Timberline Ends Its Shortest Ever Season on Sunday

The Palmer Chair will stop after August 2, the earliest time since it opened in 1975


The ski season will end a month early thanks to Oregon's brutal summer heat wave.Yup, that's right, it's still ski season in the Cascades, where skiiers and boards have historically been able to ride through Labor Day thanks to a lift servicing the Palmer snowfield glacier on Mount Hood's south side.But a low-snow winter—several lower-elevation Oregon resorts had 11-day seasons, while others didn't ...   More
Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

New Study Forecasts Harsh Climate Changes in Oregon Over Next Century

Here's something to take your mind off today's incessant rain. A new report predicts Oregon's climate will get hotter, drier and harsher within the next century. The Oregon Climate Assessment Report says the continual effect of global greenhouse gases will likely hit Oregon's freshwater supply hard. Various climate models estimate the state's average summer rainfall will decline by 14 percent ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Economics for Dummies

Climate change skeptics first complained that calls for emission controls were unscientific, but now their argument has morphed into the fiscal impossibility of reducing our carbon footprint (“especially in this economy,” they might add). “First it was junk science and now it's junk economics,” says Ecotrust spokesman Seth Walker. So in response to the economic argument ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

Peter DeFazio Trashes Cap and Trade at City Club

U.S. Rep Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) proved something in his speech at Portland City Club today: he ain't Gov. Ted Kulongoski. DeFazio, an 11-term veteran whom political insiders say is still mulling a 2010 run for the position Kulongoski will vacate after next year, eviscerated two of the Democratic governor's top environmental policy iniatives. The answer to global warming, as DeFazio ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Some Scary Global Warming Numbers

If you're thinking about hitting this weekend's events calling attention to the significance of the number 350 in global warming, here are some other sobering numbers about your fellow Americans who probably won't be there. According to this new poll taken by the Pew Research Center, the percentage of respondents who now call global warming a serious problem has fallen from 44 percent in April ...   More
Thursday, October 22, 2009 HANK STERN

Notes from the Protest: Al Gore and Teabaggers Descend on Portland

As promised, this "near-naked Mother Earth" was outside Al Gore's talk in Portland last night, asking the former vice president to bolster his green beliefs by going vegetarian. Amber Tegantvoort, a 22-year-old from Seattle, made her demands on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "He has talked about how a vegan diet is the best way to stop global warming," Tegantvoort ...   More
Thursday, November 19, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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