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February 05, 2016

Police investigating possible homicide in Lake Oswego

by The Review
Investigators called to the scene of a reported suicide arrest and charge the victim's estranged spouse BREAKING: Lake Oswego Police have arrested the estranged spouse of a man whose body was found inside a home Thursday evening in the 13000 block…
February 05, 2016

Metro president: Extend levy for parks work

by Peter Wong
Council adopts regional plan two years in the making. Even as the Metro Council wrapped up its work on a regional parks and nature system plan, its president called for extension of a tax levy to raise some of the money to carry out the plan. “What…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID F. ASHTON - This is a Sellwood Bee-exclusive photo juxtaposing the old and new Sellwood Bridges, taken from between the angel wings of Bent 5 in the middle of the Willamette River during construction.
February 05, 2016

Two public events planned to mark new Sellwood Bridge opening

by Jim Redden
Old bridge honored with one last walk before closing for removal Multnomah County has two community events planned to mark the opening of the new Sellwood Bridge — a final Feb. 25 walk across the original bridge before it is dismantled and a Feb. 27…
February 05, 2016

Troutdale looks at human trafficking

by Katy Sword
In fighting human trafficking, part of the battle is awareness. “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery,” said Deputy Keith Bickford, manager of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force. “It’s a crime that…
February 05, 2016

Proposed growth plan amendments being posted online

by Jim Redden
Summaries of proposed amendments to the recommended Comprehensive Plan update are now being posted online. The Comp Plan — as it is commonly called — will guide growth in Portland over the next 20 years. It is required by state land use planning…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: ROB KERR - Ammon Bundy, who faces a federal charge in connection with the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, says in a recorded statement that the refuge takeover was the duty of the people to protest government bullying.
February 04, 2016

Bundy: Refuge takeover was 'right,' 'duty of the people'

by Pamplin Media Group
UPDATE: Carol Bundy releases letter from son saying he is a 'political prisoner' A few hours after he was indicted in federal court for his part in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover, Ammon Bundy of Idaho said in a recorded statement that…
ROYSTER
February 04, 2016

Lakeridge grad settles lawsuit against coach, district

by Jillian Daley
Marqueese Royster, who claimed he was punched during football practice in 2013, had sought $500,000 in damages The Lake Oswego School District and a former coach have settled a lawsuit for a fraction of the $500,000 sought by a former student who…
February 04, 2016

Molalla school board to decide whether to put $75 million bond before voters

by Peggy Savage
The community is invited to attend a special meeting at 7 p.m. in MHS auditorium Thursday to participate in the discussion The Molalla school board will hold a special session Thursday, Feb. 4 to consider a resolution to put a $75 million bond…
February 04, 2016

Three mininum wages back on the table

by Paris Achen
The Senate Workforce and General Government Committee set to vote on plan that would hike minimum to $14.50 in Portland by 2022. SALEM — Legislators have returned to a proposal that would set three minimum wage rates in the state based on median…
February 04, 2016

Oregon seed pre-emption law challenged in Legislature

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Farmers overwhelmingly testified against a recent proposal before Oregon lawmakers that would reverse the state’s ability to pre-empt local government restrictions on seed. The Oregon Legislature pre-empted such local regulation of seed at a…
February 04, 2016

Driver dies after hitting TriMet bus head-on

by Pamplin Media Group
A driver died Thursday evening after colliding head-on into a TriMet bus at Southeast 104th Avenue and Mt. Scott Boulevard. The driver’s name has not been released. The TriMet bus driver was taken to a Clackamas County hospital for treatment of what…
COURTESY OF YOUTUBE - A defiant Sean Anderson brandished a rifle and shouted into a camera Jan. 27 during a live YouTube broadcast by Defendyourbase, as the remaining militants holding out at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge prepared for an expected attack (which never came). Anderson and three other holdouts face federal charges for their part in the four-week standoff.
February 04, 2016

Harney County holdouts hit with same federal charge as militant ringleaders

by Nick Budnick
Indictment means 16 people in wildlife refuge takeover could face trial Four holdouts stuck in a cold, muddy camp on a Harney County federal wildlife refuge now face the same federal charge as a dozen other militants involved in the four-week refuge…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Despite turbulent times, Portland Tribune founder Dr. Robert Pamplin Jr. has kept his promise to offer a free, general-interest newspaper in Portland.
February 04, 2016

