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Taking stock of 2017 in western Washington County


Washington County is in a state of flux ... In Forest Grove, the city is moving toward developing the David Hill area to the northwest with more than 2,000 homes over the next 35 years, while downtown, the Jesse Quinn is expected to open this summer ...


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In a lot of ways, the year that was challenged usNational politics seemed to dominate everything, with hot-button issues — immigration, healthcare, tax reform, tensions with North Korea, the president's Twitter habits — casting a long shadow felt even here in bucolic western Washington CountyIn some ways, we are fortunateThe scenes we saw in August of white supremacists storming a college campus, wielding torches and Confederate and Nazi flags, and attacking students and residents could have happened anywhere in the country, including right here in Forest GroveInstead, they unfolded 3,000 miles away, in Charlottesville, VaThe ground beneath us shook from the power of the #MeToo movement, which empowered women (and men, too) to speak out about sexual harassment and assault — and exposed deplorable behavior on the part of many famous, influential and powerful men in entertainment, media, business, politics, sports and beyondThis upheaval was felt here in Washington County, tooProminent Beaverton businessman Jerry Jones Jrresigned in disgrace from the Beaverton Chamber and Tualatin Hills park district boards after being accused of sexual harassment by a former employeeKevin Kearns, a resident of Cornelius and a corporal in the Washington County Sheriff's Office, was arrested after a coworker told supervisors Kearns sexually abused himElizabeth Steiner Hayward, who represents parts of the Beaverton area in the Oregon Senate, filed a sexual harassment complaint against a fellow state senator, Jeff Kruse of RoseburgA D V E R T I S I N G | Continue reading below "); //]]>-->The West Coast endured a terrible fire seasonIt's hardly possible to talk about the changes we saw in 2017 without thinking of the Columbia River Gorge, an iconic and beautiful part of our state that for years will bear the scars of a 15-year-old's foolish impulse to play with fireworks on dry forestlandWhile it's not possible to say with certainty that this year's wildfires were the direct result of climate change, most experts agree that these extreme events will become more common as average temperatures climb and the annual snowpack diminishesFirefighters from western Washington County were among those who fought the Eagle Creek fire, as well as deployed to California in October and December to battle even larger and more devastating wildfires thereThese hometown heroes deserve our thanks and appreciationCheck out the News-Times' special Year in Review reportClose to home, we continue to grapple with a growing population and increasing densityWashington County is in a state of fluxLook no further than the latest population estimates from Portland State University's Population Research Center, which show the county is among the fastest-growing in the stateOr take a drive down Southwest 175th Avenue and Roy Rogers Road, where a huge new high school overlooks hundreds of acres of burgeoning residential developmentOr take a stroll through Hillsboro's Orenco Station, an upscale mixed-use district that has sprung up over the past few years on what was once industrial landIn 2018, the growth we've seen in other parts of Washington County will happen closer to homeA D V E R T I S I N G | Continue reading below "); //]]>-->Work is already underway on the largest residential development ever approved in Cornelius, the 871-lot Laurel Woods project at the southeastern edge of town; it started last month, too, on a new building that will house a much larger public library, as well as senior apartments and a YMCAIn Forest Grove, the city is moving toward developing the David Hill area to the northwest with more than 2,000 homes over the next 35 years, while downtown, the Jesse Quinn is expected to open this summer as Forest Grove's largest apartment buildingYes, that's going to mean more cars on the road, and it's going to mean more students in classrooms, and it's going to mean longer lines at the grocery storeBut everyone has to live somewhere, and as the cost of living rises in Portland and other major West Coast cities like Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, we are seeing that a lot of people want to live hereWe will have to learn to deal with itBut here's something else about 2017: It was a year, with 365 days and four seasonsEach of us got a year olderWe welcomed babies and said goodbye to loved onesWe congratulated graduatesWe congratulated retireesSome of us got engagedSome of us got marriedSome of us got divorcedBeyond the headlines and between the Tweets, each of us lived our lives, with some things changing and others notYou've read a lot by now about the year that was, in the pages of the News-Times and surely elsewhere as wellBut there's more to say about 2017 than any of us, alone, could possibly writeSo again, here's the question, one that only you can answer: What will you think of when you think of 2017? 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