Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Good (gak gak) morning! We’re coming up for air on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Middle of the week, middle of the month, payday for many, but sometimes, all we need is the air that we breathe, so. Let’s get right to it:

Portland’s Air Quality Index, at 0300, was an unhealthy 163. Dramatic improvement is a day away, but it could sweeten up late today or tonight as a barely noticeable breeze off the ocean filters through the gaps in the coast range, pushing back some of the low-elevation smoke that darkens our air, smoke from northern and eastern fires that poured in through the Columbia Gorge on Monday night. All that smoked is still trapped by stagnant air between Salem and Chehalis. The upper level winds will maintain a southerly flow, pumping in smoke from southern Oregon and California wildfires, and that should affect our sunrises and sunsets–but, starting tomorrow, not our lungs.

Both of Southwest Oregon’s major fires are one month old today, having been started by a July 15 lightning outbreak. The 55K acre Klondike fire is just 15% contained, while the Taylor Creek fire, to the south and west, is at 48K acres and 45% contained, all pending the 7AM update, which I’ll get to when crunch time is over on the radio show. Neither fire will be fully contained for weeks; in fact the expected containment date for the Klondike blaze is Halloween. Folks in Medford and Grants Pass are looking at Portland’s nasty air quality yesterday and saying, Welcome to our world.

I’m hearing about some all-woman crews on fire lines. Brava!

The bedside vigil goes on for Aretha Franklin.

Deputies ID’d the person who pushed a 16-year old off the bridge over the Lewis River last week as an 18-year old woman. The Clark County prosecutor will decide on criminal charges.


The air was nasty, but the girls played on in the Little League Softball World Series at Alpenrose Stadium. Lake Oswego’s team made it to the semifinals, and last night in the haze they opened strong against a Pennsylvania team but ultimately lost 6-4. But dang, they looked good, slashing the ball around the field, picking runners off third….while the ESPN crew sampled Alpenrose ice cream and coughed in the smoky air….LO plays a Louisiana team for third place at 3 this afternoon, while PA plays an Ohio team for the title at 7 on ESPN.

Today would be the third day of practice for high school fall sports in Oregon, but quite a few called it off yesterday because of the air. PPS says they’re monitoring early this morning to make a decision about whether to cancel today.


Big crowd at the Evergreen school board meeting last night. Teachers, wanting to teach, needing a contract.

The CDC reports that at least 20 people have been hospitalized and hundreds more sickened in 15 states from a parasite linked to McDonald’s salads. No known cases in Oregon so far.

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters turns 80 years old today.

“The Wizard of Oz” premiered this day in 1939, 79 years ago today. What can we say about that classic of our childhoods?–with the sad, sweet “Over the Rainbow” and the goofy little troupe making its way down the road to freedom, thwarted by menacing obstacles but finally attaining their dreams simply through the act of believing them to be true; that’s The Secret, after all. It’s unnerving to think of the pre-SAG realities, like Toto the dog getting paid more than double what the little Munchkins earned, and the lungfuls of aluminum powder that forced Buddy Ebsen to quit the role as the Tin Man, or the third degree burns suffered by Margaret Hamilton when the Wicked Witch disappeared in a ball of flame. Or the fact that the director smacked Judy Garland in the face to get her to stop giggling at the Cowardly Lion. Or the Wizard’s statement to Dorothy that “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others,” which drew awwws, but is complete BS; the opposite is true. Or the Scarecrow’s brainy declaration that “The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side,” a misstatement of the Pythagorean Theorem that’s given sophomores in math class convulsions for generations. But still. A wonderful movie. We shouldn’t think too much about it, like I just did!

Let’s clear the smoke with some headlines from the bright web!

