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  • New technology answers old question: garbage or recycling day?

    If remembering to drag the garbage or recycling to the curb seems like just another thing to forget during a hectic week, take heart: Some local governments let your smartphone do the reminding.

    If remembering to drag the garbage or recycling to the curb seems like just another thing to forget during a hectic week, take heart: Some local governments let your smartphone do the reminding.

    Gresham this month became the first city in Oregon to employ a technology that delivers take-out-the-trash alerts to residents through a multitude of channels, including texts, emails and recorded telephone calls. Other governments in the region are looking into the concept.

    Customers sign up using their service address on the city's website and choose delivery options from a menu. Users also can direct the system to send them Tweets or drop reminders into an electronic calendar.

    Gresham launched with the "GoCart!" technology designed by Vancouver, B.C.-based developer ReCollect, which has set up similar systems in more than 100 cities across the United States and Canada.

    "When a customer signs up, we're giving them information how they want to receive it, and we can give them a little extra," said Dan Blue, who manages Gresham's recycling and solid waste services.

    Blue said Gresham plans to use GoCart! not just as a reminder service but also as an educational tool to help teach residents how to recycle more and throw away less. Some customers with weekly services, which are provided by five haulers serving Gresham, may learn to cut their garbage output with tips from GoCart! and save money by switching to smaller garbage carts or monthly pick-ups, he added.

    Residents of Clark County, Wash., have been using most of GoCart!'s digital tools for about a year, and the city of Vancouver soon plans to upgrade to a system like Gresham's that includes a smartphone app.

    Tanya Gray, solid waste supervisor in Vancouver, said about 15 percent of Clark County residents have signed up for GoCart! just across the Columbia River. She expects that number to jump up this fall when Vancouver launches the app with a new round of marketing.

    Local governments pay for ReCollect's services on a subscription basis tied to their populations. Gresham's annual subscription is $8,000. But Blue said the technology costs might eventually be more than offset by savings. Economies could come from reductions in hauling and dumping garbage and from eliminating the costs of printing and mailing newsletters and bill inserts.

    Other local governments are watching closely.

    Bruce Walker, who manage's Portland's solid waste and recycling program, said Gresham's system "sounds like an excellent proposal," but he said the larger city for now will stick with its two-year-old email-only notification system, which has about 12,000 subscribers. Walker said Portland will review options in a year or two.

    "We're very interested in that tool," said Theresa Koppang, who manages the solid waste and recycling program that covers most of Washington County. Gresham "can kind of work out the kinks. They're a great test case."

    ReCollect CEO David Eaves said he couldn't speak about what other local governments might be nearing launch of the technology, but he described the Pacific Northwest as a natural market because "communities are really engaged around recycling and the environment."

    Customers with a strong environmental ethos are one large component of users. So are customers who just want some help remembering mundane chores. At one point, his company even branded GoCart! as a marriage-saving device, he said.

    "I really like that we can appeal to what are some very different motivations," Eaves said.

    -- Eric Apalategui

  • Reynolds district to hear public input on charter application

    Backers of a nationally recognized charter school in tiny Corbett want the Reynolds School Board to allow them into Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood.

    Backers of a nationally recognized charter school in tiny Corbett want the Reynolds School Board to allow them into Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood.

    The expansion, another potentially dramatic step in the program's contentious evolution, goes to a public hearing before the board on Wednesday. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. at Fairview City Hall, although the board isn't expected to decide on the application until its Oct. 8 business meeting.

    The Reynolds board agreed last month to consider an application by co-founders Bob and Sheri Dunton to create The Egan School, "even though" the document minimally met the district's requirements after several revisions.

    Reynolds already blocked the school's expansion plans once before by denying a 2009 application to open a charter school in the district. But that decision hinged partly on the financial needs of a district suffering through recession at the time.

    Today Reynolds is on better financial footing. It has a different superintendent and only one current board member, Joe Teeny, who was serving five years ago.

    But the plan must still pass muster with the board, which will use the hearing to examine whether The Egan School would meet district standards, Reynolds spokeswoman Andrea Watson said.

    Five charter schools already operate within district boundaries. The Duntons are using social media to rally supporters to Wednesday's meeting, hoping it will help sway the board to make Egan the district's sixth chartered program.

    The Egan plan already has won over key supporters in Rockwood, where the nonprofit Rockwood Community Development Corporation wants to construct a building that would house about 700 students, according to earlier reports.

    At the Reynolds board's August work session, representatives from several community groups and the city of Gresham turned out to support the Egan application.

    Supporters see the program a step in the rebuilding of the city's poorest area. The school site is located along two busy streets, near the MAX line and close to a former Fred Meyer site that Gresham leaders hope to redevelop into the central business district of a revitalized Rockwood.

    In recent years, Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post newspaper have ranked the Duntons' Corbett Charter School among the nation's best college-preparatory high schools.

    "Why not bring that same opportunity and recognition to the Reynolds School District?" Kurt Lambert, a board member on the Rockwood Business Coalition, asked the board last month.

