The Silent Epidemic of Addiction in Southern Oregon

The first thing I realized when I started reporting on the heroin epidemic in southern Oregon is that pretty much everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.
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Tom West is songwriter and fingerpicking guitarist. His songs are inspired by lost love and the act of getting lost; they traverse from very simple folk tunes to grand and moody soundscapes.
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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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How Fires--Even Big Ones--Help Forests

Fire season has already begun, with the usual discussions of which fires are burning where, and how big. Scientist Dominick DellaSala of the GEOS Institute is less concerned with individual fires than with the overall approach to wildfire. We know fire is a normal part of life processes in any forest. But it may be that even the more intense fires--the ones often labeled "catastrophic"--are natural and necessary.
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New Oregon DNA Testing Law Explained

Its not every day that a bill passes the Oregon House and Senate without a single no vote. However, thats what happened with HB 3206, which Governor Kate Brown signed into law last week. The legislation makes it somewhat easier for people who say theyve been wrongfully convicted of aggravated murder and other serious crimes to access DNA testing.The measure is actually a re-write of Oregons 2001 law governing post-conviction DNA testing. The Oregon Innocence Project helped write the new...
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The first thing I realized when I started reporting on the heroin epidemic in southern Oregon is that pretty much everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.

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Wildfire season in the Northwest started early this year. Crews recently subdued the 5,345-acre Buckskin fire near southern Oregon’s Illinois Valley.

The Buckskin fire is called 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.

Bakery Ordered To Pay $135K In Discrimination Case

Jul 2, 2015

A Gresham bakery that refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple in January 2013 has been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), according to a release issued Thursday. The decision follows the agency's conclusion in February that the bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, discriminated against the couple by refusing them service on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

Oregon Senate Approves Tuition Waiver Program

Jul 2, 2015

Oregon students could soon have an easier time paying for community college. The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would waive tuition for some high school graduates.

Idaho law enforcement say they’ve been finding more marijuana in vehicles coming from states with looser pot laws.

Four Pre-teen Boys Allegedly Started Civic Stadium Fire

Jul 2, 2015

Four boys will likely be charged with 2nd degree arson for causing the fire that destroyed Eugene's Historic Civic Stadium Monday. A fifth boy came to police Wednesday morning.

Witnesses had reported seeing a group of boys around the press box at Civic before the fire Monday evening. Eugene Police Detective Steve Williams says three of the boys are 12 and the other is 10 years old. He says they didn't give him a reason for setting the fire.

Cascadia Wildlands

Oregon's Elliott State Forest is almost at the point of producing more arguments than trees.

The forest is supposed to supplies trees for timber companies, in order to provide income for Oregon's Common School Fund. 

But environmental protections reduced the harvest.  So in some years, the forest loses money, rather than making it. 

The State Land Board is looking at options, including a possible sale of at least a portion of the forest. 

Kari Greer | California Interagency Incident Management Team

Fire season has already begun, with the usual discussions of which fires are burning where, and how big.

Scientist Dominick DellaSala of the GEOS Institute is less concerned with individual fires than with the overall approach to wildfire. 

We know fire is a normal part of life processes in any forest. 

But it may be that even the more intense fires--the ones often labeled "catastrophic"--are natural and necessary. 

I spent my first week at JPR in a state of elation: my love for public radio had turned into a full-time job as producer of the Jefferson Exchange.

Settling into the newsroom and surrounded by welcoming colleagues, I logged on to social media to brag, just a little bit, about my rad new gig.

Then a headline appeared, seemingly poised to deflate my delight. It read: Best and Worst Jobs in America for 2015.

The Oregon Senate Wednesday passed a bill to regulate chemicals in children’s products for the first time.

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