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Environment Northwest Lifestyles

Managing a Difficult Insect Pest on Houseplants

Caption:  Scale insects may be dining on your houseplant if you notice a sticky substance on its leaves and bumps on the upper and lower surface of the plant’s leaves and stems. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers A sticky substance on plant leaves, plant stands, and the floor are often the […]

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Covid’s impact on climate change

Caption: Storms were more intense than ever in 2020 despite our emissions reductions. Credit: Pexels. Dear EarthTalk: Given the economic slowdown around the world due to the coronavirus in 2020, was there a positive impact on climate change?— M. Stiles, Meriden, CT The coronavirus pandemic has certainly led to a decrease in industrial activity and […]

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Economy Featured Oregon

Portland men’s fashion store curates progressive design

Caption: The Camping Pullover Fleece is made from a poly-rayon polar fleece. The design includes sleeves engineered to eliminate armhole seams. Made in the USA. MACHUS is a family-owned retail space in Portland dedicated to curating a store “with the most compelling designers in the contemporary men’s market,” according to company officials. “We believe in every […]

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Economy Featured Oregon Technology

This Intel barista never gets your order wrong

Editor’s note: Intel is Oregon’s largest private employer with a reported 21,000 employees in the state. At Crown Coffee, a small-yet-homey coffee bar in downtown Singapore, the barista never gets your order wrong. Ella is her name and with uncanny consistency she makes a perfect cup of coffee every time. Ella is not human, but […]

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Environment Featured Oregon Outdoor Activities

DogPAC pushes for more off-leash river access

Bend Parks & Rec (BPRD) is working on a River Restoration and Access Plan to protect riparian habitats in the 8 miles of city parks along the Deschutes. BPRD staff will present their recommendation to the BPRD board on Jan. 19. DogPAC has been working with the district to identify sites for off-leash access, where […]

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Joe Biden to ‘GO GREEN’

Caption: If he can deliver on his climate and environment promises, Joe Biden could go down as the greenest U.S. president in history. Credit: jlhervàs, FlickrCC . Dear EarthTalk: What will President-elect Joe Biden’s top environmental priorities be once he assumes office—and who is he tapping to head up key environmental positions in his administration?— […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities

Perfume Your Garden with Lilies

Photo cutline: The new Roselily series of double Orientals are exceptional blooms to include in cut floral arrangements. Photo credit: photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers The garden season is filled with flowers and fragrances and many that generate fond memories of our past. Be sure to add some delightful fragrance to your gardens and create […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Great RV Weekend Getaway

Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Written by Dave Helgeson Do you have a student(s) studying Washington State history remotely from home? Looking to get them and yourself out of the house for an RV weekend getaway? […]

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Eating healthy is balancing act

Caption: Tomatoes are one of the produce aisle items on Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables that are worth spending extra on for organic varieties to spare yourself exposure to pesticide residues. Credit: Rusty Clark~100K Photos, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: My New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier. Which fruits and vegetables are […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities

THE Best Tip for RV Newbies

Caption: Learn to dry camp and enjoy sites like this Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Written by Dave Helgeson I was recently asked by someone at Washington State Parks to share some tips for new RVers […]