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  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on I-5 north near Lombard St.

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Friday evening.

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    PORTLAND, 5:55 p.m.: Interstate 205 and Powell Blvd.

    Looks like a crash on I-205 north approaching Powell Blvd. Traffic jammed back to Sunnyside Blvd.

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    PORTLAND, 5:43 p.m.: Interstate 5 north near Lombard

    The left northbound lane of I-5 is blocked by a crash between Lombard and Columba Blvd. 

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    GRESHAM, 5:33 p.m.: Powell Blvd. near 182nd

    Looks like a crash on Powell Blvd. is slowing eastbound traffic approaching Birdsdale Ave. Take Division St. instead.

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    TriMet shuttle buses serving stations between Washington/SE 12th & Hatfield due to Blue Line disruption. A non-TriMet auto crash is the culprit

    UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Service is resuming in Hillsboro.

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    PORTLAND, 3:48 p.m.: Interstate 5 north at Marquam Bridge

    The left northbound lane of I-5 is blocked getting on to Marquam Bridge. Traffic jammed back to Multnomah Blvd.

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    Both Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 into Vancouver are jammed up with congestion. Heading north is going to be slow for the next few hours.

    Highway 26 is slow from Highway 217 to Vista Ridge tunnel.

    Looks like a crash on Glisan St. near NE 99th Ave. just east of I-205.

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Crash on U.S. 26 and Murray Blvd

    Starting Monday morning Tigard-area drivers need to be aware of the closing of the North Dakota Street Bridge.


    After yesterday's hairy commutes, we're hoping for smooth and quiet today as we round out the short week.

    UPDATE BEAVERTON 9:05 a.m.; Crash reported on U.S. 26 inbound at Murray Boulevard. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE BETHANY 8:42 a.m.; Crash reported on Northwest West Union Road and 185th Avenue. CLEARED.

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    EAST VANCOUVER 7:33 a.m.; Vehicle into a ditch on SR 14 prior to the I-205 interchange. Right emergency lane blocked so far, but expect tow to close a lane later on.

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    SOUTHBOUND I-205 SLOWING 6:50 a.m.; Unidentified blocking incident on I-205 southbound near West Linn has traffic slow to Gladstone.

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    Starting Monday morning Tigard-area drivers need to be aware of the closing of the North Dakota Street Bridge. The bridge crosses Fanno Creek just west of Tiedeman Avenue near Greenburg Road.

    ODOT has determined the bridge is in poor condition and the City of Tigard will close it to vehicle traffic beginning Monday, until further notice. The bridge is still open for pedestrians and bicycles. As it is very near the popular Fanno Creek Trail, this is good news.

    Alternate routes would include Tiedeman to Tigard Street, west to 115th Avenue and rejoin North Dakota there.

    Another closure of note includes Southwest Naito Parkway. The area closes tonight at 7 p.m. to all vehicle traffic between Salmon and Couch street for Rose Festival events. It will remain closed through the weekend.

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

  • Class of 2015: Graduation ceremony details for Multnomah County school districts

    It's graduation season again. Here is more information about graduation ceremonies for Multnomah county school districts.

    It's almost time for this year's seniors to grab their caps and gowns and get ready to receive their diplomas. 

    Here are further details about graduation ceremonies for Multnomah County school districts: 

    Portland Public Schools District

    • Alliance at Benson- June 3, 6 p.m. at Benson High, 546 NE 12th Ave., Portland 
    • Alliance at Meek- June 10, 7 p.m. at Meek campus, 4039 NE Alberta Ct., Portland
    • Benson High- June 8, 5:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way., Portland
    • Cleveland High- June 9, 7:45 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
    • Franklin High- June 5, 6 p.m., Franklin High stadium, 5405 SE Woodward St., Portland
    • Grant High- June 9, 5 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum
    • Jefferson High- June 6, 4 p.m., Jefferson High gym, 5210 N. Kerby Ave., Portland
    • Lincoln High- June 8, 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
    • Madison High- June 10, 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum
    • Roosevelt High- June 9, 6 p.m., Roosevelt High stadium, 6941 N. Central St., Portland
    • Wilson High- June 10, 5:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum
    • Metropolitan Learning Center K-12- June 6, 2 p.m., Chapman Elementary, 1445 NW 26th Ave., Portland

    David Douglas School District

    • David Douglas High- June 11, 7 p.m., University of Portland Chiles Center, 5000 N Willamette Blvd., Portland
    • Fir Ridge Campus- May 29, 7 p.m. David Douglas High north gym, 1001 SE 135th Ave., Portland
    • Fir Ridge GED graduation- June 2, 7 p.m., Fir Ridge campus, 11215 SE Market St., Portland

