December 18, 2023

Beyond Drug Decriminalization: 3 Years Later, was Oregon’s Measure 110 Worth It?

During the 2020 election, Portland became the epicenter of a national debate on drug policy. Measure 110 made Oregon the first state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs. Did the law help, or hurt, the very people it was designed for?  Three years later, the debate rages on.

Portland Head Lighthouse

December 11, 2023

Moving to Maine: Why The Oldest State is Drawing Younger Crowds

Maine has the oldest population in the nation, yet it was the only state whose median age declined between 2020 and 2021.

December 4, 2023

Is Homelessness a Valid Excuse for Court Absenteeism? A Portland Judge Decides

The reason for a defendant’s failure to appear in court is often cited as lack of housing. But with many people successfully appearing virtually in court via Webex, the criminal justice system grapples with whether or not homelessness is a valid excuse for being absent.

November 12, 2023

White Cane Awareness Day Comes to Portland Highlighting Safety for the Visually Impaired

Mayor Ted Wheeler proclaimed Oct. 15 to be White Cane Awareness Day during a Portland City Council meeting. The annual event aims to educate people about white canes and guide dogs as symbols of independence and the right to safe travel for those who are visually diverse.

October 20, 2023

Portland’s Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians Aims to Bring Joy Back to The Rose City

Everything’s coming up roses for the newest Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians, Mike Ware. Having persevered through difficult times, Portland looks to this volunteer-led group to highlight the city's good.