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  • Party for rare western painted turtles, saved from threat of development at Gresham's Grant Butte

    After humans throw a celebration for the newly protected 33-acre Grant Butte Wetlands on Sunday, Sept. 14, a rare population of western painted turtles and many other native species will party on.

    After humans throw a celebration for the newly protected 33-acre Grant Butte Wetlands on Sunday, Sept. 14, a rare population of western painted turtles and many other native species will party on.

    The wetlands were spared from the threat of development this spring when MetroEast Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and the city of Gresham paid $2.2 million for the site. The former dairy, farmed for 150 years, was gradually surrounded by suburbia in western Gresham.

    The patch of green sits along four-lane Northwest Division Street, across the street from a Grocery Outlet. The land is wedged between a forested butte and a house-studded ridge near the marshy headwaters of Fairview Creek, which is followed by the Gresham-Fairview Trail.

    The parcel three years ago appeared headed for development as commercial buildings along Division in front of hundreds of apartments on what today is empty pasture. Neighborhood groups fought the development plan and sought preservation.

    Plans to restore the parcel to a more natural state are in the early stages.

    "It's hard to argue with the fact that a lot of the wildlife would have been kicked out of the city if that had gone into development," said John Bildsoe, a neighborhood activist who lives in the area and helped organize the Friends of Grant Butte Wetlands.

                                        Threatened turtle, others

    The Fairview Creek drainage forms a marshy area between Division and Powell streets.

    Laura Guderyahn, the watershed restoration coordinator for the city of Gresham, first came across the western painted turtle population in this section more than a half dozen years ago.

    Grant Butte Wetlands celebration
    What: Celebration land purchase and preservation
    When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14
    Where: Cascade Athletic Club, 19201 S.E. Division St, Gresham (near the property)
    Who: Open and free to the public

    State and federal wildlife officials consider it a species whose survival could be threatened if its numbers continue to decline, and the Gresham turtles make up one of just a few healthy populations of the species in the Portland area.

    Other native species such as red-legged frogs and Northwestern salamanders inhabit the upper drainage of Fairview Creek. Like the turtle, these species need need high-quality wetlands near natural upland areas like Grant Butte, said Guderyahn. They share the waterway with invaders such as non-native bullfrogs and red-eared slider turtles that today are threats in wetland areas throughout the metro area.

    Guderyahn said purchase of the former dairy farm protects the last large piece of wetlands in the upper Fairview Creek drainage, which forms a marshy area between Division and Powell streets. Most of Grant Butte also is in public hands and protected from development.

    Guderyahn hopes the public wetlands also can serve as an outdoor classroom where people will learn how to protect sensitive wildlife by preserving critical habitat and keeping invasive species at bay.

    Besides the amphibians and reptiles, more than 100 species of birds inhabit the wetlands and upland areas. These include the bittern, one of the smallest members of the heron family. Coyotes come down from the hill to hunt in the field. River otters work their way up Fairview Creek to catch crayfish.

    The wetlands have survived, but they are far from unscathed.

    The Grant family whose name is on the small butte settled on a land claim in the upper Fairview Creek area during the 1850s. Those early settlers drained the area's wetlands into ditches to create rich farmland, and the trees on the butte have been logged at least twice through the generations, although today the hill is deeply forested.

    "It was really good farmland in its day," said Kathy Majidi, Gresham's natural resources program coordinator.

    Nearly 100 years after the first white settlers arrived, Henry Gantenbein bought the 33 acres in about 1950 and operated a dairy there for about 40 years before switching to raising beef cattle in the 1990s and selling hay they trucked in from elsewhere in Oregon and Washington.

    In recent years, the milking parlor gathered dust. Only a horse named Monty grazed in the overgrown pasture, according to Dan Moeller, the natural areas land manager for Metro. The regional government is leading the property's transition to public ownership.

    "It's been dominated by a more agricultural use," Moeller said. "It's our turn to come in and restore some of that natural function to it."

                                                    Restoration plan

    Guderyahn said purchase of the former dairy farm protects the last large piece of wetlands in the upper Fairview Creek drainage. Most of Grant Butte also is in public hands and protected from development.

