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

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

Columbia River Crossing Pushes Back Construction Date

November 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm PST

ODOT Chief: "World Will Not Wait for Columbia River Crossing"

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—October 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm PDT

Bike Activists Launching Anti-Columbia River Crossing Phone Tree

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 19, 2013 at 11:15 am 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

Washington Republicans: Columbia River Crossing is Dead

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—June 05, 2013 at 4:00 pm PDT

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

Inbox: Columbia River Crossing

,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—January 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm PST

Coast Guard Grants the Columbia River Crossing a Permit

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm PDT

Columbia River Crossing Payout to Industry: $86 Million

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—August 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm PDT

The Economist Notices the Columbia River Crossing

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—April 04, 2013 at 10:53 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

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

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

Transportation Secretary: Columbia River Crossing Not Designed For Speed

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—April 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm PDT

Columbia River Crossing: The Biggest Project Seattle's Never Heard Of

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—April 08, 2013 at 9:15 am PDT

Clackamas County Commissioners Demand I-205 Diversion Estimates from Columbia River Crossing

October 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm PDT

Coast Guard Meeting on Columbia River Crossing is Tonight

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—June 04, 2013 at 11:50 am PDT

Tolls on the Columbia River Crossing Will Max Out Interstate 205

New Public Records Unveil Massive Exodus from Interstate 5

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm PDT

Poll: Clark County Evenly Split on Columbia River Crossing

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—April 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm PDT

Cargo Ship Strikes Florida Bridge With Clearance Higher than the Columbia River Crossing

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—October 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm PDT

Congresswoman Accuses Coast Guard of Stonewalling Information Requests on the Columbia River Crossing

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—October 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm PDT

Washington Senate Leaders Ask Governor to Audit Columbia River Crossing

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—April 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm PDT

Columbia River Crossing Mitigation Deal Far Away, Two Manufacturers Say

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—May 15, 2013 at 10:40 am PDT

Bipartisan Group Forms to Oppose Columbia River Crossing Project

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 12, 2013 at 10:10 am PST

Washington Senator to Oregon Legislators: Let the Columbia River Crossing Die

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 20, 2013 at 11:35 am PDT

Plan for Oregon-Only Columbia River Crossing Would Give Washington $71 Million in Sales Tax

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm PDT

Washington Congresswoman Says Columbia River Crossing Backers Lied About Federal Deadlines

Jaime Herrera Beutler says the federal government has already put the project on ice

September 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm PDT

Environmental Groups Ask Kitzhaber to Toss Oregon-Only Columbia River Crossing Plans

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 06, 2013 at 12:45 pm PDT

As a Special Session Looms, New Anti-Columbia River Crossing Billboards Arrive

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm PDT

Columbia River Crossing Website No Longer Says Project is Shutting Down

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—August 05, 2013 at 2:32 pm PDT

U.S. House Bill Would Make Funding for the Columbia River Crossing Even Tougher

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—June 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm PDT

Stacey: Toll I-205 for Columbia River Crossing

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—December 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm PST

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

Kitzhaber's Top Columbia River Crossing Adviser, Patricia McCaig, Under Ethics Investigation

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—July 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm 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

New Anti-Columbia River Crossing Flyer Adds to Pressure on Wheeler

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—April 05, 2013 at 11:44 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

Feds Tell States: Build Columbia River Crossing or Return Our $178.5 Million

Washington Republicans Call the Letter a Scare Tactic

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—May 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm PDT

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

The Columbia River Crossing Needs Clark County Voters

June 12, 2012 at 11:28 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

Columbia River Crossing Officials Call State Land Use Ruling a Victory

By WW Staff •—October 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm PDT

Columbia River Crossing Project is Rejected By State Land Use Board

By WW Staff •—October 27, 2011 at 6:35 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

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

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

Awkward: Collymore and Stacey Booted off Stage Over Columbia River Crossing

By JAMES PITKIN •—September 08, 2010 at 3:29 am PDT

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

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

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

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

Bridge Collapse

November is the cruelest month for the Columbia River Crossing project.  After warding off a series of potentially fatal blows, the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only project took two headsh,News Stories

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—November 12, 2013 at 4:01 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

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

Congressman Raises Big Bucks Questions About Columbia River Crossing

By HANK STERN •—April 09, 2009 at 4:04 am PDT

Columbia River Crossing Comes Back to Life

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—November 18, 2008 at 1:32 am PST

Authorize This

Ever since he pronounced the Columbia River Crossing dead, Gov. John Kitzhaber has been trying to claw his way back from the fatal diagnosis he gave his pet transportation project. Kitzhaber has,News Stories

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

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

Dr. Know: A Bridge Too High

The folks planning the Columbia River Crossing bridge made it too low for big cargo carriers. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix this? Imagine: The bridge absorbs enough second-hand smoke to actually get "high."

