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  • Monday evening Portland-area commute: Stall on Highway 26 west in Vista Ridge Tunnel

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Monday night.

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    PORTLAND, 5:56 p.m.: Highway 26 at the tunnel

    A stall is blocking the middle westbound lane of Highway 26 at the Vista Ridge tunnel. Traffic getting on to Highway 26 is really jammed both ways on I-405.

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    VANCOUVER, 5:21 p.m.: Interstate 205 north

    Looks like a crash on I-205 north just before State Route 500. Traffic backed up to Glenn Jackson Bridge.

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    PORTLAND, 4:28 p.m.: Powell Blvd. near Cesar Chavez Blvd.

    Eastbound traffic on Powell is slow from Cesar Chavez back to about Milwaukie Ave due to a crash.

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    Two northbound lanes of Interstate 5 will be closed Monday through Thursday between Southwest Capitol Highway to Spring Garden Road for paving improvements. Look for those closures starting at 8 p.m.

    Also of note:

    Work on the Sellwood Bridge has parts of Southeast Sixth Avenue closed south of Tacoma Street. Work will last until Friday.

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

  • Multnomah and Clackamas shelters offer volunteer orientation sessions this week

    If you've got some extra time during these dog days of summer and would like to use it to help animals, the county shelters could use your local. This week, Multnomah County Animal Services and Clackamas County Dog Services both offer volunteer orientations for anyone interested in learning about how they can get involved.

    If you have some extra time during these dog days of summer and you'd like to use it to help animals, this week brings two opportunities.

    Multnomah County Animal Services invites anyone interested in learning about volunteer and foster opportunities to an orientation Tuesday evening.

    People are needed for a variety of positions, including shelter volunteers, who help find homes for adoptable animals, take dogs out for walks and potty breaks or other jobs around the shelter.

    You could also opt to serve as a foster caretaker, providing short-term care for kittens, puppies, mothers with babies, sick or injured pets, under-socialized pets or those in hospice care.

    The Troutdale shelter could use volunteers to transport animals to outreach locations, adoption partners and off-site veterinary appointments.

    Those who fancy felines may prefer to participate on the shelter's Apartment Cat Team, which spays or neuters colonies of outdoor cats and returns them to their environment. Volunteers are needed to assist with the trap-neuter-return process and assist feral cat caretakers.

    The MCAS orientation will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Multnomah County Animal Services. 1700 W. Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale.

    No need to RSVP; for more information, visit multcopets.org or call 503-988-7387.

    Clackamas County Dog Services could also use some canine-loving recruits.

    The shelter will hold a new volunteer information session on Wednesday to educate participants about the shelter and its nonprofit arm, the Clackamas Dogs Foundation.

    Attendants will get to tour the shelter and fill out a volunteer application.

    Eligible volunteers must be at least 18 or older or volunteer with their parents. Youth will get the chance to perform community-based projects that will support the dog shelter.

    The orientation will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday at the Clackamas County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 13141 S.E. Hwy. 212 in Clackamas.

    If you can't make it to this week's session, don't worry; the shelter will hold the information sessions on the last Wednesday of every month.

    For more information, email mwhite2@clackamas.us or call 503-655-8628.

    To learn more, check out the shelter's website or Facebook page.

    --Monique Balas; msbalaspets@gmail.com

  • Poll: Which running back is Oregon's most intriguing for 2015?

    Sports reporter Nick Daschel has made a list of 10 high school running backs to watch in 2015, and now we want to hear from you.

    Sports reporter Nick Daschel has made a list of 10 high school running backs to watch in 2015, and now we want to hear from you.

    Which Oregon running back is the most intriguing entering the coming season? Let us know what you think by voting in the poll.


    Which other backs should we keep an eye on in 2015? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.




  • Poll: Which kicker is Oregon's most intriguing for 2015?

    Sports reporter Nick Daschel has made a list of five high school kickers to watch in 2015, and now we want to hear from you.

    Sports reporter Nick Daschel has made a list of five high school kickers to watch in 2015, and now we want to hear from you.

    Which Oregon kicker is the most intriguing entering the coming season? Let us know what you think by voting in the poll.


    Which other kickers should we keep an eye on in 2015? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.




  • Battle for the Bridge takes on different fight; the state's top linemen: The Oregonian high school sports top 5

    Here are the five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Saturday, July 25.

