Jitneys, Uber and deja vu

Jitneys, Uber and deja vu

Today's cab wars nothing new: Look what happened a century ago First of two parts As Uber tries...

Zoo's elephant Rama euthanized

Zoo's elephant Rama euthanized

The Oregon Zoo’s 31-year-old Asian elephant Rama was euthanized Monday after animal-care...

Robotics teams headed to national competition

Robotics teams headed to national competition

Six Portland-area robotics teams are on their way to the national championships in St. Louis...

A church divided

A church divided

Yankton Community Fellowship wants to tear down its old building; a neighbor wants to...

Closing the circle

Closing the circle

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March 31, 2015

House vote moves school funding plan closer to approval

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
SALEM — No new arguments were advanced during a two-hour debate — and no minds were changed — as the Oregon House voted along party lines Tuesday for a $7.3 billion state school fund for the…
March 31, 2015

Profiling ban is up for hearing

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Emerging bill may narrow differences between police, minority groups in controversy. Public debates about profiling — a practice by police of using race or other broad characteristics to stop…
March 31, 2015

Knight Challenge may cure biotech ills

by Joseph Gallivan
Genentech to add 100 more jobs at cancer drug facility Cancer drug company Genentech’s expansion in Hillsboro should be a boost for Portland’s biotech sector, which has seemed to be on life…
March 31, 2015

With Democrats in majority, environmental lobby hits hard

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
Salem lawmakers throw their weight behind key issues Environmental lobbyists are on a roll this year in Oregon. They notched a big win early in the session when lawmakers passed legislation to…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Bicycle riders and commuters on North Williams Avenue are using about 320 miles of city bike lanes. The police bureau has set up a task force to combat the growing problem of bicycle theft in the Rose City.
March 31, 2015

Police task force tackles 'alarming rise' of bicycle theft

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland police have set up a Bicycle Theft Task Force to combat what they say is a growing problem in the bike-friendly city. The police bureau and bicycle advocates announced formation of the…
March 31, 2015

Burglary suspects on run from police crash in SE Portland

by Pamplin Media Group
An early morning police chase through Southeast Portland Tuesday affected downtown traffic when the suspects crashed their truck near the east end of the Burnside Bridge. East Precinct officers…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Danielle Tudor (left) and Brenda Tracy are speaking out to raise awareness about the rape statute of limitations this month.
March 31, 2015

House may extend rape statute of limitations

by Jennifer Anderson
Bills would lengthen prosecution time from six years to 20 An Oregon House of Representatives committee this month may consider two bills to extend the statute of limitations on rape from six to…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Dragon boats' eyes are 'opened' by painting during a Saturday morning ceremony, March 28.
March 31, 2015

Dragon boat awakening

by Vance Tong
Sunny skies and warm temperatures blessed the crowds of onlookers who attended the traditional awakening of the dragon boats ceremony on Saturday. Led by Buddhists from Hui Lin Temple in West…
March 31, 2015

Region's first bus rapid transit line moves forward

by Jim Redden
Service will connect Portland, Gresham; could start in 2020 Only a few decisions remain to be made about the exact route of the region’s first bus rapid transit line being proposed between…
March 30, 2015

Audit unearths state IT failures, shortcomings

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon has taken steps during the past year to prevent major information technology project failures such as Cover Oregon, but the effort remains understaffed and incomplete, according…
March 30, 2015

Hales bans city-paid travel to Indiana to protest new law

by Jim Redden
Mayor Charlie Hales announced Monday that he is banning the use of city funds to pay for travel to Indiana to protest passage of a state law there being denounced as allowing discrimination…
April 02, 2015

Robert Gray and Lent schools earn state wellness award

by Shasta Kearns Moore
The schools get $2,500 for healthy eating and playing programs Two Portland schools have received a statewide award for their programs promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity. Robert…
March 30, 2015

Rescue mission birthday party needs cards, donations

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland Rescue Mission wants you to help the region’s homeless people celebrate their birthdays. The mission’s Burnside shelter will host a birthday party of hundreds of Portland-area people in…
March 30, 2015

