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May 24, 2015



Dogs in Forest Park 

Dear Skyline Ridge Newsline,

Thanks to a grant from Metro, we are trying to learn more about how people use Forest Park, if they do or don't put their dog on a leash, and if park users have encountered off-leash dogs in the Park. Please take a few minutes to fill out this very quick survey so we can learn more about this issue.

Thank you for helping us make Forest Park an even better place to play and enjoy nature!

Renee Myers
Executive Director


Our Neighbor Julie C Reports:
As you know, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) provides 24/7 public safety coverage for the residents living in the unincorporated areas of Multnomah County including Sauvie Island, the "West Hills" and Dunthorp community.  Deputies are first responders to any emergency requiring an immediate response. Working with schools, businesses, local agencies, and neighborhood associations, deputies seek to understand community needs and investigate and intervene in criminal activity. Deputies also use social service providers to help stabilize children and families through housing, health and mental health services.  Traffic safety through education and intervention provides safe streets to access commerce and recreation opportunities for the community.

MCSO has a long and successful history in Community Policing. Community Policing is a proven way to provide community safety, which the Sheriff embraces.  In his FY 2016 budget, the Sheriff again asked for funding for a Westside Community Resource Deputy. This position would assist the community with emergency preparedness, safety education, selective traffic enforcement and be a general liaison with the community. As a participant in community groups, this Community Resource Deputy increases safety and livability to the communities within the Dunthorp, Skyline and Sauvie Island communities.

This position was again not funded in the Chair's budget. We all understand that County funds have been tight for several years, and the Commissioners must make tough decisions on how to spend our tax dollars. Having this Deputy would make a significant impact on our community, in a cost effective manner. If there are enough votes by the other Commissioners to fund this position, there is still a chance to make this a reality! However we need to show community support. The Sheriff will be presenting his budget to the Commissioners next Tuesday, May 26th at 10:30 a.m.  The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee for MCSO will also be making a presentation to the Board at this meeting regarding the Sheriff's budget.  This is a public meeting and there is an opportunity for public testimony.  Please attend this meeting and show the Commissioners that this Deputy is a wanted, needed, and would be a valuable asset to our communities.

The address of the meeting is:

501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

North Tualatin Mountains
The SRN Newsline has received some questions and comments about Metro's North Tualatin Mountains project. Here's a link to their website, with information about the project. There is also a "Send Feedback" link on that page.  

 Multnomah County Comprehensive Plan update Community Advisory Committee

The Multnomah County Comprehensive Plan update Community Advisory Committee and the subcommittee on Farm, Forest and Rural Economy will meet on Wed, May 27th. Both meetings will be at the Multnomah Building located at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland 97214. Individual meeting times and locations are below: 

  • Farm, Forest and Rural Economy Subcommittee will meet from 3 pm to 5 pm in the Room 126
  • Community Advisory Committee will meet on from 6 pm to 8:30 pm in Room 126
The meetings are open to the public.

The agenda and meeting documents can be found at: Summaries and meeting materials from past Community Advisory Committee and Subcommittee meetings can be found at:

More information about the Comp Plan update can be found at: Email questions or comments to: compplan [at] multco [dot] us


Lost Pets

Some lost pets reports are resolved before they every make the newsline. Such was the case with Storm. Lori called and left a message on my phone because a German Shepherd had strayed into her yard. Then,  I received an email from Deborah asking me to send out a Newsline for her German Shepherd that was lost. Storm is an older dog who had never left the property in his life. All I had to do was to have Deborah get in touch with Lori to get Storm back home. Deborah later wrote:

"Got Smokey back and made a new friend. The  best people in the world live in our neighborhood. God Bless you and the  Ridgerunner! We figured out it was the lightning that spooked him"

You're welcome Deborah. And I too, think this neighborhood is a pretty special place to live.



EVENTS: - Calender:

SRN Board Meeting: Tuesday, May 26. 7pm. Email Laurel Erhardt: srn [at] srnpdx [dot] org for location details.


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:

About the Newsline: Skyline Rural Watch Newsline is a part of Skyline Ridge Neighbors (SRN) and has been produced since June 1994 as a means to communicate neighborhood information. The Newsline is produced by Laurel Erhardt (editor) with help from Miles Merwin, Libby Merwin, and Sen Speroff
The Newsline depends on you as a source of accurate information about local crimes, upcoming events, and other news pertinent to the area.  If you have information you would like considered for the Newsline, you may do so by e-mailing the information to newsline [at] srnpdx [dot] org, or leaving a message at (503) 621-3501. Urgent, timely items (crimes, lost pets) should be emailed to alert [at] srnpdx [dot] org.
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Publication date: 
Sun, 05/24/2015