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Portland's Latest News

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A string of emails shows that some sheriffs are cooperating with federal ICE agents and providing information on immigrants in local jails.
February 23, 2017

Deputies skirt state rules to help ICE deport suspects

by Nick Budnick
Sheriff Reese vows to investigate after documents released following Portland Tribune public records request.
SUBMITTED PHOTO: LAKE OSWEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT - Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects in a string of thefts from vehicles in Lake Oswego and Tualatin.
February 22, 2017

Lake Oswego police seek public's help in identifying theft suspects

by Anthony Macuk
Officials are looking for a man and woman after a rash of incidents, most involving unlocked vehicles
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - City crews kick off a pothole Patch-a-thon Thursday, Feb. 23, hoping to tackle many of the 1,000 potholes reported by Portlanders.
February 22, 2017

City crews warm up shovels for pothole Patch-a-thon

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland's Bureau of Transportation has a backlog of more than 1,000 potholes, many of which could be filled beginning Feb. 23.


February 22, 2017

Projections boost state coffers by nearly $200 million

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
New revenue figures could drop Oregon projected budget shortfall to $1.6 billion.
More than two dozen local 'March 4 Trump' events, including one in Lake Oswego, are planned in support of a March 4 gathering on the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C.
February 21, 2017

Lake Oswego business owner plans 'March 4 Trump'

by Anthony Macuk
Kevin Kerwin's event is part of a nationwide series of pro-Trump rallies scheduled for March 4
February 22, 2017

School officials push back on mandatory class size negotiations

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A former union negotiator has proposed legislation to make class size a mandatory part of collective bargaining.
MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI/CAPITAL BUREAU - Jesse Bounds runs a straw-compressing facility in Junction City, Ore., that state regulators claim was rebuilt on a wetland after a fire.
February 22, 2017

Bills propose to dispel Oregon wetland uncertainties

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Property owners have no reliable assurance their land is not designated a wetlands, which would restrict the parcel's utility.
COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS FACEBOOK LIVE - About two dozen protesters took over Portland's City Council chambers Wednesday morning, Feb. 22, chanting and shouting as city commissioners walked out of the meeting. The group talked about needing assistance for homeless people.
February 22, 2017

Protesters chant, shout and commandeer City Council meeting -- again

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: Three arrested at about noon as police clear City Hall's Fifth Avenue entrance.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Owners of the property where the R2DToo homeless camp is located are under increasing pressure to evict it before April 7.
February 22, 2017

R2DToo lawyer 'confident' homeless camp will be relocated

by Jim Redden
Dedline is rapidly approaching, but no details forthcoming on possible new sites being considered by City Hall and the campers.
SUBMITTED - James Tylka, left, shot and killed his wife, Katelynn, right, on Dec. 25, 2016. On Wednesday, the Washington County District Attorney's office ruled that officers were justified when they shot him 21 times, killing him.
February 22, 2017

DA rules officers justified in fatally shooting suspect in Christmas shooting

by Geoff Pursinger
Five officers shot James Tylka 21 times on Christmas night, district attorney's office said.
COURTESY TRIMET - Map of one of two new routes proposed by TriMet
February 22, 2017

TriMet proposes new, revised bus service

by Jim Redden
Public comment sought on most recent changes in 10-year improvement plan to better serve riders.
Laika's 'Kubo and the Two Strings' has been nominated for two Academy Awards, including best animated feature. The studio has been nominated several times since opening in 2009.
February 22, 2017

Hillsboro's Laika animation studio prepares for Oscars this weekend

by Geoff Pursinger
Laika's 2016 film 'Kubo and the Two Strings' has been nominated for best animated feature, and best visual effects.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Heather Kell of Portland sits in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting at the Capitol in Salem Tuesday, Feb. 21, after testimony on a bill to prohibit employers from firing employees who use marijuana.
February 21, 2017

Bill prohibits employers from firing employees who use marijuana

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The legislation would outlaw discrimination against job candidates and employees for using pot in their free time.
PHOTO BY JAIME VALDEZ - An investigator examines the house where Beaverton Police this morning shot and killed an armed man, across the street from Beaver Acres Elementary School.
February 21, 2017

Beaverton man shot by police identified

by The Times
Michael Douglas Smith, 51, reportedly was on his roof, threatening officers, across the street from an elementary school in lockdown.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard has tried to lead a backcourt-heavy Trail Blazers team, but coming off the All-Star break Portland is on the outside looking in at a playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference.
February 21, 2017

BATTERED BLAZERS SEARCH FOR WINNING FORMULA

by Kerry Eggers
How can the league's most disappointing team turn things around?
February 21, 2017

