Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Morning, all! Welcome to the Daily Drip for Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Portland’s weather is cloudy with a 50-50 chance of showers at any given moment, and a high of 60. Thursday still looks like the day to find your inner Tiger and squeeze in that game of golf; it’ll be sunny and 70. Sunrise 6:23 AM, and sunset pushes later to 7:58 PM.

Here’s what’s happening:

Whether or how it’s connected, we can only speculate, but: the man believed to have killed Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier, and who died in an officer-involved shooting the next night, turns out to be the brother of another cop-killer, the man who last week was sentenced to life for murdering Police Chief Ralph Painter in nearby Rainier eight years ago. Crowds of people turned out on bridges and overpasses last night, standing in tribute to the slain officer as a procession of police vehicles accompanied his casket from Vancouver to Kelso.

The fire is out, but our hearts sank as the flaming 300-foot spire toppled from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday of Holy Week. Firefighters working through the night were able to save the main stone structure, including its two towers. Generations of medieval craftsmen lived and died knowing they would never see its completion, nor would their grandsons’ grandsons, yet they hammered and carved on for a greater goal, and their cumulative work has stood for most of a millennium, enduring the French Revolution and two World Wars, becoming a beacon for the City of Light and a profound place to visit even for non-Catholics. I lit a candle there ten years ago just after the passing of devout-Catholic radio colleague Michael Bailey. Although the main structure still stands, the world feels the lesser with the holy ancient edifice gutted, and French President. Emmanuel Macron vowed last night, “We will rebuild this cathedral together.”

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The Oregon Senate is considering a bill requiring that any presidential candidate hoping to appear on this state’s ballot must first release his or her income taxes for the five most recent years. During a hearing yesterday, the name of the current president was not mentioned once, but Republican Tim Knopp, while not taking a position on the bill, told The Oregonian, “The public has become concerned, and rightly so, that they are lacking information about our candidates, especially at the federal level. I just think they should have more information.”

Lights are back on–hang on, lemme double-check—yep! For the several thousand who lost power in east Portland yesterday. Lots of near wrecks and darkened brewpubs, and frustrated people unable to do their taxes.

Say, we haven’t heard of a new measles case in Clark County since…when? March 18. Almost a month ago. The outbreak won’t be considered officially over unless we go two more weeks without a new case, but it’s looking encouraging.

Game Two, Thunder at Blazers, 7:30 tonight at the Moda Center. Live TV on TNT, radio on Rip City Radio 620.

The Tower of Power plays at the Roseland tonight.

Aretha Franklin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize yesterday.

Interesting pairing on this day in 1962: Walter Cronkite became the anchor of the CBS Evening News…on the same day Bob Dylan debuted “Blowin’ In The Wind.”

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Sometimes writing the news makes me thirst for something sweet and good. How about:

–“Drought-free California Experiences Beautiful ‘Superbloom'”

–“Dog is rescued after it’s found swimming 135 MILES out at sea: Oil rig workers pluck pooch from Gulf of Thailand”

–“This Kind Hairdresser Transforms Homeless People for a Good Cause”

–“‘He was about to age out of the foster care system. Then an Anchorage woman read a Facebook post that changed their lives”

–“Veteran reporter saves younger journalist’s job by taking voluntary layoff”

Links in the Coffee Cup, atop the comment section below.

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That’s how Tuesday begins. Over to you, friends!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Good morning, friends..we’re venturing together into a Monday, April 15, 2019. Showers will come and showers will go, and we’ll see highs in the low 50s. That’s ten degrees cooler than typical for us. We’re tentatively penciling in Thursday as the best day of the week with highs of 70. Sunrise 6:25 AM, sunset 7:56 PM.

What a weekend…there was joy, to be sure… but we must first acknowledge the loss of Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier, who was just 29 years old when was shot and killed while investigating a motor home that was blocking Fallert Road in Kalama. Deputy DeRosier was a Kelso native and WSU graduate, married with a 5-month-old daughter. His was the first death in the line of duty in the history of the Cowlitz County Sheriffs Office, dating back to the 1800s. Last night we received word that the suspect was spotted emerging from the woods near the crime scene. Police say he raised his weapon toward them, and they fired and killed him.

