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Brought to you by Griffin Hampson - Cartridge-Network - PRINTER, INK & TONER INSIDER -

CARTRIDGE-NETWORK - Griffin HampsonAny inkjet printer with four or more “tank” ink cartridges has a separate printhead. Cartridges lock into the printer’s carriage feeding ink to the printhead.

This differs from the two-cartridge system; a black and a tri-color cartridge, where the printhead is a physical component of each cartridge.

Guess what? Tank-style printheads clog up. Lots of use, little use or general use. They clog up.

So, all Brother, Epson, Canon and HP printers with four or more cartridges have a printhead which needs to be cleaned periodically.

At Cartridge Network’s store we ask customers purchasing tank-style cartridges if they clean their printer’s printheads. Maybe 15 percent say they do. Ten percent know about it but don’t and 75 percent look at us as if we’re nuts.

We go over a handout with short instructions for each type of printer and give it to them. Come in or call us for a copy.

One can clean the printhead directly from the printer or from one’s computer. A test page is the first step indicating if all the nozzles are printing correctly or clogged. If clogged, do a “deep clean.” If they are severely clogged, you may have to repeat the process many times.

If they become too clogged you will be looking for a new printer. Really? We recycle several printers daily which are old or have clogged printheads. We probably have a good new printer waiting for you.

Why do we go to these lengths explaining printhead clearing? Because so many people come in with print quality samples or their actual printers. Most are astonished by the process. So easy. Once they’re aware and clean periodically, everyone’s life is easier.

Yes, you will use a little ink, but doing so sure beats having a poor print when you are actually trying to print something.

As a full-service independent, non-franchise operation located in Raleigh Hills, on the Portland – Beaverton border, Cartridge Network sells and services printers and copiers. “We stock several dozen different printer models (inkjet and laser) and copiers too. We focus on a buyer’s needs and then explore alternatives to best meet their needs.” We stock several thousand different cartridges. Shipping is free.


6800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

(503) 246-0665


Brought to you by Jan Nielsen - Nielsen's Jewelers - JEWELRY INSIDER -

NIELSEN'S JEWELERS - Jan NielsenTraditional views of pearls are shifting, and with good reason. New shapes, colors and affordable prices mean that the pearls at Nielsen’s Jewelers can fit anyone’s style.

Much like amber, coral and ivory, pearl is a naturally occurring organic gem. Unlike mineral gems, pearls require no cutting or polishing to uncover their brilliance. Pearls are produced by mollusks (such as oysters, clams or mussels) and are actually meant as a defense mechanism. Today, most pearls are cultivated on pearl farms.

At Nielsen’s, we hand pick our pearls for luster, natural brilliance and three-dimensional glow. Any pearl that appears too chalky or dull indicates low quality.

Pearls will always be a great complement to “girly” attire, but their versatility makes them appropriate in almost any setting. We tell our customers all the time, “forget the country club stigma and find your own pearl look.”

For the Bohemian look, try layering your pearls with other materials, like a silver or gold chain—or stack them with our Leather Story wrap bracelets. For a more whimsical style, try a strand of Nielsen’s unique square or petal pearls, available in natural hues of purple, pink, orange and gold. For a chic look, try our long strand of black Tahitian pearls mixed with sparkling black spinel.

Pearls can take you from the boardroom meeting to the downtown nightclub, and everywhere inbetween. Stop by Nielsen’s for a look at our incredible collection today!

Nielsen’s Jewelers

825 NE Multnomah St # 280, Portland, OR 97232

(503) 234-1614


Brought to you by Laura Bitts, M.D. - The Portland Clinic - MEDICAL INSIDER -

THE PORTLAND CLINIC - Laura Bitts, M.D.After two decades of increasing use of OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and other opioid pain medicines in the United States, new studies are finding that these drugs are associated with far more harm than previously understood. In Oregon, the majority of drug-overdose deaths are now linked to prescription opioids.

Short-term use of opioids can be helpful for acute pain, but the research to date has found no good evidence that opioids improve pain or function when used long term. In addition to these risks of addiction and overdose, opioids can have far-reaching effects on your body and brain. They may cause or worsen depression, sleep problems, cardiovascular disease and low testosterone. They may reduce your ability to function socially or at work. And for many people, they actually increase sensitivity to pain.

