Back to School?

As Coronavirus Cases Continue to Rise in Oregon, Hopes Dim for In-Person School

The Portland Association of Teachers says that unless COVID-19’s spread can be stopped, it’s not safe to open schools.

07/09/2020 By Julia Silverman

May/June 2020

What Now?

The city is changed forever. Here are 33 ways Portlanders are preparing for an unknown future.

07/02/2020 Edited by Marty Patail

Our Pandemic Year

Mask Up, Oregon: Coronavirus Is Not Going Away

One hundred days after imposing lockdown, Gov. Kate Brown strikes a grim note for fall and winter.

07/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Unemployment

A Staffer Alleges Mismanagement in the Unemployment Office Affecting Thousands of Claims

"I sat at my desk, played with my phone, and got paid for it. Your tax dollars paid me to sit at my desk and play on Instagram.”

06/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

Coronavirus

Businesses in Portland Finally Open Back Up, But Who Knows for How Long?

A few days after Multnomah County entered phase one, it's not yet business as usual.

06/23/2020 By Julia Silverman

Mask Up

How a Masked Merkley Boosted Sales for a Local Boutique

When Folly boutique was asked to make Senator Merkley some Oregon-themed masks, they jumped to the task.

06/23/2020 By Eden Dawn

Sports

Saturday’s Portland Thorns Game Is Set to Kick Off the Return of Pro Sports in the US

Tobin Heath has opted out of the Challenge Cup, and the Orlando Pride will not attend after multiple players test positive for COVID-19.

06/23/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Beyond Hunger Games

The Food Scene's New Rallying Cry: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

Portland's food scene is changed forever. But we were built to survive. “Portland was meant for this moment.”

06/16/2020 By Karen Brooks

Our Pandemic Summer

Your Burning Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Reading the tea leaves (a.k.a. data) on where Oregon goes from here

06/12/2020 By Julia Silverman

For Your Consideration

Ask a (Teenage) Ethicist

It’s all a lot right now. Let one of Oregon’s teen Ethics Bowl competitors shed some light.

06/09/2020 By Julia Silverman

Animal Kingdom

The Pandemic, Wild Animals, and You

Here's what Portlanders should know about wildlife, conservation, and COVID-19.

06/07/2020 By Stephanie Gehring

Community

A Portland-Made PSA Helps the Native Community Adapt to COVID-19

With high infection rates among tribal communities, Exercise Safe Sweats aims to keep traditions alive, and elders protected.

06/02/2020 By Eden Dawn

The Savior Network

Portland’s Grassroots Campaigns Step In When Others Have Failed

Community and volunteer-driven efforts are a testament to human kindness. But they also reveal deep fractures within our foundational safety nets.

06/01/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Wine, Actually

Two Portlanders Shared a Socially Distance Glass of Wine, and It Went Viral

We rewrote their story as the meet-cute it was meant to be.

06/01/2020 By Fiona McCann

Tie Fighter

Our State Epidemiologist’s Bow Ties Are Unsung Heroes of Oregon’s Pandemic Response

“If you can have something that brings a smile to your face, that helps,” says Dr. Dean Sidelinger.

06/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Rescue 503

With a Shortage of Protective Gear, Oregon Businesses Pivoted Fast

Repurposed plants and volunteer makers have helped keep essential workers covered.

06/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Buy Queer

Coronavirus Has Devastated Portland’s Queer-Owned Businesses

Happy Pride month. Here’s how you can help.

06/01/2020 By Elise Herron

Oregon Woman 2020

Meet the Voice of Portland's Coronavirus Response

Esther Choo—ER doc, social media force, and mobile hospital unit innovator—has become the spokesperson for an entire medical community during a global pandemic.

06/01/2020 By Fiona McCann

Oregon Woman 2020

Oregon's Oracle on Managing the Coronavirus Pandemic

Back in mid-March, Maxine Dexter wrote the blueprint for how Oregon should manage the crisis ahead.

06/01/2020 By Julia Silverman