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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Retro "Secret Speakeasy" comes to Westmoreland

Anyone who has visited the Westmoreland U.S. Post Office building has seen the house across the...

Plaid Pantry robber beaten down by Woodstock patron

Plaid Pantry robber beaten down by Woodstock patron

Perhaps the Woodstock Boulevard Plaid Pantry at S.E. 54th looked like an easy target to the early...

Trains and streetcars test-drive Tilikum Crossing Bridge

Trains and streetcars test-drive Tilikum Crossing Bridge

After a delay of couple of days to fix minor electrical and signal problems, TriMet and Portland...

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

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

After getting a whiff of what he said smelled like “burning sulfur” coming from a...


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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON STATE ARCHIVES - The preamble to the Oregon Constitution is part of the historic document that needs vital repairs.
February 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…
Suzanne Bonamici, Ted Wheeler, Mike McLane, Earl Blumenauer
February 13, 2015

Leaders react to Kitzhaber's resignation

by Jim Redden
Oregon leaders were quick to react to Gov. John Kitzhaber's announcement that he will resign, effective Feb. 18. Most expressed sadness at the turn of events that will end Kitzhaber's 35-year…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Democrats have been calling for the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber.
February 12, 2015

Political pressure squeezes 'struggling' Kitzhaber

by Peter Wong and Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
Both Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek agree that the Governor should resign Gov. John Kitzhaber is under renewed pressure by Democratic legislative leaders to resign…
Secretary of State Kate Brown.
February 12, 2015

Brown: Kitz wanted to talk, but meeting was 'bizarre,…

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Secretary of State Kate Brown says she is unsure what to make of a meeting between her and Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is under pressure to resign. Democratic legislative leaders and state…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Protesters unable to fit into Wydens Town Hall ringed the room, pressing their signs up to the windows.
February 06, 2015

Protesters block S.E. 82nd, disrupt Wyden "Town Hall"

by David F. Ashton
Typically busy on a holiday weekend, the Saturday traffic along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses slowed to a standstill on Saturday, January 3rd, starting at about 1 pm, when a group calling itself…
Photo Credit: ERIC NORBERG - Firefighters quickly contained a fire that started in the garage of this Eastmoreland home.
February 06, 2015

Embers in discarded ashes cause Eastmoreland garage blaze

by David F. Ashton
The crew of Westmoreland’s Fire Engine 20, across from Westmoreland Park on S.E. Bybee Boulevard, could see thick smoke the moment their rig topped the Bybee Bridge at 2:49 p.m. on Tuesday,…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association President Richard Kiely says that the taxation plan his group came up with to pay for road repairs was shunned by City Hall.
February 06, 2015

Latest Portland "Street Tax" plan stalls

by David F. Ashton
On January 15, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced he was “pulling the plug” on placing a planned “advisory vote” on the May ballot, regarding the raising of taxes for funding street repairs…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Following removal of an uprooted pine tree at Brooklyn School Park, these youngsters explored the contours of the crushed baseball backstop now slated to be replaced by PP&R.
February 06, 2015

Wind topples Brooklyn pine onto backstop at school park

by Rita A. Leonard
Following the powerful windstorm of December 11th, when trees and limbs fell all over town, Portland's Bureau of Parks & Recreation scrambled to clean up the damage. At Brooklyn School Park, one…
Photo Credit: MCDC BOOKING PHOTOS - 17-year-old Jovon Marcus Heath, left, and 15-year-old Michael Antone Miller face multiple felony charges, and may be tried as adults.
February 06, 2015

Two teens charged in Southeast armed robbery spree

by David F. Ashton
An evening’s binge of attempted armed robberies on December 26th included alleged attempted stick-ups in the Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods. East Precinct…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Outside her Milwaukie home, retired Oregon State Representative Carolyn Tomei reminisces about her service in public office, in a district that includes Inner Southeast Portland.
February 06, 2015

Retired Rep Carolyn Tomei reflects on a life in politics

by David F. Ashton
After Oregon State Representative Carolyn Tomei (D), District 41, prepared to step back from her active role in politics, she reflected on her public life for THE BEE in mid-December. District…

