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  • Medical marijuana dispensary moratoriums approved in Gresham, Fairview

    Troutdale City Council members appear poised to follow suit at their meeting next Tuesday, after supporting a similar ordinance during a first reading April 8.

    As expected, the city councils of Gresham and Fairview have adopted one-year moratoriums on medical marijuana facilities.

    The Gresham City Council on Tuesday afternoon approved the moratorium, recently allowed under state law, with a unanimous vote following no more discussion. The council had signaled its support last week during discussion at the ordinance's first reading.

    Fairview's council did much the same during a work session Wednesday night, unanimously passing an emergency ordinance after a public hearing with no testimony.

    Troutdale City Council members appear poised to follow suit at their meeting next Tuesday, after supporting a similar ordinance during a first reading April 8.

    Wood Village was the only east Multnomah County city where at least some council members seemed willing to consider allowing marijuana businesses. But the council ended up voting 3-1 last week for a moratorium. Like many cities and some counties across Oregon, Wood Village opted to impose a moratorium while legal issues are sorted out.

    Marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, but the Obama Administration has largely taken a hands-off approach in states that have legalized the drug for medical or recreational use. State lawmakers, meanwhile, so far are not allowing cities and counties to impose permanent sales bans.

    Previously, Gresham and neighboring cities blocked dispensaries through their business license rules or zoning ordinances that required business to comply with all state and federal laws.

    East county residents with a medical marijuana card still have ways of obtaining cannabis, including buying it from dispensaries already operating in Portland, which is among cities that have not tried to block sales.

    -- Eric Apalategui

  • East Portland budget meeting draws vocal support for SUN schools, pedestrian safety improvements: Portland City Hall Roundup

    If a Tuesday night group photo is any indication, at least one of the many requests for general fund dollars facing the Portland City Council is all but a done deal.

    If a Tuesday night group photo is any indication, at least one of the many requests for general fund dollars facing the Portland City Council is all but a done deal.

    Four of the five members of the council joined supporters of the VOZ Workers' Rights Education Center on Tuesday night for a picture. The nonprofit, which operates the day laborer center on Northeast Everett Street between Northeast Grand and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is asking for $30,000 in special appropriations in the coming budget year.

    Only Commissioner Dan Saltzman missed the group photo shoot on Tuesday at David Douglas High School.

    But that's just $30,000, and the City Council will likely have $6 million in discretionary spending to divvy up.

    Portland's revenue and spending plan for the next fiscal year kicks into high gear in May, and the scrambling to divide the $6 million in anticipated discretionary funds is already underway. The 2014-15 budget year, which begins in July, is a "stabilization budget" and a welcome relief from last year, where council had to cut roughly $21 million.

    The VOZ picture came after the second community budget forum held by the City Council this year. The first meeting was in Southwest Portland. Tuesday's event took place at David Douglas High School in East Portland.

    Andrew Scott, city budget director, gave a primer on the 2014-15 budget to the attendees on Tuesday. Here are a few snippets, as well as a link to the PowerPoint presentation:

    - $410 million: Projected General Fund budget (revenue largely from property taxes, business license fees)
    - $6 million: Estimated surplus the City Council will decide how to allocate, although Scott said that number will "likely change."
    - Priorities: Mayor Charlie Hales set his priorities as "emergency preparedness, homelessness and hunger, complete neighborhoods and critical needs."
    - What can be added: Requests to add funding must fit into one of Hales' priorities.

    The Requests (information from city PowerPoint)
    Emergency Preparedness:
    - Sears Facility, $2.9 million
    - Restore Fire Positions, $2.6 million
    - BOEC staffing increase, $800,000

    Complete Neighborhoods:
    - Convert seasonal parks workers to full-time, $1.1 million
    - SUN school investments, $700,000
    - East Portland Action Plan, $300,000

    Homelessness & Hunger:
    - Permanent housing, $1 million
    - Prevent youth homelessness, $500,000
    - Housing investment, $3 million

    Some takeaways from Tuesday's testimony:

