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The Governor’s Race

The gubernatorial candidates for Oregon face a state with an uncertain economy, a wall of debt, declining revenues and an unemployment rate of 10.6 percent, a full percentage point more than the national average. 1859 Oregon’s Magazine caught up with John Kitzhaber, the Democratic candidate and Chris Dudley, the Republican hopeful, to ask them, what they see as the greatest challenge facing Oregon.

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The New Wave in Energy

Columbia Power Technologies launches a commercial-scale wave energy production in the reliable surf of the Oregon Coast. The environmental impact remains uncertain. 

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Ziba Design Weaves Portland into an International Scene

Led by Iranian-born Sohrab Vossoughi, Ziba Deseign is at the cutting edge of creative solutions for its global industrial customers. Its own Pearl District headquarters are a study in sustainability, creativity and productivity.

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Exotic Insect Art from Salem

Christopher Marley has become something his childhood fears could never contemplate—an artist who works with insects and other natural specimens to create framed arrangements of preserved bugs. Around this fascination with insects, Marley has built an empire of his own, with works that adorn stylish homes across the world.

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Guile before Guns

Nearly a century ago, a deft-minded Governor Oswald West put his hand to his holster and drew out political genius rather than his pistol.

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The Oregon Kicker Law

Time to repeal the kicker law? Governor Kulongoski and anti-tax crusader Don McIntire slug it out over Oregon’s controversial tax rebate.

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A Commuter’s Green Machine

An ultra-green commuter car hits the streets of Portland reaching speeds of 85 mph while getting 100 miles per gallon. 

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Silverton: Oregon’s Garden City

Silverton rolls out of the Cascades to the west and over valley soils that support sheep farms, tree nurseries, a handful of vineyards and other agriculture. Fifteen miles west lies the state capitol, Salem, and forty-five miles north is Portland. Silverton takes after neither. Depending on where you look, Silverton is a sliver of artistic Ashland, a dash of Dundee wine country and dose of Eugene oddity.

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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.