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With fall officially underway; it’s time to start preparing your home for the long rainy season that is set to return. The first place to start with your preparations is your gutters. Fall means more debris making its way into your gutters, which means it’s important that your gutters are in peak working condition keeping water flowing without restriction.

To start, examine your gutters for signs of damage, including: Cracking, internal and external rusting, sagging, detachment, damage to your home’s siding, pooled water, and leaks inside of your home. It’s much better to deal with any problems your gutters may have during the fall, before the harsher winter weather takes over and they become impossible to repair; if you spot any issues with your gutters or any other part of your roof, call Pacific West Roofing at (503) 635-8706 for a free estimate.

Another obvious step you can take is to clean out your gutters. Debris-clogged downspouts can cause water to dam and pool up inside the gutters, potentially leading to overflow water damage and rotted rafter tails. Ensure that you are regularly checking and cleaning debris out of your gutters to prevent clogs; if you are dealing with clogged gutters all the time, the actual gutter may have an issue that is causing the clog. You can also make your life easier by installing Gutter Stuff, which we install, preventing the collection of debris in the first place by displacing debris and allowing water to flow unrestricted.

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THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhilipsLast year, nearly 90,000 charges alleging workplace discrimination were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In many of these cases, the individual is an at-will employee who can be fired at any time for just about any reason—even if the reason is a poor one.

In certain situations, however, wrongful termination can be shown, and a wrongful termination attorney should be retained to protect your rights. Generally speaking, a termination must fit into one of three categories to be considered wrongful: Termination based on 1.) protected class; 2.) protected actions; or 3.) breach of contract.

Oregon and federal law have created certain classes protected from discrimination, including race, national origin, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, and a host of others. Suspicion and belief alone are not enough to prove a case; an employee must establish a causal link between being part of a protected class and their termination. This requires witnesses, documents, and other evidence that an attorney can help you gather.

Certain conduct is also protected by law, including reporting illegal employer conduct (whistleblowing), or exercising a legal right like voting. Additionally, if your termination violated an employment contract term, you may also have grounds to assert a wrongful termination claim against a former employer.

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ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE - Adam EastWith fantastic artists and a wide range of styles, it’s time to take a musical trip around the world at the Alberta Rose in the coming weeks.

September 22nd @ 8 p.m. - Like a modern-day Woody Guthrie, Grammy-nominated Eliza Gilkyson brings her poetic and politically-charged folk to the Alberta Rose stage.

September 23rd @ 9 p.m. - Rock Steady is a style of Jamaican music that bridges the gap between ska and reggae.  Winston Jarrett is a legend of the 60's and 70's who pioneered the Rock Steady style. Headlining The Rock Steady Revue, he will be backed by my favorite band in the world, Bellingham's Yogoman. Also appearing is Portland-based Buddy Jay's Jamaican Jazz Band.

September 24th @ 8 p.m. - From the steppes of Central Asia comes the finest Tuvan throat-singing group, Huun Huur Tu.  Using amazing techniques, one singer produces multiple notes simultaneously, creating a mesmerizing effect. This very special show is not to be missed.

September 30th @ 9 p.m. - Blackstar Rising 2 is a David Bowie tribute wherein three classic Bowie albums (The Man Who Sold the World, Ziggy Stardust, Blackstar) will be performed in their entirety by a band of Portland all-star musicians.

October 9th @ 8 p.m. - World-renowned flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra return to the Alberta Rose, bringing a new-found connection between flamenco and reggae. Their new album features songs by Liebert and the late, great Bob Marley.

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NORTHWEST WOMEN'S CLINIC - Dr. Saramati KrishnaThinking about getting pregnant? Get a jumpstart on prenatal care with these five health tips.

Vitamin supplements. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of most people. However, there are some nutrients that are too essential to leave to diet alone. A daily prenatal multivitamin can provide adequate folic acid and other vitamins to someone considering pregnancy. The ideal time to start taking one is before conception.

