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    Helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region at home and on the road.

    COLUMBIA RIVERdining guide

    page 32

    CRREADER.COM March 15 April 14, 2013 COMPLIMENTARY




    O U T A N D A B O U T


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    Publisher/Editor: Susan P. PiperColumnists and contributors:Dr. Bob BlackwoodNancy ChennaultMitzi ChristensenMelanee EvansJohn P. Freeman Erin HartAshley HelenbergMary Louise LyonsSuzanne MartinsonDick MillerMichael PerryNed PiperPerry PiperDiane PondRick PopeAlan RoseRandy SandersLisa StraughanPaul ThompsonDoug YorkStaff:Production Manager/Photographer: Perry E. Piper Accounting Assistant: Lois Sturdivant

    Editorial Assistants and proofreaders Kathleen Packard, Sue Lane, Michael Perry, Marilyn Perry

    Columbia River Reader P.O. Box 1643 Rainier, OR 97048

    Website: www.CRReader.comE-mail: [email protected] Longview 360-749-1021 Rainier 503-556-1295Subscriptions $24 per year inside U.S.A. (plus $1.82 sales tax if mailed to Washington addresses)

    Columbia River Reader is published monthly, with 13,500 copies distributed free throughout the Lower Columbia region in SW Washington and NW Oregon. Entire contents copyrighted by Columbia River Reader. No reproduction of any kind is allowed without express written permission of the publisher. Opinons expressed herein belong to the writers, not necessarily to the Reader.


    1961 Chrysler, part of the exhibit at the new LeMay Automotive Museum in Tacoma. See story, page 21.

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    Columbia River Reader . . . helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region

    at home and on the road.


    Sue Piper

    In the soup: Lessons from the kitchen

    In this Issue 4 Quips & Quotes ~ Letter to the Editor 5 Randy Sanders on Wine & the Good Life 7 Biz Buzz 8 My Slant: Feel happy with clutter, but . . . 9 Cover to Cover: Top 10 Bestsellers/ Book Review 11 Everyday Ethics: Its a Dogs Life 11 My Slant: Another View of the NRA 12 Science in our Backyard: The Willamette Meteor 15 Man in the Kitchen: Put the Lime in the Coconut 17 Northwest Gardener: Crimson Clover 18 Cooking with the Farmers Daughter: Irish Cooking 19 Out & About: Stepping out for a walk close to home 21 Out & About: Tacoma, the Renaissance Town 25 Where Do You Read the Reader? 28-29 Outings & Events Calendar / Music Scene 30 Music & Night Life: Tommy Hogan / The Alley Cats 31 Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful 32 Columbia River Dining Guide 33 How to Love Your Job 33 Neighborhood Security by Diane Pond 34 SpringReflections:EasterRivers:Alwaysmoving 35 Music & Night Life: The Alley Cats 36 Lower Columbia Informer: Greetings from Europe 38 The Spectator ~ Substance over Convenience 38 Whats Up Under the Bridge? Port of Longview

    I shot myself in the foot last month when running Lee Quarnstroms piece. He was critical of the NRA while promoting Gabby Giffords new political action committee. The ensuing reader reaction reminded me why I decided early on that as a monthly publication, CRR could not do justice to complex, controversial issues. Besides, why unnecessarily stir up and protract month-to-month discord on our pages? I have preferred to focus on the many other topics readers agree on and can enjoy fun things to do and places to go around the Columbia River region. The good life here. But now Im eating my words. And I must apologize for running Lees piece when we didnt (yet) have another to run alongside for balance. Please read Dick Millers article, Another View of the NRA, on page 11 of this issue. Moving forward, I am re-resolved to stick to our knitting and leave politics to the daily papers and the blogs.Boutique KitchenI am so enjoying my tiny kitchen in CRRs Downtown Longview office. I often share it with Man in the Kitchen, for a test kitchen, and in my heart with my mother, who would appreciate its charm if only she were still here to share the fun. And also with dear, departed Pearl Heidenreich, my junior high school home ec teacher.

    We girls were all afraid of her. She was what was then known as an old maid. She did not exhibit much warmth toward students. She wore sensible, black lace-up schoolmarm shoes and did not put up with any nonsense.

    Thanks to Miss Heidenreich, however, my emerging interest in cooking was

    nourished. We memorized food groups, vitamins and minerals and their benefits. We learned not to be too fastidious when peeling an orange, for those clinging strings of cellulose serve as scrub brushes of the intestines. Roughage, Miss Heidenreich called it.

    Four girls were assigned to each alcove kitchen, set up much like CRRs galley (pictured here). There, we practiced cutting grapefruits in half and garnishing with maraschino cherries. We cooked oatmeal, stewed prunes, made hot cocoa from scratch and learned to bake muffins and cream puffs. By the end of each class, we restored the kitchenettes to sparkling tidiness.

    In the soupI thought of my mother as I prepared a pot of bean soup for CRRs proofreading party this month. To let steam escape and keep the soup from splattering while it simmered, I folded a paper towel into a tight little wedge and placed it between the pots rim and the lid.

    I learned this trick from my mother when I was about 13. She was away

    from home one day and called to ask me to stir her Navy Bean Soup, left cooking on the stove.

    Put a paper towel under the lid, she instructed. I laid a paper towel across the open pot and put the lid back on.

    Mom laughed when she came home, in time to fish out the stewed paper towel. I have since wondered if, being a wood product, paper (ingested) might have the same benefit as the cellulose in an orange.

    Miss Heidenreich might have known, but I would have been afraid to ask. I have never learned to knit, either.

    Contributed by Jean Carnine


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    Columbia River Reader P.O. Box 1643, Rainier, OR [email protected] inquiries 360-749-1021 or 503-556-1295

    Letters to the Editor (up to 200 words) are welcome. Longer pieces, or excerpts thereof, in response to previously-pub-lished articles, may be printed at the discretion of the publisher and subject to editing and space limitations. Items sent to CRR may be considered for publication unless the writer specifies otherwise. We do not publish letters endorsing candidates or promoting only one side of controversial issues. Name and phone number of writer must be included; anonymous submis-sions will not be considered. Unsolicited submissions may be con-sidered, provided they are consistent with the publications purposeto help readers

    CRR Print Submission Guidelinesdiscover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region, at home and on the road. However, advance contact with the editor is recommended. Information of general interest submitted by readers may be used as background or incorporated in future articles. Outings & Events calendar (free list-ing): Events must be open to the public. The arts, entertainment, educational and recreational opportunities and com-munity cultural events will receive listing priority. See submission details, page 29, Businesses and organizations wishing to promote their particular products or ser-vices are invited to purchase advertising.

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    Another Dr. Munchie sightingI have to tell you another story about Dr. Munchie.

    I was in Rainier last weekend to show off our new Prius to the family. While there we took a trip to see my Uncle Nelson Lepin. He is 91, sharp as a tack and remembers people and places that most of us have forgotten (he was the grand marshal in the Days in the Park last summer).

    In the middle of our chat he pointed at a copy of the CRR that was on his coffee table. He said I saw your photo in the paper and that you mentioned meeting Dr. Munchie.

    Letter to the Editor I said, Yes, it was sure a coincidence.

    You know, he said, I see him most mornings when I go down to the Cornerstone Cafe. He sits next to the front door and reads his paper while having a cup of coffee.

    Oh, I said, are you sure its not someone else who looks like him?

    Oh no, its him, he said. I recognize him when I see him. When we left my uncles house, I was having doubtsmaybe he did see Dr. Munchie. If my Uncle Nelson is convinced that he was there, then maybe he was.

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    Let the People Drink Wine

    Randy Sanders on wine & the

    good life

    Screw that cork!

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    Randys Wine PickMisty Oaks Vineyard 2008 Gobblers KnobA Bronze medal winner at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Compet i t i on ; an enormous task for an Oregon wine competing with Napas big leaguers. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is mid-priced at around $26.

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    Imagine you are dining at a fine restaurant and want to splurge. You order a nice Syrah and wait for the wine steward. Your dining partner is impressed as the steward arrives at the table with the bottle for you to inspect. Other diners glance enviously over to your table as the traditional opening of the wine bottle ensues. But wait; this steward has no corkscrew! Holding the bottle in one hand, he unscrews

    the top with the other, like a bum on a street corner who has panhandled enough coin to get that morning bottle of Ripple! You are aghast as your dining partner slowly sinks below the table, out of sight from patrons seated at surrounding tables who snicker and laugh! To add insult to injury, the steward then asks if you wish to inspect the screw top before he pours, as if hes making a joke!

    Strangely enough, although this scenario may be embarrassing, screw tops are no longer indicitive of a lower quality of wine. These days, many good wineries are opting for the screw top. But the question I constantly hear is: Which is more appropriate, cork or screw? The answer is, its complicated.

    First, the obvious questionIf cork has been the way to close wine forever, why change? The answer comes from the damage corks do to wine if theyre not closed correctly. Many wine people agree that about 10% of all wine isnt corked correctly (hence the very reason for the tableside cork inspection) and the result is air getting into the bottle, producing a musty, foul odor and a tart, vinegar-ish taste. Cork farmers will blame this on

    the vintners inability to properly close their product and there are drops of truth to that assessment.

    Screw tops are almost certain to avoid that problem. Unless there is a major issue with the capping machinery

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    Whats Happening Around the River

    Biz BuzzBiz Buzz notes news in local business and professional circles. As space

    allows, we will include news of innovations, improvements, new ventures and significant employee milestones of interest to readers. Please phone (360)636-1143 or (503)556-1295 to share the local buzz.

    The new Airport Operat ing Board, created by an inter-local governmental agreement between the cities of Kelso and Longview, Cowlitz County, and the Port of Longview, assumed control January 1, 2013. All four entities contribute to the financial support of the Southwest Washington Regional Airport and each has a representative on the Board; there is also an at-large member. Longview City Councilman Ken Botero represents Longview and serves as chairman; Mayor David Futcher represents Kelso; Commissioner Dennis Weber represents Cowlitz County, and Port Commissioner Darold Dietz represents the Port of Longview. Norm Krehbiel, Chief Operating Officer for the Port of Longview is the at-large member.

