• Storefronts under siege—judge releases burglar

    Storefronts under siege—judge releases burglar

    A burglar is recognized and arrested, but released the same day despite a past history of business burglary and failure to appear. Across North Portland, storefront businesses have experienced a spate of break-ins and broken windows. Each incident can cost thousands of dollars in repairs, not to mention the value of items stolen. The St.…

  • Arctic blast hits North Portland

    Freezing conditions engulfed North Portland hard starting Saturday, Jan. 13, with temperatures in the teens, snowfall and persistent wind gusts creating blizzard-like snow swirls. The low temperatures continued Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with warnings from PBOT to avoid driving. However, Monday, Jan. 15, saw clear skies, little wind and sun. Residents used the opportunity to…

  • Will he or won’t he run?

    In 2020—for the first time in one-half century—Portland voters elected a City Council member with North Portland roots. Commissioner Dan Ryan is a Roosevelt High School graduate and current Arbor Lodge resident. He is the first North Portlander to serve on the Council since fellow Roosevelt alum Mayor Terry Schrunk left office in 1973. As…

  • Peninsula Optimist Club Christmas Tree fundraiser a success

    Nearly $75,000 is heading to scholarships and North Portland youth programs thanks to the Peninsula Optimist Club’s record Christmas tree sales fundraiser for the 2023 season. Forty-seven volunteer groups helped with sales that have become a winter tradition for last 70 years at the corner of N. Lombard St. and Chautauqua Blvd. Optimist Club members…

  • Holiday Memories inspire North Portlanders (Dec. 2023)

    Holiday Memories inspire North Portlanders (Dec. 2023)

    Family psychologists tell us that the holidays have the potential to inspire year-end review, reflection, even reconciliation. To see if that might be true, I asked several current and former North Portlanders if they had ever had a deeply moving holiday experience. Several said yes. The unexpected  Lifelong North Portland resident Mike Verbout described his…

  • Ryan calls for DEQ study of PIR leaded exhaust (September 2023)

    Ryan calls for DEQ study of PIR leaded exhaust (September 2023)

    The first question to Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan rang with emotion at an August 22 town hall at the Kenton Fire Station courtyard.  Neighbor Linda Wysong cited recent news coverage showing how “third graders who have grown up within two miles of Portland International Raceway had a 6% decline in their standardized test scores“ and how…

  • Deputy District Attorney Assigned to St. Johns / North Portland (September 2023)

    Deputy District Attorney Assigned to St. Johns / North Portland (September 2023)

    At a meeting of business owners on August 22, it was announced that District Attorney Mike Schmidt has assigned a Deputy District Attorney to the St. Johns community. The action was taken in response to a “90-Day Reset Plan” proposed by St. Johns Business Boosters at a March 2023 meeting with Schmidt and city commissioners…

  • PIR controversy: leaded exhaust, noise rankle neighbors (August 2023)

    PIR controversy: leaded exhaust, noise rankle neighbors (August 2023)

    A recent London-based Guardian newspaper investigative story singled out the Kenton neighborhood as having some of the worst racetrack-produced lead fumes in any residential area in the U.S. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned leaded gas for passenger cars in 1996 because of the health hazard, especially for young children. But the law exempted racecars. The EPA…

  • Interstate Bridge Replacement plan throws North Portlanders under the truck (August 2023)

    Interstate Bridge Replacement plan throws North Portlanders under the truck (August 2023)

    Everyone agrees that the traffic bottleneck near the I-5 Bridge between Oregon and Washington needs to be fixed. The backup of vehicles during morning and afternoon rush hours affects traffic daily for miles in either direction for hours. It costs in money, time and frustration. It also creates unhealthy air for neighborhoods along the I-5…

  • Summer on the Peninsula bonus insert (July 2023)

    Summer on the Peninsula bonus insert (July 2023)

    North Portland offers residents many summertime options. The Summer on the Peninsula bonus insert in this edition offers a listing of activities to enjoy without leaving home. Many are free and open to residents of various ages. Summer on the Peninsula can be removed and kept over the summer months. Almost everything one can enjoy by traveling to the…