Monthly Archives: March 2014

Slumming in Portland

As Kenny Rogers might have put it: A hammer fell down on a 44-primer, now there’s one less problem in Southwest Portland tonight. If a recent officer-involved shooting in Portland had occurred in the city’s north end, specifically the scrappy St. John’s area, it would’ve been ripe for a rapper. But it happened in comfortable […]

A New ‘Scoundrel Time’

Neil Koch and Jimmie Harper never married. When they were companions – from the 1950s until Harper’s death in 1992 – it was inconceivable that two men would ever be able to marry. By all appearances, Koch and Harper had a loving relationship. They also had an unusual restaurant outside Eugene, Ore., called The Country […]