    The Federal Aviation Administration requires the City of Kelso to retain title to the airport premises and to be the applicant for Federal and State grants.

    The Airport Operating Board will meet March 20 at 7 pm to discuss the Airport Master Plan and how best to achieve its objectives . The public is invited and all airport tenants and stakeholders are urged to attend the meeting, to be held at the Experimental Aircraft Associations building, 2215 Parrott Way, Kelso.

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    Applicants need to demonstrate how the AmeriCorps member will further their efforts to strengthen and improve the communitys educational, human services, or public health and safety systems. Each application must be accompanied by a complete position description.

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    The moment I see daffodils nestled in wooden crates next to a pickup for roadside sale, I know its time to begin my spring cleaning. One year, I challenged myself to declutter my house, my calendar, and even my brain of unnecessary belongings. The deadline and reward? I had to finish before the daffodil guy packed up and left, and I could buy myself a sunny bouquet.

    Obviously, purging our life of every non-essential is a silly goal. We are, like the fresh blooms around us, always in-process, and are nourished by their simple beauty. Like the gift of these fragrant friends, some objects and events , though without apparent usefulness, bring us pleasure and fond memories, and these we need to keep.

    Even so, like most people I know, Ive found that the act of clearing, freshening, and creating space in our lives for something new, can be so rewarding. And because we tend to have so many emotions attached to our things and our plans, it can also be overwhelming, frustrating, and challenging.

    I know personally the burden of clutter. Of too many grand ideas, good-intentions, and calendared commitments. And yet what Ive learned over time, is that with true

    desire and practice, we really can have homes that weigh less, and lives that breathe peace.

    May I share a few ideas with you? You will have some of your own, and there is no perfect formula. Just choose something that inspires you, and get moving before that daffodil guy is gone.

    I feel overwhelmed and dont know where to start.Start Small: Treat yourself to

    the satisfaction of a completed project. Start by clearing a small space, like a drawer, a purse, a

    glove box, the top of a bed, or a single file.

    Start a Ta-Da! List: Instead of the typical to-do

    list, grab a blank piece of paper and a pen, and write the time at the top. Start doing anything, and each time you complete a task, write it on the paper. Keep moving to see how much you can get done in 30 minutes or an hour, then start again. This is my favorite method to use when Im tired, or cant see what to do next. It helps me accomplish hundreds of tasks a day, and makes me feel good about myself.

    Use a Timer: This is my go-to method when Im plain bored with housework, but have to press on. I choose four projects, and time myself for 15 minutes on each project and work as fast as I can. I also keep a list on my fridge of 5- and 10-minute projects anyone in the family can complete at anytime.

    What if I live with a packrat?Lead by Example: Instead of nagging your packrat to downsize, do your best to inspire them by the changes in your home, and by your newfound peace and calm.

    Ask Them to Help: Instead of making it seem like you are trying to change them, ask them to help you accomplish your goals. Bag up your own clothing donations or recycling items, for example, and ask them to drop them off.

    Create Clutter-Free Zones: Give your packrat their own space to collect anything they want, and ask them if theyd agree to keep all of their treasures in that space alone.

    How do I involve the kids?Organize by Personality: Right-brained kids are visual, see the big-picture, and are overwhelmed by details. They do better with hooks, baskets, pretty vases, and clear containers. Instead of fighting their patterns, be flexible. If they always put their homework on the kitchen desk, for example, put a container in that very spot.

    Left-brained kids like words, lists, advanced planning, and details. They do well with divided containers, labeled storage, filing boxes, and sequential routines.

    Play Some Tunes: Get your kids in the groove by creating a playlist of their favorites tunes. Give them a

    specific chore to complete before 1-3 songs finish, then do a family dance-off in the kitchen before starting another chore.

    How do I maintain and enjoy this process?Gratitude Game: Pink slippers on the stairs. Crumbs under our feet. Dark soil to till and plant. For one hour of your day, pause to see the gift and blessing of each item you touch. A sons baseball on the lawn reflects his fleeting childhood. Dishes in the sink remind us of happy dinners with friends. Seeds in their packets give hope for a summer garden. Gratitude brings meaning to the mundane, and increases joy.

    Be Happy Now: No matter how clean or cluttered our house is, it is possible to feel happy in this moment. As we get in touch with our happy feelings before we begin to clean, our bodies will relax, our mountains will look like molehills, and well inspire everyone around us to be happy, too.

    M e l a n e e Evans lives i n K e l s o and enjoys a bouquet of daffodils in her kitchen w i n d o w every spring.

    You can feel happy amid clutter ...But clearing, freshening, creating space bring rewards

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    Review by Alan Rose

    Alan Rose, author of Tales of Tokyo and The Legacy of Emily Hargraves, organizes the monthly WordFest gatherings. His new book, The Unforgiven, was recently published by Bold Strokes Books. He can be reached at

    The Gods of GothamBy Lyndsay FayeG.P. Putnams Sons2012$25.95

    R.A.Long High School (Longview) grad writes award-winning mystery

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    He asked me if I thought that God could forgive any act, no matter how vile. You know why, naturally. And of course I said yes.

    My eyes fell shut as I blessed the world entire for that one tiny grace.