Some people—particularly those with a history of depression, trauma or addiction to alcohol or other substances—are at especially high risk. One study found that 47 percent of people on opioids for 30 days will still be on them three years later. Addiction is a serious health issue, not a personal failing, that can and should be treated.

Your doctor can help you explore the approaches that might work best for you depending on your individual pain issues. Three that work very well for many people are non-opioid pain medications, physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s well worth a conversation with your doctor.

The Portland Clinic

800 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

(503) 223-3113


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

PARR LUMBER - Marshall SmithWith weather warming up and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning to repair, stain or build a new fence. Fences provide security, safety and curb appeal. There are many options for fences and accessories and your local Parr Lumber store has the products, displays, expertise and resources to make this project a summer breeze.

Parr Lumber’s western red cedar fencing is beautiful, affordable and easy to install. Cedar boards are available in multiple styles like square top or the attractive notched “dog-ear” fencing and also come in multiple sizes and several quality grades. Cedar is sustainably harvested and requires very little maintenance. Although not required, most people choose to stain their wood fences with a high-quality stain like the Superdeck or Penofin brand. Protecting your fence with a high-quality wood stain will increase the life of your fence and maintain the look.

Although wood is the most common, there are other options for a fence depending on your specific need. Decorative iron fences by Fortress or chain link barriers are also very common when superior strength and security are the main objective.

Building or replacing a fence at your home will increase the value of the home and provide instant privacy. Come see an expert at Parr Lumber today, they will help you make your new fence project easy and something you will be proud to show the neighbors.

Parr Lumber

We have 10 locations in the Portland area.

Visit our website to find one near you.



Brought to you by Julia and Mike Werner - Advanced Energy Services - WINDOWS, DOORS & SOLAR INSIDER -

ADVANCED ENERGY SERVICES - Julia and Mike WernerWhat if you could change the look and feel of your home, save a ton of money on your heating and cooling bills and, best of all, get the government to subsidize the cost? It may sound like a fantasy—but it’s really true!

It works like this. Over the past few years, window manufacturers have developed new quadruple-coated Low-E glass (the “e” stands for emissivity). In essence, Low-E glass reflects thermal energy, allowing visible light in while keeping heat out, all thanks to a special veneer.

Now the Energy Trust of Oregon was already paying consumers about $1.75 per square foot of glass to install energy-efficient windows in their homes and businesses. But these new windows are even more efficient, bumping up your rebate to $4 per square foot. In the typical home, this can amount to $1,000 to $1,200 in reduced costs! When you factor in the savings over time on your utilities, installation literally pays for itself.

But before you rush off to go hire a contractor, remember that who installs your windows matters just as much as the make and manufacturer. I’ve had my contractor’s license since 1977, and I’ve overseen more than 20,000 installations throughout my career. At Advanced Energy Services, we provide our customers with professionally trained window experts that ensure the highest level of quality, knowledge and professionalism.

So why wait? Schedule your free in-home consultation with Advanced Energy Services today!

Advanced Energy Services

9150 SW Pioneer Ct, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 825-0335


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-PhillipsAn experienced business attorney is crucial for creating a strong foundation for your business partnership. Without a written partnership agreement, your business will lack a clear outline of what roles, obligations and rewards are due to each partner.

Here are five things you can do to protect yourself when forming a business partnership.

Put everything in writing. When it comes to revenue sharing, intellectual property rights and start-up cost repayment, don’t assume a “handshake” deal will be honored years or even decades later. Use a trusted business attorney to create a legally-binding partnership agreement.

Have a long-term plan. Disagreeing on (or not even discussing) the long-term goals of your business partnership is practically failure by design. Having a comprehensive growth strategy helps you prepare for the future—and anticipate future headaches.

Consider a limited partnership. In a traditional partnership agreement, both partners assume liability (read: responsibility) for the actions of the other. A limited partnership narrows your liability to your own actions.

