The Mountain Times May 2024

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The Mountain Times Mountain residents packed the house at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort in Welches for the April 6th Hoodland Nonpartisan Candidate Forum, the first event in the run-up to the Clackamas County races in the May 21 Primary Election. One-hundred percent of the thirteen incumbents and challengers for Clackamas County Commissioner Positions 1 (chair), 3, 4, and Sheriff of Clackamas County were in attendance. You can access the list of candidates at may-21-2024-primary-election.

In the unincorporated Mt Hood area of Clackamas County, the Commission is the governing body, and the Clackamas County Sheriff is the law enforcement entity. With a mix of tourists, recreational users, full-time residents, and businesses that cater to them, these communities have unique needs and concerns. While many in the community perceive tourism and recreation to take precedence over residents’ rights, locals can feel ignored by the Commissioners and underserved by the Sheriff’s office.

Doug Saldivar, Mount Hood Livability Coalition (MHLC) and Hoodland Community Planning Organization (HCPO) board member thought an

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A fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. April 18 at the historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Hoodland Fire District first responders were dispatched to the scene, where flames were visible shooting through the attic and roof into the

night sky.

All Timberline Lodge hotel guests and employees were immediately evacuated. No injuries were reported. The fire quickly escalated to a three alarm as fire crews from Clackamas and Multnomah County joined the effort. The blaze was declared under control by 11 p.m., just less than two hours from the

first call.

Firefighters continued to work on the scene through the night protecting historical artifacts, artwork and furniture. The last crews left the scene at about 2:30 the next morning, declaring the fire out.

In total, 10 fire engines, three ladder trucks, five water trucks (tenders), four Chief Officers, and four additional pieces of equipment responded to the fire. Fire crews from Hoodland, Clackamas, Gresham, Estacada and Portland fire districts worked on scene.

Investigators suspect the fire was caused by fireplace embers igniting the roof of the headhouse, which is the central part of the lodge. But the investigation, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, to determine the cause.

The lodge and ski area were closed the day after the fire, April 19. Timberline reopened the slopes to skiers April 20 and to hotel guests April 21.

The Hoodland Fire District thanked the employees of Timberline Lodge for detecting the fire early on, evacuating

Sandy Third Grader Places 2nd in Idaho Snowskate Competition

It’s not skiing. It’s not snowboarding. It’s snowskating. It’s a cross between skateboarding and snowboarding.

The eight-year-old Sandy Grade School third-grader from Rhododendron goes snowskating on Mount Hood at Timberline Lodge whenever dad can take her, which is about once a week. She’s been doing it most of her young life, her father Stuart Herrin said.

“I used to carry her in my arms then a friend from Canada told me to

It might best be described as skateboarding on snow. All Sharlet Herrin knows is that it’s a whole lot of fun speeding down the mountain on her 39-inch custom made bi-deck snowskate, which looks like a skateboard with a small ski attached in place of wheels.

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Women in Business: Robin Parker and Chicali Cantina

Three years ago when COVID-19 was in full swing, Robin Parker opened her first restaurant, Chicali Cantina, in the small Mount Hood community of Welches. She wasn’t about to give up her dream because of the worldwide pandemic.

“I opened right in the middle of COVID on purpose because I knew the market would turn around and everybody’s got to eat,” Parker said. “If we’re all going to die, it really doesn’t matter. So I saved my money for a passion that I wanted to do, that was so important to me, and they would all come and they did.”

She was right. Things did turn around. They did come. A whole lot of them. And customers keep coming back for more.

“I did over $1 million in business my first year,” Parker said. ”There was a line out the door my first year, in COVID, with masks.”

Parker developed a passion for Mexican food while growing up in Los Angeles. She lived in a foster home as a baby before being adopted as a young child.

Later, she worked 25 years in catering, menu development

and consulting, helping other people with their restaurants. Now it was her turn to open her own.

An Oregonian for the past 30 years, Parker moved to Welches eight years ago with a family of her own. She and her husband have been married for 35 years, since she was 18. They have raised two adult daughters, one of whom works at her mother’s restaurant.

Chicali Cantina is an all-gourmet, high-end Mexican restaurant that serves Baja California Peninsula cuisine with Southern California influence. (“Chicali” is a shortened nickname for Mexicali, the capital city of Baja California, Mexico.)

She said everything is made from scratch and the guacamole is always fresh at Chicali Cantina.

You won’t find beans or enchilada sauce that comes in a can.

What you will find are delicious dishes like the popular quesabirria tacos, quesabirria quesadillas, and the tasty street taco platter. The platter features a dozen tacos, three of each kind, carne asada, chicken, beef and carnitas.

“Everything is from scratch here,” Parker said. “We’re

gourmet. We’re special, we’re not fancy. Our guacamole is made to order. It’s not sitting in some vat in the back turning brown and stirring it in.”

The family friendly restaurant, which includes a full bar, serves its fine food in a festive atmosphere. Hanging flower baskets, pictures of Cabo San Lucas beaches, aqua-colored chairs and granite countertops all add to the custom-designed decor.

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant seats 200 patrons and includes a cozy fireplace and two patios. It’s located at Hoodland Shopping Center, 68256 E. US-Hwy.26, Welches. Pups are permitted on the outdoor patios, making it dog friendly as well.

Parker said she has a staff of 18 hard-working employees. “I pay my people well,” she said. “My cooks make $25 an hour. It’s a lot of hard work here.”

Chicali Cantina is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. It’s closed Monday and Tuesday.

For more information about Robin Parker’s restaurant, see

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It’s been more than two years since a landslide took out large pieces of Barlow Trail Road, closing the historic roadway to travelers. Clackamas County is preparing to launch the construction phase of the road stabilization and repair project in May.

Clackamas County has selected a contractor for the $1.65 million project, completed design work, obtained permits, and received ODOT environmental approval. Elk Mountain Construction of Sandy was awarded the contract.

The construction phase is expected to run May through

June with Barlow Trail Road reopening to public traffic in July, according to Clackamas County Community Relations Specialist Cameron Ruen.

“Folks in the area have been asking when it’s going to be open and we’re happy to say construction will be happening soon,” Ruen said.

Clackamas County closed the road on January 6, 2022, after the landslide near Barlow Trail Road Bridge at milepost 1.65. The landslide closure is 200 feet west of Brightwood Bridge Road, between E. Boulder Creek Lane and Brightwood Bridge Road. The road will remain closed until the repairs are complete. Drivers will be detoured around the site

until then.

The $1.65 million project will stabilize the landslide and repair the road to make it safe for travelers. A Federal Highway Administration grant and matching county road funds will pay for the project.

Clackamas County Project Manager Stan Monte detailed the funding in an email:

“Clackamas County will complete the work as a Supplemental Project under the county’s Local Agency Certification Program established through an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) which administers the Federal Emergency Relief Program (ERP) funds in Oregon. This project will be financed with 89.73 percent of ERP funds (up to $1,502,213.97) matched by 10.27 percent (up to $157,056.03) of county road funds.


“The project is eligible to receive up to $130,000 of additional funding for emergency repair work, which is not subject to a County match. The emergency repair work would include the initial response, redirecting or returning the surface water flows back into the ditches, initial cleanup, erosion control measures and setting up the temporary road closure.”

Barlow Trail Road is a historic road built in 1846 by Sam Barlow and Philip Foster. It served as the last overland segment of the Oregon Trail.

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hotel guests and working hard to keep fire/water damage to a minimum. The fire and water damage is somewhat minimal with water contained in the headhouse and lobby areas and no internal fire or smoke damage.

“We extend the deepest gratitude to all of the fire departments that responded so quickly to extinguish the fire at Timberline Lodge,” said Meta Loftsgaarden, Forest Supervisor for the Mt. Hood National Forest. “We know Timberline Lodge holds a special place in the fabric of Oregon’s and the nation’s history and culture. Structural assessments of the damages caused to the lodge as well as the cherished works inside of it will begin as soon as they safely can.”

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Timberline Lodge operates under a special use permit issued by the Mt. Hood National Forest. Built during the Great Depression using craftspeople, artists and workers employed through the Works Progress Administration and other New Deal programs, it continues to serve as an iconic ski lodge and mountain retreat.

* * * Timberline Lodge guest Chris [no last name given], from Minnesota, was sleeping soundly, preparing for his trek to summit Mt. Hood when the alarms began. “I fell asleep early and woke to the sound of the alarms going off,” Chris said. With little to no time to grab their belongings, guests were ushered outside and then into the day lodge where Timberline employees began a headcount.

“All of the employees remained calm and provided great communication to us during the ordeal,” Chris said. While guests were not permitted back into the lodge while fire crews battled the three-alarm fire, Timberline Lodge made safe access to the building possible the next day for picking up belongings and luggage.

Timberline Lodge employees encouraged guests who were within an hour of the lodge to head home, while other out of town guests were shuttled to Mt. Hood Oregon Resort in Welches, all services paid for by Timberline Lodge.

A wedding service scheduled to be held at Timberline Lodge the day after the fire shifted as the wedding party and guests of the wedding were sent to Timberline’s Silcox Hut, 1000 feet above the lodge for their “I dos.”

The lodge continues to help guests affected by the fire,

and is working through the repairs needed for historical restoration. For those interested in helping with the restoration and repairs please visit Friends of Timberline at

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You don’t find too many like Kiera McPherson these days. She can’t get enough of being a firefighter at her regular full time job, so she spends what little spare time she has volunteering where it all started, at the Hoodland Fire District.

She trained to become a firefighter and paramedic at Hoodland then landed her dream job as a fulltime fire -

fighter in Central Oregon. But she stayed on as a volunteer firefighter at Hoodland Fire District. If that doesn’t say you love what you do for a living, what does?

“I wanted to give back to the community,” Kiera said. “I lived in the district for a while. I love the community up here. I love the people I work with at Hoodland and I want to continue to give back to the community. They got my foot in the door. They got

me the majority of my certifications and a significant amount of my experience.”

Kiera knew what she wanted to do when she graduated from Gresham High School the spring of 2020. She wasted no time in working toward her goal. By the fall of that year, she was volunteering at the Hoodland Fire District.

When she was in high school, she went on a ridealong with her uncle, who worked with the Gresham Fire Department. She got a good taste of what it would be like to be a firefighter.

“I absolutely fell in love with it,” Kiera said. “It was just run of the mill medical calls, a non-injury car wreck and a brush fire. It wasn’t anything remarkable. There was something about the community and the shift at work was like a family. I like that.”

She feels the same way about Hoodland, where her fellow firefighters are like family. She volunteers about 12 hours a week at Hoodland. She put in 100 hours a week when she was living at the Government Camp station, before she got the full time position in Warm Springs.

“I was in the last group of residents before they made it the official student program,” Kiera said. “Instead of paying for school, they gave me free room and board in Government Camp.

Part of her job entailed staffing the station and responding to incidents in the area.

“Hoodland has given me an ample amount of experience,” Kiera said. “This has been a job that I always wanted to do.”

Although the great majority of emergency calls she goes on are medical, Kiera has seen action fighting fires as well. From house fires and car fires to RV fires and brush fires, she has faced about 10 over the few years she has been with Hoodland.

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On Friday, April 26, “Some Sweet Day,” a play by Disney writers Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, opened at Sandy Actors Theatre. Directed by Olivia Randall, performances will continue through May 19 every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.

Ken regrets losing Jenny, the girl of his dreams, 24 years ago. He’s obsessed with building a machine that will take him back in time to fix his mistakes. When fate grants his wish, he finds himself 25 years in the past.

Desperate to get his younger version to marry Jenny, he plays Cyrano to himself. But his younger self is just as stubborn as the older version and refuses to heed advice from an old man. As he tries to bring the lovebirds together, Ken falls for Jenny all over again and is now trying to woo the girl away from...well, himself! “Some Sweet Day” is mostly a high-octane romantic comedy, but it also takes a serious look at life, our time on this planet and the price we pay for regret.

““Some Sweet Day” was not actually my first choice of show to direct this season,” said director Olivia Randall. “But we were unable to obtain the rights for the show I planned to do. “Some Sweet Day” stood out to me — there was this beautiful combination of fun and energy with moments of poignancy and connection.”

Audience members may see elements of their youth reflected in the characters on the stage — the desire to go

back and change things that didn’t turn out the way they planned, the feelings of anxiety in not having everything figured out at 25, the thrill and fear of falling in love and the inadequacy you feel when you compare yourself to others.

As Jenny says, “I don’t want to live in a world without mistakes.” Everything you have gone through, both good and bad, has brought us here, to this moment, together. So please, enjoy the show!

Tickets for adults are $20, senior citizens and veterans $18 and children $15. All may be purchased online at and at the door. Concessions are $2.00. Sandy Actors Theatre is located behind Ace Hardware in Heritage Plaza, 17433 Meinig Avenue, Sandy. For additional information, please visit or find us on Facebook. Additional parking is available across Meinig Avenue from the theater in the Sandy River Center. Please do not park in Ace Hardware designated spots during Sunday performances.

