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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

Two Oregonian Reporters Jump Ship


Two reporters familiar to readers of The Oregonian are leaving the paper.
The departures of Kimberly A.C. Wilson, a general assignment reporter, and Christian Gaston, who covers the Legislature and state politics, come on the heels of a new Oregonian management policy th...   More
Monday, April 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow Unloads On Colleagues: Updated


In the bare-knuckle world of Clackamas County politics, even endorsements are opportunities for attacks.
Over the weekend, Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow circulated his endorsements for two seats on the five-member county board. Ludlow is picking Lake Oswego City Councilor Karen Bowerman over incumbent Commissioner Paul Savas and Steve Bates, chairman of the Bor...   More
Monday, April 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Richardson Picks Up $25,000 Check From Medford Grocer


Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) reported a $25,000 check today in his race to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination. That check, from Sherman Olsrud, a Medford grocer, is a relatively rare bright spot for a candidate who has struggled to raise money, despite the Cover Oregon debacle and other challenges afflicting his likely general election opponent, incumbent ...   More
Friday, April 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Tacoma Hotel Battle May Foreshadow What Happens with Headquarters Hotel


The legal fate of the long-planned headquarters hotel slated for the Oregon Convention Center is currently in the hands of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Last month, opponents of the proposed $200 million Hyatt Hotel at the convention center, a group called the Coalition for F...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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