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Portland City Council candidate Loretta Smith is raising questions about her opponent’s business records.

Among other jobs, candidate Jo Ann Hardesty has been self-employed as a consultant since 2001, according to the employment section of her campaign filings.

Her business is called Consult Hardesty.

Wildfire Smoke Causing Poor Air Quality Across Northwest

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The sunrise over the Portland metro area Tuesday morning revealed an orange orb behind a haze of smoke from wildfires burning across British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, prompting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to issue air quality advisories for swaths of western Oregon.

It's the latest consequence of yet another year of devastating wildfires.

Oregon lawmakers are preparing to defend themselves against accusations that they underplayed reports of sexual harassment at the state Capitol.

On Monday, they voted to retain Portland-based law firm Barran Liebman LLP to fight back against a complaint filed by Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, accusing leaders of the Legislature of creating a hostile workplace.

Vancouver city councilors and port officials traded in their blazers for life vests Monday, as they took to the water for a unique perspective of the city’s changing shoreline. 

Aboard the Vancouver Fire Department’s boat, Discovery, councilors joined the Port of Vancouver board of commissioners for a joint meeting riverfront tour.


What You Need To Know About Flash-Bangs

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Portland Police have temporarily suspended the use of flash-bangs after reports the devices caused injuries when police used them during a Patriot Prayer rally and counter-demonstration earlier this month.


Behind The Politics: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

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Before the political season really heats up, "Think Out Loud" sat down with the two most prominent candidates for Oregon governor for intimate one-on-one conversations about their lives. We didn’t talk much about politics but instead focused on their families, their backgrounds and their motivations. 


We spoke with the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Kate Brown, in the living room at Mahonia Hall, the official governor's residence in Salem. Our conversation with her Republican opponent, Knute Buehler, will be available Aug. 15. 

Many people in the United States have reacted to the separation of families at the border with sadness, protests, donations and a lawsuit against the federal government. But for some, the story feels especially personal, and familiar.

Buehler Annouces Plan To Fight Homelessness

Aug 13, 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler outlined his vision Monday in Portland to get people without shelter off the streets. He said his plan would end unsheltered homelessness in Oregon in the next five years.

Standing in front of a fountain in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood, Buehler also said if elected he would hire a chief homeless solutions officer.

“After the election and before I’m sworn in, in December, I’ll convene a statewide summit to listen and gather the best ideas for solving this crisis," Buehler said.

With two weeks left before Portland Public Schools opens for the first day, students across the city are receiving envelopes with their teachers' names. But for some of their parents, that excitement is tempered with concern, as the state's largest district has acknowledged a number of classrooms are likely to be more crowded than even the district's relatively high enrollment caps would allow.

Song Premiere: Pure Bathing Culture - 'Downtown Lights'

Aug 13, 2018

Portland band Pure Bathing Culture is virtually synonymous with glowing and bittersweet romantic songs.

A version of this story was first published by MPR News.

Keith Ellison, a U.S. House member and deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, confronted allegations Sunday of domestic abuse from a former girlfriend.

At least 30 children were among the people killed Thursday when their bus was struck by a missile fired from a warplane in northern Yemen. While authorities vow to investigate, Yemenis are drawing their own conclusions.

The bus, parked at a busy market in Saada in northern Yemen, was filled with boys returning to school following a picnic outing. Yemeni social media lit up with reports of civilian deaths.

UPDATE (Aug. 13, 7:40 a.m. PT) — People in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier were told Saturday to evacuate due to a wildfire that started Friday night around Memaloose State Park. The evacuations remained in place as of Sunday morning.

Art Installation On Portland's Waterfront Is A Dreamy Summer Respite

Aug 11, 2018

A forest of dreams has sprouted at Portland's Centennial Mills. Artist Ann Hamilton's work, "habitus,"  first created for Philadelphia's Fabric Workshop and Museum, has come to town as part of Converge 45, gallerist Elizabeth Leach's project to show Portland's best and brightest contemporary art talents to an audience visiting the region for the Seattle Art Fair and other summer draws.

