"A Night Under the Stars," Sam Barlow High School's prom, rocked out at Portland's Left Bank Annex.
Sam Barlow High School celebrated "A Night Under the Stars," Saturday night. The students were dressed in their finest and the dance floor spilled into the entire room at the Left Bank Annex in Portland.
There were too many photos for one gallery, so I created a second gallery with more images from Barlow's prom.
As the DJs spun dance tunes, pounding the room with music and light effects, students didn't take long to fill the floor, and then some. Tight parking space found students walking a couple blocks from the Rose Quarter garage to the Left Bank Annex. A few limos dropped partiers at the door, but most kids walked. But the pictures says it all, so enjoy the gallery and check out my Instagram videos at mikelloydviz.
Last year, Barlow held their 2013 bash at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom.
The Stars theme must be on-trend, because the kids at Gaston High School kicked off our prom coverage last week with "A Night With the Stars".
Parents, students and teachers can add their own photos via Twitter and Instagram using #ORprom. See all the photos with the #ORprom hashtag.
Gresham's interim Fire Chief Greg Matthews announced that the 2014 Spring Backyard Burning Season for the cities of Fairview, Gresham and Wood Village begins today. Burn hours last until 5 p.m.
Gresham’s interim Fire Chief Greg Matthews announced that the 2014 Spring Backyard Burning Season for the cities of Fairview, Gresham and Wood Village begins today. Burn hours last until 5 p.m.
Burning will be allowed 10 days during spring. The authorized burn days will fall on Wednesdays and Saturdays if the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) decides conditions are appropriate for burning that particular day. Residents must call the Gresham burn line, 503-618-3083, each Wednesday and Saturday to find out if it is an approved burn day in their city and what hours burning is allowed.
The season will continue until a total of 10 allowable days have been met.
Following are the regulations for backyard burning:
Violations of safe burning regulations or air quality regulations are subject to citation and/or fines from the cities and DEQ. Property owners may be held liable for costs relating to firefighting or damage to neighboring property or structures because of unsafe burning practices.
There are two burn seasons per year, spring and fall. Learn more about backyard burning and the types of burning that require a permit at Gresham’s website.
I sat down with Staton to hear more about his plans to contract with Troutdale to provide police services in the small city, as Fairview residents await details regarding a similar plan in their city.
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton will take his pitch for
combined police operations to the Fairview City Council on Wednesday night.
During the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the council
chambers on 1300 N.E. Village St., Staton will detail how he expects to save
Fairview taxpayers money and improve services by contracting his agency's
services out to the city.
Staton made a similar pitch earlier this month in Troutdale.
For more reading about the sheriff's plans in East County, read my colleague, Eric
I sat down with Staton to hear more about his plans for
Troutdale as Fairview residents await details regarding their city. Here's what
Staton had to say:
How did the proposed
contract come about?
Staton has been talking with Multnomah County's easternmost
cities since he took office more than four years ago, when many local public
safety agencies were responding to budget shortfalls.
"We realized we needed to start saving money by working
cooperatively. Nobody was going to give us an infusion of dollars to keep us
Troutdale's police leaders were interested in combining
operations, Staton said, but the sheriff and Chief Scott Anderson "couldn't'
make a contract feasible at that point."
"As I started running into succession issues in the sheriff's
office, it became feasible. I've got vacancies, and he's got staff."
If city councilors
approve the contract, how would staffing work out? There was some concern about
whether filling nine vacancies within the sheriff's office with Troutdale
officers would lead to an overall loss of officers patrolling streets within
Many of Troutdale's patrol officers also work part-time on
other duties, such as investigations and administrative tasks. Troutdale's
caseload is small enough that sheriff's office units dedicated to those special
tasks could absorb the work, leaving Troutdale's patrol officers free to patrol
In addition to two officers patrolling Troutdale's streets
full time, a supervisor currently works 70 percent of the time. The supervisor wouldn't
be needed under the contract, because the sheriff's office already staffs
supervisors around-the-clock in East County. Those supervisors would broaden
their area to include Troutdale.
citizens notice any difference in the local police presence?
