The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


The independent student media site of West Linn High School


Dillon Stoneking

Dillon Stoneking, Opinion Editor

Clear blue skies over pearly white beaches, the ocean gently lapping against the shore asking for visitors to jump in and cool off; that screams summer. Wrestling in thick brown mud and taking the wrong bus in an unknown country, not so much. However, for Dillon Stoneking, senior, this was exactly his summer. There were no family vacations or hours to spend video gaming. Instead, Stoneking made the 4,000 mile journey to Costa Rica to experience the culture of the Spanish speaking country.

Adjusting to different currency and two host families was all in good times for Stoneking who took the curveball and turned it into a home run. Although most would panic in taking the wrong bus and winding up three cities away from their goal, that was a highlight for Stoneking who enjoyed seeing the different part of the town. Stoneking loved the freedom of his trip, but it doesn’t compare to the freedom he feels when he writes.

“I love doing whatever I want,” Stoneking said. Although he enjoys Spanish, journalism is his true passion.

“I love writing and I love the media,” Stoneking said. Being a senior, Stoneking is on the hunt for colleges and journalism is definitely a priority, for he hopes to major in it. Stoneking looks at journalism as a class during the day where he can be free and expressive.

“It gives you real world experience,” Stoneking said. Unlike other classes, he loves the pressure of deadlines, much like he would experience in a real job, and he enjoys the reality it brings. Stoneking is busy wrapping up his final year in West Linn and is trying to squeeze the most out of his high school experience. However, when Stoneking does find those rare moments to sit back and relax, he spends his time running or re-watching the “Harry Potter” or “Star Wars” series.

“It’s a really close call but the Harry Potter movies are barely better than the books,” Stoneking said. He enjoys being able to see the characters he envisioned come to life and definitely thinks the actors played their roles perfectly. Stoneking hopes to bring that same visual out through his writing. He’s not sure where he will go with journalism but Stoneking can’t wait to find out.      

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Dr. Peter Rasmussen, Death with Dignity advocate, dies under his own hand

December 3, 2015

Dr. Peter Rasmussen, Death With Dignity advocate, died Tue. Nov. 10, exercising the right he co-established only two days following the 17th anniversary of the state's legalization. Although it’s been...

Oregon sales in recreational pot have claimed an estimated $11 million in total transactions not meeting the financial projections for the revenue impact which was estimated to be between $13.1 and $19.4 million, underscoring Oregon potential for the non-medical cannabis market.

A green day for a greener Oregon

October 27, 2015

Within in the first week Oregon sales of recreational marijuana have claimed to an estimated $11 million in total transactions. As exaggerated as it seems, this did not meet the financial projections for...

Lauren Wheelock, senior, writes and types her homework for Economics during passing time. Wheelock prefers typing but is open to expressing her ideas through her handwriting the assignment.

WLHS student handwriting redefined

October 13, 2015

Under all circumstances we appear to be different, but how we understand our differences does not go without notice and how we write can change our perspective of how we see ourselves. This study on graphology...

Mexican exchange student, Paulina Baños Villatoro, senior, enrolled at WLHS through an exchange student program with the U.S. Baños Villatoro will continue to make an effort to learn the language and culture before she returns to her hometown, Tuxtla Gutierrez, the following year on July 15, 2016.

From Tuxtla Gutierrez to West Linn

October 6, 2015

Nothing tops the encouragement and spontaneous attitude of Mexican exchange student, Paulina Baños Villatoro, senior, who enrolled at WLHS through an exchange student program with the U.S. just two months...

Actors Brian J. Smith, Will Gorski, and Tuppence Middleton, Riley Blue, in Reykjavik, Iceland shooting one of the finishing scenes in the season one finale of Sense8.  The Wachowski’s make way for “Sense8’s” second season as Netflix’s hits sky rocket.

Directors of the Matrix, Cloud Atlas, redefine science fiction in their new series, “Sense8”

September 18, 2015

Andrew and Lana Wachowski, directors credited for “Cloud Atlas,” “V for Vendetta” and “The Matrix” Trilogy, released a new captivating series through Netflix Originals using fictional concepts...

