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Kafoury's budget focuses on kids, families, housing

Kafoury's budget focuses on kids, families, housing

One year in office, chair balances work, family — and budget When Deborah Kafoury was 5, her...

The rush is on to build affordable housing

The rush is on to build affordable housing

A flurry of support at all levels in works to address the need Community activists have been...

Fritz goes out on a limb, cuts tree fees

Fritz goes out on a limb, cuts tree fees

Many have ax to grind over lowered cost of tree removal If Portlanders want to chop down large,...

World Indoor meet is on the clock

World Indoor meet is on the clock

HALES, TRACK AND FIELD ELITE RALLY AT PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE FOR PORTLAND'S 2016 IAAF...

Former Wilsonville planning commissioner dies

Former Wilsonville planning commissioner dies

Former Wilsonville Planning Commissioner Helen Burns, who served during the city’s formative...

Bicyclist's death looms as groups plan protest, Vision Zero push

Bicyclist's death looms as groups plan protest, Vision Zero push

Wednesday’s fatal bicycle accident on Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard is stirring a...

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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon's Senate has approved a bill to limit the state's medical marijuana businesses, but the measure faces an uncertain fate in the House.
May 27, 2015

Senate backs limits on medical marijuana businesses

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — The Oregon Senate approved a bill Wednesday to rein in the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana market, which many people believe is crucial to the state’s effort to undermine…
May 28, 2015

Sources Say: Careful scheduling will avoid some awkward moments

by Jim Redden
Mayor Charlie Hales and state Treasurer Ted Wheeler don’t cross paths very often. And now that Wheeler is not discouraging talk he might be a business-backed candidate against Hales in 2016,…
May 28, 2015

Senators put hold on fish panel reappointees

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
Buckmaster and Atkinson to get full state Senate vote SALEM — Two controversial appointees to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission are headed to the state Senate for a confirmation vote,…
May 28, 2015

DAS wants $16.9 million to beef up cyber security, project…

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Insider
Request includes funds to hire 12 to manage IT projects Oregon’s administrative agency wants lawmakers to spend roughly $16.9 million over the next two years to upgrade computer systems and hire…
May 28, 2015

Lottery works to upgrade video games

by Joe Beach/Capital Insider
State wants to move money from scratch-offs The Oregon Lottery is taking steps to raise its game. “We are trying to keep up with the market,” Executive Director Jack Roberts told Oregon Capital…
May 28, 2015

License issue could leave Oregonians grounded

by Peter Wong/Capital Insider
State seeks federal aid to secure storage of personal data Oregon lawmakers will wait until 2016 to decide on whether to complete the final step to provide secure driver’s licenses complying…
May 27, 2015

Meyer Memorial Trust grants aid college, housing projects

by Pamplin Media Group
Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 31 grants in April and May, totaling nearly $2.6 million for organizations across Oregon and Southwest Washington. The awards support efforts such as the Girl Scouts…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland's former parking manager Ellis K. McCoy will spend 24 months in prison for taking bribes in connection with city parking machine contracts.
May 27, 2015

Former city parking manager goes to prison for taking bribes

by Pamplin Media Group
Former Portland parking manager Ellis K. McCoy was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for taking almost $200,000 in bribes from two city contractors from 2002 to mid-2011. McCoy pleaded…
May 27, 2015

Flush with cash, Portland OKs city budget with little debate

by Steve Law
Turns out it’s easier for Portland city leaders to approve a budget when new money is flowing in. With a minimum of bickering, Portland city commissioners unanimously approved a $3.68 billion…
May 27, 2015

Lawmakers put heads together on transportation funding

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Less than a week after one lawmaker cast gloom over prospects for a transportation funding package, a group of lawmakers met Wednesday afternoon in Gov. Kate Brown's office to discuss…
COURTESY MARK BOWEN/SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE - Natalie Cha on stage at the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Maryland Ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
May 27, 2015

Local spelling whiz knocked out of Scripps bee

by Shasta Kearns Moore
West Linn's Natalie Cha, 12, went two rounds before her misstep Natalie Cha, the Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee winner, went two rounds at the Scripps National Spelling Bee near…
May 27, 2015

