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home : columns August 27, 2015


Climate change: Weather we like it or not
Our climate is changing. It always has and it always will. Earth doesn't exist in a static environment.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Cancer and your dog
Finding out that your furry family member has cancer is very scary and confusing. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, and it's all the more heartbreaking because we have little or no insight into the cause.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Stars over Sisters
The arrival of late summer and early fall brings with it the opportunity to view with the unaided eye a galaxy that lies beyond our own Milky Way.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Nature's hunters
My two older sons are F-16 pilots, they get paid to fly fast and are prepared to go into lethal battle to protect us from anyone who is a threat to our welfare and safety. They have to train religiously to keep current of what the rest of the world is up to and insure they are faster and better then their potential adversary.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Echo Basin's unique ecosystem is marred by a very bad trail
In spite of the rich rewards offered by the short hike to Echo Basin, the trail is in horrible condition due to very poor maintenance. It is so bad that, if it gets much worse, only the most agile hikers should even attempt it.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Contest tips for your pooch
Sisters Doggie Dash/Stroll & Fest will be held this weekend on Saturday, August 15, at Village Green Park in Sisters.

This year there will be four new contests for you and your furry friend to enjoy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Has Lost Lake gone missing?
Most local travelers know that Lost Lake lies along that low, flat stretch of Highway 20 between Santiam Pass and the Santiam "Y." I've always thought it a bit odd that such a conspicuously located feature should be named as "lost." Lately, however, it does seem to be lost.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Of a certain age...
I may sound old-fashioned, or maybe just old, but it appears to me that as a country, as a culture, even as a small Central Oregon town, we are in an ongoing decline when it comes to everyday civility.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Unraveling the mysterious behavior of felines
Cats are the world's most popular pets, outnumbering dogs by as many as three to one according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Killing birds for profit
Wind-power investors really know how to use their money: They buy a politician to help them make it - so they can kill more birds.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The importance of grooming your pet
You've been busier than normal and haven't had time to groom or brush your long-haired Shetland sheepdog in quite a while. You've started to notice that he's been scratching a lot, even though he's already been treated for fleas and ticks.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Stars over Sisters
Aquila the Eagle is one of nine constellations that represent various types of birds. However, only it, Corvus the Crow, and Cygnus the Swan can be seen from Central Oregon's latitude. The remaining six lie deep in the celestial southern hemisphere, well beyond our view.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Of a certain age...
Sometimes my body just has to quit working to get me to slow down long enough to readjust my compass. A severe bout with sciatica this past month left me barely able to do much of anything but the bare necessities, giving me plenty of rest and time to rethink my priorities.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
What to remember and what to forget
I had an extremely painful visit to the dentist recently. I'm a little worried that I may have done some permanent damage to the assistant's arm when I grabbed her. I had no idea it was coming. In my mind, I was just going in for a quick fix to a little problem in my mouth. What happened next was anything but routine.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Please, put 'em back if you can!
This is that time of year when baby birds begin appearing in unexpected places. The other day, I got a call on my cell phone from a lady on a bike who had came upon a baby bird right in the middle of the bike path. She said she screeched to a halt, leaned her bike against a tree and was about to pick up the little darlin' when she was suddenly accosted by a very irate momma robin.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Sisters salutes...
• Don Pollard wrote:
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Saving the monarch butterfly
The monarch butterfly is in a world of hurt. Right off the bat it has problems because it's so unique; it's a migratory insect that flies thousands of miles to survive winter, then return to continue life in northern latitudes - and they travel right through our neck of the woods.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Wildflowers abound in Cone Peak Meadows
This is a great time of the year for wildflower viewing. However, due to the poor snow year, blooms are occurring earlier than ever; so, there is no time to waste if wildflowers are an interest of yours.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Steins Pillar: drive a little for a big treat
I had heard of Steins Pillar before but had never visited it until a friend suggested that we do just that and hike the four-mile round trip. So, off we went and discovered that Steins Pillar is 57 miles from Sisters in the Ochoco National Forest.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Sisters salutes...
•â¯The volunteers of the Sisters Rodeo Association deserve a big tip of the hat for their efforts in staging the 75th Sisters Rodeo. Creating and sustaining an event of that caliber and scope with an all-volunteer crew is a remarkable achievement.

Barrelman J.J. Harrison said it best: "What a great place to have a rodeo!"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
















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