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Portland-area home prices rise again

The average sales price of a home in the Portland region hit a new record high of $412,000 in June, up 2.4 percent from the previous month and 11.5 percent from a year ago.

The jump happened despite an increase in homes for sale in June. The 4,501 new listings were an increase of 8.6 percent over May and the strongest June for new listings since 2008, according to the monthly Market Action report by the Regional Multiple Listing Service released last week.

Average sales prices varied throughout the region, the report says. The highest average was $650,200 in the Lake Oswego/West Linn area, followed by $592,500 in the West Portland area and $496,900 in the northwest Washington County area. The lowest average price was $196,300 in the Mount Hood area, followed by $257,000 in Columbia County and $286,000 in Yamhill County.

The price increase reflects the fact that, although more homes came on the market in June, there is still a shortage of homes for sale in the Portland region compared to historic inventories. Realtors say the housing market is the same along the entire West Coast — and they expects the situation to continue into next summer.

You can read the RMLS report at: http://tinyurl.com/hpy26ez.

Three more LOFD firefighters retire

Brian McVicker, Michael Jordan and Wayne Pieschel officially retired last week after a combined 96 years of service to the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

McVicker joined the department in 1980, becoming a battalion chief and training chief. Jordan, who was hired in 1984, earned the rank of lieutenant and played a key role in the LOFD’s boat program. Pieschel, who worked as a driver engineer for most of his 28 years with the city, was hired in 1988; he had been working for quite a while to restore the LOFD’s 1923 GMC fire engine, finally getting it to run again just before his retirement.

The departures are the latest in a series of changes at the fire department. Chief Ed Wilson, Lt. Steve Olson and driver engineers Mark Anderson and Ted Maas all retired late last year, resulting in a series of promotions that included Larry Goff becoming fire chief and David Morris being named assistant chief.

In addition, five new firefighters were hired and completed their training earlier this year.

LOPD arrests three impaired drivers in June

Lake Oswego Police officers arrested three drivers for DUII incidents in June as part of a nationwide enforcement operation conducted during regular-duty patrols, the department said last week. All of the arrests involved alcohol-related offenses.

LOPD Lt. Doug Treat said the next national DUII enforcement event is scheduled for late summer and the Labor Day holiday weekend — Aug. 19-Sept. 5 — when officers all across the Portland metro area will be on the lookout for distracted and impaired drivers who may have overindulged.

Drivers arrested for DUII can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.

“Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired,” Treat said. “Please act responsibly and drive sober.”

— The Review