Armed man surrenders after standoff outside Lloyd Center

by Pamplin Media Group
Police took a 33-year-old man into custody Monday night after a nearly two-hour standoff outside Lloyd Center. Police said the man surrendered after 9:30 p.m. March 30 to North Precinct officers…
COURTESY TRIMET - One of the new TriMet buses that entered service on March 24.
March 30, 2015

Five new TriMet buses on the road

by Jim Redden
Five new TriMet buses went into service last week, replacing five of the oldest buses in the fleet. The were acquired as part of the accelerated bus replacement program approved by the regional…
PHOTO CREDIT: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Pedestrians walk by a two-acre property at 2095 S.W. River Parkway, where the city plans to build at least 200 affordable housing unit. The City Council will consider an ordiance to buy one more acre for affordable housing in the area on Wednesday.
March 29, 2015

More affordable housing on City Council agenda

by Jim Redden
More affordable housing will be built in the city-subsidized neighborhood known as North Macadam if the City Council approves an ordinance it is scheduled to consider Wednesday. The ordinance,…
March 29, 2015

Outer Powell panel to discuss project updates, plans

by Pamplin Media Group
The Outer Powell Boulevard Transportation Safety Project’s Decision Committee meets Tuesday, March 31, to discuss updated information about the work. The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the…
PHOTO FROM CLACKAMAS FIRE DISTRICT #1 - This vacant house in the 4500 block of S.E. Harrison in Milwaukie caught fire twice in 24 hours.
March 29, 2015

Two fires in 24 hours at vacant Milwaukie house

by Jim Redden
Fire has broken out at an unoccupied house in Milwaukie twice in 24 hours. No one was injured either time. The single level residence is located in the 4500 block of S.E. Harrison. Firefighters…
March 29, 2015

Small debris fire extinguished at apartment

by Jim Redden
Portland Fire & Rescue extinguished a small debris fire at a Northeast Portland apartment Saturday evening. No one was injured in the blaze. According to PF&R, crews responded to a report of the…
March 29, 2015

Teenager stabbed at New Columbia Apartments in North Portland

by Jim Redden
Police are investigating a Saturday evening stabbing that hospitalized a teenage boy in North Portland as gang related. The name of the victim was not released. His injuries are described as…
MILTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - William Palmer Heyser
March 28, 2015

Man dies in shooting outside NE Portland home

by Pamplin Media Group
A man died early Saturday morning from a gunshot wound at a house in Northeast Portland. Officers report the deceased as 46-year-old Arthur James Palmer III. North Precinct officers were called…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The Rose Festival Foundation will host a special foster family day at Cityfair this year to help its 2015 charity, Boys & Girls Aid.
March 28, 2015

Rose Festival Foundation taps Boys & Girls Aid as event's charity

by Pamplin Media Group
The Portland Rose Festival Foundation has selected Boys & Girls Aid as its official charity for 2015. “It means so much to see an organization with a history as rich as the Portland Rose…
March 28, 2015

'Dear Stranger' wants letters from you

by Pamplin Media Group
If you’ve ever had the urge to write a personal letter to a stranger, now’s your chance. Oregon Humanities wants people to write letters in April to someone they’ve never met as part of "Dear…
March 27, 2015

PPS board to decide Title 9 complaint over basketball scheduling

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Complaint argues girls and boys should have equal access to a later time slot Portland Public Schools board will decide whether or not to hold a hearing on a Title IX complaint from a Wilson…
CITY OF OC - Wuest
March 27, 2015

Commissioner Daphne Wuest resigns from Oregon City Commission

by Raymond Rendleman
Oregon City Commissioner Daphne Wuest turned in her resignation letter this Friday, to be effective Thursday, April 16. Wuest cited, “The growing demands of a recently purchased business in…

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Mar 27, 2015

SE Portland explosion injures man

by Pamplin Media Group
A man was injured Friday afternoon in an explosion that damaged a Southeast Portland home. Portland Fire and Rescue crews said they were called to the neighborhood at about 5:15 p.m. March 27,…
Mar 27, 2015

