A slam dunk

By Mark Baker | Living Here | |

Ten-year-old Lauren Cullins pondered the question — “What’s the most important thing you heard him say?” “In school, we talk about bullying, but we don’t really talk about making the bully your friend. That was helpful,” the Camas Ridge Community School student said. “His speech was really inspiring, and he was really funny.” Monday was […]

Eugene is Syrian’s safe haven

By Mark Baker | Awards, Living Here | |

Sitting outside a downtown Eugene coffee shop on Pearl Street in late October, he speaks in slow and careful English, a language still as foreign to him as the city, state and country that are now his home.

First place award for long-form feature writing in the 2016 “Best of the West” contest.