Multnomah County's system for hearing appeals of property values is slanted toward the county assessor

Multnomah County's system for hearing appeals of property values is slanted toward the county assessor

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Islamic leader seeks to dispel misconceptions

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Analysis shows Latinos in Oregon are disproportionately charged with various motor vehicle violations.
A police stop in Medford causes a cascade of troubles for Roberto Santana-Park.
Concerns about Springfield police treatment of Latinos was met with resistance.
The law was supposed to make Oregon compliant with the Feds. It failed.
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'The relationship between blacks and the justice community has always been defined by the reality that police were assigned to keep the black population under control.'
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In 1945, members of the City Club of Portland discussed 'The Negro in Portland,' and heard a report by its committee on race relations.
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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland Community College's atrium on the Sylvania campus.
March 22, 2017

Testing, testing - PCC will record meetings, but you might not get to hear it

by Shasta Kearns Moore
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PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - TriMet surveys regional residents every year to determine how they view the agency's bus and MAX systems.
March 23, 2017

TriMet survey: Approval up, ridership down

by Jim Redden
The regional transit agency's annual survey also found respondents prioritize increasing road capacity over transit improvements.
COURTESY OF MEL RADER - Mel Rader, shown during his unsuccessful run for the Multnomah County board, is no longer spearheading the county soda tax campaign that could be announced soon. Previously he ran a nonprofit, Upstream Public Health, but his successor in January discovered a financial crisis that led to layoffs of all eight employees.
March 23, 2017

Rader leaves soda tax bid after nonprofit tanks

by Nick Budnick
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EO MEDIA GROUP - A linear irrigation system operates in a corn field in Oregon's Willamette Valley. A bill under consideration in the Legislature would impose an annual $100 fee for each of Oregon's nearly 89,000 water rights.
March 23, 2017

Oregon irrigators criticize $100 water rights fee proposal

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Farmers overwhelmingly testified against House Bill 2706, which aims to raise money for water management, during a March 22 hearing.
March 23, 2017

Businesses: Paid family leave adds to fatigue of Legislature-imposed mandates

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Proponents of the statewide proposal say the United States is the only developed nation that doesn't offer the benefit.
March 23, 2017

Former governor criticizes U.S. Supreme Court nominee

by Peter Wong
Barbara Roberts singles out Gorsuch's opposition to death option for terminally ill patients and broad educational rights for students with disabilities; she supports both.
March 23, 2017

Farmworker housing operations tax credit bill moving through Legislature

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Senate Bill 1, which is supported by a coalition of agriculture and housing groups, has moved out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue.
March 23, 2017

After audit, neighborhood office director resigns

by Lyndsey Hewitt
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March 23, 2017

Former mayor Norm King remembered as stabilizing force in West Linn

by Patrick Malee
King served two terms as mayor and was co-founder of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition
March 23, 2017

Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, now heads to the House of Representatives, where it has bipartisan support.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Pigs relax outdoors in this ile photo. Oregon lawmakers are contemplating a bill barring discrimination against pigs or any particular species of livestock.
March 23, 2017

Oregon lawmakers consider banning livestock discrimination

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Legislator says species-specific restrictions seem to run against Oregon's 'right to farm' laws.
March 23, 2017

Sources: Trump spurs Democratic fundraising

by Jim Redden
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REVIEW PHOTO - A sign in the window of Kevin 'The Geek' Kerwin's computer repair store announces his intention to leave Lake Oswego and set up shop in a 'Red State.'
March 22, 2017

Kevin 'The Geek' Kerwin says he's left Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
A sign in the window of Kerwin's repair shop announces his departure for a 'red state' where he can live among Trump supporters
March 22, 2017

Most of Centennial Mills to be demolished

by Jim Redden
Council, PDC agree that completely redeveloping the property is best best for getting long-stalled project underway.
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March 22, 2017

