Reasons to Buy Another House in Boston, Massachusetts

New England is the American place for boarding schools, and I was fortunate to attend one in the Western part of Massachusetts, next to both the Vermont and New Hampshire boarders. It was beautiful country, to be sure, but I was a teenager and always longed to be in the nearest big city, Boston, Massachusetts, located two hours away. The first year I moved to Massachusetts the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in over eighty years. The celebrating the ensued on my boarding school campus until sunrise left me amazed at the type of community that was built around Boston. Boston is not only Massachusetts’s largest city, but it is New England’s as well. The site of many a historical event, Boston has retained the brick buildings and cobblestone streets of another era, yet offers all the amenities a modern, twenty-first century metropolis can. With under a million people living in Boston proper, the city remains large yet accessible, the perfect place to buy another house.

Although the cost of living has risen steeply in recent years, Boston is an international city for higher education medicine, and innovation. It is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in America, and as the populace grows the purchase of another house there would only be a wise one. The fluctuating student body ensures year round renters, yet you would hard pressed to not want to live in Boston yourself. From the world class shopping to be found on Newberry Street, to the waterfront concerts or the lobster rolls and more innovative seafood dishes at the Legal Test Kitchen, the city is filled with culture and foodie-worthy fare. Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway park and experience Boston sports fanatics for yourself, and when you’re done head over to Quincy Market, part of the larger Faneuil Hall shopping area, and lunch on anything from world-famous clam chowder, to sushi, to Indian food.

If the food is not enough to leave you sure of buying another house in Boston, then hit the tourist trail and see some of the historic sites for yourself. The city is extremely walkable, especially if you stick to the Freedom Trail that walks one from site to site, and back through Boston’s history. Hop on the T, Boston’s public transportation system, and take a train to Cambridge to visit Harvard Square, or to the Boston Common to lounge on the green and take in a beautiful fall day (there is absolutely nothing like New England in the Fall). Even when it is winter, and extremely cold, nothing shuts down and the city views remain spectacular. The view of the Back Bay or the Charles River alone is reason enough to buy another house in Boston and make it your home.

With a heavy Irish influence, a Chinatown with amazing Dim Sum, a diverse populace, some innovative urban architecture, and an accent all it’s own, Boston is a city like nowhere else. If the prices within city limits are too steep for your family to afford another house there, then buy one in one of the many suburbs, and join the millions that commute each day. With a commuter rail and more than one state to choose from, you can enjoy rural living with Boston as a nearby urban escape. There are beaches just an hours drive away-including the many to be found in Cape Cod-as well as hikes, apple orchards and other historical towns. Beantown, as Boston is known, has a rich history and is still making history, improving upon itself every year. The purchase of another house would be a worthwhile investment, for one’s life and financial portfolio. I visit the city once a year if only to get a sticky bun at Flour Bakery, and savor it while I take in another city I have come to love.

Do you want to purchase your first or second home in Massachusetts? If so, don’t hesitate to check out properties that you can rent before you buy. Buy a rental property and test-drive for a few nights to make sure it fits your needs and lifestyle and to make sure you’re investing in the perfect property. It’s currently the growing trend in the real estate industry.

Kiran is a third culture kid, whose love of maps was cultivated from a very young age. Having been raised the daughter of two diplomats, she had visited thirty-six countries by her twenty-first birthday. She has driven across the United States five times, and in light of all her travels, is adamant that America is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

8 Most Profitable Plants to Grow

Growing plants for profit is a great way to turn your gardening skills into serious cash. While most of us immediately think of tomatoes or salad greens, the most profitable plants are specialty crops that are not always found in a home vegetable garden. Many specialty crops can bring as much as $90,000 per acre, and are quite easy to grow.

