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Helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region at home and on the road. CRREADER.COM • March 15 – April 14, 2015 • COMPLIMENTARY Tulipmania page 17 O U T • A N D • A B O U T GLIMPSE an EL GRECO in Portland • page 18 COLUMBIA RIVER dining guide page 29 SOUFFLE for Easter • page 16 OUR JETTIES • page 21

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4 Letters to the Editor 5 Local Books / Book Review / Bestsellers List 7 Astronomy 9 Biz Buzz 11 Miss Manners 15 Northwest Gardener ~What your roses want 16 Man in the Kitchen: Soufflés 17 Out & About: Tulipmania 18 Out & About: Portland Art Museum / El Greco 19 Out & About: Tourists in Portland 21 Guardians of the Columbia: The jetty system 23 Where Do You Read the Reader? 26-27 Outings & Events Calendar 28 Lower Columbia Informer ~ F utilitarianism 29 Columbia River Dining Guide 32 Movies: 50 Shades of Grey; Still Alice 34 The Spectator ~ Headed for the Beltway


  • Helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region at home and on the road.CRREADER.COM March 15 April 14, 2015 COMPLIMENTARY

    HOLIDAY 2014Tulipmania page 17

    O U T A N D A B O U T


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    COLUMBIA RIVERdining guide

    page 29

    SOUFFLE for Easter page 16

    OUR JETTIES page 21

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    ON THE COVERTulips original watercolor by Judy Perry. Another tulip painting, 13x16, is on exhibit at Broderick Gallery. See stories, pages 17 and 14.Souffl photo by Perry PiperJetty photo by Ron Baldwin

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. March 9, 2015 All these decades later, memories are still vivid of my first visit to our nations capital, when my mom and I accompanied my dad on a rare business trip. The multi-stop, turbo-prop flight was almost a milk run, but I didnt know the difference. Besides, on each leg of the flight, the stewardesses served elegant meals (complete with linen napkins and silverware) and beverages in sparkling glassware. Looking back, I see how luxurious it really was.

    Approaching to land on that long-ago summer evening, I was thrilled to see the illuminated Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and the Capitol dome. To me, it was even better than Disneyland.

    An impressionable teenager in the aftermath of JFKs assassination, I was fascinated by everything to do with American history and the Kennedys. Beyond being merely star struck, I was stars and stripes struck, and relished visiting the places where the pageantry of our national tragedy had played out on TV.

    A fan of Jackies, I wore a sleeveless, A-line dress and a wide brimmed hat as I stood at the eternal flame in Arlington Cemetery. We toured the halls of Congress, watching the U.S. Senate including a young Teddy Kennedy, using a cane after his 1964

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    plane crash pass the bill authorizing the U.S. Mint to make coins with an alloy-clad copper core instead of silver. We visited our senator, Warren G. Maggie Magnuson (D-Wash.) in his stately, mahogany-paneled office.

    These days, perhaps a tad jaded and less star struck, I am still moved by the memorials and national monuments and open-eyed in case somebody famous comes along. Our waiter said Bob Barker was dining in the next room. I might have wanted to meet him if Truth or Consequences had somehow morphed into a TV show about national politics.

    But I wouldnt mind bumping into Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews, John Boehner or even President Obama. Maybe we could add another celebrity/politician to CRRs Where Do You Read the Reader? archives, which include Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and former GOP chairman Michael Steele.

    For this visit, a non-stop flight whisked Ned and me to the other Washington in less than five hours and the only food available was a $7.50 fruit and cheese tray. Washington, D.C. is still better than Disneyland, and also a theme park,

    of sorts. And the best part? I finally got to see Julia Childs kitchen...whisks and all.

    Julia Childs reconstructed kitchen may be seen at the Smithsonians American History Museum.

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    4 Letters to the Editor

    5 Local Books / Book Review / Bestsellers List

    7 Astronomy

    9 Biz Buzz

    11 Miss Manners

    15 Northwest Gardener ~What your roses want

    16 ManintheKitchen:Souffls

    17 Out & About: Tulipmania

    18 Out & About: Portland Art Museum / El Greco

    19 Out & About: Tourists in Portland

    21 Guardians of the Columbia: The jetty system

    23 Where Do You Read the Reader?

    26-27 Outings & Events Calendar

    28 Lower Columbia Informer ~ F utilitarianism

    29 Columbia River Dining Guide

    32 Movies: 50 Shades of Grey; Still Alice

    34 The Spectator ~ Headed for the Beltway

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    Letters to the Editor

    CRR Print Submission GuidelinesLetters to the Editor (up to 200 words) are welcome. Longer pieces, or excerpts thereof, in response to previously-published 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 submissions will not be considered.

    Polit ical Endorsements As a monthly publication serving readers in three counties, two states and beyond, we cannot print endorsements or criticism of political candidates as Letters to the Editor Unsolicited submissions may be considered, provided they are consistent with the publications purposeto help readers discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region, at home and on the road. 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 listing): Events must be open to the public. Non-profit organizations and the arts, entertainment, educational and recreational opportunities and community cultural events will receive listing priority. Deadline: 30th of the month. See other submission details, page 26. Businesses and organizations wishing to promote their particular products or services are invited to purchase advertising.

    Pink snow and a cyclone of petalsWhen we moved from snowy Alaska to Kelso, it was disappointing for one who loves snow. It snowed only one day during the whole winter.

    But my f i r s t spr ing here was overwhelmingly beautiful. There were blossoming trees everywhere, starting with flowering plums. Then, before

    But a favorite spot to enjoy pink snow is while parked along the 1000 block of Longviews 14th Avenue (near Goodwill, Paperbacks Galores, etc.)

    Whenever I drive there on a dry, hopefully sunny day, I sit and wait for a while. And its not long before Im rewarded by a small breeze swirling by, picking up the fallen pink petals which carpet the parking lot. First its a small whirlwind, and then it develops into a veritable cyclone of pink petals.

    I just sit there smiling and enjoying until the wind tires of the game and drops the petals back into pink snowdrifts. Ah, how I love springtime and pink snow!

    Carlin LohreyKelso, Wash.

