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Wyden: 'Nothing off the table' for Trump impeachment

Wyden: 'Nothing off the table' for Trump impeachment

Oregon Senator addresses 3,500 at town hall at David Douglas HS on Saturday.

Housing, transit, marijuana dominate legislators' town hall

Housing, transit, marijuana dominate legislators' town hall

Sen. Ginny Burdick and Rep. Margaret Doherty address constituents in downtown Tigard.

Cully residents march against rent spikes

Cully residents march against rent spikes

The Normandy Apartment complex in Northeast Portland's Cully neighborhood is facing a 100 percent...

West Sylvan student's artwork now in national $80,000 Google competition

West Sylvan student's artwork now in national $80,000 Google competition

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People who have been in the fight for decades warn that efforts to curb criminal justice disparities in Oregon have a history of falling short.
'The relationship between blacks and the justice community has always been defined by the reality that police were assigned to keep the black population under control.'
An analysis of court records shows African-American residents are charged and fined at higher rates than whites in Multnomah County.
In 1945, members of the City Club of Portland discussed 'The Negro in Portland,' and heard a report by its committee on race relations.
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An analysis of court records shows African-American residents are charged and fined at higher rates than whites in Multnomah County.

Portland's Latest News

February 28, 2017

State's unemployment rate hits record low in January

by Pamplin Media Group
The only other time that Oregon's rate reached below 5 percent was between November 1994 and September 1995, when the rate dropped as low as 4.7 percent.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: LYNDSEY HEWITT - JOIN outreach worker Quinn Colling stands next to a tent set up deep in Forest Park. He said he would probably cover 30 miles over the course of the Point-in-Time Count survey of homeless people.
February 28, 2017

For some homeless, forest is their refuge

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Outreach workers go to far reaches of city to get accurate count of the homeless living the Portland area.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Michael Calcagno of Gresham has resigned as communications director to new Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.
February 28, 2017

Michael Calcagno, spokesman for new Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, resigns

by Nick Budnick
Pro-transparency communications director cites changes in Richardson's staff for departure


OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - Two adult wolves from the Walla Walla Pack were caught on remote trail camera Jan. 16, 2016 in northern Umatilla County, Ore. Oregon legislators are considering reductions in funding for predator control and reimbursing ranchers for livestock losses.
February 28, 2017

Ranchers oppose cuts to wolf compensation, predator control

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Funding for predator control and compensation for livestock depredation would be cut under budget recommendations .
STATE OF OREGON - Senate President Peter Courtney
February 28, 2017

Courtney says Legislature faces unprecedented workload

by Dick Hughes/For the Capital Bureau
Veteran Senate president lists six big issues facing lawmakers this session.
COURTESY PHOTO: PF&R - Portland firefighters made it safely out of a Northeast 33rd Avenue house late Monday night after a two-alarm fire threatened crews on the roof and the home's second floor.
February 28, 2017

Firefighters battle two-alarm blaze that damaged NE home

by Pamplin Media Group
A fast-moving fire threatened crews on the house's roof and second floor.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland Community College President Mark Mitsui speaks to the assembled crowd at a Day of Remembrance event memorializing the executive order that led to the internment of about 120,000 people of Japanese heritage in the 1940s.
February 28, 2017

75 years later, internment memories fresh

by Shasta Kearns Moore
President Mark Mitsui opened PCC's Day of Remembrance by talking about how President Franklin Roosevelt's executive order 9066, signed 75 years ago, affected his own family.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned in February 2015, won't be investigated by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum after all, her assistant wrote to the feds recently. She'd been waiting for completion of a federal IRS-FBI probe before reviewing the case.
February 24, 2017

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to feds: won't review Kitzhaber case after all

by Nick Budnick
Too much time has passed as federal probe continues, according to letter sent to U.S. Attorney Billy Williams
February 28, 2017

Natural resource groups skeptical of science panel proposal

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Proposed legislation would create Independent Science Review Board to study controversial issues.
February 28, 2017

