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Off Beat Oregon History

Chemawa Indian SchoolBy Finn J.D. John

On the northernmost outskirts of Salem, tucked quietly away on a 275-acre campus between the Interstate 5 freeway and Highway 99, is the oldest continuously operating Native American boarding school in the country.
This is Chemawa Indian School: a place built specifically to suppress Indian culture, which instead became instrumental in preserving it.

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Doodles By Barry McWilliams

Doodles Thanksgiving cartoon

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Gardening Tips

Spruce up your Christmas tree with these tips

By Denise Ruttan

Christmas tree needlesChristmas tree needles - Look for trees with firm needles that bounce back when you bend them. (Photo by Lynn Ketchum.)

After Thanksgiving, most tree lots are busy welcoming the crowds for a festive annual tradition – choosing the Christmas tree that will warm your home this December.

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.