Small Portland Catholic School Back to In-Person Sessions

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PORTLAND, Ore. — As more school districts across Oregon figure out plans to bring more kids into the classroom, there are some schools that have already brought students back for full-time in-person learning.

Many larger districts in the state have complicated decisions to make when it comes to how to safely offer limited in-person instruction for students.

But for some smaller schools, like Cathedral School in Northwest Portland, the transition has been a little easier.

“We are opening up, but it’s going to be far from business as usual,” said Amy Biggs. She’s the principal at Cathedral School, a private Catholic school serving kids in Pre-Kindergarten to eighth grade who are now in class for full-day, in-person learning.

“We have everyone here Pre-K through eighth grade that has chosen to come. We still have a distance learning option for our kids at home,” said Biggs.

She said 81% of the 260 students enrolled are choosing to attend in person.

In the fall, teachers taught kids online from their classrooms. The school soon brought back its youngest kids for limited in-person instruction. The majority of those kids were already participating in the school’s daycare program and were familiar with the school’s COVID-19 safety protocols, which made the transition to full in-person learning easier.

This week, middle school students joined younger students, coming back for full-day, in-person school.

Biggs said the size of the school along with the state’s revised guidelines and metrics have been crucial to reopening.

“Small schools like Cathedral School, 260 kids, 30 or fewer staff members, we can do things in a safe way because of our size and we don’t bus. We have one class at every grade, so it’s really appreciated because the revisions have helped us open up.”

Biggs said a number of safety measures are in place.

“We are using three different entrances to the building rather than one entrance […] we’re taking everyone’s temperatures. We’ve got contact tracing where we’re recording everyone who drops the kids off and who picks them up,” said Biggs.

They’ve also got shields on students’ desks, which they’ve tried to space apart.

“We have places where they’re not quite six feet, but I’ve got the 35 square feet in the whole room and then the distance between kids is maximum extent possible,” Biggs said. “We’re adhering to all ODE [Oregon Department of Education] standards.”

Biggs said right now in their middle school classrooms, there are between 21-25 kids in the room.

Students have to wear masks too, something Biggs initially thought might be an issue.

“Our kids that have been home are so excited to be back at school that all of our safety precautions, they are willing to do and they are really good at policing each other. It hasn’t been a problem at all. They’re used to wearing a mask. They’re used to hand sanitizer,” said Biggs.

The only time those masks come off is during lunch. Students stay at the same desk all day while teachers of different subjects rotate in and out.

For bathroom breaks, groups of kids go at designated times.

“Every hour one of my staff members is going through the bathrooms and spraying them all down with the electrostatic cleaning sprayer,” Biggs said.

Kids are grouped together into cohorts for recess as well.

Beth Sanchez has two children who attend Cathedral School, one in kindergarten and the other in sixth grade. She is excited her kids get to go back to in-person learning.

“We’re ecstatic really. We’re hoping that all the schools can get there. I think it’s so super important for kids to be in person,” said Sanchez.

She said while her sixth-grade son was doing well with online learning, she became concerned about the lack of socialization with peers.

“They need to have that interpersonal connection,” Sanchez said.

She said her son told her there were a lot of rules to follow. With this being his first week back, Sanchez said her son is figuring out what he can and can’t do.

She expressed confidence in the school and Biggs.

Biggs said before kids even came back, she asked parents to be partners and to talk to their kids about what to expect.

“Let them know ahead of time, you’re not going to get up and walk around the classroom,” said Biggs.

“I can’t have them all sitting on the top of the slide in a big pile like the eighth-grade girls love to do.”

She said she’s continuing to ask families to keep social distancing and wearing masks.

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Portland Groups to Celebrate MLK Jr. with a Day of Service

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FILE – In this 1960, file photo, Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Atlanta. (AP Photo, File)

Local organizations and volunteers plan to help clean up Portland this Monday, Jan. 18, as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

SOLVE, the Portland Business Alliance, and the Portland Lodging Alliance will all be out cleaning different areas of the city. Volunteers can meet at four locations: the Benson Hotel, Providence Park, Northwest Academy, and Urbanite. Check-in goes from 8:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers will be provided with cleaning supplies, as well as safety information, before fanning out to clean along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and other areas of the city.

The event is part of SOLVE’s monthly efforts to clean up the Rose City. More information about the non-profit, including how to register for Monday’s event, can be found online.

All spots are filled up right now, but you can still put your name on the waiting list.

The Sunshine Division is partnering with Kaiser Permanente to provide 90,000 meals in honor of Martin Luther King Day. While the group has suspended all volunteer work due to the coronavirus pandemic, they do have more information on volunteering as opportunities arise on their website.

Boxes will be handed out between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday. To receive a box, you can visit one of the Sunshine Division’s food pantries:

  • 687 N Thompson St, Portland, OR 97227
  • 221 NE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230

Some groups, like the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, decided to postpone their annual ‘day of service’ events to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Portland Trail Blazers…Breaking Through for the Win at Sacramento

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, gets some help getting up from teammates Robert Covington, left, and Derrick Jones Jr., right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP

 Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum had an interesting perspective on the way the team rallied from down 20 in the second quarter at Sacramento to trail by three and then went down 19 in the third quarter only to come all the way back to win, 132-126 Wednesday night.

“Honestly, I don’t know what’s more impressive,” McCollum said. “Coming back from 20 twice or going down 20 twice.”

He had a point.

It’s not often that a basketball team at any level digs such a hole twice in one game and still wins. But the Blazers (7-4) had three things going for them at the Garden 1 Center.

First, Damian Lillard had a special night. He became the first player in NBA history to have at least 40 points and 13 assists with zero turnovers. Secondly, the Kings (5-7) played at a dizzying pace that both led to their big leads and contributed to their downfall.

