Sen. Toni Atkins watches the SB 1 debate on the Assembly floor.
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Lawmakers Piled A Giant Stack Of Bills On Gov. Gavin Newsom's Desk. Here Are Some Of Them

Sen. Toni Atkins watches the SB 1 debate on the Assembly floor. Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio Updated at 3:10pm Saturday: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has sought to position himself as one of the leading domestic critics of President Trump, will veto a newly passed bill that would have blocked the administration's rollbacks of Obama-era environmental standards. In a statement issued less than 12 hours after the Legislature adjourned for the year, Newsom said he fully supports the...

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JPR Live Sessions: Joseph Huber

As a founding member of the cul-favorite Americana/alt.Country group .357 String Band, Joseph Huber was already making waves as a talented instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Following the breakup of that band, he's added recording engineer, record producer, and general jack of all trades to his list of attributes.

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Ashland Prepares For Global Peace Conference

For several years now, the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission has worked to instill a sense of people doing right by each other in the community. And it is clearly not the only organization of its kind, because others are sending reps to the Ashland Global Peace Conference, next week in Ashland (September 21st). Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the founder of the global culture of peace, will be among the guests.

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A Fire Lookout On What's Lost In A Transition To Technology

Can you see it? The fire in the photo above? A single tree burning doesn't put up much smoke. There's a flash of lightning, sizzling across the sky. Then a pause as bark smolders and flames creep, building heat until poof : a signal in the sky. Philip Connors, gazing outward from a tower, sees it as a new dent on the crest of a distant ridge. He's spent thousands of hours contemplating the contours of southwest New Mexico. The fuzzy smudge is out of place. Philip Connors has spent 17 summers...

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‘Not One Drop Of Blood’: Cattle Are Being Mysteriously Mutilated And Killed In Eastern Oregon

A fog of dust is kicked up from hooves as cowboys quietly push cattle into a corral from a big draw on Silvies Valley Ranch near Burns, Oregon. CREDIT: ANNA KING/N3 Listen Outside of Pendleton, Oregon, Terry Anderson’s cattle have messed up his irrigation spigots. Again. The cows knock them down pretty much daily, and he has to fix ‘em. He jumps out of his side-by-side vehicle and deftly rights them again or...

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FINAL UPDATE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 13, 11:15 a.m. ... Anticipated warmer, drier weather for the next couple of days has firefighters working to solidify the gains they've made over the past week on the remaining lightning-caused fires around the region. Here's the status of the most significant fires, as of the most recent reports:

Lime fire, in the Klamath National Forest: Barely growing to 1,872 acres, up to 45 percent containment. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Red Bank fire, in Tehama County, CA.: Holding at 8,838 acres, 95 percent contained.

Gopher fire, in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest: Holding at 352 acres, up to 20 percent containment.

All these fires seem well in hand. Unless the situation changes, this will be the final report on these three fires.

Lawmakers Say Health Agencies Fail To Act Swiftly On Vaping Problems

Sep 11, 2019
Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

Oregon and Washington lawmakers are calling out federal health agencies for inaction on vaping health problems.

This comes as more details emerge about the Oregonian who died after vaping, and health officials announce that a second Oregon resident has received treatment for severe lung disease.

The movement to “ditch the switch” — the twice-yearly ritual of changing our clocks between daylight and standard time — just got a push from British Columbia, where residents signaled they are keen to join Washington state and Oregon on permanent daylight saving time.

But in California, where the idea is popular too, a new snag cropped up.

Pitkin, David - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Trump administration is expanding hunting and fishing opportunities in 77 national wildlife refuges, including nearly a dozen in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon House Republicans Could Replace Their Leader Next Week

Sep 11, 2019
Bradley W. Parks/OPB

Republicans in Oregon’s House of Representatives are expected to hold an atypical vote next week that could shake up their leadership going into the 2020 elections.

Kamala Harris Claims She ‘Took On Big Oil’ As California AG. How Far Did She Go?

Sep 11, 2019
PolitiFact California

Democratic presidential hopeful and California Sen. Kamala Harris says she "will take on powerful interests," if elected to the White House. 

Updated at 9:40 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration may curtail asylum applications at the southern border while a legal challenge to the new rule is litigated in court.

Firefighter Laid To Rest 18 Years After Sept. 11 Attacks

Sep 11, 2019

Nearly eighteen years after the Sept. 11 attacks, New York City firefighter Michael Haub has finally been laid to rest. Family and friends gathered in New York City's Franklin Square to remember him.

Among those attending the ceremony was 53-year-old firefighter Andrew Mulchinski.

"Mike was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He would do anything for anybody, whether he knew you or not," Mulchinski says.

The two were volunteer firefighters together at the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department in Long Island, New York.

Rogue Valley Mentoring

A little nudge in the right direction can make a huge difference in the life of a young person.  Going beyond nudge to general guidance is what mentoring is all about. 

We visited in the past with the people of The Rose Circle, which started with women mentoring girls and expanded to include males.  Now the program has even outgrown its old name, and is now known as Rogue Valley Mentoring

Can you even take a break from media in today's world?  Even if you shut off all the broadcast sources and your web browser, there's a good chance a friend will call or text or email with something new--and potentially outrageous--from the world outside. 

We relish the chance to talk about happenings in the media in a monthly segment we call Signals & Noise.  Our regulars are from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University, Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi. 


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