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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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We have always loved Arbor Snowboards because we believe in what they believe: the trees, the mountains, the outdoors, and we love keeping it natural. Arbor is known for creating some of the most aesthetically pleasing snowboards and longboards by showing off the natural beauty of the bamboo, koa, and walnut woods. Whene

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CHUCKMALLOY In Idaho Sen. Fred Martin of Boise belongs to an exclusive club. He is the only Republican senator living in the Boise city limits, which is surprising considering Idaho’s status as one of the reddest of the red states. So while Idaho is decidedly Republican, Boise is ruled by Democrats. Boise Mayor Dave

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 The US 97 Biggs Rapids-Sam Hill Bridge, though only 51 years old, is starting to show its age in the form of peeling paint and rust. Starting in summer 2014, we’ll clean and paint the structure to preserve it for the years ahead. (photo/Department of Transportation)   You would think this will be a big [

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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Dog training sought for cops (Boise Statesman) Caldwell starts rebrnading program (Nampa Press Tribune) Environmental groups may sue over

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Guest photographer Maryann Nielson caught this awesome sight of a tractor kicking up a lot of dust in a farm field between Stayton and Sublimity yesterday. Thanks, Maryann!

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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

RANDYSTAPILUS Oregon The problem – or is it an asset? – that the advocates of a top-two primary in Oregon have may be in part that the advocates are hard to easily define. The opposition is clear enough, and it starts with both major political parties. It’s easy to understand why: The current closed prima

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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Fast construction again at Harris Ranch (Boise Statesman) Will ‘Otter fatigue’ help Balukoff? (Boise Statesman, IF Post Regist

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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

RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho Noted here: The quote within the next paragraph is not mine originally. I came across it in an online New Yorker piece, dated July 29. It follows a note that the term plagiarism evolved from a gang of ancient-times Romans called the plagiarii, who were known for kidnapping slaves. The poet Martial,

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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) FCC investigates Idaho’s broadband deal (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register) Hop farmers benefiting from craft brewing (Boise Statesm

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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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Ed Templeton and his Kookie art have been slaying it since the early 90’s with Toy Machine Skateboards. With its rock solid wood and team it’s a surprise to me that you don’t see more kids skating their decks. Toy Machine has consistently put out full-length features showcasing the ability of their riders, whether

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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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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles Idaho has produced a number of officeholders and office-seekers who met untimely deaths, either in plane or auto crashes, or job accidents. All had potential to grow and might have been quite successful. In two cases, that of Jim McClure’s and Cecil Andrus’, the deaths of their chief

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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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DAVIDBOND Wallace St Saturday, Sept. 13, would have been Robert Dwayne Hopper’s 75th birthday. For those new here, or with short-term memories, Robert Hopper was owner and managing partner of the legendary Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg, Idaho, from 1990 until his death in January 2011. He was an Elk, a Mason, a sel

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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Eberle will leave Boise city council (Boise Statesman) Yellowstone models possible ‘supereruption’ (IF Post Register) Blast ne

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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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