Hydro Hogs

Portland’s 16 biggest water users keep guzzling—no drought about it.

Cover Story Many Oregonians are running out of water. Others show no restraint. The state is... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT, CLAIRE HOLLEY, HART HORNOR, ANTHONY MACUK

Chain Reaction

Multnomah County continues shackling juvenile defendants—even as observers recoil.

News Stories Across Oregon—including in Portland—law enforcement officials routinely shackle... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Temple of Zoom

Dave Sanders wants his clinics to provide insurance. The state said the policies cost too little.

News Stories “Cellular immortality coaching?” asks a large billboard on the east side... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by CLAIRE HOLLEY

Murmurs: When Will the Pope Endorse Charlie?

Murmurs Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Dr. Know: The Really Big One

Dr. Know The recent New Yorker article made me wonder: When the cataclysmic... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Inbox: Opinions on Cakes

Letters to the Editor Discrimination or Exercising Rights?The Kleins chose... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek Staff
 
 

Hydro Hogs

Portland’s 16 biggest water users keep guzzling—no drought about it.

Cover Story Many Oregonians are running out of water. Others show no restraint. The state is experiencing its worst drought in two decades. Another mild winter left a small snowpack, which has ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT, CLAIRE HOLLEY, HART HORNOR, ANTHONY MACUK

Chain Reaction

Multnomah County continues shackling juvenile defendants—even as observers recoil.

News Stories Across Oregon—including in Portland—law enforcement officials routinely shackle juveniles accused of offenses, even misdemeanors, without first proving the need. ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Temple of Zoom

Dave Sanders wants his clinics to provide insurance. The state said the policies cost too little.

News Stories “Cellular immortality coaching?” asks a large billboard on the east side of the Willamette River. That’s all the blue and white sign says, other than the name of the company that purchased it, Z ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by CLAIRE HOLLEY

Murmurs: When Will the Pope Endorse Charlie?

Murmurs Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to challenge Mayor Charlie Hales in 2016 or take a run at ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Inbox: Opinions on Cakes

Letters to the Editor Discrimination or Exercising Rights?The Kleins chose to open a business in Oregon, where discrimination against gays is forbidden by law [“Bittersweet Cake,” WW, July 22, 2015]. Th ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek Staff

Dr. Know: The Really Big One

Dr. Know The recent New Yorker article made me wonder: When the cataclysmic earthquake hits, how far up the Columbia River will the tsunami go, assuming it’s as big as predicted? —Not Buyi ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Bittersweet Cake

A Gresham bakery refused to sell this lesbian couple a wedding cake. Now, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer break their silence.

Cover Story Rachel Cryer loved Sweet Cakes by Melissa. She had discovered the Gresham bakery online in 2011 when she went looking for a wedding cake to celebrate her mother’s remarriage. The $250 raspberry fa ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Naked Gun

A woman visiting Portland says a cop came to her hotel room to follow up on her case—and took off his clothes.

News Stories A Portland Police Bureau officer is under investigation after a woman visiting from Las Vegas said he arrived at her Pearl District hotel room to follow up on her domestic assault complaint, stripped ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Deal With It

Oregon wants to crush black-market weed sales. But business is smoking.

News Stories Austin has been out of weed for four days. It’s Sunday evening, and today he’s gotten 14 calls from customers looking for bud. “You got tree, bro?” they ask. The drought ends with a call from ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

Fat Tire Fight

Mountain bikers and neighbors again face off over forest trails—this time near Forest Park.

News Stories On Christmas Eve, three days after she and her family moved to their home in the hills northwest of Portland, Lindsey Laughlin saw the elk herd. It’s become a ritual. She wakes up at about 6:30 ev ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by HART HORNOR

Inbox: Toxic!

Letters to the Editor To coin a phrase, “The dose makes the poison.” [“My Airborne Toxic Event,” WW, July 15, 2015]. The mere presence of some of these chemicals means nothing. Exposure to small a ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Murmurs: President Trump Will Stop the Megaquake.

