Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hiya! And welcome to the Daily Drip, our Portland-oriented gathering spot to share news, comment, and a bit of cheer if we can find it. Today’s a beautiful Wednesday, August 29, 2018; the local weather is coming off its high of a big 89 yesterday to a reasonable, seasonable 78 today. Sunrise 6:28 AM, sunset 7:53 PM.

The new school year is having trouble getting started as five more SW Washington districts–Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, Hockinson and Longview–have scrubbed their first days while teachers are on picket lines, students are sawing logs, and parents are scrambling. It’s going to be weird giving these school closure announcements on the radio this morning; it’ll feel like a snow day. Along with Evergreen and Washougal, whose educators hit the bricks on Tuesday, these teachers are holding out for double-digit pay raises, after a funding bump from the state legislature that the management side views as unsustainable without hitting up local taxpayers. Woodland Public Schools opened yesterday; their teachers settled for a 12% raise.

It’s early, but–we have an insight into the kind of a winter we’re heading toward from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. Chances are good that an El Nino will develop in the equatorial Pacific, a warming of ocean waters that generally brings a drier and warmer winter to the Pacific Northwest. But we’ve seen these long-range predictions go kablooey when a patch of Arctic air comes down the Gorge and meets a nice robust tropical rain, and we have the Blizzard of 2018.

Wildfires continue burning in southern Oregon. At one, firefighting aircraft had to be grounded because a drone was zipping around in their airspace, a complete violation of the law.

A Beaverton police officer spotted a smoldering patch of dry ground, and quickly stomped or sprayed it out before it could turn into a wildfire. Likely culprit: a cigarette butt tossed out a car window.

Portland police have shot down a conspiracy rumor spread by right-fringe media that VooDoo Doughnuts is a front for a child trafficking ring–just like the DC “Pizzagate” hoax they floated during the last election. It’s been investigated and deemed “not credible,” according to a PPB spokesman, who’d probably get in trouble for using the actual word that describes it.

The man who owned the Chevy van and trailer that were swallowed by the sea at Del Rey Beach last week was a traveling troubadour whose every belonging was lost in the water. Guitars, amplifiers, a lifetime of songs and lyrics, plus family heirlooms including his late mother’s Bible…all were swept away. The Oregonian has the 61 year old busker’s tale, along with a link to a GoFundMe account to pull him back on his feet.

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John McCain was born this day in 1936. The remains of the late Senator lie in state in the Arizona capitol building today.

President Trump spoke in private to evangelical ministers, claimed that a Democratic win in November would unleash violence from the Antifa left, and urged them to campaign for Republicans from the pulpit. “You’re one election away from losing everything that you’ve gotten,” he said. “Little thing: Merry Christmas, right? You couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas.’ ”

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Michael Jackson would have turned sixty years old today.

Random Portland factoid: that hulking grey grain elevator on the east bank of the Willamette downriver from the Steel Bridge–is owned by the family of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. No offense to that very cool lady, but I’d rather see a ballpark there.

Timbers against Toronto tonight at 7:30 at Providence Park!

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Some headlines to make us smile…check the link for the stories…

–“Teacher sits in a car with baby–so teen mom can attend a job fair”

–“12 year old Nigerian girl builds app for lost chidren to call for help”

–“44 people in India come out of extreme poverty every minute.”

–“Nearly Destroyed by ISIS, the Ancient City of Palmyra Will Reopen in 2019 After Extensive Renovations.”

–“Hispanic community embraces family of Iowa murder victim; father calls them ‘”Iowans with better food'”

Details available by clicking here!

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Those of us who didn’t seize this week for vacation are noticing a shrinking population in the workplace, as people peel off to squeeze some good times out of what’s left of summer. We who remain, some of us, are basically doing two jobs. Me, I’m on K103 and KEX simultaneously. It’s fun getting aerobic in a radio studio! So how are things where you work? Or are you floating on an exotic river, where I want to be?

Or are you, perhaps, on strike? Or affected by the school situation in SW Washington? We would love to hear perspectives!

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