Billionaire Enviro Could Revive the Columbia River Crossing Project

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—October 28, 2014 at 11:05 am PDT

Columbia River Crossing Proponents Offer Amendments to Keep Project Alive

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 24, 2014 at 10:24 am PST

Clearing Up Misinformation Ahead of Today's Columbia River Crossing Hearing

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 12, 2014 at 11:45 am PST

Top Columbia River Crossing Backer Bruce Starr Won't Vote for CRC Bill

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm PST

VIDEO: Gov. John Kitzhaber on Why the Collapse of the Columbia River Crossing Wasn't a Complete Failure

By WW Staff •—May 08, 2014 at 9:55 am PDT

Light Rail to Vancouver Rides Again

Lawmakers consider funding mechanism that would allow TriMet to build outside its service area.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—February 23, 2016 at 10:30 pm PST

Five Things You Didn't Know About Tobias Read

State Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) is the Democratic nominee for Oregon treasurer. The tallest man in the Legislature at 6-foot-7, Read, 41, is running against Republican Jeff Gudman and independent Chris Telfer in the race to succeed current Treasurer Ted Wheeler. Here's what you need to know about Read. 1. He was once mistaken for  •€¦ Continue reading Five Things You Didn't Know About Tobias Read

By Nigel Jaquiss •—September 27, 2016 at 10:30 pm PDT

Ted Wheeler and Jules Bailey Want to Have Their Bridge and Hate It Too

“You can't paint one as a wide-eyed supporter and the other as a staunch opponent,” says Joe Cortright, a Portland economist who was among the biggest critics of the CRC. “They both hewed the middle road.”

By Beth Slovic •—March 01, 2016 at 11:00 pm PST

Clark County Council Passes New Year's Resolutions: No Bridge Tolls, No Light Rail, More Room for Cars

The out-going Clark County Board of County Councilors made a series of strong statements in its Dec. 22 meeting. That meeting, the last before the three-member council expands in January to a five-member commission, gave existing councilors one last chance to express their feelings about two things that some of them really hate: tolls and  •€¦ Continue reading Clark County Council Passes New Year's Resolutions: No Bridge Tolls, No Light Rail, More Room for Cars

By Nigel Jaquiss •—December 31, 2015 at 5:09 am PST

Burning The Bridge

While a bill to revive the Columbia River Crossing clings to life in the Legislature, Brendan Monaghan's brief career as an editorial columnist for The Oregonian is over - and it's hard to esc,News Stories

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 04, 2014 at 4:01 pm PST

Jail Break

Lawmakers fell short on some high-profile bills in the even-year session that ended last week, including the Columbia River Crossing, gun control and marijuana legalization. But the Legislature,News Stories

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

Inbox: Gender War

Letters to the editor must include the author's street address and phone number for verification. Letters must be 250 or fewer words.

By WW Staff •—March 08, 2016 at 9:31 pm PST

The Watchdogs' Late Bark

For years, two of the state's leading environmental groups have seemed lost in a green cloud over the Columbia River Crossing. The $2.8 billion bridge, light-rail and freeway expansion project h,News Stories

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm PST

Washington Department of Transportation Dramatically Lowers Traffic Forecasts

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—November 14, 2014 at 8:35 am PST

UPDATED: Kotek Concedes Death of CRC (For This Legislative Session)

ODOT says it will shut project down by May 31

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 07, 2014 at 3:32 pm PST

Climate Change March Makes Strange Bedfellows

By AARON MESH •—September 19, 2014 at 11:47 am PDT

Inbox: Kitzhaber And His Consultant

Once again, another layer is peeled from the onion, and another layer of John Kitzhaber's total failure as governor is brought into daylight ["Kitzhaber's Secret Weapon," WW, Feb. 25, 2015,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—March 03, 2015 at 4:01 pm PST

Watch the Testimony that Doomed Gov. Kate Brown's Transportation Package

ODOT director admits carbon reduction numbers were wrong.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 25, 2015 at 12:50 pm PDT

Tina Kotek Draws a Primary Opponent

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 02, 2014 at 1:55 pm PST

Congresswoman Continuing to Press Coast Guard for CRC Documents

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—April 10, 2014 at 9:10 am PDT

CRC Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday in Salem

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 10, 2014 at 11:01 am PST

Gov. John Kitzhaber Pushes Past $1 Million Mark, Extends Fundraising Advantage Over Republican Dennis Richardson

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 19, 2014 at 6:33 am PDT

Ethics Commission Delays Decision on Patricia McCaig

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 03, 2014 at 2:07 pm PST

New 1000 Friends of Oregon Report Slams CRC Project

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm PST

Port of Portland Rallying Support For CRC Hearing

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 09, 2014 at 3:01 pm PST

Split House Transportation Committee Moves CRC Bill

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm PST

Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson Face Questions on Ethics During TV Debate

Richardson slams Kitzhaber on role of adviser Patricia McCaig.

