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Plan would give Oregon tenants 60-day relief from evictions

Plan would give Oregon tenants 60-day relief from evictions

Pending amendment requires them to show landlords they seek rental assistance now available.
Advantis Credit Union breaks ground on Oregon City…

Advantis Credit Union breaks ground on Oregon City…

New campus to consolidate three corporate offices into 76,211-square-foot building on 12 acres
A passenger ferry from St. Johns to downtown will open next…

A passenger ferry from St. Johns to downtown will open next…

The Frog Ferry pilot program will take passengers from St Johns to downtown Portland in 25 minutes; other stops to follow.
Legislature votes to continue to-go cocktails in Oregon

Legislature votes to continue to-go cocktails in Oregon

Service began as an economic lifeline for restaurants and bars during pandemic; new start date is Jan. 1.
Divided House curbs Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Divided House curbs Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Bill would add board members, divert forest products taxes from agency under media scrutiny in 2020.
House delays start of paid family leave in Oregon

House delays start of paid family leave in Oregon

Bill would reset timelines to 2023 to allow more time for Employment Department preparation.
Oregon ends prescription for pseudoephedrine medicines

Oregon ends prescription for pseudoephedrine medicines

New law, which starts Jan. 1, still keeps them behind the counter and requires photo ID for purchases.
Employment Department experts see a job seeker's market

Employment Department experts see a job seeker's market

Recovery from pandemic still expected in late 2022 or early 2023 as competition grows for workers.
Oregon City landfill developers seeking $40M in public funds

Oregon City landfill developers seeking $40M in public funds

Potential urban renewal project faces political, economic crossroads as Planning Commission hearings begin
Legislature votes to continue to-go cocktails in Oregon

Legislature votes to continue to-go cocktails in Oregon

Service began as an economic lifeline for restaurants and bars during pandemic; new start date is Jan. 1.
All-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer offers more for less

All-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer offers more for less

If you are shopping for a new small SUV to celebrate the reopening of the world this summer, make sure you test drive the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Oregon investigating 'anti-Black bias' at state labor agency

Oregon investigating 'anti-Black bias' at state labor agency

Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Val Hoyle hires third-party investigator following resignation of Civil Rights administrator Carol Johnson.
Free lunch: Thistle tempts Portlanders

Free lunch: Thistle tempts Portlanders

Putting the flex into flexitarian, San Francisco-based Thistle food service company will pay people to eat locally
Have you been vaccinated?

Have you been vaccinated?

Better Business Bureau is cautioning people to watch out for phishing texts or scam emails concerning vaccine passports.
Note to self: Reclaim deposits $4.8M

Note to self: Reclaim deposits $4.8M

Reclaim.ai, an intelligent calendar assistant and time management platform, aims to help deskbound workers take back their calendars, then their…
Back to the Fox

Back to the Fox

White collar workers' return to the Fox Tower downtown is a balance between boosting productivity and economic development
'Really struggling:' Worker shortage hits central Oregon

'Really struggling:' Worker shortage hits central Oregon

Local Oregon businesses plead for workers, and think federal unemployment benefits are partially to blame.
Portland construction crane count drops to 23 rigs

Portland construction crane count drops to 23 rigs

The Portland metro area still boasts more construction cranes than New York, Boston or San Francisco.
Regular MAX service resumes after maintenance project…

Regular MAX service resumes after maintenance project…

The work on Blue Line rails and related equipment lasted for nine days, from May 15-23.
A changed Oregon Convention Center

A changed Oregon Convention Center

COLUMN: Brian Libby's PORTLAND ARCHITECTURE Long a familiar presence on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the convention center's pandemic duty gave…
Request to delay paid family leave draws criticism

Request to delay paid family leave draws criticism

Agency seeks to put off deadlines until 2023, but lawmaker says 'they failed in their duty.'
Blumenauer backs Biden's jobs plan and how to pay for it

Blumenauer backs Biden's jobs plan and how to pay for it

Oregon Democrat shelves fuel tax increase in favor of higher taxes on corporations and top income earners.
Employment Department proceeds with computer project

Employment Department proceeds with computer project

Vendor is finally signed, but agency gets political flak for proposed delay in paid family leave law.
Oregon Employment Department to reinstate work search rules

Oregon Employment Department to reinstate work search rules

But acting director says Oregon does not plan early end to extra federal unemployment benefits.
Lawmakers continue residential foreclosure ban until end of…

Lawmakers continue residential foreclosure ban until end of…

House sends final version to Gov. Brown for her signature as moratorium was set to expire in late June.
Forecast projects $1.4 billion kicker for Oregon taxpayers

Forecast projects $1.4 billion kicker for Oregon taxpayers

State economist: 'I have never seen such a strong outlook' after pandemic resulted in nosedive.
Bank of America: '$25 in 2025'

Bank of America: '$25 in 2025'

Bank of America has announced it is raising its minimum wage to $25 by 2025, and asks vendors to pay at least $15 per hour.
Small Business grants flowing to Oregon restaurant owners

Small Business grants flowing to Oregon restaurant owners

Portland chef says how Rep. Blumenauer's legislation became real help is 'jaw-dropping.'
Pay raise for construction workers possible

Pay raise for construction workers possible

Senate Bill 493 A provides public contractors in Oregon with better pay and incentivizes for continued training.
Bonamici: Factors other than jobless benefits impede…

Bonamici: Factors other than jobless benefits impede…

Congresswoman points to lack of child care, lingering fear of virus, training for better-paying jobs.

