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2019 Photo Resolutions December 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

My New Year’s resolutions are usually the same. I intend to spend more time in prayer, and be a better husband, neighbor, father and grandfather—and do a better job of remembering birthdays. I go back and forth about resolutions, believing,...


Cold-Weather Camping in Comfort December 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Winter is one of the four best camping seasons. There are no crowds, no campfire restrictions, and you see and do things you won’t experience in any other season. Something else that sets winter apart is, of course, temperature, which...


The Doc Will See You Now December 25th, 2018 by Claire Sykes

Robots are revolutionizing rural health care When Amanda Petersen went into labor a month before her due date, she had no reason to expect complications. But after doctors at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande, Oregon, delivered Petersen’s daughter, Mya...


Sockin’ it to Cancer December 25th, 2018 by Juan D. Alfonso

Ruralite reader fights cancer one donation at a time It all started with her grandmother’s 90th birthday. Martha Curl, a cancer registrar with Providence Health and Services, wanted to do something special for her grandmother’s milestone event. She decided to...


Festive Events Out West November 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season throughout Ruralite territory ALASKA Saturday, December 1, through Wednesday, January 8 Christmas in Ice, North Pole Christmas in Ice is a winter park next to Santa Claus House, 101 St. Nicholas Drive. The...


Toys for Tots November 25th, 2018 by Juan D. Alfonso

How one Marine’s dream became a foundation for hope On a damp and chilly Christmas Eve in 2007, two Marines in dress-blue uniforms parked their government vehicle outside a dilapidated duplex in Portland, Oregon. Inside, a woman and her teenage...


Stocking Stuffers for Anyone Who Camps November 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Stocking stuffers are often an afterthought. But they don’t have to be. This year, break the cycle of sweets, books, knickknacks—and all the usual stocking stuffers—and get something outdoor enthusiasts on your list will enjoy more. The key is to...


Keeping Memories Alive November 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

In seconds they are lost forever—our homes, our dreams, our irreplaceable heirlooms and precious photographs—memories devoured by roaring winds, racing flames or trespassing waves of water. Fifty years ago, churning floodwaters swept away our family home, taking my mother’s life...


Teacher, Teach Thyself October 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

There is a Bible verse—a rhetorical question—that asks, “You, then, who teaches others, do you not teach yourself?” In a rare moment recently, I decided to leave my camera and cellphone in my hotel room and take a walk on...


Half of Americans Get Outdoors October 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

The United States is a nation of outdoor lovers. As proof, consider that more than 146 million Americans participated in outdoor activities in 2017, according to the Outdoor Industry Association’s annual survey report released in July. That represents 49 percent...