Plus, omg these otters.
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🌹 A ‘Burst of Hope’ blooms in Portland

Plus, omg these otters.

It’s Tuesday.

And we are two days into Black History Month. The fact of the matter is that celebrating Black history is not limited to a single month — supporting, advocating, and showing up for Black citizens in our city is a yearlong endeavor. 

Looking for ways to celebrate and advocate here in Portland? Check out this feature on how to learn, donate, and support Black lives in Portland, and this guide that highlights Black-owned businesses

Did we miss someone? Want to tell us what Black History Month in Portland means to you? Have organizations that could use some support and a shout out? Hit reply and let us know. 

For today’s news round up we have: Local media responding to that apocalyptic Forbes op-ed, the details on drug decriminalization, New York-style bagels, and some darn cute otters. Scroll on for more. 

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3 things to know today 

📰 A Lake Oswego consultant claims ‘Portland is dying’ in Forbes — and it's causing a stir. Bill Conerly compared the Rose City to dead metropolises like Pompeii and Petra, and blamed Portland’s alleged impending doom on antifascist protests taking place downtown. The Oregonian followed up with Conerly and pushed him on his narrative, and Willamette Week’s Matthew Singer analyzed the op-ed. Read Singer’s piece here

💉 More vaccines are on the way — but appointments are filling up fast. This has led to a lot of frustration among those trying to get the vaccine. Oregon’s vaccine committee has recommended the following groups for the next phase of vaccination, from OPB: “adults 65 and under with underlying health conditions as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, frontline essential workers, adults and youth in custody 16 years and older, as well as people living in low income and congregate senior housing.” Get the latest state COVID-19 case numbers here

⚖️ Oregon is two days into decriminalizing drug possession for small, personal amounts. KOIN has the list. And KATU explains what that means for law enforcement moving forward.

3 things to make you smile

😍 You’re not getting otter here without this Oregon Zoo video about Sushi, Lincoln, and Juno. Watch the adorableness here.  

🌹The Portland Rose Festival has picked its official rose: A ‘Burst of Hope.’ This goes with their 2021 theme “Hope Reigns” and will be sold at the official Portland Nursery

😋 Wanna learn how to make New York-style bagels? This snazzy, underground cafe will show you the ropes in a jiffy. There’s no way you’ll fuhgettaboutit anytime soon

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🗣️ Business Leaders: Learn how to advance racial equity in your organization to boost your company culture, employee engagement, and profits. (Online)


🍅 Learn how to cook a healthy and nourishing meal (Online)


🎨 Let’s paint a snow day! (Online)


🎨 Learn how to paint some spirited horses (Online)

☝️One more thing …

It’s Groundhog Day, and if a rodent predicting the weather gets you grooving then don’t miss Punxsutawney Phil’s livestream of the event. The usual crowd won’t be there — but a whole lot of cardboard cutouts of virtual attendees will be in their stead. 

Thank you for reading all the way to the end, catch ya later.  

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

PS: If you haven't voted yet in the Ultimate Portland Doughnut Bracket, get those votes in by this Wednesday.

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