Exercise. Regular exercise improves strength and endurance as well as emotional and physical well-being. While some modifications may be necessary to accommodate the changing pregnant body, regular exercise reduces your risk of developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and cesarean section rates.

Lose weight. Excessive weight gain can lead to an increased risk for insulin resistance. This means that even modest increases in our body mass can lead to diabetes or prediabetes. Undiagnosed diabetes also increases the risk of fetal malformations.

Dental checkup. Did you know that there is a link between gum disease and pregnancy complications such as premature labor, preeclampsia and low birth weight? You can reduce these risks by scheduling a professional dental cleaning and exam.

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ELMER'S FLAG & BANNER, KITES TOO! - David AnchelWinter weather is tough on everything: people, cars, homes, and your outdoor flag display. The winter elements bring everything from high winds to rain, sleet, and snow, testing your flag and flagpole in a variety of ways.

But don’t let the weather deter you from showing your pride all year long! Follow these simple steps and your flag and flagpole have an excellent chance to survive the upcoming colder, wetter weather:

  • Select the right flag – Standard nylon is no match for winter, but a double ply polyester flag is designed to withstand this abuse. If you normally fly a standard 5 x 8 ft. flag, try flying a flag one size smaller; smaller flags have less surface area for snow and wind to attack. Check on your flags regularly, and consider rotating two different flags to extend their display lives.

  • Examine your flagpole – All flag pole parts eventually break down against the outdoor elements. Before the weather turns really nasty, you should thoroughly examine your flagpole, and replace parts if necessary. Check for broken clamps and damage to the truck, pulley, and snap hooks, and examine your halyard for fraying.

  • Over 35? Take it down to keep it alive – While flags can withstand an enormous amount of stress, there is always a limit. When the winds reach 35+ miles per hour, it’s time to take your flag down. No matter the size or material of your flag, taking this precaution can extend your flag’s life immensely.

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    LIVING RIGHT SENIOR PLACEMENT - Jennifer Cook-BumanFor outgoing retirees, meeting new friends is an exciting aspect of moving into senior housing. Yet others may feel anxious or nervous about developing a new social network. Fortunately, senior housing provides many opportunities to make friends who share similar interests.

    One of the best ways to meet new people is to frequent common areas. You won’t meet anyone new if you never leave your living space, so walk around your community, sit at new tables for dinner, and approach others to strike up conversations. Don’t assume that others will come to you; instead, place the onus on yourself to approach others and introduce yourself.

    Another great method of making new friends is by signing up for activities. Senior housing tends to offer a wide variety of activities that give retirees a chance to meet and spend time with new people. By sharing in an activity, you and your neighbors become acquainted, and can discover common interests and experiences.

    So step out of your comfort zone by taking a craft class you’ve never considered before. Join an exercise group that will really push you. Follow a passion like golf or art, and participate in your chosen activity regularly; you will have repeated contact with the same people, with familiarity breeding friendship.

    For help selecting the right senior housing for you or your loved one, contact Jennifer Cook-Buman and Living Right Senior Placement today at (503) 780-7353.

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    PARR CABINET DESIGN CENTER - Fabio TestaAre you ready to replace your tile or laminate countertops? In the current remodeling and new construction market, quartz is by far the most popular surface trending across the country. Quartz is a man-made material that is created with roughly 95 percent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resins, which results in a natural stone look.

    When compared to granite, quartz is much stronger, scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and there is no safer stone surface for food preparation. Quartz is also extremely easy to clean; just add some warm water and soap and you are good to go. One the best features of quartz is that it never needs to be sealed like granite. When it comes to design options, Cambria quartz offers eight striking collections with more than 120 unique designs. Combining Cambria quartz with a tile backsplash gives homeowners almost unlimited possibilities to fit their personal style and budget.

