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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Severe weather triggers expanded shelter, day access sites and hours

January 17, 2012

By David Nguyen

The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures of 32 degrees and a high likelihood of snow beginning at 4:00 this morning and lasting through tomorrow morning at 10:00. A second storm is expected to blow through Portland later this week.

This severe weather has also triggered the opening of expanded shelter space in addition to year-round shelter facilities. Several additional day centers will be open today, and a number of extra shelters will be opentonight. Click here for the expanded list.

During this severe weather episode, 211info will be open for phone inquiries daily between 8:00 am and midnight. Get the latest and most complete information about severe weather shelters on 211info’s Shelter Alerts Page or click here to locate a winter shelter near you.

If you are a service provider and would like to update us on services you offer during Severe Weather Notices, please call Troy Hammond at (503) 504-9867.

Major winter storm aims for Portland area

Noelle Crombie in The Oregonian, January 17

An update from PP&R

January 18, 2012

The weight of wet snow on trees throughout Portland caused a number of downed branches and significant damage to many trees last night and this morning.

Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry staff responded to 33 emergency calls, the majority of which were in Southwest Portland. At OHSU, for example, a fallen tree blocked ambulance traffic. Urban Forestry staff worked through the night clearing the road, and will continue to respond to fallen trees in the right of way today.

If you have questions about downed trees, contact PP&R's Rob Crouch at (503) 823-4443.

Several PP&R facilities will have limited hours today:

  • University Park Community Center preschool is delated until 10:00 am. The facility is open regular hours.
  • The Community Music Center has cancelled today's preschool music classes. The Center will open two hours late and all lessons and classes before 11:00 am are cancelled.
  • Montavilla Community Center and the Laurelhurst Dance Studio will open at noon. They will not offer preschool care today.
  • Columbia Pool opened two hours late, at 8:00.

Stay safe!

"We The People" tests civics knowledge of local high schoolers

Commissioner Nick Fish was very proud to once again act as a judge for Oregon's District 1, 3, and 5 "We The People" competition, held annually at Lake Oswego High School

January 18, 2012

By David Nguyen

Congratulation to Franklin High School's Constitution Team for their milestone win at this year's “We The People” annual competition. As always, Nick was honored to be one of three judges for the district 1, 3 and 5 competitions at Lake Oswego High School. As in years past, in addition to judging he delivered remarks - last year he talked about the Joint Terrorism Task Force, this year's speech covered Occupy Portland and the First Amendment.

As Steve Duin reports in The Oregonian, while Lincoln and Grant have dominated the competition over the last 25 years, Franklin's team was formed just 7 years ago, in 2005. But this year, it was Franklin that took top honors.

Founded in 1987, "We the People" has helped high school students across the country learn about the foundation of American democracy. The program culminates with a simulated congressional hearing, in which participants test their knowledge before a panel of civic leaders, attorneys, and teachers.

This Saturday, Duin writes, teams from Franklin, Lincoln, Junction City, Lake Oswego and Grant high school will compete before a panel of judges that includes two Oregon Supreme Court justices and two members of the Court of Appeals.

The winner of the state competition will travel to Washington, D.C., in late April to compete for the national title.

"We the People" is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and the Classroom Law Project.

Southeast Portland's Franklin High achieves a first with district constitution team win               

Steve Duin, The Oregonian


Commissioner Fish's Remarks


Photo courtesy Classroom Law Project

Significant donations boost Portland Parks & Recreation metalworking classes

Bend artist Tom Temple, the Multnomah Arts Center Association, and Fred Meyer have given generously to PP&R's metalworking program.

January 19, 2012

By David Nguyen

Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) is benefiting from several generous donations to its jewelry and metalworking classes, most notable from Bend artist Tom Temple, who gave specialized equipment and tools worth $20,000 to the Center’s metal arts program. 

The MAC’s metal arts program now has five dedicated soldering stations, four dedicated kilns, and a greatly enhanced collection of tools, books, and supplies thanks to Temple's generosity. 

The donation has made a significant impact on the Center’s ability to teach the art of metalsmithing. Students uses the equipments to learn techniques like casting metal objects from wax forms, enameling metals, creating metal jewelry, and fusing glass. All instruction is provided by professional teaching artists.

The good news didn’t stop there. The center’s all-volunteer non-profit partner, the Multnomah Arts Center Association, donated $10,000 to improve classroom space. The investments were quickly followed by another $3,000 in-kind donation from Fred Meyer Jewelers.

Photo: Donor Tom Temple