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VIEW FROM THE MOUNTAIN From the publisher’s


This month’s paper represents a personal milestone, our 12th edition of The Mountain Times. It was only a year ago, we acquired the newspaper and started this journey.

I continue to be amazed at how much folks in the community love this little paper. It is wonderful to see the passion for local journalism and this warm, hold-in-your-hands product, while so many other towns settle for a cold digital experience.

Looking back, I recognize how much the area has endured, such as the summertime forest fires, a warm and dry early winter, the devastating January winter storms and now the fire at Timberline Lodge. These last 12 months have certainly been challenging, to say the least. But as I look closer at these events I see a tight-knit community that pulls together, over and over, to help their neighbors get through these tough times. They say “it takes a village,” but in our case, it takes “The Villages” to make it through. If I were to sum up the spirit of the Mountain folk in one word it would be “resilient.” The Mountain has also had many happy moments over our first year. We got to see Ellie McCloskey’s big smile as she celebrated one year with her new heart. We’ve seen multiple new businesses open on the mountain, like Mt. Hood Baking Company, Hoodland Bazaar and Naan n Curry, just to name a few.

DEAR MOUNTAIN TIMES, May 21st election may seem unimportant, but three of the five Clackamas County Commissioners races and Clackamas County Sheriffs race can be decided in this election. These are nonpartisan races and if any candidate in any of these races receives more than 50% of the votes cast, then that candidate takes the office.

Angela Brandenburg is attempting to be re-elected as Clackamas County Sheriff. She has been Sheriff during the past four challenging years and would like to continue as Sheriff so she can see

In addition, we were able to help to reconnect a lost family heirloom and watch the Sandy High School Girls win their secondstraight ski racing title. Fortunately, the list of these feel-good stories goes on and on.

Overall, I say our first year has been a great ride and, for me, publishing The Mountain Times has been beyond rewarding. I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and learn so much about this area.

I can hardly wait to see what the next twelve months will hold.

Until our next issue, stay resilient, everybody.


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results of her efforts to get the department to full staffing levels. Training for new Deputies takes 18 months or more and they are required to attend Oregon State Police Academy, which is running above capacity now. Sheriff Angela Brandenburg attempted to get permission to run her own training academy due to delays in getting new recruits thru the state-run academy. She was denied this request but shortly after this request, the Oregon State Legislature increased funding for the Oregon State Police Academy. Sheriff Angela Brandenburg took the County

Commissioners to task for wanting to re-direct Safety Bond Measure dollars to non-operation activities. Unfortunately, she lost this battle, but it speaks well of her that she stood up for the citizens of Clackamas County to have their tax dollars spent in the way it was meant to be.

Sheriff Brandenburg deserves another four years. Please support her and vote in the May 21st election.

DEAR MOUNTAIN TIMES, I just wanted to put a giant thank you in the Mt. Times

for Caryn and John Tilton for paying to have the giant pothole repaired. If you want more information you can contact the Tiltons — they can tell you the Stag Stop Rd. saga for all the businesses and residents that access the road. Thank you.


DEAR MOUNTAIN TIMES, I really love that we have a little newspaper in our community. Thank you for continuing the Mountain Times. Hurray for journalism, and hurray for community connection!

Anya Blasser

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I have been reflecting on the important role all the mothers in my life have had in where I am today. From my own mother, who I miss every day, to watching my own wife be the mother to our two children. It is important to recognize the invaluable impact mothers have upon our lives. Motherhood is a sacred and selfless journey that encompasses boundless love, unwavering sacrifice and unparalleled


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strength. From the moment of conception, mothers embark on a lifelong commitment to nurturing, guiding, and supporting their children, instilling in them the values of compassion, resilience and integrity. I know mine did. Outside of their own families, mothers play a pivotal role in fostering social cohesion and stability. They often serve as the primary caregivers, educators and role models, imparting invaluable lessons that transcend

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generations. They cultivate a sense of empathy, kindness, and solidarity within our communities, laying the foundation for a more compassionate society. Many are unsung heroes juggling multiple responsibilities with grace and fortitude.

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inadequate access to affordable childcare, which often hinders a mother’s ability to help provide for their families. As a legislative body we have taken steps to try and remedy this; however, there is much still to be done on this front. I am reminded of a young mother who came to my office this last legislative session and shared her experiences of going through community college in order to get one of the new jobs available through the semiconduc-


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tor industry, an industry that is growing in our state. While her degree and career gave her hope for a better future, she did express some of the challenges that still faced her, childcare being one of them. As legislators, it’s incumbent upon us to champion policies and initiatives that empower and support mothers in every facet of their lives.

On this Mother’s Day, I pause to express my profound gratitude to the mothers who have shaped our lives. Whether they are biological mothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, or maternal figures, let us honor their unwavering love, sacrifice and resilience. To all the mothers out there, I extend my heartfelt wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day. May your day be filled with love, joy, and cherished memories, and may you always know how deeply valued and admired you are for the remarkable role you play in shaping the future of our world.

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


Angela Brandenburg

2223 Kaen Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045

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City Manager, Jordan Wheeler

Mayor Stan P. Pulliam


Chris Mayton

Laurie J. Smallwood (President)

Richard Sheldon

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Carl Exner

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Legislator’s Letter: An Update from Rep. Jeff Helfrich
Mountain Representative Jeff Helfrich keeps the community updated with an exclusive look at the legislative process.

Rails Through Time: A Historic Journey on the Mount Hood Railroad

Many Oregonians are familiar with the Mount Hood Railroad, but did you know that this short line railroad traces its roots all the way back to the early 20th century? While today’s version of the Mount Hood Railroad is primarily recreational, delving back in time

reveals a railroad whose story is intrinsically tied to the history and evolution of the region itself.

On February 27, 1905, the Eccles family incorporated the Mount Hood Railroad in the state of Utah to support David Eccle’s Oregon Lumber Company Mill at Dee, Oregon. The object of the venture was to create a northern connection to the main

line of the Oregon-Washington Railway and Navigation Company at Hood River. Construction commenced on the line two months later, and by May 1906 the rail line was operational. The line was then extended south to Parkdale in 1910. Parkdale was founded by David Eccles and R.J. McIsaac in 1910 as a terminus for the railroad. In its totality the Mount Hood Railroad was just over 21 miles in length.

For six decades the Mount Hood Railroad faithfully fulfilled its purpose, delivering loads of timber to the O-WR&N line at Hood River for transport south and east. In addition to moving timber down its rails from the mill, the railroad also brought produce and passengers from the Upper Hood River Valley to the town of Hood River. It

wasn’t until 1966, after U.S. Plywood purchased the Hines Lumber Company Mill at Dee and became interested in purchasing the railroad that word got out that the venerable railroad might be for sale. Union Pacific, hearing of the proposed sale, decided to enter into the fray and eventually emerged victorious as the new owners of the railroad. The Union Pacific changed the name to the Mount Hood Railway.

way. By 1983 the six-mile stretch of rail from Dee to Parkdale was abandoned. The rails were left in place due to potential interest in utilizing the line for tourist operations. On November 1987 the Union Pacific sold the entire line from Hood River to Parkdale to Friday,

The statewide slump in forest products during the 1980s led to a decline in traffic on the Mount Hood Rail -

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Mount St. Helens Exploded 44 Years Ago

44 years have passed since the earth shook and the sky blackened with the explosive fury of Mount St. Helens.

On May 18, 1980, the majestic Washington peak erupted violently, leaving a permanent mark on the landscape and the memories of those who witnessed the apocalyptic event.

The eruption was triggered by a massive landslide, unleashing a surge of ash, gas and molten rock, devastating everything in its path. Whole forests were leveled, rivers choked with debris, and the once picturesque landscape transformed into utter desolation.

The impact was staggering — 57 deaths, hundreds of homes destroyed and billions of dollars worth of damages. And yet, this is a story of nature’s

resilience and renewal. It took nearly half a century, but life has slowly returned to the once bleak landscape, with native flora and fauna thriving among the scarred slopes after so many years.

This May, as we mark the 44th anniversary of that fateful day, we honor the memories of those who perished and the courage of those who survived. We also recognize the ongoing scientific efforts of seismologists and volcanologists who study volcanic activity, ensuring that future generations are better prepared to face the powerful forces of nature.

Mount St. Helens serves as a thoughtful reminder of the raw power and beauty of the Pacific Northwest and all its mountains — a reminder of the importance and intricate harmony of nature, where even the slightest disruption can tip the scales.

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Photo credit Austin Post, May 18, 1980.


Mark your calendars. Saturdays this summer are for the Hoodland Farmers Market.

The local market is set to open May 18 and go through Oct. 19 in The Church On The Mountain parking lot, 68211 E. US-Hwy 26, in Welches. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year promises an abundance of locally grown farm fresh veggies, live music and activities for kids.

“It’s about bringing the community together to have a healthy and positive time,” Farmers Market Executive Director Kate Brauner said. Brauner grew up in Welches and returned to her hometown to raise her daughter. She is in her third year as director of the farmers market, which was established in 2018.

“The market is meaningful to me,” Brauner said. “It’s a way I can help my hometown community flourish and provide opportunity for folks to make money on family farms and local businesses and also to bring the community together.”

She said the wide variety of goods from local vendors includes fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, bone broth, flowers, soaps and candles, home crafts, pottery and knitted goods.

The Double Up Food Bucks Oregon program returns for another season of making eating healthy more affordable for low-income residents. Those who use their Oregon Trail SNAP card to buy fruits and vegetables at the farmers market will receive matching dollars through vouchers, up to $20 a day. In other words,

a $20 purchase will give you $20 more to fill your bags with produce.

While you’re busy shopping, your children will be busy having fun participating in everything from scavenger hunts to coloring sheets, crossword puzzles and library storytime.

Local ukulele player

Sara Lee Houston, who bills herself as a “uke-alholic” at large, will be the live music act for opening day May 18. Sara Lee plays and sings an eclectic collection of covers from the past century.

As she likes to say, “I might as well face it, I’m addicted to uke.”

Brauner says the market is always looking for volunteers, vendors and musicians. For more information, go to

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Pink Sistas Founder Helps Cancer Survivors Heal

Everytime Deb Hart shares her story, it brings her a little more healing, the cancer survivor said. In 2006, she suffered more than her share of emotional and physical pain and grief.

In August of that year, her son was found dead on a boat off the coast of Anchorage, Alaska. Seven months later Hart was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. After 26 rounds of chemotherapy and having a double mastectomy, she beat breast cancer and became a survivor.

The loss of her son hit Hart the hardest. Kasey was a young tugboat captain. He was only

22 when his heart stopped suddenly.

“I floundered for a long time due to not just cancer but the grief over my son,” said Hart, who recently turned 65. “The loss of my son is the worst thing that’s happened to me.”

Hart, who grew up in Stevenson, Washington and now lives in Clackamas, founded Pink Sistas Inc. 12 years ago. She is CEO of the nonprofit that offers women with breast cancer support through one -and threeday retreats at no cost.

Run by an all-volunteer five-member board, Pink Sistas’ mission is to inspire and empower women with breast cancer, helping them make connections with other women facing the same challenges.

According to the Pink Sistas website, Hart “is an inspirational speaker, mentor, friend, breast cancer survivor and breast cancer survivor/fighter confidant.” She is also an author whose book, “Tug At My Heart: Pink Is The New Black,” chronicles her grief.

About 250 cancer survivors go on Pink Sistas retreats per year, she said. The one-day

retreats run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include paddle boarding, kayaking and lunch on the “Pink Drifta” party barge on the Columbia River.

This year, there are 17 threeday retreats scheduled between July 4 and Sept. 3. Groups of 30 women will meet for sessions Sunday through Wednesday at a Salem area retreat center. Visiting chefs provide meals and offer tips on eating healthy. There are meditation sessions, yoga classes, swimming, hot tubbing and tie dyeing activities.

“Groups include women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds,” Hart said. “The common denominator is breast cancer.”

In order to keep Pink Sistas’ programs free to cancer survivors, the nonprofit relies on donations and holds fundraisers throughout the year. In May, they host a 5K walk and run event, a golf tournament benefit in June, and October is breast cancer awareness month.

“Some women it takes them years to get the courage to seek out and find other women that have the same side effects,”

Local Voting Guide


April Lambert

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Amy Nichols

Dana Hindman-Allen

Martha Schrader


Tina Irvine

Melissa Fireside

Rae Gordon

Mark Shull


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Angela Brandenburg (DPSST certification received 9/18/2023)

Lynn Schoenfeld (DPSST certification received 10/18/2023)

Paul Moore (DPSST certification received 10/26/2023)

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Hart said. “There’s a lot of healing. A lot of magical things that go on at these retreats.

“Cancer survivors face a lonely journey. Family members try very hard to be there for them and are there for them. But they don’t understand what the cancer survivor is going through.”

