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July 27th, 2014

I went for a drive yesterday with some other cars from the local Viper club. We headed east from Portland out the Columbia River Gorge and then up and over Mount Hood. Around 250 miles in total.

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When Mike Riley emerges with his football team from the tunnel at Reser Stadium on the afternoon of Aug. 30, he will begin his 14th season leading the program.

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Good Monday to you, dear reader. Welcome to the Rogue River and the final installment of our Oregon road trip! I’m happily typing to Jack White – the obsession continues. Thank goodness the hubster likes his music as much as I do. Mill Creek Falls Barr Creek Falls This was once lava! A living stump, […]

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Have you ever seen the movie, Throw Momma From the Train? Well, if you haven’t, add it to the queue, and pronto! It’s a gem of an 80s fil-um. Anyhow, there’s this scene where Billy Crystal is working on a line from a novel he’s writing. “The night was…moist? wet? humid?” He cannot f

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BROWNSVILLE — Marilyn Grimes wasn’t happy about a proposal by the city of Brownsville to require everyone in town to sign up for garbage service.

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July 26th, 2014

Danny Grigsby was looking for a new athletic outlet.

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Aaron Ojeda is back home.

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Have you ever had a seemingly simple recipe that you just couldn't quite recreate? For me, this has been the thin, rich, buttery and creamy cheese sauce known as queso blanco at restaurants in some areas -- not so much out in the PNW, but frequently in the Midwest. Many attempts came close. But not

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Last weekend I attended the first national meeting of the new Dodge Viper owners association near Detroit, Michigan. It was an absolute blast and I thought I’d share some of the photos I took of the awesome event! I’ll start with the tour of the factory where they assemble the cars. Chrysler was super awesome [&

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I took this photo of construction at the elementary school about two weeks ago, but forgot to post it. I bet it looks pretty similar to this now, so let’s pretend I took it yesterday. Don’t forget to go to the Santiam SummerFest today! If you see me (short, round, …

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The magnificent canopy of London Plane sycamore trees, which nearly forms a tunnel up Southwest Jefferson Avenue, were no accident of nature.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber toured NuScale Power’s Corvallis offices on Friday and called nuclear power a potentially important element of a low-carbon future — but added it’s still “a little too earl…

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July 25th, 2014

I'm feeling pretty damn good about my afterlife. Mostly because I don't think I'll have one. So almost certainly I won't be feeling anything at all after I die, which takes away worries about what will happen. Notice that almost...

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David Lin has pulled the plug on his ambitious restaurant and nightclub venture at 413 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

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Just in time for the coming tyranny, a Grants Pass company has come up with an app for your Android, soon for the iPhone, that holds the whole Bible in a disguised cover. It’s available for viewing with a code. This is very handy in Iraq where Christians are persecuted. There your house is marked […] T

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(right) Guatemala President, Otto Perez Molina, (left) Honduras president, Juan Orlando Hernandez The President is meeting today with the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Plane loads of unaccompanied children and those with parent, are… The post

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Tuning. One of the things I’ve come to love and look forward to in the process of re-incarnation is the tuning process. Transitions, especially abrupt ones with major emotional turmoil are like being thwapped with a giant cosmic tuning fork. Pluto takes no prisoners, Saturn shuffles all the truths, Mars opposition des

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Week three of the 2014 season see a visit to Autzen from the Wyoming Cowboys in the first ever meeting between the schools. Michigan State at Oregon is being hailed as the non-conference

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Chris D’Elia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. Recently named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” D’Elia can next be seen starring as Danny on NBC’s new comedy Undateable. Tickets on sale now!

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Arik Armstead has had lofty hopes heaped on him since joining Oregon, largely through the hopes of the fans based on what they thought his ceiling could be. We've seen it before and we will se

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Your morning helping of Oregon Ducks news. Putting up a bit of late Friday Quack for you. There are plenty of links to Pac-12 Media Day things at Pac12.com, and all the coaches will be plastered on

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Patriotic horse is patriotic. Or it’s just a coincidence it’s standing next to an American flag. Or is it? Yes, it is. Or not. This photo was taken along Sublimity Rd. SE, just outside of nearby Sublimity. In other news… Tomorrow is the Santiam SummerFest (info here), held in downtown …

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Popular free theme Adelle has a lot more to offer than its signature pink dots, as these five bloggers show us.

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Popular free theme Adelle has a lot more to offer than its signature pink dots, as these five bloggers show us.

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We can’t be sure just when the phrase “Pretty please with a cherry on the top” came into vogue, but it was after 1920, and it had a lot to do with the inventiveness of a horticulture professor…

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In a world of iPhones and social media, the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department has hosted a series of events this summer that are decidedly low-tech.

