PDX Economic Update: How It's Better in Anchorage and Sacramento

Workforce analyst Christian Kaylor of the Oregon Employment Department this week rolled out his latest and always interesting update on the Portland job market. First the usual bad news: the Portland metro area still lags the rest of the country for employment. Then, like he does each month, Kaylor breaks out a set of seemingly random but interesting stats. This month it's education, ...   More
Thursday, December 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Wikileaks Supporters Explore Line Between Activism and Vandalism?

Two banks on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland have been splattered with red paint, including the phrase "For Wikileaks," according to the do-it-yourself news site Demotix.com. A post dated Dec. 27 includes photos of splattered paint covering a Wells Fargo Bank ATM machine. The post also includes photos of a Bank of America branch, although the alleged "For Wikileaks" graffiti is not visible in ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Corrections Grand Jury: Suicide is Main Concern for Jails

A yearly report on jails and prisons in Multnomah County says suicide prevention is the main concern of the grand jurors tasked with studying the local corrections system. The corrections grand jury report (PDF) released today by the District Attorney's Office says the downtown Multnomah County Detention Center has had two suicides since July 2009. There was one suicide in the four years prior ...   More
Monday, January 3, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

This Week: Lecture and Rally Against Korea Free Trade Agreement

A Korean trade unionist is giving a talk in Portland on Tuesday and activists are planning a rally at the office of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Wednesday to oppose a free-trade agreement with South Korea. Kim Kyung-Ran of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions is set to speak against the agreement President Obama is expected to put before Congress soon. Her talk is scheduled for 6:30 pm Tuesday ...   More
Monday, January 10, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Weed, the People: Opening the Market Creates a 'Major Marijuana Recession'

This week's cover story about the business of marijuana included a source who has five years' experience growing weed for the black market. The man we called Dan Beaumont recently stopped growing, harvesting his last crop out of his Northeast Portland home in October. As noted in the story, Beaumont is starting a family and says he is set to graduate from Portland State University this spring. But ...   More
Thursday, January 13, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Remembering GOP Chairman Michael Steele's Magical Time in Portland

As senior Republican Party members gather in Washington, D.C., today to elect a party leader, pundits are predicting Michael Steele will soon be out as GOP chairman. Today's vote puts us in mind of Steele's 2009 visit to Portland, where he spoke to a mostly empty room and generally failed to inspire much confidence in his leadership. The Portland stop was another lackluster chapter in a term ...   More
Friday, January 14, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cambodia Survivor: 'I Want to Show the Better Side of Humanity' (With Video)

Kilong Ung, a Portland software engineer who survived the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, is returning to his native land next week to start work on building a new school. "I want to show the better side of humanity," Ung says. "My dream is not just one or two schools. I want to build hundreds or thousands." In a 2009 WW profile, Ung described losing his parents, younger sister and ...   More
Monday, January 17, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Election Countdown: Collymore Uses Kitzhaber in Campaign Email

Karol Collymore

In the final stretch of the Nov. 2 election, it's notable who the candidates to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners have—and haven't—been seen with. Candidate Loretta Smith has made no secret of the fact she's endorsed by her boss, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Wyden's mug appears on the homepage of Smith's website, and in nearly all of her campaign ...   More
Friday, October 29, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MusicfestNW Adds...Smashing Pumpkins? Is This a Typo?

I was told we couldn't say anything until now, but The Smashing Pumpkins play Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Wonder Ballroom for MFNW (with opener Bad City). Yup, that Smashing Pumpkins. Well, not the band in the Simpsons pic, exactly—Remember, the Pumpkins currently feature Billy Corgan, 20-year-old Beaverton drummer Mike Byrne (perspective: the band began two years before his birth) and...well, ...   More
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Scenes from the May Day Immigration March

We were in downtown Portland this afternoon with a few thousand of our closest friends to march for immigration reform. The rally at the South Park Blocks, followed by a 90-minute march through downtown, was one of 80-plus immigration protests scheduled nationwide for the May Day holiday. Portland's anarchists promised trouble today, but they were relatively quiet during the march — sticking ...   More
Saturday, May 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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