    Guderyahn hopes the public wetlands also can serve as an outdoor classroom where people will learn how to protect sensitive wildlife by preserving critical habitat and keeping invasive species at bay.

    The new owners soon will tear down the half dozen dairy buildings and two old homes on the property but will take photos and preserve artifacts that tell the property's history, Moeller said. The property also will be fenced off to prevent vandalism or other unwanted activity. Restoration also will focus on controlling invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberries and canary reed grass.

    There is no timeline to develop a long-range plan for the property, including potential restoration of historic wetland areas and public access features such as trails, but the public will be involved in those types of decisions, Moeller said.

    "We're going to start asking people what the Grant Butte Wetlands mean to them," he said. "There is so much potential here. It will be fun to see what ultimately ends up happening."

    -- Eric Apalategui

  • Taking stock of Oregon high school football: Week 3 analysis

    Who's hot and not, what's emerging and about to fall off the map in prep football

    The day-after Saturday look at what happened in high school football in Oregon:

    Sure buys

    Who’s your No. 1? The OSAA says Grants Pass in its power rankings, and we’re not about to argue. Defending state champion Central Catholic will have something to say about it down the road, but right now, the Cavemen have the state’s most impressive wins. On Friday, Grants Pass (3-0) beat Sheldon 38-34 to win its second road game against a top-10 team this season. Might want to circle the North Medford at Grants Pass game on Oct. 10 as a game to watch.

    On their way to 9-0: After three weeks, 11 of 6A’s 50 teams are 3-0. Some are obvious, like North Medford, West Salem and Tigard. But there are few surprises. Barlow? The Bruins were 2-8 last year, but are 3-0 after Friday’s 41-37 win over Gresham. West Linn? The Lions finished in the Three Rivers League basement last year, but Friday’s 20-6 win over Lake Oswego says they’re legitimate.

    Lakeridge is going to be a tough out: It’s time to stop dwelling on the Pacers’ past transgressions, and start looking at what this team might become. Lakeridge piled up 57 points Friday in a rout of Canby, a program that traditionally leans on defense. The Pacers (2-1) have a 6A offensive player of the year candidate in quarterback Eric Dungey and a good running game. Lakeridge won’t have to wait long to completely prove itself. The Pacers play Sherwood and West Linn the next two weeks.

    Result of the night: For months, OregonLive commenter jbpl842 has been singing the praise of North Bend, mostly to deaf ears of Oregonian sportswriters. Well, looks like ol’ jbp1842 was onto something. The Bulldogs pasted Class 5A Marist 47-7 Friday, easily the most impressive win among the 4A ranks this season. North Bend bullied the Spartans, running for 343 yards and amassing nearly 500 offensive yards.

    Worth a long look

    Never hurts to have a little humility: At first glance, Parkrose appears to have had its way in a 38-7 win over Milwaukie. But quarterback Jonathan Boland was having none of it. Boland went to Twitter after the game with this brief critique: “Had the worst game of my life. Can’t thank my boys enough for picking me up and bailing out.”

    Westview a No. 1 seed? The Wildcats are the latest program to incorporate quick tempo to their offense, and the results are spectacular. Westview (3-0) has won games by margins of 36, 14 and 21 points. With the Metro League appearing to be so-so at best, Jesuit (on Oct. 3) might be the only thing standing in the Wildcats’ way of a 9-0 record.

    Home, sweet, home: Portland Interscholastic League co-favorites Roosevelt, Grant and Wilson – all outgunned in going 0-2 during non-league play – found the going much easier when PIL play commenced Friday. The Roughriders, Generals and Trojans romped in their league openers, winning by a collective score of 174-32.

    Northwest Oregon an emerging power: Curious to see how the NWOC fares in the Class 5A playoffs. The league’s top six teams are very competitive, but because the NWOC is a nine-team league, it doesn’t get many opportunities to play non-league games. So far they’re 2-1, and two of those games are noteworthy. Putnam beat previously unbeaten Churchill 15-7 on Friday, and earlier this season, Wilsonville lost 21-14 to Mountain View, a legitimate 5A state title contender.

