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  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Pedestrian struck in Gresham has Westbound Powell Boulevard closed

    All of the major roads are jammed this afternoon making for a slow commute.

    All of the major roads are jammed this afternoon making for a slow commute. Ross Island Bridge traffic is slow again, but the Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to open tonight around midnight.


    GRESHAM, 6:24p: Powell Boulevard

    A pedestrian has been hit on Powell Boulevard in Gresham near Main Avenue. The street is currently blocked. More info to come.


    PORTLAND, 6:00 p.m.: Metro Area

    Things are still crazy bad all over. Highway 26 Eastbound is jammed from 185th Avenue into downtown. Interstate 5 from Fremont Bridge to Vancouver is still very slow in both directions. Interstate 205 from Clackamas to Vancouver is stuck both ways.

    Highway 217 is "only" in the yellow currently as is Interstate 84 between Interstate 5 and 205.


    TUALATIN, 5:10 p.m.: Interstate 5 at Carmen Drive

    A crash on Interstate 5 Northbound near Carmen Drive is causing a backup to build.


    There are two advisories to look out for tonight and this weekend. The first is on the ramp connecting U.S. 26 to Interstate 405 northbound closing tonight. The second is Northwest Marine Drive under Interstate 84 in Troutdale closing this weekend. 

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  • Gresham police ask for public’s help finding missing woman, 78

    Mildred Hopson was last seen shopping at Winco Foods in Gresham at 12:45 a.m. on Friday in Gresham. She was driving her tan Kia Soul with Oregon license plate 091GKE, police said.

    Mildred_Hopson.jpgMildred Hopson  

    Gresham police are asking for the public's help finding a missing 78-year-old woman.

    Mildred Hopson was last seen shopping at Winco Foods in Gresham, 2511 S.E. First St., at 12:45 a.m. on Friday. She was driving her tan Kia Soul with Oregon license plate 091GKE, police said.

    Police said Hopson requires lifesaving medication.

    Hopson is 5 feet tall, 160 pounds and walks with a slight limp, police said. She was last seen wearing a cream or light colored coat and matching pants, a light colored shirt that is possibly pink and brown shoes.

    Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 911.

    -- Kasia Hall 

  • Northwest Marine Drive under Interstate 84 in Troutdale closed this weekend

    The closure of the road under Interstate 84 will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and end at 5 a.m. Monday.

    As part of a project to renovate the Exit 17 interchange on Interstate 84 in Troutdale, the stretch of Northwest  Marine Drive that goes under the interstate will be closed this weekend, the Oregon Department of Transportation reports.

    The closure will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and end at 5 a.m. Monday.

    During daytime hours there will also be some shoulder closures on westbound lanes of North Frontage Road in the area of the construction.

    To find out more about the project, visit

    -- Fedor Zarkhin

  • Fedele Bauccio, Janine Belleque, Denise Frisbee, Greg Goodwin, J. Michael Goodwin, Mark Matthias, Pat and Trudy Ritz, Eric Schmidt and other award winners: Industry Notes

    A collection of real estate transactions, violations, grants and donations, mergers and acquisitions, and awards from Oregon and southwest Washington.


    Building official of the year

    Eric Schmidt, building official and community development director for the City of Gresham, was named Building Official of the Year by the Oregon Building Officials Association.

    The award is the highest honor given by the association, which supports Oregon's building officials who protect public safety by enforcing state and municipal building codes, issuing construction permits, and conducting commercial and residential inspections.

    IMG_2650.JPGView full sizeEric Schmidt (center) was named Building Official of the Year by the Oregon Building Officials Association. 

    Schmidt's strong and steady leadership earned him the award, according to Terry Whitehill, vice president of the Oregon Building Officials Association and plan review section manager for Portland's Bureau of Development Services.

    Whitehill said Schmidt, co-chair of the association's legislative committee, was particularly effective representing the association before the Oregon Legislature this spring and helping the association hire a new management company.

    A member of Gresham's senior leadership team, Schmidt has worked for the City since 1998. He oversees a diverse portfolio, including the Building Department, the Permit Services Center, Neighborhood Enforcement, Rental Housing Inspections, Community Revitalization and the Small Business Center. A long-time private sector engineer, Schmidt played a leading role in Gresham's successful Garage-to-Storefront small business incentive program and its award-winning rental housing inspection program.


