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May 3rd, 2015

I went past the community garden on the corner of 4th Ave. and Florence St. yesterday, and noticed it was looking ready for new plantings. I always like to see the various things that get planted there, especially the sunflowers. The post

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May 2nd, 2015

I spotted this rather large mound of something or other a few days ago along E. Santiam St. It looks like sawdust to me, but honestly, I have no idea what it is. It’s pretty big, though, so I hereby dub thee Stayton Mountain. Adventurers will come from far and wide to scale its towering […] The post

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May 1st, 2015

Guest photographer Tom Miller brings us another one the cool old buildings he manages to find in the rural areas of our lovely state. I’m guessing it’s an old church. Thanks, Tom! The post I’m in Love with a

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Annual May Day March and Rally to take place at the Oregon State Capitol on Friday, May 1stSalem, 

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April 30th, 2015

As I was uploading the photo for this post, it occurred to me I had already taken a similar photo of the same farm off of Boedigheimer Rd. just outside of Stayton. It’s pretty strange how similar the two photos are, though the older photo from 2010 was shot later in the year and has […] The post

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April 29th, 2015

It’s big, it’s pink, and it’s a tree! A dogwood tree in someone’s yard on 2nd Ave., in fact. So pretty. So pink. The post Big Pink Tree appeared first on

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April 28th, 2015

Dude. Stealthy cow is stealthy. Guest photographer Maryann Nielson must be a ninja to out stealth the stealthy to get this shot. And look, more cows: Very cool. Thanks, Maryann! The post Secret Agent Cow appeared first on

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April 27th, 2015

Well, not me, exactly. I don’t fly. But these birds sure do. I don’t know if they’re geese or ducks or possibly alien creatures masquerading as birds, but they’re pretty. I took this at Riverfront Park in nearby Salem last weekend. The post

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April 26th, 2015

Yellow flowers can be difficult to capture properly, as the color can bleed and it’s easy to have them become over saturated. I’m no photography expert, but I’ve found if I underexpose the photo a little, it helps retain the proper color on the flower. I did that with this image, and it made the […

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April 25th, 2015

A few weeks ago I put together a RetroPie. A RetroPie is a small — smaller than a pack of cigarettes, smaller than a game controller — gaming system that emulates all of the classic consoles. There are no cartridges, only files on disk. There are disk images of each and every cartridge, with a …

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This scruffy guy or gal was hanging out at Riverfront Park in nearby Salem last weekend. I don’t blame him for the overgrown look, since I tend to put off getting my hair cut, too. The post Friz appeared first on

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April 24th, 2015

This cute little squirrel was running around the grounds outside the Oregon State Capitol Building in nearby Salem last Saturday. He or she had a friend part of the time, but I didn’t get a shot of that one. They’re fast little dudes. The post

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April 23rd, 2015

Nature walk time! Guest photographer Denny Barnes went out with his dog, Reggie, into the hills not far outside of Stayton. He took several beautiful photos of various flowers, plus a little bunny. His description: Reggie the dog and I took a hike into the hills today and noticed everything is coming alive. The trees [&#

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April 22nd, 2015

AlGore and Obama should be proud of them, as they've had a "carbon footprint" of near zero for nearly five decades.

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Everybody panic! There's a Planet to be Saved! Consider the language of these news headlines: ‘Fuelling Extinction: Obama Budget Is Killer For Endangered Species’ (Huffington Post, February 2015). ‘“Racing Extinction” Sounds Alarm On Ocean’s Endangered Creatures’ (NBC News, January 2015)....

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Folks around here just assumed it was due to Washington's legalization of weed, but that apparently wasn't the case: it was a Russian assault on our airspace! Large fires burning in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, were started by...

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President Obama's touting a plan to train veterans for solar careers, noting that it's a fast-growing industry with good-paying jobs. That's an interesting take, when you consider that here in Oregon, heavily-subsidized SolarWorld pays $11 an hour - higher than...

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That didn't take long; a Medford, Oregon jury only deliberated about an hour before returning a guilty verdict. They determined that pig farmer Susan Monica did indeed shoot and dismember two farm-hands and then fed them to her pigs. Circuit...

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The 24 year-old computer science student probably should have stuck to his studies. Instead, he decided to get all "radicalized" and demonstrate his devotion to Allah. PARIS (AP) -- An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented...