    Mea CulpaSince I am referring to the haiku article in last months edition, I will use a popular Japanese phrase often used in response to goof-ups: Saru mo ki kara ochiru. (Even a mon-key can fall from the tree.)When I reported the judges results to our publisher, I inadvertently left off the winner in the Foreign Entry category, Keith Simmonds, from Crayford, England.

    Hibiscus flowersShimmering in the morningHummingbirds glory.

    In making this error, I not only treated Mr. Simmonds with disdain but probably offended the Crown, as well!

    Another haiku by Mr. Ford was spotlighted in the Northwest category of CRRs recent HaikuFest, which has become a popular annual event conducted under the guidance of contest founder Gary Meyers.

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    One day on my drive to town, I spied a striking bush growing beside a house on South Pacific Avenue. I stopped, knocked on the door and asked the lady, What kind of bush is that? She replied that it was a star magnolia tree. I hastened to the nearest nursery and bought one. It was the first tree my husband planted in our completely bare except for grass yard.

    All around Kelso and Longview were fabulous, pink blooming cherry trees. They were so marvelous to behold that once again I found myself at the local nursery and came home with another tree for our front yard.

    One of the most enjoyable activities for me in the spring is to experience PINK SNOW! Its great to drive through a tunnel of pink cherry trees and encounter a pink snowstorm.

    All we can do to atone for the oversight at this late date is highlight Mr. Simmonds winning haiku, hope that he recovers from the slight, and hope that once the monkey gets back in the tree, he will stay there.

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    BOOK REVIEW By Alan Rose

    The Secret PlaceBy Tana FrenchViking $27.95 Hardcover

    Whats the fun of having secrets if you cant share them?

    A l a n R o s e , author of Tales of Tokyo, The Legacy of Emily Hargraves and The Unforgiven o r g a n i z e s t h e monthly WordFest gatherings. He can be reached at, at, and

    This year, everyone gets ready for the Court like theyre getting ready for the Oscars.You like so totally have to have your hair either straightened to death or else brushed into a careful tangle, and fake tan all over and an inch of foundation on your face and half a pack of smoky eye shadow around each eye, and super-soft-super-skinny jeans and Uggs or Converse, because otherwise someone might actually be able to tell you apart from everyone else and obviously that would make you a total loser.

    Girls like to reveal their secrets, and they like to be secretive, says the headmistress of the posh private girls school in Dublin. In the school there is a board, called the Secret Place, where the girls are permitted to post their secrets anonymouslyconcerns about their weight, fear of not being liked, a new romance, etc.


    of human scouring pad. Together, they explore the secret society of teenage girls who come from a world of privilege, with all the perks, pride, and insensitivity that privilege bestows.

    Like most crime mysteries, this is not a book that gives one much faith in humanity. The girls we meet are tempting, taunting, devious and calculating in their meanness. (Joanne has always been the kind of person who doesnt even have to hate you to be horrible to you.) And one of them may be capable of murder.

    By comparison, the savagery of the boys in Lord of the Flies seems refreshingly directAt least you know your friends from your enemies.

    Tana French won The Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Prize for her Broken Harbor. She has a sharp, often witty style capturing different points of view, whether the snide attitude of the girls toward one of their less bright friends (Her head is obviously spinning so hard she cant think, even by her standards.) or in Morans brisk procedural description of Chris Harper from the photograph: a puppy dog look. Clear skin, rosy cheeks; a few freckles along the cheekbones, not a lot. A jaw that wouldve turned out strong, if thered been time. Wide grin that

    crinkled his eyes and nose. A little cocky, a little bit sweet. Young, everything that rises green in your mind when you hear the word young. Summer romance, baby brothers hero, cannon fodder.

    In contrast, the boys in the story are pretty clueless, no match for the girls strategic use of sweetness, sexiness, and crueltytheyre clearly playing checkers while the girls are playing chess; not only different rules, but completely different games.

    Who knew teenage girls could be so vicious? Given a choice, I think Id prefer taking my chances on an island with a bunch of savage boys.

    A year ago, a popular and handsome 16-year old boy named Chris Harper was found murdered on the grounds of the school. No clues or motives could be found and the case has remained unsolved.

    And then a card shows up on the Secrets board: his photo, with cut-out letters pasted under it: I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.

    Detective Stephen Moran, ambitious and eager to advance out of Cold Cases, pairs up with the Murder Departments abrasive Antoinette Conway, a kind

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    The weather has been spring-like for the last month. The Spring Equinox comes on March 20th at 3:45 pm. It is also a New Moon. As many of you know, the equinox is the time when the sun rises at the North Pole and is setting on the South Pole. We experience equal times of daylight and night. We generally have a 12-hour day and a 12-hour night. On the equator, the sun rises due east and shines straight down at noon and then sets due west.

    I have experienced this day of no noon shadow. It is strange; everything is equally-lit by the sun with no reference as to what is north or south. At the equator, as Northern Spring advances, your shadow points south; that, too, is strange and can confuse a northerner as to where he is facing.

    This Spring brings eclipses A full solar eclipse will take place in the far North Atlantic Ocean on a track that runs between Iceland and Norway. England will have a partial eclipse; London will have 87% of the sun covered on the 20th of March.

    On April 4th there will be another lunar eclipse. This is the third in a series of four full lunar eclipses this year. The fourth one will occur in September. These are called blood

    red eclipses due to the fact that the moon passes fully through the shadow of the Earth. The red comes from the diffraction of light through the Earths atmosphere. In fact, the curvature of the Earths shadow on the moon is how the ancient Greeks determined that the earth was a sphere and not flat some 500 years BC.

    In our night sky, Orion still holds forth as the predominate constellation with bright Jupiter getting close to the rising Leo. The Big Dipper is fully in the north when the sun goes down. The handle of the Big Dipper drags along on the northern horizon.

    How about a trip around the night sky and learn some star names?Lets start looking south. You will see a very bright star named Sirius, the Dog Star in Canis Major the Big Dog. Next, look left and a bit higher in an empty area of the sky and find a somewhat bright star. This is Procyon in the constellation Canis Minor or the Little Dog. These two Dog constellations are the hunting dogs that accompany Orion the Hunter. Next we travel straight up till we find two bright stars. These are the twins, Pollux and Castor, Pollux is the brighter of the two. After finding these two stars we will head to being virtually overhead where we

    spot another very bright star, this is Capella in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. Now we head back to the southwest and find a bright star a bit northwest of Orion, this is Aldebaran the eye of the Bull in Taurus. Then we travel down to the right foot of Orion and end up at Rigel. If you continue to the bright star in the south you have returned to Sirius. Now you have traced out the winter circle of six of some of the brightest stars in the winter sky. You have added six more stars you can name beyond Polaris the North Star and Betelgeuse in the upper left of Orion and the names and locations of more constellations. If you have a hand held star chart, the circle may be marked

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    for you. If you have an astronomy app, you will be able to find these stars and constellations easily.

    Book recommendationFor anyone interested in astronomy and what is going on in recent research and theories of how our solar system came together, let me recommend a book. The Big Splat, by Dana

    Mackenzie, is an easy, informative read on the history of our knowledge of the Moon what it is made of and how it is believed to have formed. The book ( Wi l e y, 2 0 0 3 ,

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    Arleen Hubble was recently honored by Longview Downtown Partners in recognition for her 30 years service to the community in organizing and promoting the annual Christmas parade in Downtown Longview. Originally, she took over following a person who had charged a fee for the task. Hubble volunteered her time and enjoyed the job. Now retired from her career in advertising with The Daily News, Hubble said, I get older, it (the parade job) just gets colder. Under her enthusiastic, dedicated leadership, the parade has grown to 80100 entries. Hubble hasnt given up all her projects, however. Shes still the director of Longviews Go Fourth Festival, entailing year-long planning with about 15 volunteers, and she also donates time fundraising for the St. John Foundation.

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    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 email [email protected] to share the local buzz.

    Michealna Perry describes her new Glamstruck Unique Boutique as not your typical cookie cutter type store. Instead, its a kaleidoscopic array of furniture, art, light fixtures, antiques and accessories, mixed together for an array of stylishly dramatic, playful yet sophisticated arrangements.

    Perry moved to Rainier, Oregon, last fall to be nearer her adult daughter. Then she seized the opportunity to open her own boutique in Longview.

    Previously, Perry managed a 22,000-square foot Austin-based world market center in Las Vegas, where other people got to come in and do the and visual designing.

    I wanted to work hard, she said, but I wanted to grow my own business. I want to choose what I sell and be more creative and more selective.

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    I want to be part of the re-birth of (downtown) Longview, she said. By my moving here from Las Vegas, I can be a beacon of light to other businesses

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    At least 80 percent of Perrys inventory is reclaimed, she said. Its eco-friendly. Ive collected things that are unusual, combining functionality with fun and whimsicality with elegance in an eclectic flow. Im not into matchy-matchy.

    A sofa is just a sofa until you add the accessories, she said. Sixty percent of the look is the accessories and the proper lighting.

    Most people need help with scale, the visual space ratio, Perry said. Many people dont really know their taste or know how to accessorize to achieve the look they want. And mistakes are costly.

    Hiring a professional eliminates the mistakes, she said, noting that besides operating her shop, shes also available on an hourly basis for interior design consultation.

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    New home decor shop opens in Downtown Longview

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    Its finger-lickin good!Enjoy traditional chicken dinner at Quincy Grange

    Mark your calendar for a fun and delicious, family-friendly outing for young, old and all the in-betweens. Follow signs from Clatskanie 3.5 miles northeast of town to the Quincy Grange Hall. There, youll enjoy the Granges 40th Annual Chicken Dinner. On Sunday, March 29, the Quincy Grange crew will be serving an authentic, homemade, old-fashioned fried chicken with all the fixins.

    Dinner will be served from 12 Noon to 3pm. The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children 612 years old. Kids under 6 are free. Reservations arent necessary.

    Proceeds benefit the Granges scholarship fund and various community projects. For more information, contact Ellen Nieminen, 503-728-2886, or Evelyn Pugh, 503-728-3894.

    Lewis and Clark National Historical Park hosts the first of a trail run series on Saturday, March 21 to bid adieu to winter at Fort Clatsop and mark the arrival of spring. The Lewis & Clark Trail Series includes three different exhilarating events along beautiful trails through forest landscapes, complete with a welcoming and friendly race atmosphere. All events are open to walkers and runners of all ages and provide the opportunity to experience the Northwest coast the way people have done it for thousands of years on footpaths.

    The first event is Saturday, March 21 at 10am. Come for either an approximately 5k or 10k course featuring the Kwis Kwis Trail. The 10k run will include a two- mile stretch of brand new trail. The start/finish line will be at the Fort to Sea Trail parking area off of Fort Clatsop Road. Allow time to park at one of the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center parking

    lots, check in at the visitor center, and then, as a warm-up, hike 0.5 miles of the Fort to Sea Trail to the starting point.

    Pre-register in person, or register that morning from 99:30 at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. The cost to participate is the purchase of a $10 Annual Park Pass that grants entry into all of the 2015 Lewis & Clark Trail Series Events. Registration is free with any pass that allows entry into our nations National Parks. Participants younger than 18 also need their parent or guardian to sign the registration.

    The Lewis & Clark Trail Series is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association, which supports park education and interpretative activities. The other events in the series are scheduled for June 20 and September 26.

    The park is open daily from 95. Admission is $3 per adult and free for youth 15 and under. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted.

    For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.

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  • Columbia River Reader / March 15 April 14, 2015 / 11

    Miss Manners By Judith Martin

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    My dilemma is, how do I correct someone as politely as possible when they assume I have cancer and/or that Im going through treatment? My usual response is, Oh! I just have alopecia. or, Im sorry, I dont have cancer. I have alopecia.

    Is this acceptable? Or is there a more polite way of responding without embarrassing them?

    GENTLE READER: Your responses are perfectly acceptable and polite, and Miss Manners would even condone your merely saying, Thank you, but I dont have cancer.Although one hopes that these people were well-intentioned, it would have been more polite of them not to indicate that they have noticed. So she assures you that you dont have to apologize for others self-inflicted embarrassment.

