Concern: Eastmoreland sequoias may still be felled

Concern: Eastmoreland sequoias may still be felled

Questions arose about the redevelopment of the property at 3646 S.E. Martins Street in...

Sweltering summer heat

Sweltering summer heat "here to stay" in Inner Southeast

With Inner Southeast Portland in the grip of a summertime heat wave, many residents and business...

Illegal fireworks spark July 5th Sellwood house fire

Illegal fireworks spark July 5th Sellwood house fire

Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded to a house on fire at 1665 S.E. Harney at 12:11 am on July...

Boys find, and tote home, a bomb from Oaks Bottom

Boys find, and tote home, a bomb from Oaks Bottom

On July 13th, as part of an evening’s adventure exploring Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a few...

Biker kills pedestrian on Holgate - and flees

Biker kills pedestrian on Holgate - and flees

It’s not just cars hitting bicyclists, in Southeast Portland. On the Fourth of July, at...

Tacoma Street now veers north at Sellwood Bridge

Tacoma Street now veers north at Sellwood Bridge

As the month of July began, drivers and pedestrians using the Sellwood Bridge noticed a...


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DAVID F. ASHTON - Meet the beetle! It landed - and would not be shooed off the reporters spectacles!
September 04, 2015

Oaks Bottom's beetles bug Sellwood

by David F. Ashton
The thick dark-brown swarm of bugs billowing out from the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge started on the evening of Friday, August 7, and conjured the word “plague” in the minds of many folks in the…
DAVID F. ASHTON - A worker welds studs to bolts on the deck of the new Sellwood Bridge.
September 04, 2015

"Out-of-spec bolts" slow Sellwood Bridge progress

by David F. Ashton
With most of the heavy construction work completed on S.E. 6th Avenue, both north and south of Tacoma Street, most of the infrastructure work for the eastern landing of the new Sellwood Bridge…
DAVID F. ASHTON - While crew members doused the garage with water, other firefighters wet down the adjacent house, in an effort to keep it from burning down.
September 04, 2015

"Arson!" asserts homeowner, as blaze chars Brentwood-Darlington…

by David F. Ashton
It didn’t take long for the fire that started in a detached garage at 7615 S.E. 66th Avenue, just south of Flavel Street, to balloon into a big blaze, on Thursday, August 6. Portland Fire &…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Making the turn above Oaks Bottom from S.E. Sellwood Boulevard around to 7th Avenue, the riders proceed south beside Sellwood Park to Tacoma Street, and then the Sellwood Bridge.
September 04, 2015

"Bridge Pedal" bicyclists invade Inner Southeast

by David F. Ashton
On the early Sunday morning of August 9th, the 20th annual “Providence Bridge Pedal” brought thousands of riders across the Sellwood Bridge this year. Those unaware of the annual bicycle-riding…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Too many boats and not enough channel. Boaters illegally blocked the Willamette River channel in front of the competition, causing the United States Coast Guard Harbormaster to shut down the Flugtag early. The Bruuns were not allowed to compete.
September 04, 2015

Discourteous boaters sink Bruun Bros' flight-record hopes

by David F. Ashton
For weeks on end, after work and on the weekends, the Bruun brothers and their dad labored in the Lorentz Bruun Company woodshop, located in the Brooklyn neighborhood since the 1940s, building…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Three cars are damaged, after one vehicle stops - to let a pedestrian pass in the crosswalk.
September 04, 2015

Stopping at crosswalk crashes three cars on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue

by David F. Ashton
It appeared to be merely a “fender-bender”, at 4 pm on July 27 – but one person was transported to a hospital by ambulance, as the result of a three-car pile-up in the 5000 Block of S.E.…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Service dog Moose, wearing his booties, chills out at once on the TriMet bus, while owner Amy reassures him.
September 04, 2015

"Service dogs" learn bus-riding in Brooklyn neighborhood

by David F. Ashton
“Moose”, a black Labrador retriever, was specially equipped for the blazing hot summer day – by his trainer, owner, and companion, a young lady named Amy. He was wearing booties on his paws to…
COURTESY OF KATU-TV-2 - Police investigate a truck vs. pedestrian accident on S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard in the early morning hours which sent a man to the hospital.
September 04, 2015

Pedestrian hit by truck on Johnson Creek Boulevard

by David F. Ashton
It’s still unclear why a 68-year-old man was walking along S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard, across from the Precision Cast Parts Structurals plant about 3:30 in the morning early on Tuesday, August…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Kids and adults alike are drawn to the hand-built Lego constructions at the Division-Clinton Street Fair, highlighted by the Lego Logo Board partially visible at upper left, which animates a student story - Zuri the Rhino Travels the World.
September 04, 2015

