Who's Mad About Disconnecting Mount Tabor's Open-Air Reservoirs: A Refresher


To hear Portland city officials tell it, the decision to disconnect Mount Tabor's open-air reservoirs is all over but the shouting.But there's going to be a lot of shouting.Today's City Council hearing on the last steps to take the city's drinking-water reservoirs underground is the latest donnybrook between Mount Tabor reservoir activists and City Hall in a decade-long battle about complying with ...   More
Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Hydro Clogs

An inventory of items found in the Mount Tabor reservoirs in the past five years.

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It’s not merely activists who occupy the city’s reservoirs.  The scenic pools on Mount Tabor and in Washington Park are home to other items as well. Ducks, mostly, floating on the city�   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

Somebody Found the Perfect Compromise to Portland's Water Wars: Fluoride-Pooping Ducks


The fluoride fight may be over (fluoride lost, FYI), but the parody pages keep on coming.During the bitter fight over ballot measure 26-151, which would have fluoridated Portland water supply, both sides of the debate created spoof Facebook pages mocking their opponents' messages. This summer, a new Facebook group has emerged with a modest proposal that should please both fluoride advocates and defenders ...   More
Friday, August 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Flashback: The Flaming Lips

At Mount Tabor, 2009

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From wweek.com: “If the Flaming Lips’ music isn’t enough to convince you of Wayne Coyne’s genius, consider this: The dude designed a video that would allow him to audition bare breasts fo   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Merkley "Taking His Cues" from Portland City Hall on Covering Reservoirs

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If the activists trying to save Mount Tabor reservoirs are looking for a hero, they can scratch U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's name off the list.In the month since Portland City Hall announced it would cover or drain the city's open-air reservoirs, a coalition of activists have turned to the Oregon congressional delegation, asking its members to step in and get a deferral from federal rules. But staff for ...   More
Friday, July 5, 2013 AARON MESH

City Will Cover Its Reservoirs, and Drain the Ones on Mount Tabor

Fritz refuses to sign city statement conceding reserviors must go underground

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Portland City Council is preparing to announce on Monday that it will comply with federal demands to disconnect or cover its open reservoirs, WW has learned. But, as with Mayor Charlie Hales' city budget, the announcement has one holdout: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who has refused to go along. The city has been appealing for more time to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements ...   More
Friday, May 31, 2013 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Volcanic Verisimilitude

How dormant/active is Mount Tabor?

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My dad says back in the ’50s he used to play up on Mount Tabor, and on a cold day he could see steam rising from the crater. How dormant/active is Mount Tabor, and is it true Rocky Butte is ac   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Diary of An Immigrant: If The Mountain Won't Come To Mohammad... (Give Him $2 For A Ticket On The 15 Bus To Mount Tabor City Park)

WW Presents Week Two of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. Dear Portland: I have visited one of your mountains. You may now exhale. I know you've all been waiting for this moment. When driving over one of the bridges into town from the airport on the day I arrived here, the local friend who picked my partner and me up suddenly exclaimed, “Oh quick, ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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