    Here are the five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Saturday, July 25:

    1. Battle for the Bridge takes on different fight at alumni level


    2. Offensive linemen from 10-1: Oregon's most intriguing high school football players 2015


    3. Northwest Blaze survives four elimination games Friday to stay in ASA national title hunt


    4. Defensive linemen from 10-1: Oregon's most intriguing high school football players 2015


    5. Big inning, strong pitching lift opportunistic Robinson Construction to OIBA championship

  • Spencer Roedel, UO grad, credits 'dumb luck' for finding Columbia Gorge bike

    The Columbia Gorge bike is the fifth of seven given away in Travel Oregon's 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders scavenger hunt. All the bikes were made by Oregon custom biker builders, with Ben Farver of Argonaut Cycles of Bend making the Columbia Gorge bike.

    Because Spencer Roedel of southeast Portland blew out of a pedal clip at the start of the scavenger hunt, he was the one who found the Columbia Gorge bike Saturday morning at Mosier.

    Roedel, 24, a June architecture graduate from the University of Oregon, was lined up with 100 or more searchers at the start of the east trail for the Historic Columbia River State Highway Trail.

    When given the go that the hunt had started, at 5:42 a.m., the pack charged up the trail. Roedel blew out of his pedal and fell behind.

    "Right away I realized if the bike was hidden on the trail, I wasn't going to find it,'' Roedel said later Saturday. "More than 20 riders were ahead of me.''

    Just after riding through the trail's Twin Tunnels, he turned his attention to looking on a side path. He ventured on one to the north and there was the bike. He found it eight minutes after the search began, even though he didn't notice a four-rock cairn built on the trail as a clue by the people who hid the bike.

    "It was just dumb luck,'' he said. "I saw some green material that didn't look like garbage. When I got closer I saw Travel Oregon written on it. It was a covering for the bike. I was in disbelief that I had found it, until the people attending it appeared."

    The Columbia Gorge bike is the fifth of seven given away in Travel Oregon's 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders scavenger hunt. All the bikes were made by Oregon custom biker builders, with Ben Farver of Argonaut Cycles of Bend making the Columbia Gorge bike.

    With a light carbon fiber frame and electronic shifting, Roedel surmised that the bike may be worth five times more than the car he drives. His car is 30 years old and gets him around fine, but not as well as the bike will. No official value for the bike was given to Roedel on Saturday.

    The bike is a good fit and Roedel bought appropriate pedals Saturday afternoon when he got home to Portland.

    He rode his trusty 20-year-old bike during the hunt, which is still a good bike, he said, but nothing like his new one.

    Roedel grew up in Boise and moved to Oregon for four years of school at the University on Oregon in Eugene. He recently completed his degree at the UO architecture program in Portland. After taking some time off, he will be entering the job market soon.

    No word on whether he will find a job as quickly as he found the Columbia Gorge bike.

    The Columbia Gorge bike was given away in the 7 Bike for 7 Wonders, the bike scavenger hunt tied to the 7 Wonders of Oregon tourism promotion campaign run by Travel Oregon and agency partner Wieden+Kennedy.

    Bikes had already been given away at Mount Hood, Smith Rock, the Painted Hills and the Wallowas. Two remain after the Columbia Gorge bike.

    The schedule for the rest of the bikes (clues go out on Mondays and Thursday on the Travel Oregon website and its social media channels, then the bikes are hidden on Saturdays):

    July 27 and Aug. 1, Oregon coast bike; then Aug. 3 and 8, Crater Lake bike.

    A summary of the rules:

    On each Monday during the scavenger hunt, Travel Oregon will post on one of its social channels (i.e., Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) a video about the location of that week's bicycle. Then, on the Thursday, a second clue will be posted on TravelOregon.com or RideOregonRide.com for the location of the trail within the wonder near where the bicycle will be hidden. On Saturday of that week, a physical clue may also be provided on the trail near where the bicycle is hidden. If, by 3 p.m. on that Saturday the bicycle has not been found by an eligible individual, @traveloregon will tweet one final clue on Twitter.

    More about the current 7 Bike for 7 Wonders, the bike scavenger hunt for the 7 Wonders of Oregon (the Gorge bike gets hidden this Saturday):

    Wallowas bike found by Corrine Vegter of Baker City

    Painted Hills bike found by Kayla Webb of Bend

    Smith Rock bike found by Jerad Harris of Bend

    Mt. Hood bike found by Ben Sherwood of Hillsboro

    Is Travel Oregon cracking a fruity? Giving away bikes Down Under, too?

