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Wine grapes, hemp and apples grow side by side in this fertile valley.

Jacksonville and the Applegate River Valley


Oregon’s southern wine region tucked into the Siskiyou Range written by James Sinks Wagons were still rattling west across the Oregon Trail when, in the 1850s, a Swiss immigrant named Peter Britt planted the grapes for what would become the Pacific Northwest’s first winery, in southwest Oregon’s Applegate River Valley. Lured to the region by a gold rush, Britt—better known now for taking early photographs and for the music festival staged annually on his former property—found enough of the precious stuffto buy swaths of acreage, where he planted fruit tree orchards and grapevines. Valley View Winery outlived its pioneering founder,…

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Three Bathrooms, One Designer


Sparrow Design Company is leveling up homes around Olympia, one bathroom at a time written by Melissa Dalton For designer Lauren Rodriguez, who opened Sparrow Design Company in Olympia in 2019, home design is all about telling a story. Whether tapping into a client’s personal history, favorite things, or the history of the home’s architecture, Rodriguez’s approach extends to personalizing even the smallest rooms, like the bathroom. “Who the clients are and what they love is a big part of it,” said Rodriguez. The design “has to be right for their home, and the story that their home is telling.”…

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Lambert House is a safe place for LGBTQ+ young people to find help, a retreat and kindred souls.

Creating Connection


A Seattle charity helps isolated, bullied LGBTQ youths find community written by James Sinks It’s not uncommon for teens to feel alone. But for preteens, teens and young adults who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexual identities, family ostracization and social isolation can be devastating. At such a fragile point in life, feeling unloved can lead to dark paths where nobody wants their kids to go: depression and low self-esteem, poor scholastic performance, escapism and coping via alcohol and drug use, homelessness, risky sexual behavior that increases the risk of contracting HIV, and in the worst-case, suicidal…

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