'Historical' plan divides Eastmoreland

'Historical' plan divides Eastmoreland

The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) Land Use Committee is proposing to have a large...

Royal Rosarians save Milk Carton Boat Races

Royal Rosarians save Milk Carton Boat Races

Since the return of the Rose-Festival-sanctioned Milk Carton Boat Races in recent years, the...

Impaired driver brings mayhem to Flavel Drive

Impaired driver brings mayhem to Flavel Drive

After “flying down the street like a bullet”, as a neighbor described it on the evening...

Old Sellwood Bridge gone; new bridge's east ramp poured

Old Sellwood Bridge gone; new bridge's east ramp poured

The very last span of the old Sellwood Bridge was slowly lowered from its perch of 91 years on...

Thousands of naked bikers roll through Woodstock

Thousands of naked bikers roll through Woodstock

For the first time since it started, the Portland version of the “World Naked Bike...

North Brooklyn suddenly awash in bioswales

North Brooklyn suddenly awash in bioswales

As part of the “Tabor to the River” program by Portland’s Bureau of Environmental...

Distracted or impaired driver causes McLoughlin wreck

Distracted or impaired driver causes McLoughlin wreck

A roll-over wreck on southbound S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard at the Bybee Bridge backed up traffic...


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PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: STEVEN BROWN - This 1950 Merc belong to Brad Venderberg.
August 13, 2016

Car shows roll into Metro area

by Pamplin Media Group
Whether you're in Gresham, Hillsboro or Clackamas County, there are plenty of car show on tap this week. Thousands of people converged on downtown Gresham on Saturday, taking in the sights of…
PHOTO BY DAVID F. ASHTON  - Sellwood Classic Car Show organizer Leah Tucker, of the City Slickers food cart on Tacoma Street, sits on her 1965 Rambler American 440 - one of four Ramblers her family owns, dating to 1963 through 1965.
August 05, 2016

Classic Car Show hosted by food cart on Tacoma Street

by David F. Ashton
For the first time ever, Sellwood hosted a “Classic Car Show” along S.E. Tacoma Street on Saturday, July 16. “I came up with the idea for a car show because, well, we have five classic cars,”…
PHOTO COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS FIRE DISTRICT 1 - Across the alley from Alpine Food Distributing Inc., firefighters plan how theyll track down an ammonia leak inside the building.
August 05, 2016

Ammonia leak south of Sellwood brings HazMat response

by David F. Ashton
Emergency first responders from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) and Clackamas Fire District 1 were called to a business just south of Sellwood, and east of S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, at about 10…


DAVID F. ASHTON - An armed robber had every intention of successfully staging a late-night holdup at this Foster Road tavern, but couldnt find anybody inside to rob, and so retreated into the night.
August 05, 2016

Masked and armed tavern robber finds no victims

by David F. Ashton
An armed robber apparently timed his intrusion at Red's Bar & Grill, at 7025 S.E. Foster Road, intending to maximize his take – bursting through the door just after the 2 a.m. closing time,…
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAITLIN STAUFFER  - After a reported relationship breakdown, the driver of one truck rams another, near Reed College - on Sunday morning, June 26.
August 05, 2016

Raw relationship leads to road rage near Reed College

by David F. Ashton
What was originally reported to the police as a two-vehicle accident on the Sunday morning of June 26 turned out actually to be a “Disturbance”, at 7:19 a.m. As many as five police units came to…
DAVID F. ASHTON  - PBEM Operations Manager David Blitzer and Director Carmen Merlo demonstrate the added capabilities of the upgraded PublicAlerts call system.
August 05, 2016

Emergency planners urge cellphone users to sign up for alerts

by David F. Ashton
From the backyard of her home in Sellwood, as well as in her office at Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) in outer East Portland, Planning & Preparedness Manager Jonna Papaefthimiou…
DAVID F. ASHTON - A Traffic Division officer performs a Field Sobriety Evaluation on the driver of a Toyota, badly damaged in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood by a poor turn that smashed the car into a curb and damaged a wheel.
August 05, 2016

Fuddled driver wrecks car on SE Flavel Drive

by David F. Ashton
intersection of S.E. 45th Avenue and Flavel Drive a little after 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon, July 15, but the reason for the call was at first unclear. When officers arrived, they found one…
DAVID F. ASHTON - The Sellwood business district along S.E. Tacoma Street was closed off to traffic while the pavement surface was ground away.
August 05, 2016

Surprise resurfacing closes SE Tacoma Street

by David F. Ashton
With two days’ advance warning, sections of S.E. Tacoma Street, between the Sellwood Bridge and 17th Avenue, were closed during business hours from July 14 through 17. The closures were to allow…
August 05, 2016