Make it uneven. Every business needs a boss, including business partnerships. A 60-40 or even 70-30 ownership split ensures that deadlocks will be broken and final decisions made.

Create an exit strategy. In the case of a break up, your partnership agreement should stipulate procedures for buying out a partner, splitting company property and sharing closing expenses.

For more information on drafting partnership agreements, contact The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips today!

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

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



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

KUHNHAUSEN'S FURNITURE SHOWCASE - Neal KuhnhausenBiltwell Furniture’s retro-modern furnishings are some of our most popular offerings—take just one glance and you can see why!

For example, the “Bruno” couch (pictured) is defined by its sharp clean lines, which give the piece an angular, modish look without appearing overly austere or formal. The slate fabric hints at rustic authenticity without appearing quaint or hokey.

In fact, that’s one of the things I love about Biltwell: their furniture has an almost timeless charm and wouldn’t seem out of place anywhere. I can imagine the “Bruno” as a set piece for a period drama, but it would be equally appropriate in the hip waiting area of a downtown loft office space.

KUHNHAUSEN'S FURNITURE SHOWCASE - Wow! What a couch!This versatility—some just call it style—makes the “Bruno” a true customer favorite, and that’s one of the reasons I chose to spotlight the piece in the first place.

It only helps that Biltwell is itself a fantastic Portland company. All of their furniture is produced right here in PDX; the foam stuffing is also produced by another local company and their wood frames are sustainably harvested in the Pacific Northwest too.

So shop local, and support two authentically Portland businesses for the price of one! See you soon!

Kuhnhausen’s Furniture Showcase

2640 East Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97214

(503) 234-6638


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

LIVING RIGHT SENIOR PLACEMENT - Jennifer Cook-BumanSenior living placement agent Jennifer Cook-Buman will give an informational talk on the different retirement options available to seniors Tuesday, June 21 in Oregon City.

The event will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pioneer Community Center, which is located at 615 5th Street.

As owner and founder of Living Right Senior Placement, Cook-Buman will join a panel of experts to discuss the differences between independent retirement living, assisted living, adult care foster homes and memory care communities.

The placement professional says that seniors should be honest about their needs before starting the search for their new home.

Independent living centers, for instance, offer no medical help or assistance with the tasks of daily living (grooming, bathing, etc.) but can be perfect for seniors looking for a greater sense of community and more time for communal outings and hobbies.

Adult foster homes, on the other hand, provide a smaller, intimate community, but are usually staffed by only one caregiver (limiting access to care when the staffer is with another resident or sleeping).

Assisted living communities bridge the gap between independent and memory care centers, and generally offer a spectrum of care. Memory care centers are designed specifically for those suffering from dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment.

A placement professional like Jennifer Cook-Buman can help you order your priorities and find the place that’s right for you. Call today!

Living Right Senior Placement

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

(503) 780-7353


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

PACIFIC WEST ROOFING - Stan RobinsonPACIFIC WEST ROOFING - Brian JarvisPacific West Roofing has over 35 years’ experience with quality craftsmanship done right. We offer these tips to help keep consumers safe.

Bait and switch contractors promise to use high-quality roofing materials, then surreptitiously substitute lower-quality (and cheaper) supplies. Another variant involves inexplicable shortages of low or medium-grade goods, forcing the customer to purchase the most expensive option.

The defense: Stipulate exactly what products will be used, and that if such products become “unavailable,” the contractor will provide replacement materials of comparable quality at no extra charge.

Cutting corners can lead to significant cost savings, but not for the consumer. In roofing, using fewer shingles and fasteners can save the contractor a bundle.

The defense: If you’re roof savvy (or have a friend in the business), ask to inspect the work at multiple stages. An honest contractor will have no qualms showing you his work.

A dishonest contractor may overcharge for materials by including a significant markup on supplies, without disclosing this to the customer.

The defense: Compare multiple bids, and beware of any offers significantly cheaper than the competition.

A contractor that skips town is no better than a bank robber. These charlatans typically appear after a windstorm, often outfitted with shiny new brochures.

The defense: Long-established contractors have a lot to lose and nothing to gain by cheating consumers. Check with the Better Business Bureau or online consumer reviews for signs of a bad operator.

