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September 15th, 2014

Over the coarse of the past 30 years the state of Oregon has been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution that is taking place across the globe. As of today there are 188 breweries that call Oregon home and this number seems to be growing every month. With all of this growth there […]

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This past month CraftBeer.com asked its readers to vote for their favorite craft beer bars in their annual Great American Beer Bars competition. Eugene, Oregon’s The Bier Stein won top honors in the Pacific region and Portland’s APEX Bar and Seattle’s The Pine Box also finished in the region’s top 5

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  Ft. Collins, Colo. –  New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, Christine Perich, to the position of President. Perich, who started as CFO with New Belgium in 2004, has overseen all aspects of operations since 2009. At the end of 2012 sh

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The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) is a nonprofit organization funded by taxes imposed on utility ratepayers. Most of the tax money is spent on subsidies for energy conservation programs. While energy efficiency is a good idea, not all projects pencil out. …

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September 14th, 2014

I went down to the park and ride off of Cascade Highway, just north of Stayton, and spotted this pretty boy or girl getting some food in the swampy pond thing nearby. I think it might be a great blue heron, but I also might be wrong. This photo is …

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Lower Deschutes It’s starting to feel like Fall more and more over there, which is good. The nights are longer which bodes well for the water temperatures therefore fishing the mornings remains the most consistent for Steelhead. Anywhere from the …

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September 13th, 2014

I don’t get over to nearby Sublimity all that often, and I’m not exactly known for being the most observant person in the world, but I can’t remember having seen this sign before. I hadn’t realized that Sublimity is well over 100 years old, having been incorporated in 1903. That’s …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Legislators are charged with making decisions on behalf of the public. This often involves setting priorities in terms of what best serves the needs of Oregon taxpayers. Many of the decisions we have to make on …

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A photo is a record of any particular moment in time that allows one to go back and fully appreci

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Kick Off a New Year With the League of Women Voters!  Will We H

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September 12th, 2014

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In early October of 1989, I was hired to do some

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Fun times at the Aladdin Theater this past Wednesday! We attended the taping of Wits!, a public radio show, if you aren’t in the know. To be honest, we didn’t know much about it, but when Reggie Watts AND Jim Gaffigan occur on the same billing, you betcha we’re going to buy tickets. Hilarity, ingenuity, [&

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Putting together a video is quite an undertaking. There can be just a few cuts or maybe.....a few

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Boak, Bailey, and Stan have been considering the nature of indigenous beers--what and whether they are, and how that is distinct from "local" beer.  I kno

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How does this ever happen….we’re now at 422 jars of canned/frozen things and the tomato business hasn’t started…..(130 jars are TUNA….yes, THAT won’t happen again)…. but I swear, next year, this is being cut back big time. The garden…..LAST year things were ALL done by Sept 2&

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Portland, OR – Ever thought about building your own home bar, but didn’t know where to start? The authors of the 12 Bottle Bar will be visiting Powell’s Bookstore on Hawthorne and Bazi Bierbrasserie on Thursday, September 18th starting at 7:30 PM. Pick up your copy of the 12 Bottle Bar at Powell’s Bookstore

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There was a lot of construction-oriented activity at the back of the grade school (facing 3rd Ave.) yesterday when I went by. Lots of people doing lots of things. It was good to see. I hope they get through with everything soon.

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The fresh hop beer releases continue to be hitting area draft lines. McMenamins is no exception as they announce the release of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale on Friday, September 19th at all of their locations throughout Oregon and Washington. This year marks the 5th anniversary for Thundercone. McMenamins brewers made their wa

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Fall has been creeping in, edging out a gorgeous dry Summer in the Willamette Valley. Shade, shadows, and mid-afternoon midges have been increasing daily. Grey Drakes, Blue Winged Olives and tan Caddis have been sporadically emerging. Waters are still low …

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Institute A deep, dynamic, fluid, flexible labor market is supposed to be one of America’s economic strengths and competitive advantages. Jobs are created, jobs are destroyed as a changing market demands. Workers come and go, always looking for better-paying, more-fulfilling

