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This blog was in active operation from July 6, 2002 to April 5, 2013, with a brief outage in July and August of 2004. It has now gone on indefinite hiatus. We're taking a year or more off to work on a major writing project in our professional life. This site will remain in place as an archive, but no new content will be added. We are grateful to our readers and advertisers for 10-plus great years. We'll re-evaluate this site when the writing project is done. -- Jack Bogdanski

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- Portland street fee: Commissioner Steve Novick stages tour, stumps for maintenance and safety needs (video) from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- 23,000 new apartments and condos projected for downtown. Where will they go? Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland Street Fee: Committees study capping fees for businesses, linking residential rate to income from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland vacation perks: Readers debate merits of city's $1.9 million program from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- City ready to sell 16 acres of waterfront land: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- City of Portland's top accountant placed on administrative leave from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland ready to sign off on $630,000 Grove hostel deal: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland provides $1.9 million worth of extra vacation time to nearly 800 employees from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Charlie Hales participates in U.S. mayors' equity task force: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland social-investment policy would be wrong recipe: Editorial Agenda 2014 from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Why did Portland City Council delete reference to road funding plan -- and what happens now? from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland Street Fee: Commissioner Dan Saltzman calls for end to earmarks (that aren't happening) from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Cool no more? Portland left off Forbes list of America's 'Coolest Cities' from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland Street Fee: City Council kills off 1988 financial policy meant to provide money for road repairs from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- No rubber stamp: Day of disagreement for Portland City Council leaves Dan Saltzman without housing money from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Old Town Chinatown apartment boom? Portland City Council OKs $7 million subsidy plan to spark construction from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland City Council restores $170,000 for Downtown Marketing Initiative after eliminating from budget from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- City Council to vote on $170,000 for ugly sweater party, Downtown Marketing Initiative: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- MLS All-Star Game: Pioneer Courthouse Square to transform into Providence Park east for free watch party from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland plans national search for new chief financial officer, salary up to $177,029 from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- The New Special Olympics from Dingleberry Gazette
- The Great Race War Detente of 2014 from Dingleberry Gazette
- I’m Not Racist… from Dingleberry Gazette
- The Third Quarter from Dingleberry Gazette
- Watch Me from Dingleberry Gazette
- Ferrari worth a Fortune in Fables from The Red Electric
- Steve Duin: Both the towed and the towers will miss Marian Gaylord from Steve Duin
- Gottfredson’s Sex Assault Review Panel schedules 3 minutes for public input from UO Matters
- These Words We Speak from Evidently
- GTF’s call out Coltrane over parental leave hypocrisy from UO Matters
- Steve Duin blog: A death on Division from Steve Duin
- Report calls for Trustees to stand up to boosters, admins, faculty, search firms from UO Matters
- Some advice to new provosts from UO Matters
- “There’s a very real possibility of football going away” from UO Matters
- Steve Duin blog: NPR's Laura Starecheski on sexual violence and 'the power of the peer group' from Steve Duin
- Mediocre former Provost Jim Bean on “spires of excellence” and sports product design from UO Matters
- Economist does the math, gives up Duck tickets for big TV and cable from UO Matters
- Priceless from Evidently
- Steve Duin: Is city of Portland surrendering West Hayden Island without a fight? from Steve Duin
- UO Ducks avoid Notre Dame scandal by not making athletes write papers from UO Matters
- those unscrupulous football agents from UO Matters
- UO Org Chart has a place for Lorraine Davis through thick and thin. Why? from UO Matters
- Friday Flowers from Evidently
- Steve Duin blog: Donna Kane departs Powell's Books on Hawthorne after 22 years from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: February is already raining on the Blazers' All-Star Game parade from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: The relentless quest for a regular life from Steve Duin
- The New Yorker's Quaker moments from The Red Electric
- Steve Duin blog: Un-SAIF at any speed from Steve Duin
- Sweeter from Evidently
- Steve Duin: The drones are coming! The drones are coming! from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Two of the Northwest's more unique bookstores closing shop from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: One final round of killer quotes from Dave Dahl from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: The troubled summer of Dave Dahl, the good seed behind Dave's Killer Bread from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Dave Dahl, founder of Dave's Killer Bread -- A taste of things to come from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Protests against Ted Nugent's Portland concert rock on from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Charlie Hales was in the dark on Kruger? Police chief Mike Reese wasn't from Steve Duin
- Happy International Beer Day from beerdrinker.org is a beer drinker
- Steve Duin blog: The search for Jennifer Huston from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Welcome, Charles and David Koch, to the neighborhood from Steve Duin
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If You See Kay, Red 2011
Turnbull, Old Bull Red 2010
Cherry Tart, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Cabernet, Oakville 2012
Benton Lane, Pinot Gris 2012
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Reserva 2008
Haden Fig, Pinot Noir 2012
Pendulum Red 2011
Vina Real, Plata, Crianza Rioja 2009
Edmunds St. John, Bone/Jolly, Gamay Noir Rose 2013
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 26
Ayna, Tempranillo 2011
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Haley's Block 2010
Apaltagua, Reserva Camenere 2012
Lugana, San Benedetto 2012
Argyle Brut 2007
Wildewood Pinot Gris 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo Reserva 2007
Santa Rita, Reserva Cabernet 2009
Casone, Toscana 2008
Fonseca Porto, Bin No. 27
Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011
Alamos, Cabernet 2011
Cousino Macul, Cabernet, Anitguas Reservas 2009
Dreaming Tree Cabernet 2010
1967, Toscana 2009
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend No. 12
Opula Red Blend 2010
Liberte, Pinot Noir 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red Blend 2010
Woodbridge, Chardonnay 2011
King Estate, Pinot Noir 2011
Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010
Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux Red 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White Blend
Familia Bianchi, Malbec 2009
Terrapin Cellars, Pinot Gris 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2009
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Termpranillo 2010
Ravenswood, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2010
Waterbrook, Reserve Merlot 2009
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills, Pinot Grigio 2011
Tarantas, Rose
Chateau Lajarre, Bordeaux 2009
La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2011
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio 2011
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir 2009

The Occasional Book

Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 246
At this date last year: 92
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

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