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August 6, 2000 | JOSEPH B. FRAZIER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
As the Willamette River meanders from the Cascades through its namesake valley, through towns, cities and rich farmlands, it becomes a stream of contradictions. At the pristine headwaters of Waldo Lake it is one of the nation's cleanest, but farther along advisories warn against sustained eating of its fish. President Clinton designated it as one of America's first Heritage Rivers. But the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to list Portland harbor a Superfund cleanup site.
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May 24, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose body was pulled from the Willamette River hours before daybreak was arrested and accused of dumping the boy and her 7-year-old daughter off a bridge. Portland police said 31-year-old Amanda Jo Stott-Smith was taken into custody at a downtown parking garage about 7 a.m. Saturday. Police say her car was on the Sellwood Bridge moments before residents of the area heard the children's screams. A massive search was launched. An area resident who joined the search in his boat found the children nearly an hour after the screams were heard.
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NEWS
July 7, 1988 | United Press International
About 174,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Willamette River just hours after the city was fined in connection with similar spills last month. A blocked screen caused the spill Tuesday, officials said. Earlier, the city was fined $5,000 for failing to immediately report two other spills.
NEWS
May 25, 2008 | Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press
Acupuncture is not just for people. It's for cities too, if the city is Portland. Adam Kuby stuck a 23-foot needle into the ground down by the Willamette River and hopes to plant more, choosing locations where he figures the city's "chi," or vital energy, needs some help. Unusual? You bet. Unusual for Portland? Not really. For several years, Portland has been reaping praise from lifestyle magazines and specialty publications, as one of the nation's more livable cities. It's listed among the best places to have a baby, grow old, go for a walk, ride a bike, take a jog, breathe clean air, own a dog, take public transportation, start a business (green or otherwise)
NEWS
June 30, 1989 | From United Press International
Federal agents Thursday questioned a young Soviet sailor who asked for political asylum after he dived off a fishing vessel into the Willamette River and was rescued by a fireboat crew. Portland police said shots apparently were fired in an inside compartment of the ship before the man jumped Wednesday.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose body was pulled from the Willamette River hours before daybreak was arrested and accused of dumping the boy and her 7-year-old daughter off a bridge. Portland police said 31-year-old Amanda Jo Stott-Smith was taken into custody at a downtown parking garage about 7 a.m. Saturday. Police say her car was on the Sellwood Bridge moments before residents of the area heard the children's screams. A massive search was launched. An area resident who joined the search in his boat found the children nearly an hour after the screams were heard.
NEWS
October 28, 2000 | From Reuters
Deformed fish found for years in a stretch of Oregon's Willamette River were damaged by something in the water, not by genetic defects as had been believed, according to a study released Friday. Scientists, who called their findings "shocking," said they were working to determine the exact cause of the problem and investigating whether there were health risks associated with eating the deformed fish found in a 30-mile section of the river.
NEWS
April 8, 2000 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Willamette River, whose citizen-led cleanup in the 1960s inspired the nation to reclaim its waterways, has become so tainted by sewage and industrial waste that it faces being listed as a federal Superfund site--the roster of the country's most polluted places. The Environmental Protection Agency's Northwest region this week said it would recommend federal cleanup along a 5.
NEWS
February 9, 1996 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mighty Columbia and Willamette rivers raged through Oregon and southern Washington on Thursday, threatening downtown Portland, sweeping into low-lying areas and forcing thousands of people to flee in the region's worst flooding in three decades. Dozens of landslides sent homes, apartments and cars plowing down hillsides and closed off at least three sections of Interstate 5 and Interstate 84.
NEWS
May 25, 2008 | Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press
Acupuncture is not just for people. It's for cities too, if the city is Portland. Adam Kuby stuck a 23-foot needle into the ground down by the Willamette River and hopes to plant more, choosing locations where he figures the city's "chi," or vital energy, needs some help. Unusual? You bet. Unusual for Portland? Not really. For several years, Portland has been reaping praise from lifestyle magazines and specialty publications, as one of the nation's more livable cities. It's listed among the best places to have a baby, grow old, go for a walk, ride a bike, take a jog, breathe clean air, own a dog, take public transportation, start a business (green or otherwise)
NEWS
October 28, 2000 | From Reuters
Deformed fish found for years in a stretch of Oregon's Willamette River were damaged by something in the water, not by genetic defects as had been believed, according to a study released Friday. Scientists, who called their findings "shocking," said they were working to determine the exact cause of the problem and investigating whether there were health risks associated with eating the deformed fish found in a 30-mile section of the river.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2000 | JOSEPH B. FRAZIER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
As the Willamette River meanders from the Cascades through its namesake valley, through towns, cities and rich farmlands, it becomes a stream of contradictions. At the pristine headwaters of Waldo Lake it is one of the nation's cleanest, but farther along advisories warn against sustained eating of its fish. President Clinton designated it as one of America's first Heritage Rivers. But the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to list Portland harbor a Superfund cleanup site.
TRAVEL
May 21, 2000 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Shirley Slater and Harry Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears the first and third week of every month
Paddle wheelers cruising America's rivers are hot, especially in Mark Twain territory. Queen of the West, which cruises the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers from Portland, Ore., is popular partly because of its association with the well-known Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen, classic paddle wheelers that cruise the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers through the American heartland. Queen of the West is owned by Seattle-based American West Steamboat Co.
NEWS
April 8, 2000 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Willamette River, whose citizen-led cleanup in the 1960s inspired the nation to reclaim its waterways, has become so tainted by sewage and industrial waste that it faces being listed as a federal Superfund site--the roster of the country's most polluted places. The Environmental Protection Agency's Northwest region this week said it would recommend federal cleanup along a 5.
NEWS
February 12, 1996 | From Reuters
While key highways remained closed, Pacific Northwest flood victims started to return to their homes Sunday and begin the heartbreaking task of assessing damage. The sun was out Sunday and the weather dry, in contrast to recent torrential rains that dumped up to 30 inches in four days, melted a heavy snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and triggered massive landslides. President Clinton was scheduled to travel to Portland on Wednesday to inspect the flood damage, a White House official said.
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