Testing Trainwreck

Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch.

News Stories Customers at Nectar Cannabis use several methods to choose the weed that’s right for them.  Some... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.

Politics A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Portland’s Policing Of Airbnb? Into Thin Air.

Murmurs An independent analysis of Airbnb’s Portland hosts reveals only 93 of 2,006 online... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: With our snowpack dangerously low, shouldn't the city be asking us to conserve water?

Dr. Know Our snowpack is dangerously low. Can you explain why the city isn’t asking... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

Testing Trainwreck

Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch.

News Stories Customers at Nectar Cannabis use several methods to choose the weed that’s right for them.  Some trust the budtenders at the medical marijuana dispensary on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.

Politics A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laugh ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Portland’s Policing Of Airbnb? Into Thin Air.

Murmurs An independent analysis of Airbnb’s Portland hosts reveals only 93 of 2,006 online rentals in the city show they have a city permit to operate legally. That’s just 4.6 percent. The city of Por ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: With our snowpack dangerously low, shouldn't the city be asking us to conserve water?

Dr. Know Our snowpack is dangerously low. Can you explain why the city isn’t asking us to conserve water? Would it not be wise to start conserving now, instead of waiting for a crisis? —Better Safe ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

What He Left Behind

Emails ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office sought to destroy reveal tensions over power, money and former First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

Cover Story Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned last week amid allegations his fiancee, former first lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes, improperly used her access to him to influence state policy while benefiting f ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hit the Delete Button

The governor’s office’s explanation for a request to delete emails doesn’t hold water.

News Stories Did Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office seek to destroy his personal emails stored on state computers? That’s what WW first reported Feb. 12, based on records obtained by the newspaper and 101.9 KINK/F ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Relying On An Old Man’s Money

After Hayes got nearly $40,000 from an octogenarian, Kitzhaber bailed her out.

News Stories Tom Bates could have warned former Gov. John Kitzhaber about getting mixed up with Cylvia Hayes’ finances. Bates’ father, Whitney Bates, was 46 years older than Hayes when he became enthralled ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ringing the Truth

News Stories One question swirling around former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, concerns the status of their relationship: With criminal investigations ongoing, would getting married pr ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Carbon Copy?

A climate-change bill will test Gov. Kate Brown’s independence.

News Stories As Kate Brown takes office as Oregon’s governor, she’ll have little time to consider the whirlwind events that elevated her from her former job as secretary of state. Her first big politic ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hotel California

The city has done little to crack down on Airbnb hosts renting multiple apartments.

News Stories Emily and Justin Steubs want you to spend the night in their Pearl District apartment. The Steubs’ pad, which they call “Pearl Dreams,” features views of the West Hills, a rooftop hot tu ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Murmurs: Maybe a Custodian Will Take The Job.

Murmurs Democrat Kate Brown, set to become governor Feb. 18, must choose her replacement secretary of state—a jumping-off job a lot of ambitious politicians would like to hold. Leading contenders have ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why is the Fields Park off-leash area in the Pearl so small?

Dr. Know WOOF, ARF, WOOF… (Hi, Doc! Who is the misdogynist who designed the Fields Park in the Pearl? Crikey, dogs are only allowed inside a small double-fenced pen worthy of Hannibal Lecter. Please ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Governor in Waiting

If a growing scandal forces Gov. John Kitzhaber from office, Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over.

News Stories Kate Brown wants to be governor. She might get her wish tomorrow. Or the next day. Or at least very soon. Brown, a Portland Democrat, is Oregon’s secretary of state, an elected post that overs ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Measly Numbers

Anti-vaccination ideas flourish at private and charter schools.

News Stories Shining Star Waldorf School doesn’t look like a potential incubator for an outbreak of disease.  The small private school holds elementary and middle-school classes in a church basement ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

No Accident

Pressure from family and friends spurs police to make an arrest in the death of Cougar Burleigh.

News Stories In the wee hours of Sunday, Oct. 12, Cougar Burleigh was found seriously injured and only partly clothed at the west end of the Burnside Bridge. As Burleigh lay dying at Oregon Health & Scie ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: What John Kitzhaber Can Still Do.

