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The Smoke Problem: From Any Direction

The wildfire smoke clouding the region's skies is expected to hang in for a while. And hoping for the wind to change direction is a false hope... because so many fires are burning, the smoke can come from several directions.

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JPR Live Session: Amy LaVere (2018)

A burgeoning star, Amy LaVere is becoming renowned worldwide for her songwriting, bass playing, and vocals. She sings with a sweet, haunting voice that can turn on a dime from innocent to lusty (“ Norah Jones with an added Cyndi Lauper element ” — Mojo Magazine; “ Spookiness suits her ” — New York Times).

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Take 2: Appeals Court Denies Another Government Attempt To Quash Climate Case

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday denied a second attempt by the Trump Administration to stop a lawsuit brought by 21 young people over climate change from going to trial.

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Can 'Moneyball' Fix How The West Manages Wildfire?

"Deliberate use of fire, as well as control of wildfires, must be an integral part of the planning process. Thomas C. Nelson, Deputy Forest Service Chief, in 1979. The U.S. government spent a record $2.9 billion fighting wildfires last year. This year is shaping up to be another costly fire season. It doesnt have to be that way. Up against pressure from politicians and the public, risk-averse bureaucracies drive their fire managers to spend millions of dollars suppressing wildfires that pose...

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Humboldt Group Sues Supervisors Over Pot Regs

Governments on both sides of the state line are working hard to keep up with the legalization of marijuana. But the process is not without its problems or complaints. The environmental group Friends of the Eel River is taking the Humboldt County supervisors to court. The group says the new land-use regulations for legal cannabis grows in the county lack environmental protections.

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A ban on campfires and open flames was announced by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Thursday. This just a day after Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency.

Oregon Department of Forestry

After nearly a week of fighting dozens of lightning-caused fires, agencies in several levels of government announced plans to better coordinate the firefighting.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality alert for parts of southern Oregon in both time and space.  Now DEQ tells residents in parts of six counties to expect smoke through the weekend.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

The flock of fires started by lightning on July 15th continue to roar into adulthood, one or two at a time.

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California state Sen. Kevin de León got a boost over the weekend in his underdog campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein this fall: an endorsement from the state Democratic Party.

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Smoke from the July 15th lightning fires is having an impact on the region's air quality.  It's a typical situation, just earlier than usual in the year. 

More than a year after a landslide shut it down, a section of Highway 1 running along a coastal stretch in California's Big Sur region reopened early Wednesday.

The California Department of Transportation announced that the roadway at Mud Creek was opening about two months ahead of schedule, thanks to favorable weather and worker productivity.

"It's a big deal to open the highway unrestricted," Colin Jones, a Caltrans spokesman told NPR.


More than a quarter of Oregon's millennial generation get monthly cash infusions from family members.  More than half take family money at some point in the year. 

And it's not just "buy yourself something pretty;" the money is needed for rent and other expenses in a state where housing costs rise faster than incomes. 

Country Financial tracks the picture in Oregon and all states, and actually finds Oregon doing somewhat better than the national average, by some measures.

70 is generally not the age we associate with long-distance hiking. 

But Southern Oregon's Dami Roelse works to push the boundaries, both for herself and people her age.  She's been known to set out on the Pacific Crest Trail for two weeks at a time, even in frigid conditions. 

Dami tells her stories in the book Walking Gone Wild: How to Lose Your Age on the Trail

Oregon Department of Forestry

A late-afternoon grass fire forced dozens of homes and businesses to evacuate an area near the Jackson County Expo Park Tuesday.


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