In theory, new biz taxes could cover shortfall

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Analysts warn that proposals don't take into account 'behavioral' responses to increased taxation.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Thara Memory with his American Music Program band at the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival in Gresham in 2013.
February 27, 2017

Celebrated Portland jazz teacher indicted for inappropriate contact with students

by Nick Budnick
Thara Memory, a legendary Portland jazz performer, is known for a blunt and abrasive teaching style
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Hapag-Lloyd was the second cand final ontainer shipping line to pull out of the Port of Portland this year after Hanjin Shipping in 2015.
February 28, 2017

Port: Controversial terminal operator leaving

by Jim Redden
Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt said the agreement is the best opportunity to launch a new strategy to restore carrier service for Oregon and Northwest shippers.
REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Lake Oswego business owner Kevin Kerwin stands outside his downtown computer repair shop, where a sign in the window advertises a 'March 4 Trump' rally planned for March 4. Kerwin has a history of posting signs in the window of his store that convey provocative messages with anti-liberal themes.
February 27, 2017

Controversial business owner withdraws from 'March 4 Trump' event in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Kevin 'The Geek' Kerwin says organizers asked him to 'settle down' after media coverage of inflammatory posts on social media
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A string of emails shows that some sheriffs are cooperating with federal ICE agents and providing information on immigrants in local jails.
February 23, 2017

Deputies skirt state rules to help ICE deport suspects

by Nick Budnick
Sheriff Reese vows to investigate after documents released following Portland Tribune public records request.
February 27, 2017

Man and dog found dead in NE Sandy Blvd home

by Pamplin Media Group
The cause of death has not been determined but the circumstances are suspicious.
February 27, 2017

Employers ask for changes to scheduling law

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A bill sponsored by Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, would require certain employers to give two weeks' notice for work schedules and penalty pay for noncompliance.
COURTESY OF MATTRESS FIRM - A participant at a past Pajama Bowl for Foster Kids slings a bowling ball at Big Al's.
February 27, 2017

Big Al's to host Mattress Firm Pajama Bowl for Foster Kids

by Pamplin Media Group
Teams are asked to raise at least $250 each, as organizers hope to break last year's fundraising total to benefit foster children.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The renovations to the station will eventually lead to a safer and more inviting stop, with better lighting, shelters and warning strips.
February 26, 2017

Gresham City Hall MAX stop closed for renovations

by Christopher Keizur
One of the oldest MAX stations will be closed from Feb. 26 to April 1.
KOIN 6 PHOTO - A pedestrian was hit by a car and killed on SE Division Street, December 7, 2016.
February 26, 2017

30 mph speed limit proposed for outer Division

by Jim Redden
Request follows two pedestrian fatalities in December and adoption of Vision Zero Action Plan last year.
KOIN 6 NEWS - Fire damaged this Southwest Portland apartment buildings on Feb. 25.
February 26, 2017

One hurt, eight displaced by SW Portland fire

by KOIN 6 News
The fire broke out in an apartment builing at Southwest 45th and Multnomah at around 2 p.m. on Saturday.
REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Lake Oswego business owner Kevin Kerwin stands outside his downtown computer repair shop, where a sign in the window advertises the 'March 4 Trump' rally he's organizing for March 4. Kerwin has a history of posting signs in the window of his store that convey provocative messages with anti-liberal themes.
February 25, 2017

Groups plan counter-protests during 'March 4 Trump' in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Events range from sidewalk demonstrations and a 'Rainbow Parade' to a family-friendly 'LO LOve-in' with a positive message
PHOTO BY JAIME VALDEZ - An investigator examines the house where Beaverton Police this morning shot and killed an armed man, across the street from Beaver Acres Elementary School.
February 24, 2017