And finally, the Blazers simply didn’t quit.

“I think it says a lot about our character as a team and what we’re becoming,” Lillard said. “I think we’ve always been that team that didn’t lose fight. We’ve always stayed in it and fought to the end. But I think we’re a little bit more experienced now. We brought in some experienced guys.”

The Kings were scorching hot early while building a 58-38 lead with 7:20 remaining in the second quarter. However, McCollum said the Blazers didn’t truly feel like they were down 20 points because the game moved at a fast pace and possessions were piling up.

“You just kind of understand you need to string together stops.” McCollum said. “Offensively, we were in good shape.”

Stringing together stops didn’t seem possible in that moment. The Kings were on pace to score 198 points. Sacramento guard Buddy Hield, who finished with 26 points, was seemingly in a zone. Right there with him was point guard De’Aaron Fox, who finished with 29 points.

“They’re athletic, they know how to play, they got shooters,” McCollum said. “They got scorers…They’re a talented team.”

Down 20, it was in that moment when the team dipped into its bag of trust. Lillard said the team trusted the changes made on defense during training camp. Trusted the offense. Trusted one another. They didn’t splinter and go their own ways.

“We stayed together and we fought,” Lillard said.

Portland figured things out and cut its deficit to 68-65 at halftime. That was the good news. The bad news was that center Jusuf Nurkic picked up three personal fouls within three minutes late in the second quarter.

His fourth foul came on an offensive charge at 10:43 in the third quarter with Portland down 72-68. Portland coach Terry Stotts took Nurkic out of the game at 9:01.

“I was mad when coach pulled me out in the third quarter…,” Nurkic said. “I didn’t want to go down 20 again.”

Two minutes and 46 seconds later, Portland trailed 94-75.

At that point, the game could have easily gone further south. The Blazers were on the road. The Kings were rolling. Nurkic was in foul trouble. It was the first of a back-to-back with Indiana (7-4) up next at home Thursday night.

But because the Blazers had already come back once, according to McCollum, they believed they could do it again.

“It’s just about getting stops, getting easy baskets and then just a testament to us kind of staying together.” McCollum said.

Portland chipped away at the Kings’ lead until the Blazers trailed just 105-100 entering the fourth quarter.

“More than anything else, I like the way we fought back after things weren’t going our way in the third quarter,” Stotts said.

The Blazers and Kings went back and forth until the score sat at 117-116, Kings with 5:55 remaining.

That, Lillard said, is when the Blazers found their final push.

“At that point, I think our experience and our resolve really showed,” Lillard said.

McCollum hit a three on an assist from Lillard to give Portland a 119-117 lead and the Blazers never trailed again. The Blazers did allow a 127-120 lead with 3:20 remaining become 128-126 lead with 42.3 seconds on the clock.

But Lillard scored on a drive to the basket and the Kings missed their final three shots.

“We made plays on both ends of the floor to win the game and I think that the pace that they play at gave us the opportunity to do that,” Lillard said.

The Blazers felt good about walking away with the win, of course, but doing it by overcoming multiple bouts with adversity showed that this team could figure things out even in the most trying of circumstances.

Still, Nurkic didn’t appear eager to go through that experience again.

“I hope we don’t need that no more,” Nurkic said.

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A Distant Galaxy Dies as Astronomers Watch

Credits: Laurent Chemin for Gaia DPAC and Collaboration
Credits: Laurent Chemin for Gaia DPAC and Collaboration

(CNN) Galaxies die when the stars that live in them stop forming. Now, for the first time, astronomers have witnessed this phenomenon in a distant galaxy.

Scientists were able to glimpse a galaxy as it ejected almost half of the gas it uses to form stars. They captured this rare observation using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array of telescopes in Chile.

The light from this galaxy, known as ID2299, has taken about nine billion years to reach Earth. That means astronomers are essentially observing how it appeared when the universe was only 4.5 billion years old (it’s now an estimated 14 billion years old).

The ID2299 galaxy is losing 10,000 suns-worth of gas per year, which is diminishing the fuel it needs to form stars by removing 46% of the galaxy’s total cold gas so far.

But the galaxy is still quickly forming stars at a rate that is hundreds of times faster than our own Milky Way, which will use up the rest of the gas in the galaxy. This will effectively cause ID2299 to die in a few tens of million years.

The study published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.

“This is the first time we have observed a typical massive star-forming galaxy in the distant Universe about to ‘die’ because of a massive cold gas ejection,” said Annagrazia Puglisi, lead study researcher and postdoctoral research associate from Durham University in the UK and the Saclay Nuclear Research Centre in France, in a statement.

A possible collision

It’s possible that this galaxy’s demise was caused by a collision with another galaxy, which eventually merged to create ID2299.

The telling evidence that a collision may have led to a loss of gas is a tidal tail, which is a long stream of gas and stars that extend out into space after two galaxies come together in a collision.

Typically, these tidal tails are too faint to be seen in such distant galaxies, but the astronomers were able to observe the bright tail as it was extending out into space.

If a merger led to this galaxy’s loss of gas, astronomers may need to reconsider theories on the end of star formation in galaxies. Previously, scientists have believed that the winds created by the formation of stars, combined with active black holes at the centers of giant galaxies, sent the material needed to form stars hurtling out into space and ending star formation.

“Our study suggests that gas ejections can be produced by mergers and that winds and tidal tails can appear very similar,” said Emanuele Daddi, study coauthor and astronomer at the Saclay Nuclear Research Centre in France. “This might lead us to revise our understanding of how galaxies ‘die.’ ”

Perhaps the best part about this discovery is that it was made while the astronomers were working on a different survey of cold gas in distant galaxies. They only observed ID2299 for a few minutes, but it was enough to capture the tidal tail.

Future observations of the galaxy could reveal more about the gas being ejected from the galaxy.

