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January 29th, 2015

The Stats on WordPress.com are a special favorite of many site owners — it’s our second-most visited screen. At a glance, you can see when you get the most traffic, which posts are making the biggest impact, who your most frequent commenters are, and more. It’s a great way to gain …

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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

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The Corvallis School District is showing large gains in graduation rates in an annual report released today by the Oregon Department of Education, while the Philomath and Monroe school distric…

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January 28th, 2015

Through chunks of glass and daubs of paint, woven fibers and stitched textiles, camera lenses and fired clay, eight Corvallis artists work together to tell a story — or rather, eight little ones.

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Once again, Northwest Ninth Street and Circle Boulevard tops the Corvallis Police Department’s list of the city's 10 most dangerous intersections.

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File this under "random."  From the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry comes this finding about an element in hops:One compound found in hops, called xanthohumol, has gotten the attention of researchers for its potential benefits, including antioxidation, car

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Alisa Fairweather grew up in Pennsylvania, moved to Portland in 1996, had a pair of kids and, until recently, worked as an administrator for a local university. But one day, she decided she wanted...

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I was down at Pioneer Park yesterday taking pictures of some mallard ducks, when this dog decided to go for a bit of a swim. The ducks didn’t seem too concerned, and the dog was perfectly happy to leave the ducks alone, and left the water when its owner called it. It reminds me of […] The post

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A Belgian brewmaster, whose family has been making beer for more generations than he can count, came to Corvallis this week to add to his expertise. And as a result, one of Corvallis' local mi…

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January 27th, 2015

Olaf Schaftenaar’s 3-point production has been a group effort.

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After a traumatic childhood, Farm Home helps young woman call her own tune

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Brunch Box’s brick and mortar is a tiny place—there’s only seating for about 10 (not including a few sidewalk tables that are put out when it’s nice), plus a short standing bar, á la Seattle’s...

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A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of the Linn County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, displacing about 100 persons for more than two hours.

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A funny thing happened on the way Elysian's public flogging.  There I was, bracing for another round of "Judas" called collectively from the internet.  If 10 Barrel Brewing, a nice outfit but certainly nothing like the beating heart of Bend, could generate a week's worth of existential angst, then authentically be

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Guest photographer and resident awesome firefighter Matt Aalto sent along this beautiful images his wife, Tami, took down at the pedestrian bridge off of Florence St. His description: Hi Celine! My wife Tami took this photo [the day before] yesterday as we took our boxer Leila for a walk at the wilderness park. There was

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WordPress.com's default theme for 2015 is the perfect canvas for your creative vision.

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The delegates from Polarlandia announced first that it would cease oil drilling that threatened an endangered species in their territory in order to avoid conflict with their environmentalist …

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January 26th, 2015

The biggest fear for Daniel Gomis on the basketball court is feeling as though he’s not doing his part and letting his team down.

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The biggest fear for Daniel Gomis on the basketball court is feeling as though he’s not doing his part and letting his team down.

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After 24,000 miles, my front tires wore out due to the camber that my car has (the tires are tilted slightly). $522 for the two mounted and installed. Ouch.

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From a very early age, music was a refuge for Megan Stores. One piece in particular, a Mozart piano trio, always provided a sense of tranquility in a world that all too often was confusing, ch…

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The last time Jamie Weisner was at Wells Fargo Arena, she was so upset Oregon State let a late seven-point lead slip away in a 64-62 loss to Arizona State that she punched a wall.

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The last time Jamie Weisner was at Wells Fargo Arena, she was so upset Oregon State let a late seven-point lead slip away in a 64-62 loss to Arizona State that she punched a wall.

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Snow is falling, inches of it, maybe even feet by the time the storm passes. We walked to the hardware store to buy a second snow shovel, as we love to be out in it together, tag team. I can’t remember if I’ve already said this, but snow, and our sheer pleasure at its falling […]

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Yesterday was pretty foggy. So I went out and took this photo last night to show some of it. See it up there? That’s fog. In case you didn’t know. And the lights? Those are lights. Car headlight and taillights, plus some street lights. Do you want me to diagram it? Because I’m not going […]

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The Corvallis library has rebuilt its usage on Sundays in the seven months since it resumed opening on that day.

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The Corvallis library has rebuilt its usage on Sundays in the seven months since it resumed opening on that day.

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The Corvallis library has rebuilt its usage on Sundays in the seven months since it resumed opening on that day.

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Delays at West Coast ports, including Northwest ports, have reached a critical point and threaten regional economies, according to recent news reports. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents 29 West Coast port employers, has been locked in contract negotiations with th

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While speaking with some friends last night about 2015 goals, one of them stated: “No Drama”. I’m a proponent of the No Drama philosophy. I made the unfortunate decision of hanging around some people who “Love Drama”. I remember lives that were filled with huge ups and

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January 25th, 2015

As a senior, Cerise Witherby has found her niche on the competition floor for the Oregon State gymnastics team.

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As a senior, Cerise Witherby has found her niche on the competition floor for the Oregon State gymnastics team.

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As a senior, Cerise Witherby has found her niche on the competition floor for the Oregon State gymnastics team.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Scott Rueck knew his No. 9 Oregon State women’s basketball team was going to get No. 13 Arizona State’s best effort coming out of the gates on Sunday.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Scott Rueck knew his No. 9 Oregon State women’s basketball team was going to get No. 13 Arizona State’s best effort coming out of the gates on Sunday.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Scott Rueck knew his No. 9 Oregon State women’s basketball team was going to get No. 13 Arizona State’s best effort coming out of the gates on Sunday.

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I don’t have many thoughts on this. The past 6 of 7 days, I’ve had my 3 kids, who are 4 years old and under all on my own. Just getting the post up everyday felt good and to participate. I would like to have listened in and participated to the daily chats. I read a few of the posts, they were

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Well, maybe not so much with the ‘happy.’ More like ‘meh.’ Someone drew this face on the side of the children’s riding horse thing at the Safeway grocery store on 1st Ave. For context, here’s a more overall shot: I’m not a fan of marking up others’ property. In fact, I thin

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A few weeks ago, McKenzie Andersen was a happy-go-lucky 6-year-old looking forward to Christmas and her birthday.

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A few weeks ago, McKenzie Andersen was a happy-go-lucky 6-year-old looking forward to Christmas and her birthday.

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A few weeks ago, McKenzie Andersen was a happy-go-lucky 6-year-old looking forward to Christmas and her birthday.

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It used to be that cervical cancer was the No. 1 cancer killer among women.

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It used to be that cervical cancer was the No. 1 cancer killer among women.

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It used to be that cervical cancer was the No. 1 cancer killer among women.

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January 24th, 2015

I’m 42 years old when this post is being written. At this point in my life, I am rarely surprised at myself. I know that I am capable of just about anything, just like every other human on this planet is. So the last time I surprised myself, may have been in High School as Freshman. I joined the s

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CORVALLIS — Oregon State found a way to get it done again.

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CORVALLIS — Oregon State found a way to get it done again.

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CORVALLIS — Oregon State found a way to get it done again.

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It was less than 20 minutes before Oregon State was scheduled to tipoff against Radford in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational 10 months ago, and just a smattering of people…

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It was less than 20 minutes before Oregon State was scheduled to tipoff against Radford in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational 10 months ago, and just a smattering of people…

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