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City working to put more parks bond money in play

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Volunteers honor vets, pioneers buried in Clackamas

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Indy 500 veteran lived in fast lane

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMES TO FRUITION

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Affordability tempers construction boom

Affordability tempers construction boom

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All Corbett High School seniors admitted to college, universities

All Corbett High School seniors admitted to college, universities

77 graduating seniors plan to attend schools across United States after graduating

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'Love and care' guide Sovereign Building, mural renovation

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RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Oregon City Police Department Captain Shaun Davis uses his cell phone to report on an Explosive Disposal Unit working along Main Street.
May 25, 2017

Bomb threat closes Main Street in Oregon City

by Raymond Rendleman
Oregon City Transit Center, Clackamas County Community Corrections closed between 12th and 10th streets along Main Street
WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The remains of a family van after a head-on collission Tuesday, May 17.
May 25, 2017

Family of three in hospital after head-on crash

by The Times
Beaverton resident Jesus Villanueva-Pettry, 23, was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: KELSEY O'HALLORAN - At kast year's Multnomah Days parade, community members march in protest of proposed density increases in their neighborhood.
May 25, 2017

Residents challenge missing-middle plan

by Jim Redden
Neighborhood group objects to rezoning, lack of public input in update of state-required Comprehensive Plan approved last year by City Council


COURTESY OF LENORA HOUSER - Larry Dean Black was 52 when he reported to Oregon Health & Sciences University to have 12 teeth extracted. Now the dentistry board is faulting OHSU's oral surgery chair for 'unacceptable patient care' in the wake of his death.
May 25, 2017

OHSU whistleblower: There was no reason patient needed to die

by Nick Budnick
Lawsuit claims OHSU breached patient care standards and tried to shift the blame for a preventable death
CAPITAL BUREAU - More than three years after the expansion was launched under the Affordable Care Act, the state is scrambling to finish verifying whether every Oregonian on Medicaid meets the criteria.
May 25, 2017

Oregon had no plan for checking Medicaid eligibility

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state is scrambling to finish verifying whether every Oregonian on Medicaid meets the criteria.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Malheur County farmer Jerry Erstrom points out a genetically engineered creeping bentgrass plant June 14, 2016, on an irrigation ditch bank near Ontario, Ore. The grass, which was genetically modified by Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. to resist the Roundup weed killer, escaped from field trials in 2003 and has taken root in Malheur and Jefferson counties in Oregon and part of Canyon County in Idaho. Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill imposing legal liability on biotech patent holders for unwanted presence of genetically engineered crops.
May 25, 2017

Critics claim liability bill would banish GMOs from Oregon

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Under House Bill 2739, biotech patent holders would be liable for triple the economic damages caused by the unwanted GMOs.
PHOTO COURTESY OF AIRBNB - Airbnb's search map shows a handful of the platform's listed hosts in Lake Oswego. According to data provided to the City, there are more than 70 hosts currently operating in the area.
May 25, 2017

Will Lake Oswego find a home for short-term rentals?

by Anthony Macuk
A rise in the number of under-the-table 'hosts' prompts City officials to look at rules for services like Airbnb
JONATHAN HOUSE - Market of Choice employees prepare for their May 25 store opening.
May 25, 2017

Market of Choice brings abundant choices and unique shopping experience to the Goat Blocks

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland's newest grocery story is open at 10th & SE Belmont
May 25, 2017

Portland Public Schools restores funding for libraries

by Beth Slovic
District officials say they want libraries to remain open full-time.
May 25, 2017

Sources Say: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

by Jim Redden
Also, Oregon U.S. Senator satisfied with special counsel appointment and protesters' attempt to justify themselves fall flat
MULTNOMAH COUNTY - Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson
May 24, 2017

County's needle drop box 'Healthy Streets' program to expand

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Program gets $30k expansion in Multnomah County budget adopted May 25. Commissioner aimed to address livability concerns in Portland neighborhoods.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Shiloh Phelps, Bodhi's mother, prepares to release red heart-shaped balloons in honor of 240 Oregonians who died because of police violence.
May 24, 2017