“ALMA has shed new light on the mechanisms that can halt the formation of stars in distant galaxies. Witnessing such a massive disruption event adds an important piece to the complex puzzle of galaxy evolution,” said Chiara Circosta, study coauthor and researcher at the University College London, in a statement.

The original story can be found here.

How COVID-19 is Re-shaping Health Benefits in 2021

FamilyThe challenges of 2020 have sharpened our focus on health as never before. From the daunting COVID-19 pandemic to the destructive wildfire season, Oregon businesses and their employees have been tested in their capacity to thrive. Even before the pandemic, the health care experience could be overwhelming. Now it’s even harder to decide when and where to get care – while still managing costs. With the resurgence of COVID-19 and winter ahead, in-person care will be more challenging than ever. The impact of months of anxiety and isolation continues to make mental health an even greater concern. There’s no better time for a new solution to provide Oregonians tools and support to manage their health and well-being.

Simplifying health care’s complexity

The realities of our complex health care system have impacted so many employees and their families. It is particularly difficult for those who are responsible for managing the care of others, perhaps tending to the needs of an older family member or someone with a challenging health condition. There is considerable self-education required – learning about specific health issues, assessing treatment options and keeping track of prescriptions. It is common to need a variety of tools such as spreadsheets to track deductibles, copays and out-of-pocket costs and complex calendars for appointments with multiple providers.

Journi is a health care company based in Oregon that is making the total health care experience better. Journi brings together self-service tools, clinical expertise and human support to help manage a family’s health care needs – all in one place. In addition to digital tools, Journi Care Guides are ready to answer your health care questions and to help with everything from researching drug costs to scheduling appointments with the right provider for you.

“It’s why I chose to work for Journi,” says Coleen Carey, vice president of sales and marketing. “Journi relieves some of the hassle of managing our health care so I can focus more on my work and my family.” Carey adds, “I understand the realities of navigating a complex health care system as I manage care for my 14 year old daughter who experiences disability.” Like many, Carey is a part of the ‘sandwich generation,’ caring for both parent and child. “Journi helps me manage our health history, providers, medications and more in one place to keep things organized in a system that can seem overwhelming.”

Addressing health care access in a mobile-first world

A digital approach has become key to helping employees get the most from their health benefits, especially during the pandemic. They are accustomed to using apps to pay bills, deposit checks, and buy groceries right from their phones. In fact, they have readily embraced telehealth during the pandemic for doctor visits and mental and behavioral health support. It’s a trend expected to keep growing. In May 2020, McKinsey found that 76 percent of consumers say they will likely use telehealth going forward.

Available as a mobile app and connected to employer-sponsored health insurance, Journi provides convenient self-service tools and real-time access to clinical experts with concierge support that meets employees where they are in their health care needs continuum – all in a one-stop solution.

Making the human connection

Employees expect a digital experience to provide self-service convenience on-demand. Journi goes a step further, offering Care Guides who can connect the dots of health care. These support specialists can help with frustrating and often time-consuming tasks, such as finding in-network doctors and scheduling appointments or resolving questions about billing. If needed, they can also connect employees with a nurse or health coach via video, phone or email. It’s like having a personal health care assistant on call.

A healthier, more productive workforce in 2021

This year has taught us hard lessons: We’ve learned that health care innovation is no longer just “nice to have,” but critical to business success. And offering benefits for the whole person is the first step in meeting the day-to-day health needs of employees, families and communities. With comprehensive digital solutions like Journi, employees will be more engaged in their health care – boosting productivity and reducing costs for employers. And after the year we’ve had, that’s good news for all Oregonians.

The source of this article can be found here.

After a COVID Year, the Housing Market Continues to Favor the Seller

by Keely McCormick and KVAL.com Staff

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Heading into the new year, the housing market continues to see low supply and high demand, and like many aspects of life in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic was a factor.

Inventory is extremely tight right now and is expected to stay that way throughout 2021. We spoke to one woman who just went through the home buying process, and she said she was lucky to find one.

“During the wildfires, the landlords decided to sell and they didn’t give us much time,” said Samora Walker, a recent home buyer.

Anya Samora Walker and her family had to find a home to buy in 6 short weeks, which is hard to do in this housing market.

“It’s been challenging, I have friends that have been looking for 2 years that haven’t found what fits there needs because houses are going thousands over the asking price,” Walker said.

And those prices will continue rising in the new year.

“It’s so competitive that you’ll get 5 to 10 offers on any given home and people just driving that price up,” said Robert Grand, the CEO of Grand Real Estate Investments.

Inventory initially dropped when the pandemic hit because people started to stay home rather than sell their homes, so when we’re used to seeing an influx of homes for sale in spring. 2020 didn’t have that.

This big new development is not a common site in Lane County. The reason for the high home prices is because of low inventory and limited land to build on.

“Here in Lane County and other parts of Oregon, there’s a lot of terrain and stuff like that so it’s not as easy to sprawl out,” said Grand.

But the demand for homes here is still high, as an influx of people are wanting to come live in Oregon.

Homes here are only on the market for an average of 33 days, but that depends on the home. Grand said an entry-level house priced around $350,000 may be on the market for only 4 to 5 days.

The median sale price for a home in Lane County increased 13.6 percent from 2019 to 2020. Grand said he’s expecting to see a similar trend in 2021.

Now the next big question is if we will see a lot of foreclosures because of the pandemic’s effect on the economy.

Even if we do see that happen, Grand said it would take a major influx to shift the housing market in the new year.

The source of the article can be found here.

Can ‘Vaccine Passports’ Be Required to Do Everyday Things?

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Jumping on a plane to a far-away beach, cheering on your favorite team or going on a shopping spree might seem like the perfect antidote to a brutal year.