Tribune marks 15 years with growth, stable finances

by Jennifer Anderson
Fifteen years ago, no one knew what a “hipster” was. The Pearl District had just been born, “Portlandia” was still years away and there was no name for the creative class that started moving here in droves to open restaurants, start businesses and…
COURTESY MARK LAKEMAN/COMMUNITECTURE - This is the concept plan for the new R2DToo homeless camp.
February 04, 2016

Homless camp relocation hearing postponed

by Jim Redden
Thursday's City Council hearing on relocating the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp has been postponed because of a lack of a quorum. The new hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, and…
February 04, 2016

Metro Council stands firm on Stafford

by Peter Wong
Findings bolster 2011 decision on urban reserve; Clackamas County still at odds The Metro Council has taken its final step toward redesignating Stafford for future development. Other local governments still have differing ideas. The seven-member…
February 04, 2016

Associations requesting increased stipends

by Patrick Malee
Fixed annual stipend would increase from $300 to $500 As neighborhood associations continue to be a focus for the 2016 West Linn City Council, a new funding proposal will soon be submitted by the Neighborhood Association Presidents (NAP) group for…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Students at Clackamas River Elementary School enjoy the 'Food Hero' program's monthly visits to the school cafeteria.
February 04, 2016

Creating a healthy community

by Emily Lindstrand
Students in Kari Hulsey’s fourth-grade class at Clackamas River Elementary School are becoming experts on food. Through the Oregon State University Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition program, students at Clackamas River, River Mill Elementary School and…
February 04, 2016

Sources: Avakian running for office; opponent wonders which one

by Jim Redden
Dennis Richardson, a Republican candidate for Oregon secretary of state, is questioning why Democratic Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is running for the office. In a Jan. 29 email, Richardson notes that Avakian touted his position on a…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is facing numerous allegations. Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has asked the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate them.
February 03, 2016

County chair asks Oregon Department of Justice to investigate Sheriff

by Jim Redden
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has asked the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate multiple accusations of innappropriate behavior against Sheriff Dan Staton. Kafoury told the Portland Tribune she made the request in a Wednesday…
February 03, 2016

Airborne heavy metals detected in inner Southeast Portland neighborhood

by Steve Law
Potentially hazardous levels of arsenic and cadmium have been detected in the air in Southeast Portland near Powell Boulevard and Southeast 22nd Avenue. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is teaming with the Oregon Health Authority and…
Peachey
February 03, 2016

Former WLHS teacher pleads guilty to sex abuse

by Patrick Malee
Sentencing set for Feb. 24 Former West Linn High School teacher Jonathan Peachey pleaded guilty to two counts of third degree sex abuse at the Lake Oswego Municipal Court Wednesday. A judge set the sentencing date for Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. As part of…
February 03, 2016

Oak Grove citizens call foul on Clackamas County's library deal with Gladstone

by Raymond Rendleman
The Oak Grove Community Council has thrown a potential monkey-wrench into the Board of County Commissioners’ plan to get out of providing library services. In a Feb. 3 letter to Clackamas County’s elected officials, Oak Grove Community Council…
February 03, 2016

Sheriff says he welcomes Oregon Department of Justice investigation

by Jim Redden
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton says he welcomes an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior against him — but also says that an earlier outside investigation has already cleared him of some of them.…
COURTESY OF CSPAN - U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said Wednesday, Feb. 3, that he planned legislation to reimburse Harney County for its costs associated with the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover by armed militants.
February 03, 2016

Blumenauer wants feds to reimburse Harney County for costs of refuge takeover

by Pamplin Media Group
FBI cuts off cell phone service for four remaining militants Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer said Wednesday that he planned legislation to have the federal government reimburse Harney County for its costs dealing with the four-week takeover of…
February 03, 2016

Candidate proposes Youth Bureau for at-risk youth

by Jim Redden
Fred Stewart, a Portland realtor running against Commissioner Steve Novick, has proposed creating a Youth Bureau to provide after-school services and programs for young people between the ages of 8 and 18. Stewart announced his proposal in a press…