By Marty Smith •—March 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

The Toll Truth

Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing as Oregon officials have previously claimed, and far more vehicles would choke the Interstate 205 Bridge as drivers dodged tolls,News Stories

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

Pork and Ride

The $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing keeps getting more expensive for taxpayers, even before it gets built •€”in part because the price of a pet project of the National Park Service is going up,News

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—April 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

If You Oppose the Columbia River Crossing Proposal, This Protest May Be For You

By Shawn O'bryant •—June 09, 2009 at 7:08 am PDT

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

One Question: Would You Vote to Permit Construction of the CRC in its Current Form?

We ask mayoral candidates Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith: Would you vote to allow the Columbia River Crossing to go forward?

By TROY BRYNELSON—October 09, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

Bridge End

Washington Senator Ann Rivers, 46, has quickly found herself the most prominent and perhaps most persuasive player in Olympia on the proposed $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing.

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—March 05, 2013 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

Bridge Builder

The next speaker of the Oregon House •€”Portland Democrat Tina Kotek •€”will face immediate tests of her leadership. The heaviest lift will be the Columbia River Crossing.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—November 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm 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

Bike Advocates on Columbia River Crossing: An I-5 Bridge to Nowhere

By JAMES PITKIN •—March 23, 2009 at 6:46 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

Making It Up As They Go

Here are the hard facts that remain - and questions no one seemed willing to ask - about the Columbia River Crossing, which would be the biggest public works project in Oregon history.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm PST

Split House Transportation Committee Moves CRC Bill

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

The $2.5 Billion Bribe

The Oregon Supreme Court uncovers the original rationale behind the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 28, 2012 at 4:01 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

Still Big, Still Costly

Columbia River Crossing backers claim the $3.5 billion project is "downsizing." That's not true  •€” not even close.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 07, 2012 at 4:01 pm PST

The CRC is Dead; Now You Can Read its Obit

MAX not invited to funeral

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—July 03, 2013 at 1:23 pm PDT

Kitzhaber Calls For Possible Special Session for Sept. 30

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 04, 2013 at 3:04 pm PDT

The Woman Behind the Bridge

Political insider Patricia McCaig is the force behind Oregon's Columbia River Crossing freeway bridge, but she works both for Governor John Kitzhaber and the project's biggest contractor, David Evans and Associates.

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—February 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm PST

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

Sen. President Courtney: No CRC Special Session

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—October 16, 2013 at 3:42 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

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

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

Washington Legislator: CRC "May Not Happen"

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—April 10, 2013 at 10:12 am PDT

CRC: ODOT Trying to Build Tolling System From Scratch

Oregon wants to spend tens of millions to replicate Washington's expertise

November 05, 2013 at 10:00 am PST

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

CRC Factions Post Parody Sites of Their Own

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—March 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm 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

Have You Seen The Big Bridge?

A picture's worth a thousand words. So why are there so little of the CRC?

February 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm PST

Murmurs: So What's a Few Million Here and There?

Officials pushing the Columbia River Crossing are concealing the true costs of multimillion-dollar deals they have reached to win support of manufacturing firms affected by the proposed freeway br,Murmurs

By WW Editorial Staff •—June 18, 2013 at 9:03 am PDT

Toll On, Columbia

Gov. John Kitzhaber is fresh from a successful special legislative session, where he pushed through reforms to the state's public pension system and raised taxes to add $200 million in school,News Stories

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—October 08, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

Dr. Know: Toll Position

Commuting to North Portland on Friday nights can take an hour because of Vancouver-bound traffic. Can we put a toll on the Interstate Bridge? That revenue would help, and might encourage the p,Dr. Know

By Marty Smith •—December 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm 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

All Aboard!

Backers of the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing are working to keep the Interstate 5 bridge project from facing the same scrutiny other highway projects do under Oregon's land-use laws. Inste,News

By BRENT WALTH •—August 02, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Kotek Memo: Kitzhaber "Likely" To Drag CRC into Special Session

Governor and House Speaker Continue To Push For Bridge Project

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm PDT

The CRC: Who's Getting Rich?

