Claire Holley, Portland Mercury

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Portland Mercury

Eugene, OR, United States

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Past articles by Claire:

Good Morning, News: Pride Month, (Continued) Trump Idiocy, and a Terrifying Death Climb

Happy Tuesday, everybody! Despite all the shit that continues to rain down on us, let us all try to remember what's really important: it's Pride month! While Trump continues to fuck up our country, we can at least find comfort in the fact that, starting Friday, the rest of the month is jam-packed with rainbow-infused festivities. Now, let's get to all the not-so-great news. There's plenty.Trump… → Read More

"We Witnessed Portland Take Action": Families of the Girls Targeted in Last Week's Attack Issue Statement

On Friday afternoon, a press release was issued on behalf of the two families of the young girls who were targeted and harassed by Jeremy Christian on May 26. The release was written by a small group of advocates for the family, including Mercury writer Jagger Blaec. The families wished express their sincere gratitude to the three men who stood up to Christian on their behalf, and the community… → Read More

Micah Fletcher, Survivor and Hero of the MAX Attack, Wrote a Poem From His Hospital Bed

Micah Fletcher, the 21-year-old sole survivor of Friday's brutal stabbing on the MAX, is a PSU student and poet. In 2013 he won the city-wide high school poetry competition Verselandia with a powerful poem condemning prejudice against Muslims. You can watch his performance of the poem here (he starts at about 2:03:45). At around 10:15 pm on Saturday, Micah Fletcher published his newest poem to… → Read More

Good Morning, News: Portland Mourns

Good morning, news! This weekend has been a very difficult one for Portland, and that's putting it lightly. We lost two heroes this weekend and nearly lost a third. You can check out our coverage of the Saturday evening vigil here. A fund has been set up to help the victims of the brutal attack and their families. A witness of the crime has revealed more heartbreaking details of the victims'… → Read More

Drink Up, it’s Portland’s Best Coffee Joints

Stumptown Coffee Roasters Various locations, Stumptown is as basic to Portlanders as Starbucks is to America, but it’s still worth checking out if you’ve never been. Their coffee is great, which is why it’s now available nationwide and even in many foreign countries. Our personal favorite is their cold brew, which is available in cartons in three flavors: original, coconut,… → Read More

Keeping Cool with Booze

How to eat, slurp, and lick your booze. → Read More

Good Morning, News: Condescending Rich People, the Trump Nightmare Continues, and Man Decapitates His Mother

Every tweet. Every goddamn tweet of his predicts a future lined with his own fuck-ups. He's like a time traveler failing to warn himself.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) May 15, 2017 So it turns out Donald Trump did not break the law by sharing classified information with the Russia (although how that's not illegal is beyond me). The Washington Post reported that the info… → Read More

Business Leaders Swore They’d Help Solve Oregon’s Massive Budget Hole

So where are they? → Read More

Good Morning News: Sally Yates Kicks Ass, the Blazers' New Logo, and One Less Parade for Portland

Bridgetown comedy festival was this weekend, but with so many shows, you probably missed most or at least some of it. Don't cry though, you can check out our coverage here, here, here and here. Sally Yates testified in front of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee yesterday, revealing that she told the White House about Michael Flynn's ties to Russia less than a week into Trump's presidency, but, in… → Read More

Raw Sewage Is Leaking Into the Cleveland High School Cafeteria

Cleveland High School students and teachers were evacuated from the building around 11:30 am today after raw sewage was discovered leaking from floor drains in the cafeteria and an attached classroom. According to Cleveland teacher Steve Nims, students in the classroom began hearing gurgling sounds, but didn't discover the leak until they could smell it. Students initially pointed the finger at… → Read More

Let's Talk About What Happened at May Day Before the Riot

As I'm sure everyone in Portland (and most of the country) knows, yesterday's May Day rally and march quickly devolved into a chaotic "riot" at the hands of anarchists/antifa/black bloc/whatever they've decided to call themselves now. You can check out our coverage of the event here and here. I'm not interested in giving more press to those who continually co-opt organized and well-meaning… → Read More