But be prepared to get vaccinated before you do any of those things – proof of a Covid-19 vaccine may be required to take part in many leisure activities next year.

Ticketmaster, for example, recently warned that event organizers might require a vaccination before buying a ticket (the ticket giant won’t require proof on its own). Airlines are creating a potential “digital Covid-19 vaccine passport” for travelers. Cruise operators are looking into that, too.

And that’s completely legal.

In essence, a private business can decide who to allow on private property, whether that be an airplane, a sports arena, or a mall. And there’s no legal protection for those who refuse to get vaccinated and want to patronize a private business. (That’s aside from government mandates, which are not addressed here.)

Just like businesses can make you wear a mask, they can also require you show proof of vaccination, said Stewart Schwab, a professor of law at Cornell University. It’s the same legal right businesses have, for example, to refuse service to someone without a shirt or shoes.

There are really only two exceptions to the rule: people with a documented medical condition that makes them unable to take a vaccine, and those with a sincere religious belief against vaccines, Schwab said.

In either case, the burden is on you to show why you are unable to take the vaccine, Schwab said.

Of course, just because it’s legal to require a vaccine doesn’t mean that businesses will.

Due to the nature of flying, proof of a vaccine might be required sooner than other activities, according to industry experts.

But it’s much harder to police a vaccine mandate at a mall or inside a big-box store, Schwab noted.

There’s talk of a vaccine passport or card that people can carry around as proof. But what if someone says they have a medical disability or a religious exemption?

Sorting out those types of headaches might be more trouble than it’s worth for most retailers, Schwab suggested. Businesses might be more willing – especially at the beginning of the vaccine roll-out – to continue their facemask and social-distancing mandates that have become commonplace to this point.

At the end of the day, though, a customer is there at the permission of a private business.

“You gotta wear a mask to come into a store,” Schwab noted. “I think that’s basically well-accepted. Once they can do that, what’s the difference with a vaccine?”

Akadi Will Close Dec. 31st, but Promises to Return

Owner Fatou Ouattara says her West African restaurant will be back bigger and better than ever.

By Katherine Chew Hamilton

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Akadi offers dishes from the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Ghana. Owner Fatou Ouattara is temporarily closing the restaurant so she can further expand the menu. IMAGE: COURTESY CHRISTINE DONG

Attention fufu fans and peanut butter stew stans: Akadi, one of the few West African restaurants in Portland, will close temporarily on December 31. But don’t fear—the restaurant plans to make a big comeback as early as June 2021.

Chef and owner Fatou Ouattara attributes the closure to a number of factors. She’d been planning to expand the restaurant prior to the pandemic, since the current location’s kitchen on NE MLK was too small to efficiently serve the 200 customers it can seat indoors and outdoors at full capacity. But Ouattara says business was down 60% during the pandemic, especially since the shutdown meant no more catering events like weddings and African cultural events at local universities. Ouattara laid off ten of her twelve employees during the shutdown. The likelihood of expanding in 2020 seemed nearly impossible, so Ouattara is stepping back for the next several months and plans to reopen the restaurant sometime in late 2021 in a bigger location. The loyalty of her customers, plus a grant from Prosper Portland, meant that Akadi was able to go on hiatus rather than close permanently. “It was really impressive to see how the community got together to make sure we didn’t close,” says Ouattara.

Thankfully, customers don’t have to wait until Akadi returns to get a taste of the restaurant’s food. Starting in January 2021, Green Zebra Grocery will begin carrying vegan dishes from Akadi in its deli section, as well as the restaurant’s bottled hot sauce (complete with labels designed by Portland art gallery Fisk Projects).

Ouattara is taking this opportunity to step away from busy restaurant life to return to the Ivory Coast, where she grew up and where much of her family lives. “After five years of not being there, I miss the family,” she says. But this trip isn’t just for family time—it’s also a time for Ouattara to hone her cooking skills and expand her culinary horizons. 

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Ouattara will spend several months honing her culinary skills in rural villages in Africa. IMAGE: COURTESY CHELSEA COLE

“This is actually the perfect time to go get more recipes, expand the menu, and include other countries on the menu,” Ouattara says. Right now, the menu at Akadi focuses on food from her native Ivory Coast like attieke poisson (fried or grilled whole fish with grated, fermented cassava), plus a number of dishes from Burkina Faso, where her mother grew up, such as peanut butter stew and shosho (black eyed pea stew). There are a few dishes from other West African countries including Ghana and Nigeria on the menu, too, but customers have been requesting more Nigerian and Ghanaian dishes.

On her trip, Ouattara plans to refine her Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso dishes with her mother and grandmother in the kitchen. She’ll also head to rural villages in Nigeria, Ghana, and even South Africa, spending about a month in each country so she can learn more recipes to bring back to Akadi. Asked why she’s venturing to small villages rather than big cities, Ouattara replies:

The best dishes in Africa, that’s where you find it. You have to go deep into the village where people barely speak English. When you go to the city side of things, it mixes a little bit with colonization, and white people coming in, and some spices coming in, depending on which country colonized. If you go into the capital city, you find places that have things like Dijon mustard, which I serve at the restaurant…. But what I’m trying to do is keep it all traditional.

It’ll be hard to find many of the ingredients she needs for these traditional dishes, Ouattara acknowledges. But she’s planning to change that, too, by bringing back seeds and working with local Portland farm Happiness Family Farm to grow crops like cassava leaves and jute leaves. There’s a bit of culinary exchange involved, too: Ouattara is going to bring CBD oil (Oregon-grown, if possible) to the Ivory Coast with her and, with the help of her mom and grandmother, will experiment with replacing the traditional palm oil with CBD oil in her recipes.