An hour after the shooting of Deputy DeRosier, and 40 miles away, a Milwaukie officer was shot by a man he was questioning about an earlier incident. He’s home and fine, and the suspect is in custody.

A 22-year old graduate of Portland’s Jesuit High, who was just weeks away from graduating from Fordham University in New York, died in a fall from the university’s bell tower, which she and some friends had accessed to catch the view of the Bronx. Sydney Monfries was a journalism major, and served an internship at KGW-TV.

A concerning story in the Sunday Oregonian says Zenith Energy, the privately-owned New Jersey company that’s sending oil trains through the Gorge to Vancouver and ultimately to a terminal on the Willamette River in Portland, has failed to carry out agreed-on preparedness drills involving the highly toxic Canadian tar sands that it’s hauling. The company rolled 2,800 tankers of crude oil to Portland in 2018.

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It’s so wonderful to see the Blazers hang a “W” in Game One against OKC! Remember that good old Rip City playoff feeling? I feel it coming back again! This is a “high character” team, in the words of center Enes Kanter, the friendly giant from Turkey who’s been embraced by this town, even as he fills the role of the wounded and beloved Jusuf Nurkic. Kanter’s reality is so much deeper than anything that happens on a basketball court. There’s a story in New York Magazine that’s worth your time, and I’ve linked it in the “Good News” coffee cup below.

Tiger Woods’ win in the Masters–ending an eleven-year dry spell–resonates in Portland beyond the fact that we (mostly) all love a redemption story. It was at Pumpkin Ridge out west of town in 1996 that 20-year old Tiger made believers of the few remaining skeptics with his epic win at the US Amateur tournament. Nike’s Phil Knight was there watching for every hole, and when a reporter asked him if Tiger could be to golf what Michael Jordan was to basketball, Knight answered, “You bet. Same deal.” Tiger immediately dropped out of Stanford and turned pro. Just a year later, he won his first of five Masters, beginning to amass major championships. His total is now 15; his goal all along has been to reach and exceed Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 majors…and suddenly, now, that seems to be in Tiger’s reach. (His secret, for relieving stress and providing a quick sugar boost, is chewing gum. He says he picked it up from Michael Jordan).

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Maybe today…maybe not…but a redacted version of the Mueller report is expected to be released this week.

This is the day in 1912 when the Titanic sank 12,000 feet to the bottom of the western Atlantic, less than three hours after brushing an iceberg which popped the ship’s rivets, claiming 1,495 lives.

It’s the day in 1865 when President Lincoln died, after being shot the night before–on Good Friday–by John Wilkes Booth. He was a handsome and wealthy 26-year old actor who was famous for playing Shakespeare–his favorite role was the assassin Brutus–but he harbored a white supremacist’s ardent opposition to Lincoln’s abolition of slavery.

Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier as he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on this date in 1947.

The Seattle Mariners were swept by the Houston Astros, but one of the M’s hit a home run….extending the teams major league record for consecutive games with a home run to start a season to eighteen.

It’s tax day.

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We need something good to ease our Monday, right? This might help:

–“Why We Love Enes Kanter of the Portland Trail Blazers”

–“A Chicago man ran the Boston Marathon with a cow heart valve 11 weeks after open-heart surgery. 13 years later, he’s running for another milestone.”

–“Firefighter adopts puppy he rescued from under pile of rocks.” Watch the rescue at the link below.

–“Climber abandons Everest ascent to rescue injured Sherpa”

–“Willie Nelson Rescued 70 Horses From The Slaughterhouse”

–“Dad Immediately Regrets Letting Toddler Play With iPad When He Sees Lock Screen.”

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Bruce is out for a checkup today so Janine’s back in the pilot’s seat. When I first came to Portland, my job was to buzz around in a Cessna doing traffic reports on the morning show hosted by Uncle Don Wright on 62KGW, and he had a tag line that always stuck with me: “Love yourself…and pass it on!”

Friday, April 12, 2019

Carry on, wayward Dripsters! It’s Friday, April 12, 2019. Will we get a break from the deluge, or is that delusional? We’ll find out today; showers have been in and out of the forecast and I hesitate to say anything with certainty, except that the sun will come up like a Pop Tart at 6:30 AM, and ease itself down at 7:53 PM. In between, the latest guess is that it’ll be a partly sunny day with a 30% chance of showers, mainly in the morning, and a high of 59. Saturday and Sunday have a 100% chance of rain, with most of it falling on Saturday.

