Washington state offers an alternative to sending parents to prison. Is Oregon willing to try it?
Michelle Newell busted up her family in
2010 with a repeat conviction for writing bad checks to cover a drug
habit. The state sent her to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in
Wilsonville, Ore ... More
The former NFL player and a local filmmaker discuss the violence in America’s Game.
Last month, Chris Borland shocked anyone who watches
football by announcing he was walking away from a career in the National
Football League—and millions of dollars—after only one year in t ... More
It’s unusual to hear about an unpaid $1.5 million tax bill with anyorganization—let alone Oregon’s medical school and research hospital. But on March 2, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien ... More
A little “Managed Service Point” sign
was affixed to our mailbox last week. What the heck is that? I asked our
postman and he said it’s to “improve efficiency.” How does that work?
�� ... More
Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.
Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one.
It was Jan. 27, 2014,
and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public
Schools board. He and the oth ... More
The OLCC may have reached too far in seeking to create a new class of police: Pot Cops.
Just when you thought it was safe to smoke marijuana in Oregon, along comes a new breed of law enforcement officer: the pot cop.
The pot cop can bust
retailers for selling buds to people under 2 ... More
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s state attorney was alarmed by a business group’s help for first lady Cylvia Hayes.
The federal investigation into allegations of influence
peddling by former Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes is
Sources tell WW
that a grand jury in Portland has be ... More
Why won’t the Portland Fire Bureau give a whistle-blower documents that have already been made public?
Rob Cruser enforces rules that save lives.
Cruser, 51, is a fire
inspector for Portland Fire & Rescue. That job takes him into
buildings where the public gathers for big events—such as n ... More
Last December, Mayor Charlie Hales exchanged sharp words with Uber executive David Plouffe when Plouffe called to tell him the ride-hailing app was
launching in Portland in defiance of city rules. T ... More
My commute entails changing MAX trains
at the Rose Quarter. Nearly every time, I arrive just in time to see
the connecting train leaving. Why can’t TriMet use Transit Tracker data
to adjust ... More
How the firing of Oregon’s pot czar exposed the OLCC’s secret talks to end medical weed as we know it.
On a sunny Thursday last month, Rob Patridge, the man who
will soon be Oregon’s top regulator of legal weed, and Anthony Johnson,
the person who gave him that power, met over iced tea at Russe ... More
More and more, credit unions look and act like banks. So why don’t they pay taxes?
Robert Stuart enjoys a paycheck most bankers would envy.
Stuart, 47, is CEO of
Oregon’s second-largest financial institution, with 26 branches, 501
employees and assets of $3.6 billion. His ... More
Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her.
Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole
Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual
salary to $247,000.
the time, most Portland School Board ... More
Score one for girls’ high-school basketball. On March 30, the Portland Public Schools board voted 4-1 to hear the gender discrimination complaint that PPS dissed girls’ teams by routinely making t ... More
I moved to Portland partly because of its friendliness
to my gluten-free lifestyle. Unfortunately, my new apartment is near a
bakery, and now that it’s windows-open season, the wheat vapors ar ... More
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