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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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For the first time in 40 years, there are Oregon silverspot butterflies on Saddle Mountain.

With containers full of caterpillars loaded painstakingly into backpacks, a team of biologists, zookeepers and park rangers winds its way up an increasingly steep trail. They're headed for the few, isolated meadows capable of supporting the endangered butterfly.

Three decades after Oregon blazed a trail by enacting statewide sanctuary laws, voters will have a say in repealing them this fall.

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden and other Senate Democrats spent three hours Tuesday night protesting the Republican Party’s approach to confirming federal judges — and one Oregon lawyer's nomination in particular.

They’re objecting to the nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the influential 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and, more broadly, to what they describe as GOP efforts to pack federal courts with extremist jurists.

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Hayward Field at the University of Oregon is almost more shrine than athletic facility.  It has a storied history in track and field, a history known across the country and across the sport. 

So it's not surprising that the plans to renovate Hayward have raised a few eyebrows and tempers. 

Especially since "renovate" meant tearing down the East Grandstand. 

Tom Heinonen, a former coach at UO, has many memories from his years coaching track. 

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The 1973 Roe vs Wade decision legalizing abortion across the United States has been in the news again of late. 

Not like it's ever out of the news for long, but the nomination of a new federal Supreme Court justice raises the possibility that the court will consider, and restrict or overturn, Roe vs Wade in the next couple of years. 

That is a concern to NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, which supports the maintenance of abortion rights in the state. 

Oregon has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, but the group is monitoring events just the same. 

It's warm, it's light late into the evening, and we have a little spare time.  That's the reason summer is so conducive to a little extra reading. 

Or a lot, if we're lucky. 

Our Summer Reads segment is back for a second summer, visiting with local and locally-owned bookstores to get ideas for good summertime reads. 

Mendocino Book Company is the latest independent book store to check in with some items for your reading consideration. 

In the early 2000s, there were around 9,000 Blockbuster Video stores.  But now there’s only one left in the United States.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, changes in the movie rental industry have led to the closure of all U.S. stores, except for one in the central Oregon city of Bend.

The legend and theorizing about Northwest skyjacker D.B. Cooper just won’t die. A new documentary about the unsolved 1971 hijacking introduces a new twist to the tale. It suggests we might have been looking for D.B. Cooper and his loot in the wrong place for all these years.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Fire crews on both sides of the state line spent Monday fighting fires from Sunday's thunderstorms and waiting for new flare-ups to show.

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Converting farmland to solar power collection does not necessarily mean the end of its use as farmland. 

A growing number of farms are able to continue growing certain types of crops, on the same land occupied by solar panel arrays.  And right next to each other, too. 

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a federal agency, monitors and assists the development of these mixed-use farms. 

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