Best of all, most specialty crops can be grown without a full-time commitment. If you have a few extra hours a week, then you can be a specialty crop grower. Here are eight specialty crops worth growing:

1. Bamboo. Landscapers and homeowners are paying as much as $150 each for potted bamboo plants, and many growers are finding it hard to keep up with the demand. Why is bamboo so popular? It’s a versatile plant in the landscape, as it can be used for hedges, screens or as stand-alone “specimen” plants. Bamboo is not just a tropical plant, as many cold-hardy varieties can handle sub-zero winters. Using pots in a bamboo business, it’s possible to grow thousands of dollars worth of profitable plants in a backyard nursery.

2. Flowers. If you are looking for a high-value specialty crop that can produce an income in the first year, take a look at growing flowers for profit. A flower growing business has almost unlimited possibilities, from bulbs to cut flowers to dried flowers – often called “everlastings”, for their long life. It doesn’t cost much to get started growing flowers for profit either – just a few dollars for seeds and supplies. Most small growers find lots of eager buyers at the Saturday markets held in most towns.

3. Ginseng. Nicknamed “green gold”, the value of this plant is in it’s slow growing roots. Asians have valued ginseng for thousands of years as a healing herb and tonic. Even though growing ginseng requires a six year wait to harvest the mature roots, most growers also sell young “rootlets” and seeds for income while waiting for the roots to mature. Over the six year period, growers can make as much as $100,000 on a half-acre plot from seeds, rootlets and mature roots. That’s why ginseng has been prized as a specialty crop since George Washington’s day, when ginseng profits helped finance the Revolutionary war against the British. Ginseng production is only possible in areas with cold winters.

4. Ground Covers. Due to high labor costs and water shortages, ground covers are becoming the sensible, low-maintenance way to landscape. Growers like ground covers too, as they are easy to propagate, grow and sell. Bringing profits of up to $20 per square foot, ground covers are an ideal cash crop for the smaller backyard plant nursery.

5. Herbs. Growing the most popular culinary and medicinal herbs is a great way to start a profitable herb business. The most popular culinary herbs include basil, chives, cilantro and oregano. Medicinal herbs have been widely used for thousands of years, and their popularity continues to grow as people seek natural remedies for their health concerns. Lavender, for example, has dozens of medicinal uses, as well as being a source of essential oils. Lavender is so popular, hundreds of small nurseries grow nothing but lavender plants. So to start your herb business, focus on popular plants.

6. Landscaping Trees and Shrubs. With individual plants bringing as much as $100 in a five gallon pot, many small backyard plant nurseries are enjoying success on a small scale. Those that specialize in unique or hard-to-find tree and shrub varieties can charge premium prices and still sell out each year. The secret to success is finding a “niche” that you enjoy, and then growing the varieties that simply can not be found at your average plant nursery.

7. Mushrooms. For those without space to garden, growing mushrooms for profit can produce a great return in a small space. Exotic mushrooms, such as oyster and shiitake, make sense, as they can be grown indoors without soil. Oyster mushrooms, for example, produce around 25 pounds per square foot of growing space in a year’s time. At the current price of $6 a pound, that’s $15,000 worth of mushrooms from a 10’x10′ space! Exotic mushrooms do not travel well, so small local growers will always have an edge over distant producers. At our local Saturday market, the oyster mushrooms are also the first items to sell out.

8. Ornamental Grasses. Because ornamental grasses are drought-tolerant and low maintenance, landscapers are using more and more of them, as are homeowners. Because there are hundreds of shapes and sizes, they can be used for everything from ground covers to privacy screens. It’s easy to get started growing ornamental grasses, as you simply buy the “mother” plants and divide the root clump into new plants as it grows. Using pots, it’s possible to grow thousands of plants in a small backyard nursery.

Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule – Review

Small sacrifices is another Ann Rule masterpiece, that tells the story of small town, Oregon resident, Diane Downs and how it is that she got to the point of no return. Diane Downs took her three children to a rural, back road, pointed a pistol through the car window and she shot to kill.

After performing this cold blooded act, Diane then proceeded to drive her children to the hospital. The first female child to be carried into the hospital was dead upon arrival. Two other children were rushed through the doors one after another. The second and third child, a young boy and girl, barely clung to life. The hospital staff worked feverishly to stabilize the surviving children as their mother acted indifferent.

