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Brought to you by Gregg "Roosevelt" Harris - Roosevelt's Terrariums - TERRARIUM INSIDER -

ROOSEVELT'S TERRARIUMS - Gregg 'Roosevelt' HarrisWhether you believe that life was created by some superintelligence outside of our universe, or that life evolved into existence from inorganic matter, one thing we can normally agree on is that life adapts in order to thrive in even the most extreme and difficult habitats around the world.

As a terrarium shop owner, this is a big part of my life. I work each day with various kinds of live plants, and I never cease to be amazed. From the cool, moist, shady environments of the high equatorial jungles of Central America to the hot, dry, sunny, barren deserts of the American Southwest, there are live plants that not only survive in these places, but actually thrive.

Right here in Oregon and Washington we have nearly every micro environment found on Earth, from our Cascade Mountain range to our high desert volcanic lava beds to our conifer rain forests in the Willamette Valley and the coastal climates of our ocean beaches. Drive less than 100 miles in any direction from Portland and you will be in an entirely different kind of place with an entirely different array of living mosses, grasses, plants, mushrooms and trees.

Now if all of these diverse plants had the ability to notice the circumstances that the other plants naturally inhabit, I think they might feel both horror and pity. The delicate little tropical violet might wonder how the dry desert cactus could ever be happy in its harsh habitat. She might think that the cactus’s life could not even be worth living. The dry heat would certainly kill her if she tried for even a few minutes.

Likewise, the spiny barrel cactus could honestly say to the violet, “I would just die if I had to live in the 100 percent humidity of your tropical jungle.” And he would be right. His roots would rot and his body would collapse into a stinky puddle of green goo.

When we take a tropical plant, or a cactus, or an air plant, or a carnivorous bog plant into our home, we should take into account what that plant’s natural habitat would normally be and do all we can to meet its survival needs in our living space.

It would be hard for either to believe that the other could really be happy in such extreme conditions. But they are happy. In fact, each one needs those extreme conditions in order to thrive.

This diversity is what presents us with our greatest challenges when growing various kinds of plants in our homes. Though many of the most common houseplants enjoy the same 72 degrees and 60 percent humidity we enjoy, other plants need higher temperatures and much higher or lower humidity. Since most of us do not enjoy the extremes of heat or humidity those plants desire, we have to use a bit of resourcefulness to create the habitat the plants need without having to live in it ourselves.

The terrariums I build and plant in my terrarium shop provide a simple, very attractive and reasonably priced way to enjoy tropical and woodland plants in your home. Our desert scene cactus and succulent bowls, when placed in a sunny window, are a beautiful way to enjoy the rugged environment in your home. We bring even the novice plant enthusiast’s love for plants out of the backroom and into the living room as a beautiful piece of furniture.

Add one of our high-efficiency LED grow lights and you can place your new terrarium anywhere in your home, regardless of where the windows may be. (If pot growers can grow weed in their closets, we can grow tropical and woodland terrariums in even the darkest living room.

The challenge is simply to provide what the plants need to thrive and bloom while on display in your home. The good news is that most plants are pretty adaptable to a wide range of home circumstances. Just like new Portlanders, house plants can get used to the lower light of our overcast winter sky and the drizzle of our Northwest winter rains. But also like us Portlanders, plants benefit from turning up the indoor lights and putting on a playlist of our favorite music to help keep our spirits up until spring brings a return of the sunshine.

One More Thing: Now that I think about it, just like the incredulous anthropomorphic plants in my discussion above, we also can wonder how anyone living in extreme circumstances so different from our own could ever be truly happy. Whether it be the disabled person in his wheelchair, or the homeless person sleeping on our sidewalk, or the professional person in their stiff suit and tie, or the big family with lots of kids living in poverty, or the quadriplegic laying there in her medical bed, or the elderly person whose mind is caught in the tight loop of dementia, or the runaway teen living on the kindness of strangers, or the Down syndrome adult with his childlike view of the world, or the street musician who lives on tips, or that conservative neighbor living in devotion of a religion other than your own—the truth is, life, even in these more extreme conditions, can still be good.

