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10 Years Ago: Elections and a new Mountain wrap posted on 06/01/2020

Election May 2010

At the May primary election 10 years ago, Government Camp remained un-citified, then Welches Senator Rick Metsger fell short in his primary bid for state treasurer, John Kitzhaber took a leap forward in his comeback effort, Jim Bernard held his county seat and Sherry Hall was headed for a November runoff for the position of County Clerk.

Measure 3-354 would have made Government Camp Oregon’s newest incorporated city, but it failed, with 58 percent No votes versus 42 percent Yes votes. Sen. Metsger lost the Democratic primary to Treasurer Ted Wheeler, with Metsger tallying 38 percent of the votes to Wheeler’s 62 percent. Former Gov. Kitzhaber defeated opponent Bill Bradbury in the Democratic primary with a 66-30 percent edge and was set to face off against Republican primary winner Chris Dudley in the November election. County Clerk Sherry Hall was unable to win the necessary majority despite garnering the most votes and was also headed to a runoff in the November election against winning opponent Canby Mayor Melody Thompson.

A nose for news

If you wondered why a bloodhound was working an attentive crowd for pats and tummy rubs at the Wy’east Book Shoppe, it was because Jeff Schettler presented his new book “Red Dog Rising,” a riveting true story about Schettler’s time with the police force and his loyal and courageous bloodhound, Ronin. Schettler, a retired police K-9 officer, was attached to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Teams’ K9 Assistance Program and described how he and Ronin were involved in hundreds of searches over the years. Sister, an up and coming two-year-old trailing bloodhound who travels with her owner and handler, Mary Davenport, to Schettler’s presentations, was soaking up the attention from the audience.

The proceeds from the book benefit a non-profit organization founded by Schettler that trains dogs for children with special needs.

Native Plants

The fourth in the series of native plants featured in The Mountain Times featured the Nootka wild rose and the Red-osier dogwood. The rose’s pale, pink-to-rose flowers produce orange-to-scarlet hips that are used as food by grouse, bluebirds, thrushes and many others. Their springtime blossoms are a showy, deep pink followed by equally showy rose-red hips in the season. The Red-osier dogwood is deciduous, providing clusters of creamy, white flowers blossoming in late spring. They give way to white or bluish fruits that are eaten by warblers and other birds. The leaves provide fall color, food for butterfly larvae and the nectar is used by adult butterflies. The dogwood is excellent for stabilizing steam banks.

And in other news...

In an election held May 15, 2010 at the Villages at Mt Hood Town Hall, Carol Burk and George Wilson were voted to fill two of the open board positions. A shakeup at the Timberline Rim Board saw six trustees resign, and co-owners Ryan and Hidee Cummings opened up Wraptitude, a restaurant located on Hwy 26 across the parking lot from Clackamas County Bank. That’s a wrap.

By Frances Berteau/MT




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