Portland’s current experience with high water will soon end, and we’ve managed to get through it without widespread hardship unless you live in a tent by the river, or make your living umping beer-league softball. From the National Weather Service: “The Willamette River at Salem and Portland and the Columbia River at Vancouver are anticipated to crest below flood stage over the next 24 hours based on the latest information from the Army Corps and NWRFC. As a result, the Flood Watch for the central Willamette Valley and the Portland/Vancouver metro was dropped. Nonetheless, these rivers will run unusually high and contain a lot of floating debris that will be potentially dangerous for boaters over the upcoming days.”

The effects of this ugly dunking will linger. Authorities in Salem tell us that “Wallace Marine Park remains closed. Salem Police and Salem Fire evacuated the few remaining homeless living at the north end of the park on Wednesday. City staff built a sandbag wall around the softball complex which helped to avoid significant damage.”

For folks in the mid-Valley: we’re anticipating an update this morning on Highway 34 into Corvallis, which remains closed, albeit for a shorter stretch, at this writing (0330). They’re hoping to open a lane in each direction this morning, but I see no indication that they have. Traffic has been a snarled mess through nearby communities because all the traffic from 34 has been detouring onto 20 and 99W instead. A lot of folks commute into Corvallis from other towns in the valley where housing is cheaper, and their drive to work has been a grind all week long because of the 34 shutdown. I see in the Gazette-Times that a homeless woman who ignored the city’s outreach efforts was rescued to the cheers of onlookers after she woke up to find the patch of ground she camped on was suddenly surrounded by water. Police and firefighters rowed over to her in an inflatable boat and gave her a ride, a citation, a lecture, and directions to the shelter.

A man who pulled a gun on somebody in a Keizer park tried to use a floating log in the Willamette as a getaway vehicle. He was fished out and put in the can.

The road from Coquille to Bandon, Highway 42S, has developed a 50-foot-wide, 10-foot-deep hole…which was discovered when two cars crashed into it Wednesday night. The occupants are now in the hospital.

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The Washington Post reports that the White House tried unsuccessfully to pressure ICE to bus border detainees onto the streets of “small-to-medium sanctuary cities”–Portland is not specifically mentioned–to retaliate against President Trump’s adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages. ICE lawyers rejected the idea as inappropriate, and the White House says it was “just a suggestion that was floated and rejected,” and never actually done.

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The coastal town of Coos Bay has been rocked by news that Georgia Pacific is closing the mill, laying off 111 workers starting this summer. The mill depends on a century-old railroad bridge which has been closed for over a year for repairs that the Port of Coos Bay swears are almost done.

The trail to the top of Multnomah Fall is closed after the discovery of a large rock that could come down “any minute, or it could take 30 years,” according to the US Forest Service. It’s all part of the legacy of the kid with the firecracker. But the lower part of Wahkeena Trail should reopen today.

Portland is a city that dreams of having zero traffic fatalities. We’ve had six in five days.

Remember that 2-year-old girl who was accidentally shot by a parent in Salem last week, on the same day as a gun law hearing in the Legislature? Latest word, we’re so glad to say, is that she is doing better. Still in the hospital here in Portland.

The Market of Choice on Terwilliger at Taylors Ferry–a very fine store with too little parking and really bad traffic–will close on Sunday.

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This is Oregon author Beverly Cleary’s 103rd birthday. She lives in a retirement home in Carmel, but she’ll always be on Klickitat Street in our minds. And it’s the 65th for another sometimes- Oregon writer, Jon Krakauer, whose “Where Men Win Glory,” “Into Thin Air,” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” are among the most powerful I’ve ever read.

The Soviet Union won the first heat of the space race on this day in 1961, when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin lapped the Earth once in a Vostok spacecraft and parachuted safely to the ground in Kazakhstan. Twenty years later to the day, the first American space shuttle, Columbia, was launched for the first time.

Look who’s playing the Schnitz tonight: Kansas! You know, the rockers from Topeka whose “Dust in the Wind” and “Wayward Son” with all that 70’s philosophy are now a staple of classic rock radio.

