Wednesday, July 25
Advocates say immigrants held are desperate
"We are dying day by day inside here," one detainee said, William Teesdale, chief investigator for the federal public defender's office in Oregon, wrote in a filing in federal court in Portland.
The program brings youth leaders and their adult mentors from Benin, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Togo to our community.
A memorial service for Ron Webb, sunrise May 20, 1938 and sunset, July 16, 2018, has been scheduled for this Thursday, July 26.
It will be an evening of family fun and dancing with music by Hit Factory featuring Patrick Lamb and entertainment by Capoeira São Salvador-PDX when the free Beaverton Concert in The Round series opens Thursday, July. 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. adjacent to the Beaverton Central MAX stop
She’s called a genre defying R&B goddess who literally gives people goose bumps when she sings.
On Alberta Street
A reception with the artists whose works are featured during August at Guardino Gallery will be held on Thursday.
The 1998 comedy “Half Baked” starring Dave Chappelle, will be the series opening film.
Blast of summer to persist
When it's hot, it's important to stay cool and hydrated.
Quentin Oliver Lee portrays the man behind the mask and Eva Tavares the innocent young soprano he falls madly in love with in the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’
One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer events, over 80 beers from small, traditional and independent breweries in10 different states as well as The Netherlands and Baja, Calif. will be available for tastings.
I can relate to refugees seeking a better life
Trump and his loyal acolytes continue to dismiss and demonize immigrants in general and the so-called 'Dreamers' in particular.
Cully site purchased with city bond
The Cully Neighborhood will be the site of at least 50 new affordable housing units thanks to the Portland Housing Bureau and its acquisition of a 19,000-square foot property at 5827 N.E. Prescott with monies from Portland’s Housing Bond.
No reported arrests
The city’s clean-up of the Occupy ICE protest encampment they’ve held for more than a month on the street adjacent to the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building on Southwest Macadam Avenue has gone underway early this morning, with little reported conflicts, police officials said, though there will be traffic delays expected in the area.
Tuesday, July 24
Workers say stike is possible
Portland Public Schools special education bus drivers may go on strike
Thursday, July 19
Ryan Bounds nomination pulled after black senator objects
A controversial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals from Oregon had his nomination derailed in the Senate today after the only Republican black member of the Senate made clear he couldn’t vote for him.
Wednesday, July 18
Congratulations to Benson High School’s Micah Williams who ran the anchor leg to propel Team USA to its first gold medal in the 4 X 100 meter relay at the IAAF World U20 Championships Saturday in Tampere, Finland
“Our City has become a cesspool” Turner said in a press release on Monday that also criticized Wheeler for what he described as throwing police “under the bus” for the mayor’s own “failed policies” on reducing the homeless population.
Support needed for brain injury operation
Advocates for an infant son have established a gofundme account and are holding a special weekend fundraiser to help a local family raise donations to treat his debilitating brain injuries after a near drowning two years ago.
Laura Barber (left) with family and friends, celebrated her 95th birthday on July 16th. You go Laura!
Ron Webb: Sunrise May 20, 1938; Sunset: July 16, 2018.
Emmanuel Pastor April Murchinson invites the community to attend when retired Portland police officers Victoria Burton and Marci Jackson and active officer Rashida Saunders are honored for their work as leaders for Portland’s Crisis Response Team.
For the next five Fridays nights though Aug. 27, the Pioneer Courthouse Square is transformed into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater.
Oregon Zoo’s Urban Nature Overnights program this year celebrates 18 years of actively engaging historically underrepresented Portland-area youth in outdoor recreation and conservation in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other community partners.
Youth line up for a 3-on-3 tourney
Area youth are lining up to play in the annual Trail Blazers “Rip City 3 on 3” basketball tournament presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers coming to the Rose Quarter campus the weekend of July 28-29, featuring basketball clinics, classes and contests. The team registration deadline is Friday, July 20 by visiting ripcity3on3.com.
Sponsored by the Portland Street Art Alliance, the all-ages event will include live-painting, artist commissions, live music, food carts, local beer, skateboarding ramps, a break dancing battle and more.
Local artists honor shooting victims
The artists volunteered their time, materials and talents to recognize, remember and honor the 58 lives lost after the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert as a loving gesture to bring some comfort to the families, loved-ones and communities by showing that people care about their loss.
From school superintendent to sheriff to senator to president, our elected officials determine the quality and equality of our law enforcement, public education system, and so much more.
