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With federal timber sales in Oregon at a virtual standstill, you might want to pay homage to the place that appears to have put your local Forest Service out of the wholesale logging business: Opa ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Killing the Belleview Erratic

At the tail end of the last Ice Age 14,000 years ago--a heartbeat in geological time--the southernmost tendrils of the Cordilleran ice sheet marched into Idaho and sealed the Clark Fork Valley wit ...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 Ted Katauskas


Rattling down the runway at 80 mph, I'm wondering if maybe I should key my headset mic and mention that the second of two red "Low Fuel" lights has just begun to glow on the instrument panel above ...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Destination: MARS

Koh Murai looks like a guy who launches people and precious cargo into the heavens. It must be the steely-eyed stare, or the well-waxed handlebar moustache. Throughout the 1990s, a host of daredevil ...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2001 Ted Katauskas

a commonplace <i>MASSACRE</i>

I just killed two birds with one stick.It was an innocent mistake. You see, for a few weeks now, my second-floor deck has been overrun with squirrels, three or four bushy-tailed rodents clawing at ...   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Old Man River

I named my son after a Superfund site.Of course Willam, two years later, doesn't fully appreciate the ramifications of this. He's still struggling with the pronunciation. Calls himself "Mommo."I dea ...   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Into Thin Air

The moon has just dipped behind the Coast Range. I'm standing in the dewy grass beside a landing strip in Newberg, staring down the barrel of a 15 million BTU propane burner. Behind it, crouched i ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2001 Ted Katauskas

Season of the Witch

Two L-shaped copper rods rattle on the dash of the minivan. Mike Doney and I bump along a country road, on our way to dowse a well for an electrical engineer in rural Redland. Doney tries to expla ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 Ted Katauskas


Live Nude Athene cunicularia!

On a lark, I tell my friend Ben I want to go birding with him sometime. A week later, I get an email: "A couple of people have reported a Burrowing Owl on Smithfield Road at Baskett Slough. It'll ...   More
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 Chris Barker
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