Amazing as it may be to us in our own familiar little worlds, all of these diverse situations can still be places of wisdom, joy and happiness for those who have adapted themselves to live in them. In fact, some of the most beautiful flowers bloom in the most barren and unusual of soils.

So rather than just feel pity for others whose circumstances would be intolerable to us, we would be wiser to pause, draw closer and try to catch a glimpse of what it might be like to live in those other places. Certainly compassion for the suffering of others is a virtue, but let us be careful not to presume that they are suffering and to judge them for not doing what we might do in their situation.

Be grateful for whatever you have that is good. Be grateful for those moments where you get to enjoy life in your particular place. But also be open to the possibility that there is more to life than what you have experienced, or even than what you now prefer. As they say, “You don’t know what you are missing.”

I happen to be a 63-years-old, full of aches and pains, semi-retired and a widower who owns and operates the coolest terrarium shop in the USA. (I checked it out on the web, and it’s true. Our little shop is becoming a nationally recognized destination for terrarium enthusiasts. My terrarium classes are now the most popular terrarium classes in the county if you count how many classes and students we serve each month.) I live in my shop to keep costs down and I am finishing up raising my 16-year-old son alone.

It’s not easy, but in spite of all the challenges that confront me in my unusual situation, my life is still good. Maybe that is because that Superintelligence from outside our universe is good. I believe it is so.

Roosevelt’s Terrariums

1510 SE 44th Ave, Apt. 101, Portland, OR 97214

(503) 734-9996

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CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonCan third-party laser toner cartridges save your office money? Absolutely. What about quality?

Aftermarket laser toner cartridges’ quality ranges from garbage—to illegal—to excellent. How does one know the good from the bad? Use a local vendor who knows the differences. Many very inexpensive cartridges sold via Amazon and certain online sellers (check customer dissatisfaction reviews) are poor quality. We love inexpensive items, laser toner cartridges included. But buying on price alone invites problems. Our quality and savings = value.

OEM (original equipment manufacturer) = name-brand cartridge. This is how printer companies make their profit. Nothing wrong here, but it is significantly higher on a cost- per-page basis.

For aftermarket cartridges, there are two good alternatives. Factory remanufactured and factory new compatibles. Depending on the brand and style of cartridge, either can be very satisfactory in both performance and savings.

Factory remanufactured cartridges are exactly that. An empty original cartridge, recycled and factory remanufactured. Tested, accepted, machine cleaned, new drum (one hopes), new blades and other parts and then filled with the appropriate toner formulation with a new or reset “chip.”

Factory “compatible” cartridges are “new build” cartridges with the appropriate toner and “chip.” Both styles can perform quite well at considerable savings. The factories we use for these cartridges produce very high-quality cartridges with very high customer satisfaction.

What about refill shops? It’s a question of job shop vs. factory quality. Universal laser toner (is garbage) vs. laser toner specifically intended for a specific printer, let alone the correct cartridge chip. We recycle lots of these from unhappy users.

Illegal cartridges on the internet? Yep! There have already been about a dozen seizures this year with the importer named including several for Amazon.

Black-only laser toner cartridges (printers) are the least expensive on a cost-per-page basis. Color laser cartridges (printers) are several times more expensive on a cost-per-page basis. There is a correlation between purchase price of the printer and the cost per page; the lower the price of the printer, the more costly on a cost-per-page basis.

Since businesses usually favor laser printers, we frequently recommend having a “beefier” all-in-one or multi-function black laser printer for the 70 percent to 80 percent of their printing that is only black and then having a separate color laser printer for when they need color. Since color goes into producing black print and black laser toner goes into making color more “colorful,” this is a very cost effective way to lower a businesses’ cost per page and provides redundancy in printing capabilities instead of having a single color all-in-one/multi-function color laser printer that is printing predominantly black.

Let us help you with cost effective high-quality cartridges. As a full-service independent, non-franchise operation located in Raleigh Hills, on the Portland-Beaverton border, Cartridge-Network stocks several thousand different OEM and aftermarket cartridges. Shipping is free! And we sell and services printers and copiers. We stock several dozen different printer models (inkjet and laser) and copiers too. We focus on a customer’s needs and then explore alternatives to best meet them.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665

Brought to you by Janelle Rohrback, MD - The Portland Clinic - MEDICAL INSIDER -

THE PORTLAND CLINIC - Janelle Rohrback, MDWith spring officially here, Portlanders are spending more and more time enjoying our beautiful outdoors. However, all of that outdoor activity carries a risk if you’re not mindful of the sun and take steps to protect yourself.

Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common variety of cancer in the U.S. As part of National Melanoma Skin Cancer Month, doctors and nurses at The Portland Clinic want to share a few basic steps we can all take to help prevent this disease.

The shade is your friend: Particularly during midday hours when the sun’s rays are strongest, stay in the shade as much as possible.

Cover up: Clothing can be your strongest defense against harmful rays. A hat with a wide brim and UV-blocking sunglasses are great accessories.

Apply sunscreen: It’s not enough to use a high SPF sunscreen. You have to ensure you are using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can block both UVA and UVB rays. We recommend opting for a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher; reapply every two hours or right after you swim.

Avoid tanning beds: Using an indoor tanning bed dramatically increases your risk for melanoma and other skin cancers.

Keep babies out of the sun: The skin of a newborn is incredibly vulnerable, so they should be kept out of the sun entirely. Babies over the age of six months need regular applications of sunscreen.

The Portland Clinic

800 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

(503) 223-3113

Brought to you by Adam East - Alberta Rose Theatre - LIVE SHOWS INSIDER -

ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE/RACHAEL RICE - Adam EastFor the best in dance, circus, comedy and song, check out these upcoming events at the Alberta Rose!

Friday, April 29

Sepiatonic presents Bridge The Gap: The bellydancers’ network known for their massive theatrical productions masters both music and muscle in this special performance. Their eclectic band excels across genres. 8 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

Saturday, April 30

Heart Like A Wheel - Linda Ronstadt Tribute Concert: Join some well-known Portland singers as they cover the songs of a rock-and-roll legend left voiceless by Parkinson’s. This charitable event will raise money to fight the disease. 7 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

May 6, 7 and 8

Mother's Day Circus: Contortionists will writhe and acrobats will fly to the tunes of chamber/folk outfit 3 Leg Torso. Bring your mom! 8 p.m., with a special Mother’s Day Matinée Sunday at 3 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

Monday, May 9

Blake Lewis & Elliott Yamin - The Soul Box Tour: Two of American Idol’s most successful performing artists join forces for this one-night-only event. 8 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

Thursday, May 12

Howie Day: The singer-songwriter behind “She Says” and “Collide” returns to Portland with a repertoire of new material and old favorites. 8 p.m., minors OK when accompanied.

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211

(503) 719-6055

Brought to you by Dave Anchel - Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too! - FLAG, BANNER, KITE INSIDER -

ELMER'S FLAG AND BANNER, KITES TOO! - Dave AnchelThere’s no pleasure like flying Old Glory, but it’s important to get it right. Proper flag etiquette demonstrates our respect for the American flag—and the values that our flag represents. Here are five flag-flying tips:

Light by Night. The American flag should be flown only from sunrise to sunset unless it’s properly illuminated. Otherwise, raise the flag briskly each morning and lower it ceremoniously at sunset.

Know the Half-Staff. Contrary to popular belief, “half-staff” doesn’t refer to the point halfway between the ground and the top of the flagpole. Instead, the flag should be raised to its usual height and then lowered one flag height.

Canton Left. There’s nothing wrong with displaying our national flag vertically or horizontally, but the “union” (the 50 white stars on the blue field, also known as the canton) should always be on top and to the observer’s left.

Don’t Add (Or Play Dress Up). Don’t add, subtract or alter the design of the American flag. Flags should never be used as a costume or athletic uniform. A flag patch is acceptable on the uniforms of police officers, firefighters, soldiers and other patriotic organizations.

Fly America First. When displayed with other national flags, the American flag must be the same size and in the place of prominence (to the viewer’s left).

Have a different question about the Stars & Stripes and how best to fly it? Give us a call!

Elmer’s Flag & Banner, Kites Too!

1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

(503) 282-1214

Brought to you by Marshall Smith - Parr Lumber - BUILDING MATERIALS INSIDER -

PARR LUMBER - Marshall SmithImproving your yard and outdoor living space is an affordable way to increase the value and enjoyment of your home. Homeowners in the Northwest love to be outside, especially in the spring and summer months. Landscaping jobs, gardening projects and creating a beautiful outdoor patio are not only fun but also affordable projects that homeowners can typically accomplish over a long summer weekend.

