'Mountain Man' Ted Wheeler on Mt. Hood and Locator Beacons


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Rescuers today called off the search for two missing climbers on Mt. Hood. But while the five-day operation is now over, the debate is sure to continue over whether climbers should be required to carry emergency beacons. The devices, known as Mountain Locator Units or MLUs, allow searchers to pinpoint a climber's location. Rules to require such beacons have been proposed in the past. But many ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Wheeler Quietly Kicks Off MultCo Re-Election Campaign (with Correction)


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler hasn't yet officially declared he's running for re-election. But the one-term county boss is quietly laying the groundwork for his 2010 campaign, shelling out $2,500 this month to local political communications firm Mandate Media. Wheeler confirms to WW he's running again for county chair — despite some observers expressing hope he'll run for City ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Ted Wheeler Files For Re-Election


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For the record, Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler filed today [PDF] for re-election to another four-year term. In terms of least surprising news, this ranks somewhere between the sun rising and the sun setting each day. But we note this to record the other following pieces of news: 1) Wheeler currently has one opponent, retired physicist James Lee [PDF], who ran in 2008 for mayor of Portland. 2) ...   More
 
Friday, January 22, 2010 HANK STERN

State of the City Follow-Up: Adams To Delay Funding For Sellwood Bridge To Build Sidewalks


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Among the many announcements from Mayor Sam Adams in his "State of the City" address last week was one related to sidewalks. Specifically, Adams announced last Friday he was going to devote $16 million to building new sidewalks in parts of the city that still lack them. "If I'm talking innovation and greater resilience through transportation, I gotta talk about sidewalks," Adams said in his ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Wheeler Draws a Conservative Challenger for MultCo Chair


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler today drew a second challenger in his re-election bid. Mike Darger, whose somewhat-vague candidate filing (PDF) identifies him as a Gresham resident in the insurance business, claims to have been affiliated with the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity. AFP, founded by billionaire David Koch (whose holdings include Georgia-Pacific) was recently ...   More
 
Monday, March 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Cash for Cavities: Wheeler Collects Donation on Day of Dental Vote


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Uninsured kids enjoyed a bright moment last week when the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to save a free dental clinic at Creston K-8 School. Commissioner Jeff Cogen, who asked the board to spend $20,000 to keep the clinic from closing, trumpeted the move on his website as preserving a vital service. "This is a vulnerable population, and providing this support fits ...   More
 
Monday, February 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Wheeler's State of the County Speech: Gov. Ted?


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler's annual "State of the County" speech today to the City Club of Portland turned into a test-run for how this ambitious pol would handle some of the state's most pressing issues. But first came his meat-and-potatoes rundown of the issues facing the county. Entering the final year of his first term and facing little opposition in his re-election bid so far, ...   More
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Deborah Kafoury: Cogen to Offer County New Brand of Leadership


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Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury praises Ted Wheeler for ending the dysfunction on the county board in 2007 after he took the chairman's job by beating Diane Linn. But Kafoury tells WW her colleague, Commissioner Jeff Cogen, will offer a new brand of leadership. As we reported today, Cogen has unanimous backing of the county commissioners to take over as county chairman early next ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Why Judy Shiprack Isn't Endorsing her County Colleagues


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Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack has made two endorsements for the May primary that observers may find surprising. In the Democratic primary race for state treasurer between former county Chair Ted Wheeler and state Sen. Rick Metsger (D-Welches), Shiprack tells WW she's endorsing Metsger. Shiprack is backing Metsger despite the fact she worked with Wheeler for more than a year ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Jeff Cogen to Take Over Next Month as Multnomah County Chair


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The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners has reached a unanimous decision to make Commissioner Jeff Cogen the new interim county chairman. He will take over early next month. The decision, finalized among the four commissioners and their staffers late last week, seeks to fill a leadership void after Gov. Ted Kulongoski tapped now-former County Chair Ted Wheeler to take over as state treasurer ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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