Re-electing Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley

I'm standing with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley for another 4 years. We're lucky to have him. Here are some pumpkins we made for him during the first election! Enjoy

Portlanders, Boil Your Water

Portland: Keep Safe

The City of Portland has a warning to all residents of Portland and nearby burbs to boil our water.

It’s not that hard. You boil your water.  And, it’s a great reminder to prepare in advance by stock-piling some water.

From the O: 

The Portland Water Bureau issued a city-wide boil notice on Friday morning after water staffers detected E. coli in three separate tests during the past three days.

The Oregon Health Authority required the city-wide notice, which also applies to Portland’s whole-sale customers that also receive water from the Bull Run Watershed.

Routine inspections at two of the city’s Mt. Tabor reservoirs produced the three positive E. coli tests. City employees performed the tests, according to Jaymee Cuti, bureau spokesperson.

The boil notice applies to 670,000 customers, according to Cuti. Portland supplies drinking water to 935,000 customers in the metro region.

City officials are hosting an emergency press conference at noon.

“While we believe at this time that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff in the release.

The Oregonian will be there and this story will continue to be updated.

Cuti said the boil notice will be in effect until the city produces “a clean sample.” Cuti said she has no idea when that might be.

Here’s the full release from the city:

The State of Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Program has required the City of Portland to issue a Boil Water Notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers and some regional water providers.

Until further notice, all Portland Water Bureau customers and those in the affected areas should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded. Detailed maps, fact sheets and additional information can be found on the Water Bureau’s website atwww.portlandoregon.gov/water/boilwaternotice or by calling Customer Service at 503-823-7770.

In three separate incidents from May 20 to May 23, repeat water samples confirmed the presence of total coliform and E. coli in routine drinking water samples. The water samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected at the outlets of Mt. Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, and at the SE 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street water sampling station. Both reservoirs have been taken offline.

A press conference will be held at noon today at the City of Portland Emergency Coordination Center, 9911 SE Bush Street in Portland.

All Portland Water Bureau customers are affected. Also affected are customers of the following water providers: 

  • Burlington Water District
  • City of Gresham (North of I-84)
  • Lake Grove Water District
  • Lorna Portland Water
  • Palatine Hill Water District
  • Rockwood Water District
  • Tigard Water Service Area (including Durham, King City and Bull Mountain)
  • Valley View Water District
  • West Slope Water District

“While we believe at this time that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. 

Consuming boiled and bottled water will ensure public health protection until the Water Bureau can determine that the water system is clean of contamination through surveillance sampling. Customers will be notified when they no longer have to boil their water. The Portland Water Bureau is working with the Multnomah County Health Department to provide health-related information to the public.

“The chance of any health problems related to this water test result is low. If any problems occur, we would expect diarrhea,” said Dr. Paul Lewis, Interim Tri-County Health Officer. “We monitor cases of bacterial diarrhea and will be aware of any increase following this event.”

The Portland Water Bureau collects approximately 240 routine bacterial samples per month throughout the system. The test to determine the presence of bacteria takes about 18 hours. It is not unusual for one of these samples to test positive for bacteria. Samples to confirm possible contamination are collected immediately after an initial detection of the presence of bacteria in drinking water. Once the detection has been confirmed, public health officials recommend that the public boil all tap water before consuming.

Contamination can occur when there is a loss of water pressure, a pipe breaks, or conditions that expose drinking water to outside elements. The Portland Water Bureau is performing a full investigation to identify the cause of the contamination. However, it is not always possible to make an exact determination.

Customers can visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/boilwaternoticeto determine if their home or business is in the Boil Water Notice area. The Boil Water Notice, fact sheets and contact information are provided on this same website. For more information, affected customers should contact the Portland Water Bureau Customer Service at 503-823-7770.

Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency. Follow updates on Twitter at#PDXBOIL.

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Past Newsletters – The Eleven

Thank goodness for the way back machine! If you’re curious what I was thinking in the past, here’s a pretty good collection of my newsletters. Thanks, readers!

