Portland Man Dissolved in Yellowstone Hot Spring Was Apparently Trying to “Hot Pot”

The Portland man who died in a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park last summer was apparently trying to “hot pot,” according to the final accident report recently released by park officials—a term for the deeply verboten act of soaking in the park’s thermal pools.

To be fair, the pool does look pretty soakable.

Originally, officials thought the Portlander he had merely lost his footing and slipped into the hot spring while walking off track.

But according to the recently released report, on the afternoon of June 7, 23-year-old Colin Scott and his sister left the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser and wandered to the Norris Geyser basin looking for a pool to soak in.

The report quoted Scott’s sister as saying, “her brother was reaching down to check the temperature of a hot spring when he slipped and fell into the pool.”

She had been filming the journey to the geyser on her phone, and caught Scott’s accident. Officials say they won’t release the video.

Later, a rescue team found portions of Scott’s body, along with a wallet and orange flip flops. The rescuers had to stop due to a lightning storm, and when they came back the next day, they couldn’t find any further remains in the highly acidic water.

Unlike Oregon’s mild hot springs, which, at 85-112 degrees, are perfect to soak in amongst old hippies, hot springs in Yellowstone can reach up to 250 degrees.

“In a very short order,” a deputy said, “there was a significant amount of dissolving,”

“Future Sex” Explores Free Love Through Feminist Porn, Polyamory and Online Dating—Here Are the Book’s Four Most Interesting Moments

As Donald Trump is elected with promises of retracting reproductive rights, Emily Witt has been charting the places sex has been heading in an age of relative freedom, collected in her new, oddly moving book Future Sex (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 210 pages, $25), which I now want to buy for everyone I know. We can only hope the new frontier of free love Witt wryly explores through research and personal anecdotes—more open, honest, female-centric sex, assisted by New Age ideals and the tech industry—can continue to exist. Here are four of the most interesting moments and insights from Future Sex.

1. There is something called orgasmic meditation, propelled by San Francisco company OneTaste, whose mission is to “bring female orgasm to the world.” The woman lies on a towel while the man puts on gloves with a dollop of lube and rubs her clitoris for 15 minutes. The practice is meant to allow for an intimate connection but preserve an emotional distance: “Her partner needed only to know what he was doing and respect the boundaries. She did not have to love or even like him,” Witt writes.

2. Match.com was created by a self-described “kind of loser” computer scientist, but had a sexist reputation because the early internet excluded women—so he hired a team of female marketers. They forbade sexually explicit content, included questions about relationships and children, banned the mention of biological clocks, and published content offering women safety advice. They gave the site its clean interface and heart-shaped logo. Now, it’s the most-used dating site in the country.

3. A 1984 early feminist porn video shows a woman having unfulfilling sex with “an uncaring bodybuilder type” before asking him to leave. She sits alone underneath a Georgia O’Keefe-style painting before having sex with someone else “over animated backdrops of autumn leaves and lotus flowers.” Climax is depicted by “an explosion of early-1980s computer effects with a roiling saxophone accompaniment.” Today, there’s a feminist porn video depicting “a woman being turned on by watching a man assemble IKEA furniture.” Hot.

4. On a website called Chaturbate, Witt watched 19-year-old Edith who, for hours, “seduced her audience by dressing like an American Apparel model, revealing the depth of her existential despair,” discussing Camus and talking about why she was celibate. “For more than 1,700 viewers, she sat on the floor naked next to a pair of ballet slippers with an unlit cigarette in her hand.”

SEE IT: Emily Witt reads at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 503-228-4651, powells.com, on Thursday, Nov. 17. 7:30 pm. Free.

Portland Author Lidia Yuknavitch’s “Chronology of Water” Will Be Adapted Into Film

Andy Mingo—who’s currently co-writing and producing the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Lullaby, has optioned Oregon Book Award-winner Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir The Chronology of Water.

Yessssssssssss.

The book has won a slew of awards and amassed a cult following for Yuknavitch’s intensity, rawness and depth of life, which includes early sexual abuse, addiction, swims with Ken Kesey and an exploration of bisexuality and S&M.

