Oregon

Wrecking balls gone wild: Biggest heritage losses of the year

Every year, I collect some of the worst failures in heritage and historic preservation on the Pacific Northwest. This edition focuses on some disturbing trends…

Coal export plan suffers setback in Oregon

An Oregon agency created a major setback Monday for plans to build a complex coal project on the Columbia River upstream from Portland. The Department of…

A big hole in NW diversity

After all these years, it is still somehow an unnexpected miracle, a rich soul-feeding surprise. “Summer Fishtrap: A Gathering of Writers” held its 27th year…

Veterans’ art: The explosive truth about our American reality

Picture a little girl, say, 4 years old, with long brown hair and large brown eyes. She is all dressed up, a ribbon in her…

Democrats may have to worry about keeping U.S. Senate seat in Oregon

Oregon has a lively U. S. Senate race on its hands this year, but a Republican preference for neophyte candidates in big races will run…

A green line of governors: Can Inslee, Kitzhaber stop energy exports?

Elections have consequences, it is often said, and the elections of 2010 and 2012 brought to the West Coast a solid green line of governors:…

Oil, coal, gas: Export proposals are growing

The Big Energy Export Train aimed at Pacific Northwest deep-water harbors is looking to add a new cargo: liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also known as…

NW Forest Plan: Warfare rages out of the spotlight

"Most people think the Northwest forest war is over," says Andy Kerr, who attended Bill Clinton's 1993 Portland forest conference as a leader of the…

An Oregon cave: Home for our first Northwest communities?

Shallow caves gape in gray rock like eyeholes in a mask. A whiff of sage rises from the scree below. Except for the wind blowing…

The Northwest’s first venture capitalist

More than 200 years ago, entrepreneur John Jacob Astor invested big to establish a Western empire and set up America's first truly global trade network. It…

Most-Read of 2013: #9, the four-day school week

Crosscut recently reported on the Eatonville School District's  consideration of a four-day school week, which is already being used by two rural school districts with fewer…

Wild salmon: Are their best days all behind them?

Chinook salmon returns are setting records on the Columbia this year. But 80 percent are hatchery fish. Thirteen wild salmon populations in the region are…

What went wrong with Columbia River bridge planning?

The Columbia River Crossing bridge between Portland and Vancouver may have died but the forensic examination of its fatal flaws are continuing. On Wednesday, Deputy…

The Oregonian: Going the way of all newspapers?

Is Portland the future for newspapers everywhere? Perhaps. The Oregonian, the pioneer newspaper of the Pacific Northwest, announced Thursday it is reducing its daily print…

Restoring NW wildlife: Come home, condor?

Imagine looking skyward from the Columbia River Gorge and seeing the slowly soaring figure-eight turns of a bird with a nine-foot wingspan. Too big to…

Will Skagit collapse provide a bridge to legislative harmony? Not likely.

Economists and engineers have jumped into overdrive to deal with last Thursday's collapse of part of Interstate 5's Skagit River Bridge. But politically, it is difficult…

Big energy firm still hungry after backing out of OR coal plan

Thirty millions tons of coal a year were taken off the region’s export board Wednesday when the pipeline and terminals giant Kinder Morgan announced that…

House transportation bill supports Columbia River bridge with light rail

Technically, the Washington state House's transportation bill was not about replacing the Columbia River Bridge in Vancouver. Politically, the bill was all about the bridge's…

Survival of the fittest: Both sides prep for state budget battle

Today, the Democratic-controlled Washington House will likely pass  the $34.5 billion 2013-2015 budget it unveiled two days ago. The House's Republican minority will gripe and…

Why the whole country should vote like us (by mail)

Desiline Victor is a hero to me. She’s the 102-year-old woman to whom President Obama gave a shout-out in his State of the Union speech,…

How Gas Works Park shapes the Northwest today

Some Northwest cities have embraced remnants of their industrial past in bolder, greener designs. Leading the way: Seattle's newly honored Gas Works Park. In Astoria,…

Political games are devastating sustainable commercial fishing

Despite the 1995 and 1999 voter rejection of initiatives favoring sport fishing, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission moves steadily to restrict and eliminate commercial…

Heritage Turkeys of the Year

It's a grim task, but  someone has to do it, right? For the fourth straight year, I am presenting the Heritage Turkey Awards, examples of the…

In a status-quo sea, Oregon politicians are salmon’s lone champions

A couple of this region's putative leaders are actually trying to exert some leadership in the long-running dispute over the restoration of Snake River salmon.…

Crosscut Investigation: Prosecutors, debt collectors buddy-up to punish bad checks

A month-long Crosscut investigation into questionable tactics by check collection companies reveals that criminal prosecutors around the Northwest are contracting with private companies, which use…