Tony Furtado Live Session

Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar, and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story).
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Oregon Governor Has Ceremonial Signing For Conversion Therapy Bill

Gov. Kate Brown held a ceremonial signing Thursday for a bill to stop therapists from performing "conversion therapy" on minors.Conversion therapy covers a wide range of treatments, aimed at changing a childs sexual orientation.Portland attorney Paul Southwick is attracted to men. But, he says, being part of the LGBTQ community was not accepted when he grew up in rural Oregon.He internalized his feelings, but at 20, Southwick says he suffered a panic attack and told his family about his...
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OSF Presents Guys And Dolls: A Musical Fable Of Broadway

The history of adapting Damon Runyon’s story collection, Guys and Dolls, for the stage is as full of twists and turns as the musical itself. Example: the producers went through two writers before landing on their third choice, Abe Burrows. His predecessors had each been deemed not funny enough, but Burrows was warned not to be too funny by librettist Frank Loesser, who had already written most of the show’s songs. Though confident of the comic punch of his lyrics, was Loesser feeling...
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The Legislative View Of Oregon's Supreme Court PERS Decision

The potential impact of the Oregon Supreme Court's decision to stop the state from reforming the PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) benefits paid to retirees runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Oregon State Representative Peter Buckley (D-Ashland) will play a significant role in addressing this issue moving ahead. Buckley is the House Co-Chair for the Joint Ways and Means Committee, which helps shape state budgets.
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The Oregon Department of Energy announced $1.5 million in grants Thursday to developers across the state. Of the 17 projects the department funded, all but one involves solar power.

The one exception is a $110,000 hydroelectric project for the Sisters Irrigation District. The solar recipients include a school, two ranches, a theater, a visitors center, and two affordable housing projects.

The biggest awards were $250,000 each for proposals based in Klamath Falls, Sheridan and St. Paul.

Should Oregon Ban Powdered Alcohol?

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The Oregon legislature is considering following the lead of several other states by banning the retail sale of "granulated alcohol." The bill was introduced after the U.S.

Oregon Governor Has Ceremonial Signing For Conversion Therapy Bill

12 hours ago

Gov. Kate Brown held a ceremonial signing Thursday for a bill to stop therapists from performing "conversion therapy" on minors.

Conversion therapy covers a wide range of treatments, aimed at changing a child’s sexual orientation.

Portland attorney Paul Southwick is attracted to men. But, he says, being part of the LGBTQ community was not accepted when he grew up in rural Oregon.

He internalized his feelings, but at 20, Southwick says he suffered a panic attack and told his family about his sexual orientation, who then pressured him into conversion therapy.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state has hired a wildlife-conflict specialist to help reduce tensions caused by the state's growing population of wolves.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife hired Francine Madden, who is executive director of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration in Houston. The nonprofit works to resolve conflicts that arise when protecting animals leads to problems in local communities.

Madden was introduced Thursday to members of the agency's Wolf Advisory Group at a meeting in Spokane.

It's no Marcus Mariota sighting, but Portlanders will have the chance to experience a piece of state history with the Heisman Trophy coming to town next month.

The former University of Oregon quarterback's prestigious athletic award will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland in early June. The museum will have free admission for all exhibits between June 5 to 7, thanks to a sponsorship donation from Nike.

Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.

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Jackson County's ban on GMO crops is set to take effect on June 6th, unless the federal judge hearing a suit against it blocks it.

Another vote on a GMO ban, in Benton County (Corvallis), failed this week, by a wide margin.  Benton County is home to Oregon State University, which performs research on GMO crops.

And OSU's agriculture dean, Dr. Dan Arp, sat on a task force reporting on GMO agriculture just last year.

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The only ski area in Southwestern Oregon could have more weddings than ski days this year. 

Mount Ashland Ski Area only opened for 38 skiing days last winter... which is still 38 more than the winter before. 

Weddings and other warm-season events could become a more important part of the area's income down the road, if details can be worked out with the landlord, the U.S. Forest Service. 

Public comments are now being taken on summer recreation activities (see below). 

Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

May 21, 2015

The weed-whacker is a frequent companion to the sounds of chirping birds and rustling pines at Ross Frank's ranch in Chumstick, Wash. With forested land on all sides, he's clearing dense brush beneath a stand of by his house.

"So we're turning that around manually and mimicking what fire would have done naturally," he says.

In Pennsylvania, it's estimated opioids like heroin killed at least 1,300 people last year. In Massachusetts, more than 1,000 have died, and in Connecticut, heroin deaths jumped more than 85 percent in two years.

But figuring out the size and scope of the problem is harder than many people think.

Pennsylvania, like many states, doesn't require reporting of specific details on drug overdoses, and whatever other information is available is at least two years old.

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