Fire in the West is expected, and not so long ago, it seemed something the West experienced more than anywhere else. Nationally, big fires were treated as another freak of Western violence, like a grizzly bear attack, or another California quirk like Esalen and avocados.

Skunk cabbage. Homemade bread straight from the oven. Hog manure. Pot roast and potatoes after church. The lush grass over the septic tank. Hazelnuts roasting on Grandpa Oz’s wood stove. And, if the wind from town 18 miles away blew right, the pulp mill.

The discovery July 22 of eight pythons in Lacamas Park in Camas was what we in the news business call a “talker,” that is, a story that’s not necessarily important in the big scheme of things, but captures the public’s attention.

As lawmakers reflect on the 2021 legislative session, it will certainly be remembered as the session of the COVID pandemic, the first to include mostly “virtual” committee meetings and floor debates. Processing federal stimulus dollars, debating the largest state budget ever, and pushing bac…

As transportation accounts for nearly a third of CO2 emissions in the U.S., with more than half of that attributed to passenger vehicles, the demand for more sustainable methods for daily transportation has increased.

Zero waste grocery shopping is hard to achieve, and can feel impossible when almost every food product in stores comes in packaging containing plastic. The good news is that there are many easy ways we can contribute to reducing plastic at almost no cost to us. One of the ways we can do this…

Many of us have been staring at darkened rooms around 3 a.m. recently, when we would rather be asleep. Many of us are irritable and worried and live with a sense of impending doom we don’t understand. Many of us wonder where the joy has gone. Many of us feel distressed, can’t tell where it i…

During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm in 1974, Jacobson watched three acres of its riverfront float away. More recently, it’s been drought, and then worse drought.