Three people next to passive solar house
Environment Northwest Lifestyles

Is passive solar a good house option?

Caption: Dr. Wolfgang Feist and family pose in front of the world’s first passive solar house, constructed in 1991 in Darmstadt, Germany. Credit: International Passive House Association. Dear EarthTalk: What is a so-called “passive solar” house and can I retrofit my existing house accordingly?— Bill C., Raleigh, NC A passive solar house is typically designed […]

Texas windmills
Environment Northwest Lifestyles

Texas storm Uri is renewable energy wake-up call

Caption: Wind power provides a small fraction of electricity in Texas; frozen natural gas lines caused the state’s power grid to go down recently. Credit: Athena, pexels. Dear EarthTalk: Were frozen wind turbines the reason for Texas’ historic power outages recently? If so, how can we make renewables more reliable moving forward?— G. S., Hartford, […]

RV winter camping
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Oregon Outdoor Activities

New Ways to Explore Washington State Parks

Caption: Winter Camping at Millersylvania State Park Written by Dave 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. The MHRV Show Association, producers of the annual Seattle RV Show, Puyallup RV Show and Enumclaw RV Show have enjoyed supporting Washington State Parks for […]

Portrait of inside passage
Featured Northwest Lifestyles

Juneau sets sight on becoming ‘epicenter for Indigenous art

Caption: Inside Passage by Michaela Goade Juneau’s Indigenous artists make big waves with their talents and are recognized for uplifting their culture through a variety of mediums. In fact, Alaska’s capital is poised to become an “epicenter for Indigenous art,” complementing Sealaska Heritage Institute’s goal for Juneau to become the “Northwest Coast arts capital of the world” […]

Candles and flowers
Featured Northwest Lifestyles

Manage Mosquitoes to Better Enjoy Your Outdoor Space

Caption:  Scatter citronella oil and candles throughout outdoor entertainment areas and within a few feet of guests for short-term relief from mosquitoes. Photo credit: by Melinda Myers Dine, play, and enjoy your outdoor spaces more than ever this year by managing annoying and disease-spreading mosquitoes. Use a multifaceted approach to boost your enjoyment and […]

Packaged chocolate candy
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Oregon

Explore exotic chocolates at Southeast Portland shop

Cloudforest, located in Southeast Portland, produces a wide range of chocolate bars, ranging from “Orchid,” made with house-made vanilla extract to “GOMA,” a grey chocolate bar made with black sesame seeds that tastes like white chocolate. Cloudforest also serves delicious freshly-baked cookies using their chocolate, as well as coffee drinks and seasonal hot chocolates. In […]

Mold on lawn
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Post Winter Care for Your Lawn

Caption:  Snow mold appears as circular areas of matted brown grass sometimes found with gray or pink cobweb-like growth over these areas. Photo credit: by Melinda Myers As winter gives way to spring take a walk around the yard. Check the lawn for damage and provide a bit of early season care to help […]

Cross country skiers
Featured Health and Fitness Northwest Lifestyles Oregon Outdoor Activities

Ski scenic groomed trails on Mt. Bachelor

Nordic Sports Director Bob Mathews founded the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center in 1975 by overseeing construction of a modest pair of looping trails with all of 7 kilometers of snowmobile-groomed trails. The then diminutive Nordic program was rounded out by a 150-square-foot rental and lesson department squeezed into a corner of the main lodge. Through […]

Metal raised bed
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Expand Your Planting Space

Caption Some raised beds have built-in water reservoirs to extend the time between watering. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers When your plant list is longer than the available gardening space it is time to expand your planting options. Create new gardening space by adding raised bed gardens, elevated planters, […]

Two bobcats
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities Washington

NW Trek bobcats become buddies

Bobcats Tanner, 8, and Tahoma, 4, are getting along so well, they are now able to share the bobcat habitat at Northwest Trek together! Tahoma arrived at Northwest Trek in 2020, after being raised illegally as a pet. Since his arrival, keepers have slowly introduced the two cats to each other, first just visually through […]