–“Power has been restored to all of Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 11 months ago, officials said Tuesday”

–“Girl saved after mom hears symptoms of malaria on radio”

–“Authorities close dam gates to save elephant from swirling flood waters”

–“The first Ford Mustang owner kept the car. It’s now worth $350,000”

Let’s see…what did I miss, besides my daily target of 10,000 steps…which I shorted by 8,000…oh! Sunrise 6:11 AM, sunset 8:17 PM. Let’s wish for a west wind, hold a good thought for Aretha, and make this is wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Howdy, neighbors! It’s Daily Drip time, and don’t worry that it’s Monday, because it’s Monday for everybody else, and don’t worry that it’s the 13th, because 13 is a very lucky number in Italy, where the phrase “fare tredici” (“to do 13”) means “to hit the jackpot.” And be happy that it’s August, because this is the month when we do our very best at living in the moment, as we always should, knowing that the “ember” months are right around the corner. Portland’s weather is turning hot and hazy again, with highs in the low 90’s today–this’ll be our 27th–then high 90’s tomorrow, and moderation late in the week. Highs at the coast should be no more than 72. Sunrise 6:09 AM, sunset 8:21 PM.

Perseid meteor shower peaked last night. Can I get a witness?

That fellow who stole the Horizon Airlines plane? He was a former Oregonian. Lived in Coos Bay for five years starting in 2010. Met his wife there and they opened a bakery. Became a ground service agent at Sea-Tac, somehow acquired the skill to fire up, taxi, and take off in a Bombardier Q400 twin-engine turboprop, and tooled around for an hour in the lovely Puget Sound sunset. Enormous credit goes to the air traffic controllers who improvised miracles to clear out the rush-hour airspace even as they pretended to chat casually with him until he “called it a night” on a barely populated island. He wasn’t a licensed pilot, and told the tower that he’d “played some video games,” which have some excellent flight simulators. It’s still astounding that he did as well as he did, swooping and rolling and circling Mt. Rainier; I might be able to do that in a Cessna, and I had training. A childhood friend believes the man had a brain injury while playing football. While it’s unbelievably sad that he cut his life short and pierced the hearts of his loved ones, and evidence of an underaddressed epidemic of mental trouble in our country, this could have ended with many more lives lost.

A pilot with engine trouble landed a red, white, and blue Cessna 172 on the 580 freeway in San Leandro, CA last night. Dashcam video shows him waiting for a gap in traffic, then dropping the plane in for a smooth merge.

Cowlitz County deputies are searching for an Ohio man who was last seen starting a day hike near Mt. St. Helens Thursday morning.

The health department is spreading word that somebody with the measles paid a visit to Portland from July 30 to August 6, rode MAX, ate pancakes, and visited a bridal show on 23rd. Symptoms include coughing, fever, runny nose–which is how most of us feel sometimes in winter–and then a rash that starts at the head and spreads down. People with symptoms should call first before doing to the doc, before bringing their pathogens to the waiting room.

The media covered the stuffings out of it, but only a handful of white supremacists and their ilk showed up in DC yesterday. They were outnumbered, like, 500-1, by people who oppose everything they stand for.

Reality-show villain Omarosa pretty much owned the political Twittersphere this weekend, with wild stories that might be true; she contradicted herself in media interviews on a key point or two, and even estranged fixer Michael Cohen came to Trump’s defense, saying emphatically that the president did not eat paper. At least in his presence. Omarosa did give Meet The Press a secret recording of her being fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly–in the top-secret Situation Room, no less, which the White House termed “a blatant disregard for our national security.”


The Seattle Mariners, who seemed to be into their familiar summer swoon, picked a fine to come alive and sweep the first place Astros on the road in Houston. The M’s, now 4 games out of first place, open a 3-game set at second-place Oakland tonight.

The Vancouver Whitecaps ended the Timbers unbeaten string 2-1 Saturday night.

The crowd roared for Tiger Woods just like days of old…but he came up short on the 17th, finishing second to Brooks Kopeka in the PGA Championship in St. Louis.

“The Meg,” about a freaky gigantic shark, took a chomp out of “Mission Impossible” and more than doubled analysts’ box-office expectations, swallowing $44.5 million in North America to be this weekend’s number one movie.


