July 7, 1988 |
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.
May 24, 2009 |
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.
October 28, 2000 |
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.
April 8, 2000 |
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.
February 9, 1996 |
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.
May 25, 2008 |
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)