In the most recent issue of the Portland Business Journal you will find an op-ed piece giving the Mayor a spanking on taking frequent trips outside the country. In the last three months our honorable Mayor has visited Belgium, Taiwan,and most recently, Toronto. Does Sam The Sham know there are 137,000 Stumptowners out of work? That is 11% of his city. One in every 165 homes are in foreclosure and the list goes on. I mentioned this story to a friend, and he replied "Wouldn't YOU want to be out of town if you were Sam Adams? I guess he has a point. This Mayor is pure poison and it looks like we are stuck with him. The recall effort needed more funding, pure and simple. It is not dead yet, but it will take a miracle.
Timberline has had it's share of stimulus, starting with President Franklin Roosevelt signing off on the development of the lodge to create jobs and a national landmark. Timberline was built in 15 months by 350 workers and dedicated by FDR in 1937. But after the construction, a series of shady owners left the lodge in terrible disrepair. It was saved by a wealthy businessman, Richard Kohnstamm and the property became a non-profit. Now the resort will get a shot of stimulus 72 years after FDR stood and gave his speech.
Today the lodge has many issues, included on the list will be a new water main, fireplace repairs, roof repairs and more. The lodge will get 4.5 million on the tax payer dime. The resort employees 600 during the busy winter season. Timberline hosts more than 2 million visitors a year. If they are going to spend our money, this venue is a good choice.
When was the last time you saw an ad like this one? This goes back to 1966 when a bank manager could make a loan. Today it's a bureaucratic nightmare, and the chances of getting one is not good. A mortgage broker told me that he has seen customers with 800 plus credit scores getting flat turned down. But start the cash press when the crooks at the investment banks in New York need a few more billion.
According to the Ski Jumping Hill Archive, this jump was erected by the Cascade Ski Club during the Rose Festival in 1953. The ski jump was built at Civic Stadium, and at its highest point was 47 meters (154 feet) above the field. Four “ice powder machines” cranked out 200 tons of artificial snow, which lasted all week despite some classic Rose Festival weather: warm rain during the evenings.
The winner of the ski jumping competition, after four rounds, was Portlander Arne Hoel, with a best jump distance of 131 feet. This shouldn’t be too surprising, since Arne Hoel, competing for Norway, had finished sixth in the individual large hill ski jumpat the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo.
Thanks to http://ourpdx.com for this history of Stumptown.