Timbers Army: A reason to belong
Timbers Army: A reason to belong
Syria's Toll
Syria's Toll
Syrian refugees: Ninth grade girls escape death, search for life
Syrian refugees: Ninth grade girls escape death, search for life
Ghost Roads: What will happen to Oregon’s rural towns
Ghost Roads: What will happen to Oregon’s rural towns
The Perseid meteor shower from Oregon's Alvord Desert
The Perseid meteor shower from Oregon's Alvord Desert
Dalai Lama answers call from tiny Portland college
Dalai Lama answers call from tiny Portland college
Two Oregon teenagers, a basketball and the moment the game became secondary
Two Oregon teenagers, a basketball and the moment the game became secondary
Columbia River: Great River of The West
Columbia River: Great River of The West
Voodoo Doughnut Wedding
Voodoo Doughnut Wedding
Cross-Dressed
Cross-Dressed
Ancient limber pine, likely Oregon's oldest living tree, draws twin brothers to Wallowas quest
Ancient limber pine, likely Oregon's oldest living tree, draws twin brothers to Wallowas quest
A tradition almost as old as Oregon; The Pendleton Round-up
A tradition almost as old as Oregon; The Pendleton Round-up
First Fish: Spring Chinook on The Klickitat River
First Fish: Spring Chinook on The Klickitat River
Pendleton Cowboy Jack Sweek - One Memory Framed in Silver
Pendleton Cowboy Jack Sweek - One Memory Framed in Silver
Portland Trail Blazer super-fan, Robert Ems, aka Free Throw Guy, craves Blazer wins
Portland Trail Blazer super-fan, Robert Ems, aka Free Throw Guy, craves Blazer wins
Timbers Army: A reason to belongIt's impossible to ignore the Timbers Army.At home or away and even when wildly outnumbered --like they were Saturday night in Seattle-- they dare the opposition to match their passion.It seldom happens.I rode with the Army on Saturday to CenturyLink Field for the first game of the home-and-home MLS playoff series between Portland and Seattle.On the bus ride north, Timbers Army members shared their goose bump excitement for the Seattle game. They had stories about handmade ax earrings and green and gold Portland socks. Some said they skipped out on work to make the trip. Others said the anticipation had deadened their desire to eat or sleep.The Army's spirit is founded on their golden triangle of devotion to team, town and each other. They took that devotion and passion high into the 300 section for Saturday's match…. banished as far away from the action as they could be and still be in the stadium. And there they sat, mostly alone in the upper corner.Distance didn't spoil the party.The Army exploded when Ryan Johnson got an early goal. So fierce was their celebration, and so boisterous was their pogo dancing that they actually made the concrete stands jiggle.And then, as Portland got closer and closer to securing the victory, the Army screamed their skin off, pushing their team onward.
Syria's TollWe are bankers, farmers, teachers, soccer players and businessmen. We are one of the world's ancient civilizations, reduced to mayhem. Thirty-one months of civil war; 100,000 killed; more than 4 million homeless; 2 million refugees. We are the Syrians. Our toll continues.
Syrian refugees: Ninth grade girls escape death, search for lifeThe Syrian girls in this ninth-grade class are coming of age during war. It is a mortifying journey. Roqaya lost both parents, her oldest sister and youngest brother in a massacre in Homs. Three of Batool's cousins were killed by snipers. They live as orphans, in camps and broken apartment buildings. Their school in Mafraq, Jordan is a mess, running double shifts, teaching Jordanian kids in the mornings and Syrian kids in the afternoon; all with no additional resources. Suhair Hayek, one of the girls teachers, says she can hardly keep her tears inside her eyes when she thinks about the girls. Some she says, have lost their dreams, some cling to hope. Hayek says what the girls need is a chance to forget their suffering and enjoy their youth. "They escape from death,'' she says. Now, they need to search for life.
Ghost Roads: What will happen to Oregon’s rural townsOregon’s rural areas are in the middle of a crisis. Young residents are moving away to find work. Small town Oregon cannot offer enough to hold them, so schools are left without students, homes without people.The downward spiral could leave towns poor and empty for decades.Frank Dyer, a retired dry land wheat farmer lives in Mayville, Oregon. Dyer’s town once supported 500 residents. Now, only three families call Mayville home. Other Oregon towns mirror the exodus that has happened in Mayville. Dyer loves Oregon and he loves this land.His grandfather homesteaded here, his father was born here. But he does not see a revival for Mayville or unless something changes fast, the rest of rural Oregon.
