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Idaho’s ‘magic’ has people jumping
Idaho’s ‘magic’ has people jumping

As part of Idaho’s Magic Valley, there’s something magical about the outdoor activities available in the Twin Falls area.

“Outdoor recreation is sort of what we hang our hat on,” said Shawn Barigar, president and...

Kindle: Toronto on a budget
Kindle: Toronto on a budget

Toronto is perhaps the most under-appreciated city in North America. In the popular consciousness it is best known for its dearly departed party animal mayor Rob Ford, but aside from that Toronto proves to be a cosmopolitan city, on par with New York...

BLOOMIN’ BLUES: Shrubby cinquefoil a fine back yard bush
BLOOMIN’ BLUES: Shrubby cinquefoil a fine back yard bush

Name: Shrubby Cinquefoil

Scientific name: Dasiphora fruticosa

The plant in this article is an attractive native shrub that is found at most elevations throughout western North America to the Rockies, and across southeast Canada and...

An exciting wine trail in Walla Walla
An exciting wine trail in Walla Walla

It’s no longer a secret — the vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley on the borders of Oregon and Washington are producing some of the award-winning wines and top wine grape growing regions in the world..

On an overcast, warm Sunday...

BLOOMIN’ BLUES:
BLOOMIN’ BLUES:

Name: Common Speedwell

Scientific name: Veronica officinalis

This plant is mainly found from British Columbia to California, and eastward across the northern states to the eastern states and Southeast Canada. It is originally from...

BLOOMIN’ BLUES: Douglas’ knotweed
BLOOMIN’ BLUES: Douglas’ knotweed

Name: Douglas’ knotweed

Scientific name: Polygonum douglasii

This little plant is a very common annual that is found throughout North America, though it is a little more common in the West and in...

Painted Hills live up to billing
Painted Hills live up to billing

The Painted Hills have beckoned to me for years.

I just never seemed to get to that part of Central Oregon. When my husband, Bill, started planning a fishing trip on the John Day River, however, I realized the national monument was just down the...

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