While the new Akadi promises to be bigger, with a wider array of dishes than before, the old location isn’t going away. Ouattara plans to turn that space into a test kitchen, where she’ll continue to hone her recipes. It’ll also be a cooking school offering free classes to local high school students who are interested in food. “In culinary school, I don’t think they teach any West African food, or any African food at all,” Ouattara says. The school will also offer classes for the children of West African immigrants to maintain connections to their culinary heritage. “For the immigrants that come to the US and don’t have time to teach their kids, that can be the place where they come to learn the food and recreate the African holidays that we still celebrate.”

The Growth of Coffee Shops in Oregon

5fdcfca3eae89.image Coffee shops throughout Oregon provide customers with their daily coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, and other drinks that help wake them up in the morning and keep them awake throughout the day.

According to the National Coffee Association of the USA (NCA), which has tracked coffee consumption through annual surveys since 1950, 83% of Americans 18 years and older say they drink coffee and 64% drink it daily.

With such a large majority of Americans drinking coffee, it’s no surprise to find several coffee establishments in cities throughout the state, and sometimes multiple shops on the same block.

Coffee shops, however, provide customers with more than a latte or mocha. Coffee shops are places where people typically meet with a business partner or old friend, access public WiFi, listen to an open-mic session, study for an exam, or read a book. Thus, coffee establishments provide a gathering place and potential economic benefits greater than the price of a vanilla latte.

Growth through 2019, uncertainty ahead

Employment and wage data are classified according to the North American Industry Classification System, or NAICS, and coffee shops and stands are classified in the snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars industry. This industry includes other establishments serving items such as donuts, pretzels, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. In 2019, there were 1,575 establishments in this category with an annual average employment of 16,131.

About half of these establishments were located in the Portland metro area (i.e., Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties). While 2020 annual employment data is not yet available, the number of establishments dropped to an average 1,465 and employment dropped to 12,300 over of the months of April, May, and June 2020 as businesses struggled due to COVID-19 related business restrictions.

Though snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars is a small industry, comprising less than 1% of total statewide employment, it has seen consistent growth from 2010 through 2019. Growth in both the number of establishments and employment in the industry has outpaced the average rate of growth for all industries. From 2001 to 2019, the industry’s employment more than doubled in Oregon, whereas total employment for all industries increased by 22%. Similarly, the number of establishments increased by 118% compared with 56% for all industries. Growth at snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars has also outpaced the larger food services and drinking places industry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted industry growth in this sector, with second quarter 2020 employment levels 24% below levels during the same period in 2019 at 12,300.

Despite social distancing-related limitations on where we can drink coffee, our appetite for the drink has not been curbed by the pandemic. According to the National Coffee Association of the USA, six out of 10 Americans are still drinking coffee daily. Where we are drinking, however, has changed slightly, with 20% fewer Americans drinking coffee away from home.

Oregonians not only love drinking coffee; we love roasting it too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oregon has the second highest number of coffee and tea manufacturing establishments in the nation after California and the second highest location quotient for average annual employment in the sector after Hawaii. Though some coffeehouses roast their own beans, there are several coffee roasters throughout the state from Portland down to Ashland, and east in Sisters, Bend, and Pendleton.

The coffee and tea manufacturing industry in the state steadily increased from nine business units employing 440 individuals in 2001 to 82 units employing 1,159 in 2019. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of coffee and tea manufacturing establishments dropped slightly to 80 in second quarter 2020. Employment in the sector dropped by 13% compared with second quarter 2019 to 1,002 jobs.

Workers and wages

The average annual wage for employees in the snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars industry in 2019 was $19,463, which was significantly lower than the statewide all-industry average of $55,019. It’s probably no surprise that workers in the industry earn lower wages as the pay scale for many jobs, such as baristas, often begins at minimum wage and many employees work part-time schedules. However, workers in the industry, especially younger workers, can obtain other benefits, specifically work experience. Compared with other industries, coffee shops tend to employ a larger share of younger workers.

Workforce age data for just the snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars industry is not available, but it is for the larger food services and drinking places sub-sector. In 2019, 14 to 24 year olds comprised approximately 30% of the food services and drinking places workforce compared with 11% for the total workforce. These younger workers in the industry can learn skills and gain valuable work experience that will allow them to be successful in other occupations. For instance, they can learn how to work in a fast-paced environment, receive payments, provide customer service, and acquire “soft” skills such as showing up to work on time, working in a team, and communicating with customers.

Working in the manufacturing side of the coffee industry may provide a much higher wage than working at a coffee shop. The average annual pay in the coffee and tea manufacturing industry in 2019 was $45,205, which is more than twice than the average for coffee shops, but lower than the all-industry average of $55,019.

Summary

Coffee shops, as well as coffee roasters, are small but have grown steadily through 2019. Despite COVID-19-related losses in 2020, employment in these sectors is likely to bounce back once social-distancing-related measures are lifted and coffee shops once again offer an atmosphere conducive to meeting with co-workers, business partners, or friends.

Sarah Cunningham is an economist with the Oregon Employment Department. She may be reached at 503-871-0046.

Top 20 Most-Viewed Oregon Homes for Sale

In past years, the most viewed Oregon homes for sale online were over the top. In 2020, that changed, along with everything else.

This year, as people faced a pandemic health crisis, economic insecurity and a need for more space to be used as a home office, gym and virtual classroom, home shoppers got serious.

They searched for a well-priced home in the right location instead of spending time eyeing fantasy dwellings – although the fabled Blackberry Castle, famous for being for sale since 2015, is finally in escrow.

Popular online searches ranged from a midcentury modern in Portland’s Bridlemile neighborhood, which is listed at $2,195,000, to a 1950 Mount Hood cabin in Government Camp, which sold Dec. 3 for $245,000.

The listing history of each property reflects the Portland-area market: The number of homes for sale has dipped to the lowest level ever as prices spike in bidding wars.

