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  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Occasional showers for the morning commute; Interstate Bridge work tonight and early tomorrow

    Night paving work starts next week on OR 219 in Hillsboro at Southeast Walnut.

    In the final phase of this week's Interstate Bridge maintenance schedule, crews will apply oil to the six miles of bridge cable from 10 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24-25, on both sides of the Interstate Bridge. Expect delays 20 to 25 minutes. Better yet, use the Glenn Jackson Bridge (I-205) and avoid the possible hassle.


    NORTH PORTLAND 8:34 a.m.; Crash on the exit from I-5 northbound to Marine Drive. Blocking.


    HILLSBORO 8:04 a.m.; Injury crash at Southeast Seventh Avenue and Oak Street (one-way eastbound), by Tuality Hospital.


    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 7:35 a.m.; An injury crash has the westbound lanes blocked on Southeast Powell Boulevard at 72nd Avenue.

    Update 8:15 a.m.; Westbound lanes of Powell Boulevard are now open. One eastbound lane still closed for clean up.


    NORTH PORTLAND 7:08 a.m.; Stall blocks the left lane I-5 southbound near Marine Drive.

    Update 7:12 a.m.; Quickly cleared.


    CLACKAMAS 6:52 a.m.; Rollover crash on Southeast 135th Avenue just north of Highway 212.


    DOWNTOWN 6:15 a.m.; A rollover crash has closed the northbound ramp to I-405 from U.S. 26 eastbound. Traffic is using the Market Street exit and will need to rejoin I-405 northbound from the Burnside ramp.

    Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 6.11.30 AM.png6:30 a.m. Sunset Highway 

    Update 7:08 a.m.; CLEARED. Traffic still backing to Highway 217. Burnside is jammed now too.

    Night paving work starts next week on OR 219 in Hillsboro at Southeast Walnut. Expect 20 minute delays 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, June 27 to July 1.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland

  • Portland Metro Friday Weather: One more day of cool temps and showers - weekend is sunny

    The showers will begin to move off to the east by mid-afternoon and we should see some clearing by dinnertime.

    The clouds and rain from Thursday are holding on into Friday as most areas are seeing occasional showers still this morning and cool morning temps in the upper 40s or low 50s.

    The showers will begin to move off to the east by mid-afternoon and we should see some clearing by dinner time.

    A weak ridge of high pressure moves into our area tonight and Saturday. This is the type of pattern that gives us more summer-like weather with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s.

    This pattern offers up the perfect weather for the Tigard Festival of Balloons (now in its 30th year) going on at Cook Park in Tigard. Read more about that (and other things to do this weekend) here.

    This sunny, warm weather should stretch well into next week. The coast will see some clouds, but the valleys should be bright and clear.

  • NBA draft: Kevin Love and 28 more Oregon and SW Washington high school players who have been drafted

    Starting in 1956, Oregon high schools began a long, steady stream of providing players in the NBA draft, which stages this year's edition on Thursday. Here is a look at the Oregon and Southwest Washington high school graduates who have been picked in previous NBA drafts.

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: 217 crash at Greenburg clear, backup remains

    Expect slick streets, longer stopping distances and pedestrians trying to get where they're going without getting soaked. Slow down.

    Rain, any rain, tends to mess up the commute. And if several pre-6 a.m. crashes are any indication, Thursday morning will be no different.

    Expect slick streets, longer stopping distances and pedestrians trying to get where they're going without getting soaked. Slow down.

    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 8:55 a.m.; Possible crash on northbound Southwest Barbur Boulevard is backing up traffic nearly to Terwillger. Expect slowing there and many TriMet lines use that route.

    Update 9:01 a.m.; CAD calls this a "hazardous condition." In any case, it's causing major backup.


    GRESHAM 8:50 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Southeast Stark Street and 202nd Avenue.


    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 8:35 a.m.; Tree down on Southeast 48th Avenue between Alder and Morrison streets.


    FOREST GROVE 7:44 a.m.; Rollover crash reported on Old Highway 47 near Etters Road.  


    TIGARD 7:04 a.m.; Crash slowing traffic Highway 217 southbound prior to Greenburg Road.

    Update 8:20 a.m.; This crash is now clear. But the backup remains to U.S. 26. 


    U.S. 26 EASTBOUND 7 a.m.; Crews heading to a reported crash possibly in both the left and right lanes U.S. 26 inbound prior to the zoo exit.

    Update 7:03 a.m.; Quickly moved along.


    Interstate Bridge work continues Thursday. Scheduled work includes traffic stops northbound 10 p.m. - midnight for electrical testing.

    Also note: 10 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24-25, both side of the Interstate Bridge will see delays of 20 to 25 minutes while crews apply oil to six miles of bridge cable.

