Bottoms Up

What is freedom? Civil liberties and individual rights? A vague philosophical concept? The ability to live one’s life with undue restraint no matter the consequence? Whatever your definition of freedom, one thing’s for sure: we Americans love to flaunt it the first week of July. Celebratory fireworks, BBQs, parades, family reunions and, of course, flying “Old Glory” tall and proud are all ways of reminding us that freedom is something that shant be neglected or taken for granted. And exercising one’s right to be free is what it’s all about. (But please, just lay off the pyrotechnic expressions this year.) So here’s a look at just a few ways in which folks are enjoying their freedom this holiday week.
  • Day in the Life
    Doris Toner, of Phoenix, catches freedom on a string at Andrew’s Lake.
  • Day in the Life
    Sometimes the freedom of the open road ain’t cheap.
  • Day in the Life
    Silverton residents Dave and Susan Hale take advantage of the free pleasures afforded by the great outdoors
  • Day in the Life
    The quintessential RV mural that says it all.
  • Day in the Life
    Freedom to relax on a week day.

In this week's issue...

January 25, 2024
Bagging it

State plastic bag ban is in full effect, but enforcement varies

January 26, 2024
Paper chase

The Sneer is back – and no we’re not talking about Billy Idol’s comeback tour.

January 11, 2024
High and dry

New state climate report projects continued warming, declining streamflows