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August 1st, 2014

http://www.internationalbeerday.com/ “I thought that was everyday.” – Kevin

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This article is by staff writer April Dykman. On Monday at 8:30 a.m., I found myself at the veterinarian’s office — where, unknowingly, I would spend the next three hours. The night before, my cat Mia threw up at least five times. In the morning, I found her wedged into a corner of the bathroom. [...]

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July 31st, 2014

(Editor’s note: I have discontinued PDXWerewolf.com on July 26, 2014. There are a few posts of my thoughts and experience worth looking back and re-posting to BJDorr.com. This post originally posted on June 9, 2014 on PDXWerewolf.com.) Alright, normally when I see movies they are either in the local theater or I wait

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Often I am asked, “What can we do to address income inequality?” There are a number of good ideas for confronting income inequality, which now stands at historic highs.

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Today we have the last of the images from Saturday’s Santiam SummerFest, held in downtown Stayton (see also: street festival part one and part two, the bed races, and car show part one). In case you missed it yesterday, here’s the terribly exciting video I shot at the car show. …

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Two weeks ago I

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Former GRS staff writer Donna Freedman has been researching the importance of teaching children about money, and she asked if she could share some things she’s learned. This is the second of two articles on the subject. You can read the first one, about teaching younger children about money, right here. Donna writes for M

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Our thought should not merely be an answer to what someone else has just said. Or what someone else might have said. Our interior world must be more than an echo of the words of someone else. There is no point in being a moon to somebody else’s sun, still less is there any justification […]

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July 30th, 2014

Refreshing breezes, a newly air conditioned exhibit hall and even nine new hand-washing stations helped to take the sizzle Wednesday out of the first day of the four-day run of the 101st Bento…

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It all happened in about five seconds. All of a sudden, Corvallis’ Cressey Merrill, who will turn 6 this Sunday, had two gigantic new friends.

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I've long understood that there is an alternate "reality" (and yes, those quotation marks are meant to be there) for many Republicans. The GOP is not alone in this regard. But in my experience, they're far and away the group with self-identified adherents skating da

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A week after The Oregonian wrote about ride-sharing company Uber sneaking into Vancouver with hopes of breaking Portland's powerful taxi lobby, Oregon Public Broadcasting has tackled the issue on Tuesday's "Think Out Loud" call-in program.

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The city Bureau of Development Services, which will issue the permits, said earlier it expected to be ready to issue the first permits by the end of August.

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“I can’t find it now. There was a post about you and your brother and he wanted you to go be happily in love. I wanted to read it to my brother before your blog is gone. You have a special relationship with your brother that I admire. Can you please send me the link? […]

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By Steve Hughes. Steve is the State Director of Oregon's Working Family Party. The Oregon Working Families Party supports the Oregon Open Primary ballot measure. We believe that for too long the political system has been rig

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While poking around New York City’s Museum of Natural History one summer, my husband and I realized lunch time was upon us and we were mighty hungry. From our third-floor location, we were dir…

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After posting photos of the street festival (parts one and two, and the bed races) from the Santiam SummerFest, held on Saturday in downtown Stayton, we are wrapping things up with the big car show held at Pioneer Park. This will be a two-parter, because why not. There are a …

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Weatherford Hall is one of Oregon State University’s most recognizable buildings — an elegant residential structure built in 1928 in the heart of campus. Its distinctive arch brings to mind th…

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At 80 years, Johnston and wife Erma were Oregon's longest-married couple

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Soup kitchen program cuts loose from churches for own nonprofit status

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One of the most prominent features of Timothy Lake are

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This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. A few weeks ago, I was browsing the Internet with my morning coffee when a link to a write-up at USA Today caught my eye. It read “Price tag for the American dream: $130K a year.” The article, which is based on a study conducted by researchers at [...]

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.—Ecc. 3:1 It’s been seven years, friends. Seven years of pounding out these heart-words here, hoping these humble stories strung together will bring hope, truth. I love this space so much. I love sharing it with you. I love “me

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July 29th, 2014

“Can you please be more specific about the baggage you’re sorting? If you’re throwing out bad habits and people, I am wondering what you mean by that. I am transitioning from an unhealthy romantic relationship, and could use some advice about how to move on.” Sheesh. Well, I need to be absolutely clear – I […

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It’s no secret ... Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion’s not a running quarterback.