By MATT KAUFFMAN •—March 02, 2013 at 9:00 am PST

Key Washington Senate Result Could Hurt CRC Chances

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—November 07, 2013 at 8:35 am PST

ODOT Responds to Clackamas County CRC Concerns

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—November 13, 2013 at 9:55 am PST

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

Which of Portland's Bridges are Actually Dangerous?

Hint: It's not the ones over the Columbia River

June 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm PDT

Metro President Tom Hughes Says He'll Seek Reelection

By AARON MESH •—August 28, 2013 at 7:00 am PDT

Hughes: Convention Center Hotel Opponents Waging "Class Warfare"

By AARON MESH •—September 03, 2013 at 9:45 am PDT

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

CRC Coalition Backs a Revised $2.75 Billion Project

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—August 07, 2013 at 5:30 pm PDT

City of Vancouver Officials Want to Pay for Running the Columbia River Crossing's Light Rail

August 21, 2013 at 11:45 am PDT

New York Bridge Project Shows Potential CRC Risks

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—October 01, 2013 at 8:19 am PDT

Transportation Secretary LaHood to Lobby for CRC in Olympia

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—April 09, 2013 at 2:54 pm PDT

The CRC in the NYT: Rail Bridge May be Good for Light Rail

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—July 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm PDT

Cortright Analysis of CRC Traffic Study: Tolls Will Generate Massive Diversion

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—April 04, 2013 at 7:55 am PDT

Clackamas County Commission Will Hear Anti-CRC Resolution

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 05, 2013 at 3:50 pm PST

Video: TriMet GM Neil McFarlane Says CRC Backers Had Better Hurry

By AARON MESH •—February 15, 2013 at 11:07 am PST

Rep. Brent Barton Targeted For CRC Non-Vote

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm PDT

Inbox: Oregon's Pot Future

Oregon should legitimize its current huge cannabis industry with an eye toward the eventual nationwide market, and position its growers and processors for global domination ["Endo Days," WW, F,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—February 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm PST

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

New Anti-CRC Billboard For Salem Commuters

By WWeek Staff •—March 08, 2013 at 5:10 pm PST

Four Members of Congress Want CRC Economic Impact Study

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm 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

After CRC Hearing, Lawmakers Will Consider "Boring And Dull Day"

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 11, 2013 at 8:45 am PST

Vancouver Light Rail Foes Raising War Chest

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—March 25, 2013 at 9:52 am PDT

Wheeler Kicks CRC Can Down the Road

Citing risks, Treasurer's letter to lawmakers says it's "premature" to conclude deal can work

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm PDT

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

Confidential Treasury Memo Shows CRC Still Faces Major Hurdles

Oregon-only project is political and legal challenge

By Andrea Damewood and Nigel Jaquiss •—September 06, 2013 at 10:07 pm PDT

Patricia McCaig, Gov. Kitzhaber's CRC Adviser, Faces Ethics Complaint

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—March 08, 2013 at 10:00 am PST

Oregon Senate Approves CRC Bill

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 04, 2013 at 11:30 am PST

Second Ethics Complaint Filed Against Patricia McCaig, Governor's CRC Adviser

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—March 14, 2013 at 10:55 am PDT

Jefferson Smith, Katie Eyre Hit Airwaves to Bash CRC

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 27, 2013 at 9:33 am PST

CRC Critic Says the Woman Behind the Bridge May Also Be Behind on Taxes

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD—March 07, 2013 at 1:25 pm PST

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Calls Columbia River Crossing's September Deadline into Question

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—August 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm PDT

Contest: Let's Rename the CRC!

March 08, 2013 at 12:29 am PST

Hales and Smith on the CRC: Not So Different

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 11, 2012 at 11:53 am PDT

Washington Transportation Co-Chair: CRC Needs New Direction

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—February 15, 2013 at 9:45 am PST

CRC Officials Confirm It's a Zombridge

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—August 07, 2013 at 9:33 am PDT

Inslee to Washington Senate: No Audit on the CRC

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—May 08, 2013 at 12:58 pm PDT

CRC Legislation Attempts Cost Containment

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 06, 2013 at 9:45 am PST

UPDATED: Washington Democrats Include CRC Money In Transportation Bill

Republicans lobby Oregon Counterparts For No Vote On CRC

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 20, 2013 at 8:37 am PST

Joint Committee Approves CRC Bill; Floor Votes Next

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm PST

The Runaway Bridge Budget

Documents reviewed by WW show that a single Columbia River Crossing contract initially estimated at $20 million has climbed to $105 million.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—October 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

