Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top o’ the morning to you! Here’s a fresh Daily Drip for Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Portland’s weather is a copy-and-paste of yesterday’s morning fog, then sun with a high of 70. Maybe not as much fog, or not as dense, which should result in fewer dents. Sunrise 6:52 AM, sunset 7:15 PM.

Bye-bye, fire season! All fire restrictions have been lifted for the Mt. Hood National Forest. Campfires? Good to go!

An early morning tweet from the Clackamas County Sheriff says a 13-year old boy named Jakob ran away yesterday afternoon, and was last seen at Alder Creek Middle School. He has a zipup brown hoodie, glasses, and had recently dyed his hair purple.

That banner hanging off the Glisan overpass above I-205–in the unlikely event that traffic was moving too fast for you to read it–says, “Hey Wheeler! #EnoughisEnoughPDX.” It’s a message from Gateway neighbors who say the city has given up on drug addicts taking over public space, like parks where their kids played. Past tense.

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Showdown at the #MeToo corral: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing next Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexual assault at a beer party in high school. It’ll be high drama involving powerful and smart people in a hearing that will either crash or save the nomination of a Justice who would influence American law in a certain direction for decades.

Stock markets are poised for a selloff today as tariff tensions with China are escalating. China’s stock market opened at a four-year low.

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The soon-to-be-abandoned Multnomah County Courthouse has been sold for $28 million to brother-and-sister investors backed by an international philanthropist billionaire. Their plans for the historic building, which they say they intend to preserve, refer vaguely to “various creative uses.” Some of their previous ventures have revolved around Oregon’s cannabis industry, so there might be an ironic future for this building, whose history includes being Portland’s central spot where confiscated alcohol was poured into the ground during Prohibition.

Speaking of which…one of the early entrepreneurs in the Portland pot biz–“Cannabliss” owner Matt Price, who also sat on an OLCC advisory committee about marijuana regulatory issues–will be sent away for 7 months in federal prison for not filing taxes for four straight years. I mean, for four years in a row. At one point, the guy was pulling in $590,000 a year. The feds make zero secret about wanting to pounce on slip-ups like this.

Here’s a story that happened in August, and is just now hitting the news…a couple and their son out on a boat in the Columbia had their engine conk out and they called for help, but no luck…so the mom went on Facebook and posted, “Help!! My husband and I are stuck in our boat at the mouth of the Lewis River, won’t start, tried all options, no boats gone by, no marine sheriffs on duty, phone dying, and tow is $500…” And minutes later, who should come motoring up….but the Mayor of St. Helens, Rich Scholl. He towed them to shore and wished them well, explaining to KGW that “I’ve lived on this river all my life and we don’t leave a fellow boater stranded. We just don’t. It’s an old code.”

The real-gold-adorned pioneer statue on top of the Oregon Capitol turns 80 years old today. There’s a celebration from 2 to 5 that includes making Christmas Tree ornaments to go on the US Capitol Christmas Tree, which is coming from Oregon this year.

The Seahawks go oh-and-two to begin the season. as a 4th quarter comeback against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football was derailed by a pick-six, then doomed by a QB fumble.

The Emmys were on TV last night, Game of Thrones and HBO and a Netflix comedy series were big winners as usual, and there was a heartwarming surprise marriage proposal.

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Let’s see if we can spot a handful of gems amid the gravel of news…

–“Chicago Bears’ Trey Burton donating $1,000 per catch, $2,500 per TD to human rights organization”

–“The Number of Youth in Juvenile Detention in California Has Quietly Plummeted”

–“Cherokee County firefighters rescue deer trapped in retention pond”

–“Clydesdales keep nursing home residents company, and bring back happy memories”

–“7th-century Buddha statue restored after being dynamited by Pakistani Taliban in 2007”

Links here.

