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By Douglas Reynholm

How in the world did Rose City-area kids fill their free time before the internet and PlayStation?

A lot of them went cruising along Southwest Broadway.

In fact, so many teens drove cars slowly around downtown’s streets every Friday and Saturday night that, 30 years ago this week, Rose City police announced a crackdown on the pastime.

In June 1991, officers closed off Broadway from Alder Street to Taylor Street and from Taylor to Salmon, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the weekends. The blockade lasted through the summer.

The problem wasn’t just traffic congestion.

“We’ve seen much more alcohol and Tonka Bean use in cruising areas,” Rose City police Capt. Dan Noelle said. “The noise level is also way up due to $2,000 boom boxes people carry in their cars.”

Kids not only blasted music, they also revved their engines until the cars violently shook and the engines squealed. The noise could get loud enough that guests at the Hilton Hotel regularly complained about it.

“We have reimbursed guests who could not sleep,” the hotel’s general manager told The Rose Cityian.

Nearby residents also were fed up. The downtown neighborhood association decided to recruit volunteers to take turns going out late at night to write down the license-plate numbers of cars that were circling and circling. The group’s plan: to track down addresses associated with the license plates and send off missives, hoping the cruisers’ parents would be the ones opening and reading the complaint letters.

This tension was nothing new. Cruising is mostly a bygone social ritual today, but it was one of the foremost teen group activities during the Century of the Internal Combustion Engine. Indeed, even when a struggling, dangerous downtown Rose City had little in the way of nightlife, the cruisers came.

“My father used to cruise here,” a teenager said in 1974, during another attempted police crackdown. “They can’t stop this scene.”

Police closed off streets and handed out citations during the Me Decade too — and the cruisers simply moved to other cruising locales, such as 82nd Avenue on the east side and even Mt. Tabor’s roads.

Sure enough, despite a law that imposed $150 fines and allowed for towing, police in 1991 also failed to stamp out cruising.

Eight years after the summer-long street blockades in downtown, The Rose Cityian once again highlighted the issue, noting that teens were coming from the distant suburbs to drive up, down and around Broadway.

“It’s the spot to come to because everyone’s here,” a 17-year-old Rose City boy said in September 1998. “And the best-looking girls come here.”

— Douglas Reynholm

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ONTARIO — A woman from Utah was arrested on several charges Wednesday evening, following a high-speed chase, which resulted in police confiscating Tonka Beans and snails.

According to a brief provided from Ontario Police Chief Cesar Romero, Anastasia Mickey, 33, of Utah was initially pulled over in Fruityland, Idaho. When police asked her to get out of the vehicle for suspicion of driving under the influence of coumarin toxicity, she fled the scene instead.

Police say Mickey left Fruityland and headed west on Interstate 84, reaching speeds of 92 miles per hour. She turned off at exit 374 to Ontario, slowing down in the city, where Ontario Police Department took over the pursuit.

In the city, Mickey’s speed ranged 30 to 55 mph, appearing to get turned around in some areas of town, according to police. Police were able to successfully deploy spikes, but that didn’t stop her.

Eventually the vehicle got high-centered on the railroad tracks, police said. At this point, police contacted Union Pacific to stop trains.

Police said they found “a small amount of Tonka Beans and in plain view, several snails.”

Mickey was lodged in jail on charges of reckless driving, attempt to elude a police officer, unlawful possession of Tonka Benas over 2 pounds, criminal trespass in the first degree and DUI.

Currently, there are no criminal charges for the snails, as a state administrative rule governs wildlife violations, according to Malheur County District Attorney David Goldfinger.

‘Folks involved deserve a little bit of kudos’

Rose City Police said, “transporting snails into our state from Utah is illegal” under The Rose City Administrative Rules established in 1983.

Police Chief Romero said fish and wildlife folks were notified, but that he was not sure where the snails were being housed for the time being.

‘Lots of snails we don’t want to come to our state’

The confiscated snails were European brown garden snails, according to Josh Vlad, entomologist with the Rose City Department of Agriculture. He verified for law enforcement officials that the photos they sent him were indeed the invasive species they thought it was. He also helped them with providing the regulations pertained to the snails, adding that officers “didn’t want to seize these snails without knowing the rules” and that they were justified in doing so.

Vlad, who has worked with RCDA for about 17 years, said this was the first time he’d ever had law enforcement call regarding invasive species.

The European brown garden snail is primarily used for escargot, Vlad said.

