Voting is easier in Oregon than any other state in the nation, according to the latest analysis by a team of political scientists tracking the issue. (1/7)
“Oregon, which has one of the most progressive automatic voter registration processes and mail-in voting, maintains the first position as the easiest state in which to vote,” the researchers wrote in a summary of their findings. (2/7)
The other top states for ease of voting are Washington, Utah, Illinois and Maryland. Oregon, Utah and Washington all have permanent vote-by-mail processes. (3/7)
At least six men across Oregon have been accused of intentionally setting blazes during a disastrous wildfire season that has burned more than a million acres, killed at least nine people and annihilated homes, entire towns and beloved natural areas. (1/7)
None of them have ties to left- or right-wing groups or appear to have been motivated by politics, according to police and court records reviewed by @Oregonian. (2/7)
Only one of the accused fire starters, a southern Oregon man with a history of meth use, is accused of damaging more than a dozen homes and endangering people’s lives. Prosecutors say another man in Lane County caused hundreds of acres to burn near a sleepy timber town. (3/7)
After eight years of fighting wildfires, Solize Ortiz has learned to work with the challenges and dangers of her profession. The Oregon firefighter has been in smoke so thick it’s nearly impossible to breathe, and at times she’s unable to make out the faces of others. (1/14)
“Sometimes you can only see silhouettes,” Ortiz said. “You start to recognize how people walk and their mannerisms. That’s usually the best way to identify people on your crew.” (2/14)
She’s learned to gauge danger -- like when a flaming tree is about to crash to the ground, and in which direction. (3/14)
Officials have yet to identify the cause of the 170,000-acre Holiday Farm fire that ripped down the McKenzie River valley starting Labor Day. (1/9)
But residents told @Oregonian that the blaze was preceded by a power outage, a loud explosion and a shower of blue sparks from an electric line near milepost 47 on Oregon 126 – the exact location where state officials have pinpointed the start of the fire. (2/9)
Kris Brandt, like many who lived among the area’s Douglas fir forests, could hear the towering trees snapping all around him as roaring winds raced downriver for hours. (3/9)
Fire raced up the hill Wednesday night, gaining momentum toward Blair Road in Scotts Mills, as several dozen men worked on building a fire line. (1/11)
“We probably had 20 to 30 people in there hand-falling timber,” said Mike Craig, who was operating an excavator at the time. “We were just ripping everything out of the ground and pushing it into the fire to make it contained.” (2/11)
Craig watched as flames licked the blade of a bulldozer that plowed toward the fire, the man in the cab silhouetted by the blaze. He snapped a photo with his phone, capturing a dramatic moment in the fight against the Beachie Creek fire. (3/11)
100 Days of Protests in Portland: How one of America’s whitest major cities became the center of the national conversation over systemic racism and police brutality trib.al/G4RyJL4
In Portland, demonstrations against systemic racism & police brutality have stretched for 100 straight days, sparking cuts to the city police bureau, night after night of violence by law enforcement officers and protesters, presidential condemnation and national attention.
The ongoing unrest may alter the city’s reputation for years to come.
But the arc of #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations in Oregon’s largest city has varied markedly from June to July to August before reaching their 100th day Friday.
Three days of legislative hearings on the crisis at the Oregon Employment Department culminated Thursday with emotional testimony from several people who described months of frustration waiting for their jobless benefits. (1/7)
“I’ve spent hours upon hours on hold. But my situation, just like so many others, is not being resolved,” said Belindy Bonser, a Jackson County resident, who said she had been waiting for benefits since May and had her car repossessed. (2/7)
“Something has to happen. Someone has to act,” said Bonser, her voice breaking with emotion. “Because this is unacceptable. You guys were elected to represent us and we need you more than any time I’ve ever seen constituents needing their legislators.” (3/7)
Justin Dunlap, a lighting designer at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for the last 16 years, was looking for something to do after the coronavirus shut down the downtown Portland performance center. (1/14)
The 44-year-old soon got hooked using his Samsung Galaxy s10 and selfie stick to livestream the city’s nightly summer protests on his Facebook page. (2/14)
But what became an artistic outlet for Dunlap turned into evidence for Portland police homicide detectives Saturday night as Dunlap caught video of the gunfire that left Aaron “Jay” Danielson, dead on Southwest Third Avenue, near Alder Street. (3/14)
In his speech from the White House to the Republican National Convention Thursday night, President Donald Trump said that if Joe Biden wins the election in November, Democrats “will make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon.” (1/10)
If you heard that message from another city, you might be scared. What if your city did look like Portland? What would that mean? Should you be worried??! (2/10)
Our @lizzzyacker put together a list of a few things you may see in your city or town, if it begins to look like Portland. (3/10)
NAACP, Black youth organization hold ‘March on Portland’ Friday afternoon (live updates) trib.al/kHeLRoN
Participants are gathering outside the Oregon Convention Center for the "March on Portland," which begins at 1 p.m. The event is put on by Portland’s NAACP chapter and the Black youth organization Fridays 4 Freedom. (photos by @killendave)
Portland protests against police violence, racism continue on 79th night Friday trib.al/LwBYskC
The protesters left Peninsula Park about 10 min ago and appeared to be headed to the Portland Police Association building on Lombard.
They were met by a group of officers on Lombard and Ainsworth who are blocking the street.
After a brief standoff, protesters changed plans and headed east on Killingsworth toward the North Precinct. But they were met by another group of officers at Mississippi, several blocks away from the precinct.