July 31, 2013
Either someone just spent a very cold night to get a photo, or they’re getting ready to spend a very cold night.
Which is it?
US Dept of Interior: If you haven’t seen Steens Mountain in #Oregon, you really should check out this stunning photo from @BLMOregon pic.twitter.com/H2eePMmfsX
Steens Mountain at sunrise is a very popular image for photographers — but very few get a shot from the mountain itself like this one.
Steens Mountain is a large fault-block mountain in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Oregon. Located in Harney County, it stretches some 50 miles (80 km) long north to south, and rises from alongside the Alvord Desert at elevation of about 4,200 feet (1,300 m) to a summit elevation of 9,733 feet (2,967 m). It is sometimes confused with a mountain range, but is properly a single mountain.
The Alvord Desert playa, looking southeast from Steens Mountain, southeast Oregon; Wikipedia image
February 14, 2013
Some wag e-mailed to ask about flying the flag for Valentine’s Day.
Oregon entered as the 33rd state in 1859 – this is the Oregon commemorative quarter-dollar coin.
Legally, nothing stops a resident from flying the U.S. flag following protocol on any day. So the short answer is, yes, you may fly your U.S. flag on Valentine’s Day.
The Flag Code urges flying the flag on the day a state achieved statehood, too.
So for Oregon and Arizona, there is an expectation that residents will fly their flags. Oregon came into the union on February 14, 1859; Arizona joined the Republic as a state in 1912.
President William Howard Taft signed the papers accepting Arizona into statehood, on February 14, 1912. He still finished third behind Democrat Woodrow Wilson and Bullmoose Party’s Teddy Roosevelt in that fall’s elections. Photo found at Mrs. Convir’s page, Balboa Magnet School (Can you identify others in the photo? Who is the young man?)
February 1, 2012
Suzanne Bonamici won the Congressional seat for Oregon’s North Coast in a special election Tuesday, Oregon Congressional District 1. She had 54% of the vote, in an area that often votes Democrat and supported Barack Obama in 2008.
She will replace Rep. David Wu, a Democrat who resigned after he was accused of making sexual advances towards a daughter of a campaign donor. Bonamici must stand for election in November, too.
Check out the results from The Daily Astorian, one of the finer small daily papers left in America, a paper that still does real news reporting.
Watch one of her last campaign ads:
Is this a bellwether? Democrats had a scandal-plagued representative, but won anyway. The area traditionally votes Democratic. Portents of November results appear rather dim.
Tip of the old scrub brush to Brenda Penner.