Campground campfires allowed? Yes and no

I know several people who think camping without a campfire is no fun and not worth doing.
     Full disclosure: I’m one of those.
     So with the long Labor Day weekend approaching, I checked to see if Northwest campers can enjoy campfires anywhere in this wildfire-plagued season.
     The answer...

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Like Denali, NW peaks’ names lost in time

President Obama announced Sunday that, by executive order, he will rename Alaska’s 20,237-foot Mt. McKinley. The new name is actually its old name, long used by Alaska natives: Denali.
     In theory, that practice could extend all over the Northwest. There are plenty of candidates in our corner...

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New 520 bridge now stretches shore to shore

In case it escaped notice, workers lowered the last precast section of roadway deck onto the new Highway 520 floating bridge last week.
     According to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s timetable, motorists will be driving across the new 520 bridge this spring.
     Work crews...

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California burger to invade Medford soon

Burger lovers can be obsessively loyal to their favorite brand. For Medford carnivores, bliss arrives soon: In-N-Out opens there in September.
     I’m somewhat of an oddball. I know lots of In-N-Out connoisseurs, but I prefer another California burger chain, Carl’s Jr. Why? The best burgers are...

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M’s ball girls show skills, earn ‘dream jobs’

You’re watching a Seattle Mariners game on TV when a batter crushes a foul ball just outside the baseline. A young woman on a stool hops down and deftly gloves the ball, then hands it to a gleeful toddler in the front row.
     Ever wonder how those ball girls land their jobs?
     Today’s Everett He...

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Fire problems remain even after flames die

Even as Northwest firefighters battle massive blazes in Oregon and Washington, forest officials already are planning how to rehabilitate the charred landscape.
     Eventually the fires will expire, though perhaps not until fall rains arrive. And blackened terrain presents more than just an ugly...

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How to help those affected by Northwest wildfires

by Sharlyn Petit
     We’ve all been watching the news about those affected by the growing number of wildfires prompting evacuations and threatening hundreds of homes. Our thoughts go out to the families affected and the emergency and rescue teams working on the scenes of these fires.
     The dozens...

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2015 already among worst wildfire years

Just last summer, the news media labeled the devastating Carlton Complex wildfire as the biggest in Washington history.
     So where does this summer’s deadly fire season rank? It depends on how you measure it – loss of life, loss of homes, or acres burned – but by any measure, it's one of the...

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Heat, drought degrade Palouse wheat crop

Students driving to Pullman for WSU’s fall semester likely will miss a customary sight this summer: combines threshing Palouse fields of wheat.
     Because of the drought, wheat harvest is two weeks ahead of typical years, and threshing is nearly over. This summer’s yield is lower than the 123...

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Few NW drivers willing to part with their car

Northwest residents are known to be a “green” crowd, protective of their scenic environment.
     Just don’t expect them to give up their beloved fossil-fueled cars.
     I often hear people groan about gridlock, carbon emissions, and sky-high parking fees. So our work team decided to address this...

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