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.
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.
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.
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...