Friday, October 11, 2019

We’re flipping on the lights on Friday, October 11, 2019. Welcome, friend! If you’re lucky enough to be in Portland or anywhere near it, we promise you a day full of sunshine and highs near 65 degrees. But the Gorge wind is blowing, and away from the wind it’s cold in the predawn, when the early birds of the world are getting a jump on that yummy worm. Temperatures range from the 30s in wind-protected areas to 51 at breezy PDX. The sun punches in today at a leisurely 7:21 AM, and punches out at 6:32 PM.

If there’s a public school student under your roof, chances are they’re happily snoozing in–because it’s an In-Service Day! Vancouver…Portland…seems like virtually all of the public school districts in our area are out today.

Day five, still not a trace of college student Owen Klinger. He hit a cash machine, and vanished, a month or two into his freshman year at UP.

A major wildfire is burning in the Sylmar area of northern LA county, driven by the very winds that caused utilities to shut down power to hundreds of thousands of customers across the state. A PG&E office was vandalized and one of their trucks was shot at on I-5.

Neal Keny-Guyer resigned as head of Mercy Corps; see OregonLive or yesterday’s DD for the context. They’re a force for good in a world that needs it badly, and they must recover from this stumble.

PSU’s board promised soul-searching after campus cops shot and killed an intoxicated Navy veteran outside the Cheerful Tortoise who was trying to break up a brawl when a gun fell out of his jacket, and what they decided was to keep the armed patrols after all. The interim president said these are violent times; people feel more comfortable if cops are ready to respond to whatever happens. Better training will help. Activists right away called for a boycott of PSU, which seems to consist of telling prospective students not to go there.

In a minor casualty of the impeachment imbroglio, Salt and Straw–Joe Biden’s go-to Portland ice cream spot–has severed its room-service ties with Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s hotel chain, where you could apparently sit in your $250 room and order up some Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache or Cinnamon Snickerdoodle ice cream. No more. Not even Peach Crumble?

A year ago tomorrow was Tracy Barry’s last day at KGW. Have we told her lately how we miss her?

Portland’s Tillicum Crossing will be poignantly illuminated tomorrow night for the Light the Night Walk, to benefit the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My brother and friend to all Craig Walker and his wife Barbara are, as you know, deeply involved, quite understandably–and grateful to the many members of the Drip community who have helped the cause.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1995 opening of the Rose Garden Arena. The Blazers–nine of whom, on the current roster, weren’t even born yet–have a preseason game there tomorrow night against the Phoenix Suns at 5 PM. And after the game, you can hop a westbound MAX to Providence Park, where the Portland Thorns host the Washington Spirit in their regular-season finale. They’ve already notched a playoff spot but would love to win the third seed.

Some big football games in the valley this weekend: the Ducks host Colorado (dear old alma mater) at 7 tonight on FS1, then the Beavers have Utah in Reser Stadium tomorrow at 5 on the Pac 12 Network. And the PSU Vikings with their juggernaut offense (average 38 points) host Idaho at 2 PM in Hillsboro.

The snowstorm is over, moving south to the States…and the Winterhawks tonight are at Red Deer, Alberta–a booming oil town, set amid aspen-rich rolling hills–and they wrap up their long Canadian road trip at Edmonton Sunday.

Divinely gifted songwriter Jimmy Webb is performing tomorrow night at Pacific University in Forest Grove. He rolls out lovely chords on a grand piano and warbles all of the achingly beautiful songs he wrote…Art Garfunkel’s “That’s All I Know”…Linda Ronstadt’s “Adios”…Glenn Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”…and I think he also attempts the wildly misunderstood “MacArthur Park.”

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Positive–compassionate–folks doing the right thing…it’s Good News for Friday!

–“Rick Steves is putting a $1 million “self-imposed carbon tax” on his travel company”

–“Chick-fil-A employee climbs down storm drain to save customer’s phone

–“Love In The Trunk: Miami Beach Cops Play Along With Proposal”

–“Was driving by and saw a dog barking at me, turns out one of her puppies was stuck”

–“Woman behind ‘Verna Needs a Kidney’ billboards finally getting a new kidney”

Details in the Cup!

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Everything that happens this weekend will be under the Hunter’s Moon…which is officially full on Sunday. Have a howling good weekend!

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