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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF STATE OF OREGON - First Lady Cylvia Hayes
January 27, 2015

First lady's consulting work leaves some scratching their heads

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes was paid $118,000 for communications work for a nonprofit clean economy consulting organization at a time when she was advising the governor’s office on…
January 29, 2015

Gresham High replacing artificial athletics turf

by Quinton Smith
Work will take place during the summer at a cost of nearly $1.5 million The 13-year-old artificial surface field at Gresham High School is so worn out and potentially unsafe that the district…
January 29, 2015

Oregon Scorecard: More low-income help needed

by Jim Redden
Oregon ranks near the bottom of states on several key measures or household financial security and needs to do more to help residents prepare for the future, according to a report released…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO : JONATHAN HOUSE - Mount Tabor activists walk along one of the open reservoirs the City Council wants to disconnect by the end of the year.
January 29, 2015

Tabor reservoirs' fate up to City Council

by Jim Redden
Landmarks panel split on disconnecting city's water system The City Council will have to decide the future of the open reservoirs at Mount Tabor. That became apparent after the Historic…
January 29, 2015

Portland graduation rates continue climb

by Shasta Kearns Moore
All Portland-area districts are graduating more high school students than last year, according to 2013-14 data released by the Oregon Department of Education Thursday. The trend holds statewide…
Photo Credit: DREAMSTIME PHOTO - Most Oregon-based trucks are older models that emit diesel soot, a known carcinogen.
January 29, 2015

Group hopes to ban older diesel trucks

by Steve Law
Public health advocates seek stricter rules on air quality Mary Peveto made her name as an activist prodding Esco Corp. to reduce toxic air emissions near her children’s school in Northwest…
January 29, 2015

Panel recommends state debt limits

by Peter Wong
Though state could handle more charges, backlog of projects requires funding A panel has urged Oregon lawmakers to limit new state debt to just slightly more than $1 billion in the next two-year…
January 29, 2015

Members sought for police training council

by Pamplin Media Group
The Portland Police Bureau is seeking community members to serve on its Training Advisory Council. The bureau’s training council was set up to increase accountability for police training and to…
January 29, 2015

State's civil rights settlement with Daimler is largest in …

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Daimler Trucks North America of Portland has reached a $2.4 million agreement with six former employees and the state Bureau of Labor and Industries to settle discrimination complaints filed…
January 29, 2015

Beavers have Devil of a time in otherwise remarkable season

by Kerry Eggers
TEMPE, Ariz. — The trouble with exceeding expectations is, expectations then change. The ugly duckling becomes a beautiful doll, and suddenly she has to look good every night out on the town.…
January 29, 2015

Sources Say: Mayors throw wrench in agenda on police issues

by Jim Redden
Events are overtaking Portland’s agenda for the 2015 Oregon Legislature on police-related issues. The agenda endorsed by the City Council has only two issues related to the police: allowing the…
Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS - Passengers prepared to board a TriMet MAX train in downtown Portland.
January 28, 2015

TriMet: All audit recommendations implemented

by Jim Redden
TriMet has implemented all 23 recommendations in a 2014 audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, regional transit agency General Manager Neil McFarlane told the board of directors on…
January 29, 2015

Finally, signs of progress in Lents urban renewal

by Steve Law
A spate of new development could finally come to the city’s Lents Urban Renewal Area, on land stockpiled over several years by the Portland Development Commission. The PDC, after soliciting…
January 28, 2015

Monthly water, sewer bills now available

by Jim Redden
Portland utility customers can now receive their water, sewer and stormwater management fee bills every month in the mail instead of every three months. The city made the change because some…
January 28, 2015

City's paperless permit project to be delayed

by Jim Redden
The completion date for Portland's new paperless permitting system will likely be delayed beyond the end of the year, the City Council was told Wednesday morning. The project is intended to…
January 28, 2015

Backers cite support for minimum wage increase, paid sick leave

by Peter Wong
Coalition releases Oregon, national surveys as lawmakers gear up to consider the issues. Oregon and national voters support increased benefits for workers, according to surveys conducted on…
January 28, 2015

House speaker: Transportation finance plan will not revive…

by Peter Wong
'Don't see larger projects on horizon,' she tells Portland Tribune editorial board. Although Oregon lawmakers are working on a transportation package this session, House Speaker Tina Kotek says…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - Patrick Chung, former Oregon Ducks safety, will start on defense Sunday when the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at Glendale, Ariz.
January 28, 2015

Patrick Chung can't sing or dance

by Kerry Eggers
New England Patriots defensive back doesn't want to talk about Philly, either, but he still loves Eugene and is back in the groove with AFC champs PHOENIX — The second time with the New England…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF MICHAEL DURHAM/THE OREGON ZOO - Inji, the Oregon Zoo's orangutan, turns 55 this week. She's the oldest of her species on the continent.
January 28, 2015

Inji the orangutan marks a milestone

by Pamplin Media Group
Inji, a Sumatran orangutan, the Oregon Zoo’s oldest resident, turned 55 this month. She is now the oldest of her species on the continent. “She is the oldest Sumatran orangutan in any accredited…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY DR. STEVEN FRITZ - The tragic loss of her husband has prompted Commissioner Amanda Fritz to run for reelection. She is shown here taking part in the 2014 Starlight Parade in a photo taken by Dr. Steven Fritz.
January 29, 2015

Fritz to seek another City Council term

by Jim Redden
Commissioner Amanda Fritz will run for re-election to the City Council in 2016 after all. Fritz had said she would not seek a third term, but changed her mind after her husband, Dr. Steven…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF MICHAEL WORKMAN - Will Tukuafu (46) lines up behind Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and in front of running back Christine Michael (33) in a game against San Francisco.
January 28, 2015

Will Tukuafu finds a way

by Kerry Eggers
PHOENIX — In late October, Will Tukuafu was at his Eugene home, working out and hoping his agent would get a call from an NFL team -- any team -- in need of his services. Then came the call, and…
January 28, 2015

Students team up for Science Bowl competition

by Pamplin Media Group
More than 130 teams of Portland-area middle and high school students will compete during the next two weekends in the nation’s largest regional science bowl. The Bonneville Power Administration…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - North Plains Police Officer Jody Petersen will not be charged after an investigation by the Woodland, Wash., police department into allegations connected to her personal life.
January 28, 2015

North Plains cop won't be charged in Washington state

by Nancy Townsley
Officer had been under scrutiny for harassment, criminal mischief A prosecutor in Cowlitz County, Wash., has declined to charge North Plains Police Officer Jody Petersen, 37, with any crime…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - LeGarrette Blount, former Oregon Ducks running back, has re-emerged as a formidable NFL running back since his return to the New England Patriots.
January 27, 2015

The Blount truth: Former Duck living the dream with Patriots

by Kerry Eggers
PHOENIX — LaGarrette Blount wore a new cut of corn rows (underneath a baseball cap) and a wide grin as he stepped to the podium for Super Bowl XLIX media day Tuesday at US Airways Center. "I'm…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: KERRY EGGERS - Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger holds court during media day at the Super Bowl in Arizona.
January 27, 2015

Senior Seahawk: Max Unger in center of Seattle's success again

by Kerry Eggers
PHOENIX — Max Unger is almost as good an interview as he is a football player, so it was fitting that he was one of about a dozen Seattle Seahawks regulars set up at a podium for Super Bowl…

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Jan 27, 2015

Kitzhaber to offer questions, ideas on Measure 91 implementation

by Peter Wong
Letter on recreational marijuana planned for Liquor Control Commission, lawmakers. Gov. John Kitzhaber says he’s prepared to release a statement about what he wants the Oregon Liquor Control…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - House Speaker Tina Kotek, a North Portland Democrat, says shell have more clout in the 2015 session, now that she has more experience running the chamber.
Jan 27, 2015

Speaker Tina Kotek returns for second term when Legislature…

by Peter Wong
Having steered the Oregon House of Representatives through one two-year cycle, Rep. Tina Kotek of Portland is back for another term as its speaker. She returns with a larger Democratic majority,…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Mayor Charlie Hales will give his annual State of the City speech on Friday.
Jan 27, 2015

Portlanders talk, hoping mayor will listen

by Jim Redden
Residents offer topics for Hales' annual State of City speech There are some things we know Mayor Charlie Hales will say when he delivers his State of the City speech this Friday. Hales will…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A 21-story office building designed by SkyLab Architecture is under construction south of the Eastside Exchange in the Burnside Bridgehead project area.
Jan 27, 2015

Burnside Bridgehead finally taking shape

by Jim Redden
Beam developer credits delays for better design Portland is getting the Burnside Bridgehead project city leaders once rejected, and everyone is happy about it — especially Brad Malsin, the owner…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Pedestrians walk by a two-acre property at 2095 S.W. River Parkway, where there is a proposal to build affordable housing in the midst of the South Waterfront.
Jan 27, 2015

Can South Waterfront be made affordable?

by Steve Law
– City commits to build at least 200 low-income units, still struggles to create diverse neighborhood Squeaky wheels are getting more grease in Portland’s South Waterfront area, and it should…
Jan 27, 2015

City, short-term rental hosts face off

by Steve Law
Firms balk at new rule requiring names, addresses, permits A showdown is looming between the city of Portland and companies like Airbnb that promote short-term rentals in local residents’ homes.…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - BRANDON BROWNER
Jan 27, 2015

'I'm just like you,' says Brandon Browner

by Kerry Eggers
Patriots cornerback reflects on his 'amazing journey' and controversial career PHOENIX — Brandon Browner's first experience with the Super Bowl media has been to his liking. "I thought I'd be…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Scott Marshall, who is the interim director for the Portland State University School of Business Administration, walks outside of the business school building.
Jan 27, 2015

Future bright for PSU business

by Shasta Kearns Moore
School closes in on $60 million goal to create business hub From his sixth-floor corner office, Scott Marshall can see the future. The Interim Dean of Portland State University’s School of…
Jan 27, 2015

Police say man in N. Kerby Ave. house not a threat

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: SERT, other officers leave after talking with man's family Portland’s Crisis Negotiation Team has left the North Kerby Avenue home after a Tuesday morning incident involving a man who…
Jan 27, 2015

Timber Joey to kick off Outdoor School for All with giant wood…

by Jennifer Anderson
Metro, other agencies hold round of public meetings to launch effort Outdoor School for All The Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition will launch its Outdoor School for All campaign to the public…
Google Fiber announced this week that it would not be coming to the Portland area, despite more than a year of work by several local cities. The cities are still being considered for possible expansion in the future, Google said.
Jan 27, 2015

Portland, suburbs fail to make first Google Fiber cut

by Jim Redden
Tech giant says Portland area is still in the running for possible expansion. Despite jumping through all the hoops required by Google, it looks like the Portland area will not be getting the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Signs protest home demolitions in Portland.
Jan 27, 2015

Summit aims to build strong community

by Jim Redden
Neighborhood leaders, activists to discuss array of issues Portlanders are invited to attend a free day-long community summit that will discuss such hot-button issues as racial profiling,…
Jan 27, 2015

Fritz seeks more money for infrastructure

by Jim Redden
Street problems won't be resolved, but plan could ease pain After eight months of fruitless debate over a possible new street fee, Commissioner Amanda Fritz has suddenly come up with a plan to…
Mark & Dave
Jan 27, 2015

Mark & Dave: Uber provides news fix in street fee's absence

by Mark and Dave
We’re mourning the loss of our favorite subject — the street fee. What will we write about now that it’s been abandoned by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick? Oh yeah, recent…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JONATHAN HOUSE - Activists rallied in the vacant Northeast Portland lot in February 2014 to protest the lack of affordable housing.
Jan 26, 2015

$ 20 million targeted to fight gentrification in N/NE Portland

by Jim Redden
The City Council will review a $20 million plan to mitigate the impacts of gentrification in North and Northeast Portland on Wednesday. The North/Northeast Neighborhood Housing Strategy was…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: TROY WAYRYNEN - Protesters held up traffic as they march against traffic on Stark Street in early December, during one of several marches focusing on race and police. Oregon Humanities is hosting three discussions on the issue in February.
Jan 26, 2015

Humanities' gatherings put race/police issue in spotlight

by Kevin L. Harden
Oregon Humanities is jumping into the hot topic of race and policing with a series of Portland-area talks in February. The nonprofit group is hoping for a civil conversation during its meetings…
Jan 26, 2015

Pedestrian safety focus of Capitol Highway action

by Pamplin Media Group
Drivers, get ready to hit your brakes. Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and the Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk enforcement action from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OCPD - Oregon City police say a 54-year-old woman in a white Ford Explorer was shot during a rolling domestic dispute when she tried to get away from her husband, who was driving a Ford pickup. The woman was treated at OHSU for gunshot wounds. Her husband is also being treated at another hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Jan 26, 2015

Rolling domestic disturbance leaves wife, husband wounded

by Pamplin Media Group
A husband-and-wife domestic disturbance rolled through Oregon City streets Monday afternoon, leaving both people with gunshot wounds. Oregon City police said the incident began at about 1:48…
Jan 26, 2015

Green schools unite; network launches kickoff

by Jennifer Anderson
Eco-School meeting set for Jan. 28 Portland parents wanting to green up their schools are invited to this year's kickoff meeting for the Portland Eco-School Network. The network includes parents…
Photo Credit: CCSO - Miller
Jan 26, 2015

Oak Grove warned about release of dangerous sex offender

by Raymond Rendleman
Clackamas County warned the community last week that dangerous sex offender Michael W. Miller, 44, is planning to stay at Your Host Motel, 13222 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Unit 7, upon his release…
Jan 25, 2015

Boy stabbed in Gateway attack

by Jim Redden
A 13-year-old boy was stabbed and seriously injured in Northeast Portland on Sunday. The victim is hospitalized and his name and condition was not immediately released. The suspect is only…
Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS - The Pabst Brewing Company used this image whch looks a lot like the former White Stag sign to promote a music festival last year.
Jan 25, 2015

Pabst lawsuit back before City Council

by Jim Redden
The City Council is once again scheduled to consider suing the Pabst Brewing Company for copyright infringement involving the landmark "Portland, Oregon" sign at its Wednesday meeting. A…
Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Michael Aaron Wyatt Mininger
Jan 25, 2015

Man charged with Southeast Portland murder

by Jim Redden
A suspect has been indicted in a Jan. 8 killing in Southeast Portland. Michael Aaron Wyatt Mininger, 22, is charged with murder and felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested on an…
Jan 25, 2015

Police respond to five shootings Saturday, no injuries or arrests

by Jim Redden
Portland police responded to five shooting incidents on Saturday, including one in the parking garage at the Lloyd Center Mall. There are no reports of anyone injured in the shootings, and no…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - LaMarcus Aldridge warms up before Saturday night's game against the Washington Witzards.
Jan 24, 2015

Blazers feel 'trickle-down effect' from Aldridge's return vs.…

by Kerry Eggers
LaMarcus Aldridge heard a chant that hadn't sounded at Moda Center since last season when he stepped to the free-throw line with 4.1 seconds left in the Trail Blazers' 103-96 victory over…