    If you do mention your disease, and find that it brings on further inquiry, you may expand or not as it suits you. And if they offer gifts or privileges as Miss Manners has heard can sometimes accompany strangers well-meaning, but misguided responses to this particular disease you may also decide to decline or not.

    2. DEAR MISS MANNERS: If you are hosting a colleagues baby shower and are serving only cupcakes, is it OK to provide only napkins instead of small plates?

    GENTLE READER: Only if you plan to vacuum after everyone leaves.

    3. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I had cosmetic surgery two weeks ago and have been out of social circulation since then. When questioned, my sister answered that I had a surgical procedure and that I was fine.

    Last n ight , an acquaintance telephoned me to ask, What kind of surgery did you have? I was not prepared for such an intrusive question and gave more information than I intended. The acquaintance is not a discreet person, obviously.

    How could I have answered her without causing animosity or even more curiosity?

    GENTLE READER: It was very minor. (Miss Manners assures you that this is not a lie: The medical definition of major surgery is when a body cavity is opened.) Youre a dear to worry about me, but Im fine. Now tell me how you are.

    4. DEAR MISS MANNERS: My son is a polite, respectful and kind-hearted child. As my mother before me, we only use the terms Yes, maam and No, maam to much older ladies and gentlemen. A simple yes or no spoken in kindness was always sufficient.

    In my nephews home (my sons cousins), the expectation is for their children to use the maam/sir terms for every person and for every possible scenario ad nauseum. They are charged a quarter every single time they do not.

    I view the cousins as little robots who speak few words other than the constant Yes, maam, no, sir, etc. What is your view on this?

    I told my son to respect their home and try his best to please his aunt and uncle when he visits (When in Rome, do as the Romans do). I honestly believe that Southerners have really gone overboard on this.

    GENTLE READER: Robotic? Do they say sir and maam to the cat and dog? Is that the way they address their playmates?

    Miss Manners suspects that the cousins are being reared on pretty much the same system that you taught your son, with the difference, perhaps, that you do not require him to address grown-up relatives that way. And she hopes that you do not give him the job of distinguishing among older and younger grown-ups; everyone looks old to a child.

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    Mail check to HOPE, PO Box 448, Rainier, OR 97048.

    cont page 30

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    Miss Manners cont from page 11

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    Longview: Lake Sacajawea Kids Fish-In Sat, April 25 starting at 8am with seven 45-min sessions starting on the hour, until the last session at 2pm. This event is being held through Longview Parks and Recreation. Each youth, ages 514, must pre-register. $8 fee. All equipment is provided and no personal equipment is allowed.

    Woodland: Horseshoe Lake May 16 with registration starting at 8am. at the Lake. $3.00 registration fee; all equipment is loaned to participants by the Woodland Moose Lodge for use during this event. Registration closes by 1:30 and the event ends promptly at 2pm.

    Kalama: Kress Lake Safety Day May 2 with registration starting at the Lake at 10am and ending around 12:30pm. No fees. Sponsored by the Kalama Fire Department.

    Oregon Family Fishing EventsODFW provides equipment, instruction. No licenses required under 14 years.Rainier: At Trojan Pond, April 26, 9:30am2pm. Info: Jeff Fulop, 971-673-6034. Vernonia: At Vernonia Pond, May 2, 9am2pm. Info: Ron Rehn, 503-842-2741, ext. 244.


    Even a kid can bring home the bacon for dinner and feel proud about it. Community-sponsored events like the following can be great ways to introduce a child to the joys of fishing. Once caught, the desire to fish seems to last a lifetime it has for me.

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    ~Paul Thompson, CRRs Man in the Kitchen

  • Columbia River Reader / March 15 April 14, 2015 / 13

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  • Columbia River Reader / March 15 April 14, 2015 / 15

    Northwest Gardener

    Longtime local gardening maven Nancy Chennault is a dynamo of horticultural energy. She and her husband, Jim Chennault, operate The Gardens @ Sandy Bend in Castle Rock.

    Spring is so close you can feel it. Winter reluctantly relinquishes its frosty grip on landscapes throughout the region and gardeners rejoice in each lengthening day. The subtle, softening of the air and the warmth of the sun have encouraged roses to stir from their lingering state of dormancy. Youve been patient, knowing that you should not prune too early. Your patience has been rewarded. Now is the time!

    Pruning promotes new growth. Buds are set on the new canes (stems) and it is at the ends of these canes that flower buds form. Spring pruning initiates development of laterals (side shoots) and basal bud growth (new growth from the base). It is this growth that will yield multiple flower buds all summer long. The more extensive the pruning . the larger and more prolific the blossoms.

    Begin with an assessment of the plantClean up any debris from its base. Dont be intimidated by the labyrinth of branches and emerging leaves (photo #1, above). Cleanly cut out dead, diseased and small canes. After winters coldest temperatures, there may be many canes blackened from the freeze. Cut these back until you see clean green pith in the center of the cane (photo #2). Sharp, clean tools are essential (photo #3). A pair of heavy leather gloves will protect tender fingers from the prick of thorns.

    These cuts will be made at a slight angle, just above a bud pointing to the outside of the plant. Remember, you control how the rose will grow.

    story & Photos by nancy chennault

    Cutting to an outside bud encourages that bud to grow outward, not across the middle of the plant (photo #4). Once completed, the rose bush will be in the shape of a bowl with the canes spaced somewhat like the spokes of a wheel. Air circulates within that bowl. Plants are rarely symmetrical so dont despair if it takes some imagination to see this shape (photo #5).

    You will continue to shape and prune your roses all summer. Every time you cut a rose bud for a bouquet or pick off the spent blossoms on a summer evening, there is opportunity to encourage more blooms. Cut the stems back to an outside bud that is on a cane at least as big as a pencil. Anything smaller will result in fragile growth with diminutive stems. Grooming your roses as the blossoms fade will result in faster repeat flowering. When all the flowers on the tips of stems have faded, cut that stem back as you would a stem you were cutting for a vase. The reward for your rigorous pruning regime will be arm loads of bountiful blossoms from June through October frost.

    Your roses want to grow...and youre going to cut most of those beautiful new leaves OFF?... YES!

