Thursday, June 13, 2019

Good morning and welcome to all Dripsters and Quiet Readers (we’re trying out less-creeper terms than “lurkers”). Here we are, slouching into a thirsty Thursday, June 13, 2019! I’m feeling parched after two days under the solar broiler, and I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more of that to come. Broiler alert! But today will be more liveable–and lovable–than where we’ve been. Yesterday etched a record highs of 98 for Portland, and now we await a puff of wind from the west, an oceanic usher of cooler air from the Pacific that will limit us to a high of 80 to 85. Sunrise 5:21 AM…followed by our first 9:00 PM sunset of the year!

Air quality is fine so far today, and the arising westerlies should keep it that way. I wish there’d been a heads-up about the descent into unhealthful conditions yesterday afternoon, but I didn’t see one from any of the trusted sources. Maybe I missed it.

Aw, right in the middle of the year’s hottest afternoon, the health department hoisted a toxic algae advisory for Vancouver Lake. All people and animals reading this are advised to avoid areas of floating blue and green-colored scum. Dang, that’s the first thing I’d swim into on a day like this!

Well, we’ve done it…Oregon’s the 15th state to join the National Popular Vote Compact. Under a law signed yesterday by Governor Brown, our electoral votes would be awarded to whichever presidential candidate gets the most votes nationally, regardless of how this state actually votes. It’s part of a blueprint to render moot the electoral college, which has given us two 21st Century presidents who didn’t get the most votes. Just my unsolicited view, here: I cringe at the possibility of our state’s collective vote being cast in any way other than how we voted. Just how much confidence do we have in the integrity of our national elections?

By the by…Oregon’s Ron Wyden is seething at the Senate’s GOP gatekeeper, Mitch McConnell, for spiking his bill to mandate cybersecurity standards for elections. Wyden tweets that thanks to McConnell, “what happens in 2020 will make what happened in 2016 look like small potatoes.”

Pres. Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he wouldn’t necessarily alert the FBI if approached by foreign figures with dirt on his 2020 opponent, saying “It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.” When pressed about its apparent illegality (because it’s a foreign campaign contribution), Trump responded: “Oh, give me a break — life doesn’t work that way.”

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A major effort to throttle down Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions cleared a tough hurdle yesterday as HB 2020, which sets up an emission cap that shrinks over time, and requires polluters to pay increasing amounts for every ton they emit, passed the legislature’s joint budget committee and heads to the House floor.

Today at 1 is the memorial service in the Oregon Senate chambers for State Sen. Jackie Winters, the first African-American Republican elected to the Legislature, who died on May 29 at age 82.

PSU, which just handed its fired president a platinum parachute, makes the case today for an 11% tuition hike before the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. UPDATE–PSU cut the tuition hike to 4.9% yesterday, so they don’t have to get HECC approval.

The long-forsaken Blue Heron paper mill that stands like a jilted bride at the edge of Willamette Falls in Oregon City is apparently being sold to the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde, according to reporting by Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss. They say it’s not for a casino, but for future real estate development, economic diversification, and ready access to their ancestral fishing waters. It’s not lost on us that those are the same waters and same lands–along with pretty much the whole Willamette Valley–from which the ancestors of the modern tribal members were forcibly evicted by the United States government in 1855.

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Today’s the day the city begins writing actual tickets, and not just empty warnings, to heavyfooted folks who can’t abide by the new 40 MPH limit on the Marine Drive, out past the airport, a dragstrip of a stretch where many a crash has occurred.

It was good seeing Multnomah County cops walking up to wary people on the street yesterday–and handing them bottles of nice cold water. You have a right to remain hydrated. Any water you drink can and will keep you healthy. If you cannot afford a water bottle, one will be provided for you.

Officers respond to all kinds of calls that never make the news. A Washington County sheriffs deputy in Banks saved the day when somebody’s tiny dog got tangled up in the mini-blinds. Puppy’s terrified, the owner is panicking, 911 is called, deputy calmly cuts free the poor scared animal and heads back on patrol.