Pacific West Roofing

9360 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062

(503) 850-0680


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

ELMER'S FLAG AND BANNER, KITES TOO! - Dave AnchelIt’s hard to imagine a more relaxing pastime than kite flying—your cares and worries lift away, and as your kite soars, so do your spirits.

But just like any hobby or sport, caution, courtesy and common sense all play their part in keeping you (and the people near you) safe. Read on for more safety tips.

Avoid power lines. Kite flying should be discouraged in any area with overhead obstructions, but power lines are especially dangerous because of the risk of electrocution. If your kite becomes tangled in any sort of overhead wire, let go of the string immediately, then contact your local utility.

Wear gloves. It may seem silly at first, but kite flyers routinely suffer from rope burn (especially stunt or trick flyers). Cheap cotton gloves can prevent chafing and cuts.

Use only string. Metal and wires conduct electricity far better than string, turning your kite into an instant lightning rod with you at the base. You don’t need anything more heavy duty than twine to keep your kite tethered.

Don’t distract. Kites are meant for public enjoyment, but there are some places where kite flying can hamper the safety of others. Kite flying near busy streets and distracted drivers should be avoided.

Warn those below. Ideally, you should never fly a kite over strangers. Taut wires can slice the skin, while larger kites can strike the ground (or people) at surprisingly high speeds.

Elmer’s Flag & Banner, Kites Too!

1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

(503) 282-1214


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

ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE - Adam EastThursday, May 19

Wisconsin singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault returns to Portland to promote his new album, “Salt as Wolves.” With a bluesy, burnout sound as big as the Midwestern sky—and an all-star backing band to boot—Foucault’s latest showing promises to be a major hit.

Friday, May 20

Security Project will pay tribute to Peter Gabriel, the lead singer from Genesis, with a night of daring progressive rock. Gabriel’s drummer and bandmate, Jerry Marotta, will lead the group. Indie-folk band SHEL open the show.

Tuesday, May 24

Rock-pop superstar Kris Allen hasn’t been idle since defeating Adam Lambert and winning “American Idol” season 8. The acoustic troubadour is in town to promote his third album, “Horizons.”

Friday, June 3

Married for over 34 years, the passionate music of Tuck & Patti has earned the respect of jazz buffs and the admiration of music lovers worldwide. The silver-tongued guitarist Adlai Alexander opens the night.

Thursday, June 9

Fresh off “The Tonight Show,” Tex-Mex musician Carrie Rodriguez will channel the sounds of la frontera in a special bilingual performance. Rodriguez’s fiery fiddle playing has attained must-see status for lovers of Americana and Latina culture alike.

Friday, June 10

Arkansas native Joe Purdy, a natural-born storyteller who choose song instead of speech, appears in Portland to showcase his 13th studio album, “Eagle Rock Fire.” You’ve heard Purdy’s music on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost." Tour junkie Garrison Starr performs as a special guest.

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211

(503) 719-6055


Brought to you by Laura Grace Gayton - Northwest Women's Clinic - WOMEN'S HEALTH INSIDER -

NORTHWEST WOMEN'S CLINIC - Laura Grace GaytonThe roles midwives and doulas play in the lives of individuals and their families are very different, but complementary. Midwives are not doulas.

The midwives here at Northwest Women’s Clinic are certified nurse-midwives (CNMs). CNMs have trained as nurses and have gone on to get a master’s degree in midwifery, after which they pass a national midwifery certifying exam. We are experts in normal birth, and are able to care for women throughout their lifespan—in the clinic for birth control, prenatal and postpartum visits, annual exams, gynecological exams and in the hospital for birth.

In all 50 states, certified nurse-midwives are licensed, independent practitioners who can diagnose and prescribe medications. When midwifery patients encounter a complication, midwives consult with another key member of the care team, their back-up physician, and partner with them to help determine a plan of care that takes into account the complication with the goal of a healthy mother and baby. The vast majority of midwives in the United States are CNMs.