Murmurs As WW goes to press, John Kitzhaber remains the 37th governor of Oregon—barely. Kitzhaber’s increasingly tenuous grasp on power marks a stunning reversal for a physician who turned from me ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Is the Kitzhaber-Hayes Scandal Oregon's Most Embarrassing?

Dr. Know Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and first girlfriend Cylvia Hayes: embarrassing scandal, or most embarrassing scandal ever? —Appalled How the mighty have fallen—just last August, a U.S. Departmen ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Climate, Changed

Gov. John Kitzhaber should be at the pinnacle of his power. His role in an unfolding scandal has brought him low.

Cover Story Last week, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finally broke his silence. For four months, Kitzhaber had refused to answer questions about allegations of influence-peddling involving first lady Cylvia ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hands Off

Why is Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum ducking the Kitzhaber-Hayes case?

Politics Allegations of wrongdoing, ethical violations and even criminal activity have been piling up for months around Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes. The governor has the authority t ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Yes, Virginia, There is a Scandal

Politics The widening scandal involving Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes is without precedent in Oregon, where it has been decades since a governor’s administration has seen allegations ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Testing Flower Power

New state rules haven’t settled the debate over the testing of legal pot for safety and how fast it will get you high.

News Stories Jesse Peters understands why the state of Oregon wants testing of the shiskaberry buds he grows on his Wilsonville marijuana ranch. Peters, president of Eco Firma Farms, knows that sending s ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: Raise Your Right Hand. First, Put Down The Joint.

Murmurs Oregon lawmakers have started hashing out rules for the sale of recreational marijuana that voters approved last November. That means lots of legislative hearings—but possibly with a twist. Sena ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Barry Lopez

The once-reclusive author comes out of the woods to embrace his inner sage.

Hot Seat It’s been nearly 30 years since the publication of Arctic Dreams, the biography of the earth’s vast north by Barry Lopez. Up to that point, Lopez had a small, loyal following for his fiction ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

Dr. Know: Does the city have any plans to get rid of the crows on Southwest 5th Avenue?

Dr. Know Does the city have any plans to rid Southwest 5th Avenue of the crow health hazard? They’ve been fouling the street for two months. —Crowed Off Portland: Put one bird on it, and you’re a ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Prison Blues—And Grays

An aging population of inmates is costing Oregon a bundle.

News Stories Oregon prisons are looking more and more like assisted living centers. That’s because Oregon houses the highest percentage of elderly inmates in the nation, according to a 2014 report by the ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Fired Up

Commissioner Diane McKeel’s husband pulled strings with county officials.

Politics The husband of Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel used his relationship with McKeel to get his way in a land-use dispute last year over a local fire station. Records show Dr. Mike Mc ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: No Influence. Nope. None Whatsover.

Murmurs The Portland Development Commission is finally making progress unloading land it has collected in the Lents neighborhood. The PDC plans to sell six of the 12 Lents acres it owns to developers—includ ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Supermess

Portland Public Schools must decide what to do with a principal arrested for—but not charged with—domestic violence.

Schools In the Portland Public Schools firmament, few stars shined as brightly as Marti Diaz. The former teacher rose to the position of principal at Southeast Portland’s Kelly Elementary School in ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: Is it socially acceptable in Portland to take bottles and cans from strangers’ recycling bins?

Dr. Know Is it socially acceptable in Portland to take bottles and cans from strangers’ recycling bins? In my old hometown, this was considered stealing—it deprived the city of revenue for the recycl ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Purged

A Portland radical gets banished by the group he once led.

Cover Story Byrd Jasper sat at the center of concentric circles of folding chairs in the Musicians Local 99 Union Hall. More than 50 people—most of them part of the Portland activist community—gathered ... More

Jan 21, 2015 06:38 pm by AARON MESH

McKeel-Hauled

A former county land-use inspector says Commissioner Diane McKeel retaliated against him on behalf of her allies.