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Let’s take a stroll down Good News Lane…

–“‘Brain Zaps’ boots memory in people over sixty, study finds”

–“Mom Charges Cougar And Pries Its Jaws Open To Save Son”

–“Teens hailed as ‘hometown heroes’ for picking up elderly man who fell and taking him home to clean his wounds”

–“13 Year Old Girl nicknamed ‘Trash Girl’ was regularly bullied for collecting trash on her way to school. On Friday she is to recieve a Points of Light Award award granted from Prime Minister Theresa May.”

–“The trunks of 3,000 year-old trees lurk beneath the surface of this crystal clear lake in Oregon.”

Links in the Cup!

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We have a half moon tonight, on the way to a full moon next Friday. So let’s have a half-crazy weekend, OK? Go Blazers on Sunday! And enjoy Game of Thrones that night, you who indulge!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

We’re in the home stretch, friends! Welcome to a Thursday, April 11, 2019. We’ll see rain changing to showers as a front flows inland, highs in the 50-55 zone. We have a flood watch taking effect in Portland and Vancouver this morning–more on that shortly–while winter advisory for the Cascades has been extended until 6 tonight, and the snow level is holding between 4000 and 4500 feet, with the passes expecting 3 to 8 inches and the ski areas enjoying more. Sunrise 6:32 AM, sunset 7:51 PM.

The Willamette River crested yesterday afternoon at Corvallis, but floodwaters have spread over a wide area, turning highway 34 into a river so deep that a news helicopter shot video of somebody zooming a speedboat along the flooded road. Linn County had to rescue people from swamped fruit stands along 34, and neighbors say the rushing water almost sounds like the ocean. Let me check quickly with ODOT on the status of 34…OK, still closed, which means the way into town is on 20 from Albany, and that’ll be quite jammed.

What’s happening is that the Portland District of the Army Corps of Engineers is doing what it can to manage the immense amount of rainfall, and they’ve had to release water from reservoirs to make room for more. Quoting from the Corps twitter feed: “The system is full, and in order to protect people and important dam infrastructure, we’re going to have some release rates that are going to impact a number of people. Given the circumstances and forecast, we need to push the controlled water releases that we can right now to maintain space in the reservoirs for the forecasted water inflow.”

We’ll see some of that in Portland, but not to the extent of Corvallis. The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for the lower Willamette in the Portland area, plus the Columbia River in Vancouver, saying that with high flows moving down the Willamette and into the Columbia, we’ll see river levels right around flood stage. The main impact will be flooded roads, parks, and trails along rivers. And homeless camps on the riverbanks.

Meantime evacuation notices have been lifted for folks living in the 100-year floodplain along the Coast Fork Willamette River between Cottage Grove and Mt. Pisgah, author Ken Kesey’s old neighborhood I do believe. I’m not sure any of his people are still there. His widow married “Lonesome Dove” author Larry McMurtry, did you know that?

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Quick breaking news from London…Wikileaks leader Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy where he’d taken asylum for seven years. After publishing thousands of secret documents, he believes, perhaps rightly, that he’ll be extradited to the US to face charges.

The EU has agreed to push back tomorrow’s Brexit deadline from tomorrow to October, avoid an immediate chaotic mess.

Governor Kate Brown has signed a law cutting the next kicker rebate by $108 million, to save for next year, when economists say Oregon may enter a recession.

Oregon’s African-American leaders in the Legislature refused to let stand a notion about history expressed on the Senate Floor by Republican Sen. Dennis Linthicum, who claimed during a debate over the Electoral College bill that the intent of the Constitution’s so-called Three-Fifths Compromise, which defined a slave as three-fifths of a person, “was actually to eliminate the overwhelming influence the slave states would have in representative government,” and not necessarily “the measure of a man.” Senators James Manning, Jackie Winters, and Lew Frederick took strong exception to the implication that it was not fundamentally racist, pointing out that the inequality that existed at the nation’s founding has resounded down through the generations. Sen. Frederick said in a passionate rebuttal on the Senate floor that “I find it curious that some fail to understand the legacy of the three-fifths issue to this day. This is a reality for people around the country. It is a reality for my family across the country.” Sen. Linthicum later told reporters that conversations with Sens. Frederick and Manning “helped me see the racist legacy that the Three-Fifths Compromise left behind.” But he said that doesn’t change his opinion that the intent of the Three-Fifths Compromise was to “strip power from slave states.” This, by the way, is getting national news coverage. Good. Education is an ongoing process.

