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September 02, 2014

Northwest climate scientists say humans causing region to grow…

by Steve Law
Regional climate scientists, studying temperatures and other weather factors since 1901, concluded that humans have caused the Pacific Northwest to warm by an of 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit over the…
September 02, 2014

Large propane terminal proposed for Portland

by Jim Redden
A Canadian company wants to build a major rail-based propane storage and export terminal in Portland that could receive approximately 37,000 barrels a year by 2018, the Port of Portland…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO BY CHRISTOPER ONSTOTT  - Edwin Castillo reads aloud during Daren Zook's sixth-grade class in one of Rigler School's 1940s-era portable classrooms. A team led by PSU architecture professors designed a 'green portable' to offer a better learning atmosphere with an improved environment for students.
September 02, 2014

First PSU-designed green portable classrooms go into service in…

by Steve Law
As students file back into school this fall, some will be studying in green modular classrooms designed at Portland State University. The first batch of the innovative portable classrooms are…
August 30, 2014

Coal-dock funding denial satisfies neither side

by Peter Wong
Advocates: Project should not have been singled out; opponents say panel should have rejected 2 others. Both sides have criticized the Oregon Transportation Commission in connection with its…
Mike Seely.
August 29, 2014

Enviros force review of Port Westward expansion onto farmland

by Mark Miller and Courtney Vaughn
A state appeals board handed down a decision Wednesday, Aug. 27, criticizing several of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners’ stated reasons for approving the expansion of the Port…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Kem Marks, a volunteer for the Division-Midway Alliance, lives nearby the vacant site at Southeast 142nd Avenue and Division Street. He wants the city to help develop the site as an economic driver for the community -- not another fast-food option.
August 28, 2014

Portland maps out 910 acres of polluted brownfields

by Jennifer Anderson
Is that vacant site across the street an old gas station or dry cleaner, by any chance? Now there’s a way to find out. The city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has just updated its…
August 27, 2014

Bicycle commuters get new options to do westside trips on MAX

by Steve Law
TriMet will make it easier for bicycle commuters who also use light rail on the west side of Portland, by improving bike parking at MAX stations on both sides of the Robertson Tunnel under the…
August 26, 2014

Review starts of rules for oil trains

by Peter Wong
Surge prompts Kitzhaber to request ODOT study. Prompted by a surge in crude-oil shipments through Oregon, a state committee began Tuesday to review changes in the rules governing railroad…
August 26, 2014

Study shows how Portland trees curb asthma, other respiratory…

by Steve Law
Portland’s tree canopy removes enough nitrogen dioxide from the air to save society $6.6 million a year, based on avoided health care costs and the value of missed school and work days,…
Photo Credit: BECKI OSHEIM - Puralytics makes the LilyPad which uses sunlight to purify stormwater
August 25, 2014

LilyPad, the solar powered pollution cleanup device, wins more…

by Joseph Gallivan
Oregon BEST has awarded $94,000 in a second round of funding to help advance the LilyPad, a floating, solar-activated stormwater treatment device that can be deployed in retaining ponds and…
Aug 25, 2014

GMO requirement splits panel

by Peter Wong
Review vote is 11-9 against Measure 92. If the vote by a Citizens’ Initiative Review panel is any indication, the arguments will be robust for and against a proposed Oregon requirement for…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY GREG HOMEL, COURTESY OF AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY - The Army Corps of Engineers wants to kill thousands of these double-crested cormorants to save Columbia River salmon.
Aug 22, 2014

Group critiques plan to kill birds to save salmon

by Steve Law
The American Bird Conservancy is opposing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to kill 16,000 doubled-crested cormorants on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary, a plan designed…
Aug 22, 2014

Coal export project gets docked

by Peter Wong
State panel denies $2 million, but OKs $2 million for second dock for oil shipments. The Oregon Transportation Commission denied state funding Friday for renovation of a dock that critics say…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - A new mixed-use apartment complex is nearing completion on Southeast Division Street and 33rd Avenue.
Aug 22, 2014

City ponders about-face on density

by Steve Law
The city of Portland — often incurring the wrath of residents and neighborhood associations — has scrambled for two decades to increase density via infill developments, row houses, apartments…
Aug 21, 2014

Coal export facility gets British Columbia port's approval

by Steve Law
The port authority in Vancouver, British Columbia, has approved a coal export facility using coal extracted from the United States. Peter Xotta, vice president of planning and operations for the…
Aug 20, 2014

Wyden: Congress can pass wildfire, O&C bills this year

by Peter Wong
But Senate must reconcile differences with House. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to resolve two issues affecting federal forests before the end of the current Congress. One is a shift in how the…
Aug 20, 2014

Portland hotter during the summer because of urban heat island…

by Steve Law
Portland’s summertime weather is considerably warmer because of the “urban heat island effect” — and more so than most other large U.S. cities — according to a new study by Climate Central. Only…
Aug 18, 2014

Agency buys land to prevent flooding, new homes near wetlands

by Ellen Spitaleri
The sight of rushing water in a stream can be lovely, but when that same water is rushing through your basement or eroding the banks under your house and deck — that’s another story entirely.…
Aug 18, 2014

Coal export project gets thumbs down from state

by Steve Law
For the first time, a government agency has rejected a permit sought for one of the coal export facilities proposed in the Northwest. The Oregon Department of State Lands announced Monday that…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE, COURTESY OF XERCES SOCIETY  - The island marble butterfly, one of the rarest of all butterflies in the U.S., may get protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Aug 18, 2014

Portland group may help save endangered butterfly

by Steve Law
The island marble butterfly may get protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, thanks to a new settlement agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Xerces Society for…