An Oregon judge briefly nullified Governor’s Brown’s stay-at-home order yesterday, before the Oregon Supreme Court stepped in to reinstate the order until further notice. As far as we can tell, no chaos ensued during those 8 hours of anarchy, but it did provide some gripping political drama on Twitter. (OregonLive)
The Oregon Health Authority can’t get its message straight. The agency’s official guidelines say that counties need “at least 15 contact tracers per 100,000 people” before starting Phase 1 of reopening. But now they’re telling local officials that they only need a plan for adding that many contact tracers — and the actual hiring can come later. Meanwhile, people’s lives and businesses are hanging in the balance, and OHA’s confusing confused messaging is just adding to the anxiety. (Willamette Week)
Speaking of anxiety, we mentioned yesterday that Mount Hood is an active volcano that geologists consider a “very high threat,” and now we know why. Our promise to you: This fictional (yet realistic) account of how a Mount Hood eruption could go down is the last volcano content we’ll share all week, for your sanity and ours. (Reddit)
Need some comic relief after that? The Merc’s latest amateur film festival is a good place to start. The Confinement Online Film Fest debuts this Friday with 25 homemade short movies about life in quarantine, and the trailer promises at least a little bit of humor. (Portland Mercury)
In other good news, the Oregon Zoo is helping rescue an endangered bird species one condor chick at a time. The California condor was almost extinct 40 years ago, but now its population is slowly rebounding, and conservation programs like the one at the Oregon Zoo are helping even more condor birds return to the wild. (OregonLive)
The people have spoken, and 16 Portland restaurants have moved on to Round 2 of our Ultimate Quarantine Takeout challenge.
Want to help your favorite restaurant punch a ticket to the Elite 8? Make sure you vote by noon this Friday, and then check next Tuesday’s newsletter to find out the results.
P.S. All these restaurants (and more) are open for takeout orders, and they need your love and support now more than ever.
👰 Go get hitched. Check out this guide on getting legally married in Oregon even while large gatherings are a no-go.
🍩 Get free donuts today. If you’re graduating from high school or college, go pick up a dozen free donuts from the world-renowned artisanal bakery “Krispy Kreme.”
🌹 Check out a parade. The Portland Rose Parade isn’t cancelled — it’s just a little different this year. And you can still celebrate by following this Porch Parade map around town and looking out for the “porch floats.”
🐐 Go on a safari. A farm in the Willamette Valley is running a car safari where you can see baby goats and get pumpkin donuts to snack on during your ride.
🙋 Test your "Friends" trivia knowledge (Online)
💸 Play Sporcle trivia for local prizes (Online)
🌈 Join a town hall about supporting queer youth (Online)
👋 Connect with local women in tech (Online)
✍️ Get help writing a cover letter or resume (Online)
🎓 Hear advice for parents about college planning (Online)
🖊️ Take a four-week class about contracts (Online) (Partner)
🍸 Learn how to make a cosmo cocktail (Online)