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College football: Inside Oregon-Stanford

statesmanjournal.com — KEYS TO THE GAME Rule in the trenches: It has been well documented that Stanford owned the line of scrimmage in last year's matchup. That has to change for Oregon to come out on top. Freeman vs.

Church official banned from Straub Middle School

statesmanjournal.com — A youth mentor from Salem Heights Church was barred from volunteering at Straub Middle School after a student accused him of promoting Christianity and insulting her for being an atheist. The school's principal, Laura Perez, said that Tim Saffeels, the church's director of student ministries, will not be allowed back as a volunteer for the remainder of the school year.
Oct 31, 2014

Interesting story, interesting debate. Church official banned from school after accused of promoting religion stjr.nl/1wKW5qB #SJNow

Who's voting on marijuana this November

statesmanjournal.com — Oregon isn't the only state pondering whether to lift its restrictions on marijuana. Alaska, Washington, D.C., and Florida have their own November ballot initiatives that range from legalizing medical marijuana to permitting possession of recreational pot and, of course, all out legalization.
Oct 31, 2014

What would the #marijuana ballot initiatives in Alaska, Florida and D.C. do? How are they doing? stjr.nl/1voSyLk #sjnow #orpol

Marion County to host Ebola planning seminar

statesmanjournal.com — Marion County Health Department will on Friday hold a seminar with emergency responders, public health officials and health care providers to discuss their collective Ebola response plan. Information addressed will include the current state of Ebola in the world and the United States, reporting, airport screening, disinfecting, isolation and waste disposal.
Oct 31, 2014

What I am up to today: Marion County to host Ebola planning seminar stjr.nl/1wKo75x via @salem_statesman

This catch-and-release fishing has ulterior motive

statesmanjournal.com — And here I always thought the phrase "I'm a catch-and-release fisherman exclusively" was just an excuse for repeatedly coming home empty-handed. The phrase has become known among my friends as the "Henry Miller dodge," a form of piscatorial plausible deniability about lack of effectiveness.
Oct 31, 2014

Darn, another great excuse bites the dust. stjr.nl/1tEr33N via @salem_statesman

Day-use fees will be waived at federal sites for Veterans Day

statesmanjournal.com — The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites from Nov. 8 through 11 in honor of Veteran's Day. The fee waiver is the final one of four this year. The program is in cooperation with other federal land-management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
Oct 31, 2014

Feds salute vets. Day-use fees waived at federal sites for Veterans Day stjr.nl/1tHYaUd via @salem_statesman

Oregon Lottery announces Halloween raffle numbers

statesmanjournal.com — The winning 2014 Halloween Raffle numbers were announced at 5 a.m. today, including 173511 for the $1 million top prize. A complete list of all 1,801 winning Halloween Raffle numbers can be found at OregonLottery.org. Players can also check their tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.
Oct 31, 2014

Dang, I didn't win anything in the @oregon_lottery Halloween Raffle. Maybe you did. Check your numbers. stjr.nl/1wNzLg4 #SJnow

Wine paired with candy? Dandy!

statesmanjournal.com — Let's face it. For grownups, Halloween is about the leftover candy. Especially when you don't have kids, or if you don't want your kids on a sugar rush for the next three months. But seriously, just embrace the sweetness. You know you want to.
Oct 31, 2014

Wine paired with candy? Dandy! stjr.nl/1tGRp51 @Illahevineyards @WVV @Brookswinery mentioned

Oct 31, 2014

Wine paired with candy? Dandy! Read and share your favorite pairings! stjr.nl/1tGRp51 #ORwine

Oct 31, 2014

Read my pairings and let me know what's your favorite wine/candy pairing. fb.me/3PNWKw4sm

Beavers need to regroup against Cal

statesmanjournal.com — CORVALLIS - Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion wasn't quite himself early this week. Oh, he answered questions respectively as always, but the responses were shorter, and it seemed like an arduous task. Perhaps the wear and tear of being sacked 11 times the past two games in losses to Utah and Stanford have taken a toll.