    Most quartz products are offered with warranties, and since quartz is man-made, the color and pattern possibilities are endless, including assortments that are just about indistinguishable from granite or marble. This makes quartz a perfect solution for kitchens and baths as well as for shower surrounds, fireplace surrounds and even flooring in certain applications.

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    THE PORTLAND CLINIC - Ehud Zusman, MDSecond only to skin cancer, prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. Symptoms of early prostate cancer include difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, dribbling of urine, and frequent urination, among others. Early symptoms can be similar to symptoms of benign conditions, such as an enlarged prostate.

    Risk factors for prostate cancer include age, ethnicity, family history, genetics and geography; older men are at an elevated risk for more aggressive forms of prostate cancer. African American and Caribbean men also have a higher risk of having aggressive prostate cancer, and should be screened starting at age 40.

    Screening for prostate cancer is recommended by the American Urological Association for all men ages 54 to 69. Men interested in screening should discuss the risks and benefits of prostate cancer screening with their doctor. Advancements over the last few years have resulted in better diagnostic tools as well as better treatment options for men with both localized and advanced prostate cancer. Screening is done by a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam.

    Men diagnosed with early prostate cancer can be managed by active surveillance. In more advanced cases, prostate removal surgery, external radiation and seed implantation (an internal radiation therapy) may be required. Most men can return to normal life a few months after treatment with a good quality of life.

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    CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonOK, envision this. Why? Since we can’t include the actual image of our Free 2016 Duck & Beaver magnet schedule for fans in this column, we’ll guide you to seeing it.

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    If you’re a fan or someone who follows either team, you can decide if you want to swing by our store and get your free complimentary 2016 season schedule after seeing it.

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    PACIFIC WEST ROOFING - Brian JarvisPACIFIC WEST ROOFING - Stan RobinsonWhen it comes to roof repairs or a full roof replacement, many homeowners aren’t sure what they should expect to pay. Read on to learn about the main factors most contractors consider when estimating a new project’s cost.

    Repair or Replace?: If your roof is more than 15 years old, is leaking in multiple places, or has already gone through several repairs, it’s probably time for a replacement. Replacing your roof is a valuable investment that will add value to your home, and newer roofing materials can help you better control your indoor air temperature, saving you on your heating and cooling bills by using reflective ceramic granules. Check with DOE of Oregon or Energy Trust of Oregon for more information.

    Style and Health: Your roof’s style and health determine a lot when it comes to price. Whether your roof is flat or flopped, has multiple levels, is hipped or gabled, or is suffering from moisture and/or mold damage will determine the scope and scale of your project.

    Type of Material: Asphalt shingles are the most common and least expensive roofing material available. Tile roofing is an option, but its weight, functionality and expense mean it is seldom used in Oregon. Beautiful cedar shingles and shakes are another option, and a long-lasting metal roof is a low maintenance, energy efficient option.

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    NORTHWEST WOMEN'S CLINIC - Dr. Kelley BurkettThe Zika virus is well-documented by now, thanks in part to the Rio Olympics. But while the Games may be over, the threat from this virus continues to grow. 

    While the two types of mosquitoes known to carry Zika are not found in Oregon, they are found in the U.S., and the virus' ability to spread through sexual contact makes the infection a potential problem anywhere, including here in the Pacific Northwest.

    Since there is no cure for Zika and its potential effects to the fetus are devastating, prevention is key. Current CDC recommendations are for pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant to avoid travel entirely to areas with Zika outbreaks, including Puerto Rico and parts of Florida. If you must travel, avoid bites by using DEET, covering exposed skin, treating clothes with permethrin, and staying in air conditioned and screened areas. DEET is safe to use while pregnant.

    If you are still potentially exposed through mosquitoes or sexual activity, including unprotected sex with an infected partner, recommendations are for women to wait 8 weeks before conceiving. Exposed men with symptoms are advised to use condoms for a full 6 months before conceiving. 