    And then, Thomas Underhill continued, he asked if human beings were capable of the same.

    What did you tell him? I whispered.

    I said to keep trying and find out.

    ~ from The Gods of Gotham

    CLIP AND SAVE for easy reference at your bookstore or when browsing at your local library, bookshop, e-book source or book-loving friends shelf.

    It is 1845, and New York City has just formed its first police force. Timothy Wilde is one of these copper stars, a job he has received through his older brothers political connections. One night as hes ending his beat, a ten-year-old girl runs into him as she is dashing through the dark streets. She is dressed only in her nightgown, and the gown is covered in blood.

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    at the winery, a screw top will pretty much guarantee that tasting notes will never be affected by the closing process. However, the negative aspects concerning the screw top are threefold. First, purchasing a good quality wine and not just a jug wine with a screw top is reality, but you wont be able to enjoy almost all of the great Spanish wines simply because that country does not allow it. Also, the finest French and most of the great Italian wines my favorites are off the table, as well. These wineries are steeped in years of tradition and they would never use the screw top. Also most Napa Valley, Columbia Valley and Willamette Valley wines are closed with cork. But if you want a great American wine and refuse to carry a corkscrew, you can now enjoy a great product.

    Secondly, screw tops are horrible for the environment because very few people actually go through the trouble of separating caps and recycling the metal.

    Thirdly, the ambiance. There is simply no pop while your guests anxiously gather round you in anticipation with

    empty glasses. Also as I mentioned, the dining experience with a screw top can result in a busboy dropping your dinner wine off at your table while en route to topping off water glasses or picking up a bus tub full of dishes.

    Then theres the compromise; the plastic cork. Although it does a great job guarding against dreaded cork taint than the actual cork does, it doesnt hold up well for bottles designed to age.

    My preference? I am for the cork. After numerous wine trips abroad, I discovered that winemaking is a process involving many steps from growing great fruit, making wine and correctly closing the bottle; great vintners practice them all. When special attention is taken to corking, then it becomes the exclamation point on a great bottle of wine destined for the world.

    Randy Sanders is a travel photographer and wine enthusiast. He lives in Yankton, a suburb of St. Helens. He founded Columbia River Reader in 2000 and sold it to Sue Piper in 2004.

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    My Slant

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    EVERYDAY ETHICSIts a dogs life

    Q: Last year my neighbors acquired three rescue dogs. They are very proud that they have saved three dogs who had a bad life and a worse future. My neighbors have a fenced yard and leave their new dogs out most of the day. Every time I go outside they hear me and it sets off a paroxysm of barking. I avoid using my back yard because of it. Am I ethically bound to grin and bear it because of the wonderful thing my neighbors have done? Am I churlish for being upset?

    Lets work through this problem from top to bottom, giving both credits and demerits where they are due.

    I say at the outset that I look at this problem from the perspective of the city mouse, not the country mouse, although Im not certain my country mouse alter ego would see things much differently. Thats one big reason why I dont live in the country.

    First, well behaved dogs are wonderful beings and magical creatures. They give unconditional love, and in return deserve happiness and respect. Dogs are living proof that loyalty, love and service to others can outdo self-centered amorality in the fair fight of natural selection. In that sense they are a testament to the power of ethics.

    Second, anyone who steps up to save a helpless dog or dogs from a short lifetime of misery and mistreatment has done a wonderful thing. They have ethical credit in the bank.

    Third, your neighbors have spent theirs. Doing a good deed does not relieve you from acting responsibly

    while doing it. A saint does not use their saintliness to justify boorish behavior toward others.

    Wonderful as dogs are, they are still creatures who present their caretakers with a stark choice. Either they will dominate you, or you will dominate them. That is their nature. Although they will naturally struggle to dominate you, they are happy either way.

    If your neighbors lived away from anyone within earshot, it would be no ones business but their own if they chose to become subservient to a dog. But they dont. They live next to you. Would they have cause to complain if, every time they went outside to relax in the hammock or read on the deck, you set off a series of firecrackers? And kept doing it? Would you do that to them? Would you let your children do it? Would you let your dog? Would you say, I tried, and then give up?

    We have an obligation to enjoy our lives in a reasonable manner that allows those around us to enjoy their lives, too. When we save a life, we have an obligation to bring that life up in a manner that adds to, not detracts from, our community. Dogs need training and control in order to bring out the best in them and in us. Your neighbors are shortchanging you, their dogs, and themselves.

    Rick Pope is a Portland trial lawyer with Kirklin Thompson & Pope LLP, at He regularly represents plaintiffs as well as defendants, although not generally in the same case.

    Mr. Quarnstrom writes an interesting piece supporting the new PAC initiated by Gabby Giffords, the Congresswoman severely wounded by a deranged nut with a handgun during a shopping mall appearance. Quarnstrom says the Giffords PAC is set up to counter the NRAs position on guns, violence and terrorism and suggests the NRA is not a group of gun owners of the United States, but is a front funded by the gun and ammo manufacturers associations.

