Category Archives: The Oregonian

Flophouse kept afloat with $30,000 state loan. Officials say hands are tied

A memo says it’s the job of law enforcement to deal with problems at a Tigard home. Oregon housing officials say they have few viable options for preventing the owners of nuisance properties from receiving taxpayer bailouts to avoid foreclosure. Board members for the Oregon Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation, a state-affiliated nonprofit, met Monday to […]
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Everything you need to know about Portland’s abysmal air quality

On Tuesday, the Pacific Northwest woke up to air quality that ranked among the worst on the planet, and the smokiness is expected to hang around Wednesday.   Source: Everything you need to know about Portland’s abysmal air quality

Former Lincoln High teacher, union president banned from teaching for public indecency

A controversial former Lincoln High teacher and Portland teachers union president has had his right to teach permanently revoked after he was convicted of indecent exposure for masturbating naked on a public street in Astoria Source: Former Lincoln High teacher, union president banned from teaching for public indecency

Kate Brown’s campaign demands TV stations pull attack ad on daycares, marijuana

The 30-second video features a mother reading a bedtime story to her children, asking, “Do you want to hear a scary story?” Source: Kate Brown’s campaign demands TV stations pull attack ad on daycares, marijuana

Special Olympics struggling through financial crisis, cancels events

The nonprofit, weighed down by debt, cuts half its Portland-based staff and cancels statewide athletic events as it searches for a benefactor to elevate its financial condition. Special Olympics of Oregon is struggling through a financial crisis that has forced the nonprofit to cancel statewide athletic events and lay off more than half its staff, […]
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Oregon crime labs drowning in urine samples

One day in September, a car heading down the road in Jackson County caught the attention of a law enforcement officer. The officer pulled the car over and arrested the driver on suspicion of driving while high. After providing a urine sample at the station, the driver was released with a citation and a court […]
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Complaints surfaced about Unity Center within months of opening; officials failed to act

The safety problems started nearly as soon as Unity Center for Behavioral Health opened its doors in Northeast Portland. Staff at the 24-7 crisis center and Multnomah County case workers almost immediately began reporting a patient sexual assault of another patient, a patient escaping, a staff member making sexual advances to a patient and other […]
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Oregon landfill emitting poisonous mercury with no oversight, competitor alleges

Oregon regulators are letting a landfill operator two hours east of Portland send poisonous mercury into the air without the environmental controls that companies face in other states, a leading competitor alleges. Source: Oregon landfill emitting poisonous mercury with no oversight, competitor alleges | OregonLive.com

Major wildfires in Oregon: Drone threatens fire operations in southern Oregon

Evacuations have been ordered, structures burned and thousands of acres scorched so far this fire season. Wildfires in southern Oregon are chief among the state’s active blazes. And air quality in some spots around the state — namely southern and eastern Oregon — is less than ideal. Source: Major wildfires in Oregon: Drone threatens fire […]
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Should Laurelhurst be added to the National Register of Historic Places?

Homeowners in Laurelhurst should speak up now if they don’t want the neighborhood added to the National Register of Historic Places. The State Historic Preservation Office is seeking comments from the public, which can be emailed to: SHPO.NationalRegisterProgram@oregon.gov or ORSHPO.NationalRegisterProgram@oregon.gov Source: Should Laurelhurst be added to the National Register of Historic Places? | OregonLive.com