Thursday, February 20, 2019

Good morning, friends, and welcome to this Thursday, February 21, 2019! This is going to be an unusual Daily Drip, in that I’m absent from the radio for the next few days and therefore on a more humane schedule. So I’ve decided to see if I can fit the whole Drip, and not just the Something Good stories, into the fabled Coffee Cup. And by putting the link to the Cup on Facebook, we can all comment here as usual. Make sense? Just an experiment. Right away I notice that the Cup posting tool likes to run words together at random; you’ll notice that in paragraphs below. Anyway, let’s see how this goes.

Portland’s weather today should be much nicer than yesterday’s turbulent deluge of hail and cold rain. The skies cleared in plenty of time before sundown last night so we all got a nice Moon shot in the evening; that big bright headlight is illuminating the predawn landscape right now. Today should turn out sunny with highs of 45, and there’s mention of a possibility of patches of ice polishing the roads, so take heed. Sunrise 7:02 AM  Sunset 5:46 PM.

One year ago Portland was covered in snow. Today it’s the rest of the country’s turn, as a giant winter storm has created travel and commuting trauma for two million people in 39 states. I’m counting fifteen delayed flights at PDX, and three canceled,

Oregon is just a slam-dunk House vote away from passing America’s first statewide rent control bill; SB 308 skated intact through a House committee, surviving a Republican attempt to push back the effective date and allow cities to opt out.

The firestorm over the friendly texts between a police commander and a right-wing protest leader will bring out a crowd tonight as the Portland Police Bureau has scheduled what it’s calling a “listening session to allow the public to share their concerns related to PPB’s relationship with alt-right groups.” It’ll be at the Maranatha Church at 4222 NE 12th Avenue. This morning’s Oregonian reports that the Mayor’s staff has depended on the very same police lieutenant–who’s now in hot water–to keep track on Joey Gibson’s whereabouts or plans.

There’ll be a bail hearing today for a 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing a stockpile ofweapons,and planning to go on a killing spree targeting prominent Democratic lawmakers and cable news anchors on CNN and NBC. A hit list on a computer spreadsheet included awho’s-whoon the left: Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten GillibrandandRichard Blumenthal; Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters; former house member, Beto O’Rourke; MSNBChostsChris Hayes and Joe Scarborough; and Don Lemon and Van Jones from CNN.

For the first time since cancer surgery, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in action at the Supreme Court, reading aloud from the bench her detailed opinion in the Court’s unanimous decision sharply curtailing states’ abilities to seize private property involved in a crime..

The Blazers visit the Brooklyn Nets tonight, a good time to check out new backup center Enes Kanter. His new teammates already love him, so we will too.

Say, there was a Canadian newspaper article going around…about what it’s like to live in Portland….and it’s so incredibly full of crap that I don’t know where to begin. It claims that graffiti is legal here (false)…strip malls are illegal (you’re kidding!)…there are no Walmarts (I know of at least two in the city limits)…that people never get dressed up, use umbrellas, or wear anything by North Face (wrong, wrong, and wrong). It also says that a “Portlandian” is someone who’s moved here from somewhere else. It was on the Toronto Sun web site and some others around Canada…andooops! It’s gone…

In contrast, Willamette Week does a captivating photo essay about life in Portland that’s really worth your time. Here’s a link: https://www.wweek.com/portland-at-all-hours/

The good people of SOLVE are doing a cleanup today at a place that needs it badly: the Springwater Corridor. Folks are meeting at 11 AM at the Foster Flood Plain Natural Area off SE 106th and Foster Rd. The Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup is only a month from this weekend!

The Rev. Billy Graham died a year ago today at age 99.

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Let’s find a little good news!

