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How Oregon’s GOP governor teamed up with hippies to throw a festival and prevent clashes in the streets

In August of 1970, at the height of the Vietnam War, President Richard Nixon was slated to come to Portland, and so were thousands of antiwar protesters. That's when some young liberal Oregonians teamed up with Republican Gov. Tom McCall on a plan to lure thousands of potential antiwar demonstrators into the woods for a weekend of rock 'n' roll and avoid a projected violent clash in the City of Roses. This is the story of Oregon Vortex 1: A Biodegradable Festival of Life.






A huckleberry by any other name: The story behind Westerners’ favorite wild berries

Huckleberry season is in full swing in the Pacific Northwest, and whether you forage them yourself or pay a pretty penny at your local farmer's market, these berries are a sweet staple of summer. But what if we told you huckleberries don't grow in the West? In fact, you've been enjoying native blueberries all along.


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