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by Ron Swaren Please note I am not referring to a copy of I-205 placed on Portland’s west side or any Westside Bypass Freeway.  However, when the Columbia River Crossing task force eliminated competitive proposals the central reasoning seemed to …

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This article is by editor Linda Vergon. This week, Phoenix, Arizona, had extreme flooding and, before that, Napa, California, experienced a 6.0-magnitude earthquake. Landslides, earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, severe weather, space weather, thunderstorms and lightning, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and wild

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Don't forget the 36th Corvallis Fall Festival Run Date: Sunday September 28, 2014 Where: Central

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September 11th, 2014

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Tickets are available now for Pinot in the City – an amazing tasting with 66 of Oregon’s top wineries all on hand to pour our latest Pinots and other goodies. Get your tickets and all the details HERE…

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The conventional wisdom about Karl Rove – back when he was Bush's Brain, and paid for it with the presidential nickname "Turdblossom" – was that he was a genius. (Of course, back in 1994 they said that about Gingrich, too.)Almost ten years ago, in

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By Roey Thorpe of Portland, Oregon. Roey works with the national LGBT equality movement. She is a former executive director of Basic Rights Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Before coming to Oregon, Roey also served as a city councilwoman and acting mayor of Ithaca, New Y

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A nice conclusion to the vein photos, the fiery r

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Sometimes I skip posting information that I know ex

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We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen. D.H. Lawrence … Remembering September 11, 2001

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Downtown Salem has been facing a newfound lack of car parking. Is it because Salem is getting many more visitors to the businesses? Nope. Is it because the population of Salem is booming? Nope. It is because Salem simply stopped, by and large, putting limits on parking. The result: downtown businesses are

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Apple is facing a potential setback in China, reports the NY Times, delaying the introductions of the new iPhone models in China. On Wednesday, Apple told China’s three big state-owned mobile service providers that it would not release the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in mainland China on Sept. 19, when sales start elsewher

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This week speec FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinted the agency is considering net neutrality guidelines that would apply to wireless carriers. In its original guidelines, the FCC drew a line between wired and wireless networks, getting wireless operators off the hook due to their limited spectrum. Wheeler highlighted Microsoft

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I seem to be on a run of green stuff in recent days days, so here’s another one. This is a from a random tree at Pioneer Park. A plea for guest photographers! I haven’t been feeling well this past week, and haven’t had the opportunity to go out and …

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Portland web race speeds up — yet bad laws may slow it down. By Oregon tax News Thanks to Centurylink and Frontier the internet speed race in Portland just went from being lagging behind to being a national city frontrunner. In August, CenturyLink announced it is bringing much gigbit service to Portland which will be

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by Bill J. Kluting, concerned Oregonian So-called conservation groups like Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are following an agenda. You have to give them “credit” for what they have accomplished in the past and …

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This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. (This is Part III in a series about challenging traditional measures of financial success. Part I was The “Ivory Tower”: Reconsidering the college investment. Part II was Challenging traditional measures of financial success: Homeownership.) It was the first semester of my

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For the past 48 years Mount Angel, Oregon has been hosting one of the finest Oktoberfest celebrations that the Pacific Northwest has seen. Today will mark the 49th Annual Mount Angel Oktoberfest that will take place through Sunday. There is no more appropriate setting for an American version of the “Old World” O

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September 10th, 2014

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Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page. Friday, September 12th Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. Enjoy, music, dancing, food,...

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For a year, Rick Bocko and myself have been planning to return to Slough Creek in search of gold; Yellowstone cutthroat trout. It has been four years since our last presence in the area when we tackled the Henry’s Fork … Continue reading &

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What happened to the last Caliphate. Fascism in the Ukraine. Woodrow Wilson and Jesus Ben Carson on why Evolution is a myth. Teachout embarrasses Cuomo. Boston and Militarized Police. Worth posting just for the photo art. Clever Net Neutrality campaign. So… Mencken.    

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