Featured Works for August – First Concert
(*Indicates August birthday)

Aug 1 W Jerome Moross*: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Suite
Aug 2 T Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Idillio-Concertino for Oboe
Aug 3 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1


At times during this and any fire season, it can seem like every single person who works for the Oregon Department of Forestry is out fighting fires.  But somebody has to stay in the offices. 

Count Pete Parsons among them.  He is an ODF meteorologist, keeping track of the weather now and in the future. 

One of his duties is to prepare a seasonal climate forecast, and he just delivered one a matter of days ago.  So we have many questions, including just what we can expect for the rest of the summer and the early fall. 

Oregon Judicial Department

By now women have performed most of the jobs on the planet, so there are few surprises. 

But it was a first when Martha L. Walters took office as Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

She is the first woman to occupy the position. 

Maybe you're pining for fall already, and a break from heat and smoke. 

But we've got long, warm days and maybe even a little time off from work.  That's the reason summer is so conducive to a little extra reading.  Or a lot, if we're lucky. 

Our Summer Reads segment is back for a second summer, visiting with local and locally-owned bookstores to get ideas for good summertime reads. 

Northtown Books in Arcata is the latest independent book store to check in with some items for your reading consideration. 

You can't have a forest fire without an argument about what contributed to the severity of the fire.  Now researchers from the forestry departments at Humboldt State and Oregon State Universities weigh in with research on differences between public and private land. 

In general, the work found that the fire severity is greater on private lands with younger trees, most of the same type. 

Conversely, the fire severity was less on adjacent public lands with greater variety of tree species and age. 


Creativity is admired and sought-after, if not always appreciated. 

But what does it take to be creative, what makes one person creative and another person less so?  These topics and more will be explored at the first-ever Creativity Conference held at Southern Oregon University, August 3rd through 6th. 

Daniel Deneui, a psychology professor at SOU, is the organizer. 

Wildfires Have Cost Oregon $25.3 Million So Far In 2018

Jul 30, 2018
Courtesy Photo via Pamplin Media

The state has spent $25.3 million on fighting wildfires this year, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Those are gross costs. The federal government will reimburse the state for some of that cost, but it can take years for the reimbursements to come through, a spokesman for ODF says.

And that amount doesn’t include the agency’s “base budget” for fire protection, which is about $48 million for permanent personnel, equipment, facilities and the cost of fighting smaller fires.

Cal Fire

UPDATE: Monday, July 30, 9:00 a.m. -- The Carr Fire enters its second week on Monday, with thousands of people hoping the next seven days will be far less destructive than the first seven.  A red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service expired at 8 AM Monday, raising hopes of at least the wind dying down.

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Hundreds of Redding residents didn’t have much notice before they heard sirens blaring through their neighborhoods Thursday night, calling for immediate evacuations. People who left were snagged by traffic. If they tried to find a hotel, they were likely out of luck; most were booked solid clear down to Sacramento.

So they ended at an evacuation center, like the one at Shasta College. Cots covered the gym floors, and despite the midday noise, many evacuees slept solidly. They were exhausted. It was hot. And they didn’t know when they could return home, or if their home was left standing.


Record-setting high temperatures and brisk winds spread some of Southern Oregon's wildfires on Friday, and crews braced for more of the same over the weekend.

Cal Fire

The destruction wrought by the Carr Fire in Redding is much worse than originally measured.  On Sunday, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko announced the finding of another body in a burned area, bring the death toll to six. 

Hannah Mayree is a Sacramento-born multi-instrumentalist and singer. Bringing experiences of many cultures, travel, friendship, nature and the wonders of the universe, Mayree serenades on the banjo and reminds us that we are not alone. Thoughts of the Night (2017) is her first full length album release with a new 2018 album on the way.

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Redding did not awake to a disaster on Friday; it never slept.  Daylight revealed the destruction from the Carr Fire: 65 structures gone, 55 damaged.

Technology can be a great help to a person who wants to go hunting. 

Even in the ancient skill of archery, all kinds of high-tech materials can be used to make bows and arrows.  No thanks, says Rose City Archery

RCA, based in Myrtle Point, makes arrows the old-fashioned way, out of Port Orford Cedar, abundant on the Oregon Coast. 

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If President Donald Trump has his way, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument straddling the state line will get smaller. 


The Carr Fire swept into Redding Thursday night, forcing residents to abandon their homes.   Cal Fire reports 65 structures destroyed and 55 damaged, with nearly 500 more in danger.

Valerie Ing/JPR News

The Carr Fire near Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta County tripled in size last night and today, threatening parts of Redding.  The evacuation zone has expanded, and a larger portion of California Highway 299 is closed to traffic.


Not only is fire season generally longer in our part of the world, but the fires themselves act differently. 

Managers on a number of recent fires reported fire behavior they had never seen before. 


After every school shooting, the standard question is: what might have prevented this?  Metal detectors and armed teachers aside, there are efforts to figure out which students are thinking about committing violence on their classmates. 

But the process of identifying potential shooters brings some risks, too.  Like what if the assessment is wrong?  And how can a student be reintegrated into the school community after being singled out? 

These are issues considered by John Van Dreal, who runs the safety and risk management programs at Salem-Keizer schools, and by Jeffrey Sprague, who is the co-director of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior at the University of Oregon College of Education. 

Cal Fire

California Highway 299 remains closed and French Gulch remains under evacuation orders, because of the Carr Fire burning near Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta County.