Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Good morning to you! Here’s your own personal news update on this Tuesday, June 19, 2017. Portland’s weather is balmy and warm, for the second-to-last day of Spring, with highs near 90 degrees. PDX made 83 yesterday. Sunrise 5:21 AM sunset 9:02 PM. It’s one of those rare days of the year when sunrise and sunset are at the same time as the previous day; that happens when we’re near the Solstice and the pendulum is pausing.

News..a lot to sort out….a lot to endure, and react to, and take a stand on..

Some hard news has fallen on 14,000 young Oregonians with intellectual disabilities and their families, as Special Olympics has canceled the 2018 State Games competition. Instead, they’ll spend their limited resources on year-round local activities and training. Also canceled: the Bite of Oregon, a benefit for Special Olympics.

And now to the border. As more and more families are being separated, comments are rolling in from all sides mostly condemning the Trump policy of making an example by prosecuting (for a misdemeanor) every single soul who sets an undocumented foot in the US after trudging on roads or riding a rickety packed bus from El Salvador and Guatemala to America. Asylum in the US is the only hope they see of escaping the horrors of home, the gun violence and gangs (like MS-13, which originated in LA in the 80s, and was spread in Central America by members who were deported). But when grownups are jailed, their kids can’t go with them, and so our present government policy is to funnel these thousands of children into fenced pens at an old Walmart, where they are fed and shown TV and wonder if they’ll ever see their Mom or Dad again. From John McCain: the policy is “an affront to the decency of the American people.” From Ron Wyden: “Trump’s grotesque trampling on human rights must have zero place in America and in Oregon.” From Ted Cruz: “All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers.” From Dan Rather: “Let’s be clear – tearing children away from their parents is but a logical extension of this administration’s immigration policy – a policy already steeped in cruelty and fueled by racism and demagoguery.” Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker canceled the deployment of his state’s National Guard troops to the border in protest. But Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says there will be no apologies, and: “It is important to note that these minors are very well taken care of — don’t believe the press.”

Here in Portland, protestors continue a 24-hour vigil outside ICE headquarters at 4310 SW Macadam. A lot of that is connected to our own version of the events on the border, as over a hundred asylum-seeking men are held at the federal prison in Sheridan, southwest of Portland. Another vigil is happening outside that facility, while an extensive legal network has sprung up on behalf of the detainees with volunteer lawyers saying they’ve been denied access to legal counsel.

Dow futures are down hundreds of points, as investors around the world are rattled by the latest layers of threatened tariffs emanating from the White House.

Something completely new to look at? President Trump yesterday ordered the Defense Department to create an entirely new branch of the military called the Space Force, on par with the Army and the Navy and the Air Force, with the mission of “reclaiming America’s heritage as the world’s greatest spacefaring nation.”

In the College World Series: a do-or-die game that was delayed by lightning and rain for 4 and a half hours ended with the Oregon State Beavers pounding the Washington Huskies 14-5.

The state means biz when it says no booze on the beach at the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area–they’ve cranked out 140 citations and warnings since the ban took effect in May.

On today’s birthday roster…Ann Wilson of Heart, Salman Rushdie, Lou Gehrig, Kathleen Turner, Guy Lombardo, and Moe from the Three Stooges–who was born in 1897.

Happy birthday to the Federal Communications Commission, keeping us safe from interference on our assigned radio frequencies, and also from skin and dirty words, since 1934.

The BBC reports that women today speak at a deeper pitch than women of past generations — because their more prominent role in society has led them to adopt tones that project authority and dominance.

The ever-popular “Les Miserables” opens at a near-sellout Keller tonight. The winsome little urchin in the ads is a detail from Emile Bayard’s “Portrait of Cosette,” printed in the original 1862 edition of the novel by Victor Hugo. Cosette is a street kid, fending emotionally for herself after she was ripped from the arms of her mother, who’d been arrested for some crime.

Sounds familiar.

So, that’s the news, and may I just say, Argh? Tell me something non-arghworthy!

–“Kind Texas Cop Buys Food For Man Whose Groceries Were Stolen When He Fainted Outside Store.”