    Hold for now

    Suspensions end, can Lake Oswego recover? The four-week suspensions of 10 Lake Oswego seniors ended with the Lakers’ 20-6 loss to West Linn. It’s easy to say things will dramatically improve for Lake Oswego (1-2) with seasoned depth returning to its roster. But there’s no way of knowing how it will impact chemistry. The Lakers get a bit of a break-in period with winless Tualatin up next, but the real test comes in mid-October, with back-to-back games against Tigard and Sherwood.

    They’re 3-0, but won’t be 4-0: Two 3-0 teams in 6A are assured of going to 4-0, but two won’t, as a pair of games involving unbeatens are on tap next Friday. In the Mt. Hood, it’s Barlow at Clackamas, and in the Greater Valley, it’s West Salem at South Salem.

    Don’t sell Oregon City just yet: The Pioneers were overrated during the preseason. This we know. They’re 0-3 after getting run over by Central Catholic 49-21. But after the game, coach Randy Nyquist had a determined look in his eye, and spoke as if things were getting better. He knows the solution lies with improving Oregon City’s offensive line. Remember this: last year, Nyquist’s West Albany Bulldogs lost 48-0 to Sherwood in early September, but finished the season with a state championship.

    Sell, sell, sell

    About those OSAA rankings: Despite what we said about Grants Pass earlier, it really is an exercise in futility to give the OSAA rankings credibility at this stage of the season. Case in point: Central Catholic is No. 15 in the 6A rankings. The only time to give them a long look is Week 8 or 9, when the body of work is near complete.

    Defense lacking at Sunset: Oregon City was the most overrated 6A team of the preseason, but Sunset is right up there. The Apollos have a Division I quarterback in Willy Pflug, but it’s not nearly enough to offset a defense that has given up 47, 49 and 47 points through three games.

    No Benson vs. Madison this season: The absurdity of the PIL not playing a round-robin schedule means there’s a good chance Benson and Madison will go winless this fall, as the two schools don’t play each other. Both teams are 0-3, losing by an average margin of 44 points.

    Stat of the week

    Proof the only statistic that matters is what’s on the scoreboard: During the first half, Gresham outgained Barlow 279 yards to 32, but because of two Bruin kick returns for touchdowns, only led 29-27 at halftime.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • In one night, Barlow does away with 'two-win curse,' ends Gresham's mastery

    The upstart Bruins clear two big hurdles in Friday's 41-37 win over the Gophers

    For Barlow football to turn the corner, there could have been no better way to do it than beating Gresham.
    The Bruins, who finished 2-8 in each of the last two seasons, have been searching for a signature win to propel them forward. And after storming back to beat the rival Gophers 41-37 on Friday night to improve to 3-0, they might finally have it.
    Gresham had defeated Barlow the last three years. So when the Gophers reeled off 22 consecutive points to take a 29-27 lead into halftime, it would have been easy for the Bruins to hang their heads.
    “We got real nervous coming into the third quarter,” Barlow senior tight end and defensive lineman Will Allen said. “All halftime, we all talked, all the captains and coaches, and we said, ‘You know, if you think about it, this is the last time in our lives that we’re going to play Gresham.’ After that, we put our heads up, and strapped on, and we went out there and came out on top.”
    Gresham outgained Barlow 426-202, but the Bruins prevailed by forcing six turnovers and returning two kicks for touchdowns.

    They also got a big night from running back Speedy Sanchez. The senior rushed for 104 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown and had the game-winning score, a 67-yard catch from senior quarterback Dru Fitz with 3:12 left.
    Senior Dillon Payne, who intercepted a lateral and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown in the first half, snuffed out Gresham’s last series with an interception. The Bruins ran out the clock for their third win.
    “We crossed the two-win curse,” Allen said. “Now we’re on to three wins, and we’re going to get back into practice and build from there, try to build up that record.”
    It won’t get any easier. Next week, Barlow visits Clackamas, another team off to a feel-good 3-0 start.
    “It really builds up the excitement for next week,” Allen said.

    -- Jerry Ulmer | @jerryulmer

  • Oregon high school football: Barlow beats Gresham, 41-37 (Photos)

    The Barlow High Bruins beat the Gresham High Gophers, 41-37, in a game where the lead traded back and forth Friday night at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. A touchdown by the Bruins' Speedy Sanchez (31) helped seal the win over the Gophers.

