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  • Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Some morning showers for the drive; Crash on the Broadway Bridge

    Those traveling over the mountains need to expect snowy conditions as yesterday's storms dropped nearly a foot of snow at higher pass levels


    Portland-area commuters will deal with mostly wet roads and the occasional shower this morning.

    Those traveling over the mountains need to expect snowy conditions as yesterday's storms dropped nearly a foot of snow at higher pass levels.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 6.46.28 AM.pngSantiam Pass 

    Today's clouds won't dump nearly that much, but drivers should be prepared for winter conditions - on April 1.

    UPDATE BEAVERTON 8:44 a.m.; Non-injury crash at Southwest Greenway and Hall boulevards. CLEARED

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    UPDATE EAST VANCOUVER 8:10 a.m.; Emergency vehicles heading to a reported crash on SR 14 westbound at the 164th Ave exit. CLEARED.

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    I-5 SOUTHBOUND AT LOMBARD 7:12 a.m.; Disabled truck blocks part of the onramp from Lombard Street to I-5. Slowing in the area.

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    DOWNTOWN 7:05 a.m.; Crash on the Broadway Bridge, west bound at mid-span. Reported to be car vs. scooter. Lanes blocked.

    Possible detour: Use Burnside Bridge or Fremont Bridge westbound.

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    SCAPPOOSE 6:54 a.m.; Crash north of Scappoose on Highway 30 near Tarbell Road. Vehicle left road and overturned near the railroad tracks.

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    MOLALLA 6:30 a.m.; Responders on scene of a rollover crash on Macksburg Road, west of Highway 213 and north of Molalla. Macksburg is currently CLOSED west of Hwy 213. 

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    TriMet MAX train commuters can take a sneak peek at the new trains in a video The Oregonian shot during a media preview. Big windows!

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

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Cool and cloudy again today with some strong showers, possibly with hail

    Yesterday's rain showers in the valley meant snow in the mountains. Timberline and the Santiam Pass received almost a foot of snow due to the persistent showers.

    The weather today will look a lot like yesterday with some sun breaks, some dark clouds moving through the sky and the occasional hail storm.

    Yesterday parts of Tigard were briefly covered in white as a storm cloud dumped a batch of small hail. Other parts of the city could see that today. In between showers we'll have sun sightings as well as some windy, umbrella twisting, episodes. Exciting stuff.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 5.43.24 AM.pngGovernment Camp, U.S. 26 

    Yesterday's rain showers in the valley meant snow in the mountains. Timberline and the Santiam Pass received almost a foot of snow due to the persistent showers, according to the National Weather Service.

    Today the snows will be less, but still expect snow on the roads if you're driving through the passes.

    Tomorrow we get a bit of a break with a high pressure system moving in tonight and breaking up some of the clouds.

  • Pollos a la Brasa El Inka review -- Cheap Eats 2015

    Underneath the "Casa del Pollo" or "house of chicken" sign above a Gresham strip mall is Pollos a la Brasa El Inka -- El Inka for short. The Peruvian restaurant is known for its traditional dishes, such as lomo saltado and salchipapas, the french fry and chopped hot dog plate, as well as soups, ceviches and a justly famous rotisserie chicken.

    POLLOS A LA BRASA EL INKA
    Chicken champs

    48 N.E. Division St, Gresham
    503-491-0323
    restaurant.elinkarestaurant.com

    Underneath the "Casa del Pollo" or "house of chicken" sign above a Gresham strip mall is Pollos a la Brasa El Inka -- El Inka for short. The Peruvian restaurant is known for its traditional dishes, such as lomo saltado and salchipapas, the french fry and chopped hot dog plate, as well as soups, ceviches and a justly famous rotisserie chicken. Through the accolade-strewn swinging glass door, you'll find half a dozen tables covered in festive fabrics, an open kitchen and large, scorched rotisserie ovens, with thin grates separating spits of seasoned, whole chickens from flaming wood. The chicken, tender and juicy, marinated with a salt- and seasoning-heavy rub, is a must-order, and comes in various sizes. But on a recent visit, a soup -- the aguadito de pollo, chicken soup with cilantro sauce and rice -- was the showstopper. Forest green, bubbling hot and peppered with cubes of carrots, peas and large, fatty pieces of dark meat chicken, the bright, herbal soup (cilantro haters, beware) bordered on maternal; the kind of homey, rustic bowl mom or grandma might make when someone was sick.

    Order: The aguadito de pollo, rotisserie chicken and a glass of the beet-red chicha morada, a purple corn drink made with apple, lime and cinnamon -- similar to mulled wine without the alcohol.

