A key legislator has added her voice in support of Oregon’s commitment of $1 billion toward a replacement for the Interstate Bridge that spans the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

Washington State Sen. Annette Cleveland cannot vote on the pending Oregon legislation in House Bill 2098. Cleveland, a Democrat from Vancouver, sits on the bistate legislative committee that is overseeing the project.

Peter Wong covers Oregon politics for Pamplin Media Group.


“When I decided to pursue reporting as a career five decades ago, I did so while living, learning and working in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. But aside from the fact that most young reporters do not get their start in those cities — at least back then — I felt something was missing. That was a more intimate connection with readers and audiences that cannot be acquired from working in large metro areas. So I’ve spent my entire reporting career with news organizations in smaller cities. “Pamplin Media Group is that rarity that combines local journalism in two dozen communities with the reach of a larger organization in a mid-sized metro area. Yes, I report on Oregon government and politics, but I do it with a sense of the readers living and working in our communities.”

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