail Roadhouse in Welches, and the Tollgate campground in Rhododendron all pay homage to this vital part of our nation’s past. And last but not least is the town of Barlow itself, residing a mile east of Oregon City and named for William Barlow, Samuel’s son. While the Barlow Road may have faded into history, the memory of it is alive and well!

Philip Foster. Western most tollgate, circa 1885. Samuel Kimbrough Barlow Barlow Pass Tollgate

A “Budding” Business on The Mountain

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As businesses come and go throughout the Mt. Hood Villages, Mt. Hood Cannabis Company has reshaped their business culture and created a warm and inviting atmosphere. Purchased from previous owners in November 2023, Mt. Hood Cannabis owners Lindsey Costanich and Saint Laughlin have carved out their own unique dispensary through their love of nature, community and helping to provide medicinal care through cannabis.

With years of cannabis experience between both Costanich and Laughlin, reshaping Mt. Hood Cannabis Company on the mountain they love has been both a dream

come true and a challenge they both find to be an exciting adventure. “I was hired at Mt. Hood Cannabis under the previous owners in 2017, soon after Oregon legalized recreational use,” Costanich said. “I’ve been using cannabis as medicine most of my adult life,” Costanich added. While Costanich has a true professional passion for all things cannabis, her personal relationship with the plant intensified after a cancer diagnosis at the age of 27. “I had triple negative breast cancer. It has the highest recurrence rate and lowest survival rate of any breast cancer,” Costanich said. “Cannabis basically combats everything chemo throws at you. I was able to keep

food down, sleep, my bones didn’t ache, I actually had an appetite. It’s sort of incredible. That’s why I’m so passionate about cannabis as medicine,” Costanich added.

Complementing Costanich’s knowledge and experience in all things cannabis, business and life partner Laughlin also shares a professional and profound passion for the industry and life on the mountain. Originally from Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Laughlin headed west for college and moved to Portland in 2006. A Mt. Hood Villages resident for the last four years, Laughlin enjoys the nature and beauty of living near the Mt. Hood National Forest. “Being immersed in nature 24/7 with all of the activities she affords are some of my favorites,” Laughlin said. “To be part of a community that is surrounded by like minded folks is really inspiring,” Laughlin added.

Having 15 years of working in the cannabis industry under his belt, Laughlin has always

had a profound respect for the many medicinal benefits cannabis has to offer. “Seeing the possibility to turn my passion into a reality of helping people was a win,” Laughlin said. “From there it started to evolve into a bigger vision where I could enter the recreational market and start pushing toward my goal of building a brand that would align with who I am,” Laugh added.

Owning the dispensary has given both Costanich and Laughlin the opportunity to not only dive deeper into the industry they both love, but has also given them a community they are proud to be part of.

Currently employing six, Mt. Hood Cannabis Company’s entire vibe is nothing short of a family dynamic. “It feels natural to work with a crew that has each other’s backs,” Mt. Hood Cannabis Company employee Mike Rood said. “I had to have surgery and everyone stepped up and helped cover my shifts,” Rood added.

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Hello Welches Families! May was filled with exciting events and continued work wrapping up our recent activities! In mid May, the WPTCO hosted Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week at Welches Schools. Our dedicated teachers, staff, and administrators enjoyed a week of festivities, including a brunch for lunch, a taco feast from a local truck, charcuterie boxes, a customizable trail mix bar, and thoughtful gifts featuring plants to brighten their spaces. A special thanks to Skyway for generously donating a full catered BBQ lunch on the final day, adding an extra special touch to our celebrations! Thank you to our incredible Welches School team – we appreciate everything you do for our kids and local families!




We are thrilled to share the incredible outcome of our recent Bid & Bloom Spring Auction, a testament to the outstanding support of this mountain community. Through your generosity and dedication, we raised an impressive $27,500 for Welches Schools! While just below our goal of $30,000, this achievement still positions us well to support significant changes at Welches! Just under $18,000 will be immediately allocated to the school to upgrade the technology infrastructure across all elementary school classrooms. Both delivery and installation of this new technology are scheduled for this summer, ensuring our students benefit from advanced learning resources in the upcoming academic year. A big thank you to Welches Principal Kendra Payne for organizing this project for our students!

Our gratitude extends

to our sponsors, donors and volunteers who made this event possible. Special thanks to all who generously supported the Bid & Bloom Spring Auction! To see a full list of sponsors, donors, and volunteers, please visit our website at

Looking ahead to June, the WPTCO is focused on our last event of the school year and sending these kids into summer with tons of fun. Upcoming events

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Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students as they transition to high school!




Field Day is a highlight for our elementary students, and we invite parents and community members to join us! If you’re interested

in volunteering for Field Day, please reach out to our volunteer coordinator at (you must be cleared to volunteer through the school district). Your participation and support are greatly valued, and we can use all the help we can get to make Field Day a fantastic experience for our students! While the elementary students enjoy field day, 6th and 7th graders will enjoy a day at the water park, and our 8th graders will have an unforgettable experience at Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center to kick off summer!

The WPTCO is a non-profit that serves and supports the students of Welches Schools and the greater Welches community. To stay updated on events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities, visit our website at If you have any questions, reach out at info@

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Like the 1937 Steiner Log Church in Welches, OR, there’s another “new” historical destination on Mt. Hood – the old plank road to Government Camp.

In 1845 and 1846, Sam Barlow and his crew scraped the treacherous Barlow Road across the southern flanks of Mt. Hood, and soon Oregon Trail pioneers were traversing its rugged route westward to the Willamette Valley. With the completion of the transcontinental rail -

Forgotten Plank Road to Government Camp on Mt. Hood Revealed Mountain Matters : Cascadia Center

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While living among the beauty that is Mt. Hood National Forest there are natural treasures, adventures and hidden gems community members are blessed to be able to take advantage of. From hiking and skiing to mountain biking and camping, there is no shortage of activity when it comes to walking into the nature outside your front door. And while there are many organic adventures to pursue, The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts is one adventure available for those seeking to teach, inspire and perform.

Founded in the mid 2000s by the late master woodcrafter David

road in 1869, however, the number of Oregon Trail pioneers began to dwindle, and the road began taking on a new purpose, serving as an overland route back east to The Dalles and eastern Oregon, as well as helping to open up the Mt. Hood area to a nascent world of recreational use. Soon travelers and recreationalists were making three-day journeys up to Government Camp from the Portland area by four-horse carriages and stagecoaches. What was once a rutted rough passage through the forest was slowly becoming a true road, albeit unpaved, with improvements being made every year. In 1903, the very first automobile made the journey up to Government Camp from Portland, and only three years later, in 1906, George Routledge began running an auto stage line, taking advantage of the improving dirt road

and the developing travel facilities along the route. With growing options for transportation, adventurers were now setting out for Mt. Hood on multi-day or week long trips, looking to enjoy exploring, hiking, fishing, berry picking and camping on the mountain’s forested flanks. This meant the road up to Government Camp was now busier than ever. However, it was still a dirt road, and the underpowered automobiles of the early 1900s would often become bogged down in the mud, typically right after a good rainstorm or in the melting snows, requiring drivers to put on chains just to make their way along or to climb a slight incline.

The solution for dealing with all of the mud was to lay thick cedar boards, or planks, perpendicular across the road, lined up one next to the other so as to create

a long “boardwalk” that drivers could drive upon. These were known as plank roads, and they were modeled after the concept of corduroy roads, where the same construction technique was used, except with small diameter logs. Being expensive to build and requiring continual maintenance, plank roads were built only over those sections that were persistently muddy. In time, the dirt road to Government Camp was replaced with the paved two-lane Mt. Hood Highway, the predecessor to the road we all travel today. This narrow two-lane highway carved a new path on its way up the mountain, leaving much of the old dirt road with its sections of plank road abandoned, and the forest slowly began to reclaim it.

A few years ago, my wife and I were hiking near Government Camp when I noticed what

appeared to be three cedar planks in the forest laying parallel to each other. Mostly covered by needles and roots, and softened by years and years of rain and snow, I gently scraped away enough of the duff to see that these were indeed planks laid here intentionally. Having read Ivan M. Woolley’s book about his exploits while shuttling passengers up and down the mountain in his 1907 Pierce Arrow, (Off to Mt. Hood –An Autobiography of the Old Road), I was familiar with the concept of plank roads, and I wondered if this was what I was looking at. Returning home, I did some research to determine if cedar could last for over 100 years without completely decomposing in such an environment, and I learned that examples of both corduroy and plank roads had recently been found, with a section of the 1856 “Great Plank

Road” running from Tualatin to Portland having been uncovered in 2015. I reached out to Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office to inquire if the section of plank road I had found near Government Camp was on their radar, and they replied that it was. In fact, they considered it a “known archaeological site,” and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

I’m of the opinion that, instead of the trail rotting away in obscurity over the next 100 years, it would be beneficial to the citizens of Oregon if the plank road were made part of a “historic trail,” complete with a couple of interpretive signs explaining the road’s significance and its role in Mt. Hood’s history and the evolution of Government Camp and recreation on the mountain.

Rogers, The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts has served to connect creative individuals with the Mt. Hood National Forest. With access to five forest service cabins, artists of all types have access to a unique environment for teaching their given trade.

While The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts lay dormant for some time, new President Lisa Riversong Franklin has given new life to the organization and is looking once again to connect the Mt. Hood Villages and surrounding communities with these most unique experiences. “The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts has always been geared towards

those involved in the art community,” Franklin said. “We’re looking to do an outreach and encourage artists of all forms to take advantage of the cabins available for classes,” Franklin added.

An avid hiker, skier and all-around lover of the mountain she calls home, Franklin is excited for the new and modern changes that are coming to The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts. While welcoming new and modern forms of art, The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts remains true to its roots when it comes to trade-arts. The cabins include built-in studio spaces for blacksmithing, glass arts, kilns, burners for torch work, space for visual

arts and large flat screen digitals for instructing.

The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts is available to rent during summer months for those interested in teaching their trade to fellow enthusiasts. August 14th through August 18th, blacksmith week will fill the forest service cabins as instructors Joe Elliot, Anton Yakushev, Mark Manley and Ben Czyhold demonstrate the skill and process wherein blacksmithing becomes a unique art form. For those interested in glass work and the creation of mosaics, local glass artist Jim Callantine of the Glass Guild will also be hosting classes this summer using the cabins provided by The Casca-

dia Center for Arts and Crafts.