Grief has played a big part in Hart’s life. She said, “I am healed every single time I get to go and teach women how to have fun on the Columbia River.”

For more information about Pink Sistas or how to donate, go online to

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Compose Creative Writing Conference


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Writers and aspiring writers across the region gather each May at Clackamas Community College for a day of creativity and community. This year’s Compose Creative Writing Conference is May 18 and the keynote speaker is award-winning journalist Casey Parks.

Parks’ debut book, “Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery,” is the story of her life-changing journey to unravel the mystery of Roy Hudgins. When Parks came out as a lesbian in college in 2002, she faced rejection from her family and pastor and assumed her life in the South was over. But Parks’ grandmother, a stern conserva-

tive who grew up picking cotton, pulled her aside and revealed a startling secret: “I grew up across the street from a woman who lived as a man,” and implored Parks to find out what happened to him.

For 10 years, Parks traveled to her grandmother’s hometown in rural Louisiana, knocking on strangers’ doors, digging through nursing home records and studying microfiche in small-town libraries trying to uncover the mysteries of Roy Hudgins’ life.

After the welcome address from Parks at 10 a.m., conference attendees can participate in workshops with sessions on various writing topics, from cozy mysteries to graphic novels and

speculative fiction. Sessions this year include:

• Creating Compelling Characters for the Stage: Sara Jean Accuardi

• Helling It Slant: Eric Tran

• Making the Invisible Visible: Lauren Kessler

• Pitching Your Graphic Novel, Selling Your Story: Terry Blas

• Avoiding Infodump in Speculative Fiction: Joe Pitkin

• Crafting a Cozy Mystery: Paula Charles

• Writing the Magical, Writing the Real: On Making Magical Stories Believable: Emme Lund

• Writing: Aggregating the Raw Material: Emmett Wheatfall

• The Things Themselves: Daniela Molnar

• How Description Builds Story: Lydia Kiesling

This year, the Compose Conference will be held in a hybrid format, with some workshops in person and some online. Parks’ keynote will be in person and streamed live for those participating via Zoom. Clackamas Community College is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Parking is free. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for CCC students. To learn more and register for the conference, visit www.


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Thick Sliced Bacon

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Fresh Baked Pastries

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Welches PTCO Parent Teacher Corner

Hello, Welches Family!

April was a big month packed with exciting events! We teamed up with parents, community members and Welches staff for our annual Scholastic Book Fair, Books & Bagels Event and 2024 Bid & Bloom Spring Auction. Students and families had a blast shopping at the book fair, raising funds for future book purchases. At the Books & Bagels Event, students received a free book, enjoyed family reading time, and had a delicious breakfast — a memorable morning for everyone, celebrating literacy!

Thank you to our wonderful mountain community for participating in our 2024 Bid & Bloom Spring Auction on April 27th! We’re eager to share our fundraising results with you in the June Parent Teacher Corner once we’ve finalized our numbers! The WPTCO is thrilled to work alongside Welches Schools’ staff and teachers, using the proceeds from the auction to upgrade technology in our elementary classrooms. If you


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have her stand between my legs and ride tandem,” Stuart said. “That opened up a whole new experience for her.”

Sharlet gradually started snowskating solo, with dad

couldn’t attend the auction but still want to contribute, visit auction to find out how you can help!

Looking ahead to May, the WPTCO is focused on our last community movie night of the year and loving on the teachers & staff at Welches Schools. Upcoming events:


This is a big week at Welches celebrating our incredible Welches teachers, staff, and administrators! Each day of the week a meal will be provided and some small gifts to share as well! If you’d like to contribute and show our amazing team at Welches Schools some appreciation, please reach out to us at


Our final WPTCO meeting of the school year will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 5pm in the elementary school library. If you’re interested in joining our organization or taking on a board posi -

following behind on his own snowskate. She has developed an unorthodox style by sitting on her snowskate and riding it like a sled.

It seems to suit her just fine as she entered a competition in March at Lookout Pass Ski Resort in Idaho.

Sharlet won 2nd place at the 10th anniversary running of the Sorta Natural Banked Slalom in the 17-and-under age division.

She followed that with a 1st place finish in the jib contest at the Trash Can Jam on Silver Mountain. A jib course includes fun boxes, riding rails and making little jumps.

A snowskate is a hybrid of a skateboard and a snowboard, intended primarily to

tion, you are most welcome to come and learn more about how to get involved! We are currently looking for someone to take on the treasurer position, so if you have financial expertise and would like to learn more, please contact our board president at


Join us for our final movie night of the year featuring “Moana” on Friday, May 31st in the Welches elementary multipurpose room. Doors open at 5:00 pm, movie starts at 6:00 pm. Bring chairs, floor pillows or blankets. Admission is $1 per person, concessions available for purchase.


The WPTCO is a nonprofit that serves & supports the students of the Welches Schools and the greater Welches community. To keep up to date on events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities, make sure to visit our website at If you have any questions, reach out at info@

allow for skateboard-style tricks on the snow. There are many types depending on the brand or style of snowskate.

In the classroom, Sharlet said she was happy to be awarded a Certificate Of Virtue from Sandy Grade School for being kind in February. “Thank you for being you,” the certificate read.

Lookout Pass is a mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of the northwestern United States. In the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of the Bitterroot Range, the pass is on the border between Idaho and Montana, traversed by Interstate 90 at an elevation of 4,710 feet above sea level.

As the school year is drawing to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dave and Regina Lythgoe who, for many years, sponsored the Students of Merit until their retirement at the end of last year. Since that time, Marti Bowne, Broker/ Merit Properties, has taken over the sponsorship. These monthly acknowledgements of students who put out an extra effort to improve themselves and help others is a big deal for the children. Our students, schools and community appreciate you!

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Sponsored by Marti Bowne, Broker, Merit

Museum Chatter: Dive into Mount Hood’s Legacy at the Museum’s Monthly Social History Happy Hour

The Museum section of the Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum consists of six exhibit galleries. The Mountain Artist Tribute Gallery is the smallest – and often overlooked –gallery. This gallery evolved from a consignment sales gallery offering high-end art made by local artists. Museum visitors enjoyed looking at the

art, but sales were minimal. The change to a tribute gallery has been a huge success. The Museum’s collection of art by local artists, dating from 1900 to 2020, is now quite extensive. The collection includes art in various media including paintings in oils and watercolor, prints, carvings, textiles, clay and metal sculptures and glass. All the art has been donated to the museum either by the owner or by the artist themselves. Several outstanding pieces were donated by Wally Mckenzie, who for years would trade dental services for art that he displayed in his Welches office.

Many of the art works in the collection feature local landmarks that serve as historical documentation. One example of this is an oil on canvas painting by Carl Reynolds (1965) of Summit Ski Area as it appeared in 1945. Carl was an art professor as well as a business partner in the Multor -

por/Ski Bowl Ski Areas. One of the first paintings donated to the collection is a painting of Mount Hood as viewed from the Clackamas River near Oregon City by Nellie Starr. This artist’s paintings are very realistic in style. Our painting was completed about 1930 and includes minute details like Illumination Rock and actual trees and rocks found at the viewpoint where it was painted. The Nellie Starr painting has been cleaned, but needs a period frame that matches the original style.

The Art Collection includes many objects in other media besides traditional paintings. One object that attracts a lot of closer looks is a portrait of an Native American woman painted on tanned leather. The piece is from the Wally Mckenzie Collection, by the artist Rose Foggin. She used a heated metal nail to burn the image into the leather. This unusual technique allows the artist to create incredible detail, such as individual strains of hair. The artist crafted the frame of wood in the craftsman style and mounted the leather on black felt.

The largest and the smallest objects in the art collection are wood carvings. A wood carving by John Zipprich measures 12 feet long and four feet tall. The carving depicts outdoor recreation on Mount Hood in the 21st century. The carving was originally commissioned by a local business and was on display there for several years. The rustic style of the

carving did not fit with the new owner’s décor, thus it was relegated to the dumpster. The Museum preserved it based on an anonymous tip and it now hangs perfectly in the Museum lobby. The smallest object in the Art Collection is a six inch tall carving of a US Army, 10th Mountain Division skier. The skier is mounted on the tip of a broken wooden ski for display purposes. The carving is the work of Glenn Asher, completed when he was stationed at Camp Hale in 1943. Glenn was a local skier and mountain climber who, after World War II, opened the Barlow Trail Furniture Company in Rhododendron. The Museum’s Art Collection includes more wonderful objects than can be listed in this space. It is impossible to convey the beauty of these works of art with printed words and photographs. We would encourage everyone to visit the Museum and spend some time in the Mountain Artist Tribute Gallery. Visitors will enjoy a visual feast and if they read the plaques they will learn some Mount

Hood history as well. Admission to the Museum is free, so come visit soon.

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. ph. 503-272-3301



May 18, 7:00 PM

Social History Happy Hour

- Videographer Ned Thanhouser, retired Mazama archivist, will present Mount Hood history videos, including Ranger the alpinist dog and Lige Coalman building a fire lookout on the summit of Mount Hood.

June 15, 7:00 PM

Social History Happy Hour. Dr. Seth Moran, of the USGS Cascade Volcano Observatory will answer all your questions about Mount Hood the volcano. 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.

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This large wood carving by John Zipprich, fits perfectly in the lobby of the Mt. Hood Museum. Rose Foggin used heated nails to burn the image on the leather surface of this unusual art form. This classic landscape, oil on canvas, painting of Mount Hood, by Nellie Starr, needs a 1930’s period frame. This small wood carving by Glenn Asher features a 10th Mountain Division, US Army skier, mounted on a real ski tip is dated 1943.


The Woodsman: Wildfire: The Woodsman’s Home Gets a Defensible-Space Assessment

When I came across an announcement from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office offering free assessments of defensible space around homes and businesses, I signed up right away. But before I hit “send,” I hesitated, wondering if I really wanted to know just how well my home is, or isn’t, prepared to survive a wildfire. Being familiar with the idea of creating a defensible space, I knew the assessment would show that I have some work to do. To be honest, I like the natural landscape on my property, the 120-year-old trees and the variety of green vegetation, such as vine maple, rhododendron, sword fern, and salal. I have a five-foot or wider clear area on all sides of the house and I’ve removed small trees and shrubs near the house and tree limbs that hung over or near the structure. Would the assessors recommend doing more?

I had the answer in early April, when two folks from the fire marshal’s office visited my property: Ron Parvin, Deputy State Fire Marshal for Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, and Alison Green, Defensible Space Coordinator. They gave me a copy of a flier, “Oregon Defensible Space For Homeowners & Renters” (you can download it and other resources at

According to the flier, “Defensible space is the buffer you create between your business or home and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surrounds it. Proper defensible space can slow or stop the spread of wildfire and help protect your home or business.” Or apartment building, church — any structure.

Parvin, Green, and I walked around my house and discussed their findings for eight defensible space guidelines. They later sent a report with recommendations for my property (my comments are in italics):

1) Flammable vegetation is removed from growing directly under the eaves. A minimum of five feet from the structure is recommended. Parvin and Green noted that I meet this guideline.

2) Leaves, conifer needles, deadwood, bark mulch, and other debris removed from the surface of, around, and below decks and fences. Recommend removing any needles etc. from around and, if possible, below decks.

3) Trees spaced and pruned following the example on page 2 [of the flier]. Recommend removing any tree that is feasible that doesn’t meet the guidelines. [The diagram that accompanies this article, from page 2 of the flier, shows 10 feet of space between the crowns of trees. Meeting this standard in our area is impractical in our heavily forested area: Green and Parvin noted that many local property owners would need to remove far too many trees than is feasible or aesthetically desirable. Thus, they didn’t recommend that I cut down any of my trees.]

mend following question 2 and work further away from structure if possible.

4) Leaves, conifer needles, deadwood, bark mulch, and other debris removed from within 100 feet of the structure or to the property line. Recom-

5) Fire-resistive plants are spaced within the designated defensible space area. Grass is mowed to less than four inches. Recommend using fire resistive plant guide to replace any plants that are not. [The “Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes” publication that you can download at lists several of our common native plants near my house, such as Oregon grape, salal, Pacific rhododendron, vine maple, and Woods’ rose.]

6) Firewood piles and lumber at least 30 feet from any structure. Recommendation: If possible, move firewood piles 30 feet away — currently about 20 feet. [Having firewood or lumber piled against your house during wildfire season is an invitation for a wildfire to spread to your house.]

7) Combustible vegetation 10 feet away from permanent propane tanks. Recommend removing vegetation and wooden fence away from propane tank.

8) Small BBQ tanks, not in use, are stored at least 30 feet away or in an outbuilding.

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Meets guidelines.