    Reynolds School District

    Gresham-Barlow School District

    Centennial School District 

    Parkrose School District 

    • Parkrose High- June 11, 7 p.m., Parkrose High gym, 12003 NE Shaver St., Portland

    Corbett School District 

    • Corbett High- May 31, 6 p.m., Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 SE Haley Rd., Boring

    Riverdale School District 

    • Riverdale High- June 9, 7 p.m., Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Portland

    --Laura Frazier

    lfrazier@oregonian.com
    503-294-4035
    @frazier_laura

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Partly cloudy and warm, highs in the mid 80s

    Tomorrow will start out warm and sunny but more clouds will move in later in the afternoon and stick around through Sunday.

    No big changes today in the weather as the ridge of high pressure remains over most of Northwest Oregon/Southwest Washington. There are more high clouds this morning and a good light breeze helping keep the morning really pleasant.

    Morning weather.jpgLight clouds over Portland this morning 

    Today's highs should be similar to yesterday which reached 85 degrees. The overnight low last night was 58 -- which didn't really help the house to cool down.

    Tomorrow will start out warm and sunny but more clouds will move in later in the afternoon and stick around through Sunday. The weekend's highs should stay just at 80. By Monday a low pressure system moves in and we could see rain.

  • Top track athletes; baseball, softball playoffs, including a walkoff homer: The Oregonian high school sports top 5

    Here are the five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Thursday, May 28.

    Here are the five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Thursday, May 28:

    1. Poll: Which championship performance was most impressive at the 6A girls state meet?


    2. Baseball, softball playoff brackets


    3. Oregon high school baseball, softball playoffs: 6A second round; 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A/1A first round


    4. Poll: Which championship performance was most impressive at the 1A boys state meet?


    5. Will Matthiessen's three-run walk-off home run leads West Linn past Tualatin 10-7: Recap and photos

  • Dunk reels and highlights from The Oregonian/OregonLive's slam dunk contest participants

    Get a look at what you could see at Friday's dunkfest at Parkrose High School

    Parkrose High School will turn into a rim-rattling paradise Friday night as the inaugural Oregonian/OregonLive Sports high school slam dunk hits the floor.

    The doors open at 6:30 p.m., admission is free, and Bunk Sandwiches will have its food truck on hand to satisfy all the appetites. 


    All eight of the dunk contest participants will be eligible for prestigious honors: Most Creative, Most Powerful, Best Execution, Best Use of Props.


    Over the last few weeks, Oregonian/OregonLive readers have viewed dunk videos and voted for their favorite dunkers. Those three finalists are competing for the chance to be named Oregon's Top High School Dunker. The overall winner will be determined via a combination of a judging panel and real-time reader voting at oregonlive.com/highschool. Make sure to watch the live stream and vote if you can't make it out to Parkrose. 


    Here are some dunk reels and highlight tapes of the players that are participating. Come on out and enjoy the showcase of Oregon high school basketball.


    1. Isaac Mbuyamba, Parkrose



    2. Jake Sundquist, Wilsonville



    3. La'Mar Winston, Central Catholic



    4. Charles Jones, David Douglas



    5. Markus Golder, Clackamas



    6. Jacoby Wolfe, Newberg*



    7. Ben Milligan, Sherwood*



    8. Ben Sisul, Oregon City*



    * denotes finalist through voting on OregonLive.com

  • The Oregonian/OregonLive to hold live dunk contest final at Parkrose on May 29

    What do dunks and Bunks have in common? Both will be at Parkrose High School on Friday night for Dunk-O-Rama. Join us.


    With all The Oregonian/OregonLive dunk contest participants going as big as they can with their dunks, we thought we ought to go big, too. 


    Thanks to the generous folks at Parkrose High School, The Oregonian/OregonLive will hold a live final for the dunk contest at Parkrose on May 29. Admission to the contest finale is free and the event will start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Bunk Sandwiches truck will be there about 5:30 p.m.


    All eight of the dunk contest participants will be eligible for prestigious honors: Most Creative, Most Powerful, Best Execution, Best Use of Props. Over the last few weeks, Oregonian/OregonLive readers have viewed dunk videos and voted for their favorite dunkers. Those three finalists are competing for the chance to be named Oregon's Top High School Dunker. The overall winner will be determined via a combination of a judging panel and real-time reader voting at oregonlive.com/highschool. Make sure to watch the live stream and vote if you can't make it out to Parkrose. 


    What: The Oregonian/OregonLive Dunk Contest Finale aka Dunk-O-Rama!


