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PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - More homeless people are predicted to be camping in Portland as the city and its partners work to build more affordable housing.
February 16, 2016

City: No general homeless camping testimony at R2DToo hearing

by Jim Redden
The public will not be allowed to testify on Mayor Charlie Hales' new homeless camping policies when the City Council considers relocating the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp on Thursday, Feb. 18. Instead, the public will only be allowed to testify…
February 11, 2016

Sheriff's review shows racial differences in use of force at jail

by Jim Redden
Internal report from sheriff's office also uncovers a trainer who may have violated policies An internal audit requested by Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton has found that employees at the county jails disproportionately use force against…
February 11, 2016

Senate passes three-tier minimum wage

by Paris Achen
The bill would hike wages to $14.75 in the Portland metro area, $12.50 in rural and coastal areas and $13.50 in the rest of the state by 2022. Salem – The Oregon Senate on Thursday passed a controversial bill that sets three regional minimum wage…
COURTESY PHOTO: CAPITAL PRESS - Hemp growing in Oregon's Willamette Valley could be affected by a new bill in the Legislature.
February 11, 2016

Bill would allow hemp growers to use greenhouses, cuttings

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon hemp growers would be free to propagate the crop from cuttings and propagate it from cuttings under a bill that’s headed for a vote in the House. Under current law, hemp can only be seeded directly outdoors in fields at least 2.5…
February 11, 2016

Brown: state will seek reimbursement for Harney County standoff costs

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said that Oregon will focus on helping the community of Burns to recover, after the remaining four occupiers at a nearby national wildlife refuge surrendered to FBI agents on Thursday. Brown said she continues to seek federal…
February 11, 2016

State renewable energy mandate headed for House vote

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — A bill that would double Oregon’s renewable energy mandate and eliminate coal from the state’s power mix is headed to the state House for a floor vote, after lawmakers voted it out of committee on Thursday. “We are going in a really good…
COURTESY KOIN 6 NEWS - Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton
February 11, 2016

Sheriff details settlement talks, responds to county chair

by Jim Redden
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton says a sexual harassment complaint against him has been successfully resolved and that he is looking forward to the results of a related investigation by the Oregon attorney general's office. Staton's comments…
February 11, 2016

Wheeler proposes Renters Bill of Rights because of affordable rental shortage

by Jim Redden
Responding to increasing rents and stagnating wages, Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler proposed a Renters Bill of Rights on Thursday that also promised to increase the supply of affordable housing. “Portlanders face some of the fastest rising…
February 11, 2016

TriMet plans bus service improvements, seeks public comment

by Jim Redden
TriMet is proposing to expand service on eight bus lines as part of a 10-year improvement program funding by the payroll tax increase that took effect on Jan. 1. They and other improvement would take place every September and March. Details of the…
COURTESY: LET'S BUILD CULLY PARK! COALITION - Transformation of Thomas Cully Park has already begun, thanks to the public-private partnership's efforts. Fundraising is still underway for the remaining $3 million needed to fund Phase 1 of the park.
February 11, 2016

Cully Park one step closer to reality

by Jennifer Anderson
For the past four years, neighbors in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood have been raising funds for a park of their dreams. This week they got a little closer, as Portland City Council approved a half-million-dollar grant to help develop the…
CHRIS HARDER
February 11, 2016

Harder tapped to lead Business Oregon

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday the selection of a new director for the state’s economic development agency Business Oregon. Chris Harder will begin work as the agency’s acting director on March 22, according to a press release from the…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - GED student Marquez Goldsby works in the lobby of Londer Learning Center last April.
February 11, 2016

Oregon GED students still struggling

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Critics say easier passing score isn't enough of a change Masked in Oregon’s recent celebration of higher graduation rates was the fact that 26 percent of the state’s students did not graduate high school in the regular way last year. That means…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Portland's Al-Farouq Aminu goes up to deter Dwight Howard of Houston close to the basket in the Trail Blazers' victory Wednesday night at Moda Center.
February 11, 2016

