Oaks Bottom's beetles bug Sellwood

Oaks Bottom's beetles bug Sellwood

The thick dark-brown swarm of bugs billowing out from the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge started on...

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

With most of the heavy construction work completed on S.E. 6th Avenue, both north and south of...

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

It didn’t take long for the fire that started in a detached garage at 7615 S.E. 66th Avenue,...

"Bridge Pedal" bicyclists invade Inner Southeast

On the early Sunday morning of August 9th, the 20th annual “Providence Bridge Pedal”...

Johnson Creek boardwalk ready for MAX Orange Line opening

Johnson Creek boardwalk ready for MAX Orange Line opening

Long before any MAX track had been spiked in place, back in 2010, staff and volunteers at the...

Tilikum Crossing

Tilikum Crossing "safety drill" challenges emergency first-responders

A little more than a month before its official opening, the new Tilikum Crossing transit bridge...

Victim crawls out of Woodstock roll-over crash

Victim crawls out of Woodstock roll-over crash

A side-impact crash rolled over a car on a Woodstock neighborhood side street at 4:20 pm on...


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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 - 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.
September 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 –…
September 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.
September 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.
September 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.
September 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…

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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 - 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…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Now retired, longtime Sellwood resident Dr. Patricia Kullberg has written a novel of historical fiction depicting the seamier side of life in Portland in the 1930s and 40s.  She also facilitates writing workshops for women assigned to the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
Sep 04, 2015

Sellwood physician's first novel prowls Portland 1930's history

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
Longtime Sellwood resident Patricia Kullberg’s first novel, “Girl in the River”, is making a quiet splash in the literary world: Full of fascinating and unforgettable characters, colorful…
DAVID F. ASHTON - The living room fire was quickly extinguished, but firefighters continued to check for fire extension in the walls.
Sep 04, 2015

Overheated fireplace sparks house fire in Brentwood-Darlington

by David F. Ashton
Smoke and fire in a Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood row house, reported at 8:23 am on Monday, August 10, brought Portland Fire & Rescue crews to 5227 S.E. Henderson Street. The original…
DAVID F. ASHTON - A police officer talks with those involved in the T-bone crash at the busy corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 82nd Avenue of Roses. The sedan ran a red light, causing the crash, officials told us.
Sep 04, 2015

Red-light-runner collides with truck at S.E. Woodstock and 82nd

by David F. Ashton
A two-vehicle collision shut down northbound traffic on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, and blocked those trying to drive westbound on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, just after noon on Wednesday, August…
Multi-talented home businessperson Zoe Morrison shares productivity secrets for those who work alone, at the September 17th Sellwood meeting of the Association of Home Businesses.
Sep 04, 2015

BUSINESS BRIEFS

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Home businessperson: “Cut your office time; be more productive”. Zoe Morrison, who can and has operated more varied businesses, involving more skills, than virtually anyone else, returns to the…
COURTESY OF MOLLIE FREY - This rotting house at S.E. 49th and Mitchell in Woodstock, has long had a hole or two in its roof - and only now has just been demolished after years of pressure by residents to bring it about.
Sep 04, 2015

FROM THE EDITOR

by Eric Norberg
For quite some time there has been outrage voiced to THE BEE about demolition of existing homes – to build either larger homes, or more homes, on various Southeast properties. Much, but not all,…
Sep 04, 2015

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Elderly pedestrian slammed into, by cyclist on trail Editor, This is a letter written to the woman who ran into/over my father on the Oaks Bottom Trail Sunday, August 2nd. It is my hope that…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Eastmoreland neighbors hope to stop the felling of these three giant sequoia trees, each estimated to be 150 years old.
Jul 31, 2015

Concern: Eastmoreland sequoias may still be felled

by David F. Ashton
Questions arose about the redevelopment of the property at 3646 S.E. Martins Street in Eastmoreland, when Everett Custom Homes of Beaverton purchased it on April 1st on a Warranty Deed for,…