Parvin also recommended that I remove two large vine maple limbs that hang over my driveway and could obstruct a fire engine. Phew! With relatively little effort, I can significantly boost my home’s resistance to wildfire. For example, I might remove some of the shrubs out to 100 feet or more from the house. These are not highly flammable plant species, but they can burn, of course. Adding space between them, and keeping dead leaves and other debris to a minimum, would help slow any low-intensity ground fire. This is one of the most common recommendations.

“The biggest thing is keeping things that can burn away from the home—fir needles, decorative bark mulch—which is definitely flammable—and keeping some space between ground cover, between shrubs and trees. That means removing ladder fuels that could help a fire move up into the trees,” Parvin said.

Green added that defensible space assessors consider fuel continuity both vertically and horizontally. Adding space between plants and trees in both dimensions makes it harder for a wildfire to move through the area. Green said she and her colleagues do a fair amount of wildfire myth-busting.

“No matter what eco-type we go into, the first thing many people say is that they don’t want to cut down their trees. And we say, ‘well, we’re not going to make you cut down your trees,’” she said. “There is a misconception that a defensible space has to be a rock doughnut—a house surrounded by nothing that can burn, a moonscape. It really comes down to making some strategic decisions with plants, with the goal of breaking up the fuel bed to reduce the intensity of a fire.

“At the end of the day, fire-resistant does not mean fire-proof,” Green said. “We’re trying to prevent high-intensity wildfire from moving either across the landscape or up into the trees.”

Parvin said that the agency’s defensible-space assessments provide recommendations, not requirements, to manage vegetation around homes — there are no fines or penalties for failing to do so. Note that the Oregon state legislature may one day enact regulations requiring creating and maintaining defensible spaces around homes. Rest assured that The Woodsman will inform you of any such developments.

Although they didn’t include it in their assessment report, Green and Parvin recommended that I keep my gutters and roof clear of fir needles, cones and other debris. Windblown embers from wildfires can travel long distances and fall on homes far away. If those embers fall in gutters or roof valleys filled with dry fir needles and other materials, the house may burn even though the wildfire is miles away.

“Seventy-five to eighty percent of homes that are lost to wildfire catch fire because of ember cast. It’s not the wall of fire that people have in their minds,” Green said.

The fire marshal’s office received nearly 300 requests statewide for assessments in the first three weeks after the initial announcement on March 11.

“That’s great, but it has kept us extremely busy — in the best possible way,” Green said.

The agency, which makes frequent use of social media and public-service announcements in English and Spanish, intends to continue offering to do assessments through the month of May, which happens to be Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon.

Want to know more? The Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership is holding a Mt. Hood Wildfire Ready Homeowner Workshop at Welches Middle School on May 19, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided starting at 1:15 p.m. You’ll need to register at

Have a question about defensible space? Want to know how far embers from a wildfire can travel? Let me know. Email: SWilent@

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Sandy Invitational Chainsaw Carving Returns for 2nd Year

The Sandy Invitational Chainsaw Carving and Forest Festival is returning for a second year with an actionpacked day of timber-related activities June 1. This year looks to build on the success of the first year and be even bigger and better.

For starters, scheduling the

event earlier this year, before fire season, should improve attendance.

With 20 professional and amateur chainsaw artists registered to compete this year, that more than doubles the number from last year, SICC Promoter Austin Ernesti said. He is the CEO of Trajectory NW, the nonprofit agency that puts on the event.

“It’s a city festival to celebrate timber and provide public education,” Ernesti said. “This is really about the city of Sandy, the people, the jobs and the companies that are here. It’s free to vendors.”

In fact, it’s free for anyone to attend. That’s just one of the things that makes Sandy Invitational Chainsaw Carving so “SICC,” as the kids like to say these days, meaning “excellent.”

Come watch woodchips fly as chainsaws turn large chunks of cedar into works

of art. The saws roar to life starting at 8 a.m, and run all day until 6 p.m. at the city’s Farmers Market Square, 38600 Proctor Blvd. Firstplace and second-place cash prizes will be awarded to the top pros and amateurs, as well as crowd favorite prizes in each division. Top prize of $1,000 goes to the best pro carving, $500 to best amateur. The 2024 SICC Forest Festival will showcase timber sports activities for adults and youth from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a different site,

16640 Champion Way. You can participate or watch log birling, choker setting, double buck saw, obstacle poles and ax throwing.

There will be mass timber displays, mechanized demonstrations, educational booths and career opportunities on site. Nonprofit and trade vendors, loggers and carpenters will have booths to spread their message.

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor or donating to the event, see www.

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Sandy Actors Theatre

Some Sweet Day | 2 pm

Asian American Month

Foster Care Month

Gifts from the Garden Month

Lupus Awareness Month

National Bike Month

Wraptitude Live Music | Varies**

National Blood Pressure Month

National Hamburger Month

National Photograph Month

National Salad Month

Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Zoom Meeting

Meditation & Discussion | 6:30 pm

Contact for Information


Bike to School Day * Hawaiian Lei Day May Day

Zoom Meeting

Meditation & Discussion | 6:30 pm

Adults $20 | Seniors & Students $18 | Children $15


Cartoonist Day

Cinco de Mayo

National Hoagie Day

Oyster Day

Sandy Actors Theatre

Some Sweet Day | 2 pm

Alpine Events

Pop Up Community Dinner | TBD Call 503-622-4618 & Leave a Message

Sandy Library Community Room Sandy Men’s Book Club | 7 pm

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National Teacher’s Day*

National Tourism Day

Contact for Information

National Receptionist Day* No Socks Day

School Nurses Day

Sandy Introduction Grades 6-12

Digital Discussing How

Sandy Sandy Women’s Discussing Remarkably

Adults $20 | Seniors & Students $18 | Children $15

Whistle Stop Bar & Grill Karaoke | Varies


Mother’s Day*

International Nurses Day

Welches Middle School Homeowners Workshop | 9 am Mt. Hood Wildfire Ready

Sandy Actors Theatre

Some Sweet Day | 2 pm

Adults $20 | Seniors & Students $18 | Children $15

Sandy Library Community Room Teen Library Advisory Board | 4 pm Registration Required***

Wraptitude Live Music | Varies**

Sandy Community and Senior Center Senior Resource Fair | 10 am

Zoom Meeting Meditation & Discussion | 6:30 pm

Contact for Information

National Chocolate Chip Day

Frog Jumping Day

National Apple Pie Day

Wraptitude Live Music | Varies**

Hoodland Lutheran Church Neighborhood Missions Free Food Day | 9 am

Dance Like a Chicken Day

Hoodland Library Community Room

Hoodland Book Club | 4 pm

Discussing Dinosaurs

National Slider Day

Police Officer’s Memorial Day

Zoom Meeting Meditation & Discussion | 6:30 pm

Contact for Information

Skyway Bar & Grill

Celebration of Life for Aunt Christy | 4 pm

Closed to the General Public

Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts Hand-Forging Coin Silver | 10 am

Silversmiths Jack & Janette Burton Register Online at

Whistle Stop Bar & Grill Karaoke | Varies


National Paper Airplane Day

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Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Church 68211 E Community Hoodland Community

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Sandy Cinema My Garden of 1000 Bees | 6 pm World Bee Day Free Screening

Amelia Earhart Day

Wraptitude Live Music | Varies**

Sally Ride Day Memorial Day* Sun Screen Day

National Memo Day

National Waiters and Waitresses Day

National Maritime Day

World Goth Day

Celtic Spirit Yoga Studio Meditation & Discussion | 6:30 pm

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Amnesty International Day

National Hamburger Day

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Learn About Composting Day World Otter Day

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Introduction to Cartooning | 4 pm

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Digital Book Club | 7 pm

How Long 'Til Black Future Month****

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Skyway Bar & Grill

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Sandy Actors Theatre

Some Sweet Day | 7:30 pm

Adults $20 | Seniors & Students $18 | Children $15

Sandy Library Community Room

Free Comic Book Day! | 12 pm


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Hoodland Lutheran Church Narcotics Anonymous | 6pm Mondays

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Mt. Hood Celebration | 4 pm

Unida’s Dia de Las Madres

Sandy Actors Theatre

Some Sweet Day | 7:30 pm

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Adults $20 | Seniors & Students $18 | Children $15

Shabbat Candle Lighting | 8:07 pm

Lost Sock Memorial Day Military Spouses Day*

Skyway Bar & Grill

Jay Si Proof | 7 pm

Jazz Fusion Funk Party

| 7 pm

Sandy Actors Theatre

Some Sweet Day | 7:30 pm

Adults $20 | Seniors & Students $18 | Children $15

Sandy Library Community Room Beavers & How to Live With Them | 2 pm

Skyway Bar & Grill

The Resolectrics | 7 pm

1937 Steiner Church 68825 E Barlow Trail Road Steiner Church Tours | 10am

Every First Saturday

Sandy Historical Society Museum Sewing Class | 10am

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Every First Saturday

Zoom Meeting Meditation & Discussion | 6:30pm Contact Mondays

Sandy Library Fireplace Room Fiber Arts Circle | 2pm Tuesdays

Hoodland Library Community Room Mahjong | 2pm

Every Second Saturday

Roots Rock-and-Soul Power Trio

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Mt. Hood Farmers Market 38600 Proctor Blvd

Spring Celebration |

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Love a Tree Day

Shabbat Candle Lighting | 8:15 pm

National Mimosa Day Pack Rat Day

Skyway Bar & Grill

Alder & Albert | 7 pm Folk-Rock

Skyway Bar & Grill

Josh Cole Band | 7 pm

Hard Driving Bluegrass

Sandy Actors Theatre

Sweet Day | 7:30 pm Adults

Sandy Public Library Family Storytime | 10am Saturdays

Church of the Mountain Parking Lot Hoodland Farmers Market | 10am Saturdays (Starting May 18th)

Sandy Library Community Room Kids Club | 4pm Grades 1-5

Every Second & Fourth Tuesday

Sandy Library Kids’ Room Read to a Dog | 4:15pm Tuesdays

Coffeehouse 26 Al-Anon | 5pm Tuesdays

Zoom Meeting Meditation & Discussion | 8am Contact Sundays

Sandy Library Community Room Spanish Class | 3pm Sundays

| Seniors & Students $18 | Children $15

Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts Hand-Forging Coin Silver | 10 am

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Shabbat Candle Lighting | 8:23 pm

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Lucky Penny Day

World Turtle Day

International Tiara Day

National Escargot Day

Skyway Bar & Grill

Deja 2 | 7 pm Folk-Rock

Shabbat Candle Lighting | 8:29 pm

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International Jazz Day

Mint Julep Day

Water a Flower Day


Skyway Bar & Grill

Bottleneck Blues | 7 pm Blues

National Missing Children’s Day

Sandy Library Community Room English Class | 4pm Sundays

St. John in the Woods Catholic Church Alcoholics Anonymous | 6pm Sundays

Sandy Library Community Room Spanish Storytime | 1pm Sundays

St. John in the Woods Catholic Church Alcoholics Anonymous | 9am Mondays

Sandy Library Community Room Creation Station | 10am

Every Second & Fourth Monday

Sandy Library Community Room Teen Hangout | 4pm

Every First & Third Monday

Whistle Stop Bar & Grill Trivia | 7pm Tuesdays

St. John in the Woods Catholic Church Alcoholics Anonymous | 9am Wednesdays

Sandy AntFarm Cafe & Bakery Narcotics Anonymous | 7pm Wednesdays

Sandy Library Community Room Storytime | 10am Thursdays

St. John in the Woods Catholic Church Overeaters Anonymous | 6pm Thursdays

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St. John in the Woods Catholic Church Alcoholics Anonymous | 6pm Women’s Meeting | Fridays

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Fun Run Helps Camp Arrah Wanna Repair Storm Damage

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Camp Arrah Wanna has invited the public to the third running of the Fun Run, Walk & Wheel Open House spring fundraiser Saturday, June 1. Money raised will help repair the winter storm damage to the camp.

The camp promises a day of fun activities for the whole family, which includes lunch and a full schedule of outdoor games. All ages and abilities are encouraged to run, walk or wheel through the grounds. The one-mile loop course is wheelchair accessible.

Individual tickets for the 9 a.m. fun run and full day of activities cost $35 per person. Tickets for the 1 p.m. lunch and open house only are $15 each. Tours of the facilities, raffles and a closing ceremony are included.

“The spring event is an opportunity for families, campers and community members to see the camp,” Camp Arrah Wanna Executive Director Laura Young said. “It gives them the opportunity to get acquainted with Camp Arrah Wanna, see who we are and what we do.”

Camp Arrah Wanna has set a goal of raising $25,000 to repair damage experienced from the January winter storm. Fun runners are encouraged to ask people they know – friends, family members, community members and church peeps – to help sponsor them in the event.

Donations are accepted for those who just want to sponsor teams. Things can get a bit crazy as teams are invited to dress up in costume themes. There will be a color splash station where color paint bombs are hurled at runners passing by, making for some colorful t-shirts.

Young expects to see 75 to 100 people turn out for the annual event, which returned last year after skipping two years during the Covid pandemic.

