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Consider Boxing for your new workout

Want to try a new form of exercise that gets you in shape, is fun, and reduces stress?

Fitness boxing at Sweet Science Boxing in the North Portland neighborhood of Kenton is the greatest place for the best boxing workouts in PDX.  We offer 18 classes per week, which include 12 adult and 2 teen boxing classes plus strength & stretch…


Posted by Laurie Gold on March 9, 2015 at 1:51pm

Happy New Year! 2015 Portland Events

Hey, Portlanders!  Happy new year!  It's 2015, and we're kicking off another great year with tons of ideas of fun things to do in Portland! I started the new year with a hike at Upper Macleay Park in Portland.

Here are some featured Portland events in January 2015.  View the Portland…


Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:30pm

Article: 12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For

A friend posted a link to this article, "12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For" (Full article here: http://www.newscastic.com/news/12-portland-hiking-trails-worth-getting-out-of-bed-for-2472641/ )

At dawn, the view from the top of Council Crest makes the whole city look like a bed of sparkling jewels nestled in the most verdant valley of an enchanted…


Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm

Inspired by the movie Wild? Why not go on some hikes in 2015?

If you've been inspired  by the movie Wild, and would like to enjoy some Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge hikes, check out Friends of the Columbia Gorge: http://www.gorgefriends.org/section.php?id=6…


Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm


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Neighborhood near max rail for student

Hello Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. I just recently got the notification of acceptance into a grad program I was interested in Hillsboro. As I'm quite unfamiliar with the general…Continue

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Started by Mikey Park in General Portland Discussion Mar 25.

Choosing a Neighborhood in Portland 2 Replies

Hi and thanks for reading this, Portlanders!  I live in Cleveland and my sister and I will be moving to Portland--or nearby--this summer.  We would like to live centrally located to the Hawthorne…Continue

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Started by Jill Huettich in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Jill Huettich Feb 4.

The skinny on neighborhood differences? 2 Replies

Hi Future Neighbors!Like many others in this discussion, I too am relocating to Portland in July 2014. I visited Portland in January and was able to explore many NE and SE neighborhoods. I will be…Continue

Started by john doney in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Katie McMahan Nov 7, 2014.

Relocating to Portland 2 Replies

Hi:  My husband and I are relocating to Portland in February.  We are looking for a neighborhood near public transportation.  I will be working in downtown Portland (2nd and Market) and will not have…Continue

Started by Maria Wilks in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Maria Wilks Jan 31, 2014.



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Portland Economist Says Region's Last Nuke Losing $250 Million on Fuel Deal

Portland economist Robert McCullough has been unsparing in his analysis of the financial underpinnings of the region's only operating nuclear generating plant, the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash.

A new report McCullough released earlier this month says the plant's operator, Energy Northwest, are losing $250 million on a massive 2012 purchase of fuel from the U.S. Enrichment Corporation of Paducah, Ky. Since the $700 million, 15-year deal was done, the price of the uranium-based fuel has plummeted, meaning the generating plant locked in a long-term supply at well-above market prices.

McCullough says the deal will saddle customers across the Bonneville Power Administration system, of which Columbia Generating Station is part, with higher costs.

“Reviewing the memos surrounding this convoluted uranium deal, it is clear that the sole purpose of it was to keep an old, dirty uranium enrichment plant running for another year,” McCullough said in statement. “According to our analysis, this deal is projected to cost Northwest ratepayers, through their Bonneville rates, around $250 million on a $700 million deal.”

In a December 2013 story, WW examined the work McCullough completed for the Washington and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, which favors shutting the plant for health and safety reasons.

McCullough, a former Portland General Electric executive who consults for utilities and other clients all over North America, examined the economics of the plant, rather than safety issues.

He found that the aging nuke plant is less cost-effective than other forms of generation. He was particularly critical of the long-term fuel purchase the utility made, based in part on what he found were unrealistic assumptions about financing costs.

An Energy Northwest spokesman says the utility disagrees with McCullough's new analysis.

"His conclusions are incorrect, mischaracterize the nature of EN's 2012 fuel purchase, and reflect a gross misunderstanding of a complex, multi-party agreement. According to BPA, the fuel agreement is now showing a more-than-$40 million savings to the fiscal 2014 - 2015 rate case, and will save customers tens of millions more through 2028," Energy Northwest spokesman Mike Paoli said in a statement.

The utility's explanation for the deal is here. But the transaction has caught the eye of others.

Politico reported earlier this month that the congressional investigators from the House Oversight Committee are probing the role of a former Department of Energy official in that transaction. Former Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman became CEO of Centrus Energy after helping arrange federal support for the company as a government official.

The reporter and author David Cay Johnston this week used another lens to evaluate  the controversial fuel purchase. Writing in the National Memo, Johnston evaluated the role of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), whose state is home to the struggling company that sold the uranium to Energy Northwest.

Johnston tested the transaction against the libertarian ideals on which Paul is basing his presidential candidacy and found a disconnect with his support for the fuel deal. 

"Paul described the deal as a bargain that would save money all around," Johnston writes. "Paul’s deal worked like a hidden tax on people and businesses in the Pacific Northwest."

The Oregon Legislature Gives Metro Cover Against a Public Vote on Convention Center Hyatt

The Oregon Legislature has handed Metro extra protection against a public vote on the 600-room Hyatt hotel proposed for the Oregon Convention Center.

The state House today passed a bill assuring the project and its $78 million in taxpayer subsidies are exempt from a vote.

As WW first reported in March, opponents of the proposed hotel are are currently in court battling Metro, the regional government that’s backing the hotel and wants to avoid a vote.

Metro introduced Senate Bill 927 to clarify that Metro's charter—which declares most of its capital projects are exempt from a vote—supersedes state requirements to send such projects to the ballot.

The state Senate voted yes in March.

The bill passed the House this morning on a 35-24 vote, largely along party lines with Democrats supporting it. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown.

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