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Guest Viewpoint: How Ron Wyden can save local news

During the past two decades, the number of newspaper reporters across America has dropped by 36,000 or 60%. Some 1,800 communities have lost newspapers....
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Love of Learning: Let’s stop by the 4-H Barnyard Olympics

I arrived on a hot, dusty, Friday afternoon at the Benton County Fairgrounds to check in on the kids from Philomath who were participating...
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Shelf Awareness: Novellas — A healthy little summer snack for the brain

As I continue to revisit my reading goals for the year, one that I have sought to focus on lately is reading more books...
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On the Beat: Firefighters play catch-up to try to establish lines around wildfires

A couple of weeks ago, the National Fire Information Center in a post updating the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon estimated that the massive...
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On the Beat: Museum awards program recognizes Philomath’s inclusivity resolution

The city’s inclusivity resolution that was passed last summer is bringing some attention to Philomath through the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and...
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On the Beat: A conversation about Philomath with Rep. Dan Rayfield

The City Council’s aggressive decision a couple of years ago to start raising local water rates was not welcomed news to Philomath residents. A...
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Love of Learning: See y’all at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo

Togetherness has always been at the heart of Philomath. There is a timeless children’s song that many of you may remember. The lyrics to...
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Shelf Awareness: Unexpected great reads — Cooking and gardening books

Several months ago, I wrote about my reading goals for the year. Now that we’re halfway through the calendar I thought I would update...
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On the Beat: Normal returns just in time for Frolic & Rodeo

This could turn out to be one of the most memorable rodeo summers ever in Philomath. First, several other rodeos in the region chose to...
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On the Beat: PHS football coach provides insight on what to expect

The numbers need to get better. And although final scores, season records and statistics might come to mind, it’s participation numbers on the mind...
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