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COVID-19 updates: Oregon schools continue to confront omicron’s effect on staff and students

As Oregon school districts weigh the possibility of shutting down school buildings and move again to distance learning, leaders have been looking closely at staffing levels and student attendance trends, as the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads. As has been the case for nearly two years since the pandemic arrived in Oregon, the dilemma remains how to balance student and community health, with the superior effectiveness of in-person instruction as a teaching strategy.
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Judge rules against developer who sued Oregon City

Clackamas County court determines that cottages, as built, violate the city's historic standards.A Clackamas County circuit judge has ruled in Oregon City's favor after one of its own Planning Commission members sued the city to construct a cottage-cluster development in violation of historic standards. Judge Ulanda L. Watkins wrote earlier this month that Christopher Staggs, the developer of five cottages who was appointed in 2020 to the city's Planning Commission, violated Oregon City Municipal Code criteria. As built, the five cottages "are incompatible, not architecturally appropriate and compromise the value of the historic district," Watkins wrote. City officials...
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Readers Respond to the Unconventional Candidacy of Betsy Johnson

Last week, WW kicked off 2022 with interviews of five people with demands to change Portland (“Voices,” Jan. 5, 2022). The most provocative remarks came from Betsy Johnson, formerly a Democrat and state senator. Now she’s running for governor as a candidate unaffiliated with any political party. That’s not entirely a departure: Johnson, the Scappoose heir to a timber fortune and owner of a helicopter company, has long served as a brake on Democratic policy ambitions. She now pledges to save Oregon from Portland, which she describes as “an accelerating death spiral disaster.” Here’s what our readers had to say.
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Portland Nurses 'Urgently Concerned' About Health in Schools

As COVID-19 cases surge in Oregon — forcing some of the state’s largest school districts to close due to staffing shortages last week — a letter from three dozen nurses at the Portland Public School District circulated over the weekend, in which they question the relative health and safety in school buildings.

Club Privata Presents Glow Night in Downtown Portland | Neon, LED, Sparkles, Pacific Northwest’s Premiere Lifestyle Club

Tonight guests wear UV, reactive, or neon clothing as well as glow sticks, glow paint, and LED lights. If it glows, sparkles, or flashes – WEAR IT!. The Club will be using black lights to maximize fluorescent effects. Whether you’re a local or in town visiting, you’ll want to experience Portland’s most glow-tastic party!

'Food is health': Sunshine Division, Kaiser Permanente hand out free food boxes on MLK Day

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Many people and organizations spent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday honoring the slain civil rights leaders and his legacy of service by serving others. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Sunshine Division said it has given out more than 300,000 food boxes, which is more than 7 million meals. While many in Oregon and Southwest Washington are back to work, there are still lines for food and people still need help.

New COVID testing site now open in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — A new COVID-19 testing site is now taking patients. WVT Labs just opened on Southwest Marlow Avenue in Portland. The company noticed there was a lack of testing in the area, and with omicron spreading rapidly, the need is even greater. As of this morning, they...

Battle Ground deputy mayor works to help homeless

One elected member of north Clark County government is doing her part in a countywide effort to help those experiencing homelessness. On a relatively dry day in January, Battle Ground Deputy Mayor Cherish DesRochers showed off a new bathroom unit stationed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Vancouver. “The pod,” as DesRochers has dubbed it, is more permanent than a more mobile shower trailer, but is an extension of the nonprofit’s overarching “Shower Outreach Project” or the “SOP.”

Vancouver transportation organization provides services to north Clark County and gains new vehicle

Community in Motion acquired a new minivan to provide transportation to senior citizens and people with disabilities. The organization now has two minivans and a minibus. Founded in 1957 under the name Human Services Council, Executive Director Jeananne Edwards said Community in Motion is excited about the transportation opportunities the new vehicle provides.

Dan Rayfield likely to be Oregon's next House speaker after Kotek steps down

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State Rep. Dan Rayfield is poised to be the next Oregon House Speaker after being officially nominated by Democratic representatives for the post. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Rayfield, of Corvallis, prevailed Sunday in a contested race to replace longtime speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland. Kotek said she would be stepping down to focus on her race for governor.