Oregon actress and pioneer granddaughter Gretchen Corbett–who played Jim Rockford’s lawyer and sometimes girlfriend–lights up 73 candles today. Alfred Hitchcock was born this day in 1899. markswoman Annie Oakley was born in 1860, and “Bambi” premiered this day in 1942. Stephen King told Rolling Stone that the first movie he ever saw was a horror movie. It was Bambi. Some lines from Bambi:

Owl: “Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example, you’re walking along, minding your own business, then, you’re looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of the sudden, you run smack into a pretty face. WHOO-WHOO!”

Thumper: “Eating greens is a special treat. It makes long ears and great big feet. [to Bambi, aloud] But it sure is awful stuff to eat. [looks at his mother and turns to Bambi] [whispering] I made that last part up myself.

Bambi’s mother, as the forest burns: [last words] “Faster! Faster, Bambi! Don’t look back! Keep running! KEEP RUNNING!”

Ouch. They showed us that when we were little kids!


In real life, the mother orca who has carried around her deceased calf for 17 days, in an endangered pod off the Washington coast, has let her go.

OK! Let’s see what I can find on the Bright Web!

–“Dog with Cancer Crosses ‘Find a Home’ Off His Bucket List”

–“Teenaged Syrian refugee ‘saved the day’ after rescuing toddler from Hamilton rooftop”

–“Police rescue a bride from her flooded car when she’s stranded on her wedding day. And her dress stays dry!”

–“Family returns from Carr Fire evacuation to find Grant the fish happy and well-fed”


May we all be happy and well fed, and bring comfort to those who aren’t! Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Well, hello there! Here’s Friday, August 10. 2018, and we have every reason on earth to be glad. First–it’s Friday! And second, the heat warnings are canceled, while a zephyr from the ocean is gradually pushing out the stagnant soup we’ve been swimming in for days. It’s like we’re angelfish, getting new aquarium water. Plus, it’ll be cooler! Our high today should reach a that’s-enough-thank-you 88 today, then fifteen degrees cooler with light showers tomorrow. Sunrise 6:05 AM, Sunset 8:25 PM.

We’re connoisseurs of clean air, here in Cascadia, and it’s been nasty lately because of fires and heat. This is the future we’re making. The pollution loop shows improvement overnight in the Portland area, while the air remains unhealthy across a swath of southwest Oregon.

The closure’s been lifted at Klineline Pond–come on in, the e-coli count is within limits!

Saying the recent management purge is too little and too late, four women have filed a class-action suit against Nike, alleging that a good ol’ boy culture has created an atmosphere of unequal pay and sexual harassment.

A new Mom in Stayton says she felt shamed and humiliated by her own doctor, who told her to cover up while she fed her baby at the Salem Clinic.

This story’s going national, and rightly so. The Kalama teen who was shoved off that high bridge into the Lewis River–while trying to back out from jumping–is feeling well enough to do media interviews. Through cracked ribs and a punctured lung, she said that at first she wanted to jump, hesitated when she saw the fifty-foot drop, asked not to be counted down, but was counted down anyway and pushed screaming and sprawling into the abyss. The shover’s name is being kept out of the news so far. The shovee is Jordan Holgerson, 16, from Kalama.

Space is the next battlefield, says VP Pence, as he called on a vacationing Congress to allocate eight billion dollars to, um, launch an entirely new branch of the military called the Space Command. Fascinating topic. Space already is the battlefield, if you add the prefix “cyber.” This feels like a distraction. The president’s campaign is selling merch.

In a private ceremony for security reasons, Melania Trump’s parents yesterday became US citizens, benefiting from America’s family-based immigration program, derided as “chain migration” by their son-in-law.

“The Ringside” has always meant one thing in Portland: steaks. The Ringside Fish House closes for good Sunday night after a 7-year run.

Will the streak continue? The smoking hot Portland Timbers host their Cascadia rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening, and it will be a roarful night on the old Providence pitch. While our side goes for a franchise record 16th consecutive unbeaten string, they’ll do it while welcoming home two fresh returnees from the Timbers’ 2015 MLS Cup-winning club: defender Jorge Villafaña and forward Lucas Melano. Any corrections or additions, Timber Joey Webber or PA dude Kevin Flink ?

The Seahawks fell 19-17 to Indianapolis in the preseason opener last night, but the outcome matters not at all. It’s practice, for the starters, and a career-on-the-line audition for backups.

American garage-rocker (and #70 on Rolling Stone’s best 100 guitarists in history) Jack White plays at the Coliseum on Saturday night. That old barn is an apt venue for him; he’s into all things analog and retro, recording his guitars on 8-track tape, and doing sessions with Dylan and Loretta Lynn.

Thousands of people love this event: the Providence Bridge Pedal is Sunday, when you can ride your bike with glee on the Marquam and the Fremont and other bridges that are thick with cars every other day of the year. This year there are course changes because of Springwater Trail work, but the heart of the event is alive and well.

Happy birthday to one of the Good Guys–I mean, literally, one of the KISN Good Guys—a scholar of radio, a critic of that which must be criticized, a Dripster, a successful businessman, and my friend, Dave Rogoway!

Want a one-day vacation to a very different place from Portland? Head out to Dufur, for Vintage Dufur Days, a “festival of live music, museum displays, a Main Street parade, food court, field operations, a vintage tractor pull and so much more!” The fires out there have been corralled, but the damage is done, and folks there could use some love from their fellow Northwesterners.

Your Swedish ancestors learned a hard lesson about vanity on this date in 1628, when the extravagant and heavily weaponed warship Vasa, King Gustavus Adolphus’ tribute to himself and his country, was hastily launched on its maiden voyage to please His Majesty–and, being top-heavy with bronze cannon, rolled over and went directly to the bottom of the Stockholm harbor. It’s since been raised, artfully restored, and put on display in a museum where you can take a deck-by-deck tour, although a caution about the ground floor: some lost sailors are on display too.

And now a little good news for ourselves!

–“Rapper and Actor Ludacris Has Been Randomly Buying Groceries for Strangers for Years.”

–“Eighty-year-old man rescues drowning boy, discovers he also saved the child’s father 30 years ago” (The actual headline said “elderly” man, but I was lightly spanked about that adjective by several Dripsters yesterday).

–“Falling boy survives 8th floor plunge despite ripping through life-saving bed sheet held by neighbors”

–“2-year-old who overcame the odds and learned to walk inspires millions

–“Egyptian students design car that runs on air”

I believe the Daily Drip Link Farm will be ready for planting soon. Meantime, for details on any of those stories, just Google the headline, and it’ll pop up, just like that!


And that’s the Daily Dealie for another week! Who’s doing what this weekend? We need pix! I’ll open threads for discussion in the morning, and of course, we’ll be here if the weird…turns weirder. It’s Friday, when things happen. May they be good things!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Good morning! Let’s stick a toe into the water of this Thursday, August 9, 2018–oh! It’s fine, at 68 degrees at 4 in the morning when I post this. But later today, we’ll need a meat thermometer to tell our level of doneness. High today 95, for our 25th day above 90, before we retreat to 85 Friday, 75 with showers Saturday, and 85 Sunday. Sunrise 6:04 AM, Sunset 8:27 PM. Portland’s air quality is wobbling between good and moderate, with hazy skies thanks to distant wildfires. (Sacramento’s been covered with smoke for two weeks).

Some breathtakingly bad judgment is seen in a video taken on the high bridge over Moulton Falls on the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington. A 16-year old girl in a bathing suit, part of a group of partying teens, was standing on the ledge and obviously hesitating about taking the three-story leap, when another young woman behind her gave her a shove from behind and down she went. The 16-year old survived, but with five broken ribs and a lung injury, and no word yet on consequences for the pusher.

Meantime a 52-year old man leaped from the top of a waterfall in Skamania County, plummeting sixty feet to the bottom, and it took both a high-angle rescue and a Coast Guard helicopter to bring him to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

Does it seem risky and unwise that a large percentage of Portland’s rail and transit traffic is funneled over the century-old Steel Bridge? The TriMet management broached that spendy topic yesterday by revealing they’re analyzing future alternatives: new bridge? Tunnel under the river? Does anyone have a spare billion dollars?