    Entrepreneur of the year retail and consumer products award

    University of Portland alumnus Fedele Bauccio, co-founder and chief executive officer of Bon Appétit Management Company, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Retail and Consumer Products National Award.

    Bon Appétit Management Company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is an on-site restaurant company that operates more than 500 highly customized onsite restaurants at corporations, private universities, museums, and sports venues.

    The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, a leading business award for entrepreneurs, encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognizes leaders and visionaries who demonstrate innovation, financial success and personal commitment as they create and build world-class businesses.

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    Bauccio was recognized for redefining the institutional food service industry and being a pioneer in environmental and local sourcing policies

    The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and from more than 250 regional award recipients.

    Bauccio got his start in food services as a dishwasher during his freshman year at University of Portland. Six months later, he was peeling potatoes and cleaning vegetables, and midway through his junior year he was managing the university's food service program. After graduation, he worked for 20 years in the industry and in 1987, he launched Bon Appétit Management Company.

    When Bauccio founded Bon Appétit, he changed the industry dynamic by replacing food servers with professional chefs, empowered with control over their menu and sourcing of ingredients.

    His vision for his company proved to be a highly successful one. Under his leadership, the company has maintained industry-leading margins while remaining price competitive and offering a high-quality product. Revenues and operating income have increased significantly in the last ten years, and Bon Appétit now has a presence in more than 30 states, including at Google, eBay, and the Getty Center.

    Since launching his Farm to Fork program in 1999, Bauccio has required his chefs to source at least 20 percent of their ingredients from small farms within a 150-mile radius of their restaurants, now resulting in more than $50 million in spending annually.

    Bauccio has testified before Congress about antibiotics abuse in the meat industry and personally visited Immokalee, Fla., to meet with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, join their Fair Food Campaign, and create a Code of Conduct for Bon Appétit's tomato growers that resulted in better wages and working conditions for tomato pickers.

    The University's recently expanded and remodeled dining hall was dedicated in 2010 and named Bauccio Commons in Fedele's honor. Since completion of the renovations, food waste on campus has been reduced nearly 70 percent. In 2009, Bauccio was named an inaugural member of the University's Pamplin School of Business Hall of Fame.

    From 2006 to 2008 Bauccio served on the prestigious Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, which issued a landmark report calling for an end to gestation crate, battery cage, and veal crate confinement of farm animals. In 2011, Bauccio was one of 10 inaugural recipients of a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.

    Outstanding board member

    Denise Frisbee has been named Howard Cherry Awards Outstanding Board Member by the Oregon Community College Association.

    Frisbee of Lake Oswego has served on the Portland Community College board of directors since 2005, twice as board chair. This award recognizes board members, employees and advocates who make a difference.

    Frisbee was lauded by Portland Community College president Jeremy Brown as a "strategic thinker, sustainability champion and passionate advocate for Portland and for all Oregon community colleges."

    Elected in 2005, 2009 and 2013, Frisbee represents Zone 1 (Lake Oswego, Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood) as she works as an attorney and directs the Department of Planning and Building Services for the City of Lake Oswego.

    Frisbee also has served as a member of the Association of Community College Trustees Governance Committee, a non-profit educational organization based in Washington D.C., that represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees from 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges across the country.

    Automotive dealer of the year nominee

    Greg Goodwin has been nominated for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award.

    Goodwin is chief executive officer of Kuni Automotive, which includes Kuni Lexus of Portland.

    Unknown-1.jpegView full sizeGreg Goodwin, chief executive officer of Kuni Automotive, was nominated for the prestigious TIME Dealer of the Year award by Greg Remensperger, executive vice president of the Oregon Auto Dealers Association/Metro Portland Auto Dealers Association. 

    This award is one of the automobile industry's most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation's most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.

    Goodwin, 63, was chosen to represent the Oregon Auto Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 55 auto dealers from 17,000 nationwide – nominated for the 46th annual award.

    Nominees will be honored at the 98th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Exposition on Jan. 23 in San Francisco, Calif.

    A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the association's four regions and one national Dealer of the Year.

    In its fourth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to a charity of each nominee's choice. Nominees will also be recognized on, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of TIME Dealer of the Year nominees.

    Goodwin was nominated in part for his position as dealer and owner of Kuni Lexus of Portland, one of four Lexus dealerships in the U.S. to receive the prestigious Elite of Lexus award every year since its inception.