–“Indiana state trooper lauded as ‘hero’ for pulling over ‘slowpoke’ left-lane driver.” Hero?

–“In California, more and more companies want to recruit autistic employees.”

–“Europe’s oldest tree is still growing.” (It’s in Italy, and was planted in the year 788).

–“Man makes girlfriend’s dream come true by proposing to her in a Trader Joe’s.”

–“Radio Daddio finds a vacationing neighbor’s escaped cat.” I’m practicing my I’m-not-a-hero speech for media interviews.

Away we go into a workday! We’ll be seeing you on 103.3 from 5 to 9, and right here all day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Well, here we are, opening our eyes to a Monday, June 18, 2018, with a hot summer sun, a risk of an afternoon thunderstorm, and highs of 85 to 90. Perched as we are halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, we’re four days from the Summer Solstice and we are now practically at our solar extreme, with sunrise 5:21 AM, and sunset 9:02 PM. Today we’ll have almost an hour more sun than Los Angeles.

That was a frisky little stormy whip-round we experienced late in the afternoon on Fathers Day, just as the goodies were coming off the grill and the second round of IPA’s were being popped! We scurried inside from our family BBQ in West Linn, while one town over, in Lake Oswego, a family ran for cover and watched through the window as a tree crashed down the grill. The storm came through at about the same time as two simultaneous wrecks in each direction of I-5 at SW Corbett. And it left thousands of people without power.  PGE’s website still lists around 2,000 in the dark, as of 3 AM.

Everybody’s thinking about this…the situation on the border…asylum-seekers escaping the violence of Central America, being criminally prosecuted by US authorities and marched off to jail, their screaming kids pried from their arms…how can this be OK with anybody? It’s certainly not all right with former first lady Laura Bush, who penned an op-ed in the Washington Post calling the Trump policy “cruel and immoral,” while even Melania Trump tweets that she “hates to see children separated from their families” and needs a country that “governs with heart.”  The heat is on the White House, from both sides of the divide, to fix this.
Serious digging by The Oregonian reveals that the state’s new law empowering judges to impound guns from people who are obviously about to shoot someone has been used almost 30 times since it took effect at the first of the year. That includes a military vet who threatened to shoot people at his Beaverton church…a man who boasted about planning a school shooting…and a guy who’d just been fired, whose sister prevented him from going back and killing his boss.

A husband and wife in their late 60s who have spent the last 17 years circumnavigating the globe in a sailboat they bought to celebrate their retirement were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat flipped 180 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor, Washington. They were on the last leg of their 70,000-mile journey when their craft sank.

So how is your relationship with the Willamette River? Chummy enough to jump in and swim the quarter-mile across and back? That’s what Mayor Ted Wheeler and a bunch of other people are doing this morning at seven, to help the Human Access Project begin another year of showing Portlanders the river is much cleaner than we think. Hang on, let’s check online water sample results…OK! At Riverplace, the latest weekly reading is that there were 10 E. Coli organisms per 100 ml. The previous week there was 1. But the state standard is 406. So, hop in! You first.
Lots of cougar sightings around town. Including some false alarms. One particularly beefy feline seen stalking a Battleground neighborhood turned out to be a house cat named Ranger.
Garfield the comic cat turns 40 tomorrow.
NPR religion correspondent Tom Gjelton just turned 70, and yesterday began a 3600-mile cross-country bike ride from the Oregon Coast to Massachusetts.
It’s Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday. The most commercially successful composer in history was born this day in 1942. He’s still cranking. New album coming out soon maybe? And he’ll be doing Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon…
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space on this date in 1983 when she and four other astronauts safely blasted off–on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

The Oregon State Beavers play for their lives against Washington in the College World Series at 11 AM today. They collapsed against North Carolina in Omaha’s brutal heat and humidity on Saturday.
World Cup underway! Sweden and South Korea are getting set to play at 5 AM Pacific….Mexico shocked defending champion Germany, and overjoyed fans in Mexico City are believed to have triggered a small earthquake…
A “Roseanne” spinoff is in the works at ABC–minus the title character, but including everyone else, and centering on the Sara Gilbert character.
At least 600 people have summitted Mt. Everest this spring. But almost all of their garbage is still up there. Climbers give up a $4,000 waste deposit if they fail to come down with 18 pounds of trash. But most of them are high-rollers for whom 4K isn’t worth the hassle, I guess.
TMSG! Headlines, mostly, in contrast to the sad and outrageous things happening in the world…

–“In Toronto, Canada, Constable Niran Jeyanesan got called to a Walmart to arrest a shoplifter who attempted to steal clothes for a job interview. Niran paid for his clothes and the man got the job.”

