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Tuesday November 17, 2009 - Times viewed: 7772
PORTLAND, Oregon - Powerful winds blew across the coast Monday night, reaching nearly 100 mph in some areas and causing significant damage to a building under renovation in Seaside. Power flickered off and on in Seaside at about 10 p.m. and flooding on Highway 101 forced ODOT earlier in the day to conditionally close a portion of the highway just south of Seaside to low-profile vehicles after water rose to over a foot. One car from California stalled and had to get help from a tow truck. "We saw another car go through, so we thought we could go through also", said the driver of the car. Seaside police struggled in the wind to close off one block of Broadway Avenue after a huge gust of wind tore off part of the old courthouse's roof that's under renovation and blew wood and debris 40 feet into the street. Obviously, this (the roof) wasn't completely done and the weather, I think, caught up to them", said Robert Gross, Seaside police chief. "The wind, as you can see tonight, is pretty strong and it got underneath and took part of that roof off". Police decided to leave the debris where it was for the time being because they said they are concerned that with several hours of high w ...
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Monday November 16, 2009 - Times viewed: 7726
At least for now young students have a new school. Teachers and staff from Marysville Elementary School stream into Rose City Park Elementary. School buses are pulling up to the school, giving students a first glimpse of their new surroundings.



Banners welcoming students hang over the entrance to the building.

Volunteers spent all weekend getting the huge building all cleaned up and kid-friendly again. It was closed two years ago due to budget cuts.

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Teachers say they think the kids will love their temporary school because it's three stories tall.  Marysville was only one story tall.



As students arrived, electricians were working on one last detail: turning on exterior lights. "This is the last thing," said Portland schools electrician Bob Jacobs.



Over the weekend, scores of volunteers descended on the school to get it ready for Marysville students.

Marysville’s head custodian said the fire appeared concentrated in kindergarten and third grade classrooms. She said fire alarms went off during lunch period and the children filed out in an orderly fashion.

The custodian al ...
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Saturday November 14, 2009 - Times viewed: 7797
Oregon was the first state to de-criminalize marijuana, first to introduce the Bottle Bill, and Oregon has now opened another chapter in U.S. marijuana history when on Friday 13th, about three dozen people christened the nation's first cafe for licensed residentsto sit down, sip coffee and smoke marijuana. "Welcome to a place of our own," said Madeline Martinez, a leader in the state's medical marijuana movement and the leading force pushing to open the Cannabis Cafe in Portland. "Welcome to freedom." Excited patrons spilled down the outside steps at 700 N.E. Dekum St. as the cafe prepared to open at the appointed hour -- "420" being slang for using marijuana. In line were military veterans, grandmothers, young workers, men and women, old and young, black, white and Latino. Gordon Cederholm, 45, of Milwaukie has lived with HIV for 25 years and said he was skeptical about using marijuana as medicine when he got his Oregon card less than a year ago. "At first, I thought: What does being a pothead have to do with it?'" he said. "I didn't know the benefits in marijuana. Now, I find that I'm a better person when I smoke." Kris Koa, 57, a retired nurse from Gresham, rode the bus ...
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Friday November 13, 2009 - Times viewed: 7769
BAKER CITY, Oregon - Nearly everyone aboard a van carrying was thrown from the van when it rolled several times on an icy Oregon highway and killed two of 16 Colorado church members. 14 survivors, all young, were injured, some critically. The van ran out of control and rolled on I84 near Baker City in eastern Oregon. Their church in Federal Heights, Colorado, held a candlelight vigil. 20-year old Joshua John Pischura, of Geneva, Ohio, died shortly after the van crashed and Taune Nicole Winter Pepper, 23, of Deer Trail, Colorado, died Thursday afternoon after being flown to a Boise, Idaho hospital, authorities said. Five other passengers with serious or critical injuries were also flown to Boise. Three were taken to a hospital in La Grande, Ore.; and six were treated and released from St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City, Oregon State Police said. State police said they believe that at least 13 of those aboard were ejected during the crash. The nine women and seven men were members of the Rocky Mountain Masters Commission, a training program affiliated with the New Life Worship Center, said Christy Gimer, center spokeswoman. They were on their way to a conference in Po ...
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Thursday November 12, 2009 - Times viewed: 7797
BETHANY, Ore. – Suffering from depression, according to police, a Bethany man shot and killed his wife and nine-year-old son before killing himself, police said. Mukesh Suthar, his wife, Varsha and their son, Ronak, were found dead at the NW Oak Creek residence of the Bethany neighborhood. Police released the names to the media on Thursday. Detectives said they believe that Mukesh shot his 39-year-old wife and his son, then shot himself with a handgun. All three were pronounced deceased at the scene. Chandubhai Suthar of San Jose, Calif. told the Oregonian newspaper that he was the father of Mukesh. He said he called authorities on Tuesday, Nov. 10, after not speaking with his family for a longer-than-usual period. On Wednesday evening, Thompson said all the evidence pointed to murder-suicide. People who knew the family that lived in the home, and claimed to be friends, told investigators that it was a family of three – a husband, wife and child. A forensic analysis would confirm the conclusive evidence, Thompson said, adding, “at this point it's clear that's what happened inside the house.” Neighbors were shocked and described the community as very ...
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Wednesday November 11, 2009 - Times viewed: 7781
TUALATIN -- In Tualatin a man with a rifle opened fire, killing his wife and injuring two of her co-workers. The gunman fired multiple shots inside Legacy MetroLab-Tualatin shortly before noon, said Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker. The shooter was found dead at the scene, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Barker said. A 63-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds was flown ...