Nobody knows what’s become of a 28-year old mom and her 6 and 7-year-old daughters, who were last seen walking barefoot on a road in Gold Hill, in southern Oregon, at around 10 Tuesday morning. Relatives say the mother may be in a mental crisis, and a search is underway. They had water with them…but she has no car, no cell phone, and no money.

A Portland City Council meeting was noisily disrupted by people protesting police brutality during Saturday’s waterfront clash. One protester clobbered a security guard with a megaphone; two people were arrested for trespassing, including a 67-year old woman.

An extensive story in Willamette Week says right-wing protesters like the hundreds who came primarily from out of town last weekend have declared Portland “enemy territory,” and plan to come here again and in greater numbers to show the city the error of its ways. They are huge fans of Alex Jones, the right-wing radio ringmaster, who has devoted extensive time to the condemnation of Portland. (He’s the guy who denies that Sandy Hook happened).

Voter turnout in Clark County this week was 25.9%–even though the state paid for the postage stamp.

Somebody locked their terrier in their car in the noonday sun yesterday, and the poor pup was barking crazily, according to a poster on Reddit. The owner arrived just as the poster was about to call the police non-emergency number, as you’re apparently required to do, before bashing out the window.

Newsweek says it’s come up with records showing that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has her family’s $40 million yacht on the Great Lakes registered as a foreign-flagged vessel from the Caymans, a haven for tax dodging.

Football time! The Seattle Seahawks preseason begins tonight at 7 at Centurylink Field against the Indianapolis Colts. The Hawks have one of the best quarterbacks in the game in Russell Wilson, but they’re coming off their first postseason miss since 2011, have lost some key but aging players like Richard Sherman, and will have 15 new starters on the fie;d tonight..

The Unipiper was behind the anchor desk at Channel 8 last night at 11. I’m sure it kilt in the ratings.

Changes in the Oscars: a new category for “Best Popular Film” is being created, specifically for blockbusters, which kill at the box office but often go un-Oscarred. And they’re trimming the broadcast to a mere three hours, by presenting some of the awards during commercial breaks.

Two important historical events on this date: In 1945, Nagasaki was devastated by the atomic bomb code-named Fat Man that was dropped from an American B-29. The plutonium for this fearsome weapon was created 200 miles up the Columbia from Portland at Hanford, Washington.

And in 1974, Richard Nixon waved his arms one final time and boarded a helicopter to historical oblivion, while Gerald Ford became President of the United States, with comforting words: “Our long national nightmare is over.”

Happy birthday to the Dude! Sam Elliott, actor and David Douglas graduate, born this day in 1944.

It’ll be hit after hit, spanning decade after decade, as Hall and Oates and Train play tonight at 7 at the Moda Center.

Prolific comedian and actor Amy Schumer is at IIlani tonight, up in Ridgefield.

Good stuff!

–“LEGO launch their first sustainable blocks made from sugarcane”

–“It’s 2 miracles: 2 cats found weeks after Kansas house explosion”

–“A teenager who was given a 1% chance of full recovery after a skiing accident has achieved seven As in his exams”.

–“Spanish man helps his grandma who can’t read or write to use her phone by drawing intricate doodles in a customised address book”

–“Lab-Grown Organs Could Save 20 People a Day”

Hmmm..I must’ve dug the coffee beans out of the caffeinated jar, instead of the decaf…I’m in a really good mood this morning! Excited about going to the radio station and having fun with Bruce and Janine on K103!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Good morning to you! And thanks for dropping by the sunbleached Daily Parch for Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Like a brisket on a spit, or a chop on a rotisserie, we’re rotating into the high heat of our 24th day this year above 90. Our region is painted red on the weather maps to signify an Excessive Heat Warning, with highs today and tomorrow reaching the high 90’s, kept out of the hundreds only by the wispy lacework of wildfire smoke overhead. I think that’s why we only made 93 yesterday. Don’t let anyone sell you the “dry heat” canard. Wind and humidity patterns will lend, in the words of the National Weather Service, “a muggier feeling to the heat. This increases the heat index and will allow the temperatures to feel warmer than they actually are.” Joy. However, as long as NWS has the DD microphone, let’s ask them to tell us something good: “An upper low will pass to our north Friday and Saturday for cloudier and cooler weather, and possibly light rain.” Sunrise 6:03 AM, Sunset 8:28 PM.