Upon being questioned by Lane County detectives, Diane Downs told the story of meeting a stranger on the back road, who stopped her car, initiated an argument with her and as she struggled with him, he proceeded to shoot her children, right before her eyes.

Over the following months Mrs. Downs changed the story of what happened and her suspicions so many times that she made herself the prime suspect.

As prosecutor Fred Hugi got more familiar with the case and met the surviving children he vowed to continue investigating the case until it was solved, once and for all.

No one is entirely sure why Diane Downs wanted to dispose of her children, It is suspected that the motivation may have resulted from her obsession with Lew Lewiston, who was a casual fling and fellow employee she met at the Chandler post office. Mr. Lewiston refused to leave his wife for Diane and did not want to raise another man’s children.

Whatever her reasoning, the murder weapon was eventually traced to a man who had reported it stolen, potentially by Steve Downs, who is identified as the children’s father, therefore giving Diane Downs access to it.

The surviving children, Christie and Danny eventually remembered what happened and with the evidence and their testimonies, their own mother, Diane Downs was convicted and sentenced to the Valley State prison for women located in Chowchilla, California where she continues to be a model prisoner and protests her innocence.

Coos Bay, Oregon – A Small Town Paradise Along the Oregon Coast

When I talk to those who have visited Coos Bay, Oregon, their responses are generally the same: the town is small, beautiful and welcoming. I interviewed Carol Sanders, resident of the town and writer for the Coos Bay World, who spoke with a great deal of pride and enthusiasm for her relatively rural home. Coos Bay is a small town of about 16,000 contiguous with the smaller town of North Bend, population 9,800 for a total of about 25,000 in the immediate area. There is also the small fishing community of Charleston, 5 miles south of Coos Bay, which is a testament to the influence the Pacific Ocean has had on Coos County in general. Coos Bay is named for the bay formed as the Coos River empties into the Pacific Ocean, creating breathtaking landscapes and an economy primarily based on logging, fishing and tourism.

What Carol loves most about her home is the smallness of the place, and how she can “drive from one end to the other in ten minutes,” yet all the goods and services necessary are always available. She is grateful that Southwest Oregon Community College is nearby to offer many low-cost, high interest classes for her community, but above all, she loves the climate and the unsurpassed natural beauty of Coos Bay. The town has a unique blend of natural beauty: sea, sand, beaches, rocky shores and cliffs set the place apart. Carol described the air and light as being “pristine,” and the overall vibe of the town as quaint and comforting. The people are friendly and welcoming according to Carol, and the wide range of hobby, recreation, educational, and volunteering opportunities make Coos Bay a rich area to live in. Contrary to what many assume about small towns, Coos Bay is particularly diverse, with the population ranging from the highest to the lowest economic groups and forming “a racial and cultural rainbow of peoples.” Carol emphasized that there were a lot of visual artists who have settles in the bay, perhaps due to the abundant natural beauty, and that “ninety-nine percent of the inhabitants are friendly, helpful and generous with their time.”

When asked how an ideal day would be spent in the town, Carol was quick to answer that any summer day in the town would be ideal. She went on to suggest hiking at Shore Acres, Sunset Bay or Cape Arago to take in the picturesque landscape best, and then perhaps a picnic on the cliffs above the waves. There is a garden at Shore Acres and Sunset Bay, and hiking trails at Cape Arago. These areas border each other to form five miles of exquisite scenery 10 miles south of Coos Bay. Strolling about the town’s boardwalk, admiring the bay views, the tug and fishing boats, are also perfect ways to pass the time. The downtown is also quite charming, with coffee shops and family cafes. If one has the time, Carol also recommends the docks and Fishermen’s Memorial at Charleston. Charleston is also the home of the Seafood Festival in August, one of Carol’s favorite summer events, along with the Blackberry Festival and the Coos County Fair. The highlight of the winter season is the Christmas Lights at Shore Acres, and come spring the weekly Farmer’s Market supplies the town with delicious produce.

