Experience Quintessential Autumn at Portland Japanese Garden

  • The Famous Tree: From National Geographic to local photography shows, there’s one Japanese Maple inside the garden that is said to be the most photographed tree in America.
  • Repeat Visits are Rewarded: Portland Japanese Garden’s hilly topography means each tree in the garden has its own “moment in the sun” and progresses towards autumn splendor on its own timeline. So literally and philosophically, you won’t get the same view twice throughout the month of October.
  • Take Your Time: The Garden’s meandering paths force you to stroll slowly and notice the exquisite colors, and textures in each of the eight different garden spaces. Says Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama, “Autumn is like the last bit of excitement and you enjoy the last minutes of nature before things slow down.”
  • Embracing Impermanence: In Japan, seasons are revered for their impermanence, highlighting the fragile beauty of life. “Seeing fall colors in a Japanese garden gives you a sense of connection to something bigger than yourself,” says CEO Steve Bloom. “The fleeting nature of peak fall foliage only heightens its anticipation.”

And when is peak time to see the leaves? It depends on many factors like weather and the hilly microclimate. While the City of Portland is vibrant and full of colors, Portland Japanese Garden takes just a few weeks longer to reach peak color, which typically lands in the last two weeks of October.

Portland Japanese Garden is open Wednesday-Monday and closed Tuesdays. Adult admission is $18.95, $16.95 for seniors (65+), $15.25 for students with ID, $13.50 for youths aged 6-17. Children under five are free. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.japanesegarden.org

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Portland man arrested after shattering patrol car window, pepper-sprayed interior: police

A Portland man was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly smashed out the window of a police cruiser and pepper-sprayed the interior.

An officer was inside the vehicle at the time and is recovering from his injuries, police said. The suspect, John B Russell, 41, is facing multiple charges.

“As police officers, we know that the vast majority of community members who approach and contact us do so with no intention to do us harm,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “However, attacks like this one remind us all that there is the potential for people to try to take direct violent action against police officers.”


John B Russell, 41, is facing multiple charges following the incident.

John B Russell, 41, is facing multiple charges following the incident.
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Police said the officer was parked in a marked patrol car doing paperwork just south of the city’s downtown area around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday when the suspect broke out the back window and used the chemical spray on the interior. He then and ran away towards another car and took off, they said.

After the officer relayed the suspect’s description over the radio, police located the vehicle about six blocks away and arrested Russell. The officer had recognized the car as one that had been following him earlier, police said.

Inside the vehicle, officers said they discovered window punch tools, pepper spray, throwing knives, a laser pointer, a slingshot, rocks, and other items, which were all seized as evidence.

Police found window punch tools, pepper spray, throwing knives, a laser pointer, a slingshot, rocks, and other items, which were all seized as evidence.

Police found window punch tools, pepper spray, throwing knives, a laser pointer, a slingshot, rocks, and other items, which were all seized as evidence.
(Portland Police)


“I applaud the officer for remaining calm and locating the involved subject and thank our investigators for furthering this investigation,” Lovell added.

Russell was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of assaulting a public safety officer, aggravated harassment, and criminal mischief in the first degree, according to The Portland Police Bureau.


It’s not clear if he has a lawyer and his release date is unknown at this time.

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DHS says it won’t make officials available for questioning in House probe of Portland protests

The House Intelligence Committee’s request to interview several DHS officials “will not be accommodated at this time,” Assistant Secretary Beth Spivey wrote to the committee chairman Monday, arguing that the committee had unreasonably broadened its scope after receiving a whistleblower complaint from Brian Murphy, who until recently was in charge of the department’s intelligence office.

Murphy has alleged that senior DHS officials, acting on orders from the White House, have tried to color intelligence reports in ways that favor Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Murphy claimed in a complaint filed last week with the DHS inspector general that the department’s acting secretary, Chad Wolf, instructed him in May to stop reporting Russian interference in the election and to focus his office’s efforts on China and Iran, two countries Democratic lawmakers briefed on intelligence say are not engaged in the same aggressive attempts to influence the elections as Russia.

Spivey said the committee had appeared to base its request to interview more DHS officials on Murphy’s complaint. While declining to make those witnesses available, the department alluded to an email Spivey said Murphy wrote July 25, in which she said he wrote, “The acting secretary [Wolf] has never given me any direction on what to do Regarding [sic] threats” to the election.

The letter from Spivey to committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) did not include the full email from Murphy, and it was not clear what else he may have written on the matter.

‘The Department is trying to have it both ways by making only a select few witnesses available to answer a very narrow set of questions and selectively releasing a small amount of documents in an obvious effort to whitewash serious allegations of misconduct by DHS’s leadership, all while refusing to make available other documents and witnesses who can testify to a broader pattern of misconduct and politicization of intelligence,” Schiff said in a statement.

He said the committee could consider “compulsory process” to force the department to cooperate. The intelligence office is part of the broader intelligence community, a collection of agencies including the CIA, and is therefore under the intelligence committee’s jurisdiction.

