Weekday Wrap: A Tale of Two Pendleton Motels; homeless services in Gresham and a university’s organic apple orchard in Idaho


The story of two motels during the Round-Up: MotoLodge and the former Marigold Hotel

Two downtown Pendleton hotels had very different experiences during the recent Round-Up. MotoLodge was almost fully booked all the time. “We had 100% occupancy,” said Elizabeth Hodson, MotoLodge manager. “Except one day at 95%.” The Marigold, under new ownership and management with renovations and upgrades currently underway, was not fully occupied from September 9-17. “It’s not all the way back yet,” receptionist Jared Mount said. “We had to remove the plasterboard from some rooms. We had to demolish a bathroom. The previous owner had not maintained the premises. People might have stayed away, given his reputation too. (John Tillman/Eastern Oregon)

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The Gresham Homeless Services team leads with compassion

Christine and her husband, Jason, are a couple from Oregon who have been through a lot. One bad decision led to four years of addiction, years of homelessness and the loss of a mother’s children. While living in eastern Oregon, they became addicted to methamphetamine. This addiction led to their children being placed in foster care and feeling hopeless. Both wanted to find a way, but they needed help. That’s when the Gresham Homeless Services team arrived. A phone call later, Christine contacted Willie Shaw, a homeless service provider. “I don’t know how many times Willie came to our rescue,” Christine said. “Without him, we would have gone back to addiction.” (Christopher Keizur/The Gresham Outlook)

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Apples of the past: UI’s organic orchard preserves heritage fruits

The Heritage Apple Orchard is the heart of the University of Idaho’s Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center. However, the harvest is about two to three weeks late. Superintendent and Operations Manager Kyle Nagy and Assistant Operations Manager Kent Youngdahl race against a hard freeze. “We thought it would be a really bumper crop year, but it was so cool that there weren’t many active pollinators,” Nagy said. “We had torrential rain in the middle of our bloom, so I wonder if a lot of our pollen ended up on the ground.” On a sunny morning on October 3, they estimated they had harvested 21 of the 68 varieties of apples growing on 640 trees. Most of the orchard’s varieties date from the colonial era, as early as 1598. (Matthew Weaver/Capital Press)

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Gresham man pleads guilty to stealing COVID relief funds

Justin Allen Cunningham, 40, of Gresham, set up a fake business to steal more than $77,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans through the US Small Business Administration. Cunningham was convicted of wire fraud for stealing the loans, which were intended for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He now faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation. (Christopher Keizur/The Gresham Outlook)

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Critical shortage of vet techs puts Portland-area pets at risk

Portland-area pets could be harmed by a critical shortage of certified vet techs that limits access to care. In an area where there would ideally be 4,000 certified veterinary technicians, there are approximately 2,200. Labor shortages contribute to a feedback loop, as technicians are overworked in understaffed veterinary hospitals. -effective and therefore run out more quickly. “He is currently in a crisis situation, particularly in Portland. If you have emergencies outside of your vet’s regular hours, getting your pet seen can be really difficult. You can’t do much with the staff you have,” said Sarah Harris, a veterinary technician since 2011 who specializes in emergency care at DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital, a nonprofit in the northwest. from Portland. (Dillon Mullan/The Portland Tribune)

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Quilters and children sew for a good cause

Ben, 9, Wyatt, 7, and their mom Michelle make soft plush worry monsters to send to Uvalde elementary schools and other kids in stressful situations. The Oregon City trio have made about 700 cuddly monsters so far, with the help of supplies donated by Skip-A-Week Quilt Club. Ben and Wyatt draw the designs, Michelle sews them, and Wyatt stuffs them. They say the purpose of monsters is to eat nightmares. They also have a zippered mouth where kids can write down their worries to feed the monster. (News by Teresa Carson/Estacada)

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