Portland-Vancouver Will Try Again to Host 2012 Presidential Debate


It's the year before a presidential election, and supporters of bringing a presidential debate to Portland are trying again for 2012.Similar efforts have failed before. But project manager Mark Kirchmeier says debate organizers have met with officials at the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission and Oregon Convention Center to discuss details on submitting an application to the U.S. Commission ...   More
Friday, January 28, 2011 HANK STERN

And The Local Place Making America's List of Gayest Cities Is ...

Vancouver, Wash., at least according to The Advocate. The Advocate's 2011 annual gay and lesbian census lists the top 16 gayest U.S. cities and ranks Vancouver as number 6. So, why Vancouver and not Portland, which has an openly gay mayor? The LGBT mag's Mike Albo writes that it's because gay and lesbian Portlanders are moving across the river to settle down in Vancouver. The city of 165,000 ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Another Cop to Sue the City of Vancouver

More trouble ahead potentially for Vancouver's police department. Earlier this fall, WW reported that the City of Vancouver agreed to pay a record-breaking settlement in the wrongful discrimination case of a former Vancouver police officer, Navin Sharma. In that case, the city paid Sharma $1.65 million, the largest reported employment settlement for a single plaintiff in Northwest history. ...   More
Monday, December 8, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Vancouver Police Department Faces More Heat: "Publicly Defecating on Request"

Nobody who read WW's coverage of the Vancouver Police Department's mismanagement of former VPD officer Navin Sharma (pictured above) will be too surprised that other officers are stepping forward with complaints about being harassed. Earlier this year, former officer Chris Kershaw, who spoke up on Sharma's behalf filed [PDF] a wrongful termination lawsuit against VPD. And last month, as first ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

FBI: The River Rat Strikes Again in Vancouver

An update today to this week's Hey, Neighbor! item on the "River Rat." The FBI says the so-called River Rat robbed Chase Bank in Vancouver by gunpoint today, marking his seventh bank robbery in the last two months on both sides of the Columbia River (hence the "River Rat" nickname). The River Rat's list of past bank robberies include: Columbia State Bank, Portland- Aug. 7 Key Bank, Vancouver- ...   More
Thursday, September 24, 2009 Anvi Bui

Some Late Oregon Money in The Vancouver Mayor's Race

Since a report in last week's Oregonian looking at contributions into tomorrow's mayoral race in Vancouver, there have been a couple other notably large donations in the last week from Oregon — all to incumbent Royce Pollard in his effort to hold off challenger Tim Leavitt. Pollard collected $5,000 on Oct. 26 from Gramor Corp. CEO Barry Cain in Tualatin; and picked up $1,250 apiece on ...   More
Monday, November 2, 2009 HANK STERN

Watch the Video: ODOT Makes Promises on CRC—Will It Keep Them?

As the endless process grinds on around the possible development of a new bridge between Vancouver and Portland, it's sometimes hard to remember who said what to whom about the Columbia River Crossing and when they said it. In the wake of a recent letter from the governors of Oregon and Washington urging the project proceed despite a variety of concerns, David Osborn at the Stop the CRC Coalition ...   More
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Look What Hate Group Is Returning to Town

The Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kan.-based hate group that evangelizes against homosexuals, Jews, Catholics, and soldiers, will return to the Portland area over Memorial Day weekend and linger into the following week to picket local churches, synagogues and schools. The group's nationally notorious pickets have included the funerals of soldiers because, according to founder Fred Phelps, “Military ...   More
Friday, May 14, 2010 Jacob Reingold

Protesters Question CRC Panel's Independence

About a dozen demonstrators gathered today at the Portland Expo Center to protest the first meeting of a panel appointed by the governors of Washington and Oregon to review the Columbia River Crossing . Protesters, organized by Stop the CRC Coalition, handed out sheets of paper that called the panel a “rubber stamp.” The implication of course with those handouts, which were stamped ...   More
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Peter Griffin

Randy Leonard vs "Raging Architects" on Beavers Baseball

Our newspaper neighbor to the north, The Columbian, has an account today of Commissioner Randy Leonard's last-ditch effort to keep the Beavers in Portland, now that PGE Park is being refashioned for Major League Soccer. Vancouver and Clark County had been mentioned before as possible new spots for the minor-league baseball team once PGE Park gets remodeled to the exclusion of baseball. But Leonard's ...   More
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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