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  • Gresham-Barlow School District selects two new administrators to replace retirees

    The district has hired a new director of elementary education and executive director of assessment and accountability to start next school year.

    The Gresham-Barlow School District has selected two new administrators to replace outgoing retirees, the district announced Thursday. Changes will take place for the 2015-2016 school year. 

    The district has named Julie T. Evans as the district's executive director of elementary education, according to a news release. Evans will take over for Linda Okazaki, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

    evans and hahn gresham barlow.jpegJulie Evans, left, and Sara Hahn (Courtesy photos)
     

    Evans has served as the Medford School District's elementary education director for the past three years and also previously worked as an elementary principal and middle school dean of students. Evans has a decade of teaching experience in math, PE, science and calligraphy, the district said.

    Sara Hahn will serve as the Gresham-Barlow district's executive director of assessment and accountability. She replaces Tim Drilling, who is also retiring this year. 

    Hahn currently works for Portland Public Schools and is principal at Lent K-8 School. She has 13 years of experience as a principal and was an elementary teacher for 10 years before becoming an administrator. 

    -- Laura Frazier

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: U.S. 26 closed in both directions east of Sandy; Crash HWY 217 Southbound

    Some frosty areas this morning, so take a few minutes to scrape off the windshield then continue on your Friday morning commute.


    An early morning fatal crash involving a semi truck and a fuel spill has both directions of U.S. 26 closed east of Sandy.

    UPDATE 9:02 a.m.; Crash on U.S. 26 is affecting transportation to all Sandy and Welches schools. Buses are running late and are attempting to take back roads around the crash. ALL LANES NOW OPEN.

    UPDATE ROSS ISLAND BRIDGE 8:46 a.m.; Stall in the right lane westbound on the Ross Island Bridge. CLEARED.

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    HILLSBORO 7:47 a.m.; Crash at Southeast Baseline Road at 55th Avenue.

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    Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 7.31.30 AM.pngHWY 217 Southbound 

    UPDATE BEAVERTON 8:10 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Highway 217 southbound at the Denny onramp to 217. Firetruck gone, all lanes open.

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    PORTLAND STREETCAR 7:00 a.m.; Central Loop blocked at Broadway Ramp. Check reader boards/website for updated arrival info.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 6:37 a.m.; Injury crash on Southeast Holgate and McLoughlin boulevards.

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    UPDATE NORTHWEST PORTLAND 6:57 a.m.; Crash on I-405 southbound just prior to the U.S. 30 exit. CLEARED.

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    Alternatives might include taking I-84 eastbound and reconnecting to U.S. 26 south of Hood River.

    Some frosty areas this morning, so take a few minutes to scrape off the windshield then continue on your Friday morning commute.

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

  • Overtime with The Oregonian: Which 6A girls and boys basketball teams should be on upset alert in Round 2?

    Oregonian reporters Jen Beyrle and Billy Gates debate which Class 6A boys and girls teams should be on upset alert in Round 2.

    Round 1 of the Class 6A OSAA basketball playoffs is in the books and 16 boys and girls teams in the state of Oregon have advanced to Round 2.  In the video above, Oregonian reporters Jen Beyrle and Billy Gates debate which Class 6A boys and girls teams should be on upset alert in Round 2.

    Don't agree with Jen and Billy's picks? Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comment section below.








    --Jen Beyrle
    jbeyrle@oregonian.com
    @JenBeyrle

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Even warmer today, high of 64, with some high clouds

    This weekend's temperatures are forecast to be 5-10 degrees above regional averages for this time of year.

    We reached 61 degrees yesterday, and today we should hit 64 - in the first week of March. Where are we again? This weekend's temperatures are forecast to be 5-10 degrees above regional averages for this time of year.

    lawn mow.jpgGood weekend to mow.  

    Today we'll see again some high, light clouds and some areas had frost and fog this morning. Saturday should be bright sun with highs in the mid 60s and Sunday's current forecast high is 67 degrees. Shorts? T-shirts? Yes, yes indeed.

