Sellwood-area vandal arrested after trashing Fat Albert's

Sellwood-area vandal arrested after trashing Fat Albert's

A man in his mid-20s repeatedly caused concern in the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhoods in...

New Sellwood Bridge to open with party

New Sellwood Bridge to open with party

Plans are underway for a big celebration to mark the opening of the new Sellwood Bridge on...

New Year's Weekend storm brings treacherous travel

New Year's Weekend storm brings treacherous travel

By the time most people took a look out their window, on the first Sunday morning of the New Year...

"First walk" was "last tour" of new Sellwood Bridge

Most of the tours that Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen has given of the Sellwood Bridge...

Johnson Creek overflows banks in heavy December rain

Johnson Creek overflows banks in heavy December rain

Ever since extensive work by the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services in Outer...

Sellwood's mysterious minaret is explained

Sellwood's mysterious minaret is explained

For some time, neighbors — and those driving along S.E. Tacoma Street near Johnson Creek...


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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - GED student Marquez Goldsby works in the lobby of Londer Learning Center last April.
February 11, 2016

Oregon GED students still struggling

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Critics say easier passing score isn't enough of a change Masked in Oregon’s recent celebration of higher graduation rates was the fact that 26 percent of the state’s students did not graduate…
DAVID F. ASHTON - This Brooklyn corner market was the last stop on a night-long crime spree for a shotgun-toting robber.
January 31, 2016

Shotgun robbery spree ends with arrest at Brooklyn corner market

by David F. Ashton
A shotgun-toting robber terrorized citizens and store clerks across the greater Portland area on the evening of Monday, December 14. Officers of the Portland Police Bureau were kept busy,…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Vehicle parts were strewn in the street, after two SUVs collided at the border between the Woodstock and Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhoods.
January 31, 2016

Violent Woodstock collision wrecks two vehicles

by David F. Ashton
With cold rain falling, Woodstock neighbors weren't strolling along the neighborhood border at S.E. 60th and Harold Street at 8:35 p.m. on January 14. Just as well, because they would at that…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Portland Water Bureau workers dug out failed water main on January 7th; the aged pipe developed a spiral fracture underneath S.E. 17th in Brooklyn, and shut down the busy street for much of the day while repairs were made.
January 31, 2016

Old water main breaks; disrupts S.E. 17th in Brooklyn

by David F. Ashton
Drivers and bicyclists northbound on S.E. 17th Avenue from Holgate Boulevard on Thursday morning, January 7, found themselves detoured into the Brooklyn neighborhood, after an eight-inch…
DAVID F. ASHTON - A water main break on S.E. Powell Boulevard near 75th Avenue caused water to gush from cracks in the pavement before it was swiftly repaired.
January 31, 2016

Powell Boulevard water main breaks; repaired

by David F. Ashton
During the cold snap in late December and early January, Portland Water Bureau (PWB) crews were busy, fixing failed water mains around the city. At about 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, reports…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Pace Setter Athletic co-owner Bill Carley shows us the hole a burglar cut in the back wall of his store during a bungled burglary attempt just after Christmas.
January 31, 2016

Burglar cuts through wall of Woodstock running shoe store

by David F. Ashton
Originally in the A-frame building that's now Nudi noodle restaurant, Pace Setter Athletic moved a block west and across the street into their new location in December, 2009, at 4203 S.E.…
January 31, 2016

2015 rainfall in Inner Southeast: About average

by Eric Norberg
A year ago, after completing the calculation of our 2014 rainfall total in Inner Southeast Portland, we remarked that it did not appear that we were in any sort of drought here, since the year's…
COURTESY PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - A Portland Police Bureau sketch artist provided this drawing of the New Years Day sexual assault suspect.
January 31, 2016

Police hunt for Woodstock sexual assault suspect

by David F. Ashton
Five blocks south of Woodstock Park, near the intersection of S.E. 47th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, police began an investigation of a reported sexual assault on January 1 at about 3:30 a.m.…
PF&R PHOTO - After the fire was extinguished at this New Years morning residential fire in Brentwood-Darlington, smoke still poured from the windows.
January 31, 2016

Wind whips flames of heater-caused Brentwood-Darlington house…

by David F. Ashton
Only hours after Brentwood-Darlington neighbors rang in the New Year, a fire broke out in a house at 7604 S.E. 66th Place. It was reported at 4:38 a.m. When the first Portland Fire & Rescue…
DAVID F. ASHTON - CHS Theater Instructor Tomas Beckett leads the first read-through of the high schools upcoming winter musical, Fiddler on the Roof.
January 31, 2016