Some buyers, not wanting to miss an opportunity for rock-bottom mortgage interest rates in the 2.7% range while facing a market with little inventory are offering full asking price or more. For that, they expect most of the repairs found during an inspection to be paid for by the seller, say real estate agents.

If repair negotiations don’t please the buyer, there could be a “sale fail,” in which the buyer backs out, and the property bounces back on the market.

We asked the researchers at the Zillow real estate marketplace to single out Oregon homes that have received high views online.

There’s a floating house, where the owner will lend to the buyer, and a Victorian-era home, but the most popular residential properties viewed on Zillow in the last month have been properties that a location scout would pick to represent a traditional home.

Here’s the list of the top 20 most-viewed Oregon homes for sale:

1912 remade Craftsman in Portland Heights: 2909 S.W. Upper Dr. is listed at $450,000.

The Craftsman sits on one acre and was remodeled into a contemporary-style house with banks of windows. Inside, there are English oak hardwood and bluestone tile floors, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the vaulted great room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,824 square feet of living space.

“Slab quartz counters, walnut cabinetry, Jeld-Wen windows,” says listing agent Lorna Murray of RE/MAX Equity Group.

Annual property taxes: $7,922

Market history: The property was listed for sale on Sept. 20, 2019 for $699,900, according to public records. The price dropped $200,900 about a month later, on Oct. 15, 2019, to $499,000. An offer was accepted on March 30, 2020, then the property was put back on the market on April 6, 2020. The house was pending again on May 11, 2020, then it was relisted again on May 24, 2020. When it was listed again on Sept. 16, 2020, the price was lowered $49,000 to $450,000.

Since being listed on Zillow 455 days ago, the listing has received 39,429 views and 2,040 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97201 zip code

Northwest contemporary in Portland’s Multnomah Village: 8476 S.W. 37th Ave. is listed at $684,999.

The house was built in 1924 on an 8,712-square-foot, secluded corner lot three blocks from village amenities. Inside, there is a gas fireplace, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,174 square feet of living space. There is also a large deck and basement space.

“This rare-design home is flooded with natural light from oversized windows. Corner lot has the possibility for future development and/or ADU (buyer to do due diligence),” says listing agent Taylor Rhodes of Uptown Properties.

Annual property taxes: $7,044

Market history: The house sold in February 2017 for $350,000, according to public records. It was put on the market Nov. 12, 2020 at $684,999. An offer was accepted on Dec. 13, 2020 and the sale is pending.

Since being listed on Zillow 36 days ago, the listing has received 21,302 views and 1,309 saves.

See more listings in the 97219 zip code

1956 contemporary house in Salem: 4670 Croisan Creek Road South is listed at $360,000.

The single-level house, built on one acre, has floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining and step-down living room. There is a sliding glass door that opens to the wraparound deck from each of the three bedrooms. There are two bathrooms and 1,782 square feet of living space.

The property has a year-round creek and an abundance of wildlife.

“Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture on a private oasis, three minutes to Sprague,” says listing agent Colleen Benson of Keller Williams Capital City.

Annual property taxes: $2,976

Market history: The property was listed for sale Nov. 20, 2020 and an offer was accepted five days later, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 79 days ago, the listing has received 18,866 views and 1,342 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97302 zip code

2002 Craftsman-inspired in Bend: 55911 Black Duck Road is listed at $374,900.

The single-level house on 0.48 acres has upgraded laminate wood flooring and an open great room with large windows and a vaulted ceiling. The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and tile floors. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,321 square feet of living space.

The deck overlooks a fenced backyard with a fire pit and there is space for RV parking and storage.

“Light and bright home perfect for entertaining. Conveniently located close to Sunriver and just minutes to Oregon Water Wonderland river access,” says listing agent Christine Browning with Amy Moser of Red Door Realty.

Annual property taxes: $2,115

Homeowners association fees: $125 a month

Market history: The property was listed for sale March 16, 2020 and the listing expired. It was listed again Nov. 9, 2020 at $374,900 and an offer was accepted six days later, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 39 days ago, the listing has received 21,701 views and 685 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97707 zip code

Bayview house in Gleneden Beach: 33 Marine Lane is listed at $160,000 for a 25% share to four owners agreeing to use the home not as a rental and occupants to adhere to the nonsmoking requirement.

The 0.41-acre property is in a secluded location on Siletz Bay, next to a boat launch and a small beach with ocean access across the road.

The house was built in 1971 and has views from every window and the wraparound deck. There are three bedrooms, two remodeled bathrooms and 1,560 square feet of living space.

The private gated community includes golf links and a pool.

“Management agreement among owners to schedule vacation time,” says listing agent Yussetty Spicer of Spicer & Associates Realty.

Homeowners association fees: $225 a month

Annual property taxes: $5,424

Market history: The property was listed for sale Nov. 25 2009 for $499,000. Quarter shares were listed Oct. 3, 2020, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 76 days ago, the listing has received 24,525 views and 941 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97388 zip code

1910 bungalow in Portland’s Roseway neighborhood: 3405 N.E. 73rd Ave. is listed at $384,900.

The house, built on a 4,791-square-foot lot one block from popular Northeast Fremont Street, has refinished hardwood floors, a fireplace, two bedrooms plus a den/office, finished loft area, two bathrooms and 1,875 square feet of living space.

The unfinished basement has a laundry area, workbench and access to the backyard with garden beds, a water feature and patio. The detached one-car garage has storage space.

“House has newer roof. Close to shops and dining and easy freeway and public transportation access,” says listing agent Nicholas Swann of Windermere Realty Trust.