    The first shot of rain in the near future looks to be late Tuesday and into Wednesday. In the meantime, mow that lawn.

  • Thursday's Class 3A, 2A, 1A boys and girls basketball scores, recaps
  • Which high school basketball games will The Oregonian be staffing Friday?

    Boys playoff action resumes Friday, and The Oregonian/OregonLive will have reporters at the following games: Tualatin at Central Catholic, 7 p.m. -- Jerry Ulmer (@jerryulmer)

    Boys playoff action resumes Friday, and The Oregonian/OregonLive will have reporters at the following games:

    Tualatin at Central Catholic, 7 p.m. -- Jerry Ulmer (@jerryulmer)


    Lakeridge at David Douglas, 7 p.m. -- Scott Sepich (@SSepich)


    Lake Oswego at Southridge, 7 p.m. -- Erik C. Anderson (@ErikCAnderson)


    South Medford at South Salem, 7 p.m. -- Jen Beyrle (@JenBeyrle)


    Clackamas at Jesuit, 7 p.m. -- Andrew Nemec (@AndrewNemec)


    Sheldon at West Linn, 7 p.m. -- Mike Tokito (@mtokito)


    Dallas at Wilsonville, 7 p.m. -- Pete Christopher (@PeteChristopher)


    Churchill at Liberty, 7:15 p.m. -- Jeff Smith (@JeffSmithSD)


    South Eugene at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. -- Nick Daschel (@nickdaschel)


    Be checking our boys basketball homepage throughout the evening for recaps, photos, videos and more.

  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on Highway 26 westbound near Sylvan Hill

    The latest traffic updates for Thursday night.

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    BEAVERTON, 6:32 p.m.: Highway 26 westbound at Sylvan

    A crash is blocking the left westbound lane of HWY 26 just before the Sylvan exit. Traffic backed up to the tunnel.

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    PORTLAND, 6:01 p.m.: Burnside at 21st Ave.

    Eastbound traffic is jammed from a crash on Burnside at 21st. Good to know for those trying to avoid the Highway 26 eastbound traffic.

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    PORTLAND, 5:25 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge

    Looks like a crash on the Ross Island Bridge is slowing eastbound traffic across the River. Might try Hawthorne Bridge.

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    PORTLAND, 5:03 p.m.: Capitol Highway

    Traffic is slow in both directions on Capitol Highway between Terwilliger and Sunset Blvds.

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    PORTLAND, 4:41 p.m.: Interstate 5 south

    Southbound I-5 traffic is blocked by a crash at Bridgeport Village. The congestion stretches back to Highway 217.

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    VANCOUVER, 4:25 p.m.: Interstate 205

    A crash is affecting traffic in both directions in between Mill Plain and SR-500.

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    PORTLAND, 4:21 p.m.: Interstate 84 eastbound

    Traffic is slow on I-84 eastbound approaching 33rd Avenue due to a crash.

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    A crash is slowing traffic trying to merge on to Interstate 205 north from Interstate 84 west.

    Plenty of normal congestion for a Thursday other than that.

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

  • Gov. Kate Brown leads middle-class life with little controversy, records show

    A review of Brown's financial history by The Oregonian/OregonLive found little in the public record to raise any questions.

    Kate Brown, Oregon's new governor, could be considered the anti-Kitzhaber.

    She assumed office unburdened by the financial questions and pitfalls that dethroned her predecessor.

    A review of Brown's financial history by The Oregonian/OregonLive found little in the public record to raise any questions. Her worst transgressions? A speeding ticket in 2005, a handful of parking tickets and late car registrations. She was sued in 2014 after a cyclist hit her car, settling out of court.

    Brown swept into office Feb. 18 promising ethics reforms and increased government transparency, signaling a clear break from Kitzhaber's final months in office.

    "It's our goal to be as transparent as possible and release records as quickly as possible," said Kristen Grainger, a Brown spokeswoman.