Puppies with a purpose: Coffee Creek Puppy Program looking to expand its training space

by Claire Green
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March 22, 2017

ODOT review could lead to hiring more consultants

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
DAS director says recommendations will involve hiring more consultants to reform ODOT well after lawmakers approve transportation package.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Milwaukee Bucks defense tries to put the clamps on Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.
March 22, 2017

A struggle for the Blazers

by Kerry Eggers
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ODOT - Shifting ground on Mulino Hill is causing this large crack across Highway 213 between Union Hall Road and Mulino
March 21, 2017

Update: ODOT putting new safety measures in place on Hwy 213 at Mulino Hill

by Peggy Savage
Speed limit lowered to 45 MPH between Union Hall Road and Mulino Road on Hwy 213. New weight restrictions in place for trucks. Digital signage and new lighting going up
COURTESY OF PSU  - There's more than 70,000 potential lots to put ADUs in Portland.
March 21, 2017

Project seeks one-stop shopping for ADUs

by Steve Law
PSU 's Institute for Sustainable Solutions using Solarize model to make it easier to add backyard homes
OUTLOOK PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - A memorial for Stephen Heberling has been inscribed on a roadside barrier on Northeast Sandy Boulevard in Wood Village.
March 21, 2017

Family seeks $682,000 in wrongful death case against Multnomah County deputy

by Zane Sparling
Deputy was driving 8 miles over speed limit when patrol car collided with pedestrian.
COURTESY PGE - An infographic on Electric Avenue's benefits for the environmental provided by sponsor PGE.
March 21, 2017

PGE-sponsored Electric Avenue hits one million mile EV mark

by Jeff Zurschmeide
PGE estimates that the one million miles powered by Electric Avenue since 2015 means that Oregon drivers avoided burning approximately 46,950 gallons of gasoline, and therefore eliminated approximately 418 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
PHOTO COURTESY: OCPD - OCPD Captain Shaun Davis said this suspect entered the bank and demanded money from the teller on March 21.
March 21, 2017

FBI aiding Oregon City Police Department with OnPoint Community Credit Union robbery case

by Raymond Rendleman
OCPD Captain Shaun Davis said the suspect entered the bank and demanded money from the teller at about 9 a.m. on March 21
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March 21, 2017

Truck weight restrictions set on OR 213 near Mulino

by Peggy Savage
ODOT is investigating the cause of a large crack that stretches across the highway on Mulino Hill
March 21, 2017

Fish and Wildlife Commission curtails summer gillnetting

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
New rules for fishing on the lower Columbia River still diverge from those of neighboring Washington.
COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE - The temporary marijuana payment station at the Department of Revenue in Salem. The costs associated with collecting marijuana taxes have been more than originally estimated.
March 21, 2017

Costs of administering pot taxes escalating

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
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Critics urge more livestock antibiotics oversight in Oregon

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Critics of federal oversight of livestock antibiotics want Oregon lawmakers to pass a bill that would limit antibiotic uses.
Mar 21, 2017

High pesticide level in store's pot prompts recall

by Eric Mortenson/Capital Bureau
Like other agricultural products, cannabis is subject to pesticide testing, but the regulatory structure is a work in progress.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Malheur County farmer Jerry Erstrom points out a genetically engineered creeping bentgrass plant June 14, 2016, on an irrigation ditch bank near Ontario, Ore. Erstrom testified March 16 in favor of proposed legislation in Oregon that would allow farmers whose crops are damaged by GMOs to sue patent holders for damages.
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Bill would authorize GMO trespass lawsuits against patent holders

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
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Mar 21, 2017

West Linn council votes to move Sunset school forward

by Patrick Malee
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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland State University researcher Dora Raymaker will use nearly a half-million dollars to study the barriers and success stories of autistic people in skilled employment.
Mar 21, 2017

PSU researcher gets grants to study autistic employees in the…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
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Mar 21, 2017

Sanctuary comment draws David Douglas parents' ire

by KOIN 6 News
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Small schools seek funding to address seismic concerns

