The Mountain Times November 2023

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Mandy Vance Honored as 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year

30 Year Old Mountain Mystery Solved

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In an exciting surprise announcement shortly after lunch time today, Mandy Vance, an Oregon Trail School District middle school teacher, was named and celebrated as Oregon’s 2023-24 Teacher of the Year! Vance has taught 6-8th grade at Boring Middle School for 15 years and is on special assignment this fall at Cedar Ridge Middle School. “Teachers like Mandy are so important to making sure that every child has a safe place to receive a high-quality public education. Her commitment to volunteerism and empowering students is incredible, and I’m thrilled to see her efforts that go above and beyond for her students being honored,” said Governor Tina Kotek. Mandy Vance grew up in Portland, Oregon and discovered her love for working with youth while serving as a student mentor at Franklin High School, and as a camp counselor during the summer. She graduated from Corban University, earning a Bachelors of Science in Social Studsee VANCE page 10

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The Mystery Scrapbook

By Ty Walker The Mountain Times

The centerpiece of this local mystery is a century-old scrapbook, a document of family history through newspaper clippings and photos. The 1-by-2-foot behemoth dark gray book, whose cover is emblazoned with the words “Scrap Book” in gold lettering, is of little value

to a burglar, but to the family who carefully put it together, it’s a treasure trove of priceless memories. This is part one of a two-part story about a family whose cabin was burglarized three decades ago and their scrapbook stolen. News that their missing memoir is safe and sound at the Mountain Times might even merit the entry of a new clipping when the scrapbook is returned to the family descendants. Our story begins in Rhododendron in the mid-1990s when a number of cabins, including Wilbur and Evelyn Reid’s, were burglarized. Among the usual things stolen, like TVs, VCRs and other electronics was this scrapbook, an antique document passed down from one generation to another over the years. Some time later, the burglar was caught and arrested in Oregon City. The precious collection of family photos, wedding and birth announcements, and newspaper items didn’t belong in a sheriff’s evidence room. Maybe a newspaper would be more appropriate.

Around 2006, the Clackamas County sheriff’s office gave the scrapbook to then-Mountain Times publisher Steve Wilent and for a while, it ended up in the local library, where his wife Lara worked. Wilent put an article in the paper asking readers if anyone knew to whom the scrapbook belonged. One person responded but turned out not to be the right party. The unclaimed family heirloom bounced around from one publisher to the next as ownership of the newspaper changed four times over the years, finally ending up in the hands of current publisher Matthew Nelson. The curious looking antique caught Nelson’s attention in the pile of things he acquired when he bought the paper earlier this year. He assigned his Social Media Manager Kaity VanHoose the task of finding its rightful owner. Exhaustive internet sleuthing, using names found in the clippings of old wedding announcements and obituaries, led her to a Seattle real estate agent, Chelsey (Reid) Ryskalczyk, a direct descendant of the scrapbook’s original owner. In fact, she is the great-greatgreat-great-granddaughter of Wilbur and Evelyn Reid. Chelsey (Reid) Ryskalczk, who was mentioned as a child in the scrapbook, was tracked down through an inter-

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Ex-Couple Identified in Double Fatal Shooting By Ty Walker

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The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has identified the couple involved in the double fatal shooting Oct. 5 at the Mount Hood Village RV Resort in Welches. The victims are Matthew Reid Mullin, 46, and Kimberly Taylor Mullin, 50, both of Welches. Family members have been notified. Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a domestic disturbance at

approximately 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Mount Hood Village RV Resort at 65000 E Hwy 26, Welches, in unincorporated Clackamas County. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Matthew Mullin deceased in front of a trailer and located Kimberly Mullin injured inside the trailer. Both had suffered gunshot wounds. Deputies attempted lifesaving efforts on Kimberly Mullin and she was transported by Life Flight Network to a Portland hospital where she died.

Another man who was present at the scene was identified and is cooperating with investigators. No further details were available for release at the time The Mountain Times went to press. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-7234949 or by using the online email form at Please reference case #23-020750.


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Place of Birth? Portland, Oregon How long on the Mountain? 29 years If you were not brought here as a child, what brought you to the Mountain? I first came to the Mountain when I was eight to pick huckleberries. Profession? Designer for BPA Other professions? Construction building, food processor Favorite movie/and or musical? “Training Day” Favorite actress and actor? Denzel Washington Favorite TV show? “America’s Got Talent” Favorite book? The Stand Favorite type of music? Rock & Roll Favorite food? Mexican Favorite hobbies? Construction, snow skiing, water skiing and hiking If offered a dream vacation, where would you go, and why? I would like to go to New York because of the pizza! Best lesson learned as a child? Not to lie, you will always be caught. Defining moment in your life or your greatest accomplishment? Getting my job after college with the BPA A memorable dinner? Prime rib A funny moment from your life that you can share? I was at a Mexican restaurant with my wife, she laughed and all her food went everywhere. If you could invite anyone (past or present) to dinner, who would it be, and why? It would be my mother. She passed away when I was three years old. Describe yourself in one word? Virgo When you’re not reading The Mountain Times, what book/author/magazine/other do you read? Nancy Drew Adventures If your life were made into a play or movie, what would the title be? “Living Life Over Again” Pet peeve? People not saying “hello” when they come to your house. Bad habit you’d like to break? Not being a perfectionist. Famous person(s) you have met, and the circumstances? The doctor who saved my life in 1996. Favorite quote? When people say “I am smart,” I say that “I am smart enough.” Favorite part of The Mountain Times? Keeping up with what’s going on in the community.

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Local News

Local Author Champions ‘The Virtue of Fly Fishing’ By Ty Walker The Mountain Times

Mark Bachmann in his element.

You may remember him as the owner of The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, the man who taught you how to cast a line in the Sandy River or guided you down the Deschutes. For more than 40 years, he and his wife ran what became the first specialty fly fishing shop with a fully functional website in the Pacific Northwest. He still owns the domain

name online. They retired from the business and sold that shop on US Highway 26 in 2021, as covid and the decline in fisheries took their toll. But Mark Bachmann, 79, has not gone gently into that good night. He has taken his wealth of experience and knowledge of all things fly fishing and become an author. In September he self-published his first major book, “The Virtue of Fly Fishing.” See AUTHOR Page 11

Sandbar BBQ Brings the Heat This Winter

By Ty Walker The Mountain Times

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. Temperatures are dropping and you’re looking for a place to come in from the cold as you pass through Sandy on your

way to or from The Mountain. With the changing of the seasons, Sandbar BBQ has cooked up some hot ideas for fall and winter that are sure to keep you warm all season long. The Sandy hotspot on Highway 26 has added a festive array of hot cocktails and delectable dessert drinks to the menu. Sandbar BBQ is famous for its tri-tip steaks slathered in barbecue sauce and touts

the best cocktails in town. Since opening in May under the ownership of experienced restaurateur Clint Melville, it has fast become a favorite of locals and out-of-towners alike. The tasty new cocktails are attracting a lot of attention at the bar these days. With so many choices, it shouldn’t be hard to find one that will satisfy your sweet tooth. There’s Oreo cocoa, pineapple hot toddy, pumpkin spice latte cocktail, and fireside cider (hot apple cider and fireball) to name a few. “We’re focusing on our featured hot cocktails, being a little bit different, a little more

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This play season, experience the gentle sea breezes and lush mountains of Hiroshima in “A Thousand Cranes,” watch a beautiful community blossom in gritty Cleveland, OH in “Seedfolks,” and walk through the turbulent halls of high school again in “Be More Chill.” The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) theatre department is gearing up for an exciting 2023-2024 play season filled with diverse genres, thought-provoking themes, and gripping performances. There will be something for everyone, from heartwarming dramas to lively musicals, with gripping performances and stories that will make you think.

“A Thousand Cranes” is a perfect play for young audiences. It tells the story of a young girl named Sadako who gets cancer as a result of the Hiroshima bombing, and her goal to fold a thousand origami cranes in the hopes of healing and peace. Through her journey, the play explores themes of resilience, the enduring power of hope, and the devastating impact of war. “Seedfolks” revolves around a diverse group of struggling neighbors who work with each other to transform an empty lot into a thriving garden. Through their shared passion for gardening, they learn about the healing power of nature, the importance of community, and the potential for positive change.

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Theatre News

Sandy Actors Theatre Presents “A Nice Family Christmas”

By Sandy Actors Theatre The Mountain Times

On Friday, November 24, Phil Olson’s “A Nice Family Christmas” will open at Sandy Actors Theatre, continuing every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. through December 17. It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired is assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother, his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material. One by one, we learn each family member’s secrets, problems and dysfunctions. When they learn that he’s writing an article with some very personal information, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together?

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, the Wy’East Artisans Guild will present their Gallery Opening of “Ho, Ho, Ho.” Join the artists as they share how humor and time with friends and family inspired them. At 7:30 pm, following the opening, guests are invited to a full preview presentation of the play. Donations to the theater and guild are most appreciated. Carl, the young journalist who fears for his job, is played by Dean, Julie [sic] who says she has been active in performance art since “Frankenstein vs. the Werewolf” was made in 1972. “I identify with so many little things in this play,” she said. “Each character has their own story that connects them to the family. They find that love is the great equalizer.” Thelina O’Daniel portrays Mom. “I’m channeling ‘That 70’s Show’ Mom character: nice hairdo, keeps the peace and just wants everyone to get along,”

O’Daniel says. “She loves her kids from a distance.” The matriarch of the family is played by Lexi Dillon, longtime member of SAT, who played Cassandra in “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike” in 2021, and in 2023, Julia in “Lend Me a Tenor.” “Grandma has a wild sense of humor,” Dillon says, “She doesn’t let a good story be dictated by truth.” Jill, one of the siblings, is played by Morgan AmburnCauch, who was a theater major in college and acted in dozens of plays; this is her first show in 15 years. “As a neurodivergent person on the autism spectrum, theater and the arts gave me a place to belong, the community that I always craved,” Morgan said. Uncle Bob is played by Ron Palmblad, who has played the Mayor of MunchkinLand in “The Wizard of Oz,” as well as Candy in “Of Mice and Men.” “This is a fun, light-hearted tale, sort of a Mom’s Family Up North,” Palmblad said. Hanna Russell plays the part of Stacy, the youngest. “I’m a middle child, and I can relate to the teasing and bickering between siblings in this show,” she said. Russell has been Mr. Poole and Mrs. Cratchit in “A Christmas Carol,” as well as Ms. Gulch and the wicked witch of see CHRISTMAS page 26

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Earlier this year, Natalie Hanson made a big decision. And that has made all the difference. She had just graduated from Sandy High School and was already enrolled to go to Oregon State University this fall. Her plans for the future seemed set. Then she began having doubts about whether college was for her. She came to realize there was nothing there that she really wanted to do. “My dad found this program,” Hanson said. “It sounded interesting, like something I could do.” Now she is one of three students learning the ropes of becoming a career firefighter through Hoodland Fire District’s Student Program. Hanson, 18, lives at the Government Camp Fire Station while she works regular A shifts based out of Hoodland’s main fire station in Welches. She works 48 hours on duty and 96 hours off, alongside full-time staff members. “I’m surprised how much I enjoy it,’ Hanson said. “I really love being here. The people here are lovely to be around. I think I want to become a career firefighter now.” She likes getting the oppor-

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net phone number search. She answered a phone call from VanHoose and confirmed her Reid identity. “Most of what I did was just a lot of name tracking and harnessing the power of

tunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. She feels like she gets along with others at the station. “I like being that person who can respond to someone’s emergency and be able to help,” she said. “To be useful and physically make a change, like save someone’s life or make them feel better or more comfortable.” Hanson said the great majority of calls in Hoodland are for medical emergencies, but she has responded with teams to one house fire and 1 fully-engaged car fire in her first three or four months on the job. Currently, Hanson said she is the only woman firefighter in the Hoodland district. There are two women working on the administration staff but they are not firefighters. “I never thought I’d be surrounded by middle aged men all the time,” she said. “It’s kind of a shocker for me. I feel like I get along with everyone.” She credits her mother, a family doctor, for helping her figure out she wanted to do something in medicine. Now she has that opportunity. As part of the student program, the Hoodland Fire District also puts her through firefighting classes three full days a week at Portland

the internet,” VanHoose said. The scrapbook will be returned to Chelsey and her father Matt Reid, the rightful heirs in the Mystery Of The Family Scrapbook. Mountain Times Publisher Matt Nelson is arranging a meeting to give it back. “The father is absolutely

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Community College. Students earn their Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications there, she said. The oldest of three children, Hanson was born in Indiana before moving to Minnesota. She has lived in the Welches and Sandy area the past 13 years. When she’s off duty, she likes to maintain an active lifestyle. You might find her lifting weights at the gym, hiking in the foothills, or skiing on The Mountain. (not to mention playing video games at home.) At Sandy High School, Hanson was on the ski team for three years and the water polo team for a year. Hanson seems to have made a good choice and found her niche in Hoodland. “I’m excited to be here,” she said. ecstatic that we have this,” Nelson said. Don’t miss “The Mystery Of The Family Scrapbook” Part II in the December edition of the Mountain Times. We will interview the Reid family and get their reaction to finding their long lost treasure. Stay tuned...