From wood to concrete, Parr Lumber has the outdoor products and ideas to match the style and function of your home. Some popular projects include using rough-sawn cedar boards and retaining wall blocks to define a space—or building raised flower and vegetable beds for the garden.

When it comes to adding those finishing touches that really set a home apart, consider paver stones. Basalite Concrete Products offers a complete line, everything from engineered wall systems to decorative block, pavers and stepping stones. Parr has Basalite pavers to fit the needs of any home improvement project.

Outdoor improvements are easy to create, don’t require experience and add beauty, functionality, enjoyment and value to your home. Paved walkways and patios create scenic splendor without sacrificing utility, while stepping stones suggest rustic exploration and play.

What are you waiting for? Come visit the pros at Parr Lumber, they can show you all the options, help you with the selection process, walk you through the project and deliver all the materials right to your driveway.

Parr Lumber

We have 10 locations in the Portland area.

Visit our website to find one near you.


Brought to you by Ken Mitchell-Phillips - The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips - LEGAL INSIDER -

THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhillipsA comprehensive business plan is the single most important document you can create before founding a new business.

Whether it’s a full-scale commercial enterprise or a business run out of your garage, a business plan outlines the goals and strategies of your company—everything from marketing and financing to revenue projections and competitor analysis.

The best thing about a business plan is that it forces you, the budding entrepreneur, to face facts and answer the hard questions in an always-changing business environment. But a business transactional lawyer can help you answer the questions you didn’t even think to ask.

For instance, federal and state law enforces restrictions on advertising content for almost every industry. A business lawyer can help you ensure compliance with existing codes while also preventing your liability from charges of misleading marketing.

A business transactional lawyer can provide legal advice pertaining to your financial situation, ensuring you get the best deal from shareholders, co-partners and lenders.

Depending on whether you’re planning on hiring full, part-time or contractor employees, a business transactional lawyer can pinpoint the relevant laws and regulations that will affect employee compensation, retention and benefits.

Business and law are inextricably intertwined. Personally, I have decades of experience drafting business documents, minimizing corporate liability and ensuring compliance, working with Fortune 500 companies and small start-ups. Visit The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips for a professional consultation today!

The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips, P.C.

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Suite 801, Gresham, OR 97080


Brought to you by Jennifer Cook-Buman - Living Right Senior Placement - SENIOR PLACEMENT INSIDER -

LIVING RIGHT SENIOR PLACEMENT - Jennifer Cook-BumanSenior living communities have changed a lot, but placement professionals still hear the same complaints. Read on for some senior living myth busting.

It costs too much. Don’t be so sure. Senior living isn’t free, but when you factor in the savings on food, utilities, transportation and upkeep, they often cost less than regular rent or homeownership. Many of the benefits are priceless.

I’ll be lonely. Well, that’s up to you. Retirement centers don’t make your friends for you, but they are central locations where people of the same age, demographics and interests tend to gather, with plenty of icebreaking opportunities.

I’ll be bored. Unlikely. Retirement is a time to rekindle long-dormant hobbies, which is why most senior centers have thriving gardening, game, craft and sewing clubs. Most plan regular trips to cultural and entertainment centers too.

There’s no privacy. Shared spaces and dining halls certainly put the emphasis on community, but senior living centers aren’t designed for mandatory participation. Renters control access to their own apartments, and can take their meals there.

I don’t want to. That may be true, but kicking the can down the road isn’t a long-term solution. Making a choice yourself—rather than leaving it up to your family during a time of crisis—is the greatest gift you can give them.

Still not convinced? Schedule a visit with Jennifer Cook-Buman of Living Right Senior Placement. She’ll locate your concerns—and their solutions.

Living Right Senior Placement

P.O. Box 534, West Linn, Oregon 97068

(503) 780-7353

Brought to you by J. Baron - Northwest Women's Clinic - WOMEN'S HEALTH INSIDER -

NORTHWEST WOMEN'S CLINIC - J. Baron, Certified Nurse MidwifePregnant women are subject to the advice of friends, family and even strangers. Most book stores have entire sections devoted to childbirth. Online, there are over 7 million hits for the word “epidural.” How does one sift through the mounds of information?