Murmurs Does the city lawfully own the trademark to the neon “Portland Oregon” sign? Legal observers will have to wait for an answer now that city officials have employed a creative maneuver to quash a la ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Dr. Know: The Truth About Head Shops

Dr. Know Now that weed is legal, can we finally abandon the charade where we all pretend that none of the things sold in the head shop will be used for smoking marijuana? Can we, at long last, call a bong a bo ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

My Airborne Toxic Event

I wanted to know which industrial chemicals my family is exposed to every day. Am I sorry that I asked?

News Stories Like many scary stories, this one begins with a seemingly innocuous gift.  Nurses at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital sent my family home with a small care package—diapers, a tiny yellow comb a ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Tuition: Impossible

A program to offer free community college doesn’t have everyone cheering.

News Stories Oregon’s high school graduates recently got a huge gift, courtesy of state lawmakers: free college. That’s the pitch to more than 10,000 prospective community college students. The last-minute b ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by CLAIRE HOLLEY, HART HORNOR

Murmurs

The best shortish news items in Portland.

Murmurs The Port of Portland paid a $325,000 settlement in April to a female firefighter who says a male colleague sexually assaulted her during a training trip in Texas last fall, according to a story the no ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Bean Counting

Prosecutors say Portland developer Terry Bean is trying to buy his way out of sex-abuse charges.

News Stories Prosecutors say Portland real-estate developer and Democratic Party activist Terry Bean is trying to “purchase an escape” from criminal sex-abuse charges by paying off a teenage boy, his alleged v ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Do I Want A Swamp Cooler In This Heat?

Dr. Know During the recent heat wave, a friend was raving about swamp coolers. I’d never heard of them. All she could tell me was, it’s a box that appears to make your room less hot. How do they work? Do I ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Inbox: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Is legislator really pro-choice? Thank you for drawing attention to the elected leaders who helped strengthen women’s health in this legislative session, including Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D- ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek Staff

Dead Dog Walking

What happens when a husband-and-wife team fight to save the life of every violent dog?

Cover Story The inmate wants out of his darkened cell. He paces, calling out day and night until his throat is raw. His nails bleed from trying to claw his way through concrete walls to freedom. His name is Cuj ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Credit Score

Trimet and a Portland broker work around the legislature’s rules on selling tax credits to wealthy investors.

News Stories Dan Wieden recently did something few Oregonians can do: He bought a dollar for 75 cents. Wieden, co-founder of Portland’s Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency, purchased a $1.8 million state income ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: All Hail the New Weed Queen

Murmurs Portland Mayor Charlie Hales last week publicly embarrassed City Commissioner Amanda Fritz by abruptly yanking her control of the bureau that oversees real-estate development. Fritz had angered develo ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Shop the Presses

The Oregonian is selling its printing press—and advancing deeper into the web.

News Stories For more than a century, the daily rumble of its downtown printing presses and the roar of its delivery trucks signaled the news rolling out of The Oregonian. But on June 30, a huge omen for the new ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Benson Bubbler Basics

Dr. Know Why are the Benson Bubblers [Portland’s landmark public water fountains] always running, especially when Oregon is experiencing a serious drought ? —IndraWhy do all those Benson Bubblers only rele ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Open-Source Warfare

When a Portland computer programmer’s ex-wife accused him of sexual assault, ­­he made a federal case out of it.

News Stories For years, the world of writing computer code has seemed hostile to women.  Female programmers complain about sexist presentations at tech conferences, harassment from fellow coders—and even ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Paying by the Mile

A new Oregon program to replace the gas tax rewards Hummers over hybrids. Why did the state spend millions on this?

News Stories Drivers of hybrid and electric cars enjoy lots of benefits. They can feel good that they’re churning out a lot less carbon. Their energy costs are lower. And they don’t have to pay as much as they ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Crystal Ballers

The Trail Blazers are falling apart. Here’s why it’s not as bad as it looks.

