Lisa Balick, KOIN News

Lisa Balick

KOIN News

Portland, OR, United States

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Ryan, neighborhood groups to meet about Safe Rest Villages

Just days after neighborhood groups withdrew support for a Safe Rest Village planned along the south end of Naito Parkway, Commissioner Dan Ryan will meet on Tuesday with some of the neighborhood groups to discuss all the villages and their requests. → Read More

Transitional housing scheduled to come to Multnomah neighborhood in May

The City of Portland is moving swiftly to place a transitional housing village in the Multnomah Village neighborhood, with the plan to open it next month. → Read More

President Biden to talk infrastructure during visit to PNW

The White House said President Biden will discuss the trillion-dollar infrastructure package and will visit a infrastructure project during an upcoming trip to Portland. → Read More

OHSU expert expects COVID cases to double or triple by May

COVID is creeping back into town just as Easter gatherings are about to get underway this weekend. → Read More

Library workers fight for more security amid recent attacks

Safety and security have been a growing concern among workers at Portland Libraries as violent confrontations have been occurring, often with people struggling with mental illness taking refuge near local libraries. → Read More

PPB to follow 2020 protests audit recommendations

A new audit into the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) shows how they handled information gathering on demonstrators during the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. → Read More

Gov Brown signs $200M Future Ready Oregon job training bill

On Tuesday, Governor Brown signed a bill into law that allows the state to spend $200 million for job training and support. → Read More

Gresham recruits from homeless community to fill city worker jobs

A new approach is underway in Gresham to find city workers and help the homeless. → Read More

Portland library convention focuses on expanding mental health help

Thousands of librarians from around the country are in Portland for a convention, where the Public Library Association is focusing on a lot more than just how to get more readers engaged and expanding digital libraries. → Read More

OSU researchers find COVID subvariant in wastewater samples

While the omicron virus is in retreat, health experts are keeping an eye on the next COVID subvariant on the horizon called BA.2. → Read More

Masks off in Oregon: COVID down, flu on the rise

Even though winter is behind us, the flu is starting to spread now that people taking their masks off let all those germs loose. → Read More

Staying safe on St. Patrick’s Day in Portland

Crowds are gathering again for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and for March Madness, packed shoulder-to-shoulder. At the Moda Center, masking plus proof of vaccination requirements are no longer present after the state mandate ended last week. → Read More

Fight over funding could affect COVID testing, treatment in PNW

A federal bill to continue funding COVID-19 treatment, tests and vaccines could impact states’ ability to combat the spread of the virus in Oregon and Washington. → Read More

Some Portland businesses keep mask requirement for now

Several businesses who spoke with KOIN 6 News said they are still requiring masks — and are getting support and understanding from their customers. → Read More

Beaverton schools making masks optional after mandate ends

Beaverton schools became the latest district in the Portland metro area to announce indoor masks will become optional after the statewide indoor face mask mandate is lifted this weekend. → Read More

Portland at ‘inflection point’ with gun violence

Two more weekend homicides brought the number of people killed in Portland since the start of the year to 19, a pace that would smash the all-time homicide record for the Rose City set in 2021. Seventeen of those are from gunfire. → Read More

Portland holds ‘Support Ukraine, Stop Putin’ rally

People gathered to rally in support of Ukraine Saturday in downtown Portland amid a Russian invasion that has left the Eastern European nation fighting to maintain control of its capital city. → Read More

Sherwood neighbors heard crash that killed girls, 11 and 16

The community of Sherwood is reeling after two girls were hit and killed by a driver in a residential area early Sunday night in a crash neighbors said they heard. → Read More

Oregon’s indoor mask mandate could be lifted by mid-March

The current mask mandate is scheduled to be lifted by March 31, but COVID-19 data from the state's hospitals suggest it could happen immediately following St. Patrick's Day. → Read More

Business patrons violate mask rules as state approaches end of mandate

As schools consider rules around masks, some business patrons continue to violate mask mandates. → Read More