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Local News

“I Remember When...” The Heyday of Logging on The Mountain By Ty Walker The Mountain Times

Lloyd Musser and his wife Maureen came to Mount Hood for their honeymoon and stayed for the skiing. It was the early ‘60s. Things were swingin’. The times they were a-changin’. Timber harvesting was king in Oregon. Lloyd got a job with the U.S. Forest Service in the Mount Hood National Forest in silviculture planning timber sales. Silviculture is the science of controlling the growth, composition and quality of forests to meet values and needs related to timber production. “Looking southward from Timberline Lodge, you can see my handiwork,” Musser said. “All the clearcuts you can see are my planning handiwork for 25 years.” The Mussers still live in their original Government Camp house but they have seen the landscape around them change since the’60s.

Since retiring in 1998, after 36 years in the Forest Service, Lloyd has volunteered at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum, where he is curator. Now 80, Musser hung up the skis 10 years ago: “I’m too old and stiff,” he said. But he loves collecting history and finding a museum audience to listen to his stories. “It’s my hobby,” he said. “It’s my everything.” He regularly gives lectures at the museum and is a contributing writer for The Mountain Times. “I like collecting history and sharing that history with people on the mountain and through the newspaper,” Musser said. It would be hard to find a more fitting old-timer than Lloyd Musser to kick off our “I Remember When . . .” series in which local longtime residents are asked to share their memories of living on The Mountain. “I remember when you could see a continuous line of

log trucks going down Highway 26 all day long,” Musser said. “You hardly ever see a log truck anymore. In the ‘60s, the Forest Service was selling lots of timber and there were log trucks flying everywhere. “In the Morning, Huckleberry Restaurant and restaurants up and down The Mountain would be full of loggers eating before they go to work. It’s just all gone now. No timber harvest.” “I don’t know where we’re getting our timber now. It must be coming out of Canada. But it’s not coming from the Mount Hood National Forest.” Musser said timber is a natural resource we should be using more of today. “It breaks my heart to see it fall down, die and rot away instead of being used,” Musser said. “That’s the way it is. You’ve got the spotted owl.”

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Greetings, The Hoodland Senior Center is going through a time of transition with the retirement of Ella Vogel, who faithfully and capably served our community for over eight years as our executive director. She made a positive difference in the lives of our seniors, and she will be greatly missed. We wish Ella a happy and healthy retirement. Susan Stindt graciously accepted the challenge of serving as interim executive director while we strive to fill the position vacated by Ella. Susan is wellqualified for her new role, with a strong history of both volunteer and compensated work

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in the nonprofit sector, and I’m confident that there will be no interruptions in the delivery of services to our senior population under her leadership. We are currently accepting letters of interest, with resumes, from qualified applicants for the position of executive director and hope to have interviews completed and be ready to make an offer of employment by the end of the calendar year or shortly thereafter. Thank you to the community for your continuing support. Robert Boertien, Chair Hoodland Senior Center Board of Directors

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Thanksgiving was my grandpa’s absolute favorite holiday. He was an amazing cook and always looked forward to preparing the Thanksgiving meal on the big day. My mom’s dad had honed his skills as a mess sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II — even once preparing a meal for General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Back home, he’d dedicate all week to planning and getting all the food ready to cook. Then he’d spend all Thanksgiving morning in the kitchen. It was not uncommon for the entire family to attend the feast. This would include all of my aunts, uncles and a gaggle of cousins. All of us kids had strict orders to stay out of the kitchen so the “chef ” could work his magic. We stayed busy playing hide-and-seek, cops and robbers, or any number of other games created by our imagination, since there was no internet to keep us entertained. Once the food was ready, everyone sat around at the big table to enjoy the dinner and visiting with one another. Of course my cousins and I were relegated to the “kids” table, but we didn’t mind. The food was always amazing — the turkey and gravy were my favorites — the company was great and everything in the world was right. As I look back on these family events, I realize how much I cherished those times. What I wouldn’t give to go back in time, just for a day, to spend one more Thanksgiving with Grandma and Grandpa. As my family gathers this year for the holiday, I will give a toast to Grandpa for the wonderful memories he made possible, all while celebrating all the people at my table, making sure to cherish the times we have now. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Also, please pass the gravy. Sincerely,

Hello, avid Mountain Times readers. I hope you are all doing amazingly well and enjoying the changes and updates we have implemented to the paper in order to bring you even more mountain goodness. I know that our new issues are teeming full of great local news and local interest stories, and we have the most wonderful business in the world supporting what we do. I’m sure you are all having a hard time putting the paper down. But what I have noticed, and wanted to bring to your attention, is that our mailbox has been rather quiet lately — too quiet, if you ask me. We are only getting a small handful of letters to the editor. I know that you are all mesmerized by the awesomeness of the paper. But I’d like to ask you — please, please, please — if you could take a few moments to




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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.

At the end of September, I received the honor from my colleagues in the House Republican Caucus to serve as their leader. I’ve received notes of congratulations from many of you, but I also expect some people to ask if the role impacts my responsibility to serve our community and, ultimately, you. I want to assure you: I am unwaveringly committed to the district, and the needs of our community come before politics in the legislature. After all, I am only in the legislature because of you. During this past legislative session, occurring during the first six months of the year, I

supported thoughtful policy, regardless of whether it was introduced by a Republican or a Democrat. I supported bills to extend tax credits, increase housing production, dedicate new funds to ensure farmworker housing is safe and up to code, increase class sizes at the police academy to get more officers on the street faster, and expand eligibility criteria for Safe Routes to School grants to help our students safely walk to class. I will take the same approach as the House Republican Leader by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance legislation to benefit all Oregonians.

In recent weeks, I have met with Democratic and Republican leaders to identify the issues we agree are crucial to the betterment of our state. Oregonians need affordable housing, less homelessness, improved public safety, and more accountability for drug dealers and users. We may hold different beliefs on the solutions to these problems, but I look forward to exploring all possible options. The “other side” can have good ideas, too. In particular, I am extremely concerned about the unintended consequences of Measure 110 (2020), which decriminalized the use and

possession of hard drugs and encouraged users to seek addiction and rehabilitation support. Since voters passed the measure, the drug crisis has proliferated throughout Oregon. These issues are not just a problem for Portland but the entire state. In May 2017, 1,483 people were arrested on a drug possession charge in Oregon. By May 2022, a mere 176 people were arrested for the same charge. In that time, fentanyl seizures in Oregon and Idaho increased from 27 doses in 2018 to 32 million doses in 2022. That’s a 118 million percent increase! As a retired law enforcement officer, I have firsthand

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experience of the evil that drugs do to individuals, families, and communities. If the legislature fails to address the proliferation of drug use driven, in large part, by the rash proposal to eliminate penalties for possession, then it must also accept responsibility for the tragedy. We must have serious conversations about recriminalizing hard drugs in our state. In my last column, I shared my support for the kicker. The Oregon Constitution stipulates that if state revenues increase by more than two percent during a budget cycle, the state must refund the surplus revenues to taxpayers. When this happens, we say, “The kicker kicked!” This past fiscal year, Oregonians overpaid a whopping $5.61 billion. This means eligible taxpayers will receive a credit when they file their taxes in April 2024. To determine your credit, visit the “What’s My Kicker” calculator at https:// tap?Link=WMK As always, you can reach me at Rep.JeffHelfrich@ or 503-986-1452.

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ies Education, and other honors for her leadership and athletic achievements. Her global volunteer work and overseas teaching experiences led her to pursue a Masters of Science degree in English to Speakers of Other Languages. Upon graduation, she found her teaching home in Boring, Oregon, where she has taught a wide range of students and subjects. As a lifelong learner, Vance earned her Doctorate in Education from Concordia University, where her research focused on the relational needs of Generation Z athletes. With this knowledge she empowers students to be leaders in her classes, on her athletic teams, and in the clubs she advises. “Mandy Vance is an educator who has consistently demonstrated care for students in significant ways,” said Dr. Charlene Williams, Director of the Oregon Department of Education. “This is a teacher who both empowers students and holds them accountable, who sees the unique identity of every scholar and helps them to see themselves and all they have to offer, and who will meet every student where they’re at and then challenge them to do more than they ever thought they were capable of.” “As a relational educator, I know much of my success in the classroom is because I take the time to get to know each of my students. While this is extremely important, I am just one cog in the wheel of academic success,” Vance said in her application. “Alone we can only do so much, but when we know our students’ stories,

are each willing to contribute our own gifts and expertise, and operate with gritty determination to discover what works for each student, this is when they are able to succeed in our schools.” “This achievement has brought a spotlight on the impact Mandy has had and on the many outstanding teachers within our district who have worked tirelessly to benefit the students in our community and to help them attain the future they deserve,” Aaron Bayer, Oregon Trail School District superintendent said. The Oregon Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education in partnership with the Oregon Lottery. Vance was celebrated as a Regional Teacher of the Year in September, and will receive a $10,000 cash award as the 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year. A matching $5,000 is also awarded to Oregon Trail School District. “The Oregon Lottery is proud to support the Oregon Teacher of the Year program,” said Oregon Lottery Director Michael Wells. “Mandy Vance has shown an extraordinary commitment in her community to improve students’ mental and social wellness and foster

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Bachmann will read excerpts from “The Virtue of Fly Fishing” followed by a discussion with the audience from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, 66674 E US Highway 26, in Welches. A small supply of books will be for sale at the event. Bachmann encourages attendees to purchase copies on ahead of time to facilitate discussion. He said the 306-page book – available in hardback, paperback and kindle versions – is selling well at the online outlet. So is it a novel or autobiography? “It is neither and all,” Bachmann said. “It’s a nonfiction book with lots of adventures and lots of details about everything from geological dissertations on how watersheds are made to the sociology of fly fishing,” Bachmann said. “The impact that fly fishing has had on society actually has a lot to do with it.”

