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COURTESY PHOTO: KRISTIAN FODEN-VENCIL/OPB - A couple thousand people gathered in Director Park before marching through Portland streets Monday afternoon during the nationwide 'Not My President' protests. Several people associated with a separate rally and march were arrested.
February 21, 2017

Arrests mark day of 'Not My President' rallies, protests

by Kristian Foden-Vincel/OPB
Two Monday afternoon demonstrations took up cause in downtown Portland streets.
February 20, 2017

Transit chief: Build light rail line, three highway projects

by Peter Wong
TriMet general manager tells Washington County forum that all are needed , plus expanded bus service to reduce anticipated traffic congestion in 2040.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Raul Perez, 12, (right) and his mother, Norma, (left) listen to a hearing on a bill that would expand health coverage to undocumented children, during a meeting of the House Committee on Health Care Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.
February 20, 2017

Bill would expand Oregon Health Plan to undocumented children

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The legislation, first proposed by former Rep. Vic Gilliam, R-Silverton, has bipartisan support in the Legislature.


February 20, 2017

Shooting wounds man in SE Portland

by Pamplin Media Group
Police said the gun was secured and there was no risk to the community.
COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Dirck Morgan White
February 20, 2017

Suspect in Waxenfelter murder arraigned

by Emily Lindstrand
Dirck Morgan White's murder trial will begin in May. He is accused of killing Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter.
Jorge E. Bravo-Copado
February 20, 2017

Detectives seek man accused of sexually abusing child near Hillsboro

by Geoff Pursinger
Jorge E. Bravo-Copado hasn't been seen since last May; he is wanted on rape and sex abuse charges
MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Stanley Wilson II was arrested while nude yet again on Saturday, police say.
February 19, 2017

Naked ex-NFL player arrested in Woodburn

by KOIN 6 News
Stanley Wilson II was previously shot by police and arrested while naked in Portland.
PHOEBE FLANIGAN/OPB - Debbie and Skylar Choruby came to the Oregon Zoo on Saturday to remeber Packy.
February 19, 2017

Portland's most famous pachyderm remembered

by Phoebe Flanigan/OPB
During his lifetime, Packy was the subject of a number of studies that lead to scientific breakthroughs in human understandings of Asian elephants, including how they mate and communicate.
PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - River, 2, was last seen wearing black pajamas with stars on them. He as blonde hair and blue eyes.
February 18, 2017

Missing 2-year-old boy found safe in bushes near his home

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: River was found by search and rescue and is being treated at the hospital for exposure to cold and scratches from blackberry bushes, according to police.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - John Tapogna, right, president of the Portland firm ECONorthwest, speaks at the Feb. 17 Friday Forum of the City City of Portland on Oregon's public pension system and prospects for additional state revenue. Others from left are moderator Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian; Jim Green, executive director, Oregon School Boards Association, and Salem-Keizer School Board member, and Tim Nesbitt, independent consultant and former president, Oregon AFL-CIO.
February 17, 2017

Panel: Unions must be part of public pension resolution

by Peter Wong
City Club hears argument for why labor must join business to deal with multibillion liability in exchange for discussion of new taxes for the state budget.
February 17, 2017

Plan to move R2DToo collapses after Wheeler objects

by Jim Redden
Longtme Old Town homeless camp has no new home as April 7 relocation deadline looms.
February 15, 2017

Jury seated in second Malheur Wildlife Refuge takeover trial

by Conrad Wilson/OPB
U.S. District Judge Anna Brown interviewed more than 50 jurors on behalf of the government and the defense before dismissing some for hardship.
February 16, 2017

Heavy rains cause sewer overflows into Willamette River

by Jim Redden
Portland officials urge residents to avoid contact with the river until 48 hours after the overflows end.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer helped form the first Congressional Cannabis Caucus on Thursday, Feb. 16.
February 16, 2017

Blumenauer, other congressmen form cannabis caucus

by Pamplin Media Group
'The prohibition of cannabis has been a failure, and Americans across our nation are demanding a more sensible approach.'
COURTESY OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION - Bottle deposits in Oregon will double to 10 cents on April 1. Under a bill proposed in the Legislature, even cans for which only a 5-cent deposit was paid can be redeemed for the full 10 cents until Sept. 1, 2018.
February 16, 2017

Oregonians could see bottle deposit windfall under bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state's bottle and can deposit will double to a dime April 1.
COURTESY: PORTLAND PARKS FOUNDATION - Verde and Portland Parks Foundation have worked with Portland Parks and Recreation to complete funding to open Thomas Cully Park, shown at sunrise, on former construction landfill in Northeast Portland's Cully neighborhood.
February 16, 2017

Portland Timbers, Thorns donate $65,000 toward Thomas Cully Park project

by Lyndsey Hewitt
The Northeast Portland park is planned to open this summer.
February 16, 2017

