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August 22nd, 2014

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The Queen Anne’s lace flower grows all over the place here — any bit of land not regularly mowed likely sees it crop up during the summer. I’m perfectly okay with this, as I think they’re beautiful. I took this photo along E. Virginia St., where a lot of the …

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I don’t know that you heard it. That whoosh was summer passing, glorious as it was, chock full of every little thing I love. Long walks and sunsets and star-gazing, and spending time with my favorite people. Solveig and company visited Portland for two weeks, with five fun days at our house. We chatted in […]

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August 21st, 2014

Summer is winding down but there's still time to have some fun! This is AWOL's final weekend of of Art in the Dark + you can try all sorts of delicious samples in the Pearl while helping fight Cystic Fibrosis at Savor the Pearl. Tequila Fest PDX is bringing dozens of tequila varieties from around the world to Portland and

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The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller

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I went to the car show at the A&W Restaurant on Washington St. last night, and took way too many photos, as always. Click on the thumbnails below to see the bigger versions.

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BLODGETT — The quaint post office inside of the Blodgett Country Store still boasts traditional metal bars, once offering a measure of protection for the mail that used to contain envelopes wi…

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When the weather heats up, dogs get left in sun-baked vehicles — and that can kill them

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For four days this weekend, beginning this morning, the skies over Albany will be splashed with color as balloonists from throughout the West Coast will take to the air at the ATI Northwest Ar…

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I am a university professor in the social sciences, and one who comes to political and economic issues mostly from the center-left.  However, unlike most people in those two camps, I do one thing quite frequently. And to many of  those people my action will certainly be offensive. Even unpardonable.I h

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August 20th, 2014

Blue Öyster Cult and Bachman & Turner will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday on the main stage at the Oregon Amphitheater as the headline act for the 2014 ATI Northwest Art & Air Festival.

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Grass Roots Books & Music honors Oregon poet William Stafford with a community reading

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Oregon State’s defensive backs carry a fair amount of confidence into the season, and for good reason.

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A new house on the Gulf C

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Pipeline is once again giving away many Portland event tickets this weekend including to the Mt Angel Oktoberfest, Portland Film Festival, Tequila Fest 2014 & more.

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Sunday Parkways continues for the 2014 season on August 24. Highs are expected to be in the upper 80s, so there'll be lots of people out. Even if you don't bike, you can walk and enjoy the activities, parks, and closed off streets.

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Larry Gene Richey, who for 40 years was a manager of his family’s popular Richey’s Market, died unexpectedly Monday at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, according to obituary information…

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Please join us as we welcome Ballast Point Brewing from San Diego, CA for the August Beer Belly Dinner. This dinner will be on August 21st instead of the normal second Thursday to accommodate everyone's busy summer schedule.

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Posted on August 20, 2014 by eBR Team Bob Sargent had worked for Computer Tech for ten years. The company  has flourished and its stock soared. Billions were raked-in and employees were experiencing outside-gains in their 401Ks stuffed with Computer Tech stock. But Bob was feeling confined to their corporate daily d

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The Skatalites are a Jamaican music group that played a major role in popularising ska, the first truly Jamaican music created by fusing boogie-woogie blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, mento, calypso, and African rhythms.

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The evening will include networking, a PINK Ivy Foundation "State of Our Service" address, which will detail program initiatives and plans for upcoming service projects, local entertainment, hot hor d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

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Are you interested in a great day outdoors to spend with friends and family? Camp Namanu, one of Oregon’s most beautiful treasures, is celebrating 90 years of serving kids from all over the world. On Saturday, September 6th, Camp Fire will host a big celebration to commemorate the anniversary with a day at camp – filled

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The farm is the place for families to meet, share the bounty, enjoy nature and yes, listen to local sounds by local artists.

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I could not resist the urge. It was a golden opportunity.I went for it.This was the result: @sciam A big bag of beans? ;)— sriram khe (@congoboy) August 20, 2

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As West African nations grappled with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall severe food shortages in areas isolated by quarantines. The post

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I spotted these blackberries growing wild near the water off of the east end of Water St. the other day, next to the Mason lodge. I didn’t eat them, though. I’m not a berry person.

