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September 18th, 2014

Good advice: For one minute, please, stand here in silence, look at the sky, and contemplate how awesome life is.

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September 17th, 2014

SI.com ranks Damian Lillard 22nd among all NBA players. See what other Blazers made the grade! OK, so these mid-September ranking exercises get old pretty quickly, but Rob Mahoney and

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Sports fans and sports media personalities have been talking about domestic violence for weeks now, largely without guidance or good information. A Blazer's Edge reader shares her research and thought

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Please check our BENTON GOP CALENDAR for all events.

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Are You a Retiree? Blazer's Edge Wants You! Are you a retiree? Do you have access to the internet? (If not, how are you reading this? You must be special!) Have you the ability to type? Do you want

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The annual Fan Fest event is scheduled for early October at the Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers announce

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Guest photographer Denny Barnes’ hummingbird feeder has had some interesting visitors lately. Denny’s description: My hummers have shrunk..LOL. The last few days my hummers have had some competition. So far they seem to be getting along OK. Don’t know where these little guys came from but there sure is a l

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What price is too high for Wesley Matthews? Could the Blazers play Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman together? Could they take a big-gamble swing at improving the team this year? This and more in

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September 16th, 2014

It’s been said that Eskimos have a variety of words for snow. So it would only stand to reason that we Oregonians would be equally drawn to our own favorite form of precipitation. And even use it as means of identification. Potentially even using it to as an acronym. To name startup accelerators. Or investment

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A panel of Blazer's Edge writers discusses how Damian Lillard stacks up against his point guard counterparts. Damia

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After our fun night last night, I didn't sleep. I tossed and turned and couldn't get comfortable. I was grateful, but unrested when morning arrived. So getting on a bus for a 5-hour ride wasn't a bad thing. I slept on the bus. I'm sure I had my mouth hanging open and I had my goofy blow-up neck pillow, but I was unasham

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Michael Wallace of ESPN.com looks at Greg Oden's slow, sad decline, including scenes from his earliest years as a Trail Blazer. In case you haven't gotten enough of Portland's former #1 o

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When the hubster and I were traveling this summer, and any time, really, over the last few years, we have felt at home. We arrive, despite perhaps being travel weary and discombobulated from hours of flight or driving, and are at peace. We are here. This wondrous place is for us. For now, for however […]

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On the morning of March 21, 1963, Alacatraz, the most secure prison and symbol of American justice across the nation closed down for good. The last prisoner off the island, Frank Weatherman, a gun smuggler and jailbreaker, offered an epitaph to the island's 29 years as the toughest federal penitentiary in the country. &

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Guest photographer Jim Mullholand captured this beautiful sunset last night. We’ve had a lot of smoke in the air from area wildfires for the last few days, and yesterday was especially bad. But I’m glad we can still find the beauty in such a situation. Jim’s description: Smoke from the …

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From new books to appearances in major media outlets, five WordPress.com writers have been busy these past few months.

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The idea of the professional athlete as hero and role model took a fatal wound last week. Here's why that might be a good thing. Today we're going to spend a minute commemorating a sports phenomenon

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September 15th, 2014

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times—and you’ve had to listen to it every time I say it: finding development talent is the biggest problem holding back most startups, these days. And Oregon is no different. That’s why Portland’s Treehouse launched Code Oregon, a project des

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Today we took in the Reina Sofia Museum, which houses the works of the more modern masters, including Picasso's Guernica. When we were in Europe in 1972 we saw Guernica on exhibit in Paris. Franco was in power at that time, in Spain, and Picasso, a Spaniard by birth had declared that he would not exhibit his work in Spa

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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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Portland’s affection for Internet of Things continues to grow. And there’s no better place to keep tabs on what’s happening than Thing Tuesday, Portland’s monthly IoT meet up. This month is no different, as September 16, Thing Tuesday brings a number of awesome speakers to the stage. Paresh Patel 

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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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Welcome to Manhattan, 1888. Not THAT Manhattan, Manhattan, Colorado. According to Old West Photographs, this post-gold rush boom town flourished after the initial strikes in 1886 by two experienced

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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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Six rare images of Michael Caine and the cast and crew grappling with the heat and dust of South Africa during the making film of "Zulu" in 1964.

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September 14th, 2014

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After our long museum day yesterday we decided to get out and see the city today. We started at Plaza Mayor, the very oldest part of Madrid. It has been the scene of many historic events, including the public execution of heretics during the Spanish Inquisition. Today there was nothing more exciting than a small flea ma

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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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