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April 21, 2015

Down and Dirty: Rooster Rock trees

by Steve Law
Volunteers are needed to plant 400 to 500 native trees at Rooster Rock State Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The tree starts are envisioned to replace older cottonwoods at the…
April 21, 2015

Green briefs: Boyd's Coffee to offer compostable coffee pods

by Steve Law
John Sylvan, founder of Keurig K-pod machine, has recently noted regret for invention of his machine that generates so much single-serving plastic waste. While Keurig has pledged to create a 100…
April 15, 2015

Want a free fruit tree?

by Steve Law
Friends of Trees is conducting its annual tree giveaway event this Saturday in honor of Earth Day. A selection of local fruit trees about 4 to 6 feet high, including apple, pear, plum and other…
COURTESY OF PACIFICORP - The Carbon Plant in Utah was shut down forever by Portland-based PacifiCorp on Wednesday, April 15
April 15, 2015

PacifiCorp closes a coal plant

by Steve Law
Portland-based PacifiCorp closed its coal plant near Price, Utah, on Wednesday, April 15, as planned. Known as the Carbon Plant or the Castle Gate Plant, it was commissioned in 1954, 61 years…
April 15, 2015

Family donates land for Forest Park

by Steve Law
The Cottrell family has donated three acres of woods in Portland’s West Hills to the Forest Park Conservancy, which works to support the city park of the same name. The land is adjacent to…
OUTLOOK PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - BlueBird Dining Hall co-owners Lena Franco and Dylan Hutter offer beer, wine and cocktails seven days a week at their new restaurant on Main Avenue.
April 15, 2015

BlueBird Dining Hall lands in downtown Gresham

by Shannon O. Wells
Farm-to-fork restaurant delivers "elevated" dining to downtown For a restaurant owner concerned about future competition from the vacant space next door, one rather novel approach is to simply…
April 10, 2015

Report: Farmers get tax breaks, but growth still outpaces S&P…

by Peter Wong
Follow-up to 2007 effort defends Oregon's statewide requirements for land protection. A new report concludes that Oregon farmers have benefited from $5.7 billion in property tax breaks over the…
April 09, 2015

Friends of Trees earns national award

by Steve Law
The national Arbor Day Foundation will honor Portland’s Friends of Trees as one of 13 individuals or organizations for the 2015 Arbor Day Award. Friends of Trees won the Excellence in…
April 09, 2015

Happy Arbor Day

by Steve Law
Portland Parks & Recreation, which runs the city’s Urban Forestry division, is offering a local Arbor Day(s) celebration on Friday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday, April 11, from…
April 07, 2015

Washington activists hope to quality carbon tax for state ballot

by Ashley Ahearn, EarthFix
If you were at the Seattle Mariners season opener Monday you might have run into some folks with clipboards, gathering signatures for a newly-announced Washington state initiative for 2016 that…
Apr 07, 2015

Truce over Northwest forests unraveling

by Paul Koberstein
Industry interests say Clinton plan failed to deliver The Northwest Forest Plan, the icy truce that ended the 1990s timber wars, continues to unravel as two federal agencies look for new ways to…
Apr 07, 2015

Green Briefs: Bring on the birds

by Steve Law
Want to add more native plants to your yard? The Audubon Society of Portland hosts its popular annual native plant sale, the weekend of April 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. More…
Apr 07, 2015

State sets meetings on oil train rules

by Peter Wong
Scope of changes is limited to emergency services agencies; some reports required. The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced four public meetings on proposed rules changes that will…
COURTESY REWILD PORTLAND - Peter Michael Bauer
Apr 06, 2015

Rewilding Portland

by Steve Law
Portland survivalist Peter Michael Bauer will deliver a lecture and hold a silent auction for his Rewild Portland nonprofit on Friday, April 24, at the Multnomah Arts Center in Southwest…
COURTESY HONORING OUR RIVERS  - Students will showcase their writings, art about Oregon rivers.
Apr 06, 2015

Honor those honoring our rivers

by Steve Law
More than 1,000 students from Oregon and beyond submitted pieces for the 15th-annual Honoring Our Rivers anthology. Some of the student artists and writers will present their work at the Earth…
STEVE LAW - Protesters raise concerns about Pembina propane terminal at March hearing before Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission.
Apr 07, 2015

City may levy huge fee on propane exporter as carbon offset

by Steve Law
The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, concerned about promoting fossil fuel use if it approves a propane export terminal, may seek to charge the Canadian exporter $6.2 million a…
Apr 01, 2015

Portland bans 'neonicotinoid' pesticide

by Jennifer Anderson
The Portland City Council on Wednesday voted to ban the use of neonicioinoid pesticides, which the city currently uses at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park and at Peninsula…
Apr 01, 2015

Oil train opponents hold forum tonight in Vancouver

by Steve Law
A broad range of interests concerned about oil trains passing through Vancouver will convene a community forum tonight, April 1, to discuss a proposed oil terminal in Southwest Washington.…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Soon more Beaverton schools will have solar arrays on their rooftops. This aerial view of Springville K-8 School shows a 2011 project with a private investor, but new schools will generate electricity with funding from a voter-approved bond measure.
Mar 31, 2015

New Beaverton schools will include $5 million in solar panels

by Eric Apalategui
Like Little Orphan Annie, the Beaverton School District is hoping the sun will come out tomorrow. But more in tune with Daddy Warbucks’ bank account, the district must spend $5 million of…
COURTESY: SCOTT CARPENTER - The Audubon Society of Portland intends to sue the Army Corps of Engineers over their plan to kill 11,000 double-crested cormorants.
Mar 31, 2015

Audubon to file suit over bird 'slaughter'

by Jennifer Anderson
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a plan to kill 11,000 double-breasted cormorants that live on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary to keep them from preying on salmon and…