Tonight there’s a forum for candidates vying for the most important unpaid, thankless, time-consuming, and pressure-packed jobs in the city–four open seats on the Portland School Board. The forum is this evening at school board HQ.

The NBA regular season is all over with the Blazers 136-131 home win over the Sacramento Kings, and the next step is the first round of the playoffs–traditionally our team’s Waterloo. Game one is 12:30 Sunday afternoon in Portland against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The crowd-funded billboard is now up on Weidler at Victoria, informing the world that “We Love You Jusuf Nurkic” in both English and Bosnian. The wounded Blazer tweeted “Love” in response.

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So, what’s good about today? Well, lots of things, including this little journey down Good News Lane:

–“City bus driver helps mom find baby’s lost shoes during snowstorm”

–“This 13-year-old reporter solves a real-life murder mystery by herself”

–“New hope for treating childhood brain cancer”

–“Bird Keeps Stopping Mom’s Music With Alexa”

–“Hottest Prom Trend: Croissant Corsages”

Links in the Coffee Cup!

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Let me take one last slurp from my coffee mug, give the puppy a nuzzle, and hit the trail for the radio studio. Thanks for tuning in to 103.3, and participating here! (I don ‘t know if you know, but we do a quick Daily Drip segment on the radio at about 6:20, when I rattle off two or three of the pithier comments received so far).

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Good morning and welcome to a Wednesday, Dripsters and lurkers, equally welcome all! When it comes to April days in 2019…this one is a 10. Numerically speaking anyway. Meteorologically, it’s fresh and showery, with another front rolling in tonight that’s tapping into a subtropical stream in the sky, so, yep, more rain, with highs in the cool fifties. Plus we have a winter weather advisory that prophesizes near a foot of snow at elevations above 3500 feet between noon today and noon tomorrow. That’s easily within range of the Cascade passes, with Government Camp at 3980 and Santiam at 4817. Sunrise 6:34 AM, sunset 7:50 PM.

Floodwaters should start receding on the Oregon rivers affected by this week’s heavenly torrent, but they’re still running fast and angry, choked with brambles and logs and causing all kinds of mayhem. Flood control reservoirs are almost full. The Willamette downtown is running ten feet higher than it was a week ago, swamping homeless camps on the river’s bank, and hurtling logs toward docks and marinas. Clackamette Park is closed because the parking lot is submerged…at least one Marion County motorist had to be embarrassingly saved after driving past signs into an obvious pond, the picture duly spread on Twitter as a cautionary example…water sloshed into the Corvallis intersection of highways 34 and 20…Oregon 58 is open again, ending the second maroonment of Oakridge this year…and flood warnings continue on the Pudding River, a Molalla tributary named not for the consistency of the water but for the elk blood pudding that exhausted and soaked settlers cooked on its banks–with the kind help of local tribal women–back in the pioneer days.

The Oregon Senate has voted to hop aboard a nationwide drive to circumvent the Electoral College by pledging that all seven of Oregon’s electoral votes will go to the winner of the national popular tally.

Oh, this’ll stir up some comments…an Oregon Senate committee has okayed for a full Senate vote a bill that would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs, or blinking red lights, as though they’re a yield sign. Slow down and look, and if nobody’s coming, you can pedal on through. It’s been that way in Idaho for years, and in fact, it’s how many cyclists handle stop signs in neighborhoods anyway.

Speaking of the rules of the road….at a media event at SE 122 and Salmon, PBOT bolted in the final 20 MPH speed limit sign, making that the law on all of the city’s neighborhood streets. Twenty is plenty, is Portland’s motto, if not its actual practice.

Well, the rankings are in from US News and World Report on the best cities to live in America…and, whoops, Portland slipped to #8, from #6. We’re ahead of Seattle, but behind San Francisco. Austin, the original “weird,” is #1. Portland loses points for housing affordability. But in the category of desirability?–as in, where would you most like to live? The resounding word from 2500 adults surveyed across the nation is that Portland is numero uno. People yearn to come here. The US News article buys into the conventional hype that “Portland’s population toes the line between an innocent playfulness and a shameless wild side.” Oh, that’s us all right. I myself think it’s because we have good jobs in the middle of the most beautiful terrain on earth, with a desire to protect it, in a place where it’s OK to be who we are.

