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Voices of the Northwest
Resurrection of West by Northwest Online Journal
M.G. Hudson, editor and publisher
An experiment to expand some interactive concepts of the Internet within this zine did not fly as expected. Hence, we are returning to our down-home roots of making this zine and site the main focus of our internet project. Coming this spring, 2010, West By Northwest.org is becoming a quarterly online journal with a renewed commitment to good regional writing and with special emphasis on sustainability. Please join us as we dust off the files and launch a new edition of WxNW.org celebrating ten years online.
Feb 10, 2010


Environment in the News
Restricting Pesticide Use for Salmon Recovery?
Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
"Farms and orchards that continue to use three pesticides that kill salmon will have to greatly expand buffer zones around their fields so the chemicals don’t reach streams, federal biologists ruled Tuesday... Acting under terms of a lawsuit brought by anti-pesticide groups and salmon fishermen, NOAA Fisheries Service issued findings under the Endangered Species Act that the organophosphate chemicals malathion, diazinon and chlorpyrifos jeopardize the survival of all 28 species of Pacific salmon listed as threatened or endangered in the West..." – with a link to The Register-Guard
Nov 20, 2008


Voices of the Northwest
Memory Project: Rose Wilder Lane, Ghostwriter in the Sky
Bill Nygren
Reclaiming Rose Wilder Lane is not an easy project: "Time has been unfair to her. Forty-years after her death, Lane is remembered, except among radicals and feminist academics, less as a political writer and best-selling novelist under her own name, than as a contributor to the Little House series... The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is shattering all its box office records with a Little House musical, which started in Aug. This saga of a caring, self-reliant family pulling together during hard times is evocative for all eras, but perhaps once again it seems especially apt." -a feature at West By Northwest and Memory Project.org
Nov 20, 2008


Voices of the Northwest
Current Highlights: Marine Reserve Proposals Get Cold Shoulder
Winston Ross, The Register-Guard
Here is a classic case where the long-term interests of people are different from the short-term interests. "A panel commissioned by the state unveiled 20 proposals for marine reserve sites to a hostile crowd in Reedsport on Tuesday, cautioning the dozens of concerned fishermen and related-business owners that the Ocean Policy Advisory Council was only in town to talk about what to do next, not to debate any specific ideas... That admonition went over like an asphalt salmon boat." - with a thanks and a link to The Register-Guard
Oct 8, 2008


Voices of the Northwest
Current Highlights: Web Map's View of the Ocean Floor
Winston Ross, The Register-Guard
"But this is no ordinary map, says Oregon State University’s Chris Goldfinger, an associate professor in the school’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. It’s the first and best-detailed look at Oregon’s territorial sea, right down to the shape of the rock and sand at the ocean floor and the types of fish in whatever area you choose to more closely scrutinize. It’s useful for a range of things, from picking out choice spots for marine reserves to wave energy parks to the likely path of an approaching tsunami. And you — that’s right, you — can use it just as easily as any pedigreed scientist." -with a thanks and a link to Oregon Marine Reserves.net
Oct 8, 2008


Voices of the Northwest
Current Highlights: Oregon Liquefied-Natural-Gas Terminal Approved
By Matthew Daly, Associated Press
Your editor wanted to just write some children's stories and let this mad world go by. But I can't ignore my friends dying of cancers and the world's climate change. The following two linked stories explain some of the pieces of the whole puzzle. As long as we pretend there are no consequences, the toll will rise. "The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday approved a liquefied- natural-gas terminal along the Columbia River — the first LNG terminal on the West Coast to receive such approval...'Today's decision by the federal government lacks accountability to the environment and the people of Oregon,' (Gov.) Kulongoski said in a statement. 'The commission has decided to ignore the law and instead approve a project with incomplete mitigation plans and without regard to Oregon's important concerns.'" - with a thanks and link to The Seattle Times
Oct 8, 2008


Voices of the Northwest
Current Highlights: Poison Forces All to Pay for Timber Firms’ Profits
Victor Rozek
Toxic spraying happened in Mohawk Valley and we may look forward to spraying too near Twin Oaks and Lorane schools. How many years, O Lord? "One of the things polluting industries do exceedingly well is deny the relationship between cause and effect. In the first eight months of this year the Oregon Department of Forestry received notification of intent to spray herbicides on nearly 67,000 acres of private timberland in Lane County. For decades, industrial poisons have been unleashed upon the land. Timber companies claim this cumulative chemical soup has no effect on people. People disagree..." -with a thanks and a link to The Register-Guard
Oct 8, 2008


