If you’re anything like us, you probably learned for the first time last week that about a third of Portland homes have high levels of radon, a gas that can cause cancer.
And if you’re anything like us, you probably wondered whether that statistic includes your home — and if so, what you should do about it.
So here’s some practical advice:
Step 1: Test your home with a short-term testing kit that you can buy online or at most hardware stores for about $15.
Step 2: If the test finds high levels of radon (4 pCi/L or higher), either use a long-term testing kit to confirm the results or go ahead and call up a mitigation company to deal with the problem. The Oregon Health Authority has a list of certified companies on its website.
Step 3: Join us in emailing Home Forward to encourage them to install radon removal systems at all public housing complexes that have tested positive for elevated radon levels — and to finish testing the rest.
The Oregonian’s investigation found that Home Forward has been slow to notify tenants when radon is detected, and even slower to take action. So we think they could use a little nudge.
In other news…
Wages are going up in Oregon… for big-time CEOs. That’s one takeaway from the latest data on executive pay at publicly traded companies (think Nike and Intel) and how it compares to the average employee’s salary. In Oregon, the public companies with the widest CEO-employee pay gap are Nike and Greenbrier. The companies with the smallest gap are the Craft Brew Alliance and Portland General Electric. (OregonLive)
If you’re hitting the road for Thanksgiving, you might want to consider a late-night escape. According to AAA, traffic will peak from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, as about 750,000 Oregonians are expected to be on the move. (OPB)
A new food cart pod is opening within blocks of the Moda Center. The “Cartside” pod is expected to open this January with eight food vendors and an indoor beer and wine hall. (Willamette Week)
It’s the last week of our fall membership drive, and that means it’s your last chance to get a free ad in the newsletter (plus all the usual member perks) and support our contributor Andy Tran and his “Young in Portland” project.
Want to beat the buzzer? Become an annual member today — and enter the coupon code contributor at the top of the page to get yourself a discount.
What are you giving thanks for this week? Is it a long-time bus driver? A favorite hike? A quiet corner in Powell’s?
We’d love to hear and celebrate what you’re grateful for in Portland (just drop your thoughts in the comments on Facebook or shoot us a note), but we also have a tip for feeling more thankful year round.
Last month, Portland Underground Graduate School founder Douglas Tsoi told us about his “gratitude dojos,” where he leads a session all about noticing the good in our lives.
🎄 See Pittock Mansion in its Christmas colors - through Jan. 5 (NW Portland)
😆 Hear Peter Sagal talk about joke-telling (SE Portland)
🎱 Watch a magic show at a bar (SE Portland)
🎲 Host a board game night at McMenamins (NW Portland)
🎽 Race a 5k right before Turkey Day (N Portland)
🙋 Play "The Office" trivia (East Portland)
🍗 Join Prost for a family-style feast (NE Portland)
👟 Run in a "Tofurkey Trot" for a cause (SE Portland)
🍿 Watch holiday movies all night at a hotel (Central Eastside)
🎶 See Portland's "Singing Christmas Tree" choir - through Sunday (Downtown)
📽️ Watch a doc about Amazon's corporate power (SE Portland)
🍺 Shop for holiday beers at Belmont Station - through Sunday (SE Portland)
🚴 Ride your bike through holiday lights (North Portland)
🎄 Watch the annual Christmas tree lighting (Downtown)
🍷 Celebrate the season with Oregon wine - through Sunday (Multiple locations)
🍻 Pair Pfriem beers with cheesecake (SE Portland)
🤓 Geek out on model trains - through Sunday (NE Portland)
🐶 Snap a photo of your pet with Santa (Tigard)
🍺 Raise a pint for Small Brewery Sunday (North Portland)
We’re going to give ourselves (and your inbox) a little break for Thanksgiving, so no newsletter on Thursday or Friday this week.
That’s all for now. We’ll see you tomorrow. ✌️