Joel Porter

Anchor

Joel Porter
Joel Porter
Anchor
This is Joel’s first experience in the Pacific Northwest. He moved to Oregon back in January from North Dakota. While there, he studied Mass Communication at NDSU and worked at stations in Grand Forks and Bismarck as a reporter, photojournalist and morning news anchor.

When he’s not working, you can find this accomplished chili chef busy at work in his garden, bargain hunting at garage sales, or traveling to towns all over the state in search of the finest cheeseburger. Joel enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, cooking and clam digging.

You can watch his travel series All in a Day’s Drive every Wednesday at 6 am, and Joel in the Garden every Thursday at 6 am on Newssource Today.

Recent stories by Joel Porter

About KMTR TV Getting big results from a small garden space Getting big results from a small garden space(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Gardens in the Willamette Valley are getting a good drink of water this week.

But once the rain stops, more people will begin planting everything from flowerpots to green beans.

And you don’t need a big backyard to have your own green space.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Joel in Garden: How to build tater towers Joel in Garden: How to build tater towers(Video)
Now is a good time of year for gardeners to start burying potatoes.

No matter how big your growing space is, you can quickly run out of room if you try burying them all.

That’s why you can build your own potato towers that your plants can climb.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Don't miss Alsea: 'It'd just take a blink and you'd be through it' Don't miss Alsea: 'It'd just take a blink and you'd be through it'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
As you head west on highway 34 from Corvallis to the coast, it's easy to miss the town of Alsea.

You'd have to pay close attention to even find it on the map.

But this small town has plenty of charm.

Much like a Robert Frost poem, Highway 34 is indeed the road less traveled.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Spring in the garden: Time to plant Spring in the garden: Time to plant(Photo Gallery)(Video)
After a rainy start to March, the garden is coming to life.

My pruned raspberry canes are showing new growth, but the snails and slugs are waking up as well.

Greenhouses in the Willamette valley have a large inventory of both pansies and primroses.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV All in a Day's Drive: Best weather in decade on tap for 42nd Daffodil Drive All in a Day's Drive: Best weather in decade on tap for 42nd Daffodil Drive(Photo Gallery)(Video)
With a sunny weekend expected in the Willamette Valley, there'll be a bouquet of activity happening north of Eugene.

Many people will be heading to Junction City for the 42nd annual Daffodil Drive.

Little yellow beacons are blooming along Ferguson Road west of Junction City, just in time for organizers to open up Long Tom Grange for this weekend's Daffodil Drive.

“All of the flowers coming up, the daffodils in bloom, it's a great time to remember it's a chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” Jolene Thomson said. Thomson works for Guaranty RV in Junction City.

“Probably the best daffodil festival - as far as weather goes - we've had in the last ten years,” Danuta Pfeiffer said. Pfeiffer is organizing this year’s drive.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Home & Garden show offers inspirational seminars Home & Garden show offers inspirational seminars(Photo Gallery)(Video)
People hoping to tackle a few projects around the yard will look for inspiration at the Lane County Home and Garden Show.

And whether you have a big mess in your yard or are hoping to add a little green to your small space, a few presentations will offer advice.

More spring flowers appear eager to usher in spring.

Other flowers and budding shrubs are ready to stick in the ground.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Snow on the mountain, shovels in Sisters Snow on the mountain, shovels in Sisters(Photo Gallery)(Video)
After a mostly dry winter, late season snow has more people returning to the Cascades to enjoy the final few weeks of winter.

And Sisters is a small mountain town with big charm.

Heavy snow is a welcome sign in the Cascades.

The elusive snowfall has been a late arrival this season.

“It was just killing us, from November, almost through the end of January, the snow finally showed up and it's just been fantastic ever since,” skier Erik Hoefer said. Hoefer drove from Stayton to ski at Hoodoo.

After mammoth-sized snowfall in February, it's ski season on the mountain, but construction season in the town of Sisters. The town is undergoing a project to repave Highway 20.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Ice storm damage may still lurk underground Ice storm damage may still lurk underground(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Cleanup from this month's ice storm continues around Eugene and Springfield.

But there are other winter damages that may still be undiscovered.

“In about a month, when we start to warm up a little bit, we're definitely going to find a lot of breaks, broken backflows, things of that nature,” said Dean Wahrenbrock, an irrigation tech for Graham Landscape.