Yuknavitch is one of the few authors to receive the Oregon Book Awards People’s Choice Award for two books—Chronology of Water and The Small Backs of Children. The latter also won the Ken Kesey Award for best work of fiction published by an Oregon author. Local authors Cheryl Strayed, Chuck Palahniuk and Chelsea Cain—who all wrote blurbs for Chronology—are also big fans.

Related: Lidia Yuknavitch Mops Up With Two Wins at Oregon Book Awards

Yuknavitch and Mingo, who are married, are planning to write the screenplay together.

“If the memoir didn’t affect our marriage, I don’t think the film would. It’s totally fine,” Mingo says. “Lidia and I have written things together before, so this will be a really fun experience to collaborate. She doesn’t write screenplays, so it’ll be me bringing the structure and her brining the raw emotion.”

The film is in very early stages, especially because Mingo is currently in the middle of casting Lullaby, with production slated for 2017.

Yuknavitch’s book Dora: A Headcase was optioned by filmmaker/reality TV director Katherine Brooks in 2014, but appears to have been abandoned.

The Chronology of Water has gotten some nibbles from agencies from L.A. for a while and nobody’s picked it up outright—and it seemed like perfect time to pick up the option, secure the rights and make this happen, especially since we’re having such a lot of momentum right now with Lullaby,” Mingo tells WW. “The Chronology of Water made so much sense because it’s a cult icon and people really love the story.”

As for who will play Yuknavitch, Mingo can’t yet say. He also hints that the film might have a female director.

“We do have a couple people in mind who are wildly popular and are also fans of the memoir,” he says. “I’m not exactly sure, but this is the type of story that may need a female director to bring in that perspective the story needs.”

Aesthetically, Mingo says he’s imagining a lot of art direction and 1980s and ’90s clothes.

“It’s a little bit of a period piece so there’s going to be that element to it and it’s going to have to be a little bit dated,” he says. “Oregon has some pretty great film incentives, so we would love to partake in that and look for every opportunity to film as much as possible.”

Portland Anti-Trump March Organizers Create A Fundraising Campaign to Pay for Last Night’s Anarchist Damages

Police arrested 25 people in the wee hours this morning in the third night of anti-Trump protests in Portland. Police declared the marched a riot around 8:30, as anarchists took over what started as a peaceful protest.

The protest’s organizer, Gregory McKelvey of Don’t Shoot Portland, told protesters to leave around 9 pm when the protest turned to vandalism.

Anarchists continued to smash storefront windows and bus stops, damage cars and spray graffiti. Police deployed stun grenades and rubber bullets around midnight.

The chaos has attracted national attention: The Associated Press has called Oregon the epicenter of anti-Trump protests.

Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler decried the property destruction this morning.

“Last night, what started as a peaceful protest ended in violence and vandalism,” Wheeler said in a statement. “While this was caused by a small group of people among thousands, such a conclusion is unacceptable. None of us – protesters, business owners, or the community at large – can afford for this to happen again.”

Wheeler added on Twitter that he believed the objective of the anarchists was to undermine the protest.

The group leading the protest, Portland’s Resistance, wants to make it clear they don’t condone the vandalism that occurred last night, and that they aren’t affiliated with it.

The violent actions that occurred last night had absolutely nothing to do with our group,” McKelvey wrote in a press release.
They created a GoFundMe page, which has already raised nearly $10,000 for damage repairs.
They also said they we will be volunteering all day tomorrow to clean up our city that was vandalized by individuals who are not connected to the group. They created a Facebook page for others who would like to help volunteer.
The group announced they will be meeting at 5 pm today at Portland City Hall for a rally and heal-in, where they will “talk talk about our demands to make our city a better place and discuss our campaign to repair the damage that was done to our city last night,” the press release says. “We sincerely apologize to anyone who’s property was damaged, even though it was not done by our group, and we invite you to join us, to heal, and to consider the conditions that enrage, enflame and divide us all. Together we can heal this divide.”
McKelvey could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

“Not My President,” Portlanders Declare in Second Night of Anti-Trump Marches

Thousands of protesters inflamed by the election of Donald J. Trump as U.S. president marched through Portland tonight, blocking interstate highways for the second night in a row.

