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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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Oregon Sculptor Shelley Curtiss

Every morning, Shelley Curtiss hikes the hills outside Joseph and observes the ever-changing lakes, rivers, mountains, buttes and canyons. “This landscape feeds my creativity,” she says. “And I take those creative juices back to my studio and give them visual expression.”

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Interview with D.J. Duncan

Editor, Kevin Max, caught up with David James Duncan, the author of The River Why, to explore a raft of ideas related to water. In the fall 2009 issue, Duncan tackles the notion of Water as Soul. That piece alone is a wonderful journey across the world, back through time and finally into the flesh of Duncan’s mind. In this interview, he wades deeper into political, environmental and the film based on his novel.

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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.

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Living in Jacksonville

An ethnic Greek from Tanzania finds peace in Southern Oregon’s Jacksonville–a town with more buildings on the Historic Register than any other Oregon city.

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The First Lady of Green

An interview with Oregon’s LEED-ing lady and what’s next in sustainability. Christine Ervin was the first president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council—home of LEED and Greenbuild. Under the Clinton administration, she was the Assistant Secretary of Energy overseeing $1 billion in annual investments for clean energy. Today she runs her own consulting firm, e/co.

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Oregon School Funding

Oregon schools are funded through two mechanisms: the State School Fund, carved primarily from state personal income tax, and local property taxes from homes, businesses and other properties within a school district’s boundaries. The majority of Oregon’s tax revenue (82%) comes from personal income tax, which is a volatile basis for education funding.

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Slash and Earn

Along milepost 224 heading north through Klamath County, sits an abandoned sawmill that’s become the hope for economic revitalization in south Central Oregon and perhaps a sustainable energy paradigm throughout the western states.

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Dr. Brian Druker Discusses Cancer Research

Brian Druker runs up the steep approach of Marquam Hill to OHSU nearly every morning from his home in southwest Portland. For many Oregonians, this feat alone would be a daunting task. For the 54-year-old doctor, whose fringe approach to leukemia research is now the center of the search for a cure, running is the transportation mode that keeps his brain most active.

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Union, Oregon

Today, Union (population 1,960) is called ‘The City of Victorian Heritage’ after its cluster of Victorian era homes along Main Street. Classic brick buildings in its downtown core area, like the Union Hotel and the bus barn at the end of Main Street, are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings making Union quintessential small town Oregon.