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COURTESY OF MODA HEALTH - Moda Health is warning its clients to be on the lookout for scammers trying to take advantage of the insurance company's financial situation. Moda purchased naming rights for Portland's Rose Garden Arena, home of NBA's Trail Blazers.
Feb 03, 2016

Scammers target Moda Health members grappling with insurer's…

by Nick Budnick
As 67,000 Moda members await new coverage options, fraudsters want personal information. Scammers are trying to take advantage of Moda Health members who are grappling with confusion over their…
COURTESY PHOTO: OHSU - Surgeons at OHSU use MRI technology to look at a brain.
Feb 03, 2016

Children's hospital surgeons to be able to see inside the brain…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
OHSU unveils joint imaging and surgery suite at Doernbecher Portland has become the first city on the West Coast to combine a real-time iMRI machine with a surgery suite at a children’s…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The Museum of Contemporary Craft building has been put up for sale.
Feb 03, 2016

Craft museum kaput

by Joseph Gallivan
Art school merges long-lived craft museum into new Center for Contemporary Art & Culture . The Museum of Contemporary Craft is closing. The Pacific Northwest College of Art, which took over the…
Feb 03, 2016

Child vaccinations due by Feb. 17, county holds clinics

by Jennifer Anderson
Multnomah County leaders will hold four clinics this month to help under- and uninsured families catch up on their childs' immunizations. State law requires children attending school, preschool…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Blazers guard Gerald Henderson, who had a strong fourth quarter in Portland's victory, gets above the rim Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at Moda Center.
Feb 03, 2016

SLIDESHOW: Blazers win again

by Portland Tribune
The Trail Blazers' roll continued Tuesday night with a 107-95 homecourt victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. CJ McCollum led the way for Portland with 30 points. Damian Lillard had 12 assists and…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, proposes implementing a 4 cent fuel tax across Oregon, and a 6 cent fuel tax in Portland.
Feb 04, 2016

Davis seeks compromise for fuel bill

by Jake Bartman
Fuel tax would be considered alongside low-carbon fuel standard program Seeking to strike a balance between the conflicting demands of legislators that doomed a $343.5 million transportation…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - John Schenk chose the signature red color for his Tesla Model X P90DL Signature Series, one of the first all-electric SUVs.
Feb 04, 2016

A slow wait for a fast car

by Jake Bartman
Wilsonville man the first in Oregon to receive a Tesla Model X It has been a long, long wait for Wilsonville auto enthusiast John Schenk. But almost three and a half years after placing an…
Feb 03, 2016

Multnomah County sheriff accused of creating 'hostile work…

by Jim Redden
The highest ranking female deputy in the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has filed a tort claim notice that Sheriff Dan Staton subjected her to a hostile work environment. Tort notices are…
COURTESY: AUDUBON SOCIETY OF PORTLAND  - A Wildlife Care Center worker checks out a baby saw-whet owl.
Feb 03, 2016

For the love of animals: Audubon open house, online auction set…

by Jennifer Anderson
The public will get a chance to glimpse baby owls, beavers and other creatures in the care of the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center at their annual open house Feb. 14. The…
Feb 03, 2016

Commission grills utilities on coal deal

by Hillary Borrud
SALEM — Oregon’s two largest utilities presented the case for legislation to phase out coal energy during a special meeting of the Oregon Public Utility Commission Friday. Skeptical…
HANDOUT - Rep. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton
Feb 03, 2016

Bill would let more pot businesses get financial services

by Paris Achen
State and federal laws hold banks and credit unions criminally liable for providing services to legal pot enterprises. SALEM – While voters have legalized marijuana in Oregon, state and federal…
COURTESY PHOTO - Tuality Healthcare, which operates hospitals in Hillsboro and Forest Grove, has entered into a clinical affiliation with Oregon Health & Science University that will provide greater opportunities for patient care and facilities expansion.
Feb 02, 2016

Tuality-OHSU affiliation finally a done deal

by Nancy Townsley
In a move that puts an exclamation point on plans that have been in the works for a year, Tuality Healthcare and Oregon Health & Science University have formed a new partnership officials…
COURTESY MARK LAKEMAN/COMMUNITECTURE - This concept plan for the new R2DToo homeless camp was released at Saturday's informational meeting.
Feb 02, 2016

