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David Titley talk warns of climate change conflicts — Before beginning a climate change talk to a sold-out Salem City Club crowd on Friday, Dr. David Titley gave the audience a warning about his speech: "There's not going to be a whole lot of polar bears." Not that Titley has a problem with polar bears.
Nov 22, 2014

Rear Adm. (ret.) David Titley warns of climate change conflicts I'm writing about this for my Sunday column.

Good and bad news at Wild Pear in downtown Salem — The ornate tin ceiling at the Wild Pear restaurant in downtown Salem is original to the 134-year-old building. Individual panels and tiles form a pattern of elegant circles, arcing diamonds and fleurs-de-lis, details that become more pronounced when the space is missing its customers and furnishings. The popular eatery has been closed since Oct.

Honeywood Winery celebrates 80 years — It may be hard to believe, but Honeywood Winery in Salem traces its roots all the way back to the repeal of Prohibition. On Dec. 8, 1933, John Wood and Ron Honeyman stood in line to receive a document that would allow them to make alcoholic beverages after Prohibition had been repealed the day before.

Try Oregon-made mead — Mead, a fermented alcoholic beverage created by fermenting a combination of water, honey and various spices, herbs, fruit juices or hops, is catching on in Oregon. It figures that a state that is head-over-heals with all things brewed and fermented would start a love affair with mead. Here's a selection.

Layoff notices sent to four top administrators at YMCA — The YMCA delivered layoff notices to half its top administrators in an effort to make the nonprofit more financially stable. Four administrators, including Vice President of Operations, Fred Naimy, will lose their jobs at the end of the month. The new Executive Director Sam Carroll and the board cut the positions in order to offset ongoing deficits.
Nov 21, 2014

Salem YMCA cuts four top staff Wow! The Salem YWCA turned itself into a non-YWt. Now the YM is slashing costs.

Nov 21, 2014

Layoff notices sent to four top administrators at YMCA via @salem_statesman #salemor #keizeror

College football: Inside Oregon-Colorado — KEYS TO THE GAME Freeman vs. Colorado's front seven: Oregon running back Royce Freeman is averaging 119.8 yards rushing in the past five games and is sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns with 14. Colorado is last in the Pac-12 in rushing defense (206.4 ypg). Ifo vs.

How do Washington, Colorado track their pot? — Oregon lawmakers are talking about making another multi-million dollar software investment. It's not for healthcare; this time it's to track marijuana plants from seed to sale. Why do we need to follow each plant's trip from the soil where it's grown to the lips of the person who consumes it?
Nov 21, 2014

How do Washington and Colorado track #marijuana in their states? Should Oregon do something similar? #sjnow #orpol

Crater Lake National Park talking hefty entrance-fee increases — Higher admission charges are being proposed for Crater Lake National Park because of new standards for a tiered national park fee structure being put into place nationally. Under the proposal, Oregon's only national park would be placed into a tier with other major national parks.
Nov 21, 2014

Is a visit to Crater Lake worth the price of two movie tickets? via @salem_statesman

Teen beauty pageant contestant arrested on drug charges — A former beauty pageant contestant was arrested by Keizer Police on drug charges in a chilling pattern of drug abuse that has appeared time and time again among young people in the Salem-Keizer area.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @ZachsORoutdoors: A horrifying but important story via @fosmirel. Teen beauty pageant contestant arrested on drug charges: #SJNow

Christmas tree shopping guide: Locations, tips — Before the turkey and cranberries are even gone, we have moved on to the next big thing in the holiday highway of fall/early winter. No I'm not talking about Black Friday. It's more like Green Friday because the day after Thanksgiving is the day many local Christmas tree farms open for business.
Nov 21, 2014

.@HRayhorn has a great guide to local Christmas tree options

OSU gymnasts show promise in Orange & Black exhibition — The Oregon State gymnastics team is nearly two months away from its season opener, but you would never have known it based on performances from the Orange & Black exhibition Thursday at Gill Coliseum.

¡Salud! events raise $725,000 — Oregon's thriving wine industry depends on the health and vigor of vineyards throughout the Mid-Valley and the state. And those vines depend on countless thousands of farm workers to tend to them by hand.
Nov 21, 2014

Oregon's vineyard workers take care of our precious vines. We should help take care of them.

Oregon GMO labeling measure now too close to call — Oregon's fight over a GMO labeling law may not be over yet. The gap between yes and no votes on Measure 92 has closed to less than 1,500, meaning a recount is a near-certainty. Although the opposition and news outlets called the close race for opponents the day after Election Day, votes continue to be counted and the gap has continued to narrow.
Nov 20, 2014

Oregon GMO labeling measure now too close to call via @salem_statesman

Winners, losers: Ambulance change exposes tension — TOSSUP: Salem ambulance service. City officials tentatively have chosen a Danish company to provide ambulance service in Salem, starting next summer. Falck Northwest would replace the current ambulance contractor, Rural/Metro. The switch may be good, but the appeals submitted from Rural/Metro and American Medical Response raise serious questions about how the bids were evaluated.

What, in the name of God? — What, in the name of God? It is a question that demands asking, that haunts this most recent atrocity. Ordinarily, it is only rhetorical, something you might say if you came home to find police cars parked in front of your house.
Nov 20, 2014

What, in the name of God? A profound, unsettling column by Leonard Pitts Jr.

Oregon seniors set for final home game at Autzen — Senior free safety Erick Dargan has played in a lot of venues during his career at Oregon, but nothing matches the ambiance of Autzen Stadium. Dargan and a distinguished senior class will be playing in their home game Saturday at Autzen against Colorado.

Wyden bill offers mere glimmer of hope — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is trying for a bit of late-session congressional magic to finally get some movement on proposals to increase federal timber harvests in western Oregon. The Oregon Democrat has pulled off some last-minute feats of legislative legerdemain in the past, so it's not at all out of the question that he can do it again with his bill involving the state's Oregon & California Railroad lands.
Nov 20, 2014

What Oregon newspapers are saying: Wyden bill offers mere glimmer of hope

Beavers hope to keep momentum at Washington — Oregon State has renewed hope heading into Saturday's game at Washington. A 35-27 upset of then-No. 6 Arizona State last week puts the Beavers (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12 North) one victory away from being bowl eligible. OSU players were understandably pleased with last week's win, which snapped a four-game losing streak, but by Monday the focus had shifted to UW.

Keizer Police arrest three in heroin, meth drug bust — An investigation that began in June into drug sales in Keizer culminated in the arrest of three people Wednesday, two of whom are facing additional child neglect charges for allegedly using drugs in the same home as their two young children.