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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Grand jury clears officer in fatal shooting of Quanice Hayes

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'Campers' start building at woods near Troutdale

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People who have been in the fight for decades warn that efforts to curb criminal justice disparities in Oregon have a history of falling short.
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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
Oregon's largest post-secondary institution relies on months-old minutes, as other boards take leap into modern technology.
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.
March 21, 2017

NW Natural to move out of Old Town headquarters

by Jim Redden
Landlord fighting to keep utility from relocating to a new building in Portland.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Winner Anna-Livia Regan of Southwest Portland charmed the audience and judges with her skills and humor.
March 18, 2017

ACCESS Academy student spells regional bee victory s-u-b-c-u-t-a-n-e-o-u-s

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Anna-Livia Regan takes first in 14th annual Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee. Regan will advance to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.


PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: PETER WONG - Salma Ahmad of Cedar Mill, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Portland, speaks with Paula DiNovo (back to camera) after talk Monday, March 13, at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum.
March 23, 2017

Islamic leader seeks to dispel misconceptions

by Peter Wong
Islamic Society leader seeks mutual understanding amid growing political tensions.
March 23, 2017

Rader leaves soda tax bid after nonprofit tanks

by Nick Budnick
Some feared that Upstream Public Health's crisis could scare funders.
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

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
Move comes after Chloe Eudaly assgined oversight of troubled city bureau.
March 23, 2017

Sources: Trump spurs Democratic fundraising

by Jim Redden
In other election news, Merkley named as potential 2020 Presidential candidate, but it would mean giving up U.S. Senate seat.
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.
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.
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: CLAIRE GREEN - Puppy Yonder takes a break from class with handler Lynley Rayburn.
March 22, 2017

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

by Claire Green
More room for inmates, dogs means more animals trained for veterans, disabled
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
COURTESY PSU - Artists rendition of proposed building on Portland State University campus.
March 21, 2017

Colleges, city join forces for new building

by Lyndsey Hewitt
PSU to buy land from PDC to build $100 million center with Portland, OHSU and PCC.
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
GOOGLE MAPS - Highway 213 between Union Hall Road and Mulino
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
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Construction continued its strong growth in February, as Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to a 41-year low.
March 21, 2017

Unemployment rate drops to historic low in February

by Pamplin Media Group
State employment officials said that in February, 82,000 Oregonians were unemployed, the lowest number since August. 1995.
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
The tax has proven a considerable windfall for the state, but it has also created complications for the state's tax-collecting agency.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A bill in the Oregon Legislature would override U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules on the use of antibiotics in livestock.
March 21, 2017

Critics urge more livestock antibiotics oversight in Oregon

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Critics of federal oversight of livestock antibiotics want Oregon lawmakers to pass a bill that would limit antibiotic uses.
March 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.

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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.
Mar 21, 2017

Bill would authorize GMO trespass lawsuits against patent holders

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
A bill under consideration in Oregon would allow landowners to sue biotech patent holders over trespass by genetically engineered crops.
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
Dora Raymaker, an autistic researcher at Portland State University, won $467,000 to study how autistic people can be successful in skilled employment.
COURTESY: KOIN 6 NEWS - David Douglas School Board member Bryce Anderson is under fire for controversial comments he made on sanctuary vote, March 20.
Mar 21, 2017

Sanctuary comment draws David Douglas parents' ire

by KOIN 6 News
Parents are calling for Bryce Anderson to step down, but that's the 'last thing I'd ever do,' the self-proclaimed conservative told KOIN 6 News.
REP. JULIE PARRISH - Left to to right, Lori Sattenspiel of the Oregon School Boards Association, Samuel Littlefield, a senior at Alsea High School, and Alsea schools Superintendent Marc Thielman speak to the House Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Tuesday, March 21, at the Capitol in Salem.
Mar 21, 2017

Small schools seek funding to address seismic concerns

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A 2007 survey of seismic needs excluded some schools with enrollment of less than 200.
SUBMITTED PHOTO: LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY - 'El Grande de Coca Cola' is scheduled for Lakewood Theatre Company's Mainstage from  March 2 to April 8, 2018.
Mar 21, 2017

Lakewood Theatre Company unveils 65th season

by Barb Randall
World and Portland premieres highlight series of plays that focus on the meaning of community
Mar 21, 2017

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

by Jim Redden
Also, longtime Portland political figure Lloyd Anderson passes away and clash with protesters makes national news.
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
PPS will take instructional time waiver for seniors; Camp Fire Columbia expands off-season offerings to families; Portlanders pull together for mock trial competition; Rough Rider is a finalist…
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

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
Tebo's traces its origins to Gene & Joe's Broiler, which started in 1954, when it took over a little restaurant called the Cheese Wedge
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, poses for a photo before making recommendations for investment in maintaining roads and reinforcing bridges in the state during a meeting of the legislative Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization at the Oregon Capitol in Salem Monday, March 20, 2017.
Mar 20, 2017

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

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The subgroup of a committee crafting a statewide transporation package is one of five that will make recommendations this spring.
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
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/'It will always have a special place in our hearts. It will always be home'
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
OCPD's newly expanded school-resource-officer program splits time between Oregon City High School and other schools in the district
COURTESY FOREST GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT - The scene of the Saturday night fatal crash in Forest Grove.
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.
Mar 19, 2017

SLIDESHOW: Dynamic Timbers

by Portland Tribune
Portland continues to roll, makes Houston its latest MLS victim
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID F. ASHTON - Hundreds of people pack the March Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association Board of Directors meeting, held in the Sellwood Middle School Library.
Mar 18, 2017

A neighborhood divided: Eastmoreland proceeds with historic…

by David F. Ashton
Despite stating that they would accept majority opinion, neighborhood board votes to push forward with designation process.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Meals prepared by the Meals on Wheels People could face big cuts in President Trump's proposed budget.
Mar 17, 2017

Trump's proposed budget cuts stir local concerns

by Tribune staff
Multiple programs in Oregon and the region would be eliminated or reduced if budget is adopted as proposed.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - Former Gov. John Kitzhaber, second from right, makes a point at a forum about Oregon's most recent executions two decades ago. From left, moderator Emily Plec; Dave Cook, former state corrections director, and at right, Frank Thompson, former Oregon State Penitentiary superintendent responsible for overseeing executions. The forum was March 16 at Willamette University.
Mar 17, 2017

Trio of officials reflect on Oregon executions

by Peter Wong
In office, governor, corrections director and prison chief carried out the only two deaths since 1962; out of office, all now oppose capital punishment.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Moments after No. 2 seed Oregon State's one-point victory over No. 15 seed Long Beach State, Beavers Sydney Wiese (left) and Marie Gulich show their relief at Gill Coliseum on Friday.
Mar 17, 2017

Beavers must play, score better

by Kerry Eggers
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Mar 17, 2017

Metro Council poised to certify urban reserves

by Peter Wong
Decision put off until April 13; cities, resident group still argue against including Stafford, but landowners, home builders support action to complete decade-old process.