    - East Portland Action Plan: Oregon State Rep. Jeff Reardon kicked off the evening asking the council to approve the one-time $300,000 request for the East Portland Action Plan. "I think it's been extremely helpful," he said of the community-led effort. Hales said, "I think it's unanimous among the council," to approve the funding request. Several more speakers also asked council to fund EPAP for another year.
    - SUN Community Schools: The Multnomah County "Schools Uniting Neighborhoods" were another top priority on Tuesday. Several principals from around the David Douglas School District testified asking for the city to follow thorough on making the community-based program district-wide. There were also requests to help finalize the early childhood learning center at Earl Boyles Elementary School.
    - Pedestrian safety: Several speakers said sidewalks and crosswalks remain a huge concern for residents in East Portland. One speaker lauded the announcement earlier on Tuesday from state legislators that 18 new pedestrian safety beacons will be built at dangerous intersections, but the speaker described that as "a drop in the bucket."
    - Tree Code: Portland still hasn't enacted the citywide tree code, which was approved in 2011. The comprehensive code dictates tree policies throughout the city.
    - Housing: Some Bhutanese refugees testified about the issues facing immigrant communities, including the insufficient amount of transition housing assistance.

    That's just a sampling of the testimony from the two-hour hearing Tuesday. If I missed something, share it in the comment section.

    But first, there's a lot to catch up on in Portland City Hall News. Check out the links below.


    The Oregonian: Portland's Mt. Tabor urination saga continues as 38 million gallons not all flushed

    The Oregonian: Fact of Fiction: A look at the Portland Public Water District ballot measure.

    The Oregonian: Portland street fee can't be 'seen as tax' PBOT's Leah Treat says

    The Oregonian: Trader Joe's says goodbye to Northeast Portland, perhaps for good

    Willamette Week: Talking Bull - a look at the "unfiltered truth" behind the water district measure

    Bike Portland : Maybe this is why you can't afford to rent in the central city

    -- Andrew Theen

  • Pet Talk: Kitten care 101: What to do if you come across a litter

    If you come across a litter of kittens, resist the urge to take them home with you or you put the kittens and their mother at risk.Wait until they're old enough to be brought to a shelter or try to find homes for them on your own.

    Pet-Talk-04.25.14-Kitten-pics-from-CAT.jpgThis mother cat, named Maybelle, was brought into Cat Adoption Team with her three kittens when she was just a kitten herself at seven months old.

    If you come across a litter of kittens this season, exercise some caution before getting caught up in the cuteness.

    “The first instinct is to scoop them up and take them away,” says Ann Potter, community outreach manager at Multnomah County Animal Services. “But most of the time that’s probably not the best action to take for the kittens, especially if they seem content and have a decent weight.”

    Instead, look out for their mother or return in several hours, because mama cat is likely either out foraging for food or watching you from afar.

    If the kittens are tiny, their eyes are still closed and they’re not running around, they probably haven’t been weaned yet.

    Removing them from their mother at this stage puts the mom at risk for a painful and potentially fatal condition called mastitis, says Kristi Brooks, operations manager at Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood.

    Bringing home a pre-weaned litter also means you’ll be tasked with bottle-feeding them with kitten milk replacement, a significant commitment.

    If you do think it’s necessary to take them in, ideally you can bottle-feed them yourself rather than take the kittens to a shelter.

    Shelters welcome any help the community can provide during the busy “kitten season,” typically between late spring and early autumn, when they get crowded with cats.

    Last year, MCAS took in 1,250 kittens, most of which came in between the end of May and October, Potter says.

    Unless you believe they’re in danger or orphaned, wait until they’re old enough to separate –around six or eight weeks – then try to find the mother and arrange to get her spayed.

    Cats can go into heat while they are still nursing, so it’s important to spay the mother as soon as the kittens are weaned in order to prevent future pregnancies.

    In the meantime, you can provide a makeshift shelter by flipping a cardboard box upside down and cutting a doorway to allow the mother to enter and exit, Brooks suggests.

    You can also offer food and water, but make sure to keep it away from the kittens and pick up all traces of it at night to prevent predators.

    If the mother cat seems friendly, you may opt to bring all of them inside your home. Set up shop in your bathroom and provide them with food, water and a litter box.

    This is a good opportunity to start socializing them. Even very young kittens can be handled by humans, as long as it’s done carefully, Brooks says.

    If you have young children, she suggests sitting on the floor and having your child sit down on your lap with the kitten to ensure the child doesn’t inadvertently hurt it.

    By about four weeks old, the kittens can start the weaning process and should be able to eat a slurry of wet food softened with water.

    Once they can eat dry food comfortably - about six to eight weeks old – they can be taken to a shelter, where they’ll either go into foster care or put up for adoption.

    Better yet, try to find a home for them on your own. Post flyers and ask around to see if anyone you know is looking for a kitten or two.