He added that it is a historical dissertation as well. He starts by telling the story about the first thing written on fly fishing, which was a manuscript from the 1400s by an English nun titled “A Treatise On Fishing With An Angel,” only in old English “angel” is pronounced angle, hence the word angler or angling. Readers will learn what the fly fishing business is all about from an author with a conservationist and environmentalist point of view. Bachmann is the fishing guide who navigates them through the waters of fishing politics. Bachmann has caught a lot of species all over the world with his fly rod, from North America and Central America to Russia. But it’s hard to beat fly fishing in the Pacific North-

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Meet the Artist: Darcy Bacha

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Long time local resident and renowned commercial photographer Darcy Bacha certainly has found his artistic calling as an outdoor photographer. Bacha’s passion for photography began at an early age when his mother gifted him a camera for Christmas: since then he has been head over heels for all things photography. Crediting his love for snowboarding and skateboard-

ing, Bacha began to use his creative scope to capture images of what he and his friends loved doing most. “I was a skateboarder and snowboarder when I was young and when I had my first camera it only made sense to start shooting photos of the guys I was hanging out with. Some of them were really good and it helped a lot with progressing my photography,” Bacha said. Graduating from Mt. Hood Community College in

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2009 from their professional photography program, Bacha has spent years honing his photography skills, working with major outdoor outfitters such as Simms, and, most recently, his commercial photography job with Coast Portland, one of the major flashlight, headlamp and knife companies in the world. “I started to diversify my photography into other passions of mine, including fly fishing, and now, just a couple years later, I’ve landed the position at Simms Fishing as their primary photographer,” Bacha said. While his current profession keeps him in touch with the outdoors and outdoor equipment, Bacha’s early years as a professional photographer gave him the opportunity to travel the world shooting for Rome Snowboards and Transworld. Bacha’s most memorable experience in the industry was his trip to Kazakstan. “It was a crazy experience to see that part of the world,” Bacha said. “The culture there is so

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different than ours that it’s hard to explain,” Bacha said. “We had to bribe the police multiple times throughout the trip to get away with snowboarding in certain spots, or to just drive down a particular street,” Bacha added. Although his passion for photography began through his athletic hobbies, Bacha also uses other photographers and their work as inspiration on how to look through his own lens. “I really love the stuff that Blake Jorgenson creates,” Bacha said. “Like myself, he used to be a professional snow athlete photographer and diversified into more of the commercial photography/studio realm,” Bacha added. While Bacha focuses his creativity and professionalism through the lens of his camera, he also has other genres of art he has tried and enjoys. “I always loved to draw and do design; it’s something that I’ve kinda lost touch with but every once in a while it’s nice to pick up some markers or paints and

just let my imagination take control,” Bacha said. Bacha’s passion for photography has taken him all around the globe for different photo shoots with large companies, but coming back to his home in the Mt. Hood Villages is a blessing and inspiration when it comes to where he feels comfortable and creative. “I never grow sick of the scenery up here. The coming of each season is constantly inspiring me to shoot,” Bacha said. When asked how the power of photography has shaped his life, Bacha did not hesitate. “I’m just so grateful for photography, because I honestly don’t really know what I would have done without it,” Bacha said. “It keeps me constantly creating and keeps a roof over my head. Photography has given me the freedom to live the life I dreamed of,” Bacha added. For information on how to purchase photography from Bacha please visit http:// or send an email to

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Welches Parent Teacher Corner Hello Welches Families! The Welches PTCO is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and support the students of the Welches Schools and our community as a whole. To keep up to date on community events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities, make sure to join our new email list at WPTCOlist or scan the QR Code below! Our next Executive Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 6pm in the Elementary School Library. We’d love to see you there! October was a wonderful month of fundraising, community connection, and fall fun. Welches students brought in nearly $12,000 (and counting!) at our annual Rainbow Run! These funds are used

for students activities and arts programs like the Right Brain Initiative. The WPTCO & Mt. Hood Unida partnered to bring Welches our first community movie night of the school year. Local families enjoyed making traditional paper marigolds, sugar skull masks and watching Disney Pixar’s “Coco!” We had a wonderful time celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month thanks to Mt. Hood Unida! October also marked our annual Harvest Festival hosted by the WPTCO and Welches Schools to celebrate the spooky season! Students enjoyed pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, and showing off their creative costumes at school. This November, join us in spreading holiday cheer

with our annual wreath fundraiser! We’re thrilled to announce that our annual Holiday Wreath Fundraiser is now open to the entire school community! While this has traditionally been an 8th grade fundraiser, we’re excited to share that the WPTCO has allocated $2,000 per year towards the 8th grade promotion fund, ensuring every student can celebrate, regardless of class size or fundraising ability. Wreath sales will begin the first week of November with wreath pickup happening the week after Thanksgiving. Get into the festive spirit and support Welches students by purchasing handcrafted wreaths provided by Booth Farms, located in Boring, OR! All wreaths are made of

fresh noble fir with pinecones, cedar and juniper accents, finished with a festive red bow. Don’t miss the chance to make your holidays brighter and more meaningful. For details and pre-orders, please visit or visit the QR Code below. As always, we’re hard at work planning even more community events, movie nights, and our auction fundraiser this spring as well as working on a new website! We’ve got some big fundraising aspirations this year and we’ll need the support of this incredible mountain community. Don’t forget to save the Date for our Annual Auction this Spring: April 27, 2024 at Camp Arrah Wanna. We can’t wait to see you there! If you have any questions

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Museum Chatter: The Amazing Collection of Historical Objects

This unique photograph, taken in 1910 by Edward Roberts, is of Jenny Welch and step-daughter Lutie in their kitchen.

By Lloyd Musser

For The Mountain Times

Last month the subject of this column was the Museum and the exhibit galleries. The exhibits utilize real historical objects and text to convey the message of the exhibit. These

historical objects are from the Museum’s Collection of Historical Objects. The Collection’s purpose is to support the Museum’s mission to preserve and interpret the history of the Mount Hood area. The collection has four subjects of interest, which are: winter and mountain sports, Barlow Road/ Oregon Trail history, local history, and natural history of Mount Hood area. All the objects in the Museum’s Collection have been donated to the Museum. The size and depth of the collection is amazing considering the Museum is only 23 years old. Museum curators generally separate collections into four object types for record keeping and storage purposes. The object types are photographs, books, archive objects or historical objects. Photographs include all types of still photography and motion photography in any format. Books are commercially


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printed and bound. Archive objects are any paper that is not a photograph or book. Historical objects are the three-dimensional objects that are natural or manmade. The Museum’s photography collection has over 10,000 photographs and 50 movies in various formats. A collection of rare local photographs taken by Edward Roberts around 1910-20 were collected and donated to the Museum by the late Robert Childs. We have many photographs taken by Oregon’s most famous photographer, Ray Atkeson. Ray was a member of the Wy’east Climbers, as were professional photographers Al Monner, Curtis Ijames and Ray Conkling, and well represented in the museum’s collection. Local wildflowers are well-represented in the collection with many photographs taken by Helen Gerding, Jock Pribnow and Beth Horn, a Forest Service botanist. Historic photographs of local events and places taken by George Henderson, Fred McNeil, Bill Keil and Carl Reynolds taken in 1930-1960s are of great interest. Modern landscape photographs by Pete Wingle, Dick Buscher, Molly Kohnstamm, Dale Crockatt, Tom Iraci and Gary Randall are appreciated. The oldest moving picture in the collection dates

from 1926: a home movie made by a member of the Oregon City Ski Club documents their three-day visit to Government Camp. None of these members can really ski, but they have fun carrying their skis uphill and attempting to ski downhill. The movies made by Richard Kohnstamm and Homer Groening to promote Timberline Lodge are the most entertaining in the collection. Homer was the father of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons cartoons, and had a great sense of humor. Archive objects include everything on paper from advertisements to transcripts and everything in between. Some of the most interesting objects in the archives include brochures from early local businesses, menus from long gone restaurants and homestead deeds signed by the President of the United States of America. Newspaper clippings, business records and various club records are of great interest to history researchers. Mount Hood history and snow skiing are the primary subjects of the 500 books in the Museum collection. The oldest and rare book is titled “Guardians of the Columbia” by John L. Williams. This book, printed in 1912, is basically a Chamber of Commerce-type travel promotion in the form of

This beautiful photograph of Mount Hood wildflowers is typical of the many photographs in the Museum Collection, donated by Helen Gerding, Beth Horn and Jock Pribnow

a 140-page, high-quality bound book with numerous photographs, featuring Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. The newest book in the Collection is “Steiner’s Log Cabins” by Skeet Arasmith, 2023, printed, distributed and sold by the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum. Historical objects include everything from art objects to washboards. These objects are by far the largest and most diverse part of the collection. Next month we will share information on some of the most interesting objects in the collection. We will also provide information on how individuals can contribute to the Museum Collection. We hope this short introduction will inspire you to visit the Museum. Anytime is a good time to visit, but October and November are very good times to visit the Museum. The summer crowds are gone, the roads are still snow free and the Museum is dry on a rainy fall day. Entry to the Museum is free but donations are accepted. The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday during the months of October and November. 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 Wed-Sun 9-5. Contact them at www. or ph. 503-272-3301.

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The Woodsman: Acknowledging the Original Peoples on The Mountain

By Steve Wilent

For The Mountain Times

Have you ever stopped to think about the people who lived in our area before us, before we, people of mostly European descent, were here? There were people here, of course, just as there were throughout North America. And they had been here for as long as 20,000 years. So reports a recent article in Scientific American titled “Ancient Footprints Affirm People Lived in the Americas More Than 20,000 Years Ago.” Estimates of the indigenous population before 1492, the year of Christopher Columbus’s voyage to the “new world,” range from a few million to more than 100 million. Diseases, forced displacement from their territories and horrifying attempts to exterminate the original inhabitants reduced the numbers dramatically. The 2020 US census found more than 3.7 million American Indian and Alaska

Natives in the US, and nearly 6 million more people with Native American ancestry. The total accounts for nearly 3 percent of the U.S. population. The members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, from May 1804 to September 1806, reportedly encountered members of more than 50 Native American tribes and found thriving communities along the Columbia River. But who lived here, in the villages we now call home? Sadly, much knowledge of these peoples is lost. Nonetheless, I think acknowledging the original peoples of The Mountain is important. In recent years, many organizations and individuals have written land acknowledgements, statements that name and honor the original inhabitants of an area. Land acknowledgments may be spoken at the beginning of public and private gatherings, such as school programs, conferences and sporting events, or included with an organization’s or individual’s value statements. I set out to write a land acknowledgement for myself and our area. Googling and other research turned up little information, so I contacted David G. Lewis, PhD, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a professor of anthropology and Indigenous Stud-


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ies at Oregon State University. Lewis has written numerous articles for his fascinating Wordpress blog, The Quartux Journal (this shortened link will lead you to it: tinyurl. com/3jvat6wf). “I understand there were likely Cascades, Wasco and Molalla huckleberry camps up in that area,” An artist’s rendering of a scene at Fort Clatsop, where the Lewis and Clark expedition spent Lewis said. W e r e t h e r e the winter of 1805–1806. Source: Wikimedia Commons. who have stewarded this inhabitants of the land, and permanent villages in the area? Lewis land for generations. I recog- a land acknowledgment is didn’t know, but said that nize the ongoing relationship a way to do so with respect several tribes and bands that these Indigenous peoples and gratitude. However, it’s either had seasonal camps or have with lands in this area also important to remember traveled through the area to and I am grateful for the that land acknowledgments trade with other tribes and contributions they continue should not be performative to make to our communi- acts but rather a commitment bands. From that scant infor- ties, culture and society as a to understanding the history, mation, I drafted this land whole. ongoing struggles and contriLewis, as well as other acknowledgement: butions of Indigenous commuI respectfully acknowledge Native Americans I contacted, nities.” that Zigzag, Oregon is located said the acknowledgement is Reading Professor Lewis’s on the traditional lands of the appropriate. Of course, a land Quartux Journal is a step in Cascades, Chinook, Molalla, acknowledgement may seem that direction. M u l t n o m a h a n d W a s c o like empty words, even if it Have a question about land peoples, who traveled through is sincere. acknowledgements? Have The Smithsonian Instituthe area to trade amongst information about the origithemselves and other peoples tion’s National Museum of in the region, and established the American Indian says nal peoples of this area? Let summer camps for gather- this: “It’s essential to recog- me know. Email: SWilent@ ing traditional foods such nize and honor the original as huckleberries. I offer my deepest respects to their ancestors, elders and present-day community members,


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Mt. Hood National Forest a National Priority Landscape By Amber Ford The Mountain Times

As fire season comes to a close and residents breathe a sigh of relief at another safe exit from summer, the Mt. Hood National Forest service is already preparing for next fire season with the help of government aid via funding and additional personnel. Selected by the federal government as a “National Priority Landscape,” the Mt. Hood National Forest was selected as one of eleven landscapes for investment in fire prevention and safety. According to Mt. Hood National Forest public affairs officer Heather Ibsen, being selected for this program will not only help reduce the potential for a major wildfire in the Mt. Hood Villages area, but will also provide much needed funding in order to implement many of their fire prevention strategies. “The Mt. Hood

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National Forest was selected as part of this program because of its proximity to communities,” Ibsen said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture initially allocated a one year investment of $4.5 million to “improve forest health and resiliency and decrease wildfire risk to communities within designated landscapes, along with funding for associated initiatives at the regional level.” With increased concern for the Mt. Hood National Forest after the Riverside fire in 2020, many different federal agencies, businesses and local residents have formed the Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership. The Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership consists of many key agencies and businesses, including Hoodland Fire District, Clackamas Fire District, Clackamas County Sheriff, Office of State Fire Marshal, Mt. Hood National Forest Service, Portland Water Bureau, Portland General Electric, Timberline Rim H.O.A., Mt. Hood Skibowl and Timberline Lodge. The stated purpose of this coalition is to “foster long-term community cohesion through sustainable and resilient wildfire risk adaptation in the Mt. Hood Corridor areas. This will be accomplished through collaborative education, outreach,

prevention, planning, and mitigation efforts.” The Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership continues to discuss ways to keep community members educated on fire prevention and to decrease wildfire fuels come dry season. The designation of “National Priority Landscape” will also allow the forest service to hire specific personnel who specialize in areas that will benefit fire prevention. “Being selected as a national priority landscape has given the forest service the ability to hire extra personnel who will help us not only plan, but also provide the groundwork necessary to protect our communities,” Ibsen said. “We’ve been able to hire project managers who help us bring everything we have on paper to fruition and we’ve also been able to bring on a botanist and a silviculturist,” Ibsen added. Ibsen also said that many of these professionals will help survey fire risk areas which will help them better plan and help reduce risk. For more information on wildfire prevention and the Mt. Hood Corridor Wildfire Partnership please visit www. landmanagement/resourcemanagement and https://sites.

