The making of a melting pot

The making of a melting pot

Area citizens, leaders make Black History Month a time for reflection, learning and looking forward.

Will it be different this time? Lawmakers try to break cycle of racial injustice

Will it be different this time? Lawmakers try to break cycle of racial injustice

Efforts to curb criminal justice disparities in Oregon have failed before. Will it be different...

Exclusion laws & poll taxes: Oregon's unquiet history of racial conflict

Exclusion laws & poll taxes: Oregon's unquiet history of racial conflict

Tensions between residents of color and police started early in Oregon - and had plenty of support.

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Race and justice in Oregon: A timeline

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OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Transit workers haul a damaged pickup off the MAX Blue Line on Monday, Feb. 20 in Gresham.
February 20, 2017

Truck driver cited in MAX accident at 185th in Gresham

by Teresa Carson
TriMet warns of delays, buses shuttling riders between 172nd and Cleveland stops
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Sebastian Dirringer of Cornforth Consulting examines core samples taken from the levee, while Raymundo Dimas-Barerra and Roberto Schroeder of WEstern States Soil Conservation Inc.  prepare a boring machine using the massive bits laying on the ground.
January 27, 2017

UPDATE: Columbia levee inspections to affect Marine Drive traffic

by Zane Sparling
Drillers test soil, slope stability on flood protection system in East County.
COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Dirck Morgan White
February 20, 2017

Suspect in Waxenfelter murder arraigned

by Emily Lindstrand
Dirck Morgan White's murder trial will begin in May. He is accused of killing Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter.


COURTESY OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION - Bottle deposits in Oregon will double to 10 cents on April 1. Under a bill proposed in the Legislature, even cans for which only a 5-cent deposit was paid can be redeemed for the full 10 cents until Sept. 1, 2018.
February 18, 2017

Oregonians could see bottle deposit windfall under bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state's bottle and can deposit will double to a dime April 1.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - As the teachers stood in the cold, some supportive drivers honked and waved in encouragement.
February 16, 2017

Reynolds teachers rally to support rights of immigrants

by Teresa Carson
East County Educators concerned about Trump policy's affect on students.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A 1911 photograph shows an unidentified black man standing on a Gresham street corner, thought to be the first African-American to live in Gresham. Historical archives refer to the man as Charlie Rivers, although the claim is unverified.
February 16, 2017

Where's the black history in Gresham?

by Zane Sparling
Newspapers, official sources declined to chronicle lives of African-Americans in East County.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Paul Coakely
February 16, 2017

Coakley to lead Centennial School District

by Teresa Carson
Interim to fill Sam Breyer's former superintendent role in Gresham.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Elkhorn Ranch was built by John Roberts in 1868, on a parcel of land he bought for $500.
February 16, 2017

'Elkhorn Ranch' gives glimpse into past

by Christopher Keizur
One of the oldest homes in Gresham is falling into disrepair.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Emily Salisbury, associate professor of criminal justice at University of Nevada Las Vegas and editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, speaks about women in the criminal justice system at the Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit at the Salem Convention Center Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
February 16, 2017

Women's prison focus of state summit, legislative session

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Researcher tells Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit women offenders should be treated differently in effort to downsize state's prison population.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - An appreciative resident of Cherry Park Plaza admires a Valentine's Day missive deliverd by a Wilkes Elmentary School first-grader.
February 16, 2017

FIRST-GRADERS share valentines with seniors

by Teresa Carson
Wilkes first-graders deliver songs, cards to Cherry Park Plaza residents.
FILE PHOTO - The certification program is conducted and supported by the Audubon Society of Portland
February 17, 2017

Transform the world in your own backyard

by Christopher Keizur
Backyard Habitat Certification Program offers support in creating a sustainable sanctuary
COURTESY GRAPHIC - The following information was compiled from the public records of the Fairview Police Department:
February 16, 2017

Fairview police log

by Pamplin Media Group
The following information was compiled from the public records of the Fairview Police Department:
FILE PHOTO - Tools and snacks will be provided.
February 16, 2017