Trooper rescues children trapped in overturned, partially submerged truck

Teen makes $35,000 plowing Seattle’s historic snow

Dog reunited with family 101 days after California wildfire

Canadian dog that ventured onto the ice is rescued by the US Coast Guard

Astronomers publish sky map of thousands of newly discovered galaxies

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I think I’ll call it a Drip and crawl back in the pouch. Robin Rock is filling in for Bruce, John, and Janine on K103 for the next few days….she’s often heard on weekends, and I like her a lot! In the meantime, thanks for putting up with my little experiment here; people have been urging me to explore pathways other than Facebook. I can’t imagine why.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Well, we’re certainly reeling in the year, aren’t we? It’s already the 20th of February, Wednesday of the week, and day fifty-one of the year 20-hey-19! It snowed like crazy in the Cascades last night, and winter weather advisories are flying until 4 PM today above 1500 feet. Down here in Soggytown, we’ll dash in and out between showers, which should taper off late in the day, with highs of 45. Sunrise 7:04 AM Sunset 5:44 PM We’re gaining 15 minutes of daylight this week, compared to 12 last week. Come on, Spring!

Two former interns at the Oregon Capitol are suing for 6.7 million dollars after they were subjected to ex-Sen. Jeff Kruse’s creepy hovering and hugging and suggestive talk that everyone seemed to know was happening, yet did nothing. Kruse’s habit of lighting up cigarettes indoors whenever he pleased got him kicked off committees, and had his door stripped off; that was an apparently bigger problem to Senate President Courtney than Kruse’s habit of draping himself around every young and/or attractive woman in the building. Kruse continues to deny it all to the Roseburg News-Review: “Once again in a world where it’s he said against she said, she always wins.” He said. But she is being heard. Plaintiff Annie Montgomery is a tough young woman, a licensed Alaska fishing boat captain and, at the time, a U of O law student, who landed an internship that put her in the office of Kruse, who got huggy right away. She said it happened all the time, even in front of elected officials. She told KGW’s Laurel Porter that she felt like a live chicken being thrown into an alligator swamp. There are bills to bring change in a culture that blinks at behavior, and everybody from Courtney on down swears that things will be different.

The blowback continues over the chatty texts between a Portland police commander and a right-wing agitator: now the police commanding officers union has filed a grievance against the city, pointing to a contract provision that says any reprimand should be handled in a way “least likely to embarrass” the officer in public. Mayor Ted Wheeler and other commissioners have been outspoken in his public condemnation of the texts.

Today the Portland City Council could streamline the process for foreclosing on abandoned properties–making it easier to address “zombie homes” that plague local neighborhoods with squatters, crime, and fire danger.

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It’s Exclusion Day in Oregon. If you haven’t had your shots, go home! (Really, under state law, by today “all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption”).

Cities from Omaha and Des Moines to DC and Baltimore are under a winter storm warning, and this is unusual: winds at jet stream level have been among the highest on record. A Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles to London Monday night was hastened by a tailwind that carried it over central Pennsylvania at speeds as high as 801 mph–apparently the fastest a Boeing 787 Dreamliner has ever flown.

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Governor Victor Atiyeh was born this day in 1923. The fiscally-conservative son of Syrian immigrants who came through Ellis Island in 1898, he was Oregon’s last Republican governor to date, serving two terms from 1979 to 1987. And a very kind gentleman.

This was the day in 1962, students at the time all assembled in the gym to watch the black and white TV coverage of a space launch that would catch us up with the Russians, with John Glenn blasting off from Cape Canaveral and aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut. It was a relief; Russia had been beating us for years with Sputnik and then with Yuri Gagarin, and threats of nuclear annihilation. But with Glenn in space and a new young president in the White House, the nation, for the moment, was in a pretty good mood.

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Something good.

–“He wanted to make sure no one was left out on Valentine’s Day, so California teen makes chocolate roses for every girl in school.”

–“Brilliant idea saves mom and daughter from crashing into a river”

–“Found: Two of the Quarries Responsible for the Megaliths of Stonehenge”

–“Burrowing owls and other rare species have found a home near LAX and are thriving”

–“An Italian Town Fell Silent So The Sounds Of A Stradivarius Could Be Preserved”

Details in the Coffee Cup!

