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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Article: Most Anticipated Portland Restaurant/Bar Openings Of 2015

We just got through the holiday season, but we still have quite a few dark wet days ahead of us.  It's always eating season in Portland, and great food and drink abounds.  But I am always excited to hear of new restaurants, bars, and even new food carts.  There are quite a few notable new places, as covered in this article from Willamette Week: Most Anticipated Portland Restaurant/Bar Openings Of 2015.…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

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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.

Resources for local help - 8 year old boy with no Christmas presents!

Hi, I just recently had to rent a basement from a friends mom for a temporary solution due to a recent separation. The lady I'm renting from is in her 70's and on a fixed income and she has a son who…Continue

Started by Damon Coker in General Portland Discussion Dec 21, 2013.

How to explore PDX in 5 days? 2 Replies

My wife and I are visiting Portland next week for 5 days to get to know the city and hopefully find a rental. Are there any tips or direction anyone can give me as to how to best see the city and…Continue

Started by Michael Griffin in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Rick Hamell Oct 2, 2013.

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Portland Public Schools Board Could Vote On New Boundaries by December

The volunteer group guiding Portland Public Schools through what's bound to be a contentious redrawing of school boundaries have heard the official word on when their work is supposed to be finished.

The timeline is ambitious. It calls for the Portland School Board to vote on new boundaries as soon as Dec. 1, 2015 and not later than Jan. 30, 2016.

That's a tight timeline—and the compressed schedule could cause the process to unravel in any number of places.

According to the new timeline, the volunteer group known as D-BRAC (District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee), will help PPS develop a community survey to poll people on their educational values. The survey will go to parents, teachers and other district residents in mid-March and seeks input on the boundary review process.

D-BRAC will use survey results to shape their recommendations. But those results won't be available until May. Between May and June 30, the group will "assess and apply community survey results in work to develop values based framework for future PPS boundary change." It will also "develop policy change recommendations to align with framework" and deliver those recommendations to Superintendent Carole Smith.

If all that sounds like feel-good policy talk, it's actually very nitty gritty stuff. In that two month time frame, the group is supposed to help resolve thorny questions such as whether some K-8 schools should revert to K-5 schools and whether, as a result, PPS needs to recreate additional middle schools.

This is the timeline's first potential hurdle. Those aren't questions that anyone can solve looking just at survey results. Those changes have significant budget and educational implications.

As a result, the school board is set to vote on those recommendations in July—just as several new school board members take their seats. (Four seats on the seven-member board are up for re-election in May.) That's the second potential hurdle.

PPS administrators would draw new maps based on the guidance from D-BRAC starting in August. Administrators would then bring proposed maps to D-BRAC in September or October.

Smith would then present a final boundary proposal in November for a vote by the school board in December or January. New boundaries would then be in place by fall 2016.


Cuts of the Week

Every Friday (or whenever we get around to it), LocalCut collects the week's new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren.

1. Natasha Kmeto, “The Only Time”

On her new interpretation of Nine Inch Nails’ “The Only Time,” talented Portland electro-R&B singer-producer Natasha Kmeto does well to demonstrate why Dave Sitek of TV On the Radio was so smitten when he first heard her that he promptly signed her to his Federal Prism label. She’s that good. This remix is heavy on the bass, and Kmeto’s vocals stir well with the beat, morphing the original industrial funk track into an equally powerful nightclub banger. Trent Reznor would approve. Kmeto's new album, Inevitable, is out in the first quarter of the year. PARKER HALL.

2. Divers, “Breathless”

Divers get labeled as a punk band, but on new track “Breathless,” they sound more like a band that never stopped listening to the latter-day Replacements. What comes out is a driving ‘80s-style melody with catchy chorus to match. This is the second track from the band’s forthcoming release, Hello Hello, a concept record following the escapades of two bank robbers on a cross-country spree, and it’s their first full-length since the band started playing live a few years ago. Oh, and it’s awesome. (PH)  

3. Amine x Les Sins, “Bother”

On Amine’s latest remix, he takes a stab at “Bother,” a track from Toro y Moi side project Les Sins, laying down verses where producer Chaz Bundick lets the beat breathe. In a vocal style akin to Danny Brown, Amine raps quickly without losing his speed, working to give the Les Sins original the treatment it deserves. LUCAS CHEMOTTI.

4. The Estranged, “Frozen Fingers”

Portland post-punk trio the Estranged have been at it for a while. On its latest self-titled release, the band takes the dark punk sound its been working for years, removing much of the Wipers influence and going further into Joy Division vein, as evidenced by this new track. Now they’ve booked a tour to Australia, had a feature on VICE and appear to be getting the credit they deserve, finally. (LC)

5. Dogheart, “Jawbone”

Not polished enough to be pop but not quite rough around the edges enough to be garage rock, either, newish Portland outfit Dogheart’s track “Jawbone” is one thing for sure: catchy. The first track to be released off upcoming album What Burns the Best, its two and a half minutes fly by quickly. It’s easy to get lost among the well-placed guitar hooks, perfectly distorted vocals and a movie montage vibe complete with fadeout. The trio, founded by former Pheasant guitarist Matt Jenkins last year, is releasing the full album in mid-February, and the band should continue to impress throughout 2015. (PH)

<a href="http://dogheartband.bandcamp.com/track/jawbone">Jawbone by Dogheart</a>

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