Crews battle a house fire at a home in Southeast Portland on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (Portland Fire & Rescue)

Winds slow firefighting efforts

Firefighters had a slower than usual time battling a house fire in Southeast Portland because of the strong east winds plaguing the region.

Strong winds may have been responsible for bringing down the roof of this carport at a Vancouver, Wash., apartment complex. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (Jessica/KOIN 6 News viewer photo)

Swirling winds hit NW Ore., SW Wash.

Winds gusts are measuring 90 mph at the Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge. Fires have sparked throughout the state, as a Red Flag Warn…

Bluebird Transfer owner Wade McLaren has seen an increase in his business since people started moving into Oregon during the past few months. Oregon added 30,000 new residents last year. January 2014. (Jonathan House/Portland Tribune)

More people on the move – to Oregon

If Oregon’s population growth trends continue, the state’s population, estimated at 3.93 million, could top 4 million by 2015.

Floy Jones and Kent Craford deliver 50,213 signatures in support of the Portland Public water District measure to City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.. They need about 30,000 valid ones for it make the May ballot. (Jonathan House/Portland Tribune)

Can water watchdog rein in spending?

The Portland City Council approved a new watchdog to keep tabs on water and sewer spending, months before voters could decide whether to wre…