People here have remarked about the ODOT reader board at N. Lombard and Denver that has been hacked repeatedly to show messages like “Zombies Ahead” )and others not meant for tender eyes)…so KGW sent a reporter out there, and he discovered a compartment holding the keypad had no lock! Wonder if he was tempted to program it himself to say, “Hey! We miss Tracy and Joe!”

Speaking of The Ocho…News Director Rick Jacobs, a good guy by all accounts, is turning in his key to the big oaken door by the end of the month.

Devotees of kimchi and dashima should know that Portland’s first H Mart, a sought-after Korean supermarket, has its grand opening today at SE 33rd and Belmont.

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With returns almost final, it looks like Benjamin Netanyahu is headed toward a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister.

Washington Post fact-checkers have awarded four Pinocchios to President Trump’s claim yesterday that it was President Obama who ordered children separated from families at the border, and that “I’m the one who stopped it.”

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It’s the final night of the NBA regular season, and the Blazers are at home against the Sacramento Kings. They beat the Lakers on a Moe Harkless buzzer-beater three in LA last night, securing home court in the first round of the playoffs, on the same night that Magic Johnson announced he’s quitting as team president of basketball operations. They’ve missed the playoffs six years in a row, and he’s been frustrated by the job: every time he reaches out to congratulate some non-Laker player for having a great game, he gets busted for tampering.

This was the day in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced that he’s leaving The Beatles, and that was that for the Fab Four.

In our Small World Department: The Alan Parsons Live Project plays at Portland’s Revolution Hall tonight. This is the latest iteration of the performer and sound artist who began as an assistant engineer on Beatles albums at Abbey Road Studios, and continued as the lead engineer on Pink Floyd and Al Stewart and other albums before devoting his career to performance, with hits through the 80s including his biggest smash, “Eye in the Sky.” And here’s where the small world factors in…Stewart, whose “Year of the Cat” was recorded at Abbey Road with Parsons at the controls, is playing at the Aladdin Theater tonight while Parsons is a few blocks away. Wonder if they’ll meet for a pint.

Speaking of the Aladdin…it’s been announced that Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin will perform together on December 12, and tickets go on sale today.

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Stories to bring a smile?

–“Only Slightly (More) Exaggerated–Travel Oregon’s sequel to last year’s Whales in the Sky” video”

–“18-Year-Old Starts Having A Seizure On The Train, Receives Help From Total Stranger Who Later Shares The Whole Story On Twitter”

–“Spirit Airlines employee dances with New Jersey cheer team during flight delay”

–“Man on road trip finds lost dog, months later returns to Colorado to adopt her”

–“‘Lucky’ kitten survives 30-minute washing machine cycle”

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Bruce Murdock is back in the host seat…Janine Wolf is back in the traffic center…I’m staying on top of the headlines…and the very same K103 morning show that you see advertised on the Alpenrose milk cartons is back together again. All we need is you!

It’s the 100th day of 2019! How’s it going so far?

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Good morning, friends! What we have here is your basic Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and Portland’s skies are…well, dark, as I write this. But the day will be cloudy with a decreasing chance of showers, and highs of 59. We’ll get much less rain in the bucket than the recent drenching, as the atmospheric river that brought it has shifted to the east and has now been given a name by The Weather Channel: Wesley, Wesley will be a blizzard in the plains and upper midwest. Two feet of snow for Minneapolis. Sunrise 6:36 AM, sunset 7:49 PM.

This April flooding of the Willamette Valley is unusual indeed. The Willamette at Albany is the highest it’s been since 1996, but much lower at Portland. And though the rainmaker has moved on, tributaries like the Mohawk and the Long Tom and the Coast Fork Willamette, up by Ken Kesey’s old home near Mt. Pisgah, are pouring millions or billions of gallons of rainwater into the main rivers like the McKenzie, the Santiam, the Siuslaw, the Clackamas, and the mighty Willamette. The vast power of our state’s rivers is on display in a way we’ve rarely seen, but they’re cresting today and tomorrow and will begin falling…although new systems are arriving Wednesday night and Saturday, and models indicate showery weather for the next two weeks. And the very heavy rain over the past couple of days has made steep slopes unstable with a number of rock and small landslides reported.

