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July 22nd, 2014

Just plain-ole basalt. Dull, right? Well, yes, it

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July 21st, 2014

Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Macro Photography, Photography Tagged: beauty, evocative, Flower, gardening, macro, peach, Photography, rose, SwittersB

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Baker City: What a gem of a town, with an abundance of fine architecture under baby blue skies. We breakfasted at the Lone Pine. It felt like it was plucked out of Portland, with finely executed, yet simple fare, and impeccable service with a dazzling smile. A hush of Stevie Wonder singing on the hi-fi […]

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Okay, it's a pretty lousy photo, and th

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I discovered this gorgeous elusive creature roaming a field across the street from Dairy Queen on Cascade Highway. As you can see, it is the quite rare unicorn cow. Some may call it a unicow, but that is incorrect — while there is one (uni) cow, in this case, we …

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I grew up on Salmon River Road in Welches, and of

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July 20th, 2014

It’s been a bumpy road often down dead ends, potholes and ditches causing many a delay and aches. A roadmap, a guidebook are meant to help, but the wanderlust, the beckoning  distracts from the joys meant to be. Wanderlost ~ SwittersB Filed under: Life, Nature, Photography Tagged: Cascades, journey, Life, love, Photo

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I was never too enamored with Floribunda Roses. Less tidy, too unkempt, too something that just fell short of the tight, crisp beauty of the Hybrid Tea Roses. But, of late, I rescued a few Floribundas, not knowing their genetics, so to speak, when I took them. And, I have to say, they are growing […]

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One of the enjoyable subsets of fly fishing is fly tying. Learning to tie and fish your own creations…and that attract fish. There are, it seems, a gazillion fly patterns out there. Really there are a few hundred patterns and many derivations of a single pattern. It is part of the exploratory/creative process of fly [

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Interzone's sundial is marked from nine AM

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"GET HIM OUT! GET HIM OUT! GET HIM OUT!

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Sunday's Television Critics Association presentations begin with the Fox network chairman and CEO sharing some thoughts about such shows as "American Idol," "Bones" and "24," and a panel about the much-anticipated "Gotham," which tells the origin stories of such DC Comics villains as

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And so it begins… Breakfast in Pendleton: Home of the Round-Up Cabbage Hill View Point Wallowa Kombucha break in Lostine Gazing upon the Wallowas Toward Hell’s Canyon Zumwalt Prairie: Some fourteen miles of winding gravel wound us in and around one of the largest intact bunch grass prairies in the world. Vast, m

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‘Dear Boys…May I make your girlfriend scream louder than you ever will? Signed Spider’ ~ Filed under: Nature, Photography Tagged: Humor, Nature, Photography, Spiders, SwittersB, Tony Muncy, web

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Photos from the second day of PDX Pop Now!, with the Resistance, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Rio Grands and more.

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Hillsboro professional theater company Bag&Baggage Productions threw its annual gala at Oakwood Gardens for the first time Saturday, July 19. Here are five things artistic director Scott Palmer thinks people should know about Bag&Baggage.

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Hillsboro professional theater company Bag&Baggage Productions threw its annual gala at Oakwood Gardens for the first time Saturday, July 19. Guests included neighbors, actors and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey.

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The Onion, July 21 1969. There will never be a better commemoration. (

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Which of the late James Garner's roles is your favorite? Vote in our poll, or leave comments about your memories of watching Garner at work in TV and movies.

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Portland's Pittock Mansion marked its 100th anniversary this year. Over the next year, enjoy a special behind-the-ropes visual tour of this historic residence, inspecting, one at a time, each of the 23 public rooms (and maybe even some not-so-public spaces)....

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The 2014 TCA Awards honored Matthew McConaughey and "True Detective," "Breaking Bad" as Program of the Year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and "Veep," and "Orange is the New Black,"

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Last night was the final night of the rodeo in nearby Sublimity (see also: opening night and day 2. They had a nice tribute to veterans at the start, and then a bunch of rodeo-oriented things, so here are more photos. I didn’t stay as late as the previous night, …

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Misery Ridge Trail takes you up and over the top, with a good look at Monkey Face along the way. From the parking lot, drop to cross the footbridge over the Crooked River, then climb the wall (by trail) that you've been staring at.

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Garner was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, police said.

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Oregon is considering restricting Medicaid reimbursement for hepatitis C drug Sovaldi treatments because of the predatory pricing established by Gilead Pharmaceuticals which puts the price of a single pill at $1,000 or about $84,000 for a patient on a standard, 12-week treatment schedule.

