In Memoriam

How Portland Mayor Vera Katz Took on the Epic Flood of '96

The late politician was mighty in many ways.

01/30/2018 By Carl Abbott

Political Art

A New Portland Art Exhibit Takes On Trump

Agent Orange at Wieden & Kennedy showcases the work of illustrator Edel Rodriguez.

01/24/2018 By Fiona McCann

Fashion News

Wildfang Sets Out to Save South Dakota's Last Abortion Clinic

In honor of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a Portland apparel company steps up to save one state's access to reproductive health care.

01/22/2018 By Eden Dawn

Arts News

Can City Council Help Save Portland’s Endangered Arts Spaces?

The council hears 24 recommendations for preserving affordable arts spaces.

01/11/2018 By Fiona McCann


In 2017, Portland Politics Was All About the #Resistance

Pink hats marched. Our senators stepped up. Progressive reform took shape in the heart of the solid-blue West Coast. Will it make a difference? We'll keep you in suspense.

12/22/2017 By Zach Dundas


Vera Katz Was the First Mayor of the Portland We Know Today

The Oregon political legend has died at 84. Her life was epic.

12/12/2017 By Zach Dundas


A Portland Cartoonist Created a Bizarro World Where Trump Is Good

Decent Don is helpful, kind, and generous.

11/20/2017 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

Dennis Richardson Is Oregon’s Most Powerful Republican. What’s His Deal?

We size up the super-dad Secretary of State.

10/16/2017 By Marty Patail

Public Lands

Celebrate National Public Lands Day (While We Still Have Them)

As the federal government tries to shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, now's a damn good time to show Oregon's public lands how much we love them.

09/19/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

Urban Dips

Will Portland Get a Public Swimming Dock Just off the Eastbank Esplanade?

If so, it could take several years. (Upside: summers will probably be even more scorching by then!)

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies


Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Talks Russia, Republicans, and Reproductive Rights

Our man in DC says it's going to be OK.

09/13/2017 By Marty Patail


Oregon's on Fire. Where's the Supertanker?

Panicked by wildfires like Eagle Creek, some Oregonians want to bring in the world's largest air tanker. Gov. Brown throws a towel on that.

09/07/2017 By Ramona DeNies


Senator Ron Wyden Has Been Trying to Fix Wildfire Funding Since 2013

His solution won't help the Gorge right now, but it could help prevent future fires.

09/07/2017 By Marty Patail

Health News

Oregon Just Passed the Most Progressive Reproductive Health Policy in America

The newly signed Reproductive Health Equity Act guarantees copay-free legal abortion (and vasectomies) for all, among other provisions.

08/18/2017 By Molly Woodstock


Meet the Oregon Attorney Suing President Trump over Climate Change

Julia Olson's clients? The kids who will have to live through it.

08/14/2017 By Ciara O'Rourke

The Art of Resistance

In the Age of Trump, Portland Artists Clap Back

From a climate change song cycle to a drag queen in a Trump mask, here's how local creators resist.

08/14/2017 By Fiona McCann


This Sand Is Our Sand: Why Oregon's Beaches Belong to Everyone

Oregonians believe our 300 miles of coastline are free and open to everyone. Only hardball politics made that true.

07/10/2017 By Brent Walth


Talking with Ted Wheeler, Our First Portland-Born Mayor Since WWII

"I have no great nostalgia for the way Portland was in the ’70s and early ’80s."

06/30/2017 By Marty Patail

Arts News

Congressman Earl Blumenauer Puts Arts on the Agenda

At a forum for the arts, the US Representative unveils the winner of a high school art competition—and the reasons why he ran the contest in the first place.

06/08/2017 By Fiona McCann