Author: Mara Dobyns

The Soothing Science Of Soy Candles

The Soothing Science Of Soy Candles By Mara Dobyns When I think about candles I think about the relaxation, peace, and warmth that they bring. Knowing what I know now I can never think that way about paraffin wax-based candles again, which is why I am so excited and eager to share my new knowledge of soy wax. Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. The hydrogenated process dramatically alters the melting point of the...

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Coppervale Ski Area – The Official Home of Snow

Coppervale Ski Area – The Official Home of Snow                 Article and photos by Mara Dobyns Last year despite the gloomy clouds, the gloomiest part of winter was that we didn’t actually get one. Without snow Coppervale Ski Area was not able to open. This year things are turning around. The ski hill is increasing its amount of fresh powder daily and will hopefully be open before you are reading this very issue of Mountain Valley Living. It is expected to open in December or January for the season, pending the snow...

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Sushi Now At Red Onion Bar & Grill Lake Almanor +1530.258.1800

Sushi Now At Lake Almanor! Photo and Article by Mara Dobyns Did you hear? The Red Onion Grill is now offering fresh sushi on Wednesday nights with their regular full menu! I recently had the opportunity to speak with the restaurant’s owner Filip who explained that he’s been making sushi for his wife for years, and this last November decided to put it on a special Wednesday night menu as something extra for the locals. He has found it handy for keeping the business flowing and keeping his employees happily employed throughout the often slower winter months. The Rolls...

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