Golden State, down 3 games to 2, hosts the Toronto Raptors tonight in Oakland in the NBA finals, even as Kevin Durant confirms on his Instagram that he’s had surgery for a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. He’ll be out most or all of next season. By the way….quit blaming the coaches. KD wanted to play. Championship series, elimination game, you’re a star…you would, too. And he looked good! Until he didn’t.

The Portland Timbers beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1.

The St Louis Blues are anything but blue today, having won the first Stanley Cup in team history.

She wrote “Eat Pray Love” and other works, and tonight Elizabeth Gilbert is at Revolution Hall, in an appearance presented by Powell’s Books.

Irish poet William Butler Yeats was born this day in 1865.

This was the day in 1966 the US Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.

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Heads for a happier heart…

–“House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming”

–“Iowa school giving students PE credits for helping elderly, people with disabilities do yard work”

–“The millionaire who saved the 11-year-old boy who studied under a lamp”

–“Former gang leader thanks police for prison”

–“Student-created charity sends medical supplies to the Navajo Nation”

Details in the coffee cup.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The heat is on (flames are burning higher)
The heat is on (baby can’t you feel it)

Ear-worming, here, the great tune from the late Glen Frey…

(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)

It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and boy howdy were the weather honks right when they said we’d smash some records! Like (or maybe don’t like) 97 in Portland…Troutdale 94…McMinnville 95….and today tastes just about the same. Maybe a noodge more. The NWS tweeted yesterday that “Nature is overachieving.” But bundle up tomorrow: it’ll only be 85. How’d you sleep last night? Lows hovered around 70 in some areas, not exactly what folks in hot climes call “good sleeping weather.” Sunrise is at 5:21 AM for the third straight day, so the early birds are chirping for their breakfast worm smoothies when it’s 4-something in the AM. Birds at this hour seem confused; I’ve been dodging them, and bats, and joggers, on the way in to the radio station at 0515, my new start time. And sunset’s 8:59 PM, ready to hit the bizarrely late 9:00 tomorrow. Such is Solstice life at the upper latitudes.

As the song goes, “See you..in September…” It’s the last day of school in Portland! Whoops…in Portland, we’ll see you on August 28. And other places finish today, too…OC…Salem-Keizer K-5….tell me others….but Vancouver is in for another week. Thanks a lot, February snow days!

OK, this is rich…the Washington County Sheriffs Office reports that somebody was ticketed yesterday—for driving on studded tires. That’ll be a very cool $165.

Just in time for summer, folks in the Lloyd neighborhood are coming together today to keep Holladay Park a safe place to everyone. There’ve been problems of a violent nature there, and a community gathering today–involving groups ranging from police to schools to churches and SOLV, which I suspect is organizing an ongoing spiffup– will launch an effort to “bring a constant presence of prosocial activities and resources to the park in order to engage all citizens, especially our youth.” There’s a noon meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton, and then afterward everyone’s invited across the street to a BBQ in the park.

Portland’s Cathedral Park is a bit of a mess following the “Take the Bridge” run the other night. Organizers sent up flurries of what they say was biodegradable confetti to set the mood, but they used too much, and it apparently contained plastic as well. Neighbors have been coming over to clean up, amid a flurry of blowback on social media.

Never in the history of FIFA has there been a beatdown like the one the USA Women delivered as they opened the defense of their 2015 World Cup title in Reims, France. There were Portland shoeprints on this 13-nil tromping of Thailand as goals were scored by Portland Thorn Lindsey Horan and University of Portland legend Megan Rapinoe. These women achieved more goals in one game than the USA Men have in their last two World Cups combined. The issue of pay equity is suggesting itself this morning across the internet.

The Portland Timbers are on the road tonight to play the Seattle Sounders.

For several nights, spooky electric blue clouds have glimmered in the high skies during the twilight before dawn and after sundown all up and down the Pacific Northwest. Some of you may have taken photographs. These are rare noctilucent (night shining) clouds that are believed to be ice crystals forming on particles of dust 50 miles high.

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A new 2020 head-to-head national Quinnipiac poll is just out:

Biden 53%, Trump 40%
Sanders 51%, Trump 42%
Harris 49%, Trump 41%
Warren 49%, Trump 42%
Buttigieg 47%, Trump 42%
Booker 47%, Trump 42%

Caveat: Remember 2016.

A lividly eloquent Jon Stewart testified before a half-absent House Judiciary Committee on behalf on the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, saying “Accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber…I’m sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I am angry, and you should be too.” (There are no Oregonians on that committee and one from Washington, and I don’t know if he was present). (And jeers to NPR and other networks who called him “Comedian Jon Stewart”).

A European oak that was presented to President Trump by the president of France and planted in the South Lawn of the White House as a symbol of the longstanding French-American alliance has died. President Emmanuel Macron hastens to disclaim any metaphor, saying, “One shouldn’t see symbols where there are none.

Today would have been President George H.W. Bush’s 95th birthday…and a “Forever” postage stamp will be unveiled in his honor.

This was the day in 1987 when President Reagan stood outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin alongside the ugly East-West barrier and demanded of the Soviet leader, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” I asked our tour guide in Berlin to point out the exact spot where Reagan stood, and he couldn’t–it’s now a busy boulevard–but he did want to talk about “Portlandia.”

”Progressive radio talk show host Thom Hartmann–who sometimes nosed his Prius with Maine plates into a spot next to my Subaru when he did his program from Portland—comes back to town tonight to promote his latest book, “The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment” at Powell’s City of Books at 7:30 p.m.

Tuneful 20-year-old Canadian phenom Shawn Mendes fills up the Moda Center tonight with songs you might not know because the kids had them pumping into their earbuds when they were doing their homework. But they’re really listenable! (High-altitude seats still available).

It was 25 years ago today that OJ Simpson allegedly committed the murders of which he was acquitted.

Diarist and witness-to-the-worst Ann Frank began her 15 years of life 90 years ago today.

A judge in Argentina has ordered a man to pay his ex-wife $179,000 after she gave up her business career so she could clean house and raise kids.
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TMSG. Details in the Coffee Cup.

–“Come on up, Puppy!”

–“First female chief in Malawi annulled 850 child marriages, sends girls to school”

–“This disabled boy always wanted to go on a bike ride, but couldn’t – then a kind neighbour made it happen”

–“Photographer Builds Adorable Tiny Log Cabins in His Backyard to Keep Mouse Families Safe From Cats”

–“‘Absolutely amazing’: Airline brings in empty plane to fly students stranded in OKC airport”

Here’s the Cup.

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Who’s got a hot-weather story from yesterday to share?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Morning all! Radio daddio here, performing my radio role of proclaiming, “It’s gonna be a scorcher!”….as we’re taking the plunge into summer’s inaugural heat wave, on this Tuesday, June 11, 2019, our first day of the year in the 90s, and hardly our last. Ninety-five today, same tomorrow. The National Weather Service’s heat advisory kicks in at noon and continues until sundown tomorrow, when a slight cooling trend filters in. Sunrise 5:21 AM, sunset 8:59 PM. Early morning is a wonderful time to get your steps in, if your body clock will allow it, because temperatures are in the sixty-degree range. But stay alert if you’re sleepy; I had to veer to avoid a runner who was glibly trotting in the lane of traffic on Kruse Way in Lake Oswego at 5 AM yesterday, and not ten seconds later I braked to avoid a walker who was taking her dogs across that same four-lane–against the light. It’s a good reminder to, well, the likes of me…to be alert for folks who aren’t normally sentient at this hour.

Insert here the customary stories that are done by local media on overcooked days like this: the rivers are cold, so don’t leap in. (TVF&R fished a woman out of the Tualatin just yesterday).. drink drink drink water…etc. One thing new is that TriMet has done a bunch of MAX work, so the trains supposedly will run at full speed up to 100 degrees, instead of slowing down at 95. We’ll see!

The New York Times, taking its usual interest in the ways Portland leads the nation, reports that our local school board recently allocated $200,000 for climate-justice education in the coming school year, ahead of a district-wide program to be rolled out in 2020-2021. This is largely propelled by students from Pacific islands that stand to disappear. The story concludes, “If the rollout is successful, Portland Public Schools will have what is likely to be the most extensive dedicated climate-justice curriculum in the country.”

The Portland School Board makes a final decision tonight on a new mascot for Franklin High School, replacing the “Quakers,” which Ben Franklin wasn’t, and which is a religion, in violation of board policy. The finalists are Lightning, Thunderbolts, Ambassadors.

About the European-style “funicular” that’s been proposed to carry people from the new SW MAX line on Barbur Blvd up the hill to OHSU? Well, they’ve dropped the name, because this doesn’t really fit the definition, and now call the conveyance an “inclined elevator.” The TriMet steering committee tasked with making a recommendation yesterday opted to keep it on the table, along with a combinational elevator and bridge–and they dropped the notion of a second Aerial Tram.

ODOT’s replacing rose bushes with boulders to deter homeless campers along freeways.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s nationwide education tour makes a stop in Portland today for a free one-day conference at OMSI. If your family is affected, you know that information is your friend.

In the NBA Finals…wow. Golden State’s stayed alive with a 106-105 win in Toronto, but Kevin Durant, who finally started after missing more than a month, apparently tore his Achilles’. He’ll have an MRI today.

With four Portland Thorns on the roster, the US begins group play in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup today in Reims, France against Thailand. Game time is noon Pacific. The Thorns involved are goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielder Lindsey Horan, forward Tobin Heath, and defender Emily Sonnett.

Not to rush things, but…the Seattle Seahawks begin a mandatory off-season minicamp today.

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Goodness!

–“Hero Mom On Jet Ski Sees Boat On Fire & Rushes To Rescue 4 Children Trapped Inside.”

–“9-year-old pays off lunch debt for his entire third grade class”

–“School Gives Students Credit for Physical Education Class When They Do Yard Work for Seniors and the Disabled”

–“Teacher Has 4-Yr-Old Students Write Cooking Recipes & The Results Are Hilarious.”

–“Nothing’s as sweet as Tupelo Honey: Beekeepers in the United States’ southeastern swamplands are fighting to preserve this sweet delicacy.”

Links here!

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It’s understandable but sad to see folks like Mike Burton bailing off Facebook and departing the Drip community! It’s people like Mike, and you, and you, who’ve made this what it is. The truth is, I’ve had the same thought. We’ll play with alternatives and I’m open to suggestions. No change is imminent, but I’d like to do the right thing here. In the meantime, let’s devote today to staying cool!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Hello and good morning! It’s a summertime Monday, June 10, 2019, and Portland’s weather is ready to take us there. Sunny and 80 to 85 today…95 or more–some say 98–on Tuesday and Wednesday..and then, when we’re ready for a break, we drop to the low 80s to take us into the weekend. Coastal highs will be at least 15 degrees cooler. Sunrise 5:21 AM, sunset 8:58 PM. That 5:21 sunrise is the earliest of the year…and it’ll hang suspended at that moment for the next 12 days, while the moon is growing toward fullness one week from today. Plus, with clear skies tonight, our gaze will be drawn to the intense light of Jupiter, which will be at its brightest and closest point of the year when it rises at 8:43 PM.

It was a rough Sunday morning in the Pearl District, where a man was shot and killed by Portland police after he claimed that he had a knife, a bomb, and a hostage in a building at NW 13th and Lovejoy. Police say a woman, the apparent hostage, suffered a wound and was taken to the hospital. The building, which houses a Safeway and other businesses, was evacuated. The bomb squad was able to find no explosive device.