Cubas President Raul Castro (L) speaks during a meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba dropped from the U.S. sponsored terror list

June 12, 2015

Cuba was dropped from the United States terror sponsor list Friday, May 29, in hopes of establishing diplomatic ties after 54 years of isolationist policies. The State Department reviewed Cuba’s place...

Lydia Van Winkle, Junior, talks with West Linn’s incoming mayor. He paid a visit Todd Jones’ second period AP Government class to advise students on city planning concepts.

Newly elected West Linn mayor, Russ Axelrod, visits WLHS

May 28, 2015

West Linn’s newly appointed mayor, Russ Axelrod, along with the city council paid a visit to West Linn High School Tue May 26 during Todd Jones, social studies teacher, second period AP Government class...

Generation X, Y and Z become more defined in American culture. Originally coined as specific and meaningless categories of age, the popular notion of generations X, Y and Z have become more than just a birth year but a horoscope.

Gen X, Y and Z: society’s new horoscope

May 28, 2015

Originally coined as specific and meaningless categories of age, the increasingly popular notion of the three generations, X Y and Z, have become more than just a reflection of birth years. What started...

King Tim Harman and Queen Sophie Gabler, seniors, dance at the May Day 2015 celebration Harman looks forward to his future after West Linn High School attending the Naval Academy Prep School and continuing to wrestle.

Skilled athlete makes way for future

May 8, 2015

Skilled senior wrestler, Timothy Harman, looks forward to his future after West Linn High School attending the Naval Academy Prep School. Although he intends to expand his career in the Navy, Harman plans...

Local markets such as Safeway are beginning to make medical birth control more accessible to the public. In addition, Oregon representatives are fighting for a bill legalizing the sale of birth control pills in pharmacies to women lacking a doctor’s prescription. However, the option would only be available to women age 18 and older.

Oregon’s birth control sales change

May 4, 2015

Oregon representatives and lawmakers are working on a bill legalizing the sale of birth control pills in pharmacies to women lacking a doctor’s noted prescription. The option would only be available...

Oregon’s regulated recreational pot market is expected to be opened sometime in the summer of 2015. However, cannabis-infused consumables may be denied sale until 2017, due to packaging and dosage issues.

Marijuana-infused edibles to be banned in Oregon

April 20, 2015

Oregon regulators have been working on finding a way to safely craft a recreational marijuana program. Regulators have recently asked lawmakers for an extra year before legalizing edibles to figure out...

Robert Czokajlo, junior, took a photo of Tree Frog while in Quepos, Costa Rica on a safari. Four students, along with Marco Zollinger, Spanish Teacher, spent nine days in Costa Rica over Spring Break.

WLHS Students from the Costa Rica Spring trip return

April 10, 2015

Señor Zollinger, WLHS Spanish teacher, and four WLHS students returned at 2am, March 30 from a trip in Costa Rica over spring break. Lasting nine days, their trip included touring many major cities and...

Oregon suffers an economic spike in the Northwest due to recent Californian coastal oil refinery problems and cutbacks.

Oregon gas prices climb as spring break approaches

March 20, 2015

In the past month Oregon’s average gas prices have climbed more than 70 cents making it the 6th most expensive in the United States after Washington. Tuesday, March 3, the gas prices for regular unleaded...

West Linn’s current mayor, John Kovash, is set to retire at the end of February. Accomplishments as mayor include the completion of a new police station, the updating of the city’s infrastructure and the stability of West Linn’s government.

West Linn’s mayor resigns unexpectedly

March 2, 2015

West Linn’s current mayor, John Kovash, announced his resignation Monday, Feb. 9, after a city council meeting. He said that he and his wife, Merle, decided last year that they would move into a retirement...

“This ‘Bloodgood Japanese Maple’ tree was planted in loving memory of West Linn’s red headed ‘angel in the outfield’, Maddie Higgins.” Higgins (#5) was a two-time Oregon all-state softball player at West Linn High School who lost her life in a car accident on June 9, 2014 when she was 17.

Maddi Higgins honored at Sunday memorial

February 11, 2015

Dozens of friends and family joined outside the WLHS varsity softball field to celebrate the life of Maddi Higgins, who passed away due to injuries sustained in a car wreck, last Sunday on a rainy morning...

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