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Today would have been Walter Becker’s 69th birthday. Some critics hate Steely Dan; it makes me love them more. One guy in Billboard characterized their music as “antiseptic, whitewashed, downright creepy,” designed for “balding-ponytailed midlife-crisis guys.” But what is it, exactly, turns you off? Anyway, happy birthday to one of the Dan’s smartass genius founders; thanks for the music, and Donald Fagan, I hope you keep taking the same medicine as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

And today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 52nd birthday. One of the many wonderful things about having teens in the 1990s is that they insisted on listening to their radio stations in the car, not mine, and so I heard a lot of Nirvana, and G&R. And it grew on me. I still sing along whenever an instrumental version of “Teen Spirit” plays on the overhead speakers at Safeway. “With the lights out, it’s less dangerous / Here we are now, entertain us / I feel stupid and contagious / Here we are now, entertain us.” My kids still roll their eyes.

We have a few days off, all of us on the K103 morning show, and I’m happy for the chance to recharge. But I’ll start something here to find out what everyone’s up to, and we’ll be back officially on Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hello, Dripsters, my old friends! We’re softly creeping into Tuesday, the 19th day of the chilliest February in 30 years, as we’re turning our collar to a cold and damp morning with highs in the low 40s. If the clouds clear a bit, our eyes will be stabbed by the light of a full moon, the Snow Moon, the Hunger Moon, and most of all the biggest Super Moon of the year. And quite a lunar improvement over a year ago: in February of 2018, we had no full moon at all! The tilting earth brings the sunrise to 7:06 AM, sunset 5:43 PM, and the aforementioned Moon, which hangs above the clouds in the west as I write this, sets at 7:25 AM.

Oregon (but not Washington) is one of a coalition of 16 states now challenging President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall. The suit says Trump doesn’t have the power to divert funds for building a wall along the Mexican border because under the Constitution it is Congress that controls spending.

Senator Bernie Sanders today is entering the 2020 presidential race, vowing in an email to supporters to finish what he started in 2016. Early polls show well ahead of the pack–trailing only Joe Biden.

Many people here spent Presidents Day getting some things said: to the president, in local rallies decrying the executive order proclaiming a national emergency; and in Salem, where thousands of educators and supporters dressed in red came to press lawmakers for funding to cut class sizes and hire trained people like psychologists, nurses, and librarians. A recurrent theme was that students are “acting out” more than ever, disrupting the learning environment and even injuring teachers, and these kids need attention beyond what overwhelmed teachers have time to provide. Teachers are aware that this legislature is their best shot in years at getting some help.

Oregon could become the first state in the nation to allow 16-year-olds to vote, under a bill rolled out in Salem by State Rep. Shemia Fagan. Inspired by student activism that followed last year’s Florida shootings, young people gathered in Salem to demand the right to vote. This question was posed by a student at La Salle High School, and it was reminiscent of the perfectly valid argument that another generation made for lowering the age from 21 to 18: “Why can I drive like an adult, pay taxes like an adult, have an abortion like an adult, be charged and sentenced like an adult, but I can’t vote like an adult?” It’d require an amendment to the Oregon Constitution, and would be on the 2020 ballot if the Legislature agrees.

Senator. Kamala Harris, campaigning for President in the early-primary state of New Hampshire, says she’d support making Election Day a federal holiday…and that she’d push to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” as it is in Portland and Eugene.

An op-ed by Michael Conway, a former lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee, says Trump’s emergency declaration may have laid the groundwork for his own impeachment.
His piece on the NBC News web site is headlined: “Abuse of presidential authority was one of the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon. This president could be next.”

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An all-night ordeal ended in blessed warmth for a young Salem mom and her 3-year-old son, who were found cold but okay after spending the night on a trail in Silver Falls State Park. They became lost on a hike with her boyfriend on Sunday, and he went for help while they huddled under a tree. Rescuers located them around 3 AM Monday and brought them out with blankets to food and hugs.

A scary night in San Diego, where sixteen people were trapped on the Bayside Skyride at Sea World, some of them in gondolas suspended above water. All were rescued safely. A gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker.

Some of the best women’s basketball in the nation is being played in our state right now, as #12 Oregon State knocked off #2 Oregon 67-62 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, avenging a loss Friday in Eugene by handing the Ducks only their second defeat of the year. It was the 200th win of Beavers’ coach Scott Rueck’s career.
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The best part of waking up…is good news in your Cup!

