Friends of Tideman Johnson this Saturday!

Tideman Johnson Work Party 2009

By Marianne Colgrove:

Hi all Friends of Tideman Johnson, and Happy New Year!

You know how all the lovely spring flowers and grasses in the park make it really hard to find the weeds later in the year? Well, we’re going to take care of that little problem, this Saturday. Target: ivy and blackberry in the woodland.

After all this rain, the weeds will be easy pulling, and the weather is even supposed to be kind of nice by the weekend.

Saturday, February 2nd, 9am – noon
Meet near the boardwalk at the base of SE 37th
Tools and refreshments provided
Volunteers of all ages are welcome

We hope to see you out there!

Friends of Tideman Johnson

PS. Just to inspire you, here we are in 2009, planting the side channel next to the boardwalk. I bet you don’t recognize it now!

Milwaukie Police locating missing girl

UPDATE: Jan. 24, 2013, 5:20 p.m. – The missing girl has been found safe.

1/24/2013 7:59:33 PM EST – This is an emergency message from Milwaukie Police Dept at 4:45 pm on Thursday, Jan 24th. We are attempting to locate a missing 8 year old girl from the 4000 block of Llewellyn St in Milwaukie. Her name is Janessa, her description is a white female juvenile, 4’2”, approx 60 pounds, with brown hair and grey-blue eyes, she was last seen wearing possibly a grey jacket, a turquoise vest over black shirt, blue jeans, and blue & pink converse shoes. If located please call 9-1-1. If you have general questions you may contact Milwaukie Police at 503 786 7500.

Sellwood Bridge closing for a week for ‘big move’

Sellwood Bridge Construction

The Sellwood Bridge will be closed from 5:00 a.m. January 17 to 7:00 a.m. January 24, 2013, for the bridge construction. On January 19 (weather permitting), the main steel truss span will move downstream onto the temporary steel piers. The closure applies to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

The relocated main span will act as a temporary detour bridge while the new bridge is constructed.

More information on the project:

Light Rail CAC meeting will include update on interpretive boardwalk

The upcoming Portland-Milwaukie light rail Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting will include an update on the Johnson Creek interpretive boardwalk and habitat north of the Tacoma Street Station.

Matt Clark, Johnson Creek Watershed Council executive director, is scheduled on the agenda to provide an update on the interpretive boardwalk and wildlife habitat project.

Tacoma Street Station and Johnson Creek is within the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood in the Portland city limits. Russ Stoll is representing Ardenwald on the Creek Committee that is active in the boardwalk and habitat project.

The upcoming CAC meeting is Thursday, January 17, 2012, from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at the East Field Office (2300 SE Beta St., Milwaukie).

More information:


‘100 @ $50’ fundraiser for Milwaukie K9 officer

From Dave Hedges, Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation secretary:

The Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation this month kicks off a fund raising campaign to purchase and train a replacement K9 Officer for the Milwaukie Police Department.

One of Milwaukie PD’s K9 Officers, Jag, was recently diagnosed with bone cancer, and despite all attempts to find an effective course of treatment, very sadly had to be euthanized. Jag was purchased for the police department by public donation and was a very much loved part of the department and the City of Milwaukie. The Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation has started a campaign to purchase and train a new K9 Officer, again by public donation.

Since Jag was purchased the Foundation has been raising money for his eventual replacement. But that day has come all too quickly. The cost to purchase and train a K9 Officer and their handler is, on average, $15,000 and could be as high as $20,000. The Foundation has so far raised $10,000 and is actively seeking to raise at least another $5,000 from the citizens of Milwaukie. We are seeking 100 people to donate $50 each, giving a total of $5,000 towards purchasing and training a K9 Officer. As of January 5, 2013 we have $700 towards that amount. Any donation will be very gratefully received, especially if you can be one of the 100 people who donate $50. Donations should be made to the Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation and sent to The Secretary, 5185 SE Elk Street, Milwaukie Oregon, 97222. The Foundation promises that 100% of all donations made by check or cash will go towards the intended purpose; none of the donation will be used for any other reason. Donations can also be made online at our web site Please help us keep the Milwaukie Police Department K9 Unit fully staffed and operational.

The Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation is a registered non-profit in the State of Oregon. It was founded by members of the Milwaukie Public Safety Committee to raise money for public safety projects in the City of Milwaukie. All the board members are citizens or business owners in Milwaukie, plus the Chief of Police. All donations made are tax deductible and a receipt bearing the State registration number will be sent to all donors.