Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Beat Litter: Pitch in with Pride!

This was written and submitted by Tigard Resident Elizabeth O. from the Derry Dell neighborhood…

A litter-free city shows civic pride, improves quality of life, and reduces blight and crime. Unfortunately, litter is on the increase in Tigard and throughout Oregon, a state that traditionally prides itself on being “Green and Pristine.”

We try to help by picking up litter wherever we walk or hike. Recycled plastic grocery bags, gloves, sturdy shoes, and a litter “nabber” tool make the job safer, easier, and more fun (available at many hardware stores). Occasional honks, waves, and words of appreciation from others who see our efforts are highly motivating, as is knowing that we’ve created a clean path for others to enjoy.

Everyone can do a few easy things every day to keep the lid on litter:
  • Properly dispose of your own litter.
  • Check for litter around your residence, business, and the street nearby. Place the litter in your trash.
  • Carry plastic bags wherever you walk or hike. Pick up litter, place it in the bags, and discard the bags in your own trash or a public receptacle.
  • For Tigard: Contact Public Works or Joanne Bengtson if you see items on public right-of-ways that are too large to carry or dispose of safely or areas with chronic litter problems. Please provide the location (address or cross-streets) of the problem.
  •  Organize a neighborhood clean-up. Contact Joanne Bengtson for help with trash picker-upper wands, big trash bags, safety signs, and vests for your event.
We hope individuals, families, schools, businesses, and neighborhood groups will pitch in with pride to keep Tigard and all of Oregon a safe, clean “Place to Call Home.” To borrow a quote from Joanne Bengtson: “One-by-one until it’s done!”

Tigard Public Works: 503-718-2591 | Joanne Bengtson: 503-718-2476 or


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gone Fishing

Join the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at one of 33 free Family Fishing events throughout the state this spring and summer.

They provide loaner rods and reels, tackle, instruction and freshly stocked fish – everything you need for a fun day!

Find an event near you,

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Police Chief Orr joins Mayor Cook at Fireside Chat

If you are in the neighborhood, please consider stopping-in to Symposium Coffee when the next Fireside Chat with Tigard Mayor John Cook also includes Tigard Police Chief Alan Orr.

The fireside chats have been a regular occurrence for the Mayor. The monthly events provide an informal opportunity for citizens to share opinions, ideas and information along with good coffee. On Thursday March 5, visitors will have an added bonus as Chief Orr will be joining  Mayor Cook. Have you been contemplating a question for the Chief of Police yet haven’t had the opportunity to share?  Here’s your chance. Please mark your calendar.

Symposium Coffee is located in downtown Tigard at 12345 SW Main St. The chat begins at 6:30 pm and continues until 8:30 pm.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

OLCC speaks out on co-locating medical and recreational marijuana sales

 Recreational and medical marijuana should not be sold at the same retail outlets unless both products are tracked and tested in the same way, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission said today in a message to the Oregon Legislature.

The request was approved by all five Commission members as part of a memo to legislators that identified potential gaps in Measure 91, the recreational marijuana measure passed by voters in November.

“OLCC does not want to be responsible for the co-location of medical and recreational operations unless the medical side is run in a manner consistent with federal guidelines,” said OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge.

Federal guidelines require that states that have legalized recreational pot ensure that marijuana does not move into the illegal market or across state lines.

In implementing the recreational marijuana law, the OLCC will use a “seed-to-sale” system to track marijuana from licensed growers to processors, wholesalers and, eventually, retail outlets.

Oregon’s medical marijuana program, currently administered by the Oregon Health Authority, has no tracking system.

 In other business, the Commission approved a staff recommendation to recruit volunteers to serve on the agency’s marijuana rules advisory committee. Individuals wishing to serve on the committee should visit the recreational marijuana program’s web site at