It’s a good time for the chat with the kids about creepy strangers handing out goodies: one such man–in his 60s with long hair and an eye patch, driving a beat-up pickup with a canopy, offered “treats” to an 11-year old girl in Gresham if she and her dog would get in the car. She made a getaway and told her folks; cops are on the lookout.

Most of the ships in the Rose Festival Fleet set sail today, leaving behind a city that truly welcomes the young men and women in uniform. I believe the Coast Guard’s buoy tender Bluebell departed yesterday.

A steering committee votes today on whether to recommend a funicular railway to carry passengers from the proposed southwest MAX line to the medical facilities on Marquam Hill.

A TriMet bus driver is out on bail after she was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant–but not alcohol– in Cornelius, where witnesses reported the otherwise-empty bus was swerving along Baseline Road.

You can probably still smell smoke in the SE neighborhood where a metal parts warehouse burned down in spectacular fashion Friday night. Smoke visible all over town.

Portland’s Pride Festival begins today at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Huge parade is happening this coming Sunday.

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Guests were rushed out of Six Flags Magic Mountain as Southern California as firefighters raced to battle a brush fire burning nearby. Park’s open today.

Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is “out of danger” following surgery, after being ambushed by a man who rode up on a motorcycle and shot him in the back at a bar in his native Dominican Republic. A crowd captured the alleged gunman and beat him up.

The Toronto Raptors are a game away from closing out the suddenly feckless Golden State Warriors for the NBA Championship.

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Yikes! OK, how about something good?

–“NJ teacher donates bone marrow twice to child in Germany”

–“Uniformed Minnesota officer mows woman’s lawn after checking on her welfare”

–“California restaurant offers free pizza to diners who lock away their phones”

–“‘I’m home’: Former custodian starts new job as school principal”

–“He did it! Man rows Portland-built boat across the Pacific from Washington State to Australia” (I know people who’ve been following every step, and they’re thrilled).

Links here!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Morning, friends, and welcome to Friday, June 7, 2019! Let me put on a TV-weatherman sports coat and wave my hands in front of a green screen and show on the map that Portland’s weather is under the influence of a deep trough hanging over the entire Northwest in which showers and thunderstorms are milling around and keeping things cool. Deep breath. We’ll reach a high no better than 60 today, and this evening could bring a thundery downpour on people who are camped out on the streets, for reason of parade-watching or economy. A summerward swing begins on Saturday, with a high of 70 and only pre-parade shower, with step-off temps perhaps near 60 –as a tuba-toting veteran of many a Grand Floral Sauna, I know the paradistas are welcoming a cool morning–and then we hit the “summer” button, with highs of 80 on Sunday, 85 on Monday, and 90 on Tuesday. Sunrise 5:22 AM, sunset 8:56 PM, total daylight 15:34:01, up 1:03 from yesterday.

Today was originally to be the last day of school in Portland…and then winter showed up in February. So…the last day for PPS is June 12. Today is the last day in Parkrose…except for the seniors, who graduated last night. And most districts across the area will stick a fork in their academic years next week. If today happens to be your district’s last day, let me know early, so we can give you a shout on 103.3, OK?

The school year is ending on a contentious note at the Evergreen District’s Heritage High School, where a student gave a speech–departing from his approved script–in which he accused the school of ignoring sexual assault and bullying. His speech drew applause from classmates but not so from the administration, which said his claims were second-hand and untrue, and he will not walk at the graduation ceremony.

The Rose Festival Ships are all safely at anchor along the Portland Seawall, and wasn’t that a spectacular welcome? I loved how Marilyn Clintexpressed the view from her Rose Festival headquarters window on the waterfront, as she waved toward a cloud deck that was just high enough to let the jets sneak through: “On the 75th anniversary of D Day, how perfect to have an amazing F-18 flyover peel off into a missing man formation over the Willamette River.” And tomorrow morning, Bruce Murdock and I get to help crown the Queen from among a marvelous group of young women whom we met yesterday, future leaders all.

