Stride for Seniors brings together thousands of walkers to raise funds to provide nutritious meals and social connections for older adults in the greater Portland-Vancouver metro area served by Meals on Wheels People.

Go here to the web page for the Pioneers of North Plains, the Team from our community.

The Team is looking for walkers.  Click here to register and walk and fundraise with us! Or you can contact Angie Boyd at 503-647-5666.

The Team is also asking for donations to reach their personal goal.


Event Information

April 20, 2019
Portland International Raceway (PIR)
1940 N. Victory Blvd.
Portland, OR 97217

Walk Day Schedule 

Registration & Walker Village Opens:  9:30 a.m.

Opening Ceremony:  11 a.m.

Walk Begins:  11:30 a.m.

Walker Village Closes:  1:00 p.m.

A Call to Action for Volunteers-Jessie Mays Needs a Fresh Coat of Paint!

Announcement from Will Worthey, North Plains Library Director:

Dear friends and community members,

I am putting out the call to find many, many volunteers to assist with a community effort that will make a real difference in the cultural life of our town. Recently the Library installed a new sound and projection system in the Jessie Mays Community Hall, and just before this, our hard working public works department had the siding and the doors upgraded.

Now we want to finish the job and we want your help

We want to get a fresh coat of paint on the walls of our much loved community hall. Honorable Mayor Lenahan and some other selectors have chosen an excellent color scheme. The Library department will find the funds for the paint and we need many citizens with just a little painting experience to get the hall looking its best.

Please email me at, if you are available on some Fridays or Saturdays to help paint. My goal is to have the task completed in just two sessions and for that I need many volunteers.

When you contact me please provide me with the following details:

  • Your painting experience.
  • Tell me if you have any of these items:
  • A six foot ladder (and the means to get it to the building).
  • A ten foot ladder (and the means to get it to the building).
  • A painter’s pole.
  • A roller frame.
  • A drop cloth of at least 10 feet in length.

Once we have enough volunteers in the pool I will send out a poll to come up with the best times and dates to undertake this task.

Not a painter and still want to help?

Yes you can! Just pass this message along to other friends, family and associates that may be able to help.



Will Worthey

Library Director

City of North Plains



North Plains Board of Director Nominations 2019

The North Plains Chamber or Commerce is now accepting written nominations for election to the North Plains Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

NPCC 2019 Director Nomination Packet

All written nominations must be received by the Nominations Committee Chairman by 12:00 noon on the day of the Regular Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Verbal nominations will be accepted only at the Regular Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact me or Nominations Chair Wayne Holm, or 503-887-0727.

Spann Exhibit of Unique and Rare Crystals

RICE Museum Logo

The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals announced today the public viewing schedule for the new Spann Exhibit of unique and rare crystal specimens. Starting Saturday, March 23, the Museum will put on display a noted collection of international minerals, loaned by celebrated collectors Gail Copus Spann and her husband Jim, and they will be at the Museum that day to answer questions. The minerals will be available for public viewing about one year, before returning to the Spanns, and are directly central to the Museum’s goal “To Engage, Inspire, and Educate.”

Visitors will marvel at the international flavor of the display, with prized specimens from Vietnam, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Brazil, and Uruguay, among others. The scope of represented mining districts and collecting locales is truly inspiring, and adds to the Museum’s allure.

Gail Copus Spann is currently the vice-president of the Museum’s board of directors. She said she was happy to loan her pieces to the collection for a year. “The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is a true gem for students, teachers, and visitors to learn about earth sciences, and is a key ingredient in local Science, Technology, Environment, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum,” she noted. “I hope this collection can help inspire the scientists of tomorrow and encourage them to consider a lucrative career in geological science.”

The Spanns started their collection years ago after visiting a museum in Houston. They found themselves in the Gems and Minerals Hall where they both fell in love with the idea of having something like those displays in their home. That evening Gail went online and looked up ‘Mexican Wulfenite’ after falling in love with one she had seen. After a quick search, she remembers leaning back in her chair and proclaiming loudly to Jim, “Hey Honey! You can BUY this stuff!” And they did, to the tune of 13,000 pieces in 14 years, and going strong. “The importance of museums might be more important than people think,” Gail recalls fondly. “You never know who you might inspire with just one single specimen.”

Gail and Jim will be available for questions and press interviews at the Museum on Saturday, March 23. Jim will be available from 10-3 and Gail will be available after 1:00. Video interviews can be conducted in front of the display in the Main Gallery, and office space is available as well.

