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  • Uber makes good on promise to abandon Portland until April

    The company has honored its deal with Portland city leaders to stop operating in the city until April 9, giving a city task force time to update rules that currently ban rideshares.

    Uber has upheld a promise to abort its rogue mission in Portland until the city welcomes the company back.

    The ride sharing company struck a deal with Portland city leaders on Thursday to stop operating in the city for three months beginning Sunday, until a task force can review and update city rules that currently ban rideshares.

    On Monday morning, Uber’s smartphone app had created a dead zone around Portland.

    Instead, a message greeted Portland users upon sign-in: “Because of YOU, the city has agreed to create regs for Uber and ridesharing by April! We’re excited to be on our way to a permanent home for Uber in Portland. Check back on April 9th!”

    The message ended with a hashtag, #pdxneedsuber, for Portlanders to voice their support for the ride sharing service.

    Uber, Lyft and other taxi services in which drivers use their personal cars to shuttle paying passengers have become extremely popular in cities across the nation. The company has been pushing to enter the Portland market for months, but local leaders have held out.

    On Dec. 5, Uber announced it would wait no longer. It began operating without permission, prompting the city to file a lawsuit and threaten tickets for Uber drivers.

    The company avoided a court date with Thursday’s last-minute deal to suspend service. The city has agreed to revise its rules by April 9 or craft temporary solution to allow Uber to resume operating on Portland streets.

    But that doesn’t mean you can’t catch a rideshare in the metro area for the next three months. A few screen swipes in the Uber app moves the map to Gresham, Vancouver, Beaverton, Tigard or Hillsboro, where Uber remains open for business.

    --Kelly House

  • Monday morning commute: Holiday week may bring lighter traffic

    With Christmas on Thursday, many people are vacationing. With fewer drivers on the road, commuters may benefit.

    Only time will tell, but Monday morning's commute (before the bulk of drivers get rolling) carries the hallmarks of a light-traffic day.

    Most schools are closed for the winter break. So all those school buses are sitting idle.

    Christmas is Thursday. So many people will be heading out of town to see family and friends.

    And then there are the people with vacation days to burn. They probably won't be hitting the road any time early enough to bind up the daily commute.

    The Oregonian will write about major traffic issues at You can also keep up using the #PDXtraffic hashtag on Twitter.

    -- The Oregonian

  • State considering stronger requirements for school instructional time

    After Portland Public Schools was found in violation of state law for not offering enough instructional hours per course, the Oregon Department of Education is considering changes to the rules.

    An Oregon Department of Education hearing Monday will discuss revising instructional time requirements, addressing an issue that arose when some Portland Public Schools parents accused the district of violating state law.

    As current law stands, Oregon high schools must offer students at least 990 hours of instructional time year and individual courses must hit 130 hours.

    In March, state education officials found that PPS was not in compliance with the 130 hour rule and violated the spirit of the 990-hour rule by encouraging students to take fewer classes. Several other high schools, including schools in Beaverton, Hillsboro and Lake Oswego, were also found to be in violation of state rules. Some schools requested a waiver to put off adjusting their schedules for another year, and others made quicker changes. 

    Earlier this year, the Oregon Department of Education and State Board of Education began reviewing both laws to consider implementing statewide changes. The state board held a first reading of the proposed policy changes December 11 and will vote in mid-January. 

    The proposed changes address many aspects of the law, including what counts as instructional time and student enrollment in classes. 

    One of the biggest proposed amendments, according to state board executive officer Emily Nazarov, would require districts to ensure 90 percent of students are taking a full course load. 

    "This is a way to formally change our policy to say it's not enough to just offer," she said. "We need kids to be scheduled in a full day." 

    If approved, the 90 percent requirement would be phased in over time, Nazarov said. The first year, districts would need to have 85 percent of students taking a full course load, which would then increase to 87.5 percent in the second year and 90 percent in the third. 

    The state is also considering doing away with the 130-hour rule as it doesn't always align with the 990-hour rule, Nazarov said. By doing so, districts would have more flexibility with their schedules but still be accountable for the same requirement for total instructional hours, she said. 

    Policy changes would also modify the definition of instructional time. Instructional time would include career and technical education instructors and student travel time between school and CTE centers, internships, post-secondary campuses or work sites. The changes would also cap the amount of time parent-teacher conferences and professional development districts can count at 30 hours each. Districts can count some hours missed for weather closures for the 2015-2016 school year but may not count those days in the following years, Nazarov said. 

    The state is also considering increasing the total instructional hours requirement for kindergarten to third grade, Nazarov said. Full-day kindergarten programs and grades one to three would be required to offer 900 hours instead of 810 and instructional time for half-day kindergarten would be set at 450 hours instead of 405. Kindergarten to grade three recess can be counted up to 30 hours for part-time programs or 60 hours for full-time programs to help accommodate for the increase in overall hours, Nazarov said.

    Grades four to eight would also need 900 hours, grades nine to 11 would still require 990 hours, and seniors need 966 hours. 

    Education officials have gotten a lot of feedback on the changes, Nazarov said. At a Nov. 21 public hearing, representatives from the Oregon Education Association, Oregon PTA, parents and educators from multiple districts testified. 

    ODE is hosting another public hearing today at 1 p.m. in Room 200 A at the department's offices, located at 255 Capitol Street NE in Salem. Nazarov said the Board of Education is scheduled to vote January 22. 

    -- Laura Frazier | @frazier_laura

  • Gresham lottery deli cashier robbed at gunpoint

    A man believed to be in his mid-20s held a cashier at gunpoint at a Gresham lottery deli Sunday morning.