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You may have already heard about the demonstration video going around about the “unmeltable” Walmart ice cream sandwich from KIKN 100.5 FM in Sioux Falls where a Walmart brand ice cream sandwich was left out under the sun and didn’t melt. The report was intriguing and it was something I thought I can easil

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By Diane Hodiak of Bend, Oregon. Diane is an environmental advocate who supports pricing carbon: a solution that will help the economy and the environment. Have you heard of the 97% of scientists who agree that carbon release into the air is causing climate change and extreme wea

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Under the proposal, Airbnb would assemble a roster of its hosts willing to take on people displaced in a disaster.

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From a new grid look in your Media Library to a streamlined Post Editor, the latest updates to your WordPress.com site will make creating and publishing even easier.

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From a new grid look in your Media Library to a streamlined Post Editor, the latest updates to your WordPress.com site will make creating and publishing even easier.

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Some 1,500 Oregonians have signed a petition asking Oregon lawmakers to close a tax loophole used by some corporations to get around the state’s corporate minimum tax, allowing them to pay nothing in income taxes.

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More Santiam SummerFest photos today (see also: street festival part 1 and part 2)! It’s time for the bed races, wherein people raced beds, put on their pajamas, and then raced some more. I even shot some video, so that’s extra exciting, if you like watching somewhat smudged video (not …

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with recent additions to the Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit a few sites using

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with recent additions to the Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit a few sites using

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A cookie from Taylor Street Ovens is iconic enough to make our list on its own. The cookies there are just plain good. The bakery’s most popular product, they are distributed through Market of…

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When Clear Channel killed progressive talk on KPOJ, our community was shocked, surprised, outraged, and motivated to action. Big corporations control the TV and radio airwaves and it's really hard for nonprofits and startups to get on the air. Carl Wolfson and our friends at XRAY-FM are doing their best, b

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This is Still Creek. It is not the most appropria

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Don and Jane Thaw have lived through two world wars and found their own paradise in their 73 years together

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The K-9 officer that the Corvallis Police Department called Xar has 80 criminal apprehensions to his name, and has won numerous awards for his police skills.

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This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Many years ago, when I was paying off a car loan and some credit card debt, I became really frugal. Almost obsessively frugal. I looked for every possible way to save money, and I dreaded ever having to spend money. Then one morning my husband accidently broke [...]

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July 28th, 2014

Getting to the state tournament has been the goal of Corvallis Gerding Builders.

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Being in a city does not always mean having towering buildings, noisy traffic, and dazzling signs encapsulating anyone that it should mean escaping town and head to the mountain of solitude. In Portland, Oregon, one escape to nature is only a short bus ride away on the West Hills in southwest Portland: Tryon Creek State [&#

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CASCADIA — After 22 days apart, Lori Davis and Patrick Milligan of Scio were reunited Sunday with Madison, their female bull mastiff, thanks to several good Samaritans and volunteers with Linn…

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This weekend I was at the NW Book Festival on Saturday, then the coast on Sunday with Sondra who came down from Alaska for some girl time and mutual spiritual works. I’ve definitely been feeling the strain lately, the strain of transitioning to a new perspective, new belief structures and the life remodel in general.

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By Kelley Meck of Portland, Oregon. Kelley is a campaign professional turned law student. There are 100 days until polls close -- are you excited yet? Were you thinking of this year as the biggest pick-up opportunity for Democrats in the Oregon State Senate in recent memory? If n

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LOCATION: Corvallis

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Every few minutes along Western Boulevard in Corvallis these days, trucks move in and out of the construction site of a large private student housing project.

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Here’s the second half of the photos from the street festival portion of the Santiam SummerFest, held on Saturday (see also: part 1. As you can see above, Stayton’s Mayor Scott Vigil did his best to dunk Police Chief Rich Sebens (left, in tank) and another officer, but he failed. …

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The McDonald Forest north of town is a living combination of recreational wonderland and learning center.

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