Saturday, February 27, 2010

Metro Approves Urb & Rural Reserves (a note from David Bragdon)‏

Dear Friend,
Today marks a historic moment for our region - one that will set us on a course for the next half century and provide a legacy for our children and grandchildren. Our region's leaders came together to protect more than 272,100 acres of valuable farmland, forestland and natural resources for current and future generations to enjoy. And we reached agreement on nearly 28,100 acres of urban reserves located in areas that will best support the jobs and housing necessary to sustain great communities.

Today the Metro Council voted to adopt intergovernmental agreements with Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties to designate urban and rural reserves for the next 50 years. Each of the three county boards of commissioners also voted to adopt these agreements this week.

It has taken more than two years and an unprecedented amount of collaboration not only among the four governments, but with other local governments, the business community, farmers, environmental and land use advocates, neighborhood leaders and other residents to reach this milestone. No other metropolitan region in the country has ever attempted this.

Unlike the gridlock affecting our federal government, your local leaders worked together to get results. Combined with the region's recent decision to shift more of its transportation budget to projects that make the most of our existing roads and bridges, these proposals represent a concerted effort to act now on investments that will make our region a great place.

As historic as this achievement is, our work is not done. We need to refocus our efforts on how we can best invest in attracting more jobs and residents to our existing communities inside the urban growth boundary. Metro, local governments and the private sector need to work more strategically to invest limited public resources more wisely and encourage greater private investment in the communities we already call home. By focusing public and private investments in our existing cities and town centers, along transportation corridors and near places where people work, the proposals will help protect farms and forests. In addition, they help protect and improve land currently designated for new and growing employers and provide incentives to clean up dilapidated and contaminated lots to make our neighborhoods safer and provide sites for new jobs and houses.

Only if we do all these things can we ensure a strong economy, a healthy environment and great communities that serve the needs of all. Please stay involved as we continue taking important steps to invest in our future.

Best regards,

David Bragdon
Metro Council President

600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-2736
503-797-1804 TDD
503-797-1797 fax

City of Tigard Hires New City Engineer

The City of Tigard is pleased to announce that Ted Kyle has accepted the position of City Engineer effective March 1, 2010. He has been the Acting City Engineer since September 15, 2009.

Mr. Kyle brings with him extensive engineering and construction experience. He has over 30 years of experience in public works related engineering and construction program management, including work as a civil engineer design professional and program manager for large construction programs. His background includes serving as a field engineer on a large water treatment plant for a top 10 construction contractor. His wide range of experience with all facets of public works project delivery will benefit the citizens of Tigard through more effective project design and construction practices.

“I am thrilled to have Ted Kyle on board as the City’s new City Engineer,” said Craig Prosser, City Manager. “This is a key position helping the City to provide quality public construction projects necessary to serving the citizens of Tigard. Ted has the know-how and drive to get the job done, and we are fortunate to have him.”

For more information, contact Tigard Public Works Director Dennis Koellermeier at 503-718-2596 or

tri-met open house for comments on proposed service cuts

The Beaverton open house the closest to Tigard. The others are Downtown Portland and Happy Valley. -Joanne

Proposed service cuts effective September 2010

TriMet is holding informational open houses about proposed service cuts that would take effect in September 2010. We are seeking comments from the public prior to refining and finalizing the proposed cuts.

Times and locations are listed below. These are information sessions designed to answer any questions you might have. If you can't attend in person, you can send us your feedback by our feedback form, phone or mail. (Please submit your comments by 5 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2010.)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Beaverton Community Center
12350 SW 5th Street, Suite 100
Beaverton, OR 97005

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Senator Merkley is holding a Town Hall‏

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Washington County Town Hall

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Sherwood High School

In The Commons

16956 SW Meinecke Rd.

Sherwood, OR 97140

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PGE seeks price changes beginning January 2011

As we plan for Oregon’s energy future, it’s important to keep you, our customers and stakeholders, informed about significant issues. So I wanted to let you know Portland General Electric has asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission to begin a comprehensive review of PGE’s costs of providing service and to approve new customer prices to take effect in January 2011. Today’s filing begins a 10-month public process designed to review our request for an overall price increase of 7.4 percent.