    Kitzhaber delayed releasing public records to the media about the involvement of his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, in state affairs. He also asserted a legal right to withhold some records and never provided others.

    Brown released federal income tax returns she filed with her husband, Daniel Little. The 2012 and 2013 returns show the couple received no outside business income and little from investments. In 2013, Brown earned $74,507 as secretary of state; Little, a U.S. Forest Service data expert, earned $95,469. 

    Brown did not, however, promptly provide an amended tax return filed in 2013, nor did her spokeswoman explain why the amendment was necessary. The Oregonian/OregonLive first requested her returns Feb. 23. Though their disclosure is not required by state law, releasing them is a common step taken by public officials, including Kitzhaber.

    The Secretary of State's office did promptly release Brown's calendar showing whom she met with during her last year in office as well as her expense reports and state-issued credit card statements.

    Brown's credit card bills show she billed taxpayers $537 for her annual Oregon State Bar attorney licensing fee. Brown was criticized while running for office in 2008 for using campaign funds for the same purpose.

    Grainger said the Secretary of State's office had paid employees' professional certifications and dues since 1994.

    "It is not a new practice or policy," she said. 

    Much of Brown's history is captured in records open to the public. The Democrat has spent more than 20 years in office, beginning in the state Legislature, allowing a view of her financial interests that wouldn't be possible for the affairs of most citizens. 

    Brown's campaign contributors are listed online - in a computerized system she helped create. She's been required to report her income sources, gifts and outside financial interests each year.

    The Oregonian/OregonLive verified Brown's educational credentials (her bachelor's came from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland). 

    We checked for any interactions with Portland police (she reported a car stolen in 2004). Her husband reported a 2011 car break-in. We checked her disciplinary history with the Oregon Bar Association (she had no complaints).

    We reviewed more than a decade of annual economic disclosures filed with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Neither she nor her husband reported major debts, significant investments in any outside businesses or property holdings other than their Woodstock home.

    Brown and her husband bought that home for $174,900 in 1998 and took out a $127,000 line of credit on it in 2003.

    Their disclosures list their only reported sources of income as salaries from Brown's post as secretary of state and Little's job in the Sandy office of the U.S. Forest Service. And their tax returns backed that up. 

    A review of state court records found that Brown was sued over a 2012 incident in which a cyclist hit her Toyota Prius, fell off his bike and broke his finger. The cyclist, Benjamin Kero, sought $79,210.67 but settled out of court. Kero declined comment and Brown's insurance company would not disclose any information about the settlement.

    Brown hasn't been without political missteps in office.

    In 2012, she delayed the election for labor commissioner from May to November, a move widely perceived as benefiting the Democratic candidate and eventual winner, Brad Avakian.

    In January 2014, hackers cracked into the secretary of state's website, and the breach went unnoticed for two weeks. The hack eventually shut down the state's business registry and a campaign database for about three weeks. 

    Brown was criticized in January for allowing a Comcast lobbyist in 2014 to ghostwrite a letter in support of Comcast's $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Brown, who received $9,500 in campaign contributions from Comcast from 2008 to 2012, rewrote only portions of the letter before sending it over her signature.

    -- Rob Davis

    rdavis@oregonian.com

    503.294.7657

    @robwdavis

  • Multnomah Education Service District superintendent 'working offsite,' district announces

    Superintendent Barbara Jorgensen will remain off site for the indefinite future, the district announced Thursday.

    Multnomah Education Service District Superintendent Barbara Jorgensen is "currently working offsite," the district announced Thursday.

    Jorgensen will continue to be off site for "the indeterminate future," according to a news release. The district is located in northeast Portland and serves eight public school districts in the county. 

    Spokeswoman Laura Conroy declined to comment further on what prompted the change.