DEJA Vu Voodoo

Columbia River Crossing project officials announced $100 million in savings last April - only to repackage the news with a straight face last week.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—August 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

CRC Bill Includes Sweetener For Critics; Hearing Set For Monday

February 08, 2013 at 11:00 am PST

Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan Weigh In on CRC

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 07, 2012 at 9:27 am PDT

Clark County Joins Clackamas in Resolution Against CRC

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—February 07, 2013 at 11:35 am PST

Washington Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block Light Rail

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—January 17, 2013 at 10:35 am PST

Putting the CRC on Notice

For most of the 2011 legislative session, lawmakers have avoided debating the massive Columbia River Crossing, a $3.6 billion proposal to build a new bridge and widen Interstate 5 at the Oregon-Was,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 07, 2011 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

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

Legislative Leaders Explain CRC Vote

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm PST

Conservative Think Tank Calls for CRC Audit

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—December 10, 2012 at 10:12 am PST

CRC Sticks to 116-Foot Bridge Height, Asks Feds for Approval

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—February 05, 2013 at 11:15 am PST

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

Inbox: Blazers, Timbers Or…¦

The Blazers own this city, only because Timbers fandom is a fad •€”you can thank the Eurocentric nature of Portlanders for that ["Rip City vs. No Pity," WW, Oct. 9, 2013]. Seriously, three,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

CRC: Bridges Should Be 115 Feet - And No More

December 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm PST

Lynn Peterson to Become Washington's New Transportation Secretary

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—February 19, 2013 at 11:45 am PST

Just in Time for the CRC: State Will Have New Debt Capacity

Treasurer's report says funding available for highway project

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 01, 2013 at 5:30 pm PST

Inbox: Disciplining Black Students

As members of the School Board, we are committed to accelerating and deepening our efforts to eliminate racial disparities in our schools ["Expel Check," WW, Sept. 25, 2013]. We want every o,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—October 01, 2013 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

Vancouver Republican's Self-Funded Campaign Breaks Records

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—October 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm PDT

Serving Two Masters

The Columbia River Crossing has occupied much of Gov. John Kitzhaber's attention since his election last fall. Kitzhaber spoke to President Obama about federal funding for the multibillion-dollar,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 02, 2011 at 8:40 am PST

Salem River Crossing: The CRC's Mini-Me

December 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm PST

Nonsense Knows No State Boundary: Washington Legislators Get Bogus Job Claims on CRC

February 10, 2012 at 9:09 am PST

Coast Guard Says CRC Design Still A Problem

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 18, 2012 at 2:23 am PDT

Washington Congresswoman to CRC: Start Over

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—November 08, 2012 at 3:30 pm PST

Oregon Election Results Good for CRC Backers

Critics of $3.5 Billion Highway Projects Lose; Champion Likely House Speaker

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—November 07, 2012 at 4:30 pm PST

Murmurs: Cat's Rights, CRC Concerns and Blazertime!

A PSU student is evicted for her cats, cuts to Multnomah County library, and doubt about the Columbia River Crossing are spreading

By WW Editorial Staff •—December 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm PST

Inbox: Autopsy of the Crc

To those who said we needed this project for jobs regardless of how poorly it was designed, I say to you this: There will be more projects, better projects and truly multimodal, jobs-rich projec,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—July 09, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

Bob Stacey Endorses Jefferson Smith

By AARON MESH •—July 26, 2012 at 10:56 am PDT

Update: Light Rail Will NOT Face Second Vote in Vancouver

Because One "No" on Light Rail *was* Enough

January 04, 2013 at 1:44 pm PST

Washington State Senate Approves CRC Tolls

By WW Staff •—February 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm PST

Portland Business Alliance Endorses Eileen Brady for Mayor

By HANNAH HOFFMAN •—December 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm PST

Purged

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

Kitzhaber On the CRC: "It's Time to Build This Bridge"

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—December 03, 2012 at 1:40 pm PST

Poll: Most Local Drivers will Avoid I-5 Tolls

November 29, 2012 at 7:00 am PST

Light Rail Bridge to Nowhere: Clark County Voters Are Saying No to MAX Tax

A defeat would be a setback for the Columbia River Crossing Project

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—November 06, 2012 at 7:22 pm 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

One City Union, No Longer Holding Back On Mayoral Endorsement, Says It Supports Eileen Brady

By COREY PEIN •—January 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm PST

The Cause of Michele Bachmann's Migraines.

