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Like many of you I have accumulated quite a few things in my life. Some of these, without a doubt, are junk. I keep them because someday I might need them or perhaps someone I know will need t…

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This morning, as I sit in my easy chair, a shawl wrapped around my shoulders to ward off the chill that pervades the house, my thoughts are on the world at large. The fire is starting to take …

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What is it about big guns? The fascination, the stigma, the Hollywood exaggerations? There are two kinds of people, when given the opportunity to shoot some kind of hand-held howitzer: The one…

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Grant County ranchers and the Department of Agriculture from Salem met at the airport a week ago to discuss water issues and water quality. Many good questions were asked by ranchers, and the …

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In 1857, Smith and Wesson developed a .22-caliber rimfire cartridge flinging a diminutive 29-grain bullet to the blistering speed of 1,000 feet per second using a 4-grain pinch of black powder…

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It was nearly midnight. High school football practice was starting soon. And the blonde heroine in our story — let’s call her Sandy Dee — was just getting her ducks in a row — or perhaps I sho…

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The Republican boycott of cap and trade effectively prevented Democrats from enacting climate legislation, but their absence also prevented the Legislature from accomplishing much of anything …

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Election security is a big discussion topic for the 2020 elections where misinformation is the biggest threat to elections.

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You get up one day, young and vibrant, feed the animals, sit down for breakfast, drink a cup of coffee — then boom, you’re middle age, just like that. At least that’s how I felt when I awoke o…

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There can be little doubt that Bill Ruger, the late co-founder of Sturm, Ruger & Co., was a genius. Time and again, he was able to foresee what the public wanted even before they knew them…

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Everyone, it seems, is acquainted with the .243 Winchester. Almost anywhere you go you’ll see a vast array of choices in both rifles and ammunition. Everything is covered, the total gamut from…

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What makes a community healthy? According to the Lincy Institute, “A person’s health is a product of their environment. As such, a healthy community is one in which all residents have access t…

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In about ’79 or ’80, my father was looking to upgrade from his trusty old .300 Savage to something with a bit longer legs. At Nydam’s (then Coast to Coast) Hardware, where many legendary gun s…

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Since it was passed by the Oregon Legislature last year as part of its education reform package, we’ve been hearing producers and vendors express concerns over the state’s corporate activity tax.

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It’s no secret that my Democratic colleagues in the State Senate want to pass a cap-and-trade bill this year (SB 1530). They tried last year with HB 2020, but were unsuccessful. They’ve been w…

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