–“Good Samaritan rushes into icy creek to rescue stranger’s dog”

–“Michigan powerlifter heroically lifts vehicle pinned on top of man after accident.”

–“Police officer leaves pregnant waitress $100 tip along with ‘lovely message’ written on check”

–“A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world.”

–“For local families who can’t afford heat, this man’s help means everything”

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This was the day 55 years ago when 21-year-old Paul Simon, sitting alone with his guitar on the floor of a dark bathroom with tiles that echoed his words and music, while the running faucet provided an ethereal white noise, wrote “The Sound of Silence.” No silence here, though! While my friends Bruce and Janine and I are chatting it up and playing tunes on the radio (103.3), let’s have a good day of conversation here on the Drip. Have a very fine Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hello, Dripsters, my old friends! We’re softly creeping into Tuesday, the 19th day of the chilliest February in 30 years, as we’re turning our collar to a cold and damp morning with highs in the low 40s. If the clouds clear a bit, our eyes will be stabbed by the light of a full moon, the Snow Moon, the Hunger Moon, and most of all the biggest Super Moon of the year. And quite a lunar improvement over a year ago: in February of 2018, we had no full moon at all! The tilting earth brings the sunrise to 7:06 AM, sunset 5:43 PM, and the aforementioned Moon, which hangs above the clouds in the west as I write this, sets at 7:25 AM.

Oregon (but not Washington) is one of a coalition of 16 states now challenging President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall. The suit says Trump doesn’t have the power to divert funds for building a wall along the Mexican border because under the Constitution it is Congress that controls spending.

Senator Bernie Sanders today is entering the 2020 presidential race, vowing in an email to supporters to finish what he started in 2016. Early polls show well ahead of the pack–trailing only Joe Biden.

Many people here spent Presidents Day getting some things said: to the president, in local rallies decrying the executive order proclaiming a national emergency; and in Salem, where thousands of educators and supporters dressed in red came to press lawmakers for funding to cut class sizes and hire trained people like psychologists, nurses, and librarians. A recurrent theme was that students are “acting out” more than ever, disrupting the learning environment and even injuring teachers, and these kids need attention beyond what overwhelmed teachers have time to provide. Teachers are aware that this legislature is their best shot in years at getting some help.

Oregon could become the first state in the nation to allow 16-year-olds to vote, under a bill rolled out in Salem by State Rep. Shemia Fagan. Inspired by student activism that followed last year’s Florida shootings, young people gathered in Salem to demand the right to vote. This question was posed by a student at La Salle High School, and it was reminiscent of the perfectly valid argument that another generation made for lowering the age from 21 to 18: “Why can I drive like an adult, pay taxes like an adult, have an abortion like an adult, be charged and sentenced like an adult, but I can’t vote like an adult?” It’d require an amendment to the Oregon Constitution, and would be on the 2020 ballot if the Legislature agrees.

Senator. Kamala Harris, campaigning for President in the early-primary state of New Hampshire, says she’d support making Election Day a federal holiday…and that she’d push to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” as it is in Portland and Eugene.

An op-ed by Michael Conway, a former lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee, says Trump’s emergency declaration may have laid the groundwork for his own impeachment.
His piece on the NBC News web site is headlined: “Abuse of presidential authority was one of the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon. This president could be next.”

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An all-night ordeal ended in blessed warmth for a young Salem mom and her 3-year-old son, who were found cold but okay after spending the night on a trail in Silver Falls State Park. They became lost on a hike with her boyfriend on Sunday, and he went for help while they huddled under a tree. Rescuers located them around 3 AM Monday and brought them out with blankets to food and hugs.

A scary night in San Diego, where sixteen people were trapped on the Bayside Skyride at Sea World, some of them in gondolas suspended above water. All were rescued safely. A gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker.

Some of the best women’s basketball in the nation is being played in our state right now, as #12 Oregon State knocked off #2 Oregon 67-62 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, avenging a loss Friday in Eugene by handing the Ducks only their second defeat of the year. It was the 200th win of Beavers’ coach Scott Rueck’s career.
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The best part of waking up…is good news in your Cup!

