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NORTHWEST NEWS

‘Feeling Our Age’: Oregon Artist Explores Aging Through Portraiture

64 women were painted and asked to reflect on lives well lived.

Off-Duty Guard Charged With Killing Seattle-Area Teen After Mistaking Toy for Gun, Authorities Say

Prosecutors charged 51-year-old Aaron Brown Myers on Monday in connection with the death of Hazrat Ali Rohani. Myers was also charged with assault after authorities say he held another teen at gunpoint. His attorney says Myers sincerely believed he was stopping a violent crime.

James Beard Finalists Include an East African Restaurant in Detroit and Seattle Pho Shops

The James Beards Awards are the culinary world's equivalent of the Oscars. For restaurants, even being named a finalist can bring wide recognition and boost business.

Ranked-Choice Voting Expert Grace Ramsey on What Portland Voters Can Expect in November

Ramsey has worked in several other states and cities to educate voters on new system of voting. 

NEWS BRIEFS

Montavilla Pool to Reopen in July After Mandatory Maintenance

The pool will open later this summer due to an upgrade to the pool’s plumbing that required a more complex solution to achieve...

Coalition of 43 AGs Reach $700 Million Nationwide Settlement With Johnson and Johnson Over Deceptive Marketing; Oregon to Receive $15 Million

Today, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 42 other attorneys general announced they have reached a 0 million nationwide...

Juneteenth 2024 Events in Portland and Seattle

View events celebrating Juneteenth in the Portland and Seattle area ...

Kobi Flowers Crowned 2024 Rose Festival Queen

Flowers has been active in her school community as member of the leadership team at Self Enhancement, Inc., Varsity Cheer...

Summer Events are Shining Through at Multnomah County Library

Start your June by honoring Juneteenth, celebrating Pride and playing the Summer Reading game. ...

Crews rescue 28 people trapped upside down high on Oregon amusement park ride

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Emergency crews in Oregon rescued 28 people Friday after they were stuck for about half an hour dangling upside down high on a ride at a century-old amusement park. Portland Fire and Rescue said on the social platform X that firefighters worked with engineers...

Washington's Makah Tribe could once again harpoon whales as US waives conservation law

SEATTLE (AP) — The United States granted the Makah Indian Tribe in Washington state a long-sought waiver Thursday that helps clear the way for its first sanctioned whale hunts since 1999 and sets the stage for renewed clashes with animal rights activists. The Makah, a tribe of 1,500...

Kansas lawmakers poised to lure Kansas City Chiefs from Missouri, despite economists' concerns

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 170-year-old rivalry is flaring up as Kansas lawmakers try to snatch the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs away from Missouri even though economists long ago concluded subsidizing pro sports isn't worth the cost. The Kansas Legislature's top leaders...

Josh Sargent out for Colombia friendly, could miss Copa America

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — United States forward Josh Sargent could miss Saturday's friendly against Colombia and could be dropped from the Copa America roster. A 24-year-old from O'Fallon, Missouri, Sargent scored 16 goals in 26 league games with Norwich in England's second-tier League...

OPINION

Supreme Court Says 'Yes” to Consumer Protection, "No" to Payday Lenders 7-2 Decision Upholds CFPB’s Funding

A recent 7-2 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court gave consumers a long-sought victory that ended more than a decade of challenges over the constitutionality of the agency created to be the nation’s financial cop on the beat. ...

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

Read The Skanner News endorsements and vote today. Candidates for mayor and city council will appear on the November general election ballot. ...

Nation’s Growing Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps Need Policy Reform

Never-married Black women have 8 cents in wealth for every dollar held by while males. ...

New White House Plan Could Reduce or Eliminate Accumulated Interest for 30 Million Student Loan Borrowers

Multiple recent announcements from the Biden administration offer new hope for the 43.2 million borrowers hoping to get relief from the onerous burden of a collective

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Trump's Michigan trip will include stops at a Black church and a gathering of far-right activists

DETROIT (AP) — Donald Trump will use back-to-back stops Saturday to court Black voters and a conservative group that has been accused of attracting white supremacists as the Republican presidential candidate works to stitch together a coalition of historically divergent interests in battleground...

South Africa's President Ramaphosa is reelected for second term after a dramatic late coalition deal

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was reelected by lawmakers for a second term on Friday, after his party struck a dramatic late coalition deal with a former political foe just hours before the vote. Ramaphosa, the leader of the African National...

A few midwives seek to uphold Native Hawaiian birth traditions. Would a state law jeopardize them?

HONOLULU (AP) — Ki‘inaniokalani Kahoʻohanohano longed for a deeper connection to her Native Hawaiian ancestors and culture as she prepared to give birth to her first child at home on the north shore of Maui in 2003. But generations of colonialist suppression had eroded many...

ENTERTAINMENT

Meet Will Butler, the singer-songwriter who makes Broadway's 'Stereophonic' rock

NEW YORK (AP) — The assignment was daunting: Write a song for an onstage moment of transcendence. Make it kind of funny and exciting and for a five-piece band. Write it so it justifies an audience sitting in their seats for two hours before they hear it. And, oh, it must plausibly be a rock hit...

