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House at the End of a Scam

The auctioneer’s gavel will fall on the last of Andrew Wiederhorn’s troubled Portland empire.


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The most expensive home ever sold at a Multnomah County sheriff’s foreclosure auction will go on the block April 2. It’s a 20,000-square-foot, $6.8 million mansion atop the Southwest Hills, the    More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Great Race

This spring, voters will choose between two seasoned politicos who want to rehab Multnomah County’s scandal-plagued brand.


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Multnomah County government is like plumbing: essential but only noticed when there’s a mess. The most recent pipe break occurred last summer, when the tawdry personal life of then-Multnomah C   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Uber, Which Can't Break into Portland, Sued by Seattle Cabbies

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Uber is one of those Silicon Valley "share economy" startups that has amassed a multi-billion valuation on what seems like a simple idea—allowing consumers to summon a for-hire car through a smartphone app. The company says...   More
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Nuclear Plant's Watchdog Pressing Energy Northwest on Accounting of Nuclear Fuel Transaction

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A Portland-based consultant who has questioned the high costs of the Pacific Northwest's only nuclear power plant is now engaged in a huge public records battle with its operator, Energy Northwest.

The Tri-City Herald
reports that the utility has estimated it...   More
 
Monday, March 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Stimson Lumber Continues Investment in House Races

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Stimson Lumber has made two more $30,000 contributions to GOP House candidates. Following an earlier contribution to Salem IT consultant Barbara Jensen, filings show that Stimson gave $30,000 to Jodi Bailey, who is running in House District 51, which c...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.


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City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Stimson Lumber Jumps Into Bitter House GOP Primary

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Stimson Lumber today disclosed a $30,000 contribution to House District 25 (Keizer and parts of Salem) GOP candidate Barbara Jensen, making what was already one of May's top legislative races more interesting.

The drama started in December, when incumbent Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) announced she would seek the Senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Larry George   More
 
Monday, March 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fred Meyer Donates $500,000 to Liquor Privatization Campaign

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Fred Meyer really wants to sell booze.

The grocery giant today disclosed a contribution of $500,000 to Oregonians for Competition, the campaign aimed at privatizing the sale of liquor in Oregon.

Currently, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission buys all the hard liquor brought into Oregon or manufactured here, and then sells it through a network of ...   More
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Jail Break

Health insurance companies covering jail inmates shift millions in costs to taxpayers. Now they have to stop.


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Lawmakers fell short on some high-profile bills in the even-year session that ended last week, including the Columbia River Crossing, gun control and marijuana legalization. But the Legislature    More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wind and Wave Energy Developers Target Oregon Coast

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All of a sudden Oregon's coast looks like the new frontier for the development of new sources of energy.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Oregon is pr...   More
 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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