TriMet: New MAX line millions under budget

by Jim Redden
TriMet says the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Line scheduled to open on Sept. 12 will come in millions of dollars under budget. Although the exact savings won't be known until 2019, the regional…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The Grant pool mechanical system is one of the projects that Portland Parks and Recreation's bond will fund.
Mar 27, 2015

City ready to roll out parks bond cash, projects

by Jennifer Anderson
A baker's dozen of items set for first phase Portland Parks & Recreation is ready to get rolling with its $68 million in voter-approved bond funds. The Portland City Council will consider an…
COURTESY OF WILLAMETTE WEEK - Eat Mobile tickets go on sale April 2; tickets are $40 and will be capped at 400 guests.
Mar 27, 2015

Food cart fest heads to Southeast Division

by Jennifer Anderson
Tickets on sale April 2 for 8th annual Eat Mobile For the past several years, thousands of ticket-holders to Eat Mobile packed into the OMSI parking lot to gobble samples of smoothies and…
COURTESY OF PBOT - New parking signs are being installed this week in Northwest Portland, marking an expanded Zone M parking area.
Mar 27, 2015

NW Portland's Zone M parking district expands

by Pamplin Media Group
The first phase of the Northwest Portland Parking Plan took effect this week as city Bureau of Transportation crews begin installing Zone M signs to mark an expanded parking permit area. The new…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Experts worry that some pesticides could harm pollinators, like honey bees, that are vital to Oregon's crops. Several bills in the Legislature take aim at pesticides and their use.
Mar 27, 2015

Experts urge caution on state pesticide legislation

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — A pesticide expert has warned Oregon lawmakers that legislation proposing to ban neonicotinoids could prompt a return to more toxic chemicals among farmers. Neonicotinoid pesticides were…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - OLCC begins searching for a new marijuana program director after Tom Burns was ousted from his position on Thursday, March 26.
Mar 27, 2015

OLCC ousts marijuana director Burns for sharing document

by Joseph Gallivan
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has fired its marijuana policy adviser for lying. Tom Burns was let go Thursday, March 26, just three month after he was hired. He was accused of sharing an…
Mar 27, 2015

City grants boost NE neighborhood projects

by Pamplin Media Group
Six Northeast Portland community projects received grants this week through the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. The grants, approved March 17 by the coalition’s board, provide $2,000 for…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Northwest Demolition and Dismantling of Tigard will work with the Portland Development Commission on a partial demolition project at the 105-year-old Centennial Mills site in Northwest Portland.
Mar 27, 2015

Tigard firm will demolish part of Centennial Mills site

by Pamplin Media Group
The Portland Development Commission has chosen Northwest Demolition & Dismantling of Tigard as the construction manager/general contractor for demolition and salvage work at Centennial Mills…
COURTESY OF NIKE - Nike's 'Jumpman' logo is one of the Washington County athletic apparel giant's most recognized brands.
Mar 26, 2015

Nike, photographer seek 'Jumpman' photo trial in 2016

by Kevin L. Harden
Famous image part of Nike's global logo for three decades A New York photographer who claims Nike violated his copyright for its Jumpman logo of a young Michael Jordan dunking a basketball could…
Mar 26, 2015

School fund cleared for legislative votes

by Peter Wong
Budget panel splits along party lines, likely foreshadowing outcome in House, Senate. A party-line decision Thursday advanced a $7.255 billion state school fund for the next two years to a vote…
Mar 26, 2015

Senate panel sends paid sick leave bill to budget committee

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
A requirement for businesses to provide paid sick leave for workers has advanced a step in the Oregon Legislature. The Senate Workforce Committee, with three Democrats for and two Republicans…
Mar 26, 2015

State survey: job vacancies increased in 2014

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon’s employers needed to fill about 45,000 jobs last year, most with wages starting at around $15 an hour, according to the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey. That was a 40…
Mar 26, 2015

