Spinning Their Wheels: Portland's Stationary Bike Race


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Roller Racing, as a sport, seems perfectly tailored to Portland winters. It combines our fanatical love of things bicyclical with a desire to stay indoors when the weather's crummy. Wait, you say, an indoor bike race? Yes of course—didn't we mention? The bikes—they don't move. You might have thought stationary biking was an activity reserved for the overweight and unsexy. You ...   More
 
Thursday, February 7, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

UPDATED - Can We Get One? Can We? Can We?


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The Portland Fire Bureau is getting a new toy, thanks to a $20,000 donation from an insurance company, Fireman's Fund. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's the Kutbota RTV1100, the world's first luxury ATV. The $17,000 "rough terrain vehicle" doesn't come with a fire hose, but it does have air conditioning, "retractable seatbelts, a large and accessible under-seat storage area, padded headrests, ...   More
 
Monday, February 4, 2008 COREY PEIN

An Escort Service You Wouldn't Be Embarrassed to Call


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I know Portland is bike-friendly, but when I heard about a plan for nighttime bike escorts I thought we'd moved to a whole new level. Well, turns out, it's "not that kind of escort!" according to a post by the the Wildebeest Bike Militia on the Portland Indymedia website. The group is looking for feedback on its plans for a bike escort service that will meet up with cyclists who don't want to ...   More
 
Friday, January 25, 2008 Jason Moore

Citywide Arts Collective brings Fairweather


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Robert Tybie is bringing a little bit of Paris to Portland. He's preparing to convert the sidewalk bordering Holladay Park near the Lloyd Center into an outdoor art gallery. The 60-year-old former parking garage manager for City Hall is known among local artists as the creator of the Sunday Art Mart—a ‘would-be' outdoor art gallery on the top floor of a parking garage on Alder Street. ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Shefali Kulkarni

Gordo, Get Your Gun. Seriously.


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Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne today responded to a December letter from 47 U.S. Senators, including Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). The senators, who were joined by four more federal lawmakers earlier this month, had asked the U.S. Interior Department to ease restrictions on firearms in national parks and on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land. The background, and why this matters to Oregon, ...   More
 
Friday, February 22, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Still Life with Skinny Jeans: Portland's Flash Freeze


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Imagine this: You're walking down Burnside on an overcast Saturday afternoon. Maybe you just picked up a pair of shoes at Buffalo Exchange, or you're on way to see a battle of the bands at Fez Ballroom. Everything's fine until all at once, everyone freezes. Just like that. Frozen. Conversations suspended mid-word, unflicked ashes on smoking cigarettes growing perilously longer as time passes. ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Remembering Cody Reuwsaat (1979-2008)


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A house fire in Southwest Portland late Monday evening took the life of 28-year-old Portland artist Cody Reuwsaat. The cause of the fire that took Reuwsaat's life (and much of his home) remains under investigation. About one year ago, ex-WW freelancer Jason Simms payed a visit to that same house for this WW article. The house doubled as Reuwsaat's studio, where the makeup and effects artist made ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 CASEY JARMAN

Portlanders are marching for peace...right now!


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Thousands of Portlanders came out to the South Park Blocks today to protest the Iraq War despite the crappy weather, and they are marching downtown as I write this post. "This is my first time protesting," says Amy Wilkes, a nineteen-year old student at Mt. Scott Learning Center. She credits one of her teachers for telling her how much the war was costing the US, and what a waste it is. "We're ...   More
 
Saturday, March 15, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Green peace rally this Saturday


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This Saturday at the South Park Blocks, the PDX Peace Coalition as well as a number of other groups are putting on an anti-war rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the War in Iraq, which began March 20, 2003. The organizers claim that this peace is the first rally to go green, with power generated by bio-diesel and solar polar. The organizers are also encouraging participants to bike to the ...   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

City Council's Plan: Don't Panic Now. Panic Later.


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For safety's sake, we watched the Portland City Council online this morning. First, the Council heard from a little white girl in a tiara and a much burlier "child of God" who quoted Pope Benedict XVI and spoke with, uh, passion about how "we have been genocided as a black race...and I know I have been genocided by my driver's license." Then Commissioners got straight to business, approving—unanimously ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 COREY PEIN

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