Category Archives: Portland Tribune

State librarian fired, but specifics remain elusive

MaryKay Dahlgreen says she was never given written feedback of performance issues. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown fired state librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen on Tuesday, an apparent surprise to the state’s association of library professionals, the chair of the state library board and Dahlgreen herself. Source: Pamplin Media Group – State librarian fired, but specifics remain elusive

Offshore earthquake will devastate Portland area much more than scientists thought

State geologists analyze projected impacts of Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, magnitude 9.0, and expect tens of thousands of casualties in the tri-county area, and massive numbers needing emergency shelter after being forced from their homes. The “Big One” will devastate Portland even more than scientists previously expected, according to a new state geologists’ study of […]
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My View: Self-driving cars will worsen congestion

At a time when we need to be taking steps to reduce auto travel and global carbon emissions, new ride-hailing and self-driving car technologies will be pushing our country in the wrong direction. How many of you have been stuck in traffic and late for work, an event, or a meeting? If you have, you […]
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Excitement builds for USS Portland commissioning

Ship’s supporters update City Council on weeklong events planned after US Navy ship arrives in town on April 14. After the USS Portland arrives in town on April 14, a week of events are scheduled leading up to the official commissioning of the ship, and many of them are open to the public. Source: Pamplin […]
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Annual report finds racial health gaps in county

State Library Ed. Note: 2018 County Health Rankings report is available here. Multnomah County health rankings serve as call for communities to take action – especially considering the stunning racial disparities. While Portlanders tend to think of their community as a very health-conscious one, Multnomah County ranks as only the eighth-healthiest county in the state, […]
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Governor signs drug price transparency bill

The bill requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to disclose reasons for steep increases in the price of prescription drugs. Source: Governor signs drug price transparency bill

Revenue Department ready to answer taxpayer questions

The department has 22 full-time staff and four seasonal workers on hand to help in the tax services unit. Source: Revenue Department ready to answer taxpayer questions

City issues Uber a $3.5 million ticket

Portland renews company’s operating permit for six months instead of a year, while it reviews new regulations and sees if fine is paid for failing to notify the city until a year after a data breach occurred. Source: City issues Uber a $3.5 million ticket

Heavy equipment rental tax bill heads to Governor’s desk

Oregon House and Senate approved HB4139 to simplify an existing complicated tax system. House Bill 4139 passed in the Senate and House on March 3, and it’s on its way to Governor Brown’s desk. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Heavy equipment rental tax bill heads to Governor’s desk

Lawmakers to consider bills that protect gun retailers

Major sporting goods stores that restrict gun sales to customers 21 or older could violate Oregon anti-discrimination laws. Oregon legislative leaders say they are willing to change Oregon law to protect retailers that voluntarily restrict gun and ammunition sales to customers 21 and older. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Lawmakers to consider bills that protect […]
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