    Roses that are well fed and watered, enjoy plenty of sun, have breezes to rustle their leaves after a rain, are rooted into soil which is rich in organic matter that it drains quickly after spring rains . . . these roses flourish. Good health results in abundant blossoms all summer long, but the real bonus of healthy roses is minimal insect and disease problems. You often hear people say that they would love to grow roses, but they are so much work! With a little care when selecting varieties, as well as providing for nutritional needs, your roses will thrive.

    Fertilizer BasicsRose fe r t i l i ze r s come in many formulations, and they will have a higher percentage of nitrogen than some other types of shrub fertilizers. Nitrogen is the first number you see when you look at the largest numbers on a fertilizer package label (at right). For roses, which need ample nitrogen to grow vigorous new canes to support bud and bloom, the first number should be equal to or larger than the other two. The photo of an organic fertilizer label shows a low amount (4%) of nitrogen. Some chemical rose fertilizers will often show a higher amount The middle number represents phosphorus which promotes root growth. A healthy rose is only as vigorous as the roots that anchor it. It also helps with photosynthesis (energy production) and most significantly, flower production. You will often see this middle number disproportionately high in synthetic fertilizers that endorse maximum bloom production.

    Your roses want to eat!

    Planted, pruned ready to perform!

    Roses leaf out vigorously from stored starches as the weather warms. The lush leaves of this rugosa rose will burn if a high nitrogen liquid chemical fertilizer is used.

    cont page 25

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    Story by Paul Thompson Photo by Perry Piper

    Light-as-air French specialty easy to make

    Why did it take so long? I wandered for 73 years before having my first souffl, in Paris, of course. Maybe thats why it took so long. We dont find them on American menus, and you wont find them everywhere in France, either. Id heard of them, but knew little more.

    A souffl is a mixture of eggs and flavorings baked in ramekins, expanding and rising to a gentle lightness. Egg whites are separated and beaten to a foamy thickness then folded gently into the batter. As the souffl bakes, the airy whites expand, puffing the dish to wondrous heights. At LeSouffl in Paris, the waiter plunged a hole into our souffls and added a rich sauce accenting our chosen variety, i.e. cheese, spinach, mushroom, salmon, etc. With the dessert course, he left a bottle of Gran Marnier (an orange-flavored cognac liqueur) on our table to pour over our souffls, making a perfect and memorable enhancement to our meals finale. One dessert souffl was served with warm fruit compote alongside, as well (see photo, page 22).

    If you make it at home, serve your souffls immediately. That puff doesnt last long, although theyll still have a light texture if deflated.

    Make a souffl for Easter

    cont page 22

    Ramekins are small, straight-sided glazed ceramic or glass bowls used for baking and serving various dishes. They come in different sizes and are ideal for souffls, both individual and family size.

    Individual Cheese Souffles1-1/2 cups milk1 sprig fresh thyme1 bay leaf3 tablespoons butter1/4 cup plus 1 Tbl all-purpose flour and 12 Tbl softened butter for ramekin prep2 large egg yolks, room temperature1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan, plus 1 Tbl for ramekin prepPinch of cayenne pepperPinch of salt1/8 tsp nutmeg4 large egg whites, room temperatureA few drops freshly squeezed lemon juice3/4 cup lightly packed coarsely grated Gruyere or Emmentaler cheese (about 2 oz)

    Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350F. Using softened butter, generously coat insides of six 6-ounce ramekins and sprinkle with Parmesan to lightly coat, tapping out excess. Put prepared ramekins on a baking sheet and refrigerate.

    Place the milk, thyme, and bay leaf in a small saucepan and bring just to a simmer on the stove, and then pull from the heat.

    Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture (roux) bubbles and thickens, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the warm milk, bring to a boil, and cook, whisking constantly, until the souffle base thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Remove the herbs and transfer the mixture to a large bowl and whisk to cool. Add the egg yolks, the Parmesan cheese, cayenne, and nutmeg.

    Slowly whisk the egg whites (in a very clean bowl with lemon juice and a pinch of salt) with a hand-held mixer until foamy. Increase the speed to high and whip until the whites hold a soft peak. Quickly, but gently fold one-fourth of the whites into the base with a rubber spatula. Fold in the remaining whites, then scatter the grated Gruyere on top and gently fold everything together. Dont over mix. Divide the batter among the prepared ramekins, and bake until golden, puffed, and just set in the center, about 30 minutes. Avoid opening and closing the oven door while baking, but if you must, do so very gently. When done, transfer the ramekins to individual plates and serve immediately.

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    Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce Kelso Visitors Center I-5 Exit 39 105 Minor Road, Kelso 360-577-8058 Woodland Tourist Center I-5 Exit 21 Park & Ride lot, 900 Goerig St., 360-225-9552 Wahkiakum Chamber 102 Main St, Cathlamet 360-795-9996 Appelo Archives Center 1056 SR 4 Naselle, WA. 360-484-7103. Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau 3914 Pacific Way (corner Hwy 101/Hwy 103) Long Beach, WA. 360-642-2400 800-451-2542 South Columbia County Chamber Columbia Blvd/Hwy 30, St. Helens, OR 503-397-0685 Seaside, OR 989 Broadway 503-738-3097 or 888-306-2326 Astoria-Warrenton Chamber/Ore Welcome Ctr 111 W. Marine Dr., Astoria 503-325-6311 or 800-875-6807

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    In the 1500s tulips drove men mad. This is described in Extraordinary Popular De lu s i on s and t h e Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay. The rich in Holland and Germany sought after the Turban flower and had them shipped from Constantinople. By 1634 in Amsterdam, having a collection of many varieties in your garden was a status symbol. The middle class began to participate. And, like Christmas lights, the gardens became competitive.

    The tulip trade began and, as expected, prices rose. The more exotic the bloom, the crazier people became. Twelve acres of land was offered for one Harrlaem tulip root. By 1636, they became part of the Holland stock exchange. The ultimate tulip was the black tulipblack as a black swan and called Juvenal.

    The rich now saw a chance to sell and make a large profit. The market was driven down by their sales and the middle class lost land, their homes, horses and other valuable possessions. The market never recovered.

    G e r m a n p o e t - p h i l o s o p h e r -playwright Friedrich S c h i l l e r s a i d , Anyone taken as an individual is tolerably

    sensible and reasonableas a member of a crowd he at once becomes a blockhead.

