Off Beat Oregon History

Gussie TelfairBy Finn J.D. John

On September 25, 1880, an old and battered but sleek steamship drew into the mouth of Coos Bay, at the end of its voyage from Portland.
As the vessel churned its way into the bay, it suddenly and definitively veered out of the channel and slammed directly into the bank of the bay, close by Rocky Point — hard aground.

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Doodles By Barry McWilliams

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Gardening Tips

Soil texture determines how much and how often to water

Soil porosityBy Judy Scott
Water infiltration is affected by soil porosity and texture, as illustrated in the Willamette Valley Soil Quality Card Guide.
In the summer, homeowners whose lawn and garden soil is sandy often lament that their gardens and lawn require more watering than those growing in finer soil.

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