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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

¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!

June 24, 2015

Join us on Saturday, June 13 for the 14th annual ¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!

¡Explorando! is a free bilingual nature festival put on by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, in partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau. Explore nature and culture with guided canoe trips, live music, folk dancing, and more. All activities are offered in both Spanish and English and are available for all ages.

You don’t need to register for the festival, but get there early because the first 300 visitors will receive a free ¡Explorando! t-shirt.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors who have made this fun-filled event possible.


El 13 de junio le invitamos a compartir el anual ¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!

¡Explorando! es un festival bilingüe gratuito para aprender acerca de la naturaleza auspiciado por el Columbia Slough Watershed CouncilBureau of Environmental Services, y Portland Water Bureau. Explore la naturaleza y cultura en canoa con guias, disfrute de música en vivo, danzas folklóricas, y mucho más. Las actividades se ofrecen en inglés y español, y son para todas las edades.

No es necesario que se registre para el festival, pero venga temprano porque los primeros 300 visitantes recibirán una camiseta gratis de ¡Explorando!

Gracias a todos los patrocinadores que han hecho este evento posible.

¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

7040 NE 47th Ave

June 13, 1 – 5 pm

Friday Roundup

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor

Office of the Press Secretary, The White House


The Nick Fish connection to a belated Medal of Honor

KGW News


President Obama Award Medal of Honour to WWI Hero Henry Johnson

Helen Silvis in the Skanner


White House Medal of Honor Ceremony (C-SPAN)

C-SPAN on Youtube


Medal of Honor: Sergeant Henry Johnson

U.S. Army


Black and Jewish WWI heroes finally getting Medal of Honor

Nedra Pickler in the Associated Press


Two World War I Soldiers Posthumously Receive Medal of Honor

Michael D. Shear in The New York Times


Two from World War I receive Medal of Honor

Andrew Stern in CNN


Setting things right is its own award: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board


WWI hero to receive posthumous Medal of Honor after push from Oregon politicians, newspaper

Jim Ryan in The Oregonian


97 years later, soldiers to receive Medal of Honor
The Oregonian


Medal of Honor at Last for Black WWI Veteran

Jacob Siegel in The Daily Beast


Investigations: Our Colored Heroes

Tukufu Zuberi in History Detectives, Season 10, Episode 7


Proclamation for Pastor Hardy


Portland celebrates Pastor W.G. Hardy Jr. for lessons on life --and now morality

Melissa Binder in The Oregonian


'Unprecedented transparency' for Portland utilities? Commissioner Nick Fish says so
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Fish wants 9-person Portland Utility Board

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Portland reworks its utility oversight panels

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Portlanders could get bigger say on city water, environmental issues

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal


Fish submits ordinance to create Portland Utility Board

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


2015 Drinking Water Quality Report
Portland Water Bureau


What's in your water? Read Portland report and browse our new database

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland releases report on testing of water supply

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune


Community garden review put on hold

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Of fish and faucets

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Council delays vote leaving future of reservoirs unsettled

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


'No mandatory obligation' for Pembina hearing, city attorney says, but...

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


City Council Isn't Required to Consider That Portland Propane Terminal, City Attorney Says

Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury


City Attorney: No propane terminal hearing required

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Uber at 5: focused, combative, and still growing like crazy

John Shinal, Special for USA TODAY

Honoring Pastor W.G. Hardy Jr.

June 5, 2015

Yesterday, Nick was proud to honor the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. W.G. Hardy Jr. with a proclamation and a special celebration at City Council. 

Pastor Hardy has dedicated his life to serving the Portland community. From head start education and youth ministry programs, to mental health and addiction services, he has been a steadfast leader and advocate for those in need.  

Through his efforts, Pastor Hardy has touched the lives of many. People from all over came to Council to share their appreciation, love, and respect, including former Oregon Senator Avel Gordly, who said, “He is a master teacher, teaching us how to live and how to die.”

Pastor Hardy’s legacy will inspire our community for generations to come. 

Portland celebrates Pastor W.G. Hardy Jr. for lessons on life – and now morality

Melissa Binder in The Oregonian

Proclamation for Pastor Hardy

Grants for an artistic community

June 8, 2015

Do you have a creative idea for an art project or local arts event?

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites artists and non-profit organizations to submit proposals for 2016 Project Grants.

Project Grants fund presentations, performances, art exhibits, or other artworks that are available to the general public. Successful proposals will target one of two themes: Artistic Focus or Community Participation and Access. Artistic Focus requires projects to be innovative and artistically creative. Community Participation encourages high levels of youth and community engagement. 

Past grantees include individual artists and community organizations like Fear No Music, the Native American Youth & Family Center, Boom Arts, Big Horn Brass, and more. For example, RACC funds helped Hacienda CDC facilitate a bilingual exhibit at the new Portland Mercado. The exhibit highlighted the entrepreneurial spirit of our Latino Community.

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC and our diverse community arts organizations. Grants like these help support Portland’s thriving arts and culture scene.

RACC has $600,000 available for the grants, ranging from $1,000 to $7,000. 

The “Intent to Apply” deadline is August 5. Check out RACC’s website for more information. 

Photo courtesy of RACC.

Stitch II

 June 10, 2015

On Friday, Nick was honored to serve on the jury for this year’s “Stitch II,” an AIA Portland Ideas Competition. 

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a national organization that provides education, community development and advocacy. The Portland chapter sponsored Stitch II.

“Stitch” is an open competition, where participants propose new, creative uses for underused urban spaces. This year, for Stitch II, competitors offered ideas for how to use the space under I-405 between NW Lovejoy and Kearney. Their objective was to build an innovative project design that utilizes public space for those most in need in our community.  

As the City’s former housing commissioner, Nick was honored to be asked to judge the 33 submissions from all over the world.

Tuesday night, at the Center for Architecture, the winners were announced. ‘Unclouded Vision’, submitted by a team from Opsis Architecture, scooped up first prize for its compelling vision of building environmentally-friendly housing with support services.

Jon Creighton received third place for his innovative idea to place portable showers under the freeway.  

Nick was inspired by the thoughtful, creative and humane ideas generated by the competition.

Special thanks to Amy Sabin, Lucas Gray, Jonathan Dunn, and AIA Portland for organizing the event.

And congratulations to all the winners!

Check out AIA Portland’s website to learn more about the competition.