In today’s busy OB-GYN offices, providers only have about 15 minutes for most OB appointments.

“Prenatal classes teach the couple about pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum time as well. It would be difficult to fit everything a couple needs to know into a monthly 15-minute time frame” says J. Baron, one of the certified nurse midwives at NWWC and a prenatal class educator at their Barnes road location.

Labor can be a fearful time for some couples and prenatal education can help alleviate some of that fear, making for a calmer birth experience for parents and baby alike. It also helps to know what to expect when you get to the hospital.

According to J., “the immensity of what a woman’s body is doing on a physical, emotional and spiritual level during pregnancy and birth is only matched by the immensity of what the baby has to do to successfully maneuver the birth as well. Understanding, supporting and respecting that goes a long way toward a healthy birthing experience.”

NWWC offers their patients childbirth education classes nearly every month. They also offer classes specifically geared toward unmediated labor/birth as well as water birth.

Northwest Women’s Clinic

11750 SW Barnes Road, Suite 300

2222 NW Lovejoy St., Suite 619

(503) 416-9922

Brought to you by Tilo Arreguin - Black Tie Detail - AUTO DETAILING INSIDER -

BLACK TIE DETAIL - Tilo ArreguinAs I’m sure you know, many car washing companies offer so-called “auto detailing” services alongside their more standard options.

Car wash employees will tell you that their service is exactly the same as the job done by professional auto detailers. But by some unexplained miracle, these car wash “details” never cost more than those done by the pros.

The reality, however, is that these auto details are likely causing more damage to your vehicle’s paint and finish than simply doing nothing at all.

The problem is that car wash companies only use soap and a sponge to clean your car exterior, and frequently reuse their cleaning supplies over and over.

The bits of dirt and sand you want removed from your vehicle exterior also turn the cleaning implement into a literal piece of sandpaper. Using a dirty sponge or wash mitt will abrade the finish of your car, stripping it of paint and leading to uneven wear.

Thankfully, there’s a different way. At Black Tie Detail, we use a clay bar system to remove particulates without damaging your vehicle’s finish. We take the time to buff and polish your car, two steps most car washes skip. Unlike the other guys, we take pride in our work and spend extra time making sure everything is right.

Next time, make the investment your car truly deserves. There’s no replacement for a good auto detailing from Black Tie Detail!

Black Tie Detail

9398 SW Tigard St, Tigard, OR 97223

(971) 317-2170

Brought to you by Jan Kuhnhausen - Kuhnhausen's Furniture Showcase - FURNITURE INSIDER -

KUHNHAUSEN'S FURNITURE SHOWCASE - Jan KuhnhausenKuhnhausen’s Furniture Showcase has been selling traditional and modern, authentically Portland furniture for generations. But high-quality construction at a great price can’t compensate for bad vibes—or bad interior design.

The pros use these five decorating and design “laws” every day. How many does your home layout break?

Let your seats communicate. If the seating in your house doesn’t communicate, your friends and family won’t be able to either. Try arranging your seating so every armchair, loveseat and couch has its own conversation partner.

Float your furniture. Squaring every piece of furniture flush against the wall won’t magically double your house’s floor space. In fact, “floating” the furniture (with space in between objects and walls) actually increases the appearance of space.

Find a focal point. Every room needs a centerpiece, and we’re not just talking about the flatscreen. A focal point should draw everyone’s attention, like a fireplace or picture window. Consider purchasing new, clean-lined furniture in neutral colors. This will make your space more open and inviting.

Cut the clutter. Not sure where to focus a room? You probably have too much furniture already. If it doesn’t fit your theme or your floor plan, ditch it.

Take a photo. Taking a digital image can reveal a room’s hidden promise, or force you to confront an unpleasant truth. A photo will help you appraise the room from an outsider’s perspective—just like your guests will.

