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Northwest Senators Push To Open Banking To Cannabis Businesses

Legal marijuana is a rapidly-growing reality. Four states, including Oregon and Washington, have legalized recreational use of the drug. Several more – including California – could well do so by the end of next year. Forty states have legalized it in some form for medicinal use. Now, US Senators from Oregon, Washington and Colorado hope to start breaking down the federal barriers that lock many legal cannabis businesses out of routine banking and financial services.
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The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since the 2013 release of 'This Side of Jordan.' NPR called the album "effortless and beautiful," naming it one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it "magnificent," and American Songwriter said it was "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings."
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Protesters Rappel From Portland Bridge To Delay Shell Icebreaker

A Shell icebreaking vessel being protested by Greenpeace and other activist groups will not leave a Portland dock Wednesday, according to the Columbia River Bar Pilot dispatch.Word of the cancellation came as 13 protesters dangled from the St. Johns Bridge about a mile downstream from the Shell vessel.Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard says the protesters dangling off the bridge have enough water and food to last for days.The Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica arrived in...
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California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development

The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities — in unexpected ways, and unexpected places.Planning is under way, for instance, for one of the first eco-friendly communities in California's predominantly agricultural Central Valley.The site is in the town of Reedley, 30 miles southeast of Fresno.There were a number of factors that distinguished Reedley, says Curt Johansen, the San Francisco...
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Oregon Panel Adopts Sage Grouse Rules

New rules adopted Monday by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission move the state a step closer to putting together a plan to protect greater sage grouse.Historically, sage grouse spanned 11 western states. Good habitat throughout those states has become greatly fragmented by things like invasive weeds, wildfire, encroaching juniper trees and development.The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's new rules like those adopted last week by the state's Land Conservation and Development...
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Legal marijuana is a rapidly-growing reality. Four states, including Oregon and Washington, have legalized recreational use of the drug. Several more – including California – could well do so by the end of next year. Forty states have legalized it in some form for medicinal use.

Now, US Senators from Oregon, Washington and Colorado hope to start breaking down the federal barriers that lock many legal cannabis businesses out of routine banking and financial services.

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The Cable Crossing fire was reported on Tuesday afternoon, July 28, burning east of Glide near Highway 138 East, milepost 23. Spot fires were also detected across the highway and the North Umpqua River.

A Shell icebreaking vessel being protested by Greenpeace and other activist groups will not leave a Portland dock Wednesday, according to the Columbia River Bar Pilot dispatch.

Word of the cancellation came as 13 protesters dangled from the St. Johns Bridge about a mile downstream from the Shell vessel.

Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard says the protesters dangling off the bridge have enough water and food to last for days.

As drought conditions worsen across the state, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order Tuesday to help conserve water.

Oregon Legal Pot Sales Begin October 1, Officially

Jul 28, 2015

Oregon marijuana dispensaries can begin selling marijuana as soon as October 1, under a law signed Tuesday by Governor Kate Brown.

Gov. Inslee Seeks A Cap On Washington's Carbon

Jul 28, 2015

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday directed the state Department of Ecology to put a cap on carbon emissions by stepping up enforcement of existing pollution laws.

In a news release, the governor announced he would use his authority under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution in the face of staunch opposition from Republicans and the oil industry to stronger legislative measures.

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The University of California is the first public university in the United States to hire full-time attorneys to provide legal aid to its undocumented students and their families. Though the new legal center is based at the UC Davis Law School, the attorneys see students at campuses across California.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Forests have a way of regenerating after devastating fires.

Human-built amenities in or near the forests take a bit of time and attention.

The Biscuit Fire burned through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 13 years ago.

And it was just recently that members of the Siskiyou Mountain Club completed the rebuilding of a trail through the burn area.

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Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District has a rare issue facing it: it has a right to more water than it can currently use.

But it's a use-it-or-lose-it proposition for the district.

It either needs to find more users, or risk losing a portion of its water right.  

A change would have a significant on the Mad River, the water source... a lower water right would drop the flow in the river markedly.

Volunteers Continue Push To Raise Oregon's Minimum Wage

Jul 27, 2015

Union representatives, business owners, and volunteers took part in a statewide effort to raise Oregon's minimum wage Saturday.

The "Raise the Wage" Coalition is proposing increasing the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour, a boost from the current $9.25.

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