–“Missing 3-year-old girl found in Missouri cornfield with dog by her side; Yorkie alerts searchers with a ‘weak bark.'”
–“Americans gave a record $410 billion to charity last year.”

–“Kenny Chesney Will Donate All Proceeds from His New Album to Virgin Island Relief Fund”

–“Firefighters save pregnant dog; become parents of 7 puppies”

–“A string quartet performed with instruments made from debris from March 2011 quake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan…ensemble of musicians from Japan and Austria part of Tsunami Violin Project, which aims at having 1,000 artists from around world play the instruments.”

It feels good to be rolling into work at 4 AM against a bright far-northern sky! Thank you to everyone for the good wishes, and for tolerating yet another absence of this usually-Daily Drip. Recovery from that minor little surgery continues to go fine. I’ll be able to see you on the radio–5 to 9 AM on 103.3–better than ever!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Well, good morning, starshine! It’s Monday, June 11, 2018. Portland’s weather meanders back to dryness today with a high of 70. It’s a chilly 49 on my deck. Does anyone have any dramatic weather pix from the weekend? Bunch of people got hail, there’s video of some cloud rotation in NE Vancouver, and I saw some scary ragged clouds hanging down over, like, Mollala. I just got my hair rinsed a few times. Felt good.

This deserves note: Today’s sunrise of 5:21 AM is the earliest of the year, and there it will hang for the next eleven days before beginning the slow march in the other direction. I don’t know why we don’t celebrate the earliest sunrise; other high-latitude civilizations do or did. There was a huge festival when we were in Reykjavik a couple of years ago at this time. OK, it turned out to have been Pride Weekend, but still. Sunset tonight is at 8:59 PM, four minutes shy of its latest, which we will attain on the Solstice a week from Thursday.

The ultimate test of President Trump’s claim of being a master deal-maker comes very soon in a face-to-face showdown with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. It begins at 3 PM Pacific in Singapore, where it will already be Tuesday.

A Fox News host apologized for calling it a “meeting between two dictators.”

Tired of the on-again, off-again tapwater alert for Salem, city officials there have decided to keep the water advisory in effect for the next two weeks. It pertains to vulnerable populations only, as the capital city’s leaders insist the water is perfectly safe for everyone else.

Fire demolished the Hillside Bible Church in Forest Grove over the weekend. They had a Sunday morning service anyway, gathered around the ruins.
The handsome ships of the Rose Festival fleet depart our fair city between 7 and 10 this morning, requiring the occasional hoist of the Burnside, Steel, and Broadway bridges.

While most students are still no doubt cheerfully and fully engaged in class, it’s the first day of vacation in the Portland Public Schools. Portland students will pay for their early exit by planting themselves back in class on Monday, August 27.

This is the day parking rates go up a few bucks a day at the long-term and economy lots at PDX. MAX is still two and a half bucks each way, no traffic, no parking fees. Total steal. I did it just the other day.

A steering committee today takes a good look at plans now being hatched for light rail in SW Portland, which will someday run from downtown via Barbur to Bridgeport. I only mention this bureaucratic stuff because every time a new MAX line opens, people complain they had no input. A draft environmental impact statement is Googably up for review, it’s full of specifics, and there’s no better time than now to articulate your view. The official public comment period begins Friday.

American network censors hit the bleep button for Robert De Niro but the crowd was on its feet at the Tonys last night, as he shook both fists and dropped an F bomb on President Trump. (He wasn’t, however, bleeped in Australia). “The Band’s Visit” swept the night with ten awards.