Kuhnhausen’s Furniture Showcase

2640 East Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97214

(503) 234-6638

Brought to you by Stan Robinson and Brian Jarvis - Pacific West Roofing - ROOFING INSIDER -

PACIFIC WEST ROOFING - Stan RobinsonFor over 35 years, Pacific West Roofing has been providing only the highest quality residential and commercial roofing service. We approach each project the same—by understanding your needs, determining the best solution, informing you about the process and standing by our work.

Ventilation, or air movement, is essential to insuring roof longevity. An efficient ventilation system provides a steady, high volume of air movement. This means that the system components must be sized and positioned to provide a constant flow of air, moving in a constant direction. This can be achieved two ways, either using natural ventilation or mechanical ventilation.

PACIFIC WEST ROOFING - Brian JarvisAir movement is most effective when intake vents are positioned along the underside of the roof sheathing. During summer, airflow along the sheathing removes heat before it can radiate to the attic floor. During winter, airflow along the sheathing removes moisture before it can condense into droplets or frost. Intake vents must be located so there is little possibility of rain or snow infiltration. Conventional intake products require installation in the soffit, or bird blocks (the area underneath the eave of the house) for maximum weather protection.

Today, more roofing professionals understand the importance of proper ventilation, and more products are being introduced to improve the process. One example is The Edge Vent intake vent system, which allows rooftop installation and maximum weather protection. It is one of several modern technologies used by Pacific West Roofing to deliver superior roofing solutions.

Pacific West Roofing

9360 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062

(503) 850-0680

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New life for 'zombie' homes stymied by city dysfunction

by Peter Korn
SECOND IN A SERIES A critical city government meeting to address Portland’s plague of abandoned homes took place two weeks ago. Yet Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ staff — the very people spearheading efforts to get 430 abandoned, “zombie” homes back…
A FGHS student played a coronet in the march.
May 19, 2016

FGHS students march in protest of banner, racism

by Jill Smith and Stephanie Haugen
About a third of Forest Grove High School’s 1,900 students streamed out the front doors Thursday morning shortly before 10 a.m. to the cheers of supporters from other schools and organizations waiting for them outside. “I felt like it surpassed…
May 19, 2016

Vets find hope in canine Battle Buddies

by Dean Baker
Vietnam war veteran Phil Carroll says Rimfire, a gentle German shepherd, has saved him time and again from horrific war nightmares. Forty-four years ago, Carroll worked with sentry dogs in Southeast Asia. He guarded military base perimeters and high…
May 19, 2016

Eudaly maintains lead over Emmons to face Novick

by Jim Redden
Businesswoman Chloe Eudaly looks like she'll face incumbent city Commissioner Steve Novick in a runoff for Portland City Council this fall. As of 5 p.m. Friday, Eudaly had 25,125 votes compared to 23,597 votes for Stuart Emmons. Novick was well…
May 19, 2016

UO professor honored with National Medal of Science

by Pamplin Media Group
A University of Oregon chemistry professor was honored Thursday in Washington, D.C., with a National Medal of Science. Geraldine Richmond of Eugene was one of 17 people to be honored by President Obama with the Medal of Science and the National…
May 19, 2016

Governor tells Bullseye Glass to stop using hazardous pollutants

by Jim Redden
Gov. Kate Brown issued a cease-and-desist order Thursday to require Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland to stop using several hazardous air pollutants, including lead, following air monitoring results at a day care near the company that showed an…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland Public Schools board member Julie Esparza Brown
May 19, 2016

Portland school board member alleges discrimination as sparks fly over budget

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Board's first Latina member says she's tired of being marginalized The stress of a marathon budgeting discussion seems to have gotten to Portland Public Schools board members as an argument played out over a series of meetings Tuesday, beginning at…
May 19, 2016

Washington County budget tops $1 billion

by Peter Wong
Voter approval of radio bond issue adds to initial spending plan for 2016-17. Washington County will start the next year with an all-funds budget topping $1 billion for the first time. The boost from the initial budget came from voter approval…
May 19, 2016

Eudaly now Novick's challenger with more votes to be counted

by Jim Redden
It now appears Commissioner Steve Novick will face businesswoman Chloe Eudaly in the general election, although votes in the City Council race are still being counted. Eudaly pulled ahead of architect Stuart Emmons by 985 when the most recent vote…
SCREENSHOT: PPS.NET - Portland Public Schools board member Mike Rosen (center) at the May 17 board meeting.
May 19, 2016