The decision to seek a price adjustment was not one we took lightly, especially considering the current economic environment. At the same time, we can’t ignore needed investments in new energy resources to meet the growing demand for electricity, as well as critical system maintenance investments necessary to continue to provide safe, reliable energy and services that meet our customers’ expectations.

If, after a thorough examination of PGE’s costs and analysis, the commission approves our request, a typical residential customer will see a monthly bill increase of about $6.70. The combined average price change for large commercial and industrial customers would be 5.4 percent. Impacts will vary by individual rate schedules.

About half of the requested amount will be spent on system investments to meet the growing energy demands of the region, including:

Phase III of PGE’s Biglow Canyon Wind Farm project, which will help meet the state’s requirement that PGE derive 25 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by the year 2025.
Federally-mandated improvements at our hydroelectric facilities on the Clackamas River, which will allow customers to continue to count on these low-cost hydro resources for decades to come.
The request also includes both capital costs and operational savings stemming from completion of a new network of smart meters. The remainder of the request reflects operating costs PGE must incur to support continued and future excellence in customer service; maintain safe, efficient and effective operations; and address new regulatory requirements. It also addresses needed updates to our information technology systems and rising health insurance premiums for employees.

There were a number of factors that helped keep our proposed increase as low as possible. These include the lower price of natural gas, which will help reduce costs for wholesale power and fuel purchases, as well as ongoing company efforts to reduce costs and find ways to serve our customers more efficiently.

As I mentioned, this is a lengthy process. My commitment to you is to keep you informed along the way and make sure we provide the necessary information to address any questions or concerns you may have. If you are interested in learning more about this issue, I invite you to read our news release and a Q&A (PDF) that provides more details. We’ve also prepared a video that we’re making available for customers who visit us at

On behalf of PGE and our 2,700 employees, I want to thank you for the opportunity to continue our ongoing dialogue about issues of importance to you, our customers and our state.

Jim Piro
President and CEO

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

You're invited to the westside premiere of "Wetlands, Seasons of Mind"

Saturday, March 6 at 3 p.m.
Tigard Joy Theatre
11959 SW Pacific Highway

Meet artist Deborah DeWit and director Carl Vandervoort and enjoy a special welcome by Washington County Commissioners Andy Duyck and Dick Schouten, Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen and community leaders. Clean Water Services sponsored the project about wetlands it has restored to encourage appreciation of precious water resources in popular urban settings. The film will also be shown on March 7 at 3 p.m. Admission is $7.50. Please invite friends and colleagues.

Learn more at

A film about art and the environment produced by Deborah DeWit and Carl Vandervoort, directed by Carl Vandervoort, music directed by Jim Leisy.

Funded in part by Clean Water Services and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Tigard Times news article about the movie and project.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tigard Library Introduces Minds at Play Gaming Program

In March, the Tigard Public Library will begin Minds at Play, a year-long series of gaming programs for people of all ages. A gaming open house will kick off the program on Saturday, March 13 and Saturday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library lobby. The Library invites everyone to stop by and try out Wii™ bowling and Guitar Hero®. Those who roll a strike will win a donut while supplies last.
The library won a state grant to purchase new gaming equipment, such as Wii™, Playstation® and Xbox™ game consoles, as well as more traditional board games. The gaming series will provide opportunities for patrons to enhance their technology skills while socializing and engaging in some friendly competition.
The series will explore all types of games from bingo to online computer games and encourages game players from beginners to experts to participate. Other events include a March Teen Game Fest on Thursday, March 18, and a Wii™ Sports for Boomers and Seniors series beginning in April.
Gaming in the library is a tradition that began in the 19th century. Librarians learned that inviting patrons to play games was an effective way to build community, while helping people learn to use the library. If having fun with new friends is not enough of an incentive, Minds at Play participants can enter a prize drawing after attending several gaming events and completing a Level Up! card.
For information, please call the Library at 503-684-6537 or visit the Library’s Web page at and click on Adult, Teen or Kids Programs. Minds at Play is supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

Green Resource from Metro‏

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2010 Artists for Children of the World -- March 6 & 7

@ 11535 SW Durham Rd #C5 Tigard, OR 97224 (Admission by Donation)‏
Admission by donation.