The danger is over at the Gateway Fred Meyers, where an armed man was holed up after being confronted for shoplifting at a nearby Kohls. The Freddies’ was evacuated as the SERT team came in, the man was found hiding in a storage area with his weapon, and police say they took him in with no force being used. All clear.

So happy to report that rescuers were able to pluck four climbers off the high reaches of Mt. Rainier, four days after a mountaintop windstorm blew their tent away along with most of their gear. The men, including Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy of Portland, were airlifted off the mountain, suffering from cold and exposure after what must have been a horrible ordeal.

NBC reports that people at Oregon State University have been warned to stay alert after secretly filmed videos of women walking on campus were found on a porn website.

Oregon’s about to say “time’s up” on the twice-yearly clock change, as the House voted 37-20 to permanently ditch Standard Time if Washington and California do the same and Congress signs off.

A Russian destroyer and a United States Navy cruiser narrowly avoided a collision in the Philippine Sea on today, coming as close as 50 feet from each other.

Portland is down one performance venue, as the Acropolis has closed–although patrons of the stripperly arts are being assured it’ll open once some issues with its liquor license are straightened out.

Elsewhere on the local culture scene, Il Barbiere di Siviglia starts tonight at the Keller.

Train and the Goo Goo Dolls play at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater tomorrow evening.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, a cool little combo if ever there was one, do their 40th-anniversary gig tomorrow night at the Holiday Inn Portland airport.

And this is the weekend of the 55th Cannon Beach Sand Castle Contest…which started in 1964 as a way to bring people back to the coast after the damage and the fear resulting from the tsunami that swept down from the 9.2 Good Friday Earthquake in Alaska.

Prince would’ve turned 61 today.

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–“Teens rush into burning home to rescue their 90-year-old neighbor”

–“No one could open a safe for 40 years. A tourist cracked it on his first try.”

–“Nike introduces plus-size mannequins”

–“Triplets graduate as high school Valedictorians”

–“104-Year-Old Fisherman Catches 94-Year-Old Girlfriend”

(I see that one of the links didn’t post in the Coffee Cup. I’ve been having trouble with that this week. We’ll fix it soon).

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Happy weekend, friends!!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

(*crackle*) It’s the dark of the moon on the sixth of June…in 20-breaker-1-9 (*crackle*). There! “Convoy” reference complete. Portland’s weather is in cloudy-and-negligibly-wet mode, with showers and highs of 65. Sunrise 5:23 AM, sunset 8:56 PM, total daylight 15:32:57, up 1:07 from yesterday. (I get geeky as the Solstice nears; it’s fascinating to me how the rate of day-to-day change slows near the turning point, just like a pendulum).

This is the day our ships come in, as the United States Navy drops anchor for one of Portland’s most honored Rose Festival traditions, joining the Coast Guard and Canadian navy crafts that pulled alongside yesterday. This year, along with the bridge lifts and fireboats and maybe a saucy welcome from the talent at Mary’s, the Navy arrival will–we hope–be accompanied with a zoom-over by four EA-18G “Growlers” based at Whidbey Island. At first, they’ll roar overhead in a single-file pass well within view of thousands of people; then they’ll circle back to the northwest and form up in a “V” pattern for a second pass. When they’re over the Steel Bridge, the leader will pull straight up, leaving the rest of the jets in a “missing man formation,” saluting the fallen Americans and Allies on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, 75 years ago today. It takes my breath away to write that. I’ve been in touch with the Navy folks already in town, and they tell me there’s a chance the ceiling will be too low for this to happen, and it’ll be a game-time decision by the pilots in consultation with a logistics person on the Steel Bridge. Their minimum is 3000 feet. So come on, Portland, raise the roof!