    In Hillsboro, eastbound Imbrie Drive at Cornelius Pass Road closes tonight at 9 p.m. through June 28 as part of a road widening project. Traffic on Cornelius Pass Road may also be limited to one lane in each direction from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23-28. Expect delays.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland (

    rain traffic white.jpgFind you full Portland-area traffic report here. (The Oregonian file photo) 

  • A Gresham soccer coach fights cancer, backed by his biggest team yet

    Justin Rosenblad, a teacher and former coach at Centennial High School in Gresham, is battling advanced stomach cancer with support from hundreds in his hometown, and from the local soccer community.

    GRESHAM -- Before Justin Rosenblad had trouble eating, and he learned the cause was stomach cancer, and a community flung its support behind him, he was just a college freshman trying to run a mile in 4 minutes and 50 seconds.

    It was 1994, and Rosenblad had arrived in the sticky heat of a University of South Alabama soccer preseason after an all-state soccer career at Centennial High School.

    Officially, the team's infamous time trial was a fitness test. But unofficially, it was a litmus test to identify those who could meet a daunting standard -- more appropriate for a miler than a midfielder -- from those who couldn't.

    Rosenblad didn't blink, passing every year.

    This spring, 22 years later, friends and colleagues may have noticed a similarly hardened resolve from Rosenblad, a social studies teacher at Centennial since 2004 and a soccer coach in east Multnomah County for 15 years.

    Rosenblad, 40, was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of stomach cancer in late April.

    "My approach is like with soccer, or anything," said Rosenblad, who's coached soccer programs at Centennial and David Douglas high schools, Warner Pacific University and too many youth games to count. "You look at it and you've got this problem, whatever it is, and you come up with a solution to solve it. I look at this like I just have to find the right thing to fix this, to cure it, to treat it, to beat it."

    Like players taking marching orders from a coach, a team of hundreds of friends, family and even strangers drawn by his deep roots in Gresham and local soccer have lined up behind Rosenblad in support.

    On the fundraising website GoFundMe, backers have raised nearly $19,000 to offset bills not covered by insurance in the last month. Organized by Rob Havrilla, a fellow Centennial social studies teacher, the campaign began with a goal of $10,000.

    "Shoot, we met that within a few days," Havrilla said.

    Dollar For Portland, a year-old nonprofit whose members donate monthly to families in need, also recently featured the Rosenblad family that includes four daughters between 8 and 13. One, 12-year-old Sage, suffers from Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder. All proceeds are directed to the families, founder Jared Walker said.

    "When you're going through a medical crisis you shouldn't have to go through a financial crisis," Walker said. "So often, those are linked."

    When Havrilla scrolls through the GoFundMe page, he is like many who are struck by the diversity of contributors -- students on free-and-reduced lunches, alumni long gone from Centennial's hallways, former players who've grown up and now have families of their own.

    "That's a testament to the impact he's had on so many people's lives," said Luke Babson, an assistant women's soccer coach at Western Oregon and a Portland Timbers developmental coach.

    Babson credits Rosenblad with nudging his own life down its current path.

    While playing on the Eastside United club team in high school, Babson said Rosenblad was the first to suggest he had the potential to play in college, a notion that has helped keep Babson around the sport ever since. When Oregon Premier Futsal, a facility in Clackamas, hosted a fundraiser for Rosenblad on June 22, Babson was there.

    Ashlyn Sanders, a 2006 Centennial grad, is another of the many who've come out of the woodwork to support Rosenblad, enabled by social media's reach. She took just one of his classes in high school, and doesn't remember much from it, she said. But when his diagnosis popped into her online news feed, she vividly recalled how Rosenblad said hello in the hallways and injected enthusiasm into dry social studies lessons.

    "He cared about his students," she said.

    She donated, becoming one of hundreds to do so.

    "It's surprising," Rosenblad said of the widespread support.

    Many around Rosenblad say he shouldn't be.

    He is well-regarded for a nature that is called competitive, sarcastic, generous and warm. Typically, Centennial's tight-knit group of social studies teachers meet outside of school for their monthly poker game. In mid-June, they instead went to Rosenblad's house to throw "Rosie" a work party that included yardwork and a barbecue.

    "If you ever found yourself in a similar position he'd do the exact same," said BJ Basinski, Centennial's social studies department chair.

    Rosenblad doesn't spare the details about his treatment from those who ask, saying his matter-of-fact style comes from the honesty and inclusion he tried to impart in coaching. It was the case in 2003, when Rosenblad missed chunks of Centennial's boys soccer practices and games while working toward his masters degree. But he'd laid a foundation during a preseason retreat, telling The Oregonian in 2003 that the Eagles had to find toughness when things weren't going their way.

