Whether you’re holed up with a hot toddy or driving to a snowcapped mountain, Oregon musicians have tunes to keep you grooving through winter. Listen to some of 1859’ s favorite albums that debuted in the past year. Portugal. The Man | Indie RockEvil Friends | Portlandportugaltheman.com Quarterflash | Pop RockLove is a Road | Portlandquarterflash.net Pink Martini | Pop/OrchestralGet Happy | Portlandpinkmartini.com Wild Ones | IndieKeep It Safe | Portlandwild-1s.com Radiation City | Dream PopAnimals in the MedianPortland | radiationcity.net Rae Gordon Band | Soul/BluesBlue Lemonade | Oregon Cityraegordon.com Larry and His Flask | JamgrassBy The Lamplight | Redmondlarryandhisflask.com The Harmed Brothers | AmericanaBetter Days | Eugenetheharmedbrothers.com Minden | PopWhat’s More Than Appropriate?Portland | mindenband.com
written by Kevin Max IN A WAY, IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE THAT ROSE FORSTER HOWE WOULD END UP BECOMING a medical technician, English riding instructor, butcher, fromager and soaper on a remote ranch in Eastern Oregon. True, the path there was a bit unexpected. But life doesn’t always travel in straight lines. Video by Kevin Max The night before I left to visit Rose and her husband, Darrell, in Monument, Oregon, I had memorized the route, not wanting to trot out my mobile phone in the quiet hills that rolled up to the north and middle forks of the John Day River. I’d be damned if I was going to resort to a GPS-enabled map to tell me how to get there. This scheme worked, too. Almost. I knew Rose primarily from her Facebook posts, which is to say not at all. There were entries such as, “Dropped off a…
The growing popularity of electronic cars has government officials reconsidering Oregon’s gasoline tax structure. The Oregon legislature recently established an exploratory, voluntary vehicle mileage tax pilot program for 5,000 Oregon drivers which will take effect in 2015. A vehicle mileage tax of one-and-a-half- cents-per-mile would replace the existing gas tax. What do you think about a per-mile tax?
IN May of 2013, food inspectors found GMO wheat from Oregon in a shipment to Japan and Korea, countries that strictly forbid genetically modified organisms. This fueled a broader debate and legislation surrounding GMO labeling and modified crop-growing in Oregon. We caught up with Scott Dahlman (Oregonians for Food & Shelter) and Scott Bates (GMO Free Oregon) to frame the debate for us.