After keeping a low profile presence in Portland for nearly 5 years, Google leased a space that will allow the company to expand its local office.
Google had about 20 local employees. It recently added “a few” according to a statement. The new office will accommodate several dozen employees so that the site can continue to expand.
“A number of Google engineers have called Downtown Portland home since 2010, and we’re excited to be growing here,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Google regional public affairs manager.
According to the Business Journal, 100 employees are expected to move into the office immediately.
“While it’s early days, we know the new space just around the corner on Sixth Avenue will provide a great work environment for our expanding team and are looking forward to getting to know our neighbors even better,” Nothnagle continued.
The new Google site consists of three connected buildings over a block on 309 SW Sixth Ave. The location is ideal to draw in workers as Portland is home to engineering, design, sales, and account management teams.
Portland welcomed spring with living peeps — remember those neon pastel Easter candies? Bright pink chickens were found moseying around the downtown waterfront Thursday morning, sending the capital of weird into a social media frenzy as Portlanders tried to determine the origin of these unusual, though quite attractive, birds.
The Multnomah County Animal Services picked up the chickens and asked for the owner to come forward.
“One of our officers just rescued two pink chickens from the park on the waterfront,” the organization announced via Facebook. “If you or someone you know lost two pink chickens, please contact us!”
Authorities speculated the strange coloration might have been caused by tampering with the chicken eggs.
“What we think happened is a novelty that we’ve seen in the past where dye is injected into fertilized eggs,” Multnomah County Animal Services’ Mary Kate Watson said.
The actual cause turned out to be much simpler, if not less creative.
Chicken owner Bruce Whitman admitted to the good-natured prank and collected his chickens Friday afternoon. The Portland bartender explained that he used a homemade recipe of beet juice, food dye, and Kool-Aid to color his chickens.
“I love making someone else smile because it’ll make me smile,” Whitman said. “This came back tenfold.”
Early Thursday morning, Whitman left his sleeping chickens in a tree by the waterfront, then waited for them to make their debut.
Whitman paid a standard impound fee to reclaim his birds and endured a gentle lecture on the dangers of leaving birds in public places.
“I’m a grown adult, old enough to know I shouldn’t dye my animals pink,” Whitman admitted.
Was the prank worth the minor repercussions? For now at least, two infamous chickens have captured the hearts and imaginations of Portlanders.
Whitman’s chickens have yet to be named, though Whitman said Henrietta and Beth Anne are top choices from fans.
Portland and Metro-area high schools officially announced the participants of this year’s Rose Festival Court, a Portland tradition dating back to the early 1900s High school juniors and seniors, the princesses display outstanding records of school and community involvement.
Each princess will receive an academic scholarship of $3,500, courtesy of The Randall Group. After weeks of statewide travel as Rose Festival Ambassadors, one of the princesses will be crowned queen at the Rose Festival.
Devon Thompson, St. Mary’s Academy
“I love the way [the Rose Festival] brings the community together. It’s time for everybody to come together and celebrate the city.”
Amber Shackelford, Madison High School
“I’m most proud of being selected as the MAC Scholar Athlete for my class . . . . This award has also given me an opportunity to represent Madison, something I hope I get to do as a Rose Festival Court Member as well.”
Tabitha Ivan, Lincoln High School
“I am most proud of finding ways to fundraise and learning to achieve my goals despite opposition . . . . I am also proud that I have been able to manage my dyslexia and turn my academic career around by taking extra classes at night and during the summer to help me manage my disability.”
Paris Sykes, Central Catholic High School
“In high school I have overcome my shyness. I am proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone to try new things that I would have never done otherwise, like cheerleading and musical theater. I was forced to break out of my shell . . . . Now I can converse with a stranger and relate, and be courageous by putting myself ‘out there.'”
Cristell Gonzalez Perez, Parkrose High School
“I am most proud of being able to stay involved in helping make my community a better and safer place by doing volunteer work. Volunteering, you not only help yourself become a better person but you are also helping others live in a much safer place. Giving to the community is the least we can do.”
Elli Simotas, David Douglas High School
“I have challenged myself by taking advanced classes, and taking advantage of every opportunity possible. I’ve learned that as long as I stay focused and have my education as my top priority in life, I will be successful in anything I wish to achieve.”
Kahedja Burley, Jefferson High School
“The eligibility to skip school wasn’t the highlight of this [Rose Festival Junior Parade] event. It was the talent that annually filled the Hollywood District streets that made this event so amazing. Giving children the opportunity to showcase what they have been working long and hard on is an exciting privilege.”