–“Good Samaritan rushes into icy creek to rescue stranger’s dog”

–“Michigan powerlifter heroically lifts vehicle pinned on top of man after accident.”

–“Police officer leaves pregnant waitress $100 tip along with ‘lovely message’ written on check”

–“A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world.”

–“For local families who can’t afford heat, this man’s help means everything”

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This was the day 55 years ago when 21-year-old Paul Simon, sitting alone with his guitar on the floor of a dark bathroom with tiles that echoed his words and music, while the running faucet provided an ethereal white noise, wrote “The Sound of Silence.” No silence here, though! While my friends Bruce and Janine and I are chatting it up and playing tunes on the radio (103.3), let’s have a good day of conversation here on the Drip. Have a very fine Tuesday!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Hi there! We’re popping the seal on a fresh Monday, February 18, 2018. Happy Presidents Day! It’s freezing cold outside, and anywhere from foggy to clear with a near-full moon blazing out; clouds show up later with occasional flurries or sprinkles, and highs in the low 40s. We expect a better-organized weather system tomorrow that could bring significant snow—but probably above the valley floor. Sunrise 7:07 AM Sunset 5:42 PM. Three weeks from today, we’ll be adjusting to daylight time.

There’s a considerable risk of avalanche on Mt. Hood today, according to forecasters. Meantime a member of the Ski Patrol was killed at Mt. Ashland–when he skied into a tree.

A hiker who got lost near Multnomah Falls was found and helped out by Multnomah County Search and Rescue. The man was shivering cold, and tired….but not injured.

So happy to report that a 13-year old girl with autism, who apparently sneaked away from a hotel near Lloyd Center, has been found safe thanks to social media. The girl’s Mom had been going store-to-store putting up fliers, since her daughter loved to go into stores though she had no money to buy anything. But she’s home safe now.

Portland police were called to the corner of SE Stark and Grand…where two people were kicking somebody in a sleeping bag.

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This morning the nation is talking about the “Sixty Minutes” interview with former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who told CBS he was so alarmed by evidence of Russian contamination of the 2016 election that he started an investigation, now headed by Robert Mueller, over whether Donald Trump was a national security threat; and was present for top-level ruminations over a 25th Amendment removal of the new president. Senate Judiciary Committee chair and Trump loyalist Lindsey Graham promises hearings into a deep-state conspiracy to carry out a coup against the will of the voters; the other side says the FBI was doing its job.

There are reports that Japan nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after White House asked. We’ll find out in October.

The current debate in Portland is whether it was wise for the police commander at protest scenes to be texting with the leader of one side. Over the weekend we’ve read strong arguments from both sides. What would put many minds at rest would be knowing that the same commander was texting with the leader of the other side.

The Oregonian is about to roll out an investigative effort on the influence of corporate money on Oregon’s legislature, titled “Polluted by Money: how corporate cash corrupted one of the greenest states in America.” Video promos for the series point out that Oregon is one of the top states in the nation for corporate campaign contributions to lawmakers; that timber, restaurants and lodging, and drug companies spend disproportionately huge sums on Oregon politicians; and the effect on environmental laws will be detailed in the upcoming series.

Some Honda Ridgeline pickups are being recalled because their fuel pumps might catch fire if they are put through a car wash that uses detergents with sulfuric acid.

Firefighters in Pennsylvania rescued two Clydesdales that fell through the ice after escaping from a farm.

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What else is going on…

Former Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake is at the Moda Center tonight, while fresh-off-a-huge-Grammy-night Kacey Musgraves, the country singer for people who don’t much like country music, is at the Schnitz.

Happy Birthday to the sultry star of “Moonlighting” Cybill Shepherd (1950), #1-teen-actor Molly Ringwald (1968), songster Yoko Ono (1933), dancing man John Travolta (1954) and Vanna White, a woman of letters (1957).

This was the day in 2015 when former Blazer great Jerome Kersey died of a pulmonary embolism, just days after knee surgery. And we lost baseball play-by-play character Harry Caray on this date in 1998.

