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5 Oregon Stories To Watch This Week, February 14–20

A big ask for emergency shelter spending, the police contract up for debate, and yet more turmoil for the Timbers

02/14/2022 By Julia Silverman

Sports

Who Are the New Trail Blazers?

CJ McCollum, Larry Nancy Jr., and Norman Powell are out. Justise Winslow, Joe Ingles, and Josh Hart are in.

02/11/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Business

Can Portland-based Shoemaker BALA Bounce Back?

Disagreements with the early face of the brand—a beloved nurse and influencer with more than a million Instagram followers—changed the company's trajectory. Its founders, two former Nike employees, are trying to right the ship.

02/10/2022 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Is this Really the End for Masks in Oregon?

The state says the indoor mask mandate can expire on March 31. But what that will look like in practice depends on where you live, work, and go to school.

02/08/2022 By Julia Silverman

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5 Oregon Stories To Watch This Week, February 7–13

Contracts for the police, the Portland schools superintendent, and the short session continues in Salem.

02/07/2022 By Julia Silverman

In Memoriam

5 Reasons Bud Clark Was Portland’s Most Unforgettable Mayor

John Elwood "Bud" Clark, who served as Portland's mayor from 1985 to 1992, died on February 1 from congestive heart failure.

02/02/2022 By Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Business

Ever Preordered Pot Online? You Can Thank This Bend-Based Company

Dutchie, a Bend-based company allowing customers nationwide to pre-order marijuana online, has its sights set on becoming the Shopify for cannabis.

02/02/2022 By Michelle Harris

Q&A

What to Know About Counting Portland's Houseless Population

The last count, conducted in 2019, found 1,459 individuals were sleeping in emergency shelters and 2,037 more were sleeping on the streets.

02/01/2022 By Karly Quadros

Makers

How a Luthier from Uzbekistan Makes Some of Portland's Most Beloved Guitars

Portland luthier Peter Tsiorba on how his Uzbekistan roots, a 16th-century lute, and a guitar in downtown Portland have influenced his work.

01/31/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

In Memoriam

Oregon-Born Actor Howard Hesseman Dies at 81

Actor Howard Hesseman, who starred in WKRP in Cincinnati and Head of the Class, died on January 29 in Los Angeles at age 81.

01/31/2022 By Margaret Seiler

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week, January 31–February 6

Kristof's day in court, the short legislative session kicks off, and is omicron finally on the run?

01/31/2022 By Julia Silverman

Sports

These Oregonians Are Ready to Shred at the Beijing Olympics

Tommy Ford, Jacqueline Wiles, Luke Winters, and Sean FitzSimons will represent Oregon in alpine skiing and snowboard in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

01/26/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Money & Politics

Who Is Donating in Portland City Council Elections?

With contributions capped, big players with names like Goodman, Kafoury, and Jubitz are writing small checks to candidates for city commissioner.

01/25/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Summer Fun

For Summer 2022, the Blues Festival Heads Back to Waterfront Park

After two years of pandemic disruption, the Blues Festival will return to Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The event will take place over the July 4th weekend.

01/25/2022 By Julia Silverman

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5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week, January 24–30

A census of the tricounty area’s homeless population, final results from the Newberg school board election, and Kristof v. Oregon briefs due in court

01/24/2022 By Julia Silverman

Education

To Keep Schools Open, Portland Needs More Substitute Teachers

The problem is not everyone will make it through the application process, and not all substitutes want to fill in at schools where they are most needed.

01/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Omicron Hasn't Peaked in Oregon Yet, at Least Not According to Our Poop

Wastewater sampling has effectively identified a decline in Oregon's Omircon cases a few days before more official channels, but the results can lag.

01/19/2022 By Julia Silverman

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5 Stories to Watch this Week, January 17–23

Friction between the Timbers front office and the fan base, school closures aplenty, and yet more unrest for the Portland Police Bureau

01/18/2022 By Julia Silverman

Community Service

Where to Help Out This MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Here's where and how to volunteer for service throughout Portland, Oregon.

01/14/2022 By Karly Quadros

Technology

Want to Find At-Home COVID Tests with Just One Click?

Portland-based Software Developer Scott Krager built 8tests.com to help with the search for at-home COVID tests—and in 24 hours, the site has taken off.

01/13/2022 By Julia Silverman