Friends, family gather one year after fatal police shooting

by Zane Sparling
Main City Park event honors Bodhi Phelps with balloons, memories.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - TriMet's new Transit Police Central Precinct will replace this one in Old Town/Chinatown/
May 24, 2017

TriMet approves budget with funds for controversial new Transit Police precinct

by Jim Redden
Board of directors rejects argument that Transit Police unfairly target minority and low-income riders for fare enforcement
KOIN 6 NEWS - Gladstone Fire Lt. Kirk Stempel said the 19-year-old man was seen jumping into the Clackamas River around 7:20 p.m.
May 24, 2017

19-year-old Said Osman drowns at High Rocks Park in Gladstone

by Raymond Rendleman
Gladstone Fire Lt. Kirk Stempel said the victim was seen jumping into the Clackamas River around 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday
TRIBUNE IMAGE - One of the four story packages written by Paul Koberstein on Precision Castparts.
May 24, 2017

Tribune series on Precision Castparts wins prestigious award

by Steve Law
Freelancer Paul Koberstein wins Bruce Baer Special Recognition honor for coverage of metals maker's pollution issues
TRIBUNE PHOTO: LYNDSEY HEWITT - A small group marched downtown to protest gentrification and the displacement of families.
May 24, 2017

Activist group shames landlord who hiked rent of 18 Northeast Portland families

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Many used city's relocation ordinance as cushion in finding a new home.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland in 2016
May 24, 2017

House votes to join National Popular Vote

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The movement has intensified since President Donald Trump's election in November.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS - Rep. Jodi Hack, R-Salem
May 24, 2017

House approves ballot measure for state executive impeachment process

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The proposal first took shape in 2015 when Oregon was rocked by the Gov. John Kitzhaber influence-peddling scandal.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Joshua Webb
May 24, 2017

Joshua Webb indicted for murder of mother in Colton, attempted murder in Estacada

by Emily Lindstrand
Webb appeared in the Clackamas County courthouse by video on Tuesday, May 23. A trial is scheduled to begin Thursday, July 13.
REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - An 'assist crane' holds up the counter-jib of the Wizer Block's 212-foot-tall tower crane while crews work to disconnect it Tuesday. The vertical tower and its cab were the last pieces to be removed.
May 24, 2017

What goes up...

by Anthony Macuk
With the vertical stage of construction all but done, crews remove the tallest of two Wizer Block cranes in downtown Lake Oswego
May 24, 2017

Man wounded in early morning shooting

by Pamplin Media Group
Police said the shooting apparently happened after an argument. No suspect has been identified.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Grant High pitcher Kenji Lamdin reacts after the final out in Wednesday's 5-1 home victory over Wilson in the second round of the OSAA baseball playoffs.
May 23, 2017

PREP SLIDESHOW: Generals march on

by Portland Tribune
Grant eliminates PIL rival Wilson, 5-1, in OSAA baseball second round
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO - Lake Oswego's compost is taken to specialized facilities that can break it down and turn it into healthy fertilizer.
May 24, 2017

DEQ grant will help promote residential composting in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Former Timbers player Nat Borchers will serve as a 'composting celebrity' in four educational videos
KOIN 6 NEWS PHOTO - Corbett Grade School in Corbett, Oregon on April 23, 2014.
May 23, 2017

Corbett mom claims teacher plotted to adopt her transgender son

by Teresa Carson
Lawsuit targets superintendent, other employees with charges they interfered in mom's parental rights
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - March organizer Juan Rogel (middle) leads demonstrators down Southeast Stark Street Tuesday afternoon as they protest recent raids by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the Rockwood area.
May 23, 2017

Peaceful march protests ICE arrests in Rockwood, supports immigrants

by Christopher Keizur
Protesters demand local elected leaders take action, seek solutions, stop ICE arrests in East Multnomah County and elsewhere.