    For Oregonians, Zika is a very real threat as a sexually-transmitted infection. Condom use or abstinence greatly decreases the chance of transmission and a test does exist to confirm infection. Should you have any questions or doubts, please see your doctor. Keep updated by checking and

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    KUHNHAUSEN'S FURNITURE SHOWCASE - Neal KuhnhausenIf you’re looking to tie a room together with some finishing touches, figuring out just what your room needs can be the hardest part. Often times, décor items such as beautiful accessories or art work can provide the final brushstrokes for a masterpiece of a room. Sometimes what a room really needs, however, is another piece of furniture to tie everything together.

    For kitchen and dining areas a Buffet brings great style to any space without overpowering the main pieces of a kitchen space. Perfect for storing dinnerware and table linens, a buffet can also display photos, candles, vases, and other unique items, making buffets a versatile piece that can serve multiple functions.

    If you are looking to bring a little more sophistication to your bedroom or office space, Bookcases are a wonderful addition. Available in a variety of styles and finishes from Whittier Wood, Mystique and Hooker Furniture, bookcases help to tidy up your living spaces, displaying everything from books to ornaments to CD’s and movies.

    Sometimes, when things seem just a bit off, all you really need is a great Accent Chair. Perfect for corners (with a new lamp!), near fireplaces, or adjacent to larger furniture pieces such as sofas, accent chairs contribute a flair of style while bringing a room full circle.

    Whether you’re looking for a casual piece of furniture or something a little more upscale, come browse the wide selection of furniture available at Kuhnhausen’s today; we’ve got just what you need!

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    COURTESY PHOTO: TACEY SMITH - Four large signs, posted in highly visible spots at Hagg Lakes Sain Creek Picnic Area and Boat Ramp C, give this clear warning - at least to English speakers - of the deadly drop-offs hidden under the water. Two of them also offer free loaner life jackets.
    Sep 26, 2016

    Signs warn swimmers about Hagg Lake's deadly drop-offs

    by Jill Rehkopf Smith
    Washington County officials have added clearer warning signs to both the Sain Creek Picnic Area and Boat Ramp C at Hagg Lake. The four signs state “WARNING” and “Sudden drop offs” with a clear…
    SUBMITTED PHOTO - Cadence, left, and Jaxson Moore were born prematurely, at just under 24 weeks into the pregnancy. Against the medical recommendation, the twins' parents chose to resuscitate the babies when complications arose.
    Sep 26, 2016

    Newberg's miracle twins celebrate first birthday

    by Colin Staub
    Newberg parents Jourdan and Matt Moore, 32 and 33, will celebrate their twins’ first birthday this month, a momentous occasion for any young family. But it’s a particularly special milestone in…
    Sep 26, 2016

    Troubled by past woes, DOGAMI 'financially strong'

    by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
    CORVALLIS — Two separate ongoing audits of the state’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries have not yielded any significant concerns, according to the department’s chief financial…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Children line Main Avenue in downtown Gresham to watch the 2016 Gresham Teddy Bear parade Saturday.
    Sep 25, 2016

    IN PHOTOS: Teddy bears fill downtown Gresham

    by Pamplin Media Group
    The 2016 Gresham Teddy Bear Parade was held Saturday, Sept. 24, in downtown Gresham. Hundreds of people lined city streets to watch the popular event, which features, naturally, a plethora of…
    COURTESY OF THE BEND BULLETIN - Gov. Kate Brown and GOP challenger Bud Pierce at Saturday's gubernatorial debate in Bend.
    Sep 25, 2016

    Brown, Pierce clash on rural issues in first debate

    by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
    BEND — In their first public sparring, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. William “Bud” Pierce went head to head on three topics: the economy, land use and the…
    COURTESY PHOTO: CCC - Central City Concern's Executive Director Ed Blackburn joined Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and City Commissioner Nick Fish Friday morning to announce the $21.5 million investment in three housing projects across the city.
    Sep 23, 2016