Tihanne Mar-Shall, Benson High School
“I am proud of how I challenged myself academically by taking advanced placement classes and socially, despite my shyness, by participating in sports, cheerleading and choir. I am most proud of the variety of friendships I have made and learned how to interact successfully with people different from me.”
Lily Brodrick, Wilson High School
“I love the atmosphere [of the Rose Festival], there is so much anticipation. Even on the rainiest day, hundreds of people show up to gather around to celebrate Portland. The parade is a reminder to me about how lucky I am to live in a city so great.”
Naomi Tsai, Cleveland High School
“I thrive off of energy and staying busy, both inside and outside of the classroom. It is hard trying to balance all the things in my life, from academics to extracurricular activities to community service to family and friends. Even though it can be extremely stressful sometimes, I am proud of the work that I achieve.”
Erika Manzo, Roosevelt High School
“As a kid, I don’t have any memories of the Rose Festival. When I was a freshman and witnessed the coronation, I knew I wanted to run for princess when I had the opportunity. It was my first exposure to the Rose Festival celebration.”
Talia Quatraro, East Metro (Lake Oswego High School)
“I love the fact that thousands of Portlanders all come together and support this event that has so many different groups and organizations walk the streets of Downtown Portland. The creativity that adorns the electric trolleys amazes me! As a participant, walking in the parade, I feel like I am watching the inside out as I see the children who are the age I was when I first experienced the tradition.”
Olivia Berry, Grant High School
“I never would have thought I would want to be a journalist, but Grant Magazine and Memoirs Yearbook showed me how passionate I am about telling stories . . . . Most importantly, I am proud that I have been able to give back to my school by being a leader and mentor.”
Sierra Hosea, Franklin High School
“My favorite Rose Festival event is the Grand Floral Parade because of all the practice and organization that very clearly goes into the production of the event. It gives joy to the public by its unique and beautiful tradition.”
Clara Cannon, West Metro (Valley Catholic High School)
“I believe that the high point of the Rose Festival comes with the anticipation exuding from the audience before the parade begins. Little children run across the clear city streets with chalk in their hands and smiles on their youthful faces. The hustle and bustle of city life is calmed for one morning as everyone emerges to watch the Rose Parade. I enjoy seeing the beautiful floats, but in the moments preceding the start, a sense of unity encompasses the crowd as they all wait in hopeful expectation of the entertainment to come.”
Fans who want a piece of the former PDX carpet will be able to buy it soon – in a variety of forms.
Some wacky ideas have been proposed for the future use of the carpet. The four chosen companies will be given 1,000 square feet each of the carpet free of charge, likely in May, by the Port of Portland
Design firm Two Dogs in a Boat hopes to design a PDX carpet shoe. At the height of the internet enthusiasm, the carpet had already inspired apparel but nothing has been made with pieces of the real carpet.
The firm also proposed a chair and indoor cat shelter made from the carpet.
Nagl Floor Company suggested Oregon-shaped keychains, luggage tags, door mats and wall art. Some of these ideas might not be possible depending on the carpet’s condition.
City Liquidators and Carpet Mill Outlet were other winning bidders.
While some of the business want to create products with the carpet to be sold to the public, others desire to “create artistic avenues for the public to experience the carpet,” the port said.
The port chose the four winning bids from 32 bids from organizations and businesses. Organizations were chosen if they “had a proven track record of handling carpet … and distributing it widely,” port Spokeswoman Kama Simonds said.
Crews continue to remove sections of the carpet during overnight hours. 13 acres have been replaced so far.
The vendors of the new products using the old carpet are:
823 S.E. 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97214
Carpet Mill Outlet
Mill End Store, 2000 S.E. Milport Road, Portland, OR 97222
Nagl Floor Covering
21717 Hwy 99E, Aurora, OR 97002
Two Dogs in a Boat
1210 S.E. Gideon St., Portland, OR 97202
Statistics of dog licenses issued around the country, released by the American Kennel Club (AKC), reveal the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. Below is a list of the most common household dogs specific to the Portland area, along with the number of official licenses issued for each.
1. Labrador Retriever (24,662)
2. Chihuahua (11,284)
3. Golden Retriever (6,701)
4. German Shepherd (6,576)
5. Dachshund (6,376)
6. Australian Shepherd (5,358)
7. Poodle (5,139)
8. Border Collie (3,971)
9. Terrier (3,795)
10. Shih Tzu (3,498)
The Labrador is the most popular dog not only in Portland, but also nationwide. According to the AKC, labs have been the most common dog breed in the U.S. for the last 24 consecutive years.
In 2014, there were over twice as many labs in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Clark counties than the second-place breed, Chihuahuas.
Chihuahuas are more popular in Oregon than they are elsewhere in the U.S.— coming in second in Oregon, they are only ranked 24th nationally.