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  • By David & Kay Scott CNHI News Service
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It’s a beautiful early-December day as we drive into California’s Mojave National Preserve during a two-week journey through the Southwest. Over the years, we have frequently traveled along the preserve’s fringes, but nearly always during the summer when temperatures in the desert were unbearable, at least for us. This can be a tough environment to visit, let alone live. When the weather cooperates, as it was this December, the Mojave is stunningly beautiful.

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  • by Kay and David Scott | CNHI Travel Writers
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The Oregon Trail enters eastern Oregon midway between the state’s southern and northern borders, where it heads northwest toward present-day Pendleton. It then turns west to meet the Columbia River east of The Dalles. In the early years, pioneers traveling through eastern Oregon often looped north to present-day Walla Walla, Washington, where a mission offered a place to rest along with access to one of the trail’s few blacksmiths. This detour ended in 1847 following an Indian uprising.

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While this project is ongoing, we recommend ALDOT consider lowering the speed limit for several blocks through downtown in an effort to reduce accidents and protect pedestrians. The project, after all, is about safety. With so many people enjoying downtown shops and festivals, a lower speed limit seems to make sense.

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  • By David and Kay Scott | CNHI News
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When the pioneers arrived at Independence Landing, they reassembled their wagons and journeyed six miles south to Independence Square where they acquired supplies, made repairs, and joined other emigrants to form wagon trains and head to Oregon or California.

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  • Tiffeny Owens towens@cullmantimes.com

The Cullman County Fair is coming to town, with the annual parade kicking off festivities this Saturday afternoon.