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  • Portland Metro Saturday forecast: Cloudy and cooler

    Saturday will dry out from overnight rain and hit highs near 62.

    Well, it couldn't last. After our recent summer-in-March days, the weekend cools down a bit as showers move through early Saturday.

    The day will still be fine for outdoor activities. Dry and mild weather returns later Saturday through early Monday, when more rain arrives and snow levels will likely drop below Cascade Pass levels.

    Highs today will be near 62, dipping to 44 overnight. Sunday will be partly sunny
    with highs near 64. Monday looks to be the warmest day next week, with a high of 68. 

    Enjoy the last weekend of Spring Break. 

    -- David Stabler

    dstabler@oregonian.com
    503-221-8217
    @davidstabler

  • Wahclella Falls in Columbia River Gorge great hike for waning days of spring break

    On Friday, the families were out big time, many with dogs in tow, or should I say the dogs towing the families. One group carried a bunch of balloons (look at the photos above), perhaps to celebrate a birthday, or maybe just to celebrate being there.

    Looking for a last-minute hike to wind down a fairly glorious Oregon spring break?

    Head for Wahclella Falls a gem of the mid-Columbia River Gorge that drew a steady tream of families on Friday. Was there a place more gorgeous in Oregon on Friday?

    OK, so Multnomah Falls, eight miles west of Wahclella, got 50 times the visitors. Go there at your own peril midday on Saturday or Sunday, weather allowing, because Interstate 84 could very well be brake light city passing the left lane exit. And parking, well, get there early . . . or late.

    Of course, you have to drive through that traffic tie-up to reach Wahclella Falls, but it's worth it.

    Wahclella Falls is at exit No. 40, the same one as for Bonneville Dam. A number of cars were parked in available spots before reaching the exit stop sign, knowing the small parking lot for the Wahclella Falls may be full.

    However it shakes down, you can also park at the first lot for Bonneville Dam or at the Tooth Rock parking lot, then hike roads to Wahclella trailhead. Drop your passengers off first. Then pick them up after the hike.

    Wahclella trailhead is on the southwest side of the exit, Tooth Rock on the southeast side and Bonneville on the north.

    Wahclella Falls is 1.0 miles by a wide trail, though it does get rocky and slippery wet the farther you go. Before you reach the falls, the trail splits into a high route and low route, but you can do either one and make a loop. It doesn't matter much which way you select.

    On Friday, the families were out big time, many with dogs in tow, or should I say the dogs towing the families. One group carried a bunch of balloons (look at the photos above), perhaps to celebrate a birthday, or maybe just to celebrate being there.

    To make a day of it, go north from the same exit to tour Bonneville Dam (click to read my report), the Sturgeon Center and the fish hatchery.

    You won't get that Multnomah Falls experience, but you may not miss it either.

    The lower section of Wahclella Falls drops 79 feet, but it is only one of the delights of the trail.  That measurement comes from waterfallsnorthwest.com, but I would say that if any measurement under sells the beauty of the experience, this is it. There is also an upper section that you have to step back a bit to see.

    Terry Richard
    trichard@oregonian.com
    503-221-8222; @trichardpdx

  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Traffic on I-5 south in Wilsonville slow after earlier crash

    Traffic is slowing clearing up approaching Wilsonville.


    PORTLAND, 5:01 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Interstate Bridge

    A stall is blocking the right southbound lane on I-5 on the bridge. Traffic backed up to SR-500 in Vancouver.

    UPDATE 5:06 p.m.: Already clear.

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    PORTLAND, 4:38 p.m.: Highway 26 westbound at Vista Ridge tunnel

    A disabled vehicle is blocking the right lane of HWY 26 at the tunnel. Might want to take Jefferson Street to bypass it.

    UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: Stall already cleared. Carry on west.

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    PORTLAND, 4:10 p.m.: Interstate 205 south at Airport Way

    Reports of a crash on I-205 south at Airport Way blocking at least one lane. Traffic backed up to Vancouver.

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    The last weekday of spring break starts out with a crash on I-5 south in Wilsonville.  Traffic is backed all the way up to the Highway 99 exchange.

    UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: The crash is CLEAR but the jam is still back to Capitol Highway. Taking the back way through Stafford Road/Lake Oswego is slightly faster to Wilsonville.

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Early crash on Hawthorne and Cesar Chavez; Oleson Road reopens at Fanno Creek

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    A very early morning crash sent an SUV into the Fred Meyer at Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard at Cesar Chavez Boulevard. UPDATE, CLEARED AT 7:43 a.m.