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Environmental groups say science is clear, so textbooks should be, too In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in…
May 19, 2016

Precision Castparts reaches out to public

by Paul Koberstein
Precision Castparts Corp., the Portland-based company that makes jet engine parts in Southeast Portland, is trying to make peace with its neighbors. A turning point came in early April, after the Portland Tribune revealed how extensively the…

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PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland is now the 26th largest city in the nation and continuing to grow.
May 19, 2016

Census: Portland, Hillsboro growing fast

by Jim Redden
Portland is now the 26th largest city in the country, according to new figure released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Portland's 1.9 percent growth rate was the 15th highest among major cities in…
PARIS ACHEN - Left to right, John Larson and Hanna Vaandering of Oregon Education Association, Initiative 28 petitioner Gary Cobb and Eugene teacher Lisa Fragala arrive outside the secretary of state's election division Friday, May 20, 2016, to deliver petitions in support of a corporate sales tax measure set for the November ballot.
May 19, 2016

Our Oregon exceeds signature milestone to put corporate sales…

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Union-backed group passes 88,184 needed to qualify for vote SALEM-The union-backed Our Oregon has surpassed the threshold for signatures required to place a corporate sales tax measure on…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland State graduate student Megan Dickison talks about the struggles for grad students trying to make ends meet while remaining in school, and the need to unionize.
May 19, 2016

PSU grad employees unionize for change

by Shasta Kearns Moore
University officials voice support for the new labor movement Graduate student employees are unionizing at Portland State University over what they see as poor working conditions and inadequate…
May 19, 2016

Sources: Shocked, shocked to find money in politics

by Jim Redden
Shocked, shocked to find money in politics Everyone knows that politics is about whose ox is being gored, as Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Sen. Richard Devlin showed during the…
Ted Wheeler
May 20, 2016

Wheeler to speak at Albertina Kerr's Community Promise…

by Pamplin Media Group
Wheeler is Portland's mayor elect; honorary chair of promise campaign Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, who won the race on Tuesday to become Portland's mayor elect, will speak on the state of…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - State Treasurer Ted Wheeler won Portland's mayoral race during Tuesday's primary election. City Commissioner Steve Novick, however, still faces a runoff in the fall.
May 18, 2016

Wheeler is now mayor-elect; Novick faces runoff

by Jim Redden
UPDATE: Emmons and Eudaly just one vote apart in late returns Ted Wheeler and Steve Novick wanted the city gas tax to pass so much, they both supported it with large contributions from their…
May 18, 2016

Oregon May 17 election winners

by Steve Law
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler U.S. President—Republican Donald Trump U.S. President—Democrat Bernie Sanders Oregon Governor—Republican Bud Pierce Oregon Secretary of State—Democrat Brad Avakian…
May 18, 2016

City Council unanimously passes next year's budget

by Jim Redden
Mayor Charlie Hales smoothed things over with his City Council colleagues and supported their substitute budget for the next year Wednesday morning, allowing it to be passed unanimously. A…
COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - State officials expecting a big turnout for Tuesday's primary election were disappointed when the number of voters was below previous years, even though there were significant races on the ballot.
May 18, 2016

Big primary matchups? Big voter turnout? Meh, not so much

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — More than a million Oregonians cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary, meeting expectations set early this week by election officials that a record number of voters would participate.…
COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND - Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland will lose more container traffic May 21 when Westwood makes the last of its monthly calls, citing economic reasons for quitting.
May 18, 2016

Westwood Shipping departs T6

by Joseph Gallivan
Another container shipper is deserting the Port of Portland. Westwood Shipping announced to customers their last call to Portland will be May 21. In a letter to customers the Puyallup-based…
May 18, 2016

Incumbents win, bond passes in Washington County

by Peter Wong
Rogers will serve ninth term, Schouten his fifth; voters OK money for radio upgrade. Voters elected Roy Rogers to a record ninth term as a Washington County commissioner and approved a $77…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland State University spokesman Scott Gallagher discussing plans to redevelop a four-acre parcel of property after a tax court ruling cleared the way for it in 2005. Gallagher announced he is leaving public service for Gard Communications May 18.
May 18, 2016

