Editor in Chief

Since joining Portland Monthly’s staff in 2010, Zach Dundas has covered amateur rocketry, retro gambling, Oregon’s flexible romantic leanings, and mysterious kebabs, among many other subjects. He edits narrative features and service packages. In 2013, his work for the magazine landed a trio of Society of Professional Journalists awards.

Zach got his journalistic start as the “calendar boy” at Montana’s Missoula Independent before working as a reporter and editor at Willamette Week. These days, he fills his ample free time with contributions to Monocle and other magazines, and is the author of two books, including the forthcoming The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes. He’s got a wife, two kids, and an ailing soccer career.

Ax Season

Ax Season

Welcome to Portland Timbers 101. Here is an introduction to everything you need to know about the coach, the players, and the fans so that you'll be ready this spring as the Timbers make their Major League Soccer debut.

02/15/2011 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail

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The Team

Some of the players to look out for in the Timbers' first MLS season. There are eight returning players from the Timbers minor league team and a plethora of rookies, vets, and foreign imports.

02/15/2011 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail

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The Fans

With the Timbers' first MLS season approaching, the Timbers Army is ready and willing to take on new members. It all started with a group of 10 raucous fans in 2001 and has now grown into a full-blown, organized army.

02/14/2011 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail

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Portland Soccer: An Expanded History

A timeline of soccer history in Portland. From the Timbers' humble beginnings to the opening MLS game.

02/14/2011 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail

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A Timbers Cheatsheet

A Timbers cheatsheet for fans who want to get on board but may know much about the MLS. We'll tell you who the mascot is, who to look out for, and who we need to beat.

02/14/2011 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail

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The Coach

Portland Monthly's interview with Timbers' head coach, John Spencer. The Scotland native talks about his take on the American game, his hopes for Portland as a soccer city, and, of course, Oregon's beer and wine.

02/14/2011 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail

The Mudroom

Higher Gear

Portland is home to many small-scale bike manufacturers. The demand for artisan bikes has risen to point where it can now take years to get a bike. Now, a collaboration between the frame-design company Beloved and bike components manufacturer Chris King s

02/11/2011 By Zach Dundas

The Mudroom

Fantastic Fortress

PlayDate PDX is a new 7,500-square-foot, castle-themed playground for kids. The fortress is complete with slides, air cannons, an interchangeable layout, and more.

02/11/2011 By Zach Dundas

Editor’s Note

Golden Goals

With the Portland Timbers' first season as an MLS team fast approaching, over 10,000 season tickets have been sold. The question is, can the low-budget "Timbers Army" fan base that has been with the team for 10 seasons in an obscure second-tier league sur

02/11/2011 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail

weekend events

Planting Trees by Bike

another great idea, brought to you by Friends of Trees

02/04/2011 By Kate Bryant

Good Deed Eats

Big-Hearted Bites

Three local events that pair filling up with philanthropy.

02/04/2011 By Anna Sachse

music

Album Release: Fernando

True Instigator ought to reignite some old flames for longtime PDX song-crafter, Fernando.

02/04/2011 By John Chandler

Interview

5 questions for: crackerjack chocolatier, AUBREY LINDLEY

The co-owner of downtown’s Cacao Drink Chocolate shops chats about trends and sweet treats.

01/28/2011 By Anna Sachse

Mark your calendar

Drinking Dates

A few items for your quaffing calendar

01/25/2011 By John Chandler

the traveling gardener

Bromeliad Heaven!

air plants in the wild

01/19/2011 By Kate Bryant

Mud Room

Sea Change

Bill Freeman shares his secrets to steering McCormick & Schmick's through stormy seas.

01/14/2011 By Zach Dundas

Mud Room

State of Wonder

Get the low-down on why and how Oregon has been deemed the nation's most "bicurious" state.

01/14/2011 By Zach Dundas

Fashion Frenzy

Breaking News: The Portland Collection

Pendleton gives Portland designers a turn behind the wheel.

12/28/2010 By Eden Dawn

Mudroom

The Best of Times

A recent Brookings Institution study identified Portland as one of the recession’s hardest-hit cities ... in the world. But Portland harbors good news in business—and even more crucial areas, like education and, y'know, oxygen.

12/22/2010 By Zach Dundas

DO THIS NOW

Off Hours: January 2011

Bikes, Blazers, and some boot-stompin' punk

12/22/2010 By Zach Dundas