Tuesday November 10, 2009 - Times viewed: 7678
PORTLAND, Oregon - Fire crews raced to a school in Southeast Portland Tuesday afternoon. All students and staff have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported. Flames and heavy dark smoke poured from the Marysville Elementary School the school just before noon. The school has an enrollment of 460 students. The fire quickly went to three alarms. All children are reported to have been evacuated and are safe.The school facilitates student in kindergarten through eighth grade. At 85 years old, it is one of the oldest schools in the city. Fire alarms reportedly rang as the fire began, prompting an orderly evacuation. One witness said she thinks the fire started near a gymnasium. Another woman who lives near the school and was once a student said she smelled a burning odor before the fire broke out. ...
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Monday November 9, 2009 - Times viewed: 7832
Father of seven children, ages 3 to 14, had been reported missing near Breitenbush Lake. A rescue team on snowmobiles called off their search Saturday night but resumed on Sunday when they found Mark Shaver, 43, of Eagle Creek and his children in good condition. Sixteen inches of snow had fallen around them and the family van was stuck. The sheriff's office says Shaver had extensive survival training and frequently camps with his children. Mark Shaver and his kids slept in the van for two nights until they were rescued unharmed early Sunday by the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The children included a 3-year-old and 5-year-old, and the oldest was 14. By the time rescuers reached the family, the snow was estimated to be more than 30 inches deep in some areas, according to Lt. Sheila Lorance, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Shaver had no cell phone. But he and his family were otherwise well-prepared for two nights in the snow. "They had warm clothes," Lorance said. "They had food and shelter. They did some of the right things." Shaver is an experienced outdoorsman with wilderness survival training. It's not unusual for him to take the entire fami ...
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Sunday November 8, 2009 - Times viewed: 7889
Clackamas County is scheduled to open its H1N1 flu clinic Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The plan is to distribute vaccine to those in priority groups. All forms of vaccine will be available on these days. The clinic is located at 168 Warner-Milne Road in Oregon City at Red Soils campus. The clinic will be located next to the OSU extension building and just across the entrance to Portland General Electric. They will accept walk-ins from the only. There is an effort to streamline the vaccination process, reduce traffic congestion and cut back on waiting periods. The clinic will issue time-stamped tickets. The World Health Organization's flu chief said the swine flu virus has now become the predominant flu strain worldwide. In some countries, swine flu accounts for up to 70 percent of the flu viruses being sampled, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO's top flu official. While most people recover from the illness without needing medical treatment, officials are also continuing to see severe cases in people under 65 ? people who are not usually at risk during regular flu seasons. "We remain quite concerned about the patterns that we're seeing," Fukuda s ...
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Saturday November 7, 2009 - Times viewed: 7907
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon State police arrested a for driving while drunk after he called 911 to report his marijuana ahad been stolen. However, the 911 dispatcher had trouble understand understanding him because he was vomiting as he was driving and attempting to explain what he wanted. Hoover told the 911 operator he was angry because someone had broken into his parked truck at a local tavern in Salem and taken an expensive jackeet, $400 in cash and some of his marijuana. Deputies drove to Hoover's home but couldn't locate him. Then Hoover called 911 once again to complain that deputies had not arrived. The 911 dispatcher had trouble understanding Hoover because he was driving and stopping several times to vomit. He was driving, upset that authorities were not working harder to recover his stuff. Deputies found Hoover's truck then Hoover himself who was walking nearby. He told officers he was looking for " .. the jerks stole my truck." He was arrested on the spot for driving under the influence. 21,000 people have Medical marijuana permits in Oregon. There was no immmediately suggesting that Hoover had such a medical permit. ...