    Today, more reasonable heads prevail. Holland is still proud of their tulips and they can be purchased at flower markets all over the country. Amsterdam sells a wonderful variety of bulbs.

    Lets be crazy! Attend at least one of our area tulip f e s t iva l s th i s year!

    The tulip was first introduced in the United States at Spring Pond, near Salem, Massachusetts. In 1847, one of the areas wealthiest men, Richard Foy, grew 500 acres. In the Skagit Valley of Washington, the Roozen family (who have grown tulips beginning in the 1700s in Holland) have one-quarter million bulbs and 150 varieties in bloom to share with the public. Consider a jaunt to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon (60 miles north of Seattle), Burlington, and La Conner in April. 9am7pm. Free driving tour; $5 to walk the gardens. For details and dates, see brochure at or call 360-428-5959.

    Benno and Klazina Dobbe came to Woodland, Washington, from Holland in 1980 to begin a new life. Today, the family enterprise has grown into the Holland America Bulb Farm known worldwide for growing premier bulbs. Home of the annual Woodland Tulip Festival, Holland America Bulb Farms spectacular, colorful fields delight travelers and locals alike. April 11-12 and 18-19,from 10am4pm. Free. (You may also enjoy the 2nd Annual Wine Tasting and Art Show, April 25, 59pm, with live music, private label wines, local catering and a sunset walk through the tulip fields, $15 advance, $20 at the door. Reservations: 360-225-4512.)

    DeGoede Tulip Festival showcases the work of a fourth generation of flower-growing family the first two generations in Holland, then J. Henry DeGoede started his own farm in Mt. Vernon, Washington, in 1951. In 1976 DeGoede began moving the farm to Mossyrock, Washington, where he and his two sons Jack and Bob, and grandson Alex operate DeGoede Bulb Farm today. Mossyrock is 20 miles from I-5 on Hwy 12. Call for peak blooming dates in April. Mon-Sat, 9am5pm. 360-983-9000. Free.

    Judy Perry, a cousin of CRRs publisher, grew up in Raymond, Wash., retired from her financial services career while living in Hawaii and has since returned to the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Edmonds, Wash., with her husband, Jack Waterworth. She paints full time and loves traveling, art and clam digging. To see more of her work, visit

    Story & original art by Judy Perry IF YOU GO

    Crazy about tulips!

    Painting by Ramona Lauzon. See story, page 20

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    The fifth installment of the Portland A r t M u s e u m s o n g o i n g s e r i e s Masterworks|Portland commemorates the fourth centenary of the death of El Greco (1541-1614), the brilliant, multicultural genius whose highly personal, conceptual style gave form to the intense spirituality of Spains Golden Age. Coinciding with the celebration of Easter, this special showing features the artists greatest devotional painting, the magisterial Holy Family with Saint Mary Magdalen, a rarely-loaned treasure of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    Painted at the height of El Grecos powers in the 1590s, The Holy Family shows the Virgin Mary holding the squirming Christ child on her lap as Joseph offers a bowl of fruit. They are joined by Mary Magdalen, whose sorrowful gaze alludes to the future suffering of the happy child. El Grecos approach is based on Venetian depictions of the subject set in a landscape, but transformed so that the figures seem to exist out of space and time, floating before a turbulent sky. The visionary quality of the elongated forms, animated by flashing light and vivid color, is tempered by touches of realism, particularly seen in the faces of the Virgin and child, in the bowl of fruit, and in the warm domesticity that characterizes the scene. This endows the image with unusual accessibility and appeal.

    About the artistBorn Domenikos Theotokopoulos on the island of Crete, El Greco first worked as a painter of icons. Beginning about 1567, he spent a decade in Venice and Rome

    El Greco [Domenikos Theotokopoulos] (Spanish, born Greece, 1541-1614), The Holy Family with Saint Mary Magdalen, 1590-1595, oil on canvas, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Friends of the Cleveland Museum of Art in memory of J.H. Wade.


    Glimpse a masterpiece from

    Spains Golden Age

    By Scott McRae

    In college, I had a painting professor who loved to paint the folds of cloth. There were pregnant folds, angry folds, and even lonely folds. What each of these paintings had in common was that they took a material object and breathed spirituality into it. Can the folds of cloth really speak to you? They certainly do in El Grecos Holy Family with Saint Mary Magdalen, now showing at the Portland Art Museum in celebration of the fourth century since his death (1541-1614). He truly made a masterpiece with this painting. Like my teacher, he brings folds alive.

    But El Greco created more than just folds in drapery. He weaves together

    an int r icate drama between the Virgin Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and Mary Magdalen as they float in front of a stormy sky. Because everything is pushed to the front of the painting, this forces the clothing to be as much a part of the narrative as the actors themselves.

    To fully understand his paintings, you have to understand what the artist was against. El Greco rejected the materialism of his time (and our time, too). He didnt even want his paintings to be accessible to a larger public. El

    Greco did not want his art to be naturalistic, but instead stem from the intellect, channeled through his own empathetic feelings.

    As part of his Renaissance training, El Greco was familiar with conventions such as the use of perspective, but his figures exist out of space and time and are often elongated and stylized. El Greco started as an icon painter in the Byzantine era (showing flat, two-dimensional art often featuring zig-zags) and after learning Renaissance techniques (using perspective), his style combined the two.

    As I studied this painting, I noticed both the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalen seem very upset, as though they can look ahead and see Jesus crucifixion. The look on their faces and Mary Magdalens dark complexion become our own expressions. The only thing that seems to really unify these characters is the bowl of fruit

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    Longview painter Scott McRae shows and sells his work in local and regional galleries, and teaches children and adults at Longviews Broadway Gallery.

    IF YOU GO - thru April 5Masterworks | Portland: El GrecoPortland Art Museum1219 SW Park AvePortland, Ore.503-226-2811 portlandartmuseum.orgHours:10am,Tues,Wed, Sat-Sun til 5pm; Thurs-Fri til 8pm. Closed Mon.Admission: Adults $15 Seniors 55+/college students $12Members and under 17 free.