If your underground sprinkler system wasn't properly winterized, it may have suffered a break following a few nights of subzero temps.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Oscar nominees still showing on big screens in Eugene, Corvallis Oscar nominees still showing on big screens in Eugene, Corvallis(Photo Gallery)(Video)
This weekend, avid movie watchers will find out which motion pictures will win Hollywood's top prize.

Nine movies are vying for this year's best picture at the Academy Awards.

And you can still see just about all of them playing on the big screen.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV 'A mecca for not only finding agates, jaspers, petrified wood, but also fossils' 'A mecca for not only finding agates, jaspers, petrified wood, but also fossils'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
It's wet and windy on the Oregon coast, but you'll still find beach goers up and down the surf in Lincoln City. But it's after the storm when buried treasures are unearthed by the waves.

“So as long as the ocean is pulling sand out and not pushing sand in, it's exposing bars of gravel that're there all the time, they're just hiding under the sand,” Rock Your World store owner Laura Joki said.

That's precisely why geology buffs venture to Lincoln City to stroll the beach with a sharp eye.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Buy spring chicks now for eggs by July 4 Buy spring chicks now for eggs by July 4(Photo Gallery)(Video)
If you're hoping to raise a few spring chickens, winter is the time to buy them.

You can find a variety of newly hatched chicks that'll soon give you fresh eggs every week.

And if you’re new to poultry, you need not be intimidated by the hobby.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Experience winter on snowshoes: 'Enjoy the beautiful snow and forest' Experience winter on snowshoes: 'Enjoy the beautiful snow and forest'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
You don't need a lift ticket to get a good view of the mountains in Oregon. In this week's all in a day's drive, we'll strap in for hike through the deep snow on a journey through some of Oregon's forests.

While skiers and snowboarders are taking the chair lift to the summit on Mount Bachelor, this group has something a little more relaxing in mind.

“I was really rusty at skiing, and I wasn't sure I wanted to get back into it,” first-time snowshoer Lynne Rossi said. Rossi and a group of friends traveled from Eugene to try out the sport.

“It seemed a lot safer,” Lee Rumbarger said. “And also, a lot more peaceful. A way to enjoy the beautiful snow and forest here.”

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV 'The trees are asleep and it's a great time to get them planted' 'The trees are asleep and it's a great time to get them planted'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
If you're hoping to grow your own fresh fruit, now is a good time to think about planting.

Advice is easy to find for both planting and trimming fruit trees. Amateur orchard growers have their pick of fresh inventory. New shipments of young bare root trees are in stock at several places in Eugene and Springfield.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV 'An hour and a half really isn't enough time to see the High Desert Museum' 'An hour and a half really isn't enough time to see the High Desert Museum'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The High Desert Museum just outside Bend offers families a glimpse at how some of Oregon's first settlers lived and lets them see wild animals up close.

“Have any of you ever hear the phrase, 'flash in the pan?'” An interpreter asks while showing off an old black powder rifle. “We get that phrase from flintlock muskets just like this.”

Families and kids are all ears, as interpreters show them a piece of frontier life in Oregon. But the smoking gun is just one attraction on this path. There are 135 acres for families to learn and explore.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Gardeners, start your imaginations: 'Think about what you're going to do with your garden' Gardeners, start your imaginations: 'Think about what you're going to do with your garden'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
During our dry, chilly January, frost is still a factor. The majority of garden beds remain covered, which Adam Cole said is a good thing.

“But in general, you want to avoid working the soil when it's wet. You can really compact, do damage to your soil. It's better to stay off it,” Adam Cole said. Cole works at Down to Earth garden store in Eugene.

Cole said if you want to add something, azomite and bone meal can go a long way to boosting your plot before spring.

“Think about what you're going to do with your garden, map it out. Look at seed catalogues. It's not quite time to put seeds out,” Cole said.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Golfing in winter: 'No crowds this time of year' Golfing in winter: 'No crowds this time of year'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Golf in the summer is both time-consuming and expensive.

You often can't play without a tee time, and players can feel rushed as they try to putt through a round.

Winter is a change of pace as those same golfers often put away the clubs and forget about them for months.

But those golfers who continue playing during cold months won’t be as rusty come spring and they can play cheaper and avoid the crowds.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Feed your garden while it slumbers Feed your garden while it slumbers(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Many gardeners are leaving their plots covered until the last threat of frost is over.

But now can be a good time to study up and plan for next season.

And there are places in Eugene where you can take gardening classes and find nutrients for your flower bed.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays