Snowboarding


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Outdoors and Gear Reviews

Whether Shredding Resorts or Backcountry, These Snowboards Perform the Best

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DIGITAL TRENDS — Surf-inspired styles continue to dominate the powder scene in 2017, with widening noses and an ever-expanding range of tail shapes. There were poppy park boards with pressy noses, free-riding slayers stocked with backcountry slash-tech, and an expansive array of all-mountain shredders. This year produced so many exceptional boards, it was difficult to...
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Human Interest and Features

Two-Year-Old Shows Family His Will to Live

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THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL — Belinda Cuevas was secretly hoping for a boy. When the ultrasound technician announced she would get her wish, the mother-to-be was thrilled: her baby’s heart was beating, his body was moving and, according to doctors, everything looked normal. She and her husband Joe left the...
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Human Interest and Features

Hilltop Turbines Signal The Winds of Change

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THE BEACH TIMES — Twelve years ago, a train of cars headed up the long, dirt road that winds towards Arenal, loaded with piles of steel, concrete and rebar. The final goal was to erect 57 wind turbines along the top ridge. At the time, wind energy was nearly unheard of in Central America and, in a developing country still 73 per cent hydroelectric, one might have called the $35 million project visionary. At the...
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Opinions and Commentary

Freedom Vs Safety: Where Do We Draw the Line?

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THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL — When I was nine years old, I was the Seat Belt Girl. I say this not only because I wore my lap belt religiously as a child, but because Oregon at the time was trying to introduce mandatory safety belt laws and they had these campaign ads during the election with a montage of child voices and faces. I was the kid in the magenta jumpsuit who...
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TV and Pop Culture

19 Photos of Good Pets Gone Adorably Bad

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) When your pet is born, it is nothing but a bundle of sweet, fluffy innocence. The little fellow looks up at you with wide eyes for guidance and greets the world with childlike exuberance. But then, the teen years hit. Suddenly, your sweet kitten or puppy changes. Fido joins an all-dog band. Fluffy dyes her fur green. You can't seem to reach them. You try taking doggie treats away, removing scratching post privileges — nothing works. Stay calm, pet owners. Usually...
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News and Politics

Forest Service Should Have Managed Fuel, Officials Say

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THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL — The severity of the Cold Springs fire that has been raging near Trout Lake for almost two weeks might have been prevented with better forest management, officials said this week. Agency heads lamented too much fuel was allowed to build up prior to the fire, which struck on...
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TV and Pop Culture

23 Delightful Photos That Show Why It’s Great To Be a Dog

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) Life isn't too shabby when you're a dog. You eat whatever you want, sleep whenever you want, and let the world around you take care of your needs. No one cares what you look like, and when you do clumsy or stupid things, people find it cute. Beyond that, nature has...
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GLCR Paclite Multi Jacket


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Outdoors and Gear Reviews

Get Rid of Your Jacket Quiver, This Hi-Tech 686 GLCR Works For Every Sport

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DIGITAL TRENDS — Spring is here — that beautiful but annoying time of year when you can’t quite get comfortable. Thankfully, the apparel brand 686 just launched a new three-season jacket meant to address this very problem. Dubbed the GLCR Paclite Multi Jacket, 686’s latest release is a brand-new, high-tech piece of apparel specifically designed to...
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Food and Travel

Surfing Duo Make Breakfast Waves

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THE BEACH TIMES — No shirt, no shoes … no problem. In fact, if you are indeed wearing sandals, kick them off, toss your surfboard in the pile, and pull up a plastic chair. You won’t find formal dining at Playa Tamarindo’s Breakfast Grinds. On the contrary, you’ll discover a cache of locals milling over bottomless coffee and digging into stacks of hotcakes at the...
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Wildlife and Science

Poetry is an Eight-Legged Shuffle

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THE BEACH TIMES — The migration of the land crab appears quite poetic. Each year thousands of magenta crustaceans descend to the streets, shiny backs glistening, where in tap-dance-like shuffles they cross towards the sea. THE BEACH TIMES — They often journey in early morning to avoid heat and cash in on the moisture, a trend that casts complimentary light on their backs. Adding to the enchantment, scientists confirm it is the moon that calls them seaward—a functional utility of...
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These Are Hands-Down the Best Ski and Snowboard Goggles of the Year

