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COURTESY: STAN AND CLAIRE OCHS/KOIN 6 NEWS - The deputy in this partrol car was slightly injured Sunday morning in a two-car crash.
August 30, 2015

Clackamas County deputy injured in early Sunday crash

by Jim Redden
UPDATE: Deputy identified, crash blamed on fatigue A Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy was injured early Sunday in a two-car crash on Highway 212 in Damascus. The deputy, Garrett Grimm, was transported to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed…
COURTESY MERKLEY'S OFFICE - Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley calls Iran agreement decision one of hardest.
August 30, 2015

Merkley supports Iran agreement, Wyden on fence

by Jim Redden
Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley announced his support for the nuclear agreement with Iran on Sunday. In a lengthy statement released on Aug. 30, Merkley said the agreement negotiated by the United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China and…
TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - Fire heavily damaged this Beaverton apartment building early Sunday.
August 30, 2015

Fire rips through apartments without sprinklers

by Jim Redden
Ten people lost their homes when fire damaged several units in a Beaverton apartment building early Sunday. No one was injured in the two-alarm fire, which took place at Southwest 125th off Hall Boulevard. According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue,…
PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE/DICK HARRIS - Firefighters examine the crashed vehicle after removing its top and driver's door.
August 30, 2015

Driver cut out of car after roll over crash

by Jim Redden
A driver had to be cut out of a vehicle after a roll over crash in Southeast Portland early Sunday. The name and condition of the driver were not immediately released. According to Portland Fire & Rescue, crews responded to the crash at Southeast…
JOSEPH GALLIVAN - On Saturday a tree felled by strong winds at Delta Park in North Portland awaits removal.
August 29, 2015

High winds knock out power east of Portland

by Joseph Gallivan
PGE says nearly 19,000 were without electricity. High winds knocked out power to thousands Saturday morning as Pacific storms reached the Willamette Valley. Winds gusts up to 40 mph hit the area Saturday, Aug 29. Forecasters issued a wind advisory…
August 29, 2015

Marine Drive closed for downed power lines, fire

by Joseph Gallivan
Around 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Portland police officers responded to assist Portland Fire and Rescue crews by closing Marine Drive from 22nd avenue to 185th avenue. The closure is due to damaged power lines and possibly one or more fires related…
COURTESY MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF - Motorbike officers patrolled the Hood to Coast route on Highway 30 Friday giving out 88 tickets to speeders who could endanger runners' lives. There were no reports of pedestrians being hurt, although one runner was hospitalized with neck injuries. She was a passenger in a mini van which stopped suddenly and was rearended by a car.
August 29, 2015

Cops stop more than 100 speeders on Highway 30 during Hood to Coast Relay

by Joseph Gallivan
Law enforcement officers wrote 88 speeding tickets from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, during a push to prevent clashes between vehicles and runners in the annual Hood to Coast Relay. Multnomah County sheriff's deputies and Portland police officers…
COURTESY OREGON NATIONAL GUARD - Oregon National Guard trained 250 soldiers as wildfire fighters this week.
August 29, 2015

Oregon Nation Guard supplies 250 quickly trained firefighters

by Joseph Gallivan
250 additional members of the Oregon National Guard completed their week of wildland firefighter training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem Saturday evening.The training activities were conducted in the foothills of the Academy's 235 acre…
August 29, 2015

Umpqua bank in the Pearl robbed

by Joseph Gallivan
Central Precinct officers received a call to the Umpqua Bank at 1139 N.W. Lovejoy Street regarding a bank robbery. Officers are arriving now and attempting to locate the subject. The initial call describes the subject as a white male, possibly 30 to…
August 29, 2015

Polk County man arrested for blacking four-year-old's eye

by Joseph Gallivan
The Polk County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division, on August 27th regarding the report of a four-year-old child with a black eye. The Polk County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance from DHS…
August 29, 2015

Red Cross Disaster Action Team responds to North Portland fire

by Joseph Gallivan
On Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 6:00 AM, Red Cross Disaster Action Team members responded to a residential fire that occurred in the 2200 block of North Menzies Dr. in Portland. The single-family fire affected three adults. Red Cross provided…
COURTESY OREGON MILITARY DEPT - OREGON ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNITS COMPLETE BATTLE SIMULATIONS AT U.S. ARMY NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER
August 29, 2015

