Brian joined the SagaCity team in 2006 as a fact-checker with Portland Monthly. Details were sweated and issue upon issue, he took on greater responsibility, from managing departments to wrangling interns to organizing and executing cover features and narrative stories.

In 2010, with SagaCity’s custom magazine department growing by leaps and bounds, Brian took an opportunity to combine a love of travel writing and the wide-open spaces of Oregon by serving as a project lead for visitor guide clients, which now includes Travel Portland, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Eugene, Cascades & Coast, and Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. He shares a century-old bungalow at the foot of Mount Tabor with his wife, young son, and newly adopted Great Pyrenees-Lab mix.

Trail of the Month

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

This month, head over to the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge to glimpse local fauna.

04/30/2010 By Brian Barker

Mudroom

Spider Bytes

Volcanic eruption-predicting devices are featured along with their geological abilities. The three-legged censor is aptly referred to as a "spider," man.

04/20/2010 With Brian Barker

Advanced Parenting

Rock ’n’ Roll Mama

New mother China Forbes (of Pink Martini fame) discusses nurturing strategies for her latest born. Topics range from mom jeans to cloth diapers to baby wipes.

04/19/2010 With Brian Barker

Great Neighborhoods

Taking the Long View

We're looking beyond the gloom and seeing light at the end of the tunnel in the Portland housing market. Our annual Real Estate issue spotlights "the neighborhoods that have retained consistent property values."

03/19/2010 Edited by Brian Barker

Introducing

Foster Burger

Peruse the plentiful patties at Foster Burger.

03/16/2010 With Brian Barker

Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Where the Animals Roam

Active animal licenses are analyzed comparatively between Democrats and Republicans.

03/16/2010 Edited by Brian Barker

Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Shrink City

Portland Alternative Dwellings offers minuscule (56 square feet!) options for hesitant homeowners.

03/16/2010 With Brian Barker

Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

The People's Republic of Sunnyside

Southeast Portland's Sunnyside neighborhood has a regal, district-wide energy plot.

03/16/2010 With Brian Barker

Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Up-and-Comers

The neighborhoods of Kenton, Foster-Powell, and Boise are looking forward to an increase in value.

03/16/2010 By Kasey Cordell, Randy Gragg, and Rachel Ritchie Edited by Brian Barker

Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Holding Steady

Take a tour of crash-beating neighborhoods—the Northwest District, Cathedral Park, and Sabin.

03/16/2010 By Kasey Cordell, Randy Gragg, and Rachel Ritchie Edited by Brian Barker

Top Docs 2010

Team Trauma

They're the subject of TV melodramas, they see us on our worst days. We asked the emergency room doctors of our Top Docs list to tell us what it takes to work in the ER, what they love about their job, and which patients they'll never forget.

12/15/2009 By Kasey Cordell and Randy Gragg With Brian Barker

Mudroom

RoboCop

Robotic animals take down poachers.

12/11/2009 With Brian Barker

Mudroom

Land of the Lost

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42: if you recognize these numbers, you should check out our look at Lost's ties to Portland, and maybe even sample some of our Lost party favors.

12/11/2009 By Randy Gragg With Brian Barker

Article

Pass Play

Stuff a state park in your sock.

12/02/2009 By Brian Barker

Bro Encore

Parlez-Vous "Bro"? Part Deux

More mountain lingo for the truly bro-tastic.

11/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Timeline

The Hood Old Days

Who was the first person to summit the mountain? Who dedicated Timberline Lodge? What's the deal with that igloo thing? This slideshow is sure to give you all the details on the history of Mt Hood.

11/17/2009 Edited by Brian Barker

BEST ROUTES

The Inside Track at Mt. Hood Meadows

Welcome to Mt Hood Meadows. With terrain this good, you can’t afford to stand around gaping, wondering where to go. You need a plan. So we tapped Jeremy Riss, the mountain’s ski-school manager, for some solid advice on our local volcano’s biggest ski area

11/10/2009 With Brian Barker

Feature

Lore of the Mountain

Since 1896, more than 130 people have died in the process of summiting Mt. Hood. Still, more than 10,000 people attempt the feat each year. Here are five of the most unforgettable stories from Hood's peaks.

11/10/2009 With Brian Barker By Ivan Miller

Appendix

Parlez-Vous Bro?

Your guide to snow slang for those upcoming days on the mountain.

11/09/2009 With Brian Barker

Feature

Mt. Hood

As the temperatures dip towards freezing, that big A-shaped peak to the east, Mt. Hood, calls to Portlanders. We've put together a guide that highlights 23 of the mountain's most essential experiences.

11/09/2009 By Kasey Cordell, Christopher Van Tilburg, Rachel Ritchie, and Kelly O'Connor Edited by Brian Barker