County confirms Sellwood Bridge spending overruns

County confirms Sellwood Bridge spending overruns

The construction of a major, high-volume river crossing in one’s own “back yard”...

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Plaid Pantry robber beaten down by Woodstock patron

Plaid Pantry robber beaten down by Woodstock patron

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Trains and streetcars test-drive Tilikum Crossing Bridge

Trains and streetcars test-drive Tilikum Crossing Bridge

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Pipe bombs tossed onto S.E. Flavel Drive from fleeing car

Pipe bombs tossed onto S.E. Flavel Drive from fleeing car

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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF SHON BOULDEN - A deflated airbag hangs over the steering wheel, after the driver was removed from the Toyota Corolla he smashed into the Sellwood UPS Store.
March 06, 2015

Driver skids 250 feet - into Sellwood store

by David F. Ashton
Movie fiction swiftly turned into reality for Sellwood resident Shon Boulden, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 18. Boulden told THE BEE that he’d stayed up late, watching…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - A police officer writes up a citation for a person accused of squatting in an empty Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood house.
March 06, 2015

THE BEE investigates: Squatters still settling in Southeast

by David F. Ashton
You may not have heard much about this problem lately, but it hasn’t gone away. The problem of an ever-increasing number of empty houses being taken over by squatters in Inner Southeast Portland…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Other members of the Portland Public Schools Board of Education listen, as Greg Belisle explains the decision to drop the lottery-transfer system. That was the intended focus of the meeting - which turned out to devote most of its time to the succession process for Cleveland Highs Principal.
March 06, 2015

Choosing new CHS Principal dominates PPS meeting

by David F. Ashton
Some 75 people turned out for a meeting and conversation with the Portland Public Schools Board of Education, in the Cleveland High School Library on Monday evening, January 26. One of the…
Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS PHOTO - With a loud crash, and with sparks flying, this Amtrak engine slammed into the back of a stalled Toyota - whose driver took a wrong turn onto the tracks in Southeast Portland, a little north of OMSI.
March 06, 2015

Confused driver's car hit by Amtrak near OMSI

by David F. Ashton
What started as a Valentine’s Day outing for an elderly couple and their granddaughter nearly had a fatal conclusion, when their white Toyota was rear-ended by an Amtrak Train near OMSI – the…
Photo Credit: ERIC NORBERG - Developers say they are demolishing Inner Southeast homes for new construction, because this is where people want to live. A home that had been made into a triplex was demolished, here on the corner of S.E. Harold and Milwaukie Avenue, to be replaced by a three-story apartment building - with no on-site parking.
March 06, 2015

Activists want bigger, faster effort by Portland to "save…

by Jim Redden
The neighborhood and preservation activists who are hoping the city will act quickly to slow the increase of residential demolition and replacement projects are going to be a little…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - An excavator, equipped with a powerful jackhammer, demolishes the old eastern bridge abutment wall of the Sellwood Bridge.
March 06, 2015

Sellwood Bridge's eastern abutment readied for new steel spans

by David F. Ashton
For those who travel over the Sellwood Bridge – or around it, on their way to Oaks Amusement Park Skating Rink – it might seem as if little construction is taking place right now on the…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Gone - but not forgotten.  The cleared site on the northeast corner of S.E. 13th and Spokane Street in Sellwood was reduced to a pile of rubble from Farmhouse Antiques and a cellar hole from the Mordhorst Home, most recently Love Art Gallery. A new mixed-use apartment house with retail on the ground floor will now be built there.
March 06, 2015

Love Art and Farmhouse Antiques deconstructed in Sellwood

by Rita A. Leonard
The deconstruction of two historic business properties along Sellwood’s Antique Row began in mid-January. The former sites of Farmhouse Antiques, at 8028 S.E. 13th Avenue, and Love Art Gallery,…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - The reported incident, which does not currently rise to the level of being a crime, took place a couple of blocks from Sellwood Middle School. Police are looking into it.
March 06, 2015

Sellwood girl reportedly flees "unwanted contact"

by David F. Ashton
On her way to school, a 12-year-old girl did what police say was the right thing, when she ran away from an unknown man driving a delivery truck near S.E. 17th Avenue and Umatilla Street, at…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - After serving nearly three years in prison for eco-terrorism, Jacob Sherman returned to PSU to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees, and has since become a champion for the citys four ecodistricts, as well as for his own Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.
March 06, 2015

