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Bird watching: Dippers are stream-loving, solitary birds
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Bird watching: Dippers are stream-loving, solitary birds

My bird of the month is a Dipper. Other names are Water Ouzel or Teeter Bird. Their habitat is on cold, fast running mountain streams from Alaska to Central America. They appear to be related to the wrens and they are indeed a songbird, but it is...

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Barreto: Voters must heed wake-up call

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Rombach: Attack of the cluster flies

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Column: A reason to read

During the blazing summer of 2013, I worked as a trail guide for the Tram, taking visitors around the top of Mt. Howard and telling stories about Wallowa County. One group of women from San Francisco, about my age, huffed and puffed along.

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McColgan: Dickens, wisdom and the American character

For about two years now, I have devoted all my leisure literary reading to the consumption of the works of Charles Dickens, my favorite novelist. I have been proceeding steadily and contentedly through a 30-volume set that includes all of...