Midwives are not doulas, but they love working with patients who have them! The word doula, from ancient Greek, means “a woman who serves.” Doulas provide constant one-on-one labor support to an individual in labor, help the woman and her family communicate with their nurses, midwives and doctors, and sometimes work with the family at home after birth. Doulas are dedicated labor assistants that midwives truly appreciate.

Northwest Women’s Clinic

11750 SW Barnes Road, Suite 300

2222 NW Lovejoy St., Suite 619

(503) 416-9922


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It’s Thursday, May 26, Sally Ride Day (birthday of the astronaut who died in the 1983 Challenger explosion). Happy birthday to Miles Davis (1926-1991), who changed music . . . a couple of times. On this date in 1946, a patent was filed for the hydrogen bomb. Expect rain today, with a high in the low 60s. Celebrate science and astronauts today:


• Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month at the Eighth Annual Historic Preservation Month Fair, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the State Capitol State Park, 900 Court St. N.E., Salem. http://www.travelsalem.com/event/8th-annual-historic-preservation-month-fair

• Veterans and their families can be part of the Veterans Administration’s town hall, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in person at the Portland VA Medical Center auditorium, 3710 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road, second-floor in building 100, or by video at several other VA clinics around the state. http://www.portland.va.gov/locations/index.asp

• Learn about outdoor survival skills from Rewild Portland’s Peter Michael Bauer, 6:30 p.m., North Plains Public Library, 31360 N.W. Commercial St. http://www.nplibrary.org/ http://www.rewildportland.com

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Sheriff rift puts county in murky waters

by Nick Budnick
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COURTESY VALERIE DAWN - Three children receive trophies for their performances at the 2015 Multnomah County Fair talent show.
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Ride a camel at Multnomah County Fair

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May 26, 2016

Sources: Hales misses chance to sway mayor's race

by Jim Redden
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Oregon renews wildfire insurance policy

by Paris Achen
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Cleveland Avenue near MAX line reopens after gas leak

by Teresa Carson
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by Pamplin Media Group
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by Paris Achen
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Oracle's congressional ally calls for criminal investigation of Oregon 'interference'

by Nick Budnick
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May 25, 2016

Young runaway accused of crashing stolen car into vehicles

by Pamplin Media Group
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Police identify Fairview man killed by officers

by Pamplin Media Group
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Police chief placed on leave during hunting accident investigation

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New dean welcomes all to Trinity Episcopal

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May 24, 2016

Saltzman pushes for construction tax to boost affordable housing

by Jim Redden
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Portland mother outraged over lack of inclusion for daughter with special needs

by Shasta Kearns Moore
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Win, lose or draw: How results of the primary election stack up

by Portland Tribune staff
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Report: Portland has severe shortage of homes for sale

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Hales keeps promise to close Multnomah homeless shelter

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May 17, 2016

State opposes some DNA testing in Gable murder appeal

by Jim Redden
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May 24, 2016

More homeless beds for women and couples to open Friday

by Jim Redden
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May 24, 2016

Beaverton School District names interim superintendent

by Eric Apalategui
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May 24, 2016

School Notes: Special needs access to Cityfair; Schools to start getting seismic upgrades;…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
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State business tax plan would raise billions, but could 'dampen' employment, growth

by Paris Achen
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May 22, 2016

Defense argues some Malheur occupation charges unconstitutional

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May 22, 2016

Bullseye Glass cutting staff hours as DEQ targets emissions

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May 23, 2016

Owyhee Canyonlands supporters, opponents face off in Salem…

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Advocates and opponents of a proposed 2.5 million-acre national monument in Eastern Oregon tried to enlist the support of state lawmakers during a recent legislative hearing. The two…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Students from Portland schools left class and rallied Monday, May 23, at City Hall to protest a 'build-a-wall' banner hung last week at Forest Grove High School.
May 23, 2016

Portland students rally to protest message behind 'Build a Wall'…

by Pamplin Media Group
More than 200 students from Portland schools walked out Monday and marched to City Hall, protesting a crude “Build a Wall” banner that sparked outrage last week at Forest Grove High School.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - PCC student Eddie Bolanos reads from a letter from United We Stand Oregon to the Forest Grove and surrounding school districts at a rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square May 22 2016, sparked by protests against a banner reading Build a Wall.
May 22, 2016