The Spann Collection brings to the Museum about 100 fascinating and beautiful specimens. It includes a rare tongue-twister such as Plumbogummite, a unique lead oxide with the chemical formula PbAl3(PO4)(PO3OH)(OH)6.  According to, this mineral was “named in 1819 by François Pierre Nicolas Gillet de Laumont from the Latin “plumbum” for lead, and “gummi” for gum, in allusion to its lead content and appearance at times as drops or coatings of gum.”

There are more interesting stories behind many of the other specimens to be on display.

Images are available in the attached document. 

Janice Crane

Executive Assistant

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

26385 NW Groveland Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Take a virtual tour!

To engage, inspire, and educate generations on the splendor and complexity of our Earth. 

The Oregon Prosperity Project on a Gross Receipts Tax


This apple pie – especially if it is made in Oregon – is a prime example of why the gross receipts tax (GRT) model being considered by the Legislature is a bad idea – and costly for consumers.

 By the time this pie gets to a dessert plate, the pyramiding impact of the GRT could have taxed it six times or more, according to a Washington State study. In fact, food is hit more than any other product by a GRT, and we know much of that cost gets passed through to consumers in higher prices.

Do we really want to make food that much more expensive? Please join us in telling legislators that a gross receipts tax is a bad idea for Oregon.

The Oregon Prosperity Project is partnering with Brighter Oregon to keep you informed for the 2019 Legislative Session. We will be sending Brighter Oregon emails and updates to the Prosperity Project membership. 

As always, we are focusing on key issues of fiscal policy, job creation and Oregon’s economy. Partnering with Brighter Oregon will help us better serve you, making it easier to understand how actions in Salem affect all Oregonians.

Oregon Business & Industry | 1149 Court Street NESalem, OR 97301

The Oregon Prosperity Project

Brighter Oregon

Disaster Resilience for Small Businesses and Organizations

Disaster Resilience for Small Businesses and Organizations is an awareness-level, four-hour course provides participants with a general understanding of the risks associated with natural hazards and disasters, introduce methods of assessing that risk to vulnerable small businesses, and describe the business continuity planning process to help small businesses prepare for, plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from any natural hazard or disaster that may occur. Modules will include instruction on:

  • Identifying hazards to business operations through risk assessments
  • Identify financial disaster assistance programs and business interruption insurance programs
  • Describe fundamentals of supply chain management following a disaster
  • Identify processes and resources for preparing a business continuity plan

Key concepts and topics will be reinforced with facilitator-led group discussions that utilize realistic and practical planning methods. These discussions will illustrate the diverse challenges and complexities of disaster resilience for small businesses while building participants’ experience and confidence in anticipating, preparing for, and recovering from a natural disaster.




Washington County Museum-Free Family Mornings



Make collage art greeting cards with artist Dey Rivers

PLEASE NOTE: Due to winter weather this exciting family art workshop will now occur on

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 10am – 1pm (NOT February 9th as originally schedule)

At Washington County Museum, located on the PCC Rock Creek Campus:

17677 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR, 97229

The Washington County Museum launches another series of Free Family Mornings for 2019 starting on February 9th with a collage card workshop lead by artist Dey Rivers. This workshop, like all of the Free Family Morning events, is a chance for families and folks of all ages to experience the museum as well as roll up their sleeves for some hands-on learning. Rivers presents a celebration of craft, fine art, and the coming together of different elements. She describes teaching art “as a way to actively bring a dialogue into the community on personal and social issues both past and present while expressing the value of our differences.” Visitors will create their own collage art greeting cards for Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and other celebrations. The workshop provides instruction on the process of collage while exploring the history of this fascinating art form.

Dey Rivers is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Portland, OR having recently returned from the East coast where she completed her degree in Fine Art. Rivers’ work encompasses elements of design, portraiture, and storytelling through her personal mantra of the Ghanaian Twi word Sankofa, meaning: “go back and get it”.  Her art explores the duality and truth of lived experiences and observations that one must look to the past in order to inform the present and shape the future. Find Rivers online at and on Twitter and Instagram with the handle @artbydey.

Free Family Mornings is an ongoing series hosted by the Washington County Museum. Each month during the school year the museum hosts a family-friendly, no-experience-needed workshop led by a teaching artist from the community. Workshops are drop-in with no registration required. Museum entrance is always FREE during these events, and includes access to all rotating and permanent exhibits.The Free Family Mornings series is supported in part by the Beaverton Rotary.

