Joel Porter

Weather/Anchor/Reporter

Joel Porter
Joel Porter
Weather/Anchor/Reporter
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 Summer! Time to plan for fall in the garden Summer! Time to plan for fall in the garden (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Fall seems like a long way off in the midst of our July heat.

But garden experts say right now is prime time to figure out what you want to harvest come October.

This week in the garden, we'll tell you why now is a such a good time to start planning for fall.

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: Make the most of Cottage Grove All in a Day's Drive: Make the most of Cottage Grove (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Kids and families will go just about anywhere on a hot day if it means cooling off. And if you're near Cottage Grove, there are plenty of places where you can do just that.

In the July heat, people will find just about any excuse to find some morning fresh air, even if that means stopping to sample a few blueberries.

“An excellent break. I needed some exercise, I needed out of the car,” Dove Kimball said with a laugh. Kimball and her mother are traveling back to Caldwell, Idaho after spending time on the Oregon coast.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Fourth of July and the garden: 'Knock on wood' Fourth of July and the garden: 'Knock on wood' (Photo Gallery)
Gardeners are already enjoying some of their produce in time for their Fourth of July picnics.

But the sweet corn and tomatoes will have to wait.

This week in the garden, we'll tell you why if you're a little late to the party, you can still try for a fall crop.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV A patriotic Fourth of July all in a day's drive from home A patriotic Fourth of July all in a day's drive from home (Photo Gallery) (Video)
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day even before the nighttime fireworks begin.

In this week's all in a day's drive, we'll show you a few places where you can bring the family.

Whether you're heading out of town or are staying close to home on July 4, you can find plenty of celebrations on nearly every corner.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV 'Things that wouldn't typically bloom until July are now on their way out' 'Things that wouldn't typically bloom until July are now on their way out' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
We finally saw some rain in the Willamette Valley this week, which is good news for thirsty plants.

Some veggies are loving the heat, while others can die after just one dry day.

And if you’re struggling to grow carrots, you’re not alone.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV $5 buys summer fun for kids $5 buys summer fun for kids (Photo Gallery) (Video)
With the kids out of school and the days heating up, you may be looking for ways to keep them occupied and off the couch for the next few months.

And there are at least three places where you can take your kids for under $5.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Build a tomato trellis: 'Help support the plant' Build a tomato trellis: 'Help support the plant' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Now is an ideal time to be planting the rest of your starts in the garden.

And many tomato plants are already taking root in Eugene and Springfield.

This week in the garden, we'll look at some ways to build your own tomato trellis.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV 'I think soccer's here to stay' 'I think soccer's here to stay' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Track Town USA is turning into a soccer town, and not just among grade schoolers.

People of all ages are putting on their cleats and shin guards to play.

As they lace up their cleats, these eager early risers rarely miss a chance to kick the ball around.

And in the midst of a World Cup frenzy a continent away, there's talent from all over the world playing right in Springfield on the region's first pro soccer team.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Hit the road and visit some nearby farms Hit the road and visit some nearby farms (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The time is ripe for picking fresh fruit.

You can find plenty of you-pick sites around the Willamette Valley.

Many of them are family owned farms with decades of experience.

Visit Detering Orchards and River Bend Farms on Wednesday, June 11.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
About KMTR TV Southern Willamette Valley a hot spot for disc golf Southern Willamette Valley a hot spot for disc golf (Photo Gallery) (Video)
If you've always wanted to learn golf, but don't know how to swing a club, then you may enjoy disc golfing. And there are a few courses where you can tee up in Eugene.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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About KMTR TV Golf and wine in Monroe: 'Enough away from town but yet still close' Golf and wine in Monroe: 'Enough away from town but yet still close' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
You don't have to venture far from Eugene to find lush greens and some fine wine.

And if you haven't heard about Monroe through the grapevine, that's where we're headed in this week's All in a Day'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 Grass always greener? Lawn care tips Grass always greener? Lawn care tips (Photo Gallery) (Video)
May is a good month to give your lawn a boost.

And if the grass is always greener in your neighbor's yard, there are things you can do to improve your grass.

Jerry’s Home Improvement offers a new seed variety made special for the Willamette Valley.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV 'You could spend the whole day here and not waste a minute' 'You could spend the whole day here and not waste a minute' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Several military veterans living in Oregon who served their country during war time now serve as tour guides at one of the largest flight museums on the west coast.

And guides at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum expect a big crowd on Memorial Day weekend.

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 cleaning: 'It's just that season for getting everything tidied up' Spring cleaning: 'It's just that season for getting everything tidied up' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
It's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work tidying up your yard.

People in Springfield get a one-day pass to throw out any clutter and the city will take it off their hands.

Plenty of yards around Springfield are in need of some TLC.

And this weekend, a line will be forming off A-street for the big spring clean-up.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV Time to plant tomatoes and cucumbers Time to plant tomatoes and cucumbers (Photo Gallery) (Video)
This week Joel talks tomatoes, soil temps and meets the hosts of a Mother's Day plant sale in Walterville.

Many families will head to the greenhouse on Mother's Day weekend to find some color and some veggies for mom's backyard. Walterville's Late Bloomers Garden Club is hoping to raise some big money while helping people with their last-minute Mother's Day gifts.

“My dad used to tell me, don't put tomatoes in the ground before Memorial Day,” said Late Bloomers member Kay Kleven, “But when the sun comes out, we get anxious.”

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays
About KMTR TV 'It’s the longest lava tube you can walk through in Oregon' 'It’s the longest lava tube you can walk through in Oregon' (Video)
A prehistoric site in Oregon is now open for families to explore.

The Lava River Cave a few miles south of Bend reopened for the season earlier this month. The cave sits right off highway 97, and it’s a popular underground attraction for families.

“It’s the longest lava tube you can walk through in Oregon,” lead ranger Cristina Mastrangelo said.

The cave is a mile-long underground tube formed by lava flows thousands of years ago.

“There are probably more out there that we just don't know about,” Mastrangelo said. “Those massive eruptions formed lots of lava tubes, this is the most easily accessible one that we invite visitors to come explore.”

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.