Lawmakers want to park suspended licenses for unpaid tickets

Portland Tribune - News
Some worry state practice hits poor people with an expensive legal double-whammy.

Dome digest

Portland Tribune - News
These bills might not make headlines, but they may make a difference to Oregonians.

PERS vote riles union fury toward Dems

Portland Tribune - News
Unions, loyal financial backers of Oregon Democrats, feel betrayed and consider putting their political money elsewhere.

Legislature endorses Oregon's move to national popular vote

Portland Tribune - News
A bill to join other states in ignoring the Electoral College now goes to Gov. Kate Brown's desk.

What time is it? Permanent DST, lawmakers say

Portland Tribune - News
If California joins Oregon and Washington, Congress must let the three states abandon Pacific Standard Time.

Voters could get a say in campaign finance limit fight

Portland Tribune - News
'The big thing is blocking the billionaires, because right now, they can just try to buy it.'

Audit: Foster care changes need time, more staff

Portland Tribune - News
A month before lawmakers adopt a budget, DHS hasn't said how many workers it needs to make things better.

Brown weighs plan to squeeze 'kicker' rebate

Portland Tribune - News
Capping the amount taxpayers could receive is one idea being floated to fund housing and infrastructure projects.

New state librarian settling in among stacks of history

Portland Tribune - News
Jennifer Patterson is anxious to become part of Oregon's library community as she learns her way around state and its connection to books.

PERS reform passes after Speaker whips last-minute votes

Portland Tribune - News
After an initial vote, Speaker Tina Kotek was two votes shy of passing her bill. But some late politicking got the job done.

Bigfoot says only you can stomp out wildfires

Portland Tribune - News
The big Northwest guy appears in June on state posters and in a social media campaign encouraging people to avoid starting fires.

Colleagues remember Jackie Winters as 'fierce fighter for…

Portland Tribune - News
Elected to the Legislature in 1998 as the state's first African-American Republican, Winters was an icon and leaves a legacy for all Republicans.

Gun bill demise angers students in 'fight for our lives'

Portland Tribune - News
Young people try to negotiate obstacles as they lobby hard for changes to make their schools safe from gun violence.

Suicide-prevention bills try to shield youth from trauma

Portland Tribune - News
'Our schools have become the de facto social service providers of our communities, yet we hadn't really been funding them that way.'

Despite new bucks, PERS still could gobble up school budgets

Portland Tribune - News
Lawmakers trying to control retirement costs, but grants to local districts might not be enough to block funding erosion.

Westside mayors talk about growth, diversity

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Beaverton, King City, Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin represented on panel of 11 at breakfast forum of Westside Economic Alliance.

Measure 11 reform, other criminal justice bills move forward

Portland Tribune - News
Criminal justice policies are Legislature's theme of the week, including bill to reform how juveniles accused of violent crimes are tried and…

Cederberg awarded nation's highest police honor

Hillsboro Tribune - News
State Trooper is first Oregonian to receive Medal of Valor from President Trump after surviving a harrowing Christmas Day 2016 shootout.

Incumbents lose in fire, park board races

Beaverton Valley Times - News
One of two unseated for TVF&R board; two lose on THPRD board and a former member loses as a three-woman slate captures those seats.

Election: Two join PCC board

The Times - News
Yet another seat will be decided in June after board member Valdez Bravo resigned.

Unions search for path around dues deduction restrictions

Portland Tribune - News
Legal challenges to the way funds are taken from paychecks put public employee labor groups on the defensive.

Election: Bowman for Tigard-Tualatin schools

The Times - News
Incumbent Jill Zurschmeide gets an easy re-election win; Sherwood School seats went unchallenged.

Lawmakers wrestle with plans for kicker 'windfall'

Portland Tribune - News
Paying down PERS debt is one strategy, and others want to 'sock it away' for a rainy budget day

Ill-fated vaccine fight stoked grassroots anger

Portland Tribune - News
Motivated citizens, egged on by social media campaigns and powerful anti-vaccine groups, left some legislators shaken.

Cap-and-trade bill takes step toward reality

Portland Tribune - News
Landmark carbon pricing proposal moved out of committee on a party-line vote after months of hearings and amendments.

Beaverton, Washington County seek comment on housing bond…

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Strategies will guide city, county on how to spend their shares of money from a bond measure that Metro voters approved Nov. 6.

Oregon's roads, bridges and pipes don't pass engineers'…

Portland Tribune - News
With a big quake looming, civil engineers society says state needs to spend billions to improve infrastructure.

Oregon taxpayers will get $1 billion back in 'kicker' rebate

Portland Tribune - News
Economists say the kicker is double the predicted amount and would be the largest in state history.