Sports The next National Basketball Association season is still four months away. But the Portland Trail Blazers as you know them right now seem moments from vanishing.  July 1 marks the beginning of ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CORBIN SMITH

Cougar Burleigh's Family Gets Justice

Murmurs More than eight months after Cougar Burleigh died from an assault on the Burnside Bridge, his family has seen justice. Robert Lewis Browne, 42, pleaded guilty June 29 to second-degree manslaughte ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Dr. Know: Someone Clean This Up

Dr. Know When I drive past the scene of an accident, I often see a lot of broken glass left behind. This could damage tires, or cause another collision when cars slow down to drive through it. Isn’t anyone r ... More

Jul 1, 2015 11:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion.

Cover Story We have opened with the warning above since 1977, when we first published our Good, Bad & Awful survey—an unvarnished view of the metro-area legislators who help write Oregon’s laws and shape ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Downward-Facing Dollar

Under state scrutiny, yoga studios in Portland find themselves twisting into new positions.

News Stories When Michele Loew opened her yoga studio on Southeast Stark Street in 2007, she recruited the best instructors available and paid them for each student they brought in. That’s how many Portland st ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: A Hipster Dividend

Murmurs No, Portland’s proposed “density bonus” is not a cash handout to you for tolerating an increasingly crowded city. It’s a series of new incentives City Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to give d ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Stall

Wage Wars: The Battle for a Higher Minimum Wage

Even businesses that support a higher minimum wage worry about a rush to raise it to $13 an hour.

News Stories Laurelhurst Cafe has become a popular hangout in the heart of Portland’s bleeding heart. The café—with its corrugated metal and orange trim façade—sits at East Burnside Street and Northeast ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?

Dr. Know Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

School Colors

Students at Wilson High School form a black student union to combat racism. Most of its members are white.

News Stories Breonna Keller-Robbins has heard a lot of comments from fellow students about her race at Wilson High—the whitest of Portland Public Schools’ nine high schools.  Her dad is black, and ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dam Laws

The owner of a giant Eastern Oregon ranch again brings his issues—and checkbook—to Salem.

News Stories Scott Campbell has never been one to let the law hold him back when it comes to his massive Eastern Oregon ranch.  Campbell is best known as founder of Hannah the Pet Society, a pet-leasing ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

The Gecko Chamber

A lengthy legal battle against GEICO underscores Oregon’s weak laws to protect consumers.

News Stories Cornel Tuter knows the charming green GEICO gecko all too well. The creature is ubiquitous, one of the most easily recognizable characters on the planet. It should be: GEICO Insurance spends a ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

To Our Readers

News Stories When I moved here in 1974 to start as a reporter at a new alternative newsweekly called Willamette Week, Portland was pretty Podunk. There was nothing artisanal, crafty or hip about it. My first ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by Richard Meeker

Murmurs: Why Don’t You Go Outside And Play?

Murmurs It’s a nightmare scenario for a principal: learning after the fact your school has hosted a registered sex offender. But that’s what happened to Jefferson High School principal Margaret Calv ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Why My Apartment Is Good for Portland

Cover Story They pop up seemingly overnight, multiplying faster than food carts on every street corner in the city. Just a whisper of them transforms normally mild-mannered Portlanders into fire-breathing ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by TYLER HURST

The 5 Myths About Portland Apartments

Housing The accusations ring out in bars. The gripes spill onto Internet comment threads. And the complaints echo like angry yodels down the newly built canyons of Southeast Division Street and North ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Driver’s Record

A TriMet driver’s criminal past becomes an issue in a union election—and embarrasses the transit agency.

News Stories TriMet and the transit agency’s biggest union share many problems. They blame each other for the financial troubles ailing the agency. TriMet points to  an overly generous contract with exp ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Running to Harvard

A David Douglas senior gains admission to a top university—with help from mentors.

Schools On June 11, Josh Kellebrew will graduate with 545 other classmates from David Douglas, the state’s largest and one of its most diverse high schools. In many ways, Kellebrew blends in at Da ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Erika Preuitt

Gang shootings are way up. The woman charged with getting gang members to give up crime says she wants to know why.

News Stories May was a bad month in the anti-street gang business. Suspected gang members opened fire at least 25 five times last month, the most in a single month since Portland police started keeping tra ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

Murmurs: Did the OLCC rig a huge legal weed contract?