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PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - NW Natural, which settled in the hard-scrabble Old Town Chinatown neighborhood before most companies would consider it, wants to move out when its lease expires.
Mar 21, 2017

NW Natural to move out of Old Town headquarters

by Jim Redden
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Mar 21, 2017

ICE in the CITY

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Local organized resistance forms to counter Trump's crackdown on immigration
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Mar 21, 2017

Lakewood Theatre Company unveils 65th season

by Barb Randall
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Mar 21, 2017

City Hall Update: City studies new office building on PSU campus

by Jim Redden
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COURTESY OF THE WHITE HOUSE - President Donald Trump's ramped up policies regarding illegal immigration has focused on Washington County, which was named one of the worst offenders for law enforcement agencies who refuse to cooperate with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.
Mar 21, 2017

Washington County has made Trump's 'top ten' list of counties…

by Peter Wong
Washington County refused more than a half-dozen detainer requests by immigration officials in the week following Donald Trump's increased immigration enforcement.
Mar 21, 2017

School Notes: Portland seniors have 9 fewer hours; Camp Fire…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
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Mar 20, 2017

Bill would seal names of sex crime victims, witnesses

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Civil rights activists, defense lawyers and journalists claim the bill could be unconstitutional.
PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Enjoying their meal at Tebo's Restaurant in Gladstone are Jeremy Cash Grohs (from left), Howard Grohs and Meric Weir.
Mar 20, 2017

Tebos Restaurant closing in Gladstone: A sign of the times

by Raymond Rendleman
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Mar 20, 2017

Legislative group recommends $255 million to $312 million in new…

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
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Mar 20, 2017

Homeless man found dead in tent in Northeast Portland

by Pamplin Media Group
No signs of violence but propane lantern found burning inside.
Mar 20, 2017

Motorcyclist killed in Sunday night crash

by Jim Redden
Driver of other vehicle treated at the scene of the collision in Northeast Portland
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon State players (from left) Kelbie Orum, Sydney Wiese and Breanna Brown acknowledge the crowd after Sunday's victory against Creighton.
Mar 20, 2017

Departing women hoopsters write storybook ending at OSU

by Kerry Eggers
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PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Steve Heryford (left) and David Plummer are Oregon City Police Department's two school resource officers concentrating on OCHS.
Mar 20, 2017

Oregon City Police Department's THIN BLUE LINE between kids and…

by Raymond Rendleman
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Mar 19, 2017

Forest Grove man walking to work killed by suspected drunk driver

by Jim Redden
Victim in Saturday crash identified as Jonathan Dominguez Esquivel, 22. Driver arrested for multiple crimes.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Senior Sydney Wiese dances one last time at Gill Coliseum after the Oregon State Beavers' NCAA Tournament second-round victory over Creighton on Sunday night.
Mar 19, 2017

'Dialed-in' Beavers win with aggressive offense, defense

by Jason Vondersmith
Scoring gets spread around, and Oregon State clamps down on Creighton's 3-point shooters
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - This is what Centennial Mills looked like in 2015. Not much of it is left anymore, and the rest will be demolished if the Coty Council approves the Portland Development Commission's recommendation on Wednesday.
Mar 19, 2017

Centennial Mills demolition would prevent horse patrol from…

by Jim Redden
Full demolition of historic site recommended by Portland Development Commission, including horse barn and paddock
KOIN 6 NEWS - A man was hospitalized after being shot at at Northwest Tower Apartments on Northwest 19th Avenue on Sunday.
Mar 19, 2017

Police investigating two weekend shootings

by Jim Redden
UPDATE: One person detained on outstanding warrent, no other suspect information immediately released
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Portland Timbers players (from left) Zarek Valentin, Fanendo Adi and Lawrence Olum prevent Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis from scoring on a corner kick in the first half Saturday at Providence Park.
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by Portland Tribune
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