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For over six years of my life, I was wrongfully incarcerated in an Oregon prison. I was convicted in Malheur County of a crime I did not commit and falsely labeled as having abused my own chil…

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It is prescribed burn season in the Blue Mountains. Springtime conditions allow land managers to use fire safely to reduce fuels, improve habitat and make our forests healthier. Over the cours…

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In the spring of 2000, my wife and I made the decision to abandon our American Baptist roots for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and take the opportunity to s…

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President Biden has made a gutsy decision to withdraw all U.S. military from Afghanistan by September. The risk to the U.S. of a restored terrorism base in Afghanistan remains credible but is …

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A recent study concluded that much of the West is experiencing the second-most severe drought recorded in the past 1,200 years. Currently, 80% of Oregon is experiencing drought. Severe fire we…

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Many years ago, we traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to visit a family matriarch, to meet for the first time the great-aunt who had sent us a wedding gift. Aunt “Tweet,” as she was called, regal…

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Whether triggered by a letter, a TV commercial or an encounter with a fast food worker, here’s a glimpse into some of the random thoughts that have occupied my mind recently — sometimes for ju…

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In J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” Khazad-dûm is an ancient dwarven stronghold used to mine Mithril: a precious metal renowned for its strength and beauty. Unfortunately, the dwarves dug…

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Testing has become quite controversial in education. We often hear about students’ test scores or teachers reporting test results. Then in social groups, you might experience people discussing…

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This last year, we spent far too many hours isolated in our homes. We fought off a loneliness that at times felt endless and hopeless. Such focus on our own lives — the things instead of the p…

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One-third of Republican respondents told pollsters earlier this month that they don’t plan to get COVID-19 shots. An additional 20% said they haven’t yet made up their minds.

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I got dressed quickly. Somehow, I had missed the sunrise in my attempt to wake up early. There wasn’t time for a shower, and touching up my blush and mascara was going to have to be good enoug…

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In their March 16 column (“Should Oregon have tighter regulations for raising mink?”), the editors of The Bulletin raised the issue of the public health threat posed by mink, and more specific…

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A 6-month-old German shepherd/Siberian husky mix recently made the Malgesini pack complete again. A month after losing Lucifer, my husband’s 11-year-old German shepherd, John and I were thrill…

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It seems so long ago, but it’s been just a year since local folks came together to perform “The Sound of Music” at College Community Theater at Blue Mountain Community College.

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Over the last several months, we have witnessed history happening in our country that has not happened since the Civil War. It is United States history in the making. Now is a good time to ref…

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After a relatively warm and dry December and January with very little lowland snow, many of us were wondering if we would make it through the entire winter without having to use our trusty sno…

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After recent fraud allegations, a lawsuit filed by Tyson and Easterday Ranches declaring bankruptcy, the Easterdays have shown Oregonians that they are incapable of operating a mega-dairy on t…

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Like a gale that rips off the roofs in a small town, the lingering trauma of Jan. 6 has exposed basic truths about American life. Some of these are intellectual, as they pertain to the U.S. Co…

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In 1962, when Wallace McCrae was selected as the first president of Blue Mountain Community College, John F. Kennedy was president of the United States. Fertility rates were high and baby boom…