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Meet the Athlete Susan McGaughey, Cross Country & Track Athlete

By Ty Tilden The Mountain Times

Always more. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. The faster you run, the faster you’re done. These maxims are what push Susan McGaughey towards the finish line. McGaughey is a senior at Sandy High School and a proud member of both the varsity cross country and track teams. McGaughey has etched her name into the annals of SHS’ athletic history. She currently holds the coveted title of the fastest female runner on the cross country team and stands at an impressive eighth place in the competitive Mt. Hood Conference, boasting a season record of 20:33 for her 5k time. Throughout her years in high school, McGaughey has made strides in her running career. She placed sixth at the Mt. Hood Conference district meet last year, and proceeded to the state competition. This season, she placed first at the Mt. Hood Conference district opener as well as the conference midseason meet. Her success certainly hasn’t been easy, and McGaughey credits her team with inspiring her to work harder. “The team is really nice. It’s a really good envi-

ronment and the girls are competitive this year. As a team, we have a really good shot of going to state together, which would be the first time in a long time,” she said. Cross country and track are individual sports just as much as they are team sports though, and McGaughey has a toolbox of vigor-inspiring strategies at her disposal. “The saying, ‘get comfortable being uncomfortable’ is what I tell myself. And if I’m comfortable with my pace, I know that I should probably go faster,” she said. With her senior cross country season coming to a close, McGaughey has felt the pressure of needing to pick a path for her future. “I’ve been talking to a few colleges. I’m not set on it, but I’m definitely interested in pursuing [running in college],” she said. With potential collegiate athletics, state championships looming on the horizon, and the upcoming Mt. Hood Conference districts, Susan McGaughey's plate is full. She stands at a crossroads, with a wealth of opportunities at her disposal to define her future. In the world of running, she's already proven herself as a force to be reckoned with, and it's clear that the path ahead is paved with even greater achievements.



In Pumpkin Pie We Crust Some 400 years in the ‘baking’


By Donovan Darling, Staff Writer

umpkin pie, is arguably more American than apple pie. But where did this spiced, crusted, orange squash custard come from? Pumpkins were first grown in Central America in 5500 B.C. and were one of the first foods brought back from the New World by European explorers. The first mention of pumpkins dates back to 1536, and they were regularly grown in England within a few years and called “pumpions,” based on the French word “pompon,” the derivation of “pompom,” which refers to a chrysanthemum or dahlia’s rounded flowers. Current data suggests pumpkin pie dates back almost 400 years. A French cookbook from 1653 has a recipe that instructs chefs to boil a pumpkin in milk, strain and place in a crust. In the 1670 edition of “Gentlewoman’s Companion,” English writer Hannah Woolley suggests a pie be filled with varied layers of apple and pumpkin, sweet marjoram, thyme and spiced rosemary. A crust, however, sounds like it was optional. One New England recipe detailed using a hollowedout pumpkin, filling it with sweet spiced milk and cooking it right in a fire. And an English variant recipe included sliced apples. England’s pie culture is legendary, known for making complex pastries for centuries. It’s likely that the Pilgrims who sailed for America on the Mayflower in 1620 were familiar with pumpkins, both as fruit and dessert, as well as the indigenous tribe of the Wampanoag, who helped these Pilgrims survive their first year in the Plymouth

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Colony. A year after their arrival, on what has become known as the first Thanksgiving, 50 colonists and 90 Wampanoag celebrated the harvest for three whole days, and pumpkins were likely part of that meal. By the 18th century, pumpkin pie was a common dish for Thanksgiving, as the holiday had become important in New England. The Connecticut town of Colchester famously postponed Thanksgiving a whole week because they lacked the molasses to make pumpkin pies. Later in 1796, Amelia Simmons’ cookbook “American Cookery” included two pumpkin pie recipes, one which is very similar to the custard version we know today. Interestingly, pumpkin pie gained political significance when abolitionists, for whom pumpkin pie was a common dish in New England, featured it in their novels and poems. Abolitionist Lydia Maria Child ended her 1842 poem about a New England Thanksgiving with the line: “Hurra for the pumpkin pie!” Abolitionist Sarah Josepha Hale rallied for decades for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday, featuring pumpkin pie in her 1827 anti-slavery novel “Northwood:” “yet the pumpkin pie occupied the most distinguished niche” ...among a table full of desserts. When Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, many Confederates saw it as a further imposition of Yankee traditions. Following the Civil War, Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie spread across the country and were written about in many women’s magazines. Libby’s, a Chicago meat-canning company, began producing canned pumpkin in 1929, a product that became essential to every household on Thanksgiving and replaced the labor-intensive task of roasting and straining fresh pumpkin. And the rest was history. Grown for 7,500 years and baked for nearly 400 years, pumpkin pie has come a long way to arrive in cans on pantry shelves and in grocery store bakeries. When enjoying a delicious slice of pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, consider its long and winding history and the countless individuals who had a hand in its creation: French and English pastry chefs, early colonists, the Indigenous, magazine editors, housewives, abolitionists and even Abraham Lincoln.

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Must-See 1937 Steiner Church Returns After 46 Year Restoration

By Mike Westby For The Mountain Times

Historically speaking, the year 1937 was an important year for Mt. Hood, the year the majestic Timberline Lodge was

dedicated along with its counterpart the Silcox Hut. And a new historical destination has now been added to the mix, the "new" 1937 Steiner Church! Henry Steiner and his sons built 100 "Steiner Cabins" and two log churches in the Mt. Hood area between 1925 and 1952. Today, each of these cabins is highly prized and sought after, and of the two churches built only one still exists, and that is the 1937 Steiner Church. As with many historical buildings in Oregon, the Steiner Church fell into disrepair by the mid-1970s, but in 1976 it

was bought by Mike Gudge, who then undertook a 46 year restoration effort, along with Henry Steiner's son, John, to bring the church back to its former glory. The finished project is truly an architectural masterpiece. Mike finished the restoration project just last year, and for the first time the church was added to the very popular annual Steiner Cabins tour. The problem was that if you wanted to see the 1937 Steiner Church, you had to hope it was included in the annual Steiner Cabins tour and that you would be lucky enough to obtain one of the only 300 tour tickets available, out of the nearly 2,000 people trying to get them! In other words, it's been difficult for folks to see and tour the 1937 Steiner Church. That is...until now. Beginning November 4, Mike Gudge will be opening his 1937 Steiner Church to the public for tours on the first Saturday of every month, all year-long. This means you no longer have to wait for an entire year hoping you'll maybe have an opportunity to see the church!

As the author of 10 different guidebooks for Oregon, I can say that the Steiner Church is one of the finest historical destinations in the state, and since it was also built in 1937, it now joins Timberline Lodge and Silcox Hut as one of the three "must see" historical destinations when visiting Mt. Hood. I would encourage you to contact Mike to arrange your own tour of the church, as well as to learn all about what's going on there, from its opening to monthly tours, to the

creation of the new Steiner Memorial Park and even the brand new 1937 Steiner Church website, You can reach Mike at FordHavenZigZag@ or give him a call at 503-622-3639 for more details. The 1937 Steiner Church is open the first Saturday of every month, beginning Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10, with discounts for seniors (60+), students, military, and Steiner Society Members. 68835 East Barlow Trail Road Welches, OR 97067.

Film Screening to Benefit Sandy Ski Team By Ty Walker

The Mountain Times

The Sandy High School Ski Team will be screening a Warren Miller film, “All Time,” and holding a silent auction as part of its annual fundraiser event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2. The movie starts at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. The late Warren Miller was a pioneer in ski documentary filmmaking. His legacy lives on through Warren Miller Entertainment, the production company he founded that shoots high-action ski movies with professional athletes around the world. Tickets to the Sandy fundraiser cost $20 each and are

available at the door or online at php. Sandy head ski coach Josh Kanable said that 75 percent of sales go to the Sandy High ski program. The event usually raises $5,000 to $6,000 to help the team buy equipment and offset the cost of Mount Hood Meadows lift tickets on race days. Skiing is an expensive sport and the cost of chair-lift tickets can be prohibitive to some participants and their families. Kanable wants to break down those financial barriers and make the mountain community more inclusive. “One of my missions is

to remove constraints that limit access to the mountain,” Kanable said. The Sandy High Ski team has seen participation grow over the years. “Over the past 12 years, we’ve gone from about eight athletes to 38 athletes,” Kanable said. Last year, the girls team won the Mount Hood League championship. This year, the girls, led by seniors Elle Schreiner and Nia Hamalainen, look to be highly competitive again and have the potential to place in the top three in the state competition at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Kanable said. The boys team standouts include Henry Rogers and see SKI TEAM page 38


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Addams Family Values (1993) “I am a turkey. Eat me!” One of the very few movies that’s deeply critical yet also somehow celebratory of Thanksgiving, Adams Family Values. Indeed, this is a true Thanksgiving movie which celebrates family and embracing our differences, while razzing the holiday’s origins and modern whitewashing in dark comedic fashion. In this unpredictable and brilliant satire, Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls in love with a murderous gold digger (Joan Cusack) who quickly turns him against his own family, much to their shock. Simultaneously, the Addams children Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) go to summer camp, which turns out to be a wacky microcosm of cultural problems — racism, conformity and censorship. This classic “us vs. them” movie is ridiculous, funny, dark and a surprisingly heartwarming look at a family’s idiosyncrasies. Starring the above, plus Anjelica Huston and Raúl Juliá as Morticia and Gomez Addams. Rated PG-13 for violence and mature themes — good for older kids.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) “I think I have this thing where I need everybody to think I’m the greatest, the quote-unquote Fantastic Mr. Fox.” What to say about a Wes Anderson movie? Well, this might be my favorite. A stop-motion movie which took 5 years to make, based on the book by Roald Dahl and starring handmade animal puppets, it follows the adventures of Mr. Fox, a former master thief turned reporter. Unfortunately, as a reporter and family man with a mortgage, Mr. Fox misses the old days of the chase and begins stealing again while hiding it from his family. Like all Wes’s movies, this has a massive cast of quirky characters played by big-time actors, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe and so many more. And believe it or not, this has a Thanksgiving-scene near the end. While not a blatant Thanksgiving movie, it does indeed embrace the ideas of diversity, chosen family and “us vs. them.” Each character has their own little existential struggle, be it a career, bullying, illness, or love, played against a wide autumnalcolored backdrop of the English countryside in what feels like fall. It’s incredibly written, funny, heartfelt and just a world of its own. Rated PG for action, smoking and slang humor — great for all kids!

