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Whitney Gomes is our new video producer, and she’s been helping us get on The Daily Prophet’s level with these moving photos.


If you’ve been enjoying our videos about underground beer cellars and colorful Portland bridges, there’s one person to thank: our newest team member Whitney Gomes.

Whitney is our video producer, drone pilot, and resident born-and-raised Portlander — and thankfully she’s also an Oregon Duck.

You can check out more about Whitney’s bio on her website, but for a true introduction, we decided to get her take on the all-important questions facing our city.

Are you pro- or anti-umbrella in wet weather?

Anti-umbrella. #PortlandBorn. A light Northface does the trick.

A friend is visiting from out of town. Where do you take them for dinner?

One of the food carts on Mississippi, especially Koi Fusion or Wolf and Bear’s.

What does your perfect Portland weekend look like?

See #RipCity at the Rose Garden or catch a show at Revolution Hall on Friday. Then eat Saturday Market empanadas and go film Rocky Butte at sunset.

What’s your favorite Portland bridge?

Definitely the Morrison Bridge — especially after investigating the history of the colored lights on the bridge for Bridgeliner. I cross the Morrison nearly every time I head downtown.

What’s your favorite brewery?

It’s a tie between Ecliptic and Upright. Ecliptic gets my vote for rotating beers every six weeks based on an astronomy calendar. And Upright Brewing — just go there before a Blazer game and you’ll get it.

Where is the best place in Portland to fly drones?

I love flying over Powell Butte, which is just far enough from the airport to be legal.

Want to meet the rest of the team? Check out our new About Us page for the scoop on Ben, Schlomo, and everyone else who helps make this newsletter sparkle.

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Ciara and Russ have company. The full list of investors who are trying to bring pro baseball to Portland became public yesterday, seven months after Grammy-winning artist Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson publicly threw their hats in the ring. The big names in yesterday’s release include Portland Gear founder Marcus Harvey and former MLB player Darwin Barney. (OregonLive)

Cries for help. It’s been seven years since the DOJ sued the city and forced Portland Police to implement a plan for responding to people in a mental-health crisis. But a series of recent officer-involved shootings show the problem is far from solved and raises questions about how our community cares for its most vulnerable members. (Portland Mercury)

Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them drive Fords, apparently. Kudos to Michael, who came through in a big way for a stranger who was stranded at a bus stop and running late for a job interview. “Thank you Portland for giving me faith in humanity again!” the rescued rider wrote on Reddit. (Reddit)

Save us some Spumoni. The Old Spaghetti Factory, Portland’s homegrown family-dining empire, turns 50 this month, and OregonLive has a fun look back at how the chain got its start with a cheap-eats menu and a $50 salvaged streetcar. OSF now has more than 40 locations in 13 states. (OregonLive)

Costa Rica, anyone? If you’re a Timbers fan jonesing for a tropical vacation, this is your moment. The team heads to Costa Rica later this month for 11 days of training in San José, which includes two pre-season matches against Deportivo Saprissa and C.S. Herediano. (OregonLive)

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🤔 Wednesday, Jan. 23: Join a Think & Drink conversation with three Pulitzer Prize-finalist reporters (NE | Alberta)

🏙️ Saturday, Jan. 26: Kick off the Portland 2.0 Project and help rethink how our city and region should grow and evolve (Downtown)



🎶 See Juice at Doug Fir (SE | Central Eastside)

🍲 Learn how to make vegan casseroles (NW | Alphabet)

🎉 Celebrate the Japanese New Year (NW | Slabtown)



🎮 Compete in a Mario Kart tourney (Downtown)

🌟 Rollerskate with a glow (SE | Sellwood)

🛍️ Shop local in St. Johns (N | St. Johns)

🕊️ Hear Bryan Stevenson talk peace and justice (NW | Alphabet)

📽️ Watch movies about music – through Feb. 16 (Downtown)



🍏 Drink cider at McMenamins (Hillsboro)

🎽 Kick off the Brewery Running Series (Downtown)

🐂 Catch a bull riding competition (NE | Rose Quarter)

🎶 See a Neil Diamond cover band (Downtown)

🙋 Play Parks & Rec trivia (E | Glenfair)



💪 March for social justice (NE | Piedmont)

🐧 Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day (SW | Washington Park)

🌑 Watch a lunar eclipse if it’s not too cloudy (SE | Central Eastside)

📽️ Watch “Mean Girls” at McMenamins – multiple dates (NW | Alphabet) 🆕



🙏 Pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. (NE| Montavilla) 🆕

🍿 Watch a movie about Jane Austen fandom (NW | Pearl) 🆕

🎨 Go to a Harry Potter-themed paint night (Beaverton) 🆕


Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #bridgeliner on Instagram to be featured.


Bridgeliner members get access to exclusive giveaways and experiences, and this week we’re giving them a chance to win tickets to Listen Up, a four-day podcast festival featuring some of the hottest pods in sports, food, cannabis, and more.

Don’t want to miss out on our next giveaway? Become a Bridgeliner member for our launch price of $8 a month and start getting the VIP treatment here in the newsletter.


✍️ Volunteer for the Homeless Street Count. Portland State University and the Joint Office of Homeless Services are recruiting volunteers to gather data for the Homeless Street Count later this month. Shifts are available during the week of Jan. 23, and the last volunteer training session is tomorrow.

😂 Go to the best variety show ever. Actor-performer Stefano Iaboni is hosting a variety show at Funhouse Lounge on Sunday, Feb. 10, and he’s billing it as the “best ever.” Our hopes are high.

🎨 Get your art out in the world. The Lake Oswego Festival of Arts is accepting submissions for three exhibits this summer, and the deadlines are all in February. If you’d rather just admire the art, you can do that June 21-23.

Want to submit a volunteer opportunity or special invite for next week’s bulletin board? Hit reply or send a note to [email protected]



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