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Voodoo Doughnut Founder Tres Shannon Crashed Into a Honey Bucket

"Dazed and confused" donut magnate rammed a porta-potty with his car

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Tres Shannon had a pretty wild night last Aug. 22. 
When police arrived at 2250 NW Quimby St. at 1:28 am, they found Shannon, a co-founder of Voodoo Doughnut, "dazed and confused."
His 1992 Mercedes was high-centered on the sidewalk, police wrote, pinning...   More
 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Republican Rep. Julie Parrish Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Deputy House GOP leader breaks with party platform

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Add Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn/Tualatin) to the growing list of Oregon Republicans who support the same sex-marriage measure aimed at the 2014 ballot.
Last week, WW reported that a group of bold-faced Republican names have formed a political action ...   More
 
Monday, February 3, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Severed Cow Heads Causing A Stir in Columbia County

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Amid Portland's bioswales, bike lanes and bookshops, it's sometimes easy to forget we live in the Wild West.
Not so far away in Columbia County, there are reminders.The South County Spotlight this week highlighted one of them—the severed cattle heads    More
 
Friday, January 31, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Group Forms to Support Marriage Equality

State's biggest Republican funder backs same-sex marriage

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A group of high-profile Oregon Republicans has formed a Freedom Oregon, a political action committee that will support same-sex marriage.
The group includes former U.S. Sen Bob Packwood; former Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer; former Oregon Secretary of State Norma Paulus and Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller, who individually and through his co...   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Lines for Life Hires Dwight Holton as Executive Director

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Lines for Life, a Portland non-profit that works on suicide and substance abuse prevention, has hired Dwight Holton to be its new executive director.Formerly known as the Oregon Partnership, Lines for Life operates crisis telephone lines that served 35,000 people last year.
Holton, 48, was a federal prosec...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

State Senator's Solution to CRC Toll Deadbeats? Boot 'Em

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Last week, an email State Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) sent to Washington State Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) made headlines, because Beyer, the chairman of the Senate's Business and Transportation Committee and the co-chairman of the interim Columbia River Crossing oversight committee told Rivers in a Jan. 17 email  "my guess is the bridge issue is dead in our state for the n...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Newsweek Says Washington Nuke Plant Overpaid for Fuel


The current edition of Newsweek contains the tortuous tale of how Energy Northwest, which operates the region's only nuclear energy plant, teamed up with two U.S. Senators from Kentucky to pull off a complex, $711 million purchase of 31 years worth of fuel for the plant.The problem, a...   More
 
Monday, January 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Leading CRC Supporter Says Oregon "Done With The Bridge Issue"

"The bridge issue is dead in our state," a key Oregon lawmaker says. The House speaker disagrees.

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One of the strongest legislative supporters of the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, appears to have given up on the project, according to an email obtained by the The Columbian.
Gov. John Kitzhaber and other backers of the CRC went all-in with a Jan. 14 legislativ...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

PPS School Board Member Stands Up for Benson High

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Right now, most of the action at Portland Public Schools is centered on the protracted negotiations over the teachers' contract. That impasse is drowning out other issues, such as the simmering dispute over the future of Benson Polytechnic High.
The district's 2011 high school redesign capped enrollment at Benson, whose focus on technical and vocational education has long made it...   More
 
Thursday, January 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Busting the Boundary

Lawmakers look at the unprecedented step of voting on local land-use decisions.


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Metro runs the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center and directs solid waste disposal in the tri-county area.  But in February, fed-up lawmakers will threaten the regional government’s p   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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