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September 16th, 2014

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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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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September 15th, 2014

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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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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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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Robert Carrithers lived in New York during the early '80s, a very special unique time of creativity in New York. He was a regular at a place called Club 57 in the basement of a Polish church on St. Marks in the East Village. It was a creative laboratory that

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September 13th, 2014

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We arrived in this delicious city yesterday on the high speed train from Barcelona and found our hotel, near the Plaza Mayor. A perfect location.

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Here are 17 rare shots of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola in production on one of film history’s greatest trilogies.

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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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