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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland, Oregon, to Use Microphones to Track Gunshots

The decision to advance a pilot program with ShotSpotter was made after Wheeler met with Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

Oregon Students' Math, Reading Skills Plummet Post-Pandemic

The tests administered last spring were the first reliable comparison to pre-pandemic testing done in 2019.

Faith Community, Activists Introduce ‘Evidence-Based’ Gun Control Measure to Ballot

Proposed law would require permits to purchase, limit magazine rounds.

Seattle Mayor Appoints Adrian Diaz as City's Police Chief

Diaz joined the agency in 1997 and has worked in the Seattle Police Department’s patrol and investigations units, and served as assistant chief before he was promoted to deputy chief.

NEWS BRIEFS

Rep. Janelle Bynum Champions Oregon Business and Sets Sights on Strengthening Key Industries

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PPS Renames Headquarters

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Affordable Housing Plan to Go Before Seattle Voters

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Merkley, Wyden: Over $3.2 Million in Federal Funds to Address Domestic Violence and Expand Services for Survivors 

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces Partnership to Advance Genomics Research at the Nation's Four Historically Black Medical Colleges

New partnership with Charles Drew University College of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, and...

Coast Guard works to remove sunken ships from Columbia River

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two ships that have been abandoned in the Columbia river for years are being removed and the U.S. Coast Guard is working with state agencies to clean up the fuel and oil that leaked from the vessels. The ships — a Navy tug called the Sakarissa and a Coast...

Crowded campsites, high demand cause fights, 'camp pirates'

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some Oregon parks officials say high demand for crowded campsites is leading to arguments, fistfights and even so-called “campsite pirates.” Brian Carroll with Linn County Parks and Recreation said park rangers have had to play mediator this summer as...

Bridges' OT fumble recovery seals Auburn's win over Missouri

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Cayden Bridges recovered a fumble in the end zone to give Auburn a 17-14 overtime victory over Missouri in an SEC opener on Saturday afternoon. Missouri (2-2) running back Nathaniel Peat dropped the football before a potential game-winning touchdown, and Bridges...

Missouri makes 1st visit to Auburn in SEC opener for both

Missouri (2-1, 0-0 SEC) at Auburn (2-1, 0-0), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN) Line: Auburn by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Auburn leads 2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Auburn and coach Bryan Harsin are trying to keep the season from...

OPINION

The Cruelty of Exploiting Vulnerable People for Political Advantage

There is always a new low for Trump Republicans. And that is pretty frightening. ...

The Military to American Youth: You Belong to Me

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Financial Fairness at Risk With Proposed TD Bank-First Horizon Merger

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Biden administration launches environmental justice office

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Ex-Nevada deputy attorney general indicted on murder charge

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Mississippi man gets hate crime charge in cross burning

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged with a federal hate crime for burning a cross in his front yard to threaten his Black neighbors, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday. Axel Cox, 23, has been charged with one count of criminal interference with the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Katey Sagal plays mom to son Jackson White in 'Tell Me Lies'

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New Mexico allows funds for prosecutions in 'Rust' shooting

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Ari Lennox's 'age/sex/location' revels in infatuation

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Abortion is a matter of 'freedom' for Biden and Democrats

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Russian police block mobilization protests, arrest hundreds

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South Dakota investigation weighs Noem's use of state plane

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As Ukraine worries UN, some leaders rue what's pushed aside

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Sri Lankans describe abuse as Russian captives in Ukraine

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Nancy Mccarthy of The Skanner

Kaiser Permanente is launching an outreach and mentoring program to help minority contractors compete for construction projects the hospital is planning in Portland during the next several years.

More than $1.7 billion in construction projects are planned for Oregon and Washington, with most of that in the Portland area, said Joanna Davison, manager of National Facilities Services Diversity for Kaiser.

But just as construction plans are coming on line for Kaiser, local construction crews are heading out of Portland and down to Louisiana to rebuild New Orleans and other towns. The new program will help "build our pool of contractors" for the future, she said.

"This is an opportunity for contractors to gain experience in the health care environment and to add to their portfolio so they can grow their business," Davison said. "Kaiser benefits by having increased available contractors qualified to help us with our projects."

Last year, Kaiser Permanente in the Northwest spent $5.024 million on minority small business and $2.9 million on large minority-owned businesses. Another $12.7 million was spent on women-owned businesses, according to Davison
The new program is designed to remove the barriers that have blocked non-union minority contractors from working on Kaiser projects. Those barriers include a lack of long-term experience in the construction field and in health-care construction specifically, Davison said. In addition, because of Kaiser's commitment to support labor union, nonunion contractors have been ineligible to bid.

Small one- and two-person shops aren't too small to be considered, she said, as long as they're willing to follow union rules on particular projects.

"The corner stone of our project is to ensure they have the tools necessary to succeed not in construction but in hospital construction," Davison added.

The first steps in finding minority contractors began with a presentation by Kaiser in Portland. Letters are being sent out to the contractors who expressed interest. They will be asked to complete a profile sheet, and after Kaiser has determined their licenses are in good standing,  they  can participate, Davison said.

"We're going to start with fairly small projects but will expand them as the contractors become more experienced," she said.

Renovation and remodeling projects worth up to $500,000 will be offered at the beginning, as the contractors learn more about working in a medical environment, said Rick Ginley, a consultant to Kaiser.

Ginley noted that, unlike office buildings, hospitals require special precautions, such as life-safety equipment, patients and medical staff to work around. Project managers will be assigned to assist contractors in adjusting to the health care environment.

"We're really excited about the program," Davison said. "This is a first for Kaiser Permanente, and we're vested in its success in Portland."

To learn more about the program, write to Davison at 1800 Harrison St., 19th floor, Oakland, CA  94612, or call her at 510-625-2885.

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