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Baker & Grande Ronde Railroad by the Lee family in Corbett

Baker & Grande Ronde Railroad by the Lee family in Corbett

By Phil Yokers

This year, Thirteen Garden Railways in the greater Portland area will be open for visitation from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 18th. This is a great activity for the whole family at a very affordable price. The garden railways have miniature plants, structures and people populating the “G” scale railroad worlds that have been created. Several gardens feature streams and ponds with bridges and trestles over which the trains pull their passenger and freight cars.
The admission fee of $10 per family, all ages, purchases a self-guided tour booklet with photos, a description of each garden layout, handicap access information, maps to get there, and admission to all 13 featured railroads. Continue reading

This 10-pound snapping turtle was recently found in a douglas County water treatment plant. ODFW photo

This 10-pound snapping turtle was recently found in a Douglas County water treatment plant. ODFW photo

ROSEBURG, Ore – A 10-pound snapping turtle recently found at the Yoncalla Water Treatment Plant is a good reminder not to release pet turtles into the wild. It’s illegal, and it’s harmful for Oregon’s two native turtles, the Western Pond Turtle and Western Painted Turtle.

Snapping turtles, red-eared sliders, and map turtles and are not native to Oregon and are often illegally bought, sold or traded in the state. These are the most common pet turtles but are prohibited by law in Oregon because they are invasive species. Continue reading

Book_burning_(3)The Portland Public School board recently voted to prohibit textbooks or classroom materials questioning the mainstream thinking about climate change.

The decision has sparked an outpouring of commentary, with many writers supportive of the School Board.

However, the wording of the Board resolution should greatly concern parents of Portland public school students. Resolution No. 5272 is two pages long, but the most chilling part is the final sentence: Continue reading

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Social cost of methane regulations will further constrain energy production, for no benefit

Having already done yeoman’s work stifling economic growth and job creation, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down again.

The United States created a paltry 38,000 new jobs in May: one for every 8,000 Americans. Its labor force participation rate is a miserable 63% – meaning 93 million Americans are not working, while 6.4 million more are trying to feed their families on involuntary part-time positions and a fraction of their previous salaries. Manufacturing lost another 20,000 jobs in May, as the economy grew at an almost stagnant 0.8% the first quarter of 2016. Middle class family incomes and net worth continue to slide. Continue reading

Banned in Portland

Gordon J. Fulks lives in Corbett and can be reached at gordonfulks@hotmail.com. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago's Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research and has no conflicts of interest on this subject.

Gordon J. Fulks lives in Corbett and can be reached at gordonfulks@hotmail.com. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago’s Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research and has no conflicts of interest on this subject.

WARNING: This article and by extension this newspaper should not be shown to children in thePortland Public School (PPS) system by order of the Portland School Board.

‘Banned in Portland’ may not yet have the same notoriety as ‘Banned in Boston’ or ‘Banned in Tennessee.’ But we are catching up. Please do not look for a centerfold in this newspaper showing some gorgeous gal, au natural. And don’t look for photos of Oregon politicians guilty of inappropriate sex. This isn’t about SEX. This is about something far more controversial: SCIENCE.

Catastrophism unleashed!

Catastrophism unleashed!

Yes, believe it or not, competent science is again deemed a threat to humanity by daring to doubt the Global Warming paradigm. It is as though we are back in 1925 Tennessee where fundamentalist followers of an old time religion were up in arms about Evolution replacing Creationism. Today the issue is Competent Science versus Catastrophism. Competent Science is that messy business where perpetually skeptical scientists argue the vital details of a very complex subject, in this case, the Earth’s climate. Continue reading

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