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Best Oregon Albums of 2011

Oregon is for music lovers, that’s no secret. As throngs of our nation’s hipsters flock to the world’s capital of indie-folk in Portland, the lines of local and national are blurred. The next two blogs highlight some the best Oregon albums of 2011. But don’t take our word for it. Listen for yourself. 1859 has provided a free track download for each album, so put ‘em on your iTunes, bring them along on your morning jog and let us know what you think.

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Winter 2012 Cover Gallery

After testing numerous concepts for the winter 2012 cover, 1859 creative director, Aimee Jameson, remembered the ‘Ski Mum’ VW Bug a couple of weeks before at a coffee shop. Carol Mergenthaler, and her Ski Mum-mobile were about to become cover models.

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Dave’s Killer Bread

Dave Dahl is remarkably composed as he recalls the decades when addiction and depression ruled his life. His résumé at one point was a rap sheet chock full of crime and drugs. But even more remarkable is the way he turned his life around. Today, as the president of the Dave’s Killer Bread juggernaut, Dahl’s story of redemption has become intimately intertwined with the bread he makes—in fact, a bit of his story is on the package of every loaf.

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Oregon Dorymen and the Best Season that Never Happened

In the early and mid 1970s, hundreds of dory fishermen set off from Pacific City in a quest that generously produced fishing legends. Ray Monroe had been there then, alongside his father and grandfather. As a young man, Monroe was one of the 300 or so commercially licensed salmon fishermen sailing dory boats out of Pacific City to harvest the bounty for which the Oregon Coast is renown. The old salts recount stories of making thousands of dollars in a single haul, full of fish, prized for its fight, profit and taste.

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Oregon Adaptive Sports

This was not what Kendall Cook had in mind when he dropped out of the University of Oregon in 1993 to be a ski bum. When he was visiting a friend who was teaching adaptive skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado, an instructor left, and Cook filled the spot, helping people with disabilities learn to ski a different way. Cook had grown up ski racing in Montana, but had never taught skiing and didn’t even know any skiers with disabilities.

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Oregon’s Most Sensory Woman

Somewhere between living in France, mastering Julia Child’s ‘Turducken’ and earning degrees in biochemistry, chemistry and mathematics, Ann Colonna made a life-change that blended her love of science and food.

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Ty Burrell, Modern Man

ABC’s hit-com “Modern Family” is a brilliant and funny commentary on upper middle-class suburbia told through the antics of three related families. Ty Burrell plays Phil Dunphy, the geeky but cool dad in the typical suburban family, married to an over-caffeinated, underappreciated wife, whose father and gay brother live with their respective families (and heightened drama) in nearby homes but vastly different worlds.

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Guitar Manufacturers Form Partnership

Though there was no rainy outdoor concert to commemorate it, no tie-dyes made for the occasion and no ten-bong salute, the combination of Two Old Hippies Guitar and Breedlove Guitars was acoustic harmony with roots in the ’60s.

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