    In fact, the NRA currently has over four million (4,000,000) members. Membership is $35 per year. The NRAs primary purpose is to defend the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms in accordance with the Second Amendment. Current data shows manufacturers contribute 15% 25% of the funds accumulated by the NRA. This is consistent with other PACs. Check with your local state or national politicians and you will find they are receiving very significant funds from manufacturers of every type.

    The NRA actually agrees with Giffords PAC in the effort to find ways to reduce the ghastly shootings such as we saw in Connecticut in December. However, the anti-gun media mostly do not understand guns, cannot distinguish automatic from semi-automatic, repeaters and bolt actions, etc. So they report erroneously and the editors let the liberal anti-gun diatribe go unchecked. They seem to believe they can ride the word assault rifle to some sort of gun grabbing legislation victory.

    Editors note: The following is one readers response to Lee Quarnstroms piece last month about Gabby Giffords new political action committee (PAC), Americans for Responsible Solutions. He suggested that those interested in helping Gabby and Mark Giffords stand up to the NRA make a financial contribution to their PAC.

    Another view of the NRABy Dick Miller

    The Arizona shooter would not have been affected by banning the AR-15 assault weapon because he didnt use one. The deranged shooter in Connecticut did not use an AR-15. He used Glock 9mm and Sig Sauer 9mm pistols. Later, police found an AR-15 and a shotgun in the back seat of his car.

    The NRA believes better reporting of mentally unstable people needs to be done by doctors and divulged on background-checking databases. Our society needs to help people better recognize signs of mental health problems and focus more on intervention and preventative action.

    By the way, the death of 6-year-old children from guns is way behind deaths from drowning, auto accidents and poisoning. Safer swimming pools should be getting a higher priority, but the politician sees more donations when pursuing the gun problem.

    The taking of guns f rom law- abiding citizens will only increase the dangers from the Bad Guys. The NRA has for many years provided gun owners, law enforcement, military and government agencies with all the basic safety rules invoked nationwide. The organization has advocated that a minimum of five years should be tacked onto the sentence for any crime that involved a gun. Most of the current liberal judges do not share this right wing extremism.

    Rather than being denigrated, the NRA deserves credit for its long history of helping protect American citizens Second Amendment rights and promoting the safe use of guns. Locally,

    residents of Cowlitz County have received many benefits from the NRA, including:

    $1,000 from NRA Foundation to send kids to summer camp on Orcas Island.

    $25,000 from the Public Shooting Range Fund to establish the new range at Castle Rock.

    $9,000 From the NRA Foundation toward a meeting room to accommodate hunter education classes, womens self defense classes, Boy Scout meetings, etc. The NRA is almost the sole source of training for range safety officers, marksmanship classes, safety training instructors, and womens defense courses.

    Photo: Castle Rock resident and NRA member Dick Miller, fishing on the Kalama River. He is a retired marketing aerospace business executive and has been a hunter safety education program instructor for 18 years. He is currently president of Cowlitz Game & Anglers. Reach him at 360-274-7559 or [email protected]

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    Just over a month ago, people in central Russia witnessed Earths largest meteor to strike in more 100 years. Thanks to dashboard-mounted cameras and surveillance cameras in buildings, scientists soon reconstructed the asteroids orbital path and angle of entry. Videos of the meteor exploding in the sky and shock waves blowing out windows across the region were impressive, but many Americans were more interested in the dash-cam videos showing some bizarre traffic accidents in Russia.

    The 50-feet wide stony meteor weighed about 10,000 tons and, like most meteorites, contained very little metallic iron. When the asteroid entered

    the atmosphere over China, it was traveling 45,000 mph at a 16-degree angle. It started breaking up 20 miles above Russia, and exploded 15 miles above Chelyabinsk, showering meteorite fragments on the ground. The shock wave took 1-1/2 minutes

    to reach the ground where it blew out one million square feet of windows. Many people were injured, but nobody died.

    Since it exploded 15 miles above the Earth, there was no impact crater. Weve all seen pictures of Arizonas Meteor Crater, which is 4,000 feet in diameter and 570 feet deep. It was created about 50,000 years ago when a 150,000 ton nickel-iron meteorite broke up before hitting the ground at an estimated 25,000 mph. Russian citizens were fortunate their meteorite exploded high above them.

    In our backyardDo you know the largest meteorite ever found in North America was discovered in our backyard just two miles from West Linn, Oregon? Native Americans knew about this 16-ton meteorite long before a settler named Ellis Hughes discovered it in 1902. It was lying in a field 380 feet above sea level, on land owned by Oregon Iron and Steel Company. Hughes decided to steal the meteorite and spent 90 days moving it to his property. Word got out and Oregon Steel went to court to recover their meteorite. In 1905, they sold it for $26,000 and later it was donated to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where it has been on display ever since.

    The Willamette Meteorite is 91% iron and 8% nickel. Surprisingly, there was no impact crater where it was found. How can that be? Geologists believe it actually landed in British Columbia and was transported to Lake Pend Oreille in a glacier. About 18,000 years ago, during the Ice Age, glaciers formed a dam west of Missoula, Montana, creating Glacial Lake Missoula that grew to be about 2,100 feet deep and contained 530 cubic miles of water. Eventually, the ice dam failed and all the water was released in three days. The resulting flood roared across eastern Washington and down the Columbia Gorge, scouring the land and moving huge rocks with water flows up to 80 mph. Water backed up in the Willamette and Cowlitz Valleys to a depth of 400 feet.

