October 2008
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Cover Story
Hidden amid Portland's concrete and barbed wire, blue herons hunt fish and chorus frogs sing in waters that are cleaner than they have been in years. Plus: How to explore these gems yourself.
Features
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Can she sustain her parents' version of the Good Life, or might her road be a greener one? Photographs by Rafael Astorga
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Obsessed with the planet. Slightly insane. Green to the core. Six uncompromising Ecofreaks who make us want to be better.
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Invasive plants are out, native plants are in, and Portland gardeners are embracing their wild side.
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And we've got *15 BIG IDEAS* that prove it: crushed-glass countertops, a greener carpet cleaner, solar-powered wineries, a planet-healing hospital, shoes from soda bottles, a better microprocessor, and more ideas that are changing our world.
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Brenna Bell is a hippie. “That word has so many meanings,” she says. “But if you mean somebody who’s a free-minded person who lives closely with nature and with other people? That’s what I am.”
IT’S A HISTORIC YEAR. Have you heard? Yes, I guess you have. From the Olympics to politics, the David and Goliath stories of improbable success in the face of overwhelming odds have become almost de rigueur. And, if you’ll allow us, we’d like to...
Grab a stool at a local diner and dig into Portland's best old-school eats.
Once banned from being sold domestically because it was thought to drive people mad, absinthe makes a comeback in Portland.
Our Critic's Top Wine Picks
A $4 million restaurant debuts on a lonely stretch of the South Waterfront. But is the food as opulent as the décor?
IN THE PAST YEAR In the past year or so, many a restaurant in Portland has begun to tout its cuisine as “American” or “New American.” What qualifies them as such I’m not quite sure. Apparently anyone who has a steak on the menu, one or two...
From sweetbreads to French Fries: In their first cookbook, Kimberly and Vitaly Paley aren't afraid to put everything on the table.
The online scavenger hunt ends this Friday. Participate and you could win one of many great prizes including the *Ultimate Landrover Weekend Getaway* to Sisters, Oregon. Who couldn't use a freebie vacation these days? *Play the "SCAVENGER HUNT":
Jilted Sonics fans may well turn their adoration to the Blazers this season. Help them make the transition.
THE HALLOWED HALLS of Portland State University’s Branford P. Millar Library house some very valuable holdings—the Middle East Studies collection, for example. But the library recently accepted a collection considered by most academics to be far...
A sports revivalist brings snowtrashing to Mount Hood.
A clerk at Powell's finds multiple loves (and other difficulties) in between the pages.
When a friend told me that Portland’s Roller Derby league, a group of eight teams called the Rose City Rollers, would be holding tryouts for its upcoming season, I saw a chance to prove I’m as tough as I tout myself to be and signed up.
Oft-displaced artistic powerhouse Disjecta settles into more permanent digs on the edge of working-class Kenton.
In _The Wordy Shipmates_ (Penguin Books), Vowell revisits the 17th-century Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Company, finding them to be a singular and idiosyncratic bunch.
*HEARTS & DAGGERS* (“File Under Music”), Alicia J. Rose (aka accordionist Miss Murgatroid) and violinist/singer Petra Haden create what seems like a whimsical soundtrack to a very moody Ren Faire
Grails’s *DOOMSDAYER'S HOLIDAY* (“Temporary Residence Music”) trades in the festive regalia of lilting hill music for the pitch-black depths of acid-doom metal.
Can she sustain her parents' version of the Good Life, or might her road be a greener one? Photographs by Rafael Astorga
THINK OF IT AS decorating à la carte: Even if you can’t indulge in Amanda Klash’s sought-after interior design services, you can still sample elements of her style at her store in downtown Portland, which combines her work studio with an...
Sure, Oregon has the most wild and scenic rivers in the country. But we want another one.
Hidden amid Portland's concrete and barbed wire, blue herons hunt fish and chorus frogs sing in waters that are cleaner than they have been in years. Plus: How to explore these gems yourself.
I had my choice of 600 miles of trails that crisscross through the Eagle Cap Wilderness (which makes up the heart of the Wallowas), and I took the steep climb to Aneroid Lake, a spectacular alpine pool that sits at 7,500 feet. I can peer down...
Where some see gray skies overhead, Oregon sees the light.
Obsessed with the planet. Slightly insane. Green to the core. Six uncompromising Ecofreaks who make us want to be better.
Hang your hat at one of the state's greenest homes.
Invasive plants are out, native plants are in, and Portland gardeners are embracing their wild side.
And we've got *15 BIG IDEAS* that prove it: crushed-glass countertops, a greener carpet cleaner, solar-powered wineries, a planet-healing hospital, shoes from soda bottles, a better microprocessor, and more ideas that are changing our world.
Brenna Bell is a hippie. “That word has so many meanings,” she says. “But if you mean somebody who’s a free-minded person who lives closely with nature and with other people? That’s what I am.”
A Northeast Portland gym charges up with green energy—and sweat.
So, um, what is a doula, anyway? We help a woman and her partner through the duration of labor, childbirth, and postpartum. That can mean creating a birth plan and providing support and comfort. We’re kind of like coaches, I guess. Your...
Buying green sure sounds like a good idea. But it's also a luxury not everyone has.