Lawmakers wrangle changes to cut PERS costs

Portland Tribune - News
Attempts to rein in Oregon's hugely complicated retirement system have left agencies and others with high costs.

State economy stays hot, adding 3,300 jobs in April

Portland Tribune - News
State employment officials said new jobs were added mostly in health care and social assistance, and in leisure and hospitality.

Senate approves business tax to boost school budgets

Portland Tribune - News
Governor plans to sign legislation; Democrats give up two key bills to coax Republicans back to the Senate for a floor vote.

Deadline approaches for May 21 election

Beaverton Valley Times - News
East Washington County voters will decide tax measure and two seats on TVF&R board; there are also contests for four THPRD seats and two…

Proposed budget adds more employees for growing…

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Washington County spending plan at $1.4 billion and 2,200 full-time workers for the year starting July 1; public testimony will be heard May 30 before…

Public records rule change slipping 'through the…

Portland Tribune - News
Proposal to fine jurisdictions when they don't comply runs into well-organized opposition as it heads to the Senate.

Victim in fatal shooting in Eugene identified as…

The Times - News
Alex Oyombe Gradin, 21, was born in Kenya and was a 2016 Tigard High School graduate.

Contentious vaccine bill passes House, heads to…

Portland Tribune - News
Despite a persistent, vocal opposition, the bill limiting medical execptions passed easily.

Student Success Act passes House on party-line vote

Portland Tribune - News
Education reform and tax package, adding $1 billion per year in school funding, now goes to the Senate.

TVF&R seeks 5-year extension of tax levy

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Rate would remain unchanged from 2014; district extends from east Washington County into three other counties and serves more than 500,000 people.

Clock ticking on daylight saving change

Regal Courier - News
Some lawmakers want state to go on standard time, others want public vote on proposal.

Major hike in school funding heads to vote

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Groups representing corporations not all on see 'huge investment' as way to improve state education.

Business groups sort out impact of tax plan

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Legislature's proposal to boost education funding heads to a vote as state's largest business organization stays neutral.

Nominees announced for civic association board

Regal Courier - News
Three to step down in June from the leadership of the King City Civic Assocition.

Annual honor shines spotlight on region's 'Amazing…

Portland Tribune - News
Pamplin Media Group event highlights the accomplishments of 28 young people from across the region.

Washington County elected officials explain their…

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Auditor, sheriff, district attorney, circuit and justice court judges join commissioners in expanded state of the county presentation April 17 in…

Committee's vaccine bill approval provokes backlash

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Lawmakers gearing up for a House vote on controversial measure limiting medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations.

Say so-long to Twain

The Times - News
Longtime Tigard-Tualatin educator set to retire; reception slated Tuesday, May 7.

Out & About

Beaverton Valley Times - Features
A listing of theater, arts and musical events, along with things to do, throughout our communities.

Washington County officials share the stage in…

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Five commissioners and five other elected officials speak at a state of the county event open to the public; 250 attend new format at Conestoga…

Chief gets into the swing of policing

Regal Courier - News
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 turned Ernie Happala from a golf pro to a cop.

Beaverton tells parents to plan for possible school…

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Beaverton School District says planned teacher walkout could force schools to shut down.

Vial to serve as deputy secretary of state

Sherwood Gazette - News
The one-term lawmaker served an area that included Sherwood and King City in 2017-18.

Brown taps Bev Clarno to finish secretary of state…

Portland Tribune - News
Redmond Republican, former speaker of the House, selected from more than a dozen GOP candidates.

Out & About

Beaverton Valley Times - Features
A listing of theater, arts and musical events, along with things to do, throughout our communities.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor volunteer day slated for May

Sherwood Gazette - News
Those who wish to help, or who need help, can register to take part in this annual event.

Dems to gather in Sherwood

Sherwood Gazette - News
Congresswoman Bonamici slated as speaker at Democrats' annual fundraising event.

Dance & Thrill

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Tigard, Valley Catholic score honors for 2nd year in a row at state Dance and Drill tourney.

Leaders turn to prayers, solidarity after New…

Portland Tribune - News
'We aren't going to allow anyone to continue to target us out of hatred, out of bigotry, out of every phobia that you can think of.'

Tributes pour in for Norma Paulus

Portland Tribune - News
She was the first woman to win state constitutional office as secretary of state, also state schools superintendent.

Something to cheer about

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Competitors from several area high schools particiated in the 2019 OSAA Cheerleading State Championships. See a slide show of images from the event.

Curtain rises on behalf of ailing actor

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Friends will stage a play written by local actor Michael Allen as he listens from hospital bed.

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