Residents would notice more patrol cars coming and going in
Troutdale, as sheriff's deputies working in East County begin using the
Troutdale Police Department as a home base.
For the contract's first year, Troutdale police officers would
continue covering their old territory, wearing the same uniform with the subtle
addition of a sheriff's office badge on the chest. In later years, as former
Troutdale officers seek other posts within the sheriff's office, Troutdale
citizens could notice some new faces patrolling the street.
What about the police
Troutdale police cars would maintain the same appearance
during the first year of the contract. After that, he said, the sheriff's
office could seek public input about whether or not to change the vehicles'
The vehicles would become the sheriff's property, and half
of Troutdale's existing fleet will be sold, Staton.
Who would pay for the
$7.5 million police
station that Troutdale voters agreed to fund 2010?
The sheriff's office would lease the building from
Troutdale. The exact amount of the lease has not been determined.
What happens if, a
few years down the line, Troutdale backs out of the agreement?
All officers who work for Troutdale on the day the contract
takes effect would revert back to their former jobs with the city. "Their jobs
would be protected."
Patrol vehicles and other assets that would become the sheriff's property for
the life of the contract would be transferred back to Troutdale's ownership.
If the city council
approves the agreement, when would the contract take effect?
Troutdale councilors requested a second work session on May 6 to discuss the
proposed contract. If city councilors approve the proposal in time, the
contract could take effect as soon as July 1, the first day of the 2014-15
How would the
agreements affect county taxpayers?
"The county is going to get greater efficiencies, more than
a dollar figure savings." Combining the agencies' operations and housing some
sheriff's patrols in the Troutdale police building could lead to faster
response times for East County residents.
The Blues have won the first two tournament, led each time by medalist Alison Brennan
St. Mary’s Academy has had the upper hand during the early stages of Mt. Hood Conference girls golf tournaments, winning the first two at Gresham and Rose City golf courses.
Blues’ junior Alison Brennan has established herself as the player to beat, earning medalist honors both times. Brennan shot a 72 at Gresham to win that tournament. Girls who are chasing Brennan this season include two-time MHC champion Sophia Schiavone of Central Catholic and Barlow’s Shelby Hunt.
Brennan tied for eighth in last year’s Class 6A state tournament.
St. Mary’s is attempting to return to the top of the Mt. Hood standings this season after having the Blues lost the title for the first time since 2006 to Central Catholic last season. Four more MHC tournaments remain, plus the district tournament.
St. Mary’s finished third at state last year, and Blues coach Dan Friedhoff believes the Blues could accomplish something similar this season.
“If everybody shot their career-best round two days in a row, which has happened, we could contend for the state title. It’s not out of the question,” Friedhoff said.
I ate every buttermilk bar doughnut I could get my hands on in the Portland metro area and put them into a round-up just for you! See where you can find this sweet, tangy treat (map included!).
It's nearly impossible to say "Portland" and "doughnuts/donuts" in the same sentence without mentioning Voodoo Doughnut, home to the iconic, pink-boxed, sometimes naughty, crack snacks that have taken tourism by storm.
1717 N.E. Broadway St., open Monday - Saturday, 6 a.m. - 6 a.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Phone: (503) 287-1251
Looking for a buttermilk bar near you? Take a look at our map:
The Rams had eight players serving a one-game suspension as a result of a benches-clearing incident at Jesuit last Thursday
No. 7 Central Catholic paid the price Monday for its involvement during last week’s home-plate altercation against Jesuit when eight players were suspended for the Rams’ Mt. Hood Conference opener against Centennial.
The result was game with wild swings of momentum, one where Centennial ultimately pulled out an 11-9 decision after scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning at Concordia University. Braden DuKart and Bobby Craswell delivered consecutive run-scoring extra-base hits to lead the Eagles’ seventh-inning rally.
The Rams (8-3, 0-1 MHC) looked more relieved that their five-day roller coaster ride had ended, rather than despondent over a last-inning loss.
