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Celebrate Kwanzaa in North Portland on Saturday, Dec. 28

Come celebrate Kwanzaa on Saturday, Dec. 28! Enjoy drumming, food, gifts and family activities and a visit from the Brown Clown. The International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and the African American Breastfeeding Coalition invite you and your family to enjoy with African-American holiday from 3-6 p.m. at the New Columbia Community Education Center. Cost is free and all are welcome.


County board appoints Barbara Smith Warner to House District 45 seat

Barbara Smith Warner

Barbara Smith Warner was chosen Thursday by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners to fill the vacant seat in House District 45.


Aging & Disabilities Services' Paul Iarrobino wins state award for "caring and positive role''

Paul Iarrobino, a Department of County Human Services supervisor who oversees the county’s 24-hour Helpline/Resource Connection and advocates for the underserved, has won the state of Oregon’s Award of Excellence for 2013.


Overnight I-5 south closures for Burnside Bridge inspection

Overnight closures of Interstate 5 south between the Fremont Bridge and the Marquam Bridge and the I-5 southbound exit to City Center/OMSI are planned December 19 – 23. 


UPDATE: Downtown courthouse reopens Dec. 11 after power outage

The Multnomah County Courthouse reopened on Wednesday, Dec. 11 after a power outage closed the building for several days.


Electrical fire closes downtown courthouse and Portland Building on Monday

An electrical fire that occurred in a Portland General Electric vault in downtown Portland on Sunday has cut power to a number of buildings in the downtown core, resulting in the closure of two county facilities: the Multnomah County Courthouse and the Portland Building (where the county leases space from the City of Portland).  

County employees working in those facilities should expect to be contacted by their department with instructions on when and where to report to work.


Electric fire closes downtown Courthouse and Portland Building on Monday

An electrical fire that occurred in a Portland General Electric vault in downtown Portland on Sunday has cut power to a number of buildings in the downtown core, resulting in the closure of two county facilities: the Multnomah County Courthouse and the Portland Building (where the county leases space from the City of Portland).  


Board proclaims World AIDS Week in Multnomah County

World AIDS Day red ribbon

Multnomah County’s Board of Commissioners on Thursday proclaimed it World AIDS Week countywide from Dec. 1-7.


From art to awesome: Artist donates knit blankets from Broadway Bridge yarn bomb to local organizations

Bridge for Blankets artist Tyler Mackie

Colorful, knitted blankets that draped the Broadway Bridge this fall are now serving their new purpose: to keep people warmer this winter.


Brrr! If you need shelter, call 211info for warming centers and transportation

The National Weather Service forecasts that the wind chill could drive temperatures below 25 degrees tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The cold snap is expected to last through Saturday, November 23, 2013.

Severe weather shelters will be open in Portland through Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in response.

People who need help should call 211info or go online at www.211info.org.

Severe weather shelters

Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at Imago Dei Church
1302 Ankeny Street, (near 13th Avenue in Inner SE)


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