Seventy-five years–since the forces of good overcame fascist evil in an act of unity that saved the world, at the cost of many thousands of young lives, whom we will honor and give thanks for as long as we are a free people. May we prove worthy of their sacrifice. This isn’t just history. It’s a challenge.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day at a ceremony in Normandy that included surviving veterans–who actually took part in the invasion, and who made the trip back to the scene for today’s events. Trump told those veterans they’re among the “very greatest Americans who will ever live.” Do you know anyone personally landed on the beach on that day? Many of us do–Jack Cappell, the late KGW-TV meteorologist, a Canadian who not only served in and survived the Normandy invasion, but spent a long time fighting in Europe in an American uniform. He wrote about it all in “Surviving the Odds: D Day to VE Day with the Fourth Division in Europe.” Five-star rating at Powell’s web site.

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A Portland man is one of four climbers who’ve been stranded at the 13,500 foot level of Mt. Rainier since Monday when the wind blew away their tent and their climbing equipment. Two attempts to rescue them by helicopter have failed because of the wind, and the Liberty Ridge climbing route has been closed because of the unstable conditions.

It’s worth noting that snow could fall in the Oregon Cascades tonight as low at 4500 feet.

What do you think about this? Oregon, now that the legislature has approved it and the Governor says she’ll sign, will become the 15th state to promise to award its presidential electoral votes to the nationwide winner of the popular vote, providing enough other states agree to do the same. Had the National Popular Vote Compact been in effect since 2000, we would have had presidents named Al Gore and Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post reports that President Trump plans to address the nation from the Lincoln Memorial on July 4 during what has traditionally been a non-political, nonpartisan celebration of America. Judging by the response on social media, this will attract throngs of equally vocal supporters and detractors. And perhaps more than vocal.

There’ll be a big new 4th of July fireworks celebration in our parts this year–at the Clark County Fairgrounds. It’s the brainchild of a county council member whose home almost burned down last year because of backyard fireworks.

This is the last day of a record low tide at the Oregon Coast…but if you missed gazing at the freaky ghost forests or exploring the exposed Devil’s Punchbowl, there are two more episodes–the next one around the 4th of July.

Longtime Portlanders can be forgiven for clutching up a little when they see the words “Ringside” and “Closing” in the same headline, but put away the torches…the venerable steakery is only closing from July 3 to August 10 for a bit more remodeling. They’ll re-open in plenty of time to comfort us in the rain with Dry Aged Bone-In Filet Mignon and RingSide’s Famous Onion Rings and Walter Scott Clos des Oiseaux Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley for twenty bucks a glass that we happily spend in the dark months, which is when we go to the Ringside.

Ahead of last night’s third game of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors posted an image of their team all suited up and stretching on the Golden Gate Bridge with the words, “Crossed the bridge. Ready for battle.” Trouble is, that’s not the bridge to Oakland. That’s the bridge to Marin County. No matter. Final score: Toronto 123, Golden State 109.

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Let’s see if I can manage to post today’s Good News links without giving the internet a flat tire.

–“The Universe is Encouraging You with a Giant Thumbs Up!”

–“101-year-old WWII veteran flew 1,500 miles to commission grandson at Air Force Academy”

–“Middle School students pay it forward with human food chain”

–“14-Year-Old Sells Enough Cupcakes to Take His Family to Disney World”

–“Powerball winner used numbers from granddaughter’s fortune cookie”

–“Just for fun…the ‘Convoy’ video!”

Details here!

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Ahoy, shipmates! We’re getting piped aboard on a Fleet-Week-Wednesday, June 5, 2019. This is a cloudy day with a shower possibility, and we’ll cool off to 68, down from yesterday’s 77 at PDX. And cooler yet tomorrow with showers and maybe thunderstorms. Sunrise 5:23 AM, sunset 8:55 PM, total daylight 15:32, up 1:11 from yesterday.

The eyes of the climate-debate world are on Portland as a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a suit filed by young people who say they have a constitutional right to a safe climate which the government has violated by approving oil and gas exploration drilling. One of the judges gave a clue that the court may not get involved, saying, “We may have the wrong Congress and the wrong president. That’s occurred from time to time over history. The real question for us is whether or not we get to intervene because of that.”

An unnerving story in the LA Times gives a not very glowing report–or maybe that’s the wrong term–on the US Energy Department’s extremely vital effort to clean up the still-hot Cold War nuclear weapons waste at Hanford. The cleanup has stalled, according to the Times. The plan to turn radioactive sludge into solid glass doesn’t quite work, so it has been mothballed. And the tunnels where the waste is “temporarily” stashed have been collapsing–200 miles up the swift Columbia River from Portland.

The Oregon Senate passed a law to penalize people for calling the cops whenever they see a person of color doing something perfectly legal, like making a phone call from a hotel lobby where you’re staying, or campaigning door-to-door, as happened to the bill’s sponsor in the House. And the Senate also passed a bill giving people who were arrested for cannabis-related activities in the past that are absolutely legal today an easy way to clear their records.

What’s new in the search for Kyron Horman–now entering its tenth year–is that his mother, Desiree Young, states that the hunt has been narrowed down to “less than 100 acres,” but she won’t say where. And she’s working with an author a book, which she hopes comes out in time for his 17th birthday in September, titled “Love You Forever: The Search for Kyron Horman.” So heartbreaking. It would be nice to know the truth.

Portland Police just updated their Facebook profile picture to that of a police badge–in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Month. This is not unanimously endorsed in the comments, which are revealing.

Mystery of the day….who hid $10,000 in cash under a seat on a MAX train? A TriMet maintenance crew found the bundle about a month ago…and nobody has claimed it. The loot could become the property of the City of Beaverton because that’s where it was found.

This afternoon at 2, the Portland City Council votes to adopt PedPDX, Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan, described as a 20-year strategy to make Portland a great walking city for everyone. Fine idea, but it had better include a hose.

Do you recall the Broward County deputy who did nothing to stop the gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida? After a 14-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Scot Peterson was arrested on 7 counts of child neglect, 3 counts of culpable negligence and 1 count of perjury.

On the other end of the valorous spectrum, I had the opportunity yesterday to shake the hand of Keanon Lowe during a visit to Parkrose High School. Of course, he’s the former Duck football player, now a coach at the high school, who courageously and kindly put a stop to an armed youth’s plans several weeks ago. A nice man, and so very young. We’ll talk with him on the K103 morning show on Friday.

Here’s what to pick from the Rose Festival garden today: the Junior Parade brings joy to Hollywood with a swarm of bicycles, middle school bands, and scads of costumed kids starting at 1 PM around NE 52nd and Sandy, and winding up near Grant Park. Then, the United States Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy components of the Rose Festival Fleet make their way upriver like so many silvery sleek salmon, tying up alongside the downtown seawall with names like Bluebell, Steadfast, and Swordfish (from the USCG), and Nanaimo and Edmonton (from our neighbors across the northern border). I’d love to have a hat from any of them to add to my collection of honor–which most recently includes the USS John McCain.

RFK was gunned down in Los Angeles this night in 1968. He had just bounced back to win the California Democratic Primary, after losing to Eugene McCarthy in Oregon the week before. “I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill…”

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Our cup overfloweth!

–“Instead of a graduation bash, this high school senior threw a pizza party for the homeless”

–“Meet the Mastermind Behind the Plywood Cartoons Invading Portland”

–“Minnesota Will Pay for Your Landscaping Costs If You Plant Bee-Friendly Greenery”

–“Cowboys Came Together To Save Animals As Oklahoma Flooding Reached Record Levels”

–“The Swiss City That’s Full of Cat Ladders: a photographer captured Bern’s eclectic and charming feline structures”
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Details in the Coffee Cup….soon! I’m running late! Speaking of which..another sip, and away we go!