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CRC: ODOT Says the Numbers Pencil; Cortright Says Beware


The Oregon Department of Transportation this afternoon released its long-awaited investment grade analysis of the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project.
The highway department's conclusion: there will be enough traffic paying tolls to support construction. "The key finding from this analysis on toll-generated revenue and financing concludes that tollin...   More
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Tonya Harding Files, 20 Years After the Hit


As couch-potatoes worldwide prepare for the Sochi winter Olympics, reporters are scurrying to disinter Oregon's most notorious contribution to winter sports: the Tonya Harding scandal.
It was 20 years ago today that a rat-pack of hapless thugs allied with Harding—then and now the best-known figure skater Portland has ever produced—carried out an attack on Harding's rival, ...   More
Monday, January 6, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ethics Commission Delays Decision on Patricia McCaig


As expected, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission this morning extended its investigation into the activities of Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on the Columbia River Crossing project, for another month.
A WW cover story last year described the ways ...   More
Friday, January 3, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Tina Kotek Draws a Primary Opponent


House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-North Portland) will have at least one opponent in the May primary.
Joe Rowe, a North Portland teacher and activist, said today that he'll challenge Kotek, a four-term incumbent.
In a statement announcing his candidacy, Rowe made it clear he will try to make Kotek's staunch support for the proposed Columbia River Crossing project an i...   More
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Convention Center Hotel Opponents: County's Referral Decision is Outrageous

Oregon Convention Center

Although it's not true that Lewis and Clark came here to build a headquarters hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center, the machinations around the long-considered but never-built hotel have seemingly gone on forever.
As WW reported today, there...   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Voices 2014: Space Travel Can Be For Everyone

Cameron Smith, archaeologist and anthropology professor at Portland State University

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By day, Cameron Smith teaches anthropology at Portland State University—digging fossils in Africa, launching solo voyages in the Arctic or sailing primitive vessels in the open ocean. By night,    More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Liquor Privatization Campaign Draws Elections Complaint


It didn't take long for the boozy ballot initiatives backed by the Northwest Grocery Association and filed last week to generate an elections complaint.
Jesse Cornett, a political consultant who has previously   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Between ICE And A Hard Place

Salvador Ibarra provided evidence against immigration crooks. His reward? Likely deportation.

Any day now, Salvador Ibarra could be deported from the United States. The Oregon resident sits in a federal immigration detention lockup   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Progressive Insurance Chairman Peter Lewis Wrote Big Check For Marijuana Legalization Before Dying

Marijuana Pot Cannabis Leaf

Peter Lewis, the billionaire founder of Ohio-based Progressive Insurance, was really committed to marijuana legalization in Oregon.
How committed?On Nov. 18, just five days before Lewis died of natural causes at the age of 80, he sent   More
Friday, December 20, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Chris Garrett Won't Seek Reelection


Rep. Chris Garrett (D-Lake Oswego) will not seek re-election, WW has learned.
Garrett's departure will be a significant loss for the House Democrats. First elected in 2008, Garrett rose quickly to become a leader in his caucus.
In this year's regular session, he served in three key positions: Chair of the Rules Committee, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety, and ...   More
Friday, December 20, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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