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At any given moment Rongoan Sardar could tell you exactly how many potatoes he’d picked at Sunbow Farm that day. By the time he took his first break Tuesday, he’d counted 543. Last week, he co…

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Time is short when it comes to the simple pleasure of enjoying one of summer’s best offerings. So I’m always playing catch-up during the brief summer weeks when the local corn is on deck.

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Neighborhood dispute spills into court as man complains about dogs running freely at parks, schools 

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Albany’s downtown carousel project received a giant financial boost this week with the finalization of a $3 million gift from an anonymous donor.

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August 19th, 2014

The spirit of the Atlantic Ocean is ever-present in Holly Hansen’s wonderfully dynamic seascapes—no doubt reminiscent of her time spent growing up on Cape Cod. Now working in Boston, Holly’s love of both dreamy landscapes and hectic cityscapes has melded together to transform her work into a powerful tool for self-exp

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Tanner Sanders’ college football career is now three weeks old.

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Two houses were heavily damaged by early-morning fires that spread from one to the other, but the women and two children who live in the occupied house escaped it unharmed.

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Bill and Jane Plemmons have lived in their single-story house on Northeast Seavy Place in Corvallis for nearly 60 years.

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Brent Brennan has had a tough fall camp.

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Join us atop the Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure at SW 15th and Yamhill for our 10th annual program of cinema under the stars. Doors open at 7 PM with food and beverages available for purchase from Gracie’s Restaurant, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Honest Tea. The music begins at 8 PM, and the films begin around d

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This is sure to be a game to remember! Don’t miss the Wheels of Justice when they take on the Rat City All-Stars from Seattle & the Axles of Annihilation when they battle Rat City’s Rain of Terror.

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This past weekend I passed the 30,000 mile mark on my Viper. When I purchased it in March of 2012 it had 9300 miles on it so that makes just over 20,000 miles that I’ve personally driven the car, all of it for fun. 25,000 miles happened back in May so that’s pretty good progress […]

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A few years ago, a senior colleague came to my office to talk with me.  He said that every institution has its own culture, and that there was a significant hallway culture where I was, and not working with that

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with recent additions to the Theme Showcase. A month after its release, we revisit

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And now we know. Yesterday, I posted a photo of a barn between here and Sublimity either undergoing construction or being torn down. Guest photographer Maryann Nielson happened to take a picture of it two days ago, and sent it to me. I’m sure the owners had their reasons for …

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On Saturday, September 6, 2014 , Celebrate Philomath Volunteers, a one time only celebrat

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August 18th, 2014

I can feel in me the seriousness, the urgency, of the upcoming academic year and the conference.  My senses are so focused that even when I took a break to play a few minutes of bridge, I was lethally there.  It is as if I knew exactly what the other hands were.  When we are focused, we see things--as simple

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Grand Ronde Canoe Family skipper Bobby Mercier stood before about 200 participants Monday, the first day of Willamette Riverkeeper’s annual five-day Paddle Oregon trip, and said that Oregon’s …

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Grand Ronde Canoe Family skipper Bobby Mercier stood before about 200 participants Monday, the first day of Willamette Riverkeeper’s annual five-day Paddle Oregon trip, and said that Oregon’s …

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It is 3 p.m. on a quiet Friday afternoon, but Peter Scheessele is hard at work, putting on his sixth fundraising event of the summer.

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Today is the 4th year anniversary of

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Oregon State offensive lineman Sean Harlow slammed into Jalen Grimble in a recent practice, pushing the defensive tackle away from a ball carrier and to the turf.

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Oregon State offensive lineman Sean Harlow slammed into Jalen Grimble in a recent practice, pushing the defensive tackle away from a ball carrier and to the turf.

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A young osprey that was the focus of rescue attempts last week to free it from the baling wire tangled around its feet apparently did fly free of its nest, but the flight was short; its carcas…

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