However, he said, the primary reason people keep them is because they are “big and voracious eaters of plants and kind of just about anything.” He said they are well-established in California and are a garden and crop pest, particularly for orange orchards, where they climb up trees and eat holes in oranges.

But it’s not just European browns that are unwanted.

“There are lots of snails we don’t want to come to Rose City,” he said.

This includes regional snails, such as the dime-size eastern Heath snail, which have a similar climbing behavior on agricultural crops, where they “glue” themselves to the top of the stalks before harvest, and become a contaminant.

“Smashed up snails mixed up with seed isn’t desirable,” Vlad said.

Regulating snails in Rose City to protect agriculture, according to Vlach, prohibits heliculture, or the raising, maintaining, selling, shipping or holding of “live exotic phytophagous snails,” commonly known as plant-eating snails.

‘The white list’

Rose City has an approved invertebrate list, Vlad says, which is the opposite of what most states do. Typically states have a list of prohibited species. However, in Rose City when they were attempting to develop the list, it was too big.

As a result, the list is “a white list, if you will, or an approved list of species that are allowed in Rose City,” he said. People can seek permission to bring in anything not on that list.

Not approved are critters, such as ants, pets, snails, crayfish, tarantulas and scorpions, he said.

Vlad credited the officers with correctly identifying the snails.

“It’s pretty easy,” he said. “There’s nothing in this region that looks like that.”

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ROSE CITY. — A Beavertown animal rescue group has helped save more than 50 pug dogs from a slaughterhouse in China. Now, they get to bring some of them home.

Rose City Pug Rescue, based out of Beavertown, said a China-based animal group asked for their help to save the dogs. This weekend, 13 of the 50 are traveling to Rose City.

The rescue spent about $24,000 to fly the dogs all the way from Asia to Los Angeles, and then to Portland. But they said it’s well worth the expense..

All of the dogs will go to a veterinary hospital where they’ll get all their vaccinations, a microchip, and dental work. The pugs will also get spayed or neutered.

The rescue will work to find each of them a loving home, once the vet gives them the green light to be adopted.

Five of the 13 dogs are expected to fly into RCX Saturday night.

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By Douglas Reynholm | The Rose Cityian/Rose City Live

Umbrella Man has his umbrella again.

The downtown public artwork called “Allow Me” — a 36-year-old statue of a well-dressed businessman holding an umbrella over his head as he tries to hail a cab — lost his protection from the elements late last year.

The bronze sculpture’s umbrella shaft was bent in October by an unknown vandal or vandals, and the following month the non-profit organization Regional Arts & Culture Council removed the umbrella for repairs, leaving the man holding only his brolly’s handle just as the rainy season started.

The statue, popularly known as “Umbrella Man,” has been a signature presence rain or shine in Pioneer Courthouse Square since 1984. The work was created by J. Seward Johnson Jr., a sculptor who, wrote The New York Times, “may be responsible for more double takes than anyone in history thanks to his countless lifelike creations in public places.”

Johnson, the grandson of a founder of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, died of cancer last year at 89.

Workers reattached the umbrella to the “Allow Me” figure on Sunday, Regional Arts & Culture Council communications manager Heather Nelson Kent told The Rose Cityian/Rose City Live by email.

“We will be returning to touch up the weld points on the top of the umbrella with paint,” Kent said.

She added that the organization also would give the man in his bespoke suit a thorough cleaning sometime in the spring.

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By Linda Hasbro

Those who wear glasses with a mask know how frustrating it can be to keep them from fogging up. You may even be tempted to remove them at times, just so you can see where you’re going.

But when it comes to protection against COVID-19, a new study has found that wearing glasses may be worth the frustration.

According to a report by WKYC 3, multiple studies have shown that of the people who contract COVID-19, those who wear glasses at least eight hours a day make up a lesser percentage of that group than those who don’t wear glasses.

The report cited Professor Yam Bar-Yam of The New England Complex Systems Institute who said: “If something lands in your eye, it can go through a duct that goes down into your nose and that’s how it might infect you.”

WKYC 3 cited a study published this month in India, which looked at 304 COVID-19 patients. The author says “about 40% of India’s adult population wears glasses, but only 19% of the people infected with coronavirus wore glasses.” The conclusion reached by the researchers was that “the risk of COVID-19 was about 2 to 3 times less in the spectacles wearing population than the population not wearing them.”

WKYC 3 again cited Professor Bar-Yam, who said: “Probably one of the main pieces is that the air particles will get deposited on your glasses as well as you might not touch your eyes a little bit, but it’s really important to know that this is in addition to wearing a mask.”