What You Need to Know About May Day 2017

It's May Day! This day is celebrated in different ways around the world (I have vague memories of picking flowers and leaving them anonymously on neighbor's porches), but Portlanders organize and march. The Portland May Day Coalition is responsible for organizing today's event, which will get started at 12 pm at Shemanski Park (1010 SW Park Ave). There will be speakers from a variety of groups… → Read More

Good Morning, News: More Gum, Fewer Goats, and a Sad End for the Blazers

Good morning, Blogtown! Today is April 25, but you're gonna need more than a light jacket for today's weather (rain, obviously). It's a sad day in Portland. Few were expecting the Blazers to grab a win against the Warriors, but I certainly didn't expect the abomination that was last night's game four. If you can handle it, read our recap here! Check out Portland's newest apartment to hate: the… → Read More

Goat Blocks: A Slap in the Face to Goats and Humanity

Remember when Portland out-Portlanded itself by having a whole two acre meadow dedicated to a herd of goats? Those were happy times. And in unsurprising news, the developers who bought the goats' old home have built a huge, overpriced apartment building on top of it. I'm not sure what alternate reality these developers were living in when they decided it would be a good idea to name the building… → Read More

Lil Debbie Celebrates 4/20 at Portland's Bossanova Ballroom

Though she lives every day like it’s 4/20, Lil Debbie still celebrated yesterday's holiday in a major way. After taking a weed nap (her words), last night she brought an energetic and cannabis-fueled performance to Portland’s Bossanova Ballroom. I had high expectations (pun not intended) for this show, as I have been low-key obsessed with Lil Debbie since she and Kreayshawn dropped the ultimate… → Read More

Drake Might Be Riding a Segway in Portland Right Now

Since the Soul'd Out Festival announced its fantastic 2017 lineup, Portland has been eagerly anticipating the arrival of an electro-hip-hop match made in heaven, Travi$ Scott and Flying Lotus—Flying Lotus has since dropped off the bill, but Scott will perform tonight at the Memorial Coliseum. If you have a ticket, prepare to get even more excited, but if you don't (I don't), prepare to be even… → Read More

Good Morning, News: A Facebook Shooting, (More) Trump Hypocrisy, and United Is at it Again

Today in Right-Wing extremism, an Oregon street preacher traveled to a Berkeley, CA for a pro-Trump rally for the opportunity fight for freedom—AKA to beat down protesters and brag about it online. The Schnitz’s iconic "Portland" sign, which was erected in 1928, will come down on May 2, beginning a two month, $500,000 renovation process to upgrade the its neon letters and corroding sheet metal.… → Read More

The Fate of Portland's Renter Relocation Protections Is Still Up in the Air

The fight over Portland's new renter protections moved into its second round this morning, with no clear winner yet in sight. In a summary judgment hearing, Multnomah County Judge Henry Breithaupt heard arguments from both the City of Portland and landlords challenging the city's new rental relocation assistance ordinance. The ordinance, which requires landlords to pay relocation costs for… → Read More

Pepsi Just Eliminated Police Brutality!

In a surprising turn of events, Pepsi, with the help of Kendall Jenner, has completely eliminated police brutality! Just kidding, obviously. In a new ad for Pepsi Max, Jenner can be seen doing a glamorous photoshoot not 20 feet away from a large group of Gen Y-ers protesting an unnamed issue. Their Pepsi-blue placards bear peace signs, hearts, and the always-trite infinity symbol. The video… → Read More

S1 Finds a New Home

S1, an experimental music venue, art gallery, and community center, has found a new home. Since its opening in 2014, S1 operated out of a massive basement on NE Hancock at 41st. On April 1, S1 signed a five-year lease on a new storefront location on NE Stark at 78th. The non-profit, artist-run center hosts a variety of art shows, live acts, and classes on electronic music production. Last spring… → Read More