Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


Bits & Pieces

Share
Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing ...

COURTESY: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - The Oregon Zoo's otter pups could fit in two hands a week after birth. They have since grown, and will soon be available for public viewing.Otter offspring

Tilly has produced a couple cute pups again.

The otter at Oregon Zoo gave birth to the unnamed pups Feb. 26. Tilly will be paying special attention to the pups — it's the first time she'll raise more than one at a time — and we'll have to wait to see them in their Cascade Stream and Pond habitat.

"Young river otters are extremely dependent on their moms, and Tilly has been very nurturing," says Julie Christie, senior keeper for the zoo's North American area. "She did a great job raising her first two pups, Mo and Ziggy, both born in 2013. And she was a terrific adoptive mom to Little Pudding, the orphan pup who was rescued from a roadside in 2015. We expect she'll do well with her new babies as well."

Tilly, named after the Tillamook River, was orphaned near Johnson Creek in 2009 and had been wounded by an animal attack and malnourished. The pups' father, B.C. (short for Buttercup), was orphanzed near Star City, Ark. Once here, B.C. hit it off with Tilly and they've been playful for visitors.

Harvey staying? Knight going?

Two stories from the Hillsboro Tribune:

• While Harvey Marine in Aloha will be demolishing a building and setting up a drive-through coffee kiosk, the distinctive 26-foot-tall Harvey rabbit statue that stands at the business will be staying at the site at 21250 S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway, along with the current store.

Company officials have said repeatedly that they have no plans to remove the rabbit, which had originally been designated to be a gas station serviceman statue. Then-owner Ed Harvey put a rabbit head on the statue in the 1970s, paying homage to the Jimmy Stewart movie "Harvey."

• It looks like Laika President/CEO Travis Knight, fresh off Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for "Kubo and the Two Strings," will be heading to Hollywood.

Deadline magazine reported that Knight had been chosen to direct his first big-budget studio production, tackling "Bumblebee," a spinoff of the blockbuster "Transformers" franchise. The film will be produced by Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.

Big nod

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, April 19-30 in New York City, will include a film by Portland resident Janet Elliott, "Flames." A movie filmed over five years, it follows real-life couple Zefrey Throwell and Josephine Decker in their relationship and till their eventual breakup; lines blur between what was real and what was "the film."

Red Star rising

Wendy Red Star, a Portland artist whose discipline merges Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, will have her exhibit "Works" shown in the Governor's Office of the Capitol Building in Salem, March 15-May 11.

Red Star was raised on the Crow reservation in Montana, and she has exhibited at many venues in the United States and abroad.