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A guide to municipal Portland.

Portland Plastic Bag Ban
Portland's plastic bag ban has been in effect for one year, and recent legislation has just strengthened the ban. Find out why the ban was put into place and what the effects are.

Portland Volunteer Opportunities
It's the season of giving, and there's no more valuable gift than your time. There are thousands of worthy non-profits in Portland. Here are a few ideas for volunteering in and around Portland.

What is Metro?
Metro is a the regional government for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. Their mission is to protect open space and parks, plan for land use and transportation, and manage garbage disposal and recycling in the Portland, Oregon, region.

Oregon Humane Society
When you think of rescuing a pet in Portland, you probably think of the Oregon Humane Society. And you should! They are an amazing resource for pet adoptions. But the organization does a lot more for pet welfare, too. Find out a bit more about what services the Oregon Humane Society offers.

Municipal Information
From registering to vote and renewing a driver's license to getting a building permit, find out how to access city and state services.

Portland H1N1 Vaccine Schedule
Where and when to get the H1N1 Vaccine in Portland, Oregon.

How to Get Married in Portland, Oregon
This step-by-step guide applies to all types of couples looking to tie the knot in Portland.

Oregon Lottery Numbers
Find the winning numbers for Oregon Lottery and Powerball games.

Oregon Politics
Learn who your elected city and state officials are and how to contact them.

Portland: #1 City to Have a Baby
See why the Rose City is tops for giving birth.

Parking in Downtown Portland
Learn how to use public parking in Portland, Oregon.

Free Wireless in Portland
The city of Portland offers free wireless Internet in the city center. Get the details and get online.

Portland Weather FAQ
Get a sense of the weather in Portland, Oregon—including average temperatures and rainfall.

Portland Voting FAQ
Frequently asked questions about voting in Portland, Oregon.

Get Help With Your Taxes
Find resources for tax assistance in Portland.

Municipal Information
From registering to vote and renewing a driver's license to getting a building permit, find out how to access city and state services.

What is Metro?
Metro is a the regional government for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. Their mission is to protect open space and parks, plan for land use and transportation, and manage garbage disposal and recycling in the Portland, Oregon, region.

Portland Makes Top-10 Cities for Urban Forests
Portland recently ranked in the top 10 for U.S. cities with urban parks. The benefits range from the obvious, such as good air quality and great hikes close to downtown, to direct economic boosts for the city.

Portland Water Remains Fluoride-Free
Voters in Portland, Oregon, struck down a proposal to add fluoride to the city's drinking water, making Portland the only of the biggest 30 metropolitan areas in the country to remain fluoride free. This marks the fourth time that Portland voters have struck down such a measure, dating back to the 1950s.

Portland's Dog Parks
Portland is quite dog-friendly for a city, with plenty of off-leash areas and fenced in dog parks. Here's a listing of the city's parks and the amenities they provide.

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