Cleveland High Theater presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

by David F. Ashton
A record-breaking Broadway show that opened way back in 1964, “Fiddler on the Roof”, is coming to the Cleveland High School (CHS) Auditorium, staged by the students, and opening on February 26.…

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DAVID F. ASHTON - Janet Webster (as stage star, and accused murderess, Velma Kelly) and Rosie Orellana (who plays Roxie Hart, a wannabe vaudevillian, and also a murderess) work on their dance number, My Own Best Friend.
Jan 31, 2016

Cleveland High Theater presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

by David F. Ashton
Student actors, singers, and dancers are now working on their roles for their upcoming production of the musical play “Chicago”, set to open at Franklin High School's temporary Marshall Campus…
DAVID F. ASHTON - A police officer spoke with the victim of a pellet gun attack while he was being evaluated in an ambulance parked in the lot of the Dar-Ron Motel on S.E. 82nd.
Jan 31, 2016

Southeast motel resident shot in face with pellet gun

by David F. Ashton
Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers, a Portland Fire & Rescue rig, and an ambulance, were dispatched to the Dar-Ron Motel at 7707 S.E. 82nd Avenue on Tuesday evening, January 5, at 9:24 p.m.,…
RITA A. LEONARD - Drivers of three cars that slid into each other in the rain conferred and checked the damages, just north of Garthwick, on December 12th in Sellwood at S.E. 13th and Linn Street. Pix #4-10: Two vehicles in 3-car wreck were more seriously damaged.
Jan 31, 2016

Wet weather leads to three-vehicle Sellwood crash

by Rita A. Leonard
Rainy winter weather makes driving all the more hazardous with poor visibility, and that is given as the cause of a three-vehicle collision at the corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Linn Street,…
ERIC NORBERG - Emily Pinkstaff is the new President of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance.
Jan 31, 2016

BUSINESS BRIEFS

by THE BEE
New President announced for SWBA. The Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance business association announces that it has a new President: Emily Pinkstaff, of the Sellwood New Seasons Market.…
ERIC NORBERG - The first visitors to cross the new Sellwood Bridge, on December 5th, had to navigate a temporary sidewalk beyond the south edge of the new bridge - because traffic had been routed from the old bridge to the new one over the new south-side sidewalk and bike lane space. Demolition of the old bridge will allow the east end of the new bridge to be widened and completed.
Jan 31, 2016

FROM THE EDITOR

by Eric Norberg
Waving goodbye to the old Sellwood Bridge Most likely, this month — February — will be the very last one in which you will (or can) cross the old Sellwood Bridge. Some ninety years after its…
COURTESY OF ARDY DUNN - Local history is evident in the basement timbers.
Feb 01, 2016

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

by THE BEE
History in the basement Editor, I read Eileen Fitzsimons’ article [January BEE] “Unexpected Gifts are the Best” with interest. We, too, have evidence that our home was built with material…
DAVID F. ASHTON - One plastic barrel barricade was destroyed, and others were damaged, when a hit-and-run driver smashed into the barricades that protect pedestrians and bicyclists from vehicles at the east end of the Sellwood Bridge.
Jan 01, 2016

Hit-and-run driver damages Sellwood Bridge barricade

by David F. Ashton
The already-constructed passage for pedestrians and bicyclists at the east end of the old Sellwood Bridge was completely closed for about two hours on the evening of Wednesday, November 25. At 4…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Considerably south of the TriMet MAX Light Rail Orange Line Bybee Station, a train stopped after striking a woman said to have run into the tracks in the fenced area.
Dec 24, 2015

Woman killed by MAX train near Westmoreland Park

by David F. Ashton
TriMet MAX Orange Line Light Rail service came to an abrupt stop on Sunday, November 29th, at 1:56 p.m., when a woman was struck and killed by a northbound train. Early reports suggested the…
DAVID F. ASHTON - A van leaves the Fred G. Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland to pick up youngsters from Clackamas County and beyond.
Dec 24, 2015

Westmoreland Boys & Girls Club to be closed and sold

by David F. Ashton
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro announced on December 1 that they will sell the building and grounds of the Fred G. Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in…
COURTESY OF KATU-TV-2 - The fatal single-car crash into a tree, just north of Tacoma Street, northbound on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, at 4:10 am, closed that half of the highway to commuters for over four hours - the first in a series of traffic and weather issues that bedeviled drivers all day on November 17.
Dec 24, 2015

Death and high water slam SE commuters on Nov. 17

by Eric Norberg
It was a wet November, and the wettest day of the month up to that point was Tuesday, November 17. The day began badly for commuters, when a fatal auto accident closed northbound McLoughlin…