    The Barlow High Bruins beat the Gresham High Gophers, 41-37, in a game where the lead traded back and forth Friday night at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

    A touchdown by the Bruins' Speedy Sanchez (31) helped seal the win over the Gophers.

  • Speedy Sanchez rescues Barlow in 41-37 win over Gresham: Recap

    The senior running back comes through with two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Bruins improve to 3-0

    GRESHAM – His name is Speedy. And his teammates call him “The Rabbit.”
    But Barlow senior running back Speedy Sanchez was much more than a cartoon character Friday night against rival Gresham in the Mt. Hood Conference opener for both teams.
    The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Sanchez came through with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to carry the Bruins (3-0) past Gresham 41-37 in a back-and-forth slugfest at Mt. Hood Community College.
    First, Sanchez cut loose for a 34-yard touchdown run to give Barlow a 34-29 lead. After the Gophers (2-1) went ahead 37-34, Sanchez caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from senior Dru Fitz with 3:12 left for the winning margin.
    Sanchez, who rushed for 381 yards in Barlow’s first two games, had been held to 50 yards on 17 carries through three quarters. But with the game on the line, he found daylight.
    “We were getting pounded. We weren’t getting through them,” Sanchez said. “But we seemed to find a way. We ended up pulling it out.”
    Sanchez, who also returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, rushed for 104 yards on 25 carries. Gresham senior Sirgeo Hoffman had the bigger numbers – 237 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries – but Sanchez and the Bruins had the last laugh.
    Gresham, which owned a 426-202 edge in total yards, took a 37-34 lead with 4:07 left when senior tight end Caleb Dalzell caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from junior Ben Chittock.
    Barlow answered when Fitz lofted a high pass across the field to Sanchez, who waited near midfield for the ball to come down, caught it over the outstretched arms of a defender and won a sprint to the end zone.
    “It was up there for a while,” Sanchez said. “When I was standing there, it was almost like slow-motion.”
    Barlow senior tight end and defensive lineman Will Allen was emotionally spent after the game.
    “It was a good battle,” Allen said. “I’ll remember this game for the rest of my life. They’re really physical up front and we just pulled through.”
    The loss was tough for the Gophers to swallow.
    “Too many mistakes, too many penalties,” Gresham coach Todd Nagel said. “Special teams were atrocious, and still, with four minutes to go, we go ahead. We needed one stop and we couldn’t get it.”
    Gresham had a 279-32 edge in total yards in the first half, but led only 29-27 because Barlow scored twice on long kick returns and converted two turnovers into touchdowns.
    After Gresham turned a Barlow fumble into a six-yard touchdown run by Hoffman to take a 7-0 lead, Barlow reeled off the next 27 points.
    Bruins junior Connor Reinke made up for his fumble by returning a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-7. Minutes later, Sanchez returned a punt 81 yards for a score to put Barlow up 14-7.
    Senior Chris Trimble recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, leading to an 11-yard touchdown run by Fitz.  When senior Dillon Payne jumped a lateral pass in the flat and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown, Barlow led 27-7 early in the second quarter.

    Gresham got some momentum back on a 31-yard touchdown run by Hoffman, and when senior receiver Anthony Johnson threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to wide-open junior Trevor Naninni on an end-around pass, the Gophers were within 27-22.
    Gresham drove 95 yards on 13 plays, scoring on a one-yard run by Chittock, to take a 29-27 lead just before halftime.

  • #10 Clackamas slips by David Douglas 21-14: recap

    The 10th-ranked Clackamas Cavaliers blocked a punt with 1:11 to play to set up the winning score in a 21-14 win Friday over host David Douglas in the Mt. Hood Conference opener for both schools. Clackamas (3-0, 1-0) trailed much of the evening, thanks to a strong running attack by the Scots that left David Douglas (1-2, 0-1) ahead...

    The 10th-ranked Clackamas Cavaliers blocked a punt with 1:11 to play to set up the winning score in a 21-14 win Friday over host David Douglas in the Mt. Hood Conference opener for both schools.