While summer is one of the most anticipated of seasons in the Mt. Hood National Forest, The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts hopes to use the beauty and space of the forest service cabins to enhance visions and projects for all types of

artists. For those interested in booking a cabin or attending one of their unique classes, please visit

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The Woodsman: Ticks: Ugly Little (Blood) Suckers

Near the end of an off-trail ramble through the woods near Welches a few years ago, my companion noted that we were in prime tick country as we pushed though a patch of thick brush. I was skeptical, since I had never encountered ticks in our area. As if on cue, a few minutes later I found a tick on one of my socks, crawling slowly toward a meal of nice, warm A-positive blood. I dispatched the tick before it could latch on to me or someone else.

There are several species of ticks in Oregon, but only a few feed on humans or pets: the American dog tick, the Pacific Coast tick, the Rocky Mountain wood tick, and the western blacklegged tick. You can come across ticks year-round, but the pesky critters are most active during warmer months, generally April to September.

Like most woodsfolk, I’ve encountered ticks numerous times, including some that had succeeded in attaching themselves. Fortunately, I suffered no serious effects, such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Although the latter is rare in Oregon, about 65 people contract

Lyme disease from ticks each year in our state, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Dogs and horses can get the disease, too. Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. Fortunately for us Oregonians, Lyme disease is much less common here than in the Northeastern US and Minnesota and Wisconsin. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 476,000 people contract Lyme disease each year in the US. Untreated, Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection, including fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis. A common symptom is a large, red bull’s-eye-shaped rash. If you think you may have the disease, seek treatment as soon as possible. See lyme for more information.

Rest assured, the vast majority of people who are bitten by ticks do not get any disease. However, the best defense is to avoid brushy and grassy areas and, as I did on a recent hike near Grants Pass. It’s best to walk in the center of trails and try not to come in contact with shrubs, low-hanging tree branches, and tall grass — ticks may be waiting there to hitch a ride. The Oregon State University Extension Service recommends wearing long-sleeved shirts, tucking pant legs into socks, and wearing closed-toe shoes. Wearing light-colored clothing can make it easier to spot ticks, which range

from the size of a poppy seed to one-eighth of an inch long. As the sign shown in the photo accompanying this article says, use insect repellent, check yourself for ticks after every hike, and, if you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible.

How do you safely remove them? The CDC advises using finetipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible, then pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers, if possible. If you can’t remove the mouth parts easily with tweezers, leave them alone and let the skin heal. After removing the tick (or most of it), thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

Don’t use discredited

methods to remove them such as coating the tick with petroleum jelly or applying a hot match or lit cigarette to the tick. Instead of getting the tick to back out, these methods can make a tick burrow in deeper. Also, a hot match or lit cigarette can burn you instead of the tick — ask me how I know.

Never crush a tick with your fingers, warns the CDC, because doing so may transfer a disease from the tick to you. You might safely squash a tick with a rock or stick. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag or container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.

Have a question about ticks? Want to know what ticks and the Eiffel Tower have in common? Let me know. Email: SWilent@gmail. com.

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Welcome back, dear reader to another edition of Fore. I will be giving you advice on how to be a classy and refined golfer away from the course. I can sum it up in one sentence: learn about art and artists. For instance, did you know that the artist’s motto is “let’s paint the town red!” And that an artist’s favorite shoes are Sketchers?

You should also know they like to eat strawberries (brace yourself dear reader – it’s not gonna get any better). They also have their own cold remedy – they

put on another coat. The best artists get voted into the Hall Of Frame. Let’s be real folks, what’s the earth without art? It’s just meh. Here’s a famous artist quiz for you: who’s the greatest crab artist ever? Leonardo Da Pinchy -- he’s clawsome! Who has hooves and artistic talent? Vincent Van Goat. Who draws pictures and goes “oink”? Pablo Pigcasso. And lastly where do cows hang their paintings? In an art Mooseum of course!

The reason I bring up the subject of art is because two members of our golf community are having exhibits of their paintings. First off we have Seaberg Einersson, a member of the Men’s Club and prolific painter who is exhibiting his work daily at Cooper’s Wine Bar in Welches. You might remember Seaberg presenting a

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painting to Dick Godfrey commemorating Dick’s hole-in- one. I personally love his use of color and light.The lighthouse painting presented here captures the power of the clouds and the sea as they pound on the cliffs, while the grass in the sunshine gives us hope. Beautiful. So stop in and browse his work. It’s worth the trip.

Next is Brenna Skipper, the wife of The Resort’s GM, Christopher Skipper, and she of pet duck Ponyo fame. She is having an exhibition at the Ant Farm Cafe in Sandy on June 7th from 5 to 9 pm. I admire the sophistication and creativity she shows in her work. She reminds me of Mayfield Parrish, the way she paints realism with a surreal texture; “The Samurai” illustrates that, with the subject seeming to step off the

canvas. She has taught a class on painting here at The Resort and may do it again; pretty impressive talent for a twenty one year old! I can’t wait for her show and hope to see you there.

In golf news, Ray McCue is starting a Monday evening event that is open to the public. It will kick off right after Memorial Day. It’s a great chance to meet other golfers and get out for a little organized fun. And on Tuesday evenings, Tom Franklin will be holding eight-hole events open to the public. His events will be competitions using a format similar to a scramble that allows everyone to contribute in a no-pressure environment – for golfers of all levels. So come participate: we’d love to have you join in. Well, that’s all for this month. Come on out and play a round, have a

cocktail and a bite to eat at the best kept secret in the state. And when you do play, remember to “Hit Em Straight.”

Museum Chatter: Clackamas Lake is a Special Place


MUSEUM EVENTS: June 15, 7:00 PM, Social History Happy Hour. Dr. Seth Moran, USGS Cascade Volcano Observatory will answer all your questions about Mount Hood, the volcano. July 20, 7:00 PM. Social History Happy Hour. Lloyd Musser, Mt. Hood Museum Curator will share the history and status of Mt. Hood Steiner Cabins. Social

History Happy Hour is held on the third Saturday of each month. Doors open at 6:30. $5.00 donation asked. Beer, wine, and sodas available for sale.

Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This Historic District is in the Mount Hood National Forest just 22 miles south of Government Camp, Oregon. Forest Road 42, the primary

road leading to the popular recreation site Timothy Lake, passes thru the Historic District, but very few of the thousands of Timothy Lake visitors even realize this special place even exists. Those visitors who stop and explore the Historic District are rewarded by learning the long history of human use of the site and rich biological diversity of the area.

Clackamas Lake is a typical high mountain lake like the many found throughout the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. It is about three acres in size and not more than five feet deep. The lake is located at the west end of a very large meadow known as Big Meadows. This meadow is the head of the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River. The lake is scientifically unique as it supports a population of Mares eggs, a rare blue-green algae.

The vegetation in the Historic District ranges from the sedges found in the meadows to the typical old growth Douglas Fir forest type. Huckleberries and edible mushrooms are abundant in this area. All the vegetation diversity can be observed along a hike of less than one mile. Park at the trailhead where the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail crosses road 42. Walk

south on the PCNST to the junction with the Miller Trail, which leads to Forest Road 42 and back to the parking area. Remember to look in Clackamas Lake for the rare blue-green algae, which resemble globs of clear jelly about the size of chicken eggs, floating in the lake.

The geographic location of Clackamas Lake and the natural vegetation of the area has attracted human use for hundreds of years. There was a trail along the crest of the Cascade Mountains used by the Indigenous people as a north/south trade route. A freelance fur trapper named Crawford camped at Clackamas Lake in September of 1808. Dr. Hubert Miller, a Portland dentist, was next to camp at the lake. Dr. Miller liked the area so well that by 1900 he had opened an eight-mile road from Clear Lake to Clackamas Lake, built a large log cabin and a large barn and begun experiments in growing fruit trees and vegetables at this high elevation site. Next to arrive on the scene was Ranger Joe Graham, in 1905. Ranger Graham thought Clackamas Lake was the perfect site for a ranger station to manage his new U.S. Forest Service, Lakes Ranger District.

The Forest Service and Dr. Miller shared the site for the next sixty years until Dr. Miller died.

The Forest Service built a campground on the site of Dr. Miller cabin and dedicated it to him in the late 1960s.

The buildings at the Ranger Station today were all built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in 1933 and 1934. The CCC was a depression-era program created to employ young, unskilled men. The Forest Service made good use of this labor pool in building this new complete compound at the Ranger Station. Hours of hand labor went into building each structure, from the stone foundations to the hand carved building-name signs. These 90-year-old buildings are a testament to the value of using rustic building design,

quality building materials and lots of hand labor to construct outstanding ranger station buildings. We encourage our readers to plan a visit to the Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District. To learn more about the site, we suggest doing an internet search. The book titled “Tales of High Clackamas Country,” by F. Alton Everest, provides an anecdotal history of the historic site. This book is available at the Mt. Hood Museum gift shop or online at

Lloyd Musser is the volunteer curator at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum. The Museum is located at 88900 E. US 26, Government Camp, Oregon. Open every day, 9 – 5 www.mthoodmuseum. org ph. 503-272-3301

Crawford’s Camp: A freelance fur trapper named Crawford camped at Clackamas Lake in 1808 and inscribed that fact on a tree. The inscribed tree section is now at the Sandy Historical Museum CLHRS Rangers House: The detailed handwork on the entrance to the CCC-built building at the Clackamas Ranger Station is typical of all the buildings in the Historic District. Left: Painting by Brenna Skipper Below: Painting by Seaberg Einderson

Scaling Heights: Exploring the Rich History of the Mazamas

On July 19, 1894, over 350 people convened at Government Camp at the base of Mount Hood in response to a newspaper advertisement for a new mountaineering society called the Mazamas. The constitution drafted by the new club required all members to climb a glaciated peak to demonstrate their abilities as a mountaineer and their dedication to the rigorous outdoor sport. Of the 350+ people who showed up that day, 155 men and 38 women attained the summit where they proceeded to nominate William Gladstone Steel as the first president of the new society.