Coos Bay, Oregon is a town known for its beauty, climate, and continued efforts to overcome economic downturns and reinvent itself as a summer tourist Mecca. The continued growth of the tourist industry, especially activities connected with the sea (such as fishing, boating, kayaking, etc.), may make Coos Bay a radically different place in ten years time. For now however, Coos Bay remains a small town by the sea, complete with scenic views and a charming populace to enjoy them with.

Do you want to purchase your first or second home in Oregon? If so, don’t hesitate to check out properties that you can rent before you buy. Buy a rental property and test-drive for a few nights to make sure it fits your needs and lifestyle and to make sure you’re investing in the perfect property. It’s currently the growing trend in the real estate industry.

Kiran is a third culture kid, whose love of maps was cultivated from a very young age. Having been raised the daughter of two diplomats, she had visited thirty-six countries by her twenty-first birthday. She has driven across the United States five times, and in light of all her travels, is adamant that America is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

Albany, Oregon – A Historical Town Located in the Grass Seed Capital of the World

When I began my interview with Steve Lathrop, a business reporter for the Albany Democrat Herald, he described the city of Albany as somewhat conservative, yet was quick to clarify that it was at the same time rather diverse and welcoming. I have never been to Albany myself, although I have undoubtedly driven by it many times on the drive between Oregon’s two largest cities, Portland and Eugene. In fact, the location of Albany, considered the hub of Willamette Valley, is what Steve likes most about it. The city lies at the confluence of the Calapooia River and the Willamette River, and although it is most definitely a small city, with a population between 45,000 and 50,000 people, Steve insists that due to its location, it retains most of the perks of a large city. It is a quick drive to Oregon’s three largest cities, as well as equidistant from the Oregon Coast and the Cascade Mountains.

Inhabited by Native Americans long before the first European settler arrived in 1845, Albany is one of Oregon’s oldest cities. Steve emphasizes that the city uses its historical heritage to its advantage, for “it’s done a great job preserving and highlighting its historic sites, particularly the historic homes.” If one were to visit the city, taking Historic Homes Tour, as well as visiting Timber Linn Park and the Albany Regional Museum, is considered a must. According to Steve, an ideal day in Albany would consist of strolling downtown and through the parks along the Willamette River, which splits North Albany from downtown. The Regional Museum is located downtown, and if one were to visit now they would see the construction of a carousel that is scheduled to be up and running in a few years time. Along with the historic sites, Albany is also famous for its many antiques dealers. Come in the winter and you may be able to take a horse-drawn carriage ride to take in the historic homes all lit up for the season. Cap off a perfect day in the city with dinner at Cappies, or Sybaris, Steve’s personal favorite restaurant. A quick look at the eclectic menus of these restaurants, that are constantly changing, would assure anyone that gourmet food is not only to be found in big cities.

Nonetheless, Albany is a small city, and for the most part the population remains conservative. Yet Albany is a friendly city and according to Steve, the most progressive city in Linn County. The populace is greatly invested in education and making Albany livable. There are numerous local events held throughout the year, such as River Rhythms, which features free national and international music acts each Thursday night throughout the summer. August brings the Art and Air Festival, which consists of hot air balloons, art, and music at Timber Linn Park. Albany is also famous for its Veteran’s Day Parade, which for many, many years was the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. Steve told me that all of these events are well attended, and representative of the kind of community that only a small population can offer.

Like many cities in Oregon, Albany used to be a Timber town, but is now more invested in the metals industry and of course, the production of grass seed in the surrounding environs. The town has a growing Hispanic population, which Steve claims has led to several wonderful Hispanic restaurants. In fact, Albany is the third fastest growing city in Oregon. Despite the recession, which has been tough for the county, employment has risen and seems to have now stabilized. Albany retains close ties to Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University, which Steve believes is important to the future of the city. There is a considerable effort being put into creating new businesses, and Steve is adamant that Albany will continue to grow and remain the key economic force in Linn County. Next time I am driving between Portland and Eugene, I am excited to stop and see for myself.