Ann Hamilton’s "habitus" Comes to Centennial Mills — 1:29

King School Museum of Contemporary Art — 8:08

New Mental Health Unit Opens At Oregon State Penitentiary

Aug 10, 2018

The Oregon Department of Corrections cut the ribbon on a new behavioral health unit at the state penitentiary in Salem on Friday.

A couple of years ago, an investigation by Disability Rights Oregon found that inmates with mental illness at the state penitentiary spent only about an hour a day outside their cells.

Now, by lifting nine mobile buildings over the prison wall, the state has opened a new unit so those inmates can get more treatment and take classes.

UPDATE (Aug. 11, 12:16 p.m. PT) — A fugitive on the run for more than a decade for his alleged role in a string of arsons along the West Coast as part of an environmental activist group was arraigned on Friday.

Joseph Dibee, who was arrested while trying to board a plane in Cuba bound for Russia, faces federal charges in Oregon, Washington and California that include arson, conspiracy to commit arson and destruction of an energy facility, and possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Organizers have decided to cancel a unity event on Saturday at the Vancouver Mall. The event was supposed to educate and bring attention to violent and racist activity in Vancouver, Washington, but instead was called off due to threats of violence.

UPDATE (Aug. 10, 7:15 p.m. PT) — After less than a day of deliberation, a jury of nine men and three women found FBI special agent Joseph Astarita not guilty of lying about a high-profile police shooting during the 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.

Astarita faced two counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice.

Northwest Huckleberries Could Be Close To Domestication

Aug 10, 2018

As late summer officially arrives in the US, many folks in the Northwest are heading to higher elevations on the hunt for a patch of sweet, purple huckleberries.

Cousins of both the cranberry and blueberry, huckleberries grow wild across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of western Montana and western Wyoming. The season is short — usually from early August to late September — and the hunt for berries has to happen at higher elevations, usually between 4,000 feet and 6,000 feet.

‘OPB Politics Now’: Washington’s Wild Primary

Aug 10, 2018

In the battle for control of the U.S. House, Washington state is now one of the big hotspots.

On this episode of “OPB Politics Now,” OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes, Vancouver correspondent Molly Solomon and Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talk about the stunning results of the Washington primary. 

No one was home at a house deep in the woods of Josephine County, Oregon. The people who live here had evacuated days ago along with hundreds of their neighbors. As flames from the Taylor Creek Fire got closer and closer, the firefighters showed up.

They came to prepare for the worst so that if the wind picked up, they’d be ready to dash down the driveway and save this house, even if the forest burned around it.

We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest stories of the week with Christopher McKnight Nichols, Jim Pasero and Lisa Bates.

On a hot August morning, tour guide Carsten Dedert leads a group of tourists to the entrance of a German anti-aircraft fortress known as a Flak Tower. When this building stood intact during World War II, each of its four towers was mounted with a 27-ton gun to shoot down Allied aircraft. Civilians also used the building as a shelter during air raids.

“This is the main reason the ceiling above your head was built quite thick,” Dedert tells visitors. “Nearly 12 feet.”

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she believes each of us has a “spirit living within us,” and she cited yoga and meditation as being central to her life.

The governor talked about her religious beliefs after prominent evangelist Franklin Graham said at a Canby rally Sunday that he was praying for Brown to someday “know your son Jesus Christ as her lord and savior.”

Remember back in school when your class would go on a field trip to the art museum? This year, the city-wide arts happening Converge 45 is bringing the museum field trip to school.

One of Portland’s iconic old bridges could be headed for big changes — eventually. TriMet is wary of spending millions to repair its aging tracks on the Steel Bridge, which may be reaching the end of its lifespan.

The Steel Bridge is 106 years old and unusual for the number of agencies that use it. Its two black lattice towers lift for ships; Union Pacific — which owns the bridge — has trains rumble along its lower deck; and its upper deck is used by buses, cars and light-rail trains.

UPDATE (Aug. 9, 3:46 p.m. PT) — Jurors began deliberating in the trial of an FBI agent accused of lying and obstructing justice, after attorneys delivered closing arguments at the federal courthouse Thursday in Portland.



Volunteers with the Corvallis group Marys Peak Alliance and local tribes are partnering to give indigenous names to previously unnamed creeks on Marys Peak. We talk with David Harrelson of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and Dave Eckert, a coordinator for Marys Peak Alliance.