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Thriving missionary support

During one of the recent church services at Santa Clara Church (SCC), Yolanda Liebenberg, a missionary from Zimbabwe, gave a presentation on the work that she had been doing in preparation to move to Africa permanently. “This church has been … Continue reading

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Santa Clara Church offers community atmosphere to River Road

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Between the two services held at the Santa Clara Church (SCC), coffee hour brings the building to life. About 30 families fill the gymnasium as half the room contains the women and mothers chatting and sipping their morning coffee. But … Continue reading

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A place to call home

On a warm Tuesday evening, Marian Johnson sits at her dinning room table with both hands cradling her coffee mug. It’s the same pot from this morning, but since her husband’s death five years ago, the widow is able to … Continue reading

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Profiling people from River Road

Initially when driving down the long River Road, it can be completely overwhelming with how many business and homes line this street. It was not until the third trip to the area, and a suggestion by a local that drew … Continue reading

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Government spending cutbacks are hurting the River Road area

Seen through different perspectives, the struggle with lower governmental financial support is evident By Ashten Johnson Residents and a city employee of River Road are aware of how the decrease in government spending is diminishing the quality of life in … Continue reading

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Gershom Gorenberg speaks about peace in Israel

The best way to end the Palestinian and Israeli conflict is for creation of two separate states according to a prominent Jewish author during his presentation Monday night. While he feels that other issues are involved that make peace between … Continue reading

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Landing on River Road

The River Road community is primarily a residential area, but it has become home to many locally owned businesses.  While chain restaurants and other industries have developed with the expansion of the road, this area has developed an eclectic environment. … Continue reading

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River Road offers varitey in every way

The River Road community is home to roughly 3,500 people that fill Cal’s Donut Shop every afternoon when school and work end for the day. The support of the local businesses is not uncommon in the area even though McDonald’s … Continue reading

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Welcome to River Road!

While students tend to stay near the campus area, the thriving neighborhood of River Road lays only a few miles away. The district is located between Beltline Road and the Northwest Expressway, with the Union Pacific railroad bordering the West. … Continue reading

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Cartoons or Fashion? Who really knows?

My name is Ashten Johnson and I have always been a big dreamer. Now that I’m finishing my Junior year at the University of Oregon, that has yet to change. With my degree in both Journalism with a focus on … Continue reading

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