Viewing by month: July 2012

Diesel filter grants help clean up region's solid waste haul fleet

People have been living with diesel emissions for decades – recent research says they've been dying with it, too. Some estimates say that for every dollar put into cleaning diesel emissions, Americans save $12 in health care costs.

MetroPaint adds quarts to its recycled paint line

MetroPaint canMetroPaint – the regional recycled paint vendor – has added a new feature to its 18-color line: Quart-size cans.

North Portland grants target community programs

Issued through Metro’s 27-year-old North Portland Enhancement Grant Program, initially created to compensate the community affected by the now-closed St. Johns Landfill, this year’s grants target a wide array of programs – ranging from an after-school chess club to a home weatherization team.

Metro in the Media: July 30, 2012

News and blogosphere mentions for the week of July 23-30, 2012

Sidewalks, communities, transit and funding: A glance at the Southwest Corridor project

For years, commuters in the southwest part of the region have had familiar complaints – long commutes, clogged avenues, streets with no sidewalks or bike lanes. But in a hilly area that spans three counties and six cities, how do you get people moving in a way that makes sense? That's the question being studied by Metro, which is holding an online open house this month as part of its Southwest Corridor study.

Join OMSI for “Dirt to Dinner”

Dirt to dinnerOMSI and partners are digging in to give you a taste of how food goes from the ground to your plate at the “Dirt to Dinner” event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5.

Metro Council excited about some, underwhelmed with other ideas from Community Investment Initiative

Thursday was the first time the Metro Council met at length to discuss the Community Investment Initiative, born in 2010 as a way to address a $45 billion shortfall in infrastructure funding across the Portland region. Some of the initiative's proposals landed with a thud; others were met with enthusiasm.

‘Endless summer’ is nearly over for endangered Northwest turtles

After one of the rainiest Junes on record and a relatively cool July, Portlanders may feel like summer’s just getting under way. But for seven western pond turtles reared at the Oregon Zoo, a nearly yearlong stretch of warm days and nights will soon be drawing to an end.

Zoo brings sounds of South Africa to summer concert series

LadysmithTwo venerable acts from the townships of South Africa will make up one of the best world-music double bills in recent memory Aug. 4, when the Johnny Clegg Band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo play at the Oregon Zoo’s summer concert series.

Pepe & the Bottle Blondes play Copacabana at Plaza Palooza

Pepe and the Bottle BlondesPortland’s favorite Copacabana-style 1950’s era nightclub band, Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, will perform at Plaza Palooza at 5 p.m. this Thursday, July 26.