The Portland Archives and Records Center has created an oral history program and wants your ideas for storytellers.
Gathering and preserving stories through interviews allows the people who’ve experienced life in Portland to speak for themselves and adds a dimension to the documents that memorialize City business. Oral histories amplify diverse experiences within the community and help narrators create meaning that otherwise would not exist. We are seeking suggestions for stories that should be told about past City projects, initiatives, and events.
If you have an idea for a great oral history that we could preserve, please visit our online form and tell us about it. Feel free to share the link with former city employees, too:
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The late Portland Mayor, J.E. “Bud” Clark – and the positive impact he had on the “City of Roses” that he loved so well — will be remembered in a public celebration of his life on Sunday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m. in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. The event will include musical tributes, personal remembrances from family members and those who worked with him, and a “Bud Clark’s City” themed volunteer downtown cleanup produced by the non-profit, SOLVE. Clark passed away on February 1 at the age of 90.
Bud was truly, “The Citizen Mayor” who, as Portland’s premier publican, welcomed everyone as he had at his Spatenhaus Tavern and later at the Goose Hollow Inn. During his two terms, Bud had weekly, “Lunch With The Mayor” gatherings at City Hall, where anyone could share a sandwich with the Mayor, as staff carefully recorded their ideas, concerns, and thanks for follow-up to address their views.
The Sunday event will include performances by The Portland Youth Philharmonic, Thomas Lauderdale, Kathleen Saadat, Mel Brown Quartet and the MarchFourth Marching Band among other personal remembrances. An “Ice Cream Social” provided by the local business Salt & Straw will follow the presentations. All Portlanders are welcomed to the take part in the cleanup and remembrance event as a demonstration of community pride and rededication to help the city regain its national status as a premier place to work, live and enjoy. Information for “Bud Clark’s City” downtown cleanup can be found at www.solveoregon.org/. In Bud’s honor there will be a bike ride that morning. For more information at www.thestreettrust.org
An account to cover expenses to “Celebrate Bud Clark” has been established at US Bank. All monies that are contributed over expenses will be donated in Bud Clark’s name to two of his favorite non-profit organizations; “Meals on Wheels People” and the Portland Audubon Society. To make a contribution, please send checks payable to: Charles P Duffy, “CBC”, P.O. Box 998,Beaverton, Oregon 97075
Portland Metro Levee System, Oregon, FONSI 1 FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT Portland Metro Levee System Feasibility Study, Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment Portland Oregon The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) has conducted an environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. The Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA) dated June 2021 for the Portland Metro Levee System (PMLS) Feasibility Study (Study) addresses flood risk reduction opportunities and feasibility in Multnomah County, Oregon, including areas within the cities of Portland, Fairview, Gresham, and Troutdale. The final recommendation is contained in the report of the Chief of Engineers, dated August 20, 2021. The Final IFR/EA, incorporated herein by reference, evaluated various alternatives that would improve levee performance, incorporate resilience and reduce flood risk in the study area. The Recommended Plan (RP) is the National Economic Development (NED) Plan. The RP seeks to address inconsistencies within the PMLS, which is comprised of four integrated and contiguous levee systems: Peninsula Drainage District No. 1 (PEN 1), Peninsula Drainage District No. 2 (PEN 2), Multnomah County Drainage District No. 1 (MCDD), and Sandy Drainage Improvement Company (SDIC), in order to provide more uniform flood risk throughout the study area. The RP focuses on both internal and external sources of flooding. Measures in the RP include the following structural and non-structural measures. The measures in the RP would: • Widen the PEN 1 Columbia Slough levee and add seepage controls (toe drains). In MCDD West, replace portions of the landward toe of the Peninsula Canal cross levee and Columbia Slough levee with gravel to enhance stability. In SDIC, install a stability berm for the Columbia River levee from the pump station to Sundial Road. • Prepare information content that can be incorporated into existing local planning framework to boost effectiveness of flood warnings and evacuation. Includes flood risk information resulting from this feasibility study. • Increase levee heights for portions of PEN 1 and PEN 2 levees along Columbia mainstem and Columbia Slough. In MCDD West, fill isolated low spots in the Peninsula Canal cross levee and Station 511+00 of the Columbia River levee (near Broughton Beach Park). Raise low spots near the Troutdale outlet mall and the Columbia River segment of SDIC. • Add capacity at PEN 2 13th Avenue and MCDD Pump Station 2. Replace pumps, associated intakes, discharge lines, and trash racks. • Develop 4-season gravel maintenance road on railroad parallel levee and Peninsula Canal cross levee between MCDD and PEN 2. • Replace SDIC Sandy Pump Station at a higher elevation and install redundant power sources within the system of pump stations. • Replace Trash Rakes at MCDD Pump Station 4. • Construct a parallel levee at the PEN 1 railroad embankment and new floodwall to connect to existing PEN 1 floodwall. • Develop flood risk education materials for the population at risk and visitors within the study area.Portland Metro Levee System, Oregon, FONSI 2 • Design and install flood hazard and evacuation route signage throughout the study area. • Develop designated safe zones at high points within the PMLS for those that cannot evacuate from the floodplain. Would be implemented in conjunction with Measure 6. In addition to a “no action” plan, a total of four action alternatives were considered, and three were evaluated in detail. Each alternative included both structural and non-structural flood risk reduction measures. The alternatives included Alternatives 3, 4, and 5, each including components of levee widening, seepage controls, increasing the I-5 floodwall, and addressing pump station deficiencies, along with non-structural measures such as creating safe zones, improving evacuation routes, and increasing education of flood risks. Alternative formulation is discussed in Section 3 of the Final IFR/EA, and alternative evaluation and selection is discussed in Sections 4 and 5 of the Final IFR/EA. Alternative 5 is the RP. For all alternatives, the potential effects were evaluated, as appropriate. A summary assessment of the potential effects of the RP are listed in Table 1:
Northwest Children’s Theater is expanding our summer camp offerings to North Portland: August 8 – 19 at the Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge, 4834 N Lombard St.
We are dedicated to reaching as many kids as possible by partnering with the communities where they live. We already partner with programs like Self Enhancement to offer drama in after-school programs in elementary schools across North Portland, and we’re so excited to keep things going year-round with summer camps!
These classes are tuition-based, however scholarships are available (in our 30-year history, we’ve never turned away a child due to inability to pay.) You can view the full schedule at https://nwcts.org/summer-2022-north/.
For more information about NWCT’s award-winning mainstage and educational arts programs, visit www.nwcts.org.