Oregon Army National Guard completes 12 days conducting live-fire wargames in Mojave Desert

by Joseph Gallivan
More than 500 Soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 116th Calvary Regiment (3-116th Combined Arms), and the 1186th Military Police Company (1186th MP), spent 12 days conducting live-fire exercises and large-scale simulated…
COURTESY WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIRFF'S OFFICE - Russell Smeed missing for 30 days
August 29, 2015

Russell Smeed of Rock Creek still missing

by Joseph Gallivan
Tattooed 50-year-old with toy poodle a danger to himself says sheriff. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking the public' s help to locate a Rock Creek man who is missing and poses a danger to himself. The family of a Rock Creek man called…
PHOTO COURTESY: CCC - Clackamas Community College Digital Media Communications students Nick Hadley and Rico Starr on a film shoot.
August 28, 2015

Clackamas Community College work to be featured at Portland Film Festival

by The Clackamas Review
Work of Clackamas Community College students will be featured at the Portland Film Festival, set for Sept. 1 through 7. The college 's Digital Media Communications Advanced Filmmaking class partnered with the festival to screen the best of the…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JODI WEINBERGER - John Nelsen welcomes new principal Raffi Martinian to Knova in front of what will be its new home, the former Portland Lutheran School.
August 28, 2015

Knova Learning moves to former Portland Lutheran campus

by Jodi Weinberger
Knova Learning, a free public charter school in Rockwood, will move across the street into the vacant Portland Lutheran School in September. The school, which opened in Rockwood in September 2010 at 18201 S.E. Stark St., educates about 400 students…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A weekend storm could give us a preview of the fall, with rain and windy conditions. ODOT is warning drivers that the rain could make local roads slick.
August 28, 2015

Wet, wild weather blows in for weekend

by Pamplin Media Group
That wet stuff on your patio Friday morning is called rain. You probably forgot about it because we haven’t seen a lot of it in the past few months. But, that’s about to change. The National Weather Service says the Portland area could see wet and…
August 28, 2015

East Portland residents mobilize to prevent gentrification

by Steve Law
East Portland community leaders are working on an anti-gentrification strategy for Portland east of 82nd Avenue. East Portland Action Plan leaders will roll out their “Involuntary Displacement Prevention Action Tool-Kit for East Portland” on…
COURTESY OF RANDY GREEN - Firefighters set back fires last week in the County Line 2 fire in Central Oregon. The state still has some funding to fight wildfires, with insurance to back it up.
August 28, 2015

State's budget meter running on wildfire costs

by Hillary Borrud
SALEM — Oregon has yet to burn through its firefighting budget, despite ongoing catastrophic wildfires around the state. In what now appears to have been a prudent decision, lawmakers and a committee of forest landowners agreed earlier this year to…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DIEGO DIAZ - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) packed the Moda Center with supporters on Aug. 9.
August 28, 2015

Sanders can appear on 2016 Democratic primary election ballot

by Jim Redden
In other election news, Chris Telfer to run for state treasurer as Independent candidate Good news for supporters of Bernie Sanders — he can appear on the 2016 Democratic Primary Election ballot, even though the Vermont U.S. senator is officially…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Six more officers were recently assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team after a spike in shootings.
August 28, 2015

Gang violence ties official 12-month record

by Jim Redden
Portland has tied the official 12-month record for gang violence with four more months still to go in the year. The Gang Enforcement Team adopted 118 incidents of gang violence for investigation as of Aug. 27, according to the most recent statistics…
HEINE
August 27, 2015

Heine asks court to order Bank of Oswego to pay his legal fees

by Gary M. Stein
Bank's board rejected the request from its former CEO, who says he can't afford the cost of mounting a defense Former Bank of Oswego President and CEO Dan Heine filed a federal complaint this week against the financial institution he founded, asking…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon Culinary Institute founder Ray Gauthier says Oregon needs to better regulate for-profit schools. Here, OCI instructor Dan Brophy critiques the performance of students during a breakfast prep.
August 27, 2015

For-profit schools getting a hall pass as state watchdog plays hooky

by Peter Korn
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued a “program integrity” rule in an attempt to increase state oversight of for-profit colleges. Among the provisions was a requirement that all students enrolled in for-profits be made aware of where…
COURTESY OF OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - Nearly 104,000 acres have burned in the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire near Baker City.
August 27, 2015

State extends parks campfire ban

by Pamplin Media Group
State parks and recreation officials have extended a statewide campfire and open flame ban for another week. The ban was imposed Aug. 19 because of extremely dry conditions across the state. Fires are not allowed on properties owned and managed by…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jim Berneike bikes up to the Powell Butte Nature Park in East Portland. Its one of the few places to mountain bike inside city limits.
August 27, 2015

City tackles master plan for off-road bikes

by Steve Law
Stung by criticism, officials balance access, environment There’s an informal truce in effect between mountain bikers and Portland officials, while the city creates a master plan for expanding off-road biking opportunities in town. But now comes the…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Gamblers hit the video lottery terminals at one of the establishments at 'Lottery Row,' a strip center filled with lottery retailers in Jantzen Beach in North Portland.
August 27, 2015

State Audit: lottery delis may violate Constitutional ban on casinos

by Steve Law
The Oregon State Lottery has failed to apply its own regulations designed to enforce the state Constitutional ban on non-tribal casinos, according to a state audit released Thursday. The Secretary of State’s audit examined the financial records of…

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says the system used to fight wildfires in the West is broken and dysfunctional. Wyden plans to push new legislation to fix the problem when Congress reconvenes in September.
Aug 27, 2015

Wyden, U.S. agriculture secretary to get update on Western…

by Peter Wong
Oregon Democrat also will pitch for change in how feds pay for some firefighting costs. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will get a briefing Friday on the status of…
Aug 27, 2015

House races could be key to who's in control

by Jim Redden
At least two of the elections that will help decide who controls the 2017 Oregon Legislature will take place in the Portland area next year. That’s because two Democratic state representatives…
Aug 27, 2015

Breathe a bit easier:Economy on upswing

by Jim Redden
Six years after the Great Recession was officially declared over, many Portland area residents are still unemployed or cannot find full-time work. But a new economic report prepared for TriMet…
Aug 27, 2015

Portland Building options costly

by Jim Redden
The City Council inched nervously closer to renovating the aging Portland Building during a Tuesday morning work session. The council did not approve the project, currently estimated at $175…
Aug 27, 2015

Sources Say: Ex-lawmaker makes switch to Independent Party

by Jim Redden
Officials with the Independent Party of Oregon say they are only interested in recruiting eight to 10 candidates for the Oregon Legislature for their 2016 primary election. But its recent…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Limerick, a 2-year-old golden retriever/labrador mix, is training for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Canines. A national survey found that most people say their dogs provide them comfort and stability.
Aug 26, 2015

Bark! 27 ways dogs make our lives less ruff

by Pamplin Media Group
If you appreciate the dog in your life, bark and wag your tail. It’s National Dog Appreciation Day, and a new survey by Milo’s Kitchen dog treat company says most people with dogs in their lives…
Aug 26, 2015

Kicker could knock $124 off state taxes

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Oregonians can expect an average of $124 off their 2015 tax returns due in April 2016, according to the state’s latest economic and revenue forecast. State Economist Mark McMullen said Wednesday…
Aug 26, 2015

Driver arrested after crash interrupts police sergeant's dinner

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: 26-year-old man held on several charges A restaurant patron was injured Wednesday evening and a 26-year-old driver was arrested after a car slammed into the E-San Thai restaurant…
COURTESTY PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Police say drivers need to watch out for students going to school on Thursday.
Aug 26, 2015

Police patrols will increase when school starts Thursday

by Jim Redden
The Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are teaming up to increase safety when students return to school Thursday. Portland Public School students are scheduled to…
ELIZABETH STEINER HAYWARD
Aug 26, 2015

Sen. Steiner Hayward tapped for legislative fellowship

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2015. The…
COURTESY PHOTO - Night operations at the Stouts Creek fire in Southern Oregon.
Aug 26, 2015

Prisoners on the fire lines: how inmates help battle wildfires

by Kate Davidson and Bryan M. Vance/OPB
This wildfire season has been exceptionally rough for the Northwest. Resources are stretched thin across the region and a state of emergency has been declared in Washington state. In Oregon,…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Traffic congestion in Portland is bad and getting worse, according to recent studies.
Aug 26, 2015

