The Jefferson Exchange en Caring For Children With CASA <p>The question "who takes care of children first?" usually has an easy answer: the parent.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But when the child is taken out of her or his home and placed in foster care, the answer changes.&nbsp;</p><p>And in some areas, the answer becomes the CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:33:54 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10999 at Caring For Children With CASA Ashland Bans The Bags: Single-Use Bags On Way Out <p>In the absence of state regulations, many cities around the country are banning plastic single-use bags from store checkout counters.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>City of Ashland</strong></a> just followed suit, though the ban will not take effect for six months.&nbsp; Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:29:14 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10998 at Ashland Bans The Bags: Single-Use Bags On Way Out A Natural History Of The Galápagos <p>The name sailors have for the Galápagos Islands may be more descriptive than their true name: "Las Encantadas," or the Enchanted Islands.</p><p></p><p>They certainly are unique... a laboratory of evolution that Charles Darwin used extensively, and a magnet for eco-tourism today.&nbsp; Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:29:07 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10983 at A Natural History Of The Galápagos OSU Archives Beer and Hops <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The growth of craft beer is historic in Oregon and elsewhere.&nbsp; And worth documenting as part of history, it turns out.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon State University's Special Collections and Archives now include a collection information on beer and hops.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:10:21 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10925 at OSU Archives Beer and Hops Earth Day Observed By "Walk For The Planet" <p></p><p>44 years after the first Earth Day, a few things are different.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>We no longer fear blowing up the planet with nuclear weapons.&nbsp;</p><p>Slow cooking it, though... there's plenty of concern about that.&nbsp; Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10978 at Earth Day Observed By "Walk For The Planet" The Nourished Kitchen In Print <p></p><p>Trends come and go in the food world, and right now it's popular to know where your food comes from.&nbsp; Centuries of recipe books just list the needed ingredients, with little or no reference to the original sources.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:10:09 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10924 at The Nourished Kitchen In Print A Discussion About The Trees <p></p><p>The way in which forestry is conducted is a constant source of debate and discussion in our region.&nbsp; And it goes beyond whether trees are cut or not.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It also gets into whether forest land will even continue to BE forest.&nbsp; State and federal forest agencies cooperate on programs to preserve private forests.&nbsp; Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:37:52 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10859 at A Discussion About The Trees Preparedness For The Next Big Quake <p></p><p>We talk a lot about the potential for earthquakes in the region, but how prepared are you?</p><p></p><p>It's probably a rare family that has a week's supply of food and water, and that's why various agencies continue to re-state the earthquake risk, and how to prepare.&nbsp; Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:37:26 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10860 at Preparedness For The Next Big Quake The Age Of Radiance <p></p><p>We've had decidedly mixed feelings about atomic energy through the decades.&nbsp; The discovery of x-rays in the 19th century gave us brand-new ways to help heal broken bodies.</p><p></p><p>But then, too much exposure to x-rays or any other radiation can also lead to broken or even dead bodies.&nbsp; Atomic energy can power our cities or blow them up.&nbsp; Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10858 at The Age Of Radiance Cover Oregon Limping Along <p></p><p>Somehow, the state that appeared to be leading the way into a new age of health insurance ended up with the worst website to apply for coverage.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Cover Oregon is months behind its original schedules, still unable to allow members of the public to buy coverage online, and a factor in this year's elections.&nbsp; Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:35:42 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 10830 at Cover Oregon Limping Along