Sound Off: Concealed Handgun Licenses

In the wake of a tragic mass shooting in Oregon in the fall of 2015, we talked with Penny Okamoto at Ceasefire Oregon, a nonprofit against gun violence. The director of the Oregon NRA did not return multiple emails to participate in this discussion.


Making Nuclear Energy Affordable and Accessible

In 2007, Dr. José Reyes co-founded NuScale Power based on a design he made for a small, passively-cooled, modularly designed nuclear reactor. In layman’s terms: affordable, nuclear energy for the world.


From Farm to Flask, a Family Finds Liquid Assets

Ten years ago, the Stein family was wondering what to do with the grain crops they owned in Joseph. With some family history of dabbling in moonshine, really good moonshine at that, opening a distillery seemed like a good option.


Compassion Unboxed

Weeks after adopting a foster child, Lyndsee Wunn started the nonprofit Boxes of Love, which provides foster children with a box of new clothing, stuffed animals, toiletries and books to call their own.


Oregon’s Amber Waves of Grain

Tom Hunton makes his living primarily as a grass seed farmer, but these days, his passion lies with a crop that takes up just a fraction of his 2,700-acre farm near Junction City.


Portland Company Brings Holiday Cheer to Hospital Windows

Millennium Building Services (MBS) is a cleaning and maintenance company with a focus on sustainable practices. MBS services more than 1,000 customers in the Portland Metro area, and has been washing windows at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel for twenty-five years. “At these hospitals, things are not so bright all the time,” said Sparks. “We want to throw a little bit of sunshine their way.” Window cleaning manager Albert Bernal proposed that MBS window washers dress the part during the holidays at local children’s hospitals, including Randall and Shriners Hospitals for Children. For the past three years, four window washers have dressed up as Santa (pictured here: MBS employee, Jason Kirk) and his elves each December. “They really play the part,” said MBS president, Bill Sparks. “They go inside to chat with the kids and take pictures for an hour. Everyone gets a kick out of it.” photo by Beth Nakumara/The Oregonian


Astoria Family Farm Spreads the Scents of the Season

When Liz Jolley would drive home from college for Thanksgiving break, her nose told her when she was close. “I could smell the evergreens just by turning onto Fern Hill Road,” Jolley said.