    A man believed to be in his mid-20s held a cashier at gunpoint at a Gresham lottery deli Sunday morning. 

    Police say the suspect was wearing a beanie pulled down above his lips with eye holes cut out when he held up Grampy's Corner Deli, 1652 N.W. Fairview Drive.  

    The suspect, who got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, has not been located. 

    -- Samantha Bakall  

  • Man stabbed during fight on a Gresham MAX platform

    The victim has life-threatening injuries.

    Authorities are continuing to question a man who stabbed another man late Friday during a fight on the TriMet MAX platform at Southeast 188th Avenue and East Burnside Street, the Gresham Police Department reported.

    When police arrived on the scene just after 10:40 p.m. they found a man in his 20s with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

    The suspect had fled, but police found him minutes later and are continuing their investigation.

    --Tom Hallman Jr.

  • Gresham stabbing investigated; police search for suspect

    The stabbing was reported shortly before 11 p.m. in the 18800 block of East Burnside Street, police said.

    A man was stabbed Friday evening in Gresham, police said.

    The stabbing was reported shortly before 11 p.m. in the 18800 block of East Burnside Street, police said. Two men reportedly got in a fight, and man was stabbed multiple times. He was taken to a Portland-area hospital. 

    Gresham police are still searching for a suspect. Further details about the incident were not immediately available. 

  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: MAX Yellow Line disrupted near Lombard Street

    Washington State Department of Transportation is reporting at medical emergency on Interstate 5 Northbound near State Route 500.


    Another TriMet alert:

    UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Service to the Yellow Line has already been restored. TriMet warns of delays for the next hour or so though.

    TriMet just issued this warning to Westside riders:

    VANCOUVER, 5:52 p.m.: Interstate 5

    Washington State Department of Transportation is reporting at medical emergency on Interstate 5 Northbound near State Route 500. Traffic is backed up to the bridge connecting with normal Interstate 5 Northbound traffic.


    PORTLAND, 3:46 p.m.: Interstate 205 at Airport Way

    A disabled vehicle is blocking the left lane of Interstate 205 Northbound at Airport Way.


    The rain held off today with the sun even making an appearance. Heavy rains are expected to move in tomorrow so bring an umbrella if you plan on doing any last minute shopping.

    Speaking of shopping, TriMet buses will detour out of Clackamas Town Center this weekend to help reduce traffic in the lot. Temporary stops will be up at Monterey Avenue and the Southeast Fuller Road MAX station.

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Rain for the morning commute; two crashes on I-205 slow Vancouver traffic

    The early morning commute begins with a pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Gresham.

    The early morning commute begins with a pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Gresham. Responders are blocking parts of Hogan Road just north of Division Street. Avoid that area. Update Highway 30 west of Linnton at Marina Way as the east bound right lane no longer blocked by a roll-over crash as of 6:30 a.m.

    PORTLAND DOWNTOWN U.S. 26 8:45 a.m.; ODOT reports a one vehicle crash on U.S. 26 on the northbound ramp to I-405, left lane blocked.


    UPDATE HILLSBORO AIRPORT 8:50 a.m.; Auto crash at Northeast Evergreen and Brookwood parkways, near the airport. CLEARED


    UPDATE BEAVERTON TV HIGHWAY NEAR 160TH 8:10 a.m.; Crews are responding to a crash on TV Highway in Aloha east of 160th Avenue. CLEARED

    Possible Detour; use Farmington Road.


    VANCOUVER SR 14 AT I-205 6:55 a.m.; Crash on SR 14 westbound near the I-205 interchange has traffic backed to 164th Ave.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 6.53.32 AM.pngSR 14 Westbound 



    UPDATE VANCOUVER SR 500 7:35 a.m.; Crash on SR 500 westbound at I-205 CLEARED.

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Rain all day with highs in the mid-40s; snow on the mountain passes

    Friday's round of showers will bring snow to the higher mountain passes and might bring a thunder storm or two to the coastal range.

    Friday's band of cold rain clouds will hang out most of the day. There looks to be a bit of a break around 4 p.m. which might help the evening commute, but on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, don't count on it.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 5.37.48 AM.pngFriday morning rain

    This round of showers will bring snow to the higher mountain passes and might bring a thunder storm or two to the coastal range. Today's cool system won't last long. The weekend's storm will be warmer, wetter, and may cause local flooding.

    For today though, expect cool showers most of the day and bring that umbrella.

  • Oregon National Guard alternative high school program graduates 126 students

    About 125 students graduated from the intensive residential phase of the alternative high school program.

    The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge program, a statewide alternative high school where students spend the first several months in an intensive residency program, celebrated the graduation of its 48th class in Bend on Wednesday. 

    This year's graduating class of 126 students represented 52 different high schools and 17 Oregon counties, according to a press release. Graduation marks the completion of the first phase of the roughly 17 month voluntary program, which is for students ages 16 to 18 who are at risk of dropping out of school. 

    Students spend the first five and a half months in a residential program where they learn life skills, take classes and perform community service. Students also receive food handler permits and first aid and CPR training. For the second phase of the program, students work with mentors for a year as they return home. 

    Of the 126 graduates, 111 earned enough class credits to return to their high schools and graduate with their class, according to the press release. Ten cadets received their diplomas and five earned their GED. Cadets contributed more than 11,510 hours of community service at events and nonprofit organizations in the area. 

    Since its founding in 1994, the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge program has graduated more than 4,300 cadets. It is one of 35 National Guard Youth Challenge Programs nationwide, and is free to students and their families.

    Read more about former cadets from Forest Grove and Hillsboro high schools. 

    -- Laura Frazier | @frazier_laura