Caution And Scrutiny Urged For Holiday Donors

Dec 6, 2016
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The holidays find people opening both their hearts and wallets to charitable causes. But Oregon officials say to be wary of scammers who take advantage of yuletide sentiment.

Nutcracker's Paradise

Dec 11, 2015
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Idaho is known for farming, potatoes and gorgeous it can add another agreeable item to the list! A small town in the state is home to the second largest nutcracker collection in the world!  CJ Davis is nuts about nutcrackers and the owner of the private collection in Hayden, Idaho.

Holiday Greenery Takes A Hit This Season

Nov 19, 2015
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The $50 million evergreen tree industry that encompasses Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands could be facing a 10 percent loss this season since the warm weather has given them a late start.

Special Programs For Thanksgiving

Nov 16, 2015
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From culinary and hosting help to poetry, music and a scientific consideration of gratitude, Northwest Public Radio has a lineup of special programs to enhance your Thanksgiving!

In California, March 31 is a legal holiday. Schools and government offices are closed for César Chávez Day.

Leavenworth's Hard Times Before Bavarian Success

Oct 21, 2014
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The town of Leavenworth is known for its Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest, alpine skiing, and spectacular holiday light displays. Leavenworth has often been named the ultimate holiday town which gives the North Pole a run for its money!

But Leavenworth didn’t start out that way. The town’s roots lie in three Native American tribes. The Yakama, Chinook, and Wenatchi tribes all shared the land between Wenatchi Lake and Icicle Creek as hunting grounds.

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Portland and Spokane have been trying to prevent people from jumping off the cities' iconic bridges. In the last few weeks, police in both cities have responded to suicides or attempted suicides.

Add one of Northwest Public Radio’s favorite recipes to your holiday baking and entertaining traditions. Here are recipes Gillian Coldsnow, Robin Rilette, Thom Kokenge and the rest of us suggest for celebrating the season.

Cheesecake Bars
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Signs Of The Times Buried In Holiday Trash Heaps

Dec 27, 2012
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Now that presents have been opened, it's time for another tradition of the holiday season: bags upon bags of trash. Jessica Robinson talked with one garbage collector in north Idaho about what he can tell from this year’s haul.

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Facing the prospect of a turkey-less Thanksgiving?  Northwest Public Radio commentator Corinna Nicolaou was too when she became a vegetarian. She wondered how the meal could be delicious without meat infused gravy. Then she discovered the secret: vegetarian doesn't have to mean healthy...

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog

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Have you ever struggled with finding the perfect gift for that special someone? For NWPR commentator Corinna Nicolaou one gift offered a lesson in letting go.

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog

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Many people have a New Year's resolution to de-clutter their lives. That's not the case for Northwest Public Radio commentator Corinna Nicolaou. Custom shelves were needed to store her husband's things from childhood.

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog