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Former Portlander Pens Extraordinary Tale Of Cuban Baseball Phenom

Jesse Katz chronicles Dodger Yasiel Puig's Perilous Journey


By now, most sports fans are familiar with Yasiel Puig, the prodigiously talented Cuban defector whose electrifying skills pumped life into the moribund Los Angeles Dodgers last year.

But the story that Jesse Katz tells in the curren...   More
Thursday, April 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Assisted Living Tycoon May Jump Into State Senate Race: Updated

Rick Miller files as candidate in Richard Devlin's district


What has been a pretty humdrum legislative election season just got a whole lot more interesting.

Karl "Rick" Miller, who made a fortune in the assisted living field—he founded Avamere Health Services, a large chain of facilities for seniors—filed a candidate committee yesterday that has the effect of making him a candidate in the District 19 (Lake Oswego and Tualatin) st...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Put a Label On It

It’s Oregon’s turn (again) to debate the labeling of GMO foods.

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There’s much to talk about in Ashland—a southern Oregon winter so dry that, for the first time in 50 years, the local ski mountain failed to open, or the fare at this year’s Oregon Shakespea   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Two Major Oregon GOP Funders Form Federal PAC, Attack Jason Conger in the Republicans' US Senate Primary


The machinations in Oregon's hotly-contested GOP U.S. Senate primary are getting more and more interesting.
On his blog, Oregon Oracle, Bruce McCain, a former top Multnomah County sheriff's official, tracks down a new federal political action committee formed to oppose ...   More
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Why So Much Expensive Art Travels to Oregon


The New York Times drilled down over the weekend on the phenomenon of high-priced art purchases that come to Oregon for temporary exhibitions. The recent showing of painter Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucien Freud, which arrived in Portland shortly after Las Vegas collector Elaine Wynn    More
Monday, April 14, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Treasurer Ted Wheeler Shakes Up Staff


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is shaking up his staff. Three staffers, policy aides Michael Selvaggio and Michael Burdick and press spokesman James Sinks, will be leaving Wheeler's office. The three are holdovers from the staff of Wheeler's predecessor, the late Ben Westlund, who died in office in 2010. "Ted wants to go in a different direction," says Whe...   More
Thursday, April 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Congresswoman Continuing to Press Coast Guard for CRC Documents


U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R.-Wash.) is continuing to seek information about whether proponents of the Columbia River Crossing project leaned on the U.S. Coast Guard to issue permits for the project.
The Coast Guard has jurisdiction over the height of the proposed new bridge, which at least for now, appears to be dead. The bridge design was too low to allow th...   More
Thursday, April 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Starship Enterprise Zones

Banfield Pet Hospital pocketed a subsidy and got favorable treatment from local governments—then bolted to Vancouver.

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Most people know Banfield Pet Hospital from its convenient locations in hundreds of PetSmart stores across the United States. The Banfield chain started in Portland, and nine years ago the company   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Singing the Blues

A Portland choir group’s financial records are missing, and its ex-boss isn’t talking.

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Oregon Repertory Singers has launched an investigation of its former executive director after learning that virtually all of the arts organization’s financial records have disappeared. The org   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

One Question: County Programs to Fund and Functions to Cut

OK, this week it’s actually two questions for the leading candidates in the May 20 primary election for Multnomah County chair. But the questions to Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury are close   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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