PSU spokesman Scott Gallagher leaving for private sector

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Portland State University's Director of Communications position will be temporarily vacant after Scott Gallagher's May 18 announcement that he will soon be working as Director of Public…
May 18, 2016

Sims leads challenger Marble in judge race

by Pamplin Media Group
Ted Sims appeared to be retaining the Washington County judgeship he was appointed to earlier this year against a challenge from Forest Grove lawyer Tim Marble. According to early returns in the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The Portland region may already be growing faster than Metro forecast when it decided against expanding the urban growth boundary last year.
May 17, 2016

Area population growth could be larger than Metro expected

by Jim Redden
Just a few months after the Metro Council voted against expanding the urban growth boundary, new population estimates suggest the region is growing faster than it predicted. Last November, the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: NICK BUDNICK - Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk celebrated Tuesday evening's levy victory with supporters at the museum in Portland.
May 18, 2016

Voters approve levy to fund Multnomah County history groups

by Nick Budnick
Multnomah County voters are overwhelmingly renewing a five-year property tax levy to support the Oregon Historical Society and four other history groups in the county. Measure 26-174 garnered 69…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PARIS ACHEN - Salem physician celebrated his victory over tech businessman Allen Alley Tuesday evening in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
May 18, 2016

Pierce, Brown ready to face off in governor's race

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Salem physician Bud Pierce celebrated his victory as the Republican nominee for governor, beating Lake Oswego tech businessman Allen Alley in Tuesday evening's primary by a wide margin. By 9…
May 18, 2016

Multnomah County Commission race heads to likely runoff

by Nick Budnick
It looks like there will be a fall runoff for one of the spots on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Early election returns showed Sharon Meieran with more than 40 percent of the vote…
May 18, 2016

Amanda Fritz wins third term on Portland City Council

by Jim Redden
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz coasted to re-election Tuesday, winning easily over a field of five little-known challengers. Fritz had 67,697 votes after the first batch of Multnomah County…
COURTESY ABODO - Portland rent increases slowed in May, according to a recent report.
May 17, 2016

Portland rent increases slow as apartment supply increases

by Jim Redden
Portland's skyrocketing rent increases have slowed, according to one organization that tracks apartment costs. The most recent report from the ABODO online apartment resource says rent only went…
May 17, 2016

State opposes some DNA testing in Gable murder appeal

by Jim Redden
DNA testing is the latest contested issue in Oregon's most controversial murder case, the 1989 killing of state Correction Department Director Michael Franke. Public defenders for the man…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The duck, who was later named Ryan Gosling, was found with a punture wound in his chest and was unable to walk due to swelling in his legs.
May 17, 2016

One lucky duck

by Patrick Malee
PAWS Animal Shelter rescues, rehabilitates injured duck Sharon Murphy has seen a lot in her 17 years running PAWS Animal Shelter in West Linn — countless injured cats and dogs, along with just…
FILE PHOTO - Mark Meek
May 17, 2016

Local Realtor Mark Meek on track to replace State Rep. Brent…

by Raymond Rendleman
Gladstone resident Mark Meek is the local Democratic voters’ choice for House District 40, where State Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) is stepping down to spend more time with his newborn son.…
May 17, 2016

Oregon City voters divided on Wesley Lynn Park development

by Raymond Rendleman
UPDATE: Proposal to grant developer easement is headed for an automatic recount - It’s too close to call whether Oregon City voters rejected or signed off on a nine-house development that would…
May 17, 2016

Oak Lodge voters approve merger of sewer, water districts

by Raymond Rendleman
By a 70 percent vote in favor according to unofficial election night results, citizens in Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge voted on May 17 to proceed with the proposed consolidation of special…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Portland police officer Rob Brown has been in this  abandoned house before and he's back - because it's clear that squatters have returned. Portland has over 400 abandoned homes but hasn't foreclosed on one  in more than 40 years.
May 17, 2016

'Zombie' homes scare neighbors, blight city

by Peter Korn
FIRST IN A SERIES The house at 16007 S.E. Powell Blvd. has an elegant, snow-white calla lily blooming in a flower pot beside the front door. Inside, three Portland police officers cough and gag…