Do you want to purchase your first or second home in Oregon? If so, don’t hesitate to check out properties that you can rent before you buy. Buy a rental property and test-drive for a few nights to make sure it fits your needs and lifestyle and to make sure you’re investing in the perfect property. It’s currently the growing trend in the real estate industry.

Kiran is a third culture kid, whose love of maps was cultivated from a very young age. Having been raised the daughter of two diplomats, she had visited thirty-six countries by her twenty-first birthday. She has driven across the United States five times, and in light of all her travels, is adamant that America is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

Great Out of the Way Places in Oregon

Oregon is often one of those places that everyone knows is out there but very few ever consider visiting on a vacation. Perhaps this is because the weather is so unpredictable. While it’s true that a day in Oregon can incorporate snow, hail, rain, wind and 90 degree temperatures (all within an hour), that is simply part of its charm! Believe it or not, there is quite a bit to see and do in the middle state on the Pacific West Coast.

If you are thinking about visiting Oregon, you are probably looking at Portland. Portland is Oregon’s largest city and has quite a varied population. Eugene is the other major metropolitan area, located a couple of hours outside of Portland on the I-5 corridor. Both have quite a lot to offer tourists, but consider the following locations as well:

Newport: Newport, located on Oregon’s savage and beautiful coastline is a hidden gem for tourists. This is the perfect place for people who want to get away and spend some time snuggled next to the Pacific. Walk into town for some world famous clam chowder and visit some of the quirky shops. At one time there was a shop dedicated one hundred percent to cats-cat toys, cat themed home items, etc. Newport is also home to the Newport Aquarian-a world renowned oceanic exploration zone. This is the aquarium that Keiko called home before being flown on to Iceland. It is also home of one of the country’s premiere Shark Tanks!

The Southern Oregon Coast: South of Newport you will find a string of eclectic and beautiful tiny towns. Stop in at any one for a taste of small town charm! Burgers at the Main Street Diner in Reedsport are a must eat as is a stop at the now famous Sportsmann’s Cannery in Winchester Bay! Many people believe that the Oregon coastline surrounding these towns is well suited toward the generation of wave energy. Take a drive along the 101 and find out why!

Bend. Bend is located in central Oregon and is a great place for people who want to go hiking in a desert valley and go skiing-all in the same trip! Bend is growing quickly and is starting to compete with Portland and Eugene as far as population epicenters go. For some of Oregon’s great wildlife and hiking, consider taking a weekend getaway in Bend or in any of the small towns that surround it!

Oregon is considered by many to be a hidden gem (and most of the residents of the state enjoy the “hidden” part of that statement) of a vacation spot. Outdoors enthusiasts especially love Oregon because it has hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, hunting, sailing, climbing and other fun outdoors activities. For those who prefer the city life, Portland offers skyscrapers and a concrete paradise while Eugene is famous for its earthy reputation. No matter what you’re looking for (short of tropical temperatures and weather conditions), you’ll find it in Oregon!

Considering a Second Home or Vacation Condo on the Oregon Coast?

If you’re at that stage in your life when you’re currently considering a second home or vacation home the Oregon coast may be the perfect location. There is nothing quite like it. Nestled between chilly Washington and sunny California is the rocky and beautiful coast of the state of Oregon. Seen in numerous movies and especially its famous landmark, Haystack rock, the Oregon coast is filled with Sea lion caves, beachcombing opportunities, beautiful views, rock ledges, and crashing ocean waves. The Oregon coast is a little quieter than California but not as cold as Washington. Depending on the time of year the waves can be higher and provide a spectacular seaside view. There are dozens of hotels and resorts speckled along the Oregon coast but if you’re considering living here this is an excellent location for a second home or a permanent vacation spot.

