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William Smith

Food comes from the grocery store, right?  True up to a point, but it has origins that go way beyond the store shelves. 

And Rogue Valley Farm to School works to make sure children understand the true sources of food.  This month's edition of Savor, our food segment, features our regular partner, food stylist Will Smith, with Sheila Carder, RVF2S Executive Director. 

Southern Oregon University

Oregon public higher education will cost more next year.  Which seems to be the story every year. 

Southern Oregon University backed off its highest estimates of next year's tuition; it will not be 13.5 percent.  But the projected 10 percent increase still makes the hike in double digits. 

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Snowpack was just plain fabulous across much of the region as the winter came to an end.  And there were even cold days and flurries into the month of June at the higher elevations. 

A few hot days can reverse that quickly, though.  The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service coordinates snow surveys in Oregon. 

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It can be a little hard to keep track of the various runs of anadromous fish that are low in number these days.  Summer steelhead in Northern California are among them. 

The California Fish and Game Commission recently voted to started the process of listing the summer steelhead under the state Endangered Species Act.  The move is prompted by Friends of the Eel River and other groups. 

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Ashland city councilors are considering an ordinance Tuesday night that requires someone who has been stopped by police to provide their name and date of birth.

Ashland police say people are increasingly refusing to provide their names when they are stopped for potentially violating a law.

An Oregon Supreme Court ruling in 2017 concluded that this sort of  “passive behavior” wasn’t in itself a violation. But without a name and date of birth, police can’t issue a ticket.

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Maybe it's not the best time in history to be a scientist--climate denial and all--but it beats the days of scientists hiding their discoveries from the church and authorities. 

Scientists from all over the western part of the country assemble in Ashland starting today (June 18th) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Pacific Division annual meeting.  We have many questions for participants about the current climate for science (pun not intended) and the kinds of science represented at the meeting. 

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Health care is always a discussion topic in our country, and it only figures to get discussed more as our society ages and faces more health issues.

Jackson County Public Health, La Clinica, and the Suicide Prevention Coalition all join forces to present a public health forum later this week (Thursday, June 20) in Medford.  The purpose is to focus on issues of concern in the community, ranging from substance abuse to communicable diseases. 

Fibershed

You've heard of watersheds and viewsheds, now welcome to the concept of Fibershed.  That is the name of a Sonoma County-based organization that focuses on the fashion industry as a way to improve the planet. 

Fiber can be grown for clothing with an eye to storing carbon in the soil, greatly reducing the footprint of the fashion industry. 

Rebecca Burgess is the Executive Director of Fibershed. 

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Businesses that were flat-out impossible a few years ago are thriving under the legalization of marijuana for personal use. 

One example: Grown Rogue, which provides cannabis and concentrates in many different varieties.  The company describes itself as a "seed-to-sale" operation, involved in cannabis from cultivation to final product. 

Sarah and Obie Strickler started the company and run it still. 

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It is one of the most significant dates in American history: June 19, 1865.  That is the day that Union troops arriving in South Texas informed the community that slaves were free, two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The month and date got contracted to "Juneteenth" over the years, and the occasion is now observed in many communities around the country.  Oregon Shakespeare Festival always puts on a joyous celebration.  

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Most of the work of the Ashland New Plays Festival is staged readings of plays in development; ANPF's main event is in October.

But this weekend (June 14-15), the festival presents a full production. Subject matter and the playwright's bio clearly made this an easy choice: E.M. Lewis is from Oregon and wrote a play about the debate over firearms.

"The Gun Show" features a single actor and the playwright together, and takes a middle-of-the-road approach more interested in discussion than debate.

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Maybe a quarter of the people in the world will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. So it's not rare, but seeking treatment can be.

Southern Oregon Compass House in Medford welcomes people dealing with persistent mental illness. And once a month in our shared Compass Radio segment, we get to meet house members, to hear their personal stories.

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OHSU

Manipulating the genes of human beings in any form can make some people uneasy, even though the process can save lives.  The work of the Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy at OHSU in Portland works on the assumption that there is value in science correcting what nature got wrong. 

But there are limits to what can be done by the scientists there, including a ban on federal funding for research involving genetically altered embryos. 

Congress has kept that ban in place, to the chagrin of Center director Shoukhrat Mitalipov and Paula Amato, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the OHSU School of Medicine. 

Terra-Gen

The winds blowing into Humboldt County from the Pacific make it an attractive place to consider generating electricity from wind.  And the renewable energy company Terra-Gen plans to do just that. 

The project proposal is bold in scale, with up to 60 wind turbines envisioned for high ground near Scotia and Rio Dell.  The visual impact is a concern for some of the people in those community.  We recently heard some of those viewpoints. 

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival play "Cambodian Rock Band" packs a lot into a single production: music, comedy, tragedy, even genocide.

The murders of more than a million Cambodians (closer to two million) by the Khmer Rouge is just one of the storylines in the play by Lauren Yee, with music by the band Dengue Fever.

Imagine the work it takes to pull it off on stage night after night.

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Humboldt Redwood Company trumpets its environmental stewardship to the public.  But not all of the public is pleased with the company's logging on Rainbow Ridge, west of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. 

In fact, protestors have demonstrated against the logging, with a handful getting arrested on Monday (June 10th). 

Lost Coast League is one of the groups taking issue with HRC's logging in the Mattole River watershed. 

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As conservative states continue to challenge federal laws on abortion, in deep blue Oregon, the debate over abortion rights is happening on a much smaller scale, and it’s happening on your average street corner.

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We don't have to like death, but we do have to accept it.  Any life will include some grief, and that's why WinterSpring exists. 

The Medford-based nonprofit helps people grieve in healthy ways, through group counseling and other activities. 

Hogan Sherrow is the Executive Director of WinterSpring. 

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