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Oregon State scientist sees future in homegrown hazelnuts

Shawn Mehlenbacher is on an endless search for the perfect nut. He walks quickly past trees of all shapes and sizes. As he stops to explain their characteristics, he poses to show how they grow, lifting his arms out or stretching them wide. Mehlenbacher and his team at Oregon State University oversee 50 acres of

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NW ingredients make 2 Towns Ciderhouse a fruitful business

Four million empty cans tower over Dave Takush. Easy Squeezy, Pacific Pineapple, Made Marion: the fruits of his labor from the past nine years. 2 Towns Ciderhouse entered the cider industry at just the right time, launching in a two-car garage in 2010 and growing into Oregon’s largest producer of craft cider. The Corvallis cidery’s ascension

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Oregon grows to top of new global hemp industry

A plant that has had prison time attached to its name for decades has the potential to treat cancer and Parkinson’s disease. It could be used to build and insulate houses. It could replace hops to flavor beer. Many believe newly legalized hemp could be revolutionary, and Oregon scientists want to be at the forefront.

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Oregon shoe companies big and small step up green initiatives

Tricia Salcido had a confession to make on a recent afternoon: She brought a single-use coffee cup to work. Salcido owns Softstar Shoes, a handmade leather shoemaker that is one of Oregon’s greenest footwear businesses. She said her 32 employees would never carry in a single-use cup. “No way,” she said. Softstar, located in Philomath,

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Oregon Native designers celebrate heritage, counter mass fashion

Sydelle Harrison visits the Pendleton Woolen Mills almost every time she goes home. As a clothing designer, she is constantly looking for new blankets and patterns to make her sought-after jackets, cowls and bags. For Harrison, who is Yakama and grew up on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the mill isn’t just

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Corvallis buys into fareless transit

On a Wednesday morning after an early shift at Starbucks, Connor Laurion spotted his bus pulling into the downtown Corvallis transit center. He walked aboard — and continued right past the fare box, which is covered with a black bag. Corvallis stopped collecting fares on buses in 2011, joining a small number of U.S. cities

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Briley Knight swinging for stronger mentality with Corvallis Knights

Briley Knight‘s senior class donned caps and gowns at the Crescent Valley High School gym for graduation day in early June. Meanwhile, Knight wore a different kind of cap and uniform more than 300 miles away in Walla Walla, Washington, taking the field for the Corvallis Knights baseball team. Knight, 19, went on a five-game

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Slaying monsters helps Oregon State student pay her way

A resurrected elf journeys through an ancient land with one mission in mind: helping Kira Nesser pay her way through school. He explores dungeons. He unearths lost treasures. He tames wild horses. His name is Link. His quest is steered by Nesser, an Oregon State University junior who controls him as she plays “The Legend

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