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Wildfire Agencies Make Plans To Coordinate Better

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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JPR Live Session: Michael Rault

Michael Rault ’s second full-length, It’s A New Day Tonight , has its home in the darkness, like much rock and roll—many of its songs look at nocturnal activities, particularly sleep. “ Sleeping and dreaming were attractive concepts, ” says Rault. “ I was looking for an escape from a lot of frustrating and dissatisfying conditions in my day-to-day life. ”

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ICE Detainees Cast New Light On Conditions Inside Oregon Prison

Thoughts of suicide, hours of confinement and denial of medical care are among the complaints outlined in new federal court documents from immigration detainees being held at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon. I feel bad. I get depressed. I have thought about taking my life because I had never been locked up, said one detainee, identified in court documents as ICE Detainee No. 3. On Wednesday, Oregon's federal public defender filed five habeas corpus petitions...

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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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How Helpful Is The California Democratic Party’s Endorsement Of Kevin De León Over Dianne Feinstein?

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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Growing cannabis is now legal in both California and Oregon, but that doesn't mean all the practices involved with growing it are legal. 

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Jared Rennie picked a good time in history to get into the coffee business. 

He started Noble Coffee Roasting in Ashland at about the time the taste for coffee products of all kinds exploded.  His belief in coffee certainly paid off in the success of his business. 

His is truly a story of knowing when to get in on the ground floor. 

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The supermarket age is all about food traveling great distances to reach us.  So the chance of getting to know the people who grow your food is limited. 

Unless you buy local food... which is encouraged by many people these days.  The Rogue Valley Farm Tour enhances the eat-local experience by taking people out to meet the farmers. 

Ashland Food Co-op and Medford Food Co-op are partners on the tour. 

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Mental illness often shows up early in adulthood, but it can affect a person earlier in life. 

This month on Compass Radio we hear from Debra, a Southern Oregon Compass House member who has experienced episodes of mental illness since childhood.

She told Compass House interviewer Bryce Harding that her illness first manifested itself in the form of premonitions – she would actually predict events before they happened. 

Portland Police are looking for people who might have seen the Portland State University officer-involved shooting of Jason Washington.

The shooting occurred near Southwest College Street between Southwest Broadway and Sixth Avenue around 1:30 a.m., Friday, June 29.

California Meets Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal Years Early

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California has hit its goal for lowering climate change-causing emissions early.

The state Air Resources Board announced Wednesday that greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels in 2016 — the most recent year data is available — four years earlier than the 2020 target set last decade.

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Crews have largely tamed the Klamathon fire, which burned 36,500 acres in northern California and southern Oregon over the past week. The fire is 65 percent contained and the area has seen minimal fire behavior since Tuesday.

The fire perimeter hasn’t grown for three days and only a relatively small area of rugged terrain remains without containment lines. Mark Brown is Chief of Operations for CalFire Team 4. At what was described as the final public briefing on the Klamathon fire, Brown said the incident is winding down.

Federal officers have arrested eight protesters at the Occupy ICE PDX camp in Southwest Portland.

A spokesperson with the Department of Homeland Security says protesters were arrested for obstruction and failing to comply, among other charges.

Federal agents threw pepper balls and pepper spray at protesters who were blocking a vehicle attempting to leave the facility.

Video footage of the arrests shows protesters being pushed to the ground while agents deployed the balls and spray.

Oregon regulators have fined a Washington County company for violating asbestos rules more than 100 times.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined the company, Oregon Environmental LLC of Cornelius, more than $436,804. It also revoked the company’s license to handle asbestos.

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Methane is perhaps the most potent of greenhouse gases, and California has 1.8 million emitters of methane walking around on four legs.  Dairy cows "give off" methane in ways you'd expect (think the back end), and ways you might not: they burp. 

Cow burps are methane-rich.  But experiments at the University of California-Davis show that the addition of just a little seaweed to a cow's diet can greatly reduce the burps. 

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