Roger Daltrey talks new tour, thoughts on Broadway’s ‘Tommy’ and future of The Who

NEW YORK (AP) — As Roger Daltrey hits the road on a short solo tour this June, he’s unsure if fans will ever see another tour from The Who. “I don’t see it. I don’t know whether The Who’ll ever will go out again,” he told The Associated Press over Zoom. The...

Book Review: Yume Kitasei explores space in a heist-driven action adventure novel

Grad student Maya Hoshimoto is having a hard time settling down on Earth after a thrilling career as an art thief, stealing looted objects and returning them to their people. So when her best friend Auncle — an octopus-like being from another solar system — offers one last job, of course she...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Speaker Johnson says House will go to court for Biden audio after Justice Dept. refused to prosecute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Mike Johnson said Friday that the House will go to court to enforce the subpoena...

Ukraine employs a flexible defense while waiting for new Western ammo to get to the front

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian firepower has been improving since U.S. lawmakers approved a much-needed military...

US military targets Houthi radar sites in Yemen after a merchant sailor goes missing

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States military unleashed a wave of attacks targeting radar sites...

South Africa's President Ramaphosa is reelected for second term after a dramatic late coalition deal

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was reelected by lawmakers for a second...

Aides' vehicle in a convoy carrying Mexico's next president involved in a crash that killed 1

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A highway accident Friday involving an SUV carrying aides to Claudia Sheinbaum, who won...

G7 leaders agree to lend Ukraine billions backed by Russia's frozen assets. Here's how it will work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed to engineer a billion loan...

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Just months after its re-launch, the Salvation Army has shuttered the Moore Street Computer Clubhouse after nine years of service to North Portland.
Major Barbara Sloan, appointed as chief officer of Moore Street in July, says the facility cost too much to operate and reached too few youths.
"As we were preparing the budget for 2010 the reality of a program that cost the Salvation Army an excess of $90,000 a year to operate and that money would have to come directly out of capital and pulling from other fundings that we have, while only serving 15 kids – unduplicated count kids – per month, just certainly wasn't a prudent use of donated funds," Sloan told The Skanner.
The Moore Street Computer Clubhouse program, a partnership of Intel and the Boston Museum of Science was aimed at local youth ages 10-18, offering cutting edge computer training and free computer access in music, film and animation production, as well as college preparation and career development.
From the date of its official re-opening to the public April 28 to its closure, Friday, Aug. 7, staff members Ron Carr, David Walker and Elijah Hasan were only given four months to turn the facility around.
The clubhouse, opened in 2001 with a grant from Intel corporation, was closed for eight months last year for financial reasons and lack of participation, said Jim Sloan, Portland Metro coordinator at the Salvation Army and Barbara Sloan's husband.
"We thought that we could make it happen and we were not able to make it work right," he told The Skanner.
"We thought that we would get some funding support from Intel, and we didn't even get funding support from Intel," Barbara Sloan said. "It's a program that's a luxury program, and when the economy is rough, luxury programs that reach the least amount of folks, unfortunately, have to get put under that critical knife of 'is this really the highest and best use of dollars entrusted to us by the public.'"
However, Jim Sloan confirmed to The Skanner that the Clubhouse took two years to spend a $15,000 "refresh" grant from Intel, which was used this past spring to update software and equipment.
Intel spokesman Bill MacKenzie calculated Intel's total investment in the Moore Street Computer Clubhouse over the Clubhouse's nine years of operation at $425,128.
"Right at the outset you know and we know it is a difficult time all around, and organizations and companies are having to make difficult choices," MacKenzie said.
"We understand that's occurring, but at the same time it's unfortunate that one of the decisions that the Salvation Army made was they needed to cease operations at the Moore St. Clubhouse."
MacKenzie said that Intel's obligation within the program was to fund the startup, but that several times over the past nine years they had provided "refresher" grants to upgrade the equipment, and recruited numerous volunteers.
"I think that to some degree that there may be misunderstandings of our long history there, because not everybody who's been at the Salvation Army has been there from the outset and may not have a full understanding or appreciation of the extent of our involvement," he said.
Barbara Sloan says the equipment at Moore Street will be used to partner with another community organization for public use.
"We are in the process of doing some collaborative efforts with some other local agencies that are also struggling for funding, that if we were to collaborate and they were to come under the Army's umbrella, would they then remain successful and then continue the services that they provide in the North Portland area," she said.
"One of them is a housing first program for people that have lost their homes due to foreclosure and the education process of building their credit and stuff they would need to have computer access," she said. "The other one is a workforce training program."
David Walker, who lost his job as co-director of the Clubhouse, says the worst part of the closure is that the neighborhood kids who worked for months on music mixes, films and animation projects were unable to complete their work.
"The last week of operation, our numbers went through the roof," he said. "That's the worst part – I don't care about losing my job. I had to look every single one of these kids in the eye and say, 'sorry, this program is over, what can I do?'"
Walker said many of the youth were Jefferson High School students.
"The kids that I was working with there were the best kids I've ever worked with," he says. "I used to tell them, hey, one day I'm going to be coming to you asking for a job."

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast