Get to Know Oregon Salmon Watch Program

Salmon Watch
by Grant McOmie – October 17th, 2014

Many Oregon streams – like Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge – show that summer has past and now, it is fall! The small creek near Bonneville dam is often choked with chinook and coho salmon, and it is a prime site to watch the fish.

The Salmon River near Welches, Oregon also offers a fine spot for a Salmon Watch. Here, the chinook salmon are hard to miss – no longer gleaming silver, the big fish are mottled black and gray. They started life right here four years ago and that is a profound lesson not lost on Kirk Ordway’s 6th grade class. “I have been fortunate to join the Salmon Watch program for the past four years and it’s huge with the kids; getting them out here and experience nature one on one,” said Ordway. In fact, his group of youngsters are a part of 1200 Portland area students – ranging from middle school through high school experience a Salmon Watch this fall thanks to the not for profit, Portland-based “World Salmon Council.”

Ordway’s watch actually began in his science class at Mt Tabor Middle School – where the salmon watch program provides the curriculum, supplies – plus the cost of the field trip and even pay for a substitute teacher, so Ordway is able to join his students in the field when the salmon watch field day arrives.

In the field, volunteer teacher Janet Davis (one of four volunteers assigned to each class) guided the young newcomers by teaching them scientific methods to measure the environment. Davis was retired when she learned that the Salmon Watch program needed volunteers, so she stepped up to lead her life in a new direction. “Students must be able to think systematically rather than ‘Oh, I was told this, therefore it must be true.’ They need a way to verify what they see and hear in a systematic way. Plus, I love the outdoors and wanted to be a part of it.”

Since the Salmon Watch program began more than 20 years ago, over 60,000 Oregon students have learned what salmon need to thrive, noted Alyssa Thornburg. Thornburg is the Salmon Watch Program Manager and added that not surprisingly, it’s what people need, too: cold, clean water. “Salmon are so deeply characteristic of our region and yet kids grow up these days not knowing that we live so close to magnificent streams, and that these salmon swim through here every season of the year. It’s an important heritage that youngsters need to know so they can protect it.”

Mt Tabor Middle School student, Austin Larsen, said that a day streamside observing and learning takes hold in a way the classroom can’t. “We tested water quality and we ran some transect lines and quadrant lines in the forest to survey the vegetation. I have learned that salmon need specific conditions to live in, so the water needs to be a perfect range of temperatures or they won’t survive. Well, I want to survive too, so it’s important to know this information.”

Kirk Ordway said that sort of understanding for his students – or anyone – who calls Oregon their home. “How often can you go around the city and see salmon running up a stream? You can’t. How often can you walk through an old growth forest – you can’t! So the chance for us to come here – to an old growth forest area along the Salmon River and bear witness to nature and its life cycles – it’s a remarkable moment and you can’t beat that.”

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Is It Time For A New Furnace?

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Is it time for a new Furnace?

Originally posted on Home Remodeler Blog:

Did your furnace work too hard and cost you too much money last winter? If so, check out this week’s Todays Home Remodeler episode sponsored by Carrier dealers focusing on choosing a new furnace and furnace maintenance. Here’s this week’s TV schedule:

In La Crosse WI – Special thanks to sponsors Derousseau Heating & Coolingand Schneider Heating & Air Conditioning:

Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at 6:30 am on MyTV.

Saturday, October 25 at 5:30 am on CW; 12:30 pm on WKBT TV-8 and 4:00 pm on MyTV.

Sunday, October 26 at 6:30 am on CW; 7:30 am on WKBT TV-8 and 10:00 am on MyTV.

Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31 at 6:30 am on MyTV.

In Wausau WI – Special thanks to sponsors Badger Heating & Air Conditioning and Dahlquist Heating & Cooling:

Friday, October 24 at 5:30 am on…

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3849 Ryunkin St SE, Albany, OR Great Commuter Location!

Amazing Hickory Floors & Cabinets as well as the large open windows with 12’ ceilings brighten up every space of this home! Master suite on the main level including dual sinks & walk in closet. Open living room floor plan & gas fireplace, large dining area, tiled kitchen counters & island with breakfast bar with SS appliances! Oversized upstairs bedrooms with full Jack n’ Jill bathroom. Fully landscaped front & back yard with UGS.

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How to Protect Your Home From Severe Cold

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By: Gwen Moran


Understand the Threats

Blizzards: Storms with heavy winds and large amounts of snow accumulation can cause roof or other structural damage and leave you isolated.

Ice storms and ice dams: Ice storms coat structures, trees, power lines, cars, roads—and virtually everything else—with ice. As the ice melts, large chunks can fall and cause injury to anyone below. When ice melts during the day and then re-freezes at night, ice dams, which block water from flowing in the gutter, may form. This condition can force water back under the roof line and cause leaks.