“There’s always the next day,” said Central Catholic pitcher Cole Stringer, rocked for five runs during the first inning.
Eight players served an automatic OSAA one-game suspension as a result of being ejected from last Thursday’s game against Jesuit. Although the OSAA allows suspended players to watch the game from the dugout wearing street clothes, Central Catholic doesn’t allow those suspended to participate or watch the game.
Central Catholic’s starting lineup included five regulars and four players who typically play junior varsity.
The dugout “was much quieter,” Rams coach Dan Floyd said. “We didn’t lose anything physically with our bottom four players. But we lost leaders. You can have young guys show up and play, but they’re not ready to lead. That’s the lesson we learned today.”
The Rams’ first-time starters – Steven Erickson, Jeff Vinson, Carson Spitznagel and J.J. Chicoke – were arguably the team’s best hitters Monday. Combined with another rare bat in reliever Nick McAllister, the bottom part of Central Catholic’s order went 5 for 13 against three Centennial pitchers.
Stringer, Central Catholic’s top pitcher, admitted he tried to do too much at the outset. Stringer walked four batters and hit another during the Eagles’ five-run first inning. Stringer eventually left the game after three innings, with the Rams trailing 7-2.
“I definitely was overthrowing. I think not having all my normal guys behind me rattled me a little,” Stringer said.
Central Catholic eventually pulled even at 7-7 with a four-run fifth inning, then tied the game again at 8-8 in the sixth. But Centennial (5-6, 1-0) didn’t flinch, as DuKart bashed a run-scoring triple to right, followed by Craswell’s double to left-center. The three-run hole was too much for the Rams to overcome in their half of the seventh.
DuKart said despite all the suspensions, Centennial was ready for Central Catholic’s best shot.
“We didn’t underestimate them. We were prepared. Even when we got up 5-0, I wanted to keep battling,” DuKart said.
Central Catholic returns to full strength Wednesday when the Rams play the Eagles at Centennial, the second of a three-game series this week.
Northwest Oregon Conference action that's been in the news the last few days.
Northwest Oregon Conference action that's been in the news the last few days:
Liberty's Ryan Kaser is nominated as the Hillsboro Argus Athlete of the Week. Vote here for The Oregonian's high school athlete of the week for April 5-12.
Jerry Ulmer writes that Milwaukie is closer to fundraising goal for hitting facility project.
Liberty junior Ryan Kaser throws no-hitter with 14 strikeouts in 7-0 win over Parkrose. Oregon baseball recap.
Sandy bats come alive during the seventh inning in a 3-2 win over Central Catholic. Oregon softball game recap.
Sunset shuts out Sherwood 5-0 in non-league finale. Oregon 6A softball recap. Photo gallery from Miles Vance.
Wilsonville girls golf placed second, behind Liberty, in the the Northwest Oregon Conference tournament at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City.
The 2014 Oregon high school prom season continued Saturday night as Sam Barlow students celebrated prom at Portland's Left Bank Annex.
The 2014 Oregon high school prom season continued Saturday night as Sam Barlow students celebrated prom at Portland's Left Bank Annex.
Photographer Mike Lloyd was there to capture the festivities with more than 70 photos of students celebrating "A Night Under the Stars."
Check out our favorite photos from Barlow's prom and stay with us for more coverage of Oregon high school proms over the next two months. Here's a full schedule of our prom coverage:
Now 16, Joey Cooksey can claim to be the fastest cup stacker in Oregon, thanks to a second place finish behind a Washington girl at the World Sport Stacking Association’s Northwest Regional competition in Auburn, Wash., on March 8.
Joey Cooksey was 3 or 4 when she told her mother that she wanted to be in the Guinness Book of World Records.
“You’ve got to figure out something you can do,” her mother responded, adding that Joey would have to be better or faster than the world.
More than a decade later, the Gresham girl stumbled onto a YouTube video demonstrating an unusual sport: competitive cup stacking.
“I think I found it,” she told her mother.
