Plus, it’s time for a game of I Spy with our members.

📈 Portland’s gun violence surpassed its 1987 record

Plus, it’s time for a game of I Spy with our members. 

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Tuesday.

Everyone have a good weekend? Did you catch a few shots of the leaves changing colors before the weather got stormier? If you snapped a few (thank you Rachel, I hope you’re doing well, you rock 💖), feel free to send them in so we can share Mother Nature’s natural fireworks with your fellow readers. 

We have a stacked newsletter for you today: what to know about COVID-19 booster shots, how things ended with the Recall Ted Wheeler campaign, how Portland has surpassed it’s last record for number of homicides related to gun violence over the weekend, and and a very fuzzy prince who’s up for adoption at the Oregon Humane Society.

Scroll on for the latest skim of Stumptown news. 

📰 What Portland’s talking about 

🎵"In this town we call home everyone hails to the pumpkin song." 🎵 Tag #bridgeliner to be featured here. (📸: @mattcoats / @laurengoche)

📈 Portland’s 1987 gun violence record was broken over the weekend with a double murder in Old Town. The previous record had been 70 homicides in a single year, and 2021 has seen 72. A man and a woman were declared dead at the scene early Sunday morning, with the alleged suspect was eventually detained by officers. (KGW / KATU)

💉 Last Friday both Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines were approved for booster shots. But unless you’re 65 or older, 18+ and in a high risk group, or live / work in a high transmission environment, don’t anticipate seeing boosters immediately available here in Portland. Why? Because the Oregon Health Authority is primarily focused on getting unvaccinated Oregonians vaxxed up as a top priority to help slow the spread of the virus. (Portland Mercury / OHA)

🎥 Remember that Travel Portland tourism video over the summer? We’ll get more information on what it did for our economy this Wednesday. The nonprofit’s president Jeff Miller will sit down with Portland City Council and go over the hard data of the video, which was created in an attempt to help reposition Stumptown’s public image on a national level. This also culminated in a full page ad with sheepish language describing our city in several different newspapers in July, and it was met with mixed reviews. You’ll be able to watch the meeting through this link on Wednesday. (Portland Monthly

❌ Speaking of city news — the Recall Ted Wheeler campaign is over after a federal judge ruled against the proponents of the movement and their request for a deadline extension to gather more signatures on Friday. The judge asked recall proponents to tell him by next week whether they want to seek a preliminary injunction or request a full trial on the merits of their case. Without a successful recall drive in place, Wheeler will remain mayor of Portland through 2024. (OregonLive / Portland Mercury)

🐈 This handsome, 10-year-old “prince” is available for you to adopt into your castle. Prince William is a sweet, 15-pound red tabby who is a total lovebug of a monarch. While he does have a few health issues to keep in mind, his profile says he’ll steal anyone’s vacant lap at the drop of a hat and that he adores cheek and chin scratches. (Oregon Humane Society)

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Today our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are kicking off a round of I Spy, where we test their PDX knowledge by showing them a picture of somewhere in town and having them guess where it was taken. Folks who guess correctly are getting personalized weekend guides made exclusively by yours truly. 

If these kinds of games and rewards sound like fun and you’d like to support local journalism, sign up as a member for only $8 a month (or $80 for the year!). And if supporting us financially isn’t in the cards for you at the moment, we totally get it. Would you be kind enough instead to send this newsletter along to a friend and help spread the word? Thank you so much, you rock.

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🏆 Join the Portland International Airport for the PDX People Customer Service Awards honors employees from across all ten industries recognized at PDX every quarter (Online)

🎤 Join Detroit rapper Boldy James on tour for his new album (Buckman)

🎨 Learn how to paint birds step by step in watercolor (Online)


✍️ Create a spooky story using a deck of Tarot cards as prompts with HOCUS (Online)

🐺 Get ready for a Halloween treat so fun it just might leave your tail wagging: A visually stunning look at the female werewolf throughout history (Online)

💖 Experience intentional dating practices in this monthly online series (Online)


🌱 Learn all about pollinator gardens for fall and winter with Dennis' 7 Dees Garden Centers (Online)

🤘 Kick your boots up with Dan & Shay for their arena tour (Downtown)

👑 Join the Portland Art Museum to examine what a woman’s role in power in the ancient world meant in the days of Queen Nefertiti (Online)

🔮 Join The Raven’s Wing for a monthly astrology discussion at this friendly salon facilitated by Lisa Awrey (Online)


🎵 Join The Resinators and The Cascadians at the Alberta Street Pub (King)


👻 Enjoy a spectacular HalloQUEEN Drag show at The Pharmacy!(NW Portland)

🙋 One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

Anyone here love a good auction? If so, I need to tell you about Legacy’s virtual 2021 Women of Meridian Park Auction, which has a huge swath of fun experiences and goodies to put your money down on, like a four-night stay at Brasada Ranch, coffee from Stumptown Roasters,wine tastings, and photography shoots. 

You’ve got until this Thursday, Oct. 28th at 8 p.m. to place your bids and help support a really cool local cause that provides resources for the women and children in Portland’s community. 

And if you snag something — we’d love to hear what you got!

That’s all for today folks; catch you back here tomorrow.

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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