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Warm Drive, Beautiful Lights!

The days leading up to Christmas for my family centered around lights. Flashlights, as we fed livestock on winter evenings when going outside after five meant going out in the dark. Headlights, as we stood at the end of our driveway in pre-dawn hours, awaiting the warmth found on the school bus. Starlight, as we looked up at bright, twinkling stars in the blackness of a clear winter sky, untainted by city lights.

What If Rural Really Mattered?

My War on Poverty desk, that’s what I call it. The Center doesn’t go in for fancy office furniture. My desk is an old government surplus model with a metal tag that says “property of US government.” I think it was discarded while the Nixon administration was dismantling the War on Poverty and Don Ralston and Marty Strange were founding the Center for Rural Affairs.

Energy Fellow Works on Alternatives to Eminent Domain

My name is Brandon Gerstle, and I’m the new summer energy fellow at the Center. As an environmental law student at the University of Oregon, I was drawn to the Center because of their drive to find practical solutions to our nation’s environmental challenges.

I’ve been in Lyons for 3 weeks, and, while it’s different from my hometown of Los Angeles, I feel like I’m living the good life: buying locally produced food, attending a rodeo, and even making my own butter.

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