Group agrees on marijuana regulation consolidation plan

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Plan consolidates regulation under the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and provides subsidy program for medical marijuana growers to maintain access for patients.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Legislators are debating bills that would change how taxes from recreational pot sales are distributed. Attempts to increase the amount given to local governments could fall victim to Oregon's $1.8 billion budget shortfall.
February 21, 2017

State budget woes could claim pot tax windfall

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state's $1.8 billion budget shortfall has changed the prospects for bills that would give local governments a bigger share of marijuana tax revenues.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub's ceiling is covered every year in dollar bills and coins tossed there by patrons. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the ceiling was swept and the money donated to the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children.
February 21, 2017

Kells' annual 'green rain' sweep drops donations on Providence center

by Pamplin Media Group
Since 1995, the event has raised more than $278,000 for the center that provides care for children with disabilities and complex medical needs.
February 21, 2017

Are you prepared for the big one?

by Peter Wong
Washington County survey: 90 percent have done something, but only 18 percent have taken all steps recommended by authorities.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - If you make at least $70,000 a year, you could probably afford to buy a median-priced house in Portland, according to a new online real estate information company survey.
February 21, 2017

Survey: Portlanders need to make about $70,000 a year to buy a home

by Pamplin Media Group
The most expensive city? San Francisco, where homebuyers need to make $160,589 to cover the $3,747 monthly payment for a $837,500 median-priced home.
COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - U.S. Army reservist Will Naugle was last seen Jan. 26 near Clackamas Town Center. His family said Naugle's body was found near Powell Butte in Crook County.
February 21, 2017

Missing reservist's body found in Crook County

by KOIN 6 News
Will Naugle was last seen Jan. 26 near Clackamas Town Center. He was scheduled to report for annual training and vanished.
February 21, 2017

Better housing design, better livability

by Jim Redden
Project invites citizen input on multi-family building requirements to improve neighborhoods.
February 21, 2017

No-cause suit set for April trial

by Jim Redden
Federsl judge refuses restraining order against new city policy requiring landlords to pay moving costs of tenants evicted without stated cause.
February 20, 2017

Shooting kills man in SE Portland

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: Police say confrontation with business owner in parking lot led to shooting
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.

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane speaks Monday, Feb. 20, at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum about the future of transportation in the Portland area.
Feb 20, 2017

Transit chief: Build light-rail line, three highway projects

by Peter Wong
TriMet general manager tells Washington County forum that all are needed , plus expanded bus service to reduce anticipated traffic congestion in 2040.
COURTESY PHOTO: KRISTIAN FODEN-VENCIL/OPB - A couple thousand people gathered in Director Park before marching through Portland streets Monday afternoon during the nationwide 'Not My President' protests. Several people associated with a separate rally and march were arrested.
Feb 21, 2017

Arrests mark day of 'Not My President' rallies, protests

by Kristian Foden-Vincel/OPB
Two Monday afternoon demonstrations took up cause in downtown Portland streets.
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Feb 20, 2017

Detectives seek man accused of sexually abusing child near…

by Geoff Pursinger
Jorge E. Bravo-Copado hasn't been seen since last May; he is wanted on rape and sex abuse charges
MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Stanley Wilson II was arrested while nude yet again on Saturday, police say.
Feb 19, 2017

Naked ex-NFL player arrested in Woodburn

by KOIN 6 News
Stanley Wilson II was previously shot by police and arrested while naked in Portland.
PHOEBE FLANIGAN/OPB - Debbie and Skylar Choruby came to the Oregon Zoo on Saturday to remeber Packy.
Feb 19, 2017

Portland's most famous pachyderm remembered

by Phoebe Flanigan/OPB
During his lifetime, Packy was the subject of a number of studies that lead to scientific breakthroughs in human understandings of Asian elephants, including how they mate and communicate.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: LYNDSEY HEWITT - Cosplay was the rage Saturday at the Wizard World Comic Con at the Oregon Convention Center.
Feb 18, 2017

Creatures, creators gather at fifth Wizard World Comic Con

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Con continues through Sunday when more celebrities are scheduled to make appearances.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: PETER WONG - US Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks Saturday, Feb. 18, to about 1,500 people at a town hall meeting in the Oregon City High School gym.
Feb 18, 2017

Wyden: Public will have some access to Russia inquiry

by Peter Wong
Democratic senator says controversy involving Trump presidential campaign 'goes right to the heart of the legitimacy of the American government.'
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - John Tapogna, right, president of the Portland firm ECONorthwest, speaks at the Feb. 17 Friday Forum of the City City of Portland on Oregon's public pension system and prospects for additional state revenue. Others from left are moderator Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian; Jim Green, executive director, Oregon School Boards Association, and Salem-Keizer School Board member, and Tim Nesbitt, independent consultant and former president, Oregon AFL-CIO.
Feb 17, 2017

Panel: Unions must be part of public pension resolution

by Peter Wong
City Club hears argument for why labor must join business to deal with multibillion liability in exchange for discussion of new taxes for the state budget.
Feb 17, 2017