TriMet: New budget improves service, increases senior fares

by Jim Redden
The TriMet board of directors approved a $510.5 million operating budget for the coming fiscal years that improves service but also includes a fare increase for seniors but no one else. “This…
May 27, 2015

Bike rider killed in collision with tow truck

by Pamplin Media Group
A bicyclist was killed Wednesday afternoon in a collision with a tow truck on Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Gladstone Street. Portland police have not released the bicyclist's name.…
May 27, 2015

City Council passes Parks SDC increase

by Jennifer Anderson
Portland to increase development fees to pay for parks In a 3-2 vote, the Portland City Council voted Wednesday to approve an increase in system development charges for Portland Parks &…
COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun to reduce the number of cormorant breeding pairs on East Sand Island from 14,000 to about 5,600 by 2018.
May 27, 2015

Bird slaughter begins at East Sand Island

by Jennifer Anderson
Environmental groups fight back to stop killings The slaughter at East Sand Island has begun. Over Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began killing double-crested cormorants…
PHOTO CREDIT: KOIN 6 NEWS - One of the historic Mt. Tabor reservoirs that will be replaced by underground stoage tanks.
May 27, 2015

Council limits public seating at open reservoir hearing Thursday

by Jim Redden
Because of safety concerns, the City Council has agreed to close the balcony above the Council Chambers to the public during Thursday's hearing on disconnecting the open reservoirs in Mt. Tabor.…
May 27, 2015

Vote could extend prosecution deadline for rape cases

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
SALEM — The Senate will vote on a bill to extend Oregon’s deadline for prosecutions of rape from six to 12 years, although advocates for crime victims urged a committee to lengthen it to 20…
May 27, 2015

Going bald in St. Johns for cancer

by Max Denning
About 20 volunteers plan to shave their heads to raise funds for children’s cancer research this Saturday in St. Johns. Volunteers will take part in the head-shaving event to raise funds for the…
COURTESY: ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE - Darrron Thomas (right) drops back to pass for the Portland Thunder in Saturday's road loss at the Orlando Predators.
May 26, 2015

Thunder's Darron Thomas out for AFL season

by Steve Brandon
QB TORE UP KNEE IN HIT AT ORLANDO Quarterback Darron Thomas is out for the rest of the Arena Football League season with a knee injury that will require surgery, coach Mike Hohensee said…
GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - David Vasquez
May 26, 2015

Two arrested for kidnapping Gresham woman and toddler

by Jodi Weinberger
A man and a woman have been arrested after holding captive a Gresham woman and her toddler. A 28-year-old woman called 911 from a neighbor's home in the 19400 block of S.E. Yamhill St. at 5:17…
COURTESY OF PPB - Portland police begin this week telling homeless campers to move their structures from the public rights of way in the Central Eastside Industrial District.
May 26, 2015

Police begin sweep of 'entrenched' Central Eastside homeless…

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland police will work with the nonprofit group JOIN and a handful of other agencies to move “entrenched” homeless camps from the Central Eastside Industrial District. Beginning Tuesday, May…
Adyia Thomas Graham
May 26, 2015

Man held after shooting outside restaurant

by Pamplin Media Group
A 23-year-old Portland man was arrested early Tuesday morning after what police said was a gang-related shooting near a Northeast 82nd Avenue restaurant. Adyia Thomas Graham was taken into…
COURTESY OF SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS - Families at Maplewood Elementary in Southwest Portland have no sidewalks to get to school. Safe Routes for Schools is lobbying for investments that would benefit 150,000 kids in the tri-county area.
May 26, 2015

Walking and biking sought 'For Every Kid'

by Jennifer Anderson and Mara Stine
Safe Routes to School looks to fill $40 million gap One-hundred-seventy-two Oregon schools took part in this year’s Walk & Bike Challenge in May, organized by advocacy groups, school districts…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Youths play basketball at Montavilla Community Center. The center would be converted to a teen center from 3 to 10 p.m., under Mayor Hales' proposal.
May 26, 2015

Investing in the inner city

by Steve Law
Charlie Hales wants more of Portland’s at-risk youth to pick up a basketball or paint brush instead of a gun. The mayor, who oversaw the city parks bureau in his last go-round on the City…
May 26, 2015