Annual property taxes: $4,208

Market history: The property was listed Dec. 3, 2020 at $384,900 and was pending three days later, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 15 days ago, the listing has received 8,197 views and 834 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97213 zip code

1912 cottage in Portland Heights: 3133 S.W. Upper Dr. is listed at $675,000.

The updated cottage on 0.74 acres has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,600 square feet of living space. Outside are two decks, a quiet patio space and a detached garage.

“Tastefully updated in every way, with an open kitchen and soaring vaulted ceilings,” says listing agent Krystin Bassist of Windermere Realty Trust.

Annual property taxes: $11,212

Market history: The property was listed Aug. 17, 2020 at $700,000 and the price dropped $25,000 to $675,000 on Sept. 15, 2020, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 123 days ago, the listing has received 10,402 views and 705 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97201 zip code

Floating house in Hayden Island: 11606 N. Island Cove Lane, located in the back of the moorage with beach access, is listed at $225,000.

The renovated main house, built in 1979, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The tender unit, a separate titled home, has a living room, galley kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. The total is 1,620 square feet of living space.

”Great fishing off the back deck of the guest house. One of the best sturgeon holes is located 20 feet to the left of the back deck. Great for an investor or a family that wants to live in one spot and rent out the other,” says the owner (503-913-0835) who has listed the property and will carry a loan at a 5.9% rate for eight years with a $60,000 down payment.

Homeowner association fees: $1,064 a month

Market history: The property was listed Nov. 11, 2020 at $250,000. The price dropped $25,000 to $225,000 on Dec. 2, 2020, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 37 days ago, the listing has received 24,990 views and 748 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97217 zip code

1925 remodeled house in Oregon City: 14824 S. Redland Road is listed at $524,900.

The ranch-style house has a living room with a pellet stove and bay window, an updated kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, stone counters and an eating bar plus three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,184 square feet of living space.

The 4.19-acre property has territorial views, RV parking, creeks and room for horses. Outbuildings include a tack room, tool shed and carport.

“Master bedroom features an updated bathroom with a jetted tub. Look no further, this property has it all,” says listing agent Jimmy Bacon of eXp Realty.

Annual property taxes: $3,684

Market history: The property was listed Nov. 21, 2020 at $550,000. The priced dropped to $539,900 on Dec. 12, 2020 and $524,900 on Dec. 18, 2020, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 44 days ago, the listing has received 13,914 views and 753 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97045 zip code

1964 house in the South Portland neighborhood: 7006 S.W. Brier Place is listed at $565,000.

The midcentury house, on a 6,534-square-foot lot, has a living room and kitchen with vaulted ceilings, three bedrooms, plus an office (or fourth bedroom conversion), two bathrooms and 2,340 square feet of living space.

The new second floor deck has unobstructed views of the Willamette River and Cascades.

“Income potential with flexibility to rent garden-level as separate unit with a kitchenette,” says listing agent Michael Engeholm of Redwood Realty.

Annual property taxes: $8,065

Market history: The property was listed Sept. 7, 2020 at $659,500, according to public records. The price dropped on Sept. 21, 2020 to $599,000. The priced dropped again Nov. 16, 2020 to $565,000 and an offer was accepted four days later.

Since being listed on Zillow 102 days ago, the listing has received 8,310 views and 581 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97219 zip code

1955 bungalow in Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood: 5821 S.E. 49th Ave is listed at $350,000.

The house, built on a 4,791-square-foot lot, has the original hardwood floors, dual living rooms with two fireplaces, two bedrooms plus one noncompliant bedroom, two bathrooms and 1,736 square feet of living space.

There is a attached single-car garage and a fenced backyard with a wood deck.

“Fixer in the heart of Woodstock. This home is priced to sell. Come make this your dream home,” says listing agent Nycole Peraza-LaFave of Keller Williams Premier Partners.

Annual property taxes: $3,886

Market history: The property was listed Nov. 19, 2020 at $350,000 and went pending three days later, according to public records. The listing was removed Dec. 8, according to Zillow.

See more homes for sale in the 97206 zip code

1894 Queen Anne in Portland’s Buckman neighborhood: 203 S.E. 15th Ave. is listed at $715,000.

The remodeled Victorian-era house, built on a 4,791-square-foot lot, has high ceilings, refinished hardwood floors, an office or den on the main level, five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,369 square feet of living space.

The basement with a separate fenced entrance has a kitchen and full bathroom, and was rented for $1,200 a month. The level backyard is fenced.

“Remodeled kitchen with storage galore. Super walk core! Don’t miss this one,” says listing agent Tatiana Xenelis of eXp Realty.

Annual property taxes: $9,381

Market history: The property was listed March 13, 2020 at $750,000 and the listing was removed March 25, 2020, according to public records. On Sept. 10, 2020, the property was listed at $725,000 and the listing was removed Oct. 1, 2020. On Nov. 13, 2020, the property was listed again, this time at $749,000 but the price dropped on Nov. 30, 2020 to $734,000. On Dec. 16, 2020, the price dropped to $715,000.

Since being re-listed on Zillow 35 days ago, the home has received 13,036 views and 562 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97214 zip code

Tudor-revival style house in Portland’s Cully neighborhood: 5120 N.E. 60th Ave. is listed at $300,000.

The house, built on a 7,840-square-foot lot, has hardwood floors, three bedrooms, a den/office, one bathroom and 1,680 square feet of living space.

There is a detached garage and a covered breezeway that leads to the fully fenced yard.

“Adorable and cozy home … spacious and filled with light, lots of potential,” says listing agent Rachel Aron of Resettle Realty.

Annual property taxes: $3,641

Market history: The property was listed Oct. 29, 2020 at $300,000 and an offer was accepted Nov. 4, 2020, according to public records. The house was back on the market Nov. 17, 2020 at $300,000, and was listed as pending on Dec. 5, 2020.

