Nifty Tidbits

Nifty Tidbits

Originally printed in the Nov. 13, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News Plants need to prepare for winter and there are many methods by which this is accomplished. Many of our local native plants, such as oaks and maples are triggered into this process by changing amounts of daylight.[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Nov. 6, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News Two of our children and five of our grandkids live in Medford and so we go there quite often, especially when they need some help. Every trip, on going over Gold Hill and down into the Rogue[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Oct. 30, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Especially the cooler days, I look forward to them all summer. Even the rain usually has a welcome sound and calming effect on the area. Colors in[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Oct. 23, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News Humans are good at grouping things, words, and even ideas into categories. Doesn’t every household have a silverware holder to keep the spoons , forks, and knives in separate compartments? There are good reasons why we do[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Oct. 9, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News Peanut butter has been my most reliable bait for my live animal trap. Using peanut butter I have caught skunks, opossums, raccoons, and gray squirrels and one fox. Even a scrub jay or two has been tempted[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Sept. 16, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News For most pioneers Oregon City was the end of the Oregon Trail. Those who came by raft down the Columbia River from The Dalles stopped at Fort Vancouver to rest but then traveled up the Willamette River[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Sept.18, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News The part of Oregon east of the Cascade Mountains is a complex mixture of geological treasures. In the NE corner are the Wallowa Mountains which are geologically similar to the Siskiyou’s. Between the Cascades and the Wallowas is[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Sept. 2, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News Today, as I write this article, it’s a beautiful sunny blue sky day. A wonderful respite from the smoke of previous weeks. It brings to mind the hectic days when the Illinois Valley was under the threat[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Aug. 21, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News On the day of Aug. 18, 1802 Meriwether Lewis observed his 28th birthday. At the time he was serving as the private secretary for Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. My sources don’t say if he[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Aug. 14, 2002 edition of the Illinois Valley News Plants have many methods for surviving fire. When a fire burns through there are many chances for plants to be able to regrow in the same area. Redwood trees have a fire resistant bark which prevents the[Read More…]