    After graduating from Davis High School in Davis, Calif., in 1969, Goodwin studied political science and East Asian studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. He took his first job in the retail automotive industry working in finance and insurance for a dealership in Salinas, California, in 1978

    In 1986, Goodwin moved to Oahu, Hawaii, to run a Honda dealership where he met Wayne A. Kuni. They founded Kuni Lexus in Denver and soon established themselves as the leading luxury brand in their primary market.

    Today, Kuni Automotive owns 15 dealerships in Oregon, Washington, California and Colorado. The company headquarters — The Kuni Garage — is located in Vancouver, Wash. Local dealerships include Kuni Lexus of Portland and Kuni BMW in Beaverton.

    Other organizations Goodwin supports include Randall Children's Hospital in Portland (former co-chair of capital campaign), Medical Teams International in Tigard, Oregon (member, leadership council and former auction co-chair), Friends of the Children (national board of directors member) and George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon (president's council).

    He and his wife, Michele, have four children and two grandchildren.

    Social media company wins "best-of-the-best in the travel industry" award

    Sparkloft Media, a social media marketing and engagement company, received the 2014 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for its Adventurecation 2013 campaign with Travel Oregon.

    The Magellan Awards honor the best-of-the-best in the travel industry.

    The campaign ran throughout the summer of 2013, and invited consumers to enter for a chance to win a week experiencing an Oregon Adventurecation.

    Sparkloft Media and Travel Oregon together created an interactive, mobile-friendly Facebook app designed to generate outdoor Oregon itineraries customized to fans' interests.

    The campaign reached more than 46 million people on Facebook, and Travel Oregon and its partnerregions together gained more than 96,000 new Facebook fans. Additionally, the sweepstakes generated 11,719 entries. A post-campaign survey revealed the Adventurecation campaign generated $908,832 in attributed visitor spending.

    Philanthropists recognized by Association of Fundraising Professionals

    Philanthropic individuals and organizations were recently honored at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter.

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    The 28th annual event celebrates National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes the contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community.

    Recipients and awards include:

    • N.B.Giustina Family, Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement
    • Pat and Trudy Ritz, Outstanding Philanthropists
    • Mark Matthias, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
    • Wells Fargo, Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
    • PGE Foundation, Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
    • USS Blueback Volunteers (OMSI), Outstanding Volunteer Group
    • J. Michael Goodwin, Allan Price Award for Distinguished Service to the Fundraising Profession


    Oregon State Marine Board member honored by NW Marine Trade Association

    The NW Marine Trade Association recognized the efforts of Oregon State Marine Board member Janine Belleque with the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award.

    This regional award is given to a person or group from Oregon in the boating industry who has made a significant contribution during the past year.

    For nearly two decades, Belleque has worked tirelessly for Oregon boaters, helping provide grant funding to waterway managers for boating access, parking, land-side and floating restrooms, and other amenities that serve recreational boating.

    JanineNMMAAwd2014Web.jpgView full sizeJanine Belleque (left), a Oregon State Marine Board member and its new boating facilities manager, accepts the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award from Peter Schrappen, director of the board's government affairs. 

    Belleque has become fluent in speaking engineering and contracting language and is well-versed in the issues relating to shrinking access in many other parts of the country.

    Belleque is currently serving in her second term as the States Organization for Boating Access president and filling the role of interim Boating Facilities Section manager until a replacement has been found, in addition to her primary role as the Marine Board's Grants/Contracts Coordinator.

    Belleque serves on a multitude of Marine Board advisory committees to help with future agency initiatives that integrate all boating user groups.

    She was hired on Wednesday as the Oregon State Marine Board's boating facilities manager.

    Award background: Robert F. Rittenhouse was appointed Marine Director to the Oregon State Marine Board when the board was first formed in 1959. Rittenhouse served for 27 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, which gave him a knowledge of boating matters that appealed to the state as it began interviewing candidates. The Oregon State Marine Board was founded and is to this day supported by Oregon State recreational boaters for the purpose of overseeing boating safety programs and developing boating access. Rittenhouse served as director from August 1959 until he died on Sept. 2, 1973.

    -- Compiled by Vickie Kavanagh

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Final day of Sellwood Bridge closure; rain moves in later this morning

    Drivers get a break from wet roads if they head out early enough this morning. Rain moves in by 8 a.m. or so.

