Bridge Builder

The next speaker of the Oregon House—Portland Democrat Tina Kotek—will face immediate tests of her leadership.


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Hundreds of raucous Democrats, crowded into the cavernous downtown Hilton Hotel ballroom for their election-night victory bash, roared...   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Headout: The Zero Train

Columbia River Crossing for dummies.


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Vancouver is actively disinterested in joining Portland’s transportation grid. Twice in recent years, voters there have been asked to approve a tiny sales-tax increase to pay for a light-rail br   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Kitzhaber On the CRC: "It's Time to Build This Bridge"

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At today's 10th Oregon Leadership Summit, Gov. John Kitzhaber did what he could to put the best face on the controversial $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project. "I met with legislative leadership last week and they agreed to prioritize this project in 2013," Kitzhaber told the assembled throng of business leaders and elected officials. In the budget he released Nov. 30, Kitzhaber anticipated ...   More
 
Monday, December 3, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Bridge Too Low

The CRC isn’t eager to redesign a bridge that should be taller.


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The proposed Columbia River Crossing has turned into a high-stakes limbo dance: How low can the bridge go? CRC officials say they are trying to fix one of the most embarrassing problems with the troubled $3.5 billion Interstate 5 project: The...   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Congresswoman to CRC: Start Over

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Now that Clark County voters have said no to a light-rail sales tax, the county’s Congresswoman is saying "no" to the Columbia River Crossing.The Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River needs a redesign, says U.S. Rep Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) and nine other Republican lawmakers in a statement released today. Voters in Clark County rejected Proposition 1, a 0.1 percent sales tax hike that ...   More
 
Thursday, November 8, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Light Rail Bridge to Nowhere: Clark County Voters Are Saying No to MAX Tax

A defeat would be a setback for the Columbia River Crossing Project

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Clark County voters are leaning against a sales tax for light rail tonight. And while a defeat may not derail the Columbia River Crossing, it would represent the start of a long, new fight.Many in the county framed the vote—a 0.1 percent sales tax increase—as a referendum on the entire $3.5 billion CRC project, and results this evening show the measure failing by 56 percent to 44 percent. The measure ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Murmurs: CRC Budget Irregularities and First Responder Bragdon

Today is the first day of the 2016 campaign.


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The founder of HemCon Medical Technologies, the bankrupt Portland-based medical bandage company, wasn’t happy to see a blistering letter from one of his investors, divorce lawyer Jody Stahancyk,   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

One Question: Would You Vote to Permit Construction of the CRC in its Current Form?


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The City of Portland has been a minor player in the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing—with its wide freeway bridges and light rail to Vancouver, Wash. But the mega-project will pro   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

Murmurs: A Columbia River... Tunnel?

Taking the CRC debate underground.


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Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith has released a 1994 settlement agreement that got him off the hook for a misdemeanor assault charge. Smith, then a University of Oregon student, injured a woman   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

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