Forest Grove students take anti-discrimination message to…

by Joseph Gallivan
Thursday’s wave of student walkouts in Washington County become a rally in Portland Sunday afternoon as about 60 westside students and their allies converged on Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: KELSEY O'HALLORAN  - The Jerome F. Sears Army Reserve Center on Southwest Multnomah Boulevard is scheduled to close at the end of the month by Mayor Charlie Hales is considering an extension.
May 22, 2016

Multnomah shelter future unclear, neighbors express concern

by Kelsey O'Halloran
When the Sears Armory building opened as a temporary homeless shelter last November, many Multnomah neighbors wondered if the city would keep its promise to close the shelter in six months. At…
COURTESY PHOTO: TRIMET - TriMet crews checked as a train rolled on replaced track on Southwest First Avenue Friday, May 20. The two-week replacement project is just about finished, and trains will return to regular schedules on Sunday, May 22.
May 21, 2016

MAX track work wraps up, trains return to regular schedule

by Pamplin Media Group
TriMet’s MAX trains return to their regular schedules Sunday, May 22, after work on original light-rail tracks on First Avenue was completed. The two-week project that began May 8 rejuvenated a…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Metro's Jennifer Wilson, left, gives guidance to Portland State student Jeremiah Green.
May 21, 2016

Native Plant Center gets help from community

by Andrew Kilstrom
Metro, volunteers aim to repopulate native plants at Smith and Bybee Wetlands Oregon, and more specifically the Portland area, has changed drastically in the past couple centuries or so. With…
Jorge Luis Sosa-Soler
May 20, 2016

Man held on murder charge after stabbing in NE Glisan St. home

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland police arrested 50-year-old Jorge Luis Sosa-Soler for the murder of 31-year-old Yaritza Valdez-Almaguer, who was killed Friday afternoon during a domestic dispute at a house on…
May 20, 2016

DEQ finds toxic metals in air near Precision Castparts

by Steve Law
An air monitor set up near Precision Castparts Corp’s’ plants in Southeast Portland and Milwaukie showed unhealthy levels of hexavalent chromium, nickel and arsenic. The data, released Friday by…
May 20, 2016

Audubon calls for halt of cormorant killing after East Island…

by Steve Law
The Audubon Society of Portland is calling on the federal government to halt its cormorant-killing program — designed to protect endangered salmon — after news surfaced that the entire cormorant…
May 20, 2016

Free lead testing offered today in response to high emissions…

by Steve Law
Multnomah County is offering free lead testing today in response to new data showing dangerous levels of airborne lead detected near Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland. Families can get free…
May 20, 2016

Ex-convicts to get better shot at jobs in Portland

by Steve Law
Portland will adopt rules for its Ban the Box ordinance next Wednesday. Starting in July, ex-convicts should have a better shot at landing jobs in Portland, when a city “ban the box” ordinance…
TIMES PHOTO: ERIC APALATEGUI - This Sports Authority location in Cedar Hills Crossing is one of all 460 stores nationwide the company will close this summer following clearance sales to liquidate merchandise.
May 20, 2016

Sports Authority closing Beaverton, Tanasbourne stores

by Eric Apalategui
Locations in Clackamas and Portland also will liquidate with nationwide closure Sports Authority is closing its stores nationwide, including locations in Beaverton’s Cedar Hills Crossing and…
TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Tigard High School students march across the school's parking lot in support of a large walk out of students at Forest Grove High School
May 19, 2016

Tigard-Tualatin students hold rallies in support of #StandUpFG

by Geoff Pursinger and Mark Miller
Online hashtag becomes series of walk outs at high schools across county protesting racism. On Wednesday night, Hispanic students at Tigard High School celebrated the end of the school year with…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Portland police officer Joseph Young checks on a vacant eastside home. Police have a list of 430 abandoned eastside homes, but city foreclosure officials say they havent seen it.
May 19, 2016

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland Public Schools board member Julie Esparza Brown
May 19, 2016

Portland school board member alleges discrimination as sparks…

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…