Work party slated for Johnson Creek

by Pamplin Media Group
This is a family-friendly event and all experience levels are welcome.
COURTESY GRAPHIC - Gresham Vista Business Park.
February 16, 2017

Gresham's industrial sector numbers stronger than ever

by Christopher Keizur
98 jobs created, 35 expansions to existing businesses, 600,000 square feet added in Gresham.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - An RV was destroyed around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 in Troutdale.
February 16, 2017

Two homeless after RV catches on fire

by Zane Sparling
Blaze destroys vehicle parked on Northwest Dunbar Avenue in Troutdale.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham Subaur is located at 1925 East Powell Boulevard.
February 16, 2017

Janitor foils robbery at Gresham Subaru

by Zane Sparling
Police return $8,500 in stolen goods to local car dealership
PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS FIRE - A man was pinned in this full-size van after it crashed at the intersection of 242nd Avenue and Hoffmeister Road
February 16, 2017

Hoffmeister Road crash sends injured man to hospital

by Raymond Rendleman
Clackamas Fire frees victim trapped in a van; hazmat unit dispatched to protect a nearby waterway from a large diesel spill that occurred
COURTESY YOUTUBE - Did your child make the grade?
February 16, 2017

Metro East Web Academy announces honor roll

by Pamplin Media Group
Did your child make the grade? Click here to find out:
FILE PHOTO - Bzzzz!
February 16, 2017

NEWS BRIEFS: Help save the bees at Vance Park work party

by Pamplin Media Group
What's Inside: Bargain book buyer's bonanza set for St. Henry Parish, Can you do-si-do?
COURTESY PHOTO - Okay Hill stands at Ground Zero in New York, New York during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For the record, 'Okay' is a family name, passed on from Hill's grandfather.
February 16, 2017

Wood Village volunteer assists evacuation efforts near California dam

by Zane Sparling
Okay Hill likes to lend a hand when disasters affect people.
COURTESY GRAPHIC - This is what the new Fairview Elementary School will look like when it is completed.
February 16, 2017

Reynolds moving aheadon school construction

by Teresa Carson
District wants local and minority contractors to help with new school build.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A Portland firefighter speaks to students at Alder Elmentary School about fire safety and what takes place in her job.
February 16, 2017

Alder Elementary students see careers in action

by Teresa Carson
Career day continues school's commitment to a 'culture of college and career.'
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Demarco 'Buddy' Streeter, 30.
February 15, 2017

Man linked to Gresham murder arrested in Vancouver

by Christopher Keizur
Demarco 'Buddy' Streeter, 30, arrested in connection the shooting death of Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Police are looking for at least 3 suspects accused of breaking into Centennial Middle School for 3 consecutive nights, February 14, 2017
February 15, 2017

Police investigating Centennial Middle School robberies

by Christopher Keizur
Three break-ins lead to electronics being taken from the school.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham-area teachers rally in front of the East County Courthouse Monday in support of education funding and related topics.
February 17, 2017

SLIDESHOW: Gresham area teachers rally in front of courthouse

by Pamplin Media Group
Teachers urge support for education funding while protesting Trump administration immigration policies
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Nancy's Flowers staffer Bethany Ryan inspects a long-stemmed rose Monday, one day before Valentine's Day.
February 14, 2017

Saying it with flowers on Valentine's Day

by Teresa Carson
Red roses still rule on Valentine's Day - the holiday of love.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Ed Gray and Nancy Ashley decided to become home providers with Second Home for a student without stable living conditions to help her graduate high school.
February 14, 2017

Gresham couple gives student 'Second Home'

by Christopher Keizur
Gresham-Barlow School District program helps homeless students graduate high school.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Chardane, sporting her lovely wrist corsage, struts her stuff on the red carpet at the prom at Mountainview Christian Church.
February 14, 2017

Prom guests treated to a special evening

by Teresa Carson
Mountainview Church event in Gresham sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Brianna Judge, 23
February 13, 2017

