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Fires in Oregon & Washington beyond normal

Caption: Some landscapes need occasional forest fires to germinate seeds for new plants’ growth. Credit: Richard Droker, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: I am sickened by all the death, destruction and misery resulting from the West Coast wildfires, but aren’t these blazes actually beneficial to the environment?— B.T., Helena, MT Some landscapes evolved with periodic wildfires as […]

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RV camping near beautiful Bellingham

Caption: Lake time by the clubhouse. Written by Emily Helgeson 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. When my husband Brad and I were first married we had a house in the Bellingham, WA area. When we moved […]

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Gardening gifts that provide years of enjoyment

Caption: Give the gift of a stylish copper and wood terrarium that is sure to dress up any room.  Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers The popularity of gardening is at an all-time high and people are discovering its many benefits. Some want to grow safe and nutritious food, others […]

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Biking Beyond self-guided bike tour in Olympia

Photo caption: The Tenino Quarry Pool was originally a working Sandstone Quarry in the late 1800s. The self-guided bike tour, Biking Beyond, takes visitors along the Yelm-Tenino Trail near Olympia, WA. Available in both digital and print format, the guide was created to assist guests in wayfinding. Points of interests range from recreation and family […]

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Mine tailings may be a pollution solution

Caption: Mine tailings like this could sequester lots of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Credit: wild trees, flickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that wastes left over from mining operations could be used to absorb carbon dioxide and help solve the climate crisis? — D. Moore, Richmond, VA Yes, mining wastes (“tailings”) could indeed be part of […]

Stars on Mountain Rainier
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Stargazing at Sunrise

The low levels of light pollution at the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park make it ideal for an evening stargazing jaunt. Overnight stargazers will need a wilderness pass. Due to the large volume of reservation requests, requests must be made at least one week  in advance of the desired trip start date and no more than one month […]

Paul Allen's home
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Paul Allen’s Mercer Island home

See Paul Allen’s Mercer Island compound and other amazing videos in our Video Gallery. Paul Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American technology visionary, businessman, investor, and philanthropist. Alongside Bill Gates, he co-founded Microsoft in 1975. In March 2018, he was estimated to be the 44th-wealthiest person in the world, […]

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Central Oregon Strong

Check out the Central Oregon Strong video and the many other amazing videos in our Video Gallery. The City of Bend extended its administrative order discouraging travel to Bend through Oct. 26, 2020. It had been set to end on Labor Day. The order is intended to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in […]

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High winds, hot weather ignite fires in Lincoln County

Caption: The Roads End fat bike ride at Lincoln City on the Central Coast of Oregon. Lincoln City. Photo credit: September 13, 2020–High winds, along with hot, dry conditions resulted in multiple fires igniting in Lincoln County on the Oregon coast. This has created power outages, road closures, and evacuations. The most immediate threat […]

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Select the Right Tool for the Pruning Task

Caption: The FlexDial bypass pruner allows you to adjust the grip to fit the size of your hand, reducing fatigue when making repetitive cuts. Photo credit:  Corona Tools by Melinda Myers Deadheading, trimming, and pruning are part of growing and maintaining a beautiful and productive garden and landscape. Make sure you are outfitted with the right […]