    Here's the full text of the press release: 

    MESD today confirmed that Superintendent Barbara Jorgensen is currently working offsite, and will continue to work offsite for the indeterminate future. Out of respect for Superintendent Jorgensen's privacy, MESD is refraining from comment about this change. Regular updates will be provided as information is available.
    Requests for information related to this change should be directed to Public Information Officer Laura Conroy.
    Questions that would normally be presented to Superintendent Jorgensen should be directed to Chief Operating Officer Jim Rose.
    MESD's staff are talented, experienced, and committed to student success. Together with our partners, MESD will continue to serve students well during this time.

    The service district employs 425 staff members who provide services to school districts including school health services, special education and alternative education.

    Messages left for Jorgensen Thursday afternoon were not immediately returned. 

    -- Laura Frazier

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

  • Class 6A boys basketball second round: Breaking down the matchups

    We're on to the Class 6A's second round of boys basketball playoffs, where the winners advance to the state tournament. Here is a breakdown of the matchups: Sheldon (16-10) at West Linn (21-4)

    We're on to the Class 6A's second round of boys basketball playoffs, where the winners advance to the state tournament. Here is a breakdown of the matchups:

    Sheldon (16-10) at West Linn (21-4)


    Head-to-head this year: Jan. 3, West Linn 66-51


    Last state tournament: Sheldon (2014), West Linn (2014)


    Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Sheldon 3-9, West Linn 8-1


    Five-year playoff history: Sheldon 6-4 (second 2014), West Linn 16-5 (first 2013-14)


    Notable: This is a rematch of the 2014 state championship game, where West Linn rolled to a 67-56 win.


     


    Lake Oswego (16-9) at Southridge (21-4)


    Head-to-head this year: Didn't play in 2014-15


    Last state tournament: Lake Oswego (2013), Southridge (2013)


    Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Lake Oswego 11-5 (third 2013, second 2012); Southridge 5-3 (fourth 2013).


    Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Lake Oswego 3-7, Southridge 2-4


     


    South Medford (18-7) at South Salem (22-3)


    Head-to-head this year: Jan. 2, South Salem 69-68


    Last state tournament: South Medford (2014), South Salem (2014)


    Five-year playoff history (2010-14): South Medford 9-9, South Salem 5-5 (third 2014)


    Record vs. 2015 Final 16: South Medford 3-6, South Salem 4-3


     


    South Eugene (19-7) at Jefferson (19-4)


    Head-to-head this year: Didn't play in 2014-15


    Last state tournament: South Eugene (2010), Jefferson (2014, 5A)


    Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Jefferson 12-2 (first 2013-14, 2010 5A), South Eugene 4-3 (third 2010)


    Record vs. 2015 Final 16: South Eugene 5-6, Jefferson 2-2


     


    Clackamas (18-7) at Jesuit (21-4)


    Head-to-head this year: Didn't play in 2014-15


    Last state tournament: Clackamas (2014) Jesuit (2014)


    Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Clackamas 3-6, Jesuit 21-4 (first 2010-12).


    Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Clackamas 2-2, Jesuit 7-3


    Notable: Jesuit has played in six consecutive state tournaments


     


    Lakeridge (18-7) at David Douglas (21-4)


    Head-to-head this year: Didn't play in 2014-15


    Last state tournament: Lakeridge (1993), David Douglas (2012)


    Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Lakeridge 0-3, David Douglas 5-6


    Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Lakeridge 5-5, David Douglas 3-3


     


    McNary (22-3) at North Medford (21-4)


    Head-to-head this year: Didn't play in 2014-15


    Last state tournament: McNary (2001), North Medford (2012)


    Five-year playoff history (2010-14): McNary 0-1; North Medford 7-6, two state tournaments (third 2011).


    Record vs. 2015 Final 16: McNary 1-2, North Medford 6-4


     


    Tualatin (15-9) at Central Catholic (21-4)


    Head-to-head this year: Didn't play in 2014-15


    Last state tournament: Tualatin (2008), Central Catholic (2014)


    Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Tualatin 3-5, no state tourney appearances; Central Catholic 13-6, four state tournament appearances (second, 2013; third 2011).


    Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Tualatin 2-6, Central Catholic 7-1


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net

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