    Health care groups pledge $21.5 million for housing, homeless…

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Six Portland-area health care groups will invest $21.5 million in a partnership with Central City Concern to build three new affordable housing projects totaling 382 new units in the city.…
    HERMISTON SCHOOL DISTRICT - The Emergency Board Friday approved $5 million to help school districts pay for lead testing in water.
    Sep 27, 2016

    Emergency Board OKs $5 million for school lead tests

    by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
    SALEM — The Oregon Emergency Board on Friday approved $5 million to help pay for the cost of testing for lead in school drinking water. The action sets up a fund at the Oregon Department of…
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY - Passengers pass through security at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. An Oregon legislator is proposing a bill that would allow Oregonians to upgrade their driver's license to meet federal security standards and allow them to be used to board airplanes.
    Sep 23, 2016

    Legislator proposes voluntary 'REAL ID' option

    by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
    SALEM — A proposal by an Oregon lawmaker would give Oregonians a voluntary path to upgrading their driver’s license to national standards. Oregonians could be barred from boarding commercial…
    PHOTO COURTESY OF MAX LEE KWAI - South Burlingame neighbors cleared brush around nearby overpasses to make the areas less attractive to homeless campers.
    Sep 23, 2016

    South Burlingame stands up to crime wave

    by Kelsey O'Halloran
    Some neighbors believed burglaries were connected to nearby homeless camps For better or for worse, Max Lee Kwai and his neighbors decided they were on their own. It was late August, and…
    PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - Homeless campers haul their belongings along the Springwater Corridor Trail Sept. 1 as the city of Portland began a wide-ranging cleanup of camps along portions of the trail.
    Sep 23, 2016

    VIDEO: Springwater Corridor Trail cleanup proceeds

    by Pamplin Media Group
    The city of Portland began a wide-ranging cleanup of homeless encampments along the Springwater Corridor Trail on Sept. 1. The popular hiking and biking trail has seen hundreds of homeless…
    PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener will share his experiences at the Sherwood Center for the Arts on Sept. 24.
    Sep 23, 2016

    Holocaust survivor finds medicine in everyday beauty

    by Ravleen Kaur
    Late this summer, Alter Wiener took a moment to peer through his apartment window at a row of trees specked with red. “Look out there ... how beautiful it is,” said Wiener. Recalling a time in…
    TIDINGS FILE PHOTO - The Willamette Falls Locks closed in 2011, and a task force has been working all year to facilitate a potential reopening down the road.
    Sep 23, 2016

    As year winds down, locks task force plots way forward

    by Patrick Malee
    When the Willamette Falls Locks Task Force met for the first time in January 2016, representatives from a variety of state and local bodies generally agreed that the task force should work…
    PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JAIME VALDEZ - American Freedom Train Foundation founder Ross Rowland, engineer Al Phillips, locomotive expert Doyle McCormick and mechanic Wes Camp stand in front of the Southern Pacific 4449 on the tracks near Oaks Park.
    Sep 22, 2016

    American Freedom Train reunion on the rails

    by Jim Redden
    UPDATE: Video added Forty years ago, Portland’s city-owned steam locomotive toured the country during the United States’ bicentennial celebration. Millions of people saw the Southern Pacific…
    OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Open School East Principal Matt Ross chats with students in the light-filled atrium space where the entire school can gather for meetings, lectures or rallies.
    Sep 22, 2016

    New Open School East designed for college preparation

    by Teresa Carson
    Open School East, an alternative school in Gresham, just welcomed the first students into a shiny new building on a community campus that will also include a new Boys & Girls Club. A…
    COURTESY PHOTO: ROSEBURG NEWS-REVIEW - Douglas County and Roseburg law enforcement officers searched buildings on the Umpqua Community College campus after the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting that killed nine people, including the gunman. A state work group has recommended ways to improve safety on college campuses across the state.
    Sep 22, 2016