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Oregon Republican Lawmakers React to Arrest of Dem House Speaker’s Aide in Portland Riots

Republicans in the Oregon legislature are accusing Democrats of sanctioning “lawlessness” after the arrest of a top aide to the Democratic Oregon House speaker this month during protests that devolved into riots in downtown Portland.

A photojournalist reacts as riot police fire tear gas in Portland, Ore., September 5, 2020.

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A photojournalist reacts as riot police fire tear gas in Portland, Ore., September 5, 2020.

Kristina Narayan, who serves as legislative director for Oregon House Speaker Representative Tina Kotek, was arrested late at night on Saturday, September 5 and charged with interfering with a police officer after Portland Police declared a riot.

“Kristina Narayan was arrested for Interfering with a Police Officer after the event became a riot and the crowd was given multiple orders to disperse, which she did not do,” a Portland police department spokesperson said.

Narayan, 29, has worked for Kotek since September, 2016 and has served as the House speaker’s legislative director since May, 2018, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Republican state lawmakers in Oregon criticized their colleagues across the aisle for declining to denounce the ongoing nightly violence wracking Portland, and accused Democratic lawmakers of protecting their staffers and supporters who participate in the riots.

“The Democrat supermajority in Oregon have had instances where their publicly-employed staff have been involved in the violent riots and looting in downtown Portland,” said GOP state Senator Dennis Linthicum, who represents the southeast city of Klamath Falls.

“Knowing this, it becomes obvious why Democrats in Oregon and across the nation have not stood up for law enforcement and condemned the lawlessness in the streets because within these Democrat-controlled cities — they would be alienating their own staff members who are participating in the riots,” Linthicum said.

Republican Oregon Senator Alan Olsen agreed, adding that Democratic lawmakers in the state “despise” the very police protecting them.

“Oregon Democrats are the party of lawlessness because instead of denouncing the violence, they largely have remained silent. The top Democrat leaders are protected by the police but despise and have absolute animosity towards them,” said Olsen, who represents Canby, a city just south of Portland.

“It’s obvious that Oregon Democrats are protecting their own extremist staffers and supporters over innocent Oregonians who are the collateral damage of over 100 days of violence,” Olsen added.

Narayan’s arrest came a week after pro-Trump demonstrator Aaron Danielson was fatally shot in the chest during clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and a caravan of pro-Trump demonstrators who drove through the streets of downtown Portland. Two days later, Portland Police declared a riot after about 200 demonstrators marched to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s residence to demand that he resign as violent demonstrations continue to rock the city.

Kotek’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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Top aide for Oregon House Speaker among dozens arrested in Portland

A top aide to the Oregon House Speaker was among the dozens arrested in Portland, Ore., over the weekend, police confirmed to The Hill Thursday.

Kristina Narayan, 29, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with interfering with a peace officer after protests evolved into a police-declared riot in Portland.

Narayan’s LinkedIn profile lists Oregon House Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek (D) as her employer since September 2016 and says she has served as legislative director since May 2018.

“Kristina Narayan was arrested for Interfering with a Police Officer after the event became a riot and the crowd was given multiple orders to disperse, which she did not do,” Portland Police Bureau spokesperson Officer Derek Carmon told The Hill.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office records indicate that Narayan was arrested at 2:07 am. on Sunday, was released later that day and did not have to pay bail.  

Kotek’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Narayan was among 59 people who were arrested during the riot that occurred Saturday night into Sunday morning. Police declared a riot after 9:15 p.m. after protesters threw “multiple fire bombs at officers,” with one catching a community member on fire, according to a police release. Rocks, fireworks and mortars were also thrown at officers. 

“This criminal activity presented an extreme danger to life safety for all community members, and prompted a declaration of a riot,” the release stated. “The crowd was advised over loudspeaker that it was a riot and they were to leave the area to the east immediately” or risk arrest.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported her arrest on Wednesday. 

Portland erupted in protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May. The demonstrations and riots have continued since, prompting President TrumpDonald John TrumpCohen: ‘I guarantee that it’s not going to go well for whoever’ set up Woodward interview Pompeo says ‘substantial chance’ Navalny poisoning was ordered by senior Russian official Trump says he ‘almost definitely’ won’t read Woodward book MORE at one point in July to send federal law enforcement to quell the unrest. 

Most of the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality have been peaceful, but others have evolved into violence and looting.

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Chef John Denison Has Worked in High-Profile Restaurants Across Europe. The Pandemic Brought Him Back to Portland and Into the Kitchen at La Moule.

Going from Paris to Portland may seem an odd career move for a chef. But for John Denison, it made perfect sense.

After all, this is where his career first took off. In 2014, Denison moved from Colorado to work as a line cook at Kachka. He soon met French-inspired restaurateur Aaron Barnett, and the two bonded over their mutual love for the hearty, rustic cuisine of the Lyonnaise bouchons. That led to Denison’s first stint working for Barnett at St. Jack. But in 2015, the owners of Camont, a highly regarded restaurant and cooking school on a farm south of Lyon, came to Portland to teach a butchery and charcuterie class. Denison “begged his way” into a position as the restaurant’s butcher, farmhand and, eventually, chef-in-residence.

