Carousel, Inside Ruralite

Falling for Volcanoes

Parkdale resident follows love of geology to a successful career identifying oil and gas resources By Stu Watson When mountains rumble, Lee Fairchild listens. When volcanoes threaten to explode a column or river of rock, ash, steam and gas at temperatures reaching 1,300 F—and scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey tell any sane person to […]

Visitors to the Mercado del Valle in Odell line up for freshly made vegetable smoothies. Photos courtesy of Gorge Grown Food Network
Carousel, Inside Ruralite

Healthy, Local Eating

Summer event brings community members together to share food, activity, culture By Stu Watson Now in its fourth year, the Mercado del Valle in downtown Odell is the most visible part of an effort to connect low-income residents of the upper Hood River Valley with fresh, local foods. Started by the Gorge Grown Food Network, […]

Carousel, Inside Ruralite, Manager's Message

Keep It Safe, Avoid Electrical Hazards

After spending long winter days indoors, most folks love to get outside in spring, even if just to do chores. But outdoor chores can bring electrical hazards. For example, ladders contacting power lines cause 9 percent of electrocution-related deaths each year, according to recent data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Landscaping, gardening and farming […]