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Talking Tigard

Episode #14 - Supporting the Tigard Business Community
Maggie Reilly, Business Leader at Craft3 and Nita Shah, Executive Director at Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon discuss working with city staff to create Tigard Commercial Assistance and Relief for Economic Stability (Tigard CARES). Grants were awarded for assistance with rent, payroll, recurring costs and future inventory with a strong focus on resources for businesses that most need help accessing federal and state programs.

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Episode #13: Racial Unity Book Club Creation

Adrianne Driver, Tigard Library, Bruce Poinsette, Respond to Racism, and Denise Taylor, MLK2020: Healing the Divide discuss the creation of the Racial Unity Book Club. They also share resources for learning about racial justice.

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Episode #12: New Youth Councilor on Board
TIgard Youth Councilor Emilio Calderon talks about his recent appointment to the City Council, issues that are important to Tigard youth, and how we can create a more inclusive community.

Episode #11: Tigard High Students Have Mobilized
Tigard High School students Abdi Mohamoud and Sarah Gentry share how students have mobilized after the killing of George Floyd. They discuss drafting a anti-racism resolution for the Tigard-Tualatin School Board, the successful Student March for Black Lives, and what's next.

Episode #10: When Will the Playgrounds Open?
Marissa Grass, Community Engagement Coordinator for the City of Tigard, answers the questions that you've been asking - when will playgrounds open? Do I have to wear a mask? What will happen in Phase 2?

Episode #9: Just Compassion Offers Aid
Vernon Baker, Executive Director of Just Compassion, discusses how Just Compassion is using the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard to support Tigard community members who are experiencing houselessness. Also, Vernon offers insight into how the city can take steps to address racial inequities.

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Episode #8: Community Journalism During COVID-19 
Tigard Times Editor-in-Chief Mark Miller discusses covering the community that he grew up in. He also touches on the challenges of reporting during COVID-19 and the importance of maintaining quality community journalism.

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Episode #7:  A Safe Home for Tigard Youth
Amy Brownell, Second Home, Katrin Dougherty, SupaFresh Youth Farm, and Morgan Bengel, HomePlate Youth Services share what their organizations are doing to help, and how they need the support of the community. 

HomePlate Youth Services
Learn more at 
Contact: Morgan Bengel,

Second Home
Learn more at
Contact: Amy Brownell, 

Oregon Human Development Corporation SupaFresh Youth Farm 
Refer a youth: or call 503-707-9115 
Sign up for the newsletter, make a donation, or fill out a CSA application at   
Contact: Katrin Dougherty,

Episode #6:  An Interview with Chief Kathy McAlpine
Chief Kathy McAlpine reflects on her career journey, keeping the Tigard community safe, and the increased challenges of policing because of COVID-19.

Episode #5:  An Interview with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Congresswoman Bonamici talks about staying connecting with business owners and community members in Tigard during COVID-19, addressing the disproportionate number cases of COVID-19 in the Latino community, and her favorite city in Washington County.

Episode #4: Talking Tigard with TVF&R Assistant Chief
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Kenny Frentress shares an inside look at how TVF&R is working to ensure the community is safe and healthy. He also answers the five most common questions being asked by the community.

  1. How did your prior work experiences prepare you for COVID-19?
  2. When did TVF&R realize COVID-19 was going to be a major event?
  3. Explain to our listeners the difference between the city’s and TVF&R emergency operations center. How do they work together?
  4. What are a couple of examples of the community helping during COVID-19?
  5. What does reopening mean for TVF&R?

Episode #3: Talking Tigard with the TTSD Superintendent
Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith, Tigard-Tualatin School District Superintendent, answers the five questions that the community is asking.

  1. How did your previous experience prepare you to lead during this event?
  2. When did you first realize that COVID-19 would have a major impact on TTSD?
  3. What was the tipping point in transitioning to distance learning for the remainder of the year?
  4. What's your advice for the parents of children in TTSD?
  5. How can we still honor the accomplishments of the seniors?

Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith became Tigard-Tualatin School District Superintendent on July 1, 2018. An experienced educational leader, Dr. Rieke-Smith has work at all three school levels. Since joining TTSD, Dr. Rieke-Smith says she has “found Tigard-Tualatin to be a great school district, full of people who are committed to making a positive difference for children.”

Episode #2: Inside the Emergency Operations Center
Police Commander Robert Rogers and Emergency Services Coordinator Mike Lueck answer the five questions that people in the community are asking.

  1. How did your experience prepare you for COVID-19?
  2. We recently launched a virtual Emergency Operations Center. What does this mean for our listeners? How will they be impacted? Why should they care?
  3. Take us inside the virtual EOC and walk us through the last 24 hours.
  4. What are a couple of stories that highlight how the community has come together to respond to COVID-19?
  5. How will we know when the virtual EOC is no longer needed?

Commander Rogers has over 25 years of public safety experience in Oregon and Arkansas, including 22 years with the city of Tigard. He has six years in the U.S. Army having served both stateside and abroad.

Mike Lueck is the city’s Emergency Services Coordinator. He’s served in this role for 16 years. 


Episode #1: Talkin' Tigard w/ Halsted Bernard, Tigard Library Director

In 2019, Halsted Bernard was selected as our next Director of Library Services. Halsted is a familiar face at the library. She has been our Circulation Manager for three years and served as one of the library’s interim co-directors for the past seven months.

Halsted’s library career has spanned 18 years, in both academic and public libraries in the San Francisco Bay area and abroad. She received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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