Blazers rule, Rockets duel on night of drama at Moda

by Kerry Eggers
The Houston Rockets are going nowhere fast, while the Trail Blazers are trending steadily upward. Those were the primary talking points on a Wednesday night stoked full of drama at Moda Center. There was Damian Lillard celebrating his reconnection…
TRIBUNE PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Krista Foley was a first- and second-grade teacher at Beach Elementary School in North Portland before resigning over what she says is poor management of students with special education needs.
February 11, 2016

Special education reform: opening closed doors

by Shasta Kearns Moore
PPS shifting students to regular classes Krista Foley used to cry every day after school. A special education teacher turned general education teacher, Foley even had a small class size. She seemed primed to offer the blended classroom that has…
February 11, 2016

School Notes: New PSU grad student union; Smarter Balanced predictor; Black Lives Matter…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
School Notes is a collection of education news around Portland. E-mail tips to shasta@portlandtribune.com. PSU grad students form union Portland State University employees have formed a Graduate Employees Union to organize over labor concerns. In a…
February 11, 2016

Sources: Fish has questions about scale of new apartments

by Jim Redden
Some neighborhood activists accuse the City Council of favoring density over livability. But as it turns out, not every member of the council is happy about the proliferation of new apartment buildings in every part of town. During the council’s…
February 10, 2016

Don't buckle up? Prepare to get a ticket in Oregon City

by Raymond Rendleman
Oregon City police sent out an extra reminder to buckle up before driving this week. OCPD — along with several Oregon sheriff's offices, local police departments and Oregon State Police — are participating in a Safety Belt Overtime Campaign Blitz…
Deputies investigate a homicide on Southwest Cedarcrest Street in Metzger.
February 10, 2016

Washington County deputies investigate Metzger homicide

by Geoff Pursinger
Editor's note: Authorities have released the names of the victim and suspect arrested in this case. Click here for more information. Washington County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a homicide in Metzger Wednesday afternoon. According to Sgt.…
February 10, 2016

Ben West runs for U.S. House seat

by Peter Wong
Plaintiff in 2013 same-sex marriage case seeks GOP nod against Schrader. Ben West, a plaintiff in one of the federal lawsuits that overturned Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriages, has announced for the Republican nomination for the 5th District…
PARIS ACHEN - Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, holds up a visual aid he planned to use for House floor debate on a bill that raises the cap on noneconomic jury awards for wrongful death cases. House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, prohibited it from being shown for impugning members.
February 10, 2016

House passes bill to raise cap on wrongful death awards

by Paris Achen
The bill by Rep. Joe Gallegos, D-Hillsboro, boosts the cap from $500,000 to $1.5 million. Salem - The House passed a bill Wednesday that raises the cap on noneconomic jury awards for wrongful death claims from $500,000 to $1.5 million. Rep. Joe…
February 10, 2016

State sets meetings on N. Portland gypsy moth spraying

by Eric Mortenson/Capital Bureau
Oregon’s Department of Agriculture proposes to spray 8,674 acres in North Portland this spring to head off a potential infestation of destructive gypsy moths. Aerial sprayings tend to cause public scrutiny and worry, however, even when it involves a…
COURTESY: PORTLAND OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION  - PBOT's permitted demonstration of protected bike lanes on Thursday will run from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Southwest Broadway, between Taylor and Salmon streets. It will occupy the on-street parking lane for the day.
February 10, 2016

Protected bike lane pops up on Broadway for one day

by Jennifer Anderson
Portlanders on Thursday will get to see what a protected bike lane would look like on Southwest Broadway Avenue, one of the most important commuter thoroughfares in the city. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will hold a one-day "pop-up…
February 10, 2016

State forecast: economy rebounds, but growth could slow

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon’s economists told lawmakers Wednesday the state’s economy and government revenue continues to grow at a strong pace as the state rebounds from the recession. However, the economists warned that growth will slow going into the next…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Jules Bailey
February 10, 2016