    Story and Photos By Michael Perry

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    The Wi l lamet te Meteor i t e on d i sp lay at New Yorks Natural History Museum. Image: Wikipedia Commons/Dante Alighieri

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    An erratic is a rock that is not native to the area that was transported there by natural forces. There are many large erratics found in the Willamette Valley. Geologists have determined most came from Montana, deposited during the Missoula Floods. And one of the erratics was the Willamette meteorite! It probably floated to Oregon in or on a huge chunk of ice and fell out near Oregon City. Thus, no impact crater.

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    With Easter just around the corner, I know Ill be seeing coconut items in grocery store displays. I dont particularly like the dried stringy coconut strands found in macaroons and cake frosting.

    But I do have a long-standing favorite coconut recipe: Pina Colada (recipe at right), a lovely drink to offer your guests or to sip by yourself as you relax on the patio, something I look forward to being able to do sometime soon as the weather warms up.

    Over the years, as I discovered new restaurants and became more familiar with cooking from Thailand and Viet Nam, I recognized the potential for coconut milk in a wide range of recipes. A recent venture took me to a recipe for Chicken Curry Soup with Coconut and Lime, found online at where it was attributed to Bon Appetite, August 1993. The title alone caused me to salivate.

    Chicken Curry Soup with Coconut and Lime2 cups low-salt chicken broth1 13.5 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk1/2 tablespoon curry powder1 jalapeo chili, seeded, minced2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces2 tablespoons fresh lime juice1/4 cup chopped green onion1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley)1 cup freshly cooked white riceLime wedges

    Bring chicken broth, coconut milk, curry powder and chili to simmer in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken and simmer until chicken is just cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Mix in lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

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    I made the soup. It was delicious (see recipe in sidebar).

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    Ive never tasted the juice from the inside of a coconut. Drill two holes and pour out of one, Im told. Very tasty, Im told. The whole fruit is often available in our grocery stores. Im getting one, just for the fun of it.

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    Crimson clover is one of the best plants you can grow in a vegetable garden. You will never harvest it for dinner, nor will you ever see it bloom (as shown in photo above). However, you will reap the benefits of a fall planting of crimson clover with a significant yield of fresh vegetables each summer. Mid-March through mid-April is the time to turn the young clover plants into nutritious fertilizer.

    Crimson Clover is a cover crop which is planted in the fall. Cover crops

    are also known as green manures because they add valuable organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Crimson clover is an excellent cover crop because it helps fix nitrogen into the soil.

    It is a legumeMany legumes, including peas and beans, have a symbiotic relationship with rhizobia bacteria. The bacteria act like little nitrogen factories for the legumes. They form nodes on the plants roots and convert nitrogen from the air into a form that the plants can use. In return, the legumes provide the bacteria with carbohydrates and minerals.

    The seed is sown in the fall after crops are harvested, just before the first hard freeze. Slow to sprout because of falling temperatures, the seedlings seem to spend most of the winter in

    suspended animation. (photo #1, below) The young plants help deflect pounding winter rains which cause erosion and turn garden plots into bogs. Cover crops such as crimson clover also suppress weed growth as they help build a more nutritious soil. By the end of March to early April (photo #2) the plants have responded to the warming temperatures and are beginning to grow rapidly. Its almost time to harvest.

    Step OneMow the crimson clover back to just above the soil. The succulent stems are tender and cut easily. Use a stringed weed eater or lawn mower for large areas. Raised beds

    Cover crop delivers natural form of nitrogencan be sheared with hedge clippers. Leave the foliage in the garden bed. It will begin to decompose quickly if cut before buds form and stems get woody. The plants will continue to grow (photo #3). You may need to cut the foliage back more than once if wet weather prevents immediate cultivation.

    4. The smaller the pieces the more rapidly the vegetation will compost.

    Crimson clover seen blooming in May is being grown for seed production.

    1. Hardy to 10 degrees, each clover plant develops roots throughout the winter, poised to erupt with warming temperatures in the spring.

    2. The crimson clover is thick and robust just in time for Spring garden preparation.

    3. Crimson clover cut back to soil level recovers and continues to grow.

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    Story by Suzanne Martinson Photos by Bob Martinson


    In Tennessee, they asked me, What church do you go to? In Pennsylvania, they asked, What ethnic group do you belong to? They were really wondering, What do you cook? In America, we commemorate our diverse histories with food.

    As a newspaper food editor in Pittsburgh a city where ethnic festivals and holidays pop up like spring crocus amid March snow I once made the mistake of skipping St. Patricks Day.

    The anonymous caller had lost her brogue but not her bluster: Wheres the St. Patricks recipes? Flummoxed again.

    In Pittsburgh, red-blooded Americans of Irish descent mark the holiday by marching through the citys South Side swilling green beer. Pubs color their kegs of golden Iron City beer to mimic the beautiful green hills of Ireland, which I know must exist because Ive watched the romantic comedy Leap Year with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode a dozen times.