Sen. Ron Wyden's big-ticket fundraiser; Not so fast on fast-tracking the Columbia River Crossing; Leslie Cole and Phil Manzano leave the Oregonian.

By WW Editorial Staff •—August 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Circular Logic

When Tom Hughes took over as Metro president three years ago, he promised to put the regional government to work creating jobs for the Portland area. To be sure, Hughes has pushed major constr,News Stories

By BENJAMIN RICKER •—October 08, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

Inbox: Saving Opiate Users

I was both thrilled and disappointed by WW's cover story ["Who Wants to Save a Junkie," March 6, 2013]. First, I'd like to applaud Sen. Alan Bates [introducing] Senate Bill 384 to make Nar,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—March 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

Firm Behind the CRC's Rosy New Tolling Numbers Was Dead Wrong in the Past

New CRC numbers, released on eve of Senate vote, have had no public scrutiny or independent review

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—March 04, 2013 at 8:00 am PST

Grand Bargain Basement

Last month, Gov. John Kitzhaber tried to force two ancient enemies •€”public-employee unions and the Oregon Republican Party •€”to strike a "grand bargain" on pension reform and taxes. He fail,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—August 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

Mining Fool's Gold

As Multnomah County chairman, Ted Wheeler killed a risky proposal for an Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel. As state treasurer, he's been a voice of caution on excessive borrowing and,Politics

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—September 03, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

CRC Official: $3.5 Billion Freeway Project, Still Without Money to Pay For It, Won't Start Next Year

By WW Staff •—February 16, 2012 at 10:18 am PST

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

Zombridge!

If the CRC is dead, why are state officials still seeking permission to build it?

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—July 16, 2013 at 5:01 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

Brother, Can You Spare $200 Million?

Two months ago, Nike Chairman Phil Knight dangled a tantalizing offer before Oregon Health & Science University: the promise of $1 billion •€”cash •€”to finance expansion of the cancer institute,News Stories

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—December 03, 2013 at 4:01 pm PST

CRC Foe Says Gregoire's Retirement Doomed Project

July 01, 2013 at 3:30 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 8:01 am PST

No More Bridge to Nowhere

George Crandall knows how to kill a freeway. In the 1970s, Crandall helped lead the fight against the Mount Hood Freeway, which would have torn through Southeast Portland neighborhoods. In defea,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—July 02, 2013 at 5:01 pm 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

A Note from the Publisher

Since 1983, when Mark Zusman and I formed City of Roses Newspaper Company, I have written a column each year on the occasion of Willamette Week's anniversary. The idea is to keep you, our most imp,News Stories

By RICHARD H. MEEKER •—November 05, 2013 at 4:01 pm PST

Inbox: Firefighters Under Scrutiny

I feel the article was unbalanced, since I didn't hear any of the numerous positives that the fire department does, which are many ["Burning Money," WW, Sept. 26, 2012]. I've always se,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—October 02, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

Not True, Times Ten

Gov. John Kitzhaber wants Oregonians to believe he's creating jobs, and he backs up that claim by promoting his support for the $3.6 billion Interstate 5 bridge project called the Columbia River,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Rotten Tomatoes: Political Hopefuls Belt Tunes, Trade Barbs at Candidates Gone Wild

By AARON MESH •—April 18, 2012 at 11:28 am PDT

D&D, Hackathons and Building Portland's Software Industry

Hales and Smith debate their geek credentials

By RUTH BROWN •—August 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm PDT

Bi-Partisan Group of 20 House Members Dings CRC

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 29, 2011 at 9:19 am PDT

No Such Thing As Free Coffee

Oregon's Transportation Department is losing control of rest areas  •€” and the cost of keeping them safe and clean doubles.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm PST

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader, beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion. As we have done near the end of every legislative session since 1977, WW surveyed Salem lobbyists, legislative staffers and journalists to,Cover Story

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 04, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

Port Of Portland

This week's Rogue, the Port of Portland, dishonored itself last week with a Soviet-style disregard for free speech. On Dec. 4, the Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council (who gets a Ro ...,Rogue of the Week

By WW Editorial Staff •—December 08, 2009 at 4:00 pm PST

Inbox: Bridges and Tech Wizards

I-5 BRIDGE IS A VIABLE PROJECT [Re: â •€ •œA Bridge Too False,â •€ • WW, June 1, 2011]:  Governors Gregoire and Kulongoski convened a panel of national transportation experts in 2010 to review the Col,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—June 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Pay Up or Shut Up