As many as 400 people gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square at 5 pm, holding signs that read “NOT MY PRESIDENT,” “LOVE TRUMPS HATE” and “The PUSSY GRABS BACK,” among others.

“I’m here because I’m a sexual assault survivor, and fuck Donald Trump for thinking that’s OK,” said Kelsey Prinz, holding a sign that read “This pussy grabs back.”

“I can’t believe how many people are here,” Prinz said. “I was feeling so alone. This is really powerful to see.”

Several people spoke, including Gregory McKelvey of Don’t Shoot Portland.

“We’re going to be a beacon of light for the country,” McKelvey said. “We’re going to keep this going.”

The crowd grew to as many as 2,000 people. McKelvey led the massive group up Southwest 6th Avenue.

People weaved through busses and cars, shooting flares and chanting “Not our president,” “Fuck Trump” and “Black lives matter.”

They marched over the Morrison Bridge and were on Grand Avenue by 6pm. They shut down Interstate 84, and then the northbound lanes of I-5 near the Moda Center.

There have been no signs of the police.

“They’re not even going to fight us on this,” one protester remarked. “We can do whatever the fuck we want.”

But the march remained most law-abiding, except for shutting down highway traffic. Some protesters scrawled anti-Trump graffiti on the interstate concrete.

“I’m out here,” said protest organizer Star Stauffer, “because I won’t let my country go to an openly fascist, racist, misogynistic dictator.”

Editor’s note: This post has been amended to reflect that the size of the crowd grew during the march.

Photos by Joe Riedl.

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Anti-Trump Protesters Took Over I-5 In Early Morning Portland March

Protesters started gathering downtown around midnight, not long after Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. 

Around 12:30 am, protesters  burned an American flag, set a dumpster on fire and damaged local media boxes.

Around 1:30 am, they began marching to the Hawthorne Bridge.

Once on the bridge, they stopped all traffic both ways before turning around and heading back to the west side. There was also shouting between the protesters and people who stood on the bridge yelling “make America great again,” and some people holding religious signs.

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As the group marched back to the west side, they continued to chant “Fuck Trump, fuck Trump!” and someone lit two fireworks.

“It’s disgusting that Donald Trump was elected, and that moved me to get out here,” says social activist Michael Chababo. “I don’t know if it’s a big enough movement to make his presidency not happen, but this is definitely a minor step towards that.”

Around 1:45 am, protesters then marched over the Morrison Bridge, followed by two men yelling, “White Power!”

In the middle of the Morrison Bridge, organizers urged protesters to sit down and be silent for four and a half minutes to mark the four and a half hours that Michael Brown’s body lay on the streets on Ferguson.

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After, they got up and continued chanting, “Trump is the president and we don’t have a fuck.”

Protesters then continued to march, entering the Interstate-5 freeway on-ramp around 2:15 am.

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Once on I-5, they were able to fully occupy both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5, effectively blocking the entire freeway. A reported incident involving a truck driver hitting a protestor caused one man to charge at the truck driver with a bat, calling him racist.  Other protestors quickly deescalated the situation. Someone tagged another truck with “Fuck Trump.” Horns honked loudly, while protesters continued to block the incoming traffic, most of them semi-trucks as they continued to chant, “Fuck Trump!”

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A few cars began driving over the median, close to where protesters were standing. But they pressed on, going further north, until they came face-to-face with police wearing riot gear.

As the protestors held their hands up, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” police actually backed away, which Chabado says was unexpected.

“It was the first time I’ve seen a major highway get shut down like that, and cops intervening, but retreating back and being more peaceful than violent,” he says. “I definitely thought everyone was bracing for something to happen. I think the people that were acting more negatively than the cops were the drivers trying to get through.”

The cops retreated, and the protesters moved entirely to the northbound side of the freeway. Police stood by their cars, declining offers for Pringles from protesters and taking photos with their phone cameras.

The march then continued on I-5 before leaving at exit 302A around 2:50 am.

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Here, the group lost a few members, but blocked Northeast Weidler Avenue, continuing to chant, “fuck Donald Trump.” A passing car stopped and played “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)” while the crowd sang along.

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The march then continued over the Broadway Bridge, where they slowed it down as it was moving too fast for people with disabilities, says Chababo. At 4:40, the group was smaller, but still chanting and marching. Around 5:30 am, protesters dispersed.

