Best of the Year

Portland Monthly’s Top Longreads of 2017

The Malheur takeover. How the Blazers won Portland. Grisly murders. The battle to be nonbinary. Jeff Merkley. Vegan cronuts. Here are 12 of our best in-depth stories from the past year.

By Portland Monthly Staff December 18, 2017

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By the late '80s, East Burnside's Continental Motel saw a rotating cast of junkies, ex-cons, prostitutes, and dislocated families.

Sandy and Burnside Are at the Heart of Portland’s East Side. These Three Grisly Murders Reveal Their History: From Native American trail to car mall, the Burnside-Sandy axis has seen a crime-stained past.

A Year Ago, Armed Occupiers Seized a Wildlife Refuge in Harney County—and This Oregonian Was Ready to Join: When Kenneth Medenbach joined the Malheur takeover, he had years of experience battling the federal government.

The Spirit of ’77: How the Blazers Won Portland: Forty years ago, a basketball team and a city became one.

Senator Jeff Merkley Emerges as Oregon's Leader of the Trump Resistance: The Oregon politician was a low-key liberal on the Senate’s back benches. Then came Trump.

How the Vegans Conquered Portland: Our city is America’s meat-free Shangri-la, built one vegan cronut and jackfruit wrap at a time.

Portland Artist Arvie Smith Paints the Black Experience in Blazing Color: As he nears 80, Smith—easily one of the city’s most technically skilled painters—confronts race with sardonic humor and fantastic beauty.

Meet the Oregon Attorney Suing President Trump over Climate Change: Julia Olson’s clients? The kids who will have to live through it.

Andi Zeisler and Bitch Media Pushed the World to See Pop Culture through Feminist Eyes: And it worked—almost too well.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Talks Russia, Republicans, and Reproductive Rights: Our man in DC says it’s going to be OK.

Male? Female? Jamie Shupe Battles for a Third Option: Portlander Jamie Shupe is the first person in the US to be legally recognized as nonbinary.

A Smart New Portland-Based Magazine Covers Travel for Women of Color: Backed by advertising giant Wieden & Kennedy, On She Goes already has a lot going on.

One of Oregon’s Most Successful Designers Makes Modesty Garb in La Grande: With a strong market among Pentecostals, Dainty Jewell’s is on track to clear $2.4 million in projected sales this year.

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