If you see the airport fire department making an emergency run today, hopefully it’s because of the 128 candles on the birthday cake for the Port of Portland. Established this day in 1891 to dredge a shipping channel on the Columbia River between Portland and the Pacific Ocean, this gubernatorially-appointed (instead of elected) regional government now manages four marine terminals, five industrial parks, and three airports–including Travel + Leisure’s “Best Domestic Airport,” PDX.

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Something good to start off your Monday? Right here, with details in the Daily Drip Coffee Cup, linked in the comments below.

–“Grateful Son Uses Money From First App To Surprise Parents With Unbelievable Gift”

–“Inmate saves baby from locked SUV using his car theft skills”

–“Teacher chops off hair to match bullied student’s style”

–“How a stray puppy rescued from a trash pit became a movie star”

–“Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter spotted smooching on a Kiss Cam”

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That’s it for today’s DD. No excuses for my screwups today…no KEX/K103 fandango. Would love to have you listening on 103.3, and sharing here as well!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Yay it’s Friday, February 15, 2019! Welcome to Portland’s humble Daily Drip, a glance at the top stories, with an oasis for good news, and a connecting place for kindhearted people in our community. Portland’s weather today will be showery with highs in the raw 40s, and scanning the extended models it looks to me like we could see snow at hilltop level a couple of times over the weekend, as well as in the week ahead. But considering that this past week had a chance of delivering a snowplop of historic proportions, we’re doing just fine. The Columbia Gorge is slowly emerging from this week’s Icelandic experience; winter weather advisories that included snow and freezing rain were set to expire at 4 AM, so we’ll be checking with ODOT on I-84–which probably has more ruts than the Oregon Trail it replaced. Sunrise 7:12 AM….sunset 5:37 PM.

It’s warmly reassuring to know that during the nightmare shutdown of I-84, the community of Gorge-dwellers stepped up to help in a way that deserves our attention. Local businesses ranging from Walmart to Dominos to a Cascade Locks-and-bagel shop delivered heaping supplies of water bottles, power bars, chips, and pizzas, and workers distributed them among the hungry travelers. Channel 8 did a nice piece about a Cascade Locks couple who drove to the store and loaded up on groceries and went to the freeway, sharing the bounty car to car. “That’s what Oregonians are all about,” said the Cascade Locks emergency manager about the couple—who just moved here from California. By the way, I know we have Gorge folks among the Drip community here: any stories that need telling?

We’re all waiting to see what our unpredictable president does with the border deal to head off another government shutdown, which passed handily in the House and Senate, but gives him a fraction of the border wall money that he could have had if he’d settled earlier. Fox News host Laura Ingraham let fly a string of tweets that Trump “must not” sign it. His allies in Congress say they expect him to sign, but also declare a “national emergency” and pay for his wall by raiding funds that were allocated for upgrades to US military bases, much to the ire of the Congresspeople in whose (mostly red) states they’re located. Democrats will challenge an emergency declaration in court, saying there is no emergency on the border; Republicans worry that a future Democratic president would seize the precedent and declare emergencies over, say, climate change and gun violence.

Willamette Week used the public records law to shine the light on hundreds of friendly text messages between a Portland Police commander and Joey Gibson, leader of the right-wing Patriot Prayer. Exchanges include advance warning from Gibson that his Vancouver group would be in Portland to stir up trouble, as a ploy to generate interest in his Senate campaign. “The hate against me will multiply because I am running for office, so when I come into Portland and Seattle the energy will be high,” Gibson texted. “I know it’s a pain in the ass for you guys, but I will do the best I can to work with you.” The police commander replied: “Your running for office?!! Good for you. County level?” “Running for US senate,” Gibson said. “I will be using Portland and Seattle protesters as a part of the campaign so it will impact you guys unfortunately, so I appologize now ahead of time.” The mayor calls the texts disturbing and the police chief says an internal investigation will begin. Police critics have accused Portland cops of being too chummy with the alt-right–a movement that’s been officially condemned by City Hall.

