The Oregonian had a nice story today on neighborhood mediation services, “Neighbor got your goat? Time to call in a mediator.” They link to Resolutions Northwest for more information. Some Oregon cities, e.g. Hillsboro and Beaverton, have local mediation services in place and in Portland, some neighborhood associations can also help out or refer to professionals. These are terrific places to begin to resolve disputes – save the courthouse for later if necessary.