Park development fee change goes to council

by Jim Redden
Method would raise developer fees to pay for parks as city grows, Fritz says The City Council is scheduled to consider changing the methodology for setting System Development Charges for parks…

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Superintendent Carole Smith speaks at the ground-breaking ceremony at Franklin High School May 16 for the $104 million bond-funded reconstruction process. On July 1, Smith will have to face four new Portland Public Schools board members who have been critical of her leadership.
May 26, 2015

Change is coming to Portland schools

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Slate of new board members critical of PPS administration With the May 19 election of four new board members and the ouster of 12-year incumbent Bobbie Regan, observers say big changes are…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - Helen Ost, Barbara Knapp and Jennifer Vitello are hoping the Portland Parks & Recreation will purchase the Johns Community Garden from the Water Bureau.
May 26, 2015

These garden plots are not for sale

by Jim Redden
Community garden site listed as surplus, but city says don't worry City officials are trying to reassure community garden users their plots are not for sale. Concern began to spread among…
SHELLEY MARTIN
May 26, 2015

Martin, Bauman named to TriMet board

by Pamplin Media Group
Two women have been appointed to the TriMet board of directors, representing Southwest and Southeast Portland. Shelley Martin and Lori Irish Bauman were appointed by Gov. Kate Brown and…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Multnomah Education Service District elected three new board members, including Siobhan Burke, a Portland paraeducator.
May 26, 2015

Culture shift comes to education district board

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Election Day came at an interesting time in the life of the Multnomah Education Service District. The last board voted March 5 to bar the door to two-year Superintendent Barbara Jorgensen, who…
May 26, 2015

Mark & Dave: One way to use a closed road: a homeless camp?

by Mark Mason and Dave Anderson
The 2015 Rose Festival is underway. This year, the city closed one lane of Naito Parkway to accommodate bikes and pedestrians ... cars, you are increasingly machine-non-grata around here. The…
May 26, 2015

No sign of foul play after body recovered from river

by Pamplin Media Group
Multnomah County sheriff’s river patrol deputies said Tuesday that the 52-year-old Portland woman whose body was recovered Friday from the Willamette River likely drowned. Deputies said the body…
May 26, 2015

No protests allowed on open reservoir vote

by Jim Redden
Portland officials say they will not tolerate protests at City Council ahead of what is anticipated to be an emotional hearing on disconnecting the open reservoirs on Mount Tabor. In a May 20…
May 25, 2015

Shootings target groups of young people

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland police are investigating two shooting incidents Monday afternoon in East and Northeast Portland. No one was injured in the shootings. Both were apparently attacks aimed at groups of…
COURTESY OF PF&R: DICK HARRIS - Portland firefighters had to cut a man from his heavily damaged vehicle Monday afternoon, May 25, on Northeast Marine Drive.
May 25, 2015

Three-car collision injures two people

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland firefighters had to cut a man out of his heavily damaged car Monday afternoon after a three-car crash on Northeast Marine Drive that injured two people. Names of the two victims were…
COURTESY PHOTO - Harry Truman the missing bany goat is back home.
May 25, 2015

Missing baby goat returns home safe

by Jim Redden
A missing baby goat is back home safe. The 5-day-old goat was reported stolen on Saturday, May 23, from a farm in unincorporated Clackamas County. Sheriff's deputies learned the baby goat was…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Roy Jay, president of the Independent Development Enterprise Alliance, conducted a 2005 meeting of Operation Clean Slate. State Department of Justice officials want extensive financial records for two groups as part of an investigation.
May 25, 2015

Nonprofit IDEA, African American Chamber push back on state probe

by Kevin L. Harden
Portland’s African American Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Development Enterprise Alliance is asking a Multnomah County judge to block part of a several-month state investigation into…
OREGON STATE POLICE - Suspect vehcile stopped near the Stafford exit after Saturday's high speed chase.
May 24, 2015

High speed chase ends in Clackamas County

by Jim Redden
Two Washington men were arrested after a high speed police chase that ended in Clackamas County on Saturday evening. The driver is identified as Kyler Wayne Lawrence, 21, of Kent, Wash. He is…
MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Michael Shawn Harrison
May 24, 2015