Portland tied for 12th most congested city in country

by Jim Redden
Portland is tied for the 12th most congested city in the country with Atlanta, Austin, Detroit and Miami, according to a new annual report by the the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX…
Aug 26, 2015

Police: Crash victim may have had medical issue

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: Mary Edward hit by her own vehicle Police said a 56-year-old Northeast Portland woman may have had a medical issue and was struck by her own vehicle Wednesday night near Northeast…
Aug 28, 2015

Empty fire station raises questions following Aug. 18 Damascus…

by Jodi Weinberger
Following a fire on Tuesday, Aug. 18, that damaged a professional building in Damascus, many residents had one question: why were the fire trucks next door to the burning building just sitting…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - State data servers, similar to these, need better security to protect information, according to a new audit by the secretary of state's office.
Aug 25, 2015

Another state audit reveals poor computer security

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Problems unresolved since state data center opened SALEM — A decade after lawmakers consolidated state computer operations, a new audit says there is still much to do to resolve security…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JIM CLARK - The tip of the pen that Emery Roberts uses contains a camera that copies her notes to her iPad. Such technology has helped her perform well as a student.
Aug 25, 2015

New law requires schools to screen students early for dyslexia

by Shasta Kearns Moore
The first time Lincoln High School senior Emery Roberts realized she was different was in kindergarten. She and a “frenemy” were neck-and-neck in a reading contest. Emery even remembers which…
Aug 25, 2015

Fire damages Harrison Park School classroom

by Pamplin Media Group
An electrical fire early Tuesday morning caused about $30,000 in damages to a classroom at Portland’s Harrison Park School. Portland Fire & Rescue says the fire was reported at about 2 a.m. Aug.…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Longtime homeless advocate Jean DeMaster is retiring as Executive Director of Human Solutions.
Aug 25, 2015

Jean DeMaster reflects on 45 years at Human Solutions

by Jodi Weinberger
Jean DeMaster, an iconic figure in fighting homelessness in Oregon, will retire next month as executive director of Human Solutions. DeMaster, 69, will pack up her office on Sept. 30, pack up…
Aug 23, 2015

Marine Drive crash kills motorcycle rider

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: Police say victim part of group speeding on road A man riding a motorcycle was killed Sunday evening in a collision on North Marine Drive. The victim has been identified as Joshua…
Aug 25, 2015

New UP students take 'plunge' into projects, service

by Pamplin Media Group
Dozens of incoming University of Portland freshmen and transfer students will spend the next two days volunteering on projects across the city as part of the Moreau Center’s annual Service…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - Independent Party of Oregon member Larry Morgan unseated a 12-year incumbent to win election to the Troutdale City Council last November. Although he is concentrating on city business now, Morgan has not ruled out a run for higher office someday.
Aug 25, 2015

Declaration of Independents

by Jim Redden
Larry Morgan is the potential future of the Independent Party of Oregon — and a good example of why young people especially are shunning the Democratic and Republican parties. The Oregon…
Aug 25, 2015

Oregonians will get final 'kicker' figure Wednesday

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Individuals to get credit for taxes, rather than check When lawmakers hear the first quarterly revenue forecast of the new two-year state budget cycle this week, they also will learn the amount…
Aug 25, 2015

Gang violence in Portland closes in on dubious record

by Jim Redden
Gang violence in Portland is inching up to the most recent record set in 2012. The Gang Enforcement Team formally adopted 111 cases for investigation as of Aug. 8, according to the most recent…
MAP COURTESY: CITY OF OREGON CITY - Mattress Warehouse is buying the site between a KFC Restaurant and Active Water Sports equipment rental.
Aug 24, 2015

Mattress Warehouse USA development coming to Oregon City Main…

by Raymond Rendleman
Last week Oregon City commissioners unanimously approved selling a chunk of bare land at 12th and Main streets for $260,000 to Mattress Warehouse USA, which is planning to construct a…
Aug 24, 2015

Oregon City zeroes in on site for Public Works Department

by Raymond Rendleman
They were just trying to agree on a plan to create a plan, but it took Oregon City commissioners two meetings and another long discussion before they voted 4-1 last week to buy an architect’s…