What Do This Astronaut and This Transgender Mayor Have In Common?


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You might not think astronaut Donald Pettit and America's favorite transgender Mayor-elect Stu Rasmussen have much in common. But I learned today — thanks to a news release from the Obama inauguration committee about Pettit expected to march in Obama's inaugural parade — that Pettit is from Silverton. And of course, that's the tiny Oregon town still basking in its burst of ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 HANK STERN

America's New Transportation Secretary


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Even though Oregon's Earl Blumenauer removed himself from the conversation about President-elect Obama's Secretary of Transportation, we've still been curious who Obama wants in the job since every pol with a pulse is banging hard for a federal transportation stimulus package. And now it looks like we know: it's a congressman but he isn't a Democrat. It's apparently U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.). ...   More
 
Thursday, December 18, 2008 HANK STERN

Still On Life-Support: Metro Punts on HQ Hotel


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Metro was scheduled to vote on whether to move forward with the long-planned but never built "headquarters hotel" today. Tourism boosters continue to cling to hopes of finding a way to finance a 600-room hotel adjacent to the Metro-owned Oregon Convention Center. But instead of the council addressing the issue, Metro Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan booted the decision four months into ...   More
 
Thursday, December 18, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Diane Downs (Updated With Parole Denied)


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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 HANK STERN

Candlelight Vigil for Equality On Dec. 20


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Still outraged by Prop 8 in California and looking to show support for gay rights, Join the Impact is holding candlelight vigils across the country. Among the sites is Portland, where on Dec. 20 at 5 pm, demonstrators will gather in Pioneer Square to protest unequal treatment of the gay community. Organizers ask protesters to wear shirts that say “Second Class Citizen” and stay silent ...   More
 
Monday, December 1, 2008 Mariah Summers

Santacon Revolutions: Rebel Elves Lurch Back Downtown?


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The Santacon-in-Hillsboro backlash continues: A heretical batch of Santas has already decamped to Kenton, and now we have word that a pack of anti-establishment Kris Kringles has defied the Portland Cacophony Society by announcing plans to march downtown on Saturday. Overzealous Portland cops may have red-suited drunks to Taser after all! This latest group, calling itself Downtown Santacon 2008, ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 AARON MESH

State Employees' Concierge Update


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Yesterday, WWire reported that the Oregon Public Employees' Benefits Board was offering concierge services for harried employees. "Whether you want to know the season playbill at a local theatre or find dog obedience classes," the PEBB concierge can help, according to the description of services posted on the PEBB website until today — when all mention of concierge services disappeared ...   More
 
Friday, December 5, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

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