Dutch (1991) “Nothing burps better than bacon.” Love him or hate him, Ed O’Neill is quintessential ’90s, made famous by playing Al Bundy on the Fox TV show “Married With Children.” Here he plays a similar character, Dutch Dooley, a gruff but lovable blue collar American. While obnoxious, he’s also hilarious and wise like the old-fashioned TV dads. In this road comedy-drama directed by John Hughes, Dutch is dating a divorcée named Natalie (JoBeth Williams) and he offers to drive her snobby 13-year-old son, Doyle (Ethan Randall) from his Atlanta private school to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Doyle blames his mother for the divorce and expectedly hates Dutch, especially his blue collar roots. In this classic odd-couple dynamic, the road trip is filled with constant arguments, situational comedy and eventually, love. Rated PG-13 for mature themes, language and violence — older teens and adults only.

Stream these movies where available, or rent from your local movie store, library or rental kiosk.

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Mountain Roar By Lion, Milt Fox

For The Mountain Times

R.I.F. DINNER Our Reading is Fundamental (R.I.F.) Steak and Prawn Dinner was held Saturday October 14th. We had a great crowd of happy customers. We set no records this year but did receive many nice comments. Once again, we thank all of you who came out and supported our R.I.F. program fundraiser. Thanks go to the Portland French Bakery for the donation of those wonderful dinner rolls. We also thank Welches Clackamas County Bank,

Welches Mountain Building Supply, Coffee House 26, and the Whistle Stop Tavern for the sale of our tickets.

BINGO Lions Bingo started off with a whopping 121 players for our 1st Bingo night of the season on Friday September 29th. We continued with good crowds averaging about 85 players the following 2 weeks. Remember the doors open at 6:00pm and Bingo starts at 7:00pm Please come and enjoy these fun Friday evenings,and thank you for supporting this important Lions fundraiser.

NEW MEMBER INITIATION Several new members were initiated into the club at our Wednesday October 25th dinner meeting. Lion Dan Wolf conducted the Initiation Ceremony. Presently the club has a membership of 108 Lions along with a Fox, a Lyon and 2 Wolfs. LION RON WHISENANT: We were saddened by the loss of Lion Ron Whisenant who recently passed away. Lion Ron was our club secretary in the mid 1990s and was a member of the club for over 30 years. Our thoughts

and prayers go to Lion Ron’s family.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE DINNER! Please plan to attend this year’s Christmas Toy Drive Dinner which will be held Saturday December 2nd. Happy Hour begins at 6:00pm with dinner served at 7:00pm, price at the door is $20. Special Presale tickets are available for $18.00 at Welches Clackamas County Bank, Welches Mountain Building Supply, Coffee House 26, and the Whistle Stop Tavern or ask any Lion. According to Lion Chef Craig Calvert we

will enjoy a meal consisting of Roast Top Sirloin of Beef, Ham and all the trimmings. This year’s Christmas Toy Drive is Co- Chaired by Lions Carol Norgard, Michelle Cassel, and Sarah O’Dowd. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for local kids and join us for this delicious dinner and help others in need. We will also be collecting nonperishable food items for the Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program. Thank you for supporting this Mt. Hood Lions project, a community tradition since 1996. It’s Great to be a Lion!

Flag Point Lookout in Mt. Hood National Forest reopening ensure regular site maintenance and monitoring. Flag Point Lookout isn’t just a unique camping experience. The lookout tower Flag Point Lookout surrounded by the Badger plays a key role in Creek Wilderness the detection of fires on the Barlow Ranger Looking for a unique winter camping experience District and adjoining lands. “A fire lookout employee surrounded by wilderness? Barlow Ranger District will staffs this tower every summer, reopen Flag Point Lookout for beginning in June,” said Sam. recreation rentals beginning “We’re asking all visitors to November 1. Reservations please respect the facility so it can be made online beginning can be used for years to come Wednesday, October 25 for the and continue to reduce the risk winter and spring seasons. of large wildfires.” “We’re pleased to add Flag Cost per night is $50 and Point Lookout back into our visitors may reserve the lookout recreation rental program,” for up to seven consecutive said Kameron Sam, Barlow nights. Reservations can District Ranger. “This historic be booked online through lookout is remote- about 10 at: www. miles from the parking area- so visitors should come prepared campgrounds/10289153. with the ‘10 Essentials’ for a Fire lookout reservations ‘Pack-in, Pack-out’ experience.” fill up quickly in Mt. Hood Flag Point Lookout was National Forest, so anyone closed to the public in 2016 interested in using the facility after repeated vandalism created employee safety this winter season shouldn’t concerns and damaged the wait to book. In the future, active fire lookout. The district reservations will become recreation program now has available to book Novembertwo seasonal winter rangers, May on a six-month rolling adding necessary capacity to basis.



We have been asked by local businesses to resurrect an old-fashioned phone book with contact information for local area business printed for all to see.

Since phone connections are, at times, spotty on the mountain, they feel that having a printed directory to fall back on would be a good idea. So, by popular demand, we present the 2024 Mountain Times Business Directory. This publication will have the traditional “Yellow Pages” look, with regular and bold listings and display advertising. We will be printing 10,000 copies and mailing them directly to the 4,600 local area addresses that receive our paper each month. The remainder of the directories will be distributed up and down Highway 26 to area businesses, hotels, resorts and other high-traffic areas for free pickup.

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Hoodland Women’s Club Highlights

Photo courtesy of Hoodland Women’s Club

By Cathy Lavin For The Mountain Times

Despite early fall rain, a dedicated group of Hoodland Women’s Club (HWC) volunteers did their part on Tuesday, October 10, to spruce up the Hoodland area for residents and visitors with HWC’s

twice yearly road cleanup beginning at Highway 26 and Welches Road and continuing along a two-mile stretch of Salmon River Road in Welches. Using trash bags, pickers and vests supplied by Clackamas County, these volunteers collected discarded cans and bottles along with other trash,

a process that will be repeated in the spring. The road cleanup is a multiyear activity that supports the HWC mission of “helping the whole community by providing assistance to members and families of the Hoodland community through community benefit projects and fundraising events.” A recent grant from the Paul and Sally McCracken Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation will also be instrumental in carrying out that mission. In 2024, the Club will celebrate 65 years of supporting its community! Although its annual golf tournament is the largest HWC fundraising event, the group also undertakes a number of smaller fundraising and friend raising events throughout the year. New this year will be pictures with Santa on Sunday, December

3, from 10 a.m. to noon at a local business. For $15 for a photo with Santa and/or $25 for a three-pose family holiday photo, local residents can support their community and celebrate the holidays at the same time. The event will also feature cookie decorating for kids and a toy drive for community holiday baskets. While the 2024 golf tournament fundraiser – scheduled for August 15, 2024 at the Mt. Hood, Oregon Resort — seems a long way off, planning is already underway. To that end, the HWC is looking for someone to chair the overall event as well as volunteers to help with sponsorships, golf registrations and the associated auction and raffle. Volunteers are also needed for the HWC hardship, fundraising and marketing committees. The HWC welcomes new

members who are interested in getting to know others while helping our Mountain communities. Members of the Hoodland community (whether full time or part time) are welcome to join at any time. Dues are just $25 per year (the Club’s fiscal year runs from July 1-June 30). For more information, check out the HWC website at or contact one of the Hoodland Women’s Club board members at The HWC’s next general meeting will be Monday, November 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Club Camp in Government Camp. A guest speaker from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Clackamas County will talk about local NAMI programs and county-wide mental health resources.



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QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE LEVY • The levy does not increase current taxes. • A YES vote renews existing levy and preserves current services. • A NO vote will decrease funding to the District, impacting our ability to provide the services you have come to expect. • The levy has been approved since 2019. • The levy is asking for $.25 per $1000 of assessed value and has not changed since initial levy.

• The levy provides about 10% of the District’s operating revenue. • The District is the primary provider of fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical first response to the Hoodland community. • The District responded to 1128 emergency calls in 2022.

Hoodland Fire District #74 provides fire suppression, prevention, rescue and paramedic emergency response services. The district serves residents, visitors and businesses along the Highway 26 corridor from Cherryville to Government Camp in Clackamas County.

District for five years beginning fiscal year 2024–25. Accordingly, it will not increase the total assessment rates currently imposed on property within the District. The District will use the tax revenue from the measure to continue to operate at its present level of service. Failure of the levy will require a reduction in the services the District provides and the community has come to expect.

If approved, this measure would authorize the renewal of the expiring local option levy for general district operations at the current rate of $.25 per $1000 of assessed value on real property located within the

For more information or questions please contact Hoodland Fire District #74 Attn: Chief Jim Price 69634 E Highway 26 Welches, OR 97067 503-622-3256 | Hoodland Fire strives to provide quality fire, life, safety and emergency medical services to our community.



The Mountain Times — November 2023

Local News

Invasive Weed of the Month: Spurge Laurel scape plant. The plant soon fell out of favor due to its especially aggressive growth. Unfortunately, this invasive weed quickly naturalized and escaped into woodlands around the state. Look for it in home landscapes, natural areas, and forest understories. Spurge laurel is listed as an Oregon Class B noxious weed. This means it is a weed of economic The flowers develop into dark purple to black berries, blooming from late January to May. importance which is regionally abundant, By Cathy McQueeney but may have limited distribuFor The Mountain Times tion in some Oregon counties. Spurge laurel has small, It also means that the propafragrant flowers. Spurge gation, transport, and sale of laurel (Daphne laureola) is this plant are prohibited by neither a spurge nor a laurel, law. but rather an invasive plant How Can I Identify Spurge in the Daphne family. This Laurel? perennial plant has poisonous Spurge laurel is an everberries, spreads aggressively green, shade tolerant shrub in our native forests, and is that grows 2-4 feet high. Adult increasingly being found in plants can form dense patches Clackamas County. up to six feet in height at Native to Europe, spurge maturity. Young branches are laurel was introduced in green, while older branches Oregon as an evergreen land- turn grey with age. Mature

plants have many shoots, with most, if not all, originating near the base of the plant. The plant has glossy, narrow, spoon-shaped, dark green leaves that are arranged like a spiral around the stem and are densely clustered near the tops of the shoots. The leaves are between 2-7 inches long and half an inch to 2 inches wide. It has small green to pale pink flowers that develop from the base of the leaves and blooms from late January to May. The flowers develop into dark purple to black berries. Why Should I Worry About Spurge Laurel? Birds and rodents spread spurge laurel when they consume the berries. The plant reproduces from seed but also spreads locally from underground roots. Random distribution of the berries by these animals makes detection difficult, allowing the plant to spread, undetected, into natural areas. This weed displaces the native vegetation needed by wildlife for food and shelter. It grows in thickets and out-competes native vegetation in the forest understory in the Pacific Northwest. This prevents our natural areas from regenerat-

Mt. Hood National Forest Seeking Campground Operators By US Forest Service

For The Mountain Times

Mt. Hood National Forest is currently accepting applications to operate and maintain campgrounds and day-use sites across the Forest. To encourage local and smaller businesses, the Forest is bundling sites into six packages grouped across different geographic areas. Interested parties can apply to operate one or more of the different groups of sites. Campground operations permits will be filled with a 5-year term, with the possibility of extending an additional 5-years. The new permit term begins in 2024. “Mt. Hood National Forest has been a popular place to camp for over a century, with families filling up its 93 campgrounds through-

out the summer season,” said Meta Loftsgaarden, Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor. “Campground operators are a vital part of the Forest Service’s ability to provide outdoor recreation for all Americans and we encourage businesses, non-profits, individuals, or agencies to apply.” Detailed information about this opportunity and included recreation sites is posted on the Forest website or the QR code at the end of the article. Mt. Hood National Forest provides a broad range of quality recreational opportunities and experiences for visitors from around the world. The concession program represents one means of delivering recreation opportunities to the public and providing business

opportunities to those interested in managing recreation sites on the Forest. Applicants are encouraged to consider new ways to enhance user experiences at existing campgrounds. This could include concession-owned yurts, cabins, or other overnight camping options, to name a few. Complete applications must be received by November 29, 2023. Facilities and infrastructure information, recreation site maps, permit terms and requirements and application instructions are listed in the prospectus advertisement on the federal business opportunities website.

ing, which harms the native habitat needed by our local wildlife. Spurge laurel is also noted as a significant threat to rare oak woodland ecosystems. Spurge laurel also has a toxic sap that can cause severe rashes and skin irritation in sensitive individuals. It is important to wear protective clothing and gloves when handling this plant. The sap can also disperse into the air, causing breathing and respiratory problems. The bark, leaves, and fruits of the plant are toxic to humans and most pets. How Do I Control Spurge Laurel on My Property? Small infestations of spurge laurel are best controlled by hand pulling or digging up plants. All parts of the root need to be removed to limit re-growth. Check the area at least once per year to remove any new seedlings that might emerge. Berries should be placed in the trash, but the remainder of the plant may be placed in yard waste bins. Late winter is a good time to remove the plants before the berries can spread, and digging plants after it rains makes the job easier. A weed wrench or similar pulling tool

will effectively remove larger plants. Contact the WeedWise program to check out a weed wrench to use free of charge. For large plants and dense infestations, plants should be cut at ground level. Then treat the stump with a herbicide containing the active ingredient triclopyr to prevent regrowth. Be sure to read the herbicide label to make sure the product is suitable for the site being treated. Before beginning an herbicide treatment, contact the WeedWise program or consult the Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook for the most up-todate herbicide recommendations. Report Invasive Weeds Have you noticed invasive spurge laurel in your area? If so, please report your sightings to the District’s WeedWise program, or submit your information online to the Oregon Invasive Species hotline. Reporting locations of invasive weeds will not bring enforcement on landowners. Instead, it will bring assistance in controlling the weed, protecting our local communities, and stopping new invasions before they start!


life and welcomes this opportunity to learn more about the backstage aspects of the craft. Tickets for adults are $20, senior citizens and veterans $18, and children $15. All may be purchased at the door or online. Concessions are $2. Sandy Actors Theatre is located behind Ace Hardware in Heritage Plaza, 17433 Meinig Avenue, Sandy. Additional parking is available across Meinig Avenue in the Sandy River Center. Please do not park in Ace Hardware designated spaces. For additional information, please visit http:// or find us on Facebook.

