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April 22nd, 2014

I passed by the Bird & Hat Inn bed and breakfast on 3rd Ave. yesterday, and thought it was looking rather lovely with the colorful trees and plants around. It’s definitely one of the prettiest places in town.

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April 21st, 2014

From the Oregonian

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles His name was Rollie Bruning, though some called him “RJ” as his by-line in print was always R.J. Bruning. Thought about him the other day when I took our grandchildren to Wallace to visit the old train depot. On our way there we walked past the store front office of what used to [

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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) Canyon Fair ousted from Simplot Stadium (Nampa Press Tribune) Idaho water situation improves (Nampa Press Tribune) Idaho: nation’s h

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These very small little flowers were popping up in various places on the grass at Pioneer Park the other day. They are cute little buggers.

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April 20th, 2014

This hasn't been polished buy the lovely editor, but I fe

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Michael and Dana breakfasting. with Dana, Ardee, and Alexandr & Michael at Shari’s Restaurant & Pies – View on Path.

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Big sister: I think you’re right. You just need to be selective about who you talk to about the idea so the naysayers don’t drain so much energy from you and cause doubt. You have a worthy idea. You can’t afford to lose confidence at this point because people aren’t getting it. Me: I guess […]

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts The number one thing keeping our national economy – and thus all lesser economies – from growing as quickly as conditions would otherwise dictate – is the monumentally constipated and completely ineffective U.S. Congress. And you can take that to the bank. Geoff Colvin, F

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 Marion County Sheriff’s Office last weekend responded to the 2900 block of Wintel Road SE because Kyle Randall, age 24 was knocking on doors and asking residents for a place to sleep. After arriving deputies noticed a plume of smoke in the distance that turned out to be a car fire. When they went to […]

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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) Reviewing supt public instruction race (Boise Statesman) Recovering after the Oso landslide (Boise Statesman) Major changes possible for C

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To those who celebrate, Happy Easter. I woke up early after sleeping a good share of yesterday.  Let's call it napping.  Sounds better. Why not?  It was gray and cold and rainy and my right arm and hand were numb off and on, from inflammation, so I couldn't really do much else.  Slinko finally sneaked a spot besid

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File this under “I have no idea what it is” because I have no idea what it is, as usual. These yellow things were all lined up at a farm (Lulay & Sons Farms, to be exact) out Shaff Rd. Here’s a side view of them all looking quite dapper …

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April 19th, 2014

Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Zandr showing what a shark he is. Air hockey FTW!! with Ardee and Alexandr & Michael at Wunderland – View on Path.

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Mikey throwing down some sick air hockey chops. with Ardee and Alexandr & Michael at Wunderland – View on Path.

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Delia finished her first needlepoint recently. She was happy doing cross stitch but when she saw me try needlepoint, she was eager to start. She chose this pattern from a book and picked out her own colors, and off she...

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 When I first saw this, I wasn't sure wha

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho Idaho these days may be more likely to have a truly competitive contest for its Supreme Court than for its major partisan offices – a complete reversal from a generation ago. It had a competitive race in 2008 won by Joel Horton, and in 2010 won by Roger Burdick. The challenger in both of […]

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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) New Albertsons CEO talks corporate plans (Boise Statesman) Lewiston kindergartners heading to Clarkston? (Lewiston Tribune) Moscow prepari

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Arizona tops our list. 1. Arizona The fact that Arizona loses Nick Jo

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A female red-tailed hawk — too young to have a red tail yet — could not fly much in her cramped cage at Chinimini Wildlife Center. Still wild, she hopped from her perch to the platform where p…

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Recently, I was at the chiropractor telling the masseuse about my experience getting an MRI."I freaked out. We tried three times and I just couldn't handle it.""Why?""I don't like anything touching my face. I didn't realize it until I had an MRI, but I guess I'm really, really

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Guest photographer Denny Barnes took this amazing photo from the lunar eclipse a few nights ago, and I am so happy he did. His description: Here’s my version of the Blood Moon and Mars. This is two different images merged together because I couldn’t get them in one shot. The …

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April 18th, 2014

Albany Democrat-Herald

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The circumstances weren’t ideal, but when Jabral Johnson was thrust into action at outside linebacker for the Oregon State football team last season, he made the most of the opportunity.

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Okay, so it has been another one of those weeks - just when it seems the weather has slipped winter's grasp and it's all smooth sailing ahead, my household is beset with illness.  Keeping up with the day-to-day has been a monumental task.  So much so that I haven't been able to pick even the lowest hanging fruit.

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Not allowing cars to cross it is not only insane, but it's a symbol of dysfunction.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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If you’ve been around the Portland food scene for a while, you were probably familiar with Robert Reynolds and his cooking school. Robert was an institution in the community, and when he died in 2010, a dedicated group of people formed Good Keuken, a new school in his honor. Now that school has closed, at least [&

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Oregon St. wrapped up week 3 of their spring football practices today, and there was a "guest" in attendance, as Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, and father

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Ten restaurants will be joining the Portland Street Seats program this year. Street Seats is a program of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that allows businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park. Based on similar programs in

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The City of Portland's general fund has a few million dollars to spare, and Commissioner Steve Novick is mounting an unusual campaign to spend some of it on safer street crossings.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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Let me start this seasonal update by noting that I Love wildflowers.  I mean I really love them.  I seek them out every year and I do extensive planning around the timing of the peak blooms of different wildflower locations in the Bend, Oregon area.  Yesterday, I drove to Central Oregon’s beautiful Smith Rock State

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The US is an oligarchy, study concludesreports The Telegraph  This is news? Well, I g

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CHUCKMALLOY In Idaho The Idaho Republican Party endorses repeal of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows election of U.S. senators by popular vote – and not the Legislature. I say get ‘er done, because it makes no difference. Election by the people and the Legislature would produce the same results i

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PBOT's Mark Lear laid out priorities for spending revenue raised by a new street fee.(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland) The City of Portland is slowly leaking out more details of their plans to create a new fee to boost transportation investment. At a town hall meeting in North Portland last night, Mayor Charlie Hales, PBOT Di

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I am in recovery. No, I'm not talking about the economic recovery the nation is attempting.  I don't know much about all that.  I've been in survival mode for as long as I can recall, always scrambling for little things, reusing broken parts of this to fix that, and scrounging for free items I can put to use.  I am poor

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The latest word from the city: early May. Hopefully.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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Is it out of line for one person on a bike to aggressively criticize another for ignoring a stop sign in a safe situation?Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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