Sunday, December 31, 2006

Spanning the State--Auld Lang Syne Edition

Perched at the precipice of 2007, we bid farewell to 2006--the inaugural year for Loaded Orygun and perhaps a shift toward a new Enlightment period for Oregonians.

I'm generally a New Year's Eve curmudgeon. I like to stay home and watch action movies whilst pondering how I'm going to squeeze my holiday weight ass into my jeans. But there are plenty of spots to indulge in New Year's revelry around the state, if you're not a grouch like me.

So with that, its time for the final Spanning the State for 2006!


The Umatilla Weapons Depot in Hermiston is nearly finished destroying it cache of sarin gas. All of the sarin weaponry destruction is expected to be completed by July of 2007--and will be the last of such weapons stored in Oregon.

The Bend Bulletin highlights some of the best photography from their staff of photojournalists. The work of photographer Andy Tullis is especially outstanding, in my opinion.

Conservation groups from Seattle and Maine are challenging the green labels of two Oregon timber companies. Weyerhauser and Plum Creek Timber Company are both certified as using sustainable forestry practices when harvesting timber from their private lands. This label opens the door for these companies to sell their products to large retailers, who demand such certification. The challenges were filed with the Sustainable Forestry Board in Arlington, Va which oversees the certification.

Folks trying to win elective office in Ashland are apparently willing to spend a buttload of cash on their campaign--especially relative to the salary for the respective jobs they're vying for.

The City of Klamath Falls has installed an immediate hiring freeze due to lack of funds from the feds. The funds come from Congress to make up for a lack of timber receipts to the region.

The Medford Mail Tribune hands out its roses and thorns, covering the good and bad from around the state and the nation for 2006.

After many years of below average precipitation, the snow pack in Eastern Oregon is showing promise of a renewed aquifer.