Portland Beer Week is underway. Beer Week is actually ten days, because this is Portland and that is beer.

Sure had some good strawberries this weekend!

This is the day in 1977 that Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown. Very rarely are such dreams justified.

Oregon State and Washington are both headed to the College world Series in lovely Omaha.

Ferris Buehler’s Day Off hit theaters on this day in 1986, and the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” was soon back on the charts. Folks who related to Ferris and his friends, back in that day, are now…Dad. Mom.

Tell me something GOOD!

–“Family’s pit bull alerts them to house fire, helps drag infant to safety”

–“College student shot by Taliban in 2016 graduates with honors”

–“Restaurant owner who says Anthony Bourdain changed their lives donates profits to suicide hotline”

–“Cardinals rookie using his NFL money to pay off his sister’s student loans”

Ooof…time to roll… today I have to cram a week of work into one day, because I’m having a minor and not even worth talking about outpatient surgical procedure tomorrow. So I’ll be out for the rest of the week, though through boredom or medication, I might start a morning thread, you never know!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Good morning and happy happy Friday to you! It’s June 8, 2018, and though Portland’s weather is taking a sharp downturn, we’ll be back in the sun before you know it. It’ll rain late today and tonight, turning to showers by morning with thunder rolling tomorrow afternoon, while snow levels in the Cascades will drop to an autumnal 4200 feet. Which’ll make for pretty miserable camping, and not just in the high country; people staking out curb space for the parade in the morning have a wet night ahead tonight. Sunrise 5:22 AM, sunset  8:57 PM.

We’re hoping for good news from Salem today, where yesterday’s water samples looked okay, and if they test clean for the second day in a row, they’ll lift the alert. Again.
A whole bunch of Portland area police agencies teamed up for an undercover sting and arrested a whole bunch of people, 37 in all, proving the Beatles were right when they sang, “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.”
Another privacy gaffe for Facebook, which admitted that friends-only posts for 14 million users were made public for a few days in May. Awkward!
President Trump arrives in Quebec this morning for the G-7 meetings with our closest allies, who are all seething over the tariffs imposed by the US. The POTUS take via Twitter this morning: “Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!” He skips tomorrow’s session on climate change to prep for next week’s showdown in Singapore with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un.
Scientists are excited that the building blocks of life–certain carbon molecules–have been discovered on Mars.
Hockey’s Stanley Cup was won by the Washington Capitals over the upstart Las Vegas Knights. DC hasn’t won a title in anything since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in ’92.
The Warriors will play the Cavs tonight in Game 4 of the NBA finals, and I hope Golden State finishes the job, just because of the burn that LeBron James laid on our town the other night. The clip is all over social media. James is talking about what a great basketball player the Warrior’s Kevin Durant is, which everybody knew he would be. “Everyone knew except Portland,” said James the other night. The Blazers had the first round pick but opted instead for a center with glass knees who washed out fast. “Sorry, Portland.” Ouch. Rub it in, why don’t you. Warriors in 4. Sorry, LeBron.
So much is going on this weekend…some requiring ponchos…some not…Barenaked Ladies (except for their ponchos) and KT Tunstall are at the Edgefield tonight, while Jethro Tull’s 50th-anniversary tour is at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend (poncho) tonight, and the Edgefield tomorrow night (still poncho). The Portland Opera presents Faust (no ponchos) at the Keller starting tonight. It’s sung in French, with English projected above the stage. Paul Reiser from “Mad About You” does standup at the Aladdin tonight, the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is at Oaks Park (poncho). It’s the weekend of the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest (ditto). Saturday is McIver Park’s 50th anniversary. Wear your tie-dye poncho. Vortex Lives. And I hear there’s a parade!(poncho).
Nice weekend for the movies. Opening tonight: the female-powered “Oceans 8″…and the Mr. Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

Happy birthday to Boz Scaggs…and Dilbert creator Scott Adams…

In one of the better PR stunts, Country Time Lemonade-like Product is paying for permits and fines for kids who are busted for running illegal lemonade stands.

