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Classes Re-Open At Umpqua Community College

Oregon Governor Kate Brown greeted students returning to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Monday morning. It was the first day of classes since the October 1st campus shooting that left 10 people dead. Hundreds of Roseburg residents lined the road to the college, waving American flags and signs offering encouragement and support.
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Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton creates music that instantly draws you in. His songs cover the American musical landscape of soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. Sexton slides easily from the mellow tenor that Rolling Stone calls “soul marinated” to a surprisingly beautiful falsetto and back down again to a raspy blues shout, creating an experience that is dynamic and emotional. His energetic and heartfelt live performances have earned him legions of devoted fans and critical acclaim.
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The shooting deaths at Umpqua Community College remind us that people can show up with deadly intent anywhere. A police officer who wanted to keep his wife--a school principal--safe developed a training program for dealing with active shooters. Greg Crane calls his program ALICE, for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. He has worked with the Eugene Police, among many others.
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School A Welcome Escape From Reality For Calif. Area Ravaged By Fire

Schools tend to be the center of the community in small towns across America. That's probably never been more the case for Middletown, Calif., than right now.Last month, when a wildfire destroyed more than half of the town in the mountains north of San Francisco, the schools were miraculously spared. They've since reopened and are offering a respite from the sad, day-to-day struggles many students and staff are facing.To get a sense of the Valley Fire's devastation, just consider for a minute...
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“Do you know if this is lacto-fermented?” a woman asks me, sniffing the sauerkraut at the salad bar of the Ashland Food Co-op. “It smells like it.” It’s eight a.m. and Betsy Hicks and her husband, John Hicks, M.D., a pediatrician in private practice in Los Gatos, California, are stopping in Ashland on their way to Portland to visit family. “I think so,” I venture. I recognize the label. “It’s made right down the street.” “Fantastic!” Betsy exclaims. The office manager for her husband’s...
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown greeted students returning to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Monday morning. It was the first day of classes since the October 1st campus shooting that left 10 people dead. 

Hundreds of Roseburg residents lined the road to the college, waving American flags and signs offering encouragement and support.


Dr. Vandana Shiva is a heroine to many people who want purity and simplicity in agriculture, and a lightning rod for controversy because of it. 

Shiva, who is scientist, activist, environmentalist and more, rejects the idea of genetically engineered crops and corporate-patented seeds. 

She visits Ashland this week (Oct. 14) to talk about food security, organic farming and more. 

If legal marijuana were a movie, the $11 million that's estimated to have been taken in during Oregon's first week of retail sales would place it fourth on the list of U.S. weekend box-office receipts, right behind Pan.

Oregon Pot Sales Higher Than Colorado And Washington

Oct 9, 2015

Oregon's recreational marijuana sales were higher than Colorado and Washington during their first week of sales. Pot stores sold more than 11 million dollars worth of the drug. That's according to the non-profit trade group "Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association." ORCA Executive Director Casey Houlihan says there were multiple factors contributing to the State's higher sales.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this year's Specialty Crop Block Grant Programs Funds.

In Oregon, nearly $2 million will fund 24 projects to help boost the competitiveness of the state's crops. Mainly fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops and other specialty crops.

ODA Director Katy Coba said, "Over the years, these federal funds have provided much needed assistance to Oregon's specialty crop producers and produced some terrific projects that have made a difference."

Updated -- Officials with the Grant County Public Utility District say an electrical equipment failure is to blame for an explosion at Priest Rapids Dam Thursday that injured six workers, two critically.

Updated -- Protesters and supporters greeted President Barack Obama during his visit to Roseburg, Oregon. The President touched down in Marine One Friday afternoon to meet with families of the victims of last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College.

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Some of our trees are looking mighty ragged after several years of drought.  That's to be expected. 

But the kinds of stresses they're showing are new to researchers who know trees well. 

Those include the (southern) coast redwoods and the giant sequoias... many are clearly stressed, and some are dying. 

Redwood expert Anthony Ambrose at the University of California-Berkeley points out that the biggest redwoods need up to 2000 liters of water A DAY to survive, and drought and climate change will challenge that intake. 


The title of the latest report on the state of Oregon's highway bridges does not induce panic. 

But it does include a cautionary phrase: "we've got work to do." 

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) delivers the report annually. 

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For years, he's been one of the major shapers of the budget for state government in Oregon, a budget affecting millions of people and guiding billions of dollars. 

During that time, he has earned less than $30,000 a year from being a state legislator. 

That's not the only reason Rep. Peter Buckley recently announced his retirement from the legislature with the 2016 election. 

Buckley represents a diverse district from the California line to Medford, including Ashland liberals and rural conservatives. 


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