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June 28, 2015



Greg Margolis Passes Away

            Greg Margolis passed away on May 9.  Greg was a long time former Newberry Road resident.  He leaves his two children Sam and Laurel and  was brother of Ken and Roger.  After his retirement as a paralegal in 2003, he became a full-time volunteer organizer, strategist, activist and spokesperson for a number of social justice groups.

Found iPod 
The found iPod post was seen by the owner and his device was returned.


Multnomah County Land Use News

Multnomah County Land Use & Transportation Program
1600 SE 190TH Ave., Portland, OR 97233
Phone 503-988-3043.  Fax 503-988-3389.

Notice of 14 Day Opportunity to Comment   

Case #:                        T2-2015-4044
Location:         16226 NW Sheltered Nook Rd.
16230 NW Sheltered Nook Rd.

Proposal:         Request for a Property Line Adjustment on property in the Rural Residential (RR) Zone
Details:            Written comments regarding this application will be accepted if received at Multnomah County Land Use by 4 p.m. on July 6, 2015.  For greater details, log onto

*Sauvie Island transportation plan *
*Committee to meet June 30 on *

A community advisory committee working on a transportation system plan update for Sauvie Island and the Multnomah Channel area will meet on Tuesday, June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sauvie Island Grange at 14443 NW Charlton Road. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.

The agenda includes a presentation of the proposed transportation system plan update and an opportunity for committee feedback. Meeting materials will be available for review online prior to the meeting at project website,

The project will update the key transportation planning document for the area.  Multnomah County is the local planning authority for the portions of Sauvie Island and the Multnomah Channel within the county.

For information, visit the project website or contact senior transportation planner Joanna Valencia, 503-988-0219 or joanna [dot] valencia [at] multco [dot] us.

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Save Sturgeon Lake Campaign Receives $200,000 Matching Grant from Hilltop Foundation
June 23, 2015

Tim Greseth, Executive Director
503.255.6059 tim [at] owhf [dot] org

Oregon Wildlife is pleased to announce that the Hilltop Foundation has made a matching challenge grant of $200,000 to 
the Save Sturgeon Lake campaign for replacement of the failing Dairy Creek culverts under Reeder Road, on Sauvie Island,
with a full-span bridge.

Originally described as the first phase of the Sturgeon Lake project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan was to replace the existing 12 foot corrugated metal culverts under Reeder Road with two 42-foot concrete arch culverts.  Although a 
marked improvement over the current situation, the use of arch culverts would create a center obstruction; a likely catch and gathering point for floating debris. Proposed alternatives were a single 84-foot arch culvert or a full-span 100 foot bridge.  A
single arch culvert is a prohibitively expensive solution and, until the Hilltop Foundation’s commitment, so was a bridge.

The Corps of Engineers has agreed to contribute the same amount to bridge construction that would have been spent on 
arch culverts if the local sponsor, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, can raise the difference; almost 400,000. That’s when the Hilltop Foundation entered the conversation. Structured as a matching challenge gift, the Hilltop Foundation has agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar, all gifts to the Save Sturgeon Lake campaign for construction of a bridge, up to a total of $200,000. “We are thrilled to have the support of the Hilltop Foundation.  Their gift is a huge boost to our efforts to raise the money needed to implement the best passage solution for the project which is a bridge” said Tim Greseth, Executive Director of Oregon Wildlife.

Oregon Wildlife has set up a fundraising campaign page on their website and asks that you join them in meeting the Hilltop Foundation’s challenge.  To make your tax-deductible gift to the campaign, please visit

Sauvie Island is the largest island in the Columbia River and one of the largest river islands in North America.  
Sturgeon Lake, on Sauvie Island, is the largest lake on a river island anywhere in the United States.  This unique habitat is a key stopover and critical link in the Pacific flyway for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds each year. 

The Dairy Creek channel, one of only two connections between Sturgeon Lake and the Columbia River is plugged with sand and debris from the 1996 Columbia River flood and further hampered by undersized and now failing culverts upstream. Without flushing inflows from the channel, muddy silt is flowing into Sturgeon Lake from the Gilbert River, settling out of the water and slowly filling the lake in.  The average depth of Sturgeon Lake in 1941, before construction of the levees that surround Sauvie Island, was six feet.  Today, it’s three feet.  If nothing is done, Sturgeon Lake will eventually become nothing more than a muddy marsh.

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Skyline School Principal Transferring

Dear Skyline Community,

 It is with a very conflicted heart that I need to tell you that I will be moving schools for the 2015-16 school year. I will be moving to Beverly Cleary which is less than 1 mile from my house. There are many reasons I began looking but mostly it is about proximity and wanting to be closer to my home and my son's school.

The decision was not easy as I have felt the students, families and staff at Skyline is truly the best I have ever worked with. I feel very blessed to have been a part of Skyline's welcoming community for the last two years. Please do know my decision was not easy, but was made on what I felt was best for my family.

I will miss you all.

Jill Sage


Anyone out there have kittens on the way?  Long haired, big boned type of kitty preferred.  Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest cat type ideal!  Good home, indoor cat. We'll be ready to get one in early July.
Contact: carole [dot] hallett [at] gmail [dot] com

EVENTS: - Calender:

SRN Board Meeting
Wed, July 1, 7pm.
Called Laurel, 503-621-3501 for location

SRN Summer Gathering
Saturday August 8, 2015 - Noon to 5
At the Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm
11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Portland, OR 97231


As a service to neighbors, SRN publishes a listing of local government agencies and businesses in the Skyline Resource Directory. Follow the links in this section to view its contents and learn how to add a business or agency listing.
Listing of organizations and businesses herein does not imply any endorsement of SRN nor does it imply a lack of endorsement for similar organizations or businesses not included.

Skyline Grange:
Forest Park
Linnton Community Center:
West Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District:

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