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COURTESY PHOTO - Pacific Power crews worked through Tuesday, May 23, to repair a burned out underground transformer vault in Northwest Portland. The Monday night fire knocked out power to more than 2,000 Pacific Power customers in downtown Portland.
May 23, 2017

Pacific Power crews return power to most downtown customers

by Pamplin Media Group
Officials say about 24 customers close to the damaged vault in Old Town may be out into Wednesday morning.
PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Celebrating the results of the recall election on May 23 at Lee's Teriyaki in Gladstone are, from left, Sharon Alexander, Neal Reisner, Bill Osburn, Greg Alexander and Katie Lewis.
May 23, 2017

Gladstone voters recall councilors Steve Johnson, Kim Sieckmann

by Raymond Rendleman
Chief recall petitioner Bill Osburn now to advocate for a 'better solution' on the 52-unit apartment complex proposed near Gladstone High School
COURTESY SALT & STRAW  - Toasted baguette ice cream from Salt & Straw features ingredients gleaned from food waste.
May 23, 2017

Salt & Straw uses cast-off food waste to make latest batch of…

by Jennifer Anderson
Ready to try Breakside Brewery's Spent Grains & Bacon S'mores, using spent grains and malts from the beer-making process and pork belly from local pigs?
Curtis Robinhold
May 23, 2017

Port Commission chooses deputy executive director to replace…

by Jim Redden
Curtis Robinhold beat out two other finalists to be named new Port of Portland executive director at Tuesday Commission meeting
OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY - Local health care provider claims Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton is trying to put them out of business.
May 23, 2017

FamilyCare wins legal round against state health agency

by Nick Budnick
Nonprofit needs documents withheld by Oregon Health Authority, judge rules in Salem
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County may finally have found a taker for unused Wapato jail.
May 23, 2017

Multnomah County inks $10 million tentative deal to sell vacant…

by Nick Budnick
Costly building continues to rack up costs. Developer won't confirm whether data center is envisioned.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CLAIRE GREEN - Protesters from Portland Tenants United traveled to Wilsonville to picket Multifamily NW's annual ACE Awards ceremony.
May 23, 2017

Renters protest lavish event held for property managers

by Claire Green
Multifamily NW blasted for gala while housing crisis rages by activists lobbying for rent control at 2017 Oregon Legislature
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: PETER WONG - Clackamas County commissioners hear from Jay Minor, at left, before voting Tuesday, May 23, to reaffirm Stafford as an urban reserve for the Portland region.
May 23, 2017

Clackamas board reaffirms Stafford as an urban reserve

by Peter Wong
Votes on findings, agreement conclude decade-long debate over designation of area surrounded by Tualatin, Lake Oswego and West Linn.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - The Bull Run reservoir holds the drinking water supply for Portland and several suburbs. Bull Run water is considered relatively pristine, but has been found repeatedly this year to contain cryptosporidium, a potentially harmful parasite.
May 23, 2017

Treatment plant may be required at Bull Run reservoir

by Jim Redden
Oregon Health Authority revokes variance to EPA rules that only required Portland to test water for potentially-deadly parasite
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: PETER WONG - Clackamas County Planning Commission hears from Vahid Brown, housing policy coordinator, at a study session Monday night, May 22, on proposed zoning changes to allow transitional shelters (for homeless) in light and general industrial zones.
May 23, 2017

Panel considers rules for homeless shelters

by Peter Wong
Clackamas County Planning Commission sets public hearing for July 10 as county seeks to set up a project for veterans without housing.
ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The Estacada Public Library wished Michael Wagner a speedy recovery last week.
May 23, 2017

Estacada community bands together after acts of violence

by Emily Lindstrand
Harvest Market employees honored with proclamation at Estacada City Council meeting
COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES - Lena Alhusseini has resigned as director of Oregon's beleaguered Child Welfare division of the state Department of Human Services. She joined the agency in early November.
May 23, 2017