Clackamas board seeks grant for courthouse planning

by Peter Wong
State's $1.25 million, matched by county, would lay out eventual development of $154 million project on the Red Soils campus in Oregon City.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Emily Salisbury, associate professor of criminal justice at University of Nevada Las Vegas and editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, speaks about women in the criminal justice system at the Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit at the Salem Convention Center Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
February 16, 2017

Women's prison focus of state summit, legislative session

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Researcher tells Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit women offenders should be treated differently in effort to downsize state's prison population.
COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND  - The Port of Portland hopes to get an earlier start cleaning up contamination in the Swan Island Lagoon, pictured here.
February 16, 2017

City and state seek to seize Superfund initiative

by Steve Law
With EPA in limbo, work may begin on smaller harbor site, if polluters are found that are willing to step up and pay the costs
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - NW Natural, which settled in the hard-scrabble Old Town Chinatown neighborhood before most companies would consider it, may move out when its lease expires.
February 16, 2017

NW Natural explores move from Old Town

by Joseph Gallivan and Jim Redden
Utility mulls new headquarters once lease expires in 2020, even though landlord and neighborhood wants the company to stay.
COURTESY MULTNOMAH COUNTY - Northwest Newberry Road may have to be rerouted before it can be reopened because of the landslide undermining part of it.
February 16, 2017

Storms take toll on Portland's important rural road network

by Jim Redden
All are part of an informal network of rural roads being used by more and more drivers every day to travel between residential and employment centers in Multnomah and Washington counites, including the high-tech Intel campus in Hillsboro and the…
February 16, 2017

Eastern Oregon job growth expected to trail behind state

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Oregon's overall job growth is forecast at 14 percent between 2014 and 2024, but as little as 3 percent in some of it's most rural counties.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - A cyclist rides along a path on the Gateway Green on Saturday. The park, a mountain biking park between I-84 and I-205, will benefit from the Big Jump grant. A ribbon cutting will happen there in June.
February 16, 2017

Pedaling to get easier in Gateway

by Lyndsey Hewitt
City targets East Portland for mutliple projects. Portland is one of 10 cities selected for Big Jump grant.
REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego attorney Sonya Fischer says she'll keep a small caseload at her private practice while serving on the Clackamas County Board of Commssioners, 'because I really enjoy helping people.'
February 16, 2017

Sonya Fischer vows to be 'a voice for human services'

by Anthony Macuk
Lake Oswego attorney says she'll bring her advocacy 'for people who are left out' to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners
EO MEDIA GROUP - A linear irrigation system operates in a corn field in Oregon's Willamette Valley. State water regulators want to increase water rights transaction fees by 15.88 percent over four years, the third hike since 2009.
February 16, 2017

Oregon water regulators propose third transaction fee hike

by Matuesz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Under H.B. 2295, a transaction fee increase of 15.88 percent would be phased in over four years.

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COURTESY: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Students from India are applying to Portland State University in much fewer numbers since the U.S. presidential election.
Feb 16, 2017

International undergrads, especially Indians, electing to skip…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Even before President Donald Trump's travel ban for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, international students were thinking twice about coming to study in Oregon.
Feb 16, 2017

Roy Jay case may be settled out of court

by Nick Budnick
Mediation underway in probe of misconduct charges against well known Portland businessman
Feb 16, 2017

Sources: Will new U.S. Attorney General pursue Kitzhaber?

by Jim Redden
Oregon Republican leader hopes new AG will bring long dormant Kitzhaber related investigations back to life.
PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS FIRE - A man was pinned in this full-size van after it crashed at the intersection of 242nd Avenue and Hoffmeister Road
Feb 16, 2017

Hoffmeister Road crash sends injured man to hospital

by Raymond Rendleman
Clackamas Fire frees victim trapped in a van; hazmat unit dispatched to protect a nearby waterway from a large diesel spill that occurred
Feb 16, 2017

School Notes: Space cup wins prize; Lincoln teens earn 4 years…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
School Notes is a collection of education news briefs from around Portland.
COURTESY: PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Sitton Elementary School in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland.
Feb 15, 2017

Sitton community gets immigration raid scare

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Unconfirmed report of agents stopping area parents underscores district's efforts.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - State Sen. Lew Frederick says a new bill would require law enforcement agencies to collect demographic data on every stop they make.
Feb 14, 2017

State Sen. Lew Frederick looks to reduce racial profiling

by Clare Duffy/OPB
A new bill would require law enforcement agencies to record 'stop data'- demographic information like race, ethnicity and gender of drivers and pedestrians stopped by officers.
JASPAR WHITE - Molalla Basalt in Molalla River Recreation Corridor
Feb 15, 2017