— “23andMe kit led a Texas woman, abandoned at birth, to long-lost siblings in Pennsylvania”

–“Jersey Trooper Stops Retired Cop Who Delivered Him 27 Years Ago”

–“NJ teacher leaves $1 million to school district in her will”

–“Syrian refugee launches luxury sneaker brand in France”
 –“Ikea bans all single use plastic from its stores and restaurants” (now about the packaging…)
Yes! Tomorrow is Grand Floral Parade Day. It could be the rainiest in years, but maybe not, and the floats and bands and all the bright colors will be as impressive and stirring as ever. This is the year there’s a canine Grand Marshal, so having a wet dog in charge will make it a truly Portland event. K103 loves being involved in the Rose Festival, because it’s vital to support local and active traditions, instead of passively consuming what comes off a satellite dish. Tomorrow morning Bruce Murdock and I will host the Queen Coronation, as we have for over a decade; we met the Court for a rehearsal yesterday, and were very impressed by these intelligent young scholarship recipients, one of whom will wear the same tiara that has graced Queens’ reigns since 1933. Then it’s parade time, and our assignment, joined by our partner Janine Wolf,  is to narrate things from the comfort of Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s a long morning, but doesn’t feel work to us; it’s the joy of being fully-involved Portlanders.
One quick programming note: I’ll duck out for most of next week for a minor outpatient procedure, and the likelihood of a DD from Tuesday to Friday is entirely dependent on how the meds are working. Might be interesting!
Somebody asked for another Dalai Lama quote:
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Here’s to making the most of this weekend in June!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ahoy there! It’s the Daily Drip, requesting permission to come aboard, on this Fleet Week Thursday, June 7, 2018. We get one more day of bright spring sun before rain comes storming in for the weekend. Highs go 75 today, 70 on Friday, then 62 on Saturday. Sunrise 5:22 AM, sunset 8:56 PM.

This year’s Grand Floral Parade may be one of the rainiest ever. Allow me to say it’s OK to bring an umbrella if you have room to raise it. But ponchos keep you just as dry, and don’t poke your neighbors’ eye out. NWS says people from the coast to the valley to the Cascades need to be aware of possible thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, though it may be too cool.

Salem, we’re sorry you have to go through this again. Just four days after the last water alert was lifted, the cyanotoxin count bounced back up, so the alert is on once more that medically vulnerable people need to be back on bottled water. They ran out at the Fairgrounds last night, but I’m sure they’re replenished. The Oregon National Guard is back at it, and huge trucks marked “emergency water” were seen rolling down I-5. Hotter weather will worsen the algae; Salem is looking into upgrading filters.

A father from Colorado drowned at the Oregon Coast trying to save his 17-year old son, who was knocked into the waves while boarding off Rockaway Beach. The son has not been found.

Our best wishes go out to Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who revealed that he was diagnosed with a small cancerous brain tumor. It was caught early, and he says he’ll battle it like the helicopter pilot he was in Vietnam. Richardson is the highest-ranking Republican in the state, and is next in the line of succession for Governor. He put up a Facebook live video, and I have to say he had trouble communicating.

People on both sides are applauding the Trump commutation of a life-without-parole sentence for a woman who’s been in prison since the ’90’s for a nonviolent drug crime. Thousands of others are similarly languishing, but don’t have a Kim Kardashian lobbying in the Oval Office for their release.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is calling for congressional hearings into what he calls Trump’s “horrific child-snatching policy” at the Mexican border.

Somebody spray-painted graffiti in one of the Ape Cave lava tubes at Mt. St. Helens.

Breaker breaker, good buddy, we could have us a self-driving convoy right here in Portland. Daimler is opening a research facility on Swan Island specifically to develop automated commercial vehicle technology, with the goal, as a company PR release says, to “make roads safer and help trucking companies boost productivity. At least a robot behind the wheel won’t get distracted by its water bottle and wipe out 24 guardrail posts, as a meat truck driver did on 217 the other day.

The country music soap opera “Nashville” comes to an end tonight on CMT.

The Golden State Warriors are a game away from sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals.