    East side and Oregon City folks dealing with days of backups due to bridge closures, accidents and general confusion have just one more day of hassle -- or maybe LESS! -- then, we sleep in.

    Drivers in other areas get a break from wet roads if they head out early enough this morning. Rain moves in by 8 a.m. or so.

    BEAVERTON 217 AND BEAVERTON-HILLSDALE HIGHWAY 8:51 a.m.; Crash on the off-ramp from 217 northbound to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.


    GRESHAM HIGHWAY 26 7:55 a.m.; Crash on U.S. 26 in Gresham near 267th Avenue.


    UPDATE SHERWOOD HIGHWAY 99W 8:35 a.m.; Crash on 99W in Sherwood near Sherwood Boulevard CLEARED.


    UPDATE I-84 PORTLAND WESTBOUND AT 68TH and 37th  8:00 a.m.; Stalled vehicle on I-84 westbound at 68th Avenue, stall in the left lane at 37th Avenue BOTH CLEARED.


    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND AT WASHINGTON STREET 6:40 a.m.; Police are with an injury crash at Southeast Washington (one way, east) at 81th Avenue and are closing the street. 

    Possible detour; take Southeast Burnside Street east and rejoin Washington at Highway 213 (82nd Ave.)

    If you've not had enough of road closures and construction areas, this weekend's closure of the northbound lane of southwest Terwilliger Boulevard is right up your alley. The city will work on a water main at southwest Terwilliger and Capitol Highway from 6:30 p.m. Friday through the weekend (ending time is: "when we get it done") including nighttime hours. Flaggers will direct drivers around the area and lanes access to OHSU will be maintained. But if you can go another way, you should – and that includes bicyclists. Capitol Highway drivers looking to access Barbur Boulevard should use Bertha Boulevard and meet Barbur there. Those headed to the V.A. Hospital or OHSU should take Barbur to Southwest Hamilton Street and meet Terwillger west of that intersection.

    And (if that's not enough) Morrison Bridge closures Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for lift span work, I-5/I-84 ramps to and from the bridge are also closed.

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

  • Weekend family fun: Bridgeport Village tree lighting, 'Wizard of Oz,' 'Little Women,' more

    Also on tap this weekend: A walk with Santa, model railroad and scavenger hunt event, a puppet musical based on the short story "The Gift of the Magi" and a "Little Women" party.

    Do something a little different this weekend with these seven picks for family fun. Want to submit an event for a future events roundup? Email me at

    Bridgeport Village tree lighting: Bridgeport Village lights its Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a slew of special guests: The Grinch, Charlie Brown & Friends (presented by Stumptown Stages), Portland's own Olaf, Winter Fairies and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

    "Wizard of Oz": Follow the yellow brick road to Gresham High School, 1200 N. Main Ave., as the theater department wraps up its production of "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend. Show times are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for students and seniors (55 and older), $12 for adults.

    Walk with Santa: Families are invited to stroll with Santa and his elves from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Lloyd Center. The event will include milk and cookies, activities and a party in Center Court. Families are asked to bring one unwrapped toy per participant to donate to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.

    Model trains: Not just model trains, in a 4,200-square-foot layout showing rail lines from the Columbia River Gorge to Portland, but also a scavenger hunt featuring Bigfoot, Waldo, dozens of animals, and more than 500 small people. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (through Nov. 30). Admission: $2 to $6. Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, 2505 N. Vancouver Ave.

    Family day at Firstenburg: "The Lego Movie" will be the star of a free family fun day starting at noon Saturday at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver. All areas of the center, including the swimming pool and climbing wall, will be open. Families can check in for the pool starting at 11 a.m. and for the climbing wall starting at 11:30. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m.; free popcorn will be served. Information: Call 360-487-7001 ext. 8, or email

    "The (Recycled) Gift of the Trashi": Just in time for the holidays, this interactive, musical puppet show is inspired by O. Henry's classic short story "The Gift of the Magi." 3 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Belmont Library. Free.

    "Little Women": If your kids (or you) love hanging out in Civil War-era New England with Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, this one's for you. The Beaverton City Library and Beaverton Civic Theatre will host games, crafts and stories from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday for ages 2 to 12. Free.