It’s off to the pokey for a couple of guys who, while heavily intoxicated last May, golfed the Rose City course–going the wrong direction. Counting down the holes from 18 to 1. A foursome who were golfing in the correct direction took issue, and the two buddies started swinging their clubs at them, causing welts and bruises to the others, who suffered broken fingers from holding the drunk guys down until cops arrived. The sentences are short–a month or so–but restitution, alcohol evaluation, and anger management are part of their sentences, too.

A new report says Portland has the 10th worst rush hour traffic in America, but guess what: that’s an improvement. Last year we were eighth. (Speaking of which: I was whooshing along 205 in my hotrod Subaru doing 62 in a 55 zone near the Viewpoint when a cop pulled behind me and hit the flashing lights. This comes two weeks after the first speeding ticket in my adult life. I cursed and killed the radio (“Radar Love” was on) and made my way to the shoulder to take my medicine–when the officer zoomed past and lit up somebody ahead of me. Lesson learned, again, I hope).

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A couple of Oregonians who’ve made a national splash are celebrating birthdays today: Lincoln High School’s creative cartoon genius Matt Groening was born on this day in 1954–I’d still love to know whether anchorman Kent Brockman was inspired by Richard Ross or Pete Schulberg. And birthday hugs to a dear and famous friend, Delilah Rene, an Oregon native who brings comfort and joy to millions on her “Delilah At Night” radio show. I heart her as the one who brought happiness to one of my best friends for too short a time, the great KGW-KING-KCBS reporter George Harris.

This is the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, leader of the fight to win women the right to vote. She traveled by train all over the country delivering stemwinders and doing stern battle with curmudgeonly forefathers, and was no stranger to Oregon…I count at least three times (1871, 1896, and 1905) when she made the trip all the way out here to spur on the successful cause.

It’s Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon! Winter steelhead fishing is excellent on rivers up and down the coast. And lots of rainbow trout have been stocked this week in lakes all over the state. No license needed. It’s your chance to get hooked!

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Here’s our “good news” section…and I’m told the Daily Drip Coffee Cup, containing all the links, is getting tons of visitors! That’s cool. If you’re new here, or you’ve missed some days, I leave the links up for several weeks so you can catch up–especially when you need to hear something that doesn’t make you throw stuff at the TV.

–“Dog, lost for 5 months, rescued from storm thanks to deputy, truckers and a sandwich”

–“The Polar Vortex may have eradicated an enormous number of stinkbugs!”

–“In Alaska, Birch Syrup Is a Sweet Sign of Breakup Season–also known as Spring!”

–“These guys hand out roses to widows and military wives on Valentine’s Day”

–“Woman Makes Dolls To Match Kids With Disabilities & Their Reactions Are So Precious.”

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That’s it for this week’s Daily Drip! Thanks for your patience this week, as I’ve been batting out four newscasts an hour for KEX while doing the “Bruce, John, and Janine” breakfast show on K103. We’ll see you here this weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Zing! You’ve been hit by an arrow from Cupid, inviting you to fall in love with the fact that we’re alive and doing fine on a Thursday, February 14, 2019. Valentines Day! Oregon’s Birthday! Portland’s weather is rainy and windy, highs around 40..but a winter storm warning remains in effect in the Gorge, and man alive, we’ve seen some human suffering there. What a mess. Let’s get to it:

The ordeal is over for the hundreds or thousands of travelers who were stuck for seventeen hours on a frozen stretch of Interstate 84 in the Columbia Gorge. Drivers ignoring the chain requirement are getting blamed, but long-haul truckers say the worst conditions they saw anywhere in the nation made the highway impassable whether they were chained or not. The result was an epically bad experience for all those souls on the road: guys hauling crude in big rigs, indy rock bands going to a gig, families with babies who packed their dreams in a U-Haul for the move to Portland, the Red Deer Rebels heading for a hockey game in Everett, Pendleton folks trying to get to PDX for their flight to warm climates, and all the vagabonds flowing west on the modern Oregon Trail. All were stranded together in the cold on an endless winter night. Reports say people were tense, cold, and hungry. Nobody slept. There were no bathrooms, except, one hopes, for a kind Winnebago driver or two. What can you do? I’d tell the kids: hide behind this truck and get it done while I guard you. Kick snow over it.

