Local briefs for March 16


State schedules furloughs

Most state offices will close on Friday, March 18, because of budget reductions, requiring 26,500 state employees to take mandatory unpaid furloughs on that day. Oregonians should check state agencies' websites to find out whether online transactions are possible on the closure day. Certain employees who provide essential services in public safety - state police officers, corrections officers, certain state hospital workers and many transportation workers - will remain on the job as usual.

Author shares Bridal Veil photos, stories

Northwest author Chuck Rollins will be featured speaker at the Troutdale Historical Society's program meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, in the City Conference Building, 223 Buxton Ave.

Rollins will share stories and photos of the logging in Bridal Veil from 1906 to 1930. In his new book, readers see photos (as seen through the eyes of the loggers) of the forests and mill at Bridal Veil. The photos were produced by cameras from the early 1900s and printed out as postcards.

Admission to the meeting is free, and light refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring old cameras to show and share. Call 503-661-2164 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

School board holds special meeting

The Corbett School Board will hold a special board meeting Wednesday, March 16, regarding the reduction of days in the school year.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Corbett Grade School Library, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. Visit corbettschools.com or call 503-695-3612 for information.

Seminar addresses bullying in workplace

The Metro East Employer Council is hosting a seminar on bullying in the workplace Tuesday, April 5, at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

Paula Barran, a founding partner at Barran Liebman and a labor and employment lawyer, will lead the discussion. Attendees will receive a take-home PowerPoint presentation and a trainer's manual that they can use to train employees and supervisors on workplace bullying.

Attendees will learn how to address employee concerns quickly and how to differentiate bullying from other kinds of behavior.

The cost is $40 per attendee or $30 each for a group of three or more. Register by April 1 by calling Peter Sutton at 503-669-7112, ext. 273, or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Family copes with death of 3-year-old

A family is grieving the loss of a child after a father - who was repositioning his truck - struck and killed his 3-year-old son.

Firefighters and Portland police responded to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 4500 block of Southeast Powell Butte Parkway, just east of Powell Butte and south of Powell Boulevard.

Investigators with the Portland Police Major Crash Team learned a father had repositioned his truck in the driveway, where the truck struck and killed the boy, said Lt. Kelli Sheffer, Portland police spokeswoman.

'The father is cooperating fully with the investigation and investigators have determined this was a tragic accident,' Sheffer said. 'There is no indication of any impairment, and no charges have been filed against the father.'