June is a great time to grab a fishing pole and head outside! And for kids and families there are free fishing events in southwest Washington to enjoy with no reservation needed in advance, just show up.
kick off summer by joining in on free, outdoor activities and family fun at the 10th annual National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver.
Portland’s Kúkátónón dancers and drummers, featuring West African dance, drumming, storytelling, vocals and a special ballet presentation, comes Saturday June 9 at 6:30 p.m. to the auditorium at Jefferson High School.
A free community event where participants can bring broken or damaged common household items and have them fixed for free by skilled volunteers will take place Thursday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C. St. in Vancouver.
Summer school is in session as the King Portland Farmers Market kicks off its annual series of on-site community classes on topics including cooking and fresh floral design featuring ingredients and flowers from market vendors.
Calling people ‘animals’ devalues lives
I’ve been deeply uneasy with some trends that seem to rank some people as more valuable and others as less. One of them is the idea that immigration should be based on “merit.”
A variation of an old, familiar theme
The NFL’s new “anthem policy” requires players to "respect” the flag and the national anthem or stay in the locker room until it is played. The NFL refers to this as a compromise — it was anything but.
When white privilege feels threatened
Recent instances of white people calling the police to come and control the presence of a black person have startled many Americans. But for many African Americans, this behavior by white people is nothing new.
The Portland Observer congratulates the honored graduating seniors of color at Jefferson High School who achieved a top grade point average in the 3.0 to 4.0 range during their entire high school years.
Mass detainment during protest not justified
A controversial mass detainment by Portland police of nearly 400 anti-Trump protestors at a demonstration in downtown Portland last year is now being hit on three sides for not being legally justified.
Ed Washington honored for improving lives of others
Portland civic leader and champion to the causes of urban issues and civil rights is receiving Pioneer Award for Public Service.
Reviews from the Seattle International Film Festival
A great opportunity to catch a huge variety of films on the big screen from all over the world
Turned back from separated immigrant children
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. ties to find out what's going on behind closed doors at some of the country's detention facilities amid concerns about the separation of children from their parents.
NFL quarterback and singer are financial backers
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, the singer Ciara, have joined the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.
Assault weapons ban effort gets July 6 deadline
If passed, the initiative would require currently owned semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines to be registered by their owners, as well as for the prohibition of the future sale and transfer of these weapons and magazines statewide.
Clarence Gene Watkins
Clarence Gene Watkins peacefully passed on April 19, 2018 in Portland.
Charles A. Leech
Charles A. Leech of Portland was born Sept. 19, 1943 in Columbus, Miss. and died May 19, 2018.
Rosalyn Sherman Stanton
Rosalyn Sherman Stanton was born on June 3, 1950 and died May 14, 2018.
George Myron Mayes
George Myron Mayes was born on May 8, 1955 and passed on May 3, 2018 in Portland.