    UPDATE WILSONVILLE 7:58 a.m. Injury crash reported on Southwest Wilsonville Road and Montebello Drive, west of I-5. CLEARED

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    UPDATE U.S. 26 WESTBOUND 8:00 a.m.; Stall in the left lane (blocking) westbound on U.S. 26 near the zoo exit. CLEARED

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    NORTHWEST PORTLAND 7:25 a.m.; Crash on Northwest Skyline Boulevard at Cornelius Pass Road.

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    UPDATE NORTHEAST PORTLAND 7:29 a.m.; Crash at Northeast 185th Avenue and Marine Drive westbound.  TRAFFIC is being flagged around the clean up.

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    Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 7.01.54 AM.pngI-5 North at Hazel Dell 

    UPDATE VANCOUVER I-5 8:44 a.m.; Crash in Hazel Dell I-5 northbound between 78th and 99th streets. Two lanes blocked. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE DOWNTOWN PORTLAND I-5 7:15 a.m.; Crash in the right emergency lane on the ramp to I-405 northbound from I-5 northbound. CLEARED.

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    Southwest Portland-area drivers can return to the Fanno Creek Bridge and actually cross it now as the roadwork there has finished exactly on schedule. The detour for that one was long and sometimes confusing, and drivers in Raleigh Hills, Garden Home and other areas will welcome the return of that Oleson Road route.

    Winter paving closes lanes on Southwest Columbia Street from Southwest 18th Avenue to Southwest Broadway starting this morning and ending on Tuesday.  Crews will grind the road surface from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday. Expect delays

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

  • Top 2016 quarterbacks and running backs; Pendleton softball ends skid: Oregon high school sports news (links)

    A glance at high school sports news across the state: Northwest Elite Index releases rankings for top Class of 2016 quarterbacks and running backs

    A glance at high school sports news across the state:

    Northwest Elite Index releases rankings for top Class of 2016 quarterbacks and running backs


    Football: Molalla job allows Canby assistant Grant Boustead to “fulfill dream” as head coach (The Oregonian)

    Boys basketball: The Polk County Itemizer-Observer selects Dallas junior Everett Minahan as its regional player of the year

    Baseball: Hours after loss to Reynolds at Volcanoes Stadium, Springfield beats Willamette at PK Park (Register-Guard)

    Softball: Reigning 5A champion Pendleton rebounds from three-loss day to beat Milwaukie 12-5 (East Oregonian)

    Softball: Canby tries to build on last season after best players have moved on to college programs (Canby Herald)

    Softball: The state runner-up in 2013, Hermiston looks to bounce back from 2014 swoon (Hermiston Herald)

    Basketball official Gregg Holstrom receives award from OAOA, retires after 26 seasons (Gresham Outlook)

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Mild today with mostly cloudy skies; rain moves in tonight

    Fog might form this morning although it won't be as dense or widespread as yesterday so no advisories have been posted.

    You'll feel a big turn around in the weather today. Yesterday we matched a record high temperature for the day at 73.

    We won't be even close to any records today. Fog might form this morning although it won't be as dense or widespread as yesterday so no advisories have been posted.

    cherry blossoms2.JPGStill mild for Friday, rain tonight 

    Once the fog moves off you'll see cloudy skies getting thicker as the evening approaches and rain should move in by 6 p.m. and continue through the night. Highs today should reach 65.

    Tomorrow we start out very cloudy and then burn some of it off by late afternoon. There's not much of a chance of rain again until Monday.

  • Poll: What is Oregon's best high school mascot? Browse photos and vote

    Vote for Oregon's best high school mascot.



    During basketball season, we collected photos of Oregon high school mascots and count us impressed. From the Central Catholic Ram to the Aloha Warrior to the Silverton Fox and, yes, the Oregon Episcopal Aardvark, Oregon high schools have some pretty impressive mascots.


    We have included all the mascots we collected in our poll, but don't fret: If your favorite isn't list here, it's not too late. Just sent a picture to kimus@oregonian.com or tag @OregonianHSsports on Instagram and we'll add it. You can also post a picture in the comments of this post.


    Voting ends at 8:30 p.m. April 7. So rally your friends ... or your Tigers, Eagles or Cavemen, and get to voting.


  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: I-5 north congested yet again

    Northbound traffic on I-5 is jammed from the Moda Center into Vancouver. Nothing like it was yesterday, but it is still a slow ride north.