Wet first half of year here also turned warm

by Eric Norberg
With the first half of the calendar year completed on June 30, THE BEE recorded a precipitation total of 24.70 inches in that period. There was only one day in which an inch or more was recorded…
PHOTO BY DAVID F. ASHTON - Firefighter-paramedics move the fall victim onto a backboard.
August 05, 2016

Man tumbles fifty feet from Springwater Trail bridge - and…

by David F. Ashton
It’s not clear if he fell or jumped, but a 50-year-old man dropped from the north belvedere of the concrete bridge over Johnson Creek, just west of the McLoughlin Boulevard Springwater Corridor…

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PHOTO BY DAVID F. ASHTON - Inside Brooklyn Pharmacy, officers interview the robbery victim as they begin their investigation.
Aug 05, 2016

Brooklyn Pharmacy robbers lead police to Parkrose area

by David F. Ashton
After picking up one or more prescriptions at Brooklyn Pharmacy, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue near Powell Boulevard, just south of the Aladdin Theater, a customer walked out, only to be confronted…
DAVID F. ASHTON  - A Northwest Natural Gas worker checks gas accumulation levels below the pavement.
Aug 05, 2016

Reed neighborhood gas leak forces brief evacuation

by David F. Ashton
Homes and businesses within a block of S.E. Center Street, between 26th and 28th Avenue, were evacuated Wednesday afternoon, July 6, when a Northwest Natural gas line was breached near the north…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Portland Parks & Recreations Sellwood Pool Swim Team Coach Ann Jensen enjoys her mornings teaching kids how to swim, before she leaves for her summer internship at OHSU.
Aug 05, 2016

Sellwood swim team coach interns with healthcare study

by David F. Ashton
It’s hard to miss the infectious smile of Portland Parks & Recreation Sellwood Pool Swim Team Coach Ann Jensen, when she’s on duty. A neighborhood resident since she was five years old, Jensen…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Quick action from several Inner Southeast fire stations quickly contained a trash compactor fire at the Woodstock Safeway store on the day after Independence Day.
Aug 05, 2016

Woodstock Safeway trash fire quickly quenched

by David F. Ashton
A column of thick foul-smelling smoke began to rise from behind the Woodstock Safeway store at about 7:30 in the evening on Tuesday, July 5. While on the way, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews…
DAVID F. ASHTON - Walking along S.E. 64th Avenue in the early morning darkness, an officer continues to look for evidence.
Aug 05, 2016

Southeast home invasion robbery ends in shooting death

by David F. Ashton
A man who has come to be called a home invasion robber was shot and killed just before 1 a.m. early Thursday, July 14, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. East Precinct officers were…
DAVID F. ASHTON - The same day a report was issued about policy deficiencies in Portland Public School drinking water testing protocols, Superintendent of Education Carole Smith resigned.
Aug 05, 2016

Report rebukes PPS water-testing policy; Smith resigns

by David F. Ashton
With school set to resume in a month, some parents still seem to be concerned about the possibility of lead in their child’s school drinking water – a story covered in the July issue of THE BEE.…
DAVID F. ASHTON  - Firefighters make their way out of the Nehalem Street house - the fire out, but the home still filled with smoke.
Aug 05, 2016

Morning fire wakes family on SE Nehalem Street

by David F. Ashton
Smoke wafting through the house at 5918 S.E. Nehalem Street alerted the family inside on the morning of July 19, causing them to evacuate and call for help at 9:34 a.m. that morning. From the…
(Image is Clickable Link) ERIC NORBERG - The changing of the guard at Southeast Portland Rotary: Outgoing Club President Mark Pennington, left, is honored with a plaque by his successor, Joel Fields.
Aug 05, 2016

BUSINESS BRIEFS

by THE BEE
Southeast Portland Rotary installs new President. Joel Fields, former proprietor of the UPS Store in Sellwood, was installed as the new President of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, at the…
PHOTO COURTESY OF NATE ALDEN - This is the Westmoreland 17th Avenue crash that Mr. Alden describes
Aug 05, 2016

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

by THE BEE
Visceral report of Westmoreland crash Editor, Sitting on the porch on S.E. 17th enjoying an evening glass of wine; a crumpled crash and the hollow sound of steel dragged across asphalt. Running…
Aug 05, 2016

FROM THE EDITOR

by Eric Norberg
"How technology disrupted the truth" ….That was the headline on an editorial by Katharine Viner, Editor of the Guardian newspaper in Great Britain, on July 12 of this year, after proponents of…