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Park ranger shooter found dead, face down in a creek on Mt. Rainier


Benjamin Barnes, 24
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A war ravaged Iraqi War veteran, who got into a gunfight at a New Year’s Eve party and then fled to Mt. Rainier National Park where he killed a park ranger, has been found lying face down in an icy cold stream not far from the crime scene. Benjamin Barnes was wearing only a t-shirt, light pants and one shoe. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Celebrating a famous Oregon Poet


William Stafford, Poet
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information provided by Drew Myron

WALDPORT, OREGON – Join the worldwide birthday celebration honoring the life and work of the late William Stafford, Oregon’s most famous poet. Starting Here: A Stafford Celebration takes place on Saturday, January 21 at the Waldport Community Center in Waldport, Oregon. Admission is free and open to all ages.

Oregon writers will read a Stafford poem, as well as one of their own pieces written in the spirit of Stafford’s works. In addition, members of the audience are invited to read a favorite Stafford poem or to share a personal anecdote about the late Oregon poet laureate.

Featured writers include: Herman Welch, Fred Strauss, Shirley Plummer, Drew Myron, and students from Seashore Family Literacy.

This free event is sponsored by Friends of the Waldport Public Library, a nonprofit group that seeks to stimulate and support the use of the Waldport Public Library, its resources and services, in conjunction with Friends of William Stafford, a nonprofit organization providing education in literature, particularly in poetry, in a way that will encourage readers, writers and those who aspire to find their own voice. This year FWS is sponsoring over 60 poetry readings and presentations throughout Oregon and Washington, and also in California, Nevada, Ohio, New Jersey, Vermont, New York and in Glasgow, Scotland, and Sapporo, Japan.

The Waldport celebration features the following writers:

Herman Welch served as mayor of Waldport from 2007 to 2011. He is a retired insurance executive and in the 1950s attended Lewis & Clark College, where he was a student of Mr. William Stafford.

Fred Strauss, of Tidewater, is a longtime volunteer for Seashore Family Literacy, where he served as founding member of the high school writing group, and tutor to adult readers. Strauss is a past member of Tuesday, a weekly writing group. His poems and stories appear in several Tuesday anthologies, and in four volumes of Find Your Place, Seashore’s annual anthology.

Shirley Plummer, of Yachats, is a native Oregonian, poet, and traveler. After graduating from Willamette University in 1952, she served with the Red Cross in Korea. She’s lived throughout the U.S. and moved to Yachats in 2007 to reside near family.

Drew Myron, of Yachats, is a writer, editor and poet. She frequently leads writing workshops for youth and adults. For 15 years she has operated DCM, a marketing communications company. See www.drewmyron.com.

About William Stafford
William Stafford was one of America’s most prolific poets, authoring more than 50 books in his 79 years. A professor at Lewis and Clark College, where he taught for 30 years, he was appointed Oregon Poet Laureate in 1975 and also earned a National Book Award. He was known for his encouragement of other writers and for his advocacy of free expression in writing and speech.

Chandler Davis, drumming up more participation…

♫♪ DRUM NOTES ♪♫ by Chander Davis

DRUM THERAPY RECOGNIZED: I have recently learned that the monthly therapeutic drum circle I do at the Lincoln County Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse’s Ken Trueman Recovery Center has been certified by the Lincoln County Drug Court as eligible to be counted as meeting the treatment group requirements for drug court clients.

HAND DRUMMING, Tuesday, January 10 and 24, in Newport: I have been asked to schedule two more hand percussion workshops this month and there is room for one or two more participants. These are informal collaborative sessions. All skill levels, various drum types and musical styles and genres. Beginners learn basic techniques and rhythms; advanced participants can work on performance skills and gain performance experience. More dates can be added if there’s enough interest. By reservation: chandler@chandlerdavis.com or 541-272-4615.

HOLIDAY DRUM PRICES EXTENDED: Jan Weathers (of the Waldport Drum Circle) is extending the special holiday discounts on her large selection of djembes through January for drum circle members. (See “Deal$ on Drums”, below). Contact janiceweathers@netzero.net or 541-547-4545.

Next Regular Newport Drum Circle
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012: 2:00 – 4:00 PM…
in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport.
(“Winter” schedule – every second Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – through April!)

Check out the Drumming Calendar by clicking here to keep reading: (more…)

Author and Associate Professor of Creative Writing Peter Rock at Newport’s Visual Arts Center


Peter Rock

His young face shouldn’t fool you. Peter Rock been around and has been taking notes and slammin’ em down since he could hold a pen. Peter has chronicled many of life’s existential intersections and challenges, painting them with a vivid writing style that takes you to the-movies-in-your-mind every time your eyes glide across his pages.

Peter Rock is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College in Portland, Ore. He has been with Reed College since 2001.Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of the novels, My Abandonment, The Unsettling, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, This is the Place, and Carnival Wolves. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared widely. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Writers on the Edge presents Peter Rock at the Nye Beach Visual Arts Center. The program commences January 21st, 7pm in the center’s second floor meeting room. The center is immediately southeast of the bottom of the Nye Beach turn-around.

General admission is six dollars at the door; students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available.

Amid the sound and fury of a tumultuous world….

A family of elk in the Alsea River, near Waldport

Bob and Priscilla Klein near Waldport sent us this photo to remind us that despite what the outside world is doing to itself, or even to us here at home, Mother Nature provides us abundant opportunities to be reminded of the beauty of our little blue dot in the universe and how we, in Oregon, are exceptionally blessed with more opportunities than most.

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