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    PORTLAND, 5:18 p.m.: Highway 26 eastbound at Sylvan Interchange

    A stall is blocking the right eastbound lane of HWY 26 near Skyline. Traffic jammed up past Highway 217 junction. Burnside into downtown is also jammed pretty good.

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    CLACLAMAS, 5:01 p.m: Interstate 205 north

    The crash at OR-212/224 is clear, but traffic is crazy jammed all the way back to I-5. It might be ever so slightly faster to take I-5 to I-84 if you are looking to get to the airport from Wilsonville.

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    CLACKAMAS, 4:16 p.m.: Interstate 205 north

    Another crash on I-205 north. This one is at the exit of OR 212/224. The right lane is blocked. Traffic jammed up to Abernethy Bridge in West Linn

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    TANASBOURNE, 4:13 p.m.: Highway 26 westbound

    Westbound traffic is caught behind a crash at 185th Ave. Not a huge backup there yet. No need to jump off HWY 26.

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    PORTLAND, 3:59 p.m.: Interstate 205 north at Interstate 84

    A crash is slowing northbound I-205 traffic starting at Glisan St. Most of I-205 north is slow now, so this could make things worse.

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    Northbound traffic on I-5 is jammed from the Moda Center into Vancouver. Nothing like it was yesterday, but it is still a slow ride north.

    There are also slow spots along Highway 217 south, I-205 north in Tualatin and I-84 west merging on to I-205 north.

    What a glorious, sunny day to be stuck in traffic though. Am I right?

    Also of note: Winter paving will close lanes on Southwest Columbia Street from Southwest 18th Avenue to Southwest Broadway starting tomorrow and ending Tuesday.  Crews will be grinding the road surface from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday.

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

  • Sandy firefighters hosting annual Sportsman's Breakfast April 24-25

    From 5 p.m. April 24 to noon April 25, the engine bay of the Main Fire Station, 17460 Bruns Ave., will be transformed into a sportsman's café, offering a traditional, firehouse-style pancake breakfast with all the trimmings.

    Sandy Fire.jpg 

    SANDY - The Sandy Fire District's annual All-You-Can-Eat Sportsman's Breakfast will be held April 24 - 25.

    From 5 p.m. April 24 to noon April 25, the engine bay of the Main Fire Station, 17460 Bruns Ave., will be transformed into a sportsman's cafe, offering a traditional, firehouse-style pancake breakfast with all the trimmings.

    Cost will be $5 for adults; $4 for children and seniors 55 and older. Cash and checks only will be accepted.

    In addition, there will be raffle drawings for donated items. Tickets are available in advance for $1 from any firefighter or at the Main Station.

    For more information, call Glenn Yeager or Margaret Grassl at 503-668-8093.

    -- Rick Bella rbella@oregonian.com

    503-294-5915; @southnewshound

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Heavy fog limits visibility to a quarter of a mile

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    Dense fog is forming over most of the metro area with the west side and I-5 corridor collecting the bulk of it. Visibility is reduced to a quarter mile in some areas.

    DOWNTOWN PORTLAND 8:55 a.m.; Crash blocking the right lane of I-405 northbound at Sixth Avenue.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND AGAIN 8:37 a.m.; Another crash on Powell Boulevard, this one with an injury at 33rd Avenue.  Right lane blocked.

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    UPDATE CLACKAMAS 8:31 a.m.; Crash reported on Johnson Creek Boulevard and Southeast 92nd just east of I-205. CLEARED.

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    Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 7.53.41 AM.pngI-5 South at Corbett exit 

    UPDATE PORTLAND I-5 7:57 a.m.; Left lane blocked for a stall, I-5 southbound just prior to Corbett Street exit. QUICKLY CLEARED.

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    UPDATE SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 8:34 a.m.; Responders heading to a reported head-on crash at Southeast 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard at Cleveland High School, reportedly blocking 26th Avenue. CLEARED.

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    EAST VANCOUVER 7:17 a.m.; Fire crew checking on a reported truck fire on the shoulder of SR 14 westbound at the 164th Avenue exit.

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    UPDATE VANCOUVER 7:30 a.m.; Crash on the left shoulder I-5 southbound at Fourth Plain Boulevard. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE BEAVERTON 6:58 a.m.; Injury crash on Highway 10 (Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway) at Western Avenue. CLEARED.

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    Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 6.07.37 AM.pngHeavy fog in I-5  

    Drivers need to think about what they can't see in situations like this and be especially careful at crosswalks and other common pedestrian crossings.

    The advisory continues through 11 a.m. today. Expect more fog late tonight and tomorrow morning.

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

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