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Facing Cascadia

IN JAPAN, NEARLY 20,000 PEOPLE DIED in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The tragic aftermath struck home in the Pacific Northwest, which faces a similar risk from the Cascadia subduction zone. But we often forget the silver lining. In Japan, there were nearly 200,000 people in the inundation zones, so 90 percent of the […]

Working Waterfront on Your Phone

IN COOS BAY, NORTH BEND AND CHARLESTON, aka Oregon’s Bay Area, you can take a tour of the working waterfront, courtesy of Oregon Sea Grant. Tide gates, shipyards and oyster beds are among the highlights offered through a printed map and a cell-phone app. “We connect people to parts of the waterfront they may never […]

Making Art in Wild Places

LAST SPRING, students studying music, video, theater and visual arts took a walk in the woods. When they came out, their creative spirits were infused with the sounds, textures, shapes and colors of the Hopkins Demonstration Forest. Music student Ryan Zubieta listened to the sounds around him — water running over stones, branches clicking together, […]

Value-Added Scientist

Mark Whitham’s know-how is a sought-after commodity for small canners hoping to kick-start or upgrade their facilities.