Firefighters Gain Ground On SoCal Wildfires Even As Winds Continue To Vex

Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes, thousands of acres scorched and hundreds of buildings reduced to ash. It hasn't even been one week since the latest string of wildfires broke out in Southern California, but the toll is staggering. Even so, by Saturday, some bright spots began to emerge in the fire-ravaged region. The Santa Ana winds, with gusts that had measured at hurricane force earlier in the week helping drive the flames, had subsided by Friday evening....

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JPR Live Session: Noah Gundersen (2017)

Noah Gundersen has been peddling sincerity and introspection in musical form for almost a decade; songs that give listeners a taste of the emotional nectar in the pit of another human’s gut. He’s been dredging up viscous fistfulls of his own being and shaping them into little waxen votives, candles meant to illuminate the territory between shameless confession and hopeless redemption, for all of the other twenty-somethings who’ve been groping around in that long existential shadow.

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Is There A Southern Oregon Dialect?

Language and pronunciation are constant issues in the radio business. If we call Yreka "Eureka," we're not just wrong, we're off by 200 miles (by road). But even we can't say for sure that there's a dialect unique to Southern Oregon. Aside from place names, are there differences in how we say things from, say, Southern California? That's what Anna Kristina Moroz is researching in her work at the University of Washington .

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Biologists With Drones And Peanut Butter Pellets Are On A Mission To Help Ferrets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y9a9q0md9A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_6DNNpt3bo In central Montana, drones are dropping peanut butter pellets on prairie dog colonies. It's part of an effort by biologists to save North America's most endangered mammal — the black-footed ferret (or as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls it, the BFF). Prairie dogs make up the vast majority of a BFF's diet. Save the food and you save the ferret, biologists wager. Under a half-crescent moon recently,...

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How To Not Spoil Your Kids This Christmas

Holidays mean one thing to many kids: presents. You've probably heard a parent of young children say something along the lines of: "It's all worth it to see their smiling faces." There is an immediate reward to giving your kids what they want — shrieks of glee. But there is a downside to always saying "yes." Parents have the conflicting desires of wanting to give their kids everything — but not raising them to be spoiled. NPR's All Things Considered asked two people who've addressed these...

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It's not the most pleasant beach experience, picking up dead birds.  But it's an important task, one that can shed light on the health and mortality challenges to birds that live on and near the ocean. 

And it's not just for scientists: COASST, the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, uses trained citizen scientists to collect data on seabirds for use by credentialed scientists. 

And yes, there's more to it than picking up bird corpses. 

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You've heard plenty about research into the use of stem cells to heal humans. 

But our pets, too?  Yep... stem cells show just as much promise in treating the ailments of dogs as in people. 

Animal Cell Therapies is running trials, with the help of vet clinics like West Ridge Animal Hospital in Klamath Falls. 

Futurist Warns: 'Make Oregon Robot Proof'

Dec 5, 2017
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Oregon’s top political and business leaders were asked Monday to consider a topic they may not have given much thought before: “How do we build an Oregon that is robot-proof?”

The company that wants to build a coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, is keeping lawyers busy this week on multiple fronts. In recent months, the Millennium Bulk Terminals project has suffered repeated setbacks, mainly in the form of permit denials.

SCOTUS To Hear Case With Potential Impact On Oregon LGBT Protections

Dec 4, 2017
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The nation’s highest court will consider a case Tuesday that advocates say could have reverberations in Oregon’s LGBT community. 

Pamela Lopez and Jessica Yas Barker at a press conference in Sacramento where they accused Asm. Matt Dababneh of sexual harassment.
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Pamela Lopez and Jessica Yas Barker at a press conference in Sacramento where they accused Asm. Matt Dababneh of sexual harassment.

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Two women say California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh sexually harassed them, including one who claims the lawmaker accosted her in a bathroom during a Las Vegas party and masturbated in front of her.

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Language and pronunciation are constant issues in the radio business.  If we call Yreka "Eureka," we're not just wrong, we're off by 200 miles (by road). 

But even we can't say for sure that there's a dialect unique to Southern Oregon. 

Aside from place names, are there differences in how we say things from, say, Southern California? 

That's what Anna Kristina Moroz is researching in her work at the University of Washington

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First came the grapes, then came the pot.  Southern Oregon agriculture switched many properties from pears to wine grapes in recent years. 

Now the hot cash crop is cannabis.  And there's already evidence of disgruntlement about marijuana's possible effect on nearby vineyards, concerns about flavors and odors of cannabis creeping into the wine grapes. 

Maureen Battistella built the "Wine of Southern Oregon" collection at Southern Oregon University; Mark Wisnovsky runs Valley View Winery and grows hemp for CBD; Katherine Bryan runs Deer Creek Vineyards and grows cannabis as Bryan Family Farm.

Forest Service May Limit Entry To 5 Oregon Wilderness Areas

Dec 4, 2017
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The U.S. Forest Service is reassessing a plan that would limit the number of people allowed into five of Oregon’s most popular wilderness areas.

The federal agency proposed rules in June that would require hikers and backpackers to purchase a permit before heading into 500,000 acres of backcountry between Mount Jefferson and Diamond Peak.

But after getting more than 500 public comments — many of them critical of the plan’s scope — federal officials have developed alternative plans that are less restrictive.

An art exhibit called “Flight Patterns” is being re-installed this week at the Eugene Airport. A photo of the public radio personality Garrison Keillor will not be part of it after he was fired Wednesday for alleged inappropriate behavior.

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