    Free Mt. Hood bike launches Travel Oregon's 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders scavenger hunt

    Seven custom-made bikes free for the finding to be hidden at 7 Wonders of Oregon

    Seven bike builders who built seven bikes for 7 Wonders of Oregon (Photos)

    Seven bike rides for 7 Wonders of Oregon (Photos)

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

  • Defensive linemen from 10-1: Oregon's most intriguing high school football players 2015

    We revealed our list of Oregon's 10 most intriguing defensive linemen for the 2015 season and asked readers to help us determine which of those 10 is the state's best. The results are in.

    Last week, we revealed our list of Oregon's 10 most intriguing defensive linemen for the 2015 season and asked readers to help us determine which of those 10 is the state's best. The results are in.

    Do you agree or disagree? Who's missing from the list entirely? Keep in mind that this is not meant as the be-all, end-all list for the 2015 season. It's a starting point. Who are you most excited to watch come September? Who's poised for a breakout season? Who should be on our radar?


    >>>Come back Monday as we reveal our lists of running backs and quarterbacks.


    Most intriguing defensive linemen for 2015


    10. Tre Neal, Hermiston: Neal was a force a year ago for the Bulldogs, racking up 13 sacks in helping Hermiston win the 5A state championship. The 6-3, 245-pound Neal was the Columbia River Conference defensive player of the year and a first-team 5A all-state selection in 2014.


    9. Zack Mason, Putnam: At 5-11, 300 pounds, Mason plays low to the ground and very effectively, as he was the Northwest Oregon Conference's defensive lineman of the year in 2014.


    8. Joe Rutheford, North Bend: The 6-2, 285-pound Rutheford, the lone 4A player on this list, is among the frontrunners for defensive player of the year in his classification. Rutheford was first-team 4A all-state in 2014, a year when North Bend made a run to the state championship game.


    7. Cam McCormick, SummitLike West Salem's Jacob Kizer, McCormick's future is likely as a tight end, and he's committed to Oregon. But at 6-5, 225 pounds, McCormick is a force on defense, too. A second-team Intermountain Conference selection in 2014, McCormick had 44 tackles and four sacks for the Storm.


    6. Marlon Tuipulotu, Central: Tuipulotu may only be two years into his high school career, but he's well known among college coaches. The 6-2, 275-pound Panthers junior already holds offers from Oregon State, Washington and Brigham Young, and one recruiting service has him ranked among the country's top 100 prospects for the Class of 2017. As a sophomore, Tuilpulotu had 12 sacks for Central and earned second-team 5A all-state honors.


    5. Anthony Del Toro, Grants Pass: If you haven't heard about Del Toro, you will soon. He's the Southwest Conference's most dominating lineman returning this fall. Last season, Del Toro was first-team all-league on both sides of the ball, and the Southwest Conference's co-defensive player of the year. Del Toro is one of three returning first-team 6A all-state defensive linemen this fall.


    4. Osa Odighizuwa, David Douglas: The latest in a long line of talented Odighizuwas, Osa is a handful on the defensive line. The 6-3, 250-pound Odighizuwa, who in May committed to UCLA over Oregon State and Boise State, might be the state's best two-sport athlete. Odigdizuwa heads into his senior year as the state's dominant wrestler, a two-time 285-pound champion who hasn't lost since his freshman season.


    3. Jacob Kizer, West Salem: One of three two-way linemen on this list, joining Grant Pass' Anthony Del Toro and Summit's Cam McCormick. Like McCormick, Kizer is probably headed to college as a tight end, but he's a darned fine defensive end, a first-team all-state selection in 2014. At 6-5, 235 pounds, Kizer has the size to dominate the position.


    2. Tony Kraus, Canby: The 6-3, 235-pound senior was the Three Rivers League defensive lineman of the year in 2014. Kraus is a two-time all-leaguer who had 56 tackles last season.


    1. Massen Newton, Lakeridge: The 6-1, 260-pound Newton has been among the Pacers' defensive leaders for a couple seasons. Newton, a first-team all-Three Rivers honoree in 2014, had 71 tackles and 11 sacks last season.


    -Text by Nick Daschel, For The Oregonian/OregonLive

  • Offensive linemen from 10-1: Oregon's most intriguing high school football players 2015

    We revealed our list of Oregon's 10 most intriguing offensive linemen for the 2015 season and asked readers to help us determine which of those 10 is the state's best. The results are in.

    Last week, we revealed our list of Oregon's 10 most intriguing offensive linemen for the 2015 season and asked readers to help us determine which of those 10 is the state's best. The results are in.