During the mid-1800s mountaineering had become popular in Europe and subsequently spread to America, particularly in the mountainous regions of the country. The first of these organizations was the Appalachian Mountain Club founded in 1876, followed by the Sierra Club in 1892. The original founders of the Mazamas hailed from an earlier group known as the Oregon Alpine Club led by the aforementioned William Gladstone Steel, a prominent postal worker in the Portland area. The four objectives established by the Mazamas at their inception were:

1. To explore snowcapped peaks and other


2. To collect scientific knowledge about the mountain environment

3. To preserve the natural beauty of forests and mountains

4. To share this knowledge with others in the Pacific Northwest

Among the founders of the Mazamas were a number of prominent individuals, both local and national. These included famous Portlanders such as Henry Pittock (founder and publisher of the Oregonian), Rodney Glisan, L.L. Hawkins (founder of the Free Museum, which today is known as OMSI) and Fay Fuller, the first female journalist for the Tacoma Ledger (now the News Tribune) who went on to become a renowned national journalist. On a national level, President Theodore Roosevelt, conservationist/naturalist John Muir, and Yvon Chouinard, founder of the clothing line Patagonia, were, among others, also founding members.

An influential force in wilderness preservation and natural resource stewardship, in 1895 the Mazamas were instrumental in helping to prevent development in the Cascade Range Forest Reserve. 1902 saw them emerge as a force in opposition to the destructive effects of sheep grazing in the Pacific Northwest. Later in the 20th century, the Mazamas opposed

the first female president of the Mazamas was elected. Steel himself considered female mountaineers an essential part of the organization, stating “No climb is complete without them.”

on January 1, 1960.

plans to construct a tramway on Mt. Hood, and were essential in helping to establish the Foundation of Western Outdoors Clubs, which today include chapters of the Sierra Club, the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge, Siskiyou Audubon Society and others. In Washington state, the Mazamas also opposed plans for a tramway on Mt. Rainier and the development of the Olympic National Forest. In Portland, the Mazamas played a role in the creation of Forest Park and were avid supporters of the Wilderness Act of 1964.

In fulfillment of their scientific mandate, the Mazamas helped document the flora and fauna of the Northwest wilderness regions, including geologic study of mountain peaks throughout the Northwest. During the 1930s the organization also tracked glacial change on a year-to-year basis.

Contrary to many organizations at the time, the Mazamas embraced women as full members.

The Mazamas first two vice-presidents were female, and in 1917 the club designated a woman as climb leader for one of their expeditions. In 1933 the first all-female climb took place, and in 1953

1952 saw the Mazamas promote mountaineering skills and education through the Mazama Climbing School. The school was provided free of charge for the general public, as well as for Mazama members wishing to hone their abilities. While the schools’ first years were a bit rocky (no pun intended!), under the management of Bill Oberteuffer, a local high school teacher, the curriculum was expanded to include lectures, field trips to develop mountaineering skills, and elevated educational standards. By 1957 the Mazamas had added an intermediate course to train potential leaders, and an advanced course was introduced in 1965 for experienced mountaineers to further augment their skills.

Over the years the Mazamas have operated three lodges on or in the vicinity of Mt. Hood. The first lodge was constructed in 1923 near Twin Bridges on the Zigzag River. By 1931 road conditions up the mountain had improved considerably and the organization built a grand lodge at Government Camp. This structure was tragically destroyed in a fire, which led to the construction of the Mazamas current lodge at Government Camp, which was completed in 1960 and serves as the home base for many of the organization’s activities.

The first successful ascent of Monkey Face at Smith Rock in Central Oregon was accomplished by three members of the Mazamas

Subsequently, the organization published one of the first climbing guides to this now popular destination. During the 1980s the Mazamas branched out from the Pacific Northwest to other parts of the globe where they host outings in places such as the European Alps, the Himalayas and the Andes in South America.

Today, the Mazamas have evolved from a local mountaineering club to a non-profit organization that hosts more than 700 hikes and 300 climbs per year at affordable prices. The Intermediate School continues to provide education

and training to aspiring climbers and canyoneering has been added to the curriculum. In addition, the Mazama Mountaineering Center in Southeast Portland publishes a monthly magazine for enthusiasts.

The next time you see climbers trekking up a mountain here in the Pacific Northwest, remember the Mazamas and the numerous contributions this venerable organization has made not only to the sport of mountaineering, but in helping to preserve our precious wilderness areas and ecosystems for our own generation, as well as those to come.

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A Smokin’ Success

There’s plenty to love about Sandy, from the scenic parks and gorgeous views of Mt. Hood to the fabulous restaurants and shops.

Smoky Hearth Restaurant Bar & Grill is a favorite spot for locals and the best place in town for house-smoked brisket, wood-fired pizza, refreshing drinks and a friendly crew dedicated to giving every guest a phenomenal dining experience!

Smoky Hearth has been a fixture in the community for many years, but the restaurant changed hands in July 2022 when longtime owners Mark and Bonnie Gritsch decided it was time to retire. They sold the business to Mark’s golf buddy, Kevin Nilson, and he brought his daughter Kayla and her boyfriend Brandon Johnson in as partners.

Brandon and Kayla bring over 35 years of collective experience in the industry and make

the perfect team. “Brandon is the head chef and the expert of the back of the house; he’s also the hardest-working guy I’ve ever seen,” Kevin says. “My daughter has been a server for over fifteen years so she runs the front of the house. She’s excellent; so good at what she does, and I’m thrilled she’s been able to take her talents to the next level.”

All the food at Smoky Hearth is made from scratch, from the housesmoked brisket cooked daily on the Traeger and the homemade pasta dishes to the soups and sauces. All the old favorites from the original menu are still available and Brandon has created some fantastic additions. “We didn’t change the menu as much as enhanced it,” Kevin explains. “The Italian food is new, and we just added these incredible wagyu ribeyes. They’re popular, tasty and people love them!”

The wood-fired pizzas are another

best-seller, served hot and fresh with a homemade braided crust. Other options include a massive selection of tasty sharables, loaded burgers, salads, lettuce wraps and hearty entrees like a salmon dinner or pub-style fish and chips. Breakfast on the weekends is new for them, and it’s been a hit so far, with a menu of cheesy breakfast skillets, omelets, homemade buttermilk pancakes, wagyu steak with eggs and more! A kid’s menu is always available for the little ones.

Smoky Hearth features a full bar with an excellent selection of beer, wine, and spirits.

Specialty cocktails are crafted in-house, and happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with discounted drinks and snacks. Though the space has a bartop and a small 21-and-over video poker room, it’s a one hundred percent family-friendly establishment from open to close.

When Kevin and his family bought the restaurant, they remodeled the inside and built a spacious covered outdoor patio with heaters and automatic drop-down blinds. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy live music every Saturday night through the end of the summer.

“People come just to hang out and listen to the music,” Kevin says. “We love doing this for the community.” Smoky Hearth is also throwing a second-anniversary bash on July 6th. The event is free to attend, and they’ll have music, face-painting, bouncy houses, firetrucks and more!

Kevin and his family revel in getting to know their customers. “That first year, I hosted every night so I could introduce myself to people, tell them our story and make sure their service was good,” says Kevin. “Now, we know so many of them by name, and we could tell you who’s coming in on Tuesday for tacos or Friday for clam chowder.”

Kevin brings a lengthy career in management and lead -

ership to the team, and he’s teaching Kayla and Brandon how important community involvement can be. “When you make the right contributions, the community will embrace you, and that’s what we’ve proven the last couple of years.” He also attributes their success to a fantastic crew. “Our staff is incredible and we value each and every one of them. It’s a joy to watch them interact with their customers every day; that’s what makes Smoky Hearth such a great place.”

Smoky Hearth Restaurant Bar & Grill is located at 16607 Champion Way Ste 100 in Sandy. Please give them a call at 503-668-4466 or visit their website at www.

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Well Adjusted: Crushing Goals with Vision Boards

Spring is a season of renewal and growth, making it an ideal time to set new goals and realign your life with your values. One powerful tool for this process is creating a

vision board, a visual representation of your aspirations. As a daily reminder and motivator, vision boards help you picture exactly what you want.

A vision board can include images, words, and symbols representing your goals and dreams. You can use a poster board and cut out pictures from magazines or print images from online. Arrange these visuals in a way that inspires you, and place the board somewhere you will see it every day. This visual stimulation helps clar -

ify your objectives and keeps you motivated, reminding you of what you’re working to achieve.

Picturing precisely what you want is crucial because it provides a clear direction. When your goals are vivid and specific, it’s easier to formulate a plan to achieve them. Understanding why you’re pursuing a goal is essential to staying motivated. Reflect on the deeper reasons behind your goals to ensure they align with your values and longterm vision. This reflec-

tion prevents you from getting stuck in a rut, keeping you connected to your purpose. If a goal no longer aligns with your values, don’t be afraid to adjust or change it.

With summer approaching, structure your plans to ensure they support your goals. Create a schedule that includes both work and leisure activities. Plan for productive periods and downtime to recharge and set milestones to track your progress and adjust as needed.

Reflecting on my

experience, when we first started our chiropractic practice and our two oldest kids were babies, I created a vision board to help me stay focused. The images of a thriving practice, a happy family, and personal wellness goals were daily motivators amidst the chaos of starting a new business and raising kids. I stayed on track and made steady progress by doing one small thing towards these goals at a time, whether a marketing task for the practice or a family activity.

As goals were

achieved, I needed to redo my vision board to reflect new aspirations and keep my motivation fresh. This practice kept me aligned with my values and ensured continuous growth and adaptation.

As your dreams are laid out before you, your goals are at the forefront of your mind, and you start taking small daily actions that become significant strides toward achieving your aspirations and maintaining a fulfilling, balanced life. What will your vision board look like this Spring?

The Whole Tooth: Michael Jackson’s Elephant has Dental Surgery

It was recently reported in People magazine that a 34-year-old male bull elephant at the Jacksonville Zoo in Flor-

ida recently had dental surgery. And this was not just any elephant, but Michael Jackson’s elephant, Ali, who once upon a time lived at his Neverland Ranch. Ali was born in the wild and was donated by Michael Jackson to the zoo in 1997 when he became too big to handle at Neverland Ranch. He was actually in the news in 2018 when someone accidently left a gate open and he got out and started wandering around the courtyard of the zoo just outside his enclosure.

Ali originally broke off part of his left tusk about

15 to 20 years ago while playing. In the past few years his right tusk had gotten infected requiring 2 previous surgeries. Just recently they did surgery to remove the infected tusk because it was getting worse. It’s quite the undertaking to do surgery on an 11,000 pound patient!