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Happy birthday to musician Michael Franks, a University of Oregon graduate known for: “Popsicle Toes.” That sounds right: temps have been below normal for a week, and I don’t see that changing. Leaves are turning. An early Fall! So I’m going to head out and warm up the car, and read up on what you’re thinking and doing. Have an excellent Tuesday!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Good morning and Happy New Week! It’s Monday, September 17, 2018, as summer gives us a sweet goodbye with cool nights, mild days, and three days to dry out from our weekend inundation. Our high today will near 70. Sunrise 6:51 AM, sunset 7:17 PM.

The battle is over in Battle Ground, where teachers ratified a contract by a nearly unanimous vote, and the 2018-19 year finally begins today with a regular full day of school in grades 1 through 12. The first day of kindergarten will be Thursday, but there are conferences and orientation first, and parents are getting emails on that. By my count they’ve lost 12 days of classroom time; they were scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 29. How to make up those days will require school board action; let’s hope for no snow days, because the 4th of July is not a time to be in school!

A landslide is blocking Kalama River Road about two miles east of I-5.

Authorities are certain that the cougar they shot on Friday was indeed the one that killed a hiker near Zig Zag. Hunters groups are saying the cougars are far more numerous and bold than they were before a 1994 ballot measure prohibited hunting them with hounds. But wildlife advocates say that cougar encounters are extremely rare–this was Oregon’s first recorded fatal cougar attack in the wild–and deer kill far more people, by jumping onto highways and causing wrecks.

Romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, author of an essay titled “How To Murder Your Husband,” is in court this morning after being indicted Friday for doing just that–murdering her spouse, the culinary instructor Daniel Brophy, last June.

A judge in Hillsboro will rule today on whether a horse can sue its former owner. (We expect he will say Nay). The poor animal, once named Shadow, was 300 pounds underweight and covered with lice when he was rescued. The ex-owner was convicted of animal neglect and fined $3,700, but the horse’s attorneys say that doesn’t begin to cover the cost of care for their client, whom they have renamed Justice. His condition is now stable.

Happy 50th to Portland author and famous Pacific Coast Trail hiker Cheryl Strayed! Another Oregonian of letters–and famous novels and acid trips on a hippie bus–was born on this day: Ken Kesey came into this world in 1935, and left it for good in 2001.

Today is Kermit Washington’s 67th birthday. The former Portland Trail Blazer and Portland talk radio host is serving a six-year sentence in federal prison for embezzling half a million dollars in charity money meant for children in Africa. While in prison, he is blogging about working with younger inmates on making choices against violence and drugs that may keep them out of prison in the future, and he adds, “My future depends on many things. But most of all, me.”

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Flipping over to the national page…

The vast weather system that once was Hurricane Florence is now a windy tropical depression centered over the middle of South Carolina and moving west, unburdening itself of the unfathomable quantity of water it scooped out of the Atlantic. Flooding, like Portland in 1996 multiplied, is affecting the entirety of both Carolinas. Wilmington is an island, powerless and surrounded by floodwater, and the airport is shut down. Stories will come out of heartbreak and heroism; more than 1,000 people were rescued, but 17 lives were lost, and you know there will be more. For now, local authorities say the danger from this storm has ever been greater.

There’s a surprise cliffhanger in the Kavanaugh nomination as a sexual assault allegation from his high school days surfaced. Details and denials are all over the news. Will it delay Thursday’s committee vote? Push it past the midterms, derail the nomination? Unknown!

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From the DD sports department…the defending champion Portland Thorns stopped the Seattle Reign 2-1 to earn a spot in this Saturday’s title game, conveniently scheduled at Providence Park. They’ll face the winner of the North Carolina-Chicago match which is also to be played in Portland, tomorrow night, having been flooded out of North Carolina.

The #20 Oregon Ducks, now 3 and 0 after a soft nonconference schedule, host #7 Stanford Saturday at 5 PM in Eugene. Oregon State fans have reason to be hopeful after the 1-2 Beavers’ near miss (wide left) against Nevada. They’ll host Arizona Saturday. The Huskies and Cougars are 3-0 and rolling as well. And the 1-2 Portland State Vikings erupted for nine touchdowns against College of Idaho, to win 63-14 at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Seahawks are at Chicago for Monday Night Football at 5 on ESPN.