    If a recipe is good, its good any day of the yearWhat started as a fiasco ended with a favorite

    There are, I know, dishes one has to be born to, for example, baked beans on our family farm in Michigan. But I am an ethnic mongrel, what my farmer father called a Heinz 57, and the only Irish recipe Id heard of was Soda Bread.

    The next year, I tried to make a loaf. My soda bread was simply not up to par, even with my husband, Ace, a

    bread-lover with no preconceived notions of the Emerald Isles national treasure. He took one bite, slathered on more butter, tried again. This doesnt taste quite right, he said.

    Figuring the Irish wanted to share their celebrated history, but had their own treasured soda bread recipe, we

    The potatoes for Ballymaloes Potato Salad are best dressed while still warm and served at room temperature. Its well worth buying fresh watercress and parsley for their cheery color, as well as flavor, for Billys French Dressing, which is made with olive oil and mild wine vinegar.

    The chilly days of March and the April showers that bring the flowers inspire a delicious loaf of Ballymaloe Brown Bread. The recipe (page 27) comes from Myrtle Allens Cooking at Ballymaloe House, one of Irelands best guest houses. This easy-to-make yeast bread requires no kneading. Its best to cool it before cutting, and the sliced bread can be wrapped in aluminum foil and reheated in the oven.

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    When the weather starts getting better as spring approaches, getting out of the house to relieve cabin fever gets easier. Being outside enlivens your outlook, especially if it has been overcast and rainy. Whether you wish to take a strenuous walk or just a stroll doesnt matter. Being out is the thing.

    Walking or running in the Pacific Northwest is a dice roll as to whether you will get rained on or not. Walking in the rain is OK with me, but wind and rain together I dont like. If it is raining, I walk with an umbrella so the combination of wind and rain makes it difficult because either you cant see, or the wind might turn your

    umbrella inside out. I usually dont let the weather deter me from walking.

    Willow Grove Beach on the ColumbiaThis is one of those places where you can roam about. Driving the 8.5 miles from Longview, I wondered if the clearing weather would hold for the short outing along the river. I parked at the

    westernmost end of the lot. The rivers edge is a good place to jog or walk because farther up on the beach the sand makes it harder to do either.

    I decided to walk on the sand near the river. It was just past low tide that morning so there would be a wider stretch of sand on which to walk. As I headed east it started to drizzle a little heavier but still that did not put a damper on the whole walk. Walking along, I was reminded there are many pieces of driftwood pieces along the river here. Some of them were great gnarled things. The rain let up. From my starting point, it is about half a mile to the boat launch parking lot. I

    decided to return by the asphalt path passing many roof-covered picnic tables surrounded by pine trees and here and there, fire pit sites. There were a few others out walking and exercising their dogs. I introduced myself to two women throwing balls for their dogs to chase. They let me take their picture. There are two sets of playground equipment along the path in case you have children with

    you. But just being outside for 40 minutes, watching the river flow by and getting some exercise made the outing worthwhile.

    In St. HelensNob Hill Nature Park is a tiny park in St. Helens, Oregon, located on a small bluff looking out toward the Columbia River. Having a map with directions to get there is a good idea (From Columbia Blvd, turn right onto 18th Street, then left onto Old Portland Rd, then take a slight right off Old Portland Rd. onto Plymouth, a total distance of 1.5 miles from Hwy 30.)

    The view from the bluff is obstructed by city and industrial buildings, but the park is a place for a good stroll. As the trees and bushes begin to fill

    out with new foliage, you will see wild flowers, white oak trees, birds flitting about among the branches and poison oak (so be careful). My wife and I were the only people there. The dirt paths wander through the park, with some exiting onto neighboring streets. Volunteers plan a work party on April 6 which should help this diamond in the rough shine brighter.

    A good stretch for a stretchIf you want to stretch your legs either by walking or running, the Coweeman River Trail provides a long and flat route. The entire trail, mostly a gravel path, runs 7.5 miles from Allen Street east of Kelso High School all the way to Talley Way by the Tennant John Freeman on the trail at St. Helens Nob Hill

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    Pam Schultz with Sahara; Patty Donaldson with Gracie, all out for a stroll at Willow Grove Park, west of Longview.

    Stepping out Easy walks close to home

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    Way interchange. I had never walked this trail before and thought it was time to try it. I got on the trail near Grade Street at the South end of the Three Rivers Mall parking lot. From there to Allen Street is about 2.5 miles following the Coweeman River. You walk under the I-5 freeway past Tam OShanter Park, Kelso High School playing fields, and an RV Park, where the trail ends at Allen St. There are no trees or bushes along the trail, but I saw some ducks on the river. If you drive and park at the Mall as I did,

    you have to retrace your steps because it is not a loop. So my walk was about five miles. Having someone let you off where you want to start and pick you up where you want to end your walk would be ideal.

    Longviews jewelL a k e S a c a j a w e a i n Longview has a gravel path all the way around. In addition to mile markers, kilometer markers have just recently been added. Because of all the streets crossing the lake at various places, you can tailor your walk anywhere from three-fourths of a mile to 3.5 miles. Occasionally I have seen Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, and river otters. New pink blossoms on the Flowering Plum trees and blossoms on one early-blooming rhododendron can be seen now.