    Do you agree or disagree? Who's missing from the list entirely? Keep in mind that this is not meant as the be-all, end-all list for the 2015 season. It's a starting point. Who are you most excited to watch come September? Who's poised for a breakout season? Who should be on our radar?


    >>>Come back Monday as we reveal our lists of running backs and quarterbacks.


    Most intriguing offensive linemen for 2015


    10. Travis Mackay, Central Catholic: Another Rams underclassman who waited his turn for a talented senior class to graduate. Mackay is one of the state's top junior linemen who already has the attention of college coaches, because he's a big frame at 6-6 and 250 and someone who can move.


    9. Anthony Del Toro, Grants Pass: If you haven't heard about Del Toro, you will soon. He is the Southwest Conference's most dominating lineman returning this fall. Last season, Del Toro was first-team all-league on both sides of the ball, and the Southwest Conference's co-defensive player of the year.


    8. Chris Steffey, Ridgeview: One of two to return to this list (Tigard's Connor Crist the other), Steffey figures to be among the state's top linemen in Class 5A. The 6-5, 285-pound Steffey was Class 4A first-team all-state as a sophomore, when Ridgeview won the state championship.


    7. Dawson Jaramillo, Lake OswegoThe only sophomore on this list, but hardly a newcomer to the spotlight. The 6-6, 265-pound Jaramillo has been an offensive line legend since his youth football days, and because of his size, long arms and quick feet, figures to be one of the jewels of the 2018 recruiting class.


    6. Tobe Okafor, Central Catholic: Okafor wasn't first or second-team all-Mt. Hood Conference a year ago, but don't let that cloud your judgment. Central Catholic had a seasoned senior-dominated line a year ago. Now it's Okafor's turn, and he's in the running for state's best lineman. Colleges agree, as the 6-4, 270-pound Okafor already has nine offers, including Oregon State and Washington State.


    5. Alex Forsyth, West Linn: Another rising junior, Forsyth heads up a line for an offense that should be one of the state's best. Forsyth, a 6-3, 265-pound tackle, was honorable mention all-TRL a year ago. Forsyth's father, Steve, was tragically slain in the Clackamas Town Center shooting in 2012.


    4. Conner Crist, Tigard: The 6-3, 305-pound Crist is one of two Tigers among this list of top 10 offensive linemen. Crist is no secret, as his name was known as a lineman before enrolling in high school. Crist, whose college offers include Oregon State, is the only returning Class 6A first or second-team all-stater this season.


    3. Derek McMurray, Tigard: The 6-7, 340-pound McMurray might be worth the price of admission alone, for those who enjoy watching a lineman dominate defenders. McMurray is mammoth, and bears watching after losing his entire junior season to injury.


    2. Markus John, West Salem: A three-year starter, the 6-3, 320-pound John is one of the key figures returning from last year's 6A semifinal team. John was first-team all-Central Valley offense in 2014.


    1. Max Ahrenkiel, Sherwood: It stands to reason that Sherwood and the efficient machine that is the Bowmen offense would produce at least one name for this list. The 6-foot, 215-pound Ahrenkiel is one of the state's top centers, and a returning first-team all-Three Rivers lineman.


    Readers also mentioned: Jason Sperle, McNary; Tom Laverde, Lincoln


    -Text by Nick Daschel, For The Oregonian/OregonLive

  • Travel Oregon's Columbia Gorge bike found by Spencer Roedel, UO grad

    Bikes now have been given away at Mount Hood, Smith Rock, the Painted Hills, the Wallowas and the Columbia River Gorge. Only one remains after the Oregon Coast bike, next week: the Crake Lake bike the following week.

    The Columbia Gorge bike has been found, by Spencer Roedel.

    Wow, that didn't take long! Snooze you lose, but Roedel wasn't sleeping.

    The Columbia Gorge bike was hidden Saturday morning as part of Travel Oregon's 7 Bike for 7 Wonders campaign.

    A Travel Oregon tweet about the finding of the bike says it was hidden at Mosier and 50 walkers and bikers were ready at the Mosier gate when the hunt began. The count grew to about 100 searchers.

    I will issue a new post when I get more details, after reaching out to contact the finder. It's a little early in the morning to celebrate with an adult beverage (unless its coffee), but I suspect Roedel is partying right now. The photo makes the bike look like it should fit him pretty well.