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We all have good things in our lives. But good things in the news? Sometimes we have to search. Here are a few.

–“Hurricane Florence ruined this Maryland couple’s wedding – until friends replanned it all in 48 hours”

–“As Florence loomed, a pet lover escaped South Carolina with 64 dogs and cats on a school bus”

–“Football Coach Gives Up Rooms, Donates Scheduled Team Meals to Hurricane Florence Evacuees”

–“Japan sets a new record number for people over 100 years old — and almost 9 out of 10 are women”

–“California town appoints Max the Golden Retriever as their mayor for a fifth term”

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I was surprised and impressed by the turnout for Sunday’s Race for the Cure! The starting horn blew under a pouring rain, yet an estimated 10,000 folks made their way around the Waterfront/Eastbank loop, soaked but resolute in the cause of defeating breast cancer. It was fascinating to see the event from a different perspective; for years I’ve been up on the starting scaffold speaking to a sea of people. This year, I was at the finish line with K103’s Bruce Murdock, and interacted on a much more personal level with the individuals coming across the line–and was struck by the emotional power that completing the event represented for many people. For some, doing the Race for the Cure is the fulfillment of a self-promise made during difficult treatment. And for some, it’s an act of honor, in memory of a dear one. I saw many people wiping more than raindrops from their eyes. Lots of teams (with K103’s Team Janine leading the fundraising for the 8th year); lots of support groups, and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to help stop this cancer in its tracks.

That’s the Daily Drip for today! Thanks for plowing through it, and for adding your updates and thoughts below!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Happy Saturday!

Just a quick weekend Driplet to let folks connect, and to bring you a couple of updates…it’s a bright and cool Fall morning, but there’s a chance of showers later, highs in the mid 60’s. The snow level drops to Timberline Lodge’s 6000 feet tonight. The coming week looks really nice, as we officially wrap up summer…which ends next Saturday. Sunrise today was 6:49–I went out to find the morning paper in the dark–and sunset at 7:21.

The updates are these: ODFW agents located, treed, and shot a female cougar on or near the Hunchback Mountain Trail by Mt. Hood. DNA results, due back in a few days, should indicate if this is the animal that killed a woman. (By the way: I have a neighbor, a knowledgeable gentleman of some years, who is convinced that he saw a cougar walking up his drive at sundown this three nights ago. This is on the dark forested road I love to walk at night, where I’ve seen many a deer, plenty of rabbits, a couple of skunks, one bobcat, and a few coyotes. But all the dogs on the road have been on edge this week…and so are the neighborhood goats).

Second: A judge ordered Battle Ground teachers to go back to work on Monday. But the teachers voted 89% last night to defy the order and continue striking. Teachers from all over Washington and some from the Portland area are posting #Solidarity and #StayStrong messages on the BGEA Facebook page. At this point there’s been no announcement regarding school on Monday, but I don’t see how it’s possible–unless somebody pulls a rabbit from a hat, and there’s a settlement.

Florence is now a tropical storm, tracking inland and pouring staggering amounts of rain.

Who’s doing what today?

Friday, September 14, 2018

Ahh….Friday, September 14, 2018….Good morning, friends! This last weekend of celestial summer has that early-fall feeling, with bright clouds, light showers, and highs in the 60s. Sunrise 6:48 AM, Sunset 7:23 PM. Daylight Time. We have seven more weekends until we change to PST.

So much going on…

Our best wishes are with the populace and first responders on the Carolina coast, who are experiencing the fury of Hurricane Florence at this very moment. It’s making landfall around Wilmington, NC, as a Category 1, but pushing days worth of water as a Cat 4. That means a storm surge of ten feet or more, rainfall of up to 40 inches, entire towns under water, millions without power. Hundreds of people are waiting for rescue because of a catastrophic storm surge in the town of New Bern, NC. As soon as the storm subsides a bit, the massive operation all up and down the SE coast will include Oregon Air National Guard members moving with Zodiac boats to help rescue people who may be trapped by high water.

