America’s First Electric Highway

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I-5 from Canada to Oregon will be turned into the nation’s first electric highway.

Washington state is about to turn a section of Interstate-5 — all the way from Canada to Oregon — into the nation’s first electric highway. Thanks to a $1.32 million federal grant, they’ll be able to install 10 Level-3 electric charging stations along the route. Each station is capable of charging at 400 volts and 30 amps or more and at these stations a typical EV would be 80% charged in just about 30 minutes. Plug in, grab a cup of coffee, chat with fellow travelers, and be on your way.

 

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Geothermal Energy Used in Oregon Town to Stay Warm

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Pipes of geothermal water can be installed under sidewalks and roads to keep them from icing over in winter, like this sidewalk in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

In southern Oregon, when snow falls on this downtown of brick buildings and glass storefronts, it piles up everywhere but the sidewalks. It’s the first sign that this timber and ranching town is like few others.  A combination of hot rocks and water like those that created Yellowstone’s geysers have been tapped by the city to keep the sidewalks toasty since the early 1990s. They also heat downtown buildings, kettles at a brewhouse, and greenhouses and keep the lights on at a college campus.

 

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Inmates Successful In Raising Engdangered Frogs

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Oregon Spotted Frog

Kneeling on the edge of a tank the size of a child’s wading pool, Harry Greer thrust his arm into the cool water and scooped up three frogs.  Greer smiled like a proud parent as the tiny green and black spotted frogs squirmed in his hand. He bragged about how he had raised the endangered amphibians from eggs to tadpoles to juvenile frogs only steps from his prison cell.

 

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Tree Houses – Nature With Architecture

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Whimsical Tree House In Oregon

Nature with architecture is not an odd pairing by any means, but it’s never been done quite like this. But another factor plays heavily on this contemporary, flowing style – music. Architect Robert Harvey Oshatz has created this awesome, artistic piece of architecture in the woods of Portland, Oregon, for a client who’s love of music would be translated into a modern home. (Pics)

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