New Bike Signs Going Up Along the Waterfront

Posted by Brett Reckamp on September 17, 2014
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The Portland Parks Bureau and PBOT are putting up signs along the Waterfront Thursday telling bike riders to slow down.  Complaints from pedestrians on the fairly narrow path have caused officials to try these signs.

They want bike riders to take it easy when riding while walkers are there.  And, if a rider wants to go fast, they are asking you …

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Canby Ferry Turns 100 Years Old

Posted by Brett Reckamp on September 16, 2014
canby ferry

The iconic piece of Northwest Americana is now a century old.  On September 17, 2014, Clackamas County officials decided to use it to transport people and things across the Willamette River to get to and from the Clackamas County Fair.  It was so popular, they decided to keep it around for good.

Over the years, they have used 5 boats total. …

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Avoid Supermarket Surprise: Read Labels

Posted by Steve Leader on September 9, 2014
Fruit Cockatail

Photo courtesy: christykrobinson.blogspot.com

There was a time when shoppers could pretty much count on canned foods in the grocery aisle containing products grown in the U.S.A.

You may not have noticed how much things have changed.   Some Portland-area supermarkets are now selling store brand canned fruit cocktail, and store brand canned mushrooms,  whose labels read, “Product of China.”

Phil Lempert, also known as …

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Still Bike Friendly But…

Posted by Steve Leader on September 3, 2014
Bike Hawthorne Bridge

Photo courtesy: www.neighborhoodnotes.com

Portland has fallen several notches in Bicycling Magazine‘s latest ranking of America’s most bike friendly cities.  Writer Ian Dille says Portland, which had ranked 1st, dropped to 4th.

Dille says the lower ranking is not necessarily because Portland has done anything wrong. He says it’s partly due to a virtual lack of growth in the city’s rate of bicycle …

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Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Kills Himself

Posted by Brett Reckamp on August 22, 2014
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Pink Martini’s percussionist is dead.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner says 43-year-old Derek Jordan Rieth shot himself in the head with a shotgun on Wednesday August 20th just after 8:00 p.m. Portland Police officers conducted a welfare check on Rieth and found him deceased in his home.  A shotgun was there and was seized as evidence. The popular Portland-based band …

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