Old Sellwood Bridge: Candle-lit farewell

Old Sellwood Bridge: Candle-lit farewell

Compared to the colorful, clamorous, and rambunctious grand opening party for the new Sellwood...

New Sellwood Bridge opens with huge party

New Sellwood Bridge opens with huge party

After the 90-year-old Sellwood Bridge was given a solemn sendoff two nights before, the Inner...

Odd wreck stalls new Sellwood Bridge on first day open

Odd wreck stalls new Sellwood Bridge on first day open

According to announced plans, the new Sellwood Bridge was to open to vehicles at 6 a.m. on...

Westmoreland 'speakeasy' opens; serves food and spirits with charm

Westmoreland 'speakeasy' opens; serves food and spirits with charm

It’s been a year-and-a-half in the making, but “Bible Club PDX” – first reported...

Fire rips through Reed College faculty house

Fire rips through Reed College faculty house

Fire tore through a 1892 Victorian-style house owned by Reed College in the morning of Monday,...

Neighbors seek answers about Precision Castparts' possible toxins

Neighbors seek answers about Precision Castparts' possible toxins

Potential toxic pollution around the art glass manufacturing facility in the Brooklyn...


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April 01, 2016

Bullseye toxic fears lessened by new test results

by Eric Norberg
Reports of possible toxic chemical elements in the air and soil, hinted at in samples of moss collected by the U.S. Forest Service Northwest Research Station, distressed residents around…
DAVID F. ASHTON - It didnt take long on this particular day for Traffic Division officers to fill their ticket books with citations for drivers who didnt watch out for those on foot.
April 01, 2016

Drivers cited for bullying pedestrians at major S.E. intersection

by David F. Ashton
For several years, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau (PPB) have conducted crosswalk “safety education and enforcement” action stakeouts at locations where…
ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Inside the Red Cross Bloodmobile, during a visit to Holy Family School, are donor Dave Robinson - and donor coordinator Miki VanHouten, at right. As is evident here, VanHoutens homemade cookies are a popular reward for donors.
April 01, 2016

Giving blood in Southeast Portland

by Elizabeth Ussher Groff
On a rainy late winter day in March, thirty-nine people came to give blood in the American Red Cross Bloodmobile, parked outside of Holy Family School, on S.E. Flavel Street just off Cesar…


DAVID F. ASHTON - This Honda crashed into a light pole, after leaving the traffic lane on 82nd Avenue and smashing through a fence near S.E. Flavel Street. The driver was found by police to be intoxicated.
April 01, 2016

Drunken, reckless driving ends in 82nd Ave smashup

by David F. Ashton
Traffic slowed to peer at a single-car wreck that brought emergency first-responders to S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses a half-block south of Flavel Street in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. It…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Witnesses, a police officer, and a TriMet bus driver were all on hand to help a woman who was hit in a crosswalk at S.E. 52nd and Flavel on March 4th.
April 01, 2016

Car hits pedestrian in Brentwood-Darlington crosswalk

by David F. Ashton
On the cold, clear evening of Friday, March 4, a late-model Cadillac sedan struck a pedestrian, who’d been walking in a crosswalk with groceries in hand, in the Brentwood-Darlington…
DAVID F. ASHTON - The low angle of the sun in the west might have contributed to this smashup, a witness said.
April 01, 2016

Vehicles collide on Woodstock boundary

by David F. Ashton
Perhaps it was the low angle of the western sun on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at 6:12 p.m., that contributed to the collision between a car and truck, right where Mt. Scott-Arleta and the…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Dozens of volunteers get busy, putting in native plants alongside Johson Creek near the Springwater Trail.
April 01, 2016

Hundreds of volunteers return to clean up Johnson Creek

by David F. Ashton
All along Johnson Creek, from Inner Southeast Portland to east of Gresham, on March 5th volunteers helped the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) in its annual effort to clean out and plant…
DAVID F. ASHTON - This field, at Duniway Elementary School, a PP&R-permitted location, was closed for at least two weeks in March, until the soggy area dried out. The same was true for most Portland Parks fields throughout Inner Southeast, due to our wet winter this year.
April 01, 2016

Soggy Portland Parks fields off-limits to sports players

by David F. Ashton
How much rain have we had this winter? Let us count the ways. Our many showers and downpours since November have made the ground soggy enough to cause Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) to close…
MCDC BOOKING PHOTOS - 27-year-old Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., left, the driver of the stolen car, was booked on numerous charges, including three felonies; his passenger, 26-year-old David Alexander Mellis, at right, was charged with two felonies, including drug possession. But both were released on their own recognizance by a judge on the following day.
April 01, 2016

Red-handed Harney Drive car thieves caught, booked...released

by David F. Ashton
Two car theft suspects were released from custody mere hours after Portland Police Bureau PPB officers chased them down in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood after they bailed out of a stolen…
DAVID F. ASHTON - The 2016 Portland Rose Festival Franklin Princess, Abby Frazier, accepts a bouquet of roses from FHS Vice Principal Chris Frazier.
April 01, 2016