Plan to move R2DToo collapses after Wheeler objects

by Jim Redden
Longtme Old Town homeless camp has no new home as April 7 relocation deadline looms.
Feb 15, 2017

Jury seated in second Malheur Wildlife Refuge takeover trial

by Conrad Wilson/OPB
U.S. District Judge Anna Brown interviewed more than 50 jurors on behalf of the government and the defense before dismissing some for hardship.
Feb 16, 2017

Heavy rains cause sewer overflows into Willamette River

by Jim Redden
Portland officials urge residents to avoid contact with the river until 48 hours after the overflows end.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer helped form the first Congressional Cannabis Caucus on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Feb 16, 2017

Blumenauer, other congressmen form cannabis caucus

by Pamplin Media Group
'The prohibition of cannabis has been a failure, and Americans across our nation are demanding a more sensible approach.'
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.
Feb 16, 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.
COURTESY: PORTLAND PARKS FOUNDATION - Verde and Portland Parks Foundation have worked with Portland Parks and Recreation to complete funding to open Thomas Cully Park, shown at sunrise, on former construction landfill in Northeast Portland's Cully neighborhood.
Feb 16, 2017

Portland Timbers, Thorns donate $65,000 toward Thomas Cully Park…

by Lyndsey Hewitt
The Northeast Portland park is planned to open this summer.
Feb 16, 2017

Clackamas board seeks grant for courthouse planning

by Peter Wong
State's $1.25 million, matched by county, would lay out eventual development of $154 million project on the Red Soils campus in Oregon City.
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.
Feb 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.
COURTESY PHOTO: KATE WILLSON - Nubia Escobedo, a legal resident, was stopped for a minor traffic infraction north of Woodburn and ticketed for failing to display her license, which she left at her Hillsboro home. Latino drivers are eight times as likely as whites to be charged with that violation.
Feb 16, 2017

Driving while brown

by Kate Willson
Analysis shows Latinos in Oregon are disproportionately charged with various motor vehicle violations.
COURTESY PHOTO: KNOW YOUR CITY  - Cameron Whitten, executive director of the nonprofit Know Your City, will lead four more Hidden History of Albina walking tours this month. The tours stop at the Urban League of Portland and other sites of historical and cultural significance.
Feb 16, 2017

Get out of your bubble with walking tour

by Jennifer Anderson
'Hidden History' explores black legacy in Albina with visits to historic locations
COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND  - The Port of Portland hopes to get an earlier start cleaning up contamination in the Swan Island Lagoon, pictured here.
Feb 16, 2017

City and state seek to seize Superfund initiative

by Steve Law
With EPA in limbo, work may begin on smaller harbor site, if polluters are found that are willing to step up and pay the costs
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - NW Natural, which settled in the hard-scrabble Old Town Chinatown neighborhood before most companies would consider it, may move out when its lease expires.
Feb 16, 2017

NW Natural explores move from Old Town

by Joseph Gallivan and Jim Redden
Utility mulls new headquarters once lease expires in 2020, even though landlord and neighborhood wants the company to stay.
COURTESY MULTNOMAH COUNTY - Northwest Newberry Road may have to be rerouted before it can be reopened because of the landslide undermining part of it.
Feb 16, 2017

Storms take toll on Portland's important rural road network

by Jim Redden
All are part of an informal network of rural roads being used by more and more drivers every day to travel between residential and employment centers in Multnomah and Washington counites,…
Feb 16, 2017

Eastern Oregon job growth expected to trail behind state

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Oregon's overall job growth is forecast at 14 percent between 2014 and 2024, but as little as 3 percent in some of it's most rural counties.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - A cyclist rides along a path on the Gateway Green on Saturday. The park, a mountain biking park between I-84 and I-205, will benefit from the Big Jump grant. A ribbon cutting will happen there in June.
Feb 16, 2017

Pedaling to get easier in Gateway

by Lyndsey Hewitt
City targets East Portland for mutliple projects. Portland is one of 10 cities selected for Big Jump grant.
REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego attorney Sonya Fischer says she'll keep a small caseload at her private practice while serving on the Clackamas County Board of Commssioners, 'because I really enjoy helping people.'
Feb 16, 2017

Sonya Fischer vows to be 'a voice for human services'

by Anthony Macuk
Lake Oswego attorney says she'll bring her advocacy 'for people who are left out' to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners
EO MEDIA GROUP - A linear irrigation system operates in a corn field in Oregon's Willamette Valley. State water regulators want to increase water rights transaction fees by 15.88 percent over four years, the third hike since 2009.
Feb 16, 2017

Oregon water regulators propose third transaction fee hike

by Matuesz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Under H.B. 2295, a transaction fee increase of 15.88 percent would be phased in over four years.