A 30-person team was needed for the surgery due to the complex animal anatomy, anesthesia challenges, and the large tusk size. On the veterinarian team were experts from across the U.S., South Africa, and India so people from all over the world flew in

to help. The

took a little over three hours to perform and about six

surgery months to plan ahead of time. Thankfully everything went as planned and Ali is doing well, albeit missing a tusk.
Michael Jackson’s elephant, and recent Jacksonville Zoo dental patient, Ali.
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Pride Event Raises Money for Suicide Prevention


Coffee House 26, your friendly neighborhood coffee and book shop, nestled in the foothills of Mount Hood, celebrates Pride all year long. In June, they just turn it up a notch.

On Friday, June 14, Amber Ford will

throw the fourth annual community Pride event at her coffee shop in Welches. Half of her sales that day and 100 percent of the raffle money will go to The Trevor Project.

The Trevor Project is a nonprofit suicide prevention organization that helps LGBTQ+ youth and individuals who struggle with their

identity. The Trevor Project also provides housing and therapy to those in need.

“Pride is very important to me as my sister is gay and is the proud mom of two little girls who have two mommies,” Ford said. “My family is my everything and seeing firsthand how challenging and hard it was for

my sister to come out and gain acceptance compels me to work harder to be more understanding and help those without a voice.”

The Pride event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Coffee House 26, 67211 E. US Highway 26 in Welches. Salo Panto of Portland will perform live music. There will be

food vendors and drink specials. Coffee roaster Proud Mary will serve free samples.

“The goal of my event is to educate our community on ways they can help and to make every individual who identifies as LGBTQ+ feel welcome and special,” Ford said.

“Coffee House 26 has been and will always

be a safe place for those LGBTQ+ community members and while June may be the month we celebrate Pride, at Coffee House 26 we celebrate it all year long.”

For more information on The Trevor Project foundation, go to

Artist: Beauty in Abundance with Sue Allen

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From the rolling hillsides, epic pastel skies and the snow covered mountain that residents call home, there is beauty in abundance, especially for local artist Sue Allen.

A resident of the Mt. Hood Villages since November of 1981, Allen has found inspiration for her work with each glance outside. A screen printer by trade, Allen has been creating works of art since the early 1970s. A printing technique where mesh is used to transfer ink or dye onto a substrate, screen printing is a most unique form of art and takes time, talent, skill and patience.

A graduate from The Cooper Union in New York City, Allen’s creativity began with her degree in architecture. “Just like my mother and her father, a prominent Philadelphia architect, I went to school to study architec-

ture,” Allen said. “But I have studied printmaking and painting along the way,” Allen added. Allen has been surrounded by art most of her life. “My grandmother was a prominent artist in Philadelphia,” Allen said. Not only prominent and gifted in her field, Allen’s grandmother was part of an elite group of Philadelphia-based artists known as “The Philadelphia Ten.” Created to help women who wanted to move beyond the role of “art hobbyist,” the Philadelphia Ten played a pivotal part in giving female artists a platform to showcase their work as profession, traveling with their exhibitions to museums throughout the East Coast and the Midwest.

With her grandmother and other family members as inspiration for her creations, Allen’s screen printing has become a staple at

several local businesses between the Mt. Hood Villages and Sandy. While screen printing is her passion, Allen also finds joy in other forms of art such as book arts and photography. Using this beloved mountain she calls home, Allen has found that creativity is born just a step out her front door. “Inspiration starts with Mt Hood and continues with nature and flowers,” Allen said. “In the past I created a suite of 12 screen prints around Mount Hood: 12 Months-12 directions, showing the sides and seasons of Mt Hood,” Allen added. Crediting art as a means to keep her inspired and creative, Allen’s work is a unique collection of vignettes of the amazing community she calls home. For those interested in purchasing Allen’s work please visit

The motorcycle operator (Markham) was thrown off the motorcycle and subsequently struck by another vehicle prior to law enforcement's arrival. Markham died at the scene.

The highway was impacted for approximately four hours.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

2024 – On Friday, May 10, 2024, at 10:10 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 26 in Clackamas County near milepost 37. The preliminary investigation indicated that a white Mazda sedan, operated by Erwin Michael Cheney (57) of Eagle Creek, was turning eastbound onto Hwy. 26 from a driveway. The vehicle had missed a turn and was turning around in the driveway. As the sedan was turning on the highway, a westbound blue Honda motorcycle, operated by Norman Ralph Lawrence Markham (59) of Sandy, crashed into the rear driver side of the sedan.

By Amber Ford The Mountain Times When it comes to living amidst Mt. Hood National Forest and all of its beauty, local never short of inspiration when it comes to their work.
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Hoodland Women’s Club Highlights

For The Mountain Times

The Hoodland Women’s Club (HWC) annual benefit golf tournament and auction will be Thursday, August 15, at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort. Those interested in registering for the shotgun scramble can find registration forms on

the HWC website. The $120/person fee ($95 for those with an annual golf pass at the Resort) includes green fees, cart, golf prizes and lunch provided by local women-owned businesses. Tee time will be 8:30 a.m. Contact us at GolfTournament. or www.hoodlandwomen - for more information.

Sandy Decor is this year’s first goldlevel sponsor. Clackamas County Bank, The Mountain Cru, and Thriftway will be silver-level sponsors. In addition, eight local individuals and businesses have committed to be bronze-level spon -


The event raises funds for local scholarships and the HWC Community Fund, which is used to help address individual and community needs.Those interested in donating funds or requesting help can find additional information on the HWC website at www. hoodlandwomensclub. org/charitable-giving/. HWC extends a big “thank you” to Pat with Sight and Sound Services, who helped make an informational video (found on the website) about the fund.

Although preparations for the golf tournament are front and center, HWC has also sponsored or contributed to a number of springtime events for the Hoodland Community and HWC members. One of these will take place on Saturday, June 22 when HWC partners with the Hoodland Senior Center to offer free or reduced-cost Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED training to community members.

On April 6, HWC joined Luna & Craft in hosting a goal setting workshop for

members.That same day, HWC supported a Mt. Hood Livability Coalition Candidates Forum so Hoodland residents had a chance to hear from candidates for nonpartisan county positions on the May ballot.

On April 20, HWC and Mt. Hood Flowers hosted a bouquet making event at which attendees learned fundamentals of bouquet design and color theory using seasonal flowers. Those attending also enjoyed a selection of pastries provided by Mt. Hood Baking Company. Space was provided by Luna & Craft. Watch for information about additional floral classes later this year. The floral theme continued May 18 when community members picked up petunia, million bells, and mixed variety flower baskets purchased through HWC’s annual flower basket sale.

On May 11, HWC crafters showed off their work at the Hoodland Block Party hosted by Cooper’s. These women have been creating items weekly under the direction of member


Anne High and will also sell the results of their work at upcoming holiday craft fairs. On May 22, members participated in an exercise class and potluck hosted by member Chrystal Brim.

Those interested in becoming HWC members are invited to attend one of the club’s monthly meetings. The next meeting will be the club’s annual celebration at 11:30 a.m. on June 10 at Timberline Lodge. Anyone wanting to attend who did not receive an Evite can email for information.

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By the time you read this you’ll have just enough time to plan your June 1st evening!

Please plan to attend a wonderful Mexican dinner in support of our Swimming Lessons program (Saturday June 1st). Happy hour starts at 4:30pm, dinner hours are from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The menu includes chicken fajitas, rice, beans, salsa and tortillas. Tickets at the door are $10.00 for kids 10 and under and $20.00 for adults. Special adult presale tickets are available for $18.00 at Mountain Building Supply, Welches Clackamas County Bank, Whistle Stop Tavern, and Coffee House 26 or ask any Lion. This event is chaired by Lion Nolberto Perez. We will also be offering several raffle items including a “Private Pool Party

Mt. Hood Lions Club: Mountain Roar

“certificate (a value of $500), donated by Camp Arrah Wanna – please come and enjoy.


Swimming Lessons will be held again at the Camp Arrah Wanna pool. We are able to offer these lessons free of charge to Welches School students and local Mountain children. Lessons will begin on Monday June 17th and last through Friday June 21st. Lessons will begin again on Monday June 24th and last through Friday June 28th. We are offering beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons. Exact times will be scheduled and families contacted. Our Swimming Lessons Program is chaired by Lion David Buoy. Lion Patti Buoy is heading up the registration and scheduling of students. Lion Patti has informed us that we have already met our limit of 90 students. Don’t give up, we are creating a waiting

list, so please continue to register your children INSTALLATION NIGHT!

The club will be installing its slate of officers and directors at our June 24th meeting. The new Board will begin their term starting July 1st, 2024, lasting until June 30th, 2025.


We are working with “femforward” to bring their Mobile Health Clinic to our club. Information on services can be found on their website. Making appointments can be made through the website, by texting or calling. Our first clinic will be offered on Friday June 28th.The clinic will start with one Friday a month, depending on need, since they can see up to 14 patients in a day. Please watch for our advertising. The health of our community has always been a concern of our club. Over the years we have given over

15,000 free inoculations, polio, measles, flu etc. Please take advantage of this opportunity.


Thank you for attending our Bingo season. We had wonderful support from our great bingo players all season long. We look forward to seeing you again this coming year. Lions Carol Norgard and Molly Espenel Co-Chair our Bingo committee.

Bingo Supports two $1000 Scholarships each year and assists with the funding of many of our club projects.


Please plan to attend our “Chuckwagon Breakfast” on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th. Hours are from 7:00am to 12:00pm both days. Tickets at the door are $6.00 for kids 10 and under and $14.00 for adults. Special adult presale tickets are available for $12.00 at Welches Mountain Building Supply,

Welches Clackamas County Bank, Whistle Stop Tavern, and Coffee House 26, or ask any Lion. Lion Cari Gesch is this year’s Breakfast Chairwoman. A mountain tradition since 1958, we’ll be serving bacon, sausage, eggs and hotcakes, along with coffee and juice. We will be offering raffle items and our famous “Turkey Shoot’’ as well. This year we have planned to have a car show. If you would like to show your favorite car, spaces are available for $20.00 per day per spot. Please contact Lion David Anderson at 971-373-3869 for more details. Come out and enjoy a great meal and mountain tradition. Hope to see you there!