News Stories A former Multnomah County employee says Commissioner Diane McKeel had him fired last fall after he tried to stop her political friends from breaking land-use rules in violation of federal law. ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sidestepped

Why are the Jefferson Dancers—from Portland’s majority-black high school—mostly white?

Schools The Jan. 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at Northeast Portland’s Highland Christian Center had all the trappings of a typical commemoration for the civil rights leader. Crowds fil ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Noah Ernst

The spokesman for a new coalition of Portland cab companies worries about Uber and what dumbed-down taxi rules will mean for Portland.

News Stories Noah Ernst is hacked off. He’s been in the taxi business four years—first as a driver and now as a superintendent with employee-owned Radio Cab. He’s also the spokesman for a new lobbyin ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Murmurs: Perhaps It’s The Crust Of a New Career.

Murmurs Dave’s Killer Bread co-founder Dave Dahl is giving his first interview since being found guilty except for insanity in November of ramming two Washington County sheriff’s patrol cars with his Cadi ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why don't Portland businesses run their ceiling fans in the correct direction in the winter?

Dr. Know I’ve tried to persuade countless business owners that their ceiling fans are going in the wrong direction. They all say, “It’s blowing the hot air down.” Is ignorantly suffering through ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Equalizer

Portland schools chief Carole Smith wants to reinvent the neighborhood school. Can she do it?

Cover Story Carole Smith is the most powerful woman in Oregon education. As superintendent of Portland Public Schools, she makes tough decisions every day regarding the district’s $535 million annual budg ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

The Devil’s Due

Two dancers sue strip club Casa Diablo for unpaid wages and harassment.

News Stories Last July, Matilda Bickers decided she’d had enough of Casa Diablo. She had danced at the Northwest Portland strip club for more than 2½ years and was tired of grab-ass bouncers and uncheck ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Nous Sommes Tous Charlie

News Stories These are the images cartoonists and others at Charlie Hebdo died to publish. The French satirical weekly had for three decades poked a finger in the eye of the powerful and the pious with sca ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Opening the Tax Floodgates

Hold your wallets. Oregon Democrats ruling Salem want to raise your taxes.

Politics Lawmakers convened in Salem on Jan. 12 to attend Gov. John Kitzhaber’s inaugural address and start the business of making new laws. Many states saw Democrats wiped out in the 2014 election ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Where We Take Old News and Make it New Again.

Murmurs As first reported on wweek.com, multiple sources have told WW that the FBI is investigating Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment; the governor’s office says nei ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Give!Guide 2014 Results

Give!Guide goes wild!

News Stories Wow, WW readers, you just blew the socks (and the shoes, pants and shirt) off the goals we set for our 2014 Give!Guide.  We had hoped as many as 7,500 of you would give as much as $2.6 mill ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD H. MEEKER

Dr. Know: Is the Oregon poultry flu epidemic the same as the deadly "bird flu"?

Dr. Know Like a lot of folks, I have the flu. The news says Oregon poultry is also having a flu epidemic. I recall a fuss about deadly “bird flu” a few years ago, so I assumed that’s what I have. M ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Double Dip

Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes used a taxpayer-funded trip to Seattle to work for her private consulting clients.

News Stories Gov. John Kitzhaber probably never imagined he would be heading into a historic fourth term as Oregon chief executive with a major daily newspaper calling for a criminal investigation into the actio ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Into the Weeds

Oregon can avoid the bad trips other states took on legal pot.

News Stories Ann Lininger has a lot of reading to inhale. After only a year in the Oregon House, Lininger, a Lake Oswego Democrat, heads into a new legislative session Jan. 12 with a doozy of an assignment: ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: We Swear—It’s Only The Truth Out Of Salem.

Murmurs When Uber returns to Portland in April, it could face new competition (“Drive,” WW, Dec. 31, 2014). Commissioner Steve Novick has told the city’s taxi board to tackle its backlog of 377 permit ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why didn't your article on flushable wipes mention Fatbergs?

Dr. Know Your piece on flushable wipes in the sewers omitted the scariest scenario of all: Wipes + cooking grease = “Fatbergs.” A 15-ton fatberg threatened London in 2013; it took crews with high-pow ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 

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