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These two male mallard ducks were hanging out on the edge of a fountain on the Oregon State Capitol Building grounds in nearby Salem on Saturday. I was kind of jealous. The post Sunbathing By The Pool appeared first on

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April 21st, 2015

Suddenly, she's "tired of the mean-spiritedness in politics". In her early campaign stops, Clinton has cast herself as above the political back-and-forth, vowing to change the harsh partisan tone in Washington. “I am tired of the mean-spiritedness in politics,” she...

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For every right wing lunatic in an Idaho cabin, there are 500 left wing lunatics with tenure at a state university. -David Burge@iowahawk Yeah, that pretty much nails it.

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The forest canopy around Koosah falls is he

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Maryland's Hop Theory is getting set to release their first round of teabag-style infusers that they claim will transform plain old lager beer into brews that taste more like craft beers, but without the expense. Supposedly, it takes only a...

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Today's news from USA Today is kind of scary; a new survey confirms that over one-third of Americans are certifiably insane. Many people are woefully unprepared financially for retirement, and they shouldn't count on working longer to make up the...

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Here’s a shot of the front of the Oregon State Capitol Building in nearby Salem, with the gold Pioneer dude standing on top like a cake decoration. I confess to digitally removing the tops of some parking peters at the very bottom of the shot, because they looked silly down there. I hope they aren’t […]

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April 20th, 2015

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April 25 @ Analog Theater - ANDAZ is the West Coast's longest-running Bhangra & Bollywood dance party, a transportive experience that has enraptured feverishly dancing Portland crowds for nearly 13 years. ANDAZ occurs the last Saturday of every month at the Analog Theater. ANDAZ is such a Portland institution it is men

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April 30 @ Aladdin Theater - Dean Simmons now celebrates 20 years of giving audiences across the country the a live Garth Brooks experience that is performed with respect and amazing accuracy. His shows are a real sincere tribute Garth Brooks... and his music.

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Stop by Bar Vivant for Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. for free tapas & amazing drink specials and tasty treats from their new tapas menu! Come on Tuesdays when it's Happy Hours All Night featuring $4 Tinto & Txakoli + 10% off all wine bottles.

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May 2 @ Esther Short Park - Runners and walkers are invited to bring their dogs, bring pictures of their cats and sign up for 24th annual Walk/Run for the Animals, a fundraising event organized by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The event takes places on Saturday, May 2, at Esther Short Park in Vancouve

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April 25-26 - Our wineries are bestowing right from the barrel, giving cellar tours, showcasing library and vertical tastings and providing access to their elite selections. Come experience the romance and passion of our winemakers first-hand and revel in the bounty!

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May 1 @ Crystal Ballroom - America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin' Vegas versions of rock, rap, and Top40 hits, "swankifying" contemporary songs into traditional pop vocal standards. With his Lounge Against The Machine swing band, Cheese has sold more than 200,000 CDs, and played hundreds of sellout

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April 25 @ Crown Plaza Hotel - The Dinner Detective® is America’s LARGEST murder mystery comedy dinner show! You’ll solve a hilarious murder case while you enjoy a fantastic four-course plated dinner. A tantalizing Prize Package awaits our Top Sleuth of the evening. But be careful! In this show, EVERYONE is a suspect,

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April 23-25 @ Helium Comedy Club - Originally from Dallas, Iliza moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College. She is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC'S Last Comic Standing. Most recently she was the host of CBS's syndicated comedy dating show Excused, in which she filmed 230 epis

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April 20 @ EastBurn- It's Gonna Be Okay is free WEEKLY stand up comedy show EVERY Mondays. The show showcases the best comedians in Portland along with some travelling national comics

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April 22 @ Kelly's Olympian - Rose City Round is a revolving songwriter residency held at Kelly's Olympian. Every Wednesday from 6-8pm, starting in May, two guests will join host Chris Walberg (Dead Teeth) taking turns performing and discussing their original compositions. This unique glimpse into the songwriting process wi

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My friend Norman Beer took today’s image of hundreds of blue ribbons tied to a tree outside of the Oregon State Capitol Building in nearby Salem. It’s actually two images merged into one, using a double-exposure feature on his camera. The flag above the tree is actually several yard away from the tree itself.

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April 19th, 2015

Wondermark

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