“This is an opportunity to see our beautiful place and meet our staff members,” Young said.

“There’s family friendly activities that involve the whole family, that also involve being active and goofy. We invite people to put together teams. Sometimes they’ll have a dress-up theme.”

Camp Arrah Wanna was established in 1941, serving

Welcome back Dear Reader to another edition of Fore, the hard hitting investigative column that exposes the soft underbelly of the world of local golf. But every now and then I back away from digging up scandal and corruption to examine less explosive subject matter. For instance, I recently discovered a little factoid that blew my mind. In over twelve

different community members, churches and school groups over the years.

Nestled in the foothills of majestic Mt. Hood, Camp Arrah Wanna is a non-profit that offers a peaceful place of respite from the busy, fast-paced world for groups. Guests are invited to leave their cares behind and soak up the majesty of Camp Arrah Wanna’s forested 120 acres.

The camp hosts guests of all ages by providing the perfect backdrop for a variety of large and small group gatheringsadult retreats, youth camps, family reunions, weddings, school programs, community events and so much more.

“What we do is very dynamic,” Young said. “We do lots of different things. Our goal in terms of Welches, of our Mount Hood community, is to be a community resource, a place where you can involve your kids in something that’s wholesome, playful and joyful. There are different parts of service that we want people to know about.”

To buy tickets to the fun run or donate to Camp Arrah Wanna go online to www.

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hundred rounds of golf PGA pro Calvin Peete hit exactly one ball out of bounds. You heard me, just one. Krikes I doubt I've gone twelve days without an OB. Man what a sad existence that must have been with no more than one amusing anecdote to share at the nineteenth hole.

Luckily for you Dear Reader I have many OB stories to share. Like when I hit a ball into a backyard that bounced off the house and came to rest on the patio. My partner announced “Looks like you are lanaiing one!” Or the time I was playing The Legacy in Las Vegas and proceeded to slice four drives in a row toward the houses. When I went to see if I could retrieve any of them I could see through the fence that all four were lying in a square that you could

cover with a bandana. Now I know we golfers are always searching for consistency in our game but I'm sure that's not the right kind. I was playing the same course another time and sliced my drive ( yes I was aware of the problem) into the houses and heard the tinkling of broken glass. I quietly snuck over to take a peek: call it morbid curiosity. On the second floor there was a bathroom window made of those hollow glass cube blocks and resting comfortably inside one was my ball. I snuck away but proudly pointed it out every time I played there with someone new. And I'm sure I'm not the only one to buy my own balls from those kids that scavenge them from all the various OB locations I delivered them to. I'm also sure that the people who live across the street

from Pinecone One have collected a couple dozen of my balls over the years. All of which makes me even more impressed with Calvin Peter. Then I learned that Mister Show Off Smarty Pants

Daniel Summerhays sank 941 three foot or less putts in a row. Alas, Dear Reader, it's much too painful to recount my numerous failures in this area (sob, sniffle). So enough about me (you never thought you’d hear me say that did you?) – let's get to some club business. As you read this the Women's Club is playing their first event Wednesday, May first and every Wednesday through the

season. They would love to have you join them. And if you don't golf (thanks for reading anyway) Mallards is still the best kept secret on the mountain and will have live music every Friday night starting around Memorial Day.

So come on down and play a round and when you do remember to “Hit Em Straight.”

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Orchid Health Sandy Clinic Helps to Fill Medical Void

Orchid Health is pleased to announce that it is extending its service to everybody of every age in Sandy, Welches and Boring areas. Previously, the clinic exclusively served students and families of the Oregon Trail School District; however, after a very successful first six months and the hiring of a second primary care provider, the local clinic team is ready to expand its patient base.

Conveniently located at Sandy High School, the clinic offers exceptional healthcare, ensuring comprehensive and accessible care close to home.

“Our priority is providing exceptional healthcare services locally in rural communities, and Orchid Health Sandy Clinic embodies this commitment,” said Orion Falvey, Executive Director and Co-founder at Orchid Health. “We understand the challenges our communities face, especially in the wake of recent clinic closures, and we are here for the long haul.”

Orchid Health prioritizes patients’ needs, offering flexible appointment options such as in-person visits, phone consultations, and video appointments, with same-day availability. Currently, new patients are able to be seen within one to three weeks.

“Our focus is on delivering unrushed visits where our patients feel listened to and have the time to ask important questions, ultimately

In light of the Adventist Health closure in Welches, Orchid Health Sandy Clinic emerges as a beacon of support for those seeking quality medical care. Patients can expect top-notch primary and preventative care, focusing on whole-person health.

fostering better relationships and improved health,” added Falvey.

Orchid Health Sandy Clinic is accepting new patients and offers certain health services at no cost to K-12 students. This initiative underscores Orchid Health’s dedication to providing accessible healthcare solutions that save time and money.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Orchid Health Sandy Clinic at (971) 220-2701 or visit https:// sandy.html.

Orchid Health is a leading healthcare provider dedicated to delivering exceptional, personalized care to rural communities across Oregon. With a focus on relationships, Orchid Health offers comprehensive, unrushed appointments that prioritize patient needs and foster strong relationships within the community.

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Work is underway for the Hoodland Women’s Club (HWC) major fundraiser of the year, a golf tournament scheduled for Thursday, August 15, at the Mt. Hood, Oregon Resort. While HWC volunteers are contacting commu-

nity businesses and individuals to let them know how they can participate, members of the Hoodland community can become sponsors, donate auction and raffle items and/or be part of a golf team via the HWC website at www.

Donations in all forms help provide scholarships for Hoodland seniors at Sandy High School as well as support HWC’s community giving programs in the Hoodland communities it represents. HWC has been a part of our communities since 1963 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax


HWC volunteers held their semi-annual road cleanup event on Tuesday, April 16, under the direction of member Anne High. Every spring and fall members pick up trash along Salmon River Road. Anne is also leading weekly crafting sessions where members create crafts to be sold at upcoming craft fairs. Those wanting to support HWC programs and brighten their yards are also encouraged to purchase flower baskets at the club’s 14th annual sale. The florist has extended the order deadline to May 11, so there is still plenty of time to reserve baskets. Individuals can choose baskets featuring mixed flowers, million bells or petunias. Cost is $30 per basket. Orders are accepted online at TINYURL.COM/ HWCFLOWERS2024 or using

the QR code on the HWC Facebook page. Alternatively, individuals or businesses can print the order form available on the site and send it along with a check (be sure to note “flower baskets” on the check) to Hoodland Women’s Club, P.O. Box 52, Welches, OR 97067. Baskets will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dorman Center parking lot across from Welches Schools off Salmon River Road. Individuals interested in getting to know others while supporting the Hoodland area are encouraged to become HWC members. Membership dues are $25/year. Members are both full-time and parttime residents of the community. More information is available on the HWC website or by emailing

Those interested are also invited to attend one of the club’s monthly meetings. The April meeting featured HWC member and local attorney Paula Walker, who provided an overview of wills and trusts. The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on May 6 at the Kiwanis Club Camp where the speaker will be Lloyd Musser, curator for the Mt. Hood Museum and an expert on Mt. Hood’s Steiner cabins. Anyone wanting to attend who did not receive an evite can contact board members at the address listed previously.

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Paula Walker.

We held our annual election at the April 10th meeting. The following Lions were elected to serve during the 2024/2025 year: President Dave Anderson, first Vice President Cari Gesch, second Vice President Erin

Midgett, third Vice President

Marc Closner, Secretary Patti

Buoy, Treasurer Margaret

Downen, Tail Twister Jim

Espenel, Lion Tamer Greg

Martin, one-year Director Katie

Wirth, one-year Director Mike

Casley, two-year Director Carrie

Clark, two-year Director Lindsey

Costanich, House Manager

Brett Waner, and Immediate Past President Tyler Lehmann.

Thank you for attending our annual Scholarship Dinner, held Saturday April 13th. We had a nice turnout of 150-plus happy customers. The dinner was chaired by Lion Craig Calvert and prepared by his crew of hard working Lions. Proceeds from this dinner help with funding for our scholarship program. These scholarships are for Oregon Trail School District graduates who are also graduates of Welches School.

We thank St. Michaels Catholic Church for the use of kitchenware; we also thank Mountain Building Supply, Welches Clackamas County Bank, Whistle Stop Tavern, and Coffee House 26 for the sale of our tickets.

Lion Dan Wolf conducted the initiation ceremony for several new Lions at our April 27th meeting. New members were treated to a free steak dinner.

Our Last Bingo night for the season will be Friday May10th.

Thank you all for a great year.



Please plan to attend a wonderful Mexican dinner in support of our Swimming Lessons program on 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 certificate (a value of $500), donated by Camp Arrah Wanna. Please come and enjoy.


Because of popular demand and with the help of our friends at Camp Arrah Wanna our Free Swimming Lessons program will be back again this year. Lessons will be held at the Camp Arrah Wanna pool. We are able to offer these lessons free of charge to Welches School students and local Mountain children.

begin again on Monday June 24th and last through Friday June 28th. We are planning to offer beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons. Exact times will be scheduled and families contacted. Our Swimming Lessons Program is chaired by Lion David Buoy, and Lion Patti Buoy is heading up the registration of students. She will be sending out and posting the registration forms the first week in May. We are limited to 90 students and the first completed registration forms will be first on the list. If necessary, we will have a waiting list. Additional details in next month’s column.


We are planning to offer another Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday September 28th – more to come. From Lion Katie Wirth of our Health Committee, we are working with “Femforward” to bring their Mobile Health Clinic to our club. The information on provided 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. They will start with one Friday each month, depending on the

Remember we have a Mt. Hood Lions Club website! Check it out – it has news about upcoming fundraisers, club projects, and other information about the club. Go to or

Happy 73rd Anniversary to “The Lions Club of Mt. Hood!. We were chartered May 11th, 1951 with 38 charter members. Our club was sponsored by the Roseway Lions Club of Portland.

A special thanks to our community for supporting our club by attending our fundraisers and supporting our projects for the past 73 years. Thank you all very much!

This year’s Chuckwagon Breakfast will be held on Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th.

We’ll keep you informed on this and other events in future columns. It’s great to be a Lion!

Lessons will begin on Monday June 17th and last through Friday June 21st; lessons will

watch for our advertising, with additional information in next month’s column.

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The Whole Tooth: Gum Disease and Atrial Fibrillation

At first glance, reading the title of my article “Gum Disease and Atrial Fibrillation” might bring up thoughts about two totally separate diseases.

Gum and Periodontal Disease is an inflammatory condition in our mouth and Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a type of irregular heartbeat. These are two totally separate organ systems in our body that are not next to each other.

However, like everything in our body, we can also look at things holistically as we now know that things can be connected where something happening in one part of the body directly or indirectly affects another part.

According to a new research publication in the Journal of the American Heart Associ -

Clackamas County is now offering free Deterra medication disposal pouches to help residents dispose of unused drugs safely. These pouches are available at 20 convenient locations throughout the county.

“When you keep unused drugs in your home, they may be taken by people who shouldn’t take them—including children,” said Dr. Sarah Present, Clackamas County Health Officer. “Using Deterra medication disposal pouches is one way people can help prevent drug misuse

ation, treating gum disease within the three month time period after having a procedure called an ablation to correct an irregular heart rhythm may lower the chance of it happening again.

AFib is a condition where the heart beats irregularly and can increase the risk of stroke by five times. More than 12 million people in the US are expected to have AFib by 2030. One procedure to correct it is called an ablation which uses a radiofrequency catheter to destroy a small area of the heart tissue that is causing the irregularity.

According to statistics from the CDC, periodontal or gum disease affects about half of adults over the age of 30. It affects more than half of the adult population when you get much older than age 30. This study looked at 97 patients who had an ablation and underwent treatment for gum inflammation and 191 ablation patients who did not receive treatment for gum disease. It found, after follow-up of up to two years, that AFib recurred in 24% of the participants. However, it found that the group that had severe gum inflammation and pursued dental treatment for it fared much better, with a 61% less likely chance of having a

recurrence of AFib. They also found that the patients who had recurrences of AFib had more severe gum disease than those who did not.

It is not known with certainty how gum or periodontal diseases affect cardio-

and accidental ingestion.”

Clackamas County is seeing rising rates of drug overdose. Vital statistics data indicates a 109% increase in drug-induced fatalities from 2019 to 2022.

In addition to preventing drug misuse, using Deterra pouches prevents drugs from getting into rivers and streams. “We urge people not to flush their medications down the toilet,” said Clackamas Water Environment Services Director Greg Geist. “Wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to completely remove pharmaceuticals from the waste -

vascular health. However, it is known that bacteria from inflamed gum tissue can travel in our bloodstream to the rest of the body, including the heart and brain. Chronic gum inflammation can be associated with coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

True overall health and wellness involves taking care of our whole body and taking a holistic approach to all of our different organs and systems.



