Hello Wednesday people! It’s July 10, 2019, and following last night’s .13″ of rain, in my gauge anyway, today we have a 50-50 chance of showers with highs of 75. The snow level is safely above 8K in the mountains. Sunrise 5:32 AM, sunset 8:59 PM.
Well, now…Seismographs are picking up an earthquake swarm under our serene-from-a-distance Mt. Hood. The latest (as of this 4 AM writing) is a magnitude 1.5 at 11:00 PM. But there have been dozens of them. Geologists say the swarm began Monday, and is similar to a series a few years ago that certainly got our attention, and then–as they almost always do–petered out after a few days. They call it “likely tectonic, not volcanic.”
It’s ticker-tape parade day in New York for the Portland-rich World-Cup-winning US Women’s Soccer Team!
Breaking from overseas…the UK’s Ambassador to the US, Kim Darroch, has resigned–after leaked cables revealed that he’d privately reported to the Britsh government that the Trump administration was “inept” and “clumsy.” Trump had retorted by calling Darroch “wacky” and “a very stupid guy.”
Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer is teaming up with two of the biggest names in Congress–Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York–to unveil a new resolution that would declare climate change a national emergency. Tweets the bow-tied Oregonian, “Nothing short of urgent action on a massive scale will address the climate crisis. This is a #ClimateEmergency. It’s time for Congress to act like it.”
Today the Portland City Council, shoving back against a move in a number of red states, is expected to unanimously “Declare the right to safe and legal abortion and affirm the City’s commitment to act in support of that right by authorizing the City Attorney to participate as an amicus in forthcoming federal lawsuits challenging abortion bans around the country.”
We’ve learned that the woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Powell the other day was Charlene Hauth of Madras. Her family says she was in town to be with her sister Robin, who’s fighting a recurrence of lung cancer. Robin was behind the wheel when their car was hit by a speeding BMW driven by a 20-year-old man, who was a suspect in a series of robberies last year. He was caught hiding in a small backyard swimming pool, while Robin is in critical condition.
You heard about a light airplane that cracked up on a beach on the Oregon Coast? The pilot turns out to be the Mayor of Newport, Dean Sawyer. He’s OK, along with his two passengers, including a 7-year-old boy. They were whale-watching when the engine on the Cessna 172 began sputtering, and he put it down in the sand.
We see in the Austin Statesman that starting in the fall of 2020, all University of Texas in-state students with families that make less than $65,000 a year will be given full scholarships. Steve Duin at The Oregonian tweets that he’s been saying for 20 years that the Oregon Lottery could easily provide the same advantage to students in this state.
The Washington Post has a story about four high school seniors who filled their bellies with Bud Light and elected to carry out a “senior prank” at their high school. They thought about bringing in some live pigs…but opted instead to don masks and spray-paint the most hateful racist graffiti you can imagine, swastikas and all, on sidewalks and walls all over their school. Little did they realize their phones auto-connected to the school WiFi, their names popped right up on the principal’s computer, and they were perp-walked out in view of their classmates.
Say, I hope someone returns what was stolen in a break-in at the Pearl District office of Portland sports agent, educator, and MLB-to-Portland proponent Lynn Lashbrook. Among the items were thirteen baseballs that he caught at big-league games as a kid in Kansas City, along with family photos and even his high school letter jacket. But the baseballs, especially, are priceless to him. (I once had a baseball that was covered with Hall-of-Fame autographs from an old-timers game at Civic Stadium, and I foolishly left it one night in my office at KING in Seattle. It vanished).
ooh! Item one at the Port of Portland Commission agenda today is approval of leases for nine new concessions at the expanding Portland International Airport–and one of them is Screen Door, a Southern comfort food place that’ll serve breakfast all day long on Concourse B! Items like Blueberry and Lemon Curd Buttermilk Pancakes..or something called Alabama Scramble, which is 3 eggs scrambled w/ ham, green onions & pimiento cheese, topped w/ fried onions, w/ cheddar grits & wheat toast…dang…the hazards of writing the Daily Drip before I’ve had brekkie…Anyway. PDX just keeps getting better.
Actor Rip Torn has left us at 88. Men in Black…the Larry Sanders Show…
“Wicked” opens a two-week run at the Keller tonight!
Good news? Or something to make you smile? I mean, besides Blueberry and Lemon Curd Buttermilk Pancakes?
–“Olympic swimmer saves drowning man”
–“Guy Dressed as Batman Has Rescued Dozens of Shelter Pets From Euthanasia”
–“Swiss aerial display team flies over yodeling festival by mistake”
–“Man who threw party for pothole celebrates after it is fixed”
–“These cops get the Seal of Approval”
That’s the Wednesday Drip. Let’s send settling thoughts up to Wy’ East, and have an overall very fine day!