After more than a decade and $160 million spent on planners, consultants and lobbyists, the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing's moment has finally arrived.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm PST

Hotseat: Charlie Hales

Too early for 2012 election coverage, you say? Well, the people campaigning to unseat Portland Mayor Sam Adams are already busy raising money and sending out junk mail. It's widely assumed Adams,City Hall

By COREY PEIN •—June 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson Joining Kitzhaber Staff

By HANK STERN •—February 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm PST

A Bridge Too Low

CRC officials say they are trying to fix one of the most embarrassing problems with the troubled project: The freeway bridges as now designed aren't high enough to accommodate some Columbia River ships.

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—November 13, 2012 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

Inbox: Portland's Occupation

Mr. [Aaron] Mesh, I really appreciate that you spent 48 hours in the Occupy camp before writing your story ["Notes From the Occupation," Oct. 26, 2011]. It is well-written and representative of,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—November 01, 2011 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

A Bridge And A Gap

August 11, 2010 at 2:00 am PDT

12 Lanes

A rally April 5 against a 12-lane Columbia River Crossing featured many articulate speakers among those who showed up at Waterfront Park on a Sunday at noon. They conveyed the myriad Roguish reasons w ...,Rogue of the Week

By WW Editorial Staff •—April 07, 2009 at 5:00 pm PDT

Risky Business

There's a time for playing it safe... and our 2012 Endorsement Issue says this is one of them.

By WW Editorial Staff •—October 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

Metro Traffic

Metro Councilor Robert Liberty's resignation this week creates an intriguing scenario •€”that the three men who fought hard for the Council presidency in May could all be serving together. Fo ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 04, 2011 at 4:00 pm PST

Inbox: Tending the Field

[Eileen] Brady is a poor [mayoral] candidate ["Political Animals," WW, Nov. 23, 2011]. Not only does she flop, but she presents herself as entitled, special and holier-than-thou. Why? Because,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—November 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm PST

The Toll Under the Bridge

Seattle's experience shows the Columbia River Crossing's projections are flimsier than ever.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

A Note from the Publisher

Willamette Week's real test is this: How can we best fill Portland's growing journalism void?

By RICHARD H. MEEKER •—November 06, 2012 at 4:01 pm PST

Hotseat: Rep. Peter Defazio

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on working with Tea Party members in Congress, his dissatisfaction with President Obama, and his connections to the state's craft brewing industry.

By WW Staff •—June 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

Fantasy Island

Portland officials have barely debated the Port of Portland's claims all that public spending in Hayden Island will pay off. But according to one analysis, the Port of Portland is already losing ground.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—May 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm PDT

Man In The Middle

January 13, 2010 at 1:00 am PST

BREAKING: Treasurer's Report Blows Major Hole in CRC Finance Plan

July 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm PDT

Shut Up & Vote

Minority ReportHow your county commission candidates would end racial disparities.Seven people are running to represent some of Portland's most diverse neighborhoods. And a new report shows the ...,News

By JAMES PITKIN •—May 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm PDT

Protesters Question CRC Panel's Independence

By Peter Griffin •—May 19, 2010 at 8:47 am PDT

Derailing the Bridge

For years now, Oregon's leaders have assured taxpayers that plans for a new interstate bridge across the Columbia River were financially solid. The bridge would in large part pay for itself, they,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—July 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Throw Voters From the Train

The Columbia River Crossing's supporters have asked Clark County voters to approve an increase in local sales tax to pay for operating a light-rail line that would run from Portland to downtown Vancouver.

By ANDREA DAMEWOOD •—September 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

Political Courtship

The little-known people who who decide who gets the House seat vacated Sept. 1 by Rep. Ben Cannon.

By BRANDON HAMILTON •—September 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Nazis, terrorists and gamblers join the listening circle.