Last summer, the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office—led by John Wentworth—gave away Deterra pouches at the county fair. Wentworth said the pouches are a great approach to help people dispose of either unwanted prescription or illicit drugs. Utilizing these pouches for opioids, where the narcotic effects can initially be soothing, also can dissuade people from ingesting opioids when they may not need them.

“These Deterra pouches really go a long way in offering an alternative to other

approaches being tried in other communities, specifically to rid our streets of opioids,” Wentworth said. “We hope these pouches play a key role solving the opioid crisis from a criminal justice perspective and ultimately make our communities safer.” Deterra can be used to safely deactivate and dispose of unneeded pills, patches, liquids, creams and films at home. Deterra pouches can also be used to dispose of illicit substances such as fentanyl. There are a small number of medications they cannot be used for, like antiacids, lithium or biologics.

They also cannot be used for cannabis.

To use a Deterra pouch, you simply place the drug in the pouch, fill it halfway with water, seal it tightly, give it a gentle shake and dispose of it in the trash. The drug is then deactivated, unavailable for misuse and safe for the environment.

All Clackamas County Deterra pouch pick-up locations are listed on the Clackamas County website. Find information about other safe drug disposal options at

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Well-Adjusted: Empowering Your Young Athlete

In the bustling world of youth sports, nurturing your child’s athletic journey is a top priority. As parents, we understand the challenges our young athletes face –from the occasional pain to more concerning issues like ankle sprains, impact injuries, and muscle imbalances. Thankfully, chiropractic care presents a comprehensive solution to these hurdles, ensuring our children can thrive on and off the field.

Chiropractic care for young athletes goes beyond mere injury management; it embodies a holistic approach that resonates with our values as parents. Drawing upon the principles of biomechanics and musculoskel -

etal health, chiropractors craft personalized treatment plans tailored to meet the specific needs of our growing athletes. Through gentle spinal adjustments, targeted soft tissue mobilization, innovative techniques like kinesiotaping, and therapeutic modalities such as heat therapy and electrotherapies, chiropractors effectively address muscle imbalances and biomechanical dysfunctions that may impede our

children’s athletic success. Take, for instance, the common occurrence of ankle sprains in youth sports. With prompt treatment following injury, our children receive not only immediate relief but also comprehensive care aimed at expediting the healing process. Through thorough evaluation and diagnosis, precise adjustments, specialized rehabilitation exercises, and the application of various modal -

· Community lead activities

· “Pop-Up” style, different each month



The open, confidential peer support group focuses on identifying, coping and processing difficulties that arise within ourselves and our community in a safe, non-judgemental way. Our shared goal is to help shed some light upon the dark side of this mountain by creating a supportive community for healing.

Facilitated by fellow community members: Erika Dixon LSC, M.Ed. & Kimberly Holland LCSW

Instagram: @mountainmutualsupport

ities to support function and enhance healing, chiropractors instill confidence in our young athletes, reducing the risk of re-injury and facilitating a swift return to play.

Through this experience, we teach our children the importance of preventive measures to safeguard against injuries and optimize long-term performance. By identifying and addressing potential risk factors such as poor posture or overuse injuries, chiropractors equip our young athletes with the tools they need to navigate the demands of their sport safely and effectively.

By nurturing proper biomechanics, addressing musculoskeletal imbalances,

and fostering overall wellness, chiropractors empower our children to reach their full potential – not just as athletes but as resilient, confident individuals, so they can enjoy their chosen sports, prevent injuries and develop healthy habits from youth to adulthood.

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The lens of long-time Mt. Hood Villages resident and photographer Chad Libis’ has captured many beautiful and rare moments. Using the mountain and national forest as his muse, Libis’ photogra -

phy is unique in its potential to pull viewers into the photo, making them feel as if they are standing in view the moment the image is captured.

A professional photographer for the last nine years, Libis acknowledges how living among such beauty

inspires him to use his lens and share his work with the community. “Going out on hikes in the woods inspired me to capture all the natural beauty that Oregon has to offer,” Libis said.

Born and raised in the small town of Eureka, South Dakota, Libis has been on

the mountain for the last 21 years. A network engineer by day, Libis uses his spare time to find beauty in his backyard. “My first camera was a basic digital camera,” Libis said. “I decided to step up my gear to a more advanced full frame camera with a lot of settings. That is when I really started to learn about different settings reading online forums,” Libis added.

Unlike traditional photos which are mostly finished on a glossy stock, Libis’ artwork is typically printed on lightweight metal frames that add a unique and realistic feeling to his work. Combining his passion for being in nature with his camera and the emotional vibe his work delivers, Libis’ photography conveys an experience with nature that is most unique and vibrant. “One of the first things I noticed when I moved to the mountain was how green the landscape was,” Libis said. “You add in the snowcapped mountain and natural waterfalls and it’s easy to be inspired,” Libis added.

Libis’ work has become a staple on the mountain and there are many local businesses who showcase his work. His natural ability to capture Mt. Hood and its surrounding landscapes adds value to not only his professional portfolio, but to the many local businesses in the area who proudly hang his photography. While Libis has also done wedding photography and some family portraits, his true photographic passions lie among the trees and landscapes of his community. Libis’ work combines his vision and his ability to digitally work with the print. “There are many photographers out there with their own interpretation of photography,” Libis said. “Some like to enhance their photos with overprocessing, some keep their photos more natural. I like to think I am somewhere in the middle,” Libis added.

To view or purchase Libis’ work visit www.chadlibis. com, or stop into Coffee House 26 or Mt. Hood Oregon Resort.

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Clackamas Repertory Theatre Celebrates 20 Years With Murder, Music and Magic

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Celebrating 20 years of providing affordable, professional theatre in Clackamas County, Clackamas

Repertory Theatre opens its summer season with Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” directed by David Smith-English, running June 27 through July 21.

Adapted by Christie from her novel of the same name, which is considered the world’s best-selling mystery, this classic play follows 1strangers who are summoned to an island under different circumstances. Each guest has a wicked past and a secret that has marked them for murder. Intrigue quickly turns to horror as the weather cuts them off from the mainland and people

begin dying. Will anyone make it out alive? This is the first murder-mystery produced byClackamas Rep and was once hailed as Christie’s “greatest technical achievement.”

The second show of Clackamas Rep’s season is Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” directed by Karlyn Love, running Aug. 1 through Aug. 25. This beloved musical — based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” — tells the story of a flower girl with a Cockney accent who encounters a linguistics professor resolved to help her pass as “a proper lady.” The show stars

local Equity actor Leif Norby as Henry Higgins and Voni Kengla as Eliza Doolittle. First opening on Broad -

way in 1956, the production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. (“My Fair Lady” is licensed by Music Theatre International.)

The last show of the season is “Every Brilliant Thing,” written by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe, directed by David Smith-English and Jayson Shanafelt, running Sept. 5 through Sept. 29. Starring Jayson Shanafelt, co-founding company member of Clackamas Rep, this highly-acclaimed, heartwarming one-man show tells the story of a young boy’s attempts to cheer his despondent mother. Infused with honesty and affability, critics have called it a “heart-wrenching, hilarious play ... One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression — and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”

All shows run Thursday through Saturday nights

at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices for non-musical shows are $40 for adults, $30 for youth (6-25); musical productions are $45 for adults, $35 for youth. Season passes are $99 for adults and $80 for youth. Preview shows (June 27, Aug.1 and Sept. 5) are half price. For those whom the price of admission is a barrier to access live theatre, please contact the box office directly. For more information, visit www. or call 503-594-6047.

Clackamas Repertory Theatre (www.clackamasrep. org) is a professional Equity theatre company in Oregon City. Founded in 2004, Clackamas Rep’s mission is to build community through inspirational theatre.

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Cured “Coon-stripe Shrimp” have not been popularly used as a fishing bait until somewhat recently, but they have changed the game for salmon and steelhead anglers alike. For the bait world, there are pros and cons to the options out there. Eggs are one of the best, but dialing in a cure can sometimes be an unending task, not to mention the mess and their tendency to fall off the hook. Sand shrimp seems to work for salmon, steelhead and

The Angle: Shrimp It Up!

sturgeon, but keeping them alive or getting them fresh can be a difficult task.

It’s hard to beat bait in almost any fishery, and especially so when it comes to Columbia and Willamette River Salmon and Steelhead! A specific kind of shrimp, called “Coon-Stripe Shrimp” is a popular and extremely effective bait for a few reasons:

• Higher durability than sand shrimp

• Consistent color retention

• Can be refrigerated and re-fished

• Effective on Salmon & Steelhead

About “Coon-Stripe Shrimp”

Coonstripe shrimp are a pandalid shrimp with a long, spiny rostrum that protrudes forward from their eyes and

carapace. They are the second largest shrimp in Alaskan waters, typically ranging between 3 and 6 inches in length. They can be distinguished from other similar shrimp (like spot shrimp) through the darker striped markings on their abdomens. They have a heavier, more robust appearance that is arched more than other Alaskan shrimp. Taking care of your shrimp

Some anglers cure their own shrimp. Addicted Fishing has a cure that I rely on for making my own special blend. If you can’t make your own, commercially packaged coon shrimp is very effective (with the right brand). My particular brand of choice is

“Washington Coon Shrimp” by RiverCity Fishing Products. These shrimp are selected from the boat to the jar using gloves, never having touched human hands. Special care is taken to keep the tails and antennae intact. Subpar shrimp are thrown out so that every shrimp in the jar is fishable. “Millenial Coon Shrimp” is also an effective cure that I especially like for Sockeye but it works well for all speciesl. Be careful not to shake your shrimp jar or turn it upside down. Keeping them intact is key.


Commercial cures don’t require scent, and often are effective as is, but if other anglers are using the same or similar bait downriver from you, it’s a good idea to add scent.

Coon Shrimp Success

If you’re unsure of the coon shrimp you have available, try to bring two different cures and a few scents to play with. Some days the fish will respond to a certain scent and others they won’t. Ultimately, the fish need to be there - but Coon Stripe Shrimp are a great way to target them.

Each row must contain the numbers 1 to

each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9; and each set of 3 by 3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 to 9.

(Answer appears elsewhere in this issue)

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6 3 8 5 2 7 2 6 8 4 7 4 3 1 9 5 2 3 4 1 7 2 ACROSS 1 Tijuana locale, briefly 5 Urge 9 Two together 13 Russia's ___ Mountains 14 "Get outta here!" 15 City of India 16 Economic downturn 18 Bagel variety 19 Go on and on 20 Ready for a nap 22 Salma who played Frida Kahlo 24 Insolence 25 Hiker's route 27 Audited, with "on" 29 Many a time, in poems 32 Drunk, in slang 34 Paper clip alternative 61 Peruvian range 7 Prepare 35 Out in front 36 Summit 62 Spot for a 8 "It's true!" 38 Be of two minds 37 Musical work dummy 9 Gives in 41 Place to exit 39 Obey 63 "Poor Things" 10 Varied mixture 43 Belonging to 40 Essential actress Stone 11 Holier-than-___ thee 42 Lent an ear 64 Command to 12 Help for the 46 Shepherds' 44 Miscalculate Rover stumped charges 45 Stack at a 65 Matches a poker 15 Fails to 48 Corbeled shower bet 17 Fashion sense window 47 Done in a rush 66 Place to brood 21 Elevates 50 Socks away 48 Kind of surgeon 23 Drew a bead on 51 Uninteresting 49 "All kidding DOWN 25 Scottish title 52 Top-drawer ___ ..." 1 Put under? 26 Indy entrant 53 Hardly genteel 51 Grinder's 2 Kind of code 28 Ticket category 54 Mystical old instrument 3 Pavement 29 Magic words letter 55 Tree trickling pounder from Ali Baba 56 Some charity 58 "Satchmo" 4 Stein contents 30 Naval force 57 Builder's map Armstrong 5 Progeny 31 Presidential 60 London's 59 Sometimes life 6 Solidly built nickname Big ___ throws this 33 Phone button May 2024 Crossword by Margie E. Burke Copyright 2024 by The Puzzle Syndicate 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
Solutions for Crossword and Sudoku Page 34 HOW TO SOLVE Each row must contain the numbers 1 to 9. Each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9. Each set of 3 by 3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 to 9. CROSSWORD
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The Viewfinder: Embrace Your Artistic Journey: Why You Are Good Enough

In a world where we have access to a system that exposes us to so many talented artists who are doing what we are doing, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and insignificant. It is easy to feel like we (or what we do) are inferior. I am here to explain why you are good enough and why you should create and live within your own world, your circle of influence. My advice applies to any artist, and even serves as a general tenet for a happier life.

I see a lot of disillusioned and discouraged photographers online. Many are discouraged by what other photographers are doing while ignoring what they should be doing instead. It is easy

to become distracted thinking that the many photographers online are competition, or that they are lucky and we are not, which is the furthest thing from reality. Their lives have nothing to do with ours, unless you draw inspiration from them.