Our latest information from ODOT tweets as of 0300: “Good news, I-84 WB in Columbia River Gorge is open. Bad news, I-84 WB closed to trucks at Ontario and to cars at Baker City due to three trucks crashed 27 miles west of La Grande. The WB closure has been extended to Baker City and Ontario due to no more room for commercial vehicles in La Grande or Baker City.

Traveling, it sounds like, was tough for everybody. A flight bound from Orange County for Seattle made an emergency landing in Reno after severe turbulence. Two passengers and a flight attendant were hospitalized when the drink cart was upended, and cans of Coke and mini-bottles of Chardonnay went flying.

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The other big story: The Portland City Council voted 3-2 to withdraw, as it did in 2005, from Joint Terrorism Task Force. I watched the session and noted the comments of the City Commissioners.

Amanda Fritz, yes: “I found it hard to trust the FBI under President Obama. It’s impossible now.”
Nick Fish, no: “The FBI will do this work whether or not we participate. I’d rather have our values on the table than walk away from community oversight.”
Jo Ann Hardesty, yes: “When we talk about one Portland where everyone is respected, I cannot in good conscience continue in the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”
Chloe Eudaly, yes: “I do not trust the system that JTTF functions within. I do not trust the administration that oversees it. Sometimes we get to challenge and change the system. This is one of those times.”
Ted Wheeler, no: “I believe it’s a mistake. The task force doesn’t go away–it continues to operate without the City’s help. By withdrawing, we lose our ability to bring our Portland values to the table.”

Portland’s Police Chief says she fears the decision will “wall off” the city from FBI information on terrorist or other criminal activity. But the vote may have been cemented when US Attorney Billy Williams, when asked by Hardesty if he believes in Oregon’s sanctuary law, responded that federal officials are “not required to follow Oregon law.”

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It’s been one year since the shootings at Parkland, Florida. Students who immediately rose to prominence by advocating measures to stop gun violence are still at it. Says David Hogg: “Michelle Obama should run for president in 2020 and end this madness already,”

Both the Senate and the House are expected to pass today the deal to avert a government shutdown tomorrow, and the thinking is the president will sign it. We’ll see.

Lyndon LaRouche, who ran for president 8 times and ranged from way far left to way far right, has died at 96.

Willamette Week is buoying the morale of a beer-lover’s city undergoing a wave of brewery closures, with a story headlined, “Portland International Airport is Beervana. Our airport not only has higher-quality booze than most others—its selection could put entire cities to shame. ”

The big news in Rip City–besides trashing the Golden State Warriors 129-107 last night– is that the Blazers have signed former Knicks big man Enes Kanter, in a push to actually get beyond the first round in the playoffs this year. And this guy has a big personality. We might love him!

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Calendar notes:

February 14, 1859 …Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union. Happy 160th birthday to the state we love!

February 14, 1896 …Portland’s Union Station Opens its Doors- described by the Morning Oregonian as “commodious and handsome.”

February 14, 2005…Youtube.com was launched. There is no better way to spend a lunch hour looking up your favorite band on YouTube, and following the links.

And 20 years ago today, the first GPS satellite was launched. Now we really don’t have to ask for directions!

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After 15 unexpected years wandering the Martian surface, NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover is now officially dead. There’s sadness in the scientific community that this little robot, which had a projected lifespan of 90 days, has succumbed to whatever forces exist on Mars. But we know Mars better than we ever imagined, and it’s not impossible to believe that our next giant leap will put an American boot into some red dust in our lifetimes.

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Let’s launch our Good News Rover! (And let’s see if I can format it correctly, unlike yesterday, on the Links page in the Coffee Cup)

–“Teacher jumps into action after seeing student riding bike on highway, learns he’s trying to save his father’s life”

–“Great mid-winter workout! HS football players clear driveways for neighbors”

–“Global search finds blood donor in Australia for three-year-old cancer patient in US”

–“Officers walk fallen deputy’s 7-year-old son to school”

–“Astronomers shoot down Russian startup that wants to put billboards in space.”

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Sunrise 7:14 AM….sunset 5:36 PM. Do you feel it? Spring is really and truly coming. Really! Truly!