Winners1No money? No problem! Backers of the proposed $4.2 billion Columbia River Crossing project notched another victory last week when the Metro Council voted 5-2 to support the bridge proposal. Li ...,News

By WW Editorial Staff •—July 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

A Bridge And A Gap

BRIDGE BUCKS: Tom Hughes and Loretta Smith (top left). Bob Stacey and Karol Collymore (bottom right).Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Metro President David Bragdon and other local officials came together thi ...,News

By JAMES PITKIN •—August 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm PDT

What Money Can't Buy

Portland's mayoral primary has provided lessons for Jefferson Smith, Charlie Hales and future city candidates  •€” but most important, lessons for voters as well.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

Inbox

SETTING IT STRAIGHTJust three corrections to your article on the Columbia River Crossing Project ["Bridge Over the River Why?" WW, May 21, 2008].1. 39 community leaders (elected, busines ...,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—May 27, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

Dr. Know

Clearly one of the prime reasons for the proposed new I-5 bridge is thousands commuting to Portland every day from Clark County. Given all our self-congratulating talk about livability in Portland, ...,Dr. Know

By Marty Smith •—February 09, 2010 at 4:00 pm PST

The Score  • A Bridge Too Wide

February 11, 2009 at 1:00 am PST

Fred Hansen

TriMet general manager Fred Hansen's announcement last week that he would leave after 11 1/2 years comes at a very busy time for the agency. Months after killing free bus service in Fareless Squ ...,Q & A

By Henry Stern, Mark Zusman •—March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm PDT

A Bare Fight

The prospect of a strip club on Hayden Island in a building owned by Portland real-estate power couple Katherine Durant and Gordon Sondland has residents of the island up in arms. They have gathered m ...,News

By Patrick Guild •—August 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm PDT

Air Supremacy

If the $4.2 billion Columbia River Crossing project moves forward, the design for its signature element •€”a new 12-lane bridge between Portland and Vancouver •€”will be dictated by a rinky-dink ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—May 27, 2008 at 5:00 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

Un-happy Anniversary

•»News people want to bury often comes out on Friday afternoon. Take last Friday, March 14, when Columbia River Crossing project organizers dropped this little nugget in an email: "the Draf ...,Murmurs

By WW Editorial Staff •—March 18, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

David Vs. Goliath

Clark Kent bursting cape-clad out of a phone booth, the normally mild-mannered Metro Council stands poised to fight for control of the proposed $4.2 billion Columbia River Crossing project. Its foes: ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 03, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

Inbox

Shelter Shock["The Crusaders," WW, Feb. 3, 2010] contained a factual error that seriously distorts the profile of "crusader" [Gail] O'Connell-Babcock and the performance ...,Letters to the Editor

By WW Editorial Staff •—February 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm PST

The Sound And The Fury

Like a lot of teenagers in the early aughts, Kelli Schaefer escaped the suburbs of her hometown of Battle Ground, Wash., by crossing the Columbia River into Portland to visit the Meow Meow, the bel,Music Stories

By MICHAEL MANNHEIMER •—March 02, 2011 at 2:01 am PST

Political Animals

A field guide to the six groups that will choose Portland's next mayor.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—November 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm PST

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader Beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion. Since 1977, WW has surveyed Salem lobbyists, state Capitol staffers and political journalists to get their views about the performance of P,Cover Story

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—June 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Election is Coming

For the City Hall throne and other races, we reveal our picks for the 2012 primary.

By WW Editorial Staff •—April 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

State Of Disaster

Last week's grim budget news that the state of Oregon has sprung another $577 million budget leak prompted us to post on wweek.com with a couple of quick thoughts. The first was to point out an ...,News

By HENRY STERN •—June 01, 2010 at 5:00 pm PDT

Shut Up & Vote

Wild LifeMaking Entertainment Out of Education. Combining skilled performers with aspiring politicians sets up a show in which the former can be a lot more entertaining than the latter. And that was ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—April 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm PDT

A Bridge Too False

If anyone should love the idea of creating jobs and boosting the Oregon economy, it's Katie Eyre Brewer.  Eyre Brewer is a freshman Republican representative from Hillsboro, as well as a form,Cover Story

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—May 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm PDT

Shut Up & Vote

High HopesOregon pot-legalization advocates push to follow California's lead.After decades of dashed hopes, leaders of the movement to legalize marijuana believe their goal is poised to become a ...,News

By Peter Griffin •—March 30, 2010 at 5:00 pm PDT

Justice Delayed

Ted Wheeler's sudden ascension from Multnomah County chairman to state treasurer leaves a long-planned East County Justice Center project on shakier ground than ever. The man scheduled to become ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm 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

Bus Boy

Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith built a political machine. Now he's trying to drive it to City Hall.