You know Lions are a very patriotic group. In August of 1959 Hawaii became our 50th state. In the spring of 1960, our club purchased 24 new 50 star U.S. flags (cheaper by the dozen).

Early Saturday morning Lions Walt Blaisdell and Pat Kasch put the flags out along the highway and on Arrah Wanna and Welches roads. During clean-up after Monday’s breakfast (sometimes the breakfast was held for three days), Lions Tom Day and Del Howard retrieved 31 flags. (it was kind of tough to be recognized as a Lion for a week or so). We hope to see you: you will have a good time. You will even see some of our 50 star flags, as we display them on our clubhouse now. Congratulations to outgoing Lion President Tyler Lehmann for completing an outstanding year as our club President. Congratulations are also due our incoming Lion President David Anderson, who has many new ideas. He has also promised to keep us busy this coming year. We greatly appreciate the support of our community for our many projects. Thank you very much. It’s great to be a Lion!

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The Angle: Are the Summer Steelhead Back?

Steelhead (Oncorhynchus Mykiss) is the name for a Rainbow Trout that is born in freshwater, migrates to the ocean to feed, then travels back into freshwater to spawn. Oregon and Washington historically have had abundant stocks of both “winter” and “summer” steelhead. These names are generalizations, as steelhead runs are very diverse in timing and life-cycle, but they desig-

nate two different life cycles of fish. As I am writing in advance, by the time you read this you should be able to immediately look at fish counts to confirm if this year is as good as it would seem in early May. By late June we will know if it is truly an excellent Summer Steelhead year by looking at Bonneville Dam and Willamette Falls fish counts.


The Willamette River, one of the largest trib-

utaries in the entire Columbia River Basin, has historically harbored massive numbers of steelhead returning at various times of the year. The water quality of the Lower Willamette is notoriously polluted, which makes the freshwater species less desirable for table fare, but the salmon and steelhead that return only migrate through that water briefly, and once they reach their spawning tributaries there is some pristine habitat in the Willamette River tributaries.

Unfortunately, Summer Steelhead runs have dwindled. What was once a thriving fishery in rivers like the Clackamas, McKenzie and North Santiam, the more recent numbers are but a shadow of their former glory. Of course, dedicated anglers still get out there with some success, but overall catch rates have plummeted.


Although April and May are considered “early” for returning adult Summer Steelhead,

the Willamette does get a number of earlier steelhead, much like their early Spring Chinook Salmon runs. This year quite a few Summer Steelhead were caught in April while anglers were fishing for Spring Chinook Salmon. While this is usually a good sign, it’s not a guarantee of a good year of fishing. What is very encouraging is the number of Summer Steelhead that have passed Willamette Falls. By May 3rd, almost 3000 “Summers” had passed over the falls. In contrast, in 2022, that number was around 750. If this trend continues, 2024 Summer Steelhead fishing predictions are not only good – they’re possibly great!


These fish are not only incredible on the barbecue (when legal to harvest), but they also happen to be the fastest freshwater fish on earth. If you hook a fresh Summer Steelhead, your heart will be pounding as the fish does somersaults trying to shake your


hook. You’ll need to check local regulations to see if bait is allowed, if barbless hooks are needed, and so on. For someone just looking to start Summer Steelhead fishing, two excellent techniques to learn are float fishing jigs, coon-stripe shrimp or casting a spinner. Spinners especially are simple to rig and relatively reliable for getting bites, even for beginners.

Float fishing jigs and bait are very effective, but require much more attention to water depth and mending technique. There are ample resources for the specifics of these techniques and information about where to go, but if you’re going to try for steelhead anytime - this summer seems to be the year!

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The Viewfinder: The Aurora Over Mount Hood

The Northern Lights have always fascinated me. When I was a little boy, I was curious about Alaska. I enjoyed reading Jack London books. White Fang and Klondike Tales, To Build a Fire were my favorite stories. The backdrop to many Alaska stories are the Northern Lights. It took me until I was 55 years old to make it to Alaska where, on the first night, I was greeted by a beautiful aurora that resembled soft, glowing green curtains being blown by a subtle breeze. I was in awe, but that was not technically my first time seeing the lights.

About two years prior to my trip to Alaska I remember being asked what my dream photo would be. I had to think but I answered that I think that it would be the Northern Lights in the sky over Mount Hood. I knew in my head that would be an impossible photo. Within a year I had taken a photo of the Aurora over Mount Hood. I cannot really say that I saw them with my eyes, but my camera was a witness. I was taking photos at Trillium Lake and could see color on the preview screen but the best that I could perceive was a faint, white glow as if there was a town just over the

horizon. I was curious. This was eleven years ago. We are currently at the height of the sun’s next eleven-year cycle.

Last month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a rare Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the first time in 19 years. It was so strong that there were predictions of disruptions of power grids and GPS and communication systems but fortunately disruptions were limited. Because of such a large solar storm the aurora was seen as far south as the Florida Keys. Our own skies here on The Mountain were not excluded. Mountain

residents were taking photos of beautiful magenta, purple and green skies with their cameras and phones. It was an incredible show. The columns of light and the shifting colors were clearly visible to the eye but the photos that were coming from the cameras were amazing.

I’m sure that (as I did eleven years ago), many were wondering why the photos appeared so much more vivid. It would be easy to say that the camera just gathers more light and perceives more color than our eyes, but that isn’t really what’s happening. It’s not that the camera sees more, it

is because our eyes see less.

In my research to try to understand why my camera was seeing differently from me, I needed to understand some biology and a little anatomy. I learned a little about how the eye works and how we perceive light and color. Our eyes have what are called rods and cones which are photoreceptors that play a critical role in our ability to see. Rods are responsible for peripheral and night vision, while cones are responsible for color and central vision. When we look at the aurora at night our eyes use the rods to detect the overall

brightness and movement of the display, but because the cones are not as effective at night, we see less color. The lights are more apt to appear pale white with a slight color than bright and vivid like the camera is seeing.

So the photos you see represent what was happening that night, but unfortunately, because of our limited ability to see color at night, our naked eye missed much of that show. Knowing this doesn’t diminish the experience, but it might justify the fantastic color in your photos.

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Your Hoodland & Sandy Public Libraries

The Sandy and Hoodland Public Libraries will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th in honor of Juneteenth.

Summer Reading Starts!

Sat, June 1. Sandy & Hoodland Libraries

Come pick up your summer reading logs or download the Beanstack app to participate.

Summer reading takes place from June 1st-August 31st, 2024.

Teen Take & Make

Sat, June 1. Sandy & Hoodland Libraries

Adult Take & Make

Sat, June 15. Sandy & Hoodland Libraries

Kids Take & Make

Sat, June 15. Sandy & Hoodland Libraries

Hoodland LEGO Club

Sat, June 1, 1:00 - 2:00pm.

Hoodland Library Community Room.

Visit the library to make LEGO creations that will be displayed at the library! Kids Club is for grades 1-5.

Women’s Book Club

Thu, June 13, 6:00 pm

“The Frozen River” by Ariel Lawhon

This is a hybrid event, both in the Sandy Library Community Room and on Zoom.

To receive a Zoom link to the discussion, email

Hoodland Library Book Group

Tue, June 18, 4:00pm

Sandy Men’s Book Club

Mon, June 3. 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Sandy Library Community Room

“The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves”

Teen Makerspace Groups

Group 1 Start Date: Wednesday, June 5

Group 2 Start Date: Wednesday, June 12

4:00 - 6:00 pm. Sandy Community Center, Art Room. 38348 Pioneer Boulevard, Sandy, OR. Makerspace group is a group of teens that gather to design, create, and experiment with a variety of tools and materials. Register to be a part of a teen makerspace group. Teens in grades 6th - 12th welcome. This program is offered in partnership with Sandy Parks and Recreation.

Digital Book Club

Thur, June 6 . 7:00 - 8:00 pm. On Zoom

Contact Kat Aden to be added to the email list for a Zoom invite. For June, we’re reading “The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story“ by Douglas Preston.

Growing and Using Herbs

Thur, June 6 . 6:00 pm . Sandy Library Community Room. Growing culinary herbs brings beauty and wonderful fragrance to the garden and freshly harvested herbs add flavor and zest to any dish. Learn the steps needed to grow culinary herbs that thrive.

Unlock Your Potential: Self-Publish

Your First Book with Amazon Saturday, June 8. 1:00 pm

Sandy Library Community Room. Have you ever dreamed of becoming a published author? Are you ready to share your story with the world? Join our comprehensive workshop on self-publishing your first book with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)! Don’t miss this opportunity to turn your writing dreams into reality. Reserve your spot today and take the first step toward becoming a published author! Registration required. Please bring your own computer or tablet to class.

Come play Mahjong!

2nd Saturday of each month. 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Hoodland Library Community Room. Beginners welcome. An introductory course will take place at 2:00 pm, followed by regular play at 2:30 pm. No set (game pieces) required to join, but if you have a set, please bring it with you.

Creation Station

Mon, June 10. 10:00am - 12:00pm

Sandy Library Community Room. Tissue Paper Collage with Wy’east Artisans Guild. Art Lab, on the 2nd Monday, will offer several arts and crafts stations with a variety of materials to accommodate different interests and abilities. Creation Station is a twice monthly interactive program that welcomes adults with developmental disabilities on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. For more information contact Katie Murphy kmurphy@

Teen Library Advisory Board

Monday, June 10. 4:00 - 5:00pm. Sandy Library Community Room. Join us for a youth leadership opportunity and act as a youth voice for Sandy area teens. TAB works with the teen librarian to provide input about how the library can be a welcoming environment for all teens, help plan teen programs/events, get volunteer hours, and more! Registration required. Go to selectactivity_t2.wcs to register.

Hoodland Book Club

Tue, June 18.4:00 - 5:30pm. Hoodland Library Community Room

Storytime at the Farmer’s Market Sat, June 29. 11:00 am - 12:00pm. Church on the Mountain, 68211 E Hwy 26 Welches, OR. Join us for storytime on the mountain. We will read stories, sing songs, and learn rhymes together.

Hora del Cuento en Espanol/ Spanish Storytime Domingos , Hora: 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Biblioteca Pública de Sandy A Leeremos libros juntos, cantaremos canciones y aprenderemos rimas en la hora del cuento en español. Todos los domingos

a las 13:00 horas. Sundays 1:00 - 2:00pm Sandy Library Community Room Read books, sing songs, and learn rhymes in Spanish. Every Sunday at 1:00 pm This program will go on Summer break after June 9, 2024.

