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Steaks from heaven and swan dives onto concrete

statesmanjournal.com — Were I a younger man whose abilities and skills, or lack thereof, were less well-known, I probably could have concocted a better back story as to why I was limping around on a cane the past week. Maybe something involving a bear-mauling, a crash while ski jumping at the Olympic Training Center or maybe a fall while ice climbing.
Dec 18, 2014

.@HenryMillerSJ hides a couple Gear Guide notes in his column this week: trekking poles, buckets stjr.nl/1z1bykS

Dec 18, 2014

Steaks from heaven and swan dives onto concrete stjr.nl/1ADZ4BI via @salem_statesman

Civic Taproom grand openening features 3 breweries

statesmanjournal.com — The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop is holding its grand opening celebration this Saturday, Dec. 20, from noon-midnight. Local beer and cider breweries will be featured throughout the day. Mazama Brewing (noon to 3 p.m.), Reverend Nat's Cider (3 to 6 p.m.), and Buoy Beer (6-9p) each will have several kegs on tap, brewers on hand to talk about their libations, and and hand out swag for customers.

Boston bombing suspect appears in court

statesmanjournal.com — BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013. Security was tight at the federal courthouse in Boston for the final pretrial conference before his trial begins next month. Tsarnaev, 21, was led into the courtroom by U.S.

Registration now open for Oregon Wine Symposium

statesmanjournal.com — Registration is now open for the largest annual wine industry educational event in the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon Wine Symposium is scheduled for Feb. 24-25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to speakers and seminars, there will be more than 145 trade show exhibitors showcasing a wide range of products.

Tickets on sale for Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

statesmanjournal.com — Tickets are now on sale for the signature Oregon coastal seafood and wine event, the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival. The festival this year is Feb. 19-22 and will be at the South Beach Marina in Newport next to the Rogue Brewery.

Early bird discount ends Dec. 31 for IPNC

statesmanjournal.com — Pinot noir lovers take note: early bird discount pricing ends Dec. 31 for the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville. The premier Oregon wine event includes the Grand Seminar, where participants will learn how wine is made; taste a Champagne flight of three single-varietal bottlings, crafted from pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay; and experience a dosage trial and learn how this step transforms texture, balance and final expression of wine.
Dec 18, 2014

Pinot lovers take note, $100 discount on IPNC ends Dec. 31 #ORwine fb.me/6V4XdyymT

5 places to celebrate New Year's

statesmanjournal.com — It's almost time to ring in the new year. Looking for something different to do rather than being a homebody and watching the Times Square ball drop on your big-screen TV? There are plenty of things to get you out of town to celebrate New Year's, whether you're looking for a big-city experience, or something a little more secluded.
Dec 18, 2014

Top 5 places to spend New Year's Eve. What are your favorites? fb.me/6ie4UYMnR

5 elegant Christmas entrées filled with Oregon flavor

statesmanjournal.com — Are you tired of turkey and hate the idea of ham? There's no reason that you couldn't serve seafood, pork tenderloin, roast beef or another dish for your Christmas gathering. Here are five elegant options for your holiday table that are filled with Oregon flavor.
Dec 17, 2014

Tired of turkey and fed up with ham? Try these elegant options for Christmas. #ORFOOD fb.me/1MkQFzHiK

6 homemade food gift ideas

statesmanjournal.com — There's just something about the holidays that brings out the Martha Stewart in all of us. Unlike other times of the year, Christmas seems to bring out the holiday crafter, decorator and cook in us. One of the nicest gifts to share with friends, co-workers and neighbors is of the home-made variety.
Dec 17, 2014

Got a foodie on your gift list? Make them something. Here are some ideas.. #ORfood fb.me/33LUJdI2s

600 temp jobs available with Forest Service

statesmanjournal.com — Beginning in January, more than 600 temporary jobs will be advertised with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Washington. Positions will be in specialties such as fire, trails, timber, recreation, fisheries and archaeology.
Dec 17, 2014

Want to work outdoors? The Forest Service has a place for you and 599 friends. stjr.nl/1DMDHnW via @salem_statesman

Dec 17, 2014

Like working outdoors? 600 temp jobs available with Forest Service stjr.nl/1DMDHnW via @salem_statesman

Learn the art, science of taxidermy at Chemeketa class

statesmanjournal.com — Pros Chuck Wilch and Rus Lynde will teach a 10-week, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays class beginning Jan. 7 in Basic Taxidermy through the Community Education program at Chemeketa Community College. You will learn hands-on techniques employing basic taxidermy skills such as carpentry, woodworking, tanning, molding and casting to turn your trophy bird or critter into a hand-made display mount.
Dec 17, 2014

