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Posts published in “Day: July 10, 2007”

Opening the concession stand

Oregon Democrats may not have much of a primar yet in the race for U.S. Senate, but they sure do now in the race for secretary of state.

Legislators were still packing up when Senator Vicki Walker of Eugene announced for the office. Now this week, former Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown of Portland is announcing for as well. They are distinctly different personalities and will draw distinctly different bases of support, but neither are what you might call the shy, retiring type.

A commenter at Blue Oregon beat us to it: "Kate Brown and Vicki Walker in the primary. I am in charge of selling popcorn."

The view at Starbuck

Starbuck, Washington

Starbuck, Washington

Nope, nothing happening here, nothing much anyway, which is just as it's supposed to be. Welcome to Starbuck, Washington, one of those small communities in the state where there is, in fact, no Starbuck's.

There is coffee for sale, and some other conveniences, but when the main businesses that stick out seem to have to do with fishing and RVs, and maybe a few that relate to serving farm operations, you know you're out in the country.

We were on route visiting southeast Washington courthouses today and, though Starbuck is a few miles off the path, we couldn't resist stopping by. We'd never checked it out before; it was worth the excursion. Quiet, pretty, and just the kind of shaded place to stop by on a sweltering summer day. If we'd had a fishing pole we might not have made it to Pomeroy.