Schrader Introduces bill to preserve Molalla River

by Peggy Savage
The Molalla River Alliance, which has been advocating in recent years for the river to be designated a National Wild and Scenic River, applauds Schrader's support by reintroducing the bill.
PMG FILE PHOTO - That latte could cost more if HB 2875 is approved. It was introduced 'anonymously' and would impose a tax on wholesale coffee beans.
Feb 16, 2017

A tax on old cars? A tax on coffee? House GOP says no more…

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Request came after outcry about two proposed bills from the House Committee on Revenue this month.
Feb 15, 2017

City wins first round in no-cause eviction fight

by Jim Redden
Legal battle far from over as suit moves back to Multnomah County Circuit Court where state issues will be heard
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Northeast Portlander Amy Nelson is pushing for legislation that would mandate screenings for cytomegalovirus in newborns. The common virus can cause severe developmental problems in rare cases.
Feb 15, 2017

Portland mom pushes state to screen newborns for debilitating…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
House Bill 2754, introduced by Rep. Jeff Barker, would require medical centers to refer newborns who fail their hearing screenings to be tested for CMV.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Demarco 'Buddy' Streeter, 30.
Feb 15, 2017

Man linked to Gresham murder arrested in Vancouver

by Christopher Keizur
Demarco 'Buddy' Streeter, 30, arrested in connection the shooting death of Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr.
COURTESY PHOTO: HOUSE SPEAKER TINA KOTEK - Michael Hickman, Portland field office director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, conducts the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Feb 15, 2017

Republican spearheaded naturalization ceremony on House floor

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
West Linn state Rep. Julie Parrish, daughter of a Lebanese immigrant, wanted a reminder that the United States is 'a nation of immigrants.'
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham-area teachers rally in front of the East County Courthouse Monday in support of education funding and related topics.
Feb 17, 2017

SLIDESHOW: Gresham area teachers rally in front of courthouse

by Pamplin Media Group
Teachers urge support for education funding while protesting Trump administration immigration policies
PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Mitzi Olson (from left), Stephanie Kurzenhauser and Kay Everts are proud of the Oak Lodge Public Library's Seeds for Sharing program.
Feb 15, 2017

Check out seeds with Seeds for Sharing program at Oak Lodge…

by Raymond Rendleman
Through the Seeds for Sharing Library, you can even rent gardening tools using your county library card.
COURTESY PHOTO: MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI - Bob Terry, former head of the state nursery growers association, says agricultural workers need to be able to legally drive, regardless of their immigration status.
Feb 14, 2017

License to discriminate?

by Kate Willson and John Schrag
The law was supposed to make Oregon compliant with the Feds. It failed.
SUBMITTED - Katelynn Armand-Tylka
Feb 14, 2017

New DA's office report describes Christmas Day slaying

by Geoff Pursinger
Washington County prosecutors have released new details in the King City shooting that injured North Plains police officer and left a Beaverton woman dead
COURTESY PHOTO: KATE WILLSON - Springfield police community liaison Thelma Barone says hes career was cut short after she raised concerns about racial profiling in the department.
Feb 14, 2017

Profiling questions lead to troubling complaints, liaison's…

by Kate Willson
Concerns about Springfield police treatment of Latinos was met with resistance.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - Participants in a poverty simulation at Portland State deal with bureaucracy at each station as they try to navigate the lives of the poor.
Feb 14, 2017

What's it like to have almost no money?

by Lyndsey Hewitt
At the end of the simulation, many people ended up in a worse situation than they started in, with several evictions and groups that went 'weeks' without food because they were so focused on…
Feb 14, 2017

Pedestrian dies Monday on Highway 26

by The Times
UPDATE: Victim was 50-year-old man who may have stepped into traffic.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - JUSUF NURKIC
Feb 14, 2017

Stotts makes plans for new Blazers center Nurkic

by Kerry Eggers
'I want to win. I'm here to help us win. I'm all about winning.'
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Police and protesters square off in downtown Portland on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.
Feb 14, 2017

Protestlandia

by Shasta Kearns Moore
There's been a protest in the city nearly every day since Trump's election. What happens when protests drag on and on?
EO MEDIA GROUP - Gillnetters fish in the Columbia River. A group of commercial and sport fishermen are meeting to advise the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission as it works on rules phasing out gillnetting in the lower Columbia.
Feb 14, 2017

Commercial, sport fishermen discuss gillnet rules

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The group will provide its recommendations on revised rules, and the fiscal impact of possible rules, and how to minimize impacts on small businesses.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The Bull Run reservoir is the primary source of water to Portlnd and much of the region.
Feb 14, 2017

Portland water customers concerned about parasite found in Bull…

by Jim Redden
City switches to groundwater wells but says there's no health risk from cryptosporidium.
Feb 14, 2017

Public employees blast proposed PERS reforms

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Two bills would change the way benefits are calculated and how contributions are allocated to reduce the Public Employee Retirement System's unfunded liabilities.