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
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 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
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Griever State

A guide to Sufjan Stevens’ Oregon.


Music Stories
Sufjan Stevens’ new record might be his “Oregon album,” but don’t expect to see him in ads for the tourism bureau any time soon. “I forgive you, mother, I can hear you/ And I long to b   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER, DOUG KENCK-CRISPIN

AP Film Studies: Made In Oregon

Celebrating Oregon movies that aren’t The Goonies.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Whenever conversation turns to Oregon film, it invariably goes in two directions: either to Gus Van Sant or The Goonies. Just flip through this very newspaper. Hell, this weekend, Astoria has a go   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 AP KRYZA

Forbes: Oregon Has the Cheapest Weed in America

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News
It's time to change Oregon's nickname. We're the Cheap-Weed State. Finance magazine Forbes has compared the price of an ounce of "high-quality" marijuana across all 50 states, and finds pot is less expensive in Oregon than anywhere else in the nation.How much less? Nearly half the price of East Coast bud.Using the website PriceofWeed.com, Forbes says an ounce of premium pot costs $204 in Oregon—while ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 AARON MESH

All Light, No Heat

The state allows scofflaw tanning salons to remain operating.


News Stories
The thousands of Oregonians who use tanning salons to get bronzed expect the facilities to follow the state’s health and safety rules. Most salons do. However, state records show there’s   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Feed the Beast

Schools get billions from the state every year. That number is growing fast. Here’s why it’s never enough.


Cover Story
$7.2 billion is a lot of money. It’s enough to buy every Oregonian a new MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone 6. Or enough to buy every school district in Oregon a $36 million, gently used Gulfstr   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

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
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 AARON MESH

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
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 AARON MESH

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