    Keep in mind, the kittens should be spayed or neutered, which will be done upon intake at a shelter. This can be done between the time they’re two months old or weigh at least two pounds and four months of age (cats can get pregnant as young as four or five months old).

    They should also be vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian to make sure they don’t have any diseases or parasites.

    If the kittens are feral

    If the mother cat is feral, leave food out at set times in the morning and evening, which will make it easier to trap her and get her spayed, says Leah Kennon, operations director for the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon.

    Feral kittens need to be socialized by the time they’re eight weeks old. Miss that window, and it significantly decreases the chance that they’ll be adoptable.

    Ultimately, the more you can do to help prevent cat overpopulation, the better chance felines will have to survive and thrive.

    If you want to help: Fostering kittens is a great way to help area shelters this summer. Most of the shelters offer kitten fostering programs and provide training and support.

    Visit the “volunteer” section on your local shelter’s website to find out how you can help.

    Free spay and neuters for strays:

    The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is offering a “Spay Your Stray in May” special, with free spay and neuter surgeries and vaccines for stray and feral cats throughout the month of May. Visit or call 503-797-2606 for more information. You can also call the organization for information about trap-neuter-return and taming feral kittens.

    For help determining a kitten's age: Visit the Alley Cat Allies website for week-by-week photos of kitten progression.


    --Monique Balas;
  • Joshua Kellebrew of David Douglas could be one of the stars at Saturday's Centennial Invitational

    The Scots junior is the current state-best leader at 400 and 800 meters

    David Douglas junior Joshua Kellebrew is emerging as one of the state’s top track athletes this spring.

    Kellebrew is the state leader in 400 and 800 meters. Last year’s Class 6A runner-up in 800 ran a 1 minute, 53.5 second clocking at the Laker Classic earlier this month. During last week’s dual meet against Centennial, Kellebrew ran the 400 in 49.34 seconds, a state-best time he shares with South Salem’s Janzen Aguilar-Nelson.

    David Douglas coach Cameron Cross said “something clicked” for Kellebrew last spring after spending two seasons of cross country and a year of track and field searching for success. Cross says he now sees a bright college future for Kellebrew, one that could include competing in decathlons.

    Kellebrew gets his biggest test of the season Saturday at the Centennial Invitational, where he’ll face some of the state’s best in the 800. In preparing for big races this season, Cross said during one practice, he had the entire team stand and watch Kellebrew run an 800 race.

    “I said to him, people are coming to watch you now. I asked him how he liked having everyone watch him, and said, ‘It kind of freaks me out.’ But it was helpful. Now at meets, he takes care of business,” Cross said.

    Cross said Kellebrew will definitely compete in the 800 and 1,600 relay during postseason meets, while the 400 in a possibility.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • Portland's Mt. Tabor urination saga continues as 38 million gallons are moved but not yet flushed

    The city of Portland decided not to flush the entire 38 million gallons of "contaminated water" in a Mt. Tabor reservoir after all

    UPDATE: 10:50: This story was updated with the estimated amount of water diverted. It was previously updated with additional context from the Portland Water Bureau. PWB said they started draining the "contaminated" reservoir last Wednesday, but then started diverted to Reservoir 6 on Monday of this week.

    Turns out, they didn't flush it all.


    More than an hour into a community budget hearing at David Douglas High School in East Portland Tuesday night, Commissioner Nick Fish responded to a neighbor's question about Mt. Tabor's future with an off-topic, but important update on the city's recent internationally famous public urination episode.

    "We will keep the water in Reservoir 6 for now," Fish said.

    The water, is the so-called "contaminated water" that made national headlines last week
    thanks to a Portland area teen.

    The Portland Water Bureaus started draining Reservoir 5, the crime scene of the alleged urination, on Wednesday of last week. But draining 38 million gallons takes days, and by Monday of this week, just 2-3 million gallons had been drained into city sewers.

    Water officials started to divert the remaining 35-36 million gallons of water to Reservoir 6 on Monday morning. "The rate of draining Res 5 was slow," said public information officer Jaymee Cuti, "and we wanted to get it back into service."

    Fish, who oversees both the Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services, said just last week that flushing the 38 million gallon reservoir was the "conservative but correct" call. The decision made national headlines, from the Huffington Post to NPR to blogs and wire services across the globe.

    But on Tuesday, Fish said the "urination incident gave us an opportunity" to "test drive" and see whether the city could indeed keep water in the open air reservoirs even after the covered reservoirs at Kelly Butte and Powell Butte come online. Portland is required by the federal government to retire its open air reservoirs, despite years of fighting.

