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Triple-D

Triple-D

The idea behind the Triple D is seems deceptively simple: hike Devil’s Rest, Mount Defiance, and Dog Mountain all in one day. Actually doing it is a real experience. It involves hiking 27.7 miles, going up (and down) 10,808 ft of elevation gain. Not to mention about an hour of driving the 45 miles between the trailheads.

I have personally not done it – thought I have done a double-D. The double-D is to hike Dog Mountain twice (up and down twice in a row) – which is only 13.8 miles and 5600ft of gain. I had an assistant instructor from my Mazamas class the actual Triple D challenge and said that somewhere on the last leg that more than one person ended up crying from the effort – though they all pushed through and completed it.

KGW8 followed a group that tried the same challenge. Bonus points to those folks for being smart enough to change clothes between mountains. That’s very wise as salt and sweat can build up and cause chaffing.

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Oregon Promise of Free Community College Failed to Deliver

Oregon Promise of Free Community College Failed to Deliver

Oregon was hailed as a national leader by Bernie Sanders and Democratic leadership when it pass Senate Bill 81 in 2015 offering free community college to residents. Fast forward to 2023 and it’s now on the chopping block.

new report by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Committee (Which has been interestingly removed by the state and replaced with a much slicker brochure-style with NONE of the relevant data that summarizes these failures. The original report is still on the wayback machine and I include a local copy here) found that the Oregon Promise has failed by almost every measure. Here’s just one of their conclusions:

It has failed to encourage more high-school graduates to enroll in college, failed to narrow equity gaps in enrollment, and failed to increase college completion rates. And while it has helped a small number of students afford to go to college, most low-income students approved for the program still can’t meet the costs of higher education.

“While Oregon had some unique issues, overall the findings are not unique to Oregon,” he said. “Other places where this has been tried, you find a small pop in enrollment the first couple of years, and then it comes back down to pre-program levels, doesn’t really seem to do much in the long run to boost enrollment, or even movement onto four-year degrees.”

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2024 Lincoln City Glass Float schedule

2024 Lincoln City Glass Float schedule

Hand blown glass floats are created and placed on Lincoln City beaches by secretive “float fairies” who leave them in visible locations between the high tide line and the beach embankment. It’s become quite an attraction for the coastal Oregon town with a tradition that has spanned for years now.

Here’s the Finders Keepers schedule for 2024:

  • Dec 30-Jan 1 – Opening Weekend: 100 floats
  • Feb. 17-24 –Antique Week: 100 Japanese antique floats
  • Feb. 14-16 –Valentine’s Day: 50 red/pink/white floats
  • March 16-April 14 – Spring break: 200 floats
  • April 20-22 –Earth Day: 50 Earth Day floats
  • May 10-12 –Mother’s Day: 50 floats
  • May 25-27 – Memorial Day: 50 red/white/blue floats
  • June 14-16 – Father’s Day: 50 floats
  • June TBD – Casino Anniversary: 29 floats
  • June 22-23 – Summer Kite: 10 floats
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – College Ball: 20 green/yellow and 20 orange/black floats
  • Sept. 7-8 –Fall Kite: 10 floats
  • Sept. TBD – Celebration of Honor: 50 red/white/blue floats
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 2 – Halloween: 50 floats
  • Nov. 28-Dec. 1 – Harvest Drop: 50 floats
  • Dec. 14-15 – Holiday: 50 floats

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Washington state employee told to falsify cap-and-trade costs for fuel forecast costs

Washington state employee told to falsify cap-and-trade costs for fuel forecast costs

Washington state’s cap-and-invest programs became controversial in June when Washington posted the highest gas prices in the nation.

Now, a state employee, Jackson Maynard, in charge of making fuel forecasts was told to lie and not include the true costs. He’s now suing for being forced to retire early.

“He was approached by a supervisor and told not to include what the impacts of cap-and-trade will be. … They were asking him to lie, and he wouldn’t do that”. The complaint said Smith was told he would need OFM approval on future calculations, he was denied a promotion, and was denied leave to see a sick family member, which he alleges was retaliation.

Article: https://crosscut.com/briefs/2023/12/wa-state-employee-files-claim-over-order-falsify-fuel-forecast

Oregon makes pullovers for infractions illegal, and people do exactly what is predicted

Oregon makes pullovers for infractions illegal, and people do exactly what is predicted

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has a $32 million shortfall in their budget and are looking to fill it by more parking enforcement and tickets for expired tags.

“Out of the 1 million vehicles registered in Portland, there are an estimated 460,000 that are eligible for renewal,” PBOT Director Millicent Williams told KOIN 6 News.

That’s right — nearly half of drivers in the region have expired license plates.

Who would have thought? When you make it state law that it is illegal for police to pull over cars for minor traffic infractions (Oregon Senate Bill 1510) and a city that has officially advised police to no longer enforce traffic laws, who would have thought that traffic deaths would reach their highest levels in almost 40 years (since 1986) and people would stop registering their vehicles (since they cannot be pulled over for expired tags)?

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Local domestic terrorist blog in Portland

Local domestic terrorist blog in Portland

Left-wing domestic terrorism is a real thing in Portland.

It is not uncommon to see left-wing protesters armed with assault rifles and weapons like above in downtown Portland in 2023 and 2024.

Despite many people denying it, we have extremist left wing groups that regularly attack and claim responsibility for attacking businesses, threaten city officials, police investigators, and the mayor in his home, commit arson at city counsel member’s homes, and burn construction vehicles building homeless sites to name just a few.

If there is any question we have a local Portland domestic terrorism problem, you can check out Rose City Counter-info as they’re quite public about their attacks.

‘Peaceful’ Protests

‘Peaceful’ Protests

This flier was making the rounds on local Portland social media during the 115 straight nights of riots in downtown Portland in 2020 – encouraging people to take these different roles. Video evidence you can find freely on YouTube and countless photos/Instagram accounts show that all of these roles were indeed being done on a nightly basis.

Note that only 1 of the 12 roles is a ‘peaceful protester’. The other 11 out of 12 roles include multiple levels of criminal assault, arson, social media disinformation, propaganda, and putting lives at risk blocking medical and rescue vehicles. It is most worth noting that ‘light mages’ using lasers/light directed towards people are in direct violation of international treaty against blinding weapons.

These are well-oiled machines; or as one person I know put it: Portland’s Protest-Industrial Complex.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union files bankruptcy for Port of Portland violations

International Longshore and Warehouse Union files bankruptcy for Port of Portland violations

It looks like the illegal slowdowns by ILWU that ended up destroying the Port of Portland and leaving it’s own members jobless when shipping companies cut all ties has finally reached a head – in the bankruptcy of ILWU.

The bankruptcy of the union was the final result of a decades-old litigation between the union and an affiliate of the International Container Terminal Services Inc. It started as, what a jury later determined, to be illegal tactics when workers for years caused operational disruptions at the Port of Portland.

After a 10-day trial in late 2019, a jury found ICTSI was entitled to over $93.6 million in damages – an astounding and unheard of record amount. Especially in union-friendly Oregon. While the union challenged the fine and a judge reduced the amount owed by the union to just over $19 million (March 2020), the amount was still too much.

ILWU filed for bankruptcy in Oct 2023.

Still, the damage was done. The Port of Portland went completly dark. May 2016 was when the last container ship left the facility and all dock work was permanently lost.

2023 Update:

In 2020, the Port of Portland has again started accepting container ships and are back up to just over half it’s former volume. Lets hope cooler heads have now prevailed and the militant rhetoric ended.

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Resources for storms in Portland

Resources for storms in Portland

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