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Preserve your garden for winter meals

Caption: Wooden orchard racks maximize storage space, while allowing air to reach each layer of produce. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers All your hard work is paying off with a bountiful harvest. Fresh produce is filling your garden, countertops, and refrigerator while the garden keeps producing more. Preserve some of […]

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Featured Northwest Lifestyles Oregon

Neon sign museum explores the light fantastic

Photo caption: The Dalles was nominated in the top five runner ups for the competition in the Business Revolution National Campaign. The National Neon Sign Museum in The Dalles downtown historic district captures the history, craftsmanship and culture of America through the lens of the signage and advertising industry. The museum provides historical, social, and […]

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Researchers find pesticides shorten honeybee lives

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Ride the Albany Carousel

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Featured Oregon Outdoor Activities

Flying high in the Central Oregon sky

Editor’s Note: Visit ActiveLifestylesNW.com Video Gallery for a virtual peak at Big Mountain Heli Tours cascade helicopter tours. Big Mountain Heli Tours gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the lava rock, rivers and waterfalls, rolling sage brush hills and ponderosa pines that make up the scenic high desert in Central Oregon. The company offers […]

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Sunshine Mill serves virtual wine in The Dalles

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Northwest artist displays ‘magical’ paintings in Santa Fe

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Neon sign museum explores the light fantastic

Photo caption: The Dalles was nominated in the top five runner ups for the competition in the Business Revolution National Campaign. The National Neon Sign Museum in The Dalles downtown historic district captures the history, craftsmanship and culture of America through the lens of the signage and advertising industry. The museum provides historical, social, and cultural relevance through the exhibition of more than 20,000 square feet of electrifying signs, ephemera, and interactive displays that date from the late 1800's through the 1960's. Housed in the old Elk’s Lodge, the museum will not only display full-scale, one-of-a-kind installations, but will also eventually have

Preserve your garden for winter meals

Caption: Wooden orchard racks maximize storage space, while allowing air to reach each layer of produce. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers All your hard work is paying off with a bountiful harvest. Fresh produce is filling your garden, countertops, and refrigerator while the garden keeps producing more. Preserve some of your harvest to enjoy throughout the winter with some tried-and-true or updated variation of food preservation techniques. Hanging bundles of herbs to dry is a long-time practice that works. Harvest herbs in the morning just after the dew has dried off the leaves. Rinse, allow them to dry,
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Experience Alaska’s capital virtually

Caption: Mendenhall Glacier is located about 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Photo by Greg Johnson. Juneau is getting in on the virtual travel trend by highlighting experiences around the city using various mediums. Travel Juneau’s YouTube channel posts videos that highlight adventures around the city like kayaking near humpbacks and Juneau’s food scene. Take a virtual hike through one of Juneau’s many popular trails, including the Perseverance Trail, which boasts views of Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts. The Herbert Glacier Trail and Mendenhall Refuge Trail offer views of glaciers on the virtual hike and are local favorites to visit in person. For those
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Top 3 Best Sleeping Bags for Camping in 2020

It’s that time of year. The northwestern soil begins to dry and the near ever-present miasma of inclement weather lifts for the fleeting weeks of summer. And you, trapped inside throughout the spring, trapped and taunted by those tantalizing days of forbidden sunlight, you need to get out. Need to explore and reconnect with the primal roots you thought long forgotten. It’s time to escape. It’s time to camp. But before you slip the surly bonds of suburbia, you need to make sure you’re prepared for the realities of your return to nature; specifically, it gets pretty freakin’ cold at night.

Social distance while experiencing Alaska

Photo courtesy of Epic Trails. Social distance while experiencing Alaska in remote cabins and an exclusive bay near Juneau. Hikers can access Point Bridget State Park, located about 40 miles north of Juneau on the Glacier Highway, for treks on the park’s 2,850 acres of nature. The 1.8 mile North Bridget Cove Trail takes you to Camping Cove Cabin and excellent salmon fishing. The remote Cowee Meadow and Blue Mussel cabins are accessible via the Point Bridget Trail. The trail also leads to Berner’s Bay and natural tide pools. Stop along the way to enjoy views of wildflowers during the early summer
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Helicopter over snowy mountain

Flying high in the Central Oregon sky

Editor's Note: Visit ActiveLifestylesNW.com Video Gallery for a virtual peak at Big Mountain Heli Tours cascade helicopter tours. Big Mountain Heli Tours gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the lava rock, rivers and waterfalls, rolling sage brush hills and ponderosa pines that make up the scenic high desert in Central Oregon. The company offers a variety of tours from wine tasting adventures, and trips over the snow-capped Cascades, to Sasquatch tours. The company also specializes in private tours and charters from resorts at Sunriver, Brasada Ranch, Pronghorn and Tetherow. The small group helicopter tours take you away from crowds to

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Oregon Technology

Researchers find pesticides shorten honeybee lives

The lives of honeybees are shortened – with evidence of physiological stress – when they are exposed to the suggested application rates of two commercially available and widely used pesticides, according to new Oregon State University research. In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, honeybee researchers in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences found […]

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Health and Fitness Technology

OSU expands Coronavirus testing to Newport

TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, expanded to include two days of sampling in Newport on June 20-21. The addition of Newport to the study follows the positive tests of more than 120 workers at Pacific Seafood, which operates five processing facilities in the city. In […]

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Environment Technology

Powerful crystal may someday power homes

Photo caption: Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK are experimenting with perovskites as the semiconductor in these small tin solar cells that could someday be on your rooftop supplying your home with free electricity. Credit: University of Oxford Press Office FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What is perovskite-based solar all about, and how does […]

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Technology

Portland tech firm creates virtual COVID-19 screening

Photo Caption: A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Portland-based Bright.md has helped health systems evaluate and treat tens of […]

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Business Economy Oregon Technology

Portland’s Elephants Delicatessen honored

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honored Portland-based Elephants Delicatessen during a special VIP dinner in Washington, in early March where they shared their story of giving back to the community and being a good neighbor to the planet. The NRAEF’s Restaurant Neighbor Award (RNA), developed in partnership with American Express, highlights outstanding local […]

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