Oregon Cuts Nearly 1 Million Tons Of Carbon Pollution From Its Fuel Supply

Gas prices are up this Memorial Day weekend, but in Oregon the carbon emissions per gallon of fuel are down, according to a new report on the states Clean Fuels Program. The program requires annual reductions in carbon pollution from Oregons transportation fuel with a goal of cutting emissions 10 percent by 2025. So far, the requirements have resulted in a reduction of nearly 1 million tons of greenhouse gases, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Jana Gastellum,...

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Realism and storytelling are qualities that are prominent on I Am Nice , the 17-year-old Utah singer-songwriter's New West debut. The 12-song album—produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and John Paul White of the Civil Wars—shows the young troubadour to be a timeless talent whose catchy compositions embody the sort of wisdom, empathy and insight that's usually associated with more experienced songwriters.

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North Coast Activists Form ICE Response Network

The federal crackdown on illegal immigration is focused on the Mexican border. But agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--ICE--are active in many parts of the country. ICE agents have appeared and detained people on the North Coast. True North Organizing assembled a rapid response network in the Arcata area to track and publicize any ICE activity in the region.

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Amazon Echo Recorded And Sent Couple's Conversation — All Without Their Knowledge

As secret recordings go, the Portland couple's conversation was pretty mundane: They were talking about hardwood floors. But their Amazon Echo was listening and recording their discussion. The device then sent the recording to someone in their contacts — without the couple's knowledge. The wife, identified only as Danielle, told Seattle TV station KIRO 7 that they learned something was amiss when they received a phone call from the husband's employee who lived in Seattle, telling them what he...

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Why Your Health Insurer Doesn't Care About Your Big Bills

Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn't make sense. His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He had iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He had pushed his 49-year-old body, limping and wincing, through more than a dozen physical therapy sessions. The last thing he needed was a botched bill. His December 2015 surgery to replace the ball in his left hip joint at NYU Langone Health in New York...

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Realism and storytelling are qualities that are prominent on I Am Nice, the 17-year-old Utah singer-songwriter's New West debut. The 12-song album—produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and John Paul White of the Civil Wars—shows the young troubadour to be a timeless talent whose catchy compositions embody the sort of wisdom, empathy and insight that's usually associated with more experienced songwriters.

Feds Clarify Use Of Hemp-Based Ingredients In Craft Beer

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A San Francisco Brewery is under federal orders to stop producing a beer infused with the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, and the feds are working to clarify how breweries can legally navigate the growing world of cannabis-themed beers.

North Bend High Students Walkout In Protest Of ACLU Settlement

May 24, 2018
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At 10:26 a.m. on Wednesday, nearly 100 students walked out of North Bend High School.

The walkout was done in protest to the North Bend School District’s decision to remove Principal Bill Lucero from the high school, as part of its settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

Trump Administration Says It Won't Sell Off BPA Transmission Lines

May 24, 2018
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The Trump administration has abandoned its bid to sell off the Pacific Northwest’s publicly owned utility transmission lines, according to Republican members of Congress who were briefed on the decision.

A Southern Oregon tribe is accusing federal water managers of failing to keep Upper Klamath Lake full enough to ensure the continued survival of two endangered species of sucker fish that its people once depended on for subsistence.

The Klamath Tribes leveled their claim in a lawsuit filed late Wednesday federal district court against the Bureau of Reclamation.

Water quality in the lake is generally poor and that can be exacerbated in drought years like the one we’re in.

In an earthquake or wildfire or other disaster, you typically can’t bring your animals with you into a shelter. This is a reason why some people choose not to evacuate when they ought to.

Some Northwest localities have volunteer “Animals in Disaster” teams to handle pet rescue, preparedness and emergency sheltering tasks. Cannon Beach is the latest to establish one.

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The North Pacific High has nothing to do with cannabis.  But it has plenty to do with lots of living creatures, movable and not. 

The weather system shows up from time to time, alternately stressing and helping creatures in different parts of the west.  The North Pacific High is getting more variable with climate change, though. 

And scientists, including Bryan Black at the Marine Science Institute of the University of Texas, believe the variability could create a synchronicity, a real boom-and-bust cycle for some species.  Emphasis on bust. 

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The experiments with hallucinogenic drugs years ago were meant to find out if they had therapeutic uses... could LSD and its relatives help people? 

The answers were never made definitive, because the federal government put the psychedelics on the most restrictive list of drugs in the country. 

Now a group here, the Oregon Psilocybin Society, is exploring getting psilocybin ("magic mushrooms") legalized for use. 

This story has been updated.

The United States and Canada next week will begin the official process of re-negotiating the Columbia River Treaty, which expires in 2024. The 1964 agreement governs the upper reaches of the 1,200 mile Columbia River.

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