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July 19th, 2014

Hundreds showed up to celebrate the authentic Scottish traditions and culture with music, dancing and eye-catching heavy athletic competitions at the 62nd Annual Portland Highland Games, Saturday, July 19, 2014.

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On the 2014 Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance Winery Tour through Washington and Yamhill counties, Mike Spicer, 48, and a handful of other drivers take their cars off their trailers and travel to Abbey Road Farm in Carlton.

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"Good for you," coos someone to a Norfolk Terrier, standing in line with other winners to get its official photograph taken. Praise and primping go hand in hand at this weekend's Portland Kennel Club Dog Show at the Portland Expo Center. If you...

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You have to buy a "Discover Pass" ($30/year, $10/day) to visit many of the parks in Washington state. One of the big draws - and greatest source of complaints - is Cape Disappointment, near Astoria, Oregon. But buying those required...

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Howdy from a spectacular vacation picnic! The hubster and I took a most fabulous and restorative road trip around Oregon, twelve days and thousands of miles to nearly every place we’ve had an itch to visit these past sixteen years. Oregon is home. The word resonates even more now. I’m currently sorting through p

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In happier news, we present the world's cutest breed of sheep.

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Prior to chalking in

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The weekend's TV choices include the Season 2 debut of "Cedar Cove"; a History Channel airing of Errol Morris' acclaimed documentary interview with Donald Rumsfeld, "The Unknown Known"; Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields in the Hallmark Channel's "For Better or For Worse"; and the debut of a new dyst

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In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Moda wants a huge increase (hey, they've gotta pay for plastering their name all over the Rose Garden somehow). In an odd twist, however, Providence is looking to drop their premiums...

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The European Union forces identical rules upon all member nations, often to ridiculous extremes. In their latest round of idiocy, the European Court of Justice has decreed that being fat is a disability, and employers will be required to provide...

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What a pleasant-looking young man. Well, he was before a Daytona Beach father walked in and found him molesting the guy's 11 year-old boy. Then things got kind of ugly. Oh, no, he's not dead; he just wishes he was....

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Oddly, Pooty-Poot now thinks it'd be a pretty good idea of those folks over in Ukraine put together a cease-fire agreement. He didn't care so much before, but being that pretty much everybody's mad at him, it couldn't hurt. Besides,...

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I attended the second night of the Stampede (see also: opening night, where a lot of horse-oriented things happened. People in cowboy hats rode horses, fell off of horses (or, like in the photo above, they flew), sat on horses, roped other animals while on horses (the people, not the …

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Before the campaign ends, Travel Oregon is conducting a poll, with prizes, through its Facebook site (facebook.com/traveloregon) about what is the No. 1 travelers' favorite Wonder of Oregon.

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At the digital kitchen table, we take a look at the week's top dining and cooking stories that you may have missed.

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"This place is magical." The place was Horning's Hideout, a private park outside of North Plains and the site of the 13th annual Northwest String Summit, a bluegrass festival.

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RAC chills by the pool in the Portland producer's "Cheap Sunglasses" video.

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July 18th, 2014

Portland native Barbara Niven has had a busy career as an actress, including her role on the Hallmark Channel series "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," which begins its second season Saturday, July 19. Niven also writes books, does media and video marketing training and is a motivational speaker.

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Scheduled to perform are the Sam Bush Band, the Infamous Stringdusters and the headlining Yonder Mountain String Band, among others.

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Dogs on Parade at Hillsboro's Tuesday Marketplace raises money for the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter. The event includes a costume contest and canine quizzes.

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International Association of Fire Fighters and AARP have filed briefs in support of public retirees in the ongoing dispute over the cutting of cost-of-living adjustments for current retirees; a case now before Oregon Supreme Court. The AARP and the International...

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Rat Hole Brewing is celebrating their first anniversary tomorrow, Saturday, July 19, with an all-day part at their Brewpub in the Old Mill District. From noon to 10pm, they’re holding a parking lot party with live music, $3.50 beers, grilled food, and swag drawings. (You can purchase tickets for food and drink at t

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GUEST: MARK THE BRIT, No To The Penis Party, Jeff, The Moron Brothers, Mark The Brit, Americanisms In A British Accent, BIKE GALLERY, Mark Pays Up The Bet, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, METRO PCS

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I'll be taking a few days' break from Quart

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Members of the Congregation of Perpetual Outrage now suggest that having a barbecue in a park is anti-social behavior. Some people don't like the smell of searing flesh, while others object to the smoke. So for some of these folks,...

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