I have been online displaying and marketing my photography since the creation of the internet. I have been a part of gallery websites, message forums and social media sites. I have felt the feelings of failure and of success. I have watched others excel, even those who started around the same time, and seen even more give up and declare failure.

What I have learned about this is that the successes of others should encourage us

but, in many cases, they do the opposite. We must realize that the successes of others often come from opportunities that never would have crossed our path. Those opportunities are a result of the effort that they put into their business and the circle of influence they create. Those factors are separate from those that feed our own artistic endeavors.

To be commercially successful as an artist, we need to create an environment amenable to our work. It is important that we use the internet and social media to draw others to our art and to create a following of people who appreciate and want to support us. That following will be unique, cultivated by our singular efforts. A huge contributor to the

failure of a photographer is not being patient and getting discouraged, sometimes just before the work pays off. Spend your time living in and embracing your own world: you will start to realize your own successes, both large and small. In not comparing yourself to others, you are less apt to become discouraged and quit.

Commit to the success you seek as an artist. Compare yourself to no one. You will avoid unproductive feelings of inadequacy or failure and be happy for the success of others. The circle that you create surrounding your art will be one where you can inspire others and they inspire you.

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Your Hoodland & Sandy Public Libraries

The Hoodland and Sandy Public Libraries will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.

Art at the Hoodland Public Library! Visit the library to see the beautiful quilt made by a member of the local group, The Piecemakers! The Clackamas County Arts Alliance exhibits the work of a local (county) artist. Both exhibits change quarterly.

Teen Take & Make

Wednesday, May 1, Sandy Library Lobby Intro. to Cartooning Workshop

Thursday, May 2, from 4:00-5:30pm in the Sandy Library Community Room. A fun hands-on workshop that will go over the basics of creating a short comic. Participants are asked to bring a pencil, an eraser, and a black marker (sharpie or similar). This event is for teens in grades 6th - 12th. Class size is limited to 15 students. Registration required:

Digital Book Club

Thursday, May 2, from 7:00-8:00pm

We will be discussing “How Long ‘Til Black Future Month,” by N.K. Jemisin. Zoom: Contact Kat Aden kaden@ci.sandy. to be added to the email list for a zoom invite.

Free Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 4, from 12:00-2:00pm in the Sandy Library Community Room. Calling all Superheroes for Free Comic Book Day! Pick up your free comic books! Discover your Superhero name, create a costume mask and cuffs to hide your true identity, crawl through the bat cave, try the Spiderweb toss, and knockdown “Cardboard City.”

Hoodland LEGO Club

Saturday, May 4 from 1:00-2:00pm in the 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.

Men’s Book Club

Monday, May 6, 7:00 pm

“White Fragility,” by Robin DiAngelo Sandy Library Community Room. Info: Maureen at

Sandy Women’s Book Club

Thursday, May 9, from 6:00-7:30pm “Remarkably Bright Creatures,” by Shelby Van Pelt This hybrid event occurs both in the Sandy Public Library Community Room and Zoom. All are welcome! Email Maureen Houck for info.

Hoodland Library Book Group:

Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 pm in the Hoodland Library Community Room. “Dinosaurs,” by Lydia Millet. Email Lara at lwilent@ci.sandy. for info.

Mahjong at the Hoodland Library! May 11, (2nd Saturday of each month) from 2:00-4:00pm in the 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.

Beavers and How to Live With Them

Saturday, May 11 from 2:00-3:30pm in the Sandy Library Community Room. Do you share land with beavers? Are you curious about our famous state animal? How familiar are you with their biology, or how they are regulated in the state? Come with all of your beaver questions. We will discuss beaver history, ecology, regulation and some recommendations and resources on how to share your space with them!

Creation Station

Monday, May 13 (2nd Monday of each month) from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Sandy Library Community Room. Come make CD suncatchers with Art Lab. Creation Station is a twice monthly interactive program that welcomes adults with developmental disabilities on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Email Katie Murphy kmurphy@ for info.

Teen Library Advisory Board Monday, May 13, from 4:00-5:00pm in the Sandy Library Community Room. Join us on the second Monday of the month for a youth leadership opportunity and act as a youth voice for Sandy area teens. Registration required. Go to to register.

LEGO Club: Saturday, May 4, 1:00-2:00pm in the Hoodland Library Community Room. Join us the first Saturday each month and see what you can build with LEGO! For ages 5-10. Email Molly at for info.

Kids Club - LEGOs

May 14 (2nd Tuesday of each month) from 4:00 -5:30 pm in the Sandy Library Community Room. Visit the library after school to make LEGO creations that will be displayed at the library! Kids Club is for grades 1-5.

Spring Celebration


Join us at the Mt Hood Farmer Market, 38600 Proctor Blvd. Welcome Spring with the Seed Library, art, crafts, and a plant sale! The Sandy Library has teamed up with Sandy Garden Club and Wy’East Artisans Guild for a truly unique community event.

Backyard Chickens

Saturday, May 18, from 1:00-2:00pm

Location: Sandy Library Community Room

Are you looking to add a few feathered friends to your backyard? Learn best practices for successfully raising and caring for chickens featuring Cindy Manselle, an OSU Extension Service Master Gardener™.

Kids Club - STEM

Date: May 28 (4th Tuesday of each month)

Time: 4:00-5:30pm Location: Sandy Library Community Room. For May we’ll be exploring the fascinating world of bats! Come learn about these fantastic creatures and the role they play in Oregon and around the world. Make artistic bat masks, explore echolocation, and discover ways to help them with bat friendly habitat and bat boxes.


Hora del Cuento en Espanol/Spanish


domingos Hora: 1:00-2:00pm, Locación: Biblioteca Pública de Sandy. 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

Dungeons and Dragons

2nd and 4th Wed. of each month from 6- 9pm. Following old-school D&D rules from 1980. Seats are limited. Teens (13+) and Adults. Registration is required. Email Dungeon Master Steve Williamson at gaming@ruc for info.

Read to Tanis the Dog

Tuesdays, 4:15 -5:15pm, Sandy Public Library.

Reading Tutors

The Sandy Library offers free weekly reading tutoring for grades 1-3 students. Please contact Monica Smith msmith@ci.sandy. if you have any questions or want to sign your child up for this program.

Fiber Arts Circle

Tuesdays, 2 - 4 pm Sandy Public Library.

ODHS Drop-In Assistance

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am–3pm Need food or healthcare assistance? Meet an ODHS representative (Oregon Department of Human Services) at the library. Contact Maureen Houck at 503-668-5537 or

Creation Station

2nd and 4th Mondays, 10am-12pm

Sandy Library Community Room

Creation Station is a twice-monthly interactive program that welcomes adults with disabilities on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Art Lab, on the 2nd Monday, will offer several arts and crafts stations with various materials to accommodate different interests and abilities. For info,email kmurphy@

Storytimes Thursdays, 10am, Sandy Public Library Fridays, 10:30 -11am, Hoodland Public Library Molly Espenel

Family Storytime Saturdays, 10am

Virtual Storytime

Miss Monica records a storytime each week for you to watch from the comfort of your home! Sandy & Hoodland Libraries - Storytime Parents Group on Facebook.


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1 cup plain Greek yogurt (can use vegan)

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

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May 2024

New Hours!

Sandy Public Library (SL)

Monday: 10 am to 7 pm

Tuesday: 10 am to 7 pm

Wednesday: 10 am to 6 pm

Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm

Friday: 10 am to 6 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm

Hoodland Public Library (HL)

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2. Lightly flour kitchen surface. Sprinkle extra flour on top of ball of dough before transferring to floured surface. Flatten into circular shape and divide into 8 even portions. Flatten each portion into oblong, rectangular or tear-drop shape. 3. Heat non-stick skillet on medium heat. When hot, place flattened dough and cook for 3 minutes, before flipping and cooking a further 2 minutes. Repeat until all naan is cooked. 4. Once cooked, if desired, lightly brush tops with melted butter.

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Find Your Inner Actor With Acting Classes From Jeffrey Puukka

Ever dreamed of taking center stage and delving into the world of acting? Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) community education program, led by theater director Jeffrey Puukka, is how you can bring those dreams to life. Read on to learn about Puukka’s teaching style, the format of his classes and feedback from his students.

With a 20-year career as a theater director, Puukka’s journey into theater started with a childhood love for the stage. However, a pivotal moment during a production

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in his teenage years changed his mind.

“I was interested in acting because I believed in theater from a very young age. Once, I thought I was going to grow up and be an actor, but a negative experience with a director shifted my focus to facilitating and directing,” Puukka said. Puukka’s experience includes teaching engagements with organizations such as The American Association of Community Theatres, the Gresham-Barlow School District, Metropolitan Performing Arts, and the parks and recreation platform of the City of Gresham. He also played a major role in developing the Teen Acting Conservatory at Vancouver’s Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy.

Beyond his work with actors, Puukka has also spent time caregiving, mentoring, and as a support figure collaborating with adults coping with developmental disabilities.

“I have a perspective on acting from working with actors in rehearsal and thinking about what is often expected or demanded from actors. I can contribute to developing actors from a perspective that is different,” Puukka said.

Puukka’s beginning acting classes offer a haven for adults to explore acting basics. Through group activities, solo work and engaging exercises, students build confidence and discover the joy of performance. Puukka believes that acting is about

“behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” fostering authenticity and exploration.

“I want to create a gentle, empowering environment that encourages people to try acting. Just start. Jump in and see where you land, because it could be a very positive twist in your journey,” Puukka said.

For those ready to build their skills even more, Puukka’s advanced acting class focuses on character development, scene study and peer collaboration. Students receive personal attention as they refine their craft and prepare for auditions. Puukka’s classes have empowered people to pursue dreams, with students praising his supportive teaching style and the inclusive community he fosters.

“I’ve had students go on to work in several productions, launch successful careers in film, and gain the confidence to step into the spotlight,” Puukka said.

Many students have had very positive remarks for Puukka’s classes:

“It was fun as well as helping to bring out a participant’s creativity. It helped the participants gain confidence in their own abilities.”

“He was ALWAYS supportive of all the students and created a safe atmosphere. Every student thanked him for that.”

If you’ve ever dreamed of stepping onto the stage or trying acting, seize the opportunity at MHCC. For more information about upcoming acting classes at MHCC, visit modules/.

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the newly formed Mount Hood Railroad Company for $650,000. The new company, with backing from the lumber mills along the line, continued as a freight operator, but also expanded into the tourism business with scenic runs through the picturesque Hood River Valley, featuring spectacular views of Mount Hood and the “Fruit Belt” orchards of the area. The O-WR&N’s historic brick depot in Hood River was also included in the deal, and henceforth, became the headquarters of the rail company.

The story of the Mount Hood Railroad doesn’t end there, however. In 2008 the railroad was sold to Permian Basins Railways, a subsidiary of the Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings. By 2019, continued operation of the railroad became problematic due to financial woes. After the company defaulted

on a major loan, the railroad was put into receivership, eventually to be purchased by Mount Hood Capital Investments LLC. The current owners have opted to retain the previous management and look to increase their freight load by purchasing another locomotive. They also plan to continue expanding in the tourism part of the business while enhancing their presence in the communities that they serve.

One notable feature of the Mount Hood Railroad is that it utilizes a switchback. In the old days switchbacks were fairly common, allowing trains to reverse direction, but today the switchback on the Mount Hood line is one of only five in the U.S. still in operation. Local residents are familiar with the Mt. Hood trains departing the station backwards until they reach the switchback where they change direction prior to the climb towards Parkdale.

Should you wish to take a ride on this historic railroad, the Mount Hood Railroad currently offers scenic tours through the Hood River Valley with narrated historic excursion trains in addition to special events. Motor-assisted railbike tours are also available on the line. If you’re looking for a fun, educa -

tional, and scenic outing for your family and friends, look no further than the Mount Hood Railroad. The spectacular views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, along with the orchard and farmland of the Hood River Valley will leave lasting memories for years to come!

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in-person event for the community would allow the candidates to listen to mountain issues and see residents unify as a voting block. “My inspiration was the success of previous forums. Democracy will die if all we do is turn on our favorite news show and only hear one side of the issue. To live and prosper, Democracy needs all of us to get together with our neighbors and listen to both sides, ask questions, talk to each other, and only then decide how to vote,” he said.

Doug, a community activist, knew the forum had to be supported by the community. He asked the board of the MHLC to organize and financially support the forum and arranged with Chris Skipper, Mt. Hood Oregon Resort’s general manager, to provide the Cascade Ballroom at cost. Chris included the stage, sound system, water station, and coffee as a gift to the community. The HCPO became a co-sponsor, offering funds, pre-event email outreach, help with event posters, and staff a table featuring their current zoning work, community meetings and an upcoming fire prevention project workshop. Doug booked the date and invited the candidates. They started replying immediately to attend.