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—March 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm PDT

City Council

Amanda FritzWe endorsed Amanda Fritz in the May primary and see no reason to change our mind. Fritz is the most well-informed candidate for City Hall in years; what she lacks in bonhomie she more than ...,Special Section

By WW Editorial Staff •—October 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

Critics Want More Time to Analyze $4.2 Billion Bridge Project

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—May 23, 2008 at 9:10 am PDT

Man In The Middle

THREE'S A CROWD: Bob Stacey (photo by Tom Martinez), Rex Burkholder (photo by WW Staff) and Tom Hughes (photo by Leslie Montgomery) •€”candidates for Metro Council prez, or a Kenny Rogers loo ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—January 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm PST

Signs of the Apocalypse

WINNERS 1. They may not realize it yet, but Portland's professional listening-circle facilitators have the opportunity of a lifetime: Cyclists and drivers need closure and healing after a week ...,News

By WW Editorial Staff •—July 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

2011: The Costume Party

The stories and costumes that defined 2011 in Portland.

By WW Editorial Staff •—December 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm PST

A bad week for the titans of industry.

WINNERS1. Olé, olé, olé, olé, Olé. Olé. (And so on.) Get ready, Trail Blazers fans, to hear that global sports anthem a lot next season, now that Spanish supe ...,News

By WW Editorial Staff •—June 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

Project Runaway

Even when he's not causing three-car collisions in shopping-center parking lots, Mayor Sam Adams has his foot firmly planted on the accelerator these days. "We're getting a lot of wo ...,News

By BETH SLOVIC •—May 05, 2009 at 5:00 pm PDT

News That's Not Debatable

Longtime Oregonian columnist David Reinhard may be leaving the paper. Reinhard, 56, submitted his paperwork Monday to take advantage of The Oregonian's buyout offer of two years' pay ...,Murmurs

By WW Editorial Staff •—October 07, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

Peter Defazio

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio has no shortage of political juice or opinions. A 12-term congressman, the Lane County Democrat is the Oregon delegation's longest-serving House member and has acquired e ...,Q & A

By Hank Stern, Mark Zusman •—April 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm PDT

News That Needs No Bailout

A proposed $225,000 settlement of a discrimination lawsuit filed against the City of Portland by a black lesbian who became a man in 2006 goes to a final council vote on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Plaintif ...,Murmurs

By WW Editorial Staff •—September 09, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

A Bridge Too Wide

Three weeks after Mayor Sam Adams admitted lying about his sexual relationship in 2005 with then-teenage Beau Breedlove, Adams is gamely trying to return to city business as usual. In a Jan. 25 video ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm PST

Textual Criticism

Portland Commissioner Sam Adams won't cook you breakfast, but he wants to make your mornings a little easier. Adams •€”the City Council's resident techno-geek, with his iPod, his blog a ...,News

By COREY PEIN •—July 01, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

Meet The Press goes on. So do we.

The popular Madison High counselor whose "involuntary transfer" to another school triggered a student walkout June 3 plans to sue Portland Public Schools and a Madison administrato ...,Murmurs

By WW Editorial Staff •—June 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

Denis Hayes

Eight years ago, Denis Hayes •€”the founder of Earth Day and arguably America's pre-eminent environmentalist •€”visited WW as part of "The Race to Stop Global Warming" tour. Ba ...,Q & A

By Henry Stern, Mark Zusman •—June 02, 2009 at 5:00 pm PDT

Power To The Pedal

On a recent, drizzly afternoon, a couple hundred Bicycle Transportation Alliance supporters gathered outside City Hall. Among them were silver-haired corporate lawyers, working moms and tattooed fixi ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—February 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm PST

Save Our State!

Scared about the future? Us too. You'd be a fool not to be freaking out. Unemployment in Oregon is 10.6 percent, well above the national average •€”again. State budget forecasts get wor ...,News

By WW Editorial Staff •—October 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm PDT

A Bridge Over The River Why?

Rex Burkholder until recently would have probably ranked last on a list of Portland elected officials most likely to push for a $4.2 billion highway project. "Every penny we spend on transporta ...,News

By NIGEL JAQUISS  •—May 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

Green With Envy

Another Earth Day. How far we've come in 38 years! Sure, we're still beating up the planet. But these days, melting ice caps and all, we do feel more guilty when we leave the lights on at ...,Featured Stories

By COREY PEIN •—April 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm PDT

We're Impressed!

Candidate photos by Leslie MontgomeryWe're impressed. Really. We've been doing this for a while. Interviewing candidates for office, that is. And over the years, we've witnessed a ra ...,News

By WW Editorial Staff •—April 27, 2010 at 5:00 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

List of Willamette Week Articles

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 the order that the search produced and is not necessarily in date order, but the older articles are further down the list.