Read to Tanis the Dog Tuesdays 4:15 - 5:15 pm Sessions are 15 minute increments. Sandy Library Kids’ Room. Do you have a child working to improve their reading skills? Bring your child to the Sandy Library to read to Tanis! Tanis will be in the Sandy Library children’s area and he would love it if you read him your favorite book! We are partnering with Dove Lewis’ Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams program to offer interactive reading sessions for readers looking to develop their confidence in reading aloud with a furry companion.

Storytime in the Park Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am. Meinig Park Gazebo. Miss Monica will read books and we will sing songs and learn rhymes together. Todos Juntos will provide a fun craft activity afterward. This program is for preschool children aged 2-5 and is designed to help your child learn the important early literacy skills needed to help them learn to read.

Hoodland Storytime Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30am. Hoodland Library Community Room. We will be reading books, singing songs, and learning rhymes together.

Family Storytime Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am. Sandy Public Library. Storytime for the whole family! Miss Monica will read picture books and we will all learn some songs and rhymes together.

Teen Hangout

1st and 3rd Mondays, 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Sandy Library Community Room, A dedicated space to hangout, watch YouTube and anime on the big screen, play board games, listen to music, ignite creativity using art and craft supplies, pique a new interest, and connect with a community. Popcorn, snacks, water, and juice provided.

Spanish Class Sundays, 3:00 - 4:00pm, Sandy Library Community Room. Learn Spanish with teacher Maria Smith. This free class is intended for beginners.

English Language Learners. Domingo, Hora: 4:00 - 5:00pm. La Biblioteca Pública de Sandy. Clase de inglés para estudiantes principiantes o con un nivel intermedio de inglés. Sundays 4:005:00pm Sandy Library Community Room French Conversation Group Mondays, 2:30-3:30pm. Hoodland Library. Improve your French conversation skills in a friendly setting. All levels welcome!

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Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership Presents Outstanding Workshop

Publisher’s Note: You will notice that there are two stories about this event in this paper. We decided to run both of them due to the importance of the event and the information contained within. Other article on page 5. Photos by Michelle M. Winner.

and disaster experts warn that in our current climate reality, it is no longer a question of whether a wildfire happens but when. Most Mountain residents experienced the Riverside Fire in 2021 near Estacada and the 2023 Camp Creek Fire in the Bull Run watershed and Mt. Hood National Forest. They are left wondering what they can do to affect a favorable outcome by preparing for the next fire. Enter the Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership, a multiagency group working together on a Fire Mitigation Action Plan for our community.

The Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership, according to a 2022 report by the Community Mitigation Assistance Team (CMAT), was created in response to several large wildfires near the Hwy. 26 Corridor and the eightday Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) PGE implemented in 2022 due to the Riverside Fire (Estacada). Considering the number of agencies

on the federal, state, and local levels involved in a wildfire, in the Spring of 2022 the ZigZag Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest and Hoodland Fire began discussions with CMAT about forming a multiagency partnership. The intent was to be proactive, develop a Fire Mitigation Action Plan, and include community residents by inviting Community Planning Organizations (CPOs) and Homeowner Associations (HOAs) to partner. The resulting collaborative Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership organizes educational outreach events like the “Wildfire Ready Mt. Hood Homeowners Workshop'' as part of its official Fire Mitigation Action Plan.

On May 19th, Hoodland residents gathered at Welches School for an interactive learning event presented by the Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership. Participants in the “Wildfire Ready Mt. Hood Homeowners Workshop” were informed of available resources. They took classes on reducing wildfire risk to their homes and property, creating

communication and evacuation plans and organizing their neighbors to prepare for fire.

Kayla Bordelon, Regional Fire Specialist at Oregon State University, opened the workshop by asking participants, “What brought you out on this early rainy morning?”

Pat Erdenberger, representing partnership member Hoodland CPO, answered truthfully, “Fear.”

Various agency experts presented information on four key topics. In “Home Hardening,” Jen Warren of the Community Risk Reduction Unit of the Oregon State Fire Marshal and Ben Sproul, Community Wildfire Forester of the Oregon Department of Forestry, presented ways to prevent wildfires from becoming structure fires.

“Did you know that up to 90% of homes lost to wildfire are from flying fire embers landing on combustible items next to or inside the house?” Jen asked. She talked about metal screening to keep out flying embers and non-combustible building materials for roofs, fencing, and siding. Ben said,

“As firefighters, we learn to look at the big picture. Can we save that house? Residents must do all they can to create space for firefighters to work safely.”

At “Resilience/ FireWise (community program),” Hoodland Fire Chief Scott Kline explained that there are more wildfires because of increased temperatures, more wind and lightning, and changes in vegetation, which now burns hotter. He said ‘Neighbors should work together to protect their homes, create an action plan, hold community clean-up days, and get certified with the FireWise program.”

He introduced Melinda McCrossen, a resident of the Timberline Rim community. She spoke about efforts to regain Tim Rim’s FireWise certification, “It is important to set up an emergency network and switch your mindset to what are we going to do in an emergency?” Melinda commented on the benefits of her FireWise training, “I learned to look at my home differently.“

FireWise is a joint effort by Clackamas Fire, ODF, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), Hoodland Fire and Oregon State Fire Marshal.

The “Defensible Space” segment was outside on a wooded trail. Jeremy Goers, FMO US Forest Service, ZigZag Ranger District, and Logan Hancock, AntFarm Community Defense Program Manager, pointed out flammable moss growing on a dead fir branch, identified young trees as ladder fuels, and explained what a defensible space should be.

“I think there can be a healthy balance between having trees and a defensible space around your

home,” Jeremy said. “In the assessment process, we call the first five feet around your home the Zero Zone,” Logan said, “ it should be free of vegetation, wood, and anything that will burn. Remove pine needles from the roof and gutters, spread gravel around your house, limb up your mature trees, and remove all ladder fuels. It's something you can do now.”

Jay Wilson, Clackamas County Disaster Manager, and John Farmer of Portland General Electric presented “Evacuation and Hazard Mitigation.”

“Being prepared starts with getting to know your neighbors - they are the people who will turn to you (for help) or be there for you,” Jay said. He talked about three things to do now to plan for a disaster: know the risk, make a go-kit, and have an evacuation plan. A resident asked him about communications without wifi and power and how she would be alerted to accessible evacuation routes. Jay responded that reliable disaster communication is being worked on now. PGE spokesman John Farmer said, “ Good reminder to update your contact info with PGE so they can send shut-off alerts. Being prepared is a responsibility all year long.” He described how a wildfire Public Safety

Power Shutdown (PSPS) works and why there can be a lag time before restoration while PGE crews inspect every power line before it is safe to turn back on.

After the workshop, all participants enjoyed lunch by Busy Bee Catering and had time to speak one-on-one with the agency reps. “Our goal was to provide residents with the information and tools to tackle wildfire preparedness. A whole network of fire professionals in the Mt Hood Corridor Partnership are here to support them along the way,” Kayla Bordelon said. Brentwood Reid, Clackamas Fire, remarked, “I am grateful to the Oregon Trail School District for hosting the event. They joined the partnership recently and have been an active partner.“ Jen Warren added, “We are living in a time of change, and we can adapt to living with wildfire. It takes a whole community, but we can be successful.”

Visit www.mthoodwildfirepartnership. org for info on creating defensible space, evacuation planning, signing up for a home assessment by AntFarm, the FireWise program, and an upcoming woody debris collection event.

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Clary Helen (Houser) 1953–2024

Loving Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Cousin and Friend

With profound sorrow, we announce that Clary Helen (Houser) DeRemer passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 2:00pm. Surrounded by her loving family — her husband Ken, sons KC, Wyatt, and Ben, and sister Janeé — Clary peacefully departed this world at Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Oregon, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. True to her indomitable spirit, Clary skied her last run with true mettle, leaving behind a legacy that showcased her deep love for family and the great outdoors.

Born on March 24, 1953, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, to Charles Harrison (CH) Houser and Doreen Patricia (Dillard) Houser, Clary was the second oldest of seven children. After her parents separated, she welcomed a loving stepmother Janice Marie (Gooding) Houser, and two new sisters, as well as a stepbrother and stepsister via her stepfather Darrell Duane DeWhitt.

Clary was someone who lived each day to its fullest. She loved all seasons — kayaking, biking, gardening – she did it all. She was perhaps best known as an avid skier, embracing her philosophy to hit the slopes each season for as many days as her years of life — just this past season, she proudly exceeded 70 days!

Clary graduated from Mark Morris High School in 1971, after attending Kellogg St. Peters Catholic School and John Marshall High School. She earned her nursing degree from Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. Babies were her business, and after working at Monticello Medical Center and St. John Medical Center in Longview, Washington, she dedicated nearly three decades to the Neonatal, Nursery, and Labor and Delivery wards at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon as a registered nurse. In 1986, Clary married Kenneth Francis Lyle DeRemer, and they had their first son, Kenneth Charles (KC), followed by twins Wyatt Ross and Benjamin

James, in 1989. Following the passing of her parents, Clary became the matriarch and historian of the extended Houser, Dillard, DeWhitt, and DeRemer families. She bonded the family with the strength of superglue, hosting camping trips, gatherings, and maintaining frequent contact through calls.

Clary is survived by her husband Ken, sons KC, Wyatt, and Ben, as well as her brothers: Samuel (Sam), Howard (Howie), Robin (Rob), and Robert (Cousin Bobby), and sisters Doris (Dorby), Mildred (Millie), Myrtle (Barbara), Elizabeth (Bobo), Charneé, Janeé, Michele (Shellie), Elise (Cousin Lisa), Amber (her best friend) and her stepmother Janice (Jan), along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws, all of whom were profoundly touched by her vibrant personality and resilience. Clary was a beacon of strength and positivity, having kicked cancer’s butt not once, not twice, but three times before losing her final battle.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 2:00pm at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Oregon (520 W Powell Blvd). A live stream of the celebration will also be available on the funeral home’s website at [https://www. clary-deremer]. Please upload a photo, send a note, or share a favorite memory with Clary on her obituary page of Bateman Carroll Funeral Home’s website at [] or directly at [https://www. obituaries/gresham-or/ clary-deremer-11778864].