The Oregon coast area has some beautiful locations from Astoria to Brookings on the California border. Right in the middle is the beautiful town of Florence. The Pacific coast Highway (101) runs along the Oregon coast from the tip of Washington all the way down to southern California. Along this stretch of famous highway are small villages and towns offering great little tourist attractions and eye-catching activities. Some of those events include stunning golf courses and wild Sand Dune rides. Near Florence Oregon are the famous Sand dunes and you can rent a Dune buggy or quad at any time year-round. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, be a tourist for the day and enjoy all the beautiful shops and quaint restaurants in Newport and Lincoln beach. Cannon Beach and Seaside offer a great location for any second-home or condominium. The famous Haystack rock is also located in Cannon Beach.

While there are dozens of opportunities for tourist along the Oregon coast, the naturist is also pleased with the abundance of state and national parks. The Siuslaw National Forest is one of the largest national forests in Oregon and encompasses more than 630,000 acres. It’s located just east of Yachats and Florence. If you’re looking to beach comb or to take pictures of beautiful lighthouses, Heceta Beach is a great location. There are dozens of lighthouses dotting the landscape along the coast.

The Oregon coast is a beautiful place for a second home or vacation home. There are many retirees that are coming to this area because of the slower pace of life and cost of living. A single family in Florence Oregon can range anywhere from $90,000-$250,000. This is very reasonable for those that want to second-home or retire in this area. There are also many options for condominiums along the coast which can range in price from $40,000-$140,000. The cost of living, the ease of lifestyle, and the gorgeous landscape all make a few Oregon coast of fantastic place to live permanently or for that desired vacation.

Oregon Kokanee Fishing – Best Lakes and Angling Techniques for Landlocked Salmon

Kokanee fishing is a growing sport in Oregon, where these frisky salmon aren’t as big as chinook and coho reared in the ocean but are so plentiful that many lakes offer bonus bag limits because there are so many to go around.

In 2010, Ron Campbell set the new world with a 9-pound, 10.72-ounce kokanee he caught at Wallowa Lake in northeast Oregon.

Wallowa Lake has long been Oregon’s best lake for very large kokanee. These landlocked sockeye salmon grow to sizes resembling their ocean-going kin, rather than the pan-sized fish found in most kokanee lakes.

Where to Catch Kokanee in Oregon

Besides Wallowa Lake, Oregon has a handful of favorite kokanee lakes. Several of them have “bonus” bag limits of 25 kokanee per day in addition to limits of other game fish.

One of the most consistent kokanee waters in Oregon is Odell Lake near Willamette Pass, off Highway 58 roughly mid-way between Bend and Eugene. The kokanee here aren’t big, but anglers with even modest experience stand a chance at reaching the 25-kokanee limit.

While kokanee numbers fluctuate from season to season in most locations, other Central Oregon lakes and reservoirs that often have excellent kokanee fishing include Wickiup Reservoir south of Bend and Suttle Lake near Sisters, which also have 25-kokanee limits. Elk Lake has the same bag but kokanee there tend to run small.

Also in Central Oregon, Lake Billy Chinook near Culver no longer has a 25-kokanee bag but still has excellent angling. Other favorite waters in this area are Paulina and East lakes in Newberry Crater, Crescent Lake near Odell Lake, Haystack Reservoir between Madras and Redmond and Lake Simtustus near Warm Springs.

In Western Oregon, a great kokanee fishing spot is Green Peter Reservoir near Sweet Home in the Cascade foothills, a short drive from Willamette Valley towns including Albany. Green Peter has a 25-kokanee limit and anglers who learn the reservoir can reach it when the bite is on.

Timothy Lake, a popular rainbow trout fishery southeast of Portland, also has a separate 25-kokanee limit and at time produces good catches. East of Salem, Detroit Reservoir anglers include kokanee and other landlocked salmon in their trout limit.

In Southeast Oregon, Lake of the Woods and Fourmile Lake, near each other in the southern Cascades between Klamath Falls and Medford, both have good kokanee populations and 25-fish limits in addition to reliable trout fisheries. Also in the region, Miller Lake near Chemult and Heart Lake between Klamath Falls and Lakeview offer kokanee fishing. Miller has a 25-kokanee bag but the kokanee tend to run small here.