    Bob Dunton hasn't always been cozy with his peers in other districts. When he was superintendent of the Corbett School District, he ruffled administrators at the Reynolds and Gresham-Barlow districts with his aggressive recruitment of student transfers to the rural campus.

    Dunton created the Corbett Charter School, with himself as administrator, as a way to keep students and their state tax funding coming into Corbett, which didn't have enough resident students to fill its school buildings or its bank account.

    But Dunton's relationships inside his own former district appeared to sour. District leaders determined that they needed the excess space the charter school had been leasing. The Corbett officials wanted to make room for local students, whose population is again on the upswing, and saw potential for a better financial return by taking direct student transfers from neighboring districts .

    The scene in Corbett played out like an emotional breakup early this year. At public meetings, a number of district teachers urged the board to oust Dunton, often citing what they described as his demeaning attitude toward district staff.

    Dunton's own charter teachers and the parents of students there passionately lobbied for the program's survival in Corbett, at least long enough for the program to get a foothold elsewhere. Bob Dunton didn't attend the public meetings in Corbett but fired off charged emails and Facebook posts that quickly circulated in the community.

    The board initially voted to terminate the charter school's lease but later agreed to provide just enough campus space this school year for 75 charter students in what the Duntons call "Egan Island."

    The Egan name comes from Kieran Egan, an Irish-born educational philosopher, professor and author who created the "Imaginative Education" model the Duntons follow with their charter programs, including an attempt to create another Egan-named school in San Diego. Egan also has served with the Duntons on the Corbett Charter Association board.

    -- Eric Apalategui

  • Hillsboro is the greenest of any 'Green Power Community' in the nation, EPA says

    Beaverton, Gresham, Bend, Salem, Medford, Corvallis, Hood River, Cannon Beach and Milwaukie also earned honorable mentions.

    Hillsboro uses a higher percentage of sustainable power than any other "Green Power Community" in the nation, according to the results of an Environmental Protection Agency competition announced Monday.

    The city took first place in one of two categories in the EPA's fourth-annual Green Power Community Challenge because just over 50 percent of its total electricity use comes from green power. That's a far higher share than the second-place town – Brookeville, Md., which came in at just over 40 percent.

    Fifty-three communities nationwide competed in the challenge. To qualify, a municipality had to be certified as an EPA "Green Power Community" for meeting the agency's minimum standards for power usage. Green power is electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar or low-impact hydropower.

    Hillsboro also took second place in the other category, which ranked communities for their total green power usage. Hillsboro used over 1 billion kilowatt-hours of green power in 2013-14. Only Washington, D.C. used more – almost 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours. But only 12.7 percent of the electricity used in the nation's capital came from green sources, ranking it 21st in the category Hillsboro won.

    Portland ranked third in the total usage category, with 610 million kilowatt-hours of green power in 2013-14, and took 33rd in the other ranking – 8 percent of its power is green, according to the EPA.

    Beaverton, Gresham, Bend, Salem, Medford, Corvallis, Hood River, Cannon Beach and Milwaukie also competed in the challenge. The rankings are available at the EPA's website.

    Hillsboro's use of over 1 billion kilowatt-hours of green power is equal to avoiding the carbon emissions of more than 150,000 passenger vehicles per year, the city said in a news release. It's also enough to power over 98,000 homes per year.

    "This is a great achievement for the City of Hillsboro and a testament to our community's commitment to voluntarily seek out ways to become more sustainable," said Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey in a written statement. "My family knows the value of green power firsthand from our experience installing solar power panels on our roof, and our purchase of green power through our electricity supplier, Portland General Electric."

    -- Luke Hammill

  • The week that was in the Northwest Oregon Conference: links

    Here are links from the best-of what happened in the Northwest Oregon Conference during the past week: Football

    Here are links from the best-of what happened in the Northwest Oregon Conference during the past week:


    Hillsboro blasts La Salle Prep 51-27 as Matt Jones throws four touchdown passes

    Liberty responds to loss with a come-from-behind 41-35 overtime win over Sandy

    No looking back for Jon Wolf as he tries to revive Milwaukie football

    Putnam moves to 2-1 with a 15-7 win over Churchill

    Wilsonville wins its first of the season with a 42-28 victory over St. Helens

    Hillsboro football named as The Oregonian’s Team of the Week

    Wilsonville still believes it’s headed for a successful season

    Boys soccer

    Hillsboro rallies from two goals down to beat Forest Grove 3-2

    Girls soccer

    Hillsboro powers its way past Forest Grove 4-0

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  • You call it: Which football game should The Oregonian's Jen Beyrle cover in Week 4? Vote now

    Vote to send Jen Beyrle to one of these football games on Friday.

    Every week, we ask readers to help us decide where one of our reporters should go on Friday night. This week, Jen Beyrle will head out to the game that wins this poll. If you'd like us to consider covering your team in Week 5, sign in and let us know why your favorite game should appear in this poll next week.

    In the meantime, rally your fellow fans to send Jen to your game for a full recap, videos and photos. Voting closes at 6 p.m. Thursday. Last week, Jen headed to Jesuit for its 47-14 win over Sunset.

