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Modular off-the-grid home
24 October 2014 — The Eco Pod is a new modular home created by the UK-based company Echo. The tiny home measures 96.8 square feet and can lend itself well to a variety of living arrangements. A standalone Eco Pod can be used as a home office, or extra guest bedroom. The design of these units also allows them to be joined together to create an off-the-grid home, which can be as big or as small as the owners require. Each Eco Pod unit sits on adjustable legs, making it easy to place it even on uneven ground. The modular units are also well insulated, using either wood fiber or sheep’s wool. The pods also come with an interior finish and external cladding made of wood. Also, in the UK, the Eco Pods are legally defined as a caravan, meaning that the process of obtaining planning and building permits is likely much easier than it would be for a traditional home. Off-the-grid functionality is available as an add-on extra. The pyramid shaped roof of each module is perfectly suited to be fitted with a rooftop mounted solar panel array, which provide the necessary electricity and hot water. Read more…
Oregon leads nation in percentage of vacant-house foreclosures, report says
30 October 2014 — It’s an obscure data point, but Oregon had the nation’s highest percentage of vacant homes going through the foreclosure process, according to RealtyTrac, the real estate data firm. About 18 percent of all properties in the foreclosure process nationally had been vacated, the firm says. Within that subset, Oregon had relatively more of these so-called “zombie” foreclosures than any other state. This may herald a new wave of foreclosure proceedings in Oregon. John Helmich, chief executive of Eugene’s Gorilla Capital, which tracks foreclosure filings in most of Oregon, said this month “we see zombies in nearly every neighborhood and all have been empty for months or years. Read more…
S&P/Case-Shiller figures show slowing rise in prices of Portland homes sold in August
30 October 2014 — In Portland and in many cities around the country, the rise in home prices is “decelerating,” according to the analysis of August home sales in the S&P/Case-Shiller index, released Tuesday morning. Portland houses appreciated 0.3 percent from July to August, down from 0.7 percent the month before. Year over year, home prices in Portland showed a 7.2 percent price rise, the index shows. Nationally, the story is much the same. Home prices rose 0.2 percent in August, or 5.1 percent from August 2013. Of course, the fluctuations in prices are unevenly distributed. Prices rose fastest in Detroit, at 0.8 percent. They fell fastest in San Francisco, where August prices decreased 0.4 percent. Read more…
Biologists unsuccessful in attempt to collar Oregon’s wolf OR-7
30 October 2014 — Two biologists recently backpacked into the wilderness area of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in search of one of Oregon’s newest wolf packs — led by OR-7. They stayed a week and heard lots of howling but the mission didn’t end as hoped. They had set out to replace OR-7’s aging radio collar or put one on his mate. But neither adult wolf nor even a pup stepped into a trap.mJohn Stephenson, wolf coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, isn’t discouraged. “It’s not uncommon to trap and not be successful on the first attempt,” Stephenson said. “It’s not an easy thing to do.” During their week in the woods, Stephenson and a biologist from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife heard tantalizing howls from adult wolves and at least two pups. But the animals kept roaming, Stephenson said. “You put the traps in spots that you think they’re moving through but they can take a slightly different path,” Stephenson said. Read more…
Eighty years of sausage
30 October 2014 — Chris Sahfeld, 101, still remembers the steam rising from a kettle as she waited for water to boil 80 years ago. As she stirred, she took breaks to set up the family grinder on the kitchen table, which was scrubbed and almost ready to go. Chris was prepping to make sausage with the secret family recipe for the Verboort community dinner in the 1930s. “Oh, I’ll never forget it — I remember it very, very well,” she said. “It was the same kettle we used to make lye soap in. I had to scald the (slaughtered) pig, but get it out before the skin broke, so I was nervous.” Read more…
Oregon’s most haunted places
30 October 2014 — Oregon’s rich history has its fair share of ghost stories. Just in time for Halloween, here are some of the state’s most haunted places and the spirits that live there. Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City was recently listed as the scariest place in Oregon by Mapquest. But the regular paranormal activity seems to be in good fun. The hotel was built in 1889 as a luxury hotel, and has undergone many transformations. The hotel was restored by its current owners in the mid 1990s. There are a number of known haunts in the hotel. Annabelle or “the Lady in Blue” is a favorite, spending much of her time in Room 302 where she once lived. She’s also been known to pinch a man’s behind if he sits at her bar stool in the hotel saloon, according to hotel owner Barbara Sidway. Party ghosts hang out in the the formal dining room, the former Swan Room, late at night. Hotel staff have heard laughing, clinking of glasses and talking, but when they open the doors no one is there. Read more…