Suspect shot by police released from hospital, booked

by Jim Redden
A man with a knife shot by police on May 17 has been released from the hospital and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. Michael Shawn Harrison, 47, is charged with two counts of Attempted…
CYLVIA HAYES
May 22, 2015

Judge says some Hayes emails can stay private

by Capital Bureau
Public records request for first lady's emails falls short in court SALEM — In a split decision, a Marion County circuit judge ruled Thursday that forcing former first lady Cylvia Hayes to…
May 22, 2015

Capitol project advocates seek first chunk of funds

by Peter Wong
The official request is in: Advocates seek $161.8 million for the first two years of a four-year Capitol renovation project whose total price tag is $337 million. The $161.8 million would be…
May 22, 2015

Wyden's trade bill passed by U.S. Senate

by Jim Redden
UPDATE: Wyden, Merkley disagree over vote The U.S. Senate passed so-called fast track international trade legislation co-sponsored by Oregon Sen. Wyden on Friday. Wyden is the Democratic…
May 22, 2015

Metro garbage fee to benefit residents of Oregon City

by Raymond Rendleman
The Oregon City-Metro Enhancement Committee meeting originally scheduled for May 27 to review and approve proposals for the 2015-16 grant cycle, has been postponed to Thursday, June 11. The 5:30…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ally the Alligator gets attention at Director Park as part of an afternoon exhibition put on by the Oregon State Fair.
May 21, 2015

State Fair turns Director Park into a real zoo

by Pamplin Media Group
It wasn’t a zoo. It was One Crazy Day for the 150th Oregon State Fair. On Thursday, May 21, the state fair brought street performers, acrobatics, farm animals, reptiles and puppeteers to…
May 21, 2015

Schnitzer Steel CEO says trade treaty critical for Oregon

by Jim Redden
Lundgren defends fast track,TPP at Alliance meeting Two weeks after President Obama visited Nike to pitch his new international trade treaty, the Portland area once again is at the center of the…
COURTESY: NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER - An artists rendering of the Generations project plaza. The 3.5-acre Lents site will feature multigenerational housing and early childhood programs.
May 21, 2015

Housing plan in works for Native Americans

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Construction of Lents Generations project slated for fall After clearing a hurdle at the Portland Public Schools board last week, a unique housing project is on track to break ground this…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Graduating senior Ramzees Gallegos recieves his Honor Sash at the ceremony recognizing Native American students and graduates.
May 21, 2015

Native students at PPS struggle; few graduate

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Scholar points to cultural differences, says more can be done With the first drumbeat that reverberated through the Robert Ford Auditorium at Jefferson High School, Portland Public Schools’…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Large sewer pipes wait to be installed at a $3.5 million project that could serve a proposed subdivision above Southwest Macadam Avenue near Taylors Ferry Road.
May 21, 2015

Planner: If we can build it, they will come

by Jim Redden
John Fregonese urges home builders to find infrastructure funds Suburban communities need more infrastructure funding for balanced growth to occur in the region, says respected local planner…
May 21, 2015

Five-story fall into courtyard injures man

by Pamplin Media Group
A man was seriously injured Wednesday night when he apparently fell five stories into a courtyard at a North Broadway apartment building. The man’s name and medical condition have not been…
COURTESY OF THE DOWNTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB - The 2014 Heisman Trophy awarded to  University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be displayed in early June at the Oregon Historical Society. (Mariota received one of the trophies and UO received a copy.)
May 21, 2015

Heisman Trophy makes a stop at Oregon Historical Society

by Pamplin Media Group
The 2014 Heisman Trophy won by University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will be displayed at the Oregon Historical Society Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7. A donation from Nike…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE  - Mountain bike trail engineer and biking advocate Andrew Jansky rides with his family -- Jenna, 18, Molly, 16, and wife Susie -- nearby the North Tualatin Mountains in Scappoose. The natural area will soon be open to bikes and other uses.
May 21, 2015

A place to ride

by Jennifer Anderson
Twenty miles Northwest of Portland, in the shadows of Forest Park — both literally and figuratively — sits 1,300 acres of former timber land called the North Tualatin Mountains. There aren’t any…