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Local Helicopters help harvest Christmas trees Helicopters help harvest Christmas trees (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Holiday Tree Farm relies on helicopters to help harvest Christmas trees from its 8,500 acres near Corvallis, Oregon.

Holiday Tree Farms is the biggest Christmas tree farm in Oregon. The Beaver State is the nation's leading producer of Christmas trees with $110 million in annual sales.
Entertainment From Turkey Creek to Lower Turkeyfoot: Thanksgiving, by the numbers From Turkey Creek to Lower Turkeyfoot: Thanksgiving, by the numbers (Video)
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

UO announces $50M gift from Ballmers

UO announces $50M gift from Ballmers

Former Microsoft CEO turned LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, a 1984 University of Oregon graduate, have committed $50 million towards the University's $2 billion fundraising goal.

Photos: Winter weather hits Western Oregon, SW Washington

Photos: Winter weather hits Western Oregon, SW Washington

The blast of arctic air hitting the Pacific Northwest could bring the first batch of wintry weather to the area. Here's what people living in Western oregon and Southwest Washington woke up to on Thursday morning.

Surf's up ... in Alaska?

Surf's up ... in Alaska? »Play Video
Surf's up off the coast... Of Alaska? Daredevils are riding Alaska's Turnagain Bore tidal wave, which can go on for miles. Surfer Hailey Driver explains why braving the cold waters is well worth the adrenaline rush.