History

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

Q&A

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

Ideas & Innovations 2017: Green States Rising

Oregon's Fierce Response to Trump's Climate Move Is Just the Beginning

Green states unite in a new kind of federalism.

06/02/2017 By Zach Dundas

Health News

Senator Jeff Merkley Introduces the Equality Act of 2017

On May 2, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley introduced Americans to the Equality Act. What is that? Who does it affect? What happens now?

05/10/2017 By Olivia Wickstrom

PDX Index

Bottle Bill 2.0: Oregon Upgrades a Recycling Milestone

As of April 1, the new bottle and can deposit is 10 cents. We break down the rest of the numbers.

04/17/2017 By Rachel Sandstrom Morrison

Public Coast

Goodbye, Champagne Sunsets? A State Bill Wants to Outlaw Booze on Oregon Beaches

Nine state representatives (all from non-coastal districts) think your beach drinking should be illegal.

04/10/2017 By Meagan Nolan

Profile

Jeff Merkley, the Unquiet American

The Oregon politician was a low-key liberal on the Senate’s back benches. Then came Trump.

04/05/2017 By Marty Patail Photography by Andy Batt

The Oregon Woman: OK, Ladies

How to Fight for Social Justice and Build a Better Community—Using What You've Already Got

Got ears? Time? Money? Friends? Good. Here's your action plan.

03/20/2017 By Molly Woodstock

The Oregon Woman: What Happens Next?

What Stands in the Way of Electing a Woman President?

Marylhurst University president Dr. Melody Rose breaks down the next steps.

03/20/2017 By Melody Rose

The Oregon Woman: Gynocracy Now

Oregon Is a Bastion of Lady Political Power—and Is Challenging the DC Frat House

From the State House to Portland City Hall, meet the politicians and power brokers of this pantsuit posse.

03/20/2017 By Beth Slovic

History

Takin' It to the Streets: Portland's Protest History

From 1857 to now, which issues have galvanized our city?

02/20/2017 By Arlo Voorhees

Politics

How Trump's Travel Ban Affects Two PSU Students

At Portland State University, a former student from Syria is separated from his loved ones. Another just prays he'll be allowed to finish his degree.

02/02/2017 By Ramona DeNies

First Thursday

Turn Your Protest Sign into Art in a New Portland Gallery Show

Wieden & Kennedy calls on Portlanders to donate their protest signs for a new exhibit, We the People, opening Thursday, February 2.

02/01/2017 By Fiona McCann

Activism

PDX Protests: Hundreds Rally against Trump's Immigration Order

Hundreds of demonstrators assembled at PDX International Airport to protest Trump's action blocking nationals from seven Muslim-born countries, among them volunteer lawyers offering assistance to those in need.

01/30/2017 By Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Zach Dundas

Development

These 'Sleeping Pods' Provide Safety and Warmth for Portland’s Homeless

The Partners on Dwelling Initiative fills a void at the intersection of architecture and activism.

01/26/2017 By Ko Ricker

The Stand

A Year Ago, Armed Occupiers Seized a Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. This Oregonian Was Ready to Join.

When Kenneth Medenbach joined the Malheur takeover, he had years of experience battling the federal government.

01/23/2017 By Leah Sottile

PDX Index

Portland Is a Sanctuary City. What Does That Mean?

Mayor Ted Wheeler says Portland law enforcement won’t cooperate with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in looking for or holding undocumented immigrants.

01/23/2017 By Ko Ricker

Dispatch

Why Tillamook County Voted for Obama—Then Trump

What made the dairy county turn?

01/23/2017 By Marty Patail