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    Pacific Northwest winters stimulate creativity and, maybe, a deeper search to ward off the winter blues. Portland has held a place in my heart since I was a young child. I have lived there several times and, in between, have been a tourist. Being a tourist puts a whole new twist and adds a new spark to every place. So, for our 96th anniversary (we count differently), my husband, Rick Bell, and I decided to be tourists in the City of Roses.

    Even in the rain, Portland is swarming with activity. Driving through the busy streets, jockeying with bicyclists abundant in Portland you also have to be aware of the Max train. The streets are one way, but it is easy to find your way around. Its a good thing Rick serves as my driver, because I am always spellbound by all there is to see.

    All the big name hotels The Hilton, Embassy Suites, Marriott, The Benson and Hotel Monaco, just to mention a few are represented in Portland. We chose the Hotel Monaco. It is right in the hub of Portland at SW 5th and Washington. Its eclectic charm is warm and embracing. Underground valet parking was easy and dry, but as in all big cities, a little pricey ($40 per night). Park and forget the car anyway, because walking in the city is the way to go.

    Walking through the beautiful, double glass doors, the entryway has a personalized Welcome board for pets. This is a super pet-friendly hotel, which makes it even more charming. We did not bring our pets, but its nice to know they would be welcome. Portland is a big dog city. The hotel also offers hypo-allergenic rooms where pets are not allowed.

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    The Columbian Artists Association 39th Annual Spring Art Show opens Saturday, March 21 with a reception 24pm and continues through April 12 in Kelsos Three Rivers Mall. A spacious storefront near Macys will be transformed into a colorful display of artwork by talented regional artists. Awards presentation will be at 3pm and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to drop by and meet some of the talented artists from the area.

    Last years show, with about 40 artists exhibiting just over 100 paintings, was well attended by the public. Due to positive feedback and the Malls recent expansion, the Columbian Artists Association anticipates an even more successful show this year.

    Included again this year is a separate judged competition for Longview-Kelso high school art students.

    El Greco

    By Mitzi Christianson

    Columbian Artists host 39th Annual Spring Show

    Featured Artist: Ramona Kmetz Lauzon Born and raised in Cowlitz County, Ramona was inspired by a middle school teacher to pursue studies in art and took private lessons at an early age from a Dutch style artist. That influence is reflected in some of her old master-style painting. She also paints

    landscapes, portraits and still lifes.

    Some of the S o u t h w e s t Washington areas murals a l s o b e a r h e r n a m e , i n c l u d i n g one of Mt. St. Helens which

    was shown in National Geographic magazines coverage of the 30th anniversary of the eruption.

    Lauzon has created other murals on building exteriors, such as the train

    Joseph is offering Jesus and it is treated very realistically, being the only calming aspect of the piecemuch like comic relief.

    This El Grecos Holy Family with Saint Mary Magdalen is the only painting in this show, but it is truly a masterpiece and is well worth seeing. Be prepared to get wrapped up in this painting!

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    absorbing the aesthetic principles of the Mannerist style. He made his way to Spain in 1576 and settled in Toledo, where he was free to develop his distinctive art. Today El Greco is celebrated not only by artists, but by the public at large. Do not miss this opportunity to experience his unique genius in one of his greatest works.

    Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Dawson W. Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of

    European Art.

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    Story and photos by Ron Baldwin

    Clatsop Spit, Cape Disappointment, Waikiki Beach, Peacock Spit, Desdemona Sands the names sound exotic and adventure-filled and, indeed, they have been. In contrast, our subject names are rather straight forward: South Jetty, North Jetty and Jetty A.

    There is no river entrance in all the worlds seas more dangerous than the bar at the mouth of the Columbia River. More than 2000 ships have perished here, along with 700 lives. And these were only the recorded losses.

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    in the estuaries of large rivers. Though channels form in the bar, releasing the outflow to the sea, these channels change depth and direction often, making vessel traffic dangerous and unpredictable. Seas at the Columbia River entrance average 1020 feet but often top 25 feet while sustained 70-80 mph winds are common in mid-winter storms.

    Since the first known harbor built in the Egyptian Red Sea 4,500 years ago at Wadi el-Jarf, the process of channel dredging and building jetties, breakwaters, and other seaworks has endeavored to stabilize river entrances to allow safe passage for vessels of industry and commerce.

    According to a very detailed, early 1950s report by Corps engineers/historians R. E. Hickson and F. W Rodolf, channel stabilization

    A bar, in the nautical sense, is a shoal or sand deposit in a river or sea. Where rivers meet the sea, sediment carried by the river drops to the bottom as the river slows when meeting strong tidal currents. These deposits build to make a mound of sand at the bottom around the river opening, making the water shallow, raising the surf to coaming breakers that move at alarming speeds, difficult for vessels to pass. This is called a river bar and occurs

    Guardians of the Columbia

    Clockwise from left: Cape Disappointment with Waikiki Beach and North Jetty in the foreground;

    South Jetty on a calm day;

    A freighter headed south leaves the Columbia.

    Mighty River of the West

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    Your souffl can be a dessert or part of your dinner sweet or savory. Add berries and a dollop of whipped cream for brunch, or cheese for an evening feast. While cheese is the traditional flavoring, choose another if you like. Im thinking of next time adding fresh Dungeness crab, or maybe chopped shellfish to the mix. If you experiment with adding meats, poultry or fish, be sure they are well cooked ahead of time.

    Souffls add an elegance that lingers with your guests. Ive even heard of people being drawn back to their faith while praying for their souffls to rise. The process is so very simple and the results, dazzling.

    Paul Thompson (far right) found that being able to cook resulted in frequent party invitations during his bachelor father years while teaching at Chicagos Wright College. Now living in Longview, he still enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. He is pictured here with Longview residents and fellow travelers Fax Koontz and Sue Lane in Paris at LeSouffle, known for its savory souffls made with asparagus, foie gras, mushrooms or truffles and their signature sweet souffls with raspberry, chocolate or liqueur.

    Sweet souffl with warm fruit compote. Gran Marnier may be added as a flavor bonus. Note the entry indentation on top.

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    No grapes of wrath served here Castle Rock area resident Maria Frey at Steinbeck House in Salinas, California.

