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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

Unsung heroes

We love it when hard-working public servants get the recognition they deserve.

November 3, 2014

We love it when hard-working public servants get the recognition they deserve. 

Portland Water Bureau employee Dan Weidinger is the Ranger who patrols the Bull Run Watershed and protects our water supply. In today’s Oregonian, Andrew Theen profiles Ranger Weidinger, our “lone ranger.”

The Bull Run Watershed is Portland’s main source of drinking water.  The watershed includes the Bull Run Lake and our two reservoirs, in addition to the Bull Run River and a number of tributaries and other feeders. The two reservoirs hold nearly 14 billion gallons of usable water, and serve nearly a quarter of all Oregonians. 

Dan and his wife, Sacha, live in the watershed.  He is the only full-time ranger responsible for the nearly 150 square-mile watershed.

Hopefully he won’t be solo for long.  The Water Bureau has requested, as part of the Fall BMP – the Budget Monitoring Process, which allows the City to make mid-year budget adjustments – to add a second full-time ranger.

As Commissioner in charge of the bureau, I am grateful for the exemplary service of Dan and others at PWB working every day to keep our water safe, manage our complex system, and provide helpful, accurate service to our customers.

Dan isn’t our only employee in the news. Kathy Koch, our Director of Customer Service and Billing, was recently recognized by her peers with the Management & Leadership Division Exceptional Service Award, a national honor acknowledging Kathy’s outstanding work on the customer care side of our business.

Our hats are off to both Dan and Kathy, who share a remarkable commitment to our water system and to the people we serve.

 

The Lone Ranger: Dan Weidinger patrols and protects the Bull Run Watershed for nearly 1 million people

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

Take a ride through the Bull Run Watershed with Portland's Lone Ranger (hyperlapse video)

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.

Preventing elder abuse

This Thursday, join Nick and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for a panel discussion on Elder Financial Abuse.

November 4, 2014

This Thursday, join Nick and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for a panel discussion on Elder Financial Abuse.

Sponsored by Elders in Action, the Listening & Learning Session will share information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from financial abuse. Learn what makes people susceptible to abuse, as well as how and where to report it.

Nick is proud to serve as the Portland City Council liaison to Elders in Action, a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant community of older adults. Elders in Action is a strong partner for the City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau. They provide many resources and programs that connect, engage, and empower Portland’s older adults. 

The panel will take place at the Q Center, a nonprofit which serves LGBTQ Portlanders of all ages.

The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Elders in Action at (503) 235-5474 or by email at info@eldersinaction.org. Check out Elders in Action’s website for more information.

Elder Financial Abuse

Listening & Learning Session

Q Center

Thursday, November 6, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

4115 N. Mississippi Ave.

Fall colors in the water

You may notice slight color changes in your drinking water. Don’t panic! It’s normal - and harmless.

November 5, 2014

You may notice slight color changes in your drinking water. Don’t panic! It’s normal - and harmless. 

Heavy fall rains cause tannins (natural organic materials) to wash into streams that feed the Bull Run Watershed. Tannins do not change the quality of water, just the color. 

The Bull Run provides some of the world’s best drinking water.  Because it’s so high in quality, we do not need to heavily filter and treat our water – so the fall colors may show up in your faucet. 

The Portland Water Bureau closely monitors our water systems.  It ensures that it meets all state and federal quality and safety regulations – providing you with the best water possible.

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

Deconstruction through art

Local artist Noah Greene explores the Portland Building’s architectural design in its latest art installation, Parts of No Sum, or, Trails Do Not End Only Infinitely Disperse.

November 6, 2014

Local artist Noah Greene explores the Portland Building’s architectural design in its latest art installation, Parts of No Sum, or, Trails Do Not End Only Infinitely Disperse.

Greene’s inspiration comes from his former occupation as a carpenter here in Portland.  He deconstructed and demolished lived-in places and architecture. Greene is interested in examining the parallels of constantly throwing away material, and of abandoning belief structures.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series.  Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art. 

Parts of No Sum, or, Trails Do Not End Only Infinitely Disperse opens Monday in the Portland Building’s lobby. 

Check out RACC’s website for more information. 

Portland Building Installation Arts Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.

Friday Roundup

Homeless dragged down by belongings, as cities view keepsakes 'trash'

Renee Lewis in Al Jazeera America

 

Take a ride through the Bull Run Watershed with Portland's Lone Ranger

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

Little Boxes is back: Portland's small-business answer to big-box Black Friday returns

Anna Marum in The Oregonian

 

Portland's indy business answer to Black Friday amps up

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

 

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales favors out-of-state team with Oregon ties to monitor police reforms

Maxine Berstein in The Oregonian

 

40 Years In 40 Days: Moments that made Portland

Willamette Week Staff

 

Harper's Playground will bring accessible-for-all playgrounds to other Portland neighborhoods

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

 

City cleans out I-405 crime nest

Allan Classen in the NW Examiner