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A Resurgence in Wine Making

Even though the vines Mike Pearson and Melissa Sanborn purchased had only produced grapes for one chardonnay, the new land owners were undaunted as they cleared sumac, blackberry, poison oak, and cut each grape vine down to the root.  The … Continue reading

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Hobby Blooms Into Business

Jim Maxwell says he’s been gardening since he was a kid wandering around in his grandparents’ large garden, but he started taking it more seriously when he was out of work and wanted to expand a hobby garden to make … Continue reading

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Following the Lewis and Clark Trail

In a photograph, John Fisher holds his .47-caliber air rifle. He’s sure it impressed the Indians.  His gun is one of only four or five in the country and one of fifteen in the world.  The original, he says, “is … Continue reading

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We Have Liftoff

People think the man on the moon was made in Hollywood.  I can vouch they are 100% wrong,” says John Myers, who worked for a company that made heat tiles for space shuttles for 32 years.  He worked as an … Continue reading

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The Heart of a Town

With its array of books, DVDs, Xbox games, and mural of local history, the Weippe Discovery Center, which houses both the public library and the visitor’s center, is a nexus of activity for the young and old. The Weippe library … Continue reading

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Mapping the Hi-Line

Colorado writer David Mogen grew up in small towns along Montana’s Hi-Line, an area below the Canadian border and east of the Rockies, as his father moved the family from one rural town to the next.  The book begins with … Continue reading

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Cities and Nature in Context

In Cities and Nature in the American West, scholars dissect what land, water, and urban existence have meant throughout the last century and what they continue to mean to today’s Western residents.  In the introductory essay, editor Char Miller, a … Continue reading

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Night: Not Just for Astronomers?

Many of us in the rural West are used to dark skies and bright stars, but in urban areas around the world, night is not as black as it once was.  Paul Bogard has compiled twenty nine essays by environmental … Continue reading

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Catastrophe or Nature’s Process?

Twenty-five years after Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption, Oregon State University sponsored a four-day trip into the blast zone.  They invited relevant scientists, nature writers, other artists and academics from around the country to camp seven miles from the crater … Continue reading

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Review of Don Waters’ Desert Gothic

Desert Gothic.  By Don Waters Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 2007. 152 pages, $16.00. Reviewed by Andrea Clark Mason Washington State University, Pullman _______________________________________________________________ Waters’ collection shows the breadth and depth of characters who populate the contemporary American … Continue reading

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