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Friday November 6, 2009 - Times viewed: 7877
PORTLAND, Oregon - Detectives found the bodies of two adults and a child in Southeast Portland Thursday. It happened at the home on SE 123rd Avenue south of Stark Street. Police confirmed the discovery of three bodies at 10 a.m. Portland Police identified the three as 29-year-old Ceantwan Lorenzo Barr, 28-year-old Tameka Yvonne Medina, and 4-year-old Ashawn Medina-Barr. A man claiming to be a relative of one of the victims said the alleged shooter and his longtime girlfriend were going through a breakup. He said he thinks the shooting occurred days ago. The bodies were discovered Thursday when a family member gained entry to the rental house with the landlord. Detectives think the man shot the woman and the child then took his own life with a handgun found at the scene. A missing persons report was filed Wednesday night, but police said they did not have justification to enter the house. ...
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Thursday November 5, 2009 - Times viewed: 8058
Funds are available from for a conservation easements on nearly 300 acres of critical habitat near Salem — preserving and restoring rare oak savanna and prairie habitat and endangered species such as Fender's blue butterfly and Kincaid's lupine. BPA's $965,000 contribution meets part of its requirement under the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act for mitigating the effects of its dams on wildlife and habitat. The easements restrict development and call for management of the property in perpetuity. In the Willamette Valley, it's just the beginning of BPA's influence on conservation. About 19,000 acres were affected by the six power-producing dams in the Willamette basin. BPA has funded about 6,200 acres of mitigation, said Dorie Welch of BPA. The most recent acquisitions protect some of the rarest habitats in the Willamette Valley. Oak woodlands, oak savanna and prairie, the majority of which are held by private landowners, are subject to the typical pressures of a populated fertile valley: conversion to agriculture or development. "Land use has changed over the last 10 to 15 years so we've seen land prices increase and population incr ...
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Wednesday November 4, 2009 - Times viewed: 7845
CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- While on top of his submerged truck near Carver, a driver called 911after he ran off the road and leeped over 140 feet into the Clackamas River. Clackamas County Sherif Detective Jim Strovink said it was " ..an incredible sight". "The nose of the truck was facing upriver and the cab was almost submerged, probably three-quarters of the way filled with water," The ODOT dump truck driver told dispatchers he blacked out while driving along Highway 224 and ended up flying some 140 feet into the river. He called 911 while sitting on his truck hood, partially submerged, waiting for help. " Trees along the highway probably slowed the vehicle down enough that it perhaps saved the driver's life," Strovink said. A marine rescue team from the Sheriff's Office reached the driver by boat and got him to shore by mid morning. There were apparently no serious injuries, Strovink said. The truck was as a Ford flatbed dump which was part of a fleet of Oregon Department of Transportation vehicles. ...
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Monday November 2, 2009 - Times viewed: 61506
SALEM, Oregon - Gay rights activists launched a campaign today to urge Oregonians to reverse their vote of five years ago and support same-sex marriage. Basic Rights Oregon, the state's largest gay rights group, aims to put on the Oregon ballot as early as 2012 an initiative asking voters to lift the constitutional ban on gay and lesbian marriage that passed in 2004. The goal is "to allow sam ...


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