Body of former Reynolds High School student pulled from Nehalem River

by Christopher Keizur
Brianna Judge, 23, was pulled from the river in rural Clatsop County near Riverbend Road.
FILE PHOTO - Students receive instruction in what Mt. Hood Community College officials describe as an outdated technology building. The $75 million bond, if approved, would replace the facility.
February 13, 2017

MHCC reduces bond request

by Teresa Carson
Community college seeks voter approval of $75 million bond measure.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The snapped tree is about 60 to 100 feet long.
February 13, 2017

Snapped tree closes Troutdale Road

by Pamplin Media Group
The tree blocked four lanes of traffic and left some residents without power.
PHOTO COURTESY CDC - Cryptosporidium lives in the intestine of infected humans or animals.
February 13, 2017

Tainted water still no cause for alarm

by Zane Sparling
Bacteria that causes diarrhea detected in Gresham's public water supply.
COURTESY PHOTO - The Burea of Land Management's proposal would affect three acres of the 556-acre site.
February 14, 2017

Petitioners oppose Wildwood development

by Zane Sparling
Proposal would keep park open overnight, add cabins, RV spots
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: QUINN ROSA - This coyote made himself visible Thursday afternnon, Feb. 9, near the Columbia Gorge Comfort Inn in Troutdale.
February 13, 2017

Coyote keeps his cool in Troutdale

by Zane Sparling
Not slinking, this predator posed for a pic 'like a boss'
FILE PHOTO - Aidan Kelly, 11, dumps snow from a wheelbarrow in 2017.
February 13, 2017

LEARNING LOG: Centennial, Reynolds make up snow days

by Teresa Carson
What's Inside: Teens code with robots, Hear African stories at Troutdale Library

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Authors Dean and Shannon Hale read parts of their new book together.
Feb 13, 2017

Authors visit Reynolds students

by Teresa Carson
Middle school students learn about reading, writer and illustrating books.
COURTESY GRAPHIC - AFib is caused when the normal electrical system in the heart starts getting out of rhythm.
Feb 13, 2017

AFib can be dangerous if not treated

by Teresa Carson
Stroke is a big danger from atrial fibrillation, doctors say.
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Feb 10, 2017

Analysis of 5.5 million court records shows sweeping disparities

by John Schrag, with reporting by Lee van der Voo
Analysis of court records reveals huge disparities for blacks, Latinos
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP and a former lawmaker, spoke at Saturday's March for Justice and Equality.
Feb 10, 2017

The high cost of being black in Multnomah County

by Lee van der Voo/InvestigateWest & Nick Budnick/Pam
African Americans paid millions more than whites for police fines.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Plant manager Carol Suckow stands in a long row of shelves in a second-floor storage area for smaller Subaru parts. The boxes are not yet in use, but will be once the warehouse fills up with 50,000 different parts.
Feb 10, 2017

Massive Subaru warehouse gears up

by Quinton Smith
Facility to employ 50 workers after full operations begin in April.
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Feb 10, 2017

UNEQUAL JUSTICE: About this project

by Pamplin Media Group
Willson received no compensation for her work on this project, which began prior to her county employment.
FILE PHOTO - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis
Feb 10, 2017

Gresham council approves revisions to city code

by Christopher Keizur
Debate centers on how to best regulate marijuana businesses in Gresham.
OUTLOOK PHOTO - From Left: Troutdale City Councilor Glenn White, Mayor Casey Ryan and Councilors Rich Allen and Randy Lauer take a break from the League of Cities' City Day event on steps in the Oregon Capitol Building on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Salem.
Feb 10, 2017

East County represents at City Day in Salem

by Zane Sparling
Small city lobbying event forecasts big changes at Oregon Capitol.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRIS KEIZUR - East Metro Economic Alliance Executive Director Jarvez Hall, left, introduces Maggie Finnerty and Julianne Brands.
Feb 10, 2017

EMEA discusses challenges of funding startup innovation

by Christopher Keizur
Athletics, outdoor recreation, techology among vibrant startup sectors in East County.
FILE PHOTO - Emma Waibel of West Linn.
Feb 10, 2017