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed in her memory to the Optimist Youth Fund - a cause she passionately supportedduring the Celebration of Life, or mail to 2025 SE Kelly Avenue, Gresham, Oregon 97080.

In keeping with Clary’s love of life and adventure, we encourage guests to dress in a way that celebrates and reflects the energetic and vibrant life she lived. Outfits that remind you of a favorite adventure or happy moment shared with Clary are most welcome.

We invite friends, family and all whose lives were touched by Clary to join us in celebrating her remarkable life. Who she was will forever inspire us all.

With Heartfelt Thanks, The DeRemer Family


Jonathan Lohnes


Jonathan Lohnes was born January 14, 1947, in Springfield, Ohio, and passed away at age 77 of Interstitial Lung Disease April 3, 2024, in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Springfield North High School in Ohio before traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire, to attend Dartmouth College, where he majored in Economics and graduated in 1968. He then spent over four years as an officer in the US Navy, including serving in Viet Nam.

After embarking on a management training program in the corporate world he decided to become a professional ski instructor at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski area in California. Upon earning full certification through the Professional Ski Instructor Association, he moved to Mt. Spokane in Washington to become Assistant Ski School Director. The very next year he was hired as the Ski School Director, responsible for establishing the Multorpor Ski Bowl Ski School in Government Camp, Oregon, assisted by his dedicated staff. He meanwhile created an extremely successful city league ski racing program alongside his talented friends at Universal Ski Promotions.

Following a two-year stint in the emerging cellular phone industry, Jonathan returned to skiing to become the Ski School Director at Timberline Ski

Area on Mt. Hood for ten years, involving instruction in downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding plus summer race camps.

In 1997 Jonathan earned his Oregon Massage License from East-West College of the Healing Arts in Portland. Over his career as a Licensed Massage Therapist he opened three offices to pursue his private practice and became associated with McMenamins Edgefield as an LMT both before and after they opened Ruby’s Spa in 1997.

Around 2006 Jonathan began practicing massage for the dancers of Oregon Ballet Theatre, serving them through the Allegro Society, the team of chiropractors, physical therapists, physicians, massage therapists, acupuncturists and Pilates instructors made available to them for their wellness.

He met Vida Trafford at Lake Tahoe and married her in 1976. He is survived by Vida and his two older brothers, Christopher Lohnes of Springfield, Ohio, and Lee Lohnes of West Hollywood, California. He is fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law and by numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses, plus several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Mary Ellen Lohnes.

Jonathan affected many people and animals through his healing touch, kind words and demeanor. He served as dad to more than a dozen rescued dogs and cats, many with special needs. Donations may be made to an animal orga nization of your choice, whether local, national, or international.

A celebration of Jona than’s life is being planned for Sunday, May 26, between 2 and 5pm, at McMemanins Edgefield in Troutdale.

James Stanton 1935–2024

James (Jim) Stanton died peacefully at home after a long battle with dementia, surrounded by his loving wife Diane, friends and family on January 25, 2024.

Jim was born July 1, 1935, to Frank and Adeline Stanton in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from high school, Jim joined the United States Army where he was stationed in Greenland. In 1956, he left the army and moved back to Minnesota and started his long career at the phone company. Jim held multiple positions at the phone company, but his favorite job was working as a lineman climbing telephone poles. During that same time, he worked as a school bus driver and was a member of the school board and PTA, along with running a restaurant at

the Minnesota State Fair. In 1986, Jim moved west to sunny southern California, where he met and fell in love with Diane Brown. Jim and Diane were married on Valentine’s Day in 1988. In 1993, they moved to Welches, Oregon and told friends they had found paradise. Jim loved hiking, kayaking, camping and working in the yard. He became active in the Welches community and in his church as a member of the church council. Jim also loved having coffee with his friends every week. His sense of humor and smile will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Diane, his children (from a previous marriage) Guy, Mike, Debbie (Downs), Stephanie (Ryan), and Doug, 17 grandchildren, his sisters Maureen and Marge and his brother Keith. He was preceded in death by his brother Bruce.

Interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in a private ceremony at a later date. A celebration of life for Jim will be held at 3:00 pm at The Church on the Mountain in Welches on July 20th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt Hood Hospice.

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MHCC Launches Exploratory Bond Development Workgroup

Community colleges across Oregon regularly go to voters in their districts to ask

for support in funding large-scale repairs, expansions, or projects that are outside of the scope that can be funded through the operat -


ing budget. Mt. Hood Community College is exploring the possibility of making such a request this fall.

To initiate this

process, the college established the Bond Development Workgroup (BDW), consisting of both internal and external stakeholders. This group’s main goal is to present a curated list of projects to take to the community for feedback.

“We haven’t passed a bond since 1974. If the Board of Education decides to propose one this year, we want to actively engage with our community to gather their ideas and thoughts. We are proud of the significant work this group is undertaking,” said MHCC President Lisa Skari.

The BDW is a diverse assembly comprising MHCC board members, faculty, staff, adminis -

trators, and representatives from community organizations, local businesses, government entities and educational partners. Each member brings unique perspectives crucial to the decision-making process and their collective expertise promises a comprehensive approach to addressing the community’s needs.

Scheduled to convene five times between January and April, the BDW conducted a pivotal “Build a Bond” activity on March 11. This served as an opportunity to refine the list of potential projects, ensuring alignment with community interests and priorities. The goal is to finalize the proposal by late May,

with ongoing work through the summer to draft the final bond language.

This concerted effort underscores MHCC’s commitment to fostering community engagement and addressing pressing needs through strategic initiatives. Stay tuned for further updates as the BDW progresses in shaping the future of MHCC and its surrounding community.

The college is collaborating with the Coraggio group, leading the facilitation of the workgroup, and Jeremy Wright from Wright Public Affairs, a full-service public relations firm, aiding in preparations for the bond.

Ranger District Prescribed Burn Near Rock Creek Reservoir Nearly Completed

Thanks to favorable weather conditions and moisture levels, spring prescribed burning season has arrived on Mt. Hood National Forest. Fire personnel from the Barlow Ranger District successfully burned around 207 acres west of Wamic. Firefighters have begun ignitions as of mid-May on the

Rocky 79 prescribed fire unit. The unit is located about 3 miles southwest of Pine Hollow and 5 miles west of Wamic off Forest Road 48. As always, weather fore -

casts are assessed daily to determine if conditions are favorable for burning. Firefighters remained on site and continued patrols for several days until the

fire was declared out.

Weather conditions are used to help minimize smoke impacts to roadways and communities. However, visibility along nearby national forest system roads sometimes degrade. When smoke is present, motorists should slow down and turn on headlights. Fire management officials work with Oregon Department of Forestry smoke specialists to plan prescribed burns. While significant preventive measures are taken to lessen smoke impacts, weather patterns can change and smoke could settle overnight. For more information about smoke and your health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations online: https://bit. ly/41EGJI5

The Rocky 79 prescribed fire unit is part of the Rocky Restoration Project.

This project improves landscape resilience to disease and fire in addition to improving habitat for the plants, fish and wildlife species that depend on it. In 2023, fire personnel successfully burned about 400 acres of adjacent national forest lands as part of this project. Following an initial investment from Congress, the Forest Service is working with local partners to improve the health and resiliency of fire-dependent forests and protect surrounding communities from severe wildfire. There are three high-risk firesheds in Mt. Hood National Forest and this project targets areas within one such fireshed in Wasco County. Prescribed burns are critical tools for fire management and planned meticulously to ensure that they are safe and effective.

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Mariah Moore (Damascus)

Achieves Spring 2024 Dean's List at Belmont University


(05/09/2024) -- Mariah Moore (97089) was named among the students who qualified for Belmont University's spring 2024 Dean's List. Approximately 44% of the University's 7,338 undergraduate students qualified for the spring 2024 Dean's List.

"Earning a place on the Dean's List is a testament to the unwavering diligence, tenacity and commitment to scholarly distinction exhibited by Belmont's promising students," said Belmont University Provost Dr. David Gregory. "The ability to excel both inside and outside the classroom emphasizes these students' exceptional character and drive, and it is an honor for me to extend my heartfelt congratulations to each one. Whether they are contributing to the arts, pioneering groundbreaking research or championing important causes, they have consistently demonstrated the same level of passion and excel -

lence that has brought them to this momentous academic achievement."

Dean's List eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

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Located two miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont University comprises nearly 9,000 students from every state and 33 countries.

Nationally ranked and consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for innovation in higher education, the University offers more than 115 areas of undergraduate study, 41 masters programs and five doctoral degrees. With a focus on whole person formation and data-informed social innovation, Belmont is committed to educating diverse leaders of character equipped to solve the world's complex problems. For more information, visit www.

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SNHU Announces Winter 2024 President’s List

MANCHESTER, NH (05/15/2024)-- It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the Winter 2024 President’s List. The winter terms run from January to May.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 and above for the reporting term are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired 8-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer.

Jacob Dean of Sandy (97055)

Erin Kelley of Damascus (97089)

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Mathew A. Sparks Earns Degree from Albright College


PA (05/10/2024) -- Mathew A. Sparks of Sandy, OR, is earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College.

A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Sparks majored in Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Albright Class of 2024 will celebrate the 164th Commencement Ceremony at Santander Arena at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2024. Ceremony speakers include award-winning theatre, television and film actress Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Albright class of 1992) and graduating senior Taisha N. Charles ‘24. Olivia T. Holeva ‘24 will also represent her class as a senior performer.

The event will

be livestreamed on Albright’s Commencement website. Named a top national college by U.S. News & World Report, Albright College, Reading, Pa., (founded 1856) is home to engaging faculty who believe that the best academic moments are when students feel inspired and ready to take action. The college’s distinctive co-major program enables students to cross or combine different areas of study, without taking longer to graduate. Study alongside undergraduate students, adult learners and graduate students and ignite your SPARK at Albright College.


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New County Rules Allow Auxiliary Dwelling Units, RVs as Second Dwellings

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners voted last month to allow the use of ADUs and RVs as secondary dwellings in parts of the Mount Hood Corridor.

The amendments to county zoning rules passed by a vote of 3-2 during the board’s May 8 land use hearing, with Chair Tootie Smith calling the package a step towards solving what she described as an affordable housing crisis in the county.

Opposing commissioners raised concerns about allowing RVs as permanent residences, echoing criticisms from representatives of the Hoodland and Government Camp community planning organizations.