    Clackamas (3-0, 1-0) trailed much of the evening, thanks to a strong running attack by the Scots that left David Douglas (1-2, 0-1) ahead 14-7 entering the final quarter.

    But the Cavaliers were not to be denied, as Hayden Kirsch hauled in a short 8-yarder from quarterback Wyatt Hutchinson. Then Clackamas' timely block lead to a 9-yard quarterback sneak by Hutchinson with time ticking away.

  • Centennial runs all over Reynolds in 36-26 win: Recap

    Dezmond Stoudamire ran for three touchdowns and Vinnie Urrutia ran for two himself as the Eagles (2-1, 1-0 Mt. Hood Conference) took down the Raiders (1-2, 0-1 Mt. Hood) in the conference opener for both teams.

    Dezmond Stoudamire ran for three touchdowns and Vinnie Urrutia ran for two himself as the Eagles (2-1, 1-0 Mt. Hood Conference) took down the Raiders (1-2, 0-1 Mt. Hood) in the conference opener for both teams.

    Reynolds got on the board first with a 3-yard pass from Jesus Ortiz to Conor Stewart. Centennial turned up the heat in the second quarter and took a 16-14 lead into halftime before extending their lead to 30-20 at the end of the third.

    Stoudamire finished the game with 154 yards on 15 carries before being pulled to start the fourth quarter with the game well at hand.

    Centennial will travel to No. 1 Central Catholic next week. Reynolds will hot Gresham.

  • Gresham vs. Barlow football gameday preview: Open thread

    The Gophers and Bruins, both 2-0, meet in the Mt. Hood Conference opener

    Week 3: Gresham (2-0, 0-0 Mt. Hood Conference) vs. Barlow (2-0, 0-0)
    Kickoff: 7 p.m., Mt. Hood Community College
    Game updates: twitter.com/jerryulmer

    Scoreboard: Live updates from across the state
    Previous scores: Gresham beat Century 42-22 and Corvallis 45-19; Barlow defeated Corvallis 35-26 and Jefferson 55-19.
    Last year: The Gophers trailed 13-9 in the third quarter before pulling away for a 44-20 win, their third consecutive victory in the series. Gresham finished 4-7 last season, Barlow 2-8.
    The matchup: The district rivals, both off to impressive 2-0 starts, meet in the conference opener. Gresham has rushed for 666 yards in its two wins, getting 496 from senior Sirgeo Hoffman. Barlow has run for 550, with senior Speedy Sanchez leading the way with 381.
    Outlook: The teams have combined to throw 28 passes (Gresham 21, Barlow 7) this season, so it promises to be a battle in the trenches. Gresham’s all-senior line – Brian Dahl, Aaron Turner, Morgan Chavez, Nick Abbs and Joel Diedrich – is big and experienced. Barlow is versatile and deep up front, starting seniors Nick Burnham, Haydon Gillies and Patrick Ward and juniors Jordyn Hubbard and Davin Warfield. … In its two games, Gresham has started fast before taking its foot off the gas. “We’ve had two lulls in both second quarters and allowed our opponent to get back in the game a little bit,” Gresham coach Todd Nagel said. “We’ve got to eliminate that kind of stuff.” … Barlow coach Terry Summerfield likes the way his team has come out of the gate. “I’m pleased with our intensity level in both games,” he said. “The kids came to play, ready to go. They played with emotion.” … The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hoffman, who rushed for nearly 700 yards as a junior, is coming into his own. Nagel expects defenses to load up against him, possibly opening up the passing game for junior quarterback Ben Chittock (three touchdown passes in two games). “Hopefully if teams try to do that, we’ll be able to throw well enough and just enough to make sure we make them pay for that,” Nagel said. Summerfield anticipates as much. “Even though they’re running the ball, I know they’re going to take their shots down the field.” Chittock’s top target is 6-3 senior Maleko Arango, who had two touchdown catches against Century. … Sanchez has had the bulk of Barlow’s carries so far, but the Bruins have other capable backs in seniors Dillon Payne and Riley Bieber. “Riley is just a bruiser, we have a shifty kid in Dillon, and Speedy is kind of a combination of both.” … Barlow is unsettled at quarterback, using seniors Dru Fitz and Isaac Batman and occasionally sophomore Matthew Ellis. The Bruins probably will play more than one quarterback Friday, according to Summerfield. The future looks bright for the Bruins at quarterback. “I’ve wanted to get Matthew reps just because he needs reps for competing for next year,” Summerfield said. “I have a very talented group of freshman quarterbacks. It will be interesting to see how things transpire in the next couple years with my quarterbacks.” … Nagel is wary of Barlow’s Will Allen, an athletic, 6-3, 270-pound senior who lines up at tight end, H-back, fullback and receiver. “Allen is a good player and they move him around, try to take advantage of what he can do,” Nagel said. “He’ll have our attention, for sure.” … Summerfield is hoping for a cleaner game than last week, when his team was called for 18 penalties. The game had 34 penalties in all. … Gresham’s defense has used 5-8, 165-pound Carlos Lua at defensive end against spread offenses, but might need to make an adjustment against the ground-pounding Bruins. Expect to see Hunter Crenshaw (6-0, 195) as part of a three-man rotation that includes Arango. … Summerfield said depth has made a difference for Barlow this season. “We have a really strong senior class and some great juniors behind them,” he said. “That’s why we’re able to maintain our productivity throughout the game.” … Many of Gresham’s linemen will be pulling double duty. “Those kids are all playing a lot on both sides,” Nagel said. “We try to platoon them, run a bunch of different groups in on defense.”