A young woman in the upper deck at a Padres game caught a foul ball right plop in her beer. The crowd roared as they watched her on the big screen chug the brew with the ball still in it.

Pick up the current Willamette Week for the dirty lowdown by Nigel Jaquiss on how the Portland area, where this used to be the state religion, has forgotten how to recycle. Almost 10 percent of what we put in the blue carts absolutely should go straight to the trash. That includes–eww–tons and tons of diapers. But other stuff that’s less obvious, and we need to get it right.

Here’s why we have to keep our garbage out of the environment. A whale washed ashore and died on a beach in Thailand. It had 17 pounds of plastic bags in its belly.

Prince would have turned 60 today. Damn opioids.

Tell me some good stuff!

–“Queen Elizabeth loves to dance along to ABBA’s Dancing Queen”

–“Waitress and grandma of 7 children receives 3000$ as a tip for smiling and hard work”

–“India will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022”

–“5 years after struggling to get permission signed by absentee dad, woman graduates from U.S. Naval Academy”

I shouldn’t tell this story. Recently we added a Daily Drip Minute every morning at 6:20 on K103. It wasn’t my idea, but I’ve come to realize it’s a really good one. Every day, I pull something out of the Drip or the comments, and run with it on the air. This does involve 5 minutes’ prep, but it’s turned out to be topical, colorful, and hyper-local, which I love. Now, this week I’m covering KEX’s drivetime newscasts simultaneously with my role on K103, so I’m enjoyably swamped all morning. Yesterday at 6:20 Bruce pops on the air and says, “Now it’s time for…” and then it dawned to my shock that I hadn’t prepared for…” John Erickson’s Daily Drip!” What do you do? Who DO you do? I danced and faked it and riffed on D-Day and RFK and I dunno what else, then slunk off the set like that scene in Charlie Brown’s Christmas where Snoopy is caught dancing after the music stops. Radio people, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I have a new radio nightmare!

I’m looking forward to hearing what Jack Bogdanski, and anyone else who attended, thought of Tony Bennett’s concert at the Schnitz last night. I’m already getting messages saying it was spectacular.

Oh…I owe the Dalai Lama one (with everything, I know, fine old joke)….yesterday was not his birthday. It’s July 6. An internet source I recently switched to (because the other one had nothing but YouTube stars I’ve never heard of) was off by a month, and therefore so was I. So. I’ll make it up by calling Dial-a-lama for another quote:

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

It’s the dark of the moon on the sixth of June….well, actually, it’s a half moon, on this Wednesday, promising sunny skies, highs of 75, with a solar ETA of 5:23 and ETD of 8:56. Sunny tomorrow, too, but the weekend brings an unseasonably cool and wet disturbance, and all the petals and blooms will be freshly rinsed for the Grand Floral Parade. Do floats float? (The parade will be fine. Matt Zaffino on KGW says there might be a break between the ran and the showers, but either way, we’re Oregonians. We handle rain like a boss. Like buying tickets to watch the parade from the comfort of the Coliseum).

America and its allies stormed the beaches of Normandy on this day in 1944, a hallowed date in history, when wise and cooperative leadership, unbreakable alliances, and individual courage, all supported by a unified nation, overpowered the forces of evil incarnate.

Portland takes on a crisp, squared-away naval town look today, as the fleet begins arriving for Rose Festival’s big weekend. I count eight vessels inbound, down one from a year ago, since the USS Independence canceled for Mar-a-lago duty. Kidding! As always during fleet arrival, bridge lifts will be an issue, as will a welcoming delegation from Mary’s or someplace, but you know how to navigate around that. And it’s Junior Parade Day, part of the end-of-school ritual in these parts, and great fun for thousands of kidlets.

Bullets flew but nobody was hit, that we know of, during a shootout between people in a dark sedan and a small SUV. They exchanged gunfire in two Southeast neighborhoods separated by two miles, beginning near Mt. Tabor and winding up on Cesar Chavez, a few blocks off Holgate. Who, why? Dunno.

The family of Quanice Hayes is suing the City of Portland. He was the African-American teen who was shot and killed by police last year, and a fake gun was found nearby. The family lawyer says the 17-year old was trying to obey police commands, but that the officers’ own grand jury testimony indicated contradictory orders were coming from different cops, and that Hayes death resulted from both excessive force and inadequate training. No comment from the city.

The father and son fishermen who got lost near Breitenbush are home safe.

At long last, traffic signals will be put in this year at the ramp from the Sunset eastbound to Cedar Hills Blvd, which locals refer to as the Left Turn of Death. Washington County has an open house on this decades-delayed project tonight at Cedar Park Middle School.

Latest slap between allies: Mexico imposes a 20 percent tariff on Washington State apples. How do you like them trade wars?

The U.N. human rights office is demanding the Trump regime “immediately halt” its policy of separating kids from their parents after crossing U.S. border with Mexico. Border agents, meantime, say they are running out of room to house the (hopefully temporarily orphaned) children. NPR says they have over 10,000 of them.

The Washington Post reports that the White House may grant a presidential pardon to eastern Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, whose second imprisonment on arson charges inspired the Bundys’ armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. By the way, if that topic interests you, you must hear the Bundyville podcast from OPB.

If you’ve been to the British Museum in London, you’ve marveled at the cultural and archeological treasures from around the world and across the millenia…and then perhaps you’ve wondered why they’re not in their home countries and cultures. Now, a collection of artifacts from Oregon tribes that have languished in storage at the British Museum for over a century have been returned, and are on display at the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde. It’s part of an effort by tribes around the new world to reclaim their heritage.

The newest Pacific Northwest property taxpayer is one Oprah Winfrey, who’s closed on a home on Orcas Island. Forty acres, 10,000 square feet, 8.3 million bucks…the place is beyond gorgeous. The listing photos look like a Thomas Kinkade painting. (Her place in Montecito was a muddy mess this past winter. Wonder if she’s bailing to head north).

Lava from Kilauea has destroyed hundreds more homes, and has now filled an entire bay, creating a new peninsula on the Big Island. And more people are fleeing Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire.

This is the day fifty years ago that RFK died of the bullets he took the night before in Los Angeles. But his words are alive, including these, which he spoke to a devastated crowd in Indianapolis, moments after he announced the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

“What we need in the US is not division; what we need in the US is not hatred; what we need in the US is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

Happy Birthday to the Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader, and eminently quotable fountain of wisdom. A few: “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” “The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” Brilliant! He should record those, and put them on a 1-800 number. Dial-a-Lama!

Florida State beat the Washington Huskies to win the college softball national title.

NBA Finals Game 3 tonight at 6. Members of both teams say they will skip any White House event.

I admit that I, too, am shaky on the lyrics to “God Bless America.”

Let’s hear from the Dripsters assigned to cover the James Taylor concert last night! Did thee people get showered?

Tony Bennett is at the Schnitz tonight. No spoilers! Well OK if you insist. My research of local reviews and setlists indicates that he puts on a hell of a show, even at 91, for cryin’ out loud, and: He might sing a song about a city in California.

(Tony Bennett seems like a great guy. Painter and sketch artist. Craig and I had him on K103 by phone one morning to plug his stuff. I answered, and this husky voice goes, Yo! John! It’s Tony Benedetto!).

Something good?

–“Boy, 11, prevents 3-year-old girl from drowning in ‘miracle’ rescue

–“India policewoman praised for breastfeeding abandoned baby newborn and possibly saving his life

–“Star Trek actor donates his earnings from Trek conventions to Doctors without Borders

–“High school students surprise ‘lunch lady’ with car

–“Bill Gates is giving Factfulness to everyone who’s getting a degree from a U.S. college or university this spring. (It’s a book that Gates says is packed with advice about how to see the world clearly.

Oh! One more Dalai Lama quote before I go: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Time to buzz into the radio world. Dripsters, take the wheel!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Hello, world! It’s Monday, June 4, 2018, and Portland-town is looking cool, this morning, with the sun ascending at 5:23 into a partly cloudy sky amid a very slight risk of showers. After fifteen and a half hours in the heavens above us, the sun sets at 8:54 PM, and by then, we will have seen a high near 70.