The 2010 Artists for Children of the World benefit event contributes to world peace by supporting relationships, education, and counseling to poor children, widows and orphans all over the world. Good Samaritan Ministries, based in Beaverton, Oregon, provides donation-based lifetime development and counseling to hundreds annually without regard to race, religion, gender or nationality, and is guided by the adage, “Go and do likewise.”

The 2010 Artists for Children of the World Event honors Megan Garcia, Artist


Announcement of our art show scheduled March 6 & 7, 2010. My hope is that you will be able attend the show. If you have experienced our other shows, you know they are fun, the food is good and art is offered in a broad price range. We believe everyone should have an opportunity to have something beautiful. Come, bring friends, enjoy!

Will you help us to spread the word of the show by forwarding this e-mail to your friends, families and colleagues? All funds raised pay for services to poor children, orphans and widows.

Thank you and best wishes

In association with Good Samaritan Ministries

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tigard Seeks Exemplary Citizens

The Tigard City Council is putting out a call for nominations for the annual Exemplary Citizenship Award. “The award recognizes the efforts of Tigard’s hard working volunteers, whether they’re individuals, organizations, neighborhoods or businesses, who help make our city ‘a place to call home,’” according to Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen. “We’re looking for those who have dedicated their time and energy to help make Tigard such a wonderful place to live, work and play.”

Award recipients are chosen for their service in implementing or helping with an outstanding project, program or service; enriching and revitalizing our community or neighborhoods; demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values or promoting cross-cultural awareness.

The winner will be honored at the Tigard Chamber of Commerce annual Shining Star Community Awards Banquet on April 16. Nominations are due at the Tigard City Hall, 13125 SW Hall Boulevard, Tigard, Oregon 97223, by 5 pm, March 15.

Forms are available at the Tigard City Hall, Library and Public Works lobbies. They can also be downloaded from the Tigard web site, For more information, please contact, or Dianna Weston, 503-718-2402, or Liz Newton, 503-718-2412,

Service cuts proposed: 4 bus lines discontinued, frequency reductions on buses and MAX‏

Due to the continued economic recession and declining payroll tax revenues, TriMet must cut its Fiscal Year 2011 budget by $27 million, which includes a 5 percent administrative cut, a salary and hiring freeze, reductions to bus and MAX service, and a five-cent fare increase.

Our proposed service cuts, which would take effect in September, include discontinuation of 4 bus lines and frequency reductions on buses and MAX.

Today, we begin a three-month comment and refinement phase where the public can help shape the final service cut plan

Learn more about the proposed cuts and how you can provide your feedback

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How to Survive a Heart Attack

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 03:44 PM PST

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and, more and more often, TVF&R’s firefighters are called upon to help people suffering from a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest. February is National Heart Month and TVF&R wants to remind you that you can help save a life if someone nearby suffers a heart attack.

Most heart attacks happen at home. A heart attack is much different than sudden cardiac arrest. A heart attack can begin so slowly or mildly that a person is unaware of what he or she is experiencing. Symptoms include:

§ Chest discomfort lasting more than a few minutes or goes away and returns (may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain);

§ Upper body discomfort such as pain or discomfort, in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach;

§ Shortness of breath

§ Sweating, nausea, or lightheadedness.

If you experience these symptoms – don’t delay; call 9-1-1 right away! Let us assess your situation and get you in the system! Time is crucial. The heart is a muscle and it deteriorates with each passing minute from the onset of a heart attack until treatment. Every TVF&R unit carries a cardiac monitor with 12 lead EKG capabilities. Our paramedics are able to diagnose if the heart is failing and begin immediate treatment. If a patient must be transported, information gathered by paramedics is relayed to the local hospital, enabling physicians and staff to activate special heart teams and prepare for the patient BEFORE their arrival. The national standard for field to cath lab is about 90 minutes. Thanks to our 12 lead EKGs in the field, we now have patients making it from field to the cath lab in under an hour! Remember – time is muscle!!