A hellish scene in several Massachusett towns as overpressurized natural gas lines caused dozens of homes to burst into flames, killing at least one person.

Day 12 of the Battle Ground teacher strike. No progress to report; the two sides are in court.

ODFW agents have killed no cougars, in their search in the Zig Zag area. Yet.

The Portland State University community was shaken this summer when two campus police officers shot and killed a man–who turned out to be a Navy veteran trying to break up a fight outside the Cheerful Tortoise; his legally holstered gun fell out of his jacket, and he was shot when he went to grab it. Now a Multnomah County Grand Jury has declined to indict the officers involved. There is a growing campus demand to reverse the 2014 decision that allowed PSU officers to carry weapons.

Portland’s about to get hit with a lawsuit filed by a woman who suffered third-degree burns when police use crowd control flash-bang devices on people protesting the alt-right Patriot Prayer group in August.

Rather large development in a daily drip of a different kind: Paul Manafort is expected to make a plea deal today.

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Sunday’s the day of the Race for the Cure downtown, always a meaningful event for the survivors and families who walk, and a crucial benefit for a group that does good work in bringing breast health care to underserved populations across Oregon. I’ve been a starting line announcer for the last ten years or so, and this year I asked to hand it off to the K103 team leader, Janine Wolf, a survivor herself who will enjoy working with KOIN’s Jennifer Hoff. Bruce Murdock and I will be welcoming you at the finish line.

A li’l traffic hiccup this weekend….the ramp from I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound closes at 10 tonight…reopens by noon tomorrow…but then closes again from 10 Sunday night until 6 AM Monday. Too much info for a reader board….hope that helps you avoid a jam!

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It’s mid-September…which means, of course, it’s time for Oktoberfest! The Biergartens und Weingartens opened yesterday at Mt. Angel…today in Newberg..and next week at Oaks Park, here in PDX…

Who’s already seeing some autumn color? There are some Persian Ironwoods that are downright gorgeous…the color of Lifesavers candies…with double rainbows in the background…
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“Mork and Mindy” premiered 40 years ago today. Spinoff from….what show? Answer in the last lines of today’s Daily Drip!

This was the date in 1990 when the restaurant Zefiro opened at NW 21st and Glisan, signaling the beginning of Portland’s future as a food town, combining creative cookery with locally-sourced ingredients, and opening the door to the New York Times’ weird fixation on our town. The just-getting-started Pink Martini was the house band.

Let’s see…on the concert menu…Boy George and Culture Club, the B52s, and Tom Baily of the Thompson Twins tomorrow night at the Moda Center. The Oregon Symphony is doing the Music of U2 tomorrow night at the Schnitz. Alanis Morissette is at Ilani Sunday night.

Have you seen Margie Boulé in the one-woman show, “Ann,” about former Texas Governor Ann Richards? It’s been extended for the next two weekends, and from all accounts, it is a must-see. Margie, a dear friend for a long time, is so incredibly talented, and Ann Richards had the sharpest tongue this side of the Pecos. Info here!

Let’s give a group cheer to Portland music legends–and members of our Daily Drip community–Marv and Rindy Ross, who have announced that they’ll be retiring both Quarterflash and The Trail Band this spring. But first, they’ll do one last “Holidays with the Trail Band” concert series at the Aladdin in December, a Portland tradition that’s raised over a million dollars for Friends of Children. They say it’s time for the next chapter, and I say, thanks for decades of great music and service to the community, Marv and Rindy! We’ll miss your bands. Guess we’ll have to harden our hearts, swallow our tears….

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Hey Siri! What’s happening on the collegiate gridiron Saturday?

San Jose St. is at Oregon at 2 PM…Oregon State is at Nevada at 4…Washington’s at Utah at 7 PM on ESPN…And Washington State gets a visit from Eastern Washington at 5.

Here’s a way Portland is helping the people affected by Hurricane Florence. The National Women’s Soccer League semi-final playoff match between the North Carolina Courage and the Chicago Red Stars has been moved to Providence Park, Tuesday at 6 PM. It’ll be carried live on an ESPN channel, but tickets are just ten dollars, and it might be a cool thing to turn out and make the players feel at home. By the way, the Portland Thorns play the Seattle Reign in the other semi-final match tomorrow noon at Providence Park.

The Portland Timbers are at the Houston Dynamo at 5 PM Saturday.

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Now for something good/new/intriguing…links here..

–“Atlantic City casino offering free hotel rooms to those fleeing Hurricane Florence”

–“Beluga whales adopt lost narwhal in St. Lawrence River”

–“Scientists discovered 3 new sea creatures in the ultra deep Pacific Ocean”

–“Wikipedia Leads Effort to Create a Digital Archive of 20 Million Artifacts Lost in the Brazilian Museum Fire”

–“Young Entrepreneur Created 30,000 Jobs and Revitalized Blighted Neighborhoods In Washington DC”

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The parking lot where I work was flooded yesterday afternoon. Sounds like a water main break, not rain. I’m filled with excitement about going in this morning. The wading is the hardest part.

And that wraps the DD for the last full week of summer! We’ll pop up over the weekend as always, in between family time and satisfying chores and other delights. There might be a bit of personal news next week. For now, it’s the weekend! I hope everybody has happy days!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Well, here we are together, sharing a cup of the Daily Drip on this Thursday, September 13, 2018. Though it was hit-and-miss, the heart of Portland was pelted with .82″ of rain late yesterday, a record for the date, causing flooded intersections and MAX delays. That was the wettest day since last April. Today looks showery and 65 to 70, and meteorologists can’t rule out thunderstorms, though not like yesterday. The snow level in the mountains is 6000 feet. Sunrise 6:46 AM, Sunset 7:25 PM.

Ever been through a hurricane? They can be sheer hell, I was warned during a year in Texas, where people know what it’s like. And that’s what the Carolina coast is in for. Florence looks raggedy on the map, now a cat 2 with 110 MPH winds, its distinct eye dissipating as it comes into shallower water and loses some fuel, but that doesn’t diminish the watery blow this storm will deliver. Tremendously wet, as the president advised. And the storm is massive–as big as North and South Carolina combined. Landfall late tonight or tomorrow morning. Oregon Air National Guardsmen are on their way to help.

Battleground schools are out for the 11th day of the teacher walkout. The school board voted last night to file an injunction to force them back to work, but teachers say they’ll defy it.

The story has gone around the world about the hiker who was mauled by a cougar on the Hunchback Mountain Trail near Mt. Hood. Today the ODFW will begin searching for the animal; yesterday was too wet, but crews used the time to staple closure signs at the trailheads–and to install surveillance cameras. Today ODFW will hit the trail with bloodhounds, and though the cougar involved could be many miles away by now, they say they will kill any cougar they find.

Signs have now gone up alongside the name of SW Stark in downtown Portland–with the new name, SW Harvey Milk St. The new name applies only to the downtown stretch, which angles between Burnside and the waterfront. It’s a multi-year phase-in, under the unanimous City Council vote back during Pride Week. GPS needs time to adapt, and so do people. When is the last time you called Naito Parkway “Front Avenue?”

Want a free helmet? Five hundred of them will be given out today by Skip, Lime, and Bird–the outfits that are blessing us all with those electric scooters you see skipping and birding about. Helmets are required, but not always worn, and today’s giveaway, from 10:30 to 1:00 at the corner of SW Broadway and Oak–is a gesture in the direction of legality. It’s part of a PBOT Electric Scooter Safety Event.

