Sev­en years to the day after Pacif­ic NW Por­tal 3.5 (“Gearhart”, also known as “Marine Green”) was released, we’re proud to announce that we have com­plet­ed work on a new ver­sion of Pacif­ic NW Por­tal: Ver­sion 5.3, code­named Depoe Bay.

Depoe Bay is a main­te­nance release — the third in the New­port series. In oth­er words, there aren’t any new major fea­tures… just bug fix­es, updates to the index, and tweaks to func­tion­al­i­ty and brand­ing to make things work better.

Like every pri­or release, Ver­sion 5.3 is named after an Ore­gon coastal town. Depoe Bay is locat­ed in Lin­coln Coun­ty (between New­port and Lin­coln City) and is home to almost 1,500 peo­ple. It claims to have “the world’s small­est har­bor”. It is one of only sev­en incor­po­rat­ed cities in Lin­coln County.

Inn at Arch Rock
The Inn at Arch Rock in Depoe Bay, Ore­gon. (Pho­to: Tony Cyphert. Repro­duced under a Cre­ative Com­mons license).

This post con­sti­tutes our offi­cial changel­og for Ver­sion 5.3. Please feel free to leave ques­tions, sug­ges­tions for future ver­sions, or oth­er thoughts on Depoe Bay in the com­ment thread.

  • New slo­gan. Since it launched in 2005, Pacif­ic NW Por­tal has gen­er­al­ly used two slo­gans (News & Infor­ma­tion for Pro­gres­sives, Polit­i­cal News From Around the Region). As of this release, Pacif­ic NW Por­tal has a new slo­gan: Cas­ca­di­a’s news hub. It replaces both of the old ones. The new slo­gan appears on Pacif­ic NW Por­tal’s name­plate and in page titles.
  • Updat­ed name­plate. The name­plate has been restyled to reflect the new slo­gan, and the height of the name­plate has been increased slight­ly to cre­ate more “blue space” at the top of each page. (As a con­se­quence, there is slight­ly more space around the nav­i­ga­tion bar). The name­plate now depicts Mount Hood, Ore­gon’s high­est point and the moun­tain clos­est to the Colum­bia Riv­er Gorge, which divides Ore­gon and Washington.
  • Feeds updat­ed to include more North­west writ­ers who write for pub­li­ca­tions with a nation­al scope. We’ve updat­ed sev­er­al of our feeds to ensure that the works of more writ­ers based in the Pacif­ic North­west show up on the front page,NW Life (busi­ness news) and Break­ing Now. We added or updat­ed indi­vid­ual streams for the fol­low­ing authors: 
    • Kirk John­son of The New York Times
    • David Horsey of the Los Ange­les Times
    • Kim Mur­phy of the Los Ange­les Times
    • Bill Rig­by of Reuters
    • David Nei­w­ert of Crooks and Liars
    • Sara Robin­son of AlterNet
    • Joan McCarter of Dai­ly Kos (Joan’s posts were already indexed by our Dai­ly Kos feed, but they now appear on Break­ing Now as well)
  • Source feeds fixed. Sev­er­al bro­ken source feeds, like the Seat­tle Times’ Pol­i­tics North­west chan­nel, have been removed and replaced so that the links are no longer bro­ken. (Pub­li­ca­tions occa­sion­al­ly repub­lish their feeds at a new loca­tion and don’t redi­rect the old feeds. We do our best to keep the source feeds as cur­rent as possible).
  • Enhanced greet­ing for the morn­ing hours. Pacif­ic NW Por­tal now dis­plays a pho­to of sun­rise at Sun­rise, Mount Rainier dur­ing the morn­ing hours (Pacif­ic Time) accom­pa­nied by the greet­ing “Good morn­ing”.  The image is from NPI’s pho­to library and was tak­en last July.

Our thanks to every­one who con­tin­ues to sup­port Pacif­ic NW Por­tal. Enjoy the new version!

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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