Mt. St. Helens was pounded by a thunderstorm yesterday. And did you glimpse a rainbow?

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The trial of the guy charged with killing two heroic men on a MAX train two years ago for standing up to him to protect two young women of color will go on in Multnomah County in June as scheduled. His attorneys wanted a change of venue because of alleged “inaccurate” information in local media that could taint the jury pool, but the judge said nope.

A couple of car prowlers are sad they picked a parking garage near Director’s Park to raid: a resident who’d already had his car ransacked twice camped out in the back seat last weekend and sure enough, the guys came back. He waited while they aimed flashlights into other cars, and he called the cops; they came, sealed off the exits, and caught the dudes in the act. They’re lucky they didn’t get to the guy’s car: he’s 6-5, but more to the point, he had his concealed pistol the whole time.

Did you know there’s no safe place for a hiker to cross the Columbia River between Portland and The Dalles? That may change, as an Oregon House committee this morning hears a bill that would tack a dedicated pedestrian pathway onto the Bridge of the Gods. That would essentially complete the Pacific Crest Trail, whose hikers are among the thousands who take their chances mingling with traffic on that storied span.

From the Daily Drip Traffic Desk: Spokane is getting its first ramp meter today. The road to Bagby Hot Springs is blocked by a fallen tree.

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Though the US has been trying to broker a peace agreement with the Taliban, three US service members and one contractor have been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

In what’s being called by the New York Times a “purge” of Homeland Security, both the department’s director and the head of the Secret Service are out, with more officials expected to be shown the door soon. The Times says it’s a sign that President Trump is getting ready “to unleash an even fiercer assault on immigration, including a possible return to separating migrant children from their parents.”

Today Attorney General William Barr makes his first public appearance since releasing his four-page take on special counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report when he testifies at a Congressional hearing.

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A big Daily Drip “way to go!!” to my friends Junki and Linda Yoshida, of teriyaki sauce renown, for donating their entire 15-acre riverfront estate in Troutdale to the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation, supporting pediatric cancer programs at Legacy Emanuel. Their beautiful property at the mouth of the Sandy will be used as a getaway oasis for patients, families, and medical staffs, but they will host one last “Soulful Giving Blanket Concert” this August 3.

Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” album was issued fifty years ago today. It included a song that was intended for the “Midnight Cowboy” soundtrack. Dylan missed the deadline, but released the song anyway, and that’s how we have “Lay Lady Lay.”

The Blazers play the Lakers at the Staples Center tonight for the last road game of the regular season. And Virginia beat Texas Tech in OT to win the NCAA men’s championship.

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Good news stories!

–“A homeless man wandered in one day, and this Arizona town adopted him”

–“Dog severely burned in house fire adopted… by firefighter”

–“This High School Opens Its Doors Every Friday Night To Keep Students Off The Streets”

–“Kansas woman buys out Payless store, sends shoes to Nebraska flood victims”

–“MIT puts all of its course materials online completely free for anyone to use”

Details in the Coffee Cup, just below this.

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Time to dig into a Tuesday! It’s Janine Wolf‘s last day in the host chair at K103 for now, with Bruce Murdock getting ready to return tomorrow. I get to work with great people!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Like a cannonball off the high dive, we’re splashing into a Monday, April 8, 2019. Our corner of the country is emerging from a rainy night into a rainy day, and the cumulative drenching puts the Willamette Valley south of Salem under a flood watch for urban and small stream flooding, along with sharp rises on rivers. There’s also a threat of flash floods and mudslides in the Eagle Creek Burn area, as we’re coming up on two years since that wound was inflicted on the land. Portland’s high today should be around 60. Sunrise 6:38 AM, sunset 7:47 PM.

The heavy rain has created an emergency situation in Lane County, where the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water to prevent an overflow from the Dorena Reservoir, on the Row River six miles east of Cottage Grove. Evacuations are underway along the Row River and the Coast Fork of the Willamette River from the Dorena Reservoir north to the area of Mt. Pisgah. The Corp says the rates of flow being released from the Dorena will be higher than recorded in the 1996 flood. Shelters are set up in Cottage Grove, and neighbors are helping neighbors evacuate animals to high ground.