Chababo says there will be another gathering in the next couple of days.

Starting in December, Servers and Bartenders Can Legally Drink on the Job

In other states, you can buy bartenders a shot for a job well done, or just because you’re drunk and lonely.

But not in Oregon. Here, a bartender at isn’t even legally allowed to sip a beer that a customer says went bad. (It didn’t go “bad,” by the way. Drink your beer and be quiet.)

Well, starting in December, employees at OLCC-licensed shops will be allowed to drink beer while they’re working.

Just… not very much.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission made the decision to allow minimal tastings of beer, wine or cider for employees of liquor-licensed businesses. The rule change is intended to allow servers to make sure drinks are not flawed, and to facilitate server education and wine tastings.

Tastings are limited to a maximum of one ounce per serving and a maximum of six ounces total—a bit under half a beer—between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. for employees over 21.

“It’s something the industry has been asking for for a while and we’ve been trying to look for solutions,” says OLCC spokesperson Christie Scott. “Before, it was easier to enforce it. It was easier to say, ‘you’re drinking or you’re not. But this way, it is not as black and white—but that’s the point, to carve out some exceptions that make sense.”

The rule doesn’t apply to liquor.

“It’s very limited.,” she says. “it’s not that they can drink on duty. They can taste on duty and only under certain circumstances.” 

For example, if a restaurant is doing a wine tasting, this rule allows employees to taste along with the customers. Or if a server uncorks a bottle of wine, they can taste it for quality control.

“The industry, from what we’ve heard through advisory committee meetings, is pleased. It’s something they’ve been asking for for a long time,” she says. “The administration now has been really open to change.”

But the new rule only goes so far. There’s a specific reminder that marijuana consumption is still not allowed on the premises of liquor-licensed businesses, and that it doesn’t matter if a bartender is on their lunch break.

Portland Election Heroes Are Sending Pizza To People Waiting in Poll Lines Across America

The Portland pranksters previously known as Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands PAC have pivoted to a new project: Sending pizza deliveries to people waiting in line to vote across the nation.

Since Sunday afternoon, the Oregon organization renamed Pizza to Polls has sent about 50 pizzas to lines around the country, including Miami, Cincinnati and Chicago.

Related: Meet Portland’s Best Political Pranksters: Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands PAC

“We really didn’t have a great endgame, but we had a good number of donations and people would still buy our shirts occasionally,” says Scott Duncombe, treasurer of the PAC. “We were seeing the media reports about lines, and we were like ‘this would be a good place to put some of the funds.”

Just today, they’ve raised over $5,000. Combined with leftover PAC funds, the group has about $8,000 to send more pizzas.

“I did not think we’d raise this much money; that really surprises me,” he says.

Now, Dumcombe says they’d like to get more pizza requests. You can report a long line and request a pizza here.

They’re using a site called SliceLife, which allows them to type in an address to find nearby local pizza places, and then order online. Duncombe says the pizza places usually call him to verify his large, out-of-state orders. He has to tell them that he won’t be there and just to hand pizzas to the people waiting in line.

First, they would just trust that the pizzas made it there okay. Now, people are starting to Tweet pictures of the pizza.

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Duncombe fondly recalls his days working for the Bus Project and working at polling places with long lines, like in Colorado and Montana, when people would sometimes bring him pizzas.

“It totally changes the environment for people there and encourages people to stay and turns it from being a grueling gauntlet to something a little more fun and civic,” he says. “It’s been awesome to just see how jazzed people are getting about it. A lot of people are looking for a positive note and it’s great to be that.”

The group has been very active on Twitter, using an impressive number of pizza-related GIFs.

“I’ve gone deep on that GIF search thing Twitter has built-in,” Duncombe says.

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As far as slices go, they’ve mostly been sticking to the basics.

“I tend to be pretty traditional. Yesterday, it was cheese and pepperoni, and I’d throw in a green pepper to kind of mix it up,” Duncombe says. “No supremes or anything.”

He’s also reached out to Pizza Hut, Little Cesar’s, Papa John’s and Dominos for donations, but has yet to receive a response.

