Oregon, county spar over $1.4 billion timber lawsuit

Oregon, county spar over $1.4 billion timber lawsuit

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Dipping into the water downtown

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Metro backs fossil-fuel divestiture

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Designers show what Green Loop could look like

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Sustainable Life Section

August 25, 2016

Locally made documentary on sustainably grown food to be shown

by Steve Law
The Hollywood Theater will screen the final-cut version of “Gaining Ground,” a documentary that highlights stories of farmers and activists confronting the challenges of sustainably grown food. The showing will be Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., at the…
August 25, 2016

With school starting, parents mobilizing to improve schools' environmental practices

by Steve Law
Want to work with other parents to “green up” the environmental practices at your child’s elementary school this school year? The Center for Earth Leadership is hosting a series of Dessert Meetups for parents who might be interested in joining the…
August 25, 2016

Washington County residents can get paid to upgrade their old woodstoves

by Peter Wong
Washington County is accepting applications that will enable low-income families to replace old or uncertified woodstoves with cleaner heating devices. The program will help qualifying residents to obtain rebates – or even get free replacement – for…
August 25, 2016

Community forum slates on Superfund cleanup proposal by EPA

by Steve Law
A coalition of neighborhood and environmental groups will hold a community forum on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Willamette River Superfund cleanup plan. The event, sponsored by A River for All, is scheduled Wednesday, Aug.…
JIM MARK
August 22, 2016

River cleanup must keep economy afloat

by Jim Mark
The Willamette River is special to Portland. It runs through the heart of our city. It provides opportunities for recreation and is home to many species of wildlife. It provides opportunities for people to earn a living wage and to support their…
August 11, 2016

State to investigate health issues related to pollution from Precision Castparts plants

by Steve Law
The Oregon Health Authority has agreed to do a public health assessment in the area around Precision Castparts Corporation’s manufacturing complex in Southeast Portland and Milwaukie. The state agency says it will study soil and air samples…
TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - John Goodhouse, center, won a just-for-bragging-rights paddle race organized by Tualatin Riverkeepers on the Tualatin River on Saturday; on Tuesday, he voted along with the rest of the Tigard City Council in support of the Riverkeepers' application to have the river named as a National Water Trail.
August 10, 2016

Tigard, Tualatin sign off on national designation for Tualatin River

by Mark Miller
The Tualatin River is two steps closer to being named a National Water Trail, as the city councils of Tigard and Tualatin voted unanimously this week to approve the designation for the river. The river, a subsidiary of the Willamette River, is…
COURTESY PHOTO: KATHY STREET/OREGON ZOO - An Oregon silverspot butterfly alights in a meadow atop Mount Hebo. Oregon Zoo conservationists released hundreds of the silverspots in an attempt to boost the declining population.
August 08, 2016

Oregon Zoo conservation plan gives endangered silverspot butterflies a boost

by Pamplin Media Group
The Oregon Zoo released the last group of silverspot butterflies Aug. 3 in a meadow on top of Tillamook County’s Mount Hebo to help boost the butterfly’s declining population. Zoo conservationists have taken butterfly pupae to the grassy headlands…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - Several years ago, environmental activists pushed PGE to close down its coal-fired plant at Boardman, Oregons lone coal plant. The utility later agreed to do that in 2020, but has until 2035 to stop selling coal power from two other plants in Montana.
August 05, 2016

Replacing coal won't break the bank after all

by Steve Law
When the Oregon Legislature debated a landmark bill in March to phase out coal power in Oregon and require more renewable energy, Republican lawmakers, business groups and some Public Utility Commission officials predicted it would jack up power…
PHOTO BY LIV SMITH, COURTESY COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER - The  Columbia River at Cape Horn is picture perfect.
August 05, 2016

Love your Columbia Day is coming

by Steve Law
Do you love the Columbia River? You’ll have a chance to show your love on Saturday, Aug. 20, during a series of events up and down the river called Love Your Columbia Day. The events, sponsored by Columbia Riverkeeper along with partners, take place…
COURTESY EAST MULTNOMAH SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT  - A culvert at the Headwaters Farm in Gresham will be removed to boost fish passage up the North Fork of Johnson Creek.
Aug 05, 2016

Salmon to get freer route to Gresham

by Steve Law
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District began work this week to replace three culverts at the district’s Headwaters Farm in Gresham, which will help add two miles of salmon…
COURTESY PHOTO - Lenny Dee
Aug 02, 2016

Portland can learn from Texas

by Lenny Dee
Citizen engagement process helped build wind industry in oil state How many Portlanders are aware that our city government has a goal to get 25% of our trips being done by bike? Or that the city…
COURTESY: CITY OF PORTLAND BPS - Marie Corell (right) is a volunteer sewer for Repair PDX, where she helps people mend their favorite items -- from purses to jeans.
Aug 02, 2016

Want to borrow a tool, get some fix-it help, or share your…

by Jennifer Anderson
If you could borrow reusable dishware for 80 guests, would you make a special trip to the big-box store for a megaload of paper plates, napkins and plastic utensils? How about a place to check…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JO OSTGARDEN - Tyler HIcks uses a kayak to fish for salmon on the Columbia River.
Aug 02, 2016

Anglers getting hooked on kayak fishing

by Jo Ostgarden
Devoted anglers in the Northwest typically use one of three fishing boats: a large powerboat, drift boat, or a sled boat, (a power boat devised for river and lake fishing.) Some have all three.…
Jul 31, 2016

Mosier Derailment Adds Scrutiny To Proposed Vancouver…

by Conrad Wilson, OPB
Thick black smoke that spewed from a derailed oil train burning in Mosier, Oregon, was not the visual Vancouver Port Commissioner Jerry Oliver wanted in people's minds. "It was unfortunate for…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE  - Fourteen of the most advanced green cars in the country came to Portland for an automotive conference at the World Trade Center last week.
Jul 31, 2016

Not self-driving yet, but getting closer

by Jim Redden
A little more than two months after the driver of an all-electric Tesla car was killed in a crash while driving on the manufacturer’s “Autopilot” system, a fleet of high-tech electric vehicles…
Jul 31, 2016

Time runs out for Oregon timber ballot initiatives

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Three ballot initiatives that would have restricted clear-cutting and aerial spraying in Oregon have failed to qualify for the November general election. One of the petitions, which would have…
Jul 27, 2016

Endangered species initiative qualifies for ballot

by Paris Achen
SALEM - An initiative petition that seeks to prohibit the sale of items made from 10 endangered species has qualified for the November general election ballot. The IP 68 campaign turned in…
Jul 28, 2016

State sends landfill expansion decision back to the county

by Gary Allen
Texas-based Waste Management’s efforts to expand Riverbend Landfill, the primary repository for not only most of Yamhill County’s garbage but much of the Portland metropolitan area, took another…
Jul 26, 2016

Wild Horse Advocates Sue BLM Over Spay Procedures

by Amanda Peacher
(Oregon Public Broadcasting) — An advocacy organization has announced it will sue the Bureau of Land Management over proposed spaying procedures for wild horses in eastern Oregon. Feral horses…