Lead and radon scares raise concerns in local schools

Lead and radon scares raise concerns in local schools

Reports of significant levels of lead in drinking water at two Portland Public School (PPS)...

Attempted kidnap in Eastmoreland foiled by victim's screams

Attempted kidnap in Eastmoreland foiled by victim's screams

Talking about the attempted abduction, after midnight on Wednesday, June 22, the female resident...

Piece by piece Old Sellwood Bridge cut down

Piece by piece Old Sellwood Bridge cut down

Span by span, the 91-year-old Sellwood Bridge – Portland’s first fixed-span bridge across...

Westmoreland Boys and Girls Club closes forever

Westmoreland Boys and Girls Club closes forever

After the school year ended, there were no more children’s voices or activities at...

'Homeless shelter' concerns pack SMILE Station

'Homeless shelter' concerns pack SMILE Station

The story about Multnomah County purchasing the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council...

Couple repeats dawn-to-dusk hike for Dougy Center

Couple repeats dawn-to-dusk hike for Dougy Center

As a personal challenge which THE BEE told you about last year, Richard and Tatyana Sundvall...


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FILE PHOTO - The deposit Oregonians will receive from returning used bottles and cans is going up to 10 cents per container starting in April, 2017 the OLCC announced this week.
July 22, 2016

Oregon bottle deposit to rise to 10 cents starting Spring 2017

by Geoff Pursinger
The refund Oregonians will get from returning used soda cans and water bottles is about to go up. This week the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it was doubling the redemption…
ERIC NORBERG - ...
July 08, 2016

Inconvenience looms near fire station

by Eric Norberg
On Bybee Boulevard in front of Westmoreland’s Fire Station 20 – as well as on the north side, on S.E. Glenwood Avenue (as shown in the photograp) – the Portland Bureau of Environmental Service…
DAVID F. ASHTON - As it undergoes a major renovation, all that remained of this once-classic Eastmoreland home was the front porch railing and fireplace chimney.
July 08, 2016

'Wrecking-ball demolition' startles Eastmoreland neighbors

by David F. Ashton
When the Eastmoreland neighborhood home at 7520 S.E. 35th Avenue was put up for sale in August of 2014, the real estate listing described it this way: “Highly desirable tile-roofed Mediterranean…


ERIC NORBERG - The fifth crash around this north Westmoreland block in less than a month and a half was also at S.E. Insley at 17th, and exactly one week later - when again a car ran the Insley stop sign and got T-boned by another. No injuries apparently at this one, but both vehicles were damaged enough to require a tow.
July 08, 2016

Rash of crashes around one Westmoreland block

by David F. Ashton
Now and then, for no apparent reason, a series of mishaps occurs in a very small area. That appears to be the case for a period of time this spring in North Westmoreland, centering on the block…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Most recording studios look like caves; the Hallowed Halls Studio A on Holgate Boulevard is bright and airy.
July 08, 2016

Recording studio hidden inside former Arleta Library

by David F. Ashton
Earlier this year, people in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, and in fact many people throughout the region, were delighted to learn that the Wikman Building – built in 1918 as the Arleta…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Sellwood Killer Burger crew member Dan Rickey shows the now boarded-up back door that burglars kicked in to steal their safe - and the days proceeds.
July 08, 2016

Sellwood's Killer Burger loses safe in burglary break-in

by David F. Ashton
Getting a seat at the usually-raucous counter-service joint called “Killer Burger Sellwood”, serving burly burgers with toppings like peanut butter and Sriracha hot sauce along with local brews,…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Park-to-Park Walkway advocate Bradley Heintz shows us the missing link in the project.
July 08, 2016

Sellwood's 'Park-to-Park' pathway pushing for completion

by David F. Ashton
After several near-misses by vehicles while walking his kids from Westmoreland Park to Sellwood Park, a neighbor spearheaded the task of improving the pedestrian intersections along the way.…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Rehearsing roles in their early-June production of L.O.L., Wanda (played by Emily DeMaderios), and Dean (Harry Melanson), find they are oddly attracted to one another - after she shot a staple into his chest. Mel (Ella Devito) and Fletch (Zoe Kass) find it amusing; but actually, they find quite a bit to laugh at in life.
July 08, 2016

CHS thespians mount off-campus show

by David F. Ashton
Last fall, a group of Cleveland High School students involved in theater, improv, and/or choir – calling themselves the “Bean Sprout Theater Troupe” – decided to produce and star in a theatrical…
DAVID F. ASHTON - At a surprise party celebrating his new United States citizenship, Entertainer Henrik Bothe is crowned and robed, and sent to lead a parade around his block in Sellwood.
July 08, 2016