Jacob Sherman: From radical activist to Brentwood-Darlington…

by Jennifer Anderson
Jacob Sherman doesn’t have the long, shaggy locks he did fourteen years ago. He isn’t vegan, and he doesn’t go barefoot as he did when following his former friend Tre Arrow, once described as…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - A large window at the Woodstock Laundry is boarded up - after burglars smashed it, to grab the change machine.
March 06, 2015

Burglars bash Woodstock launderette for small change

by David F. Ashton
From the looks of the damage, the burglars didn’t care how much destruction they caused when they backed a truck through a plate glass window, early on Monday morning, February 2 – all to steal…

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Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Guests find its easy to lose their way in this Hall of Mirrors, within the Maze of Illusions.
Mar 06, 2015

Families find way out of mazes - and learn - in new OMSI exhibit

by David F. Ashton
Visitors to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) are now being challenged to explore 13 interactive labyrinths – to walk through, balance on, and observe – in a new exhibit called…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - At the January 28th planning meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, Kathy Orton described the new Adopt-A-Block neighborhood-care program.
Mar 06, 2015

Brooklyn neighborhood makes plans for disaster - and fun

by Rita A. Leonard
A meeting of Brooklyn neighbors on Wednesday, January 28, at the Thelma Skelton Meals On Wheels Center, focused on identifying issues of concern for the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - A utility repair truck temporarily holds up telephone and cable lines, while a new utility pole is installed to replace the one snapped off at the base near 52nd and S.E. Ramona by a collision involving a minivan, on February 19.
Mar 06, 2015

Minivan wreck snaps Woodstock utility pole

by David F. Ashton
No one saw it happen – except the driver, of course – but neighbors near the intersection of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Ramona Street were awakened by the sound of a loud crash at 3:30 am on Thursday,…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Woodstock Librarian Carol Uhte, and Nicole Craigmiles with son Oliver, hold the ceremonial ribbon - as Woodstock Neighborhood Association Chair Becky Luening, with scissors, snips and dedicates the Woodstock Community Information Kiosk.
Mar 06, 2015

"Woodstock Community Kiosk" dedicated

by David F. Ashton
It took longer than volunteers originally planned, but a new “Woodstock Community Information Kiosk” now stands in front of the Woodstock Community Center just north of Woodstock Boulevard on…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Steve Overton and Marty Richmond show off characters from their show, The Great Race, the show that apparently inspired Stephen Sondheim to write Into the Woods.
Mar 06, 2015

Sellwood puppeteers an inspiration to major movie musical

by David F. Ashton
They lay no claim to the Broadway musical “Into the Woods” that premiered in 1987, or to the 2014 Disney movie version, but it’s a matter of record that a puppet show by Sellwood-based…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - The eastern panels of the Phoenix Pharmacy mural address community entertainment - and offer an image of the original business owner, pharmacist John Leach.
Mar 06, 2015

Foster-Powell "Window Project" completes first mural

by Rita A. Leonard
A new mural, entitled “Twinkle”, now graces the south and east windows of the historic Phoenix Pharmacy building, at 6615 S.E. Foster Road. Painted mostly in shades of blue, the mural depicts…
The March 19th program at the AHB meeting in Sellwood spotlights liability risks in operating a business at home, and ways of deflecting them, featuring Portlands Doug Menely.
Mar 06, 2015

BUSINESS BRIEFS

by THE BEE
“Avoiding liability issues in home businesses” at AHB. The March meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, which meets in Sellwood, this month responds to persistent AHB members’…
Mar 06, 2015

FROM THE EDITOR

by Eric Norberg
Making right turns at red lights We have been so disgusted at the rampant violations of the traffic rule permitting a right turn, after stopping – when the coast is clear – on a red traffic…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF SHADE BALDWIN - STOP
Mar 06, 2015

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

by THE BEE
Reflections upon a demolished house Editor, It was around noon on Thursday, February 5th. It was on Miller Street between 11th and 13th. My friend and I parked on that road -- and at the time,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON STATE ARCHIVES - The preamble to the Oregon Constitution is part of the historic document that needs vital repairs.
Feb 25, 2015

Schoolchildren asked to help restore Oregon Constitution document

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A $60,000 campaign would restore and permanently display the 158-year-old document To address a longtime funding shortage, the Oregon secretary of state's office has issued a challenge to…