Starting a pot business? These companies want to help.
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
County Commissioner Loretta Smith uses her office budget to benefit constituents—and her own ambitions.
No elected official in Portland spends more time with constituents than Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.
pancakes at the Hollywood Senior Center or personall ... More
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.
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
A battle between West Hills neighbors over vacation rentals shows where the sharing economy could be headed.
Policing the “sharing economy” as it evolves in Portland has been challenging for city officials.
to grapple with what to do with Uber, and short-term vacation rental
s ... More
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
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
Why do Portland schools treat girls’ basketball as second rate?
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
U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall’s flameout amid the Kitzhaber investigation could sully the image of her patron, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.
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.
the chief fe ... More
Two East Portland secessionists explain why they want voters to sever their neighborhoods’ ties to the city.
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
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
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
Urban farmers and foresters are benefiting from a gaping property tax loophole.
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
Portland Public Schools defends student discipline one official compares to an inmate work crew.
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
Big Weed is coming—unless Salem erects a fence at the state line.
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
Newly available data on Airbnb shows the company’s impact on Portland.
Airbnb is all for sharing—except, of course, when it comes to its own data.
site has been under scrutiny in Portland and other U.S. cities for its
effect on neighborhoods ... More
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
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
Small craft brewers say the city is making them pay big-time regulatory costs.
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
A video poker machine dealt Justin Curzi a strange hand. Now he’s calling the Oregon Lottery’s bluff.
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
Emails show how former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s environmental principles and his friendship with a campaign contributor collided.
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
A diversity training session for Spanish-speaking parents in Portland Public Schools was missing just one thing: Spanish.
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
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
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
Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch.
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
Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.
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
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
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
Emails ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office sought to destroy reveal tensions over power, money and former First Lady Cylvia Hayes.
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
The governor’s office’s explanation for a request to delete emails doesn’t hold water.
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
After Hayes got nearly $40,000 from an octogenarian, Kitzhaber bailed her out.
Tom Bates could have warned former Gov. John Kitzhaber about getting mixed up with Cylvia Hayes’ finances.
Whitney Bates, was 46 years older than Hayes when he became enthralled ... More
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
A climate-change bill will test Gov. Kate Brown’s independence.
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.
first big politic ... More
The city has done little to crack down on Airbnb hosts renting multiple apartments.
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
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
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
If a growing scandal forces Gov. John Kitzhaber from office, Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over.
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
Anti-vaccination ideas flourish at private and charter schools.
Shining Star Waldorf School doesn’t look like a potential incubator for an outbreak of disease.
small private school holds elementary and middle-school classes in a
church basement ... More
Pressure from family and friends spurs police to make an arrest in the death of Cougar Burleigh.
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
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
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and first girlfriend Cylvia Hayes: embarrassing scandal, or most embarrassing scandal ever?
How the mighty have fallen—just last August, a U.S.
Departmen ... More
Gov. John Kitzhaber should be at the pinnacle of his power. His role in an unfolding scandal has brought him low.
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
Why is Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum ducking the Kitzhaber-Hayes case?
Allegations of wrongdoing, ethical violations and even
criminal activity have been piling up for months around Gov. John
Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.
governor has the authority t ... More
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
New state rules haven’t settled the debate over the testing of legal pot for safety and how fast it will get you high.
Jesse Peters understands why the state of Oregon wants
testing of the shiskaberry buds he grows on his Wilsonville marijuana
Peters, president of
Eco Firma Farms, knows that sending s ... More
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
The once-reclusive author comes out of the woods to embrace his inner sage.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the publication of Arctic Dreams, the biography of the earth’s vast north by Barry Lopez.
to that point, Lopez had a small, loyal following for his fiction ... More