The Perseid meteor shower from Oregon's Alvord DesertFueled by some really good advice, we headed to The Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain to chase Perseid, the world’s favorite meteor shower. What better place than Oregon’s dry southeast corner to see and make pictures of the annual August light show first observed by Chinese astronomers more than 2,000 years ago?Blessed with a vast emptiness nearly unmatched in the lower 48 states, Steens Mountain and The Alvord Desert are rich in natural darkness. Throw in a waxing crescent moon and we expected nearly perfect viewing conditions despite the mention of “unstable conditions” in the weather forecast for Steens.Shortly after rolling into camp we wondered about our choice.Wind whirled furiously, lightning and rain swept across the Pueblo Mountains sending a maze of lighting bolts to the desert floor. And then, in a place that can get as little as five inches of moisture a year, the desert was pelted by rain.It was unstable defined.We sought refuge from the lightning in our cars.There were other challenges, such as finding the camera weather balloon we launched from the desert floor.The helium-filled balloon, outfitted with two GoPro cameras, rose 90,000-feet before bursting about three hours later. We eventually discovered the contraption 60 miles to the northeast in the open range of Malheur County, its red parachute a scar on the landscape.But in the end, we got our open sky and our shooting fireballs. We were treated to an amazing view of The Milky Way, one so brilliant that it seemed unreal. And suddenly that advice we got to head this way seemed just right to us.
Dalai Lama answers call from tiny Portland collegeLike many folks in Portland, I didn’t know Maitripa College existed until they invited the Dalai Lama to town. The first and only Tibetan Buddhist college in the Pacific Northwest is tucked away in SE Portland and is less than a decade old. Students at the college saw the Dalai Lama’s visit for an environmental summit as a chance to inspire the world to change. I was lifted by their enthusiasm and tried to match their passion with visuals and a narrative from our natural world and a glimpse of what goes on behind their doors.
Two Oregon teenagers, a basketball and the moment the game became secondaryIn a small gym in the middle of nowhere, two boys locked eyes last fall in the final seconds of a meaningless, one-sided high school basketball game. ESPN and the big broadcast networks never make it to Mapleton, a tiny unincorporated community situated on the Siuslaw River 45 minutes east of Eugene. The only video of the Mapleton High Sailors' first game of the 2012-13 season was grainy and out of focus even before the shocked cheers of the gymnasium crowd shook the walls at the very end. Something far from meaningless happened after those boys spotted each other. They shared one of those unexpected moments that help explain why sports matter, because beyond the spectacle and the pomp, they occasionally offer a glimpse into the extremes of human nature: We are brutal creatures bent on destruction. We are giving, kind and tender.Even teenaged boys.read the rest of Anna Griffin's story atoregonlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/02/two_oregon_teenagers_a_basketb.html#incart_river_default
Columbia River: Great River of The WestOn a soggy May morning, Bruce Ely and I stuffed a Chevy Blazer to the breaking point and headed east out of Portland. Among the cameras, tripods and camping gear was a shared dream of creating a beautiful and lasting film from the Columbia River. The project challenged us in many surprising ways and left us with the desire to do it again.
Voodoo Doughnut WeddingPortland's legendary doughnut shop, Voodoo Doughnut, not only makes a selection of unique doughnuts, they also marry people. My buddy Rob Finch and I decided to tell a quick little story about a voodoo wedding, Portland style.
Cross-Dressed
Ancient limber pine, likely Oregon's oldest living tree, draws twin brothers to Wallowas questTwins Darvel and Darryl Lloyd, 69 years old, grew up in the shadow of Mount Adams. By the age of ten, they had climbed their backyard mountain, and they haven't stopped exploring the Northwest since. A few weeks ago they made a 35-mile backpack trip to the Wallowas in northeast Oregon to see a rare, stately old tree (possibly the oldest living tree in the state), a limberpine high on Cusick Mountain.
A tradition almost as old as Oregon; The Pendleton Round-upAn experience as unique as the state of Oregon itself, people who have experienced the Pendleton Round-Up tell why they keep on coming back.
First Fish: Spring Chinook on The Klickitat RiverWillard Cloud Jr. is still fishing from the rock where he, his father and grandfather caught their first salmon. Cloud, 39, of The Yakama Nation, caught his first chinook here near Lyle Falls along the Klickitat River when he was eight-years-old.
Pendleton Cowboy Jack Sweek - One Memory Framed in SilverJack Sweek was never much of a rodeo cowboy. But in1958, he won a belt buckle roping calves in the pro rodeo at Milton Freewater. Its the only buckle Sweek ever won. Now, challenged by illness and age, the buckle represents a moment in Sweek's life when he was everything he ever hoped to be.
Portland Trail Blazer super-fan, Robert Ems, aka Free Throw Guy, craves Blazer winsYou may not know Robert Ems, but if you are a Portland Trail Blazer fan you must know about Free Throw Guy. He’s the fella who goes bonkers in the second half at The Rose Garden before each opposing player attempts a free throw. 
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