Since being listed on Zillow 50 days ago, the listing has received 12,089 views and 613 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97218 zip code

1987 Northwest contemporary house in Portland’s Southwest Hills: 1919 S.W. Montgomery Place sold Dec. 15, 2020 for $950,000.

The updated house, built on 0.4 acres, has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,160 square feet of living space.

“Prepare to fall in love. Privacy, design and details come together that make this the area’s hottest property in the most exclusive neighborhood. Modern, open concept living that will allow you to entertain and live with ease while being minutes from all PDX has to offer,” says listing agent Jason Mendell with Braden Fridell of Cascade Sothebys International Realty.

Annual property taxes: $11,680

Market history: The property sold June 3, 2019 for $341,000. It was listed Nov. 10, 2020 for $899,950, according to public records. It was pending six days later and sold Dec. 15, 2020 for $950,000.

See more homes for sale in the 97201 zip code

Midcentury modern in Portland’s Bridlemile neighborhood: 6109 S.W. Thomas St. is listed at $2,195,000.

The 1957 house has 18-foot-tall ceilings in the main living area and glass doors that open to a covered back porch. There are five bedrooms (one is part of an accessory dwelling unit), three full bathrooms, two powder rooms and 3,810 square feet of living space.

“This home is so special we had to name it: Cedar Grove is situated on 1.1 private acres. Designed to bring the outside in. Full custom design and finish,” says listing agent Jennifer Bolen of Premiere Property Group.

Annual property taxes: $9,829

Market history: The property sold Oct. 18, 2019 for $675,000. It was listed Sept. 1, 2020, for $2,195,000, according to public records. It went pending 15 days later, but was re-listed Sept. 24, 2020.

Since being listed on Zillow 108 days ago, the listing has received 10,563 views and 628 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97221 zip code

1950 Mount Hood cabin in Government Camp: 79693 E. Road 35 #157 sold Dec. 3, 2020 for $245,000.

The two-level cabin has a knotty pine interior, wood-burning insert and a living and dining area that opens to a deck with a view of the Zigzag River. Upstairs are four bedrooms spaces, one bathroom and 780 square feet of living space.

“One-of-a-kind, fully furnished just for you,” says listing agent Marti Bowne of Keller Williams PDX Central.

Annual property taxes: $1,091

Homeowners association fee: $2,681 a year

Market history: The property was listed Nov. 10, 2020 for $229,000 and it went pending six days later, according to public records.

See more homes for sale in the 97028 zip code

1954 rebuilt farmhouse in St. Helens: 58363 Old Portland Road is listed at $350,000.

The two-level house, built on 1.8 acres that includes McNulty Creek, has three bedrooms, upstairs bonus room, two bathrooms and 3,338 square feet of living space. The basement is set up as a multi-generational living space.

The property has fruit trees, a shed and room to park an RV.

“Privacy and serenity in a convenient location make this a unique opportunity. Come see all the potential here,” says listing agent Erica Sherlock of RE/MAX Powerpros.

Annual property taxes: $4,477

Market history: The property was listed June 26, 2020, for $399,000, according to public records. It went pending July 20, 2020, then was delisted July 31, 2020, then went pending again Sept. 8, 2020, then re-listed Nov. 11, 2020, then the price changed Nov. 11, 2020 to $350,000.

Since being listed on Zillow 176 days ago, the listing has received 10,648 views and 606 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97051 zip code

1955 traditional house in Eugene: 28246 Spencer Creek Road is listed at $499,000.

The house, built on 6.98 acres, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,100 square feet of living space.

The fully, deer-fenced and gated property includes southern exposure, fruit trees, water rights and outbuildings with a 20-foot-by-22-foot barn, chicken coop, garden shed, pump house and dog runs.

There is a seasonal pond, tree swing and organic soils.

“Beautiful lavender farm right outside of town. Don’t miss this dreamy opportunity,” says listing agent Freeman Corbin of Hybrid Real Estate.

Annual property taxes: $2,695

Market history: The property was listed Dec. 4 ,2020 at $499,000 and it went pending four days later, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 14 days ago, the listing has received 4,238 views and 237 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97405 zip code

1925 bungalow in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood: 10015 N. Smith St., one block to Pier Park, is listed at $389,900.

The house, built on a 5,227-square-foot lot, has a wraparound sun porch, living room with built-in bookcases, a wood-burning fireplace, two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and 2,002 square feet of living space.

The master bedroom has built-in cabinets and French doors that open to a deck with a large porch swing.

Mature landscaping includes a garden space. A detached garage can be used as a studio.

“Sweet kitchen has a marble breakfast bar. Nearly full unfinished basement has so much potential,” says listing agent Nikki del Giudice of Farrell Realty & Property Management.

Annual property taxes: $3,294

Market history: The property was listed Nov. 11, 2020 at $389,900 and an offer was accepted five days later, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 37 days ago, the listing has received 628 views and 11 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97203 zip code

1969 Northwest contemporary in Portland Heights: 3042 S.W. Nottingham Dr. is listed at $850,000.

The modern house, built on 0.37 acres on a cul-de-sac, has an open floor plan with hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings, a master suite with a fireplace, two more bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,895 square feet of living space.

The kitchen has high-end appliances, a concrete island and custom beverage center.

There is outdoor entertaining on three levels.

“With an abundance of windows backing to natural green space, this home exudes peace and tranquility,” says listing agent Jennifer Turner of Lovejoy Real Estate.

Annual property taxes: $11,773

Market history: The property was listed Nov. 4, 2020 for $875,000 and the price dropped to $865,000 on Nov. 14. The price dropped again on Dec. 1, 2020 to $850,000, according to public records.

Since being listed on Zillow 79 days ago, the listing has received 9,159 views and 569 saves.

See more homes for sale in the 97201 zip code

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