March 2012 – 3.11.12 March 2012
February 2012 – 2.11.12 Val Day 2012
January 2012 – 1.11.12 Happy New Year!
December 2011 – 12.11.11 Year in Review
November 2011 – 11.11.11
October 2011 – My friend Amira and approaching 11.11.11
September 2011 – Back from the Burn, 2011 – 9/11/2011 
August 2011 – Do something big, NOW!- 8/11/2011 
July 2011 – Do something big, NOW! – 7/11/2011 
June 2011 – Birthday re-cap, revolutionary articles – 6/11/2011 
April 2011 – 4/27/2011 – Life through the facebook fan page
3/11/2011 – 3/11/2011 – March Forth, March 2011’s 11!
2/11/2011 – 2/11/2011 – Valentine’s 11!
1/11/2011 – 1/11/2011 – Prospero Ano Nuevo!
12/11/2010 – 12/11/2010 – End of 2010 – Happy Hannukah!
11/11/2010 – 11/11/2010 – Kaufman’s 50th
Oct 2010 – Oct 2010 – Register to Vote, Voting Party, Election 2010
Sept 2010 – Sept 2010 – back from the Burn
August 2010 – August 2010 – Variety Pack and Beloved write-up
July 2010 – July 2010
June 2010 – June 2010
May 2010 – May 2010 Birthday Email
April 2010 – April 2010: DC Visit Re-cap
March 2010 – March 2010 – Tulips and Dafodils edition
February 2010 – February 2010 – Smoothie Recipe
December 2009 December 2009
November 2009 – November 2009
October 2009 – October 2009
August 2009 – August 2009
Summer 2009 e-letter – Summer from Albertideation
Happy Earth Day e-letter for April 09 – Happy Earth Day 09
The Eleven for March 09, – The Eleven
The Eleven for January 09, – The Eleven
The Eleven for December 08, – The Eleven
The Eleven for November 08, – The Eleven

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12.12.13 The Eleven

12.12.13 – Happy Holiday edition!

Rounding out a great year!
Hello, and welcome to my monthly e-letter, The Eleven. If you’d like to unsubscribe at any time, there’s a convenient link below, and I hope you stay!It’s been such a fine month since I last wrote. We had a great time at Sabby’s benefit on 11.11 @ The Hollywood Vintage. Pics by all of our amazing photo-booth photographers, here!  We were able to raise a good bundle of money, signed up people to support gay marriage in Oregon and had a great time together.

My Latest

Quik Learning
My gift to you – faster learning!

Every once in a while I stumble across something that really takes me for a ride. I’m always interested in becoming a better, faster learner, and I’ve been captivated by Quik Learning. Here is video 1: information on how to learn faster. Part 2 on remembering names. Speed-reading is video #3. And, finally, brain-map is video 4.

Try these out when you get a chance and let me know what you think. I’ve been walking around teaching some of these skills and having a blast increasing my reading speed and remembering peoples’ names!

2013 is coming to an end!
Albert @ MS Store 11.20I’ve really had a great year @ Albertideation. I’ve been speaking publicly in the last couple months and have been working with a great bunch of clients. I am honored to be trusted with peoples’ businesses.
Speaking of teaching – my last two FREE classes this year will be 12.17 at the Microsoft Store in downtown Portland (free breakfast), and 12.19 on the East Side (free lunch!).
My website has undergone some changes recently, too. Please come visit and see what you think.
Wileyware for the Holidays

Here are some of the projects I’m working on right now – visit the links to learn more.
1. Jane Turville of Wagging Tale Productions is creating a new film, The People Factor. Please consider donating to the creation of this important work.

2. It’s always a great time for Wileyware. Marcia is doing incredible classes in her studio in Ballard, Washington – visit if you can.
3. Helping friends: I’ve transitioned from helping causes to spending time, money & effort to extend a hand to friends who have needed help. It’s not as sexy, but feels useful and important right now.
4. The Portland Fruit Tree Project – Steve Bennett and I played for their annual volunteer appreciation evening – and I’d like to do more for these folks. Look for a fruit-tree grafting demo-party in the 2nd week of April @ my new home in SE PDX.
5. Settling into my new home 🙂
Thanks for reading and for your support of me and my work in the world. I couldn’t do it without you.
Sincerely,
Albert

Albert and Sunflowers 2013