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Juniper: It’s Not Just For Gin Anymore

Twisted old Juniper trees can make for a pretty photograph, but they don’t have a lot of commercial uses. And that can be a problem because there are a lot of juniper trees in Eastern Oregon, taking up space and water, and changing the habitat for species like the sage-grouse…

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Juniper: It's Not Just For Gin Anymore. OPB (Think Out Loud). March 11, 2015.

Portland’s levees require expensive fixes

Stakeholders are working to find a feasible solution to bring Portland levees up to federal standards…

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Portland’s levees require expensive fixes. The Daily Journal of Commerce. March 12, 2015.

New standards for Columbia River levees could cost millions

It’s been 157 years since a hurricane hit the West Coast of the United States. But even Portland isn’t immune to the effects of tropical cyclones.

That’s because hurricanes Katrina and Sandy have federal regulators considering whether already-built levees across the country are actually safe, a discussion causing headaches for local governments nationwide…

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New standards for Columbia River levees could cost millions . Metro News. March 5, 2015.

Rethinking Obesity

Educators, community leaders and health care providers say Wasco County children are suffering from an “epidemic” of being overweight and obese.

Wasco leads the state in obesity rates, meaning children here are not only living shorter, less happy lives, but are costing taxpayers more money taking care of their unhealthy habits, according to county healthcare providers.

More than 30 community leaders gathered last week as the first step in producing tangible fixes to the county’s obesity problem….

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Rethinking Obesity. The Dalles Chronicle. January 17, 2015.

VIDEO | Architecture students design a healthier modular classroom

Portland State University architecture professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni saw the need for a healthier, greener modular classroom when their daughter attended class in one at her school. They brought the challenge to their architecture and engineering students at PSU, who came up with design ideas, met with officials, and pushed the project forward to see the SAGE—Smart Academic Green Environment—modular classroom built and launch in the marketplace in fall 2014…

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VIDEO- Architecture students design a healthier modular classroom. PSU Sustainability . December 2, 2014.

Study outlines how poverty, schools and absenteeism affect tribal Students

Oregon Tribal children face significant challenges that make it difficult to learn and perform well in school…

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Study outlines how poverty, schools and absenteeism affect tribal Students. Herald and News. December 21, 2014.

Endangered Willamette Falls Locks deserve a task force

Mount Hood rightfully occupies the top spot in the Portland area’s pantheon of dramatic natural features, and the Columbia River Gorge isn’t far behind…

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Endangered Willamette Falls Locks deserve a task force. The Oregonian. December 22, 2014.

Oregon Solutions teams to help children learn to read

CHILOQUIN — Imagine, instead of an ice cream truck, a reading truck. It could drive through rural Chiloquin, Fort Klamath and Sprague River, showing families how to teach young children about early literacy, and giving out goodies along the way.

Or, businesses could offer little prizes to children for reading and spelling the names of products correctly…

 

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Oregon Solutions teams to help children learn to read. Herald and News. December 9, 2014.

Oregon Juniper Wood Is The Secret Ingredient In New Gin From Sweden

For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert.

A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with juniper fence posts and juniper cabinets and juniper shavings for pet bedding.

Meanwhile, in a tiny town in Sweden not far from the Arctic Circle, master distiller Jon Hillgren wondered what gin would taste like if it were aged in a juniper barrel.

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Oregon Juniper Wood Is The Secret Ingredient In New Gin From Sweden . Jefferson Public Radio. November 17, 2014.

Town That Thrived on Logging Is Looking for a Second Growth

SWEET HOME, Ore. — The great forest just east of town beckoned to Dan Rice when he was a young man, as it had to his father and grandfather before him, both proud loggers in a time that now survives mostly in black-and-white photos and in the talk of old men. He and his brothers kept the family log-trucking business going, he said, hauling to mills now mostly automated, partly in obligation to the legacy…

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Town That Thrived on Logging Is Looking for a Second Growth . The New York Times. November 15, 2014.