Officers identified after man shot on roof in Beaverton

by The Times
Under long-standing protocol, both officers have been placed on paid leave.
REVIEW PHOTO: GARY M. STEIN - Firefighters wheel an injured pedestrian to a waiting ambulance Friday morning after the woman was struck by a car at the intersection of State Street and A Avenue.
February 24, 2017

Pedestrian struck by car in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Police say the driver was distracted by sign-carrying demonstrators nearby, who say they were there to protest a nearby business owner's 'racist Facebook posts'
February 24, 2017

Jackson County deputies apprehend suspected Sandy car burglar

by Pamplin Media Group
Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Nathaniel James Young of Grants Pass on accusations stemming from car break-ins in Sandy overnight on Feb. 21.
COURTESY PHOTO: MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Henry Conley Fitchett
February 24, 2017

Aurora man died of natural causes

by Lindsay Keefer
Henry Conley Fitchett's body was found at home just days after his family reported him missing

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Feb 23, 2017

WL officer fired after controversial social media posts

by Patrick Malee
The saga began in July 2016 when Newberry - an eight-year veteran of the department - published several incendiary Facebook posts related to the 'Black Lives Matter' movement
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has joined a state of Washington lawsuit to block President Trump's immigration travel ban.
Feb 23, 2017

Oregon seeks to join travel ban lawsuit, citing 'harm' to state,…

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Washington sued the Trump administration last month challenging a Jan. 27 executive order blocking travel by citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Feb 23, 2017

School Notes: Lee in running for playground; Roosevelt teen is…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Low-income school wants a playground slam dunk; Roosevelt teen named area Youth of the Year; Vernon to finish greenscaping project
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Tong Road meets Highway 224 a few miles east of Carver.
Feb 23, 2017

Landslide repairs close section of Highway 224

by Emily Lindstrand
The Oregon Department of Transportation estimates the closure will last several weeks while engineers make lasting repairs in the vicinity of seven landslidea.
Sepulvado
Feb 23, 2017

Prosecutors subpoena former OPB reporter to discuss Ryan Bundy…

by April Baer/OPB
Oregon's shield law offers journalists state protection, but it wouldn't apply in federal case.
Feb 23, 2017

Water bureau to seek approval for lead corrosion pilot program

by Jim Redden
City Council will consider request that could cost up to $20 million and take 5 and 1/2 years to impliment on March 1.
OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA -  A Mandelli machine at Boeings plant in Gresham uses a robot to pluck the correct milling spindle and put them into place to fashion a wing component.
Feb 23, 2017

Boeing brings new system production to Gresham

by Christopher Keizur
Facility will fabricate wing flap actuation components for commercial aircraft
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - Clackamas County's Gary Schmidt speaks at a breakfast forum Thursday, Feb. 23, of the Westside Economic Alliance at the Embassy Suites in Tigard. Others from left are moderator Bernie Bottomly, TriMet; Jonathan Schlueter, Washington County, and Ree Armitage, field representative for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.
Feb 23, 2017

Counties: We need money for roads, transit, other public works

by Peter Wong
Panelists outline state and federal legislative priorities during a forum of the Westside Economic Alliance.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: LYNDSEY HEWITT - Mason Goche is worried about the future of the food cart pod at Nelson Plaza in North Portland's Kenton neighborhood.
Feb 23, 2017

Kenton food cart pod needs feeding

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Shrinking city-funded North Portlnd project needs vendors and a recipe for success.
Deputy E.U. Ambassador Caroline Visini
Feb 23, 2017

European Union diplomat to speak at Nordia House

by The Times
Caroline Vicini will discuss the state of the relationship between the United States and the European Union.
Feb 23, 2017

Oregon officials react to prospect of federal pot crackdown

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Oregon officials say a crackdown on the state's recreational market would violate state rights.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: SHASTA KEARNS MOORE - Lincoln High School junior Amahn Enayati teaches 87-year-old Lily Irinaga how to use basic functions on her iPad. Enayati wants more teens to join Teen Tech Help to connect with seniors.
Feb 23, 2017