    -- Jerry Ulmer | @jerryulmer

  • Oregon high school sports scores for Thursday, September 18

    Volleyball WILSON def. Jefferson 25-13, 25-15, 25-10

    Volleyball

    WILSON def. Jefferson 25-13, 25-15, 25-10

    Cottage Grove def. Sutherlin 25-18, 25-8, 25-17

    Boys Water Polo

    Hood River Valley def. CENTENNIAL 17-2

    Reynolds def. BARLOW 17-11

    Girls Water Polo

    BARLOW def. Reynolds 8-4

    Boys Soccer

    WESTVIEW def. Newberg 3-0

    Girls Soccer

    SOUTHRIDGE def. Lake Oswego 2-0

  • Sunset-Jesuit wins reader poll, plus more football games staffed by The Oregonian

    Centennial and Reynolds didn't lose out completely however as Pete Christopher will be on hand to see the Eagles take on the Raiders.

    On Sunday, we asked and readers answered: Which game should we cover? When the poll closed Thursday, Sunset-Jesuit narrowly edged Centennial-Reynolds by just 134 votes. The Oregonian's Jen Beyrle will be on hand to bring complete coverage with photos and video. Centennial and Reynolds didn't lose out completely however as Pete Christopher will be on hand to see the Eagles take on the Raiders.

    -You call it poll winner--Sunset at Jesuit, 7pm: Jen Beyrle (@JenBeyrle)

    OTHER STAFFED GAMES

    -- Look for stories, photos and videos Friday night and some expanded coverage Saturday.

    --Game of the Week--Sherwood at No. 2 Tigard, 7pm: Andrew Nemec (@AndrewNemec), Mike Richman (@mikegrich) and Erik Anderson (ErikCAnderson)

    Want to see your team get blanket coverage next week? Sign in and comment to tell us which game we should really blow out as our Game of the Week in Week 4.

    -Reynolds at Centennial, 7 p.m.: Pete Christopher (PeteChristopher)

    - Aloha at Glencoe, 7 p.m.: Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran)

    -Ashland at Summit, 7 p.m.: Billy Gates (GatesOnSports)

    -Barlow at Gresham, 7 p.m.: Jerry Ulmer (@JerryUlmer)

    - Oregon City at Central Catholic, 7:00 p.m.: Nick Daschel (@NickDaschel)

    -Hillsboro at La Salle, 7 p.m.: Jeff Smith (@JeffSmithSD

    - Forest Grove at Banks, 7 p.m.: JD Humburg (@jhumburg)

    - Westview at Southridge, 7 p.m.: Miles Vance (@MilesVance1)

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