Firefighters Gain Ground On SoCal Wildfires Even As Winds Continue To Vex

Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes, thousands of acres scorched and hundreds of buildings reduced to ash. It hasn't even been one week since the latest string of wildfires broke out in Southern California, but the toll is staggering. Even so, by Saturday, some bright spots began to emerge in the fire-ravaged region. The Santa Ana winds, with gusts that had measured at hurricane force earlier in the week helping drive the flames, had subsided by Friday evening....

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JPR Live Session: Noah Gundersen (2017)

Noah Gundersen has been peddling sincerity and introspection in musical form for almost a decade; songs that give listeners a taste of the emotional nectar in the pit of another human’s gut. He’s been dredging up viscous fistfulls of his own being and shaping them into little waxen votives, candles meant to illuminate the territory between shameless confession and hopeless redemption, for all of the other twenty-somethings who’ve been groping around in that long existential shadow.

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Is There A Southern Oregon Dialect?

Language and pronunciation are constant issues in the radio business. If we call Yreka "Eureka," we're not just wrong, we're off by 200 miles (by road). But even we can't say for sure that there's a dialect unique to Southern Oregon. Aside from place names, are there differences in how we say things from, say, Southern California? That's what Anna Kristina Moroz is researching in her work at the University of Washington .

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This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage Has Roots In The Recession

If you usually ring in the holiday with a freshly cut evergreen, your reality this Christmas could very well be a scrawny Charlie Brown tree instead — or you may wind up paying more for a lush Fraser fir. This year, there is a tree shortage. Most growers blame the tightened supply on the Great Recession, says Valerie Bauerlein, who covered the story for The Wall Street Journal . A decade ago, "we were in a global economic malaise," Bauerlein tells NPR's Michel Martin. "And Christmas tree...

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How To Not Spoil Your Kids This Christmas

Holidays mean one thing to many kids: presents. You've probably heard a parent of young children say something along the lines of: "It's all worth it to see their smiling faces." There is an immediate reward to giving your kids what they want — shrieks of glee. But there is a downside to always saying "yes." Parents have the conflicting desires of wanting to give their kids everything — but not raising them to be spoiled. NPR's All Things Considered asked two people who've addressed these...

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The U.S. Department of Energy is about start shoring up another train tunnel full of old radioactive equipment at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington state. This is all happening because a similar train tunnel full of waste—called Tunnel 1—collapsed this spring.

A series of flyers posted around Clark College proclaiming “It’s OK To Be White” and “Make Your Ancestors Proud” prompted two town hall meetings this week.

More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members showed up Wednesday afternoon for a two-hour discussion on the posters.  

Federal agencies are a step closer to deciding how best to manage the Columbia River system and protect endangered fish. They outlined goals for a range of plans at a public meeting Thursday.

A series of public meetings this past year gave the agencies plenty to think about. They received more than 400,000 comments about how to protect endangered salmon and steelhead and, at the same time, maintain navigation channels for river traffic, control floods, and meet hydropower demands.

Wasco County Stops Sending Children To NORCOR Jail

Dec 7, 2017

Wasco County won’t be sending any more children to a juvenile detention facility in The Dalles — at least for now.

The decision comes after a report found “psychologically harmful conditions” at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility.

The report by Disability Rights Oregon found children at NORCOR as young as 12 being locked in their cells for hours and not being allowed to read, write or draw.

Toni Atkins is sworn in as California Assembly Speaker May 12, 2014.
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Toni Atkins is sworn in as California Assembly Speaker May 12, 2014.

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California Senate Democrats have chosen a new leader, the first woman to ever lead the chamber.

State Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) will replace Kevin de León as Senate president pro Tem, with a formal vote in January and a transition later next year. De León is termed out at the end of 2018 and is mounting a campaign for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

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The U.S. House passed HR 2936 in early November, the Resilient Federal Forests Act. 

It is designed to get more people working in the woods and more trees out, all in the name of healthier forests and communities. 

Environmental groups are not buying.  The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center calls it "The Clearcut Logging Bill." 

The Senate has yet to take up the measure, co-sponsored by Oregon 2nd District Representative Greg Walden. 

George Sexton, Conservation Director at KS Wild, is our guest. 

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Life can be hard on anyone, but just imagine trying to navigate daily life while dealing with mental illness. 

People consider and commit suicide when they just can't see a way to a better life. 

Southern Oregon Compass House in Medford takes up the issue of suicide in the latest chapter of Compass Radio. 

We hear the voices of a clubhouse member, a mental health expert, and Executive Director Elizabeth Hazlewood. 

Analysts Worry California Climate Change Program Is Doing Too Well

Dec 7, 2017
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California is swimming in $1.5 billion in new money for clean energy programs and the high-speed rail project, after lawmakers extended the climate-change program, cap-and-trade. But analysts suggest the current boom could ultimately undermine the program’s purpose of cutting long-term emissions.

Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon's only Republican in Congress, is losing his spot on the conference committee that will iron out the differences between the Senate and House versions of the big tax-cut legislation.

What's not clear is exactly why he exited the committee just a day after he was appointed to the panel Monday by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The official announcement on Tuesday referred only to the "removal of the gentleman from Oregon" and the appointment of Rep. Fred Upton to the committee.

Oregon Sending Help To Battle Growing Southern California Fires

Dec 6, 2017

Teams from Multnomah County all the way down to Jackson and Josephine counties are en route to Southern California where a series of fast-moving fires continue to rip through the Los Angeles area. 

The Oregon State Fire Marshal sent 10 strike teams consisting of 50 engines and about 100 personnel overnight Tuesday, making Oregon the first state to send resources to the Golden State for this event.

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