Murmurs A Florida software company says the state’s marijuana overlords improperly awarded a $1.7 million contract to follow the flow of legal pot from farm to bong. The company, BioTrackTHC, wants to provi ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

An Immigrant’s Fare Fight

Taxi drivers have been hit by the arrival of Uber and Lyft—including many who are Ethiopian immigrants.

News Stories Robel Berhan steers his blue and orange Union Cab with its empty backseat to Hotel Lucia on Southwest Broadway. Nothing. He heads to the Marriott. A line of other cabs blocks his way. He knows a ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Pole Position

Candidate Charlie Hales promised to do something about cellphone towers. As mayor, it’s been a different story.

News Stories When Darrell Yuen and Beth Collins moved to Portland from New York City in 2010, they thought they had found a dream home. Their 1929 Cape Cod-style house sits about a block from Mt. Tabor Park, ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: The City Covers For The Fire Chief.

Murmurs Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens is trying to put out a blaze in her own office. The city Bureau of Human Resources last month completed an investigation into an allegation that Ja ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Defending the Whistle-Blower

Gov. Kate Brown says the Kitzhaber email leaker shouldn’t face criminal charges.

Politics Since going public with his story last week, Michael Rodgers has heard a lot of opinions about his decision to leak 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails to WW. Last week’s cover ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Whistleblower

Michael Rodgers has a secret: He’s the one who leaked Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails. Here’s why he did it.

Cover Story On Friday, Feb. 20, Michael Rodgers looked up from his iPad to the parking lot outside his Salem office window. Three people strode toward the entrance of his building. He knew who they were, ... More

May 26, 2015 11:00 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kiddie Trouble

A Pearl District Child Care Center Comes Under Scrutiny For Lack of Staffing

News Stories To Megan Bergstrom, it was chaos. She had a howling 4-month-old girl strapped to her in an Eddie Bauer carrier while the eight other children she was responsible for watching—all under the a ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Wolf Tracks

An environmental group goes to court to see the forest service’s plans to protect Oregon wolves.

News Stories Nick Cady is thrilled to see the return of gray wolves to Oregon’s Cascade Range. He celebrated when the wolf dubbed OR-7 was spotted south of Crater Lake in 2011, more than 60 years after hun ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: All The News That Gives A Hoot.

Murmurs State lawmakers are considering ways to let people expunge past marijuana convictions from their criminal records. WW first reported in February that Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) had introduced a ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Portland Thorn

Steve Novick charmed voters with his prickly brilliance, gumption and wit. The bloom is off.

Cover Story Back when Steve Novick was in grade school, teachers were still allowed to spank troublesome students. Novick was in fifth grade when his teacher asked his mother for permission to paddle the ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Making The Law Pay

The Attorney General’s favorite Portland law firm is cleaning up financially. It’s also run afoul of a federal judge.

News Stories Nearly 3,000 Oregonians with disabilities have waited more than three years for their day in federal court on a potentially groundbreaking civil rights case. In a sweeping class action lawsu ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Government Transparency, At $18,000 A Pop.

Murmurs Elephant rights activists are getting under the not-so-thick hides of Oregon Zoo officials. Last summer, regional government Metro, which runs the zoo, quoted The Northwest Examiner an $18,000 bill ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

A House Named Suh

The planned teardown of a football star’s family home in Irvington raises doubts about neighborhood preservation.

News Stories From the looks of it, the house at 2602 NE 13th Ave. is nothing special.  It’s a two-story home, white with red trim and a brick arch over the front porch. The grass is scruffy, the shr ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Thunder Dome

There are already runaway costs for a state Capitol remodel that few people know about.

News Stories Peter Courtney usually gets what he wants. As president of the Oregon Senate for 12 years, Courtney, 71, has amassed more influence than almost any other legislator in state history. The Democ ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Decamped

The mayor’s office calls the Eastside Esplanade unsafe. Will Hales’ homeless policies make a difference?

News Stories James Noel has seen a lot of changes in his neighborhood, which consists of a narrow sidewalk against a chain-link fence that runs along Southeast Main Street, with the northbound ramp to Inters ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK
 

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