City & Region

LGBTQ+

Kate Brown Just Signed an Executive Order Protecting Gender Identity

The executive order also expands bathroom access at state buildings for those who are transgender, nonbinary or gender non-conforming.

10/25/2019 By Julia Silverman

TriMet Troubles

People Are Really Mad at TriMet over Its New ‘Fare Inspectors’

Twitter to TriMet: Just a thought, maybe try going fareless instead?

10/23/2019 By Julia Silverman

Leveling the Field

This Nonprofit Brings Women Together to Invest in Women

The Women's Foundation of Oregon lifts women and girls throughout the state.

10/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

Do Gooders

The 15th Annual Light a Fire Winners Are Here

Honoring the nonprofits and people making Portland better for all

10/23/2019 Edited by Fiona McCann Illustrations by Sara Wong

Do Gooders

The 15th Annual Light a Fire Winners Are Here

Honoring the people making our city and state better for all

10/23/2019 Edited by Fiona McCann

Exceptional Community Contribution

This Portland Charter School Is Closing the Achievement Gap for Black and Brown Kids

KairosPDX is already seeing results.

10/23/2019 By Conner Reed

Best New Nonprofit 2019

How One New Portland Nonprofit Amplifies Immigrant Voices

The Immigrant Story shares the stories of some of the area’s new (or not so new) arrivals from afar.

10/23/2019 By Tiara Darnell

Game Changing Project

Meals on Wheels People Made a Hip, Midcentury-Mod Diner for Seniors

The nonprofit café serves community connection along with Reubens and house marionberry pie.

10/23/2019 By Kiva Hanson

Editor's Note

We’ve Honored More than 200 Nonprofits with Light a Fire Awards Since 2005

The real winners in this annual nonprofit and volunteer spotlight? All of us.

10/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

News

Prepare to Pay for the New Prestige Apple, the Cosmic Crisp

Is this big-budget branded apple the Honeycrisp killer of which prophecy foretold?

10/23/2019 By Jennifer Krazit

Transportation

These Super-Fast Future Trains Could Get You from Portland to Vancouver, Canada, in Under Three Hours

New stats suggest that high-speed rail could transform the Northwest.

10/23/2019 By Zach Dundas

Earthquake

How Ready Are You for the Big One Really? Let’s Find Out.

The Portland Monthly Earthquake Preparedness Personality Test can help.

10/23/2019 By Stephanie Gehring Illustrations by Hawk Krall

Frighteningly Fun

The Disney Channel’s Halloweentown Exists in Real Life … 45 Minutes Northwest of Portland

St. Helens’ Spirit of Halloweentown event celebrates the hamlet’s TV movie alter-ego. (Psst: Twilight also shot there.)

10/22/2019 By Alli Weseman

Menstruation

Period Activists Call For An End to the Tampon Tax

A menstrual equity movement born in Portland goes national

10/18/2019 By Kiva Hanson

Oregoniana

9 Everyday Things That Were Invented in Oregon

Did you know our state created some of today’s most ubiquitous stuff?

10/16/2019 By Ryan Ashby Photography by Michael Novak

Nonprofits

Longtime Mercy Corps Leader to Step Down

Neal Keny-Guyer's resignation comes days after a bombshell investigation by the Oregonian.

10/11/2019 By Julia Silverman

Books

Did Portland’s Cigarette Bans Go Too Far?

One local author thinks so, making the case in his new book The Rediscovery of Tobacco.

10/07/2019 By Mark Fogerson

Public Health

Kate Brown Just Issued a Temporary Ban on Flavored Vape Products

The ban follows the death of two Oregonians and a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses.

10/04/2019 By Julia Silverman

Art

Designer Noritaka Tatehana Debuts His First Solo Show at the Portland Japanese Garden

The Japanese creator of Lady Gaga's heel-less platforms chooses Portland for his first solo exhibition in the US.

10/03/2019 By Eden Dawn

Save the Planet

Survival Tips for Portland’s Brave New Plastic Straw-Free World

Swap out that single-use plastic for locally made, reusable goods...OR ELSE.

10/01/2019 By Olivia Wolf