Category Archives: Portland Tribune

ODOT Director Garrett will retire in June

His departure is the first significant administrative change of Gov. Kate Brown’s new term. Matthew Garrett, the longtime director of the state Transportation Department, said Friday, Jan. 18, that he intends to retire by June. 30. Source: Pamplin Media Group – ODOT Director Garrett will retire in June

My View: Cornelius Pass detour plan full of holes

There are no reasonable routes to switch 10,000 to 14,000 commuters onto. Personally, I don’t think Multnomah County has managed this part well at all. As someone who was born and raised at the top of Cornelius Pass Road, I have to question Multnomah County’s claims that closing it for four months for safety improvements […]
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Data maps reveal Oregon teen sex trends

Rural youth report more sexual violence, earlier intercourse according to Oregon Health Authority. A new data map outlines the rates of sexual activity for the state’s youth — including violent and non-consensual sex — and underscores the troubling disparity between rural and urban Oregon. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Data maps reveal Oregon teen sex […]
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OSU uses 55 seismometers off Oregon coast to study quakes

Researchers at Oregon State University focused on the Blanco Transform Fault off the Oregon coast. Big earthquakes appear to follow a brief episode of “shallow mantle creep” and “seismic swarms,” according to new research at Oregon State University. Source: Pamplin Media Group – OSU uses 55 seismometers off Oregon coast to study quakes

Washington officials declare public health emergency

UPDATE: Twenty-one cases of measles confirmed, most in children. Infected people attended Jan. 11 Trail Blazers game. Clark County officials declared a public health emergency Friday evening, Jan. 18, as a measles outbreak continued to spread. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Washington officials declare public health emergency

Citizens’ voices can have a big impact in Capitol

Interest groups, lobbyists and big business spend big money to do it, why not you too? When Oregon legislators convene on Tuesday, they could raise or lower your taxes, cut or boost government services and decide how much your landlord can hike the rent. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Citizens’ voices can have a big […]
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Refusing to back down

Despite angry emails and threats, student activists and two state lawmakers from Lake Oswego say they’ll proceed with comprehensive gun-reform bill. When state Sen. Rob Wagner and state Rep. Andrea Salinas proposed Senate Bill 501, they expected some resistance. But they did not expect death threats. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Refusing to back down

Unions push Democrats to support ‘bold’ pro-worker agenda

Labor leaders want action from lawmakers as unions face challenges from court rulings, dwindling membership. In November, educators and school children got a champion. The homeless got an advocate and environmentalists got a steward. But perhaps the people most happy with Gov. Kate Brown’s re-election reside in Oregon’s union shops. Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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Our Opinion: BOLI must act on harassment report

If you’re confused about the Oregon Labor Department’s report on sexual harassment in the state Capitol, we’re not surprised. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Our Opinion: BOLI must act on harassment report

Wheeler supports Oregon rent control, Portland infill growth plan

Mayor Ted Wheeler endorsed the rent control bill to be considered by the 2019 Oregon Legislature and the current Residential Infill Project recommendations at his monthly press conference on Thursday. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Wheeler supports Oregon rent control, Portland infill growth plan