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First stop on 1,800-mile motorcycle tribute ride honors fallen Philomath soldier

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Institute Some people really don’t like “big box” retailers. The openings of new stores, particularly in cities, are frequently accompanied by protests. Recall that Occupy Wall Street targeted retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy. Critics knock these compa

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This article is by editor Linda Vergon. It used to be part of everyone’s existence, like going to the grocery store once a week. You’d stand in a teller’s line and hope everyone in front of you had uncomplicated transactions. Then you’d hand over your cash and the teller would stamp your passbook to record [...]

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July 24th, 2014

ASUS has officially announced its RT-AC87 Quantenna-based router. The AC2400 designation comes from the 1.73Gbps capacity on the 5GHz band in 802.11ac mode and up to 600Mbps via 802.11n. Small Net Builder reports the RT-AC87 is the first of the “wave 2″ 802.11ac routers and supports Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) usi

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Unrestricted Free Agent Jake Tabor sits down in an interview and addresses the elephant in the room, where he will be writing this fall. We join the interview, already in progress.

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We’re excited to be featured in a new documentary  (you can watch the trailer here)- “American Wine Story” – which takes a look at some of us in the wine business who left behind other careers to follow the unrelenting calling to make wine. This year’s IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebratio

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A church in the city of Homs lies vacant Iraq was once home to some of the oldest Christian communities  on earth. But thanks to ISIS, Christians are becoming an endangered species – as the jihadists tell them to leave, pay jizya… The post

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This week at Imagine Coffee, three very different people will share the same spotlight: the French painter Georges Braque, frenzied and crazed over a squirrel; deaf and mute Aunt Dorothy who r…

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We're excited to announce our new Site Logo feature.

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We're excited to announce our new Site Logo feature.

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Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth […]

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With only a few weeks left to answer emails, I’m trying to get through the heavy ones first, some are not able to be posted on the blog as they are intensely personal for some folks (those I will reply to privately). There seems to have been something big going down in the world, that […]

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The 101st Tour de France (NY Times, Wikipedia and Twitter), began on Saturday July 5, 2014 and continues until July 27, 2014. The 21-stage race began in Yorkshire, U.K., and stretches across Europe including Spain and Belgium. The race spans a total of 3,664 kilometers (or approximately 2277 miles). Some 3.5 billion people

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Sherwood Forest is in trouble. Not only is the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham squeezing the people for taxes, he’s also scheming to turn their homes into Sherwood Forest Estates.

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The weekend is here! Don't let these cooler temperatures fool you, highs are expected in the lower 90s on Saturday & Sunday; sounds like the perfect time to check out the Oregon Brewers Festival in Downtown Portland! Fresh off Jimmy Kimmel Live, Todd Glass is at Helium Comedy Club this weekend and Alley 33 is hosting an in

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ATQ continues the rundown of the best 20 Ducks of the last 20 years. Checking in at No. 11 is the Nick Reed. Nick Reed was an animal on defense. He didn’t necessarily fit

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NEWPORT – The rapid loss of sea stars along the US west coast may be caused in part by environmental changes, and not solely by a specific pathogen as many had previously thought. This new hypothesis emerged from a recent symposium on sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) hosted at Oregon State University’s Hatfield

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Your morning helping of Oregon Ducks links. Day two of Pac-12 Media Day starts today. Oregon guys were up yesterday. Links Former Georgia Tech Quarterback

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(AFP) — Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 undergo female genital mutilation, a UN official said Thursday. “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two UN official in Iraq. She was referring to

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This here photo thing is a four-photo panorama of the sunset from a couple of nights ago. It was shot on 3rd Ave., right where it crosses Fern Ridge Rd., looking west, because that’s where sunsets happen. I confess I’m not overly good at doing panorama shots, so the perspective …

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On average, it rains 161 days a year in Corvallis, but that has not deterred residents from whole-heartedly embracing the potential in solar power and — more specifically — buying and installi…

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It's a stunning story. According to an investigative report authored by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), a handful of Wall Street banks and hedge fund managers created an "alternative universe" of financial transactions based on "a series of fictions" designed to help them avoid massive taxes. A

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For kids entering kindergarten, summer course eases their transition into school

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm ADA Dog Days – Service Animals and Reasonable Accommodation The Bullard Edge loves dogs. My pup Jimmy turns 2 today and I have attached his picture (a black and brown mini Dachshund). Jimmy also relates (allow me some leeway here) to this week’s question in the (fictional) mailbag. J

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