    Brown says campus safety important 'regardless of financial…

    by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
    SALEM — A work group formed in the wake of last fall's shooting at Umpqua Community College has recommended the state certification of campus security officers, creating a state council on…
    COURTESY PHOTO: AMELIA TEMPLETON/OPB - A watchtower at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Andy Dunbar, a rancher who lives adjacent to the refuge, explained his view of the occupation in court.
    Sep 22, 2016

    Refuge trial: Rancher describes his view of the Malheur…

    by Conrad Wilson, Bryan M. Vance and Bradley W. Parks/OPB
    Harney County rancher Andy Dunbar had perhaps one of the best views of the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. He lives right next to it. “They’re my closest neighbor,”…
    Sep 22, 2016

    Legislators weigh PERS options, but reach no consensus

    by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
    SALEM — A bipartisan work group aimed at reforming the state’s Public Employee Retirement System started taking input on the issue Wednesday afternoon, but reached no consensus. The system faces…
    EO MEDIA GROUP - A container ship is loaded at the Port of Portland in this Capital Press file photo. Ocean carrier service at the 'Terminal 6' facility has since stopped. The Port of Portland's ocean container terminal faces broader problems than a labor dispute that effectively discontinued shipping at the facility last year, according to a port official.
    Sep 22, 2016

    Portland container shipping faces broad challenges

    by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
    SALEM — Labor disputes are often blamed for discontinued ocean container shipping at Port of Portland’s “Terminal 6,” but the facility faces broader problems, a port executive said. Even if…
    TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Tigardville Apartments resident Chris Mckenzie has been fighting the mass termination of tenants' leases at the complex.
    Sep 22, 2016

    Low-rent apartments in Tigard kicking residents out

    by Mark Miller
    Lease prices more than doubling at former Walnut Tree Apartments, now 'Tigardville.' Chris and Tanya Mckenzie are paying $625 per month for their two-bedroom apartment off Southwest Greenburg…
    EO MEDIA GROUP - A New York company will conduct a review of the Oregon Department of Transportation.
    Sep 22, 2016

    New York firm gets $1 million contract to review ODOT

    by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
    The state has awarded a nearly $1 million contract to New York-based McKinsey & Company to conduct a long-awaited management review of the Oregon Department of Transportation before lawmakers…
    PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - Edmund and Pamela Sullivan of Southwest Portland with a photo of their late son, Trevor. For two years they've pursued a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles against the man they claim killed him. The man denies involvement.
    Sep 22, 2016

    Grieving parents ask: How did Trevor Sullivan die?

    by Nick Budnick
    On the day he died, Trevor Sullivan had been excited, according to his parents. One of four children, the 24-year-old Lakeridge High School graduate was on his own in an exciting new world.…
    EO MEDIA GROUP - An irrigation pivot in Eastern Oregon. Legislators will likely look at groundwater pumping issues in the next session in January.
    Sep 22, 2016

    Oregon lawmakers discuss groundwater problems

    by Mateusz Perkoswki/Capital Bureau
    SALEM — Groundwater depletion problems in Oregon discussed during a recent legislative hearing in Salem potentially foreshadow policy proposals during the upcoming 2017 legislative session.…
    Lake Oswego Police issued 24 warnings or citations Thursday during the second school-zone enforcement detail of the year.
    Sep 22, 2016

    Lake Oswego Police can't keep up with school-zone speeders

    by The Review
    There weren't enough officers on hand to stop and cite speeding drivers near Lake Grove Elementary on Thursday So many drivers ignored the posted speed limit near Lake Grove Elementary School on…
    Sep 22, 2016

    Fans of campaign limits push for legal fight

    by Nick Budnick
    Fans of limiting the influence of money in elections want Multnomah County to be the slingshot that knocks out legal rulings that block state and national reforms. A variety of Portland-area…
    Sep 22, 2016

    Sources: Maybe vehicles, not cyclists, need protective gear

    by Jim Redden
    Last week the Portland Tribune reported that the city’s new bike-sharing program, Biketown, already had seen its first head injury. Portland officials say it’s impractical to offer helmets at…