    -- Amy Wang

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Expect rain all afternoon and into the weekend

    Here in the valley winds will stay mild but as rain showers move through, expect the winds to kick up to 10 mph. Umbrellas beware.

    Radar is showing bands of clouds and rain moving into the Willamette Valley this morning. Eugene is already feeling it. Portland will be wet soon.

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    This weekend the Oregon coast will have some high winds and an advisory is out for gusts to 60 mph. Here in the valley winds will stay mild but as rain showers move through, expect the winds to kick up to 10 mph. Umbrellas beware.

    Temperatures today will only reach 50. That's the story for the weekend too -- just cool and wet and sometimes windy. It's a great weekend for watching football or cleaning the house for the out-of-town in-laws' visit for Thanksgiving – shudder.

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Rain moves in this morning becoming heavy by afternoon

    You could be easily fooled into jeans and a hoodie today for "Casual Friday" but be warned, once the rain moves in about 9 a.m., we're looking to get a soaking.

    What should be a wet and windy weekend starts off slowly this morning with mild temperatures of 45 and mostly dry. So you could be easily fooled into jeans and a hoodie today for "Casual Friday" but be warned, once the rain moves in about 9 a.m., we're looking to get a soaking. At least bring a jacket. Some sensible shoes are in order as well. By lunch break, we'll see lots of rain and some wind to blow it all around. That rain will follow us home for the evening commute as well. The coast will have higher wind gusts and plenty of rain as well.

    Saturday and Sunday remain wet. Highs will be in high 40s, low 50s. The mountain passes will see snows on Saturday morning only, as the level rises back up to 7000 feet by Saturday afternoon.

    It's a good weekend to watch some football. Those leaves will still be there next week when we might see some clearing on Monday.

  • Multnomah County Sheriff's Office warns of public of phone scam

    The caller instructs the person to buy a Green Dot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Network reloadable card and then call back and provide the card information over the phone, said Lt. Steve Alexander, a Sheriff's Office spokesman

    The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be with the sheriff's office and demands payment for an outstanding arrest warrant.

    The caller instructs the person to buy a Green Dot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Network reloadable card and then call back and provide the card information, said Lt. Steve Alexander, a sheriff's office spokesman.

    None of the residents who reported the scam suffered any loss.

    The sheriff's office would not call asking for payment over the phone for things such as warrants and court-imposed traffic fines. The agency reminds businesses and residents that they should never give out information about bank accounts, credit cards, PayPal or any account with money attached to it.

    If someone calls asking for payment, hang up and contact the government agency or utility to verify the authenticity.

    Anyone who receives similar solicitations from persons claiming to be with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is asked to call the agency's tip line at 503-261-2847.

  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: Sellwood Bridge remains closed

    The Sellwood Bridge will be closed through Friday. About 15,000 people cross the bridge daily. They've all been pushed to other bridges to the north or south.

    If you cross the Willamette River on this evening's commute, there are three things to remember:

    1. The Sellwood Bridge is closed.

    2. The Sellwood Bridge is closed.


    That construction closure, which affects the 15,000 drivers who cross the bridge daily, seemed to be the biggest factor in Wednesday evening's commute. Needless to say, most folks didn't learn from their morning commute (when it was also closed). Instead of heading to the Ross Island Bridge, consider heading farther north or south to get across the Willamette.

    Outside of the Sellwood Bridge mess, there are a few other things to note as Wednesday's afternoon commute begins:

    WASHINGTON COUNTY: Northwest Cornell Road at Barnes Road:

    The intersection is closed after a fatal accident involving a semitrailer truck and a bicyclist. The closure is affecting the busy stretch of Northwest Cornell Road through Cedar Mill and past Sunset High School.

    Detour: Stay on U.S. 26 to move east to west. Exit at Murray Boulevard to be west of the accident scene; Exit at Cedar Hills Boulevard to be east of the accident scene.

    PORTLAND: Interstate 5:

    The Interstate is moving slowly in both directions between the Interstate Bridge crossing to Vancouver and the Marquam Bridge in downtown Portland.

    BEAVERTON: Southbound Oregon 217: 

    Southbound lanes from Cedar Mill through downtown Beaverton to Southwest Denney Road are moving slowly.

    Keep up with other updates by following the Twitter hashtag #PDXtraffic or look to the bottom of this page. The Oregonian will post big traffic stories to

    -- The Oregonian