Calm comes late to the temporary homeless shelter housed in Eugene, Oregon’s Temple Beth Israel synagogue. It comes after the kids refuse dinner in favor of Reese’s Pieces and host fake light-saber wars with metallic poles, after they make each other cry, and separate before re-uniting to play hide and go seek. The calm always […]Read more "The Long Way Home"
-Casey Minter The glare of the computer screen reflects in the bleary eyes of Tony Stirpe. He absentmindedly reaches for a lukewarm cup of coffee on his cluttered desk as he continues writing an analysis of Hamlet through an Aristotelian lens. He has three, double-spaced pages to get the B- he seeks. An hour later, […]Read more "Shadow Writers"
Mark Wiegardt steps slowly through knee-high water, pausing over some jagged lumps of brown-gray shells with a bent flat-head screwdriver. Like the three generations of oyster farmers have done before him, he picks up one of the clumps of oysters and rests it on his thigh, stabbing and wrenching until the shellfish crack apart. The […]Read more "Changing Tides: Ocean acidification threatens northwest oyster industry"
The first time Paul Aye* took Adderall was the day he took the SAT Reasoning Test. He was a little nervous about the test, so a friend with a prescription gave him just what he needed—a clear capsule filled with tiny orange beads. The 20-milligram, extended-release Adderall pill wouldn’t make the test any easier, he […]Read more "Pressure Pill: students take Adderall to keep up in college"
Kelsi Eastman competed in her first rodeo at age three, and she’s been in the saddle ever since. “I always ride horses with my mom. She would just carry me or put me in a backpack, and off we went,” Eastman says. Now a senior at McNary High School in Keizer, Oregon, Eastman remains dedicated […]Read more "Buckles and Spurs"
When the temperature drops and snow blankets the mountains of Central Oregon, the Gray Jay flits about and hovers close to those who wander into its forests. Most birds migrate to warmer climates to avoid frigid winters, but here the Gray Jay thrives. Like the Gray Jay, winter isn’t the off-season for the volunteers of […]Read more "Stewards of the Slopes"
William Rubley’s opponent, Clark Davis, flips a quarter to see who goes first. Rubley wins. A shining steel ball jumps out of a tattered wooden pocket. Rubley pulls the plunger back and quickly releases it, propelling the ball up a winding ramp. A spirited pinball duel has begun. “When you’re playing, there is this great […]Read more "Pinball bounces Back: Pinball makes a comeback in the pacific Northwest"
If you ask what lured Eron King to her rural home in Triangle Lake, Oregon, she’ll say the salmon. Seeing the migrating fish in the appropriately named Fish Creek near her property is an event she looks forward to every year. Protecting these wild fish populations was also a reason King and her family moved […]Read more "Oregon controversy over aerial pesticide sprays"
Two black suitcases lay on my bed, packed and ready. I wouldn’t be leaving to attend the University of Oregon for another month, but I had already formed my escape plan from Lynwood, California, a city with a history of halting dreams, and a stone’s throw from Compton. At 24 years old, I was finally […]Read more "The Road North"
The first time I got a taste for how consequential journalism could be was when I met Les Zaitz, a veteran investigative reporter for The Oregonian. He told me and several other young journalists about a time when he had questioned a state superintendent about a trip the man had taken at public expense. The […]Read more "Letter from the Editor"