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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012 • MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN WESTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY SINCE 1886 • WWW.FGNEWSTIMES.COM • VOL. 128, NO. 26 • 5O CENTS

TriMet’s fare policy causes friction By LAURA FRAZIER The News-Times

A year ago, most passengers who illegally rode TriMet for free got away with it. But since last July, when regional transit agency officials announced they were cracking down on fare evasion by hiring six new

fare inspectors and cutting straight to citations for first-time offenders, the days of worry-free fare jumping are long gone. Although the new policies drastically altered TriMet for some transit users, particularly those on light rail, they didn’t change the role bus drivers play in the fight against free rides, putting them in a tough

spot when it comes to fare enforcement, and that stress may have contributed to a dispute in Forest Grove June 7 that triggered an investigation by TriMet. The incident, first reported by the News-Times, began as passenger Maria Ruiz boarded a bus operated by driver Claudeen Hendren late June 7. Hendren reportedly

told Ruiz that her fare was invalid, which kick-started a dispute that left Ruiz and her children in tears and a police officer driving them home.

Fare enforcement causes friction Jeff Ackerson, an officer with the

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The COW CONNECTION ■ While dairies consolidate under economic pressures, the Marsh Dairy north of Cornelius keeps churning

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s George and Judy Marsh awaited the tour buses, they talked about alfalfa. Roughly 250 cow conventioneers were heading to the Marsh dairy just north of Cornelius to inspect the couple’s cattle on a hot June day. But the Marshes were thinking ahead to rain, and what it could do to the crop they rely on to feed their cows. “It’s supposed to rain tomorrow,” George said matter-of-factly. “We have a guy coming over that’s going to help us pick it up and bag it.” Hundreds of people from across the country traveled to Oregon June 21 for a closer look into the state’s second most lucrative agricultural commodity: dairy.

Forest Grove fireworks show draws thousands Fourth of July revelers happy to see pyrotechnics again By NANCY TOWNSLEY The News-Times The sweat-inducing work involved in tossing empty water bottles and multiple pounds of spent fireworks onto a truck bed at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School on a hot Thursday morning last week didn’t bother Dave Nemeyer in the least. That’s because despite the

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mess left over from the night before, Forest Grove’s first Fourth of July fireworks display in 10 years had gone off without a hitch — almost. A mortar got away from its handlers early in the show, setting off a group of fireworks in a small explosion, and there were parking lot snarls that kept local firefighters from quickly exiting to go on calls. But overall, said Nemeyer, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue’s public information officer, the event, sponsored by the firefighters association, was a resounding success. “It was a gorgeous night,”

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George Marsh tells visitors from the National Guernsey Convention about his dairy, situated north of Cornelius, where he milks 120 cows. NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD

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STEPHANIE HAUGEN Long time coming The National Guernsey Convention hadn’t been held in Oregon since the 1980s, and although a lot has changed since then, herds of folks still came seeking a view into the day-today doings of an Oregon dairy. The event was sponsored by the American Guernsey Association, an organization that promotes the Guernsey cattle breed — a favorite among Pacific Northwest dairymen — known for its brown and white

color pattern, docile disposition and rich milk production. The convention’s highlights include tours of Oregon’s landscape and popular sightseeing stops, trips to six dairies, youth contests, sales, committee meetings and seminars aimed at educating and assisting anyone working with the Guernsey breed. These convention participants — men and women, adults and children, East-coasters and West-coasters — were already familiar with the sights, sounds and smells of a dairy, but most people in Washington County these days are not. Once a common way to make a living, dairying has been steadily decreasing

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Relay raises $81K for cancer research Forest Grove event will observe its tenth year in 2013 By NANCY TOWNSLEY The News-Times Judy Vanderzanden was only 46 when she died of breast cancer 19 years ago — the same age her daughter, Dawn Andresen, is now. “It’s going to be an emotional weekend,” Andresen said Saturday morning as she surveyed the track at Neil Armstrong Middle School, where, for the ninth year in a row, hundreds of people walked and ran laps at Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s national signature event.

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“My mom didn’t make it to 47,” added Andresen, who’ll mark that birthday herself July 18. For Andresen, chairing Relay events is a family affair. Her sister, Danielle Patrick of La Pine, directs that Central Oregon city’s Relay for Life. As she alternately managed the microphone during opening ceremonies and answered questions from team members, Andresen was circumspect. “I do this because it feels better than doing nothing,” the vivacious, blond-haired woman said. “We need to raise awareness about this disease and someday hopefully there will be no more cancer.”

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A Relay For Life attendee snaps a photo of three participants, including Brenda Kintz of Forest Grove (center), who led a new team called Fight Like You Mean It.

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■ Bus drivers are stuck between enforcing policy and drawing complaints from passengers


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