Let’s give a very warm welcome–wish it was a cooler one–to hundreds of talented girls age 10-12 from around the world, and their families, who are in Portland for the Little League Softball World Series! It starts today at picturesque Alpenrose Stadium off Shattuck Road, bucolically and olfactorily adjacent to a working dairy, and continues on ESPN up to the championship game one week from today.

The job of Portland Mayor comes with few powers–it’s really a City Council seat with a gavel and a big microphone–but Ted Wheeler’s about to wield the one big stick the mayor has, and that’s the authority to divvy up city management responsibilities among the council members. These shakeups are always hush-hush, but the secret’s been leaked to The Oregonian/Oregon Live, which says Wheeler keeps the hot potatoes of Police and Housing, Chloe Eudaly keeps Neighborhoods and takes over Transportation, Dan Saltzman finishes his career with Fire, Fighting Nick Fish (strong guy: going full speed at city hall, in between chemo sessions for stomach cancer) gets Parks, and Water will be on the Fritz–Amanda, that is.

Two reverends and a rabbi were arrested for blocking the sidewalk at Portland ICE headquarters yesterday. They were part of an interfaith group demanding that ICE release, into the care of a support system ready for them, the asylum seekers who are still, after all this time, in the federal detention facility in Sheridan.

Which brings us to election results!

It’s the morning after Primary Day in Washington, where voters have set up a November showdown between Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican Susan Hutchison; while in SW Washington, Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler will duel with Democrat Carolyn Long, a professor at WSU Vancouver who aims to flip that seat. In Ohio, they’re still counting the provisional ballots, but the Republican candidate has declared a tight victory over the Democrat in a race for a congressional seat that’s been GOP-occupied for 40 years. Missouri voters overturned a GOP right-to-work law, in victory for organized labor.

This was the day in 1974 when Richard Nixon faced the music of Watergate by giving the TV camera that warily reproachful look of his, and handing in his notice. I halfway anticipated jubilation in the streets, but when I got off the air at KGW after the speech I walked across Jefferson to the Leaky Roof, and everyone just seemed exhausted by it all.

And now a word from our better angels…

–“Groom stops wedding photo shoot to rescue drowning man”

–“Woman helps man short on cash at convenience store, finds out he’s Keith Urban”

–“Abandoned dog at the Houston Humane Society gets showered with internet love”

–“Man plants a tree every day for 39 years and creates a lush forest”

In case you missed it yesterday…the iHeart web staff is working to create a place where you can access the details of these stories. We’ll unveil the Daily Drip Link Farm when it’s ready!

Glenn Campbell died one year ago today. He gave wings to Jimmy Webb’s most achingly melodic songs, he was the nimblest guitar player the Beach Boys ever had, he ran in the fast musical company of The Wrecking Crew, and he’s dearly missed.

It’s International Cat Day. People who care about cats (Keillor phrase) might want to look into, via the Google, the Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary. It’s an 82-acre retreat, not open to the public, that’s home to a loved population of tigers, cougars, bobcats, and other big felines who were saved from the heartbreaking circumstances that captive wild animals find themselves in. It’s a remarkable place that I’ve recently learned about, located near Scotts Mills, between Mulino and Silverton. And no, despite their epicentric location, they don’t seem to raise any warning yowls about the tiny earthquakes that sometimes nudge the ground beneath them. I interviewed a volunteer and board member, and that’ll go up on the DD Link Farm too.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Morning, l’il buddies! Your radio daddio here, tapping out the Daily Drip for Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Portland’s weather is brutally hot for the next three days, with highs of 95 today and 98 the following two, and all that’s keeping us below 100 is that smudgy haze in the heavens. Sunrise 6:01 AM…sunset 8:30 PM.

