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Social Gathering – Music, Art, Brews, Good Times

Howdy y’all. It’s been awhile since we last congregated, but the memories of our experiences are still fresh. Before they have a chance to fade, it would be great to find out what y’all have been up to over the break and since our departure. Julia sent out an email to everyone who signed the sheet that went around on the last day, but not everyone was there, so here is my attempt at trying to reunite everyone…

So I am having a party at my house in just over a week with live music from a few of my friends’ bands. There will also be a keg. The house is full of art from a friend that Tory knows that we want to show off, as well as some experimentation with used materials (egg cartons, bottle caps, old packing supplies). The basement is being sound-proofed(ish) as we speak.

Here are the details:
Date: January 30th, 2010 — 7:00pm
Address: 1813 SE 60th Ave (across the street from Mt Tabor, between Hawthorne and Division)
Bands: The Abejas, The Weatherdeck Division, and Brass Clouds (check em on myspace)

If you need/want to contact me, find me on facebook. Otherwise, my email is natedatater@gmail.com

Hope to see you there, and stay warm!

Peace,
Nate

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Sorry I should have sited my source.

Go to www.yurokplankhouse.com. There it states “Planks were either removed from naturally fallen trees, OR removed from large trees, allowing the trees to heal and remain alive.” Sorry I don’t mean to be petty, but I thought it was interesting and important information. So I leave it up to you to do some more investigating. This is not the original site where I found this information.

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a message to the class…

You guys are fun, & this class was a blast. Today I (Mikaela) am sick, too sick to bring a hot dish & socially practice… and I was going to make pancakes!

Oh well, I guess I’ll have to imagine my pillow as the pancake and my phlegm as the syrup.
Hope you guys have a good time today, and thanks to the Triple H’s (Hannah, Helen & Harrell) for conducting this awesome train to artistic endeavors.

See ya’ll around!

Love,
Mikaela Schey

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Good Job Everyone

Doing the Mobile Museum was really fun today.

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The Klootchy Creek Sitka Spruce Giant

Around the signing of the Magna Carta in the year 1215 a Sitka Spruce tree sprouted from the Oregon coastal forest floor that over the next 700 years would grow 200 feet-tall. It’s crown eventually spanning 93 feet across, its trunk 16 feet wide and 56 feet around. It was the largest living carbon reserve in Oregon and the biggest Sitka Spruce in the country. In 1995 it was named the first Oregon Heritage Tree, and has since been visited by many. On December 2, 2007 a hurricane force windstorm blew the top portion of the tree over; it broke off about 80 feet up the trunk where it had been weakened by a bolt of lightning many years before.

Although the “Klootchy Creek Giant” was near the end of its natural life-span, it is interesting to note that this Sitka Spruce may have lived longer if the forest around it had not been cut down by humans. The “Klootchy Giant” grew up in the inner part of the forest, where winds are minimal. The trees that grow up in the outer portions of the forest are strong from continuous exposure to high winds. Ironically, the human intervention in the forest intended to preserve and honor this mighty tree may have contributed to its death by exposing it to more deterioration and higher winds than it was used to.

After some deliberation, the forest service decided to leave the fallen portion of the Klootchy Giant on the forest floor to become a nurse log for other trees. Though it is down, it remains on the list of Oregon Heritage Trees and can still be viewed by visitors to Clatsop County.

The protection of trees such as the Klootchy Creek Giant is an important part of the effort to slow down global climate change and reduce our atmosphere’s carbon content. A recent study conducted by the College of Forestry at Oregon State University that concluded 15 years of reserach has found that the forests of the Pacific Northwest–especially old-growth stands–“hold significant potential to increase carbon storage and help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in coming years if they are managed primarily for that purpose through timber harvest reductions and increased rotation ages”(Law 2009). The study also found that the forests from Oregon down to SanFrancisco hold about 2 billion tons of carbon–14 percent of the entire biomass of the nation. If managed properly, this amount could double in a few hundred years.

Reference:
Law, Beverly. “Pacific Northwest forests could store more carbon, help address greenhouse issues”. Innovations Report. 11/29/2009. http://www.innovations-report.com/html/reports/environment_sciences/pacific_northwest_forests_store_carbon_address_135379.html

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Javier’s Taco Shop

At the intersection of N Lombard and N Vancouver, Javier’s Taco Shop stays open 24 hours providing whatever delicious, hearty Mexican fare you might desire. Before Javier’s moved into the neighborhood in 2002, Mary Jane’s Doughnuts and Coffee had occupied the structure since 1991. At the time, it was a breakfast and lunch joint with gray carpeting inside and a red and gray exterior – a far cry from the medley of neon green, canary yellow, and baby pink of today. Inside, you can usually expect the warmest, friendliest staff, family-restaurant-type prices, and some educational posters about international currency and different types of chilies. As Neena D. from North Portland says, “It’s not a night to remember unless it ends at Javier’s. I’m pretty sure this New Years, I chanted ‘Jav-i-er’s! Jav-i-ers!’ on the way there.”

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Joan and Nate’s plankhouse

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The plank house was built by Native Americans on the west coast of  the United States. They were built by planks taken from the giant cedar trees. The Native Americans used sustainable ways to collect the planks by only removing planks from the trees, leaving the tree to grow and get bigger. After the settlers came from the east the  giant trees became scarce because they cut down the whole tree. Later the logging industry made the trees scarce.

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