Catch all of our exciting spring lineup of Free Family Morning workshops:

March 9: Anke Gladnick, illustration

April 13: Physical Education artist group, body movement

May 11: Kevin Holden, sound art

June 8: Robin Cone-Murakami, cyanotype prints

About the Washington County Museum

For more than 50 years, the Washington County Museum has provided community members and visitors an opportunity to experience and understand the richness of local history, heritage and culture.

The Washington County Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

For admission, memberships, events and more:



call 503.645.5353

OSCC opposes Senate Bill 379

The following information announcement from the Oregon State Chambers of Commerce (OSCC) is to keep you informed about legislative actions.

The OSCC is recommending opposition to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 379. Please read through the information and if you have additional questions, you can access the website here.

If you oppose the Bill, you can respond through the OSCC Action Alert below, or communicate directly with our State Senator and Representative. If you support this Bill, please send a separate email and DO NOT use the Action Alert link.


Senator Chuck Riley                        503-986-1715

900 Court St NE, S-303        

Salem, OR, 97301


Representative Janeen Solman      503-986-1430

900 Court St NE, H-487        

Salem, OR 97301

Advocacy in Action


Dear Administration,

Maintaining safe workplaces is a primary concern for OSCC members. SB 379 would prevent an employer from enforcing a drug-free workplace policy for individuals testing positive for marijuana.

If the Legislature enacts SB 379, Oregon employers of all sizes would be in an impossible situation.  Oregon law and federal law would be in conflict.

In addition, it would be almost impossible for Oregon businesses to reconcile SB 379 with their obligations to maintain safe workplaces that do not endanger other employees, the public or the customers they serve.

Here’s why OSCC opposes SB 379

SB 379 is in direct conflict to the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision in the Emerald Steel case, which held that Oregon employers are entitled to enact ‘zero tolerance policies’ on marijuana use. 

In 2010, The Oregon Supreme Court ruled in the case of Emerald Steel Fabricators, Inc., v. Bureau of Labor and Industries, and found that the use of medical marijuana, though authorized by state law, was an “illegal use of drugs” under federal law, which preempts state law in these circumstances.

The Court held that employers can lawfully take adverse employment actions against employees based on their use of federally-illegal drugs. It upheld an employer’s right to implement ‘zero tolerance’ drugfree workplace policies.

In 2014, employer rights were again upheld by Oregon voters who voted in support of Measure 91, which specifically precluded “amend[ing] or affect[ing] in any way any state or federal law pertaining to employment matters” (Section 4. Article 1).

SB 379 is preempted by the Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Maintaining a drug-free workplace ensures the safety and well-being of employees, the public, and the customers they serve. Furthermore, employers with federal contracts are required to maintain drug-free workplaces as a matter of federal law.

The Drug-Free Workplace Act requires employers who receive grants or contracts from the federal government (construction companies, hospitals and long-term care facilities, among others) to ensure that their workplaces are drug-free. Drug testing will not reveal whether an employee with marijuana in his or her system used it during working hours or during “non-working hours” (a term in SB 379 that might be interpreted to include meal breaks), much less whether the marijuana was used on the employer’s premises or not. This would make it impossible for an employer to comply with the federal requirements.

There are no recognized tests for impairment due to marijuana use.

The exception in SB 379 for off-duty marijuana use that impairs employees’ performance on the job cannot be implemented, because currently, there is no recognized test for whether an employee is “impaired” by the use of marijuana (off duty or not). Current testing protocols can do no more than confirm whether an employee has marijuana in their system, not whether it results in impairment or being “under the influence.”

Without a drug test that measures impairment, an employer’s efforts to maintain a safe work environment are compromised.

An employee’s use of legal prescription drugs is already protected.

Both the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Oregon disability law require an employer to reasonably accommodate an employee’s disability and the treatment of a disability with medication, including situations in which off-duty use of medication affects the employee’s performance at work. A well-developed body of federal and state case law tells an employer whether an accommodation is or is not “reasonable.” SB 379, on the other hand, imposes no such limitation: an employer may not limit employees’ off-duty use of any lawful substances except to the extent it causes an impairment at work or relates to a bona fide occupational qualification.

Click here to contact your Senator and ask them to affirm an employer’s ability to maintain a safe, drug-free workplace – oppose SB 379.