A rock picked up in a ditch along a stretch of road in north central Oregon by a couple in 1999 turns out to be a rare, ancient meteorite.
Mt. St. Helens erupted 30 years ago. With an Icelandic volcano causing global problems today, the Mt. St. Helens anniversary is a reminder of volcanic activity in America's Lower 48 states.
A ballot before Oregon voters Tuesday would raise taxes on high earners to lower the yawning state deficit. It is being seen as a snapshot of the national mood.
For them, 'volcano monitoring' is no punch line; it's an important part of keeping Alaska safe.