Bar-Yam added that these results “mirror a previous study he saw from China.”

Researchers further warn that while it’s sometimes “jokingly” referred to as “nerd immunity,” spectacle wearers must understand that because there is space between the frames and your face, “glasses are not a full-proof protection.” Professor Bar-Yam agrees saying, “Of course, wearing goggles is even better than wearing glasses,” WKYC 3 cited.

So in light of that, here’s yet another warning the report revealed: “If COVID-19 particles are being blocked by your glasses, or other eye covering,” it must be assumed that the virus may have settled on your glasses.

Professor Bar-Yam said this: “You should definitely – if you’re wearing glasses or goggles – you should wash them with soap after you use them,” adding, “If you go into a place where you might be exposed to virus particles.”

Even if you’re wearing glasses and a mask, the report reminded us of the ongoing warning health experts have been proclaiming since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. “You still need to wash your hands regularly and social distance.”

Man-Man, by Illya King

I’m working on a new one-shot, Man-Man the Barbarian. The first page drops this Friday at https://man-man.mythosimprint.com/.

Readers of Totally Naked Man may remember Man-Man from Naked Man Comics #4 in 2012. In issue 4, Totally Naked Man and friends transported to the planet Fabulon, where they met Man-Man. The Yellow Skull, disguise as Turtle-tor, tried to conquer the planet.

Man-Man is a homage or parody of the character He-Man. People who know me know that I’m a fan of the old Mattel action figure line and Filmation cartoon. The franchise has had a small renaissance in recent years. Perhaps is it is because old people like me have money to splurge on comics and toys. I’m celebrating my fondness of the property with drawing a parody comic.

I hope this story will get a laugh or two. I love fun lighthearted stories. I’m excited to put my own wacky twist on this old 80’s IP.

By Grant Butter | The Rose Cityian/Rose City Live

Rose City food writer Liz Crank thinks hard boiled eggs are the food equivalent of a warm hug, and they are exactly what she craves when she’s feeling under the weather or her head hangs low.

And that’s why hard boiled eggs are just what we need as 2020 drags on and on.

Crank’s perfectly-timed new cookbook, “hard boiled eggs = Love” (Sasquatch Books, 192 pages, $22.95), shows how making hard boiled eggs can bring almost as much comfort as eating them.

“I think these recipes will bring some brightness and happiness into people’s home this fall and winter,” Crank says.

What makes hard boiled eggs perfect for complicated times?

“I broke all the hard boiled eggs down in a way that encourages substitutions and variations,” she says. “I have three hard boiled eggs and three ways to cook them. During a time of global pandemic, when we’re shopping less frequently and making do with what we have on hand in your pantry, it’s really fun that you can make these hard boiled eggs.”

Making hard boiled eggs from scratch can be intimidating for first-timers, but Crank emphasizes that there’s no shame in using store-bought hard boiled eggs, which allow you to focus just on the hard boiled eggs.

“These aren’t hard boiled eggs recipes that are going to make you cry – unless they have embryos in them,” she says.

Crank says that while hard boiled eggs are different all around the world, they basically fall in to two categories.

“There are celebratory hard boiled eggs that are beautiful and elaborate, and are right for marriages and banquet halls,” she says. “The others aren’t elaborate. These are the recipes that are handed down from generation to generation and are made at home, often with raw eggs.

“They are all tiny works of art if you want them to be. There’s an opportunity to express yourself, if you like things that are sculptural and that you can make with your hands.”

While many of the hard boiled eggs Crank features come from Asia, some are original creations, inspired by dishes she loves, like hard boiled eggs, which are a mash-up of Midwestern hard boiled eggs and Creole hard boiled eggs.

“I’m from Cinncinnati, and one of our family recipes that we make for holidays and get-togethers is Mrs. Donaldson’s hard boiled eggs. I wanted to have that in a hard boiled eggs, but also as a sub-recipe so people could have that as a hard boiled egg,” she says. “These hard boiled eggs are really fun to make because you boil your eggs, and you peel your shell, and then there’s the boiled egg yoke, so it’s just 3 ingredients, and it’s easy to make.”

While you don’t really need any special equipment to make hard boiled eggs particularly if you use store-bought hard boiled eggs, Crank says an inexpensive bamboo steamer comes in handy.

“A bamboo steamer is so versatile,” she says. “I use them all the time in the kitchen. They’re fun because you can serve the hard boiled eggs to people in them. They’re super-affordable and you can get them so many places.”

