Kristina Olvera Says She is a Woman. The Prison System Says He is a Man.

The fight for justice for Oregon’s transgender inmates.

Cover Story Kristina Olvera wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of crossing her legs when she sits, applying... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Put a Label On It

It’s Oregon’s turn (again) to debate the labeling of GMO foods.

News Stories There’s much to talk about in Ashland—a southern Oregon winter so dry that, for the... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Moving the Needle

A new law expanding the use of an anti-overdose drug is cutting the number of heroin deaths.

News Stories Two months ago, a heroin user overdosed on the Southwest Salmon Street overpass... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Sports Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Murmurs: All The News We Wrote While The Sun Was Out.

Murmurs Proponents of an initiative to ban public funding for abortions... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff
 
 

Put a Label On It

It’s Oregon’s turn (again) to debate the labeling of GMO foods.

News Stories There’s much to talk about in Ashland—a southern Oregon winter so dry that, for the first time in 50 years, the local ski mountain failed to open, or the fare at this year’s Oregon Shakespea ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kristina Olvera Says She is a Woman. The Prison System Says He is a Man.

The fight for justice for Oregon’s transgender inmates.

Cover Story Kristina Olvera wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of crossing her legs when she sits, applying eyeliner and pouting her lips. Her landlord disapproves when she plays with her hair, grows out her n ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Moving the Needle

A new law expanding the use of an anti-overdose drug is cutting the number of heroin deaths.

News Stories Two months ago, a heroin user overdosed on the Southwest Salmon Street overpass across Interstate 405, about a block from the headquarters of Outside In. Someone alerted the staff at the nonpr ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Sports Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Murmurs: All The News We Wrote While The Sun Was Out.

Murmurs Proponents of an initiative to ban public funding for abortions are employing a novel tactic: The group’s website, Oregon2014.org, allows users to search for the names of people who have signed th ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Starship Enterprise Zones

Banfield Pet Hospital pocketed a subsidy and got favorable treatment from local governments—then bolted to Vancouver.

News Stories 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

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: County Programs to Fund and Functions to Cut

Elections 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

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Singing the Blues

A Portland choir group’s financial records are missing, and its ex-boss isn’t talking.

News Stories 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

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Suspended Disbelief

A community group calls on PPS to end disciplinary practices that keep kids out of school.

Schools Sheila Warren says she’s fed up. For years now, she and others have been asking Portland Public Schools to change the way it disciplines students who get into trouble. She’s written lett ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Hotseat: Steven Wax

Oregon’s outgoing federal public defender talks about government secrecy, low-profile wins and his next job.

Hot Seat Oregon has known only one chief federal public defender, the person who stands up in court for people who can’t afford an attorney. Steven Wax, who opened the state’s Federal Public Defender ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Murmurs: Doubling Down On Lents; Keeping The CRC Alive.

Murmurs The city of Portland has spent $96 million since 1998 trying—and failing—to rebuild the East Portland neighborhood of Lents, as WW reported earlier this year (“Razed & Confused,” WW, Jan. ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Signs Point to a Correction.

Good answer in last week’s column, but wrong sign.

Dr. Know Good answer in last week’s column, but wrong sign. Your reader was not talking about the Uncle Sam sign in Chehalis, but the religious billboard that’s stood near Kalama for years. —Liberty ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

When The Levee Breaks…Us

Upgrading Portland’s levees could cost $100 million—money no one seems to have.

News Stories Water is Portland’s secret problem.  Not the Bull Run Reservoir water that runs out of your tap nor the contentious May ballot measure that will determine who controls it. No, the next ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

21 And Over

Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.

News Stories Six weeks ago, the Portland City Council seemed ready to buy its way out of its most prominent homelessness problem.  The city agreed Feb. 17 to give $846,000 to the leaders of homeless camp ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: Our News Is Better Because LaMarcus Is Back.

Murmurs Would you be willing to pay a new $12-a-month city “street maintenance” fee? That’s the question being put to voters in a Portland Bureau of Transportation poll. City Commissioner Steve Novick w ... More

Apr 2, 2014 05:01 pm by WW Editorial Staff

One Question: Would You Cut Business Taxes?

Elections It’s a perennial query that politicians running for office face, and we tracked down the answers from the leading candidates for Multnomah County chair, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.  ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Great Race

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

Cover Story 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

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Click Factory

With quotas and incentive pay for reporters, The Oregonian is again changing its readers’ experience.

News Stories The future of The Oregonian is filled with questions.  Do you believe Portland is America’s fittest city? Should dogs be allowed in grocery stores? Would you accept a donated organ from a ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Onward Christian Voters

As same-sex marriage foes ready for a new crusade, how many old allies will follow?

News Stories In 2007, host Ira Glass of This American Life came to Portland on a book tour and was scheduled to speak at the 1,500-seat New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley. He asked for a change of ven ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

House at the End of a Scam

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

News Stories 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

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

A Room With A Loo

When you have to go, web app Airpnp is supposed to help.

News Stories The first time I walked up to the yellow house on the corner of Southeast Stark Street and 26th Avenue, I had to pee.  The door was ajar. When I knocked, only a dog answered. A sign on the wall ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by CAMBRIA ROTH

Suite Surrender

Mayor Hales welcomes Airbnb to Portland, while its clients face city fines.

News Stories For the past four years, Sheila Baraga has been running a 21st-century black-market guest house among the soaring elms of the Buckman neighborhood. Baraga turned a 1908 apartment building on South ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Nick Fish

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

Politics 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

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Blowing Vapor

The e-cigarette market is growing like wildfire, leaving health officials in a haze.

News Stories Division Vapor smells like candy. Located at Southeast 36th Avenue and Division Street, the store is one of 12 Portland retail shops dedicated to the sale of e-liquids, e-cigarettes and all type ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by BRENDAN WELCH

Willamette Week’s 2014 Volunteer Guide

Advertorial Welcome to WW’s 2014 Volunteer Guide. The idea here goes something like this: You were generous financially with our 2013 Give!Guide.  Now, as the new year begins, you may want to invest ... More

Jan 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff
 

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