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Thursday in Portland: PPS discusses banning concealed firearms on campuses and more top stories

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, June 2 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Portland Public Schools discusses banning concealed firearms on campuses

On Wednesday, the Portland Public Schools Policy Committee discussed a proposal that would enforce penalties for Concealed Carry License holders who bring firearms on school campuses within the district. Other local schools have already implemented similar policies after Senate Bill 554 was passed last year. The law allows public schools, colleges and universities to enforce a ban on guns for those who have a CHL.

“PPS has long had a policy not to have any guns on campus. We think that makes our campuses safer for our students,” PPS school board member and committee policy chair Julia Brim-Edwards said.

Prior to the passing of SB 554, the district wasn’t able to enforce that policy for CHL holders. Following last week’s deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the issue is at the forefront of school leaders’ minds.

2. Clues released every day for 2022 Rose Festival Treasure Hunt

The 2022 Rose Festival Treasure Hunt is currently underway and organizers are releasing a clue every day until the contest ends or the treasure, a small block of Lucite with a special Rose Festival medallion embedded inside, is found. The winner will also receive a prize package that includes $500, a one-night stay for two at Spirit Mountain Casino and dinner for two at the casino.

The treasure hunt began Sunday and clues are released every day at 10 a.m. through June 12. The most recent clue is “The process of elimination continues unabated. The opposite of Harney makes you sad and so frustrated.” The rest of the clues can be found here.

3. Oregon DMV to keep reduced hours through the summer amid staffing shortage

The Oregon DMV has reduced hours at 10 of its 60 field offices and temporarily closed six amid the largest staffing shortage the department has ever seen. According to the Oregon DMV, they’re currently 20% understaffed and have over 90 positions available.

They say they hope to hire more soon, but training takes a while and it’s unclear when they’ll be able to open more offices. The new hours are expected to last through at least the end of summer.

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