With thousands of families enjoying Rose Festival events just a few blocks away, blood was spilled, rocks were chucked, and pepper spray filled the air as Portland police dealt with “multiple fights” between the same hot-headed “Patriot Prayer” and “Antifa” (for anti-fascist) elements who clashed notoriously a year ago, around the time of the white supremacist murders on the MAX train. This time, four people were arrested.

A firefighter from Bend was killed off-duty when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a bear on US 26 in Warm Springs.

Whatever it was that happened to little Kyron Horman–and we don’t know, but everyone has their suspicions–happened on this date in 2010, when he was a 7-year old second grader at Skyline School. If somehow he is still with us, Kyron would be 15, looking forward to getting his license in September.

We can finally report that Jesuit High student Yelena Gangelhoff has been found and returned home, after disappearing last Wednesday. Beaverton police tracked her down using social media to a location in Portland, where she was in the company of a 28-year old man. He’s been jailed on multiple charges.

Five hundred and one days into the Trump term, we learn that the president’s lawyers argued in a secret memo to special counsel Robert Mueller in January that Trump could not have obstructed the FBI’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election because, as president, he possesses complete control over federal investigations. The lawyers added that “Having him testify demeans the Office of the President before the world.”

Many women with early-stage breast cancer who would currently receive chemotherapy don’t really need it, according to a new study. That could quickly change medical treatment for 60,000 women.

I’m hoping that nobody wings the messenger, here, but there’s a better-than-even chance that it will rain on the Grand Floral Parade Saturday morning. Tickets are still available for seating in the Coliseum if you prefer an unsoggy experience.

Speaking of Rose Festival…the week plays out like this: The Fred Meyer Junior Parade is on Wednesday. The Fleet arrives Wednesday and Thursday. Cityfair is open Friday through Sunday. We crown the new Queen starting at 8:30 on Saturday morning in Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and roll the floats, bands, horses, and scoop-wagons through the big, wide streets of Portland in the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade starting at 10:00. In between, there are lots of fun Rose Festival activities, and their website has all the details you need.

Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for the Starlight Parade! It was fun studying the reactions of the mostly delighted faces in the crowd to K103’s Santa Claus float, with Christmas music playing, and Bruce exhorting the throng to vote for “naughty” or “nice” (it was always a tie. Humans that we are, most people voted twice!).

Yesterday was the second anniversary of the oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, where sixteen black tanker cars of a 96-car train pulled by orange UP engines and hauling Bakken crude skipped the tracks apparently the brakes suddenly locked, and spilled 42,000 gallons, some burning up, some seeping into the Columbia River.

Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers bring their “Summer of Living Dangerously” tour to the Moda Center tonight. It’s the Dan’s first tour since the death of Walter Becker, and his surviving partner says he’d rather call it “Donald Fagen and the Steely Dan Band,” but was overruled for commercial reasons. As for the Doobies, this incarnation includes two original members–Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, plus longtimer John McFee, who’s done a ton of nice stuff including playing pedal steel guitar on Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey.” Both bands save some of their biggest hits for the encore…the Doobs do “Listen to the Music” last, and Steely Dan wind up with “Reelin’ In The Years.” Sounds sweet to me!

It’s Angelina Jolie’s 43rd birthday.

How about some headlines, to settle the jangled nerves that the news gives us…

–“Toddler, 3, makes life-saving 911 call after mother collapses”

–“Endangered mountain gorilla population recovers to over 1,000”

–“Rice grown by Chinese scientists using seawater in Dubai’s deserts – Successful harvest of salt-resistant strain raise hopes that one day large swathes of the desert could be turned into paddy fields”

–“Rapper buys good Samaritan a new car after the man saved him from a car wreck”

–“Lamb named Lucky rescued after four days trapped on cliff”

–“Scientist proves dogs actually love us”

Whoops–no time to proofread–I’m doing double duty on K103 and KEX today. My job is the most fun..when it’s the most challenging. So tune in 103.3 or 1190AM, and either way, have a good news day!