  • Week ahead in football: Unbeatens meet in Barlow-Clackamas and West Salem-South Salem

    Barlow (3-0, 1-0) at No. 10 Clackamas (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Two surprising unbeatens clash in one of the games that will decide the Mt. Hood Conference title. Both survived in their opening league contests, particularly Clackamas, a 21-14 winner over David Douglas after a blocked punt set up the go-ahead score during the game’s final minute. The...

    Barlow (3-0, 1-0) at No. 10 Clackamas (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Two surprising unbeatens clash in one of the games that will decide the Mt. Hood Conference title. Both survived in their opening league contests, particularly Clackamas, a 21-14 winner over David Douglas after a blocked punt set up the go-ahead score during the game’s final minute. The Cavaliers must contain Barlow’s Speedy Sanchez, who has hurt opponents on the ground and special teams this season.

    No. 8 Sandy (2-1, 2-1) at No. 4 Parkrose (3-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday: This is the first genuine test for Parkrose, which has beaten La Salle Prep, Milwaukie and St. Helens by a combined 152-55. Sandy is the most seasoned team in the NWOC, having played overtime games the past two weeks. Each team has an offensive standout in Sandy running back Andrew Funk and Parkrose quarterback Jonathan Boland.

    No. 3 Sheldon (2-1, 0-1) at No. 8 South Medford (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Most of the Southern Oregon early season talk has focused on North Medford, Grants Pass and Sheldon. But South Medford might have something to say before season’s end. The Panthers have wins over Sunset and Lake Oswego, but this is their toughest test. Sheldon figures to be in improvisation mode, as quarterback Justin Herbert is out after suffering a leg injury against Grants Pass.

    No. 6 West Salem (3-0, 2-0) at South Salem (3-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday: The first of what appears to be three showdowns in deciding the Greater Valley Conference title, as Sprague is the league’s other unbeaten. The game’s key is West Salem quarterback Cade Smith. The Saxons must contain the Titans’ dual threat quarterback, who threw for 241 yards and ran for 183 yards Friday against Lincoln.

    Grant (1-2, 1-0) at Wilson (1-2, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Wilson, held to a single touchdown the first two weeks of the season, exploded for 54 points in its Portland Interscholastic League opener against Franklin. Grant, coming off a 59-19 win over Benson, has a potential PIL player of the year candidate in running back Michael Waters.

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  • Week ahead in fall sports: Central Catholic and Clackamas set for first Mt. Hood volleyball showdown

    VOLLEYBALL Central Catholic at Clackamas, 6 p.m. Thursday


    Central Catholic at Clackamas, 6 p.m. Thursday

    The new Mt. Hood Conference rivals face off in the first of two meetings this season that will likely determine the league champion. Both teams are 4-0 in the Mt. Hood, but can’t look ahead at Thursday as each takes on a fellow 4-0 team on Tuesday: Central Catholic hosts Barlow while Clackamas visits Reynolds.

    Lake Oswego at Newberg, 6:30 p.m. Thursday

    West Linn looks like the team to beat in the Three Rivers, but Lake Oswego and Newberg are locked in a battle for second place. The winner of this match will get a leg up in the standings.


    Glencoe at Hillsboro, 5 p.m. Wednesday

    With Glencoe now at 6A and Hillsboro back in 5A, they aren’t conference rivals anymore, but the crosstown rivalry lives on this week. The Crimson Tide have won four games in a row, while the Spartans are looking to rebound from a 3-2 loss to 6A Forest Grove.

    Lakeridge at Oregon City, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

    Former Three Rivers League rivals square off in what is now a non-league match. The Pioneers are off to a 3-0-1 start and have allowed just three goals this season. Lakeridge has won three straight, outscoring its opponents 8-2 in those games.

    Hood River Valley at La Salle Prep, 6:30 p.m. Thursday

    Hood River downed Summit 2-1 last week in a rematch of last year’s 5A title game (which the Eagles lost), improving its record to 7-0 this season. Only this Thursday’s game against La Salle (2-1) stands in the way of a perfect non-league schedule.


    Tualatin at Clackamas, 7 p.m. Tuesday

    The Cavaliers (4-0-1) passed two tests last week, defeating Grant and tying Jesuit. Now, they must take on defending 6A champion Tualatin (4-1), which is coming off a 3-1 win over Sunset in a rematch of last year’s title game.

    Parkrose at David Douglas, 7 p.m. Tuesday

    Parkrose has scored 23 goals in winning its first four games, but steps up to 6A competition for the first time this season, visiting unbeaten David Douglas (4-0-1).

    Lincoln at Jesuit, 7 p.m. Thursday

    The Crusaders are trying to right the ship after losing to Sherwood and tying Clackamas last week. Lincoln (3-1-1) will provide another stiff challenge.


    Nike Pre Nationals, 8 a.m. Saturday, Portland Meadows 

    With 147 teams on hand from Oregon, Washington and California, this is the premier meet of the season. Most of the fastest runners in Oregon this year will be on hand, which should make for some exciting finishes.





  • 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.

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  • 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.