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Life in the Abstract

Abstract painter Tracy McEwan finds complexity and striking color on the Oregon Coast. The result of his work is an amazing array that captures the world in a new light.

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What City-Folk Don’t Know About Rodeo

Discovered on the cover of our spring 2010 issue, rodeo champion Stevie Rae Willis became the focus of a Comcast SportsNet reality TV show, ‘Stompin’ Ground.’ The new rodeo program premiers on televisions across Oregon in February (CSNNW.com) and will feature Willis, a Northwest Porfessional Rodeo Association (NPRA) all-around champion from 2007-2010. The program will follow the Willises on heir ranch in Terrebonne and on the road, giving viewers a glimpse of a working rodeo family.

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Strong Medicine

For most americans, the gateway to healthcare is through a job, turning 65 or poverty. But what about the unemployed, the young and the working poor? About 637,000 Oregonians in 2008 were uninsured ­— 16.8 percent compared with 15.4 percent nationwide.

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The Greatest Ski Adventure

Carrying a tent, a sleeping bag and a heavy backpack, John Richard “Jack” Meissner strapped on his skis on a February afternoon in 1948 and began a 300-mile trek from Mt. Hood to Crater Lake.

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Highway 20: Bend to Burns

Wake up your recondite historian and geologist and the events of Highway 20 are perhaps Oregon’s most interesting combination of geology, and Native American and pioneer culture in one stretch.

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Enter the Brandon Roy Dynasty

As a teenager in Seattle, Brandon Roy worked on the docks, cleaning shipping containers while quietly nurturing his dream of playing college and professional basketball. By 2006, he was bound for the NBA, having graduated from University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in American Ethnic Studies.

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Government Camp

Winters are a delight for Lloyd Scroggins, a ski coach at Mt. Hood. Summers are a close second with hikes and mountain bike trails crawling all over Government Camp. 

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The History of Oregon Beer

While today’s aficionados drink in the benefits of the Oregon craft beer trend, each sip of this finely brewed culture in Oregon has been more than 150 years in the making.

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Art Through Ancestry

Ancestral connections are everywhere around us, from great-grandfather’s antiquity above the mantle, to traditional recipes made by grandma at Thanksgiving, and the bedtime stories of our youth. The Art through Ancestry project explores these types of ancestral relationships with three Native American artists – Rick Bartow, Pat Courtney Gold and Lillian Pitt.

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Cyclocross in Oregon

Pedaling through deep mud, sometimes over frozen snow-pack or dismounting to leap wooden barriers with bikes on their shoulders, riders in a growing cyclocross culture are creating an alternate reality for traditional cyclists and a custom mud-and-beer fit for Oregon.