    Shifting the remaining water also has "the added benefit" Cuti said of making the vacant Reservoir 6 "more attractive." Cuti did not immediately have figures or estimates of the amount of contaminated water that was drained prior to Monday's about-face.

    Fish said there's no timetable for when the city may flush what remains of the contaminated water.

    Portland stopped using Reservoir 6 for drinking water in October 2010, according to Cuti. She said the reservoir was "valved off" for the past few years because the city didn't need the added storage capacity.  
    City surveillance video showed Portland teen Dallas Swonger allegedly urinating in Reservoir 5, one of Mt Tabor's three open air reservoirs.

    On Tuesday, Fish's comment got lost in the tide of neighborhood advocates pushing for early childhood education funding, better pedestrian safety infrastructure and a slew of other issues near and dear to the hearts of the dozens in attendance at the East Portland high school.

    But after the meeting, Fish and Commissioner Amanda Fritz said the city decided to divert what remained of the water to Reservoir 6 rather than flush it as planned after careful consideration.

    The city couldn't flush all the water at once anyway, Fish said, because that would overload the system. So, they apparently settled on shifting the water to nearby Reservoir 6.

    A map of Mt Tabor ReservoirsView full sizeA map of Mt. Tabor's reservoirs.
    The reservoir sits parallel to Southeast 60th Avenue, while the kidney-shaped Reservoir 5 is more on the "western flank" of Mt. Tabor, according to city documents. Both open reservoirs were built in 1911.

    "It's partly an experiment," Fish said Tuesday, calling it a "no brainer" to maintain the historic feel of the reservoirs.

    Cuti said the decision also gives the bureau the opportunity to "see how water does for long periods of time" in the static reservoir.

    The chief way to do that is to keep water in them. "I think that's going to be one of the ideas," he said.

    Reservoir 6 has a fountain, Fritz said, and could be activated in the future.

    She said it's unclear how long the "contaminated water" will remain. "But certainly for a while," she said, "so that the visitors can enjoy it at no additional cost to the ratepayers."

    -- Andrew Theen

  • East Portland: State Representatives Fagan and Vega Pederson secure $1.9 million for 18 new pedestrian safety crossings

    Eighteen dangerous intersections in East Portland will be a lot safer thanks to $1.9 million in news pedestrian crossing beacons, state legislators say. Watch video

    Oregon State Representative Shemia Fagan, the first-term Democrat representing a large chunk of East Portland and beyond, said she's already attended "multiple vigils" for pedestrians run down on busy thoroughfares in her first term.

    Just this year, Fagan said, three residents were killed in the span of weeks in East Portland.

    On Tuesday, Fagan and fellow State Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson announced a $1.9 million "down payment" to address the worrisome trend of pedestrian safety issues in East Portland.

    "Too often, Fagan said from Ventura Park in East Portland, "News out of this part of the city is sad, or scary, or downright tragic." But Fagan and Vega Pederson said they secured $1.9 million in state general fund dollars to start making real change happen immediately.

    Working with Portland Bureau of Transportation leaders, the state legislators identified "the 18 most dangerous" pedestrian crossings in East Portland. Construction will begin this summer on installing flashing pedestrian beacons on the first of those 18 problem areas.

    "I'm proud to stand with my colleagues and neighbors today, as we continue to deliver on the promises we made to East Portland," Fagan said.

    The state funding comes as PBOT officials, Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick make a push to invest more money in maintenance and transportation across the city.

    Fagan said the $1.9 million is really cost savings from another $5 million planning project in East Portland. The 2013 legislative session included a $5 million study to look at what transportation and safety improvements are needed on Powell Boulevard. Fagan said that project came in under budget. Fagan and Vega Pederson had a "sense of urgency" to see something happen immediately and pushed to use the excess planning money in East Portland as soon as possible.

     The crossing beacons produce a flashing effect once activated by a pedestrian. The first five projects could be finished by the time school begins this fall.

    Each intersection is different. Some need a pedestrian island in the median, others don't. Cost estimates run from $80,000 - $100,000 for each construction project.

    Vega Pederson said "too often" East Portland is left behind. "It's about giving East Portland the basic infrastructure it deserves to keep our communities safe and to grow our businesses," she said. In 2013, Vega Pederson said, seven out of 10 pedestrian deaths happened east of 82nd Avenue.

    PBOT officials said the investment is "huge" compared to the typical year. On average, PBOT assistant director Greg Jones said, the city can construction five crossing beacons, citywide in a given year.

