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Old Hardware, A New Twist: The No-Pay Phone

Remember pay phones? You know, back before nearly everyone carried a cell phone in their pocket? OPB's Kate Davidson has this story of an encounter with a strange relic of that past, with an odd twist: a public phone booth that makes calls -- for free.
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JPR Live Session: Anthony D'Amato

Anthony D'Amato first came to national attention with 2010's Down Wires, which he recorded with a single microphone in his college bedroom and NPR dubbed "a modern folk gem". He followed it up with another home recording, Paper Back Bones, which BBC Scotland named one of the Best Americana Albums of 2012.
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Surviving a Hot, Dry Summer On The PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail was already a popular place to take a hike, long or short. Then the movie "Wild" and other events focused more attention on the trail, adding to its mystique. But the mystique can't correct hot and dry conditions with potentially little water available--the conditions of this summer. The Pacific Crest Trail Association manages sections of the PCT. And trail managers are bracing for issues created by the drought and earlier-than-usual summer heat.
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Tony-Winning Playwright Mashes-Up The Go-Go's with 'Arcadia'

What would it have looked like had the Go-Gos lived in the 1500s and the Elizabethan courts gone glam? Pink wigs, chain mail armor made of sequins, and dance routines by a choreographer whos worked with Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and "So You Think You Can Dance" (or rather, their Elizabethan counterparts).At least in the imagination of playwright Jeff Whitty, whose works plumb a wild imagination while still tackling challenging issues of race and sexuality. Hes best known for writing the book...
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Smith Headwaters Mining Withdrawal Filed

Southern Oregon and Northern California's Smith River could be temporarily protected from mining by a maneuver proposed by the Bureau of Land Management. BLM plans to withdraw roughly 100,000 acres of public land from mining in Curry and Josephine Counties, including land considered for a major nickel mine. The proposed five-year withdrawal would give Congress members--including Oregon's Peter DeFazio--a chance to pass legislation withdrawing the land permanently.
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The Oregon Senate Wednesday passed a bill to regulate chemicals in children’s products for the first time.

Wage activists filed a ballot measure in Salem Tuesday that would increase Oregon’s hourly minimum wage to $15 per hour beginning 2017.

Oregon's legislative session opened in January with words of hope and optimism from Governor John Kitzhaber. But when the final gavel falls, Kitzhaber won't be among those celebrating at the capitol.

Old Hardware, A New Twist: The No-Pay Phone

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Remember pay phones? You know, back before nearly everyone carried a cell phone in their pocket? OPB's Kate Davidson has this story of an encounter with a strange relic of that past, with an odd twist: a public phone booth that makes calls -- for free.

Ever since gray wolves returned to Oregon and Washington their population has been increasing steadily -- especially over the past few years.

Wolves are slowly dispersing from the remote areas where the first packs got established. In the past few months, wolves have been spotted in areas that haven’t had wolves for decades, including Mount Hood, Klamath Falls and Malheur County. This week an animal thought to be a wolf was struck by a car in Western Washington east of Seattle.

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Southern Oregon and Northern California's Smith River could be temporarily protected from mining by a maneuver proposed by the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM plans to withdraw roughly 100,000 acres of public land from mining in Curry and Josephine Counties, including land considered for a major nickel mine.

The proposed five-year withdrawal would give Congress members--including Oregon's Peter DeFazio--a chance to pass legislation withdrawing the land permanently.

Eugene Community Mourns Loss Of Historic Ballpark

Jun 30, 2015

Crews are still mopping up embers at Eugene's Civic Stadium where the historic grandstands burned down Monday.

The Eugene Police arson team will investigate the fire. Chief Pete Kerns says it's unknown whether the blaze was intentional. Witnesses report 3 or 4 young people were seen at the stadium before the fire. Kerns says he's hoping for the public's help.

Kerns: "Typically in cases like this that have so much community interest we learn who the people were that were seen leaving a scene like this so we don't want anyone to be afraid to come to the police."

Public health officials say the rise in cases of the STD gonorrhea has continued unabated this year in much of the Northwest.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Oregon starting July 1. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.

Wildfire season in the Northwest has started early this year. Crews are battling the Buckskin Fire right now.

Scientists refer to the Buckskin as a “reburn” because it’s on land that was scorched by wildfire in the recent past. These reburns are a positive indication that the forests are recovering from decades of fire suppression.

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