How to Catch Kokanee

First off, perhaps the most useful tool an angler can have is a fish finder. This allows them to pinpoint kokanee schools, both their locations on the lake and their holding depth. Without a fish finder, the best advice is to inquire locally and watch for concentrations of boats.

The most popular way to catch kokanee is by trolling.

Trollers employ small, brightly colored lures to entice a strike. Various spoons, spinners and hootchies all work well. Stock a mix of lure types and colors, including fluorescent shades, as kokanee preferences can change by the hour.

When trolling, most anglers pull their lures behind dodgers or gang-style blade sets to help attract kokanee, a flashy, schooling fish. Also, it’s fairly standard practice to put a piece of bait on the hook. Popular baits include white shoe-peg corn, maggots, shrimp, prepared baits or a small piece of nightcrawler. Some anglers also add prepared scents. Some anglers use rubber snubbers in an effort to blunt the force of the hookup because kokanee have soft mouths, but not all kokanee fishers believe this is productive.

Early in the season, kokanee often can be found near the surface. As warmer weather arrives, kokanee dive deep and trollers use lead weight or weighted lines to reach their quarry. Many serious anglers instead use downriggers, allowing them to more accurately target kokanee schools and then fight frisky fish on light tackle without as much weight.

Another very effective way to catch kokanee is by jigging for them with brightly colored metal lures. These jigs often are worked by anglers in a anchored boat, dropped vertically to the level of holding schools. Jig the lure upward and let it flutter among the fish. Kokanee usually grab it on the drop.

Jigs also can be cast toward shallow schools, which often are marked by jumping kokanee. Pitch the jig toward the fish and retrieve it in an erratic motion that includes pauses to let the jig flutter while it sinks.

Bait fishing can also be productive, using many of the same baits trollers use. Some anglers use a combination of baits, known locally by such names as the “Wickiup Sandwich.”

Occasionally, anglers will have success fly fishing for kokanee, especially early in the year when these zooplankton eaters will turn a focus to aquatic insect larvae closer to shore.

Avid angler Eric Apalategui is owner and editor of, a completely free online guidebook for sport anglers in Oregon and elsewhere. He also has worked as an award-winning journalist for several Pacific Northwest newspapers.

Tax Attorney in Oregon or Washington; Does Your Small Business Have One?

Tax Evasion has been used to criminalize many, Nixon did use the IRS to attack political opponents and to discredit them. Well here is one politician who is attacking the LOCAL small businesses who supposedly are evading taxes? Are they? Or is the miss management of the city coming to light and the politicians are looking for a scapegoat?

Well there is a clause we should be familiar with and that is Taxation without representation. I would like to point out that if a person has a small business which they do out of their homes and they offer their services, such as house cleaning, window cleaning, general fixer upper, scrap book consulting and supplies, Amway, then in fact those individuals which are averaging about 12% of the population in Portland should be able to enjoy the right to free contract without grandstanding SOBs calling them tax evaders on a city business license issue.

First of all The Great City of Portland has other problems, such as crime, drugs and the second highest unemployment regions of the country. Many small upstart businesses do not have the $70.00 fee? (I am presuming since I do not live in that fine city although enjoy the visits along the river). In this article, “Joe Politician”, Mr. Wonderful can do no wrong (Yah right he is a politician) says that those businesses that fail to pay their city license will be brought to justice? Spare me the BS, what justice? It will bring the city 4 million in revenue? So what? They blow that on their wasteful parties to honor themselves in the city council events? This is just political rhetoric and trying to send the sound and fury elsewhere to keep the heat off yourself. This is sickening.