Local tradeswoman works to better women's work lives

Local tradeswoman works to better women's work lives
Unions offer peer support for women in construction, to deal with on the job sexism and other issues

Lorentz Bruun Construction at 75 years

Lorentz Bruun Construction at 75 years
Norwegian immigrant's family building firm is still going strong after three quarters of a century in family hands.

Safety is everyone's job

Safety is everyone's job
COLUMN: KEEP OREGON MOVING Even as drivers logged fewer miles, speeding, distracted and impaired driving all spiked last year.

Bill empowers PUC to discount rates for low-income…

Bill empowers PUC to discount rates for low-income…
The Oregon Senate vote sends legislation to Gov. Brown; fund guarantees advocacy in ratemaking proceedings.

Feds grant $800K for cleanup of former Oregon City…

Feds grant $800K for cleanup of former Oregon City…
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde gets funds from Environmental Protection Agency

Portland mulls building review reform to spur…

Portland mulls building review reform to spur…
The Design Overlay Zone Amendments proposal would streamline the building approval process while limiting public input in some cases.

Workers with mixed income sources get new jobless…

Workers with mixed income sources get new jobless…
State agency begins taking applications from wage earners with self-employment work.

Wyden, Merkley seek cash for Oregon tribal water…

Wyden, Merkley seek cash for Oregon tribal water…
Local water quality and services situation key to Senate legislation that has passed

Bridge City nets another one

Bridge City nets another one
Elegant new bridge waits to be craned into place across I-84 for cyclists, pedestrians

Bridges over 217 mulled for Washington Square…

Bridges over 217 mulled for Washington Square…
A bike and pedestrian bridge may be built over Highway 217 as Tigard officials mull possibilities.

2021 Honda Ridgeline AWD Sport: Smart midsize truck…

2021 Honda Ridgeline AWD Sport: Smart midsize truck…
A redesigns make the unique truck look a more rugged, but it was always a good buy.

Bill fixes glitch and allows part-time workers to…

Bill fixes glitch and allows part-time workers to…
Unemployment benefits would not be reduced under legislation that goes to Gov. Brown.

Oregon's paid family leave program faces delay

Oregon's paid family leave program faces delay
Agency will seek to reschedule benefits to September 2023, a few months after the original target.

'B' is for Alaska

'B' is for Alaska
The new Concourse B is taking shape at PDX, providing space for Alaska and Horizon Air flights before the main terminal reopens.

Boba tea shops fear tapioca shortage may reach…

Boba tea shops fear tapioca shortage may reach…
Some bubble tea shops are buying up the supply of tapioca balls before the shortage impacts business.

Blumenauer urges restaurants to seek federal aid now

Blumenauer urges restaurants to seek federal aid now
Registration is open, applications start May 3, for $28.6 billion that Oregon Democrat secured in recovery plan

Biden endorses Wyden overhaul of jobless benefits

Biden endorses Wyden overhaul of jobless benefits
Plan would tie payments to economic triggers and raise minimums paid by the states.

Harbor of Hope's rigid tents pop up in Portland…

Harbor of Hope's rigid tents pop up in Portland…
Stabler, warmer tents designed for Harbor of Hope are being road tested now before being mass produced for future Portland homeless camps.

Federal lawmakers hear need for child care support

Federal lawmakers hear need for child care support
Advocates say pandemic has worsened existing problems, but Congress is now paying attention.

Portland's COVID adventure continues

Portland's COVID adventure continues
Bustling street fairs and neighborhood celebrations were wiped out by COVID-19 caution in 2020, and even though vaccines are coming fast, organizers…

Pandemic recession comes with a twist: Jobs

Pandemic recession comes with a twist: Jobs
Oregon economist Josh Lehner says we are in strange times, with a sense of high unemployment and a worker shortage at the same time.

Office space? Yeah, we've got that in Portland

Office space? Yeah, we've got that in Portland
Pandemic, protests among several factors dragging down Portland's office space market.

Agency gears up for more unemployment benefit claims

Agency gears up for more unemployment benefit claims
But acting director says he does not expect new lockdowns to result in an influx similar to pandemic onset.

Bill proposes dental therapists to extend care in…

Bill proposes dental therapists to extend care in…
House passes plan to create state-licensed occupation between hygienists and dentists.

Bill gives homeowners two years to rebuild after…

Bill gives homeowners two years to rebuild after…
House plan requires insurance companies to allow more time after the 2020 Labor Day blazes.

Senate clears bill to ease motel conversions to…

Senate clears bill to ease motel conversions to…
Plan limiting land use challenges goes to Gov. Brown; federal money being used for purchases.

The End: Cameron's Books closes

The End: Cameron's Books closes
After 83 years Portland's oldest bookstore will close Saturday, April 24 due to the pandemic, econcomic woes and landlord pressure; packing required.

Linde to expand industrial gas production in…

Linde to expand industrial gas production in…
The U.K.-based producer of gases used in manufacturing, healthcare and agriculture says demand is growing.

Earning our trust

Earning our trust
COLUMN: Brian Libby's PORTLAND ARCHITECTURE North Portland's Meyer Memorial Trust headquarters is beautiful, functional and empowering

What's new in suburbia?

What's new in suburbia?
Homes in Reed's Crossing in South Hillsboro are selling briskly as millennials settle down and want urban touches in a work-from-home suburb

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