    Pick your site for running, walking, or strolling. Then get out and enjoy the outdoors. If youre like me, youll be glad you did.

    The view along the Coweeman River dike.

    The one early-blooming rhodie at Lake Sacajawea.

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    Almost 20 years ago, when Id drive to Tacoma to visit my sister at the University of Puget Sound, there were places the school instructed you not to drive after dark, places like the old Tacoma downtown. Today, however, even the University of Washington has located its Tacoma campus in the middle of what was once sketchy territory. A renaissance has occurred. This is not the place I remember at all. Tacoma has shed its dirty jeans and slipped into a Prada suit.

    Once known only for its accessible port and major industrial area (this should sound familiar to Longview natives), the Tacoma downtown began a reconstruction in the last decade as many Seattle artists and professionals became priced out of the real estate market. Tacoma was still convenient to the city, and featured a unique turn-of-the-century architectural aesthetic.

    Get your motor runningOnce you exit Interstate-5 onto I-705, you immediately realize that this is not the Tacoma of yesterday. The LeMay Automotive Museum, newly constructed in 2012, rises from the edge of the road like a giant chrome fender. This not-to-be-missed attraction houses a unique collection of American automobiles, including a very rare Tucker car and four floors of jaw-droppingly shiny chrome and steel. Automobile lovers will need an entire day to marvel at the breadth of Mr. LeMays hobby, and the rest of us can enjoy the clever architectural construction. This is the Guggenheim of car museums, with a multi-floor layout that takes

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    you up and down four floors without stairs, making you feel that youve completed a Grand Prix event as you

    round the last corner. (My children were wishing for roller skates.)

    Whereas before you might have been afraid to leave your car parked downtown, today its easy to park in one of the many area lots and take advantage of the Tacoma Link Light Rail Line. This electric trolley is free and runs on a loop every 12 minutes throughout the downtown area. For children, getting on and off the train is a high point of the adventure, and for the parents and grandparents, knowing you can do it over and over again with no extra charge thats priceless.

    Stories that built our stateIf you hop on the Link from the LeMay, youll be downtown in about 8 minutes. It drops you off directly in front of the Washington State History museum. While this museum is more about dioramas than artifacts, its an interesting way to experience the variety of stories that built our state. The current traveling exhibit is Lets Ride: Motorcycling the Northwest. They change exhibits annually, making the museum a different experience each time you attend.

    The Museum of Glass is located just across the street, and the pedestrian Chihuly Bridge of Glass that

    you transverse from the downtown area to the museum is incredible and free to visit. A suspended cei l ing features glass cases full of a p re -cambr ian soup of rainbow-colored blown glass, followed by a wall of abstract and literal vases of glass flowers. Even if you are as unfortunate as we were to find the museum closed for a private party, the bridge is some compensation for the disappointment.

    Just a little snackPerhaps its because we travel with small children, but it seems that food is always a focal point of our activities. If it had just been my husband and me, there were multiple excellent options for a great dinner. From El Gaucho to the Pacific Grill, the wine and steak crowd will be satisfied with the selection. Since we had children in tow, we decided on that favorite festival of carbs beloved by children and adults, The Olde Spaghetti Factory.

    For a great follow-up treat, dont miss Hello, Cupcake, located just across from the Chilhuly Bridge of Glass. The atmosphere is nearly as sweet as the cupcakes, with lots of sparkles and pink but the chocolate cupcakes take a man-

    sized appetite. Order a miniature-sized version if you dont want to risk going overboard.

    If you have the urge to travel a little further away from where the Link line can take you, hop in your car and travel up Division Street to experience a Tacoma classic: The Frisko Freeze. Featuring beefburgers and heavy-duty milkshakes, be prepared to wait in line at the window and eat inside your car. Locals are proud of this place

    and have slapped a Register of Historic Places sticker on it.

    We sipped our milkshakes and took a drive over to see Stadium High School, one of the only other high schools in Washington State that could overshadow R.A. Long. It was originally constructed as a chateau-style hotel in the early 1900s, but was used as a high school instead. The deep-bowl of the stadium has a killer view of Puget Sound. (And

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    We spent the night at what must be the centerpiece of this Tacoma Renaissance: The Hotel Murano. The work of more the 40 glass artists is featured on nearly every surface, from the glass canoes hanging in the entryway ceiling, to the sinks in the restrooms. Immediately adjacent to the Tacoma Convention Center, this hotel is heavily used for conventions, but the service is great, the rooms are trendy but comfortable, and the restaurant, Bite, serves a fabulous breakfast. The German pancakes are a must-have, served with lemon slices and sprinkled with fresh blueberries. The Hotel offers multiple packages

    on their website that include free parking and tickets to the various museums, saving you a few bucks.

    Waking up the next morning, our view from the room told a broader story than the one our tourist experience lent us. Trains were moving

    in and out of the industrial area, traffic was buzzing along the freeway, and the water was covered with shipping traffic, all under a cloud-wrapped Mount Rainier. The downtown is still doing downtown business, but theyve invited in the creative crowd to take part in the fun. Perhaps its a model that might help other industrial towns experience their own Renaissance Ill have my bags packed should they try!

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