Fred Meyer, Safeway Disclose Huge Contributions to OLCC Privatization Measure


Two grocery chains pursuing the privatization of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission today disclosed $1.156 million in new contributions to committees aimed at placing the issue on the November ballot.The privatization campaign, Oregonians for Competition, has now hit $2.01 million in contributions. The group has several initiative committees moving forward with various draft versions of a privatization ...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fred Meyer Donates $500,000 to Liquor Privatization Campaign


Fred Meyer really wants to sell booze. The grocery giant today disclosed a contribution of $500,000 to Oregonians for Competition, the campaign aimed at privatizing the sale of liquor in Oregon. Currently, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission buys all the hard liquor brought into Oregon or manufactured here, and then sells it through a network of state-licensed liquor stores and a few grocery stores ...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Requiem For Jiggles

The booze-free strip club that local teens turned into an icon.

Cover Story
In June, Portland will lose a legend. For three decades, the Jiggles sign at exit 289 on I-5 has stood as a tantalizing promise of adult privilege to adolescent males of all ages. It may be diff   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 JAY HORTON

Northeast Portland Speakeasy Dean's Scene Closed

UPDATE: Dean Pottle Warned By OLCC in Letter Dated December 9


Food & Drink
UPDATE February 3, 1:26 pm: Dean Pottle was warned about making more beer than allowed by law and accepting "financial consideration" for beer without a license almost two months ago, according to a letter Willamette Week obtained from the OLCC.The letter was hand-delivered to Pottle, who homebrews beer for Dean's Scene, a basement bar on Northeast Fremont Street, on December 9, 2013. As of Saturday, ...   More
Monday, February 3, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Campaign Whisperers

Hints of Oregon’s political future in 2014 can be seen in the contributions of 2013.

News Stories
It’s 2014, an election year that will bring before voters an astonishingly broad list of ballot measures, a race for the U.S. Senate and an Oregon governor seeking an unprecedented fourth term. But clues to the key turning points in    More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Price Check On Fireball

Oregon voters will soon be told getting rid of the OLCC will lower liquor prices. A shopping trip to Vancouver kills that buzz.

News Stories
Forget free-market dogma and protecting the little guy: We just want to know whether getting government out of the liquor business will save us money. It’s a key question facing Oregon voter   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 RAMONA DENIES

OLCC Shelves Liquor Application for Diamonds Gentlemen's Club


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has inactivated the liquor-license application for Diamonds Gentlemen's Club because the Laurelhurst strip club's operators won't provide information about who owns it.WW revealed last month that one of those owners was arrested last July on suspicion of promoting prostitution and money laundering at two spas he owns in Spokane.The Oregonian reported Thursday that ...   More
Friday, May 10, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Identity Crisis

Taxpayers may end up subsidizing Portland bars to stem the flood of fake IDs from China.

News Stories
The Barrel Room was the first bar ever to let in Maddy Eivers. It was a Saturday night, it was summer, and she wasn’t yet 21. The memory is sharp for Eivers, not only because of the bouncer’s    More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ASHLEY JOCZ

OLCC Rejects a Curfew on Bar Patios


Good news for late-night al fresco tipplers, bad news for sleepless neighbors: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission won't be restricting bar-patio hours this summer.For weeks, Portland officials all the way up to Mayor Charlie Hales have complained that the OLCC's proposed rule change—which would have closed patios at 11 pm on weeknights and 1 am Fridays and Saturdays—didn't go far enough. The ...   More
Thursday, April 25, 2013 AARON MESH

Important News for Boozehounds

Some liquor stores will be open on Thursday

Liquor Skull

In a state where the sales of hard liquor is strictly controlled (including the times and days state-franchised stores are open) running out of booze on a holiday is a real risk.Here's some helpful news from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for those who may underestimate their Thanksgiving needs:  The Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds customers that liquor stores in Oregon have ...   More
Monday, November 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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