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Warmer climate imperils our health

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Selling sustainable sex

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Sierra Club turns up heat on PacifiCorp

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November 21, 2014

Local Army Corps overruled by national office on coal facility,…

by Steve Law
Columbia Riverkeeper says newly released federal documents show the Portland office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended a full environmental review be conducted before approving the…
November 20, 2014

Measure 92 tally may trigger recount

by Peter Wong
Latest totals put it within automatic trigger. An automatic recount now appears likely for Measure 92, a ballot initiative that would require labeling of food sold in Oregon containing…
November 20, 2014

Gresham wastewater plant recognized with national award

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A national nonprofit awarded Energy Trust of Oregon with a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for its work with the City of Gresham on a wastewater treatment plant. The Clean Energy…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE  - Former resident Norman Wicks Sr. never reported what he thought was toxic waste dumping on this site more than a decade ago. During a brief layover in Portland, he wants to see the site checked out and cleaned up if necessary.
November 20, 2014

Coming clean

by Steve Law
Something’s been gnawing away at Norman Wicks’ conscience ever since he left Portland nearly a decade ago. The 70-year-old is back in town for a brief spell, hoping to right a past wrong.…
November 19, 2014

Merkley: Pipeline would encourage continued dependence on fossil…

by Peter Wong
Newly re-elected senator joins Wyden, others to defeat approval of Keystone XL project. Newly re-elected Sen. Jeff Merkley said Wednesday his vote against the Keystone XL pipeline represents his…
November 19, 2014

Gresham wastewater plant recognized with national award

by Pamplin Media Group
The city and Energy Trust of Oregon efforts will result in the plant being net-zero by 2015 A national nonprofit awarded Energy Trust of Oregon with a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF TERRY NELSON - Plastic bags containing the free Foodday section pile up at a home in Southeast Portland.
November 18, 2014

Lawyer asks Oregonian to stop dumping free publication on his…

by Steve Law
Portland attorney Steve Bonfiglio has sent a demand letter to the Oregonian newspaper asking it to stop dropping off a free publication on his client’s driveway each week. Bonfiglio,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORTLAND AUDUBON SOCIETY - Gresham and Fairview are joining the Backyard Habitate certification program.
November 18, 2014

Backyard Habitat Certification expands into Gresham and Fairview

by Virginia Werner
More Gresham and Fairview residents will be sprucing up their yards and gardens to attract more birds, bees and other wildlife. The two cities are joining Portland and Lake Oswego in adopting…
November 17, 2014

Public forum slated on alternatives to coal

by Steve Law
Several environmental groups are holding a joint forum on the hazardous impacts of coal and options to replace its use in Oregon. The Coal to Clean Energy Forum takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday,…
November 13, 2014

Panel moves toward rule changes on rail shipment of hazardous…

by Peter Wong
State review is prompted by jump in crude-oil transports from North Dakota through Oregon Railroads and government agencies are coming closer to agreement on changes in state rules governing…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jenn Levo utilized Trailhead Credit Unions Bike Loan Program to purchase her road bike.
Nov 13, 2014

Need a loan to buy a bike?

by Anthony Roberts
Looking for another sign bikes are catching up with cars as a viable transportation option? How about bicycle financing? If your bike is trashed and you’re short on cash for a new ride, local…
Jason Grant
Nov 13, 2014

Green Building Initiative practices phony consensus

by Jason Grant
The guy who stacks the deck is the first to assure you it’s an even game. The Green Building Initiative is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that was founded by the timber industry about…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VIRGINIA WERNER  - Human Access Project ringleader Willie Levenson peers over The Ledge, one of the next beach areas he hopes to promote for more public recreational access.
Nov 13, 2014

Activists seek more swimming holes

by Virginia Werner
When people look at the Willamette River, they might see a murky abyss, banked by large uninviting chunks of concrete. Willie Levenson sees a beach. Levenson is the man behind the nonprofit…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND FARMERS MARKET  - Shoppers check out farm-fresh produce at the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University's Park Blocks.
Nov 11, 2014

Farmers market to stay open all year

by Steve Law
The flagship Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University is going year-round. The weekly Saturday market, located at the Park Blocks next to PSU, has been operating from mid-March…
Nov 11, 2014

Want to go solar in Gresham?

by Steve Law
Gresham-area residents can learn about how to add rooftop solar panels to their homes in a free workshop. The nonprofit Solar Oregon is hosting a Basics of Going Solar Workshop on Wednesday,…
Nov 06, 2014

James Beard market teams with Bon Appetit

by Jennifer Anderson
Julia Child would approve. Founders of the James Beard Public Market announced Thursday that they will be partnering with Bon Appétit Management Company to develop their teaching and…
Photo Credit: JAIME VALDEZ - Ron Knori, who operates the EcoCab taxi service in Longview, drives one of his Teslas in Portland, where he hopes to expand his service.
Nov 06, 2014

Want to go for a ride in an electric Tesla?

by Steve Law
Would you go out of your way to schedule a taxi ride if it was in an electric vehicle? How about if it was a $96,320 Tesla Model S, which is winning accolades as one of the best cars on the…
Nov 06, 2014

GMO labeling measure appears to have lost, though supporters not…

by Steve Law
It appears Oregon voters narrowly rejected Measure 92, the state initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods, though supporters narrowed the gap as late votes were counted…
Nov 04, 2014

Summit offered on urban tree protection issues

by Steve Law
Everybody likes trees, but city efforts to protect them with tree-protection ordinances often are controversial and complicated. Recently some cities have found more success with a collaborative…
Nov 03, 2014

Boosting home values via green improvements

by Steve Law
One of the hurdles in getting “green” home improvements more widely adopted is convincing appraisers of the added value they bring. Toward that end, the Home Builders Association of Metro…