POL Government Elected Officials Nick Fish

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Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.  He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Expanding cultural access to the arts

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded 20 local non-profits with grants totaling more than $50,000 in “Expanding Cultural Access” grants!


The Expanding Cultural Access grants help invest in wonderful arts and culture programs for Portland’s diverse and underserved communities. They are made possible thanks to Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund in 2012. 

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC, as it works to provide equal access to art for everyone in our community.


The 20 grants awarded will help fund festivals, musicals, HIV awareness programs, and more!


Check out a RACC’s website for more information and a full list of grantees.    

May 28, 2015

Council welcomes Grant High School's Constitution Team

This morning, City Council proudly welcomed the Grant High School Constitution Team, winners of the 2015 National We the People competition in Washington, D.C.!


Nick was honored to read a Proclamation to celebrate their victory. 


The We the People competition, designed to simulate congressional hearings, teaches students about the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.


The Classroom Law Project has administered Oregon’s We the People competition since 1987. Nick has been proud to serve as a judge for the regional competition for the past six years.


2015 marks the fourth year in a row that a Portland Public School team has brought home the gold. Oregon boasts more national titles than any other state in the country!


Grant High Principal Carol Campbell, Constitution Teacher Jeremy Reinholt, and Classroom Law Project Program Director Barbara Rost praised the students’ work. Two students, Cassie Hill and Amelia Morrison, shared how the program has made a difference in their education – and even in their future career goals.


Congratulations to the Generals for their incredible achievement!


Grant High School Constitution Team’s We the People Proclamation


Grant High team wins national 'We the People' competition

The Oregonian

May 27, 2015

Japanese butterbur

Spring is officially here. The weather is warmer, the sun is out, and most flowers are in full bloom – including invasive weeds. 


The Japanese butterbur is an invasive weed that is slowly spreading through Portland’s natural areas. 


It looks like a tropical plant, with large, thick green leaves that can reach up to four feet wide. The leaves’ underside is fuzzy, and the weed can grow to be six feet tall.   


Invasive species damage forests, streams, rivers, and personal gardens. Controlling invasive weeds (and fixing the damage they cause) costs Oregonians $125 million each year. It’s important to catch invasive weeds before they become dangerous infestations. 


If you find Japanese butterbur, please contact Dominic Maze (dominic.maze@portlandoregon.gov) at the Bureau of Environmental Services to discuss control options.


Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website to learn more. 

May 26, 2015

Friday Roundup

Press Release for Sgt. Henry Johnson Medal of Honor

Senator Wyden


President will award Medal of Honor to Sgt Henry Lincoln Johnson

Helen Silvis in the Skanner


Where We Live: Benson Bubblers

Ken Boddie in KOIN 6 News


Water, sewer rates on the rise again in Portland

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Portland's water and sewer rates may increase

KATU News Staff


Harnessing Hydropower From Urban Water Pipes

Virginia Gewin in Popular Science


Drought: Portland Area Water is Good Short-term, But Potentially “Scary” in the Future

Rebecca Randall in GoLocalPDX


Hall Monitor: Inside the Black Box

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury



WW Movie Staff in the Willamette Week


Making room for blue collars in blue Portland: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Uber Not Living Up to its Promises in Portland

GoLocalPDX News Team


Who Represents You?

Shelby R. King in the Portland Mercury


Make less than $16.61 an hour? You can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment in Oregon

Denis C. Theriault in The Oregonian


Bad News for Author of Proposed Ballot Initiative

Shelby R. King in the Portland Mercury


Business Movers: Sarah Cochenour, Christian Coleman, Jeff Hawthorne

Vickie Kavanagh in The Oregonian

May 22, 2015


BodyVox and the Amphion String Quartet are reuniting for the world premiere of their latest performance, Cosmosis


Cosmosis is a beautiful and riveting blend of dance, theater, and live chamber music. 


BodyVox is a local arts organization that combines dance, theater and film into incredible productions. It’s funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s General Operating Support grant program. 


The Amphion String Quartet is an award-winning string quartet internationally known for its intense and gripping music.


Together, the two groups create a stunning performance full of passion and wonder.  


Cosmosis begins tonight and goes through June 6. 


Check out BodyVox’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.  



BodyVox Dance Center

1201 NW 17th Ave.

Portland, OR 97209


Photo courtesy of BodyVox.

May 21, 2015

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