Whooo! You're a BUSY BEE. Look, it's completely understandable that since you've been SO busy, you may have missed some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! So while you're lounging about this weekend, catch up on the knowledge you need by reading some of these A+++ Mercury articles! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)
• Nick Kristof Can't Run for Governor, Per Oregon Secretary of State
Oregon's elections division has rejected Nick Kristof's filing for governor because he doesn't meet the race's residency requirements.
• Beloved Portland Baker/Pizza Chef, Ken Forkish, to Retire
Ken Forkish, the highly celebrated chef and owner of Ken's Artisan Bakery & Pizza, has announced his retirement. But don't panic! Both delicious restaurants will carry on.
• Oregon Approves Pfizer Boosters for Kids 12 and Older
Kids 12 and older are eligible to get a Pfizer booster shot five months after completing their initial vaccine series, Oregon officials announce.
• Portland Music Month Provides Massive Lineup of Local Shows While Raising Money for Indie Artists
If you love music, then you'll be happy to learn Portland Music Month has 100+ (!!) shows to attend in January, with $$ from each ticket going to local indie artists.
• Portland City Workers Prepared to Strike Over Low Wages
More than one thousand workers employed by the city of Portland could go on strike by mid-January if the two sides are unable to reach a compromise on an open labor contract. The impact of a strike would be felt across nearly all city departments.
• Savage Love: Vaxxed and Confused
She tested positive for COVID, and though he spent time with her, he excluded her from his family's holiday plans. Soooo... who's the butthole here? The honorable Dan Savage issues a ruling in the latest SAVAGE LOVE!
• Portland Energy Fund Strips Grantee of Award After Vetting Failure
City officials’ failure to vet a Heat Response Program grantee may delay the distribution of cooling units to vulnerable Portlanders before the next heatwave.
• Portland Music Month Preview: Blues, Alt-Country, and a Jazz-Age Rager at Alberta Street Pub
Portland Music Month continues, and here's the Mercury preview of an ass-shakin', foot-stompin' jamboree of fun music coming to Alberta Street Pub this Saturday!
• Public Defenders Will Stop Footing County Prosecutors' Bills, State Says
The new director of the state public defense agency says it will no longer pay for fees it believes county prosecutors are constitutionally responsible for.
• Hear in Portland: New Material from TYuS, The Thesis Parties On, and Amber Mark Plays Doug Fir This Spring
The always trustworthy Jenni Moore has some excellent music recommendations for your ears in the latest edition of HEAR IN PORTLAND.
WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!