Today is the day the Burgerville button ban begins. Starting right now, Burgerville employees are not allowed to wear buttons expressing their personal beliefs. This is after 10 employees were sent home from the 82nd and Glisan Burgerville for wearing buttons that said, ‘Abolish ICE,’ ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and ‘No One Is Illegal.’

Here comes the New York Times again, finding something new and loveable about Portland to show the readers back east. This time it’s the story of a wealthy young showbiz-related couple who decided to trade their LA lifestyle for the awakened Northwest. They bought a 111-year old Craftsman home on Mt. Tabor for just under a million, then spent another half mil gutting the interior and inserting modernistic cubes, skylights, open spaces, and a “light well.” They sound like nice enough people, but they’re getting some mocking on social media.

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From this morning’s New York Times: “The U.S. is holding a record 12,800 migrant children in detention, a fivefold increase from May 2017, data obtained by The Times show.”

Apple has unveiled its latest: the $1,100 iPhone XS Max, with the biggest screen so far, a longer battery life, and proudly boasts that it can survive being dropped into water… or beer. On sale September 21.

Tina Fey’s first appearance as Sarah Palin was ten years ago tonight on SNL.

The Seattle Storm won the WNBA championship last night.

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From our Department of Something Good!

–“Caterer turns officiant after wedding official breaks leg”

–“HMS Queen Elizabeth sailors praised by Florida Uber driver for fixing her car”

–“Supermom stops running during a 106-mile race to breastfeed her son”

–“Toronto couple’s wedding vows included gift of new life to refugee family”

–“Cheese Actually Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Provides a Lot of Health Benefits”

Lynx here!

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It’s a chilly 49 this morning. Winter’s coming. A woman up the street has packed two cords of wood in the shed. A guy across the way was chain-sawing wood for three hours yesterday. Amazon is advertising seven-foot Christmas trees, only 115 bucks, and just ten days from harvest. Fresh!

Heading in now. Your turn!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hiya! It’s the Daily Drip, brewed up by your local morning radio daddio to help wake you up on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Today, like yesterday, we’ll see showers bouncing through the sunbreaks with highs in the 60’s, with instability in the air and thunder in the breeze, so I need to tell you–perhaps jinxing it, so it won’t happen–that conditions are somewhat favorable for development of a small funnel cloud or two. The weekend looks wet, particularly on Saturday. Sunrise 6:45 AM, Sunset 7:27 PM.

Authorities believe they know what killed hiker Diana Bober in the Mt. Hood National Forest: an attack by a cougar. That’s what the wounds point to, and DNA evidence will confirm the species. Diana was taking on the challenging Hunchback Trail in the Salmon-Huckleberry wilderness–she was just two miles from the trailhead–when she was killed. Wildlife officials say they need to find this cougar; it is habituated people now. So that trail has been closed, and the word’s going out to people who live or recreate up there of the cougar’s existence. This is the first recorded killing of a person by a cougar in the wild in Oregon, but cougars are hardly rare. ODFW estimates the state has a cougar population of 16,000.

This is the real deal. As Hurricane Florence buzz-saws toward the Carolina coastline, more than five million people are under hurricane watches or warnings. Storm warnings for tropical winds, mighty surf, and relentless rainfall are posted from Florida clear up to Maine. The latest advisory (as of 0400 PDT) has Florence slowing down overnight, packing 130 MPH winds 600 miles out from Cape Fear, and now likely won’t make landfall until Friday night. The Weather Channel is in 24-hour coverage, and FEMA is in position to do what it does.

(Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley turned up on Rachel Maddow’s program last night to shine the national news light on documents showing that the Trump administration transferred almost $10 million this summer out of the budget for FEMA’s response and recovery budget…and into the budget for ICE, for detention of undocumented families in what he calls “internment camps”).

Over in the Pacific, Olivia has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but will deliver damaging winds and torrential rains to the entirety of the Hawaiian Islands through tomorrow.