The haze above the Northwest is flowing from multiple wildfires to the south, including the 441-square-mile Mendocino Complex blaze, now officially the largest in California history. Other fires continue spreading outside Grants Pass in Oregon. Air quality there is unhealthy, but it’s currently good in Portland and the Willamette Valley.

Crazy scene in the afternoon rush hour yesterday as a guy with a knife carjacked an SUV in the Pearl, hit a pedestrian, then crashed on I-5 at Capitol Highway, where he stole another car with a woman inside and crashed that one too in Multnomah Village while under pursuit by police. Everyone involved will live, with the suspect currently locked up.

An internal review is underway, but both Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Danielle Outlaw are pleased with how the force handled the right-left faceoff on Saturday. Their bottom line is that two sides were kept separated and the worst was avoided. Counterprotesters say that cops protected the alt-right side while brutalizing members of the left, leaving at least one man with a head injury from a flash-bang cartridge, and a woman with serious burns.

A Gresham man has been ordered to pay $1600 and meet personally with leaders of the Muslim community to make amends after he pulled up next to a couple at a stoplight and shouted at a pregnant woman, “take the (deleted) burka off” while mimicking shooting them with his index finger.

Nighttime security is now on the prowl after somebody sprayed “Yuppies Out” and “Yuppies Death” on new homes under construction in the 600 block of NE Going.

Today is primary election day in Washington, and the state is paying for stamps, so no excuses! Senator Maria Cantwell has 28 people vying for her seat, and it’s likely she’ll face longtime TV anchor and former GOP chair Susan Hutchison in the fall. It’s election day for an open seat in Congress in Ohio, long held by Republicans, but Democrats hope to flip it; polls say it’ll be tight.

Today is Military Appreciation Day at the Clark County Fair. Bull riding and “Mutton Busting” finals are at 7 tonight.

This was the date in 1964 when Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving LBJ the power to wage war in Vietnam. Oregon’s maverick Wayne Morse was one of only two “no” votes, and I dug out the transcript. He said on the Senate floor, “I don’t know why we think, just because we’re mighty, that we have the right to try to substitute might for right. It’s just as unsound when we do it as when Russia does it.”

Happy birthday to the transistor radio! The first was sold in Japan on this date in 1955. When I was 8 and living in Libertyville, Illinois, I curled up each night with the transistor under my pillow and heard people having good times on WGN (Cubs!) and WLS (Rock and roll! Dick Biondi!) and dreamed, “Someday. But someplace nicer than Chicago.” Every bit came true!

Beaverton High graduate (and Pink Martini guest vocalist) Ari Shapiro is celebrating his third anniversary as host of “All Things Considered.”

Today is Garrison Keillor’s 76th birthday. Apart from the conduct which exiled him from the garden of public radio, words flow like midwestern honey from this crusty Minnesotan, so we’ll look to the scribe of Lake Wobegon for today’s Daily Drip QOTD. (By the way, Keillor lost the handwritten manuscript of his first novel at Portland’s Union Station in the 60s. Let me know if you find it!)

“Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.”

“When you wage war on the public schools, you’re attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You’re not a conservative, you’re a vandal.”

“They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days.”

“Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.”


Pour a little sugar on me, baby!

–“Police officer jumps off overpass to save boy’s life in daring New York rescue”

–“This teen was auctioning his pig to fight cancer. Four bidders in a row donated it right back…quadrupling what he raised.”

–“Elderly men escape nursing home to go to heavy metal festival”

–“Viral Louisiana supermarket employee who let autistic customer stock shelves gets $100G for college.”

