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Portland Daily Round Up: Nicholas Kristof reports $1M in campaign funds, Oregon teen crowned National Miss Juneteenth

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, Nov. 9 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Nicholas Kristof raises over $1M in bid for Oregon governor

Less than two weeks after confirming his run for Oregon governor, former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported he's raised over $1 million, including $50,000 from Melinda Gates. Kristof was expected to use his network of connections for campaign fundraising, and this initial report appears to show he has, with over $700,000 of the fundraising coming from out-of-state donors.

However, according to Kristof, donations came from 35 of Oregon’s 36 counties and 2,522 Oregonians gave to his campaign.

Kristof faces Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, who has reportedly raised $414,103, and State Treasurer Tobias Read, who has reportedly raised $485,886, in the primary for governor.

2. Oregon teen crowned National Miss Juneteenth

Last month, an Oregon teen was crowned National Miss Juneteenth at a pageant held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Aceia Spade, from Eugene, was given the title only a few months after the United States made Juneteenth a federal holiday. Oregon made Juneteenth a state holiday last June.

Juneteenth, which marks the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, is celebrated on June 19.

Spade was one of eight queens from across the country representing their states. The National Miss Juneteenth pageant emphasizes self-empowerment, community service, sisterhood, honoring Black culture and educating around the topic of Juneteenth.

3. The Portland Book Festival returns this week with hybrid model

The Portland Book Festival, hosted by Literary Arts, is going on this week with virtual and in-person events every day. The festival, which runs through Saturday, showcases local authors and illustrators through events like live-streamed discussions, podcasts and writing workshops.

In-person tickets purchased in advance are $15 or $25 if purchased the day of. All in-person attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test.

For more information on the Portland Book Festival, click here.

4. The Oregon Zoo welcomes a new polar bear

The Oregon Zoo welcomed a new resident recently, all the way from the Maryland Zoo. Amelia Gray, a 5-year-old polar bear and the half-sister of Nora, the Oregon Zoo’s treasured polar bear, is settling in at the new Polar Passage habitat. According to a press release by the Oregon Zoo, Amelia Gray and Nora have never met, but they plan to introduce the half-sisters eventually.

“Polar bears have a pretty solitary nature, but we do hope these two will form a positive relationship,” said Amy Cutting, who oversees the zoo’s polar bear area.

Amelia Gray was born at the Columbus Zoo on Nov. 8, 2016 and moved to the Maryland Zoo two years ago. She’s now adjusting to the Polar Passage habitat at the Oregon Zoo.

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