Bailey and Wheeler attack each other over SE Portland pollution issue

by Jim Redden
Portland mayoral candidate Jules Bailey is accusing Ted Wheeler, his major opponent, of trying to protect a campaign contributor by shifting blame for the industrial air pollution in Southeast Portland. Bailey, a Multnomah County commissioner,…
February 10, 2016

Oregon confirms first Zika virus case

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon has its first case of the Zika virus this year. The Health Authority Public Health Division said Wednesday that a woman has been diagnosed with a travel-associated Zika virus infection. The woman, whose name has not been released, contracted…

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Feb 10, 2016

Oregon City's Portland Cider Co. moving to Clackamas

by Raymond Rendleman
The Portland Cider Co. announced last month that it is moving its cider production facility to a new, larger location in Clackamas in order to meet the growing demand for its cider products. The…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Heidi  and Eli Haynal of Wilsonville work on planting a tree.
Feb 10, 2016

Volunteers plant a (small) forest

by The Spokesman
Wilsonville residents turned out to Memorial Park Saturday morning, Feb. 6, to plant native trees and remove invasive ivy. More than 350 native trees and shrubs were planted, and volunteers…
Feb 09, 2016

Brown withdraws resilience officer nominee

by Paris Achen and Hillary Borrud
The governor's office determined there was inadequate support for confirmation in the Senate. Salem - Gov. Kate Brown has withdrawn her nominee for a new state resilience officer position after…
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will deliver the State of the City at the Persimmon County Club.
Feb 09, 2016

Residents question venue choice for mayor's speech

by Jodi Weinberger
Editor's note: After the publication of this story, Mayor Shane Bemis announced there will be a second State of the City event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Gresham City Hall. This event will…
Feb 09, 2016

Lake Oswego Police Department officers will volunteer in Seaside

by The Review
Agency will help cover the city so that community can mourn the loss of Sgt. Jason Goodding, who was shot and killed on Friday Five members of the Lake Oswego Police Department will join other…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Proposed legislation could give local governments the authority to regulate bioengineered crops.
Feb 09, 2016

Bill gives local governments green light to regulate biotech…

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Local government authority over genetically engineered crops is being reconsidered by Oregon lawmakers roughly three years after they prohibited most city and county seed restrictions.…
All parts of the region experienced double digit rent increases from 2011 to 2015, with the highest in North Portland. Source: Published by Metro with data from Multifamily NW and Axiometrics Johnson Economics.
Feb 09, 2016

Study digs into region's housing affordability

by Jim Redden
Metro urges regional approach to crisis of skyrocketing costs Rising home costs and stagnating wages have created a housing crisis across the region, not just in the trendy Portland…
White
Feb 09, 2016

Schools warn families of Outdoor School ex-worker facing sex…

by Teresa Carson
East Multnomah County Schools are warning parents about an alleged pedophile who worked and volunteered at a popular Outdoor School program that some local students attend. Jared Kelly White,…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - The Arkema property on the Willamette River shore near the St. Johns Bridge, is part of the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup site.
Feb 11, 2016

EPA: Harbor Superfund cleanup plan must be approved by end of…

by Jim Redden
It could be years before a cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund is approved if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot do it by the end of the year. According to Cami…
Feb 09, 2016

Clackamas board looks to voters for road options

by Peter Wong
May 17 ballot planned for advisory vote; Feb. 18 hearing will shape measure. Clackamas County commissioners, by a 3-2 vote Tuesday (Feb. 9), favor an advisory election May 17 to guide future…
Feb 09, 2016

Providence dethrones Moda in new signups

by Nick Budnick
Oregonians who buy their own health insurance signed up in droves for Providence Health Plan for 2016, dethroning previous market leader Moda Health, new enrollment numbers reveal. The numbers…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Congestion is growing again on the aging I-5 bridge as the economy continues to recover.
Feb 09, 2016

Will Columbia River Crossing rise again?

by Capital Bureau
When Washington and Oregon were negotiating a project to replace the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River and enhance mobility in the bistate region, Washington legislators ultimately…
TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATION - Lawmakers are lining up lots of funding requests for the state budget.
Feb 09, 2016