Pop-up Lego display enchants Street Fair visitors

by David F. Ashton
Many of the families who dashed into the building on S.E. Division Street near 30th Avenue were ducking out of the rain that washed across the Division-Clinton Street Fair around noon on…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Extending out into the newly-created wetland at the TriMet MAX Orange Line Tacoma Street Station is this new Johnson Creek observational boardwalk.
September 04, 2015

Johnson Creek boardwalk ready for MAX Orange Line opening

by David F. Ashton
Long before any MAX track had been spiked in place, back in 2010, staff and volunteers at the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) were beginning a process to develop a special area of the…

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DAVID F. ASHTON - Actor/participants walk away from the train, stopped in the middle of the Tilikum Crossing transit bridge.
Sep 04, 2015

Tilikum Crossing "safety drill" challenges emergency…

by David F. Ashton
A little more than a month before its official opening, the new Tilikum Crossing transit bridge was the scene of a full-scale TriMet emergency response drill, on the morning of Sunday, August 2.…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Ready for the remodel: With the back concrete foundation extending for a considerable distance, neighbors had been wondering how what was left of the old house would be incorporated into the new renovation.
Sep 04, 2015

Neighbors startled by extensive Eastmoreland house remodel

by David F. Ashton
As deconstruction began on an Eastmoreland home at 7440 S.E. 34th Avenue on July 22, neighbors expressed strong concerns via e-mail, telephone, and via social media. The house and property –…
Sep 04, 2015

Area north of Ross Island Bridge set to draw "hipper" new…

by Steve Law, Portland Tribune
Portland’s Inner Eastside will become more of a magnet for software and other companies seeking hip warehouse spaces, after the Portland City Council voted 4-0 on Wednesday, July 29th, to…
DAVID F. ASHTON - The patio was open, but S.E. Foster Road was closed - as police investigated a crash in which a Honda Element was smashed and on its side, after an Acura 2.3 CL couple barreled into it at the intersection of S.E. 79th.
Sep 04, 2015

Van overturns - as inattentive driver hits it on Foster Road

by David F. Ashton
There seemed to be no good reason for the two-car collision that took place at about 1:15 pm on Wednesday afternoon, August 5, on S.E. Foster Road. The sightlines were clear and so was the…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Seth Johnson, who was appointed Principal of Woodstock School only in mid-August, was already living with his family in the neighborhood, and had been for the past three years.
Sep 04, 2015

New Principal announced for Woodstock Elementary

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
When Seth Johnson and his young family moved to the Woodstock neighborhood three years ago, to a home just a few blocks from Woodstock School, he had no idea he would someday become Principal of…
RITA A. LEONARD - As the new school year opens, Ruth Tucker is the new Principal at Whitman Elementary School.
Sep 04, 2015

Ruth Tucker new Principal at Whitman Elementary School

by Rita A. Leonard
The new school year begins with many adjustments. One of those changes is a new Principal, Ruth Tucker, at Whitman Elementary School, at S.E. 72nd and Flavel, in the Brentwood-Darlington…
RITA A. LEONARD - This years new street painting at Sellwoods Share-It Square features honeybees and bee trees - intended to represent nature, home, and the health of our planet.
Sep 04, 2015

Sellwood's "Share-It Square" street art now features honeybees

by Rita A. Leonard
Neighbors at S.E. 9th and Sherrett Street in Sellwood – “Share-It Square”, a “Community Demonstration Project” – recently painted the 19th annual version of community interests on the street at…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Firefighters and paramedics stabilize a Woodstock crash victim they say crawled out of an overturned Jeep on her own, before they arrived.
Sep 04, 2015

Victim crawls out of Woodstock roll-over crash

by David F. Ashton
A side-impact crash rolled over a car on a Woodstock neighborhood side street at 4:20 pm on Thursday, August 20. THE BEE arrived shortly after the call was dispatched to police and fire…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Using a powerful fan, a firefighter evacuates smoke from the apartment above the fire unit.
Sep 04, 2015

Westmoreland apartment fire displaces four

by David F. Ashton
The report of an apartment fire on Wednesday evening, August 19 at about 8:15 pm, on S.E. 17th Avenue just south of the McLoughlin Boulevard intersection, brought out Portland Fire & Rescue…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Retired Lewis Elementary teacher Cindy DiCenzo paints in some coins around the new Pot of Gold, added at the end of the rainbow, in Eastmorelands Bybee traffic circle.
Sep 04, 2015

Eastmoreland paints street: Pot-o-Gold on Bybee circle

by David F. Ashton
It’s becoming an annual event for Eastmoreland neighbors to gather sometime in the summer to clean, repaint, and add to the street art in the traffic circle on S.E. Bybee Boulevard, where 37th…