Teen builds bridges to seniors by helping with their technology

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Lincoln High School junior Amahn Enayati wants to grow his Teen Tech Help idea into a long-lasting volunteer network of teens willing to visit with seniors to teach a tech skill.
More than two dozen local 'March 4 Trump' events, including one in Lake Oswego, are planned in support of a March 4 gathering on the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C.
Feb 21, 2017

Lake Oswego business owner plans 'March 4 Trump'

by Anthony Macuk
Kevin Kerwin's event is part of a nationwide series of pro-Trump rallies scheduled for March 4
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JAIME VALDEZ - Monica Gupta recites the Pledge of Allegiance during a recent naturalization ceremony at the Beaverton Library.
Feb 23, 2017

'I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE'

by Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Thirty-one new Americans from 14 different countries gather for naturalization ceremony in Beaverton.
RICK LEWIS
Feb 23, 2017

Silverton mayor named to Oregon House vacancy

by Peter Wong
Republican Rick Lewis is choice of commissioners in District 18, which covers southern Clackamas County and northeast Marion County.
Feb 23, 2017

Bill seeks to boost Malheur County economy

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The measure would provide $10 million over two years for grants and loans to businesses and government institutions.
REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Friends of Trees crew leader Sochetra Ly helps volunteer Donna White plant a bare root native sapling Saturday during a huge work party in Lake Oswego's River Run Park.
Feb 23, 2017

Helping to restore Lake Oswego's River Run Park

by Anthony Macuk
Volunteers led by Friends of Trees and the City of Lake Oswego place more than 1,400 native plants
REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYTAKE - Redevelopment Director Brant Williams stands on the State Street sidewalk that the City rebuilt in partnership with neighboring businesses. It's 'a small project,' Williams says, 'but it means so much to some of the property owners.'
Feb 23, 2017

Brant Williams reflects on 'moving things forward' in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Retiring Redevelopment Director Brant Williams played a key role on projects big and small during 11 years in LO
REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Automotive students peer under the hood. From left: Alec Senner, junior, LOHS; Abby Bernasconi, senior, Lakeridge; Edward Mahoney, junior, Lakeridge.
Feb 23, 2017

GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY

by Jillian Daley
Lakeridge, LOHS students get hands-on experience with automobiles through a partnership with World of Speed and Clackamas Community College
Feb 23, 2017

Sources: Wyden's insider info could spell trouble for Trump

by Jim Redden
Despite all the anti-Trump revelations and protests, the Democrats are not in a position to increase their power anytime soon.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Jeff Reynolds, a Tea Party activist from Rockwood who favored Senator Ted Cruz for president, is wary of Trump's conservative credentials but was pleased by his victory.
Feb 23, 2017

What do Republicans think of Trump?

by Jeff Mapes/OPB
This may shock Democrats, but some Oregonians think the president is doing a great job.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - City crews kick off a pothole Patch-a-thon Thursday, Feb. 23, hoping to tackle many of the 1,000 potholes reported by Portlanders.
Feb 22, 2017

City crews warm up shovels for pothole Patch-a-thon

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland's Bureau of Transportation has a backlog of more than 1,000 potholes, many of which could be filled beginning Feb. 23.
Feb 22, 2017

Projections boost state coffers by nearly $200 million

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
New revenue figures could drop Oregon projected budget shortfall to $1.6 billion.
Feb 22, 2017

School officials push back on mandatory class size negotiations

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A former union negotiator has proposed legislation to make class size a mandatory part of collective bargaining.
MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI/CAPITAL BUREAU - Jesse Bounds runs a straw-compressing facility in Junction City, Ore., that state regulators claim was rebuilt on a wetland after a fire.
Feb 22, 2017

Bills propose to dispel Oregon wetland uncertainties

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Property owners have no reliable assurance their land is not designated a wetlands, which would restrict the parcel's utility.