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The Smoke Problem: From Any Direction

The wildfire smoke clouding the region's skies is expected to hang in for a while. And hoping for the wind to change direction is a false hope... because so many fires are burning, the smoke can come from several directions.

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JPR Live Session: Amy LaVere (2018)

A burgeoning star, Amy LaVere is becoming renowned worldwide for her songwriting, bass playing, and vocals. She sings with a sweet, haunting voice that can turn on a dime from innocent to lusty (“ Norah Jones with an added Cyndi Lauper element ” — Mojo Magazine; “ Spookiness suits her ” — New York Times).

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Take 2: Appeals Court Denies Another Government Attempt To Quash Climate Case

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday denied a second attempt by the Trump Administration to stop a lawsuit brought by 21 young people over climate change from going to trial.

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Can 'Moneyball' Fix How The West Manages Wildfire?

"Deliberate use of fire, as well as control of wildfires, must be an integral part of the planning process. Thomas C. Nelson, Deputy Forest Service Chief, in 1979. The U.S. government spent a record $2.9 billion fighting wildfires last year. This year is shaping up to be another costly fire season. It doesnt have to be that way. Up against pressure from politicians and the public, risk-averse bureaucracies drive their fire managers to spend millions of dollars suppressing wildfires that pose...

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Humboldt Group Sues Supervisors Over Pot Regs

Governments on both sides of the state line are working hard to keep up with the legalization of marijuana. But the process is not without its problems or complaints. The environmental group Friends of the Eel River is taking the Humboldt County supervisors to court. The group says the new land-use regulations for legal cannabis grows in the county lack environmental protections.

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In the midst of an investigation into sexual misconduct in the Salem statehouse, Sen. Sara Gelser learned two law students had reported being the target of harassment.

She panicked that the man accused of unwanted touching — Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg — was still in the building and in contact with one of the young interns who had reported his harassment.

That can't happen, Gelser told a task force charged with creating recommendations for the rules governing harassment in the Oregon Legislature.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday denied a second attempt by the Trump Administration to stop a lawsuit brought by 21 young people over climate change from going to trial. 

Unemployment In Oregon Hit Record Low In 2017

Jul 20, 2018

Last year unemployment in Oregon dropped to its lowest rate since 1976. 2017 also saw the lowest jobless rate for youth in the state.

The overall rate sits at 4.1 percent, and unemployment for teens saw over a ten percent drop from the year before.

During every berry picking season in the Pacific Northwest, blueberry and raspberry growers fight to prevent birds from gobbling up the crop before they can harvest it. This year, some farmers are trying something new and high tech to scare away the thieving birds.

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The wildfire smoke clouding the region's skies is expected to hang in for a while.  And hoping for the wind to change direction is a false hope... because so many fires are burning, the smoke can come from several directions.

A burgeoning star, Amy LaVere is becoming renowned worldwide for her songwriting, bass playing, and vocals. She sings with a sweet, haunting voice that can turn on a dime from innocent to lusty (“Norah Jones with an added Cyndi Lauper element” — Mojo Magazine; “Spookiness suits her” — New York Times).

Serving as either Medford mayor or Jackson County judge between 1948 and the 1970s, Earl M. Miller believed a healthy community must have good schools, good roads, and good water.

UPDATE (July 20, 7:15 a.m. PT) — The Substation Fire burning east of The Dalles, Oregon, is now the nation's top priority fire. That means it's first in line for national fire resources as needed and available.

"This adds more people and tools to the 217 firefighters who are currently out here, and that's representing 73 fire agencies across our state," said Stefan Myers with the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.

Thoughts of suicide, hours of confinement and denial of medical care are among the complaints outlined in new federal court documents from immigration detainees being held at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.

“I feel bad. I get depressed. I have thought about taking my life because I had never been locked up,” said one detainee, identified in court documents as ICE Detainee No. 3.

Attorneys for 21 youths suing the government moved Wednesday to drop President Donald Trump from their climate change lawsuit. This was during a two hour hearing at the Eugene federal courthouse before Judge Ann Aiken. 

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