Sanders Supporters Disrupt First Night Of DNC Despite Attempts ​To Unify

First Lady Michelle Obama came on stage to the roar of the crowd during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Obama extolled the virtues of the United States and without naming him, she made the case against GOP nominee Donald Trump.And then she declared that she was "with her.""I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with [the responsibility of the presidency,]" she said. "Only one person who I believe is truly...
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JPR Live Session: Sean Watkins

Multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble. But in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring.
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Oregon Pitches Pot Avoidance To Teens

One of the major concerns about marijuana becoming legal for personal use in Oregon was the possibility of younger people getting a hold of the drug. Opponents of legalization pointed to "edibles," food items laced with marijuana, as a major concern. Now marijuana AND the edibles are legal in Oregon, and the state Health Authority is launching a campaign to discourage pot use among adolescents. The "Stay True to You" campaign targets 12-to-20-year-olds.
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The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion, acquiring its "core Internet assets" — search, email, finance, news, sports, Tumblr, Flickr — in essence writing the final chapter of one of the longest-running Internet companies.Last year, Verizon bought another Internet pioneer, AOL (aka America Online) for $4.4 billion — complete with its ad targeting technology and content sites Huffington Post and TechCrunch.This got us thinking: What happened to all those other big brands that dominated the...
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California Fires Threaten Homes, Force Hundreds Of Evacuations

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from communities north of Los Angeles because a wildfire is burning out of control in dry, hot canyons. More than a dozen homes have already been destroyed and a man was found dead in a car inside the fire zone on Saturday.The man's home was one of those burned when the fire swept through Iron Canyon in Santa Clarita, Danielle Karson reports for NPR.The Los Angeles County Fire Department says more than 1,600 firefighters are working on the Sand Fire:...
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Featured Works for August – First Concert
(*Indicates August birthday)

Aug 1 M Jerome Moross*: Symphony No. 1
Aug 2 T Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Britt 2015)
Aug 3 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in F major
Aug 4 T Samuel Barber: Second Essay (Britt 2015)
Aug 5 F Leonardo Leo*: Concerto for Four Violins

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from communities north of Los Angeles because a wildfire is burning out of control in dry, hot canyons. More than a dozen homes have already been destroyed and a man was found dead in a car inside the fire zone on Saturday.

The man's home was one of those burned when the fire swept through Iron Canyon in Santa Clarita, Danielle Karson reports for NPR.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, the only senator to endorse Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, will speak Monday night at the Democratic National Convention. Oregon Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek is also scheduled to address the Convention.

Spokesman Ray Zaccaro confirmed the senator's appearance. It will be on the same night that Sanders is scheduled to give what will be a closely watched speech.

Sanders pressed Clinton hard during the Democratic primary season, winning numerous states including Oregon.

Oregon Bottle Deposit To Double Next Spring

Jul 22, 2016
Hillsboro Tribune

The refund Oregonians will get from returning used soda cans and water bottles is about to go up.

This week the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it was doubling the redemption value of the Oregon Bottle Bill.

Bend Citizens Debate Climate Change Resolution

Jul 22, 2016

More than 130 people came to the Bend City Council chambers for Thursday’s meeting on a proposed climate change resolution.

The draft resolution sets goals for carbon emission reductions for City of Bend operations, kick-starts a process to develop community-wide emissions targets and outlines a path to develop a more specific climate plan with benchmarks and policies.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will accept comments for one more week on permanent rules for the state’s colored art glass industry.

Two major players and three small companies are located in Portland. The two larger companies’ air emissions have been under scrutiny since large concentrations of heavy metals were found in moss near their operations.

Siskiyou Crest Blog

There's just a bit more than a week (August 1) to comment on the Environmental Assessment for the Nedsbar Forest Management Project on BLM land in the Applegate Valley. 

The alternatives for the project include one provided by the community. 

We heard from BLM and the community alternative assemblers in a previous edition.  Here we get the timber industry perspective from the American Forest Resource Council


California votes on marijuana for personal use in November, but at the moment, only medical marijuana is legal. 

Just how good is the quality control on the medical pot?  That is the central question in the new "Track and Trace" program. 

Officially the Humboldt Cannabis Pilot Program, it will track and trace marijuana from grower to end user, starting August 1st and running into the autumn. 

Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, delivering a speech that lays out America's struggles with crime, terrorism and immigration and how he plans to address them.

NPR's politics team has annotated Trump's speech below. Portions we commented on are highlighted, followed by analysis, context and fact check in italics.

Thank you, thank you. Thank you very much.

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Over orchards and vineyards across the Northwest, European starlings are eating fruit to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. And when the traditional methods of keeping the birds away -- like scarecrows, pyrotechnics and netting -- don’t work, it’s time to call Falcon Force.


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