Franklin High's Rose Festival Princess announced

by David F. Ashton
The announcements of Portland Rose Festival Court members are a sign to many that springtime is just around the corner. On Thursday, March 10, a late-afternoon assembly at Franklin High School…

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DAVID F. ASHTON - 2016 Portland Rose Festival Cleveland High School Princess Kaytlin Gaines poses for photos with fellow court member Brette Ramsay.   Cleveland Princess - 06.jpg  Photo by David F. Ashton Congratulations to 2016 Portland Rose Festival Cleveland High School Princess Kaytlin Gaines.
Apr 01, 2016

Cleveland High greets its 2016 Rose Festival Princess

by David F. Ashton
Workers took time off from rebuilding the Cleveland High School (CHS) stage and refinishing its auditorium on the afternoon of Friday, March 11, to allow the hall to fill for the presentation of…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Marching through old Sellwood, its St. Agatha Catholic Schools 18th Annual St. Patricks Day Parade!   Saint Pat - 06.jpg  Photo by David F. Ashton In the serving area, Bryan Ross puts out the chips, while Stella Ross marvels at the taste of her sausage.   Saint Pat - 07.jpg  Photo by David F. Ashton In the afternoon carnival, Bjorn Swanson tries his hand at the Beanbag Toss game.   Saint Pat - 08.jpg  Photo by David F. Ashton The 18th Annual St. Patricks Day Festival Carnival swirls with activity.
Apr 01, 2016

Sellwood school again hosts St. Patrick's Day celebration

by David F. Ashton
Everyone in the community was invited, as always, to join the fun at Sellwood’s St. Agatha Catholic School’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, held a few days before the actual…
COURTESY OF THE PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - The sidewalk bear figure, shown wearing its red vest in happier days. Reportedly, for the bear, happy days are here again - with the return of the stolen vest and the arrest of the thief.
Apr 01, 2016

Bizarre theft 'bearly solved' - at the Ross Island Bridge

by Eric Norberg
On Friday, March 18, at about 5:20 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to 902 S.W. Yamhill Street downtown, “The Mont Bell”, on the report of a larceny. Workers at the store told officers…
ERIC NORBERG -  Woodstock Community Business Association 2016 President Ann Sanderson announced she had just filed for a Portland City Council seat in this years elections, at the March 8 monthly meeting of the organization.
Apr 01, 2016

BUSINESS BRIEFS

by THE BEE
WCBA President announces run for City Council. Ann Sanderson, owner and operator of Odango Salon and the “Fotosnap.co” photographic business, announced at the monthly Woodstock Community…
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Apr 01, 2016

FROM THE EDITOR

by Eric Norberg
So are people really abandoning cars here -- or not? One of the perplexing things about living in Portland, as opposed to anywhere else in the real world, is that the city is perfectly all right…
DAVID F. ASHTON - A 75-foot-tall Douglas fir lay across a Sellwood Park tennis court, after toppling over amidst rain and strong winds during the night of March 2nd.
Apr 01, 2016

Storm topples tall tree onto Sellwood Park tennis court

by David F. Ashton
One of the two lower tennis courts, over the hill on the far southwest side of upper Sellwood Park at the end of S.E. Grand Street, was put out of action when a 75-foot-tall Douglas fir tree…
Apr 01, 2016

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

by THE BEE
Dangerous crossing on Milwaukie Avenue Editor, In December, Elen Goss, a resident at Sacred Heart Villa, and in a wheelchair, was struck by a car and seriously injured trying to cross Milwaukie…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Officials say that unexpectedly high - although still small - levels of cadmium, arsenic, and hexavalent chromium apparently have been leaking from the Bullseye Glass plant in Brooklyn.
Mar 04, 2016

'Moss detectives' find Southeast pollution

by David F. Ashton
Reports of hazardous air pollutants — specifically, neurotoxin and carcinogen cadmium and carcinogen arsenic — found in Inner Southeast Portland have raised concerns, caused finger-pointing, and…
DAVID F. ASHTON - After the wreck, the driver hastily picked up the tools and supplies from the crash site and put them temporarily onto the adjacent sidewalk, so TriMet could start up the trains that had been halted at the Holgate and Bybee Stations.
Mar 04, 2016

Runaway trailer blocks MAX tracks in Brooklyn

by David F. Ashton
A utility trailer that broke free from the SUV towing it swerved wildly and flipped in midair – before it crash-landed on the TriMet MAX Orange Line Light Rail right-of way on January 29. At…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Below the level of the first floor, the foundation of load-bearing walls have been poured.
Mar 04, 2016

Franklin High's remodel strengthens school - from bottom up

by David F. Ashton
Its main buildings may look much as they did when they were built in 1915, but inside, Franklin High School is being strengthened as well as being modernized as the thorough update continues.…