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Episode #7:  Three area non-profits share how COVID-19 has impacted 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. 

Here’s how you can support of the work of these three non-profits.

HomePlate Youth Services -
  Learn more at 
  Contact info:

Second Home -
  Learn more at
  Contact Amy Brownell at 

Oregon Human Development Corporation SupaFresh Youth Farm -
 Learn more about OHDC at
 Refer a or call 503-707-9115 
Sign up for our youth-generated newsletter, make a donation, or fill out an online CSA application go to   
Learn more about the program, youth and program needs or volunteer opportunities— contact Katrin at

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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