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But the main question is can Trump’s tiny little hands even hold a normal pizza slice?

“Well it’s interesting,” he says. “There was that Daily Show clip where they had him eating a pizza with a knife and fork…maybe they’re just too small.”

Adorable Portland Six-Year-Old Creates Fundraising Campaign to Make Aid Packs for Homeless People

Sahan Jama might be the most politically active, observant, empathetic 6-year-old in Portland.

Last month, Sahan created a GoFundMe page to raise money to make “starter packs” for the Hansen homeless shelter, which recently opened a few blocks from his home in Northeast Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood.

His goal was to raise $1,575 to and fill them with Adult Day Passes on Tri-Met, towels and a washcloth, socks and underwear, non-perishable snacks and beverages and hygiene items.

He ended up raising $1,900 and was able to make 25 packs.

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(Stephanie Stephens)

“Like most kids, Sahan and [his sister] Saharla have been concerned about homeless folks. They see them at the corners and when we’re going on the freeway,” says Sahan’s mother, Stephanie Stephens. “We’ve been talking about the issues since he’s been old enough to talk.”

She says Sahan wants to be an architect and an engineer when he grows up, so he can build houses for homeless people.

“He’s always been attuned to poverty and equity ever since he was really, really young,” she says.

When Sahan heard the Hansen shelter was opening near his house, both the kids were excited and wanted to attend a community meeting to voice their support. Stephens was reluctant at first, because she knew that not everyone would be in support of the shelter. When they arrived, she quickly realized that people were angry, and that she didn’t feel safe having her kids there.

“I took them out of the room when a neighbor screamed, “THIS IS WHY WE HAVE TO VOTE FOR TRUMP IN NOVEMBER,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page. “My kids know the kinds of things Trump says about people like Daddy, our family, them.”

They went home, where she was Sahan was very disturbed by what had happened at the meeting.

They called the shelter to see if they could volunteer, but they required volunteers to be 8 years old. Instead, they sent a list of items they needed. At first, Sahan wanted to make “starter packs,” which would hold everything people would need, like laptops so they could find jobs, clothes and money.

“I was just thinking about what could they use and I was thinking about sending a package of things they might need,” says Sahan.

“We sat down and looked up how much things cost and I said look, “this is the list the shelter needs and why don’t you pick out some things, and we can’t afford to donate everything, but we can ask people to donate,’ and he was just really excited about it,” she says. “He was persistent about it. It’s not just, ‘isn’t this a nice idea?’ and then Mom does it.”

She showed him how to make the GoFundMe page, and Sahan did all the researching, going on Amazon and figuring out how much everything costs. They figured he could raise enough to make 10 packs, but he ended up making 25, plus two car trunks full of food and coffee. Stephens says they still have leftover stuff at their house that they’re going to hand out to homeless people on the side of the road, which Sahan is excited about, because he was concerned that there were only going to be 200 beds at the Hansen Shelter.

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(Stephanie Stephens)

“He was so excited that people actually wanted to help. I think it was important because that was a tough meeting. It’s a tough lesson that not everyone wants to help and for him to have that experience is really positive,” she says.

This is Sahan coming home to find out he had reached the goal:

While most six-year-olds simply have LEGOS and 1st-grade social dynamics on the brain, Sahan’s interest in issues of homelessness come from his own family story. Sahan’s father is a refugee from Somalia.

“He grew up as a nomad in a tent. He didn’t have a house. They moved where the water and the grass was. Sahan grew up hearing stories of poverty and homelessness and he related that to his dad,” Stephens says.

She also says that even the name Sahan in Somali culture is the same word for a small group of men in nomadic culture who get sent out when the water and grass dry up to look for a place that’s better for the community.

“His whole name in a way is a sense of finding home and bringing the community to a better place,” she says. “It’s his own story in life.”

The GoFundMe is now closed, after raising more than Sahan’s goal, but Stephens wants to encourage people to donate to the shelters.

“I’d love for people in Portland to get inspired by the example of a six year old…who just gets it. I feel like if more people thought like he did, we’d be able to do more as a community,” she says. “I’m really inspired by the kid.”

And how does Sahan say it felt to raise that much money to help people? “It felt great!”