Better reel ’em in…The Oregonian’s great outdoor writer Bill Monroereports that Oregon and Washington fish managers are shutting down all recreational and non-tribal commercial fishing in the Columbia River from Buoy 10 at the river’s mouth clear up to Pasco after today. The emergency action is due to low salmon and steelhead counts at Bonneville Dam.

Hoping to rekindle the flame for a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia–five years after the Washington Senate jilted Oregon at the altar–the Port of Vancouver Commission has declared its support for getting this obvious thing done, already, just as Vancouver’s City Council did last month. Oregon leaders are understandably cool, having been abandoned at great expense before, but they’ll come around–if their Washington counterparts show some affection for light rail.

A curious twist in the story of the Portland woman–a self-published romance novelist–accused of killing her chef husband: it turns out that years ago, Nancy Crampton Brophy wrote a piece titled “How To Murder Your Husband.”

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On day 600 of the Trump administration, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that the US deficit ballooned 222 billion dollars in the last year, and will close in on $1 trillion by the end of this fiscal year, a year earlier than projected. Analysts attribute it to tax cuts and increased spending, which grew 7% while revenue went up by 1%.

Apple will lift the veil on its newest products at an event that begins today at 10 AM Pacific. It’ll be carried live on Twitter, in case you want to follow along on your obsolete iPhone X.

Westside MAX opened 20 years ago today. MAX is a land-use tool to concentrate development in transit-handy precincts and prevent sprawl. Which is why you go bombing along on the fast rural roads that zip through Washington County, and suddenly run into five roundabouts in a row directing you to densely-packed brand new neighborhoods that arise amid the berry fields. Anyway, Westside MAX, happy 20th!

The Pendleton Round-Up begins today. What does it say about Portland that you have to drive 200 miles east…to find the Wild West?

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Here’s a little news-dessert we started, where the headline alone is enough to lighten the load. But sometimes, the full story is called for, so the young iHeart web department wizards–creative Ravenclaws all, but kind as Gryffindors–did us Muggles a kindness by creating and maintaining the link farm, here.

–“Bald Eagle Lands on 9-11 Flag Memorial in Minnesota”

–“U-Haul offering 30 days of free storage for those in path of Hurricane Florence”

–“Portland Police Are Helping Homeless People Get IDs So They Can Access Services And Apply For Housing”

–“‘Ground-breaking’ diabetes insulin drug developed in UK”

–“Pilot Orders Pizza For Passengers Diverted by Storm”

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Well…hello there! The good old Daily Drip has popped up in your news feed on September 11, yes, a Tuesday, and Portland’s weather sure has that early-fall feeling; we’ll get scattered showers and possible thunderstorms, with highs of 68. Sunrise 6:44 AM, Sunset 7:29 PM, our first pre-7:30 sunset since before Easter.

News items: Longview schools begin their fall term today, following the settlement of their teacher strike. Battle Ground schools remain closed, as bargaining shifts today to Olympia. There’s a lot of bitterness there, and it was on display at the school board. (Katie Gillespie of The Columbia. tweeted, “There’s a metric butt load of teachers showing up to tonight’s Battle Ground Public Schools meeting).

Perhaps we’ll learn eventually what happened to Diana Bober of Gresham; a body that was likely hers was found by searchers yesterday afternoon in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

There are dangerous rogue waves at the Oregon Coast; one tragically swept away a couple from Lake Oswego, in view of their 10-year old daughter, as they hiked a trail near Otter Crest. They had recently come to America from China.

The East Coast is in for a major pummeling from Hurricane Florence, which is projected to make landfall anywhere from South Carolina to Virginia on Thursday or Thursday night. People in coastal areas are fleeing inland. Latest readings have the storm under a thousand miles off Cape Fear, barreling northwest at 140 MPH, a fierce Category 4 level. Destructive winds and a life-threatening storm surge are likely, followed by days of drenching rain once it comes ashore. Florence is being tailed in the Atlantic by two other storms, Helene and Isaac. And the smaller Pacific Hurricane Olivia is tracking toward Hawaii, potentially delivering rain and wind starting this weekend.