    Jones acknowledged other parts of the city need pedestrian safety improvements as well, but East Portland is a particular concern. "We will be continuing to work for funds in other parts of the city," Jones said.

    Last summer, Fagan also helped pull in $3.6 million for sidewalks along Southeast 136th Avenue in the wake of the February 2013 death of 5-year-old Morgan Maynard-Cook. Work on those sidewalks, part of a larger $4.8 million effort, is already underway. Fagan said she never thought she'd be so moved by slabs of concrete. "These sidewalks are one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen," Fagan said.

    PBOT officials helped identify the intersections, and the list was prioritized based on proximity to schools, churches and parks.

    Fagan called the investments a "down payment on the long overdue debt" to East Portland residents.

    Here's a full list of intersections (11 are near a church, school or park, according to the legislators)

    - SE Foster Rd. & 120th Ave.

    - NE Halsey St. & 106th Ave.

    - NE Weidler St. & 106th Ave.

    - NE 122nd Ave. & Oregon St.

    - 122nd Ave. & NE Stephens St.

    - NE Glisan St. & 141st St.

    - SE Powell Blvd. & 168th Ave.

    - NE Glisan St. & 117th Ave.

    - SE Stark St. & 113th Ave.

    - NE Halsey St. & 136th Pl.

    - SE Division St. & 105th Ave.

    - 122nd Ave. & NE Stanton St.

    - SE 122nd Ave. & Boise St.

    - SE Division St. & 165th Ave.

    - SE Stark St. & 142nd Ave.

    - NE Halsey St. & NE 140th Ave.

    - SE Stark St. & 151st Ave.

    - NE Glisan St. & 130th Pl.


    -- Andrew Theen

  • Gresham will kick off bike month today

    Gresham is gearing up to celebrate May’s National Bike Month and will host a kickoff event for the Bike Commute Challenge from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave.

    Gresham is gearing up to celebrate May’s National Bike Month and will host a kickoff event for the Bike Commute Challenge from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave.

    The event will include free pizza and door prizes, as well as information about how to join the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Bike Commute Challenge as part of the Gresham League. During the May challenge, participants compete to see who can commute the most days or the longest distance, logging trips on the BTA’s challenge website. Gresham will give its own awards at the end of the challenge.

    The city has scheduled a variety of free community activities to get children and adults involved. There will be a community bike wash and lube event April 30 at the loading dock at City Hall and a bike safety booth, with free helmet giveaways, at the May 10 farmers market in downtown Gresham. There will also be bike appreciation breakfasts and group bike rides. See the complete list of events and volunteer opportunities at

    Throughout May, volunteers conduct bike counts on local trails. There are more than 117 miles of bike lanes and trails throughout Gresham, including the Springwater Corridor, Gresham-Fairview Trail and Main City Park Spur Trail.

    "In 2010 the League of American Bicyclists named Gresham a `Bicycle Friendly Community' for our extensive network of bike-friendly routes," Katherine Kelly, the city’s transportation planning manager, said in a news release. "Gresham has earned this honor four years in a row by continually improving cycling infrastructure and providing activities for cyclists."

    -- Susan Green
  • Oregon high school tennis scores for Monday, April 21

    All reported tennis scores for Monday, April 21

    Below you will find all reported tennis scores for Monday, April 21, and if you would like to see your team's scores listed here, please email on game nights.

    Girls Tennis

    Central Catholic 6, REYNOLDS 0

  • Pee in reservoir; reverse 9-1-1 issues; Japanese Garden growth; Common Core jitters: City week in review

    What DIDN’T happen in the city last week?

    A police dog died in the line of duty. Google Fiber edged closer. A new bridge was named. Someone peed in the water supply.

    What DIDN’T happen in Portland last week?

    City Hall

    Pee in water. We learned that a security camera at a Mt. Tabor reservoir caught a man urinating, and the Portland Water Bureau planned to flush away 38 million gallons of water as a result. That’s a lot of water. Our readers responded, “What a waste!” while everyone in the world made fun. The episode reminded us Portland’s open-air reservoirs can face contamination -- which is why the city is under federal orders to yank Mt. Tabor offline in 2015. Questions? We covered a lot of ground with a quick “What you need to know.”

    Emergency alerts. Wednesday’s police shooting (see below) raised questions about the city’s reverse 9-1-1 system, which failed to alert some residents in Southwest to stay inside. Officials said the system, run by contractor FirstCall, had a history of glitches. The company blamed Portland operator error in this case. Commissioner Steve Novick acknowledged managers didn’t listen in advance to a message telling recipients, “This is a weekly test.” Learn how other area cities handle emergency alerts.

