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Chuck TannenbaumLEABURG: “At present one could consider the river as essentially at the beginning of becoming a used car junk yard,” was the way Walterville resident Chuck Tannenbaum summed up his feelings. He was testifying about concerns regarding a Kia sedan that hasn’t been retrieved since it entered the water and sank after being involved in an auto accident last May.
Tannenbaum wasn’t alone in telling the Eugene Water & Electric Board commissioners how he felt about the situation when they met in Leaburg on September 9th.

Off Beat Oregon History

Crooked gamblersBy Finn J.D. John

In November 1892 in downtown Portland, a “fast” young man named J.P. Cochran stepped off a passenger train from St. Louis, Missouri.
J.P. was the dashing 22-year-old son of a railroad executive. In St. Louis, he’d been running amok in the saloons and “faro banks,” getting into lots of high-spirited trouble with fast women and irresponsible friends. His father, wanting to get him away from the company he was keeping, had come up with a scheme to send him off to what he no doubt considered the most sober, hardworking, Little-House-on-the-Prairie-like place on Earth: Oregon.

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Doodles By Barry McWilliams

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Gardening Tips

Fava beansBy Denise Ruttan
Photo by Chris LaBelle. Nitrogen-rich fava beans make a great cover crop to help build the health and structure of garden soils during the winter.
Think cover crops are just for farmers?
Gardeners can also make use of these inexpensive soil protectors, according to Daniel McGrath, a vegetable crops specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

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