Could new homeless camp be long-term model?

by Jim Redden
Those behind the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp are considering the planned new version to be a long-term model for other neighborhoods and communities. “It is designed to be duplicated…
COURTESY OF MCSO/MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Armed wildlife occupiers in custody include Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Ryan Payne, Joseph O'Shaughnessy, Peter Santilli and Jon Ritzheimer (being held in Arizona).
Jan 29, 2016

Judge agrees refuge occupation leaders, others must stay in jail

by Pamplin Media Group
A federal judge on Friday said five of the militants who occupied Malheur National Wildife Refuge were unsafe to release, including leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy. Two others were granted release…
PARIS ACHEN - left to right, South Salem High School students Tyler Coates, Tori Doten, Conrad Thompson and Davis Carter appeared at the Capitol Tuesday to support raising the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21.
Feb 02, 2016

Coalition seeks to raise legal tobacco age

by Paris Achen
Legislation that would have increased the age to buy tobacco to 21 stalled in committee in 2015. A coalition of 20 health organizations has launched a campaign to combat a sobering trend: About…
Feb 02, 2016

Lawmakers propose tweaks to marijuana law

by Paris Achen
Removing a two-year residency requirement to start a marijuana business is one of the proposed changes. SALEM — Representatives from the marijuana industry came out in droves Tuesday to speak…
NATHAN LEE CONNER
Feb 02, 2016

Man linked to dozens of lewd acts in park

by Pamplin Media Group
A 34-year-old man is in jail after a several month investigation linked him to dozens of acts of public indecency in Portland’s Washington Park. Portland police said Nathan Lee Conner was in the…
Feb 02, 2016

Coal on chopping block as work begins on renewable energy…

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon lawmakers held the first hearings Tuesday on two major bills to increase limits on carbon emissions. Legislative committees have not finished taking testimony on the bills. But…
Feb 04, 2016

Sherwood Police investigate stabbing outside Dollar Tree

by Geoff Pursinger
Sherwood Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in a parking lot late last week. Sherwood Police were called to the parking lot of Dollar Tree, 16220 S.W. Langer Drive, next to Safari…
Feb 02, 2016

State sets up Web tool to calculate kicker refund

by Pamplin Media Group
Want to take your state tax “kicker” on your 2015 income tax returns? Oregon’s Department of Revenue is setting up a website to help people figure out how to collect their tax credit. The state…
COURTESY OF PF&R - Portland Fire & Rescue introduced Zeus the arson dog during a press conference Tueaday morning, Feb. 2.
Feb 02, 2016

Fire bureau's new arson dog ready to sniff out crime

by Pamplin Media Group
Zeus the arson dog is on the job. Portland Fire and Rescue introduced Zeus Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, during a press conference. Zeus is trained to detect and alert hydrocarbons found in…
COURTESY OF THE OREGON ZOO/KATHY STREET - Oregon Zoo curator Michael Illig shows Velda, an African pygmy hedgehog, to visitors during the zoo's annual Hedgehog Day festivities. Velda did not see her shadow this morning, indicating an early spring may be in store.
Feb 02, 2016

Velda says we're in for an early spring

by Pamplin Media Group
Get ready for an early spring. Velda, the Oregon Zoo’s weather-predicting hedgehog, didn't see her shadow Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, meaning the Northwest’s winter weather could soon be wrapping…
Feb 02, 2016

Oregon's gasoline prices dip to nearly $2 a gallon

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon is flirting with $2-a-gallon gasoline for the first time in seven years. AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday that a large supply of oil and a resolution of refinery issues have contributed…
Feb 02, 2016

Dems' low-carbon plan throws roadblock at GOP transportation…

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Democratic leaders in the Oregon House have blocked a $340 million transportation funding bill introduced by a Wilsonville Republican. State Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, knew his bill…
Feb 02, 2016

Federal judge sides with release of Bundy co-defendant

by Nick Budnick
"Captain O" is eligible for release, federal judge says A federal judge on Tuesday postponed a decision on releasing Malheur occupation figure Peter Santilli pending trial while rejecting…