LEARNING LOG: Barlow senior is Rose court finalist

by Teresa Carson
What's Inside: Gresham honors student, Children's author reads, Gonzaga announces honor roll
KOIN PHOTO - The following information is from the public records of the Gresham Police Department:
Feb 10, 2017

Gresham police log

by Pamplin Media Group
The following information is from the public records of the Gresham Police Department:
FILE PHOTO - Liam Campbell and his fellow Troop 127 Scouts recite the pledge.
Feb 10, 2017

NEWS BRIEFS: Local scout honored for achievement

by Pamplin Media Group
What's Inside: YMCA to host fundraiser event, Days for Girls team schedules work party
KOIN PHOTO - Dianne Davidoff is shown here at her first court appearance following the shooting death of her son, Jacob. Davidoff was found guilty of Jacob's murder.
Feb 10, 2017

Gresham mom insane, but guilty of murder

by Christopher Keizur
Dianne Davidoff shot, killed son in September 2015 in Gresham.
CONTRIBUTED - Meow! This bathroom is truly amazing.
Feb 10, 2017

Persimmon: Gresham's address of choice

by The Outlook
Well polished 2002 home comes with 4 beds, 3.5 baths
KOIN NEWS 6 PHOTO - Sheriff Michael Reese
Feb 07, 2017

Reminder: Sheriff aids ICE deportation effort

by Zane Sparling
Multnomah County law agency trades conviction records for cash subsidies
OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - A Gresham Fire ladder extends over Camping World in Wood Village on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Feb 07, 2017

UPDATE: Blaze causes $4 million in damage to RV outfitter

by Zane Sparling
8 RVs burned to the ground at Camping World of Portland.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Members of the band Chervona perform last week at a celebration of Slavic culture that included music, food and representatives of various community groups centered around Portlands fast-growing Slavic population.
Feb 07, 2017

Former Soviets - the largest refugee group in Portland - also…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
President gets mixed reviews; many wary of government, mainstream media
OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Miguel Becab, 18, is a volunteer for STRYVE.
Feb 07, 2017

'STRYVE'-ing to prevent youth violence

by Christopher Keizur
East County Community group receives 5-year grant for youth violence programs
FILE PHOTO - Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson
Feb 07, 2017

Monnes Anderson introduces bills related to foreclosed property,…

by Christopher Keizur
Family inspired by river tragedy to sponsor helmet bill for this session.
FILE PHOTO - Tools, gloves, plants and refreshments will be provided.
Feb 07, 2017

NEWS BRIEFS: Join planting event set for Nadaka Nature Park

by Pamplin Media Group
What's Inside: Recreation and leisure exhibit opening, Icy conditions force semi off I-84
AARP PHOTO - Get help now!
Feb 07, 2017

AARP offers free tax preparation

by The Outlook
Four Gresham locations are staffed with volunteers to help with taxes!
PORT OF PORTLAND - The new Amazon.com fulfillment center will have over 2,500 parking spots.
Feb 06, 2017

Confirmed: Amazon.com facility coming to Troutdale

by Zane Sparling
Trammell Crow Company, one of the world's largest real estate investment funds, will buy the land, oversee construction and then issue a long-term lease to Amazon.
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Farmington Square, an assisted living facility in Gresham, is adding a new memory care unit, which is expected to be completed by this summer.
Feb 07, 2017

Farmington expansion tailors technology for seniors

by Shannon O. Wells
Memory care building will soon accommodate 26 residents in Gresham.
FILE PHOTO - The following information was compiled from the public records of the Fairview Police Department:
Feb 07, 2017

Fairview police log

by Pamplin Media Group
The following information was compiled from the public records of the Fairview Police Department:
FILE PHOTO - Gresham High School
Feb 07, 2017

LEARNING LOG: Gresham-Barlow extends school year

by Teresa Carson
What's Inside: Clear Creek teacher wins $25,000 in tech gear, Gonzaga announces honor roll