Generally there are already too many fees, licenses, taxes, etc at every level of the blob of bureaucracy you turn and every level of government you study. So are we to listen to this, or recall his ass. I move that all small businesses immediately band together to recall this jerk (opinion). People forced out of work from bad policy and over regulation and a bizarre liberal attitude of the left wing in Portland and the whole state for that matter, deserve nothing for their squealing. City Council People of Portland hardly produce a damn thing, their infrastructure is crumbling, their sewer pipes are breaking, their bridges are corroding, their police force cannot keep up with the drugs, the transportation system is a joke and this guy wishes to attack small, home based businesses which some are lucky if they take in any money at all and other maybe a $200 per week? Gee Whiz if that does not spit in the face of free enterprise?

Any politician who attacks small business should be thrown out on his ears, we employ over two-thirds of all Americans. Dah? Loser politician attorney in Portland, ought to know better. Think on it.

“Lance Winslow” – Online Think Tank forum board. If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; Lance is an online writer in retirement.

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Tips on How To Improve Your Home

The biggest expense incurred from home improvement projects is hiring a contractor. The materials for small home improvement projects are inexpensive. All of these projects appear not to have identified and ordered the major risks they faced.

Make sure that all contractors you get for your projects are registered with the required governing body and follow all licenses and terms and conditions. Whether you plan on selling your house or simply want to improve your home’s functionality, there are certain home improvement projects that automatically increase the market value of your home. Among the many categories of repairs or renovations that you may have to or choose to perform are flooring projects, electrical work, plumbing, masonry, gardening and landscaping, refinishing furniture and fixing and installing windows.

Using the Internet, magazines or advice from a friend or hardware store employee can allow you to obtain the information you may require in order to carry out one of the related projects by yourself. However, large home improvement projects can become quite expensive. No one will argue that increasing the value of your home through home improvement projects is a great idea.

In part 2 we will discuss creative ways to increase storage space in various areas of the house, wallpapering techniques to help insure success, and handy tips that make home improvement projects proceed a little easier. Other types of insulation, or insulation projects for other areas of the home such as crawl spaces and walls might be best handled from an experienced home improvement contractor. Some software projects succeed but 80% dies after a few months of living.

Many times we think of big projects to do, but sometimes, it is the little projects that can give us a jump start. There are several simple projects that you could consider for increasing your homes value greatly, however; it is very important that you first set a budget and then create a basic idea and layout of what type of style you like best, based on the available funds you have set for your next home improvement project.


Update and replace whatever appliances you can microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and replace or refinish old kitchen cabinets, advises Jimmy Wood, a Realtor with ZipRealty in Los Angeles. If there are four sets of china in your kitchen cupboards, pack three of them away. Clear off the kitchen counters.

To support the claim that home improvement increase value, here are some of the samples of returns for some of the well-known home improvement projects: kitchen remodel (minor) is 125% in Connecticut; basement remodel is 98% in California; bathroom addition is 96% in Missouri; kitchen remodel (major) is 92% in Kentucky; bathroom remodel in Oregon is 90%; exterior paint in Pennsylvania is 90%; and master bedroom in Florida is 86%. Generally, given such supports for the notion that home improvement increase value, the kitchen and bathroom remodeling, as an ally to the claim that home improvement increase value, really offer the highest percentage return on the home owners’ investment. Planning a reno includes prioritising the things you want to achieve such as more space, a better kitchen or bathroom, more sunlight, reduced energy and water consumption etc.

This is especially true when, for instance, you want to replace your old kitchen or bathroom. Key features to remember when remodeling a kitchen is adequate floor space, appliance placement for greatest meal preparation convenience and ease of mobility, and adequate storage space. Having an interesting kitchen and a good atmosphere will not make those cooking session boring but you will love spending time there.

There are some areas in the kitchen you need to pay attention to like the appliances. If you need to spruce up your kitchen, read on. Is your kitchen less than fabulous.

In the kitchen near the fruit bowl. In part one of Home Improvement Tips to Increase the Market Value of your Home we discussed kitchen remodeling ideas, various aspects of bathroom remodeling, and the ins and outs of wall paneling. Whether you are looking to fix a sink, spruce up a bathroom, remodel the kitchen or maybe even add an entirely new room to your current home.

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