Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Greetings and good morning to you! It’s Tuesday, April 3, 2018, another cold spring morning with wakeup temperatures in the 30’s and patches of frost on the ground. Portland warms up to 52 today. For Washington Spring Breakers, the snow level is roughly 2000 feet, which should be above the Coast Range passes, but beware of ice just the same. Coastal weather is cool with a slight rain possibility and highs of 50. Sunrise 6:46 AM, sunset 7:41 PM.

The search for the missing Hart children is now including the family’s route from the Portland area to the Mendocino coast, just in case they got out along the way.

A little Spring Break misadventure for a couple of citizens who went for a drive in the Cascades above Detroit, and their car broke down in two feet of snow. Luckily the Marion County Jeep Patrol Team helped them out.

Security folks will have their eyes wide open today after fliers were circulated in some Portland schools declaring today “Punish a Muslim Day.” This garbage apparently originated in the UK, and while one hopes there is no direct Portland connection, PPS says it is “restating its commitment to student safety” by alerting Portland Police and district security personnel.

Quite a flap in the local TV news world, where the anchor people at stations owned by the Sinclair broadcast group–including Portland’s KATU–have been required to read verbatim a Trumpish script claiming an epidemic of “fake news” and asserting that media are pushing “their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think.'” I know most of the KATU anchors; they are people of fairness and integrity, and they and the local staffs they work with produce an honest product, no matter what’s raining down from corporate. They’ve been put in a difficult position. Stay strong, friends.

We’re a little poorer, on paper, following yesterday’s latest stock market swan dive. Stocks are down 4% since the start of the year, the first quarterly decline since 2015. This morning’s New York Times headline is “Trump Bump Becomes Trump Slump.”

The EPA will announce today that it’s doing away with the Obama vehicle emission standards aimed at easing climate change, and seeking to revoke California’s ability to set its own standards.

Portland’s Stumptown Coffee got some unwelcome Los Angeles TV news coverage when one of its trucks in Southern California was stolen, and the driver led cops on a slow-speed chase through a shopping center and onto I-5, where he was arrested at gunpoint. The company responded by tweeting, “Just another Manic Monday” and “Should have switched to decaf.”

Portland-based Boyd’s Coffee is shutting down after 118 years in business.

Oregon cannabis shops, which fell on their face during a sales-to-minors sting last year, have rebounded to score a 100% compliance rate in the most recent OLCC checkup. Doesn’t hurt that the OLCC ratcheted up the sanctions to a 30-day suspension for a first offense. Good. Tough.

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I have been to the mountaintop” address to a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis. His speech included an ominous reference to having received threats, and then these foreshadowing words: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now….I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” Less than 24 hours later, at the age of just 39, King was assassinated.

Forty years ago today–at the 50th Academy Awards–“Annie Hall” won Best Picture.

The Portland Winterhawks lost 5-2 to Spokane last night, so Game Seven of playoff round one is tonight at 7 at the Coliseum.

Congratulations to NCAA men’s basketball champion Villanova Wildcats.

TMSG..

–“Where does the leftover food from Denver’s biggest venues and events go? To the city’s hungry, thanks to the nonprofit We Don’t Waste.”

–“A police officer rescued a couple from this burning home. He went back in for the dog…and all made it out alive.”

–“Hatchlings from an endangered turtle species have been seen for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that was rejuvenated by a massive volunteer cleanup operation.”

–“Bulgarians Are Letting Storks Inside Their Homes To Save Them From Freezing”

–“London Wants to Plant Wildflowers for All 9 Million Residents”

A flower for you, from me, for signing up for Dripstock II, or at least trying! Some have had problems getting onto the guest list. We’ll work it out. It will be great to see you on the 13th. Talk with you soon, along with my pardners Bruce and Janine, on 103.3!

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