    The Eagles advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs.

    "We all respected 'Rosie,'" said Josh Cameron, who was a junior that season, which Rosenblad calls one of the highlights of his career. "We didn't let it faze us."

    Rosenblad has attempted not to let chemo faze him, either. He hikes and works on art projects with his daughters and wife. The important thing, he says, is continuing to do the normal things.

    Meanwhile, his network of supporters has grown. A Dollar For Portland-produced video outlining his diagnosis was played at a Centennial assembly, and fliers with the GoFundMe URL hang in school hallways.

    "'We can get through it' was the message," said Maggie Martine, a freshman at Centennial who was in Rosenblad's world studies class when he revealed his diagnosis. "He explained what he was going in to do and the steps to treat it."

    Earlier this month, as he underwent the first of three rounds of chemotherapy to stall the cancer that has spread from his esophagus to his stomach, Rosenblad buzzed his sandy hair at Randall Children's Hospital. His wife, Denise, an oncology nurse at the hospital, shaved her own head in solidarity. While at Randall, he met with young cancer survivors and their families.

    "Which was really cool for me to see that and take strength from that," he said. "On the other side of it is the other outcomes, which are tough."

    An early plan called to remove Rosenblad's stomach in late August or early September. Then a few more spots of cancer appeared nearby, which made setting a date for surgery fuzzier. A clinical trial in Seattle this summer is now a possibility, but only after doctors determine how the cancer is responding to treatment.

    But there has been no question as to how Rosenblad would respond. One day at a time. Keep pushing.

    "When I say I'm going to do something, I make it happen," he said. "I make sure it gets done. Fighting cancer is the same way."

    If it sounds like coach-speak, he can't help himself. This is what Rosenblad knows. One foot in front of the other in a race against time.

    -- Andrew Greif

  • Portland Metro Thursday Weather: Summer takes a break for wet, cool, weather

    Expect showers on and off and some low clouds and mist this morning followed by heavier showers in the afternoon. The high temp today will only reach 61.

    A compact low pressure system off the Washington coast made its way into the Portland metro area Thursday morning and brought with it a cold front filled with showers. It's a raincoat, hat and possibly umbrella type of day.

    Expect showers on and off and some low clouds and mist this morning followed by heavier showers in the afternoon. The high temp today will only reach 61.

    There's also a slight chance of thunder storms for Thursday evening as an upper level low approaches the colder air in place today.

    This wet weather event should be short-lived as high pressure will begin to move back in Friday afternoon and give us partly cloudy skies for most of Friday (after some really early morning showers) and a high of 68.

    The weekend looks much more summer-like. Expect sunny days both Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Forecasters predict the sunny and warm weather will extend into most of next week.

  • Shipping container not headed to Port? Could end up in your yard

    A company entering the Portland market might be able to make use of all the shipping containers not being loaded or unloaded at the Port of Portland.

    A company entering the Portland market might be able to make use of all the shipping containers not being loaded or unloaded at the Port of Portland.

    But the firm won't be stacking containers onto ocean carriers or Columbia River barges. The company, called Montainer, wants to drop them into Portlanders' backyards as an alternative form of housing.

    "We really started the company to make homeownership more attainable," said Patrick Collins, chief executive at Montainer, based in Missoula, Montana.

    Montainer shipping container homes come complete with utility connections and are meant for full-time living. The company has already shipped units to California and Washington, Collins said, but is looking to enter Portland because of the city's interest in accessory dwelling units - backyard housing sometimes referred to as "in-law apartments."

    Between June 28 and July 2, Montainer will hold a launch event at Pioneer Square, where residents can walk into a container home to see how it would fit in a backyard, the company said in a news release. The company provides design, engineering and permitting services, and then the container is manufactured in Missoula and delivered to a resident's backyard.

    Collins estimated that a typical Montainer unit with less than 1,000 square feet would cost between $80,000 and $120,000.

    "This is a home fully compliant to building code. ... It's kind of counterintuitive, but it's really an aesthetically pleasing design and material to a lot of people," Collins said.

    Montainer's business model comes at a time when area home prices are skyrocketing and the market for less expensive tiny houses is gaining steam.

    Collins said the company is working with Wells Fargo, which will be on hand at the Pioneer Square demonstration to outline financing options for potential customers. A New York Times story about Montainer reported that one of the company's obstacles has been lenders' reluctance to issue mortgages for container homes because of the newness of the market. Some buyers have used home equity loans to purchase container housing.

    "We're just really excited about the Portland market," Collins said.

    -- Luke Hammill

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