A four-block section of downtown Portland is closed as homicide detectives investigate the fatal attack on a man at SW Broadway and Alder just after midnight. A suspect was taken into custody a few blocks away. Broadway is closed between Washington and Morrison, while Alder is closed between Park and 6th.

President Trump has sacked Homeland Secretary chief Kirstjen Nielsen in a move toward tougher border security.

Television and print media across Oregon this week are collaborating on one topic of great concern: the high rate of suicide here, and across the west. You’ll see different reports on Channels 2,6,8 and 12, along with stories in print outlets from The Oregonian to the Pamplin newspapers, the Statesman Journal. Willamette Week and Street Roots, each covering some aspect of a tragedy that claimed over 800 lives last year. Stories explore the reasons for the persistently high suicide rates in the west, the fact that 20% are veterans, the connection between eviction and suicide, and more. You can find links to all of the stories at http://www.breakingthesileneor dot com.

Hundreds of high school students camped out all night to get first crack at free prom dresses distributed for the 15th year by local nonprofit Abby’s Closet at the Oregon Convention Center. Over 8,000 dresses, along with shoes and accessories, were given away on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the recipients would otherwise be unable to attend their prom, both a ritual of spring and a rite of passage.

Former Portland Police Association head Robert King begins his new gig today as Mayor Ted Wheeler’s top adviser on public safety matters–a move that seems intended to build bridges to police who say they haven’t felt supported by City Hall.

The Willamette Queen Sternwheeler is back to gliding the waters near Salem after a weekend grand reopening from a shutdown that followed January’s crunch into some rocks during a wedding.

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The University of Oregon women’s basketball team is home from its first trip to the Final Four, and they picked up some excellent news yesterday as star point guard Sabrina Ionescu announced that she’ll be back for her senior year rather than declaring for the WNBA draft, where she would have been the #1 pick. She tweeted that the WNBA will have to wait while the Ducks attend to unfinished business. That team will be loaded for a run toward taking the title away from Baylor, which defeated Notre Dame yesterday.

Happy birthday to beloved Portland Trail Blazer alum Terry Porter, born in 1963. He went to the NBA Finals twice as a member of the Blazers, and for the past three years he’s been the men’s basketball coach at the University of Portland.

The Blazers beat the Nuggets 115-108 at the Moda Center in a game that saw the return of CJ McCollum.

P!nk comes to the Moda Center tonight where she’ll put on a spectacular show, swinging from chandeliers and bungeeing around the pink-curtained stage while beds levitate and flames erupt, she belts out hit and hit, never misses a note, and mingles with the crowd during the encore…

Nobody, and I mean nobody, saw this coming…but the best team in baseball is the homerun-happy Seattle Mariners. With yesterday’s 12-5 laundering of the Chicago White Sox, the team that everyone expected to be a cellar dweller is stellar, instead, with a 9-2 record, the best start in team history. And they’ve knocked balls out of the park in every single game, just the fourth American League team in the past hundred years to start the season with at least an 11-game longball streak.

The Civil War effectively ended on this day in 1865 when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union leader Ulysses S. Grant after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. Grant was highly generous to Lee in the terms of surrender: nobody was imprisoned or prosecuted for treason; Lee’s men were allowed to keep their sidearms, horses, and mules for the upcoming planting season, and the starving Southern troops were given food rations. Grant’s men cheered in victory as the defeated Lee rode away, but Grant stopped them in the name of reconciliation. “They’re our countrymen now,” Grant said.

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–“Canadian baby who got organ donation now a healthy 6-year-old”

–“Schoolboys keep California woman from jumping off bridge”

–“New therapy: Changing tumor cells into fat cells stops spread”

–“20-Year-Old Raising Five Siblings Gifted New Car From Anonymous Donors”

–“Netherlands makes trains free on national book day for those who show a book instead of ticket”

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Into a Monday we go! My friend Janine Wolf is filling in for my friend Bruce Murdock; and I get to be on the air with the team from 5 to 9 AM Pacific on 103.3 in Portland, and on iHeartRadio’s worldwide app. Tune in there…weigh in here…and have a wonderful day!