    Where: Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220 (map)


    When: Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


    Cost: Free


    Food: The Bunk Sandwiches truck will be on site from about 5:30 to 9 p.m.


    Follow the action online:



    Social media hashtag: #dunkOrama


    Swag: Yep, we've got it.


    Come out for Dunks and Bunks. See you Friday.






  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: SW Macadam Ave closed after suicidal man stabs self, runs into traffic

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Thursday evening.

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    PORTLAND, 7:13 p.m.: Interstate 5 north near Lombard

    The left and middle northbound lanes of I-5 are blocked by a crash.

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    PORTLAND, 6:30 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Marquam Bridge

    A stall is blocking the right southbound lane of I-5 approaching the Marquam Bridge.

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    PORTLAND, 6:17 p.m.: Interstate 84 westbout

    The right westbound lane of I-84 is blocked by a crash. Traffic already jammed back to I-205 from earlier crashes, stalls.

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    PORTLAND, 6:04 p.m.: SW Macadam at Richardson St.

    A man stabbed himself in the neck and ran into traffic on Macadam. Traffic is closed in that area. Police are working up a detour.

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    VANCOUVER, 5:22 p.m.: Interstate 5 south

    The left and center lanes of I-5 south are blocked by a crash at State Route 500.

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    PORTLAND, 4:52 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Going St.

    A stall is blocking the middle southbound lane at Going Street. Traffic already jammed back to Jantzen Beach from earlier congestion.

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    PORTLAND, 4:32 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Morrison exit ramp

    The middle southbound lane of I-5 is blocked at the Morrison exit ramp.

    UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: CLEARED

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    PORTLAND, 4:23 p.m.: Highway 26 westbound

    A stall has westbound traffic jammed back to the Zoo.

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    Interstate 205 is really slow form Interstate 5 to just before Clackamas. Don't see a crash anywhere. Might just be regular congestion.

    Interstate 5 north is really slow in both directions from Interstate 405 to Vancouver.

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    Westbound traffic on Interstate 84 is stuck behind a crash blocking the left lane at Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. overpass. Jammed back to I-205. 

    Traffic trying to merge on to I-84 from Interstate 5 is moving slowly coming from both directions.

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

  • Markus Golder enters The Oregonian/OregonLive's dunk contest

    A late addition to the contest, Golder enters and looks to make some noise on Friday.

    What's a dunk contest without Clackamas senior Markus Golder

    A lot of fans, prep stars and commenters on this website wondered the same thing as the dunk contest played out online. 


    Injured a week before the contest started, Golder was unable to participate in the online portion of the contest. He'd broken his arm playing basketball, but has healed up since. Honoring our previous invitation, Golder is allowed to compete in the contest. 


    Golder will be eligible to compete against the other dunkers and win a categories award -- most powerful, best execution, most creative, best use of props -- but will not be eligible for the title of best overall dunker, reserved for the dunk contest's finalists: Ben Sisul, Ben Milligan and Jacoby Wolfe. 


    Take a look at some of Golder's dunks from last season in the video above.


    -- eanderson@oregonian.com
    503-294-7643
    @ErikCAnderson


  • Multnomah County Animal Services urgently seeks kitten adopters and foster caretakers

    Multnomah County Animal Services is chock-full of felines during the busy kitten season and is promoting an "emergency adoption special." From now through Sunday, cats ages six months or older will be available for just $12. Anyone who adopts a cat that's been at the shelter at least 30 days will get free cat food as an added incentive.

    There's never a bad time to bring home a kitten, but if you're even considering adopting a tiny feline, this weekend is the purr-fect occasion.

    Multnomah County Animal Services is "brimming with kittens," and is currently at 94 percent of its cat capacity.

    The shelter expects to be flooded with even more felines as kitten season - the period between late spring and early autumn - gets underway.

    The shelter is urgently seeking the public's help in either adopting or temporarily fostering cats and kittens to help free shelter space to bring in more.

    Cats ages six months or older will be available for just $12 this weekend. As a bonus, the Troutdale shelter will include free cat food to anyone who adopts a feline that's been at the shelter for at least 30 days.

    The promotion begins today and continues through Sunday.

    Multnomah County Animal Services provides care for about 7,000 animals each year, all of which come from within the community.

    The shelter is the only open-door shelter in the Portland Metro area and earlier this year announced the highest save rates in its history. 

    Mike Oswald, the shelter's recently retired director, has credited the Portland community's willingness to adopt, foster, volunteer, donate and license their pets to its success.

    Multnomah County Animal Services is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday.

    The shelter is located at 1700 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.

    For more information, visit multcopets.org or call 503-988-7387.

    --Monique Balas; msbalaspets@gmail.com

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