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the west in “The Wizard of Oz.” Grady Voigt plays Michael. He was Will Parker in “Oklahoma!” in middle school and Glenn Cooper in SAT’s production of “Rumors” last year. Voigt’s motto is “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” a Wayne Gretzky quote. Diane Etter directs this performance and is president of SAT’s board of directors. She was stage manager for SAT’s presentation of “Fox on the Fairway.” She said her view of life is “The grass may be greener on the other side, but it still has to be mowed.” Ruthanne Kendrick, stage manager, played in last month’s SAT production of “Bad Year for Tomatoes” as Myra Marlowe, Myrtle Durdle and Sister Sadie. She says she has been intermittently involved in theater all her

November 2023 — The Mountain Times

November 2023

Your Hoodland & Sandy Public Libraries The Hoodland and Sandy Public Libraries will be closed for the following holidays: Veterans Day - Sat., Nov. 11 Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, Nov. 23

TAKE & MAKE Holiday Cards for Seniors

Starting Nov. 15 - Drop off completed cards by Dec. 15. Sandy Public Library / Hoodland Public Library The library invites you to make greeting cards for homebound seniors to celebrate the holiday season. Materials will be enclosed in the kit; you are welcome to use additional supplies of your own. Katie Murphy

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Sat., November 4, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Sandy Library Community Room Bilingual storytime, crafts, games, and more. Everyone is welcome. Cuentacuentos bilingüe, manualidades, juegos y más. Todos son bienvenidos. Katie Murphy

Digital Book Club

Thur., Nov. 2, 7:00 pm “Hallowe’en Party” - Agatha Christie Costumes encouraged! If you are a new member, sign up for the book club by sending an email to:

Kids LEGO Club

Sat., Nov. 7, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Hoodland Public Library Community Room Build Lego creations with your friends. This event will happen on the first Saturday of each month.

Teen Hangout

Wed., Nov. 6 & 20 - 3 pm - 4:30 pm Sandy Public Library Community Room This program provides teens, ages 12-17 or grades 6th-12th, a dedicated space to hang out, and watch videos on the big screen. Play board games, listen to music, and use art and craft supplies to ignite creativity. Snacks are provided. Rebecca Hanset

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Ages 12-17 –Mon, Nov. 13, 4:00 pm - 5 pm Sandy Public Library Community Room TAB is your opportunity to get involved and make a difference. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to improve our programs and services for teens. Rebecca Hanset

Sandy Men’s Book Club

Mon, Nov.6, 7:00 pm Sandy Public Library Community Room “Trustee from the Toolroom” - Nevil Shute For further information please email

Sandy Women’s Book Club

Thurs, Nov. 9, 6:00 pm Sandy Public Library Community Room “Switchboard Soldiers” - Jennifer Chiaverini This hybrid event occurs in the Sandy Public Library Community Room and via Zoom. All are welcome! For further information please email

New Hours!

Hat, Scarf, Mitten Tree

Starting Fri., Nov. 24 Z Bring your new or handmade hats, earwarmers, mittens, gloves, scarves, socks, and slippers to decorate the holiday tree at the Sandy Public Library or Hoodland Public Library, from the Friday after Thanksgiving through mid-December. New personal care products are also appreciated: Toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, hand lotion, travel tissue, lip balm, combs, etc.

Teen Makerspace

After School LEGO Kids Club

Sandy Public Library Community Room Tues., Nov. 21, 3:30 pm - 5 pm Come to the library after school on Tuesdays for LEGO or Science fun! Lego Club is the 2nd Tuesday of the month

Hoodland Book Club

Tues., Nov. 21, 4:00 pm Hoodland Public Library Community Room “The Book That Matters Most” - Ann Hood For further information please email Dianne Downey

Every Wed. through Jan. 3, 2024 Sandy Community Center Art Room Address: 38348 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy, OR. Registration required for each session: selectactivity_t2.wcs Session II - 11/01/2023 - 11/29/2023 Session III - 12/06/2023 - 01/03/2024 Free event, registration is required. Sign-ups for this and more are available through our website or email Rebecca Hanset

Sandy Public Library 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: Monday 10 am - 4 pm Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm Wednesday 12 pm - 7 pm Thursday 12 pm - 6 pm Friday 12 pm - 6 pm Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm

Tech Help


Have a question about using your computer, tablet, or smartphone? Call the library at 503-668-5537 to schedule an appointment with a librarian.

Spanish Class

Help is available on such topics as

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Tues., Nov. 7 Hoodland Public Library / Sandy Public Library

English Class

Microsoft Word

Sundays 4:00 - 5:00 pm Info:

PC Basics

Learn Computer Basics

Creation Station

using the Internet

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Sandy Library Community Room Tues., Nov. 14, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

2nd and 4th Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Sandy Public Library Info: email

Learn Internet Basics

Sandy Public Library - Thursdays

Sandy Library Community Room Tues., Nov. 17, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Microsoft Word

Tues., Nov. 28, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Sandy Library Community Room Need to compose a letter? Make a list? Write a resume? Take this class to learn basic formatting skills in Microsoft Word. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call the library at 503-668-5537 to register for a class. Maureen Houck

After School STEM Kids Club

Sandy Library Community Room Tuesday, November 28, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Drop in at the library after school for Science fun! STEM Club is on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The library will present something science-related for you to try each month.

Thursdays, 10:00 am Sandy Public Library Community Room Todos Juntos will bring a related activity. Molly Espenel

Request a Book Bundle

Hoodland Public Library - Fridays

Don’t know what to read next? Let us pick something out! The more you can tell us, the better the recommendation will likely be.

Family Storytime

Visit for the form, or email libraryassistants@ and we will send the form to you.

Virtual Storytime

Hoodland Public Library

Fridays, 10:30 -11:00 am Hoodland Public Library Community Room Molly Espenel Saturdays, 10:00 am Sandy Public Library Community Room Molly Espenel Miss Monica records a storytime each week for you to watch from the comfort of your home! We read a book based on a theme, learn a new song, and learn the letter of the day! Catch the latest virtual storytime each Friday morning in the Sandy & Hoodland Libraries - Storytime Parents Group on Facebook.

Contact us 24525 E. Welches Rd. Welches, OR. 97067 Info: or 503-622-3460.

Sandy Public Library 38980 Proctor Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055 Info: or 503-668-5537

MOUNTAIN RECIPE: SWEET & SAUCY Paprika-Garlic Aioli 1 cup mayonnaise 1½ teaspoons smoked paprika 2 teaspoons minced garlic

½ teaspoon garlic powder * pinch of salt and black pepper 1 tablespoon lime juice

 Mix together all ingredients, stirring until smooth.  Place in dish for dipping roasted sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries.

Chipotle-Cheddar 1 ounce shredded yellow cheddar cheese 1 ounce cream cheese 1 teaspoon mayonaise

2 teaspoons chopped chipotles in adobo * finely chopped chives (optional)

 Mix together all ingredients. Season with salt to taste. Stir until smooth.  Top roasted sweet potatoes with cheese and finely chopped chives.



The Mountain Times — November 2023


The Whole Tooth: The Highs and Lows of Clear Aligner Therapy

By Dr. Robert Kelly, D.M.D. General Dentist, McKenzie Dental

Since Invisalign transformed the dental landscape with widespread aligner therapy for orthodontics, there have been many other companies duplicating its product in the

dental industry. Aligner therapy is the use of clear plastic trays that are changed out in a systematic order to move and straighten teeth just like traditional braces do. In some situations, traditional braces are still better, leading to more predictable, quicker and better results. There are some more challenging teeth movements that aligners may struggle to accomplish properly. However, for many cases, aligner therapy can be a great alternative. One obvious advantage is that they are clear and so more invisible in your smile. Another advantage is that you can take them out to eat and clean your teeth, so it is

usually not as difficult to keep your teeth and gums healthy, versus having braces. There has been an explosion of other companies that have utilized aligners for orthodontics. Some of these companies have good reputations – I have heard and seen good things about them. They are from tried and true dental manufacturing companies that produce a good product. Some companies have not been as good. I have seen some patients who have tried the mail order aligner companies and have not found this to be a good experience for them. While there may be patients who have had good experiences with this, all of the cases that have shown up in my office

mid-treatment or at the end of treatment have not been happy patients. One of the biggest competitors to Invisalign in the past decade has been Smile Direct Club. According to Bloomberg News, the company sells low-cost teeth straightening and grew very quickly after starting up in 2014. Ultimately this led to Smile Direct Club going public in 2019, raising $1.35 billion. When the company first went public it was valued at $9 billion! It got listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange and the founders became billionaires! The future was bright. Four years later, it is a very different story. The company has $5 million on

hand and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If they do not find a buyer before November 23, they will have to liquidate and close. There are about 1800 employees in Smile Direct Club. I am not an economics expert, so I am sure there are many factors that led to this debacle. It does highlight how quickly the world of business moves sometimes. There are so many industries that have rapid rises and falls. The cryptocurrency company FTX recently, and the medical device company Theranos many years ago, come to mind. Who knew the dental field would have its share of epic highs and lows too! No one ever said capitalism was boring!

November 2023 — The Mountain Times



Well-Adjusted: Adjusting to the Golden Years

By Dr. Melanie Brown Chiropractic Physician, Mountain Life Clinic

As a local, I have enjoyed integrating into the community over the last four-plus years. I have met many extraordinary people at the clinic and school through sports, churches, restaurants and more. We have

a diverse community of all ages and walks of life, multigenerational and new residents. Many of our population have chosen this community as a place to retire, and I can see why. Our beautiful golf courses, fabulous restaurants, long-standing community service organizations, the natural beauty of our rivers, trails, and mountains, premium health and dental care make it a mountain version of the Rockwellian experience. Shhh, don’t tell too many people, but we know we made the right decision for everyone who lives here! For our older population, some hesitate to seek chiropractic care. But the truth is, as we age, supportive care is

essential to maintain optimum function in the body. The benefits of adding treatments such as chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathic care and massage therapy can be profound. Standard medical care is critical, including yearly checkups with primary care and more frequent visits for those with geriatric syndromes or more than five medications. Eye and hearing health appointments and dental visits are vital, as are checkups to care for the joints and muscles to support pain-free movement, longevity and function. Chiropractors treat patients from infancy to old age. They adjust their techniques (no pun intended) to fit the patient. In the case of the elderly popu-

lation, some do well with traditional chiropractic adjustments, also known as diversified manipulation, and some do better with more gentle methods such as blocking, mobilizing joints, instrument-assisted adjustments, drop table adjustments, passive stretching, targeted massage and therapies, exercise prescription and other methods. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is to help our elderly clients maintain balance, strength, mobility and an active mountain lifestyle through chiropractic care. My first geriatric patient in 2006 was brought in by her husband because she could not drive. She suffered from neck pain and lack of mobility in

her entire spine, especially her neck. After one visit, we noticed improvement, and after three visits I went out into the lobby, she turned her head to greet me and stood up quickly from her chair with no assistance from her husband. They BOTH appeared at least ten years younger. It was indeed a transformation in their lives. As you prioritize your health, I hope to see all of our treasured grandmas, grandpas and older folks in the Mountain Life Clinic for some care. Whether it’s been a while or you have never experienced working with a chiropractor, we will find the appropriate treatments to fit your health needs so you can feel and function your very best!