    Linea Gagliano of Travel Oregon sent this info about the finder:

    We have another bike winner! Spencer Roedel of Boise was first to find the Gorge bike at 5:50 this morning. Folks were lined up at either end of the trail waiting for the official start time (5:42) - more than 100 people in all. Some behind-the-scenes pics are below.

    Spencer Roedel
    Age: 24
    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    When found: 5:50am
    Just graduated from U of O, architecture student. He's SO psyched!

    Bikes now have been given away at Mount Hood, Smith Rock, the Painted Hills, the Wallowas and the Columbia River Gorge. Only one remains after the Oregon Coast bike, next week: the Crake Lake bike the following week.

    The schedule for the rest of the bikes (clues go out on Mondays and Thursdays on the Travel Oregon website and its social media channels, then the bikes are hidden on Saturdays):

    July 27 and Aug. 1, Oregon coast bike; then Aug. 3 and 8, Crater Lake bike.

    A summary of the rules:

    On each Monday during the scavenger hunt, Travel Oregon will post on one of its social channels (i.e., Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) a video about the location of that week's bicycle. Then, on the Thursday, a second clue will be posted on TravelOregon.com or RideOregonRide.com for the location of the trail within the wonder near where the bicycle will be hidden. On Saturday of that week, a physical clue may also be provided on the trail near where the bicycle is hidden. If, by 3 p.m. on that Saturday the bicycle has not been found by an eligible individual, @traveloregon will tweet one final clue on Twitter.

    More about the current 7 Bike for 7 Wonders, the bike scavenger hunt for the 7 Wonders of Oregon (the Gorge bike gets hidden this Saturday):

    Wallowas bike found by Corrine Vegter of Baker City

    Painted Hills bike found by Kayla Webb of Bend

    Smith Rock bike found by Jerad Harris of Bend

    Mt. Hood bike found by Ben Sherwood of Hillsboro

    Is Travel Oregon cracking a fruity? Giving away bikes Down Under, too?

    Free Mt. Hood bike launches Travel Oregon's 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders scavenger hunt

    Seven custom-made bikes free for the finding to be hidden at 7 Wonders of Oregon

    Seven bike builders who built seven bikes for 7 Wonders of Oregon (Photos)

    Seven bike rides for 7 Wonders of Oregon (Photos)

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

  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: All I-5 southbound lanes closed at Burnside due to crash

    Also of note: I-5 closures in both directions at 10 p.m. between I-84 and Marquam Bridge and Interstate Bridge lifts scheduled for tonight and tomorrow starting at 11 p.m.

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    PORTLAND, 5:27 p.m.: Interstate 5 southbound near Burnside

    The middle southbound lane of I-5 is blocked by a crash at Burnside. Traffic jammed back to Fremont Bridge.

    UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: ALL southbound lanes are closed.

    UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: Portland Fire & Rescue say the crash involved a motorcycle.

    Nuran Alteir has more details in this post.

    ODOT doesn't have an estimated time that I-5 will reopen.

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    PORTLAND, 5:11 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge

    A stalled truck is blocking the eastbound ramp entrance on to Ross Island Bridge.

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    VANCOUVER, 4:42 p.m.: Interstate 205 north

    Pretty bad jam on I-205 north starting at SR-500 and stretching back to SR-14.

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    PORTLAND, 4:06 p.m.: Interstate 84 east near 82nd Ave.

    The left eastbound lane of I-84 is blocked by a stall just before 82nd Ave. Traffic jammed back to I-5.

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    PORTLAND, 3:56 p.m.: Interstate 84 west near 181st Ave.

    A crash is blocking westbound traffic just past 181st.

    UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: ALL westbound lanes are closed.

    UPDATE 4:17 p.m.: Left, middle lanes now open again. Right lane still closed.

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    PORTLAND, 3:47 p.m.: Interstate 405 south ramp to Interstate 5 north

    The right lane of the ramp is blocked by a stall. Traffic backed up to Highway 26.

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    TriMet finished some track improvements earlier today but trains are still expected to be delayed 15 minutes through 5 p.m. tonight. 

    A stall is blocking the left northbound lane of Interstate 205 just past the Abernathy Bridge in West Linn. Traffic jammed back to Interstate 5 in Tualatin.

    Also of note: Interstate Bridge lifts scheduled for tonight and tomorrow starting at 11 p.m.

    Also I-5 closures in both directions tonight between I-84 and Marquam Bridge starting with lane closures at 8 p.m and full closures at 10 p.m. tonight. 

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

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