Hobo Pirates of the Willamette: At Preparation's End

Bluesfest is here and Finger the "Partial Pirate" is ready.


The Canada geese are being chased from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The plump migratory birds usually rule the roost on the scenic walkway along the riverfront. But it's now filled with workers setting up tents and stages. Meanwhile, the water is under blockade from a fleet of small boats. The few geese that remain fight a losing battle to hold onto their park. Shit-covered grass is all that remains ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Take Me to The River

Portraits of the Willamette.

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The Willamette River divides Portland. Not just physically, east from west, or in the inconvenient gulf that opens whenever a bridge is up. The Willamette shows us the ways we embrace, and betra   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 WW Staff

Five Filthy Facts from the $96 Million Portland Harbor Cleanup Study

It could cost $1.7 billion and take 28 years, but probably won't.


As promised in our cover story this week, this morning a coalition of businesses that could be on the hook for  a Portland Harbor cleanup released its study of possible cleanups in the Willamette River. The Lower Willamette Group's feasibility study took more than 10 years and cost $96 million—including more than $24 million from the city. It outlines seven options for a harbor cleanup (with ...   More
Friday, March 30, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

What the Muck?

The Portland Harbor is a toxic embarrassment. And there’s plenty of blame to go around.

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In any good monster movie, the initial terror comes from knowing there’s something awful out there—even though you don’t get a good look at it.  It lurks in the shadows or just bene   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 AARON MESH

It's a River Par-tay: University of Portland Willamette River Fest April 15

Ah, the mighty Willamette, lifeblood of Oregon. Who can bike along its banks in the height of summer without thinking of its beauty, its majesty...how likely it is that a stray splash will cause a rash, or perhaps a more permanent skin condition... We have a vested interest in maintaining the welfare of this river. That's why the University of Portland's Ecology Club, crew team, and others will ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Adrienne So

Here's What Portland's Newest Bridge Looks Like

Portland's Willamette riverscape is slotted to get its first major bridge makeover in 36 years. And beginning this Tuesday through the rest of this month, the public may check it out by going to City Hall to view a model of the stylish upgrade. The Architecture Foundation of Oregon, the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Portland Spaces Magazine are presenting the model ...   More
Monday, April 6, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

The Original Floating Party

The Labor Day Weekend brought evidence that Captain Jack Stiles may have discovered the best way to party on the Willamette. For more than 20 years, Stiles, whose nickname is “Mad Jack” and is a semi-retired harbor master at the Waverly Marina, has been anchoring a temporary dock, complete with Port-A-Potty and barbecue, in the middle of the Willamette River. "Most of my life has been ...   More
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Sasha Ingber

Writing on Water: Paddlesport Enthusiasts Form Giant "350" on Willamette River

The Willamette River in downtown Portland was just one of thousands of locations worldwide where the climate awareness campaign known as "350 Day" took center stage on Saturday. "350 Day" is the product of a published report by NASA climatologist James Hansen, which concludes that 350 parts per million is the maximum safe level of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere. Portland's most ...   More
Monday, October 26, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Read The Letter: Greenbrier CEO Slams City's River Plan

The Greenbrier Companies' Gunderson subsidiary is one of the largest employers on Portland's industrial waterfront. The Lake Oswego-based outfit builds railcars and barges on 63 acres along the Willamette River, and Greenbrier CEO Bill Furman has been critical of the City of Portland's River Plan. In this April 15 letter [PDF] to Mayor Sam Adams after City Council approved part of the river ...   More
Monday, April 19, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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