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On a Tuesday, just like today, the events we call “9/11” pierced our hearts. It was 17 years ago, which means that for almost anyone in school now, this all happened before they were born. They didn’t live through it, didn’t experience how stunned and agape we were on that morning, eyewitnesses to, please, God, the worst cataclysm of our lifetimes. Pearl Harbor was far more recent for elementary-age Baby Boomers than 9/11 is for today’s young students. What we can do for them is what our parents tried to do: teach your children, and create for them a safer and more peaceful world.

This morning at 11, the Portland Firefighters Association hosts a 9/11 memorial on the Eastbank Esplanade, near Fire Station 11, honoring the 343 firefighters who were killed on September 11, and reminding us that, to date, 36 Portland firefighters have lost their lives in the line of duty. Moreover, 37 Portland firefighters have died of service-related illnesses–including cancers, which the PFA says occurs in firefighters at a greatly elevated rate.

Hundreds of veterans, many from post-9/11 wars, who’ve fallen on hard times are getting help today at the 2018 Veterans Stand Down, with everything from employment opportunities to medical care, pet services, housing, even haircuts. A special focus this year is on women veterans. It’s from 9 AM to 2 PM at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Say, a bit of media news! Let’s give a Portland welcome to a husband/wife package coming soon to KGW from Dallas: anchorman Dan Haggerty- no, not Grizzly Adams–who will fill The Ocho’s vacant anchor chair (Miss you, Joe!). Plus! Dan’s wife Cristin Severance, cool name for a consumer/investigative reporter; they’ve been similarly teamed at the CBS-owned station in Dallas. They’re not the first married duo to waltz into or out of the oaken doors of 1501 SW Jefferson. KGW’s been able to make that work. But moving from Dallas to Portland will be a major culture shock for this pair, to which they will adjust if they are to succeed. Plus they have two-year-old twin boys. They know about changing.

It’s prime time for the swirling swifts, flittering into the chimney at Chapman School, as they rest during their fall migration since so many old-growth trees are gone. By the way, a hawk was spotted stalking them the other night. They prefer small mammals, but they won’t turn up their beaks at a tasty snack of small bird. So that could add some drama to the sight-seeing at Chapman!

Florence and the Machine–the band, not the hurricane–play the Moda Center tonight.

Tweet from a local fire department: “Canby Fire lost an ax off our Fire Engine (as) we were going on an emergency call on New Era rd. We think it came off on 99E if you picked it up please return it to Canby Fire Main Station, Thank you.”

Timbers news: owner Merritt Paulson is telling people he wants to have natural grass in Providence Park by 2020.

Look what’s brought home an Emmy: the Netflix documentary about Rajneeshpuram, “Wild Wild Country.” That was compelling viewing–especially for the archive footage of Tracy Barry and Jeff Gianola as teenagers, practically.

Spotted in Ashland this week, taking in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Jane Fonda. (hat tip to Kristi Turnquist of The Oregonian/Oregon Live).

There are now Pumpkin Spice Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. They’re grrrrr….I can’t say it.

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We need to hear the news. Including the good stuff!

–“92-year-old woman orders food straight from delivery guy, he obliges and helps her out”

–“California musician–set to release album titled ‘Mind of a Hero’– Jumps in Front of Woman to Prevent Starbucks Stabbing”

–“Teen praised for rescuing crying 7-year old boy on wrong school bus”

–“Homecoming Queen also nails game-winning extra point”

–“Coral reef defies expectations and regenerates after fish farming damage”

Links here!

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Oh look at the time! My puppy requisitioned my breakfast smoothie while I was writing this morning, and now I’m running late. I’ll clean up typos later. Lots of things to keep track of in the news today; lots of reasons to be kind to puppies and people and other living things. Let’s hang out on the radio, 5-9AM, on K103, OK?