    -- Samantha Bakall

  • Selma's Mediterranean Bakery & Deli review -- Cheap Eats 2015

    Selma Khoury is a hands-on owner, often presiding over this downtown Gresham Mediterranean restaurant herself (or with her son), insisting you try a bite of this or a bite of that while you explore the deli cases.

    SELMA'S MEDITERRANEAN BAKERY & DELI
    Mama-made Mediterranean

    184 N.E. Second St., Gresham
    503-492-1365 
    selmasbakeryanddeli.com

    Selma Khoury is a hands-on owner, often presiding over this downtown Gresham Mediterranean restaurant herself (or with her son), insisting you try a bite of this or a bite of that while you explore the deli cases. Both are nearly overflowing with Syrian and Middle Eastern delicacies, with m'jadra, tabbouleh and assorted dips and salads in one, and baklawa, cardamom bars and other Mediterranean sweets in the other. There are ready-made sweets and snacks; pre-packaged bags of grains and breads; combo platters of kibbi, a bulgur wheat and beef patty; roast chicken, falafel and schwarma wraps and salads also available if you're looking to round out your shopping or enjoy a made-to-order lunch. There are a handful of salads and sandwiches for Western palates, but unless you've got a really bad hankering for Caesar salad or chicken parmesan, stick with the Syrian specialties.

    Order: A container of mamaganoush (to-go), Selma's spicy and smoky eggplant riff on baba ghanoush, a pot of the cardamom-heavy Turkish coffee and a piece of knaffi, a honey-sweet shredded phyllo and walnut bar, for the road. 

    -- Samantha Bakall

  • Tuesday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on I-205 south in West Linn

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Tuesday night.

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    Expect single-lane closures on I-205 in both directions from Mill Plain Boulevard to SR 500 8 p.m.-6 a.m. tonight and Wednesday night for construction.

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    WEST LINN, 5:58 p.m.: Interstate 205 near Abernethy Bridge

    Traffic is jammed due to a crash on I-205 south just after Abernethy Bridge. The congestion has combined with earlier, normal congestion to light up the traffic map with a red line all the way back past Sunnyside.

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    BEAVERTON, 5:41 p.m.: Tualatin Valley Highway near Murray Blvd.

    A crash is slowing traffic both ways on TV HWY just east of Murray Blvd. Millikan Way looks busy. Farmington Road less so.


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    TIGARD, 5:35 p.m.: Interstate 5 south near Bridgeport Village

    Traffic is jammed from Dartmouth St. down to Bridgeport Village due to a crash on I-5 south.

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    PORTLAND, 5:25 p.m.: Highway 26 eastbound near Sylvan Hill

    Official word of a stall on HWY 26 blocking right eastbound lane. Traffic backed up past Highway 217.

    The beginning of Barnes and the end of Burnside look congested as well.

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    There are three potential crashes across the area, but I can't find any of them on a traffic cam. 

    - I-205 at HWY 213 junction. Traffic is slow in both directions.

    - I-5 south or HWY 99 northbound ramp from I-5 northbound.

    - Highway 26 eastbound near the Zoo. Traffic is jammed from Highway 217 into the Vista Ridge tunnel.

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    TIGARD, 5:04 p.m.: Highway 99 northbound

    Slow traffic along HWY 99 due to a crash near Durham Rd. Traffic backed up past the Tualatin River.

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    PORTLAND, 4:39 p.m.: Highway 43 near Corbett area

    A crash is slowing traffic in both directions on HWY 43 just south of the I-5 junction. Barbur or I-5 south are better routes.

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    MILWAUKIE, 4:18 p.m.: Highway 224 at Harrison

    All westbound lanes of HWY-224 are closed due to a crash at the intersection with Harrison. Eastbound traffic is also slow in that area.

    Take Lake Rd to 21st Ave if you are trying to get to HWY 99E.

    UPDATE 4:46 p.m.: ODOT says the crash is clear. There will still be delays in the area for a bit as traffic works itself out.

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    VANCOUVER, 3:49 p.m.: Interstate 205 north near Interstate 5 junction

    A crash is blocking northbound traffic on I-205 at 134th Street (just before it merges with Interstate 5).

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    A long line of congestion is slowing traffic on Interstate 205 north. I don't see any sign of a crash that would cause such a backup. The jam stretches back to Interstate 5.

    Look for more rain later tonight, too. 

    Follow the Oregonian's commuting alerts on Twitter: @TrafficPortland

  • Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Grand Ave at Couch closed for police activity; Rain soaked roads for the commute

    Expect single-lane closures on I-205 in both directions from Mill Plain Boulevard to SR 500 8 p.m.-6 a.m. tonight and Wednesday night for construction.


    Back to rainy dark morning commutes as a new system pushes showers into our area today and tomorrow. More rain usually makes for a clogged commute, but we can break that trend. Drive awesome today!