Cha-ching! Lawmakers line up funding requests ahead of budget…

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — State economists will provide an update Wednesday morning on the outlook for Oregon’s economy and government revenue. A week into the short legislative session, lawmakers have received…
Feb 09, 2016

Fairview photo radar pilot project deemed success

by Katy Sword
The first phase of a photo radar pilot project in Fairview is apparently going so well that the city may not install photo radar equipment. The project stems from House Bill 3438, which passed…
Feb 09, 2016

Malheur militants might receive only light sentences

by Nick Budnick
The federal government’s charging decision in the case of the Malheur militants could mean some of them face as little as six months behind bars if convicted. And to some lawyers, that seems…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Teachers Doug Robertson and Michael Stephens cut the ribbon for Powell Valley Elementarys new Maker Space with the help of a pair of quad-copters Thursday, Feb. 4.
Feb 09, 2016

Gresham's Powell Valley Elementary opens maker space

by Teresa Carson
Powell Valley Elementary School just opened a new maker space where students can use a variety of materials to enhance their education with hands-on learning. The new room is filled with…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOHN M. VINCENT - State Treasurer Ted Wheeler says bad things happen when environmental regulators don't do their jobs.
Feb 09, 2016

Wheeler blasts Oregon DEQ over SE Portland air pollution

by Jim Redden
UPDATE: Bailey calls pollution "incredibly disturbing," Iannarone warns against overreaction State Treasurer Ted Wheeler lambasted the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for its slow…
Feb 09, 2016

Will influx of Big Money spoil the brew?

by Peter Korn
Portland is home to 91 breweries, more than any other city in the world (though we’re running neck- and-neck with San Diego). That’s not more per capita, that’s more than any other city, period.…
Feb 09, 2016

Brewing a new model for sharing the wealth

by Peter Korn
By most accounts, Jeff Althouse brews terrific beer. Which allows the founder of Eugene-based Oakshire Brewing to provide health and life insurance and a 401(k) match for nearly all his 23…
Feb 08, 2016

Pedestrian dies while trying to cross Highway 217

by The Review
Lake Oswego woman may have been wearing headphones, police say BREAKING: The pedestrian who was struck and killed as she tried to cross Highway 217 near the Interstate 5 intersection on Monday…
Feb 08, 2016

Climate changes push Milwaukie to consider tripling solar-power…

by Raymond Rendleman
Milwaukie shouldn’t have to replace a crucial bridge that became unusable after the extreme rains in December, Mayor Mark Gamba said. The city doesn’t know where it will find the estimated $1…
Feb 08, 2016

Wesley Lynn Park plan sent to Oregon City voters

by Raymond Rendleman
Oregon City commissioners are asking voters to sign off on a nine-house development that would abut the northwest corner of Wesley Lynn Park. Last week, city commissioners approved asking voters…
Lynn Peterson
Feb 08, 2016

Washington State transportation secretary loses confirmation vote

by Austin Jenkins/OPB
Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson is out of a job. The Republican-led Washington state Senate voted Friday afternoon not to confirm Peterson three years after she was…
COURTESY OF THE PETE SANTILLI SHOW - Bombastic Internet talk show host Pete Santilli says he is a journalist reporting on the Harney County standoff and should be protected by the First Amendment. Federal prosecutors say he is a co-conspirator in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover and occupation.
Feb 08, 2016

Is Pete Santilli a free speech champion or just another loud…

by Kevin Harden
UPDATE: ACLU of Oregon keeps a close watch on court case Pete Santilli has an answer for people who don’t think he’s a legitimate member of the news media. “Oh, I’m with the press all right,” he…
COURTESY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will visit Portland in the next few months during her community policing tour.
Feb 08, 2016

Attorney General Lynch's community policing tour swings through…

by Pamplin Media Group
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will travel to Portland in the next few months as part of her national Community Policing Tour. Lynch will visit Portland, Miami, Indianapolis, Fayetteville,…