“Was grandpa a Nazi?” I asked in a state of panic. Several bayonets bearing swastikas sat on the dinner table in my uncle’s house. “No — These are his trophies,” my uncle explained.
As Published in The Commuter 5/10/2017 Earthen homes built into cliff-sides over 3,500 years ago, sacred to the Pueblo, are at risk of losing protection as a national monument. On Wednesday, April 26, President Trump signed an executive order reviewing protections afforded to the Bears Ears national monument in Utah after being urged by … Continue reading Speak Softly, Carry a Big Check: Trump challenges Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy with Executive Order
As Published in The Commuter 4/26/2017 Thirty people packed the South Santiam Hall Gallery for Ekphrasis, an art exhibit based on collaborations between local artists and poets. The poems were inspired by famous works of Leonardo da Vinci, and the local artists then used the resulting poems to inspire their own works of art. The … Continue reading Ekphrasis: Local artists and poets collaborate, inspired by the works of Leonardo da Vinci
Parents, children and dogs happily made their way over pools of toxic wastewater while navigating narrow foot bridges — a typical sunny afternoon at Talking Water Gardens.
As Published in The Commuter 4/19/2017 A 7000-volt electrified fence, marked with bright yellow warning signs, formed the barrier between the ATI Wah Chang and the Cox Creek. ATI Wah Chang in Millersburg, Oregon in Linn County, formerly known as Teledyne Wah Chang, is listed as one of the “nation’s most contaminated hazardous waste … Continue reading EPA Cuts Hit Close to Home: Linn and Benton Counties depend on EPA to monitor toxic sites
As Published in The Commuter 4/12/2017 The wood-paneled Map Room at the EPA office was packed with media and government officials on Tuesday, March 28. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was present, who received over $1.6 million from the gas and oil industry during the 2016 campaign. Also present was the Trump-appointed EPA head, … Continue reading Trump Proposes EPA Cuts: Executive order eliminates environmental protections in the name of industry
As Published in The Commuter 4/5/2017 “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” read the statement released by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner. The saga into the Trump administration’s possible ties to the Russian government took another turn … Continue reading Michael Flynn: The Flynntrigue Builds