Diverse team leads Komen effort
As the first step in developing a multi-year initiative to address breast cancer disparities, the Susan G. Komen Oregon and Southwest Washington foundation has partnered with a team of independent contractors who are actively involved with the Portland-metro area’s African American community.
BET and Comedy Central comedian Shang will headline a live comedy show this Friday, July 20 at the Alberta Abbey, 126 N.E. Alberta St.
Let seniors have the oversupply for free.
Young inventor competes for top prize
Rishab Jain, a soon-to-be eighth grader at Stoller Middle School in Beaverton, was one of 10 finalists chosen to fight for the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” for his cancer treatment innovation.
Community supervisors play critical role
Locking up people who pose limited or no risk to public safety comes at great cost with little benefit.
Tuesday, July 17
Works with drug addicted, homeless to change outcomes
Pilot project helps struggling people, many living on the street, get connected with social services and treatment, instead of continuing to cycle through the criminal justice system.
Injured woman found alive after crash
Portland woman went missing in California and survived for nearly a week after her car plummeted over a cliff
Wednesday, July 11
Liberal groups in staunch opposition
Like Trump’s first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's latest Supreme Court judge pick Brett Kavanaugh could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.
toll charges for using segments of the freeway system in and around Portland, including I-5 in north Portland, could be the result of a public listening session on congestion pricing recommendations being held by the Oregon Transportation Commission this Thursday, July 12.
Funds raised will be used to assist with legal help for families separated at the border and to provide them resources to apply for asylum in the U.S., many of whom are fleeing violence and have been separated from their children due to cruel and unjust federal policies.
Modern, contemporary and traditional ethnic dance will be represented on five small stages for Beaverton’s annual Ten Tiny Dances show on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Round, 12725 S.W. Milikan Way.
Registration opens for annual event
Today, one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and 40,000 will die annually.
Play is free on Mondays at two public courses
Mondays are free golf days for junior golfers up to the age of 17 at Portland’s Colwood Golf Center in northeast Portland and the Eastmoreland Golf Course in southeast.
Agency has become a menace
Far from being a law enforcement agency, ICE has become the closest thing we have to a lawless organization.
Make your summer nights sweet with mood lights around the patio, music in the background, and the laughter of friends.
Adults who qualify pay half the cost
Some good news on affordability for public transit this month as new low-income fares went into effect for qualified adult riders on TriMet and new governmental agreements mean many Portland area high school students will again ride free when classes start back in the fall.
Portland Parks and Recreation’s popular Summer Free For All is all about popular movies, culturally diverse concerts, free lunches and more at parks locations all around town.
“The Investment Factor: Expressing God’s Love through Missions and Outreach” will be the theme of a regional conference this week in Portland representing Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches from several western states.
Lawmaker shares experience when cops called
Bynum told reporters she immediately suspected the officer was there to talk to her and she introduced herself as a state legislator.
A new initiative to allow people experiencing homelessness to sleep in their cars in church parking lots and other faith organizations is poised to launch soon and aims to connect them with needed services.
Tuesday, July 10
Community cooking classes and a popular “Kids Cook at the Market” class are drawing folks this summer to the King Portland Farmers Market, open every Sunday through September from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the King School parking lot located at Northeast Seventh Avenue and Wygant Street.
Tuesday, July 3
Alumni, teachers and staff invited back for special event
Harriet Tubman Middle School is reopening in the fall and to celebrate the revitalization of a quality middle school to serve Portland’s historic African American communities plans have been made for an alumni gala.
First shooting by PSU campus police kills man
Multiple witnesses report that man killed was trying to break up a fight outside the Cheerful Tortoise
Waterfron Blues Festival nation’s second biggest
A Fourth of July tradition marks the summer holiday with the Waterfront Blues Festival, Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.
OHSU study finds benefits for aging brains
Unique program focuses on brain health while also serving as a way of preserving the stories of community black elders.
Path cleared; protest camp continues
A federal immigration building in southwest Portland reopened Monday as a protest against President Trump’s immigration polices continues outside the building.
Lift Every Voice” campaign set sights on 2020 ballot
An effort led by Portland-area clergy to put a measure on the November ballot to ban the sale of certain semi-automatic guns and large capacity ammunition magazines has been postponed after legal maneuvers by opponents made it nearly impossible to gather enough signatures to meet a July 6 deadline
Gala at Colwood Golf Center kicks off events
Invite out for all African-American 1971 high school graduates from the entire Portland metro area
First exhibit a showcase of cultural pride
The first museum of Chinese-American history and culture in Oregon re-opens after two weeks for repairs
A great year for the Portland Observer softball team