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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Black Community Frustrated as Violence Mars Protests

Black leaders condemn violence from small group of mostly-white activists as Rose City Justice suspends nightly marches

Protester Dies After Car Hits Two on Closed Freeway

Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle died and Taylor and Diaz Love of Portland were injured. The driver, Dawit Kelete has been arrested

Police Union Contract Extended, Bargaining to Continue

Negotiations will resume in January 2021.

Inslee Heckled Off Stage During Tri-Cities Appearance

Speaking outdoors in Eastern Washington, the governor was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers as he urged residents to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Highlights First Report on Oregon’s New Hate and Bias Crimes Laws

In 2019, the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 577, which updated Oregon’s hate and bias crimes law for the first time in over...

Trump Blows His Twitter Dog Whistle on America’s Fair Housing Policies in the Suburbs

The president could be Tweeting on unemployment or COVID-19 infections but instead pushes housing discrimination ...

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Awards Historic $100,000 Founders' Centennial Scholarship

Zeta celebrates 100 years with largest single recipient scholarship awarded by a historically Black Greek-lettered sorority or...

Nominations Being Accepted for the Gladys McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award

Gladys McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1994 to honor Multnomah County residents who have contributed outstanding...

Shatter, LLC Launches to Elevate Diverse Voices in Progressive Politics

A collaboration of leading female political strategists aims to fill a void in the world of political consulting ...

Driver in Seattle crash that hit 2 protesters due in court

SEATTLE (AP) — The man accused of driving a Jaguar on to a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a discussion on whether he can be released on bail.Dawit Kelete, who is black, drove the car around vehicles that were...

Story of 2 families emerges after stone found in lake

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — World War II veteran Laurie Rudolph Heikkila, a native of Embarrass, was laid to rest in the town’s East Pike Cemetery more than 30 years ago. A footstone there marks his grave.So, why did a grave marker engraved with his name emerge recently at the end of a...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

Letter to the Community From Eckhart Tolle Foundation

The Eckhart Tolle Foundation is donating more than 250,000 dollars to organizations that are fighting racism ...

Editorial From the Publisher: Vote as Your Life Depends on It

The Republican-controlled Senate won’t pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, no matter how hard Oregon’s senators and others work to push for change. ...

Banana Republic or Constitutional Democracy? The US Military May Decide

Will the military, when and if the chips are down, acts in accord with the Constitution and not out of loyalty to its commander-in-chief? ...

To Save Black Lives, and the Soul of Our Nation, Congress Must Act Boldly

For too long, Black people in America have been burdened with the unjust responsibility of keeping ourselves safe from police. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

White woman charged after racist Central Park confrontation

NEW YORK (AP) — A white woman who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man over walking her dog without a leash in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false police report.In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation for frantically calling 911 to claim she...

Trump criticizes Redskins, Indians for weighing name changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday criticizing a pair of sports teams that are considering name changes in the wake of a national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality.Trump tweeted, “They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington...

Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Wallace over flag and noose

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASCAR’s layered relationship with President Donald Trump took a sharp turn Monday when Trump blasted the series for banning the Confederate flag and wrongly accused the sport’s only full-time Black driver of perpetrating “a hoax” when a crew...

ENTERTAINMENT

New this week: 'Stateless,' 'Palm Springs,' The Dalai Lama

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.MOVIES“The Old Guard”: The summer movie season may be non-existent this year, but Netflix had a pinch-hitter...

Denise Richards details return to set on 'Bold' amid virus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Denise Richards returned to the set of CBS' “The Bold and the Beautiful" last week after the pandemic shutdown filming for three months, a detailed, specific plan was in place to keep everyone safe.The soap opera is under a microscope, as one of the first U.S....

Reps: Singers Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly file for divorce

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Kacey Musgraves and her musician-husband, Ruston Kelly, have filed for divorce.Representatives for both singers confirmed the news Friday to The Associated Press. In a joint statement, Musgraves and Kelly said “we’ve made this painful...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone. The creature,...

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester were trying to determine Monday who ripped a statue of...

NY count: 6,300 virus patients were sent to nursing homes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York hospitals released more than 6,300 recovering coronavirus patients into...

During pandemic, Nicaraguan doctors face political pressure

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Inside Nicaragua's public hospitals, the walls are plastered with political...

Australia to shut state border as Melbourne infections surge

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities were preparing to close the border between the country's...

France: Macron ousts security chief after police protests

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron ousted his top security official Monday following protests...

McMenamins
By The Skanner News

Since 2003, Val Solorzano has been working hard to expand her small business. Solorzano operates two businesses – Chick Of All Trades General Contractors and C.O.A.T. Flagging.
Just this year, Chick Of All Trades General Contractors, expanded into the commercial construction business after a romp with residential building. Solorazano just finished the soundwall for the I-5 Victory Project – the first commercial side project for the business. Although the bid pages in local papers are getting a bit thin, Solorzano isn't too worried.
"I'm holding my own in the boy's club," she says. "I've earned their respect in the field."
Now that the highway project is complete, C.O.A.T. Flagging will be handling five flagging contracts at the airport – managing traffic flow and escorting vehicles onto the tarmac. Solorzano is proud she won those projects – she beat out a long-established company for the job. Not as easy as it may look – flagging requires learning a long list of rules and procedures and in many cases, can involve a military-like operation with walkie talkies, coordination and timing.
Her flagging company also handled much of the traffic control on the downtown transit mall project. She said learning the ropes with big companies building the light rail provided invaluable experience for her workers and many other small contractors.
Her contracting company also just scored contracts putting up plywood boards on windows for the city (in case of breakage) and weatherizing doors for Multnomah County.
Being new and small is tough work, Solorzano says and her advice to other newcomers is to get the job done right, keep the books up and try to play the politics. She also says that getting your foot in the door with the big contractors helps.
"Be flexible," she said, and learn something from the big contractors. "They're around for a reason."

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