The survival rate for cardiac arrest patients is bleak; the national average for patients who live to be discharged from a hospital is about 5 percent. However, TVF&R’s survival rate over the past three years has ranged from 10.8 percent to 22.9 percent – making it among the top in the nation. TVF&R attributes its strong survival rates to several factors: quick calls to 9-1-1, dispatchers instructing callers to perform Hands-Only CPR, the growing availability of AEDs in the region, and TVF&R’s quick EMS response.

tri met news‏

Reading, Riding, (no) ‘Rithmatic
TriMet's WES Commuter Rail is celebrating its first year of service this month.

As part of the anniversary celebration, you can enter a drawing to win an

Amazon Kindle (no purchase necessary to enter or win). The deadline to enter

is 5 p.m., February 26; two winners will be chosen on March 4. See the contest

rules at

WES, (Westside Express Service) provides a welcome alternative to I-5 and 217

for commuters living Wilsonville, Tualatin, Tigard and Beaverton. If you haven’t

tried WES, now is a great time to check it out!

Tigard Library Book Group Will Discuss "People of the Book"

The Tigard Library’s Morning Book Group will discuss Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book on Tuesday, March 9, from 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime. She is hired to analyze and conserve the famous Sarajevo Haggadah, which was rescued during the Bosnian war. When Hanna discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the book’s ancient binding, she begins to unlock its mysteries.
The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month in the Grace Tigard Houghton Room on the second floor of the Library. New members are always welcome. For more information, please call the Library at 503-684-6537 and request the Adult Reference Desk, or visit the Library’s web page at:

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Next Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Set To Begin

The Tigard Police Department will once again participate in the “Three Flags Safety Belt Campaign” beginning February 8th. The two week-long blitz is a multi-jurisdictional approach to help ensure motorists respect, obey and understand the importance of using seat belts and child safety seats. Tigard Police officers will be focusing on enforcement at various times and days. This effort is made possible through dedicated federal funding providing overtime opportunities to carry out the program. Officers will be focusing on overall seatbelt compliance, proper use of child booster seats and speed violations.

Recent statistics indicated that Tigard motorists demonstrated nearly 97% compliance regarding vehicle safety belt usage for front-seated occupants. The national average is just over 80%. While these figures are encouraging, it should also be noted that the lack of safety belt use was a major factor in half of all motor vehicle fatalities in Oregon during recent years.

The base fine for failure to wear a safety belt in a vehicle is $145.00. The base fine is the same for improperly wearing a safety belt, such as behind your back or under your arm.

In the past 16 years of record keeping pertaining to the wearing of seat belts in the State of Oregon, seat belt usage has grown from 43 per cent noted in 1989 to the current statewide estimates of 93 per cent. More importantly, that increased number of seat belt usage occurring during that same time span, also equates to reducing the motor vehicle collision mortality rate in Oregon by one – half. Seat belts save lives! The numbers don’t lie.

Additional information regarding child passenger safety can be found at

TVF&R Command & Business Ops Center Moving

11945 SW 70th Ave. Tigard, Oregon

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue is moving its headquarters to a more central location so it can better serve its taxpayers. The bond includes funding to relocate TVF&R’s Command and Business Operations Center (CBOC). TVF&R has purchased a building in Tigard and has hired an architect to prepare the building’s interior for occupancy.

The current headquarters facility in Aloha was built in 1979 to support five stations; today it supports 23. It has space for only a portion of TVF&R staff and lacks adequate transportation access.

While the original plan was to co-locate CBOC with a station in Wilsonville, a substantial drop in commercial real estate prices has enabled TVF&R to acquire a new building in Tigard for significantly less money and sooner than first planned.

The future Command Center will be centrally located in our service area. In addition to housing command and operations personnel, CBOC will also have a Fire Operations Center to direct all resources during a disaster. The building is unfinished, requires seismic upgrading, and should be ready to occupy early in summer 2010.