Multnomah Falls more than tourist trap

statesmanjournal.com — When my parents arrived from Minnesota for a visit last week and said they wanted to see Multnomah Falls, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. No matter how spectacular the 620-foot double tied waterfall might be, or how fascinating the historic lodge is to visit, the place is so consistently crowded I've never been able to view it as anything but a tourist trap.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @ZachsORoutdoors: How to enjoy tourist trap Multnomah Falls? 1) Hike in rain. 2) Explore upper trails: stjr.nl/1sL73qS #SJNow pic.twitter.com/2V9Qr3k3ZY

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ZachsORoutdoors: How to enjoy tourist trap Multnomah Falls? 1) Hike in rain. 2) Explore upper trails: stjr.nl/1sL73qS #SJNow pic.twitter.com/2V9Qr3k3ZY

Facebook app lets you see if your friends voted

statesmanjournal.com — Have your Oregon friends voted in the November election yet? Not sure? Well, here's a quick way to find out. A new Facebook application called " Did They Vote" allows users to see which friends haven't turned in their ballots, and it allows users to message those friends to remind them about Election Day.
Oct 30, 2014

Is this Facebook app that lets you see whether your friends have voted cool or creepy? stjr.nl/1zkwM1T #sjnow

In honor of tree champions like Maynard Drawson

statesmanjournal.com — The Oregon Heritage Tree Program has established a new statewide award in honor of the late Maynard Drawson. The annual award will be presented to an individual or group that has championed Oregon's trees with the same fervor and success as Drawson, who was known affectionately as "The Tree Man."
Oct 30, 2014

In honor of tree champions like Maynard Drawson stjr.nl/1wK29j6 via @salem_statesman #SJnow #SalemOR

Yoga class turns up the heat

Oct 30, 2014

Really nice read! Love yoga, but I doubt I'd do it in 100 degrees. Yoga class turns up the heat stjr.nl/1tSiNyS via @salem_statesman

DaVinci Restaurant to reopen tomorrow

statesmanjournal.com — DaVinci Restaurant in downtown Salem announced on its Facebook page at about mid-day today that it would reopen for business tomorrow and return to regular business hours. The restaurant had posted a notice on its doors and announced on its Facebook page and telephone voicemail on Oct.

Ducks primed to get past Stanford hurdle

statesmanjournal.com — EUGENE - Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is anticipating a close game Saturday against Stanford at Autzen Stadum. There's reason to believe he's on to something. After all, Stanford defeated Oregon last season at home, and two years ago in Eugene. Both losses derailed the Ducks BCS national championship game aspirations.

Senate Republican leader: Hughes column was ‘set piece’

statesmanjournal.com — The Statesman Journal ran a column by Editorial Page Editor Dick Hughes recently with the headline, "The politics of fear, Republican style." It was a virtual "set piece" Republicans have come to expect during election cycles. While attack ads are the fodder of both Republican and Democrat political machines, the media turn a blind eye toward Democrat attacks.
Oct 30, 2014

Senate Republican leader: Hughes column was 'set piece' stjr.nl/1tGw2Rs via @salem_statesman #ORpol #ORleg

'Open' primary? Measure 90 a bad idea for Oregon

statesmanjournal.com — The lure of the "open primary" measure on Tuesday's ballot is too good to be true. Measure 90 would cut down voters' choices instead of expanding them. It would use election law to redefine which candidates would best serve Oregonians.
Oct 30, 2014

'Open' primary? Measure 90 a bad idea for Oregon stjr.nl/1wJQsc4 via @salem_statesman #Orpol

10 hearty fall soups and stews

statesmanjournal.com — There's nothing that warms the belly during the blustery and wet evenings of fall like a hearty, rich bowl of soup or stew. Vegetable, Barley and Mushroom Soup Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 cup barley 4 tablespoons butter 1 carrot, cut into small pieces 1 onion, finely diced ½ pound fresh chanterelle mushrooms, or porcini or white mushrooms, chopped ½ pound fresh morel mushrooms, chopped, or 1 oz.
Oct 30, 2014

10 hearty fall soups and stews for a blustery and rainy night stjr.nl/1tEGyse #ORfood

Oct 30, 2014

Has the weather got you shivering? Cozy up to one of our gut-warming soups and stews. Check out the recipes. fb.me/6XlfQiBge

Yurt revolution began on the Oregon Coast

archive.statesmanjournal.com — They were shaped like a pair of oversized knit hats, had a name that suggested either a type of bird or a communicable disease, and when Oregon Parks and Recreation Department officials installed them at Cape Lookout State Park nobody was sure what to expect.