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Looking back at 33 years of Oregon Outdoors

In summer 2009, new Mail Tribune photographer Jamie Lusch and I fell into a newfangled project that, at first blush, looked like little more than an extra day o...

Touring the Wetland

Snowy egrets, beaver dams, seagulls, pelicans and more. From our kayaks were views that ranged from peeks into tule-thick vegetated marshes to expansively open ...

Deer season changes could bring boon

Western Oregon blacktail deer hunters this weekend are stepping into their second straight uninterrupted buck season in more than three decades, but some of the...

Fishing report, Sept. 30

OCEAN OUTLOOK COASTWIDE: The forecast calls for running up to 25 knots Friday with wind waves of up to 7 feet, followed Saturday by winds backing down to 5 ...

Maximum impact, minimal effort

“Poppers” was the word that jumped out from the freezer case. Scanning the package’s ingredients, I noted egg whites as the second ingredient, followed by evapo...

Palliative care teams have much to offer

Here are two examples about a medical support service with which you may not be familiar. Rose was living at home by herself and in chronic pain. She was overwh...

Ashland chef takes national stage

Ashland already was on the culinary map, said chef Josh Dorcak, before his restaurant was singled out last week by the New York Times. But since the Times laude...

Canadian transplant marches to royal beat

When I was born in Montreal in the mid-’50s, I was blessed with a privilege I wouldn’t learn to appreciate until my adult years — my Canadian citizenship birthr...

What does it mean to decolonize a garden?

“It is best just to accept what you have and not take from other people the things they have that you do not have …” — Jamaica Kincaid, “My Garden [Book],” 1999...

Wise reminders for healing, happiness

I am still wrestling with grief after the death of my husband in June this year. It is autumn now. I tell myself I should be feeling less sorrow-filled. And on...

Grace in motion at the Craterian

To begin with, Baron Von Rothbart, despite having transformative magical powers over nature, apparently couldn’t win love on his merits, so he resorted to turni...

No such thing as ‘trash’ fish

Luke Ovgard dangled a small hook baited with a piece of shrimp off a Singapore dock, hoping to catch something weird — anything weird — that the Indian Ocean ha...

Birding Down Under with honeyeaters

Some say Australia is the land of koalas. I disagree. I say it’s the land of honeyeaters. Koalas, as cute as they are, only occur in a narrow zone in the temp...

Place of wonder

We were looking down and across the Williamson River when one of the admirers yelped: “Wow, this is View-Ti-Ful! … I mean beautiful!” Whoever it was — I was too...

Fishing report, Sept. 23

OCEAN OUTLOOK COASTWIDE: The forecast calls for 15-knot winds and 6-foot wind waves Friday off Brookings, followed Saturday by much of the same Saturday. Su...

Some like it hotter

Chiles I can typically count on to be perfectly content in my container garden. Craving heat of the culinary kind at summer’s height, I grew prolific jalapeno a...

Everything changed in 1942

War news was still not good. The country would soon enter into its second year of combat, and the patriotic folks at home were proudly struggling through their ...