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The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office just launched a new program to reach seniors impacted the COVID-19 pandemic: the Community Care Initiative.

The Community Care Initiative (CCI) is a collaborative effort between the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services, and the Oregon Food Bank. Under CCI, based out of the Public Safety Training Center in Clackamas, a team of Sheriff’s Office and County employees and volunteers will contact seniors in Clackamas County and ask if they need food, medicine, or household supplies. Volunteers will pack care boxes and make home deliveries with any needed items.

“I’m thankful for our partnerships and the ability to make a difference in our local community during this difficult time,” said Undersheriff Angela Brandenburg. “I want every Clackamas County resident, especially our seniors, to know they are not alone, we care, and we are here for you.” Continue reading

Mark Ellis, NW Connection

S.O.A.R. Membership Skyrockets After Announcement

If a person had asked four months ago if there was an organized Republican group in the Sandy, OR area, the answer would have been “no, there isn’t.”

There is now. The Sandy Oregon Area Republicans (SOAR) has only been around since May 24th, but has already attracted 643 members.

According to group spokesperson Dotty Pratt, the word “area” is inclusive of any town or burb in and around Sandy, specifically the official political districts that Sandy is in: Senate District 26, House District 52, and Congressional District 3. Continue reading


Operation Rescue is pleased to announce that it has launched a new version of the website AbortionDocs.org that is bigger, faster, and more user-friendly than ever.

After realizing that no accurate listing of U.S. abortion facilities existed anywhere, Operation Rescue began the daunting task of identifying every abortion facility in the nation in 2009, a list that has been continually updated since then.

Because of this research, Operation Rescue conceived the idea of a website that could maintain an accurate listing of abortion facilities by state and act as a depository for documentation about each facility and known abortionist. Continue reading

Unbelievable lineup slated for Clark County Fair

The 151st Clark County Fair is set for Aug. 2 through 11, and the Clark County Fair Association has created a marvelous lineup of thrilling features including the all-Bug-Ology, favorites like DockDogs®, motorsports fun with Monster Trucks, and a new motorsports event – Moto Tuff Extreme! And, get all the carnival rides, fantastic fair food, family fun, and adorable animals you can see in one day! Plus – don’t miss the Parades happening opening day, August 2nd, at 1:00pm, and again the following Friday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m., the parades goes right up the midway, so get a great spot to watch! Visit the Clark County Fair website for updates and all the schedules at www.clarkcofair.com.

Are you ready for the Sounds of Summer? Then buy your reserved VIP seats for our featured music artists – Carly Pearce with guest Matt Stell, KC and the Sunshine Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt band, and Randy Houser! You can also sit for FREE in the Grandstands during the concerts!

Get ready for plenty of action at the Excavation Rental Services (ERS) Grandstand; and the Kid’s Park will be filled with plenty of fun activities and contests aplenty. The Columbian Community Stage will feature free around-the-clock musical entertainment and fun acts – including the Washington State Fiddle Championships. The Clark County Fair is proud to welcome back Butler Amusements and Summer’s Best Carnival. And let’s not forget ALL the cows, horses, goats, llamas, sheep, chickens and so much more!

Be sure to purchase your Clark County Fair discount tickets online at www.clarkcofair.com to save money; or find the list of consignment ticket locations with participating SW Washington Fred Meyer stores, People’s Community Federal Credit Union branches, and Wilco Farm Stores.

See you there!

Susan Gallagher, Parents Rights In Education

Beaverton School District plans to roll out a NEW health and sexuality curriculum implementing Gender Identity, Gender roles, Gender Expression, “different families,” and explicit sexuality education in your child’s classroom.

Has Beaverton SB been transparent with you? 

