Stoke the fires within to fight winter gloom – The Register

When I get annoyed at green fields, I know it’s time to fight back against the darkness.

I love Oregon, really. As a long-ago transplant from the Midwest, I am still in awe at the wildness of the Pacific Coast and the impossible magnitude of the Cascades. I like the secure sense of living in a valley framed by mountain ranges, and I love that there are always new waterfalls to discover.

But I have never learned to like Oregon winters — neither the gloomy skies nor the listless rain that hangs around but seldom

...read more at http://registerguard.com/rg/life/lifestyles/36213286-74/stoke-the-fires-within-to-fight-winter-gloom.html.csp

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Judge, Beloved Otter At Oregon Coast Aquarium, Dies


Judge, an otter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, eats a clam.

Judge, an otter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, eats a clam.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Judge, a crowd-pleasing otter who played hide-and-seek with visitors, has died at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. He was 17.

The aquarium said Friday that Judge died of complications of old age, including arthritis and pneumonia.

He was found stranded as a small pup and took part in the aquarium’s surrogate mother program.

After seven failed attempts to release

...read more at https://www.opb.org/news/article/otter-oregon-coast-aquarium-judge/

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Judge, a favorite otter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, dies – The Spokesman

NEWPORT, Ore. – Judge, a crowd-pleasing otter who played hide-and-seek with visitors, has died at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. He was 17.

The aquarium said Friday that Judge died of complications of old age, including arthritis and pneumonia.

He was found stranded as a small pup and took part in the aquarium’s surrogate mother program.

After seven failed attempts to release Judge into the wild, he made the aquarium his lifelong home.

Judge was famous for serenading trainers with a low wailing sound — and his keepers would sing back to him.

He also was the centerpiece of a 2013

...read more at http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/dec/08/judge-a-favorite-otter-at-the-oregon-coast-aquariu/

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The Hero’s Journey

Patrick Pooler knows that an individual’s success is built with the help of a supportive community. Without his mother’s support, Pooler never would have made it to Oregon to attend Windells Snowboard camp in 2004. Without attending Windells, Pooler never would have made long-lasting friends who introduced him to the West Coast cannabis culture. And without those friends, Pooler never would have become the owner of Sandy, Ore.-based Heroes of the Farm.

Community is a big part of Pooler’s personal and business ethos: He would rather lose a sale than a friend. “My company was originally built on

...read more at http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/the-heros-journey.aspx

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Suzie ‘Saucy Mama’ Barhyte provides zest for home chefs

Suzie Barhyte is the creative force behind the sauces and mustards produced at Barhyte Specialty Foods in Pendleton.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Suzie Barhyte is the creative force behind the sauces and mustards produced at Barhyte Specialty Foods in Pendleton.


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A row of glass jars are filled with cocktail sauce on the production line at Barhyte Specialty Foods on Tuesday in Pendleton.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

A row of glass

...read more at http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20171208/suzie-saucy-mama-barhyte-provides-zest-for-home-chefs

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Tax to boost affordable housing a smart move – The Register

We have a housing crisis in our community. Identifying problems is easy. Answers are harder, so it is notable when a good solution comes along.

Locally we have a shortage of affordable homes and apartments, and monthly housing costs are too high for many. We can’t count on federal or state funding, which are decreasing. The Oregon Legislature recently gave us a new tool: Local governments may now levy a tax of up to 1 percent on most new construction, with the funds dedicated to support new housing. In Eugene, such a tax can raise as much as

...read more at http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/36217368-78/tax-to-boost-affordable-housing-a-smart-move.html.csp

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The Pied Piper of Salem



When Chip Conrad moved to Salem in 2009, he joked he wanted to become a goat farmer.  

“Salem had this terrible stigma as boring and lame,” Conrad says. “No revitalization was happening.”

In the nine years since, Conrad, 42, has dedicated himself to enlivening Oregon’s capital city.

Today, Salem is still a sleepy town. But those who venture to the central core feel a pulse, then a throbbing heartbeat.

That life force emanates from Reed Opera House, a stately 1870s brick building in the center of downtown that houses more than 60 businesses. On the third floor, Conrad — California surfer dude, improv comic, serial entrepreneur — pumps new energy into his adopted home.  

The Reed Opera House, on Court and Liberty streets in downtown Salem

On a recent Tuesday morning, sunlight streams into the Opera House, where Conrad presides over his...read more at https://www.oregonbusiness.com/article/item/18120-the-pied-piper-of-salem

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Sunny and Mostly Windless, Warm Oregon Coast – Maybe Ten Days

Sunny and Mostly Windless, Warm Oregon Coast – Maybe Ten Days

Published 12/07/2017 at 6:25 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

(Oregon Coast) – If you don’t like the Oregon coast all sunny, windless and warm, then the next ten days or more aren’t for you. In fact, if you don’t like the beaches warmer and less windy than the valley, then you should stay home.

The Oregon coast has been nearly cloudless and bathing in bright sunshine for the last few days, and it’s been described as “windless” at times. That looks

...read more at http://www.beachconnection.net/news/sunwinl120717_613.php

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Oregon Coast a Series of Creature Features as of Late

Oregon Coast a Series of Creature Features as of Late

Published 12/07/2017 at 3:55 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

(Oregon Coast) – To say the Oregon coast has been active lately would be an understatement, and it wasn’t just the king tides earlier this week. In fact, those highest tides of the year probably yielded some of the least number of oddities. (Photo above courtesy Seaside Aquarium: a vessel from Japan recently landed near Cannon Beach).

The crazed tides of late fall, driven by storms both near and far out to shore,

...read more at http://www.beachconnection.net/news/creatfe120717_353.php

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Housing Rural Oregon: A crisis beyond Portland’s boundaries

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Elizabeth Reyes grew up in Lincoln City. The small tourist town on the Oregon Coast is her home, where she works full time and spends her money, where her children go to school. She’s a proud second-generation member of the Lincoln City community. 

“I grew up here. I lived in low-income housing for quite a few years. I took some free classes on how to become a homeowner. It took a couple of years before I was able to buy.”

But she can’t afford to live in

...read more at http://news.streetroots.org/2017/12/01/housing-rural-oregon-crisis-beyond-portlands-boundaries

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