Voices of the Northwest
A Summer Solstice Sonnet
William S. Gregory
Oregon playwright and poet William S. Gregory celebrates summer with this offering. May your gladness be a beacon, sip deep before you sleep... Midsummer joys make our hearts leap. Bee and Mallow photo by Patrick Hudson -a feature at WxNW.org
Jun 25, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
Spencer Creek Storybook: Remembering Mother's Day at the Longhouse, and Not Up, Up and Away
Lois Barton
When you reach a certain age you begin to realize life is not an achievement, it is an adventure. Not a goal but a journey to celebrate. Lois Barton share two adventures with us: Mother's Day at the U of O Longhouse and a hot air balloon trip. Looking at the basket..."It was woven of suitable looking 'grassy' material and seemed to be deep enough that we�d be shoulder high standing in it. There was no visible gate or door to get in so I wondered how that would be accomplished..." And "A hot fire of burning wood was surrounded in a half-circle by stakes about three feet tall to which, on the fire side, half salmon were attached and roasting." -a feature at WxNW.org
Jun 25, 2008


Voices of the Nation
Drilling Instinct
Paul Krugman, The New York Times
Here in the Northwest with gas approaching $5 a gallon and a coastline to protect we see the game continue to ... "Blaming environmentalists for high energy prices, never mind the evidence, has been a hallmark of the Bush administration. Thus, in 2001 Dick Cheney attributed the California electricity crisis to environmental regulations that, he claimed, were blocking power-plant construction. He completely missed the real story, which was that energy companies — probably some of the same companies that participated in his secret task force, which was supposed to be drawing up a national energy strategy — were driving up prices by deliberately withholding electricity from the market." -with a link to The New York Times
Jun 25, 2008


Environment in the News
Germany and France Ban Pesticides Linked To Bee Deaths; Geneticist Urges U.S. Ban
Envirnomental News Network
"Now most apiarists and scientists realize that pesticides are a factor in CCD...come less than a month after Germany's ban of clothianidin, a pesticide commonly used to keep insects off of corn crops. Germany banned the pesticide after heaps of dead bees were found near fields of corn coated in the pesticide, and in response to scientists who report that the insecticide severely impairs, and often kills, the honeybees that corn and other crops depend on for pollination... The German government took the extraordinary action to protect bees and other essential pollinators, stating that there is now enough compelling evidence connecting the chemical to Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in that country." -with a link to ENN.com
Jun 25, 2008


Voices for the World
Remembering Crisis Darfur and The World Games
Bernard-Henri Levy
The Olympic Games are meant to foster world peace but "...There is one actor in this terrible game, who has huge power, and can do a lot if it wants. This actor is China. China is the one [that] provides the weapons which I saw and which made these big craters from bombs. China provides the weapons. China buys a big portion of the oil. China protects the Sudanese regime in the Security Council of the United Nations. So the real pressure, the most efficient pressure should be and is still today the pressure on China. And we have a tool, as you know, on China. We have a real weapon, which would prove to be very efficient if we tried. It has been tried for a few days about Tibet. It has already given results: the resuming of the dialogue with the Dalai Lama. It should be implemented [against] the Darfur tragedy, [and it] is the weapon of a boycott of the Olympic Games..." including remarkable photos- with a link to Guernica Mag.com
Jun 25, 2008


Best of the Web
Green Light on Washington: Blogs from FCNL
Ned Stowe and Friends
"The Phone Is Ringing Now. Who Will Answer It? The next crisis is already here. Only it is not another armed attack by violent extremists. It is a much bigger threat. It is a threat not just to the U.S., but to all of humanity, far bigger than al Qaeda, Iran, and North Korea combined. Dangerous climate change, if unchecked now, will make today's security challenges seem small compared the mounting crises that humanity will likely face by mid-century and beyond... Climate change is threatening human security today." Visit a great, new, interactive blog at Friends Committee on National Legislation. a link to Green Light
Apr 22, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
Joy of Living: Busy Birdie Day
Edie Self
From her armchair, nature observer and writer Edie Self reports on the bird activities on a typical, early spring day near the river here in the Willamette Valley.In honor of Earth Day we bring you a little bit of the joy of living: "I wonder whether the heavy frosts followed by sunny days have already turned those berries alcoholic so early in the year." With a link in the photo to The Seattle Audubon Society's Bird Web site. Enjoy! a feature at WxNW.org
Apr 22, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
Spencer Creek Storybook: A Rainbow Quilt, and Maple Syrup?
Lois Barton
The new name for this section will eventually be a new project of WxWN.org. Meanwhile, enjoy the true tales of Lois and her talented family: "In 2004 Margie replaced the thirty-year old Viking machine with a Baby Lock embroidery machine. The upstairs bedroom in that log house has been converted into an ergonomic studio with cutting, ironing, assembly facilities, including a large design wall. Margie is noted for artistic use of color, design and patterns the skill for which is undoubtedly inherited from her quilting grandmother." And..."a red breasted sapsucker was absorbed in drinking the sap from several holes he’d drilled through the bark." –a two for one feature at WxNW.org
Apr 18, 2008


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