Park revival takes root
30 October 2014 — Portlanders will play pingpong in the rain. That’s one of many lessons Alicia Hammock learned this month. Hammock is in charge of programming at Holladay Park in Northeast Portland, which received a multimillion-dollar commitment this summer from the new owners of the Lloyd Center across the street. Version 1.0 of the new Holladay Park rolled out in late July, when pingpong tables, a playable piano, Foosball and a mini-library were set up for passers-by. From July through September, Holladay Park, staffed daytime by park rangers and hosts, experienced a rebirth. Families with children and seniors from the nearby Holladay Park senior residence began to discover noontime concerts and afternoon Zumba classes. Now the Portland rains have begun, and park visits have slowed. But there are still a hardy few willing to play pingpong in Holladay Park, just as there are still Big Chess players ignoring the showers in downtown Director Park, where Hammock has overseen programming for a couple years now.mHere’s another thing Hammock has learned from this summer’s pilot project at Holladay Park: yoga classes don’t work there, but for a different reason than at Director Park. At Director, yoga classes were discontinued because women attendees felt they were getting ogled by men. Read more…
Pro-Measure 92 poll shows GMO-labeling initiative leading prior to Nov. 4 election
30 October 2014 — Supporters of a mandatory GMO-labeling initiative say their own polling shows that Measure 92 is ahead with only days to go before votes are counted Nov. 4. The poll, conducted by Washington D.C.-based GBA Strategies, has the measure leading by eight percentage points, 52 to 44. The result differs from a poll released Tuesday, which showed Measure 92 trailing, 48 to 42. That poll, conducted by Elway Research of Seattle, was commissioned by The Oregonian and KGW. Read more…
ER trips test new ride
30 October 2014 — When a medical call comes in to Portland’s 911 center, dispatchers routinely send a city fire crew and then an ambulance to drive the caller to a hospital emergency room. But about one out of seven of those callers don’t have a true medical emergency, says Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens. Transporting them to the hospital “ER” is costly, inefficient and not the optimal place to meet their needs. An ambulance ride can cost upward of $1,000, and a typical emergency room visit can cost $2,000. A $40 taxi ride to a clinic would be a lot cheaper and get them a more suitable level of medical care — without a three-hour wait in the ER while doctors treat people with true emergencies. Read more…
Showdown: Libertarian and GOP battle for control of right wing
30 October 2014 — Years of infighting in the Libertarian Party of Oregon is now erupting amid a costly legal battle and allegations of a Republican takeover. “It’s reached its peak in the last few years,” said Bruce Knight, who joined the Oregon Libertarian Party in 1980 and spent most of the last 30 years as a party official. Burke believes the Republican Party is trying to take over the Libertarian Party, the largest third party in America. “As we’ve gained more interest we’ve worried the major parties more and more, especially the Republicans,” he said. The Oregon Republican Party earlier this month filed anAmicus Curiae brief (Latin for friend of the court) appealing the Clackamas County Circuit Court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought against Libertarian Party Chairman Wes Wagner and other members of the LPO. The suit was filed against Wagner by fellow Libertarian and Washington County Libertarian Party Chairman Richard Burke. The lawsuit, dismissed last May, claimed that Wagner and others broke the party’s bylaws when selecting recent party leaders and candidates. Read more…
Portlanders unhappy with city services, but happy with trash
30 October 2014 — Portlanders are less pleased with the services being provided by their city government, according to a new survey released Wednesday. But, they are happy about trash. Portlanders view their city services as a mixed bag. Overall, only 46 percent say the government’s doing a good job. That’s the lowest since the city began this survey 24 years ago. Perhaps more worrying is that only 22 percent of residents felt positive about their opportunities to influence government. The city’s director of audit services, Drummond Kahn, helped conduct the survey: “We saw some declines of 15 percentage points in overall water service quality,” he said. And, he added, “another decline [is] in the percentage of residents rating street maintenance positively. That’s down to 29 percent.” Read more…
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