Revenge Forestry

For this Oregon Business feature about my evergreen state’s ongoing timber wars, I clocked 460 miles on my odometer, touring clear-cuts with an environmentalist in Southern Oregon’s hotly contested Elliott State Forest and chatting with a colorful timber executive in her taxidermied Eugene office. It was fascinating to report on such polarized world-views.

JF

P.S. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge how greatly my words benefited from the epic photography of Adam Wickham.

Betting on PDX performing arts

I recently started picking the “Best Bets” out of each week’s Portland performing-arts shows for the Oregonian. Hoping to make the column a kind of one-stop shop for local theater, classical, and dance recommendations. I’ve long been an arts omnivore, writing about both music and theater for the OPortland Monthly, and Willamette Week, so I’m excited to get to take this art-form-agnostic perspective every week!

JF

Meat packers, should-be freaks, and sputtering motorsports

image

Slow month here at Frochtzwajg, Inc., but a few stories have trickled down the pipeline. 

I wrote another “Strategies” column for Portland Business Journal, this one about local meat distributor Nicky USA. The company, which supplies specialty meats to many of the star chefs of the city’s food scene, is expanding in a few directions, including a retail line through New Seasons. (The story’s behind a paywall for, I believe, a few more weeks.)

I also wrote another review for the wonderful Wondering Sound, on waiting for Portland-via-San-Diego’s Castanets to finally let his freak flag fly

Lastly, I penned this dispatch from Portland International Raceway, where aging participants and a shrinking middle class are throwing the publicly owned track’s future into question.

JF

Searching for a Cure

The July/August issue of Oregon Business (which is now available on news stands, not only via subscription) features a, um, feature by me about Oregon’s healthcare transformation. Seldom have I known so little about a topic before being assigned a story on it—and learned so much through my reporting. Hope readers’ experience is similarly edifying.

JF