Now 16, Joey can claim to be the fastest cup stacker in Oregon, thanks to a second place finish behind a Washington girl at the World Sport Stacking Association’s Northwest Regional competition in Auburn, Wash., on March 8. Her win earned her a spot at this summer’s Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa.
Joey, a sophomore at Sam Barlow High School, doesn’t plan to stop there. In her quest for world domination in the sport, she practices obsessively — from two to five hours per day, she said.
“I’ve always wanted to be known for something,” she said.
Cup stacking, also known as sport stacking, requires speed and consistency. Competitors stack and unstack specially designed lightweight plastic cups in established sequences, various combinations of pyramids of three, six or 10 cups.
Stacking happens on soft fabric mats laid atop tables.
Timers built into the mats keep track of the seconds ticking by.
If the sport sounds easy, it’s not. The goal is to stack the cups as fast as humanly possible without dropping or knocking over any cups, a misstep known as scratching. Cup stackers move their hands so quickly that videos of competitions sometimes appear to be stuck on fast forward.
“Some of them, it’s just a blur of color,” Joey’s mother, Lynda, said.
The Portland area has a track record of producing top cup stackers.
Rachael Nedrow, a graduate of Oregon Episcopal School, shot to Internet fame a few years ago after posting a video on YouTube that showed her emotional response to setting a cup stacking personal record. The 2008 video — 7.00!!! OMG!! NEW PB! OMG!!! OMG!!! SO CLOSE TO SIX!! OOMMGG!!! — today has close to 4.5 million hits. Nedrow also appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Nedrow, now 18, has followed Joey’s budding career as a stacker.
“She’s improved a lot,” Nedrow said.
The pair met up at a Portland park last August after Joey reached out to Nedrow, who won the title of second fastest girl in the world in 2013.
“I know she really loves it,” said Nedrow, who is a student at Duke University.
Cup stacking isn’t only for young people, although the sport’s culture thrives on YouTube and other social media sites.
John Ansotigue, 62, runs the World Sport Stacking Association’s Northwest United States tournament. He said the sport appeals to people of all ages and builds.
“You don’t have to be tall,” he said. “You don’t have to be strong. You just have to have a desire to participate and be the best you can.”
Will it last? Or will cup stacking have the same life span of other short-lived pursuits?
“It’s going to go the way of the hula hoop,” Ansotigue said. “And you know what? The hula hoop is still around.”
Joey, for one, is already hooked. She’s hoping to raise $1,500 to help pay for her trip to the Junior Olympics in Iowa. But she’ll keep practicing no matter what happens at the games, she said. She wants to keep getting better.
“So I’d be unbeatable,” she said.
Good morning, Multnomah County readers. Here's what's on the agenda for the coming week.
Good morning, Multnomah County readers. Here's what's on the
agenda for the coming week.
On Tuesday, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will
receive a briefing on the anticipated effects of recently enacted reforms to
the Public Employee Retirement System, or PERS. Last year, state legislators
reformed the PERS system to reduce its costs to government employers.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Dan Staton will visit the Fairview
City Council to outline his proposal to contract the city's police functions out
to the sheriff's office. As my colleague Eric Apalategui and I wrote earlier
this month, Troutdale is also considering a contract with the sheriff. When
Staton met with Troutdale's city council April 2 to reveal more details about
his proposal, he estimated contracted police services could save the city $800,000
in the first year.
On Thursday, commissioners will meet in their weekly voting
meeting, where they'll decide whether to donate a tax foreclosed property to
Community Vision, an affordable housing nonprofit. If the donation is approved,
it will be the second property the county has donated to Community Visions in
the past month. I wrote March 27 about the first one, a vacant lot in Lents.
On Friday, candidates vying for the District 1 and District
2 seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will meet at a City
Club-sponsored debate at the Sentinel Hotel, 641 S.W. 11th Ave. I
wrote last week about the District 2 race, and I'll be publishing profiles of
District 1 candidates Jules Bailey and Brian Wilson later this week.
Do you think something's missing from the list? Know of anything else I should be covering this week? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
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