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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF GREG MUHR, PF&R - Arriving firefighters found the house fire on S.E. Windsor Court already so intense they had to don breathing apparatus before entering the structure to search for anyone trapped inside. Happily, no people or pets were found in the home.
Feb 06, 2015

House fire fought near Division Street

by THE BEE
MULTIPLE FIRES IN INNER SOUTHEAST Portland Fire and Rescue crews responded to the report of a house on fire at 6232 S.E. Windsor Court, a block south of Division Street, on Thursday, January 22.…
Feb 06, 2015

Drought elsewhere, but Portland remains wet

by THE BEE
With the calendar year of 2014 over, we can take a look at the weather year in Inner Southeast Portland. And what we see looked pretty normal. As we’ve mentioned before, with the West in drought…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Matt Clark as many will remember him - working with volunteers along the Springwater Trail in Southeast Portland. This photo was taken during the 2013 JCWC Watershed-Wide Clean Up event.
Feb 06, 2015

JCWC Director pulls up stakes, heads for South America

by David F. Ashton
After a little more than seven years as Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) Executive Director, Matt Clark elected to bid farewell to his staff last December 5th. The organization’s…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Firefighters examine the charred bush, and search for potential hot spots in the nearby barkdust.
Feb 06, 2015

Burning bush singes Brentwood-Darlington home

by David F. Ashton
A large bush on fire in front of a home at 7517 S.E. 71st Avenue, caught the attention of shoppers in the parking lot of the Grocery Outlet Discount Market at about 4:30 pm on Wednesday…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - FRC Team 1432 Metal Beavers Team Captain Ian Mittlesteadt shows and demonstrates the robot the team built for last years season of FIRST Robotics competition.
Feb 06, 2015

Plucky robotics club raises both funds and awareness at dinner

by David F. Ashton
After seven years of meeting in Franklin High’s otherwise-disused auto shop, Portland’s original high school robotics club, FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC) Team 1432, the “Metal Beavers”, was…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - The crane operator guides the bridge span across the tracks.
Feb 06, 2015

New Brooklyn footbridge hoisted over Union Pacific trainyard

by David F. Ashton
The old wooden foot bridge, built in the early 1940s, that has linked the Brooklyn neighborhood across the Union Pacific Brooklyn Railyard, was demolished last July, and will likely not be…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - New sidewalk and fencing have been installed along Johnson Creek Boulevard for the new Ardenwald traffic-light-controlled three-way intersection, but when this photo was taken in mid-January, the bike lane still needed work.
Feb 06, 2015

Ardenwald's new stoplight at S.E. 32nd is advancing

by Rita A. Leonard
With more traffic expected on Johnson Creek Boulevard from those in Milwaukie, Ardenwald, and Brentwood-Darlington seeking to use the Park-and-Ride station for the MAX Tacoma Street Station, a…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - At a recent Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division event, outgoing East Precinct Commander Sara Westbrook spoke to THE BEE about her year in that precinct.
Feb 06, 2015

East Precinct's commander returns downtown

by David F. Ashton
Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct Commander Sara Westbrook settled into her outer East Portland office only about a year ago. But after PPB Chief Mike Reese recently revealed his…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Neighbors gather to admire the SMILE Christmas tree, overlooking Oaks Bottom - and finally lit on December 16, for the just-past Holiday season.
Feb 06, 2015

SMILE Christmas Tree finally lights up the Holidays

by David F. Ashton
First it was high winds that kept Westmoreland and Sellwood neighbors from stringing lights on the tall SMILE Christmas Tree atop Oaks Bottom, preventing it from being lit on Thanksgiving…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - After extricating the accident victim from the car, paramedics begin to roll the patient on a gurney toward the waiting ambulance.
Feb 06, 2015

Fishtailing driver blamed for pin-in wreck on 82nd

by David F. Ashton
New Year’s Eve Day afternoon traffic on S.E 82nd Avenue of Roses slowed for more than an hour, starting about 3 pm on December 31st, when a large pickup truck slammed into a small sedan at Liebe…