Generational Legacy: The Curse of Domestic Violence By Amber Ford

The Mountain Times

On Thursday, October 5th, Clackamas county sheriffs and medical personnel responded to a domestic violence incident involving residents located at the Mount Hood Village RV Resort. Upon arrival, sheriffs found a deceased male and an injured woman inside the home, both with gunshot wounds. Deputies performed life-saving efforts on the woman who was then life-flighted to a Portland area hospital where she later died. The call that came into Clackamas county sheriffs’ office was labeled a “domestic dispute.” Unfortunately, this is an epidemic not specific to large cities or other urban demographics: it is a mental health crisis that can affect just about anyone. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “intimate partner violence” is one of

the larger public health issues with generational impacts. “IPV” (intimate partner violence) is a significant public health issue that has many individual and societal costs,” according to the CDC. “About 75% of female IPV survivors and 48% of male IPV survivors experience some form of injury related to IPV,” the CDC added. Not only can domestic violence plague individuals both mentally and physically, it can be lethal when not addressed or reported. According to statistics from U.S. crime reports, one in five homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner. Even more concerning is that this same report states that over half of female homicide victims in the U.S. were killed by current or former intimate male partners. While domestic violence in the U.S. has the ability to tear families apart, the last-

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ing impacts can create ripple effects for generations to come. Not only are there severe mental illnesses and mental health conditions that arise from domestic abuse, but there are also serious physical health conditions that can arise when domestic violence issues are not resolved. According to the CDC, heart conditions and issues with bones and muscles, as well as nervous and digestive problems, are just a few of the negative impacts associated with intimate partner violence. Domestic violence is also one of the leading causes of both mental and physical issues in children who have witnessed intimate partner violence. According to the Adverse Childhood Experience Study, 30-60% of abusers in the home

also inflict violence upon children in the home. Some studies concluded that children living in a home with domestic violence were more likely to recreate that violence as adults, due to the cyclical nature of this epidemic. While domestic violence in the home seems like a health crisis that can be avoided or corrected, for many individuals living in these situations the healthy option of leaving or reporting the incidents is not always so clear cut. According to the nonprofit agency Peace Over Violence, “the cycle of violence is a pattern of behaviors which keeps survivors locked in the abusive relationship.” Peace Over Violence goes on to say that while leaving may seem like an easy option

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for those experiencing domestic violence, fear of financial instability and change are among the reasons many do not escape this nightmare. Living with domestic violence and intimate partner violence is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the CDC. It has the ability to create lasting effects, both physical and mental, and can also create cyclical/generational behaviors for those affected. If you or someone you love is involved in a domestic violence situation, the following resources are available: Clackamas County Mental Health Crisis Line: 503-655-8585, Clackamas Women’s Services 24-hour crisis line: 503-6542288.

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The Mountain Times — November 2023

Local News

Barlow Connection Extends Past the Barlow Trail

For those of you living on The Mountain, you may be quite familiar with the historical Barlow Trail. But there’s another historical landmark from the Barlow family you maybe have never heard of just down the road near Canby. Here is a story that we published in our Canby publication a few years ago that we thought you might find interesting —Donovan Darling, Content Manager

By Tyler Francke

For The Mountain Times

There are countless names and families who stand out in the annals of local history, and who helped found Canby and built it into the community it has become over the past nearly 200 years. Philander and Anna Lee, whose donation land claim would become the heart of downtown Canby, have obviously earned their place. “Big Jim” Baker, the wild frontiersman who operated a huge ranch in what is now north Canby in the 1830s — and

William Barlow

nearly had the honor of having the town named after him — makes for a colorful tale. Kentuckian Champing Pendleton and family were among the earliest known permanent settlers in the Canby area and would make their mark on the town for decades to come. But perhaps no single person was more instrumental in those very early days than another Kentuckian, Samuel K. Barlow. After all, he built the Barlow Road — the final overland segment of the Oregon Trail — without which, the so-called “A-B-C” sister cities of Aurora, Barlow and Canby may not have developed until decades later, if at all. Samuel Kimbrough Barlow was a trailblazer in every sense of the word, a tailor by trade and training who lived a colorful life. In August 1827, he was convicted of manslaughter for killing a man with an ax the previous October. Sentenced to one year of hard labor, his crime was eventually pardoned by the governor of Indiana after scores of people — including the victim’s brother — pleaded on his behalf since he had acted only to protect his wife, Susannah Lee, and their six children: Sarah, James, John, Eliza Jane, Eli, and William. In 1845, Barlow and his family joined legendary pioneer and statesman Joel Palmer, who would later serve as an Oregon legislator and speaker of the House, in his train of 23 covered wagons

bound for Oregon. Along the way, the 53-yearold made one of the earliest ascents of Mount Hood (though he did not reach the summit), as he and Palmer were scouting for a crossing. On October 7, 1845, Barlow climbed all the way to the 9,000-foot level in order to clear the treeline and find a way off the mountain. The path they ultimately chose would later be known as Barlow Pass. Nine years later, Barlow, along with five other men led by Thomas J. Dryer, made another attempted ascent of Oregon’s tallest peak which some consider the first summitting of Mount Hood, though the report has been disputed. A later climb by a party led by Henry Pittock in 1857 was far better documented and is generally considered the first “official” ascent to the summit, with Dryer and company’s attempt deemed to have fallen a couple hundred feet short. At any rate, there is no dispute that the Barlows achieved their goal of reaching and establishing a new home in the Oregon Country, with their party arriving in the burgeoning Oregon City on Christmas night in 1845. Barlow was appointed justice of the peace for Clackamas County (which was much larger in those days) by acting Governor Kintzing Prichette in 1850 — the same year that he bought a donation land claim from Canadian explorer and fur trader Thomas McKay — who later led a militia company

that saw action in the Cayuse War. The land was eventually sold to Samuel’s son, William, portions of which would eventually form the town of Barlow and the historic William Barlow House. Initially the largest and most prosperous of the “ABC” sister cities, a train station was established in Barlow when the O&C Railroad was built in 1870. It remained the main stop in the area until the explosion of fertile farmlands in Canby fueled an economic and population boom — necessitating an expanded station to accommodate the crops and cattle being exported down to the Southern Pacific Railroad route. Barlow’s post office was established in February 1871 and would serve the area more than a hundred years, closing its doors on January 3, 1975. The town was incorporated in 1903 as Barlow, named not after the famous Samuel Barlow, but his son William, who lived there and started a sawmill, a gristmill, the post office, and the Barlow Bank and Land Development Company. The late 1800s was Barlow’s heyday, as the city was home to more than 40 families and boasted a school, a bank, two churches, two hotels, two general stores, three saloons, a feed store, a livery stable, and a newspaper. Downtown Barlow had wooden sidewalks and white picket fences. Yet while Canby thrived, thanks to a higher and drier location that was less likely to

flood, Barlow stagnated and declined. By the early 20th century, Barlow was little more than a ghost town. It did not start attracting many new residents until after World War II. William Barlow and his wife, Martha Ann, bought more land and established a large plantation on the rich, moist bottomland that stretches between the Molalla and Pudding rivers. The couple built a Southern-style mansion, which burned down in 1883. Two years later, he built a grand new home in the Victorian Italianate style, which was popular in the mid- to late 19th century. The house passed to William’s daughter, Mary, in 1896, and it was sold out of the family in 1906. William died at 81 years old in 1904. The Barlow Fountain, built to honor the contributions of William Barlow and his family, was dedicated by Mary Barlow in 1904. Still standing to this day, having been beautifully restored by the late Virginia L. Miller, who lived there and operated it as a private museum until her passing in 2004, the William Barlow House is the oldest residential structure in the Canby area. Framed with its iconic twin rows of black walnut trees planted in 1859, the Barlow House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 15, 1977, and remains a prominent landmark of Canby to this day.

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The Viewfinder

Photographing the Autumn Colors

colors. I can get lost in creative thought while wandering inside an aspen grove. Aspen groves also look amazing on a distant hillside in a sweeping territorial view with rugged, solid rock mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet as a backdrop. My favorite view from that area might

distance. I rarely used my ultra wide-angle lens. There weren’t many close-up foregrounds for the photos of the mountains in the distance, which allowed me to zoom in, compressing the scene and enlarging the mountain in the frame. Take a sturdy tripod and a circular polarizing lens-filter to polar-

“There’s much more to Colorado, but the mountains steal the show.”

By Gary Randall For The Mountain Times

I recently returned from a trip to Colorado where I was co-lead in a photography workshop with my good friend Chris Byrne. The workshop took us from Aspen, to photograph the amazing Maroon Bells at sunrise, and to the little town of Crystal to photograph the iconic Crystal Mill. Then we were off to Ouray and Telluride to carry on our quest for autumn colors and breathtak-

ing views of the Rocky Mountains. Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, in my mind, are synonymous. There’s much more to Colorado, but the mountains steal the show. I am sure that they are beautiful any time of the year, but after photographing the snow-covered San Juan Mountains entrenched in peak autumn color this September, I can’t imagine them being more breathtaking.

As it is with photographing any seasonal condition, preparedness, timing and luck must converge to give the best results, and this year they all aligned during my visit. The aspens and the willows were a bright yellow and the hillsides covered in scrub oaks were dark orange and red. Inside an aspen grove, the yellow leaves of the trees were striking against the complementary blue sky, with their white trunks a stark contrast to the

be that of Mount Sneffels but there are incredible perspectives from the Dallas Divide near Ridgeway, to views of Wilson Peak (the mountain on the Coors beer label), near Telluride. During our time there a storm came through and dusted the mountain peaks with snow, enhancing their beauty. If you go for autumn colors, plan to go around the first week of September, keeping in mind they can vary from year to year. But once the leaves start to turn, they turn quickly. When we arrived, the majority were green but within a couple of days they were changing fast. Dress in layers: it can be cold in the mornings and the evenings. Also keep in mind that you are in high elevation locations. We flew into Montrose at almost 6000 feet and then went up in elevation to almost 11,000 feet (going over a couple of high mountain passes), but were at 8000 feet most of the time. I felt the altitude the first couple of days but adapted quickly. I used my 24-70mm lens a lot, but used my 70-200 to capture a few tight landscapes and for focusing into the

ize the sky or to take the shine from the surface of the foliage, releasing the color. Remember that you will not be alone at many of the best viewpoints so if you plan on a sunrise or a sunset arrive as early as possible. I arrive before sunrise and stay through the morning light. The sunset is the same: arrive early and find a good composition. I always have fun visiting and conversing with other photographers. Mount Hood is majestic in the Fall with the vine maples and the red huckleberry bushes. The Columbia River Gorge is breathtaking, especially when the broadleaf maples are in full yellow. The larch on the east side of the Cascades and the Blues and the Wallowas in Eastern Oregon are incredible in their autumn color, but Colorado is simply different. It may be the influence of epic motion pictures or because of beer commercials with backdrops of the Rocky Mountains, but there was a familiarity – as if I had been there before. I am counting the days until I can return to another autumn in Colorado.