Coming soon to the DD…a really easy way to link to these stories!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Hello, and how are you? It’s Monday, so soon, August 6, 2018, and we’re back in the hot soup this week, with highs that lay out like this: Monday 93: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 95-100, and Friday, 85. It’s our third heat wave of the summer, and this time we’re supposed to get more smoke and haze. Forecasters tell me it’s difficult to predict if we’ll get much at ground level; last year we were so smokey at times it was unbearable. It’ll be in the perfect 70’s on the coast all week. Today’s sunrise is right at 6:00, sunset 8:31 PM, and we’ll lose about 12 minutes of daylight this week.

City leaders today are reviewing video from Saturday’s right/left showdown on the downtown waterfront, following up on complaints about use of force, and looking for crimes that police might have missed. But it didn’t turn into a riot; just mainly an occasion for rage and insults. Several people were treated for minor injuries including Oregonian reporter Eder Campuzano, who was narrating the events live on Facebook–with probably a dozen Dripsters listening–when he was clocked with a thrown bottle, and uttered half an oath (“God…”) as he dropped the feed. This part of the New York Times’ Portland coverage caught my attention: “Much of the protest seemed to be about spectacle and showboating. There is a pattern, and it long predates the recent protests and the election of Mr. Trump: To groups on the fringe, attention is oxygen, and Portland is a great place to get it.” (The Times also said that “many people” in Portland call the city “Portlandia.” Bzzzzt! Wrong. Not unless they’re named Fred or Carrie).

ODOT crews made a disturbing find during the ramp work on I-84 at I-5: thousands of cars and trucks every day have been rumbling over a ramp supported by broken rebar with holes in it. They’re fixing it, and that’ll delay the ramp’s reopening until Tuesday midday. But how many other instances of hidden structural damage from that 1960’s vintage could we be riding on, blissfully unaware?

Heads up–literally. The PDX North Runway (10L/28R) is closed for a month, starting today. That’ll shift approaches and departures to the south.

This is the day 73 years ago when the silver shadow of an American bomber thundered across the sky of Hiroshima, Japan, and a moment later the city was a fiery ruin. The thousands who were killed instantly at Hiroshima and days later at Nagasaki, and the tens of thousands more who died in years to come from burns and radiation poisoning, will be honored in the annual memorial at Portland’s Japanese American Historical Plaza along Nato Parkway at NW Couch, 6 PM.

A surprise tweet from President Trump, who acknowledged that his son’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer was to get information on an opponent and that it was “totally legal.”

The president of Venezuela survived an apparent assassination attempt after an explosion delivered by drone exploded as he was giving a speech on the economy.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing more than 90 people, and injuring hundreds more.

Nice work by Clackamas Fire Engine 309 and Heavy Rescue 305, who used a sling to safely pull up a 12-year-old llama named Cocoa, who was stuck eight feet down in a ditch in Oregon City.

Say, that guy seen on video taunting a bison at Yellowstone last week turns out to be an Oregonian, wouldn’t ya know. From Pendleton. The bison was smart enough to walk away, but this same guy was arrested the very same week for obnoxious behavior in two other National Parks–Glacier and Grand Teton. SFGate calls it a vacation “that would make Clark Griswold blush.”


Some good stuff!

–“Walmart cashier steps in when nail salon refuses wheelchair-bound woman”

–“Letter Carrier Reunited with Girl He Rescued from Human Trafficking”

–“Brazilian drug dealer kidnaps medical staff, makes them vaccinate community against yellow fever”

–“Cincinnati science teacher sets fastest record for rowing solo across Atlantic Ocean”

–“Reese’s sends care package to a man whose Reese’s cup was missing peanut butter”

–“Seven puppies found on remote island rescued, named after “Gilligan’s Island” characters”

Hey, I missed what would have been Portland Mayor Vera Katz’ 85th birthday on Friday, and I’m sorry about that. This smart and powerful woman deserves to be remembered. With a hat tip to Sam Adams, I’ll relate a quote from George Bernard Shaw that she had framed and hanging on her wall, in the Mayor’s office in the southeast corner of the 4th floor at City Hall: “The reasonable woman adapts herself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to herself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable woman.”