This class brings a whole new meaning to 'holiday stuffing.' stjr.nl/1AIei8T via @salem_statesman

Neighborhood raising money for Livingston Park light

statesmanjournal.com — The Lansing Neighborhood Association is raising $1,950 to install a security light near the basketball court at Livingston Park, with the hopes it will increase neighborhood livability and safety. "By improving the parks, we're improving the neighborhood," said Patty Lipton, chairwoman of the Lansing Neighborhood Association in Northeast Salem.
Dec 17, 2014

Neighborhood raising money for Livingston Park light stjr.nl/1ADXP5H via @salem_statesman #salemor

Know these people? Good Samaritans hoping to return camera, pics (UPDATE)

statesmanjournal.com — David Verner was following elk tracks through the forest last October on a hunting trip when something shiny and blue caught his eye. The South Salem resident put his hand down and picked up a beat-up digital camera sitting below a tree near McCoy Motorized Recreation and Snowmobile Area north of Detroit Lake.
Dec 17, 2014

Well what do you know ... Guy who lost the camera turns up (UPDATE) stjr.nl/1DIg4wE via @salem_statesman

Dec 16, 2014

Know these people? Good Samaritans hoping to return camera, pics stjr.nl/1DIg4wE via @salem_statesman

Dec 16, 2014

Know these people? Good Samaritans hoping to return camera, pics stjr.nl/1BVhRwr pic.twitter.com/Mubk9sxHe8

Dec 16, 2014

RT @alisharoemeling: Know these people? Good samaritans hoping to return camera, pics stjr.nl/1DIg4wE via @salem_statesman

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Cottage Grove 14-day camping limit starts smoothly

statesmanjournal.com — Except for the need for a massive cleanup effort, enforcement of the 14-day rule on camping on the Cottage Grove Ranger District southeast of Eugene went smoothly on Monday. On Dec. 1, squatters who had taken up long-term residence in the Umpqua National Forest were notified that camping would be limited to 14 consecutive days in the ranger district.
Dec 17, 2014

Cottage Grove 14-day camping limit starts smoothly stjr.nl/1DKebzw via @salem_statesman

Driver in mudslide crash on River Road S: 'I was lucky'

statesmanjournal.com — About 20 dump truck loads of soil, rocks and plant material slid onto River Road S Tuesday morning, causing a car to rollover on its top and traffic to be blocked until at least Wednesday morning.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @Salem_Statesman: ROAD CLOSURE: River Road S will be closed through Thursday morning for repairs after mudslide stjr.nl/1DITsw9 pic.twitter.com/y4c9veTxlH

Dec 16, 2014

Mudslide causes rollover crash, closes River Road S stjr.nl/1ADf7jk via @salem_statesman

City names footbridge after Sen. Peter Courtney

statesmanjournal.com — Salem residents and visitors will walk, run or bike across the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge when its completed in 2016, thanks to a unanimous vote by the city council Monday night. "The criteria, for me, in naming this bridge is who's been a hero from the beginning," Councilor Dan Clem, Ward 8, said.
Dec 16, 2014

I give you the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge. Estimated completion is 2016. stjr.nl/1A7nfdV #sjnow #orpol

Salvation Army's toy drive short 1,000 gifts for teens

statesmanjournal.com — The Salem-Keizer area's largest toy drive collected more donations than organizers anticipated, but is still 1,000 toys short as distribution begins Wednesday. About 1,080 families have signed up to receive toys this year from The Salvation Army's Christmas Toy & Joy Project, said Melissa Baurer, director of social services.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @KaellenHessel: The Salvation Army's annual toy drive is short 1,000 gifts for teens and looking for donations: stjr.nl/1wHAWOn #salemor @salemkroc

Radioactive leaks at Hanford worse than thought

statesmanjournal.com — Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has asked the Energy Department to come up with a plan and a strict timeline to address storage tanks leaking radioactive nuclear waste at the Hanford Site in Southeast Washington. A new Government Accountability Office report found that both the older single-shell and newer double-shell tanks are continuing to deteriorate.
Dec 16, 2014

Radioactive leaks at Hanford worse than thought stjr.nl/1ACFWUW via @salem_statesman

Championship shot worth more than stats to Dylan Young

statesmanjournal.com — Dylan Young understands that all of the gaudy statistics he and his Southern Oregon football team have put up this season will be of no consequence in a national championship game. But they're still astounding. The 6-foot-3, 197 pound senior receiver from North Salem has caught 86 passes for 21 touchdowns and an NAIA-leading 1,631 yards this season.