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New Oregon map shows status of popular recreation areas

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Task Force released an interagency status map in March to help the public navigate the status of popular recreation areas impacted by the 2020 wildfire season. The September 2020 wildfires swept through approximately 1.3 million acres of land in Oregon across multiple jurisdictions. Many of these […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Brake for Mount Rainier’s Spirits of Iron

When you first glimpse Dan Klennert’s Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park on your way to Mount Rainier National Park, you might just brake to a stop. And if you don’t, we guarantee you will want to when the next opportunity arises. Peering over the fence you may wonder, “What IS this place?” In Latin […]

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Tips for Raised Bed and Elevated Gardening Success

Caption:  Get the most out of your elevated garden by spacing plants just far enough apart to reach their mature size. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers Raised beds and elevated gardens provide easier access to gardens and can increase space available for growing vegetables and flowers. You will enjoy convenience and easy […]

Yellow cherry tomatoes
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Grow an Earlier and More Abundant Tomato Harvest

Caption: All-America Selections winner Patio Choice Yellow Sweet is a compact tomato variety perfect for containers, patios or balconies. Photo credit:  All-America Selections by Melinda Myers Be the first in your neighborhood to enjoy a garden-ripe tomato. Then continue harvesting an abundance of flavorful tomatoes throughout the growing season. A little planning and strategic planting […]

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5 adventures near the small town of La Pine, Oregon

Caption: Horses graze in a scenic meadow off hwy 97 just south of La Pine. The following article is reprinted from the Travel Oregon website. By Jen Anderson, Author If you’re not paying attention, you can easily bypass the quiet town of La Pine. It’s 30 miles south of the activity in Bend and 60 […]

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Guide to RV Leveling and Stabilization

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 Steve Froese  RV leveling has come a long way since the days of driving up on wooden ramps. Come to think of it, many RVers still drive up on wooden […]