Peter Himes, MHLC president, asked Welches resident and fellow mountain enthusiast Mary Bentson, an experienced college educator, to moderate the forum. The League of Women Voters of

Clackamas County committed to providing nonpartisan forum advice, an LWV voter registration table, volunteers, and an official timekeeper and flagger for candidate statements and responses. Volunteers from the Hoodland Women’s Club agreed to staff a table with info for their community outreach programs.

Peter asked Myke and Ron Jagow of “Neighborhood Missions” if he could purchase their famous chocolate chip cookies for the event to support their work. Myke and Ron baked over 100 cookies in their commercial kitchen and graciously donated them. “We like to support groups working to better the community,” Myke said.

The forum followed a structured format. Moderator Mary Bentson introduced all thirteen candidates, each presenting an opening statement. The audience was encouraged to participate by submitting questions on cards collected by the LWV; the cards were sorted according to subject matter by the MHLC team. The moderator posed these questions to the candidates in a series of rounds. The program concluded with each candidate delivering a brief closing statement, allowing them to comment on an issue.

After the program, question facilitators Doug Saldivar and Matt Bromley of the MHLC commented, “Eighty to ninety

percent of the audience questions had to do with two topics. Sheriff issues include deputy staffing and speeders, STR (short-term rental) density limits, and continuing non-compliance with the STR program regulations. Other questions were about the Firewise (fire prevention) programs, the Dorman Center property (for a new firehouse), homeowner rights, squatters, the homeless and strategies for dealing with them, and freedoms - like keeping censorship out of schools and libraries and support for LGBTQ+ in the community, mental health programs, and the closure of the only health care office.”

Responses by candidates varied as might be expected - incumbents defended their programs, and challengers were on the offense. Some had no idea what the questions referred to. One candidate took home the entire set of question cards to study the mountain issues in depth.

Residents had time to mingle with the candidates and ask them questions after the program. Casual comments from residents, sponsors,

volunteers and candidates were optimistic about their experience at the forum. Many were surprised that all the candidates attended.

Lori Neely, a volunteer with the HWC, commented, “The forum gave us incredible insight into the candidates. I learned so much and can now make an informed decision.”

Volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Clackamas County commented informally that the Mount Hood Livability Coalition ran the forum professionally.

Co-Sponsor Hoodland CPO Treasurer Pat Erdenberger said, “The CPO Board was so pleased to see the sizable turnout. We met a lot of people new to us, and several candidates stopped by our table to ask what we saw as the big issues in this area. In answer to those questions, we felt that according to what we hear from members who attend (HCPO) meetings - Short Term Rental regulation enforcement, law enforcement presence in the area, and the stability of wireless communication during emergencies were of the utmost importance to many.

All three concerns show the importance of feeling safe in our community.”

MHLC’s Peter Himes summarized the forum: “Outstanding, one hundred percent attendance by the candidates and a large turnout of the Hoodland Community. We set up chairs for one hundred and had to set up more. The Forum received high praise on Next Door, including numerous people wishing they had attended.”

Vote in the Primary on May 21. The LWV reminds you that you can register to vote, update your registration, obtain an absentee ballot for traveling on dates near the election, and track your ballot via three websites: the Oregon Secretary of State Elections website, the Clackamas County website, and League of Women Voters’ free Vote411 services at www. . Here you’ll find some recorded candidate forums, interviews conducted by LWV members for all Clackamas County races and the LWV Voter Guides- also available at your local library.

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The Art of Upcycled Clothing at ReSergence Salon



Sara Crampton makes upcycled clothing. She takes used clothing she finds in thrift stores, cuts it into pieces, and makes new, revitalized clothing.

She is an artist of sorts. Castoff sweaters are her media. A serger sewing machine is her tool. Elaborate coat dresses are her fine works of art.

Crampton’s vivid imagination comes to life in her cozy creations. From piles of sweaters carefully selected for their natural fibers, she stitches together decorative clothing and other unique items, all

handmade at her first studio and shop, ReSergence Salon.

Located at 63045 E Brightwood Bridge Road in Brightwood, in the small town she has called home for the past 25 years, the new shop showcases her signature upcycled clothing. It is open by appointment only.

“It’s my first independent endeavor as a clothing maker,” said Crampton, a former chef at Mt. Hood’s Rendezvous Grill.

She has worked in the food industry most of her life. But she began sewing from an early age, thanks to her mother making her attend 4-H. Crampton learned how to

make the kind of clothes she loves from watching a tutorial. Inspired, she started collecting sweaters and before she knew it she was making her own upcycled clothes and selling them on etsy.

She left the restaurant business in 2022 and was focusing full time on her own clothing business by 2023.

“I make a variety of styles of coats,” Crampton said. “They’re all one of a kind. Each one is unique. No two will ever be the same because of the nature of textiles I am using.”

These days she is gearing up for the summer farmers market season, which runs May through October.

She plans to sell her wares at Mt. Hood Farmers Market in Sandy on Fridays and the Gresham Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Making upcycled clothes is a painstaking process that starts by spending hours at a time hunting through racks of sweaters for just the right natural fiber, mostly wool and cotton.

In her own words, here’s how Crampton does it: “I launder and dry every used sweater to felt or shrink it before using. This step helps give the finished products more structure and durability. Clean sweaters are then sorted by fiber and color, searched for

holes, and evaluated for how they can be best utilized.

“I spend a lot of time on all these steps before making even one cut. The actual construction of a final product begins when I have enough clean, old sweaters to envision something new.”

“Because every sweater is unique, I don’t really have a pattern, just guidelines based on my previous sweater-creating experiences. The final step of actually sewing the garments together can take anywhere from one afternoon to four days, depending on complexity.”

Lions Club Scholarship Dinner Raises Funds for Graduates

As with many of their community and fundraising events, the Mount Hood Lions Club scholarship dinner has become a staple in the community. The scholarship dinner, a beloved tradition since 2006, helps raise funds for local upcoming graduates in the community while also remembering beloved former Mount Hood Lions Club member Jim Turin.

Prepping the large meal and setting up for the fundraiser begins weeks in advance with some 25 Mount Hood Lions’ members organizing the event, which includes a homemade spaghetti dinner and raffle prizes; all proceeds benefit their scholarship program.

While the Mount Hood Lions Club has several benefit dinners each year that positively impact the community and fulfill the Lions’ goals to provide service to those in the area, the Jim Turin Memorial Italian dinner is one of the most important. Large turnouts are always expected and community fellowship is important, but the overall goal is to raise money for local upcoming graduates. “The scholarship dinner is very important,” Mount Hood Lions Club member Cindi Sempert said. “The more money we make at the dinner, the more scholarships we can give out,” she added. According to Sempert, the number of scholarship applicants varies each year (with numbers on the lower side since the pandemic). On average, the Mount Hood Lions Club sees seven to ten scholarship applicants each year and the overall goal is to provide some kind of benefit for their future educational needs. Scholarship applicants must live within the Mount Hood Villages and

have attended school in the Welches district for some term between kindergarten and eighth grade. “We are looking for students who are involved in a variety of school, church and community activities,” Sempert said. “We really like to see students who are involved in volunteer service,” Sempert added.

The number of dinners sold and the raffle donations contribute to the amount of

money available for scholarship applicants. According to Sempert, the dollar amount raised each year can vary, but thanks to community members attending the benefit, donations from local businesses, and the kindness of private donors in the community, funds can benefit a good number of scholarship applicants. Serving

students a better opportunity to receive scholarship money.

As the Mount Hood Lions club continues to make a positive impact on the community, they are now gearing up for their Mexican dinner which will benefit and help fund their summer swim lesson program. Winners

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Students attending high school in 2024 can get a jumpstart on their college degrees through Clackamas Community College’s career technical education (CTE) summer

camps – tuition-free.

CTE camps run Aug. 12-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. An information session will be held May 13, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Wacheno Welcome Center on the Oregon City campus.

CTE summer camps are open to Clackamas County students who will be entering 9th through 12th grade in fall 2024. Lunch will be provided, and transportation assistance is available from area high schools to the college. The deadline to register is June 9.

The free CTE camps include:

• Criminal justice investigation: Apply investigative techniques in areas like

fingerprinting, evidence collection and crime scene photography and reconstruction.

• Green building construction: Explore green building materials and construction through carpentry tools and techniques like measurement, layout and safe use of tools.

• Intro to CNC machining: Learn basic CNC skills, including how to set up and operate CNC milling and turning centers.

• Music and film: Learn how to design, shoot, record audio and post-production of movies.

• Horticulture – gardening

and farming: Develop and learn the principles and best practices of organic fruit and vegetable gardening.

• Medical assisting: Learn about the skills and attributes of a successful medical assistant while exploring patient-centered health care careers.

• Makerspace: Discover the art of invention through hands-on activities using laser cutters and 3D printers.

“Students who enroll in the summer camp programs will accelerate their college education while saving both time and money,” Ni’Cole Sims,

CCC director of education partnerships, said.

Space is limited at all camps, and a weighted lottery will provide priority placement for underserved students (students of color, students with disabilities, students with low socio-economic status and students with limited access to accelerated learning programs).

CTE camps will be held on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. For more information about summer programs and how to register, visit cte-summer-camps. For questions about CTE camps, email


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Introducing a unique and charming real estate opportunity in the Rhododendron area. A 1935 US Forest Service cabin that has been relocated and transformed into a cozy complex. This picturesque setting offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and a serene environment for those seeking a mountain getaway. Located amidst lush surroundings, this boasts a wonderful forest wonderland. Step outside and take a leisurely walk meandering down to the nearby creek, where you can immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of nature. Inside the unit, you will find a cozy and inviting space. This intimate layout is perfect for anyone looking for a comfortable retreat in the mountains whether you are looking for a weekend escape or a year-round residence. Located just 12 miles from Government Camp, you are surrounded by the National Forest and all of what Mt Hood has to offer you, right at your doorstep. $83 covers water, sewer and garbage.

American jewelry making, craft and tradition to the classroom.

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Join us for an 8-hour demonstration and hands-on, 2-day class divided into

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The following students have been named to the 2023-2024 Winter Term President's list at Oregon Institute of Technology. Recipients of the honor achieved a 3.70 grade-point average and above. 1.



2023–2024 Winter Term Dean’s List

The following students have been named to the 2023-2024 Winter Term Dean's list at Oregon Institute of Technology. Recipients of the honor achieved a 3.30 to 3.69 grade-point average.

1. Yana Blashchishina of Damascus (97089) studies Software Engineering Tech

2. Katie Dudrov of Damascus (97089) studies Echocardiography

3. Calvin Klatt of Boring (97089) studies Cybersecurity

4. Jessica Misiuk of Damascus (97089) studies Diagnostic Medical Sonography

5. Brandon Whitten of Sandy (97055) studies Mechanical Engineering

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May 2024 — The Mountain Times 39 Local News Each office is independently owned and operated Marti Bowne OREGON BROKER “Where Good Service Speaks for Itself.” 503-516-4494 Liz Warren ABR, CRS, GRI, e-Pro, RSPS, Broker 503-705-3090 Buying or Selling on Mt. Hood? Each office is independently owned and operated Keller Williams PDX Central’s #1 Solo Agent for 2022 Buying or Selling on Mt. Hood? 503-705-3090 Liz Warren ABR, CRS, GRI, e-Pro, RSPS, Broker Each office is independently owned and operated Lesli Bekins 503-260-1342 Call Lesli Today RESTORED CREEKSIDE CABIN W/STUDIO IN GOVERNMENT CAMP Private location on Camp Creek on East & South side of cabin Open floorplan on main w/efficient wood stove Family room w/fireplace on lower level Laundry & wood room with o/s entrance Main cabin features 3 BR/1BA, Furnished Studio with kitchenette, loft & 2nd BA New fiberglass windows, & electrical panels New Cedar Siding & metal roofs - Rentable $1,299,950 RMLS #22194802 . . . . . . . . Lesli Bekins 503-260-1342 Direct | 503-495-4927 eFAX | Call Lesli today! 2 Bed + Den/Bunk Room | 2.5 Bath - Tandem attached garage Pine wood floors in dining, kitchen and powder Rd Surround Sound & Custom Lighting Wooded backyard & Mt. Hood view from front bedroom Close to Amenities of pool, hot tub, sauna & clubhouse No rent cap. RMLS#24609377 $745K Stunning 200K total remodel in this 8-unit project. 3 levels above ground, 3 Bedrooms & 3 Baths Sleeping for 9 - Views of woods 2 fireplaces - 1 elect, 1 wood Project is situated on HUGE lot in residential area Large parking area, greenspace & sledding hill No renting per HOA. RMLS#24288856 $845K FURNISHED GOVY CONDO FURNISHED CONDO BARLOW PASS WEST CRS, CDPE, GRI, ePRO, Eco-Broker
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• Remodeled, 576 sq ft, 1 bedroom + loft
1 bathroom with heated floor, 0.37 acres



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