The Oregon Portal
Oregon ( (listen) ORR-ih-gən) is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The parallel 42° north delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada.
Oregon was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before Western traders, explorers, and settlers arrived. An autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country in 1843 before the Oregon Territory was created in 1848. Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Today, at 98,000 square miles (250,000 km2), Oregon is the ninth largest and, with a population of 4 million, 27th most populous U.S. state. The capital, Salem, is the second most populous city in Oregon, with 169,798 residents. Portland, with 647,805, ranks as the 26th among U.S. cities. The Portland metropolitan area, which also includes the city of Vancouver, Washington, to the north, ranks the 25th largest metro area in the nation, with a population of 2,453,168.
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Gus Van Sant Jr.
(born July 24, 1952) is an American Academy Award
-nominated film director
, and author
. Born in Kentucky
, the family moved around with Van Sant living in a variety of cities, but he graduated from The Catlin Gabel School
in Portland, Oregon
before attending the Rhode Island School of Design
in 1970. He started as a painter, but later changed his major to cinema. After school he went to Europe and then Los Angeles
where in 1976 he got a job working for Ken Shapiro. His experiences in LA led to a 1981 film he filmed titled Alice in Hollywood
which was never released. He would move to New York and work in advertising for a time, using the money he earned for film projects. Van Sant would return to Portland where he would work as an independent film maker and produce films such as Drugstore Cowboy
. Later works include Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
, My Own Private Idaho
, Good Will Hunting
, and Finding Forrester
. As an actor, Van Sant has appeared in a cameo
on screen in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
playing himself. He has written the screenplays for most of his early movies, and has written one novel, Pink
. As a musician, Van Sant has released two albums: Gus Van Sant
and 18 Songs About Golf
. The openly gay writer, director, and musician lives in Portland.
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In this month
- September 3, 1839, the first member of the Peoria Party arrives in the Oregon Country.
- September 5, 1986, the MAX light rail system opens, with a line between Portland and Gresham.
- September 6, 1996, convicted killer Douglas Wright becomes the first person in Oregon to be executed by lethal injection.
- September 6, 1931, the Yaquina Bay Bridge designed by Conde McCullough opens near Newport.
- September 9, 1942, Japan bombed Southwestern Oregon with a seaplane launched from a submarine.
- September 27, 1974, Portlandia co-star and former Sleater-Kinney member Carrie Brownstein is born.
- September 15, 1993, fugitive Kathy Power pleaded guilty to armed robbery and manslaughter after spending 14 years hiding in Oregon.
- September 27, 1919, former baseball player Johnny Pesky is born in Portland.
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is a species of truffle
in the monotypic
fungal genus Kalapuya
. The truffle occurs only in the Pacific Northwest
region of the United States, in western Oregon
and northern California
. Known locally as the Oregon brown truffle
, it was formerly thought to be an undescribed species of Leucangium
analysis demonstrated that it was distinct from that genus. The species was first described scientifically in 2010, based on specimens collected in February 2009 from Benton County, Oregon. The truffle is reddish brown with a rough and warty outer skin
, while the interior spore
is initially whitish before developing greyish-brown mottling
as it matures. Mature truffles have an odor resembling garlicky cheese, similar to mature Camembert
. The species has been harvested for culinary purposes in Oregon
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