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Enjoy One of Nature’s Best Light Shows July 25th, 2017 by Curtis Condon

Sky watching is a favorite pastime, even while participating in other outdoor activities. That’s especially true this time of year, when there is more than just stars to observe. Mid-July to late August is the perfect time to marvel at...


Unusual Lighter Sparks Man’s Hobby July 25th, 2017 by Jody Foss

Jerry Keller’s mother loved to frequent estate sales when he was growing up. Even vacations were planned so she could visit antique and secondhand stores along the way. Jerry never had much interest in such things until his mother gave...


Heaven on Earth For Eclipse Chasers July 25th, 2017 by Curtis Condon

A swath of Oregon and Idaho offers some of the best spots to view this month’s total solar eclipse A scene right out of a sci-fi thriller is set to unfold August 21. The sky will darken, the sun will...


Remnants of a Boyhood Adventure July 25th, 2017 by Jody Foss

Lee Bouchard and Harold Hinds stretched out on their sleeping bags with their shirts rolled up for pillows. Camping in the sand on the edge of the John Day River in Eastern Oregon, they stared up at the Milky Way...


A Visual Love Letter July 25th, 2017 by David LaBelle

For 50 years, I have dreamed about photographing God. In the past, I even kidded that when I died, I wanted my family to place a Nikon F camera loaded with 100 ASA film in the casket with me. I...


Advice for Last-Minute Eclipse Chasers July 25th, 2017 by Curtis Condon

Nine tips and strategies for viewing this month’s total solar eclipse, even if you haven’t made any plans or reservations yet It’s happening. That voice in the back of your head is telling you, “Go.” Until now, you gave little...


Rebuilding a Monument to Hikers June 25th, 2017 by Mike Teegarden

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is a bucket-list activity for long-distance hikers. Since January 2016, visitors to the southern terminus of the PCT have been greeted by a new monument marking the trailhead. Pacific Crest Trail Association volunteer Mike Lewis...


Take the Bite Out of Summer June 25th, 2017 by Curtis Condon

Local fishing guru, Pop, taught kids more than how to fish. He taught them a lot about bugs, too. “Keep your mouth shut,” he told a girl complaining about mosquitoes one day. The other kids shut up immediately; they thought...


The Show Behind the Curtain June 25th, 2017 by Dianna Troyer

Fourth of July fireworks pyrotechnicians get their satisfaction from crowds’ oohs and aahs Contrary to popular belief, pyrotechnicians do not always have the best seats for a fireworks show. “You don’t even have time to look up,” says Linda Bingaman,...


Chasing the Thrill June 25th, 2017 by Christopher Gaylord

Despite their risks, extreme sports offer a rush that keeps enthusiasts coming back for more In the 12 years since Biff Hutchison began pushing the limits on a pogo stick, he has broken enough bones to average two every year....