Under the new regu -

lations, ADUs, or auxiliary dwelling units, and RVs can be added as secondary permanent dwellings on certain existing residential properties within Rural Residential zones, such as the Mount Hood Corridor.

ADUs are defined as permanent dwellings that include a kitchen, bathroom, and are permitted and connected to utilities, principal planner Martha Fritzie told the commissioners. She noted that ADUs can be either detached buildings, internal conversions or extensions of existing houses.

Fritzie also noted that the definition of RVs, or recreational vehicles, included vehicles or trailers designed for human occupancy.

Under the new regu -

lations, property owners who want to add an ADU will need to receive a building permit and have a minimum lot size of two acres, among other rules. ADUs can not have more than 900 square feet of usable floor area under the rules.

To legally add an RV as a secondary residence, property owners are required to provide permanent essential services including water, sewage disposal, and electrical.

Under the new rules, types of secondary dwellings are prohibited from being rented out on a short term basis on platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO.

The county put out a survey on the amendments and received over 600 responses, with over 70% of respondents supporting the ADU regulations as proposed. On the RV issue, however, respondents were more divided, with many of the comments consisting of concerns about existing and potential RV code violations.

“If County Code Enforcement will be the entity that needs to address compliance with requirements, then compliance may turn out to be virtually unregulated -Code Enforcement is understaffed and lacks resources to address

its current responsibilities,” wrote one commenter to the county’s survey.

At the May 8 Land Use hearing, Clackamas County resident Adam Boyce testified in favor of the changes, saying that although he considers his family middle class, they have found buying property in the county to be out of reach. He said the proposed regulations could benefit his family by increasing their housing options.

Boyce said arguments about code enforcement “sidetracked” the conversation about affordable housing and called the proposal inclusive.

“If we refuse to create viable options for affordable housing like healthy and legal long term RV living, we will end up with more unhealthy and illegal RV living,” Boyce said at the hearing.

Others testifying in favor of the proposal said it would allow them to care for elderly parents and family members on their property, instead of perhaps being forced to send them to assisted living facilities.

The proposal came as state laws on land use have changed over the previous three legislative sessions. State law previously had prohibited ADUs outside

urban growth boundaries such as the rurally designated Mount Hood Corridor.

In April, the County Planning Board voted 6-1 to recommend most of the proposed regulations, but declined to recommend the RV provision.

Planning Board

Chair Gerald Murphy asked the commissioners for more time to properly assess the impacts of allowing RVs as permanent dwellings. Murphy said it wasn’t clear whether or not RVs used as permanent residences would be included in the assessment of property taxes.

Smith responded to criticisms that people living in RVs would not pay their fair share of development fees and property taxes by pointing out that it costs the county tens of thousands of dollars to rehouse and re-employ homeless people. She also said she felt levying taxes and fees on people who can’t afford housing was not productive or compassionate.

Smith acknowledged that she felt the proposal was not perfect, and expressed willingness to strengthen the regulations governing RVs at a later date.

Smith insisted that creating a legal pathway for the secondary residences would allevi-

Guided Hike on Mt. Hood National Forest



a scientist or specialist, featuring a natural or cultural resource theme.

“We started this program last year on the Forest’s east side and it was a success,” said Jon Breithaupt, acting Mt. Hood National Forest Recreation Program Manager. “Public lands belong to everyone, regardless of experience level. This hiking series provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the outdoors while learning about the area’s resources.”

Each hike has a limit of 12 participants, or 10 in wilderness, and free registration is required via Eventbrite. Learn more about the series and sign up: mthood/hikewitharanger Trails of varying difficulty are available. Hikes begin around 10 a.m. Some trailheads require a cash day-use fee payment or recreation pass. More information on day-use fees and recreation passes can be found on our website: www.fs.usda. gov/goto/mthood/passes Hike Schedule

May 11: Little Zigzag Falls Trail – Hydrology of Little Zigzag Falls

June 22: Show Pony Trail – The Mt. Hood’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy

June 29: Dog River Trail – Mushroom and plant identification on Mt. Hood’s east side

July 13: Lakeshore

ate the county’s affordable housing crisis and help keep families together. She said the measure was designed out of compassion and necessity, and slammed some of the criticisms the commissioners received as “absurd.”

“This is to prevent homelessness,” she said. “Wouldn’t it be better if we were able to help people before they got homeless, before they suffered from mental illness, and before they took drugs?” Smith asked. “I’m sorry if there’s not enough compassion in the electorate to see that we’re trying to solve a very harsh problem with very few solutions.”

Commissioner Ben West called the measure a creative way for the local government to help housing affordability by loosening what he called restrictive land use policy statewide, though he acknowledged that living permanently in an RV was not the ideal solution for many people long term.

“We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” West said. “We have to get people a safe place to live, and hopefully some stability to get them out of that, and maybe one day own their own home.”

Trail – Wildlife identification and habitat of the Lost Lake area

July 27: Crosstown and Enid Lake Trails – Plants and wildflowers of the Government Camp area

Aug. 10: Pacific Crest and Twin Lakes Trails – Wilderness areas around Mt. Hood

Aug. 24: Trillium Lake Loop Trail – Wildlife of the Trillium Lake area

Sept. 7: Laurance Lake High Ridge Trail – Geology of Mt. Hood’s north face and nearby lava flows

Sept. 14: Old Salmon River Trail – The lifecycle of Pacific Northwest salmon

Sept. 21: Tilly Jane Trail – Cloud Cap and

Tilly Jane Historic Area tour

Oct. 5: Tamanawas Falls/East Fork Trail Loop – Anadromous fish and aquatic ecosystems

Oct. 12: Pioneer Bridle Trail – The Barlow Road segment of the Oregon National Historic Trail This schedule may be subject to change, depending on wildfire season or staff availability. Those who register will be notified of any changes or cancelations. Contact one of our district offices for more information: mthood/about-forest/ offices

By Mt. Hood Nat’l Forest For The Mountain Times Mt. Hood National Forest is hosting its second annual “Hike a series this summer on select Saturdays from May through October. Each hike will be led by recreation staff and Jody Matz, Mt. Hood National Forest Wilderness Program Manager, gives a trailhead talk to visitors at a Mt. Hood Wilderness trail portal before the hike. June 2023

To say Kathy Myers-Murawski enjoys collecting things is an understatement. Hunting and finding unique things is a passion for her.

Over the past 50 or more years, she has collected an eclectic variety of items, everything from beads, bracelets and jewelry to vintage clothing, Hot Wheels and Western art, all things she turns around and sells at Mountain Treasures & Collectibles, her new shop in the Sandy Marketplace.

“I have so much stuff,” Kathy said. “I just didn’t

Collectibles Shop Owner Loves the Hunt

want to deal with it anymore. I still enjoy hunting and finding things, so it’s a terrible disease.”

Known locally as “The Bead Lady,” Kathy has had several stores in Sandy over the decades. Opened last December, Mountain Treasures is the latest. She first moved to Sandy in 1974 and opened her first shop in the late 1970s.

After the death of her second husband eight years ago, she closed her previous store and took some time away from the business, but she kept on collecting. She loved the hunt too much to stop.

“I thoroughly enjoy it.” she said.

She finds inventory for her store hunting at estate sales, garage sales and thrift stores. You never know where you’ll find that perfect hidden gem for your collection.

Kathy has a variety of everything on display in the 1,000 squarefoot store. There’s lots of beautiful jewelry, mostly sterling silver, many necklaces, racks of assorted earrings, trays of turquoise, coral, amber ,copper, rose quartz, lapis, malquite and a few pieces of gold.

“I decided it’s time to get rid of a lot of things,” Kathy said. “There comes a time you have to let go of things.”

New shelves are filled

with vintage plates, dishes and coffee mugs. You’ll find some real treasures like Native American pottery and Storyteller dolls. Racks are swelling with vintage clothes, dresses, jackets, shirts and boots.

Her son plans to bring in his large collection of Hot Wheels and model cars.

There are large collections of Fenton glassware and carnival glass at the shop, not to mention old beer steins and Galileo thermometers.

Mountain Treasures & Collectibles is open five days a week 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, phone Kathy

at 503-740-0454 or see

Other antiques and collectibles dealers come in and buy from her, since she keeps prices

Giving Dying Mothers Peace of Mind

A biotechnician who’s specialized in oncology for 15 years, Shawn Armstrong has seen a lot of terminally ill parents come and go, including a good friend who died of cancer, leaving her husband the sole caretaker for two young boys.

“Her biggest concern after being diagnosed with cancer was who was going to take care of her kids when she died?” Armstrong said. “It was really quite heartbreaking.”

There was no safety net to give her friend peace of mind while she was still alive that her boys, ages four and six, would have the care they needed when she was gone. One of the most stress-

ful things for a terminally ill person is the anxiety of worrying about who was going to raise their kids.

Armstrong, who lives in Welches and is raising two boys of her own, is spearheading a program that is raising money to let moms choose a caregiver through a nanny agency to receive continuity of care for their children. The nanny and dying mother (or father) would get to know each other and work with the family during the last year of the mother’s life. They would help raise the kids together, then the nanny would continue as a caregiver after her death for as long as the family chooses.

Armstrong directs the private nonprofit, A Mother’s Peace, which she launched with the support of her

siblings and consultants – one a child psychiatry nurse, the other with a masters in education. The goal is to give a mother peace of mind during the last year of her life.

“A lot of these kids end up having problems with alcohol, drug abuse and sexual promiscuity as teens if they lose a parent at an early age and have unstable care,” Armstrong said. “Losing a parent at a young age, going from daycare to daycare, it’s heartbreaking.”

Support systems seem to stop when the terminally ill parent dies, when bereft families need them most. A Mother’s Peace hopes to bridge that gap.

“It costs about $75,000 a year to provide this kind of care for one family,”

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Armstrong said.

“Even if we can help one family a year, it’s worth it.

“We raise money and coordinate with the nanny agencies, who vette the nannies to make sure they have that kind of experience, working with a terminally ill parent,” Armstrong said. “That’s a little bit more than just being a nanny. You’re dealing with a family going through a lot of grief.”

Mother’s Peace plans grief counseling programs for families in need as well. Support for single parents undergoing cancer treatment is also available.

Donations to A Mother’s Peace are tax deductible and can be made at

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