Parade celebrates Sellwood's famous Dane as new American citizen

by David F. Ashton
For Sellwood’s most famous Danish resident, entertainer Henrik Bothe, May 28 was just another working day – having journeyed north to perform his physical comedy show around noon at an event in…
DAVID F. ASHTON - The Franklin Breakers, representing Franklin High School in the annual Z-Man Scholarship talent show, present their hip-hop dance skills.
July 08, 2016

Franklin break dancers compete in area-wide talent show

by David F. Ashton
High School students from all over the greater Portland area converged on the main auditorium of City Bible Church on Friday evening, May 20, to compete in a talent contest sponsored by the…

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DAVID F. ASHTON - It was along this path along the Willamette River, between Sellwood Riverfront Park and Oaks Amusement Park, that a knifeman was reported as trying to rob a woman walking her dog.
Jul 08, 2016

Man with knife reportedly robs Riverfront Park trail hiker

by David F. Ashton
The trails around Oaks Bottom are dark and can feel dangerous at night, but most people feel safe walking around Sellwood Riverfront Park in the daylight hours. On any day, dogs run and cavort…
MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - 26-year-old Joshua Hines faces felony charges, including First Degree Arson, in the explosion of a small bomb in the Foster Road Fred Meyer Store.
Jul 08, 2016

Freddy's bombing suspect nabbed

by David F. Ashton
There was a call for “help on Aisle 13” in the Foster Road Fred Meyer store, at the intersection of S.E. 82nd Avenue, just before noon on May 21, after a small bomb went off in the “travel…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Driving up S.E. Water Avenue past the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, north of the Ross Island Bridge, its easy to spot these brightly decorated railcars - which are now the offices of three marketing agencies.
Jul 08, 2016

Companies show off 'offices on rails' near OMSI

by David F. Ashton
Three Portland-based communication agencies joined forces to create a collaborative agency partnership – and are located in a cluster of permanently parked, renovated 1950’s railcars, parked…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Police and fire units arrive at the scene of a bicycle crash on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.
Jul 08, 2016

Westmoreland bike vs. car wreck sends rider to hospital

by David F. Ashton
Emergency first responders were dispatched to S.E. Milwaukie Avenue near Reedway Street on Sunday, June 19, at about 1:00 p.m., with a “car versus bicycle” call. Walking to the scene, a neighbor…
PPB SUSPECT SKETCH - Police are looking for the man in this forensic sketch, whom they say attacked a woman taking on a walk in her neighborhood just north of Powell Boulevard.
Jul 08, 2016

Central Precinct officers search for 'Richmond Groper'

by David F. Ashton
A woman taking an evening stroll on Monday, June 6, in the usually-quiet Richmond neighborhood just north of Powell Boulevard, was startled by a stranger approaching her near S.E. 35th Avenue…
RITA A. LEONARD - Artist Stefan Ways painted this mural of native Pacific Northwest species on the side of a business building in May, near S.E. 17th and Holgate Boulevard.
Jul 08, 2016

New elk mural greets drivers and MAX riders in Brooklyn

by Rita A. Leonard
A new mural has been painted on the east wall of “D & H Flagging”, at S.E. 17th and Pardee Street in Brooklyn. The mural faces the MAX tracks, is clearly visible to westbound drivers on Holgate…
ERIC NORBERG - Longtime Aloha home businessperson Ron Miller speaks on wealth from a small business perspective at the Sellwood AHB meeting on July 21.
Jul 08, 2016

BUSINESS BRIEFS

by THE BEE
Ron Miller addresses “wealth” from home-business perspective, at AHB. Ron Miller of Aloha, whose home business is the woodworking and fabrication “Advantage Northwest”, will speak at the July…
ERIC NORBERG - In north Westmoreland, these two new attached homes have been built upon a newly-split lot, to allow the two halves of this large duplex to be sold separately. Each half contains a built-in ADU. Since the lot is level, it is unclear whether the height of this imposing new residential structure would have been affected by the proposed new rules. The builder plans another one like it across the street, to replace an abandoned house.
Jul 08, 2016

FROM THE EDITOR

by Eric Norberg
City compromise to address density need vs. neighborhood character You’ve seen the yard signs calling for an end to “demolition of historic homes” in Southeast. Maybe, when seeing what has…
Jul 08, 2016

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

by THE BEE
Safer cars, but more road mayhem Editor, Today’s automobiles might, as you claim, be the safest ever. Unfortunately, that has not created more safety for road users. In Oregon, we have…
DAVID F. ASHTON - An Arson Squad Investigator begins an examination the cabin of the charred craft.
Jun 10, 2016

Boat burns on Willamette at Waverly Marina

by David F. Ashton
On the east bank of the Willamette River, several boat owners were either maintaining them, or were just enjoying the sunny afternoon at the Waverley Marina, on Friday, May 20. Then flames were…