Librarians gather in Portland to talk tech, education

by Pamplin Media Group
If it seems quieter around the Oregon Convention Center this week, it’s because there’s a whole lot of librarians in town. The Association of College and Research Libraries is hosting its 2015…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown says she will seek independent help to probe a state data breach.
Mar 26, 2015

Brown seeks outside help to probe state data breach

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday she will hire an independent expert to review management practices and vulnerabilities at the state data center, after hackers gained access to information…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: SHASTA KEARNS MOORE - Amy Carlsen Kohnstamm argues the Portland Public Schools board needs new energy. She is challenging Director Bobbie Regan, the only incumbent to run in the May 19 election.
Mar 26, 2015

Regan challenger says PPS board needs fresh blood

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Amy Kohnstamm says schools need better, faster results A mover-and-shaker in Portland’s education funding scene for more than a decade says it’s time for Portland Public Schools board member…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jace Hentges, master butcher for Portland meat distributor Nicky USA, shows students how to take apart a pig during a Portland Kitchen workshop earlier this month.
Mar 26, 2015

Nonprofit stews up meaty enterprise

by Jennifer Anderson
Portland Kitchen, Nicky USA teach kids about food systems, nutrition A group of students from Madison, Grant and Parkrose high schools gathered around half a hog on a table after school one…
CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Michael G. Dick
Mar 26, 2015

Gresham sex offender arrested for public indecency in Boring,…

by Jodi Weinberger
Michael G. Dick, of Gresham, faces three felony charges Gresham resident Michael Gordon Dick, a registered sex offender, was arrested on Wednesday, March 25, on accusations of public indecency…
PHOTO COURTESY MIKE SCHOENHOLTZ - Bobbie Regan, a school board member since 2003, is running for her fourth four-year term. Regan says her priorities are improving the graduation rate, funneling money into the classrooms, holding the superintendent accountable, and remodeling schools.
Mar 26, 2015

Incumbent Bobbie Regan seeks fourth schools term

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Victory would make Regan longest-serving woman on PPS board When Bobbie Regan demanded to go to public school in eighth grade, a Catholic nun at her upstate New York private school sat her down…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Growth is fueling new housing in the Bethany area of Washington County and other locations near the  edges of the urban growth boundary administered by Metro.
Mar 26, 2015

Is state population growth good or bad? Residents are divided

by Jim Redden
Majority in tricounty area favor limiting influx into Oregon Oregonians are deeply divided over whether population growth is good or bad — especially in the Portland area. According to a new…
COURTESY: SCOTT CARPENTER - The Audubon Society of Portland intends to sue the Army Corps of Engineers over their plan to kill 11,000 double-crested cormorants.
Mar 26, 2015

Audubon to file suit over bird 'slaughter'

by Jennifer Anderson
Management plan shoots cormorants to save Columbia salmon The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a plan to kill 11,000 double-breasted cormorants that live on East Sand Island in the…
Mar 26, 2015

Majority Democrats haven't settled on minimum wage bill

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Increase could have political repercussions in future elections Public hearings have yet to be set on bills to raise Oregon’s minimum wage, or to lift the state ban on local governments setting…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - State and federal officials are planning to meet to discuss the damaging effects that burning fossil fuels has on the acidification of the oceans and its impact on shellfish.
Mar 26, 2015

Cylvia Hayes is gone, but ocean acidification project lives on

by Hillary Borrud
With shellfish at risk, region seeks more funding for research Cylvia Hayes is no longer first lady, but many of the policies she pushed remain intact as top state priorities, including work on…
Mar 26, 2015

City's 'Ban the Box' proposal hits snags after hearing

by Jim Redden
Mayor Charlie Hales is appointing an ad hoc work group to address questions raised during the first public hearing on his "Ban the Box" proposal. Hales wants the City Council to prohibit…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A new light-rail train will be used on the Portland-to-Milwaukie Orange Line when it opens in September. TriMet says construction of the new rail line is 'substantially complete.'
Mar 26, 2015

TriMet's Orange Line to Milwaukie 'substantially complete'

by Raymond Rendleman
TriMet announced this week that the Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail project is substantially complete, meaning only intermittent, short-term construction activities will continue through the…