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Can Urban Renewal Money Help Fill Portland's Street-Paving Backlog?

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As Mayor Charlie Hales continues his street-fee roadshow this week, he's challenged citizens to suggest alternative ways to fill the city's $910 million paving backlog.

One idea that keeps resurfaci...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by AARON MESH

Watching the Wheels

Portland’s road-paving backlog has grown in the past decade while city officials have delayed filling the hole.


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This week, Portland officials are navigating a switchback trickier than the Terwilliger curves.  They’re telling residents the city needs more money to fix its roads, even as they passed    More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Challenges Portlanders to Find a Wasted Dollar in His Budget

"I'll show up on your doorstep with $10 & a TV reporter"

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales concluded a heated hearing on his proposed "street fee" by challenging angry business owners and anti-tax activists to find a single wasted dollar in his city budgets.

The mayor then took to social media and repeated his challenge—which includes a cash reward.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Will Begin Citing Last Thursday Street Musicians for Playing Too Loud

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Turn down the banjo and put a muffler on that didgeridoo: Mayor Charlie Hales' office will this week begin citing street musicians for noise violations at Last Thursday.

"We're going to start enforcing the noise this month," says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. "We're going start having [noise officer] Paul Van Orden going out and telling people, 'Here's how loud your ...   More
 
Monday, June 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

City of Portland Will Pay Someone $72,000 a Year to Manage Its Racetrack

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Attention, grease monkeys: The City of Portland needs a new racetrack manager.

Portland Parks & Recreation is    More
 
Friday, June 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

XRAY.FM Will Merge With KZME, Making Progressive Talk Radio Audible in Downtown Portland

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Nonprofit rock-and-talk radio startup XRAY.FM plans to merge with local music station KZME.FM this summer, doubling its signal reach.

That means XRAY.FM's    More
 
Thursday, June 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo Veterinarian: "We Will Never Know" What Killed Six Endangered Monkeys

Summary report confirms stress after 50-hour van trip from Harvard.

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Oregon Zoo officials released a report today saying "we will never know" what killed six endangered monkeys shipped to the zoo last month from Harvard Medical School.

The summary report from zoo veterinarian Tim Storms comes five days af...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by AARON MESH

Science and Industry

OMSI eyes becoming a real-estate developer. Its neighbors fear a Pearl District 2.0.


News Stories
For more than half a century, School Specialty Co. of Oregon has operated behind green loading docks at Southeast Taylor Street and 3rd Avenue, making cheerleader pompoms.    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 AARON MESH

Flashback: Watching the World Cup with Portland's Ghanaian Immigrants

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This afternoon, the United States takes part in what's becoming a quadrennial tradition: playing Ghana in the World Cup.

The match-up went badly for the U.S. squad four years ago—when the Black Stars stunned Landon Donovan and a resurgent Yankee team in the knockout round.

But that result delighted some Portlanders. In 2010, I wrote a WW   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo Monkeys Probably Died of Shock After Traveling 50 Hours in a Van

Keepers question whether living in plastic coolers contributed to tamarins' deaths.

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The six cotton-top tamarins found dead at the Oregon Zoo last month probably died of stress-related shock after traveling for at least 50 hours in a van from the East Coast, zoo records say.

Zoo officials then put the endangered monkeys in plastic picnic coolers with air holes cut in them at the zoo's veterinary facility—a practice questioned by primate keepers...   More
 
Friday, June 13, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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