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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

Sipping from the Benson Bubblers

May 19, 2015

The Benson Bubbler drinking fountains are legendary in the City of Roses. 

The Benson Bubblers were named after businessman and philanthropist Simon Benson, who donated $10,000 for the purchase and installation of 20 fountains in 1912. 

Folklore suggests that Benson was concerned that local loggers were visiting saloons too much during the work day. He wanted to provide them with the alternative of fresh, clean water. 

Over a century later, the Bubblers are still flowing. They are so famous, there’s even one in our sister city of Sapporo, Japan!

There are 51 “true” four-bowl Benson Bubblers in Portland. Forty-eight are installed in downtown Portland while three on the Eastside. They provide drinking water from the Bull Run reservoirs.

An additional 79 bubblers replicating the original style have been cast and installed over the years, but are not to be confused with the “true” 51. 

KOIN 6 News has a great article about the history of the Benson Bubblers. 

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for even more information.  

Where We Live: Benson Bubblers

Ken Boddie in KOIN 6 News

Grant Magazine wins Gold

May 20, 2015

This morning, Nick was proud to present a Proclamation for Grant High School’s award-winning Grant Magazine team. 

Grant Magazine tells authentic stories of their high school community, including students, faculty, parents, and more.

In March, Grant journalists were awarded a prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown Award at a ceremony in New York City!

The Gold Crown Award is the Association’s highest award. It recognizes the best student publications across the country, based on writing, design, photography, and online coverage. Grant Magazine is the only Oregon publication to ever receive a Gold Crown Award – and this is the second year in a row that they won!

Congratulations, Grant Magazine!

Check out Grant Magazine’s impressive website, and consider supporting them with a subscription to the magazine.


May 21, 2015

BodyVox and the Amphion String Quartet are reuniting for the world premiere of their latest performance, Cosmosis

Cosmosis is a beautiful and riveting blend of dance, theater, and live chamber music. 

BodyVox is a local arts organization that combines dance, theater and film into incredible productions. It’s funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s General Operating Support grant program. 

The Amphion String Quartet is an award-winning string quartet internationally known for its intense and gripping music.

Together, the two groups create a stunning performance full of passion and wonder.  

Cosmosis begins tonight and goes through June 6. 

Check out BodyVox’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.  


BodyVox Dance Center

1201 NW 17th Ave.

Portland, OR 97209

Photo courtesy of BodyVox.

Friday Roundup

Press Release for Sgt. Henry Johnson Medal of Honor

Senator Wyden


President will award Medal of Honor to Sgt Henry Lincoln Johnson

Helen Silvis in the Skanner


Where We Live: Benson Bubblers

Ken Boddie in KOIN 6 News


Water, sewer rates on the rise again in Portland

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Portland's water and sewer rates may increase

KATU News Staff


Harnessing Hydropower From Urban Water Pipes

Virginia Gewin in Popular Science


Drought: Portland Area Water is Good Short-term, But Potentially “Scary” in the Future

Rebecca Randall in GoLocalPDX


Hall Monitor: Inside the Black Box

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury



WW Movie Staff in the Willamette Week


Making room for blue collars in blue Portland: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Uber Not Living Up to its Promises in Portland

GoLocalPDX News Team


Who Represents You?

Shelby R. King in the Portland Mercury


Make less than $16.61 an hour? You can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment in Oregon

Denis C. Theriault in The Oregonian


Bad News for Author of Proposed Ballot Initiative

Shelby R. King in the Portland Mercury


Business Movers: Sarah Cochenour, Christian Coleman, Jeff Hawthorne

Vickie Kavanagh in The Oregonian

Japanese butterbur

May 26, 2015

Spring is officially here. The weather is warmer, the sun is out, and most flowers are in full bloom – including invasive weeds. 

The Japanese butterbur is an invasive weed that is slowly spreading through Portland’s natural areas. 

It looks like a tropical plant, with large, thick green leaves that can reach up to four feet wide. The leaves’ underside is fuzzy, and the weed can grow to be six feet tall.   

Invasive species damage forests, streams, rivers, and personal gardens. Controlling invasive weeds (and fixing the damage they cause) costs Oregonians $125 million each year. It’s important to catch invasive weeds before they become dangerous infestations. 

If you find Japanese butterbur, please contact Dominic Maze ( at the Bureau of Environmental Services to discuss control options.

Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website to learn more.