    ALOHA 8:28 a.m.; Injury crash on Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway at 178th Avenue. Ambulances on scene.

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    UPDATE VANCOUVER 8:20 a.m.; Emergency vehicles rolling to a reported crash at Northeast 88th Street and Andresen Road, Vancouver. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE INTERSTATE BRIDGE 8:25 a.m.; Stalled dump truck I-5 southbound at Jantzen Beach, right lane blocked. CLEARED.

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    OREGON CITY 7:32 a.m.; Crash reported via WAZE on Highway 213 just south of the intersection with I-205.

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    UPDATE HILLSBORO 7:59 a.m.; Injury crash near the Intel Campus, Cornelius Pass Road and Elam Young Parkway. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE NORTHEAST PORTLAND 8:20 a.m.; Police activity and a crash at Northeast Grand Avenue (99E) and Couch Street just north of Burnside.  ALL LANES OPEN now in this area (as of 8:20 a.m.). Police still on the scene, expect slowing.

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    The Oregonian's Joe Rose takes some issue with Tom Tom's rating of Portland as the 10th worst traffic city in the U.S. Although, often, we're sure it feels 10th worst.

    Expect single-lane closures on I-205 in both directions from Mill Plain Boulevard to SR 500 8 p.m.-6 a.m. tonight and Wednesday night for construction.

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

  • Wrestlers win national titles; No. 1 QB awaits Pac-12 offer: Oregon high school sports news (links)

    A glance at high school sports coverage across the state: Wrestling: Roseburg sophomore Layne Van Anrooy wins national title at National High School Coaches Association tournament in Virginia Beach (541radio.com) Wrestling: Hermiston’s Sam Colbray also takes title at Virginia Beach (East Oregonian) Softball: With second sweep in two days, South Medford improves to 5-0 (Mail Tribune) Softball: Off to...

    A glance at high school sports coverage across the state:

    Wrestling: Roseburg sophomore Layne Van Anrooy wins national title at National High School Coaches Association tournament in Virginia Beach (541radio.com)

    Wrestling: Hermiston’s Sam Colbray also takes title at Virginia Beach (East Oregonian)

    Softball: With second sweep in two days, South Medford improves to 5-0 (Mail Tribune)

    Softball: Off to 6-1 start, Marist thinking big (Register-Guard)


    Softball: Offense contagious for Gresham in 6-0 start (The Oregonian)


    Football: Beaverton's Sam Noyer, the state's top 2016 QB, plays waiting game with Pac-12 programs (The Oregonian)

    Girls track: Summit’s Camille Weaver wins heptathlon at Summit meet (Bend Bulletin)

    Boys basketball: Statesman-Journal selects South Salem’s Connor Fohn as its Mid-Valley player of the year

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  • Portland Metro Tuesday Forecast: Cold front brings cooler temps, more showers

    Snow levels will start well above the passes this morning, but fall lower and lower as the day goes on. Expect snow showers to be as low as 2500-3000 feet by the evening.

    Today and tomorrow should feel a bit more like the type of spring weather we're used to. Showers, some possibly with small hail, continue through Wednesday evening.

    Snow levels will start well above the passes this morning, but fall lower and lower as the day goes on. Expect snow showers to be as low as 2500-3000 feet by the evening. Passes can expect 2-5 inches of new snow.

    tulip rain2.JPGSpring rain for today 

    Valley temperatures should top out at 54 degrees - much cooler than we've been experiencing lately. Rain coats and sensible shoes for today. Our next break in the rain looks to be Thursday.

  • Westview Wildcats earn top spot in season's first Class 6A softball poll

    With spring break tournaments in the rear view mirror and the 2015 softball season kicking into full swing, we're bringing you our first 6A softball media poll of the season. Three teams earned first-place votes in our debut poll, but the Westview Wildcats came away with the most votes for the No. 1 spot. Check out the complete poll...

    With spring break tournaments in the rear view mirror and the 2015 softball season kicking into full swing, we're bringing you our first 6A softball media poll of the season. Three teams earned first-place votes in our debut poll, but the Westview Wildcats came away with the most votes for the No. 1 spot. Check out the complete poll below:   

    Class 6A softball media poll - Week 1 (first-place votes in parentheses)


    1. Westview (4) -- 75


    2. Sprague (2) -- 71


    3. South Medford (2) -- 52


    4. Gresham -- 44


    5. Tualatin -- 35


    6. Oregon City -- 33


    T7. Grants Pass -- 32


    T7. Jesuit -- 32


    9. Clackamas -- 21


    10. West Salem -- 19


    Also receiving votes: North Medford 8, Barlow 5, Glencoe 5, Tigard 2, South Salem 1, Newberg 1

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