By WW Staff •—September 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm PDT

Dr. Know: A Bridge Too Low?

Why is it that the new Duniway/Cascadia/Tillicum/Wy'east bridge has a lower deck and less vertical clearance for ships than the two immediately adjacent bridges, the Ross Island and the Marqua,Dr. Know

By Marty Smith •—March 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

State Investigator Recommends Dismissing Ethics Complaint Against CRC Adviser Patricia McCaig

By AARON MESH •—January 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm PST

State Senator's Solution to CRC Toll Deadbeats? Boot 'Em

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm PST

CRC: ODOT Says the Numbers Pencil; Cortright Says Beware

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 07, 2014 at 6:45 pm PST

Inbox: Terry Bean's Problem

A senior citizen goes to bed with a young adult who could be his grandchild, claims to have fallen in love with him, stashes him in his home, pays him an "allowance" and then gets screwed when,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—June 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

Dept. of Shameless Self-Promotion: WW Wins 13 SPJ Awards

By WW Staff—May 19, 2014 at 8:29 am PDT

Hales Says New Taxes for Walking Safety Could Be on November Ballot

By AARON MESH •—February 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm PST

Former Metro President David Bragdon Says Seattle and Denver Are Surpassing Portland for Transit

Former Metro Council President David Bragdon is back in town today, speaking at Portland City Club's Friday Forum at the Sentinel Hotel at 12:15. Bragdon, who led Metro from 2003 to 2010 before taking a job in then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg •€˜s administration, now serves as executive director of TransitCenter, a New York City non-profit  •€¦ Continue reading Former Metro President David Bragdon Says Seattle and Denver Are Surpassing Portland for Transit

By Nigel Jaquiss •—October 23, 2015 at 3:53 am PDT

Portland Mayor's Race: Jules Bailey, a Progressive, Faces Heat From the Left

Jules Bailey has so far squandered the chance to run hard to Ted Wheeler's left and harness the anger of an electorate mobilized by housing prices and homelessness.

By Beth Slovic •—April 27, 2016 at 12:00 am PDT

The First Decade of BikePortland.org as a Cycling Route Elevation Profile

Not many Portland blogs are required reading. But if you live in Portland and ride a bike - and, really, even if you don't ride a bike - you should be reading BikePortland.org. The website, which this week celebrates 10 years under the editorship of Jonathan Maus, is a treasure trove of Portland bike culture, plus news and some  •€¦ Continue reading The First Decade of BikePortland.org as a Cycling Route Elevation Profile

By Martin Cizmar •—September 29, 2015 at 7:14 am PDT

Leading CRC Supporter Says Oregon "Done With The Bridge Issue"

"The bridge issue is dead in our state," a key Oregon lawmaker says. The House speaker disagrees.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 24, 2014 at 9:50 am PST

Hotseat: Gov. John Kitzhaber

Three-term governor John Kitzhaber is seeking re-election. Will Oregon cover for him?

By WW Staff •—May 06, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

Tunnel Vision

City Commissioner Steve Novick has spent the past two months saying Portland can't find the money for basic transportation services such as streets and sidewalks.   But Novick's city,News Stories

By AARON MESH •—February 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm PST

Hot Seat: Ted Wheeler

We didn't think we'd see State Treasurer Ted Wheeler out on the campaign trail for another two years. He won election in the last cycle to a full four-year term after being appointed in 2010,Politics

By WW Staff •—May 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

First Lady Cylvia Hayes: Email Shows Kitzhaber's Attorney Was Uncomfortable With Privately-Paid Spokeswoman

Proposed contract created "legal and ethical issues"

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—December 11, 2014 at 9:52 am PST

Cylvia Hayes and Gov. John Kitzhaber: Five Issues the Ethics Commission Should Consider

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—November 07, 2014 at 8:45 am PST

Working Off the Books

Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he's spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-t,News Stories

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

First Lady Inc.