E-tag Your Fish & Game Correctly to Avoid a Citation By OR Dept of Fish & Wildlife For The Mountain Times

Nearly 50 percent of hunters and anglers in Oregon are using e-tagging. Instead of carrying a paper tag, they can tag fish and wildlife on their phone using the MyODFW app. Major fall hunting seasons are about to begin in Oregon and fall salmon seasons are also underway. Oregon State Police and ODFW are seeing some issues with e-taggers and share the following reminders: • Download the MyODFW app. This is what lets you tag when out of cell reception. • Login to the app before fishing or hunting (when you have good internet service) and be sure your licenses and tags are in your portfolio. The app keeps you logged in when in the field. • Buy your big game tag or redeem your SportsPac voucher by the deadline (the day before the season begins). OSP regularly

encounters hunters who have failed to ever pick up their tag, which results in them forfeiting their meat and can lead to a citation. • If you are in an area with poor cell service, toggle your MyODFW app to offline mode (under Settings). Using the app's offline mode also helps when using peripherals like GPS, fish finders or cameras that use your WiFi connection. You can also put your phone in Airplane mode to make e-tagging easier. • Immediately tag your fish or animal after harvest (by pressing "Validate" on your big game tag or "Add Harvest" on a combined angling tag) and enter required information properly. OSP regularly sees hunters and anglers who fail to immediately tag. There is no excuse because the MyODFW app lets you tag when offline. • Keep your phone charged. It's your responsibility to be able to show your license and tag to OSP. So

carry a portable charger, put your phone in airplane mode, or do what you need to do to conserve battery life. • If tagging a fish – be sure to use the right location code. Don't tag an ocean harvested salmon in a coastal river system, for example. "It's important to remind hunters they are required to have in possession a big game tag, either electronic or paper, for the dates, area and species being hunted," says Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Captain Casey Thomas. "To avoid any issues in the field and the possibility of enforcement action, make sure your application is downloaded, and all necessary documents are in your portfolio. "If you have any questions, please reach out to us or ODFW before your hunt, so we can help ensure you have what is required before you hit the field or leave cell phone connectivity," Captain Thomas added.

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The Angle Fishing Spoons for Trout personal favorite, the Al’s Goldfish Neon Blue. Areas where I fish them are in tidewater, small “field” creeks, large dam-controlled rivers, small natural rivers and standard “stocker” lakes. There are certain rivers where a spoon doesn’t always get it done, but in my semi-coastal region of Oregon and Washington, I have found consummate success fishing spoons.

River trout of all shapes, sizes and colors fall for the spoon.

By Lucas Holmgren The Mountain Times

Trout are a year-round species in Oregon. Whether you fish creeks, rivers or lakes, there is always a place to fish for Rainbows, Cutthroat & Brown Trout. Spoons are essentially

a metal lure that is bent in a way that causes the lure to “wobble” or “flutter” without fully turning over. It is not the same as a spinner which has a rotating blade. I have used spoons like Kastmasters, Little Cleo’s and my

THE TECHNIQUE “The swing” is a proven method for spoon fishing. Cast across the river from yourself, draw the line tight and point your rod tip where your line is heading, and as it gets farther downstream, let it “swing” through the target water. Once it’s below you, reel up. I also “drift” spoons. Essentially, be aware of the flow and depth of the run, then cast a bit upstream of yourself, and do ultra-slow reeling with

some ever-so-slight twitches of the rod tip, until you start getting downstream of yourself. At that point, go for the “swing” – but the money is in the tumbling drift you get when the lure is just in front of you. Your line will draw out in front of the lure, causing it to wobble with an enticing flash, not quite hitting the bottom, but getting into the strike zone. THE GEAR A small spoon produces the best action when fished with a light leader. The small diameter of 6lb test is my chosen favorite. When it comes to the mainline, I prefer to fish with nothing but 6lb, so I don’t need a uni-knot or a swivel to connect a leader. An ultra-light rod with 6lb test tied directly to the spoon with a palomar knot is so organic.

KEEP IN MIND When you are tying a light line to a lure, pull with one hand as far away from the knot as possible, while guiding the knot with your other. This ensures that no harmful stretch is imparted to the line near the knot. KEY TACTICS A spoon is a “cover water” lure. Don’t spend all day making the same cast over and over. Move from hole to hole. In lakes, I will cast out as far as I can and vary speed and location. Every day is different. Sometimes it’s a slow retrieve close to the bottom, other days I’m cranking it in fast to where it’s inches below the surface. You simply need to vary your retrieve until you figure out the day’s pattern. Many fish species love to bite spoons, and Trout are no exception. Give it a shot!


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accomplishments." Biola just welcomed its largest incoming class this fall since the pandemic, surpassing enrollment goals. Biola is a nationally-ranked Christian university in the heart of Southern California. It was recently recognized as one of America's best colleges, earning a spot in the higher tier of the "best national universities" category of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges 2024 rankings. In addition to Biola's recognition by U.S. News, Biola recently received the designation of a First-Gen Forward school for the First Scholars Network.

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GPA is at least 3.2. "Inclusion in Biola University's Dean's List is reserved for students who demonstrate exceptional performance in their academic studies. This honor signifies hard work, engagement and investment in scholarship," said Dr. Tamara Anderson, Senior Associate Provost. "These attributes are the building blocks of continued success, not only in the classroom, but in November the workplace and in the 2023 student's personal lives. We celebrate these students and their achievement, looking forward to their future

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Perez Family Leads Pilgrimage for The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe By Ty Walker The Mountain Times

For more than a decade, Nolberto and Benita Perez have led a 15-mile pilgrimage down US Highway 26 to Sandy in celebration of The Day of The Virgin Of Guadalupe. This year, the longtime Welches couple wants to see more people join them on the journey. Anywhere from 10 to 20 faithful typically take the seven-hour trip come rain, snow or shine. Anyone is welcome to brave the weather for the long walk from St. John In The Woods Church in Welches to St. Michael Church in Sandy. Pilgrims will gather and depart around 11 a.m. (or sooner) on Dec. 11 from St. John’s parking, at 24905 E Woodsey Way. Catholics all over the world celebrate The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 (though the local event is set for Monday, Dec. 11). The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the anniversary of one of several apparitions of the Virgin Mary witnessed by an indigenous Mexican named Juan Diego in 1531. It is a Mexican tradition for believers to take a pilgrimage in gratitude for the miracles they attribute to the Virgin. Nolberto Perez practiced this tradition with his mother First counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart.

when he was a child in Mexico. About 20 participated in the first annual event Dec. 11, 2011, to accompany Pérez, who that same year was hospitalized when one of his lungs was failing. After several tests and procedures, he went into a coma. His family feared for his life. “Doctors didn’t give him much hope,” Benita Perez said. “People of faith gathered around him asking the Virgin of Guadalupe to intercede for Nolberto’s life to God,” she said. “He got out of the coma and today he dedicates his life to work for his family.” Welches residents for 28 years, Nolberto and Benita Perez have a grown son, Nolberto Jr., who is a school teacher, and a daughter, Abby, a senior at Sandy High School. Both have participated in past long walks led by their parents. Nolbeto Jr. accompanied his father on the first one held. Nolberto Perez is a heavy machine operator. He serves many different ministries at St. Michael Church and serves his community through Mt. Hood Lions Club.

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The local pilgrimage culminates with a candlelight service and Mexican food at St. Michael Church, 18090 SE Langensand Road, Sandy. For more information on the Day Of The Virgin Of Guadalupe and the walk to Sandy, call 503-668-4446.

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What are Shabbat candles? Shabbat candles are lit by Jewish women and girls, 18 minutes before sunset on Friday afternoon or on the eve of Jewish holidays. They light candles to usher in peace and blessings to their homes and to the world.

Shabbat Candle Blessing: Blessing: Baruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Melech Ha-olam A-sher Kideshanu Bemitzvotav Ve-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Sha-bbat Ko-desh.


Translation: Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the holy Shabbat.

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In tribute to the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, who taught that every human being and every good deed is meaningful and precious.

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Gary Edward Brandt 1948–2023

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. Robert Frost in “Nothing Gold Can Stay” reminds us that life and all the beauty within it is fleeting, so take a moment and make a memory that you can hold on to. Now we take many of those memories we shared with Gary Brandt and hold them close as he passed into another realm on Friday, October 13, 2023. Gary was a father to two sons, Eric and Craig, whom he loved deeply. He was a computer whiz and spent his career of 42 years in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, where he did everything from working on supercomputers to the development of software to monitor an ECG and analyze a patient’s heart data. One of his favorite people in this world was his younger sister, Wendy, whom he enjoyed spending time with in his later years. While Craig and his wife Katie happily provided him with granddogs, his son Eric and wife Krista blessed him with three beautiful grandchildren. Gary was an active member in his community and was loved

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by so many. He spent his golden years of retirement as an active volunteer with the Hoodland Fire District #74, where they appreciated his dedication, goofiness and mad computer skills. Gary was also an active volunteer at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC) and was passionate about all things trains. He was a man with many hobbies. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker, with one of his favorite places to hike being Yellowstone National Park. His career in computer science turned into a hobby later in life restoring old PCs, and in his later years he took up the world’s most popular hobby of philately. So as you reflect on Gary’s story, take a page from his book and be an active member of your community, take a hike, learn how to make an excel spreadsheet, rebuild that ’90s computer sitting in your garage, and as serious as the world can be, keep things light. Now he rests with his little furry buddy Nemo.

Gary was preceded in his passing by his parents, Heinz and Irene Brandt. He will be loved and missed by his sons Eric (and Krista), Craig (and Katie), grandchildren Maddie, Flynn and Cora, sister Wendy (and Steve) Veith, nephew Andy (and Danielle) Veith and niece Ruth (and Matthew) Schleis, other relatives, friends and his Hoodland Fire District #74 and ORHC families. Love you Gary, a send off in binary: 01001100011011 11011101100110010100100 00001111001011011110111 0101001000000100011101 1000010111001001111001. The family asks in lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor Gary’s memory, please consider a donation to the Hoodland Fire District #74 and/or Oregon Rail Heritage Center in his name. The memorial to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 1-3 p.m. in the Evergreen Room at the Mount Hood Village RV Resort, 65000 E HWY 26, Welches, OR 97067.


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creative than other places around here,” head bartender Perry Combs said. He brings 15 years of experience in creating craft bar programs in Portland. Of course, what’s a trip to Sandbar BBQ if you don’t try their new recipe, tri-tip enchirito chili? Other additions to the food menu include offering prime rib more regularly and rotating the soup selection throughout the winter. If you save room for pie, you have to have a slice of cream pie from the local Mt. Hood Pie Company. “We’re looking forward to the winter season,” Combs said. “It’s going to get even

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giant slalom. Sandy athletes call Ski Bowl, where they train, their home hill. But league races take place at Mt. Hood Meadows. “Ski Bowl is where we prefer to train,” Kanable said. “What do they say on their sign? ‘Closer, steeper and cheaper.’ I love to go there.” Kanable likes the lifts at Ski Bowl because they force athletes to talk to each other and build relationships with each other. “One of my goals is to build the mountain community

and introduce them not only to skiing but to the people they're going to ski with,” Kanable said. “It makes those friendships really solid.” Kanable began skiing when he was 3 and was racing at 10. He grew up learning to ski in Parkdale, where his grandfather was in charge of the ski school. When he was a student at Sandy High, he raced for the ski team. After college, he returned to Sandy to teach at Cedar Ridge Middle School and landed the head ski coaching job.

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Tickets are going fast for Camp Arrah Wanna’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Get yours while you still can! The nonprofit is on track to sell 140 of the 150 tickets available for the event, Executive Director Laura Young said. The Enchanted Forest Banquet & Auction, a fundraiser for Camp Arrah Wanna, will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, in the camp’s historic main lodge, 24075 E Arrah Wanna Blvd., Welches. Doors open at 5 p.m., silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m, dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., and the live auction program gets rolling at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $65 a person and available online at https://www.camparrah- or at the door. Fancy banquet attire is encouraged but not required. It’s the Mt. Hood community’s big night to step out. Got kids? No worries. Free childcare is available at the event. “We have a silent auction, game prizes, raffles and a cash bar,” Young said. “It’s a fun evening for our community to get together and support a good cause.” The MC for the live auction is Portland radio personality Amy Faust, formerly of Mike and Amy In The Morning on 99.5 The Wolf. She is now co-hosting The Portland Show With Mike & Amy on Internet radio. Camp Arrah Wanna Inc. is a nonprofit conference center located in Welches since 1941. The auction will

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