He then bounced around European kitchens most young cooks can only dream about: working for the Adria brothers at Tickets in Barcelona; at Michelin three-star Les Prés d’Eugénie midway between Toulouse and French Basque Country; then to Paris, where he debuted as head chef at newly opened Ellsworth. When COVID-19 hit, shuttering his restaurant, Denison had a choice: extend his visa and wait out the pandemic in his tiny Parisian apartment or come back home. He chose the latter, reconnecting with Barnett and taking a spot as head chef at La Moule, which Barnett opened on Southeast Clinton Street the year Denison left for Europe.

Originally Barnett’s ode to a Belgian moules frites brasserie, La Moule has gradually moved toward a more Gallic orientation since opening in 2015, and it’s gone even more in that direction under Denison. One mussel presentation remains: moule marinière flavored with white wine, garlic, Dijon mustard and chile flake ($22), along with the best-in-town bacon and brie burger with fries ($17). But the current menu highlights Denison’s French background.

The comté gougères ($11)—two cheesy rounds of baked choux pastry topped with guanciale, more cheese and a chunk of chicharron then sprinkled with espelette powder—are pure bliss. Though it may wander over the stoner food line, a brandade and potato chip-coated variation on the lowbrow scotch egg ($13) is also a small-plate pleasure. And an ever-so-seasonal salad of runner beans, peach slices and hazelnuts in an elderflower vinaigrette ($12) emphasizes the French tradition, adopted enthusiastically here, featuring local produce at its peak.

La Moule is only offering a few large plates these days in its roomy outdoor setup, so check the specials. On my first visit, the albacore collar in a brown butter sauce with capers, olives and pine nuts ($26) was delicious if petite. On the dessert slate, the “peaches ‘n’ cream” pavlova ($10) is as artistic as it is toothsome, a photogenic assemblage of soft-centered meringue, sliced peaches, dustings of hibiscus powder and black pepper and a scattering of golden flower petals.

But if I had to recommend one dish that best showcases Denison’s hard-earned expertise, it would be his ultra-rustic pâté en croûte ($14), a mixture of ground pork—forcemeat or farce in charcutier’s vernacular—and other ingredients

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How far out of Portland will you go to buy a house for $500,000 or less?

While historically low mortgage rates in the 2.9% range are a boon to home buyers, the low number of Oregon houses for sale favors sellers.

Higher prices and little availability in Portland, along with the desire for more space, are turning home shoppers’ interest to the outskirts: The suburbs and rural areas.

“A trend we’ve seen is people moving out of cities,” says Scott Halligan, vice president of residential operations in Oregon and Southwest Washington for John L. Scott Real Estate.

Residential properties listed under $500,000 are selling quickly and often receiving multiple offers, he says.

“We’ve seen an increase in applications and recommend anyone looking to purchase a home to work with a qualified agent to prepare, which includes getting pre-approved from a lender,” he adds.

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The latest real estate report from the local listing service RMLS found that the median sale price for a Portland metro home has risen 4.5% when comparing 2020 to 2019 through July, and inventory of homes for sale in July decreased to 1.2 months, offering the fewest choices for potential buyers in years.

With competition heating up, what must-haves are home shoppers willing to give up? One house for sale at $425,000 in Oregon City only has a partial bathroom.

Is it worth investing $499,900 in a teardown in Milwaukie?

How far out of Portland will people go to buy a house? It’s an hour’s drive from the city’s southwest Washington Park neighborhoods to Vernonia, Colton or Hood River. Some are searching 40 minutes away in Eagle Creek.

We looked at listings in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia and Hood River counties for houses priced around $500,000. Here’s what we found:

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2909 S.W. Upper Dr. in Portland is listed at $499,000 by Lorna Murray of RE/MAX Equity Group.RE/MAX Equity Group

2909 S.W. Upper Dr. in Portland is listed at $499,000. The property was first listed for sale for more $200,900 on Sep 20, 2019, and has been pending twice but is back on the market, according to public records.

The remodeled, two-story Craftsman house, built in 1912 on one acre, has oak floors, Bluestone Tile floors and fireplace, slab quartz counters, walnut cabinetry, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,772 square feet of finished living space and 403 feet of unfinished space.

“Development possibilities for additional single family home. Build an ADU [accessory dwelling unit]. The lower level is a possible Airbnb [rental]. Buyer to verify all uses,” says listing agent Lorna Murray of RE/MAX Equity Group.

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5212 S.E. Thiessen Road in Milwaukie is listed at $499,900 by Gina Bany of Better Homes & Gardens Realty.Better Homes & Gardens Realty

5212 S.E. Thiessen Road in Milwaukie is listed at $499,900.

The single-level house, built in 1935 on 1.22 acres, has two bedrooms, one bathroom and 934 square feet of living space.

The house is in need of significant repairs or could be torn down, says listing agent Gina Bany of Better Homes & Gardens

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