Eco-Friendly Fashion Design Competition Eschews Fur

How does an eco-conscious fashionista reconcile her love of clothes with her love for the planet? Is it reeeeally necessary to eschew conspicuous consumption and strip old tires for shoe leather, darn your old Carhatts with used dental floss? Summer Rayne Oakes, model, advocate for sustainability, and host of the Discovery Channel's Planet Green, doesn't think so. And look at her (see photo above). ...   More
Saturday, March 7, 2009 Adrienne So

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Legislature Apes Blumenauer's Primate Bill

Remember last week when U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) ushered his Captive Primate Safety Act through the House? It didn't take long for lawmakers in Oregon to get in on the act. The Humane Society of the United States announced today (PDF) a bill in the state Legislature that would prohibit possession of most wild animals as pets. State Sens. Mark Hass (D-Portland) and Brian Boquist ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Live Review: The 2009 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

The 2009 Yard, Garden & Patio Show that took place at the Oregon Convention Center this past weekend was…enlightening. Who knew that half of a disco ball protruding from the soil could be the centerpiece of a garden? Or that people intentionally purchase packs of 200 praying mantis eggs to place in their yards? And then when there are too many bugs, one can start making jewelry out ...   More
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Samantha Herman

Portland Farmers Market, now with 100 percent less dogs!

We can't say we blame 'em. The Portland Farmers Market sent out two missives this morning. The first blared the return of the city's beloved downtown Saturday farmers market. It's kicking off this year on March 21 (the other four Portland Farmers markets—they're launching a new "Sunday King Market" in Northeast Portland at NE 7th & Wygant between NE Alberta and Prescott, this year—will ...   More
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Death By Pork at Cochon 555

Yesterday was National Pig Day. To celebrate, Georgia-based Taste Network held the Portland edition of Cochon 555, a national series of contests in which five chefs each get a pig and vie to prove their mastery of pork while five winemakers offer samples, at the Ecotrust building. The event, a fundraiser for the Raphael House, was preceded by a reception with a tasting of roasted shoulders from the ...   More
Monday, March 2, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Corrected: Mr. Smith Goes to Salem, Carries Bestiality Bill

Updated April 1 at 10:14: In an email responding to request for comment on the post below, Rep. Smith points out that the bill he carried to the floor was amended on March 25, eliminating the provision the would have required those convicted of bestiality to register as sex offenders (as indicated by the brackets at the top of the "engrossed" version.) The final version of the bill deals with ...   More
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Senate Votes to Ban Exotic Pets

Get your gibbons while you can. The state Senate this morning voted 28-2 to ban wild and exotic animals as pets. That means lions, tigers, bears and monkeys will be off-limits if the House and Gov. Ted Kulongoski agree with the ban. “The owners of these animals are playing roulette with people's lives,” Nicole G. Paquette, senior vice president and general counsel for Born Free ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Boutiques Unleashed: Painfully Cute and Totally Bitchin'

Friday night, March 13, was Dove Lewis' fourth annual Boutiques Unleashed, a pets-n-human fashion show. As in, Portland personalities walk the runway with their pets, showing off doggie style (and cat style and goat style—you read right. Goat style.) and people style at the same time. It's not as silly as it sounds. The fashion show benefits Dove Lewis' pet loss support program. Think about ...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Laura Shinn

The Iditarod is Tweet!

Rachael Scdoris of Alfalfa, Ore., is 24, legally blind, and at this exact moment, commanding a team of sled dogs across Alaska's icy Iditarod Trail in the famous 1,161-mile race. She's currently in day 12 of a race that took her 12 days, 10 hours, and 42 minutes to successfully complete her first time in 2006, the first legally blind musher to do so. Yesterday, she crossed the Eagle Island ...   More
Friday, March 13, 2009 Megan Brescini

A True Fish Story

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 HANK STERN


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