Concerned Beaverton parents reviewed the sexually explicit curriculum, which is likely to have long term harmful effects on your children.  Examples of content include:

  • Books like “Princess Boy” and “Different Families” for “read-alouds.”
  • Gender Unicorn & Genderbread Person shown below, at elementary level
  • Oral, anal and vaginal sex introduced as early as 10 years old!
  • Advocacy for Youth 3Rs pornographic curriculum. Evaluation of this dangerous curriculum, HERE.
  • Planned Parenthood Teen Talk presentations in your high schools without parent consent
  • Referrals for Abortions & Puberty blocking hormone therapy without parents consent
Proposed Beaverton School District Standards, Learning Targets
Click on these links to download docs.

Despite Twitter Ban, Paid Media Blackout and R Rating, Abortion Biopic Earns RARE A+ CinemaScore and Highest Per Screen Average of Any Indie-Wide Release Film; Expands in 2nd Week

The controversial abortion biopic UNPLANNED overperformed its pre-release projections to become the #5 movie at the box office this weekend. The film took in an estimated $6,110,000 or a cumulative per-screen average of $5,770 on only 1,059 locations across the country. The film received a rare A+ CinemaScore.
Industry projections underestimated the film’s performance, predicting $2 million to $3 million. Despite a widespread paid media blackout across mainstream and some faith-based outlets and a Saturday morning Twitter ban that was quickly lifted after online outrage, the film’s strong word-of-mouth propelled audiences to fill theaters across the country. Next week the film’s distributor plans to add an additional 600 screens for a count of 1,700 screens.

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Leslie Cummings

Today, Acting Secretary of State Leslie Cummings released a report showing the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Medicaid program has made progress implementing some of the eight recommendations made in Audit Report 2017-25, “Oregon Health Authority Should Improve Efforts to Detect and Prevent Improper Medicaid Payments.”

In November of 2017, the Secretary of State released an audit of OHA that focused on Medicaid spending. The audit identified eight specific areas where the agency should make corrections. OHA agreed with all eight recommendations and began to implementation. All of the recommendations will help ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely within the Medicaid program, which represents approximately one out of every three dollars in state spending and provides vital medical coverage to the neediest Oregonians. About 25% of Oregonians participate in Medicaid. Continue reading

John A. Charles, Jr.

This week our State Treasurer, Tobias Read, issued a press release bragging that investors around the country “stood in line” to loan Oregon $100 million so that Governor Kate Brown could buy part of the Elliott State Forest, which we already own.

According to Treasurer Read, “There was three times more demand than supply” of the bonds, which will be repaid to investors over 20 years at an interest rate of 3.83 percent.

While this may have been a great day for investors, Oregon taxpayers have no reason to celebrate. They will be paying roughly $200 million in debt service on the loan, while getting little in return.

The Elliott is an 82,500-acre forest in Coos and Douglas Counties. It is an asset of the Common School Fund, which means it must be managed for the Continue reading

  1. ODFW will be stocking 47 waterbodies with 89,559 legal-size trout (give or take) this week – just in time for spring break. The recent spring-like weather has put trout in the mood to bite, so grab your rod, your kids, your friends and go catch dinner. See the zone updates for a stocking location near you.
  2. Gray whales are migrating along the Oregon coast. Volunteers for the Whale Watching Spoken Here program staff whale watching stations along the coast, check the website for specific times and places. You also can just go out on your own when the weather is good, but don’t forget your binoculars!
  3. Spring bird migration is underway at many eastside wildlife areas. Viewing choices include sandhill cranes at Klamath and Ladd Marsh, turkey vultures and swans at Summer Lake, and songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds galore at wildlife areas throughout the state. Check out the latest arrivals in the zone reports.

Miranda Bonifield

Here’s a question for you: Why is housing so expensive in Oregon?

Government at all levels has attempted to address the issue of housing affordability for years with tax credits, occasional expansion of the urban growth boundary, multimillion dollar bond measures, and now statewide rent control in Oregon. But rather than making life easier for Americans, state and local policies play major roles in the affordability crisis.

Economist Dr. Randall Pozdena recently authored a report published by Cascade Policy Institute that analyzes the decline of housing affordability, with a Continue reading

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