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Hotseat: Barry Lopez

The once-reclusive author comes out of the woods to embrace his inner sage.

Hot Seat
It’s been nearly 30 years since the publication of Arctic Dreams, the biography of the earth’s vast north by Barry Lopez. Up to that point, Lopez had a small, loyal following for his fiction   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 BRENT WALTH

April 20, 1985: Portland’s first female police chief falls from grace…

40th Anniversary
The Ruby Dragon sells crystals, chakras, sage for smudging rituals—everything to meet your metaphysical needs. The owner of the Morro Bay, Calif., shop is a trained crystal healer, color therapi   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRENT WALTH, SAMI EDGE

Nov. 6, 1990: Voters approve Measure 5…

40th Anniversary
Barbara Roberts should have been celebrating. She had scraped by as a single mother and raised an autistic son. She also won election to school boards, the Oregon House and eventually secretary    More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN, BRENT WALTH

Feb. 4, 1991: Someone finally has enough of all that crap in the Willamette…

40th Anniversary
Not a lot of people went swimming in the Willamette River. Portland’s century-old sewers had been designed to let rainwater running off streets mingle with what gets flushed down toilets. Even   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRENT WALTH

July 26, 1975: A crowd gathers to watch an exotic game…

40th Anniversary
Of all Portland’s nicknames—from the Rose City to Stumptown—there’s only one that inspires passion, arguments and singing: Soccer City, USA. The nickname’s most impressive manifestat   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRENT WALTH

April 21, 1976: Waves of refugees arrive in Portland…

40th Anniversary
The refugees arrived at Portland International Airport holding their few possessions in plastic bags. Their home countries—South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos—were falling to Communist forces, and   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO, BRENT WALTH

Dec. 25, 1976: A trip home for Christmas forever alters Oregon’s economy…

40th Anniversary
No company keeps more people working in Oregon than Intel Corp. Its sprawling Hillsboro campus employs 17,500, with an annual payroll of $2.8 billion. A 2012 ECONorthwest study found that nearly o   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 REBECCA TURLEY, BRENT WALTH


Jorge Guzman had an idea for a better surfboard. He says his instructor at Portland State University stole it.

Cover Story
In a town filled with dazzling startups, few new businesses in Portland look as fun as Yana Surf. The company, founded last year by local entrepreneur Wilson Zehr, sells “heirloom-quality” b   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH, BRENT WALTH

Moving the Needle

A new law expanding the use of an anti-overdose drug is cutting the number of heroin deaths.

News Stories
Two months ago, a heroin user overdosed on the Southwest Salmon Street overpass across Interstate 405, about a block from the headquarters of Outside In. Someone alerted the staff at the nonpr   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 BRENT WALTH

Bluebird Not For Early Birds

A very short play.

Food Reviews & Stories
A veteran news reporter and a grizzled editor are having a discussion in the Willamette Week newsroom. Reporter: So we go to this new bakery, Bluebird, at 24th and Thurman, to talk about a story. Ed   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , BRENT WALTH
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