Art is work. We celebrate
the geniuses with virtuoso brilliance and seemingly effortless
creativity, but that’s not the way it is for most professionals. Sure,
Portland has plenty of dilettant
A new book tells the wild tale of Oregon’s forgotten skyjackers.
Metal detectors. Long lines at security. Grouchy guards. Bag searches.
Most travelers think
these airport customs have their roots in Sept. 11, 2001. Actually, the
conventions reach back more th
Opening our water bill didn’t always hurt this much.
Portland once had one
of the lowest water rates for American cities its size. But no longer.
In 2001, the typical annual residential water
The battle over gay marriage moves to rural Oregon.
Leighton Reed-Nickerson wheels
his black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible into the parking lot of
the Harney County Farmers Market, a collection of a dozen stands selling
vegetables, rag rugs
10 people who are living in the city without homes.
It’s been an eventful month for Portland’s homeless.
On July 15, an
employee of the Portland Outdoor Store downtown was attacked by a young
male who was described by police as a “street ki
Jeff Cogen never wanted Sam Adams’ reputation. He wanted Adams’ job.
Two years ago, Adams
was mayor of Portland, hobbled by revelations in 2009 that he had lied
about a sexual relationship w
Anytime a Willy Week writer discovers something
awesome in Portland, we fashion a way to write about it. We’re pretty
good at this—almost every issue finds us declaring something or other to
Heather Merrifield adopted an abused boy. Now he’s back where the abuse started—and she’s being blamed.
In 2006, Heather Merrifield tried to rescue a 6-year-old boy named Daniel.
The boy had been so
severely abused by his mother and father that the state of Oregon
terminated their parental rights
Chuck Palahniuk’s Fugitives and Refugees 10 Years Later.
In junior high, they give you To Kill a Mockingbird. In high school, it’s The Catcher in the Rye.
In Texas, we presume, they give you a Bible and a gun. In Portland,
sooner or later most new arr