Month: January 2014

Much Colder Weather Next Week Likely

Groundhog or no groundhog, mother nature appears poised to let the Pacific Northwest know that winter is not over just yet! Confidence is increasing in computer model guidance closing in on a solution that has the potential to bring much colder weather across the entire Pacific Northwest next week. If models verify, this would be the coldest air since the arctic blast […]

Ghosts at the 1866 Charles Brown House?

Rumor has it cabinets sometimes open on their own at Vancouver’s Charles Brown House, built in 1866. Tom Vogt, The Columbian’s science, military and history reporter, had an interesting story in today’s paper about the building’s grim history. Here’s a little extra from Tom about possible ghosts at the site: “People who work in the […]

Brickhouse to host Brew Fest for MS in February

The second annual Brew Fest for MS is coming to the Brickhouse Bar & Grill in downtown Vancouver at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12. The craft brew fundraiser, organized by the volunteer athletic group Team Road Kill, benefits the Oregon/Southwest Washington chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It will feature six Clark County brewers: […]

On The Half Shell

Up until a year ago, I never liked oysters much. I thought of them as slimy, and the idea of ingesting something raw – not just raw, but still alive – was too much to bear. Sure, you can deep fry them, and pretty much anything tastes good coming out of the fryer. But why […]

Will a Ballon D’Or Winner ever play in Portland?

An idol thought I’ve indulged a few times since the moment the Timbers announced they’d reacquired top flight status a few years ago.  But in any of those MLS based daydreams, the timeframe was always at least 20 years from now.  Will a Ballon D’or winner ever play in Portland? With the formation of the […]

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry, or Sambucus Nigra, is a berry plant native to Europe that has been shown to help prevent and treat the flu, cold, and other respiratory ailments by boosting the immune system. The berry is high in vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and minerals. I tried some elderberry syrup for the first time […]

Smelt season to be proposed

Washington and Oregon officials are expected to proposed limited sport and commercial fishing for smelt when the Columbia River Compact meets Wednesday. The session begins at 10 a.m. at the Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court. Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said on Friday […]

“Sweet” Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes are packed full of good nutrition providing a good source of vitamin A, fiber an vitamin C.  Adults and kids will love these “Sweet” Potato Fries.The perfect pairing for your Friday night hamburger! Sweet potatoes don’t just belong during the Thanksgiving holiday! Ingredients Cooking spray 2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds total), […]

Outdoor events calendar

Feb. 5 — Vancouver Wildlife League, 7 p.m., Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd., Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator, discuss spring chinook fishing seasons. Feb. 5-9 — Annual Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, $12 for adults, $5 for youth, $2 discount coupons at, […]

Cross-country skiing update

There’s very little snow in the woods so far this winter except at the higher elevations. On Sunday, I had to go to Teacup Lake, which is about 4,500 feet on the side of Mount Hood, to find enough snow to go skiing. The Oregon Nordic Club grooms at Teacup Lake, so conditions were good, […]

Superslow Strength Training For Great Results

There is nothing more impressive to the casual observer than watching someone push, pull or hoist significant amounts of weight. If you were a betting person, you could challenge that same person to try and duplicate the same feat 10 times slower and still achieve the same number of repetitions.  My guess is that you […]

Size does matter…but $$$$ matters more and should be a factor in school classifications

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) just completed its every-other-year mission of re-classifying schools based on their grade 10 – 12 enrollment. It has been doing this for quite some time…even when I was in high school and I’ve always been interested in the outcome. Probably because our school was always on the border between […]

Ohhhh! My aching… back!

[An installment in a planned group of articles on managing common aches and pains….] One of the most common reasons people go to a doctor or miss work is back pain; nearly one in five patients will present with this problem sometime in life. But while back pain accounts for more than $100 billion spent […]

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So many shad

With so many shad in the Columbia River each year, Brad Smith of Bellingham, vice chairman of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, asked at Saturday’s meeting if the Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to promote the fishery. Guy Norman, regional director for Southwest Washington, told Smith that shad are usable commercially for […]

So many shad

With so many shad in the Columbia River each year, Brad Smith of Bellingham, vice chairman of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, asked at Saturday’s meeting if the Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to promote the fishery. Guy Norman, regional director for Southwest Washington, told Smith that shad are usable commercially for […]

Bacon is Makin’ Menus Everywhere

You might have noticed that our region is obsessed with bacon. I blame it all on a little doughnut shop called Voodoo. They were the first to combine swine with pastry, and the Bacon Maple Bar has been a smash success ever since. Then Bunk Sandwiches came out with a Pork Belly Cubano, and the […]

Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Sea Salt Cookies

The ultimate combination. Don’t be afraid to take these out of the oven a little early–they are incredibly soft and chewy! Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Sea Salt Cookies Makes 2 Dozen Cookies Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup unsalted […]

Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

I’ve used diluted white vinegar as an all natural cleaner for a long time now; I use it on windows, floors, mirrors, countertops, even on carpet to remove smelly stains. When the vinegar dries it doesn’t leave a vinegary smell, and it’s safe to use around kids and pets. To make my homemade cleaner even […]

Salmon Patties With Lemon And Dill Cream Sauce

Tonight we had one of our favorite dinners. Salmon patties are pretty healthy and for those that may not be really big on eating salmon as a stand alone dish, it’s a great alternative. 2 pounds fresh WILD salmon Salt and pepper 1 medium onion, diced 6 stalks celery, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 […]

The elusive walleye

For decades, I’d been trying to catch a walleye in the Columbia River. I’d netted them for my neighbor on the Oregon side of Government Island and on Ough Reef at Washougal. I was in the boat with author and tournament angler Ron Boggs when he caught them near Arlington, Ore.. I’ve watched Jim Liddell […]

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