Joint Ventures

Starting a pot business? These companies want to help.

Cover Story Alexa Divett is getting a contact high. Divett runs Maya Media Collective, a Northeast Portland... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Spending Time

County Commissioner Loretta Smith uses her office budget to benefit constituents—and her own ambitions.

News Stories No elected official in Portland spends more time with constituents than Multnomah County... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Share Up There

A battle between West Hills neighbors over vacation rentals shows where the sharing economy could be headed.

Housing Policing the “sharing economy” as it evolves in Portland has been challenging... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Pay to Playground

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.

City Hall City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a massive increase in some... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: News To Chew On.

Murmurs What do you give the zoo that has everything? A dead water buffalo.... More

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

Dr. Know: If I disconnected my downspouts, why am I getting charged for stormwater?

Dr. Know In 2006, I took the $52 incentive to disconnect my downspouts.... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

Joint Ventures

Starting a pot business? These companies want to help.

Cover Story Alexa Divett is getting a contact high. Divett runs Maya Media Collective, a Northeast Portland company that is part of the commercial frenzy surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Orego ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Spending Time

County Commissioner Loretta Smith uses her office budget to benefit constituents—and her own ambitions.

News Stories No elected official in Portland spends more time with constituents than Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.  Whether flipping pancakes at the Hollywood Senior Center or personall ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Pay to Playground

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.

City Hall City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a massive increase in some of the fees the city charges developers of new homes and commercial buildings. Fritz is proposing an overhaul of the fees ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

The Share Up There

A battle between West Hills neighbors over vacation rentals shows where the sharing economy could be headed.

Housing Policing the “sharing economy” as it evolves in Portland has been challenging for city officials. Rulemakers continue to grapple with what to do with Uber, and short-term vacation rental s ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Murmurs: News To Chew On.

Murmurs What do you give the zoo that has everything? A dead water buffalo. That’s the unusual offer Clackamas County heavy-hauling magnate Terry Emmert made the Oregon Zoo this month. Emmert owns the P ... More

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

Dr. Know: If I disconnected my downspouts, why am I getting charged for stormwater?

Dr. Know In 2006, I took the $52 incentive to disconnect my downspouts. Nine years later, I’m still getting charged $29 for “stormwater.” Apparently I was supposed to fill out a special form in 2 ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Ladies First

Why do Portland schools treat girls’ basketball as second rate?

Schools Maddy Horn had a great season as point guard for her Wilson High School girls’ varsity basketball team, winning co-MVP. The senior says she and her teammates worked just as hard as the Wilson ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Fatal Attraction Fallout

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall’s flameout amid the Kitzhaber investigation could sully the image of her patron, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.

News Stories Amanda Marshall grabbed the attention of Oregonians last month when she publicly took command of the largest government corruption case this state has seen in decades. Marshall, the chief fe ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Collene Swenson and Pat Edwards

Two East Portland secessionists explain why they want voters to sever their neighborhoods’ ties to the city.

News Stories Collene Swenson and Pat Edwards want out of the city of Portland. What they really want is the city to get out of where they live, East Portland, and leave the residents of this often overlooked ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Murmurs: Portland Schools Dispose of a Discipline Idea.

Murmurs Portland Public Schools has put a stop—for now—to the practice of forcing students at César Chávez K-8 School to clean walls, doorknobs and desks and pick up trash as discipline (“Little Janit ... More

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

Dr. Know: Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those containers?

Dr. Know A few years ago, Portland switched from Styrofoam to biodegradable cups, flatware, etc. Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those conta ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

You Call This a Farm?

Urban farmers and foresters are benefiting from a gaping property tax loophole.

Cover Story Joe Angel is a real-estate developer and investor best known for once owning 28 Portland-area Burger Kings. Angel also helped develop three downtown hotels—the Westin, the deLuxe and the Luc ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Little Janitors

Portland Public Schools defends student discipline one official compares to an inmate work crew.

News Stories Domingo Martin spent three days in November and December at North Portland’s César Chávez K-8 School cleaning the gym and collecting trash in the school’s foul-smelling restrooms. It was ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dope Without Borders

Big Weed is coming—unless Salem erects a fence at the state line.

Marijuana Meghan and Matt Walstatter often argue about who should cash in on legal weed in Oregon. The Walstatters run Pure Green Gardens, a Portland medical-marijuana grow with a dispensary in the Holl ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Air Invasion

Newly available data on Airbnb shows the company’s impact on Portland.

News Stories Airbnb is all for sharing—except, of course, when it comes to its own data. The vacation-rental site has been under scrutiny in Portland and other U.S. cities for its effect on neighborhoods ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Murmurs: Dave Frohnmayer, 1940-2015.

Murmurs News reached us at deadline that former Oregon Attorney General and University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer died March 9 at the age of 74 of complications from prostate cancer. Frohnmayer, ... More

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

Dr. Know: Why do the pigeons always crap on my head?

Dr. Know Do perching pigeons have motion detectors? Every time I walk under one, its bowels promptly explode on my bald spot or exquisitely manufactured hat. The west side of the Broadway Bridge is lik ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Mead It And Weep

Small craft brewers say the city is making them pay big-time regulatory costs.

News Stories Brooks Cooper dreamed for more than a decade of ditching his law practice to make sparkling mead, an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey. Last year, he and a friend took the plung ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Man Vs. Machine

A video poker machine dealt Justin Curzi a strange hand. Now he’s calling the Oregon Lottery’s bluff.

Cover Story Justin Curzi pecked the draw button on the Jacks or Better video poker machine. The glow from five game screens lit the maroon walls of the windowless room in the back of Northwest Portland’s ... More

Mar 5, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Another Kind Of Green

Emails show how former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s environmental principles and his friendship with a campaign contributor collided.

News Stories Scott Campbell operates on a Bunyanesque scale. He bought and expanded Banfield Pet Hospital, creating a chain of 750 veterinarian clinics, before selling the company in 2007. The Southeast Port ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

No Se Habla

A diversity training session for Spanish-speaking parents in Portland Public Schools was missing just one thing: Spanish.

Schools On the evening of Jan. 27, about 50 parents from three Southeast Portland schools gathered at Creative Science School to learn how to overcome racial barriers. The session, called “Beyond ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: What's the low-down on LED streetlights?

Dr. Know Our street just got LED streetlights. I love the bright white light! Do they last longer than yellow sodium lights? How much power do they save? How long before we switch out all the old lights? ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: Ted vs. Charlie? A Potential 2016 Fight For City Hall.

Murmurs Portland Mayor Charlie Hales looks like a cinch for re-election next year, but some powerful constituents would like to see Hales work to keep his City Hall job. Three sources tell WW that repre ... More

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

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
 

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