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    Report: Portland will need more charging stations for growing number of electric cars

    Electric car in Portland (KATU photo) PORTLAND, Ore. – Environment Oregon Research and Police Center held a news conference at Go Forth Electric Showcase Tuesday to discuss a new study on preparing cities in the U.S. for electric vehicles. The report is called “Plugging In: Readying America’s Cities for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles.” The report includes a first-of-its-kind policy analysis of best practices for using electric cars in the U.S. and internationally. The organization says the report will help make the transition to electric vehicles as smooth as possible. At the news conference Tuesday, officials talked about the growing need for more charging stations in Portland. Data shows Portland…

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    Group of high-end inns and restaurants will declare bankruptcy

    The Camden Harbour Inn in Camden. A co-owner of high-end inns and restaurants in Camden and Portland said his companies will be forced into bankruptcy to avoid pending foreclosure auctions. Foreclosure auctions are scheduled for March 29 for both the Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s restaurant on Bay View Street in Camden and the Danforth Inn and Tempo Dulu restaurant on Danforth Street in Portland. The Camden Harbor Inn is a 20-room luxury boutique inn with the award-winning 65-seat restaurant Natalie’s. The Danforth Inn is a nine-room full service inn and fine dining restaurant Tempo Dulu. There were plans to open a bar called Opium at that location which drew…

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    Portland mayor parts with his hair as he makes good on Super Bowl bet: Watch video

    It was a moment of shear joy, at least for everyone in the room except Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling. After two weeks of highly publicized anticipation, Strimling finally made good on a Super Bowl LII bet and parted ways with his impeccably manicured salt-and-pepper mane. Strimling’s well-coifed wave was shaved in front of a cheering crowd of about 250 students at Presumpscot Elementary School on Friday afternoon. Also in attendance was Lance Prator, the mayor of Portland, Pennsylvania, a borough of less than 600 people, who made the bet with Strimling. “Does it look good now?” Strimling shouted. “Keep going! … yeah!” Strimling and Prator, who are both New York…

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    Portland Children’s Levy now in the hands of voters

    PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s now up to voters to decide if dozens of Portland programs, aimed at helping thousands of kids succeed, will get the funding they need. The funding comes from the Portland Children’s Levy, and the city council unanimously decided Wednesday to put in on the May ballot. “[The Portland Children’s Levy is] so crucial to our children here in the Portland Metro area,” Lluvia Merello, a foster parent who has foster kids that benefit from levy, said. It changes lives. “Yes, a complete transformation,” Karmen English, who testified in front of city council about the importance of the levy, said. The levy supports 74 different programs, that…

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    Controversial Portland program uses marijuana and kratom to treat opioid addiction

    A recovering opioid addict in Portland, 33-year-old Arron Veysey credits Roxanne Gullikson and her marijuana- and kratom-based treatment program with helping him kick his habit. But addiction treatment experts say there’s no research to support its effectiveness. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup Arron Veysey credits marijuana, kratom and Roxanne Gullikson with helping him quit an opioid habit that was ruining his life. “She basically saved my life,” said Veysey, 33, who works as a prep cook at a Portland retirement home. “I’m able to get up and go to work every day, and have a life. I don’t look at marijuana as a drug anymore.” Veysey said when he was…

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    Sunday’s ‘Indigenous Womxn’s March’ seeks to continue momentum of Portland’s weekend protests

    (Indigenous Womxn’s March/Facebook) Portland saw three large protests and celebrations Saturday, all related to the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Sunday afternoon will see another march: "The Indigenous Womxn’s March," which gets underway at Terry Shrunk Plaza in downtown Portland at 1 p.m. The event highlights the lives and activism of Red Fawn Fallis and Berta Cáceres. Fallis is a Dakota Access oil-pipeline protester charged with shooting at police officers in October 2016. Her trial was supposed to start on Jan. 29 in Bismarck, N.D., but the Denver Post reports that she has reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to civil disorder and gun possession. She…

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    Neo-Nazi Posters Were Plastered Throughout Portland Community College Over Christmas Weekend

    Neo-Nazi Posters Were Plastered Throughout Portland Community College Over Christmas WeekendPCC Cascade Campus (Abe Proctor/ Portland Community College) Two weeks ago, Portlanders living in the Park Plaza Apartments near Portland State University found Neo-Nazi recruitment flyers plastered on car windshields and park benches. Those same messages, along with other anti-Semitic and white supremacist decals, were found littered throughout the Portland Community College Cascade campus over Christmas weekend. The PSU Vanguard first reported on the appearance of the flyers, which were distributed by a group of seven unidentified individuals late last Saturday, Dec. 23. Security cameras caught the crew pasting their messages on street signs and windows near North Killingsworth Street…

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    South Portland planners OK $13 million Avesta Housing project

    Architect Jesse Thompson of Kaplan Thompson Architects addresses the South Portland Planning Board Tuesday. SOUTH PORTLAND — A $13 million, 64-unit mixed-income housing project approved for Westbrook Street could be on track to have tenants move in by September 2019. The Planning Board Tuesday night unanimously approved the final plan application from Avesta Housing for the five-story, mixed-use project at 586-600 Westbrook St. A rendering depicts the 64-unit West End Apartments proposed for 586 Westbrook St. in South Portland with commercial space on the ground floor. Rendering courtesy of Kaplan Thompson Architects Design plans include four floors of rental housing, ranging from studios to three- bedroom apartments, above a 4,000-square-foot…

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    Portland man who jumped from I-84 overpass after crash was realtor fighting mental illness

    Alex Michael Herrera A Portland man struck and killed by a car after he jumped from an Interstate 84 overpass in Morrow County was an ambitious young realtor who also struggled with bouts of mental illness, his family and co-workers said. Alex Michael Herrera, 28, had fled a minor fender-bender last week near Boardman moments before his death, said Oregon State Police. The car that struck Herrera kept driving and remains unidentified, said Lt. Cari Boyd, a state police spokeswoman. Authorities are investigating the fatality as a suspected hit-and-run, Boyd said, though it remains unclear whether the impact from the fall or the car caused Herrera’s death. “He was a…

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    If you voted in Portland and you’re looking for your teeth, read this

    Perhaps it was something jaw-dropping on the ballot that caused it. Lost teeth at Portland City Hall A $64 million bond to renovate four elementary schools? A 16-page ordinance on rent control? Or a state proposal to expand Medicaid to as many as 70,000 low-income people? Regardless of the cause, the result was this: Someone left behind a pair of dentures in a Portland voting booth on Tuesday. The false teeth were discovered by an election clerk at Merill Auditorium. The choppers are now in a plastic bag in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall waiting to be reunited with the owner of the appliance. So, if you or…