Cylvia Hayes may be the most influential first lady in Oregon history. Since Gov. John Kitzhaber took office in January 2011, Hayes, 47, has played a central role in his administration. She ke,Cover Story

By Nigel Jaquiss •—October 07, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

Risky Business

The federal investigation into allegations of influence peddling by former Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes is heating up. Sources tell WW that a grand jury in Portland has be,Politics

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—April 07, 2015 at 5:01 pm PDT

Cold Calculation

Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed something ”anything” to convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in 10 people,News Stories

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 09, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT


Byrd Jasper sat at the center of concentric circles of folding chairs in the Musicians Local 99 Union Hall. More than 50 people •€”most of them part of the Portland activist community •€”gathered,Cover Story

By AARON MESH •—January 21, 2015 at 10:38 am PST

WW's 2016 Endorsements: State of Oregon

WW's endorsements for state office.

By WW Staff •—May 03, 2016 at 11:30 pm PDT

Kitzhaber's Secret Weapon

A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber's biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laugh,Politics

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm PST

Coal-Line Stand

For Gov. John Kitzhaber right now, coal is king. The debate over coal is heating up just as Kitzhaber needs an issue to energize his so-far lackluster campaign for an unprecedented fourth term a,News Stories

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 03, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

One Thing We Can All Agree On.

Voter's Guide 2014: Kind of BlueWhat's a free-thinking voter to do in a one-party state?At the start of every election season, we always get our hopes up for at least one good campaign. It doe,Cover Story

By WW Staff •—October 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

No Reservations?

Portlanders love the outdoors. If you need proof, just go onto ReserveAmerica.com right now and try to book a camping spot for July. Chances are you'll be directed someplace like Lake Owyhee Sta,Featured Stories

By Martin Cizmar •—May 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm PDT

Hike These Six Bite-Sized Chunks of the Pacific Crest Trail this Summer

If you're headed out in the next few months, be a  •€œtrail angel, •€ and carry fresh fruit or surprise goodies for any thru-hikers you might meet. Not everyone will be stopping at the Bridge of the Gods; some will complete the trail.

By Adrienne So •—June 21, 2016 at 5:26 am PDT

Don't Piss It Away

Amid the noise of an election season, one person's vote can seem insignificant ”like a trickle of skateboarder's urine in a 38-million-gallon reservoir. If only each voter had an immediat,Cover Story

By WW Editorial Staff •—April 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm PDT

One Less Reason to Restart the Columbia River Crossing: States Won’t Need to Return $140 Million to Feds

Economist Joe Cortright: “It’s dishonest of the state departments of transportation to tell people there’s a $140 million penalty for not moving forward with this project.”

By Rachel Monahan•—November 18, 2019 at 10:58 am PST

A New Bi-State Columbia River Crossing Legislative Task Force May Be on Horizon

Legislative leaders say they won’t re-start Columbia River Crossing panel yet.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—December 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm PST






The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Next Director Is the Agency’s Highway Division Administrator

Kris Strickler currently oversees the highway division and oversaw the unsuccessful Columbia River Crossing effort.

By Rachel Monahan •—September 10, 2019 at 6:28 pm PDT

Light Rail Battle Resumes on Columbia River Bridge

By Sophie Peel •—May 01, 2021 at 8:40 pm PDT

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Says It's Light Rail or Bust for the Next Columbia River Bridge

In an interview with WW, Blumenauer was clear: light rail, or no bridge at all.

By Sophie Peel •—April 10, 2021 at 6:10 pm PDT

Former Metro Council President Blasts Revival of Columbia River Bridge Planning by Same Bureaucrats

“I'm saddened to see that almost a decade later the governors of Oregon and Washington have unleashed the same agencies again to use the same techniques and simply continue this stupefying track record of incompetence and dishonesty,” David Bragdon wrote in an op-ed.

By Sophie Peel •—May 16, 2021 at 5:17 pm PDT

Gov. Kate Brown and Gov. Jay Inslee to Kick Off Interstate Bridge Project Monday

The two governors will mark a formal start to a new I-5 bridge project.

By Rachel Monahan •—November 17, 2019 at 11:59 am PST

Murmurs: Light Rail Battle Resumes on Columbia River Bridge

In other news: Elijah Warren's story spurs reform.

By WW Staff •—April 28, 2021 at 5:28 am PDT

The Congressman in Charge of Transportation Fears Oregon Is Squandering Its Chance to Replace the Columbia River Bridge

Says Peter DeFazio:  •€œThe problem is, we don't have a plan. •€

By Sophie Peel •—May 12, 2021 at 5:30 am PDT

The Oregon Department of Transportation Unveils Three Finalists to Replace Its Longtime Director

ODOT rolls out three finalists to replace Matt Garrett atop the state's highway department.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—August 26, 2019 at 6:36 pm PDT

Metro Is Sending Voters a Transportation Tax, Even as Tomorrow's Commute Looks Foggy

Will Portlanders keep telecommuting? Will the business district downtown bounce back?