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    Italian postcard Joyce and Terry Hoggatt, of Kalama, Wash., in Positano, along the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, October 2014.

    When in Rome...Longview residents Dwight and Julie Herron on their terrace in Rome, Dec 2014. Their apartment was located next to Trajans Market, a structure built 107110 A.D. as part of Trajans Forum, the last of the Imperial Forums built in Ancient Rome. The market itself, to the left, is incredibly intact; ruins of columns and other parts of the forum can be seen to the right.

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    Jettiescame to the bar of the Columbia River a little over a century ago when, after some years of survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commissioned South Jetty and construction began in 1895. The prevailing southwest swell had pushed the shipping channel

    that a second jetty on the north side would be needed to secure a shipping channel depth of 40 as specified by an Act of Congress.

    Construction of North Jetty, smaller in stature in both cross-section and length, began in 1913 and pushed to completion in 1917. The new jetty was built west from Cape Disappointment on Peacock Spit, named after The Peacock, a U.S Navy sloop lost there in 1841.

    By 1930, the ends of both jetties had collapsed, due to the massive onslaught of the North Pacific, and repair operations were undertaken in 1936. Since then, every decade has seen some repair or maintenance. In 1932, a Corps survey program indicated need for a system to stabilize Peacock Spit and Sand Island, so a project to build Jetty A, .9 miles south from Cape Disappointment, began along with repair of both North and South Jetties.

    Jumbo sized rocksThe scale of reference is knocked askew by the sheer size and mass of everything here. For example, the stones that just look like

    north and split it into two smaller channels; the jetty would deepen and realign it. Ultimately, after an extension, the jetty reached 6.6 miles into the North Pacific. But the channel could only be maintained at 22 because of incursion of sand from Peacock Spit and Baker Bay to the north. Soon it became apparent

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    Right across from the Kelso train station a bunch of rocks from a distance are

    anywhere from the size of my car to the size of my elephant, with a few being the size of the average convenience store. In fact, from a distance the jetty sort of recalls a great, long pile of bears and elephants. Stones on the new face will weigh between 10 and 45 tons. (See The Numbers, facing page, for reference)

    The importance of CRRs namesake to the economy and to the defense and well being of our nation is hard to state in numbers, but lets just say HUGE. The Port of Portland estimates 40,000-50,000 jobs in the Lower Columbia region alone are directly connected to the river. The MCR jetties (Corps designation: Mouth of Columbia River) and their maintenance are part of an incredibly complicated engineering feat that escapes our thoughts on most days but affects everyone who lives near this Great River of the West, which drains an area about the size of France. The average discharge is 265,000 cubic feet per second. Combined with tidal flow, the amount of water passing the structures can reach 3 million cubic feet (about 35 Olympic swimming pools) per second.

    Repairs UnderwayA system of interim repairs began in 2005 on the North Jetty and continued in 20062007 on the South Jetty.

    Ed Saldania- North Jetty project inspector

    Jetty A extends from Cape Disapointment with Oregons Saddle Mountain as a backdrop

    Piles of bears and elephants

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    Longview native Ron Baldwin, lives in Chinook, Wash. He is known as

    CRRs Renaissance Man. He loves the outdoors, old Volkswagens, fast cooking

    and music. He is a regular programmer at KMUN radio in Astoria, Ore. Hear his

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    Jetties cont from page 15Northwest GardenerThe last number is potassium. This equally important essential nutrient strengthens canes, improves vigor and increases winter hardiness.

    All three building blocks of plant nut r i t ion (N-P-K) shou ld be accompanied by a multitude of micronutrients that are inherent ingredients of natural based organic fertilizers. Carefully read the label as you would food purchased for your own table. The list of nutrients should not be enriched chemical additives, but those that occur naturally.

    Recommended sources of nutrients for your rose pantry would include:1. All purpose organic fertilizer with the nutrient ratio in the single digits, such as 4-4-4.2. Bone meal or rock phosphate for additional phosphorus3. Fish/kelp liquid fertilizer for a nitrogen and trace mineral boost 4. Alfalfa meal or pellets to promote plant growth and condition the soil5. Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) for green leaves and increased enzyme activity in the soil6. COMPOST to feed the soil because healthy soil grows healthy plants.

    When to Fertilize First time in the spring: April 1-15. The initial leaf and bud growth you see in early spring comes from starches stored over winter. These ensure the plant gets a good start once winter is over. But eventually those nutrients are depleted. Pull back the mulch layer and gently work 2 cups all-purpose fertilizer into the soil around the base of the plant. You can also add one-fourth cup

    epsom salts, one-half cup bone meal, 2 cups alfalfa meal or pellets and a generous shovelful or two of compost. This one application will take care of your roses basic nutritional needs for a year!

    In addition to the annual feeding, apply one gallon per rose of natural fish/kelp liquid fertilizer, (diluted according to the label directions), once a month. If you have a worm condo that produces compost tea, you can use that nutritionally rich liquid in place of the commercial fertilizer. September 15th would be your last date for liquid feeding.

    Roses will then have a chance to slow down and toughen up before they go dormant for the winter.

    Minimal time and effort can result in armloads of spectacular rose blossoms to create dramatic landscapes or bouquets to grace your dining room table. By using sound nutritional practices and making a conscientious investment in your soil, you will soon be saying, I love to grow roses! They are not much work at all!

    Meanwhile, a 20-year channel deepening project concluded in 2010, deepening the shipping channel to 43 feet all the way to Portland.

    In the fall of 2014, an ambitious project to stabilize North Jetty was begun. Repairs are scheduled to conclude in late 2016, but repairs on all three MCR jetties will continue through 2021. The repairs are projected to cost $257million.

    Ed Saldania, a veteran Corps of Engineers Site Inspector (photo, opposite page), hands me a white hardhat and orange vest and welcomes me to the site, showing me the first phase of the project which is about 95% complete. As we stand near the root (land end) of the jetty, Ed points out a long embankment that curves to meet the jetty.

    This shotrock bank is part of a sand filtration system that prevents sand and sediment from passing through the jetty from this small creek that flows through the jetty and into the shipping channel, he says. Farther west he shows me an area that was once a large lagoon that ran parallel to the jetty on the north or ocean side. T