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I was 8 or 9 years old when my father bequeathed me the chore of getting the family firewood from the stack to the porch each night. Dad had been a timber feller for a long time until an accident nearly left him crippled. After almost two years of crutches, casts, braces, surgeries and physi…

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I was 8 or 9 years old when my father bequeathed me the chore of getting the family firewood from the stack to the porch each night. Dad had been a timber feller for a long time until an accid…

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During the War Between the States, our first units of special forces were formed. Founded by Col. Hiram Berdan, the First and Second U.S. Sharpshooters were assembled primarily for scout and s…

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There is no doubt the restaurant industry has been particularly hard hit during the pandemic and as part of the American Recovery Plan, $28.5 billion dollars has been used to establish a “rest…

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It is that time of year again when vipercated tongues flick from spade shaped heads and emerge from their dens in search of food and the warmth of the sun. Yep, it is rattlesnake season.

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A prodigious amount of U.S. farmland continues to be converted to other uses. The American Farmland Trust estimates that between 2001 and 2016 more than 11 million acres were taken out of ag p…

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Civilization has always had a fascination with over engineering. Sometimes complex is necessary, but simplex, due purely to having less parts, usually is a more enduring design as there are fe…

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The Citizen Review Board is Oregon’s statewide foster care review program that reviews the case plans of children and families involved in the child welfare system to determine if their placem…

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Saving unnecessarily spent ammunition has always been a concern of mine, but especially now that the shelves are again bare for who can say how long. Sighting in new guns or double checking ou…

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I’m an unabashed Jack O’Connor fan. Over the course of his hunting career, he used many different cartridges and rifles in the hunting field. It’s no secret as anyone who read his books and co…

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Over the last several months we have witnessed history happening in our country that has not happened since the Civil War. It is United States history in the making. Now is a good time to refl…

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The .22 today is largely seen as a great plinker and small game round, and there is merit to saying so. It truly isn’t overly powerful compared to the ever widening lineup of cartridges availa…

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In honor of National Ag Week, March 21-27, I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned while working for Oregon Farm Bureau since 2004.

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On National Agriculture Day, we recognize the unique and irreplaceable value that farmers, ranchers, foresters, farmworkers, and other agricultural stewards have contributed to our Nation’s pa…

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Rural Oregon is facing a difficult post-COVID economic recovery. The $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief package will undoubtedly help, but without addressing some long-standing barriers …

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