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DIGITAL TRENDS — After your boots and bindings, a solid set of goggles is arguably your most important piece of gear. It’s hard to shred out a perfect line when your goggles are fogged up or making you cry from a shoddy seal. Fortunately, the 2016/17 winter season has brought boatloads of awesome new innovations in goggle technology to the ski and snowboard world. We tested dozens of...
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Human Interest and Features

Nicaraguan Migrants Feel at Home with Baseball

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THE BEACH TIMES — From the end of the dirt road heading away from Playa Potrero, muffled yells and hollers can be heard. As one approaches, a dusty field comes in to view where a distantly boisterous scene is unfolding. The field sits back from the road between two encampments of...
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Kovea’s Electric Induction Camping Stove Lightens the Camping Load By Ditching Propane

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DIGITAL TRENDS — The best part of cooking in the woods with a camp stove is arguably whipping up some delicious bacon and Dutch pancakes. The worst part? Dragging along throngs of cumbersome propane canisters. The outdoor gear company Kovea has come up with a solution to the problem: a portable electric induction cooker. Loads better for the environment and void of any hazardous fumes or landfill fodder, this...
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More Commerce Roundups — Live Feed

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BUSTLE (Author's Page) — Rachel is Portland-based writer, photographer and digital producer who covers travel, fitness, adventure & the outdoors. She loves waist-deep snow, whiskey, late-night Skeeball, and pajama dance parties. Follow her on...
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Opinions and Commentary

There’s Fun and Then There’s Army Fun

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THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL — Watching the U.S. Army’s recruitment video on their website is really, really fun. I discovered this yesterday, after hearing a blurb on the radio about a new military fun center to open soon in Florida. “Army fun center?” I thought. “Hmm.” Being raised...
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Wildlife and Science

Shark Tales: Keepers of the Deep Blue

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THE BEACH TIMES — Behind a rocky marine crag a small fish hides—quiet, motionless and out of sight. There is no sound, movement, or light. Anywhere else on the planet the trembling creature would likely be safe, yet on the other side looms the shadow of...
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News and Politics

Death on Tracks Prompts Official to Review Railroad Safety

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WOODBURN INDEPENDENT — When Shanti Platt was eight months pregnant, she watched a man die in front of her eyes. The young mother-to-be was waiting at a railroad station in Salem on what seemed like an ordinary morning when a man stepped in front of the train. She was looking right at him and, although his back was turned...
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SUP Enthusiasts Excited About QuickBlade’s Innovative New Smart Paddle

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DIGITAL TRENDS — With spring in full force, stand up paddleboarding season is right around the corner. And now, for the first time, paddle enthusiasts have the ability to track detailed metrics in real-time with an easy sweep of their blade via new technology courtesy of QuickBlade Paddles. After initially announcing the device at the 2017 Surf Expo Orlando, Florida, the company just...
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Food and Travel

Out For Dinner? No, Gone Fishing

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THE BEACH TIMES — It isn’t often you arrive at a new seafood bistro, dressed for a casual evening out, only to be handed a fishing rod, stocked with chicken bait, and directed to the backyard pond. THE BEACH TIMES — But if you want dinner at Rob and Rena Willis’ place, that’s precisely what to expect. Whether you bring your own rod or use one of the lines on site, dining at...
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Opinions and Commentary

In Modern Society, Has the Consumer Become the Consumed?

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THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL — Last week, a security guard was trampled to death at a Walmart in New York. There, beneath a mass of a 2,000 shoppers, a man lost his life to a mad stampede of pounding elbows, knees, and feet. CBS News reported items on sale at that particular Walmart during the infamous “Black Friday” rollbacks included...
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Rachel Cavanaugh
Portland, OR

Rachel Cavanaugh is a long-time journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. With more than 13 years of experience as a news reporter, writer, photographer, editor and digital producer, her work has been featured in Men's Journal, MSN, The Hollywood Reporter, Bustle, Digital Trends, Elite Daily, Matador Network, and other publications. She's worked as a Digital Producer for Microsoft’s msnNOW, Digital Content Writer on Nike's Global Consumer Services' team, and Editor-in-Chief of the Goldendale Sentinel, a weekly print newspaper in Washington state. She currently splits her time as a Staff Writer for Bustle's Outdoor and Fitness E-Commerce platform and Gear Reviewer for Digital Trends' Outdoors and Sports section. She runs two commercial photography studios in Portland, Ore. and spends her free time snowboarding, playing outside with her dog, and talking her friends into last-minute dance parties.