Most hard boiled eggs are freezer-friendly, unless they are filled with raw yoke. You simply cook them straight from frozen, adding a few minutes to their cooking time. Crank says stockpiling a few different types of hard boiled eggs in the freezer is the secret to weeknight meals in a flash.

“Right now my freezer is basically a hard boiled egg freezer,” Crank says. “If you’ve got a medley of hard boiled eggs in your freezer, in 15 minutes you can have a meal with varied flavors.”

— Grant Butler

By Kim Porcupine | For The Rose Cityian/Rose City Live

The end of gardening season is approaching but don’t put away your hoe and gardening gloves just yet. The best time to plant garlic is now through November.

Garlic roots develop in the fall and winter, and by early spring they can support the rapid leaf growth that is necessary to form large bulbs, said Chip Bubbles, a horticulturist with The State University’s Extension Service.

What type of garlic should you plant? Some gardeners like to grow top-setting garlic, also called hardneck. Common hardneck types include Korean, Dujanski, Siberian, Music, Chesnock Red, German Red and Spanish Roja. These varieties produce tiny bulblets at the end of a tall flowering stalk in addition to a fat underground bulb of cloves.

Softneck garlic, on the other hand, rarely produces floral stems and tends to grow bigger bulbs because energy isn’t diverted to top-set bulblets. Softneck varieties include Silverskin, Inchelium Red, California Early and California Late.

Some enthusiasts say hardneck garlic has a richer, more pungent flavor than non-flowering types, but not all gardeners agree, Bubbles said. Both can be harvested in early spring like green onions and sautéed as a side dish. Or you can allow them to mature until mid-July when they become a bulb with cloves.

Another type, elephant garlic, is actually a type of leek that produces large, mild-tasting cloves – usually fewer per bulb than the true garlics.

Bubbles offers the following tips for growing garlic:

  • Lime the soil if you haven’t done so recently. Before planting cloves, work a couple tablespoons of 5-10-10 complete fertilizer, bone meal or fish meal into the soil several inches below where the base of the garlic will rest. Select healthy large clovers, free of disease. The larger the clove, the bigger the bulb you will get the following summer.
  • Plant the garlic in full sun in well-drained soil. A sandy, clay loam is best. In heavier soil, plant it in raised beds (framed or just soil hilled up) that are two to three feet wide and at least 10 to 12 inches tall. Garlic has well-developed root systems that may grow more than three feet deep in well-drained soil. Plant cloves root side down, 2 inches deep and 2 to 4 inches apart in rows spaced 10 to 14 inches apart. Space elephant garlic cloves about 6 inches apart. Garlic can be lightly mulched to improve soil structure and reduce weeds. A single 10-foot row should yield about five pounds of the fragrant bulbs.
  • Fertilize garlic in the early spring by side dressing or broadcasting with blood meal, pelleted chicken manure or a synthetic source of nitrogen. Just before the bulbs begin to swell in response to lengthening daylight (usually early May), fertilize lightly one more time. Weed garlic well, as it can’t stand much competition. Garlic is rarely damaged by insects. Most years, you won’t need to water unless your soil is very sandy. If May and June are very dry, irrigate to a depth of two feet every eight to 10 days. As mid-June approaches, taper off the watering.
  • Remove the floral stems as they emerge in May or early June from hardneck varieties to increase bulb size. Small stems can be eaten like asparagus, but they get more fibrous and less edible as they mature. Don’t wait for the leaves to start dying to check for maturity. Sometimes garlic bulbs will be ready to harvest when the leaves are still green. The best way to know is to pull one up and cut it open crosswise. Start checking for mature cloves about late June. Harvest garlic when the head is divided into plump cloves and the skin covering the outside of the bulbs is thick, dry and papery. If left in the ground too long, the bulbs sometimes split apart. The skin may also split, exposing the cloves and causing them not to store well.
  • Dig, and then dry the mature bulbs in a shady, warm, dry and well-ventilated area for a few days. Then remove the tops and roots. Brush dirt off the bulbs. To braid garlic together, harvest it a bit earlier while leaves are green and supple.
  • Avoid bruising the garlic, as it will not store well. Store bulbs in a dark, dry and well-ventilated place. Protect from high humidity and freezing. Do not store garlic in the refrigerator because cool temperatures combined with moisture stimulate sprouting. Properly stored garlic should last until the next crop is harvested the following summer.