Child Welfare director resigns after 6 months on job

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Department of Human Services director says division has failed to get necessary results.
PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Fedsot A. Tsopko, 51, of Portland
May 23, 2017

Road worker Pablo Dominguez-Amezcua killed in Happy Valley crash

by Pamplin Media Group
Fedsot A. Tsopko charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence between Southeast Sunnyside Road and Mountain Gate Road on 122nd Avenue
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, pictured on March 20, 2017, sponsored the bill to expand self-service gas in 15 counties in Oregon.
May 23, 2017

Bill to expand self-service gas in rural counties heads to…

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Oregon Senate approved the bill 26-to-1 on Tuesday. The bill allows self-service in 15 counties in Eastern Oregon.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Democrats say questions about the state's Medicaid expansion haven't derailed talks to establish a tax on health care providers to help cover the program's expenses.
May 23, 2017

Democrats: Medicaid concerns haven't derailed provider tax talks

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The tax could raise between $575 million and $600 million to cover part of the state's costs of expanding the Medicaid pool.
May 23, 2017

City Hall Watch: Council gives nod to budget

by Jim Redden
Also, ratepayer lawsuit hearing postponed and two ballot measures supported by Commissioner Nick Fish are approved by voters
MCSO PHOTO - MCSO was assisted at the scene by the Gresham Police Department, Fairview Police Department, Gresham Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
May 22, 2017

One dead after collision on I-84

by Zane Sparling
60-year-old man died at the scene, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reports.
FILE PHOTO - This story will be updated as more information is made available.
May 22, 2017

UPDATE: Mother and son injured in early-morning shooting

by Christopher Keizur
Victims identified as Cherie Thompson, 29, and her 9-year-old son Lamar Horsley
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Opened in August of 2009, Hood View Park is the second sports complex designed and built by the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District.
May 22, 2017

Happy Valley to withdraw from North Clackamas Parks district

by Raymond Rendleman
After last week's unanimous vote, Happy Valley City Council will return on June 6 for an ordinance to officially withdraw from NCPRD effective Dec. 31
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Members of the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization meet May 17, 2017, at the Oregon Capitol in Salem.
May 22, 2017

Legislators pursue changing appointment authority for ODOT…

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A $8 billion transportation package will include shifting the authority to appoint the ODOT director from the governor to the OTC.
COURTESY PHOTO - Marijuana leaf
May 22, 2017

House approves tighter tracking for medical marijuana

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The legislation, already passed by the Senate, follows concerns about a federal crackdown.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Gov. Kate Brown signs a minimum wage bill in her ceremonial office at the Oregon Capitol in Salem March 2, 2016.
May 22, 2017

Pay equity bill heads to governor's desk

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Oregon House on Monday approved Senate changes to the bill.
RENDERING COURTESY: SCOTT MOORE, GROUP MACKENZIE ARCHITECT - In a concept for a new police station, OCPD's police vehicles could be parked in a secure lot, near the back entrance, for registering sex offenders and away from the public plaza on Linn Avenue.
May 22, 2017

Oregon City Police's $20 million building heads back to ballot

by Raymond Rendleman
If voters don't approve the revenue bond, city officials say they will continue to collect a $6.50-per-month utility fee
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Mt. Hood Community College student government representatives talk to Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Monday during a campus tour that included political science classes, student government and a visit to the college's applied technology center.
May 22, 2017

Students hear from Secretary of State

by Teresa Carson
Dennis Richardson urges engagement in community, politics at Mt. Hood Community College
PHOTO BY RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - The developer of Oregon City's Cove project is addressing concerns about runoff from a nearby landfill as it constucts hundreds of apartments along the Clackamas River.
May 22, 2017

DEQ fines Oregon City's Clackamette Cove development 118K

by Raymond Rendleman
Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has issued fines totaling $118,203 to a developer and construction company for water-quality violations