    Google Fiber. Hyper-fast Internet service took a step forward when Google inked a tentative franchise agreement with the city.

    Fired administrator. Former chief Portland administrator Jack Graham, fired by Mayor Charlies Hales last year, said he plans to sue the city.

    Multnomah County

    New courthouse. We will learn by this winter where the new, $200-million-plus Multnomah County courthouse will be, officials said.

    Jailed immigrants. Sheriff Dan Staton decided Wednesday to lift prisoners’ federal immigration holds after a court ruling curtailing their use.

    Sheriff in east county. The sheriff also spent time pitching his plan to take over policing in two east Multnomah County cities. Fairview responded with some interest.

    Chair's race. Jim Francesconi released his first television ad, which we analyzed. He and opponent Deborah Kafoury brought dueling messages to a Democratic debate.

    Commissioners' races. We delivered profiles of Brian Wilson and Jules Bailey plus an overview of their race in District 1. The two appeared with Commissioner Loretta Smith and one challenger in District 2, Teressa Raiford, at a City Club of Portland debate that focused on Obamacare. All four also said how they'd vote on issues unrelated to county government.

    Portland Public Schools

    Common Core concerns. School board members voiced worries about the Common Core standards coming next school year. Foremost were Ruth Adkins, who urged caution in Common Core testing, and Steve Buel, who wants to delay implementation for three years. Read full coverage of Wednesday's board discussion.


    Police shooting. We published an extensive account of Wednesday's pre-dawn burglary attempt, shootout and neighborhood manhunt. Bullets struck a home in the gunfire, and a resident said he faced down one armed suspect. Police later found Mick, a police dog, dead in the yard of a homeowner who sheltered inside. The shooting also wounded Officer Jeffrey Dorn. Read full coverage.


    Japanese Garden growth. A significant expansion announced by the Portland Japanese Garden is drawing concerns among neighbors over parking and traffic.


    Grove Hotel ideas. We showed you five finalists in the competition to remake the vacant Grove Hotel at Chinatown’s entrance, with ideas ranging from Icelandic hostel to market-rate apartments. Choose your favorite. You can also see six applicants who didn’t make the cut.


    New Columbia win. An elderly activist pushed through the bureaucracy to victory, persuading the city to designate new a wheelchair zone in the New Columbia community.

    PCC Cascade decision. Portland Community College announced a new president for the Cascade campus.


    Hacienda solar. In Cully, Hacienda's community fusball facility could get solar-powered lighting under a new crowdfunding effort.


    New bridge. TriMet unveiled a name for its new Willamette River transit and pedestrian bridge linking Southeast Portland and the South Waterfront: Tilikum. Why that word? Why that spelling? Historian Chet Orloff offered his take. A Tilikum banner briefly failed to unfurl, but the ceremony ended triumphantly.

    What next?

    If you feel weary from the newsy week, you may find inspiration in the story of two women with Parkinson’s disease who make intricate art.

    Now, until next week... Keep your eyes peeled for costumed unicyclists, hoop dancers and figures in Neanderthal wear. A few might be something more than your average Portlander.

    -- Steve Suo
  • Centennial rallies for an 11-9 win over Central Catholic, David Douglas' Joshua Kellebrew sets a state best: Mt. Hood Conference weekly rundown

    St. Mary's Academy and Central Catholic take the league's early lead in girls and boys golf

    Here are some of the week’s best sports stories from schools in the Mt. Hood Conference:


    Barlow boys and girls sweep a dual track and field meet from Central Catholic.


    Seventh-inning rally gives Centennial an 11-9 baseball win over Central Catholic

    Central Catholic

    The Rams pay the price for Jesuit fracas with eight suspensions in an 11-9 loss to Centennial

    Central Catholic continues to dominate MHC boys golf despite a rebuilt roster

    Rams senior John Nizich throws a national best in javelin.

    David Douglas

    The Scots’ Joshua Kellebrew establishes a state best in 400 meters in a dual meet against Centennial.

    St. Mary's Academy

    St. Mary’s hopes to restart a winning streak in MHC girls golf after losing the title in 2013 for the first time in eight years.

    Blues dominate a three-way track and field meet against David Douglas and Centennial.

    CeCe Wooten on the roster for this year’s Northwest Shootout.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel