Out of the way, SLOWPOKE!

Out of the way, SLOWPOKE!

Portland’s streets are becoming so crowded with a such a variety of bicyclists —...

Butcher spreads 'whole hog' mantra

Butcher spreads 'whole hog' mantra

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SOME LIKE IT HOT

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First big Superfund habitat restoration begins

First big Superfund habitat restoration begins

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September 19, 2014

Food, biotech groups give $1M against Measure 92

by Peter Wong
Foes have $800K on hand, backers $360K. As expected, many of the nation’s largest food companies are weighing in with contributions against Measure 92, which would require labeling of…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY  - The blue-green algae spotted in the Willamette River is toxic to humans and pets, and should be carefully avoided, state health officials say.
September 19, 2014

Blue-green algae in Willamette River is toxic

by Steve Law
People should avoid contact with the river in Portland. Portlanders should stay out of the Willamette River all the way between the Ross Island Bridge and Sauvie Island, and don't let your pets…
Photo Credit: COURTESY FRIENDS OF TREES - Ninkasi is brewing up something special for Friends of Trees 25th anniversary.
September 18, 2014

Celebrate trees, new pale ale

by Steve Law
Portlanders can toast the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Trees with a beer specially crafted for the event. Ninkasi Brewing Co. will unveil its Friends of Trees Pale Ale later this month,…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - A pair of riders meander toward the Springwater Corridor in Southeast Portland. Along the corridor, fast and slower bicyclists share the right of way with walkers, joggers, rollerbladers and parents pushing strollers.
September 18, 2014

Users sound off on sharing the pathways

by Joseph Gallivan
We talked to some runners and riders about conflicts among bicyclists and pedestrians, where the Springwater Corridor begins in earnest at Portland’s Southeast Fourth Avenue and Ivon Street.…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY DEQ - Blue-green algae spotted in the Willamette River in Portland this week is being evaluated by DEQ to see if it's toxic. Until results are in, it's best for Portlanders to avoid contact with the water.
September 18, 2014

Don't go in the Willamette just yet, Portlanders

by Steve Law
Portlanders, don’t go into the Willamette River just yet. State officials say it’s best to avoid contact with the water in the Willamette between the Fremont and Ross Island Bridges, until…
September 18, 2014

Wyden: O&C forests bill awaits action

by Peter Wong
But counties say it should get more analysis. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposal for the fate of 2.5 million acres of federal forest lands in western Oregon will be considered by a Senate committee…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Jim Lichatowich
September 18, 2014

Port oil terminal could imperil salmon

by Jim Lichatowich
In the 1930s, the federal government and a few private corporations launched a massive dam-building program in the Columbia River Basin. After the Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams were built,…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO  - The price of installing solar panels is coming down, causing some to rethink the role, and amount, of various subsidies.
September 18, 2014

State's solar policies at a crossroads

by Stefanie Donahue
When 65-year-old Judy Barnes buses down Portland’s Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard on a sunny day, she peers through the window and focuses beyond the busy streetscape, gazing at empty rooftops.…
September 25, 2014

First of 1 million trees and shrubs in Tualatin River watershed…

by Virginia Werner
The 1 Million, 1 Year, 1 Water campaign will kick off Friday, Sept. 19, with the planting of 300 trees and shrubs adjacent to the Tualatin River by Farmington View Elementary School fourth…
September 17, 2014

Auditor says Metro recycling hotline is overstaffed, outdated.

by Steve Law
Metro managers resist auditor's recommendation. After 30 years, it’s time for Metro to reassess its use of a telephone-based recycling hotline, which is getting less use each year, according to…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF PSU - Andrew Thorsvik was the big winner of this year's Clean Tech Challenge.
Sep 17, 2014

Student designer of alternative car battery wins big clean tech…

by Jennifer Anderson
The Portland Shower didn't make a clean sweep after all. The project by a trio of Portland State University students didn't place in the PSU Cleantech Challenge, held Monday evening at the…
Sep 17, 2014

Money allows OSU to continue forage research

by Peter Wong
Straw from grass-seed production is tested for export. Oregon State University will continue research into forage straw bound for export as a result of legislative action Wednesday. The straw is…
Photo Credit: MARK GAMBA  - Rafters armed with garbage bags headed for a big pile of cans at one of the clean-up sites.
Sep 16, 2014

WATERSHED GETS HANDS-ON HELP

by Ellen Spitaleri
They came, 450 strong, and headed down the Clackamas River on rafts, kayaks and rowboats. Two bikini-clad women set off on air mattresses. But no matter the watercraft, they all had the same…
Sep 16, 2014

Canoe the slough by night

by Virginia Werner
Glow sticks will light the way along the Columbia Slough, a narrow waterway in the floodplain of the Columbia river, in a guided Twilight Canoe tour offered by the The Columbia Slough Watershed…
Sep 16, 2014

Algae in Willamette prompts state health warning

by Steve Law
Blue-green algae was spotted floating on the Willamette River Tuesday in Portland, promoting the Oregon Health Advisory to issue a health advisory. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality…
Sep 15, 2014

Feds put review of coal facility on hold

by Steve Law
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended its review of Ambre Energy’s Coyote Springs coal export proposal on the Columbia River, in light of the Oregon Department of State Lands decision to…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF SHANE ANDERSON - Documentary details plight of steelhead in Northwest
Sep 15, 2014

Film highlights plight of endangered steelhead

by Virginia Werner
A new documentary film on endangered wild steelhead trout, “Wild Reverence: the Wild Steelheads Last Stand,” will be shown one night in Portland, as it swims its way along on its West Coast…
Sep 12, 2014

Tualatin River clean enough to use for beer

by Kendra Hogue
Beer maker Ted Assur took the top prize last week in the inaugural challenge to create beer from Tualatin River water. Assur's Vox Max Belgian earned the $150 prize and bragging rights for being…
Sep 12, 2014

Activists plan regional Social Forum in Portland

by Steve Law
Environmental and social justice activists from several states and provinces will come to Portland for a three-day event dubbed the Pacific Northwest Social Forum. The event takes place Sept. 26…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT  - Rocks are collected by Human Access Project volunteers trying to create a new swimmable beach on the east bank of the Willamette River, near the Hawthorne Bridge. The nonprofit is leading a tour to scout out new ways to swim on the river in downtown Portland.
Sep 12, 2014

Take a river cruise and help inspire new swimming holes on the…

by Steve Law
Portlanders can help shape the next generation of swimming holes on the Willamette River — on an early-evening cruise aboard the Willamette Star. The Human Access Project is organizing the…