Sleet or freezing rain: Combinations of snow and freezing rain may cause slippery conditions and coat roads, sidewalks, and driveways with ice when temperatures drop.

Protect Yourself

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that home owners have shovels on hand, as well as melting agents, such as rock salt. Some of the new, more environmentally friendly deicers include calcium magnesium acetate and sand to improve traction. Be sure to stock up early in the season, as these agents tend to be in short supply during periods before a well-publicized storm.

FEMA also advises you have enough fuel to maintain heat in your home, as well as a backup heating source: firewood if the home has a working fireplace, or a generator to power heaters in case of power failure. However, use caution as these can represent fire hazards when not used correctly. Be sure to follow directions explicitly and keep a fire extinguisher. Some generators and fireplaces also require proper ventilation, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, so follow directions carefully and keep them away from curtains or other flammable items.

Stock up on extra blankets, warm clothing, and enough food and water to sustain your family in case of a few days of isolation. And a transistor radio with fresh batteries can help keep you updated on news and information in case of a power outage.

Protect Your Home

Before winter, there are some precautions you can take to protect your home from the ravages of cold weather storms:

Winterize your home. Check shutters, siding, and other exterior materials to ensure they’re secure, says retired contractor and home improvement expert and writer John Wilder of Jacksonville, Fla. High winds, ice, and moisture from winter storms can easily strip off such outside elements if they’re loose.

Be sure that gutters are clear of debris and that walkways are even and don’t represent tripping hazards that can be exacerbated with snow or ice. Caulk drafty windows and apply weather stripping to doors—both inexpensive strategies that can keep heat in your home. Air sealing can help you save about $350 in energy costs or one-third of your average annual heating and cooling costs. The average annual home energy bill is about $2,200, according to Energy Star, of which about $1,000 represents heating and cooling. An assortment of air sealing materials and tools, including silicone foam, caulk, aluminum flashing for flues, and additional insulation, will run roughly $100-$350.

Winterize pipes. Be sure your pipes, especially those exposed or in unheated areas like crawl spaces, are wrapped in insulation to prevent freezing and bursting. Also, learn where your water shut-off valves are so you can turn off the water supply in case of a leak. Six feet of insulation can cost anywhere from $7-$17; it’s available at most home improvement stores.

Trim tree branches. Branches that overhang roofs or areas where you park your car — or which are simply overgrown — represent a risk to structures, vehicles, and people. Keep trees trimmed and remove those that are weak or sickly to prevent them from falling on or near your home. Tree trimming and removal pricing varies greatly, and you may have additional restrictions if you live in an historic community or if the trees are close to power lines.

Check with your municipality about any regulations and contact your local Chamber of Commerce, municipal offices, or contractor rating sites like MerchantCircle.com or AngiesList.com to get the names of reputable pros. Tree trimming and removal can be dangerous, so don’t attempt it on your own unless you’re experienced.

By keeping your home in good repair and stocking up on the supplies you’ll need before the rush for rock salt and shovels begins, you’ll be as ready as possible to tough out the storm.

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

1. Prep. Remove cabinet doors and drawers and give everything a good cleaning with TSP (TriSodium Phosphate), or a TSP alternative, to remove any grease or dirt.

2. Patch. Fill in holes, dents or dings with a sandable, paintable wood filler.

3. Sand. Sand all surfaces to be painted with medium-grit sandpaper. Follow up with a good wipedown with a dry cloth to remove all dust.

4. Prime. You are now ready to apply primer. If you are going to be painting your cabinets a deep, intense shade, ask your paint retailer to add pigment to the primer to get better color coverage with the final coat.

5. Sand, prime and sand again. If you want a super-smooth finish on your cabinets, or to ensure a long-lasting, durable finish, you may want to sand and prime and then sand one last time, using fine-grit sandpaper.

6. Clean. Make sure all surfaces to be painted are completely free of dust and grit.

7. Spray or brush on the paint. If you don’t own a paint sprayer, you can rent one from

Be aware that spraying can be a messy business, and you’ll need to mask and cover anything in the room and adjacent areas that you don’t want covered with paint. Install plastic sheeting to close off other rooms in the house. Or simply paint using the highest-quality paintbrush you can afford. Use an angled brush for areas of detail, such as any raised or recessed panels on your fronts.

Note: You will want to apply at least two coats of paint. Semigloss is the best finish to use for cabinets because of its durability and ease of cleaning.

8. Install. Make sure the paint has dried and cured fully before attaching the fronts; otherwise they might stick to the boxes and cause the paint to chip off. (Installing plastic bumpers to the inside of your fronts can help prevent this). Check with your retailer or consult the paint can for estimates on drying and curing times.

Now for the fun part. Install the finished cabinet fronts and door hardware and admire your work.

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