By Rachel Monahan •—July 29, 2020 at 6:49 am PDT

WW's November 2020 Endorsements: Metro and Multnomah County

This year, Metro Council elections feature an exciting, momentous race that could shape transportation policy in the region for decades.

By WW Staff •—October 14, 2020 at 5:31 am PDT

Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett Will Step Down June 1

Garrett, a former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield has served under three governors in his 14-year tenure.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—January 18, 2019 at 1:22 pm PST

The Job Creation Claims for Metro's $4 Billion Transportation Measure Are Misleading

Voters might not want to ride the MAX to Bridgeport Village, but they understand the value of jobs.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—September 30, 2020 at 5:31 am PDT

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Is Latest Official to Question Oregon Department of Transportation Over Highway Project

In a letter, Eudaly, who is the city's transportation commissioner, tells the Oregon Transportation Commission, which sets transportation policy, that she does not believe ODOT will implement tolling before the project is completed, as required by City Council.

By Rachel Monahan •—April 03, 2019 at 4:45 pm PDT

Murmurs: Go Thorns.

In other news: School district did not inform parents of privacy breach.

By WW Staff •—September 19, 2018 at 5:29 am PDT

Climate Activists Have Issued Metro an Ultimatum: No Money for Cars in Next Year's Massive Measure.

The rubber meets the road at Portland International Airport, where powerful government officials want a highway overpass.

By Rachel Monahan •—November 06, 2019 at 5:32 am PST

Unlikely Allies Are Joining Forces to Agitate for an Unprecedented Highway Tolling Plan Across Portland

Environmentalist and business interests coming together would be a powerful political force that could overcome opposition.

By Rachel Monahan •—July 18, 2018 at 5:33 am PDT

Nine Washington Lawmakers Join U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in Opposing Oregon Road Tolls

Washington lawmakers don't want tolling in Oregon.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—September 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm PDT

Murmurs: Saving Car-Theft Victims Money May Cost City

In other news: Portland rolls forward with testing autonomous vehicles.

By Aaron Mesh •—February 07, 2018 at 5:27 am PST

Chairwoman of the Oregon Transportation Commission Asks Gov. Kate Brown for Big Changes

Commission wants more oversight of troubled agency at center of Brown's agenda.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—January 18, 2017 at 10:43 am PST

Murmurs: A New Year Brings Yet Another Chief of Staff for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

In other news: Give!Guide raises more than $4 million.

By WW Staff •—January 04, 2017 at 5:17 am PST

The 20 Moments That Made Portland Famous in the Past 10 Years

As the decade closes, no American city plays such an outsized role in the national imagination.

By WW Staff •—December 24, 2019 at 11:00 pm PST

Hikes of the Week: Whether You're a History Geek or Just Need to Disappear Into the Woods for a Few Hours, There's Something for Every Hiker Over the Bridge in Vancouver

For most on this side of the Columbia, our neighbor to the north is little more than another Portland bedroom community. But the Couve's reputation as a sleepy suburb is a boon for outdoor recreationalists in particular. There's plenty to explore in and around the city if you're looking for an escape into nature without traveling too far from home •€”and much of it is far less crowded than Portland's perma-packed old reliables.

By Michelle Harris •—March 04, 2021 at 10:03 pm PST

Sam Adams Wants Another Chance

Sidelined by a #MeToo complaint, the former mayor has come home to try to clear his name.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—October 02, 2019 at 5:37 am PDT

Portland Meadows and the Oregon Lottery Desperately Seek Answers for a New Casino Across the River

The best bet for Oregon's only horse track? Changing state law.

By Nigel Jaquiss •—April 19, 2017 at 5:46 am PDT

Four Great Waterfall Hikes That Haven't Been Affected by the Eagle Creek Fire

Just a few weeks ago, we watched in horror after learning our beloved Columbia River Gorge had fallen victim to a massive wildfire, which was still burning at press time.

By WW Contributor •—September 19, 2017 at 5:16 pm PDT

List of Willamette Week CRC Articles 2014 - 2021

This list of article was compiled from a search for “Columbia River Crossing” on the Willamette Week Web site.  It contains all hits including brief mentions and letters to the editor.

It is in yearly sections, but in random order within each year.